Michigan's public universities
could mount private searches for presi-
--'dents - until three finalists' were
licked - under two bills clearing a
Senate panel yesterday.
The Senate Government Opera-
tions Committee approved the bills
on 4-1 votes and sent them to the full
Senate despite protests from the
.Michigan Press Association and Com-
mon Cause in Michigan.
The bills would make such
searches exempt from the state's Open
eetings and Freedom of Informa-
In the past, university boards have
skirted the open meetings law by ap-
pointing subcommittees to pick a
president. However, a Sept. 28, 1993
decision by the Michigan supreme
Court said that practice violates the
The high court said that if a un-
versity board gives even one member
e power to pick a president, that
person's work must be open to the
That decision came in a lawsuit
filed by The Ann Arbor News and the
Detroit Free Press against the Univer-
sity of Michigan Board of Regents in
1988 over the process used to pick
James Duderstadt as president.
In testimony yesterday, Duderstadt
aid that without confidential
earches, Michigan universities would
find themselves attracting only sec-
ond-tier talent for presidencies.
Colleges across the country have
gun trying to recruit and keep stu-
dents worried about soaring tuition
costs with a brand-new sales pitch:
Let's make a deal.
Indiana University is offering to
pick up the tab for students who
need a fifth year to earn a degree
because required courses were not
available in four. Middlebury Col-
lege has a new three-year degree to
Nelp cut student costs. Michigan
State University is promising its next
incoming class that tuition increases
will not exceed inflation for four
years. Morehead State has frozen its
dormitory prices for the next four
Some college officials say that the
number of tuition incentives, guaran-
tees and discount deals cropping up
n campuses is unprecedented. More
than a decade of steep college tuition
increases - nationally, tuition has
risen much faster than family income
- has made many college presidents
fearful that they are out-pricing their
"traditional markets and limiting ac-
cess to their classrooms.
Average tuition at public univer-
sities is now about $2,500 a year. In
rnflation-adjusted terms, that is 50
rcent higher than a decade ago. At
private colleges, the average annual
tuition is about $11,000, which is
about 44 percent higher than a decade
ago after adjusting for inflation. The
cost of tuition and room and board at
many public and private colleges,
however, is nearly twice the national
- From staff and wire reports
LOCAL/staTThe Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 23, 1995 - 3
23rd Pow Wow to celebrate Native American culture
By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
This weekend Crisler Arena will be bustling
with people. They will not be there to watch a
basketball game, but rather to celebrate Native
American culture at the 23rd annual Ann Arbor
The Pow Wow will feature the performance
of Native American dancers, drummers and crafts-
men from all over the continent.
Native American Student Association
(NASA) President Mary Cotnam urged commu-
nity participation. "We encourage our friends to
come out to the Pow Wow. That includes our
non-Native friends. We would be honored by any
participation. It's a time of sharing," she said.
Thousands of people are expected to turn out.
"We expect students from Michigan State,
Wayne State and the University of Toledo in addi-
Pow Wow Events
Tomorrow: Panel discussion, 100 Hutchins Hall, 1-4 p.m. Crisler Arena, opens at 5 p.m.
with the grand entry from 7-11 p.m.
Saturday: Crisler opens at 11 a.m. with the grand entry at 1 p.m. A second grand entry is
at 7 p.m., with dancing until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Events will begin at 11 a.m. with the grand entry at 1 p.m. Dancing is scheduled
to last until 7 p.m.
Tickets: Weekend pass, $20; Adults, $8; Seniors and students, $5; Children, $3; 5 and under, free.
return of Native American artifacts and remains
by museums and collectors.
"Our goal is education," said Cass Buscherco-
chair of the Native American Law Students Asso-
ciation and organizer of the panel discussion.
The five-member panel includes: Jack Trope,
a private practice lawyer who had worked closely
with the Native American Rights Fund; Michael
Barry, a lawyer from the state of Arizona, which
has its own repatriation law; Philip Minthorn of
the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History:
Pearl Broom of the Grand Traverse Ottawa and
Chippewa; and George Martin, a local Native
American who will speak about traditional view-
points about repatriation.
"We expect a mix of an audience: law stu-
dents, general University population and mem-
bers of the Michigan Native American commu-
nity," Buscher said.
tion to University students and the general pub-
lic," said Shannon Martin, interim Native Ameri-
can representative for the Office of Minority
Student Services and Pow Wow coordinator.
Martin said both NASA ind the American
Indian Science and Engineering Society have
been deeply involved in planning the event.
Cotnam credited others for the Pow Wow's
success. "The strength of this community and
this Pow Wow lies with our elders. Its heart and
spirit is their strength and vision. We rely on
them and are very grateful," she said.
Cotnam said more than 50 volunteers will
assist with the Pow Wow, which will begin
tomorrow and continue through Sunday.
Events will include a panel discussion about
national repatriation law, tomorrow in the Law
Quad. Repatriation involves the mandatory
campaig onDig o t .x
Earth Dy'5supr4$ :~2i"
By Daniel Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
At the statewide kickoff of the
Free the Planet campaign, more than
30 environmentalists hoisted signs
and rallied around a paper globe
shackled in chains on the steps of
the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Li-
The demonstration was coordi-
nated by Michigan environmental
groups as part of a nationwide effort
to mobilize support for the 25th an-
nual Earth Day on April 22.
"On this 25th anniversary of Earth
Day, I want the public to know how
our representatives are really voting
and (I want) the public to hold them
accountable for their actions," said
Timeen Wegmeyer, PIRGIM cam-
Speakers from the student group
Rainforest Action Movement,
PIRGIM and the Ecology Center re-
peatedly turned their focus to the ac-
tions of the 104th Congress and the
GOP "Contract with America," which
spells out the House leadership's
agenda - for the session's first 100
As part of the contract, the House
recently passed a moratorium on
virtually all federal regulations, in-
cluding ones protecting human
health and the environment.
Environmentalists worry that this
type of action weakens and dis-
mantles environmental laws like the
Endangered Species Act and the
Clean Water Act.
Ecology Center director Mike
Garfield said, "If you listen to the
people in Congress, you get the feel-
ing that environmental laws need to
be rolled back.
"Our environmental laws
should be stronger, not weaker,"
The "job creation and wage en-
hancement act," which has gone
through the House, is being targeted
by environmentalists as "one of the
worst bills ever to go before Con-
gress," Wegmeyer said.
"The 104th Congress has only
shown (themselves) to be interested
in the profit margins of their sup-
porters," said Rodney Hill, a mem-
ber of Michigan Citizens Against
Toxic Substances. "We only expect
At the news conference, Free the
Planet members reviewed the envi-
ronmental voting records of
Michigan's congressional members
and circulated a petition to the 104th
The review - referred to as the
"Scorched Earth: Eight Days of Envi-
ronmental Destruction" - showed
Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) with
a 100 percent record while other rep-
resentatives such as James Barcia (D-
Bay City) and Peter Hoekstra (R-
Holland) received ratings close to
Free the Planet aims to return
Earth Day's celebration to a
grassroots level this year. Wegmeyer
asserted that manufacturers like
Dow, Monsanto, and Dupont -
which have tried to harness Earth
Day energies in the past - contrib-
ute to at least one hazardous waste
site in every town in America.
The rally was in conjunction with
the Emergency Campus Environ-
mental Conference held last month
at the University of Pennsylvania.
More than 2,000 students gath-
Photos by STEPHANIE GRACE LIM/Daily
Ti Wegmeyer, campaign director for PIRGIM, speaks on the steps of the Hatcher Graduate Library yesterday in
support of the Earth Day 1995 Campaign.
ered to participate in skills work-
shops, attend panels on issues such
as toxic waste sites and hold re-
The conference and rally are
part of an ongoing petition to ob-
tain more than 1 million signa-
tures for an environmental "bill
of rights," which will be submit-
ted to Congress during July.
The petition exhorts Congress
members to uphold legislation like
the Safe Water Drinking Act and the
Superfund Law and work to preserve
natural beauty and increase fuel effi-
"With Free the Planet, environ-
mental groups are trying to work
together for the first time toward a
common goal," said SNRE senior
Sarah DeFlon, a member of the
Rainforest Action Movement.
Washtenaw Community College first-year student Jon Anderson campaigns
with other environmentalists on the Diag yesterday.
Ann Arbor conference examines health in the workplace
The Associated Press
Keeping workers healthy has
proved such good business that some
companies are starting to pay em-
ployees to quit smoking, drop extra
pounds and lower cholesterol levels.
Joan Ezinga, who works at Foote
Memorial Hospital, earns $70 extra a
quarter because she exercises and has
kept her cholesterol, blood pressure
and weight down.
Workers at the Jackson hospital
all get $10 extra a quarter if they don't
smoke and $8 extra if they work out
five times a week.
Such lifestyle changes may not
come easy. But winning rewards for
keeping fit, rather than fighting for
paid sick leave, may be the way of the
future for many workers.
"It's related to the way companies
help people grow," D.W. Edington,
director of the University's Fitness
Research Center, said yesterday.
"Companies are realizing that the
quality of their products is essentially
-Cs . _
What s happening inAm Arbor today
related to the quality of the people
that are working on those products."
About 130 health-care experts at-
tended a two-day conference in Ann
Arbor to discuss how to keep workers
healthy in the face of pressures to cut
health-care costs. The conference ends
In programs at many companies,
high-risk workers are found by screen-
ing weight, cholesterol levels and
other warning signs.
Such workers can receive one-
LANSING (AP) - Key lawmak-
ers said yesterday they would be will-
ing to retool Michigan's core curricu-
lum, a major component of 1993
school improvement efforts.
A majority of the State Board of
Education said this week that vol-
untary guidelines are preferable to
mandates such as the core curricu-
The Legislature mandated the core
curriculum in 1993 as a way to set
statewide guidelines on what must be
taught in schools.
The state school board must draft
the core curriculum for the 1997-98
school year. Board members said they
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on-one counseling. They may be
encouraged to exercise. They may
attend workshops that help them to
quit smoking or learn about nutri-
Edington's research has found that
companies were paying more in health
care for high-risk workers than for
low-risk workers. He also found that
when workers went from high-risk to
low-risk, the costs went down.
The pressures to cut health-care
costs are falling on doctors as well.
The move to managed care means
that preventing illnesses before they
happen will become more important
for hospitals, insurers and the public,
said Beth Spyke of Sparrow Hospital
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sored by ICM, 763-1664, Baits II,
Coman Lounge, 6-8 p.m.
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Commons, Valley Room, 7 p.m.
Q "Lithuanian Coffee Hour," 741-
4375, State Street Amer's, 7 p.m.
Q "Medical School Application Pro-
cess," sponsored by Career Plan-
ning and Placement, Student Ac-
tivities Building, Room 3200,4:10-
Q "Polynuclear Main Group and Tran-
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seminar, sponsored by Department
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Room 1200, 4 p.m.
Q "Shuichan lvrit Hebrew Table,"
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Q "Self Defense Workshops," spon-
sored by Project CAUSE, North
Campus Commons, The Center
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Q "The 'Elchmann Experiment': A
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action Centers,"special CUOS and
physical seminar, sponsored by
Department of Chemistry, Chemis-
try Building, Room 1640, 4 p.m.
Q "Writing Your Resume," sponsored
by CP&P, SAB, Room 3200, 4:10-
Q 76-GUIDE, 764-8433, peer coun-
seling phone line, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
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