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MSA dis
gmad stud
By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
One of the Michigan Student
Assembly's four student nominees was
ointed yesterday to serve on the
versity's Presidential Search Advi-
sory Committee.
MSA President Flint Wainess pre-
sented the names of two undergraduate
and two graduate students to Provost J.
Bernard Machen last month. Machen
named one of those nominees, LSA
junior Jennifer Norris, as his choice for
the undergraduate representative.
"I'm slightly disappointed that the
ofer nominees are not on, but I think
t is a victory for MSA," said LSA
Rep. Probir Mehta. Mehta is the chair
of MSA's Campus Governance Com-
mittee, which collaborated with
Wainess in selecting the nominees.
MSA Vice President Sam Goodstein,
By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Faculty represent more than half of
the presidential search advisory
committee's membership.
But Senate Assembly Chair George
Brewer said he is concerned that none
of the members hold seats in the
f lty's governing body, or in its ex-
eive branch, the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs.
"No one from Universitywide fac-
ulty governance is on the committee,"
Brewer said. "Only one person from
our list of 14 recommended faculty
made it on the committee."
SACUA nominated psychiatry Prof.
Huda Akil in the list it presented to
Provost J. Bernard Machen, who sub-
*eed his recommendations to the Uni-
versity Board of Regents yesterday.
Continued from Page 1A
a distinguished list ... I see no one on
this list who has been involved in a
presidential search."
Other regents disagreed about the
to have more alums, especially
since the board unanimously approved
the structure of the advisory committee
last month.
Members of the board also pointed
out that alums are represented on the
committee - some of the faculty, in-
cluding Lehman, are alums. Six of the
regents, not including Baker, also gradu-
ated from the University.
Sefore voting on the committee's
bers, the board defined the role of
the committee. Regent Shirley McFee
(R-Battle Creek), co-chair of the
search, stressedthat individual regents
can provide input in the beginning
stages of the search and after the advi-
sory committee discloses all the candi-
"There is nothing to preclude any
of us to ask the committee at any time
in the process to add an individual
y e to the list," McFee said. "It is
only possible, it is our responsi-

Regent Laurence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) added that the re-
gents have the final word on who should
serve as the next president.
"Any name at all can be considered,
and will be considered, by the board,"
Deitch said.
The board also emphasized a need
fihe advisory committee to maintain
candidate confidentiality.
"If some member of this committee
violates the rules ofconfidentiality, they
will blow the whole search," McFee
Machen said it may be appropriate
for the regents to discuss the concern on
Friday, when they meet publicly with
the advisory committee.
At that meeting, the regents are sched-
to present their charge to the com-
ee, along with a finalized presiden-
tial job description.
When the regents debated the criteria
Continued from Page 1A
type ofa Michigan Party web site being
developed by the party.
*t's just a work in progress - it
shouldn't have been accessible," she
Mehta said the party plans to an-
nounce a Michigan Party web site when
it releases its complete slate of candi-
dates tomorrow for next month's elec-


The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 29, 1996 - 5A

appointed in TheCh
ent mince c

an MSA nominee for the graduate posi-
tion, was not chosen.
"I'm really disappointed that they
didn't choose the person MSA selected,"
Goodstein said. "This shows a lack of
initiative on their part on what MSA has
to say."
Goodstein said he was disappointed
he was not interviewed or contacted by
Machen about the position.
Machen said he considered the MSA
nominees, but made his choices ac-
cording to other criteria.
"(The MSA nominees) were care-
fully considered," Machen said.
LSA Rep. Michael Nagrant, a CGC
member, said the rejection of
Goodstein's nomination for the gradu-
ate position doesn't reflect on the
administration's attitude toward MSA.
"The administration used their own
criteria for that position. I don't think it

meant any :
less re-
spect for
M S A ,f"
"I triede
to pick
representative students of the Univer-
sity," Machen said. "They weren't picked
because they represent any particular or-
ganization or entity."
The MSA endorsement was a definite
factor in the announcement, Norris said.
"I think that the provost took the
MSA reccommendation into account
the most," she said.
The first meeting of the Presidential
Search Advisory Committee is sched-
uled for tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.
- Daily Staff Reporter Jodi Cohen
contributed to this report.

oncerned with lack of
ambers on committee

By Allan izikson
For the Daily
Neither the arctic cold weather nor
the strong winter winds stopped 15
National Women's Rights Organizing
Coalition members from chanting "Hey,
hey, ho, ho, these racist cops have got to
go!" in front of the Department of Pub-
lic Safety office at 525 Church St. yes-
The group gathered last night to pro-
test what they call a "racist attack" by
DPS on John Matlock, the director of
the University's Office of Academic
and Multicultural Initiatives.
DPS locked its doors during the pro-
test and dispatched an officer across the
streettomonitorthe demonstration from
the lobby of East Hall.
DPS spokesperson Beth Hall said
DPS believes people have a right to
express their opinions. "As long as the
protests remain peaceful, that's fine,"
she said.
NWROC, a militant civil rights or-
ganization that gained prominence last
year after protesting the firings of the
Dental School Three, claims DPS is
guilty of exten-
sive racial harass-
ment and dis-
crimination In rn
against minority isout
individuals on
"In reality, An N
DPSisout ofcon-
trol," said Jodi
Masley, an LSA
senior and one of the protest organizers.
"They are harassing students and people
in the community at large."
Masley said she is convinced the
Matlock incident is adirect consequence
of the University's racist policies.
"What happened to John Matlock
just proves that the University is guilty
of institutional systematic racism,"
Masley said. "The racism perpetrated
by the administration is so pervasive
that even a high ranking black official

1 1

National Women's Rights Organizing Coalition members Dwayne Chandler and
Alex Krasnov protest yesterday at Department of Public Safety offices.

SACUA Chair-elect Thomas Dunn, a
chemistry professor, said the committee
is heavily weighted toward administra-
tors, including one dean and two depart-
ment chairs. Both staff members on the
committee are also administrators, he said.
"It is a little heavy on administra-
tively oriented people," Dunn said. "But,
they are all faculty members."
Law School Dean Jeffrey Lehman
will serve as the committee's chair.
Economics department Chair Paul Cou-
rant and English language and litera-
ture department Chair Martha Vicinus
will also sit among the group.
Brewer said he has confidence in the
committee. "I have hopes and expectations
thattheywill doagoodjob,"hesaid."Ithink
the selection of the chair is excellent."
Brewer said he has "no idea" why
Machen did not choose someone from

faculty governance, but said, "Who bet-
ter than someone from Universitywide
governance to do that?"
Machen said he focused more on
finding faculty who had a broad per-
spective on the University.
"It was important that the committee
be truly representative of the Univer-
sity and not just any particular constitu-
ency they represented," Machen said.
One of the faculty members comes
from the Flint campus, but Dearborn
has no representation on the commit-
tee. Machen said Nora Faires, a history
professor at Flint, will represent the
interests of both satellite campuses.
"When you look at the total number
of faculty, one-seventh come from Flint
and Dearborn campuses combined," he
said. "Eighty-five percent are here in
the Ann Arbor campus."


can fall victim to it by the DPS."
Wayne State University student
Jimmy Huang, who was protesting yes-
terday, said he believes racism here and
on other college
campuses is an
outcome of stu-
YDPs dent silence and
control . inaction. "It's the
absence of large
- Jodi Masley student move-
NROC protest ments that, in a
organizer sense, has allowed
this level of rac-
ism to foster and
these incidents to occur.
"At Wayne State, the campus police
is conducting a witchhunt of black stu-
dents in connection with the recent crime
wave. They're claiming that every black
man fits the description of the rapist,"
Huang said.
As NWROC members chanted and
marched with signs that read, "Hey,
DPS, fight dogs, take your fangs off
Matlock," the passersby looked on with

One student said he was pleased
with the demonstration. Rob, an LSA
junior who did not want to release his
last name, said he thinks NWROC is
doing the right thing.
"I think DPS is extremely racist. I
wish more people had the balls to do
what (the protesters) do," Rob said.
Amy Lebowitz, an LSA senior, said
she personally has never seen any dis-
crimination by DPS. "I think discrimi-
nation is certainly a bad thing. (DPS')
presence is important in terms of safety,"
she said.
Most onlookers refused to comment
on the event. One student said, "I'm not
commenting. I am going to keep my
mouth shut."
NWROC member Anya Wislocki, a
Detroit resident, acknowledged the group
is militant and unorthodox in its methods.
"We stand by it proudly,"he said.
"(This demonstration) shows that we
are the only group, extremist or not, to
stand up for John Matlock. I'd like to
disarm the DPS and get them off the


for the job of University president in
yesterday's meeting, Baker introduced
a motion that the new president should
"encourage dialogue" about political
"When discussion of important
and contentious matters is pre-
cluded on a university campus be-
cause such discussion is not politi-
cally correct, communication
stops," Baker said.
"Like the Devil, political correctness
has a thousand masks and a thousand
homes, including the University of
None ofthe regents seconded Baker's
"While I might or might not disagree

with (Baker's) position on political cor-
rectness ... I don't believe a statement
of this kind belongs in this sort ofdocu-
ment," McFee said.
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Ar-
bor) agreed. "This sort of dialogue
belongs in the interview," he said.
"Deciding what that person should do
before he gets here seems a little
Newman said Baker's remarks on
political correctness will not carry much
weight in the search.
"How do you legislate political
correctness?" she said. "I don't
think it is a topic that will come up
in the interviews. I'll be surprised
if it is."



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