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One hundred six years ofeditonzl freedom

Wednesday
October 23, 1996

MAKING
Candidate
supports
hands-on
challenges
By Jodi S. Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
IStanley Chodorow - provost at the
University of Pennsylvania and a finalist for
the University presidency - believes students
learn best when faced with hands-on chal-
lenges.
When five Penn students recently "marched
into his office" to debate ideas in his textbook,
they walked away hours later with a new
understanding of medieval history.
"The students and I tore that thing to
shreds," Chodorow told the Board of Regents
d University community yesterday during a
blic interview. "It's that kind of experience
you have to give to undergraduates."
Students, faculty and administrators grilled
Chodorow yesterday afternoon on topics rang-
ing from student leadership to affirmative
action and faculty governance.
"He did a very good jdb of making everyone
feel relaxed," said Regent Andrea Fischer
Newman (R-Ann Arbor). "His breadth of
knowledge is very impressive."
Often reflecting on his experiences as a fac,
ty member and administrator at Penn and the
University of California-San Diego, Chodorow
spent the majority of yesterday focusing on
two topics: the "vast expansion" of undergrad-
uate education and the future of universities
during the "electronic revolution."
Regent Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann Arbor)
asked Chodorow to describe the University in
the 21st century - how it will look in 2013
when her now 4-year-old daughter will be a
irst-year student.
Chodorow said universities will be forced to
"clarify what research is doing for undergradu-
ate education" and expand hands-on research
experiences for students. He also touted inter-
disciplinary learning and the creation of pro-
grams that emphasize broad, critical thinking.
During a two-hour public interview with the
board, Chodorow described his transformation
from growing up in Queens, N. Y., to aspiring
to lead the maize and blue. He realized he "fell
love" with universities and their unique role
1Amencan society as an undergraduate at
Unions,
GM settle
ntrike
C-an ada;

A 'REAL DIFFERENCE'

M SA votes to
ike student

s t0

$6.19

rk

Ballot questions will askse
students to more than double A e l U
current MSA fees News study unfair
ly Will Weisrt

D)aily Staff Reporter

Next month students will decide whether they
want to more than double their student fee to ben-
efit both campus governments and student groups.
The current per semester student fee is $2.69,
but after mid-November that figure could climb to
$6.19.
At last night's Michigan Student Assembly
meeting, members passed resolutions to add two
fee-increase questions to the MSA elections ballot.
The first will ask students to raise their fee $1.50
to provide additional MSA funding, and the other
asks students to endorse a $1 fee increase to bene-
fit individual student governments on campus.
These new fee-increase questions will join a
ballot question the assembly approved earlier this
month that allows students to raise their fee by
$1.50 per term to support Project Serve and the
Black Volunteer Network.
MSA members said students were beilg asked
to endorse large fee increases, but the assembly
and other student governments sorely need
increased funding.
"All of these increases add up to a lot of money
and they might not all pass - but if (additional
funding for MSA) doesn't we are going to be in
big trouble," said MSA Vice President Probir
Mehta. "We need this money and it is also our duty
to support other students - we need to let the stu-
dents decide."
LSA Rep. Yejide Peters said MSA would pass
additional funding onto student groups.
"The question everyone keeps asking us is why,
why, why are you asking for more money," Peters
said. "The answer is because we have somebody
always asking us for money."
Budget Priorities Committee Chair Carey
Morgan said the money would go directly back to
student groups.
"It will be better for student groups if this pass-
prgan said. 'This year w are going to end
up funding only about 100 groups on campus and
See MSA, Page 7

By Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
The maize and blue traditionally has placed
high in the annual rankings of national univer-
sities published by U.S. News and World
Report - but those high rankings will disap-
pear if the Michigan Student Assembly gets its
way.
At last night's meeting, the assembly fol-
lowed the lead of student governments at other
universities by branding U.S. News' assessment
criteria as unfair, and by urging the University
Board of Regents to pull out of the rankings
race. Student governments at Stanford and
Harvard universities as well as at the
Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology are tack-
ling the same issue.
"Sometimes the ranking criteria (U.S. News)
uses has no bearing on our lives and is not
reflective of the quality of education at this
University - things like alumni contribution,'
said MSA Vice President Probir Mehta. "They
also discriminate against large schools on fac-
tors that are beyond the control of the schools.'
Mehta said the "biased' ranks can affect stu-
dents if University administrators take them
into account when making policy decisions.
Al SanaT. U.S. News' assistant managing
editor, said the rankings were meant as a guide
for students reviewing their college options.
"I think anyone who does extensive research
and uses our rankings, and talks to high school
guidance counselors, of these, very few stu-
dents base their final decisions on our rank-
ings': SanolT said. "We suggest (students) don't
base their final decisions on the rankings."
Mehta also said the annually published rank-
ings may not be completely accurate because
university officials can lie when submitting fig-
ures to U.S. News.
"People need to realize that important deci-
sions about the University are being made on
See RANKINGS, Page 7

JOSH BIGGS/DaiIy
Stanley Chodorow, U. of Penn. provost, responds to interviewers' questions yesterday.

Cornell University.
"I fell in love with the university as an insti-
tution as well as medieval history' Chodorow
said. "It's a space we've carved out of society
where special and unusual things happen.
Chodorow said the University's place as a
large, public institution makes it even more
important to society.
"This is one of the models,' he said. "It has
a much more direct relationship to society than
a private (university).-
See CHODOROW, Page 7

Bollinger Up Next
Lee Bollinger, the third candidate for University
president, will be on campus tomorrow:
9-11 a.m. - Public interview with regents
in the Fleming Administration Building.
24 p.m. - Town meeting discussion with
faculty, students and staff at the Ford
library on North Campus. The meeting w ill
be followed by a reception at the library.
Monday: Larry Faulkner.

No charges filed yet
in Theta Chi party;
pres. may avoid jail

TORONTO (AP) - General Motors
settled a three-week strike with its
workers in Canada yesterday, resolving
a power struggle over job security that
had idled more than 46,000 workers
Ioss North America.
The Canadian Auto Workers' 26,300
strikers were expected to ratify the
agreement in a vote today, and they
could be back at work by the end of the
week.
Once the Canadian plants resume
production, GM should be able to start
bringing back nearly 20,000 U.S. and
Mexican workers laid off because of
strike-related disruptions. But it will
e time for the Canadian plants to
duce and ship the parts that other
plants need before they can bring all
their workers back.
To the union, the lengthy negotia-
tions were a ground-breaking and suc-
cessful challenge to GM's ability to
decide on its own whether to sell plants
and to "outsource" - farm out union
work on auto parts to cheaper indepen-
dent suppliers.
Now the automaker confronts sim-
r talks with its workers in the
United States. Negotiators for the
United Auto Workers and GM met
Monday in Detroit after a weekend
recess, and the talks are expected to
intensify now that there is a settle-
mptin C

JOSH BIGGS/Daily

The new Michigan League Underground will host several eateries, including Wendy's.

By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
In addition to accusations that Theta
Chi fraternity had kegs of beer and
supplied alcohol to minors at a party
Saturday night, members also alleged-
ly served shots of vodka to the mem-
bers of Alpha Phi sorority as they
entered the house during their closed
party.
Interfraternity Council President
Larry Powell said no additional
charges of hazing have been made
against Theta Chi for serving alcohol
to pledges at the doors of the fraterni-
ty house.
Powell said an Alpha Phi member,
who later passed out on South
University Avenue, is not a pledge and
was not forced to drink.
"This situation involved an active
member who consumed alcohol on her
own volition," Powell said. "It's by no
means a product of peer pressure."
The intoxicated Alpha Phi member,
who is a minor, was taken to the emer-
gency room by ambulance early
Sunday morning after passing out on a
residential lawn. The woman was with
four other sorority sisters who had all
attended Theta Chi's party, according
to Ann Arbor Police Department
reports.
"There were no restrictions as to age
requirements. No IDs were checked at
anytime," AAPD reports stated. "At
the front entrance of Theta Chi, a shot

Theta Chi President Bruce Stewart,
an LSA junior, faces the possibility of
jail time under state host laws for serv-
ing alcohol to minors but most likely
will not serve any time in prison as a
first-time offender.
"It's not the type of thing people get
sent to jail for on the first offense,"
said Special Assistant Prosecutor Joe
Burke of the Washtenaw County
Prosecutor's Office. "(The host laws)
are to keep any adults who hold the
party criminally responsible for the
drinking at their party." Burke said the
prosecutor's office had not reviewed
the case as of yesterday.
A University student who was at the
party said the Alpha Phi member who
was later hospitalized was "really
drunk" by midnight Saturday. Ann
Arbor poli'e found the Alpha Phi
member at 1:53 a.m. Sunday, nearly
two hours later.
AAPD reports indicate that the
woman had not attended any parties
earlier Saturday night before going to
Theta Chi.
"(The Alpha Phi member) had not
consumed any alcohol prior to going
to Theta Chi and had not attended any
other parties this date prior to Theta
Chi," AAPD reports stated.
The student, also a minor, who wit-
nessed the party, said she was at the
party from 12-12:30 a.m. and said
friends offered her cans of beer. She
said the party was Theta Chi's "carry-

Canada comes to Michigan League

By Pamela Jakiela
For the Daily
Tim Horton's, a Canadian doughnut chain recently bought
out by Wendy's fast-food chain, will soon open one of its first
American franchises in the basement of the Michigan League.
Both the doughnut dealer and a Wendy's franchise will be
housed in the newly renovated League Underground, sched-
uled to open in early November.
"We're hoping that the Underground will serve as a gath-
ering area for students. That was the building's original pur-
pose:' said League Director Bob Yecke.
In addition to the two fast-food restaurants, the
Underground will have a common seating area and an open
.taop V'cke sa idthe taoe wil lfeature reolar nerformances

"After the Underground opens, when Wendy's and Tim
Horton's are up and running, we can figure out what type of
establishment would best benefit students," he said.
Yecke said the basement renovation process began two
years ago with the closing of a coffee shop that had been the
Underground's main attraction. Since then, parts of the base-
ment have been gutted and redone by general contracting
company J. C. Beal.
"The basement used to be done in oak, and we've ripped
everything out. The new look is very industrial. It's a bit of a
shame" said carpentry foreman Ron Mazurek.
Mazurek's team, which was working on the site this week.
has already completed most of the common area, a new set of
bathrooms. the stage and Wendy's. which was originally

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