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"Development is "I think so much of "As the HMO system "I think you cannot "A president has to be "If you can find wy
.. development, politics and rela- moves in, you've got to have a society in which in regular and close to get students to
G) Both Dartmouth tions are human position yourself in that you have taken a group contact with the start learning on their
'00 and Michigan do relations." market, which means gen- of people and held regents or trustees." own and to deepen
it really, realty erally closing some beds, them, enslaved them their knowledge in the
well," -it means letting off some for hundreds of years, field, I think you have i
Speople, it means reducing and then say now made a great stride for-
your costs." you're on your own ...: ward.

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 5, 1996 -7

Continued from Page 1
" I feel as though the heavens havec been
smiling on the Univrsity of I
cannot say that I would expect us to ever
be so lucky agaim, he sai.
The four candidates look similar on
paper: They've all been provosts at
major institutions since 1994, all sup-


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Stise w
beneit dfreet;y
from (education)
shoudd pay for it,
pay more for it,
than they have in
the past."

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"W~e h~ave tO pe-
suade people that
what we are delive
I ng, What they are
paying for Is m faci
the delivery of the
t hings that t hey
want to pay for .

"Youhaveto structure a
system whc~h provtides
both a m~leu wit hin~ which
future' phys1cians are...
trained, onc one in which
reerhcan continue to
flourish .',

"An lnstItution dedtc&t-
ed to the education'of
the leadersh1p of this
socIety has got to ed*.
oate people from every
part of this society,
ther wi$e, it doesn t<
serv0 the $ocIety."

"'The Institution needs
the support i f the
board, It also needs
the wIsdom of the
board and the beard
has ~a formal commit-
meet afld repcnsibility
f0o' the frntituo -*

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"Fund raising has
to be a constant,
ongoing responsi-
bility of public

"I would assume
that a very large
part of my time
would be spent wth
the Legislature, and
with building anc
nurturing those rela-

"What one needs to do is
seek lots of advice and to
get very good advice from
people that know,"

"I myself believe in
affirmative action. I
believe it served the
University of California
very well."

"The board would be
the final determinant

the most important
policies of the institu-


"... I have a higher
commitment to the
public good of educa-
tion than many do
today. This I think is an
extremeiy good invest-
mnent for the society to
"The most important
route to the American
dream is the state uni-
*A University without a
lively and effective
undaergraduate program
Es a desiccated place
* It's important,
absohutely critical to
the character of this
inst itutionT

port tenure and
a ff i r m a t i v e
action, and all
have back-
grounds in the
arts and sciences.
During the
interviews and
sessions, each
c a nd i d a t e
the challenges

facing Michigan: health-care changes
affecting University Hospitals, the need
to improve undergraduate education
while maintaining research and the
necessity to restore the public's confi-
dence in state universities. They also
praised the University and the unique
responsibilities a large public institu-
tion has to society.
Lehman said each candidate fits the
criteria the regents outlined last spring
- qualifications that some have
termed "God on a good day." However,
Lehman said that each candidate would
bring something different to the
"Each of these people would leave a
profound stamp on the University of

- Regen

he one w
best fit"

M :icigan'"Lehman said at the Oct.-.
metig hen he atnnounlced the i'ra-
"sis "Ech "stamp would behe cle
diffrent, and the choice of whid'
tach candidatehas a different areo
academic interest (ranging from
medieval history to electrochemt ry)
and each came to the public interviews
and town-halL meetings with dtiffernt
visions for the future of the Unvrsity.
President for
R c I a t i o n s
Walter Harrison
said individual
regents .r:
unsure wh it
it Andrea Fischer other me iibcrs
of the board are'
Newman thinkin g
(R-Ann Arbor) because they-
are not allowed
to privately discuss candidates with each
other or with a PSAC member.
"Part of the difficulty is that they
don't know how each other fee;-
Harnson said.
In today's meeting, the board Wo
publicly decide if they "can reach -a
meeting of the minds of who the best
candidate is," Harrison said.
Newman said the board will be' care-
ful when publicly discussing the for
candidates. She said that most likeyv
they will each say what they saw as the
candidates' strengths.
"You're picking the one with the best
fit," Newman said. "I don't think
choosing one says anything less abqut
the other three.

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"A Iarge pert of
the re tr"h is
fuddby federal
funds and federal
plcies will -
have a strong
emphasis on what
(is) possibe .2"

ship With Lanng
an With otheled-
ers around thk state
probably needs
some work atd is
t rickler than t once

:: aree with thesct....
ari executive vice presi
dent tor medical affairs?

lk Michigan ... has a
see that al parts of
the society that su
port It feel a sense.f
ownership in It and feel
that they belong .2'

"Aym who is likely
t e fted by a
decisotn deserves to
be contsulted before
the decision is made.
That is my simple rule
of thumb.



'MSA lobbies for student
loans in nation's capital

By Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
Some members of the Michigan
Student Assembly believe that when stu-
dents cast their votes in today's rational
elections, it doesn't necessarily mean
their voices will be adequately rtpresent-
ed in Washington, D.C.
MSA Vice President Proir Mehta
and three LSA representatives went to
Washington, D.C., last weet to lobby
lawmakers for the protectionand expan-
sion of student loan prograns -and left
students in Ann Arbor to float the $1,200
bill, using MSA funds.
. "(Lobbying) is one f our most
important functions - we represent
students with the regents and all the
way up to the presidert of the United
States," Mehta said.
"If you ask any sttdent on campus
what their No. I concern is, they will say
money and how financial aid issues can
block access to education," Mehta said.
"We worked to mae sure those con-
cerns were heard in Washington."
Assembly members met with staff
members in the offi:es of nine congres-
sional leaders - seven Republicans and
two Democrats.
"We didn't make an effort to meet
with Democrats because there would
have been a lot of smiling and laughing
and saying, 'We agree with you'," said
Continued from Page 1
der bias on society is expected, but the
evaluations should be analyzed accord-
ingly by the University.
"The more you act like the 'mother'
of students, the better the evaluation
you get,' Freese said. "Obviously, it is
difficult in a high-tech, large class to be
very personable in a motherly kind of
way. Therefore, people tend to perceive
women as being tough and unpleasant in
ways that would not carry over to men."
LSA Edie Goldenberg said potential
biases are taken into consideration when
making salary and bonus decisions.
"When we review recommended
salary levels at the (college) level, we try
to be sensitive to any gender biases that
might be present" Goldenberg said.
While many members of the
University community debate the issues
surrounding the uses and effects of stu-
dent evaluations, they continue to
impact the faculty.
"Those evaluations were originally
designed for teaching feedback;" said
SACUA Chair Thomas Dunn.
"Then, we were told that they were
necessary, and would be used to deter-
_ mine salaries and bonuses. (The evalu-

External Relations Committee Chair
Erin Carey, who travelled with the
group. "It is with Republicans where our
lobbying can really change minds."
Mehta said the members encouraged
congressional staffs to increase appropri-
ations to student loan programs and con-
tinue expansion of the direct student loan
programs already in place. The group also
endorsed federal grants to students, in
favor of expensive student loans.
"The reason people think they can cut
education is because students don't vote
and students don't make their voices
heard through lobbying," Carey said."We
went to Washington to make sure the con-
cerns of students are not overlooked."
But other members were not sure lob-
bying trips are a good use of MSA funds.
"There's a strong sense among stu-
dents that these trips are frivolous and
when we keep spending money on them
it is undercutting our credibility as an
assembly," said Engineering Rep. David
LSA Rep. Srinu Vourganti was also
unsure MSA's lobbying efforts were
worth the assembly's time and money.
"Are these lobbying efforts really
effective?" Vourganti asked. "This is
something we definitely need to exam-
ine closely."
Burden said the lobbying efforts were
in need of serious reform to cut costs and

increase efficiency.
"We go on these trips and I don't think
they are worth the money we are spend-
ing on them now," Burden said.
Mehta said last week's trip was as
inexpensive as possible.
"It was really bare-bones stuff - the
money was spent on fixed costs we had
no control over, like plane tickets,"
Mehta said. "We paid for our own meals
and everything else - we were very
efficient spenders."
In addition to the lobbying of the
members' staffs, the reps also attended
the National Association of Students for
Higher Education's national conference.
NASHE is a national organization com-
prised of collegiate student government
representatives from across the nation.
Mehta said NASHE lobbies on behalf
of more than 1 million students nation-
"(The University's) 36,000 students
make an impact on lawmakers but
(NASHE's) 1.5 million students has a
much bigger impact," Mehta said.
LSA Rep. Karie Morgan, who also
made the trip to Washington, was
appointed NASHE secretary and will sit
on the organization's executive board.
The trip's fourth participant, LSA Rep.
Sangeti Bhaita, will also continue to
work closely with NASHE's executive

ations) provide absolutely necessary
feedback, but I don't think they have
any value as determinants of good
teaching,' Dunn said.
"If one were paranoid, they may
think that (the evaluations) are a pre-
tenure review to determine faculty that
needs to be disposed of," D'Alecy said.
According to information released by
the Office of Evaluations and
'Examinations, more than 10,000
University classes filled out the rating
forms last year, and "teachers and
administrators throughout the
University used the results in their
efforts to evaluate and improve teaching
at the University."
The University does not have any
printed reports that address gender bias
in faculty salaries, but some faculty
members insist the difference exists.
"I receive annual salary recommen-
dations from each academic unit, for
every member of the LSA faculty,"
Goldenberg said.
"Every academic unit in LSA consid-
ers educational contributions like teach-
ing - which is broadly defined - as
an important part of faculty responsibil-
ity," Goldenberg said.
Dunn also noted that the evaluations
may not measure all of a professor's

"Teaching is not a simple issue. If
a professor treats a class as cus-
tomers, that's not the role of the fac-
ulty," Dunn said.
The student evaluation forms,
revised this past summer by CRLT, con-
tain a variety of questions, ranging from
a teacher's use of multimedia to the
equitable treatment of students in the
"There's no question about (the eval-
uations) having an effect on teachers,"
said CRLT Director Connie Cook.
"However, CRLT encourages admin-
istration to use various methods of
teacher rating. There are other determi-
nants of 'good' teaching, such as when
teachers help students find internships,"
Cook said.
Despite the depth and importance of
the issue, statistics indicating a gender
bias in faculty salaries have not current-
ly been developed by University
Human Resources and Affirmative
Action. In the meantime, Goldenberg
pointed to the LSA Excellence in
Education Awards as an honor that
recently has elevated women.
"Of those (awards) received by
tenured faculty, 30 percent went to
women in 1996' Goldenberg said.



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