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Collier
,eaves
teaching
position
Former Golden Apple
winner stepped out
after 'disagreement'
By Janet Adamy
Dai y Staff Reporter
Students expecting to see Thomas
Cellier behind the podium at the first
eeting of History 366: 20th Century
4Ainerian Wars encountered a different
ace last Thursday afternoon.
Instead of Collier, who was voted by
stpdents to receive the Golden Apple
Award for outstanding undergraduate
teaching in 1995, history lecturer Bil
Kerrigan stood before the class.
Collier said yesterday that he chose to
stop teaching this term because of a dis-
agreement with the history department
about undergraduate education.
I'm not really anxious to get into a
dogfight about it," Collier said, declining
specify details of the disagreement.
Collier said he no longer is connected
with the history department, but will
continue to work as an LSA academic
adviser.
"I don't see any opportunity to return
to teaching anytime soon," Collier said.
Collier served in the military
between 1952 and 1972. He has taught
classes about the Vietnam War, World
War II and American history. During
,is tenure in the history department, his
qourses have been popular because of
his unique style of teaching, which
draws from his own experience.
Although Collier said that "nobody's
begging (him) to teach," many students
expressed disappointment that Collier
will not be standing at the front of the
lecture hall.
, LSA junior Rachel Flynn said she
was "very disappointed" when she
#ound out that Collier was not teaching
the class.
"I was just taking it to take it with
Collier," Flynn said. "That's like the
only reason I'm taking this class. The
whole buzz going around the class on
- the first day was 'Oh my God, Collier's
not teaching."'
Flynn asserted that all the students in
.her discussion section said they chose
the class to study under Collier.
Kerrigan, who was informed in
Iovember that he would be teaching
the class, said he feels comfortable lee-
turing because he previously worked as
a teaching assistant for the course.
"I'm not Tom Collier," Kerrigan
said. "I'm trying to respect the history
~.f the course and keep it fundamental-
ly the same, but make some of my own
,changes."
Kerrigan said the class will focus
rgely on personal experience with
ar and war's impact on society.
History department Chair Rebecca
Scott said it would "not be appropriate"
to comment on Collier's choice to leave
the department, but said the course was
ontinuing to flourish" with Kerrigan
teaching.
Scott said Kerrigan asked students
-on the 142-person waitlist to sign a new
list to confirm their interest in taking

the class. Scott said that based on the
iew list, the department decided to
;open three new discussion sections.
"The key fact is that the handwritten
w'aitlist that confirmed the students'
esire to take the class was sufficient
enough to allow us to reopen three new
sections,' Scott said.
Vazira Zamindar, who served as a
graduate student instructor for Collier
and is a GSI this semester for Kerrigan,
said she is glad Kerrigan is teaching.
"Of course a lot of students enrolled
because they thought that Collier was
teaching the class, so I expect that Collier
had a considerable following with the
students," Zamindar said. "However, a
lot of students have chosen to stay with
the class. It has lots of information, and
the students will still get that."
History Prof. W Andrew
Achenbaum said he would "love to see
a situation where Collier could contin-
due teaching."
"Any time in which excellence in
classrooms is not maximized is a loss,'
Achenbaum said.
Achenbaum said he did not feel the
history department treated undergradu-
ates unfairly.
"I think the department has long
enjoyed teaching undergraduates,"
Achenbaum said.
Ilona Cohen, an LSA senior major-
ing in history and political science, said
the department should listen more to
the input of students.
"Obviously the happiness of the
undergraduate students reflects on the
reputation of the University," Cohen

Senate committee
debates wage jump

LANSING (AP) - Michigan busi-
ness and organized labor locked horns
again yesterday over a bill to increase
the state minimum wage. But this time,
the outcome may be different.
The chair of the Senate committee
reviewing the bill said "something" will
win the panel's approval. And the mea-
sure is sponsored by a member of the
Republican majority in the Senate,
where such legislation died last year.
"Something will come out of commit-
tee," said Sen. Mike Rogers (R-Howell)
chair of the Senate Human Resources
and Labor Committee. And Tim Hughes,
a spokesperson for the state AFL-CIO,
said "it's a basic issue of fairness."
He noted the state minimum wage
has not been increased in 19 years.
"I think it's going to pass the Senate"
Rogers said. "This is a much more
responsible bill than came over last

year. I think it's a much more responsi-
ble approach."
Last year, the House passed a bill to
boost the wage, but business also
objected to other provisions. The
Senate never took up the measure.
The federal minimum wage was
boosted last year; the state wage would
apply only to companies that do not
engage in interstate commerce and have
gross receipts under $500,000 a year.
The Senate bill would:
® Raise the minimum wage to $4.75
an hour on July 1 and to S5.15 on Sept.
1, 1998.
Permit a $2.52 per-hour wage foi
employees who earn tips, as long as the
tips make up the difference to the mini-
mum wage.
Allow a $4.25 "training wage" foi
employees less than 20 years old for the
first 90 days of work.

AP PHOTO
A recovery technician from the Marine Pollution Control in Detroit sifts through debris from the Comair Flight 3272 crash. The
crash remains are being stored in a warehouse in Raisinville Township, Mich.
Investigators give tour of
wreckage reconstruction

RAISINVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich.
(AP) - One week after it was supposed
to land in Detroit, Comair Flight 3272
has arrived, for now, at a cold, aban-
doned nursery warehouse about 20
miles short of its destination.
Here, investigators will clean off and
lay out the crushed and charred pieces
of the Embraer Brasilia 120. And it's
where the pieces will stay until federal
investigators decide they hold no more
clues about why the plane crashed,
killing 29 people.
The wreckage is in. the hands of
Richard Rodriguez, the chief investiga-
tor for the National Transportation
Safety Board. He said everything
except the engines and propellers,
which have been sent back to their man-
ufacturers for testing, will be washed
with bleach, arranged by location
before the crash and kept under lock
and key.
Any clues to the crash are probably
somewhere else.
"There are no Easter eggs in there,"
Rodriguez said. "The stuff is available

for examination should we find the
need."
All of the pieces that recovery teams
could find have been removed from the
crash site. For the past two days, nine
men wearing yellow protective suits
and blue helmets with face shields have
scrubbed the pieces with soft brushes
soaked in household bleach or sprayed

the larger parts.
Several large
pieces of the
plane are still
recognizable,
including the
right and front
landing gear, the
wing flaps and
the tail section.
Some pieces are
charred, but

itTherea
Easter eg
there."

els managed to keep their white-and-
red Comair paint scheme.
Rodriguez pointed out some parts of
the plane that had attracted interest
before. The two tanks that held fire
extinguisher fluid for the engines were
found. Investigators found the handle
that activates the right engine's extin-
guisher in the "on" position in the
wreckage.
NTSB offi-
ire no cials have said
that there was no
s Il sign the engine
was on fire
before the crash,
ard Rodriguez and Rodriguez
declined to say if
B investigator any residue was
found in the
tanks, which
were torn open in the crash.
Rodriguez also pointed out the throt-
tle control. Although some of the han-
dles had been torn away, the control for
the right engine was found open farther
than the one for the left engine.

- Rich
NTSE

most were mangled when the plane
nosed into the frozen ground.
Many of the wires and pipes were
marked with yellow plastic flags tied
with wire, used by investigators to mark
the pieces in the field. A few metal pan-

Board of Ed. faces scrutiny
Engler looks to limit state panel's power

LANSING (AP) -Gov. John Engler
might as well have been peddling ice
cubes door-to-door in Michigan yester-
day when he talked with the State
Board of Education about his orders
stripping away the panel's authority.
Few were in the mood to buy what
Engler was
pushing.
"I think that it's;
unconstitutional
and I think it's a?
mistake. I'd love
to see you with-
draw it," board
member Barbara
Roberts Mason
(D-Lansing) told
Engler bluntly. Engler
Engler reject-
ed the criticism of Mason and other
board members, insisting he has the
power as head of the executive branch
to take away duties of the elected board.
He laughed at Mason's comment that
the board has been involved in policy
matters in the past, such as school
finance.

"It would come as a thunderbolt to
the Legislature to know you were
secretly involved," he said.
And he repeated his claim that the
board has been too bogged down in triv-
ial details to look at the broader picture of
how to improve schools in Michigan.
"I think some of the forest is missed
for the trees;" he said.
"This board has been focused on the
trees and you don't know if you're in
sequoias or pines."
Engler last month issued two execu-
tive orders transferring to the state
superintendent of public instruction
many duties that have been carried out
by the board. One takes effect in March
and one in July.
Discussion of the orders came at the
first meeting of the board after
Republicans gave up control of the
panel. Democrats and Republicans are
now deadlocked 4-4.
The only board members clearly in
Engler's corner were Republicans Clark
Durant of Grosse Pointe and Sharon
Wise of Owosso. Republican Gary
Wolfram of Hillsdale was absent.

"It does challenge us to have a clear-
er focus on what we do," Durant said.
Republican Dorothy Beardmore of
Rochester joined Democrats in com-
plaining that the orders give the super-
intendent more than ministerial duties,
including setting requirements in areas
such as teacher certification.

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