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March 25, 1997
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ly Staff Reporter
Members of the University faculty are extending an olive
h to President Lee Bollinger, calling for a closer rela-
i hip between the faculty and the new president.
Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs
embers said yesterday they plan to focus on the presi-
ent's relationship with the faculty when Bollinger
akes his scheduled appearance at next Monday's
"The big message that I think we should try to get across
o him is that we're there to help him," said physiology Prof.
ou D'Alecy, the incoming SACUA chair. "I'd like to set the
one that we'll be working together. Every indicator is that
he'll be open to that."
SACUA members said they hope
Bollinger will support the stimulation of
-. the University's executive faculty sub-
committees, citing the success of the
3 academic affairs committee and the
research policies committee.
"We'd like to see a comparable
level of interaction with other adviso-
ry committees," D'Alecy said. "If
you've got two that work really well,
nn that's something you'd like to emu-
Faculty members said they hope Bollinger will work more
losely with the faculty than did former and president James
"There were a lot of things that Duderstadt did that
vere very good, but he never brought these ideas to the
acuity Senate for discussion," said chemistry Prof. and
utgoing SACUA chair Thomas Dunn, citing programs
ike the Michigan Mandate. "It's the faculty that does
hese things and if they don't do them, they don't get
ilfred Kaplan, professor emeritus of mathematics, said
e as seen a range of relationships between the faculty and
he University's presidents since he began teaching at the
niversity in 1940.
"There should be a feeling of collegiality," Kaplan said.
'We all had the feeling with (former University President
Robben) Fleming, but we had that feeling less with (former
University President Harold) Shapiro and even less with
Duderstadt' Kaplan said.
SACUA members said they plan to ask Bollinger his
pinion on the success of Senate Assembly evaluations of
r*instrators -a process that began three years ago and
valuates the performance of University deans and vice
"If the president supports it, I think it encourages the coop-
'ration of the various administrators that are being evaluat-
d," said William Ensminger, SACUA member and internal
edicine and pharmacology professor.
SACUA members aid they are also curious how Bollinger
will go about filling positions on future executive search
Law Prof. Theodore St. Antoine said he hopes
B inger will focus his attention on the needs of the
"Wh-superstar" faculty and not gauge the climate of the
University's faculty by the silence of "headline-making"
"Even though they are the ornaments of the University, I
think it's very important that he pays close attention to the
great mass of faculty," St. Antoine said.
HEART OF T MATTER iT
Students say study
By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
More and more Americans are
choosing to marry outside of their race,
according to the results of a new study
headed by University sociology Prof.
Farley, also a research scientist with
the Population Studies Center, exam-
ined U.S. Census data from as far back
as the 1980s to find who is marrying
whom and how different factors such as
geography, education and military
experience relate to people's choice of
"I think we're experiencing a lot of
racial change in the United States,"
Farley said. "It's important to document
what is happening and to some degree
why it's happening."
According to the study, American
Indians, Latinos/as and Asian
Americans are more likely than
blacks and whites to marry outside of
their race. But the statistics also are
divided along gender lines in some
In the Asian American community,
the study found that women are more
likely to marry partners of a different
race than men. In the black community,
men married out of their race more fre-
quently than women.
"Just under 10 percent of the black
men who married in the 1980s or 1990s
married white women, compared to less
than two percent of black men who
married in the 1940s or 1950s," Farley
said in a written statement.
One student said the reason for
increased interracial marriages may be
a shift in general attitudes. "Maybe the-
times are changing and people are
being more relaxed," said Holly, a
senior in the School of Education who
requested anonymity. She said stereo-
types that interracial marriage is "awful
and that it shouldn't be done" no longer
Farley said the results of the study
were not exactly as he had predicted. "I
was surprised at the increase over time
in the proportion of people who marry
outside of their own race," he said.
Residents of California and Hawaii
were more likely to marry out of their
race than people who reside in the
South or Midwest, the study reported.
Those who have served in the military
were also more likely to choose part-
ners of a different race.
Engineering junior Tricia Allam,
who is currently in an interracial rela-
tionship, said young people seem to be
more open to the idea of interracial
couples than older generations. "Most
of the negative reactions we've gotten
have been from older people, like age
60 and over," she said.
Allam said most young adults "don't
even think twice" about interracial dat-
Farley plans to share his findings
with members of the Population
Association of America at their annu-
al meeting in Washington, D.C., on
Rash of fires
Dr. Steven Bolling, who has been featured on The Learning Channel's, "The Operation," performs a mitral
valve replacement in an operating room at Taubman Medical Center.
U surgeons go pnme-time
By Erin Holmes
For The Daily
If you think Michigan sports is the only part of
the University getting TV-time, try flipping on The
Decked out in their Michigan-Go-Blue scrub
suits, top surgeons from the Michigan Medical
Center have been featured four times in "The
Operation," a regular Saturday night series
broadcasting live surgeries in an operating
Kirk Streb, the director of the channel's medical
show, said it has consistently received No. I rat-
ings, but he is "stunned" by the positive response
to the episodes about the University.
Streb said the University got involved with the
show several years ago, and the producers were
"so impressed with the doctors and facilities" that
The Learning Channel has returned to the
University's Medical Center for additional
"If you go to a good place and work with good
doctors, it becomes a learning experience for
everyone," Streb said.
Streb said one of the show's main goals is to get
See SURGEONS, Page 7
By Ajit K. Thavarajah
D~aily Staff Reporter
Police and fire investigators suspect a
possible link between a recent rash of
fires in Ann Arbor.
An investigation was launched
Friday after two people narrowly
escaped the flames of a deliberately set
fire that spread from a car to a mobile
home in Scio Township said.
Five cars also were set ablaze Sunday
at different locations near the
University's campus. They were started
by igniting scraps of paper that had been
placed inside the vehicles. The damage
totaled more than $1,500 per car.
Detective Sgt. Roy Mays of the
Washtenaw County Sheriff's
Department said the fires that destroyed
a car and a mobile home at Scio Farms
Estates last Friday were similar to at
least six other fires that have been
reported in the same park.
"The damage has been fairly exten-
sive to various objects - cars, trash
dumpsters," Mays said. "There have
been enough of these fires to show that
there's a serious problem that needs to
Agencies involved in the investiga-
tion include the Washtenaw County
Sheriff's Department, Ann Arbor police
and fire departments and the
Department of Public Safety.
Ann Arbor Fire Marshall Scott
Rayburn said it's too early to jump to
any conclusions about the fires' caus-
"We are trying to see if the recent
fires are related or if they are just coin-
cidental. There have been some similar-
ities and we want to see if this could be
one person or a group,' Rayburn said.
"At this point, it is trying to put infor-
mation together and figuring out what
the next step should be in terms of fur-
Rayburn said there recently have
been similar fires in the same vicinity.
"The fires have been in a general
neighborhood, all of them involving
cars, and others set in apartment storage
areas, laundry rooms and hallways,'
"Right now we are taking a close look
at some possible leads and hopefully we
can resolve the issue,' DPS detective
Paul Vaughan said, adding that he will be
working with other agencies regarding
fires that have been set on campus.
"We're not prepared to give out
details, but I can say that we have had
some fires that are under investiga-
tion, and we are pooling informa-
tion," Vaughan said. "We are trying
to see if the fires happening in the
city and the rest of the county are all
due to the same individual or group."
ly Staff Reporter
Sewage leaks up from the laundry room, the
first-floor ceiling caves in and the heat never
comes back on.
No, this isn't the set of a bad horror movie.
This is student housing gone awry.
"Students may feel excited about the libera-
tion of living off campus, until they find out
things can really go awry," said Alan Levy, pub-
lic affairs director for University Housing.
For LSA senior Shane Russell and his house-
&tes, housing problems went beyond leaky
faucets and drafty windows.
"We lived in a condemned house for nine
months," Russell said. "We didn't have heat, hot
water or even electricity for the majority of last
Rusell said he and his housemates never met
From Staff and Wire Reports Report
The chief urologist at the School of Medicine was sus-
pended because of alleged financial improprieties, according
to a published report yesterday.
Dr. Joseph Oesterling is being investigated in connection
with consulting fees he received from drug and medical com-
panies, according to an anonymous source in the Detroit Free
The doctor said he was suspended Wednesday, but
declined to say why. University officials have declined to
comment on the suspension, saying it is policy to decline
comment on personnel matters.
The University also is investigating possible expense
account abuses and whether Oesterling hid his income
from outside business arrangements, the Free Press
"All of this is a misunderstanding," Oesterling told the
Oesterling has refused comment to The Michigan
ISA senior Thara Nagarajan shows off the
flooded basement of her Lawrence Street home.
floor caved in from the ceiling down," Russell
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