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One hundred six years of editoria/freedom

April 3, 1997

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gather for
-safety wall
By Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporter
Students and community members
veyed campus streets from the athletic c
pus to North Campus last night in an effo
raise awareness about campus safety issu
The Michigan Student Assembly initi
esterday's Campus Safety Walk and 1
combined efforts with eight other can
organizations. Organizers designated I1 i
ferent campus areas to visit, including
locations on North Campus.
MSA Campus Safety Commission C
Jennifer Genovese said roughly 100 pe
attended the event.
"I think that sends a strong messag
administrators that this is one of our r
concerns," Genovese said.
Genovese said the purpose of the Can
Safety Walk involves encouraging discus
of safety issues and creating solutions. I
group provided feedback after the wal
include in a comprehensive report outli:
ways that safety on campus could
improved. The )roposals will be takei
University administrators and Ann Arbor
officials, she said.
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon,
participated in the event, said the walk al
'eople other than students to gain a real s
of the students' experiences in terms of ,
"That is really the real benefit so v
you're making decisions you can have a k
er sense," Sheldon said. "I think that is o
the primary purposes of this."
MSA Vice President Olga Savic said
dents will be able to stress their safety
cerns more directly to administrators
they have hands-on experience.
"I think by going on this walk ton
hey'll be able to see it from our perspect
Savic said. "So if we show them what it's
- that might make all the difference."
Ben Hess, a Safewalk dispatcher,

Biology Prof. Lewis Kliensmith answers quo
virtual university in the institute for So
Virtual Un
y Chris Metinko
ly Staff Reporter
Can technology actually hurt the
University professors tried to answer
that question at a forum on the "virtual
university," held yesterday at the
Institute for Social Research.

'U' Hospitals
predicting fiscal
gain for 1997

By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
With three months remaining in fiscal
year 1997, University Medical Center
officials are predicting an annual gain -
a stark contrast to its balance sheet one
year ago.
Larry Warren, interim executive direc-
tor of University Hospitals, reported yes-
terday that the Medical Center grossed a
$2.8-million operating gain through the
month of February. Last year, the hospi-
tal reported a loss of $11 million during
the same time frame.
"We would expect by year's end to stay
on this course and we will make money"
Warren said.
The Medical Center's total revenue
from July through February increased
from $595 million to $598 million.
Expenses in payroll and clinical faculty
also dropped from $606 million to $595

Operating losses and gains (in millions)
19954 24
1993 61.6
1991 14i
t1990 5,7
1989 5.7
1988 25
1987 6
1986 24-6
Source: University Medical center

Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon walks with a group of students down South University Avenue
during last night's Campus Safety Walk.

The Medical Center's operating budget for fis-
cal year 1997 is about $900 million.
Warren attributed the gains to the hospitals'
cost-effectiveness program, which aims to trim
$200 million from the Medical Center's operating
budget over the next three years.
Vice President for University Relations Walter
Harrison said the surplus of revenue over costs is
a testimony of the leadership of Warren, Associate
Dean of the Medical School Lloyd Jacobs and
interim Dean of the Medical School Lorris Betz.
"In the end, I'm sure we all measure the success
of the Medical Center by the lives it's helped, but
it's gratifying to know that we can do that in a cost-
effective way," Harrison said. "It's gratifying, but
the real challenges still lie ahead."
The first phase of the cuts was implemented last
July, resulting in the elimination of 1,055 job posi-
tions - half of which were achieved through attri-
tion. The number of beds in service were also
reduced from 847 to 793, including the elimination
of 10 patient beds at the Kellogg Eye Center and a

32-bed general care unit in the main hospital..
The second phase of cuts is still being formu-
lated by a redesign coordinating committee head-
ed by Jacobs. The proposed'cuts will be subject to
approval by the University Board of Regents this
"The cost-effectiveness program is intended to
position us to try to make revenue," Warren said.
"Our costs were too high and employers were
telling us day in and day out that unless we reduce
our costs, patients will go elsewhere."
John Forsyth, former executive director of
University Hospitals, estimated last July that the
hospitals' cost-per-case was about $2,698 higher
than its competitors. The high costs are due to the
dual responsibilities of the Medical Center as an
academic research facility and clinical care.
In the past 12 years, the hospitals have reported
a cumulative operating gain of $218,289,000. It
reported yearly operating losses in 1996, 1990,

the Campus Safety Walk participants
should be pleasantly surprised by how safe
the campus really is. He said the event will
hopefully educate students about the ser-
vices on campus, which aim to increase
students' safety.
'That would be a great outcome,' Hess
said. "The things that are there - you just
have to use them."

Joel Allan, manager of security services for
the University's Housing division, said
although they are primarily concerned with
North Campus lighting, the mix of individu-
als participating in the walk will help
improve all aspects of campus safety.
"With the variety of people we have here, I
think the impact of who is actually out there
See WALK, Page 5A

Holocaust humanitarian celebrated

By Susan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
Even though University alumnus
Raoul Wallenberg disappeared from
public view more than 50 years ago, his
face will soon resurface at post offices
across the nation.
In an attempt to keep the memory of
Holocaust hero Wallenberg alive, the
U.S. Postal Service will honor him with
a 32-cent stamp, which begins circula-
tion April 24.
As a Swedish diplomatic in
Hungary, Wallenberg saved at least
70,000 Jewish lives during World War
II, and is a well-known figure at the
University, where he received an
Architecture degree in the 1930s.
The University will unveil the stamp
in a ceremony at Rackham on April 27.

Among those presiding will be
President Lee Bollinger and Sen. Carl
Levin (D-Mich.).
Program Coordinator Vi Benner
said the ceremony is intended to rec-
ognize Wallenberg for his coura-
geous acts.
"He took action when no one else
would," Benner said. "He is very
important to the University especially
considering the heroic deeds he did."
Benner said one of the presenta-
tion's goals is to raise awareness
among students about the story of
"Students are a necessary compo-
nent to Wallenberg," Benner said.
Ann Arbor Postmaster Jim
Gibbons said Wallenberg's actions
show how one person can make a

"He cuts across all
the boundaries"
Gibbons said. "He
made the utmost sac-
rifice for others:'
Wallenberg saved
thousands of Jewish
people from Nazi
death camps by
issuing false 0
Swedish passports.
Without thought to-----
his own life, he threatened a Nazi
general and prevented the bombing
of a Jewish ghetto.
Gibbons said Wallenberg's bravery is
a source of pride for the University.
"Wallenberg graduated from the
University with honors," Gibbons said.

"The honoring of Wallenberg is a
humanitarian recognition of the
remembrance of a hero."
Irene Butter, a former University
public health professor and a
Holocaust survivor, noted that in
See STAMP, Page 7A

U' president
highest salarin


estions after his lecture yesterday on
cial Research Building:

technology in higher education and was
sponsored by the University chapter of
the American Association of University
Professors, the Academic Women's
Caucus and the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs.
Panelist Lewis Kliensmith, a
University biology professor, said

By Chris Metinko
Daily Staff Reporter
Thirteen of the 15 presidents at
state universities in Michigan receive
salaries above the national average
of $119,219 for university presi-
dents, according to statistics recently
released by the College and
University Personnel Association.
The highest-paid of these presi-
dents is University President Lee
Bollinger at $275,000.
"The salary for the President of
the University of Michigan is cer-
tainly quite appropriate," said Lisa

dent's salary based on salaries at
other institutions.
"We look at the salary data, and
we determine it from the numbers,"
Bugbee said. "We make sure it's
attractive enough to recruit and
retain a president."
Bollinger can understand that phi-
"All salaries are in a market,"- said
Bollinger, stating that university.
president salaries are no different
from other professional positions.
The second-highest-paid Michigan
public university president is Wayne

Top five presidents'
sales at state
public universities
1.. Lee Bollinger $275,000
University of Michigan
2. David Adamany-$186,680
Wayne State
3. Peter McPherson $185,400
Michigan State
4. Curtis Tompkins $174,868
,Michigan Tech
5. William Shelton $162,500
Eastern Michigan
University) Board of Governors hold
an evaluation to determine if the
president will receive a merit
increase,' said Robert Wartner,
department of media relations for
Wayne State.
However, Wartner said the board
had not decided yet what the deter-
minants will be for a possible
increase this year.
Although Bollinger's salary is

DETROIT (AP) - Her family
thought it was just a stomach virus.
Then Amanda Bischoff began vomiting
constantly and the little girl's eyes
turned yellow.
"She looked like a daffodil;" Patty
Bischoff said of her daughter.
Amanda ended up among about 150
Michigan schoolchildren and adults
whom authorities believe contracted
hepatitis A from tainted frozen strawber-
ries that were part of a federal school
lunch program. She recovered before
her ninth birthday Friday, but thousands



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