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4 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 25, 1997

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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University of Michigan

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Eviction notice
'U' juniors and seniors have limited options

'Hunting is, at its core, recreation, but the states
disguise that and promote it as management and
tell the public it's necessary.'
- US Humane Society member Susan Hagood, stating that pro-
hunting groups and the Department of Natural Resources wrongly
promote hunting as a means of deer herd population control
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L ast week, University Housing
announced that it would not offer
juniors and seniors the opportunity to live
in the University's traditional residence
halls. Housing deemed this decision neces-
sary, and although it unfairly deals with
upperclassmen, it was the only appropriate
course of action for the University this year.
Clearly the University must evaluate and
change the policies in place that govern
housing arrangements to ensure that this
does not happen again.
Juniors and seniors will be required to
live off-campus or in non-traditional
University housing next year to open up
enough space in residence halls for incom-
ing first-year students. The University guar-
antees all first-year students the opportuni-
ty to live in a residence hall, and rightly so.
The value of living in the halls for the first
year of college is unquestionable - it
allows students to forge new friendships,
learn the ropes of the University and learn
about the many resources available to them.
But there is credence to the notion that
students with seniority deserve more advan-
tageous treatment. After all, juniors and
seniors have already spent thousands of dol-
lars to attend the University. Furthermore,
the University honors seniority in nearly
every other facet of campus life, from
course registration dates to tickets for ath-
letic events. But the freshman class has
grown 20 percent since 1990, resulting in a
major housing crunch. With students being
crammed into lounges and overcrowded,
converted triples the past few years, the
University had no other options available.
In the future, housing and admissions
must do a better job correlating their deci-
sions so there is enough room in the resi-
dence halls for both incoming students and

those juniors and seniors who wish to stay
in the residence halls. More students have
accepted admission to the University in
recent years, and admissions should consid-
er expanding the wait list so the size of the
incoming class is more predictable and the
recent overcrowding problems can be more
easily avoided.
Both upperclass and new students face
problems as a result of this decision. A
major downside for the upperclass students
is the loss of the conveniences in traditional
residence halls. For example, the buildings
to which juniors and seniors are now rele-
gated do not include the meal service
option. Students can still purchase a meal
plan, but having to walk to another dorm is
inconvenient, at best.
The other troublesome factor in this
equation is the timing of the decision and
notification. To announce a major upheaval
for upperclass students near the end of the
semester adds the burden of looking for
housing to students' already busy slate of
activities. The University failed to provide
students with time to make arrangements to
cope with such a large change.
The larger problem obviously lies in the
formula used to predict the number of stu-
dents who will enroll upon being admitted
to the University. Faulty formulas, and poor
predictors are the only way to explain why
the number of students increased yearly
without changes to current housing and
admissions formulas. Admissions should
determine the problem and encourage the
proper action, even if it means limiting
admissions or planning for new living space
down the line. Students deserve the ability
to choose where they live, and the
University should do all it can to make sure
that choices are not permanently removed.


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Report shows that teachers are underqualified

O ne in five U.S. high school teachers
should spend more time taking class-
es before teaching them, according to a
report issued last Thursday. The National
Commission on Teaching and America's
Futu&'s study found that 20 percent of this
country's high school teachers lack even a
college minor in their teaching field. The
nuntr of underqualified educators specif-
ically in Michigan varies widely by subject
- approaching 28 percent of mathematics
instructors, and dipping to nine percent of
social studies teachers. The high number of
unqualified teachers highlights the need for
shifts in hiring practices and recruitment
efforts, especially in the face of recent
reports demonstrating that well-trained
teachers play a vital role in administering
quality education.
The new study finds that nearly all stu-
dents who perform well on reading and
math tests have highly qualified teachers, as
assessed through advanced college degrees
and through scores on licensing examina-
tions. However, a 1996 Congressional
report reveals that in recent years, more
than 50,000 people who lacked required
training have entered the field annually. The
result: a marked decline in the quality of
pre-college education, mirrored through
poorer scores on high school assessment
tests and on college entrance exams.
Given these data, the need for a shift in
recruitment and hiring practices comes
sharply into focus. To their credit, Metro
Detroit districts typically require all high
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to possess a major in their field. But such
requirements do not exist in all districts.
Often, the paucity of qualified applicants
precludes school systems from imposing
strict guidelines on their teachers.
Over a 20-year period, the number of
college first-year students interested in
teaching has fallen from 20 percent to just
6 percent. The decline stems largely from
a corresponding' decline in the respect,
monetary compensation and prestige
accorded to this nation's educators. In fact,
in nine states, welfare pays more than the
average first-year salary of a teacher.
Clearly, the United States offers little
incentive for students to consider careers
in education. In the end, the lack of impor-
tance socially accorded to the teaching
profession diminishes the quality of edu-
cation for students.
In addressing the teacher shortage, some
schools - often charter schools - have
turned to persons outside the teaching pro-
fession to provide instruction. Often retired
professionals or partially employed persons
act as makeshift teachers. Such a last-resort
method of educating students does not
afford students quality instruction.
School districts and state government, in
particular, must collaborate to improve
recruitment efforts - perhaps through allo-
cating more funds for pay raises - so that
children do not receive an inferior educa-
tion. That 20 percent of the country's teach-
ers lack adequate qualifications reveals that
the United States must begin to prioritize
ariu'atin cn that all students will have

argument is
poorly framed
This letter is in response
to Prof. Carl Cohen's position
on affirmative action offered
at last Monday's forum. As a
professor of philosophy, Prof.
Cohen well knows to
embrace elements of doubt
and uncertainty as integral to
progressive discourse and
further philosophical offer-
ings; it is here where Prof.
Cohen fails miserably.
Those both inside and out-
side the field realize that it is
a discipline of process,
inquiry and transformation;
Prof. Cohen seems to have
either forgotten or been poorly
instructed. He states, "If the
purpose of affirmative action
is to balance the races, that is
constitutionally wrong."
I am sorry, but as a pro-
fessor of philosophy, he
should not allow himself to
be manacled by precedent,
script and legal discourse.
The term "democracy" was
also thrown around careless-
ly, as he seemed to posit the
existence of a finished form
of democracy.
Democracy is never in
final form and 1 am surprised
that he allows himself to be
consumed by such a hungry
search for "product" that any
element of "process" or
change that he should wel-
come, is disqualified. Simply
put, Prof. Cohen is allowing
the tail to wag the dog.
He further states, "The
University does not have the
authority to compensate the
wrongs of society. It is our
legal and moral duty to
cleanse ourselves of racial
discrimination." Here Prof.
Cohen 1) seems to feel that if
we refuse to recognize the
construction of "race" and
"ethnicity" that it will disap-
pear by itself and 2) that a
collective element of com-
passion and "moral"ity can
be found in all persons, when
history has proven otherwise
even with the piecemeal aid
of the "legal" system.
Now, my intention is not
to insult the intelligence of
Prof. Cohen or inflate my cre-
dentials in X, Y, or Z disci-
pline to a level of expertise.
But I will say that Prof.
Cohen is not well versed in
the politics of racial and eth-
nic difference, the legacy of
their construction, or the man-
ifestations of their presence.
But not to worry, perhaps the
University can implement an
affirmative action program to
compensate for the underrep-
resentation of academics in
post-doctoral courses.

already started to shrink.
First of all, Housing spent
a lot of time and effort pre-
senting its Re-App campaign
encouraging us to stay in the
res halls, because of all the
benefits. We were tricked
into thinking that Housing
wanted us to stay with open
arms. Now, nearing the end
of the first semester, Housing
decides that the upperclass-
men are expendable, even
though admissions have
essentially been letting in too
many people for the past sev-
eral years and thus have cre-
ated your own artificial
scarcity. Instead of looking
into options Housing could
take, it forced the issue on
the students. Michigan has no
right to accept an incoming
class of that size if it cannot
accommodate them. What
this boils down to is just a
matter of discrimination. You
have limited our opportuni-
ties, simply because we have
been here longer. Build
another residence hall.
Also, Housing, don't fore-
see the other larger issues it
will create'by this change in
policy. Housing will create
even greater traffic difficul-
ties, as upperclassmen will be
forced to have cars because it
forces us out of the dorms.
We will also be gouged by
providers of food and food
service because we will no
longer be provided with a
meal plan. By releasing this
information -- which
Housing didn't even have the
decency to tell us before
announcing it to the public -
now, Housing has made more
difficult an already challeng-
ing situation, as we attempt to
find acceptable housing.
Also, you have raised the
price of our Internet Access,
as we will have to Dial-In
instead of using our Ethernet
access, one of the primary
advantages of living in the
Michigan Residence Halls.
Plus, by making it a sopho-
more lottery, Housing creates a
horrendous situation for these
people, who will not know if
they have a room until after it
is too late to sign a lease. Have
you considered this when you
decided to change the policy?
Housing fails to realize that
there are more people here and
the same, if fewer, housing
opportunities off campus.
Housing has made a bad situa-
tion worse.
But perhaps the most
unsettling part of this whole
"change in policy," as
Housing stated it, is that we
have proven that we deserve
to be here. We have lived here
the longest and generally we
upperclassmen tend to be the
voices of reason in the dorm,
providing the RAs with
resources to use as examples
to the first-year students. RAs
and first-year students benefit
greatly from the experience
that upperclassmen bring to a
dorm. We have lived here, we

fliers litter
Angell Hall
I would just like to state
my opinion about student
voting and campaigning. I
would rather vote for some-
one who simply states what
they stand for than someone
who turns Angell Hall into a
trash museum. What ever
happened to "save the trees"
or "don't be a litterbug?"
Why not one simple poster
per candidate, nicely lettered
and put on a certain wall near
the fishbowlafor all to see?
Why do we have 10,000 pho-
tocopies of each candidate
taped to the walls, floors,
posts, all over the place?
It is disgusting to see that
in an effort to win votes they
think of themselves first and
the planet second. I'm going
to vote for someone like this?
I doubt it. No, I'm not a tree-
hugger, but the sight of
Angell Hall last week stirred
up something angry inside of
me. It seems that it's all well
and good to conserve our
resources, until of course, it's
student voting time.
Review was
"Le Rossignol" can't jus-
tifiably be compared with
"L'Enfant et ies Sortileges"
and I feel that the Daily's
review of these outstanding
performances missed the
mark. Can one compare a
painting by Monet to a
bright, colorful cartoon? Yes,
and no. Both are art in their
own right, but they have
completely different styles
and were produced by com-
pletely different artists.
"L'Enfant" was definitely
more upbeat and involved
much more activity, but it
wasn't any more or less
amazing than "Le
Music is art, and as such,
must be interpreted by each
individual. Just because Ms.
Love wasn't particularly
enchanted by "Le Rossignol"
doesn't make it any less of a
masterpiece than it was. The
"lack of action," as she so
eloquently put it was obvi-
ously intentional - to make
the audience focus on the
music (or was she forgetting
that this wasn't intended to
be some gaudy, commercial-

Thnanh4,r .the 1
best o times
and memories,
I 'd like to add one lAt 1 the long
I list of congratulai fed to t
football team: Thank y*.
Sure, we are all pr* aE the team
and excited that fv&Ap is ranked
No. 1 in both the
Associated Press
poll and the
coaches' poll and
that they beat
arch-rival Ohio
State, but I don't
think that congrat-
ulations go far
enough. We owe
them a hearty .
thanks for all that JOSH
they have done for WHITE
this campus over
the past few THE UN
months; football
can sometimes bring alt to best in all
of us.
Take for examp. b46 weeken
Never before in my 3/2 ywrs on t
campus have I seett p sh so ener-
gized, so alive, and #0 a* a c4d and
drizzly Saturday n The st
were packed at 9 a*.k, a dunriand
students walked reti1 Ann Arbor
with a little extra zip n a little more
anticipation. Football irlrdr4> *t
a new meaning, andi # '1
because we were playingC~~
because it was the last footbaa ge
of this historic season.
The liveliness of the community
sprung from the simple fact that this
football team makes us feel good
about ourselves - its relentless deter-
mination out on the field makes us
smile, and each big play warms us. It
is why 106,982 people crammed into
Michigan Stadium and why almost all
of them showed up more than 30 min-
utes before game time and stayed at
hour after.
Perhaps what is special about this
team is that the players know that they
are part of something special. The
faces out on the field after the game,
surrounded by thousands of students,
were alight with pride and victory -
but above all, they were the faces of
fellow students, proud to be able to
bring joy to the rest of us.
Though there were frequent gusts of
November wind on Saturday, it was
cold. Though there were tens of tho -
sands of people, we were with close
friends. Though there were many
screaming fans, there was onevoice.
Thank you for giving that to all of
us. Thank you for letting us rally
around something in unison and for
giving us one of the most exhilarat-
ing and emotional days of our entire
lives. Thank you for giving us the
pictures that we will frame and t
moments we will take from this se -
As I stood next to one of my clos-
est friends (with whom I incidentally
witnessed the hockey team's national
championship victory two years
ago), I realized that some of my
greatest memories of college will
inevitably be centered around the stu-
dent section of Michigan Stadium

and college football. Football games
while not defining my college caret
will be of major importance to me
during the rest of my life.
I recall thoughts of agony as Kordell
Stewart's fateful pass soared to its des-
tination - a Michigan defeat - dur-
ing my freshman year. It was then that
I first saw more than 100,000 people
stand in silence, amazed and defeated.
But I got payback, as I stood in the
frigid stands in Columbus to see t
Buckeyes silenced by Tai Streets Ia
year. From the boring blowouts to the
tragic defeats, we have seen it all -
for the seniors like myself, we have
seen all too much.
Remember the cloudy afternoon
when Remy Hamilton threaded a mir-
acle last-second field goal through the
uprights to beat vaunted opponent
Notre Dame in front of Touchdown
Jesus and a nationwide television
audience - it was moments like te
when "The Victors" never sounded so
As these games have given context
to countless college careers, this sea-
son has given context to almost every-
thing. I know I thought about the Ohio
State game constantly -from the
moment time ran out in Happy Valley
the week before. It seemed like every-
thing was maize and blue and ever.
student was a die-hard fan
But standing in the stadium, watch-
ing maize-and-blue pom-pons wave
above the rallying throngs of-students,
I realized what Saturday was: my last
home football game as a 'student. I
realized how much I owe to the play-
ers I simultaneously criticize and
revere. I realized that they, too, are

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