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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 13. 1997 - SA

return for
Three College of Architecture and
+rban Planning alumni will return to the
niversity on Oct. 17, bringing with
them presentations and exhibits.
James van Sweden and Martha
Schwartz will team up for a presentation
titled, "The New American Landscape"
at 5 p.m. at Chrysler Lecture Hall.
Van Sweden's accomplishments
include landscaping for the
Smithsonian Institution and
Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington,
.C., and Battery Park in New York
ty. Schwartz is known for her work
with unusual materials and innovative
design in an array of projects.
Louis Redstone will exhibit is srs
of watercolors called "Travel Sketches
and Watercolors" at the Slusser Gallery.
A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m.
'U Prof. awarded
for work on
%ncient texts
Classical studies Prof. Ludwig
Koenen has been appointed to the posi-
tion of H.C. Youtie Distinguished
Professorship of Papyrology.
Koenen was one of the first deci-
pherers and editors of a text found 27
years ago - the Cologne Mani Codex
which lead to new insights on the
fe of Mani in Mesopotamia. The
* idy also gave more information
out the world religion Mani, which
was founded in the 3rd century.
In honor of his new position, Koenen
will give a lecture titled "Manichean
Dualism and the Limitations of
Dualism in Religion" on Oct. 13, in the
Rackham Amphitheatre at 4 p.m.
Economics Prof.
4eleases study
Economics Prof. Frank Stafford and
Rackham student Erik Hurst have
released a study titled "Liquidity
Restrictions and Bankruptcy as Limits to
Private Borrowing: 1990s Mortgage
The research examines the rise in per-
sonal bankruptcy despite the overall
health of the economy in the 1990s.
Their study says that when the
ount of a mortgage divided by the
alue of the house is high, chances
for personal bankruptcy increase
due to the high interest rates.
The authors suggest that the
Federal Reserve canhelp lower the
rate of personal bankruptcy by low-
ering interest rates, which would
also help increase the rate of con-
sumer spending.
EW makes
unds available
Applications for the Center for the
Education of Women scholarships for
returning women during the 1998-99
academic year are now available at the
CEW. The scholarships range from
$1,000 to $4,000.
Returning women include students
who have had an interruption in their
Ilege studies of 48 to 60 months
tween high school and the present.
About 30 recipients are chosen each

year. One $11,000 scholarship for under-
gaduate study is available, and one
$10,000 engineering or physical sciences
igiolarship is also available.
;Applications must be returned to
,IW by Jan.15, 1998 for consideration.
Seminar details
are for elders
A six-week seminar begins Oct. 15, to
teach people proper care for aging rela-
Topics covered in the class include
how to communicate effectively and
make mutual decisions, how to step
into caregiver roles, care-giving tech-
niques, and community resources and
nursing homes available to give extra
Registration is $30 per person. The
seminar will be at the University Cancer
and Geriatrics Center on Medical Center
Drive. For more information, call 764-
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Marla Hackett.


deans make faculty recruitment a priority


* Deans emphasize role that
faculty members play in
attracting students to 'U'
By Janet Adamy4
Daily Staff Reporter
Echoing University President Lee Bollinger's
commitment to maintaining a strong faculty, the
University's deans are making faculty recruit-
ment a high priority.
Bollinger, who said in his inaugural speech
Sept. 19 that the personal empowerment of fac-
ulty is "more likely to make an institution suc-
ceed over the long term," is emphasizing an
issue of great importance, the deans said.
"There's not a single student that comes to the
School of Music because I'm the dean;' said
School of Music Dean Paul Boylan. "They come
here because of the faculty."
Boylan credited his school's faculty with

hand-picking the School of Music's many talent-
ed students and stressed the importance of mak-
ing sure faculty members have incentives to stay
at the University.
"I want to make sure our very best faculty feel
that they're so appreciated and so well-paid that
they won't consider going to another school,"
Boylan said.
The average compensation for a full
University professor is $88,000 a year - the
10th highest in the country, according to a study
by the Committee on the Economic Status of the
Boylan pointed out that it is difficult to compare
the University's average salaries to those of private
peer institutions because of size differences.
"The real issue is ... if we took the top facul-
ty from various departments throughout the
University, are they being paid what they would
be making at, say, Harvard or Princeton?"

Boylan asked.
Business School Dean B. Joseph White said
that through tuition increases and outside
sources of revenue, the Business School has
been able to keep its faculty salaries competi-
"The issue of having enough resources for the
care of the faculty is a permanent one," White
But Law School Dean Jeffrey Lehman said
that being competitive on salaries "can't be the
be all and end all of attracting the best faculty."
"Many people come to the University of
Michigan to be a member of the faculty and
accept less money than they could earn doing a
lot of other things,' Lehman said. "How
Michigan has competed with rich private
schools is a commitment to research and teach-
Lehman said that irofessors need to be recog-

nized for the services they provide to the
University community.
"I think it is a mistake to de' ribe professors
narrowly as simple-minded, pure profit maxi-
mizers," Lchman said. "People choose to
become professors because thcy have a set ,of
life commitments to scholarship. There is nI ele-
ment of public service in being a professor.
Physiology Prof. Louis D'Aleev said one(f
the most difficult aspects of recruiting faculty is
finding professors who have both teaching cxpc-
rience and researching prowess.
"A lot of times the recruitment efo r. t rg et
the development of some research expcr'tse,
said D'Alecy, chair of the faculty's governing
body. "That can be problematic for teaching. .-
"The question is, should we be recruiting
sorneone who can only perform in the Iib1?" h;
asked. "As a professor, I have a problem with

Honoring a legend

Ann Arbor officials de
funding for homeless S

Dy Peter Meyers
Daily Staff Reporter
Efforts to cut federal spending are
hitting close to home for many Ann
Arbor officials. With the trend of lower
government spending, many officials
are faced with the possibility of having
to provide more services.
This issue came to the forefront last
week when the Ann Arbor City Council
was solicited by Michigan Ability
Partners to help pay for the administra-
tion of a federal grant.
Michigan Ability Partners is a non-
profit group that uses the federal
Shelter Plus Care Grant to find perma-
nent housing for the homeless.
"Shelter Plus Care is kind of a micro-
cosm," said MAP director Susan
Hornfeld, because it involves so many
agencies and levels of government. The
funding comes from the federal
Department of Housing and Urban
Development and goes directly to non-
profit agencies, but local governments
are responsible for overseeing the pro-
gram and reporting back to HUD.
Hornfeld said local governments are
expected to pay for an increased portion
of these programs. "The federal alterna-
tive more and more is they're trying to
share responsibility with the city and
the county," Hornfeld said. "The prob-
lem is, things aren't as lavish at those
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon

was in favor of providing the funding,
saying that the $8,000 would provide "a
heck of a lot of housing for a heck of a
lot of people.' Councilmember Tobi
Hanna-Davies (D-1st Ward) was in
favor of providing less, and voted
against the funding.
Both Hanna-Davies and Sheldon said
the federal government will become
increasingly reliant on municipalities to
fund this sort of social program.
Hanna-Davies said the city should
not have to take on this sort of activity.
"I think the federal government
should be taking its responsibility," said
Hanna-Davies. "Local communities do
not have the income to make up the dif-
ference,' she said, unless those commu-
nities raise taxes.
The option to raise taxes came up
earlier this year when some members of
the council began exploring the possi-
bility of instituting a city-wide half-per-
cent income tax. Hanna-Davies said she
wished the option of an income tax
could have been discussed more thor-
oughly. "I really wanted to explore the
many ways it could be done," Hanna-
Davies said.
In addition to the monetary question
is the issue of whether the city has the
manpower to provide increased housing
"The city doesn't have the infrastruc-
ture or the bureaucracy to run this kind
of program; Sheldon said. Non-profit

bate more
organizations are better at prograrns
like this because they are more "nim.
ble" and can make quicker decisions,
Sheldon said.
Non-profit groups also tend to_
things more cheaply because the vie
scale tends to be higher for city cmpty-
ees, Sheldon said.
The non-profit groups in Ann Ai'or
regularly go to the city for firea -al
help or to seek out private donations,
Hornfeld said. Seeking donations tends
to be time consuming, she said.
"We could fundraise or we could do
social work," Hornfeld said.
Shelter Association Direcetr
Tammy Koupal said that the ure&r-
tainty about which level of govierb
ment is ultimately responsible "cari bc
part of the problem of getting khtt
ing." She said governments can*:
slow to offer funding because 6fC-
cials think it could be another legws
Shelter Plus is a program that tm-
porarily pays the rent for homeldss
people so that they progress toward
self sufficiency. Shelter Plus, howgv-
er, does not provide administrative
funding. This depletes MAP's bud-
Councilmembers agreed to provide
MAP with the $8,000 in a 9-2 vote,
with councilmembers Hanna-Davie'
and Elisabeth Daley (D-5th Ward) djs-

University Prof. Hafeez Malik gives the keynote speech at Rackham
Amphitheater on Saturday during the first annual seminar to honor
Pakistani poet Allama Iqbal. iqbal was respected for his contributions to
humanity as well as his poetry.
'U' ma obtan electric-
powered pickup trucks

By Sam Stavis
Daily Staff Reporter
Electric vehicles may soon be a part
of everyday life at the University.
The Department of Transportation is
in the process of bidding for five elec-
tric-powered pickup trucks to add to the
University fleet. The most likely candi-
date seems to be Ford Motor Co.'s
Ranger Electric Vehicle.
University staff conducted a 10-day
test-drive of a prototype Ford Ranger
EV in late September to determine its
usefulness on campus. The results indi-
cate that the Ranger EV may soon
become part of the University fleet.
"Unlike some electric vehicles', it has
performance characteristics almost
identical to the Ford Ranger, which we
already have in the fleet," said Patrick
Cunningham, manager of transporta-
tion services for the University. "The
controls of the vehicle work almost
identically to the gasoline-powered ver-
sion. It doesn't take a lot of training to
orient a person on how to operate it."
The Ranger EV has several advan-
tages over gasoline-powered vehicles.
"It is a zero-emission vehicle. I like
that for a campus atmosphere,"
Cunningham said. "It is also quiet.'
Sarah Tatchic, Ford's environmental
public affairs spokesperson, said the
Ranger EV "is a lot more fun to drive.
It compares very favorably."
Engineering senior Jed Christiansen,
head of the University Solar Car Team,
said college campuses are EV-friendly
environments, which helps to offset
some of the limitations that EVs have,
such as a limited driving range.
"One of the strengths of EVs is that
they are very useful around a college

campus. They're much more suited for a
commuter or a university setting than a
cross-country (one);' Christiansen said.
Cunningham said the Ranger's limit-
ed driving range isn't a problem when it
is used in a fleet and for traveling short
distances on campus.
"Right now, electric vehicles have a
shorter range than is practical for com-
mercial usage;" he said. "But electric
vehicles are a lot more practical for fleet
usage. (The Ranger EV) has a range of 50
miles, which we find more than sufficient
for more than 90 percent of the trucks.
But, there are several other potential
problems with adding EVs to the
University fleet, including the construc-
tion of specialized facilities on campus.
"You have to have infrastructure -
charging areas, parking areas,"
Cunningham said.
EVs also are significantly heavier
and more expensive than gasoline-pow-
ered vehicles, in part because of their
enormous battery packs. The Ranger
EV's battery pack is composed of 39
lead-acid batteries, and weighs in at a
hefty 2,000 pounds.
Worse yet, engineers expect the bat-
tery pack to last for only three to four
years before it needs to be replaced.
But, EV technology is still in an early
stage, and new developments are on the
"Electric vehicle technology is an
emerging technology,' Tatchic said.
Ford plans to replace the antiquated
lead-acid batteries in the Ranger with
more powerful nickel metal-hydride
batteries by1999. Ford also plans to
implement new fast-charging technolo-
gy that can charge the batteries to 80
percent of their capacity in 20 minutes.


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