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January 20, 1998










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By Janet Adamy
nd Heather Kamina
ily Staff Reporters
University President Lee Bollinger
was granted a 4.5 percent salary
increase at Friday's meeting of the
University Board of Regents.
The board also received the annual
Faculty and Staff Salary Record, which
lists all University employees' salaries for
1997-98. Topping the list was Gilbert
Omenn, who serves in the newly created
post of executive vice president for med-
*al affairs and makes $500,000 annually.
Bollinger's raise brings his salary to
$287,375, and was approved after the
board's first evaluation of Bollinger
since he became president.
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman (R-
Ann Arbor) voted against the raise, but
she said Bollinger "has done a fabulous
job as president."
"I feel I'm always voting against
tuition increases and housing rate
creases," Newman said. "We can keep
our increase to tuition and salary in line."
Bollinger will be evaluated by the
regents again in Aug. 1998 with the
possibility of another raise, in order to
place him on the same track as the rest
of the University's faculty.
But Bollinger's salary pales in com-
parison to Omenn's, whose $500,000
salary is nearly twice that of last year's
top breadwinner, former University
esident and Engineering Prof. James
uderstadt. Duderstadt's 3.5 percent
raise bumps his salary to $282,214.
"That's a national market issue," said
Provost Nancy Cantor. Omenn's "peers
in his profession at comparable institu-
tions are extremely well compensated."
University administrators' pay
increases dropped an average of 30 per-
cent this year, making it the second
year in a row that University faculty
*pped the pay increase list.
Faculty and administrative salaries
rose an average of 4.9 and 2.89 percent,
respectively. Despite a recent effort to
boost faculty pay increases, administra-
tive turnover and restructuring may
account for the discrepancy.
"I don't think you can draw a con-
clusion on these areas," said Lisa
Baker, associate vice president for
University relations.
With four people new to the executive
bard this year, University officials
attribute the low administrative increase
average to the high flux among execu-
tive posts during the past year.
"There was a lot of turnover. So much
of the top did not get merit raises for new
positions - like Lee and myself - so
they were not counted," Cantor said.
But Cantor said that although the
new administrators throw off the aver-
e, a push has been made to lower
ministrators' pay increases.
"I think it is going down a little bit,"
Cantor said. "It has been a consistent
intent to raise faculty salaries in line

West honors
King legacy
By Rachel Edelman
Daily Staff Reporter
The intensity, vision and drive of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. was personified by Harvard Prof. Cornel West yes-
terday as he spoke to a captivated audience about the legacy
of King's work, affirmative action and racism in society.
"Is it possible to embody a sense of hope as we move into
the 20th Century?" West asked the audience. "It's certainly
possible, but unclear as to whether we as a people have that
capacity. At the moment, things don't look good, but they've
never really looked good if you look closely'
West, the keynote speaker for the 1998 Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Symposium, spoke before a packed audience
of thousands of students, faculty and community members at
Hill Auditorium yesterday. West, who is a professor of Afro-
American studies and philosophy of religion at Harvard
University, has been described as one of the most important
African-American intellectuals today. West's work attempts to
broaden the scope of individual development and democracy.
"Martin Luther King, Jr. was calling for each and every
one of us to become mature - a passionate emergence of
reality and all the sorrow and sadness that comes with it,"
West said. "In that short period of time, he was able to leave
such a tremendous impact.:
West warned the audience about the dangers of defying
King's work and vision, and urged people to look at King's
life from a historical perspective.
See WEST, Page 7A

Cornel West, Harvard University professor of Afro-American studies and philosophy of religion, speaks to an above-capacity crowd at Hill Auditorium
yesterday. West's address served as the keynote speech for the University's 1998 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium.

BSU Unity March
remembers King

By Gerard CohewVrignaud
Waily Staff Reporter
Police blocked off South University
Avenue and South State Street yesterday
to let 300 Black Student Union Unity
March participants recognize the memo-
ry of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I think it's important to remember
Dr. King's words," said LSA junior
Kyndra Griffin. "We don't get special
privileges for having black skin. We're
here because of the quality of our intel-
lects. We need to be preaching and
fighting for equality."
The demonstrators traveled across
campus with banners celebrating the
efforts of various minority student
groups and warning against recent anti-
affirmative action movements.
"It's important talking to people
about these issues," said LSA senior
Corey Fielder. "This march is partly
about getting people organized in
reaching out to the community."
The march was slated to start at
noon, but low turnout postponed the
event about 15 minutes. By noon, only
about 20 or 30 ralliers had shown up
and Ann Arbor Police Department offi-
cers told the organizers they would only
block the streets if at least 50 protesters
Some participants were disappointed
that the march's turnout seemed so low.
"It's depressing because it's gotten a lot
smaller since my freshman year" said
University alumnus Karriem Watson,
who returned to campus to participate in
the march. "I think there's a sense of

"It& 's going to
take a rallying
point to brring
change to the
- Stanley Slaughter
University Alumnus
complacency in the community."
As the march got underway, more
people joined. By the time the ralliers
reached the Diag, there were about 300
people marching.
"Without Dr. King, I would've never
been able to go to the University," said
University alumna Marsha Slaughter.
"Even with so few, if people turn out, it's
for the good. Throughout the United
States, there is a lot of apathy."
University alumnus Stanley Slaughter
said the march is important because it
stands as a visual symbol of unity.
"Putting money into programs that
diversify the community will bring pos-
itive effects," Slaughter said. "It's going
to take a rallying point to bring change
to the University."
Several student organizations partici-
pated in the march, including the Black
Student Union, the Coalition to Defend
Affirmative Action By Any Means
Necessary, the Society for Minority
Engineering Students and Phi Beta

is ~disculsses
By Katie Plona
Discussion about accessibility to
education and employment, affirmative
action and the influence of the enter-
tainment industry kept more than 700
people engaged for four hours yester-
day during the first-ever MLK
Colloquium at the University.
The colloquium, one of 103 events
included in the annual University sym-
posium honoring the life of Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. -- now recog-
nized as the country's largest campus
MLK celebration - attracted individ-
uals with various perspectives and from
various backgrounds.
For the majority of the afternoon,
audience members, one facilitator and
seven panelists, ranging from Theodore
Shaw - associate director-counsel of
the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund, Inc. - to rap artist
and noted political activist Chuck D
challenged each other with unique
MLK Program Coordinator fara
Young said the colloquium was orga-
nized with the intention of offering
audience members more one-on-one
interaction between panelists and each
other about numerous pressing topics.
LOUIS BROWN/Daily "I want people to get some informa-
Jamar Whitfield and Timothy Shackelford march as part of the Black Student tion and struggle with this," Young said.
Union's Unity March in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, yesterday. See COLLOQUIUM, Page 2A

Goss: Safety
jnust come first
By Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporter
Athletic Director Tom Goss said he would have halted the
Michigan wrestling program had the National Collegiate
Athletic Association not implemented national regulation
But the NCAA announced last week that it will immediately
enact several rules to make wrestling safer. The changes includ-
among other restrictions, banning wrestlers from using rub-
er suits, laxatives and saunas in their workout practices.
The national organization also restructured previously
relaxed weigh-in times to conform to stricter deadlines, stat-
ing that wrestlers must weigh-in no more than two hours
before the match for which they are trying to qualify.
The changes came swiftly after the death of three collegiate

Head over heels

'U' MLK symposium
one of largest in U.S.

By Susan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
In an attempt to commerate both the
man and his ever-lasting message, the
University is staging the nation's second
largest celebration in honor of Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. With more than
100 events held during several days, the
-University's MLK symposium is by far
the largest celebration being held on any
college campus in the United States.
The symposium is second in size
only to festivities being hosted by the
Atlanta-based King Center.
While the MLK symposium is

focused a lot on affirmative action,
among other issues, there is a lot of
attention that is focused on us' said
MLK program coordinator Tara Young.
Young said King's work did not just
center on one class or race, which is one
of the reasons the symposium "has
multiple reflections."
"It's to celebrate and honor Dr.
King,"Young said. "It's also to continue
the dialogue that he would still be doing
if he was still alive."
University alumna Philina Adams,
who was on the programming committee,
said yesterday was unlike other holidays.
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