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The Michigan Daily -Thursday, December 3, 1998-- 5A

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prehensive review of the medical cen-
ter's financial situation last month.
Pending review by the board, the
grievance filed by Georgetown faculty
members has been dropped. Upon fur-
ther recommendations, Donovan said
the board will assess whether the pro-
"sal is fair.
"The bottom line is we feel that it is
a fair, productive policy that protects
tenure and ensures academic freedom
and preserves the economic security of
the medical center faculty by guaran-
teeing their compensation will not go
below market-based floors, Donovan
The policy went into effect July 1997
for new members of the faculty, and in
July 1998 for remaining medical center
culty members. Physicians whose
comes depend mainly on outpatient
care could have an increase in salary
based on the number of patients they
treated. The operation was suspended
temporarily until further notice in the
beginning of November.
"The policy is limited to just the
medical center faculty" he said, adding
that the other schools within the univer-
sity were not affected by it.
At the University of Michigan, the
mount of grant money generated also
is considered when determining
Medical School faculty salaries.
"It's not used as a direct factor, but
it's one of the many things evaluated,"
Medical School spokesperson David
Wilkins said.
Placing emphasis on generating

grant money does not allow for other
necessary qualities needed in the
University's staff to be reviewed fairly,
Wilkins said.
"We do not do what Georgetown
did," Wilkins said. "Numerous factors
are evaluated in establishing salaries"
But the ability to win grant money,
Wilkins said, can be used in deciding
staff's pay.
"The volume of grants face-generat-
ed might provide evidence of research
productivity," Wilkins said, adding that
looking at grant numbers alone would
be very subjective.
William Ensminger, chair of the
Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs, described the
process of determining salaries as com-
"All various units have various stan-
dards to what percentage one's salary is
guaranteed," Ensminger said.
He estimated that in one of the
University's Medical School depart-
ments, approximately 82 percent of the
salary was guaranteed by tenure profes-
sors and "to get 100 percent you have to
bring in additional funds."
Similar to the University's process,
Indiana University considers different
factors in determining medical school
faculty members.
"Basically, departments give X
amount of dollars to the School of
Medicine and the chairman determines
the faculty salaries and some of it is
subjective; it's a complex formula," said
Indiana Medical School spokesperson
Mary Hardin.
Hardin said grant money does play a
role determining faculty pay.


Professors discuss
diversity's importance

By Yal Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
On the eve of the one-year anniver-
sary of the second anti-affirmative
action lawsuit filing, the Ann Arbor
chapter of the American Association of
University Professors met yesterday to
discuss the issue of affirmative action.
"The national organization (AAUP)
supports affirmative action," said phar-
macology Prof. Charles Smith.
AAUP chapter members discussed the
importance of diversity at the meeting.
"Diversity is the key to academic
excellence," said Elizabeth Barry, asso-
ciate vice president and deputy general
When accepting applicants, colleges
must look at other factors in addition to
numerical grades, said Jonathan Alger,
AAUP associate counsel.
It is important to look at "the contribu-
tions the people will make on campus
and not individual achievement,' he said.
Those at the meeting said stressing
diversity on campus also benefits soci-
ety in the long run.
"Diversity is also key to (teaching)
students to function in an increasing
pluralistic society," Barry said.
In 1978, the Supreme Court ruled in
Bakke vs. Regents of the Universitv of
California that a university can take a
person's race into account for college
admissions to achieve student diversity.

"Bakke is the only Supreme Court
decision ... that is specific to higher
education," Alger said. Since then, this
ruling has been challenged several
times throughout the country.
On Oct. 14, 1997, the Center for
Individual Rights filed a lawsuit against
the University on behalf of two white
applicants who claimed they were dis-
criminated against after being rejected
from the University's College of
Literature, Science and the Arts. CIR
filed a similar lawsuit against the Law
School on Dec. 3, 1997.
"Both are suing to get into the
University and to change the policies in..
the University," Barry said. "They
believe it violates the 14th Amendment
to the Constitution."
In both lawsuits, high school and col-
lege students, backed by several campus
and national organizations, have unsuc-
cessfully attempted to intervene. In order
to intervene, a group must prove that its
interests are not already adequately rep-
resented. Both groups have appealed the
judge's denial for intervention.
"Both cases are scheduled for trial in
May or June," Barry said.
Both the University and CIR are
waiting to find out the class certifica-
tion status, which will determine
whether the ruling will be applied to
just the named plaintiffs or will apply to
an entire class of applicants.

ANDt MAO/Daily
Art senior Liz Cheng works on a self portrait yesterday at a painting studio in the
Art & Architecture Building.

ntinued from Page 1A
riends and family and the warm weath-
er helps that. Being in the spirit is a
state of mind, and when you're in the
stores, you're inundated with that holi-
day stuff anyway," Education senior
Amanda Wells said.
Signs of the season can be found
across campus.
"We saw Christmas trees," said
' blic Policy first-year student Kirstin
ates as she walked her bike through
the Diag. "It was strange driving down
Main Street and seeing Christmas
lights, though."
Seeing Christmas decorations may

not be enough to put students in the hol-
iday mood.
"I'm just not in the spirit because of
the weather," said LSA first-year stu-
dent Amy Kimball, who decided to eat
outside because of the warmer temper-
"I associate December with warm
weather clothing, but I just saw some-
one driving down the street with a
Christmas tree, and it was weird
because I'm used to seeing trees with
snow on them."
One student had different ideas about
the unseasonal weather.
"I'm from California. This is the hol-
iday season," Kinesiology junior Jeff
Singer said.


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