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One hundred eight years of edtorial freedom

Friday
January 22, 1999

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1' facul get highest '98-'99 salary increase

By Jaimie Winkler
Daily Staff Reporter
For a third straight year, the average
pay increase for University faculty
remained higher than administration
and staff increases.
M e University released its 1998-99
s~y report yesterday revealing this
year's pay rates for University faculty,
administration, deans and staff.
On average, faculty salary changes
reflected an increase of 4.7 percent. The
University deans received average
increases of 3.96 percent. University
staff pay increases averaged 3.8 percent
and University executive officers
received average salary increases of
Regents
hold first

2.89 percent.
Since July, the Office of the Provost
has been working to generate appropri-
ate salary increases.
"We are very proud of what we've
been able to do over the past six
months," University President Lee
Bollinger said at yesterday's Board of
Regents meeting.
Bollinger said the University works
to make sure its employees are "fairly"
and "meritoriously" compensated.
Before the regents proposed and
approved Bollinger's merit salary
increase of three percent, he asked that
they not increase it more than three per-
cent to keep in step with the average

executive officer and dean's increase.
"We are well pleased, on behalf of the
University, with the performance of the
President," said Regent Rebecca
McGowan (D-Ann Arbor), reading
from a statement issued by the regents.
"But strictly in the spirit of - and with
great respect for - President
Bollinger's desire to emphasize improv-
ing the competitiveness of our faculty's
salaries, the board has agreed to hold
the President's increase to a percentage
below that of the average faculty
increases.:
Bollinger's new salary of $295,996
places him ahead of of former University
President and Engineering Prof. James

Duderstadt, whose salary rose from
$282,214 to $292,797. '
Duderstadt has fallen from his top
position on the 1995-96 list of the
University's highest paid employees
with a salary of $260,709 to his current
ranking of No. 6.
The 1996-1997 year report marked
the first year the administration
received percentages of salary increases
lower than the faculty. In 1996-97 the
faculty received a 4.4 percent increase
while the administration received a 4
percent increase.
The gap widened until 1998-1999,
when the average salary increase for the
See SALARY, Page 2

'U' Top 10 highest paid employees
8 Gilbert Omenn, executive vice president for medical affairs: $515,000
® Larry Warren, executive director of University Hospitals and Health
SCenters: $360,500
N Mark Orringer, department head of Thoracic Surgery and prof. Thoracic
Surgery: $348,045
1 Lazar Greenfield, chair of department of Surgery and Surgery prof.:
$340,o113
" Lee Bolinger President of the University and Law Prof.: $295,996
James Duderstadt, Engineering prof. and former president of the
University: $292,797'
t Lloyd Carr, Michigan football coach: $280,000
2 Tom Goss, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics: $275,000
I A rnold Coran, head of Pediatric Surgery: $273.212
2 Paul Lichter, department chair Ophthalmology: $269,948

ashingon

woes

meeting
8f year
U New computer system
presented at Board of
Regents meeting.
V ichaol Grass
Staff Rp rter
In their first meeting of the new year,
newly elected Regents Kathy White
(D-Ann Arbor) and David Brandon (R-
Ann Arbor), along with the rest of the
University Board of Regents discussed
yesterday the progress of updating new
administrative
computer systems.
More than $9.5
million will be
needed to finish
the implementa-
tion of M-
Pathways, the
University's con-
solidated computer
administration sys-
Brandon tem, which is
being introduced
in stages.
The new systems will replace com-
p systems that
are becoming out-
dated. Most of the
older systems have
been in use for
more than a quar-
ter of a century.
Laura Patterson,
director of the M-
Pathways project,
presented to the
regents the accom- White
p ments of M-
Pa1hways to date, the problems that have
arisen and the costs accumulated. '
When completed after the turn of the
century, M-Pathways will link comput-
er systems froh different areas of the
University including physical resource
management, research, human
resources, student affairs and financial
information.
4atterson said the systems needed to
ompletely overhauled because it
would have been difficult to upgrade
the systems for new features and tech-
nologies and for year 2000 problem
compliance.
"We were going to loose our ability
to compete for the best students, facul-
ty, and research dollars," she said,
adding that the overlap in computer
systems has led to numerous "data
redundancy across the University.
"We should throw (the old sys-
t#) out and put in place a new data
structure that can be used and shared
across the University," Patterson
said.
Currently, more than $30.5 million
has been spent on implementing the
M-Pathwvays system, mainly on con-
sulting and contracting. Another $4.9
million has been spent on the soft-
ware itself.
e first implementation of M-
Pways involved hospital physical
asset management of University
Hospitals in October 1996. More
systems have become available over
time, most recently one last semes-
ter involving application process-
inn.

Lawyers for

Clinton

wrap

up defense

By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
WASHINGTON - Amid growing
speculation over the future of the Senate
impeachment trial of President Clinton,
the White House Defense team closed its
case yesterday, calling the attack on the
President dangerous and nightmarish.
Former Sen. Dale Bumpers (D-Ark.)
closed the proceedings with an address
that - in addition to returning a little
laughter to the chamber - provided histo-
ry lessons, literary allusions and an elo-
quent assessment of the meaning of the
Constitution.
Bumpers' speech, which was called the
greatest ever presented on the Senate
floor by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
attacked pieces of the House case against
the President, but mainly focused on the
Constitutional standard for impeach-
ment.
"A decision to convict holds the poten-
tial to destabilize the office of the
President forever," Bumpers said.
He added that the "most intense investi-
gation ... by anyone in history" did not
provide the necessary means for convic-
tion, and at this point is very dangerous.
"Javert's pursuit of Jean Valjean in Les
Miserables pails by comparison,"
Bumpers said. "There's been nothing but
sleepless nights and agony for this family
for five years."
But while the address drew rave reviews

from both Democrats and Republicans, it
did not cause a great shift in sentiment
from Republicans. As they continued to
call for his removal, even Bumpers con-
ceded. the President's actions were "inde-
fensible, outrageous, unforgivable and
shameless."
Following Bumper's address, Sen. Orrin
Hatch (R-Utah) praised the former senator's
speech but added that he felt bringing in the
popular former senator was an attempt to
shore up Democratic support.
Sen. Tom Harkin(D-la.) dismissed that
possibility.
"If there were any softness in the
Democrats, after the end of yesterday,
there was none,' Harkin said.
Bumpers' closing address followed an
exhaustive examination of the evidence in
the case by White House lawyer David
Kendall. Kendall focused on the obstruc-
tion of justice charge the President faces,
reading from testimony and using charts,
some his own and others "borrowed"_ from
the House managers, in an effort to show
that the Republicans' presentation was
incomplete.
"If you look at the presentation of the
House managers you would not be aware
of the direct evidence which refutes
obstruction of justice," Kendall said.
Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), who chaired
the House Judiciary Committee's drafting
of the articles of impeachment, said that
See TRIAL, Page 2

Senate
Majority
Leader Trent
Lott
(R-Miss.)
leaves the
Senate
chamber
yesterday to
speak with
reporters.
WARREN ZINN/
Daily

Experts: Clinton plan a quick fix

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton's flashy new plan for bol-
stering the Social Security trust
fund may seem attractive politically,.
but it is an unusually complex piece
of fiscal legerdemain that would
probably provide only a modest
and temporary fix, budget experts
say.

With details only now being
digested two days after the pres-
ident unveiled the plan, fiscal
analysts on all sides are describ-
ing it as a Rube Goldberg
scheme that seems designed
largely to postpone any serious
reform.
Long after Clinton has left
office, they say, the White House

and Congress will still have to cut
some Social Security benefit to
restore the health of the trust fund
for the longer term.
"All of this is blue smoke and
mirrors" to avoid tackling the loom-
ing Social Security deficit head-on,
said Carol Wait, director of the
Committee for a Responsible
Federal Budget, a nonpartisan mon-

itoring group.
Stanley Collender, head of
the Federal Budgeting
Consulting Group, which tracks
such issues closely, is equally
skeptical. "If this isn't a true
Rube Goldberg proposal, it's
the next thing to it," he said.
Officials say the plan would
See SECURITY, Page 2

GEO rally focuses on
contract negotiations

By Nick Falzone
Daily Staff Reporter
As perturbed graduate student instructors raised
signs proclaiming "Without GSIs, U of M dies"
high in the air, approximately 225 members of the
University community congregated in the Diag
yesterday to raise awareness about the Graduate
Employment Organization's contract negotiations

"It was exactly three months ago that we started
negotiation with the administration and they have
moved very slowly from the beginning," GEO
president Eric Dirnbach said. "We are here to tell
the administration and the University community
that the members of our union are dissatisfied with
the current state of negotiations, and that we want
a new contract."

Cedric De Leon
and other
members of GEO
protest in order
to receive a
better GSI
contract in front
of the LSA
building
yesterday.

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