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Letters show

Bollinger- Goss disputes

By Jon Fish
Daily Staff Reporter
Although many in the University commu-
were shocked at the resignation of former
Tthletic Director Tom Goss, documents
released yesterday reveal the relationship
between University President Lee Bollinger
and Goss was marred by miscommunication
and uncertain expectations as far back as
Bollinger refused to comment on the
release of the documents, saying in a written
statement that the University was only doing
s because "two Freedom of Information Act
uests leave us little choice."
"I have previously said I do not wish to
comment further on this personnel matter and
seat belt
By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter

I reiterate that," Bollinger said.
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson
and University Chief Financial Officer Robert
Kasdin had no comment.
The documents include a letter from
Bollinger dated Aug. I1 explaining why he
gave Goss a 2 percent pay increase when pay
raises for top University officials averaged
5.47 percent in 1998.
"For next year I am increasing your salary
by 2 percent, which I know is low but I have
to give some significant sign of the state of
affairs," Bollinger wrote.
The "state of affairs" included concerns
Bollinger had regarding the fiscal manage-
ment of the department, as well as his disap-
pointment in two of Goss' personnel

The fiscal management of the department
was an ongoing problem for Goss. Last Feb-
ruary, he announced a 30 percent increase in
the price of non-student football tickets to
combat revenue losses. Although Bollinger
supported Goss' decision, which was later
modified, he dispatched a committee to study
the athletic department's finances.
The committee, whose members included
current interim Athletic Director Bill Martin,
issued its preliminary report in June, recom-
mending "the most prudent path focuses on
expense controls and treats the growth of rev-
enue as a fortunate outcome rather than an
important bedrock of financial stability."
But the problems continued throughout the
summer, when Goss addressed a $2 million
deficit at July's meeting of the University

Board of Regents. At this meeting, Goss was
criticized by Regent Andrea Fischer Newman
(R-Ann Arbor) for his handling of the depart-
ment's fiscal affairs.
In the letter, which was written just weeks
after the regents meeting, Bollinger wrote "I
know you are working very hard at doing
well, and in many ways you are succeeding.
You know, I think, how much I personally
want you to succeed. But these are problems
and we're going to have to address them."
In his defense, Goss wrote to Bollinger on
Aug. 13 that he was frustrated with certain
unnamed regents, who he saw as undermin-
ing his efforts to run the department and over-
stepping their authority. "I felt I could
succeed with our mutually established goals
See GOSS, Page 5

"I have to say that in
several ways I feel
you haven't met all
the responsibilities
of th is position."
- Universit resident Lee Bollinger in a
Aug. 11,199 letter to former University
Athletic Director Tom Goss

ovi ng


Michigan legislators worked to pro-
te the new seat belt law that went
into effect on Friday, but "some people
didn't get it," said Ann Arbor Police
Department Sgt. Michael Logghe who
reported AAPD doled out 98 tickets
that day.
Last week Michigan was the 17th
state in the country to implement a law
that allows officers to pull over cars
when either drivers or passengers are
not buckled up. Violators can be fined
5. Prior to Friday, an officer could
y stop a car for defective equipment
or other traffic violations, a seat belt
violation was a secondary offense.
"I personally think you're crazy if
you don't wear them," Logghe said of
seat belts.
But the high numbers recorded in
Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas
may be because officers were sent out
s eifically to pull over violators of the
Washtenaw County Sheriff Depart-
ment Sgt. Anderson Brown - whose
jurisdiction does not include the city
of Ann Arbor - said the department
traffic division sent out two officers to
look specifically at seat belt violators.
With a zero-tolerance policy, one of
those officers logged 52 tickets Friday,
Brown said.
Logghe said AAPD encouraged
officers to look for and ticket dri-
Ws and passengers not wearing
seat belts.
But in Oakland County the numbers
were not as high. "We have no extra
See SEAT BELT, Page 2

Photos by MARJORIE
Members of the
Students of
Color Coalition
and the Native
Michigamua at
the Michigan
Union yesterday.
LSA freshman
Toni Trucks and
Law student
Farah Mongeua
remove items
from the Union

Despite tower departure SCC
continues to fight Michigamua

By Tiffany Maggard
and Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter
After boxes of Native American arti-
facts left the Michigan Union tower,
the Students of Color Coalition fol-
lowed, feeling they had accomplished
some of the goals they set more than a
month ago.
"The same spirit that induced us to
occupy this space was the same spirit
that told us to come down from it and
that was our communities ... It is

important that we go back to the com-
munities where we belong so that this
experience can be shared outside of the
(tower) walls," SCC member Kevin
Jones said.
More than 150 students and commu-
nity members crowded the stairwell
and hallways of the fourth floor of the
Michigan Union yesterday afternoon to
watch members of Students of Color
Coalition officially vacate the Union
tower after 37 days of occupation.
SCC members were greeted outside
the tower entrance by friends and

Native American community members
as the massive crowd cheered to the
beat of a Tree Town drum and shook
handmade noise makers to show their
SCC spokesman Joe Reilly said the
decision to leave the tower was the
result of a strenuous four-hour meeting
late Sunday night. He said SCC mem-
bers decided that the coalition had
done all it could within the confines of
the tower. He said the group must now
voice their concerns in the broader
See SCC, Page 7

I Seeing double?

end in sight for
parking woes
By Jodie Kaufman
Daily Staff Reporter
The campus parking crunch dominated the conversation
at yesterday's Senate Advisory Committee for University
Affairs meeting.
SACUA Vice Chairman Lewis Kleinsmith asked
whether "we want to let the parking problem sit for two
Kleinsmith said he understands "there is no simple
solution, but we need to keep it going. Do we want it to
be said that SACUA has said the parking is okay?" he
Kleinsmith cited the main problem is that no one has
taken the initiative to get things going.
"Nobody has shown leadership or courage to say some-
thing needs to'be done," Kleinsmith said.
Jackie Lawson, the newly elected SACUA chairman who
will take office May 1, said she will keep the parking situa-
tion on the SACUA agenda until solutions have been made.
Current SACUA Chairwoman Sherrie Kossoudji said
"the parking situation hits every single faculty member, no
matter their status."
SACUA has recently begun to hold informal parking sur-

Federal Reserve Board of Governors member and former School of Public Policy
Dean Edward Gramlich speaks yesterday on Social Security reform.
socialsecurity reform

By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
One of the more contentious issues
in the 2000 presidential campaign will

is to be extended to the nations future
"In Washington, it's known as the
'third rail.' Politically, you touch it and
you die," said Federal Reserve Board

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