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By Lauren Gibbs
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan State University took in a record
number of donations last fiscal year, devel-
opment officials at the school recently
The donations reached an all-time high of
$404.1 million for the 1998-1999 fiscal year.
$74.5 million of the donations are attributed
to cash gifts and $29.6 million to planned
gifts, said Bob Thomas, MSU's director of
communications and marketing for university
Thomas defined planned gifts as docu-
mented, legally binding deferred gifts,
which includes written promises in certified
wills to leave money to the university after
Donation totals peaked last year. This was
despite a period of negative publicity sur-

rounding the school, including the alcohol-
related death of MSU student Bradley
McCue following his 21st birthday last
November and the riots that ensued after the
MSU basketball team's loss in the Final Four
last March.
"People who support this university are
able and smart enough to look past the inci-
dents and realize that it is not reflective of
the university," Thomas said. "It is nice not
to see a negative effect on donations and that
people are able to see that support is still
Many students at MSU said they are happy
that negative images of their school have not
affected the amount of money donors are giv-
"If you had a negative view of MSU fol-
lowing what happened it doesn't correlate
into donations," MSU Student Assembly

Chair Michael Webber said.
"I would think that people wouldn't have
as much pride in MSU after the incidents,"
Webber added, "but a record number of
donations came into the university, and obvi-
ously people are still supportive of the uni-
Thomas also attributed the steady rise in
donations to the tireless efforts of Charles
Webb and Marti Heil - vice president and
associate vice president of development,
"In the past four years they have put togeth-
er a more integrated approach to fundraising
at the university, working with deans and staff
heads to raise funds," Thomas said.
"They have used an aggressive and inte-
grated strategy that wasn't in place before."
Before Webb and Heil took their positions,
donations hovered close to $50 to 60 million

per year.
The majority of donations to MSU -
about 40 percent - come from large corpo-
rations, such as Ford Motor Co. and General
Motors Corp.
Donations from MSU alumni, friends of
the university, non-profit foundations and
other organizations follow behind the top
"The vast majority of the money (from
donations) is earmarked for something spe-
cific," Thomas said.
The biggest single project in the works at
MSU right now is the new Biomedical and
Physical Sciences Facility, which is sched-
uled to open within the next two years.
MSU plans to use the high-tech facility to
integrate science disciplines from across
campus into one building. Upon completion,
it will be the single largest facility on.MSU's

Of the $83 million allotted for the project,
$23 to $25 million will likely come from
private support and fundraising, Thomas
The University of Michigan received $177
million from 103,000 donors last year. The
University figures include only cash gifo
received, not planned gifts or research grants,
said Judy Malcolm, the Director of
Communications for the University's Office
of Development.
"The majority of donations come from
individuals as opposed to corporations or
foundations," Malcolm said.
"This number is just slightly less than last
year, but there has been a continual upward
trend in donations since the University's $1
billion campaign that ended two years ago,"
she said.

No multicultural
requirements at
Kenyon College

Cooking with class

David Connolly
The Kenyon Collegian
Colleges and universities across the
nation have adapted curricular stan-
dards demanding multicultural aware-
ness in recent years.
Carleton College's "Recognition and
Affirmation of Difference" require-
ment, for example, decrees that each
student at the Minnesota liberal-arts
school complete course work in a non-
Western "country, tradition, or art" or
"theories of gender, class, race or eth-
nicity" before graduating.
Kenyon College handbook offers no
such dictum, and despite rumblings that
administrators planned to incorporate
new multiculturally minded require-
ments into the school's curriculum, the
faculty-driven vocal portion of the nearly
80 people at Tuesday's Open Forum on
Multicultural Issues in the Curriculum
resoundingly rejected such changes.
The 55-minute conversation --
attended by fewer than 10 students but
several members of the administration
began with very brief presentations by
Peter Rutkoff, NEH distinguished pro-
fessor of history and coordinator of edu-
cational outreach, and by associate pro-
fessor of religion Vernon Schubel.
Rutkoff gave an account of his expe-
riences leading the "North by South"
history seminar, a class that combines
heavy reading with travel to areas of
historical importance.
Schubel argued that Kenyon students
are more interested in other cultures
than ever before. "The students are way
ahead of us," he said. "The students are
voting with their feet. They're filling
the courses."
Despite his self-professed "reputa-
tion for being 'politically correct,'
whatever that means," Schubel said he
opposed a multicultural requirement,
arguing that the change could result in
students being forced to take courses in
which they are not interested.
The college, he suggested, should
instead put more money and resources
into meeting the current demand for
multicultural courses.
Ric Sheffield, associate professor of
sociology and legal studies and a mem-
ber of the Curricular Review Committee,
used his time to present four tentative
proposals for multicultural-curriculum
change: 1) leave requirements as they,
are, 2) encourage students to take multi-

"The students are
way ahead of us."
-Vernon Schubel
Kenyon College religion professor
cultural courses, 3) require that students
show some engagement with multicul-
tural issues, either through course work
or through some other means or 4) put in
place a graduation requirement for the
study of another culture.
Traditional courses in Classics 'and
German were included alongside cours-
es like women's studies and Asian stud-
ies in the sample list of courses that
Sheffield displayed on an overhead
video screen.
Following the presentations, the
initial topic of open discussion was
whether most Kenyon. graduates
already met the requirements present-
- ed under the fourth option. "How
many students have managed to avoid
these requirements?" asked Luce
Prof. of Art and Politics Lewis Hyde.
Political science Prof. Fred Baumann
argued at several points throughout the
meeting that competition between aca-
demic disciplines, and not new require-
ments, should determine which courses
students take.
"I don't want a multicultural
requirement,' Baumann said after the
"Either it's totally nebulous or, while I
don't say it means that here, in a lot of
places it means political indoctrination."
Environmental science and biology
Prof. Raymond Heihaus, the moderator
of the forum, invited the few students
present to speak.
Kenyon first-year student Brent
Shank said that his work as chair of
Student Council's Academic Affairs
Committee suggested to him that stu-
dents did not want additional require-
ments, a view with which three other
students concurred.
The most radical proposal of the ses-
sion came from Assistant Dean of
Students and Director of Multicultural
Affairs Jamele Adams. He suggested
that effective multicultural education
should be a criterion in the evaluation
of all faculty members and that faculty
members should be compelled to incor-
porate multicultural ideas into their

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face stiff.
Students no longer
receive warnings before
being put on probation
Sonia Fernandez
The Daily Princetonian
Princeton students who violate the uni-
versity's alcohol policy this year face a
much stiffer penalty after the Trustees'
Alcohol Initiative eliminated the warn-
ing before offenders are placed on pro-
Under the new penalties, students
can expect to receive three months of
disciplinary probation with their first
infraction of the university's alcoh4
policy, according to Associate Dean o
Student Life Marianne Waterbury.
Previously, a first offense would have.
resulted in a dean's warning.
In addition, the new system will take
into account previous offenses. For
example, students who have received
one prior censure automatically will
receive nine months of disciplinary
probation and 50 hours of campus ser-
vice for their next infraction.
Any student with two or moo
prior alcohol policy infractions will
be brought before the Committee on
Discipline and will likely receive
suspension, Waterbury said. But she
noted that during the "transition peri-
od" of the 1999-2000 academic year,
a less severe penalty could be
employed based on the severity of
the current and past violations. Sh.
noted that in future academic year
three or more violations woul
almost always result in suspension.
The escalated penalties, which elim-
inate the dean's warning as a possible
penalty for those who violate the alco-
hol policy, are part of the larger report
summarizing the alcohol initiative that
the University Board of Trustees
approved in late May.
President Harold Shapiro said the
revised penalties are consistent with the
rest of the alcohol initiative. "I thin
the trustees were anxious to impress
upon the campus that they believe this
to be a serious problem, and the penal-
ties should be more in accord with this
seriousness' he said.
Dean of Student Life Janina
Montero explained that the idea of
harsher penalties for alcohol policy
infractions was suggested by stu-
dents two years ago in the early
stages of discussion on the alcoh'
"The trustees had many conversa-
tions with students, and one of the mes-
sages they did hear was, 'You say you
care, but when there are violations of
the alcohol policy, students just get a
slap on the wrist,' " Montero said.
"Students could effectively almost
accumulate penalties."
Montero said the original penal-
ties were outlined in the 1980s.
"The level of penalties that we p*
in place then were appropriate for
that time, but they just weren't
appropriate for where we are now,"
she said.

Gerta Harris, owner of the Back Alley Gourmet, teaches a cooking class yesterday at the Kerrytown store Kitchen Port.
Harris teaches students how to make French Ratatouille and a com and lime salad in the "Fabulous Fall Foods" class.
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By Michael Kelly
Yale Daily News
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (U-WIRE) - In a time when stock
options and Internet companies are turning 20-year-olds into
millionaires, it would seem unlikely that many young gradu-
ates would become cashiers.
In a recent job study sponsored by the 2030 Center, a
research and advocacy organization for young adults, labor
market analyst Helena Jorgensen found that young workers
today are feeling the bite of a hostile job market, a trend some
say is echoed at Yale's graduate school.
Jorgensen, an economist for the American Federation of
Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations and senior fel-
low of the 2030 Center, reported that the median salary for
college graduates fell 11 percent between 1970 and 1995.
The report claims that this decline in economic standards for
young people is due primarily to an increase in the number of
temporary workers in the labor force.
In her report, titled "When Good Jobs Go Bad: Young
Adults and Temporary Work in the New Economy,"
Jorgensen said that half of all temporary workers are under
the age of 35 and that more than one in four young workers
do not hold permanent, full-time positions. In addition,
Jorgensen predicted that if the growth of temp jobs continues
at its present rate, one out of every six people will work for a
temp agency before turning 35, up from the current ratio of
one in eight.
The report resembles a study released last April by the
Graduate Employees and Students Organization, a group
dedicated to unionizing teaching assistants at Yale's graduate
school. GESO's study concluded that 70 percent of all under-
graduate teaching atYale is performed by temporary workers,
mostly by adjuncts and graduate student TAs.

GESO organizers said a union of TAs is the most effective
way to combat this over-reliance on part-time labor.
Following GESO's report, a petition signed by over 20 pro-
fessors was distributed around the graduate school urging
faculty members to examine whether their departments relied
too heavily on non-tenure-track faculty and TAs.
University officials have questioned the findings of
GESO's study, and maintain it rests upon a faulty method of
measuring teaching hours.
2030 Center Founder and Director Hans Riemer likened
the unrest of some TAs to that of temp workers in other areas
of the economy.
"They're symptoms of the same problem thaf companies
are misclassifying their workers," Riemer said.
Many corporations will label their employees as tempo-
rary, even though they may work as many hours as full-time
employees, in order to avoid paying full salaries and provid-
ing the benefits they would for their regular employees,
Riemer said.
The 2030 Center's study claimed that temp workers earn
16.5 percent less than they would if they had full-time status.
Furthermore, the study showed that only five percent of temp
workers have health insurance through their employer, and
only 14.5 percent have a retirement plan.
Although TAs at some public institutions such as the
University of California have recently been recognized as
employees under state law, the question of whether TAs at pri-
vate universities can be considered employees falls under feder-
al jurisdiction, and is currently the object of a legal proceeding.
However, Riemer said TAs at institutions like Yale are sub-
ject to the same problems as falsely classified temp workers.
"They're denied the basic types of benefits (the University)
would grant to its professors," Reimer said.

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