The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 14, 2000,- 3
Kasdin speaks to SACUA on finances
leads to many
The Department of Public Safety,
along with assisting law enforcement
agencies, registered 31 incidents at
Michigan Stadium on Saturday during
Saturday's Michigan-Penn State foot-
ball game, DPS spokeswoman Diane
The breakdown is as follows: Six
minor in possession of alcohol cita-
tions, 20 ejections for alcohol in
the stadium, two citations for open
intoxicants in a motor vehicle, one
disorderly person, one complaint of
ticket scalping and one person cited
for urinating in public and violating
the Controlled Substances Act.
outside Law Quad
A man was assaulted while walk-
ing through the Law Quad around
3:45 a.m. yesterday, DPS reports
As he walked, the man was
approached by his assailant, who asked
him for a cigarette. As the victim was
walking away, the assailant struck him
The victim did not require medical
attention, and there is no description of
Person hit by golf
cart on Keech St.
A person was struck by golf cart
on Keech Street on Saturday morning,
according to DPS reports. The acci-
dent resulted in minor injuries.
Man tries to sell
A man attempted to sell text-
books suspected to be stolen to
the Michigan Union Bookstore on
Thursday afternoon, according to
An employee at the bookstore recov-
ered the books, but the suspect left the
area before officers arrived.
fight in Bursley
Two men who do not live in
Bursley Residence Hall fought there
Sunday evening, according to DPS
The grappling men knocked over
a television and television stand,
causing damage to both. One of the
Wen sustained minor injuries in the
fight, but he declined medical atten-
Tree falls, hits 2
cars on Keech St.
A tree fell across a pair of cars
narked in the lot at 100 Keech Street
on Friday morning, according to DPS
reports. Officers requested a chainsaw
0 remove the tree, and there were no
injuries in the incident.
sleeping in UGLi
Two men were found sleeping in the
Shapiro Undergraduate Library period-
icals room Saturday morning, accord-
ng to DPS reports. The two men were
emoved after warrant checks proved
finger in elevator
A child smashed his finger in an
elevator door at the Family Housing
Community Center on Friday after-
noon, according to DPS reports. The
oild's parents were there, and the
uth did not need medical assis-
Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
By Lisa Hoffman
Daily Staff Reporter
University Chief Financial Officer Robert
Kasdin said yesterday that working with commit-
tees is like taking an "open book" exam.
Kasdin said he is inevitably aided in finding
solutions to problems facing the University fac-
ulty and staff - most recently the University
Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Before diving into the faculty's concerns,
mostly with the role of faculty on the Board in
Control and Prescription Drug Workgroup 2002,
Kasdin defined his role as University's top finan-
"I have no say on faculty salaries," Kasdin said
to the Senate Advisory Committee on University
Affairs yesterday. "I am responsible for business
and properties of the University."
With a $500 million budget and 3,000 people
reporting to him, Kasdin said he has three roles:
Monitoring the financial status of the University
as a whole, running operations for long-term
health of the University and making sure the Uni-
versity is in financial equilibrium.
"I think a lot of people were struck by the mag-
nitude of the (financial) gains this year," Kasdin
said of the University's gains as a whole this
year. But over a long period of time, "I would not
be surprised if we gave some of that back."
Kasdin also chaired a committee with other
University community members looking at the
financial status of the athletic department. Along
with Deputy General Counsel Liz Barry, Educa-
tion Prof. Percy Bates and Ann Arbor resident
and University alum Bill Martin - who became
athletic director in August, Kasdin continues to
look at the faculty's role on the Board in Control
of Intercollegiate Athletics as described in the
bylaws of the University Board of Regents.
"When I look at where the committee thinks
the relationship should be, I'm not sure it's going
to be a lot more than stating how it runs," Kasdin
said, of the committee's findings, which focused
on issues from the athletic budget to the eligibil-
ity of student athletes.
SACUA member Don Deskins, a sociology
professor, questioned the validity of the com-
mittee because the members' lack of time at
the University, and argued that "the board
hasn't been in the loop for the past year and a
"I would hope attention will focus on the
merits of the committee's thoughts, not on who
was or wasn't on the committee," Kasdin said,
hoping that people will put aside their pre-con-
ceptions when the committee releases their draft
in the next few weeks. He said he also hopes
for faculty involvement in discussions about the
Robust discussion will also be key in decisions
regarding Prescription Drug Workgroup 2002, he
"We hope to make a people-based decision,"
SACUA member and Nursing Prof. SeonAe Yeo
Prescription drug costs to the University Con-
tinue to rise between 10 to 17 percent each year
because of drug price increases from the compa-
nies, SACUA member and pathology Prof.,Peter
"Nobody has any magic solutions," he said,
adding that costs will continue to rise.
By looking at drug use -- including circum-
stances in which certain drugs are used and'the
use of generic brands - Kasdin said money
saved from cutting costs would go back intothe
University's general fund.
The workgroup plans to bring their plans to
public discussion in January.
Pushing the limits
Access Up for registration
By Rachel Green
Last semester's inaugural run of the
new Wolverine Access has led to some
changes that students will notice as
they begin their search through the
University's time schedule to chose
classes for next semester.
SNRE junior Christina Coger said
she is already looking for classes to
avoid the rush of students on the
system. in upcoming weeks.
Winter 200 1 registration begins Nov.
20 for graduate students and Nov. 27
"I think on my actual CRISP day,
the computers are going to be nuts,"
Coger said she had difficulties mod-
ifying her schedule using the new
system this semester, in part because
she was comfortable with the old tele-
phone registration system.
"In the fall, Wolverine Access was
totally unfunctionable," Coger said.
"It was way too slow," she said.
"Over the phone it was, like, boom-
boom, you're done."
University spokeswoman Linda
Hancock Green said student's expe-
riences with Wolverine Access this
month should run more smoothly than
they did in September.
The Office of the Registrar sent
e-mails to all students Sunday indicat-
ing that they should visit Wolverine
Access online for their registration
dates. This deviates from previous years
where every student was sent his or her
specific registration time and date.
"Sending out those e-mails with
your real date and time was a long pro-
cess that took the Registrar's Office
several days," Green said. Listing reg-
istration times online gives students
better access to their personal informa-
tion, Green said.
LSA freshman David Biltekoff said
because he had problems with Wolver-
ine Access in the fall and plans to regis-
ter Honor's Advising Office.
"That way, in case I have any prob-
lems, they can help," he said.
The Registrar's office changed the func-
tions of Wolverine Access in a many ways.
"The biggest improvement was a
direct response to what students were
asking for after the Fall drop/add dead-
line," Green said.
"Now you can search by subject code
and by category number," she said.
is to fill e:
Coger said she appreciated the new
searching hunctions added to the Wol-
verine Access Time Schedule.
"The new way to search is just so
much easier now," she said.
In addition to improvements made
to the class searching features, Green
said software enhancements allow the
Wolverine Access to run faster.
"You can also chose to see only the
open sections of classes," Green said.
"That feature has just been pulled into
Wolverine Access and it should save
Green said to help registration to
run smoothly for next semester stu-
dents should plan their schedules in
advance, with alternate classes if their
first choices are filled.
Students who plan to register from
off-campus computers should first
ensure that both Java and cookies are
enabled and they are accessing the
system from either Netscape 4.0 or
Windows Explorer 4.0, otherwise the
computer will not be able to process
requests, Green said.
Most importantly, Green said,
"Patience will help. Logging off and
back on to the system only delays the
processing of your request."
Todd Stephen Fergus, a fourth year student in the Medical School, comes inside
from the rainy day to work out in the North Campus Recreation Building.
® Multiple concentrations
appealing because they
seem more marketable
By Lisa Hoffman
Daily Staff Reporter
Rather than being pulled to one
side, many University students find a
way to remain in the middle of their
tug-of-war between two very different
disciplines by choosing multiple con-
centrations or adding a minor to their
coursework - two methods of inter-
disciplinary studies offered to under-
"Undergraduate students come
into the University and struggle
to understand what a 'major'
means," said John Godfrey, Rack-
ham School of Graduate Studies
"Undergraduate training gives a rig-
orous understanding of a concentra-
tion, and students examine one body
of knowledge," he said.
Students need to have a broader
range of studies under their belt to
enter their field of choice as disciplin-
ary ideas overlap.
"It speaks for the need for deep
engagement with more than one disci-
pline and for an intellectual foundation
that is both broad and deep," said biol-
ogy Prof. John Lehman.
"It is fair to say there is no simple
magic solution, but at least students
are surrounded by limitless opportu-
nity to learn," he said.
The traditional structure of the Uni-
versity does not facilitate cross-dis-
cipline studies for undergraduates,
although faculty and students feel that
interdisciplinary studies are necessary
to keep up with society.
"The University doesn't make it
easy for students to go where they
want to go and to do what they want to
do," Godfrey said.
The University's Self-Study Report
for Institutional Reaccredidation,
which began revisions in 1998,
debates interdisciplinary programs.
According to the report, faculty
appointments, curriculum design, and
new scholars training set national
models to signal the eclipse of new
fields and announce new advances.
"Schools and colleges have their
own agendas," Godfrey said. "How we
connect these centers is important."
The University has made efforts
to overcome isolations between disci-
plines since 1923 with developments
in the social sciences.
These additions include the Institute
for Social Research, the Center for
Japanese Studies, the Institute of Ger-
ontology and the Biophysics Research
"The point ought to be that tradi-
tional disciplinary lines are bridged
because doing so may facilitate the
hunt for solutions to real world prob-
lems," Lehman said.
"The potential danger is that a stu-
dent will not be able to bring the
full power of a discipline to bear on
a problem," said history Prof. Rudi
"He or she will have had a taste of
a few dishes but no idea how to cook
any of them," he said.
But "some faculty might say that it is
risky to move away from (disciplines)
because it threatens intellectual coher-
ence," Godfrey said.
"The University has structures that rest
uneasily on a rapidly changing areas of
knowledge," he said.
Now, the question is, "How do you
wire up your brain so we can see
new insights to the world," Lehman
said, who feels that "students who get
a lot of joy and reward are students
who apply themselves to the two dis-
council seeks new candidates
By Johanna Wetmore
Daily Staff Reporter
Although the elections for the University's Engineering
Council five-member executive board begin tomorrow,
those running a last-minute campaign may still have a
chance to win a seat.
"There are currently no official candidates for secretary or
treasurer," said Current Executive Board President Brandon
Chesla. The senior said students could win those seats with a
write-in campaign by capturing at least 10 percent of the vote.
Current UMEC treasurer Bob Krentler, who is pursuing
UMEC's presidency, said candidacy bids have progres-
sively thinned out over the past few years.
"I remember as a sophomore that every position was at
least 3 candidates deep," he said.
When Krentler ran for treasurer last year, all positions except
secretary were contested. "There's a significant work require-
ment with UMEC," said Krentler, citing work as one reason for
low candidacy turnout for the executive board offices.
"Places like Purdue and Wisconsin pay their Engineering
Council officers a stipend" which brings more candidates to
the table, he said, but added that he doesn't think the posi-
tions should be paid. "Students should do it for the good of
students rather than just for resume building," he said.
Currently only two candidates have made a bid for presi-
dent and one for each of the two vice presidential seats.
Those spots not filled in the general election will be filled
during the first UMEC meeting in January.
Jeanine Chan, the only internal vice presidential candi-
date, said she doesn't know why there isn't more competi-
tion for executive board positions.
"I'm not thrilled there wasn't more interest in it."
Chan, a junior, said she wishes there were more people who had
UMEC experience volunteering for executive board positions.
While Chesla said he feels it is a bit exceptional for the
council to have to elect two positions at the first meeting,
he is "not at all uncomfortable to have the UMEC body
select." Regardless of the short ballot, Chesla said he antici-
pates voter turnout similar to last year. About 500 engineer-
ing students voted over the course of the two-day elections.
For the convenience of the students, UMEC plans to set
up computer polling centers between the Media Union and
Pierpont Commons and to hand out sucker-incentives to
turn out the vote.
The UMEC executive board elections along with the MSA
and LSA-SG elections will begin at midnight tonight and nip
until 11:59 pm on Thursday at iwwwnich.edu/~vote
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