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Tuesday
January 30, 2001

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By Louie Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
In his 11th annual State of the State
dress tomorrow, Gov. John Engler plans
outline a plan to add seven appointed
members to the University Board of
Regents as well as the Michigan State Uni-
versity Board of Trustees, the Wayne State
University Board of Governors and the
State Board of Education.
Engler's proposal, which would require a
constitutional amendment, would bring the
membership of all four boards to 15.

The governor will deliver his address at 7
p.m. tomorrow in the
chambers of the House of
Representatives.
Under Engler's plan,
Shafer said, no governor
could appoint more than
four members from any
party to each board.
Appointees would have to
be confirmed by the state
Senate.
Engler These changes are nec-
essary, Shafer said, because in the elections to

those boards it is often the case that "a lot of
people are not aware of who is running."
Along with making education a primary
focus of tomorrow's speech, Engler also is
expected to announce a proposal to replace
the current system of electing Michigan
Supreme Court justices with one in which
the governor would appoint justices to a 14-
year term. Nominees would be subject to
Senate confirmation.
Democrats, however, did not seem overly
enthusiastic about Engler's proposals.
"Why add an unneeded level of bureaucracy
to a system that's not broken? We have not

heard anybody complain about the way educa-
tion candidates are chosen," said Dennis
Denno, spokesman for the Michigan Democra-
tic Party.
Sen. Chris Dingell (D-Trenton) was equally
opposed to the plan for appointed regents.
"Look at the people he appointed to the Michi-
gan Supreme Court," he said.
Although Supreme Court justices usually
are elected, in the event of a vacancy the
governor has the power to fill those vacan-
cies with his own appointments - an act
Engler has performed several times in recent
years.

"You'll see they are all of one ideological
bent and that they never dissent from each
other," Dingell added.
Dingell is one of the members of the Leg-
islature who will participate in the Democ-
rats' responses to the governor's address -
one that will air on public television and
another that will air on public radio follow-
ing the speech.
But Sen. Glenn Steil (R-Grand Rapids)
said he agrees with Engler's proposals to
reform education. "These candidates are
chosen in caucuses by the Democrats or
See ENGLER, Page 2

ord
School
gets $3M
donation
From staff reports
An anonymous donor will give the
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Poli-
cy a $3 million gift to establish a Life
Sciences Policy Center, the Universi-
ty announced yesterday.
The donation is the largest ever
* ceived by the school.
"I'm very excited about the
prospect of building a component of
the Ford School that deals with life
sciences policy," Public Policy Dean
Rebecca Blank said in a written state-
ment.
The donor, whose name will not be
announced, told University officials
that the gift is intended to develop a
collaboration between public policy
i esources already on campus and the
fe sciences programs currently in
development.
"Technology breakthroughs in life
sciences promise to transform our
lives and social institutions even more
profoundly than the information tech-
nology revolution," the donor said.
"These events also promise to
explode the number of new public
policy issues requiring thoughtful,
*eative and disciplined analysis."
Although the anonymous gift will
help establish the new Life Sciences
Policy Center, Public Policy Develop-
ment Director Beth Johnson said a
total of $10 million will be necessary
to completely fund the project.
The gift brings the total amount
raised during the ongoing Public Poli-
cy fundraising campaign to $12 mil-
lion. The school hopes to raise $30
million for faculty endowments and
aconstruct an addition to Lorch
all.
"This gift enables us to take the
lead among other policy schools in
this type of work," Blank said. "We
are extremely grateful to the donor
for having the foresight and imagina-
tion to come forward to establish such
an important center at the Ford
School."

Faculty get
largest pay
increases
By Nick Bunkley
Daily News Editor
University faculty received an average salary increase of
5.1 percent last year, more than the average increase for exec-
utive officers, deans and staff members, according to figures
released yesterday.
Salaries for the 13,441 members of the University's staff
increased an average of 4.1 percent, the lowest among the four
categories. Executive officers received average merit-based
raises of 4.6 percent and deans saw merit-based pay increases
this year averaging 4.7 percent.
"Part of what we're doing is making sure the faculty under-
stand their importance and that they'll be supported here at
Michigan;' said Marilyn Knepp, associate vice president for
the University budget, planning and administration. "Both the
faculty increases and the staff increases capture our commit-
ment to the people here."
A 5 percent increase in President Lee Bollinger's salary
makes him the sixth highest-paid employee at the University
and the highest-paid outside of the Medical Campus.
Bollinger will earn $326,550 during the current academic
year, up from $311,000 last year. Previously, he had the sev-
enth-highest salary.
Vice President for Medical Affairs Gil Omenn's 2000-2001
salary of $556,973 is once again the highest at the University,
with University Hospitals Executive Director Larry Warren,
Surgery Department Chair Lazar Greenfield, Thoracic
Surgery Prof. Mark Orringer and Cardiac Surgery Prof.
Edward Bove rounding out the top five.
Head football coach Lloyd Carr's salary of $278,000 is the
ninth highest at the University. But coupled with $46,000 in
See SALARIES, Page 2

MARJORIE MARSHALL/Daily
Police chief candidate Bruce Chamberlin (right) speaks with Wendy Woods and Heidi Cowing Herretl yesterday afternoon at Campus inn
during a public forum where Ann Arbor residents interacted with four candidates for the Ann Arbor Chief of Police.
51 inunin four police chef

By James Restivo
Daily Staff Reporter

City officials and community members
questioned the five remaining candidates
yesterday for the vacant position of Ann
Arbor Chief of Police.
The finalists interrogated were David
Bostrom, Bruce Chamberlin, Bill King and
Ronald Schebil. The fifth candidate, Mary
Rabadeau, was unable to attend most of
yesterday's proceedings.
Council member Jean Robinson (D-Ward
I) said the daylong questioning helped her get
to know the diverse candidates.
"It was an interesting experience see-

ing both people who are local, as well as
those from outside," Robinson said.
"They all come from different experi-
ences."
The candidates, who hail from various
parts of the country used their time to
express ideas for the city and ways of
interacting with the University. Their
answers covered a range of topics
including safety, domestic violence and
racial profiling.
Bostrom, who has worked in Washing-
ton, D.C. with jurisdiction over several uni-
versities, including Georgetown, said the
number of students in Ann Arbor does not
intimidate him.

"The U of M has its own police force
focused on student needs - but I'm look-
ing forward to working with them,"
Bostrom said. "Students make up an impor-
tant part of the city."
Chamberlin, who has served as chief
of police in Buffalo, N.Y., said he was
very impressed by the city and if chosen,
hopes to work together with students and
residents.
"My approach has been laid back, but
to still maintain order with equality,"
Chamberlin said. "I'm not going to tailor
action because of who someone is."
King, who serves as deputy chief for the
See CHIEF, Page 2

TEn garde

GEO claims new LSA
policy will discriminate

By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
A change in a University accounting policy
has the Graduate Employees Organization
grievance committee members suggesting that
their contracts have been violated.
Grievance Committee Chair Alyssa Picard
said under their old policy, the College of Lit-
erature, Science and the Arts would give
departments a number of graduate student
instructor spots to fill however they chose.
The new policy provides block grants with
which to hire GSIs and allows departments to
keep the money they don't spend on GSI-
related expenses.
"It puts the onus on departments to hire the
cheapest teachers available," Picard said.
"And if you're only looking at the cash you're
never going to get to the question of who's
more aalified."

not agree with the conclusions the GEO has
reached about the new policy," said Universi-
ty spokeswoman Julie Peterson.
The GEO said it plans to request that the
University cease implementation of the policy
and bargain with them instead.
"If they don't bargain with us in good faith
we'll file an unfair labor practice complaint
with the Michigan Employment Relations
Commission," Picard said.
GEO organizer Mark Dilley said the change
in policy will discriminate against many grad-
uate students by favoring in-state GSI appli-
cants and doctoral candidates because they
cost less to hire.
"It used to be each department would say
how many GSIs they needed. It didn't matter
if they were in-state, candidates or grad stu-
dents," Dilley said.
The University does not intend to affect the
quality of GSIs, Peterson said.

AP PHOTO
Women line up for relief aid yesterday in Bhuj, a town in India
which was devastated by last week's earthquake.
Reli'efed
to quake area.
By Shannon Pettypiece
For the Daily
In an effort to aid Indian communities devastated by last
Friday's earthquake, which is now reported to have caused as
many as 20,000 deaths, several University student groups
have joined forces to help collect donations.
The University community includes 450 students from
India as well as hundreds of American-Indian students with
many family and friends living in India.

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