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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 21, 2004 - 3


Student Affairs copes with financial woes


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Five years ago...
The student body prepared for the
annual Naked Mile ,which occurred on
the last day of classes. The Michigan
Student Assembly said it recruited
more than 200 volunteers to line the
runners path and protect them from
safety hazards.
The Department of Public Safety
and the Ann Arbor Police Department
planned to place extra officers on the
street o protect the runners, but had no
plans on making any arrests. They
were more concerned with how much
alcohol participants would drink
"Alcohol is a factor. Some of the
runners, to get the nerve to run,
have a few drinks," AAPD Sgt.
Andrew Zazula said. "Some have
more than a few drinks. It is a defi-
nite risk and a hazard."
Ten years ago...
Juwan Howard, the first member of
the Fab Five to sign with the University
in 1990, announced he would forgo his
senior year at Michigan to enter the
NBA draft. Duing his time here, he led
the basketball team in both scoring and
rebounding, earning him a place on the
"This is one of the toughest deci-
sions I have ever faced in my life,"
Howard said.
The Fab Five gained attention in the
early 1990s when Howard, Chris Web-
ber, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King and
Jalen Rose became the first freshman
quintent to start in a national champi-
onship game in 1992.
"There will never been another class
like the Fab Five," Howard said. "We
just tried to come out and play our
best. We were strong individuals."
April 18, 1986
Two University Regents said they
might consider a revision of a bylaw
that requires people receiving honorary
degrees to accept them in person. This
was in response to student protesters
who wanted the University to give a
degree to then-incarcerated civil rights
leader Nelson Mandela. Students
flooded the Regents meeting, demand-
ing the University grant Mandela a
Regent Paul Brown said a bylaw
might only be prompted by a com-
mittee review, but added concern
about the University getting involved
in political issues.
- "There's five Democrats and three
Republicans on the board and I don't
think we've ever discussed the party
line or what the governor thinks,"
Brown said.
April 15, 1966
A Michigan Daily article studied the
lack of female professors at the Uni-
versity and in academia in general.
Between 1952 and 1962, only 10 per-
cent of doctorates awarded in the
nation went to women. The story noted
that the mathematics, english, art histo-
ry, and psychology departments were
noticeably lacking of female tenured
Most professors admitted that they
were worried about female faculty get-
ting married and handling the responsi-
bilities of a family and their work.
Some professors said they looked for
females who tended to focus on their
"Although most men won't admit it,
they look at how marriageable a single
girl Ph.D. is. A potential spinster is a
better investment than an attractive
lively girl," Prof. Oleg Grabar, art his-
tory Dept. chair said.

April 21, 1954
University President Harlan Hatcher
said he would continue to fully cooper-
ate with the government regarding any
investigations of students or faculty. His
statement was in response to a discov-
ery that a former student had worked as
an FBI informant.
Several professors reacted with fear
about the nature of suspicion at the
"This kind of story makes all feel
uneasy," English Prof. Arthur Carr said.
"We begin to wonder what the FBI is
doing, who they are watching, and why."
That same year, Hatcher suspend-
ed three faculty members after they
refused to answer certain questions
in front of the House Committee on
Un-American Activities. Two of the
faculty members were later fired.
April 16, 1983
A top University budgetary com-
mittee recommended a 40 percent cut
in the School of Education budget.
Education Dean Joan Stark said the
nlan wnuld result in the loss of nuali-

By Alison Go
Daily Staff Reporter
As the Division of Student Affairs copes
with a 4 percent budget cut this year, the
department's directors are looking for ways to
make cuts without alienating students.
"Each of the units in the division is trying
to keep students in the center of the service
they provide," Associate Vice President for
Student Affairs Frank Cianciola said.
Student Affairs is allocated only 1 percent
of the University's General Fund, which is the
pool of money collected from tuition, state
appropriations and other revenue that goes
toward almost all academic and administra-
tive units. The fund amounted to nearly $10
million in Fiscal Year 2004.
As the University faces a projected $20
million deficit, administrators in Student
Affairs worry about the effect of the cuts on
their relatively small department.
"The problem is where there are limited
resources, (the cuts) feel more severe and
have more of an impact," Cianciola said.
This impact includes dissatisfaction of
administrative decisions throughout the stu-
dent body.
For example, Student Voices in Action, a coali-
tion opposing many Student Affairs changes

including budget cuts, formed this term.
However, Cianciola partially attributes the
criticism of these students to a lack of "under-
standing of who makes the decisions"
While some groups within the division
receive more cuts than others, the process of
deciding which gets cut is more "participato-
ry" than imposed, Cianciola said.
"We try not to have (groups) pitted against
each other," he added. "We all have a thor-
ough discussion to gather info and elicit the
best solution we can."
Within Student Affairs, the groups that
receive the most funding are Counseling and
Psychological Services and the Career Center.
The Office of Greek Life and the Student
Theater Arts Complex are allocated the least
amount of money.
Some of the groups that experienced the
biggest budget cuts in FY 2004 are the Interna-
tional Center, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Stu-
dent affairs and the Program on Intergroup
Relations, a social justice education program.
The Office of Greek Life and a number of coun-
seling services were allocated more funds.
Cianciola said departments and their direc-
tors have a large amount of discretion regard-
ing budget cuts. He added that individual
directors evaluate their own groups and
attempt to redistribute funds to save as much

"It's not enough for students to be able to see what's been
done, after it's been done.... They should ask students
(instead of) just trying to figure out what they want."
-Jenny Nathan
MSA Vice President

money as possible.
These figures are then brought to the vice
presidents and, in committees with a number
of decision makers, are weighed to determine
if the changes are sufficient to balance the
Student Affairs budget, Cianciola said.
If the budget is still not balanced, the vice
presidents determine the final cuts.
"Without compromising our mission (of
providing for students), we have to figure out
where we can make these cuts," Vice President
for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper said.
However, the communal process for imple-
menting the budget has not satisfied many of
the students affected by the cuts.
"It's not enough for students to be able to
see what's been done, after it's been done,"
said Michigan Student Assembly Vice Presi-
dent Jenny Nathan, an LSA junior. "They
should ask students (instead of) just trying to

figure out what they want."
And though Cianciola said the department
works with "students more intimately" than
others and "some organizations have more
structured dialogue with students," members of
activist groups like SVA continue to lobby for
more student input in administrative decisions.
"By getting a group of administrators and 'stu-
dents who are really committed to finding a
solution, there is more than enough brainpower
to move funds and reallocate money and come
up with necessary plans to accomplish what
needs to be accomplished," said Lisa Bakale-
Wise, an SVA member and LSA sophomore.
Harper and Cianciola presented an expla-
nation of the Student Affairs budget last night
to members of MSA.
While the presentation was "informative,"
members of MSA like Bakale-Wise criticized
it for being not specific enough.

Summer orientation unaffected by budget cuts

By EkJyot Saini
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA freshman Katie Williams
walked away from her summer orienta-
tion last year with many memories, but
one night stands out in particular.
"The last night of orientation I stayed
up talking to a couple members of (Res-
idence Hall Repertory Theater) about
Nintendo and other recollections from
childhood. The next day I fell asleep and
almost missed my registration appoint-
ment." she said.
With summer orientation around the
corner, the Office of New Student Pro-
grams is getting ready to give incoming
freshmen a taste of University life.
Unlike the summer program for interna-
tional students, the regular summer ori-
entation will not be forced to make
major changes due to budget con-
"We happen to be fortunate not to

have been affected by the budget cuts,"
Ann Hower, director of the Office of
New Student Programs said.
But some changes in content have
been made. This year, a greater empha-
sis is being given to academic integrity
at the orientation sessions.
Hower said academic integrity has
always been important but this year the
program hopes to "provide a more com-
prehensive message on our University's
Those changes are based upon the
responses received in the surveys that
are conducted at the end of orientation,
she said. Orientation is about making a
smooth transition, personally and aca-
demically, Hower said.
This sentiment was echoed by LSA
junior Adrienne Kraft, who is serving as
summer orientation leader. She said she
hopes to give incoming freshmen "a
sense of the University as home and to
make them feel comfortable as well as

show them what the campus has to offer
Hower hopes this year's orientation
helps ease the uncertainties that incom-
ing freshmen tend to have.
"In addition to academic advising,
orientation is a place to meet new and
current students, so students feel confi-
dent in returning in the fall," she said.
Current students recall their summer
orientations with fondness. "Basically I
remember three days and two nights of
partying with the big guys,"Business

School junior Jeff Perlman said.
LSA senior Wasseem Abaza however
had a different experience. "I had the
stomach flu. I was happily distracted by
everything around me to avoid the pain,"
he said.
Brett Paper, an LSA sophomore, said
his orientation was helpful in adjusting
to life at the University.
"I really bonded with the peer coun-
selors. One of the counselors was a (resi-
dent advisor) a few floors below me and
it helped the transition a lot," he said.

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