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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 8, 2004 - 3

Swing dancing
lessons and open
dance in Union
Michigan Union Arts and Programs
will have swing dance lessons from 7:30
to 11:30 tonight. Lessons for beginners
will take place in the first hour, followed
by an hour of lessons for intermediate
dancers. The last two hours will be for
open dancing. Lessons will alternate
between East Coast and Lindy Hop
swing. Cost is $3 for students and $4 for
non-students. No experience or partner
Doctor to lecture
on gender and
child care
Marlena Michelle Studer, a doctor who
has conducted interviews with 50 couples
living in southeastern Michigan who are
expecting children, will discuss how men
and women's goals and long-term plans
pertain to their efforts to decide how to
share child care responsibilities. The lec-
ture will take place at the Center for the
Education of Women at 330 E. Liberty St.,
tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. Call 998-
7080 for more information.
Panel focuses on
impact of race on
body image
A panel discussing the impact of race
and ethnicity on images of the body
will be held today at 5 p.m. at the Wil-
liam Monroe Trotter House lounge. The
panel, titled "Body Image: All Shapes
and Shades," is sponsored by the Health
Promotion and Community Relations
Department of University Health Ser-
vice. All students are invited to attend,
and food and drinks will be served.
Student's room
key glued into lock
A resident of West Quad Residence
Hall called the Department of Public
Safety because his key was glued into
the lock of his room Monday afternoon.
DPS has no suspects.
Tommy Hilfiger
jacket, MP3 player
stolen from CCRB
A Tommy Hilfiger jacket with a Casio
MP3 player, Mcard and keys was stolen
from the Central Campus Recreation
Building Monday evening, according to
DPS reports. The jacket and its contents
were left unatteended on a court between
6:30 and 7:30 p.m. DPS has no suspects.
Drunken person
found sleeping in

residence hall
A drunken person was found sleep-
ing in East Quad Residence Hall at 9:47
p.m. Monday, according to DPS reports.
The person was awoken and escorted
off campus.
In Daily History
SAPAC struggles
with high number
of assault reports
Dec. 8, 1992 - The number of sexual
assaults reported to the University's Sex-
ual Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center were so high in 1992 that a small
backlog of cases waiting for counsel-
ing developed, former SAPAC Director
Debi Cain said. There were 56 incidents
reported in the fall term alone.
Cain said that the increase in reported
incidents was not necessarily because of
increased sexual assaults on campus but
that "more people are coming forward."
Some SAPAC volunteers said vic-
tims were reporting incidents that
took place seven to eight years earlier


Lack of tenured female
profs prompts 'U' to
rethink tenure system

By Leah Guttman
Daily Staff Reporter
Across the country, increasing num-
bers of women are earning doctorates in
the humanities and social sciences. "But
few of these women are found in higher
education positions," said Psychology and
Women's Studies Prof. Abigail Stewart.
Within the University, females
abound at the graduate instructor level
and as lecturers and researchers. Their
presence is even higher - 64 percent
- in the ranks of archivists, curators
and librarians, according to a 2003
report on the status of women affiliated
with the University. But in tenure-track
positions at the University, female rep-
resentation is the lowest - 26 percent
of the total - with few of these posi-
tions held by women of color.
The disparity between women and men
in tenure-track positions at the nation's
top research universities raises questions
about the nature of the tenure-process
and whether changes within the system
could help women aquire tenured profes-
sorships. The University is undertaking
some steps to evaluate the possiblity of
such changes.
Jean Waltman, a research associate at
the Center for the Education of Women,
said although there are places where
women are at parity with men, the dispar-
ity increases in the ranks of full profes-
"As the prestige of the university
goes up, the number of women in ten-
ure-track positions goes down," she
said, referring to institutes of higher
education in general.
Researchers are examining a number
of factors to explain the shortage of ten-
ured female faculty.
Stewart said one possibility that may

Female professors hold 26 percent of tenure-
track positions at the University, according
to a 2003 report.

explain the disparity is that women are
more likely than men to consider where
they want to raise their families before the
prestige of the university for which they
want to work.
Waltman said women sometimes
find an unwelcoming atmosphere at
premier research institutions, pointing
to research data showing that women
in academia, compared to men, feel
less engaged in their departments and
more marginalized and have greater
difficulty finding mentors. Though
this is not true in every case, it does
play into the problem, she said.
Another controversial factor is the
sometimes covert nature of the hiring
process, she said. "There is a tradition-
al, unspoken sense of what a professor
should look like, what a professor should
study, what kind of training, background
and publication records (he or she)
should have," Waltman said. "In some
sense, women get excluded because they
don't fit the hiring pattern."
According to the 2003 report, the
University "lags dramatically behind the
national pool in terms of gender represen-
tation." And despite having an adequate
number of doctoral students in most
fields, "the percentage of women faculty
within most academic disciplines at (the
University) continues to be at or below the
1979 national levels."
To address these kinds of problems,
the University has undertaken pro-
grams such as ADVANCE, a five-year
project funded by the National Science

Foundation that seeks to improve the
recruitment and retention of women
faculty in science and engineering. The
program appears to have made gains, as
40 percent of professors hired in these
fields by the University this year were
women, whereas women represented
only 20 percent of hirings in 2001.
Also in progress is a discussion on re-
assessing the concept of a tenure-track
position., as well as changes in the tenure-
track process itself. Waltman said inno-
vative policies to address these issues are
being considered by University adminis-
trators and faculty members.
Some of these, such as part-time tenure,
would ease the balance between work and
home life. This would permit an instruc-
tor to remain active in the University and
stay on the tenure track while working at
a reduced rate, Waltman said.
Permanently extending the tenure
clock - a way of lengthening the five-
to seven-year process - is also being
discussed, Waltman said. This change
would alter the University's clock-stop
policy, which currently allows instruc-
tors to take one year off while on the
tenure track. Allowing more than one
break would help women who need
time to raise their families while on the
tenure track, Waltman said.
"We're already a little bit flexible,"
Stewart said regarding the University's
tenure-track process. "But we're not as
flexible as we might be. ... We have an
outer limit and might consider chang-
ing that."

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vents, making the heating system more efficient.
This measure, and the strategies passed by
Ketcheson and her roommatesm are exactly the right
measures to take, according to Diane Brown, the
University's spokeswoman for facilities and opera-
tions. Other methods for reducing heating bills this
winter include closing windows, repairing broken
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harassment offense against dozens said in
of women in at least 15 households charges
over a five-month period on our cam- alarmin
pus. If we, as a community, had been not true
informed of the repeated offenses, he If con
may have been apprehended sooner indecent
and prevented from perpetrating so up to a)
many times." has been
Harrison - a Detroit native Associat
- started at defensive tackle in seven StenaN
of Michigan's 11 games this season case. He
and recorded 24 tackles including one urinating
tackle for a loss. But the Wolverines sequentl3
will likely be without Harrison when Carr ani
they take on Texas in the Rose Bowl on uncertaii
New Year's Day. Stenavic

heaters and just wearing an extra sweater, she added.
For every degree the thermostat is lower, a hom-
eowner saves 3 percent on his heating bill, Singer said.
The University is also attempting to lower its heat-
ing bills, although on a much larger scale. South Quad
Residence Hall alone uses nearly $200,000 in steam,
made from natural gas, each year and $280,000 in
electricity - enough to provide 250 typical homes
with natural gas and 400 homes with electricity for
a year, according to Bill Verge, associate director for

utilities and plant engineering.
The University's power plant uses natural gas to
provide steam to heat the Central and Medical cam-
puses. The University also purchases any additional
natural gas in advance, which protects it from the ris-
ing costs. "If you had to go buy it, it would be much,
much more expensive than what we are able to do
here," Brown said.
Nevertheless, this year's expenditure on natural
gas will be about $34 million, up about $2.4 million

from last year, and next year, the University is likely
to spend at least $38 million, Verge said.
The University's ability to buy large quantities
of natural gas in advance means that this year's
budget will not be dramatically affected by the ris-
ing prices, but if the trend continues, the University
will have to seek more money. In the face of rising
heating bills for both students and the University
as a whole, Brown said, "anything we can turn off
saves us."


y Harrison has been sus-
from the Michigan football
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
a statement yesterday. "The
are very serious and very
g. I can only hope they are
nvicted on the single count of
exposure, Harrison could face
year in jail. A pre-trial hearing
set forsJan. 21, according to The
ted Press.
vich is awaiting charges in his
was arrested on Nov. 29 after
g on the floor at a club and sub-
y being escorted out by police.
nounced on Dec. 3 that he is
in what, if any, punishment
h will face within the team.

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