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2A - Thursday, January 31, 2008
MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

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TUESDAY:
Arbor Anecdotes

WEDNESDAY:
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Supply and demand in the classroom

A first-rate education is priceless,
but maintaining some of the nation's
best and brightest faculty comes with
a hefty cost. Last year the University
set aside $245 million - almost 20
percent of its general fund expendi-
tures - for professors' salaries.
This figure probably doesn't match
the value that most students would
place on their education, but it also
doesn't explain why, according to some
faculty salaries, the University values
certain departments more than oth-
ers.
Last year, the salary for a pro-
fessor of political science averaged
$148,645.44 while the average history
professor made only $118,484.77.
Associate Provost Philip Hanlon
said these disparities aren't because
of the overall quality of individual
departments, but are a reflection of
the job market associated with vari-
ous disciplines.

Like any other industry, Hanlon
said, the laws of supply and demand
largely determine the market for fac-
ulty. Citing Harvard University, Princ-
eton University and Duke University
as three of the University's top com-
petitors, Hanlon said the University is
in constant competition to recruit and
retain the country's top professors.
"These elite private universities
have resources and huge endowments
that they can bring to bear," he said.
For many disciplines, however,
competition is not limited to the world
of academia. In areas like business or
economics, the University faces the
additional challenge of matching
salaries offered by the government or
private sector. With the average pro-
fessor earning $215,022.84 in the Ross
School of Business and $189,124.60
in the Department of Economics, the
price tag associated with this corpo-
rate competition is real.

Though market structure large-
ly explains why professors in high
demand earn more than others, salary
differences within departments point
to the quality of individual work.
Every school or college at the Uni-
versity receives a budget based on the
tuition revenue it generates, but it is
up to the dean of that school or col-
lege to decide which faculty members
deserve more pay than others. Each
dean uses a slightly different process,
but pay increases are generally indica-
tive of how well individual faculty
member has performed.
Despite these differences, Hanlon
said the University has been success-
ful in retaining its faculty over the
years.
"The excellence of our faculty, like
the excellence of our students, is what
makes us a great University," he said.
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LSA junior Sarah Kukaku (left) and LSAfreshman
Afshan Khan (right) sample Cajun food at Hillel's
Taste of New Orleans event yesterday. The dinner
was a fundraiser for an Alternative Spring Break
trip tothe Gulf Coast.

CRIME NOTES
Keyboards, mice Man in bathroom
swiped from lab has run-in with

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

WHERE: Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about 10:30
a.m.
WHAT: Three computer key-
boards and four computer mice
were stolen from the dorm's
computing site sometime on
Monday or Tuesday, the Depart-
ment of Public Safety reported.
Student's money
stolen during
hoops game
WHERE: Central Campus Rec-
reation Building
WHEN: Tuesday at about 10
p.m.
WHAT: A male student report-
ed that his wallet was stolen
while he was playing basketball,
DPS reported. The wallet con-
tamed cash and credit cards.

Peeping Tom
WHERE: Mason Hall
WHEN: Wednesday at about
10 pm.
WHAT: A man called to report
that a man about 18 or 19 years
old stood outside his bathroom
stall last week while peeking
inside and masturbating, DPS
reported. The case is under
investigation.
Student injured
during rehearsal
WHERE: Power Center
WHEN: Tuesday at about 9:50
p.m.
WHAT: A female student aggra-
vated an existing back condition
during a rehearsal, DPS report-
ed. She was taken by ambulance
to University Hospital for treat-
ment.

Engineering
career expo
WHAT: A fair for engineer-
ing students to network with
recruiters, with between 80
and 90 companies expected
to send representatives
WHO: The Career Center
WHEN: Today from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Crisler Center and
the Duderstadt Center
Sustainable
living fair
WHAT: A fair with informa-
tion and exhibits on green
technology and products
from more than 30 student
groups, community organi-
zations and local businesses
WHO: Focus the Nation
WHEN: Today from 2 p.m.
to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Ballroom, Michi-
gan Union

Michigan Idol
tryouts
WHAT: Open tryouts for
the Michigan Idol singing
competition, modeled after
American Idol. The top prize
in the competition is $500.
WHO: University Unions
Arts & Programs
WHEN: Today at 9 p.m.
WHERE: Underground,
Michigan League
CORRECTIONS
. An article on the front
page of yesterday's edition of
the Daily (In close vote, MSA
decides against sendingProp.
2 e-mail) said Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly Rep. Ashley
Schwedt voted in favor of a
resolution to send a mass e-
mail about an upcoming law-
suits challenging Proposal
2. Schwedt voted against the
resolution.
* Please report any error in
the Daily to corrections@
michigandaily.com.

A California company has
doubled the flight time for
a personal jet pack, log-
ging a 75-second flight, FOX
News reported. The public can
purchase Thunderbolt Aero-
systems's latest jet pack, the
TP-R2G2, beginning in August
for $98,000.
Before tonight's men's
basketball game against
Minnesota, the Univer-
sity will commemorate Crisler
Arena's 40th anniversary.
>FOR MORE, SEE PAGE 5A
A small Vermont town
is receiving hate mail
because residents are cir-
culating a petition to issue an
arrest warrant for President
Bush and Vice President Dick
Cheney for crimes against the
Constitution, The Associated
Press reported. The measure
will appear on a town-wide
ballot March 4.

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