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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, May 12, 1981-Page 3
Surge in 'U' applications

The number of persons applying to the University
! for enrollment as freshmen next fall is about 11 per-
cent more than the number of freshman applications
received by this same time last year, University ad-
missions officials said yesterday.
The number of applications is "much more than
expected," Associate Director of Admissions Lance
Erickson said, adding that he hasn't seen such a large
increase in 10 years.
ERNEST ZIMMERMAN, assistant to the vice-
president for academic affairs, cited bleak economic
conditions and a shrinking job market as possible
factors behind the application hike.
Students may be thinking "there's no place to go
(to get a job) so they might as well go to college,"
Zimmermann said.
Erickson agreed that the economic crunch could be

spurring an increase in college applicants, par-
ticularly in the number of returning students.
THE UNIVERSITY'S prestige may be another fac-
tor, Erickson said, adding that more college-bound
students may be choosing the University of Michigan
over Michigan State University because of "the bad
press that MSU has gotten this past year."
The application increase however, does not
necessarily mean higher Fall 1981 enrollment, of-
ficials cautioned.
The University is "trying to control enrollment,"
Erickson said. The administration is "shooting for a
target (enrollment figure) that is about the same as
last year," he added.
"irrelevant," explaining that the University always
gets more than enough qualified applicants, but
doesn't want to increase its enrollment.

Also, many students may be mailing applications
to more than one school in search of the best financial
aid package, Zimmerman said. This influx of
multiple applications may appear to be an increase in
the number of college applicants, both Erickson and
Zimmenmann agreed.
Although the number of applications is up, "the
ones who count are the ones who pay the (enrollment)
deposit," Erickson said. "It doesn't look like we'd be
up (in enrollment) substantially."
Without knowing the actual reasons for the ap-
plication hike, Erickson couldn't determine the wider
implications of the application hike. If it turns out
that more people want to expand their educations,
Erickson said he would be "enthusiastic."
As it is now, however, the increase has some bad ef-
fects, Erickson said. "We don't want to turn away
good students," he said, which is sometimes the case.

Mr. Bullard goes to Washington?
State rep. begins quest
for U.S. Congress seat

Although next year's election is
still more than 500 days away, Perry
Bullard has already begun his cam-
R .llard. the Ann Arbor Democrat
currently serving his fifth
term as the district's state represen-
tative, will not be seeking a sixth term,
however. Instead, his attention has
shifted to Washington D.C. and the U.S.
Congress - "where the action is," he
economic issues are better perceived as
national issues, and that foreign policy
considerations are too compeling for
him to ignore in Lansing. He has also
concluded that the Reagan ad-
ministration is regressive, both
politically and morally, and that its
"vicious policies" will inevitably fail.
In their place, he has an armload of
programs, policies, and proposals that
he hopes to carry with him to
Washington if elected, most of them
following his liberal line measure for
He comes to an interview this Friday
morning replete with a "biographical
fact sheet," a six-year breakdown of
"Bullard-Sponsored Laws," two public
relations releases describing his recent
legislative exploits, a few recent ar-
ticles from the Ann Arbor News
(among them a laudatory editorial
regarding his emphasis on rebuilding
the American Northeast), and copies of

his office's pamphlets on lobbying and
using the Freedom of Informatibn Act.
Despite the early hour, his manner is
brisk and emphatic, as is customary.
"WE CAN'T SOLVE the 15 percent
unemployment problem here in
Michigan," he says, "but with the
federal Congress, with administrative
leadership in Washington, we can have
better policies. The Reagan policies go
exactly in the wrong direction, so I
think we need to join the fight at the
federal level."
As Bullard sees it, the Reagan ad-
ministration will be harming individual
states by depriving them of federal
assistance; Washington "considers
government the problem, not the
solution," he says.
"Returning things to the states is
fine, but with a national economy, you
need strong national standards, effec-
five agencies. The Reagan ad-
ministration's plan has been to, rather
than reform these agencies, to chop
them off."
NOW 38 YEARS OLD, Bullard's local
reputation reflects his liberal views,
and he has banked on solid student sup-
port from the University - he has
received it - for each of his five suc-
cessful state campaigns. His promotion
of lenient marijuana laws, tenants'
rights, and alternate energy grants, as
well as his recent anti-apartheid effor-
ts, have won him a loyal constituency.
And at the state capitol, Bullard's
See BULLARD, Page 6

Photo by DAVID C
STATE REP. PERRY BULLARD (D-Ann Arbor) discusses his recently-
launched drive for a seat in the U.S. Congress.


In response to a Federal Communications Com-
mission inquiry, WCBN-FM, the University's
student-run radio station, has refuted charges that
the station violated a number of federal broadcast
According to attorney Daniel Toohey of the
Washington-based law firm Dow, Lohnes, and Alber-
tson, the only evidence that WCBN's activities were
inconsistent with FCC regulations were "minor, low-
grade irregularities," if indeed the radio station was
in violation of any broadcast regulations at all.
TOOHEY PREPARED the rebuttal on behalf of

WCBN and its licensees-the University Regents.
The charges were filed with the FCC by six former
and current employees of the station on January 11.
The rebuttal, filed with the FCC last month, has
been referred to one of the commission's lawyers who
will examine the document and advise the FCC, ac-
cording to Stephen Sewell, assistant chief of the
FCC's Complaints and Compliance Division.
SEWELL SAID he has no idea when the com-
mission will make a final decision on the matter, but
stressed that there are thousands of inquiries made
each year such as the one conducted at WCBN.
See WCBN, Page 11

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