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Regents
vote 5-2
to approve
9.5% hike
in tuition
(Continued from Page 1)
hers salaries that are competitive with
other top schools nationwide.
"I DO NOT believe a five percent
(salary increase) will be sufficient to
help us keep from losing ground with
our peer institutions," said Frye. "But
it will be fairly competitive with what's
going on."
Baker strongly opposed the increase
and proposed an amendment, which
was defeated 5-2, that the hike be
reduced to 8.5 percent.
"It is about time we stepped up to the
challenge of trying to reduce tuition,"
Baker said. "The only constituency not
spoken for is the students themselves in
regard to tuition."
NO STUDENTS from the Ann Arbor
campus, however, spoke during the
public comment session on Thursday.
University President Harold Shapiro
said the administration is sensitive to
the burden tuition increases have been
on students and their families. But a 9.5
percent hike is necessary to keep the
University a high-quality institution, he
said.
"SURVIVAL IS not the issue at the
University," Shapiro said. "It's a
question of what we are and what we
aspire to be.
"We are trying to build an inter-
national University and it's a damn hard
thing to do," he said. "We have reduced
the burden to students for perhaps the
first time in a decade."
Dunn supported Baker's amendment
for a smaller increase and urged the
board to reduce tuition costs now
because he said it is likely state funding
will decrease next year.
AN 8.5 PERCENT increase, however,
would mean $1 million less for Univer-
sity programs, said Regent Paul Brown
(D-Petoskey).
"When you look at the reality of what
a difference $1 million makes, it is pain-
ful and difficult to find places to make
those cuts," Brown said. "I don't feel
we can easily find another million to cut
from someplace."
An increase in student financial aid
was also proposed in the University's
budget, but the higher tuition - The
University is the nation's most expen-
sive public school - prevents low and
middle income students from enrolling,
said Regent Nellie Varner (D-Detroit).
"MY MAIN concern is (that) as
tuition increases it makes the
University less and less accessible to
students from disadvantaged
backgrounds," said Varner. She added,
however, that it is essential to keep the
University competititve with other
schools.
Although Frye admits the University
could eventually be affor-
dable to only wealthy students, he said
the problem is "not striking yet."
The average tuition increases for
public schools nationwide is 10.5 per-
cent, according to Frye. Tuition for
Michigan's public schools increased
about 9.5 percent and for private
universities rose by 11 percent.

University President Harold Shapiro, left, and Vice President for State Relations, Richard Kennedy, watch over the ac-
tion at yesterdays Regents' meeting. The proceedings, however, were not calm as Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor)
unsuccessfully protested the tuition increase.
Regents approve steeper fees

By CHERYL BAACKE
Tuition is the painful part about coming to the University,
but the Regents yesterday also approved some smaller
drains on students' pocketbooks.
Engineering students will now have to pay an extra $100 a
term for a new computer system which may expand to other
parts of the University if it is successful.
THEY WILL HAVE exclusive and unlimited access to the
computers, which are becoming an integral part of engineer-
ng curriculum.
The Regents also approved a 25 cent per term increase in
the fee students must pay to the Michigan Student Assembly.
The current $4.25 a term fee will rise to $4.50 in September
and $4.75 a term in the 1984-85 school year.
The Regents tabled until another meeting an MSA request
for funds for a student research center that would conduct
studies on the quality of student life at the University.

VICE-PRESIDENT for Student Services Henry Johnson
refused to recommend funds for the program, but MSA will
reintroduce the plan.
The Regents also agreed to a proposal that may bring an
end to those long summer days drinking beer in the Diag.
They extended a city ordinance banning consumption of
alcohol to include the area bounded by State, North Univer-
sity, South University and East University streets.
"No drinking" signs will be posted in the area, and the or-
dinance will be enforced by the Ann Arbor Police Depar-
tment. Violators face a $100 fine.
In other action, the Regents unanimously approved a
proposal to combine the positions of the dean of the Rackham
School of Graduate Studies with the University vice president
for research. Rackham Dean Alfred Sussman will now hold
both posts, and a planning committee will work with him to
see if the merger is effective.
University officials hope the combinations will help cut
down on the duplication that goes on between the two offices.

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