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OPINION

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Vol. XCIV, No. No. 27-S
94 Years of Editorial Freedom
Managed and Edited by Students at
The University of Michigan
Editorials represent a majority opinion of the
Daily Editorial Board
Long-term folly
A NY TIME the regents do something to
ease the financial burden of attending the
University 'for even a few students, students
should stand up and cheer. So the regents
should take a bow for voting not to increase un-
dergraduate tuition for Michigan residents.
though the freeze amounts to a silver lining
on some menacing clouds at the horizon of the
Uiversity's future tuition levels.
While the regents kept state resident un-
dergraduate tuition at its 1983-84 level, after
9.5, 15, and 18 percent increases the last three
years, they raised non-resident tuition a
whopping 7 percent. The move marked the fir-
st time in memory the percentage change in
tuition differed based on residency. Non-
residents are now paying virtually three times
the resident tuition rate. University ad-
ministrators offered little justification for the
large non-resident rate increase, though the
inflation rate over the last year was barely
half of seven percent.
That trend is potentially troublesome, not
now, but pehaps 10 years from now. The
University attracts a diverse and highly talen-
ted group of non-resident students each year.
It competes with the top private schools like
Harvard and Yale, offering an education that
is as good, if not better than, the Ivy League
institutions for a far better price.
As tuition costs for these top students rises
year after year, the pressure to save money
will become more intense. Non-resident
students then could be forced to either save a
large sum of money or splurge on the prestige
of a Harvard or Yale, instead of opting for a
less-prestigious but equally expensive Univer-
sity of Michigan.
What is particularly disturbing about this
situation is that the regents appeared to make
the decision for uncertain short-term gains.
The state's legislature approved a rather sub-
stantial $19 million (more than 11 percent) in-
crease in aid to the University largely because
administrators promised to hold the line on
resident tuition rates. Even if a similar in-
crease is approved next year, it hardly
amounts to a long-term arrangement for con-
taining tuition.
Certainly, the tuition news for some studen-
ts is welcome-and long overdue-but the
University needs to develop a better plan to
control the price of a Michigan education
before that cost becomes too high.

Sunday, July 22, 1984

The Michigan Daily

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Tipsfor Mondale's campaign
orchestrated, your election of party's history is one of coop-
By Scott Winkelman Bert Lance as future campaign tation, of incorporating fringe
chairman may serve as evidence elements and ideas into the
D Mr. M dal of your understanding of this fun- mainstream. You and your chief
Dear rMonde: damental concern. In short, do advisors should sift through these
O.K., the nomination is yours; not write off the Southern vote; it issue positions, rejecting the im-
you earned it fair and square. is vital to electoral victory in practical while accepting the
The major contenders for the 1984. rational and pragmatic. Neo-
Democratic ticket have em- Work closely with the existing liberals will not soon be forgot-
braced you, and most loyal party structure. Much credit for ten, particularly if you choose to
Democrats are prepared to recent Republican success at the snub them.
follow suit (after all, what is the national level can be attributed to Finally, and perhaps most im-
alternative?). a rejuvenated party organization, portant, set a tone for your can-
ir hope,t this point, you would largely the work of former didacy. A positive tone. Central
consider some words of advice Chairman Bill Brock. Though not to your election bid will be (and
from a less experienced but nearly as strong fiscally or should be) an attack on Reagan's
equally committed Democrat. otherwise as its Republican achievements of the past four
We now face a long and arduous counterpart, the Democratic years. Though significant,
uphill battle leading to election National Committee is working negative campaigning will not be
day. The polls, as you know, equally dilligently and offers in- sufficient to spark your can-
report that you trail President valuable resources in the form of didacy. In addition, you must
Reagan significantly. But polls information, loyalty, and connec- convince the American people
are, misleading, the campaign tions. During his entire presiden- that the Democratic party has
season is still young, and opinion tial tenure, "outsider" Jimmy direction and guiding themes.
often changes quickly and Carter visited the DNC a grand Ronald Reagan has thrived and
dramatically in electoral politics. total of two or three times, snub- prospered on the basis of two
Let us concentrate, for the bing the existing structure while such themes: "Get government
moment, on Democratic developing his own cadre of ad- off our backs," and "Make
strategy, for important decisions ministrators. To this day, an- America strong again."
and choices must soon be made. tipathy for Carter still permeates There are any number of wor-
Congratulations, first of all, on the headquarters. You, Mr. Mon- thy Democratic values upon
your selection of Representative dale, cannot affort such interpar- which campaign themes can be
Geraldine Ferraro as the ty hostility. You nearly bungled built. In his keynote speech to the
Democratic vice-presidential by abruptly firing Chairman 1984 National Convention this
candidate. Is' she the most Charles Manatt; now that you week, Governor Mario Cuomo
qualified individual for the havesaved face, utilize the party stressed one such theme,
position? Of course not, and infrastructure to your benefit. speaking of all Democrats in
nobody could reasonably argue Having defeated Senator Gary terms of "family." The Rev.
otherwise. But, as Spiro Agnew Hart for the nomination, you Jesse Jackson likes to refer to the
and countless others would might assume that the "New present as "Time for a change"
testify, resume does not a run- Ideas" campaign may now be which, although more a slogan
ning mate make. safely laid to rest. Such a con- than a theme, could be built upon
Politically, the selection was clusion would be a grave in your own campaign. The
astute, as historically significant mistake. The ideas now being American voters must be won-
a choice as the media have made grouped under the label "neo- dering what a Mondale presiden-
it out to be. Furthermore, it liberal" are not merely con- cy will imply for them; you must
demonstrates a willingness to sequential byproducts of the tell them, in clear, crisp terms.
take political risks when such ac- campaign season; in fact, most Party leadership is now in your
tion is necessary. The 1988 have been circulating in hands, Mr. Mondale, and loyal
presidential vote divided largely Democratic circles for years. No Democrats await your next
on the basis of race and sex, with evidence, furthermore, suggests move. You have already written
a majority of males and whites that these concerns-military history with your vice-
voting Republican-and blacks reform, governmental activism presidential selection. With much
and many females opting for the only when effective, pragmatic effort and careful planning over
Democrats. Blacks have been the and necessary alterations in the the next one hundred days, 1984
most consistently loyal welfare system-will soon disap- need not also become a year of
Democrats now for three pear. historic disappointment for the
.ceada- Duringthe primaries, in Democratic party.

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tain this partisanship in 1984. Is
the women vote, then, that the
party must eagerly puruse.
Women, however, comprise
only one of the many Democratic
coalitional blocs. Without
Southern support, for instance,
and excluding Lyndon Johnson's
1964 landslide victory, there
would not have been a
Democratic president since 1936.
Once the most Democratic con-
stituency, the South is becoming
a loyal Republican bastion.
You must reach out to the
white Southern farmer, speaking
to his economic concerns rather
than employing liberal rhetoric.
You should embrace Governor
James Hunt of North Carolina,
offering to campaign on his behalf
to defeat Senator Jesse Helms in
their senate race. Do not snub
former President Jimmy Carter
or other Southern leaders; use
them effectively and selectively
in your campaign. Though poorly

response to Hart's repeated
reference to such ideas; you
asked "Where's the Beef?" It
was a cute political move, and it
worked; now accept Hart's and
others' contention that many of
these proposals are substantive
and substantial. The Democratic

Scott Winkelman, former
editor-in-chief of Consider
and the Michigan Journal of
Political Science, will attend
Harvard Law School in the
fall.

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