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Page 4--The Michigan Daily- Friday, May23, 1986
Students seek representative on 'U' Board of Regents

(continued from Page 11)
cil," Schnaufer said, "but on most
committees, little attempt is made
to solicit the feelings of students."
"Students are not used to
challenging adults," he said.
"They're not used to viewing
themselves as equals in the
University community. And
changing attitudes on committees
is nearly impossible because non-
students have vested interests.
Faculty are concerned about their
careers, and administrators are
interested in preserving their own
Johnson maintains, however,
that he has gotten "very helpful
student input, at least in the com-
mittees I've been on," and denied
students are singled out on com-
mittees. He acknowledged,
though, that students are inheren-
tly at a disadvantage.
"Students on the average have
less time to devote to the dialogue
and control of a committee,"
Johnson said. "Being a student is
a full-time job. Non-students see
serving on committees as past and
parcel of their jobs.
"I don't see new students on the
committee as being any different
from new non-students, it's all
part of being the new person on the
block. They're somewhat hesitant
towards moving up to full-speed on


what were talking about."
Johnson doesn't see any
solutions to this disadvantage,
however. "It's all part of being a
student," he said.
One solution, Schnaufer says,
would be for MSA to hold seminars
to train students to become
stronger advocates of student in-
"But even if we did," Schnaufer
said, "the problem would still
remain that students are at a
disadvantage on committees, and
even if the committee solicited
strong student input, students
don't have any authority."
The only University policy over
which MSA has veto power is on
adoption of a code of conduct.
"Even with the council,"
Schnaufer said, "Shapiro and the
regents can just bypass by-law
The move to puta student on the
University's Board of Regents
began last summer when
Josephson began contacting and
receiving informal support from
such notables as State Represen-
tative Perry Bullard (D-Ann Ar-
bor) and several aides of Gov.
James Blanchard.
Getting a student on the
board, however, would need a
state constitutional amendment,
requiring the support of two thir-

ds of both houses of the state
legislature. Such a move would
facfe sharp opposition from the
governing boards of the state's
universities, and would be unlikely
to pass, said Richard Kennedy, the
University's vice president for
state relations, and its chief lob-
byist in Lansing.
"I've seen this idea thrown out
about a dozen times since I've
been on the board and I'd be
willing to bet this goes the same
way the others did," said Thomas
Roach, a Democrat regent from
The student regent idea could
receive a free ride, however, from
recommendations the Governor's
Committee on the Future of
Higher Education made last fall.
The committee called for a change
in the state's practice of electing
members of the board, saying that
most voters are uneducated and
uncaring about the election.
The committee said the Gover-
nor should appoint members to the
board because he could better
judge a candidate than an unin-
formed electorate. If this were to
be passed, Josephson said, the
governor could agree to appoint at
least one student to the board
every two years.
But even Josephson conceded
the idea is unlikely to pass, and it

would take several years of lob-
bying before it becomes a real
possibility. The University would
strongly oppose the idea, Shapiro
said, because it would violate the
University's state constitutional
autonomy from the state.
"In all the years I've been on the
board, the Democrats have never
gotten together to discuss the par-
ty line or how the Governor would
feel about this or that issue," said
Regent Paul Brown, (D-
"How can we preserve a great
University if we're guided by
questions of politics rather than
those directly related to
education, academic freedom, or
research?" Brown asked.
Nevertheless, student leaders
feel a student regent would open a
line of communication between
students and the regents. "Studen-
ts are physically removed from
policy-making on this campus,"
said Faigel. She pointed out, for
example, that the University's
executive officers - the president,
and five vice presidents - make
decisions on a committee's
recommendations in closed
"Administrators sit in their of-
fices eight hours a day and they're
insulated from the rest of the
campus," Faigel said. "And the

regents are even worse; most of
them live outside Ann Arbor. They
onlysee the campus twice a month
when they have their meetings."
Josephson's idea is based on
policies of several other univer-
sities that have students on their
governing boards - for example,
the University of Wisconsin. The
student regent, Wisconsin Student
Assembly co-president John
Scheinan,.has drawn mixed rerac-
tions from students, said Lisa
Baker, editor of the student
newspaper, the Daily Cardinal. In
January, Baker said, Schenian
caused an uproar among students
when he supported a tuition in-
"If this idea is going to work,
we're going to have to demon-
strate that we can make respon-
sible decisions," Schenian said.
He added that although his appoin-
tment has helped empower
students, his only vote of eight on
the board.
Because of this, students
acknowledge that even ifa student
is placed on the board, it would
not mean the end of student
political protest. "Just because we
have one student on the board
doesn't change things," Schnaufer
said, "the administration is still
committed to the status quo."

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May 23
Microcomputer Educ Ctr-Wkshps: MS-DOS
Basic Skills, Pt I, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. 3001
SEB; Basic Concepts of Local Area Net-
works, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, 4003 SEB. For
info, call 764-5356.
Gay Liberation-Coffee night, 8-11 pm, 802,
Korean Christian Fellowship-Bible study mtg,
9 pm, Campus Chapel. For info, call 663-
International Students Fellowship-Mtg, 7 pm.
For ride, call 994-4669.
Tae Kwon Do Club-Practice, 6 pm. For info,
call 665-2958, 665-7399.
May 24
Stdt Wood & Crafts Shop-Safety class for new
shop users, session I, 9-11 am, SAB. For
info, call 763-4025.
*AAFC-Kerouac, 7:30 & 9 pm, Aud A, Angell
May 25
Stdt Wood & Crafts Shop-Safety class for new
shop users, session II, 9-11 am, SAB. For
info, call 763-4025.
Univ Lutheran Chapel-Worship, 9:15 am, 1511
Washtenaw Ave.
WELS Campus Ministry-Worship, 10 am, Re-
deemerLutheran3Church, 1360 Pauline. For
info, call 662-0663.
Lord ofcLight Lutheran Church-Worship,
10:30 am, 801 S Forest. '
His House Christian Fellowship-Meal & Bible
study, 6-8 pm, 925 E Ann. For info, call 665-
0775, 663-0483.

The calendar combines meeting, lecture
workshop and conference announcements
with other events happening each week on
campus. It is based on The University
Record calendar, and is open to all Univer-
sity sponsored groups and organizations
recognized by the Michigan Student Assem-
bly. Items must be submitted in writing bys 5
p.m. the Tuesday before publication. Ad-
dress all information to: University Record,
412 Maynard St. A sterisk (*) denotes events
to which admission is charged.
May 26
Tae Kwon Do Club-Practice, 6 pm. For info,
call 665-2958, 665-7399.
May 27
Microcomputer Educ Ctr-Wkshps: dBASE III
PLUS, Pt II, 8:30 am-12:30 pm; Microsoft
Word for IBM PC-Compatible Micros, Pt II,
1-5 pm, 3001 SEB; Into of Microcomputers,
1-3 pm, 4003 SEB. For info, call 764-5356.
*HRD-Wkshp, Effective Selection Interview-
ing, 8:30 am-4:30 pm. for info, call 764-
*AAFC-Lord Love a Duck, 7:30 pm; I Walk
the Line, 9:30 pm, MLB 4.
May 28
Stdt Wood & Crafts Shop-Safety class for new
shop users, session I, 3-5 pm, SAB. For
info, call 763-4025.

Rec Sports-Bike Repair Clinic, cables & brakes,
8 pm, NCRB. Advance reg req. For info,
call 764-3967.
Microcomputer Educ Ctr-Wkshps: Macintosh
Disk & File Mgmt, 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Mic-
rosoft Chart for IBM PC-Compatible Micros,
1-3 pm; MS-DOS Hard Disk Skills, 3-5 pm,
3001 SEB; Choosing a Microcomputer, 10
am-noon, 4003 SEB. For info, call 764-
*Cont Med Educ-Symposium, "Current Top-
ics in Blood Banking: 13th Annual Sym-
posium.,-" Towsley Ctr. For info, call Betty
Phillips, 763-1400.
Chem-Sem. David M Grant, "The Determina-
tion of Chemical Shift Tensors from Single
Crystals in Cryogenic Matrices," 3 pm, 1300
Chem; colloq, Michael A Walters, "Intra-
molecular Cycloaddition of 2-Azaallyl An-
ions. "time & place to be announced.
Tae Kwon Do Club-Practice, 6 pm. For info,
call 665-2958, 665-7399.
Mich Gay Union-Mtg, 9 pm, 802 Monroe.
For info, call 763-4186.
Dissertation Support Grp-Mtg, 8:30-10 am,
3100 Union. For info, call 764-8312.
Sci Fiction Club-Mtg, Stilyagi Air Corps, 8:15
pm, League.
May 29
Stdt Wood & Crafts Shop-Safety class for new
shop users, session II, 3-5 pm, SAB. For
info, call 763-4025.
Ophthy, Psych, Physiology, Bioengr-Brown
bag lec, Brian Pfingst, "Studies of the Coch-
tear Prosthesis, " 12:15-1:30 pm, 2032 Neuro-
Microcomputer Educ Ctr-Wkshps: FinalWord
II, Pt II, 8:30 am-12:30 pm; MacDraw,
10:30 am-12:30 pm, 3001 SEB; IBM PC &
PC-Compatible Microcomputer System
Selection, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, 4003 SEB. For
info, call 764-5356.
*HRD-Wkshps: Problem Solving, 8:30 am-4
pm: Hands-On Word Processors, 1-4 pm.
For info, call 764-7410.
*AAFC-Throne of Blood, 7:30 pm; Walk-
about, 9:30 pm, MLB 4.
*League-American Heritage, Hawaii, 5-7:15
pm, Cafeteria.
Univ AA-Mtg, noon, 3200 Union.

Scottish Country Dancers-Beg 7 pm; inter-
meds 8 pm, Forest Hills Comm Ctr, 2351
Shadowood. For info, call 769-4324.
His House Christian Fellowship-Bible study,
7:30 pm, 925 E Ann. For info, call 665-
May 30
Microcomputer Educ Ctr-Wkshps: MS-DOS
Basic Skills, Pt II; Versaterm, 3001 SEB;
Basic Concepts of Microcomputer Word Pro-
cessing, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, 4003 SEB. For
info, call 764-5356.
Indus & Oper Engr-Lec, Richard Rosenthal,
"A n Interactive Multi-Objective-Optimization
Based System for Forest Management Plan-
ning, "4 pm, 241 IOE.
Astronomy-Visitors' night, lec/film, Michael
Newberry, "Do All Galaxies Contain the
Same Kinds of Stars?" What Are Stars
Made Of? 8:30 pm, Aud B, Angell Hall.
Children must be with an adult.
Korean Christian Fellowship-See May 23.
International Students Fellowship-See May 23.
Tae Kwon Do Club-See May 23.
May 31
Rec Sports-Overnight Horsepacker Trip, Wa-
terloo rec area. Advance reg req. For info,
call 764-3967.
*HRD Wkshp, How to Achieve Success, 9 am-4
pm. For info, call 764-7410.
*AAFC-Dial M for Murder, 7:30 pm; The
Wrong Man, 9:30 pm, MLB 4.
June 1
Univ Lutheran Chapel-See May 25.
WELS Campus Ministry-Worship, 9 am, Re-
deemer Lutheran Church, 1360 Pauline. For
info, call 662-0663.
Lord of Light Lutheran Church-See May 25.
His House Christian Fellowship-See May 25.

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