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OPINION
Friday, June 13, 1986

Page 6

The Michigan Daily

Vol. XCVI, No. 6-S
96 Years of Editorial Freedom
Unsigned editorials represent the majority views of the Daily's Editorial Board
Cartoons and signed editorials do not necessarily reflect the Daily's opinion.
Tenure poiti cs

The denial of tenure for University
Law School prof. Michael Rosenzweig
shows the mistaken priorities of the
University administration.
The reasons behind the rejection of
the recommendation of two thirds of
the faculty have not been stated.
Though former Vice President Billy
Frye noted that Rosenzweig's scholar-
ship was questionable, he refused to
say whether this was the reason
behind the tenure denial.
This appears to be the first time in
20 years a recommendation of the law
school faculty has been denied.
Whatever the reasons, it is clear
that Rosenzweig's teaching
evaluations warrant approval. In 1982
Rosenzweig won the Law School
Student Senate's "Best Teacher"
award. Students and faculty
unanimously praise Rosenzweig's
teaching ability.
Both teaching and scholarship
should be important considerations in
deciding tenure. In Rosenzweig's case

however, teaching ability should have
taken priority. While producing good
and useful scholarship is a mission of
the Law School, so is turning put good
lawyers.
The University seems to heavily
emphasize research over teaching.
Many national rankings, which
determine both the prestige of a
University and its ability to attract
students, are based on a comparison
of the different faculty's research.
When professors are told to "publish
or perish" teaching can become a
secondary consideration.
For Rosenzweig, however, teaching
remains a high priority. Those best
positioned to evaluate Rosenzweig's
work on a daily basis over a number
of years - his fellow faculty mem-
bers - voted to grant tenure. This
recommendation should have been
given priority as it has been in the
past. The University should respect
the opinions of its students and
faculty.

'U' Terrace ignored
To the Daily: can no longer live at UT without a car. In ad-
Your editorial "Poor Communication" dition, many female students who need their
(Daily, June 6) gives several examples of the cars for reasons of safety will not be able to live
administration's recent breaches in com- at UT in the future. By taking away our
munication. Though not nearly as momentous parking the hospital apparently hopes to
as the University's mishandling of the Mandela displace UT families. Perhaps that is the inten-
nomination, the recent decision by the hospital tion of the hospital planners as a necessary
to arbitrarily take away over half of the prelude to the next step-the destruction of
parking spaces from University Terrace University Terrace to make room for con-
residents makes it clear that in some cases the tinued hospital expansion. This is all purpor-
University may simply prefer not to let its in- tedly part of a "Ten-Year Plan" approved by
tentions be kn9wn to students. the regents years ago and, according to one
Residents were not given advance notice of regent, "common knowledge," except, that is,
this decision, and no attempt was made to find to the residents of UT.
alternative parking. Furthermore, no official On Tuesday, June 6, a pair of bulldozers
at the hospital will come forth and discuss the moved onto the lawn behind one of the UT
issue with residents. In fact, for a year residen- buildings and proceeded to gravel it over to
ts were led to believe by the Family Housing make parking spaces for hospital staff. No
Office that frequent changes orchestrated by notice was given the residents of the building
the hospital in the UT parking area would It's unfortunate that the Housing Office can-
finally end with the establishment of a per- not seem to get the hospital to face up to what
manent UT parking lot. Instead, the hospital it is doing to University Terrace residents. It is
decided simple to do away with over half of precisely for that reason that UT residents
UT's parking to make room for staff parking. organized on their own and picketed the
The hospital's standard response to residen- hospital's opening ceremony two weeks ago.
ts' complaints is "UT residents aren't the only And it is for the same reason that UT residents
ones suffering from the parking situation.' will continue to press the hospital to deal with
The hospital fails to recognize that UT residen- University Terrace residents with candor and
ts have been living for years with inadequate concern for our well-being.
parking (123 spaces for 197 units) and are now Finally,-we view the hospital's preempting
being summarily deprived of over half that of Family Housing's resources without com-
number. To placate present car-owning pensation as an indication of the shifting
residents the hospital agreed to raise the num- priorities of the University in general. In the
ber of spaces to 83 with the understanding that scramble for prestige the University is shifting
when current car-owning residents leave their resources away from "low priority" concerns,
spaces would be appropriated by the hospital, like student housing, and into high-visibility,
leaving UT wiith only 53 spaces (down from money-making enterprises like the hospital.
123) for all future residents. Already the hospital has appropriated two UT
What the hospital and Family Housing fail to buildings, comprising over 40 student apar-
realize, however, is that we at University tments, for its own use. UT parking has been
Terrace are a community who rely on our cars drastically reduced, and now the entire com-
for our livelihood. We live here. Removal of our munity has been targeted for extinction to
parking is not therefore merely an incon- make room for hospital expansion. Ultimately,
venience-as the scarcity of parking is for the however, all students will be made to pay for
staff who must drive around sometimes for 30 the hospital's success if student priorities are
minutes before finding a space. Staff do not ignored in the race for institutional prestige.
have to worry about where to park when they -Angela Hinz,
return to their homes. And that's the point-Ut Chris Chiesa,
is own home. Take away our parking and you University Terrace residents
force many of us to move. June10
What all this means is simple. Many families
I DJKAIS OWSTIDE DEMOCRATSI

Mediator unnecessary

While the Michigan Student
Assembly's internal conflicts may
now require an outside mediator,
using student funds to pay the
mediator as much as $75 per hour
should be a last resort.
The assembly should be credited
for recognizing that its conflicts have
crippled its effectiveness. At the last
meeting, members agreed that few
substantial actions could be accom-
plished until conflicts between
president Kurt Muenchow and op-
position leaders are resolved.
Animosity between Muenchow and
the Student Rights party majority,
though not as nasty as during and af-
ter assembly elections, has brought
MSA to a standstill.
Assembly employees wait for
wages rightfully theirs and MSA
leaders ignore student concerns like a
proposed freshman course on racism
and sexism and fighting a code of
nonacademic conduct. MSA's great
potential for student advocacy is un-

dermined by the need to overrule
Muenchow on issues traditionally
handled by the president.
Muenchow has stubbornly refusedto
pay such valuable employees as
women's safety leader Jennifer
Faigel and military research advisor
Robyn Watts. To risk losing these
employees is foolish.

If assembly members took a
mature attitude toward their job,
these problems could be worked out
without a mediator, a luxury even the
United States Congress doesn't allow
itself. Also, since most of the assem-
bly is away for the summer - MSA
might feel the need for mediation
again in the fall.
If MSA cannot grow up and work its
internal problems out, it can at least
not spend student funds to resolve
them.
A cost-free mediator from within
the University seems a much more
appropriate solution.

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