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Copyright © 1987 j1 5jrtga *I
Th icianDi y 19 %ta
Ninety-evn years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCVI - No. 7S Ann Arbor, Michigan -Friday, June 19, 1987
Conflicts rattle U Council

Regents to set
MSA funding

The University's Board of
Regents will vote today to set the
level of funding the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly will receive for the
next two years. MSA officials have
asked the board for a 55 percent
increase over the previous student
fee of $5.40, but the regents have
indicated they will not approve such
a drastic increase.
MSA President Ken Weine said
the assembly needed more funding
to hire an additional full-time staff
member, to fund the Public Interest
Research Group in Michigan, to
increase funding by 300 percent for
the Ann Arbor Tenants Union, and
to expand existing student services.
Several regents questioned the
legality of the proposed fee
increases. According to Regent
Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor),
Tniversit funridin' of the Tenants

Union - whose members have
supported rent control - could
present a conflict of interest.
"I would oppose very strongly
the use of students' money for rent
control purposes," Baker said. "The
property taxpayers in Ann Arbor
would find themselves and their
businesses being attacked by the
Several of the regents are
landlords themselves.
In addition, Regent Paul Brown
(D-Petoskey) circulated a memo
from the Washington Legal Foun-
dation that alleged the PIRGIM
funding proposal is unconstitu-
tional because PIRGIM is a
political organization, and some
students may be funding the group
without realizing they are doing so.
The foundation was contacted by
Rackham studentSteve Angelotti,
who has condemned MSA's PIR-
See MSA. Paste 5

The University Council splin-
tered into two factions earlier this
week after passing a resolution
saying the council has "found itself
unable to agree upon a set of rules
of non-academic conduct."
Some University officials feel
that the council's failure to write a
proposed code of student conduct
may confirm the administration's
need to implement a code of its
Council Co-Chair Shaw Liver-
h more, a history professor, wrote the

resolution and has forwarded it to
the University's Board of Regents.
He said he would not attend another
meeting in the near future unless
the regents ask the council to
"We'll see how the regents wish
us to proceed at this point. If they
want us to have another go at it
with a new charge, we'll see,"
Livermore said.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann
Arbor) said he was not aware of the
resolution but said that Livermore
"is in the best position to judge the

progress of the council."
University President Harold
Shapiro relegated the responsibility
of writing a code to the council -
a nine-member panel of students,
faculty members, and administrators
- three years ago after students
vetoed previous administrative
codes under regental bylaw 7.02,
which requires student approval of a
Since then, the council has been
the battleground for the struggle
between the students, the admin-
See STUDENTS, Page 4

Racism consultants visit 'U'

National consultants met with top University ad-
ministrators and the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs (SACUA) representatives for the
first time Tuesday to hold workshops aimed at inc-
reasing awareness about racism.
"This is a very rare event - on the heel of such
racial incidents - to be invited to work with top-
level administrators and to have them look at their
own awareness, and for the University to look at its
own system," said Bailey Jackson, founder of New
Perspectives consulting firm and professor of edu-
cation at the University of Massachusetts.
The workshops stressed individual perspectives
such as "Where am I racist?" and administrators
focused on incidents in their lives that helped shape
their attitudes toward racism. They were also en-
couraged to think of the racial issues as managers of a

university by asking, "Where is the consciousness of
the institution?"
"(The administrators) were quite open and candid.
This is not easy stuff to grapple with," Jackson said.
"(The workshop) helped me a lot in developing
different perspectives on the issue," said SACUA
Chair Harris McClamroch, an aerospace engineering
professor. "There is a commitment on the part of the
executives to deal with these issues, and with these
workshops they realize there needs to be more of a
commitment - we need understanding."
Consultant Edithe Seashore, a social psychologist
from Washington D.C., stressed that the "bottom
line" of the University is that education should stand
above bureaucracy.
She added that a problem civil rights leaders face
with their fight for equality is that those with the

Michigan Student Assembly President Ken Wei
Becca Felton listen to Vice President for Student S
give his proposal for funding MSA at the Univer
meeting yesterday.


Philip Power named to 'U' Board of Regents
By EDWARD KLEINE charged," Power said. "The precipi - have him on board." pointed just because he was Sarah
d MARTHA SEVETSON tating event which told me I had to "Philip has had a close associa - Power's husband, said state Senator
Special to the Daily be make up my mind promptly was tion with the University and per - Pollack (D-Ann Arbor). "He will be
kNSING - Governor James (University) President (Harold) haps has more knowledge of it than a good regent no matter who he
dIL I ffi ll -.1aiy daPhilShJ c t U LiDUII LU 5U LU fnlina- mi

bancnarc oiiciaiy appointeari
Power, husband of former Univer -
sity Regent Sarah Power, to
assume his wife's seat on the Uni -
versity's Board of Regents.
Power attended his first monthly
regent's meeting yesterday in Ann
According to Blanchard's per-
sonnel director Greg Morris,
Blanchard "talked to Phil a long
time ago about the post."
"At the time he first talked with
mr, I told him the decision was
complicated and very emotionally

naplros aecision to go to Pince -
Both state and University'offi -
cials praised Blanchard's selection.
"Phil is an excellent choice for the
University," said Blanchard's press
secretary Tom Scott. He said Power
will bring "great intelligence, in -
sight, and dedication to the Univer-
sity of Michigan and, above all, a
commitment to maintain the U of
M's standards of excellence."
Regent Paul Brown (D-Petosk -
ey) said the regents were "glad to

ily history," he added.
Power has held several govern -
ment appointments. He was a
member of the Governor's Com-
mission on the Future of Higher
Education and is the chair of the
Michigan Job Training Coordinat -
ing Council.
Although there is little doubt
that his family name contributed to
his appointment, officials insisted
that Power got the job on his own
merit. "I don't think ,he was ap -

... replaces wife as regent

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