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The Michigan Dai
Ninety-seven years of editorial freedom .
Vol. XCVI - No. 8S Ann Arbor, Michigan -Friday, July 10, 1987
Initiative to fund 22 programs

State budget
hurts 'U' funds

Teaching assistants will be paid to attend
workshops on racial sensitivity next year under a
proposal funded by the $1 million Undergraduate
Initiative. The proposal - one of 22 programs
recently approved to enhance undergraduate life -
was inspired by both the recent racial tensions on
campus and TA demands for a training program.
"TAs are in a really key position as a force in
instilling attitudes," said Rackham student and TA
Sarah Harrison, one of the proposal's authors. "In
many instances if there is classroom participation at

all, it happens with TAs. Our idea was that in
making TAs aware of racial issues, it would help
encourage classroom participation."
The initiative was one of several which have come
in response to recent campus issues. Harrison said the
proposal will be combined with a similar program to
enhance TA training proposed by the Center for
Research on Learning and Teaching.
The 22 proposals that will receive funding from
the initiative were announced this week, two months
after the initial May 1 deadline. Vice President for
See COUNCIL, Page 5

Because the University will
receive the lowest percentage
increase of the state's higher
education budget of Michigan's 15
public colleges next year, many
think student tuition may rise by at
least 10 percent.
Although the University received
the most money - $239.9 million
- it received only a 5.6 percent
increase in funding, which fell
below the 6.0 percent increase the.
University expected.
University Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Provost
James Duderstadt, however, said the
decrease in state revenues will not
affect tuition, but other University
officials disagree.
"There's only one other source
of revenue, and that's to increase
tuition," said Regent Thomas
Roach (D-Saline). "Either we must
increase revenues, or we will have

Arson suspected in
recent fraternity blaze

to cut expenditures. We don't have
any magic wand we can wave."
Roach thinks the leadership in
the Senate and House appro-
priations committees were overtly
and openly trying to send the
University a message. "It seems
that it is a combination of the
unfortunate racist incidents last
spring and what has happened to in-
state/out-of-state enrollment."
Although the House-Senate
conference committee removed an
amendment requiring the University
to give admissions preference to in-
state students, the funding cut has
been regarded as a penalty from the
legislature for the University's high
out-of-state enrollment.
".First of all, I think the message
is wrong," said Regent Paul Brown
(D-Petoskey). "It was just an
occasion to beat on the University
which is in vogue, it seems, in the
See LOW, Page 5
store, on
State St.
The S.S. Kresge Co. will close
its doors on July 18 amid confusion
and opposition from the Ann Arbor
community. Located on the corner
of North University and State
streets for the past 50 years, the
store is one of ten Kresge stores
still open in the United States.
The lease for the location runs
until 1989, and nothing appears
likely to replace Kresge until the
lease expires.
"We were somewhat surprised
they decided to close the store at
this time," said Roger Hewitt,
general manager of Hogarth Man-
agement, the company that owns
the building.
The K Mart Corporation -
which owned the chain of five-and-
dime stores - agreed to sell all

Ann Arbor fire officials have not
ruled out arson as a cause for the
fire at Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity
last week that could cost as much
as $35,000 to repair.
The Ann Arbor Fire Department,
who found "spent fireworks" in a
plastic trash container on the
house's front porch, labeled the
blaze a "suspicious fire."
'I don't know if it was
kids lighting fireworks
or an arson, but I would
just hove it was not anti-
- Sigma Alpha Mu
President Jeff Wolpov
"Even though the damage is ex-
tensive, I don't see any trouble with
the work being done before
August," said Jeff Wolpov, frater-
nity president and an LSA junior.
Although Sigma Alpha Mu is a
predominantly Jewish fraternity, no

evidence was found to suggest that
the fire may have been an anti-
semitic attack. "I don't know if it
was kids lighting fireworks or an
arson, but I would just hope it was
not anti-semitic," Wolpov said.
"From what I have heard they
found a charred gasoline can in the
trash can - it looks like it could
really be arson," he added.
The fire department responded to
the call from the fraternity house at
800 Lincoln, at 3:02 a.m. last
Sunday. Officials said the fire was
"no real problem," taking about
fifteen minutes to bring under
The fire damaged the front walls
of the house and sections of the
second and third floors. Most of the
damage resulted from smoke.
Interfraternity Council member
Tim McHugh said his group had
been contacted by the fraternity to
assure housing for its members.
He added that fraternity and sorority
fires are fairly common, with
"maybe an incident every year."

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Fire officials suspect arson may have caused the fire last weekend that
gutted the front entrance to Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. Some rooms in
the fraternity were also damaged by the fire.

Summer programs target young minority students
By CATHERINE KIM Summer Enrichment Program. Both prog - a majority of Black students," said Dr. chairman of the House Higher Education
Not all of the new students on campus rams are designed primarily for underrep - William Robinson, a co-director of the Subcommittee. Both programs are state-
this summer are here for first-year student resented minorities in post-secondary edu - College-Day program. funded and include funds for visiting
orientation. Two programs sponsored by the cation with most participants coming from The students were chosen on the basis of professors, fellowships, and scholarships.
University Martin Luther King/Rosa Parks high schools ip Detroit, Ann Arbor, their transcripts and teacher recommen - Both groups of students have attended
program to target minority high school Ypsilanti, Willow Run, and Inkster. dations. There are 100 students in the several workshops on establishing goals,
students began receiving students this week. "Our program is not just aimed at Black College-Day Program and 32 students in the problem solving, and career planning. More
Although one of the programs, the students, but all under-represented minor - Summer Enrichment Program. workshops are planned for decision-making
College-Day program, is only in its first ities. It just so happens that the school The College-Day program was conceived and self-concept development, as well as
year, this summer marks the fifth year of the districts where the program is in effect have by state Rep. Morris Hood (D-Detroit), See WORKSHOPS, Page 2

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