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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, May 20, 1988
t MSA. RIORDAN also disagreed with
R e g e n t s "MSA represents the students Nielsen's funding plan. "Before a de-
who take the time to be represented," cision to pursue a plan like that is
Continued from Page 1 he said. "The students support what made, the regents have to be very
senting students who disapprove of MSA is doing. My constituents positive that the system we have
MSA's policies. know me and know that I'm working right now doesn't work," she said.
Williams said MSA's problems for them." "The system we have now does
come from unchecked power, espe- LSA junior Sarah Riordan, chair work, and there is no reason to make
cially in the hands the president and of MSA's student rights committee, that radical a change with it."
vice president. He said MSA must be said the engineering students did not "Self-determination of a student
redefined to give students more represent the common student view-
representation, point. Efforts to improve the assem- government is important. If the en-
"We must do away with political bly must be constructive, not antag- gineering government feels com-
parties and have MSA representatives onistic, she added. pletely stifled by MSA, then they
should cet oehn o hm
selected by their school govern- "They are not trying hard enough create something for them-
ments," he said. within the system they have," she se ves instead of changing MSA,"
M S A President Michael said. "If they don't want to workR
Phillips, an LSA senior, said the en- within the existing structure to get In otherbusiness, the regents
gineering students are merely cover- something out of it, then thats next year's tuition to help fund reno-
ing up their own apathy by blaming fine." vations of the North Campus Com-
mons and the Michigan League.
215 S. STATE Nielsen, who dissented, said the in-
ANN ARBOR. MI crease is unfair to students.

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Vice President and Chief Finan-
cial Officer James Brinkerhoff pro-
posed the "student fee" to offset a
renovation costs estimated at between
$500,000 and $600,000 annually.
THE COMMONS, currently
under construction, will double in
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor) said students will benefit from
the improvements made in the facili-
ties. "The League and the North
Campus Commons are going to be
important in providing services to
the community," he said.

Lefamation suit
The University Board of Regents
may decide today whether to con-
tinue funding the defense of a Uni-
versity student in a defamation suit
filed by former visiting professor
Thomas Rosenboom.
The funding dispute arose at last
month's regent's meeting, when
Regent Neal Nielsen (R-Brighton)
questioned whether the University
should provide legal aid for students
involved in "private litigation."
Last September, the student
charged the Dutch author and writer-
in-residence with fourth-degree sex-
ual misconduct. The Ann Arbor
Circuit Court dropped the case earlier
this year due to insufficient evidence.
Rosenboom is seeking more than
$10,000 in the defamation counter-
suit he filed last October against the
student and Kata Issari, a Sexual
Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center (SAPAC) sexual assault
SAPAC director Julie Steiner
said the regents should continue the
funding to demonstrate that the Uni-
versity stands behind those who re-
port incidents of sexual harassment,
as encouraged by the University's
"Tell Someone" campaign.
"Its my feeling that we would
have to take down every poster that
says 'Tell Someone"' if the regents
vote to withdraw funding for the de-
fense, Steiner said. "We would be
putting (people who report incidents
of harassment) in jeopardy.'
But Regent Paul Brown (D-
Petoskey) said the decision whether
to fund a student's legal defense
should vary from case to case.
Steiner said she has seen "a real
reluctance on the part of people who
come in our office to make a report"
since Nielsen first questioned the
University funding in October.
- Julie Ziegler

Smart invention
Frank Filisko, a research
professor in the college of Engi-
neering, has invented a new
"smart fluid" which he said could
revolutionize the automotive,
robotics, and hydraulics industries.
Filisko calls the fluid smart
because it can change its viscosity
from water-like to the thickness of
butter in a milisecond when
exposed to an electrical charge. It
could be used to regulate torque in
mechanisms such as automotive
clutch systems faster than the
current mechanical methods.
"It's as revolutionary as the
invention of the first transistor,"
Filisko said. A u t o m o t i v e
Engineering magazine has esti-
mated this technology could
translate into a $20 billion-a-year
Another advantage of the fluid
is that, unlike other electrically-
sensitive fluids, "smart fluid"
contains no water, allowing it to
withstand temperatures of 150
degrees Celsius without evap-
- John McCaffrey
Ability grouping can positively
influence the academic achieve-
ment of high-ability students, but
has little or no effect on average to
below-average students, according
to a recent study by University re-
searchers James and Chen-Lin
According to the Kuliks' re-
search, which surveyed 109 studies
on ability grouping, academically
talented students demonstrated
greater achievement when taught
separately and given more chal-
lenging work than the usual aca-
demic fare. - Joy Das Gupta

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