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are not interested in the position be-
DEANcause they want to continue their re-FEE
Continued from page 1 search," she said. Continued from page 1
disappointment was that the pool of Once the pool was narrowed down higher fee at tomorrow's meeting, the
women candidates was not as large as to six candidates, the candidates were money over and above the capped fee
she would have hoped. "That's a func- brought to campus. Pao said that each would sit in an escrow account until
tion of time," she said. candidate met with a group of8 -to -10 November, when MSA would allow
While there is alarge percentage of students in the school, gave ahalf-hour the entire student body to vote on its
women in the field, she explained, few presentation on "Education for Infor- use.
of themhave had adequate experience. mation Professionals in the 21st Cen- Rackham Rep. Roger DeRoo chal-
"They are still associate professors or tury" and met with faculty. lenged the fee cap amendment in a
assistant associate professors, they are Every student and faculty member studentcourt and lost. However, he has
stillintheir thirties,andtheyarejustnot involved in these meetings provided been discussing the amendment with
readytobedeansyet,"shesaid. "Butin writtencomments, which werereadby Vice President of Student Affairs
five to 10 years, that pool is going to be committee members and Provost Maureen Hartford, who the MSA ex-
very large. So the future of the profes- Whitaker. ecutive committee has asked to be
sion looks good for women." From this group of six, the commit- MSA's administrative voice.
Another possible reason for the tee drew up a smaller list from which "Idon'tunderstand theamendment.
smallpoolofwomencandidates,Reister Whitakerchosethecandidatetopresent I can come up with several different
suggested, was theadministrativechar- to theiBoard of Regents. The five-year interpretations of what it means,"
acteroftheposition. "Qualifiedwomen appointment will take effect July 1. DeRoo said.
Kight said the current MSA execu- DeRoo claimed Hartford has not
tive officers and several other MSA been very helpful in making herself
representatives are trying to interpret available to discuss his concems with
the amendment differently than its in- the fee cap.
tent. However, Hartford saidshehasmet
"They are trying to say that the fee with members of the MSA executive
cap is not really $6.27," Kight said. committee for a total of five hours in the
"They are trying to say the amendment past week.
does not apply." Hartford said she has requested to
DeRoo insists that the fee must be keep the fee at the current level.
increased this year. "I agree they need more funding,
"This year we're going to have to but I question their asking for a fee
raise the fee," DeRoo said. "The 35 increase in light of the referendum last
cents that went to the Michigan Colle- March," Hartford said. "I have been
giate Coalition (a student lobbying or- asking students and I think the general
ganization)is gone. The administration consensus is that students feel the fee
is cutting off the money to MCC." should not increase."
DeRoo said MCC lobbies state leg- The Board of Regents are meeting
islators on such matters as revoked ati p.m. tomorrowintheFleming Build-
driver's licenses for minor in posses- ing, where they will vote on this year's
sion violations. mandatory fee.
ATKINS working with distributive computer
Continued from page 1 networks and bringing people together
search committee, is very happy with for large-scale interdisciplinary
the choice of Atkins. She feels that one projects. "Icould add value by creating
of his strong points is his experience new things that brought together the
with information technology. "He has talents of multiple people," he said.
tremendous technical know-how," she One of his major projects during
said this time was developing theideaofthe
the school will also be an advantage. to as a "community information sys-
"Heknows theuniversity wellsohehit tem."
the ground running," she said. "He's This was a plan to bring together
already starting to work." people-to-people communication sys-
Atkinssaidthathefeelshismove to teens, multi-media and world-wide in-
SILS is built upon his work during the formation services, and the physical
past 10 years. As associate dean of world. This system, he said, "would
ch, he said, he tk the lead increate a whole new infrastructure for
doing work that breaks down barriers
of time and distance."
Many of Atkins' plans areaimed at
increasing student opportunities, he
said. Hehopes toobtainnew equipment
for the school in order to expand lab
experience. He also plans curriculum
changes to deal with the latesttechnol-
ogy and methods.
"Students need the opportunity to
learn how to create multi-media docu-
Atkins said he has found that the
students are enthusiastic and ready to
proceed in new directions. "The stu-
dents are eager to be challenged, to
have more opportunity toaugmentwhat
they do with technology," he said.
I have found student input very valuable. They think
of things that faculty and others never do.'
- Daniel Atkins,
new dean of School of Information and Library Sciences
schools in other places, and to go into
positions of leadership in the library
community," he said.
He added that SILS graduates will
find more opportunities in less tradi-
tional fields, such as the govemment
While other universities are target-
ing library studies as one of the first
programs to sustain cuts due to budget
constraints, Atkins said, there is broad-
based support at the University for
making investments into this program.
Atkins said he is very excited to
have this opportunity and support. "I
view myself as an information profes-
sional, but I've come out of a different
background," Atkins explained. "I've
helped to create a lot of technology.
Now I want to try to show how to use
it," he added.
ments," he stressed.
Atkinssaidheplans to work closely
with students and get their perspective
on program ideas. "I have found stu-
think of things that faculty and others
WERED U 11 111
Thesenew directions, Atkinshopes,
will leadto increased opportunities for
SILS graduates."We'retaking the chal-
lenge of revising the curriculum in
order to produce people to go out and
do this elsewhere, to become faculty at
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