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likely that this year's tuition increase
will be lower than it has been previ-
ously, Baker said.
"The increase is still below the rate
of inflation, but it's still good news,"
With the new budget, the state will
contribute only 37 percent of the gen-
eral fund monies.
In addition to the general fund in-
creases, the state earmarked funds for
building maintenance. The $6.4 mil-
lion increase was not anticipated by the
Although the funds came as a sur-
prise, students will still pay the normal
$50 building maintenance fee with their
tuition in the fall. However, Whitaker
said the extra funds will mean that the
administration will not ask for an in-
crease in that fee this year.
"Those funds will help ease the
(budgetary) pressure, at least for this
year. They will help with the cost of
maintaining buildings, and we do have
a lot of old buildings on this campus,"
"This one-time fund will allow us
to do majorbuilding repairs," Kennedy
Replacing windows, repairing el-
evators, and putting new roofson class-
room buildings are possible ways the
maintenance funds will be used,
"The repairs will be scattered all
over. We'll use it to fix the kind of
things nobody thinks about until they
stop working," said Whitaker, citing
infrastructure repairs, such as heating
and cooling units as examples.
"These will be repairs somewhere
between painting the walls and major
construction. Projects that cost around
3, 4 or $500,000," Kennedy said.
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president retires tomorrow.
"He's served five different presi-
dents, and he's someone of great wis-
dom and knowledge about the Univer-
sity and the community," said Presi-
dent James J. Duderstadt. "Dick has
good contacts in Lansing and Wash-
ington. He'll leave some big shoes to
Ann ArborMayorIngridB. Sheldon
praised Kennedy's handling of city is-
sues, which have occasionally been
marred by conflict.
"He has just always had a real fine
sense of what Ann Arbor is, and he
couldpromote itin avery gentie way,"
Sheldon said. "I don't think his style
could be duplicated - his style and
vision of whatourrelations should be."
easygoing humor have endeared him
to many, his tenure in office has not
been without controversy.
In 1987, Kennedy was amember of
acommittee studying racist jokes aired
on the campus radio station WJJX. He
and a fellow member of the committee
demanded that the disk jockeys who
broadcasted the jokes be forced to pub-
licly apologize, perform community
service, and be placed on probation.
Some observers-including the presi-
dent of the Michigan Student Assem-
bly - interpreted the committee's de-
mands as the final step in the imple-
mentation of a code of non-academic
conduct. Kennedy denied this.
Despite Kennedy's public dis-
avowal of acode connection, the move
has been regarded in hindsight as a
crucial development in the develop-
ment of today's Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities, better
known as the code.
Kennedy also came under fire that
year for claiming that a state legislative
'He'll leave some big
shoes to fill.'
- James J. Duderstadt
hearing on racial incidents may dis-
courage Black students from applying
to the University. "My concern has to
do with the impact of further negative
publicity on the recruiting effort," he
said at the time.
remarks with scorn.Kathleen Beauvais,
a graduate student, wrote in a letter to
the editor that she was "shocked and
dismayed" at Kennedy's comments.
She said thehearings were necessary to
combat racism, a goal more important
than short-term recruitment.
Kennedy has also weathered an-
nual battles with the state Legislattf
over appropriations to the Universi .
His skill in dealing with lawmakers to
cut the best deal for the University has
earned him accolades from colleagues.
Indeed, state appropriations to the Uni-
versity skyrocketed from $76 million
in 1970-71 to $274rmillion in 1992-93.
In 1970, Kennedy was director of state
and community relations, a position
upgraded in 1974 to vice president.
He has served since 1970 as sec
tary of the University, acting as a liai-
son between the central administration
and Board of Regents. In that capacity,
Kennedy's signature has appeared on
more than 227,000 diplomas - aUni-
Kennedy reminisces on his career
with a characteristic streak of irony.
"I've watched the University grow
for a very long time. I've been i
pressed with the resilience of the in -
tution to overcome and carry on, de-
spite our best efforts to the contrary,"
Kennedy said with a twinkle in his eye.
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