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2 --The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, June 15, 1994

MEDICINE
Continued from page 1
first-year student when he was up for
academic review.
Sheppard said he did not obtain the
financial aid he was promised to re-
ceive for September through May. He
spenthis first year choosing whether to
buy books or food.
Sheppard was one of four students
up for academic review that year--all
minority.
Administrators said they are ac-
tively working to solve the problem.
Marshal Schlafer, associate dean of
student programs at the school,said the
administration needs feedback and has
set up luncheon dialogue groups to
supplement curriculum evaluations.
"We are striving hard to eliminate
insensitive comments. We're trying to
expose our students and faculty to the
insensitivity of these comments and
how hurtful they are," Schlafer said.
Evans said he feels the attitudes of
the faculty seem to deter minority stu-
dents from succeeding.
"At least at Harvard, it's objective
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and you can still get an A. But at in the past 100 years.
Michigan, its subjective, and I could "They let students slide and get to
know everything cold, and if I don't candidacy with C's that were only tak-
basically kiss butt, my grade might be ing one or two courses ... while Black
in jeopardy if the professor doesn't like students are not able to get labs or are
me," he said. "This is coming from put out of the program with B-'s,"
professors that tell me I should get Katrice Stinson said.
glasses to appear less threatening." Most students get assigned an ad-
Antwann Stinson, a former doc- viser when they enter to help plan
toral student at the University, and his courses and obtain research positions.
wife, Katrice, left the University's de- Many students rely on support from
partment of pharmacology in 1993 and their sponsoring doctors in dealing with
areplanningtofilesuit. Stinson andhis academics and the administration.
wife said they have received calls from "I didn't have an adviser, and it's
theFBIand the U.S. Senate committee, impossible to get through withoutone,"
which are investigating discriminatory said Stinson. He also had trouble ob-
practices within the department. taining a research position. "(One doc-
University officials said they were tor) told me that based on what he had
unaware of any investigation of the heard I wasn't ready to come into his
pharmacology department. The FBI lab," he said.
would neither deny or confirm the ex- Stinson did extensive research at
istence of an investigation. NASA and otherlarge research institu-
"They didn't have any intention of
letting me complete my degree," said TEXTS
Stinson. Stinson said he felt that he hadC
been admitted for statistical purposes. ontinued from page 1
He said his own research showed only new committee was Michigan Student
four minority students have graduated Assembly Rep. Mike Christie Jr., chair
from the department of pharmacology of MSA's Academic Affairs Commis-
sion. Christie became involved in the
r textbook issue late last year, when the
Q}, uQ f q' Academic Affairs Commission began
studying textbookprices. He presented
MSA's findings at the state hearings
earlier this month, which led to his
- selection for the committee.
Both Profit and Christie acknowl-
edged that there was little the state
Legislature could do about textbook
prices, unless the committee finds evi-
dence of unfair business practices.
O Rather, they expect to publicize the
issue so that sellers will feel pressured
o to lower prices.
Christie is also working on a text-
book policy for the University. In re-
searching the issue, the MSA commit-
y- tee found that one major problem with
textbook sales is the buyback process.
..a Many professors do not turn in their
orders for the following semester to the
bookstores before buyback time, which
prevents students from being able to
sell back their used books.
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tions prior to entering the University.
"Italked to minority administrative
faculty that were afraid to say anything
because they were fearful of losing
their jobs," Stinson said. "At a certain
point, their hands are tied."
WhenStinson broughthisconcerns
tothe administration,he was advised to
switch programs. He resisted altering
his goals, and said he was threatened
and pressured out of the program.
"They withheld my stipend, which
the University does not allow, in order
to force me to enter the Mathis pro-
gram," Stinson said. The Mathis pro-
gram excludes the research portion of
the degree.
Many minority students said they
feel that the low number of minority
faculty contributes to the problem.
Dr. Harvey Whitfield and his wife,
both former minority members of fac-

ulty, said they left because she wa
unable to obtain tenure. "What the)
effectively did was get rid of two mi.
nority faculty members,"Whitfieldsa4
Administrators said while they ar
aware of the low numbers of minorit
faculty, they are working to equaliz
the situation.
"I agree totally that we have fewe
minority faculty at the school than wf
would like to have," said Dr. Lorris
Betz, associate dean of faculty affairs
"We have programs like affirmativ(
action and pools of money and pa4
ages ... to attract minority faculty."
But Betz has only been in office for
amonth, and some feelefforts to attrac
minority faculty have not been enough
"They talk about recruiting minor-
ity students and faculty, but they gc
about it in a very self-defeating way,'
Whitfield said.

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the information in for fall courses" by
the fall semester buybackdeadline,said
Irv Scheel,textbookmanagerforMichi-
gan Book and Supply.
Scheel said that if a book is listed
for the next semester, the bookstore
will pay 50 percent of its original price
- but if it is not listed, students rarely
receive more than one or two dollars.
He also said many professors do
not turn in their orders until late sum-
mer, forcing the bookstores to buy new
books because used ones have already
been bought from wholesalers.
"I have no control over when the
instructors send in their information,"
Scheel said.
To address this problem, MSA is
proposing a policy like one already in
place at the University of Illinois.
Under the MSA proposal, instruc-
tors would report their textbook lists to
the University, which would create a
database of books that would be made
available to anyone who requests it,
including any bookstore.
This differs from the current proce-

dure, by which instructors send lists t
the Textbook Reporting Service
whichcovers Ulrich's,MichiganBool
and Supply and the Michigan Uniot
Bookstore - or to individual book
stores, as in the case of Shaman Drum
Willard Bredfield, generalmanage
of the Illini Union Bookstore at the
University of Illinois at Urbana
Champaign, said making the Univer-
sity responsible for collecting textbool
orders puts more pressure on instri
tors to report on time.
A letter from the University "car-
ries more weight than (when it's) just
fromthe bookstores,"hesaid.Bredfielk
estimated that under the Illinois policy.
70 percent of instructors have their
orders in by the fall semester deadline
Susan Lipschutz, associate provost
for academic affairs, said Christie had
approached her office with the pro-
posal, but that it is too expensive4
implement at the present time.
"We have alot of other projects that
are on the docket that would be ahead
of that," she said.

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