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The Michigan Daily - Monday, June 19, 2000 - 3
Regents apprye 30M for Hill renovations

By Josie Gingrich
and Lisa Kovu
Daily News Eidirs
The Lnitr sty Board of Regents approved
plans to improe Ii Auditorium, a retiure which
will cost mow tian 530 million, on Tlursday at
imontity mereting.
fhr auditot riot was built in 1913 after
Arthur ilr, donated S280,000t o fund its Con-
structiton.
Todav while many world-renowned musicians

continue to perform at Hill problems incliuding a Associates Inc., who have the origin
lack of restroorts and heating and cooling con- prints for the building.
cerive a id administrators to seek fnding for The University has been trying to raise
renioattns. lion over the past decade for the renova
"It teds a let ofework, it terds re',va Its has not been able to reai titis goal.
imtporitt titat we ro it," iersiiy Reet Olivia Mavnard said the Rrgrts approved 53
'Mayard (B-Good rh) ad from cetrL University lands, and that s
W ork on tie itotiot is sciediled to vate rattons trhhave artidy come in.
beit at the etd of 2001, o1r the beginning ii tivrstit Chief Financial Officer
2i2.. Kasdinin an interview with The Det
Ain Arbor architect and head designer Mike Press said he hopes the donations fro
Quinn will be working with Albert Kahn spiestrs will help them reach the goal of

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Continued from Page 1
employees to transfer into, or they can work for
Aramark.
Jenkins finds both of these solutions problematic. He
said that workers who choose to shift to a different posi-
tion might experience schedule changes, which will
adversely affect their families.
"Shifts will change, kids will be affected. We want to
hold onto our jobs," Jenkins said.
The option to begin working with Aramark also trou-
bles Jenkins and AFSCME President Michael Edwards,
who thinks the decision is directed at breaking up the
union.
Edwards said the union has a contract with the hospi-
tal that protects the employees slated to be affected by
the possible outsourcing. This contract lasts until next
summer while the contract with Aramark will be instat-
ed in the fall.
"Until next year, that's our work," Jenkins said.
Jenkins said that the Hospital is aware it is breaking a
contract. He also said that the union will fight the con-
tract in a court case if the Regents approve it.
"We're got a contract with the hospital, we just want
them to honor that," Jenkins said. "We're willing to fight
as long and as far as it takes."
logo advertising,
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Continued from Page 1 Although the
ideal situation at the helm of the enough money in
University's athletic department. this year's deficit
His predecessor, Tom Goss, pre- changes in policy
dicted an 5800,000 budget surplus avert a similar
for this fiscal year. future, Martin sait
But in March, the athletic depart- In addition to
ment announced that it would actual- Martin also stress
ly be running at a deficit, due largely University to plac
to decreased income from ticket sales, on academics am

tal blue- lion.
"We cannot delay in making progress in the
S50 mil- hopes that one day we will identify funds
tions, yet from donors to complete the project," Kasdin
said.
0 million Maynard said it's important to the
some pri- University community that these renovations
occur.
Robert "Hill is just a very significant part of the
roit Free University," Maynard said. "We need to be com-
n private mitted to those things that are the other side of
'S50 mil- what education is all about."
The fact that the hospital is making this decision as a
result of budgeting restraints is also unsatisfactory for
Jenkins and Edwards. Both said that the inequality
between those at the upper end of the pay scale and
those at the lower end is ridiculous.
Jenkins said that aside from granting administrator's
large raises, the number of employees working in those
positions is out of balance with the number working the
lower paying jobs.
"In the hospital on floor B2, they have 25 to 30 union
workers, yet they have 7 to 8 supervisors. That's top
heavy," Jenkins said.
Jenkins also said that those working as janitorial and
maintenance workers are often doing the jobs of more
than one person, as the Hospital does not hire employees
to replace those lost or fired. This is also an example of
the hospital hurting union workers in order to save
money, he said.
Peterson said that the contract with Aramark will turn
the cafeteria operations from one that breaks even to one
that produces revenue. Aramark will be responsible for
paying the hospital rental fees for the cafeteria, which
will produce more money for other hospital operations.
After speaking with the Regents, Edwards was opti-
mistic.
"We think it went pretty well," he said. "We're hoping
it goes in our favor."
broadcast rights, letes.
rs. At a time, when schools like
department has Tennessee and Minnesota are deal-
reserve to cover ing with maj.or academic scandals
it is evident that and low athlete graduation rates,
must be made to Martin said he felt that the
situation in the University must take steps to avoid
1. falling into a similar trap.
budget proposals, Currently, roughly ten percent of
d the need for the the 638 student-athletes at the
greater emphasis University are academically at-risk
ngst student-ath- (GPA below 2.21) each year.

Susan Alcock, associate professor of classics and classical archaeology and
recipient of $500,000 from the MacArthur Foundation, sits outside Angel Hall.
MacArthur'gu
award given t orf.

By Anna Clark
Daily Staff Repoter
Though she makes ancient history
into a career, Susan Alcock, an associ-
ate professor in classics and classical
srcheolog, is now ready to start focus-
ioiln the future.
Five years into the future, to be exact.
Alcock was recently offered a no-
trings-attached 500,000, to be paid in
quarterly installments over five sears,
rom the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation.
The Foundation is one of the largest
>rivate philanthropic organizations in
lhe country They award 20 to 30
tipends annually, totaling 588 fellows,
anging in age from 18 to 82, named
the program began in 1981.
got the call in the late afternoon,"
Alcock said. "I thought about not
answering the phone, actually. I thought
it'd be a telemarketer or something. But
hen I heard the words 'MacArthur
Foundation." And there's only one rea-
ton they'd be calling."
Alcock said she proceeded to "col-
apse on the floor.:
e Foundation does not accept
a ations. Instead, they have a blind
tominations process, in which a selec-
ion committee reviews unknowing
isis, scientists, acadamians, human-
isn, entrepreneurs and others,

Winners are chosen based on creativi-
ty and originality and promise for impor-
tant fiiture advances in their fields.
"I was completely surprised,"Alcock
said. "Most acadamians dream of get-
ting the call, but you never really
believe you'd be that lucky."
The Foundation never reviews the
tinners' use ofithe grant - MacArthur
Fellows may choose to do whatever
they please with the money. Alcock said
she was planning to take her time
before she made any final decisions.
She said she intends to talk with former
winners, to learn what worked for them.
"I'd like the money to help my per-
sonal research," she said. "And I'd like
to do something that will benefit the
study of archaeology"
Besides teaching, Alcock is the
undergraduate advisor in her area. With
a new minor offered in the department,
she said she'd like to build the under-
graduate prograrn at the University, as
well as increase student work in cain-
pus museums.
Inuthe midst of buying "every newspa-
per known to man" to send out to family
members, Alcock is spending the sum-
mer writing and preparing for her class-
es next fall as well as fieldwork in
Jordan or Syria. She's been affiliated
with the University since 1994.
Alcock is thewninth MacArthur
Fellow associated with the University.

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