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July 29, 2002 - Image 9

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The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 29, 2002--9

Plan A,' and you always have alter-
natives and options.
TMD: What is your opinion of
the students here? How do you
want them to remember you?
BJW: I think our students share a
remarkably high degree of intelligence
and talent. I think they have a very
wide range of interests and passions. I
think when the chips were down, as
they were on Sept. 11, I think our stu-
dents pulled together and were a com-
munity, even though often we seem to
be a community with lots of different
groups.
I think there's a great Michigan
a faculty member. I think it's the tradition of student activism that
highest calling there is. continues today. I find our students
I mean, understand, I fundamen- today to be a tion of student
tally think faculty work is much activism that continues today. I find
more important than presidential our students today to be a wonderful
work. Faculty work is what we're combination of idealistic and realis-
here for. The presi- tic, but not
dential work is to ci I fundamentally think excessively
support the faculty faculty work is much more in either
and students. important than presidential direct ion,
So a year ago, I i with both
was happily on my work. Faculty work is what points of
way into meeting the we are here for. VY view well
big challenge of represented
being a faculty member and doing within the same individual. I think
work that I'd be proud of in the that's really good.
coming decade. And now, I'm about So that's how I experienced the
to restart that effort and I'm very students, they are a never-ending
much looking forward to it. source of fascination to me.
You know, one other point, I think What (MSA President) Sarah Boot
if you're a really lucky person, like said at the regents' meeting, in present-
I've been, there are multiple things ing me with the gift I cherish more
that you love to do. It isn't that than any I ever received - the quilt (of
there's only one thing that I do and student t-shirts) - summarizes every-
if I can't do that, I'm devastated. thing about how I'd like to be known
You just say, 'so what's Plan B or by students. That is: accessible, inter-

ested, and respectful.
TMD: What are your best and
worst memories of your tenure?
BJW: There are so many good
memories. I would say right in line
with the conversations (that) I had
with students, the regular meetings
with the (Michigan Student Assem-
bly) leaders, the MSA board, the
(College of Literature, Science and
the Arts Student Government),
meetings in this conference room
with (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgendered) students, Native
American students and with Mich-
aguama students.
I would even say the experience
of the demonstrations when SOLE
came and wrapped the building with
a banner. That got my adrendaline
going. That was a memorable day.

So I would say it was the many
interactions with students.
As for the worst memories, I'm a
competitive person for my institu-
tion.
On the days that we suffered
losses, (like) the day Scott Emr told
us, "sorry, not coming to the Uni-
versity," after my wife and I had
gone out and spent time with him
and worked on him to come. I'd say
when it began to become apparent
that Jack Dixon was going to go to
(University of California at San
Diego).
My first day, when Michigan got
creamed by Tennessee, that was a
bad day.
I'd say anytime Michigan suffered
losses. Fortunately, there were a lot
more wins than losses.

Q: This last question is out of
personal curiosity. What does the
"B" stand for in your name?
Oh yeah, I'm very proud of the
"B" The "B" stands for Bernard. It's
my father's name, and I'm also
proud to report that by the choice of
my son and daughter-in-law, it's my
grandson's name. And what's kind
of neat is that my father's 86, my
grandson's 2 1/2, and three of us
share the name Bernard White. The
reason for the initial - I grew up
being known as Joe. So actually
until I was about 40 years old, my
name was Bernard J. White. When I
moved back to the University of
Michigan, from years I spent in
industry, I said it was a good oppor-
tunity to clean up this little confu-
sion, so it became B. Joseph White.

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