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Michigan State fails to increase
number of Black professors

The Associated Press
State University's enrollment of
black students has increased by 24
percent in the past decade, but the
nation's seventh-largest university
has the same number of tenured
black professors as it did in 1993.
Michigan State has 93 black fac-
ulty members in permanent teach-
ing posts, the same number as a
decade ago, though the number of
black faculty hired on temporary
contracts increased to 64 from 55
from 1993 to 2002.
Meanwhile, the university's
enrollment of black students jumped
to 3,675 last year from 2,957 in
1993, the Lansing State Journal
reported in a Sunday story.
The school's black faculty members
say their slim numbers hamper cam-
pus diversity and leave them overbur-
dened with helping students and
representing minorities on campus.
"The more you have students of
color, the more they're going to
demand diversity," said George
Rowan, a Michigan State professor

"The more you have students of color, the more
they're going to demand diversity."
- George Rowan
Michigan State University Prof

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officer, Jackson initially denied any
altercation with the victim. Later Jack-
son admitted he attended the party and
had a run-in with the victim, but said he
never stnsck him with a bottle.
A message and a fax were left with
Jackson's attorney Chris Easthope.
Last week, Jackson was selected as a
leading candidate for the Jim Thorpe
Award, presented annually to the
nation's top defensive back. Also, at Big
Ten meetings in Chicago, the media
named the 20-year-old the preseason
Conference Defensive Player of theYear.
In 2002, Jackson earned Associated
Press second team All-America honors
and set a Michigan record in pass
breakups with 18.
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"Three of the four best
players on our team are
Marcus Curry,Jeremy
LeSueur and Marlin
Jackson, and I want
them all in the game at
the same time-
- Lloyd Carr
Michigan football head coach
Jackson would switch from cornerback
to free safety for the season opener
against Central Michigan University.
"Three of the four best players on our
team are Marcus Curry, Jeremy LeSueur
and Marlin Jackson, and I want them all
inthe game atthe same time'Carr said.


since 1974 and former head of the
university's Black Faculty and Staff
Rowan fears minority students are
likely to leave the university if they
do not see themselves represented in
the faculty.
Black students already are among
the most likely to leave the universi-
ty. The graduation rate for black stu-
dents was 54 percent in 2001,
compared with 57 percent for His-
panics, 65 percent for Asian/Pacific
Islanders and 53 percent for Ameri-
can Indians.
"The university has to realize
there's going to be a backlash if they
don't hire more," Rowan said. "This
is more than just numbers for the
sake of academics."
Michigan State administrators say
they are working to address a nation-
wide issue and point out that the

number of tenured black faculty has
remained the same, even as overall
numbers have dropped because of
belt-tightening and retirements.
"This is not a problem unique to
MSU," said Paulette Russell, a sen-
ior adviser to Michigan State Uni-
versity President Peter McPherson.
Russell also is a director in the
affirmative action office, which
works with individual departments
on new ways to recruit minorities.
Despite the efforts, some students
still see the lack of black professors
as a glaring problem.
Michigan State senior Tahira
Abdur-Rahim of Lansing, who is
black, said when she started college,
she often felt intimidated about
approaching professors and would
have liked more opportunities to
turn to black instructors.
"If they are of a minority back-
ground, that can be comforting to
students," she said.
Administrators and recruiters say
a slim candidate pool, stiff competi-
tion from corporations and other
universities and budget crunches
have made hiring more minorities
"We go out of the way to let peo-
ple know these positions are open,
said William Strampel, dean of
Michigan State's College of Osteo-
pathic Medicine, where one of the
60 tenured professors is black.
The college recruits in predomi-
nantly black areas, advertises open-
ings in publications aimed at
minorities and tries to attract recruits
as early as high school, he said.
"It's something we've been work-
ing on and struggling with for a very
long time," Strampel said.



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