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Defining "campus
conservative"
See WEEKEND
Page 8.

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High: 43, Low: 30.
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'U' depts.
submit
budget
requests
by Bethany Robertson
Daily Government Reporter
Conservatism is the underlying
theme of many of the budget re-
quests being submitted by the Uni-
versity's individual schools, col-
leges, and departmental vice-pres-
idents to the administration today.
State budget cuts totaling $2.47
million to date and uncertainty about
the recession's consequences have
* created challenges for deans and vice-
presidents requesting additional funds
for the upcoming school year.
"We're fully aware up front that
there probably won't be funding for
most of the items we are asking
for," said Barbara Griffiths, a School
of Information and Library Studies
administrator.
The budgeting process for the
1991-92 school year began in
September when the University
submitted requests for state appro-
priations, said Associate Vice-
president for Academic Affairs
Robert Holbrook. Budget confer-
ences between the administration and
the deans will begin next week to
discuss the new funding the
departments have requested.
The state legislature and governor
are now debating a second round of
cuts to reduce a state deficit
estimated to be more than $1
billion. A first round of cuts reduced
higher education appropriations by 1
percent last December. The complete
implications of the state financial
situation for the University will not
be known until final decisions are
made in Lansing, Holbrook said.
Possible funding cuts caused
individual school administrators to
look harder at the requests they
made.
"Rhetoric in the requests will be
a little shorter this year," said
School of Education Dean Cecil
Miskel. "We are assuming that the
See BUDGET, Page 2

Regents debate 'U'
housing rate increase

by Henry Goldblatt
and Sarah Schweitzer
Daily Administration Reporters
The University's Board of Regents grappled
with the proposed 6 percent increase in University
residence hall rates at yesterday's monthly
meeting.
The contested issue was a one-half percent in-
crease in University housing rates, earmarked to
fund the merger of the Housing Division with the
Michigan Union, North Campus Commons, and
University Department of Conferences and Insti-
tutes. The regents are expected to approve the rate
hike at tomorrow's meeting.
The extra increase wasn't accounted for when
two housing rate study committees compiled their
rate increase proposals.
Several regents objected to the addition of the
increase because they fear this added cost will
perpetuate the trend of declining numbers of stu-
dents returning to live in residence halls.
In the past 10 years, the percentage of students
reapplying to live in residence halls has hovered
around 42 percent. Last year, this figure dropped to
39.1 percent.
Director of University Housing Robert Hughes
attributed this decline to a rise in commuting stu-
dents from Southeast Michigan.
During the 1989-90 school year, commuting
students formed 17.8 percent of the student body. In
1990-91, the number increased to 18.5 percent.

As a result of the drop in the number of students
living in University housing, Hughes announced at
yesterday's meeting that the lottery - a system
used to determine which returning students will
have a space in the residence halls - will be
eliminated this year. It has been in place for 15
years. All students wishing to return to the resi-
dence halls will most likely receive a space,.,
Hughes said. See HOUSING, Page 2
Regental imposters
disrupt board meeting
by Sarah Schweitzer
and Henry Goldblatt
Daily Administration Reporters
The University's Board of Regents walked into
yesterday's public comments session in the Michi-
gan Union's Anderson Room to find regental im-
posters had taken their seats.
Twelve students - representing ACT-UP, the
Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee,
the Homeless Action Committee, People of Color
Against the War and Racism, Students Against
U.S. Intervention in the Gulf and other activist
groups - took the seats customarily reserved for
regents and University administrators during the
public comments period. The students sat down
minutes before the session was scheduled to begin.
See IMPOSTERS, Page 2

David "Dandelion" Rosenberg, an LSA junior, portrays interim Vice
President for Student Services Mary Ann Swain at yesterday's public
comments session of the Regents' meeting in the Michigan Union.

Admin. reacts to anti-war group in letter

by Shalini Patel
Daily Staff Reporter
Interim Vice President for
Student Services Mary Ann Swain
responded yesterday on behalf of
the administration to the demands
issued by People of Color Against
the War and Racism.
In a letter delivered to Emery
Smith, a board member of the Ella
Baker-Nelson Mandela Center for
Anti-Racist Education, Swain
wrote, "As members of the
University community, the ex-
ecutive officers, deans, and di-
rectors value input from other
community members that would
help the University achieve its

multiple objectives. But it is very
difficult to engage one another
(sic) in discussion when the
interaction begins at the level of
written demands presented by an
organization or group without any
individual signatories..."
Swain added that a few
administration members would be
willing to meet with six to eight
members of the group.
"We're pretty appalled by the
fact that he (University President
James Duderstadt) did not respond
himself," said second-year
medical student Kimberly Smith, a
member of People of Color
Against War and Racism.

The group had given Duderstadt
letters regarding their concerns on
two separate occasions "inviting
him to respond" no later than
yesterday.
The group's demands require:
that the University adopt a
stance on the Gulf war and issue a
public statement against racial
harassment of Arab-American and
Muslim students, faculty, staff and
community members;
that the University adopt a
policy of open admissions with full
financial support for people of
color and for the poor;
that the University allow all
employees a day off for Martin

Luther King Day with no cut in
pay, and;
that the University fund a
research project to investigate
racism in the military.
'We're pretty appalled
by the fact that he
(University President
James Duderstadt) did
not respond himself'
-Kimberly Smith
The group has not met to
discuss the administration's reply
yet, but they will probably try to
set up a meeting with Duderstadt,

Smith said.
The group reiterated their
demands at yesterday's public
comments session of the Board of
Regents meeting. However, the
session was taken over by student
activists representing various
activist campus organizations,
including People of Color Against
War and Racism. The activists ran
the session - acting as board
members and President Duderstadt.
Members of the organization
were on the original speakers list
to address the regents, and they
still "intend to present their
demands to the real regents,"
Smith said.

I

*British general
says Gulf ground
war is inevitable

Reps. on
assembly
upset by
'U' letter
by Jay Garcia
Daily MSA Reporter

Associated Press
In endless hours of air strikes,
U.S. and allied pilots bombed
Baghdad, key bridges and the
bunkers of front-line troops yester-
day, and blew two more Iraqi
"getaway jets" out of the sky.
A U.S. Navy FA-18 Hornet
fighter went down in the northern
Persian Gulf, apparently not from
hostile fire, and an Army heli-
copter crashed in Saudi Arabia.
The Navy pilot was missing; one
soldier was killed and four were
wounded in the helicopter acci-
dent.
President Bush's two top war
advisors - Defense Secretary
Dick Cheney and joint chiefs chair
Gen. Colin Powell - were flying
to the Gulf to confer with local
commanders on the countdown to
a ground offensive.
The commander of British
forces in Operation Desert Storm,
Lt. Gen. Peter de la Billiere, told
reporters he believes "the land war
is inevitable." A U.S. command
spokesperson disputed the use of
the word "inevitable." But up on
the northern desert line, U.S. troops
had little doubt.
"This could get very ugly at
A ' an mome~nt" one officer told a

liance arrayed against him. A So-
viet envoy also was set to meet
with Iranian officials.
The Bush administration says
there is nothing to mediate: Sad-
dam must simply announce a
withdrawal from Kuwait.
Airplanes battered Baghdad for
12 hours from Wednesday night to
after 8 a.m. yesterday, Associated
Press correspondent Salah Nasrawi
reported from the Iraqi capital.
He said at least 10 homes were
destroyed or heavily damaged in
the attacks, and Iraqi authorities
said 22 civilians were killed.
Air raid alarms sounded in
Riyadh early today and the blast of
a U.S. Patriot air defense missile
was heard, indicating another Iraqi
Scud missile had been fired at the
Saudi capital.
- Witnesses heard two explosions
that sounded like the firing of a
Patriot and its contact with an in-
coming Iraqi missile. It was the
29th missile fired at Saudi Arabia
since the start of the Persian Gulf
War Jan.17, and the first since
Saturday night.
Most of the Scuds Iraq has fired
at Saudi Arabia were aimed at the
cities of Riyadh and Dhahran. The

Two Michigan Student
Assembly members are upset by a
letter they received from E. Kay
Dawson, assistant to Provost
Gilbert Whitaker, concerning the
Provost's advisory committee on
safety and security.
The creation of the committee,
a recommendation of the
University's Task Force on Safety
and Security, had been delayed
twice but is now officially formed,
Dawson said. MSA chose not to
participate on the committee.
Both MSA reps. Lynn Chia and
Jeff Gauthier sent letters to
Dawson last month saying MSA
Constitution allowed the assembly
to appoint students to University-
wide committees. But the topic of
whether or not to submit
nominations was tabled at an
assembly meeting, Chia said.
Dawson concluded in her letter
that the specificdconstitutional
articles Chia and Gauthier referred
to only gave MSA the power to
make appointments within its three
internal divisions: the assembly,
the Steering Committee, and the

Movin' and groovin'
Ann Arbor resident Jay Miler gets down to a funky beat on the Diag with his friends from Owen Co-op. They
were handing out flyers for the Inter-Cooperative Council's (ICC) mass meeting.
Ann Arbor group makes plans
for citV changes by te year 2

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