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November 13, 1995

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Duderstadt
gives his
support to
new Code
® Duderstadt expects
regents to approve
draft at meetings later
this week
By Josh White
Daily Staff Reporter
President James J. Duderstadt said
Friday that he supports the proposed
Code of Student Conduct and expects
the University
Board of Regentsto
approve the draft
later this week.
"What we have
now is a text that is'
much better than the yt ?
old' Code,"
Duderstadt said in an
interview with The
Michigan Daily. "It
is well-aligned with Duderstadt
what I view as indi-
viduals' rights and responsibilities here.
The draft looks very reasonable right
now.,,
Duderstadt said increase student
involvement in the process, which he
attributes to the efforts of the Code
workgroup, has addressed students'
previous concerns.
"This policy affects the students, and
therefore I believe they should have a
say in what goes into it," Duderstadt
said. "Students have had a lot of impact
on the draft, and have worked closely
with (Vice President for Student Af-
fairs) Maureen Hartford to improve on
the old Code. This draft comes from a
workgroup thattook what students have
had to say into account, and I think it is
better for students."
He also said he understands some of
the opposition to the Code. The Fac-
ulty Civil Liberties Board and mem-
bers of the Student Civil Liberties
Board have spoken out against parts of
the Code.
"Some people on this campus want
the Code to be simple, simple, simple,"
Duderstadt said. "Some want it to be
specific, but that tends.to become re-
stricting. We have to find what is the
appropriate thing for Michigan, and I
think that we have come much closer
to that."
George Brewer, chairman ofthe Sen-
ate Advisory Committee on Univer-
sity Affairs, said he agrees with
Duderstadt that the new Code is an
improvement, but he does not find it
acceptable.
"I think that the draft is better than
the previous code, but I feel that it has
some serious shortcomings and that it
needs further work," said Brewer, a
Human Genetics professor. "SACUA
has sent a letter to the regents urging
them not to pass a Code this month."
The regents plan to discuss the latest
Code draft at their meeting this Thurs-
day and Friday and may approve it.
Regents have declined comment on
the draft, but Hartford said she has
received written feedback from board
members.

' Stress'

split president,

oard

Duderstadt cited tensions in Sept. letter

By Amy Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
Lending support to recent allegations
by Gov. John Engler, a September let-
ter from University President James J.
Duderstadt to the Board of Regents
provides the first documented evidence
that Duderstadt's resignation was
caused by tensions with the board.
Dated Sept. 28 - the day Duderstadt
announced his resignation - the letter
refers to problems that began in January.
The Michigan Daily on Friday obtained
the letter and other communications, in-
cluding a written response from the board,
under the Freedom of Information Act.
"While the University has flourished,
the relationships between the President
and Executive Officers and the mem-
bers of the Board of Regents have been
stressful," Duderstadt said in the letter,
labeled "Personal and Confidential."
In his letter, Duderstadt said he re-
signed because the board had not backed
his positions and decisions.
"Clearly, as well, as President, I have
not received the level of support from
the Board enjoyed by most of my col-
leagues throughout higher education.

Nor, I believe, do I currently have a
level of support sufficient to allow me
to continue to lead the University," the
letter stated.
In the days following Duderstadt's
announcement, Engler accused mem-
bers of the board of conspiring to force
Duderstadt to re-
sign. In a series of;
speeches in metro
Detroit, Engler cited
a "coup" within the
board. Both !
Duderstadt and the
regents continue to
deny Engler's alle-
gations.
Vice President for
University Rela- Engler
tions Walter
Harrison refused yesterday to comment
on the content of the letter.
"The president and regents have de-
cided to let the documents speak for
themselves," Harrison said.
The documents were released fol-
lowing a closed telephone meeting last
Wednesday night between Duderstadt,
the regents and their counsel. The meet-

ing was closed under the Open Meet-
ings Act.
Included in the documents were hand-
written cover letters by Duderstadt to
the eight regents, which spoke of his
resignation and underscored the ten-
sions on the board.
"It is my hope that the decision de-
tailed in this letter reduces the stress on
the Board and provides you folks with
the opportunity to move in a new direc-
tion," each of the letters state.
In a Sept. 29 written response to
Duderstadt's letter, the regents accepted
his resignation and said they had al-
ways supported the president. The let-
ter was signed by every regent except
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman (R-
Ann Arbor), who was on vacation.
"With regard to the comments in your
letter relating to the level ofsupport you
have received from the Board of Re-
gents, it is our firm and unanimous
view that we have made every attempt
to give you and all of the leadership of
the University vigorous, encouraging
and genuine support," the regents' let-
ter stated.
In his letter, Duderstadt said that

66I don't expect anyone ... to say anything
about (an alleged coup) because there's
nothing to sy."
- Regent Laurence Deitch (D-Bloomfield Hills)
Interview, Oct. 1, 1995
"Nor ... do I curently have a level of
support sufficient to allow e to continue
to lead the University"
- President James J. Duderstadt
Private letter to regents, Sept. 28, 1995
(Governor Engler) exposed it and now it's
ou in th open."
- John Truscott, Gov. John Engler's press secretary
Interview, Nov. 12, 1995

bringing the University into the next
century would take a greater amount of
support from the board.
"Yet, leading in new directions may
well benefit from new leadership. And
clearly, it will require significantly

greater support for such a vision from
the Board of Regents."
Last month, Engler singled out Re-
gents Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor),
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on Post nine of the 13 appropriations bills for
NGTON -- President fiscal 1996, which began six weeks
I Republican leaders failed ago. The short-term spending measure
arrange budget talks aimed that Clinton and Congress agreed to in
a shutdown of the federal September expires at midnight today.
t, engaging instead in incen- Clinton has canceled a planned trip
cal rhetoric as time for an to Boston today because of the likeli-
slipped away. hood of a government shutdown, aide
orningofmaneuveringover said.
takc pat iv1 the tlks, C nt n "We's done our part- we a e passa
Republican congressional ing the bills," Gingrich told reporters at
- House Speaker Newt a news conference with Dole on Satur-
nd Senate Majority Leader day."Ifthe president will sign the bills,
- had a brief afternoon the government will stay open."
versation that produced no Dole said that rather than trying to
fficials said. negotiate their differences, the presi-
is a short-term spending dent in effect told him to "get lost"
at would keep the govern- during the phone call. Gingrich said
ting after midnight today, "the conversation was entirely one-sided
ent funding authority runs and had nothing of practical useful-
esident has said he will veto ness."
e unless Republicans elimi- White House Press Secretary Michael
ision that cancels a reduc- McCurry said Clinton told Gingrich
icare premiums. and Dole that the White House would
sure has passed the House engage in no negotiations unless the
voted on by the Senate today Republicans dropped the provision that
expected to pass easily. If cancels a scheduled Jan. 1 reduction in
oes it, all non-essential ser- Medicare premiums.
federal government will be McCurry quoted Clinton as telling
tommorow. About 150,000 the leaders that including the Medicare
ington area's 310,000 work- provision in the temporary spending
be furloughed. bill was "an unbelievably bad prin-
rt-term funding authority, ciple." He said Clinton has not dropped
tinuing resolution, is needed other objections to the bill - which
ongress has failed to pass See SPENDING, Page 7A

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Nine independents seek MSA seats

By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
With only two days remaining until
the Michigan Student Assembly elec-
tions,independent candidates have been
preparing for the home stretch - with
the exception of one candidate who
didn't know he was on the ballot.
LSA junior Daniel Waljenus was
unaware his name was on the election
ballot until he was contacted by The
Michigan Daily yesterday. Waljenus
assumed his name was not on the ballot
because he had missed the mandatory
candidate meeting due to an exam and
no one from MSA had contacted him.
MSA election director Meagan
Newman said Waljenus signed up for

the meeting, and it
would be his re-
sponsibility to no-
tify MSA he was
withdrawing.
Waljenus now
plans to run.
Eight other Inde-
pendents are also
on the ballot. Sev-
eral of the candi-
dates cited their dis-

The
L

ing explained that he is running without
a party because he likes the freedom of
being an independent.
"If I'm on a party, I don't want the
standpoint written for me," Reining said.
"I'd like to have my own ideas."
One of the issues that Reining ad-
dresses in his platform is creating an
umbrella organization for all campus
groups so that students know what types
of activities are going on.
Some of the other issues Independent
candidates are focusing on include
health care reform, the Code of Student
Conduct and reforms to MCard.
"(MCard) is not an improvement over
Entree Plus, except that you can use it in
more places," said LSA junior and can-

didate Geoff Brown.
Brown proposes giving students the
option of which bank to use with their
MCard.
Susan Ratcliffe, a candidate for Mu-
sic school representative, is pushing to
create more unity between North and
Central campuses.
A member of the newly formed North
Campus task force, Ratcliffe said she
wants people on North Campus to be
more informed about MSA.
Although most ofthe candidates lack
experience on MSA, they express con-
fidence about serving on the assembly.
"I totally think I'm out for the job,"
Reining said. "There's a lot ofthings I still
have to learn, but that's not a problem."

Interim head
football coach Lloyd
Carr is expected to
be made the
permanant head
coach at a press
conference today at

content with the current party system as
their reason to run independently.
"What's really retarding the effective-
ness of MSA is party bickering," said
Public Policy candidate Tim Greimel.
LSA first-year student Michael Rein-

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