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September 26, 1995
Next provost to be from outside
Committee narrows search to 5
By Amy Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
The next provost will come from
outside the University, an official close
to the search said yesterday. The pro-
vost, the second-highest ranking aca-
demic post at the University, has not
been selected externally in 18 years.
The Provost Search Advisory Com-
mittee, which has been conducting a
nationwide survey since February, has
narrowed its list to five external candi-
dates, School of Business Dean B. Jo-
seph White confirmed yesterday.
The committee is expected to con-
clude the search by the end of the se-
Preliminary exam set
for Oct. 4; police still
By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
A man was arraigned yesterday in
connection with Friday's fire that
damaged a ground-floor room in the
Baits II Ziwet House on North Cam-
Police said Dale Lipke, 23, of Oak-
land County, was arraigned on one count
each of arson of a dwelling house and
conspiracy to commit arson of a dwell-
Both charges are felonies punishable
by up to 20 years in prison.
Capt. James Smiley said in a state-
ment that DPS officers worked w ith the
Ann Arbor Police Department and the
Washtenaw County Sheriffs Depart-
ment to develop source information,
leading to the investigation and arrest
. Lipke, who is not affiliated with the
University, is being held at the
Washtenaw County Jail in lieu of
"The charges were brought against
him today," said Department of Pub-
lic Safety spokeswoman Elizabeth
DPS officers responded to the fire
in Room 2101 Ziwet at about 1:40
a.m. Damage was estimated at
The were no injuries reported in the
fire that ravaged parts of the room,
including the corner of a bed, part of a
chair and some carpet.
A DPS report indicates that investi-
gation into the fire continues, including
investigation about Lipke's possible
"I can't comment on the investiga-
tion itself," Hall said. "But the inves-
tigation will continue and Dale Lipke
will go through the court process."
Smiley could not be reached for com-
The preliminary examination date is
set for Oct. 4, when the court will deter-
mine if Lipke will stand trial.
Search Committee Chair Kenneth E.
Warner and University spokeswoman
Lisa Baker would neither confirm nor
deny that the list had been narrowed to
five external candidates.
Although deans have traditionally
been promoted to provost, several ad-
ministrators denied that selecting an
external provost would be detrimental
to the University.
"There are always trade-offs. An ex-
ternal person always brings new and
interesting ideas, but they take longer to
get up to speed, and to get to know other
people," White said.
Glenn Knoll, interim dean for the
School of Engineering, said he inter-
viewed some of the external candidates
when they visited campus.
"It really depends on the person, rather
than on whether the person is external
or internal," Knoll said.
The provost oversees the academic
deans at the University, and reports
directly to the president.
Two of the last five provosts -
Harold R. Shapiro and James J.
Duderstadt - have become presidents
at the University. Charles Vest, who
served as provost for 18 months begin-
ning in 1989, left to become president
of the Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
White said that in the current search
at least one of the candidates is either a
woman or a minority.
"The deans have been informed as
the search has been going on," White
said. "I'm aware of a candidate that
meets that description (of a woman or
Duderstadt said last year that the
University decided to conduct a nation-
wide search in an effort to broaden the
pool of women and minority candi-
In an interview with The Michigan
Daily two weeks ago, Duderstadt said,
"I just want to get the best person.
(Dental School Dean J. Bernard
Machen) could be interim for the entire
academic year. I would hope the search
is completed this fall."
The search committee is com-
prised of 15 members, including one
undergraduate and one graduate stu-
"We hope the search will move along
quickly. We hope to be done by the end
of the semester," Baker said.
Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. announced he
was stepping down as provost last Janu-
ary, after five years at the post.
The provost operates as a link be-
tween the deans of schools and the
"I think it's kind of the on-campus
nerve center for the academic pro-
grams," Whitaker said last January.
"One ofthe opportunities is to see where
cooperation would be better than going
The University Board of Regents
approved Machen, the Dentistry School
dean, as the interim provost last June.
Machen is to serve from Sept. 1 through
The following is a list of the
University's last five provosts, when
they served as provost and what
they did prior to being named to the
Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr., 1990-95,
Business School Dean
Charles Vest, 1988-90, Engineering
James J. Duderstadt, 1986-1988,
Engineering School Dean
Billy Frye, 1980-1986, LSA Dean
Harold Shapiro, 1977-1980,
Dec. 31, if necessary.
- Daily Staff Reporter Ronnie
Glassberg contributed to this report.
THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY?
MSA to battle
Ross Perot (right) tells Larry King last night that he will help establish a new political party "for the independent voters" who
are disenchanted with Democrats and Republicans. Perot appeared on King's talk show last night.
Perot to support third-party efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a turn-
about that could dramatically reshape
the 1996 elections, Ross Perot vowed
last night to establish a new, reform-
minded political party that would nomi-
nate a presidential candidate and try to
swing congressional races.
Perot said he had no intention to run
as the new party's standard bearer. "This
is not about me running for President,"
he said. "The last thingI1 want is for this
thing to be about me." But he did not
flatly rule it out.
As recently as six weeks ago, Perot
said he had no interest in launching a
third party. But, in a stunning change of
heart, he said his United We Stand
America political organization would
spearhead efforts to certify a new party
in California, Maine and Ohio -all of
which have 1995 deadlines to qualify a
new party for the 1996 ballot.
"We are going to start the process of
creating a political party for the inde-
pendent voters," Perot said. "It will
not be owned by the special interests."
Perot left open the possibility that
the effort could stop at the end of the
year - if polls now showing that 60
percent of Americans open to the idea
of a third party suddenly shift and
indicate a growing satisfaction with
Democrats or Republicans.
Some weirdo is
not ,going to get 10
percent of our
-- Ross Perot
He said the new venture would be
named the Independence Party, or the
Reform Party in states that either have
an independent .party or do not allow
use of that name.
Once the new party qualifies for the
ballot, Perot said it would open its presi-
dential nominating process to anyone
who could can get petitions signed by
10 percent of the new party's members.
"We want world-class people," he
said on CNN's "Larry King Live."
"Some weirdo is not going to get 10
percent of our votes."~
The organization then would choose
a presidential nominee through a na-
tionwide convention process. He said it
was possible, but highly unlikely, that
the party could decide to back one ofthe
major party presidential candidates.
He said the new party would not field
congressional candidates, or at least not
on any widespread basis, but would en-
dorse candidates from the major parties
and offer them its slate on state ballots.
This is not unheard of; the Conservative
Party in New York, for example, often
backs Republican candidates.
Perot said the newparty's agenda would
mirror that ofhis United We Stand group:
dramatic campaign finance and lobbying
reforms including a gift ban, trimming
congressional and presidential pensions
and balancing the budget. He said he
would financially support the early work,
but that the venture ultimately would
have to raise its own money.
Joan Vinson, the Maryland execu-
tive director of United We Stand, said
the new party could be available to "a
candidate like Colin Powell or Bill Bra-
dley or Ross Perot or Sam Nunn."
A spokeswoman for California Sec-
retary of State Bill Jones said Perot's
supporters filed papers yesterday to
organize as the Reform Party.
Not since the Republican Party was
established in 1856 has a new party
been able to push aside a major existing
party and establish itself as a national
force. Like the Whigs did then, Perot
predicted either the Democratic or Re-
publican party would disappear if his
effort is successful.
Perot's decision sets off an intense
N Students' Party
will not be considered,
By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff Reporter
A faction of Michigan Student As-
sembly representatives from the Stu-
dents' Party are planning to propose an
"alternative" budget at tonight's meet-
ing, but MSA President Flint Wainess
may prevent them from doing so.
MSA is scheduled to discuss and
voteon its annual budgettonight. Remco
Van Eeuwijick, in his role as BPC chair,
introduced a budget last week he drafted
with the assembly's executives, includ-
ing Wainess and Vice President Sam
Earlier this week, LSA Rep. Jonathan
Freeman and a faction of other Stu-
dents' Party members drafted a pro-
posed Students' Party "Alternative"
Budget, which includes no allocation
for some internal groups.
"We wrote our budget because we
felt that the budget that was handed to
us was very based on history," Freeman
said. "If we want to look to the future
and look to grow, we need our commit-
tees and commissions to sit down at the
beginning of the year and plan what
they're going to do."
Van Eeuwijk, also a member of the
Students' Party, said he was not taking
the side of the executive drafters or his
"As BPC chair, I am an executive,"
Van Eeuwijk said. "It would be dishon-
est of me to be involved in two pro-
cesses. ... I negotiated with Flint and
Sam, but the rest of the party wasn't
happy with it."
Although the BPC chair is the only
person who can move a budget in its
entirety, the MSA Compiled Code al-
lows Freeman or any assembly member
to present amendments to the budget,
which was first read last week.
However, Wainess said in an inter-
view last night that he, as the assembly's
chair, will attempt to stop Freeman from
presenting his budget as an amendment
and accused him of trying to filibuster.
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"The budget isn't written by parties,"
Wainess said. "Our constitution
deliniates who writes the budget-and
those people did. Period."
Freeman said MSA should not allo-
cate funds to its internal commissions
until the chairs of those groups submit
line-item budgets for their expenditures.
Van Eeuwijk requested that chairs
submit such budgets earlier this month
and said yesterday he has received those
figures from all but two commissions.
External Relations Chair Fiona Rose
said upon seeing Freeman's ideas, "It's
not allowing us to lead our committees.
It's making us jump through the same
bureaucratic hoops that have halted our
progress in the past."
Van Eeuwijk said he was planning
last night to draft a "compromise" bud-
get that would disregard party lines and
satisfy most assembly members, but
such a proposal had not been released
as of press time.
"I'm currently working on contact-
ing about 25 MSA members to get a
compromise budget," Van Eeuwijk said
MSA is expected to vote on its budget
at tonight's meeting. Here is how both
of the proposals would allocating funds
to four line items.
utive Students' Party
in thousands of dollars
SAT scores up in 1995; higher
enrollment in honors classes cited
Man hospitalized after
fall near Blimpy Burger
By Jeff Eldrdge
For the Daily
Recent figures from the Scholastic Aptitude
Test indicate the class of 1995 was one of the most
academically prepared in recent history.
The national averages for the class of 1995 were
428 in verbal and 482 in math. This is a bounce
test," Graff said.
Ted Spencer, director of undergraduate admis-
sions at the University, downplayed the impor-
tance of the increased scores.
"As far as the number of students in advanced-
placement courses increasing, that's a factor,"
Spencer said. "I don't know if these courses are
By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
A man was taken to University Hos-
pitals late last night after falling off a.
Joe Pryor, an LSA junior who wit-
nessed the event, said it occurred at
about 10:20 p.m.
"I saw a group of them arguing for a
while," he said. "(The victim) was be-
Allen Mikhail, an LSA first-year stu-
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