1985-11-18; Central Michigan Life
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li n LIFE VoL 60 No. SS C1965 CM UFE Mount .Pleasant. Michigan -48859 12-page* Monday, November 18,1965 CMU,1 MMI officials withdraw • It nd sale by RANDY LOVELY LIFE Managing Editor Citing time restraints, Interim President Arthur Ellis announced Friday officials have withdrawn a bond proposal to fund construction of a polymer technology center near Michigan Molecular Institute in Midland. Representatives from Central and MMI met Thursday night and decided to postpone the bond proposal. Ellis said. A special meeting of CMlTs Board of Trustee! scheduled for Thursday was canceled following the announcement. The meeting was slated to allow trustees to approve the bond proposal and meet a Dec. 1 deadline to authorize tale of the bonds. "There just isn't enough time to deal with all the questions." Ellis said Friday. Representatives from the two institutions, facing the Thursday's meeting, were unable la deter mine how to pay ofT the building cost. There was one problem — how do we handle the debt service." Ella said. The bond sale to construct the $4 million facility would result in a $580,000 annual debt to be paid off in 10 years, Ellis said. He said the two sides were unable to determine "where to get the money* because "we must make assumptions about the future." CMU received $700,000 in state appropriations for MMI. but future funding is not guaranteed, Ellis said. MMI Director John Hoffman could not be reached for comment. Former Interim Director Robert Hefner said the bond sale was withdrawn until "we get the best assurance that funding from the state is solid." As part of the affiliation agreement between CMU and MMI. Central hopes to receive Affiliation budget compiled; reflects research, academics by RANDY LOVELY LIFE Managing Editor After months of negotiation, ofTicials from Central and Michigan Molecular Institute have compiled an "agreed upon budget." Interim President Arthur Ellis said Friday. CMU and MMI administrators have met regularly since the beginning of the school year to compile a 1985-86 budget for the Midland facility. The parties "formally agreed on the budget Friday morning," Douglas Friedrich. dean of Graduate Studies, said. The budget is expected to be presented for approval at CMU's Board of Trustees' Dec. G meeting. Interim President Arthur Ellis said Friday he does not anticipate problems in receiving budget approval. The budget is good for the University and MMI." Friedrich said The total budget is $2 5 million and includes $700,000 in state appropriations received by CMU this summer The remainder of MMI's funds are derived from private donations and foundation support Friedrich said the two institutions have been working for two months to determine how the state money would be budgeted MMI will receive $400,000 for operational expenses and $300,000 will be used to develop academic programs. Friedrich said The budget will cover only three-fourths of the fiscal year si net- approval haa was delayed past the start of the July 1 fiscal year. Ofthe $300,000 appropriation, the $225,000 covered in the budget wf II "evtay at CMU to develop a polymer pre—nee related to MMI." he CMU will use $115,000 of the $225,000 to develop academic programs on campus. Friedrich said. The University will use the funds to hire faculty and purchase equipment to aide in polymer research -education, he said. The remaining $110,000 will help develop a masters and doctoral program in polymer science, he said. Under the affiliation agreement with MMI, Central will grant a master's degree while a doctoral degree in polymer science will be awarded under an affiliation with Michigan Technological University in Houghton. Friedrich said the $110,000 probably will be available to an Academic Senate ad-hoc committee to make recommendations on funding priorities "I think it's crucial that appropriate faculty come up with allocation requests." he said. MMI Director John Hoffman could not be reached for comment. Problems in developing a workable budget occurred when MMI, as a private institution, had difficulty formulating a budget acceptable for approval by CMU, a public university. Provost John Cantelon said Under state guidelines. Central is required to develop a detailed, line-ilem budget each year — a practice MMI has not had to deal witii as a private organization There were anticipated problrms." Cantelon said MMI changed the beginning of its fiscal year to July 1 to be in accordance with CMU, he said Cantelon said additional problems existed in reflecting research and academic eactiviUea in lhe budget, when the two factors are clowly related for the polymer research Institute. Merger plagued with problems 'Thi* is the fir>t in a \erie\ af articles (ituil\:in^ the affiliation hetteeen ('.Ml' timi .\ticktfitin Molecular Institute <-f Mutlarul > by RANDY LOVELY LIFE Managing Editor The continuing saga of events emerging from the affiliation agreement lietween Central and MMI could Ik- classified as a sojp opera -- "Things Seldom Work Out As Planned " The drama l»-gan in May l'JH4 when Central's Board of Trustees approved the merger to develop a degree in polymer science research Since that time, the affiliation has been tested, problems have arisen and most would agree "things seldom work out as planned " Difficulties in the affiliation have run the gamut with problems involving state funding approval. academic degree granting and organization of a bond sale for construction of an addition to the Midland facility The first priority Central officials faced once the agreement was made was to ensure state funding for the affiliation. Provost John Cantelon said "We were committed to secure funds for them, hut we ran into the problem of the gubernatorial veto," he said (iuv James Blanchard vetoed a line-item request in Central's iys4-*S.-> budget for $f>00.0OO The reason for the veto was the governor did not want to support any university expansion until he received a report from the Governor's Commission on the Future of Higher Kducation. Cantelon said The commission released its report in December H)84 While the final report did not refer directly to the CMU MMI merger, thr correspondence did recommend action which directly- affected the affiliation agreement The committee suggested the state not allow universities lo implement additional doctoral degrees since demand was decreasing. Cantelon said. Under the affiliation document. "The Hoard of Trustees of Central Michigan University agrees that it will immediately take steps lo develop an accredited doctoral level degree in polymer science, said degree to be awarded in conjunction with Michigan Molecular Institute, and such other educational institutions as shall be agreed upon by the Board of Trustees of Central Michigan University." Working with a consortium agreement with Michigan Technological University in Houghton. Central officials resolved this problem. Under the present agreement, students may acquire a master's degree in polymer science from Central and a doctoral degree from MTU, froth in affiliation with MMI One difficulty resolved, the University still had not cemented stale funding for lhe project. But that problem was eliminated this summer when the governor approved S"(H) 0OO in >tate appropriations tor MMI Although Interim President Arthur Kllis i> optimistic the I'niversity will receive additional funding in future years, he recognizes state appropriations a -e an uncertain process "This is the most important issue for the campus to be Concerned about." he said "We want to assure that what might go wrong, if anything, would not impact in a detrimental way on programs on campus" Both F.llis and Cantelon recognize then- is no guarantee the affiliation will receive the proposed $1 .OaO.OOO in state funds during the next three years Despite problems, officials still believe the affiliation is beneficial to the University "The reputation of the I'niversity will increase." Cantelon said, adding the merger will help Central recruit students and faculty and also strengthen the University's development in science and technology. There is no such thing as a human institution without problems." he added "Anytime you have an organization that affiliates with some other kind of organization, you're (round to have problems." MMI Director John Hoffman said "All of us are doing everything reasonable and possible to make the affiliation work." said Robert Hefner, former MMI director and current member of the Board of Directors "The problems are only going to l>e settled in the natural course of events," he said, adding, "We'll deal with them as we have to." LIFE-line ) News Brief The work of Edce Joppich and Sister Edith Kenny will be on display beginning today until Dec 6 in the Creative Arts •Gallery in the lower level ofthe Bovee University Center Inside Academic Senate will form a t.ask force on Experiential Learning page 3 Weather Periods of rain north and rain likely south Monday. Breezy with highs mid 50* north to mid 60s south. Rain southwerst Monday night and good chance of rain southeast each with few possibte i thunder* howcr*. Index l.IFE-w-ire page2 Profile page3 Comment page4 Bloom County page 4 Entertainment page 6 Sports page 8 Chippewa Corner page9 Classifieds page 11 Spotlife page 12 Placement Notices page 12 Police Reports page 12 Paving project vote set by commission by ROGER MORGEN.STERN LIFE StafT Writer With a series of public hearings and informational sessions complete, a proposed $4 million gravel street paving project is scheduled to be voted on by the Mount Pleasant City Commission tonight. The project, if approved, will result in the paving of 10 miles of gravel residential streets throughout the city. The city will fund 55 percent ofthe project, or $2 2 million. The 1,000 affected property owners will pick up the remaining 45 percent. The city provided opportunities for property owners to ask questions and voice their concerns about the paving project. A series of informal sessions were conducted Oct. 8, 9 and 10 at the Veterans Memorial Library* 208 E. Illinois, to give property owners a chance to talk to city staff about the project and to find out how much the project will -cost. In addition to the informal sessions, four formal public hearings were conduct-rd to give property owners another chance to ask >Sc« "Paving-—page 2 $1,050,000 in state aid during the next three year*. Douglas Friedrich, dean of Graduate Studies, said administrators were concerned "the University might get locked in" to funding MMI. Postponing the bond issue gives the institutions "breathing room" to work with the affiliation, Friedrich said. He said MMI and Central now will look into scaling down the building project or finding other revenue .sources to help complete the project. Hefner, a member of the MMI Board of Directors, said, Tha single biggest problem facing MMI is going ahead and again pursuing a bond issue." "Without that (polymer technology center* we dont have a complete and competitive program," he said. Hefner said if the delay in constructing the center "persists 18m -Bond"—page 1 What a bargain Searching for a winter hat for hia 7-month-old son Craig. Bruce Torgerson of Weidman unnotkeably placed Craig on a bargain table at tha sporting good swap in tha Finch Fieldhouse Saturday. Tha swap which displayed 600 to 800 Hems was sponsored by the Sigma Pi fraternity as a part of its fund raising activities to raise money for re-carpeting the fraternity house. 60 students face class withdrawal by CHERYL JACK.SON LIFE Staff Writer Approximately 60 students owe the University more than $30,000, and could face withdrawal if the bills remain unpaid Jane Johnson, Accounts Ri-ceivabte Office manager, said the University is attempting to contact the debtors by telephone lo let them know "we have mtiated the paperwork to have them withdrawn from school " Johnson said because her office may not be able to reach everyone who may be faced with involuntary' withdrawal, she encourages anyone with a past due balance to contact the Accounts Receivable Office immediately. The bills originally were due Oct. 20. Johnson said she is not sure when students will be withdrawn from classes liecause the withdrawl process involves several University offices Paperwork for withdrawal of some students should be sent out sometime next week However, by the time they get through the mail, the notices may not be received until the week after. Johnson said some students could have payment deferred through loans by the University in hardship cases. "There may be a few cases yet where it could be done." she said. "Many people have applied for an extension from the University." About 300 students have applied for extensions. Johnson said The amount owed to the University is typical for this time of the year. Johnson said. Even if students are withdrawn from the University, they still are reponsible for their financial obligations to the University, Johnson said Students who are withdrawn and do not clear their debts with CMU may not be able to register for future classes here. They also will be unable to obtain transcripts from Central, she said. When withdrawn, students also are evicted from University housing. Johnson said there are several reasons students may have failed to balance their accounts. "Part of thst may be they have a job and they've been saving paychecks to make the payment," she said. Another reason may be students are expecting financial aid that was awarded late, Johnson added.
|Title||1985-11-18; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, November 18, 1985 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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