1978-02-15; Central Michigan Life
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■■-•■.*■ ff,?7--*r**:*T?. pgr-Wttrs*•• ■ ^*--*^'--^4--' ,-JT "-".JIT'T- -Wr.'-f ■■'»■ ' -■»■ ■MNMM«ppa(r«M__a__U_i)«HB__i< ■yw—-q ■ i —_■■—! i'HilaM_WffWBMWW Volume 59 No. 56 % 197H. Central Michigan UFE n ii__^is_3S iisss LIFE Mount Pleasant, Mich. 48859 Wednesday, Feb. 15,1978 Private trustee sessions to continue Saturday byPAULRAU LIFE Managing Editor A series of closed session discussions will be continued Saturday by the CMU Board of Trustees in a meeting called by board Chairperson Leo A. Farhat. The meeting, closed to the public and the press, will be a continuation of private talks conducted by the trustees Monday and Feb. 4 following a regular meeting on that date. Saturday's session, Farhat said, will be on the same subject as the preceding two - the role of the Board of Trustees in the administration of the University. The topic stems from a motion made by Vice Chairperson Alfred J. Fortino at the close of the Feb. 4 meeting to "go into closed session to discuss pending litigation and the role of the board in administration." The Board of Trustees has not formally adjourned since its Jan. 18 meeting; the closed sessions Feb. 4 and Monday were recessed, according to Terrence J. Carey, secretary of the Board of Trustees. "We're covering a lot of things in the spectrum of problems we're having up there (CMU)," Farhat said from his Lansing law office Tuesday. The possibility of including CMU's academic deans in Saturday's closed session was discussed by board members, Farhat said, but the Idea finally was rejected at about 6 p.m. Tuesday with the announcement the session would include only board members. "We were thinking about it (asking the deans to attend the meeting), but the board decided not to go that far," Farhat said. Carey said the possible inclusion of the deans in Saturday's closed discussion was first brought up by board members late Monday afternoon. "The board asked me to check (into including the deans), but I have been told not to check," Carey said Tuesday, declining to say who had asked him not to check. Another factor in the closed trustee meetings is a self-study performed by the board members assessing the role and effectiveness of the board. The self-study, initiated near the beginning of Fall Semester 1977, was completed in time for the January board meeting, Farhat said. "The self-study is completed and in my possession," Farhat said. "The results have not been focused on by the entire board membership, but they do form the backdrop of our discussions." President Harold Abel; who said he "did not participate at all" in Monday's private board session, indicated he is unsure if he will attend the Saturday meeting. "The board secretary (Carey) told me he will be asking us (the president and vice presidents)to' stand .. Jby.'.V Abel. said .when contacted Tuesday night. "I was there (the Feb. 4 closed session) for a short time, then I left. I have not been back and I have not asked to come back. I understand they (trustees) have been looking at themselves and the institution - this is a project they have been looking forward to for a long time," Abel said. "That's all I really know; I'm not asking any questions," he added. Private discussions concerning the governance of the University have been a sore spot with some trustees since passage of the Open Meetings Act in 1977. Among the most outspoken is former board chairperson Fortino, who has claimed the Open Meetings Act is making it impossible for the Board of Trustees to perform its functions. After the Jan. 18 board meeting, at which Fortino's motion to go into closed session was defeated because of questions about the suitability of topics he proposed, Fortino said: "It is imperative we talk about governance. We must discuss it and we can't. "More and more, we are hampered by one thing or another. We must discuss the role of the board in the light of the new faculty contract and the Open Meetings Act," Fortino said at that time. Uzoma Udonsi, Police Kano freshman, models an example of customary Nigerian apparel at the Black History Month Fashion Show conducted Tuesday night in the University Center Ballroom. The show featured both traditional and modern ebony fashions. The event included piano music by Craig Matthews and was followed by an African Taster (LIFE photo by Ron Nichols). Petition response in mail Provost to see critics by TONY BEARING LIFE News Editor Provost John Cantelon has offered to meet with a group of disgruntled department chairpersons who last week petitioned him for more input into academic decision-making at CMU. Cantelon said Tuesday he has written letters to all 16 chairpersons in the School of Arts and Sciences offering to meet with them as a group, and also to separately meet with faculty in each of their departments. Cantelon said the chairperson should receive his communication sometime this week. The most senior member among the school's chairpersons, Bernard Meltzer, said he was pleased Cantelon's response was on thfe.way, , .. . He said although Cantelon had made an offer to meet with the petitioners through a prepared statement released to CM LIFE' Friday, the chairpersons have been waiting for a more formal response before determining their next move. "As soon as I get a hold of the letter, I'll be glad to act upon it," Meltzer, Sociology and Anthropology chairperson, said. The school chairpersons petitioned Cantelon last week with a list of four "common frustrations" they face as chairpersons, saying they wished to "emphasize the seriousness of... continuing problems." Every department chairperson in the school signed the letter, which in essence was a strongly-worded complaint at what the chairpersons identified as the provost's practice of making decisions affecting faculty with little or no prior faculty input. With the next move now up to the chairpersons, Meltzer said the group probably will meet next Monday, presumably to accept Cantelon's offer and arrange a discussion with him. Cantelon also said Tuesday he is optimistic a meeting with the chairpersons will be fruitful. "I'm optimistic by nature," he said. "The kind of issues the chairpersons posed can be resolved. "I believe they have some misconceptions concerning the planning process which I hope can be cleared up," Cantelon said. "I hope the resolution of a meeting between us would be that we would have a better understanding of their problems and they would have a better understanding of the planning process and the function of the Provost's Office," he said. Cantelon releases chairperson advertisement JRN assured "ample time' to study merger byPETEENGARDIO LIFE Staff Writer and JIM FISHER LIFE Copy Editor A combination of the Journalism Department and the Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Area (BCA) for Fall Semester 1978 has virtually been ruled out. Provost John Cantelon announced Tuesday Journalism Department faculty will have "ample time" to thoroughly examine the pros and cons of the controversial merger proposal. Cantelon's statements came Tuesday after he met with journalism faculty members. "I told the journalism faculty it certainly has time to study the merger thoroughly," Cantelon said following the meeting. "I assume the discussions .will not be completed by next fall." Cantelon also announced at the meeting advertisement,for the position of Journalism Department chairperson, which will be vacated by Gilbert Maienknecht at the end of this semester, will be released immediately. Frank Stillings, dean of the School of Fine and Applied Arts, said the advertisement had been retained in his office pending discussions about the proposed merger. According to a Journalism Department spokesperson, the advertisement had been sulv- mitted to Stillings in mid- January. The journalism faculty Feb. 6 called for Cantelon to immediately release the advertisement because further delay would hurt the department's chances of attracting a qualified chairperson. Stillings acknowledged Tuesday the advertisement would be released for publication. At the Feb. 6 journalism faculty meeting, which was open to the press, the faculty also recommended the merger be considered under the procedures established for examination of the University- wide reorganization. "I imagine that since Among the romantic, Valentine's Day is never just an ordinary day, and CMU certainly saw some out- of-the-ordinary valentine cards Tuesday. Some students tried to express their valentine messages in a big way by entering WMHW FM 91's "Biggest and Best Valentine" contest (above). However, to School of Arts and Sciences faculty such as Eric Johnson, assistant professor of history, Valentine's Day was a perfect occasion to sport "Sweet Adelyn'* valentines to publicize dissatisfaction with the resignation of their dean, Adeiyn Dougherty (LIFE photos by PamEckman and Peter Luke). discussions of the proposed merger will coincide with .discussion of the reorganization, they will be considered using the same procedures," Cantelon said Tuesday. Tuesday's meeting was the first time Cantelon met with either BCA or journalism faculty, although he announced the merger was in the "discussion stage" nearly a month ago. Cantelon said he had been waiting for the faculty of the two areas to meet among themselves before discussing the proposed merger with them. Cantelon said he met with journalism faculty because of "controversy which surrounded the merger" and said he intends to meet with BCA faculty soon. Cantelon said discussion at Tuesday's meeting centered on circumstances surrounding the proposed merger and faculty concerns over the merger possibility. After the meeting, Cantelon said he sensed the journalism faculty were "relieved.'' (See "JRN, BCA merger-" page 8) WSimM —Senate chairperson claims CMU underfunded—psge 3 —SA leaders plug tuition tax breaks in Washington—page S —Cagers drop non- league contest to Butler-page9 —Trackmen return to Lansing, MSU-page 13 li\ ,i i 4 r«mrri--nii._ _k K I' J'
|Title||1978-02-15; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, February 15, 1978 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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