1976-12-13; Central Michigan Life
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President's reviews entrance , by JEFF ELLSWORTH CM LIFE Reporter ;„■ The wording of specific sections of a proposed revision of University entrance policy remains unresolved as the policy goes before the President's Council for the second time today. The Wording involves recommendations made at the Nov. 21. President's Council meeting to eliminate specific words within the proposed policy. The policy was formulated by the ' Student Association Entrance "Policy Revision committee, composed of four students and four administrators. One section of the proposed revision,allows search or entry of University housing in the event of an "immediate threat to health or safety.*' The President's Council recommendation was to eliiminste •'immediate." "They felt that they have a responsibility to handle any threat," Dean of Students James Hill said. Hill said he personally is in favor of retaining the word "immediate." A further revision would allow the dean of students to authorise entries. The recommendation of President's Council is to give the same authorization power to the president, provost, and the three vice presidents, am Strike bargaining remains blocked p Negotiations between the city of Mt. Pleasant and the 46 striking municipal employees remain at an impasse as the strike enters its 13th day today. Representatives of both .the city and the union have stated they have no intention of meeting again, until state mediator John VanderArk schedules another bargaining tession. • ' VanderArk met with the two parties Dec. 8, but the attempt to write • a" new contract for the striking workers was unsuccessful due to inflexibility shown by both groups* VanderArk said. At the time. Vender Ark said he would schedule any future meetings, but did not set a date for another meeting. The strike, which began on Dee. 1, affects the membership of Local 16Q6.'ottne-&nft«^^ ployees (AFSCME). The wof||Hf*y are front «te Wale* Department, street Department, waste Treatment Plant, Mt. Pleasant Public Library and the Municipal building. t Some city services have been affected by the strike. Snow plowing and Salting operations are somewhat slower than normal, City Engineer . Robert Whitehead said, because the replacement drivers are not yet \ acquainted with their routes. The library, which initially was closed, 7 reopened Dec. 6 between the hours of land 5 p.m* ■' Management, supervisory and technical personnel are filling in for •: the striking workers. Police, Fire Department and public transportation 7 tjmpl yees are not involved in the strike. '£" The members of Local 1606, wh have been working without a con- " tract since Dec. 31,1975', went on strike because the contact offered by * the city did not offer protections included in the old contract, Anne * Freling, president of Local 1606, said. Issues in the dispute are wages, job 1 classifications, layoff and recall procedures and the length of the proposed Z contract. , i "The impression is that this is the way it is now, but it's just not in writing," Mike Fraser, student body president, said, "I'd like to get it down to where there are one or two responsible at a time, rather than five or six," he added, <- A section also specifies entry may be authorized in the event of "major infractions of University policy." The recommendation of the Presdient's Council is to remove "major," so entry may be authorized for any infractions, "We're going to ask for all three," Fraser, Lansing senior, said. "I don't think we're being unreasonable, and we've covered all the bases," he added. Fraser said he would like to t see the revision be implemented ' next semester, and the adaptation of the revisions is a success despite the wording controversy, "For the first time, students can actually see the policy and procedure for entering University housing," Fraser said. "Also, students helped write this. T^he format on which the policy will be built is theirs," he added, "When it becomes apparent that the University has entered a room through bad judgement, a written policy will remove the defense of ignorance," Charles House, executive assistant to the prtfeitiiht, siid. Houss Is on* of four ' .Adapnfriftttoc*.-*^^ S4 policy Revision OoiSftttee, 'Following the President's Council meeting, the decision on the revision will resti with ' *■ President Harold Abel, according (to House. "The responsiblity for making the decision is his, and he can't surrender that responsibility to any group,!' House said. CM 11 PB PHOTO SY SCOTT HLMNOI* „„__ m—t^ _,_*__,--_ _,-. ._ ». °* U,*K PHOTO •¥ SCOTT'MMLIMOKn WIDE-EYED WONDER'-While cold temperatures and biting winds kept participation in the annual Chfittihii Sing: Sunday lo#er thaft hernial, nothing could diminish a child's exdtem.ent at sefcirig Santa s^ia^o—*4o^ fcfcii* John ■fousjey, choir director at Mt. PieasahtlfigK School, led et$er carols during the one-hour event. Affiliation questioned Faculty watch Ferris by PAM KLEIN ' LIFE New* Editor CMU faculty members wil be watching with interest an election today among members of the Ferris State. College faculty union which would strike all mention of affiliation with the Michigan Education Association (MEA) and the National Education Association (NEA) from its constitution. Students, staff call Bicentennial exploitative P byJOHNGROGAN .P, ' CM LIFE Reporter *Z~ Whereas individual reactions "differed CMU students and faculty expressed disappointment in the Bicentennial celebrations, labeling £n€m "overly commercial"' and ^misdirected" according to an .'-informal CM LIFE survey conducted last week. 'Of those interviewed,- -most believed the celebrations had Worthwhile qualities but the-most .Important aspects of the nation's birthday were overlooked while superficial aspects were blown out 0?" proportion. ''" "The most important things were overlooked," Steve Scherer, "associate professor of history, said. "It said too much about what was done and not enough on what we' ;are doing. The past should be used and not worshipped." CM LIFE last issue :*;'> 13oday's newspaper is the last *i«* of CM LIFE for the fall -tester. The staff of CM LlfE be* CMU students, faculty and fffip^ttOTl j*ti. ii. * Scherer expressed the most important aspect of history is as a process for re-evaluating the direction present day society is heading. Nolan Kaiser, professor of philosophy, .agreed. "My view on birthdays in general, and .therefore the birthday of the nation, is that it requires one to look backward and forward at one in the same time," Kaiser said. "The importance of it is the opportunity'and the impulse to re-evaluate and to do better where we have failed," Besides the concern over the misdirection of the celebrations, many Central students and faculty believed the commercial aspects surrounding the Bicentennial year distracted from the true value of the event. ', "Mnay businesses looked at.it more as a profit motif than a celebration of national heritage," Mike Weare, Grand Rapids junior, said, ' Another student, Janelle Lawless, Gladwin junior, agreed, "I think it was too commercial. They started too early. By the time it< (July 4) got here everyone was" tired With it all," Lawless said. "Too many people used it to make money," she.added. Rod ' daskey, Fowleryille graduate student, believed the Bicentennial celebration had no valve whatsoever.. #.,. £ ,/yjtt .p» &o% worthwhile," :#4?^)mi mffl*- % *|s"n't§o. «»m- fifciilked.. 7. tootochMI hda*. e*f"wire trying W 'fbmi' in -values which don't really hold s anymore." * Whereas the majority .of students and, facility questioned expressed disappointment, a number of people thought the events surrounding the nation's, birthday were very well done. "I am very positive about the whole idea of it," Ronald Lutz, industrial education professor, said. "It's greatest contribution .was in causing all Americans to pause and reflect back on the last 200 years. It had a lot of historical significance. •Karen Duncan, Utica freshman, also was pleased with the celebrations. "For sure it' was worthwhile. It brought back ajot of partriotism> and pride in the country," she said. Duncan did not believe the Bicentennial wis overly commercialized. "1 don't think there's any Way we could have showed too much spirit," she said. LlesbetH. ZJeistra, a foreign exchange student -from Holland, found the celebrations exciting and eventful-. "It.is a nice year to be in the United1*States," she said, "I just loved it because'there were so .. many interesting things." vZielstra has been in the U.S. since last summer. "For me it was Very. gdtjd," she said. tS*ome people questioned replied the Bicentennial events wege worihwbils .on* local but foot ''imjfalfaI'V'T- -'• ■' '" . According to ^ilUam Mile*, chairperson of 'the University's Bicentennial committee, the emphasis on local history was the most beneficial aspect of the nation's birthday. "The Bicentennial nationally was'a very confused affair," Miles said. "They didn't do too much really. That's why there was the heavy emphasis, on - local celebrations. - "A lot of communities have written their histories this year and that's good," he added. "As far as the national Bicentennial goes, quite frankly I don't think we had one.*' Another student, Phil Kitchen, Troy sophomore, expressed his views. "It was worthwhile up to a point but they got carried away. It turned into another * psuedoevent with the merchants saturating the market with too many Bicentennial, gimmicks."! inside • Barnes Hall lobby decision pending—page 3 • MEA student teacher quotes discussed—page to • Basketball squad sets Hose Arena record —page 12 \ . ^> Central's Faculty Association (FA) also is an ME A-NE A affiliate. Phil Stich, president of the Ferris faculty union, said a favorable vote in today's election simply 'would remove reference of MEA-NEA affiliation from the constitution, not actually disaffiliate the Ferris local from the MEA an4 NEA. "The only thing we can do is change the constitution," Stich said. "There's another method for actually changing affiliation." J. Norbert Musto, MEA consultant to both' the CMU and Ferris faculty unions, said many other MEA-NEA affiliates have no mention of affiliation in their charters but still are affiliated. "It just depends on the local whether it wants to mention; affiliation * or not," he Said. "Many locals in the K to 12 system do not mention it in their constitution." Stich said faculty members favoring the issue-believe disaffiliation, or "'going" local," Would save them money in dues paid to the MEA and NEA. " - * Ferris faculty union members currently pay $185 in dues, as compared to the $171 paid by CMU union members. However, Musto added not all dues money goes to the MEA. "Some money goes toward our office, our secretary's>salary, some to my salary, some for local expenses and some to the MEA," he said. Musto added disaffiliation would not save faculty members money. "They've (Ferris faculty in support of the vote) been trying to promote their cause on the premise that they can do it (have a union) for the same amount of money," Musto said. "And If challenge that premise." Musto added every member of an MEA-NEA affiliate is guaranteed individual legal protection.. "And if your own local doesn't have the resources to do that, it doesn't have to," he said. * William Lienbaugh, one of the Ferris faculty leaders in favor of the election, could not be reached for comment. Musto said he sees the Ferris election as a test of faculty opinion on disaffiliation from the MEA and NEA. "They are using the charter amendment issue to be an indication Of whether the faculty want to become involved in disaffiliation " he said. Stich said they believed the issue would.be defeated. However, Musto added if the issue does pass, "it will continue to give hope to people who advocate the same idea." And what should be the effect on Central's FA if the Ferris vote is favorable? , ... FA President Ronald Johnstone said the same suggestion for eliminating reference to MEA-NEA affiliation, and sometimes for disaffiliation, occasionally has been made by some CMU faculty members, He added no organized effort toward that end ever has materialized, but said "If this move ia successful, it would encourage, people here to try a similar thing." ' •-. . Johnstone said he did not believe the Ferris move would be successful,' however. . He added there might be two advantages to disaffiliation from the MEA-NEA, but said the risk of such action would outweigh the gains. "I guess there might be two advantages," he said.'The first would be it would be slightly cheaper in the short run. The second is that it. might bring a few more people into the fold whose objection to joining the union is to the MEA affiliation." , "However, it kind of inhibits the full-fledge operation of a collective bargaining agent to go independent," Johnstons added. Some members of the Free Faculty, a group opposed to joining Central's FA, have indicated the MEA-NEA affiliation was one of their objections to the union. f .* ' 'm !•■' r!
|Title||1976-12-13; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, December 13, 1976 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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