1975-04-23; Central Michigan Life
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I I Volume 55 No. 80 Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48859 Wednesday, April 23, 1975 Conflict by ROSS WILKINSON and „ ANDREE LANGLAIS ; CM LIFE Reporters Minority groups may boycott classes and picket in front of the kiyersity Center April 28 to protest the proposed Student Association Institution. ; The constitution, which was approved by Student Assembly Monday tw, included one seat to represent the Organization for Black Unity Chicanos Organized for Progress and Action (COPA) and Gay iteration. FRANCISCO Rodriguez, coordinator for COPA, said, "We (minority |ups) came to the conclusion to actively oppose Student Association." [/"First of all, we're seeking three seats. One seat is not good enough. We jtidedshouldthe constitution be approved we would not accept it unless lae were three seats." "We approve of the concept of Student Association, but we disagree Minorities may protest Board seat but still support Association concept with the constitution," Rodriguez added. Virgil Leone, president of Gay Liberation, said students would not be asked to vote down the constitution but would be asked not to vote. Rodriguez said the separate board seats were needed to represent different cultural groups. One representative could not speak for other minorities because of differing cultural backgrounds. In response to the argument every.small organization would qualify for a separate seat, Eldon Butler, Romulus sophomore representing OBU, said, "Small organizations are a temporal thing. People can stop being a member of the French Club or Political Science Club. But we can't stop being black, or being a Chicano. We want respect for our different cultures." Leone said the proposed Board of Directors membership would represent only white, middle-class values. BILL PILCHAK,student body president, said, "We can't change now. It's set and done." Pilchak said if OBU, COPA and Gay Lib were given separate seats other groups would have to be given separate representation. "You would have to tudents to vote on Association \s Assembly ratifies constitution by ROSS WILKINSON CM LIFE Reporter Student Assembly ratified the loposed Student Association institution after two previous (empts Monday night. After failing twice to reach a jorum to pass the constitution last lek, Assembly approved the farter article by article and Jmbers applauded when it was at |t ratified. The most controversial issue jitered on the condensing of the siber of seats on the Association's lard of Directors. Assembly ap- pved giving minority groups one It. THE ORGANIZATION for kck Unity (OBU), Chicanos kanized for Progressive Action DPA) and Gay Liberation 'were given separate seats last Tuesday by the Board of Directors. Associated Women Students (AWS) and Women's Health Information Project (WHIP) also were given separate positions. Although Thursday's Assembly meeting was later declared invalid, members voted to reduce the number of seats and lump OBU, COPA and Gay Liberation together. AWS and WHIP would have one seat also. "Minority groups reacted quite badly," Bill Pilchak, student body president, said "They insisted on those seats." However:, Assembly reaffirmed, Thursday's action, after much debate (see related story this page). Norman Siders, off-campus representative, contended minority groups were too diverse to be able to function together. "I don't see how one person can represent three or four groups," Arnie Lutz, off-campus representative, said. "One person will have so much work he won't be effective." CHUCK KIRSCHKE, Emmons representative, noted the Minorities Organizational Council (MOC) originally included Real Indians and the International Student's Organization (ISO), as well as OBU, COPA and <3ay Liberation. "We're cutting out Real Indians and ISO," he said. "If these (OBU, COPA, Gay Lib) minorities get separate seats, there's a rational for them have separate seat|^rid this could spiral." David Niven, student body vice president, said, "Everyone in this room is a minority. Each one can't epresent one of us totally. But hopefully, one person can represent other students." Skip Bleecker, Flint senior, argued, "The minorities come from a whole different background. Most of the board comes from basically white, middle class backgrounds. We need non-white views." Lutz said, "The paperwork involved is so large, we need more representatives." "I haven't heard one quantitative reason for giving minority groups three seats," Pilchak contended. After the outcome, he noted, "The alternative was to give three seats to min'oritie.S;, two seats for women, two for Greeks and good- knows-how-many for small organizations." (See Assembly ok's". . . ".page 51 Lack of involvement cited Senators criticize students ■help by NANCY SIRCHER CM LIFE Reporter The need for students to help Academic Senate become more apparent onday's meeting. However, whether students are willing or will be able will not be known until student'committee members are elected at next Senate meeting May 5. t The need for help was noted by Harry Busselen, chairman of the liversity Curriculum Committee, which addressed the Senate on problems t committee has been faced with this year. "THE CONTINUITY of our operation requires a more permanent iftent ssmditfates Intervl^ewed^jjasiBiiB ourt will hear appeal May 14 by MITCH HEAD LIFE Ass't. News Editor Oral arguments are to be heard pe Michigan Court of Appeals in ?nd Rapids May 14 in connection an appeal for a decertification *ion at CMU. deputy Court Clerk Jim Bauhof 1 the hearing is the seventh case [be heard that day and probably '•not be heard until late afternoon. The case, to be heard by Judge (jwld Holbrook Sr.; Donald Ffook Jr.; and William Allen, Ps from an Oct. 9 Michigan PPloyment Relations Commission |ERC) ruimg petitions for a fortification election, signed by *e than half of Central's ap- ^imately 600 faculty members ""'declared invalid by MERC |*>se of a technicality in wording. "he petitions were circulated on campus by the Free Faculty in ah effort to schedule an election to determine if the present teacher union, the Faculty Association (FA), has the support of faculty members. Currently, the FA has a membership of just less than half the faculty members at Central. Another, union, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). had intervened in the case in an effort to get its named placed on the ballot in the election. However, MERC never ruled on the validity of the AAUP petitions and the Court of Appeals has excluded the AAUP from the hearing. FA attorney Clifford Weiler, Free Faculty attorney Terry J. Mroz and University counsel J. David Kerr will argue the case in court as well as submitting legal briefs to the (See "Court will hear . . • ," page 5) secretary," BuSselen said-. "We had trouble just getting a secretary and student participation has been low." The Curriculum Committee has been forced to schedule 11 extra meetings this year, Busselen said. "We are moving through paper work instead of through issues." "I get no complaints about the extra meetings, but I do get complaints about the lack of student participation," he said. Busselen's comments prompted more senatorial criticism of student involvement during the course of the meeting. "We have 17 sheets of faculty names of those interested in committee work and less than one sheet of student names," Cal Enders, chairman of the Committee on Committees, said. Because faculty response to the calls for committee work has been so high and student response so low, it was suggested empty student positions be filled by faculty members instead. OTHER SENATORS criticized students for not attending meetings when they do indicate an interest in a committee. "We have had to get replacements and replacements for the replacements. The students just don't come through for us," Enders complained. It was noted students had left some committees to go out studenf teaching, or to get a part-time job which interfered with committee meeting times. William Pilchak, student body president, said, "It's like pulling teeth trying to get students to be senators let alone getting them involved on a committee level. What can we do?" When the Senate began accepting nominations for the new Ad Hoc Honors Program Committee, one student's name appeared on the list. The rest of the eight nominees were faculty members. Although two run-off elections were required to elect the five members needed, student Senator Steve Davis failed to get elected. SenatorSue Nichols, assistant professor of journalism, said perhaps the failure to elect Davis was due to concern a student wouldn't show up for the meetings if elected. "Conscientious students like Steve, who want to work, are suffering because of those who don't," Nichols said. ACCORDING TO Enders, there's no excuse for students to say they won't work for a committee because they don't know what the work involves. "All they have to do is ask," Enders said. "If a student had come to me on Monday, I could have given a verbal description of the work involved. Now I have found a copy of the charges (duties) for each committee that I can show." , x Often the information Enders can't give students is the meeting times for the committees. The groups usually decide in the fall when they are going to meet, he said. "I think there are too many students taking cop-outs if the only excuse they can give is lack of knowing what the committees do," Enders said. "It's a lot of work, but it's their education that's at stake (when these committees take action.)" The Senate committee election results are as follows: > To the Ad Hoc Honors Program Committee: Dan Weber, associate professor of English; Jack Weatherford* director of Libraries; Doug Friedrich, assdciate professor of psychology; Eunice Way, professor of physical education and Jerry StrOUse, assistant professor Of home economics. (See "Student involvement. . • "pageH6) , apply this criteria to all groups," he said. Julius McDaniels, former student body vice-president, said, "The whole purpose of Student Association is to streamline student government." Pilchak noted minority .groups could have representation on the board for each group but with one vote, "We told them they could split that vote any way they want. AWS (Associated Women Students) and WHIP (Women's Health Information Project) split their vote." Minority groups at first agreed to one*minority seat, Pilchak continued. He added the minority protest against Association appeared ironic. "They can meet for this and work together for this protest. Yet they can't work together with one seat." Previously, the minority groups were to be represented by the Minority Organizational Council (MOC), but that group has folded, according to Leone. The MOC, which formulated early in February but never drafted an official constitution, was the result of a need for a unified front for the advancement of minority rights, he explained. According to Leone, MOC information coordinator, the different philosophies and funding systems of each individual minority group prohibited any logical way of combining these organizations into a successful single structure. "The MOC, including OBU, Real Indians at CMU, COPA, ISO (International Students Organization) and Gay Liberation was a good concept but we ran into too many mechanical problems that, as minorities, we couldn't solve without assistance," Leone said. The proposed MOC was organized specifically to promote unity and cooperation between the diverse minority groups on campus, to provide an effective input into the Student Association and to deal effectively with problems arising from the University administration. CM LIFE PHOTO BY JULIE WYREMBELSKI ONE-MAN SHOW—William Windom, best known for his lead role in the television series "My World and Welcome to It", based on the writings of James Thurber, portrayed Thurber Monday night in Warriner Auditorium. Approximately 500 people attended the presentation, which was sponsored by the University Events office. Fall registration begins Monday Course request forms and registration guides for Fall Semester 1975 have been moved from outside the Reservation and are available now at the Registrar's office, 260 Warriner, for advance registration, "We were running short and we felt students were wasting them," Marjorie Keene, administrative assistant to the registrar, said. "We feel we have more control handling them out here." Advanced registration begins April 28 and continues through May 2 with students registering in the University Center Ballroom, according to present class standing. The schedule is listed in .the course offering guide. It is important for students to participate in advanced registration, William Dunham, associate registrar, said, so the departments may plan class offerings according to student requests. "We let them know how many students request each' class and when there are a large number of students requesting two different classes, This way the departments, can schedule, popular classes at different times besides adding classes,", he said. Dunham said participation in advanced registration is to the students' advantage. Schedules for payment of tuition and delayed and late registration also are listed in the course offering guide.
|Title||1975-04-23; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, April 23, 1975 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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