1997-03-17; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number 69 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1997 CM LIFE 77 years of serving the community MONDAY March 17, 1997 16 pages Engler's budget does not 'give the real picture' LIFE Staff Reports Gov. John Engler has granted Michigan universities the highest budget proposal amount ever, over $1.5 billion. Overall, the increase from last year is 3.5 percent, while operating funds will increase by 2.5 percent. Under the proposed budget, CMU will receive $69.5 million. Joe Chisholm, assistant vice president for governmental relations, said the 3.5 percent increase does not "give the real picture." "There is a 2.5 percent increase in our funding from last year, and the extra 1 percent is just moved from another budget," Chisholm said. "It is not new money." Among the 15 public universities in Michigan, CMU ranks 14 in the amount of money it will receive under Engler's new budget, receiving approximately $102 more per student, a drop from last year's tenth place ranking. Wayne State University is ranked first, with $235 in funding per student, and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor will receive $214. Only Grand Valley State University is ranked lower than CMU, receiving $99 per student. Although a combination of different factors determines a school's funding, Chisholm said the funding See BUDGET Page 11 Board plans to update policy ■ Non-discrimination policy will be studied by ad hoc committee By Jennifer Ackerman 'Low funding = rising tuition' By Jennifer Ackerman LIFE Editor Low per student funding from the state leads to rising tuition costs. University President Leonard Plachta said in a presentation to the Board of Trustees on Friday. "We have historically been badly underfunded," Plachta said, noting that CMU receives $4,060 in per student funding from the state. "That makes us 14th among the 15 schools in per student funding," he said. "What we gel from the state affects what we do about tuition." Only Grand Valley State University receives less funding than CMU. with a per student allocation of $3,960. During the last five years, CMU has ranked in the top one-third of appropriation increases to the base budget and has received additional funding for technology and charter schools, but the university lags behind when it conies to per student funding. Plachta said across-the-board increases in state funding for higher PLACHTA education do not help the university to bridge the gap between itself and higher funded schools. "I have great concern with across- the-board increases," he said "If you continue with across-the-board increases year alter year it only widens the gap. That's where we've been victimized year after year. . . If it continues, it puts us in a worse position." Ctov. John Engler has recommended a 2.5 percent across-the-board increase this year, but Plachta is hoping for more. "The standard going across-the- board just doesn't serve us," he said. "Our goal this time is to convince the state that if we don't get it from the state, we have to get ii from the student.--." To illustrate his point, Plachta said it would take CMU 51 years to catch up to the average per student allocation if all other universities received 3 percent increases anil CMU received 4 percent increases. According to Plachta"s report, CMU needs to outperform Western Michigan University by 27 percent and Michigan Stiite University by -S3 percent to keep the gap from growing during fiscal year 1998. Trustee Mitch Kehetian expressed frustration with the low levels of per 10,000 9.000 8,000 7,000 6,000 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,000 1,000 Michigan Universities 1996-97 appropriation funding per student CMU is ranked 14th among Michigan colleges U> u p fc - i ** «* g £ £ -> a * m jl, m uo «s «s .-} U ^> i > J student funding CMU receives from the state. "We keep getting penalized, maybe because it's a middle class school," Kehetian said. "They say okay Central, we're going to help you catch up, and everyone takes two steps forward and we take one. It's unfair. "They say they're politicians — I say the hell with them. It's time we start barking back at them," Kehetian said. 'There is an absence of any long range plan within the state for higher education," said Trustee David Brandon. ". . .We should be bending our leaders" ears (to devise) a strategic plan." Plachta will present his budget request to the Michigan House of Representatives Wednesday in Lansing. The Senate hearing will take place April 25 on campus. LIFE Ed-Tor After almost a year of regular requests to change the university's non-discrimination policy to specifically include sexual orientation, the Board of Trustees has formed an ad hoc committee to study the issue. In a presentation to the board, Eileen Jennings, university counsel, outlined CMU's board and presidential policy statements on discrimination. The current policies, which have not been updated since 1972, do not specifically mention "sexual-orientation." The basis of discrimination varies in each federal and state law and the university's affirmative action plan complies with current legal requirements. However, no Michigan civil rights laws or applicable federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. "It's not against the law to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but there are two places in the (affirmative action) plan that clearly prohibit discrimination," Jennings said. CMU's non-discrimination policy is broader than the law requires, Jennings said, reporting that "most other universities have a board policy prohibiting discrimination." Jennings listed a number of options the board can pursue in reference to this issue. It can do nothing, adopt a board policy that would prohibit discrimina- Big Wheel Keeps on turning LIFE Photo/Kent Robinson Aldo Bigleone, a printmaker for 31 years from Argentina, gave a seminar on print making techniques Saturday morning in Wightman Hall. Bigleone was first drawn into printmaking when he studied in France under a professor who introduced the art of wood printmaking. Trustees approve $40 refund Board also OK's construction for additional parking spaces on campn s By Am LIFE Sta iff Writer See POLICY Page 11 PBS raises $232,696 CMU's annual spring Public Broadcasting fund raiser signed off the air Sunday night with $232,696 in pledges. Monte Higgins, station manager, said the final total could be higher once all the honorable pledges have been confirmed. The "Festival 96" fundraiser last spring netted $258,095. The telephone fund raiser began on Feb. 27. The $40 refund and construction for additional parking spaces on campus were among changes to the university officially approved by the Board of Trustees Friday. A rebate of $40 will be issued to students currently living in the resident halls and who hold a current board contract with dining services as of March 1, 1997. John Fisher, director of residence and auxiliary services, said the refund will be in the form of a check and will be mailed out to student's residence hall addresses by April 1. "It's going to happen in the next two weeks," he said. This is a one time refund, Fisher said. "We're very pleased to pass on some of these savings," he said. In other business: •The board approved the renovation of parking lots eight and 12. They will be expanded on the site previously occupied by Barnard and Tate residence halls. Up to $540,000 from the capital budget was allocated for the project. Peter Gorton, campus and space planner for facilities management, said the expansion will add 268 spaces and may add an additional 35 depending on construction bids. After construction there will be a total of 413 spaces or 448 spaces __^^__^___ depending on the bids, Gorton said. Ronald Williams, associate director of CMU Police, said additional parking is needed on the north end of campus for commuter students and these additional parking spots will fill that need. Lisa Diaz, East Lansing senior, and president of Student Government Association, said with the .addition of those parking spots, the parking fee of $100 now seems more rational. "I think this makes our fee more justifiable," she said. •The board passed a resolution to contract for the construction of the new athletic facilities. The cost of the project is not to exceed "We're very pleased to pass on some of these savings/' JOHN FISHER, Director of residence and auxiliary services $28 million and funding will come from the proceeds of general revenue bonds. •Additional residence hall suites will be renovated, three in Merrill I hill and two in Beddow Hall, into accessible suites for persons with disabilities. _________ Carol Wojcik, coordinator of Student Disabilities Services said additional suites need to be added every year because the turnover of students leaving the residence hails to live off campus is smaller among students with dis- ___^_->^_^__ abilities. "It's really hard to iinil services in the community that are accessible," she said. Wojcik said the suites should be handicap accessible by the beginning of the fall semester. Currently, there is no waiting list of students needing suites that are renovated for students with disabilities. •The board also approved SCHLEEDE $1 llion See BOARD Page 2 Associate dean takes job atEWU By Rachel Sprovtsoff LtPF Staff Water When a career opportunity comes up, take it. That's what John Schleede, associate dean of the College of Business Administration and professor of marketing and professor of marketing and hospitality services administration, did when he was offered a job as dean of the College of Business and Public- Administration at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. "It was a difficult decision," he said. Schleede has been a member of CMU's faculty since 1979 and was chosen as associate dean three and a half years ago. He has also served twice as chair of marketing and hospitality services administration. "I've really enjoyed the last three and a half years," he said. "I've met and worked with a lot of great people." Schleede will start his new job July 1 and said his wife, who is an advisor in the business department, will also be leaving CMU to work at EWU. Schleede said he saw an advertisement for the job and applied. "It was a great career opportunity," he said. James Hoffman, provost and senior vice president at EWU, said in a press release, "We are especially pleased to have a person of his background and strengths join us as dean of this college." Schleede said even though it will be hard to leave Mount Pleasant and CMU, he'll take many memories with him. "I'll always be a Chippewa," Schleede said. Terry Arndt, dean of Business Administration, said Schleede will be missed when he leaves. "1 am happy for John but sad we're losing a quality individual," Arndt said in a press release. "He has been an outstanding associate dean and will be hard to replace."
|Title||1997-03-17; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, March 17, 1997 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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