6-year-old won't be
The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, March 30, 1982-Page 3
Fire damages room
tried for h
From UPI and AP
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
Prosecutors yesterday agreed to
drop aggravated assault charges
against a little girl after her parents
decided the case belonged in the
hands of a community arbitrator in-
stead of a jury.
State Attorney Eugene Whitworth
said the parents of blonde and dim-
pled Nancy Jo Burch, 6, agreed
yesterday afternoon to allow a
juvenile court arbitrator resolve the
case. He said he would drop charge
s after arbitration is completed.
"AS FAR AS we are concerned, it
is over," Whitworth said. "The Bur-
ches have agreed to let it go to an
arbitrator and I have agreed to
dismiss the charges. I am happy it
has been resolved this way. This is
what we wanted all along."
Nancy Jo was charged with hitting
playmate Shirley Lynn Nickolls with
a stick while a 13-year-old boy held
her arms last January. The boy will
be tried separately.
Last Friday, Nancy Jo's attorney,
Alan Wilhite, moved that she be
tried as an adult because he believed
she would be acquitted by a jury and
her record would be expunged.
UNDERwFlorida' law, Circuit
Court Judge R. A. Green had no
choice but to grant the motion.
"I may suggest that we all go to
dinner and the movies together;
bring the kids. We may all go to
Disney World or something," said
Gary Weinstein, who will function as
in East Qu
A small fire in East Quad dormitory
Sunday night has prompted some con-
cern among residents about the
dangers of dorm room fires.
Dorm residents were forced to
evacuate the building for more than an
hour Sunday when an overloaded ex-
tension cord started a fire which caused
extensive damage to one room and,
caused smoke damage to much of the
third Anderson hall.
FIRE FIGHTERS were able to ex-
tinguish the small blaze which apparen-
tly started when an extension cord
sparked and caught a nearby stack of
newspapers on fire.
Because the room's two freshman
roommates, Kim Park and Ann Tabor,
were out of the room at the time of the
fire, they were not harmed. But some
dorm residents and officials remained
concerned about the potential for in-
Ed Soper, a city fire inspector, said
the two women were lucky they were
not sleeping at the time the fire started,
because "they might not have woken
SOPER POINTED out that Sunday
night's fire-one that most dorm
residents would never have predicted-
is typical of dorm room fires.
"It's the little things that start fires,"
he said, recalling that the only two
earlier incidents of fires at East Quad
this year were one caused by an over-
cooked poptart and one caused by a pot
of chick peas left on a lit stove over-
night. Neither of those incidents ac-
tually ignited into fires, though they
both caused some smoke damage.
East Quad Building Director Lance
issued a newsletter to dorm
yesterday warning them of
ards and listing a number of
ons residents can take to
uch accidental fires.
ugh there were no injuries,"
r read, "this fire could easily-
I tragic results had it occurred
residents were sleeping.
staff writers Ben Ticho and
!n Wright filed reports for
Detroit judge speaks out
against sentence bargaining
(Continued from Page1)
Ford, a 1948 University political
science graduate, attended law school
at Wayne State University in Detroit.
She has served as a recorder's court
judge for more than 15 years and was in
private practice for ten years before
Ford claimed that judicial sentence
bargaining goes on only at the "lowest
level," because such defendants have.
no one to argue for them. "It's not done
in Grosse Pointe, Birmingham, 'or
Bloomfield," she added.
"NOBODY realizes what the hazards
are. . the same person who threatens
tries you," Ford said.
According to Ford, one lawrelated
problem that has plagued women has
been their reluctance to help each
other. "There's some way that we as
women are missing . . I think we
haven't gotten over that female
jealousy pattern," she said.
"The women somehow have not'
overcome that simple feeling," Ford
added. "It exists when there's no
reason for it to exist."
FORD SAID she was unsure of how to
reorganize the legal system but
stresseolshe felt the problem was more
with the people involved than the
"If I were going to be in charge of the
whole thing, I wouldn't build any more
prisons. I'd get some really hot
teachers. That's where I'd put my
money: in teaching," she said, adding,
"If I were wealthy now, I'd resign and
She also suggested requiring judges
to have more experience before being
allowed to serve. "You can always
absorb a few people who don't know
how to do the job, but we're getting
massive numbers," she said.
FOR EXAMPLE, Ford noted, judges
should be required to have ten years of
private practice behind them before
being eligible for appointment and
should have trail experience before
serving on an appellate court.
For aspiring lawyers, Ford, who will
be running for the appellate court this
November, emphasized the process of
thinking. "I think it's exceedingly im-
portant if you can have debating ex-
perience, philosophy, and logic. You
really need to learn how to think."
"Ann Arbor gives you the freedom to
think about and explore all these things
without feeling threatened," Ford said.
"In Ann Arbor, you move more towards
what the world ought to be."
Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRII
AVI OZ, a visiting professor from Tel Aviv University speaks yesterday
against Israeli policies he claims are oppressive.
By JIM SPARKS
and NATHANIEL WARSHAY
An Israeli and a Palestinian
professor yesterday joined in denoun-
cing Israeli policies as supressive and
Both professors were in town yester-
day to speak on "Academic Freedom,
on the West Bank," and both agreed
that the Israeli government has tried to
stamp out dissenting voices in univer-
THE CLOSING of Bir Zeit University
and the de-facto closing of Bethleham
University "is part of a wider policy to
supress any kind of opposition to the of-
ficial Israeli policy coming from the
Camp David accords," said Prof. Avi
Oz, who is here visiting from Tel Aviv
University, in an,interview before his
Prof. Munir Fasheh, who teaches
mathematics at Bir ZeitUniversity, said
that opposition is growing to what he
said are the discriminatory policies of
the Israeli government. "The
Palestinians have been the missing
ingredient in any formula about the
Middle East," said the Palestinian.
Fasheh said the government has paid
only "lip service" to Palestinian needs
and that it has at the same time denied
them basic rights and liberties.
OZ SAID that the government has
come increasingly under fire for its
policies since it first closed Bir Zeit
University last November. Oz said he
formed the Israeli Committee for
Solidarity with Bir Zeit University after
it was closed last fall. He said his group
has protested the closing and Israeli
policies in general at the university and
at several other cities in Israel.
Oz's group wants Palestinians to be
part of the negotiations for peace in the mid-
dle East and that Israel withdraw from the
territories it occupies and allow the
Palestinians to create a state
"My intent is to convey to the Jewish
community that there are growing
numbers of Israeli's that think differen-
tly and who protest actively," he said.
"HOWEVER, dthe press ignores the
Palestinians," Fasheh added. "The
Palestinians were deliberately forgot-
ten by the media." He said that
because the pressdoes not publicize
Israeli suppression, many people are
unaware of the plight of Palestinians in
He said that the closing of Bir Zeit
University is only the most blatant of
many acts of Israeli suppression.
"Most other Palestinians institutions
have been attacked (by Israeli
discrimination), but you (the public)
haven't heard about it," he said.
Both professors said Israeli
discrimination has dealt a serious blow
to academic freedom in the country..
"The closing of Bir Zeit University
means an attack on higher education,"
Fasheh said. "It says: Stop thinking.
Stop Existing. The main 'crime' of Bir
Zeit University is that it is Palestinian.
In Israel, it means unwanted, un-
desirable. They want us to become in-
visible." This is to be accomplished
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-will be exhibited March 30th through April 9th. The opening show will be held
March 30th from 7:30 to 9:30 in the University of Michigan Art and Architec-
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Residential College-Automation the Next Revolution & Machine, 8 p.m.,
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Women's Studies-The Double Day, 12 p.m., 2203 Angell Hall.
School of Music-Fortepiano Recital, Penelope Crawford, 8 p.m., Recital
Law School Student Senate and Union of Students for Israel-Israeli Judge
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Chemistry Department-Prof. Gideon Fraenkel, 3/4"Structure and
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Department of Statistics-"Resistance of Some random Electrical Net-
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Turner Distinguished Lectures-Prof. Donald Gray, "Killer Landslides in
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Center for Chinese Studies-"The State and the Grain Supple in China:
Granaries During the Ch'ing Dynasty," various speakers, Noon, Commons
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The Wildlife Society-Guest Speaker, Bob Haas, "Angler Recreation
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The Hofstra University School of Law will again offer
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