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WSU pro defends
By MARLA GOLD
Although the insanity plea is often abused,
abolishing it will not solve the problem, said a Wayne
State University professor of law and psychiatry.
Speaking at a conference yesterday on psychiatric-
legal issues, Prof. Ralph Solvenko defended the in-
sanity plea in criminal cases, but admitted that
"psychiatric testimony often falls on deaf ears -
AS MORE doctors and psychiatrists are being
called into courts to testify in criminal cases or to
defend themselves in malpractice suits, they need to
be aware of legal issues, added Dr. Gerald Schmit
director of Mercywood Hospital, which sponsored
yesterday's panel discussion at St. Jos
If a judge accepts an insanity plea, def
sentenced to a psychiatric hospital instea
Pleading not guilty by reason of insan
commonly used by first-time offenders t
prison sentence, Solvenko said.
The "public outrage" following John
trial for his attempted assassination o
Reagan in 1981, sparked an America
Association (AMA) drive to ban the insani
MEMBERS OF the AMA group say t
plea is "some kind of defense based on thl
of the defendant," Solvenko said.
eph Mercy But he argued that using the insanity defense only
limits the typeiof evidence the court can consider.
endants are The individual is still tried, he added.
d of prison. In such cases, however, prosecuting attorneys try
nity is most to compensate for the omitted evidence by over-
o divert the charging a defendant, Solvenko said. And defense
lawyers push to lower charges to win their clients a
Hinckley's hospital sentence.
f President Michigan, however, is one of 12 states that in 1975
an Medical adopted a new insanity plea, "Guilty, but mentally
ty plea. ill," which the AMA also opposes.
he insanity Under the 1975 defense, hospital sentences are
e character prohibited, but Solvenko said jury memers often
aren't aware of that restriction.
SMART's Page gets narrow MSA win
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be to get the assembly members to
know each other so that we can begin to
develop a team," Page said. "We must
build a rapport with each other so that
we can best meet student needs
MSA election chief's
job in question
Page said he has already received a
cost analysis of the Night Owl bus
system which SMART will use to
evaluate the campus security.
Page was also appointed to a student
financial aid committee under the
University's Campaign for Michigan to
raise funds from alumni.
"I see this (appointment) as a good
preliminary step to the revolving
student loan and endowment plan that
we want to initiate," Page said.
SMART's program would reserve $10
million from the University's capital
campaign for student loans.
The following candidates won the
elections in their respective schools:
Art - Kaye Krapoh (IOU); Architec-
ture - Susan Gordan ((YOU!); Dental
- Renee Dubois (LMNOP); Education
- Beth Schiller (YOU!); Law - D.
Iglitzin (IOU); Library Sciences - G.
Mensching (LMNOP); Nursing - Kris
Jacobus (SMART); Natural Resources
- Kurt Muenchow (LMNOP); Music
- Andrea Lang (LMNOP); Medical
School - Brian Cook (LMNOP); Public
Health - Ann Ryan (IND); Social
Work - Janny Hullsman (IOU);
Pharmacy - Janet Feldman (LM-
NOP); Engineering - Ed Charrier
(SMART); Kevin Michaels (LMNOP);
and William Vivian (RAP); Rackham
- Fred Barney (RAP), Tara Ward
(IOU), Bob Paley (IOU), Dora Aksoy
(YOU!), and Angela Gantner (YOU!);
Business - Marc Wernick (LMNOP)
and Walt Guldman (SMART).
By MARCY FLEISHER
Election problems that overshadowed
this year's Michigan Student Assembly
continued into the ballot counting early
MSA election director Dave Surovell
said he was excluded from counting
votes-last night by Assembly leaders.
ALTHOUGH current MSA President
Mary Rowland said Surovell wasn't
fire, she "isn't at all pleased with his
performance," and blames him for
many of the problems during the first
day of voting Tuesday.
Several voting booths didn't open
Tuesday and a number opened late due
to staffing problems.
Surovell said he "lost his ad-
ministrative authority" some time
"MSA DECIDED to finish running
the elections," he said. "I didn't quit,
but other people were making the
"I think- some people at MSA are
pretty angry at me," he said adding
that some of the criticism he is
receiving is justified.
Surovell helped count ballots Wed-
nesday night, but was told last night
they didn't need his help.
"Mary said that she didn't want me to
come over. I feel that my input isn't
desired or facilitated any longer, in any
4I do want to finish the job," he said.
WMU dorms offer
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (UPI) - One
young woman pedaled on an exercise
bicycle while another ran on a tread-
mill; a third lifted weights with a par-
tner. Across the room, another woman
did sit-ups and a young man worked on
an exercise machine.
On another floor, a number of people
were walking through a cafeteria line,
studying the calorie count of each item
before making a selection.
THE SCENE is common at many an
urban health club and would not be con-
sidered unusual at the headquarters of
a major corporation. But in Western
MichieanUniversity residence halls,
it's something of a breakthrough.
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"I think it's a great idea," said Chris
Graf, a freshman from Ann Arbor.
"This is the nicest weight room on
"I picked this dorm because of the
weight equipment," adds Todd
Williams, a sophomore in business
from Livonia. "I don't get down here as
much as I'd like, but I really like it
THE WEIGHT ROOM and associated
equipment, like the dry sauna, is only a
part of the overall health program of-
fered at the LeFevre and Eicher
The 250 or so students living in the
halls also are invited 4.o participate in
regularly scheduled aerobics classes
and weight control programs. Intermit-
tent workshops also focus on such
topics as how to deal withsstress and
better manage your time.
"The response has been super," says
residence hall director Joe Aubain.
"Last year this hall was closed down
because of the low number of people
living on campus.
"THIS YEAR, I have had students
trying to move in here because of it," he
About 50 percent of those living in the
two residence halls have participated in
the weight training, aerobics and health
classes, Aubain said.
The response has been so en-
couraging that Aubain said he plans to
seek approval for some $7,000 in
sophisticated weight-training equip-
ment and exercise machinery for the
coming school year.
ALSO ON HIS shopping list is a hot
tub for the courtyard inside the building
"It's something to get involved in at
the dorm. The unity it has brought is
great," said sophomore Donna Lewis.
"It brings you together and helps you
meet people rather than, just living in
the dorm, going to class and coming
"BEFORE, YOU might just know the
people on your floor. Now, I meet
people from all over the building and
when you see them on campus, you can
say "'hi,"' she said.
The weight training equipment and
other health-related programs were
financed through student fees and are
part of an overall strategy to attract
and retain students in on-campus
housing, said Ruth Stevens of WMU's
news services department.
Residence hall occupancy was
relatively stable at or near full capacity
during the 1960s and throughout most of
the 1970s but began to decline in the
1981-82 school year, she said.
THE DORMITORY population is now
at approximately 4,700, about 1,000
students below capacity.
A number of halls on campus have
theme programs, she said, all of them
designed at the request of students.
"Health halls were the brainchild of
people who live in the halls," she said.
One dormitory caters to computer
users. It now has personal computer
terminals for resident use and next
year will have additional equipment
and a new name - "High-tech hall."
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Meese surrenders gift cufflinks
WASHINGTON - Edwin Meese and nine other White House officials
received expensive jade and gold cufflinks from the South Korean gover-
nment in November and are only now surrendering them, a senior White
House official said yesterday.
The pale green jade blocks, decorated with gold crests, were appraised at
$375 a pair, said the offical, who spoke on the condition that he not be iden-
tified by name. Federal employees must report or turn over to the U.S.
government within 60 days any gifts they receive that are valued at more
Three other senior officials - White House chief of staff James Baker,
deputy staff chief Michael Dearer, and Robert McFarlane, Reagan's
assistant for national security affairs - handed over the jewelry to U.S.
authorities shortly after they received it during President Reagan's trip to
Seoul in November, the official said.
Meese was said by the official to have filed a report on the gift Tuesday
and to have turned the jewelry over on Wednesday.
A deputy to Meese, Reagan's top policy advisor, declined comment.
The senior White House official declined to name the others who kept the
jewelry. He said officials of the National Security Council staff, the Treasury
Department and the State Department had also received gifts.
Economy continues to improve
despite record trade losses
WASHINGTON - The government reported yesterday that its main
economic forecasting gauge rose a healthy 0.7 percent in February, prom-
pting the White House to proclaim that the economy is "still on a roll."
Official optimism, however, was tempered by a separate report that the
United States' foreign trade deficit broke into double digits for the first time
in history, reaching $10.1 billion in February.
Taken together, the two reports showed the unusual nature of the current
recovery from the 1981-82 recession, in which a robust economy is forging
ahead despite mounting trade problems.
The government also reported that new-honie sales surged 7.8 percent
higher in Februrary to a seasonally adjusted rate of 721,000 single-family
homes. The increase put February sales 22 percent above the level a year
ago, when the housing industry was climbing out of the recession.
Nurse convicted in Calif. deaths
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A 45-year-old nurse was convicted by a judge
yesterday of murdering 12 elderly patients at two hospitals with overdoses of
a drug designed to control the heartbeat.
Robert Diaz, whom prosecutors called "nothing but a killer," faces a
possible sentence of death in the gas chamber for the 1981 slayings.
Immediately after the verdict, his wife, Martha, said she would file for a
legal separation later in the day.
Diaz sat quietly, drumming his fingers on a table, as Superior Court Judge
John Bernard read his verdict in the five-month trial at which the defendant
waived his right to a jury.
Defense attorneys John Lee and Michael Lewis said they would appeaL
"I'm depressed and disappointed," Lewis said.
Beirut faction gives up position
A Christian Phalangist militia gave up its positions along Lebanon's
coastal highway and headed for Beirut yesterday as part of a new
agreement with the rival Druse faction.
The Christian troops, known as the Lebanese Forces, removed tanks,
jeeps and armored personnel carriers from the strip of road they held bet-
ween the Israeli line at the Awali River and the city of Damour 12 miles
south of Beirut.
The liaison officer of the Lebanese Forces said at the Awali Bridge the-
militias were moved to Beirut as part of the Israeli-sponsored agreement.
An undetermined number of Cristian Phaangist" rilitias also would'
pull out of south Lebanon, under the agreement reported by Israeli sources.
The sources said the plan had a long-range goal of allowing 50,000 Druse
refugees back to their homes in the Chouf Mountains. Many Druse fled to
Beirut, Aley and other towns after sectarian battles broke out in the wake of
Israel's Sept. 4, 1983, pullout from the region.
D'Aubuisson concedes first round
of Salvador presidential election
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Rightist candidate Roberto d'Aubuisson
conceded yesterday he finished second in El Salvador's presidential voting
and criticized a right-wing death squad that threatened the lives of election
Electoral rules call for the two top contenders to meet in a runoff election
if no candidate gets more than half the votes. D'Aubuisson said he expected
to pick up support from other conservative parties for a runoff expected in
April or early May.
D'Aubuisson, who during the campaign repeatedly called Duarte a
"communist" and a "traitor," yesterday offered his good wishes to the PDC
and Duarte "for their great work" in winning public support.
The political leader condemned a communique issued Wednesday by the
Secret Anti-Communist Army, or ESA, the nation's most active death squad.
It threatened to "punish" election officials for their part in the mass con-
fusion that marred Sunday's election.
"Really, this seems to me evil and those gentlemen do not know the
damage they are causing us internationally-," said d'Aubuisson. "This type
of activity in no way favors the Salvadoran people."
Friday, March 30, 1984
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