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Ninety-five Years
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Vol. XCV, No. 135 Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, March 22, 1985 Fifteen Cents Ten Pages

Stulying.
peace
considers
rape
center'
By KERY MURAKAMI
The University should establish a
sexual assault crisis center and a cam-
pus-wide escort service, according to
preliminary recommendations made
by an. advisory group charged with
looking into the issue of rape on campus.
The group's working draft of recom-
mendations, obtained by the Daily
yesterday, also calls for improved
lighting on campus, expansion of the
Night Owl (late-night bus service), and
training security officers to respond
sensitively when dealing with rape vic-
tims. These plans could cost the
University $82,000 according to the
draft.
THE FQUR-member group was
formed by Henry Johnson, the Univer-
sity's vice president for student ser-
vices, after a group of campus activists
staged a sit-in in his office to protest
See 'U', Page 3

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Varsity sports keep athletes from boasting perfect attendance

By NADINE LAVAGNINO
Despite University efforts to reduce the amount of
classroom time lost to athletic contests, a recent
report shows that athletes still miss many hours of
class.
The report, compiled by the Big Ten conference
and presented to the University's faculty Senate
Assembly, shows that the number of school days
lost due to athletic contests has risen over the past
five years.
THE REPORT said that the sports in which
Michigan athletes missed the most classes are
men's tennis (14 days lost), men's golf (13 days),
women's basketball (11 days), and men's basket-
ball (10 days). The number of missed classes for
these athletes ranks in the middle of the ten
schools in the conference.
University Athletic Director Don Canham said

his department has taken several actions in recent
years to cut down on the lost days and cited a
recent NCAA vote to limit the length of practice
and playing seasons as evidence of the league's
commitment to the issue.
"The item is extremely high on the priority list
of the NCAA," Canham said. He cited a number of
recent changes at the University designed to
reduce the number of missed classes. One such
change, the hockey team's transfer into the Cen-,
tral Collegiate Hockey Association, reduced lost
time by allowing the team to play closer to Ann
Arbor and spend less time traveling.
TRAVEL TIME has been cut in other sports by
reducing participation in far away events and
having teams fly to contests when it will save
time. Canham said he is also trying to schedule

more of the contests at home and on weekends so
that athletes will be able to attend class.
"The report was made to show we have
problems in this area," said Canham. "But five
'classes missed in one semester by student athletes
with excuses is low compared to other students.
The report shows the areas we have to work on."
Faculty members who teach varsity athletes
said the athletes usually arrange to make up the
work missed and are often more concerned than
other students about completing missed assign-
ments.
"I ALWAYS expected students as athletes to
miss class," said Political Science Prof. David
Singer. "I never thought of it as a dramatic
problem."
History Prof. Maris Vinovskis, who has several
athletes in his classes, said the athletes often work

harder than other students and do not ask to be
treated differently than other students.
But some professors noted that absence due to
games are only part of the attendance problem.
LONG PRACTICES often leave athletes worn
out and unable to devote their energies to school
work. "Practices can be so demanding that it is
difficult for the athlete to do his or her best (in
class)," said Prof. Richard Bailey, a member of
the Senate Advisory Committee on University af-
fairs (SACUA), which is considering the issue of
athlete attendance.
"I try to put in two to three hours of studying af-
ter practice. It's hard. It takes a lot out of you,"
said Paul Jokisch, who played football and basket-
ball this year.
See COACHES, Page 2

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Attorneys

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Protesting for peace
Women protesting military research conducted in the East Engineering building huddle yesterday outside the
building's doors, where they camped out on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Jane Curschmann, a member of the in-
formal group, said the women were "reaffirming life," adding that "many people have been supportive, even going so
far as bringing hot tea and food" for the group. The women chose these days to protest because they are the beginning of
Spring.

wrap
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By NANCY DRISCOLL
Attorneys involved in the intra-
University arson trial of former law
student James Picozzi delivered their
summary arguments yesterday and the
hearing official announced that a
decision will be made in 60 to 90 days.
Picozzi's attorney, Alan Silber, said
in his concluding remarks that .the
University is guilty of a subtle
prejudice against his client which has
obscurred the truth. "We're talking
about an atmosphere of assumed
guilt," Silber said.
UNIVERSITY ATTORNEY,. Peter
Davis, said that the University had
proven its case beyond a reasonable
doubt. He said that only Picozzi had
both the opportunity and the motive to
set the fire which broke out in his Law
Quad dorm room on March 8, 1983.
"Mr. Picozzi had a burning, burning
desire to go to Yale," Davis said.
Picozzi filed suit last year against
Terrance Sandalow, the University's
law school dean, stating that his civil
rights were violated when the dearr. did
not send a letter of good academic
standing to Yale Law School on his
behalf.
At a hearing conducted last year, a
U.S. District Court judge did not grant
Picozzi a preliminary injunction. In-
stead, lawyers for Picozzi and the
University were ordered to conduct an
administrative hearing to decide if
Picozzi had set the fire.
SILBER SAID that the single most
important fact in the case was that no

1trial
container of gasoline had been found in
his Law Quad dorm room.
"Because that container was not
found in' the room, Jim Picozzi did not
set the fire," Silber argued. "The
totology is that tight."
The defense attorney also disputed
the University's theory that an inten-
sely hot fireball occurred in the room
after the gasoline was ignited which
swept through the room in less than 10
seconds.
SILBER SAID that "you can find ab-
solutely no literature on fireball.- It's
fiction. It's fantasy." He said that the
fireball could not explain the burn pat-
terns found on the wall of Picozzi's
room.
Davis, however, emphasized the
point that all three fire experts testified
the window of Picozzi's room must have
slammed shut on ignition of the fire. He
said that this did not correspond with
Picozzi's own testimony.
Davis said Picozzi testified that upon
being awakened by the fire, he had
jumped out of bed, put on his jeans and
boots, and was standing near the foot of
his bed when he heard the window slam
shut. Davis said that Picozzi must have
been awake and standing when the fire
was ignited.
Following the hearing, Picozzi said:
"From the time I entered Michigan
Law School to the moment this hearing
ended, the goal of the whole time has
been for me to get the opportunity to be
a lawyer."

Greek Week combines fun with philanthropy

By CHRISTY RIEDEL
If you're walking to class during the
next week or so and you happen to see
grown men and women racing around
on tricycles or beds soaring down East
University, fear not.
Although you may think the stress of
the term has finally gotten the best of
you, you're not hallucinating. What
you're seeing is to be expected at this
time of year - the annual campus-wide
Greek Week festivities.
Fraternities and sororities will kick
off Greek Week today with a blood drive
in the Pendelton Room of the Michigan
Union. The blood drive is the first of

several philanthropic events slated
from now until March 30. The events
range from ice cream socials and beer
chugs to. the Mr. Greek Week contest
and the Greek Sing and Variety Show.
ACCORDING TO Terri Tincoff, an
LSA junior and president of the Greek
Week steering committee, "The pur-
pose of Greek Week is two-fold: To
raise money for philanthropies and to
unify the Greek system."
Fraternities and sororities divide up
into teams for the week to compete for
points during the events, Tincoff said. A
computer chooses the teams randomly,
pairing a sorority with a small frater-

nity and a large one. Teams earn points
by doing well in an individual event and
by doing well overall. For instance,
teams rack up points through ticket
sales and by having team members
who place well in a contest, Tincoff
said.
Seventeen teams are participating
this year.
LIZ Muterspaugh, a member of the
steering committee, said that while
having a good time is a definite feature
of Greek Week, she is proudest of the
fact that the festivities will raise
$20,000.
Greeks raised $11,769 for charities

last year, but they are looking to nearly
double that figure this time around
because of an added event. On Satur-
day, the steering committee will hold a
charity ball and will raffle off a trip for
two to New York which a local travel
agency has donated.
According to Tincoff, several
businesses enable the Greeks to par-
ticipate in philanthropic activities by
sponsoring events and donating goods.
National businesses such as Mc-
Donald's and Domino's Pizza as well as
smaller local businesses make these
donations, she said.

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Reagan renews summit offer

Linguistics
faculty
supports
changes

By SEAN JACKSON
Linguistics department faculty
members voted yesterday to support
the reorganization of the department
into a program with the hope that they
have the opportunity to offer input
during the remodeling.
"The discussion was serious but
amicable," said John Catford, the
department's acting chairman.
"The department agreed to endorse
the proposal of the reorganization
committee and the College Executive
Committee to change the department
into a program," he said.
"THE NEW PLAN calls for reducing
the number of full-time faculty mem-
bers from 11.5 to six or seven and for-
ming a closer relationship with the

University's language departments.
Catford would not reveal the results
of the vote. But he did say a number of
faculty members abstained, adding
that the motion passed by "quite a
number of votes."
Had the faculty voted down the
proposal, LSA would have revamped
the department anyhow. It just would
have taken longer and the change
would have been forced upon the depar-
tment, Catford said.
LSA Dean Peter- Steiner said he was
pleased with the vote. "I'm glad to hear
it," he said, adding that as soon as the
college's executive committee is aler-
ted, it will begin to discuss the next
steps.
See DEPT., Page 2

WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Reagan, renewing an offer to meet with
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, said
yesterday night it is "high, time" for a
superpower summit and that there was
a good chance it could take place.
In his third televised news conference
in as many months, Reagan also made
a strong appeal for the Democratic-
controlled House of Representatives to
approve funding for the MX missile,
and said he was ready to meet with
Senate Republican leaders to discuss
possible changes in his unpopular 1986
fiscal year budget..
BUT THE president seemed to rule
out a proposalbacked by Senate GOP
leaders to freeze Social Security

benefits as a way of reducing federal
deficits. "I think we're wasting a lot of
time talking about it. Social Security is
running a surplus," he said.
The president also said the closure of
71 state-insured savings and loan in-
stitutions in Ohio.had no national im-
plications. "This is not a major threat
to banking systems, and not a problem
anywhere else," he said.
The news conference was Reagan's
first since Gorbachev became the
Kremlin's top ruler last week, and the
president used the occasion to declare
that there is a range of bilateral issues
of interest to the United States and the
Soviet Union that could be discussed at
such a meeting. "I think it's high time
that we did this," he said..

REAGAN FIRST offered to meet
with Gorbachev in a note delivered by
Vice President George Bush last week
during the funeral Services for the late
Soviet leader, Konstantin Chernenko.
Since then there has been no reply, but
Reagan said he doesn't feel rebuffed
because "the man has only been in of-
fice for a few days."
In appealing for House support of
more MX funding, Reagan said in an
opening statement, "No request by an
American president for a major
stratgegic system deemed vital to the
national security has ever been denied
by an American Congress. It is that
tradition of bipartisan unity on national
defense that brought the Soviets back to
Geneva."~

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TODAY-
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Slugfest
Swallows may return to Capistrano and buzzards to
Hinkley, Ohio, but Finley, Washington, gets to greet the
slugs on Saturday. In a "race" across the Unatilla Bridge
over the Columbia River, slugs from far and wide will com-
pete for a $500 first prize at the third annual Finley Slug
Festival, sponsors said Wednesday. "We are really looking

from neighboring Oregon for this year's competition, he
said. A $100 prize will be awarded to both the biggest and
smallest slugs during the weekend festival at the Benton-
Franklin County Fairgrounds, he said.
Bovine

Legislature also has designated a state musical in-
strument: the fiddle.

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