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3 year-long code debate nears end

First of a two-part series
It's been three-and-a-half years sin-
ce the University decided to revamp
its rules that govern students'
behavior outside the classroom.
The rules that now exist, the
University's executive officers said in
1982, have been virtually useless since
their adoption in the early 1970s, and
the University must be able to protect
t tself from the non-academic crimes
of its students, ranging from murder
to civil disobedience.
STUDENTS disagreed. Saying that
the University had no; business in the
lives of its students outside of school,
they began a debate that's seen ad-
ministrators and the Michigan

Student Assembly bounce six drafts
of the proposed "Code" back and for-
th. And still, the University has the
same rules it's had the past fifteen
But as another semester begins, it
appears the political game of code
ping-pong may be entering its final
stage.University President Harold
Shapiro and several members of the
Board of Regents, reportedly, have
grown impatient with the snail's pace
of the proceedings.
According to students involved in
drafting still another draft of the code,
Shapiro has said privately that he
may propose a code to the regents, as
soon as this week, unless the Univer-
sity Council finishes work on its draft.
The council, made up of students,

faculty, and administrators, however,
is not expected to finish soon.
dry they've faced since the code
debate began. On one hand, they have
been reluctant to force the code past
the students, by-passing MSA's regen-
tally-granted right to veto any
changes in the current rules.
Virginia Nordby, Executive
Assistant to the President and a key
player in the code debate, once called
this move "high-handed, to say the
least," and she said recently, "It's
always been the feeling of the
President and myself that we'd like to
get a consensus of the University
But gnawing away at this reluctan-
ce, Nordby said, is the concern that

drove the University's executive of-
ficers to order the review of the
current rules in the first place; that
the University now can do little itself
with non-academic crimes that
threaten the safety of the University
Because of "inadequate rules,
procedures, and penalties," the
executive officers wrote in ordering
the review, the current rules have
never been used.
"In recent years," the executive of-
ficers continued, "students on the Ann
Arbor campus have been guilty of
breaking and entering buildings,
assaulting museum guards, breaking
into the law school safe... indecent ex-
posure, malicious destruction of
property, and assaulting a faculty
member. Action has typically not been

taken against these students, and
many, if not most, have graduated."
IN FACT, Nordby says, the only
time a student has been expelled for a
non-academic crime in the past ten
years, is when a student, who
"cracked" during finals, set 18 fires
around campus. Even then, she says,
it took a special order by the Univer-
sity president Robben Fleming to
remove the student from campus.
That arson case, Nordby said,
exemplifies the inadequacies of the
current system. Nordby explains that
the student was originally arrested,
but was released on bail and allowed
to return to campus the next day. The
University, she says, had its hands
tied by a provision in the current rules
which forbid University action once
criminal proceedings have been star-

ted - presumably to protect the ac-
cused from 'double jeopardy.'
Even without the restraints, Nordby
said, the University wouldn't have
been able to take action against the
student because it did not then list ar-
son among its offenses. The current
rules, as late as 1980, also did not in-
clude sexual harassment or hazing
among its crimes.
SINCE TAKING office Shapiro has
filled the gaps with individual "policy
statements" barring the acts, Nordby
says. But part of the rationale of the
code, "is to get everything under one
"One of the goals of the code,"
Shapiro wrote to the regents in 1984,
"is to give students a better sense of
what sort of behavior is acceptable in
see WARNING, Page 2

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Ninety-six years of editorial freedom

Vol. XCVI - No. 72

Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, January 13, 1986

Eight Pages

'holds off
The Wolverines were fortunate to
escape Saturday with their unbeaten
streak intact. That's one way of .
looking at the 75-71 win over Purdue
which raised the Michigan basketball
team's record to 16-0, 4-0 in the Big
Or you can view the victory,
clouded as it was by lapses in inten-
#ity that have plagued the
Wolverines, in the positive way both
coaches expressed.
"MICHIGAN'S got to look to the futur
with optimism because they're not
playing very well and they're win-
ning," said Purdue head coach Gene
"I'm happy," said Bill Frieder, the
Michigan coach whose mood had im-
proved considerably since last week's
sloppw.i over Illinois. "We're un-
defeated now."
The Wolverines remain so because
they turned it on when they had to,
fighting off four Boilermaker runs in
the second half. Purdue came within
three points twice and within a basket
two times more, the last with just two
seconds left.
"WE SAID if we didn't come out the
first few minutes (of the second half)
and stay close or cut it down to about
three, they were going to blow us out.
So that's what we really worked hard
to do," Keady said.
"It was a game where we hung in
there, hung in there, hung in there and
had our chance but couldn't get it
because they did a good job holding us
off," he added. x
Most importantly, Michigan held
Purdue off the boards. The
Wolverines piled up a 41-26 reboun-
ding advantage, taking a 25-11 board-
ing edge into the locker room at the half.~
"OFFENSIVE rebounds just killed us'
The Research Policies Committee, a panel that approv-
Ses or rejects the University's classified research projects,
R e se aragdecided at its meeting last Friday to change its rules
governing the acceptance of research projects.
As a result of the change, the director of a research
project, rather than the committee, will have the respon-
O 0 I~ilil IC sibility that the project complies with Univer-
sity guidelines
ORIGINALL Y, the committee had to prove that a
Psresearch project complied with the University's classified
e eresearch guidelines before it could be approved. Those
tee appointed by University President Harold Shapiro,
t date that research containing classified information must
fl o ~ t~r made puli wihi one yea of the project' comie it nie-
pletion. The guidelines also ban from campus any resear-
ch "the direct application of which, or any specific pur-


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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -
A high alert to guard against possible
Palestinian terrorist attacks was ex-
panded yesterday to include U.S.
diplomatic and commercial offices in
the Netherlands, the Dutch Justice
Ministry said.
The access road to the front of the
U.S. Embassy in The Hague was.
blocked by sand-filled dumpsters at
each end last night, and police con-
verged within minutes to investigate
the flash of a photographer's camera.
POLICE presence was increased at
the U.S. consulate in Amsterdam, and
police spokesman Klaas Wilting said
other U.S. facilities were being guar-
The alert began Thursday in the
Netherlands and Scandinavia, when
Interpol, the international police
organization, warned that Abu Nidal
terrorist commandos might strike at
any time against Jewish or Israeli
"There had been talk for a few days
that American targets could be en-
dangered," ministry spokeswoman
Toos Faber told The Associated Press
on Sunday. "But this morning it
became more conclusive. There is an
extension of the targets."

DUTCH authorities warned privately
that the expanded alert made guard-
ing all potential American, Israeli,
and Jewish targets "practically im-
Scandinavian officials said their
alert had not been expanded to in-
clude American targets.
The U.S. government has blamed
the Abu Nidal faction, a dissident of-
fshoot of the Palestine Liberation
Organization, for Dec. 27 terrorist at-
tacks that left 19 dead, including five
Americans, at airports in Vienna and
Faber declined to disclose further
details of the Dutch response to the
new threat, in line with an official
policy of confidentiality on such mat-
A West German newspaper mean-
while said yesterday that Libyan
leader Col. Moammar Khadafy has
ordered Palestinian gunmen to kill
Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Gen-
A deputy spokesman for Genscher's
office refused to comment, but
acknowledged that security was
tightened recently around the Foreign
Ministry "because of certain in-

Money less important
to freshmen, study shows

Doily Photo by DN HABIB
igan's 75-71 Big Ten victory Saturday. Joubert pumped in
pose of which, is to destroy human life or incapacitate
human beings."
The committee approved the change because commit-
tee members often could not thoroughly investigate a
proposal within the 15-day limit in which the panel must
reject or approve each research project.
Following the decision, a representative from the
Michigan Research Corporation, which was established
by the University in 1983 to enable University researchers
to establish their independent profit-making research
companies of their own, told the committee that federal
research funding agencies are reluctant to fund the MRC
because of its close ties to the University.
BECAUSE MRC provides money to independent faculty
companies from the federal funds it receives, the 11
federal funding agencies are concerned that the federal
money is going into the University's coffers.

college freshmen plan careers in
computers or engineering than a year
ago, and the number who consider it
very important to make a lot of money
decreased for the first time in 15
years, a new study says.
And while business remained the
most popular major, students are
slowly returning to careers in
education as a nationwide baby
boomlet creates a teacher shortage -
a turnabout from a decade earlier
when there were more teachers than
jobs and few people were entering the
field, the study found.
The study also found that while the
majority of the freshmen still con-
sider themselves middle-of-the-road
politically, they have traditionally
liberal views on such issues as disar-
mament, military spending, taxes,
pollution and abortion.
The 164-page report being released
today was compiled by the

Cooperative Institutional Research
Program. It was sponsored by the
American Council on Education and
the University of California at Los
Angeles graduate school of education.
The study was based on surveys of
192,453 students, or a little over 1 per-
cent of the fall 1985 freshman class of
1.66 million at 365 colleges and univer-
One of the most surprising
discoveries was the drop in interest in
computer and engineering fields.
"This declining interest in
technological careers stands in stark
contrast to the growing national con-
cern for increased technological
training and technological capacity in
the American workforce," he report
Only 4.4 percent of the freshmen in-
dicated they intend to pursue careers
as computer programmers or
analysts, down from 6.1 percent in
1984 and a high of 8.8 pecent in 1982.

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started as a prank by male students in the late 1950s
when "streaking" was a fad. Since then it has become
a wintertime tradition for both men and women
students on the north-central Indiana campus. The
students shuck their clothes for an impromptu race
around the University's Cary Quad square. "It's cer-
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Herd nerds
F YOU'RE running a few weeks late in sending
Christmas gifts, the International Organization of
Nerds in Cincinnati, Ohio offers a helping hand. Bruce
Chapman, the organization's founder and self-
proclaimed "Supreme Archnerd," suggests you
nominate nomenne for membershin as a card-carrying

BALANCING ACT: Opinion predicts President
Reagan's response to the Gramm-Rudman
Act. See Page 4.




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