Ninety-seven years of editorial freedom
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, November 18, 1986
XCVII - No. 54
Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily
By DOV COHEN cou
LSA teachers agree that plagiarism is
wrong, but they don't agree on how to for
punish perpetrators. fac
Last year LSA's Academic Judiciary of
heard 49 cases of students charged with dec
academic dishonesty, 24 of which were for and
plagiarism. Of the 10 students suspended
for a semester, six of these were found pla
guilty of plagiarism. ter
SOME PROFESSORS, trying to def
protect students from a judiciary they feel sig
can be too harsh, are opting to handle the qua
cases themselves. wa
Yet some feel that because professors
can deal with plagiarism on their own, they stu
may create a system of punishment that is all
inconsistent, unfair, and may even en- not
By EVE BECKER
The Ann Arbor City Council
last night tabled a city ordinance
that would require developers to
give the city and tenants one year's
notice before removing rental
property from the housing market.
The ordinance was designed to
ease the city's severe housing
shortage by giving people in low-
income housing one year's notice
before their homes are taken off the
A switch from rental housing to
condominiums would increase costs
which would affect senior citizens,
the handicapped, and low-income
families which live in rental
housing because they cannot afford
to buy their own homes.
SENIOR CITIZENS and the Hal
handicapped living in iow-income
housing are put under much stress Verific
when told that they will have to the LSA
See COUNCIL, Page 2
urage academic dishonesty. brought here."
The Code of Academic Conduct provides Plagiarism is an offens
a hearing board composed of two institution, not just the p
ulty members and two student members fessor, Nissen said. "It's
the Academic Judiciary. The board against higher education.
ides on guilt or innocence of a defendant student doing something di
d doles out punishment. advantage over a student w
FOR A MAJOR infraction of he said.
giarism an automatic suspension for one WHEN PROFESSOR
-m is required. A major infraction is cases to the judiciary, incor
fined as "qualitatively, an essential or result. Two students may c
nificant part of the work or, the same act but receive dii
antitatively, a major part of the work ments because their pro
s plagiarized." different policies.
Eugene Nissen, LSA's assistant dean for "If you want a fair cod
dent academic affairs says he prefers that applied, not by individual stu
cases go to the judiciary, but added "I'm a standard accepted by the c+
t naive enough to think we get all cases whole. And in the code
se against the
Why should a
shonest get an
ho is honest?"
S don't bring
e, it has to be
andards, but by
ommunity as a
conduct, which is binding, we have that," But some professors claim the board
said Mike Zwick, an LSA junior on the not completely fair because it m
judiciary committee. suspend students for major infractions
"If some teachers ignore the board, they plagiarism without considering individ
are inventing their own code," he said. circumstances.
ENGLISH PROF. Robert Weisbuch
has brought three students before the board, H U B E R T C O H E N, a Residen
all of whom were suspended. Professors College professor, brought two stude
who don't bring their cases before the board before the board this year for plagiariz.
"are making a mistake in judgement," he They were suspended and required to tak
said. ethics course. "My feeling was they w
"As a community of scholars and guilty. But this was a first-time offense
students we stand together opposed to the punishment should take it
cheating. To the extent that we don't make consideration that it was the first time,"
a corporate issue out of individual cheating, said, adding that he was "taken aback"
to the extent that we circumvent University the sentence.
proceedings, we may be encouraging
dishonesty," he said. See PLAGIARISM, Page 2
By MARTIN FRANK
The four student representatives on the Research Policies
Committee resigned yesterday, citing the committee's failure to deal
with weapons research at the University.
The resignations temporarily leave only faculty members on the
committee, which is s'cheduled to recommend changes in research
guidelines to Vice President for Research Linda Wilson later this
THE FOUR who resigned were MSA military research advisor
Ingrid Kock, history graduate student Eric Caplan, physics graduate
student Michael Massey, and biochemistry graduate student Marisela
Faculty members said yesterday they were dismayed with the
resignations because now there is no student representation on the
committee. The faculty members said they would welcome back the
four who resigned or ask the Michigan Student Assembly to
recommend new student representatives.
See RESEARCH, Page 3
Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
nior Michael Dulberg breathes a sigh of relief after waiting 25 minutes to pick up his Student
ation Form. He and all other students need the form to be able to CRISP. Crowds clogged the lobby of
building all day yesterday, the first day students could get their forms.
grabs grant for ear study
By JOHN DUNNING.
The Kresge Hearing Research Institute in the
University's medical school has received a 5-
year, $5 million grant to study how the inner-
ear receives and processes complex signals.
The grant will make the Kresge institute
program the largest in the country for
improving the fundamentals of hearing.
The 12 researchers working under the grant
will focus on. the fundamental mechanics
underlying the hearing process and "how speech
is perceived and understood," said Josef Miller,
director of the Kresge Hearing Research
Part of the $5 million grant, given by the
National Institutes of Health, will go to
research led by William Stebbins, professor in
the Department of Otorhinolaryngology. The
researchers will use their allotted $4 million to
study how "complex signals - on a cellular,
nervous, and behavior level -are received and
encoded by the inner-ear for the nervous system
and how they're processed in the nervous
system to yield perception," said Miller.
The researchers will also study how
perception of complex signals differ between
humans and animals. Questions such as
whether monkeys discriminate human speech
the same way they discriminate their own calls
will also be studied by the group headed by
Another $1 million will go to the Kresge
institute to support further research on an
auditory prosthesis, a so-called "bionic ear."
David Anderson, professor of Otorhino-
laryngology and Electrical Engineering, will
head the effort to develop this prosthesis along
with 13 others.
While no actual "bionic ear" has been
developed yet, there is something very similar
that doctors have given to patients who are deaf,
and can hear only the sharpest of noises.
1Ypsi may ask U.S. to quit Central America
By STEPHEN GREGORY
Supporters of a proposed Ypsi-
lanti ordinance requesting the
government to discontinue all
military involvement in Central
America said they hope their
proposal will demonstrate residents'
discontent with government policy
in that region.
Eric Jackson, author of the
ordinance and former Ypsilanti city
council member, said the ordinance,
would "put the voters on record" as
decrying continued "military aid of
any sort to any government or
Jackson also hopes the ordi-
nance, along with other such
Sordinances and referendums passed
around the country, will "apply a
little pressure and sway a few votes
in Congress" away from the
JACKSON presented a
petition to the Ypsilanti City Clerk
last Tuesday requesting that the
ordinance be brought before the city
council. A subsequent count of the
signatures, however, found Jack-'
son's petition was 11 names short
of 297 required for the proposal to
to be placed on the council's
Ypsilanti City Clerk Robert
Slone said the city has given
Jackson 10 days to collect the 11
signatures. Jackson said this should
be "no problem."
Slone said the council may
either vote on the proposal during
one of its weekly meetings or place
it on the ballot for city elections
Last April Ann Arbor residents
passed a similar proposal which
condemned the Reagan admini-
stration's intervention in Central
America and established Juigalpa,
.Nicaragua as one of Ann Arbor's
YPSILANTI council member
Michael Homel (D-Second Ward)
said he hopes "this expression of
public opinion" will prevent the
government's involvement in the
region from escalating into a war.
Homel paralleled the situation in
Nicaragua with the Vietnam war.
He said that since "there was little
public awareness of our early
involvement in Indochina," govern -
ment officials were able to push the
country into war unhindered.
Homel feels that educating
residents of government action in
Central America will spur
discussion in the community of its
merits. If the ordinance passes, it
will be "a good indication of how
the people in Ypsilanti feel," he
Council member Kevin McCor-
mick (D-Third Ward) said he hopes
the action will prompt residents to
"take a serious look of what the
CIA Protest Associated Press
University of Colorado police grab and move a protestor from the path of
a vehicle carrying CIA recruiters. Fifteen arrests were made during the
Get out and vote
LSA Student Government elections are today
and tomorrow. Students can vote in the Michigan
Bill Gratsch for the number two spot. In addition,
both parties have candidates for the 15-member
executive council on their slates. Jeff
Chamberlain, Rick Jones, John Kovacs, and Meg
Vesel, all running as independents, will also be
vying for seats on the LSA executive council.
Only LSA students are eligible to vote.
which doesn't accept business from just anyone. "I
don't find the word 'snob' offensive, " she said.
But she'd prefer describing her clients as "fussy.
'Discerning' is a word I'm comfortable with." "I
wouldn't turn away an intellectually curious
tradesperson, " said Fischer, who carefully screens
prospective clients by telephone and turns down
WORKER RIGHTS: Opinion calls for increased
solidarity with foreign workers. See Page 4.
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