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Suicide policy myth dispelled
Compiled from Associated Press reports
By KELLY LASSER
The trauma suffered by everyone close to a
suicide victim could be the basis of the rumor
that their roommates automatically receive a
4.0 grade point average. University officials say
there is no such policy on the books, but
students are familiar with the rumor and
variations of it.
"You get a 4.0, or a 3.7, or something like
that," said LSA senior Darren Louis,
LSA senior Eric Meyer said, "Something
like they give you a 3.5 if your roommate
commits suicide. Something ridiculous like
that. My roommate used to threaten me with
According to LSA sophomore Lisa Hack, "If
you see them do it, you get a 4 point. If you
don't see them, you just get a 3.4."
And Jim Villa, Law school senior and
communication T.A., said, "I heard it was a
3.0, back in my time."
The rumor has reached students in colleges
throughout the state. Officials at Eastern
Michigan University and Michigan State Uni-
versity said they have heard similar rumors, but
their colleges have no policy.
Ed Loyer, assistant LSA registrar, said that
in his 17 years in the office, the rumor has
never reached him.
"That makes no sense at all," he said.
Business Administration registrar Ellen
Schaefer was also unaware of the myth. Judy
Chapman, a counselor in counseling services,
has heard the rumor but said, "for academic
counseling, it's a ludicrous notion."
SHE EXPLAINED that such a policy
would be unfair to other students whose
academic performance is affected by other
serious problem, such as divorce.
According to Schaefer, special situations
where academic performance is hurt by a crisis
are handled on an individual basis.
Loyer said the affected student often appeals
to the professor to work out an alternative, such
as taking an incomplete in the class. Student
Counseling Service is also available for such
Cheerleading coach quits under fire
By BRIAN BONET
University cheerleading coach
Pam St. John resigned this week
because of Athletic Director Don
Canham's criticism of her support
of the squad's recent protest of the
newly enacted measures restricting
"The main reason I resigned was
because as long as I was in the
picture, Mr. Canham would not
deal fairly with the squad," St. John
said. "I don't want his anger
towards me to effect the program."
Canham could not be reached for
Canham never responded to an
invitation by St. John in early
January to attend any of the squad's
practices and observe safety pre-
cautions, she said.
St. John decided to resign late
Monday night after a meeting with
Canham and discussing the decision
with her husband. "If I thought that
I could still be effective with Mr.
Canham, I wouldn't have resigned,"
St. John said.
The cheerleaders and their coach
were told Jan. 29 that the Inter-
collegiate Board of Athletics unan-
imously voted to restrict cheer-
leaders from performing any stunts
more than three feet off the ground
and from sitting or standing on one
The ruling was passed without
consulting either St. John or the
squad, she said. The board's actions
sparked a protest during a basketball
game against Minnesota in which
the cheerleaders watched the game
in silence. It was followed by mock
stunts during a Jan. 31 game
"It was evident from the meeting
on Monday that he held me
personally responsible for the boy-
cott of the Minnesota game," St.
St. John's support of the squad's
actions was criticized in a letter sent
to her by Canham. "I had hoped
you had more discipline and leader-
ship with the group," Canham
wrote to St. John. "I don't know
why the cheerleaders at this insti-
tution suddenly think they are
Shiites propose to trade
hostages for Arab prisoners
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Newspapers in London and Israel said.
yesterday secret talks were going on for a major swap that would free .
foreign hostages in Lebanon in exchange for 400 Arab prisoners.
Lebanese Shiite leader Nabih Berri said there were no talks yet but
indications were positive.
Berri, head of the mainstream Shiite movement Amal, made the
original proposal on Saturday, setting off a frenzy of rumors, reports,
and speculation on the hostage crisis.
Berri, who is also Lebanon's justice minister, proposed that Israel-
free 400 Arab prisoners. In return, Amal would return a captured
Israeli airman and a Moslem extremist organization would free the
four kidnapped educators - three Americans and an Indian - it was;
threatening to kill.
Bush speaks in Lansing
LANSING - Vice President George Bush was scheduled for an,
overnight visit yesterday to Michigan, where his strength is being
tested by television evangelist Pat Robertson and by the Iran-Contr,
Bush was to address a Republilcan Mid-Michigan Lincoln Day,
dinner last night and hold a news conference this morning.
He joins a list of GOP presidential hopefuls including Robertson and
former Delaware Gov. Pierre du Pont in recent visits to the state.
Robertson told supporters on Saturday that he's winning the race for
delegates to the Michigan Republican Convention Feb. 20-21.
Reagan grants review board
a one week extension
WASHINGTON - President Reagan answered questions from an,:
investigatory board about the Iran arms-sale affair yesterday, as the.
White House defended Reagan's refusal to order two key figures in the
case to testify.
For the second time in 17 days, Reagan met in the Oval Office
with members of the review board headed by former Sen. John Tower.
(R-Texas). He appointed the panel Nov. 26 to investigate the;
activities of the National Security Council staff, including the secret
sale of arms to Iran and diversion of profits to contra rebels in--
At the request of the board, Reagan granted a one-week extension,
until Feb. 26, for the panel to submit its final report.
Press singles out McFarlane
WASHINGTON - Robert McFarlane, the former presidential aide
who is recovering from a drug overdose, has been picked on unfairly
because he's the only key figure cooperating in the investigations of the
sale of U.S. weapons to Iran, his lawyer said yesterday.
"He's the only game in town for the press to write about and some
members of congress to complain about," attorney Leonard Garmet
said, noting that his client - unlike other important players -volunteered
to testify on Capitol Hill and elsewhere.
President Reagan, meantime, is "very concerned and upset for Bud,"
said White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater, using the nickname of
the former national security adviser who, police sources said, tried to
commit suicide Monday.
Republicans disagree on housing code
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the housing code is putting too
much pressure on landlords.
"The Democrats came in and
formed a coalition to pounce on the
landlords," Gallatin said. He said
city inspectors should be lenient on
landlords because increased repair
costs will lead to higher rent.
FERRI, who worked for the
city's Building Department for
eight years, said he wants tougher
inspection standards, including
more follow up inspections and
increased supervision. "I would
spend my personal time looking at
the housing bureau. I want the
supervisor to find out what his
inspectors are doing," Ferri said.
The housing code review was
initiated primarily by Edgren, who
has accused landlords of numerous
code violations. "We don't want
landlords to exploit people and get
oodles and oodles of rent without
maintaining their places," she said.
"It's a landlord's market right now
- they can charge whatever they
Edgren, who earned a master's
degree in social work from the
University, said her primary mo-
tivation as a councilmember has
been "mobilizing people who have
been disenfranchised to have more
access to government and re-
She has worked on a variety of
humanitarian issues, such as mon-
itoring sexual discrimination in the
city pay scale. Last month, Edgren
and Councilmember Jeff Epton (D-
Third Ward) convinced city council
to fund a six month "pay equity"
Ferri said he supports the study,
which was opposed by council
Republicans, but he needs more
details before determining whether
he would support restructuring the
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city pay scale after the study is
Gallatin said he has not followed
the pay equity issue. "I don't know
a lot about a lot of these issues," he
said. "I'm not a politician. I have
some issues that bother me and
those are the ones I'm most in-
terested in. If I get elected I can
focus on those and really achieve
Programs for senior citizens
would be Gallatin's main concern
as a councilmember. If elected, he
said he would donate his council
salary to set up a fund for senior
citizen medical and transportation
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He noted with irony how "taking
the Fifth" has become respectable
with the Iran arms deal scandal,
Magdoff will also take part in
the Department of Economics'
Political Economy Seminar at
12:15 p.m. Friday in 361 Lorch
Hall. In his speech entitled "Imper-
ialism, 20 Years Later - plus ga
change," the author will the discuss
the development of foreign affairs
since publication two decades ago
of his influential book, The Age of
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One University maintenance worker disclosed his strategy for
outwitting the new state anti-smoking law. The unidentified caller said
that since a first smoking offense is punishable by a $100 fine, and the
second time a smoker is caught the fine is $500, he and his buddies
would smoke in elevators - a $50 fine. However, another worker said
he would solve the problem by switching to marijuana - a $5 fine in
the city of Ann Arbor. The University enforces the state law however:.
would not fine unlawful smokers, according to James Thiry, the;
University's personnel director.
Free popcorn returns to city
The people united can bring change. According to Mark Buswink, the
general manager at Marshall's, free Friday popcorn is back due to
customer demand. Buswink said he could not keep a count on the
number of people who came into the store demanding free popcorn.
Buswink said Marshall's owner made the final decision on the change.
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