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Grad student takes 'U' to court
By LOUIS STANCATO
A graduate student who says the
University discriminated against her
because she is handicapped is taking
her case to the Michigan Supreme
Court, after being turned away in
three other courts of law.
Amy Crancer said the head of
graduate admissions in the English
department, Enoch Brater, refused to
provide her with admissions
requirements for the doctoral
program because she is a former
Brater refused to comment on the
Crancer is seeking admission to
the program and restitution of legal
Crancer suffers from Post-
Traumatic Stress Disorder, which
she says was caused by her
experiences in mental institutions.
She said her parents wrongly
committed her to more than four
years in several mental institutions
throughout the country.
During her stay in these
institutions she claims she was
repeatedly raped and given powerful
mind-altering drugs, which she said
led to her present condition.
Victims of Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder, a result of previous
trauma, may experience sleep
disturbance, concentration lapses,
intense flashbacks, large-scale
memory impairment, and total
stupor in the most severe cases.
Under Michigan law, ex-
mentally ill restored patients are
considered handicapped and are
allowed to receive "reasonable
accommodation" when pursuing a
job or an education.
In May 1983, Crancer asked the
University for this accommodation
in order to pursue her degree. She
said no requirements were provided
and that she was encouraged by
Brater to go somewhere else.
Crancer said, "I was in his office
privately, before any court case, and
he told me he wouldn't pull my
files or my grades. He merely told
me to go elsewhere and said, 'We
don't want ex-mental patients in
Crancer's case was dismissed by
a federal district court because the
1973 Rehabilitation Act forbids
suing state entities from a federal
court. Under the 11th Amendment
of the Constitution, state bodies are
granted immunity from legal suits,
in a federal court. In order for a suit
to be valid, individuals to be sued
must be named.
So Crancer took her case to the
Michigan Circuit Court of
Washtenaw county, but Judge
Patrick Conlin dismissed the case
because state laws do not consider
her disorder a handicap.
Crancer is taking the case to the
Michigan Supreme Court, where a
brief has been filed, as well an
administrative suit with the
Department of Education in
Commission urges lighting improvements
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"We have as good a working
relationship with the city of Ann
Arbor on identifying broken lights
as we do with any community we
work with," said Alvin Shelton,
Edison's director of customers and
Shelton explained that Edison
relies on both city officials and
community residents to report
lighting problems. In addition, he
said; the company sends trucks out
"on; a regular basis" to replace
burnt-out or vandalized lights.
Eidison policy requires that
broken lights be fixed within 48
hours, Shelton said. He suggested
that broken lights seen by
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After the books have been
mictofilmed, a copy of the film is
sent; to an underground climate
controlled storage facility in
Pennsylvania where films are
expected to last a minimum of 500
The nation's libraries are
troubled by the number of books
becoming brittle. Since the mid-
nineteenth century, manufacturers
have used acidic paper, produced
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committee members had not been
The committee urged Edison to
increase its minimum brightness
for street lights to equal "national
standards." Shelton said the
company already follows these
standards, though Edison lights are
less bright in residential areas than
in commercial ones.
But he added that Edison would
consider raising its standards in
residential areas if the community
demands it. And he agreed with
committee members that brighter
street lights are "a proven deterrent
The committee also
recommended that the Ann Arbor
Police Department upgrade its
existing computer system to
provide crime analysis. "The lack of
a crime analysis capability is a
significant barrier to effective patrol
allocation and other crime
prevention initiatives," the
committee's report said.
Walter Lunsford, a police patrol
division commander, agreed that
modernized computers would
significantly improve the
department's ability to anticipate
and fight crime.
Currently, Lunsford said, the
police computer can only list
incidents, rather than analyze crime
trends or determine what crimes are
likely to occur and in which areas.
Analysis capability, he said,
would allow the department to
increase units in high-crime areas
and better plan anti-crime strategies.
The police department has
already proposed $62,545 worth of
new computer equipment which
officials expect the City Council to
discuss next week or the week after.
The off-campus crime committee
will now address transportation
problems, including Nite Owl,
before moving on to safety issues
in group housing and
police/community relations. Its
next report is due at the end of
attempts to preserve literature
from wood pulp, because of its
But acidic paper becomes brittle
and rapidly deteriorates because the
fibers break down in the presence of
light, air, and humidity. Elkington
predicted that most books published
in the 1950s would not last more
than 50 years.
Elkington said her office is
encouraging publishers to demand
acid free materials from their
. "We use acid free paper almost
exclusively for our scholarly
books," said Leann Fields,
managing editor at the University
of Michigan Press. The University
Press still uses acidic paper for
items such as workbooks that are
used once and then discarded.
Chris Shore, of the Thompson-
Shore printers in Dexter, said most
university presses are switching to
For students who, insist on
sneaking snacks and bashing books,
consider the University's
Regulation for Protection of
Libraries adopted by the Regents in
1957. The regulation states: "Any
student who willfully mutilates,
defaces, removes, or attempts to
remove without charging any item
belonging to the collections of the
libraries of the University shall be
punished by a fine of $100 or by
suspension from the University or
Compiled from Associated Press reports
Right to Lifers petition state
LANSING - Right to Life of Michigan will begin a statewide
petition drive to put the issue of taxpayer-funded abortions to a vote of
the people, the group's president said yesterday.
The anti-abortion organization's board approved the petition drive
Wednesday night, president Barbara Listing said.
Mrs. Listing confirmed the decision shortly before a special
Legislative committee was to begin evaluating the possibility of a
referendum on state-paid abortions for poor women.
Right to Life needs 191,726 valid signatures to put their initiative
proposal before the Legislature.
The House and Senate then would have 40 session days to enact the
ban on Medicaid-funded abortions or put the question on the November
1988 general election ballot.
Police arrest suspect in
1985 TWA jet hijacking
FRANKFURT, West Germany - Police have arrested a suspect
in the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner to Beirut, the Frankfurt
prosecutor's office said yesterday. The Lebanese man was carrying what
authorities suspected were explosives.
The man was arrested at Frankfurt airport Tuesday after customs
police discovered he was carrying "material that could be explosives,"
Jochen Schroers, a spokesman for Frankfurt prosecutor Hans-Eberhard
Klein, told The Associated Press.
Authorities believe the man was preparing a bomb attack, but it is
unclear whether the attack was to have been in West Germany, Schroers
Utah airplane crash kills 10
SALT LAKE CITY - A commuter aircraft on final approach and a
private plane on a training flight collided over the Salt Lake Valley
yesterday, killing all 10 people aboard and showering debris over a
residential area, authorities said.
Falling wreckage from the twin-engine Skywest Metroliner and the
private plane damaged three houses, but there were no fires and
apparently no one on the ground was hurt, said Salt Lake County Fire
Marshal Frank Brown.
Dozens of police, sheriff's deputies and firefighters rushed to the
snowy crash site about 15 miles southwest of downtown Salt Lake
City and cordoned off six blocks of the neighborhood after the 12:56
They are picking up bodies here and there, whenever people call us
to report them," Brown said.
Nuclear arms talks resume
GENEVA - Superpower nuclear arms talks resumed yesterday
with a luncheon meeting between U.S. delegation head Max
Kampelman and his new Soviet counterpart, Yuli Vorontsov.
The two delegation leaders met privately at Soviet request, instead of
heading a meeting of all three top negotiators from each side, which
normally marks the beginning of a round.
The talks have been bogged down from the start by disagreement,
among other things, over U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative research for
a space-based defense against nuclear attack, popularly called "Star
U.S. spokesman Terry Schroeder said he had no information on
when the next session in the seventh round of arms talks would be. "I
have nothing on this as yet," he said.
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Baffling bathrooms keep x1
students running m circles
Students who frequent the new Electrical Engineering and:.
Computer Sciences Building on North Campus have had troubles
when trying to locate the restrooms on the main floor, The Anvil, the
College of Engineering's student newsletter, recently reported.
The Anvil printed directions to the restrooms but many students
still could not find them.
This intrepid Daily reporter, who had only been to the EECS
building once before, scoured the entire main floor of the building in
search of the mysterious missing restrooms, and what did he find?
The restrooms are down the hallways on either side of the ele -
vators. The women's restroom, in the hallway directly south of the
elevators, is on the left side of the hall and the door is numbered 1328. t.
The men's room, in the north hallway, is on the right side of the hall,
but guys, be observant, at last check there was no number or sign on
And here you have it, the solution to the baffling case of the.
disappearing ECS restrooms. Bladders rejoice. -By Michael Lustig
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vice president and chief financial
officer, will ask the regents for a
final authorization before specific
units of the hospital are
demolished, the regents
unanimously approved of its
eventual destruction to make way
for medical center growth. The only
action formally authorized was
asbestos removal from the
Despite the fact that various
engineering and economic studies
failed to prove it was profitable to
renovate Old Main, Regent Thomas
Roach (D-Saline) yesterday
proposed an investigation into
saving the hospital's well-known
No specific dates have been set
for either destruction.
Regent Paul Brown (D-
Petoskey) led the meeting in the
absence of University President
In other developments, Jon
Cosovich, vice president for
development and communication
reported that 23.2 percent of all
alumni made a monetary gift of
some kind to the University last
"Our figures are comparable with
most public universities, but not
even close to most peer private
institutions, said Cosovich. In the
Big Ten both Minnesota and
Northwestern rank ahead of
Michigan in this measure of alumni
"We're aiming for a 27 to 28
percent," added Cosovich. "Our first
priority will be to increase the base,
and our second will be to increase
the amount of incoming gifts."
Last month's regental approval
to build an additional parking
structure for the medical campus
was also debated by the regents.
Although some thought they had
given authorization for the
demolition of some University
Terrace units to make way for the
structure, others thought that
additional consideration was going
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