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Ninety-eight years of editorialfreedom
Volume XCVIII - No, 17Ann Arbor, Michigan -Friday, October 2, 1987 Copyright 1987, The Michigan Daily
Volum XCVII- o, 1

State

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for changes

rape statutes

Swinging sticks Daily Photo by
Xylophonist Gregg Koyle, a music school graduate student, leads members of the Percussion Ensemble as they perform during the
Arts at Mid-Day program, a weekly series sponsored by the Michigan Union arts and programs office. The other members, playing
marimbas, are, from left, music school graduate student John Frascarelli, and music school seniors Chris Hardy and Chalmers
Haas.

By DAVID WEBSTER
State Rep. Burton Leland (D-Detroit) - in
direct response to a lawsuit filed by former
University student Griffith Neal - has pro-
posed to toughen Michigan's criminal sexual
conduct laws.
Leland's proposal, announced Wednesday,
would prevent defendants in criminal sexual
assault cases from filing civil suits against
their accusers until after the completion of the
criminal trial.
Neal was found innocent Monday in
Washtenaw County Circuit Court of charges
that he raped a University sorority member
last March. He filed a countersuit against his
accuser over the summer, seeking more than
$10,000 in damages from the plaintiff for
defamation of character and intentional inflic-
tion of emotional distress, said Stephen Boak,
his attorney.
"We're concerned that there are a lot of
women who are intimidated out of filing
charges in rape cases," Leland said. "We want'
to prevent someone from countersuing in a
civil case while that person is being tried for
rape.
But Boak said that Neal's suit was not an
attempt to intimidate the accuser into drop-
ping the rape charges.
"Certainly our state legislators are free and
encouraged to examine any legislation," Boak
said. "But I personally don't see any need for
(the proposal) arising out of the case I just
tried."
Richard Haynes and Robert Cooper, attor-
neys for the woman who accused Neal, could
not be reached for comment.
State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor)
said he favors the proposal and expects it to
receive strong support in the legislature

"particularly if it is determined that the mere
filing of the (civil) suit had a particular impact
on the juries' judgment in the criminal sexual
assault case." But he said he does not know of
many instances in which a civil suit has been
filed against an alleged rape victim as an in-
timidation tactic.
Bullard is chair of the House Judiciary
Committee, which will eventually review the
proposal.
"(A civil suit) has been used in police
abuse cases, but I don't think it's been used
much in criminal sexual assault cases,"
Bullard said.
Bullard's main concern with Leland's pro-
posal is that re-examining the criminal sexual
assault laws risks "changes in the wrong
direction." Altering the law, he said, could
erase some gains that Michigan's rape law
made for rape survivors when it was written in
1975.
The law creates four degrees of sexual as-
sault depending on the severity of sexual con-
tact. It also includes a provision that prohibits
bringing up the victim's past sexual history.
Bullard said he does not expect the proposal
to be drafted into a bill until late October or
early November. Once the proposal does be-
come a bill, Bullard said the committee will
seek input from such advocate groups as the
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan.
Julie Steiner, director of the University's
Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center, said she is pleased with the proposal.
Steiner called for a change in the law at an
anti-rape rally on the Diag Wednesday.
"I'm glad to hear there are legislators ready
to do something about this," Steiner said.
- Daily staffer Elizabeth Atkins con-
tributed to this report.

State,

U' to review admissions

By MARTHA SEVETSON
University and state officials are ex-
pected within the next couple of weeks to
begin haggling over the high proportion
of out-of-state to in-state students enrolled
at the University's Ann Arbor campus,
Sen. William Sederburg (R-East Lansing)
said yesterday.
Sederburg, who insisted last summer
that state residents be given admissions
preference over out-of-state applicants,
said he expects the legislators to reach a
compromise with University officials by
the end of December.
Non-Michigan residents comprised
36.1 percent of last year's student body,

prompting legislative threats to impose a
limit on out-of-state enrollment.
"I think (out-of-state enrollment)
ought not go over one-third," Sederburg
said. "But there may be some ups and
downs that occur" because of adjustments
the University might make in admissions
standards each year.
Senate Majority Leader Joseph Conroy
(D-Flint) is expected to appoint two
senators to the examining committee to-
day or early next week. The remaining
spots will be filled by two members of
the University's Board of Regents, two
state representatives, and one appointee
from the state Department of Manage-

ment and Budget.
"We should be able to come to some
conclusion over what is the state's role
and what is the Board of Regents' role,"
Sederburg said, "My goal will be to look
at the numbers on these issues and see if
"we can wbfk otour differences."
Last summer, disputes over the
enrollment ratio led to an unexpectedly
low state budget allocation for the Uni-
versity. State officials said they were
"sending the University a message," but
administration officials said that many
aspects of the problem had been over-
looked.
See STATE, Page 5

Severe
quake
stri~kes
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A
severe earthquake and 16 major
aftershocks rumbled across the area
yesterday destroying buildings,
closing freeways, and setting off
dozens of fires. At least five people
were killed and more than 1 00
injured.
The U.S. Geological Survey said
the quake registered 6.1 on the
Richter scale, making it the strongest
to hit the Los Angeles area since the
6.4 Sylmar quake of 1971, which
killed 64 people.
The tremor sent thousands into
the streets as buildings were
temporarily evacuated. Hundreds of
homes were damaged, along with
some landmark buildings.
The damage appeared to be worst
Sin Whittier, the closest suburban area
to the epicenter. City officials said
eight to ten buildings collapsed, al-
though none of them were homes.
Marsha Andersen, a spokeswoman
for Presbyterian Interc ommunity
Hospital, said 60 people were treated
for injuries.
The quake hit at 7:42 a.m. local
time and was centered about nine
miles south-southeast of Pasadena at

'U' sets designated
travel agent policy

By EVE BECKER
Jetsetting staff can be reimbursed
for job-related travel only if they use
travel agents designated by the Uni-
versity, according to a new Univer-
sity policy.
A University policy in effect the
past two years merely encouraged the
use of preferred travel agents.
Chief Financial Officer James
Brinkerhoff said the new policy, in-
stituted Sept. 1, was created to guar-
antee the lowest rates for staff and to
provide the University with monthly
reports analyzing University travel
patterns.
But some faculty members are
upset about the change.
"We've had a number of com-
plaints about the impact of the new
travel policy," said Harris McClam-
roch, chair of the faculty's Senate
Assembly Committee on University
Affairs (SACUA). Complaints came
from faculty members who have es-
tablished relationships with other

agencies, he said.
Daniel Moerman, SACUA mem-
ber and anthropology professor at the
University's Dearborn campus, said
the policy should not be required for
all University staff because some
faculty members already have special
arrangements with personal travel
agents.
"We're certainly going to look
into it. I hope the minimum we can
do is to convince people in the travel
office that they can be a bit flexi-
ble," Moerman said.
"There has been some concern
expressed about the appropriateness
(of the policy)," Brinkerhoff said.
"Some people are used to using
travel agents who are not preferred
(by the University). But we've got
to know how many people are trav-
eling to Washington, which routes
are heavily traveled, and what hotels
are commonly used in order to
negotiate special rates."
See FACULTY, Page 5

In the bags Daily Photo by ANDI SCHREIBER
Andrea Shapiro, school of Art junior, takes a break from writing a History of Art 102 paper to view the Ban-
dolier bags of the Chippewa tribe at the Native American art exhibit at U-M Museum of Art.

Manager quits UM-Dearborn newspaper INSIDE
By RYAN TUTAK put out today's issue. Former Editor in Chief Kevin articles were more probing and
The production manager of the . Evans said he expected the problems independent," he said. Rackham Student Go

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vernment

University's Dearborn campus
student newspaper officially left the
Michigan Journal today, amid
tension that has forced out six other
editors and managers in the past three
months.

torn said she was not "bribing
them or anything" by offering the
money.
The $500 was alotted in the
Journal's budget as the managing

to occur. "(Horn) tried to put together
a staff of our rejects. And the result
of that is self-destruction," he said. "I
predicted the paper would fall at the
end of October."

The tension began when Dean
Wright violated the paper's bylaws
by appointing an advisor in April
who is a faculty member. The
University is withholding Evans'

attacks LSA Dean Peter Steiner's
new restrictions in graduate
student aid.
OPINION, Page 4
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