Ninety-eight years of editoriafreedom Copyright 1987, The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCVIII, No. 40 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, November 4, 1987 Cprgt18,TeMcia ol
By MARTHA SEVETSON
University President Harold Shapiro is
expected to unilaterally "take action" within
the next two weeks against the students
responsible for airing racist jokes last March
over WJJX campus radio.
Vice President for Government Relations
Richard Kennedy - one of two members of
a commission appointed to assess the
incident - said he and Law Prof. Sallyanne
Payton will recommend a course of action to
Shapiro by the end of next week. "There will
obviously be some action taken," Kennedy
said. "We are not abandoning the case."
Kennedy said Shapiro will make a final
decision without input from the faculty's
Senate Advisory Committee on University
Affairs or the Michigan Student Assembly.
MSA President Ken Weine said that such
a unilateral action is "not acceptable. Any
process that deals with non-academic issues
that takes place outside of University
Council, MSA considers illegitimate."
SACUA Chair Harris McClamroch was
not available for comment.
Kennedy said LSA senior Ted Sevransky
and LSA sophomore Peter Gonzalez, the two
students involved, will be notified once
Shapiro has decided on the course of action.
Sevransky is on an exchange program in
Europe this term, but Kennedy said his
absence will not postpone the decision.
Jonathon Rose, a private attorney
representing both students, said he has not
spoken with the commission since last
summer and is unaware of the proposals
under consideration. "It's our position that
the University has no right as an official
body to assert a hearing or punishment of
any kind," he said. "I'll be interested in
seeing what (Payton) requests."
Shapiro appointed Payton to represent the
faculty on the ad hoc commission last
March, and Kennedy was selected to
represent the administration. Weine was
offered a position on the panel but declined,
calling any student participation in the
commission "illegitimate a n d
unrepresentative of the student body."
Weine maintains that the University
Council - a panel of nine students, faculty
members, and administrators appointed three
years ago to write a code of non-academic
conduct - is the rightful body to address the
See 'U', Page 2
Daily Photo by SCOTT IITUCHY
Bill Smart rehearses commands with Flora the elephant for last night's "Circus Royale" show at the Michigan Theater. Flora
is a 3,500 lb. native of Kenya, Africa.
Van Houweling brings love of computers to'U'
By RYAN TUTAK
Douglas van Houweling is
obsessed with computers. He has
three in his home, three in his
office, and has authorized the
installation of more than 1,500 on
But his love of computers doesn't.
stop there. He collects computer art
- his office is adorned with an
abstract computer drawing, a
photograph of a computer monitor
design, and a copy of a self-portrait
of a friend drawn on a computer.
Someday, he hopes to compose
music on computers.
While at the University, van
Houweling, vice-provost for
Information Technology Division,
has ushered in - rather abruptly -
the computer age. He arrived here in
1984 with the sole intention of
"providing an i n f o r m a t i o n
environment so people can stay in
touch with each other and share
AS THE main thrust of this
goal, ,he persuaded the University to
invest in a $10 million project to
install more computers on campus.
More than 1,100 computers have
been installed throughout campus
since the project began in the fall of
1985. The remaining will be in
operation by fall of 1989, when
construction of a 350 terminal
cluster in the Angell Hall courtyard
"We're working as aggressively
as we can toward the goal," van
Associates describe van Houwel-
ing as a workaholic whose attitude is
infectious. "Working with Doug is
very intense," said Deputy Vice-
Provost of ITD Greg Marks. "I
thrive on that kind of environment."
But "if your goals don't agree with
his, you feel like you're being run
over," he added.
"He puts in very long days," said
van Houweling's wife Andrea,
adding that he usually leaves for
work around 6 a.m. and comes home
around 7 p.m. "And he spends a lot
of time working at home."
Business School Dean Gilbert
Whitaker, who was on the advisory
committee to select someone to
create the Office of Information
Technology Division, said the
University wanted a thoughtful
person with creative energy. "(Van
Houweling) has been the best thing
that's happened to the University in
a long time," he said.
WITH A zest for challenge and
13 years of experience - as the
vice-provost of computing and
planning at Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh and as
director of academic computing at
Cornell University - van
Houweling quickly proved to be a
logical choice for the job.
And he felt compelled to accept
the offer. "When the University of
Michigan made it clear that it wanted
to undertake a major initiative, it
was too important a job to turn my
back on," he said.
Jim Morris, director of education
technology at Carnegie-Mellon, said
van Houweling's experience there
prepared him for his new job.
Morris said van Houweling
organized a $50 million deal with
IBM to revolutionize the way of
computing at the school. Carnegie-
Mellon employs a conferencing
system much like the University's
MTS network. "It was a fantastic
success (at Carnegie-Mellon),"
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Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Vice Provost for Information Technology Douglas van Houweling shapes
the future of computers at the University.
MSA appoints new
City council moves to ban
By ANDREW MILLS
The Michigan Student Assembly
appointed LSA sophomore Delro
Harris to the post of Minority
Affairs chair at its weekly meeting
Harris, who is also publicity co-
chair for the United Coalition
Against Racism, is replacing LSA
Senior Lannis Hall who resigned
two weeks ago. He was approved by
In a brief address to the assembly,
Harris said that he wanted MSA to
become more aware of minority
issues. Harris was praised for his
involvement with other minority
groups such as the Asian American
Association as well as UCAR.
In other business, Student Rights
Committee Chair Michael Phillips
announced that he will lead a group
to Lansing today and tomorrow to
lobby the House of Representatives
on a bill before the Universities and
Colleges Committee. The bill, SB
339, would allow the University's
Board of Regents to deputize campus
safety officers, enabling them to
carry guns and make arrests.
Phillips and the delegation will
be meeting with Rep. Burton Leland
(D-Detroit), who chairs the Univer-
sities and Colleges Committee, as
well as Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor). Phillips opposes the
measure which passed the state
Senate last week.
"They're all glad to see us
coming," Phillips said.
LSA Representative Hillary
Farber warned assembly members
not to act hastily on this issue, and
that some groups would support the
"The (undeputized) officers can't
do a whole hell of a lot," she said.
"That scares some people."
'passing up' at
By STEVE KNOPPER
A proposal to ban "passing up" at Michigan
football games took its first step toward becoming an
Ann Arbor city ordinance Monday night, when the
City Council unanimously accepted the proposal at its
The bill will then face a public hearing Nov. 16,
before the council takes its final vote. Councilmember
Dave DeVarti (D-Fourth Ward), co-author of the
proposal, said the ordinance may pass the same night,
in order to make it effective for the Nov. 21 Ohio
State football game.
Passing up - when crowd members lift other fans
from their seats and hand them to spectators behind
them - is legally defined as an assault, but the charge
can now only be enforced if the victim complains to a
The proposal will make passing up illegal, whether
or not the victim complains. Thus, any crowd member
who participates'can be arrested immediately.
Republican Mayor Gerald Jernigan said the
ordinance's main effect will be to educate crowd
members of the dangers associated with passing up. "I
don't think students will react one way or the other (to
the ordinance) ... they will react out of consideration
for their fellow students," he said.
The proposal follows a resolution passed last week
that made police officers "more visible" at the games
and distributed a flier that tells why passing up is a
dangerous activity. The resolution said passing up
results in a range of injuries including broken elbows,
concussions, and bruises, and victims "are frequently
emotionally shaken and traumatized."
... to lobby in Lansing
The system "doesn't provide
much safety for students the way it
is now," Farber said.
The Rules and Elections
Committee also presented to the
assembly two referenda that will
appear on an election ballot later this
.month. Both questions deal with
minor changes to the assembly's
constitution which the student body
Late rally prevents
See RULE, Page 5
Carlucci to replace Weinberger at
defense department, senators predict
NEW YORK (AP) - The fear
that gripped the world's stock mar-
kets last month cast its shadow again
yesterday, but a late rally in New
York spared the Dow Jones industrial
average from another frightening loss
of more than 100 points.
The Dow average of 30 blue-chip
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the market may have precipitated the
decline as investors, still shaken by
the record 508-point decline in the
Dow industrials on Oct. 19, sold
stock to lock in short-term gains.
Yesterday's fall wiped out nearly
$48 billion from the value of all
U.S. stocks, according to the Wil-
shire Aceoeite tnlly It left the no
The Senate should give the nomi-
nation of judge Douglas Ginsberg
OPINION, Page 4
John Irving won't tell us what
he's speaking about tonight at
ARTS, Page 7
h WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators
the first Black to hold that position