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Libel case
may set
precedent
on malice
BATTLE CREEK (AP) - A man
taken into custody but never prose-
cuted for the rape of a baby sitter
testified yesterday that his life
changed dramatically after his local
newspaper published a report of his
arrest.
David Rouch told a jury of four
men and four women that he stopped
attending his sons' sporting events
and increased his drinking because of
the news article.
Rouch is suing the Battle Creek
Enquirer for $1 million, claiming he
was "totally humiliated and morti-
fied" by the six-paragraph account
published in December 1979.
The trial is being closely watched
as a benchmark of the standards pri-
vate citizens just meet to prove
they've been libeled.
Pre-trial motions and appeals in
the case led to a Michigan Supreme
Court ruling that relaxed that stan-
dard, which now requires proof of
negligence rather that malice.
In opening arguments yesterday,
Rouch's attorney, John Jereck, said
he intended to convince the jury the
newspaper was guilty of negligence
in part because it failed to publish a
follow-up story on the decision of
the Calhoun County prosecutor to
press charges and the eventual arrest
of another suspect. The newspaper's
attorney, James Sullivan, said he
would show that the police reporter
who wrote the three-inch article acted
"in the way a prudent journalist
should."
Rouch, 52, said he has worked for
the past 23 years as a mechanic on
the General Foods cereal-packing
line. The trial before Calhoun
} County Circuit Judge Stephen Miller
is to determine whether Rouch was
damaged by the newspaper article,
and whether he is entitled to money
as a result.

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, February 10, 1988-Page 3
0.
Campus issues
addressed in
WCBN program
By HELAINE SCHOLNICK audience. What we say would have
Every Thursday at 6 p.m. more of an impact."
University radio station WCBN airs IN ADDITION to the weekly
a half hour show designed to inform debate, a special guest is also inter-
University of Michigan's disabled viewed by the two panel partici-
student body about campus issues. pants. Recently, President of Barrier
LSA senior Kurt Heyman started Free Computer Users Doug Thomp-
the show "ACCESS" this past son and LSA sophomore Jenny
September after working as a reader Hamburg interviewed Tom Weber, a
for visually impaired students over rowing team member who was
the summer. He initially sought to interested in starting a rowing team
give blind students more access to for blind students.
campus news by reading the Daily "I want this to go, and I think we
and providing other student informa- can do it," said RC sophomore Tom
tion over the air, since no campus Weber in his efforts to recruit the
newspapers are printed in braille. blind community to participate in
WHEN THE show was created what he called a "unique opportu-
last term, Heyman recapped the nity."
'I think it's of interest for others to listen to as well-
- Kurt Heyman
Host of WCBN's
ACCESS

Daily Photo by KAREN HANDELMAN
Heart-y hello
LSA Junior Elizabeth Haas receives a pre-Valentine's Day greeting from LSA senior Deidre McAllister outside
Orchard Lane clothing store on State Street.
Three Mich. high school education

bills go for final v
LANSING- A trio of bills designed to improve
education in Michigan high schools advanced toward a
final Senate vote yesterday after adoption of an
amendment to encourage stiffer classroom discipline.
The bills would establish a core curriculum for
schools and mandate school-improvement plans and
annual reports by each school district.
The bills are a key part of efforts by majority
Republicans in the Senate to enact education reforms,
including a new method of financing Michigan
schools.
The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to
begin debate today on a proposal to boost education
spending by 10 percent by enacting a statewide
property tax and boosting the sales tax from 4 percent
to 5 percent.
Under the legislation that advanced yesterday each
school improvement plan would have to include a plan
to refine school discipline. The proposal was offered
by Sen. David Holmes, (D- Detroit), who said Detroit

ote in state senate
schools were constantly disrupted by violence.
While Holmes' amendment would have applied only
to Detroit, other senators quickly moved to make the
requirement statewide.
"It's not just Detroit... that has discipline problem,"
said Sen. Jack Faxon, D-Farmington Hills.
The amendment was approved on a voice vote with
little more debate.
The three bills would:
Require school boards, by the start of the 1989-90
school year, to make available a core curriculum of
basic instruction, including courses in computer
science, math, science, foreign languages, social
studies and other subjects. The Senate rejected several
attempts to exempt smaller school districts from the
demands or limit the number of subjects to be offered.
"The kids today don't know a lot of basics,"
protested Sen. Ed Fredricks, R-Holland. "Expanding
the courses they'll have to learn won't help them learn
the basics."

week's events merely by reading ex-
cerpts from various student publica-
tions. This term, though, he wanted
to broaden the show's content by
including a forum and a feature pre-
sentation for disabled students.
Heyman. said the show i s
"designed to present mainstream
news on campus to the disabled."
Known as "The Press Club," the
forum pits editors of The Michigan
Review against editors of The
Michigan Daily in a weekly debate
over campus issues. Heyman
thought that by including different
opinions about social, political, and
controversial issues, the University's
students could gain a better under-
standing of campus events.
"It's important for forums such as
these to be on campus," said Seth
Klukoff, a regular participant of the
weekly debate and editor of the
Michigan Review. "The show will
achieve greater success with a wider

The original aim of "ACCESS"
was to reach out and join handi-
capped students with campus life,
but Heyman thinks all students can
benefit from its format.
"I think it's (the show) of interest
for others to listen to as well," he
said.
THOMPSON said the Univer-
sity can't provide many services to
disabled students because there aren't
many of them. "There are only 88
handicapped students registered with
Disabled Student Services, as op-
posed to the over 1,000 students at
the University of Wisconsin," said,
Thompson.
For this reason alone, Thompson
said it is more difficult to implement
many programs for disabled students
- a fact that makes the University
less attractive to handicapped stu-
dents. "Not many programs enable
them to be involved," he said.

CORRECTION
One of every 10 women who have been sexually assaulted reports the
} incident to the police. This fact was incorrectly reported in an editorial in
yesterday's Daily.
TH IST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
h -

Moody holds 'Fireside

Speakers
Inese Beitins - "Diet,
exercise, and amenorrhea," 12:10 -
1:00 p.m. Room 1260 CCRB.
Prof. Rudolf Arnheim -
"From the Surface into the Depth,"
a lecture on the psychology of art.
7p.m. Room 126, East Quad
Larry J a c k i e r - United
Jewish Appeal speaker about his
mission to 6 countries. 7 p.m.
Pendleton Rm, Michigan Union.
Cherrie Moraga -
King/Chavez/Parks visiting prof.
symposium on Chicana feminist
literature. 4:15 Rackham East
Conference Rm.
Wei-Liem Loh -"Estimating
covariance matrices," 4:00, R m
451 Mason Hall.
Geneva Smiterman - Black
History month speech on Black
English will bebrescheduled from
tonight to Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.,
Couzens Hall.
Catherine McAuley Health
Center - "Osteoporosis Update:
"What's new in prevention and
treatment," McAuley Education
Center Aud. 7-9 p.m.
Prof. Shaw Livermore- 'A
speech in favor of a code,
sponsored by LSA student
government. 6p.m Chambers,
Michigan Union.
Dr. Mark Meyerhoff-
"Anion Selective Membrane
Electrodes: Progress a n d
Challenges." Rm 1200, Chem
bldg, 4 p.m.
Dr. Lisbeth Hedstrom -
"A Novel Mechanism of Drug
Resistance," Rm 1300 chem bldg,
4:00.
Eclipse Jazz - Jerry LeDuff
arnd Joe TnLiuca.histor of ijazz

Chat' with
By LAWRENCE ROSENBERG
In order to insure that t h e
University is not divided into a mi-
nority-majority school, minority
students should not be categorized
apart from the rest of the University
community, Vice-Provost of
Minority Affairs Charles Moody told
an audience during his "fireside chat"
yesterday.
"There really are no differences
between the students - there is a
difference between the institutions,,
Moody said in response to a question
about the difference between a Black
student at a primarily Black univer-
sity, and a Black student at the Uni-
versity.
"THEY (students at a primarily
Black University) enter an environ-
ment that says they will contribute
to society. The (Black) students at
this University could have a 1600
(on the SAT) and a 4.0 and still be
made to feel like special admissions.
People always say to me 'find some

fac ulty
qualified minority students', but
never 'find me some qualified white
students'," he added.
Yesterday's chat was the third and
final in a series of informal discus-
sions the provost has held in order to
"open up communications and talk
to people about issues or problems
which they feel need to be ad-
dressed."
In response to a question about
how the racial environment has im-
proved on campus, Moody replied:
"Before an institution can address
racism they have to come to grips
with the fact that racism exists. We
have to make people understand that
there is racism that has been institu-
tionalized on this campus and it is
hard to recognize it because they are
so used to it."
MOODY targeted his final fire-
side chat toward faculty; the first was
aimed at students, and the second at
University staff.

University Lutheran
Chapel- Folk Eucharist, 9p.m.
1511 Washtenaw, 663-5560
Int Ctr/Peace Corps -
B lack History Month Film Series,
"Garden of Eden in Decay," 1-6
p.m. disc. follows. 603 E.
Madison. 764-9310
El Salvador workshop- at
Sigma Alpha Epsilon & p.m.,
sponsored by MSA and Greeks for
Peace.
LA S C- meeting 8 p.m. 2435
Mason Hall.
Ann Arbor Coalition
Against Rape-Take Back the
Night planning meeting. 7:30,
Community Action Rm, 2nd floor
Fire Station across from City Hall.
Computing Center
Course- SPIRES Database
Development, Part 2, 4003 SEB.
763-7630.
Computing Center
Course- Computing Networking
Technology. 4212 SEB. 763-7630.
Career Planing and
Placement- "Polishing Your
Resume to Perfection," 3:10-4:00.
Career Planning and
Placement - "Preparing for the
Second Interview," 4:10-5:00.
Career Planning and
Placement- "The Medical
School Interview," 4:10-5:00.
Career Planning and
Placement - "Job Search
Lecture." 4:10-5:30, 2011 MLB.
Career Planning and
Placement - Preregistration for
the summer job fair.
Furthermore
UAC-Laughtrack - O.J.
Anderson at U-Club.

Doily Photo by ROBIN LOZNAK-
Vice Provost for Minority Affairs Charles Moody gave his third "Fireside
Chat" to a group of University faculty and staff yesterday in the Kuenzel
Room, Michigan Union.

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