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Ninety-eight years of editorialfreedom

Vol. XCVIII, No. 110

Ann Arbor, Michigan -Tuesday, March 15, 1988

Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

Top state
legislators
back Gore
By KENNETH DINTZER
The candidates for the Democratic presidential nom-
ination are stepping up their campaigning efforts this
week in Michigan - the next political battleground
after today's Illinois primaries.
Tennessee Senator Al Gore will be in Lansing to-
day, where Speaker of the Michigan House of Repre-
sentatives Gary Owen and Michigan Senate minority
leader Art Miller will endorse his candidacy, according
to a source close to the campaign.
Yesterday, through an aide, Gore confirmed that he
would receive the endorsements and said, "I am both
delighted and honored with the support and recognition
from such prominate leaders as Speaker Owen and
Senator Miller. Their backing will make an enormous
difference in my campaign here in Michigan. I look
forward to working with both of them in the weeks
ahead."
Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri - who virtually
pulled out of the Illinois race, spending little money
and time there - kicks off his campaign today with a
two day bus tour of Michigan.
See GORE, Page 2
Groups to I
By JIM PONIEWOZIK said yesterd
In order to prompt the University to "tangible eN
step up its efforts to fight discrimina- pus, which
tQry acts, members of the Michigan sent to Uni
Student Assembly and the United Co- tiate their cl
alition Against Racism have developed a mandatory c
system to document such incidents on The form
campus. the incident
Beginning tomorrow the groups will tion about t
distribute documentation forms for wit- ethnic grou
nesses to or victims of racial, ethnic, or the person,
sexual harassment. thorities, an
MSA Minority Affairs Committee any, were ta
Chair and LSA sophomore Delro Harris UCAR S

Coalition
res ponds
ie
to 'code
!lu ied front'
protests draft
By STEVE KNOPPER
Leaders of seven campus groups yesterday released a
"statement of unity" to Interim University President
Robben Fleming and last night were working on an
alternative to his proposed anti-discrimination policy
- which they call "an inadequate response" to racism
on campus.
About 30 student leaders, including representatives
from the Michigan Student Assembly and the United
Coalition Against Racism, deliberated for four hours
Sunday night before agreeing on the four-part state-
ment. The groups have not yet proposed a concrete al-
ternative to Fleming's draft, though Fleming said that
yesterday was the deadline for comments on the draft.
In the groups' statement, they asked for an exten-
sion on Fleming's Monday deadline, saying that only
allotting two weeks for review of the proposal was
"inadequate."
But, said Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline), "That's
the old delay game again. There comes a time when the
d paper's finally due. Perhaps it's overdue."
In the statement the groups said, "While we recog-
s nize the importance and necessity of a racial harassment
policy, we.in no way endorse the notion of a compre-
e hensive code of non-academic student conduct, under-
standing that such a code would likely be used to sup-
- press the kind of protest that has brought the issue of
racism to the fore."
e Fleming was unavailable for comment yesterday on
the groups' statement.
k The University's Board of Regents will vote Thurs-
day on Fleming's policy to deter student discrimination
and harassment with academic punishments.
See CODE, Page 2

Giving the facts Doily Photo by DAVID LUBLNER
Jill Joseph, associate professor of epidemiology, speaks at a forum on the prevention and transmission of
AIDS. The forum was intended for sexually active heterosexuals on campus. See story, Page 3.
Joeument harassment

[ay the forms would provide
vidence" of racism on cam-
the groups could then pre-
versity officials to substan-
Jaims that reforms, such as a
lass on racism, are needed.
ns ask individuals to describe
s in detail, provide informa-
their age, gender, race and
ps, indicate whether or not
sought assistance from au-
id state what procedures, if
ken by the authorities.
teering Committee member

Pam Nadasen, an LSA junior, said the
reports will also serve as evidence that
racism on campus is not simply limited
to a few over-publicized incidents.
"What we often hear... is that UCAR
takes one incident and blows it out of
proportion, and that's not the
case," Nadasen said.
The groups are encouraging members
of the University community to report
any discriminatory acts - including
graffiti, verbal or physical attacks and
abusive comments. The reports will be
kept on file with the Minority Affairs

Committee, which will then be referre
to local authorities when appropriate.
Harris said reporting the incidents
would fill a gap left by the University
Affirmative Action Office, which h
believes is more concerned with docu
menting complaints for statistical pur
poses than investigating them.
"I don't mean to slam Affirmativ
Action, but they just don't (investigate)
and from what I've heard, I don't thin]
it was ever their job," Harris said.
See FORMS, Page 3

New UGLi
computers
faciliate
research
By GORDON SATOH
The Undergraduate Library ac-
quired last week three state-of-the-art
computer systems which will bring
book titles to students' fingertips.
The Compact Disc-Read Only
Memory systems (CD-ROM) sys-
tem has on disc the Readers' Guide
to Periodical Literature, Psych-lit,
and the Social Science Index, mak-
ing library research - including re-
search done for term papers - easier
and faster. Each system costs the
University $4332, including a one
year maintenance contract from IBM.
Resembling a compact disc
player, the CD-ROM system is
connected to a computer instead of a
stereo system.
With this system, it is possible
to reference periodicals from the last
five years by just entering a title,
author, or subject. "The microcom-
puter has software that interprets the
data off the CD," said Richard
Jasper, reference librarian at the
UGLi.
See UGLi, Page 2

New director of
DRDA selected

By DAVID SCHWARTZ
Alan Steiss, a provost for re-
search at the Virginia Polytechnic
Institute, has been named the director
of the University's Division of Re-
search Development and Admini-
stration.
At the end of May, Steiss will
replace James Lesch, who retired as
the DRDA director last year.
The DRDA is the University de-
partment which assists faculty in at-
tracting and administering research
projects funded by sources outside
the University.
"Alan Steiss brings us breadth
and depth of experience in dealing
with university research, develop-
ment, and grants administration,"
said Vice President for Research
Linda Wilson.
"He is not only a fine admin-
istrator, but also an accomplished
scholar in the areas of public
budgeting, strategic planning, and
management controls," Wilson said.
Steiss said he was looking for-
ward to taking over his position at
the University. "The responsibilities
(at DRDA) are very similar to what
I'm responsible for at Virginia
Tech.," he said.
"The DRDA is thought of by
many around the country as a model
for such organizations," Steiss said.

Steiss
.. , takes over DRDA

Interim DRDA director Martin
Tobin said, "I've been wanting (the
University) to hire a permanent di-
rector here for some time, and I'm
happy that Alan Steiss was chosen."
Tobin will resume his position as
Assistant Director for Research Ad-
ministration and the senior project
representative at DRDA.
See RESEARCH, Page 3

Doily Photo by DANIEL STIEBEL
Walk this way
Crossing guard Guy Lewis gives the time to children leaving Eberwhite Woods school yesterday as he helps
them cross the street safely. Lewis works three shifts a day-in the morning, in the afternoon, and at lun-
chtime.

Students F
By RYAN TUTAK
The Students First party, touting
experience on the Michigan Student
Assembly, brings to the spring elec-
tions a ticket to improve the Univer-
sity's social climate by opposing a
code and pushing for mandatory
classes on racism and sexism.
Mike Phillips, an LSA junior,
heads the Students First nrty with

irst opposc
trade their degree for freedom of
speech," Phillips said.
Interim University President
Robben Fleming introduced a policy
proposal last month detailing aca-
demic sanctions - disciplinary
warnings, reprimands, community
service, mandatory class attendance,

code, tuition hikes

Fleming's policy, and to continue
speaking about discriminatory poli-
cies in general at dorms, co-ops, and
Greek houses.
Phillips, chair of MSA's Student
Rights Committee, said Students
First would only favor a policy
drafted by the University Council -
a nine-member board of three stu-
dents. faculty, and administrators -

University community's concern
about discrimination in order to
eliminate racism and sexism.
Phillips said that discrimination af-
fects all minorities and Greek system
members, not just Blacks.
"Everything is tailored to the
Black community," he said. "It's a
slap in the face to the other minori-
ties."

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