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Vol. C, No. 52 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, November 15, 1990 CGP~r'ght 990
Senate Assembly to discuss faculty, staff harassment policy

by Nicole James
Daily Staff Reporter
Twelve additional revisions to a
policy which would punish Univer-
sity faculty and staff for discrimina-
tory harassment will be discussed at
the faculty's Senate Assembly meet-
ing Monday.
The Senate Assembly has been
debating the policy for three years.
Under the policy, faculty and staff
may not verbally, sexually, or phys-

ically conduct themselves in a way
that adversely affects or interferes
with the education, employment,
housing, or participation in a Uni-
versity activity of an individual
based upon the individual's race, re-
ligion, sex, sexual orientation, age,
or handicap.
The policy also states that faculty
and staff members should avoid con-
sensual sexual relationships if one
individual "is in a position to influ-

ence the education, employment,
housing, or participation in a Uni-
versity activity of the other."
Also, speech that "disrupts the
workplace or substantially reduces or
impairs the activities of other mem-
bers of the University community...
may be prohibited." The policy
enumerates types of conduct which
would be "protected by academic
After a formal investigation, a

policy violation may result in a rec-
ommendation to be forwarded to the
dean or director for punishment rang-
ing from reprimand to dismissal.
The policy will not be voted on
at the meeting because two-thirds of
the Assembly members are unfamil-
iar with the policy, said Peggie
Hollingsworth, chair of the Assem-
bly and the Senate Advisory Com-
mittee On University Affairs
(SACUA). New members have been

elected to the Assembly since the
first version of the policy was
The Assembly will inform the
new members on the policy, discuss
the document, and "collect the con-
cerns of the people," said SACUA
Executive Assistant Laina Savory.
University General Counsel Elsa
Cole will attend the meeting to an-
swer questions.
Professor Tom Tentler, the

SACUA liaison to the Civil Liber-
ties Board, will be present to "tell
the Senate Assembly where the
Civil Liberties Board stands on the
issue," he said.
There may be concerns about
some of the wording of the policy.
The faculty has to decide if any in-
fringement on academic freedom ex-
ists, said Savory.

may face
by Josephine Ballenger
Daily Crime Reporter
A University student may face
the criminal charge of malicious de-
struction of property for chalking
on University grounds.
Todd Ochoa, an LSA junior and
member of Michigan Student As-
sembly's Student Rights Commis-
sion, was writing with chalk across
campus Saturday afternoon when a
University maintenance truck
caught up to him near the C.C. Lit-
tle bus stop.
Ochoa wrote "No guns, no cops,
no code" on cement areas while
walking from the Union to the bus
stop. He was stopped at 1:33 p.m.,
according to Ann Arbor police re-
City detective Douglas Barbour,
who investigates crimes on Univer-
sity property, said the Chemistry
Dept. filed the complaint with De-
partment of Public Safety and Secu-
rity (DPSS). Barbour said Ochoa
chalked up concrete pillars of the
new Dow Chemistry Building and
of Haven Hall.
Ochoa said three grounds crew
workers approached him on N.
University, told him to stop chalk-
ing, and asked him to "step against
their truck."
Ochoa said he felt threatened and
"politely declined" the workers' re-
The maintenance workers then
radioed DPSS, and two officers
soon arrived on the scene. Lieut.
Rachel Flint questioned Ochoa
See CHALKER, Page 2


's. office,




Students present demands for
dialogue with 'U' officials

A Music school senior takes part in the sit-in at the Fleming Building yesterday to protest the University's
deputization and arming of campus security officers.
'U' and students clas
on deputization issue
by Sarah Schweitzer and the administration to turn back are deputizing security off
Daily Administration Reporter the clock on the decision - a deci- sure the safety of students

icers to en-

by Tami Pollak
and Sarah Schweitzer
Daily Staff Reporters
Regents Plaza was lit up by hun-
dreds of candles last night to show
solidarity with the approximately 40
members of Students for a Safer
Campus (SSC) who stormed Presi-
dent James Duderstadt's outer office
yesterday afternoon.
The students took over the of-
fices armed with a list of demands
aimed at rectifying "the alienation
and isolation of students from the
University's decision-making pro-
Just after 3 p.m. students
marched into Duderstadt's office in
an orderly fashion, presented their
list of five demands to personnel,
and asked to see the President. When
told that he was not in, students an-
nounced they were prepared to sit and
wait until administrators agreed to
open negotiations.
Executive Director of University
Relations Walter Harrison, represent-
ing the administration, immediately
confronted the students and declined
to recognize any of their demands.
"We have no plans to do any-
thing except proceed along the lines
the regents have already approved,"

Harrison said.
In response to Harrison's refusal
to consider the demands, one student
said, "Since you won't deal with us
in a respectable way, we'll just
Heading up the list of demands
was a call for the University to stop
all plans to deputize its security
Harrison called the sit-in an overt
display of "political theater."
One student responded to Harri-
son's comment by insisting, "We're
not actors - we're telling the truth.
Instead of telling the truth and run-
ning, this time we're sitting down."
By 5 p.m. the doors to the Flem-
ing Building were locked and flanked
by a team of University security per-
sonnel. Phone lines to the Presi-
dent's office were also shut off.
At 10 p.m. a candle light vigil
was held outside the Fleming Build-
ing to show support for the students
still barricaded inside.
To the beat of a drum and the
flash of office lights which were
flicked on and off by students inside,
approximately 100 students held
candles and chanted, "No guns, no
See SIT-IN, page 2

Student opposition to deputiza-
tion, which has steadily gained fol-
lowers and visibility all year, now
stands poised for a head-on collision
with University officials with no
resolution in sight.

sion officials say will stand.
Many student leaders see armed
security as the instrument by which
the administration will control stu-
dent behavior.
With the specter of police brutal-
ization of student protesters in the
1960s in mind, activists fear the
armed officers will attempt to quell
protests and will create a force de-
signed to intimidate students.
But University officials say they

"Sheer nonsense," was how Re-
gent Paul Brown (D-Petoskey) de-
scribed the suggestion that armed se-
curity officers would be used to quiet
student protestors.
Students opposed to deputization,
however, claim if the University
were truly concerned with safety, it
would implement other safety sug-
gestions - such as improved light-
ing, expanded night walking ser-


Today, hundreds
of students will
flood Regents'
Plaza in the hopes
of convincing the
Board of Regents

Sunrunner drops to fifth

by David Kheingold
Daily Staff Reporter
CHANDLER, Australia -
"Gentlemen, we have a race. Right
here, in the middle of the Outback, we
have a true race," said Paul Weissel, a
sports director for a local radio station,
Indeed. After an intense but cloudy
fourth day of the World Solar Chal-
lenge, Sunrunner, the solar car from
the University of Michigan, dropped to
fifth place, behind Ingenierschule Biel,
Honda, Hoxan, and Western Washing-
ton University.
Although the Sunrunner technically
pulled off the road in fifth place,
Hoxan, a Japanese manufacturer of so-
lar cells, and Western Washington con-

tinued racing after 5 p.m., when the
cars normally stop racing for the day.
Race regulations allow the cars to
leave the road within ten minutes be-
fore or after 5 o'clock every afternoon,
provided they compensate the follow-
ing morning when they resume the
1900-mile race. As a result, Michigan
will begin this morning before the
other two teams.
"It looks as if we're not doing very
well because yesterday we were in third
and today we're in fifth, but the third
place team is two kilometers down the
road, the fourth place team is one
kilometer down the road, and we've
made a 25-kilometer gain on Honda,
who's in second," said Engineering se-

nior Susan Fancy, the team manager.
Overcoming Honda seems more
likely to the team than overcoming the
Swiss team Biel, with its 276 kilome-
ters (171 mile) lead.

Engineering graduate Doug Parker,
who handles logistics and finance.
The big goal now seems to be sec-
ond place. Since Biel holds a nearly
unreachable lead, Hoxan, Michigan,

'It looks as if we're not doing very well
because yesterday we were in third and
today we're in fifth, but the third place team
is two kilometers down the road'
- Engineering senior Susan Fancy
Sunrunner team manager

Tennant Creek
Barrow Creek
Alice Springs
Cooper Pedy i
k Pimba
4 Port Piria
Racing the Worldu

"It would be extremely difficult. It
could be done. You can't rule it out. It
would take some sort of failure or
catastrophic weather intervention," said

and Western Washington University
are all hoping to surpass Honda.
"Anyone could catch Honda now,
including us," Fancy said.

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Westen's lectures
inspire students

MSA election turn
out may hit record

by Joanna Broder
Prof. Drew Westen stood in front
of his more than 600-person after-
noon lecture and demanded his stu-
dents quiet down immediately. He
told them he was sick and tired of
constantly having to handle incon-
siderate loud students when he was
ready to begin class.
All of a sudden Westen's harsh-
ness lifted and he asked his students

"I think when you teach you
don't want to just impart concepts,
but if you want people to really un-
derstand them, you have to do it in a
way that seems alive. The thing
about psychology is that it is about
people, and if you can take a psych
class and be untouched personally,
you probably haven't taken a very f
good psych class," he said.
Many students enjoy Westen's

by Christine Kloostra
Daily MSA Reporter
Although final tabulations have
not been made, a high number of
students cast ballots in the first day
of the Michigan Student Assembly
Rebbeca Gebes, administrative
coordinator and former election direc-
tor, said the turnout was higher than
average and could possibly set a

day of voting tomorrow would de-
pend on several factors, such as
weather and voter apathy.
l:SA elections '90
Minor problems - such as poll


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