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People who lived in co-ops last year are feeling
anything but secure about their security deposits
these days. That's because the Inter-Cooperative
Council has been anything but cooperative.

"Thief of Bagdad" - a silent film with a
complete musical score is running this weekend
at The Michigan Theatre. Find out about the
sounds of this silence.

Michigan's ground game has been less than
inspiring in the Wolverines' first two games this
season. However, coach Gary Moeller is not very
worried about the running attack.

Today .:
Partly cloudy, warmer;
High 67, Low 46
Tomorrow
Clouds and sun; High 68, Low 51

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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom

Vol. CIL No. 131 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Thursday, September 24,1992 ©1992 The Michigan Daily

Students blast
proposed code
at open forum
by Henry Goldblatt
Daily News Editor
Concern about the rights of protesters and the lack
of student voice into the document topped student
questions yesterday at the second of two public fo-
rums held to discuss the proposed Statement of
Student Rights and Responsibilities.
About 50 students attended the administration-
sponsored forum to ask questions of members of the
U-M's offices of Student Affairs and General
Counsel.
"Students should have a voice on an annual basis.
You may need to subject the code to scrutiny every
year," said LSA senior and Michigan Review Editor
in Chief Adam DeVore, in voicing his support for a
yearly review of the document.
Vice President for Student Affairs Maureen
Hartford expressed concern over yearly scrutiny of
the statement, but said she would like to see some
mechanism for the document's amendment when
necessary. See FORUM, Page 2

MCC sues U-M
for cutting off
mandatory fee

Rob Van Houweling, the chair of MSA's Student Rights Commission, questions
representatives of the U-M Office of Student Affairs at last night's forum on the proposed
Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Code phone survey results
Listed below are the results of a phone
survey of 560 students by the Office of
Student Affairs about the proposed
Statement of Student Rights and
Responsibilities:
Do you favor or oppose the concept of
such a policy?
favor 75.7%
oppose 11.0%
don't know 13.3%
Do you favor or oppose this particular
proposed policy (asked only of the 255
students who had read or were familiar
with the policy)?
favor 57.6%
oppose 15.3%
don't know 27.1%

Phone survey indicates
students 1n favor of code

by Andrew Levy
and Karen Sabgir
Daily Staff Reporters
A U-M student and a statewide
student lobbying group are suing the
U-M Board of Regents for its June
decision to cut the group's funding.
LSA junior Tobias Zimmerman
and the Michigan Collegiate Coali-
tion (MCC) allege that the regents
violated four statutes - including
the First Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution - in ceasing manda-
tory student funding to MCC by a
unanimous vote.
The suit was initially filed in the
Washtenaw County Circuit Court
this summer, but was later moved to
the U.S. District Court in Detroit.
MCC and Zimmerman have also
contended that the fee was canceled
primarily because of a philosophical
disagreement over MCC's support
of an amendment to the state consti-
tution limiting tuition increases at
state colleges and universities to the
rate of inflation.
"That's not accurate," said Exec-
utive Director for University Rela-
tions Walter Harrison. "It was the
principle of a mandatory fee."
Regent Pau! Brown (D-Petoskey)
said the decision to cut funding was
made because MCC is not a student
organization.
"It is a bad idea to have a fee
charged to the students that has
nothing to do with the U-M - as far
as MCC is concerned," Brown said.
However, internal memoranda
among high university officials, in-
cluding two signed by U-M Presi-
dent James Duderstadt, suggest
otherwise.
"Yet another strong reason for

by Melissa Peerless
Daily News Editor
The results of a U-M Office of Student
Affairs phone survey show a student popula-
tion strongly in favor of a conduct code.
The U-M planned to ask a representative
sample of 560 students two questions con-
cerning the proposed Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities.
However, interviewers were unable to
reach 79 students, reducing the total number
of responses to 481 - 86 percent of the in-
tended sample. Of these students, 53 percent
said they had read or were familiar with the
code proposal. These students were then
asked if they favored a code such as the one

presented.
Three-quarters said they favored some
sort of conduct policy, while 57.6 percent
said they supported the exact code drafted by
the U-M.
According to the survey results, "It is im-
portant to note that even for those who had
read or were familiar with the Statement,
nearly 30 percent volunteered a 'don't
know' response when asked if they favored
or opposed this particular policy."
More than 15 percent of students sur-
veyed told interviewers they were opposed
to the proposed Statement.
Data also point out that first-year students
See SURVEY, Page 2

I

. Students say CD scam seemed easy,
but tampering with mad is felomous

ceasing University-funded political
activities over which we do not have
absolute control (e.g., MCC), since
they are quite likely to be involved
in campaigns ...," Duderstadt said in
a memo to U-M General Counsel
Elsa Cole, Harrison, and Director of
Presidential Communications Con-
nie Cook.
"With an IRS audit scheduled for
the next two years, we would have
been at great risk in continuing to
fund MCC through a mandatory stu-
dent fee," the memo said.
Another memo in late 1991 to U
M Vice President for Government
Relations Richard Kennedy also
contradicts the administration's
public stance.
"You (Kennedy), (Associate Vice
President for Academic Affairs)
Mary Ann (Swain), and whomever
need to decide on a strategy to get us
out of this," reads the second memo.
"In checking with other PCSUM
(Presidents Council on State Univer-
sities) presidents, only a few still al-
low their student governments to
support MCC ... and they are con-
sidering pulling out.
"But as it now stands, UM is
providing most of MCC's money ...
and it continues to work at cross
purposes with us," Duderstadt said
in the memo.
When asked to comment on the
memos, Harrison said, "I can't
comment on any matter under litiga-
tion."
MCC Chair Stephanie Arellano
said U-M students voted to support
funding of the organization in a
campus referendum in 1988. It pro-
posed a 35-cent increase in the
See MCC, Page 2
Pro-choice
leaders say
vandalism
must stop
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The
state's largest anti-abortion group
might not be to blame for a string of
stinky attacks on clinics, but its
leaders could do more to halt the
vandalism, pro-choice officials said
yesterday.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-
Lansing) said Right to Life of
Michigan's weak statements about
the attacks on 14 women's clinics
undercut its claim of rejecting
violence.
"If they are really opposed to vio-
lence, if they really want to stop un-
wanted pregnancies, if they really
want to separate themselves from
this, then they need to stand up and
say so," she said.
Barbara -Listing, president of
Right to Life of Michigan, said the
group's longstanding policy against
violence speaks for itself. She said
spokespeople have repeated it since
the attacks began.
"If anyone called us and said, Is
this a good idea?' we would never
advise them to do it because there
are other approaches to changing the
public's opinion on abortion," she
said..
Even if Right to Life were to call

on those responsible to stop, she

by Erin Einhorn
Daily Crime Reporter
It was a cheap, easy way to col-
lect compact discs, said Jeff, an LSA
junior who preferred not to have his
real name revealed.
It was the perfect scam.
Jeff said he and his friends col-
lected as many as 200 free CDs in
the mail last year. Getting caught
seemed highly unlikely.
A couple of friends had been do-
ing it successfully for years, he said.
He knows people who run the same
game in other cities and other states.
They invent false names, and apply
to CD purchasing clubs that promise
eight bonus CDs to members before
requiring them to pay for several
more.
Pseudonyms cannot be held re-
sponsible for membership obliga-
tions, explained Jeff, who personally
collected 32 compact discs.
"But they are responsible for
paying for the CDs," said U.S. Postal
Inspector Fred Van de Putte.
"They're just ducking that responsi-
+ bility by committing a fraud through
the mail. ... That's mail fraud and a
federal felony."

'It's a very serious
crime - a felony.'
- Jeff
LSA junior
Mail fraud violators, Van de
Putte said, can face up to five years
in prison for each count of fraud -
and the maximum fine per count is
$250,000.
Jeff had his CDs mailed to South
Quad, where he worked at the front
desk.
"I didn't think it would come
out," he said. "I figured that was my
last year in the dorms."
But when his boss found out, Jeff
quit his front desk job and released
the names of other participants to the
police.
The U.S. Postal Department de-
cided not to press charges, and the
CD club - Columbia House
Records - only wanted the mer-
chandise returned, but Jeff and his
friends could have faced a fine and
felonies on their records.

"We may not take a person to
federal court over one CD," Van de
Putte said. "But we're not going to
ignore it either."
The costs to the Postal
Department for pressing charges are
significant, he said.
But mail fraud involving compact
discs occurs across the country, es-
pecially on university campuses,
Van de Putte said.
His Detroit-based office has in-
vestigated several cases involving
students at Michigan colleges, he
said.
"We get complaints on a fairly
regular basis," Van de Putte said.
Compact Disc clubs - like
Columbia House - usually have
computer data bases that search for
members ordering repeatedly to the
same address, he said.
"When they spot a problem, they
contact us," Van de Putte said. "If
it's a large enough case, we'll send
out an investigator."
Columbia House Senior Vice
President of Business and
Government Affairs Ralph Colin
said his company is aware that
See FRAUD, Page 5

Sorority sisters
Katherina Zabicki, a new Delta Gamma pledge, receives a hug from her
blood sister Karina, who received a bid from Kappa Kappa Gamma. Both
sisters are LSA sophomores.

Public colleges may need to upgrade rape policies under new bill

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -
Michigan's public colleges and uni-
versities would have to create cam-
pus rape policies or risk losing state
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1991 on 15 of the state's public
campuses, according to figures re-
leased this month under the new
federal Campus Security Act.
Anthnrities sav thev hear from inst

"Apparently universities need
this kind of heavy-handed treatment
to start treating people like people,"
said Rep. James Kosteva (D-
(' ant n

fore Congress.
The House also approved legisla-
tion yesterday that aims to break the
sex barrier in Michigan's public
whnnd ieQrnnm _

"Build Michigan" road and bridge
plan.
Lawmakers expanded Engler's
program by $1 billion to sell state
honds to nav for the transnnrtatinn

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