The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 30, 1992 - Page 3
by Purvi Shah
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly
called on the U-M administration to
reconsider its stance in favor of the
proposed Statement on Student
Rights and Resposibilities, saying
that its creation would violate exist-
ing U-M regulations.
Student Rights Committee Chair
Rob Van Houweling argued at last
night's meeting that the U-M already
maintains a code of non-academic
conduct - the 1973 "Rules of the
University Community' - which
handles complaints including student
assault of professors in classrooms.
Additionally, Van Houweling
stated that in 1979 the U-M estab-
lished the University Judicial System
to handle these complaints.
Van Houweling said according to
the U~niversity Judicial System, the
UM cannot impose another judi-
ciary process which would handle
complaints under the "Rules of the
He added that the University
Council - a committee of three
administrators, three faculty mem-
bers, and three MSA-appointed stu-
dent representatives established to
formulate regulations of conduct -
has not been removed from the
Regental Bylaws, although it was
supposed to be defunct at the end of
He argued that the Statement of
Student Rights and Responsibilities
would violate this organization's
"The fact that they haven't un-
covered these rules, their potential
application, and their existence is
symptomatic of this sort of slipshod
approach that they're taking to pro-
duce this code," Van Houweling
said. "Basically I want to make it
clear for this process to be success-
ful, we have to take more time to
look at the problems."
While the existence of the
University Council is debateable,
MS'A appointed Van Houweling,
Engineering Rep. Brian Kight, and
Rackhamn Rep. Jon Van Camp to
serve on it.
The resolution also calls on the
administration to explain and insure
that the procedures of the University
Judicial System and the University
Council are followed.
In additional business, the as-
senibly appointed members to its
newly-created Office Space
Allocation Committee that was
formed in response to student coin-
plaints alleging discrimination in
The committee consists of
Budget Priorities Committee Chair
Sejal Mistry, Vice President Hunter
Van Valkenburgh, Administrative
Coordinator Colleen Tighe, and two
LSA Rep. Steve Stark and first-
year Engineering student Brian
Elliott - both of whom assured the
assembly they would maintain
objectivity in their consideration of
requests - were selected to fill the
U-M adds taxi service
for nighttime safety
by Tim Greimel
A North Campus Nite Owl and a free taxi
service have been added to the university's
transportation program this semester in an ef-
fort to make late night commuting around
campus more convenient and safe.
The Nite Owl service - already available
on central campus - was duplicated on north
campus at the beginning of the school year.
The Nite Owl program, however, only operates
until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3
a.m. Friday and Saturday. To accommodate
students' and staffs' needs after this time, a
free taxi service began operation Sunday.
To use the taxi service, a student should
have identification and go to the main desk at
the Undergraduate Library between 2 and 5
a.m. or the main desk at North Campus
Commons between 2 and 7 a.m. The attendant
will call a Yellow Cab and the university will
pick up the tab for the ride.
Patrick Cunningham, manager of trans-
portation services, said the new Nite Owl pro-
gram will cost the university an additional $40-
50,000, funded from the university's general
Cunningham said he didn't know how
much the Yellow Cab service would cost the
university, since it is dependent on the number
of participants. If the program costs more than
a comparable Nite Owl program, an around-
the-clock Nite Owl bus will replace it, he
"We're very pleased to be able to offer
these services because we believe they will
significantly increase students' safety... We
hope that people will take advantage of them,"
He added that the programs were largely
motivated by an Institute of Social Research
study that concluded women students are not
satisfied with the level of safety at the
Students who have used the North Campus
Nite Owl said the service was beneficial.
Kamala Cunningham, a Bursley resident,
said the service was convenient when traveling
home late at night.
Two U-M workers relax with a cup of coffee yesterday while "illegally" parking in front of a
Economic slump continues, may
spell trouble for Bush re-election
WASHINGTON (AP) - The presidential election. The current "The nation's sluggish job econ
economy handed George Bush more survey was begun just over 20 years omy and weak job market are con
bad news yesterday as the govern- ago. tinuing to dampen consumer spirits,
ment's chief forecasting gauge de- The previous pre-election low for said Conference Board economis
tected widespread weakness and the index, based on a survey of Fabian Linden.
Americans' economic confidence 5,000 American households, was 80
declined for the third straight month. in 1980, a year in which the incum- Because consumer spending a
The Commerce Department said bent, Jimmy Carter, lost to Ronald counts for two-thirds of econom
that its index of leading indicators Reagan. activity, analysts said it is hard to s
fell 0.2 percent in August, marking The Conference Board said that how the economy can regain me
the second decline in the past three during the past 20 years, a confi- mentum until Americans becom
months. Some economists viewed dence reading significantly below more confident and thus more wil
the weakness as a dangerous signal 100 right before the election has ing to spend.
that the economy was once again spelled defeat for the party residing Aut .2enide llnedt
flirting with recession. in the White House. That occurred gust leadinuindex followed
The Conference Board reported twice, in 1980 and 1976, when slight 0.1 percent July increase and
that its consumer confidence index Gerald Ford lost to Jimmy Carter. 0.3 percent drop i June.
fell to 56.4 in September, represent- "The incumbent party has re- Three straight declines in th
ing a drop of 22 percent since June. mained in office whenever the index leading index often have signaled a
The private business research reading was 100 or over, but lost impending recession and analyst
group said that the September level when the measure of confidence fell said the past three months showe
was the lowest it has ever found in significantly below 100," the re- the economy was getting very clos
the period immediately preceding a search group said. to another downturn.
Expansion of U-M computing system to
improve student, faculty desktop access
by Johnny Su
Although there have been rumors
that the Michigan Terminal System
(MTS) will be signing off, computer
administrators say changes in the
system may not come for several
The Information Technology
Division (ITD) is developing plans
for the transition of the U-M com-
puter network from a mainframe
based computing environment - the
MTS system - to a multi-network
system during the next few years.
Under the future computing envi-
ronment, users will be able to access
multiple services such as E-mail and
conferencing through their desktops
by simply selecting the function
without the hassle of "signing on."
Two ITD-sponsored task forces
have been assembled by Vice
Provost of Information Technology
Doug Van Houweling to oversee the
The MTS Requirements Team,
chaired by Richard Rockwell, ex-
ecutive director of the Inter-
University Consortium for Political
and Social Research (ICPSR), will
advise ITD on developing policies
and procedures for the upcoming
The Future of MTS Steering
Team, chaired by Elizabeth Ziph, as-
sociate director of Computing
Services Research Systems, will fo-
cus on the technical requirements of
"(In undertaking the shift) the
University of Michigan has to plan,
to decide on how much to spend,,to
recognize groups of users and how
they differ and to recognize the re-
sources available and how they
differ," Rockwell said.
In a June 1992 report issued by
the Requirements Team, the group
proposed "guiding principles" for
the transition. A second report rec-
ommending a definitive tactical plan
to ITD will be issued in mid- to-late
The first report recommended
that users dictate the pace of the
transition and that there is a realloca-
tion of funding and ITD assistance to
the community when moving from
the old to the new environment.
"We need to maintain a sense of
balance in moving forward as fast as
we can while making sure that we
don't disenfranchise anyone in the
process," Ziph said.
The Requirements Team report
stressed the importance of the wel-
fare of the entire university
The report stated: "At every de-
cision point, it is incumbent upon
ITD to ask not only whether some
option resolves an ITD problem but
also whether it harms a class of users
financially, functionally, or in some
other way - and if so, what can be
done to alleviate the problem."
"We will probably have a number
of forums where members of the
team will be available for questions
to get more input," Ziph said.
The magic is back
Magic Johnson smiles at a news conference yesterday at the Forum in
Inglewood, Calif., where he announced he would be returning
to the Los Angeles Lakers beginning this season.
Doctors testify in favor of
regulations for transplants
WASHINGTON (AP) - More expanded federal rules for
federal rules are needed to ensure transplants.
that human tissue used for trans- Transmission of HIV, the virus
plants is free of deadly diseases such that causes AIDS, through trans-
as AIDS, tissue banks and the gov- plants is still rare. Seven people
ernment said yesterday. were infected and three died in one
"Transplantable tissue may well incident reported last year, and be-
have been dissected, transported in fore that two cases had been reported
an artificial solution, bathed in an- to the Centers for Disease Control.
tibiotics, irradiated, frozen, stored, The tissue bank industry itself is
thawed, packaged, and transported asking the federal government to
again, said Steven Anderson, regulate it. The American
president of Cryolife Inc. "There is Association of Tissue Banks said
a lot of room for error if the process po fga iatinnsaig
is not properly executed," he said. private organizations are developing
Anderson's company freezes ways to track human transplant tis-
human tissue and specializes in pre- sue, but they need help.
serving human heart valves. He tes- "We feel that federal oversight
tified yesterday before the Senate of this developing program is essen-
Labor and Human Resources tial," said Charles Cuono, president
Committee, which is considering of the association.
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U, Hindu Students Council,
"Hinduism in America," MLB, room
B118, 8 p.m.
U Lutheran Campus Ministry,
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of Light Lutheran Church, 801 S.
Forest Ave., 6 p.m.
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practice, East Mitchell Field, 8-10
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Engineers/Tau Beta Pi, North
Campus Commons/Chrysler, 10a.m.
- 4 p.m.
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Hutchins Hall, room 120, 7:30 p.m.
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Q Lecture, "Quality Improvement
in Integrated Circuit Fabrication
Through Statistical Analysis of
WaferMaps," I.O.E. Building, room
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military coup in Haiti, Haiti
Solidarity Group, First United
Methodist Church, 120S. State St.,
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rooms, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
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room 2002, 7:30 p.m.
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