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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 9, 1992- Page 7

U-M distributes safety
books in community

by Christine Young
With the stated intention of pro-
viding members of the university
community a quick reference of
campus crime prevention facilities,
programs and statistics, the U-M dis-
tributed more than 50,000 campus
safety handbooks to all students,
faculty and staff.
Last fall, the Safety and Security
Advisory Committee (SSAC) rec-
ommended to the administration that
the university consolidate all infor-
mation dealing with crime preven-
tion into one single source. After re-
ceiving a positive response, the
committee contacted campus organi-
zations, including the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center,
searching for crime prevention tips
and statistics.
Other crime-conscious groups on
campus worked in conjunction with
SSAC, which made the actual drafts
of the handbook. The U-M
Department of Public Safety (DPS)
calculated the campus crime statis-
tics while Vice President of Student
Affairs Maureen Hartford provided
the campus federal crime require-
ments. The Campus Safety
Committee also helped with collect-
ing tips on fighting crime.
"The handbook was designed

and meant for students to put next to
their telephones. All the information
is in one location as opposed to be-
ing scattered all over the place," said
Architecture Prof. Jim Snyder,
SSAC chair.
The handbook also incorporates
federal college crime prevention re-
quirements such as providing infor-
mation based on alcohol and drug
prevention, regulations on gun con-
trol, statistics on campus crime and
phone numbers of safety services.
"We decided to go beyond the
federal requirements and give more
information so that it could benefit
the students," said Walter Harrison,
executive director of university
The handbook cost the university
about $20,000 which was taken out
of the Finance and Business budget.
The most expensive part, Harrison
said, was paying for the distribution
costs because many students live off
"We are actually in the long run
saving the university money since
we put all the crime prevention in-
formation required to be distributed
to the students in one package"
Snyder said.
He added that the handbook will
be updated yearly because there are

constantly new students, faculty and
There have been mixed opinions
on the handbook's effectiveness in
promoting crime prevention
"The feedback has been terrific.
Students and administrators from all
over the country have been calling
me, requesting that copies be sent to
them. The calls have ranged from
Arlington, Va., Athens, Ohio,
Washington, D.C., all the way from
Hawaii," said DPS Lieutenant
Vernon Baisden, co-chair of the
Campus Safety Committee.
LSA sophomore Aaron Bowron
agrees. "The handbook gives a com-
prehensive overview of the services
provided by the university."
"I think it was a waste of time
and money," disagreed LSA sopho-
more Beatrice Gonzalez.
"I either didn't read it or didn't
get it. This is the first time I have
ever seen this book," said LSA first-
year student Brian Park.
"All I can do is encourage stu-
dents to pick up a copy of the hand-
book. It has information in it that can
be helpful for everyday life to all
students," Snyder said.

Dress you up
Captain John Vaughn helps Kathleen Snow put on her fire gear as the two demonstrate what it is like to be a
firefighter to a 5th grade class at Northside Elementary School.


U-M grad Bogert


by Angela Dansby
Robert Bogert, a 1941
Engineering graduate who co-
patented the air sole for athletic
shoes, spoke yesterday about his
inventions before a crowd of 200
in North Campus' Herbert Dow
Bogert, who left his original
field of aerospace engineering in
1970 to start his own business, de-
veloped the inflatable ski boot in
conjunction with associate Frank
"Aerospace engineering was
pretty flat and we both liked skiing
so we figured if we got into the ski
business, we could take expenses
off of our income tax," Bogert
This development, which pro-
vided a pump-up "air liner"
around the lower leg and foot
within a hard-shell ski boot, was a
significant improvement over the
hard-shell boot alone that had just
come out on the market, Bogert

air sole
The liner was manually inflated
by the consumer with a carbon
dioxide pump as needed, he
This air pump concept,
patented in 1971, was taken a step
further to develop the "air sole," a
permanently inflatable cushioning
device for use within athletic
shoes. After receiving patents for
this concept in 1977, sneaker
manufacturer Nike offered Bogert
and Rudy a one-year research and
development contract.
Upon completion of the techni-
cal and test phases, Nike obtained
a licensing agreement for exclu-
sive worldwide rights to the
patents and the concept.
A good air shoe will allow the
wearer to run 2-3 percent faster
and farther, due to the improved
energy of locomotion, Bogert said.
Surprisingly - despite the vac-
uum-like bubble design of Nike's
air-sole - there is only one failure
out of every 200,000 shoes.

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Robert Bogert addresses crowd in North Campus' Herbert Dow Building
about the air pump idea he co-patented.


. Study says some southerners more violent than northerners

by David M. Powers
According to a new study headed
by U-M Psychology Prof. Richard
Nisbett, the differences in homicide
rates between northern and southern
states may be explained by the her-
itage and trades of the early settlers
in these areas.
The study, begun in 1990, claims
that people residing in the dry plains
and hill country in the south are
more likely to have violent attitudes
than northerners when confronted
with certain situations.
In a related study, Nisbett and his
assistants have been conducting
similar experiments at the U-M.
These studies compare the attitudes
of white male students from the
north with the attitudes of their
southern counterparts.
Even in the university setting,
Nisbett said, there is a detectable
difference in attitude and response
when these people are threatened or
Through phone surveys, students
were asked how they would respond
to certain scenarios.
When asked if they felt if punch-
ing a person was acceptable if they
insulted the subject's girlfriend, or if

it was acceptable to shoot a man
who had raped a family member, the
southern men were more likely to
approve of the violent retaliations.
In his newly-released study,
Nisbett compared the homicide rates
of white, non-Hispanic, male north-
erners versus their southern equiva-
lents. The study examines the dispar-
ity of rates in areas with similar
population sizes.
There is no difference in homi-
cide rates in northern and southern
cities with populations more than
200,000, Nisbett said. However, as
the population samples get smaller,
the difference grows.
In areas with populations be-
tween 10,000 and 50,000, the mur-
der rates are four times higher in the
south, Nisbett added.
Nisbett said that the differences
occur only in situations involving
self-protection or insults. In the
study, he attributes their predisposi-
tion to violence to the geographic
history of these areas.
"It's the herding regions of the
south that have the highest homicide
rates. It's not the old plantation re-
gions," Nisbett said.
"Herding people tend to be very

tough, violent people." he said. "If
you earn your living by herding, you
can lose any possibility of your
livelihood in an instant ... your entire
wealth is in the herd."
Nisbett said that this fear has lead
to a greater reliance on physical
force when herding people felt

"The violence differences con-
tinue, at least in those areas where
the economic history of the region
supports that kind of culture." he
However, there is not a general
approval of violence in the south,
Nisbett said.

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