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MSA is worried that the newly-created Student
Leader Board will usurp some of the Assembly's
power. However, the SLB might be able to better
represent the student body.

Ice Cube played at Club Universal in Detroit last
Saturday night. Read Scott Sterling's concert
review of the controversial rap star's latest
performance.

The Michigan men's basketball team tries to
rebound from Sunday's loss to Indiana tonight
when the Wolverines travel to State College to take
on Penn State.

Today
Blustery, chance of flurries
High 24, Low6
Tomorrow H 2
Very chilly; High 22, Low 4

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Michigan Bell
wants to charge
25 cents per call
DETROIT (AP) - Pay phone users in Michigan
will have to dig a little deeper if Michigan Bell is al-
lowed to charge 25 cents - an extra nickel - for lo-
cal calls.
About half the people who use pay phones already
drop a quarter in the slot when they're shy of exact
change. But even that excess doesn't cover costs, the
state's largest phone company says.
Michigan Bell also wants to limit the number of
free directory assistance information calls to three per
month. Currently, Michigan Bell customers can make
up to 20 free calls to information each month. The
See PHONE, Page 2

NORML sues
for Hash Bash
rally permit

MOLLY ST EVENS/Uaily
Callers using pay phones may soon need to deposit a quarter, instead of 20 cents, if Michigan
Bell's rate increase proposals are approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Provost denies approving PPIH cut
Whitakersays his office is notresponsiblefor eliminating 'U' departments

by Kenneth Dancyger
Daily Faculty Reporter
Gilbert Whitaker, University
provost and vice president for aca-
demic affairs, yesterday restated his
denials of allegations that he ap-
proved the termination of the De-
partment of Population Planning and
International Health (PPIH) in the
School of Public Health.
Whitaker said he was never in
any position to approve of the dis-
continuance of PPIH - adding that
any decision would ultimately be up
to the University Board of Regents,
and not his office.
However, he did confirm that he
approved the School of Public

Health to review PPIH.
"The review is held to see
whether discontinuance procedures
should be taken ... Only regents can
discontinue (a department),"
Whitaker said.
The Standard Practice Guide
601.2 - which outlines the proce-
dures for termination of any Univer-
sity department - calls for the inde-
pendent assessment of the depart-
ment in question by faculty members
before any investigation by an exec-
utive committee can take place.
However, at the Senate Assembly
meeting Monday, PPIH chair
Yuzuru Takeshita argued that neither
he nor his faculty were consulted

when discontinuance of his depart-
ment was suggested. Takeshita said
this represented a clear violation of
procedure.
He added that School of Public
Health Dean June Osborn simply
told him of the school's intention to
discontinue the department, neglect-
ing to make any allowances for peer
review within the department.
Whitaker affirmed that the
School of Public Health's executive
committee did not follow guidelines.
The School of Public Health is
now in the process of creating a
committee to revi;; PPIH, Whitaker
said.
He told Senate Assembly mem-

bers, "(The executive committee)
perhaps behaved badly in the first
step, but it's back on track now."
In accordance with Whitaker's
affirmation, the Senate Assembly
unanimously passed a resolution that
recognizes the committee's violation
and urges the University to closely
adhere to the guidelines stated in
Standard Practice Guide 601.2.
If the review committee chooses
to phase out PPIH by 1995, the pro-
gram's closing would affect the
more than 70 students now enrolled
in the program.
Whitaker added that the depart-
ment's evaluation is scheduled for
sometime in March or April.

by David Rheingold
Daily Staff Reporter
For the third time in four years,
marijuana-legalization advocates are
asking Washtenaw Circuit Judge
Donald Shelton for a court order al-
lowing them to hold Hash Bash.
The campus chapter of the
National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws
(NORML) filed a motion yesterday
asking the court to order the
University to grant a permit for the
annual event, now set for April 3.
The University recently said
NORML must post $9,400, which
would cover projected costs of se-
curity, cleanup and electricity.
However, the nine-page motion
asks the court to rule that NORML
should not have to pay for these ex-
penses, which it calls unreasonable
and excessive.
The motion also asks the court to
declare unconstitutional the follow-
ing parts of the University's policy
governing events held on the Diag:
® a requirement that limits sound
amplification from noon to 1 p.m.;
* a requirement that holds event
organizers responsible for the ac-
tions of people who attend;
* a requirement that forbids sales
or solicitations of sales; and,
a requirement that only one so-

licitation effort with no more than
four collectors may be held on any
given day.
The University contends that the
Diag policy, which was enacted last
month, is constitutional because it is
content-neutral and only sets time,
place and manner restrictions on
events.
But Robert Carbeck, an attorney
with the American Civil Liberties
Union who is representing NORML,
said the restrictions are "too nar-
row." He criticized the rule that
holds event organizers responsible
for attendants' behavior.
"It's clearly targeted at NORML
because the U-M doesn't like the
event and they intend to stop it be-
cause they don't like ... what goes
on," Carbeck said.
Walter Harrison, executive direc-
tor of University relations, said, "I
can't comment on any matter that's
under litigation, but I can comment
that during the drafting of the Diag
policy, we looked at it very carefully
to make sure (it) would meet the
Constitution, and we feel it does."
The University tried to deny
Hash Bash permits in 1990 and
1992, but Shelton ordered the
University to grant them both times.
A hearing has been set for March
10.

Underground steam tunnels
cause curiosity, criminal acts

by Bryn Mickle
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA sophomore Teresa
Valderrama has never heard of them.
LSA sophomore Jennifer Jashinske
said she's heard rumors that they
exist.
Far below the surface of student
life there is another dimension - the
unobserved and mysterious system
of steam tunnels. Only the most ad-
venturous have delved into its
regions.
Kenneth Beaudry, manager of
utilities systems for the University,
said the tunnels exist for the sole
purpose of conducting steam and hot
water to University buildings.
The tunnels, which total seven
miles in length, run under central
campus and extend from the
University Hospitals to South Quad
and end at East Engineering.
The system can be accessed from
the basements of many University
buildings and through locked grates
on campus sidewalks.
Benson
reinstated
ahousing
director
by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
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Beaudry warned adventurous
students to stay away from the tun-
nels. In addition to locked entry-
ways, motion detectors are located
throughout the passages to catch
trespassers, he said.
"Let the students know, if they
get caught down there they will be
prosecuted," he said.
Lt. Vernon Baisden of the
University Department of Public
Safety confirmed that students
caught exploring the tunnels will be
prosecuted to the full extent of the
law.
"It is a great way to get intro-
duced to the criminal justice sys-
tem," he said.
Students caught in the under-
ground labyrinth will be charged
with breaking and entering, trespass-
ing and possibly malicious destruc-
tion of property.
"We prosecute everything to the
full extent," he added. "Our convic-
tion rate is outstanding, considering
it is hard to explain to a judge why

you got caught wandering a tunnel at
two in the morning."
Two incidents involving students
caught in the tunnels have occurred .
in the last few months, Baisden said. n
He added that the entry ways to .. *'
the tunnels are alarmed. "We also
get calls from good samaritans who
see people enter the tunnels," he t a
said.
"We would discourage entry," he
said. "There are sudden drop-offs,
sharp pipes, uncovered metal struc-
tures, it's extremely hot, and one
could get lost."
One University alumnus explored
the steam tunnels and lived to tell his
story.
In 1989, Joe (who requested
anonymity for fear of criminal pros-
ecution) and two cohorts explored
the tunnels five times to confirm a y
rumor they had heard.
"I went in search of a secret
mushroom farm I had heard about,":a
said Joe, who currently works at the FILE PHOTO/D
See TUNNELS, Page 2 Tim Chuba, a construction worker, takes a break from repairing concrete in the University's underground tunnels.

Dodge resigns from council after change in residence'

by Christine Young
Daily City Reporter

Ann Arbor City Councilmember
Kirk Dodge (D-2nd Ward) resigned
Monday after it was revealed that he
was no longer living in the ward he
represented.
Dodge has lived in the 1st Ward
since Christmas. City Attorney Eliz-
abeth Schwartz said this violates
state law.

"For purposes of election law,
your residence is deemed to be the
place where a person habitually
sleeps. You can't just use another
address. That is part of state law,"
she said.
Dodge said he left his residence
in the 2nd Ward because he had an
obligation to his family. He said he
didn't resign earlier because, "it
wasn't clear what my obligation

was."
Dodge said he received conflict-
ing information on legal issues from
various sources, but would not make
more specific comments.
Although his resignation was a
surprise to many councilmembers,
Dodge said the council has been
supportive of his decision.
Councilmember Peter Fink (R-
2nd Ward) said, "I am disappointed

that citizens will not have the person
who was elected in their ward for
the full term.
"But, I would be more disap-
pointed if he was going for re-elec-
tion or if it was more than two
months until his term was up."
Councilmember Peter Nicolas
(D-4th Ward) said Dodge's resigna-
tion was appropriate.
See DODGE, Page 2

Dodge

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