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MSA is taking steps to increase voter turnout for
this month's election. This is a welcome change
from an organization that has struggled to
represent students in the past.

The theme of guilt underlined the Performance
Network production of "A Professor Has a
Warcry." Read Karen Lee's review of Partap
Sharma's play.

The Michigan basketball team moved one step
closer to achieving its goal of a No. 1 seed in the
upcoming NCAA tournament. The Wolverines beat
Michigan State, 87-81, yesterday in overtime.

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'U' prepares student jurors for trials

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The University held the training session Satuday for the 50
students randomly chosen to serve on the hearing panels. Here
is the process for resolving a complaint under the Statement of
Student Rights and Responsibilities, which took effect Jan. 1.
Alleged Violation Letter of Notification
Must be reported Details complaint, must
within six months be sent to the accused
of incident within 10 working days I

Investigation
Conducted by the judicial
advisor, gathers background
on case and determines if
evidence needs a hearing,
may offer mediation
If mediation not offered or
fails, accused-chooses

Emergency
Suspension
If the student's
actions pose an
imminent danger
to persons or
property, the
accused may be
suspended; a
meeting with an
administrator and
a formal hearing
would follow

by Nate Hurley
Daily Administration Reporter
University administrators took their last step
before trying three cases formally filed under the
Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Saturday.
The Office of Student Affairs sponsored mock
trials and a training session for the students and
faculty members chosen to possibly serve on the
judiciary panels that will hear complaints filed
under the statement.
The statement calls for a trial system that dif-
fers from traditional civil and criminal proceed-
ings. Student judiciaries will decide the
responsibility of people accused under the
statement.
Judicial Advisor Mary Lou Antieau said the
Office of Student Affairs asked the registrar's of-
fice on Jan. 18 for a random list of 50 students.
The six student-members for each hearing com-
mittee were to be selected from this body.
However, she said certain groups were underrep-
resented in this list and a subsequent list fared
better.
"It wasn't a good list because it wasn't repre-
sentative of the University," Antieau said. "Then
we actually got a list of students who represented
the University."
Maureen Hartford, vice president for student
affairs, said, "I'm sure there are other lotteries you
would like to have won than this one. We thought
(the Statement of Student Rights and
Responsibilities) was a very appropriate name be-
cause membership in any community has both
rights and responsibilities."
The student jurors were randomly selected and
will remain anonymous, said Judicial Advisor
Mary Lou Antieau.
"We will not be releasing the names of any of
the 50 members of the panel at any time," Antieau
said.
However, she said names will be released if

the student is subpoenaed to a civil or criminal
court.
"Counsel has advised us they may be confi-
dential unless they're subpoenaed," Antieau.said.
At the workshop, student jurors' name tags
only listed their first names. "Counsel General has
advised us that as a measure of confidentiality we
do not have to print their last names," Antieau
said.
The students will serve this semester and Fall
Term, after which new students will replace them.
Faculty members serve two-year terms, Antieau
said.
The Legal Aspect
University administrators, legal advisors,
counselors and Department of Public Safety
(DPS) officers advised the potential student jurors
about the process for trials under the statement.
University General Counsel Elsa Cole and
Associate General Counsel Dan Sharphorn
presented the legal aspects of the statement.
"We hope we can speak in the spirit of the
statement rather than the spirit of the legal sys-
tem," Antieau said, defending the stipulation in
the statement that forbids lawyers from speaking
at hearings.
An attorney can be present to advise, tell what
questions to ask and help with responses, Cole
said.
"We're not here to find who has the best
lawyer or the best expense record," Antieau said.
Cole said, "The attorney is hired by the stu-
dents. The University does not pay for an
attorney."
A student should not need an attorney,
Hartford said.
The statement stipulates that University hear-
ings use the criteria "clear and convincing" in-
stead of "beyond a reasonable doubt" when
deliberating cases.
See STATEMENT, Page 3

Panel conducts
trial simulation
by Nate Hurley
Daily Administration Reporter
Letters, notes and a dead rose were pre-
sented as evidence in a mock trial under the
Statement of Student Rights and Responsibili-
ties.
The fictitious case - designed to make the
definitions and regulations of the code more
tangible to the student jurors and faculty mem-
bers - centered around the accusation of
Mary Marley, a University student, that John
"J.J." Johnson began stalking and harassing
her at women's crew team practices.
The case illustrated the steps involved in
the process of hearing a case under the state-
ment. The mock trial, held in the Kuenzel
Room of the Michigan Union, was part of a
day-long session to educate potential student
jurors, faculty members, administrators and
others interested in the statement.
Mary started the process by describing her
dilemma to Judicial Advisor Mary Lou
Antieau in the Office of Student Affairs. Mary
said she was being stalked.
Antieau, playing herself, said "I talked to
her about what she meant by that, explained
the policy and gave her a copy of it. Then she
wrote a formal complaint."
The chosen students jurors and faculty
members played themselves. The roles of
Mary, J.J. and Mary's roommate, were played
by others in attendance. The names of the stu-
dents and the faculty members are kept confi-
dential under the statement.
See STUDENTS, Page 3

Administrative Hearing Hearing Committee
By a single hearing officer, By six students and a non-
appointed by the vice voting faculty chair; only
president for student affairs during regular school year

,

Written Notification
Decision includes finding and the
sanction, if appropriate; sent to
accused, accusor and the vice
president for student affairs

Appeal
Request must be sent
to the vice president
for student affairs
within 10 days

Appeals Board
Comprised of one student,
one SACUA member, and
one administrator, who is
appointed by the University
president; reviews all
written materials

Source: Office of Student Affairs

U', GEG to bargain
before contract ends

by Kenneth Dancyger
and Bryn Mickle
Daily Staff Reporters
Two days before their contract was sched-
uled to expire, members of the Graduate
Employees Organization (GEO) braved cold
weather to protest the University's financial
proposals.
Friday's rally came one day after GEO
members voted to authorize a strike ballot,
which could allow CEO's Steering
Committee to strike "if it deems necessary,"
said Jon Curtiss, GEO Bargaining Committee
chair.
GEO and the University have been negoti-
ating for a new contract since November. Due
to disagreements concerning financial issues,
a settlement could not be reached and both
sides agreed to extend the contract until
March 7.
However, GEO and the University
verbally agreed to extend the contract to
allow for one more bargaining session today.
On the Diag Friday, teaching assistants
(TAs) protested the University's proposal of
GradCare - an alternative medical plan that
would demand higher co-payments and pro-
vide fewer medical benefits than the current

agreement, said Dave Toland, GEO president.
Despite the rally's emphasis on health
care, ideas for job action were prominent
throughout the speeches - including a union
strike.
Toland told TAs they must support a
strike.
"The administration has told us, 'show us
your willingness to walk,"' he said. "If we
call a strike (union members) have to support
us."
Later, Curtiss said, "We currently have the
same choice of medical plans as faculty, staff,
and employees. ... (The University) seems
unable to understand the choice of plans is a
priority for TAs."
Shouted one audience member, "GradCare
is the equivalent of free blood pressure testing
in the Fishbowl."
According to University medical-benefit
summaries, TAs would no longer be covered
for the purchase of prescription drugs and
would be required to pay higher rates for
physician visits and hospital stays, under the
GradCare system.
Toland added that the University would
retain complete control to cut coverage and
increase costs at any time.

GEO members protest the University's proposed health care plan with signs and speeches on
the steps of the Graduate Library Friday.

Students
arrested
at Union
brawl
by Will McCahill
Daily Crime Reporter
Two University students were ar-
rested early Saturday morning after a
fight broke out at a dance at the
Michigan Union.
Both students were charged with
disorderly conduct, with University
Department of Public Safety (DPS)
officers arresting one student and
Ann Arbor Police Department
(AAPD) officers arresting the other.
Their names have not yet been
released by the arresting
departments.
According to DPS reports, the
fight broke out at the "Students
Striving Towards Achievement"
dance, held in the Main Ballroom of
the Union Friday night.
DPS Special Events staff called
in officers after members of the
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity - who
sponsored the event - started taunt-
ing members of the University
football team.
This resulted in several fist fights
inside the ballroom, and upon ar-
rival, DPS officers attempted to
guide the crowd - estimated to be
between 200 and 300 people -
toward the east exit of the Union.
At this point, officers noticed an-
other fight in progress away from the
crowd. Two men wrestled each other
to the ground and continued to throw
punches before officers could
intervene and stop the fight.
One of the men was escorted to a
waiting AAPD vehicle while DPS

Coleen Dolan-Greene, the University
Bargaining Committee chair, declined to
comment on any specific issues, however she
did confirm that a settlement has not yet been
reached and negotiations are continuing.
CEO's demonstration concluded with a
march to the LSA Building, where the negoti-

ating session was held. Along the way, mem-
bers chanted "GradCare sucks" and "Start to
talk or we will walk."
Despite the enthusiasm shown during the
protest, Curtiss said both sides emerged tired
and frustrated after the teams failed to resolve
See GEO, Page 2

orum challenges
, ,
definition of family
by Jen DiMascio Education Fund, said it is important
and Bryn Mickle to extend the definition of family to

Daily Staff Reporters
Years of confrontation over the
issues of marriage and child-raising
came to a head Saturday in an at-
tempt to define the relationship
between American law and the

include lesbians, gay men and
bisexuals.
Herb Titus, dean of Regents
University School of Law,
disagreed.
"You can call a family anything

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