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As the late night TV wars heat up, David
Letterman's new show is really the only thing
keeping us from studying or getting a few extra
hours of sleep.

Jason Carroll reviews the play "The Kathy & Mo
Show: Parallel Lives," which played here last
weekend and move to Pontiac next month.

The Michigan football team enjoyed its only bye
week of the season last week. But it was anything
but a vacation for the Wolverines.

Today
chance of ran, sun late;
High 70, Low 52
Tomorrow
Sun, some clouds; High

76, Low 58

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President
to endorse
national
service act
By DAVID SHEPARDSON
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
WASHINGTON - As the White
House Office of National Service
makes final arrangements for today's
signing of the National and Commu-
nity Service Trust Act, many of the
fundamental details of the plan have
yet to be worked out.
In question are the authorizing leg-
islation, which provides for $300 mil-
lion in funding, and the appropriation
bill, which only allots $107.5 million
and has not passed the Senate, where
it "can only go down," said Bennett
Minton, a spokesperson for Michigan
Rep. William Ford (D-Ypsilanti).
The act would allow participants
in approved community service
projects to earn $4,725 toward col-
lege tuition or job training for each of
two years of service. The credit is
equal to 90 percent of the college
benefits under the GI Bill.
Participants can also earn the cur-
rent $7,400 stipend for VISTA volun-
teers and health and child-care ben-
efits as necessary.
The plan, which with full funding
wouldallow 100,000 students to serve
over three years at a cost of $1.5
billion, has been scaled back to in-
clude fewer than 20,000 participants
the first year.
Two influential members .of the
nine-month-oldUniversity TaskForce
on Community Service will attend the
signing, and head to meetings with
government officials afterward.
Social Work Prof. Barry
Checkoway, who heads the task force,
See SERVICE PLAN, Page 2

FESTIFALL POSTPONED AGAIN

'U, found i
whistleblower case

By BRYN MICKLE
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The University's latest whistle-
blowing case entered a new stage
today - but not the final one.
Today, Washtenaw County Cir-
cuit Court Judge Patrick Conlin will
file ajudgment of $1,246,000against
the University and employees Rich-
ardAdelman and Marion Perlmutter.
The judge ruled that Adelman must
pay more than $1 million, while
Perlmutter was held responsible for
almost $200,000 in damages.
The ruling stems from former
University researcher Carolyn
Phinney's 1989 charges that the Uni-
versity was in violation of the state of
Michigan's Whistleblower Protection
Act.
The Whistleblower Act is intended
to protect state employees who re-
port abuses of state and federal funds.
It is illegal to take any retaliatory
steps against these employees while
an investigation of their charges is
underway.
Phinney, a former researcher in
the University's Institute of Geron-
tology, charged that Adelman - the
director of the Institute - made de-
liberate attempts to retaliate against
Phinney after she reported her suspi-
cions of scientific misconduct in the
institute.
Phinney said she told Adelman
that her mentor, Perlmutter, had sto-
len Phinney's intellectual properties
on aging theories, and used them to
obtain a federal grant from the Na-
tional Science Foundation.
Phinney added that Adelman cir-
culated falsified personnel reports in
an attempt to discredit her and threat-

ened termination if she did not drop
her allegations against Perlmutter.
Phinney also said she suffered physi-
cal illness as a result of the stresses
placed on her by Adelman's actions.
Phinney refused to recant her alle-
gations against Perlmutter and opted
to take the matter to court.
In May, a jury found Adelman and
Perlmutter guilty. The case was held
up for five months after the verdict,
pending Judge Conlin's filing of a
final judgment.
In his ruling, Conlin decided to
award Phinney interest on the original
jury decision of $1,119,500, which
brought the total award to more than
$1.2 million. The University is not
held responsible for Phinney's attor-
ney fees.
"This is the biggest, or second big-
gest, verdict in Washtenaw County
history," said Phinney, who added that
she intends to appeal to fight for
attorney's fees.
The University is now faced with
three avenues of legal action. It can:
. settle the case and pay Phinney;
appeal the judgment within 21
days; or,
file a motion for a new trial.
If the University files a motion for
a new trial and is denied by Conlin, it
will have an additional 21 days to file
its appeal.
It is probable that the University
will appeal the verdict. When the origi-
nal verdict was announced in May,
Executive Director of University Re-
lations Walter Harrison said an appeal
was "very likely" due to the size of the
judgment.
"We were shocked by the jury's
decision (to award such a large

amount)," he said.
If the University decides to con-
tinue the legal fight, it risks adding a
significantly higher cost to the more
than $127,000 in legal fees it has
already incurred on the case - the
most expensive legal case the school
was involved in for the 1992-93 fiscal
year.
Phinney said she and her attorney
do not believe the University has been
truthful in its public estimation of its
legal expenses on her case.
See DECISION, Page 2

SHARON MUSHER/Dally
Maria Coward, a tour guide at the Museum of Art, tries to protect herself from
the rain with a notebook. The weather forced organizers to move Festifall for the
second time this year, rescheduling the event for Friday.

Provost emphasizes teaching to faculty senate

By JAMES CHO
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Gilbert Whitaker, the University's
provost and vice president for aca-
demic affairs, emphasized improving
undergraduate teaching and maintain-
ing free speech in the classroom when
he addressed faculty representatives
yesterday afternoon.
"The reality is that for many of our
first- and second-year undergraduate
students, only a small fraction of their
courses are staffed by senior faculty,"
Whitaker told the more than 60 mem-
bers of the University's Senate As-
sembly and University deans gath-
ered at Rackham Amphitheater.

"Faculty have migrated away from
instruction at the introductory level.
The result is too much of our under-
graduate teaching is left to teaching
assistants and to lecturers," he said.
Whitaker said the decay in univer-
sities' commitments to a "high qual-
ity undergraduate education" is at-
tributable to the emphasis put on re-
search.
Whitaker said he believes the di-
minishing significance of undergradu-
ate teaching resulted from the recom-
mendations of the 1945 Vanneavar
Bush report, "Science -The Endless
Frontier." The report suggested that
universities become the source of ba-

'Undergraduate education should be
regarded by us as a University-wide
obligation, not ... relegated only to
those schools and colleges that admit
undergraduate students.'
- Gilbert Whitaker

gram.
Whitaker said the program, which
pairs undergraduate students with se-
nior faculty throughout the Univer-
sity as research assistants, has been
very successful.
In addition, a task force has been
appointed by the University to further
improve the living-learning atmo-
sphere for first-year University stu-
dents.
"The University can be a confus-
ing place where it is not easy to main-
tain an identity," he said.
Senate assembly representatives,
who are the governing body for the
University's faculty, expressed ap-

proval ofWhitaker's determination to
improve undergraduate education.
"I applaud the emphasis on im-
proving undergraduate education. I
think it's long overdue," said Mark
Decamp, associate professorof chem-
istry at the University of Michigan-
Dearborn.
Still, many faculty members said
they felt incentives should be imple-
mented to encourage faculty to teach
students.
"There should be instituted some
motivation to teach undergraduates.
People can talk all they want. The
University is clearly set up for re-
See PROVOST, Page 2

sic research for the country and that
the federal government fund all of it.
He urged University faculty mem-
bers to become more active in under-
graduate education.
"Undergraduate education should
be regarded by us as a University-
wide obligation, not one which is rel-

egated only to those schools and col-
leges that admit undergraduate stu-
dents," he said.
The University has taken steps to
help faculty members continue their
research while teaching undergradu-
ates with programs like the Under-
graduate Research Opportunity Pro-

Local police forces sponsor
bicycle registration drivesIM

By WILL McCAHILL
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
With the return of students to Ann
Arbor, local pedestrians now face a
new challenge: avoiding bikers who
shootdown city streets and sidewalks.
And while pedestrians may be
easy targets for the malicious cyclist,
the bikes they ride are an even more
popular targets for local thieves.
To help students battle the bike
burglars, local law enforcement agen-
cies are making it simple for them to
register their bicycles.

ister the bikes, which are often stu-
dents' only means of non-pedestrian
transportation.
Katz said the aim of distributing
registratimn stickers this way is to
make the process more convenient
for students. In the last fiscal year,
Katz said, his office sold 2,290 bike
licenses, translating into more than
$5,700 in revenue.
This money goes into the city's
General Fund, which is used to plug
financial holes in various city pro-
grams, including the bicycle registra-

first 300 students will get their cycles
registered for free.
Two pieces of identification - at
least one with a photograph - are
required, as well as information about
the bicycle, such as a serial number /
and aphysical description of the bike.
Baisden said all the money re- ~
ceived from the registration drive"
will be given to the City Clerk's of-
face.
Zach Shipps, a service manager atN
Great Lakes Sports and an LSA jun-
ior, said between five and 10 people
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