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Supposedly, the student won.
"That sounds really wild,"
Sharphorn said. "I mean, it's pos-
sible. We've got some real bright
and inventive students."
But Harrison pointed out that for
someone to win such a lawsuit, the
plaintiff would have to prove that
the University's decision was an
irresponsible one.
And who could argue that can-
celing classes would be an irrespon-
sible decision?
According to WXYZ-Channel 7
Meteorologist Jim Maddus, the wind
chill at 2 a.m. was -61 degrees Fahr-
enheit. Today's low was -22, which
made it the third coldest day in the
history of Ann Arbor.
Michigan State University was
just one of the universities that can-
celed classes yesterday.
"Last night, many calls went to
(MSU President Peter McPherson),
students went to his house at 11:30
p.m., so I think it was the will of the
students," said Terry Denbow,
Michigan State's vice president for
university relations. "We like to
think of ourselves as a university
that puts its students first."
He added quickly, "Of course,
each university should make its de-
cision based on its own opinions
and operations."
Some University administrators
did not even show up for their jobs.
Harrison had a power outage in his
Silo Township neighborhood - as
did University Director of Public
Affairs Lisa Baker - so he stayed
home in the morning to drain his
pipes to avoid a burst.
Harrison, however, did make it
to his class yesterday.
"I'm overcoming the cold to
teach my American literature
course," Harrison said in an inter-
view from his car phone.
Other administrators narrowly
avoided a natural disaster at their
offices in the Fleming Building. The
six-story structure emptied quickly
after news of a possible water leak
due to bursting pipes.
Workers anticipated flooding,

and covered the building's offices
with plastic tarps.
All their preparation was unnec-
essary, however, as the pipes were
secured soon after.
It is no secret that many students
did not even attempt to make it to
classes, even to Harrison. He said
their instructors should be under-
But he has no unrealistic expec-
tations from the student commu-
nity. "I certainly expect people not
to show up, and I understand that."
LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg sent
an electronic-mail message to all
University faculty, asking that they
show leniency toward students who
missed class yesterday.
"Given the extreme cold, the de-
cision we made was to continue class
but to show a lot of consideration
for students who couldn't make it,"
Harrison said.
In fact, many students went to
their classes, only to find cancella-
tion notices tacked to their class-
room doors.
"My professors admitted they
didn't even want to come," said
SNRE first-year student Chris
Finelli, who trekked from Alice
Lloyd Residence Hall to Krauss
Auditorium for an 8 a.m. class.
However, some students - like
LSA first-year student Jeffrey
Finkelstein - were not as upset by
the University's decision.
"I'm paying so much money to
take classes here. You can't cancel
class every time a winter storm
comes along. If you wear the right
clothes, you deal," he said.
"What we try to tell students is if
you think it's too hard to get to your
classes, just stay where you are and
stay warm. We'll work with faculty
to make sure you're not penalized,"
Harrison added.
Unfortunately - or fortunately
for some - students should aban-
don all hopes of class cancellation
in the near future.
According to WDIV-Channel 4
meteorologist Chuck Gadica,
"We're going to warm up by leaps
and bounds from where we are." By
Sunday, the temperature could hit a
high of 40 degrees.


Judge may overturn,
assisted SuiCide law

MRK ssIdy duMNIaly
A ,student reads a sign at a State Street store saying it closed due to cold.


Continued from page 1.
The National Weather Service is-
sued a wind chill advisory for the
entire state, as subzero temperatures
combined with harsh winds to make
the temperatures feel like 30-50 de-
grees below zero.
Michigan wasn't running out of
gas to heat homes, Consumers Power
Co. spokesperson Dan Bishop said.
But homes at the ends of service lines,

including those in West Bloomfield,
Avon, Novi and Livonia, weren't get-
ting enough gas after the unusually
high demand brought the gas system's
pressures down.
In a rare move, the company asked
large industrial customers to volun-
tarily scale back their use so pressures
could come back up.
"We're doing this for one reason:
to ensure that families and kids are
staying warm today," Bishop said.
Dozens of record lows were set all
across Michigan, from Jackson to
Houghton Lake to Marquette.

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The
judge who released Dr. Jack
Kevorkian from jail on $100 bond
and ordered him under house arrest is
considering whether to become the
third judge to overturn Michigan's
assisted suicide law.
Oakland County Circuit Judge
Jessica Cooper said yesterday she will
issue a written opinion by the end of
the month.
After the three-hour hearing, Oak-1
land County Assistant Prosecutor
Errol Shifman, who argued in favor
of the law, said he thought Cooper
would overturn the ban.
"Based on her questions, it would1
seem she favors assisted suicide,"
Shifman told reporters.
If Cooper strikes down the law,
two charges against Kevorkian would
be dismissed. That would leave one
remaining in neighboring Wayne
County, where another judge plans to
rule Feb. 18 on a motion to dismiss
that charge.
Kevorkian, who attended the hear-
ing while wearing an electronic ankle
bracelet, compared Oakland County
prosecutors to "Nazi judges." He also
denounced his critics, including right-
to-life advocates, as "secularly in-
"Back in the Dark Ages, the church
made all the law. We're heading that
Continued from page 1.
"The president (of MSA) isn't
elected to heed the wishes of an ad-
ministrator and I think this is why the
prohibition of salaries wasput in when
theconstitution was adopted,"DeRoo
But Hartford said she thinks the
administration should be able to work
with MSA.
"It's about time the University
administration and MSA get involved
together," she said.
Such an arrangement would be a
conflict of interest, Willeke said.
"It's like having a management-
sponsored union," he said.
Despite. the criticisms raised by
some assembly members, Greenberg
and Kight said they will accept the
$2,500 waivers.
De Roo said he sees this as a
potential ethical problem.
"To prevent a conflict of interest,
I think Craig has to decline it," DeRoo
Continued from page 1.
position or affiliation.' Anyone who
is interested can get an Internet ac-
count with us."
The only expense of the a user
with an IIA account is the long-dis-
tance phone bill for calling the dial-in
modem number in New Jersey.
However, Robins said there is an
alternate method for paying the long-
distance expenses. He said the method
of dialing into IIA's 800-number is
three or four cents less an hour than
the average charge of a long-distance
phone company.
In addition to communication
across the world, Internet provides
access to thousands of free informa-
tion databases such as, stock market

way again," he said.
Kevorkian is spearheading a peti-
tion drive for a constitutional amend-
ment that would prevent the state from
infringing on the right to assisted sui-
"This is amilestone action about a
basic right. When it gets on the ballot,
it's a referendum on the degree of
enlightenment in our society,"
Kevorkian told reporters before the
hearing began.
Kevorkian's lawyer, Geoffrey'
Fieger, told Cooper that people have -
a fundamental right not to suffer an'
to die in peace. He said if they don't
have the strength to commit suicide
on their own, they should have the:
right to get help in doing it.
"If it is humane to provide a hu-'
mane manner of death to our pets who
are suffering, but people, adults, don't
have that same access, something must
be wrong," Fieger said.
But Shifman disagreed, saying the
state has an overriding interest in pro-
tecting human life.
"There is no greater interest than
preserving life over death," Shifman
said. He believes Kevorkian presents
ill people an ultimatum.
"You can either cure someone or
kill someone, there is no middle
ground. I'm for helping-pain relief,
curbing discomfort," Shifman said.
said. "I think accepting now looks too
much like a kickback."
Receiving financial support for
their service is not unique to the Uni-
versity, Greenberg said.
He noted that Michigan State Uni
versity provides its student govenment
president with $4,400 from student
government funds, Ohio State Uni
versity provides full tuition and a
$4,200 stipend to its student president
and Penn State University has a scho
arship fund for student leaders.
Student leaders from other Uni
versity organizations had mixed reac.
tions to the decision.
Ryan Boeskool, LSA Stude
Government president, said, "My in-
tial reaction is I'm a little bit skept
cal. I don't understand why they'd ge
such a thing."
Interfraternity Council Preside
Kirk Wolfe said he thought the waiv
ers are a good idea.
"I think it makes the student lead X
ers more accountable. There's an
added incentive to do all they can t4
represent the student body," he said
prices, weather forecasts and spoit
IIA provides easy-to-read menus.
on the Internet options screen as we
as documentation to assist users #n
taking advantage of the benefits
Internet offers.
Robbins said, "We are very dedi-
cated to making access easy and con-
He said getting an Internet ac
count through IIA is more feasible
than the alternative options of either
installing fiberoptic cabling and hart
ware or paying the charges of a com-
mercial communications business to
get online with Internet.
IIA is funded almost exclusively
through private contributions from
phone companies, and companies in-
terested in the services and expansio
of Internet.

Continued from page 1
facilities for smokers, calling on the
University to make structural changes
to campus buildings to accommodate
students who smoke.
"It's perfectly adequate to allow
separate facilities where people who
want to smoke can smoke," Nix said.
"If certain places are set aside for smok-
ers to smoke, (they) do have a right."
Not all students are as adamant.
LSA sophomore Derek Clark said,
"(Prohibiting smoking inside is) under-
standable because it builds up. Outside,
(smoke) disperses and (the policy)
seems kind of restrictive and unneces-
But Law student Marc Reiner said
permitting students to smoke outside is
just as unacceptable. "There is nothing
worse than walking out of a building
and being assaulted by a thick cloud of

cigarette smoke. It's like living in Los
Angeles," he said.
Since the policy affects everyone on
the entire campus, questions have arisen
over the logistics of enforcing it. Uni-
versity Director of Public Affairs Lisa
Baker said the exact enforcement poli-
cies are not yet in place.
However, she said that cooperation
in the University community is an inte-
gral part."First and foremost,we would,
rely on the cpoperation of colleagpes
and peers and beyond that I would thi nk
the committee would take a look at the
broader issue of enforcement."
Also, she said that the University
does have a disciplinary process when
policies are violated' and that the com-
mittee will be referring to it when com-
posing the smoking violation policy.
Should it pass, the effects of the
policy will be felt by most University
departments, especially the Housing
Division. Of the 3,400 spaces where
smoking is prohibited in University resi-

dence halls, 2;000 are substance-free
and 1,400 are non-smoking spaces.
Director of Public Affairs for the
Housing Division Alan Levy said this
will most likely flip the current ratio,
designating only a small percentage of
residence hall spaces for smokers. How-
ever, this issue is still being discussed.
Levy added the Housing Division is
"very supportive of the direction" the
University is taking and that it will "do
anything to make sure we'redoing fully
our part to promote a smoke-free cam-
Baker said she hopes the draft will
generate a lot of response. "It is impor-
tant we have an environment where
people can comment openly," she said.
While opinions clash, Duderstadt
said everyone must be tolerant to the
change in a press release Monday.
"The success of this policy depends
upon the thoughtfulness, consideration
and cooperation of smokers and non-
smokers," his statement said.

The University's Initiative on
Alcohol and Other Drugs survey
percentages gathered from
4,442 students, staff and
faculty members who admitted
to smoking within the past 30
1,471 surveyed
# 23% of males smoke
* 20% of females smoke
976 surveyed
* 11% of males smoke
" 8°% of females smoke
498 surveyed
S6%of males smoke
" 5% of females smoke
1,497 surveyed
* 20% of males smoke
* 20% of female smoke


Continued from page 1
Repairs to the area's freeways will
take a year and cost $100 million, the
state transportation department said.
''Right now most of them don't
know where they're going," Califor-
nia Highway Patrol Officer Jim Mair
said. "But I imagine they'll be pick-
ing it up pretty quick. They'll have a
lot of time to practice."
Motorists ran into roadblocks and
detours around street fissures in the
San Fernando Valley, worst hit by the

Torrents of water from burst wa-
ter mains, still unrepaired, flooded
streets hubcap-deep and traffic lights
remained lifeless.
Clinton came to Los Angeles to
survey the damage and ordered $45
million for immediate freeway re-
pairs and debris removal, and addi-
tional Small Business Administration
money that would make available
$239 million in loans. Two magni-
tude-5.1 aftershocks rattled windows
within two minutes of each other dur-
ing his tour.
"It's amazing," Clinton said,
shaking his head as he surveyed a
collapsed section of the Simi Valley
Work crews raced to fix the San
Fernando Valley's two water aque-
ducts before a vital reservoir ran dry.
They also replaced a broken pipeline
feeding a water treatment plant that
serves 2.5 million Los Angeles resi-
dents. Residents were urged to con-
tinue boiling their drinking water.
A snapshot of the damage:
The death toll rose to 44 as
hospital officials announced two more
quake-related heart attack victims.
Some 15,000 people lost their
homes, and 4,700 of them were stay-
ing at 24 city shelters.
About 35,000 customers lacked
natural gas; 40,000 households and
businesses were without water; and
52,000 lacked electrical power;

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