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One hundred three years of editorial freedom
Students, mediator decide Code harassment cases

This is the second in a series of
our reports this week in which the
Daily will examine specific cases
brought against students under the
Statement of Student Rights and Re-
Last semester, a student suspended
under the Statement of Student Rights
and Responsibilities returned to
This undergraduate was suspended

for one semester after he was found
responsible for harassing two female
students under the code of non-aca-
demic conduct during Winter Term
This was one of 12 cases of ha-
rassment that were investigated be-
tween Jan. 1, 1993, to Oct. 8, 1993.
Six of these cases were dropped dur-
ing investigation.
Two female students filed sepa-
rate charges against the man. The
harassment allegedly consisted of

interfered with the women's academic
Other students also said they wit-
nessed the behavior.
The male student admitted to ha-
rassing several women. The case was
heard within seven days of his March
22, 1993, suspension, as stated in the
The accused student chose to have
his case heard by a student hearing
panel. English Prof. Peter Bauland
served as the non-voting faculty chair

on the panel, which consisted of four
graduate and two undergraduate stu-
dents. Three of the students were
women and three were men.
The student hearing panel unani-
mously determined that the man had
harassed the women. The man did not
appeal the decision.
He returned to the University after
receiving professional counseling,
which showed he could "function suc-
cessfully in small group settings and
especially with women." He is also

required to avoid contact with the
women involved.
Other harassment cases have been
resolved through mediation with a
trained mediator.
One of those cases involved a male
Engineering student who allegedly
entered the residence hall room of an
female LSA student and refused to
leave. He said he was looking for
someone who was not in the room.
The woman filed a complaint and
See CODE, Page 2

comments of a sexual nature. One of
the women charged he said he wanted
to rape her. He also allegedly had
been "physically suggestive and
threatening toward a classmate in an
off-campus social setting" and had


Pentagon's No.2 man
to now head Defense
Clinton taps Perry to replace Secretary Aspin

an embarrassing gap in his national
security team, President Clinton pro-
moted the Pentagon's No. 2 man to
defense secretary yesterday. He called
William Perry "a real pro," a man
"you can depend on."
The reaction from Congress was
enthusiastic, with predictions Perry
would win easy confirmation. Though
he is little known to the general pub-
lic, senators dealing with military is-
sues are familiar with him from fre-
quent testimony at hearings.
Seemingly a reluctant warrior,
Perry said he told the White House
Saturday he could not say yes at that
point because "I did not want to drive
my family into a decision - my deci-
sion - without their support."
After a talk with Vice President Al
Gore and then a meeting with family

members, he telephoned the White
House on Sunday to say he would
accept an offer if one were forthcom-
"I did not have to be persuaded to
take this job," Perry said.
Perry is to replace outgoing Sec-
retary Les Aspin, who announced his
resignation under pressure from the
White House last month. Clinton's
first choice to take Aspin's place,
Bobby Inman, withdrew last week in
a news conference filled with com-
plaints about attacks from columnists
and lawmakers.
Despite Inman's shocker - and
comments from a handful of other job
prospects that they were not inter-
ested - Clinton said hiring a new
Pentagon chief was easy.
"It wasn't hard to fill," Clinton
said. "I asked Secretary Perry and he

said, 'Yes."'
Perry, who also served in Presi-
dent Carter's Pentagon, is a former
engineering professor and mathema-
tician, a key early supporter of stealth
technology who was later proven
right. Unlike Clinton, he is also an
Army veteran, perhaps positioned to
help his commander-in-chief improve
relations with military leaders and
wrestle with a shrinking Pentagon
See DEFENSE, Page 2


Jennifer Shea works out at the CCRB yesterday. Currently, criminal cases are pending against six people who used
other student IDs to gain entry into the building, as reported in yesterday's The University Record.

In campus letter,
-Monts pledges to
consult students

Amid pressure from University
*fficials and students, Lester Monts,
vice provost for academic and
multicultural affairs, issued a care-
fully worded statement in campus
publications yesterday explaining his
office's handling of Martin Luther
King Jr. Day and the subsequent boy-
cott by a student group.
Because of what members called
"a lack of input" in the planning of the
m niversity's MLK Day observance,
e Black Student Union boycotted
events and held its own slate of events,
gathering considerable media atten-
Monts appeared to respond to
BSU's concerns in "An Open Letter
to the Campus and the Community,"
published yesterday in The Univer-
sity Record and The Michigan Daily.
"My office is committed to creat-
g opportunities for people to ex-
press diverse ideologies and relate
them to Dr. King and the ideals he
represented," wrote Monts, who has
led the Office of Academic and
Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) for
less than one year. "I believe our
annr a fnfitr nlkepnr. a nnrc. chmi

One anonymous
planning committee
member said Monts
wanted to ease
relations with the BSU
and that his office had
not made enough of an
effort to include
Monts' statement grew out of a
meeting last Tuesday with Michael
Jones-Coleman and members of the
MLK Day planning committee.
One planning committee member,
who spoke on the condition of ano-
nymity, said Monts wanted to ease
strained relations with the BSU and
answer mounting criticism that his
office had not made enough of an
effort to include everyone.
Another administrator said Monts
probably made the statement "of his
own decision" and that pressure "prob-
ably wasn't a factor."
Reached by phone last night,
Alethea Gordon, the head of the BSU,
said that she had heard about the state-

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that anti-
abortion protesters can now be sued under a
federal anti-racketeering law.
Lower courts had thrown out the nationwide class-
action lawsuit that tried to invoke the anti-
racketeering law against Operation Rescue and
other groups.
This decision means:
Anti-abortion groups and individuals sued
successfully over their conduct can be forced to
pay tripled damages.
The National Organization of Women lawsuit
alleges criminal violations, which date back to
The leaders of anti-abortion groups may be sued
successfully as conspirators even if they are not
physically present when illegal conduct occurs.
Federal judges may invoke federal Racketeer
Influenced and Corrupt Organizations legislation in
order to issue injunctions against anti-abortion
activities, such as blocking access to abortion
clinics or in other ways conspiring to stop women
from having abortions.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A unanimous
SupremerCourt ruled yesterday that protest-
ers who block access to abortion clinics or in
other ways conspire to stop women from
having abortions may be sued as racketeers.
The decision, which could threaten Op-
eration Rescue and other anti-abortion groups
with financial ruin, also allows federal courts
to order a halt to illegal protests at clinics.
Although focused only on interpreting a
federal anti-racketeering law, the decision is
a big victory for the National Organization
for Women and the Clinton administration.
NOW had taken the case to the high
court, and the administration had sided with
NOW's view of the disputed law.
Lower courts had thrown out the nation-
wide class-action lawsuit that tried to invoke
the anti-racketeering law against Operation
Rescue and other groups. Yesterday's deci-
sion reinstated the lawsuit, which stems from
anti-abortion protests in Chicago and other

Court rules in favor of
abortion-rights advocates
Protestors who block access to clinics may be sued

"The court has added another weapon to
our arsenal for attacking the terrorism of
extremists in the anti-abortion movement,"
said Helen Neuborne of the NOW Legal
Defense Fund. "We're very pleased."
But Randall Terry of Operation Rescue
said, "The Supreme Court has told civil
protest to go to hell." He said, "This is a
vulgar betrayal of over 200 years of toler-
ance towards protest and civil disobedi-
ence. The iron heel of government now will
be used to crush dissent."
Nothing in the ruling dealt directly with
abortion. The court in 1992 reaffirmed the
core holding of its landmark Roe vs. Wade
decision of 1973 - that women have a
constitutional right to abortion.
Yesterday's ruling focused on alleged
crimes committed against abortion clinic
employees and patients. The court said such
conduct can lead to lawsuits under federal
Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organi-
See ABORTION, Page 2

Regents name Hinshaw to be dean of Nursing school

After more than a year of search-
ing, the University has confirmed Ada
Sue Hinshaw as the new dean of the
Nursing school. Hinshaw's nomina-
tion was approved Friday by the

ment has gone on for more than a year
but Hinshaw's appointment to the
position seems to have been taken
"I am very pleased that Dr.
Hinshaw accepted our offer to serve
as the Dean of the School of Nurs-

deanship and I am person who does
things in decades. Thirteen years is
long enough to do any one thing,"
Dumas said.
"I want to do something different
and the time to leave is when things
are going well," he said. "I feel I have

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