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Slavic dept.
to receive
$35,000 in
new funding
The Slavic department will now
e able to offer students a variety of
ectures and mini-courses due to a
'35,000 grant from the Polish Na-
ional Alliance (PNA).
The Slavic department, headed by
3ogdana Carpenter, requested this
;rant five years ago to replenish its
U18,000 grant from the Barbara
?iasecha Johnson Foundation, which
'an out last year.
"We asked for the grant five years
.go, but did not actively begin work-
ng for it until two years ago," Car-
)enter said.
"The PNA sent representatives to
he University, talked with faculty
and students in both the Slavic de-
artment and in LSA, and decided to
und our projects," she said.
The grant will fund several lec-
ures and a variety of mini-courses
ocusing on Polish Studies. The mini-
;ourses are three weeks long and are
mne credit each. Professors from
round the world will be brought in to
each the courses.
"The professors are not all lan-
;uage professors," Carpenter said.
'They are involved with a variety of
opics: political science, art history,
iterature, history."
She said the grant will pay for the
rofessors' compensation, accommo-
'Jations and transportation.
Lectures by these professors will
also be scheduled at various times
" uring the year. The next lecture will
"e in April, in honor of Prof.
Pawlowski, who helped begin the
aerospace engineering program at the
Although geared towards students
studying in the Slavic department, the
courses and lectures will be open to
all University students.
The first course, called "Church,
,State and Society in Democratic Po-
:and," is already filled.
"The Slavic department here is
one of the strongest in the country,"
said David Wartowski, co-president
of the Polish Club. "It offers courses
taught by top notch professors from
around the world, language courses
and Polish literature."
Wartowski added that the grant is
needed because of the popularity of
the courses
"There's not that much demand
for Slavic courses, though; that's why
the department looks for funding other
than from the University," Wartowski
Carpenter added, "The department
may be small, but the research inter-
est in Slavic countries, especially
Poland, is causing it to grow."


MSA meetings to be shown
on residence hall cable TV


A new television program has en-
tered the busy cables in University
The Michigan Student Assembly
will broadcast its weekly Tuesday
night meeting every Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday at 7 and 11 p.m.
on one of the University's commu-
nity access channels, availableon Co-
lumbia Cable in all residence halls.
"We wanted to heighten the aware-
ness among the student body about
what MSA does," said MSA Presi-
dent Craig Greenberg.
The University has five commu-
nity access channels, said Randall
Root, director of office information
systems for the University Housing
Channel 8 serves as an informa-
tion bulletin board, which all Univer-
sity organizations can use to post
events. On Channel 59, students can
view movies broadcast by the Hous-
ing Division. This month, film con-
noisseurs can also screen "Backdraft,"
"Dead Poets Society," "Sea of Love"
and "JFK" on the station.

The other three channels -60,70
and 71- serve as community-access
channels to which aspiring student
producers can submit programs.
"Student Affairs has video cam-
eras that we'd like students to use to
tape events," Root said.
The idea to create these programs
is new and organizers said they are
concerned about how to let students
know about the opportunity.
"The problem we're having is most
people don't know we're doing it,"
Root said.
Greenberg said he wants MSA to
be one of the leaders for the new
"I'd like MSA to be a resource to
help other student organizations make
use of it," he said.
Besides airing the weekly meet-
ings, Greenberg also said he envi-
sions beginning a forum to discuss
campus issues on one of the channels.
"Either have it in a forum like
'The McLaughlin Group', where
there's a moderator, or in the form of
a debate," he said.
Greenberg said discussion could
focus on University issues such as the

SARHWIIN/'' "i"" l"
Theater instructor Erik Fredrickson shows his stage combat class how to fall
gracefully and not get hurt yesterday afternoon.
Washington adopts
tougher crime policy

Washington state voters brushed
aside concerns about costs and eld-
erly inmates last November when they
embraced a law that will put three-
time violent criminals in prison for
life with no parole.
Now "three strikes, you're out" is
in. Similar laws are proposed in at
least 10 other states, and this latest
attempt to stop violence is expected
to get its biggest plug yet from Presi-
dent Clinton in his State of the Union
speech tonight.
Despite an avid public and enthu-
siastic prosecutors, criminal experts
say it's a bad idea.
"People love simple solutions to
complex problems," said James Aus-
tin, executive director of the National
Council on Crime and Delinquency, a
non-profit research institute in San
"Basically, we've got a baseball
slogan driving a complex social prob-
lem, violent crime."
Others interviewed yesterday also
warned of draining away good money
that would be better spent eradicating
the root causes of crime, like poverty
and drug addiction. They also pointed
out that that an aged criminal is most
likely a harmless one.
Prof. Todd Clear, who teaches
criminal justice at Rutgers University
in New Jersey, estimated it costs $1
million to lock up a 30-year-old crimi-

nal for life.
It's not about money alone, Clear
Ninety in every 100,000 Ameri-
cans were incarcerated in 1973. Now
that number is 360 per 100,000.
The nation's prison population
has swelled from 200,000 to 900,000
in the last 20 years.
Today's violent offenders have
served three times the prison time
their predecessors did in 1975.
"We have tried toughness for 20
years and we seem not to be getting
the lesson," Clear said, "that spitting
out offenders does nothing for the
communities that spit them out."
Earlier this month, Ladenburg's
office trumpeted the arrest of an al-
leged three-time felon with a news
release announcing that rape suspect
Cecil Davis had "struck out."
Davis's case comes less than a
month after the Washington law went
into effect. After doing time once for
robbery and a second time for attack-
ing two people with an ice pick, he
was arrested Dec. 26, 1993, in a brutal
attack on a 24-year-old woman who
prosecutors say was repeatedly raped,
beaten, knifed and left for dead. Un-
able to speak because of stab wounds
in her throat, the victim drew a map
that led police to Davis.
Ladenburg said the trial was put
off until Oct. 9 to allow the defense to
prepare in light of the new law.

Continued from page 1.
the man denied the charges.
Mary Lou Antieau, the judicial
advisor of the code of non-academic
conduct, decided there was enough
evidence to continue the proceedings
after looking at reports from Housing
and the Department of Public Safety.
The students involved chose me-
diation and Thomas Morson, senior
counselor at Counseling Services,
agreed to act as mediator.
To make amends, the man wrote
letters of apology to people involved,
paid to repair a door and submitted a
report to the woman about alcohol
and drug education. He also partici-
pated in an educational program.
The code provides the opportu-
nity for non-students to file cases
against students.
Robert Megginson, associate pro-
fessor of mathematics, filed a charge
Continued from page 1
zations legislation, called RICO.
The court last year ruled abortion
clinic operators cannot invoke the Ku
Klux Klan Act of 1871 in suing those
who block women's access to abor-
tion clinics.
That ruling led to an effort in Con-
gress to provide more federal protec-
tion for women seeking abortions.
The House and Senat have passed
separate versions of the Freedom of
Access to Clinics Act, and the legisla-
tion will be before a conference com-
mittee when Congress reconvenes.
The court's new decision falls far
short of resolving all legal issues sur-
rounding anti-abortion activities. Just
last Friday, the justices agreed to
clarify how far courts and local gov-
ernments may go in restricting pro-
testers outside clinics.
That case, to be decided by July,
pits the free-speech rights of protest-
ers against the rights of women seek-
ing abortions and of abortion clinic
employees to be free from harass-
ment, intimidation or other illegal
Anti-abortion leaders such as
Terry call themselves civil rights ac-
tivists and distance themselves from
those responsible for such violent acts
as the killing of Dr. David Gunn out-
side a Pensacola, Fla., clinic last year.
Yesterday's decision was hardly
surprising. The court consistently has
refused to narrow how the broadly
worded RICO law is applied.
Enacted in 1970, RICO was aimed
at organized crime. But increasingly
it is used in lawsuits involving just
about any business dispute.

of "intentionally and significantly in-
terfering with teaching" against a first-
year student in early April 1993.
The student allegedly refused to
sign into a math lab, disrupted the
study of students using the lab and
refused to leave the lab when asked.
The student neither admitted nor
denied responsibility for the incident.
According to the case summary,
"In his response, he referred to the
other persons involved as 'bullies'
and alleged that worrying about the
incident was inappropriate when
'thousands of people everyday are
being killed in Yugoslavia," and stated
that '[i]f the University of Michigan
actually chooses to pursue some for-
mal charges against me, I will prob-
ably choose to leave permanently."'
The professor and the student dis-
agreed on the details of the incident
and the number of people in the lab at
the time.
The student consulted with his
father, a dispute mediation attorney,
Continued from page I
Republican as well as Democratic
senators were quick to praise the nomi-
"A great choice ... a real profes-
sional with depth of experience," said
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), a
member of the Senate Armed Ser-
vices Committee.
"I have worked well with Dr. Perry
in the past and he has done a good
job," said Sen. Strom Thurmond of
South Carolina, the ranking Republi-
can on the committee.
Clinton said he made the choice
"based on his lifetime of accomplish-
ments and his solid leadership at the
"He has the right skills and man-
agement experience for the job. He
has the right vision for the job," said
Clinton, who credited Perry with be-
ing on the "cutting edge of defense

Statement of Students Rights and Re-
sponsibilities and MSA issues. He
said this televised forum show could
begin in a month.
But MSA is not the only organiza
tion that can produce television shows.
"Right now, it's just open to any-
thing," Root said. "We're not censor-
ing anything."
It is unclear how the television
production will ultimately be run, Root
"It may be run by a student orga-
nization with an advisory staff," he
LSA Rep. Bea Gonzalez said, "*
think that's going to be very interest-
ing to see how that works and who
watches it. It will show the public, for
those who watch, what MSA's all
But, Gonzalez said she does not
think people will watch it.
MSA Communications Chair
Dave Pava thought the coverage was
a good idea.
"I think they should run the tape
through one of those special effects
machines," he said, hoping MSA's
program will gain cult following.
and then chose to have the charge
mediated. Morson mediated on April
29, 1993.
The student acknowledged during
mediation that his behavior "had
negative impact on the academic ef-
forts of several students." He is still
completing his sanction that includes
apologizing to the complainant in
writing, working as a volunteer tutor
with the Inter-Peace Neighborhood
Community Service and taking a class
on social interaction.
This was the only case of "inten-
tionally and significantly interferin.
with teaching" that had been brought
under the code before Oct. 8.
Megginson said he originally
brought the case against his student to
LSA Assistant Dean Eugene Nissen.
"I just knew the student had done
something obviously wrong,"
Megginson said.
"I'm very satisfied with the result.
I think the University has a fine group
of arbitrators."
Clinton predicted Perry would re-
form Pentagon spending procedures,
keep a tight reign on the shrinking
defense budget and maintain the
nation's strong military force.
He said many people have told
him, "Bill Perry is real pro- you can
depend on him."
In contrast to Inman, who said he
needed to reach a "comfort level"
with Clinton, Perry quickly endorsed
his commander-in-chief. "I have a
great respect for the way you have
been guiding national security," he
told the president.
Perry said the end of the Cold War
offers "a window of opportunity" t
reform the way the Pentagon spends
its money, especially the rules under
which it purchases goods.
"This is a time of great change,
great challenge and great opportu-
nity," Perry said.

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