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.Poet gives reading
at award ceremony

The Michigan Daily -Weesaye ar2,1994 -3
Naval Academy
cheating may not
affect 'U' policies

Hopwood award
ceremony honors
student writers
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John
Ashbery might be a good role model
for student winners of the
University's Hopwood award. The
Hopwood may be the first of many
literary prizes for these students -
perhaps even a Pulitzer.
Essays, poetry and fiction pieces
were recognized at. the Hopwood
award ceremony in Rackham Audi-
torium yesterday. Six RC and four
LSA undergraduates won prizes
judged by selected members of the.
University English department.
The Hopwood Awards, pre-
sented three times each year, are
sponsored by a bequest from Uni-
versity alum and Broadway play-
* wright Avery Hopwood.
The one-and-a-half-hour cer-
emony centered around Ashbery's
reading of his own poetry and fic-
tion. This year, two students are
winning the Hopwood Contest for
the second time. Repeat winner
David Rothbart, an RC sophomore,
won $400 for his fictional piece

"Detroit." He said he is planning to
finish another 50-page manuscript
for yet another Hopwood entry on
Feb. 8 - the same day he has a
paper due for an English class.
"Maybe she'll give me an exten-
sion on my paper," Rothbart said.
The Hopwood ceremony didn't
consume too much of Rothbart's
time, however.
LSA sophomore Bich Nguyen,
another repeat winner, agreed, "It
was very quick."
Among the 10 undergraduate re-
cipients of the award, most were
not veteran creative writing award
"I'd never been to a literary
award ceremony before, so I didn't
know what to expect," said winner
Holly Spaulding, an RC first-year
"When I came to the University,
I was trying to identify the writing
community," Spaulding added.
The ceremony began with the
presentation of the awards. English
Prof. Nicholas Delbanco, director
of the Hopwood program, did the
honors. Ashbery then read from his
work which ranged from a light
hearted sestina about the cartoon
"Popeye," to philosophical "prose-

Pulitzer Prize-winner John Ashbery reads a selection of his poetry and fiction
at Rackham during the annual Hlopwood award ceremony last night.

.Two years later, Iraq still feeling effects of Gulf War

Following a widespread cheating
scandal last December at the United
States Naval Academy (USNA), which
promotes an image of pride and honor,
University of Michigan honor code of-
ficials say they do not believe that simi-
lar incidents will occur here.
"I don't see a real correlation," said
Mary Curtis, an associate in engineer-
ing administration who works with the
college's honor code. "On behalf of the
college, it's unlikely that we'd impose
anything on the Honor Council over
something like this."
The Naval Investigator General
(NAVINSGEN) released its report last
week following its six month investiga-
tion at USNA, located in Annapolis,
After an Electrical Engineering fi-
nal Dec. 14, 1992, officials at USNA
were notified by e-mail that the exam
had been compromised - some of the
663 students had cheated by circulating
a copy of the exam around the dorm the
night before the test.
Some of the students, called mid-
shipmen, told NAVINSGEN they did
not know the test they had was the next
day's exam, and thought they were
studying good "gouge" - an old exam
that students can study from.
All non-engineering majors at
USNA are required to take the notori-
ously difficult Electrical Engineering
311, which most students find irrel-
evant, according to the report.
USNA conducted an internal inves-
tigation involving the violations of the
42-year old Honor Concept.
The Midshipman Honor Concept
simply states, "Midshipmen are per-
sons of integrity; they do not lie, cheat
or steal."
NAVINSGEN conducted another
investigation six months later that im-
plicated 133 midshipmen.
It is unlikely that all of the students
will be expelled, but none who are
implicated by NAVINSGEN will be
allowed to graduate until their names
have been cleared, said an USNA first-
year student.
NAVINSGEN criticized USNA for
allowing the Honor Board, which de-
termines if a violation of the Concept
has occurred, to decide such a large
number of similar cases because a
"double-ended conspiracy" was pos-
sible, meaning the midshipmen may
have conspired to lie together and de-
feat the purpose of the Honor Concept
and Board.

Several University
committees are
weighing changes in
academic codes of
conduct. A report is
expected soon.
Honor Boards presume that the mid-
shipmen standing before them are tell-
ing the truth, NAVINSGEN said.
They added the incident has shown
the "shallow commitment" to the Honor
Concept of the midshipmen.
"Despite the clear words of the
Honor Concept, that midshipmen are
persons of integrity expected to apply
the highest standards of honor, duty,
loyalty, and character, (we) found that
many midshipmen do not measure up
to these ideals," the report said.
At the University of Michigan, the
College of Engineering, Medical
School, School of Dentistry and School
of Pharmacy are the only schools within
the University that have student admin-
istration in their honor codes. All
schools, however, have procedures for
handling cheating, said University As-
sistant General Counsel Daniel
He said he does not believe the
scandal will affect the University.
An LSA student and faculty policy
committee has been meeting to make
recommendations to the college about a
range ofjudicial issues. It is expected to
issue a report soon.
Assistant Dean Eugene Nissen said
he has not heard that an honor code will
be recommended, but that it is possible.
LSA students who are accused of
cheating and deny the charges have to
go before a board composed of two
undergraduate LSA students and two
faculty members. The board listens to
the case and decides if any wrongdoing
has occurred.
The medical school does have an
honor code, but passed a rule in August
that exams would be proctored and that
backpacks would not be allowed in
exams. After an objection from the
Honor Council, the rules were repealed
for this semester.
"The administration is well-mean-
ing in that they don't want cheating,"
said fourth-year medical student Eben
Rosenthal, co-president of the Honor
Council. "But you eitherhave an Honor
Code or you don't."
Rosenthal said the HonorCouncil is
working to decide the extent the code
and administrators will govern students.

Although many Americans have
heard little about Iraq since the Per-
sian Gulf Warended almost two years
ago, Basil Denno told a group gath-
ered in the Michigan League last night
about the devastating effects the war
Sias had since the fighting stopped.
Denno spoke about his recent trip
to Iraq, which was part of an effort to
deliver medical supplies to needy citi-
"Our mission was to help the suf-
fering people-mainly the children,"
said Denno, who worked as part of the
Humanitarian Aid For Iraqi Children

The U.N. embargo against Iraq,
which is still in effect and being en-
forced, allows humanitarian aid to be
delivered. However, help has not been
plentiful because corporations fear
the stigma of associating with Iraq.
A graphic video documenting the
devastation of Iraq was shown before
Denno's speech. Pictures of charred
bodies and the remains of a town that
reportedly did not have any military
significance were featured in the
video produced by journalist Ramsey
Denno emphasized that because
of modern war technology, the Iraqi
people never got a real look at the
people who were attacking them, and

many said they did not feel animosity
toward American citizens.
He related the story of an Iraqi
military official who told him, "The
multinational forces never even saw
our faces, they don't even know who
we are. They don't even know that we
breath the same air, we eat the same
food, and we have the same chil-
Engineering senior Steve Hempel
was one of about 25 people who at-
tended the speech. "To me it's not
surprising what the U.S. military did
in Iraq. It's really disturbing to see
what we don't know about what goes
on there - on our behalf," he said.
Elyse Semerdjan, a second-year

Rackham student, emphasized the
importance of remembering the lin-
gering effects of the war. "People are
forgetting things like this - that
people are dying in the aftermath."
Rami Kishek, chair of the Arab-
American Students' Association,
which sponsored Denno'so speech, said
the invitation was extendedbecause,
"A lot of people have forgotten about
Iraq since the war."
He added, "Many people don't
know that the sanctions are still being
imposed and they don't know that a
lot of people are suffering because of
the bad economic conditions. So we
decided to make this event to create

Amendments to code of non-academic

conduct to be addressed

The open meeting to amend the
Statement of Student Rights and Re-
0ponsibilities will be held from 6-8
p.m. tonight in the University Club in
the Michigan Union.
The Michigan Student Assembly,
the Office of Student Affairs, a Greek-
affiliated group and another group of
students are scheduled to present
amendments to student jurors.
At least 26, or a majority of the
panel of student jurors, must approve
the amendments. The changes will be
*oted on by the University Board of
Regents later this month.
Some members of the administra-
tion, faculty and student body have
characterized the amendment process

as tough. The intent of the a
ment procedure, written in p
MSA Rep. Rob Van Houwelin
has since graduated, was to li
extension of the code of no
demic conduct.
Vice President for Stude
fairs Maureen Hartford saidt
will not be the only chance to p
amendments to the panel ofs
Another meeting to ame
code could be arranged if a
group, such as the Senate Ad
Committee on University
(SACUA), has amendmentst
Hartford said she worri
meeting might not come off.
"Our major fear in all of

in open meeting
amend- that we won't be able to get the stu-
part by dent hearing panel members together,"
ng who Hartford said.
mit the The Student Relations Commis-
)n-aca- sion of SACUA is considering
changes to the document, but will not
nt Af- present anything at tonight's meet-
tonight ing. The commission did not have
ropose time to prepare any changes before
student this meeting.
Committee Chair Roman Hryciw
nd the said, "Maybe it's alright that we don't
nother have any amendments now. Maybe
dvisory we need to wait and see what hap-
Affairs pens."
to pro- Hartford said if proposed amend-
ments are not brought to her office
ed the early enough this term, then Student
Affairs may wait until Fall term to
this is call another amendment meeting.

Below are amendments to the
Statement of Student Rights
and Responsibilities that will be
voted on by a panel of student
jurors at an open meeting from
6-8 p.m. tonight. The Michigan
Student Assembly has
submitted a number of
proposals including:
N allowing students to be
represented by an attorney;
* limiting the code to campus,
unless the accused student
has been convicted of a crime
in a court of law;
restricting the code to apply
to actions that threaten the
safety of the University
community; and,
clarifying that the code is the
over-arching policy to govern
non-academic conduct.
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