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Women's Preview
Gray instructs young
Wolverines through
season of hope

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Fall '94
Changes in the English Composition Boa
(ECB) placement methods may make futi
University students feel a little less stress
during their introduction to the world
Students enrolled for the Fall of 1994 w
be the first group to be exempt from t
English placement test, an hour-long ord
previously administered to most students di
ing summer orientation.
In an effort to modernize the system a
reduce student anxiety, ECB Associate T
rector for Assessment Emily Decker sa
members of the class of 1997 will instead

students will be
asked to submit a portfolio of their "best, most While many peopl
representational" written work for evalution change, concern still e
ard by the board. will be able to test ou
ure Each student's portfolio will contain four ment with the help o
sed writing samples: parents or an unusual
of U a response to something the student has work.
read, either in or out of school; About 2,200 stude
gill M a paper written for a class other than composition class -
:he English; each Fall term, with mi
eal a student's best or favorite piece of choose from.
ur- writing; and, After two years o
a self-assessment of the student's work. Decker said the depar
nd Prior to this change, the ECB Introductory a switch from the out
Di- Composition requirement was determined by responsive assessmen
aid a writing assessment test given to students as The problem with1
be required by respective academic program. explained, is that stu

e s
t o
of a
nt t

exempt from
seem pleased with the how to revise and improve their writing s
sts that some students while still in high school, making
f the English require- University's courses less effective.
high school teachers, "It's clear that at the high school l
polished portfolio of people are already working on integra
writing and reading," Decker said. "(
s take an introductory change) has nothing to do with admissiot
nglish 124 or 125 - has to do with what meets the students' nee
e than 100 sections to Students receive one of five placem
based on their assessment: ECB Wri
testing the program, Practicum, an introductory composition c
rent is ready to make introductory composition with a writing w
ated essay to a more shop, an exemption with a writing works
technique. or a complete exemption from the req
e current system, she ment.
nts are being taught Decker said one of the goals of the po

essay test
kills lio system is to reduce the amount of students
the who are misplaced due to unusual testing
conditions such as lack of sleep, homesick-
evel ness or tension.
ating "I think for the most part the instructors
(The and the administrators think it will be a better
ns. It assessment of a writer's ability, rather than
eds." one test on one day," said Bonnie Campbell,
ents an academic secretary who works with stu-
iting dents in choosing which courses would fit
lass, their schedule and requirements.
ork- One group that is against the new require-
shop ment is the Academic Curriculum Council.
wire- The council is supposed to be contacted be-
rtfo- See ECB BOARD, Page 2


26 student jurors learn
code in training session

Frank Fresh punched Justin Junior in the
nose and broke it. Fresh was drunk at the time.
In this hypothetical situation, Fresh and Jun-
ior dealt with the matter through the State-
ment of Student Rights and Responsibilities,
the University's code of non-academic con-
During a day-long training session in the
Union Saturday, potential student jurors found
Fresh responsible and considered requiring
him to attend alcohol counseling or making
him pay for Junior's medical expenses.
Twenty-six randomly chosen students ju-
rors, graduate and undergraduate, listened to
Fresh and Junior plead their cases and deter-
mined responsibility just like they would at an
actual hearing under the code.
These 26 students join 24 previously
trained jurors to fulfill the 50-juror require-
ment stated in the code. Six student jurors sit
on each student hearing panel and a non-
voting faculty member chairs the hearing.
After an afternoon of listening to the case
and determining sanctions, one student juror
said he didn't like the idea of "playing God,"
but most jurors were eager to fulfill their duty.
These newly-trained jurors have a slim
chance of actually hearing a case. A total of 12
student jurors heard two cases last year. Most
students chose to have their case heard by a
mediator rather than go in front of a student
hearing panel or a single administrator.
Mary Lou Antieau, the judicial advisor of
the code, speculated that student hearing pan-

els are rarely chosen because students judge
fellow students with more vigor than faculty
members. In addition, convening a hearing
panel can take longer than contacting a single
administrator or faculty member.
Andy Hernandez and Etham Palaj, both
LSA juniors and South Quad resident advi-
sors, acted in the mock hearing.
Hernandez spoke highly about the hearing
panel option. "Each student is given a chance
to ask questions and get answers," Hernandez
"It is students asking students. They're not
going to let you get away with what they have
gotten away with," Hernandez said. "I'd rather
be judged by my peers than by an administra-
Palaj agreed that students understand these
situations more easily. "You can't ask an
administrator to remember 40 years ago when
he rushed a fraternity."
The names of the student jurors and fac-
ulty members are given to the person charged
with a code violation -- the accused - and
the person who has made the charge - the
complainant - and either party is eligible to
disqualify a juror. Student jurors are required
to disqualify themselves from the case if they
know one of the parties.
The accused, the complainant and any
witnesses state their case to the panel and ask
and answer questions at an afternoon or early
evening session.
Antieau is present at all hearings to answer
questions, but she does not ask questions.
"It's common for the accused to be emo-

I 1itU'4 LUH
Center Brian Wiseman celebrates his decisive goal in Michigan's 4-3 overtime victory over Lake Superior State Friday night with
teammates David Oliver, Mike Knuble and Brendan Morrison. The Wolverines completed their first ever season series sweep of the

Lakers with a 5-2 triumph Saturday. See SPORTSMonday for more hockey coverage.
.Professor clarifies structure of
South Africa's New Constitution

See CODE, Page 2

Visiting Prof. Karthy Govender satisfied curious minds
during a discussion about South Africa's New Constitu-
tion Friday.
"The ultimate objective is a fully democratic govern-
ment that will function to represent all of South Africa,"
Govender said to the crowd, which included officers and
members of the South African Initiative Organization
Govender, who teaches law the University of Natal in
South Africa, focused primarily on the structure of the
New Constitution.
Unlike the Constitution of the United States, South
Africa's government is not based on a two-party system.
Instead, the constituency of South Africa will be repre-
1 sented by many different parties. The African National
Congress, the Afrikaaner Resistance Movement and the
South African Communist Party are likely to sustain much
Govender emphasized that the new government would

rely on a pluralistic system of democracy, explaining that
the majority system of goverment was not suitable for
South Africa's diverse needs. A measure in the constitu-
tion established the right for all parties in South Africa to
receive at least 5 percent of the representation in the
Elections will be held every five years starting April
27, 1995. The election will not select individuals to
govern South Africa, but will determine the percentage of
power each party will hold in the legislature.
The Executive President, whose powers are restricted
by the laws stating that all parties must receive some
representation in the legislature, will be elected from the
ruling party in the legislature. "This is the closest we'll get
to a philosopher king in modern democracy," Govender
The legislative branch is composed of a cabinet of 27
members representing the different states of South Africa.
Govender mentioned that there would be conflicts be-
tween state and federal governments, but insisted that
such conflict would not be unhealthy.

still at large
in assault
DETROIT (AP) - A videotape
that caught a brief glimpse of a man
who struck skater Nancy Kerrigan
could help police identify a suspect in
the attack that knocked her from the
U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Police said yesterday the attacker
remains at large."Nothing new on it
so far," said police spokesperson Of-
ficer John Leavens.
Kerrigan was named to the Olym-
pic team Saturday, two days after an
attack by an unidentified man left her
with a severely bruised knee and
forced her to withdraw from the U.S.
The U.S. Figure Skating Associa-
tion committee named Kerrigan and
Tonya Harding to the Olympic team
after Harding skated to her second
national championship.

Clinton says nationalism could harm Russia



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