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2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 14, 1994

Vietnam steadfast as U.S. pushes
for protection of human rights

HANOI - As Vietnam moves
toward diplomatic relations with the
United States, it faces increased scru-
tiny on human-rights but is showing
no sign of a softer line against dissent.
While dealings with the United
States have focused mainly on the
issue of missing American troops,
Hanoi also has agreed to begin dis-
cussions on human rights. However,
officials here said Vietnam will not
accept any "preconditions" in the nor-
malization process or any "interfer-
ence" in its internal affairs.
In Washington, Assistant Secre-
tary of State Winston Lord told a
Senate committee, "The intensity and
warmth of our relationship will de-
pend in large measure on (Vietnam's)

human-rights performance."
In a letter to President Clinton
after he lifted the U.S. trade embargo
of Vietnam on Feb. 3, 10 senators
urged the administration to be "more
vigilant" in pressing Hanoi for hu-
man-rights improvements, and to seek
"the release of all non-violent politi-
cal and religious dissidents," as well
as reforms in Vietnam's legal system.
"The United States cannot exempt
Vietnam from scrutiny and criticism
for not meeting internationally recog-
nized human-rights norms," the letter
said. Its signatories included Demo-
crats Edward M. Kennedy (Mass.)
and Dennis DeConcini (Ariz.) and
Republican Mark 0. Hatfield (Ore.).
The letter cited a report by the
State Department that sharply criti-

Students charged under
code for tree-napping

Seven fraternity pledges who stole
a 20-foot blue spruce near the athletic
campus in November are facing a
dual punishment - one meted by the
15th District Court and one meted by
the University.
Under the Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities, the seven
men and another, accomplice each
must pay a share of the cost of the tree
- approximately $500 -and must
also do nine hours of work with
Grounds and Waste Management,
roughly the time that department in-
vested in the matter.
In court last week, Judge Timothy
Connor sentenced each of the men to
a $200 fine and 72 hours of commu-
nity service.
Todd Irwin told a police investi-
gator that he, Rodney Norman and
Jay Cramer were dared to find a tree,
cut it down and place it in front of
South Quad.
Four other men, Andrew
Davidson, Robb Alley, Sean Gurney
and David O'Connor, were already at
800 Green St. when Irwin, Norman
and Cramer arrived. Two of these
men were cutting the tree in lot SC-12
next to the Buhr Building when the
threesome arrived.
The DPS report indicated that
seven men were seen carrying the tree
and another man was later identified
driving a red car near the scene. Four
of the seven men fled the scene and
three remained with the tree.

A formal complaint was filed un-
der the Statement of Student Rights
and Responsibilities by Douglas
Fasing, manager of Grounds and
Waste Management Services. All of
the eight men were charged with the
unauthorized taking or possession of
property or services of another and
damage or destruction of property
belonging to another.
The eight men expressed an inter-
est in resolving the incident as quickly
as possible, preferably before the end
of the semester, according to the ex-
punged case summary.
The men requested a hearing with
an administrative hearing with code
advisor Mary Lou Antieau. She heard
the case because the men had already
admitted responsibility for the act.
In code proceedings, McCalla ad-
mitted to driving the other men around
Ann Arbor in a borrowed car. He
further admitted driving the men to
purchase a new saw as the one they
had brought was not working well.
He further admitted to driving around
the area of the Coliseum after the tree
had been cut down, looking for the
other men before returning home.
Andrew Davidson, Robb Alley,
Sean Gurney and David O'Connor
admitted to assisting with the sawing
down of the tree and running when
DPS officers arrived.
Antieau said that although the men
were all connected with the same frater-
nity, "there was no intent on the part of
the actives in the fraternity to put them
in the position to steal a tree."

cized arbitrary arrests and other vio-
lations in Vietnam despite free-mar-
ket policies that generally have im-
proved the lives of its citizens.
Although the report noted no
known executions of political offend-
ers in 1993, it said "authorities con-
tinued to limit severely freedom of
speech, press and assembly as well as
worker rights and the right of citizens
to change their government."
Human Rights Watch, in its 1994
summary, cited a "mixed" perfor-
mance in Vietnam. The government
released some dissidents or reduced
their prison sentences while jailing
others for the peaceful expression of
their views and often made no dis-
tinction between opponents and
peaceful critics.
Continued from page 1
attendance and contact with both a
faculty mentor and a counselor.
The Information and Technology
Division of the University made the
allegation of theft against Morris and
Denhard chose to have his case
heard by a student hearing panel. The
panel was chaired by prof. Reg Will-
iams of the School of Nursing.
Denhard disenrolled from the
University on March 3, but because
he was an enrolled student at the time
of the incident, he was subject to the
He did not appeal his sanctions.
The computers were taken from
the server closet in Angell Hall Jan.
28. Two Macintosh SE computers
and two Apple II CX computers were
among the computers stolen.
Judicial Advisor Mary Lou
Antieau explained the different sanc-
"They responded differently in
their hearings," Antieau said.
"He had taken significant steps
that convinced the hearing panel that
he was dealing constructively with
the behavior."
According to reports from the
Department of Public Safety, Morris
said he stole the computing equip-
ment for the challenge rather than
monetary gain or convenience of hav-
ing computing equipment. Antieau
would have had access to these
Antieau said the motivating factor
for both the hearing panel and Nordby
was to protect the safety of the Uni-
versity and the University commu-
Denhard, Morris and Jennifer
Podolan were brought to trial for the
computing theft in May.
Podolan is not a student at the
University so she could not be charged
under the code.
The computing equipment was
recovered from Morris and Denhard's
Vaughn Street apartment on June 8.
Denhard said he was given a one-
year delayed sentence and was sen-
tenced to 50 days of community ser-
vice to do within that year.
Denhard said he recently finished
his service.

Continued from page 1
the event of air strikes. Many in the
Serb-dominated Yugoslav govern-
ment and army support the Bosnian
NATO has threatened to start air
strikes against the Serb guns if they

are not withdrawn at least 12 miles
from downtown Sarajevo by midnight
Feb. 20.
But the U.N. commander for
Bosnia, Lt. Gen. Sir Michael Rose,
seems to be pursuing whatever strat-
egy will work to get control over the
guns and enforce peace in the capital.
Gen. Jean Cot, Rose's boss, met

Bosnian gunner loads a cannon to fire back at Serbian positions outside Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina Saturday.

Saturday with Gen. RatkoMladic, the
Bosnian Serb commander, in north-
west Bosnia near the besieged MuD
lim enclave of Bihac.
Cot said later that Mladic, the most
powerful military leader on the
Bosnian Serb side, seemed to under-
stand the necessity for the Serbs to
take an initiative forpeace in Sarajevo.

Continued from page 1
"I trust Craig and I think he repre-
sents MSA well," Hartford said.
Greenberg said he thinks his term as
president was successful.
"We've made some major strides
forMSA, both tangible and intangible,"
he said. "I think MSA is finally re-
garded in a much better light."
As Greenberg prepares to pack his
bags, the campaign for his spot is just
Neenan, an LSA third-year student,
was elected to the assembly last winter
as a member of The Michigan Party and
is serving in her second semester as
MSA treasurer and chair of the MSA
Campus Governance Committee, which

appoints students to University posts.
For the Students' Party, Bodoh will
be running for MSA president.
A third-year Business student,
Bodoh has served on the assembly for a
year and has served as chair of the MSA
External Relations Committee and as
MCC governor.
"I wanted to be involved in MSA to
represent the students and their con-
cerns," he said.
Running with Bodoh for vice presi-
dent is Smith, a fourth-year RC student.
He started out involved in the MSA
Minority Affairs Commission and went
on to serve in his current spot as MCC
"I think we need a lot more effi-
ciency on the assembly," Smith said.
Opposing Smith from the Michigan


Party is Stern, an LSA third-year stu-
dent. Stenis serving his second term o
the assembly and serves as the chair or
theBudget Priorities Committee, which
distributes MSA funds to student orga-
"We've increased (student funding)
$20,000 this year and I think it needs to
go higher," Stern said.

Continued from page 1
the Monday before Spring Break - a
time when most students attempt to
cram for midterms and prepare for
their long-anticipated week off.
This year some students are so
preoccupied with more important
things, they are not even sure when
Valentine's Day is.
"Is that next weekend?" asked
Marshall Winget, an LSA sophomore.
Even if some students don't have
time to coo at the moon with one
another, some would like to, but are
without that someone special.
"No girlfriend. I'm doing noth-
ing- I'm a loser," said John Iverson,

an LSA senior. "I'm going to be look-
ing in the Cupid Grams."
Still there's the faculty of imagi-
nation that single students find help-
ful during the season of lovemaking.
"My fantasy would be to take the
most special girl in the world and
blindfolding her and take her to the
airport and then take her to every
basketball game in the nation," said
Andrew Borteck, an LSA sophomore,
who adds, "If you use my quote in-
clude my phone number."
Even though Valentine's Day has
its complications this year, there are
some who have found the time - and
more importantly the right person to
share it with. Ben Landis, a business
junior, recently was "taken off hold"
by a girl who he thinks is a hot num-

"I sent her a Valentine's Day card
- a Snoopy card. We'll probably g
out for coffee or something," Landis
Others plan on romancing early in
the evening and studying later.
"I'm going up to my boyfriend's
room and I'm blowing up balloons,"
said LSA junior Charla Ewing.
So what of this negative aura that
seems to be preventing some students
from experiencing the bliss that usu-
ally characterizes this red-hearton
One student has a suggestion for
these Valentine's Day blues.
"We should have (the day) off of
school so we can do things," Iverson


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Schwarz reminded the University
panelists that Lansing is not as polite
as those in the wood-paneled
Vandenberg Room of the Michigan
League. He said he often has to an-
swer questions about the quality of
the undergraduate experience.
"That question is always there. I
think it behooves the University not
only to have a good answer ... but a
real honest answer about how to give
these kids that come outofhigh school,
especially in Michigan, a good edu-
cation," Schwarz said.
Whitaker responded, "We're also
taking a position that undergraduate
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just an LSA responsibility."
Forsythe said on any given day,
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"The system of higher education
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Schwarz said. "We're trying. I know

2.3 percent is not what you would
want or hope for, but the bill is not on
the governor's desk."
But after the hearing, Schwarz said
his committee would pass out and
send to the full Senate a bill which
mirrored the governor's recommen-
dations on Thursday.
Members of the Presidents Coun-
cil of State Universities proposed an
alternative to this method of incre-
mental funding.

The Carnegie plan provides dif-
ferent funding levels for the different
missions of the various colleges and
The plan put forth by Gov. Engler
has a single floor of $3,500 per stu-
dent. The University would receive
about $8,000 per student.
Whitaker said the plan makes sense
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