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One hundred three years of editorial freedom
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Task force
report to
.aid in 14.06
The long-awaited advisory report
on how the University should adjust
campus policies to incorporate the
. endment to Regents' Bylaw 14.06
was released yesterday.
Last fall, the University Board of
Regents amended the bylaw to in-
clude the prohibition of discrimina-
tion against any student, staff or fac-
ulty member on the basis of sexual
The 14.06 Task Force said the
University should offer the same
rights and benefits to committed
Same-sex couples that it offers to
married couples. The task force was
appointed by University President
James J. Duderstadt to investigate
how the bylaw change will affect
family housing, employment ben-
efits, financial aid and student resi-
dency status.
Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr.
thanked the task force for its work
.and said the executive officers look
forward to studying the report and
hope to bring the matter to the May
regents' meeting.


Air strikes continue
against Serb forces

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herze-
govina (AP) - U.S. bombs destroyed
a tank and struck several personnel
carriers outside the besieged Muslim
enclave of Gorazde yesterday in
NATO's second air strike on Bosnian
Serb positions in two days.
After two F-18 warplanes based
in Aviano, Italy, ended their bombing
mission, the Serbs responded with
renewed fury, firing a barrage of artil-
lery shells on Muslims holed up in the
battered town 35 miles southeast of
Lyndall Sachs, a spokesperson for
the U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees in Belgrade, reported "in-
discriminate shelling" of Gorazde. She
said a shell landed close to UNHCR
offices in Gorazde, blowing out all
the windows. There were no casual-
ties. Quoting relief workers on the
ground, she reported heavy infantry
combat at a hilltop near the town
Olivier van Bunnen, a representa-
tive of Doctors Without Borders in
Gorazde, and Gorazde official Esad
Ohranovic said Serb attacks intensi-
fied after the NATO air raid. "The
city is literally burning," said

Doctors Without Borders reported
serious overcrowding and shortages
in the Gorazde hospital.
While officially the air attacks
Sunday and yesterday were made to
protect U.N. personnel in Gorazde,
which has been under siege almost
two years, the air attack aimed more
at halting an assault on Gorazde that
has left an estimated 156 people dead
and 646 wounded the past 12 days.
U.N. officials quoted reports from
Gorazde that 200 refugees were
wounded in a single artillery attack
on a former schoolhouse.
United Nations peacekeepers
sought the NATO air protection,
which came hours after Bosnian Serbs
suspended peace talks with U.N. and
U.S. envoys.
In Sunday's attack, two U.S. F-16
fighters bombed a Bosnian Serb tank
and command post. U.N. officials said
both targets were responsible for fir-
ing into the enclave.
Gorazde is one of the six "safe
areas" for Bosnian Muslims desig-
nated by the United Nations last year.
The attack Sunday was NATO's
first on ground positions in its 45-
year history. In February, NATO jets
downed four Serb planes violating a

"no fly zone" over Bosnia.
Several Serbian tanks and armored
personnel carriers were hit in
yesterday's air attack, a senior Penta-
gon official said. The United Nations
said three bombs were dropped, de-
stroying a tank that was "firing di-
rectly into the town."
Afterwards, Adm. Leighton Smith,
commander of NATO's Allied Forces
Southern Europe, told Cable News
Network: "The information we're re-
ceiving is the area is currently quiet
and we hope it stays that way."
Bosnian Serbs denied shelling
Gorazde. A statement from the mili-
tary command accused the Muslim-
led government of making up the Serb
attacks to provoke intervention.
Momcilo Krajisnik, the speaker
of the self-appointed Bosnian Serb
parliament, said the Serbs would not
withdraw from Gorazde.
Jovan Zametica, spokesperson for
Bosnian Serb leader Radovan
Karadzic, suggested possible retalia-
tion against U.N. officials.
"If the United Nations threatens
the lives of our people by air strikes,
the behavior of our soldiers could not
be guaranteed any more," Tanjug
quoted Zametica as saying.


See BYLAW, Page 2 1 Glass company workers replace a large pane of glass in a window yesterday.

Student expelled under code for stalking

University documents released yesterday
show that a student was expelled for stalking
a fellow student earlier this semester.
The male undergraduate was found re-
sponsible for threatening another student with
a weapon. He was found not responsible for
assaulting the student in an administrative
* The Office of Student Affairs has heard
and closed 36 cases since the beginning of the
semester. Of these, nine have resulted in pen-
This information was released yesterday

to The Michigan Daily. In response to a Daily
Freedom of Information Act request, the Of-
fice of Student Affairs adopted a new format
for case information in which only the alleged
offense and resolution are listed. These records
do not include times, dates or narration of the
incident, as in previously released records.
The following cases were released yester-
A male undergraduate was accused of
physical assault and battery, but he denied
that he was responsible for the attack. He was
also accused of misusing the disciplinary pro-
cess when he failed to keep his appointments
with Judicial Advisor Mary Lou Antieau. He

was sanctioned to community service.
In the terminology of the code, students
are "responsible" or "not responsible" rather
than "guilty" or "innocent." Also, students
must perform sanctions rather than receiving
Another male undergraduate accused of
assault and battery neither accepted nor de-
nied responsibility. The accused student chose
mediation and was sanctioned to writing a
letter of apology.
In a third case of assault and battery, an
undergraduate male admitted to assaulting a
person while he was under the influence of
alcohol and under 21. He was removed from

his dorm and required to attend a class.
In a case of theft, a male undergraduate
was accused of illegally entering University
property and stealing University equipment.
The man accepted responsibility on both
counts and was sanctioned to community ser-
vice and restitution.
In another cases of theft, a male under-
graduate accepted responsibility for stealing
from a student and damaging University prop-
erty. An administrator sanctioned the man to
restitution, class attendance and community
See CODE, Page 2

'U' releases case summaries, but with fewer details than before

Court axes
new M*SA
The Michigan Student Assembly will re-
turn to its old constitution once again.
MSA's appellate court last night heard
and ruled on a case brought by Women's
Issues Commission Chair Loretta Lee. The
case charged that the MSA Election Court did
not follow several required procedures to
inform the students.
The appellate court ruled the new consti-
tution null and void - immediately returning
MSA to governance under the, old constitu-
"I'm not happy about this," said MSA
President Julie Neenan. "The students knew
what they were voting on. The Election Court
didn't follow their own procedures and now
were back at square one.,
But Lee said students were not informed
and need to be in the future.
"I'm just so happy that the court decided
that it's important that students be given all
the information that they should have known,"
Lee said.
The Michigan Party proposed the new
constitution, which passed by only 11 votes in
the March election. Neenan said the new
constitution will most likely be on the ballot
in November.
See MSA, Page 2

The binder is back on the shelf. The public
can again read about cases heard under the
Statement of Student Rights and Responsi-
The University removed narrative case
summaries last month 'after The Michigan
Daily printed names of students involved in
code cases who were also involved in concur-
rent criminal proceedings. Administrators
claimed the University violated federal law by
*eleasing information that pointed to the iden-
tities of students involved in cases.
The Office of Student Affairs is releasing
case information in a new, streamlined for-
mat. This format lists the violation, such as
hazing, theft or sexual harassment, and the
resolution of the case.

The old format described the cases in a
narrative style. The censored case summaries
included the actions and possible motivations
behind a violation of the code of non-aca-
demic conduct. These summaries included
dates and times of the incidents.
Mary Lou Antieau, the judicial advisor of
the code, explained the change.
"We've done our best to meet the needs of
the Daily in its appropriate role and answer
the FERPA (Family Education Rights and
Privacy Act) requirements," Antieau said.
Joan Lowenstein, chair of the Board for
Student Publications, the body that oversees
funding of the Daily, said this information is
not enough.
Lowenstein said the Michigan Freedom of
Information Act requires the release of origi-
nal documents. If any information in these

documents violates the privacy clauses, that
information may be hidden by a black marker.
"Even if the information is legitimately
exempted, which I doubt, they still have to
release the original documents," she said.
"Probably what we will do as the Board
for Student Publications is discuss this at our
next board meeting and I will draft a letter to
the regents to object to the Office of Student
Affairs' blatant violation of Michigan law,"
Lowenstein said.
All of the cases have been rewritten in this
new format and returned to the white binder in
the Office of Student Affairs.
"The original format provided enough in-
formation to allow the rights of individual
students to be connected to cases which we
see as a violation of FERPA," Antieau said.
She explained that a representative of the

Department of Education, the overseer of
FERPA, has told her that disciplinary records'
are part of a student's educational record and
therefore protected by this federal act.
Antieau said Vice President for Student
Affairs Maureen A. Hartford, Vice President
for University Relations Walter Harrison and
University General Counsel Elsa Cole were
involved in the decision to change the format
of the records.
Lewis A. Morrissey, the University's chief
Freedom of Information officer, said he ad-
vised the Office of Student Affairs to release
information in this format.
"The point is that it says in the SSRR
(Statement of Student Rights and Responsi-
bilities) that these expunged versions, or what-
ever you want to call it, are to be put out there
for public inspection," Morrissey said.

.Plagued by resignations, faculty
committee fills another position

In race for Senate, Pollack
r lgets most cash from women


effective in June.
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parts to join committees and serve as
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L ana Polak dnes nnt have the mnt mnnev

dom," said Pollack, a Democratic state senator
from Ann Arbor.
The recently filed election records list each

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