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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 12, 1994

Write for
The Michigan Daily
this summer.
Mass meeting
7:30 p.m. at
420 Maynard

Continued from page 1
An Entr6e Plus card was stolen
by a female undergraduate. The
woman admitted to stealing and us-
ing the card. She was sanctioned to
restitution and received a formal
A male undergraduate was al-
leged to have possessed a knife in a
residence hall.
A minor at the time, he allegedly
was under the influence of alcohol.
The student accepted responsibility

for possessing the knife, but denied
that he was under the influence of
alcohol. The administrative hearing
officer found the man responsible
on both counts.
He received a formal letter of
reprimand as a sanction.
In a case off campus, a male
undergraduate was alleged to have
harassed his housemates. The man
neither admitted or denied respon-
sibility and chose to have his case
heard by a mediator.
After mediation, the man agreed
to move out of his home.

Continued from page 1
"Our report is finished and given
to the president; what he does at this
point is up to him," said School of
Dentistry Dean Bernard Machen, who
chaired the task force. Machen said
he feels the advisory report offers fair
Ryan Bradley, an RC sophomore
who works in the Lesbian Gay Male
Programs Office, agreed.
"Given the charge that they were
given... they're doing theright thing,"
he said of the task force members.
Bradley said he felt the University
would have to follow the suggestions
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if it wants to behave in a fiscally and
socially responsible manner.
"You can't put a price tag on jus-
tice anyway," he said, adding that the
dollar amounts mentioned in the re-
port were not large.
Bradley was referring to the task
force's cost estimates, based on fig-
ures from other colleges and univer-
sities with similar policies. The report
estimated the financial implications
of extending benefits to same-sex
couples at between $100,000 and
$250,000. Currently, the University
spends around $260 million on ben-
Specifically, the task force rec-
ommended that all medical and den-
tal benefits now granted to employ-
ees' spouses and children beextended
to homosexual employees' children
and partners, and that same-sex
couples be given access to family
The task force suggested a mecha-
nism for documenting that employ-
Continued from page 1.
The Election Court errors include
not holding an open hearing on the
proposed constitution, not having a
summary of the proposed changes at
the poll site and not posting the con-
stitution in the offices of the Central
Student Judiciary (CSJ), the court
governing MSA.
CSJ Associate Chief Justice Eu-
gene Bowen, also a member of The
Michigan Daily's editorial staff, said
at the hearing the Election Court did
make mistakes.
"We're new and we overlooked it.
That was our mistake. No one else is
to blame but us," Bowen said.
The new constitution had at-
tempted to solve the problem of inex-
perience on the court by appointing
the justices for the entire time they are
a student at the University. Justices
now serve for one-year, staggered
During the hearing, Bowen said
the Election Court had not held the
required open hearing, which former
MSA Vice President Brian Kight dis-
"I'm somewhat amazed by the tes-
timony of (Bowen) because I was at a
meeting that I was under the impres-
sion was the hearing for the petition
Continued from page 1
Stein would not comment on her
reasons for resigning, but said she did
not make the decision until after the
March 21 election.
At the last SACUA meeting, the
committee decided to generate a list
of women eligible to fulfill the va-
cancy left by Stein. The list of candi-
dates was not discussed at yesterday's
meeting before appointing Blair.
SACUA member Ronald Lomax
made a motion that the incoming
member be the next highest vote get-
ter from the lastelection, which turned
out to be Blair. If confirmed, he will
serve for one of Stein's two remain-
ing years on the committee.
Blair said he was inclined to ac-
cept the position, but he will first
discuss the issue with SACUA Chair
Henry Griffin.
"Since I was not elected, I was

asked to serve on the Budget Study
Committee. My serving on SACUA
would probably be contingent on my
decision to resign from that," he said.

ees and students who claim benefits
for theirsame-sex partners are in com-
mitted relationships.
The task force recommended re-0
quiring the couples to register their
domestic partnership, and predicted
that most couples would choose to
register in Ann Arbor.
Machen explained that couples in
Flint and Dearborn could register in
Ann Arbor as well. "I don't anticipate
anyone having a problem with that,"
he said.
The task force also recommended*
that same-sex couples be treated just
like married couples for student poli-
cies such as residency status, health
insurance and eligibility for athletic
Allocation of financial aid, the
task force found, is already in compli-
ance with the amended bylaw.
"It's a complicated process,'
Machen said, "but at best we can
figure out, (family status and sexual
orientation) don't play a part."
wording," Kight said. "They made it
clear to me at the time that they con-
sidered it an open meeting and now
they're saying something else."
Bowen said the MSA Compiled
Code is a confusing document, mak-
ing it hard to follow the procedures
In addition, Bowen said this is onl@
the second election for the court.
"There are five of us on the court
and no one person can make the entire
decision for the court," Bowen said.
Public Health Rep. Meg
Whittaker, who supported Lee's suc-
cessful opposition to the constitution,
said the assembly should work to high-
light the applicable code sections for
the court.
"They completely ignored all the
rules, but they didn't know any bet-
ter," Whittaker said.
Yesterday's decision will also
cause changes in the business of the
The new constitution gave the
president the power to appoint com-
mittee chairs with MSA approval,
while the present constitution cal[l
for elections for these positions.
The assembly had planned to ap-
prove Neenan's appointments ,at
tonight's meeting, but Neenan said
the assembly will wait until next
week's meeting to elect the commit-
tee chairs.
Next winter, the Senate Assembly
will elect a new member to the board
for another one-year term.
"I think that (choosing Blair) fol-
lows the will of the assembly by pick-
ing a person who truly received the
votes," said SACUA member Charles
SACUA member Jon Birge, the
lone dissenter, questioned whether'
the predominantly male board will be
responsive to the concerns raised by
female faculty.
"I'm not sure people were voting
with this in mind. I'm not sure that
this is representative of what people
want," Birge said.
Smith said women should be en-
couraged to run in the next election.
He asserted that SACUA will remain
committed to women's issues despite
the fact that the board now contains
only one female member.
"There is a fallacy here. Appoint-
ing a woman or a minority to a com-

mittee does not mean we get someone
supporting women or minority issues.
I think the current group of SACUA
members is very supportive -of
women's issues," Smith said.

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