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Daily Staff Reporter
To most people, the University in-
spires visions of athletic competitions
and academics.
But for students at the University,
Michigan provides more than large
lecture halls and snowy Saturday foot-
ball games.
The University administration of-
fice responsible for everything out of
the class and off the fields is the
Office of Student Affairs.
Led by Vice President for Student
Affairs Maureen A. Hartford, the of-
fice provides a variety of services for
University students.
The Office of Student Affairs over-
sees the University Housing Divi-
sion, University Health Service and

the Dean of Students Office.
"It touches a lot of the activities of
day-to-day life, outside of the class-
room," Hartford said. "I happen to be
one of those people that believes edu-
cation can happen both in and out of
the classroom."
The Dean of Students Office over-
sees the Michigan Union, the Michi-
gan League and the North Campus
Commons and offers programming
activities, services for students with
disabilities, free counseling services,
sexual assault prevention and aware-
ness programming, services for lesbi-
ans and gay males, services for interna-
tional students and courses in inter-
groups relationships.
"By working together as a team in
one office, I think we can really cut

"... believe education can
happen both in and outside of
the classroom. "
- Maureen A. Hartford
vice president for student affairs

the red tape for students quickly," said
Associate Dean of Students Delories
Sloan said about 2,000 new stu-
dents visit University Counseling Ser-
vices, which is a part of the Dean of
Students Office. The service provides
University students with freeindividual
and group counseling - both by ap-
pointment and for emergencies.
"It provides a support system for

students on campus whenever they
have stressors that interfere with their
daily academic life," Sloan said.
Besides offering important student
services, Student Affairs implements
many controversial student policies --
including the Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities, the
University's code of non-academic
"It steps on the toes of due pro-

cess. Due process isn't guaranteed in
the code," said Michigan Student
Assembly President Julie Neenan.
Among MSA's other complaints
with the code are the 30-mile radius
rule -- which means any action tak-
ing place within a 30-mile radius of
campus can be tried under the code -
and that anyone can charge a student
under the code.
But Hartford called the code a
"real-world experience."
"That's a fair assessment to say
that you've made it from a place where
others define your community to a
place where students define your com-
munity," Hartford said. "Some of the
regulations are common-sense, some
are debatable about whether we need
them, and others are mandated by the

federal government."
This fall MSA, which is officially
opposed to any code, will propose
changes to the form. "We want to
know what the process is so students
will know what they are getting into,"
Neenan said.
. While the debate over policy is-
sues continues, Hartford has spent the
summer filling the position of housing
Hartford said she planned to con-
duct open interviews of the candidates
in August and hopes to have a new
director by the beginning of September.
"I'm looking forsomeone who can help
us take the next jump in housing to work
with our schools and colleges for liv-
ing-learning experiences," Hartford

Who's who ...
officials set
Daily NSE Editor
Whileyou may nevermeettheeight
members of the University Board of
Regents, the president, the provost or
your school's dean, these top adminis-
trators will certainly have an impact
during your brief, but important stay
here at the University.
The Regents
The University Board of Regents is
the governing body of the entire Uni-
versity. The eight regents on the board
oversee all financial and academic
matters concerning the University.
They are elected in state-wide elec-
tions and serve for six-year terms.
Watch out for Deane Baker, the
Republican regent from Ann Arbor
- Baker often comes under fire from
the six Democratic regents on the
board for what some would call his
politically "incorrect" remarks.
The President
Don'te'.┬░rexpect tomeetPresident
James J. Duderstadt in person unless
he's jogging on campus at the crack
0 of dawn. This nuclear engineer and
computer buff, however, checks his
e-mail regularly and will respond to
your inquiries.
The Executive Officers
Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr., provost
and executive vice president for aca-
demic affairs, is the president's right
hand man and the University's top
academic officer. This former dean of
the Business School must make the
tough decisions that sometimes anger
faculty members.
Walter Harrison, vice president
for University relations, teaches an
undergraduate course in American lit-
erature. When Prof. Harrison isn't
teaching, he's talking to the press
putting a positive spin on the latest
controversy afflicting the University.
Dean Edie N. Goldenberg
There's a reason why Edie N.
Goldenberg is the highest paid woman
outside of the University's Medical
Center. Goldenberg, dean of LSA -
the University's largest college-must
also make difficult decisions that often
infuriate faculty members and students.
Leo Heatley
As director of the Department of
Public Safety, Heatley is the
University'scrime buster. Heatley over-
sees the 100-plus campus police force.
If DPS is looking for you, you can be
sure your photo is plastered on the
inside of his office door.
Continued from page 3C
The Michigan Daily: n. student
newspaper - center of all informa-
tion on campus. People who get paid
way too little to write neat stories like
this one.
The Michigan Review: n. bi-

weekly "conservative" student publi-
cation. We would have joined the
Review our first-year, but the mass
meeting for the Daily came first. We
have never looked back.
Mid-terms: n. tests that you are
expected to spend as much time study-
ing for as finals, while attending
classes at the same time.
Modern Languages Building

calls on student
leaders for advice

The deputization of the campus police force in 1992 was met by student protests.
Fear of armed c us pi
force remains unfounded

Daily Staff Reporter
Long known for its campus activ-
ism, the University's student govern-
ments attempt to keep this tradition
strong through their leadership. Or, at
least by doling out funds to support
campus groups.
Last year the Michigan Student
Assembly - the University's cam-
pus-wide student government - pro-
vided about $40,000 to student groups.
Each University student will pay $2.69
this year to support MSA and $1 to
support the student government in
their college.
"What we're doing is trying to act in
the best interest of the student body.
We're hereto respond to student needs,"
said MSA President Julie Neenan.
MSA appoints students to various
committees and is called upon to pro-
vide student input for policy proposals.
Students elect the assembly repre-
sentatives from their school or college
in November and March. The entire
student body elects the MSA president
and vice president in March.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Maureen A. Hartford said these parties
often create problems for the assembly.
"I try to and hope that MSA can
get beyond some of the internal poli-
tics, which I think distract them from
the more major issues," she said.
Despite its official recognition,
MSA faces difficulty with student
acceptance. "A bunch of ineffective
idiots," said LSA junior Lynn Jones
in a description of the assembly be-
fore the last election.
In the March election, only 9 per-
cent of the student body voted.
Neenan said that MSA will work to

improve its image through publicity
and increasing student involvement.
"I think you have to increase the
awareness and involvement that stu-
dents have," Neenan said. "I think it's
on an upswing. I think it's gaining
Each of the 17 schools and col-
leges also has its own student govern-
ment. For LSA students, the LSA Stu-
dent Government provides leadership
and offers guidance to the college's
LSA's administration often con-
sults them when considering changes
in the curriculum and policy. LSA
students elect the officers and repre-
sentatives in November.
For Engineering students, the En-
gineering Student Council allocates
$20,000 to 30 different Engineering
societies on campus.
"One of the primary purposes is to
serve as a liaison between those societ-
ies and the administration," said Kyle
Chenet, president of the council. One
representative from each of the 30 soci-
eties form the council, along with five
executive officers elected by Engineer-
ing students in November.
Beyond the various campus student
governments, individual campus orga-
nizations provide University leadership.
The Student Leader Board is made
up of mostly student leaders, but any
student can participate on it. The group
provides the administration with in-
put on campus issues.
The Student Leader Roundtable
advises Hartford on various issues.
The roundtable is made up of a se-
lected group of students from organi-
zations representing a variety of view-

Daily Staff Reporter
The Department of Public Safety
(DPS) has not always been a full- ser-
vice law enforcement agency. The
deputization of the department under
local jurisdiction - which granted
them full police powers under the
authority of the University Board of
Regents - has been a recent, and at
times, troubling issue.
Approval by the regents of
deputization in 1992 permitted the cam-
pus police force to carry handguns.
"Nobody has discharged a
weapon," said Sgt. David Betts of
DPS. "But once, it has been drawn....
A guy stole something in the build-
ing. He was chased, then he turned,
and was going to attack the people
chasing him."
The break with the city in police
protection resulted from a feeling by
the administration that a campus po-
lice force could better protect the Uni-
"The feeling was that for the
amount of money we were spending,
... we weren't getting a good enough
return on our investment with the
money that was being spent with the
city (police)," Betts said.
Patrolling in cars, on bike and sta-
tioned on campus, DPS officers are an
ever-present sight to students. Previ-
ously, only a few Ann Arbor police
officers were assigned to the campus.

"We have people familiar with the
campus," Betts said. "Just think, work-
ing with the city of Ann Arbor and
then coming to campus on a very
irregular basis, then having to find a
suspicious person ... going through
buildings, walking through the Diag,
going in and checking the Arb at
Deputization of a campus police
force caused widespread student pro-
test several years ago. The most no-
table protest was a takeover of the
Fleming Administration Building by
a group of students.
"I think people were, concerned
about the unknown," Betts said. "There
was a fear of harassment on their part."
"From what I recall ... it was more
of a question of personal rights and
freedoms ... people worrying about a
more police state," said Jason Gamel,
an organizational consultant for the
University's Student Organization
Development Center. "Many other
people thought (deputization) was a
natural progression."
But the harassment of students
and restrictions of free speech by DPS
has not been a widespread problem.
"From what I see, the general uses
of the Diag are such that the threat of
armed police officers isn't really there
because most of the uses are very
peaceful, in accordance with Univer-
sity policies and don't require any
security," Gamel said.

"No student has made me particu-
larly aware of any incidents in which
they've found the DPS infringing upon
personal rights," said Regent Rebecca
McGowan (D-Ann Arbor). "A con-
cern is probably still there, and ought
to be still there. It's something I'd be
concerned about as a student and as a
regent, I'm concerned about it."
Betts emphasizes the fact that DPS
works for the community at large.
"One of the goals of the Depart-
ment of Public Safety ... is to respond
to the needs of the community and
that includes students," Betts said.


because people like you don't love
Override: n. permission slip to get
into an otherwise closed class. And you
thought you left permission slips back
in high school.
Pedestrians: n. YOU. No matter
how many cars are speeding toward
you, you always have the right of
Professor: n. that little speck down
at the front of the lecture hall. If you
want to see him in person See: Office
RA/RF: n. resident authoritar-
ian/fascist, babysitter.
Reading List: n. your professor's
deluded fantasies of what you will be
doing in your spare time.
Regents: n. peoole who you will

ball game anywhere in the country."
Syllabus: n. your professor's day-
by-day guide to your trip through his/
her classroom adventure. See: Read-
ing list
Teaching Assistant: abbrev. TA
n. professor wannabe. More likely to
remember your name.
UGLi: n. the Undergraduate Li-
brary. With all the construction it may
soon be the pretty UGLi. Good place
to study if you want a "social library."
Union: n. large University-run
facility housing bookstore, food em-
porium, student service offices, U-
Club. Good place to meet babes. Play
pool, video games and drink coffee.
UNIX: n. electronic communica-
tion. An excellent way to procrasti-
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