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4 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 14, 1994

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'The apathy of students is remarkable. They don't know
who's running, they don't care and they don't think MSA
has anything to do with them.'
- Christine Young, MSA election director in Friday's Daily

420 Maynard
Ann Arbor, KW 48109
Edited and managed by students at
the University of Michigan

Jessie Halladay
Editor in Chief
Samuel Goodstein
Flint Wainess

Editorial Page Editors
Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of a majority of the Daily's editorial board. All
other articles, letters, and cartoons do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Michigan Daily.

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Administrative aberration
Schoem listens to students on LSA 'honor code'

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A committee within the College of Litera-
ture, Science, and the Arts (LSA) re-
cently decided not to implement an academic
integrity statement that all University students
would be required to sign. This judgment
came as a result of both student and faculty
complaint toward the obligation, which would
have gone into effect next year. Instead, LSA
has decided to distribute a statement to stu-
dents at orientation concerning cheating. Stu-
dents will be informed of what constitutes
cheating, as well as the consequences of those
actions. This change in policy exemplifies the
type of student-administrator relationship that
is beneficial to the entire University commu-
nity, a relationship where open communica-
tion allows student voices to not only be heard,
but to be taken into consideration.
The necessity of signing a form is consid-
ered by many - including this page and
student government- to be superfluous, and
would most likely be pointless as a deterrent to
student cheating. Those students who are cheat-
ing now are aware of their actions and the
possible outcomes -these are students that
would cheat with or without a signature pro-
claiming they will abide by academic conduct
codes. Moreover, there is no evidence to indi-
cate that cheating is a widespread phenom-
enon at the University. Thus, it would have
been silly to institute a new structure to deal
with cheating.
Another change in policy has been made
regarding the process steering cheating cases.
LSA is hiring a "case investigator" to research
all cheating cases, hoping that this will relieve
faculty of the burden of gathering evidence to

present at formal hearings. Hopefully, the case
investigator will provide a more objective and
unprejudiced attitude in dealing with students.
Students will now have the option to meet
informally with the administration and then
proceed to aformal hearing if they are unhappy
with the decision that is reached. Recent testing
of the new policy has concluded positive re-
sults. Students involved in cheating disputes
deserve a fair trial and these two new policies
may be able to provide just that. The potential
still exists, however, that a case investigator
will be an expensive administrative lackey,
eating up University funds and chasing poten-
tial student cheaters.
LSA Associate Dean David Schoem has
been instrumental in changing the policy to not
only provide a better environment for students
but to make them aware of the facts concerning
cheating. Regardless ofone's opinion on honor
codes, it is undeniable that responsiveness to
student concerns is not a regular occurrence in
the University hierarchy. Administrators like
Schoem deserve credit for bucking that trend.
Cheating is a serious offense and it deserves
comparable punishment. However, students
can't be seen as guilty simply because a faculty
member points his or her finger. With the case
investigator and the new policies on hearings,
students may be able to receive a more unbi-
ased investigation and examination of their
alleged cheating.
More important, the original top-down ap-
proach to student cheating has rightfully been
scrapped. Schoem, and all the students and
faculty that contributed to the change, deserve
kudos.

Prevention, Detroit style
Metropolitan Youth Foundation shouldn't close

The eternal vow of politicians is to be tough
on crime. We've heard the promises of a
larger, tougher police force and harsher sen-
tences for criminals. And in the past few
decades, many of these promises became real-
ity, as the United States locked up more indi-
viduals than any other industrialized nation
and simultaneously had chronically higher
violent crime rates.
Unfortunately, no matter how tough we get
on crime, crime tends to get even tougher. The
obvious reason is that there is more to being
tough on crime than simply supporting tougher
punishments for offenders and more protec-
tion for potential victims. Prevention matters,
as is evidenced by the fact that from 1985 to
1992, the homicide arrest rate for adults over
25 remained constant, while the homicide
arrestrateformales 16to 20more than doubled.
One organization understandsjust that. For
nearly three decades the Metropolitan Detroit
Youth Foundation -(MDYF), a non-profit
agency, has worked with at-risk youth in the
Detroit area. Its purpose is to help these young
people look beyond the gangs, prisons and
graves that are sometimes the only future they
know, and to educate them, give them work
training and most important, instill them with
hope.
Unfortunately, now it is MDYF that is
looking for hope. The organization faces the
possibility of being closed permanently.
MDYF's problems began with the embezzle-

ment of over $250,000 by a former agency
employee. While an investigation into this
fraud continues, hundreds ofthousands of state
and private dollars have been withheld. Mean-
while, MDYF's bills continue to go unpaid.
MDYF has been forced to lay off all but 20
of its employees and cut its programs down to
two. Twelve Together, a dropout prevention
program which has won numerous awards,
including selection as George Bush's 602nd
"Point of Light," is one such program that had
to be cut.
For the state of Michigan to allow MDYF to
crumble into nothingness - thereby evicting
some 4,000 helpless youths into a bleak world
of drug dealing and gang banging--is dismay-
ing. MDYF's contributions to stemming the
tide of young adults in Detroit turning to a life
of crime have been monumental - perhaps
moreso than state efforts which focus more on
punishment than prevention.
Being tough on crime means being even
tougher on crime prevention. We must support
organizations like MDYF which work for thej
betterment of at-risk youths. MDYF has made
a positive difference in the lives of many.
MDYF needs money. The IRS has forgiven
MDYF of its unpaid taxes.
Following this example, the state and pri-
vate donors like United Way have a duty, both
practical and moral, to release the money they
have frozen. The doors of MDYF must remain
open.

Rackham
search must
be open and
national
TotheDaily:
I applaud, and am in total
support of, the stance of the
Daily that was expressed in the
editorial (10/6/94) on the pro-
cess for seeking a graduate
school dean to replace John
D'Arms. However, I question
the accuracy of the informa-
tion as I believe that, even for
the University, the search has
to be a national one, rather than
an internal one. I say this be-
cause a position as important
as this one at all major institu-
tions is advertised nationally.
The reasons for this are to
eliminate exactly those con-
cerns expressed appropriately
by the Daily editorial, a major
one of which is the diversity of
the pool of candidates. Cer-
tainly from the recent report
from the SACUA Committee
for a Multicultural University
it is obvious that faculty of
color as well as women are not
in sufficient numbers here at
the University, particularly at
the level of full professor, that
would permit many of them to
be viable candidates for this
position. A national search
however would definitely
yield a diverse pool of candi-
dates and permit the Univer-
sity to make a real attempt to
fulfill some of the goals of the
Mandate.
Still, even with a national
search there exists concerns as
to the "closed" search process
of which the University has
had a history. For example,
the choice of search commit-
tee, and the charge to that com-
mittee (usually from the Pro-
vost), can negate the "open-
ness" that is suggested by a
national advertisement, result-
ing in problems alluded to in
the editorial regarding previ-
ous searches such as for the
President and the Vice Pro-
vost for Multicultural Affairs.
To provide a personal example,
I will referto my experience as
a member of the search com-
mittee for an Associate Dean
for Minority Affairs in the
Medical School. Our commit-
tee very carefully and
committedly selected four in-
dividuals who were outstand-
mng in their specialty as well as
"working with programs in-
volving persons of color."
However once the four indi-
viduals were brought in for
interviews, our committee du-
ties were done; we had no fur-
ther input. This is significant
since the members of the com-
mittee represented those indi-
viduals in the School who were
most involved in the programs
for which the candidates were

Why you
should vote in
MSA
elections
To the Daily:
As a candidate for Michi-
gan Student Assembly, I have
spoken with a number of stu-
dents concerning their feelings
about the upcoming MSA elec-
tion. Sadly, many people don't
even know what MSA is, and
many of the people who do
know say that they have never
voted.
Because of this I feel that
the most important issue of
this election should be increas-
ing voter awareness and help-
ing people to realize that their
vote does make a difference.
A vote is a powerful thing
because it is the way in which a
student puts into power the
people who are going to ac-
complish the things that he (she)
wants done. This raises an in-
teresting point: the small per-
centage of people who do vote
choose the representation for
everyone. In other words,
people who don't vote give up
their right to choose their own
representatives, which means
that their agendas are not ad-
dressed. MSA does many

things (represents student in-
terests to the regents, funds
student groups and works to
improve campus safety), but
it only does the things that its
constituents show interest in.
Basically, if you want a stu-
dent government that does
something, you have to tell
the representatives what it is
that you want them to do.
The power of a student
government lies in the support
of the students that it repre-
sents. Without student back-
ing, it has no leverage. The
word "leader" implies a fol-
lowing: a base of support. As
the leader of the student body,
MSA needs the support of its
constituents in order to be ef-
fective.
It is true that one vote won't
win or lose most elections, but
many votes will, and individual
votes are what comprise the
block of votes that does make
a difference. In that spirit, I
would like to encourage all of
the people who just took the
time to read this article to go
out and vote - it will take
roughly the same amount of
time and you will be strength-
ening your student govern-
ment and helping yourself in
the process.
Melissa Anderson
LSA candidate for MSA,
Michigan Party

Plan for '96-
prepare to vote
Sitting in an East Quad lounge -
that clumsy ballotin my lap- Icould
not help but make the comparison.
There I was being reprimanded by
the election guy for talking to my
friend while we voted. (He had to
separate us.) We were complaining
abouthow now that Ann Arbor's gone
modern, we don't get to pull the little
voting booth levers anymore (draw-
ing lines with a little marker was more
like taking the SAT). I was struck by
how calm it all was.
Nine months before, I watched my
neighbors in Costa Rica pour into the
streets of San Jose waving home-made
flags like mad.
It was presidential election day
and I had the misfortune of arriving
from a weekend trip at a bus station
across town. In Costa Rica, no one
drives on election day, they vote. Buses
are all used to transport voters to the
polls. Taxi drivers are too busy cam-
paigning to worry about work. Walk-
ing home was out of the question
because the streets and sidewalks were
packed with celebrants. The results
had not yet even been tallied but ev-
eryone was ready -jumping up and
down, chanting the name of their fa-
vorite candidate, waving the flag of
one party or another.
After no little manipulation,I ended
up hitching a ride from an ambulance
because it was the only vehicle able to
cut through the crowd. The minute I
arrived home, my host mother threw
my bag on the floor and swept me out
to the street with the others. I had only
been in the country a few weeks and
knew little about national politics, but
I knew I was excited and proud to be
a part of it. Everyone was.
Suffice it to say almost 90 percent
of the population voted (even kids
have their own practice plebiscite so
they can get in the habit of voting).
Four weeks later, I was in El Sal-
vador for another election. There, I
saw thousands of people lined up for
miles on a scorching hot Sunday,
waiting for their turn to vote. Large
numbers of Salvadorans were blocked
from voting by administrative hurdles
designed to make voting difficult for
the poor and uneducated. Even so,
despite the intense heat and the hassle
of finding your name on the right list,
most people insisted on trying.
It was hard for me to believe the
scandalous level of cheating going on
in El Salvador, and I could never
imagine a U.S. citizen waiting in lines
like I saw there. But knowing we
would never have to gave me a new
appreciation for our system.
Yet voting for us is something we
do between classes. Only 39 percent
of voters bothered to find the time and
of those who did vote, most of us were
uninformed about the candidates. We
voted based on party or on who had
the coolest name. But why is this?
Maybe we need to be Costa Rican
- bordered by Panama to the south
and Nicaragua to the North - to
appreciate what it means to live in a

democracy. Or maybe we need to be
in El Salvador-just recovering from
a 12-year civil war when those who
voiced opinions were eliminated.
It's easy to forget that as students
most of us wouldn't have been able to
vote 20 years ago -you had to be 21.
Student action gave us that right.
Women and Blacks fought for the
right of suffrage. The United States
has fought one war after another all in
the name of democracy. But democ-
racy here is something we ignore.
Although I have little respect for
those who forgot to vote or didn't
know there was an election (that'sjust
lame), I can relate to some other rea-
sons for not voting. I agree there's not
much difference between the candi-
dates and that politicians are too far
removed from daily life to really af-
fect a community. I'm convinced that
the reason the United States has the
lowest voter turnout among industri-
alized countries is not so much apa-
thetic voters as it is a system that does
not encourage participation.

The truth about cyclists

To The Daily:
As an avid cyclist, I was
dismayed by the recent letter
to the editor that demanded
cyclists off the sidewalks and
said nothing about
rollerbladers, which I thought
were more out of control than
any cyclist I had ever come
across. I defended cycling and
riding on the sidewalks around
certain areas of campus. There
is a code of conduct which
many cyclists follow, which
includes yielding to pedestri-
ans and saying, "On the left"
or "On the right" to forewarn
people a cyclist is about to
pass them. Frankly, I never
gave the issue much thought
until I was rudely awakened to
the reality of life as a pedes-
trian on central campus.
Recently, I was walking
down the hill between MoJo
and Stockwell. Behind me I
heard the distinctive sound of
a cyclist slamming on his
brakes and going out of con-
trol. He was flying down the
hill and locked his brakes in a
futile effort to prevent an immi-
nent collision. He wiped out,
taking me and another nearby
student with him. The other stu-

dent glared at him, got up and
walked away. My friend and I
stared at him in amazement.
Instead of profusely apologiz-
ing to us as any decent cyclist
would, he proceeded to say that
we should not have been walk-
ing in front of him. When my
friend disagreed with his ratio-
nale, since he was behind us in
the first place, he began to shout
obscenities at us!
This happened in the early
afternoon, with nearly a hun-
dred other people walking in
the area.
No one should be riding a
bike through a crowd of people
at high speeds. It was obvious
that this guy was not in control
of his bike or even able to ride
it properly. Furthermore, his
belligerence was simply inex-
cusable. I think of his attitude
and what a disgrace he is to
cyclists every time I feel the
sting of the bruises I received.
It is boneheads like this who
give cyclists a bad name.
Anne Rea
School of Public Health

Notes about Nike
January 2nd, 1995. The University of Michigan at Nike prepares to square off in the
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addressed the concerns ex-
pressed by the Daily editorial
as to persons ofcolor/womenin
thesetypes of positions (e.g. all
four candidates in our search
were persons of color). Thus,

countable" to those who truly
represent the University (i.e.
students and faculty) for im-
portant choices that impact on
all of us, such as president,
dean, vice provost, etc.

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