The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 23, 1994 - 3
.MSA to bring voter-approved AATU finding to regents
By CATHY BOGUSLASKI
Daily Staff Reporter
An end to the Ann Arbor Tenants' Union's
'AATU) fight for funding may be as near as the
next University Board of Regents meeting.
The Michigan Student Assembly passed a
resolution last night urging the regents to ap-
trove a 25-cent student fee increase. The fee
increase, which students passed in last week's
MSA elections, does not go into effect unless
approved by the regents.
MSA PresidentJulie Neenan said she plans
to introduce the issue to the regents during the
public comments session of the board's next
meeting. But she will pass the issue to LSA
Rep. Jonathan Freeman and allow him to speak
She told the assembly tenants' union that
supporters may trust Freeman more as he
supported AATU funding during MSA de-
bate and she did not.
"I'm certainly willing to go to bat for this
proposition, and tell the regents this is what
students want," Neenan said.
The nextregents' meeting is Dec. 15. Neenan
also will speak to the regents on the issue of
student representation on the board.
In other business, MSA unanimously ap-
proved a resolution last night in support of the
Campus Sexual Assault Assistance Act.
The resolution urges the state Senate to pass
the act before the end of its 1994 session.
"I don't necessarily know if this will make
a huge difference but it can't hurt," said
Women's Issues Commission chair Nichole
"It may be difficult to get students to write
letters, and we (MSA) wanted to send a mes-
sage that the assembly is very much in support
students who are victims of sexual assault, and
very much wants this bill to be passed," Paradis
MSA members will be investigating the
ways the assembly spends its money.
A resolution passed last night created a task
force to examine the portion of MSA's budget
allocated to internal operations. The task force's
intent is to examine MSA's expenditures and
use of office space and equipment. LSA Rep.
Dante Stella proposed the resolution.
The assembly has $26,440 budgeted for
LSA Rep. Paul Scublinsky told the assem-
bly during debate that the task force was not
necessary because it would only duplicate work
MSA's auditor does.
Rackham Rep. Roger De Roo disagreed. He
said, "This (task force) is to look at our policies
to see if where our money is going is where we
want it to go."
The assembly's fiscal responsibility was a
campaign issue for the Students' Party and the
Michigan Party in last week's elections.
N Sigma Lambda Beta
* creates program to
include more Latino/
Latina authors in 'U'
library and increase
By MAGGIE WEYHING
Daily Staff Reporter
Sigma Lambda Beta, a predomi-
ately Latino fraternity, is holding its
irst annual "Leer es Vivir" book drive
to benefit the Undergraduate Library.
The main goal of the program is to
increase the number of books written
by Latino/Latina authors available to
students at the University.
The idea for the book drive origi-
nated with Isaias "Nono" Cantu, an
LSA sophomore and Sigma Lambda
01 "I am a writer, and one day I was
walking through the UGLi and I
noticed the small number of books
by Latino/Latina authors," Cantu
said. He estimates that although the
Undergraduate Library does put
forth an effort, it only holds be-
tween 300 and 400 books written by
"We want to create a more intel lec-
ally nurturing environment at the
niversity in which Latino/Latina stu-
dents can explore their background,"
Katalin Berdy, the Hispanic/
Latino(a) representative for Minority
Student Services, said she is proud of
Cantu and the fraternity.
"I have been here for five years and
have been working very closely with
Sigma Lambda Beta to create a better
*nvironment for Hispanic/Latino(a)
students," Berdy said. "I support this
book drive 100 percent."
Besides donating books, Berdy and
her associates have been mailing let-
ters to departments throughout the
University promoting the book drive,
as well as writing a donation list of
books available at Shaman Drum Book-
* Other groups supporting the drive
y donating books include the Ameri-
can culture department, theLatino stud-
ies department, Minority Student Ser-
vices, Alianza and La Boz Mexicana.
Also involved are the multicultural
organizations of Mary Markley, Alice
Lloyd and South Quad. Shaman Drum
Bookstore is offering a 10-percent dis-
count on donation list books.
Cantu said that regardless of how
'miany books are donated to the library,
this drive is a step toward overcoming
the common stereotypes of the Latino
The deadline for donations is Nov.
28. A ceremony will be held at 4 p.m.
on Dec. 1 in the reserve section of the
Undergraduate Library, during which
Sigma Lambda Beta will hand over
the new books to the library and
*resent notes of appreciation.
PLAY ME A TUNE
Warrant sought in
By KELLY MORRISON
Daily Staff Reporter
An East Quad resident filed a com-
plaint of fourth-degree criminal sexual
assault with the Department of Public
Safety early this month, claiming that
Quad resident at- P
tacked her in his E~F E
dorm room. Beat
DPS has re-
quested a war-
rant from the0
County Prosecutor's Office to investi-
gate reports that the assailant physi-
cally restrained the victim, fondled her
breasts and threatened to kill herduring
DPS Capt. James Smiley said the
prosecutor's office will determine
whether authorization for the warrant
will be granted, after which approval
by a judge will be necessary for the
warrant to take effect.
"We have to be very careful" to
keep the names of witnesses and sus-
pects anonymous until it is certain that
the warrant will be granted, Smiley
said; more information will be avail-
able to the public at that time.
DPS is still interviewing witnesses
to the assault.
Basement fire damages
Afire broke out in the basementof
the East Engineering Building at 5:44
a.m. yesterday, burning a stack of lum-
ber in a construction area.
Firefighters put out what remained
of the flames, which had been partially
extinguished by a water pipe that had
burst as a result of the fire.
Investigators "suspect (the cause of
the fire) is electrical," Smiley said, but
they have not ruled out the possibility
"There is an inconclusive amount
of damage," he continued. Classes held
in East Engineering, however, will not
be affected and will continue to meetat
their scheduled times.
Violinists from the University Philharmonia and the University Symphony Orchestra perform last night on stage at Hill
Auditorium for an audience of 300.
To Rome with love: Maida prepares to be cardinal
DETROIT (AP) - Last night's
journey to Rome for Archbishop Adam
Joseph Maida's elevation to cardinal
next week is one that began with sell-
ing coal door-to-door alongside his fa-
therin western Pennsylvania.
At St. Peter's Basilica, Pope John
Paul II will present the gold ring and
red hat worn by cardinals around the
world to Maida, who is known as a
mediator and skillful negotiator.
Along with the honor that will
make him a "prince" in the Roman
Catholic church and an elector of the
next pope, comes international atten-
tion for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Maida has been spiritual and moral
leader of the metropolitan area's 1.5
million Catholics since 1990. Atten-
tion for the, 64-year-old prelate has
not stopped since he succeeded Car-
dinal Edmund Szoka. Szoka now
heads the Vatican's budget office.
Maida's efforts have resulted in
the creation of three ecumenical pri-
vate schools in Detroit to provide a
"values-centered" education to poor
children; a unity covenant with lead-
ers of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America; and help in creat-
ing a forum for dialogue with leaders
of other faiths, including mainline
Protestants, Jews and Muslims.
Maida, a lawyer with both canon
and civil law degreeslives in Detroit in
the large home renovated by Szoka.
His former secretary, Msgr.
Michael LeFevre, said Maida rises
early, walks three miles on a treadmill
while listening to a tape recorder,
practicing his Italian and Polish.
He celebrates Mass in a home
chapel, reads scripture, then heads to
his downtown Detroitoffice. Saturday
mornings, Maida often sits next to a
fireand listens tooperas, LeFevre said.
When Maida first arrived in De-
troit, he was stunned to see devastated
city neighborhoods and closed Catho-
lic schools. LeFevre said Maida's com-
mitment to education helped lead to the
creation of a$100million endowment
fund, of which half will go to support
Initially, the Stewards for Tomor-
row campaign was met with grum-
bling by many who felt the parishes
were tapped already for too much
Still, the campaign has experienced
phenomenal success. Since its formal
beginningon Aug. 1, $70 million have
been raised, Maida said.
His personal touch with wealthy
contributors netted $8 million.
LeFevre, pastor of St. Blase Church
in Sterling Heights, said the endow-
ment "probably will be (Maida's)
"Another bishop with a different
leadership style wouldn't have been
able to pull it off," LeFevre said.
Maida's idea to build a library/
museum in the name of Pope John
Paul II in Washington has generated
nearly half of a $60 million goal.
Judge says charges against pilot in
'friendly fire' case may be dismissed,
Los Angeles Times
BONN, Germany - An American
military judge in Germany has recom-
mended dismissal of all charges against
Lt. Col. Randy W. May, the F-15 fighter
pilot who mistakenly shot down a U.S.
Army helicopter over Iraq last spring,
the Air Force announced yesterday.
The recommendation by investi-
gating officer Col. Edward M. Starr
was given to May's commanding of-
ficer, Maj. Gen. Eugene D. Santarelli,
who is expected to issue a decision next
week on whether to convene a full
court-martial in one of the U.S.
military's worst "friendly fire" cases.
U.S. officials in Washington said it
is likely that Santarelli would go along
with the recommendation, and May's
attorney, Capt. Earl Martin, said he is
"overwhelmingly hopeful" that the
charges would be dismissed.
The 41-year-old May, a decorated
pilot with almost 20 years of service,
is charged with 26 counts of negligent
homicide for his role in shooting down
two U.S. helicopters while on patrol to
enforce a U.N.-ordered ban on Iraqi
military flights. He also faced two
charges of dereliction of duty.
May and Capt. Eric A. Wickson,
members of the 53rd Fighter Squadron
based in Germany, shot down two Black
Hawks that they said they mistook for
Iraqi Hinds helicopters.
Twenty-six people aboard the he-
licopters - 15 U.S. citizens, five
Kurds working for the United States
and six military officials from Brit-
ain, France and Turkey - were killed
in the April 14 shooting.
The deaths provoked tremendous
public outrage against the military, and
the Pentagon vowed to bring those
But criminal charges in a "friendly
fire" case are extremely rare, and af-
ter May was charged last September
many members of the military voiced
suspicions that he was a scapegoat.
They also expressed fear that such
treatment of "friendly fire" mistakes
would have a chilling effect on troops
in the field.
In addition, five membersofaU.S.
Airborne Warning andControl System
crew were charged with several counts
of dereliction of duty, and three of them
weregiven hearings atTinker Air Force
Base in Oklahoma last month.
The judge recommended one be
court-martialed and another crewman
receive administrative punishment.
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