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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 18, 1995 - 3

Door vandalized
in Mosher-Jordan
A resident of Mosher-Jordan resi-
dence hall called DPS Saturday to
eport several instances of vandalism
ver the last few months.
The student said someone "had been
vandalizing his door over the last sev-
eral months," reports say. "(Someone
had been) ripping posters, putting shav-
ing cream and detergent on the door and
putting black marker on the peep hole
and around the door."
After an initial investigation, the
caller named three possible suspects
1# the case.
Mad about ticket,
suspect keys 'U' car
A University housing security
GMC Jimmy was damaged with a set
of keys while parked at the dock area
of Mosher-Jordan Saturday afternoon,
reportedly by a disgruntled Ann Ar-
t resident.
Reports indicate that a housing
staff member named a possible sus-
pect in the case as a white male in his
mid-30s, with a medium build, about
5 feet, 8 inches tall.
"The man stated that he was going
to get back at the University because
of a parking ticket he got (Saturday),"
reports say.
Ann Arbor Police Department
e forts to crack down on parking
violations have led to an increase in
towing and parking tickets over the
last two weeks, AAPD reports indi-
cate. AAPD headquarters at City
Hall has been crowded with resi-
dents and students wishing to re-
claim their vehicles.
An AAPD officer said yesterday
that residents often get argumenta-
five and upset about the recent crack-
South Quad resident
reports intruder
A South Quad resident called DPS
Sunday afternoon to report that there
had been a man in his room earlier in
the day.
"The resident stated that he
w oke to a subject standing in his
room who claimed to have been in
the wrong room accidently," DPS
reports say.
According to the report, the resi-
dent later discovered that his money
was missing from his wallet. The resi-
dent blamed the theft on the man who
was in his room that morning.
DPS did not report any suspects in
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Josh White

LSA associate dean touts
undergraduate experience

Don't step on the 'M'M
Prospective students hear of the 'M' superstition during a tour yesterday.
2 closed fraterites
prepare for next year

By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Many first-year students come to
the University with academic antici-
pations including large, impersonal
classes and limited contact with pro-
LSA Associate Dean Michael
Martin explained at yesterday's Sen-
ate Assembly meeting that the Uni-
versity is making efforts to eliminate
the stereotypes associated with such a
large research institution.
He cited an increase in student-
oriented programs like first-year semi-
nars and living-learning opportuni-
ties as improvements in undergradu-
ate education.
"There isn't any other large re-
search university so heavily engaged
in reforming undergraduate educa-
tion," Martin asserted.
He said that the University's fo-
cus is on a student's first two years
"because that seems to be were the
problem is," based on the "Under-
graduate Initiative," a report issued
by the LSA Dean's Office.
Some problems the report identi-
fied were "inadequate student-faculty
content, too few small classes ... and
there is insufficient development of
transferable academic skills such as
analytical approaches to problem solv-
ing," Martin said.
He added that improvements have
already been made in the chemistry
and mathematics departments, espe-
cially in entry-level courses.
The whole process of revising
entry-level science courses started
at the grass-roots and was nurtured
by the dean's office," Martin said.
"We will have undertaken and ac-
complished a major curricular over-
haul. We will have not only changed
content, but pedagogy as well,
courses that enroll over 25,000 stu-
Martin said the first-year seminar
program, implemented in 1992 with
462 students, is another attempt to
make the University smaller. More
than 2,200 students now participate
in these small, professor-taught
"This is a program that has been
remarkably successful ... the students
really love it," Martin said.
Although he said the changes in
entry-level science courses and semi-
nars have been successful, he identi-
fied the Undergraduate Research
Opportunities Program as "the pro-
gram we probably brag about most."
UROP provides an opportunity for
first- and second-year students to con-
duct research in a specific subject
area. He said surveys on this program

By Jod Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
As Senate Assembly chair Jean
Loup handed the gavel to the new
chair, human genetics Prof. George
Brewer, she called for increased
cooperation among faculty mem-
"I was surprised by the levelof
anger which I found within the
faculty," she said. "I think in some
ways we can use anger to make
progress, but I think anger inap-
propriately applied can be destruc-
But Loup said it has been a
productive year for the assembly.;
"I think this has been a year with
accomplishmentsI feel good about.
We managed to call attention to
issues important for faculty gover-
,She said two primary accom-
plishments were the reports on ten-
ure and the climate for faculty of
"It's been a year that I couldn't
have predicted a year ago and it's
one through which I have grown
more than in any year since I was
19," Loup said.
She said there are 'many chal-
lenges ahead for the faculty, espe-
show that students are happier about
being at the University and are more
confident in themselves as a result of
their experience.
"It is surely a model program,"
Martin asserted. "No other university
does undergraduate research at the
lower division on a scale even like
this one."
Senate Assembly chair Jean Loup
said she is impressed by the programs
for undergraduate students.
"I thought some of the things sound
quite exciting," she said. "I am sure
there are plenty of challenges, but it is
nice that we have taken them seri-
Martin agreed there are still areas
that need improvement.
"One of the major challenges for
the Undergraduate Initiative in the
next couple years is to figure out how
to support instructional technology,"
Martin said.
He said another area needing
reconfiguration is the introductory

cially regarding issues of tenure.
"I think good work and efforts
are required to come to a resolu-
tion about how tenure will evolve
most appropriately in the future,"
she said.
Other issues include restruc-
turing the grievance process and
challenges to affirmative action.
Brewer said he would also like
to increase faculty governance.
"I'd like to develop a faculty 'bill
of rights' which would include
tenure, grievance, and department
faculty rights," he said.
Loup said, "Maybe the biggest
challenge is to move forward with
these issues with a spirit of coop-
eration ... we cannot let anger
overwhelm our commitment."
After Loup stepped down,
Brewer concluded the meeting and
outlined some of his plans for next
year. He said one goal is to make
Senate Assembly meetings more
"In order to make this meeting
more lively and reflective of Uni-
versity values, we are tentatively
planning at each meeting to have a
topic for debate," he said. "I want
to make this an interesting place to


Loup hands Assembly
gavel over t oBrewer

By Carly Sorscher
For the Daily
After having spent much of the
past year without a charter, members
of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Al-
pha Mu have begun making plans for
next year.
Sig Eps turned in its charter in
mid-September after being cited for
hazing. A few months later, in Janu-
ary, Sigma Alpha Mu was closed down
due to noise violations.
Former Sig Eps President Scott
Sandler, an LSA junior, said members
spent the rest of the year in the house,
and enrolled in the independent divi-
sion for intramural sports.
"The living situation this year was
the same as it would have been if we
were a Sig Eps chapter," Sandler said.
As far as next year, he said the
members will be do their own thing,
as the house will not be available to
"The Alumni Board has not de-
cided what they are doing with the
facility yet," Sandler said, adding that

he expects the fraternity to get its
charter back in a few years.
Many SAM members were an-
gered by their fraternity's closing.
"It definitely put a sour note on my
college experience because of the
problems that the University placed
upon our fraternity," said LSA junior
Jeff Kleiman.
Ten former members of SAM will
be seniors next year and will continue
the tradition, living together in a 10-
bedroom house, he said.
LSA sophomore Dave Schlesinger
said he feels that, as a member of
SAM, "we were treated unfairly; we
weren't given due process. It's a little
depressing that the tradition behind
the name Sigma Alpha Mu has been
stripped away from us."
Dan Belen, an LSA junior, said
that although they lost their charter,
SAM members have not lost their
"I just wish there was another way
that we could have worked things
out," he added.

language program. "I hope that in five
years we can be bragging as much
about our language sequence as we
are today about our math and science
Martin outlined other changes
since LSA Dean Edie N. Goldenberg
took her post, including the develop-
ment of two new graduation require-
ments: race and ethnicity, and quanti-
tative reasoning. There are also six
new concentrations.
But mathematics professor emeri-
tus Wilfred Kaplan said that one addi-
tional challenge should be to improve
students' academic schedules, leav-
ing time for students to think about\
their work.
"I found that students were too
hard-pressed and had very little time
for reflection," he said. "They are
always meeting deadlines. I urge them
to maybe shorten the calendar and.
look at the question of time pressure
on students to encourage a more re-
laxed atmosphere."

Women rally to 'Take Back the Night'

By Patience Atkin
Daily Staff Reporter
This weekend, women will march
t Tough Ann Arbor in the 16th annual
ke Back the Night protest, but for
the first time ever, they will lack a
permit or police protection.
The rally and march will take place
Saturday at 7 p.m., beginning at Com-
munity High School.
"The rally is opera to men and
women, but the march is open only to
women," said Elizabeth Clare, a mem-
Qr of the Ann Arbor Coalition Against
pe, the group which plans Take
Back the Night.
In keeping with the evening's
theme of "women empowering
women," AACAR has not applied

this year for a permit from the Ann
Arbor Police Department.
"There are two reasons for (not
applying for a permit)," Clare said.
"First, this year's march and rally will
focus on revictimization of survivors
by a variety of institutions, such as
police departments, the justice de-
partments and hospitals."
Clare also cited the police
department's handling of the serial
rapist case as evidence that they
should not be involved in the rally
or march.
"Asking permission from the po-
lice department was to undercut the
power of the protesters," she said.
Lt. Malvey of the Ann Arbor Po-
lice Department said AACAR did

meet with the police chief last week.
and the police department will not
assist with the march.
"The recommendation of the po-
lice chief was that the police be used
at intersections for safety concerns,"
Malvey said. "They (the AACAR)
have declined that offer. The police
department does not endorse this."
The Take Back the Night rally
will begin with two speakers, several
musicians and a self-defense demon-
stration. The march will immediately
follow the rally.
"Historically, this has been a time
when women would walk safely
through the streets at night," Clare
said. "To use an over-used word - to
'empower' women."




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