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Safewalk expands
walking hours
To accomodate requests from the
public, Safewalk has extended its
hours of operation five days a week.
* Walks on Sunday through Thurs-
day now begin at 6 p.m. instead of 8
p.m., and continue until 2:30 a.m.
Hours for Friday and Saturday re-
main 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
More walkers willing to put forth
the time made the extension of hours
possible. Safewalk co-coordinator
Eric Kessell said, "We had a success-
ful volunteer drive."
4 Volunteers said it was important
o extend the hours during the winter.
Tia Barnard, a Safewalk dispatcher
and volunteer, said, "It's really won-
derful that they are providing the ser-
vice earlier because people are asking
for it earlier because it gets darker
earlier in the winter."
Kessel said he hopes the extended
hours become permenant.
The change comes as a result of
*alls and letters to the Department of
Public Safety and Vice President for
Student Affairs Maureen A. Hartford.
Hours for the Northwalk service
on North Campus will remain 8 p.m.
to 1:30 a.m. Sunday through Thurs-
day, and 8 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and
Saturday.
To request a walk from volun-
teers, call Safewalk at 936-1000 or
4 orthwalk at 763-WALK.
Bursley Hall plays 'Gotcha'
At least 43 people in Bursley Hall
have been "assasinated" by pillowcase.
About 90 Bursley residents are
currently participating in a game of
"Gotcha." Given a student's mug shot,
name and concentration, they are told
to get a pillowcase and whap 'em.
Edwidge DuQuella, an SNRE se-
Oior and a resident adviser at Bursley,
helped facilitate the "Gotcha" pro-
gram along with Bursley Council.
DuQuella said he has heard great
tales about how people have survived
"Gotcha" attempts.
"My hall was staked out," he said.
"The guy they were after was in the
bathroom doing his dishes. He fig-
ured out he was being stalked so he
idn't leave the bathroom."
Eventually, DuQuella said, 'The hall
rallied around him and formed ahuman
wall so he could run back to his room."
Engineering student Amber
Thweatt said she was "killed" while
studying in the main lobby.
"Someone said my name and this
guy wapped me upside the head with
a pillowcase," she said.
Suzanne Henderson, an LSA first-
ear student and a wing chair to the
Bursley Council said this was the
residence hall's first year of "Gotcha"
but similar games have been played at
other residence halls.
Former 'U' student
receives new heart
A former University student is in
critical condition at University Hospi-

ais after getting a new heart last week.
Erik Morganroth gained wide-
spread attention for his battle against
a viral infection which destroyed much
of the muscle tissue in his heart.
Morganroth survived for 34 days on
life support while waiting for a suitable
donor heart to be found; doctors had
predicted that the man would only live.
for two weeks after being connected to
he artificial heart machine.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporters
Robin Barry and Carly Sorscher

The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 30, 1995 - 3

Informal code setting shows judicial leeway

By Nate Hurley
Daily News Editor
Friday's open code hearing provided the
first opportunity for interested parties to see the
process in action and the procedural latitude it
provided.
Informality pervaded the hearing, due in
part to the requirement that the accused and
complainant do all questioning, including of
each other. The relaxed atmosphere granted
leeway to the judicial adviser, the faculty chair,
the student panel, and the participants. ;
Admission of evidence, propriety of ques-
tioning and procedural questions were subject
to interpretation of the Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities by Judicial Advisor
Mary Lou Antieau; English Prof. Peter Bauland,
faculty chair; and the six-member student panel.
"I don't intercede unless something's egre-
gious," Antieau said of her role in code hear-
ings. "People are not supposed to do character
evidence. Part of what I do is listen and see if
there is any harm (from the testimony)."
Before Friday's open case, information on the
hearing process was available to the public only
through brief case summaries, case statistics and
some juror training sessions. Student jurors, wit-
nesses, the complainant and the accused are told to
keep all proceedings confidential. Students can be
tried under the code for releasing information.
Friday's hearing began with the accused,
American culture doctoral student Melanie
Welch, submitting three procedural motions:
To allow the media to tape record the hearing
or be provided with a copy of the University's
official audio tape of the proceedings.
® To allow her attorney to represent her.
To limit testimony to events occurring
within the six-month period before complain-
ant Yaakov Lavie's filed under the code.
Antieau and Bauland refused Welch's re-
quest to allow tape recorders. "I see a possibility
for exploitation," Bauland said. Welch asked,

"What exploitation?" and Bauland replied, "I
don't want to discuss that right now."
When Welch claimed the restriction vio-
lated state law, University Assistant General
Counsel Daniel Sharphorn said, "We're not
going to talk about that now."
Antieau said a representative from the gen-
eral counsel's office provides input on legal
precedent. "If there is precedent (from code
cases), we use precedent. If there is legal prece-
dent ... then we depend on the legal precedent,"
Antieau said.
The student panel deliberated and denied
"Any document, no
maer how carefully
written, is going to
have To be
interpreted .."
-Mary Lou Antieau
judicial adviser for the code
Welch's request for attorney representation.
Welch's attorney. David Cahill, later criti-
cized the decision. "I think the process was
inherently flawed because people who are not
trained in advocacy" must plead their own cases.
Testimony from more than six months be-
fore Lavie filed his complaint was a recurring
issue after the panel decided to allow it. Welch
argued that the code sets a six-month limit for
charges to be filed and asked the panel to
disallow any earlier evidence, which she claimed
violated the code.
Bauland turned to Antieau for advice.
"Does that render anything before six months
irrelevant?" he asked.
Antieau replied: "I don't think so."
Bauland then asked: "What does the state-

News Analysis
ment say?"
Antieau replied: "We'd have to get it out."
It was then noted that Section IIIA of the
"Procedures for Responding to Violation of
These Standards" portion of the code states, in
part: "All complaints must be filed within six
months of the date of the violation or the discov-
ery of the violation."
Lavie argued that disallowing the earlier
evidence "would cause the panel to not under-
stand and might induce their ability to judge."
Bauland added, "The more we know, the bet-
ter we are to come to a reasonable adjudication."
After the hearing, Ann Arbor attorney
Jonathan Rose charged that the University has
an upper hand through interpretation of the
code during hearings. "The administration in-
tends to operate both as prosecutor and judicial
adviser," Rose asserted.
Antieau denied Rose's claims. "We have no
vested interest in the outcome of the cases," she
said in an interview yesterday.
She said interpretation is inevitable. "Any
document, no matter how carefully written, is
going to have to be interpreted at some time,"
Antieau said.
"Certainly, it is appropriate for people to
challenge that interpretation."
Antieau interceded several times as judicial
adviser during Friday's hearing.
On one occasion, when Lavie was question-
ing his wife, Snadal, to corroborate their stories
of the June 16, 1993 garden-hose incident, the
Lavies, who are from Israel, began conversing
in Hebrew. When Mrs. Lavie later asked if her
husband could translate questions, Antieau said,
"I prefer he speaks in English."
Bauland, the faculty chair, used the flexible
atmosphere to limit the testimony.
At one point, Welch asked Lavie, whom she

accused of assaulting her, to give his weight and
height. She then asked,"Were you in a special unit
in Israel?"
"That's none of your interest," Lavie replied.
Bauland then said. "Unit schmoonit. I was in
a paratrooper unit and never jumped out of a
plane for God's sake."
The setting also gave leeway to the student
jurors, which proved useful on several occa-
sions. One juror offered to convert metric dis-
tances given by the Lavies into the English
system. The jurors could also step in during
questioning to ask for clarification, pose further
questions, and speak to the accused, the com-
plainant or witnesses.
Lavie and Welch both chose unconventional
ways to present their side to the student jurors.
Lavie quoted a dictionary definition of "no
contest" - which Welch pleaded in Washtenaw
County District Court to a similar charge of
assault stemming from the June 16, 1993 inci-
dent. The judge dismissed the charges.
Lavie asked Welch why she did not plead
innocent. Welch began to respond and Lavie
said, "I don't want to hear that," leaving the-room.
After Lavie and Antieau had left the room,
Welch took the opportunity to address the panel.
"I know you guys are probably going to think
I'm guilty because I'm acting so strident," she
said. "How many of you have ever been beaten
by a man? ... It's upsetting to be falsely accused
of a crime, particularly assault and battery."
The panel members remained silent.
Antieau later told the Daily such lines of ques-
tioning do not generally take place. "Usually the
exchanges are much more structured," she said.
The hearing ended as it began - with a
procedural squabble. Bauland said he would
limited closing statements to five minutes each.
Welch balked, noting that there are no such
time limits in the code. Bauland replied: "This is
a conclusion. It's all been done. You will be
limited to five minutes."

'U' code process draws criticism after 1st open hearing

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dent and a member of the Student
Civil Liberties Watch, said the proce-
dure duplicated the court's action.
"The code is simply another way
of saying the same thing without as
fair a process," said Ellison, who ob-
served the hearing. "I saw a panel that
was chosen, guided and advised by
the judicial adviser. I saw a moderator
who's not knowledgeable about the
procedure."
Vince Keenan, chair of the Michi-
gan Student Assembly Student Rights
Commission, said Welch's alleged
actions should not have affected her
academic record.
"This is not a situation where a
person would be further traumatized
by being in the same class with her,"
Keenan said. "I think there should be

a strong burden on the person who
brings the charge to make the connec-
tion between why the person's non-
academic conduct should threaten
their academic existence."
Lavie, however, supports the code.
"I was very pleased by the way the
University was protecting the rights
of the academic community," Lavie
said.
After the panel found Welch guilty
of harassment, Antieau met privately
with the jurors to advise them in sanc-
tioning.
"While the jury was deliberating,
Mary Lou, who is essentially the pros-
ecutor, was deliberating with them on
the sanctions," said Ann Arbor attor-
ney Jonathan Rose, who witnessed
the hearing. "We walked past and
Mary Lou was in the room deliberat-
ing with the jury."
The panel members did not de-
scribe their reasons for finding Welch

guilty of harassment. But Welch main-
tained that her actions should not have
been considered harassment.
"As far as the harassment is con-
cerned, I have a right to express my-
self under the Constitution of the
United States," she said during the
hearing. "How frightened can a per-
son get because you put an American
Cancer Society flier on their door? I
don't know if they realized how dan-
gerous the smoke could be."
The audience consisted mainly of
students, lawyers and representatives
from the Division of Student Affairs,
including Dean of'Students Royster
Harper and several clerical workers.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Maureen A. Hartford remained out-
side the room during the hearing since
she handles the appeals procedure.
Amendment hearing tonight
A public hearing is scheduled for

6 p.m. today to consider amendments'
to the code in the Pendleton Room of
the Michigan Union. The amendments
have been proposed by MSA, the Sen-
ate Assembly Committee on Univer-
sity Affairs and the Office of Student
Affairs.
A majority of the code's 50 stu-
dent jurors must attend for the hear-
ing to take place. Three other amend-
ment hearings have been scheduled
since the code was implemented in
January 1993. None of those hearings
drew a majority of the student jurors,
therefore no amendments have been
heard.
Antieau said yesterday that 30 of
the jurors have committed to attend.
"'We're going to do a massive call-out
tomorrow (Monday)," she said.
Any amendments approved by the
student jurors in attendance will be.
forwarded to the regents for their con-
sideration.

SARA SILLMAN/Daily
Testimony is presented in the
Pendelton Room in the Michigan
League during Friday's code hearing.
Cameras and recording devices were
not allowed inside the room.

Comet makes waves on Jupiter, with MIT astronomer

By Lisa Michalski
For the Daily
Last July's collision of comet Shoemaker-
Levy 9 into Jupiter allowed astronomers to
observe for the first time a cosmic event compa-
rable to one that may have wiped out the dino-
saurs 65 million years ago, researchers say.
Heidi Hammel, a Massachusetts Institute of
Technology research scientist, delivered an hour-
long presentation titled "The Spectacular Swan
Song of Shoemaker-Levy 9" in the Bagnoud
Aerospace Building on North Campus Friday.
Her talk featured Hubble Space Telescope
images of the impact sites where the comet's 21
fragments plunged into Jupiter's atmosphere.
"It's an absolutely beautiful experiment that
Mother Nature provided for us. We couldn't
have done this any other way," Hammel said to
a group of 100 students and faculty.

lt's an absolutely beautiful experiment
that Mother Nature provided for us."
- Heidi Hammel
MIT research scientist

Hammel, who directed the Hubble Space
Telescope's visible wavelength imaging of the
crash, described the great tension in the air as
researchers waited to see the HST images of the
first fragment's impact July 16.
"One thing that kept going through
everyone's head was Kohoutek," Hammel said.
Kohoutek, the comet that passed near Earth in
December 1973, was billed as the "comet of the
century," but turned out to be barely visible.
Contrary to Kohoutek's disappointment,
University Research Scientist John Clarke called

the results obtained after last summer's crash
"truly remarkable."
Hammel said one of the biggest surprises
was the observation of large plumes of dark soot
that erupted through Jupiter's cloud tops at the
impact sites. Diameters of the sites ranged from
less than 6,000 km to more than 10,000 km.
Astronomers also viewed waves around the
larger impact sites, which researchers had predicted
before the collision, Hammel said. "Just like when
you throw a stone in a pond, the ripples move out."
She said her team saw waves for five differ-

ent sites, adding that they disappeared about
three hours after impact.
Hammel said Jupiter's high-altitude winds
and quick rate of rotation caused the impact
sites to form a dark band circling the planet, but
she predicts it will disappear within two years.
She also said the effects from the collision of
Shoemaker-Levy 9 into Jupiter are comparable
to evidence found on Earth that suggests a similar
crash occurred here 65 million years ago.
Scientists have found geologic evidence sug-
gesting an asteroid hit the Earth on the northern
coast of the Yucatan Peninsula at the end of the
Cretaceous period, Hammel said.
Researchers believe the crater, 185 miles in
diameter and discovered in 1978, is the impact
site of an asteroid that blasted the planet into
darkness. Hammel said it was "one possible
explanation for the wipeout of the dinosaurs."

Correction
Robert Morgan is not a member of the Ann Arbor Homeless Action committee. This was incorrectly reported in
Thursday's Daily.
What's happening In Ann Arbor today

Financial Aid Applicants:
The deadline for applications for
Spring/Summer 1995 Financial Aid is:
Iiesday, January 31,1995
The Office of
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