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elects new
Genetics Prof.
George Brewer to
chair faculty
assembly, committee
By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
In an uncontested election yes-
terday, the nine members of the Sen-
e Advisory Committee on Univer-
sity Affairs elected human genetics
Prof. George Brewer and biology
Prof. Thomas Moore as future
SACUA chair and vice chair re-
Brewer will also serve as the chair
of Senate Assembly, the University's
faculty governing body.
"I think the group as a whole rec-
nized George as the best possible
ndidate," said current chair Jean
Brewer, who lost to Loup in last
year's divisive election, has been a
member of SACUA for two years.
In the election. Loup first asked
each member to nominate one per-
son. If a candidate receives the major-
ity of nominations, the election ends
and that person becomes the new chair.
Oe same process is used to elect the
Vice chair.
In yesterday's election, both
Brewer and Moore received the ma-
jority of the nominations.
"George has shown himself to be
really interested in faculty gover-
nance. He has lots of good ideas, and
has earned this opportunity," Loup
P Brewer said that he is looking for-
ard to his term as chair. "I think
there are challenges ahead and I am
looking forward to seeing if we can
meet some of these challenges," he
Brewer also said that he must
face two primary goals. He hopes to
make faculty governance more ef-
fective and wants to help the admin-
tration be more responsive to fac-
1ty ideas.
"We have to validate faculty rights
both collectively such as in depart-
ments, and with individual faculty,"
Brewer said, adding that two such
issues are tenure and grievance poli-
Committee members agreed that
yesterday's election went smoother
than last year's election.
q"There is no doubt the whole thing
lent better this year," Loup said.
Last year, SACUA members could
barely agree on the best candidate -
Loup won by one vote. Moreover, the
controversy about the election divided
the committee members.
Brewer said that the outcome of
the election this year was not only
better for him, but that it showed
ACUA as a more cohesive group.
"SACUA has come together more
as a unit. We do not always agree on
everything, but as a whole, we are
working more collectively," he said.

"I am honored to have the support of
my colleagues on SACUA," Brewer
SACUA member Charles Smith
said he is pleased with the results of
the election.
"I think that it is a fine selection
and they will represent the faculty
remarkably well," Smith said.
Both Brewer and Moore's terms
will begin on May 1 and will last one

Panel hears code amendments

Student panelist Michael T. Davis poses a question to the Civil Liberties Board chairman during last night's amendment hearing.
Code v iolator to getrpimn

By Cathy Boguslaski
Daily Staff Reporter
Changes may be coming for one of the University's most
controversial policies -the Statement of Student Rights and
Responsibilities, a code of non-academic conduct.
Last night about 30 of the 50 students trained to hear
code cases convened to review amendments proposed by
numerous campus groups. The meeting, scheduled to
begin at 6 p.m., started an hour late to allow enough
panelists to arrive to form a quorum.
Currently, the University Board of Regents must approve
any changes to the code. All amendments must be reviewed
by a majority of the student panelists. Three previous meet-
ings had failed to attract the necessary 26 panelists.
Any amendments passed by the student panel will be
presented to the regents at the board's April meeting, said
Vice President for Student Affairs Maureen Hartford.
At press time, the panel had gone into a closed session
to consider amendments presented during the meeting.
Vince Keenanchairof the Michigan StudentAssembly's
Student Rights Commission, presented several amendments
proposed by MSA. "I think MSA is committed to involving
students in this process and we'll do anything we can do to
expand students' say in the regulations that affect them."
The panelists heard amendments proposed by MSA,
faculty representatives, the Office of Student Affairs and
one amendment supported by a petition with the signatures
of 500 students.
During the meeting, anyone presenting an amendment
had one minute to speak, then the moderator allowed two
statements for the amendment and two against, all 30
seconds a piece. The panelists could ask anyone who origi-
nally presented an amendment questions.
Representatives of both MSA and the Civil Liberties
Board expressed concern over the format of the meeting.
MSA's amendments were not presented to the panel-
ists in the format .in which they were originally written.
Instead, they were incorporated into the text of the code.
Keenan said MSA was not aware of the format of the
amendments until he arrived at the meeting.
"Ultimately, I think this made things much more
confusing than it had to be," Keenan said. "I can't help but
notice that this procedural avalanche worked fine for the
administration's amendments."
Judicial Advisor Mary Lou Antieau said the format was
requested by the panelists, to allow them to follow the
proposed changes as easily as possible. Antieau also said
people presenting amendments could tell the panelists to
consider them holistically.
Proposed amendments covered such areas as student
representation during hearings, whether or not crimes
committed off campus fall under code jurisdiction, and
what code records should be open to the public.
One group of amendments concerned the amendment
process itself.
"The original plan (for the amendment process) came
from MSA and we thought it would be appropriate for
MSA to co-sponsor the change," Hartford said. "We
believe that anytime you have a written procedure it
should be a little difficult to change, so that no party can
change it arbitrarily. But it's also obvious that (the current
process) is very difficult."
MSA and the Office of Student Affairs proposed that
amendments be submitted to a committee, which would
include two students, two administrators, and two faculty

By Ronnie Glassberg
Daily Staff Reporter
After being found responsible for ha-
rassment under the Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities on Friday,
American culture doctoral student Melanie
Welch now will receive her penalty - a
written letter of reprimand from the Univer-
"(Judicial Advisor Mary Lou Antieau)
told me she had never written a letter of
reprimand and wasn't sure what is supposed
to be in it," said David Cahill, Welch's attor-
ney for the internal proceedings. Cahill said
that Antieau told him the letter will be Welch's
Antieau would not confirm that Welch
will receive a letter of reprimand.
"I have never written one. That is the
lowest possible sanction," Antieau said. "It
would be an acknowledgment that the State-
ment of Student Rights had been violated."
But she said a letter of reprimand would
have no impact on a student's academic

During the first open hearing under the
code, a six-member student panel found
Welch guilty of harassment and not respon-
sible for assault charges.
"I think it shows that the student jury
gave me the lowest punishment that they
possibly could. I think it was because they
realized this whole ordeal was ridiculous
and frivolous," Welch said.
But Antieau said a letter could still fulfill
the educational objectives of the code.
"I would hope that because these stu-
dents are bright and intelligent, a letter of
reprimand would cause them to find other
ways to deal with the emotions that led to the
behavior," Antieau said.
Yaakov Lavie, who filed charges June 17,
would not comment on the sanction. "I don't
want to talk any more about this case,"he said.
Cahill said the letter will be composed by
English Prof. Peter Bauland, chair of the
proceedings, in consultation with the stu-
dent jurors. Welch said she will appeal the

verdict internally.
"Mary Lou said there have been two
previous appeals. In both of the cases the
appeals board listened to the tape," Cahill
said. For Welch's case, the tape will include
the nine hours of the hearing.
Cahill said he thinks the hearing was a
waste of time and that the code should be
"Much of this stuff was protected speech
- protecting her health, her daughter's
health and her cat's health from the smok-
ing," Cahill said.
Besides an internal appeal of the verdict,
Welch also plans to amend her lawsuit filed
in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, which
originally aimed at opening the hearing.
"I suspect that the student panel found
me guilty of harassment in order to prevent
my lawsuit from becoming moot," Welch
asserted. "If I had been acquitted, that would
have been the end of it. This way, I still have
the basis for a lawsuit."


Students get records via software

By Matthew Smart
Daily Staff Reporter
Just as CRISP made its transition
from Angell Hall to the phones, stu-
dent information is making its way
from the registrar's office to the Cam-
pus Computing Sites.
Wolverine Access, a free service
sponsored by the University's Infor-
mation Technology Division, offers
an alternative to a trip to the LSA
Building to obtain student informa-
The user-friendly program pro-
vides a point-and-click system to ac-
cess dozens of services, including stu-
dent grades, schedules and address
As of last week, students can also
get an academic report that acts like
an unofficial transcript to provide in-
formation about a student's Univer-
sity coursework, degree status, previ-
ous experience and concentration re-

Students have welcomed the addi-
tion of Wolverine Access.
"The feedback from students has
been incredibly positive," said Kurt
Richardson, project leader for the
Wolverine Access Development
"I think it's really nice to be able
to look up your schedule," said
Catherine Stellin, an LSA senior. "It
saves a lot of time."
SNRE junior Joe Schock agreed.
"It cuts down on waiting-in-line time,"
he said.
"We've had a lot of people access
the data," said Bill Wrobleski, a sys-
tem developer. He added that although
ITD has not publicized Wolverine
Access much outside of the comput-
ing sites, it is very popular.
More than 175,000 accesses have
been logged since the debut of the
software this fall. ITD anticipates in-

creased usage in the future.
Wrobleski said Wolverine Access
can provide two types of information
- student databases and on-line ser-
vices such as those found in
Student database services in-
clude grades, class schedules, stu-
dent account information and CRISP
information. Gopher information
includes weather reports and cam-
pus events.
Richardson said ITD will continue
adding services to Wolverine Access.
He also said students have made many
suggestions for new services.
Organizers are considering add-
ing a ride board, similar to the one in
the basement of the Michigan Union,
and access to student financial aid
"A Windows version of Wolver-
ine Access is under development and
will be available this term,"


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Wolverine Access allows students to obtain records and information.

Richardson said.
The Computer Aided Engineer-
ing Network is also looking to make
Wolverine Access available on its

Wolverine Access is built around
software written by Cornell Univer-
sity and Apple Computer that was
made available to a consortium of

Kemp bows out of1996 GOP race-

Drug found to reduce pain
among sickle cell aneimcs

Kemp, the former congressman and
housing secretary once viewed as the
heir to the Reagan revolution, said
yesterday he would not seek the 1996
Republican presidential nomination.

field," said Ralph Reed, executive
director of Pat Robertson's Christian
Coalition. "There is an awful lot of
money and an awful lot of grassroots
support that has been waiting to see
what Jack would do."

efit. Gramm allies suggested the
senator's economic views were clos-
est to Kemp's; Alexander backers cast
him as a "conservative with a heart"
in the Kemp mold.
Kemp said he likely would en-

WASHINGTON - Medical researchers
yesterday announced the first drug for pre-

anemia, "the results show that for the first time
we have a drug treatment that reduces the
frequency of painful episodes or 'crises' in

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