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Tonight: 40-percent chance
of snow, low 5%.
Tomorrow: 40-percent
chance of snow, high 15°.

One hundred four years of editorial freedom

February 7, 1995

Thursday hearing to decide suspended student's fate

By Ronnie Glassberg
Daily Staff Reporter
The LSA sophomore who posted a
"slasher" story to the Internet that included
the name of another student will remain sus-
pended - at least until a hearing scheduled
for Thursday.
0 The University suspended RC linguistics-
math major Jake Baker last Thursday for
posting a story that described torturing a,
woman with a hot curling iron, and mutilating
and sodomizing her while she is gagged to a
Special agent Dawn Moritz said the FBI
also is investigating Baker for violation of

federal obscenity laws.
"The University has decided not to let Jake
back in classes prior to a formal hearing
because the University needs more informa-
tion to determine whether Jake is a threat to
members of the University community," said
David Cahill, Baker's attorney. "I think it was
incorrect. I don't think there is anything to
show he is a threat."
Cahill said Associate Director for Hous-
ing Education John Heidke will preside over
the hearing.
After reviewing the case, Heidke will sub-
mit a report - including factual findings and
recommendations - to Vice President for

Student Affairs Maureen A. Hartford.
Sanctions could range from a formal
warning letter to continued suspension or
expulsion from the University. Hartford will
make a recommendation to University Presi-
dent James J. Duderstadt, who will make
the final decision.
Duderstadt's authority comes from Re-
gents' Bylaw 2.01, which gives the president
the power to maintain the "health, diligence,
and order among the students."
"I don't know what they'll actually try to
prove on Thursday," Cahill said. "They say
the bylaw gives them full power to do any-
thing they want."

Most cases of discipline for non-academic
actions are handled under the Statement of
Student Rights and Responsibilities, the
University's code of non-academic conduct.
Like under the code, the standard of evi-
dence for Baker's hearing will be "clear and
convincing," compared to "beyond a reason-
able doubt" for the U.S. justice system.
Baker's hearing will be closed to the pub-
lic. He will be permitted to be accompanied
by an adviser, who can be an attorney.
Under the guidelines for hearings under
the bylaw, if Baker fails or refuses to appear,
the hearing officer may either "deem the ab-
sence to be an admission that the student

committed the acts alleged or may proceed to
hear the case and make findings and recom-
mendations without the student's participa-
Today and Thursday Baker plans to be
examined by psychiatrists, whose reports will
be used for the hearing.
University spokeswoman Lisa Baker said
the issue was not one of censorship.
"It's not the policy of the University to
punish people for pornographic messages.
There are other issues around this that I can't
discuss," she said. "We have not erased any
messages. That is not something we would


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As temps drop,
winds cause a
iegative feeling
By Patience Atkin
For the Daily
Sporting hats, gloves and face masks, University stu-
dents braved the cold to attend classes yesterday. While the
high temperature did hit 20 degrees, wind speeds of up to 20
mph made it feel like 10 degrees below zero.
"(Yesterday) it was so freezing I could barely breathe,"
ad Business senior Kim Redd. "My nose was burning."
The wind chill factor is what makes it feel so cold.
"It's all just wind speed and temperature correlated,"
said Dennis Kahlbaum, a University meteorologist. "Wind
chill is supposed to mimic the temperature it would have to
be to cool exposed skin in still air."
Kahlbaum said the 10-20 mph winds are' normal for
this time of year.
1 4.. - Despite forecasts of
was #s zero-degree weather by the
end of the week - with
freezing nighttime wind chills pos-
sibly approaching minus-
could 40-some students aren't
~ complaining.
"It's a real hassle to
breathes commute every day, but
the past couple of days
nose was haven't been too bad,"
said LSA first-year stu-
dent Jeff Racinski. "When
- Kim Redd it's snowing or icy, it's
Business senior really bad."
Forecasters all over
the metro Detroit area are
saying there is a 40-percent chance of flurries each of the
next few days.
Just overa year ago, on Jan. 20,1994, Ann Arbor saw the
temperature drop to minus 22 degrees, the city's third
coldest day ever recorded.
Recent temperatures are far from the coldest weather the
*niversity has experienced - on Feb. 9, 1934, the mer-
cury plummeted to 51 degrees below zero.
Still, the weather conditions cause concern for many
students. "(The administration) should cancel classes be-
cause the weather is too dangerous," said Business junior
Michelle Cooper.
Although the administration has not ruled out the
possibility of canceling classes due to inclement weather,
the University tries to stay open, said spokeswoman Lisa
"Our goal is to maintain University services to the
9eatest extent possible in the event of an inclement weather
condition," Baker said.
"If the decision were made to declare an inclement
weather period by President (James J.) Duderstadt or an
authorized representative," Baker said, "then we would
communicate with deans, chairs and faculty to ask that
faculty be indulgent of people who could not make it to
Students should be aware of frostbite and hypothermia
symptoms when walking to class. Any time exposed flesh
rts to hurt, students should seek warmth at once. Danger
of frostbite increases when temperatures, or the wind chill,

Clinton plan
for budget set
at $1.6 trillion

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton sent Congress yesterdaya$1.61
trillion budget for next year, a spending
plan he said allows him to be simulta-
neously an apostle of leaner govern-
ment and an uncompromising defender
of its most popular and expensive so-
cial programs.
"My budget," Clinton boasted at a
news conference, "cuts spending, cuts
taxes, cuts the deficit, and does not cut
education, or Social Security, or Medi-
care. That is a good budget."
- But congressional Republicans
and many budget analysts accused
Clinton of ducking virtually all of
the tough spending cuts needed to
bring the budget into balance, leav-
ing those decisions instead for Re-
publicans, who are struggling to
craft proposals to fulfill a campaign
vow to balance the budget by 2002.
Clinton's budget projects deficits
of $200 billion for the rest of the
Although the President's budget
exceeded 1,100 pages, its message to
Republicans, critics charged, could be
boiled down to these three words: "You
go first."
"President Clinton's 1996 budget
raises the white flag of surrender at the
red ink of government spending,"
scoffed Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-
N.M.), chairman of the Senate Bud-
get Conmmittee.
Clinton's decision to forgo
deep deficit reduction also drew
criticism from some Democratic
"I'm disappointed that the proposed
1996 budget does not go further in
reducing the deficit," Sen. Bill Bradley
(D-N.J.) said in a written statement.
"The President has made real progress
in the past on deficit reduction, and I
think it is unfortunate that this budget
does not go further.... Long-term eco-
nomic growth will come only when we
enact real deficit reduction."
In contrast to the last two years,
Clinton submitted this budget to a
Congress controlled by Republicans
who are likely to make wholesale
changes. The President said he re-
lied on spending cuts to pay for a
$63 billion program of middle-class
tax breaks that he proposed after the
Republican triumph in the Novem-

Mich. reps:
More cuts
President Clinton's $1.61 trillion
budget proposal falls far short of
meeting the Republican goal of a
balanced budget by 2002 and will
face cuts, Michigan's Republican
lawmakers said yesterday.
"This is the opening shot of the
rest of the year in Congress," said
Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph).
"The budget really does drive
policy - and his first step doesn't
go far enough.
The deficit would grow from
$192.5 billion in 1995 to $196.7
billion in 1996 under Clinton's
proposed budget for the 1996 fis-
cal year that begins Oct. 1.
"With the budget the President
proposed, wecontinue togetdeeper
and deeper in lebt," said Rep. Nick
Smith (R-Addison). "The Presi-
dent ... is leaving the cutting to
Republicans - to come up with
the real-budget that is necessary."
Democratic Sen. Carl Levin
said in a written statement that he
also favors more cuts.
"I am hopeful that working with
my colleagues in both parties we
can strengthen the deficit-cutting
aspect of the budget for the 1996
fiscal year," Levin said.
"The President has cut and has
filled his budget with appropriate
compromises," said Rep. John
Conyers (D-Detroit). "It's on the
right track. He's shown a willing-
ness to negotiate - but not throw
the baby out with the bath water."
ber midterm elections.
Clinton reconciled his contradic-
tory budget aims by taking only mod-
est steps in any particular direction.
About $10 billion, less than 1 percent
of the total budget, represents spending
increases for his pet programs, such as
Head Start and the AmeriCorps na-
tional service program.

LSA sophomore Eric Waters walks back from class yesterday in the cold. Waters walked as
far as he could while covering his face with his hat.

reaches 25 degrees below zero.
Wearing several layers of loose-fitting clothing will
also help to trap the body's heat and prevent hypother-
High temperatures statewide yesterday ranged from
single digits to the lower 20s, but the wind chills were as low
as 30 degrees below zero in the Upper Peninsula.
Although snow has not been a major problem for the Ann
Arbor area, parts of Marquette and Houghton counties were
buried under as much as 35 inches of snow that started
falling over the weekend.
Students who drive have the additional worry of car
AAA Michigan handled 3,010 calls between midnight
and 2 p.m. yesterday, mostly for cars that would not start,
said spokeswoman Nancy Cain.
- Daily News Editor Jonathan Berndt and the
Associated Press contributed to this report.

As the temperature drops and the
wind continues to howl it is expected
feel even colder this week.
Yesterday Today Tomorrow Thursday Friday
The wind chill factor for 20 mph would
drop the highs to around minus 10.
Source: National Weather Service JONATHAN BERNDT/Daily

Michigan Party reaches for LSA

By Amy Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
In an expansion of party activism,
the Michigan Party announced yester-
day its first presidential slate for LSA-
Student Government. The Michigan
Party currently holds the executive of-
ficer positions on the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly.
LSA iuniors Rick Bernstein and

Madhavan is a former president of the
Indian American Student Association
and is currently secretary of the United
Asian American organization.
"Together we represent a large
portion of the University," Madhavan
said. "We come from totally different
backgrounds and represent a lot of
different student concerns."
Bernstein and Madhavan olan to

programs as having the most severe
"The University has an obligation
to bring foreign language classes up
to par. We've heard a lot of com-
plaints on the lack of respect TAs
show toward students," Bernstein
said. "We feel the foreign language
department should be held account-
able and should recruit students just

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