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February 27, 1995
Jaker pleads not guilty to federal charges for messages
State ACLU says case
violates student's First
By Josh White
Daily Staff Reporter
After spending more than a week in fed-
eral custody, LSA sophomore Jake Baker
eaded not guilty Friday, Feb. 17 at his ar-
ignment before Magistrate Judge Steven
Pepe in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
The reading of the grand jury indictment
was waived, and Baker's attorney entered the
plea at the 3 p.m. hearing.
Wayne County grand jury members in-
dicted Baker earlier that week on one count of
interstate transmission of a threat to injure or
kidnap another person.
Baker has been transferred out of the
Wayne County Jail and has spent the last four
days in the Milan federal prison, just south of
Ann Arbor. He is awaiting a decision from the
6th Circuit Court in Cincinnati on his deten-
"We filed a brief on the 17th and the
prosecutors filed a brief that will reach the
judges (today), so we should know the answer
to the bond issue some time around Wednes-
day of this week," Douglas Mullkoff, Baker's
attorney, said last night. "A three-judge panel
that will deal with the case will be selected
Magistrate Judge Thomas Carlson and
Judge Bernard Friedman deemed Baker too
dangerous for society in denying him bail
earlier this month and ordered him held be-
hind bars until the trial.
Mullkoff said after the
arraignment that he con-
tinues to speak with Baker
"He is surviving,"
Mullkoff said about
Baker's time in prison.
a, "How he is doing is not
really something we talk
Baker about. Our focus is getting
him out of jail right now.
Then we will work on the dismissal of his case
Howard Simon, the director of the state
branch of the American Civil Liberties Union,
said the case goes against Baker's freedom of
"The FBI needs to go after people who are
assaulting women," Simon said outside of the
Detroit courtroom before Baker's hearing Feb.
17. "They shouldn't be going after college
students who are writing fantasy.
"This case has significant ramifications
on the First Amendment," Simon said. "We
have to apply free speech to computev com-
munications. We have done it for telecommu-
nications, electronic communications, now
we have to go ahead and protect it in the
After finding several sexually explicit sto-
ries Baker posted on the Internet and after
Department of Public Safety officers discov-
ered questionable e-mail messages in Baker's
Internet account, University officials notified
the FBI of Baker's actions in late January.
FBI Special Agent Greg Stejskal said the
e-mail messages were between Baker and an
Ontario man identified as Arthur Gonda.
Stejskal said the messages included "realistic
threats to a specific University student that
went beyond being just stories.
Simon said, however, that Baker was
merely exercising his right to publish fantasy.
"What he did was publish short stories on
the Internet," Simon said. "They are no differ-
ent than the stories on bookshelves in stores
all over the country. It is just sick, vile fan-
Information regarding trial dates and
scheduling will be released tomorrow.
Mullkoff said. Federal Judge Avern Cohn
will hear the case in U.S. District Court in
to fund Unon
% Cathy Boguslaski
Daily Staff Reporter
The University Board of Regents voted at its February
meeting to increase the infrastructure maintenance fee by
$35 per term to help fund $26.5 million in renovations to
University Health Services, the Michigan Union, the Michi-
gan League and North Campus Commons.
The increase brings the infrastructure maintenance fee to
$185 per term.
The renovations to the buildings will improve the heat-
*g and air conditioning, as well as bring the buildings into
compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, said
Vice President for Student Affairs Maureen A. Hartford.
The Union's fourth floor, which now houses offices for
student groups in old hotel rooms, will be renovated com-
pletely, she said.
The UHS renovations will provide more clinic space, a
health education classroom and a roomier reception area to
increase student privacy when speaking with a nurse, Hart-
Two regents raised objections to the increase.
"I' m not looking forward to the next eight years of voting
to increase costs," said Regent Andrea Fischer Newman (R-
Ann Arbor), who was elected to the board last November.
"Every time we need to raise money we seem to go back
to the students. I'm not going to sit here for eight years and
vote for increases."
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) also opposed the
"I really object to increases in fees for the kind of purpose
's starting to have. In essence, it's like raising tuition,"
Baker and Newman were the only two regents to vote
against the proposal.
"I look at this fee as our students' first contribution to the
legacy they'll leave here," said Regent Laurence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills). "I think our students have a moral obli-
gation to make sure they create first-class facilities for the
present and future."
Deitch said that with emphasis shifting to the informa-
tion superhighway, even more renovations will be neces-
ry. "Angell Hall is not ready for a two-lane dirt road in
See INCREASE, Page 2
By Ronnie Glassberg
Daily Staff Reporter
The University has selected the
director of residence life at Washing-
ton State University to be the new
head of the Housing Division.
William Zeller, who has served in
the Washington State post since 1989,
will take-office May 1.
"1 was very excited. It's a tremen-
Zeller said in a tele-
last night. "I was
with the staff that I
met during my in-
terview. I think it's
a great profes-
sional step for me.'
Vice President Zeller
for Student Affairs
Maureen A. Hartford named Zeller as
Housing director on Feb. 22. Hart-
ford, who is on a Caribbean cruise,
could not be reached for comment
Last February, Hartford reassigned
former Housing Director Robert
Hughes, who had served as director
for 16 years, to a position in the Office
A I 2-member advisory commit-
tee chaired by Garry D. Brewer, dean
of the School of Natural Resources
and Environment, named four final
candidates in November.
"He's a high-quality guy. He will
do a great job," Brewer said. "He's
done living-learning programs very,
very well. These are hard jobs and the
University of'Michigan is lucky to get
Brewer said the committee rec-
ommended all four of the finalists to
Hartford, who made the final selec-
Zeller has close professional ties
to Hartford, his new boss at the Uni-
versity. At Washington State, Hart-
ford served as vice provost for stu-
dent affairs during Zeller's first years
as director of residence life.
Hartford said earlier that she in-
terviewed Zeller for the Washington
State post, but the associate provost
for student affairs selected him.
Zeller also served as interim asso-
ciate vice provost for student affairs
from 1991-92 under Hartford. "Dr.
Hartford and I worked together for
three years and had a very positive
working relationship," Zeller said.
At Washington State, Zeller has
developed programs similar to those
recently established at the Univer-
sity. For instance, he started a living-
learning program in science and engi-
neering and has worked on student
During his public interview for
the University post on Dec. 7, Zeller
stressed the importance of connect-
See HOUSING, Page 2
Jack Frost makes a comeback
Ann Arbor resident Don Kossick clears the drive of a Dewey Street customer yesterday. Many
people woke up to a snowstorm surprise and were forced to dig out cars and driveways alike.
Students returning from spring break had quite a cold welcome waiting for them.
U' to boost
for next year
By Ronnie Glassberg
Daily Staff Reporter
The University's Housing Division will in-
crease its rates by 5.1 percent for residence hall
rooms and 5.6 percent for apartments next year.
"Part of this increase is to improve the
*chnology available to students in the resi-
dence halls," said Vice President for Student
Affairs Maureen A. Hartford.
The University Board of Regents approved
the hike at its February meeting.
The new residence hall rates include a 3.9-
percent increase for the rate of inflation and a
0.7-percent increase to expand Ethernet com-
puter connections in the residence halls.
The remainder of the increase will cover the
st for the change in next year's calendar. Fall
term next year will begin the Tuesday after
Labor Day, two days earlier than in the past.
The residence halls plan to open five days
earlier next year.
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Housing rate boost
The following is a selection of
Housing rate increases for 1995-96
for traditional halls.
Students' Party joins LSA-SG race
By Amy Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly parties are
quickly expanding into LSA Student Gov-
ernment, with the Students' Party's an-
nouncement yesterday that it will run candi-
dates for LSA-SG executive offices.
This follows an unprecedented Michi-
gan Party move to slate an LSA-SG ticket
earlier this month.
Sophomores James Kovacs and Sara
Deringer will run for the presidential and
vice-presidential spots on the Students' Party
ticket. Both candidates previously have held
seats on LSA-SG - Kovacs is currently
treasurer and public forum chair, and
Deringer is programming chair.
The Michigan Party has slated juniors
Rick Bernstein and Steve Madhavan to run
for the LSA-SG executive offices.
Both Kovacs and Deringer expressed
concern that the Michigan Party supports
two candidates with no previous experience
"I welcome their ideas, but I would ques-
tion their competence to lead a student gov-
ernment with which they are basically unfa-
miliar," Deringer said. "New voices and
ideas are always important in government.
However, without some basis in experience,
effectiveness is quickly . .,:
said experience has been,
the downfall of the LSA-,
"Their experience is
what's working against ,
them. With all their expe-
rience they haven't in-
formed students of what's Kovacs
been going on. I think if
students don't know that
we even have an LSA Stu-
dent Government then !
that's definitely a prob-
lem," Bernstein said. ;
Kovacs and Deringer
plan to focus on raising
student involvement in
LSA-SG. The candidates
have developed a Student .
Incorporation Plan, which Dennger
aims to increase communication between the
student government and other organizations.
"Originally we will invite people to join
specific committees and hopefully later
people will seek us out wanting to get in-
volved," Kovacs said.
Deringer also said that communication
outside LSA-SG is an important issue.
"James and I feel students should work
in and with our government. We hope that
the incorporation plan will alert students
and campus groups that we welcome their
contributions in LSA-SG," Deringer said.
Kovacs and Deringer said they aligned
themselves with the Students' Party because
of similar ideologies. "I hope (aligning with
the Students' Party) helps make it clear to
people the intent of our slate and the impor-
tance of serving students," Kovacs said.
The Students' Party and the candidates
both embrace a non-political student gov-
ernment held accountable to the students.
"LSA-SG tends to be a lot less political
when it comes to getting things done. Sara and
I would like to keep it that way," Kovacs said.
MSA Rep. Dante Stella, a Students' Party
member, agreed that the candidates repre-
sent the party's interests in LSA-SG. "They
came to us because of a similarity in ideol-
ogy and out of concern for the two people
the Michigan Party was running," he said.
For University apartments, a 3.1-percent
increase will be used to cover inflationary in-
creases. The remainder of the hike will be used
for incremental cost increases for the apart-
New rates for students in apartments, effec-
tive July 1, will range from $322 a month - up
$17 - for an unfurnished room in the Observa-
tory Lodge to $760 a month - up $48 - for a
furnished three-bedroom unit. Faculty and staff
tenants will pay about 20 percent more.
After inflation, the largest part of the resi-
dence hall increase will be uised to install
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