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* NoJI 6
Thefts common
over break
Department of Public Safety re-
ports for the week of winter break
indicate that the most common crime
on campus while students were away
was theft from school buildings.
Twenty-fourcalls reporting larceny
were made to DPS last week. DPS also
received 15 reports of trespassing last
week, including more than 25 people
illegally sleeping or wandering in Uni-
versity buildings.
According to reports, a majority of
the trespassing calls came in regards to
homeless people sleeping on heating
grates, mainly in front of East Quad-
rangle, Mary Markley and Stockwell
residence halls.
Computer taken
from North Ingalls
A caller told DPS officers that his
co-worker's computer was stolen from
the North Ingalls Building late in the
afternoon last Wednesday.
According to reports, the caller said
that the computer was "bagged up" on
his co-worker's desk and that a "suspi-
cious Black male wearing a tan jacket"
was in the area.
The caller stated that the co-worker
had left the building and may have had
something to do with it.
West Quad knives,
watermelon stolen
More than 50 knives were reported
stolen from West Quad's kitchen Fri-
day morning.
A cook at West Quad reported to
DPS that the knives were taken from
drawers, which were reportedly un-
locked, in the dining hall's kitchen.
"Also taken was a slice of water-
melon and sponge cake," the report
said. Police say they have no suspects.
Bikes target of theft
Two incidents last week involved
bicycles and bicycle racks, and DPS
reports said damage was sustained in at
least one of the instances.
Last Monday morning, DPS offic-
ers were alerted to severe damage to
racks outside of West Quad.
"Resident reports damage to the
bike rack on the south side of the build-
ing," reports said. "Eight racks were
pulled out of the cement causing $300
in damage."
Tuesday at 10 p.m., a DPS officer
hoticed two subjects involved in "sus-
picious circumstances trying to get
bikes loose from racks," reports said.
According to the report, two men
attempted to break a lock off of a
bicycle on South University Av-
enue. The officer reported that one
of the men said that he had lost the
key to his lock and was trying to get
his bicycle off the rack.
Three drug

violations reported
DPS received two reports of mari-
juana use, one coming from South Quad
and another in the Medical Center
parking lot.
Another violation occurred a week
ago Monday when a suspect was ar-
3ested for trespassing and was found to
be in the possession of crack cocaine.
The cocaine was confiscated and
,he suspect arrested.
-Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Josh White.

S/r -The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 28, 1995 -3
MSU trustees approve Detroit law school merger

EAST LANSING (AP) - Calling it an
exciting and historic moment, the Michigan
State University board of trustees voted unani-
mously yesterday to bring the Detroit College
of Law to its campus.
Michigan State President M. Peter
McPherson said many details in the merger
remain unresolved, but "I see this as being
"This truly is a momentous occasion for
Michigan State," said Trustee Robert Weiss.
"We have fought long and hard, wrestling with
the feasibility of a law school at MSU."
The eight-member board approved a resolu-
tion directing a formal agreement between the
schools be drafted.
The board set a 12-month deadline for
McPherson and Provost Lou Anna Simon to
report back on the agreement, but McPherson
said the deal will be done before the deadline
"There are a bunch of details that need to be
worked through," he told reporters after the

"We have fought long and hard, wrestling with
the feasibility of a law school at MSU."
- Robert Weiss
Michigan State trustee

vote. "But MSU and the Detroit College of Law
have agreed to this."
In its vote, the board said several points
must be in the agreement, including a provision
that the "Detroit College of Law will remain an
independent entity and financially viable ...
without MSU or state of Michigan funds."
That point was loudly argued by lawmakers
and groups opposed to the merger. The 102-
year-old Detroit College of Law is a private
institution and does not get state funding.
Lawmakers, who had little say in the pro-
posal, said they were concerned that the move
would cost the state or the state-funded univer-
sity. Others, including Detroit Mayor Dennis
Archer, opposed the move because it takes the

school out of Detroit.
McPherson and DCL Board President
George Bashara assured lawmakers and oppo-
nents that the move would not require any state
tax dollars. And, McPherson said it made sense
to include that provision in the agreement to
satisfy opponents.
The board also appointed economics pro-
fessor and former president Cecil Mackey to
oversee the agreement between the two schools,
coordinate the search for a law school dean, and
develop bylaws and other regulations within
the law school.
The DCL board of trustees approved the
move last week. The board announced last year
that it intended to move out of the city. School

leaders said they were under fire from the
American Bar Association to improve their
They said that was possible only by affiliat-
ing with another school and moving out of
"We sincerely regret leaving the City of
Detroit," Richard Suhrheinrich, U.S. Court of
Appeals judge and chairman of the Detroit
College of Law University Liaison Committee,
said last week.
"However, we honestly believe the affilia-
tion with Michigan State University is the only
reasonable solution to the school's continuing
to provide an excellent legal education, while
assuring its long-term survival," he said.
DCL officials didn't attend the Michigan
State board meeting yesterday and couldn't be
reached for comment.
McPherson said with the merger approved,
attention would move to working out final de-
tails, finding a building site for the school and
recruiting a dean.

Legislators want,
Mich. to ratify
amendment first

How much are those stuffed animals in the window?
A stuffed bear and German Shepherd wait in the window of a bus owned by the New York City Opera Company.
A Council countersues YMCA

Senate's final vote on the balanced
budget amendment will come today
and hopeful state lawmakers want
Michigan to be one of the first states -
if not the first - to ratify it.
Yet it's not clear if the proposed
amendment will clear the Senate. After
a month of debate, backers say they
have 66 votes in that chamber, one shy
of the 67 needed.
The amendment, which would re-
quire a balanced federal budget by 2002,
easily cleared the House last month.
It's all but guaranteed passage in the
GOP-run Michigan Legislature, if it
gets that far.
Rep. Terry London (R-Marysville)
already has introduced a resolution that
mirrors the language approved by the
U.S. House.
If the Senate changes the wording,
London said he'd then have to draw up
a substitute. Yet, that could be done
quickly, he added. "We would like to
pass it as quickly as we could."
Legislative leaders haven't decided
how to proceed, although they want
Michigan to be the first to approve the
amendment. Gov. John Engler also has
said repeatedly that he wants Michigan

to have the honor of being the first state
to ratify the amendment. It would have
to be ratified by 38 states to become the
28th amendment to the Constitution.
A spokesman for Speaker Paul
Hillegonds (R-Holland) said House
Republicans will meet today to decide
how to go forward. They will con-
sider all options, including staying in
session into the evening to wait for
the U.S. Senate's vote.
In the state Senate, which normally
starts work in the morning, Majority
Floor Leader Dan DeGrow said there
are no plans for a late session.
"We've talked about being the first
in the nation," the Port Huron Republi-
can said. "It has a lot of appeal. The
appeal lessens if I have to tell people
they have to stay (in session) at night."
DeGrow said the Senate could take
steps to move its version of the resolu-
tion by tomorrow.
"What we're trying to do is get one
poised on the edge of the precipice, if
you will," said Sen. Michael Bouchard,
(R-West Bloomfield) sponsor of the
Senate resolution. "I am more inter-
ested in Michigan being first" than
having his resolution be the one that is
used to do that.

By Maureen Sirhal
Daily Staff Reporter
The lawsuit triangle surrounding
a defaulted loan got stronger last week
when the Ann Arbor City." Council,
through its outside counsel, filed a
countersuit against the Ann Arbor
In the city's response to a lawsuit
filed by the YMCA, the law firm
Pollard and Page included the
countersuit - which alleges that the
YMCA made fraudulent claims that it
could payback a loan granted by the
Great Lakes Bancorp.
YMCA Executive Director Bill
Blewitt said the city knew exactly
what it was getting into when it chose
to support the loan.

"The numbers were reviewed by
the Michigan State Housing Devel-
opment Authority. Supposedly the
numbers were knowingly low,"
Blewitt said. "The mayor was
Mayor Ingrid B. Sheldon said that
it was "a lack of good communica-
tion" of information on both sides
that accounted for the Y's inability to
repay the loan.
"MSHDA brought to light the de-
ficiencies. People thought that
MSHDA overemphasized the defi-
ciencies because of a previous situa-
tion," Sheldon said. "We were so in-
tent on making the project work that
we proceeded."
Sheldon also said that construc-

tion costs were higher than antici-
A proposal to withdraw the suit
failed to muster the necessary six
votes at the Feb. 21 meeting.
The city backed out of its loan
guarantee when the Y was granted a
loan from Great Lakes Bancorp and
because the Y defaulted on the loan,
it called upon the city to pay off the
loan. The city subsequently withdrew
its offer claiming that there was no
legality to the guarantee.
"I did not support this," said
Councilmember Peter Nicolas (D-4th
"I think this damages the city's
reputation for public-private partner-
ship," he said.

Report: More nonviolent
prisoners filling cell space'

Former education prof. dies at 84


From Staff Reports
Former Education Prof. C. Robert
Hutchcroft died after a sudden illness
last Wednesday at the age of 84.
Hutchcroft worked in industrial arts
education and retired in 1976. He earned
degrees from Colorado State College
after graduating from Sperry High
School in Sperry. Iowa. He earned his
teaching certificate from Columbia
He also taught at Colorado State
College and Oswego State College in
New York before coming to Ann Ar-

Hutchcroft also served four years
in the military with the National
Guard, Navy and Army, and retired
as an Air Force Lt. Colonel in 1946.
Hutchcroft was born to Lewis G.
and Cora Hutchcroft in Lamed, Kan.
He is survived by his wife, Eliza-
beth; a son, Alan of Rockford, Ill.;
two brothers; one sister;and two grand-
Cremation rites will be accorded
with arrangements made by Anderson-
Long-Klontz Funeral Home in Rock-
ford. Memorials may be given to the
Humane Society of Huron Valley.

LANSING (AP) - Michigan has
spent 10 years and $1 billion to pro-
vide more space for convicted crimi-
nals. A published report said more
and more of those new beds are going
to nonviolent offenders.
The Lansing State Journal reported
yesterday that the fight against drugs
appears to be putting more people in
prison than any other crime. The news-
paper did a computer analysis of prison
populations between 1983 and 1993,
during a $1 billion prison expansion
in Michigan.
At the end of 1993, 5,663 prison-
ers were doing time because of drug
crimes, the newspaper said, more than
10 times as many as a decade earlier.
Murderers, who made up 14 per-
cent of the prison population in 1983,
now make up 12 percent. Robbers
went from 20 percent to 14 percent of
the prison population.
The number of drunken drivers in
prison jumped with tougher laws and
enforcement. It went from 23 in 1983
to 780 in 1993.
Although nonviolent crime is

down, the Corrections Department's
own statistics show 69 percent of pris-
oners were incarcerated for property
and drug crimes. That compares with
57 percent in 1979.
Now, Gov. John Engler has asked
the Legislature to spend $205 million to
add 5,500 beds, which at the current
rate will be filled by the end of 1997.
Critics say the state's hard-line
approach to crime, stressing punish-
ment over treatment and prevention,
has done little to stem the tide of
violent crime.
"What people are concerned about
is being hurt, and we haven't made
much of a dent in that," said Elizabeth
Arnovits of the Michigan Council on
Crime and Delinquency. "If we want
a $200 million investment, it oughtto
be on children and education."
"We clearly lock up more people
than any of the other northern indus-
trial states," Corrections Director Ken
McGinnis told the newspaper.
Officials cite tougher laws, longer
sentences and fewer paroles as prme
reasons prnsons are near capacity.:

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