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One hundredfour years of editorial freedom

Thursday
March 16, 1995

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ITBI changes Jake Baker indictment
By Josh White jail after two federal judges deemed
LSA spoosecuteod him too dangerous to be released. The
LSA sophomore Jake Baker's arrest stemmed from the University's
landmark case involving cyberspace for using the Unive ity student's name discovery of sexually explicit stories
communications took another turn n to thenBaker posted on the Internet and from
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By Ronnie Glassberg
and Zachary M. Raimi
Daily Staff Reporters
A House subcommittee voted yes-
terday to deny the University a pro-
posed $8.4 million appropriations in-
crease because non-resident enroll-
ment has risen above 30 percent.
The funds, which account for Gov.
John Engler's proposed increase in
the University's appropriations'
would be kept in escrow until non-
resident enrollment falls to 30 per-
cent. The cut needs to be approved by
the Appropriations Committee, the
state House and the Senate, and signed
by Engler before taking effect.
"(The University is) 'a Michigan
public-funded university where its
first obligation is to serve the sons and
daughters of the state of Michigan,"
said Rep. Donald Gilmer (R-Augusta),
chair of the House Appropriations
subcommittee on higher education,
which passed the amendment.
The Appropriations Committee is
scheduled to vote on the amendment
Wednesday.
In its appropriations to higher edu-
cation, the Legislature requests that
the University keep non-resident en-
rollment for undergraduates below
30 percent. But, because of the
University's autonomy under the state
Constitution, the Legislature cannot
enforce this mandate.

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superseding indictment that charges
*aker with five counts of transmit-
ting threats to injure or kidnap.
This second indictment replaces
the original indictment against Baker,
which charged him with one count of
transmitting a threat in interstate or
foreign commerce.
The superseding indictment drops
all charges related to stories Baker
posted on the Internet newsgroup
jalt.sex. stories" and charges him
based upon a series of electronic
mail transmissions" between Baker
and an Ontario man identified as
Arthur Gonda, U.S. Attorney Saul A.
Green said in a statement. Gonda is

- David Cahill
LSA sophomore Jake Baker's attorney

named as a co-defendant in three of
the counts.
"Jake is no longer being prosecuted
for using the University student's
name in stories on the Internet," said
David Cahill, one of Baker's attor-
neys. "The charges are now focused
in on e-mail Jake had with Arthur
Gonda."
The e-mail messages, which span
a 12-day period in December, detail
the abduction, rape, torture and mur-
der of women. The fifth count, which
names both Baker and Gonda, says

the two planned on meeting to act out
their fantasies.
"We have to get together," Gonda
wrote to Baker between Dec. 11 and
12. "I will give you more details as
soon as I find out my situation."
According to the indictment, Baker
responded, "Alrighty then. If not next
week, or in January, then definatly
(sic) sometime in the Summer. Pick-
ings are better then too. Although it's
more crowded."
Baker was arrested Feb. 9 by FBI
agents and spent more than a month in

e-mai correspon ence ma ernaa wit
Gonda.
University President James J.
Duderstadt suspended Baker Feb. 1
"based on the degrading, humiliating,
and frightening manner in which (he
had) defamed and invaded the pri-
vacy of a student by describing her
and using her name in violent and
pornographic stories and communi-
cations that (he) sent -out on the
Internet," according to Baker's sus-
pension order, which was obtained
yesterday by The MichiganbDaily.
The order also justifies Baker's sus-
pension on the grounds that he posed
"an imminent danger to members of
See BAKER, Page 2

JONATHAN BERNDT/Daily
This year, the number of non-resi-
dent undergraduates has increased to
33.4 percent.
Rep. Morris Hood (D-Detroit) pro-
posed the amendment to Engler's
See BUDGET, Page 2

House committee continues
Indian Tuition Waiver fund

'Friends of Jake Baker' raffling to raise funds

By Josh White
Daily Staff Reporter
Vilma Baker, LSA sophomore Jake Baker's
mother, says that legal fees for her son's federal case
have surpassed $15,000 and she is "afraid of losing
(her) home." ..
In an interview with The Michigan Daily, Mrs.
Baker described efforts to raise money through
"The JakeBakerLegal DefenseFund" andtalkedof
her son's first days out of federal prison.
"We started the fund about two weeks ago,"
Mrs. Baker said. "A lot of friends and neighbors and
co-workers of mine have gotten together as the
'Friends of Jake Baker' in order to help fund his
case."
The group, which has been advertised on the
Internet and in the vicinity of Baker's hometown of
Boardman, Ohio, has raised more than $500. But
Mrs. Baker says the push to raise funds has just
gotten underway.

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"There is a lot of support for Jake," she said. "A
lot of close friends are coming through for us."
One of the group's fundraising methods involves
a "Lottery Fund Raiser" which is based on Ohio's
Three-Digit Lottery.
The group is selling tickets for a $5 "donation" to
the fund. Winners have the opportunity to win $50
during the week and $100 on Saturdays during the
month of May.
"People who buy the tickets and hold the winning
number for a given day can win the prizes," Mrs.
Baker said. "We hope that it will bring in some help
for his defense."
Mrs. Baker said she is "drained" from her son's
"ordeal" with the FBI, which began with his arrest
Feb. 9. Baker was charged yesterday with five
counts of transmitting threats to injure or kidnap a
person over state or foreign boundaries, all stem-
ming from Internet postings and e-mail correspon-
dence Baker had with an Ontario man.

Baker was jailed after two federal judges found
him too dangerous for society. Federal Judge Avern
Cohn ordered his conditional release March 10 and
set bond at $10,000.
In a letter to the Daily, Mrs. Baker described
Baker's first days out of prison.
His first day home in Boardman, "he washed
his car, took (his dog) Daisy for a walk in the park
and played nine holes of golf with two friends,"'
Mrs. Baker wrote. "He ate his birthday cakes -
four were bought by friend. It was sugar city.
Marble is his favorite."
Mrs. Baker said her son signed up to take two
cooking classes - gourmet and Oriental - at a
vocational school in Ohio while he awaits his
April 3 trial date.
Douglas Mullkoff, one of Baker's attorneys,
could not be reached for comment, and Mrs. Baker
said her son would notcomment without Mullkoff's
approval.

By Zachary M. Raimi
Daily Staff Reporter
Gov. John Engler's proposal to
eliminate funding for the Indian Tu-
ition Waiver program suffered a set-
back yesterday when the House Ap-
propriations subcommittee on higher
education voted unanimously to con-
tinue funding.
The program, which began in
1976, allows students with at least
one-quarter Native American blood
who are registered with a tribal asso-
ciation to receive a tuition waiver at
any of the state's 15 public universi-
ties, provided they meet admission
requirements.
The Appropriations Committee is
scheduled to vote on the proposal
Wednesday.
Engler spokeswoman Patricia
Masserant said the governor stands
by the proposal. "For taxpayer dol-
lars, he believes only those that can
demonstrate financial need should be
getting those dollars," she said.

Masserant said the governor has
proposed a 9.6 percent increase in
financial-aid funding.
The University would lose half a
million dollars if the program is elimi-
nated, which would negatively affect
other students applying for aid, said
Elaine Nowak, a University assistant
financial aid director.
Bobb Beauchamp, co-chair of the
University's Native American Law
Student Asso'ciation, said he was
pleased with the subcommittee's vote.
"I'm very happy that the other fac-
tions of the government didn't support
Engler on this," he said. "I'm pleased
that the government is continuing to
honor its obligations to the Native
Americans of the state."
Rep. Liz Brater(D-Ann Arbor) said
she supports continuing funding.
"There is a historical commitment
on the part of the state to provide edu-
cation for Native Americans, and it's
important for the state to keep that
promise," she said.

GOP pushes housing,
social program cuts

Hemp should be used for
clothing, proponents say

WASHINGTON (AP) - Repub-
lican leaders quelled an uprising over
Abortion yesterday and muscled $17
'illion in cuts in housing aid, school
improvements and other programs
toward House passage.
By a near party-line 242-190 vote,
the package cleared - a procedural
hurdle and began a testy journey to-
ward likely passage today. The Sen-
ate is expected to produce its own
collection of spending slashes soon.
The measure represents the Re-
ublican majority's first attempt to
get through the full House spending
cuts related to promises in the GOP's
"Contract With America" to shrink
government and eliminate the federal
deficit. The cuts target money appro-

poor and elderly," was how House
Appropriations Committee Chairman
Bob Livingston (R-La.) described
Democratic arguments.
The stakes were huge for Republi-
cans. They were out to prove that
having promised to balance the bud-
get by the year 2002, which will take
$1 trillion in spending slashes over
seven years, they could deliver a far
smaller package. They also needed to
rally from this month's Senate defeat
of the balanced-budget amendment.
"The thorny question still remains:
Will Congress ever cut federal spend-
ing?" said Livingston. "Even if we
don't change the Constitution, there's
still only one avenue open to us. It's
the old-fashioned way. It's simply to

By Usa Michaiskl
Daily Staff Reporter
Thomas Jefferson grew it. Musicians write
songs about it. On April 1, proponents on
campus will continue to rally for its legaliza-
tion.
Although the cannabis plant, which pro-
duces hemp and marijuana, has been illegal in
the United States since the Marijuana Tax Act
of 1937, the campaign in favor of its many
potential uses has recently fired up.
"The hemp movement in the last few years
has taken off," said Steve Hager, editor in chief
of High Times magazine. "There are over 150
companies making hemp products in the United
States." He said the industry was practically
nonexistent five years ago.
Products, mainly clothing, made by Ameri-
can hemp companies generate about $250,000

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