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Yr M.

Couzens suffers
more damage
After numerous windows were
smashed last week at Couzens resi-
*dence hall, more damage was reported
to the Department of Public Safety
over the weekend.
Early Saturday morning, DPS of-
ficers were sent to Couzens after a
lresidence hall staff member called
About broken windows on the south
exterior stairwell, near the dining
room.
"This incident is believed to be
related to two others as it is the same
type of damage (as last week)," re-
ports say. "Pellets from a BB-type
gun or sling shot were found in the
area."
A total of five broken windows
were reported to have been smashed
and all contained small "bullet" holes.
In incidents last week, bullet holes
were found in more than six windows
and a CO. cartridge was found outside
one of the broken windows, which
DPS speculated as coming from a
pellet or paint gun. A Couzens staff
member also located "a bloody fin-
gerprint" near the broken windows.
DPS also found damage to
Couzens Sunday afternoon, accord-
ing to reports.
The left door at the main entrance
to the building, on Ann Street, was
"shattered" along with more windows,
reports say. The damage was done
with pellets, as with the previous cases.
DPS officers are currently investi-
gating the case and have no suspects.
They believe all of the cases of dam-
age to windows in the past week at
Couzens are related.
W. Quad residents
throw bottles
A caller reported seeing bottles
being thrown from the upper-floor
windows of West Quad residence hall
Friday night, and DPS officers were
sent to the scene.
West Quad staff members could
not locate the residents who had been
throwing the bottles out onto Thomp-
son Street, but reported hearing loud
music on the fourth and fifth floors of
Michigan House.
According to reports, a DPS of-
ficer found the residents on the fourth
floor of Michigan House and forced
them to "dump (their) alcohol."
More than $1,100
*stolen from Track
and Tennis Building
Just before 10 p.m. Saturday, a
caller reported the "theft of his bill-
fold" from the Track and Tennis Build-
ing to DPS.
The wallet, which contained $800
in cash, more than $300 in checks.
multiple credit cards and various
forms of identification, was taken from
the building on South State Street
earlier that evening.
Reports say the "victim believes it

may have been one of his employ-
ees," who stole the wallet, "since they
were the only ones with access to
where it was kept."
Complied by Daily Staff Reporter
- Josh White

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 21, 1995 - 3
j0 eansDay tr
to gather support
for LGBi rights.

By Melissa Rose Bernardo
Daily Staff Reporter
If you're wearing jeans today, you
may be making a socio-political state-
ment you didn't even know about.
Queer Unity Project has declared
today "Jeans Day,"encouraging people
to wear jeans or other denim to show
support for gay, lesbian and bisexual
rights.
"People who aren't gay-support-
ive will have to make a specific effort
to wear something that they wouldn't
normally wear," said event coordina-
tor and QUP member Mike Dushane.
Since many students wear jeans
on an everyday
basis, the premise 1
may sound like 1 /f b

N101 Y STEVENS/Daiy
Study time
Jennifer Pugsley, ISA first-year student, and LSA senior Martha Chen lounge in Angell Hall's Fishbow l
Pratt delivers annual Academic
and Intellectual Freedom lecture

11

QUP is trying to
trick people into
showing support.
But Dushane said
that in order to

dress pani
Engineerin

By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff Reporter
Three professors were suspended
from the University in 1954 for refus-
ing to answer questions posed by
Congress involving their political as-
sociations.
Yesterday, the three were hon-
ored in the annual Lecture on Aca-
demic and Intellectual Freedom, pre-
sented by Linda Ray Pratt, a Univer-
sity of Nebraska English professor, to
the Senate Assembly.
Pratt referred to the works of
Alexis de Toqueville, T.S. Elliot,
Charles Gauss and Bertrand Russell,
while speaking of the need for aca-
demic freedom in the University en-
vironment.
"We have sought to advance the
definition of academic freedom for
those who believed they have truth to
tell and those who sought to question
it," Pratt told about 100 educators in
Rackham Amphitheater.
She is the past chairwoman of the
American Association of University
Professors, which co-sponsored the lec-
ture with the Academic Freedom Lec-
ture Fund and the Senate Advisory

Committee on University Affairs.
Pratt outlined the history of AAUP,
pointing out founding member John
Dewey - a former University profes-
sor - as a key figure in the history of'
academic freedom.
"The Intellectual Revolution ...
the defining of practices we call aca-
demic freedom, make an important
intersection in the face of John Dewey .
"According to Dewey. the univer-
sity should be an experimental ideas
station," Pratt said. "Politics for
Dewey was a form of cultural prob-
lem-solving."
Dewey, who taught at the Univer-
sity before going on to the University
of Chicago and Columbia University.
was the first AAUP president.
Pratt's lecture, titled "Academic
Freedom and the Merits of Uncertainty,-
also touched on topics such as political
correctness and the surety of unsureness.
"For most of us. knowledge is the
collective work of human minds. It
may be as close to the truth as we will
get, or as we want to get," Pratt said.
She challenged the fields of math
and science, asserting that since math-
ematical theories are proven based on

other theories, none ot them could be
traced to common sense and were
therefore only perceixed to be true.
Pratt pointed to the three former
Unix ersit\ pr()lsors in the audience
11 ('Thandler IDavis of the Unix ersity
ofTor onto, Clement L Markeri olNor'th
C'arolina State tUnivrsitN and Mark
Nickerson of Mcill Unix ersity-
Prat said their suspensions by the
Univ ersit\ x rc uncalled for and vio-
lated the AAU P's philosophy that pro-
fessors should not be terminated be-
cause trustees do not auree with the
\ icxx s proI'ssors share xx ith students.
"Without truth, w e are left with
opinions, which translates into poli-
tics.' Pratt told the assembly,.
Assistant reseaih scientist Peccie
tlollin1Tsxxorth introduced Pratt to the
assembly . Ilollingsworth said that
math O the issues Pratt discussed
xxerc similar to issues pressin, the
Un 'n rsity today like the desic-
nated outdoor common areas policy
and the Staement of Student Riuhts
and Responsihiities
"Thc challences todav to academic
I reedom trM perhaps equal in scope to
those of that period.l he said.

combat homo-
phobia - one of the day's main goals
- it was imperative to choose a com-
mon piece of clothing, like jeans.
"A lot of people will have to make
that conscious effort, and have to think
about it." he said. "So it will promote
and stimulate the thought about these
issues. if nothing else."
Jeans Day has been an annual event
for a few years, and has been happen-
ing "on and off' for about a decade,
Dushane estimated.
QUP publicized the event through
fliers and handouts across campus, but
Dushane acknowledged that not ev-
eryone wearing jeans will be doing so
intentionally.
"A majority of people will prob-
ably wear jeans (today) not knowing
what it signifies. But when someone
brings it to their attention ... they will
have to make the conscious decision
as to how they want to portray them-
selves. like gay. lesbian and bisexual

people do everyday," he said.
Some students saw through the
scheme, but others liked the plan.
"Since most people wear jealis
anyway, the effort to show support 6f
gay rights on campus is going to be
muted," said Sanga Turnbull, an LSA
sophomore, adding that the day would
not affect his choice of clothing.
"Every day is jeans day," said
Ronelle Laranang, an LSA first-year
student. "I don't think it's going 'to
mean anything."
LSA first-year student Andrew
Hamilton said, "What is it going to
prove'? Is everyone going to know'? No.
People are going'to
get up and put on
veanog jeans anyway.
"I'll wear je a'
8. because I don't
- Craig Myles own anything
Ssophomore else," he said.
ig "We all wear
jeans everyday,"
said Engineering senior Matt Austin.
"But I guess that carries over to the
tact that we should be thinking about
gay rights every day."
Still otherstudents made plans avoid
wearing jeans today. "I'll be wearing
dress pants," said Craig Myles, an lo-
gineering sophomore. "I do not in any
way support homosexuality."
QUP memberand LSA senior Ernest
Coffey said the day could make people
more homophobic. "It makes
homophobic people look foolish be-
cause they'll have to go home and
change the jeans," Coffey said. "But it
makes me uncomfortable if I'm m4
ing straight people uncomfortable."'
Dushane hopes people will use
Jeans Day as a sort of litmus test of the
campus population.
"It's important to look at the pope-
lation in general and say. 'Are there
more people wearing jeans today than
there would otherwise be'?" he said.

Faculty to cooperate
with other universities

Council raises on-street meter
parking rates to 60g per hour

By Maureen Sirhal
Daily Staff Reponer
To help defray rising parking main-
tenance costs,the Ann ArborCity Coun-
cil passed several measures last night to
raise the street and surface parking meter
rates and to renew a parking enforce-
ment agreement with the University.
In its regularsessionthe City Coun-
cil passed a resolution to increase the
parking meter rate from 50 cents to 60
cents per hour.
The increase, which begins May 1,
is expected to raise revenues by
$257,500 per year.
Mayor Ingrid B. Sheldon explained
that the increase in street parking rates
would equal the increase that the Down-
town Development Authority filed on
Feb. 6 for parking structure rates.

"This would bring rates up with
what is charged in the DDA parking.
Sheldon said. She said although the
rates for the structures would be
cheaper, the street parking is the most
desired.
The DDA's 10-cent increase is sched-
uled to take effect April 7. boosting the
parking fee to 50 cents- in the structures
and 60 cents in the surface lots.
Currently the parking system has a
deficit balance of $260.173. Due to the
deficit, the system had to be subsidized
with funds fromthecity's general fund.
Some council members voiced con-
cern over the 10 cent raise.
Councilmember Peter Nicolas (1-4th
Ward) said he disaapproves of raising
downtown parking fees but did recog-
nize the necessity in this case.

A do recognizc that . . there are
Issues of maintenance, Nicolas said.
'In the most recent budget year. rev-
cnues wxerent enough to cover operat-
in, costs. Services best pay for them-
ielxes'
ihc resolution passed with out in-
hut from pub!1ic hearings. Council-
member Stephen H artxwell (D-4th
Ward) cast the lone ''no" vote and later
declined to comment.
Council also passed a measure to
renew a parking enforcement agree-
ment xxwith the University. Under the
agreement, the University writes tick-
ets for violations and then the city
collects the violation fees.
All revenues left after covering the
city's costs of enforcing the statutes go
to the Universit..
"Ihis is not really a profit busi-
ness." Nicolas said. It is just getting
rid of dplicated serxices between the
city and the University.
When news
strikes call
the Eaiy!
763-2459

By Jodi Cohen
Dally Staff Reporter
While the fight over appropriations
has placed di visionlsbetween the state's
three research universities, the faculty
of the schools are working toward more
cooperation.
The Senate Assemblyvoted yester-
day at its meeting to accept a proposed
joint statement of the faculties of the
University, Michigan State University
and Wayne State University that calls
for a commitment to work together in
pursuing educational challenges.
"We affirm ourcommitment to con-
tinued cooperation between the facul-
ties of these three state universities,"
the statement says.."At a time when
highereducation ischallengedon many
fronts, we believe that cooperative ef-
forts and mutual support will best meet
the educational challenges facing the
State of Michigan."
Vice President for University Rela-
tions Walter Harrison emphasized the
statement's importance.
"We've been trying very much to
argue that the Legislature should un-
derstand the importance of the contin-
ued cooperation of the universities in

thle state," he said. "(The statement) is
important for the continued strength of
higher education."
Due to atechnicality, the proposdl,
which was distributed at the meetin,.
was almost tabled until a later date.
Some faculty members said the vole
should have been delayed until there
was ample discussion.
"This puts m6 in a difficult posi-
tion. I support the flavor of the mo-
tion," said Senate Assembly member
Henry Griffin . "But I think that we, ds
representatives, have not had the op-
portunity to confer with colleagues,
and therefore should not go forward
with the action."
Senate Assembly chair Jean Loop
disagreed.
"It seems that if the body is willigg
to act in good faith then that is speaking
for the faculty as a whole. I thought we
had the right to do that because it was of
immediate concern," she said.
"For us to back this without any-
body explaining what the issue means
says that we don't think very much f
our actions. To have it approved by'a
body who hasn't considered it realty
demeans the process," Griffin said.

Lrr
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

ow

GROUP MEETINGS
U Alianza, 764-2677, Trotter House,
Mail lobby, 7 p.m.
U American Movement for Israel,
Hillel Building, 7 p.m.
U Ann Arbor Moderation Manage-
ment, 930-6446, Unitarian
Church, 1917 Washtenaw,
Gaede Room, 7-8 p.m.
0 Amnesty International, Michigan
Union, 7:30 p.m.
U Friendly Days, mass meeting, 747-
9753, sponsored by Project Smile,
Michigan Union, Anderson Room,
9 p.m.
U Gospel Chorale Rehearsal, 764-
1705, School of Music, Room
2043, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
U Haiti Solidarity Group, 971-8585,
First United Methodist Church, 120
South State Street, Pine Room,
7:30 p.m.
U LSA Student Government, LSA Build-

EVENTS
J "Applying to Graduate
School," sponsored by Career
Planning and Placement, Stu-
dent Activities Building, Room
3200, 4:10-5 p.m.
G "Building Community in the Face
of Violence," sonsored by Ameri-
can Friends Service Committee,
Ann Arbor Friends Center, 1420
Hill Street, 7:30 p.m.
U "Campus Safety Skits," sponsored
by Project CAUSE, G.G. Brown Labo-
ratories, Blue Lounge, 6 p.m.
J "Contraceptive Options: For You
and Your Partner," sponsored
by University Health Services,
207 Fletcher Road, Third Floor
Conference Room, 3-4:30 p.m.
J "Fall Orientation Leader Mass
Meeting," sponsored by Office
of Orientation, Michigan Union,
Pond Rooms, 3-5 p.m.

sored by Hillel, Diag, 11:30 am,
Q "Travel in Africa and Latin
America," sponsored by Inter-
national Center, International
Center, Room 9, 3:30-5 p.m.
Q "Vietnam: Healing the Wounds
of War," sponsored by Ecumeni-
cal Campus Center, Interna-
tional Center, 12 noon
STUDENT SERVICES
Q 76-GUIDE, 764-8433, peer coun-
seling phone line, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
Q Campus information Center, Michigan
Union, 763-INFO; events info76-EVENT
or UM*Events on GOpherBLUE
L ECB Peer Tutorial, 747-4526, Angell
Hall Computing Site, 7-11 p.m.,Alice
Lloyd, 7-10 p.m., Bursley, 7-11 p.m.
J North Campus Information Center,
North Campus Commons, 763-
NCIC, 7:30 a.m.-5:50 p.m.
J Northwalk, 763-WALK, Bursley

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