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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 13, 1995 - 3

'M' cager investigated for
recent driving infractions

Florida student
government
head implicated
in scandal
0 The University of Florida released
a report on March 24 that recom-
mended the former president of the
school's Black Graduate Student Or-
ganization reimburse $6,528.63 to
student organizations and UF offices.
Evelyn Bethune, who was also the
assistant director of the Institute of
Black Culture, was involved in "nu-
merous instances of mismanagement,
suse and personal use of funds,"
according to the report issued by the
UF Office of Inspector General.
The report also said an additional
$23,204.28 in bills initiated by
Bethune is still owed to UF and
Gainesville vendors. Bethune ben-
efited from $1,714.33 of that amount
personally.
The report further accused
'ethune of:
N use of deceptive documents to
initiate reimbursements to herself and
others;
use of organization funds to
benefit herself, family and friends;
commitment of funds over
which she had no authority; and,
commitment of funds in excess
of amounts available.
The report also cited Bethune for
suse of funds for unauthorized car
ntal s, double payment for the same
service, purchases with no benefit to
the organizations, personal calls, ho-
tel rooms and T-shirts for herself and
her family, and employee gifts she
was to purchase and never did.
The matter had been turned over
to UF police and no decision about
prosecution has yet been made.
iSU students find
racial slurs on wall
of Wilson Hall
The Michigan State University
campus awoke March 30 to a swas-
tika and racial slurs written in perma-
ent marker on the walls at several
cations in Wilson Hall, one of the
campus' largest dormitories, which
also houses several multicultural or-
ganizations.
The words "nigger," "spic," and
"wetback" were written outside the
Black Caucus Room, the Culturas de
las Razas Unidas Room, a meeting
room and the offices of Rodolfo
itamirano and Eduardo Olivo, who
ork in Residence Life.
The slurs were reported immedi-
ately to MSU police and removed.
Mary Haas, the director of Resi-
dence Life atMSU, told the State News:
"Many minority students come here
already feeling the environment is
unsupportive for people who've been
racially or ethnically oppressed in the
past. These types of acts are reminders
atthey'renot welcome, which is sad."
MSU police are investigating the
case.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jenny Harvey
The State News and The (University
of Florida) Alligator contributed to

this report. I

STEPHANIE GRACE LIM/Daily
Hollywood squares
Construction continues on the front face of East Engineering yesterday.
Elementary school
0 0
tutorng program
n o
W"lns nt~nlaward

By Ryan White
Daily Sports Editor
After a tough year on the court for
Michigan basketball freshman Willie
Mitchell, things are getting difficult
away from Crisler Arena as well.
The Department of Public Safety is
investigating Mitchell for charges of
driving with a suspended license and
posessing a stolen staff parking permit,
the Detroit Free Press reported yester-
day.
DPS Capt. Jim Smiley confirmed
yesterday that the department was
looking into allegations about
Mitchell.
"There is an investigation un-
derway, but there is no warrant,"
Smiley said. "There won't be any
comment until a warrant has been
issued."
Mitchell, however, denies the
charges.
"I don't know where it came from,"
he said. "None of this is true and that's
all I'm going to say."
Mitchell also said that he felt the
incident was being blown out of pro-
portion and that reports that he was
going to turn himself in to DPS tomor-
row were false.
Mitchell was pulled over by DPS
in front of South Quad on March 8
after the Wolverines' final home
game, against Penn State.
Smiley would neither "confirm or
deny" that the allegations stemmed
from that incident.
He did say that the case had been
sent to the Washtenaw County pros-
ecutor and that a decision on whether to
press charges could come as early as
tomorrow.
Joseph Burke, a spokesman for the
prosecutor's office, said he would not
comment until a decision on pursuing
the case was made.
If a warrant is issued, Mitchell would
then go before the 15th District Court
for arraignment.
The athletic department has yet
to take action against Mitchell. Un-
like Will Carr, Marcus Ray and Sam

By Tim O'Connell
Daily Staff Reporter
An elementary school tutoring pro-
gram won the University one of 21
National Collegiate Adopt-A-School
Achievement Awards.
The National Interfraternity Confer-
ence recognized the success of the pro-
gram, in which members of campus fra-
ternities and sororities visit Ann Arbor

Greek system, though," Brady said.
Brady said that the program is not a
typical community service project.
"Normally, when people think of com-
munity service, they think of people
collecting money out on the Diag, or
people involved in a strictly fund-
raising effort. If you're working in
the Adopt-A-School program, you can
actually see the changes you're mak-

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Willie Mitchell slams one home against the University of Arizona.

Sword, who have been suspended from
the football team for a different inci-
dent, Mitchell is still a member of his
team.
Mitchell had an up-and-down
year for the Wolverines, averaging
5.5 points and 2.8 rebounds a game.
He scored a career high 13 points

against Iowa on March 5, but shot
only 37.3 percent from the floor on
the year.
In his senior year at Detroit's
Pershing High School, Mitchell was
named the state's "Mr. Basketball" and
was named to the McDonald's All
America team.

elementary
school children
and help them in
math, spelling,
reading, music
and drama.
"The Ad-
opt-A-School
project's mis-
sion is to pro-
vide for the for-
mation of one-
on-one relation-
ships between
college students
and elementary
school children,"

Working in the
Adopt-ASchool
program, you can
actually see the
changes you're
making
- Keith Brady
Engineering junior

ing."
The coordina-
tors' job brings the
two in contact with
Ruth Williamsthe
principal at Burns
Park Elementary.
Brady and Weath-
erston are respon-
sible for placing
student volunteers
in tutoring posi-
tions, filling re-
quests from teach-
ers.
"We do all the

Primates may not be original
HIY source, says 'U' researcher

said Jennifer Wilber,

the NIC Adopt-A-School coordinator.
The University's Adopt-A-School
program provides tutors for students at
Burns Park Elementary School, at 1414
Wells St., and is now in its fourth year.
LSA senior Maryll Weatherston and
Engineering junior Keith Brady coordi-
nate the local program.
"It was nice to be acknowledged,"
Weatherston said. "Burns Park is agreat
school. We're not the largest Adopt-A-
School program in the country, butwe've
got a solid system that will be easy to
keep going in future years."
The program draws most of its vol-
unteers from campus fraternities and
sororities. "We do have about four tu-
tors a semester who aren't from the

scheduling. Each week, I follow up on
the tutors, going to the school to talk to
the teachers, making sure that
everything's going OK," Brady said.
The program has no trouble find-
ing volunteers. In fact, Brady has
had to turn people away. "We have
about 35 volunteers each semester,"
he said. "Last year we actually had
more tutors, but we decided to scale
it down this year, and I've actually
had to tell volunteers that we couldn't
really use their help.
"We've been talking about expand-
ing for over a year now, and we're
planning on extending the program to
the Carpenter School next year," Brady
said. "We should be able to use a lot
more volunteers then."

From Staff Reports
This week, the University is cel-
ebrating the 40th anniversary of the
conquest of the polio virus at the same
time many scientists here are working
to defeat an even tougher foe: HIV.
A new study by evolutionary biolo-
gist David Mindell and colleagues from
the University of Maryland and
Amherst College and published in the
current issue of the journal "Systemic
Biology" attempts to call in question
common notions about the origins of
the virus that causes AIDS.
The conventional wisdom is that
HIV was transmitted to humans from
African monkeys within the last 50
years.
But Mindell's study finds little
support for that theory. "Based on the
current evidence, it's equally pos-
sible that HIV is a very old virus,
which may have co-existed with people

in isolated parts of Africa or elsewhere
for hundreds or thousands of years,"he
said in a written statement.
By comparing the DNA patterns of
28 samples of the virus taken from both
humans and non-human primates, the
scientists attempted to create a sort of
family tree. What they discovered was
that humans were "the ancestral host
species" of two groups of related
samples, and those groups include vi-
ruses from non-humans.
Mindell stresses that the evidence
is not conclusive concerning the vi-
rus' origin, and so the notion of a
simian origin for the virus should be
reconsidered.
If humans have been the virus'
host for hundreds or thousands of
years, it would indicate that the virus
has not always been as deadly, the
study suggests.
Mindell hypothesized that recent
changes in human sexual behavior
may have encouraged the development

of the modern, virulent HIV strain.
In traditional and isolated societies,
where humans may have had fewer
sexual partners, a virus that killed
quickly would have been unlikely to
find a new host in time.
If the virus were less deadly, it
would give its host an opportunity to
spread the virus to more people.
But in some modern populations,
where people frequently change
sexual partners, a virus that repro-
duces quickly could spread to many
people, even if it killed the original
host in the process.
Mindell's study does not bring a
cure any nearer, but it may force sci-
entists to revise how they search for
treatments.
In sum, "it suggests that chang-
ing human behavior may have been
key factor responsible for the evolu-
tion of HIV virulence and the devel-
opment of the AIDS epidemic,"
Mindell said.

Correction
he list of Michigan Student Assembly committee and commission chairs was incorrect in yesterday's Daily. A corrected
st appears at right.

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What's happening in Ann Arbor today

GROUP MEETINGS
U Bible Study and Fellowship, spon-
sored by ICM, 763-1664, Baits 11,
Coman Lounge, 6-8 p.m.
0 Eye of the Spiral, informal meeting,
747-6930, Guild House Campus
Ministry, 802 Monroe, 8 p.m.
Ii Intervarsity Christian Fellowship,
764-5702, Dana Building, Room
1040, 7 p.m.
" Latin American Solidarity Commit-
tee, 761-3296, Michigan Union,
Crofoot Room, 8 p.m.
0 Muslim Students Association, halaqa
-"Islamic Finance," 91346908, Michi-
gan League, Room D, 7:10 p.m.
1i Women's issues Commission,
women's round table, 665-3401,
Stucchi's, 8 p.m.
" WOLV Channel 70 Programming,
Michigan Baseball vs. Eastern
Michigan Univercitv 7-10 no m.

Commons Room, 12 noon
Q "Maundy Thursday Lithurgy of Holy
Communion and Footwashing,"
sponsored by Lutheran Campus
Ministry, 801 South Forest Avenue,
7:30 p.m.
Q "New Models for the Simulation of
Liquid Water," Thesis Colloquim
(physical), sponsored by Depart-
ment of Chemistry, Chemistry Build-
ing, Room 1640, 4 p.m.
Q "Nicholas Delbanco Reading From
His Work," sopnsored by Depart-
ment of English, Rackham
Amphitheatre, 5 p.m.
Q "Political Training for International
Students," sponsored by Interna-
tional Center, Internatinal Center,
Room 9, 3 p.m.
Q "The Authority of Tradition in Ameri-
can Constitutional
Law," sponsored by Law School,
Nitrhic &Nail nm RO A n m

seling phone line, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
Q ECB Peer Tutorial, Angell Hall Com-
puting Site, 747-4526, 7-11 p.m.,
Mary Markley, 7-10 p.m.
Q Campus Information Center, Michi-
gan Union, 763-INFO; events info
76-EVENT or UM*Events on
GOpherBLUE
Q North Campus Information Center,
North Campus Commons, 763-
NCIC, 7:30 a.m.-5:50 p.m.
Q Northwalk, 763-WALK, Bursley Hall,
8-11:30 p.m.
Q Peer Counseling for Non-Traditional
Undergraduate Students With
Academic Concerns, 998-7210,
sponsored by Center for Education
of Women, call for appointment
Q Political Science Peer Advising,
764-6386, sponsored by Under-
graduate Advising, Haven Hall,
Room 5620
11 P-ewchnlno Aademir_ Peer Adva-

New committee and
commission chairs
Budget Priorities Committee
Remco von Eeuwijk, chair
Mike Bruno, vice chair.
Campus Governance Committee
Probir Mehta, chair
Missy LaForge, vice chair
Communications Committee
Brian Elliott, chair
Brooke Slavik, vice chair
External Relations 'Committee
Fiona Rose, chair
Melissa Anderson, vice chair
Rules and Elections Committee
Sean Byme, chair
Brian Elliott, vice chair
Academic Affairs Commission
Dan Serota, chair
Environmental Issues
Commission
Brian Theis, chair
Health Issues Commission
Gerard Castaneda, chair
Peace and Justice Commission
Andy Schor, chair
Students' Rights Commission
Anne Marie Ellison

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