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The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 14, 1995 - 5

DPS officer nabs
car stereo thief
Department of Public Safety of-
ficers stopped and arrested one man
Wednesday after finding his vehicle
filled with stolen equipment.
Just before 6 a.m., a DPS officer
observed a vehicle "pulling into (lot
NC-31) and occupants leaving toward
Bursley," DPS reports say.
The officer inspected the vehicle
and noticed that it was "filled with
tools (and) a disconnected stereo
*amplifier was visible," reports say.
After one person returned to the
car, the vehicle left the lot. According
to reports, the officer then pulled the
suspicious vehicle over to the side of
Baits Road near Broadway.
Upon searching the inside of the
car, police arrested the driver.
"The suspect was arrested after
numerous stolen car stereos and com-
*ponents were located in the vehicle,"
reports say.
More than five reports of theft
from a vehicle were called into DPS
headquarters on Kipke Drive near
Crisler Arena following the arrest.
The reports came from lots on North
Campus near both Bursley and Baits
residence halls.
Owners of the vehicles that were
entered reported as stolen items such
as car stereos, compact disc players,
sunglasses and personal objects.
The suspect allegedly entered the
vehicles by smashing out windows,
reports say.
Police believe the reports are
linked to the arrest made earlier
Wednesday and are investigating the
East Quad resident
reports harassment
A resident of East Quad residence
hall called DPS at 3 a.m. yesterday to
report that she was being harassed by
two unknown men.
According to DPS reports, the resi-
dent had been having "problems with
unknown persons leaving obscene
*messages on her door, as well as pick-
up/hang-up calls."
Yesterday morning, the resident
called DPS after she was awakened
by two suspects attempting to remove
the "peephole mechanism" from her
door, according to reports.
"The suspects fled, yelling her
name and obscenities," reports say.
"peeping Tom'
stopped after 2 or
more incidents
DPS officers reported to the M-22
carport near the hill dorms Wednes-
day morning just after midnight fol-
lowing a call of a window peeper in
the vicinity.
* Upon arriving on the scene, an
officer found an "occupied vehicle in
the lot possibly watching" the Mary
Markley residence hall windows, re-

ports say.
The officer checked DPS vehicle
information and found that the ve-
hicle had been spotted in the area at
least two times before under similar
After speaking with the suspect,
the officer determined that the man
was a resident at University Hospi-
tals. The man was told to leave and he
complied, reports say.
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Josh White

Students, faculty offer views on pass/fail option

By Deborah 0. Weinstein
For the Daily
It is official - beginning with this fall's
1995 entering class, the pass/fail option for the
fourth semester of foreign languages will no
longer be available, and students have mixed
views on the decision.
Until this fall, the only restriction on the pass/
fail option was that students could not take classes
pass/fail in their area of concentration. Choosing
pass/fail means the class is not calculated in the
student's cumulative grade point average, but a
student must earn at least a" C-" grade to earn
Michael Martin, LSA associate dean of
undergraduate education, said last week there
was a consensus among faculty that the pass/fail
option reduced foreign language class quality.
Some faculty said they feel students may work
harder without the pass/fail option.
LSA senior Boaz Weinstein, who is in his

I feel it is an important option for students
that don't need the language for what they are
- Joanna Wares
LSA sophomore

. ..

fourth semester of Hebrew, agreed that students
may put forth more effort for a graded class.
"It is reasonable that people take it for a
grade," he said. "The core requirements at the
University are tepid in comparison to many
other universities, so in this case it is reasonable
to require fourth-semester proficiency, not
fourth-semester non-failablility.
"I think in general students will work harder
(if a class is not pass/fail). I believe in pass/fail,
but not for language," Weinstein said.
LSA sophomore Joanna Wares, also in her

fourth semester of Hebrew, disagreed.
"I feel it's an important option for students
that don't need the language for what they are
studying," she said. "(With pass/fail), you could
learn the subject without worrying about it af-
fecting your GPA. I struggle with language
more than anything else. Not having the pass/
fail option would have hurt me."
Wares said she sees a difference in students
who take a class pass/fail, but added, "The fact
that the student is taking a class pass/fail also
probably shows a lack of interest. Putting that

grade in their GPA is not fair to them."
LSA junior Chip Silvis, currently enrolled
in second-semester Japanese, took his class
pass/fail. "I didn't want to bring by GPA down.
I don't see why they aren't going to do it before
fourth semester," he said.
Many students studying Western languages
seem to share Silvis' opinion.
"I have no problem with the policy, be-
cause it is going to force people to actually learh
the language," said LSA junior Brigham Smith.
"I can also argue that the University should do
it whole heartedly or not at all. Get rid of pass/
fail. I went through it, it didn't kill me."
But Smith said he did not see a difference
among students who used pass/fail in his Ger-
man class. "I didn't have a clue who was taking
it pass/fail; mostly the TAs didn't want to
know but if there weren't a correlation between
student quality and pass/fail, the University
probably would not react."


Study: Women have less
p olitical involvement

By Jennifer Fried
For the Daily
Women are generally less politi-
cally active than men because they
lack resources, according to a recently
released study by a University politi-
cal science professor.
Nancy Burns, along with Kay
Lehman Schlozman of Boston Col-
lege and Harvard University Prof.
Sidney Verba, published the study -
"Gender and the Pathways to Partici-
pation: The Role of Resources" -in
the November issue of The Journal of
More than 2,500 people were sur-
veyed about their involvement in a
wide range of political activities, such
as voting, protesting, marching, dem-
onstrating and involvement in politi-
cal organizations and local govern-
"I wasn't surprised that women
didn't have the same number of re-
sources as men. What surprised me
was how significantly different it
was," said Verba, who studies gov-
"If women were as well-endowed
with political resources as men, their
overall levels of political activity
would be closer to men's, and their
financial contributions would be con-

I wasn't.
surprsed that
women didn't have
the same number
of resources as
- Sidney Verba
Harvard University Professor
siderably closer to men's," the study
The study found that women who
are active in politics devote more time,
but are less likely to become involved
in the first place since women have
less money and less control over it in
their households. This limits contri-
butions to political organizations, the
study stated.
"The money seems to matter a
whole lot," Burns said, adding she
thought time would be more of a
"Women should have access to
just as much money as men have," she

said. Burns said women should earn
as much as men and have equal con-
trol over household funds, which
would increase political involvement.
The study also found that women
are less likely to develop the civic
skills important in political involve-
ment such as good communication,
organization, and time and money
The study said females are less
exposed to positions where these skills
are taught. They generally receive
less graduate-level education and hold
fewer jobs than men that foster these
Women usually gain these civic
skills in non-political organizations
like religious groups, which can lead
to political involvement. But the
study notes that "since the work-
place produces on average more
skills than do religious institutions,
men wind up advantaged in terms of
civic skills."
Burns said, "I think we need to
develop a richer understanding of
what the gender gap is, and what its
causes are" in order to equalize the
level of political involvement by

A young author KRISTEN A.
Stephanie Gerus, author of "My Parents Have HIV/AIDS: Some Advice
from an Eight-year-old," signs copies of her book at Borders last night.
She and her mother Kathy, left, spoke about their battle against AIDS.


'Dental School 3' file pre-trial motion

By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff Reporter
The attorney for three former
Dental School employees who al-
lege racism was involved in their
firing filed a pre-trial motion yes-
terday, requesting that they be rein-
stated to their positions until the
case goes to trial.
Washtenaw County Circuit Judge
Karl V. Fink denied the motion, say-
ing he would not rule on the employ-
ees' reinstatement until he hears evi-
dence from the University and the
defendants -- Dawn Mitchell,
Theresa Atkins and Delano Isabel.
The three were fired last Decem-
ber from their positions as instru-
ment processors at the Dental
School. Inspiring rallies and dem-
onstrations the next month for their
cause, the former employees,
dubbed the "Dental School Three,"
filed a civil suit against the Univer-
sity, alleging racial discrimination
and harassment.
In January, the University offered

to rehire all three employees and place
them into different positions.
Detroit attorney George Washing-
ton, who represents the former em-
ployees, said, "Basically we said that
there was no reason they should ac-
cept jobs at the back of the bus.
"We think it's really outrageous that
they should have to wait six months or
a year to get what should be rightfully
theirs right now," Washington said in
reaction to Fink's decision to deny the
preliminary injunction motion.
Washington pointed to the former
employees' records and asserted that
their firing was inappropriate given
their history of service.
Fink told the court that he would
not comment on the merits of the
persons involved.
No testimony has been given in
the case, although the affidavits of
Dental School supervisors Linda
Vachon and Ruth Willamen state
that on one occasion, the former
employees were referred to as "you
people" and that Isabel was called

Tim Howlett, the University's at-
torney in the case, said last night that
he would not comment on the mo-
tions or Fink's denial because the
case is still pending.
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