The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 23, 1996 - 3
New dispute resolution team joins Bursley
-The Department of Public Safety
continued to search for suspects the day
-er. mace spread through Betsey
'rbour residence hall.
Residents were forced to evacuate the
building early yesterday morning for 30
minutes until health officials arrived and
determined it was safe to re-enter.
A DPS spokesperson said the inci-
dent was still under investigation.
$7,700 in computer
A-niversity professor reported to
DPS that his laboratory in the North
University Building had been broken
into sometime between 6 p.m. Thurs-
day and 9:45 Friday morning.
A computer hard drive valued at
$3,000, a $2,000 color monitor and a
$1,060 laser printer were reported miss-
ing: Also missing was a cordless phone,
tape recorder, CD player and a disk
Six students had access to the room
but "the professor does not suspect that
any of them would take anything or be
in, the room," according to the DPS
report. There are no suspects.
While searching for a trespasser in
e School of Dentistry on Saturday,
Sdiscovered a vending machine that
had been burglarized.
The burglar shattered the machine's
glass window and stole the coin box
and many food items.
DPS was responding to a call about
an unidentified man that was seen in the
building's front lobby.
DPS stores lost and
In addition to protecting the Univer-
sity and its affiliates, the Department of
Public Safety serves as the lost and
found for students and faculty.
DPS spokeswoman Beth Hall said
anyone that has misplaced or found a
personal item should contact the DPS
lost and found office at 1239 Kipke Dr.
near Crisler Arena.
The office's phone number is 763-
.R34. The lost and found is open Mon-
daythrough Friday, 7:30 a.m.-noon and
S Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Sam T. Dudek.
By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
Bursley hall residents are hosting the
University's newest peacemakers this semester.
With the establishment of the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly-funded Student Dispute Resolu-
tion Program,'Bursley is the first University resi-
dence hall to offer students an alternative to
mediation by a University-linked counselor.
"The SDRP is aimed at being the means of
resolving conflicts best," said Matt Roberson, a
resident director at Fred Taylor honors housing.
A recent training session versed 20 selected
student mediators in the fine points of dispute
mediation. Originally started through University
Housing, MSA adopted the SDRP due to conflict
of interest concerns, said Scott Pence, executive
director of SDRP.
While resident advisers handle similar cases of
roommate conflict, overnight guest and noise
complaints, their connection to the University
prevents them from providing the effective and
impartial mediation of SDRP, Pence said.
"An RA is arepresentative ofhousing on his hall,"
Pence said. "He can't keep everything confidential."
SDRP would act as a follow-up program,
Roberson said. Official violations of "community
standards" are handled by RAs, while discussion
to reach personal resolutions are handledby SDRP
Students interested in the program's services
may call the MSA office at 763-3241.
"The resident staff member documents the vio-
lation," Roberson said. "SDRP would come in in
the final stage ... and begin the formal mediation
RAs received letters last semester informing
them of the program's availability and objectives,
and explaining how their residents can take ad-
vantage of the program.
Although the resident advisers living with stu-
dents in the halls complete a specialized training
program,just one morning of the training deals with
student dispute mediation. SDRP mediators, how-
ever, receive 35 hours ofspecialized training through
various scenarios and techniques, Pence said.
MSA representatives voted last week to allocate
$445 in additional funds for SDRP's upcoming tour
of similar programs at Syracuse University, Penn
State University, Harvard University and several
A home base at-.Bursley will help launch the
program, but services are open to any students,
trainee Melissa Walsh said. With plans to expand
to all campus residence halls next semester, Pence
said, the program may need to seek alternative
funding if it grows beyond the MSA budget.
journal to return
Nicole Buchanan, 6, and her brother Brian, 9, enjoy snacks at the West Ann Arbor Health Center's grand opening.
New 'U' medical office opens its doors
By Laura Nelson
Daily Staff Reporter
Even with all the current discussion
on violence against women, it can be
difficult to be involved in the fight
against it. This semester, all members
of the University community will have
the opportunity to take that step by
writing about their own experiences
and feelings on sexual violence.
The English Composition Board and
the Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center are working together
to sponsor the 1996 edition of "Prism,"
ajournal dedicated to survivors of sexual
Jill Wunder, a SAPAC staff member,
said this year's "Prism" is an important
collaboration between units to combat
violence against women. "It gives sur-
vivors and those affected by violence
an opportunity to express themselves,"
Wunder said she hopes "Prism"
brings attention to the frequency of all
forms of violence against women.
ECB lecturer George Cooper encour-
ages submissions addressing all types
of violence, from assault to date rape to
"more subtle kinds of violence," such
as men dominating conversations and
social situations with women.
"Violence is not always physical, it is
also a matter of control, carried out in a
variety of ways," Cooper said. "We
may have a hard time recognizing it."
He said he hoped reading "Prism"
would help men who are unknowingly
harming women to realize the impact of
Reading about the experiences of oth-
ers affected by violence might also help
women to identify violence that may have
encountered, Cooper said.
Through "Prism," he said, women
might realize that what they "thought
was normal was in fact not normal -
was in fact violence-was oppressive."
ECB created "Prism" in 1992 to pro-
vide a forum for continuing the discus-
sions about diversity that began on
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Cooper
said. Often, "those discussions end the
day they begin," he added.
The second issue of "Prism," pub-
lished in 1993, also centered on the
theme of diversity. The following year,
ECB narrowed the scope of the theme
to activism, but did not receive enough
submissions, Cooper said.
The topic of the first two issues was
too general, he said.
"I'm hoping (the theme of) violence
against women won't be too limiting,
Cesar Valdez, a first-year student in
the School of Social Work, had an essay
published in the 1993 issue of "Prism."
He said the book was used in introduc-
tory English courses and Intergroup
"It is a way to have a voice on campus
that will be read by many people,"
All members of the University com-
munity are invited to contribute poetry,
stories or essays to "Prism," and all sub-
missions will be published, Cooper said.
"It's an open publication," he said, for
the "unheard voices in the University
community ... people who don't speak
up in class, but have something to say."
Contributers don't have to be experi-
enced writers, Cooper noted.
The deadline for submissions to
"Prism" is April 23. The journal will be
published in the fall. Copies will be
available to instructors in class sets, and
individual copies can be obtained by
contacting Cooper at the ECB offices.
By Christopher Wan
Daily Staff Reporter
The University Medical Center made one of its largest
efforts yesterday to reach into the community.
Its new expansion located along Jackson Road - the West
Ann Arbor Health Center- hosted its grand opening and open
"It's basically a primary care center where we take care of
children and adults for their basic medical needs," said Dr.
Elisa Ostafin, the center's medical director.
Pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics and gynecol-
ogy are the four main primary care services provided at the
Ostafin said west Ann Arbor is "one of the most quickly
growing areas in Washtenaw County."
"(The University Medical Centers) have presences at the
south side of town and in the northeast side," Ostafin said. "And
we didn't have a clinic in this area so we thought this would be
a good location since there is so much growth in this area."
Children with their parents, middle-aged women and
senior citizens turned out for the open house, where they
enjoyed tours of the center's facilities, interacted with the
staff, and sampled the appetizers.
Angela Del Vecchio, professor emeritus at the School of
Nursing, said she was "impressed with the facilities."
"You can get in and out in a relatively short time," she said.
Lilian Fujihira, a retired employee of the University, said
that the expansion was good because other places like the
University's Briarwood medical group were crowded. She
said, however, that it is difficult for "people who don't have
transportation" to go there.
Joining the center's staff with Ostafin are internal medicine
physicians Mary Kleaveland and Therese Suarez;'obstetrics-
gynecologists Edward Goldberg and Amy Tremper; and
pediatricians Sara Sandvig and Christina Buysse.
"We are very excited about this, it's a really nice site and we
are hoping to provide excellent care for our patients and I think
its going to be a successful endeavor here," Ostafin said.
Faculty Senate debates affirmative action
* Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
In the midst of a national debate on
affirmative action, faculty members of
the Senate Assembly convened yester-
day to focus on how affirmative action
relates to women.
Cynthia Marselow, who spoke in fa-
vorof affirmative action programs, said
that in the United States the number of
women receiving doctoral degrees rose
42.3 percent in 1990, but only 21
rcent of tenured faculty in 1994 were
"Progress has been very slow," said
Marselow, a Medical School research
gistant. "Simply put, we do not
I'gte equity. The process is not fin-
Engineering Prof. Stacy Bike pre-
sented the counter-argument, asserting
that affirmative action programs under-
*ne their initial goals in two ways.
Bike said the programs promote the
belief that "women need affirmative
action programs to achieve their educa-
tional and career goals."
"Second, a woman was hired (only)
because she was a woman," she said.
After both sides were presented, other
Senate Assembly members joined the
debate with comments and questions.
Medical School Prof. Peter Ward sug-
gested that the structure of the system
was responsible for the disparity in
proportions between degree-holding fe-
male applicants and tenured female fac-
"The problem is more systematic,"
Ward said. "It's related to the issue of
childbearing-aged women and inad-
equate daycare (facilities).
"Maybe we're not looking at the right
problem to fix," he said.
SNRE Prof. Bunyan Bryant warned
that the removal of affirmative action
programs niight not be the solution.
"If you do away with affirmative
action, I'm not sure that will improve
the structure (of the faculty)," Bryant
English Prof. Leo McNamara, who
was puzzled by Marselow's logic, said.
"Under (current) affirmative action-like
programs, the results have been disap-
pointing," McNamara said. "And you
say we need more such programs."
Marselow rebutted by saying that
current affirmative action programs are
only paying lip service to the problem.
"I feel the current programs of affir-
mative action are just the paperwork of
affirmative action and not the spirit,"
Barbara MacAdam and David
Hessler, representatives of the School
of Information and Library Studies,
"Institutional cultures are the hard-
est thing to change, even with open
dialogue," MacAdam said.
Hessler said that women face a"glass
"The good ol' boy network is done at
the administration level," he said.
Next month, the Senate Assembly-is
scheduled to debate the issue of affir-
mative action and minorities.
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