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February 12, 1996
Students question' SAPAC services after allegations
By Laurie Mayk,
Daily Staff Reporter
Recent accusations of prejudice and violations
of confidentiality have rocked some students'
confidence in the Sexual Assault Prevention Aware-
ness Center. Some say they may not turn to the
organization when they need a shoulder to lean on.
Volunteer Peer Educators at the center, which
ffers counseling to sexual assault "survivors,"
"'re staging a work stoppage in protest of cir-
cumstances arising from the dismissal of PE co-
coordinator Janelle White.
The volunteers claim SAPAC's director, Debi
Cain, violated the confidentiality of a former
client. They also criticized the organization's
relations with racial minorities and the lesbian/
gay/bisexual community on campus.
"It would really make me question whether I
wanted to go there to use their services," said
Some say they plan to remain loyal to organization
Engineering sophomore Maggie Slattery.
Slattery said she was most disturbed by the
alleged breach of confidentiality. Even though the
accusations have not been not confirmed, she said
they shook her confidence in the organization.
"I would still have many questions - many
concerns," Slattery said.
While some students question whether the
accusations can be separated from overall con-
fidence in the organization, others remain loyal.
"They've helped so many and they've done so
much as it is that I don't think one scandal is going
to keep people from using it in a time of need," said
SNRE first-year student Erica Conley. Conley is a
survivor who was counseled by SAPAC.
Although Cain refused to confirm or deny most
of the allegations, several protesting PEs called for
a review of the director and the organization.
"An investigation of what has been going on
is really important because even rumors of
breaches of confidentiality damage SAPAC's
reputation and impair its ability to provide ser-
vice to women in the community," said Michi-
gan Student Assembly Rep. Olga Savic.
Engineering senior Raphael Chiu, a member of
the Engineering Honor Council, said the confiden-
tiality questions "tainted" his view of SAPAC.
"I'm on a similar organization that deals with
confidentiality," he said. "It's a top priority of ours.
"No information is safe, which is sort of scary
because it's a pretty large organization," he
said. "What's the chance of someone slipping
something out? It seems like it would be high, or
it could be high."
In a Feb. 2 e-mail message to SAPAC volun-
teers, seven PEs expressed concern about the
implications a breach of client confidentiality
could have for the organization.
"We're sure you can imagine how disturbing
it is to see the Director of SAPAC violate the
cardinal rule of preserving a survivor's confi-
dentiality," the letter stated.
"That's the kind of organization that you go to
for support and confidentiality," said LSA first-
year student Sara Mascari.
Cain urged students to remember the
organization's goal despite the accusations about
"I would hope that people would recognize
the importance of the work we do at SAPAC,"
she said in an interview Wednesday night.
Hugh Johnson, an SNRE first-year student, said
the accusations ofdiscrimination have fartherreach-
ing implications than a breach of confidentiality.
"I think the discrimination part (of the accu-
sations) is more serious than the breach of con-
fidentiality," Johnson said. "This campus is so
diverse ... if they discriminate they're going to
be hurting more people than one confidentiality
here and there."
"It seems like they should be out there trying
to protect the safety of everybody instead ofjust.
certain groups," said Roger Trombley, an Engi-
neering first-year student.
By Jeff Eldridge
and Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff Reporters
Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr
has signed a four-year deal with the
University worth $250,000 a year, Vice
resident for University Relations
alter Harrison said last night.
Harrison said Carr's deal isan appoint-
ment, not a contract - so Carr will be
"treated like all other administrators,"
and the terms of his appointment may be
changed. Most University coaches are
employed through such an appointment.
In terms of salary, Harrison said Carr
is "probably in the middle ofthe pack in
terms ofcompensation" among Big Ten
coaches, although the details of North-
estern coach Gary Barnett's recent
contract have not been disclosed.
Carr was named interim coach in May,
after former head coach Gary Moeller
was involved in a drunken incident at a
Southfield restaurant. Carr was named
coach Nov. 13, after a win against Purdue
that was part of a 9-4 season.
Assistant Director for Athletic Public
Relations Bruce Madej said last night that
he appointment came as no surprise.
"This is the finalization of the deci-
sion that was made after the Purdue
game," Madej said. "This is something
that was announced in November."
University officials announced that
after removing interim status from
Carr's title they would later hammer
out specific terms of the appointment.
"They said they would discuss it at the
end of the season, and they decided to
wait until the end of recruiting because
ey didn't have time," Madej said.
Harrison said Carr cannot sign a direct
contract with Nike, as Moeller had done,
because the University has signed a de-
partment-wide deal with the athletic shoe
"The total he's making is close to the
total Gary Moeller was making,"
The appointment keeps Carr at the
University for four years.
'We agreed on four years, because
loyd thought it would be important for
the recruiting effort," Roberson told
The Detroit News.
The average for Big Ten football
coaches in the 1994-95 fiscal year was
$132,800, the News reported.
By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
When Gov. John Engler unveiled his 1997 budget pro-
posal last week, he banked on the passage of several federal
budget reforms that would give states greater flexibility
over their own funding. Engler's proposal increases fund-
ing for state universities by $64.9 million in the next fiscal
However, if federal reforms do not pass, the state will be
forced to trim between $320 and $500 million from its
proposed budget, leaving universities in a tight financial
John Truscott, Engler's spokesperson, said there was no
Out with the old
Andy Dempz takes down the old banner outside the Michigan Union yesterday.
way to avoid the pos-
sibility of cuts when
preparing the 1997
"Frankly, if the fed-
doesn't change, our
states will be bankrupt
anyway," he said.
"Michigan (has) one
of the best (university)
systems in the coun-
try," Truscott said. Due
to an improving
economy, he said, "this
was the year to give
them a boost."
According to the
budget, the increase in
university funding is
intended, to help
schools' maintain tu-
ition restraint, ensur-
ing all Michigan resi-
dents access to higher
Under Gov. Engler's budget
proposal for FY97, the
University would receive
$301.5 million in state funds;-;
a 4.4-percent increase over
last year's allocation.
HERO LENDS A HELPING HAND
Progam works to improve lives of homeless
FY96 actual FY97 proposed
(in millions) (in millions)
By Lisa Gray
For the Daily
For University Law student Susan Hasaan
and author and comedian Louie Anderson,
strong political arguments turned into a suc-
cessful program that works to improve the
lives of hundreds of homeless people.
"Louie had the money and I had the capacity
to work," Hasaan said.
The Homeless Empowerment Relationship
Organization, founded in 1993, is a nationwide
results-oriented mentor program for homeless
adults. Founders, staff members and University
students volunteering for the program see the
program as a success, Hasaan said.
Through the HERO Pathfinder Program,
homeless adults work through a six-week pro-
gram where they learn to understand their iden-
tity, set goals, achieve goals and move on suc-
cessfully without the program. Those who are
willing to commit will be successful, said Jane
Klaes, Washtenaw County HERO director.
"We try to get people to think internally
about the things they have control over," said
LSA senior Julie Lubeck, who co-facilitates
HERO's Pathfinder Program in Washtenaw
"I hope all the women will be able to follow
through with the things they want because I
see a lot of potential in them," Lubeck said
about the women in her Pathfinder classes.
Although Lubeck only works with women,
men also participate in HERO's programs.
After choosing Flint to start the program,
Hasaan and Anderson paired 10 homeless people
with 10 volunteers. These 20 people created
what the program is today, Hasaan said.
"We're really confident with the program
structures because we know they need them,"
Seven of the original 10 people are still
living independently, maintaining jobs and
homes, Hasaan said.
During Pathfinder meetings, the program also
provides free child care to attending parents.
"They're trying hard to be normal kids," said
Jen Dombrowski, an LSA sophomore and
Once a person has graduated from the Path-
finder Program, they have the opportunity to
apply to the Partnership Progrant, where they
will be paired with an adult mentor.
Mentors are professional, self-supporting
adults who meet with a Pathfinder graduate
on a weekly basis to provide support and
encouragement, Klaes said. All the mentors
See HERO, Page 2A
Interim Engineering Dean Glenn Knoll said the
University's $301.5 million allocation, while significant, is
lower than the University's request from the state.
"It will make a lot of the budgetary process go more
smoothly," Knoll said, adding that rising costs throughout
the University increase the likelihood of raising tuition.
"I don't think the University can (not raise tuition) under
present conditions," Knoll said, adding that, "4.4 percent is
better than inflation, but not by a large margin."
LSA first-year student David Curkovic said he was hope-
ful that increased allocations could keep tuition costs down.
"The bonus should be sufficient reason not to raise tuition
next year," he said.
Provost J. Bernard Machen said there is no possibility of
a tuition freeze, but the proposed new allocation could allow
a smaller tuition increase.
See BUDGET, Page 2A
Republican hopefuls prepare for Iowa caucus
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DES MOINES - The once-placid
Iowa Republican caucuses turned into a
combustible free-for-all in the final
weekend of the campaign, as Senate
Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.)
appeared to solidify his claim on first
place and his rivals battled furiously for
the second and third spots.
With many Iowa Republicans still
undecided, conservative commenta-
tor Patrick Buchanan and former
Tennesssee governor Lamar
Alexander appeared to be gaining
ground, according to public and pri-
vate polls and interviews with activ-
ists across the state.
paign he has been waging here since
Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, who said
earlier last week that anything less than
a third place finish would sink his hopes
abortion activists could take votes from
both Buchanan and Gramm.
The sudden convergence of the can-
didates battling for second place left
many veterans of the caucus process
for the nomination,
was counting on his
tion to reverse his
Four other candi-
dates will be com-
peting at the precinct
caucuses tonight: In-
diana Sen. Richard
Lugar, radio talk
show host Alan
"This is very
weirdest race I've
ever been In."
- Marlys Popma
Deputy Iowa campaign
mana-er for Phil Gramm
"This is very,
I've ever been
poor old Phil Gramm."
This year's caucus campaign has
been by far the most negative in his-
tory, and with so much volatility and
so many undecided voters, it only got
nastier in the final hours as the candi-
dates crisscrossed the state trying to
rally their supporters to come out to-
For the second day in a row, Forbes
charged that Dole was behind an anony-
mous, telephone smear campaign aimed
at destroying his campaign. Dole offi-
cials once again rejected the charges
and said Forbes was panicking in the
face of falling poll numbers.
Today's caucuses will mark the tra-