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February 19, 1996
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Basketbali players survive car crash
Traylor out for season with broken arm _.b
By Brent McIntosh
Daily Sports Editor
How are they alive, much less play-
basketball 36 hours later?
What's the consensus among those
who have seen the totalled Ford Ex-
plorer that flipped over while filled
with five Michigan basketball players
and a high school recruit. The accident,
which happened around 4:30 a.m. Sat-
urday on M-14 near Ford Road, seri-
ously injured only one Wolverine, fresh-
man center Robert Traylor. He will
miss the rest ofthe season with a broken
Sophomore forward Maurice Taylor
was driving the car -which belongs to
his aunt, Sabrina Lloyd -with Traylor
in the passenger seat; the back seat was
stuffedwith sophomore Willie Mitchell,
freshmen Louis Bullock and Ron Oliver,
and Mateen Cleaves, a Flint Northern
senior on his official recruiting visit.
"My first thought is that I'm relieved
and extremely grateful that we didn't
have a catastrophe or a tragedy," Michi-
n coach Steve Fisher said. "Because
tcould have been."
Fisher said the six players were re-
turning from a late-night trip to Detroit,
where they visited Traylor's house and
then went to a party, when Taylor ap-
parently fell asleep. When the cardrifted
off the road, he overcorrected, and the
vehicle rolled before coming to rest on
the shoulder of the westbound lanes.
Fisher did not suspend any of the
players, since police believe neither al-
cohol nor speeding were involved,
though Taylor was issued a careless
driving citation. No breathalyzer test
"We didn't do anything (illegal),"
Taylor said. "We weren't drinking, we
weren't speeding - we were just out
Taylor and Bullock started
yesterday's game against Indiana, which
the Wolverines won 80-75. Mitchell
and Oliver both played in the contest;
none of the four looked much worse for
Despite that, all six were taken to the
hospital after the accident. Taylor said
they had left the car and were walking,
seemingly uninjured, when Traylor sug-
gested they call 911 on the car phone.
Doctors later discovered that the 300-
pound center had broken his humerus;
he was transferred from St. Joseph's
Medical Center to University Hospitals
for surgery Saturday morning.
He and Taylor were wearing seatbelts
- also at Traylor's behest.
"Robert said, 'It's 5 o'clock in the
morning. We better wear our belts,"'
Taylor said the four in the back were
not wearing seatbelts due to the way
they were "smushed in," but their com-
bined mass prevented them from being
shaken around the car.
Several of the players, along with
Fisher and the police, said they won-
dered how no one was hurt more se-
"The scariest part was looking back
at the car after we walked away," Tay-
lor said. "We looked at the car and said,
'Damn, how did we get out?"'
They did get out, though, including
Cleaves, who was on his official re-
cruiting visit to Michigan. Most insid-
ers predict he will choose Michigan
"Thank God that all the boys were all
right," said Frances Cleaves, Mateen's
mother. "They were at the hospital when
we got the call."
Fisher called all the players' parents
Dennis Brewer, manager of a local towing company, cleans out Michigan forward
Maurice Taylor's Ford Explorer on Saturday after the crash.
as soon as he could reach them, assur-
ing them that their sons were in good
condition. Cleaves' mother said her
son's late-night excursion didn't change
her perception of the program.
"I'm the mother of six kids, so I've
had them out this late before," Cleaves'
mother said. "I don't see how this is any
While there was no curfew for the
Wolverines on Friday night since the
Indiana contest was Sunday, Fisher and
Taylor agreed that the players hadn't
exercised the best judgment.
"We shouldn't have been out there,"
Taylor said. "But we're only 19, 20
years old, and we're having fun. We
See ACCIDENT, Page 5B
Gialuni s support
as pm i ary nears
By Jodi Cohen
and Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporters
The cost of living at the University
just got a little higher.
The University Board of Regents
approved an increase in the cost of
University-sponsored housing Friday.
The average rate of increase will be 4.9
percent for the residence halls and 4.7
percent for apartments.
The cost of a double room in the
residence halls will go from $4,897 to
$5,137. The rates have increased by 20
percent since the 1991-92 school year,
when the cost of room and board for a
double room was $4,084.
"When we look back over the last 10
years, it is fairly representative. In the
past, our rates have been from 3 to 5
percent," said William Zeller, director
of housing. "In the Big Ten, we are
most of our
V i cee w e49%nx
based on a
flation rate JOSH WHITE/Daily
of 3.5 per-
cent, with an additional percentage point
that will be used to fund $10 in million
renovations to the Couzens and Alice
Lloyd residence halls.
"This is not anything set arbitrarily
by the folks in Housing or my office,"
Many students responded angrily
when informed of the increase.
"It's cheaper to live off campus. The
prices are so outrageous," said LSA
first-year student Susan Grubman, a
resident of Alice Lloyd residence halh
"The food stinks. We have a converted
triple and it's so small."
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor)
questioned the inflation rate used to
calculate the increases.
"Our own economists said 2.56 per-
cent (inflation) in the state of Michi-
gan," Baker said. "My observation is
that we've got to be working to cut the
cost of housing and tuition for the stu-
dents. This flies in the face of that."
Zeller said the figure was derived
from cost increases in other areas, in-
cluding the cost of telephone mainte-
nance, insurance, equipment, utilities
"There was a 0.4-percent increase
for the final stage of Ethernet connec-
tions," Zeller said.
Local ,telephone service also is.in-
cluded in the rental rates. All residents
will now receive call waiting and voice
mail at no additional charges. Long-
distance calling is not included in the
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman (R-
Ann Arbor) said she would like to see a
greater attempt to privatize some as-
pects of University Housing, especially
in the area of food services.
"I too feel the need to stop the in-
crease in the cost of student housing,"
Newman said. "We need to do a better
See RATES, Page 2
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Republi-
can rivals Bob Dole, Pat Buchanan and
Lamar Alexander wrestled with their
*sts yesterday as they tried to shore up
prospects for winning - orjust surviv-
ing -the New Hampshire presidential
With two days to go before the piv-
otal contest, the race has grown increas-
ingly volatile. For Dole, deadlocked
with Buchanan for first place in week-
end polling data, every vote is crucial.
Dole moved up
vant by former ri-
val Phil Gramms
even though polls
showed the Texas
senator had mini-
mal support here
when he quit the
race last week.
released this week- Dole
lexander in a three-man tie for first,
hile others placed him solidly behind
Dole and Buchanan. Publisher Steve
Forbes has steadily sunk to a distant
Fighting for an outright win,
Buchanan defended controversial state-
ments on women and race from his
earlier campaigns and editorial writ-
ings by saying yesterday "the statute of
limitations has run out on those things."
* Dole, haunted by the 1988 loss here
which knocked him out of that race,
tried yesterday to lower the stakes in
Tuesday's balloting - though he ear-
lier insisted it would determine the nomi-
North and South Dakota.",
By an evening rally in Exeter, Dole
was considerably more upbeat: "I smell
victory in the air. We will start ending
the era of Bill Clinton on Tuesday night
In his own appearance on the televi-
sion news shows, Alexander was again
dogged by questions about his lucrative
financial dealings and his 1985 pro-
posal to enact a state income tax -
issues raised in new Dole ads.
"Senator Dole is running a nega-
tive, desperate campaign. His cam-
paign must show me moving up very
rapidly if that's all he has to say about
our future," Alexander said on NBC's
"Meet the Press." He denied any fi-
nancial wrongdoing and pledged not
to raise marginal income tax rates if
In a last-minute frenzy of activity,
candidates swarmed morning news
shows before navigating the slushy
streets for more old-fashioned New
Hampshire politicking. Their field or-
ganizations also kicked into high gear,
deploying volunteers to church parking
lots where they papered windshields
with campaign literature.
In terms of raw exposure, Forbes
outpaced rivals with several campaign
stops sandwiched between two network
appearances and a paid half-hour of
live television broadcast on WMUR-
TV where he fielded mostly sympa-
thetic questions. He said he would "ab-
solutely" take his fight for the nomina-
tion all the way to the GOP convention
At an evening forum that drew only
the bottom half of the eight-man pack,
Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar pushed his
national sales tax as a remedy to the
"flat" economy. Without the kind of tax
changes he wanted, Lugar said, "the
American dream is effectively over."
NOPPORN KICHANANTHA/ Daily
State Sens. Joe Schwartz (R-Battle Creek) and Jon Cisky (R-Saginaw) listen to University reaction to Gov. John Engler's
1996-97 budget proposal at a hearing Saturday in the Michigan League.
'U'praises governor'S budget
at Senatehearing on cmu
By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
Satisfied with Gov. John Engler's
higher education budget proposal, Uni-
versity administrators and students con-
centrated on the finances of individual
students at a state Senate hearing in
The hearing, held on Saturday, was
the first of four scheduled across the
state to give the Senate Appropriations
Committee's subcommittee on higher
education input onthe governor's 1996-
"This is a very strong budget recom-
mendation that has been made," said
University President James Duderstadt.
"There's a 4-percent across-the-board
increase (in higher education spending)
. obviously we think increases are
good," said Andy Schor, chair of the
Michigan Student Assembly External
While the four students who testified
praised the proposal, they suggested
the committee decrease the allocation
to the University.
"It's not often you hear anyone com-
ing to argue for a reduction in funds to
their organization, but that is exactly
what we are going to do," MSA Rep.
Olga Savic said in her testimony.
Savic, a Students' Party member,
urged a $36-million cut in higher edu-
cation allocation to subsidize a tuition
tax credit for Michigan residents. The
credit, detailed in Senate Bill 678, would
refund students 4 percent of the tuition
students pay, with a maximum of $250
- money Savic and other student wit-
nesses said means a great deal to stu-
dents and their families.
"Students here are very concerned
about their tuition - that is one unify-
ing factor on this campus," Savic said.
"This is a sizable amount of money for
students; it's not just a drop in the
bucket for us."
Both Duderstadt and the students fa-
vored the proposed removal of a clause
that designates this money only for
schools that hold tuition increases to
the Consumer Price Index. The clause
prevented the University from receiv-
ing the additional funding last year.
Duderstadt, however, supported the
See HEARING, Page 2
"I probably should have said if Bob
Dole wins New Hampshire, Bob Dole
would be the nominee," the Senate
majority leader said on ABC. "If we
don't win New Hampshire, we'll win
New Media Union scheduled to open today on North Campus
By Heather Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
Architecture students regularly present
their building designs with drawings. But
with the Computer Aided Virtual Environ-
ment, such designs now become a three-
dimensional virtual reality.
In a room surrounded by projection screens,
students can walk through a building that
hasn't been built yet.
CAVE is one of the features of the new
Media Union, scheduled to open to the public
for the first time today. Randy Frank, direc-
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building done," Frank said. The facilities
open today will largely be computer and
"There's a lot of casual seating," Frank
said. Study spaces include windowed al-
coves filled with sofas. Outlets in the walls
allow students to hook their laptops into the
University's computernetwork. Twenty-five
group study rooms are scheduled to open
Also, while Frank said the building will
eventually have 500 computers-including
Macintosh, Pentium and Unix computers -
Eventually, the Engineering and Art and
Architecture Libraries will be moved into
the Media Union.
The facility also will be involved in trans-
ferring these libraries to a digitized form that
students can access on the World Wide Web.
"Increasingly, a lot of information will be
available electronically," Frank said.
Already, more than one million pages of
journal articles have been digitized.
The Media Union also will facilitate video
conferencing and wireless networking by fall.
University President James Duderstadt
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The building's unique architecture in-
cludes a four-story atrium area.
Engineering junior David Pugh has been
working in the union for two months for the
Computer Aided Engineering Network.
"As far as CAEN, it is a much better
improvement than Chrysler," Pugh said, re-
ferring to CAEN's current office space.
"It's definitely good to have the extra
space," he said. "It's got a lot of personal and
group study rooms."
However, Pugh echoed Smallwood's opin-
ion that the building seems to have wasted
.,nve.P "The atriuim is half the building." he
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