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Tuesday
February 20, 1996

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Student panel faced with internal struggles over Code issues

By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
The most imminent challenge the Code of
Student Conduct faces may not come in the form
of a legal action, but from within.
Some members of the Student Resolution
Panels that hear cases under the Code say they
have not received sufficient training and that
strongly oppose a non-academic code of
uct.
LSA junior Olga Savic and RC senior Ben
Novick say the training processlhasbeen "flawed."
"The training was utterly inadequate," Novick
said. "It was inadequate because the officials of
the Code are still unsure ofhow this Code works."
Savic said she was assured she will not face

repercussions for speaking out on the issue.
"They told us we wouldn't be blackballed for
speaking out on the Code," Savic said. "I have
no reason not to believe this, but I have no reason
to believe it, either."
Another panelist, who requested to remain
anonymous, said criticisms made by Savic and
Novick will only hurt students brought up under
the Code.
"I disagree with their attack of the Code on a
jury level,"the panelist said. "I think they're not
aware of what it means to be a Code panelist.
We're the last hope of a student charged under
the Code."
While conceding his own opposition to the

Code, the source said that if panelists are unable
to perform their job impartially, students brought
up under the Code will have to deal with admin-
istrators instead.
"I wish there was another way to handle these
cases, but there isn't - not until someone
changes the Code," the panelist said. "You
shouldn't send a message to the (University
Board of Regents) that students are unable to be
involved in the process."
But Greg Parker, a Code panelist and LSA
junior, said a hearing from administrators may
be preferable to one from the students, noting'
that some of the panelists felt "a power rush" at
knowing they will have authority over other

students.
Along with being a panelist, Parker is a mem-
ber of The Michigan Daily Arts staff and presi-
dent of the University's chapter of the American
Civil Liberties Union. The Ann Arbor ACLU
has said it will legally contest the Code, should
the opportunity arise.
"Some of the people were ridiculous in the
(mock) hearing," Parker said. "There's a false
sense of empowerment that people can play
God."
Novick said he and Savic hope their remarks
will work to improve the system.
"To be truly intelligent is to recognize when
you are not prepared to do something," Novick

said. "The ignorance is in the process of not
knowing what they're asking us to do."
Savic said she is working to help improve
training for future panelists.
The Student Resolution Panels are com-
prised of five students who are selected from a
pool of general applicants. Panelists' selection
for hearings is based primarily on their avail-
ability.
The source said he wishes to remain anony-
mous because he fears he will not be selected to
serve in the hearings if it is known he questions
the process.
The source said the "panelist appointment
See CODE, Page 2

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official

Students,
businesses gear
up for break
By Debbie Frank
For the Daily
With spring break just around the corner, now is the time
for students to finish papers and exams so they can concen-
trate on the important things - airplane tickets, hotel reser-
vations and suntans.
As students impatiently wait for the later-than-usual break
year, where are people planning on going?
or many, the answer is obvious: warm weather.
"About 90 per-
cent of the people
are going to the Tips for Spring Break,
warm climate,'
said Angie Hyliard,
manager of~ NRead the fine print
Boersma Union of package deals to
Travel. "People are prevent surprises.
lokn*o am Ask about the
reputation of the tour
cestogo and the operator.
b o k e s. a e aU e a o ucr e d i t c a r d t
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arrested after
altercation

JENNIFER BRADLEY-SWIFT/Daily
LSA first-year student Jessica Pitsch prepares for her trip to Miami Beach with regular tanning sessions
at the Endless Summer tanning salon. Pitsch said she bums easily and wants to get "a little bit of sun"
before her trip.
Some opt for 'alternative experiences,
destinations for spring break travel

.Hot spots in-
clude the popular
resorts of Cancun,
Jamaica, Puerto
Vallarta and
Acapulco, with
package deals
ranging from $550
900.
"Hoping to avoid
sunburn while on
vacation, students

necessary.
Know if a flight is on a major
airline or a charter flight.
U Hotel room prices vary based on
quality and proximity to the shore.
Plan ahead and research expected
costs once at the destination.
R Use a professional travel agent.
Make plans early.
Source: STA Travel

have kept tanning salons busy. Cypress Tanning Salon has
special spring break package deals available to customers.
"There is a definite increase in business because of spring
break,".said LSA sophomore Sue Darurula, who works at
Cypress Tanning Salon. "A lot of newcomers arejusttanning
for break, which has made work hectic and booked solid."
Students are also working out and spending more time at
the gym getting in shape for the break.
*"I joined One-on-One Athletic Club this semester be-
cause spring break was just weeks away," said Jennifer
Lukoff, an LSA senior. "Before I step into a bathing suit in
Cancun, I want to feel good about myself and my body."
Because the cold winter months can drag on and put
students in a slump, anticipation for spring break is often part
of the fun.
"Looking forward to spring break is so exciting I almost
don't want it to come and go so quickly," said LSA junior
Tracy Wolfson, who said she plans to go to Acapulco. "But
the same time, I'm counting down the days until I can see
See VACATION, Page 2

By Debbie Frank
For the Daily
Whife most students eagerly anticipate a
week off from school, not everyone has the
same type of spring break plans.
Many students and staff participate in a
yearlong Alternative Spring Break program,
which focuses on providing community ser-
vice in sites throughout the nation.
As the ASB idea grows in popularity, the
University has expanded its own student-run
organization, Project SERVE. This year,
Project SERVE's ASB will provide more
than 300 students with experience on more
than 30 different projects.
The aim is to gain a better understanding
of'existing societal problems.
"It's great to get others involved in such a
rewarding program," said LSA junior Vida
Hsu.
As the public relations coordinator of
Project SERVE, Hsu said she has gained a lot
from the experience.
"It is a chance for me to open my eyes and
to observe and learn what is going on around
me," she said. "I want to understand why
communities face the problems they do."

A mass meeting was held in October for
all people interested in the program. How-
ever, Hsu said the application process is
competitive and it is difficult to be selected.
Once selected, participants meet with their
project groups throughout the year to learn
more about the site they will attend, as well
as to raise funds for the expedition.
"Last year was a great experience because
we were accepted by the people we were
helping," said Tito Pando, an LSA junior.
"We felt our job was complete and we made
a difference."
As a site leader this year, Pando will be
returning to Casa del Bolsero in Miami, Fla.
He will organize a warehouse where rafters
from Cuba can come for food and clothing.
For most participants, ASB is a very dif-
ferent experience than the typical spring
break.
"I got much more out of this experience
than drinking with my friends in Daytona
Beach," Pando said. "I had a chance to learn
about people and myself."
An average group consists of two site
leaders and 10 participants. The University
See ALTERNATIVE, Page 2

By Sam T. Dudek
Daily Staff Reporter
Following an incident at the Central
Campus Recreation Building on Satur-
day night, the Department of Public
Safety arrested a top University official
on charges of assaulting an officer.
DPS, respondingto a call froma CCRB
manager, arrested and handcuffed John
Matlock, director of the Office of Aca-
demic and Multicultural Initiatives, for
allegedly shoving an officer. Matlock
was questioned
andreleasedatthe
scene. As 80c
In a telephone.
interview last find out a
night, Matlock
confirmed he was about wh/
involved in the
altercation, but happenet
refused to com-
ment further. share thE
Matlock said lie wi h th e wse orve
wisest re ie W**~
the incident and c m un
wait for an inves- COM$ unii
tigation to pro-
vide more infor-U-v -i
mation before Unlverst
making addi-
tional comments.
DPS Sgt. Jesse Lewit said the arrest
was made after the University official
had engaged in a "pushing match" with
a DPS officer. Matlock was released in
accordance with Washtenaw County's
policy on misdemeanor arrests.
According to a DPS report, officers
were dispatched to the scene after the
CCRB building manager requested as-
sistance with crowd control. The Black
Volunteer Network was hosting its an-
nual basketball tournament at the facil-
ity, and crowds had gathered to watch
the popular event.
Andre Hewitt, chair of the BVN,
would not comment specifically on the
event or the altercation.
Hewitt said in aphone interview early
this morning that, "It is unfortunate that
a situation like this did occur, espe-
cially at our volunteer activity which
aimed to bring the students and com-

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munity together to a sporting event
which everybody supposedly loves -
basketball.
"We are not denying or agreeing with
any situation that did occur," Hewitt
said. "But we will fully cooperate with
the University to ensure that the true
story is understood."
Associate Vice President for Univer-
sity Relations Lisa Baker said the Uni-
versity did not want to comment on the
specifics of the case.
"The Univer-
sity is undertaking
in as we athorough inves-
tigation of what
tore happened," Baker
said. "As soon as
It we find out more
about what hap-
We Will pened we will
share the details
details with the Univer.
"it co m un ty.
Inversity A supervisor at
ff ~the CCRB also de-
clinedto comment
- Lisa Baker ontheincident.He
-spokes ersaid the CCRB
spokesperson would be willing
to discuss the mat-
ter at a later date after internal meetings
take place today.
In a written statement, DPS Director
Leo Heatley said his department is look-
ing into the altercation.
"This department is undertaking a
thorough investigation ofthis incident,"
Heatley said.
Heatley indicated that DPS will pro-
vide a complete report to the public as
quickly as possible.
Matlock has been the director of
OAMI, which was formerly called the
Office of Minority Affairs, since 1989.
He holds both a master's degree in jour-
nalism and a doctorate in higher educa-
tion management from the University.
According to the Ann Arbor Police
Department, no AAPD officers were
called to the scene for assistance, andthe
AAPD is not investigating this case.
DPS spokesperson Beth Hall would no
comment and referred inquiries to Baker.
@ Camp aign : :
1St primary
opens today
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Or
the eve ofthe New Hampshire primary
polls showed Sen. Majority Leader Bol
Dole (R-Kan.) fight-
ing commentator
Pat Buchanan for i
first, with former
Tennessee Gov.
LamarAlexander in-l
close pursuit.
Still haunted by
his crucial loss here
in 1988 to George
Bush, Dole
stopped short of
predicting a deci-Buchanan
sive victory. But he said he expected "
very friendly verdict."
Dole picked up the endorsement of

.prof chairs Clinton
Social Security council

By Stephanie Jo Klein
*ly Staff Reporter
Since 1994, economics Prof. Edward
Gramlich, dean of the School of Public
Policy, has chaired President Clinton's
Advisory Council on Social Security in
hopes of changing the direction of the
current federal system.
Gramlich, former director of the Con-
gressional Budget Office, is lending his
knowledge to the council in an effort to
vive a system in which many say they
e little faith. .
Associate Vice President forUniver-
sity Relations Lisa Baker said the Uni-
versity is pleased to have a member of
its community in such an influential
policy position.
"Any time that one of our faculty can

Security is an issue of extreme impor-
tance. "I think a lot of us would like to
start a national debate on these issues,"
he said.
Thomas Butts, University associate
vice president for government relations,
said he is pleased to see Gramlich in a
national leadership role that can affect so
many people.
The council is drafting several alter-
native proposals for changing the So-
cial Security system.
Gramlich outlined the council's
three possible approaches in a paper
he presented to the American Eco-
nomic Association last month. He said
the proposals take into account that
"the only way to bring the system in
financial balance and raise the
- -il' %vnrb raing fr vm n r

The Chosen Few
U.S. presidents have trusted
University officials as valued
advisers. Some of the notables
include:
University President James
Angell was appointed to
President Cleveland's Fishery
Commission.
0 School of Social Work Prof.
Wilbur Cohen served as secretary
of health, education and welfare
under President Kennedy's
administration.
Gerald Else, of the classics
department, was a member of
Kennedy's National Council of
the Humanities.
N Gardner Ackley, a former
economics chair, led the
President's Council of Economic
Advisers.
Source: The Making of the University of
Michigan: 1817-1992, by Howard H.
Peckham.
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in,sted .CurrentIv the funds are in-

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