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Tonight: Chance of a
thunderstorm, mid 50s.
Tomorrow: Chance of rain
or flurries, low in mid 40s.

One hundredfve years of editorialfreedom

February 23, 1996


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By Sam~ T. Dudek
Daily Staff Reporter
A Michigan State Police investigation
into the events leading up to Saturday's
arrest of John Matlock, director of the
University's Office of Academic and
Multicultural Initiatives, is currently un-
derway at the University.
,Matlock, who has served as OAMI
irector since 1989, was arrested for as-
saulting a Department of Public Safety
officer at the Central Campus Recreation
President James Duderstadt said Tues-
day that the University has asked the
Michigan State Police to investigate the
Garry Kregelka, Ypsilanti post com-
mander for the State Police, said the in-
tigation is underway.
W'In order to avoid the appearance of a
slanted investigation we were asked by
Leo Heatley, the director at DPS, to in-
vestigate this case," Kregelka said.
"The claim is on
x thepartof(Matlock)
who claims the of-
erly," Kregelka
said. "The officer
claimed he was
'y pushed."
Despite the inci-
dent, ProvostJ. Ber-
nard Machen said he
admired Matlock's
"John is a valued member at the Office
of Academic Affairs," he said.
Matlock has been unavailable for com-
ment since Tuesday. Staff at the OAMI
office said yesterday that Matlock has
*en out of the office for the past two
Machen said the University did not ask
Matlock to take time off and said
Matlock's absence will not be problem-
atic. OAMI staff said they expect him
back today.
In addition to the State Police investi-
gation, the University's Police Grievance
Committee is looking into the incident.
Matlock said previously he was pushed
aDPS officerupon entering the CCRB
to judge a contest at the Black Volunteer
Network's annual basketball tournament.
A BVN member opened an exit door to
allow Matlock to enter the sold-out event.
"As soon as I stepped in, an officer
pushed me and said, 'No one can come in
this door.' As a reaction I lifted his hands
and said, 'Don't touch me,"'"he said in an
interview Tuesday.
Matlock said he was never given the
ance to identify himself as a BVN
viser and was handcuffed and trans-
ported to the DPS office on Kipke Drive.
Accordingto DPS reports, officers were
called to the scene by the CCRB building
manager to close an over-capacity event.
Associate Vice President for Univer-
sity Relations Lisa Baker said she could
not comment on the specifics of the case
because of the current investigation.



rescued from
blocked cave

A group of University students, led by English Prof. William Alexander and San Francisco activist Richard Kamler, ran into the
Law Library last night to protest the death penalty. The disturbance affected about 125 students.
Students disrupt Law Librry
with deathpenalty protest

By Matt Buckley
For the Daily
A group of University students inter-
rupted quiet studying in the Law Li-
brary last night in a dramatized protest
of the death sentence of a California
English Prof. William Alexanderand
San Francisco activist Richard Kamler
organized the event, and the participat-
ing students were enrolled in
Alexander's University course, "The-
ater and Social Change."
The protest was in the form of a
theatrical piece titled "Sound of Lions
Roaring," created by Kamler and first
displayed at Alcatraz in response to an
earlier death sentence. Familiar with
Kamler, Alexander wanted to bring the
work to the University.
"The idea dates back a couple of
years, but it finally came to fruition this
year," Alexander said.
At about 9:30 p.m., several members
of the group in the library stood on their
chairs and pointed toward Alexander,
who portrayed William Bonin. Bonin,
responsible for the deaths of 14 young
men in California, was scheduled to be
executed by lethal injection at 3:01 a.m.
last night.
Alexander, standing in the midst of
about 125 students in the library, began
speaking to the crowd in the role of
Bonin. During his speech, members of
the group posed around Alexander,
forming what participants called a "hu-
man statue." Flashlights were used to
enhance visual aspects of the perfor-
mance, and sound speakers broadcasted
an audio tape of roaring lions.

Kamler said the presentation was
devised to bring awareness to the death
penalty. Kamler, Alexander and many
students performing in the piece ex-
pressed opposition to capital punish-
"Basically, I don't think there is ever
a need to kill another person," said LSA
senior Ben McDonough, who worked
in the formation of the human statue
surrounding Alexander.
Many students in the Law Library
stopped studying to watch the perfor-
mance, which lasted for more than three
minutes. Student reaction to the event
was mixed.
LSA first-year student Susanne
Kalman said she thought the message
could have been clearer.
"(The presentation) didn't really get
the point across," Kalman said. "It didn't
give any feeling of why they were
against (capital punishment)."
Kinesiology first-year student Tomas
Filipcik thought a larger crowd might
have made the performance more ef-
fective. "I think they should have done
it in a place where there are more
people," he said. Both Kalman and
Filipcik said they were opposed to capi-
tal punishment.
Some performers said they felt that
the crowd was hostile to the perfor-
Performer Erin Crowley, an LSA
senior, said "there was a lot of hostility
in the room towards the effort and the
cause, but that doesn't mean that we
didn't somehow give it visibility and
recognition, which is what we were

Killer prepared
for execution
man who was scheduled to be put to
death early this morning for killing
14 young men said yesterday he'd
"made peace with it" and was even
able to joke with the warden as the
execution approached.
But "Freeay Killer" William
Bonin figured he might be nervous
as 3:01 a.m. drew nearer,
"I think I've accepted the fact
that this may come about and I've
made my peace with it and if it
happens, it happens." he said in an
interview with KQED-FM. "As
far as how I'm going to feel at that
very moment, I can't answer that
question. I don't know. I don't
think any of us would know until
we're there."
Bonin, convicted of murdering
14 young men and boys in 1979 and
1980, said he's even been able to
"sit around and joke" in recent days.
But he conceded, "I might be ner-
vous tomorrow (last) night."
Kamler insisted that the group did
not seek to immediately persuade the
students, but rather to increase aware-
ness of capital punishment.
"We can't go on doing this kind of
thing (carrying out the death penalty)
- we' I have a bloodbath in this coun-
try of people being executed," Kamler

N Students in caving
group were trapped by
raging storm waters.
By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Two University students drove to
Kentucky last week to explore the
10th longest cave in the world.
But Brian Davis and Leigh Ann
Vaughn, who planned to return to
Ann Arbor on Tuesday, were trapped
in the cave until late last night after
heavy rains blocked the passageway.
"The University has confirmed that
they are students," said Department
of Public Safety director Leo Heatley.
"Two of them are Ph.D. candidates."
Heatley said News and Information
Services had contacted him about the
The students traveled with five other
members of the Detroit Urban Grotto
Club, a local caving group. Their mis-
sion: to map the Fisher Ridge Cave, a
70 to 80 mile-long group of caverns in
Munfordville, located in the western
part of Kentucky. All seven explorers
are from southeastern Michigan.
During the exploration, the group
split up, Kentucky State Police said
last night.
Tuesday, two explorers who, had
separated from the group emerged,
but the other five, including the two
students, remained in the cave. Larry
Bean, a Livonia resident who got out
Tuesday, indicated that the cave's
exitway may have been blocked by
the 1 1/2 inches of rain that fell last
Bean and another explorer re-en-
tered the cave yesterday to locate the
rest of their group.
The entire group emerged from the
cave last night when the rains began
to recede from the passageway.
Around 6 p.m. the first caver, Peter
Quick, exited and said his colleagues
were not in danger.
"The leader of the team came crawl-
ing out at about 6," said John Grace, a
Kentucky Emergency and Disaster
Services officer. "Within another few
hours, all of them will come out."
At 9 p.m., state police said all of the
cavers were safe and on dry land.
"They are all OK," police said. No-
body was hospitalized, DPS said.
Grace said the owners of the pri-
vate land where the cave is located
were the first to notice the cavers
were trapped.
"The people who own the property
keep a log of who goes in there and
when they should come out," he said.
"They didn't come out on time."
Vaughn's housemate, who did not
want to be identified, said he expected
Vaughn to return Tuesday. He also

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100 km


said Vaughn explores caves as a rec-
reational activity.
The Kentucky State Police did not
call the situation an emerg'ency, but
stated that the explorers "were just
Bean's wife, Cathy, said the group
of experienced cavers was well-pre-
pared and could have remained in the
cave for a few more days if necessary.
"They have never got caught by the
water before," shewsaid in an inter-
view last night with The Michigan
Daily. "But they know there is that
"They have enough food and water
to last a couple of days. They also
have sleeping bags."
She said the explorers set up a base
camp in the cave. The camp was a
five-hour walk from the "sump," an
area where the rain collected. The
sump is about three hours from the
cave's exit, making it an eight-hour
trip from the base to the outside world.
Cathy Bean guessed that the cavers
remained in theabase camp during the
past few days, and went to the sump
periodically to check if the rains had
"You can't get in or out of the cave
when the sump is filled up so they
were stuck in the cave," Grace said.
Grace said the explorers did not
know it had rained - or that they
were trapped in the cave - until they
tried to exit earlier in the week.
Late last night, The Associated
Press reported that Ann Arbor resi-
dent Joe Meppelins and Eric Fehlalier
of Northville were among the five
who emerged from the cave.

Students were
trapped in a
Munfordviie, Ky.
CND, cave yesterday.


Trapped in Fisher
Ridge Cave
Two University students were
trapped in a portion of the 70 to
80 mile-long group of caverns that
make up the Fisher Ridge Cave, in
Munfordville, Ky.
Expected to return on Tuesday,
the cavers emerged last night
after rains blocked their exit.

1Bosnian ambassador visits
'U,' calls for greater justice

By Rajal Pitroda
For the Daily
More than 100 students and members of the
Arbor community gathered in the Hussey
Mom of the Michigan League last night, to attend
a forum on the War Crimes Tribunal for the former
Dr. Nedzib Sacirbey, ambassador-at-large for
the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, deliv-
ered the evening's keynote address. Sacirbey said
he believes in seeking justice as a means ofachiev-
ing peace.
"We are not asking for discourse in Bosnia, and
we are not asking for revenge," Sacirbey said.
e are asking for concern for human beings and
or justice."
Sacirbey attributed the start ofthe warto people
who promote hate on the basis of simple differ-
ences, and to people that learn not to understand,
but to separate.
"These people believe that Muslims, Catholics
and Greek Orthodoxes cannot live together,"

attempting to exterminate both them and that which
they have erected."
University of Florida Prof. Paul Magnarella,
who also worked in the Tribunal, stressed the
importance of the Tribunal's promotion of hu-
manitarian law. "Our situation is close to that of
the Holocaust,"Magnarella said. "The purpose of
the Tribunal is to bring alleged criminals to justice
for the aristocracies against humanity."
Magnarella said that thus far, 52 people have
been indicted for war crimes, 45 of whom are
Serbian. But Serbian and Croatian non-compli-
ance has allowed these men to roam free, even
serving in their nations' militaries, he said.
University Law student Corinne Vorenkamp,
who has worked with rape victims in the former
Yugoslavia, discussed the importance ofa witness
protection program for survivors of sexual assault.
"I have seen young women come forward and
tell their stories, and the retelling re-enacts their
trauma," Vorenkamp said. "They think that ifthey
tell their stories, people in the West will notice,

Nursing prof. wins
Golden Apple
By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
Thesearch is over for the 1996 Annual Golden Apple
Studentschose School of Nursing Prof. Carol Boyd in an
open-ballot system organized by Students Honoring Out-
standing University Teaching.
Students had to nominate "the professor whose last lecture
they would most like to hear," said SHOUT chair Michael
Kraut. Award-winners receive a cash
prize of $1,000 and the opportunity to
deliver his or her "last lecture," he said.
"Boyd is the first woman and the first
non-LSA professor to be chosen," Kraut
said. "Also this year (former University
president) Robben Fleming will be ad-
dressing the audience."
Boyd said the award meant more emo-
tionally to her than a grant or research
"Weggive gifts from the mind all the Boyd
time, but (this award) is a gift from the
heart," Boyd said. "The honor comes from students giving


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