The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 10, 1996 -2 1
loses fingers to
A studentat New England College
accidently blew off three of his own
fingers when a bomb he allegedly made
n his residence hall exploded unex-
pectedly in his left hand.
The student, senior William Hillard,
was hospitalized and "indefinitely sus-
pended" during an investigation by the
campus police, college spokesperson
Patti Osgood said.
No one else was hurt in the blast.
.Osgood said the police found 'five
*ther bombs, a handgun, an assault
rifle, heroin and cocaine in Hillard's
CSU student sues
prof. for spanking him
A former California State University
student recently settled a race-bias law-
Suit against his political science profes-
sor for $35,000. The student, Keary
Johns, who is black, sued the professor,
who is white, for spanking him with a
CSU officials said Johns had not been
attending class and was failing the
course, taught by Prof. Julian Foster.
They said that when Johns asked to
drop the course, Foster gave him two
options. Foster told the student he could
&fake an incomplete or six blows with a
Foster said he was joking about the
second option and was surprised when
Johns lowered his pants. Foster admit-
ted hitting Johns once, lightly. Foster
denied any race bias.
Associate dean runs
for scholarship money
University of Alabama students have
one man willing to go the distance for
them. The UA associate dean of student
affairs, Tony Dew, has been training to
run in next week's Boston Marathon to
raise money for university scholarships.
Dew has asked more than 300 people
to. donate $5 per mile of the 26-mile
race. He said he hopes to raise at least
$26,000 by running.
Q Dew has worked to establish the
'Emerging Leaders Scholarship"at UA
for the past five years. The recipients of
the award must be graduates of Ala-
bama high schools and participate in
campus and community programs.
MSU students to go
high-tech next fall
Next fall some students at Michigan
State University will have to use some
high-tech tools to do their homework.
The introductory course in Integra-
tive Studies in Arts and Humanities
-will require students to use CD-ROM
software for about four weeks of the
The course is required for most MSU
majors. MSU officials said they hope
the new high-tech parts of the course
sill reduce the amount of reading re-
quired for the course and alleviate the
",,white male bashing" previous students
have complained about.
The CDs will offer documents, pho-
tographs, videos, music and maps to the
students. The cost of the course has not
yet been determined.
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blame pilot for
By Kate Glickman
Daily Staff Reporter
A National Transportation Safety
Board report has concluded that pilot
error -caused the December 1994
Medflight helicopter crash that killed
three air ambulance members shortly
after lift-off from St. Joseph Mercy
Hospital in Ann Arbor.
According to the report, after one
engine died for undetermined rea-
ment that the report "is very hard fortus
to hear in view of Rick Elliott's experi-
ence, record and careful approach to his
job, but at least it's a step toward clo-
sure on this tragedy that has affected all
of us so deeply."
McCabe said there was no concern
with employee quality before or after
Wilson said that when an investiga-
tion reveals a pilot's error in a serious
DPS officer Greg Nowak, outside of the DPS office on Kipke Drive yesterday, shows off one of the department's new Dodge
Stratuses with the University block M painted on the side.
DPSacquires new Dodge
Stratuses for usle in . -p- "1'0,
sons, pilot Rich-
ard Elliot erred
and shut off the
of the Augusta
"The NTSB de-
termines the prob-
able cause(s) ofthe
accident was the
pilot's failure to
66This is not a
gFame we platy.
There .are no
winners or losers.
- Steve Wilson
news often ip-
sets families and
tained NTSB is
is not a game we
play," he said.
"There are no
winners or los-
By Marisa Ma
Daily Staff Reporter
Brand-new white sedans emblazoned
with the blue letter M and the words
'Public Safety' can be spotted around
The Department of Public Safety this
month acquired at least three new Dodge
Stratuses for use in security and patrol-
The University bought 35 new Stratuses
for about $12,000 each because the older
sedans were showing extensive wear, said
Pat Cunningham, director of the Depart-
ment of Transportation.
"We feel that the maintenance and
the general condition of the vehicles
warrant replacing the vehicles," he said.
Cunningham said the security ve-
hicles are usually replaced after three
years due to high usage.
Bob Pifer, assistant director of the
Department of Public Safety, agreed
that the cars sustain a lot of wear.
"We drive them day in and day out,"
Chris Spork, a shift lieutenant at DPS,
said, "Any fleet vehicle seems to suffer
a little less care that you give your own
Cunningham estimates that each year
more than 100 vehicles are replaced out
of the 840 in the fleet, which includes
large and small trucks, station wagons
Pifer said they are similar to the older
sedans. "(The new cars) have a different
name, but it is about the same car," he
Spork, who has driven the new cars,
said he likes the look of the Dodge
Stratus. "They're really nice-looking
cars. They smell good," he said.
Cunningham said many of the driv-
ers of the new sedans have responded
well. "They're very roomy in the back.
We have a lot of positive feedback
about the backseat and the space," he
Pifer said that the bold markings on
the cars have a purpose. "(People who
need assistance) will know right away
it's a security car," he said.
After putting out vehicle specifica-
tions to 35 dealerships in Michigan that
represent the Big Three auto compa-
nies, the University takes the lowest
bid. Cunningham said the Department
of Transportation pays comparatively
low prices for these vehicles.
Cunningham said these four-door
sedans are "the least expensive of that
size that we can buy."
successful autorotation. Factors were a
loss of engine power of one engine for
undetermined reasons, and the pilot's
shutdown of the wrong engine," the
The investigators have not con-
cluded what caused the first engine to
lose power, but said it is common
procedure for a pilot to turn off the
faulty engine before attempting a land-
One of the investigators, Steve Wil-
son, called the NTSB "kind of like an
"We call it like we see it," Wilson
The preliminary report issued by a
Chicago team determined that neither
of the two engines was running during
the crash, but both worked properly
during later tests.
"(An investigation) in many cases is
more or less a process of elimination,"
Dr. John McCabe, president of Mid-
west Medflight, said in a written state-
Wilson said investigations often lead
NTSB to install new safety measures
for airplanes and helicoptors.
Killed instantly in the crash were
Elliott, flight nurse Jan Nowacki of
Canton and flight physician Terry Raciot
of Ann Arbor.
The helicopter crashed down near
the University's North Campus at
Phillips Corporation's headquarters on
Plymouth Road near Huron Parkway.
The crash occurred at about 10 a.m.
on a weekday morning and drew a
crowd of about 200 to the site of the
The NTSB released a preliminary
accident report last month that described
the flight, the crash and the investiga-
tion in detail, but did not draw any
conclusions about its cause. The five-
member board evaluated the evidence
and ri;ached a conclusion.
1 Elliott's family could not be reached
for comment yesterday.
- The Associated Press contribted
to this report.
U' keeps big contracts with vending machine owners
By Maggie Weyhing
Daily Staff Reporter
They're large, silent, occasionally dependable
and, at times, quite expensive.
Behind each of the hundreds of vending ma-
chines located on campus is a history of negotia-
tions and contracts between the University and
those who stock the oft-eaten foodstuffs.
Philip Abruzzi, director of purchasing at the
University, said hundreds of vending companies
bid for spots at the University, so the competition
to win a contract is fierce.
"Not every company can handle our volume,"
Abruzzi said. "We are a big place and there are
high costs in providing service to a place this
large. Vending machines are not cheap -they are
heavy capital investments. The companies that
usually bid and are chosen are the major national
and regional companies."
Abruzzi said that although the process of as-
signing and setting up vending machines is the
same throughout the University, they are handled
separately hin each department. Abruzzi oversees
the machines within University buildings other
than residence halls.
Larry Durst, administrative manager of resi-
dence operations, said sales for vending machines
in residence halls are high.
"We gross about $700,000 a year from the
vending machines -that's a lot of Snickers Bars.
There is always a large demand for the machines
in the residence halls," Durst said.
He said part of the revenue from residence hall
vending machines goes back to the halls.
"From the $700,000 of revenue a year, over
$20,000 is put into residence hall governments.
Every time a South Quad resident buys a can of
pop, for example, he or she is contributing to the
funds of the residence halls and that can help
lower the rates for room and board."
LSA first-year student Julie Gottesman said she
often uses the vending machines for late-night snacks..
"I use the pop machines a lot, but I think that
the prices are too high and they are often out of
Julie Hapkiewicz, a Business senior, said she
does not often use University vending machines.
"I use the machines not more than once a month.
but I actually used the pop machine last night -I
had a dollar and thought that was enough, but I
found myself needing 10 more cents to buy a can
Durst said vending prices result from agree-
ments between the companies and the Univer-
"In working out the price we have a lot of
aspects to consider," Durst said. "we have to
make sure that the price is going to cover all the
costs involved in having a vending machine
Students and professors honored
for excellence in academics, service
By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
Two students and two faculty mem-
bers were big winners for the Univer-
sity last night. They were honored for
their outstanding contributions to the
academic community by the Michigan
Association of Governing Boards of
MAGB presented recognition cer-
tificates to the honorees at the awards
convocation in East Lansing. The hon-
orees also received recognition awards
from the state House and Senate.
LSA seniors Rick Bernstein and
Rachel Lawson received awards for
excellence in undergraduate education.
"They're both extraordinary people
who have literally poured their hearts
into making this community a better
i AIESEC Michigan, general member
meeting, 662-1690, Business Ad-
ministration Building, Room 1276,
Q American Baptist Student Fellow-
ship, free meal, meeting, 663-
9376, First Baptist Church, 512
E. Huron, 5:30 p.m.
Q Connections Support Group, for
women returning to school for
undergraduate degrees, 998-
7210, CEW Center, 330 E. Lib-
erty, daytime connections:12:15-
1:30 p.m.; evening connections:
Q Hindu Students Council, political
awareness meeting, 764-2671,
Michigan Union, Pond Room, 8
Q Latin American Solidarity Commit-
tee, meeting, 930-2684,
Union, Anderson Room, 8 p.m.
E's happening in Ann Abor
" Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club, men and
women, beginners welcome, 994-
3620, CCRB, Room 2275, 8:30-
" Taekwondo Club, beginners and
other new members welcome,
747-6889, CCRB, Room 2275, 7-
U "Behind the Wall: Stories of a
Q "Medical School Application Pro-
cess," sponsored by Career Plan-
ning and Placement, 3200 Stu-
dent Activities Building, 4:10 p.m.
Q "Strange Fruit: The Discourse of
the, Cuban Anti-Slavery
Novel," Carlos J. Alonso, lecture,
sponsored by Department of Ro-
mance Languages and Literature,
Modern Language Building, Fourth
Floor Commons, 5 p.m.
Q "Tax Workshop for International
Students," sponsored by Interna-
tional Center, North Campus Com-
mons, Boulevard Room, 4 p.m.
Q "Toward a Just and Lasting
Peace,",presentation and lecture,
sponsored by Maoist International
Movement and Revolutionary Anti-
Imperialist League, Michigan
League, Room D, time TBA
Q "The Blue Tops," jazz/blues perfor-
mance, sponsored by Pierpont Com-
mons Arts and Programs, Pierpont
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place for everyone," said Hillel Execu-
tive Director Michael Brooks. "I don't
know when they sleep."
Both students serve on the governing
board of Hillel and are members of Phi
Beta Kappa. Bernstein has served on
the Council on Disability Concerns and
is president of LSA-Student Govern-
ment. Lawson has volunteered as a ser-
vice leader for a Martin Luther King Jr.
Day project. She also organizes a drama
club at the Wayne State Correctional
Susan Alcock, associate professor of
classical archaeology and classics, and
Prof. James Wight, of the civil engi-
neering department, were honored as
Alcock has taught at the University
for four years. In this time she has
developed five courses and worked to
revise course offerings in the classics
Wight has worked extensively with
earthquake-resistant structures around
the world, from Egypt to Japan.
Both professors consistently receive
high performance evaluations from their
MAGB is a statewide organization of
governing boards of four-year public
universities in Michigan. The organi-
zation operates solely for educational
and charitable purposes and strives to
promote higher education.
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