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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 3, 1996 - 3

Advice submission angers GEO members

TWO juveniles
arrested for
vandalism
Two male teen-agers were allegedly
Freaking into cars on East Madison
Street in front of South Quad on
Sunday evening.
1PS officers caught the juveniles
after a foot chase.
Damage to the vehicles included one
broken side window, and the owner was
notified, DPS reports stated.
Witnesses told DPS that the 18-year-
old youth "kicked out the side window"
d the 16-year-old youth "reached in
and removed compact discs," DPS
reports stated. The CDs were later
recovered during the chase.
The 18-year-old suspect was arrested
for auto larceny, and he already had an
outstanding warrant for impaired dri-
ving. The 16-year-old suspect was
processed but later released to relatives.
Hit-and-run driver
."amages car
An owner reported that her car
received extensive damages last
Wednesday when she parked it on
Nichols Drive.
The car was parked on the street
between 1:30 and 8 a.m., according to
Department of Public Safety reports.
The corner of her bumper had been
peeled away from the car's main frame,
.nd there were several scratches on the
ted section of the car, DPS reports
stated.
The owner said she noticed broken
pieces of a turn signal light cover and a
parking light cover on the pavement
behind and under her damaged car. No
other vehicles had any damage to the
headlight area, DPS reports stated.
DPS has no suspects in the case.
t redit card used
audulently
A staff member of the economics
department reported that a credit card
was used and the bill was mailed to the
department under the member's name
last Tuesday.
The card was used in California,
Texas and Livonia, Mich., between
Oct. 30 and Nov. 13. The caller told
PS that more than $4,700 was
Wharged during this time.
DPS does not know how the credit
card was obtained through the depart-
ment, and it has no suspects in the case.
Windows broken
in the Union
A Michigan Union manager report-
d that someone broke some of the
indows in Union lounges Sunday
night.
ivo window panes of the double
doors to the Art Lounge were smashed
with a metal sign post, according to
DPS reports.
DPS arrested no suspects in the case.
Disorderly people
disturb residents
About five or six people allegedly
ran down halls and knocked on resi-
..ents' doors in Couzens Hall early last
wednesday morning.
r ..:A caller told DPS that he saw some-
:ne let the group of non-residents into
he dorm, and he said they appeared to
be intoxicated.

The incident occurred at 2:28 a.m.
Wednesday, according to DPS reports.
ictim's finger
stuck in sander
A victim's finger became stuck in a
disc sander last Monday afternoon in
the G.G. Brown Building on North
Campus.
The victim was transported to the
empergency room at the University
Medical Center, according to DPS
orts.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Anupama Reddy.

1y Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
Advice Magazine aims to provide students with
information about their potential classes and pro-
fessors each term - but this semester the publica-
tion may have angered some of those same
instructors.
Members of the Graduate Employees
Organization have protested an anonymous article
that, among other things, likens an unnamed
Architecture teaching assistant to a rat, brands him
as a possible Nazi sympathizer and wishes for his
murder.
Advice Editor in Chief Suzanna Young said she
did not think the submission would come off as
offensive.
"I made the decision to put it in because I didn't
think it was offensive' she said. "I'm sorry if it
offended anyone in any way."
GEO Organizer Tamara Joseph said the submis-
sion should not have made it onto the Advice

pages.
"We feel that it is extremely inappropriate for
any University-sponsored publication to be print-
ing homicidal fantasies about graduate assistants,"
Joseph said. "I find it honestly surprising that
something like that was published - it seems like
a huge oversight."
The article also angered members of the
Michigan Student Assembly, which funds the pub-
lication.
Rackham Rep. John Lopez said the article
should not have appeared in an MSA-sponsored
publication.
"The more I thought about it, the more I
realized that this is something the student gov-
ernment shouldn't be paying for," Lopez said.
"I appreciate all of the work that has been
done on Advice, but this is one of those cases
when power is concentrated in the hands of
too few people."
During last Tuesday's meeting, the assembly

passed changes to the MSA Compiled Code that
will create an Advice Magazine editorial board to
discuss all submissions before they go to press.
"There needs to be a mechanism in place that
will make a diversity of opinions available,"Lopez
said. "(MSA's) Academic Affairs committee and
the rest of the assembly can find people who will
want to be a part of (the editorial board), and who
want to make sure journalistic integrity and
responsibility is maintained."
An Advice editorial board is scheduled to be in
place for the next edition of the magazine, which
is due out in the spring.
Young said the establishment of the board is
unrelated to the publishing of the article.
"The board has nothing to do with the arti-
cle that was published - they created it
because my assistant and I had to tackle the
whole project, which was too much work,"
Young said. "It's not going to be a censor
board - there will just be more people to do

the work."
Joseph said the editorial board would ensure
nothing like this was published again.
"This was an oversight and I think the board
will be a significant guard against this hap-
pening again," Joseph said. "But I think
Advice owes every GSI on campus an apolo-
gy."
Advice, which is published shortly before
CRISP season begins, rates professors, teaching
assistants and a variety of courses on numerical
scales. The scales are based on data collected from
past course and instructor evaluations.
But some students said they had never heard of
Advice.
"It sounds like a good idea - I spent my first
year at Michigan State and they had a guide which
helped me a lot," said LSA junior Christine Renn.
"I'd never heard of anything like that here and I
was kind of bummed when I got here and there
wasn't one available."

Undergrad
education
still tops
faculty list
By David Rossman
Daily Staff Reporter
University interim President Homer
Neal met with members of the Senate
Advisory Committee on University
Affairs yesterday to discuss issues of
faculty concern.
Neal's discussion with the faculty
governing body included comments
on the University's continued dedica-
tion to improving undergraduate
education.
This month, a committee consist-
ing of faculty, administrators and
one Michigan Student Assembly
member will meet to study ways the
University could improve relations
between students and faculty in
order to foster increased learning
opportunities.
"We have had many students who,
after spending four years here, tell
the world that they haven't devel-
oped a close enough relationship
with a faculty member to ask for a
letter of recommendation," Neal
said.
With President-select Lee Bollinger
arriving on campus Jan. 1, Neal said he
will not be able to continue to face this
challenge head-on.
"This was an issue I intended to fol-
low," Neal said. "But it will have to be
passed to Bollinger."
Some faculty members expressed
concern about increasing attention to
individual students in undergraduate

'U'Law students
take their skills
to Southeast Asia

N Participants help to
rebuild Cambodian
legal system
By Stephanie Powell
Daily StaffReporter
In an effort to rebuild Cambodia's
faltering legal system, three University
students traveled to Southeast Asia last
summer through the Law School's new
Cambodian Law and Development pro-
gram.
The students, who were involved in
creating new legal standards for
Cambodian elections, worked in
Cambodia's public defender's office
and with Legal Aid of Cambodia, a
group that provides legal assistance to
the poor.
Law Prof. Peter Hammer, who runs
the program, said the University's help
is a necessary part of Cambodia's

system.
"The people are so incredibly
resilient and willing to do new things,'
Jaidi said. "It was surprising they would
be so upbeat."
Hammer also wants people to under-
stand the complete trauma that
occurred in Cambodia.
"There was horrific, substantial
genocide and a conscious effort to
destroy all of the social institutions, such
as banks and hospitals," Hammer said.
Jaidi said it is important that students
are trying to make a difference because
the freedom of Cambodian people is at
risk.
"Given no real legal system it is
important to go over and implement a
law system so that people's rights can
be protected," Jaidi said.
Several students in the program
did not go to Cambodia but partici-
pated in research of the countrys
legal system while studying at thkc
University.
Virgin ia
our Gordan, direc-
tor of the Law
,&&..S c h o o I 's

JOHN KRAFT/Daily
Interim President Homer Neal spoke to the members of SACUA yesterday on vari-
ous issues, including the University's effort to improve undergraduate education.
One main concern is about the student-professor relationship.

education, citing time and financial
constraints.
"What are the resources we have
to do this for our students?" asked
SACUA member Don Deskins. "To
give a student personalized attention
is almost like preparing for another
class."
SACUA Chair Thomas Dunn
agreed that there is a need for fur-
ther discussion about the implemen-
tation of programs that facilitate
intimate student involvement with
faculty.
"These (programs) have costs,"
Dunn said. "Also, when you are talk-

ing one-on-one, it is a time-consum-
ing matter for both sides."
Participants in the Undergraduate
Initiatives Committee will discuss
ways to reduce stereotypes of large
research universities.
Neal spoke of an environment he
would like to see at the University
- one where students in a large lec-
ture hall would feel free to raise
their hands and ask questions.
"This committee will be able to
explore what's possible," he said.
However, Neal added that he is
unsure what changes will result
from such discussion.

reconstruction.
"The premise
of the project is
to try and provide
a forum for peo-
ple in Cambodia
to the resources
that they current-
ly don't have,"
Hammer said.
Beginning in
1975, the legal
system of
Cambodia was
destroyed under
Khmer Rouge, a
C o m m u n i s t
regime backed
by the Viet
Cong. The
regime took
power in
Cambodia and
destroyed
libraries, banks
and hospitals.
Legislators,
judges and
lawyers were also
leave the country.

61Throug
- .e m - .w .

resouus atu
University we can
make a
contribution that's
useful to different
groups of people
in Cambodia that
make requests for
uS'"

Students do their homework
to find college scholarships

International
G r a d u a t e
Office, said
Cambodia is
in the process
of building :a
legal systei
from the
ground up.
This program
allows stu-
dents the
opportunity to
participate in
and learn
about the
legal system
of Cambodila,
she said.'
"Through
our resources at
the University,

-Virginia Gordan
Director of Law School

DETROIT (AP) - For high school
students looking to go on to college,
getting in is only part of the battle -
finding a way to pay for it can be just as
tough.
For Ebony Reed, it wasn't easy. It
took persistence, sacrifice and hours
every Saturday morning in the
Southfield library, looking up scholar-
ships and writing letters of application.
Now, as a first-year student at the
University of Missouri, her college
financial future is secure. She won
$85,000 in scholarships to pay for near-
ly all of her expenses for a four-year
stint at an out-of-state school.
Reed estimates she applied for 150
scholarships since she started research-
ing them during her sophomore year.
She mailed the bulk of them during the
summer between her junior and senior
years.
"I knew I wouldn't get federal
money;' she said, explaining that both
her parents work. So she applied for

private merit-based scholarships -
money that students don't have to pay
back.
"You have to apply for a lot and do a
lot of research. I never thought I'd get
this much. I was hoping for enough for
tuition."
Reed, a Southfield-Lathrup High
school graduate, earned a 3.6 grade-
point average and what she describes as
average test scores.
But she won several journalism
scholarships, including one suggested
to her by a friend. She recommends net-
working with other students to find out
about scholarships.
Alfredine Wiley, head of counseling
at Detroit's Cass Technical High
School, says that even students who
won't qualify for student aid should fill
out the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid. They should then send the
FAFSA form to the financial aid office
of the school the student will attend.
Thinking she wouldn't qualify for

federal aid, Wiley didn't file a form for
her child. Later she ran into trouble
applying for a loan, because a form
wasn't on file.
Other schools, such as Ivy League
colleges and private schools, also will
request a financial aid profile.
"When tuition costs more than
$20,000, people can have need based
on serious incomes," Wiley said. "You
can make a lot of money and still have
need for a Harvard or a Yale."
Most college counselors seem to
agree the FAFSA is a crucial document
for students to complete. That sole doc-
ument, which will require tax returns
from 1996, is the key to federal grants,
loans and work-study programs.
Judith Harper, director of financial
aid for the University of Michigan, sug-
gests comparing loans, grants and
work-study with the cost of attending to
understand the real costs.
"High school counselors are good at
understanding this," she said.

International
killed or forced to

Graduate Office

In addition to his role at the Law
School, Hammer went to Cambodia
and worked there for three years to
develop a public defender system.
"It is incredibly rewarding and ful-
filling because the need is so great
there," Hammer said.
Law second-year student Myriam
Jaidi, who went to Cambodia last sum-
mer, said the people were positive
despite their lack of a standard legal

we can make a contribution that's use-
ful to different groups of people in
Cambodia that make requests for us,"
Gordan said. "And at the same time it
creates a useful learning opportunity
for our students."
The program also aims to develop
a directory that takes inventory of
the legal work underway in
Cambodia, to oversee the maiite-
nance of the country's legal
resources and to establish an archive
of Cambodian legal materials.

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