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ralth top
concern
for VHS
By egan Schimpf -
Daily N$E Editor
At some time during their stay at the
9iversity, most students will be seri-
ously ill or injure themselves badly
enough to warrant going to the doctor.
For most of those students, the home-
town doctor is replaced by University
Health Service, a health-care facility
offering many outpatient services.
All currently enrolled students are eli-
gible for the services UHS, located at
207 Fletcher St., provides.
UHS is funded largely through a fee
*dents pay as part of their tuition every
term. No services provided by any
other center are covered by the health
service fee, including those at Universi-
ty Hospitals.
Students needing medical treatment
should call 764-8325 to make an
appointment, which cuts waiting time.
Walk-in patients are also welcome.
UHS is staffed by licensed medical
clinicians, nurse practitioners, physician
Osistants and registered nurses.
Not all visits to UHS involve serious
injury or illness. UHS services also
include allergy shots, immunizations, eye
care and a dietician.
. As the primary medical center for stu-
dents on campus, UHS does programs on
health education ranging from body
image to alcohol to drug abuse. The talks
are offered at no charge to University
groups and residence halls.
Most medical concerns, including
*vers, sore throats, sprained ankles and
rashes, are handled through the general
medical clinics. Confidential HIV, preg-
nancy and sexually transmitted disease
testing are also available.
-X-rays are taken in the second-floor
radiology clinic.
A gynecology clinic offers annual
physical examinations, contraceptive
advice, and sexually transmitted disease
agnosis and treatment.
The UHS pharmacy can fill most pre-
scriptions, in addition to some over-the-j
counter medications.
After an injury, diagnosis and recov-
ery, students can use the rehabilitation
and physical therapy center at UHS.
While UHS does not offer dental care,
students can call the University School of
Dentistry at 764-1516 for appointments.
Most counseling services are provided
o University students by the Counseling
d Psychological Services, located in
the Michigan Union.

DPS responsible for campus s ety

By Sam T Dudek
Daily Staff Reporter
The library closes. You head back to East Quad
after a long night of studying. You drearily slumber
to your room to catch a little sleep before tomor-
row's test. But wait! Your stereo is missing. Your TV
is gone too. You've been robbed! What do you do
now?
It is time to call the University's official police
force - the Department of Public Safety. DPS has
served as the University's police department since
1990.
Since that time, the department has fought crime
and protected campus, but also stirred up some con-
troversy along the way.
HISTORY
Prior to 1990, the University's safety was ensured
by security officers, not police officers. Security
officers could not make arrests and did not carry
guns.
Anytime campus security needed police help, it
had to call the Ann Arbor Police Department for
assistance. Many believed this system did not work.
A 1990 survey found that 62 percent of Univer-
sity affiliates were afraid to walk at night alone and
81 percent of women were concerned about being
sexually assaulted on campus. The University
administration was also concerned about slow
response times by AAPD officers.
A March 1990 task force determined that "all
major crimes, with the exception of murder" were
a problem at the University. The task force also con-
cluded that "organization and management of cam-
pus safety and security activities is highly decen-
tralized and somewhat uncoordinated."
The University had heard enough - in June
1990 the University Board of Regents voted 6-to-l
in favor of establishing a University
police force.
And DPS was formed. ODPS
By becoming a legitimate police
force, DPS officers were trained as emph
police officers and not simply securi-
ty officers. They were now permitted Pr e
to make arrests and carry guns.
Ann Arbor had a new crime-fight- and
ing agency.

FILE PHOTO
Greg Nowak, an Ann Arbor native and a Department of Public Safety officer, shows one of the new Dodge Stratuses DPS began using in April. The cars
have a block "M" painted on the side.

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SERVICES
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emergency," said DPS spokesperson Elizabeth
Hall. "When you pick it up, you connect directly to
DPS dispatch."
Although DPS discourages students from walk-
ing alone at night, they have strategically placed the
telephones throughout campus for
students in danger.
Hall said that even if the student
is unable to speak, whenever the
lsiZes phone is knocked off the hook,
DPS will respond.
itonTo help students and faculty bet-
ter protect themselves and their
belongings, DPS has distributed
fliers and implemented programs
Lion, to better ensure safety.
zabeth Hall Programs, including the Build-
ing Watch Program and Communi-
)kesperson ty Oriented Policing, were
designed to allow people get
involved in preventing crimes.
"DPS emphasizes prevention and education,"
Hall said.
Hall said students need to be aware of steps they
can take to protect their belongings. Larceny was
the most prevalent crime on campus last year.
DPS suggests students lock their rooms whenev-
er they leave, lock their bikes, lock their cars and
report any suspicious persons or activities.
Statistics show crime on campus has steadily
declined since DPS was formed.

In 1990, more than 2,600 crimes were
reported to DPS, including 2,213 larcenies.
Each year since, the number has gone down.
By 1994, the total number of crimes had
declined 23 percent from the 1990 total. Only ML
last year did the campus crime rate rise slightly.
R
CONTROVERSY
Like any other law enforcement agency,
DPS has had to face its fair share of contro-
versy.
The fall of 1990 saw some of the largest stu-To
dent protests on campus since the 1960s. Many
students felt threatened by a police force con-
trolled by the University.
Rallies and sit-ins were held to protest the depu-
tization of campus security. Students voiced their
concerns about the new power the University
gained from DPS.
Then-Michigan Student Assembly President Jen-
nifer Van Valey told The Michigan Daily in Sep-
tember 1990 that the regents were using DPS to
serve their "own repressive agenda."
"They're trying to make us believe deputizationr
is for our own safety," she said.
Van Valey claimed DPS was formed as a way for
the University to keep a better eye on students.
More recently, DPS has been the center of atten-
tion since the arrest of John Matlock, director of the
office of academic multicultural initiatives.

authorized DPS officers is the task of
fighting and preventing crime on Uni-
versity property and protecting anyone affiliated
with the University.
If a crime is committed on University property,
DPS should be contacted.
The department has implemented a number of
programs designed to prevent and fight crime.
One of the most noticeable of these programs is
the blue emergency telephones located across
campus.
"The blue phones are for students to report an

Two DPS officers arrested the OAMI director at
a charity basketball event for allegedly assaulting an
officer.
The misdemeanor charges were later dismissed
on the morning jury selection was to begin after the
two officers wrote a letter to the judge asking that
the charges be dropped.
But, still, the arrest brought changes to DPS,
including the restructuring of an oversight commit-
tee to better monitor the department.
The Department of Public Safety has worked to
help fight crime on the University campus. Meeting
some problems along the way, DPS has been suc-
cessful in lowering crime on campus.
So if you find your stereo is missing or someone
is following you, the next step is to call DPS

SA
ntinued from Page 1C
said after the election..
MSA candidates run independently or,
on a party ticket. While the institution of
itical parties on a college campus is
metimes criticized for obscuring issues,
some members maintain the system
avoids hosting a popularity contest and
assures issues do get discussed.
"How can you not run with parties?
Humans naturally group themselves
together," said Matt Curin during his
campaign for MSA vice president last
semester. "You can't win without a party."
The last election increased the party
count on the assembly to five, bringing
a few more independent representa-
" Ives. Representatives from the United
People's Coalition and the Liberty Party
joined members of the Michigan Party,
the Students' Party and the Wolverine
Party as the Michigan Party Rose-Mehta
administration took the reins last April.
The assembly members serve on vari-
ous MSA committees and commissions,
drafting resolutions and lobbying pro-
*,osals -activities that eventually culmi-
ate at Tuesday night meetings in MSA
chambers, located in 3909 Michigan
Union.
The meetings, however, are a chance to
debate, discuss and share the work mem-
bers conduct outside the office. The com-
mittees and commissions range from the

Budget Priorities Committee, which
hears requests for student groups funding
and recommends allocations to various
organizations, to the International Student
Affairs Commission, which deals with
issues facing international students at the
University. Members also take part in
committees that lobby in Lansing and
Washington, D.C., for higher education,
environmental and other issues.
However, elected representatives
aren't the only ones doing committee
work on campus. The Campus Gover-
nance Committee appoints and recom-
mends students to serve on University
committees with faculty and adminis-
trators across campus. CGC was instru-
mental in interviewing and selecting the
assembly's nominees for the Presidential
Search Advisory Committee. One was
chosen by Provost J. Bernard Machen to
serve on the committee.
The assembly's relationship with the
University administration is a tenuous
one. While the assembly assures con-
stituents it will bring student concerns to
the forefront, it must maintain a stable
and working relationship with adminis-
trators and the regents. In the past, MSA
parties have accused each other of
everything from courting administrators
to concentrating too much on opposition
to make any strides in University policy.
"We are concerned with students; we
are not primarily concerned with inter-
nal student government," Rose said dur-

ing last semester's campaign.
MSA now does more than bring stu-
dent issues to the table at monthly
regents' meetings - it sits at the table.
Last year MSA secured a non-voting
seat at the table for its president, who
delivers biannual "state of MSA"
addresses to the regents.
During last April's meeting, Rose
delivered the MSA address. Then-Presi-
dent James Duderstadt praised the evolu-
tion of the regents-MSA relationship.
"The relations between the Michigan
student body and the University Board
of Regents has been continually improv-
ing," Duderstadt said.

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