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rhe Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 5, 1996 -= 3

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pedestrian hit by
drunk driver
A driver was arrested for driving
under the influence after he struck an
intoxicated pedestrian on South Main
Street on Saturday afternoon.
The 28-year-old driver pulled out of
the Ann Arbor Golf Course and stopped
for slow-moving traffic. As the driver
began to accelerate, a 30-year-old man
ran in front of him. The man came from
behind the Ann Arbor Transit Authority
uses parked behind the stadium,
ording to Department of Public
Safety reports.
The driver hit the man, and he land-
ed first on the hood of the vehicle and
then on the ground. Several cans of
beer flew from the pedestrian's jacket
on impact, DPS reports stated.
Police arrested the driver for DUI,
who had a 0.14-percent blood-alcohol
level. The victim was taken to the
Siversity Medical Center to be treated
minor head injuries, according to
DPS reports.
Police arrest
suspects for
stolen property
Ann Arbor Police Department officers
picked up a few suspects for receiving
and concealing stolen property Sunday.
Some of the property came from the
Michigan Union bookstore. The stolen
items, worth $208, included 10 hats and
one jacket, according to DPS reports.
The theft occurred between 2 and 4
p .1, and bookstore staff members
were~ unable to be contacted because
the store was closed.
Item stolen;
gpcovered in hall
A chord synthesizer/tuner was stolen
from a Mosher-Jordan residence hall
liiary Friday but was returned Sunday.
The item was taken between 9 p.m.
Friday and 12:45 p.m. Sunday, according
to DPS reports. The library door was
closed but unlocked during this time.
The tuner was recovered on the back
stairs of the residence hall, according to
DPS reports.
*mall lab fire
A small fire occurred when a
Uni versity graduate student's experi-
ment went awry Sunday night.
A water flow sensor failed in a pho-
tochemical reaction experiment at 8:56
p.m. Sunday, and a small fire followed.
The student extinguished the fire,
ording to DPS reports.
amage is estimated at $3,000, and
the Ann Arbor Fire Department was not
Two men destroy
two unknown men broke the glass of
a fire alarm panel in Bursley residence
hall Saturday night.
the suspects were between 5-foot-8
5-foot-l 1 and weighed 150 to 170
pounds, stated DPS reports.
The damaged fire alarm was located
on'the first floor of the residence hall,

and both suspects were last seen head-
(f from the elevator lobby to a build-
hjg exit, according to DPS reports.
Sspects break
1nto four cars
An officer discovered that four cars
had been broken into at a parking lot on
Glazier Road on Sunday.
The cars were in the reduced-rate
NC-51 lot, near the Child Care Center,
according to DPS reports.
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Anupama Reddy.

Social Work undergoes changes, growth

By Mike Haven
For the Daily
The construction on the corner of
South and East University avenues will
eventually house the School of Social
Work, currently located in the Frieze
Building. The new facility symbolizes
the changes and new outlook social
work will take on in the next millenni-
"Society is changing. We have a need
to respond to what the world might look
like in five to 10 years," said Srinika
Jayaratne, associate dean of Social
The University's School of Social
Work was

"With all the various reform initia-
tives - health care reform, welfare
reform - clients are being linked with
the resources in the communities. The
consequences will be some new
opportunities for some social work-
ers," said Paula Allen-Meares, Social
Work dean.
In response to changes in society, the
University's curriculum is being
reformed. Taken into consideration are
the resources available to the school,
student interests and the job market
after graduation, Jayaratne said.
"We are undergoing curriculum
renewal efforts, including gathering
points of view
and opinions
from faculty, per-
ry sons who are
supervisors in the
field, both cur-
-/ rent students and
graduates, and
W 2key agency per-
sonnel leaders in
the field social work,"
Meares said. "It's
re it a very inclusive
process to get
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the field is and
where it might be

year 2005, 104,000 additional human
service workers and 150,000 additional
social workers will be needed.
Social workers will need to focus on
health care services for poor families,
elderly and persons with mental illness
and retardation.

The curricu-
lum has not been updated in eight years.
The School of Social Work con-
ducts both master's and doctoral pro-
grams. To earn a master's degree, stu-
dents go through a two-year program.
There are approximately 600 students
each year.

The doctoral program currently has
86 students.
"We look for individuals who are
committed and have experience in vol-
untary work in human services."
Jayaratne said.
First-year master's student Marci
Bloch said she has always been inter-
ested in human services. "Everything
I've ever done has been related to help-
ing people," Bloch said.

To prepare for the real world stu-
dents work in agencies with clients or
doing administrative tasks. Master's
students put in about 900 hours of field
work while pursuing their degrees.
The field work covers a large range
of projects. Project Star gets students
involved with Jewish Communal
Marsha Armstrong, a second-year
master's student, works at a Community

Health Agency in Detroit. Armstrong
conducts therapy sessions for families.
and their children, performs case-man
agement services and gives discussi~on
on stress reduction.
"Seeing that the majority want thr
help and are willing to work at making
changes on their lives keeps me going,.
Armstrong said. "I get satisfaction see:
ing individuals get the help that thdyZ
need and deserve"'

Kevorkian' s lawyer
says family will not
help prosecutors

Mary Al Balber, an assistant attorney general in Minnesota, makes a point during last night's speech in Hutchins Hall. She is
one speaker slated for the Native American Heritage Month.
Native Americanattorney
1*sCue speaksoniso

By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
Loud, booming drum beats shook the
usually silent halls of the Law School's
Hutchins Hall last night.
The music was accompanied by an
Honors Song chanted in the
Menominee language in tribute to Mary
Al Balber, an assistant attorney general
in Minnesota who spoke to students last
night. Five of the Treetown Singers, a
group of local Native American per-
formers, participated in the chant.
Balber, who is part of the Red Cliff
band of the Ojibwe Indians, spoke to
almost 30 people about her experiences
with today's court system, which she
said frequently discriminates against
Native Americans.

Balber was one of the first speakers
to come to campus during Native
American Heritage Month, which runs
through the end of November.
"This month we're very excited
about people like Mary Al, Ada Deer --
strong voices for our people." said
Shannon Martin, Native American
coordinator for the Office of Multi-
Ethnic Student Affairs.
Students said they were glad to hear
from a positive Native American role
"I thought it was inspiring to see a
Native American woman in such a pow-
erful position," said Joe Reilly, a first-
year student in the School of Natural
Resources. "I think it's true that Native
Americans are a silent majority, espe-

cially on campus."
Balber touched on many topics,
including legal issues concerning the
Native American community and the
lack of American Indian judges on
Minnesota high courts.
She said the legal system is not as
fair as many believe.
"I witnessed first-hand the bias and
prejudice practiced against (Native
Americans)," she said.
Balber said one troubling issue fac-
ing Native American families is the
astonishing number of children who are
taken from their homes and placed in
foster care each year, despite the Indian
Child Welfare Act of 1978.
Often, customs unique to the Native
American community can be per-
ceived by non-Indian social workers
as neglect or abuse. For example,
Balber said, sage burning - common
among Native American families -
can be mistaken for marijuana, and
women who cite domestic violence in
the courts are often seen as unfit
"Our children were being yanked,"
Balber said.

Kevorkian's attorney confirmed yester-
day that his client attended the August
death of an Ionia woman suffering from
multiple sclerosis.
At a news conference yesterday,
Geoffrey Fieger also said that some rel-
atives of Loretta,
Peabody would
not cooperate with
an lonia County
grand jury's inves-
tigation into her4
In harsh terms,
Fieger condemned
lonia County'
Raymond Voet and Kevorkian
Oakland County
Prosecutor Richard Thompson, saying
they were harassing Kevorkian and
Peabody's family.
"In Michigan, and perhaps else-
where, patients autonomy and privacy
is protected," Fieger said. "In the case
of Loretta Peabody, her privacy was
violated by Dick Thompson and the
Ionia County persecutor.
"Do you think she was the victim of
herself, or her sister or her father?"
Fieger said. "Mr. Voet is being disin-
genuous and dishonest. ... The family of
Loretta Peabody is not going to partici-
pate in the harassment of Dr.
Peabody died Aug. 30, and a death
certificate filed four days later by her
physician, Dr. Douglas Poff of Lyons,
ruled the 54-year-old woman died of
natural causes. No autopsy was con-
ducted, and her body was cremated.
Voet's investigation stems from a
Sept. 6 raid by Royal Oak police of a
meeting between Kevorkian and a
Fresno, Calif., woman. That woman,
Isabel Correa, died the next day in
Kevorkian's presence.
During the raid, police seized a
videotape showing adconference
between Kevorkian and Peabody,
taped in her kitchen the day she died.
During the news conference, Fieger
showed that tape, along with one
Peabody sent to Kevorkian asking for
his help.

In the tape she sent to Kevorkian,
dated Aug. 26, Peabody pleaded for his;
help, saying she was turning into a.
"vicious, nasty woman.
"I appreciate your time and your
efforts to help people in my situation,
she said. "There is nothing I can do fob
myself, and 1 can't do this anymore.
"I've fought this as long as I could
fight it and if it wasn't for you 1 don't
know what I'd do."
On the consultation tape, Kevorkiarn
asks questions from out of view, while
Peabody sits in her wheelchair. Her
started by asking her about her condi4
tion, and having her make a fist, whiclh
Peabody does with some effort.
During the viewing, Joe Peabody,
Loretta's husband, started crying.
"What is it that you want to do now?'
Kevorkian asked Peabody.
"I want to leave," she responds.
"Isn't there anything in your life
worth going on for despite your inca*
pacitation?" Kevorkian asks.
Peabody's tearful response: "I can't
do it anymore. I just can't."
At the end of the interview, Peabody
signs some forms, and Kevorkian asks
her family if they have any more quest
"Everybody has a different tolerance
level, Loretta, and you're the only one
who can determine where it is,"'
Kevorkian said.
"I just can't do it anymore," she
"Fine," Kevorkian said.
Fieger said Joe Peabody and his
daughter, Teresa Helms, had been sub=
poenaed, but would not cooperate with
the grand jury and were not concerned
with any possible legal fallout.
"Thompson and Voet can come
through us," Fieger said.
Voet refused to comment this after-
noon. Earlier, he said the grand jury's
job will be to determine what happened
inside the house and whether charges
should be filed.
"It is uncertain what will be able to
be sustained in a court of law," the pros-
ecutor said. "Still, too, exists a question
of what the public wants with regards to
enforcement of the common-law crime
assisting suicide.:

Robert Rodriguez is the co-chair of La Voz Mexicana. This was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.
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