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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 31, 1997 - 3

Two separate
thefts occur at
A caller reported to the Department
Of Public Safety that several items had
been stolen from his locker at the
Central Campus Recreation Building
during the weekend.
The items included more than $100
in cash, several credit cards, his driver's
license and his clothes. DPS is current-
ly investigating but has no suspects.
The second incident occurred
Monday on the main gym floor. The
caller reported his unattended basketball
nd wallet were stolen, according to
W)PS reports. DPS has no suspects.
Peeping Tom
spotted at dorm
A caller reported that a suspicious
.man was peeking through her first-
floor window at Bursley Hall.
According to DPS reports, the sus-
pect was wearing a dark-colored, heavy
,inter jacket; sunglasses and a scarf
around his face.
The suspect proceeded to knock on
her window screen and run. DPS has
no suspects.
MLB employee
exposes himself
A caller reported that a permanent
-employee at the Modern Languages
Building exposed himself to a tempo-
ry student employee on Monday.
The suspect was warned and will be
-interviewed by DPS on the matter,
which will be handled internally
according to DPS reports.
Resident disturbs
A resident of Stadium Palace
partment Complex called the Ann
or Police Department reporting that
a fellow resident on the second floor was
causing a disturbance by blasting his
music and arguing with his girlfriend.
This is the second incident with the
resident, who was recently arrested for
allegedly threatening to set fire to the
complex, according to AAPD reports.
Burglars victimize
elderly again
A second incident of burglary from
an elderly resident was reported to
AAPD on Tuesday night.
According to AAPD, the caller was
approached by two men who claimed
they were offering free cleaning ser-
vices. The men matched the description
of suspects from an earlier burglary.
Several items, including vases, crys-
i sculptures and two paintings worth
ore than $3,000, were stolen. The
suspects were spotted in a purple truck.
AAPD has no suspects.
Vandalism occurs
at Markley
Two acts of vandalism took place at
Mary Markley Residence Hall.
A caller reported to DPS that a resi-
dent's room was broken into and the
Woor was vandalized. A carving of what
s believed to be a gang symbol and an
obscene gesture were found.

A resident adviser reported the sec-
ond incident when he found the first-
floor lounge "completely destroyed."
The lounge was covered with graffiti
=Id broken chair parts. DPS has no
a uspects for either incident.
,Man disturbs
A caller reported to AAPD that an
intoxicated man was disturbing several
customers at the West Stadium
McDonald's on Tuesday night. The sus-
pect was speaking in gibberish, accord-
W jing to AAPD reports.
g He had apparently gone to
McDonald's to "blow off steam" and
accidentally broke a window. AAPD
scorted him to University Health
ervice and later arrested him.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Ajit K. Thavarajah.


calls first witness as plaintiffs rest in suit

Judge dismisses a
juror, leaving I alter-
By Ericka M. Smith
and Ajit K. Thavarajah
Daily Staff Reporters
Yesterday brought the close of the
plaintiff's case and the University's first
witness to the stand, but not before
University attorney Tim Howlett asked
the court to dismiss the discrimination
charges filed by three former employ-
ees of the Dental School. -
"The failure of the prosecution to
show burden of proof is quite evident.
Therefore I move that the charges
against Ms. (Linda Vachon) DeMarco
and the University be dropped, your
honor," Howlett said.
Washtenaw County District Court
Judge Donald Shelton denied the motion.
Dawn Mitchell, Delano Isabelle and
Theresa Atkins claim DeMarco, their
supervisor at the time, discriminated
against them in a 1995 firing.

When the proceedings continued,
Shelton dismissed a juror, citing a con-
nection between a plaintiff and the juror.
The dismissed juror had told the
judge she and Atkins' husband had been
co-workers 27 years ago.
"I feel compelled to excuse (juror No.
8),' Shelton said. The jury now stands at
seven - six plus one alternate.
Taking the stand for the University,
former Dental School employee
Katherine Cardew testified that she
worked with the plaintiffs at the school
from September to December 1994.
Cardew said she did not like the
plaintiffs because she thought they were
slow and lazy on the job.
"They thought they could sit on their
butts and not work;" Cardew said. "I
worked with three black persons before
and we didn't have any problems."
On cross examination, defense attor-
ney George Washington implied
Cardew was a racist and that she set up
her three black co-workers to be fired
with DeMarco's help.
When Washington asked Cardew if

"some of (her) best friends are black,"
Cardew said yes.
Former Dental School employees
Emily Whorton and Wanda Gates testi-
fied on behalf of the three plaintiffs.
Whorton, who was on a 30-day tem-
porary employment basis in December
1995, said there were discriminatory
practices toward non-white employees
at the Dental School.
"When I originally got the job, I
noticed that temporary white employees
were allowed to do less physical jobs.
The distribution of work was unfair,"
Whorton said. "I complained to Linda
(DeMarco) because I thought it was a
question of black and white."
During cross-examination, Howlett
asked Whorton if she had ever received
counseling for making racial comments
toward white employees. Whorton
denied this statement but later confirmed
that she had said, "I wish I was white."
Two relatives of the plaintiffs were in
court today to testify on behalf of their
respective family members.
Corine Hughes, Isabelle's cousin,

said the suspension caused severe
emotional and physical distress for
"He used to be a caring, very fun-lov-
ing person but after the decision he
began to gain weight, wear the same out-
fits and keep to himself," Hughes said. "I
was alarmed when I saw cuts on his
arms. I could tell that this situation was
very serious and he needed to get help."
While Washington argued about
alterations in his clients' character,
Howlett objected to the testimony
claiming it violated hearsay laws but
Shelton overruled his attempts.
Howlett did not question either of the
plaintiffs' family members.
The plaintiffs' attorney submitted the
videotaped testimony of Terrence
Chung, a former student-employee and
Dental School alum.
Chung said he was never questioned
about the events that took place Nov.
29, 1994, when the plaintiffs allegedly
left work before they were scheduled to.
Atkins claims she had left early with the
Isabelle's aid because of severe back

pains. Mitchell maintains she never left
her work area.
"Dawn had claimed she had not been
feeling well. Her supervisor, Mr.
Sheperd, had stepped out for a few min-
utes and was to return shortly after,"
" Chung said. "Dawn said she was not
feeling well and went home without
punching out."
"An investigation followed soon
after and I was once asked to testify
but was unable to attend," he said.
"They made the decision without
much consideration."
Howlett brought earlier testimony by
Chung that said that it was common
practice for the three to leave early.
Washington contended it was the
usual practice of his clients to leave
work early and it was not kept secret
from DeMarco.
Dental School employee Veratee
Prince said she has worked for the
University for 26 years and has never
been "aware" employees being allowed
to leave early because of a missed break.
The trial resumes today at 8 a.m.

Faculty members
pay tribute to

By Janet Adamy
Daily Staff Reporter
University facult'
applauding outgoing
Homer Neal as he lea
ductive relationship w
The faculty's gover
Monday to send a r
thanking him for his w
with the faculty during
Prof. Bunyan Brya
the Senate
Committee on
Affairs and an
SNRE professor,
said he thought
Neal's relation-
ship with the fac-
ulty was "out-
"I think he real-

time listening to faculty members than
former President James Duderstadt did.
y members are "I think (former) President
interim President Duderstadt tended to feel that the facul-
ves behind a pro- ty weren't capable of making a quick
ith the faculty. decision, and he was probably right;'
rning body voted D'Alecy said. "However, that's not a
esolution to Neal reason for not listening to them:'
illingness to work Faculty members said they appreciat-
g the past year. ed Neal's willingness to talk openly
nt, a member of with faculty on issues including the
Mandate and
the Agenda for
"There was a Women.
"It kind of
feeling of mutual was a breath of
espect D fresh air;' said
- Bunyan Bryant Thomas Dunp,
SNRE professor a chmsy
"He's just wil:l-

University wrestler Airron Richardson and field hockey player Sandra Richardson display the new poster to discourage vio-
lence in relationships. The poster uses the faces of high-profile student athletes to send the message.
Athletes put their image to work

By Matthew Rochkind
Daily Staff Reporter
A group of University student ath-
letes are using their high-profile images
- and putting their faces on local
posters - to convince people that
rough, aggressive behavior has no place
in relationships.
The University's President's Task
Force on Violence Against Women
unveiled its poster yesterday as part of a
three-stage campaign targeted at the
student body and beyond.
"We wanted to create and provide a
message not only to the University
community, but to the community at
large;' said Wendy Powell, a member of
the 2-year-old task force. "Aggression
belongs on the playing fields and not in
personal relationships."
Four of the seven student athletes -
the rest had conflicts such as classes -
spoke in an equally dedicated and
focused manner about their personal
involvement in the program.
Heavyweight wrestler Airron
Richardson said playing rough sports is
not an excuse for violence, but that

being in the public eye as a player is a
reason to speak out.
"It's about time the University used
the familiar faces of the Athletic
Department to speak out on social
issues" he said.
"Sometimes it's easy to fall back on
being aggressive on the field to find an
excuse for irresponsible behavior. It's
important that we don't allow people to
give excuses for that," Richardson said.
About 40 group leaders from campus
organizations attended the unveiling
and received posters, the first stage of
the campaign.
The second stage is plastering the
posters up in a variety of places around
campus. Randall Juip, president of the
Residence Halls Association, said he
would help in the next stage.
"I want to make sure the house coun-
cil sees this," he said, referring to the
poster. "It's probably long overdue."
While the campaign is addressing
serious concerns, the athletes said the
poster does not mean the end of speak-
ing out against violence in relation-
ships. An emotional Amy Johnson, a

University basketball player, said there
is a lot of ground to cover.
"It's not going to be enough until it
stops;' she said of violence in social sit-
uations. "I have seen it in my family. I
have heard about it with my friends. It's
not going to be enough until kids don't
have to see it when they're very young."
The poster features snapshots of the
student athletes, next to action photos
of competitions. Each athlete also has a
quote on the poster, all under the title,
"Michigan Student Athletes Talk About
Violence in Relationships."
The third stage of the campaign is
taking the message to younger children.
"We want to tell kids that violence is
unacceptable at a young age," Powell
said. Students involved with conflict-
resolution groups from Ann Arbor and
Plymouth high and middle schools
attended the event.
Social Work Prof. Daniel Saunders,
co-chair of the task force, estimated 30
percent of college women were involved
in a violent relationship, but said the task
force was "designing a survey to find out
the prevalence of incidents."

ly cared to involve faculty in decisions
and at least always considered their
input,' Bryant said. "It's too bad he
couldn't become president because he
did a lot for the academic community"
Bryant said Neal took the time to
meet with the faculty senate for 30-45
minutes each month.
"He informed us of a lot of things
that were going on with education;'
Bryant said. "There was a feeling of
mutual respect, a sense of commitment.
A very positive relationship - a lot of
positive energy."
Physiology Prof. Lou D'Alecy, a
SACUA member, said Neal spent more

ing, anxious and able to discuss openly
things that don't need to be discussed
behind closed doors."
Dunn said Neal did a good job. f
addressing the issue of bonuses giveiio
administrators during Duderstadt's term.
Medical School Prof. Alphonse
Burdi said that in the "short period of
time he has been in office, Neal has
been tremendous."
"He's the epitome of what a leader is
all about in terms of collegiate relati ns
with the faculty," Burdi said. "I coufdb't
think of a better person to have the lead-
ership baton to pass on to incoming
President Lee Bollinger."

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a result of early decision programs. She
said students at her high school typical-
ly apply to the University early in the
fall - before applying early decision to
other schools.
Rather, she said the decline in appli-
cations may be due to competitive and
financial issues,
"We ask them to apply to fewer uni-
versities," Lynch said. "Four or five
years ago kids were applying to 10, 12
or 15 schools, which is ridiculous,
besides being expensive.
"It's tough to get into the University
of Michigan, and it's been tougher

every year," Lynch said. "That scares
some of the kids away."
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central
High School senior Jill Gilbert has been
"I just wanted to get the burden off
my shoulders;" Gilbert said. "The earli-
er you get it in, the better your chances
of being accepted."
Gilbert said that students in her class
seemed to apply to fewer schools than
students in past classes because of the
difficult nature of the applications.
"I think a lot of the applications are
getting complicated to fill out, with
multiple essays and teacher evalua-
tions," she said. "Also, many people
might know where they want to go and

therefore do not need to apply to so
many schools."
Goldenberg said it is too soon to ana-
lyze the cause and effect of the decline.
"One concern is that this year the
admissions required two essays instead
of one" Goldenberg said.
"We didn't know if that was delaying
anything. But since it is a pattern across
the country, it does not rest solely at the
University, it could just be a result of
changes in demographics."
Faller said the only effect of the
decline might be a smaller class of 2001.

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