The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 13, 1997 - 3A
Syverud tapped as Vanderbilt Law School dean
Gosling is new
for U' library
illiam Gosling, an assistant direc-
to. for technical services and library
systems, has been named interim direc-
to of the University library through at
least June 30.
Gosling has worked at the University
library since 1986. He has been a guest
lecturer for the School of Information
and serves as a consultant for other
libraries on technical services, technol-
and digital library issues.
osling began his career at the U.S.
Library of Congress as a manuscript
cataloger in 1969. He has worked at the
Duke University Library as an assistant
university librarian for technical ser-
vices-and then assumed responsibilities
for budget and planning before moving
to Ann Arbor.
Several University groups are spon-
soitg a workshop Saturday on the his-
torical impact of the Balkan wars.
The workshop, titled "Doing History
in the Shadow of the Balkan Wars," is
scheduled to be held in the Kuenzel
Room of the Michigan Union from 9
Scholars, including University grad-
students, will describe their
research in roundtable discussions. The
talk will focus on the impact of war
after 1990 in Yugoslavia. Participants
include University historians Robert
Donia and John Fine.
*'he Washtenaw County Health
Services Group is sponsoring a heart
health screening today.
Blood pressure checks, cholesterol
testing, heart disease information and
individual consultations are included in
the screening, which is scheduled to be
held at the Washtenaw County Service
Center on Hogback Road from 9:30
a.m-12:15 p.m. Call 484-7200 for
University alum Jackie Cuncannan of
Grand Rapids plans to compete in a
moot court competition next month,
after being named an overall winner in a
moot court competition held at
Washington University in St. Louis last
The Wiley Rutledge Moot Court
Competition, named for a former U.S.
Supreme Court and Washington
University Law School dean, involved
140students participating in two-person
teams. The teams had to solve complex
legal problems, write a 25-page brief
and present oral arguments to a mock
panel of three U.S. Supreme Court
judges, according to a written statement.
Cuncannan and her partner, Lisa
*lzar, who are third-year law stu-
dents, are scheduled to compete in a
national moot court competition on a
First Amendment issue next month at
the American University Washington
Cellege of Law in Washington, D.C.
Ocuses on MS
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America is sponsoring an essay contest
with an $8,000 award for college first-
year students, sophomores and juniors.
The 500-1,000 word essay should
focus on multiple sclerosis, its effects
omrhmilies and possible improvements
for. those afflicted by the disease,
according to the sponsor. Interested
students should call 1-800-LEARN-
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ltiple sclerosis affects as many as
1 000 Americans and is the most
common neurological disorder of
young adults, according to MSAA.
Syniptoms of the disease include blind-
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varying degrees of paralysis. Presently,
there is no cure for the disease.
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
By Janet Adamy
Daily Staff Reporter
Law School Associate Dean Kent
Syverud will leave behind years of
memories when he heads to Nashville,
Tenn., to start his new job as dean of the
Vanderbilt University Law School.
Syverud, who accepted the position
Dec. 20, said he thought hard about leaving
the University, where he earned his bache-
lor's and law degrees, but said it "ended up
seeming like the right thing to do."
"I feel sad to leave the University
because it's a great place and I love the
Law School," Syverud said. "I have a
lot of colleagues and have made 'very
many close friendships and I think
'U' Law School associate dean to leave soon
those will be hard to leave."
Vanderbilt began the search in
September 1995, after Prof. John
Costonis stepped down following an
11-year term as law school dean. Using
a committee composed of deans, facul-
ty and alums, Vanderbilt searched for
candidates by making reference calls to
universities across the country.
"The more we knew about him, the
better fit there was between our aspira-
tions and his talents" said Don Welch,
assistant dean of Vanderbilt Law School.
Welch said Vanderbilt came into con-
tact with Syverud because several
members of the faculty had known him
through professional circles.
"We're very excited about his com-
ing," Welch said. "We think that he'll
bring the talent and enthusiasm needed
to move the (law) school in the direction
we want to go over the next decade."
Vanderbilt's law school is consider-
ably smaller than the University's, with
only 540 students and 30 faculty, but
Syverud said he is looking forward to
the "smaller" atmosphere that allows
Vanderbilt to have a sincere commit-
ment to teaching.
"There's a lot to learn about being a
dean and I'm trying to learn as much as
I can as quickly as I can;" Syverud said.
"What's mostly going through my mind
right now is doing a good job and mak-
ing the (law school) everything they
want it to be."
Syverud will continue writing and
plans to teach a first-year class in civil
Syverud came to the University in
the fall of 1987 and has written and
taught in the areas of insurance law,
civil procedure and complex litigation.
He was also a law clerk for Supreme
Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
Law Prof. Samuel Gross said
Syverud will be "very, very, very sorely
missed," by faculty members and the
1,500 students he taught.
"He is deeply loved by everyone and
has worked his fingers to the bone to
accomplish things," Gross said. "This is
a severe loss (for the University), but a
tremendous gain for Vanderbilt."
By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
As a welfare mother, Anna Combs
Allen lived month-to-month and wor-
ried about being evicted - until she
met with Michelle Richards Vasquez of
the Ann Arbor Community
AACDC arranged a microloan of
$8,000 for Allen to open the Jackson
Community Pre-school. Eight years
later, Allen's pre-school employs 13
people, grosses more than $250,000 per
year and allowed Allen to move into a
three-story home and purchase two
"Self employment can be and is the
cure to dependency," Allen said
Saturday at a conference on microloans
at the Zion Lutheran Church. "I found
the welfare experience to be degrading
Microloans are small loans often
financed by banks and the Small
Business Administration. Many times,
the microloans are coordinated by com-
munity groups such as AACDC, which
has financed more than $700,000 in 10
"It's a small solution that makes a
big difference," said U.S. Rep. Lynn
Rivers (D-Ann Arbor), who spoke at
the forum. "Microcredit loans are part
of the free-market enterprise that
everyone in the country espouses sup-
Rivers referred to a woman in
Senegal who received a microcredit
loan of $400 for livestock and who now
owns a business that supports herself
and her four children.
While attending the Beijing Women's
Conference in 1995, U.S. Rep. Debbie
Stabenow (D-Lansing), learned that
microcredit has become a popular way
to bring women out of poverty in third-
"Women around the world were ben-
efitting from very small loans,"
Stabenow said at the forum. "There is
tremendous power in saying to some-
one, 'We're going to invest in your
Stabenow said support for microcre-
dit should "cross partisan and ideologi-
cal lines." She said conservatives who
urge people to pull themselves up by
their bootstraps should also support
"Microcredit could give you the abil-
ity to get boots," Stabenow said. "The
U.S. Rep. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) spoke at the forum at the Zion Lutheran
Church in support of microloans.
issue is not whether or not it will work,
it is a question of political will."
Stabenow encouraged the audience
of more than 75 people to write, e-mail
and call representatives and senators to
support the programs.
Rivers said microloans are important
types of credit
that banks often
extend to the
poor only further
have always been
viewed as credit
risks for loans,
Rivers said. "But
- U.S. Rep. Del
Although microcredit loans are
designed to aid the poor, Vasquez said
they focus on aiding women and
minorities. Rivers cited international
statistics that show when women
receive microcredit loans, they spend
92 percent of the loan on their children,
and men receiv-
ing the same
going to loans only
spend 40 per-
tour cent on their
a lobbyist for
bbie Stabenow the anti-poverty
(D-Lansing) lobby group
urged the sup-
porters to encourage their legislators to
attend the first international
Microcredit Summit in Washington,
D.C., from Feb. 2-4. He said he also
hopes President Clinton will join the
"When he commits, world leaders
will take the conference more serious-
ly," Brindle said.
Vasquez said he is hopeful that
Clinton will support microloans
because of a speech the president gave
at Eastern Michigan University last
October in support of them.
By Ajit K. Thavarajah
and Jenni Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporters
The Ann Arbor Police Department is
investigating the sexual assault charges
alleged by a female LSA sophomore
against two University students - her
friend's housemate and an acquain-
"We will probably make the decision
whether or not to press charges on the
two suspects by later (this) week, said
Ann Arbor police Sgt. Larry Jerue.
"So far we have interviewed both the
victim and suspects; we have eliminat-
ed first- and second-degree criminal
sexual conduct. Currently we will
determine if the suspects should be
charged with third or fourth CSC
felony charge," he said.
The alleged attack occurred in a
friend's home where the student was
staying during winter break. One of the
alleged attackers lives in the same
house and had a male friend staying
The victim said her friend's house-
mate and his guest raped her after she
blacked out in her friend's room, fol-
lowing an evening of drinking.
"It was a friendly situation;" the vic-
tim said. "We were going to get a movie
and drink some beer. ... It was nothing
"We were having a pretty good time.
We were drinking, talking" she said. "I
got more drunk than I wanted to get."
Statistics collected by the Sexual
Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center report that in 55 percent of cam-
pus assaults the offender and/or victim
was drinking or doing drugs.
SAPAC statistics estimate that one-
half of all acquaintance rapes are not
Joyce Wright, SAPAC prevention
and education coordinator, said there
are a variety of reasons acquaintance
rapes are not reported.
"Many victims don't want to go
through the legal system. Victims are
also dealing with an extremely traumat-
ic experience that they have to live with
for the rest of their lives," Wright said.
"At SAPAC, we try to provide vic-
tims with several options. They can go
with a friend through the legal system
or they can file a complaint to (Office
of Student Conflict and Resolution).
The penalties range from community
service to expulsion from school," she
The victim said she knew one of her
alleged attackers but said she had never
met the second attacker.
The victim's friend, who lives in the
house, said he was not sure if he had
ever met the second attacker, but that he
"may have even known him."
"I was drinking a few beers out of
cans and bottles. Then he gave me a
glass and kept filling it up," the victim
She added that, "I had a bottomless ;
glass - they were very eager to get me
The victim said that after the movie
ended the three moved into another
room where they played music for
some time and talked.
"We were sitting in the room stilt
talking and playing with music. I was -
pretty drunk. I blacked out. I don't'
know what I was doing when I
blacked out. I remember little things,
just certain things," she said. "Before
I blacked out there were a couple of
times I left the room and they called
The victim said that after blacking
out she was raped by the two attackers.
"I've learned that blacking out is dif-
ferent from passing out. You're still
active, still awake, you just don't
remember it," she said. "I don't know
how it started or how it ended or what
One to 2 percent of all women on
college campuses are raped by two or
more offenders, according to SAPAC.
"I think there are a lot of girls out
there who this happens to," the victim
said. "The way I felt when I woke up
was the most awful feeling I've ever
had in my life - and it wasn't because
of the alcohol."
The victim reported the incident Jan.
1, four days after the alleged incident.
Jerue said there is no time statute for
reporting sexual assault crimes.
"I definitely sympathize with all vic-
tims of sexual assault. It's not a crime of
passion - it can be very degrading to
the victim and difficult for them to step
forward and press charges," Jerue said.
LSA first-year student Jessica
Monroe agreed with Jerue.
"It's really sad when something like
this happens. The victim is going to
have to live with this terrifying incident
for the rest of her life. There is no
excuse for a crime of this nature:'
(banks) are always willing to lend them
consumer-type loans like Visa and
Rivers said the default rate on micro-
credit loans is less than 5 percent,
which she said is much lower than the
default rate on student loans.
Gayle Edgerton, a fashion designer
who now owns a clothing mail-order
service thanks to an AACDC-coordi-
nated loan, said economic profits are
not the only benefits of her business.
"It was more than an idea for me, it
was a dream," Edgerton said.
Brown President Gregorian leaving to head Carnegie Corp.
0 'U' looked to
Gregorian in '87 for
By Chris Metinko
Daily Staff Reporter
Vartan Gregorian, who was once a
serious contender for the University of
Michigan presidency, will be leaving
Brown University after 8 1/2 years as its
"He felt he did what he could," said
Brown Prof. Sheila Blumstein, who
was dean when Gregorian began his
term there. "He did an extraordinary
Gregorian is leaving Brown to
become president of the Carnegie
Corporation in New York City.
In a letter addressed to Brown
Chancellor Alva Way, Gregorian
thanked the university for giving him
"the opportunity to serve (Brown
University), our youth and our nation."
The letter also stated, "Nine years of
service is enough ... I have accom-
plished most of my goals I set for
myself when I arrived at Brown."
Gregorian was a finalist in the search
for the 1Ith president of the University
of Michigan in 1987.
Gregorian's candidacy came to an
end when former Regent Deane Baker
(R-Ann Arbor) privately warned
Gregorian that he would oppose
Gregorian's policies as university presi-
dent. As a result, Gregorian withdrew
his name from consideration and James
Duderstadt ultimately was selected as
Brown University chose Gregorian as
its 12th presi-
dent in 1988.
enhanced the w
standing by -- Prof. SI
adding 11 new Br
hiring 256 new
faculty members, instituting the
University Course program to broaden
student education, expanding the
library and increasing university public
But Gregorian will be most remem-
bered for establishing financial stability
at a struggling university.
"He successfully led the largest fund-
raising drive," said Mark Nickel, director
of the Brown University News Bureau.
The drive produced $534 million.
Brown history Prof
also increased 213
tant is the fact
that he gave
Brown so much
stability than it
had before," said
Nickel said. "The opportunity is a
When Gregorian was sworn in at
Brown, he said he would stay no longer
than 10 years, so colleagues said they
expected the end of his tenure - but
nevertheless, it was hard to take.
"It's always a bit of a surprise," said
Blumstein, but she also understood.
Gregorian's letter underscored the
strain of his position. "The toll, both
personal and professional,'That is paid
by presidents of our universities is enor-
Way said in a statement about
Gregorian's departure, "We have had a
presidential leader that has surpassed
our highest expectations and has made
Brown better and stronger."
Brown is scheduled to announce the
names of its presidential search com-
mittee Jan. 17.
Now, Gregorian will turn his atten-
tion to addressing critical social issues
as president of the Carnegie
Gregorian had worked in New York
City before as president of public
"It's almost like a homecoming,"
happening in Ann Arbor today
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