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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 12, 1997 -3

MSA clarifies its own rules with resolution

Cadet eXpel le
for harassment
t the Citadel
The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., dis-
missed one cadet for a minimum of one
,year and punished nine oth rs for
;harassing female cadets, The New York
Times reported yesterday.
The Citadel's top official, Gen.
t Roger Poole, said he hoped the incident
is now settled.
The female cadets left The Citadel
prior to the beginning of this semester.
*be names of. the cadets were rot
released.
Dartmouth
rejects rankings
Dartmouth's Thayer School of
' Engineering has decided to withhold
information from U.S. News and World
Report for the magazine's annual rank-
*gs of colleges and universities, The
Chicago Maroon reported.
Thayer School Dean Elsa Gamire
called her refusal to fill out the maga-
zine's entire survey a "protest" against
nmisinfornation and misrepresenta-
tion.
Gamire said the magazine unfairly
compared the school with larger insti-
tutions that have different focuses and
'$tructures, which resulted in unfavor-
jble rankings.
Professor caught
selling gleaned
gold from his lab
Dr. Edward Kostiner, a professor at
the University of Connecticut turned
},himself in to authorities last month for
*lling stolen gold.
He was charged with larceny for sell-
ing gold he gleaned from laboratory
experiments at the uivfsity, The
Chronicle of Higher Education report-
ed.
Police began investigating when
officers noticed the selling of odd
t shaped 23- and 24-karat gold pieces at
jqcal pawn shops.
Police traced the gold to the universi-
and later found $12,000 of precious
etal in Kostiner's desk.
Berkeley plans to
nstall condom
machines
" n an f TOO tI nti to
practice safer sex, the University of
Slifornia at Berkeley will install con-
Mom-dispensing machines in three resi-
dce halls, The Daily Californian
reported.
The halls will pay $130 each for the
nachines. Other halls on campus are
considering similar proposals.
UC-Berkeley previously had con-
'dom machines in the late '80s but
removed them after extensive vandal-
ism.
pledge dies at
Clarkson
Police have charged 12 men, several
'fwhom are members of the Theta Chi
, ternity, in the death of a 17-year-old
.'edge at Clarkson. University, The
Ohronicle of Higher. Education report-
.d

The pledge, Binaya Oja, was found
ad in the upstairs of the fraternity
house after ,a party wiith 21. other,
pledges. The pledges were- competing
to see who could drink the most alcohol
without vomiting, according to local.
police.
The university has suspended the
fraternity's charter,-and the national
fraternity revoked the campus char-.
ter.
-- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Chris Metinkofivi U-wire reports.

By Katie Piona
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly members approved
a change'to their governing code last night that
calls for a provision they thought already existed.
The assembly endorsed a measure stating that
both its executive officers and the MSA administra-
tive coordinator can authorize "regular and periodic"
disbursements of up to $250 from the assembly's
Qperations account to purchase office supplies. The
resolution also states that disbursements can be
made without immediate assembly approval.
LSA Rep. Andy Schor, who proposed the change,
.aid.he and his colleagues had wrongly assumed the

signers could authorize up to $250, when actually,
technicalities in the assembly's budgetary language
did not give the signers this privilege.
"Technically, before this, they couldn't spend
anything'" Schor said.
The code change also states that any disburse-
ments made by the authorized signers must be
approved by the assembly at the next meeting
where MSA reaches quorum.
Schor said this part of the change will allow
signers to authorize office expenses in the summer
months when quorum cannot be reached.
Some MSA members said the code change result-
ed from the recent probe into a $500 allocation from

the Operations account made without assembly
approval by MSA Vice President Probir Mehta.
"This is definitely a reform that came out of the
investigative committee" Schor said. "It's a defi-
nite positive step toward fixing what's broken."
MSA President Fiona Rose said she is glad the
code changes were adopted and does not think the
change is a direct result of the recent investigation.
"I think this has just been a clear need for a long
time- we should have gotten to it a long time ago!"
Rose said. "We need that power at minimum -
that's just to keep the office up and running."
Schor said the new code change defines the rules
and takes away any loopholes that may have existed.

"The authorized signers need to have certain
power to authorize money for the daily operations
of the office, which includes numerous services
for students," Schor said. "But also, we need to
have a check in case something goes wrong"
Although the rules change passed, many MSA
members said they thought a penalty clause should
have been included with the resolution.
The penalty clause, which narrowly failed f5-
14, would have required authorized executive offi-
cers to reimburse the assembly for any allocations
they sign that violate the new measure.
"If there is no enforcement, what difference does
it make?," asked Rackham Rep. Ray Robb.

Serious sculpting

Gub ernatorial
candidate speaks.
to College Dem

JOSH BIGGS/Daily
Art School senior Nick Solinsky creates a hand for his sculpture class. Due to recent warm weather, students from
Solinsky's class were able to work outside.
Fli ers threvaten N ROC

By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
In reaction to the United States' mov-
ing from a manufacturing-dominated
economy to one based on information
and technology, gubernatorial candi-
date Doug Ross outlined his plans last.
night for Michigan to deal with this
changing environment.
"We are going through a historic
transition," said Ross, who has placed a
bid fo- the Democratic nomination for
governor in 1998. "All the rules sud-
denly change."
Ross reminisced on the times when
anyone willing to put in an honest day
of labor could live in the middle class.
"That is fundamentally swept away by
this knowledge revolution" Ross said.
Ross is not a stranger to politics. He
has served as a state senator, the com-
merce director under Gov. James
Blanchard, and as president of the
University's chapter of the College
Democrats while a student. He also
served as assistant secretary of labor to
President Clinton until a year and a half
ago. He currently teaches at the
University's School of Public Policy.
In creating an agenda for the future,
Ross sought advice from hundreds of
people with whom he has worked over
the years.
Ross said his various colleagues
stressed the importance of education.
when coping with new technology.
"We have to ask how we can make
education after high school as routine
as high school has been," Ross said.
Ross also said there is one more
question the country must ask.
"How do we not leave anybody
behind?" Ross? asked. "If you don't,
become a learner, the game's over."

Ross said the first bills he would
push as governor "would almost all be
about education and learning."
Specific bills include giving every
adult a debit card to purchase two years of
post-secondary education. He also would
make changes to school curriculum.
"I would like to give much more
power to teachers in creating an envi-
ronment that parents and students can
choose from," Ross said.
He also would keep schools open all
day and year round for students to use
for extracurricular activities.
Another point Ross urged to the sti-
dents at the College Democrats meeting
is the importance of student involvement.
"You can become a political factor in
elections" Ross said. "In most of our
politics, you don't have a voice."
Some members of the Universty
chapter of the College Democrats were
pleased with Ross's call for student
involvement.
"I think it's encouraging that political
figures in the state are recognizing the
importance students have in politic,"
said Chris Kaye, co-chair of the College
Democrats of Michigan and the
University chapter's newsletter editor.
In the first democratic primary poll,
Ross led his top opponent, East
Lansing attorney Larry Owen. Other
Democratic candidates include state
Sen. Jim. Berryman (D-Adrian) arId
state Rep. James Agee (D- Muskegon).
Ross said his campaign must focus
on issues, not attacks.
"It has to be around an agenda," Ross
said. "It can't be negative:'
Ross said he is hopeful about the eleo-
Lion, especially with the possibility of
Gov. John Engler trot seeking a third
term.

By Alice Robinson NWROC mc
Daily Staff Reporter directed more to
At least 19 copies of a threatening flier circulated by a fas- is the most actin
cist organization and encouraging violence against the "I do know th
National Women's Rights Organizing Coalition and other local outside of my h
political groups have been placed around campus this week. Curtin said g
The flier, which. contains decals of axes and clenched fists, sions. "We think
promotes violence as a way of stopping "left-wing propagan- communist stu
da" and accuses the Maoist International Movement (MIM), "We do think
the international communist group SPARK, and NWROC of reconsider their;
"twisting the truth" The group d
One line in the flier suggests that readers "STRIKE to KILL!" United Nationa
RC first-year student Micah Holmquist, a member of the was listed in H
Free Mumia Coalition/Anti-Racist Action organization first Rackham s
noticed the flier Monday on a kiosk outside of the under- Coalition/Anti-I
graduate library. the flier's messa
Holmquist said the flier was "clearly a death threat" things need to 1
against the political organizations named. group's weeklyr
Area anti-gay crmes
maybe on the nse

mber Jessica Curtin claimed the threats are
oward NWROC than other groups. NWROC
ve of those organizations named in the flier.
iat there were quite a few of them on the poles
ouse,' Curtin said.
group members do not fear further repercus-
k it's some pretty reactionary, racist, and anti-
dents," she said.
that whoever the comedian is, they'd better
actions,' Curtin added.
istributing the flier called itself the People's
alist Council (PUNCH!). A contact address
ell, Mich.
econd-year student and Free Mumia
Racist Action group member Paul Lefrak said
age should not be taken lightly. "I think these
be taken deadly seriously," Lefrak said atthe
meeting last-nightat East Quad residence-hall.

_U_ _

DETROIT (AP) - The number of
gays who reported they were verbally or
physically attacked in the metropolitan
Detroit area because of their sexual pref-
erence increased 29 percent in 1996, a
gay rights group reported yesterday.
The Triangle Foundation reports that
it received 116 cases of anti-gay vio-
'ence lagt year; compared with 90,cases
a year earlier.
"We think it means that more people
are reporting incidents because they
know We are here and are ready to assist
them," said Jeffrey Montgomery,
Triangle's president.
He also added,"Even with increased
reporting, the numbers represented in
this report do not provide anything
close to the reality."
The numbers - collected by the
National Coalition of Anti-Violence
Programs, a group of about two dozen
gay organizations - are up about 6
percent nationwide, he said.
The Triangle report shows that in
Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and

Wayne counties - with several reports
from other out-state locations included
- that white men were victimized
more than any other group. They made
up about 96 of the reported cases.
"The numbers and statistics in this
report represent real people whose
lives; and the lives of those who love
them, have been unalterably changed
and profoundly affected being victims
of violent crime!' Montgomery said.
"These are individuals who have
been victims of a particularly heinous
type of. crime, made more atrocious
because they were targets based on
something over which there was no
control,"he said.
While gays and lesbians report that
they don't trust police to take gay-bash-
ing seriously, gay-related police reports
have also increased, the Triangle
Foundation reported.
"There were no gays calling police 20
years ago," Plymouth Township Police
Chief Carl Berry said. "I've had several
people call in the last year alone."

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