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One hundred six years of editorialfreedom

March 19, 1997

Vol. C l ! No. 9

to join
Janet Adamy
Daily Staff Reporter
With only a little more than half of its
members present, the faculty Senate
Assembly elected three new members
to the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs yesterday.
About 40 faculty
senate members
r voted to elect biolo-
gy Prof. Lewis
Kleinsmith, astron-
omy Prof. Gordon
MacAlpine and
Education and
Services Library
Head Barbara
Kleinsmith MacAdam to the
nine-member committee that repre-
s the faculty.
he three elected members, who
were chosen from a pool of four nomi-
nees, will take office at the end of
Outgoing SACUA Chair and chem-
istry Prof. Thomas Dunn said the new
members are a
"good slate of peo-
"All of the people
that were nominated
were highly quali-
fied and it's just a
pity that they can't
all serve," Dunn
said. "I'm excited
about these three
MacAlpine because they are all
thoughtful people who are ready to do
MacAdam and Kleinsmith said their
n An goal is to improve communication
een SACUA and the faculty.
"SACUA is a group that represents
the views of the faculty to the
University administration, but it does
not do this enough," MacAdam said. "I
think the job of SACUA should be to
speak on behalf of
all members of the
community, meet
the needs of that
community and talk
as well as listen to
that community."
Kleinsmith said
he is looking for-
ward to seeing how
SACUA operates
MacAdam and wants to create
a mechanism through which SACUA
keeps in touch with the faculty.
"I would guess that if you asked the
average faculty member ... they would
li very little idea what SACUA is
doing," Kleinsmith said.
, MacAdam said she feels honored to
take on the responsibility of becoming
a SACUA member.
"These are some challenging times
at the University," MacAdam said.
"What faces the academic institution is
the challenge to reaffirm what our val-
See SACUA, Page 2



study finds

students feel

Safer on
By Ajit K. Thavarajah
Daily Staff Reporter
Members of the University community feel
safer on campus now than they did in 1989, but
women feel significantly less safe than men.
That's the finding of a follow-up survey that the
Institute for Social Research conducted at the
request of the University Task Force on Campus
Safety and Security. The task force hoped the sur-
vey would trace the community's attitude toward
campus safety during the past eight years to see
whether progress has been made.
Political science Prof. Ronald Inglehart, who
conducted the study, said that while campus secu-
rity has been seen as a significant problem for
awhile, University students and faculty have seen
improvements in the last eight years.
"The findings of the new survey reveal that
there is still widespread concern about security
among the people who live and work here, espe-
cially among women," he said.
The study found that 54 percent of the members
of the University community are afraid to go out
alone to certain places on or near campus after dark.
"It reflects a significant improvement from the
1989 survey, when 62 percent said that they were.
afraid to go certain places after dark," inglehart said.
Thirty-four percent of the men interviewed for
this year's survey said they were afraid to go to
certain places after dark, compared to 84 percent
of women who expressed such fears.

"Attitudes on this topic do not polarize very
much according to race or occupation, but the dif-
ference between the perception of men and women
are massive," Inglehart said. "The survey shows
that campus security is above all, a gender issue.
"Women are far more concerned with campus
security problems than are men, and likelier to
support more measures designed to cope with
threats to individual safety," Inglehart said.
Inglehart also said the study showed that
minorities were slightly more concerned with
campus safety.
"(Racial) differences are not great:' he said.
"One exception is attitudes toward racial harass-
ment where African-Americans show more con-
cern than whites."
LSA first-year student Nancy Denner said she
doesn't think the safety services on campus are
comprehensive enough.
"I would like to see them run more public
forums on what to do in certain situations and how
to avoid dangerous situations" Denner said. "They
should also try to get more students involved in
programs such as Safewalk."
After 1989's survey was made public, University
officials decided to expand the Department of Public
Safety - adding officers who patrol campus and
control access to buildings.
Leo Heatley, director of DPS, said the study is

See SAFETY, Page 3

State classrooms to
get technology funds

Neela Ghoshal joins a host of women's groups that incited a protest yesterday in reaction to Playboy's
presence on campus.
Plyoy takes ofo
campus CamAid protest

By Susan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA junior Lauree Sugar has been waiting for
many years to pose for Playboy.
But other women on campus aren't ready to
take their clothes off in the presence of Playboy
photographers on campus.
Playboy looked for student models on campus
yesterday for its Big Ten calendar-but magazine
officials found many protesters hoping to discour-
age women from showing their stuff.
"I have been waiting to pose since I was a little
kid," said Sugar, who is among the 40 University
students vying for one of three open spots. "I feel
no embarrassment at all."
But while photographers interviewed possible

playmates, protesters outside the Campus Inn
made it clear they were not as excited to have the
magazine on campus.
About 40 protesters gathered to chant against
Playboy's presence while the magazine conducted
interviews during the first stop in the magazine's
11-week search for models.
David Mecey, contributing photographer for
Playboy, said he was happy with the student-mod-
els from the University.
"If we don't see anymore, I know I could find
enough right now," Mecey said, adding that candi-
dates have to meet certain qualifications.
"The models will have to be comfortable with
See PLAYBOY, Page 8
Tomorrow: See Weekend Etc. on pornography.

By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
The federal government is helping Michigan
prepare future generations for the information age
with new funds for technology education.
On March 6, President Clinton announced to a
joint session of the Michigan state Legislature that
the federal Department of Education will give
Michigan public schools $8.6 billion
this year as part of the Technology
Literacy Challenge Fund.
"The whole purpose of it is to
include technology into learning," said
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich:). "We must
make sure technology is integrated
(into school curriculum)."
Michigan is one of 10 states to
receive funding from the $200 million /
Technology Literacy Challenge Fund. Gomm=
Clinton has requested an increase in the
fund to $425 million for the 1998 fiscal year.
Levin said the increased funding from the fed-
eral government is necessary because other coun-
tries are rapidly progressing in educating about
"Other countries are way ahead of us, and we
must catch up," Levin said.
Many state legislators praised the increased
funding for Michigan's technology programs.
"Technology is no longer a frill," said Rep.

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James Agee (D-Muskegon). "It's as essential as
pen and paper."
Some state Republicans also have shown enthu-
siasm for the plan, which is part of Clinton's goal
to connect every school and library to the Internet
by the year 2000.
"It's a wonderful thing that Michigan will qual-
ify for these grants," said Rep. Jessie Dalman (R-
Several Michigan businesses,
including Ameritech and mem-
bers of the Michigan Business
Leaders for Education
Excellence, are participating in
the technology challenge by
offering resources to help to
improve public schools. Levin
said business and industry should
be included in future plans.
TRACEY HARRIS/Daily But Dalman said that once
these funds purchase the new technology, the
teachers must assure that they use it effectively.
"It really is important that teachers get up to
speed," Dalman said. "That has been a problem."
Dorothy Beardmore, a member of the state
Board of Education, said the "primary problem is
how to have current teachers use new technology."
One of the program's primary goals is to train
teachers about the information superhighway.
See GRANT, Page 3

Online ballot
for students
atie Plona
Staff Reporter
Students can no longer blame cold weather or
long lines as reasons not to cast a ballot in the
Michigan Student Assembly elections.
With a computer and a few keyboard strokes,
students can now vote online for an MSA presi-
dential and vice presidential team as well as for
individual school representatives in the assembly's
eiection, which begins today..
However, assembly officials have not removed
t4traditional paper ballot, which students can
access at various sites on campus during the day.
"I think we've really gotten the word out,' said
LSA Rep. and Communications Chair Ryan
Friedrichs, adding that even people who work all
day will be able to vote because the online voting
can be accessed 24 hours a day. "I really do think

Israel clears land for settlement


The Washington Post
JERUSALEM -The Israeli govern-
ment dispatched heavy earthmovers to
break ground for a new Jewish neigh-
borhood on a disputed hillside in the
traditionally Arab part of Jerusalem
yesterday, setting a collision course
with its Palestinian peace-negotiating
The arrival of bulldozers marked the
commencement in earnest of a con-
frontation over East Jerusalem that has
isolated Israel diplomatically and raised
fears of violence in coming days. Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, having
rebuffed a direct appeal from President
Clinton to postpone the work, remained
without international backingin his bid
to demonstrate Israel's right to retain
control and build in parts of the city
conquered from Jordan in the 1967
Middle East war.
Israeli commanders, fearing blood-
shed, canceled leaves and halted the

Palestinian cities, Bethlehem and
Hebron, and made conspicuous prepa-
rations for clashes throughout the West
About 1,000 troops formed concen-
tric rings around the building site in
suburban southeastern Jerusalem,
where bulldozers gouged deep brown
furrows in the rocky green grazing
lands between Arab villages. Only a
handful of Palestinian protesters,
backed by a few stone-throwing youths
on a nearby hillside, made their way
through the barricades.
Police and border guards beat back
the protesters with fists, boots and rifle
butts. Soldiers from the Givati infantry
brigade took up firing positions on the
flanks of the demonstrators with belt-
fed machine guns and sniper rifles
equipped with telescopic sights.
The Har Homa housing project,
which would bring 30,000 new Jewish
residents to a pine-topped site that

makes sense to have online voting because so
many students use their computers for various
functions, including electronic mail and the
Jeremy Yoder, an Information Technology
Division programmer analyst, said students can
reach the voting link via either the Wolverine
Access page, the ITD Sites page, or the U of M
Gateway page.
Although many online voting organizers said
they hope the,new voting system will increase stu-



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