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Vehicle chases
plague Campus
during weekend
Ann Arbor Police Department
gt. Larry Jerue said AAPD con-
ducted three high-speed chases this
past weekend. Two of these chases
were on or near campus.
The first was at I a.m. on Sunday,
when an officer saw a man run a red
light at the corner of Huron and
Division streets.
The suspect sped to 50 miles per
hour on northbound Division Street
and crossed the Broadway Bridge.
hortly after, the man stopped his
car and fled on foot.
AAPD officers apprehended the
man and took him to the Washtenaw
County Jail.
A background check found the
suspect to have three outstanding
warrants.
The second chase began at 4 a.m.
Sunday at the corner of Hill and
State streets. The suspect is a 14-
'ar-old who took his father's truck.
Public telephone
catches on fire
A man called the Department of
Public Safety early Friday morning
to report that a public phone, locat-
ed near Geddes Road on the south
side of Bell Pool, was on fire.
The caller reported that he suc-
ssfully extinguished the fire, but
aid the phone was still smoking
and the top of it had melted. DPS
officials suspect that the fire was an
arson, but no suspects have been
apprehended.
South Quad
resident kicks
girl out of room
A man called DPS yesterday to
request assistance in removing his
girlfriend from his South Quad
Residence Hall room.
Officers who reported to the.
scene said the caller wanted his girl-
friend to leave the room following
an animated verbal dispute about a
pair of boots.
Officers assisted in escorting the
.irl from the room.
Youths pilfer
brownies from
hospital cafe
Two small children were caught
stealing brownies from University
Hospitals on Thursday morning,
according to DPS reports.
a After the children confessed to
tealing the brownies, the officer
escorted the children to the cafe and
told them to pay for the baked
goods.
The officer also spoke to the chil-
dren's parents, but no further action
was taken.
Student reports
prank theft

A male student called DPS on
Thursday morning to report that his
television, compact disc player and
other electronic items were stolen
by a friend as a prank from his Mary
Markley Residence Hall room.
The caller said he left his room
with the door unlocked from 8:45 to
9:15 p.m.
Before officers could reach the
scene. the student called back and
*tid the theft was a joke to teach
him a lesson.
Students slip at
Angell Hall
A witness called DPS on
Thursday to report wet conditions
on the stairs near the computing
site.
The caller stated that several peo-
le had already fallen down the
steps.
One victim, who took an extremely
hard fall, was "upset" about the wet
conditions on the stairs, the caller said.
C- copiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Jason Si'ojfer

LOCAL/STATE The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January
Faculty app roves diversity statement

271998-3

By William Nash
Daily Staff Reporter
The University's Senate Assembly,
the faculty's governing body, contin-
ued its support yesterday for main-
taining a diverse campus by passing
the third in a series of diversity
statements.
The vote was overwhelmingly in
favor of the statement with 32 in favor,
none against, and five abstaining from
voting.
"This statement lays the basis for
future action," said pharmacology
Prof. Charles Smith, who was
involved in developing the state-
ment.
The statement is part of what is
called a "piece-meal" process. The

objective is to have a series of state-
ments that represent the faculty's
views.
T he first resolution was passed by
the Senate Assembly on May 20,
1996. It stated that the University
"must be open to, and provide a sup-
portive background for, all qualified
persons without regard to character-
istics such as age, color, creed, (and)
cultural background."
The next resolution on diversity,
passed shortly after a lawsuit was
filed against the use of race in the
admissions processes of the College
of Literature, Sciences and the Arts,
endorsed a statement given by
University President Lee Bollinger
stating that a diverse faculty and stu-

dent body helps to create a better
educational environment.
Both statements led to the current
one that Smith said "supports diver-
sity, but is not a set of recommenda-
tions of how the University should
maintain it."
The request for the statement was
made in October by the Senate
Advisory Committee on University
Affairs, the faculty's advising com-
mittee, but the statement, titled "The
Value of Diversity," has been years
in the making, Smith said.
The only opposition came from
Senate Assembly members who felt
the statement needed to be stronger
in its support of diversity.
The actual statement makes no refer-

ence to affirmative action and says
instead, "the richdiversity of contcrnpo-
rary is a resource that needs to be
tapped."
One supporter of a stronger state-
ment is Engineering and history Prof.
Nicholas Steneck, who was one of the
five people who abstained.
"I just don't favor the piece-meal
process," Steneck said. "It needed
to be said stronger and include
obligations for the University, not
just statements."
But most members supported the
statement in hopes that another will
follow. The next diversity statement
is expected to include recommenda-
tions on how to maintain a diverse
campus, which Steneck wanted it
Environmi

incorporated into an all-inclusive
statement.
The Senate Assembly is unsure of
how to publicize the statement, but it
suggested publishing it in the
University Record, the newspaper of
the University's News and
Information Services.
"Part of the importance of the state-
ment is to force us to continue to draw
attention to the issues,"said physiology
Prof. Louis D'Alecy, chair of Senate
Assembly.
Supporters of the resolution said they
hope to have a final recommendation in
the near future.
"We hope to give a specific recom-
mendation in the next academic year
which ends May 1," Smith said.
nlb

I

Service
students
Irecton
By Amelia Levin
For the Daily
Amidst the onrush of papers, exams
and post-undergraduate decisions, the
Student Counseling Services office
has become a haven for many stressed
students.
But in recent years, with frequent
room changes, the "haven" of Angell
Hal; has become overlooked.
"We just don't get as many students
as we would like; we're lacking in
publicity," said LSA junior Maria
Jancevski, a SCS coordinator.
Located in the depths of Angell
Hall, the fpr-students, run-by-students
organization is coordinated by
Jancevski, LSA juniors Erika Major
and Amit Vaidya, and LSA sopho-
more Jene Yu.
Within the office, shelves of gradu-
ate school brochures including those
for medical and business schools, as
well as new LSA course listings, line
the walls.
Often students are hesitant to come
through SCS's doors because of its
ambiguous name.
"Many people get confused when
they here the word 'counseling' in
Student Counseling Services, and
think that they will be getting therapy
when they come in here,"Vaidya said.
"We are trying to find a better name
that will change the psychological,
administrative-like sounding name to
something more catchy."
In actuality, the service is "a true
resource," Major said. In contrast to
the vagueness of online evaluations,
the office offers a black Rolodex con-
taining numbers of personalized and
detailed course and teacher evalua-
tions.
But the most attractive feature of
the office is the endless variety of old
exams, covering all LSA departments
and some Business and Engineering
courses. The bulk of the exams come

creates commission

By Peter Romer-Friedman
Daily Staff Reporter
In a unanimous vote, the state House
passed state Rep. Liz Brater's bill last
week to establish a comprehensive
environmental report program that
environmentalists are commending
across the state.
Brater's bill creates a commission
to produce one single report to
account for the millions of dollars
appropriated each year for environ-
mental issues. This report will help
legislators make more informed deci-
sions for the future, said Brater (D-
Ann Arbor), who considers the bill
"fiscally conservative."
"The problem we have now is that
we're collecting a lot of data but not
reporting it in a clear and accessible
way," Brater said. "It's especially
important that we have this record of
what happened in the past since we're
spending over $600 million on the envi-
ronment."
The bill, which the state senate
will debate in the coming weeks,
calls for a collection of indicators
for toxic releases, air quality, sur-
face water quality, drinking water,
solid waste, hazardous waste and
other areas yet to be determined.
State Rep. Jessie Dalman (R-
Holland) said the bill received
bipartisan support because it meets
general environmental interests.
"I normally don't like to add work for
the bureaucracy, but we need a compre-
hensive report for manufacturers and
citizens interests," Dalman said. "If

you're going to use it as a tool, it needs
to be comprehensive:'
SNRE senior Mona Hanna, who is.
currently organizing the University's
Environmental Theme Semester,
said Brater's bill marks a stride for
the environmental movement.
"The access to such information
provides people, including students,
the tools needed to effectively orga-
nize around certain environmental
issues," Hanna said. "Overall, I
think this is a positive move which
will not only benefit Michigan citi-
zens, but will also strengthen envi-
ronmental organizing."
State Rep. Mary Schroer (D-Ann
Arbor), said that although recent laws
have harmed Michigan's environinent,
the bill would get the state back on
track.
"In my district, the environment has
always been an important issue'
Schroer said. "We appreciate it a lot.
We've done a lot of damage to the envi-
ronment through the audit bill that says
that if you're a business you can fix pol-
lution on your own. We've lowered our
standards on pollution and clean-up.
"This bill will shed some light on
where we are."
Brater said 37 other states have start-
ed similar projects, and the federal gov-
ernment will produce its own environ-
mental report.
"It's important for the state of
Michigan to have its own program so
that we can be active in setting up the
federal program," Brater said.

EMILY NATHAN/Daily
LSA junior Erica Major works at the Student Counseling Center in Angell Hall,
where she helps LSA sophomore Joanna Ko look for a new English class.

from introductory classes. so the ser-
vice is most beneficial for first-and-
second-year students.
"The problem is, by the time these
students become aware of SCS, they are
juniors and seniors and are not benefit-
ting from our services," Major said.
Moreover, the number of incom-
ing tests is declining and the coor-
dinators have resorted to bargain-
ing in an attempt to replenish their
supply.
"Seeing that people are hesitant to
donate their tests if they are not get-
ting something in return, we've creat-
ed a voucher-like system where for
every old exam a student drops ofd ,lie
or she can get one free of a copying
charge;' Jancevski said.
Yet what makes SCS such a com-
fortable student hangout is its infor-
mality, inherent in the hassle-free
walk-in policy it offers, Major said.
Vaidya describes the office as a cof-
fee shop, complete with a coffee

maker and a black leather couch
where "students can sit back and
relax, and even do their homework."
In addition, the coordinators' wide
range of majors, from biochemistry to
English, coupled with their extensive
experience in academic and peer
counseling, makes the SCS a great
place for students to direct any ques-
tions, Jancevski said.
LSA junior Christina Branson said
SCS helps connect students with the
University.
"The coordinators can answer ques-
tions about different aspects of majors
and courses having picked up on
information from the academic advis-
ers" Branson said. "Though I'm a
junior and a lot of these questions
have already been answered for me,
I've seen the coordinators work with
freshmen, and I realize that the coun-
seling is a true resource for advice as
to what classes to take, what teachers
to look for, and so on."

Prosecution for Green

DETROIT (AP)-In a setback for
prosecutors, a judge ruled yesterday
that jurors in the retrial of a former
police officer in a motorist's beating
death won't be allowed to convict him
for failing to defend the victim.
A jury pool of 200 is planned for
the new murder trial of Walter
Budzyn in the 1992 death of Malice
Green, who was repeatedly blud-
geoned with police flashlights. The
trial is set to begin Feb. 10.
Budzyn spent four years in a federal
prison in Texas before the Michigan
Supreme Court last July overturned his
second-degree murder conviction on
grounds of jury bias.
His partner, Larry Nevers, was freed
after a federal judge overturned his con-
viction Dec. 30 on the same grounds.
His retrial has not been scheduled.
Yesterday, Wayne County Circuit
Judge Thomas Jackson rejected the
prosecution's request that jurors also

have a choice of convicting Budzyn
of a lesser offense of failing to pro-
tect Green from other officers.
Prosecutors argued that jurors
might not be convinced Budzyn
struck the fatal blows but still might
hold him guilty of involuntary
manslaughter for failing to protect
the man he arrested.
Jackson said he found no basis for
finding Budzyn guilty of involun-
tary manslaughter on that basis.
Assistant Prosecutor Douglas Baker
then asked Jackson to delay the trial
while he appeals the decision. The judge
refused. Baker said he would seek a stay
from the Michigan Court of Appeals.
The prosecution faces a tougher job
this time because Budzyn is being tried
separately from his partner, and wit-
nesses linked Nevers more directly to
the beating, said Peter Henning, an
assistant professor at Wayne State
University Law School.

setback
Asking for the lesser offense
instruction could be a sign that pros-
ecutors are "more realistic about
what their evidence shows,"
Henning said.
Jackson still could instruct the jurors to
involuntary manslaughter on the basis
that Budzyn was "grossly negligent."
Manslaughter carries a maximum
sentence of 15 years in prison.
Second-degree murder carries a
possible life sentence.
In the 1993 trial, witnesses testified
Budzyn and Nevers beat Green with
flashlights when he refused to open his
hand after they stopped him outside a
suspected drug house.

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