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January 29, 1998
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By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
Former Michigan men's basketball
coach Steve Fisher said he may file a
lawsuit against the University in an
effort to receive the remainder of his
In an interview with The Detroit
ews published yesterday, Fisher criti-
cized Athletic DirectorTom Goss' han-
dling of his firing and said he will
move away from Ann Arbor.
Goss said Fisher has not mentioned
the possibility of a lawsuit during
negotiations thus far.
"I think (the contracts) are going
well," Goss said. "Whatever his con-
tract calls for is whatever we will end
up doing. Maybe he said that to anoth-
reporter, but not to me."
Fisher could not be reached yesterday
Secretary and Vice President for
University Relations Walter Harrison
said Fisher has not filed a lawsuit
against the University.
"No lawsuit has been filed," Harrison
said. "We said we
would honor his
contract and we
Ave honored his
Goss said that if
Fisher takes anoth- LSA sen
er coaching posi- Building
tion, the payment
of his contract is
not likely to be Sr
While the nego-
tiations are going smoothly, Goss said.
, iere is not a foreseeable date when dis-
ssions will conclude. s
"I don't really have a time estimate,"
Responding to statements made by By Jaso
Fisher regarding the fairness of his firing, Daily Staf
Goss said his decision was a just one. LSA
"I was the one that (fired Fisher), so scared a
naturally I don't agree with those state- After
ments," Goss said. training
Harrison said Fisher was an impor- she car
Pnt member of the University. attacker
"We've always valued Steve's contri- But
bution to the University," Harrison training
said. "We value his service and feel we off atta
have acted appropriately." feel so
Law Prof. Beverly Pooley said law- who tea
suits can be brought against employers the Uni
for breaking contracts. With
"If peoples' contracts have been ter- in recen
minated wrongfully they can sue for student
damages," said Pooley, adding that he basic se
could not comment on Fisher's contract. "If I
0 Pooley said mitigating damages are a of suspi
common complaint, when a worker can't Kwon
earn an equal amount after being fired. said. "I
"Lawsuits are usually for damages, I have b
not for reinstatement," Pooley said. tain pre
Even when a contract is breached, a rape
Pooley said, it is not required that the and we
employee receive the remaining salary. ations."
"It isn't automatic that you get your But s
salary for the remainder of the con- martial
tract," Pooley said. Individ
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'U' Study finds
By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
Education, tax relief, and plans for
the 21st Century will be the center-
pieces of Gov. John Engler's eighth
State of the State address tonight in
Engler spokesperson John Truscott
said the speech will encompass a wide
range of topics.
"We will give a new angle, a new
twist to the issues," Truscott said.
Education reform, criminal justice,
jobs, the economy, the environment and
taxes will all be discussed."
LSA sophomore Kelley Boland, sec-
retary of the campus chapter of the
College Democrats, said she anticipates
a broad-based speech that will touch on
all the key issues facing the state.
"I'm hoping he gives a speech simi-
lar to President Clinton's," Boland said.
"He needs to say where the state is and
where it's going."
A key part of the speech, Boland
said, will be the plans for the state
Engler will outline. She said these
detailed plans are especially important
because this is an election year.
"He hasn't given a specific plan to
fix the many problems in Michigan
yet," Boland said.
Engler will propose a plan to ensure
that elementary school children are
reading at or above the standards of
their grade level by the fourth grade,
"Before kids enter school, parents
must have the knowledge to prepare
their children for reading in school:'
Truscott said. "We have to ... end social
promotion in our schools."
Truscott said Engler also w ill discuss
the state's economic success during the
past eight years.
"In the 1980s, nobody could have
imagined we would be where we are
today," Truscott said. "We lagged
behind, but now we must build on our
Boland said the most important
issues on her mind are education, the
environment and the infrastructure of
the state's roads.
While this will not be a campaign
speech, some expect Engler to use the
address to launch his re-election cam-
"In a lot of ways this speech kicks off
the re-election cycle for Engler.
But Truscott said Engler will not use
the address to advance his own political
"This is not a political speech, it's a
policy speech,:" Truscott said.
iors Laura Moskowitz and Marissa Przybylo practice Tae Kwon Do yesterday at the Intramural Sports
Af-defense asses give
udents peace of mind
senior Marissa Przybylo isn't
three years of martial arts
she said she is confident
n ward off most unarmed
without formal martial arts
and no experience fending
ackers, most students don't
secure, said Tony Springfield,
aches self-defense classes at
three muggings on campus
nt weeks, Przybylo said every
should consider learning
see someone who looks kind
cious, I like to review my Tae
Do in my mind," Przybylo
f they come up and grab me,
better reflexes and I know cer-
ssure points I can hit if I'm in
situation. We spar every day
do mock gun and knife situ-
tudents cannot learn a formal
arts discipline overnight.
uals seeking immediate
are better off taking a practi-
cal self-defense course, said Karen
Clark, a member of the University
"For some students, self-defense
is very much their interest. But in
Aikido, it's not like five easy steps,"
Clark said. "I doubt someone taking
a class for a semester would be able
to apply it to defend themselves"
The Division of Kinesiology's
UMOVE program offers a class each
semester that meets in 10 hour ses-
sions and teaches some basic self-
defense fundamentals. Springfield,
the program's instructor, said the
course caters to students who may
not have the time or desire to learn a
"We got through a lot of pre-
ventative awareness to try to
anticipate what happens before it
happens," Springfield said. "But I
also teach how to ward off an
attack. There's no (particular)
way of dealing with a situation. It
depends on what happens."
During the UMOVE course, stu-
dents learn to respond to hair pulls,
waist grabs, choking and kidnapping
attempts. Repetition is stressed as
students practice each technique
eight to 10 times in a row
At times, participants hold back
laughter as they try to evade
Springfield's attacks. But
Springfield said that this mock spar-
ring improves recall if a real situa-
"If you're even halfway aware of
what's going on, you need to make
an effort to fight back or get away"
Springfield said that if the
assailant is a large male, the victim
should attack his face or groin.
"If you stun him for even a sec-
ond, it can make a difference,"
Springfield said. "Walk back eight
to 10 feet and then turn around and
Ann Arbor Police Department
Sgt. Larry Jerue said that while it is
a good idea for people to take self-
defense courses, inexperienced stu-
dents sometimes have a tendency to
be overconfident when evaluating
dangerous situations. He said stu-
dents must thoroughly practice tech-
niques they learn in self-defense
courses before they consider putting
them to use.
See DEFENSE, Page 7A
By Debra Hirschfield
! )aily Staff Reporter
0 With a cloud of controversy surrounding the use of race in
the University's admissions procedures, the issue of race
relations a popular discussion topic on campus.
But current surveys praising progress in race relations may
be ignoring the reality of the sensitive subject.
In a study titled "I am not a racist but ...," sociology Prof.
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva found thaf typical surveys are not rep-
resentative of the racist attitudes white students may hold.
A comparison of results from recent and past surveys on
public 4ttitudes toward the black community and other
inority communities implies that racial attitudes have
Despite these survey responses, Bonilla-Silva and
sociology graduate student Tyrone Forman found that
hidden feelings of racial animosity toward minorities
"There is a decrease in the number of blacks experienc-
Ann Arbor resident Filton Gloster waits to catch a bus yesterday at the Fifth
Street branch of the Ann Arbor Transit Authority.
AATA buses get
By Peter Meyers
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor buses are starting to
look a bit like the Starship Enterprise.
As of this week, all Ann Arbor
Transit Authority buses are now fully
equipped with Global Positioning
Satellite equipment, video cameras
and state-of-the art on-board comput-
"We're the only place in the country
that's doing this all at once," said Bill
Hiller, manager of information systems
at AATA. "We're the only ones with the
vision or the foolishness to try this all at
Bus dispatchers will be able to locate
every bus within two meters. The on-
board computers are integrated into the
engine, so mechanical problems such as
low coolant or oil will be reported
The computers also will help drivers
coordinate with one another. For trans-
fers, where passengers must get off one
bus and onto another, bus drivers can
locate the needed bus and tell its driver
The video cameras have been
installed primarily as a deterrent to vans-
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