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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 10, 1998 - 3
LOCAL/STATE
.CRIME Higher education prof. speaks on diversity

Angry driver
spits on woman
A person called the Department of
Public Safety on Sunday afternoon to
report she had been yelled at and spat
on while trying to serve a subpoena to
a University bus driver in a parking lot
on Fuller Street.
The woman said she approached the
driver of the University shuttlebus and
the man refused to speak to her. She
said he became belligerent and spat on
her, throwing the subpoena paperwork
out the window.
The woman was not injured during
the incident. A report was filed.
Student has baby
in Vera Baits
A female student called DPS
Thursday afternoon to report that her
water had broken and that she delivered
a child in her room in Vera Baits 11
Residence Hall.
The student explained that her water
had broken and she would not have
enough time to be transported to a hos-
*pital. She said she would try to bear the
child in her room.
DPS arrived at the scene and brought
the mother and newborn girl to
University Hospitals.
Man threatens to
commit suicide
Ann Arbor Police officers stopped a
man from shooting himself Sunday
afternoon on the 1800 block of
Michelle Court in southeast Ann Arbor.
When AAPD units arrived at the
house, the 35-year-old man was armed
with a shotgun and threatened to kill
himself.
AAPD officers attempted to talk him
out of the suicide while other officers
created a barricade in case of a poten-
tial shooting.
The man eventually left the house
and was taken into protective custody.
He was delivered to University
Hospitals.
Jogging man hit
on head by object
A person jogging on North Maple
Street on the southwest side of Ann
Arbor was assaulted Saturday afternoon
by two men, AAPD reports indicate.
The jogger said that after he passed
Itwo pedestrians on the street, he was
suddenly struck in the head with a blunt
object.
The man sustained a minor injury. A
report was filed.
Central Campus
houses robbed,
AAPD reports indicate that two
houses near Central Campus were bro-
ken into during this past weekend and
stereo equipment was stolen from both.
More than $4,000 in stereo equip-
ment was stolen from one house,
located on the 1800 block of
Washtenaw Avenue.
A house located on the 800 block of
Tappan Street was broken into during the
latter part of last week. More than $3,200
in stereo and computer equipment was
taken. The intruder entered through a
sliding glass door, reports state.
Cereal stolen
from Markley hall
DPS reports indicate that a burglar
broke a window of Mary Markley

Residence Hall and stole cereal and
food on Friday morning.
A pane of glass from a door on the
south pit area of Markley was broken
with a hole about 3-by-4 feet in size
when DPS officers arrived.
A report was filed.
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Reilly Brennan.

By Christine M. Paik
Daily Staff Reporter
A sparse crowd of University administrators and
students attended Columbia University Prof. Lee
Knefelkamp's speech, titled "Diversity and
Academic Excellence," yesterday at Rackham
Amphitheater.
A professor of higher education at Columbia's
Teachers College, Knefelkamp has been recognized
for her work in multicultural education.
"Without diversity of all kinds in the classroom,
one cannot have adequately contextual studies,"
Knefelkamp said. "This is necessary in today's soci-
ety."
Knefelkamp stressed four main themes in her
speech, all of which she said are necessary for acad-
emic excellence. She said the college campus was
where these motifs - education for freedom,

democracy, democratic intelligence and social jus-
tice - should be addressed.
"One cannot adequately assess the world around
them ... unless one assesses this through many voic-
es," Knefelkamp said. "In this sense, college cam-
puses can be an authentic public communal meeting
place that is designed to create in each of us as indi-
viduals, in all of us as a whole, an articulate public."
Shari Saunders, coordinator of Multicultural
Teaching and Learning Services at the University's
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, said
the speech was timely in the wake of the recent law-
suits that target the use of race in the admissions
processes of the University's College of Literature,
Science and the Arts and Law School.
"What she is trying to get people to understand is
that without diversity, you're not going to have intel-
lectual complexity and academic excellence,"

Saunders said. "Those three go hand-in-hand."
Knefelkamp addressed the importance of a
diverse campus.
"We cannot have an excellent democracy if we do
not have excellent universities, and we can't have
excellent universities if they do not mirror the diver-
sity in society," Knefelkamp said.
Knefelkamp also emphasized the need for contin-
uing education.
"A college education is not about graduating with
a B.A., B.S., M.A. (or) Ph.D.," Knefelkamp said. "It
is about graduating into a person who will move
from bystander status in American society, to activist
status in American society"
Knefelkamp commended the University for
"fighting against the backlash" of the lawsuits and
encouraged the audience to continue the fight.
"Our access to the University of Michigan gives

back to the country what it sorely lacks - diverse
voice, diverse perspective and diverse education"
Knefelkamp said.
LSA senior Jeff Walker said Knefelkamp's speech
was positive.
"She was really personable and I liked that,"
Walker said.
Knefelkamp's speech was reassuring for students
who want to be active in society after graduation,
said LSA senior Sarah Altschul.
The speech "was helpful because I'm about to
graduate and I've been studying these issues for so
long now. I'm really exited to get out of here and be
active in society," Altschul said.
The event was co-sponsored by CRLT, the
Center for the Study of Higher and Post-
Secondary Education and the Women's Studies
Program.

Bubble of life

U' services help students
set guidelines for subletting

Students can ease their subletting
worries by utilizing local services that
provide helpful hints and safety tips.
By Margene Eriksen
Daily Staff Reporter
For students planning to sublet, looking for the perfect
person to trust with your house or apartment is a process
that needs to be done correctly to ensure a restful sum-
mer.
"Because of my security deposit, I want to get some-
one who's basically going to take care of the place and
leave it like I would," said Rackham first-year student
Ann Ho.
There are several services available to help students
with the legal and organizational aspects of subletting.
The University's Housing Information Mediation
Services offer students a "subletting packet" that includes
a sublease agreement, an inventory checklist and a book-
let about the rights and duties of tenants. A list of apart-
ments and people wishing to sublease is also available for
use.
"Students who want to sublet can fill out a free ad for
our posting," said Jeff Micale, a housing adviser with the
Off-Campus Housing Program. "The list starts the first
Friday in March and usually runs until it starts to dwindle
out."
The list will be accessible on the Internet or in the
HIMS office free of charge. Students can pay for a copy at
Kinko's on Liberty and Main streets.
Ho, who has already signed a lease for another apart-
ment, said she hopes to find a tenant to sublet her current
residence soon.
"If I have to pay double rent, it will put a little dent in
my checkbook," Ho said.
The HIMS office also offers counseling to students in
frustrating sublet situations.
"Depending on the nature of the situation, the first thing
we do is share information that will help the student solve
the situation on their own" Micale said about the media-

tion process. "Then if added assistance is necessary, we
may provide mediation ourselves or refer students to the
Student Mediation Services dispute resolution center"
Student can follow certain guidelines when subletting to
the make the process less worrisome, said Melissa
Danforth, program coordinator for the Ann Arbor Tenants
Union.
"We suggest students collect a deposit, sign a lease and
give the sub-tenant a copy of renters' rights," Danforth
said. "Make sure you get a full name and address, too,
because sometimes sub-tenants skip town."
The Ann Arbor Tenants Union is another place students
can turn to with subletting questions. All University stu-
dents are considered members of the union, which offers
free advice to subletters and their sub-tenants.
Danforth said subletting is economical, but she has
heard several horror stories.
"In general, subletting is a great way to get out of your
lease if you need to leave town, or if your roommate situ-
ation goes sour, but it has its drawbacks," she said.
"There's a common perception that if you sublet, you can
trash the place and it's difficult to hold you to your respon-
sibility."
One rental organization changed their subletting policy
because it wanted to avoid numerous problems.
"Last year, we started a new system where students
become the landlords," said Rebecca Greenshields: of
CMB property management.
CMB managers explain to students the responsibilities
they will have as landlords, such as collecting security
deposits and receiving rent checks. They also place ads in
local newspapers for tenants who wish to sublet and rec-
ommend that students get to know their sub-tenant in
order to avoid potential problems.
Even with help, some students can't find people to rent
their apartments for the summer and are forced to find
other alternatives.
"I'm working full time over the summer, so I'm not too
concerned," Ho said. "If I can't find someone to sublet and
have to pay double rent, I won't starve, but that's less
money I'll have for school."

AP PHOTO
Just five days after having open-heart surgery, four-year-old Yancy
Valladares (right) was frolicking among the bubbles and enjoying other
highlights yesterday at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum.
'U' professor granted
Swedish appoinment

By Greg Cox
Daily Staff Reporter
The University will work to strengthen
ties with Sweden in the coming years,
thanks in part to a king's 50th birthday.
SNRE and Business Prof. Garry
Brewer was appointed to the King Carl
XVI Gustaf Professorship in
Environmental Science for the 1998-
1999 academic year - a one-year
appointment funded with the aid of a
monetary gift to the Swedish king on his
50th birthday.
The professorship will allow Brewer to
strengthen the University's ties with
Sweden through roundtable discussions
on the environment involving internation-
al experts and leaders in business, gov-
ernment and non-profit organizations.
"I plan to create a better link between
U of M and ... Sweden more generally,"
Brewer said.
More than 50 Swedish universities
were asked to nominate a single candi-
date for the position. The Royal
Institute of Technology nominated
Brewer, who was subsequently selected
to fill the professorship.
Brewer said that his nomination shows
Sweden's respect for the University.
"The Swedes saw the University as a
university they wanted to be involved
with," Brewer said.
While Brewer credited his selection to
the University's prestige, political science
Prof. Harold Jacobson said Brewer
earned the professorship.
"I think it's a great tribute to him and
the work he's done over the years,"

Jacobson said.
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman (R-
Ann Arbor) also said that Brewer is
worthy of the award.
"I'm really excited for him,"
Newman said.,"He's a terrific educator
and a great professor."
Brewer said the roundtable discussions
will not coincide with the University's
Environmental Theme Semester.
"The business environment roundta-
bles will take a while to put together,"
Brewer said. "The environmental semes-
ter is great, but what I'm doing with the
Swedes is more of a long-term issue,
much like the environment itself."
Brewer also said he plans to use the
professorship to facilitate the
exchange of faculty and students
between Sweden and the University.
The professorship brought a post-
doctoral student from Sweden to Ann
Arbor last week.
Brewer will be initiated into his pro-
fessorship in a formal ceremony at the
King's palace in Sweden in November.
Brewer said that it won't be the first time
that he's been in the presence of royalty.
"I've met .him before," Brewer said.
"He's very interested in the environ-
ment - the Swedes take the environ-
ment very seriously."
The professorship was established by
the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,
the Royal Swedish Academy of
Agriculture and Forestry, the Royal
Swedish Academy of Engineering
Sciences and the Confederation of
Swedish Industries.

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