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By Erin Holmes
Daily Staff Reporter
With intentions of capturing the
essence of diversity at the University,
the Board of Regents approved
President Lee Bollinger's recom-
mendation that a Nobel Prize winner
and a renowned composer receive
honorary degrees from the
On versity on Dec. 20.
David DiChiera, the founder and
director of the Michigan Opera
Theatre and composer of works for
piano, violin, orchestra and voice,
will receive an honorary degree and
be the main speaker at the
University's winter commencement.
Bollinger said DiChiera's accom-
plishments - founder of the Music
Hall Center for the Performing Arts
and founding director of the Opera
cific in Orange County, Calif. -
"It's the sort of thing where you
start out trying to build something
and everyone thinks you're crazy,"
This example of commitment,
Bollinger said, will facilitate a com-
mencement speech that demonstrates
the significance of the arts at the
University. "Then you stick with it,
*d you become identified with what
you created ... it's like the dancer
and the dance."
Chen Ning Yang, an Albert
Einstein Professor of Physics at the
State University of New York, will
receive an honorary doctor of sci-
Although the regents approved
only two degree recommendations at
Friday's meeting, the number of
0cipients can vary from two to three
r winter commencement and can
include up to six recipients in the
Bollinger said the selection
process was less elaborate than in
In the past, nominators were
required to submit descriptions of
why the candidate should be select-
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By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
The Students' Party clipped past the
Defend Affirmative Action Party by a nar-
row margin of one seat in last week's
Michigan Student Assembly elections.
The Students' Party, which currently domi-
nates the assembly, carried seven seats in the
election, closely followed by the Defend
Affirmative Action, which took six seats.
Independent and write-in candidates captured
seven seats, and trailing behind, the New
Frontier Party put just one candidate in office.
Terms for the assembly's representatives
are staggered and the rest of the seats will be
up for grabs in the spring.
"I am excited, excited excited for this
assembly:' MSA President Trent Thompson
Thompson said he expects the number of
"concrete projects" produced by the assembly
to increase during the next year. "They're not
just people who come to Tuesday night,"
weekly meetings, Thompson said.
Only 2,512 students cast ballots in the
election, slightly down from the fall 1997
election when a record 2,876 students voted.
"I think voter turnout was pretty good
given the election in general,' said Andrew
Serowik, MSA rules and elections chair.
Students' votes are tallied using a point
system based on the number of open assem-
bly seats in each school.
For example, in the LSA representative
election, with eight open seats, voters select-
ed eight candidates and ranked them in order
of preference; the top candidate receives
eight points, decreasing by one point for
each consecutive candidate.
Defend Affirmative Action Party Rackham
Rep.-elect Jessica Curtin said the assembly
will be "a totally new organization."
Substantially increasing their representation.
Defend Affirmative Action Party members
were elected in the School of Music, the
College of Engineering, Rackham Graduate
School and the College of Literature, their
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By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
COLUMBUS - The frustration of
years and championships spoiled came
spilling onto the field Saturday as the
final horn sounded in Columbus.
No. 7 Ohio State stomped on the
demons of three straight defeats to No.
11 Michigan, winning 31-16 before
94,339 fans at Ohio Stadium to gain a
share of the Big Ten championship.
As the final score rang from the pub-
lic address system, thousands of
Buckeye faithful swarmed the Ohio
State players on the field to celebrate
just their second victory over Michigan
in the past I1 seasons.
The defeat denied the Wolverines (7-
I Big Ten, 8-3 overall) a trip to the
Rose Bowl and sole possession of the
conference title they laid claim to last
week when they defeated Wisconsin.
Instead, Michigan will share the title
with the Buckeyes (7-1, 10-1) and the
Badgers, who defeated Penn State later
Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines,
who have one regular season game
remaining in Hawai'i on Nov. 28, now
must shift their bowl sights southward
to Florida instead of the rosy prospects
of Pasadena it previously anticipated.
"Ohio State has a great team,"
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "We
made too many mistakes against a
great team. We have no excuses. We
didn't play our best game."
Dominating the line of scrimmage in
pass protection and in the running
game, Ohio State executed the text-
book offense it has shown all season,
only this time the success came against
Michigan's seventh-ranked defense.
The Buckeyes rolled to 462 yards of
total offense and on the big-game stage,
their star players lived up to the billing.
Ohio State quarterback Joe
Germaine passed for 330 yards on 16-
of-28 attempts, and played catch with
wide receiver David Boston all after-
noon boosting the receiver to a career-
The senior wideout, who was not a
finalist for the Biletnikoff award as the
nation's top receiver, dominated as
much as a wide receiver could, catch-
ing 10 passes for 217 yards, while find-
See FOOTBALL, Page 7A
By Erin Holmes
Daily Staff Reporter
When Engineering junior Patrick Guffey returned
from the Academic Integrity Conference on Nov. 8, he
knew the University could defy the statistics.
The results of research conducted by Rutgers
University Prof. Donald McCabe show that on most col-
lege campuses, more than 75 percent of students admit
to cheating at some point - a finding Guffey said is
most likely an accurate portrayal of our University.
Guffey's solution was to form the Academic Integrity
Group - now consisting of four core members -
whose goal is to develop a unified academic misconduct
policy stressing the importance of academic integrity.
"We want to get some cooperation between the indi-
vidual schools and colleges and set a uniform ideal,"
"We want everyone subject to the same policies, he
While the University's Code of Student Conduct out-
lines rules and regulations of the student body, it does
not include a universal honor code to curb cheating.
Guffey, who researched the formation of the universal
policy, said all 19 colleges at the University currently
have honor codes that are widely misunderstood by stu-
dents and have only subtle differences from each othr.,
"All colleges prohibit the same behaviors, but they are
completely different in how they view the behavior, how
they handle it and how they implement punishments,"
Guffey said, adding that while an Engineering student
caught cheating is subject to review by fellow students,
an LSA student may only be confronted by the profes-
"It isn't the right thing to treat people more harshly
depending on their major," he said. "This begs the
necessity that we have one standard of the school."
Michigan Student Assembly Vice President Sarah
Chopp, a member of the AIG, said the goal is to create
a "cooperative system" at the University.
"Each system has a mini-system," Chopp said. "We
don't want to get rid of these systems. We just want a
The proposed campuswide honor code that would
govern all students would be similar to the one already
enforced by Engineering, but would not do away with
the current Engineering Honor Code - a document that
has remained a testimony to the trust among Engineers.
"We do not see the point in creating a Universitywide
system that would take over the Honor Code when the
Honor Code works well now and is so well respected not
just by engineers but by universities and businesses
around the world," said Emily Ebert, the Engineering
Honor Council president.
But Ebert did admit that a central system to stress
integrity is important to the University.
"Rules and regulations have a time and a place, but
are not the same thing as true honor," Ebert said. "And I
think any code that emphasizes policies and conse-
quences over the principles behind those policies is ulti-
The objectives of the AIG - presented to MSA and
LSA-SG - include the formation of a task force of stu-
dents, faculty and administrators to explore increasing
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zily Staff Reporter
Thousands of students moved into
University residence halls last
September and, for the first time in
years, student lounges weren't used as
temporary housing. In fact, there are
nearly 200 open spaces not being used in
residence halls this year, said Alan Levy,
director of Housing public affairs.
"We have vacancies during the
hool year," Levy said. "This is some-
what higher than the normal rate."
Each year Housing loses about 2-3
percent of first-year students who
vacate the residence halls during fall
term for a variety of reasons, Levy said.
Housing administrators decided last
week to lift the ban issued last fall that
prevented junior and senior students
from returning to traditional residence
halls. The combination of a smaller
incoming first-year class and fewer
*perclass students returning to the
residence halls helped to eliminate
overcrowding this year, Levy said.
"We have not opened with unused
spaces in years,' Levy said. "The over-
riding goal we had for this fall was to
dramatically reduce oyercrowding.
"It was hard to get exactly the right
number," he said.
Housing charges about $5,400 for a
uble room and board in the residence
Wlls, Levy said.
Although 200 spaces account for
only a smallfraction of Housing's actu-
al capacity, the extra space makes life
more pleasant for students, said
Residence Halls Association President
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Assisted suicide aired on TV
By Sarah Lewis
Daily Staff Reporter
Jack Kevorkian brought the world an insider's view of his
assisted suicide crusade last night when CBS aired a tape of
Kevorkian giving a patient a lethal injection.
The program "60 Minutes" showed a Kevorkian patient,
Thomas Youk, who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease, progress
from a successful race car driver to the physically incapacitated
man seen in the video. Kevorkian said Youk wanted to die so
badly he would not even wait a week to think over the decision.
At the time of his death - two months ago -Youk was in a
wheelchair and had little movement in his arms. In the tape, he
responded to Kevorkian's questions in a nearly unintelligible
voice, but his signing of two documents indicated he wished to
die of a lethal injection dose administered by Kevorkian.
The tape showed Kevorkian first injecting Youk with a
because a medical examiner labeled it a homicide.
Kevorkian said he gave the tape to the police so they will
be forced to arrest him.
"I had to force them to act" Kevorkian said. "They must
Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca said yesterday
he would not rush to charge Kevorkian, even if the tape clear-
ly showed Kevorkian injecting Youk.
"It would be irresponsible to level charges based on media
accounts, whether it be print or '60 Minutes,"' he said. "I'm not
going to make a decision based solely on what's aired on TV'
If convicted, Kevorkian said he would starve himself to
death in prison.
Ronald Bishop, a retired professor from the University's
Department of Internal Medicine, wouldn't say whether
Kevorkian's actions were appropriate or not, but he said there is
a~ fiene be htween nhvsician-assited suicide and euthanasia.
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