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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 2, 1998 -

EDOCATIONm
W,
UT students
request on-ine
ursepaCeks
University of Texas senior Alan
Blake is working with other students
from Yale University and the University
of Maryland to publish coursepacks
online, The Daily Texan reported.
The usual process of buying required
coursepacks, Blake said, at campus
stores in addition to already expensive
books is unnecessary, and having the
cour'stdpacks on-line would be conve-
nj t and much cheaper for students.
'udents will be able to log into the
coursepack Website for a one-time fee
of $10 if Blake's plan comes through.
Professors who want their coursepacks
published on the Web must submit a
hard copy to the company so they can
be scanned online. Blake predicted the
system will be set up by spring 1999.
WU groups can
et demerits
Pennsylvania State University stu-
dent groups can now receive points if
they are guilty of violating certain reg-
ulatiftos; The Daily Collegian reported.
The new system will be similar to
the itffractions points added to driver's
licenses when the law is broken. But
instead of violations such as drunk dri-
ving, student organizations can get
pts for misusing funds, using unau-
thonzed rooms, or missing important
training meetings.
A certain number of points could
automatically make an organization
inactive for several weeks to even a
year, or possibly restrict funding for
the group.
The point system was a joint effort of
PSU's Undergraduate Student
G yernment Supreme Court and the
c ce of Student Unions and
Activities.
Clause would
prohibit sexual
discrimination
North Carolina State University's
student government currently is con-
sidering a proposal that would add a
claude prohibiting discrimination
asst individuals based on sexual
or naiion, The Technician report-
ed.
The current policy prohibits discrim-
ination based on "disability, gender,
race, religion, age, creed or national
origin."
The proposal, titled "Resolution 8"
and authored by former NCSU Student
Senate member Scott Starin and
Student Senate president Alexis Mei,
*wd be added to NCSU's non-dis-
crimi66tion policy if approved by the
student government and a special com-
mittee.'
Mei said proposals similar to
Resohij6on 8 had been circulating
for s'e'eral years. If the proposal
passes, it won't take effect until the
next ichool year.
MSU official
ramed president
il African Studies
Association

Ttworld's largest scholarly
orgniezation involving African
studes, the African Studies
As~ciation, recently named as its
newe'president David Wiley,
Michigan State University's African
S es Center director, The State
s reported.
The ASA is a national organization
consisting of more than 3,000 mem-
berS mainly faculty from U.S. univer-
sities.
Wiley served as vice president of
the association in 1997, and began his
year-long term as president this
month.
Wiley, who has directed MSU's
African Studies Center for more than
ears, said one of his objectives for
h term as president is to strengthen
ties ,between Africa and the United
States, emphasizing aspects of media
and education.
Wiley's other duties will include
running the association's annual
m'eeting and overseeing smaller
committees within the organization.
Compiledfron University wire
reports by Daily staff reporter Sarah
Lewis.

Teen confesses to gunning down family

MUSKEGON (AP)-An 18-year-old
has confessed to gunning down his fami-
ly because his father had threatened to
kick him out of the house, authorities said
yesterday.
Seth Privacky was arraigned yesterday on
five counts of open murder. A friend, Steven
Wallace, also 18, faces the same charges. A
judge set bail at $5 million each after
Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague
said both had confessed to the Dalton
Township killings and were "extremely dan-
gerous."
They could face life in prison.
Both men showed no emotion in court,
but Privacky requested he someday be
allowed to get out of prison. Courtroom spec-
tators, many of them friends of the suspects
and victims, wept.
Autopsy results were not immediately
available, but authorities believe all the deaths
occurred Sunday around 1:30 p.m. Wallace
was apprehended early Monday morning
near the Privacky family home, moments

"TIhere is no significant history of mental
illness."
- Tony Tague
Muskegon County Prosecutor

after police arrived at the scene. He began
cooperating immediately with authorities,
Tague said. Privacky was arrested Monday
afternoon after police received a tip he was
hiding in a nearby pole barn.
The victims were identified as
Stephen Privacky, a fifth-grade teacher at
Muskegon's Reeths-Puffer Elementary
School; his wife, Linda Privacky, a recep-
tionist at a medical office in Muskegon;
their older son, Jedediah Privacky;
Jedediah's girlfriend, April Boss, and
Stephen Privacky's father, John Privacky.
After the arraignment, Tague told
reporters that Seth Privacky made his confes-
sion about an hour before the arraignment.

Tague said the teen-ager told authorities he
shot all five, point-blank in the head, and then
moved the bodies around with Wallace's help
to make it look like a robbery.
Tague dismissed speculation depression
might have played a role. Records unsealed
yesterday show the court in 1997 ordered
Seth Privacky to attend counseling and take
Wellbutrin, an anti-depressive drug, after he
was arrested for shoplifting and embezzle-
ment.
"I don't believe with or without the med-
ication, his psychological condition is serious
enough to alter the charges," Tague said.
"There is no significant history of mental ill-
ness."

AP PHOTO
Jana Simonelli is comforted by her sister Santina. After giving a ride
to confessed murder suspect Seth Privacky, Simonelli immediately
called police.

i

MSA passes resolution to
support day of action

By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly
members passed a resolution last
night supporting a Students and
Youth Day of Action in Defense of
Affirmative Action in February.
The assembly passed a second
resolution to lobby against a bill pro-
posed by State Rep. Judith Scranton
(R-Brighton) that would penalize
underage drinkers by suspending dri-
vers' licensees.
"The last assembly before the
election supported the days of
action" in October, said MSA
Treasurer Bram Elias. "Having stu-
dents turn out and make a positive
statement about a political issue is a
great thing."
Several assembly members object
to the resolution because they said it
is too "vague."
"I would like to see every resolu-
tion passed by the assembly as con-
cise and clear as possible," MSA
Communications Chair Joe Bernstein
said.

MSA Rackham Rep. Jessica
Curtin said the event organizers have
not finalized plans for the event
because other universities and
schools across the nation will be par-
ticipating.
"We know in general terms that it
will be similar to what we did before"
said Curtin. a Rackham first-year grad-
uate student. Previous Days of Action
have included teach-ins, rallies, march-
es and various speakers.
The assembly failed an amend-
ment adding the word "lawful" to the
resolution.
"I think civil disobedience is an
important part of free speech," said
Rackham Rep. Olga Savic. "I think
the kind of things we don't want to
see happen are people hurting other
people or people shouting really
loudly outside a classroom door."
Sumeet Karnik, MSA budget pri-
orities chair, said he is concerned
about disruptions that would distract
students during their midterms.
"That's not our intention," Curtin
said. "It's unfortunate, but we have to

look at the bigger picture."
The assembly also passed a reso-
lution to support lobbying by
External Relations Committee mem-
bers against legislation that would
suspend the drivers' license of under-
age drinkers for 90 days or until their
21st birthday, whichever comes first.
"We don't want to be endorsing
underage drinking," Handler said.
"We're completely against what we
feel is a draconian punishment for an
illegal act."
Dentistry Rep. Jimmy Boynton
and Law Rep. Neil Verma opposed
the resolution. Verma said legislation
is necessary because education about
binge drinking has not made an
impact on students.
"I suggest you add an amendment
eliminating all drinking laws ... and
giving everyone $200 when they pass
GO," said Boynton.
MSA will sponsor another forum
on the Student Code of Conduct
tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the East Room
of Pierpont Commons on North
Campus.

JESSICA JOHNSON/Daily
Stan Sesser, from the University of California at Berkley, speaks about
infomation access in Asia last night at the School of Social Work.
Speaker discusses
Inten et, information's
impact on Asia

Hunters mixed over mi weather

By The Associated Press
The just-concluded firearm deer hunting period was a
good one, as mild weather made it nicer for hunters to be
outdoors, state officials say.
But some hunters say the lack of snow made it harder
to spot their quarry in the woods.
"You could go to camp and the hunters would tell you
that they hadn't seen a thing. But then you could go a
half-mile away to the next camp and find two deer hang-
ing," Steve Martin, a Department of Natural Resources
conservation officer, told the Daily Press of Escanaba.
The DNR plans late this week to release an estimate of

the kill during the Nov. 15-30 hunt, big game specialist
John Urbain said yesterday. He said it probably would
exceed the 258,000 that the agency predicted before-.
hand.
"We're expecting it to come in a little higher
because of the weather," Urbain said.
Higher than normal temperatures encouraged hunters
to stay in the field longer, he said.
Also, the corn harvest in Michigan's farm belt took
place early, removing a favorite hiding place for deer.
The herd seems healthy because of last winter's mild
weather, Upper Peninsula biologist Craig Albright said.

By Adam Zuwerink
Daily Staff Reporter
Across the United States, students
sit down at computers and type out an
e-mail without giving their access to
the Internet a second thought.
But for students living in countries
such as China and Vietnam, where
information is not allowed to flow
freely, the use of the Internet has
meant fundamental changes in the
way closed governments allow their
citizens to access information.
Speaking in front of an audience of
70 people last night in the School of
Social Work, senior fellow at the
Human Rights Center of the
University of California at Berkeley
and New Yorker magazine writer Stan
Sesser spoke about the impact of
information in Asian countries.
Sesser spoke about his experience
in Malaysia and the important role the
Internet played in the dissemination of
information after the overthrow of the
nation's leader.
While only 50,000 Malaysians
have access to the Internet, Sesser said
demonstrations of thousands of people
can be assembled in a matter of hours.
Information is downloaded from
the Internet and distributed in
mosques on Fridays, eventually reach-
ing as far as rural farmers in Malaysia.
"The Internet became the media of
protest," Sesser said. "It is the most
effective weapon of all."
After he raised the question of why
the new regime in Malaysia allows
continued access to the Internet,
Sesser said the Malaysian economy
has become high-tech.
"If he pulled the plug, there would
go the economy," Sesser said. "All

these people would be thrown out of
work."
Sesser also spoke about his experi-
ence with the opening of Internet cafes
in China and Vietnam in which people
can gain access to dissident groups'
information from around the world.
But, Sesser said he found the
Internet was not being used so much
for the reading of foreign newspapers
and dissident information, but more
for e-mail and nude pictures.
Now that members of previously
closed information societies are begin-
ning to gain access to outside informa-
tion, the governments are faced with
the reality of increasingly global
Internet community
"The genie is out of the bottle. You
can arrest a few people, but you can't
put the genie back' Sesser said.
"Governments suddenly have to live
with the fact that everything can come
into their country."
Also speaking last night was John
Burns, chief of the New York Times
bureau in New Delhi. Burns won a
Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for his coverage
of the war in Bosnia and again in 1997
for his coverage of the Taliban regime
in Afghanistan.
Burns spoke about his experiences
as a reporter in war-torn areas and the
impact the United States has on the
world.
The Taliban's "world is so far
removed from ours. It even attacks my
understanding of how the world
works" Burns said.
Burns said his experiences in
Bosnia and Afghanistan in the past
few years have radically altered his
view of the world and the direction in
which it is heading.

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