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The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 4, 1998 - 3

Faculty member
gets threatening
sfaculty member received numer-
threatening letters from a former
student, according to the Department
of Public Safety reports.
ghe graduate school faculty member
told DPS officers he had been receiv-
ing the letters postmarked from
California for some time and that he
had files of all of the letters.
DPS reports state the faculty member
wants the authorities help in stopping the
maR from sending additional letters.
Men try to dig up
parking meter
Four to five men were seen attempting
to dig.up a parking meter on the 1100
block 6f Church Street early Wednesday
morning, DPS reports state.
A witness to the alleged crime told
DPS the men had shovels and were
attempting to dig up the meter.
*nsuccessful in their attempt, the
men were caught by DPS officers after
they were seen running into the resi-
dgptial area of Church Street and East
University Avenue.
' PS confiscated the men's shovels.
Car reported
theft a false
woman reported her car stolen
Monday afternoon to DPS.
'The woman claimed she parked her
velicle in lot NC-27 on the 900 block
of Murfin Avenue.
DPS reports state the woman said her
car was locked and she still had the keys.
_,imtes later, the woman called back
and gid she found her car and that she
adforgotten where she had parked it.
c vehicle was found by a credit
y o' m.entrance.
Man told to keep
hands to himself
N male co-worker at the University
Hospital was told to stop making
advances towards a female co-worker
Monday morning, DPS reports state.
According to DPS reports, the male
w er, would give his co-worker back
r a d simulate play fighting.
Thefemale worker said his advances
did not frighten her and that he did stop
touching her when she asked him to.
PS.contacted the co-worker for the
wafii and advised him to not touch
her inthe future.
The co-worker agreed and no
charges were filed.
an arrested
er accident
A traffic accident between two men
turned into an arrest for one of them
Wednesday evening.
DPS responded to the accident on
the 1500 block of East Medical
Center Drive, in which no one was
A background check on one of the
men .yas negative but the other individ-
gjh had a $12,461 warrant out of
1171tenaw County.
DPS arrested the man for the war-
a m tfailing to yield and driving with an
expired operator's license.

_h& man was taken to the
Waslitenaw County Sheriff's
Min's credit card
yen and used
A man reported his credit card stolen
Wednesday afternoon, DPS reports
Thejnan said his credit card, which
was~suloen Nov. 30, was recently used
at4'bdy store.
The. credit card company told the
man his card was also recently used
as a Kids 'R Us store in Detroit, an
;Aeco in Ann Arbor and a Home
D ot in Southfield. There are no
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Nikita Easley.

Colleges OK Nike code

Here comes Santa Claus

By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
In another step toward improving
working conditions around the world,
the College Licensing Company this
week approved a Code of Conduct that
will regulate the production of colle-
giate apparel.
The passage comes two weeks
after the presidentially commissioned
Apparel Industry Partnership
endorsed a similar code, signaling
progress in what has been a two-year
inquiry into questioned working con-
Both codes include provisions that
will prohibit child and forced labor, and
allow workers bargaining rights in
countries where that is legal.
The University's chief concern in
this matter is its contract with Nike
and the recent fire Nike has drawn
for its southeast Asian labor prac-
Nike spokesperson Vada Manager
said his company has worked hard to
improve its working conditions dur-
ing the formation of a code. But he
said it is very important for the two
codes to be merged so the industry
can follow a single set of guidelines.
"We do believe that the universities
and the licensing companies would
benefit from a single code;' Manager

"The code is meant to end sweatshops
and this does not do that"
- Joe Sexauer
LSA Junior

But while various people are hailing
the agreement as a victory for under-
privileged workers, sonic student
groups said they are not satisfied with
the provisions of the code.
LSA junior Joe Sexauer, a member
of the campus Students Organizing
for Labor Equality group, said the
code will not meet the needs of work-
"The code is meant to end sweat-
shops, and this does not do that,"
Sweatshop labor is a major prob-
lem, Sexauer said, but he fears it will
not end these types of working condi-
The code, Sexauer said, fails to pro-
vide for a local living wage or full pub-
lic disclosure for Nike plants. Outside
inspection has been a central goal for
SOLE and other student action groups,
but this code does not provide for those
"With enough pressure put on the

University (the code) can and will be
changed," Sexauer said.
While agreeing that a living wag is
an important piece of any code,
Manager said further studies, like the
one commissioned by the
Department of Labor, are necessary
before a final determination on
wages can be made.
"A wage standard should be an
important part of any code," Manager
said. "But what may be a living wage in
Indiana may not be a living wage in
Keith Molin, the former Senior
Associate Athletic Director that serves
on the AIP committee, said before the
AIP code was approved that he believes
this issue is of paramount importance to
the University.
"This is an issue that needs to be
addressed," Molin said. "The question
is whether we can define a code of con-
duct that we can hold our manufactur-
ers to."

Three-year-old Krista Williams peers through a little house in Briarwood Mall's b
Briarwood Glen Christmas setup.

911 tapes
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) -
Julie Cooper knew something was
wrong almost immediately when she
drove up to Linda and Stephen
Privacky's rural home just north of
here last weekend looking for her
In 911 tapes released yesterday
by the Muskegon County
Prosecutors Office, Cooper is heard
describing a body she found Sunday
night on the family's driveway as she
approached the Dalton Township
home in western Michigan.
Investigators eventually found
four more bodies inside the house,
including that of Cooper's 19-year-
old daughter, April Boss, in what
Prosecutor Tony Tague has
described as one of the most "bru-
tal" crime scenes he had ever seen.
The body Cooper saw turned
out to be 50-year-old Stephen
Privacky, a fifth-grade teacher.
Bodies later found inside were
those of Privacky's son, Jedediah
Privacky, his mother, Linda
Privacky, Stephen Privacky's
father, John Privackyand Boss,
Jedediah Privacky's girlfriend.
Seth Privacky, the Privackys' 18-
year-old son, is jailed on $5 mil-
lion bail in the shooting deaths of
his parents, grandfather, older
brother and Boss.
His best friend, Steven Wallace
also is being held of S5 million on
identical charges.
Authorities say Privacky has
confessed to systematically
ambushing his family members as
they prepared for a late
Thanksgiving celebration Sunday
afternoon. Boss was fatally shot,
police say, when she unexpectedly
showed up at the home and saw
two of the bodies.
Privacky then called Wallace
who helped clean up the scene to
make it look like a robbery, Tague
has said.
Muskegon County Sheriff's
Sgt. Dennis Edwards - heading
the investigation - said Wallace
remains an enigma. "He's yet to
show any remorse."
In the tapes released yesterday,
Cooper's voice trembled as she
described a bloody body in front

Rights activist to speak at 'U'

Steven Wallace waits for his
arraignment in Muskegon.

of her, and her growing concern
about her daughter's safety.
"I am really worried because my
daughter's car is here,"Cooper is heard
telling an emergency dispatcher.
Cooper told dispatchers that she
pulled onto the driveway and saw a tall
man wearing a plaid shirt and light
colored pants leaning over what
appeared to be a dead body.
The dispatcher then asked
Cooper why she believed the per-
son's dead.
"Because he is filled with blood,
he is cold and he is not moving," she
Cooper said she didn't recog-
nize the dead person or the man
she saw standing over him. She
said the man fled. leaving behind a
flashlight still turned on and a
trail of blood through the house
and garage where the body had
been dragged.
On the tape, she can be heard
sobbing as she and her husband,
Tom, entered the house, turned on
the lights and saw more blood.
"Julie, you're doing really good,"
the dispatcher encourages. "You're
being very helpful, OK?"
Autopsy results released
Wednesday show that all the victims
died about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tague
said Jedediah Privacky died as he
watched television inside the house,
then Privacky's father and grandfa-
ther in the garage. Linda Privacky
was slain as she stepped out of the
shower and, finally, Boss as she
entered the kitchen, the prosecutor
All were shot once in the head,
except the grandfather, who was
shot twice in the neck, Tague said.
Yesterday, community mem-
bers were to attend an evening
memorial service at the high
school both suspects attended.
Another memorial service for
the victims will be held Saturday, a
day after Boss' scheduled funeral.
On Wednesday, mourners gathered
at a Muskegon funeral home to pay
their respects.
"She had a happy life," Cooper
told The Muskegon Chronicle. "She
loved and she knew she was loved.'
Cooper said she doesn't torment

® South African speaker marks 50th
Anniversary of the United Nation's
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
By Sarah Lewis
Daily Staff Reporter
In celebration of next week's 50th anniversary of the
signing of the United Nations-initiated Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, the University is sched-
uled to sponsor a keynote address today at noon in
University Hospitals' Ford Auditorium.
Keynote speaker Wendy Orr, a human rights activist
from South Africa, is scheduled to deliver a speech
titled, "Health and Human Rights: A South African
Family medicine assistant Prof. Jeffrey Sonis, the
organizer of the anniversary celebration, said the decla-
ration was adopted in 1948 by the United Nations,
although it is not a legally binding document for the
nations that signed it.
"It guarantees all humans dignity, well-being and
security," Sonis said. Human rights are fundamental to
every person at the moment of birth, he said, and one
aspect is that no one can give or take away those rights.
University Hospitals is celebrating the declaration
because there are important links between health care
and human rights, Sonis said.

You can't have health unless human rights are pro
tected," he said.
Sonis said he invited Orr to speak because she is'a
"shining example" of someone who has stood up for the
protection of human rights.
"The message that Dr. Orr has to give is applicable to
all physicians, scholars and students," Sonis said. "You
don't have to be an expert; you don't have to be a hei-o
to stand up for human rights."
She said her work in human rights began shortly after
graduation from medical school. She worked in a South,
African prison, where she witnessed political detainees
being abused by the police every day.
"I was constantly confronted with the abuse of human
rights as a white person in South Africa," Orr said. "I
was flung headlong into human rights activism."
Orr initiated a South African Supreme Court ruling to,
stop the assaults on prisoners and several years later was:
appointed by South African President Nelson Mandela
to serve on the Truth and Reconciliation Committee to.
investigate human rights violations in South Africa.
The country's Bill of Rights, written in 1996, Orr said,
was based on the Universal Declaration of Human
"These kinds of benchmarks are absolutely essential.
even if we can't live up to them," she said. "We can hold
them up as something to work toward."

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