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will take over as interim
vice president for
By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
ngineering Prof. Fawwaz Ulaby
wi 1 be appointed interim vice pres-
ident for research pending approval
of the University Board of Regents
later this month.
"I'm very pleased, very enthusi-
astic and very excited," said Ulaby,
a professor of electrical engineering
and computer science.
If approved, Ulaby's appointment
would take effect Jan. 1 following
the retirement furlough of Vice
"I am so
s e r v e, "
added that Ulaby
Ulaby is talent-
ed both as a professor and a scientist.
"Professor Ulaby is imbued with
the academic values that are impor-
tant iny this office," Neidhardt said.
Although a search committee for
a permanent vice president has been
active for several months, Ulaby
said he does not know how long he
will serve in his new post.
He added that he does have sev-
eral projects he would like begin
while in office.
"We're going to try as much as
possible to expand the opportunity
for undergraduates to participate in
research," Ulaby said.
Nearly 1,000 students currently
are involved with the Undergraduate
Research Opportunities Program,
* But 500 more students are turned
away from the program each year
because of limits created by pro-
gram funding caps and the number
of research faculty available to
Sandra Gregerman, LSA pro-
gram director of UROP, said she
received a phone call from Ulaby
this summer before knowing he was
a candidate for the post.
"He is a strong supporter of
"We'll be working closely with
Gregerman said Ulaby inquired
about a number of issues, including
the barriers involved in expanding
Ulaby said the life sciences com-
mission, formed this summer to
s engthen the life sciences, will be
d a model for other initiatives in
the areas such as humanities, social
sciences, engineering and medical
"The University is moving in the
direction of establishing new initia-
tives in new research areas," Ulaby
said. "We will use that as a model to
explore the possibility of other ini-
Ulaby also will continue with
rent research programs, includ-
1 planning for the Weisner
Symposium on undergraduate
research participation, Neidhardt
The symposium is scheduled for
"He will be a very active interim
vice president. He won't just be
holding down the fort," Neidhardt
R Ulaby came to the University in
4 and has directed interdiscipli-
nary NASA projects dealing with
the development of high-resolution
satellite radar sensors for mapping
the Earth's surface.
"I've been working in research
for 30 years," Ulaby said.
By Nikita Easley
Daily Staff Reporter
Investigators yesterday submitted a
final report into the death of LSA first-
year student Courtney Cantor, who
died Oct. 16 after falling from
her sixth-floor Mary Markley
Residence Hall window.
The Washtenaw County
Prosecutor's Office will look
at the Department of Public
Safety and Ann Arbor Police
report to decide whether crim-
inal charges should be filed.
Although the case is closed
to further investigation after Cantor
the report is sent to the prose-
cuting attorney's office, DPS
spokesperson Elizabeth Hall said,
"Technically the case is still open."
Keeping the case open will prevent
released to the pub-
lic, and allow the
As of yet, noc
been made about
played a role in C
Officials say case
Wil remain open
of the case. was seen drinking alcohol the night
cuting attorney she died at a party at the Phi Delta
urke said he and Theta fraternity house.
ier person will Burke added that anyone who may
he more than 200- have furnished alcohol for Cantor or
ort. violated the host law the night of
will make a deter- Cantor's death may be charged crimi-
if criminal nally. The host law states that any per-
will be filed son who knowingly allows a minor to
anyone who may consume alcohol on their premises has
nmitted a crime," committed a misdemeanor.
id. Burke said that if his office wants to
determination has re-interview someone who was inter-
whether alcohol viewed for the report, it will have either
antor's death. She DPS or the AAPD contact the individu-
als. George Cantor,
father of Courtney
Cantor, said the
tained in the report
most likely will tell
his family nothing it
doesn't already know.
"They are simply calling it an
accident," said George Cantor, who
has not seen the report but spoke
recently to University officials. "How
it happened is the critical issue."
George Cantor added that whatever
the report finds, he holds no animosity
towards those who furnished his
daughter with alcohol, but he wants
the city of Ann Arbor to take action to
mitigate the problem of underage
"Ann Arbor has been trying to send
a message since my daughter's death,"
he said. "If Ann Arbor is serious about
which way to get a grip on the prob-
lem, they need to establish the fact that
actions have consequences, and you
have to be held responsible for your
George Cantor said that although
his family has not yet officially hired
an attorney, it plans to contact some-
one that will help look into the
University's investigation, saying an
outside perspective is important.
"The University is, in essence,
investigating itself," Cantor said.
"Internal investigations are always
open for suspicion."
Burke said he is unsure when the
report will be released to the public,
but said he will conduct a thorough
review of the report before that time.
Phi Delta Theta members would not
comment on the report's completion.
Code, colleges catch u to drinkers
opt to inform
parents of MIPs
By Sarah Lewis
Daily Staff Reporter
If an underage student is caught using or in possession of
alcohol or drugs, that person is likely to be slapped with a
minor in possession ticket, have to go to court, pay a fine
and perhaps do some community service. Many students
simply might accept the consequences and chalk it up to
But what if their parents found out ?
Colleges and universities nationwide have penalties
similar to the University's
when minors and alcohol D IJNKJNQ
mix, but some schools are
taking the punishment a step
further by notifying parents
when their son or daughter is
caught violating the schools'
codes of conduct.
The Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act, draft-
ed as a federal amendment to
the Higher Education Act,
allows the parent of a finan- sO C CMP S
cially dependent student access
to their child's records, including any violations they might
The amendment was revised in October, and now fed-
eral law states that any student, whether financially depen-
dent or not, may have their files accessed by parents.
Although the University of Michigan does not notify
parents when a student receives an MIP, the University of
Florida's Director of Student Judicial Affairs John Dalton
said the decision is at the discretion of each school.
Florida state law mirrors the original amendment,
Dalton said, which creates a problem with the new federal
"The federal law does not supersede the state law," he
said. University of Florida policy is that it must adhere to
state law, although that also might change within the next
See MIP, Page 2
A student who received an MIP hides his face with an alcohol quiz that was included In a letter sent to him from the University. The letter
Informed him he is In violation of the Code of Student Conduct. The quiz Is meant to measure alcohol dependency.
Letters announce ode violations
By Jaimie Winkler
Daily Staff Reporter
More than 100 students will be receiving
or have received a letter from the University
saying they are in violation of the Code of
The Code is the University's internal dis-
ciplinary system, based on a set of values -
including dignity, diversity, safety and hon-
esty - the University enforces to create a
The letters have'been given to the 133 stu-
dents who recently received alcohol viola-
tions from the Ann Arbor Police Department.
The violations include a range of activities,
such as furnishing minors with alcohol and
minors possessing alcohol as a minor.
The letters give the students a warning
that they are in violation of the Code but state
they are not yet being charged.
If the student commits a second violation,
they will be charged and punishments can be
as harsh as expulsion.
The letters also include pamphlets on
alcohol awareness and a quiz to determine a
person's alcohol dependency.
"If the student believes we've received
incorrect information or has successfully
fought the ticket, it could be appealed," Office
See CODE, Page 7
White House abandons plans for Starr attack
WASHINGTON (AP) - Backpedaling under
pressure, the White House jettisoned plans for a
fresh assault on Kenneth Starr yes-
terday as it readied a last-ditch
impeachment defense of President
Clinton for the House Judiciary s
The White House recast its strat-
egy on the eve of historic hearings
as the panel's chairperson, Rep.
Henry Hyde (R-Ill.)said there was a
"compelling case" for impeaching
the nation's 42nd president.
"I haven't heard anybody say Monica
Lewinsky is a liar," the Illinois Republican said
of the former intern whose detailed allegations
House sexual encounters with the
are at the core of the nation's
Hyde challenged the White House
to present exculpatory evidence over
the two days allotted for the presi-
With the committee expected to
vote by week's end on articles of
impeachment related to perjury,
obstruction of justice and abuse of
power, Clinton's defenders were
increasingly turning their attention
battle in the full House next week.
"I haven't heard anybody say Monica Lewinsky
is a liar.
- Rep. Henry Hyde
Investigation Panel Chair
could be persuaded to oppose impeachment,
either on the merits of the case or on the basis
of the political makeup of their districts,
according to sources who are familiar with the
situation and spoke only on condition of
These lawmakers are from districts that
Clinton won in his re-election campaign in
1996, and where there is a significant
Democratic vote in general.
The list is heavily tilted to the Northeast -
ranging from New York Reps. Jack Quinn, Rick
Lazio and Michael Forbes to others such as
Connie Morella of Maryland, Jim Leach of
Iowa and Heather Wilson of New Mexico.
See STARR, Page 7
to a likely
The White House has been given a list of 30
or so GOP lawmakers who officials believe
Volunteers needed for holiday season
By Adam Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
It's the time of year when cold weather and
holiday mood make hot meals taste better and
warm smiles seem warmer.
Volunteering their time this holiday season
for those in need, organizations around Ann
Arbor add to the ambiance. And they invite the
University community to do the same.
tion called Motor Meals deliver lunches and
dinners to homebound people - individuals
unable to leave home, primarily the elderly.
"We'd love to have people on the holidays,"
said Jo Brown, director of Motor Meals of Ann
Arbor. "We're always short of volunteers over
that two-week period."
Washtenaw Literacy conducts twq pro-
grams for the holidays. Volunteers gift-wrap
"We're always looking for volunteers. We
rely upon about 300 every year. They are criti-
cal for our survival," said Vanessa Mayesky,
marketing and developing director of
Washtenaw Literacy. "We could especially use
them over the holidays when it's hard for peo-
ple to give their time.:
Washtenaw Literacy also wants volunteers