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Two taken to
hospital after
ingesting LSD
Two people, including a University
Sudent, were hospitalized Saturday
fter ingesting LSD, Department of
Public Safety reports state. A third LSD
ser'traveled to the hospital but was not
DPS Housing officers restrained the
student who was "extremely combat-
ive" around 2:35 a.m.
Witnesses said the student ingested
acid, and medical personnel and Ann
Arbor Fire Department officials were
advised to "step-up" response because
. the victim's behavior.
Two of the users were taken to
University Hospitals' emergency
rooms. Huron Valley Ambulance per-
sonnel restrained the student and DPS
reports state the victim was reacting to
an unknown substance.
Warrant checks on all three subjects
Wfett negative.
4flan assaulted
on the Diag
A iiale was assaulted Friday evening
on the Diag but not injured, DPS
reports state.
The victim told DPS officers the sus-
pect punched him once in the face and
also hit his body several times during
the unprovoked assault.
in' self defense, the victim struck the
assailant several times before he fled
* fbot to the Northwest area of the
'The victim stated he did not wish to
press charges against the suspect, but
the incident is under investigation by
DPS officials.
The suspect is a 5-foot-6-inch male
with shoulder length red hair and goa-
tee who is in his early 20s. He was last
geW wearing a green camouflage base-
1l1 cap, green camouflage jack and
'Tither blue jeans or dark shorts.
Man caught
stealing change
A man was found wading in the
Thomas Cooley Memorial Fountain
on Sunday afternoon, DPS reports
The man was collecting change
Wrn the fountain in front of the
Rackham Graduate School building
whetn DPS officers escorted him
from the area.
The suspect returned all of the
money to the fountain.
Student suspected
of stealing books
DI'S officers arrested a man suspect-
ed of stealing and re-selling books in
the Michigan Union Bookstore
A bookstore employee told DPS
officials the male student sold sev-
eral used copies of the same book to
the store, along with many other
DPS officers arrested the suspect
who had been selling the books for sev-

,dal days.
Washer catches
fire in Markley
"A washing machine in Mary
Markley residence hall caught fire
Sunday afternoon, DPS reports
A Markley resident told DPS offi-
Is he saw a slight amount of
smoke and smelled something burn-
ing in the Little House laundry
room where the washer was located.
University maintenance workers
whu- arrived to fix the machine
found smoke but no signs of actual
- Complied by Daily Staff Reporter
Jennfer Yachnin.


The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 13, 1998 - 3

CFO talks on data management, parking

By Paul Barg
Daily Staff Reporter
Robert Kasdin, chief financial officer of the
University, discussed faculty members' concerns
in the areas of data management and parking at
yesterday's Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs meeting.
Although Kasdin was unable to answer all of the
questions posed by the faculty's governing body,
he outlined the issue of the troubled M-Pathways
system of data management.
This new system houses important data about
admissions and curricula and is vital to the faculty
because it stores payroll, expense and benefit
"We cannot get timely budget information, and
we get torrents of complaints from faculty and vis-
itors to the Medical School," said pathology Prof.
Peter Ward, a SACUA member.
Ward also said Medical School secretaries are
taking on heavier workloads because of the diffi-
culties and used travel reimbursement as an exam-
ple of the delays caused by transitional bugs.
"It used to take three weeks to receive travel
reimbursement, and now it is taking a minimum of
16 weeks," Ward said.
"It's going to take time for users to feel as well
off as they felt with the old system," Kasdin said.

"There seems to be a higher degree of discomfort
on the medical campus."
About four years ago, former Provost Gilbert
Whitaker decided to change the software due to
the inefficiency of the old system, Kasdin said.
"It was a situation where you needed to figure
out the right people to get on the phone to find
information," he said.
Kasdin cited an incorrect emphasis by
PeopleSoft, the software company working on the
University's data management systems.
He said that by concentrating on accomplishing
certain objectives by this past July 1, rather than
planning to complete them by this September,
PeopleSoft's correction strategy created some of the
current shortcomings of the M-Pathways system.
Kasdin said faculty financial statements for
August should be available Oct. 20, while the
statements for September will be ready on Nov. 9.
This acceleration, Kasdin said, illustrates progress
in smoothing out the system.
"We are coming through this in a strong posi-
tion," Kasdin said. "Other universities around the
country have tried to do this - or even lesser pro-
jects of this kind - with less success."
"I think people are prepared to be patient," Ward
While filled with levity, the discussion of facul-

ty parking was no laughing matter.
Faculty members purchased an increased num-
ber of "gold" parking permits this term, which cost
a few hundred dollars more than their "blue" coun-
The gold permits give drivers privileges to park
in specially designated spots, typically on the
ground floor of faculty parking structures rather
than the higher floors.
The increase in sales of permits delegated to
gold-only parking creates a limited availability
SACUA members expressed concerns with
the ramifications for those with blue permits,
who are finding lower numbers of open spaces
and see a financial hierarchy in the parking
"The spaces we already bought are, in a way,
being sold to higher bidders," said astronomy Prof.
Gordon MacAlpine, a SACUA member. "It isn't a
question of where you can park; it's whether you
can park in a structure at all." -
Two weeks ago, Kasdin's office suspended the
sale of gold permits on Central Campus to allow
the problem to stabilize.
Kasdin said he understands the immediate con-

"This is a situation with many different vari-
ables acting simultaneously, and we simply did not
expect the surge in interest in the gold permits,"
Kasdin said. "But we need to think through as a
community whether or not we should continue to
build these intensely concentrated parking areas.'
Educational facilities could be filling these lots
on central campus, Kasdin said, and a more effi-
cient busing system could bring faculty and stu-
dents from parking facilities outside the central
campus area to classes.
"This blue and gold question is a small piece of
a large transportation problem that may soon face
the University," he said.
SACUA also resolved to compose a letter taking
an official position on two recent hate crime inci-
dents at peer institutions. They plan to present a
statement for approval at the Oct. 19 Senate
Assembly meeting.
The statement will concern the Sept. 28
arson that destroyed a black first-year stu-
dent's residence hall room at Kalamazoo
The letter also will address yesterday's death of
Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming stu-
dent, who was beaten last week. Officials have
speculated that the beating was due to Shepard's
sexual orientation.

cerns and foresees

even larger problems in the

A horse is a horse, of course of course

LSA interim
dean makes time
for students

By Jaimle Winkler
Daily Staff Reporter
At a University boasting nearly
24,000 undergraduate students, the
chance of deans having the time to lend
an ear to students may seem slim.
But LSA interim Dean Patricia Gurin
is making the time to do it. Gurin is
inviting students to meet with faculty
and administrators to discuss issues
important to students and relevant to
University policies.
"When students bring topics to me,
that is very important to me," said
Gurin, who is scheduled to hold the
first meeting today from 4-6 p.m. in the
Executive Conference Room of the
LSA Building.
"She's very energetic, and she wants
to get things going, said Julie
Sutherland, an LSA Student
Government representative who is
helping to organize the event.
LSA-SG is collaborating with Gurin
to bridge the gap between students and
Gurin said she expects to hold at
least six of these meetings before the
end of the semester. Both faculty and
students will select the issues for the
The project is designed to get stu-
dents comfortable with the dean and the
LSA Building, UROP coordinator
Sandy Gregerman said. The meetings

are expected to be informal, with par-
ticipants sitting on chairs in a circle.
"The dean would like students to be
open and candid about issues;"
Gregerman said.
During today's meeting, participants
are expected to discuss the Ethnic
Studies Progam, a division within the
department of American culture.
Members of the United Asian
Americans Organization and Native
American Students Association are
expected to attend.
Next Tuesday's meeting will focus on
the University's lack of a major/minor
program. University students cannot
elect a minor -- only double concentra-
tions, Sutherland said. The issue partic-
ularly interests the Associate Dean for
Undergraduate Education Robert
Owen, who plans to attend the discus-
sion, Gurin said.
Other possible topics of discussion
include offering seniors what Gurin
called a "capstone seminar,' which
would draw students out of their majors
to step back and synthesize their under-
graduate studies.
She said she would love for students
to leave the University feeling they've
pulled together their undergraduate
For more information or to suggest
topics, students can e-mail Sutherland

Tom Mapes hugs his mustang Nevada Rose yesterday at his home in Ingersol Township near Midland, Mich. He acquired the
horse through an adoption program In 1997.
Film attempts to raise interest

By Marta Brill
For the Daily
Last night the Palestine Catastrophe
Committee hosted a viewing and dis-
cussion of the film "Checkpoint" for an
audience of about 100 people in
Auditorium D of Angell Hall.
The committee wants "to raise aware-
ness on the current situation in Palestine
and the numerous human rights abuses
and oppression that is taking place
there," said SNRE senior Deana Talal
Rabiah, a committee member. "We hope
to educate the campus and community
body on the issue and encourage a con-
structive dialogue on the subject"
The committee hosted three other
events this semester.
The last film, Edward Said's "In
Search of Palestine" drew a crowd of
about 300 students.
Rackham student Andrew Freeman,
who provided the introduction to the
film, said few films portray the conflict
in a strong Palestinian voice.
Freeman said the committee is
attempting to show current films with-
out an "aggressively partisan stance"
such as independent documentaries
based on experience.
"Checkpoint" explored the
Israeli/Palestinian conflict through an

"The checkpoint
is the symbol of
life under the
Oslo Accords
-- Andrew Freeman
Rackham student
investigation of the practice of restrict-
ing movement in or out of the West
Bank after a terrorist incident.
"The checkpoint is a symbol of life
under the Oslo Accords;' Freeman said.
The Oslo Accords are the peace agree-
ments signed by PLO and Israeli lead-
ers at the White House on September
28, 1995.
Once these barriers are in place, the
only criteria for crossing is whether one
is Palestinian or Israeli, Freeman said,
Palestinians are not allowed to cross
into the West Bank - even to go to the
hospital or their jobs.
After the film, many students partic-
ipated in an open mic discussion.
Several spoke of the need to fight pro-
paganda in order to receive complete and
unbiased reports of activities in Palestine.

Students also expressed concerns about
the U.S. involvement in Israel.
"I think it's really good that people
were so open to speaking about such a
heated topic," LSA senior Bisan Salhi
The films and open mic discussions
provide an incentive for students to
"engage in an exchange of ideas" and
realize racism against Palestinians
exists, Rabiah said.
The films, Freeman said, attempt to
educate students about what it is like to
live under occupation.
The committee also is sponsoring a
letter-writing campaign to free Hashem
Mufleh, an 18-year-old Arab American
held in an Israeli prison.
The committee is planning to host
speaker Marc Ellis, professor of
American and Jewish Studies at Baylor
University. He is scheduled to speak on
"The Next Fifty Years: Struggling Toward
an Israel/Palestine Embracing Justice and
Peace" on Oct.26 in Angell Hall.

Continued from Page 1
amount is especially ironic for a
University that received an original
land grant from Native people.
LSA senior Eric Pottenger, who
attended the event, said it helped edu-
cate people about the dangers of a race
conscious society.
"The fact that we have put the guy
(Columbus) on a pedestal for 500 years,
speaks volumes about our society,
Pottenger said.
But Pottenger said he desires a more
active approach.
"Coming out here and talking about
the problems seems dated. Something
has to be done," Pottenger said.
Diego Bernal, co-chair of La Voz
Mexicana, said action is the responsi-

bility of individual students - espe-
cially after they finish their college
"To be active doesn't mean you have
to be radical," Bernal, an LSA senior,
said. "You can be a surgeon or a social
worker and still be active. I don't want
college to be a phase.
LSA sophomore Desirea Alvarez, a
member of La Voz Mexicana, said she
missed class for the event but thought it
was necessary in order to support the
Alvarez also said she planned to wear
the red armband that was distributed by
the student groups for the rest of the
day to promote the celebration of
Indigenous Peoples' Day.
"If you're going to support some-
thing, go all the way with your sup-
port,"Alvarez said.



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