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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 23, 1998 - 3

.CRIMElli
Man caught
campmg in local
Hub ard woods
A 40-year-old man, attempting to
camp in the woods located on
Hubbard Street, was asked to leave
the premises Tuesday evening,
according to DPS reports.
The subject, who is not affiliated
with the University, had set up a tent
in the woods when the Department
of Public Safety arrived.
DPS advised the camper to "pick
up and leave" the area.
A check for outstanding warrants
on the man come back negative.
North Campus Grounds were
called to clean up the area.
M-Card stolen,
used for Entree
Plus services
DPS responded to a calldfrom a stu-
dent claiming his M-Card had been
. -stolen and that the suspects are current-
ly using his M-Card.
DPS Reports state the caller did
-not report his M-Card stolen when
Ihe theft occurred, but now thinks
two residents in South Quadrangle
Residence Hall are using his M-Card
and Entree Plus.
DPS took the caller to South Quad to
try and identify the suspects.
Men caught
* trespassing near
East Hall
A custodian called DPS Tuesday
night to report two men trespassing
near East Hall, off South University
Avenue.
The custodian claimed the men,
age, 38 and 46, continuously were
trying to enter East Hall despite his
request for them to leave the area.
Once on the scene, DPS found
one of the suspects hiding in the
bushes, reports state.
-DPS ran a background check on
both men and discovered one had an
open intoxication ordnance viola-
tion.
Operating ser-
vices victim of
prank caller
Operating Services was the victim
of obscene phone calls Wednesday
morning, DPS reports state.
According to the reports, a man
making threats, using profanity and
screaming obscenities made several
calls to operating services.
DPS attempted to stop the calls by
intersecting one call made by the
suspect to operating services, but the
man continued to scream profanities
and hung up.
The man stopped calling for a half
hour but began another calling
spree, reports state.
DPS contacted Ameritech in
hopes of finding a location where
the calls were being made from.
Ameritech attempted to trace the
*phone call but was unsuccessful.
Man writes bad

check for football
tickets
A woman sold her Michigan foot-
Cail tickets to a man she claims
wrote her a bad check, DPS reports
state.
The woman claimed she was
standing in line at Hartwig Athletic
Ticket Office when she sold her
tickets to the suspect.
The suspect wrote her a check, but
upon trying to cash the check, it was
discovered there were no funds in
the account.
The suspect was not apprehended.
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Nikita Eas/e.

IU,

studies student/faculty relationships

By Michael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter
A recent suicide at Harvard University's
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences shed
light on problems that can plague the relation-
ship between graduates students and their fac-
ulty advisers at universities.
Jason Altom, a fifth-year graduate student
in chemistry, killed himself last week using
cyanide taken from a laboratory. Altom was
the third graduate student at Harvard to com-
mit suicide since last year.
In a suicide letter obtained by The Harvard
Crimson, the campus student newspaper, Altom
said that "professors here have too much power
over the lives of their grad students."
In the letter, Altom said he would like a
group of professors in charge of a students'
thesis work, decreasing the full control of a

graduate student's adviser.
Univteritic "'need to set clear standairds .
defining the roles and responsibilities of the
adviser and the advising committee? said Bryan
Ilannegan, president of the National Association
of (Griluatc-Prossi onal Students.
vWe would like a faculty committee) to
have some intluence" so power does not rest
totally in the hands of one advisen lIlannegan
said.
But Glenda } askiell assistant to the dean of the
University's Rackham School of Graduate Studies,
said the case at H1larvard sounds extreme.
H1-annegan also noted that "we cannot be
sure that this is a rising trend" without further
study.
"In any institution, graduate students are put
under a great amount of stress," Haskell said.
"At an institution like this, problems do exist

between students nd their advisers."
Rackham currently is woIrking to strengthen
graduate studies by improving mentorm i
process. By the end of the semester, the school
will publish two mentoring handbooks. one
focused on students and the other on iculty.
Haskell said.
"The relationship with the (faculty) chair is
extremely important ... and it is important Ikr
students to have a team of support: she said.
In research-oriented graduate schools such
as the University and Harvar d, the student
adviser relationship is key because the adviser
often has influence over grant money and
instruction and also guides the student through
the thesis-writing process. ontlicts otIen can
arise in this relationship, Haskel said, who
serves as Rackham's grievance o 'ficer.
When problems Irise between 'raduate

student and his or her aculty adviser,
RaIkham has a formal grievance process.
"\e try to settle things informally at first
because when the conlict is addressed formal-
v" tensions can ise further, I laskell said.
"Rackhan takes i\rievances very seriously,
said R~wkhm; student Jose Santos.
But reporting a grievance "hurts you more
than helps." Santos said. lven if a student
wins a grievance fight. nothing is recorded on
the proP'ssor's record, Santos said.
Mo st simt U.3ious become so uncomfortable
for the graduate student that "you almost
always have to leave," Santos said.
1 his happens at all the universities," Santos
said.
When considering the fact that many gradu-
ate students are supporting families while
attending school, stress can build up.

Fasten your seatbelts!

Jewish saint related to
Public Policy professor

By Enn Holmes
Daily StaffTReporter
On an October day in Rome, eco-
nomics and Public Policy Prof. Paul
Courant sipped wine with 97 members
of his extended family, 30 people and
the host of his party - the Archbishop
of Cologne.
The unlikely collection of guests
characterizing Courant's first trip to the
Vatican was the result of an unusual
event--- Pope JohnPaul It's decision to
elevate Courant's grandfather's cousin
Edith Stein to sainthood.
"Until this all came up, I didn't know
anything about the Catholic Church,"
Courant said, laughing.
His laughter introduced the catch
Stein was born into an Orthodox Jewish
family on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day
of atonement, and nearly all of
Courant's family is Jewish.
As a teenager, Stein described herself
as an atheist until she joined the Roman
Catholic Church in the early '20s and
became a Carmelite nun several years
later, earning her recognition in both
religions during the peak of anti-semi-
tism in Europe.
Stein appealed to Pope Pius XI to
speak out against the Nazis in 1933
an appeal ignored by the Pope.
"For a long time, it was known that
certain parts of the Church wanted her
to be a saint." Courant said. But he said
the announcement still came as a sur-
prise.
In 1987, Stein was "beatified" the
first step toward sainthood, which was
protested loudly by Jewish leaders.
"This means she led a beautiful and
worthy life," Courant said, adding that
to become a saint one must fulfill cer-

tain requirements. Stein was considered
a martyr but had to have one miriclk
attributed to her in order to reach saint-
hood.
"I thought, iHy she's beatified,
that's pretty cool,"' Courant said."Most
people don't go on to be saint after
that'."
Ten years later, a friend walked up to
Courant with another surprise a
copy of the Detroit Free Press that ran
an article about Stein.
"I looked at it and saw that a miracle
had been attributed to her. I he Popc
decided to officially make her a saint?
Courant said, explaining that young
girl who had fallen ill had a miraculous
recovery after praying to Stein.
The date for Stein's canonization was
set for October t1, her birthday.
Stein, the first Jewish woman since
the Virgin Mary, to be named a saint
was taken to Auschwitz on Aug. 7,
1942 and died in the gas chamber.
Stein's "case is very unique," said
Elizabeth Martin, the director of reli-
gious education at St Thomas The
Apostle Catholi Church.1 The title of
sainthood, Martin sz id. puts, Stein
among the Biblial saint: w~h were
also converts from the Jewish faith.
"Sinthood doesn' happen that often"
Martin said. "It's a recognition that sorne-
one lived an exceptionally holy lit:."
Martin said Stein's s inthood means
that Catholics believe she is in heaven
and believers can pray to her.
The Vatican's decision to make Stein
a saint placed Courant 1 50 feet away
from the Pope during the 2 1/2 half hour
ceremony.
"I started wondering, 'What am I
doing here ?"' Courant said.

1 Ic said his doubts stemmed not only
from the realization that he was at an
event he neither understood nor
believed in, but also from the 100,000
people who came to take communion.
"At sorme point, I turned and looked
at the crowd" Courant said. "It was
amazing to see so many people. They
were packed into St. Peter's Square and
alI the way down the hill.
"It was nothing but blue skies; it
made you believe in miracles Courant
said. But he quickly added, "It would
have been a drag if it were raining."
Courant said the Pope spoke of Stein
mainly in German but addressed he and
ins family in English as the sun
streamed across the faces of the crowd.
Although Stein's canonization stirred
controversy from both Christian and
Jewish groups, Courant said he didn't
focus on the unfamiliarities of the situ-
ati on while in Rome.
41 was so impressed by the sound
system at the Vatican ... it's just
superb," Courant said, comparing it to
that of a rock concert. "I guess the Pope
and the Rolling Stones have that in
comnnon.
(ourant didn't get to talk to the
Pope one-on-one. Instead he was
swept off to a restaurant by the
Archbishop of Cologne. He remem-
bered the scene with pleasure,
describing what he called one of the
most memorable moments ol'the trip.
"One of my relatives turned to me
and said, 'You know, Hitler thought he
could kill the Jews. And he didn't. Here
we are,"' (courant said. "It is neat to
think that for all of the horrible things
that happened to Jews, here we still
are.

ADRIANA YUGLNICH/Dadiy
A mack truck overturned yesterday, on M14, after driving too fast on the state
highway.
House candidate
arrested for warrant

SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Al'}
--A candidate for the state Legislature
was arrested on a child support warrant
during a break in a radio talk show on
which he was a guest.
Robert Zelle of Saginaw was arrested
Wednesday in front of hundreds of
onlookers at the Saginaw Township
Business Expo, where he was on
WSGW's "Cameron Knowles Show" to
discuss his candidacy for the 95th
District seat in the state House. Zelle, a
Republican, is challenging incumbent
Democrat Mike Hanley.
He was taken to the Saginaw County
Jail for failing to pay more than $25,000
in child support. He was released yester-
day after paying $1,000 to the Saginaw
County Friend of the Court.
Zelle owes $25,401 in back child
support to his ex-wife and the state,
WSGW and The Saginaw News
reported. Court records say he has
failed to pay $80 a week since the
couple divorced in 1991, the news-
paper said.
His ex-wife, Beth Jerry of Saginaw
township, filed a lawsuit in April to col-
lect the child support money for three
children. A Friend of the Court warrant
was issued for his arrest on July 13.
Zelle said he got behind because he
has been struggling in business for the
past few years. He said he had given
$1,000 to his attorney, Phil Sturtz, but
Sturtz didn't turn it over to the court.
"He came over this morning,
acknowledged that, gave the money
to the Friend of the Court, and then

I was released from jail," he said.
Sturtz said he was holding the money
in a trust account until a court petition
could be resolved. He said he is trying
to modify the nount that /.elle owes.
as his payments were calculated at a
time when he made more money than
he does now.
"Friend ot'the Court has been aware ft
where he is all this timne: Sturtz said.
"And the Friend of the Court hasn't come
avter him because they know he is mak-
ing an effort and that he doesn't have the
funds to take care of this right now."
Saginaw Township Police Chief
Stephen C. Renico told the News that an
anonymous tipster called to say Zele
was at the Saginaw Township Business
Expo. Renico said he didn't know why
he hadn't been arrested earlier
"Maybe nobody knew," Renico said.
"We usually don't check the records o1'
aspiring politicians"
The News reported that Zelle has
claimed Ms. Terry and her boyfriend
Thomas C. McLeod. are trying to sabo-
tage his political career. Both have per-
sonal protection orders against him.
/elle is to appear in Saginaw
County Circuit Court this morning on
allegations he violated the order by
making a gun-like gesture at McLeod.
Ms. Jerry denied having any political
motivations. She said she is frustrated it
took police so long to arrest him.
"It's the principle of the matter," she
said. "He did this to himself"
Zelle said he is working on an agree-
ment to pay the rest of what he owes.

Ii U

You 'vejust won the Heisman Trophy
What are you going to do now?
I'm going to !
Michigan Book and Supply

Yes, the Heisman will be at
Michigan Book and Supply
Saturday, October 24. Con
and get your picture
with the Heisman trophy,
just like Woodson.

Correction:
Eric Odier Fink, GEO president said "If they want negotiations to go smoothly, they are going to have to sign some checks:"
This was recorded incorrectly in yesterday's Daily

FRIDAY SUNDAY

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Sponsored by Michigan Student
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Committee, Michigan Union,
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