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The Michigan Daily Tuesday, January 12, 1999 - 3

Series of slip
and falls reported
An unidentified female fell on the
eps of the Dennison Building on
ursday morning but was not injured,
according to Department of Public
Safety reports.
The stairwell was without heat and
had a build-up of slush, snow and
water on the floor and stairs. Building
Services was notified for clean-up.
A slip-and-fall victim called her
supervisor at the Medical Center to
report another slip-and-fall accident
on Thursday afternoon. The victim
alled from her residence to report
e thought she broke her arm. She
refused medical assistance, accord-
ing to DPS reports.
Fan assaulted at
hockey game
An unidentified subject became
upset after leaving his spot in a stand-
ing room only area of Yost Arena dur-
0 Saturday's hockey game, DPS
orts state.
.The subject pulled and grabbed the
arm of the person standing in the place
he left. There were no injuries. A report
was filed.
Student finds
computer inked
A student living in Helen Newberry
Residence Hall returned from holiday
eak to find red ink smeared on the
mputer in her room, according to
DPS reports.
She also reported a photograph of
her roommate was missing.
Drunk man hangs
around West Hall
A drunk elderly man was seen on the
fourth floor of West Hall Thursday
Bening, according to DPS reports.
The suspect was described as wear-
ing a blue, hooded sweatshirt and blue
jeans. The caller expressed concern for
the female students in the area.
Yellow cab
strikes vehicle
A passenger in a Yellow Cab report-
ed to DPS that his cab driver struck an
0 attended car Thursday evening.
The cab driver did not stop to report
the accident. The caller gave a detailed
description of the driver, saying he is
about 28 years old, 140-150 lbs, 5 feet
6 inches tall, with tattoos on his hands.
The car he hit was a Honda Accord or
Civic, which incurred damage to the
door, DPS reports state.
The caller gave a Motel 6 number as
his contact information but could not
reached at the number for further
Suspects break
Grad library door
A door in the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library was broken Friday
afternoon by unidentified suspects,
according to DPS reports.
The basement door appeared to have
been forced open, reports state. Several
ohol bottles were found inside- the
om, but nothing appeared to be miss-
ing. A report was filed.
Dentistry Building

gas leak reported
.The smell of natural gas filled the
allways of the School of Dentistry on
Friday afternoon, according to DPS
reports. The caller reported having
t cked all of the valves in the area but
not find the source.
DPS reports state equipment left on
by a student as the source of the leak.
Intoxicated male
passes out in
residence hall
An unidentified male was reported
passed out in a residence hall for 25
Onutes, according to DPS.
The male awoke and began vomiting
around the time of the call to DPS at
about 1 a.m. on Saturday. Emergency
Medical Systems responded to the call.
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jaimie Winkler

Report to probe minority faculty relations

By Nick Faizone
Daily Staff Reporter
An upcoming study by the Committee for a
Multicultural University will evaluate the effec-
tiveness of the University's minority faculty
recruitment and retention procedures.
Education Prof. Rudolf Schmerl, chair of the
committee, spoke about the study at yesterday's
Senate Assembly meeting.
The committee referred to several studies previ-
ously employed on campus to provide background
for its analytical work. Through these studies,
Schmerl said, the committee discovered some
University practices, not policies, tend not to
attract underrepresented faculty.
"Some traditions ... appear to mitigate against
the recruitment of minorities," he said, citing the
tradition of not offering entry instructional posi-
tions to graduates of the department.
The committee also noted that while this might
seem to impede diversity, offering positions to

graduates might not change the situation.
In terms of retention, Schmerl said, the
University also has the tendency to assume its fac-
ulty understand how to go about their business,
especially in matters of obtaining tenure.
"It is not so much a matter of keeping secrets
from junior members of the faculty as assuming
that they know or can find out what to do without
much explicit guidance," Schmerl told the facul-
ty's governing body.
One solution the committee suggested is to
develop more effective mentorship programs
between senior and junior faculty members to ben-
efit minority instructors.
Pharmacology Prof. William Ensminger, chair of
Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs,
said he believed the study will be an effective tech-
nique in analyzing the recruitment and retention
"The attempt is to increase the number of
minority faculty," Ensminger said. "I don't believe

"The, attempt es to increase the number of
minority faculty."
-William Ensminger
SACUA chair

the numbers are what anyone would like to see
around the campus."
Ensminger added that SACUA should be doing
as much as possible to augment the number of
underrepresented faculty at the University.
Schmerl said the committee plans to publish
information in University media about the most
effective techniques as soon as the study is finished.
Recently appointed Vice President and General
Counsel Martin Krislov, a former member of the
U.S. Department of Labor, also addressed the
Senate Assembly yesterday. Krislov, responsible
for managing the University's legal affairs, said his

values include trying to serve all his clients -stu-
dents, administration and faculty.
Although Krislov said he hopes to represent all
University parties, he said he would teil faculty
members to seek their own counsel when appro-
priate. Since the General Counsel has hierarchical
priorities, this situation could occur if two
University parties have a conflict.
"When it appears the actions of the administra-
tion are in conflict with that of the faculty, we
might try and compromise," Krislov said. "If I
can't represent the faculty member, I will advise
them to get their own lawyer."

Icicle art

-House agenda labeled
uncertain in midst of trial

By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
On the heels of sending the fate of President Clinton to the
hands of the Senate, the House of Representatives has been
unable to settle down to legislative business since convening
for its new term Jan. 6.
"It's hard to know exactly what the
agenda is going to be for this Congress;"
U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor)
said yesterday, "because Washington is
consumed with the impeachment. Every
eye is riveted on that issue.
"It's really a strange Congress" she
"There is virtually nothing happening.
There are a lot of words flying around,
but there is no business being done"Rvers?
Political science Prof. Vincent
Hutchings said Democrats may use the impeachment pro-
ceedings as an excuse for inaction in Congress.
"It would be great if they could say this was a do-nothing
Congress," Hutchings said.
"There may be a move on the part of the Democrats to
adopt an obstructionist position," he added. "There is
arguably a legacy of bitterness that has come about as a result
of the impeachment."
If and when Congress does manage to get down to busi-
ness, Rivers will address several major issues.
"I'm going to be working on Social Security" Rivers said.
"There is a deadlock with the President urging Congress to
move forward ... and there is somewhat of an impasse about
who will go first," she added.
Rivers indicated fields such as education, high-tech
research, the environment and mental health as areas impor-

tant to her.
"Education is something I spend a lot of time on," she said,
adding her goal is "keeping higher education available to any-
one who wants it."
But Rivers said the House has many pressing items to face
before she can initiate anything of personal priority.
"We'll be talking about student loans. We'll be talking,
about tax credits for tuition;' said Rivers - but only after
resolving several other issues at hand.
She said questions representatives will be asking them-
selves could include, "Can we give a tax cut and keep a bal-
anced budget? Can we do what we need to do with Social
Security and keep a balanced budget?"
"Speaker (Dennis) Hastert (R-Ill.) says that those could
happen, but I'm a little skeptical," Rivers said.
With the recent strikes against Iraq, Rivers said, the
House will be pondering our nation's role internationally,
including "whether the U.N. wants us to play the role that
we'll have."
She also cited world economic issues as a concern, espe-
cially the financial crisis in Asia, "whether that will be con-
tained, and whether it will affect us."
Once the Senate impeachment trial comes to a close,
Rivers said, she hopes Congress can move forward quick-
She said we can expect to see the impeachment proceed-
ings "continue for at least a couple of weeks," after which it
is not clear "when this Congress will engage.
"One doesn't know whether either side will be able to let
go of the issue," she said.
Hutchings countered Rivers' attribution of Congressional
inaction to the impeachment, saying "people have been argu-
ing accurately that nothing ever gets done in this stage any-

A winter wonderland in front of Tappan Hall yesterday makes an everyday tree Into
an Ice sculpture.
ASSilant expelled
firom Nakamr c-o

By Avram S. Turkel
Daily Staff Reporter
The memory of the physical alterca-
tion that took place at the Nakamura
Cooperative on Dec. 1 still resonates
through the halls of the house at 807 S.
State St.
The encounter involved a female res-
ident of the house and her boyfriend,
who entered the house legally, but later
kicked down a neighbor's locked door,
Nakamura president Michael Russo
said yesterday. They then accosted the
room's two inhabitants, the president
The boyfriend, whose name has not
been released, apparently was stabbed
subsequently in self-defense, Russo
said, by one of the room's occupants
with what has been described as a
three-inch knife.
"I think it was a Swiss army knife,
but it was on the table next to his bed,
and he grabbed it because he saw the
boyfriend reaching for it," Russo said.
"There was always trouble with her."
None of the four persons involved
with the stabbing were associated
with the University although most of
the house residents are University
The girl, who was "already planning
to leave town," was released from her
contract by the Inter-Cooperative
Council prior to the incident, said
Nakamura's former secretary who
asked not to be named.
The two assailants, the female and
her boyfriend, were arrested at the time.
"Nobody has been charged with
anything as of right now," Russo said.
"The girl has moved to California.
She was only living here for the fall

The female involved was expelled
from the house Dec. 13.
"We expelled the one member whose
friend got stabbed and who instigated the
stabbing," said the former house secre-
tary. "We took no action against the
house member who did the stabbing
because it was in self-defense, and the
police aren't taking any action"
Ann Arbor Police Department Sgt.
Michael Logghe said yesterday he could
not provide information on the incident.
The expulsion from the Nakamura
house prohibits the girl from living in
the Nakamura house or any of Ann
Arbor's other cooperatives.
"It was more of a formality since she
was moving out. It was just to say that
she could no longer live in the house;"
Russo said.
As a result of the stabbing, the ICC
has "recommended a number cap for
non-students," for the Nakamura
house, said Bonnie Denier, ICC direc-
tor of member services.
"Non-students, historically, have a
poorer payment record," Denier said.
"Student members are better behaved
and have better payment records."
The final say over the expulsion and
future quotas on non-students is in the
hands of the residents of the Nakamura
house. The ICC has little influence over
the process.
As for the Nakamura house and its
future, things remain largely the same
as before the incident.
"It could have happened anywhere,"
Russo said. "We live in a college town.
There are things that go wrong all over
The house has undertaken a remod-
eling project, has improved lighting
and has 11 spaces open this semester.

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