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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 31, 1999 - 3

'Nude Olympics'
runners may
face suspension
. The Committee on the Nude
lympics submitted recommendations
to Princeton University President
Harold Shapiro this week detailing
plans for disciplinary actions and the
apprehension of nude runners.
the recommendations call for stu-
dents who perpetuate the activities asso-
ciated with the event to be suspended
from the university for one year.
Dean of Student Life Janina
Monturo said the disciplinary process
" very different from standard discipli-
ry measures. The proposed process
would have accused students testify
accompanied by an adviser and letters
from character witnesses.
The report also outlines plans for
how public safety officials will prevent
Ithe activities. Plans include teams of
four pre-assigned officers who will
have specialized training in apprehend-
ing someone who is nude and knowl-
#ge of treatments for hypothermia and
If the report is approved by Shapiro
and trustees, the recommendations for
the sanctions and discipline will be
.gluded in next year's edition of
Ptinceton's Rights, Rules and
.Responsibilities literature.
Montana cashes
on mistake
Due to a computer error, the
Montana University System has fallen
into a windfall of several extra million
dollars. Although the Montana Board
of Regents admit the money could be
used to lower tuition, it indicated the
extra funds will probably go to school
.,The extra money was discovered
hen a software program counted a
4.6 million expenditure twice.
The regents won't have a list indicat-
ing their priority for the money until
;other areas being considered for extra
cash expenditure include technology
costs and salaries for some University
Students set to
onor Holy Week
via live satellite
Participating in the largest collegiate
Christian event in the nation, more than
20,000 college students from 50 differ-
ent campuses are joining in a week-
long celebration of the Easter holiday.
Organizers of "Rez Week" said the
purpose of the event is to bring mem-
rs of the Christian faith together for
brship and prayer.
,uring the week, students at cam-
'puses nationwide will participate in
-public worship and drama reenactment.
Florida State University is one institu-
,ion, that has expressed interest in par-
Today, all involved campuses will
come together via satellite for a solemn
assembly to ask for forgiveness of their
Although this is the second annual
4ez Week," today marks the first time
.the assembly has taken place,

lucas donates to
build USC studio
Thanks to a $1.5 million donation
from film director George Lucas, a
new digital studio will be built at the
fniversity of Southern California.
ucas graduated from the university in
The new studio will be an addition
,t1h. the Robert Zemeckis Center for
Digital Arts and is expected to be com-
pleted in 2001.
The studio will be named after the late
Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.
Additional costs of construction will
be..covered in part by $5 million donat-
ed by Zemeckis last year.
9The facility will include digital edit-
stations with computer graphic
interactive classrooms, suites for digital
and sound picture editing.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Nika Schulte.

Former Daily editor
named student speaker

By Jaimie Winkler
Daily Staff Reporter
Summing up four - or more -
years of experiences in a few min-
utes is a difficult thing to do.
Summarizing the University experi-
ence for thousands of classmates
may be even harder, but LSA senior
Janet Adamy has managed to do it.
Inspiration for Adamy, an English
major, came while perusing old
copies of The Michigan Daily, where
Adamy worked as a reporter and
also served as managing news editor
during her college career. One arti-
cle she came across revealed that the
class of 1999 was the largest ever
when it entered the University in the
fall of 1995.
"I started thinking about memo-
ries and how I wanted to convey
those," Adamy said.
But she refused to reveal the con-
tent of her speech, saying she
wished to protect its potential effect
when delivered May 1 in Michigan

The process for selecting a student
commencement speaker began with
advertisements in early January.
About 18 students submitted speech-
es to the committee, which included
University staff, faculty and stu-
Associate Director for University
and Development Events Jackie
Dunham said the committee used a
blind selection process.
"All names were removed from
their speeches," Dunham said,
adding that the speeches were then
ranked by committee members.
Those receiving the most votes were
debated to select the speaker.
Only four students before Adamy
have spoken during the college-wide
spring commencement exercises in
Michigan Stadium, but it has been a
tradition to have a student speaker at
the LSA commencement.
LSA senior Courtney Dwight,
who sat on the selection committee,

said Adamy's speech was one of her
top two choices. "I felt I could relate
to a lot of things in her speech,"
Dwight said. "Everybody could find
something in her speech and say
'Yeah, I remember that."'
Heather Kamins, editor in chief of
the Daily, said it seems natural that
Adamy would be chosen.
"Janet is a fabulous writer and is
very charismatic," said Kamins, an
LSA junior. "I am sure she will
inspire the departing seniors."
Adamy said she was overwhelmed
when a representative from the
selection committee called her
Monday afternoon and asked if she
had been practicing her public
speaking skills.
"I wrote the speech and I liked the
speech," Adamy said. "But I could-
n't imagine anything I would have to
say would be any more important
than what anyone else would."
Adamy's speech went through
some minor alterations before being

LSA senior Janet Adamy sits on a bench in the Law Quadrangle yesterday. Adamy
was chosen to deliver the spring commencement address.

selected by the committee, but
retained its intent.
"It would speak to the feelings of
students, the feeling students have
as they leave the University and how
much the University meant to
them," said Mary Jo Frank, coordi-

nator of executive communication
in the vice president for communi-
cation office.
The keynote speaker for the spring
commencement is scheduled to be
United Nations Secretary-General
Kofi Annan.

Stand on your man

'U'narrows focus of self stud
By Jaimie Winkler moved in a direction that forces them to do interdisciplinay
Daily Staff Reporter work or to create tunnel vision and ignore other interests.
Instead of considering university re-accreditation a The self-study will be facilitated through five distinct worl-
"headache," the University and others in the Committee for ing groups focusing on different perspectives of interdiscipli-
Institutional Cooperation have decided to narrow the focus of nary studies.
the required self-study to be more productive. Mathematics Prof. Phil Hanlon, who is part of the group
Re-accreditation occurs once every 10 years and is per- focusing on undergraduate learning and teaching, said the study
formed by a private organization called North Central is of particular importance at the undergraduate level.
Association of Colleges and Schools. The structure of the undergraduate colleges makes interdisci-
Accreditation began as a way to shape the way high schools plinary work difficult to achieve but necessary for students who
prepared students for college. But during the first quarter of the want to master things like information sciences, Hanlon said,
century, higher education imposed accreditation upon itself as a adding that information sciences doesn't fit within the curreyt
way of measuring progress with respect to mission statements curriculum.
and goals. Hanlon also said one of the things the working group vwil]
Criteria for re-accreditation require the University to do a self- look at is the faculty and student relationship, noting that
study. Members of NCA compile their own report after spend- research relationships have been improved more than instruie-
ing three days on campus scrutinizing the self-study results and tional relationships. "For me, what I would like to see are sobne
conducting interviews. Whether or not the University is re- sort of concrete recommendations for that the provost could
accredited depends on the outcome of NCA's visit. enact," Hanlon said.
"Ten years ago (the study) was to the form of an institutional One such recommendation would be reducing the number of
audit,' said John Godfrey, who works in the office of the provost. administrative difficulties that stand in the way of creating inter-
"In terms of what we got out of it, it was of no value at all.' departmental classes.
For this decade's re-accreditation, the University has decided But he added there are many intellectual issues barring these
to focus its self-study under the heading of collaborative and types of classes. "We don't want a course to be so shallow that
interdisciplinary research and learning. it doesn't go into depth," Hanlon said, adding that interdiscipli-
"The purpose is to develop a review that examines the bor- nary classes mean breadth more than depth.
der crossing work that makes this University a distinction," Some working groups have had one preliminary meeting, but
Godfrey said. Opening new cross-disciplinary fields is the way other groups are scheduled to begin meeting today. Godfrey
the University could move in a new direction, Godfrey said, said much of the work will be done in May and said he expects
explaining that student, faculty and graduate interests have all a finished report sometime next fall.
MSU suspends tdent

Graduate student Dave Muir lifts LSA junior Michelle Miller above his head
yesterday in the Diag. The cheerleaders were promoting next week's tryouts.
W- Amend-ment wl
access crime stats

LANSING (AP) - Two Michigan
State University students were tem-
porarily suspended yesterday for their
role in last weekend's riot, and universi-
ty officials say more suspensions are
being considered.
The students, who aren't being
named, received hand-delivered letters
yesterday telling them to leave campus
immediately, university spokesperson

Deb Pozega Osburn said.
One student is accused of causing
property damage and the other is accused
of interfering with emergency workers.
Both incidents occurred on campus
Saturday night in a rampage that began
even before Michigan State lost to
Duke in the NCAA semifinals.
The university's code of conduct
gives officials the right to suspend stu-

dents before a hearing if the students
present a "clear and present danger" to
the campus, Pozega Osburn said.
Vice President of Student Affairs Lee
June made the decision to suspend the
students because campus police reports
gave him reasonable cause to believe
the students performed the activities,
but he stressed that the charges are only
allegations until a hearing is held.

By Marta Brill
Daily Staff Reporter
An amendment has been added to the
state's higher education budget that will
require state funded Universities to sub-
mit campus crime statistics to the
Michigan Department of Education.
Representative A.T. Frank (D-Saginaw
Twp.), a member of the House
Appropriations Higher Education sub-
committee, proposed the amendment.
"We're now waiting the Senate's
actions on the bill," Frank said, adding
that it is important to have the amendment
in the budget so the state government can
share control of publishing crime statis-
tics with the federal government.
Universities are currently required to
submit statistics and reports on campus
crime to the federal Department of
Justice. "It has come to my attention that
some universities are not complying to
the federal requests," Frank said, adding
that he has no reason to believe the
University does not comply.
"Students and families should have the
right to know when it comes to the type
and frequency of crimes being commit-
ted on a campus," Frank said in a written
statement announcing the amendment.
"It's time that colleges and universities
put public safety over image," Frank said.
"Statistics for crimes committed on cam-
pus often are hard to uncover because
some of our universities are more inter-
ested in preserving their image."
University-spokesperson Joel Seguine

said nothing will change in the way the
University handles publishing crime sta-
tistics. A report is already furnished
annually to the federal government under
the Crime Awareness and Campus
Security Act. "This will not put any new
burdens on the University," he said. "It
makes no new demands."
The University also makes crime sta-
tistics available on request and publishes
them in a monthly feature in the
University Record newspaper.
Seguine said he agrees that people
involved with the University have a right
to information about crime on campus.
"The best use of crime statistics,"
Seguine said, "is to educate not only staff,
students, and the University community,
but also prospective students." He added
that publishing crime statistics is more
than just keeping a running tab - it is
educational policy.
Some students said that while crime is
a concern, crime rates aren't something
they considered when choosing a college.
LSA first-year student Jessica Horvath
said it never came into her mind to check
the campus crime frequency.
"Safety was considered, but the col-
leges I was looking at weren't in very bad
areas," she said. Horvath added that she
thought most colleges have a good repu-
tation in promoting campus safety.
"I wouldn't have thought about it"
LSA first-year Valeriesha Howard said,
explaining she didn't associate Ann
Arbor with having crime problems.

CorreCtion: U The press conference for Maureen Johnson is scheduled for
was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.

1 p.m. at the Michigan Union. This

What's happening in Ann Arbor today
Koessler Room, 4 p.m. U Safewalk, 936-1000, Shapiro Library
Lobby, 8 p.m.- 2:30 a.m.


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