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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 20, 1999 - 11

*DPS searches'
for new director

Mr. Sandman

1y Marta Brill
*Daily Staff Reporter
The search advisory committee to
replace Department of Public Safety
Director Leo Heatley is currently sifting
throug' a stack of more than 100 appli-
cations to find the right person for the
"We're very pleased with the applica-
tions we have received and the candi-
dates we have interviewed," committee
chair 'Sue Ellen Scarnechia said. "We
have a very diverse pool of applicants."
0 Healey is noted for transforming DPS
to a ftili-fledged campus police depart-
ment in the 19 years he served on the
ftbrce. DPS was officially deputized in
1.990 when the University Board of
Regen's voted to give officers the author-
ity to r.ake arrests and carry weapons.
The committee is at the preliminary
interview stage of its search process. The
members plan to select a slate of three to
*ive candidates fron the larger pool of
applicents, said Scarnecchia, the Law
School's associate dean for clinical
affairs. The slate will then be submitted
to interim associate Vice President for
Businc ss Operations Henry Baier for the,
fixal hiring decision. Associate DPS
Director Jim Smiley currently is filling
Heatlei's post temporarily.
Con mittee members said they are
optimi tic that they will be able to pro-
duce a candidate by the end of April,
earnevchia said. Baier is planning to
make fie final decision by early June. It
is too early at this stage to announce the

names of potential candidates, she said.
"A very high priority is to find some-
one who can maintain the high quality of
the personnel of DPS" Scarnecchia said,
adding that DPS employees have a high
level of education and training.
The committee is looking for "com-
munity-based leadership," Scarnecchia
said, explaining that candidates should be
able to know the difference between
being an officer on a college campus and
being a city police officer. They should
be able to "enhance the relationship
between DPS and the campus communi-
ty," she said.
Candidates also should have experi-
ence in handling large crowds. Many
events associated with the University
involve large assemblies of students like
the Naked Mile and football games.
Following the appointment of the new
director, DPS will try to find a replace-
ment for Beth Hall, who left her post as
DPS spokesperson after four years to
spend more time with her family.
University spokesperson Julie Peterson is
filling Hall's position on an interim basis.
Peterson said it hasn't been too diffi-
cult to take up the extra responsibility. "I
haven't had any major crises like last
fall," she said, referring to the death of
LSA first-year Courtney Cantor on Oct.
16. Cantor died after falling from her
sixth-floor Mary Markley Residence
Hall window.
"I understand the need to have the
director in place" before DPS officials
look for a new spokesperson, she said.

Continued from Page 1
Seamon said despite the often-
heated debate surrounding the
Naked Mile and questions about its
future, MSA is not taking sides on
the issue.
"The position we're taking is that
we're not taking a position," she said.
"The volunteers comprise people of
many different backgrounds and opin-
ions. We are concerned with the safety
of the runners and not the future or
morality of the Mile."
Department of Public Safety Police
Lt. Joe Piersante said DPS and the Ann
Arbor Police Department will position
extra officers in the vicinity of the
Naked Mile. Piersante said major safe-
ty concerns include traffic and crowd
control and the possibility of unwant-
ed touching, physical or sexual
"If we have a warm night with no
rain we can expect at least 10,000
people," he said, adding that officers
will be on the look-out for injured
Piersante said alcohol often escalates
the risks associated with mass numbers

of people taking their clothes off and
running wild.
"Alcohol is a factor, Some of thc
runners, to get the nerve to run, have a
few drinks," he said. "Some have more
than a few drinks. It is a definite risk
factor and a hazard."
AAPD Sgt. Andrew Zazula said offi-
cers will be present to help control tho
crowd, but added that he has never
known of any arrests being made dur-
ing the Naked Mile.
LSA senior Reggie Dixon said alco-
hol may play a factor in his decision to
streak down South University Avenue
on Tuesday night.
"I don't like to be naked in public:
Dixon said. "But you never know. A fter
a little drinking tomorrow, we'll sce
what happens."
The Naked Mile also attracts people
with not-so-innocent intentions,
Piersante said - including people who
want to videotape runners and exploit
them for financial gain.
LSA senior Alissa Ziemer said she's
seen first-hand how chaotic the run is.
"Last year we knew a girl who was
picked up and thrown on the ground,"
Ziemer said. "That's the reason I'm not
running. As a girl, you're pretty vulner-
able to anything."


Preserve the Dunes President Charles Davis stands by the Nadeau Pit in
South Haven, Mich. on Sunday. Davis said he is worried about the future of
the Lake Michigan sand dunes.

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Housing Administration
Satellite locati ns in
all major residence halls
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All other ocationsby appointment!
Packaging supplies at our
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Contir :ed from Page 1 .
Tensions remained high in Albania, where police
exchaiged fire with.Yugoslav forces across the border in
Kosovo and an adviser to President Rexhep Mejdani said
Ohis government is seeking ways to arm ethnic Albanian
rebels of the Kosovo Liberation Army - a step that
Washington has resisted for fear that it could further
destabilize the region.
The NATO air assault has infuriated Russia, where
President Boris Yeltsin told reporters yesterday that the
United States and its allies "want to win and make Yugoslavia
i protectorate," adding: "We cannot permit that. It is a strate-
gic zone, very important"
At Cie same time, Yeltsin told Clinton in a 45-minute phone
conve:sation that Russia would not send additional ships to
the region and "reaffirmed that he will not allow Russia to be
drawn into this conflict," White House spokesman Joe
Lockhart said. In New York, U.N. Secretary General Kofi
Annan said he will visit Moscow on April 29 at Russia's invi-
tation to discuss ways of ending the Kosovo crisis.
Yugoslavia last closed the Kosovo border on April 7,

declaring that offensive actions against ethnic Albanian
rebels in the province had ceased and that refugees were wel-
come to return. It soon became apparent, however, that gov-
ernment military operations in Kosovo had not been sus-
pended, and forced expulsions resumed last week.
Belgrade's motives in closing the border again remained
unclear. "It all sounds fairly ominous, and we don't know to
what end they're doing it," said Kris Janowski, a spokesper-
son for the U.N. High Commission for Refugees in Geneva.
Along the Albanian border with Kosovo, columns of fleeing
Kosovo Albanians, whose numbers had sharply increased in
recent days, disappeared yesterday. Yugoslav forces appeared
to be blocking hundreds of thousands of refugees - many
expelled from their homes by masked paramilitary assailant -
from reaching Kosovo's borders and are forcing them back into
the province, said NATO officials and humanitarian agencies.
Many of the refugees have been on the road for days - in
cars, tractor-towed farm wagons or on foot - and relief offi-
cials expressed fear that displaced people within Kosovo are
in danger of malnutrition and exposure. "We are absolutely
sure that it's not that the people turned around themselves,"
said Janowski. "They are being forcibly prevented from leav-
ing Kosovo."


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