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January 20, 2000

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M' outlines plan
to limit boosters,

Education

in

focus

a aitlin Nish
D- y Staff Reporter
In an attempt to avoid potential prob-
lems with the men's basketball pro-
gram, the Athletic Department has
implemented several new measures
intended to safeguard the team from
NCAA rules violations.
Recent developments in the FBI-IRS
investigation of former Michigan
boster Ed Martin, who has allegedly
e cash payments to Michigan bas-
ketball players, have led to a continuing
concern about the program.
The University announced Tuesday
its new strategy to guard against future
NCAA rules' violations by Michigan
basketball team members.

The strategy is
the culmination of
several recommen-
dations made by a
c mittee formed
10May to review
the policies of the
men's basketball

Steps to si
booster vi
Basketball staff t
photographs of EdI
team players.
Student athletes
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Department Director of Compliance
Derrick Gragg to Goss dated Jan. 11
states that the first component is to
define "what 'disassociation' of a rep-
resentative of athletics interest (boost-
er) means to the University."
"My whole purpose for asking for
this was to make sure we didn't over-
look things," Goss said at last night's
basketball game. "I wanted some fresh
eyes - people not associated with the
basketball program.".
The draft will be submitted to the
Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics for amendment and/or ratifi-
cation.
The second component includes
showing photographs of "disassociated
representative of
top future athletics interest" Ed
lolations Martin to Michigan
basketball staff,
to circulate players and man-
Martin among agers. The memo
also states that "stu-
to immediately dent-athletes were
hletic officials informed that they
will be subject to should immediately
contact (Gragg) or a
of complimentary coach if they have
ckets. any direct contact
with Mr. Martin."
Because of the yearly turnover of
personnel associated with the basket-
ball program, showing athletes the pho-
tographs will become an annual proce-
dure.
"When you have changes in person-
nel and students, you need to continue
to remind yourself," Goss said.
The third part of the new plan
includes a compliance test for basket-
ball players and other selected student-
athletes.
In addition, the program would allow
the weekly auditing of the list of men's
basketball complimentary tickets.
Finally, the fifth component of the
See BOOSTER, Page 2A

Engler: Raise
spending or
A f
each student
By Hanna LoPatin
and Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporters
LANSING - Attempting to silence critics of his
education policies, Gov. John Engler spent the
majority of his State of the State address last night
outlining his education proposals for the upcoming
year.
"I think we'd agree: the state of our state is not just
okay; not just good. In historic perspective, the state
of our state is better than ever. It is simply outstand-
ing," Engler proclaimed before launching into a 50-
minute speech highlighting his proposals for
improving primary education in Michigan.
"I want Michigan schools to be the best. I want
Michigan students to be the best in the world,"
Engler said.
The cornerstone to the governor's plan is
increased spending per pupil. In his budget proposal
to be presented next week, Engler will call for a min-
imum of $6,500 to be spent on each student in the
state.
"A per student ftnding level once considered
exceptional will now be universal," he said.
Engler supporters were quick to praise the
Republican governor's efforts to increase education
spending.
"He sent signals that Michigan's first priority is
children,' Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus said. "I have lis-
tened to about 18 State of the State's, and this one
was the best."
But Democrats refused to embrace the governor
as the defender of public education he claimed to be.
"From a governor who spent 10 years attacking
and undermining education, this was an election
year conversion," Michigan Democratic Party Chair
Mark Brewer said.
Engler admitted that increased per pupil spending
will not guarantee a better education for Michigan's
students. In order to ensure Michigan students a high

team, which is if coacebc
independent of the f Student athlet
A t h 1 e t i compliance test.
Department'. Weekly auditin
University men's basketbal
President Lee
Bollinger said that committee was
fi ed at the request of Athletic
Dr ector Tom Goss following the inves-
tigation into Martin's actions.
"Several months ago, we wanted to
review what had been the policy for
dealing with people like Ed Martin who
might want to have improper conduct
with the players;' Bollinger said. "That
committee looked into it and made
some interim recommendations.
Further recommendations have been
put on hold until we hear from the U.S.
4Nrney's investigation:'.
The strategy, including the commit-
tee's recommendations, consists of five
components. A memo from Athletic

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Gov. John Engler holds a golden apple last night as he announces his Intention to create an award for the
highest achieving elementary schools during his annual State of the State address in the House of
Representatives chamber of the State Capitol.

quality education, he said the bureaucracy must be
reduced at the local level so more money can go
directly to the classrooms.
"There's too much bureaucracy. So much so that
our schools rank dead last in the number of teachers
as a percent of total staff," Engler said.
Another essential piece of Engler's education plan
is to eliminate the cap on the number of schools uni-

versities can charter in Michigan.
As fellow Republicans chanted "The cap must go,
the cap must go," Engler affirmed his commitment
to further development of charter schools.
"More public school choice and more charter
schools will give families greater freedom," he said.
Currently, there are 170 public charter schools in
See ENGLER, Page 2A

Gay, lesbian
Greek
ouses grow
in number
By Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter
Sam Eagan, a sophomore at Western
Michigan University, calls his school
d" se and tolerant.
rt Eagan, who is gay, knows there
are some students who still hold on to
gay stereotypes, such as that homo-
sexuals are "sex fiends." A desire to
prove these people wrong is one rea-
son why he joined his campus' chap-
ter of Delta Lambda Phi, the nation's
only gay fraternity.
"There's a few sheltered people"
Eagan said. "We are normal humans
jilike Tom and Sue down the street."
The Western Michigan chapter of
Delta Lambda Phi, founded in 1998, is
one of the latest of more than 20 active
chapters across the country. Michigan's
only other chapter is at Eastern
Michigan University in Ypsilanti.
University of Michigan
Interfraternity Council Adviser John
Mountz said he believes there has never
been a gay- or lesbian-oriented Greek
house on campus.
ice of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and
Transgender Affairs Director E.
Frederic Dennis said students have
never approached him about starting a,
gay fraternity or lesbian sorority,
adding that one reason may be because
Eastern Michigan's chapter welcomes
University students.
At least five chapters have formed
across the nation in the last two
y rs, Delta Lambda Phi National
E utive Director Wade Price said.
Six institutions are presently in the
final stage of becoming official
members. An increased interest in
membership can partly be explained
by an expanding media coverage and
an improved focus within the organi-

Legality, reliability of note
services come into question

'U' assembles
committee to study
impacts of lecture notes
By Jodie Kaufman
Daily Staff Reporter
Notetaking services that offer course
lecture notes on the Internet have created
debate among University faculty about
whether information the services are
publishing is protected by intellectual
property laws.
Lectures fall under the category of
intellectual property, "a field of law that
covers trademarks, patents and copy-
rights," University Policy Analyst Jack
Bernard said.
"This is a very unclear area, it is very
fact specific and hard to generalize. It is
a strange area of law that is getting atten-
tion now, Bernard said.
In November, the online notetaking
service Versity.com offered benefits in
the form of stock shares to faculty mem-

bers who would agree to cooperate with
them in a pilot project.
University Provost Nancy Cantor
warned faculty that "there has been
some uncertainty whether
Versity.com believes it may publish'
notes from any class - even over the
objection of the instructor," in a writ-
ten statement.
"I believe strongly that any unautho-
rized notetaking now, or in the future,
raises questions regarding academic
freedom and may directly affect the cur-
riculum" she said.
Cantor's office, along with the Office
of the Vice President and General
Counsel, assembled a task force to deal
with the issue of commercial notetak-
ing. The group held its first meetingyes-
terday.
Committee member Sherrie
Kossoudji, chair of Senate Advisory
Committee for University Affairs, said
the committee's aim is to figure out
"how we can deal with notetaking ser-

vices while protecting faculty freedom
and the presiding educational mission of
the University."
With the permission of professors, it is
legal for the company to post lecture
notes on the Internet, but the confusion
arises when professors do not grant per-
mission to the notetaker.
Law Prof. Ronald Mann, who special-
izes iu intelectual property, said the lec-
ture is considered copyrighted only after
the professor grants permission for lec-
ture recording to a student, such as one
who needs to record the lecture to over-,
come language barriers.
infringement of copyright law occurs
if a commercial notetaker postsnotes
from that copyrighted lecture. If tAere is
no student in the class tape recording the
lecture, the commercial notetaker is not
committing an illegal act.
Students said they are concerned
about the legality as well.
"I suppose if it is pure fact than it is okay
See NOTES, Page 7A

KATE RUDMAN/Daily
Engineering junior Lia Santoro and LSA sophomore Andrew Shirvell protest
abortion during a candlelight vigil on the Diag last night.
Activists prOtest
le gized abortion

By Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporter
Echoes from opponents. of the 27-
year-old Roe v Wade decision to legal-
ize abortion still resonated last night on
the Diag.
As the anniversary of ground-
breaking events in human life rights
such as the Roe v. Wade decision draw
nearer, members of Students For Life
dedicate their time to uphold the
group's firm belief - that the human
life should not be sacrificed under
any circumstances.
"I'm not sure students know
exactly what's entailed" in the abor-
tion process, said Students for Life
President Melissa Osborn, an LSA
senior.
"If they go to have an abortion,

ization in 1973.
"While students know about abor-
tion, we want to be a visible reminder
of the lives that are lost everyday,"
said Osborn.
Thesgroup is actively involved at
both local and national levels in efforts
to fight legislation supporting the
issues of assisted suicide, infanticide
and abortion.
They have formed coalitions to
fight government proposals like
Michigan's 1998 Proposal B, which
would have legalized assisted sui-
cide.
On campus, the groups' primary
goal is to educate other students on
the consequences of actions, especial-
ly abortion.
About 50 students, candles in

Flu outbreak
p uts pressure
on blood supply
By Shabnam Daneshvar
Daily Staff Reporter
The flu epidemic has aficted thousands nationwide and
has raised concern about the common symptoms of
headaches and sniffling.
But as the outbreak spreads, the number of blood dona-
tions has dropped and blood service centers, such as the
American Red Cross, are worried.
Potential donors avoid donating because they have the flu
and are many are taking antibiotics to treat their sickness,
said Marie Mangus, spokesperson for the American Red
Cross.

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