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JIIGHER
EDUCATION
U. Wisconsin
official faces
porn charges
*A University of Wisconsin at
Madison official has been suspend-
ed and faces possible felony
charges for allegedly having images
of child pornography on his office
computer.
Danny Struebing, an assistant
dean in the School of Human
Ecology, was suspended with pay
Dec. 23.
Struebing had held the position
S only 22 days before his suspen-
University of Wisconsin police
began their investigation of the
assistant dean after an anonymous
individual claimed to have seen the
illicit material on Struebing's com-
puter in the history department,
where Struebing srvedias adminis-
trator until Nov. 30.
Subsequent tests on his computer
kind four alleged images cf child
rnography.
Chief Investigator Douglas
Scheller said he expects Struebing to
be charged with possession of child
pornography materials in about two
weeks.
The felony carries a punishment
of one to five years in prison.
Arrests result
from Hale visit to
northwestern
White supremacist Matt Hale's
visit to Northwestern University last
Friday led to three arrests and police
escorting Hale from the area.
Hale, the leader of the white
supremacist group the World Church
of the Creator, was ushered from the
Northwestern's Technological
*titute for his personal safety,
police official said.
T he three protesters arrested for
fighting were not students.
About 200 protesters gathered to
object to Hale's visit to the
Evanston, Ill. campus.
Hale visited the campus to try and
get his group recognized as an offi-
cial student organization.
I oomington
esidents contend
Indiana U. pollutes
A group of Bloomington, Ind. res-
idents are claiming that Indiana
University has contaminated a local
watershed.
The group's attorney, Mick
Harrison, notified school officials of
9 intent to sue the university over
the contamination.
The group contends that Indiana
University is responsible for dump-
ing toxic and hazardous waste at the
Griffey Lake watershed without
appropriate approval.
Harrison said the minimum he is
pushing for is a clean-up if contami-
nants are found.
Indiana University officials claim
the university has complied with
eral and state regulations.

U. Arizona
residential hall
members cited
A University of Arizona
Residential Hall Association recent-
ly accused executive board members
corruption including misusing
cial funds and tampering with
members' e-mail accounts.
In a Jan. 20 meeting, members
proposed to elect new executive
board members next month. The ini-
tiative was postponed until the next
weekly meeting.
Executive board members have
faced other corruption charges in the
past.
Last January, former association
sident Matthew Meaker was
used and admitted to inappropri-
ate use of official funds.
Meaker admitted to using RHA
phones for personal, long-distance
conversations.
Meaker kept his position but three
board members resigned to protest
his lack of punishment for the inci-
dent.
Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Robert Goldf om U-Wire reports.

LOCAL/S TATETne Micigan Daily - wednesday, January z, 2uu --
ob fair focuses on multicultural students

3

By Jen Fish
Daily Staff Reporter
Nearly 120 representatives from companies and
graduate schools filled the second floor of the
Michigan Union yesterday for Career Planning &
Placement's Multicultural Career Fair.
The fair targeted minority students and drew
more than 800 attendees.
Because of its emphasis on attracting minority
students, employment recruiters aiming to find a
more diverse workforce crowded the fair.
Attendees included recruiters from the private
sector, all branches of the armed services, as well
as representatives from other government organi-
zations, like the FBI and CIA.
"We always come to the multicultural fair. We're
trying to increase minority groups within the

agency and U of M has one of the best diverse
populations, both in the Midwest and in general"
CIA recruiter Michael Coles said.
Other business representatives at the event
said they had similar sentiments aboqt the
University's diversity, as well as its high acade-
mic reputation.
"Michigan is a good school; we've gotten good
candidates from here and we are also looking for
diversity," Boeing recruiter Jill Antonen said.
Both Antonen and fellow Boeing recruiter Art
Friess said the aircraft building giant has had a
high rate of success of taking Michigan students
for positions and internships.
"Not only is the engineering program highly
ranked, but we've also found that it's easy to con-
vince Michigan students to come out to where

some of our facilities are in Southern California or
Arizona." Friess said.
Debbie Dunipace. an Intel recruiter, said her
company also likes to recruit University graduates.
"Out of the 50 to 60 campuses we actively recruit
from, U of M is consistently in the top 10 in num-
ber of graduates we take."
Sally Schueneman, CP&P career events manag-
er said the fair "went well."
"Although we do target students of color, the
fair is open to all and we had good attendance
today."
Schueneman also said the fair might have
had even more employers, but the snow storm
in the Eastern United States made for difficult
travel conditions.
"Companies and schools that were unable to

attend were able to send in literature, so they
were represented as well," she said.
The multicultural aspect of the fair was
attractive to students as well as employers. "It
was a main reason to come," Business junior
Fu Keung Lau said.
"But I think there should be more job fairs with
more companies." he said.
Other students agreed with Lau, complaining
that CP&P's fairs do not have enough companies
compatible with their fields of study.
Schueneman noted that while the fair uas a suc-
cess. "a job fair is not the only way to find a job or
internship "
CP&P's next event is an Internship and Summer
Job Fair on Feb. 9. For more information, call 764-
7460 or e-mail CP&P at cp&p(wuuich.edu.

Study session

House Dems:
Don't tie charters
to school funding

LSA junior Jennie Rolan stays out of the cold by studying in Caribou Coffee yesterday.
Initiative aims to train workers

LANSING (AP) - Gov. John
Engler is playing politics with educa-
tion by tying an increase in school
funding to passage of his proposal for
more charter schools, House
Democrats said yesterday.
"It's either bribery or it's blackmail,;
said Rep. Rose Bogardus (D-Davison).
"And it's ridiculous that he will
hold our children hostage to private
management companies who want to
make a profit off our children," she
added.
The Democrats said they support
the governor's plan - announced
last week in his State of the State
address - to bring all public schools
up to a funding level of at least
S6,500 per pupil.
In the speech, the governor also
called for lifting the cap that limits the
number of university-chartered schools
in the state to 150 and suggested that
the two initiatives might be tied togeth-
er.
"We won't do one without the
other," Engler spokesperson John
Truscott said.
"Charters are actually crucial to
improving school quality because if
you inject competition, schools
across the state are going to say,
*What should we do to keep up with
that?" he asked.
Democrats and some Republicans
refused to support the charter school
increase last year.
Many say they want to see the tax-

"charters are
actually crucial to
improving school
quality"
- John Truscott
Gov. John Engler spokesperson
payer-funded charter schools open their
books and be more accountable before
allowing more to open.
"I don't know of any other public
school that would dare use attorney-
client privilege to hide their records,'
said Rep. Ed LaForge (D-Kalamazoo).
"The cap needs to stay until we get fur-
ther accountability"
Truscott said the governor is confi-
dent the charter school bill will pass the
House soon.
But he is not sure if the two issues will
be together in one appropriations bill or
just connected in a deal made between
the governor and other legislators.
Several Republicans who would
not support the charter school bill in
December said they would have to
see specifics before deciding
whether to comply with the gover-
nor's plan.
"We'll probably go to the local educa-
tors and see what they say," said Rep.
Gary Woronchak (D-Dearborn).
"Maybe they will view that as a compro-
mise."

LANSING (AP) - Too many
Michigan students are heading off to
college without considering the train-
ing they need to land high-paying
jobs now going unfilled, the presi-
dent of Ferris State University said
yesterday.
"While the state keeps talking about
these gold-collar' jobs ... the students
arriving on campus today are interested
in psychology, they're interested in a
liberal arts education,' Ferris President
William Sederburg said.
Ferris State isn't complaining about
the trend. It's recently added programs
in elementary education to its engineer-

ing and technical programs.
But Sederburg said students seem
unaware that they could get just as
much satisfaction and make just as
much money - or even more - in
high-tech manufacturing jobs that are a
far cry from the dirty industrial shop
floors of the past.
To find out why students aren't get-
ting the message, a new statewide ini-
tiative was unveiled yesterday. The
Partnership for Career Decision-
Making in Technologies and Health
Sciences will survey high school stu-
dents and their parents to find out how
they're making career decisions.

It also will ask business leaders what
specific skills are critical for new
employees in auto manufacturing and
other fields and how higher education
can prepare students for the jobs they
have open.
"This partnership will help us
address a number of concerns critical to
the state, including the need for more
skilled workers in the fields of technol-
ogy and health sciences," said Lt. Gov.
Dick Posthumus, who is helping lead
the partnership.
"It's an important step in moving
Michigan forward in the next two
decades," he said.

Mayors hope to limit
state control of cities

Proponents contend
actions of legislature
prompted initiative
LANSING (AP) - Angered by a
Legislature they say has eroded their
authority, the mayors of Detroit,
Lansing and other cities said yesterday
that they are backing a petition drive to
limit state control over local govern-
ments.
The Michigan Municipal League,
which represents 550 towns and cities,
wants to change the Michigan
Constitution and require a two-thirds
vote in the Senate and House to pass
any bill that intervenes in municipal
matters.
Since a change in the constitution
requires voter approval, the Municipal
League must collect 302,000 signatures
to get the issue on this November's bal-
lot.
The group began circulating peti-
tions yesterday..
Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer said
the legislature's actions during the past
two years have forced the need for the
ballot drive.
Archer was critical of laws which
dismantled Detroit's Recorder's Court,
reformed the city's school board and
overturned the requirement that city
employees live within the city they
work for.
Archer said he also is upset by a
bill introduced in the Senate that
would require Detroit to elect its
City Council by district instead of a
citywide vote.
"This is what we're saying to the
Legislature. We understand you have a

responsibility, but you've forgotten us,"
Archer said.
Lansing Mayor David Hollister, Ann
Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon and
Grandville Mayor Jim Buck also said
they will support the petition drive,
along with mayors from Flint,
Mackinaw City, St. Ignace, Farmington
Hills and other cities.
"We firmly believe that local votes
count, that if it's a local issue, it should
be determined at the local level,"
Sheldon said.
"Just as the state doesn't like
(interference) from the federal level,
we don't like it from the state," she
added.
Buck said he is particularly con-
cerned about a bill introduced in the
House that would prevent local gov-
ernments from regulating business
activities already regulated by the
state or federal government.
Hollister said he has seen "more
raids on local control" in the past two
years than he saw in the 20 previous
years.
"We think we have the tools, and
we know how to govern our cities,"
Hollister said.
"People think we're doing our job,
and this presumption coming out of
the Legislature says, 'We know better
than out mayors,"' he said.
Legislators yesterday denied that
their measures have gone too far.
State Sen. Dan DeGrow (R-Port
Huron) predicted yesterday that the
petition drive will flop, saying the
state constitution already protects the
rights of local governments.
"I think it's doomed to failure. I don't
think we've gone too far," he said.

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