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The Michigan Daily-- Monday, February 21, 2000- 3A
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Second phase
o renovations
At the University Board of Regents
meeting last Thursday, the regents
approved the second phase of the reno-
vation project for the Medical Science
Building 11 and the Buhl Center for
Human Genetics Building.
The second phase of renovations is
estimated to cost approximately $16
million and will upgrade 81,000 gross
feet of which 30,000 will be lab space,
iving the Medical School upgraded
structional space, Executive Vice
President Robert Kasdin said.
Kasdin also said the renovations
will. allow for new faculty offices,
modern laboratory space and support
spaces like equipment rooms and tem-
perature controlled environments and
an improved fire alarm system.
Jickling, Lymann, Powell Associ-
ates, Inc. from Troy will serve as the
*chitects for the project.
Also during the meeting the regents
approved a major renovation project
for the School of Public Health build-
The school is housed in two build-
ings: the Henry F. Vaughn Public
Health building, which was construct-
ed in 1942 and received renovations
and expansion in 1958 and the
Thomas Franics Jr. Building which
as built in 1971.
Kasdin said the renovation plans
inc uIe addressing the infrastructure
needs of the Vaughn building, reorga-
nizing the locations of laboratories and
departments and providing for com-
mon space needs.
These improvements are estimated
to cost $40 million.
Faculty position
treated in honor
of Genetics Prof.
The Department of Human Genet-
ics has established a lectureship in
honor of Human Genetics Professor
Emeritus James V. Neel, who passed
away on Feb. 1. Neel created the
Department of Human Genetics at the
University, the first department of its
ind in the country.
Contributions to the fund may be
made to the department of Human
Genetics at 4707 Medical Science 11,
Box 0618.
Grants given to 8
'U' professors
At Thursday's Board of Regents
meeting the regents named eight facul-
members to the Arthur Thurnau
professorship, which rewards faculty
for their outstanding contributions to
undergraduate education.
The professors are selected to the
position, which is named after a Uni-
versity alum who attended from 1902-
1904, for three years and receive
grants to support their teaching
The honorees include: Susan
Alcock, associate professor of classi-
01 archaeology and classics; Debo-
rah Loewenberg Ball, professor of
education; Lorraine Guitierrez, asso-
ciate professor of social work and
associate professor of psychology;
Michael Gordon, professor of com-
puter and information systems;
Robert Krasny, professor of mathe-
matics; H. Robert Reynolds, profes-
sor of music; Josh Whittier-Ferguson,

sociate professor of English; and
lan.Wineman, professor of applied
mechanics and macromolecular sci-
ence-and engineering.
Chairs chosen for
new commissions
University President Lee Bollinger
announced last week the membership
oftwo new commissions - the Com-
mission on the Undergraduate Pro-
&am and the Commission on the
'nformation Revolution.
The Commission on Undergraduate
Programs will be chaired by Universi-
ty Provost Nancy Cantor.
The Commission on the Informa-
tion Revolution will be co-chaired by
Stephen Director, Dean of the Col-
lege of Engineering, and by John
King, Dean of the School of Infor-
ro Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jodie Kaufiman.

By Charles Chen
Daily Staff Reporter
Celebrating architecture as a "humane social
art," University of Texas at Austin architecture
Prof. Michael Benedikt spoke to more than 150
University students, faculty and alumni Friday
evening in the Art & Architecture lecture hall.
To stress the significance of architecture to
human life, Benedikt defined architecture as
"the conscious shaping of the material world to
protect and enhance life."
Benedikt gave his presentation as part of the
29th Annual Raoul Wallenberg Lecture. The
lecture celebrates the memory of Raoul Wallen-
berg, a University architecture school alum,
who rescued more than 100,000 Hungarian
Jews during the Holocaust through "manufac-

turing false passports and working permits,"
Benedikt said.
Wallenberg was the First Secretary of the
Swedish Delegation and disappeared in the
Soviet gulag at the end of World War II. He
graduated from the University in 1935.
The lectures began in 1972 when one of Wal-
lenberg's former University classmates initiated
the annual presentation.
Much of Benedikt's lecture focused on shar-
ing his view of how architecture allows individ-
uals to satisfy the hierarchy of six human needs,
which include: "survival, security, legitimacy,
approval, confidence and freedom."
"This hierarchy states a moral direction,"
Benedikt said. "Upper needs are possible only if
lower ones are satisfied."
Benedikt also expressed that architecture sat-

isfies "the more basic need for survival."
"Every building we make recapitulates this
idea of how we've had to deal with heat, cold,
war and competitiveness," Benedikt said.
He further expressed how architecture "hides
us from our enemies" and allows us to "store
vital food in buildings."
Once someone satisfies their need for sur-
vival, they are then able to move onto their next
need, which is security.
"Security offers an interesting perspective of
the effects of architecture on our lives," Benedikt
said. "A building's size and location is a power
that can affect another person's security."
While much of Benedikt's presentation focused
on architecture's impact on people's lives, he also
expressed the importance of Wallenberg.
Although Wallenberg received his degree in

architecture "he never practiced as an architect,"
Benedikt said. "He had been doing business in
Hungary and employed over 400 people,
because it made them immune from being
courted off."
The University invited Benedikt to speak
"because of the quality of his scholarship and.-
value of human freedom," said Mary Anne,
Drew, assistant to the dean of the College of
Architecture and Urban Planning.
Benedikt's lecture also presented a way in
which students may view the significance of
Douglas Kelbaugh, dean of the College of
Architecture and Urban Planning, said "We -
hope students will think more in terms of the six
basic human needs, and that they won't take
them for granted."

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By Melissa Gonzalez
For the Daily

"You tend to think cohabitation is the
norm. prefer it not to happen, but I will
admit it as increased."

A study conducted by a University
researcher, soon to be published in
the Annual Review of Sociology,
reveals that more couples are choos-
ing to live together before marriage.
Sociology researcher Pamela
Smock has seen an increase in cohab-
itation during the last 30 years.
Cohabitation, which Smock
defines as unmarried heterosexuals
living together, is common among
all groups of people - including
college students.
Smock's research, conducted
through the University Institute for
Social Research, confirms the idea of
a new family structure, with cohabita-
tion becoming a substitute for mar-
riage. The study finds cohabitation
has increased by more than 50 per-
cent during the last three decades.
With tax breaks for married cou-
ples and other government benefits,
the question of why cohabitation is on
the rise becomes complicated.
The study suggests that evolving
culture, increasing liberalism and eco-
nomic factors may contribute to more
unmarried couples living together.
Gender equality may be one cause for
the increase as well, but cohabiting
women still perform as much house-
work as married women do.
Since cohabiting couples often do
not combine income, cohabiting

- Craig Williams
Engineering senior

MSA member Abe Rafi speaks during a meeting Friday at the Michigan Union
in which students, faculty and staff discussed possible changes to the Code.
Code amendments

women are worse off than married
women, according to the study.
Smock declined to comment on
her study.
The study also suggests that the
term "single-parent family" overlooks
parents who are not married but are
cohabiting. This could explain the
rise in single-parent families in the
United States.
"I wouldn't do it," Engineering
senior Craig Williams said, a member
of Christians on Campus. "You tend
to think that (cohabitation) is the
norm. I prefer it not to happen, but I
will admit it has increased."
The University's current policy on
cohabitation contains strict visitation
"With residence halls we have a
formal visitation policy," Housing
Director Bill Zeller said. "We don't
allow cohabitation in family hous-
ing. We allow in apartments single
people, married people or same-sex
domestic partners."
Visitation rights stand firm for

apartment housing as well. "Visita-
tion rights are regulated by our visita-
tion policy, where reports are made
through resident staff," Zeller said. If
couples are found to be cohabiting "it
would be a lease violation," he said.
Barbara, a graduate student who
asked that her last name not be print-
ed, has been dating her boyfriend for
four years and lived with him for
more than a year.
When asked what her parents
thought, she said, "They don't
approve. But I'm an adult."
Barbara said she and her boyfriend
are planning to get married sometime
in the future.
The study found that about 55 per-
cent of cohabitators marry and anoth-
er 40 percent end the relationship
within five years.
Adults between the ages of 18
and 23 participating in cohabitation
are, according to the study, more
prone to divorce because of thejr
experience than those not involved
in cohabitation.

By Anna Clark
DAy StaffReporter
To discuss two possible sets of
amendments to the University's Code
of Student Conduct, the Student Rela-
tions Advisory Committee met with
representatives of the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly and the Senate Adviso-
ry Committee for University Affairs'
Civil Liberties Board on Friday.
The Code is the University's inter-
nal disciplinary system, based on a
set of values -- including dignity,
diversity, safety and honesty -- the
University uses to create a scholarly
Students can be disciplined under
the Code for any number of viola-
tions, such as physically and sexually
harming another person, misusing
alcohol and other drugs or tampering
with University property.
MSA and the CLB independently
drew up proposals, which they pre-
sented to the group. J. Silva
Goncalves, the interim director of the
Office of Student Conflict Resolution,
whic'h oversees the Code, also spoke
to the group, addressing parts of both
proposals from OSCR's perspective.
Alphonse Burdi, chairman of
SRAC, suggested that MSA and the
CLB attempt to create a "hybrid pro-
posal coming from both the MSA
and the CLB."
"If we don't work together on this
document, it won't go anywhere.
Nothing will get done," Burdi said.
If the two groups aren't able to
compromise on a joint proposal, sub-
committees of SRAC will be formed
to deal with both proposals.
"We are looking to submit a final
proposal to President Bollinger that
is timely, defensible and thoughtful.
Something we can stand behind,"
Burdi said. "We have the abilities in
this group to accomplish that."
Burdi said the ideal deadline for
Code amendments is "before stu-
dents leave campus" for the regular
academic year.
MSA's proposal featured 39 textu-
al changes, affecting 18 general
changes to the Code.
"The Code should only apply to

students," MSA Rep. Abe Rafi said.
"They're the ones who should be
charged and bring the charge under
the Code; the rationale being that it's
currently not an equal plane."
Rafi explained that only those who
can be charged under the Code should
be able to bring charges against others.
It is "inherently more fair" he said.
MSA's proposal recommends that
the Code shouldn't punish students
after they are acquitted for the same
incident in civil or criminal court.
The proposal also suggested pro-
viding trained student advocates to
aid the charged student. The Code
currently says that a charged student
can have a non-legal counsel adviser
provided by OSCR.
"We also believe that the 'beyond
a reasonable doubt' rule should apply
for serious cases, like expulsion or
suspension," Rafi said. "The reason
being that such a punishment would
be detrimental to the pursuit of hap-
piness; the student deserves to be
held to a higher standard of proof."
Rafi also discussed MSA's hope to
make Code proceedings more of a
public process.
The second Code proposal, pre-
sented by Philip Margolis of the
CLB, suggested changing the Code's
name to Statement of Student's Right
and Responsibilities.
"We're not ckazy about the word
'code.' It connotes a certain amount
of rigidity; it's more authoritarian,
'Rights and Responsibilities' is more
in the spirit of the document," he
Margolis echoed MSA's desire to
hold the University's faculty and staff
to the standards specified in the Code
- the same standards students are
expected to respect.
"Although it's a set of student rights
and responsibilities, it applies to facul-
ty and staff as well. We think the com-
munity ought to know this," he said.
Goncalves said OSCR disagreed
with this idea.
"We feel that referencing faculty
and staff in a student document isn't
necessary," he said.
The group will meet again in about
a week to reexamine their position.



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