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RIME S
wo suspects
ested for
tolen property
e University Department of Public
fety arrested two subjects matching
e description of suspects in an armed
bbery call.
The suspects were in possession of
olen property, including a back-
ck, belonging to a subject who was
aten in the face by the two earlier
the evening in the Church Street
rport.
The victim denied medical attention,
I'eports stated.
ubject punched
nd kicked
A subject was beaten and robbed
onday night on North University
reet by three unidentified sub-
cts.
The three perpetrators beat the
etim with their fists and feet, then
4his property. The victim was
ken to the emergetcy room of
ntversitv Hospitals and some of
cstolen property was later rcov
ed
A report was filed, according to
rt cart seen
oing on Diag
*ving rampage
DPS received a call late Monday
ght that a cart identified as a
iehigan Art Guild cart was speeding
ough the Diag.
The cart's operator was driving in an
safe manner, using excessive speeds
d aiming at people, DPS reports stat-
6bjects harass
eople near Hill
A galler contacted DPS to report
ce males, one in a wheelchair, were
n trespassing outside Thomas
oley Memorial Fountain Mall
esday morning.
The: subjects were harassing
sers-by on the east side of Hill
ditorium, the DPS report said.
e uspects evacuated the area and
Wort was filed.
verheated meat
roduces smoke
DPS officers responded to a fire
rm at the Med Inn Remote
mand Center Tuesday evening.
T he alarm was attributed to smoke
ming from an overheated piece of
, DPS concluded.
kateboarder,
ounces into
ouble with law
DPS was called to the Fleming
ministration Building Wednesday
moon because a was in violation of
=city's skateboard/rollerblade ordi-
nce.
T subject was "bouncing off the
DPS reports states.

y er runs into
ee in the Arb
A subject was cited for riding a
ycle in the Nichols Arboretum
ednesday afternoon after colliding
th a tree and contacting DPS.
r eported that the subject
'ted medical attention. "
ier reports
eyboard stolen
A caller telephoned from Angell
11 to report a keyboard stolen
esday morning.
UPS found the report to be inac-
rate. The keyboard wa$ taken for
airs, reports stated.
- Compiledfor the Daily
by Dave Enders.

LOCAL/STATE
Volunteers sleep on e
to aid homeless cause

The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 17, 1999 - 3

By Jon Zemke
Daily Staff Reporter
Toting sleeping bags and wearing
layered clothing nearly 100 students
gathered on the Diag last night for the
Third Annual Sleep Out on the Diag.
"We want to give the students the
feeling of what it's like to be home-
less," said Michael Carr, president and
co-founder of the University chapter
of Habitat for Humanity, which spon-
sors the event. "We have a lot of stu-
dents who get up and go home.
Homeless people can't get up and go
home."
Students gathered on the Diag at 10
p.m. and many planned to stay until 8
a.m. this morning. Participants were
asked to bring only sleeping bags, pil-
lows and warm clothes. Carr said the
group discourages radios, CD players
and other electronic equipment.
In the past, the event has only attract-
ed about 50 participants, but Carr said

he expects a substantial increase this
year. The event was moved to
September from mid-November, in
hopes the warmer weather would attract
more students.
"I like doing crazy things like sleep-
ing in the Diag," LSA first-year student
Ashley Ley said. "It's an interesting
way to find out about Habitat for
Humanity and the homeless"
Sleep Out participants are more con-
cerned with increasing awareness of the
city's homeless, than they are with
being stepped on by pedestrian traffic.
"It's always helpful to put out
something more concrete," said LSA
junior Ronny Luhur, who has partici-
pated in previous Sleep Outs. "It's far
more effective than having a lecture
on it."
Organizers also alert the Department
of Public Safety to ensure safety for
participants, Carr said.
Carr said participants in the Diag

Visiting psychology Prof. Denis Ugwuegbu of Nigeria teaches 400-levelHcase
relating to the socio-economic development of Africa.
Guest professors
bringnew views

Sleep Outs have not included area
homeless, although some city homeless
have spoken with students at the Sleep
Out events.
"At first it was a concern of ours
because we thought it might be insult-
ing," Carr said. "But a few homeless
people came by and said that's what its
like being homeless."
Habitat for Humanity, a non-prof-
it organization, was founded in 1976
as an ecumenical Christian Housing
ministry. It now claims a worldwide
membership of 200,000 volunteers 0
and 330 campus charters in 43
states.
The University's chapter of Habitat 11
for Humanity was founded in the fall of .
1996 with 20 members and now claims,
a mailing list of 2,124 students. The
campus chapter has three primary
goals, Carr said, to educate the student KIMiTsuxYoGAcHI/Da
population, raise funds and organize Michael Carr, president of Habitat for Humanity, (lower left), lies on the ground
volunteer labor. with members of his crew, trying to raise awareness of the homeless' plight.
Attendance olicies enient
toward religious holidays
By Caitlin Nish ate student instructor who teaches said.
For the Daily Russian. "We use class time for communicz
As many students head home to cel- In most University departments, it tion, something very few students ca
ebrate Yom Kippur, they are left won- is possible to lose credit due to a do outside of class. It is crucial to the
dering how Monday's absence from lack of attendance. But, Jane learning and the class functioning as
classes could affect their grades, espe- Hansen, the administrative assistant community that students be there,"Ne
cially in foreign language classes. for near eastern studies said, "We said. "Documented illness is alway
"We make sure that there are no tests have a grade grievance process that excused. A friend's wedding may not b
given on any of the religious holidays. would cover anyone who has a prob- excused although a student might thin
That is done when the syllabi are lem with grades received in a class. that it should be," she said.
made," said Director of the elementary I can't think of any time we have had There is no University-wide atter
French program Helene Neu, who is grade grievances based on atten- dance policy for the language depar
also a French professor. dance policies." ments. Each department has their ow
In many language departments, reli- "Students failing a course because of policy. with the policies of some of th
gious holidays and medical reasons - attendance is very rare. It happens once smaller departments, such as th
with documentation - are considered a year at most and we have an enroll- department of Asian languages and cu
excused absences, and don't affect stu- ment of over 1,000 per semester," Neu tures and the department of near easter
dents' grades. said. studies, varying from professor to pmo
Most language classes allow stu- Yet, the language departments are fessor.
dents several excused and unex- known for having some of the strictest It is,uniform though that professor
cused absences without affecting policies for unexcused absences of any print their attendance policies on th
their grades. In Russian language disciplines at the University. syllabi distributed at the beginningo
courses offered by the department of "It's tough being a college kid in a each semester.
Slavic languages and literatures , language because you feel like you "I think that-depending on the classi
students are allowed four unexcused should come and go as you please attendance is part of how a teache
absences before their participation because that's what it's like in other grades, that's fine, just as long as the
grades are lowered. classes. But, when you're tired, the tell you at the beginning. You need to b
"Any religious holiday wouldn't attendance policies give you incentive there if you actually want to speak
adversely affect anyone's grade. Also, to go," said LSA senior Damian Degoa, language," said Christina Blumentritt,
the Russian classes tend to be small who has taken several Spanish courses. LSA senior enrolled in Spanish 467.
enough that I develop personal relation- Foreign language classes are LSA first-year student Kim The
ships with my students. As long as there designed to give students plenty of said, "Students can make their ow
is communication open, we will figure experience listening and speaking the decisions about attendance, but the
something out if a student needs to miss languages they learn - one reason pro- have to remember that there are const
a class, said Shannon White, a gradu- fessors require students in class, Neu quences for those decisions"

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By Jodie Kaufman
Daily StaffReporter
Although the University is home to
its share of notable professors in
many fields, guest professors provide
alternate perspectives and hands-on
experience in many University col-
leges and schools.
In the psychology department,
which is hosting three visiting profes-
sors this fall, Administrative
Associate Debbie Apsley said profes-
sors usually "come to us. They are on
sabbatical or have a connection with
a faculty member here."
The average duration of a guest
professorship is one year. Professors
typically teach one course a semester,
although they may teach multiple.
Visiting psychology Prof. Denis
Ugwuegbu traveled from Nigeria to
"meet some great professors, share
my research interests and, as an intel-
lectual, one is always a student, so to
learn as well." Ugwuegbu, who grew
up in Nigeria, studied in the United
States and returned to Nigeria where
he founded a psychology department
at his home university.
Ugwuegbu is teaching Psychology
401 and Psychology 481 Seminar-
Sociological Psychology: The
Socioeconomic Development of
Africa, in collaboration with the
African-American and African
Studies programs, and is supervising
two independent studies projects.
Apsley said the professors offer the
community "a combination of ser-
vices and expertise."
LSA senior Tito Ledesma 'said he
enjoyed taking a previous course with

a visiting political science professor.
"He had first hand experience, as
opposed to other professors who have
just read the books. He lived in Latin
America and experienced the cul-
ture" Ledesma said.
The political science department
hosts a multitude of professors each
semester. The department's visitor
budget varies from year to year, and
searches for professors "to fill the
gaps of faculty who have gone on
leave, or to get people acquainted
with the University in hopes of mak-
ing some mutual connections and
they will eventually stay on here"
Political science department chair
Daniel Levine said. "It is a nice
opportunity to fill gaps."
LSA sophomore Adam Bookman
had a visiting professor for his
Political Science Il l last year.
"In some ways I liked her better
than my other professors, she was
definitely up to par, and she was
friendlier and able to tell us stuff
about her students at Wellesley, so we
got to hear other opinions outside of
U of M," Bookman said.
The film department has created
interest in many courses by attracting
visiting professors, said program
coordinator Mary Lou Chipala.
The department has been fortu-
nate enough to have "highly skilled
professionals teaching TV writing
and screenwriting, which were not
previously offered," Chipala said.
Visiting professors in the depart-
ment have include a screenwriter
from the television program Law
and Order.

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