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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 23, 1999 - 5A

Shooting stars

Protests mark first class day
for Princeton bioethics prof.

By Richard Just
and Emma Soichet
The Daily Princetonian
PRINCETON, N.J. (U-WIRE) - A day of
protest against Princeton University's hiring of
controversial bioethicist Peter Singer culminat-
ed Tuesday in the arrest of 14 activists, who
were dragged away from Nassau Hall after
sealing off the building for two hours.
About 30 wheelchair-bound protesters and
several other disability-rights advocates from
Not Dead Yet barricaded all five entrances to
Nassau Hall - trapping University officials
inside and preventing at least two deans from
entering - before being removed by Princeton
Public Safety officers around 1:30 p.m.
Just hours before, about 200 protesters
descended on a soggy campus while singing,
"Shapiro promotes murder," and wielding
posters that compared Princeton to Auschwitz.
Meanwhile, at the Center for Human Values,
Singer's first seminar proceeded without inci-
dent. Public Safety officers rimmed the build-
ing to ensure that only authorized students
could enter the class.
"Singer was an incredibly open and amiable
man," said Princeton junior Hyeseung Song,
one of Singer's students. "It was like a regular

Nevertheless, the day was anything but typi-
cal for more than a dozen Public Safety offi-
cers who found themselves attempting to
police a rally that began outside FitzRandolph
gate at 10 a.m.
Protesters, including pro-life, anti-euthana-
sia and disabled-rights activists, stood in the
steady rain, periodically chanting, "We're not
dead yet," until 11:30 a.m. At that point the
crowd began to pour through the gates and
converge on Nassau Hall - where it soon
became apparent that Not Dead Yet members
were attempting to seal off the University's
central administrative offices.
There they stayed until Public Safety, local
police and state troopers surrounded them with
metal barricades, warned them to leave and
then charged them with trespassing and disor-
derly conduct.
The Princeton Borough Police helped proc-
tors process the arrests but the physical
removal of activists was left to campus securi-
tv. None of those arrested were New Jersey res-
Shortly after being dragged away from the
north entrance of Nassau Hall, Not Dead Yet
self-proclaimed "ambulatory wheelchair war-

rior" Eileen Sabel chided Shapiro for not
answering the protesters' demands.
"The administration wouldn't give us the
courtesy of a response, so we escalated," she
said. Sabel added that it was the 40th time she
had been arrested in the past decade.
University spokesperson Justin Harmon dis-
missed Not Dead Yet members as attention-:
seekers. "This is their little moment of politica,
theater, and they've been planning it for a
while," he said.
Despite the intensity of Tuesday's protest. it
may well have marked Not Dead Yet's final
appearance on campus.
Group president Diane Coleman said her
organization - which has been the central
presence at anti-Singer rallies - would not
return to campus. But New Jersey Right to Life
Director of Public Affairs Marie Tasy said here
group will continue to demonstrate at the
No University students were among the pro-
testers blocking entrances to the building..
Chris Benek, president of Princeton Students
Against Infanticide, a group that helped orga-
nize the rally, took pains to distance his organi-
zation from the activists who sealed off Nassau

more than 40 students trying out for the Michigan Rifle Club take aim yesterday at the rifle range
n the North University Building.

Online notes raise questions at OSU

By DeAnna Browne
Daily O'Collegian
Website that gives away class notes
iht be ripping off professors' intel-
lectual property, an Oklahoma State
University official says.
Students who are taking their notes
and posting them on the Internet may
be held responsible for the accuracy of
the notes, said Guven Yalcintas, director
for Intellectual Property and
Technology Transfer at OSU.
StudyFree is paying students at 62
universities to post their class notes
on the company's Website,
StudentU corn. Anyone can print the
notes for free.

As of Sept. 19, students in 14 classes
at OSU were paid S300 per course, per
semester to post their notes. And it's all
done anonymously, said Oran Wolf,
StudyFree's president and Website cre-
Wolf, who founded his Houston-
based company in 1995, and took it
online Sept. 6, 1999, said he is sur-
prised that some people think his ser-
vice to students is unethical.
"I don't think this is unethical," Wolf
said. "When I was in school, my class-
mates and I shared notes all the time.
Notes are free to students in the class -
why shouldn't they be free to the
Perhaps because it may be stealing

from professors, said Rebekah Herrick,
associate political science professor at
OSU. Someone in her Introduction to
Government class is posting the lecture
notes on StudentU.com.
"I wonder if there are intellectual
property theft issues here. The notes are
presented as mine," she said. "Someone
else is profiting from my labor. This
bothers me."
Herrick may be right.
"There could be intellectual prop-
erty in the presentation of her lec-
ture," Yalcintas said. "The presenta-
tion technique of her lecture may be
Her lectures may also be coming
from her own research. In these cases,

she has the right to claim intellectual
Wolf said the disclaimer on his
Website protects his company and the
students he employs. The disclaimer
reads, in part: "You need to know that
the lecture notes you find in
StudentU.com are just a notetaker's
interpretation of what was presented in
the lecture. They are absolutely, posi-
tively not the professor's lecture notes."
Yalcintas said the disclaimer really
does not mean anything. It does not
protect StudyFree or the students post-
ing the notes.
"A disclaimer is just a disclaimer. It's
not God's law - there are always
holes." he said.

Suspects arrested in


By Zophia Rendon
Indepedent Florida Alligator
Alachua County Sheriff's Office arrest-
ed three more Live Oak residents
Tuesday afternoon in connection to the
beating death of University of Florida
student Brian Tew at Campus Club
Apartments early Saturday morning.
homas Anthony Bartolotta, Jason
iey and Bryan Kelley, were asked to
turn themselves in to the Suwannee
County jail, where Alachua County
Sheriff's officers arrested them, said
Sheriff's spokesperson Sgt. James
The three men are charged as princi-
ples to second-degree murder.
Joshua Wells, also of Live Oak, was
arrested over the weekend and charged
with second-degree murder.
* artoldtta and the Kelley brothers
Pre with Wells the night of the
Campus Club Apartment fight, where
Wells "maliciously kicked" Tew in the
head after they fell down the stairs
while fighting, Troiano said.
Interviews with witnesses who saw

the Saturday morning fight led to the
arrest of the suspects, who are in the
Suwannee County jail.
The three men will be moved to the
Alachua County jail later this week,
Troiano said.
Bartolotta is a teacher and wrestling
coach at Suwannee High School, said
Wyman Harvard, Suwannee County
School Board superintendent. The
Kelley brothers are not employed by the
More charges against Bartolotta and
the Kelley brothers are possible as the
investigation continues, Troiano said.
Troiano said eight people, including
the four already arrested, were in the
group from Live Oak that came to
Gainesville the night before the
Tennessee vs. Florida game looking
for a party.
The investigation is ongoing, and
police are still working out the details of
Saturday morning's events, which left
Tew, a criminal justice major who want-
ed to become an FBI agent, with multiple
skull fractures. He died at Shands
Hospital at UF early Sunday morning.

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