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One hundred eight years of editordfreedom

September 28, 1999


harassment policy

y Jeremy W. Peters
aily Staff Reporter
In the spring of 1986. the Senate Advisory
ommittee on University Affairs released a
at-ment on the University's policy regarding
UI relationships between faculty and stu-
ents - that was the last time they addressed the
Now, SACUA is considering adopting a
vised statement that addresses faculty/student
lationships in a stronger manner.
SACUA Chair Sherri Kossoudji said she def-
itely sees some problems with the 1986 state-
tent. "Maybe it's time to look at it again," she

The SACUA statement, even though it has no
administrative power, expresses the views of the
committee which is the governing body for
University faculty.
After SACUA released its statement con-
cerning relationships between faculty and
students, the University added a section to its
Standard Practice Guide regarding sexual
harassment which outlines policy in the mat-
According to the guide, University policy
"precludes individuals from evaluating the work
performance of others with whom they have

intimate familial or close personal relation-
The guide adds that consensual sexual rela-
tionships between faculty and students fall under
this categorization and are thus subject to con-
trol under University policy.
It requires "disclosure to the appropriate
administrative,supervisor so that arrangements
can be made for objective evaluation ... with
regard to the student."
This policy largely drew upon SACUA state-
ment's assertion that student-faculty relation-
ships are "ultimately ... asymmetrical" and can
lead to exploitation. Their statement urges the

avoidance of these relationships.
Now, members of SACUA said they
believe their position should be worded
more strictly.
Although the statement may have been strong
in 1986, the adoption of stronger statements by
other national universities has prompted some to
consider a revision.
But, SACUA is being careful not to overstep
its limitations. Kossoudji, a Social Work profes-
sor, said, "Prohibiting student faculty relation-
ships would be dangerous."
Not everyone on SACUA agrees the commit-
tee should revise the statement.

Recognizing that the statement has no power
to govern the acts of faculty and students,
SACUA Executive Assistant Tom Schneider
expressed his reluctance in supporting a revi-
"I believe the SACUVA statement is nothing ...
but an opinion statement." he said.
Jackie Lawson, the Dearborn campus repre-
sentative, said she agrees.
"To rewrite a statement that carries no weight
is meaningless:' she said.
SACUA is looking over its options and
have decided to seek outside input on the

fans say
to an era
By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Editor
DETROIT - More than 50.000
people -- Detroiters at heart, but
they came from all over - gath-
ered at an intersection that has
become a legend to send an old
£riend off into time.
They came from down the street
and they came from around the
world. They came to see the
6,873rd and final baseball game at
Tiger Stadium.
After 104 years at the corner
of two streets called Michigan
and Trumbull, professional
baseball is gone. Next year, it
moves to another corner, but that
location is a mere meeting of
Tiger faithful from across the
country had a difficult time saying
good-bye last night.
Jim Biondo stared at two large
screen televisions inside the stadi-
um from behind the surrounding
gates. Biondo flew to Detroit from
his new home in Los Angeles to
catch the final weekend at the'
Hoping to slip into the old ball-
park in the eighth or ninth inning,
Biondo didn't even have a ticket.
So instead he watched the
postgame festivities from the side-
walk along Trumbull.
Last night, past and present
intersected both during the game
and a 90-minute postgame ceremo-
ny that featured Tigers players from
the 1938 team through this year's
"They brought back names that I
See TIGERS, Page 7




Proposal could
alter tax credit

® Smith says changes
give students better
access to savings
By Nick Bunkley
Daily State Reporter
The state's booming economy is
bad news for students and parents
hoping to cash in on Michigan's
tuition tax credit.
Gov. John Engler called for the tax
credit law to be repealed in his Jan. 28
State of the State address, but with not
enough support in the legislature for a
total repeal, some lawmakers have tried
to change the logistics of the tax credit
Legislation introduced last week
by Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-
Salem Twp.) would change the eligi-
bility requirements for the tax credit,
tying it to the higher education bud-
get rather than tuition increases at
each university.
"We really need to do something
about the tuition tax credit," Smith
said. "We don't have the votes for
Currently, universities must keep
yearly tuition increases below the
level of inflation for students to
qualify for the tax credit. But with
inflation at 1.8 percent, none of the
state's 15 public universities were
able to keep increases that low for
the 1998-99 school year.
The tuition tax credit provides a
credit equal to 8 percent of all fees
and tuition paid, with a maximum
amount of S375 each year..

In July, the University Board of
Regents approved a 2.8 percent
increase in tuition for the academic
The increase was the lowest in more
than 10 years - the result of an addi-
tional 4.8 percent in state appropria-
Cynthia Wilbanks, the University's
vice president for government relations,
said tying the tax credit to state appro-
priations could increase funding and
keep tuition low.
"The state's ability to fund higher
education at a level above inflation
gives the universities power to hold
back their tuition increases," Wilbanks
"It's very much in line with what
we have. been saying for a long, long
Sen. John ,Schwarz (R-Battle
Creek), who chairs the Senate
Appropriations Higher Education
Subcommittee, said he likes the idea
of removing the link between the tax
credit and tuition.
"It gets rid of the requirement that
schools have got to keep tuition
increases at less than inflation," said
Schwarz, a co-sponsor of the bill.
"I think that's a pretty good con-
cept if this law isn't going to be
For the fiscal year 2000 budget, the.
S34 million designated for the tax cred-
it was rolled into the higher education
Schwarz said he eventually hopes to
see an end to the tax credit so the
See TAX CREDIT, Page 2

ABOVE: Tiger fan Mark Lee holds up a sign in the center field bleach-
ers yesterday during the final game played at Tiger Stadium.
LEFT: Tom Williams distributes copies of The Detroit News special edi-
tion about Tiger Stadium.

DA A L4'NANL ua y
Stadium memories can 't be torn down

FDA approaches
final approval of
abortion drug

ETROIT - Surrounded by
ashbulbs, screaming fans and
a trainload of history disappear-
with the sun below the third-base
side roof, 104 years of baseball at the
' corner of Michigan and Trumbull
came to an end. No more anticipation.
No more memories to be made. For
6,873 games, there has always been a
tomorrow, a next week, a next year. Not
Every sport is about anticipation,
and none.more than baseball. But it's
gone, leaving all of us who ever bought
roru0m tod

a ticket or a hot
dog hanging
with an uncer-
tain fate.
We don't
know what it
will be like next
year, at a park
with a corporate
name and a
Ferris wheel.
We know it
won't be the


We're afraid it will be like the Brown
Jug - a promise of tradition until one
night you come back to find bright
lights and techno music.
We're afraid those who control the
future of baseball in Detroit will be like
the fan in the lower left-field seats,
craning to get a better view- of the
JumboTron, and wishing for screens
on the other side of the park, too.
Somewhere deep down we're afraid the
keepers of our dreams might miss the
point that badly.
That's why we want to take home

something tangible, to remind us that
this wasn't a dream that started the first
time we saw a green field in the sun. I
have dirt from Wrigley, and Fenway;
from Jacobs Field and Safeco Field.
Dirt from the oldest and the newest.
From a place like Tiger Stadium, I have
more. I'll take no dirt, no urinal, no
seat, nothing. The things I want to keep
from here are the things I remember.
The scent of the peppers andonions on
the grill. The chill deep inside the place
on a warm summer day.
See FREEMAN, Page 7



Afternoon delight

By Dan Krauth
Daily Staff Reporter
By the end of 1999, the abortion-
drug mifepristone, also known as RU-
486, will be available to the public, after
final approval from the Food and Drug
But before the FDA can finally
approve the drug "additional infor-
mation on other issues including
manufacturing practices and label-
ing, must be submitted before a
final approval decision can be
made," according to an FDA written
Despite the FDA's anticipated
approval of the drug, the University
Health Service will not be dispens-
ing RU-486.
"We do not have the technical
support to handle the completion of
it," said Robert Winfield, interim
Director of University Health
RU-486 is the common name for the
drug mifepristone which is used togeth-
er with misoprostol- normally used to
treat ulcers. These two drugs together
cause the uterus to contract and cause

Kingdom. FDA clinical data shows
the drug's benefits outweigh its
UHS tries to "give people choices
but (we) do not perform abortions. Our
goal is to help them decide what they
want to do through options counseling,"
Winfield said.
Winfield said 80 percent of
women report cramping and bleed-
ing following abortions. Most pain
can be managed by drugs like
Tylenol, he said.
If taken before the seventh week
of pregnancy, the pill has 95 percent
success rate, Winfield said. But the
odds of a complete abortion decreas-
es to 80 percent if taken between the
seventh and ninth week of pregnan-
Women who take the pill between
this time frame may need minor
surgery to complete the abortion and
may experience increased side effects.
No research has been done on the
effects of the pill if used after nine
"It will be much easier for a
woman to get an abortion. The RU-

admissions lawsuits

y Michael Grass
paily Staff Reporter
ganizers of a forum scheduled
Ro tomorrow hope to bring
Lniver'sity community members up
:o speed on the status of the two
admissions lawsuits filed against the
ollege of Literature, Science and
:he Arts and the Law School in 1997
is many members of the University

speakers at the forum, "Affirmative
Action: Where Do We Stand?" The
gathering is set to begin tomorrow at
2 p.m. in the Michigan Union
Speaking with Lehman will be
University Provost Nancy Cantor
and John Payton, an attorney with
Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, the
Washington, D.C. firm representing


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