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Joint SA, SNRE program reviewed
voter fraud in
As the nation's eyes focuses on vot-
ing irregularities in Florida, voter
fraud could be present in other states.
A survey conducted by The Marquette
Tribune, the student newspaper at
Marquette University in Milwaukee,
fcund that many students voted more
Of 1,000 students surveyed, 174 indi-
cated they voted more than once. Many
f those had voted absentee in their
home state and again in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Republican Party officials
received more than 600 complaints of
voter fraud in the Milwaukee area and
called for an investigation. i
The Tribune's survey also showed
that three students voted, for cartoon
characters, 51 students voted for
themselves, 76 for friends and 30
voted for members of their families.
Milwaukee County District Attor-
ney E. Michael McCann said he is
taking all of the allegations seriously,
but before action is taken, the accusa-
tions must be confirmed.
first Ivy League
Ruth J. Simmons, the current presi-
dent at Smith College, will take over
Brown University's top post July 1.
She will become the first black presi-
dent in the Ivy League schools.
Simmons is also university's first per-
manent female president and second in
the Ivy League. Simmons' previous
posts include provost at Spelman Col-
lege and Princeton's vice provost. The
university selected Simmons after a
nine-month national search.
Addressing Brown University stu-
dents, faculty and staff at an assembly
last week, Simmons said the universi-
ty needed to continue emphasizing
education more than making money.
Simmons is the 12th child of a South-
held hostage by
A former University of Nevada at
Reno student held his ex-girlfriend
hostage in a UNR fraternity earlier
this month. Eric Youngren was upset
about his break up with the girl, uni-
versity police said. He entered his ex-
fraternity, held a gun to his head and
threatened suicide, police said.
University and Reno police freed
Youngren's ex-girlfriend and the gun-
man surrendered two hours later.
Police evacuated the neighborhood
during the standoff. Youngren alleged-
ly fired once into the floor of the fra-
ternity, but no one was injured. He
was charged with second-degree kid-
napping, assault with a deadly
weapon, domestic battery, obstructing
and resisting with a deadly weapon.
*NYU grad students
form first union
New York University graduate
assistants formed a union, the first for
graduate students at a private universi-
ty. The National Labor Relations
Board announced last week that the
GA's approved the union. Results
from the April election had not been
*eported because NYU appealed the
vote. NYU has not decided whether to
recognize the union.
University spokesman John
Beckham said the NLRB's decision
not to count almost 300 votes may
have altered the outcome. The offi-
cial vote was 597-418. The new
union will be operating by the
United Auto Workers. The NLRB
voted late last month to allow NYU
graduate students to form a union,
-ejecting NYU's argument that they
should not be considered NYU
employees because they are stu-
dents at the university.
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Robert Gold fivin U-WIRE reports.
By Anna Clark
Daily Staff Reporter
In the first step toward the possible elimi-
nation of undergraduate programs in the
School of Natural Resources andcthe Environ-
ment, the proposal for an environmental sci-
ences/studies degree was recently submitted
to University Provost Nancy Cantor and LSA
Dean Shirley Neuman, interim SNRE Dean
Barry Rabe said yesterday.
Copies of the proposal, which would create
a joint program between SNRE and the Col-
lege of Literature, Science and the Arts, were
also sent to SNRE faculty, staff and students.
The proposal was formulated by the Envi-
ronmental Sciences/Studies Curriculum
Development Committee, which is comprised
of faculty and students representing several
University schools and colleges.
According to the report, Neuman charged
the committee last March with developing "a
proposal for an undergraduatq concentration
within LSA," assuming SNRE was no longer
directly available to undergraduates.
"This is the beginning of a series of discus-
sions and a long deliberation process," Rabe
The proposal recommends a partnership
between the schools in formulating an LSA-
based environmental sciences/studies concen-
tration that would replace the SNRE
It also calls for a bachelor of arts or bache-
lor of sciences emphasis to the degree, the
development of an environmental living
learning community and the creation of sever-
al new collaborative courses, field work and
To centralize the program, the committee
recommended the appointment of a director
who would report to the deans of both
schools, an office in the Dana Building, acad-
emic advisers designated for the program and
an orientation program for new students.
The report encourages the establishment of
an implementation committee to bring the
program into existence by Fall 2002.
SNRE hosted its fourth student forum on
the issue last night and will have a faculty
discussion tonight. Rabe said this is to decide
if the SNRE wants to go ahead with the pro-
posal. LSA administration has the same deci-
sion to make, Rabe said, before gaining the
approval of the provost's office and moving to
the next level.
"We have to approve major changes," Asso-
ciate Provost Paul Courant said.
"Right now, we're waiting for further dis-
cussion that we know the SNRE and LSA are
University. spokeswoman Amy Reyes said
the process will take time.
"Nothing's going to happen next week. This
is going to take a lot of time," she said. "They
are really going to consider what faculty and
students have to say about this."
Reyes also said that the proposal, if accept-
ed, would not affect students until at least Fall
Rabe said the need for the committee was a
result of several issues.
"It is true that in recent years SNRE has not
met its admission targets and has experienced
some fiscal difficulties, and that in part
accounts for a possible partnership with
LSA," Rabe said in a written statement.
"But more importantly, we believe the part-
nership will enhance the program and 'edu-
cate a new kind of citizen' better suited to
addressing today's very complex environmen-
tal issues," Rabe said.
In response to the proposal, Neuman wrote
that "the proposal suggests a program that has
rigor and interdisciplinary breadth and is gen-
uinely exciting. This committee has done
She added that her next step will be to
share the report with the LSA Executive
Committee and LSA departments that offer
courses that were a part of SNRE's proposed
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By Jane Krull Peace and Justice Committee chair
D3aily Staff Reporter Jessica Curtin, who proposed the reso-
lution, said she
The Michigan Student Assembly about the assemb
used its time efficiently at last night's "Judge Dugg
meeting approving resolutions about that the student
the affirmative action lawsuits and students believes
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The meeting was the fastest one be reversed," Cu
this term and as the final role call was The assembly
taken assembly members applauded tion proclaimin
their quick work. Recycles Day
"It was the shortest meeting I Michigan.
know," MSA President Hideki Tsutsu- The resolutio
mi said. dents, facultya
The main action of the meeting was versity of Mic
a resolution calling on U.S. District resources ands
Judge Patrick Duggan to delay the trial environment."
for the admissions lawsuit facing the The resolutio
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Arts and move its location from The original r
Detroit to Ann Arbor. MSA membersI
The University is being sued for its in support of re
practice of using race as a factor in er Siafa lage pr
LSA and Law School admissions. A to only encoura
pretrial hearing in the LSA case is to sign the pledg
scheduled for tomorrow. "The assembl
According to the resolution, holding to do something
the trial "in between winter and on their own wil
Thanksgiving holidays, and during Also at lasti
final exam time, makes it extremely assembly gave
difficult for students to have access to Lesbian, Gay, B
the trial." dered Affairs f
The resolution also states "the stu- G-spot magazine
dents who will be most affected by the "G-spot conta
outcome of this case must have the poetry, art, etcet
opportunity to participate in and wit- tee co-Chair Be
ness these historic proceedings" is a spectacular
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nd his decision should
also passed a resolu-
ng today as Michigan
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n states that "the stu-
and staff of the Uni-
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support a clean safe
n passed unanimously
esolution called for all
to sign a pledge card
cycling. MSA Treasur-
roposed an amendment
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or publishing costs of
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Nicole Colsch reads "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to 8-year-old Ameer Whitfield during Harry Potter Reading
Time at Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Bidge workersthrown into
river ater scafold.clpe
over manure rules
DETROIT (AP)-- A scaffold on the Ambassador Bridge
between the United States and Canada collapsed in the cold,
gusty wind yesterday, throwing several workers into the
Detroit River and leaving others dangling from safety har-
nesses, police say. One man was reported missing.
Jamie Barker of Windsor, Ontario, a father of five, was
missing, said Windsor Police Staff Sgt. Ed McNorton.
Dive teams from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ontario
Provincial Police were alerted.
The men, who work for the Ambassador Bridge Corp.,
had been painting the privately owned bridge.
The project was scheduled to end this month.
Temperatures were in the upper 30s, and southwest winds
were gusting to 22 miles per hour about the time of the col-
"That high wind must have been some factor," said
Windsor Fire Chief Dave Fields, who supervised the rescue
operation from the pier beneath the bridge.
Ten workers were on the scaffold when it collapsed about
4:30 p.m. EST police said.
"It appears to be an industrial accident, Windsor police
Staff Sgt. Gordon Purdy said. "They were workers doing
maintenance work on the Canadian side of the bridge."
There were varying reports of how many workers fell into
the water. Purdy said it was four, while the Coast Guard
said it knew of two. Authorities agreed that all were res-
Other workers were pulled to safety from the bridge,
Purdy said. At least two workers dangled from safety har-
nesses for about 45 minutes. Windsor firefighters helped
rescue the workers from the bridge.
"The rappelteams dropped rope to them and just hoisted
them up, one at time," Fields said. "The rescuers were out
there in that high wind too. It was dangerous for them as
Purdy said several workers were being treated for expo-
sure, and were not believed to be seriously hurt.
The weather service said the water temperature was 53
degrees, a reading at which hypothermia quickly sets in.
Purdy said the Ontario Board of Labour would investi-
gate the accident.
Kyle Imrie, a 20-year-old University of Windsor student,
was walking along the river when he saw the scaffolding
"I saw a big cloud of dust and then we saw a body fall,
Imrie said. "There was nothing we could do"
LANSING (AP) - The Engler and
Clinton administrations are butting
heads over whether Michigan ade-
quately protects rivers and lakes from
manure and other livestock wastes.
The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency is set to propose rules in
December that could force hundreds
of farms with more than 300 animals
to obtain permits for discharging waste
into state waters.
Michigan law already prohibits
agricultural runoff into lakes and
streams, but the EPA says permits
are needed to ensure that farmers are
complying. Permits would require
farmers to develop pollution-control
The Michigan Department of Envi-
ronmental Quality and the Michigan
Department of Agriculture oppose the
EPA's plan, calling it an unnecessary
burden on farmers, a waste of
resources and an intrusion on state
About half of Michigan's 50,000
farms have livestock, 2,000 to 3,000 of
them have more than 300 animals,
The Sierra Club and two other
Michigan environmental groups asked
the EPA this year to revoke the state's
enforcement authority under the feder-
al Clean Water Act because it fails to
control agricultural waste.
The EPA responded in September
by ordering the DEQ to issue dis-
charge permits for all farms with more
than 1,000 animals. Permits also may
be required for farms with more than
300 animals, under EPA rules to be
issued in December as a res§ult of a
federal court order.
Permits spelling out what farms
must do to prevent waste discharges
are the only way to ensure compli-
ance with the Clean Water Act, said
Steve Jann, an environmental scien-
tist at the EPA's regional office in
"We feel the agency responsible
for maintaining water quality should
be determining if there are prob-
lems," Jann said. "The way it works
now is they only respond to com-
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
Community Service Commission
Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Michigan
Union MSA Chambers, 615-5MSA
Environmental Issues Commission
mous, 7:00 p.m., First Baptist
Church, 512 E. Huron, 913-
* Student Pugwash USA Organizational
Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Dominick's,
Ann Arbor Support Group, 6:30
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