The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 21, 2000 - 3
Motorist in van
exposes self at
A man in a gray van exposed him-
self to another motorist at the intersec-
tion of South University and State
Street on Friday morning, according
to DPS reports. Afte exposing him-
self, the man proceeded northbound
Officers are investigating the nci-
dent, no suspects were named.
lood, passes out;
A woman giving blood at East Hall
for the annual Blood Battle against
Ohio State University passed out Fri-
day afternoon, according to DPS
reports. The woman regained con-
sciousness and refused medical atten-
Two subjects at Mary Markley Res-
idence Hall were cited with Minor in
Possession of alcohol charges early
Friday morning, according to DPS
reports. Both were arrested and
A pair of MIPS were also served at
rkley early Saturday morning.
lip flops stolen
in Bursley Hall
An unknown person stole a pair of
flip flop sandals from a student living in
Brsley Residence Hall or. Saturday
evening, according to DPS reports. The
thief forced entry and took the sandals.
DPS has no suspects.
takes false check
A person shopping at the Michigan
Union Computer Showcase on Thurs-
day passed a $3,200 check that proved
to fraudulent, according to DPS reports.
DPS did not identify any suspects.
isotope at CCRB
No injuries were reported after a
person at the Central Campus Recre-
ation Building was exposed to a
radioactive P32 isotope Sunday
evening, according to DPS reports.
The office of Occupational Safety and
E vironmental Health was contacted.
sitor steps on
nail in Arts bldg.
A visitor to the University stepped
on a nail at the Student Theater Arts
building on Kipke Drive on Sunday
evening, according to DPS on reports.
The visitor was taken to University
Man found asleep
.A. man was found sleeping in a
crassroom in the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library early Friday morn-
ing; according to DPS reports. The
man awoke and left the area before
officers could respond to the scene.
Cause of laser
A laser at Harrison Randall Labo-
raiory was damaged Saturday after-
noon, according to DPS reports.
How the laser was damaged is
unclear, but the YLF rod was possi-
bly harmed by water from the cool-I
fend in structure
Graffiti was found on the top and
fourth levels of the Church Street
Parking Lot on Friday evening,
according to DPS reports. The graffiti
on the top level read "smoke weed."
DPS did not report having any sus-
Comiled by Daily StaJReporter
David Enders. I
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Day Staff Reporter
Community development and faculty commit-
ment to the University were the focus of yester-
day's faculty Senate Assembly meeting, held in
4rovost Nancy Cantor was the featured speaker
and addressed the importance of students taking
advantage of opportunities available at the Univer-
A select group of University freshmen and
seniors recently completed the National Survey
of Student Engagement, which ranks colleges
as research and liberal institutions.
The survey, which included 63,000 students'
nationwide, examined academic challenge, collab-
orative learning, student and faculty interactions,
education opportunities, supportive campus envi-
ronment at students' respective campuses, Cantor
Although the survey revealed the University
comes out better in research, Cantor said, students
indicated they lack intimacy with faculty and do
not feel they are part of a supportive campus envi-
"We need to put emphasis on how to create this
'neighborhood structure,"'she said.
In joining the online academic community
Fathom.com last week, Cantor said the. Univer-
sity will increase conversation with libraries,
art institutions and other sc'hools around the
"It gave us the opportunity to connect with
remarkable cultural institutions,' Cantor said.
Fathom.com member institutions include
Columbia University, London School of Econom-
ics and Political Science, American Film Institute
and the New York Public Library.
Cantor also said they are trying to bridge the gap
between public and academic mission on campus
by bringing public institutions, such as Nichols
Arboretum, University museums and music soci-
eties to the students.
"For us to really make the most of the breath of
this University ... we have to create that communi-
ty" Cantor said. "We want to make connections
that are reciprocal"
Following Cantor, Assistant General Counsel
Jonathan Alger spoke on how new digital edu-
cation opportunities apply to the University pol-
icy that prohibits faculty members from
teaching outside the University without prior
Alger said some faculty members have been
confused on the policy.
A draft on the policy is being created to clarify
the existing policy.
"The Internet is fundamentally different,"
Alger said. "It's a very different world in this
age of the Internet. We want to have faculty
input to bring that experience to bear across
campus," he said.
Alger stressed that the policy is still in design
stages and will be thoroughly researched by a com-
mittee to be head by James Hilton; assistant to the
Senate Advisory Committee on University
Affairs chairwoman Jackie Lawson, an associate
professor of English at the University's Dearborn
campus, said the Senate Assembly is still in the
process of forming the committee to study the poli-
Cantor said lawyers, researchers and faculty will
be involved in answering questions regarding copy-
"Every major university around the country is
doing this right now. It's an opportunity for us and
it's important to get ideas flowing to a community
like this," Alger said.
Engler to hold special
election for deceased Rep.
LANSING (AP) - Gov. John
Engler will have to call for a special
election to fill the open state House
seat created by the weekend death of
Rep. Janet Kukuk.
Kukuk, of Macomb Township, died
Sunday at her daughter's home after a
five-year battle with breast cancer.
Kukuk, a Republican, was elected
earlier this month to her second two-
year term, scheduled to begin in Janu-
While Engler did not have any news
yesterday about calling a special elec-
tion, he issued a statement about the loss
of Kukuk as a public servant.
"Michigan has lost a compassion-
ate voice of the people with the pass-
ing of Representative Kukuk," Engler
said. "I truly admired Janet's commit-
ment to children's issues and her
work as a pro-life advocate."
Visitation was scheduled to be
held from 4-9 p.m. yesterday and 2-
9 p.m. Tuesday at Will &
Schwarzkoff Funeral Home in
Mount Clemens. The funeral will
be held I1 a.m. tomorrow at the
Bethel Church of the Nazarene in
Macomb Township. In lieu of flow-
ers, the family has requested memor-
ial gifts be made to the Parish
Nursing Program at St. Joseph's
Mercy Foundation, the Right to Life
of Michigan Education Fund or
Prison Fellowship Ministries.
Meijer gets new turkey contract
Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper talks to Residential
College students last night in East Quad Residence Hall.
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) - Farmers
with the Michigan Turkey Producers
Cooperative have an extra reason to be
thankful this Thanksgiving Day
because their product will make its
first appearance in a retail store this
"Things are looking pretty good,"
said Andy Snider, who, with his wife,
Beth, raises turkeys on a 500-acre
farm between Manistee and
Starting today, grocery giant Meijer
Inc. will put the co-op's Legacy brand'
ground turkey on its shelves.
Snider and 14 other farmers formed
the cooperative after Sara Lee Corp.,
the operator of a turkey-processing
plant in Borculo, about 19 miles west
of Grand Rapids, announced in July
1997 that it would soon stop buying
Times were tough and the farmers,
who got the news at a public hearing,
were expecting Chicago-based Sara
Lee to scale back operations and lower
production at the Bil Mar plant. They
didn't expect the company, however, to
quit buying from them altogether and
instead truck in turkey meat from out
The farmers were devastated by the
news. Many had invested hundreds of
thousands - even millions - of dol-
lars in equipment and barns. Some
depended on turkeys to bring in most
of their farm's revenue.
The farmers were too shocked to
ask many questions immediately after
Sara Lee officials told them of their
decision. But Snider optimistically
offered the following words to his
peers: When this is all over, it may be
the best thing that ever happened to us.
He said he expects to send 65,000
gobblers to the co-op's plant this year,
making him one of the smallest Ki-
bers. Even so, he relies on turkey saes
for half of his farm's income.
In March, the producers' group
started processing their turkeys at a
renovated J.R. Simplot Co. potato
plant in the Grand Rapids suburb of,
Wyoming, selling the meat to institu-
tions and companies that further
processed it into sandwich meat and
By Jon Fish
Daily Staff Reporter
Residential College students
looking to fight the University
administration for more autonomy
from the College of Literature, Sci-
ence and the Arts received some
strategic advice from Vice President
for Student Affairs E. Royster Harp-
Harper suggested that Atkin and
the other students look to form their
own governance structure to be bet-
ter heard. She also urged students
not to succumb to that kind of disil-
lusionment which can become a
She also suggested that students
appeal to the Undergraduate Educa-
tion Commission, which is chaired
by University Provost Nancy Cantor
and the Academic Affairs Commit-
tee of the LSA-SG.
"This is clearly a situation where
it's more than appropriate to talk
about it to as many folks as you
can," Harper said.
Seated comfortably on a couch in
the Madrigal Lounge in East Quad
Residence Hall, Harper spoke with
seven students and RC Director
Tom Weisskopf about their con-
cerns regarding the RC and its rela-
tionship to the rest of the University.
RC junior Graham Atkin said one
of the students' concerns were the
changes made in the RC grading sys-
tem last April. Atkin said the deci-
sions made by administration points
to a more serious issue of LSA power
over the college.
"How do we go about preserving
what works for us?" he asked.
Weisskopf pointed out that the RC
"has always been an anomalous," and
that the RC is "still subject to the ulti-
mate authority of LSA."
But it is this authority that
Atkin and the other students are
seeking to change. Now, they said
they feel as though RC students
are being co-opted into LSA with-
out little say.
"The structures are such that we
have the ability to defend our choic-
es," Atkin said. RC students, he
said, are seeking "a degree of auton-
omy and self-determination."
Atkin added that he felt many stu-
dents, including himself, are disillu-
sioned with student government as a
means of getting their grievances
heard. While the LSA Student Gov-
ernment passed a resolution last year
calling for Dean Shirley Neuman to
further consider the concerns of the
RC faculty and students, the adminis-
tration seemed to pay little mind.
Harper said she would facilitate
this process of getting their con-
"I'm going to try to help them
have a voice in this issue," she said.
"They do need a formal way of
The students who attended the
meeting said they were pleasantly
surprised by the dialogue with
Harper. "I was surprised. I was wor-
ried it would be a meeting where we
would air our grievances and noth-
ing would come out of it," Atkin
said after the meeting.
"It was really nice getting our
view over to one of the higher-
ups," RC junior Rachel Razgunas
RC senior Carole Snitzer said it
was also encouraging to see that
students were taking an active
stance in defending the RC.
"We got a lot of practical sugges-
tions," Atkin said. "We will definite-
ly look into pursuing all the avenues
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