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CLASSIFIED: 764-0557

February 5, 2001.

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'2 admit to
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Jby Martin
No new information
on booster's involvement
with University released
From staff and wire reports
Two people have pleaded guilty
federal charges of interstate aid
f racketeering in connection with
the gambling investigation into
banned University booster Ed Mar-
tin and his son Carlton Martin.
Lenon Thompson of Detroit
admitted last week to receiving bets
of $100,000 a week as part of the
illegal gambling ring Martin is
accused of running at the Ford
Motor Company River Rouge plant
in Dearborn.
JudithSmith of Dearborn also
Odmitted to illegal gambling - tak-
ing 200 bets a day over the phone
from a person at an Alabama beau-
ty shop.
Both face up to 10 to 16 months
in prison and could be charged
$250,000 in fines.
Martin, a retired Ford electrician,
was banned from associating with
University athletics in March 1997
fter the University and the NCAA
began investigating whether he had
violated NCAA rules.
Martin is suspected of giving
large sums of money and other gifts
to former University players.
The investigation of Martin
began in February of 1996 after a
new Ford Explorer driven by for-
mer basketball player Maurice Tay-
lor crashed while driving from
*etroit to Ann Arbor.
Also in the vehicle were former
basketball players Robert Traylor
and Louis Bullock, as well as then-
prospect Mateen Cleaves.
Officials found that the four had
all visited Martin's home that night.
An FBI raid in April 1999 uncov-
ered evidence linking Martin to at
least five former players, as well as
arge sums of cash and weapons.
In May, Martin and his son
pulled out of a plea bargain agree-
ment which would have forced
them to disclose all the details of
their involvement with the Michi-
gan men's basketball program.
Louis Bullock, Jalen Rose, Mau-
rice Taylor, Robert Traylor, Chris
Webber and Albert White have all
been associated with Martin.
This past summer, Bullock and
Traylor both admitted in Detroit
#deral court that they had actually
taken money from Martin.
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said the University has no
new information on any develop-
ments in the University's case with
Because Martin is being investi-
gated by the FBI and other govern-
ment law enforcement agencies and
* ot the University, it is unknown if
and when Martin will disclose any
more details about his involvement
with University athletics.
"Grand jury investigations and
federal investigations are by law

"We don't have any new informa-
tion on the proceedings," Peterson

By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily StaffReporter


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with AATA

A partnership between the University bus sys-
tem and the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
will likely be solidified
within the next two Ti
months, Transportation
and Parking Services
Director Patrick Cun-
ningham said yesterday.
"There is a potential of
saving $4 million and the
purchase of future buses and up to $150,000 a year
in operational savings," Cunningham said. "Any
bus service that AATA does for us will not result in
any increased cost to students, faculty, and staff."
Bus service for the University community

would remain free, he said.
Cunningham and Administrative Manager
David Miller met with University bus drivers Sat-
urday afternoon to discuss integrating services
with AATA.
"We wanted to inform our staff of the talks we
are having with AATA and tell them how this
might affect them individually," Cunningham said.
Scott Burkhardt, who has been a University dri-
ver for four years and is a member of the bus dri-
vers' union, said his concerns on the issue relate to
trust. The drivers' suggestions for improving ser-
vice have not been considered, he said.
"They refuse to put into writing that union jobs
will be lost or what jobs will be lost to AATA,"
he said.
Cunningham said current negotiations do not
call for the elimination of student drivers - who

are not union members - or union jobs.
"We have about 30 percent of student bus dri-
vers leave in any given year due to graduation
and new jobs," Cunningham said. "So any loss of
hours that we take, we believe we can do that
without affecting the number of student positions
we have. That is our goal, to do this in away that
doesn't affect the current staff."
An internal transportation department memo
from Miller obtained by The Michigan Daily rec-
ommends AATA begin by running little-used
Nite Owl, late-night and weekend routes.
The daytime Bursley-Baits route should be the
first high-volume route to transfer service to
AATA, the memo suggests.
Cunningham said an article in this month's
issue of Mass Transit magazine contained inac-
curate information from AATA Executive Direc-

tor Greg Cook stating that as many as 90,000
annual service hours would be transferred from
the University to AATA
The University actually would lose a total of
30,000 hours over a period of three years, Cun-
ningham said. "We made it very clear to the staff
this was inaccurate," he said of the article.
The University ran 105,715 hours of service
during the last fiscal year, according to the memo.
Student drivers accounted for nearly 29,000 of
those hours.
' Some drivers said they were concerned about
Cook's record while working for a Columbus,
Ohio, transportation company. The drivers said
that after integrating his transportation system
with the Ohio State University transportation sys-
tem, the level of service decreased significantly.
See AATA, Page 7A

Trial by ice

Site aims- to
register more
organ donors

By Carrie Thorson
Daily Staff Reporter

Every 14 minutes, another name is
added to the National Organ Trans-
plant waiting list. In an effort to meet
this demand, TransWeb, a University
organization aiming to register more
people for organ donation, has-
launched a new web site aimed at stu-
dents called "Give Life: The Trans-
plant Journey."
TransWeb.org is targeting students
because "this is the time when
teenagers and young people are
making moral decisions about their
lives and values," said University
Health Services spokeswoman Kara
"The Transplant Journey" aims to
educate uninformed students, Gavin
said. Many students, like SNRE
freshman Molly Walsh, are not clear
on the process by which organs are
"If my mom was dying and she
needed a kidney or something, I'd
do it, but not in any other case,"
said Walsh, who has an organ donor
sticker on the back of her driver's

In actuality, those who fill out the
organ donor stickers are agreeing to
donate their organs upon death.
Other students do not understand
that filling out the sticker does not
mean a doctor is less likely to save
them in the case of a serious acci-
dent, Gavin said.
TransWeb wants to make the deci-
sion of organ donation easier for stu-
dents through the website and to
make it easier to tell family and
loved ones of their decisions, Gavin
The website stresses the fact that
telling the family is a crucial step to
making sure the donation wishes are
carried out.
"Organ donation has to be some-
thing someone decides themselves,"
she said. "The family can't decide for
them when a person is near death, so
they need to know ahead of time what
the person wanted."
The site debuts at a time when organ
donation has recently been brought to
national attention.
"We will move in the first 100
days to launch a national campaign
to raise awareness of organ dona-
See DONORS, Page 7A

LSA sophomore Jack Evans films a scene from an adaptation of Franz Kafka's "The Trial" in the Law Quad on Saturday

Duderstadt blasts Nike deal

By Courtney Crimmins
Daily Staff Reporter

The athletic apparel deal with Nike recently
signed by University President Lee Bollinger
has drawn fire from vari-
ous critics, but none have
as great an understanding
of Bollinger's pressures
than his predecessor,
James Duderstadt.
"We are not in the busi-
ness of creating a commer-
cially viable institution.
We are educators. Nike is
not buying a football team, Dudertadt
it is buying a university,"
Duderstadt said in an interview.
Duderstadt, who served as University pres-

ident from 1988 to 1996, wrote on the issue
in his first book, "Intercollegiate Athletics
and the American University: A University's
President's Perspective," which came out in
October of last year.
He has written other books on subjects
ranging from higher education to nuclear
reactors and is currently working on another
book due out within a year.
"A University for the Twenty-First Cen-
tury," another book of Duderstadt's
released in August 2000, warns of trouble
in the future of public universities as they
move into the digital age.
"The University will change more in the
next decade than in the past 200 years," Dud-
erstadt said. "There is great difficulty when
leading during changing times."
The book deals with the changes higher

education institutions will have to make to
keep up with the times. His nextbook, "The
Future of the Public University," will deal
specifically with large public universities that
have a diverse curriculum - the kind Duder-
stadt said he thinks will have the most trouble
"Schools have to strike a balance between
characteristics that have served society in the
past and those that will benefit it in the
future;' Duderstadt said.
As a former president and a current Uni-
versity professor, Duderstadt has always been
committed to making sure the University is
not left behind in its job of meeting the needs
of society.
"He got Michigan started on a program to
get ready to respond to the information age

.Yale University decides to offer RU-486

By Ahmed Hamid
Daily Staff Reporter
Yale University set a precedent last week by deciding to
offer the new abortion drug, RU-486, to all recipients of its
standard health plan.
"It is a legal and approved treatment and there may be
ome members of the Yale community that may choose to
e it," Yale spokesman Thomas Conroy said.
Also known as mifepristone, RU-486 was approved by the
Food and Drug Administration last September. It had been
tested previously in Europe.
The University of Michigan Health Services announced
in November it would not offer the drug.
UHS interim Director Robert Winfield said UHS does not

"Wve honor the administration's
policy to offer all ranges of
health services."
- Thomas Conroy
Yale University spokesman
The drug also carries numerous risks including "hemor-
rhage and incomplete abortion;' Winfield said.
The decision at Yale has resulted in questions about stu-
dent tuition covering the treatment.
"Students receive health care as a condition of enroll-

Yale misunderstands his group's stance on the issue;
"The university says that just because you're a guy
you can say you don't want to pay for the drug because
you won't use it. Yet there are a lot of women in the
Pro-Life League. We do not want to pay for what over
50 percent of America's population thinks is murder,"
he said.
Caroline Barber, a Yale junior and president of the Repro-
ductive Rights Action League of Yale saw the decision as pos-
"We honor the administration's policy to offer all ranges
of health services," she said.
Barber said "a student could go through four years at
Yale and not use any of the UHS services," yet still be pay-
ing for them.
Anoth'rersue sthe 'he"alth riks associated with RU -486.

Engineering freshmen Bobby Owens and Andika Powell
make calls for Michigan Telefund yesterday.
Rivals face off
for biggecrr gift
By Kelly Trahan
For the Daily
The University's Class of 2001 faces stiff competition
from Michigan State University seniors this week as the
intrastate rivals duke it out to raise the larger senior gift.
While every senior class since the early 1980s has con-
tribuited a gift to the U niversity this is the first time Michi-

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