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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 6, 2001- 3

Woman dragged
out of bed by
masked intruders
*An Ann Arbor woman told police
that two gunmen dragged her out of
bed and robbed her last Tuesday,
according to Department of Public
Safety reports.
The woman waited to report the
incident until Thursday, saying she
was too afraid to call the police.
According to reports, two men
wearing black clothing with bandanas
over their faces knocked on the
K man's door in the 300 block of
th Division Street at 1:15 a.m. last
Tuesday. A man visiting the apartment
answered the door, and the two sus-
pects allegedly held a gun to his head.
The woman told police the suspects
dragged her out of bed, demanded
money and threatened her life.
The woman told police she gave the
suspects $500 and they then left. The
woman was unable to give police a
ailed description of the suspects,
who remained at large.
Missing person
found at Big Ten
hoops tournament
A caller from West Quad Residence
Hall reported a missing person to DPS
officers Saturday. Authorities in
Grand Rapids located the subject at
g Big Ten Women's Basketball
Sofa stolen from
Markley lounge
DPS reports state a couch was
stolen from a lounge in Mary Markley
Residence Hall sometime Wednesdav
night. DPS had no suspects.
1LB vandalized
by graffiti on wall
Graffiti was found Friday morn-
ing in a basement level stairwell of
the Modern Languages Building.,
DPS reports state. The word "ghet-
to" was marked on the wall in red
JMW damaged
parking lot
A BMW was damaged Friday in a
parking lot on Murfin Avenue, DPS
reports state. The caller believes the
damage, which was on the trunk, was
caused by his girlfriend's ex-
Driver cited for
ttempting to flee
parking structure
DPS officers on Friday night issued a
citation to a subject leaving the parking
structure at 1600 E. Medical Center for
refusing to pay the attendant. He drove
over the lawn to avoid the booth and the
gate arm. The subject was also cited for
careless driving.
9PS seeks driver
who fled crash
DPS received reports of a hit-and--
rtn accident Sunday afternoon on
South State Street. A caller notified

DPS of the car-pedestrian accident.
A vehicle description of a red car
was given. The model or license
plate number of the car was not
Man injured in
fight with cousin
DPS officers assisted AAPD after
receiving reports of a fight Sunday
night in the 700 block of Packard
Street. Reports state that both the vic-
tim and the perpetrator left the scene
prior to the arrival.of the officers.
The victim was located in the
sment of the Michigan Union.
'was treated for a minor head
wound and transported to the Uni-
versity Hospitals' emergency room
for further treatment. The victim
told authorities he had been fighting
with his cousin.
- complied by Daily Staff Reporter
Kristen Beaumont.

Symposium to discuss technological issues

By Jon Fish
Daily Staff Reporter

The growth of wireless communications and
other forms of telecommunication technology
and their legal, business and public policy impli-
cations will be the focus of a three-day confer-
ence beginning tomorrow.
The conference, "Law, Policy and the Con-
vergence of Telecommunications and Comput-
ing Technologies," will feature a number of
speakers from the telecommunications indus-
try and law.
Scheduled to kick off the conference is Joel
Klein, former assistant attorney general for

the Clinton administration. Klein, who direct-
ed the government's prosecution of Microsoft,
will deliver the 2001 William W. Cook Lec-
ture on American Institutions, "The Role of
Government in the Emerging High Tech Glob-
al Economy."
Law School Dean Jeffrey Lehman called the
conference a great opportunity for discussion of
technological issues and the formulation of new
public policy.
Technology law, he said, is a "booming area'"
and one that University graduates are certainly
moving toward.
Adding that this is "one of the most ambi-
tious conferences that I have seen the Univer-

sity stage," Lehman said the conference will
also be broadcast over the Internet.
The conference will mainly consist of a number
of panel discussions on the various issues facing a
society that is becoming increasingly dependent on
telecommunications and computer technology.
Topics such as maintaining privacy in a con-
nected world and bridging the digital divide will
be discussed, as well as a session on intellectual
property, scheduled to be led by Napster Chief
Executive Officer Hank Barry.
While the conference will take place at the
Law School, the event is jointly sponsored by the.
Law School, the College of Engineering, the
School of Information, the Business School, the

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the
Michigan Telecommunications and Technology
Law Review.
The conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. at
Honigman Auditorium, Room 100 Hutchins
Hall, with a welcome from Lehman and Univer-
sity President Lee Bollinger.
The conference is open and free to the public.
A large turnout is expected, so participants are
encouraged to register or at least arrive early to
ensure seating.
For a full schedule of events and to register for
the conference, visit www law umich.edu/Conver-
genceConference or call 615-4535 for more

Through the looking glass

Lloyd Hall students visit
civil fights sites in South

These Gallop Park swans were alone in the park during several brief intervals
of snow yesterday.
Ne w dir;ctor of
h u-ma n Ir es o ur:e s
speaks to SACUA

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
Twenty-one students in the Lloyd
Hall Scholars Program 113 course par-
ticipated in a week-long history lesson,
returning late Sunday night from a
3,000-mile trip exploring famous civil
rights sites throughout the South.
"Students get to see and touch and
listen to history. It makes it real to
them. It's not history from a book, it's
history from experience," said Joe
Gonzalez, a graduate student who co-
teaches the course.
This is the second year the trip has
taken place.
"There is a contingency of students
who are really interested in a challeng-
ing spring break and a rewarding
spring break. They aren't going to the
beach, they are riding around in a van
for 3,000 miles," said Teresa Buckwa-
ter, a graduate student who helped
organize the trip.
The group's first destination was
Washington, D.C, where the stu-
dents met with Rep. John Louis (D-
Ga.) and 1988 Pulitzer Prize winner
Taylor Branch, who discussed with
the class what it was like to be a part
of the civil rights movement.
The class also discussed the differ-
ences in the social involvement of the
generation of students associated with
the civil rights movement and today's
generation of students.
"There are a lot of people who are
trying to volunteer to do good things
for people, but I don't think they
believe they can change the world.
They've been told it's impossible, that
people who are idealists are people
who are impractical and won't get
jobs. The people who did the move-
ment are very practical people who

still believed they could make the
world a better place," said Gonzalez.
The journey continued as students
made their way to Alabama. The
group made several stops in Mont-
gomery, one of which was the site
where the 1955 bus boycott began.
They also visited the church where the
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached.
The students next traveled to Birm-
ingham, site of the infamous assault on
civil rights marchers by Police Commis-
sioner Bull Connor and his men where
marchers were attacked by dogs attd had
firehoses used upon them.
The students were even able to
speak with Jean Jackson, one of the
protesters who was assaulted.
"The biggest thing that had an
impact was that she said men and
women had different experiences. Stu-
dents got to see that not everyone was
in the frontline singing 'We shall over-
come.' ... There were people in the
back too. This was before women's
liberation," said Gonzalez.
One of the most famous places
visited was the scene of the Spike
Lee movie "Four Little Girls," which
told the story of the 1963 firebomb-
ing by the Ku Klux Klan of the 16th
Street Baptist Church in Birming-
ham which led to the death of four
children. The church had been the
headquarters of the movement to
desegregate the city.
Students then packed up and headed

By Whitney Elliott
Daily Staff Reporter
Newly appointed Human Resources
Director Barbara Butterfield met with
the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs yesterday afternoon.
New to the University as of Jan. 15,
Butterfield discussed the role of the
University Human Resources and her
approach to the position.
Butterfield said that through her
graduate studies connected with the
University, she has developed an
understanding of some aspects of
the University Human Resources
that will aid her in her new posi-
"I have a deep history in faculty and
staff resources," Butterfield said.
SACUA member Jon Rush said the
Human Resources department at the
University seems to'be more and more
"like a dumping ground" where issues
that have no other place to be settled are
Butterfield said she is "trying to get
a sense of what works well and what
needs attention."
In order to understand what needs to
be changed in the University Human
Resources department, Butterfield said
she will look at "what are the most
important questions of the institution"
and which of the questions are the
most helpful to education at the insti-
Butterfield discussed the Pre-
scription Drug Update - a commit-
tee that will make recommendations
regarding health care benefits of
University employees - with
SACUA briefly.
"The real issue is the driving cost in
pharmaceuticals to be sure that we
have an early look at what's going on,"
Butterfield said.
SACUA member SeonAe Yeo said
the Prescription Drug Update recom-
mended that the University policy be
designed to make sure lower income
graduate students, staff and faculty in a
catastrophic medical event do not
receive below-par treatment because of
a lack of funds.
"I see that the lower income side of
the graduates, staff and faculty has a
higher impact," Yeo said.
Butterfield added that she is search-

"It's not history from a book, it's history
from experience"
- Joe Gonzalez
Graduate student instructor

ing for a plan that would allow the
University multiple alternatives.
"From the report, a set of alterna-
tives has to be developed. The report
should suggest to us many alternatives.
Not everything has to be one size fits
all," Butterfield said.
"I want to see the advice of the
whole'"she said.
Rush asked Butterfield whether the
size of her office will allow the Human
Resources department to operate as
well as possible.
"I'm going to look at the entire orga-
nization," Butterfield said. She said she
will look at other universities' human
resource departments to see which sys-
tems have worked and have not.
"We have to think about the whole.
About what should be the successful
life of a student at the University of
Michigan," Butterfield said.
Jeff Frumkin, director of academ-
ic human resources at the Universi-
ty, also addressed SACUA members.
He spoke of the role of his depart-
ment in the faculty grievance proce-
"There is an increase in the uses of
informal processes. I don't get the
sense that we've had a spike one way
of the other with respect to the number
of grievances filed," Frumkin said.
Yeo asked about the weaknesses and
strengths of the grievance protocol.
"There is a perception question as to
what the grievance procedure can
address," Frumkin said.
"The grievance procedure is not a
good vehicle to sort out whether a judg-
ment is good. I don't know what the
answer is to that. It's a process designed
to make a recommendation to a decision
maker"he added.
Frumkin also said that while the
revised grievance procedure has
improved the timing of a grievance
procedure, the role of the grievance
committee still needs to be elaborated
"It's only a couple of years old
and it's not that dissimilar in struc-
ture. We have improved communi-
cation factors - the dates are well
spelled out - but the basic design
of what is grievable and what is the
role of the grievance committee is
not that dissimilar in design,"
Frumkin said.

for the Mississippi Delta to speak with
Jeribu Hill, a civil rights attorney who
is head of the Center for Constitutional
Rights, a law firm dedicated to defend-:
ing low-income people who have been'
the victims of discrimination.
"She really made everything that:
we've learned about the civil rights:
movement relevant to today. We left:
feeling empowered," said LSA'
freshman Sarah Kruman.
Memphis, Tenn. - the site of.
King's assassination - was the last;
stop before the class returned to Ann
Students who went on the trip;
said they didn't regret spending
their breaks with their classmates.
"It was an amazing experience. For;
me, it was watching a half a semester's
work materialize. It was a lot of self-
exploration," said Kruman.
Other students found that the expe-
rience taught them a lot about Ameri-
can culture.
"We were forewarned that the trip,
would be very exhausting because.
of the long drive but I thought that it
was worth it," said Engineering'
senior Khan You. "Coming from
Singapore, I'm not as familiar with,
American history. What made it fun
was that it was a road trip, and we
were all sharing the experience. It-
was all a part of immersing myself
in American culture an American'
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