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- Tne Micnigan Daily Graduation Edition - Tuesday, April 17, 2001


Overdose of heroin,
cocaine suspected
in student's death

Members of the Native American community and the Students of Color Coalition protest the senior society Michigamua outside the Michigan Union.
Seno1r tower societies proteste

Chris Giacherio would
have graduated with the
Class of 2001 this month
By Jennifer Yachnin
Sept. 21, 1998
Preliminary autopsy reports indicate
heroin and cocaine were a factor in the
death of LSA sophomore Chris
Giacherio last Tuesday, Ann Arbor
Police Department Lt. Jim Tieman said.
"The preliminary results are consis-
tent to a drug overdose," Tieman said.
The information
collected by AAPD
in its investigation
matches the pre-
liminary tests, Tie-
man said
Giacherio, 19,
was found mid-
morning last Tues-/
day at the home of
a friend at 909
Packard St. in an Glacherlo
unresponsive state. Medical personnel
who arrived in response to a 911 call
could not revive Giacherio, who was
pronounced dead that morning.
"We believe those drugs (heroin and
cocaine) were used prior to his death,"
Tieman said. Officials believe
Giacherio ingested the drugs within 24
hours of his death.
Toxicology reports should be fin-
ished today and "at that point the med-
ical examiner will put an exact cause"
on Giacherio's death, Tieman said.,
Tieman said Friday that investigators
were still interviewing people who were
with him last and it is still not clear
whether or not he was alone at the time
of his death.
Mourners attended a formal service
Friday evening for Giacherio at
Muehlig Funeral Chapel in Ann Arbor.
Family and friends of Giacherio,
including University President Lee

Bollinger, crowded hallways and sat on
the floor as they listened to Father
James McDougal of St. Francis o
Assisi Catholic Church give Giacherio's
eulogy. During the eulogy loved ones
shared memories of Giacherio.
Heather Jerue, who graduated from
Pioneer High School with Giacherio,
recalled his warm personality.
"Chris and I started our first day of
kindergarten together," Jerue said. "I
know there are people here who know
him better than I did but I know that he
had this ability to speak to and commu-
nicate with such a broad range of pec*
ple and all of us could see it if he was
here tonight."
Speakers included one of Giacherio's
high school teachers, fellow Pioneer
graduates, classmates and other friends
who shared stories of Giacherio's child-
hood, softball teams and more recent
interests including his employment at
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company on
West Washington Street.
McDougal spoke of his recent con0
versation with Giacherio about comic
books. "The other day when we were
talking, one of the things that especially
stuck in my head was that we talked
about comic books," McDougal said.
"The comic books that he loved to col-
lect so dearly and look through."
McDougal also spoke about how
Giacherio's friends and family could
lend emotional supoort to each other.
"We live in a world that has life and
death. Where people die and are take
away from us," McDougal said. "We
are here to see a deeper reality and that
reality is the fact that we are here first
of all to support one and other ... We're
here as a community. To say especially
to you the family that you do not suffer
in this alone. That we care for you."
"Each us of comes here because in
one way or another we have known
Chris, or his sisters or his mom and da4
... We remember the way he touched
us," McDougal said.

By Tiffany Maggard
and Robert Gold
March 14,2000
After boxes of Native American artifacts left the
Michigan Union tower, the Students of Color Coalition
followed, feeling they had accomplished some of the
goals they set more than a month ago.
"The same spirit that induced us to occupy this space
was the same spirit that told us to come down from it
and that was our communities ... It is important that we
go back to the communities where we belong so that
this experience can be shared outside of the (tower)
walls," SCC member Kevin Jones said.
More than 150 students and community members
crowded the stairwell and hallways of the fourth
floor of the Michigan Union yesterday afternoon to
watch members of Students of Color Coalition offi-
cially vacate the Union tower after 37 days of occu-
SCC members were greeted outside the tower
entrance by friends and Native American community
members as the massive crowd cheered to the beat of a
Tree Town drum and shook handmade noise makers to

show their support.
SCC spokesman Joe Reilly said the decision to leave
the tower was the result of a strenuous four-hour meet-
ing late Sunday night. He said SCC members decided
that the coalition had done all it could within the con-
fines of the tower. He said the group must now voice
their concerns in the broadercontext of the whole cam-
"We were worried about what people would think of
us. We were worried about whether we did the right
thing. We were worried about if we did everything we
could ... But it's not about the tower - it's not about 37
days. It's about a lifetime," Reilly said.
Michigamua spokesman Nick Delgado said the
group "is pleased that the SCC was able to save face by
agreeing to a proposal that we provided over 30 days
SCC spokesman Diego Bernal said SCC will contin-
ue to fight for its goals stated in a 14-point petition sub-
mitted to the University administration Feb. 4, including
the redefinition of Michigamua's organization and the
removal of its name.
"Every remnant of Michigamua that exists ... is a
direct attack on humanity ... It does not belong at my

university. h's about principle - people cannot own
our humanity,'he said.
Bernal said the group will interact with the commu-
nity through town hall and other public forums.
"Maybe the tactics will be different, but our motiva-
tion has been completely the same,'he said.
In e-mail sent to the University community, Univer-
sity President Lee Bollinger commented on the goals
of a panel established in February by interim Vice
President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper. The
panel will consist of three senior administrators from
the schools and colleges to scrutinize the issues pre-
sented by SCC.
Bollinger said the panel will seek the input of stu-
dents, faculty and staff and it will hold public hearings.
He said the panel will refer to principles of civil rights,
anti discrimination and the First Amendment.
The group "will consider under what circumstances
and in what ways the University, its administrators and
faculty members should be associated with such orga-
nizations and it will recommend guiding principles in
this regard. The University's executive officers and I
will then decide whether and how to implement such
principles," he said.

Goodbe CRISP
lady; hello onlme
class regstration
By Anna Clark
Sept. 6, 2000
The CRISP lady is officially dead.
The revamped Internet-based Wolverine Access has perma-
nently replaced the aged telephone registration system that often
frustrated students with its monotone requests to "please hold
But while the new system has alleviated some difficulties, stu-
dents have had mixed opinions on online registration.
Nursing juniors Patty Milne and Missy Myer said they were
skeptical about moving away from the familiar phones.
r "I don't think they've done a very good job of explaining the
.pocess," Milne said. "I've used it, but I'm not very informed
when I use it. I'm going to miss the CRISP lady."
Launched in June with the first session of freshman orienta-
tipn, the registration system is now the most prominent feature of
wolverineaccess.umich.edu, a site that also offers students access
to personal records.
"The phone system worked fine, but it was archaic," said
Linda Hancock Green, communications coordinator for Michi-
gan Administration Information Services, formally known as M-
Pathways, which is supervising the project.
Besides affording easier access to students' class schedules,
the new system is able to support at least 500 users at a time. The
phone system was limited to 128 callers.
"It worked very well for me. It was fast and easy," Engineering
freshman Vinita Brown said.

C nstruction beginson
4w Life Sciences Institute

By Anna Clark
July 17, 2000

After two years of planning and research,
groundbreaking has finally begun on the Life Sci-
ences Institute.
"It's all happening pretty quickly. I think we're
ahead of the curve in terms of other institutions
pursuing the life sciences," said Jack Dixon, who
was later selected as one of the institute's two direc-
The LSI complex will be located along Washte-
naw Avenue, across from Palmer Field, where it will
connect the now vacant area between the Central
and Medical campuses. Construction has begun on
a parking structure, which will be mostly under-
ground, and work on the main LSI buildings will
commence soon, Dixon said.
He added that construction should take 2 1/2
years to complete and shouldn't cause much incon-
venience to traffic, as construction will take place
in an empty space.
When finished, the LSI will consist of several
buildings that will house laboratories, classrooms,
offices, a restaurant and a parking structure.
The LSI is intended for study and research in
"what it means to be human, how best to lead a
human or humane existence (and) what it is to be a

living organism on this planet," University Presi-
dent Lee Bollinger said in a letter sent to the Uni-
versity community on May 24.
Several University departments will combine to
create new courses of study and to support new
research in fields influencing everything from med-
icine to the humanities.
Besides the physical developments in the LSI,
progress is also being made in less tangible aspects
of the project. A high priority now is to find a
"We're focusing most of our energies in the
search for a director," Dixon said,
He went on to say the University is currently con-
sidering several possible candidates, but won't be
able to make any definite announcements for a few
In support of the initiative, lecture series' and vis-
iting professors have already been inaugurated at
the University with goals coinciding with the mis-
sion of the LSI.
Dixon pointed out that the broad scope of the LSI
will have an enormous influence.
"This will impact virtually every aspect of our
lives - not only in ways we perceive but in ways
we haven't even he conceived of," he said. "There's
a lot of excitement, everywhere from engineering to

Construction of the Life Sciences institute is well underway at the
corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Huron Street. The institute plans
to open in 2003.

. - .

'U' settles with Cantor.
over daughter's death

By Jacquelyn Nixon
The University has agreed to pay
$100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed in
August 1999 by George Cantor fol-
lowing the death of his daughter,
Courtney Cantor died October 16,
1998, after falling through the window
of her sixth-floor
room in Mary
Markley Resi-
dence Hall.
By filing the
suit, Cantor's
father said he %X
hoped to initiate
changes in the
University's treat-
ment towards
alcohol-related Cantor
incidents and increase safety in Uni-
versity residences.

Robinson said.
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said in a written statement
that the University is hopeful this will
bring closure to the matter.
"We feel this is the best interest of
all parties involved," she said. "Thi
was a terrible tragedy and Courtney'
loss is still felt by the entire University
Cantor said his family decided to
settle to spare everyone the ordeal of a
"There'll never be any closure. We
miss her every day;" he said.
As a way of paying tribute to his
daughter, Cantor has composed a
manuscript titled "Courtney's Legacy*
A Father's Journey."
"It will bepublished later this sum-
mer," he said.
The money won from the settlement
will go to his other daughter, Jamie, a
University alum who is attending law


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