The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 11, 2001- 3
Faculty to air concerns on bylaw changes
p stealing purse in
West Quad room
A female West Quad resident said a
man entered her room and took her
wallet from her purse while she was in
bed Saturday afternoon, according to
Department of Public Safety reports.
When she confronted the man, he fled
The resident said she believes some-
one involved in the robbery was in the
hallway during the incident.
She said the person might have been
in her room 40 minutes before when
she was asleep. While she was half
asleep, she heard a voice say "just take
The man is described as an 18 to 19-
year-old black man with short hair, a
thin build and dark complexion. He
was wearing a black, long-sleeved
sweater or t-shirt.
Police were unable to locate the sus-
pect or conclude if the incident is con-
nected to other larcenies. DPS is
conducting an investigation.
Bus driver spots
suspect in home
A University commuter bus driver
said a person on his bus Sunday
evening fit the description of a sus-
pect involved in a home invasion
incident, according to DPS reports.
The bus driver contacted DPS while
driving on Catherine Street and
made a stop at Fuller Field to drop
the suspect off with Ann, Arbor
DPS issued a crime alert last week
for one or possibly two home invasion
Beer bottles break
street lights near
Beer bottles thrown from West Quad
Residence Hall damaged several street
lights along the South Side of the
Michigan Union on Thursday after-
noon, according to DPS reports. Police
received a report of one broken light
DPS had no suspects.
reports stolen pop
A person alerted police of a larce-,
ny from the Subway restaurant in
the Michigan Union Friday after-
noon, DPS reports state. An
unknown person had walked up to
the drink dispenser and had taken
some without paying.
DPS had no suspects.
Gifts for charity
Several gifts designated for charity
were discovered missing Thursday
afternoon, DPS reports state. The items
were stored in the mailroom and were
taken sometime Wednesday night.
DPS did not report having any sus-
R Contractors for Rackham Graduate
Building said the basement area had
been vandalized Saturday morning,
according to DPS reports. Police found
a cyclone fence and a doorway had
been destroyed. Several walls, floors;
and countertops had been spray paint-
Damage was estimated between
$5,000 and $20,000.
DPS had no suspects.
* Unattended wallet
stolen from Grad
A woman told police her wallet was
stolen from a Harlan Hatcher Graduate
Library second-floor study room last
Tuesday morning, DPS reports state.
She said she left her wallet unattended
for 10 minutes. The wallet contained
DPS had no suspects.
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Daily Staff Reporter
Senate Advisory Committee on University
Affairs Chair Moji Navvab is expected to ask
the University's Board of Regents at its meeting
Thursday to not approve proposed changes to
the bylaws for the Board in Control of Intercol-
The members of SACUA said they are against
the changes proposed by University President Lee
Bollinger because they would make the bylaws
inconsistent with current practices at other Big Ten
institutions and more time is needed to clarify the
"Yes, there has been discussion, but discussion
between us and the president, because of time, was
never finished," said history Prof. Rudi Lindiner.
SACUA has met with Bollinger on several occa-
sions to discuss the proposed bylaw changes, but as
several members said at last week's meeting, they
do not believe what is written in the bylaw changes
being proposed is a reflection of Bollinger's intent.
"I got the impression he hadn't carefully read
them over," said John Riebesell, a natural sciences
professor at the University's Dearborn campus. "I
don't want him to be requesting this to the regents
when he hasn't read them carefully."
Members of SACUA said if Bollinger's true
intent for changing the bylaws is to bring the Board
in Control closer to the current practices at other
Big Ten institutions, he would have appointed a
faculty member as chair.
"We are concerned that if the president wishes to
bring us in line with the Big Ten then we should be
in line and the chair should be a member of the fac-
ulty," said Medical Prof. Charles Koopmann.
The University is the only school in the Big Ten
without a faculty member as chair of the Board in
Koopmann said having a faculty member as
chair of the Board in Control would be a crucial
element in strengthening faculty representation,
since the chair would have control over the agenda.
Representatives from the Michigan Student
Assembly will also be at Thursday's regents
meeting to oppose the proposed changes to the
"For these changes to be made to Board in Con-
trol without consulting the groups it affects is just
moving way too fast," said MSA President Matt
Bird's eye view
Roundtable explores issues
of sexism seen on campus
By Jordan Schrader
Daily Staff Reporter
Sexual harassment and the subtle
ways it is perpetuated were the subject
of a roundtable discussion yesterday
sponsored by several student activist
groups. The focus of the talk was how
sexism is experienced on campus and
actions students can take to stop it.
"Even if we name billions of inci-
dents of sexual harrassment, for each
one there would be millions more that
are just taken for granted," said LSA
sophomore Agnes Aleobua.
Sexism is a product of the small
things that surround people every day,
participants said, citing offenders rang-
ing from T-shirts to local publications.
One major source of subtle sexual
harassment, many said, is the Greek sys-
tem. T-shirts given to inductees of the
campus chapter of Tau Epsilon Phi fra-
ternity were among the ways they said
fraternities promote sexism. The shirt
features a drawing of sperm racing
toward an egg and the slogan "Only the
"To have those male and female sym-
bols ... it reinforces the male aggres-
siveness and female submissiveness
gender roles and perpetuates sexual
harassment," said LSA junior Audrey
Other participants agreed, saying the
shirts marketed the fraternities as sexist
"Push us in the right direction rather
than kick us while we're down."
Interfraternity Council executive vice president
organizations. Another example of fra-
ternity sexism, they said, was a banner
for the campus chapter of the Chi Psi
fraternity with a picture of a Playboy
bunny on it.
Several fraternity members attended
the discussion, which was sponsored in
part by the Interfraternity Council. They
told the group that members of the
Greek system had no intention to be
sexist and considered the shirts and ban-
ner to be advertising materials using
familiar images to promote their organi-
But IFC Executive Vice President
Justin Bright, an LSA senior, said frater-
nities are responsible for some sexist
mentality on campus. "I do think we're
at the root of the problem. I really
encourage you to challenge us. Push us
in the right direction rather than kick us
while we're down," he said.
Skewed coverage of fraternity issues
in campus publications are also a source
of sexual harassment, speakers said.
The Michigan Daily "publishes arti-
cles about the rape at Beta that are so
victim-blaming it's incredible," said
Lance. She referred to articles reporting
that two Delta Delta Delta sorority
pledges were allegedly raped at Beta
Theta Pi. Lance took issue with one
story quoting sorority members admit-
ting they should have been more aware
of their surroundings at the party where
the rapes occurred, saying such a state-
ment promoted the stereotype that
women are responsible for being
LSA sophomore and Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center mem-
ber Suzanne Munday suggested manda-
tory sexism workshops for student
"If you require all groups registered
with the University to go through these
kind of workshops ... we would have a
more well-educated campus on this
issue," she said.
A resolution expressing the major
points made at the discussion was writ-
ten by Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action and Integration and Fight for
Equality By Any Means Necessary
member Jessica Curtin, a Rackham stu-
dent, and accepted unanimously.
Carl Bronni, owner of Bronni's Roofing, inspects the roof over what used to
be the Bagel Factory on South University Avenue yesterday afternoon.
'U' profs. awarded $200,000 in research grants
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
Two professors in the University's electrical
engineering and computer science department
recently received a pair of grants totaling nearly
The grant money awarded to University Profs.
Linda Katehi and David Blaauw by the Semi-
conductor Research Corporation and National
Science Foundation is to be used to further their
Semiconductors are crystalline substances
that can conduct electricity better than insula-
tors but not well enough to be considered con-
For her efforts to design better receiver chips,
which detect electromagnetic signals from the
environment, and semiconductor circuits, which
are used in computer chips and mobile phones,-
Katehi received a contract for $112,500.
"The research we are doing aims to reduce the
cost (and) increase the complexity and speed of
the semiconductor circuits that are being used in
many applications," said associate research sci-
entist Saeed Mohammadi, who is working with
Katehi on the project.
Besides mobile phones and computer chips,
semiconductors are also used for transistors and
Mohammadi and Katehi are also trying to
design more advanced filters for the receiver
chips, so that the chips can detect signals of
interest more easily. A major component of the
project is finding a way to integrate the parts of a
receiver- antennae, filters and the chip - to
maximize design efficiency.
"We achieve these goals by using very
advanced semiconductor fabrication facilities
from IBM and the one available here at EECS
department," Mohammadi said.
Mohammadi said the grant money will be
used to help pay the fees required to access the
microelectronic facility at EECS department as
well as to support graduate students who are
helping with the project.
Associate EECS Prof. David Blaauw also
received a grant from the SRC for his research
on semiconductor circuits, totaling $84,000.
The EECS department is well known for its
semiconductor research by the SRC, which
declared the Center for Automated Semiconduc-
tor Manufacturing a center of excellence.
In the third quarter of 2001, the SRC and NSF
donated $9.6 million to semiconductor research.
The SRC and NSF donated money to more
than 40 colleges and universities across the
country, including the University of Arizona,
the University of California at Berkeley, Ohio
State University and Pennsylvania State Uni-
The largest grant was awarded to Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology professor Herbert
Sawin for $397,500. The SRC and NSF are
helping to fund a total of 92 research projects.
State officials announce system
to evaluate Michigan's schools
LANSING (AP) - Six months after scrapping a of public hearin
school accreditation plan because it focused too heavi- vote on the pla
ly on test scores, Michigan Superintendent Tom letter grades -
Watkins introduced a new plan yesterday that would and final grades
grade schools on performance beginning in 2003. That's too i
"We grade our students. Ultimately we're going to grade Watkins scrapp
our schools," Watkins said. "Everybody knows what an Board of Educe
'A' is." Under that
The new plan would still focus heavily on the Michigan accreditation
Educational Assessment Program tests. But it also would met or exceed
measure family involvement, teacher development time, content area.
attendance, graduation rates and other variables. when they fou
The plan is a long way from becoming reality. After a series tation.
Car te ft ises; Camry,
Accord favorite tar ets
gs, the State Board of Education is expected to
n in February. Schools would receive interim
an A, B, C, D or F - in the spring of 2003
in 2006, officials said.
ong for many critics, who question why
ped the accreditation system adopted by the
ation in 1999.
plan, schools would have failed to earn
if fewer than 25 percent of its students
ded state standards in at least one MEAP
Schools protested the plan last spring
and out that hundreds would lose accredi-
DETROIT (AP) - The Toyota
Camry and Honda Accord remained the
most popular targets of car thieves in
2000 as auto theft in the United States
rose for the first time in a decade,
according to the National Insurance
The list of most stolen vehicles
released today contains a mix of passen-
ger cars and sport utility vehicles. Six of
the 10 vehicles are from U.S. automak-
ers, although the Toyota Camry and
Honda Accord occupy the top two
spots. They were followed by the
Oldsmobile Cutlass, Honda Civic, Jeep
Cherokee/Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet
full size C/K pickup, Toyota Corolla,
Chevrolet Caprice, Ford Taurus and
Ford F150 pickup.
There were 1,165,559 auto thefts in
2000, compared to 1,152,057 in 1999,
the NICB said, citing FBI statistics.
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