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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 7, 2001- 3

Mercury

13 members inspire students

Candy reported
stolen from desk
at Shapiro library
A bag of candy was reported
stolen Tuesday morning from the
front desk of Shapiro Undergradu-
ate Library, according to Depart-
ment of Public Safety reports.
The candy had been left unat-
tended on a shelf behind the circu-
lation desk between Aug. 31 and
Sept. 4. Library staff members
have access to the shelf.
DPS has no suspects.
Pillow catches
fire in Bursley
A pillow left against a lamp in a
Bursley Residence Hall room on
Monday afternoon caught fire, DPS
reports state. There was only minor
I damage to the pillow and no injuries
were reported.
CPU stolen by
person on foot
An Angell Hall staff member
reported a computer stolen
Wednesday afternoon, DPS reports
state. The staff member saw a sus-
pect walking away with a computer
and was not sure of the suspect's
direction of travel or if the comput-
er was University property. Offi-
cers later learned the computer
belongs to the University and have
identified a possible suspect.
Parts stolen off
parked bicycle
Pieces of a bike were reported
stolen Monday evening, according to
DPS reports. The bike was secured to
a rack on the south east corner of the
Drag.
DPS has no suspects.
Man seen
masturbating in
Arboretum
DPS officers were unable to
locate a suspect reported as stimu-
lating himself in Nichols Arbore-
tum Tuesday morning, DPS reports
state. A woman was jogging in the
Arboretum and observed a tall
white male around 50 years old
with gray hair, wearing a gray shirt
and blue mesh shorts in the prairie
area.
DPS has no suspects.
Runaway son
found, returned
to parents
A father called and reported his son
as a runaway from the Church Street
Parking Garage Tuesday afternoon,
DPS reports state. The father stated he
and his daughter had a foot chase with
his son near Washtenaw and a foot
bridge. The boy was found and
released to his father.
Thrown object
breaks window
An unknown person threw a rock
or other hard object, damaging a
residence hall window in the Law
Quad early Wednesday morning,
according to DPS reports. The stu-
dent said he was sleeping and
didn't see who did it. There was no
suspect in the area when officers
arrived on the scene.

Parking permit
stolen from car
The number of thefts of blue
parking permits has increased,
according to reports from the Uni-
versity's Department of Public Safe-
ty. DPS responded to a call Tuesday
afternoon from an employee whose
permit was stolen from his vehicle
parked in a University garage. The
caller told DPS the perpetrator may
have climbed through the back win-
dow. DIPS spokeswoman Diane
Brown said the number of parking
permit thefts is usually higher at the
start of the semester.
"It's the beginning of the year so we
are going to see a lot of that going
on," she said.
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Kristen Beaumont.

By Kristen Beaumont
Daily Staff Reporter
Two members of a group of women who passed a
series of 84 exams required of all astronauts in 1960
spoke. last night to a group of students and guests
assembled in the Boeing Lecture Hall at the Francois
Xavier Bagnoud Building on North Campus.
Jane "Janey" Hart and Bernice "Bea" Steadman
engaged the audience of aspiring female astronauts
with anecdotes from their careers as aviators, descrip-
tion of the rigorous testing they endured as a part of
the Mercury 13 program, and how they felt when they
learned that they would never go into space.
The emphasis of the lecture was to inspire and
encourage the students to continue their pursuit of an
education and career in aerospace engineering.
"I had a dream that one day I would be an airplane
pilot," Hart said. "If you want to do something you
have to get out of the fantasy world and start doing
something."
After Mercury 13, Hart became one of the founding
members of the National Organization for Women.
"All of you women engineers would have had a hell
of a time trying to find a job back then," she said. "It
was like they were trying to segregate space."
Both women stressed the importance of not giving
up.
"When I say you have to have passion to get to
where you want, I'm serious," Steadman said.

Steadman spoke of the different tests the women of
Mercury 13 endured, including a fou'r-hour eye exam.
"The doctors were told not to be easy with us and
they weren't," she said.
Steadman said the purpose of the tests were to deter-
mine what parameters of the human body were neces-
sary to send an astronaut into outer space.
The 25 women of Mercury 13 who passed the exami-
nations with outstanding results were notified by
telegram that they would never travel to space, Hart
said.
"It felt good being able to pass all of the tests and to
know that I qualified to go into space," Hart said. "I
was disappointed but still felt very rewarded."
Both women said they felt proud that they helped to
pave the road for women in aerospace engineering.
Amy Fischer, a second-year aerospace engineering
graduate student who organized the event, said she
asked the women to speak because they serve as role
models for female students.
"Because of them we could come here and get engi-
neering degrees," Fischer said.
Engineering junior Neha Kansal said Hart and Stead-
man encouraged her to continue with her dreams.
"I wasn't even going to come, but I have always
wanted to be an astronaut and this is definitely what I
needed to hear," Kansal said.
"I think these women are truly amazing and are help-
ing us to fulfill our goals," she said. "Even if I don't go
up into space, NASA is definitely my goal."

DAVID KATZ/Daily
Former astronauts Jane Hart and Bea Steadman stand next to an experimental
aircraft at the Francois Xavier Bagnoud Building yesterday evening.
Police investigate
sexual assault

By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
An 18-year-old University stu-
dent claims she was assaulted at a
State Street fraternity Sunday,
according to police reports.
University hospitals dispatched
an ambulance to the girl's residence
hall around 5 a.m. Wednesday
morning, according to Department
of Public Safety reports.
In a report filed with the Ann
Arbor Police Department later in
the day, the victim stated she was
assaulted at a fraternity house
located somewhere on State Street
Sunday evening between 11 p.m.
and midnight.
She did not know the name of the
allegedtassailant or the name of the
fraternity.
AAPD Sgt. Michael Logghe said
the incident could be defined as a

case of "severe fondling" or third
degree criminal sexual conduct.
"She was on the dance floor
when she was assaulted by the sus-
pect," Logghe said. "He grabbed
her from behind, put his hand under
her skirt and digitally penetrated
her."
Under Michigan law, third
degree criminal sexual conduct is a
felony.
Sexual assault prevention and
awareness center interim director
LaTrefa Wiley said third degree
CSC can be punishable up to 15
years in prison.
Wiley said students that seek
assistance with SAPAC can expect
to get emotional, legal and academ-
ic support in order to deal with the
effects of an assault.
"There are legal options or going
through the office of student con-
flict and resolution," Wiley said.

UDVID KATZ/Daily
Education Prof. Stephen Raudenbush, Deputy General Counsel Liz Barry, law Prof. David Chambers, law Prof. Christina
Whitman and psychology Prof. Pat Gurin discussed the University's admissions policies yesterday afternoon.
Panel advocates diverls,
use o race inU'admissions

Flint police webslte
used for pornoraphy

FLINT (AP) - The former Internet
home of the Flint Police Department
now is home to a pornography site.
A California man is asking for at
least $550 for the rights to the Web
address, which until recently sent Web
surfers to the Flint Police Department
home page.
The city found out about the change
Tuesday when a job-seeker looking for
work as a Flint police officer clicked on
the Web site and was sent to the pornog-
raphy site.
Instead of the police department logo,
the site has links to photos of nude
celebritiesother sex sites and bondage.
The site also has an offer to sell the
rights to the highest bidder.
Flint officials plan to send a cease-

and-desist letter to the Web site ordering
it to stop using the police department
name on the site address.
"It's illegal what they've done,"
Police Chief Bradford Barksdale
told The Flint Journal for an article
yesterday.
Barksdale said the city stopped
payment on the domain name after
he decided a couple of months ago
that it would be better to make the
police department's Web site part of
the city's Web site.
Some 30 million registered domain
names exist, said Steve Lebel, president
of Actionweb Services in Genesee
County's Flint Township.
Anyone can register a name for any
use, Lebel said.

By Ted Borden
Daily StaffWriter
Experts from the lawsuits challeng-
ing the University's use of race in
admissions joined yesterday to dis-
cuss the importance of diversity in the
first of a five-part lecture series on
affirmative action yesterday.
In the lecture, titled "Making the
Case for Diversity in Higher Educa-
tion,' panel members shared informa-
tion and statistics ultimately used in
the University's defense which showed
the beneficial effects of diversity,
notably in the classroom.
"It is our contention that race and
ethnic diversity affects not simply the
content of what is learned, but also the
mode of thinking among students,"
said psychology Prof. Patricia Gurin,
the author of a study used in the law-
suit that outlines the benefits of diver-
sity in higher education.
"Experience convinced me that hav-

ing diversity promotes education," she
said, adding that diversity provides
multiple points of view and has the
ability to make students more active
and conscious thinkers.
Education Prof. Sylvia Hurtado
noted that surveys showed students
going to schools with a diverse stu-
dent body were more likely in the
future to have friends, neighbors and
co-workers of different racial and
ethnic backgrounds than students
going to school with a homogeneous
population.
"A diverse college environment can
begin to break the cycle of segrega-
tion," Hurtado said.
Law Prof. David Chambers
shared statistics he gathered while
polling former graduates of the law
school. He noted that while there
were differences among white and
minority students in terms of Law
School Aptitude Test scores and
grade point averages, almost all

graduates, white or minority, were
very satisfied with their careers and
salaries.
"Affirmative action can be defend-
ed in that it serves in the interest of
diversity in the educational environ-
ment," Chambers said.
Education Prof. Stephen Rauden-
bush also showed support for the prac-
tice.
"The loss-of affirmative action
would seriously reduce diversity in the
contexts of learning,' he said.
Other participants in the panel
included University Deputy General
Counsel Liz Barry and Law Prof.
Christina Whitman, who chaired the
event.
Sponsors of the series, which contin-
ues Sept. 1r with "Affirmative Action
and the Need for Integration," include
the Institute for Research on Women
and Gender, the Women's Studies Pro-
gram and the Center for Afro-American
and African studies.

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