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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 3A

White won't say if he will seek presidency

Wayward car
goes into median
A person drove a vehicle into the traf-
fic island on the east side of the Forest
Avenue parking structure early Friday
morning, reported the Department of
Public Safety. There was no property
damage, but the vehicle had to be towed.
Ex-boyfriend hits
current boyfriend
A South Quad Residence Hallresi-
dent reported that her ex-boyfriend
entered her room through an open
door and punched her current
boyfriend in the face at 10:15 p.m.
Thursday and then left the area,
according to DPS reports. The report
was made 15 minutes after the inci-
dent, and the suspect was not located
in the area. The victim did not require
any medical attention.
Person arrested
for attempting to
use stolen checks
A person entered the University
Credit Union at Pierpont Commons
Friday afternoon and attempted to
pass several hundred dollars worth of
stolen checks, according to DPS
reports. The suspect was arrested
prior to leaving the area.
Damage reported
to phone at Union
A telephone was damaged at the
loading dock of the Michigan Union,
DPS reports state. The telephone was
damaged from normal usage.
Panhandler gets
aggressive when
visiting patient
An aggressive panhandler entered
the hospital early Sunday morning,
according to DPS reports. The subject
was located and turned out to be a vis-
itor of a patient.
Man gets death
threat during
basketball game
A man at the Central Campus
Recreation Building claimed that a
man threatened to kill him if he
bumped into him again while they
were playing basketball Saturday
afternoon, DPS reports state. When
the caller turned his back to the sub-
ject, the man hit him in the back of
the head. Both the victim and the sus-
pect were interviewed.
Resident smells
smoke in building
A resident of the Northwood Apart-
ments called to report the smell of
smoke and that a neighbor's smoke
detector was going off Saturday night,
according to DPS reports. The neigh-
bors had left food on the oven when
they left. There was no damage.
Patient attacks,
hospital workers
Staff members at the University
Hospitals were assaulted by a patient
early Sunday morning, DPS reports
state. The patient was being treated
for alcohol and drug problems. There
were no injuries.
Solicitors invade

South Quad
A South Quad resident called and
complained that there were solicitors
going door to door in the building Fri-
day afternoon, DPS reports state. The
solicitors were apprehended, informed
of the trespassing policy and escorted
out of the building.
Markley resident
hospitalized after
drinking Friday
Four residents of Mary Markley Res-
idence Hall were cited for possession of
alcohol Friday night, DPS reports state.
One resident was transported to the
University Hospitals emergency room
because of a high blood-alcohol level.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jeremy Berkowitz.

By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter
Interim University President B. Joseph
White will not publicly
announce whether he will
toss his hat into the candi-
date pool for the next
University president.
White announced last
semester that he planned
to inform the search com-
mittee of his decision to
apply for the permanent
position as University
president in January but White
has not yet discussed the matter with the
committee.

"As I indicated earlier, at some point in the
process I will communicate my intentions to
the Presidential Search Committee and Presi-
dential Search Advisory Committee," White
said in a written statement released Friday.
He said the University Board of Regents,
which is acting as the search committee, has
.asked him to keep quiet with any decision he
makes regarding the vacant presidential posi-
tion and that he will comply with the request.
"Those committees have asked me to make
no comment about my candidacy due to their
firm commitment to confidentiality for all
elements of the search process," White said
in the statement. "I respect their wishes, and
their commitment to the integrity of the
search, and will not discuss this matter pub-
licly."

Regent David Brandon (R-Ann Arbor) said
the committee did not request White to
refrain from commenting on his potential
candidacy because they believed it would
hinder his ability to serve as interim presi-
dent or deter other candidates.
"The Presidential Search Committee is
deeply concerned about the confidentiality of
the search process. Consequently they felt to
maintain the highest level of confidentiality
at this stage would be a benefit," Brandon
said.
"The search consultant and the Presidential
Search Committee felt at this stage the search
recruitment process would be helped in
putting together a pool of candidate if there
was a quiet period," said Regent Larry Deitch
(D-Bingham Farms).

Ready and waiting

U' rejects GEG proposal for

more har

By Christopher Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter

Graduate student instructors and staff
assistants were denied additional con-
tractual protection from harassment last
week during contract negotiations
between members of the Graduate
Employees Organization and the Uni-
versity. The proposal requested a sepa-
rate grievance procedure and the
inclusion of discrimination as a form of
harassment.
Pavitra Sundar, a spokeswoman for
GEO, explained that recent cases of
harassment prompted the organization
to propose the changes.
"The grievance procedure in exis-
tence was not adequate; we needed to
have a separate system altogether," she
said.
Although only three students present-
ed their cases during contract negotia-
tions, Sundar asserted that other
incidents of harassment have occurred
from both faculty and students and that

ssment protection
many graduate students who have expe- "We think it is extremely clear t
rienced harassment do not file for griev- harassment is covered by the grievar
ance. procedure.... The important thing is
"How can you go to the University make clear to (GEO) members tl
when the problem is the University harassment is covered under (it),
itself?" Sundar said. She said GEO sus- statement from GEO quoted Gamble
pected the University denied the propos- saying. University spokeswoman Ju
al because there were few cases and Peterson confirmed the accuracy of1
added that the institution should not quote.
base its decision on the number of cases Peterson was reluctant to offer mu
because individuals are suffering. information on the University's sta
GEO member Susanni Ngarian lost a while contract negotiations were
grievance based on harrassment. progress, but said the University 1
"After all that I went through, I already created many methods
couldn't believe that ordinary faculty grievances involving harassment.
that deal with grad students could be "Harassment is simply not tolera
part of a team that makes the University at the University of Michigan. We ha
seem so heartless,"Ngarian said. a number of offices and processes
GEO negotiators will consider all of available to all faculty and student
the options to further their appeals but Peterson said.
plan to continue discussing the matter at She also said the University and1
tomorrow's meeting, Sundar said. GEO have been engaged in product
Dan Gamble, the administration's discussions during negotiations and t
chief negotiator, defended the Universi- they normally progress in the back-a
ty's rejection of the proposal in a written forth process of proposal and count
statement. proposal.

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EMMA FOSDICK/Daily
Ann Arbor children listen to the assistant dean of the School of Education as
they wait for the 15th Annual MLK Symposium Children's Program to begin.
Panel e-mphasizes
importance of legal
abortion to women

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I-LORD0OF THIE RNGS 1'

Wednesday, January 23,7:0- 8:30 p.mn
Presenter: Dr. Christopher Mitchell
Chris Mitchell is director of the Wade Center at Wheaton College, Illinois, which houses a major
research collection of the books and papers of J.R.R. Tolkien and others.

By Kay Bhagat
Daily Staff Reporter
Looking to today's 29th anniversary
of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision
legalizing abortion, state Sen. Alma
Wheeler Smith said this weekend that
it's essential to continually address the
issue so a woman's right to choose will
never again be taken away.
University Students for Choice/Vox
organized Sunday's event with the inten-
tion of honoring Jane Roe and the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. while combining
women and minority students, said Stu-
dents for Choice member Katrina
Mann, a third-year Rackham student.
Smith (D-Salem Twp.) opened the
speaker panel with a background of his-
torical legislative patterns and obstacles
that allowed abortion to become legal.
"Protection of our civil rights takes
eternal vigilance," she said.
Smith focused the direction of her
speech on the danger and risk of the
reversal of the Supreme Court's 1973
decision legalizing abortion because of
the community's decreasing activism.
"Everyone says this is a pro-choice
state, but there's nothing in this legisla-
ture that says we're pro-choice," Smith
said.
Smith's encouragement and strong
enforcement for more community

involvement had an effect on many stu-
dents. "I was delightfully surprised at the
emphasis of political action," Mann said.
Planned Parenthood senior educator
Rhonda Bantsimba was the second
panel speaker, relating the issue of race
and the right for a woman to choose.
Bantsimba said women should have
control over their own bodies, and no
one else should make a decision con-
cerning their bodies.
The statistics she integrated into her
speech sent gasps of surprise through
the audience. Half of all women have an
abortion in their lifetime, while two-
thirds of these women intend to have
children in the future, and Catholics are
as likely as all women to have an abor-
tion, according to Bantsimba.
Nesha Haneff of the University's
women's studies department and Center
for Afroamerican and African Studies,
was the last panel speaker.
She voiced concerns about people
being more interested in making money
than in making a dlifference.
She said the problem is that a univer-
sity educates students to be the same,
not to go against the status quo.
Haneff challenged the 70 attending
students at the Michigan League to work
with the community and stand up for
what they believe in, especially if that is
different or risky in their future careers.

An eight-week book club on "Lord of the Rings"
will follow this special presentation. Everyone is
welcome and all events are FREE! For additional
information, please call 248.374-5937.

ITI WARD
Evangelical Presbyterian Church
40000 Six Mile Rd., Northville - Just west of 1-275

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INTRAMURALS

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Department of Recreational Sports
INTRAMURAL SPORTS PROGRAM

WHAT'S
HAPPENING

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SINGLES &
DOUBLES
ENTRIES DUE:
Thursday 1/24 4:30PM IMSB
ENTRY FEE:
$5 for Singles/$9 for Doubles
TOURNAMENT DATES:
Saturday 1/26 & Sunday 1/27
NCRB

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SWIMMING AND
DIVING
ENTRIES DUE:
Tuesday 1/29, 4:30 PM, IMSB
ENTRY FEE:
$25 per team
$5 per individual
MANAGER'S MEETING:
MANDATORY
Tues 1/29,6:00 PM, IMSB
MEET DATE:
Thurs 1/31, Canham Nat

MSU grad student
dies of meningitis

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'EAST LANSING (AP) - A 25-
year-old Michigan State University
graduate student died Sunday of bacteri-
al meningitis.
Matthew E. Knueppel, of Jackson,
was a first-year food service manage-
ment student. He died at Lansing's Spar-
row Hospital shortly after midnight. ,
Knueppel had meningococcal menin-
gitis, a bacterial infection that inflames
the lining surround the brain and spinal
cord, Ingham County Health Depart-

ment Director Dean Sienko said. The
disease has flulike symptoms that can
include high fever, headache, nausea,
vomiting and a stiff neck.
Sienko said Knueppel went to Spar-
row on Saturday afternoon. He was
released shortly afterward but returned
later that evening.
It is unknown which strain of the dis-
ease Knueppel had. Public health labo-
ratories should be able to identify the
strain within the next several days.

3-POINT
SHOOTOUT
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Fri 2/1, 4:30 PM, IMSB Office
Fri 2/1, 6:00 PM, IMSB Gym
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$1 per each additional try
SHOOTOUT DATE:
Fri 2/1, 11:00AM to 6:00PM
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ENTRY FEE:
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CONTEST DATE:
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IMSB

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What's happening in Ann Arbor today

EVENTS
The 12th Annual Golden
Apple Award; Sponsored

Assembly Meeting; 7:30
p.m., MSA Chambers,
Third Floor, Michigan
Union

"Fired Text, Embedded
Memory"; Sponsored by
the University Institute
for the Humanities, Noon,

SERVICES
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