The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 3
Hopwood Awards recognize,
reward 'U' writers and poets
students file suit
BERKELEY, Calif. - Several
hearing-impaired University of Cali-
fornia at Berkeley and University of
California at Davis students have
filed a lawsuit against the University
of California system, saying they
have not been provided adequate ser-
The university has denied the alle-
gations included in the lawsuit filed
earlier this month. UC maintains it is
in full compliance with state regula-
"We are very proud of the panoply
of services the university offers to all
of its disabled students," said Jeff
Blair, UC's attorney.
UC-Berkeley student Lexin Ka said
the university's policies for its Dis-
abled Students' Program are "unfair
and unnecessary," pointing out during
testimony that interpreters for hear-
ing-impaired students would leave if
they were more than 10 minutes late
Ka, who is hearing-impaired, said if
he did not show up to class within the
first 10 minutes, he would be written
up as a "no show," and his services
would be suspended until he provided
the program an explanation.
Disabled students are required to
explain why they are late to or absent
from a class. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit
say that rule is "burdensome" and
NYU files suit for
NEW YORK - Lawyers for New
York University filed a motion earlier
this month requesting that the univer-
sity's name be stricken from public
legal documents naming it in a $20
million sex assault lawsuit, court
NYU's attorneys filed a motion
two weeks ago arguing that the uni-
versity should be referred to as
"Anonymous" in all public court doc-
uments to shield it from negative
publicity surrounding the suit,
according to the motion.
The motion stated that because a
judge allowed the plaintiff, a female
student who was sexually assaulted in
a dormitory bathroom, to proceed
anonymously for privacy reasons, the
university should be able to do so as
If a judge grants NYU's motion, all
public court records will refer to the
lawsuit as "Anonymous v. Anony-
Neither university brass nor
NYU's attorneys would comment on
the motion. However, Thomas
Engel, the student's attorney and a
partner in the firm of Engel and
McCarney, said NYU's request was
unorthodox and that it seemed to
indicate NYU is clearly liable in the
Florida prof. killed
in her apartment
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A Univer-
sity of Florida adjunct professor was
found dead Friday in her Gainesville
apartment, apparently beaten to death
with a baseball bat.
Her 18-year-old adopted son,
Gainesville High senior Tavares
Eugene Williams, was arrested late
Friday and charged with the murder of
Barbara Roth, a member of the Politi-
cal Science Department and a
research analyst at The Center for
Studies in Humanities and Social
"She didn't show up for work and
we were all concerned about her," said
Diane Craig, Roth's supervisor and a
research analyst at The Center.
Gainesville Police spokesman Keith
Kameg said Roth's colleagues called
the apartment manager, who then
called maintenance. When mainte-
nance workers received no response
from inside the apartment, they pro-
ceeded to enter the home and found
Roth lying on the floor.
According to an arrest report, Roth
was dead on arrival and appeared to
have trauma to her head and side of
-Compiledfrom U- WIRE reports by
Daily StaffReporter Jordan Schrader
By Jordan Schrader
Daily Staff Reporter
Following in the footsteps of writers such as
playwright Arthur Miller, poet John Ciardi and
"The Big Chill" screenwriter Lawrence Kas-
dan, exceptional student authors of poetry and
prose were honored yesterday at the annual
Underclassmen Hopwood Awards Ceremony.
Prizes amounting to $23,400 were awarded
to University students who excelled in creative
writing. The recipients included 12 Hopwood
Award winners in addition to undergraduate
and graduate students who won other writing
awards distributed by the Hopwood Commit-
LSA sophomore Abigail Short won a $700
award for fiction with her story "Weather" -
in which two computer programmers discover
that they can control the weather.
"It's really cool that the University offers
something like this," Short said. "It's kind of
hard to make money as a writer."
She said she will put the prize money
towards the purchase of a computer.
Rackham student Nate Jones, like all gradu-
ate student winners, is studying in the Univer-
sity's master of fine arts program.
"I'm glad that the MFA program here has
such incredible resources. It's an honor for all
of us," he said.
Jones won $3,400 for two poems, "A Season
of Mint" and "Gay Student Dies After Beating
in United States" - a response to the death of
Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was beaten
to death in 1998.
The prize money will allow him to take the
summer off to write, he said.
Jones gave advice to Hopwood hopefuls and
"Write with your own voice. Don't write the
way writing has been before. Develop what
writing should be in the future," he said.
Heather McHugh, the featured poet at the
ceremony, read several of her own poems,
including "A Dearth in the Dreamboat Depart-
ment" and "Etymological Dirge," as well as
some of her favorite poems by other authors.
McHugh said she enjoys reading her poems
to crowds much more than speaking about
"Asking a poet about poetry is like asking a
bird about ornithology," she said.
A professor at the University of California-
Berkeley, McHugh is the author of six books of
poetry. She is a chancellor of the Academy of
Poet Heather McHugh reads selections of her work
at the Underclassmen Hopwood Awards Ceremony
awards at Hale Auditorium at the Business School.
Party' virus infects students'
By Rob Goodspeed
Daily Staff Reporter
A computer virus masquerading as party pho-
tos from a friend hit the University harder than
the rest of the nation early this week.
The "My Party" virus spreads when users dou-
ble-click an e-mail attachment named
"www.myparty.yahoo.com." The virus, which
filled inboxes Sunday and Monday, is considered
non-destructive and was programmed to replicate
itself only between Jan. 25 and yesterday.
Some students were deceived by the attach-
ment's name. "I thought it might have something
to do with someone I knew," said LSA junior Lee
Krefinan. "I screwed over a lot of my friends."
Krefman said he received between 50 and 100 e-
"We probably saw more of it than a lot of
others did," said Bruce Burrell, the leader of
the University's Virus Busters, a division of
Information Technology Central Services that
keeps track of viruses on University comput-
ers. "It appears that U-M was the first to report
it to the anti-virus vendors," Burrell said.
The virus e-mailed itself to every entry in
the victims' Microsoft Windows Address book
and Outlook Express database. Macintosh
users and those who use Pine or Mulberry
The Virus Busters team reported the bug to
McAfee and other anti-virus vendors when
they discovered it late Sunday. The University
uses McAfee software to protect its computers
"The majority of the e-mails we received on
Sunday were from universities," said Vincent
Gullatto, director of the anti-virus lab at
McAfee. Gullatto said McAfee had developed
an update for their software to stop the virus
within hours. McAfee classified "My Party" as
a medium-risk virus.
The virus was distributed over a variety of
large e-mail lists at the University - including
lists maintained by the history department and
the Michigan Union's Arts and Programming
Board. Burrell noted that while widespread,
the virus is not particularly destructive.
"In general we've done very well here at the
University," said Burrell. "We don't see this
Burrell said the best way to avoid infection
from viruses like "My Party" is not to open
attachments from unsolicited emails. He noted
that some newer operating systems can make
viruses harder to remove.
Reuters news service reported Monday that
experts suspect the virus was created in Rus-
sia, because it does not infect computers using
Cyrillic or Russian character keyboards.
Playing the blues
New system gives students
early notices on late books
By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Repprter
As a result of a new library circula-
tion program, University students and;
faculty no longer have to keep track
of returning library books. The new
program sends library card holders an1
e-mail notice three days before their
checked out books ard due:
Rackham student S. Gladney said
he has been fined several times in the1
past for returning books late because
he did not know when they were due.
He said the e-mail warnings will
solve that problem.1
"As a graduate student, you need a
lot of books," Gladney said. "If you
get 15 to 20 books for a class, they all
are due at different dates. It's kind of
frustrating to make a calendar of
when they're due."1
Rebecca Dunkell, the head of
onsite access services at the Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library, said a year1
ago the library began sending e-mails
to borrowers - but only once books
were overdue. She said the new pro-
gram, which was implemented Dec.
6, was often requested by library
"Most people prefer e-mail because
you get it right away," she said.
Marla Clowney, circulation super-
visor at the graduate library, said she
has received several notes from stu-
dents praising the new system.
"They love it, basically because it
gives them notification ahead of
time," she said. "It gives them three
days to renew them - avoiding
Dunkell said although the library
has sent letters to notify students of
overdue books since its founding,
only students who have attended the
University for more than a year still
receive these letters.
"The paper system we hope to
phase out," Dunkell said. "If you're a
new user, you automatically get your
notices by e-mail. ... The e-mail we
know would get directly to you, right
Clowney said upperclassmen who
want to get the online potices can eas-
The new program
sends library card
holders an e-mail
notice three days
before their checked
out books are due.
ily register for them.
"People who have been studying
for a while have to let us know to sign
them up, which takes all of two min-
utes," Clowney said.
Dunkell said online notifications
and transactions are becoming a trend
among university libraries across the
"I think users that use the library
are using online systems for so many
things that doing online library trans-
actions is what they've come to
expect," Dunkell said. "We're happy
George Bensen plays the tenor saxophone in the George Bensen Quintet last
night at the Bird of Paradise on Main St.
Teror Cism bs 1to give
police 1mofre authonity
build world's tallest crucifix
LANSING (AP) - The Senate Judi-
ciary Committee quickly approved 19
terrorism-related bills yesterday, despite
criticism from the American Civil Lib-
erties Union and others that the mea-
sures are unnecessary and, in some
The bills, which now move to the full
Senate, would make terrorist acts a
crime and enhance the penalties for
those acts. They define "terrorist acts"
as violent felonies that are intended to
intimidate, coerce or change the civilian
population or the government.
The bills also would allow police to
use wiretaps on phones, computers,
radios, pagers and other devices during
Committee members asked few
questions and passed most of the bills
without discussion. Senate Judiciary
Chairman William Van Regenmorter
(R-Georgetown Twp.) said the bills will
give law enforcement the tools to fight
terrorism and other crimes.
"This is an opportunity to do some-
thing important. We need to have some-
thing that's pre-emptive," he said.
Kary Moss, director of the ACLU of
Michigan, questioned the need for the
bills, since violent felonies already are
punishable under the law.
The Associated Press
Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan wants to build a
250-foot-high freestanding crucifix at his Domino's Farms
office park in Ann Arbor Township.
The 25-story structure, topped by a 40-foot figure of
Christ, would be about as tall as the Statue of Liberty, and 51
feet shorter than the tip of its torch.
The crucifix was included in plans filed in July for Ave
Maria University, which Monaghan wants to establish at the
275-acre Domino's Farms complex in Ann Arbor Township.
The proposed crucifix "is really just conjectural at this
time, and mostly in Mr. Monaghan's head," said William
Koshelnyk, a spokesman for the Ave Maria Foundation,
which Monaghan started in 1983.
Monaghan, 64, who sold most of his stake in Domino's in
1998, has focused his energy and much of his fortune on
advancing conservative Roman Catholic causes in recent
years. He declined a Detroit News request for an interview,
the newspaper said in yesterday's report.
The proposed crucifix has drawn mixed reactions.
"It's outrageous!" said Patricia Blom, who lives about a
half-mile from Domino's Farms. "I'm a Methodist, but this
will offend people in this multireligious area."
Another neighbor living about the same distance from
Domino's Farms said she was more concerned about the pos-
ible influx of up to 1,500 Ave Maria University students. Ave
Maria College, founded by Monaghan in 1998, has 135 stu-
dents at its existing location in nearby Ypsilanti.
"The religious aspect (of the crucifix) doesn't really bother
me, and I'm Jewish," Karen Mendelson said. "But I just don't
like things sticking up in the air. And at 25 stories, it's going
to be absurd looking."
The crucifix and campus plan are under review by the
township Planning Commission. It will decided within the
next few months whether to recommend a zoning change that
would allow the school to relocate from its current location in
Career Planning & Placement Center is hosting a Students of Color Law Day today from noon to 3 p.m. The time of
this event was printed incorrectly on page 3A of Monday's Daily.
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