The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 17, 2003 - 3
Prof's power to deny data access contested
Rep. Dingell to
action rally today
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Ann
Arbor) will lead a contingent of student
groups in a rally today to confront
Bush's opposition of University admis-
sion policies. College Democrats and
minority student leaders will join Din-
gell in leading the rally. It will begin at
noon on the steps of the Harlan Hatcher
to perform at Bird
of Paradise tonight
A former member of Dizzy Gille-
spie's big band and Art Blakey's Jazz
Messengers, Benny Golson has com-
posed many lasting jazz pieces, includ-
ing "Killer Joe" and "Stablemates." He
performs tonight at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
at the Bird of Paradise, located at 306
S. Main Street. Tickets are $20 for
adults and $12 for students with ID.
Dinosaur tours on
display at the
Visitors to the University Exhibit
Museum will receive guided tours of
the museum's dinosaur exhibits. The
free tour is available on a first-come,
first-serve basis - only the first 15
visitors will be granted admittance.
The tour will commence both Saturday
and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Anti-war groups to
rally for peace
There will be an anti-war rally on
Saturday at noon at the Federal Build-
ing. Sponsored by a coalition of local
peace and anti-war groups, demonstra-
tors will gather to support activists for
the national rally against the war in
Washington. The Washington rally is
expected to be the largest since rallies
held during the Vietnam War. One stu-
dent group plans to march down Liber-
ty Street to the rally site from campus.
perform for MLK
Music students and faculty will per-
form a "musical celebration of the
philosophies and ideas of Martin
Luther King, jr." The fee vet shws
' Monday at 2 p.m. at the Power Center.
The University Concert Band will per-
form Copland's "Fanfare for the Com-
mon Man," Prof. David Jackson's
trombone quartet will perform brass
selections and other faculty members
and students will perform arias, spiritu-
als and read King's speeches.
at the Heidelberg
On tuesday from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30
a.m. local and regional stand-up
comics will perform short sets. The
show is open to newcomers - call
emcee Timmy P at 369-2381 at least 5
days in advance if you would like to
perform. The show is $5 at the door at
the Heidelberg, which is located at 215
North Main Street.
comes to the Ark
Paris-based ensemble "Les Yeux
Noirs" will perform at the Ark at 8
p.m. Wednesday. The Ark is billing the
show as the "jump-out-of-your-seat
dance-music concert of the year. The
group features a pair of deuling violin-
ist brothers, and songs in Yiddish,
Romanian and French, among other
languages. Tickets are $12.50 in
advance at Borders, the MUTO, all
other Ticketmaster outlets and at the
door. The Ark is located at 316 South
Writer gives free
readings at 'U'
Lorrie Moore's award-winning,
sharply humorous novels and short
stories have received praise from
The New York Times for their
"deepening emotional ... wise and
beguiling work." Her fiction focus-
es on people whose problems have
broken them, and frames their prob-
lems with a bitingly sarcastic wit.
She will give a free reading Thurs-
day at 5 p.m. in D1276 Davidson
Movie based on
Based on the Charles Dicken's
Rackham student sues the
University for right to access
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
The question of when and how the University
can deny students access to educational and
research data maintained by the institution was
considered yesterday in Washtenaw County Cir-
Judge Timothy Connors heard the motion by
the University to dismiss Weingrad v. Lampert.
The case involves Rackham student and doctoral
candidate Peri Weingrad, who filed a lawsuit
alleging that Education Prof. Magdalene Lam-
pert improperly kept important research infor-
mation from her while she was working to
complete her dissertation.
"In essence, it is not a complicated case,"
David Nacht, Weingrad's attorney, told Connors
while in court, describing the events that led up
to the lawsuit.
According to the brief filed by Nacht, Wein-
grad has been a student at the University since
1984. After completing her undergraduate stud-
ies, she chose to do her graduate work with the
University's linguistics and educational studies
As part of her dissertation, Weingrad began
working closely with Lampert, who also served
as her academic advisor. Weingrad's disserta-
tion, which studied what words teachers should
use to best communicate with their students,
focused on videotapes showing Lampert teach-
ing a class of fifth graders.
Weingrad spent five years working with the
tapes before Lampert denied her access to the
office that held them.
According to Nacht, Weingrad has been
unable to graduate from the University because
of Lampert's decision. The reasons why Lampert
decided to keep the videotapes from Weingard
are still in question.
Weingrad alleges that Lampert made the deci-
sion on a retaliatory basis for telling police offi-
cers about a sexual harassment incident
involving a former University professor.
On Nov. 29, 1998, Weingrad called police
alleging that a former Music professor who
had been sexually harassing her, Dickran
Atamian, assaulted her while she was in the
School of Education building working on her
Lampert's attorney, Timothy Howlett, wrote in
his brief that Lampert decided to deny Weingrad
access to the tapes after Atamian called her and
threatened to tear apart the room holding the
tapes, believing Weingrad had personal property
of his stored there. Lampert had not been told
about the sexual harassment incident at that
time, the brief states.
Weingrad's brief says Lampert overstepped
her boundaries and the University's limitations
when she decided not to continue sharing the
research material with Weingrad.
"At its heart, Lampert's explanation as to why
she needed to remove Weingrad from the video-
tapes on December 1, 1998 is not credible," the
The brief also states that Lampert lied during
a formal University hearing concerning the
issue and failed to follow University policy for
denying Weingrad access to the videotapes.
"This case is replete with facts demonstrating
bad faith - including outright lies at a formal
University hearing by the Dean of the School of
Education; failures of the University to adhere
to normal academic standards or to follow its
own policies in significant respects, such as fail-
ing to investigate alleged sexual harassment,"
the plaintiff's brief states.
But Lampert's brief says neither Lampert nor
the University did anything wrong.
"Mr. Atamian at the time of this incident was
not an employee of the University," he told Con-
nors, referring to the sexual harassment incident
on Nov. 29, 1998, when Weingrad called police
to the School of Education after Atamian
attempted to physically assault her and threat-
ened to kill her. "(The University's) public safe-
ty department addressed the issue."
Howlett's brief also states that several
attempts to give the resources to Weingrad
through other methods were made, which Wein-
grad is denying.
No decision regarding the motion to dismiss
was made yesterday.
Regents discuss Bush speech,
new building for North Campus
By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
Usually a venue for local newspapers only, yesterday's University
Board of Regents meeting attracted several television reporters and
In the aftermath of President Bush's speech Wednesday asserting that
the University's admissions policies are unconstitutional, University Pres-
ident Mary Sue Coleman's opening remarks of the meeting reaffirmed
her commitment to diversity and defended the University's use of race in
"We strive for a student body that is richly diverse in many ways
because it enriches each student," Coleman said to the regents. "We do
not have nor have we ever had quotas or numerical targets."
She also responded to the alternatives to racial preferences Bush
spoke about in his speech, such as the Texas Ten Percent Plan. This
plan allows any Texas high school student who graduates in the top
10 percent of his high school a spot in a Texas state university. Cole-
man said such a proposal would be terrible for the University
because it is based solely on class rank and does not look at the
"(These plans) are not a panacea," Coleman added. "In the end, we
believe the (U.S.) Supreme Court will find our practices to be fair and
At his first board meeting since being sworn in Jan. 1, Regent Andrew
Richner (R-Grosse Pointe Park) said he is committed to defending the
University's policies, even if he wasn't on the board when the policies
were formulated. He did agree with Bush's contention that there are mul-
tiple ways to achieve diversity without taking race into consideration.
"There's a divergence of opinion;" Richner saidaling that he is confi-
dent the Supreme Court will resolve the issue. Regents also reopened dis-
cussions on plans regarding new building projects on North Campus.
University Planner Susan Gott and Hank Baier, associate vice president
for operations and facilities, presented tentative ideas for these buildings,
including a map of North Campus that featured a spot north of Pierpont
Commons for the new Walgreen Drama Center, which will include the
Arthur Miller Theater.
Former President Lee Bollinger first proposed the idea for the new
center in 1997. Bollinger expressed a desire to build a world-class per-
forming arts institution, and said he wanted to honor Miller, a playwright
and University alum. The University originally budgeted $20 million for
the project and planned to build it adjacent to the Power Center, but post-
poned the project after the cost of the building increased to $67 million.
University officials also discovered the area near the Power Center is very
dense, and no longer a feasible construction site option. The project was
halted in December 2001 after University officials realized the cost was
too high and started looking into the idea of placing the theater on North
Coleman said a final plan should be brought to the regents in upcom-
ing months. She added that departments are now measuring costs more
realistically and focusing on what their students can benefit from, espe-
cially due to the sensitive state of the University financial situation.
"We need to be very conscious of cost because we're in a difficult
budgetary situation," Coleman said.
Also at the meeting, University Vice President Fawwaz Ulaby present-
ed the annual research report, noting there was a 10.8 percent increase in
research expenditures from 2001, bringing the total amount to $656 mil-
lion. In addition, the University was ranked ninth in a study examining
the impact of research at the nation's top Uiyersities,
a "We are among the very best institutions," Ulaby said.
University President Mary Sue Coleman attends the Board of
Regents meeting yesterday. Coleman spoke to defend the
University's affirmative action policy.
Report shows most students do not
seek treatment for allergic reactions
By Erin Saylor
Daily Staff Reporter
Preoccupied with the stresses of college life, too many college students
ignore dangerous allergies, researchers worry. A report released in November
indicates that most college students who experience a potentially life-threaten-
ing allergic food reaction do not seek medical attention.
"A lot of people are having symptoms where they have some shortness of
breath or rash, anything we'd consider to be a systemic manifestation of the
allergic response," Andrew Singer, a fellow in allergy and clinical immunology,
said in a written statement. "But many weren't seeing a physician for it and
that's pretty scary."
According to the Asthma and Allergy Center, more than 50 million people in
the United States are affected with allergies and about 100 die each year from
Foods such as dairy products, peanuts, wheat and seafood pose the greatest
threat to those with food allergies, Singer said. While people can outgrow aller-
gies to products such as milk and eggs, allergies to foods like peanuts and fish
are usually lifelong. Singer said peanuts and tree nuts - such as cashews,
almonds and walnuts - are the food products that cause the most problems
among college students.
"Being away from home for the first time, students aren't watching what they
eat," said Singer. "They're busy with school and having fun, and tend to ignore
University researchers issued a survey among students last Febuary concern-
ing food allergies and treatment. Of the 130 people polled, 15 percent reportel
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the superintendent of Muskegon
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or $43.72 per student - if lawmak- Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003
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"A lot of people are having symptoms
where they have some shortness of
breath or rash, anything we'd consider to
be a systemic manifestation of the
- Andrew Singer
Allergy and clinical immunology fellow
having had an allergic reaction to food.
Singer said his research, in part, responds to the past food-allergy related
death of a University student.
Some students said that busy schedules often limit their ability to find meals
that cater to their diatary requirements.
"We don't have too many options, even in the dorms," LSA sophomore Stephon
Proctor said. "Fast food is meant to target the masses, not fufill our specific needs."
According to the University Health System, symptoms to food allergies
include swelling of the face or throat, vomiting, congestion and skin rash.
"Our biggest concerns are for those students who are aware of their allergies
and do not treat them and for those students that are unaware that they have
allergies to certain foods and choose to ignore the symptoms," Singer said.
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