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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 10, 2003 - 3A

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Johnson,

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may appeal in

Assault victim
seeks treatment
A person visiting University Hospi-
tal for injuries early Sunday morning
reported that he had been the victim of
a non-aggravated assault earlier that
morning. The assault allegedly
occurred as the victim was walking
near Angell Hall at 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
DPS reports state that an unknown
man attacked the victim. DPS is still
investigating the incident.
Mustang owner
notices his car is
missing from lot
A 2000 Ford Mustang was reported
stolen early Tuesday morning from a
University-owned parking lot on Hub-
bard Street, according to Department
of Public Safety reports. The owner
had parked the car in the lot at 11 a.m.
Monday and returned to the lot at 5:30
a.m. Tuesday to discover that the car
was no longer in its space.
The case is under investigation.
Credit card used to
access pornography
A person calling from University
Hospital complained to DPS officers
Tuesday morning that an unknown per-
son fraudulently used the caller's credit
card to access a website containing
pornography. DPS reports state that the
case is under investigation.
Equipment stolen
from loading dock
Three central processing units, three
computer monitors, two keyboards, a
mouse and a printer were all reported
stolen Tuesday afternoon. According to
the DPS incident log, the thefts took
place at the University Health Center
loading dock; located on Plymouth
Road, sometime during the weekend.
DPS is still investigating the incident.
$iOk equipment
missing for weeks
DPS has no suspects in the theft of
an Ultrasound Linear 12 Transducer, a
medical device that has been missing
from University Hospital for four
weeks, according to DPS reports. Offi-
cers were not notified until Tuesday
that the machine, valued at $10,450,
was missing.
Knife-wielding man
arrested in UGLi
Officers arrested a non-University
affiliate early yesterday morning for car-
rying a knife into the Shapiro Under-
graduate Library. The suspect was
originally stopped by officers for tres-
passing in the building along with three
other non-affiliates, all of whom were
escorted from the building.
DPS Sgt. Tim Shannon said the
arrest was made in accordance with an
ordinance set by the University Board
of Regents, which makes it illegal to
carry a knife with a blade longer than
four inches into a University building.
He added that the suspect had not been
threatening anyone with the knife.
Entertainment
stolen from North
Campus resident
A PlayStation II, DVD player and
approximately 50 CDs and movies were
stolen from an unlocked Northwood IV
apartment on North Campus. According
to DPS reports, the theft occurred Mon-
day between 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
while the apartment was left unattended.

Substance found,
tested to be pot
Police confiscated a substance
believed to be marijuana from two per-
sons being treated at University Hospi-
tal for injuries Monday night. The
substance had been found within the
patients' belongings and was sent out
for testing, DPS reports state. If the
substance is determined to be marijua-
na, the patients could face fines for
misusing a controlled substance.
Newspapers stolen
from drop boxes of
Michigan Review
Editors of the Michigan Review
informed DPS officers late Sunday
night that they believed unknown per-
sons were stealing copies of the
newspaper campus drop box loca-
tions. The papers all disappeared on
Friday between 5:25 and 9:45 p.m.
Shannon said about 900 papers were
reported stolen.
The editors believed the paper was
most likely stolen because of its pro-war
content, DPS reports state. Other stories

sexual harassment case

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter

Tootsie Roll Industries President Ellen Gordon looks on as a video
presentation is shown to students at Hale Auditorium yesterday.
2 .e
more Michigan
soldiers become
casualties of War

Although the University maintains
that it will appeal a judgement made
against it in the Maureen Johnson
sexual harassment case, Johnson and
her attorney, Miranda Massie, still
hope that an agreement can be
worked out between the parties.
The University has stated its plans
for appealing since April 2002, when
a Washtenaw County Circuit Court
jury ordered it to pay Johnson
$250,000 in damages. The University
also filed a motion to preserve its
right to appeal earlier this week.
But Massie said if the University
continues its plans to appeal the
sexual harassment decision, she
will renew a racial discrimination
charge in the case, which was previ-
ously dropped due to insufficient
evidence.
Originally filed in 1999, the case is
the first in Michigan in which an
institute of higher education was
found liable for a claim of sexual
harassment. Johnson, a student in the
School of Music, alleged that then-
Music Prof. Pier Calabria made sev-
eral sexually harassing comments
toward her.
She complained to University offi-
cials, including Music Dean Paul
Boylan, but eventually left the Uni-

versity because she felt her com-
plaints had been ignored.
Among the original charges was
Johnson's allegation that her com-
plaint had been ignored because she
was black. But the charge was
dropped because the plaintiffs could
not obtain the documents that proved
the allegation, Massie said. The jury
never heard the complaint.
"The sexual harassment claim was
the core of her case, the race discrim-
ination claim came as a result of the
sexual harassment," Massie added.
The charge was filed because
Johnson believes "the University
takes sexual harassment complaints
more seriously when they are filed by
white women," Massie said.
But she said she would rather drop
that charge completely than risk an
appeal in the sexual harassment
decision.
"I think the victory on the sexual
harassment claim was a huge step
forward for women on the Ann Arbor
campus and on campuses across the
state, and it is extremely important to
preserve that step forward," Massie
said. "Our goal is to hold on to the
step forward. If they are going to be
appealing, then we are going to raise
the issues that we have a right to
appeal as well."
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson declined to comment further

on the case, saying only that the Uni-
versity still plans to appeal.
In previous statements, Peterson
said the University believes the jury's
decision was made in error.
"In this particular case, we believe
the University did everything it
should have done, and we believe the
verdict was incorrect," Peterson said.
She also had said the University
did not believe appealing the decision
would send a negative message to
students who believe they are being
sexually harassed by their professors
or other University employees.
"Sexual harassment is unaccept-
able," Peterson said. "But we'd rather
solve issues of sexual harassment
before it gets to the litigation level. ..;
If it gets to the litigation level, that
means the first avenues have not been
successful."
But Massie said she still feels
more harm than good will come if
the University chooses to appeal the
decision.
"It will send a green light to sexual
harassers and a red light to victims
who are thinking about coming for-
ward. That is unacceptable on a uni-
versity campus," Massie said. "The
impact of Maureen's case, if the Uni-
versity is prepared to learn from the
jury's verdict, will be to improve
things for women of all races who are
victims of sexual harassment."

The Associated Press

Army Pfc. Jason Meyer, of Howell,
Mich., had just celebrated his first year
of marriage and had plans to start a
family.
Marine Pfc. Juan Garza Jr., of Tem-
perance, Mich., was married the day
after Christmas and recently graduated
from high school.
On Tuesday, their families were noti-
fied they'd been killed during the war
in Iraq.
Garza, 20, was killed by a sniper shot
to the chest on Tuesday, his aunt said.
Meyer, 23, was killed Monday when
his personnel carrier took fire, his moth-
er-in-law said yesterday. He was based
in Fort Stewart, Ga., where he lived with
his wife Melissa, 20.
Meyer's mother, Kathy Worthington
of Howell said her son's letters were
always upbeat, and the last time she
heard from him was a phone call from
Kuwait City on Valentine's Day.
She said the worry and fear for him
came mostly from her, and he sought to
reassure her of his safety.
"He was just, 'Go for it and get it over

with,"' she told the Livingston County
Daily Press & Argus of Howell. "He
was always upbeat and happy. He was
always a great kid."
"He died doing what he wanted to do.
He felt very strongly about the service,"
said Meyer's mother-in-law Connie
Arnould of Swartz Creek.
Arnould said Meyer married her
daughter on March 30, 2002, but the
couple had known each other for several
years through a Masonic youth group.
She said Meyer also lived with her fami-
ly for a time before the marriage.
Garza had planned to marry his girl-
friend in 2005, his aunt Jodi Bucher of
Temperance said. But the couple, who
met while working together at Wendy's,
surprised everyone by getting married
Dec. 26. "Spontaneity (hit) them -
unbeknownst to her parents and us," said
Bucher, laughing.
Garza's wife, Casey Cole, 19, is in the
Army and is stationed near Washington,
D.C., Bucher said. Garza was based at
Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Garza graduated from Summerfield
High School in 2002, and went to boot
camp in July, Bucher said.

Magazine gives students help
in choosing rewarding career'

By Victoria Edwards
Daily Staff Reporter
One thousand copies of Changing
Times, a free magazine designed as a
resource to help students choose
their careers, will be distributed
today at the University and seven
other universities around the globe.
The student-run magazine, rele-
vant to a wide range of students,
focuses primarily on different career
paths, University of Notre Dame
senior and magazine co-founder
John Cannon said.
While Notre Dame students run
the magazine, "half of the content
in the magazine comes from stu-
dents in other schools. We have a
writer from Harvard and Cambridge
among others - we are trying to
make it a national publication,"
Cannon said.
Cannon and Notre Dame senior
John Mirshekari started the maga-
zine as a resource for students to

better understand their reasons for
going into careers, as well as to pro-
vide information on how to fit in as
members of society after graduation.
Cannon said it could appeal to a
large number of students because the
subject matter is relevant to every-
one pursuing a profession.
"The magazine is not trying to
preach a certain career. It brings
speculation to students about art and
service, really every direction you
can imagine," Cannon said. "Stu-
dents have unlimited possibilities,
and there is a whole spectrum of
things in the magazine that try to
appeal to everyone despite their
major and interests."
Changing Times spokesman
Edward Faustin, a Notre Dame sen-
ior, said the magazine can either
reinforce the interest that the student
had or be a deciding factor in chang-
ing it.
Faustin said people are chasing
after jobs to seek a profit, but not

making long-term goals.
The current issue's highlights con-
sider careers in human rights and
other war-related professions. It
includes an interview with a peace
lobbyist and with a writer who dis-
cusses ethical issues such as sweat-
shop labor.
The articles voice the perspec-
tives of students as well as those
who have graduated and entered the
working world. They deal with how
people are engaged in life following
college and the ideologies they
have.
"This magazine started because we
saw the need for increased dialogue
among students regarding their
futures, also out of a need for dis-
cernment as to what is important for
a career in the context of one's self
and society," Cannon said.
The magazine is delivered three:
times a year. Its authors are seeking:
writers and can be reached via e-,
mail at info@changingtimes.org.

STU DENTS
Continued from Page 1A
thought would happen, happened," he
said. "A lot of people are happy the U.S.
is there."
Gabrail is a member of the Chaldean
ethnic group, which consists of
Catholics from northern Iraq. He cau-
tioned against jumping to early conclu-
sions about the war. "It's not over," he
said. "I just hope we can start planning
the rebuilding. I'm happy if the U.S.
goes in and establishes a new govern-
ment."
Al-katib said he worries that the war
effort is not focused on the long-term
stability of Iraq. "It seems like a lot of
the developments have been more mili-
tary and not developments in the future

of Iraq," like forming a government and
developing the economy.
"Right low it still seems like a lot
could go wrong," he said.
While Kattola, a Chaldean born in
America, said he was disappointed that
it took so long to take over Baghdad, Al-
katib said he was surprised at how
quickly American forces moved through
Iraq. "This war has been very efficient"
he said. "I was worried that it could have
been a more brutal war."
Gabrail said he had thought there
would be less Iraqi resistance to Ameri-
can troops. "I guess I thought they
would surrender and give up in much
bigger numbers," he said. He said the
ones who resisted were probably Sad-
dam's supporters who feared for their
lives if they surrendered.

I

SEARCHES
Continued from Page 1A
Economics Prof. Gary Solon said such
searches take time and need to be done
properly. He added that he feels the
search committee has done a good job in
outreach to the University community.
"I think there was a lot of canvassing
about what do people care about," Solon
said. "They do have to do (the search)
with due care."
English Prof. Peter Bauland said he
was indifferent to the search process,
although he added that he was very
happy with interim Dean Terrence
McDonald's performance.
Neuman was the first LSA dean to
come from outside the University since
the 1960s. Solon said hiring an internal
candidate has become a priority in this
search due to the large amount of execu-
tive turnover at the University in the last
two years. He added that commitment
and a short learning curve are key attrib-
utes in a qualified candidate.
"With an internal candidate, you
know what you're getting," he said,
adding that the University nonetheless
needs to conduct a nationwide search.
LSA is not the only school searching
for a leader. In December, Law School
Dean Jeffrey Lehman decided he would
become the president of Cornell Univer-
sity this summer. A search committee
chaired by Law Prof. Kyle Logue is in
the middle of a nationwide search, hop-
ing to submit a list of finalists to
Courant during the summer.
"Ideally we would like to have a dean
who could start in the summer before
the beginning of the school year," Logue
said, though he added that an interim

The Supreme Court decision regard-
ing the Law School's admissions poli-
cies is expected to come down at the end
of June. Logue said the new dean would
have to be adept in reacting to that situa-
tion. "The new dean will obviously have
to be prepared to deal with whatever the
Supreme Court brings down," he said.
The University is also currently try-
ing to fill two other positions. There
are ongoing hunts for an executive vice
president for medical affairs, vacated
by Gil Omenn last August, and chief
financial officer, which Robert Kasdin
left last May. But University spokes-
woman Julie Peterson said no develop-
ments have occurred recently in either
of those searches. Lazar Greenfield is
the interim medical chief and Timothy
Slottow is the interim CFO.

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