January 23, 2004
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'U' to look
New policy would
obligate faculty to report
relationships with student
By Farayta Arrine
Daily St Reporter
Engineering senior Kavon Stewart
said he wishes he could date a graduate
student instructor. He said attraction to
his GSI is natural and he would benefit
from "increased office hours."
A proposed University policy on stu-
dent-professor relationships, however,
will call for the reporting of relation-
ships in which a University employee
is dating a student with whom they
have any sort of academic association.
It is expected to be brought to the Uni-
versity Board of Regents at next
"What we're focused on is the
power relation between a faculty
member and the student they super-
vise. There is an inherent conflict of
interest. It is not a healthy situation
for the student," University spokes-
woman Julie Peterson said.
The policy currently in effect dis-
courages such relationships but does
not require them to be reported.
The new policy, drafted by Associate
Provost for Academic Affairs Janet
Weiss, obligates the faculty member to
disclose a relationship to avoid biased
grading that may take place, complaints
of sexual harassment from the student
and the negative effect such a relation-
ship might have on other students.
For these reasons, the policy states,
"If a faculty member has direct super-
visory responsibility over a student, it
is the obligation of the faculty member
to immediately disclose the romantic
and/or sexual relationship to his or her
If the policy goes into effect, the fac-
ulty member's supervisor will then take
measures in devising a conflict-man-
agement plan for the student. This may
include switching the student out of the
class or having another faculty member
grade them for the semester.
"If these arrangements can not be
made, the relationship might have to
end," Peterson said.
She added that if the policy is put
into effect, a relationship that is discov-
ered but not reported could lead to the
dismissal of the professor, GSI, aca-
demic advisor, or coach who failed to
The policy does not concern relation-
ships among University affiliates who
have no academic link. A relationship
between an engineering student and a
GSI in the School of Architecture, for
example, does not pose any threat to the
educational environment of the student
and is therefore not an issue.
LSA sophomore Megan Schmidt
said she feels this policy will have a
See POLICY, Page 3
Dems look for
JO success, better
results in N.H.
By Jameel Naqvl
Daily Staff Reporter
With the spectre of Iowa still looming behind
them, the Democratic hopefuls will try to convert
their triumphs and failures from last Monday's
caucuses into success in Tuesday's New Hamp-
The candidates' results in Iowa could have a
significant effect on voter sentiment in New
A Boston Globe poll released yesterday
showed the once-presumed frontrunner, former
Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, 10 points behind
Sen. John Kerr of Massachusetts - the victor of
the Iowa caucuses - in New Hampshire.
Political science Prof. Vincent Hutchings said
the results in Iowa have "given considerable
media attention to candidates who appeared to be
written off." Referring to Kerry and runner-up
Edwards he added, "These candidates now appear
to be viable."
Kerry won in Iowa despite the success of
Dean's attacks on Washington politicians and
despite criticism from Dean over Kerry's vote for
the October 2002 resolution authorizing the use
of force against Iraq.
Although Dean finished a distant third in Mon-
day's race, Hutchings said the result could be a
blessing in disguise.
"This may be the beginning of the end for
Dean or it may shift scorn away from him,"
Hutchings said. But he added, "This is a good
thing for Dean - it has lowered expectations."
Candidates in New Hampshire will not have
to face an electoral system as intricate as that
which confounded pundits in Iowa. As in nation-
al elections, voters in New Hampshire will reg-
ister their votes via secret ballot in polling sites
across the state.
"The hurdle for participation is not as high as
the caucuses," Hutchings said. "Primary voting is
a solitary process. A caucus is much more social-
ly interactive." New Hampshire's primary is open
to independents, who outnumber partisans in the
state, he said.
It remains to be seen whether remaining cam-
paign backers of Rep. Dick Gephardt, who
dropped out of the race after a disappointing
fourth-place finish in Iowa, will migrate to other
candidates. Over the past two days, a slew of
New Hampshire Democrats who formerly
backed Gephardt switched their loyalties to the
Many campaign watchers are waiting to see
which candidates unions will endorse now that
Gephardt has dropped out. But Iowa showed the
limited value of these endorsements, as Kerry
took a majority of the union-member vote
though he lacked Dean and Gephardt's major
Kerry also fared well among Iowa veterans.
According to Kerry spokesman David DiMartino,
his campaign is mounting a similarly aggressive
veteran outreach program in New Hampshire.
"Kerry may not have to win (in New Hamp-
shire)," Hutchings said. He doesn't want expecta-.
See PRIMARY, Page 2
Presidential candidate John Edwards, a North Carolina senator, shows the enthusiasm that goes with a
successful political campaign at Drake University In Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday. Edwards hopes his
second-place finish will translate Into further success in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.
Nap ster offers Penn State
students legal, free music
New Year Celebration
By Adhiraj Dutt
Daily Staff Reporter
As the University of Michigan
receives notices from the Recording
Industry Association of America of an
intent to subpoena nine students for
illegally sharing music files, students
at Penn. State University are being
allowed to download songs using a free
service provided by Napster, an online-
Penn State and Napster rolled out a
music service for students last week,
giving them free and legal access to
more than half a million songs through
Napster's 2.0 Premium service. Stu-
dents can download music files to their
computers for free but must pay 99
cents to write a song to a CD or to
upload it to an mp3 player.
In addition, students access 40
streaming radio stations, 60 years of
Billboard music chart information and
an online magazine.
Though this Napster service nor-
mally costs $9.95 a month, students
do not bear any additional costs.
Instead, Penn State is using money
collected for an existing technology
fee to pay for it.
But making such a music service
available to a large number of stu-
dents can potentially slow down net-
works that are also used for
To determine the impact such a
service will have on campus net-
works, the service is being offered as
a test to the nearly 18,000 students
living in residence halls at Penn
State. After the testing period ends in
the spring, any necessary changes
will be made and the service will
most likely become available to all of
Penn State's 83,000 students next
fall, according to a written statement
released by Napster.
Universities' Internet connections
are extremely attractive to music
downloaders due to the high-speed
access provided on campuses, Penn
State spokesman Tysen Kendig said.
"Students were demanding (a
"I would use it, but I
don't how much it is
worth for our tuition
money to be spent on
(a music service):'
- Jessica Cohen
music service) through their illegal
downloading of files," Kendig said.
"We wanted to take a leading role in
finding an alternative solution."
Even though the Napster service
solves the problem of downloading
music illegally from a file sharing
service such as Kazaa, information
technology departments must worry
about preventing the network band-
width from being severely hindered.
Penn State has taken measures to deal
See MUSIC, Page 7
LSA sophomore Allison Sheren serves food to School of Music
freshman Evin Kridakom and LSA junior Nanta Tangudtaisak, as
Stockwell hall celebrates the Chinese New Year yesterday.
Mayor and City
SLOWER CLIMB UP THE LADDER
Decline for women and little change for
minorities in Detriot's top level jobs.
By Andrew McCormack
Daily Staff Reporter
Many Ann Arbor residents were
surprised at the City Council's
recent 9 to 2 vote to more than dou-
ble the mayor's annual salary, in the
midst of a $5.29 million city budget
"That's such a steep raise for the
mayor. I wonder why they did it all at
once," said Ben Mankoff, a six-year
"If it doesn't raise taxes, I'm all for
it," he added. "I'd like to know that the
City Council can devote all their time
to the city, and it would be nice to
know they have a wage that allows
them to do that."
But Mayor John Heiftje said the
raises will have little overall impact on
thec ho ioret
full-time job, he is only paid
$18,300 per year.
"I haven't been able to do my other
job (as a realtor) for the past couple of
The raise brings Heiftje's salary up
to $40,000, and it also increases the
pay of members of the City Council
from $9,800 to $12,000 for the next
Many members of the council have
other jobs and feel that for the sacri-
fice involved in being a public ser-
vant, they should earn fair wages.
"I spend a great deal of time
doing City Council work - 25 to
30 hours a week. I think it's reason-
able that we be paid adequate com-
pensation for the time we spend,"
said Council member Jean Carlberg
"I'm a retired teacherr n I don't faice
Fewer blacks, women
receive job promotions
supporters say that
their fight must continue
to ensure equal
women and minorIties.
The percentage of
women and minorities
In Detroit Is double the
while the percentage
of white collar
workers from these
groups is the
By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter
During the '90s, Detroit experi-
enced substantial economic growth
and employment gains, but women
and minorities may not have benefited
from this expansion.
Recently released figures from the
2000 census suggest that women and
underrepresented minorities have not
made significant gains in white-collar
employment in the city.
The study reveals that the percent-
age of blacks and Hispanics in top-
level positions in Detroit rose by 0.6
percent. Female representation
decreased 0.1 percent, according to a
Detroit Free Press report.
As the Michigan Civil Rights Initia-
tive - a group seeking to end race
drive, supporters of affirmative action
cite these figures as an example of the
adverse effects that would occur if
these "preferences" were eliminated.
"I think that it's evidence that
racism and sexism exists and, without
a fight, will continue to increase,"
LSA senior and BAMN member Kate
While the percentage of black and
female professionals declined, Asian
representation increased 2.5 percent,
though this may have been a byprod-
uct of the Asian population's growing
numbers in the city, according to the
Additionally, the report states that
women and Hispanics advanced in
higher proportions nationally than in
Detroit, and while the city has about
twice the national average of black
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