January 2, 2004
02004 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 85
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By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter
Within the next week, the University will
announce changes to its center for sexual
assault prevention, reducing the size of the cen-
ter and, according to executives in the Michigan
Student Assembly, possibly inhibiting its ability
to perform its mission.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Aware-
ness Center, which provides education, crisis
help and counseling to members of the Univer-
sity community, will be increasing its collabora-
tion with Counseling and Psychological
Services, Vice President for Student Affairs E.
Royster Harper said.
The two counselors who currently work with
SAPAC will be transferred to CAPS, allowing
SAPAC to focus on education and prevention,
said associate dean of students Stephanie Pin-
der-Amaker, who is responsible for the two pro-
Harper said the relocation of SAPAC's coun-
seling services would help both the center and
CAPS "support each other clinically." By pro-
viding both education and counseling, SAPAC
may be running the risk of compromising both
sets of the work, she added.
Harper also said that these counseling servic-
es exist to make sure that students and other
members of the University community receive
the support they may need.
In addition, SAPAC will no longer administer
its Crisis-line,Pinder-Amaker said. Instead,
Safehouse, an Ann Arbor based group that
offers a live, 24-hour hotline, will take over this
responsibility. Currently, students who call
SAPAC's Crisis-line must wait a few minutes
while a volunteer is contacted.
"The changes that we're implementing will
provide more support for those who've experi-
ence sexual violence," she said.
All aspects of the program will remain as it is
now for the rest of the semester. The University
will begin to implement changes in the summer.
But some believe the changes to the center
may be more severe. A letter obtained by The
Michigan Daily, sent to President Mary Sue
Coleman by four senior officials in MSA, urged
the president to resist this consolidation. MSA
executives presumed that SAPAC's counseling
services and on-campus, 24-hour Crisis-line
may be cut.
MSA Vice President Monique Perry said that
she and the other authors of the letter have a
source from SAPAC who confirmed the possible
changes. Assembly President Angela Galardi,
Student General Counsel Jason Mironov and
Treasurer Elliot Wells Reid also signed the letter.
"President Coleman, we call for an end to
the rollback of student services. ... Take steps
to rectify the damages that inhibit the best stu-
dent services our campus can offer," the letter
SAPAC will continue to provide immediate
crisis intervention for victims of sexual abuse
- the current manager of the Crisis-line will
assume this duty. If ongoing counseling is
required, SAPAC will refer the invidual to a
professional at CAPS. Pinder-Amaker said
any student who may require regular assis-
tance will be able to see that CAPS counselor
on a regular basis.
SAPAC currently provides individual and
group counseling to victims of sexual abuse and
their family, friends and partners. CAPS pro-
vides 45-minute counseling sessions by
appointment. To obtain an appointment, indi-
viduals must complete a 20-minute confidential
Michigan sophomore wing Lester Abram shoots over Iowa's Greg Brunner in Michigan's 90-84 win over Iowa last night. The victory put the men's
basketball team at .500 in the Big Ten, with three wins and three losses this season.
OUTSIDE WANTS IN
By Dakid Branson
Daily Staff Reporter
With the Feb. 7 state Democratic
caucuses serving as the trial run for
Internet voting in Michigan, the
method's simplicity and effectiveness
have been called into question.
The process of applying to vote
online is not difficult, but the system
bogs down if errors occur. If the infor-
mation a voter provides when applying
to vote does not exactly match his or
her registration information, the appli-
cant's request for an electronic ballot is
"Simple errors like a number or let-
ter, or other registration errors, will
result in rejec-
tion," said a n
Jason Moon, uIC
Party. "If peo-
ple are reject-
ed, they are
reapply. ... If
all else fails we encourage people to
attend caucus sites on February 7."
Currently, Internet and mail-in ballots
are the only methods of voting before
Feb. 7, but voting at a caucus site is rela-
tively easy because a voter needs only
proof of residency.
"You can bring a cable bill ... any
document with a name and address in
that caucus zone, and you may vote at
that precinct site," Moon said.
The last day to apply to vote online
or by mail is Saturday, Jan. 31 - a
deadline that looms for voters forced to
reapply as a result of application mis-
takes. These simple mistakes could
actually prevent applicants from voting
on time due to the inconsistent
response times for application rejection
One of the largest problems for stu-
dents is identifying where they are reg-
istered to vote. For those who move
frequently between home and school
addresses, students are often unsure
how they can find their registration
Students still undecided
after primary, caucuses
By Donn M. Fresard
For the Daily
The stranger to Wash ington
pushes a campaikn o f reform
By Jameel Naqvi
Daily Staff Reporter
MANCHESTER N.H. - Moving on from
soft-spoken finishes in the Iowa caucuses and the
New Hampshire primary, former Vermont Gov.
Howard Dean continues to develop his image as
the ideal Washington outsider set out to reshape
"We've got a strategy and a good organization
to win everywhere and we're going to try to get as
many delegates as we can everywhere," Dean
told the Associated Press yesterday.
One of the primaries Dean still hopes to clinch
is Arizona's, which will take place next Tuesday.
In his remarks made Monday before New
Hampshire voters took to the polls, Dean repeat-
edly portrayed himself as he has for the bulk of
his campaign: the embodiment of a core demo-
cratic value - the right to speak one's mind no
matter how unpopular one's ideas.
Compared to politicians such as Sens. Joe
Lieberman of Connecticut and John Kerry from
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All that LSA junior Sarah Shepherd knows
right now is that she doesn't want four more years
of President Bush.
"What's important to me in this election is
making sure Bush doesn't win again," said Shep-
Shepherd has been following the Democratic
primary campaign for months, but has yet to
decide which candidate, she -will vote for in
Michigan's upcoming caucuses.
Shepherd is not alone in her indecision. After
the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire pri-
maries, and with the Feb. 7th Michigan caucuses
rapidly approaching, many University students
"Right now it's so hard to commit to some-
one," said LSA junior Amanda Fox, who has
applied to vote in the Michigan caucuses but is
still undecided as to which candidate she will
vote for. "I think I'll be able to decide once I look
into it more and see a more personal side of the
Shepherd noted that many students may wait
until they perceive a clear frontrunner before put-
ting their full support behind any candidate.
"I think people tend to look for a winner in
elections, and they tend to vote for who they
think everyone else is going to vote for," Shep-
herd said, adding that she has been leaning
toward Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts since
his victories in Iowa and New Hampshire elevat-
ed him to front-runner status.
She added that she believes voters should base
their decisions on issues rather than electability,
but admits that she is making an exception in this
election; her support for Kerry is largely predicat-
ed on her faith in him as a strong presidential
LSA junior Paul Spurgeon, chair of Students
for Kerry, said he has seen a surge of support for
Kerry among students like Shepherd - students
who now believe Kerry is the candidate most
likely to defeat President Bush in November's
"Since the returns last Tuesday in Iowa, things
have really been on the upswing for Students for
Kerry," Spurgeon said. "I think this campus was
undecided about who they were going to support
until they were introduced to Kerry following the
win in Iowa."
Spurgeon also said the Kerry campaign has
steadily gained members who previously support-
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warming both linked
to fossil fuel emissions
By Nala Moreira
Daily Staff Reporter
Atmospheric pollutants from fossil
fuel burning may cause nearly as much
global cooling as global warming, a
University research team reported in
the Jan. 15 issue of the journal Nature.
Their findings add a new layer of
complexity to the contentious subject
of global climate change, dismissed by
skeptics as a chimera invented by envi-
ronmental alarmists. However, the
cooling effects are insufficient to coun-
porarily be masking the full impact of
fossil fuel burning on the global climate,
said SNRE Dean Rosina Bierbaum, who
served four years in the administration
of President Bill Clinton.
The burning of fossil fuels like oil
and coal emits suspended particles such
as soot and sulfur dioxide, collectively
known as aerosols, into the atmosphere.
Aerosols have long been known to cool
the climate, partially offsetting global
warming caused by greenhouse gases
like carbon dioxide, which are also pro-
duced by fossil fuel burning.