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By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter
The University will soon begin
to roll out new resources and poli-
cies in response to findings
announced by a mental health task-
This week - at the same time as
the "Depression on College Campus-
es" conference - the Mental Health
Work Group will unveil three new
resources for students: a new website
under the University's domain, a
resource guide and a map of campus
mental health services.
The University created the work
group in 2001 to examine its own
health system, after research was
conducted in cites nationwide on
deficiencies in university counsel-
ing and a rising need for services.
The group, representing such
departments as the University
Health Service and Counseling and
Psychological Services, recently
released a report of the University's
mental health services. The report
evaluates the administration's
strengths and weaknesses and
offers suggestions for improve-
ment. The administration imple-
mented some recommendations
earlier this year.
The guides address one of the
group's recommendations, that stu-
dents be provided with central
resources to ease access to campus
services. Currently, the vast, decen-
tralized system may hinder access,
the report states. It also recom-
mends that the administration
develop a 24-hour phone number
where a student may receive advice
on navigating the system.
A review of the University's psy-
chological services showed a com-
plex network of departments and
offices that group members
deemed confusing. A student
receiving help at CAPS, for exam-
ple, could be referred to UHS, Uni-
versity Center for the Child and
Family, the Psychological Clinic or
a host of other offices.
"We noted that we had a lot of
difficulty understanding this," said
UHS director Robert Winfield, who
chaired the work group.
Among its many recommenda-
tions, the group suggested that the
University improve communication
between agencies, perhaps by cre-
ating a referral form for students
and standardizing the referral
The group's report also includes
an evaluation of costs, suggestions
for faculty training and administra-
tive policies for students who need
to be withdrawn from school. The
issue of stigmatization also figured
prominently in the evaluation.
Although most of the Universi-
ty's resources are free for students,
some must refer its clients to off-
campus providers, which often
charge for their services. Numerous
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The website provides students
with a central resource outlin-
ing the University's mental
students without insurance - and
still more whose insurance does not
cover mental health services in the
Ann Arbor area - are then faced
with a difficult situation, the group
"In 1999, approximately 5 tol0
percent of undergraduate students
and 3 percent of graduate students
(did) not have health insurance,"
the report states.
CAPS, intended for short-term
counseling, generally limits its ses-
sions from eight to 10 sessions.
This is sufficient for most students,
but those who require many more
sessions are referred to an off-cam-
"All University counseling cen-
ters struggle with this," CAPS
Director Todd Sevig said of the
problems involved with providing
care and dealing with a student's
financial needs. CAPS's mission
remains to "see as many students as
want to be seen," he added.
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play at the Michigan Union yesterday.
'Students show wide range
of views on election issues
By Lucille Vaughan
Daily Staff Reporter
As Republicans tout their expertise on national security
and Democrats counter that this year's election should focus
on the troubled economy, University students appear equally
divided between international and domestic concerns in mak-
ing their choice for a candidate.
Many students are still upset about the war in Iraq and its
national security would be the most important issue," he said.
Many University students feel equal concern over both
international and domestic issues.
"Issues include what we are going to do about the Iraq situ-
ation, and the economy over here. A lot of people are having
a hard time finding jobs. I couldn't find an internship for this
summer," Engineering freshman Kevin Xu said.
For many University students, the economy remains one of
SNRE dean criticizes Bush
decisions on science issues
their biggest anxieties
implications for Americans.
LSA junior Jeff Kominsky said he
feels the American presence in Iraq is a
topic that needs to be addressed in the
upcoming presidential elections. "As a
Democrat, I think the most important
issue is the Iraqi war," he said. "Was it
reasonable? Was it justified? You know,
they haven't found any (weapons of mass
Other students feel that national secu-
rity is the most critical topic that the
presidential candidates need to address.
LSA senior Steve MacGuidwin, presi-
dent of the College Republicans, said
"I would say the
economy is going to
be the biggest issue,
with the U.S. coming
out of the recession,
and getting jobs back
with the people.'
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as they consider their post-graduation
"I would say the economy is going
to be the biggest issue, with the U.S.
coming out of the recession, and get-
ting jobs back to the people," LSA
junior Ryan Ford said.
Ford added that he was an unde-
cided voter until it became clear that
John Kerry would win the Democrat-
ic nomination. Then he decided to
support President Bush. "There's a
possibility I would have voted for Joe
Lieberman, if he was nominated, but
Kerry seems to go in two different
directions and is very weak in
By Naha Moreira
Rosina Bierbaum, dean of the School of Natural
Resources and Environment, has signed a statement severely
criticizing the Bush administration's record on science.
Bierbaum joins 62 prominent scientists who have signed
the statement, including 20 Nobel Prize winners and 19 win-
ners of the National Medal of Science.
The statement claims the Bush administration "has often
manipulated the process through which science enters into its
"Furthermore," the statement continues, "in advocating
policies that are not scientifically sound, the administration
has sometimes misrepresented scientific knowledge and mis-
led the public."
White House Science Advisor John Marburger said, "I
don't think that these incidents or issues add up to strong
support for the accusation that this administration is deliber-
ately acting to undermine the processes of science," accord-
ing to a Knight-Ridder report.
But, Marburger added, "given the prestige of some of the
individuals who have signed on to this, I think they deserve
additional response and we're coordinating something."
The signatories include experts on human health, national
security and other scientific fields who have held advisory
position in previous administrations. Bierbaum said the sci-
entists were brought together to help write the statement by
the Union of Concerned Scientists, an action group that
issued the statement and a supporting document.
The UCS called upon Bierbaum - who served four years
as the senior environmental advisor for former President Bill
Clinton and another 10 months under Bush - as an expert
on climate change and the environment.
"A lot of us were hearing about problems in the particular
area where we are experts," Bierbaum said. "What (the UCS)
decided to do was get all of us together and talk about
whether we really did think this was more systematic and
pervasive than before."
The attendees, she said, concluded that the answer
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President Bush has an exemplary record on national security.
"He is the only one who is qualified (to be president). He
took the nation through its darkest hour. He is the only one
who can end terrorism."
LSA freshman Erwin Burns also said keeping America
safe from attack was his primary political concern. "Since
terrorism is the biggest thing going on right now, I think
defense," he said.
Domestic issues such as gay marriage, reproductive rights,
and education are also cause for concern to many University
LSA senior Mahima Mahadevan said that she wants the
presidential candidates to take firm stances on gay marriage.
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STORIES FROM BEHIND BARS
Friend recounts inmate's strife
Project aids incarcerated women
in struggle to receive clemency
By Ashley Dinges
and Chloe Foster
Daily Staff Reporters
Paris Carriger spent 20 years of his life on death row
in Arizona, convicted of armed robbery and murder.
But within 48 hours of his scheduled execution, a
federal circuit court granted Carriger's appeal and he
Law and psychology Prof. Phoebe Ellsworth, a
friend and supporter of Carriger, told his story yes-
terday to the University community. In a lecture
titled, "The Story of Paris Carriger," a brown bag
luncheon sponsored by the Prisoner Creative Arts
Program, she explained to the audience her relation-
ship with Carriger.
The lecture is part of a series of events sponsored by
PCAP during March. PCAP is a University organiza-
tion that allows prison inmates to express themselves
artistically through workshops led by students.
During his time on death row, Carriger contacted
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30s, his friend Robert Dunbar turned him in for rob-
bing a jewelry store and killing the storeowner.
Eventually, Carriger was convicted and given the
death penalty. Due to poor representation, the jury was
never aware that Dunbar, the state's star witness, had a
reputation of committing crimes and lying to cover
In 1987, Dunbar was back in prison and believed to
be near death. He confessed to a judge that he had lied
about Carriger, but the judge disregarded him. Six
months later, Dunbar found out he was not dying, and
retracted his story.
With several appeals turned down and Carriger's
December 1995 execution date approaching, Ellsworth
traveled to Arizona to meet him for the first time.
Along with a psychiatrist, Ellsworth spoke on behalf
of Carriger at his clemency hearing, in which the court
sustained the execution one day before it was sched-
uled, and said it must be re-tried on the grounds of
poor representation by the state and likelihood of inno-
Women claim to have been
unfjustly accused of nfc/mes
commited in selfdefense
By Melissa Benton
and Kate Tomkie
Daily Staff Reporters
Eyes widened and jaws dropped last
night at the haunting retellings of
women who believe they have been
unjustly incarcerated for self-defense
crimes. Students gathered at the Michi-
gan League to raise awareness and pro-
vide a voice for imprisoned women
through the Michigan Battered
on behalf of prisoners requesting their
"Clemency is not the same thing as
being pardoned: It's not saying that
you're innocent, just that you deserve
your freedom," said Shuchman.
Event leaders shocked and riveted
their audience with personal accounts
of women currently seeking clemency
from the state.
One woman, convinced to return
home by her abusive husband, was
later that night set on fire in her sleep.
Still, she serves a life sentence for the
murder of her husband.
These women are rarely granted
clemency. Lynn D'Orio, a criminal
defense lawyer involved in current