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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
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www.michkgandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXV, No. 34 @2004 The Michigan Daily

Ruling on
, harassment
case to be
made today
By Mark Osmond
For the Daily
After more than five years of legal
motions and delays, a sexual harassment
lawsuit filed against the University by
former Music graduate student Maureen
Johnson will be ruled on today in the state
Court of Appeals.
The University is appealing a verdict that
awarded $250,000 to Johnson for damages
resulting from alleged sexual harassment
by former visiting Music Prof. Pier Cal-
abria. Today's verdict will be the final say
in the case, unless either party attempts to
take the case to the state Supreme Court.
Johnson said when she was a student in
Calabria's orchestra in 1997 he repeatedly
made advances and offensive remarks
toward her and other students. While Uni-
versity officials do not deny that Johnson
was harrased, they say they took immedi-
ate action to stop it. Johnson also alleges
that the University did not allow her to
switch into a different orchestra, but the
University claims it took sufficient actions
to allow her to stay in the music program.
According to a brief issued by Johnson's
attorney, Miranda Massie, the professor
often made sexually invasive remarks to
Johnson in rehearsal and in private. Massie
said the University warned Calabria about
his behavior and later bought out his con-
tract, but that it did not adequately respond
to the harassment.
According to the brief, Calabria said one
day to Johnson
and her oboe In mid-
section during November
rehearsal, "It's a
very sexual piece, of 1997,
I don't feel you Johnson and
are seducing me,
you should be two other
seducing me."
Outside of students filed
rehearsal, John- Com 1iaintS
son claims
that Calabria against
harassed her in
the hallway and u-a
in the Ensembles
Library where she worked. She claimed
that he stared at her breasts and repeatedly
asked her out to dinner and to drink wine
with him.
"He would often put his arm around
me and lean in close to my face, within
an inch of my face," Johnson said. "When
he was putting his arm around me, those
were the times that he was asking me out
on dates sometimes."
When Johnson refused Calabria's
advances, she claims that Calabria retali-
ated against her, demoting her from her
position as a first-chair oboist.
In mid-November of 1997, Johnson and
two other students filed complaints against
Calabria. Massie said the University didn't
* take these complaints seriously.
"The University had ample evidence
that Calabria regarded his orchestra as a
harem," Massie said. "In response to all of
this information, (the University) threat-
ened him with a letter of warning, and this
letter was never even put in his file."
But University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said the University adequately
responded to Johnson's complaint. She
said Calabria was given a serious warning
concerning his inappropriate behavior by
Associate Dean Willis Patterson. Peterson
said after the warning Johnson admited

that Calabria no longer harassed her.
"We're not denying that Johnson was
sexually harassed," said Peterson. "Clear-
ly Calabria's behavior constituted harass-
See CASE, Page 7

music site

By Karen Tee
Daily Staff Reporter

Students will soon get the chance
to download music legally for $2.99
a month through a new University
The University has signed a con-
tract with Cdigix, a Colorado-based
provider of downloadable media,
which will provide students with a
database of 1.2 million songs from
more than 100,000 artists represent-
ing all the major record labels.
The service, which the University
aims to launch at the beginning of the

winter semester,
will also create
an online library
from which pro-
fessors can take
videos to use in
teaching their
The new ser-
vice will provide
students with an
affordable and legal
alternative to music
download sites like
Kazaa,albeit with
limitations on how
they can use the
downloaded mate-
Earlier in the
year, the Record-
ing Industry
Association of

Online ti
An alternatie
file sharing
Service com
a month and da
tains 1.2 millio
over 100,000 a
Faculty will b
upload up to 1,
source materia
An additiona
month for on-de

Residential College Prof. Helen Fox, chair of Ann Arbor's Human Rights Commission, talks about the
commislon's loss of support in her Angell Hall office yesterday
Council's support o f
rights commission lags

digital media resources to college
campuses, and it is currently in use at
14 other schools, including Yale and
Purdue universities. The company
will provide three services - Ctrax,
a song database, Cflix, an on-demand
video service for an additional $9.99
a month and Clabs, which will allow
faculty to upload video and audio
files for use as course material. To
ensure optimal download speed, the
company will install a server on cam-
pus to cope with the demand.
James Hilton, associate provost for
academic, informational and instruc-
tional technology affairs, said Clabs
is the main reason
why the University
decided to sign the
une deal.
"Think of it as
e to electronic reserves
for film and video
material. Faculty
es at $2.99 will be able to select
atabase con- material for their
n songs from classes and have it
rtists. available to their
be able to students via the net-
200 hours of work," Hilton said.
This means stu-
dents will be able to
l $9.99 a download and view
emand video videos at their own
convenience, instead
of borrowing lim-
ited videos from the
library, he said.
This service will
be provided free to any student signed
up for classes which utilize Clabs, and it
will be made accessible through Course-
tools. The course material can be viewed
on Windows Media Player on both PCs
and Macs. Under the current deal, faculty
members can upload up to 1,200 hours of
source material per term.
Unlike other schools like Penn State
University, which used students' fees
to pay an undisclosed sum for Napster's
music download service, Hilton said the
University of Michigan was careful in
keeping the educational and entertain-
ment aspects of Cdigix separate.
"My focus is to improve the educa-
tional level in the college by getting
rich media into the classroom. Stu-
dents can choose to pay for the enter-
tainment service," he said.
Students can sign up for Ctrax and
See DOWNLOAD, Page 3

By Anne Joling
Daily Staff Reporter

The Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission has been
looking out for the rights of the city's residents since the
1970s, but recently the commission has received little sup-
port from the City Council and is in danger of being phased
out, according to chairwoman Helen Fox.
But Democratic Mayor John Hieftje said the commission
is still supported, and that Fox's claims are unfounded.
The commission's job is to address any complaints made
by citizens in which civil rights appear to have been violated,
as well as to make suggestions to the City Council regard-
ing solutions to more general human rights violations. The
commission consists of nine volunteer members who are
appointed by the mayor and city council.
According to Fox, a professor in the Sweetland Writing
Center and Residential College, the commission is facing
several major problems that mostly stem from budget cuts

and lack of support from the City Council. Fox said she
is even concerned that she will not be reappointed to her
position as chair. Fox's term is technically over, but she
will continue to serve as chairwoman until someone new
is appointed or she is reappointed.
Democratic councilmember Joan Lowenstein said Fox
will not be reappointed.
"I think if people serve their term, sometimes it's time
for some new blood," Lowenstein said.
Hieftje said he did not yet know whether Fox would
be reappointed, but explained that the Council ultimately
decides whether or not a person is appointed.
"I make the decision whether the name is put forward,
but, if I don't think the person is going to have the support
of council members, then I don't put their name forward,"
Hieftje said.
Fox said one of the problems facing the commission is
the elimination of their office staff.

America subpoenaed the names of
eight students and one faculty mem-
ber suspected of file-sharing, and the
University handed the names over
in May. Fines for illegal file-sharing
can range from $750 to $150,000 per
song, depending on the number of
songs shared.
LSA sophomore Joe Zanger-Nadis said
the University should be providing its stu-
dents with a downloading service.
"Since the University cooperated
with the Department of Justice by
providing names of students (who
downloaded music illegally), they
should provide a legal alternative.
After all, students will still download
music, and I think this new service
will help reduce illegal downloads.
I would pay for this," Zanger-Nadis
Cdigix aims to provide affordable

Powell resigns in Bush cabinet shakeup

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush has
selected Condoleezza Rice, his national secu-
rity adviser and trusted confidant, to replace
Colin Powell as secretary
of state, officials said yes-
terday, in a major shakeup
of the president's national
security team. Three other
Cabinet secretaries alsoy
Powell, a retired four-starI
general who often clashed on
Iraq and other foreign policy
issues with more hawkish Powell
members of Bush's administration, said he was
returning to private life once his successor was

Rice nominated a


his replacement

in place.
The Cabinet exodus promised a starkly differ-
ent look to Bush's second-term team. Rice is con-
sidered more of a foreign policy hard-liner than
the moderate Powell.
The White House announced Powell's exit
along with the resignations of Education Secre-
tary Rod Paige, Agriculture Secretary Ann Ven-
eman and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.
Veneman had said last week she wanted to stay.
Bush's nomination of Rice is expected in the
afternoon today, a senior administration official

Stephen Hadley, now the
deputy national security
adviser, is expected to replace
Rice at the White House, the
official said.
Combined with the resig-
nations earlier this month of
Commerce Secretary Don
Evans and Attorney General Rice
John Ashcroft, six of Bush's 15 Cabinet members
will not be part of the president's second term,

which begins with his inauguration Jan. 20. An
administration that experienced few changes over
the last four years suddenly hit a high-water mark
for overhaul.
Although there had been recent speculation
that Powell would stay on, at least for part of
Bush's second term, he told reporters yesterday "I
made no offer" to do so.
Known for his moderate views and unblem-
ished reputation, Powell went before the United
Nations in February 2003 to sell Bush's argument
for invading Iraq to skeptics abroad and at home.

Brater: make Election Day
a holiday for state employees


By Jameel Naqvi
Daily Staff Reporter

If the Michigan Legislature passes
a bill that state Sen. Liz Brater (D-Ann
Arbor) is planning to introduce, Universi-
ty students will no longer have to squeeze
i voting in between classes and exams.

rence Kestenbaum, a Democrat, said the
Republican-controlled state Legislature
is "not going to be receptive to most
electoral reforms," with the exception of
no-excuse absentee voting.
But earlier this month, Secretary of State
Terri Lynn Land, a Republican, expressed
her support for easing the process of

Both Brater and Land have also said
they support early voting, which would
allow Michigan residents to cast their
ballots in person at polling sites before
Election Day. Silfven said early vot-
ing would also help shorten long lines
at the polls, but he admitted it faces a
higher barrier to implementation than

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