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OSCR rejects proposed change that would allow
students legal counsel at expulsion hearings
By Jeremy Davidson
and Anne Joling
Daily Staff Reporters
Twelve of the Michigan Student Assem-
bly's 18 proposals to amend the University's
student Code of Conduct, the Statement of
Student Rights and Responsibilities, were
accepted yesterday by the University body
that enforces the code. The code regulates
student behavior on campus.
During the meeting with MSA, the Office
of Student Conflict Resolution rejected two
amendments and accepted four in principle.
OSCR serves as the first stage of approval
for the changes.
Among the proposals rejected by OSCR
and perhaps among the most controversial
was one that dealt with students' right to be
represented by a lawyer in an expulsion hear-
ing with the University.
Currently, an attorney can advise but not
represent a student during hearings on code
"The University is very opposed to hav-
ing a lawyer represent students in a hearing.
I don't expect this amendment to pass, but I
think it's very important and would be very
excited if it did pass," said LSA junior Priya
Mahajan, co-chair of MSA's Student Rights
OSCR Director Keith Elkin has stated his
strong opposition to having a lawyer pres-
ent in code violation hearings in the past.
He said, "It changes it from an educational
process to one that is like a criminal court
process. The other major problem is there's
going to be a fundamental inequity in that, on
the one hand, students with the most money
are going to be able to hire better lawyers."
The proposals accepted by OSCR will be
passed on to the Student Relations Advisory
Committee, made up of University faculty,
who will vote Friday on those proposals
they will recommend to University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman, who can then make
changes to the code.
One of the proposals that OSCR support-
ed in principle, but not officially, was pro-
posal 4R, which would require that a student
be told that statements made to OSCR are
admissible as evidence during hearings or
can be disclosed to a court if the student is
"These warnings are critical because with-
out them students may make statements that
incriminate themselves in the OSCR process
or that could result in criminal penalties.
This is too important an area to be left to
OSCR's discretion, and these protections,
of course, are not administrative in nature,"
Josh Gewolb, chair of the MSA's code advi-
sory board wrote in a letter to SRAC faculty
chair Prof. Carl Akerlof.
But according to Elkin, "Informing stu-
See CODE, Page 7
Fans, athletic dept. begin
dialogue on hockey chants
Milan Gajic, center, Brandon Rogers, left, and other members of the men's hockey team perform a rendition of "Riverdance" at a
benefit concert put on by University athletes for the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the Michigan Theater yesterday. See story
on Page 3 for more on the concert.
structure to begn spring
By Ian Herbert
Daily Sports Writer
By Kim Tomlin
Daily Staff Reporter
Construction on a new seven-level, 186,200 square-foot parking
structure is set to begin in the spring to meet the increased demand
for parking on the University's Medical Campus. The new 500-
space parking structure will be built on Ann Street between Glen
kvenue and Zina Pitcher Place just north of the Biomedical Science
A majority of the 500 spaces will be for faculty, staff and other
University employees. The structure will also have metered spaces
designated for visitor parking. Like all parking structures on campus,
(he structure will not have any spaces reserved exclusively for stu-
dents, Facilities and Operations spokeswoman Diane Brown said.
There has been a noted increase in need for parking near the medi-
cal campus due to the many programs and services offered to patients
and students, and an anticipated higher demand for parking after the
completion of the new research building, Brown said.
"It really is an ideal place," she said. "It is reasonably convenient
for the medical campus as well as Central Campus."
The $13 million structure will be linked to the existing Catherine
Street Parking Structure on both the ground and top levels.
The University hired the Kalmazoo-based Walker Parking Con-
sultants, which specializes in designing parking structures, to draw
the plans for the new structure. The firm worked with the Polshek
Partnership - the designers of the BSRB - to ensure the parking
structure would not conflict with the "less traditional exterior design"
of the newly built BSRB, Brown said.
Although the University has not yet designated a contractor to build
the structure, it estimates that the structure will be completed in the
spring of 2006.
Another parking structure has been proposed for South Division
Street. The proposal was presented to the University Board of Regents
but has not yet been approved, Brown said.
Parking permit revenue is funding the project, Brown said. The
price of one-year permits for University employees ranges from $60
for orange permits to $1,045 for gold permits, with the more expensive
spaces located closer to central campus. Permit prices vary through-
out the year, being most expensive in July and cheapest in June. There
are around 2,000 permits available to junior, senior and graduate stu-
dents ranging from $120 for the yellow permit to $60 for the orange
permit, again depending on when they are purchased.
When an opposing hockey player gets
whistled for a penalty and makes the trip to
the penalty box, the student section greets
him with a series of obscene names. The
chant - known as the !'see-ya chant" - has
become a tradition for Michigan hockey fans,
and the fans add a new word to the end of the
chant each season. But it is a tradition that
the athletic department would like to end.
Yesterday, the Michigan Student Assem-
bly organized a meeting between Executive
Associate Director of Athletics Michael Ste-
venson and the student season ticket hold-
The goal, Stevenson said, was to open up
some sort of discussion between the students
and the athletic department.
"It's become impossible for a family with
young children to bring their family to a
Michigan hockey game," Stevenson said.
The few dozen students who attended the
meeting seemed very receptive to changing
the chant but said that by agreeing to change
the cheer, they should be accommodated by
the administration for some of their concerns.
They cited the rising season ticket prices, the
student section being split into two separate
groups, more expensive seats blocking the
view of students and the band being moved
away as reasons they were upset.
"If they start appealing more toward the
students ... then maybe the students would
be a little more willing to work with the ath-
It's become impossible
for a family with young
children to bring their
family to a Michigan
Director of Athletics
letic department than feel like it's us versus
them," LSA senior Josh Goldman said.
The consensus of the people at the meeting
was that the cheer needs to be toned down
by removing or replacing some of the more
offensive words. Other alternatives were
suggested, including kicking out the students
who said the offensive words and revoking
tickets. But Stevenson said he was hesitant
to do anything that drastic just yet.
"That would be premature," Stevenson
said earlier in the year.
In the past, the athletic department has
tried announcements from Athletic Director
Bill Martin, hockey coach Red Berenson and
team captains in the hope that they would
have some influence over the fans. This
season's captain, Eric Nystrom, said that the
See HOCKEY, Page 7
. ITCS to create plan for reducing frequency of e-mail outages
By Karl Stampfl
Daily Staff Reporter
A slew of University e-mail outages
since September has prompted Infor-
mation Technology Central Services to
consider implementing a new plan to
reduce the frequency of problems.
"I have asked some of my techni-
cal staff to put together some ideas
to make e-mail more foolproof," said
Kitty Bridges, associate vice presi-
"I have asked some of my technical
staff to put together some ideas to
make e-mail more foolproof."
- Kitty Bridges
Associate Vice President of ITCS
Late last term, Bridges said an
a number of isolated outages and two
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