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Thursday, September 7, 2006 - The Michigan Daily - 3A

ON CAMPUS
Men's Glee club
to hold auditions
Students interested in apply-
ing to the Men's Glee Club must
attend the mass meeting today at
6:30 p.m. in the Michigan Union.
Auditions include vocalization and
sight-singing. The club is the oldest
student organization on campus.
Free billiards
lessons offered
in Union
Free pool lessons are offered
every Wednesday and Thursday
night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the
Billiards Room of the Michigan
Union.
Scrabble Club
to meet tonight
Scrabble Club will meet tonight
from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Michigan
Union's Tap Room. Membership
is free, but club organizers sug-
gest you invest in a Michigan
Scrabble t-shirt. The club meets
every Monday and Thursday
night.
CRIME_
Mirror taken off
of 'U' vehicle
near Big House
A mirror was taken from a Uni-
versity vehicle Tuesday while it
was parked on State Street adja-
cent to the Michigan Stadium,
DPS reported. The mirror has not
yet been located.
Suspect in
aggravated
assault arrested
A male suspect who was want-
ed on DPS warrant was arrested
Tuesday morning. Jackson Coun-
ty's Sheriff Department turned
the suspect over to DPS after he
was picked up near Chelsea. The
suspect was taken directly to the
15th District Court.
Backpack stolen
from West quad
lounge
A black backpack was stolen
Tuesday at 9 p.m. from the east
lounge in West Quad Residence
Hall. Police have no suspects.
THIS DAY
In 'U' History

ROTC branches
see 30-percent
increase in
enrollment
Sept. 7, 1980 - ROTC pro-
grams at the University are cele-
brating a 30-percent enrollment
increase in the Army, Navy and
Air Force programs. There is
now a total of about 530 stu-
dents in the three branches, a
leap from the 390 last year.
The Army program has
increased from 78 students last
year to 111 students.
Lt. Col. Joseph Blair, chair-
Man of the Army Officer Pro-
ram, said this year's enrollment
of first-year students is the high-
est in 10 years. After several
year's of declining enrollment,
Blair said he is ow hopeful for
the future.
Blair said that the cause for
growth may be the "whole con-
servative swing" the United
States is experiencing. Although
Blair said the ROTC is on a path
hack to conservatism, he also said
the draw to the ROTC may be in
part because of increased lenien-
cy concerning the dress code.
Almost one-third of Army
RsOTC students receive some
type of scholarship. In the Air
Force, up to 75 percent of the
students receive a scholarship.
Bob Bedford decided to join
because he said he thought the
recruiting officer was a nice
guy. Bedford also said he is not
worried about being drafted
now.

REMEMBERING KATRINA Schools under fire for
evicting suicidal students

Lawsuits challenge
universities' policies
on attempted suicides
NEW YORK (AP) - A
depressed Hunter College student
who swallowed handfuls of Tyle-
nol, then saved her own life by call-
ing 911, was in for a surprise when
she returned to her dorm room
after the ordeal.
The lock had been changed.
She was being expelled from
the dorm, the school informed her,
because she violated her housing
contract by attempting suicide. The
19-year-old was allowed to retrieve
her belongings as a security guard
stood watch.
Policies barring potentially sui-
cidal students from dorms have
popped up across the country
in recent years as colleges have
struggled to deal with an esti-
mated 1,100 suicides a year. But
some of those rules have come

under legal attack.
Hunter College announced last
month that it was abandoning its
3-year-old suicide policy as part
of a settlement with the student.
The student, who was allowed to
continue attending class, claimed
in a lawsuit that her 2004 ouster
from the dorms violated federal
law protecting disabled people
from discrimination.
The school, part of the City Uni-
versity of New York system, also
agreed to pay her $65,000.
Hunter spokeswoman Meredith
Halpern said the college may still
consider temporarily removing
troubled students from its resi-
dence halls, but such evictions will
no longer be automatic.
College officials say such expul-
sions are not punitive; Halpern
said Hunter's policy was aimed at
protecting students' privacy and
shielding them from schoolmates'
prying eyes. At George Washing-
ton University in the nation's capi-

tal, spokeswoman Tracy Schario
said the idea is to give suicidal
students a break from the stresses
of university life and encourage
them to seek help.
But some activists suspect such
evictions are an attempt by colleges
to avoid legal liability if someone
commits suicide in the dorms.
Up until recently, the prevail-
ing legal theory had long been
that adult students were respon-
sible for their own behavior, and
that colleges could not be held
liable. But that philosophy was
undermined by a pair of court
rulings involving the Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology and
Ferrum College in Virginia.
In both cases, judges ruled
prior to out-of-court settlements
that colleges might have a duty to
prevent a suicide if the risk was
foreseeable. The cases prompted
some schools to be more aggres-
sive about sending troubled stu-
dents home.

Some industry observers say new Ford
CEO was inspired by a failed approach

CEO to translate
airline expertise to
auto industry
DETROIT (AP) - Alan Mulally,
the man Ford Motor Co. has tapped
to revive its stalled turnaround,
helped revolutionize product devel-
opment at Boeing Co. in part by
taking inspiration from the broad,
team-based approach Ford used to
create the hit Taurus in the 1980s.
Ironically, those ideas failed to
catch on at the automaker, some
industry observers say.
Mulally's role in the 1990s man-
aging the development of Boeing's
enormously successful 777, a proj-
ect to which he applied the Taurus
model, may not be the most signifi-
cant of the credentials that led to
his appointment Tuesday as Ford's
new chief executive. But the story
illustrates how his experience in

the aviation industry could transfer
well to the auto world.
As head of Boeing Commercial
Airplanes, Mulally, 61, success-
fully guided a major manufacturer
through crisis, cutting costs and
improving efficiency. Executive
Chairman Bill Ford, who relin-
quished the CEO post to Mulally,
expressed confidence that Mulally
will do the same at Ford.
Ford shares rose 16 cents yester-
day to close at $8.55 on the New
York Stock Exchange.
After the 2001 terror attacks
devastated Boeing's airline cus-
tomers, Mulally streamlined its
commercial jet-making business
operation and managed to keep it
in the black. He trimmed the work
force by more than half to 50,000
employees, revised assembly-line
operations to make production
quicker and introduced the popular
787 jet, which has snagged record

orders well before its first flight.
Dearborn-based Ford, mean-
while, has been battered by rising
healthcareandmaterialcosts,tough
competition from Asia and, perhaps
most ominously, the rapid decline
of the market for pickups and sport
utility vehicles - the high-margin
products that for years have sus-
tained U.S. automakers' bottom
lines. The company, which lost $1.4
billion in the first half of 2006, said
in July that it was caught off guard
by the speed of this shift, which it
attributes to high gas prices.
Mulally's Boeing experience
should transfer well to Ford, said
James P. Lewis, a project man-
agement consultant and author of
"Working Together," a book that
chronicles the development of the
777 and for which Mulally wrote a
forward. Bill Ford cited the book in
Tuesday's announcement.
"Ford's in crisis right now. What

better kind of person to take over
than someone who's been through
it and survived it?" Lewis said.
Lewis' book describes how the
777 project, unlike previous prod-
uct programs at Boeing, involved
not just engineers, but all stake-
holders - manufacturing people,
pilots, machinists - right from the
early stages, making it possible to
eliminate flaws early.
In one example, baggage han-
dlers were brought in to look at
a mock-up of the cargo bay door.
They told them the door's handle
was poorly designed and would
be impossible for a gloved hand to
open, Lewis said. The team rede-
signed it.
According to Lewis, the concept
originated with the Taurus. Boe-
ing officials were introduced to it
by Don Petersen, then president
of Ford and a member of Boeing's
board of directors, who put them in

touch with Lew Veraldi, the engi-
neer leading the Taurus project.
Like the 777, the Taurus, intro-
duced in 1985, was a home run. It
was the top-selling car in the U.S.
from 1992 through 1996.
David Cole, president of the
Center for Automotive Research,
said the team approach used on the
Taurus never spread through the
company because health problems
sidelined Veraldi soon after the
Taurus came out. He died in 1990.
In recent years, the aging Tau-
rus has been more a symbol of
the automaker's product woes and
its shortage of fresh sedan models
than the innovation it once stood
for. Production is scheduled to stop
later this year.
Today, product development is
key to Ford's long-term recovery,
but Mulally's recent cost-cutting
experience will come in handy in
the near term.

Amid faculty
strike, EMU
classes begin

Teachers continue
to picket with classes
held as scheduled
YPSILANTI (AP) - Classes
at Eastern Michigan University
were held as scheduled yester-
day, despite the university's
failed attempts to reach a con-
tract agreement withastriking
faculty.
Talks
betweenythe 'm afraid
university I
and faculty going to
Tuesday with your
night after
the union instructor
rejected an
offer that experienc
included a
3-percent will hurt t
increase in
salary in -
each of the EMU s
five years of
the proposed County's1
contract.
Teachers
continued to picket yesterday,
the first day of school.
"We are disheartened that
they made this decision," uni-
versity Board of Regents Chair
Karen Valvo said in a state-
ment.
"There will be someone to
greet the students in every
class," she told The Ann Arbor
News.
University officials were pre-
pared to use nonunion instruc-
tional staff, adjunct professors
and other qualified educators in
the absence of professors.
Professor Zenia Bahorski pick-
eted outside of her classroom
building at 8 a.m. as her honors
computer science class met inside.
"Here I am standing outside,"
she said. "I'd much rather be in
there."
Striking faculty have also
been instructed to e-mail stu-
dents before the start of classes
with information on the classes

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and assignments, said How-
ard Bunsis, president of East-
ern Michigan's chapter of the
American Association of Uni-
versity Professors.
Students had mixed feelings
about the strike.
"As long as they have teach-
ers to cover my classes, it's no
big deal;' said Jared Gierycki,
a junior transfer student from
Saline.
Melissa
Bloehenek,
we're a senior
get stuck from
ae Wayne
County's
iger Canton
s with less Township,
said she
e, and that understood
,, professors'
the classes."complaints
about facil-
Melissa Boehenek ity condi-
enior from Wayne tions.
"The
Canton Township classrooms
are falling
apart and
need help," she said en route to
an 8 a.m. chemistry class. "I'm
afraid we're going to get stuck
with younger instructors with
less experience, and that will
hurt the classes."
The union says the $65,000
median salary for faculty ranks
near the bottom of other pub-
lic universities in Michigan.
Other key issues include hir-
ing more professors and ensur-
ing regular input on facilities
and planned renovations.
The union offered several
counterproposals, but the uni-
versity broke off talks at about
10 p.m. Tuesday, Bunsis said.
"We're making progress.
We're not that close, but we're
making progress," he said.
In addition to the salary
increase, the university's offer
would have retained current
health care options for faculty
with an understanding that the
plans would phase out.

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