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work, not meeting students. He
said he's spent his shift merely sort-
ing packages.
The RA also said he has been
reprimanded by the office manager
for chatting with students.
"I'm a clerk," he said. "I'm not
there to talk to people."
The RA said because he had to
learn to sort packages, provide
lock-out keys and perform other
front desk tasks, he didn't receive as
much training in regular aspects of
being an RA - like suicide preven-
tion or working with residents.
University Housing spokes-
man Peter Logan said Residence
Education didn't provide as much
training as was necessary for RAs
working at the front desk because
they didn't have enough time before
school began. He said desk work-
ers and RAs have thus far failed
to understand the ideas of turning
the desk into more of a community
hub. But he said he thinks RAs like
being placed prominently in resi-
dence halls based on what he has
heard from hall directors and office
Griffin said Residence Educa-
tion is only now realizing how it
should have better prepared for the
change. At first the office overesti-
mated the amount of time the RAs
would be spending at the desk and
cut student workers' hours to 10
hours per week to make room in the
schedule for the RAs' shifts. The
office has since realized it can give
work-study students more shifts,
Griffin said.

But John Janulis, resident direc-
tor for Mary Markley residence hall,
said he doesn't think that the shift
is extra work that would interfere
with RA duties. The RA position
already requires 20 hours of work
per week, and the shift counts as
part of that 20 hours. He said RAs
can still plan events or meet with
residents during their desk shifts.
A desk worker at South Quad res-
idence hall who uses the job to earn
work study money who wished to
remain anonymous because she
was worried about her boss' reac-
tion said she can't work as many
hours this year as last year because
of the RAs' involvement.
She said last year she worked an
average of 20 hours or more per
week at the South Quad front desk.
She said now she can only work 10
per week because times reserved
for RA shifts.
"I scrimp," she said. "I only buy
food when it's absolutely neces-
She also said she was very upset
because she didn't find out about
the change until August, when her
boss sent the staff an e-mail.
Despite a few people who aren't
happy with the change, Griffin said
positive. Based on conversations
with hall directors and front desk
office managers, Griffin said more
people are coming and striking up
conversations with desk workers in
general - especially RAs.
LSA sophomore Molly Net-
ter, a West Quad resident, said the
change hasn't had a large effect on
students' interactions with RAs.
She said she thinks she sees her
RAs the same amount as last year,

despite the desk shifts. But she said
she doesn't really notice RAs at
the desk and doesn't seek them out
The desk worker who wished to
remain anonymous said she didn't
notice a difference.
At South Quad, she said RAs
most often work evening shifts
when the desk is quietest. She said
she doesn't think any more stu-
dents come to the front desk than
came last year.
Logan said work-study employ-
ees were taken care of in the new
A guarantee of 10 work hours
per week was established for stu-
dent workers as part of the change,
and no workers lost their job as a
result, Logan said. Students who
want to work more hours can cover
other workers' shifts or spend time
at front desks in other residence
"(Front desks) have been able
to accommodate anyone who has
requested other hours," Logan
Griffin said RAs weren't asked
to do desk duty so the University
could save money by hiring fewer
desk staff members. She said hall
directors from each residence hall
determine a budget need based on
how many desk shifts are required
each week, and each hall director
can budget as many shifts as they
Griffin also said desk workers
and RAs would get better training
next year. She said most workers
didn't understand how they were
supposed to "build community"
and interact with students through
their front desk work this year.

From Page 1
he responded by turning Coleman
over onto his back. DPS Sergeant
Jan Conners said she then cradled
Coleman's head in her lap to stabi-
lize his neck. Wilkerson said that
she continued to check Coleman's
pulse and monitor his breathing.
West said he saw Coleman open
his eyes periodically and he wasn't
sure whether Coleman was con-
Huron Valley Ambulance para-
medics attempted to revive Cole-
man with ammonia inhalants
when they arrived on the scene.
Wilkerson said she was
"stunned" when she saw the para-
medic use ammonia.
"I hadn't seen that done in
From Page 1
1977. F. Scott Kellman resigned in
October of that year, citing a desire
to spend more time on his school-
Hull said last week that if Yost
didn't resign, he would.
Reached last night, Hull
expressed his hope that the assem-
bly would learn from the situation
and pay more attention to the chal-
lenges students with disabilities
face on campus.
"I still find that he's a friend,"
Hull said. "But I do think it's best
for MSA."
But he said he doubts that Yost's
resignation will fix what many see
as problems with the assembly's
"I'm not gonna say that Zack
resigning would cause divisions to
go away," Hull said.
Several MSA officials said that

decades," she said. Wilkerson said
the paramedic then used two more
capsules, which caused Coleman
to spit and sputter.
Sol Metz, a defense witness,
said during testimony that he saw
a paramedic hold three ammonia
capsules underneath Coleman's
nose. Metz said that the paramed-
ic then cupped his hands around
Coleman's mouth and nose and
said, "You don't like that, do you?"
Wilkerson said she intervened at
this point and called the paramed-
ics actions "punitive" and lacking
medical usefulness.
HVA personnel have stopped
using ammonia inhalants since the
incident; a move that HVA employ-
ees who testified at the trial admit
was made in response to Wilker-
son's concerns.
During the prosecution's final
they were disappointed when they
heard of Yost's announcement, cit-
ing his accomplishments and lead-
"In my experience with Zack, I
do know that he really truly does
care about the assembly," said
Nate Fink, the assembly's chief of
staff. "He is making this decision
because this is what he thinks is
best for the assembly."
Dar is required by MSA's Com-
piled Code to nominate a vice pres-
ident, who must be approved by a
majority of the assembly. Dar, an
LSA senior, could not be reached
for comment early this morning.
It is not clear how many people
were members of the Facebook
group, but the only two revealed so
farhave beenYost and Baker.Among
its members were at least two other
MSA representatives, Baker said,
but he refused to name them.
Baker - who has been criticized
for making the group public with-
out consulting Hull until 30 min-

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 7
argument, Connors said police
and paramedics told Wilkerson at
least 12 times to calm down and
move away from the scene. Con-
nors said Wilkerson's speech was
disruptive and impeded the abil-
ity of officers and paramedics to
do their jobs.
"It was about confrontation, not
treatment," Connors said. "The
defendant kept interfering with
HVA. Her voice was the loudest
- she was a cheerleader for the
During jury deliberations, Wilk-
erson said the First Amendment
protected her actions.
"There is not a single word that
she said that isn't protected by the
First Amendment," said Davis,
Wilkerson's attorney. "This case
is about the criminalization of free
utes before the meeting and for the
possibility that he did so to inflate
his own political power - resigned
last week under pressure from LSA
Student Government.
Arvind Sohoni, Yost's successor
as student general counsel, said
last night that this one mistake
isn't emblematic of his character.
"People knew the situation
wasn't indicative of who he was,"
Sohoni said of Yost, a College of
Engineering senior, member of
Alpha Epsilon Pi and the senior
honor society Order of Angell.
Like several others involved
with MSA, Fink spoke at length
about the need for the assembly
to move forward but to learn from
the events of the last week.
"One thing this incident has
done is it's certainly gotten people
passionate about this issue," Fink
said, mentioning a lack of scholar-
ships available for students with
disabilities. "Hopefully we can
turn that passion into action."

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