The Michigan Daily Friday, June 1, 1984-- Page 3
SECOND FRONT PAGE
By MICHAEL BEAUDOIN
A verdict is expected today in the
trial of 17-year-old Machelle Pearson,
who is charged with the November 22
slaying of Ann Arbor resident Nancy
The two-week-old trial in Washtenaw
County Court ended Wednesday after-
noon with closing arguments before
Circuit Court Judge Ross Campbell.
CAMPBELL GAVE the jury of six
women and six men final instructions
and sent them into deliberation late
Faber, a 39-year-old speech therapist
and wife of Ann Arbor News editorial
writer Don Faber, was shot after she
allegedly agreed to give a ride
to Pearson from the parking lot of the
Kroger store on Plymouth Rd.
In his closing statement, Prosecuting
Attorney William Delhey asked the jury
to bring in a verdict of guilty of murder
in the second degree, claiming that
Pearson performed a "willful and wan-
ton act" in shooting Faber.
DELHEY emphasized that Pearson
"had played society to the hilt" and was
responsible for her own actions. The
prosecutor told the jury that Pearson
"used her youthful appearance to trick
Mrs. Faber" as she had used it in the
Defense Attorney Donald Ferris, in
turn, asked the jury in his closing
statement not to "let Macbelle Pearson
walk out of the courtroom," but instead
to convict her of a lesser charge,
probably involuntary manslaughter.
Ferris's voice rose with emotion as he
said, "She didn't murder Nancy
Faber." He also claimed that Pearson
had "no alternative on the 22nd" and
pleaded with the jury to "be morally
certain" in their decision.
PEARSON'S defense centered
around the claim that she was under
duress caused by Ricardo Hart, her
boyfriend of three years, who will go to
trial next week on the same charges of
first-degree murder, armed robbery
and possession of a firearm.
Pearson took the stand Tuesday in
her own defense and described her
wayward life of subservience under the
hand of Ricardo Hart for the past three
She traced her life from the death of
her mother in 1978 up through the even-
ts of last November.
FERRIS carefully guided her
through the details of the incident.
Pearson claimed it was Hart's idea to
rob Faber and that she did it because
she "didn't want to get beaten.".
She also said that Hart shot an empty
gun at her "on the night that poor Mrs.
Faber was killed."
According to Pearson, she ap-
proached Faber and asked her for a
ride to an apartment on Green Rd. She
said "(Faber) looked at me like she
See DEFENSE, Page 13
Dog day afternoon
Two passers-by stroll past the Chemistry Building yesterday. The dog barked only on condition that he not be identified.
Phy.ed. may, change
By GEORGEA KOVANIS
The University's physical education
department will probably shift its un-
dergraduate academic focus into two
revised programs in upcoming years, a
department official said Wednesday.
According to Prof. Dee Edington,
chairman of the Department of
Physical Education, the department
will probably begin offering degrees in
"Sports Management Communication"
and Kinesiology if faculty and ad-
ministration recommendations are ap-
proved by the Office of Academic Af-
As a result of the changes, Edington
said the leisure studies program will
more than likely be dropped from the
school's curriculum, pending approval
of the University administration.
Students currently enrolled in the
program will be able to finish their
degrees, he said.
"SPORTS MANAGEMENT Com-
munication" emphasizes ad-
ministrative aspects sof sports
programming, while Kinesiology is
roughly equivalent to the department's
current program in exercise science.
The proposals for the changes in the
department came as a consequence of
last year's Budget Priorities Commit-
tee recommendation for a 30 percent
cut in the department's budget,
He also said, however, that the shift
to Sports Management Communication
has become a trend in similar in-
stitutions nationwide. "(It) probably
fits better with where we should have
been in the first place," he said. He at-
tributed the nationwide shift to change
in hiring patterns of physical education
THE TEACHER certification
program will continue, he said.
The exact future status of the
physical education department has not
yet been determined, according to
Edington and other sources in the
University administration. Even
though a year has passed since the BPC
recommendations, Mary Ann Swain,
See'U', Page 5
Telethon helps fund children's hospitals
By JOAN MEREDITH
The children's Miracle Network telethon will conduct its
second annual telethon this weekend to benefit children's
hospitals with the help of local businesses like Domino's Piz-
The telethon will be broadcast live June 2 and June 3 on
Channel 20 (WXON-TV Detroit). It is being produced by the
Osmond Foundation and the National Association of
Children's Hospitals, relying primarily on individual volun-
teers and corporate donations to underwrite production
costs. It will benefit over 50 children's hospitals' across the
United States and Canada.
ANN ARBOR's Domino's Pizza and Weber's Inn are con-
tributing money to help in the telethon's fundraising efforts.
Domino's Pizza franchisers have united across the state to
become Michigan's major corporate contributor to the
telethon. Domino's will donate one dollar for each pizza sold
Friday and Saturday to benefit the state's two children's
hospitals: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital of Ann Arbor and
Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.
Ken Weber, president of Weber's Inn, said he likes the
telethon because "all proceeds are going directly to the
cause." Weber's Inn has contributed $5,000.
Becky Belknap, owner of all the Ann Arbor Domino's fran-
chises, has requested that money raised in the Ann Arbor
area by Domino's be contributed only to Mott Children's
"Kids from all over Michigan come here so the money for
Mott will essentially help children from anywhere in
Michigan," said Belknap.
Belknap also said that over 57 Domino stores are involved
and hope to raise $25,000.
The University Hospital's telethon coordinator, Vanu
Bagchi, hopes to make the public more aware of the two
children's hospitals through the telethon.
"It's.a way to get a message out to the public about the ser-
vices we have available," Bagchi said. "The money will be
spent to help beef-up our existing services, for new equip-
ment, and to help meet hospital needs." Bagchi said he is
hoping that $250,000 will be raised in the telethon.
The telethon will feature Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross,
Alabama, Fleetwood Mac, Men at Work, and other enter-