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May 29, 1985 - Image 3

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Red tape?
A huge "peace ribbon" winds its way around the state
Day ceremony on Monday. Peace advocates carry the ba
school, and peace groups throughout Wisconsin.
,Two convicted it
A six-member jury ruled Friday that the two women
accused of defacing a Black Velvet whiskey billboard
were guilty of the malicious destruction of a sign.
Ann Arbor's District Court also referred the two
women, Jennifer Akfirat and Mary Emanoil, to the city's
probation department, which will sentence the two in
court this Friday.
EMANOIL and Akfirat face up to 90 days in jail and a
$1,000 fine, but due to the extent of the billboard's damage
the women may face a stiffer fine and jail sentence.
Neither has decided whether to appeal the decision.
Molly Reno, Emanoil's attorney, argued in court that
the circumstantial evidence against the women does not
prove guilt. The two were arrested early on March 7 about
eight blocks from the sign, and police said both were
covered with paint.
Pointing toward a two-foot section of the billboard that
was brought to court, Reno said, "The paint found on
Mary's and Jennifer's hands was black and white. Neither
one had more red point on their hands. There was no
testimony that there was any paint on the items in the
Reno also reiterated the women's explanation to the
police that they had been painting at a friend's house
State law protecl

plan gives 'U'
budget a boosi
In what is seen as good news for the committee recommended $4.5 mil
University but bad news for some for state competitive scholarsh
students, a State Senate ap- compared to $8.2 million proposed
propriations subcommittee is expec- Blanchard; and $1 million for ar
ted to recommend today that the state work/study program, compa
University get a $30 million increase to $5 million proposed by the House
in next year's state budget. In addition, Blanchard propo
.~ The increasee, which represents $15 that the state's tuition differen
million more than the 7 percent in- program - which gives all studs
crease recommended by both Gov. attending private universities a
James Blanchard and the State House grant regardless of need -
of Representatives, would take some abolished with the money goingt
of the pressure off the University to need-based program for priv
increase tuition above the 5 percent university students.]
inflation rate, according to Richard But the subcommittee propc
Kennedy, the University's vice leaves the tuition differen
Associated Press president for state relations. program intact, and even adds
"MORE MONEY is more money," million to the program. "
added Roberta Palmer, an associate would provide greater access
capital in Madison, Wisconsin, following a Memorial vice president for state relations. providing financial aid based on ni
nner whose fabric panels were contributed by church, If passed, "these increases will in- rather than trying to lower tui
crease the flexibility the regents have based on everybody," said Borset.
when they have to decide on tuition," Bob Naftaly, director of the Ste
Palmer said. Office of Management and Bud
QJor c s Currently, University students are added that the subcommitt'
facing a tuition increase of "no less recommendation "is a betrayal of
earlier that evening, than 5 percent and no more than 9 public to deny access to Michig
Aresting pie ficr Npercent - depending on how much we high-quality educational institut
sdayrthatg ole w ofgave no namelorb addresse of their get from the legislature," University to lower and middle-inc
friend. Vice President for Academic Affairs families."
"BOTH TOLD the police that they had been painting at Billy Frye said at a regents' meeting Naftaly added that in the fac
" D Ihg earlier this month. President Reagan's proposed fi
a friend's house," Reno said. "The police did not follow up ACCORDING TO Frye, with the cial aid cuts, the "State of Michi
on that. They (the prosecution) are asking you to jump to Governor's recommendations, the can't just ignore the needs of its yo
a conclusion. Mere presence when a crime is committed is University would face a $1.1 million people."
not a criminal offense."
Stanley Pollack, Akfirat's attorney, argued that the sign deficit even after a 5 percent tuition THE PROPOSALS WILL nowf
was not worthy of protection because it is sexist The hike. Frye cautioned, however, that a vote of the full Senate, wi
billboard depictsa reclining woman in a slinky black several "necessities" - like main- passage is expected; then it goes
dress. tenance and equipment - have not conference committee made up
In her closing argument, prosecuting attorney been budgeted and would cost an ad- representatives from both houses.
Elizabeth Pollard said of the defense attorney's argumen- ditional $20 million. Palmer said the legislature
ts, "It seems to me they're asking you to check your But while the subcommittee's $10 probably compromise on the
common sense as you would check a coat." Pollard said million increase of the governor's proposals.
the prosecution could not prove that women actually did proposals, including $7 million more The subcommittee also prop(
the defacing, but "we can prove that they did assist in the to help keep tuition stable, is designed the creation of a $27 million Hii
defacing." to increase access to the state's public Educational Economic Developr
Pollard argued that if the women had been painting at a universities and colleges, many say Fund - dubbed the Research
friend's house, they would have cleaned themselves the proposals restrict access to cellence Fund by the governor an
before going home. schools. House's proposals. The subcom
Akfirat said after the trial that she was not surprised by Under the recommendations, the $7 tee's proposals, however, includ
the verdict. million increase for tuition million more to support researc
stabilization would come out of state the state's universities and college
' ~Pneed-based financial aid, according to The University is slated to get at
ts 'U from suits Lynn Dorset, the University's $11.1 million in the subcommi
associate directar of financial aid, recommendations.

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(Coninued from Page1)
dated April 3, Eklund wrote that
"case law is rapidly developing which
recognizes general duty on the part of
universities and similar institutions%
to act to make their environment
Eklund attached a legal article
citing several cases where Univer-
sities were found liable in cases where
the University was not acting accor-
ding to its "legal duty" to protect the
But Roderick Daane, the Univer-
sity's counsel, wrote in another letter
responding to Winkelman and
Schnaufer's inquiry that Michigan is
unique in such cases.
DAANE WROTE that while it is dif-
ficult to answer without the specific
facts of the case, "It is the case ...
that unlike New York or California,
Michigan's doctrine of governmental
immunity has recently been
strengthened by the Michigan

Supreme Court. The University might cil, except that it is now in the realm
therefore be in a stronger position to of values and morals. There's no legal 'an 's d e a th lin k e d to
defend itself than would be the case compulsion to do anything."
with respect to comparable in-
stitutions in some other states." According to Schnauffer, it opens upCet
Cahill explained that the law "is an other possibilities to a punitive code, I e, to n n a re's d isea se
absolute disaster for plaintiffs who like mediation.
want to sue governmental agencies If mediation does not succeed By KATIE WILCOX
such as the University of Michigan. because the accused refused to pr Monday's death of a University be released, was admitted May I with
Every loophole is blocked. Every con-bpar- in his left leg and colon.
sh Ff. ' ate ticipate, Schnauffer said he would Hospitals patient could be related to gangrene i i etlgadcln
tingency shut-off. It doesn't matter have the police brought in. the outbreak of Legionnaire's disease Surgery and life support were
how negligent the University is, or that struck earlier this month, accor- required due to multiple com-
how much damage is dose, or what Eklund, however, has said that in ding to a spokesman. The man had at- plications including kidney and lung
the nature of the duty is breached, a such a case, a code should be applied. tended the Hilton Airport Inn banquet failure.
plaintiff simply cannot recover Eklund denied that she said the after which about 30 people reported Although the man was hospitalized
because the wrongdoer is part of the University hasa "legal duty," to have symptoms of the illness. for symptoms unrelated to Legion-
government." a code - her point was that liability is "The preliminary results of the naire's disease, doctors confirmed
Cahill said, for example, that if a a factor that must be considered, she autopsy show that Legionnaire's late last week the presence of the
patient at Univeristy Hospitals has said. disease was probably a factor in the unusual type of pneumonia.
the wrong leg cut off, "It's tough Eklund maintains that just because cause of death of an elderly patient at "It's likely Legionnaire's disedse
noogies, the University is protected." the University is protected con- the University Hospital Monday played a significant role in the death
stitutionally, "it will care to exercise night," said hospital spokesman Dave of the patient," Friedo said. The
WINKELMAN was unavailable for this right in every case. But that this Fried h o hospital is still waiting for culture
comment, but Schnauffer said that legal right does apply to other schools Te hespls sti thn for cuse
Cahill's and Daane's letters "do not in other states might compel us to use The 68-year-old man from Inkster, results to determine the exact cause
change things in the University Coun- it as a guide in our actions," w ose family asked that his name not of death and the extent of the disease.

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