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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, May 23, 1986

Students seek
greater rol% in
By KERY MURAKAMI decision-making power, students
Last November, University have the ability to pressige the
President Harold Shapiro called image-conscious University
Paul Josephson into his office to through the media and high-
try to cut a deal on the code of non- publicity political demonstrations.
academic conduct. In this private MSA is best bescribed as a lob-
meeting with the president of the bying organization for student in-
Michigan Student Assembly, terests, according to Jenifer
Shapiro said he had grown tired of Faigel, a former MSA presiden-
the snail's pace of the University tial candidate and former chair of
Council's deliberations. the assembly's women's issues
The Council had been working committee.
for more than a year on an alter- But while students are
native to the administration's con- sometimes successful in influen-
troversial code proposal, which cing University policy - as Faigel
many students said violated their was in creating the rape crisis
civil rights. center - they are not satisfied
Shapiro, who suspected students with this role. Members of MSA's
on the council of stalling, gave legislative relations committee,
Josephson two options. He said he for exampi.., have been urging
would allow MSA to draft its own state legislators to support a bill
version of the Code if the assembly appointing students to the gover-
agreed to stick closely to the ad- ning boards of the state public
ministration's proposal. universities.
If not, Shapiro said he would use Today's students are not the fir-
his "executive powers" to st to want more real power.
recommend that the Board of Throughout the 1960s, in response
Regents bypass regental bylaw to increasing student activism, the
7.02 which gives MSA veto power University examined the role
over any code, and implement the students play in policy-making.
administration's proposals. Three ad hoc committees, formed
"He gave us a choice of letting between 1962 and 1968, agreed that
us cut our throats or him cutting students could offer a unique per-
them for us," Josephson said at spective to University ad-
the time. ministrators.
Realizing that bypassing the The last of the three urged then-
bylaw would generate bad University President Robben
publicity for the University, Fleming to give students "a sub-
Josephson considered bargaining stantial role in the making of
with the administration about the decisions within the University
code, iq part to gain more Univer- community."
sity funds for the new campus "Student participation in
rape crisis center. decision-making processes can
But a strong opponent of the contribute both to the excellence
code, law student Eric Schnaufer, of the University and the
told the Daily about the plan and development of its students. The
both Shapiro and Josephson quality and maturity of present-
quickly scrapped the idea. day Michigan students make it
The incident reflects the balance desirable to extend such par-
of power between administrators ticipation," the report said.
and students at the University. It continued, "A university
While administrators hold actual See STUDENTS, Pages

w et LOOK Daily Photo by ANDI SCHRIBER5Sr
A Diag-bound couple tries to keep dry during Saturday's rain storm. Shortly after, Ann Arbor residents took
shelter from a tornado that passed through Saline.
Coalition says police negligent

The failure of a police officer to respond to an assault
report during last month's Take Back the Night march is
another example of police negligence about sexual
assault, community members said Monday. Police of-
ficials, however, defended the officer.
Jen Faigel and Karen Cooper, members of the Ann Arbor
bor Coalition Against Rape, urged the City Council to hold
public hearings to investigate the alleged incident. A
woman at the edge of the march had said she was pushed
and shoved bya man until other women came to her aid.
MEMBERS OF City Council said such hearings
unlikely because the woman did not filea complaint. They
added that the Council plans to review the incident report.
"I'm not sure that's the best way to get action," said
Kathy Edgren (D-Fifth Ward). She said groups like the
Citizens' Advisory Council on Rape Prevention may be
better suited to hold public forums.
"I'd like to know more about the hearings, more about
complaints, and come up with a program that will make
sense," said Councilmember Seth Hirshorn (D-Second
COOPER SAID the coalition will organize the public
hearings if the City Council doesn't. Such hearings would
allow people to speak out about similar experiences, she
"Basically, it's not an individual police officer's fault,"
said Cooper. "It's an attitude."
According to Ann Arbor Police officials, officers
patrolling marches are required to remain in their vehicle
unless they detect a life-threatening situation.

"IT HAS NOTHING to do with the officer," said Captain
Kenneth Klinge of police Special Services. "He didn't
display negligence."
"If somebody shot somebody, that's different - versus
the fact that somebody got pushed and the complaintant
didn't even want to report it," added Sgt. Arthur Hughes.
The assault.victim, who wished to remain anonymous,
neither spoke to the police at the scene nor filed a report
after the march.
"THE SITUATION happened. I kept marching; I
wasn't aware of problems with the police," she said.
Faigel and Catherine Fischer, also a coalition member
last Friday filed a "delayed information report" with the
Ann Arbor Police. They could not filea complaint because
the victim did not sign the report.
"Without a victim, there is no crime," said Klinge.
ACCORDING TO Klinge, the officer said he would take
a complaint after the march, but the woman did not file
one. The information report will stay on file at the police
"They said that they didn't consider (the incident) life-
threatening," said Cooper. "I said (at City Council) that a
woman is raped every two minutes and beaten every 15
seconds. Clearly, women live in emergency situations 24
hours a day."
According to Susan McGee, a member of the Coalition,
training for the police is with groups like the Ann Arbor
Assault Crisis Center, Citizens Advisory Council on Rape
Prevention (CACORP), and Safe House.

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More students have been using the
University's Health Services since
1981, and last Friday, the Board of
Regents approved a 5 percent in-
crease in student fees to pay for the
greater use.
Students will now pay $63.25 per
term for the services.
ABOUT HALF of the students on
campus use Health Services, - said the,
Univeisity's Vie ,P I esident for

Student Services Henry Johnson, who panded services that include physical
proposed the increase. Since 1981, the therapy, sports medicine, optometry,
number of visits has risen by 20 per- and in-depth gynecology.
cent, according to University charts.
"The facts speak for themselves," The regents on Friday also ap-
said Dr. Caesar Briefer, director of proved a $316 million budget for the
Health Service. "There have been a Unviersity Hospitals. Private room
big decrease in complaints, and an in- rates will rise to $490 per day from
crease in compliments." $467, and semi-private rooms will cost
BRIEFER CITED a computerized $485 per day instead of $462. Hospital
appointment system, changes in employees receive a 5.2 percent pay
illing making bills pre-paid, and ex- increase.

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