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One hundred two years of editorial freedom
Volumne CII, No. 3S Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, July 14,1993 01993 The Michigan Daily

MS, IFC tum out in
support of the Rock
By JEN DIMASCIO argues that many students are taxpay- cials have been less than willing to
and BRYN MICKLE ers and should have a say in city mat- hammer out an agreement.
DAILY STAFF REPORTERS ters. "Two years ago, IFC signed a con-
The struggle over the Rock finally "A lotof(Oxbridgemembers)seem tract with the city stipulating that no
attracted the ranks of student govern- to think the decision should not in- fraternities or sororities would paint
ment, as leaders of twocampusorgani- volve students," Kight said, "as if stu- the area around the Rock," Wagner
zations stepped forward to recruit the dents are separate from the commu- said."Inexchange,thecity wouldclean
help of the student body. nity." any mess left by the students."
Brian Kight, vice president of the Peter Pleimer, an Oxbridge mem- The agreement was short-lived,
Michigan Student Assembly (MSA), ber, has insisted the Rock be moved to however,as two dayslaterthe area was
and Polk Wagner, president of the In- clean up the toxin-polluted ground covered with graffiti and the city aban-
terfratemity Council (IFC), are calling beneath the boulder. doned the contract.
for increased student involvement in "The moving of the Rock is a solu- Polk and Kight are not opposed to
the fight to keep the Rock at the corner tion," Pleitner wrote in a letter to the moving the Rock to another location,
of Hill Street and Washtenaw Avenue. Ann Arbor News. but they insist an alternate site be pro-
Kight and Wagner are urging stu- Wagnersaidotheraltemativesneed vided before the Rock is removed.
dents to attend the public hearing at to be explored before making an ulti- They fear the Rock may end up in a
City Hall on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. matum that the Rock be moved. He limbostate, while faceless administra-
The two student leaders said that suggested trash cans be placed by the tors argue its destiny.
regardlessofthenatureofstudentopin- Rock for refuse, as well as posting But one University administrator
ion - for or against the Rock - signsintheareavrohibitine vandalism would like to see the Rock remain.
students' opinions should be counted. on surfaces other than the Rock. President James Duderstadt said,
"It'severybody'sissue,"Kightsaid. "All the options have not yet been "I think it's agreat tradition. Itis unfor-
KightfeelsthattheOxbridgeNeigh- explored," Kight said. tunate that paint sprays all over the
borhood Association and the Ann Ar- - Wagner said the Greek system is street - I wouldn't want to own the
bor City Council are not taking the morethan willing to help find a solu- house across the street, butit's apart of
students' opinions into account. He tion to the problem, but that city offi- the Ann Arbor tradition."
Duderstadt plans to make
the 'U' more woman-friendly

Ann Arbor businesspeople enjoy the hot weekend weather
while competing in the Annual Huron River Days Corporate
Canoe Race.
Two SAAC workers face
embezzlement charges

* Center (SAPAC) workers accused of
hatching ascheme to embezzle $8,000
will soon have their day in court.
Last week in Washtenaw County
15th District Cout, former SAPAC
office manager Bernestine Oliver
waived her right to examination on an
embezzlement charge. Her alleged
partner-in-crime, former SAPAC
work-study student Michelle Brooks,
* also waived examination in an earlier
court appearance.
The criminal charges stem from a
Department of Public Safety (DPS)
investigation last fall into allegations

that the pair had siphoned money from
SAPAC. DPS alleges that Oliver and
Brooks misappropriated funds from
SAPAC-approved travelvouchers and
pocketed the money, unbeknownst to
their supervisor.
Debrah Cain, the director of
SAPAC, refused to comment on the
"I have been told not to comment
on apending criminal case,"Cain said.
DPS, however, feels it has built a
strong case against the two.
"I'm happy with the case," Sgt.
Paul Vaughn said.
Oliver and Brooks, who could not
be reached for comment, face separate
pre-trial hearings in August.

University PresidentJamesDuder-
stadt is currently brainstorming apro-
posal for women to ensure that the
needs of female faculty, staff and stu-
dents are being met at the university.
"I want to put together astrategy,as
aframework, towork withpeople from
different areas of campus to deal with
issues such as sexual harassment and
the glass ceiling," said Duderstadt.
The proposal would be similar to
the Michigan Mandate exceptit would
be drafted specifically for women. The
Michigan Mandate is a broad proposal
calling for the need to increase minor-
ity representation at all levels of cam-
pus life.
Duderstadt says he has become
more sensitive to women's needs in
part because ofhis two daughters who
have studied at the University.
Duderstadt said one of his prelimi-
nary goals is to make the University a

first choice for women who want to
take a leadership role in society. He
said he is aware that women some-
times choose other schools over the
University because they sense that the
environments at these other schools
are more supportive toward women.
Another possible goal, Duderstadt
said, would be to alleviate conflicting
work and family schedules.
"Family responsibilitiesarenotrec-
ognizedin amale dominated academic
committee," Duderstadt noted.
Another area Duderstadt cited that
needs work is the medical community.
"Women are under-represented at the
faculty level," he said.
To make sure issues conceming
women are addressed, Duderstadt cur-
rently confers with the President's
Advisory Committee on Women's Is-
sues chaired by Carole Hollenshead,
the current director of the Center for
the Education of Women on East Lib-
erty Street.

has worked with the Committee to
create and revise policies for time off
after births, anew sexualharassment
policy for faculty and staff and other
staff developmental policies,
Hollenshead said.
Duderstadt's proposalwouldcover
all women involved in campus life,
especially at faculty and staff level to
make sure women are represented in
all facets of the University.
Currently atthe University,women
comprise 17 out of 114 department
chairs, one out of 11 executive admin-
istrators, and 18 out of 53 deans and
associate deans, according to the Feb-
ruary 1992 report entitled "Women at
the University of Michigan."
planning stages, studentscanofferpre-
liminary comments and suggestions,
or discuss discriminatory grievances
with Hollenshead and Duderstadt via

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