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IRELAND
Continued from page 1
dent at Macomb Community College.
Smith's mother, Maranda's pater-
nal grandmother, can care for the child
in the Smith household. Cashen made
his ruling based on the assumption that
the child would receive more stable
care with a family member than in day
care, where Maranda stayed while her
mother took classes at the University
last fall.
Ireland is still fighting, after many
tears shed and this round lost.
JulieFieldoftheUniversity Women
and Law clinic, Ireland's lead counsel,
said, "Obviously we are very disap-
pointed with the judge's decision. We
believe thatimmediate transfer is notin
the best interests of Maranda. The 15-
day stay was merely a gratuity so that
we would be able to appeal what is very
clearly an erroneous decision."
The stay allowsMaranda to remain
under the care of her mother while her
attorneys begin preparations for an
appeal of Cashen's decision to the
Michigan Court of Appeals, soon to be
filed.
Sharon Stevens, Smith's attorney,
said she thought such an appeal would
fail. "The likelihood that this case be
reversed by appeal is slim and none,"
Stevens said.
IntheMonday hearing,Cashen ren-
dered his opinion, including specifics
about visitation rights concerning his
previous decision to give the father
custody of Maranda after a 15-day stay
with Ireland, with whom the child has
lived all her life.
"(Miranda) knows (her father), but
herhomehasnever been withhim. Her
home has always been in our home,
with the exception of the time that
Jennifer lived with her alone in Ann
Arbor," said Julie Ireland, Maranda's

maternal grandmother. Jennifer and
Maranda Ireland lived in Northwood
Family Housing while Jennifer was a
University student last fall.
Ireland is accusing Smith of leav-
ing her with bruises on two occasions
about a year and a half ago - once
while Maranda was in the room.
Afterthis instancewhichisalleged
to have occurred on Christmas Eve of
1992, "That baby was hysterical," said
Julie Ireland.
One report of the Christmas Eve
incidentis said to have been expunged,
while the other report, which Ireland
said was filed on Jan. 1, is status un-
known, according to the plaintiff.
Stevens accusedIreland ofneglect-
ing Maranda, who is currently suffer-
ing from ringworm, and indicated that
Ireland was at fault for a fractured wrist
Maranda suffered last summer.
"This is a child who broke her wrist
because her mother failed to care for
her," Stevens said.
Hospital authorities never reported
thisincidentasabuse.Irelandcontends
that Maranda fell from a slide, a com-
mon childhood injury.
Maranda's bout with ringworm is
apparently the result of a reaction to a
medicine used to treat mosquito bites,
which Maranda is allergic to, Julie Ire-
land said.
"She is in excellent physical condi-
tion. One doctor told us that she is in
such excellent physical condition that
she is way ahead of other children her
age,"Maranda'smaternalgrandmother
said. "She is under doctor's care. She
was seen last Thursday."
Stevens' courtroom rhetoric pro-
voked a tearful flight from the court-
roomby Ireland,whodidnotreturnfor
the rest of the hearing.
"I can't handle listening to people
lie about me. The things Ms. Edwards
was saying were untrue," Ireland said.

3 dorms.
to add
Ethernet
By Corey Hill
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The University will move one-step
closer to the future next year.
ThreeUniversity residencehalls-
Bursley, Vera Baits and Mosher-Jor-
dan - will be connected to Ethernet
this fall as part of a pilot program.
Ethernet is an international stan-
dard for local area computer networks
and the cables that carry the data. The
University currently uses cables si4
lar to standard telephone wiring.
In addition to Ethernet, the three
residence halls will be provided with
voice mail service at no additional
charge. Voice mail will allow residents
to personalize theirmailbox, protect its
access with a password, and listen,
store and forward messages.
TheInformation Technology Divi-
sion has recommended the Universo
install Ethernet to take full advantage
of computing services now available
and those that will be offered in the
future. Ethernet can distribute these
resources much faster than the line-
driver system now in use.
"It is my belief that studentssin these
residence halls will find Ethernet con-
venient, efficient and helpful," said
Housing spokesperson Alan Levy.
The University will convert mcn
of its computer network to Ethernet by
September.
University Provost and Executive
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. has designated
some of the University's general fund
monies specifically for Ethernet con-
nections. Ethernet connections gener-
ally cost $500 per workstation. The
cost will vary with each workstatio
size and its existing wiring.
"Ethernet is a stable technology
and a good investment," Mike McGill,
former director of ITD Network Sys-
tems, said in the Information Technol-
ogy Digest.
Although some University units
may receive assistance from the
provost'soffice,many departments will
fund their own Ethernet connections.
"The existing wiring can almost a
waysbeusedfornewEthernets.Ethernet
providesthecapacity nowneededandit
is likely to provide the easiest transi-
tions to new technologies when, if they
are needed," McGill added.
Although Ethernet provides high-
speedconnections,mostresidencehalls
may continue to use the line-driver
system. Residents of the three resi-
dence halls in the Ethernet pilot pr
gram can purchase an attachment de-
vice or lease one.
"We are certainly pleased with the
possibilities Ethernet presents and we
hopetoextendEthernet toallresidence
halls in the future," Levy said.

Jennifer Ireland is comforted by her attorney Ron Dixon at Monday's trial.
Stevens said that Ireland has turned tional Organization for Women and
the case into a "media circus" after the American Civil Liberties Union."I
losing. think this case is setting a very large
Ireland said she wanted to draw precedent,"Ireland said. "Iwant(single
attention to her plight, and was very parents) to know that they just don't
gratified with the support she has been take it," she said, encouraging other
getting from such groups as the Na- single mothers to fight for their rights.

HOUSE
Continued from page 3
gressional district. I know the issues
that (its people) care about."
But another candidate, Dennis
Fassett, criticized Wilbanks for her in-
volvement in politics.
"In the House she hired only eight
people and gave herself a $100,000
salary when she could have hired an-
other person and given herself less,"
Fassett said.
Fassett alsosaidWilbanks was more
liberal than the other candidates be-
cause she once said that a tax cut might
be inflationary. She is the only Repub-
lican candidate who supports gun con-

Education is a key
issue in this year's
primary race.
trol since Fassett and Schall both op-
pose gun-control measures.
Schall is anti-abortion and supports
prayerin the schools while Wilbanks is
pro-choice.
Another candidate in the race,
Kassel, collected enough signatures to
be in the Republican primary by stand-
ing outside of Kroger's,has an unlisted
phonenumberandcouldnotbereached
for comment.

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