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Policy revision may
ILY STAFF REPORTER
This fall, students who want to
monstrate on the Diag or other com-
on University areas may find it a
A committee made up of students,
ff and administrators is working
summer on revising the
iversity's Common Areas Policy,
mmonly known as the Diag Policy.
e original policy, which was put
to effect in 1993, came up for rou-
e review in March, when the com-
'ttee was convened to make changes.
"We had heard from a variety of
nstituencies around the University
at things weren't working," said
ssociate Dean of Students Frank
ciola, a member of the review
To form the committee, the Dean
Students Office contacted student
oups, soliciting volunteers to dis-
ss and propose changes to the
licy. After the Aug. 1 deadline, the
mmittee will submit the new policy
r approval by Vice President for
udent Affairs Maureen A. Hartford
Executive Vice President and
ief Financial Officer Farris W.
Dean of Students employee Polk
agner said that at this point in the
mmittee meetings "the vast major-
of discussion and changes have
ady taken place. "
The new policy defines more
early what areas are subject to regu-
tions, addressing objections that the
inal policy was too confusing.
e policy itself is a lot more clear,"
Another major change involves
lowing events to take place with
tle or no notice, removing the seven-
~ywaiting period required under the
d policy. The revised policy re-
Fires a waiting period only for money
>licitation or if University equip-
t, such as power or sound, is re-
The revised policy also limits the
mber of three-dimensional struc-
See DAG, Page 2
m:ia#;mas Audit shows
By lames M. Nash
DAILY EDITOR IN CH IEF
Loose spending guidelines allowed communication
department officials to use more than $00,000 in private
S donations for internationa travel, a video festival, dinners
and other expenses "not in accordance with the donors'
intentions," according to an audit released last week.
The audit was prompted by misspending allegations
made by the son of a former University professor who
established a journalism endowment. Although the audit
uncovered a number of spending irregularities, it was
"normal and routine," University Auditor Carl Smith said.
A lack of clear spending guidelines gave communica-
tion department officials freedom to charge expenses
against the endowments. Many of the expenses were not
outlined in the donor's statement of intent.
Complaints by Wesley Maurer Jr., whose father helped
establish the Harry and Helen F. Weber fund for journal-
ism scholarhips, sparked the probe. The younger Maurer
edits a newspaper on Mackinac Island and was upset that
the University was sending him undergraduates assum-
mer interns, the audit reported.
Most of the spending irregularities occurred under the
ANASTASIA BANICKI/Daily Weber fund. While the endowment was originally ear-
marked primarily for intemnships, it stated: "Programs arid
activities other than intermships that further professional
he Dance Theatre Studio on North University- preparation of students in joumahism and communication
may also be supported by the bequest."
In 1990, '91 and '92, nearly 47 percent of payroll
11 Hall to m ove expenses chrged to theWeber endowent were.fo
purposes other than intermships, according to the audit.
e 'But University administrators downplay allegations of
flQ P co n in u e abuse. They say the expenditures - while not specifically
authorized by the endowment -- do not violate University
on the first floor. Both moves are scheduled for plcies.
mid-AgustI don't think anyone (in the communication depart-
mdAugust ment) thought they were moving far from the original
"The space we have was not designed well intent" of the endowments, said LSA Associate Dean John
because only part of it was made to be an Cross. "The communication department was acting in
advising office," Judge said. "Many of the walls good falth. I don't think anyone thought they were doing
are cardboard and the offices are not closed in. something inappropriate.
It does not have the privacy appropriate to an "Sometimes they just wrote down the wrong account
advising office, so hopefully when we finish the number. Those were just clerical errors. That happens all
Stoaffimmes fro te woacdeicof the time around here," said Cross, who approves expendi-
tures from communication department endowments.
fices expect to remaln in their interim spaces In response to the audit, the College of LSA announced
until May of next year. They anticipate their it will tighten monitoring of endowment spending. The
imminent move with mixed feelings, process of phasing in stricter spending restrictions was
"I wouldn't say we're excited or annoyed," under way before the audit.
sald Kathy Bennett, an honors office employee. "We have already begun reviewing the audit files with
"We're happy our offices are being redone and an eye toward developing clear and specific guidelines for
the move is just something we're puffing up the use of endowments in the future," LSA Dean Edie
with in the meantime."
See ANGELL, Page 2 See FUNDs, Page 2
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Offices at Angel
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By Janet Burkitt
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
As workers revamp Angell Hall, students
may get lost seeking counseling.
The LSA Academic Advising Office, LSA
Honors Program Office, Comprehensive Stud-
ies Program Office and philosophy and classics
departments are moving within the next year.
The moves are a part of the renovations
currently being done to the interior of Angell
Hall, which include changes in plumbing, air
conditioning, heating and electrical structures
and elevator systems.
"After 60 years, the building needs to be
updated," said Director of LSA Advising
To allow work to be done in their offices,
LSA and honors advising will temporarily move
to the second floor from their current locations