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One hundred four years of editorial freedom
By Amy Klein
aily News Editor
After at least three years of steady
dicussions, compromises and revisions,
a final proposal for a student representa-
tive to the Board of Regents will'be sub-
mitted to the regents this Friday.
In an agenda supplement, a draft out-
lines the responsibilities and limits of the
student representative, a role that would
belong to the president of the Michigan
Student Assembly or his delegate. The
epresentative would not sit at the regents'
table, but would prepare statements for the
regents meeting agenda and have the op-
portunity to address the board bi-annually
on student issues.
MSA President Flint Wainess said
that the new proposal is a compromise.
"This is a trial run. Let's take the step
and see if it works, and if it doesn't, then we
can go back to the drwing board,"Wainess
said. "I thinkMSAisontheroadtobecom-
ng a powerful voice for the students."
Regent Laurence Dietch (D-
Bloomfield Hills), however, said that
while he supports the new proposal, he is
not confident that MSA is representative
of the entire student body.
"I'm certainly for us having as much
SEE REGENTS. PAGE 2
A testifes to
aB Frank C. Lee
Dlails Staff Reporter
LSA senior Tanisha Giles, an Orientation leader, leads her group on a tour of Central Campus.
shows slice of ''lf
Accused Ann Arbor serial rapist Ervin Dewain Mitchell Jr.
took the witness stand yesterday in his own defense in the two-
week-old trial to deny his involvement with the crimes.
Closing statements in the trial are expected to begin this
morning, and the case will then go to the jury.
Mitchell, 33, is suspected of raping four women on the city's
west side and killing one of the victims in the process. If con-
victed, he couldbe sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The defendant, an Inkster, Mich., native, testified he was not
on Longshore Drive or Miller Avenue
when two of the rapes occurred in Septem-
ber and October of 1993.
Mitchell also said he and his girlfriend
were in Inkster doing lawn work on his
uncle's property on May 7, 1994 - the
day he allegedly killed a University em
ployee during a sexual assault.
When asked of his whereabouts the
day a woman was raped in Eberwhite
Woods near Liberty Street in 1992,
Mitchell told the jury of 10women and six
menhe was athismother'shouse mInkster Mitchell
and said, "I did not come to Ann Arbor that
"No, I did not (know about Eberwhite Woods)-at that par-
ticular time," Mitchell testified. 'That area was very not familiar
to me as it is now afterbeing here 2 1/2 years.
On Monday, Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie
rested the state's case after testimony fromMichigan State Police
crime DNA lab technicians.
Charles Bama, head of the state's DNA laboratory, testified
that DNA samples taken from Mitchell match semen recovered
from the rape victims. Using statistical methods that Barna con-
sidered "conservative," the DNA technicians estimated that there
is a one in eight million chance that someone other than Mitchell
SEE MruCHEu., PAGE 8
By Deborah G. Weinstein
Daily Staff Reporter
The cycle of 30 summer Orientation sessions be-
gan Sunday, filling East Quad with the first group
from the class of 1999.
Signs that orientees have arrived in Ann Arbor
include the infamous yellow folders and crowded
Ann Arbor resident Patrick Carlson said Orienta-
tion brings fresh faces to campus.
"It's funny to watch people walk around South
University and see all the stores for the first time and
be excited," he said. "You get used to a place after a
while. Their reaction makes you feel good, think,
'Wow, cool stuff is in Ann Arbor."'
Each Orientation session is three days long,
comprised of placement testing, walking tours of
campus and presentations. Student group leader
and LSA senior Rob Cook said that heading an
Orientation group is a way to introduce new stu-
dents to the University.
"(I got involved) because I like to deal with
people. To be an Orientation leader is a good way
to get involved, help the first-year students to start
thinking about what to expect," Cook said.
Stores in Ann Arbor do their part to prepare
for Orientation. Ulrich's Bookstore, which has
been involved with Orientation for approximately
20 years, will continue to participate this summer.
SEE ORIENTATION, PAGE 8
'U' prof. snags prestigious fellowship
By Craig 0. Sullivan
For the Daito
University researcher Michael A. Marletta
has been selected as one of 24 creative individu-
als to receive a $275,000 five-year fellowship
from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
sA00 STILLMAN/D 0y Marletta, who joined the faculty of the Col-
A day of support lege of Pharmacy at the University in 1987, said
David Huff, an HIV-positive Ann Arbor he will use the fellowship to continue his
resident, passes out balloons at the groundbreaking research on the role of nitric ox-
IDS walk. See story, Page 3. ide in irnune system response.
Arts: Wilco to perform in Pontiac/9
"They singled me out for the kinds of high- risk
work I've done in the past," Marletta said.
Marletta said that it is often difficult to re-
ceive funding for radical research. "In order to
get funding, researchers often have to work
within certain safe parameters." he said.
Marletta first discovered the role of nitric ox-
ide in 1985, which controls a number of critical
processes in the immune, cardiovascular and
central nervous systems. His research has led to
new treatments for infants with pulmonary hyper-
"The fellowship is not a reward," said Ara G.
Paul, the dean of the College of Pharmacy. "The
MacArthur foundation hopes to provide individu-
als with financial freedom for future work."
The Mac rturFoundationisoneofthelarges
private philanthropic foundations in the United
States, and it awarded a total of $140 million to fel-
lowship recipiants in the past 14 years. The fellow-
ships extend to eight major areas, including health,
education, individual creativity and the environ-
SEE MARLEITA, PAGE 2 Marletta
Wymer, Dolan bring home honors/12