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By Amy Klein
Daily News Editor
Two weeks after the interim dean of the Horace
H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies took of-
fice, Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. has recom-
mended a former associate dean of the school to the
After approval of the Board of Regents in July,
Nancy Cantor, professor and chair of the Depart-
ment of Psychology at Princeton University, will
become the next vice provost for academic affairs-
graduate studies and Rackham dean.
Whitaker had previously said that the position
would go to an internal candidate, because the
school does not have its own faculty and must work
with the other University units.
Cantor is no stranger to the University, arriving in
1983 as an associate professor of psychology. From
1989-91 Cantor served as the associate dean for faculty
programs in Rackham, an experience that Whitaker
said will help the move.
"She's bringing with her the perspective from
once having been a Michigan faculty member, as
well as a lot of knowledge. She has a running start be-
cause she knows the place very well," Whitaker said.
Associate Dean of Rackham Elaine Didier said
she is excited for Cantor to assume her position.
"She's a person of many ideas and will bring a
lot of energy and creativeness, and even some new
strategies to the job. We're looking forward to hav-
ing her come," Didier said.
Cantor will succeed John D'Arms, who has
served as Rackham dean for 10 years. The search
for a new dean began in October 1994.
She will take office on July 1, 1996, if the regents
approve the nomination. Robert A. Weisbuch, En-
glish professor and former associate vice president
for research and associate dean for faculty programs
at Rackham, began as the interim dean on July 1. She
will also serve as professor of psychology.
One of the larger tasks facing Cantor as
Rackham dean next
year will be to review
and revise the Uni-
"She will be re-
thinking some of the as-
pects of graduate educa-
tion. (She will be look-
ing at) if we have the
right size of doctoral
programs and if the pro-
grams are as competi-
tive as they need to be,"
Cantor will also Cantor
chair the Rackham Ex-
ecutive Board and will be a member of a central ad-
ministration team focusing on graduate education and
graduate enrollment management Universitywide.
"We are delighted that Dr. Cantor is willing to
assume the leadership role at Rackham. We will
look to her for strategic advice in graduate education
across the University as well as on academic matters
more generally," said University President James J.
Duderstadt in a press release.
Cantor received her doctoral degree in psychology
from Stanford University in 1978 and became an assis-
tant professor of psychology at Princeton in 1981.
Th e Serial Rape Tr ial
By Scott Bishop
Daily Staff Reporter
Almost two years have passed since Ervin
. Mitchell committed the first Ann Arbor
ape. Tomorrow will mark the conclusion of
the crimes, investigation and trial, as the con-
victed serial rapist faces his sentencing.
Mitchell is looking at mandatory life im-
prisonment without parole for the first-degree
murder conviction, and potential life terns
with parole for each of the four counts of first-
degree criminal sexual conduct.
Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian
Mackie said the parents of murder victim"
1hristine Gailbreath would make a statement
to the judge at the sentencing. In addition,
Mackie would read a written statement from
Mackie also said he would recommend the
maximutm penalty for the
four sexual assaults, and he
expected Mitchell would
be given life sentencesfor
If the murder cotvicv
tion is overturned on ap-
peal, Mitchell would be : .,
eligible for parole while .
se rv itg h i se nte nce 1or
the se xual assault convic-
Washtenaw Count y
Public Defender David Lankford said he will
raise concerns about a conviction based
largely on DNA testing that lacked corrobo-
rating evidence Since Mitchell would receive
a mandatory life sentence for first-degree
murder, Lankford said he was more hopeful
of lightening the penalty for the sexual as-
"The judge has wide discretion and Ervin
really doesn't have any prior record. ... I'll be
asking for the least possible sentences,"
LSA senior Cindy Fenton said she was con-
cerned about the possibility of parole.
"I think that most rape sentences are a
little lower than they should be. Usually
they're out in seven to 10 years," Fenton said.
"I think it should be 20to 25. So I guess Ervin
Mitchell should get 20 to 25, which, consid-
ering he murdered somebody, maybe it
should be life."
Pat Walker, a Rackham student, was un-
equivocal that Mitchell should be barred from
parole. "I think that Mitchell should get life in
prison without parole," he said.
By Jessica Mass
Daily Staff Reporter
The School of Social Work was recently awarded a $2.2 mil-
lion grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to estab-
lish a Social Work Research Development Center that will focus
on the relationship between poverty and mental health.
Paula Allen-Meares, dean of the School of Social Work, said
that the center will bring together scholars from psychology, psy-
chiatry, economics. prevention research and social work to study
four main areas of research - the connection between social
class and poverty; the effects of high-risk environments on the
mental health of infants and children, preventive interventions
with low-income, high-risk populations; and mental health ser-
vices for the impoverished.
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