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May 3, 1995
'95 seniors bid bittersweet goodbye toBlue
41 Keynote speaker Marian
Wright Endelman urges
graduates to 'confront the
violence in our culture'
By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan Stadium filled with a different emo-
tion last Saturday, as approximately .5,000 newly
graduated members of the class of 1995 tossed their
taps in the air in bittersweet celebration.
LSA Dean Edie N. Goldenberg addressed a crowd
of 35 000, welcoming the graduates to the largest col-
lege alumni association in the United States.
"One in 700 (college-graduated) Americans is a
Michigan alumnus. Doors will be open to you just
because you went to the U-M," Goldenberg said.
Before introducing the keynote speaker, President
James J. Duderstadt acknowledged the parents and
family members of the graduates. He asked them to
"stand up for the gratitude and respect due to them."
Marian Wright Edelman, president of the
Children's Defense Fund, began her address by giv-
ing special recognition to three of the Fab Five bas-
ketball players graduating. She especially noted
Juwan Howard for "keeping his promise to his
grandmother for finishing college and being a role
model for children"
Although most cheered for Howard, some
graduates were upset at the special mention. "While
he does deserve credit, other students, who stayed at
school, worked three jobs, and even transferred to
be able to afford college are the real role models,"
one student said.
In her address, Edelman asked the question that
Martin Luther King Jr. asked in 1968. "Where do
we go from here? Chaos or community?" She cited
the terrorism of Oklahoma and the startling statistic
that one in five American children live in poverty as
examples of the chaos, but emphasized the need for
Citing the importance of
equality, Edelman demanded
that "our nation must not sign
any more political contracts
that don't pass the Old and
New Testaments." She urged
the graduates "to confront the
violence in our culture and ex-
plore new ways of relating to
Edeliman warned against a Edelman
repeal on the Assault Weap-
ons Ban, adding that "in a decent and sensible na-
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Students march through the Diag following a rally against the proposed code amendments.
Regents vote to draft new code, work
with student leaders over the summer
By Spencer Dickinson
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan football coach Gary
Moeller was suspended Monday by the
Athletic Department following his week-
end arrest for assault, battery and disor-
Moeller was picked up by the
Southfield Police Department at The
Excalibur Restaurant last Friday night.
Officer Reginald Phillips of the
Southfield Police Department confirmed
Moeller was intoxicated at the time of his
According to Phillips, the coach
spent the night in jail after a trip to Provi-
dence Hospital where he refused to take
sohriety tests. He was released Saturday
tmorning on $200 hond.
President James J. Duderstadt held a
press coisference Monday to announce
Moeller would he suspended indefinitely.
with pay. "We are taking this action be-
cause of what we believe our most impor-
tant priorities are ... the integrity of our
"On occasion such unfortunate inci-
dents occur In the end, those of us in lead-
ership positions have to accept responsibil-
ity for that,"Duderstadt said.
The president added it was too soon to
comment on whether Moeller would lose
his $130,000 per yeai job.
"I think that's very speculative at this
point," Duderstadt said. "We want to find
what the real facts behind the incident are,
and the degree to, which those have impli-
guilty to credit
Three Michigan football players
arrested last month pleaded guilty to
charges of credit card fraud last
Will Car, Marcus Ray and Sam
Sword, who entered pleas of not.
guilty at their April 14 arraignments,
changed their pleas and will be sen-
tenced June 6. They face up to four
ye-rsin prison ad a$2,000fine,
The incident hegan March 31
when the three found a credit-card at
a fr'temnitypary.The nextd'y they
went so Briau-ood M'asan charged
more than $100 of merchandise at
both FootLocker and Champ's.
The three were caught when a,
clerk' at Eddie Bauer questioned
thei about using a woman's credit
card and then called mall secunity.
cations for the integrity of our programs
and the integrity of the University..
Athletic Director Joe Roberson has
asked Keith Molin, his assistant, to as-
semble a formal report ,"After I receive
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By Amy Klein far, and I wouldnt support it. Someone hearing on the code.
Daily News Editor would have to persuade me to support The current code is an outgro
After two years of student objections, something that goes beyond the federal federal mandates requiring unive
the University Board of Regents voted at mandates." to adapt a sexual assault policy, a
its April 21 meeting to send the code of The regents said they would be en- as an alcohol policy. -
non-academic conduct back to the draw- acting a permanent policy in the fall. "The University is a commun
ing board. "The regents have said in no uncer- scholars with rights and privileg
The present code, the Statement of tain terms that there is not an option of no responsibilities, and we hope all
Student Rights and Responsibilities, will policy," said President James J. members share a similar set of va
continue as an interim policy until the Duderstadt. "My suspicion is that if we said Regent Rebecca McGowan (L
fall, don't get a policy back from the students, Arbor), who supported changi
"It was the only decision right now* they will enact the current policy ' curent code. "We need to draft a ci
said Regent Andrea Fisher Newman (R- In February 1994, the Office of Stu- fair and understandable stat
Ann Arbor). "I think (the code) goes too dent Affairs he ld the first amendment SE.E REGENTS, F
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