The Michigan Daily - Monday, May 8, 2000 - 9
,S tudents must reveal crime on application
By Meghann Kelley
For the Daily
The University's incoming class of Fall 2000
had to answer two questions on their application of
undergraduate admissions concerning their crimi-
nal background - something no applicant has
ever had to (1o before.
@ le questions: "Have you ever been expelled.
suspended, placed on probation, or been subject
to any other disciplinary action at any secondary
school or collece you have attended"' and
"Have you ever been convicted of a criminal
offense other than a minor traffic violation, or
been found to be delinquent by a juvenile court,
or are there such charges currently pending
against you at this time?" are similar to ques-
tions that are common on undergraduate appli-
cations throughout the country.
Before the revision of the application, the
University had no way of knowing the criminal
record of applicants unless notified by the students
school counselor, the police department in that area
or if the members of the admissions board hear or
read about the crime.
Diane Brown, University facilities and oper-
ations spokeswoman, said along with the added
questions to the application, the University is
now going to include the web address for a site
that has a registry of sex crime offenders in the
Student Safety Handbook. The site informs the
student body of the whereabouts of people who
have committed crimes of this nature.
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said that
although the stUdents will not be directly informed
that they're living with or near a convicted sex
offender, the access to the site will allow anyone
with suspicion to look up the informration.
Peterson also pointed out that since the offender
must register for the list once they've established a'
residency for at least 10 days, community mem-
bers will not have the information before the -
offender is in the area.
Peterson explained that although these steps are
being taken, there are actually very few people in
the Ann Arbor area registered as sex offenders.
Sixty-six live in the local zip codes and only one
of those is a student at the University," Peterson said.
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spending five days on the read as Michigan Road Scholars.
LI1\ISt.-h tours have been trereoroslo successful ini
nonctm, tie Uversity to the cctrt11irtitrs in Michtigan.t Barnett recalled riteerting a 9th grade strident or
It's a ternric w av to educate the State of Michigan about us Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy who had started his 0
and to educate us about the State of Michigan," she said. business. "Those are the voices to me that are the m
"The diverse group of faculty and variety of personalities important," he said.
was always interesting," Froelich said of the group composed While the group traveled as far north as St. Ignace and as
forn 13 diffierent colleges. south as Kalamazoo, Froelich said there is still more to see.
SThe faculty "ot a chance to interact with people outside of "This tour was just a glimpse," she said. "I hope it
their field, peaked the faculty's interest and given them entry to the
"I never imagined before, from a professional standpoint, ferent communities of the state."
that I could collaborate with an architect and a musician,' Engineering Prof Joanna Millunchick said that "(the t
said Robert Barnett, at associate professor of English at the at least made introductions so that we can go back and fol
University's Flint Campus. up on issues that interested rIS. It has opened doors for us
School of Music Prof. Michael Gould said it was "impor- those that we met."
tant to understand how the experience we've had this week While most of the faculty said they were pleased with
vill promotc change. The importance of this pr41grar ill be trip there was just one request fir improserent. "It shoul
proved over many years to cone." longer," Gould said,
Lwo 'U' profs elected to NAS
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We will be working at two different orphanages. Our
focus will be on helping the children learn English. We will
also be conducting programs in math, art, science, music, thea-
ter, and recreation.
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combine your skills with a chance to make a difference in the
lives of orphaned and abandoned children during this unforget-
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and self-motivating. It aroused within me a sense of urgency
to help others. I left confident that I had made a difference in
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By Rachel Green
For the Dalt
Nobel Prize Winner and University
Prof. Emeritus Martinris Veltman, and
Prof. Jack Dixon were elected Tuesday
to the National Academy of Sciences,
or outstanding research achievements
the fields ol physics and biological
Veltmian and Dixon were two of 75
scientists elected to the NAS this year.
bringing the total number of University
faculty to receive this award to 21.
Vefimrman, who lives in the
Netherlands. was recognized by the
NAS as one of 15 foreign associates
selected by the council each year. Last
Oar Veltman won the Nobel Prize in
physics for his work dealing with the
mathematical properties of sub-atomic
particles that eventually led to the
explanation of the top quark in 1995.
Dixon is the head of the biological
1991, and has done
in the introduction
cells to reduce the
main focus is on th
gene, Phosphatase T
"PTEN has rema
affects how many p1
on other molecule
Vice President for P
Omenn. It makes
divide and become'
Dixon said he wa
delighted by the new
really gratifying, ber
by our peers who thi
entific work," lie sai
"I'm delighted to I
have many other de
at the University of
hopeful they will
The University sc
nt at the University. currently ranked 25th in the nation.
cd from Purdue in Dixon explained that one of the crite-
extensive research ria often used to rank science programs
of phospates into at universities is how many members of
risk of cancer. His the school's facUlty have been inducted
e turoor suppressor into groups such as the NAS and the
'eisen. Institute of Medicine.
rkable properties. It Dixon said lie believes this new
hosphate groups are recoignition may help boost the
s, said University University's status in future rankings by
Medical Affairs Gil attracting more talented science-orient-
cells less likely to ed staff and students to the University in
cancerous, he said. upcoroing years, particularly to the life
s both surprised and sciences department.
's of his award. "It is "For a scientist, election to the
cause we are elected National Academy of Sciences is the
ink highly of our sci- highest award we have here next to.the
d in a press release. Nobel Prize," Omenn said.
be selected, but we The two men were notified of their
serving people here acceptance early Tuesday morning.
f Michigan and I'm They will be flown next spring to the
be elected also iii National Academy of Science head-
quarters in Washington, D.C. for a for-
icnce department is nial ceremony.