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New sexual harassment polic Crappie Day
removes 'conflict' in relationships

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By Soojung Chang
Daily News Editor
Engineering junior Soutrik Pramanik said he often hears
about female classmates having crushes on GSI's and profes-
sors. "They think they're charismatic ... and intelligent," Pra-
manik said, adding that often the small age difference
between students and GSI's makes this type of attraction
University officials agree with Pramanik that attraction
between students and faculty is an ever-present reality, which
has led them to draft a new policy specifically addressing
consensual student-faculty relationships in detail.
This policy outlines disclosure procedures in the case that
a consensual relationship develops between two parties
Coleman reveals

involved in an advisory relationship. While the issue is part
of the Univesrity's current sexual harassment policy the sec-
tion on consensual faculty- student relationships has been
pulled out into its own separate document.
"Not every student-faculty relationship equals harass-
ment," Peterson said. "But they still need to be managed,"
she added.
Valerie Castle, the associate provost of academic affairs,
said the new policy would encourage disclosure of relation-
ships by providing clearer procedural guidelines.
The guide on faculty-student relationships was issued by
the office of the Provost along with a revised document on
sexual harassment. Both drafts include input from several
senior administrators and are waiting review by the Senate
passion for arts

e of Ohio dump fish into a basket during the Crappie USA
Tournament in Ypsilanti Saturday. The Rices won first place

and past history in interview

By Andrew McCormack
Daily News Editor
University President Mary Sue Cole-
man sat down with the Daily News Edi-
torsfor an exclusive interview to discuss
current issues like budget cuts and the
lawsuits, but revealed a great deal about
her personal history as well.
Born to a WWII veteran and physi-
cist, University President Mary Sue
Coleman said she spent much of her
early years moving around the south-
eastern U.S. before finally ending up in
"I was quite shocked when I got to
Iowa and I realized that people drank
iced tea without sugar in it," Coleman
Though a chemistry major at Grinnell
College, Coleman took art classes
throughout her years at that school.
To this day, Coleman stresses the
importance of risking intellectual inter-
est in unlikely areas.
"The biggest risk I took was I wan-
dered one day into an evening course in
metalsmithing using both silver and gold
and learning how to work in silver and
gold. I was a Chemistry major and I had
never in my life been in an art studio like
"This was just one of these things you
go and you do in the evening, so I
thought 'Oh, well I'll just go and see
about this.' I was a freshman and I ended
up getting very serious about it and took
Studio Art for all four years. I loved
doing it, I just loved the solitude of the
Last week's editorial "Profes-
sional diversity" ended by saying
there will be "wide, negative societal
implications if the cour does not
uphold the University's current law
school admissions system as uncon-
stitutional." The last wod should have
been "constitutional."
Last week's recording industry
photo's caption featuring alum Mike
Gabelman incorrectly said that he
was downloading music. The caption
should have said that he was burning
a CD.

studio and having the time to create with
these metals," she said.
But ultimately the demands of a fami-
ly and career ended her study of art.
"I knew that I wasn't going to be an
art major-I was a Chemistry major-
but it was a wonderful contrast to being
in a chemistry lab and studying chem-
istry and then, having this other side that
was creative.
"It requires a kind of discipline that
you really have to stay on top of because
you lose the skill. I have some sort of
fond hope: 'maybe when I retire this is
something I can go back to,"' she said.
She said her roots also led her to
believe in affirmative action.
"I lived in Kentucky, Georgia -
Statesborough Georgia - and Ten-
nessee and went to Graduate school in
North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then
went back to North Carolina in 1990. 1
just saw the tremendous and positive
impacts that affirmative action had on
access and inclusion and in giving
opportunity," Coleman added.
She never really intended to end up in
the line of work she did, but rather fell
into it."t thought I would end up teach-

ing at a small liberal arts college some-
where and I didn't do that at all. I went
into a research university right from the
word go and I was a very happy faculty
member for 19 years and then I got an
opportunity to do something that was
more administrative and I just kept pro-
gressing, but it certainly wasn't a life-
long goal."
But still, her origins continued to
affect her throughout her career.
"When I went to New Mexico, our
population there was Hispanic, Latino
and Native American, and affirmative
action was critical to bringing people in
to being able to have access to higher
education and have opportunity in life.
All my life, I've been involved in help-
ing and trying to construct programs and
do things that really make a difference
so I'm very proud to be here fighting
this battle really for all of higher educa-
tion and for society.
"You would hope that we would come
to a time in this country where we would
no longer need these tools to provide
access and provide opportunity, but
we're not there yet. Race still matters
enormously in this country," she said.

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