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The Michigan Daily .

- Tuesday, November 28, 1995 - 3

C59
Streaker bares it
all for crowd at
halftime of game
-A naked man ran across the football
field at Michigan Stadium during half-
time of the Michigan-Ohio State foot-
ball game Saturday, shocking the sell-
out crowd.-
The man, who was not identified by
the University's Department of Public
Safety, is not a student at the Univer-
sity; said Sgt. Charles Noffsinger.
Some of his buddies dared him,"
Noffsinger said.
,sThe man, who was arrested by DPS,
has been charged with indecent expo-
sure and will have to go to court,
Noffsinger said, although no court date
has been set yet.
DPS did not release the man's age or
hometown.
Strangers sleeping
in Mosher-Jordan
Early yesterday morning, two men
were found sleeping in a second-floor
lounge in the Mosher-Jordan residence
hall, DPS reports said. The men were
not affiliated with the University.
DPS ran a warrant check on them, and
the 41-year-old man had an outstanding
warrant for disorderly conduct in
Zilwaukee, a town just north of Saginaw.
DPS reports indicatedthatZilwaukee
police would not pick the person up, but
DPS told him of the outstanding war-
rant. He was then released from Mosher-
Jordan.
Fight reveals a
criminal in
Michigan Stadium
During Saturday's football game, a
figlit broke out between two spectators
in section 34, near the north end zone.
DPS did not say how the fight evolved,
but they ran a warrant check on the two
combatants.
The check showed that a 45-year-old
man had an outstanding warrant from
Southgate. The man allegedly fraudu-
lefitly obtained a prescription in
Southgate and then skipped probation.
1fowever, Southgate police said they
lacked manpower and could not pick up
the individual after the game.
DPS informed him ofthe warrant and
then ejected him from the stadium.
Intoxicated man
causes problems in
University Hospitals
A caller notified DPS on Saturday
ihat there was an intoxicated man in the
urgent care center at University Hospi-
tals who refused to leave.
The subject, a 39-year-old man did
not return to the hospital.
Grass fires catch
city's attention
DPS reports indicate that on Sunday
two small piles ofgrass and leaves were
burning at 2200 S. State St.
An Ann Arbor Fire Department of-
ficer contacted DPS to send officers to

nor any injuries reported.
'he *ical burns
man's hand
A man was taken to the emergency
room at University Hospitals on Friday
after being burned by a chemical in the
hospitals systems' pharmaceutical lab.
The unidentified man reportedly
burned his hand when the chemical
Cytoxan spilled. Cytoxan is adry chemi-
cal- used for chemotherapy.
-The victim's hand was itching and he
was taken to the emergency room. He
was treated and released.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Zachary M. Raimi

ALASKAN HARMONY

'U' alum took
the terrain
less traveled
By AlceRobinson
For the Daily
When David Glazier graduated from
the University in 1983, he headed back
to his native Oregon, figuring he would
land a stable, predictable teaching job.
Four years later, the music education
major was in a remote Alaskan mining
town with no roads, teaching choir to
sixth-graders.
"We're talking about people with no
running water, kerosene lamps ... just
like the pioneers. There are no cities.
Music was my entry into their homes,"
Glazier said.
From 1987 to 1994, he traveled to
various middle schools in a 1953 float
plane, which is designed to land on
water, with 10 other educators, or itin-
erant teachers.
"We went on a bi-weekly basis to
each school. Sometimes I would sleep
at night in the school, or at families' or
friends' houses," he said.
Beingable to fly from school to school
was one of the best parts of the job,
reflected Glazier. "It was beautiful. You
fly all over the place. I flew over moun-
tains ... saw wolves and deer. It can get
quite dangerous; we had to fly regard-
less of the kind of weather."
His nomadic way of life was abruptly
cut short in the spring of 1994 when the
music program was eliminated from his
home school district in the southern
island town of Ketchikan. A year ear-
lier his colleagues recognized his talent
and commitment to students by select-
ing him Teacher of the Year for the
Southeast Island School District.
Glazier was one of the few teachers
who always stayed overnight in the
villages, instead of going back to
Ketchikan at night. "I felt I wanted to
stay and be part of the community," he
said. The award came unexpectedly in
1993. "Considering the teachers I
worked with, I felt honored."
After his roving adventure came to an
end, Glazier opted for a more traditional
job in Sitka, located in the Alexander

Photo courtesy of David Glazier
David Glazier, a University alum, teaches vocal and instrumental classics to a class at Blatchley Middle School.

Archipelago islands near Ketchikan.
Southeast Alaska is the cultural cen-
ter of the state, he said.
Although he is no longer hopping
from school to school, his lifestyle -
where he lives on a boat and teaches
vocal and instrumental classes at
Blatchley Middle School - is still far
from conventional.
Glazier's deep commitment to sharing
music with kids is evident in the sacrifices
he has made throughout his career.
"A lot of kids here are not exposed to
things normal cities offer," he said.
"Music is a great outlet for kids. It's
discipline. Kids need to have an activity
which stresses that."
A musician himself, Glazier has per-
formed with the Juneau and Southeast
Alaska symphonies and Ketchikan Jazz
Society Big Band. A commercial fish-
erman, he is interested in how hump-
back whales respond to music.
"The whales have songs thWy sing.
They rotate songs in a 10-year cycle. I'd
like to spend some time here and head
down the coast to Mexico. I was think-
ing of doing music spontaneously with

Alaskan Journey
University alum David Glazier has been
teaching music on islands southeast of
Juneau for eight years. Some facts about
Alaska, the largest of the 50 states:
Alaska's 56412 square miles make it
one-fifth the size of the contiguous 48
states.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline handles about 2
percent of the nation's oil production.
The state's park service, the nation's
largest, has' more than 3.5 million acres of
land and water.
Source: State of Alaska
them," he said. When he tried this on a
previous occasion, he said, the whales
came within 50 feet of the boat.I
But doesn't he find life in Alaskajust
a teeny bit ... well - restricted?
"Everything that happens in the lower
48 states happens here," he said.l
However, he acknowledges the few
disadvantages of life up north. "There
is a lot of isolation and there are a lot of
short days. Alaska has the highest rate;
of drug abuse in the nation. People are
plugged into their TVs and they just+
vegetate."
Glazier has another decade to go be-

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fore he finishes his career as a public
school teacher and qualifies for full
retirement benefits. Until then, he said,
"I'd like to remain as active and in-
volved in the community as possible."
He is interested in starting a string pro-
gram there, like the one he was in-
volved with at the University.
Glazier advises students who are as-
piring musicians to concentrate on the
area that interests them most.
"Try to be as proficient as you can in
one area. Kids often try to play a lot of
instruments instead of focusing on one
instrument," he said.

Duderstadt
speaks to
cass on
guvenment
By Alice Robinson
For the Daily
When a student in former U.S. Rep.
Doug Ross' class suggested they bring
in outgoing President James J.
Duderstadt to speak, everyone thought
it was a good idea.
Some didn't think Duderstadt would
actually show up.
"I've known him '""
for a lot of years,
so I just called to u'
say, 'Would you
come to class?"'
said Ross, who is t
now a fellow at the
Washington-based
Progressive Policy
Institute.
"I thought he'd Duderstadt
come. Almost any-
body will talk to you if you're commit-
ted enough."
Duderstadt agreed, and spoke yester-
day to Ross' class, titled "Why Govern-
ment Doesn't Work Anymore, and What
You Can do About it." One of the topics
the first-year seminar, listed as one se-
tion of University Course 151, has ad-
dressed is the future ofpubliceducatiot
and how the increasing role of compe-
tition.
On the role of higher education,
Duderstadt said, "Ithink today, univer-
sities are now being challenged to be-;
come re-engaged with primary and se-
ondary education."
The president, whose resignation will
take effect June 30, 1996, also shared
his thoughts on the college admissions
process.
"I'm not sure colleges are sending"
the right messages. Generally what
you hear is that you have to take four",
years of mathematics, three years of a
language. That's not the right mes-1,
sage. (At a selective university), we
think you're bright enough to bring,
you up to speed very rapidly regard-
less of the quality of education you've
received."
Duderstadt told students about his'
own experiences growing up in a small
town in Missouri.
"My senior year I had exhausted ev-
erything there was to take so I took
courses in shop and so forth, and the;
next year I was a freshman at Yale ...
after about a year or two I caught up.";
After he was thanked for coming to
the class, Duderstadt joked, "I don't get
invited many places."

House bill would protect negative references

By Janet Huang
For the Daily
Former employers would be able to
tell other businesses anything about a
former worker without fear of a lawsuit,
under a bill pending in the Michigan
Legislature.
House Bill 5137, introduced by state
Rep. Gerald Law (R-Plymouth), pro-
tects employers who give former em-
ployees less than complimentary refer-
ences. Some Michigan businesses say
they have been threatened with law-
suits after providing negative evalua-
tions to their former workers' prospec-
tive employers.
Kerin Borland, senior associate di-
rector of Career Planning and Place-
ment, said students probably will not be
affected much by the bill.
"Given that students have a more
abbreviated work history, the immedi-

ate implications aren't as significant,"
Borland said. "But overtime, given that
information about their past perfor-
mance would be available to future
employers, they would consequently
want to ensure that they demonstrated a
strong work ethic in the workplace."
In the past, employers have declined
to pass on information about employ-
ees because they fear potential lawsuits
brought against them for job perfor-
mance evaluations.
Charles Owens, state director of the
Michigan chapter of the National Fed-
eration of Independent Business, said
the bill protects employers if they stick
to documented evidence.
"(The current situation) is not fair to
good employees because the employ-
ers aren't disclosing information, while
the bad employees can hide their
records," Owens said. "The cost to busi-

nesses is that they therefore might not
hire the good employee over the bad."
Students said the bill could have posi-
tive effects, but some worried about how
they would be protected from employers.
"Before, employersprobablysaidnoth-
ing, or said only positive things about the
employee. I think it's a good thing be-
cause the employers can act as real refer-
ences. Future employers can find out past
history - what the employee does well
and what they don't do well," said Brad
Frankel, an LSA sophomore.
Andrea Wasiak, an LSA junior,
agreed. "I feel that I'm a good worker,
so I wouldn't have anything to hide."
.Andrew Hamilton, a Nursing sopho-
more, was more apprehensive about the
bill.
"We have no way of knowing what's
in our personal file. I think it's bad

because the employer could pick out
only bad things," Hamilton said. "This
bill gives the employer the ability to
choose what he wants to say. We won't
have any protection."
The bill is currently awaiting hearing
in the state Senate Human Resources,
Labor and Veteran Affairs Committee.

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welfare bills; NOW pres. protests

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LANSING (AP) - Michigan's so-
cial services boss yesterday hailed as
historic and revolutionary the sweep-
ing welfare legislation moving rapidly
toward final passage.
But the head of the Michigan chapter
ofthe National Organization for Women
denounced it as an "economic assault
on women"which ignores the reality of
the current welfare system and the needs
of poor women who depend on it.
But opponents seemed unlikely to
derail the legislation, a key cornerstone

ofGov. John Engler's policies that aims
to move people off welfare rolls and
into jobs.
The measures, which already have
passed the House, are scheduled to be
approved by a Senate committee on
Thursday and are expected to be
signed into law before the end of the
year.
"I am very pleased with the direction
you're going," Rep. Jack Horton (R-
Belmont), the main bill's sponsor, told
the Senate Families, Mental Health and

Human Services Committee.
"These changes are modest reforms.
There is broad consensus. In the fu-
ture, we need to be much more aggres-
sive."
Gerald Miller, director of the Depart-
ment of Social Services, saw the legis-
lation as more extraordinary.
"We are part of historic changes that
are going on in this country," he said.
"By the end of the year, a welfare re-
form bill will be signed in Washington
that will be the most revolutionary in
decades."
The Michigan bills are designed to
put the state in a position to utilize the
expected federal changes -especially
block grants of money and federal au-
thority for the states to run welfare
programs as they wish.
As of the end of October, 186,484
families received welfare benefits.
There is no time limit on such benefits,
as long as recipients meet state require-
ments. The average grant fora family of
three is $459 a month.
Among other things, the state legis-

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