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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 26, 1995 - 3
Assembly to hire new federal lobbying association
Two injured in
A car accident on Eisenhower Boule-
vard Thursday left the driver, Arjun
Kumar, with a critical head injury, ac-
cording to Ann Arbor Police Depart-
Kumar was driving west on
Eisenhower about 300 feet west ofSouth
State Street when the accident occurred.
He had just turned right from State in
a borrowed 1995 Mustang when he lost
control of the car, police said. He fish-
tailed on wet pavement and hit a light
pole shortly after 8 p.m.
The rear passenger, Salont Raval,
also suffered head injuries. The front
passenger, Arpita Patel, was treated and
Both the driver and the rear passen-
ger were not wearing seatbelts when
the car smashed into a pole, police said.
There was no indication of alcohol use.
Kumar was discharged Friday from
University staff members may be
listed among people affected by a na-
tionwide fraud attempt to solicit bank
The solicitors, who identify them-
selves as being from Nigeria, are part of
anationwide solicitation fraud, Depart-
ment of Public Safety officials said.
DPS spokeswoman Elizabeth Hall said
the preliminary investigation has re-
vealed that the solicitation is fictitious.
"We have talked with officers from
the Secret Service," Hall said. "It is a
scam across the country.
"Nobody here has responded to the let-
ter so nobody here has been victimized."
,Hall said DPS encourages any staff
member who has been contacted by the
solicitors to call DPS at 764-8559.
Male found drinking,
urinating in public
DPS was alerted Monday evening to
a 28-year-old male observed urinating
irpublic. He was seen on the northwest
corner of the Diag near North Univer-
Thesubject, who also had open alco-
hol, came up negative on a warrant check.
Police reports said the man was cited
for possession of open intoxicants on
the Diag. He was also cited for urinat-
ing in public.
Trespassing in the
dean 's office
While trespassing is common at the
University, this incident was not.
A woman was found sleeping Friday
at 1:18 p.m. in the School of Education
building. The woman, who is not affili-
ated with the University, was sleeping
in the dean's office.
AcallercontactedDPS Saturday with
concerns about harassing mail.
The Alice Lloyd resident said she
was receiving mail from an acquain-
tance in San Diego.
Reports indicate that "the letter writer
is interested in a relationship, however
she is not."
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff' Reporter
Although it will continue to use University
resources and look into other ways to raise stu-
dents' concerns in Washington, the Michigan
Student Assembly voted last Tuesday to hire a
new federal lobbying group.
Citing the need for quick action and more stu-
dent-oriented services, MSA External Relations
Chair Fiona Rose presented the motion at last
Tuesday's meeting. The motion - to hire the
National Association for Students in Higher Edu-
cation, at an annual cost of $900- passed without
comment or objection.
Rose said at the meeting that the External Rela-
Student financial aid priority for lobby
tions Committee still would explore membership
in another national lobbying group, possibly the
United States Student Association.
Rose said the primary strength of NASHE lies
in its concern for student financial aid as a priority
for lawmakers in Washington.
"All students benefit from scholarships and
grants," Rose said.
The lobbying group is in its second year of
existence, and Rose said she thought University
students would get a chance to become involved
in NASHE's campaigns.
MSA President Flint Wainess said the group
would not lobby for as many different causes as
previous lobbyists retained by MSA, but that the
assembly was finding new ways to become in-
formed about "hot issues," most notably through
Associate Vice President for Government Rela-
tions Cynthia Wilbanks.
Wilbanks has assisted the assembly by faxing
important information and bulletins to the MSA
offices and serving as a information resource,
Rose said the assembly,,however, was not sim-
ply "lobbying right along with the University."
"We pay for everything that's going on at
Fleming (Administration Building) and it's per-
fectly natural that we tap those resources," she
Wainess said MSA has increased its credibility
- a topic he discussed at Thursday's Board of
Regents meeting - and that has helped members
of the assembly communicate directly with state
"We've shown that we can get appointments
with key legislators with no problem," Wainess
said. "They will talk to us."
since 1st CRISP.,
Protesters waited until
students returned for
By Heather Miller
For the Daily
Five striking employees of The De-
troit News and the Detroit Free Press
picketed for several hours yesterday
outside the Free Press's Ann Arbor
bureau at South Fifth and East Liberty
The only reporter in the bureau is
Maryanne George, who returned Aug.
10 after being told she would be re-
On July 13, six unions representing
2,500 workers walked off the job over
salary, benefit and staffing level dis-
putes. Approximately 44 percent of the
Free Press's strikers have returned to
work, said striking Free Press reporter
Costello said the protest "wasn't re-
ally just about (George).... We want
more visibility in Ann Arbor."
Costello said they decided to picket
in Ann Arbor yesterday because most
students were not in town when the
strike began and when George returned
to work. "Students need to know that
they shouldn't be buying the newspa-
pers," she said.
Bob McGruder, managing editor of
the Free Press, said he was unaware that
the protest had occurred. However, he
did say that "the Guild can protest wher-
ever it wants."
Written by an unknown source in
blue chalk on the sidewalk in front of
the bureau's entrance were the words,
"A scab works here." Also in blue chalk,
By Melissa Kowalls
For the Daily
It would be difficult for most stu-
dents to imagine registration before
CRISP. However, as potentially an-
noying the current process may be, the
University has continued throughout
the years to make getting the ideal sched-
CRISP, which stands for Computer-
ized Registration Involving Student Par-
ticipation, replaced the Arena System in
The process used to take place in
Waterman Gymnasium, near where the
current Chemistry Building stands. In-
side, students were handed punchcards
for each class they wanted to enroll in
and were herded from line to line en-
rolling for one class at a time.
"I remember seeing pictures of reg-
istration lines into the Gymnasium go
down State Street to the State Theater
area, stretch back across the Diag, and
wrap around University buildings,"
said Tom McElvain of the Registrar's
Office. "The average student regis-
tered from eight hours to two days
McElvain said the change to CRISP
was much-needed, but at the same time,
was a great risk for the University -
being the first on-line registration sys-
tem used in the country.
For the first time, students could see
their schedule being created on a com-
puter screen in front of them without
delays in the process. CRISP was a
significant improvement in scheduling,
although the procedure still required
the use of computer terminal operators.
This past year, touch-tone CRISP was
introduced to University students and
128 phone lines now direct them through
the registration process, eliminating the
computer terminal operators.
"CRISP is the same as it always was,"
McElvain said, "except now students
talk to a computer instead of a real
person and they have the convenience
of 18-hour registration service."
Education junior Katie Hollenberg is
not sold on the benefits of touch-tone
"If you have a straightforward sched-
ule, phone CRISP is much easier, but if
you have any problems, it is a hassle
and can waste so much time."
Hollenberg said she feels a combina-
tion of walk-in CRISP and touch-tone
CRISP would better assist students with
Currently, students solely use
touch-tone CRISP for registration,
with the exception of some overrides.
All walk-in CRISP options were dis-
solved with the installment of the
Hollenberg is not the only one who is
suggesting improvements forthe CRISP
system. The Registrar's Office is work-
ing toward upgrading CRISP once
again, McElvain said.
"There is a good possibility that in
one to two years, the University will'
transfer to an on-line screen-based reg-
istration system and Wolverine Access
is one logical choice," McElvain said.
Through this new variation ofCRISP,
students would be their own terminal
operator inputting all scheduling data
into the computer and seeing an up-b
dated schedule with each new enrolled
class. McElvain said students would
benefit from the speed ofthe process-
data could be entered more quickly
than through phones - from seeing
results on-screen, and from the ability
to personally fix scheduling problems.
Another option involving Wolverine
Access that is being looked into is in-
cluding the time schedule and course
guide into the process.
"Students would be able to sit down
at the computer, read the description of:
a class, search for its availability and,
enroll, all at the same time," McElvain
said. "There is the possibility of inte-
grating more things on-line."
There is some concern about the sup-
ply of computers with a move to an on-
line system, and the current facilities
are being evaluated for what increased
use would require. Touch-tone CRISP
will remain a part of registration if and
when this upgrade takes place, offering
students two ways to register, McElvain
said, in an effort to reduce the initial
pressure put on computer use.
"We want to empower the students,"
McElvain said. "They have the best
idea of what they want and these sys-
tems are here for serving students in the
easiest, most convenient way."
Newspaper strikers Nancy Costello, Michael Hodges, Renee Murawski and Mike
Betzold picket in front of the office of Maryanne George, the Detroit Free Press's
Ann Arbor reporter, who returned to work recently.
"A scab parks here" was written in front
of the entrance to the parking lot where
George parks. The words were washed
from the sidewalk shortly after the pro-
test broke up.
Costello said they will be protesting
again at the Ann Arbor bureau, but did
not say when.
"You won't really get the full story
from reading the paper. They haven't
bargained fairly. But we don't have a
vehicle to get the story out. That's why
we have to picket," she said. "It's a
powerful human drama story."
Kmart to sell auto service
departments for $112M
TROY (AP) - Kmart is selling its
money-losing auto centers to Detroit
entrepreneur Roger Penske, whose plan
is to make them into winners like his
Indy Car racing team, trucking business
and dealerships. The $112 million deal
converts 860 service centers at U.S.
Kmart outlets into Penske Auto Centers.
"It takes us out of a business we
didn't, perhaps, know as well a should
have," Kmart Chairman Floyd Hall said
yesterday at a news conference to an-
nounce the divestiture.
In addition to the cash, which Kmart
will use to retire debt, the company will
receive ongoing income from Penske
Auto Center Inc. through royalties, rent
and payments for administrative sup-
port, Hail said.
He said the discount retailer has been
losing "in the teens of millions" of dol-
lars a year on its auto service business.
"The agreement reinforces the com-
mitment of Kmart Corporation to focus
our energies on our core business
strengths," Hall said.
"Plans for an electronic communi-
cations network to serve modern edu-
cation are being launched by the Big
Ten and the University of Chicago...
The (closed-circuit system) will be
an intercollegiate co-ordination of
technical resources including elec-
tronic systems, computers, and re-
S'A headline in yesterday's Daily incorrectly stated that a revised Senate bill would cut $10 billion in direct loans. The bill
would cut student loans.
.A headline in yesterday's Daily incorrectly stated that there was a fire in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Building on Friday. A gas leak triggered the fire alarm.
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