The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 1, 1995 - 3
MSA to update office, establish North Campus link
tried for beating
TROY - A circuit court judge ruled
Monday that statements made to police
by two suspects after an attack on an
Oakland University professor is admis-
sible in court.
Judge Steven N. Andrews ruled that
three statements Dwayne Barton, 21, of
Rochester Hills made to police and three
statements by Lee Than Knight, 21,
also of Rochester Hills, are admissible.
Both men are charged with assault with
intent to commit murder.
Barton and Knight are each charged
in the March 2 attack on Stuart Wang
with intent to rob while armed. Both
men pleaded guilty Monday to charges
of breaking and entering and breaking
and entering a coin box.
Wang, 48, interrupted two burglars in
Oakland University's O'Dowd Hall. He
was savagely beaten by the attackers with
their fists and a bolt cutter and left to die.
The attackhas left the professor brain-
damaged. He remains in therapy, threat-
ened by aneurysms in his brain and in a
carotid artery in his neck.
Andrews agreed Monday to seat sepa-
rate juries for Barton and Knight after
Barton's attorney, Howard S. Arnkoff
of Troy, contended in a last-minute
motion that the men implicated each
other in statements made to police be-
fore and after their arrests.
Barton saidMondaythat he and Knight
had entered O'Dowd Hall through a
door that had been held open with an
eraser. But Knight gave a different ver-
sion, saying the pair had.found keys to
the building the night before in an office.
Kansas U looks to
new fuel sources
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Univer-
sity of Kansas is exploring ways to
protect the environment with the aid of
a donation it received last month.
The National SoyDiesel Develop-
ment Board gave two 55-gallon barrels
of biodiesel fuel to the university. Two
of the buses run by KU on Wheels, the
transportation service of the University
of Kansas, will use the fuel this week.
The KU Environs, an environmental
group on campus, urged KU on Wheels
totake advantage of the donation. If the
experiment goes well, the group will
pursue ways to raise money for the
environmentally friendly fuel, which
cots twice as much as the regularly
used petroleum diesel.
Purdue sorority put
The Purdue University chapter ofthe
Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority is facing
social probation after members partici-
pated in raids on 14 fraternity houses.
Only two members of the 86-woman
house did not take part in the Oct. 17
vandalism rampage, which involved the
use of flour, spray paint, petroleum
jelly and several dry goods. The mon-
etary value of the damage has not yet
The Kappas received the sanctions
after members of four of the fraternities
retaliated by spray painting the sorority
house, opening fire hydrants and dam-
In addition to social probation, the
participating members of the sorority
must perform 602 hours of community
service, doing projects that will beau-
tify the neighborhood.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Lisa Poris from
staff and wire reports
By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff Reporter
Striving to confront a communication problem
with North Campus constituents, costs of child
care at the University and the effectiveness of its
own office, the Michigan Student Assembly voted
unanimously at last night's regular meeting to
create three new task forces.
Engineering Rep. David Burden proposed the
North Campus Task Force in hopes of improving
communications with North Campus residents and
students, and creating an MSA office on the campus.
"It's ridiculous that anyone that lives up on
North Campus or attends classes mostly on North
Campus has to come all the way down here to do
anything with MSA," Burden said. "Until we have
an office on North Campus, then members of the
task force can act to represent MSA there."
Burden said he would run for chair of the task
force at next week's meeting.
Music Rep. Susan Ratcliffe said, "There's a lot
of groups up on North Campus and a lot of them
are uninformed as to the resources of MSA.
"Hopefully, this task force will provide infor-
mation as to how they can get money from MSA
and any support they need."
External Relations Committee Chair Fiona Rose
last night proposed a Child Care Services Task
Force. The resolution provides for the assembly to
interact with the Center for the Education of
Women, the Graduate Employee Organization
and the University's Health and Human Services
Department "in studying and changing (as neces-
sary) the state of child care on this campus."
Rose said she has been studying the University's
child-care resources, which include six child-care
centers, for a year. The resolution states that some
graduate students spend their entire financial aid
package on caring for their children.
Leslie dePietro, coordinator of University's
Family Care Resources Program, said, "I think the
more student involvement we can get in this area,
the stronger the 'U' will be in attracting a more
diversified student population."
Although Rose offered the resolution with a
clause making herself the task force's chair, the
assembly voted to elect a co-chair at next week's
meeting from the University community at large,
possibly someone who has a child.
The Office Resources Task Force will focus on
improving the assembly's facilities. Campus Gover-
nance Committee Chair Probir Mehta and Vice
President Sam Goodstein will co-chair the task force.
Although a similar group led by former LSA Rep.
Dante Stella evaluated the office's needs last year,
Mehta's proposal calls for a non-partisan evaluation.
The task force includes members of several parties.
"If you go to other offices in the University,
they're beautiful," Mehta said, adding that he
hopes the task force will find inexpensive ways to
make the office and chambers more useful.
Mehta said he hopes the task force's findings will
persuade the assembly to reallocate supplies and
possibly distribute unused equipment to othergroups.
Bugler plans to
mothers to work
The Engler triplets, Madeleine (left) Margaret (center) and Hanna show off their Halloween costumes at the governor's
residence in Lansing on Monday. The dalmation costumes were made by the children's grandmother, Agnes Engler.
Affiance targets Sen. Levin with
$1M lagprotecion cmag
LANSING (AP) - Gov. John
Engler's rush to put more welfare re-
cipients to work collided with respect
for motherhood yesterday as lawmak-
ers complained about his plan to force
mothers of infants into jobs.
The plan unveiled by Engler for re-
vamping Michigan's welfare system
would require recipients to cooperate in
looking for work, do community ser-
vice or work 20 hours a week - or face
a swift end to their benefits.
Mothers would be exempt only until
their infants are six weeks old, but be-
fore that time could be required to at-
tend parenting classes or other activi-
ties. Now, mothers can wait until their
babies are a year old before looking for
Some warned that was too soon to.
separate babies and new mothers.
"I don't think there's any greater
working role than that mother and child
bond," said Rep. Bill Bobier (R-
Bobier said forcing mothers to leave
their infants could backfire on the state's
efforts to strengthen families.
"I am less than comfortable in insist-
ing that mothers with infants six weeks
old bundle them up on a February after-
noon and go to their (job). I think that's
way too soon," he said..
A former recipient of Aid to Families
With Dependent Children agreed.
"I don't see how that in the long run
is going to help society as a whole,"
said Diane Bernard of Detroit, a na-
tional board member of the National
Welfare Rights Organization.
"The children need their mothers at
six weeks. They need her to be in a good
frame of mind emotionally as well as
physically. If she is on aid, she is more
likely not to have a partner who can
kick in for her. The children may suf-
Highlights of Gov.
8 Recipients will lose all benefits
after 60 days if they fail to look for
a job, work or community service.
Recipients who cooperate for
the first 60 days and later fail to
do so will have their grants cut 25
percent and then dropped from
rolls completely after four months
3 Recipients exempted from the
work requirement include
grandchildren; individuals age 65
or older; the disabled; those caring
for a disabled child and mothers of
infants less than six weeks old.'
9 Minor parents will be required to
live with their parents or with
other adults and attend school to
Engler said people who stay home
with their children should not expect
"That's fine as long as you don't ask
somebody else to pay yourbills," he said.
Social Services Director Gerald
Miller defended the six-week limit. He
said many private employers give only
six weeks of maternity leave and wel-
fare recipients should not expect better
The requirements unveiled yester-
day build on efforts underway in Michi-
gan since 1992 to push welfare recipi-
ents into jobs. The state estimates more
than 70,000 families have left welfare
since October 1992 after getting jobs.
Engler said the new provisions will
take advantage of the new flexibility
Congress is expected to give states to
run their own welfare programs. He
wants state lawmakers to pass his pack-
age by the end of the year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Citizens Flag Alliance is
spending more than $1 million on ads targeting senators in a
dozen states who are mostly undecided on how to vote on an
amendment that would ban burning the American flag.
The group today is unveiling its radio and TV ad campaign
urging viewers to call their senators in support of the amend-
ment in key states including North Dakota, Connecticut,
New Hampshire and Michigan, Flag Alliance spokeswoman
Susan Ridge said.
Ridge said the ads are mostly aimed at undecided senators.
But the alliance also is targeting senators they believe could be
sympathetic, like Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, who
until this week had not publicly stated how he would vote.
In a letterto The Muskegon Chronicle, Levinsaid Monday he
would vote against the proposed amendment, as he had in 1990.
"I detest flag burning, but I also love the U.S. Constitu-
tion," he wrote.
"In 1990,1 voted against a proposed constitutional amend-
ment authorizing each state to adopt its own definitions and
penalties for flag desecration, which would have resulted in
a legal quagmire and undermined First Amendment rights,"
Ridge said that despite Levin's letter, the Alliance would
start broadcasting radio ads in Michigan. It is planning a press
conference in Lansing tomorrow to unveil a30-secondTVad.
Levin was chosen in part because in 1989 he voted for a
statute that would have prevented flag burning. The statute
passed, but in 1990 the U.S. Supreme Court overruled it.
The ads are running in North Dakota, where both senators
are undecided, and New Hampshire, where Pennsylvania
Sen. Arlen Specter is making his bid for the Republican
presidential nomination. Both New Hampshire senators al-
ready support the amendment.
The TV ad shows people at a cross-burning rally, a book-
burning rally and then finally protesters burning an Ameri-
Poll: Two-thirds of Americans believe angels are real
DETROIT (AP) - More Americans
believe angels are real than believe the
devil is real, and about a third of adults
in a recent poll said they believed in
ghosts or spirits.
In the national EPIC-MRA/Mitchell
telephone survey of 1,000 adults, 69
percent said they thought angels exist,
compared with 58 percent who said
they believed in the devil.
Also, 39 percent of those questioned
in late September said they believed in
ghosts or spirits, said the poll released
earlier this month. Nineteen percent
said they believed in reincarnation.
The beliefin angels was strongest, 88
percent, among people who also told
pollsters their top concern was morals
and family values, the survey found. It
had a margin of error of plus or minus 3
Beliefin angels was strongerin people
who live in the South, oppose abortion,
consider themselves Republican, have
not earned a college diploma and earn
less than $75,000 a year.
Believing in angels would appeal to
younger churchgoers who are spiritu-
ally curious and are heavy-hearted about
the harsh realities of life in the 1990s,
said the Rev. Edgar Vann, pastor of the
1,500-member Ebenezer Baptist Church
"They're looking for a higher con-
sciousness, a higher power. That's why
we're seeing a real resurgence of spiri-
tual core values now. People are look-
ing for an anchor around which they
can build their lives," said Vann, vice
president of the Council of Baptist Pas-
tors of Detroit and Vicinity.
Angel products, such as figurines and
books, are a growing business.
"The number of angel products is
growing every year," said Denny
Dahlmann, who opened his Angel Trea-
sures store in Royal Oak in 1993 and
has since helped open eight others in
Michigan and elsewhere.
"If you look at what the movies have
done over the last several months,
there's been more about angels," said
EPIC-MRA President and co-owner
Bernie Porn, whose Lansing company
did the poll with Mitchell Research &
Communications of East Lansing.
"I suppose it's no accident there has
been an increase in movies about an-
gels. ... They obviously have an ap-
peal," Porn said.
Many people believe they have had
angel encounters, said Paul Schubert,
director of Psychological Studies and
Clergy Consultation Program in Oak-
land County's West Bloomfield.
"Experiencing encounters with an-
gelic beings ... is common to a signifi-
cant number ofpeople, andthese people
are not necessarily high strung or people
given to these kinds ofvi sions," he said.
One ofthose people is Lorna Stephens
Meatte, who said she saw an angel one
night in 1986 as she comtemplated sui-
cide. It happened shortly after herbrother
died, while her marriage was falling
apart. She said she believes it saved her
life. "I fell back on my couch that night
and said, 'God, I want to die."'
Then she saw a bright light, like a
star, and soon saw her brother.
"It was very warm and it felt like I was
being hugged, even thought I could not
touch him," Meatte told the Detroit Free
Press for an article published Monday;
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