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While most stu
few that chose t
oelier only
eginuing of
he media attention surrounding Gary Moeller wasn't
the only problem facing the Athletic Department this
summer.
Less than two months after Moeller's resignation, another
ad coach deserted the University. After six seasons as head
seball coach, Bill Freehan left the Wolverines on July 19.
Freehan, a former Wolverine catcher, said in a statement
t despite his absence, he remains committed to Michigan
'letics.
"(I) will always be a supporter of the University of Michi-
n and its athletic programs - especially baseball. At this
e, my wife and I have decided that it is time to re-evaluate
r future," he said.
"Bill has indicated that it is time for him to move on," said
hletic Director Joe Roberson. "He came to Michigan as the
seball coach at a time when Michigan's baseball future
s very much in doubt.
"Bill Freehan gave our program instant credibility, re-
red its integrity, re-established its basic values and kept it
mpetitive -all within the rules by which college baseball
governed."
The Athletic Department is currently searching for a new
ach; assistant coach Art Adams will act in the interim.
Freehan came to the University in the fall of 1989, follow-
a stellar decade of Michigan baseball - the Wolverines
d won eight of the past 10 Big Ten championships, finish-
g secbnd twice. In Freehan's first seasons, however, the
m worked through a two-year probation, as well as a
duction in scholarships.
Last season, the Wolverines finished with a 24-30 record,
eir third consecutive losing season.
rought to light
In late May, the Athletic Department acknowledged that
meti's basketball coach Trish Roberts had been put on
obation midway through the 1994-95 season.
The sanction came after repeated complaints over Rob-
s's conduct toward players and her attitude toward aca-
mics.
Roberts's probation ended this spring with the academic
ar.
Former player Tannisha Stevens and her parents filed a
wsuit-against both Roberts and the University last Novem-
r. Stevens claimed that Roberts harassed her and forced her
leave the team due to a sports-related disability.
Stevens became blind in her left eye after being hit by
okeri glass during a team bus accident in Miami in Decem-
r 1992.
In addition to five other instances of harassment, Stevens's
it claimed Roberts did not sufficiently supervise the trip,
d that Roberts pressured her into quitting the team, subse-
ently seeking to change her scholarship status.

In her sworn deposition, Roberts denied all charges but
mitted she knew of complaints from several players.
Stevens transferred to Lynn University in January.
e exodus continues
On July I1, Assistant Athletic Director for Public Rela-
ns Bruce Madej announced that men's basketball player
akhtar Ndiaye would not return for his junior year.
Ndiaye had complained in late June of jealousy between
ayers and a lack of team unity.
"You're hoping somebody will get hurt so you can play,"

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The Michigan Daily

, September 8, 1995-- 3

I

Summer for

dents were away the last four months sunbathing or sleeping, the
to battle the Ann Arbor heat were witnesses to trials and tribulations.

1

Staff shuffes
mark summer
- As students flock back to campus after a four-month
hiatus, veterans will be surprised by demolished buildings,
repaved streets and new businessess. A less obvious shake-
up, however, has occured within the University administra-
tion.
A hole in University hierarchy was filled at the June Board
of Regents meeting, as Dentistry School Dean J. Bernard
Machen was appointed interim provost and executive vice
president for academic affairs. Machen will serve through
Dec. 31, if necessary.
Machen said he is not under consideration for the perma-
nent posistion.
The post was previously held by Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr.,
who stepped down at the end of August. Whitaker was
appointed to the position in 1990.
"I'm delighted that the regents supported this so enthusi-
astically, and I intend to maintain the job that (Whitaker's)
doing," Machen said after the meeting. "I like the job I have
now, and I have committed myselfto the
Dental School, and I'm not ready to
leave."
The nomination, however, raised past
concerns over the addition of sexual
orientation to Regents' Bylaw 14.06, the
University's non-discriminatory clause.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor)
opposed the change.
Machen headed a task force that rec-
ommended a plan for complying with
the change.
The committee said in May 1994 that Cantor
the University should extend health care
benefits to gay and lesbian couples.
At the June regents meeting, Baker said he had not re-
ceived complete answers from Machen about the task force's
recommendations, and he opposed the nomination for in-
terim provost.
"I asked him a lot of questions and I felt the answers were
inadequate. Any question that a regent asks should be an-
swered," Baker said.
The University is still searching for a permanent provost.
The adminstration has, however, found a permanent solu-
tion to another problem-Nancy Cantor, professorand chair
Top: Trish Roberts (left) of the department of psychology at Princeton University, is
contemplates a play during last the new vice provost for academic affairs-graduate studies
year's Michigan State game. and Horace H. Rackham School dean.
Roberts is going into her fourth Cantor's appointment was approved by the regents at the
year as coach of the Michigan July meeting - just two weeks after the interim dean took
women's casketball team. office.
Left: Makhtar Ndlaye talks to a Whitaker previously said the position would go to an
teammate during a game last year. internal candidate because the school does not have its
Above: Former football coach Gary own faculty and must work with the other University
Moelier frowns during his trial in units.
May. Cantor, however, is no stranger to the University, arriving
in 1983 as an associate professor of psychology. From 1989-
91 Cantor served as the associate dean for faculty programs
in Rackham, an experience that Whitaker said will help the
move.
MARK FRIEDMAN/Daiy "She's bringing with her the perspective from once having
been a Michigan faculty member, as well as a lot of knowl-
edge. She has a running start because she knows the place
University after five years as a Wolverine. Jeff Grogan will very well," Whitaker said in July.
serve as interim director for the season.
Lewis transferred to Ohio State University after being
offered the positions of associate professor of music and Ke'p an eye .
director of bands. * Last spring th University adde the Institute of
Lewis said he had mixed feelings about leaving the Uni- Publ Polcy as its 18th school, hopingto give It
versity. "I really don't want to leave Michigan, but this is a more control and identity in upcoring years.
wonderful opportunity professionally," he said.
Lewis attributes his difficult departure to his students. U The search fora new dean of the Colege of
"They are the greatest students in the world," he said. "I'm Engineering is Stil underway, and acandidateis
really going to m iss them ."- e p e t t o b 5" nou ce th s ay
Conmpiledfromn staff reports to

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Ndiaye said in an interview with The Michigan Daily.
"When you come see us play, we're all hugging. But we're
faking it. It's not like that."
Ndiaye was the third player in his class to transfer. Olivier
Saint-John transferred to San Jose State in mid-season and
Bobby Crawford transferred to Rice in April.
With the loss of Ndiaye, the Wolverines must rely on
sophomores Maurice Taylor and Maceo Baston as their only
experienced frontcourt players.
The band plays on
In May, marching band director Gary Lewis left the

'We're here to tell them it's wrong': Activism continues

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W hether the goal was ending sexual
violence or stopping the spread
of"scab"newspapers, some University
students remained politically active
during the often dormant summer
months.
The initial concern facing students
was the revision of the University's
code of non-academic conduct.
The Board of Regents voted on the
future of the code April 21.
The day before the vote, a group of
students marched into the Fleming Ad-
ministration Building protesting the
code. Several students also spoke at the
public comments session of the regents
meeting.
"The code is inherently teetering on
an edge of a right that students have not
only earned but that they have also
purchased-an education," said Michi-
gan Student Assembly President Flint
Wainess.
The regents voted to keep the present
code, the Statement of Student Rights

cause, I think they should be allowed to
march," she said.
Also sparking student activism was
the strike against the Detroit Newspa-
per Agency Inc., which operates The
Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.
On July 22, The National Women's
Rights Organizing Coalition protested
outside Borders Books and Music to
boycott the sale of the News and Free
Press.
NWROC organizer Jodi Masley said
that the group hoped to pressure Bor-
ders into refusing to sell "scab" papers.
"We had several people decide not to
go in after talking to us. ... It really
shook up Borders," Masley said.
Local student activists joined a na-
tional movement on July 28 when they
protested the scheduled execution of
former Black Panther Mumia Abu-
Jamal.
Abu-Jamal was sentenced in 1982
for the murder or a Philadelphia police
officer. His execution was set for Au-

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