The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 17, 1995 - 5
spotted by many
Department of Public Safety re-
ports for this week contain four ac-
counts of a window peeper near
Northwood Apartments on North
Monday morning, a suspect was
reportedly "peeping into residents'
windows," according to DPS reports.
Another report was called in on
Tuesday by a resident who said his
"wife has seen (someone) peeping into
the window on two separate occasions,
one a couple weeks ago and again
Wednesday morning, another
Northwood resident called DPS and
said that her daughter saw a man
looking into their apartment early
that morning as she was waiting for
The fourth call about a 'peeping
Tom' came in to DPS just after I a.m.
yesterday. A caller told police that a
"suspicious male" was looking into
Reports describe the suspect as a
white male, about 6 feet tall and with
medium build. The suspect has been
seen wearing blue jeans and a light-
colored, hooded sweatshirt. A DPS in-
vestigation is pending.
$740 snatched from
purse in bathroom
A woman reported that when she
was at Crisler Arena over the week-
end the contents of her purse, val-
ued at more than $700, were taken
while she was in the bathroom
According to DPS reports, the
victim said that $500 in cash and
two checks totaling an additional
$240 were taken from her purse
which "was left in the presence of
an acquaintance ... while the victim
was sick vomiting."
The woman said her purse was left
for about 30 minutes.
DPS reports indicate the acquain-
tance is the prime suspect.
A Macintosh portable computer was
reported missing from Room 7200 of
the Medical Science Research Build-
The owner said the computer, val-
ued at more than $1,000, disappeared
sometime over the weekend and added
that the lab the computer was in is
DPS reports indicate the 11 mem-
bers of the research lab are suspects in
smells up library
A staff member of the Smith Law
Library called DPS Wednesday to re-
port the "strong smell of a skunk,"
Allthree sub-levels of the building
smelled of skunk odor but officers were
not able to locate any animals in the
DPS sent Occupational Safety and
Environmental Health personnel to in-
vestigate the odor.
LSA staff reported that a student
checked out library books and failed to
According to DPS reports, li-
brary staff members attempted to
contact the student via letters and
phone calls in order to find the six
cultural anthropology books he
checked out, but the staff received
DPS searched for the student and
found that he was not listed as a student
at the University this semester.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Josh White
By Tim O'Connell
For the Daily
Last night, acclaimed poet Allen Ginsber
appeared before a crowd of more than 3,800 a
Hill Auditorium. Poet and chanteuse Patti Smit
also appeared as a special guest.
The evening began with a Tibetan invocatio
sung by Ginsberg, and led by his friend, Chri
McCall. The Tibetan invocation was followed b
a rendition of "Amazing Grace" by McCall. "Thi
is a sort of invocation in English," Ginsberg said
After the invocation, Ginsberg was accompa
Ginsberg presentation at
nied by guitarist Stephen Taylor, double bass ing the audience, she said at one pc
player Keith Orr and viola player John Madison. people are causing a disruption in my ii
g The group performed a western ballad called "Lay Smith will sign books at ShamanI
at Down," "Do the Meditation Rock" and the popu- Border's bookstores today.
h lar "Put Down Your Cigarette Rag." The last two Just before the intermission, two
were reprises from Ginsberg's appearance last young men took the stage intending tc
n February - at which he read his famous "Howl." "This is not the '50s or '60s. This is
s Smith, a poet known for her work with 1970s began the unidentified men. They coulc
y guitarist Lenny Kaye, followed Ginsberg. Smith heard, as they spoke into a microphor
s read several poems, including "Swan Song" and not turned on, and they left quietly at th
1. "Dog Dream." Smith joked often with the audi- a Department of Public Safety officer.
L- ence, displaying her self-effacing humor. Teas- Ginsberg suggested that the audie
int, "You speak with the men in the lobby during the inter-
)rum and After the intermission, during which the audi-
ence was urged to obtain information on Tibetan
uninvited Buddhism, Ginsberg introduced and spoke with
speak. Gelek Rinpoche, the director of Jewel Heart.
the '90s," Rinpoche thanked Ginsberg for his appearance.
barely be The audience heard arare reading of Ginsberg's
e that was poem"Kaddish"-first publishedin 1961,which
urging of chronicles the life of his mother, Naomi Ginsberg.
Ginsberg said he reads this poem "maybe once
nce could every 10 years," Ginsberg said.
Cuts in Congress
New offices and classrooms are being constructed on the fourth floor of the East Engineering Building.
Asbestos in Ea E ieern
harmless,'U' official says
By Ronnie Glassberg
Daily Staff Reporter
A proposal to cut Corporation for
Public Broadcasting funding could have
a detrimental impact on the University's
public broadcasting stations, manag-
ers for two of the stations told the
Board of Regents yesterday.
Under a budget-cutting measure
congressional Republicans have pro-
posed slashing funds to CPB.
The regents are the licensees for
three public radio stations - WUOM-
AM in Ann Arbor, WVGR-AM in
Grand Rapids and WFUM-FM in Flint
- known collectively as Michigan
Radio. The University also operates
WFUM-TV (Channel 28 in Flint).
University President James J.
Duderstadt said the television station
may not be able to survive a loss of
CPB funding, and cuts would also be
difficult for the radio stations.
"I think it would have a devastating
impact if it happens. It would seriously,
seriously impact programming,"
CPB,a private organization respon-
sible for the success of public broad-
casting in America, was created by
Congress in 1967. The corporation re-
ceives and distributes federal funds.
This year, the federal government
provided $285 million in support to
"(It's) a relatively small investment
in a culture where Super Bowl com-
mercials are going at $1 million a pop
for 30 seconds," said Jim Gaver, sta-
tion manager forWFUM-TV. "It's sig-
nificant money because it serves as
seed money for other funds."
WFUM-TV received $517,637
from CPB last year -23 percent of its
operating budget. The station reaches
an average weekly audience of 153,000
households throughout southern Michi-
Last year, Michigan Radio received
$229,021-15percent of its operating
budget--fromCPB. The stations reach
an average weekly audience of 120,000
people throughout south and central
Joel Sanguine, station manager for
WUOM, said the station would either.
have to cut national programming or-
local programming and staff if it lost
Vice President for University Rela-
tions Walter Harrison, who oversees
Michigan Radio, said cuts in CPB fund-
ing would sacrifice the quality of pro-
"I think it's probable it will be di-
minished and the more it's diminished
the more we're going to be forced to
answer the questions of how to make
up for the shortfall," Harrison said. "If
federal support falls off, we'll have to
face hard questions about how to con-
tinue to provide that programming."
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Ar-
bor) said it is important for the Univer-
sity to operate public stations.
"The kind of programming that is
carried on public radio and television is
not supported by market dynamics that
would support the programming itself,"
By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
Students with classes in the East Engineering building
have endured the noise and dirt of construction since early
last year. While many classes have been moved to other
buildings, those students left behind are concerned about
their health and safety, due to the hazards of asbestos
"I don't really feel safe - not just because of the
asbestos, but because of all the other d1
after. The renovation is anticipated to be finished by the end
of 1995. The northern two-thirds of the building should be
finished by May, at the latest.
The campus office of Occupational Safety and Environ-
mental Health has not received any recent complaints about
asbestos. However, Peterson said there were complaints
about dust from construction during the summer.
First-year Engineering student Chanda Spence said she
was annoyed with the construction during her classes.
"They need to do something about
smells and stuff going on around
here," said Anu Rebbapragada, an
LSA senior with a class in the build-
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said, "The north part of the
building had asbestos removal com-
pleted last winter. The asbestos abate-
44pThis is not a
health hazard. It is
just an annoyance"
- Julie Peterson
those people outside with those
Tonka trucks, driving about to hit
students," she said.
Math lecturer Steve Swanson was
more accepting of the situation. "Last
semester was more noisy as they
moved things in and out. It smells
now because they run trucks out-
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ment in the south part has just begun
on the fifth floor and is completely sealed off from the rest
of the building."
Peterson said students need not fear a health hazard from
the carcinogen. The asbestos-laden pipes in unoccupied
rooms are sealed off in anticipation of starting the project.
"The removal will only start when the south wing is
totally empty," she said.
Carolyn Yackel, a Rackham student, said that while she
hadn't noticed much of a problem with asbestos, "the noise
is definitely bothering us."
Fellow Rackham student Tony Vazzana said, "We were
supposed to move out (of our office) between terms, but now
we're going to move over the break."
Peterson said the evacuation of the southern wing should
be complete by mid-March, with construction starting soon
side. Next week we'll be moving to
the Perry Building, though." He said that the problems were
understandable and just came with the process of construc-
"This is not a health hazard," Peterson said. "It is just an
annoyance." At the end of the renovation process, the
building will be fully air-conditioned, be handicap acces-
sible, and have improved fire protection, a new roof and new
Peterson said it seemed "worth the temporary dislocation
that everyone has to undergo in order to produce a better
"We ask everyone's patience during this time. We try to
keep it as contained as we can, but we recognize there will
be some inconvenience associated with projects like this,"
with a guaranteed
Assisted suicide trial postponed
PONTIAC - Dr. Jack
Kevorkian's trial stemming from his
role in two deaths will be postponed
until after the U.S. Supreme Court
decides whether to hear his chal-
lenge to Michigan's assisted sui-
Lawyers for Kevorkian and the
state met privately yesterday with
Oakland County Circuit Judge Jes-
sica Cooper and agreed to wait until
July to see whether the high court
accepts the appeal.
Kevorkian will challenge the
Michigan Supreme Court's Decem-
ber ruling that upheld the constitu-
tionality of the law and cited a com-
mon law prohibition against assisted
suicide. Kevorkian lawyer Geoffrey
Fieger said he will appeal by March
The cases considered yesterday
involved the deaths in late 1993 of
Merian Frederick of Ann Arbor, who
had Lou Gehrig's disease, and Chi-
cago-area Dr. Ali Khalili, who had
bone cancer. Both died by inhaling
Kevorkian also is charged in two
other assisted suicide cases before
another Oakland County judge. Trial
on those charges also will be post-
poned, Fieger said.
Fiegersaid that if the Supreme Court
accepts the appeal, arguments will be
heard in the fall. He said he was not
confident, however, that the court would
rule in Kevorkian's favor given its con-
"If they accept it, this will be the
Roe vs. Wade of the '90s," he said,
referring to the court's 1973 ruling
"'However, I think if Roe vs. Wade
went to Supreme Court today, you'd
get a far different opinion. Therefore,
I'm a little worried about what will
If the court declines to hear the
case, Kevorkian's trial probably
would be held in the fall, said Larry
Bunting, an Oakland County assistant
Kevorkian did not attend
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