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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 28, 1995 - 3

Officers search
for man with
gun on Oakland
* Friday afternoon, Ann Arbor Po-
lice Department cruisers, motorcycles
and bicycles surrounded an apartment
complex at 908 Oakland St., looking
for a man who was reportedly carry-
ing a weapon.
Neighbors watched from their
porches as police officers searched
the grounds.
"The police were searching
brough the trash cans around the
back of the building," said LSA jun-
ior Jennifer Holmwell, who watched
the scene from her house across the
street. "When they showed up, they
quickly started to walk around the
Police officers searched the
building for more than 10 minutes.
Following the search, five officers
xited the building through a side
"We recieved a report about 10
minutes ago of a man carrying a gun,"
said Sgt. Zsenyuk of the AAPD. "We
thoroughly searched the scene and
now believe that the gun was actually
a pellet gun, but we have not been
able to locate the person or the
Officers said that they now be-
*eve no one was in danger while the
man was in the area, but reported to
the scene as if it were a dangerous
AAPD officers said they have no
suspects in the case.
Man with gun,
sword threatens
a its resident
A resident of the Vera Baits II
residence hall's Coman House called
the Department of Public Safety last
week saying that "a (man) outside of
his room was trying to get in to kill
him," according to reports.
When DPS officers arrived, they
found a man kicking on the resident's
door, trying to gain entry.
The victim "was threatened and is
in fear for his safety (because) the
suspect has threatened him in the past,"
reports say. No attack on the victim
occurred at the time officers arrived.
Officers took the suspect's "Ruger
9mm and a sword for safekeeping and
the suspect agreed to be transported
to" the Psychological Emergency
Room at University Hospitals.
*Peep hole' stolen
from Mary Markley
A student living in Mary Markley
residence hall called DPS last Thurs-
day after she discovered a piece of her
property missing.
The resident, who lives on the
2400 hall of Little House, told offic-
ers that "someone had stolen her peep
iole from her door."
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Josh White

is it?
Exterior stone work, grinding
hands shut down bell tower

By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
Although scaffolding on the Bur-
ton Memorial Bell Tower gives stu-
dents hope of someday knowing the
correct time, they will have to wait for
mild weather to see any improvement
to the 212-foot timepiece.
The scaffolding on the building is
not directly due to fixing the clocks,
said Ronald Due, senior architect at
the Facilities, Planning and Design
"There were stone parts on the
building in need of repair," Due said.
Foreman Tom Metty said the
clocks have been stopped since March
17 to prevent interference with the
masonry work.
Due said the work on the building's

stone face required the use of a swing-
stage, which was "supported by two
cables all the way from the top of the
building, 180 feet off the ground."
Further work on the clock faces
will be done, although it was not the
primary goal of the construction.
"It appears that the minute hand
on the south side of the clock bumps
into the 12 o'clock mark," Due said.
"Since we can't reach it from the
inside, we're going to take the swing-
stage down from the east side (of the
tower), put it on the south side and
figure out the problem. We will fix
the clock and turn it on and then
everyone can get to class on time."
Turning the clocks back on is con-
tingent upon mild weather, however.
The platform will move out of line

Construction scaffolding and snow sit on the Burton Tower last night.

with any wind, Due said. "We need a
calm day, so we can work safely."
Students with classes nearby ea-
gerly await the end of the work.
Ajay Bedi, a Rackham education
student, said, "I've been here a long
time and I've never seen (the clocks)

Mark Clark was also perturbed by
the delay in fixing the clock.
"What bothers me about this cam-
pus is that you never know what time
it is," the Engineering junior said.
"There are no public clocks. When
the Bell Tower doesn't work, it makes
it all the worse."

Speaker kicks off Friendly Days at 'U'

By Christy Glass
Daily Staff Reporter
Amid flying peanuts, smiley stickers and col-
ored balloons, Friendly Days, aimed at promoting a
"kinder and gentler" campus, kicked off yesterday
with a "Bonanza" last night highlighted by motiva-
tional speaker and University alum Walt Stitinski.
"Life is too important to take seriously," he told
more than 40 people last night in the Michigan
Union Ballroom. "Humor is all around us. If we're
willing to stop, look and listen, we can find it."
Stitinski said students take themselves too seri-
ously and they can improve their lives and reduce
stress by laughing more.
"If you learn to laugh more, you can re-energize
yourself and do better," he said. "Students with a
good sense of humor are better able to deal with
stress. Enjoying life, that's the bottom line, not that
Stitinski said that students must look for the
humor in life because as they grow older they laugh
less and loose the playfulness they once had as
"As grown-up children, we still need the fun in

4 a
"Life is too important
to take seriously. Humor
is all around us. If we're
willing to stop, look and
listen, we can find it"
- Walt Stitinski
motivational speaker and University alum
our lives," he said. "Keep that child alive that's
within you."
Stitinski called laughter "internal jogging." He
said it can be therapeutic and can actually boost the
immune system.
"Laughter is the most underutilized resource we
have to make ourselves feel better," Stitinski said.
"Humor can be used to deal with trials and tribula-
tions and to deal with tragedy in life."
"Laughter is a gift," he said. "We are the only
species on the face of the earth with the ability to

laugh," he added.
"We all share a common bond. It's in every one
of us."
Following the speech, students were treated to
an upbeat performance by the Friars, an eight-
person University a capella group, who sang such
cheerful songs as "Celebration" and "It's All
Susie Morelli, an LSA senior, said she was
motivated by the speech. "I like the fact that he
reminded all of us of childhood because I try to do
that," she said. "This campus needs to lighten up."
LSA senior Julie Neenan, president of the
Michigan Student Assembly and a coordinator for
Friendly Days, said this year's events are aimed at
promoting a friendlier campus environment. "Ev-
eryone has got to learn to laugh more at themselves
and at life," she said.
Andy Hamilton, an LSA first-year student,
said the goal of Friendly Days was to promote
student interaction.
"We're trying to get people to talk to each other
and to be respectful of the person next to you, and
to be aware of their needs," he said.

crafts on
display at
By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
The halls of Crisler Arena were
filled over the weekend with Native
American artwork, jewelry and crafts,
brought to Ann Arbor from all over
North America.
Elisabeth Kimewon said she travels
with her birchbark art to about five
powwows each year. She makes repli-
cas ofcanoes andwigwams atherhome
in Lansing.
Kimewon said last weekend's pow-
wow is the largest she attends in the
year. She said she found the location
nearthe University very appealing: "The
students purchase a lot."
Kimewon said that although she is
working, she does not miss.out on the
dancing at the powwows. "We take
shifts at the booth so we can go in and
see the dancers," she said.
The young and the old work to sell
their crafts. "I help my family by help-
ing at the booth," said 9-year-old Gus
Ed Gray, of Fennville, said he has
been to the Ann Arbor powwow six
times. "It gets better every year. It's a
good powwow," he said.
Gray attributed some of the
powwow's success to the University
community's high level of participa-
tion. "Students, professors and profes-
sionals from the community take agreat
interest," he said.
Gray said people may purchase the
beadsjewelry andpottery he sells at the
site or by special orders he gets at the
"The business generated by one
powwow can extend for several
months," he said.
Raymond Roach drove 2 1/2hours
from his Ohio home to sell the jewelry
he designs.
Roach said the Ann Arbor powwow
is one of the best. "The people are
smart. They know what they're looking
for. That's why we come here. That's
why they want us. They want good art,"
he said.
Some of the traders make the pow-
wow their chief source of income.
Henry Rubin serves as a distributor
for 40 Native American artists. His
career as the head of Black Wolf Art
Gallery is based on traveling across
North America.
Rubin said he travels to about 40
powwows each year. He said he will
attend a powwow every weekend from
now until November before returning
to his Lake Worth, Fla., home.
Lakota artist Jim Yellowhawk trav-
eled from his Dayton, Ohio, home to
display his paintings. He travels regu-
larly to art shows, fairs, galleries and
Yellowhawk said he liked Ann Ar-
bor because more professional people
came to the powwow.
Yellowhawk's works range in price

from $15 to $2,000. "My works tend to
sell better when there are largercrowds.
There are definitely larger crowds in
Ann Arbor," he said.
Evelyn Yazzie traveled 28,000 miles
from her Arizona home on a Navajo
reservation to sell original jewelry.
Yazzie said she made the extremely
long road trip because the University
student population makes a big differ-
ence in boosting her sales.

Roberson tells committee of direction for athletics

By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
During the football season, Ath-
letic Director Joe Roberson faces
106,000 screaming fans hoping for a
championship. At a meeting yester-
day, he faced a different crowd.
Members of the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs met
with Roberson to address concerns
about the direction of the University's
athletic program. Roberson said that
media coverage and freshman eligi-
bility are two primary issues facing
the department.
"If we could do away with media
pressure and freshman eligibility, we
would be closer to where we want to
be," he said.

He said first-year students cur-
rently have too many pressures dur-
ing their initial year at the University.
"The pressure is too strong. If we
could take that away for a year, we
would do them a huge favor,"
Roberson said.
Faculty members said they were
concerned that too much pressure is
placed on all student-athletes.
Roberson said that outside influences
such as entertainment present a prob-
lem for the athletic program.
"We are far too much under con-
trol ... why pretend we are not a
commercial business?" Roberson
said. "When we have little control, I
have a great problem."
Roberson mentioned proposed

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national football playoffs as a current
problem. Roberson said he opposes
these additional games because they
would "put more pressure on stu-
dents. Kids won't be focused on any-
thing but championships."
Chemistry Prof. Mark DeCamp
agreed that entertainment poses a risk
to the athletic progam.
"I would like to see the University
not be driven by TV schedules. The
University should stand up to this
one," DeCamp said.
Roberson said he wants to ensure
that football games are not played at 8
p.m for entertainment purposes. He
discourages late games because they
lead to increased partying.
"The tailgate parties start at the
same time no matter what time the
game is. There is significantly more
drinking that goes on prior to (later)
games," he said.
Roberson agreed with faculty
members that athletics should be sec-
ondary to academics. "Students are
here for education, but are using the
athletic experience in addition to that,"
he said.
He said emphasis is placed not
only on intercollegiate sports, but also
on intramural sports. He said that
there are more than 90,000 duplicated
participants in the intramural program.
"The program is driven by the

interest of students," he said."Young-
sters who want to compete in
intramurals have that opportunity."
Faculty members said another area
of concern was the deal made be-
tween the University and Nike. "Is
the image of the Unversity inappro-
priately changed by virtueof Nike and
Pepsi-Cola?" asked Human Genetics
Prof. George Brewer.
Roberson defended the contract,
saying that it helps control endorse-
"We have lost no control to Nike.
They do not put pressure on student-
athletes. If we can benefit, I do not see
a problem," he said.
SACUA members said they are
also concerned about Nike's indi-
vidual contracts with coaches and al-
legations that Nike discriminates in
its employment.
Roberson also answered questions
about gender equity in the athletic
department and the academic level of
the athletes.
"There may be some (athletes) who
are less qualified, but I think they can all
read and write," Roberson said.

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