The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 19, 1996 - 3
The Ann Arbor Police Department re-
*rted a breaking and entering on the 700
block ofMiller Avenue on Sunday. How-
ever, the would-be thief only had time to
throw a couple punches before AAPD
A woman called AAPD to report that
afn unknown man was knocking on her
apartment door. Before officers arrived
on the scene, the knocking stopped and
the woman opened the door to see if the
man was still there.
When she opened the door the man
'nched her in the face and wrestled her
to the ground. According to AAPD re-
ports, the assailant yelled, "I'm gonna
slow you who's the man," and "I'm
gonna kill you."
After attacking the woman the man
attempted to leave the apartment building
but was stopped by police before he could
reach the exit.
AAPD reported that the subject
cked one of the officers while being
Eigineers suspected in
fake ID scam
The Department of Public Safety re-
ceived a call from a concerned staffmem-
ber at the Institute of Science and Tech-
nology on Friday concerning the possible
manufacturing of fake drivers' licenses at
the North Campus Building.
the printer ribbons on the computer lab's
color printers and found "license-type
information on them."
The caller said there was reason to
believe Engineering students were using
the printers to make over-21 licenses.
Fire set on South Quad
dining hall roof
* DPS received several calls Saturday
about a fire burning on the roof of the
South Quad dining hall.
The Ann Arbor Fire Department ar-
rived on the scene to extinguish the small
blaze, DPS reports.
DPS reports the fire was probably
started in the 6600 corridor of Gomberg
House, but the suspects were gone from
their room when DPS officers arrived.
flying fruit breaks
An unexpected guest visited staffers
at the Law Quad kitchen Thursday.
An orange crashed through the win-
dow ofthe building, shattering glass across
DPS reports that the airborne citrus
fruit came from the Beta Theta Pi fra-
ternity across the street. Members of
te fraternity were reportedly "using a
sling shot to throw oranges" across State
DPS officers metwith the house's presi-
dent and confiscated the sling shot.
Trespassers run around
Apparently four students couldn't wait
five more months for football season to
W According to DPS reports, four men
were seen entering the pressbox at Michi-
gan Stadium early Friday morning.
The suspects were then spotted run-
ning across the field.
Upon their arrival, DPS officers could
not locate the stadium invaders.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Sam T. Dudek.
Detroit voters to decide fate of new stadium
By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
In addition to choosing between the number of
candidates on today's Republican presidential pri-
mary ballot, voters in Detroit face another decision
- whether to permit use of city funds for the
building of a new Tiger Stadium.
The oddly worded ballot proposal, Proposal A,
asks voters whether or not the city should reinstate a
ban on using public funds for stadium construction
-voting "Yes" on the proposal will prohibit the use
of $40 million of city bonds for the project, which is
estimated to cost $240 million. A second proposal,
Proposal B, is only advisory and asks voters ifpublic
tax monies should be used to support the construc-
The Michigan Strategic Fund, which is used for
economic development in the state, would give
another $55 million to the project. Tigers owner
Mike Hitch has pledged the remaining $145 million
to the project, including any additional overrun costs.
The project would create a new stadium in the
downtown Detroit area, at the intersection of I-75 and
Grand River Avenue, just blocks from Fox Theater
and the theater district.
Tigers spokesperson Tom Shields said the combi-
nation of the number of sports fans at the new stadium
and attendance from area restaurants and theaters
would create a huge market for downtown business
that could rejuvenate the city.
"Professional sports increases the fabric of your
community," Shields said. "It makes you a world-
City officials and members of Tiger management
have appealed for support from the public in media
interviews, advertisements and community visits,
including several to Detroit churches Sunday.
Members of the Tiger Stadium Fan Club, who are
actively working against the building of a new sta-
dium, say the $95 million of public funds could be
directed toward more useful projects.
"We question if a stadium is the best use," said
Mike Gruber, a fan club member, who suggested
building low-income housing, retail development or
homeless shelters with the money.
Gruber said retail stores in the vicinity of the
current stadium could face a sharp decline in their
business. "Retail owners with long-standing roots in
the community will see their businesses go down the
tubes," he said.
Tigers President John McHale said the fan club is
filled with "energetic, intelligent, well-meaning
people," but he disagrees with their position.
"If the voters vote 'No' on Proposal A and 'Yes'
on Proposal B, we've taken a giant step towards
securing our future in the city of Detroit for the 21st
century," McHale said.
The funding would not only provide for the build'
ing of a new stadium, but would add amenities such
as private suites, club-level seating and a wider
concourse for food vendors, to entice corporate and
Shields said such additions, which he said could
not be made in the current, 85-year-old stadium, are,
necessary for the team to be able to compete in.
today's baseball market.
MHale said the franchise is not threatening to
leave the city, adding that the team intends to remain
in the city until it is impossible to do so.
Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, who supports the
project, would not comment.
The project hinges also upon state funding, pend
ing a lawsuit by the fan club and state Sen. George
Hart (D-Dearborn). The suit alleges that Gov. John
Engler's disbursement of state funds for a private
business deal violates the state constitution.
By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
Addressing the Senate Assembly
for the last time as the University
president, James Duderstadt revisited
fond and not-so-fond memories dur-
ing yesterday's assembly meeting.
Duderstadt compared being the
University president to "a sheriff in
an old-time frontier's town."
"Every morning, you strap on your
guns and go off into the streets," he
said. "If you don't get shot up, you do
get wounded from time to time."
His speech focused on "the road
ahead" for the University in the con-
text of past and present events."
"I hope I have been a prophet of
change," Duderstadt said. "We're ex-
ploring how to create not a 20th but a
21st century institution."
Senate Assembly members ac-
knowledged the impact these changes
will have on both the faculty and
SACUA member Alfredo
Montalvo, an Art professor, said the
relationship between the Senate Ad-
visory Committee on University Af-
fairs and the administration should
continuously be strengthened.
"It is important for the administra-
tion and SACUA to work in harmony
and mutual respect," Montalvo said.
SACUA vice-chair-elect Louis
D'Alecy said the new leader of the
University had to be able to blaze his
own trail like previous presidents.
"I hope new leadership can develop
their own set of visions and can take
us forward," D'Alecy said.
"The new idea is the part of faculty
in governance of University,"
D'Alecy said. "The more dramatic
change than external influences is the
greater faculty leadership."
Some professors said Duderstadt's
agendas, such as the Michigan Man-
date and the Michigan Agenda for
Women, had become easier to under-
stand over the tenure of his presi-
"I agree with him more now than
when he was pushing the ideas," said
William Ensminger, a professor of
medicine and pharmacology and
"I was impressed. It was a more
mellow and introspective talk than
students line uj
for high school
By Will Woissert
Daily Staff Reporter
For most eighth graders, the transition
to high school means new teachers, more
homework and a longer school day.
For some eighth graders who hope to
attend Community High School next
year, that transition means waiting in
line for as long as two weeks.
"It's kind of ironic that we are missing
school to go to school," said eighth-grader
Andrea Corunil, one of about 60 eighth
graders braving the cold yesterday.
The line, which continues to form in
front of the Ann Arbor Public Schools'
Balas Administration Building on State
Street, began before 9 a.m. Sunday
morning. Students and theirparents who
are waiting with them are hoping to
gain entrance into Community - Ann
Arbor's alternative high school.
There are 100 openings available to
incoming first-year students. On Thurs-
day, the Ann Arbor Public Schools will
hold a lottery distributing 50 of those
coveted openings. The other 50 open-
ings will be filled based on the students'
position in line.
Those who are drawn in the lottery
will be able to go home after a mere
three days of camping out. Those who
are not so lucky will have to remain in
line until April 1, when the district will
distribute the final 50 spots.
Most of the students pointed to
Community's small size and its greater
freedom for students as the reason they
are willing to wait in line to go to school.
"I want to go to Community because the
teachers get to know you and the different
grades can learn from each other," said
eighth-grader Evan Dayringer.
Mayor Ingrid Sheldon said the line has
gotten out of hand and that the publicity it
is causing should not lead people to ques-
tion the quality of Ann Arbor's two main
high schools, Huron and Pioneer. "I think
the lines definitely sound a little crazy,'
she said. "But this is a fine program wltl-
a fine reputation. It is excellent for some
students - but it doesn't take away frosr
the quality of our other schools."
Chris Argersinger, a school board men-
ber, said the board is taking steps tr
combat the Community lines. "We triec
to do something about this line this year,'
Argersinger said. "People didn't want i
full lottery because they wanted soni
sort of control over the process - but n
one imagined these kind of lines.
"We have set up a high school revievw
committee to consider serious changes a
the big comprehensive high schools -
we want to implement some of the thing:
that draw kids to Community," she said
Most of those waiting in line sai
they plan to alternate waiting shift:
between students and parents.
"My husband and I are alternating
between ourselves and our daughter,
said Julie Skurski, whose daughter i
hoping to be one of the 100 lucky stu-
dents. "I think this is really crazy, but
had an older daughter who went t(
Community and I have a very stronl
commitment to this school. It makes
big difference in kids' lives."
Argersinger said Ann Arbor is used t,
the Community lines, but they usually d<
not come this early before the applicatio:
date. "Two weeks is a hair early to say th.
least," she said. "When does it end?"
Hopeful students were willing to pu
the two-week camp-out in perspective.
"This is the next four years of m-
life," said 14-year-old Lindsay Clark
who is number 38 in line. "High schoc
is a very important thing."
Looking to the future
School of Social Work associate Prof. Edith Lewis spoke on the future of
women of color yesterday.
$700O,000 for compueters
By Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor City Council passed
two resolutions last night that allocate
more than $700,000 to the upgrading of
the city's computer systems - money
that some councilmembers said will be
spent on mostly obsolete mainframe
The first resolution, which passed
unanimously, earmarked almost
$213,000 for the purchase of 65 new
microcomputers equipped with Pentium
processors. The new computers will
replace obsolete 386 systems, which
will likely be donated to charity.
But the bulk ofthe technology spend-
ing - more than $508,000 - went to
upgrading the city's mainframe tech-
nology. In a time when mainframes
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
have become all but obsolete, the coun-
cil voted to keep and upgrade its main-
frame system to the level of technology
that was available in 1992.
City officials said the reasons they did
not want change to a newer system are the
mainframe's reliability and the fact that
transition to a total micro-computer sys-
tem would be extremely difficult.
Not all of the councilmembers were
satisfied with the council's decision. "I
don't see anything here that can't be done
more easily in a PC-based environment,"
said Stephen Harwell (D-4th ward).
Councilmember Patrick Putman (R-
4th ward) agreed."I have a problem with
this step backwards," he said. "We are
spending money, but we are still going
backwards in technology. In five years ...
there will be no mainframe."
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election cycle for two positions on the
board should not affect its activities.
"It is sort ofa tradition here at Michi-
gan that people leave their partisanship
in the cloakroom," Roach said. "When
the board gets political, it results in
difficulties for the University."
Roach, who served with Varner from
1980 to 1990, described Varner as "a
very quiet and warm leader."
Varner, who is co-chairing the Presi-
dential Search Committee with Regent
Shirley McFee (R-Battle Creek), said
her departure will not influence the
search for the new president.
"My hope is (the search) will con-
tinue to move on schedule," Varner
said. "We will come out with a good
candidate sometime soon."
Varner said that if a president is not
selected before she leaves, she believes
the search will be successful without her.
"I'll still have to move on," she said.
"The decision will still be in good
Varner said she is uncomfortable
taking sole credit for any improve-
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