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Bike thefts
commnon as
students return
With the return of students to the
niversity campus, the bicycle popula-
tion rises each year.
And concurrently, so does the num-
ber of bicycle thefts.
Department of Public Safety reports
indicate that from Sunday to Tuesday
this week there were at least seven
reported bike thefts on campus - from
tires to entire frames.
Tuesday, the first day of fall classes,
three bikes were reported stolen, each
q=ed at more than $200. A dark green
ek mountain bike, stolen from the
Dennison Building racks, was the most
expensive taken on Tuesday. It was esti-
mated at $360.
Tires were also a popular steal, as
bikes locked to racks through the back
tires were found missing "quick
release" front tires. One tire, stolen
from the Northwood Apartments area,
was valued at $75.
*DPS has no suspects in any of the
reported bike thefts. Students who
believe that their bicycle has been
stolen should call DPS headquarters at
DPS officials and the Ann Arbor
Police Department urge students to reg-
ister their bikes with the city to help
locate stolen property and to deter
ospital food a
ot commodity
Two incidents of hospital food theft
were reported to DPS this week, once
on Monday and once on Tuesday.
Monday at about 4:30 p.m., a DPS
officer noticed two hospital staff mem-
bers in Lot M-1 3 on Catherine Street
ho looked suspicious.
WWhen the officer approached the
two employees, the officer noticed
them "attemping to carry out a large
box of hospital food," reports say.
The officer then "seized" the food
and questioned the suspects. Both
were released pending further investi-
Tuesday, DPS received a call from
the East Medical Center alleging that a
"visitor stole food in (the) cafeteria." A
*spect, who could not be located,
allegedly "took pizza and corn without
frames lifted at
Martha Cook
Tuesday afternoon, a resident of
*artha Cook on South University
called DPS to report that "her box of
linens/picture frames were stolen
from the storage room on the second
DPS has no suspects in the burglary,
and the resident lists her linens as being
worth $250.
Scaffold found

utside museum
DPS received a call early in the week
of a "second hand report of a scaffold
stolen" from outside the Ruthven
Museum on Geddes. Before officers
could report to the scene, the caller
"reported the item was found," and that
there were "rno problems" with the
east Quad copier
Most vandalism on campus involves
destruction of property by use of force
or graffiti painted on University prop-
erty. Tuesday afternoon, a University
student tried another method to vandal-
ize a University copier.
At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, an East
quad staff member reported to DPS
that someone had "poured water into
the copy machine" located in the res-
idence hall's first floor main corri-
There are no suspects.
- Compiled from staff reports


The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 6, 1996 - 3

Some band members missing uniform jackets

By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
A record number of members joining the
University's marching band this y ear left some
reserve members without a complete uniLbfn at
last weekend's football game.
The marching band usually hovers around 350
members, but this year the band's size grew to 395,
said Ken Potsinelli, the band's development offi-
"We ordered 400 uniforms," said Potsinelli. "We
only had 395 (marching band members) show up.

but 395 people won't fit into 400 uniforms
because of size Variation.
"Theoretically, 400 uniforms fit 350 people,
but we were able to fit 379," Potsinelli said. "The
16 left were outfitted with older jackets.
LEverybody had a new uniform from the waist
dO\ n.
Ssually, the reserve members stand by during
came> While about 150 members perform and
march. but last weekend's game was different.
said Potsinelli.
"Last weekend was a huge exception because

everybody performed to have experience,"
Potsinelli said.
Some flag reserve members wore older uni-
forms, dating back to 1 985. for the game because
of the shortage of jackets.
"The reserves wore new pants but ran out of
jackets." said LSA senior Mandy Carpenter,
who has performed in the flag section for three
Even though there were not enough jackets,
Carpenter said it was better than her first year in
the band when the flag reserves wore completely

different outfits, Carpenter said.
"It's a great thing we have a lot of people in
the flag section, but each year we can't spend
5500 a uniform for surplus uniforms,"
Carpenter said.
LSA first-year student Ali Ahmad, a reserve
member in the drum section, said the band was
efficient in distributing uniforms despite the large
number of new members.
"They were actually pretty organized about jt,'
Ahmad said. "I stood 2 112 hours to get my unt-
form. I wanted to be one of the firsts."

KKK protestors
headed for trial

By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
Four anti-Ku Klux Klan protesters
appeared in circuit court yesterday to
confront charges of felonious assault.
Russel Stewart, Matthew Titterton.
Thomas Bosse and Michael Helms
arrived with their lawyers to face
charges stemming from a June 22 KKK
rally. The rally culminated in a violent
clash between KKK marchers and a
group of counter-demonstraters.
"It was a pre-trial conference ... just
to see if anything can be worked out,"
said assistant prosecuting attorney
David Lady.M
Lady said the meeting resolved little.
He said trial dates will be set for the
defendants in the coming days, and that
the trials will be conducted separately
from one another.
Titterton is facing three separate
charges, all for allegedly throwing
objects at police officers near the

fence that surrounded the Larcorp
Municipal Building. Bosse; is
accused of assaulting Detective
Michael King with a rock.
In July, charges were dropped
against two other potential defen-
dants, Jana Cephas and Dylan
Breese. Breese had been charged
with felonious assault on Edna"Berry,
the wife of KKK National Imperial
Wizard Jeff Berry, for allegedly hit-
ting her in the head with a rock.
Lisa Rush, a member of the National
Women's Rights Organizing Coalition,
said 15 protesters picketed outside the
courthouse before the hearing began
"We want to send a message that we
do want these charges dropped," Rush
said. "All they (the defendants) did was
go out and stand up to the KKK."
Rush said members of NWROC also
sat in the courtroom in an effort to show
support for the defendants.

The sound of sience JENNIFER BRADLEY
Members of the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship (from left to right: Pastor Jim Kuieck, LSA Senior Dana Nielson, LSA
Senior Anu Agrawal, LSA Junior Erin Wingate) performed a pantomime yesterday afternoon in the diag.

First-year semmars offer smaller
classes, more personal attention

By Carly Blatt
For the Daily
Gone are the days when first-year
University students are destined to hav e
all their classes in huge, intimidating
lecture halls. With the Il.nix ersitv'S
First-Year Seminar Program entering its
third year, members of the class of 2000
may participate in more than 175 of
these unique courses.
The program, which began in 1994,
is designed to "attempt to improve
undergraduate education. and make
senior faculty available to first-year stu-
dents," said David Schoem, assistant
dean for undergraduate education.
Schoem coordinates the program in
which first-year students are placed in
small, interactive courses taught by
tenured and tenure-track faculty.
While other universities have similar
seminar programs, the Iniversitv's
seminars are unique because they are
open to first-year students and are
taught by professors, Schoem said.
All the seminars count for either dis-
tribution requirements or for the
Introductory Composition requirement,
he said. In addition, many satisfy the
Race and Ethnicity or Quantitative
Reasoning requirements. The typical

class size is less than 25 students.
Because students choose to elect a
seminlar. enrollment consists of students
eager to earn, said English Prof.
Richard Bai lex.y a seminiiar instructor.
"People are there because they wx ant to
be there,' he said.
Last xear s seminar participants said
one reason ilhev decided to enroll was
the small classroom environment. "I
was interested in a smaller ... class,'
said ILSA sophomore Nicole Olson. "I
liked the idea of persona attention.'
A nother ttraction for students is the
easV access to an actual professor "In
my other classes, the professors were up
at the podium and the only people I had
contact oith were 1As," said LSA
sophomore Jeff Rothleder, who took
three seminars last year. "Throughi the
seminars. I was able to meet people like
David Schoem.'
Faculty also enjoy the small seminars,
said LSA Associate Dean Lincoln Flaller.
"From what I've been told. they like the
idea of teaching students when they're
brand nexx.'' he said. "'A large ,oal is to
disrupt the stereotype that students won't
actually lay eves on a senior professor
until their Junior or senior year.
"U sual Iy, many students never Let to.

know a professor well enough to ask for
a recommendation." Faller said.
I hrotgh the seminar program, students
have the opportunity to develop a rela-
tionship with a fhil professor, he said.
Several students said they believe the
professor is the key to a seminar's suc-
cess. I SA sophomore Will Cobbins
said he signed up for his seminar
because he liked the idea ofa small set-
ting, but his professor's attitude made
the seminar a poor experience.
"I felt that my professor talked down
to us because we were freshmen." he
said. "In lectures. the professors spoke
as i f you knew what was going on."
Olson took two seminars last year,
and said a seminar "can go either way.
it really depends on the professor."
In one of the seminars. "the professor
didn't even bother to learn our names
... which made it difficult to get to
know her." Olson said.
At the same time, Olson said she was
"Iascinated" by another seminar she took.
"I enjoyed the discussion format" she said.
Both Schoem and Faller said they
feel the program is accomplishing its
goals of making senior faculty available
to first-year students and providing an
interactive classroom environment.

Socialist Equality candidates fight
police, school board over free speech

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By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
What started last week in Detroit as a
speak-out against school budget cuts has
escalated into a battle for fiedom ofspeech.
Socialist Equality Party members Jim
Hartnett and Jerry White claim their
rights were violated when they were
arrested Aug. 29 after speaking and dis-
tributing party literature at a Detroit
Board of Education community forum.
"We consider this a flagrant attack on
democratic rights." said White, who is
running for president on ballots in
Michigan, Minnesota and New Jersey. "It
makes a mockery of the whole process.
White said he and Hartnett, a
University alum running for US. Rep.
Lynn Rivers's congressional seat, were
confronted by three school board secu-

rity officers as they stepped out of
Western International High School's
auditorium. They had both spoken out
against budget cuts, which total S8.4
million and eliminated public busing
for 1 1000 Detroit elementary school-
"I was physically dragged," White
alleged adding that police confiscated
their pamplets. film from Hartnett's cam-
era, and a letter from their attorney.
"There were policemen waiting in
(Principal Paul) iray's office. ... As We
were taken away, iray said. Im not
going to have any socialists ini my
G ray could not be reached for com-
ment during the past three days.
Socialist Equality Party members
began reaching out this week to the

community for support. On Wednesday
White appealed to City Council mem-
bers, who promised they would look
into the matter.
Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) was among
those who signed a petition supporting
the candidates' rights.
"They were essentially censored for
the content of their speech" Rivers
said. "I condemn that kind of action:"
"The fact that Mr. Hartnett is running
against me is irrelevant ... the police
and school board acted based on the
content of(the party members') speech.
not their behavior."
White said the entire incident
occurred out of the audience's sight. He
said they were taken out the side door in
handcuffs and then taken to Detroit's
3rd Precinct where they were kept in a
holding cell for five hours until released
on bond.
A Detroit Free Press report last
Friday said the police arrested the two
party members after a scuffle with
security guards who asked them not to
distribute political pamphlets.
Arresting OfficerT. Kerr said he would
not release any information, nor would he

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