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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 14, 1996 - 3

Callers report
two separate
knife attacks
caller reported to the Ann Arbor
lice Department that his roommate
assaulted him Wednesday night in their
home on 700 Miller Ave.
According to AAPD reports, the
caller got into an argument with his
friend over a loan. The suspect then
allegedly pulled out a small folding
knife and made several gestures toward
the victim, until finally striking him
with the knife.
The victim had a quarter-inch cut
oss his abdomen and was taken to
the emergency room at University
The second incident occurred at
3100 LaSalle St. on Wednesday after-
noon. A caller reported to AAPD that
his sister attacked him with two knives
and threatened him several times in the
past two weeks. The victim escaped
and called the police. AAPD arrested
0 suspect on two outstanding war-
ts and is currently investigating the
Peeping Tom
seen in West Hall
A caller reported to the Department
of Public Safety that a suspicious man
was peering under a stall on the first
floor of the women's bathroom of West
W ccording to DPS reports, the sus-
pect was described as 5-foot-10 and
180 pounds, wearing an orange ski-
mask and a black sweat suit. Several
painters who were working outside
the bathroom tried to grab the sus-
pect, but he evaded them. DPS has no
suspects but is currently investigating
the incident.
ast Quad
undry room
An East Quad laundry room was
vandalized Wednesday night, a caller
reported to DPS.
According to DPS reports, the caller
reported that she had left the laundry
room for a half hour and heard a com-
tion downstairs, she found that sev-
eal items of clothing, washing
machines and walls were spray painted.
The damage was estimated at more
than $2,000.
The symbols that were found are
believed to be gang related, reports stat-
ed. DPS is currently investigating the
incident but has no suspects.
Iwo injured on
orth Campus
A caller reported to DPS that his
friend was injured while practicing mar-
tial arts Tuesday night at Bursley
Residence Hall.
The caller reported that his friend
had fallen when performing a kick-
ing routine and fell on his head,
causing shortness of breath and
ziness, according to DPS reports.
S transported the subject to the
emergency room at University

The second incident occurred at
Pierpont Commons.
A caller reported to DPS that she had
slipped and fallen in front of Little
Caesar's restaurant. The victim broke
both front teeth on the sidewalk in front
of the restaurant. DPS transferred the
*tim to the emergency room at
miversity Hospitals.
Equipment worth
$1500 stolen
An employee of Industrial
Technology Institute reported that sev-
eral items were stolen over the past two
weeks from the first floor of the build-
According to DPS reports, the
items including two keyboards and
three electronic adding machines.
The value of the items was estimated
by DPS at more than $1500..DPS is
currently investigating the incident
but has no suspects.
-- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Ajit K. Thavarajah.

Orientation leader selection process to begin

By Susan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
Summer may seem far away, but the Office of
New Student Programs has already started plan-
ning this year's orientation activities.
ONSP Director Penny Reed said her office has
begun the process of hiring orientation leaders and
diversity facilitators.
"We have a great batch of applicants in the
pool," Reed said. "We are looking for someone
with a great deal of integrity."
Reed said orientation leaders are expected to
have no other commitments for the summer and to
live in a residence hall. Leaders receive a salary
stipend in addition to free room and board. Since
diversity facilitators can have other commitments,
they are not required to live in a residence hall and
are paid on an hourly basis.
Julie Peterson, director of News and
Information Services and a member of the diversi-
ty committee, said facilitators have challenging
"The diversity facilitators have to face their own
emotions and be able to bring a group of students
from all over and try to help them process infor-
mation,' Peterson said.
Reed said many people collaborate to put
together orientation programs.

"Orientation is a coordinated effort by the ser- year's sessions.
vices of everyone on campus," Reed said. "In the coffee shop everyone was able to relax
Reed said there is certain information a student and meet each other" Reed said.
must learn during orientation. LSA first-year student Gillian Alexander said
"We have a difficult avenue on how to provide orientation helped her make friends.

the necessary information

r le

a student must know," 6
Reed said. "There is a orient
time-relevant basis on
what does a student needs gave me
to know. When does the
student need to know it? insight
What form should the
information be in?"-D
Engineering first-year Engineering fi
student Douglas MacKay
said he enjoyed his orien-
tation experience last sum-
"Orientation gave me a small insight into the
beginnings of college life," Mackay said.
Last years' orientation was a success overall,
Reed said.
"Orientation was great," Reed said. "Things
behind the scenes went much smoother."
The U-Club will once again be transformed into
Cafe Wolverine, a temporary coffee shop and



a small
)ouglas MacKay
rst-year student

"I thought orientation
united so many different
people together," Alexander
said. "I had a good time."
Reed said last year's ori-
entation tried to offer more
convenience to incoming
Engineering students.
"Engineering students
spent more time on North
Campus;" Reed said. "For
the first time there was a
permanent CRISP site at the

Media Union so the students would not lose time."
MacKay said this allowed for easier registration.
"I did not run into any problems getting any of
my classes," MacKay said.
Reed said this year's orientation will be better
organized for students.
"Last year, orientation began with an academic
program for both parents and students," Reed said.
"It worked well for the parents but not so well for

social area. The cafe was a new addition to last the students."

Going down the mountain

aimed at curbing cigarett
gling by requiring a Mich
stamp on each
package of
smokes won I
approval yes-
terday in the to ha
state Senate. t
"Smuggling that
is rampant
now," said COuh
Sen. DougR
S o u nt moni
Cl e m e n s),
sponsor of the
" S o m e
crooks are get-
ting rich off
our policy -
it's a non-policy," he said, re

Alexander said this arrangement didn't benefit
some incoming students.
"Basically. the parents want to be comforted that
the school will be adequate for their children,
while the kids do not care to listen to speakers,"
Alexander said.
Due to the increasing numbers of students
coming with computers, orientation's format
will attempt to answer computer questions this
"ResComp and lTD will be having comput-
er sessions together to answer students' ques-
tions," Reed said
Peterson said improving orientation comes
from evaluating past programs.
"We are learning from last year's experi-
ences," Peterson said. "We have to ask our-
selves, 'What can we take from last year ? -
and improve on it."'
Orientation leaders raised concerns last
summer about the structure and leadership
within the programs. Concerns primarily cen-
tered around the selection and training of
diversity facilitators.
"With any problems we may have had, we
gave the students the best orientation for the
University as possible," said Atiba Bell, who
worked as an orientation leader last summer.
:e stamp b ill
gislation S15 million next year.
e smug- Michigan's 75 cents-a-pack tax is
igan tax second highest in the natiop -
behind only
Wa s h i n g t on
would expect state's 81.5-cent
tax and
ive a deal Michigan is one
of only six
the House states without a
bY tax stamp to
d 00 $$$9 by help enforce the
med of the taxUlaw.
Under the
In bill, wholesalers
" would beper-
- Sen. Doug Carl mitted a 1.5-
(R-Mount Clemens) percent discount
off the state tax
to help finance
the mandate, up
from the current


ferring to

James Baily gives his son Chris, 6, a push down an icy hill at Kearsly Park in Flint yesterday. Temperatures in Michigan
dipped into the single digits this week.
State House vote to ra
GOP photo ID voting law

Voters may not need
to show photo ID
at the polls
LANSING (AP)- The Democrat-
run state House yesterday voted to
repeal a Republican-sponsored law
requiring Michigan voters to show
photo identification at the polls.
But the GOP-controlled Senate is
unlikely to follow suit, meaning the real
battle over the issue is still likely to be

Michigan's lack of a tax stamp.
The bill, almost identical to one
which narrowly failed in December,
passed on a vote of 35-1 and now
goes to an uncertain future in the
state House. The only opponent was
Sen. Donald Koivisto, (D-
"Tobacco smugglers won a big
victory in December," Carl said. "I
would expect to have a deal that the
House could consider by the end of
the month."
According to Carl and others,
truckloads of cigarettes enter
Michigan from lower-tax states, and
the cigarettes are sold illegally with-
out Michigan's tax applied.
Carl has said the State of
Michigan is losing up to $150 mil-
lion a year in uncollected tax money
because of cigarette smuggling,
although other officials give a much
smaller number - the Senate Fiscal
Agency estimates a loss of about

1 percent.
That issue may be a sticking point
in Carl's search for House agree-
ment, in part because the Senate
Fiscal Agency estimated it would
reduce the state's net revenue
increase to $12.2 million.
And Jeff McAlvey, legislative lob-
byist for Gov. John Engler, said the
administration wants to keep the
reimbursement at 1 percent.
"We think that's adequate," he
said. "It is average for what stamp-
ing states provide in reimburse-
About 63.4 percent of the revenue
goes to the state School Aid Fund.
The bill would require tax stamps on
cigarettes for sale to the public begin-
ning Jan. 1, 1998.
Anyone possessing -more: than
3,000 unstamped cigarettes wpuld
be guilty of a felony punishable Jy a
fine of up to $50,000 and five years
in prison, with lesser penalties for
smaller numbers of cigarettes.

of all voters, to make elections in
Michigan as free from fraud as possi-
He called GOP amendments to set
up a task force to study whether
election fraud exists in the state, to
require checks of voters' signatures
when possible and to allow poll
workers to ask for lD only when
unsure about a voter's "modest
requirements" that would not hinder
voting. Rejection of those proposals
was "disturbing," Sikkema said.
"The mes-

Democratic Attorney General Frank
Kelley has ruled the law unconstitution-
al. Since his opinion has the force of
law unless overturned in court, it now is
Gov. John Engler supports the law,
and plans to challenge Kelley's opinion
before a judge.
Sikkema said GOP leaders in the
Senate told him they will not approve a
repeal, but may enact changes similar to
ones Republicans tried in the House.

fought in the courts.
The bill passed
yesterday to
repeal the new
law received sup-
port from all 57
Democrats and
n i n e
Forty GOP law-
makers voted
against it.

Democrats argued
there is no need to
require photo IDs.


sage we got
from the major-
ity party today
was, 'We don't
want to do any-
thing at all, we
don't even want
to look at the
issue of ensur-
of the electoral

ing the integrity
process,"' he said.

It was the second of 13 items on
House Democrats' "90-day priority
list" to be approved so far. The first
came Wednesday when the House
passed an increase in the state mini-
mum wage.
Republicans attempted to turn the
bill into only a semi-repeal of the mea-
sure they passed last year as the session
and total GOP control of the
Legislature drew to a close. Now in the
minority in the House, the GOP amend-
ments were unsuccessful each time.
Minority Leader Ken Sikkema
lamented what he said was the
Democrats' unwillingness to find mid-
dle ground on the issue. The Grandville
Republican said his caucus wanted
some way, short of requiring photo IDs

But Democrats argued there is no
need to require photo IDs of voters
because no one has produced evidence
of fraud in elections.
In fact, they say the measure was
never intended to prevent fraud, but
rather a thinly veiled attempt to
make it more difficult for people
who tend to support Democrats -
such as minorities, the poor and the
elderly - to vote.
Under the law Democrats want to
repeal, voters lacking an ID can sign an
affidavit stating they don't have one and
still be allowed to vote.
But that person's vote would be sub-
ject to challenge by a party poll-watch-



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