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Butt out

Man shoots
shims{ elf in leg
WhillCdriving
*A man . ,hot himself in the leg last
Friday while unloading a gun in his
girlfriend's icar, Department of Public
safety repoirts state.
; The call er reported the victim -
Who had ibeen taken to University
Hospitals' emergency room - had
shot himsqlfin the leg while driving in
Belleville.' The victim was unloading a
40-caliber handgun when it went off
and grazed his leg. The victim was
*ught to tIe hospital by his girlfriend.
The h idgun was registered to
another su ect and DPS officials were
unable to let an address on the regis-
tered owupr. Belleville police were
contacted and the gun was confiscated.
Stolen credit
card, goes abroad
A credit card taken from the
amurall Sports Building last
'ursday afternoon took a trip to
Canada, D PS reports state.
A caller reported the card was stolen
from a lodced locker in the IM building.
The caller reported $6,800 had been
charged to his card in Ontario, Canada.
..The victilm said two suspects were in
the area w ien his card was taken. The
two are 18; to 20-year-old males, both
with dark I lair and were last seen wear-
jeans a nd sweatshirts.
ictlim" attacked
with knife
A victitr i was attacked with a knife in
the 3400 'block of LaSalle Street on
Saturday, .,Ann. Arbor Police
Department reports state.
The sus pect pulled the knife on the
victim after an argument over the use of
elephoine. The victim did not press
Srges in the case.
Two 'uspects rob
Hop-in store
The Ho p-in convenience store on
Packard w as robbed Saturday by two
-suspects, ac cording to AAPD reports.
The susl oeets entered the store and
implied th it they had a gun. They then
anded money from the cash regis-
whichlthe clerk placed into a brown
paper bag, The suspects left the scene
on foot. TIe first suspect is a 6-foot-2
male with jmedium build and a light
complexior, last seen wearing a blue
nylon wind Ireaker. The second suspect
is a 6-foot fnale in his mid-30s of medi-
um build. He is described as having big
bushy hair ind a goatee and was last seen
wearing a Hack turtleneck and jeans.
uIrni- ure stolen
from front lawn
Assorted furniture was reported
missing freim a residence in Northwood
II last Frid; iy, according o DPS reports.
Three cI'tairs and a sofa were taken
from outside an apartment, a caller told
DPS offici als. The furniture had been
outside the residence for several days.
Woman stalked
by ex-husband
A womtn in the 1300 block of
Wisteria re ported that she was being
harassed b y her ex-husband, AAPD
feports state

The won' tan told officers her former
husband sit in front of her home or
rings the doorbell, The suspect has
*atened her new boyfriend stating,
I'm going to kill you."f
-Comp.iled by Daily Staf Reporter
Jenni Yachnin

Panel examines
social ramifications
of HIV/AIDS

JOHN KRAFT/Daily
Business School senior Dan Newman dressed up as a cigarette and passed out pamphlets yesterday for University
Students Against Cancer. The event was part of Cancer Awareness.Week.
Task force to recommend ways
to combat city homelessness

Conference addresses
socioeconomic issues
of HIV/AIDS.
By Brian Campbell
Daily Staff Reporter
For people living with HIV/AIDS,
one might think other problems in their
lives would pale in comparison to the
disease.
A panel of physicians and social
scientists tried to dispel this notion at
an AIDS conference Friday by shar-
ing stories of women and children
coping with the social ramifications
of the disease.
Although there is no known cure for
HIV/AIDS, the panel members said to
an audience filling the Rackham
Amphitheater that the lives of AIDS
patients can be vastly improved by
addressing the socioeconomic prob-
lems facing them, instead of passively
waiting for scientific advances.
One of the six speakers, Dr. Jill
Joseph, a pediatrician at the
Montefiore hospital in tihe Bronx,
Ny., said she is often dismayed by the
living situations of her patients, one
of whom lived with her four children
in a one-bedroom basement apart-
ment without heat.
"The problems of AIDS patients are
not unique," Joseph said. "The problem
oftentimes is not HIV/AIDS, but pover-
ty, lack of resources, racism and homo-
phobia."
While newer treatments like protease
inhibitors and other drugs - some of
which were on display at the conference
- have helped in fighting the disease,
panel members said AIDS patients
would benefit most by being treated
with compassion.
Speaker Ednita Wright, assistant
professor in the School of Social
Work at Syracuse University, told the
crowd the flood of statistics and
media messages about HIV/AIDS has
a tendency to drown out the human
aspect of the disease, leaving patients
feeling detached.
"Our hearts tell us more than our sta-
tistics as we try to deal with the grief,
love and sorrow that surrounds this dis-
ease,' Wright said. "We talk about
AIDS as an immune deficiency, but
maybe we should look at it as a love"
deficiency."

People living with HIV/AIDS fre-
quently suffer from the stigma attached
to the disease. Many are afraid to tell
friends and relatives that they have
AIDS because they're afraid of experi-
encing the ensuing prejudice, panel
members said.
"People often don't tell the closest
people in their lives about what's hap-
pened, which is incredibly unusual and
painful, and this is usually due to the
stigma,"said Mary Ann Hoffman, asso-
ciate professor of psychology at the
University of Maryland.
Joseph, who has a homosexual friend
living with the disease, said she refuses
to approach HIV/AIDS with the atti-
tude that some people are to be blan d
for contracting it.
"I categorically reject the idea thatin
this epidemic there are those who are
innocent and those who are guilty,"
Joseph said.
Debbie Stone, a recent graduate of
the University's School of Social Work
and Public Health, said she thought it
was a good idea to discuss the socioe-
conomic and cultural aspects of the dis-
ease.
"I thought that it was excellent,"
Stone said. "I especially liked the
emphasis on talking about AIDS in
the context of broader societal prob-
lems."
Other issues discussed at the confer-
ence included the epidemic's impact on
children growing up with infected par-
ents and the effectiveness of AIDS edu-
cation in the black and lesbian comnlu-
nities.
Rackham student Summerson Corr
said she was moved by the panel's
enthusiasm.
"For me it was inspiring for these
women to come together and talk about
the larger issues that have not gotten
attention for various reasons," Carr
said. "There was a lot of good energy in
the-room."
Other speakers included Daniela
Wittman, private therapist in Ann
Arbor; Paula Schuman, faculty mem-
ber at Wayne State Medical School;
and Kathleen Gerus, a member of
President Clinton's . HIV/AIDS
Advisory Council.
All of the speakers encouraged
volunteers to talk with and listen to
the stories of people living with
AIDS.

By Meg Exley
Daily Staff Reporter
The Washtenaw County Task Force
on Homelessness will release today its
recommendations for curbing area
homelessness.
"The current facilities for homeless
individuals are ineffective:' the task
force report states, citing factors like
"lack of mission clarity, high level of
staff turnover, under-funding and loss
of continual crisis management posi-
tions" as reasons behind the prob-
lems.
The task force's subcommittees will
officially present the results and recom-
mendations of their work at a meeting
at 2 p.m. today in the Washtenaw
County Library.
The task force was created last year
by the county board of commissioners
and city councils of Ann Arbor and
Ypsilanti to investigate ways of better
serving the area's homeless adults. The
task force is an umbrella organization
composed of several smaller subcom-
mittees, which investigate specific
community issues.
This is the first occasion when all of

the group's subcommittees have met
together. For the past several months,
the subcommittees have investigated
issues like funding, potential facility
sites, employment and affordable per-
manent housing for homeless individu-
als.
Some recommendations anticipated
from the subcommittees include pro-
viding shelters that segregate those with
substance dependency from others. The
groups also may recommend distribut-
ing meals at the facilities and upgrading
the staff-to-guest ratio, currently 3-per-
100 guests, to I-to-15.
"We are optimistic about the sub-
committees findings," said Washtenaw
County Administrator Bob Gunzel.
Gunzel said county and city adminis-
trations are looking into making the
Washtenaw County Task Force on
Homelessness a permanent part of local
government and are considering ways
to continue its funding on a long-term
basis.
Last night's meeting of the Ann
Arbor City Council focused on the
issue of police enforcement in area pub-
lic schools rather than on the city's

homelessness problem.
The council unanimously passed a
resolution to approve the provision
of law enforcement services in the
Ann Arbor Public Schools by city
police.
The resolution added two amend-
ments concerning the necessity for
police officers to clearly identify them-
selves during interrogations of students
in public school buildings.
The language of the new version also
clarified what students should expect in
situations such as search and seizure
procedures.
Councilmember Elisabeth Daley (D-
5th Ward) said the conclusion the coun-
cil has made is much better than what
they initially started with.
Councilmember Jane Lumm (R-2nd
Ward) also voiced her support of the
new version.
"This new resolution both maintains
students' rights and also allows the
police and school administrators to do
their jobs," Lumm said.
This version passed by council will
now be sent to the Ann Arbor School
Board for approval.

SAB gets bomb threat

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By Jenni Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
A bomb threat was made to the
Student Activities Building last Friday
morning, according to Department of
Public Safety reports.
"A bomb threat was called in and we
were given limited information," DPS
spokesperson Elizabeth Hall said last
night.
A caller told DPS officials that she
received a call stating "there is a bomb at
your building or at the Undergraduate
Admissions office" around 9:30 a.m.
Friday morning.
DPS reports stated that notime
frame or specifics for the device were
made to the caller. The caller stated the
voice was not familiar and there was
no background noise on the telephone
line.
But DPS officials determined that the
threat was not serious enough to warrant
evacuation of the building.
"A decision was made not to evacu-
ate," Hall said. "There are a variety of
factors that go into the decision not to
evacuate."
Hall added that she could not divulge

the criteria DPS officials use when
deciding whether or not to evacuate a
building for safety reasons.
The line carrying the call was moni-
tored by operators for further threats.
Alan Levy, public affairs director for
University housing, was in the building
when a DPS officer alerted staffs in the
building of the situation.
"An officer from DPS came and told
each department area that a bomb threat
was made," Levy said. "The level of
concern did not warrant evacuation,
although in some cases individuals
chose to evacuate the building."
DPS gives training in how to handle
threatening calls.
The individual handling the call was
not aware of the routine that should be
followed when receiving a bomb threat,
Levy said.
Levy's reaction upon hearing about
the threat was anger toward the alleged
perpetrator.
"It's unsettling and unnerving" Levy
said. "Campus buildings have experd-
cnce with bonb calls, unfortunately. It's
so infuriating that someone can intimi-
date you in that way."

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What's happening in Ann Arbor today

GRou MEETINGS
JAllanzaj 995-6732, Michigan Union,
Pond Room, 7:30 p.m.
- Blackn RUndergraduate Law
Assnciation, Mass Meeting 332-
612?, Michigan Union, Welker
Roor tp, 7 p.m.
0 Cleptoi naniacs And Shoplifters
Anoimymous (CASA), self-help
roup, 913-6990, First Baptist
hu ich, 512 E. Huron, Room 102,
W7-8:: 30 p.m.
0 Domesiisc Violence Project Support
Grou Pfor Lesbian Survivors, 973-
024', 4100 Clark Rd., 6:30-8 p.m.
U Dyke C liscussion Group, East Quad,
Seccind Cooley Lounge, 9 p.m.
-First C omity, 741-0287, GG Brown
Labs4_Room 1504,7 p.m.
FI rn i- n Ii~n ADA 41Z

EVENTS
J "A Painting Diary from the Republic
of China," Brown Bag Lunch
Lecture, sponsoredby The Center
for Chinese Studies, noon
J "Breast Cancer Day," Vigil, spon-
sored by University Students
Against Cancer, The Diag, 10
p.m.
-J "Careers for the Information Age,"
sponsored by CP&P, 3200
Student Activities Building, 5:10-
6 p.m.
J "Cheerleading Tryouts," sponsored
by The Cheer Team, Intramural
Building, Gymnastics Room, 7-9
p.m.
J "Free Tax Help," sponsored by
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance,

applications available at the CIC
office, Michigan Union and
Pierpont Commons, call 763-
5925for more information
J, "Teach-In Campaign," sponsored by
The Middle East Task Force of the
Interfaith Council for Peace and
Justice, MLB, Aud. 4, 7:30 p.m.
j "The Changing Role of Hospitals,"
Lecture, sponsored by The
Resource for Public Health Policy
and Management, Faculty Lounge
3026, 12-1:30 p.m.
SERVICES
Q Campus Information Centers, 763-
INFO, info@umich.edu, and
www.umich.edu/-info - on the
World Wide Web
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