The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 19, 1997- 3
Task force seeks solution for local homeless
of illegal search
9A University of Montana security
officer accidentally confused calcium
'p'osits, which were being used to feed
a pet lizard, for cocaine during an ille-
'gal search of a first-year student's resi-
cjence hall room, The Kaimin student
The student, Tropher Kolkman, and
'tvo of his friends left the room when
their RA knocked on the door. They
had been smoking marijuana, the news-
Tropher was confronted by the RA
outside the residence hall moments
later and, while he was answering
questions, an officer unlocked
Tripher's door and illegally searched
- Rooms can be searched without a
warrant in Montana only if a suspect-
ed felony is being committed.
Mrijuana possession. is a misde-
The security department did not
comment on the incident and Tropher
swid he plans to appeal the ticket for
More than 60 Alliance for
mocracy and community members
stormed a University of Wisconsin
relents meeting in protest of the uni-
versity's investment in Texaco, a
xompany with locations in Myanmar,
;The Badger student newspaper
The protesters claimed the university
was violating state law by investing in a
2business that condones discrimination.
e university holds $250,000 of
The regents said they were form-
ing a committee to look into the
social responsibility of their invest-
During an arraignment hearing last
'week, Christopher Barnes, 18, pleaded
'not guilty" to charges that he alleged-
ly raped a Brown University student in
October, the Brown Daily Herald
The rape allegedly occurred in the
first floor bathroom of a fraternity dur-
ing a party that Barnes, a Raynham
Community College student, had
Barnes' bail is set at $50,000 and, if
convicted, he could face a maximum
sentence of 10 years in prison.
A student at Colorado State
University has a confirmed case of
eningococcemia, a form of meningi-
ithe Rocky Mountain Collegian
reported this week.
When Meningococcemia is diag-
sed, the bacteria that causes meningi-
$ has been found in the patient's
bbod, but has not reached the spinal
-'PDoctors at CSU think university stu-
dents are safe from contracting the dis-
ease since most students are currently
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
from the University Wire.
By Meg Exley
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor may be on its way to solving the
ongoing local homelessness problem.
The countywide Task Force on Homelessness
convened yesterday in a packed public meeting at
the Washtenaw County Library to present the find-
ings of its subcommittees' investigative reports.
The task force committees, created by the city
councils of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and the
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners,
have been working since last year toward finding
realistic solutions to the local homeless problem.
Yesterday was the first time all seven subcom-
mittees had gathered to discuss the various
reports' results and proposals.
Along with presenting assessments of the
immediate needs of homeless adults and review-
ing current programs and shelters, representatives
from the committees also offered recommenda-
tions they felt should be implemented to improve
the overall shelter association.
"While all of the (subcommittees') recommen-
dations are positive, they really just scratch the
surface," said Olaf Lidums, director of the
Washtenaw County Shelter Association. "We're
still just addressing the immediate needs of indi-
Lidums, who also heads the "needs" subcom-
mittee, stressed the overwhelming need for more
shelter space, more appropriate staff/guest ratios at
shelter facilities, and on-site support services,
including meal distribution and health care.
The "facilities"'subcommittee, which is responsi-
ble for evaluating the capacity and adequacy of
existing shelter facilities, presented its recommenda-
tions and estimated costs for possible new shelter
Two University School of Architecture and Urban
Planning students were among the members of the
"facilities" committee that focused on options for
the physical development of potential facilities.
"I became involved due to a class project
requirement for Housing Systems 537"
Architecture senior Amy Wagner said.
Working with local architect Lorri Sipes, of
Architects Four, Inc., Wagner and fellow
Architecture senior, Jose Benitez, researched
shelter models that have been successful in other
parts of the country in order to create workable
strategies for Washtenaw County.
Wagner and Benitez interviewed shelter
employees to determine the problems that were
most pressing in the three existing shelters and
then developed plans based on these problems.
"We looked not just at creating a square footage
plan that simply sheltered people overnight. but in
creating one that also incorporates other services
like meal distribution, health services and rehabil-
itation programs, under one roof." Wagner said.
Not everyone present at the task force meeting V s
pleased with the subcommittees' reports and recom-
mendations. One remaining concern included thQ
uncertainty about how the programs will be Ifnded.
Audrey Jackson. a member of the "fundin--
committee, said the task force needs to brild
stronger relationships with the businesses in he
"In reality, the things we are asking for are going
to require money" Jackson said. "We need to buiid
bridges with the people who have the money. like
private companies and businesses"
By Regena Anderson
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who are looking for a vari-
ety of cheap trinkets and want to sup-
port a good cause can pay a visit to the
Ann Arbor Parent Teacher
Organization's Thrift Shop.
The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop,
located within the Bargain Books
building at 1621 South State St.,
donates profits from the sale of jewel-
ry, household items and used clothing
to Ann Arbor public schools.
"We're a non-profit organization that
provides an innovative way of fundrais-
ing for schools,"said Ann Holz, president
of the Thrift Shop's board of directors.
"We offer quality items at low prices and
we're doing a service for the schools"
During her term as president of the
Tappan Middle School PTO, Holz said
she worked to create a new fund-raiser
for schools that would be different
from the traditional fund-raisers of
selling candy or hosting a bake sale.
"We used to utilize private compa-
nies to sell their merchandise as a fund-
raiser, but most of the profits went
back to the company," Holz said.
After visiting her sister-in-law in
Chapel Hill, N.C. and learning that the
PTO there received all of its funding
from donations from local thrift shops,
Holz decided it was time for a change.
Holz and a committee planned a
rummage sale at Tappan Middle
School and the sale's success led to
additional sales that are now held at the
State Street location.
The store is open from I1 a.m. to 7
p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Although there are three full-time
employees, the store relies heavily on
help from volunteers, Holz said.
"I enjoy working here," said LSA
senior and store employee Adrian
may lose vehicdes".
DETROIT - Beginning next
month, convicted drunken drivers could
lose not only their licenses but also
A law taking effect April 1 allows
judges to order the seizure of drunken
drivers' vehicles, including those of first-
time offenders, the Detroit Free Press
reported in yesterday's editions. Those
convicted of a second or subsequent dri-
ving while impaired charge, a lesser
offense, also may lose their vehicles.
State Sen. Michael Bouchard, who
helped write the law, said it would give
judges another tool in getting repeat
offenders off the road.
"One of the gaping holes in our sys-
tem is the inability to deter and remove
bad drivers from our roads," the
Birmingham Republican said.
Supporters and opponents agreed
that the new law is stringent.
"Something drastic needs to be done,
and this is about as drastic as you can
get," said Carole Ravicchio, president
of the Oakland County chapter of
Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Robert Larin, an Oakland County
attorney who specializes in drunken
driving cases, said he was concerned
that judges would order vehicles seized
just to "make a name for themselves."
"Evety time these temperance people
want some tightening of the law,
they've got those -panderers in the
Legislature who come up with this kind
of nonsense' Larin said. "It is, ole
more step toward a police state.
Of the approximately 60,000 people
arrested every year in Michigan for
drunken driving, all but about 5,000 are
convicted of drunken driving or a
drinking-related offense. State officias
estimate 500,000 Michigan drivrs
have at least one drinking offense'.n
their records, putting them in jeopardy
of losing their vehicles if theyre
stopped again while impaired.
Under the new law:
Drivers convicted of drunken dri-
ving, impaired driving within seven
years of a prior conviction, or hayiig
three drinking-related convictions Nvith-
in 10 years could lose their vehicles,
Drivers who hurt or kill someone
after drinking also could lose their cars,
even if they aren't convicted of drunken
Judges who hear the driver's c ase
will decide whether a car will be taken
as part of a sentence.
The law allows seized vehicles tq be
sold, with the proceeds shared by the
law enforcement agencies participating
in the arrest. The money would be
divided with a person injured by: a
drunken driver or with the family of
someone killed by a drunken driver.
Andrea Perry from Clinton helps her son David pick out toys at the Ann Arbor
PTO Thrift Shop as her son John looks on.
Kellar. "It's a great way for customers
to help out the schools and buy some-
thing nice for themselves."
Kellar said store customers come in
looking for an array of different items.
"Every now and then we have a cus-
tomer who looks for something unusu-
al," said Kellar, who said a male recent-
ly wanted to buy a dress to wear as a
costume for an upcoming play.
Besides zany and hard-to-find items,
the store also offers items such as
games and jewelry, which are available
for 50 cents. Customers also can leave
the store with a complete outfit for $5
and a pair of shoes and blue jeans can
cost as little as $2.
"I'm a regular customer. I buy U of
M paraphernalia and stuff for my
grandkids all the time," said Bill Wade,
a loyal customer.
Besides being a regular patron,
Wade was also the deputy superinten-
dent for Ann Arbor public schools four
years ago and was instrumental in help-
ing the shop get started.
"The store is a success because it has
the winning three combination that
keeps the shop going - workers, buy-
ers and donators," Wade said.
Local businesses such as Moe Sport
Shops and Treasure Mart donate
University paraphernalia and collector
items, Holz said.
The thrift shop celebrates its one-
year anniversary next week.
Continued from Page 1
In his address to the Michigan legis-
lature, Clinton said proper installation
of technology would break financial
class barriers in education.
"If we can hook up every classroom
and every library to the Internet by the
year 2000, for the first time in the his-
tory of the country ever - ever -
children in the poorest district, the rich-
est districts and the middle class dis-
tricts, all of them will have access to the
same learning in the same way in the
same time,' Clinton said.
Levin said he cannot say whether
poorer or richer areas in general should
receive more technology funding, but
that the funding should be given to dis-
tricts that have not yet incorporated new
technology into the curriculum.
"The challenge is to integrate tech-
nology where it is not yet integrated,"
In a display of bipartisan effort to
fund technology education, Michigan
Gov. John Engler showed supportfor
the ideas Clinton presented in"his
speech earlier this month.
"In general, we agreed with every-
thing in his speech about educatiok"
said Engler spokesperson John Truscott.
"But it still remains to be seen what
strings are attached to the funding."
Dalman said she is confident the
state will allocate the money properly.
"The federal government carefully
tracks where the money will .go,"
Levin, who provides a website to keep
his constituents up-to-date, said many of
his colleagues on Capitol Hill are also
using the information superhighway.
"We're taking full advantage of the
Internet," Levin said.
Continued from Page 1
"Upon initial review it appears that
people feel safer than they did when the
original survey was done in 1989. The
report also shows we have room for
improvement," Heatley said. "DPS is
looking forward to working in partner-
ship with the University community to
make our campus safer."
Michigan Student Assembly member
Jennifer Genovese, who chairs the cam-
pus safety commission, said assembly
members are in the process of conduct-
ing their own campus safety survey.
"Right now we're waiting for more of
the surveys to come in but the ones that
have come in show that people definite-
ly feel more at ease on campus,"
Genovese said. "We believe this is due to
the increase in participation in Safewalk,
Nightowl and other programs."
Paul Boylan, dean of the School of
Music and vice provost for the arts,
chairs the 14-member safety task force
that requested this year's survey results.
He said he soon hopes to present his
committee's work to students.
"The group has been taking a thor-
ough and thoughtful look at security
issues on campus including a broader
view of the 'human climate',' Boylan
The survey also suggested that an
overwhelming number of participants
had similar ideas about how to improve
safety. Some of the most popular possi-
ble measures included increasing police
visibility, implementing tougher alco-
hol policies, and providing mini-police
stations at various campus locations.
LSA first-year student Joseph Hunter
said a visible police force is important.
"I know a lot of people who don't want
to go to certain places on campus
because there aren't any police to enforce
any rules," Hunter said.
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