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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 1, 1997-- 3

Stolen vehicle
recovered;
uspect arrested
A vehicle stolen from Detroit was
recovered Sunday after an on-foot
pursuit by Ann Arbor Police
Department officers, according to
Department of Public Safety and
AAPD reports.
After pursuing the vehicle on
Pauline Boulevard, the suspect lost
control of the vehicle and slammed
into a stop sign. He then fled on foot
*earing only one shoe. The suspect
was arrested by AAPD officers and
is presently in Washtenaw County
jail.
Attempted theft
at Pinball Pete's
A Pinball Pete's employee was
accosted by three juveniles who
tempted to break open the coin slot of
a video game last Wednesday, accord-
ing to AAPD reports.
The employee saw the suspects
near a video game and later said their
activity looked suspicious. He con-
fronted them as they were allegedly
trying to break into the video game's
change holder. After a fight broke out
between the 'employee and the sus-
pects, the employee was allegedly
ssaulted with a pair of three-inch
olt cutters.
Two of the suspects are 16-year-old
males with black hair, and are between
5-foot-3 and 5-foot-6-inches tall, there
is no description of the third suspect,
AAPD re'ports state.
Syringes missing
*arcotics
Three syringes filled in the
University Hospitals' pharmacy last
Friday were reported as being less-
than-full of the narcotic dilaudid, DPS
reports state.
A caller told DPS that four needles
sent to the University Hospitals' lab-
oratory were analyzed for the correct
mixture of a narcotic and sodium
jhloride. Two of the syringes had
mnly half of the narcotic they should
have contained, one was composed of
water and only the fourth had the cor-
rect mixture, reports state. The caller
said a pharmacy technician is sus-
pected of having taken the narcotic
and then improperly mixing the
syringes.
student attacks
drinking fountain
An intoxicated student attacked a
drinking fountain in East Quad resi-
dence hall early yesterday morning.
according to DPS reports.
An intoxicated student-resident
allegedly threw a glass at a drinking
fountain, leaving broken glass on the
floor. The suspect is frequently intoxi-
*ated and often causes trouble, a caller
told DPS officials. No injuries were
reported.

Fire extinguisher
sprayed
A resident adviser in Couzens resi-
ence hall reported to DPS officials
aturday that a fire extinguisher had
been discharged, DPS reports state.
The extinguisher was discharged in
the first floor lounge, the caller said.
DPS officials have no suspects.
Compiled by Daily StafReporter
Jenni Yachnin.

Mr. Greek Week contest kicks off week's events

By Grog Cox
Daily Staff Reporter
In spring, the afternoon sun warms the
air to relatively balmy temperatures in
Ann Arbor, flowers again push through
until-recently frozen topsoil and students
skip class to lounge in the Diag.
Meanwhile, the University's Greek
organizations put on the year's largest
single philanthropic event - Greek
Week.
This year's Greek Week will begin
today and conclude Thursday, April 10.
Kicking off the events today will be
Alpha Delta Pi's Mr. Greek Week con-
test, benefiting the Ronald McDonald
House, at 7 p.m. in the Power Center.
Audience members will pay $5 to watch
two-person teams from each participat-
ing Greek organization compete in four
categories: shirt and tie, hero, talent, toga
and question.
In past years, the event has raised more
than $3,000 for charity.
Katie Kenny, a RC junior and Alpha
Delta Pi public relations chair, said she
hopes Mr. Greek Week will be successful
in raising money for charity again this
year.
"It's one of the more popular events of
the week," Kenny said. "It's a lot of fun

and the money goes to a great cause."
To organize the plethora of events dur-
ing the next 10 days, participating Greek
organizations have sent representatives
to serve on the Greek Week steering
committee. The 29 committee members
are disassociated from their respective
houses during the week's activities in
order to plan and organize the events
together.
Liz Micheals, a member of Delta Phi
Epsilon and Greek Week external events
chair, said she's been very busy lately.
"Things are getting a little scary right
now," Micheals said. "We're trying to put
together a set of events that everyone
will enjoy."
In addition to the steering committee
members, each participating Greek
house also establishes a committee in
charge of in-house Greek Week partici-
pation.
Todd Pinsky, LSA sophomore and Tau
Epsilon Phi Greek Week chapter repre-
sentative, said the week is an important
time of year for the organizations.
"It's our best chance to make a good
name for our fraternity," Pinsky said.
"We've been practicing for some of the
events for a long time now"

Pinsky also said it is sometimes diffi-
cult to fill the positions for all the week's
events.
"It's challenging," Pinsky said.
"Everyone is very busy this time of year
and some of the events are less popular
than others."
Pinsky said there are benefits for those
who participate in the events, however.
"Those (the larger events) end up
being the most rewarding," Pinsky said.
"When you start getting your (songs) and
variety acts down, that's when it starts
feeling good."
Another highlight of the week's events
will be an appearance by comedian Chris
Rock at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Hill
Auditorium.
SNRE junior and Tau Epsilon Phi
member T. J. Marlin has worked along
with Hillel to bring the former Saturday
Night Live star to campus.
"Hopefully, the event will sell-out and
raise about $20,000 for charity" Marlin
said. "As of Thursday, 2,600 tickets were
sold."
The other key events of the week include
the Greek Week Blood Drive, the
Children's Health and Wellness Fair and the
Educational Forum.

Upcoming Greek Week Events

Today
Mr. Greek Week and Opening Ceremonies Power Center
Tomorrow
Hill Day Hill area

Thursday
State Street Day
Friday
Greek Games

State St.'

8 p.m.
10:30 a.m.
10 a.m.
10 a.m.

Palmer Field

Children's Health and Wellness Fair
Chris Rock
Monday, April 7
Palmer Field Day.
Tuesday, April 8
Diag Day
Wednesday, April 9
Educational Forum
Thursday, April10
Sing and.Variety

Scarlett Middle School
11a.m. - 3p.m.

Hill Auditorium

7:30 p.m.

Palmer Field 11:30 a.m.
Diag 11a.m.
Union Ballroom 7 p.am
Hil. Auditorium 6 p.m

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On a roll

State legislators wish to increase
tuition tax credit for students

By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
Although partisan bickering has char-
acterized many sessions of the 89th
Michigan state House, a majority of the
House legislators agree that Michigan
should increase the college tuition tax
credit.
"Tax credit is the Cadillac of tax relief
for college students" said Rep. A.T.
Frank (D-Saginaw), the bill's sponsor.
The bill, which passed the House this
month by a vote of 94-13, will move to
the Senate after a
two-week recess b
that began yester- SincE
day. If passed, the of
maximum college the U
tuition tax credit in s
Michigan would their tui
increase from $250 .
to $500. Any fami- uncreas
ly that qualifies on - - -t-
the basis of finan- Iiuui@ tioi
cial situation and
university enroll-
ment may receive
the credit.
The bill also
removes the current requirement that stu-
dents eligible for the tax credit attend uni-
versities that hold tuition increases to the
rate of inflation. With that requirement,
University students do not currently
receive the tax credit.
"I voted for it because there are a lot of
people who would love to attend a public
school, but just can't afford it," said Rep.
Harold Vorhees (D-Wyoming).
Most Republicans in the state House
also voted for the bill.
"I wanted to make sure many students
receive financial aid," said Penny
Crissman (R-Rochester). "I think it's a
definite beginning"
Minority Whip Rep. John Llewellyn

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(R-Fremont) said he understands the
need for tax credits because he has a son
who is graduating from college with stu-
dent loans to pay off.
"Student loans are pretty expensive,"
Llewellyn said. "The tax credit rewards
people supporting someone else, and it
doesn't leave them in debt.'
Although Vorhees voted for the bill, he
said there are many better ways the state
legislature could control college costs
than by the tax credit increase, which is
estimated to cost the state about $36 mil-
lion a year.
when did addressing the
wrong end of
M the problem,"
Vorhees said.
lon "What we
should be
S addressing is
what we can do
: to contain the
- Rep. A.T. Frank cost of infla-
tion"'fifa
(D-Saginaw) Others said
they voted for
the bill because
it is more economically responsible than
other tax incentives, such as tax deduc-
tions for college costs.
"Our economy is very fragile. We are
sooner or later going to face an econom-
ic downturn," said Rep. Jim Agee (D-
Muskegon). "Tax credits are easier to
discontinue than tax cuts.'
Fiona Rose, who ends her term as
Michigan Student Assembly President
tonight, said that although she supports
measures to make college more afford-
able, she would rather see the money
going to other areas.
"Tax credits help more people than tax
deductions, but neither address the poor-'
est students," Rose said. "They need to

put more money in grants and scholar-
ships."
Frank said he supports removing the
requirement to hold tuition to the rate of
inflation to qualify for the credit.
"The Consumer Price Index is not a
mechanism by which universities (oper-
ate)," Frank said. "Since when did the U
of M hold their tuition increases to infla-
tion?"
Some representatives who voted
against the bill said that by removing the
requirement to hold tuition increases to
the CPI, universities and colleges across
the state will have an easier time raising
tuition.
"It's an incentive for universities to
raise tuition," said Rep. Ken Sikkema (R-
Grandville), the Minority Floor Leader.
"It will be only in a couple of years that
whatever you get from the tax credit will
be lost to increasing college costs.'
Rep. Jon Jellema (R-Grand Haven)
said there are some state universities that
have worked to keep there tuition increas-
es at the CPI level.
"It was almost a slap in the face to
institutions like Grand Valley State
University and Michigan State
University that kept tuition at the rate of
inflation" Jellema said. "I remember
when (former University President
James) Duderstadt spoke before the
appropriations committee and said that
tuition increases do not matter to UM
students. I have a son who attends
Michigan, and it does matter."
Another clause in the bill raises the
maximum annual income of a person eli-
gible for the tuition tax credit' to
$100,000.
"If the tax credit is really to help the
middle class, why do we raise the maxi-
mum up to $100,000?" asked Rep. Jessie
Dalman (R-Holland), who voted against
the bill.

JENNtFER BRADLEY-SWFT/Daily
Dustin Purdy, 12, of Trenton, Mich., rollerbiades yesterday on the steps of the
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Ubrary. Many local schools are out on Spring Break,
making the University campus a mecca for young skaters.
Abotion ban persists

DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge
refused to stop a state ban against "par-
tial-birth" abortions from taking effect
yesterday, saying he had not had
enough time to evaluate a lawsuit
claiming the ban was unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen
chided the plaintiffs - two doctors,
three women's health care groups and
the American Civil Liberties Union of
Michigan - for filing the lawsuit
Thursday.
"This lawsuit should have been filed
three or four months ago," Rosen told
Louise Melling, an attorney for the

ACLU. Noting that Friday was a reli-
gious holiday for many, Rosen asked,
"Is it fair to file a lawsuit one day
before the statute takes effect?"
The law was signed by Gov. John
Engler last June. Melling told the
court that the lawsuit was filed as
soon as possible, and was delayed by
"issues of scheduling in reaching
clients." She declined to expand on
that explanation.
Rosen said he understood how
important the case was, and said a
hearing would be scheduled for the
week of May 5.

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GROUP MEETINGS EVENTS

U Allanza, 995-6732, Michigan Union,
Pond Room, 7:30 p.m.
U Black Undergraduate Law
Association Mass meeting 332-
6122, Michigan Union, Welker
Room, 7 p.m.
U Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters
Anonymous (CASA), Self-help
Aroupny913-6990 ,first Baptist
Church, 512 E. Huron St., Room
102, 7-8:30 p.m.
Q Domestic Violence Project Support
Group for Lesbian Sur 73-
0242, 4100 Clark Rd., 6:3 .m.
U Dyke Discussion Group, East Quad,
Second Cooley Lounge, 9 p.m.
U First Comty, 741-0287, GG Brown

U "Abbott Laboratories: Open Pre-
recruitment Session," sponsored
by CP&P, Michigan Union, Parker
Room, 5-7 p.m.
U "Cheerleading Tryouts," sponsored
by The Cheer Team, Intramural
Building, Gymnastics Room, 7-9
0 "Darkness Into LWht: The Re-emer-
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ermany," Exhibit, sponsored by
Hillel, Michigan Union, Art Lounge
O "ElI Rosenblatt: 'What's Behind the
Epidemic of incarceration in the
USA?,'" sponsored by Free Mumia
Coalition/ARA, Michigan League,
Michigan Room, 7 p.m.
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Medieval China," Brown bag
lunch lecture, sponsored by The
Center for Chinese Studies, Lane
Hall, Commons Room, noon
U "Vanishing Farm Architecture,"
Black and white photography
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Pierpont Commons, Gallery Wall
U "Watercolor Exhibit," sponsored by
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Programs, Pierpont Commons,
Atrium
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