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LOCALISTATE

The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 4, 1997 -3

Pizza delivery
boy robbed
A pizza delivery person was robbed
an apartment complex on the 700
ock of Taylor Street last Monday
night while waiting for a customer's
money, Ann Arbor Police Department
reports state.
Three suspects approached the vic-
tim and claimed they were waiting for
pizza. Two of the suspects proceeded to
dig in their wallets looking for money
while the third suspect entered the pas-
senger side of the vehicle while the vie-
's back was turned. The suspect took
total of eight pizzas and an undis-
closed amount of cash. AAPD is cur-
rently investigating several suspects.
Items stolen from
apartments
Assorted items were stolen from an
artment complex on 300 Signature
vd. on Tuesday night,; AAPD reports
te.
The robber gained entry through a
window that was smashed with a piece
of concrete. A camera, a computer and
100 gold coins - including three
worth more than $1,250 apiece - were
stolen. AAPD is investigating two pos-
sible suspects.
Woman held at
gun point
A woman driving in her vehicle was
threatened at gun point on the 600
block of West Stadium Avenue on
Tuesday in broad daylight, according to
AAPD reports.
Reports said the woman's ex-
boyfriend approached the car with a
semi-automatic gun and demanded that
she get out of the car. He said "You will
e you stupid bitch if you don't get
Ut." The woman escaped unharmed
and AAPD is currently investigating
the incident.
Woman stalked
on Church Street
A woman living on the 500 block of
Church Street reported that she was
being stalked early this week, accord-
g to the Ann Arbor Police
Department.
The woman told officers her ex-hus-
band had been writing several threaten-
ing letters and standing in front of her
place of work demanding to see her.
The suspect described as a 45-year-old
male, had threatened her current
boyfriend, the woman reported. AAPD
is currently investigating.
*tems stolen from
parked car
Several items were reported stolen
from a woman's car parked on South
State Street on Wednesday, a Department
of Public Safety report states.
The caller's front passenger window
was allegedly smashed in, DPS reports
state.
Two tennis rackets, a radio, two Hash
Mash T-shirts and several condoms and
other contraceptive items worth more
than a total of $400 were allegedly
taken. DPS questioned two suspects
and is currently investigating.
Victim flashed by
male co-worker

A victim who was sitting on the steps
of the Business Administration Buildings
Wednesday morning was flashed by a
co-worker, DPS report states.
The suspect approached the victim,'
exposed his penis and said something
incoherent to the female. The suspect
was questioned by DPS. The case is
currently under investigation.
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Ajit K. Thavarajah.

Bill would crack
down on blood
on alcohol levels

Checkmate!

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By Jeffrey Kossoff
Daily Staff Reporter
If a bill proposed by state Sen. Doug
Carl gets signed into law, it will become
illegal .for a 180-pound man to drink
four beers in one hour before driving.
"The mood has never been greater to
make the standards stricter" said Carl
(R-Sterling Heights). "The current
standards are too lenient."
Carl's proposal would lower the max-
imum blood alcohol content for drivers
from .1 percent to .08 percent. He said
he hopes this law will deter people from
drinking and driving.
"This is away we can send a message
to people to be safe behind the wheel,"
Carl said. "There's a deterrent effect

treating some people as drunk drivers
who are not."
Other legislators said they agree with
the proposal because it may improve
public safety.
"We have to look at one of the gov-
ernment's few reasons for existing - to
protect," said state Sen. William
Vanregenmorter (R-Hudsonville), who
is the chair of the Judiciary Committee,
where the bill is currently awaiting
hearing. "The debate will break down
along philosophical lines."
Although Vanregenmorter said he
supports the concept of the bill, he said
he plans to remain objective when it
reaches his committee.

Sunny
weather 9
bnngs joy
DETROIT (AP) - Are you happier
now that the days are longer? Thank the
springtime sunshine. It improves your
mood, affecting biorhythms and hor-
mones in people who suffer from win-
ter depression.
There are no statistics on how many
people nationwide or statewide suffer
from winter blues, also called seasonal
affective disorder.
But the incidence goes up in north-
ern states and in states with less sun.
shine, and Michigan is one of the
nation's cloudiest states.
"If you live in a cloudy place like
Michigan, you tend to see more ofit,"
said Jane Rice, director of Michigan
State University's Winter Depression
Clinic.
In an average year, twctof every three
days in Michigan are cloudy, she said
"Most of those cloudy days are intbe
fall or winter;" she said yesterday.
Some people are susceptible to less
light, as occurs in the fall and winter.
"What we think happens is that:it
affects the circadian rhythms (people's
internal 24-hour clock). For most poo
ple that's not a problem;" Rice said.
"But some people are sensitive to
that lack of light. It's like the opposthe
of getting sunburned; people are vety
sensitive to the lack of light" she said.
Sufferers' production of the hormone
melatonin is affected, she said.
Symptoms include depression, loss
of energy, little motivation and sleeping
too much, said Dr. Leon Rubenfaer,
medical director of the Pioneer
Counseling Centers, a regional outpa-
tient clinic group throughout southeast-
ern Michigan.
"It almost reminds me of a bear who'
ready to go to sleep for a year,"he said.
Traditional "talk" psychotherapy is
not effective for seasonal affective dis-
order, although some medications may
help, Rubenfaer said.
Some sufferers go to sunny Florida
or Arizona for a week or so in the win-
ter, "and that does work;' Rice sdl.

The proposal has

with this law that
will cause people
to be more
responsible.'
Some experts
said the current
standards in the
United States are
relatively easy on
drunk drivers.
"I don't know
of any other
country that has a
maximum of .1,"

it don't know of
any other country
that has a maxi'mum
Of min
-Patricia Waller
Public Health professor

received mixed
reactions from
University stu-
dents. Some
said they will
feel more
comfortable
on the roads
with the new
standards.
"I think the
current stan-
dards are OK,
but I would be
in favor. of

said Public Health Prof. Patricia Waller,
director of the University's
Transportation Institute. "The maxi-
mum in Sweden is .02."
Waller said she supports setting the
maximum at .08 because it has proven
to be effective in California.
"We know the crash risk goes up
with any alcohol,' Waller said. "It's a
reasonable standard.'
But some legislators are not support-
ive of the bill because they said the line
between drunk-driving and social
drinking varies between people.
"I am very much opposed to drunk
driving, but I don't think two beers over
an hour or two is excessive;' said state
Sen. Christopher Dingell (D-Trenton).
"On the face of it, it sounds fine to
lower the blood alcohol levels, but you
have the unintended consequences of

passing a bill lowering the maximum
from .1 to .08," said Engineering senior
Elizabeth Tomlinson.
But other students said the low maxi-
mum level is a violation of civil liberties.
"I think it is too restrictive" said
LSA junior Martin Howrylac. "It's real-
ly hard to put a blanket level of how
much alcohol someone can consume.
Lowering the level is frightening?'
Some students also said they don't
think there is much of a difference
between the current and proposed
blood alcohol content levels.
"I don't think it will make a differ-
ence between .1 and .48,' said
Kinesiology senior Benjamin Hubert.
But Waller disagrees. She said the
chance of getting into a car accident
greatly accelerates between the two
levels.

JOHN KRAFT/Daily
Nine-year-old Raya Cooper sharpened her skills yesterday to prepare for
today's Beginner's Unrated Chess Tournament at Adventures in Chess, 220
S. Main St.

VAI D
Continued from Page 1
she touched on a lot of important
issues in the Indian American com-
munity and also in the Asian
American community," said LSA
sophomore Rahul Shah. "One of the
biggest (issues) was getting the
community politically aware and
politically active. I'm glad I was
connected with that:'

"I'm really impressed by her,"
said LSA junior Tricia Bagamasbad.
Vaid ended by suggesting ways to
get more young people involved in
politics, including using cultural
events to organize politically.
She noted that cultural events,
rather than political rallies, are
often more popular with college
students.
"More of you come out to cultural
events than come out to hear me
speak," she said.

Teen editor files
censorship lawsuit
against officials

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Editor wants new
publishing laws ruled
unconstitutional
OTSEGO (AP) - The 14-year-old
editor of a school newspaper has filed a
lawsuit accusing officials of violating
his free-speech rights by controlling the
content of the award-winning Bulldog
Express.
Dan Vagasky is seeking an unspeci-
fied amount of money. He also wants a
federal judge to declare new publishing
rules unconstitutional.
The Allegan County school districts
"actions are not based on any legitimate
concerns regarding the quality or accu-
racy of the published articles," the law-
suit said.
Instead, they are based on a dis-
agreement "with the content or point
of view expressed," according to the
lawsuit filed Wednesday in Grand
Rapids.
Superintendent James Leyndyke
said yesterday he had not been noti-
fied of the lawsuit and had no com-
ment.
"Would their football team want to

play and not tackle?" Dan's father, Bill
Vagasky, said."If you're going to be a
newspaper, you be a newspaper,
responsibly."
The controversy started when the
Otsego Middle School principal told
students they could not publish a story
about a theft, which occurred during an
eighth-grade ski trip.
Bulldog Express reporter Haley
Pierson did not plan to name the stu-
dent, who was accused of stealing key
chains and sunglasses straps Jan. 23 at
Bittersweet Ski Resort.
Leyndyke supported Principal
Susan Minegar and later said the
newspaper should emphasize good
news. Minegar now must approve all
story ideas.
Otsego school-board members
agreed with the decision to spike the
ski-trip story and asked Leyndyke to
draft new publishing rules.
The policy to be considered April 14
would give the superintendent and the
school board the final word on content.
Each story would have to be approved
by an administrator, and the paper's
adviser would develop ideas at the start
of each year.

FRIDAY sponsored by The Institute for
Research on Women and Gender,
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O "Conservative Judaism: Campus and
Beyond," Shabbat, sponsored by
Hillel, 1429 Hill St., 4-6 p.m.
O "Conversations with Courtney Clixby,"
sponsored by Unions Network
Television, channel 24, 3 p.m. and 8
O "DeliveringShabbat Meals," sponsored
by Hillel, 1429 Hill St., 34:15 p.m.
O "Forget-Me-Not Tag Day," sponsored
by The Alzheimer's Association,
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SATURDAY
U "Ain't No Other: A Conference on the
Mixed Experience," sponsored by
The Mixed initiative, School of
Education, Whitney Auditorium,
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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sored by The Alzheimer's
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sored by Kiwanis Club of Ann
Arbor, Kiwanis Building, 801
200 S. First St., corner of
Washington, 9 a.m.-noon
SUNDAY
0 "Academy of Early Music House
Concert," sponsored by The
Academy of Early Music, The
Power Center, 1001 E. Huron St.,
6 p.m.
U "Cheerleading Tryouts," sponsored
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