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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 21, 1997 - 5

ONA of innocent rape
8uspects will not be kept

U Ann Arbor resident

of his DNA records.

to obtain as many blood samples

filed civil lawsuit that About a year later, Washtenaw DNA testing as they could," Stei
County Judge Kurtis Wilder ordered the said.
urred ruling Michigan State Police to turn over all of Shelton referred to the investig
Shelton's DNA records. The state police as "out of control, in terms of hys
EtAlice Robinson appealed the decision before the and said he lost a job because'
DaStaff Reporter Michigan Supreme Court, which came to his workplace and tol
j pn Arbor resident Blair Shelton upheld Wilder's decision, according to employers that he was a suspect
wggboarding a bus in 1994 when local Richard Lowthian, director of forensic investigation.
p tcc stopped him and asked for proof science for the Michigan State Police. Steinberg said police had
th-1e had submitted a DNA sample to Lowthian said state police did not description of the suspect beside
oMcjals as part of a serial rapist inves- want to turn over Shelton's samples fact that he was black.
tigation. because they are required to keep all Steinberg said several Law sti
Blair said he felt like he "wasn't even blood samples of potential suspects as from the University's chapter (
*the United States" because the police part of their "standards for accredita- Lawyer's Guild assisted him wi'
singled him out to due his race. tion." case.
.Three years later, the Michigan State Michael Steinberg, Shelton's ' "There were a number of sti
Police have announced that they will no lawyer and legal director for the that helped while things were still
longer keep DNA records of suspects American Civil Liberties Union in on," he said.
who have been cleared of wrongdoing Michigan, said his client's request Lowthian said his office i
in "criminal investigations - and that DNA samples be returned was pleased about having to turn ov
Shelton, who was stopped by police based on a state law that says police DNA records, but will comply wi
nine times during the search for the Ann cannot keep DNA records of innocent ruling.
Arbor rapist, couldn't be more pleased people. "Although we're not happy wi
hoot the decision. During the search for serial rapist decision to give up our bu
'How does that make me feel? Earvin Mitchell, who was identified records, we don't have any ch
Great," Shelton said, noting that the in 1994, police took blood samples Lowthian said. "The court has on
actions of local police reminded him of from more than 160 black men who it, we have no more appeals.
the way black citizens used to be treat- were seen in the Ann Arbor area, exhausted our appeals so we will
ed in apartheid South Africa. Steinberg said. ply."
Shelton filed a civil suit with Steinberg said his client was coerced The Michigan State Police C
Washtenaw County Circuit Court in into giving a blood sample, and that a Laboratory plans to send letters
April 1995, claiming that law enforce- . high reward and other factors con- next few weeks to each of the me
ment officials had trampled on his con- tributed to an investigation that got out contributed blood samples, giving
stitutional rights by repeatedly ques- of control. the option of either having their r
tiehing him and demanding the return "Police (practiced) a policy of trying returned or destroyed.
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Members of seven campus activist groups gathered last night to discuss issues related to campus activism.
Participants debated the role of militancy, education and apathy in the future of campus activism.
Students discuFss 'U'activism

By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
Seven activist groups and nearly 30
students gathered last night to discuss
apathy and strategies for improving
activists' success.
The meeting, organized by the
Queer Unity Project, allowed members
from several groups to air their con-
cerns about growing apathy among
University students.
One of the topics discussed was why
students do not get involved in activist
groups. "I think people join groups
that will make their lives better. They
look to make an immediate effect on
their own life,' said QUP member
James Gies, a University alumnus.
The symposium also addressed the
issue of unifying smaller groups in an
effort to make a greater impact on
campus. Josh Lanton, an RC senior
and Mentality member, said one of
his goals is to connect with other
activist groups.

"We all need to work together as stu-
dents to push apathy out," Lanton said.
Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action By Any Means Necessary
member Jessica Curtin agreed with
Lanton. "If we're going to change soci-
ety, we have to unite," Curtin said.
Undergraduate Women's Studies
Association member Lara Zador, an
LSA sophomore, said apathy is con-
nected to the militant image of many
activist groups.
"I think apathy is directly propor-
tional to the radical stigma associated
with the group;' Zador said.
Different methods for change also
were discussed at the meeting.
Whether a group should educate oth-
ers or simply remain active was at the
center of this debate.
Environmental Justice member
Amanda Edmonds, an SNRE sopho-
more, said the groups have considered
different options for raising awareness.
"We always discuss whether to

have protests outside (University
President Lee) Bollinger's office, or
to set up a meeting with him,"
Edmonds said.
But some panel members believe
the two can coexist.
"I don't think education and action
are counter-posed," Curtain said.
The forum also included a discus-
sion of the scope of issues activists
should pursue. While some people
advocated an all-out assault on soci-
ety as a whole, others, such as
Environmental Action Commitee
member Joel Hoffman, said organi-
zations must be realistic in their pur-
"What can we really do at the
University of Michigan?" Hoffman
asked. "What's possible? Is that peti-
tion you worked on for three months
going to do jack shit?"
Gies said he is one of the many
University students that avoids groups,
trying to address larger issues.

By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
d Heather Wiggin
T;ily Staff Reporters
fThey can be seen in the halls hacking out their lung
the bathrooms with tissues crumpled in their hands
cringe away from their germ-laced touches.
Why does it seem like everybody is sick these day
The increase in illness is most likely due to a nu
factors, said University Health Service Director
Briefer, including the stress that stems from acader
recent weather changes. "We're seeing more viral in
overall," Briefer said.
Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, is a common
.hen students are afflicted with illness. But Brie
niono is not necessarily the cause of the fatigue, fev
headaches currently affecting students.
Because the symptoms of infectious monon
include sore throats, high fever, swollen glands, e
fatigue and headaches, many students think their own
ft'symptoms are signs of mono.
t"Mono is one of the things that tends to strike fea
hce s of students," Briefer said. This fear probablyl
the perception among students that mono is everywh(
LSA first-year student Devon Etue was tested f
7at week. "I was really tired all the time and sick;" E
"4f had a headache, pain, and stomach problems!'
'According to UHS, among the 850 people te
niononucleosis last year, 475 actually had mono. "
:majority feel badly for a week or two and then they
Archer picks
sino bids
'DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Dennis
Archer yesterday announced that he has
cben the two casino applicants with
legal preference - Atwater/CircusB
Cijcus and Greektown - along with
NF4GM Grand as prospective casino
li censees.
Left out was Mirage Resorts, which For
S'remained in the running when De
her narrowed the choices fromec-
seven to four earlier this month and said Car
he~ nieeded more time to study the pro- a
pQIs before making the final cut. ad
"The significance of these develop- , TYP
Mrpts cannot be overstated, for they will Mo
hyp profound impact on the social and
ewppomic fabric of our city and our state
weLinto the 21st Century,"Archer said.
Although casinos are not a panacea
or our city, they will play a key role in
Wt, efforts to further develop and revital-
ize our downtown," Archer said. "If we
.want to reap the economic social and
community benefits that we expect to
derive from gaming, we must make wise
apt4 prudent decisions in this project and N 1
select those proposals that will give us
greater assurances of long-term stability"
Archer must now negotiate develop-
nmeut pacts with each winner. The City F
" uncil must approve those agree-
0 onts, which then will be reviewed by
the Michigan Gaming Control Board
before any license is issued.

(to health) in a week," Briefer said. "In fact, I suspect most
people who have mono don't even know it."
Not much can be done to prevent mono besides observing
gs and in regular sleeping and eating habits and using caution to avoid
; people the spread of germs.
"Obviously you do not want to let yourself get exhausted.
Ys? Pulling all-nighters is not a good idea," Briefer said.
mber of "Students always want to get better tomorrow, but the truth is
Caesar (mono) has to run its course."
mics and Despite mono's reputation for being the "kissing disease,"
nfections Briefer said "we rarely see clusters of cases from boyfriends
and girlfriends." Rather, mono is contracted, much like com-
suspect mon colds, through contact with germs.
fer said Mono is not the only ailment students are quick to blame
vers and for their sickness. Students often come to UHS with fears of
bronchitis or influenza, Briefer said, but their illnesses are
ucleosis often nothing more than bad colds. Although many students
xcessive may believe they have the flu, UHS reports that no cases of
n cold or influenza have been detected this year.
"People tend to use the term 'influenza' for any cold they
ar in the get," Briefer said. "Instead, influenza is a specific virus."
leads to Bronchitis, on the other hand, is defined as extreme cough-
here. ing. Some factors that trigger bronchitis include irritating
or mono fumes, bacteria, viruses and smoke. Unlike other sicknesses,
tue said. antibiotics rarely alleviate the symptoms of bronchitis, but
instead worsen them.
sted for LSA junior Diego Bernal said he believes dorm life may
The vast spread illness because of the small living space with many
're back students. "The germs fester there," Bernal said.
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