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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 3, 1997 - 3

Male student
threatens School
of Dentistry staff
A mentally disturbed student made
violent threats to staff in the Dentistry
Building on Wednesday, DPS reports
Dentistry staff members reported to
DPS that the student made the state-
nient, "You people are the reason we
buy guns," according to DPS reports.
When DPS arrived on the scene, the
student was no longer in the area.
DPS responds to
temper tantrum
A female Law student reported to the
Department of Public Safety on
Monday that something suspicious was
going on in her neighbor's room.
She lives in the Law Quad, and said
she could hear her neighbor screaming
throwing things in his room, DPS
ports state.
When DPS investigated the call and
made contact with the resident, the res-
ident said that he was "just stressed out
about life."
After the officers left, the resident
calmed down, the caller reported to
Bag, unknown
quid starts fire
An unknown liquid substance leaked
out of a trash bag and burst into flames
in the Chemistry Building on Monday.
A custodian, who was handling the
trash bag, was not injured when the fire
occurred. But the fire scorched the
floor, DPS reports state.
It was determined that the liquid was
*rogenic, which mean it ignites when
exposed to air. Officials from
Occupational Safety and
Environmental Health disposed of the
materials, DPS reports state.
Boy falls through
glass window
A 12-year-old boy fell through a
s window Monday, according to
jS reports.
The boy was attending a basketball
-game at an area high school when he
.was pushed through a glass window.
The suspect was identified by the
injured boy, who was taken to
University Hospitals. Officers on site
notified the child's mother about the
incident, DPS reports state.
Woman takes
.=asty fall
A woman had fallen and could not
get up Monday morning, a caller
reported to DPS.
The injured woman first phoned the
caller for help, saying that she could
not move. When the caller tried to call
the woman back, there was no answer,
o the caller dialed 911.
DPS officers went to the woman's
apartment on the 3400 block of
Carpenter Road.
An ambulance also was dispatched
to the scene, DPS reports state.

Patient refuses
to leave hospital
A discharged patient was being loud
and abusive and refused to leave
University Hospitals on Wednesday,
DPS reports state.
The patient demanded information
about his medical condition immedi-
ately and refused to leave until it was
provided, DPS reports state.
University doctors said there was
nothing that could be done for the
atient until the tests were completed
Ud returned to the hospital in two
DPS officers escorted the patient out
when he refused to leave the property,
according to DPS reports.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Stephanie Hepburn.

NBD robbery marks second hit this week

By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
In the second bank robbery near
campus in less than a week, a man
entered NBD bank on East William
Street on Wednesday afternooon and
slipped a note demanding cash to a
The teller did not see a weapon, but
the man implied that he had a gun by
patting a bulge in his jacket.
At the time of the incident, there
were seven people working in the bank
and five customers, all of whom were
"I'm real nervous about the area. I
think it's changing," said Vickie
Plotner, owner of Campus Bike &
Toy Center, which is located on

down the
block from
NBD bank.

"I'm real nervous
about the area. I think
it's changing."
- Vickie Plotner
Campus Bike & Toy Center

incident. "I
know I would
be," he said.
Logghe said
the suspect had
gray hair and
was wearing
red sunglasses
at the time of
the incident.



hoping to
make a deposit, when she saw signs
saying the bank was temporarily
closed. She said a teller told her sie
was now "paranoid" that the bank
would be robbed again.
Ann Arbor Police Department Sgt.
Mike Logghe said bank employees
were probably very frightened by the

in the holdup.
Both Department of Public Safety
and AAPD officials said they have
no indication that the two holdups
were committed by the same suspect.
Andrew Tobias, a Dexter resident
who works at Campus Bike and Toy
Center, speculated that the two campus
bank robberies could be related.
"Since they both happened close
to the same time, I believe it's the
same people, and (they're) probably
more organized," he said. "And I
would be concerned that they might
seek out other major places around
this area."'
Jeremy Winter, a manager at
Smoothie Time, which is also locat-
ed on East William Street, said he

heard about the robbery from a
police officer on a bicycle who
stopped by the store.
"A lady that works in the bankhad
orered a Smoothie and told us to deliv-
er it. The police officer told us to (hold
off because the bank had been robbed),"
he said.
Winter said he had heard that the
branch was scheduled to close ,in
November, and that it seems like "no
one's really interested in the job that
they're doing" at the bank. He said
low staff morale might make it easier
for a robbery to occur.
NBD officials could not be reached
for comment yesterday.
Anyone with information is asked to
call the AAPD at 994-2878.

NBD robbery follows Monday's
holdup of Comerica bank on State
Street, which is located in a
University building, Wolverine
In that incident, a suspect warned
the teller that he had a weapon and
demanded money. No one was injured


Snap, crackle, pop

Mayor of Dakar vi

By Katie Pona
Daily Staff Reporter
Mamadou Diop, the mayor of Dakar,
Senegal, will take back some Wolverine
spirit with him when he returns to his
west African home Sunday.
Diop comes to Ann Arbor as part of
the sister city partnership between Ann
Arbor and Dakar. The bond between the
two cities was solidified when a group
representing Ann Arbor visited Dakar
in July.
As part of an Ann Arbor tour, Diop
was given paraphernalia about the
University. He also received tours of
campus medical facilities and North
Assistant Vice Provost and Director
of the Office of Academic
Multicultural Initiatives John Matlock,
who coordinated Diop's University
visit and has visited Senegal three
times, said he thinks the mayor's trip
marks the beginning of a prosperous
"Hopefully this will be the first of
many visitations between the two
cities," Matlock said. "I've seen every
evidence that this seems to be more
than a symbolic relationship."
In addition to the partnership
between the two cities, Matlock said
he hopes the African delegation's visit
will forge another relationship - one
established by University students
studying at the University of Dakar
and Dakar students studying at the
"I think it opened doors for the Ann
Arbor community, and I think it opened

the door for students who have an inter-
est in travelling abroad to places such as
south Africa and north Africa,' Matlock
M. Diallo, the mayor's chief of proto-
col, and M. Toure, the mayor's special
assistant for communications, accom-
panied Diop.
Toure said one reason for the mayor's
visit is to build relationships between

Senegal and
o t h e r
nations as it
"H e 's
aware of the
of this uni-
versity as
one of the
best in the

be the first c
visitations b+
the two citie
Director of the Officec

sits A2,
said. "This probably will help bri
more Senegalese to the United States"
Associate Provost of Academic and
Multicultural Affairs Lester Moms,
who helped welcome the Seneglese d6l-
egation, said the organization Sister
Cities, Inc. deserves praise for the reta-
tionships it fosters between citizensin
different cities.
"This has been very beneficial ,th
terms of pro-
moting cultural
this will understanding
f between citizens
yf ma in our cities and
citizens abroad;'
eftween Monts said. .
Monts also
.. said he is giad
- John Matlock the mayor dedi-
of Academic Affairs cated some of
his time gettifig
to know the
"I'm pleased that they chose to sped
some time at the University of
Michigan because the University: is
very much a part of the city of Aim
Arbor" Monts said.
Matlock said that Diop has been
invited to lecture at the University dur-
ing his next trip to Ann Arbor. "H;'s
pretty excited about possibly doing
that," Matlock said.
The second Ann Arbor delegation to
visit Dakar, which is tentatively sched-
uled to depart in June, will hopefully
include Ann Arbor Mayor Ingiid
Sheldon and a University studeit,
Matlock said.

Sonny Garza, a baker at Michigan State University spreads ingredients for
the world's largest Rice Crisples Treat thursday. A group plans to sell pieces
of the finished product to raise money for a domestic violence shelter.
Ethic fiMbriges
heritage m-onths

States'" Toure said on behalf of Diop,
whose preferred language is French.
"The University of Michigan, especial-
ly the students, must prepare them-
selves to open new markets in Africa:'
Diop encouraged University of
Michigan students to attend the
University of Dakar, which is one of
Africa's leading higher education insti-
tutions, and to join a vast array of inter-
national students studying there.
Rackham student Abdoulaye
Mbengue, a native of Senegal, said the
citizens of both cities can benefit from
continual interaction between Ann
Arbor and Dakar.
"It's got to be a two-way street" he

By Christlne M. Paik
Daily Staff Reporter
"Follow Me Home "a film that
explores ethnic identity in America,
played at the Michigan Theater yester-
day, bringing together Latino/a Heritage
Month and Native American Heritage
The movie, which was not shown in
national theaters, ties artistic, musical
and spiritual themes together to portray
a modern tale of four friends of different
ethnical backgrounds.
The characters, two Latino Americans,
a Native American and an African
American, travel across the United States
with the intent of painting a mural of
their ancestors on the White House. In
addition to meeting a black woman along
the way and surviving a confrontation
with a group of racists, the four young
men come to terms with individual strug-
gles and questions of identity.
"The movie was unique in that people
watching were able to identifr with the
characters' cultures"' said Jodi Cook,
co-chair of Native American Student
Association. "I think it was a positive
thing for those in the audience to recog-
nize things in their cultures.'
Shannon Martin, Native American
coordinator at the Multi-Ethnic Student
Affairs Office, was one of the organiz-
ers of the event.
"It's so exciting" Martin said. "It's
taken a long time to plan this. I hope
people left with an appreciation and
understanding of other cultures."
The film was directed and produced
by Peter Bratt, and marked his director-
ial debut. Bratt had planned to hold a
question and answer session following
the screening, but could not fly to Ann
Arbor due to flight delays.
"He said that he expressed his sincere
apology for not being able to come, but

he said that he hopes everyone enjoyed
the movie:' Martin said.
"I thought it was great," said Tara
Young, program coordinator at the
Office of Academic Multi-Cultural
Initiatives. "As a woman of color, to be
able to see things that relate to my
African American heritage - that was
Jasmeen Khilji, communications
chair for Alianza, a Latino/a group, said
the film shed light on underappreciated
aspects of society
"I think the movie definitely por-
trayed things we don't see in society. I
hope other people will get a sense of
that too,"Khilji said.
More than 500 students, faculty and
Ann Arbor residents attended the film.
Joe Reilly, Native American Student
Association co-chair, said his group
helped sponsor the event.
"I was glad to see so many people, but
I was already expecting a lot," Reilly
said. "I liked it because itconfronted a lot
of issues about American society that you
don't get to see in mainstream films.'
The film was not picked up by any
Hollywood distributors, and has instead
travelled across the United States to uni-
versities and small colleges.
"It really irritates me that the big
movie houses didn't pick this up
because it was 'too ethnic,"Young said.
Virginia Gidi.0, a graduate student in
the School of Public Health, said she was
drawn to the film because of her interest
in issues of ethnicity, race and identity.
"I absolutely loved the movie"
Gidi said. "It makes an incredible
statement about this country's past
and present. It makes a suggestion
about where we need to be going in
the future. I wish more people would
see movies like this, because it makes
a tremendous impact."



Thomas M. Cooley Lectures
Forty-second Series
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law
Stanford Law School


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