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One hundred seven years of edftorilfreedom

October 7, 1997

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IT' broadcasts global summit

By Peter RomerFriedman
Daily Staff Reporter
With record-setting. high temperatures in
Washington, D.C., President Bill Clinton and Vice
President Al Gore held a summit on global warming
ye crday.
n Arbor was one of 100 cities to broadcast the
speeches of Gore, Clinton and experts in fields relat-
ed to climate change.
Before the White House speeches, student activists
and three state environmental policy experts held a
9:30 a.m. press conference in the Michigan Union and
Michigan experts commented on White House policy
following the summit.
Mona Hanna, who chairs the Michigan Student
Assembly's Environmental Commission, organized
t ress conference to rally student interest on global
"Global warming is a huge problem," Hanna said.
"It's something where our actions don't just impact us.
It has international ramifications. What we do will
have a huge impact on the future."
About 65 people watched the three-hour televised

Gore spoke first, applauding Clinton for his protec-
tion of the environment.
"I'm not the only one who has come to expect this
kind of leadership from a person, who in the last five
years deserves the right to be called the environmen-
tal president," Gore said.
"No future leader of this country will ever again be
able to say to America 'We have to choose between
building the economy and preserving the environ-
Gore then explained growing problems and impli-
cations of global climate change.
"Global climate disruption represents one of the
single greatest threats to our future" Gore said.
"Emissions of greenhouse gasses are changing our cli-
mate. Solving this problem will take time. It has been
created over a period of time ... but we have to begin
to reverse the trend that created the problem."
Next, Clinton took the podium and talked about the
four principles that will guide policy to reverse global
"The first (principle) I present is that the science of
climate change is real. But for me the bottom line is
that although we do not know everything, what we do

know is more than enough to warrant responsible
action," Clinton said.
He added that "realistic binding goals" and eco-
nomically feasible solutions need to be set by the
December international conference on global warm-
ing in Kyoto, Japan.
"The fourth principle is that we must expect all
nations, both industrialized and developed, to partici-
pate in this process," Clinton said.
President Clinton said that using alternative energy
and improving technology are both viable solutions to
global climate change. Clinton offered the fuel cell,
whose only exhaust is distilled water, as an example of
a modern solution.
Engineering junior D.J. Sho, who listened to the
whole speech, said yesterday's summit gave hope to
the fight against global warming.
"From what happened this morning, it seems like
everything is OK," Sho said. "All the people on his
panel are for long-term environmental goals and not
short-term profits."
After Clinton's speech a number of environmental-
ists, economists and other experts debated about U.S.
See SUMMIT, Page 2

arti1pate in
cream-In .c
By Rachel Edelman
For the Daily
Loud, passionate and liberating screams of students'
echoed through campus yesterday, as gatherers broke the
silence and stigma of mental illness in the University's first <*"
,Mr Scream-In.
About 30 students used their lung power to support
mental illness awareness. The event was intended to show
support for all types of mental illness - including depres-
sion, anorexia, manic depression and schizophrenia - that4
inflict individuals in the University and Ann Arbor com-
"Mental illness isn't just an issue that's out there. It
crosses all types of boundaries," said RC senior Natasha '.
Verhage, who helped to coordinate Scream-In.
"Things like this are important because mental health isr
ch a taboo issue in the U.S. We want to show that we're
l normal, functioning students. This is a way to unify thek
student body," said RC senior Josh Laton.
Statistics show that one out of every four Americans will
suffer a mental disorder during their lifetime, according to
Mental Health Net. A
"It's something that you're not allowed to admit that youk
have. Everyone is affected by it. Everyone knows someone
who is affected by it. We want to let people know that it's
out there," said RC senior Summer Berman.
"Mental illness never gets addressed. It's a pretty invisi-
ble plague. We wanted to put a personal face on it,"
*erhage said.
Scream-In, organized by Mentality, a mental health and
illness awareness group on campus, and Project Serve's
Issues Team, kicked off National Mental Illness Awareness
Week, which lasts from Oct. 5-12.
"Mental illness is a medical and biological illness. We'd
like to make that distinction. A lot of people don't know DANIEL CASTLE/Daily
what to do or how to handle their illness," Verhage said. LSA seniors Dean Costales and Rachel Schutt scream in the Diag for mental illness awareness About
See SCREAM, Page 2 30 students took part in the Scream-In yesterday.
ames en f house near Ra

About 65 people watch President Clinton speak yesterday at a summit meeting on
environmental issues that was broadcast live to 100 cities, Including Ann Arbor.
Student shot
at EMU"hall

By Jeffrey Kosseff
and Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporters
An Eastern Michigan University stu-
dent was shot late yesterday afternoon
and remains in fair condition at St.
Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Aaron Patterson, a 25-year-old EMU
sophomore, was shot twice in the chest
at 5:40 p.m in front of Margaret Wise
Hall on EMU's campus in Ypsilanti.
Marc Brock, a building director at
EMU, said campus and state police are
currently investigating the shooting. As
of early this morning, EMU
Department of Public Safety police
would not say whether they had appre-
hended any suspects.
"I thought it was a cap gun at first,"
said EMU sophomore Amy Peterson,
who witnessed the shooting while she
was outside talking to friends. "Then I
heard three more shots and saw people
running everywhere. It happened so
Peterson said she saw "a couple of"
people leave the scene in a white four-
door utility vehicle. Within 30 seconds,
a police car chased after the vehicle, she
EMU first-year student Mike
Papsidero said he heard several shots
from his room in a residence hall locat-
ed near the crime scene.
"We just saw kind of what was hap-
pening afterward," Papsidero said. "It

was pretty quick. There were a few
In an offcial statement released last
night, EMU police said the incident was
not a random act of violence.
Papsidero said he was told that sever-
al bystanders were almost injured in the
"I guess a couple of kids almost got
hit by the bullets," said Papsidero,
adding that the incident occured in an
area where mostly first-year students
An EMU student, who identified
herself as a close friend of Patterson,
said the shooting likely resulted from a
case of mistaken identity.
"He was driving his friend's truck,"
said the student, who asked not to be
named. "I think it was caused by jeal-
ousy ... It might have been a beef that
was already started.'
Peterson said the campus police were
quick to respond to the incident.
"The one reassuring part of the
whole incident was that 20 seconds
after the shooting, a cop came to ask if
everything was OK," she said.
Some EMU students said they were
shocked about the shooting:
"I'm from the suburbs;" said EMU
sophomore David Pelk. "Nothing like
that had ever happened. It was really
Many students, Pelk said, were not as
See SHOOTING, Page 2

Goss asks faculty to
give athletes options

By Steve Horwitz
and Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporters '
Witnesses said flames "poured out" of the third-
floor window of a house directly across from
Rackham Auditorium last night.
Sixteen emergency vehicles blocked off
Huron Street between N. Ingalls and Fletcher
streets due to the fire. A man staying at The Bed
and Breakfast on Campus, which is located near
the scene, called 911 to report the fire at 9:35
Ann Arbor Fire Dept. officials had not deter-
mined last night if the house, located at 917 Huron
St., was occupied solely by students.
"The roof started burning down (and 1) smelled
something burning," said Jeroem Van der eb, who
made the first 911 call. "Yellow flames came out
of the window."
Van der eb said that police and fire vehicles
arrived on the scene within three minutes of his
"They raised the ladder and chopped a hole in
the roof," said a woman who lives in a nearby

AAFD officials said they did not know how the
blaze began, but the incident is under investiga-
tion. There were no injuries reported.
Schnur said fire inspectors will enter the
house tomorrow to examine the third floor area,
where the fire started, in order to determine its
"They're (going to) have to interview the occu-
pants, see what was in that area;' Schnur said.
Mark Griffiths, a Rackham student who lives on
the first floor of the house, said that he saw flames
coming from the top floor as he approached the
house around 9:30 p.m.
Griffiths said he assumed it was safe to go
inside the house since there were no flames on the
first or second floors. "I walked inside and called
the fire department, and I took my hard drive with
all my work on it (back outside);' he said.
Griffiths said the house is "about 100 years old"
and speculated that electrical wiring may have
contributed to the cause of the fire.
When the blaze began, about 50 people gath-
ered outside the house to watch all of the commo-

By Chris Metinko
Daily Staff Reporter
Two top administrators met with the
University's faculty governing body yes-
terday to discuss University policies.
At his first official meeting in front of
the Senate Assembly Committee on
University Affairs, Tom Goss, the new
athletic director, outlined the University's
responsibility to its student athletes
Goss said the academic options of stu-
dent athletes are often unfairly limited.
"We have an obligation to our student
athletes as they come into these
schools," Goss told SACUA members
attending yesterday's weekly meeting.
Provost Nancy Cantor also met with the
committee to give a foundation of values
for the University's new form of account-
ing called Value Centered Management
(VCM). In this budgeting program, each
individual school at the University is
responsible for its own allocation, sharing
few general costs between them.
Speaking first, Goss said the Athletic
Department should be concerned with
helping student athletes get into the
courses and careers they want.
Goss said many athletes end up in the
School of Kinesiology because they have
no other choice due to their own athletic

University of
California at Los
Angeles, where
there is priority
F, registration for
student athletes in
order to allpw
them first pick at
"Our athletes
are put at a disad-
diss vantage when it
comes to classes,"
Goss said. "Are they in a position to leave
the University and get the type of
employment they came here to get?"
Sociology Prof. Donald Deskins, a
SACUA member, said he agreed with
Goss and said only certain schools have
the flexibility and structure to accom-
modate student athletes.
"The way the people get into that is
there's a structural problem," Deskins
However, Deskins also pointed to a
"cultural problem" where student ath-
letes go into schools because their peers
Goss said most Michigan athletes
don't have professional athletic
careers in front of them and are going
to have tno i ointo other fields. Goss


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