near local park
A strong arm robbery occurred
Tuesday in West Park at the corner of
thapin and Miller streets, according to
Ann Arbor Police Department reports.
Two men were rolling dice and plac-
ing bets at the nearby residential park at
6p.m. One male won the bet and col-
lected the money.
The suspect was the man who lost
the bet. He got angry and punched the
Ie ner. The suspect then took his
ne back, according to AAPD
A marijuana odor was detected from
a East Quad residence hall room
Tesday, Department of Public Safety
EDPS officers found marijuana in the
suspected room, which housed two
The two women, ages 18 and 20,
aid the marijuana belonged to them.
One student admitted to smoking
some of the drug. The evidence is
pending analysis, DPS reports state.
Some Diag ropes
The yellow ropes surrounding the
grassy parts of the Diag were damaged
,hesday night, according to DPS
The ropes have been used this fall to
protect the newly sodded area of the
The caller told DPS that the ropes
were cut every 20 feet. DPS suspects
that the destruction must have occurred
Man kept after
A unknown person was looking at
pornographic material on a University
computer, DPS reports state.
The suspect was browsing the Web
op the fourth floor of the Asian library
reading room of Harlan Hatcher
Faduate Library on Wednesday,
.cording to DPS reports.
DPS units found an existing warrant
for the 34-year-old suspect and arrested
park free in lot
Three unknown men used a wheel-
chair to get free parking at a University
rking lot Wednesday.
A caller reported to DPS that every
night three men use a wheel chair to
trip a sensor at the entrance of a car lot
at the University Medical Center.
After the sensor was tripped, the men
got a new parking ticket from the tick-
et booth, and then immediately exited
out of the parking lot in their car. The
men aren't charged any money because
the time ticket shows that they just
ame in, although their car has been
.rked in the structure all day, DPS
The caller reported to DPS that the
three suspects leave the structure with-
cut paying every evening around 8 p.m.
The men drive an old Oldsmobile
With a ragged top, according to DPS
An angry employee at University
Hospitals was throwing hot water at staff
members Wednesday, according to DPS
The caller stated that an irritated
employee was throwing dishes around
the kitchen of the University's East
Medical Center. Then, the employee
began filling pans with hot water and
throwing the water at the staff, accord-
g to DPS reports.
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L OCA LSTATEThe Michigan Daily - Friday, October 17, 1997 - 3
Senior suffocates from inhaling carbon dioxide
By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA senior Joseph Schulz suffocated to death
last weekend in his 10th floor University Towers
bedroom after inhaling carbon dioxide that was
transferred from a canister to a plastic bag.
According to the Ann Arbor Police
Department, Schulz's roommate found him
lying in his bedroom with a plastic bag over his
head either late Monday or early Tuesday when
he returned to their apartment after being gone
for the weekend.
"The investigation has revealed that it W s dcath
by asphyxiation," said AAPD Sgt. Larn Jeru,.
AAPD officials said there was no suicide note
or evidence found at the scene that Nwouid lead
them to believe that Schulz's death was a suicide.
They have also ruled out the possibility of homi-
"There's only one person that knows what his
intention was, and that would be him," Jerue
LSA senior Tansy Rodd, who lives next door to
the apartment where the incident occurred, said
thcrV Ja one da recentuly when she heard a lot of
nuise coming from Schulza' apartment.
"There xwere like a lot of people coming up,"
she said. "I just heard a lot of commotion going
on up here. I thought someone maybe got locked
Jerue said using carbon dioxide to get high is
not uncommon. Carbon dioxide cartridges can be
purchased from hardxuare, drug or sporting goods
stores and produce a "euphoric rush" when dis-
charged into a plastic bag and inhaled, Jerue said.
The carbon dioxide cartridges are sold for use in
pressurized pellet-type guns or old-fashioned
whipped cream dispensers, Jerue said.
Neighbors in University Towers remained baf-
fled as to what happened on their hall early this
"I saw an ambulance and someone came up"
said one student who did not wish to be named.
"I didn't even know about it," said LSA sopho-
more Philipp Smith, who lives next door to
University officials did not wish to comment on
the incident yesterday.
Atstic book coversq
on display at 'U'
Exhibit of elaborate
'fine bindings' at Art and
By Margene Eriksen
Daily Staff Reporter
The book covers on display in an
unusual University exhibit are a far cry
from the textbooks students carry
around campus. Elaborately designed
book bindings are featured in an exhib-
it titled "Contemporary Fine Bindings
from the Collection of Jan van der
The free exhibit is on display in the
Slusser Gallery of The Art and
Architecture Building on North
Campus from Oct. 12-24.
"(Bookbinding) is an art form that
should be of special interest to peo-
ple involved with art and art stu-
dents'" said Shannon Zachary, head
of conservation and book repair for
University libraries. "It's an art form
you don't see very much or in as
good a quality as Jan van der Marck
has been able to gather and present
The bindings on exhibit are a col-
lection of work by contemporary
artists. The artists used mediums
including goat skin, ebony and multi-
colored paper clips to create the bind-
The mediums used often reflect the
subject matter in the books.
"The scope an artist has to interact
with the content of the book, while
still having wholly their own design
is a large part of this art form,"
Zachary said. "Mr. Van der Marck
has selected books that show what
this art form can do. The special
effects, such as gold tooling on
leather, is something you don't get in
other art forms."
University alumna Carol Noffz, who
visited the exhibit, said the book bind-
ing art was a pleasant surprise in the
"I wish more people knew this was
here. I'm in awe over the incredible
beauty of the exhibit," Noffz said. "So
many people settle for downloading art
from the Internet, it's important to put
the real thing on display."
The bindings in the exhibit are on
such books as The Odyssey, Les
Idylles and assorted poetry collections.
Almost any medium is acceptable if
the book binder feels it helps to inter-
former Art and Architecture Librarian Janine Odlevak looks at the book binding exhibit at Slusser Gallery In North Campus.
The exhibit, which Is open to the public, runs from October 12-24.
pret the story told in the book. One of
the poetry books even uses human hair
on the cover.
The organizers of the exhibit had to
do some juggling to find a suitable
place to exhibit the books. Organizers
tried to schedule the exhibit so it
would coincide with an annual Ann
Arbor seminar held by the national
organization, The Guild of Book
"Mr. Van der Marck has been very
instrumental in getting the exhibit
ready and here. He talked to the dean at
the School of Art and found a water-
color artist who agreed to put our dis-
play in the same gallery as his,"
This created some surprise for view=
ers who were expecting only paintings
in the gallery.
"I'm surprised that this exhibit is
here. I didn't expect to see books;"said
Sean Desantis, an Art junior.
Online group allows students
to 'confer,' exchange thoughts
By Suzanne Zweben
For the Daily
Confer, an on-line group interaction
system that allows students to join elec-
tronic conferences with more than
1,000 people, has managed to build a
kind of cult following during its two
decades of existence.
It has also managed to be remain
unknown to almost everyone else.
"Confer started as a way of exploring
issues relating to academic governance,
ways of getting people spread out
across campus and beyond to discuss
issues of mutual importance," said Bob
Parnes, who is responsible for author-
ing the Confer program adopted by the
Since September, 6,549 University
Confer members participated in 148
active conferences on campus. But
those who are not direct conference
members usually are unfamiliar with
what Confer has to offer.
Confer participant Laura Packard,
who graduated from the University
last year, said many students haven't
gotten involved because the com-
puter program Confer is hard to
"The best way to learn is Quick Notes
or someone helping;" Packard said.
Part of Confer's identity crisis can be
attributed to the fact that the system is
customized for small groups - and is
not equipped to handle the demand of
the general public, Parnes said.
"(Confer is) designed with groups
up to 1,000 people in mind," Parnes
said. "When you get into 100,000
people or more, it doesn't do the
Confer is unique because it allows
people to participate in live discussions
and -retrieve parts of the conversation
later. A permanent written record of the
conference makes it easier for new peo-
ple to join, Parnes said.
"There's nothing on campus really
like it," Packard said.
Meet-Students is one option in the
vast array of social conference groups
within Confer. The group starts anew
at the beginning of every semester to
ensure membership turnover and
encourage new students to join,
As of last week, this semester's
Confer has attracted 81 participants.
LSA junior Susan Lyon, who partici-
pates in Meet-Students, said she was
drawn to the conference because there
are different types of people ranging
from engineers to art students, dis-
cussing topics as diverse as football and
Princess Diana's death.
"You don't deal with shallow surface
issues but words people choose to rep-
resent themselves and their ideas,"
Lyon said she has made good friends
through Meet-Students and even found
her current roommates through the con-
ference three years ago.
Aside from cyberchat interaction,
some members typically get together
once a week for lunch. Those involved
also have scheduled a Halloween party
as the group's big social event for this
While Confer has a small but
devout following, an lTD consultant,
who wished to withhold his name,
said Confer has been slowly declining
over the past two or three years. He
blamed the system's decay on the
prevalence of individual class-related
and social e-mail groups and personal
Web pages that have flooded life on
But Parnes said an increasing cyper-
space-literate campus could be encour-
aging for the future of Confer.
"The real issue is that there are so
many more options available;' Parnes
said. "People are doing a lot more on-
Political science Prof. Raymond
Tanter is one professor who has taken
on-line conferencing to new heights.
Students race to Tanter's class
because there are only 50 monitors for
55 students, and pens and pencils are
outlawed in class.
Though Tanter uses Web conferenc-
ing services rather than Confer pro-
grams as part of his courses. he said
Web conferencing offers all the advan-
tages of conferencing with the capabil-
ities of the Internet.
"Students initially resist the Web, but
then the thrill of discovery kicks in and
they get exited about finding things,"
Tanter said. "They become enamored in
the process of creating knowledge and
then upon graduation they discover they
can earn more money and then they
become Web masters or Web mistresses."
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What's happening in Ann Arbor this weekend
U "Male Idols of the Japanese
Cinema," Movie screening, spon-
sored by The Center for Japanese
Studies, Natural Science
Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Q "Scott Turner Lecture Series: Rapid
Climate Chances and their
Significance," Lecture, sponsored
by The Department of Geological
Q "HIV/AIDS Testing," sponsored by
The The HIV/AIDS Resource
Center, HARC Offices, 3075 Clark
Rd., Suite 203, Yspilanti, 10 a.m.-
U "Just Don't Do It Protest Against
Nike," Rally, sponsored by
Solidarity, Diag, 10 a.m.
G "Weekly Rummage Sale," sponsored
Berkshire, 2-5 p.m.
Q "Seekers Meeting," sponsored by
The Ann Arbor Society of Friends,
Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St., 7-9
0"Sunday Worship," sponsored by
Laymen's Evangelical Fellowship,
Ann Arbor YMCA, Zonta Room,
J "Tom Henehan (1951-1977): A
Fighter for International
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