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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 28, 1997 - 3

Homeowners
witness burglary
itheir house
When the owners of a house on the
3200 block of Nordman arrived home
early Friday morning, they saw people
carrying CDs, electric games and other
personal items out of their house.
Instead of calling 911 right away, the
individuals staked out their home for
about two hours, according to Ann
Arbor Police Department reports.
The homeowners claimed to know
t suspects and told police that they
in Milan. Through this informa-
tion, officers were able to locate one of
the suspect's homes and retrieve selec-
tions from the victims' music collec-
tion, according to AAPD reports.
Irate car owner
faces assault and
battery charges
* parking dispute resulted in a push-
ing match between two people last
Thursday at a parking garage on the
100 block of East Mosley Street.
AAPD reports state that two people
were arguing over a car that had been
towed, when one of them grabbed the
other person and then pushed the indi-
vidual. The suspect is being charged
with assault and battery.
oman swallows
astic fork
A woman called the Department of
Public Safety last Saturday to complain
that she was not feeling well after hav-
ing swallowed a plastic fork.
The caller told DPS officials she did
not need an ambulance. Officers met
vith the injured woman near the fish-
bowl area of Angell Hall, DPS reports
e.
Scuffle ensues in
Kroger lot
A manager who tried to approach a
shoplifting suspect in the Kroger park-
ing lot Friday afternoon became
involved in a minor scuffle, according
to AAPD reports.
. Officers were called to the super-
ket on Jackson Road around 5 p.m.
d'ay. The suspect allegedly began
pushing the manager after he was tar-
geted as a shoplifting suspect, and a
pushing matched ensued. The incident
is being treated as an assault and bat-
tery incident, AAPD reports state.
Offensive writings
scrawled on West
uad chalkboard
. A West Quad resident notified DPS
efficials Sunday that a racist message
was scrawled on a chalkboard in the
residence hall's Wedge Room.
a DPS reports state that the caller stat-
!0, that she would store the chalkboard,
*hich contained a message that was
offensive to Indians, in her room.
Money stolen
om sock at
'U' Hospitals

: A patient staying on floor 6C at
tEniversity Hospitals notified DPS offi-
,als that $50 had been stolen from one
gf his socks Thursday.
DPS officers advised the patient,
-who was "extremely agitated," to con-
* t the hospital's patient relations divi-
n for assistance.
Floor 'exploded'
-t 'U' institute
'4
A caller from the Mental Health
Research Institute notified DPS offi-
cials Friday that the floor of a room
"exploded."
Maintenance workers investigated
the caller's room and found no chemi-
s or water problems. DPS reports
conclude that a buildup of gases may
;have contributed to the unusual explo-
sion.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Alice Robinson.

City Council candidates raise ey issues

By Peter Meyers
Daily Staff Reporter
The City of Ann Arbor is a veritable tangle of
garbage collection, parking structures, a sprawling
campus and office buildings. With city council
elections scheduled for one week from today, a
small group of candidates have come forward to
vie for its control.
City council elections will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Of the five wards where members are up for re-elec-
tion, three councilmembers are being challenged.
Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties
are represented in the candidate pool. Their pet
issues include environmental protection, budget
control, homelessness, fiscal responsibility and the
control of urban sprawl.
U 2nd Ward: The incumbent Republican David
Kwan is primarily concerned with financial responsi-
bility.
"I'd like to see the city spend every dollar as a pri-
vate homeowner or as a business would," Kwan said.
He said that over the last year the city has installed
"hundreds of computers at City Hall, but our staff
count stays the same." He said this disproportion is a
sign of inefficient and unnecessary spending.
Kwan's challenger is Democrat Parma Yarkin,

an attorney formerly with the federal Department
of Education.
"Simply put, my platform is parks and good
government" "Yarkin said. Yarkin said she wants to
keep development and urban sprawl under control.
"You could certainly argue that it's more effi-
cient to have a lot of high rises," she said. "(But) I
prefer to maintain neighborhoods. I think it's vital
to Ann Arbor's character."
Yarkin's other main concern is government
accountability. She said her experience at the edu-
cation department has taught her that bureaucra-
cies tend to get out of control and need strict super-
vision.
When speaking of his opponent, Kwan brought
up her short residency in Ann Arbor as a detriment.
"Having lived in this town only two and a half
years, I don't think she really knows where all the
dangers are," Kwan said.
Yarkin said she would be more successful than
Kwan in communicating with all of the con-
stituents of the 2nd Ward.
"I would be much more available to the voters
outside of the business community," she said.
® 3rd Ward: Democratic incumbent Heidi
Herrell's primary issue is the environment, espe-

cially its connection with ener'v eticiencv.
-errell is involved whih the eity's .roct' to bring
in natural gas and electric powercd \ehils.
Herrell said she also wams to '"discourage uirbani
sprawl" and "protect green spaces
"It's not only an issue of beauts, it il o >,iects
the quality of our air and the quality of our water,"
Herrell said.
H errell's challengers are Republican Edward
Koster, an attorney and Presbyterian min ster, and
Libertarian Boyd StitL, a niversitv student.
Koster said he wants to clean up the ct'ST innces.
"There's a loomina fir ancial crisis coming.
Property taxes are nOt keepin up with inlation:'
Koster said. "The Democrats so tar have said that
there's no problem."
Koster said that the problem lies with uncon-
trolled spending, and he pointed to the fact that the
city ran a $200,000 dcficit Last year. This budget
discrepancy "woul d have bcen S 1.5 million if the
stock market hadn't don so wel' he said.
Koster said he also is upset with the placement
of the new homeless shelter, which will be located
at the city's border, across the street from his ward.
M 4th Ward: The Republican incumbent Pat
Putman was elected in 1995 on a platform of road

maintenance. crime reduction and opposition to
increased taxes. His equative slogan was, "Good
Common Sense + Good Business Sense = Good
Government."
H is Democratic challenger is Anthony Reffells.
Douglas Scott, chair of the Ann Arbor Democratic
Party, described Reffells as "a strong member of
the black community. He's active in a variety of
black groups."
The third candidate for the 4th Ward is
Libertarian Michael Enright, an LSA sophomore,
who said he is running because he is concerned
with constricted personal liberties in Ann Arbor.
"Skttcboarding is one example," Enright said.
'" Erybody has paid for it - the public lands -
and if skateboarding is a legal action, they should
be allowed (to use these public areas):'
Enri ght divides his time between South Quad
residence hall and Mt. Clemens but plans to make
himself available to his constituents even when he
is living out of town.
Enright, 19, said he has no experience in city
government.
I have paid attention, and I kind of think I know
how it works'Enright said.
The races in the 1st and 5th wards are uncontested.

Pharmacy Week
attracts students,
dispels images

A

By Megan Exley
Daily Staff Reporter
Consumers with questions aboutl
their medications should look no fur-3
ther than their nearby drugstore. The
nation's pharmacists and University1
Pharmacy students wrapped-up
National Pharmacy Week on Friday by
urging the public to talk to their best
resources -- their local pharmacists.
"Be Informed ... Stay Healthy --
Talk With Your Pharmacist" was the
theme for this year's national promo-
tional week.
"This year was the first time in a
while that we tried to promote
Pharmacy Week on campus," said Amy
Yadmark, campus American
Pharmaceutical Association (APhA)
organizer for the Academy of Student
Pharmacists (ASP) Pharmacy Week
committee. "Overall, we had a fairly
good response to our campus promo-
tions."
Yadmark said the members ofAPhA-
ASP hung a promotional banner in the
Diag, posteied University buses with
Pharmacy Week ads and distributed
refrigerator magnets with local emer-
gency phone numbers to heighten pub-
lic awareness.
"I think we definitely attracted peo-
ple's attention, especially with the mag-
nets," Yadmark said. "Many people
liked that we weren't passing out fliers."
Yadmark also said she was surprised
by the number of students who didn't
even realize that the University has a
separate College of Pharmacy. Through
promotional efforts such as Pharmacy
Week, Yadmark said that the APhA-
ASP hoped to spark more interest in
pharmaceutical issues and change the
public's "old-fashioned" concept of
pharmacists.
"The purpose of National Pharmacy
Week is to increase public awareness of
the availability and type of services
offered by pharmacists," said APhA-
MSU stabbi"
2 . .
2criticallyI
EAST LANSING (AP) - Two peo-
ple were reported in critical condition
yesterday at a Lansing hospital after
stabbings at a married-housing apart-
ment at Michigan State University.
A 23-year-old woman and a 19-year-
old man underwent surgery after the
stabbings, said campus police Capt.
Tony Kleibecker.
He said the woman had been stabbed
several times, and the man, brandishing
a large knife, later stabbed himself in
the throat while police negotiated for
his surrender.
The woman was a student at

ASP President Katrina Konopinski.
"Our focus is to let the public know that
pharmacists are more than just individ-
uals dispensing pills."
Konopinski said that the public still
has a stereotypical image of the phar-
macist as "the intimidating figure in a
white coat behind the counter."
"This image tends to distance the
public from the pharmacist,"
Konopinski said. "We want the public
to realize that pharmacists welcome
interaction with their customers."
Konopinski said Pharmacy Week
also provided a good opportunity to
make people aware of the expanding
roles that pharmacists have in the health
care community.
"Many people are not aware that
pharmacists in Michigan now can be
certified to administer immunizations
along with physicians," Konopinski
said.
In the season of flu shots and pneu-
monia vaccinations, a visit to a local
pharmacist at an out-patient clinic can
be a lot more convenient than having to
make an appointment with a physician,
Konopinski said.
Patient-oriented services are at the
core of pharmacy practice in the 1990s,
said Gary Kadlac, a pharmacist and
President of the APhA.
Kadlac said that many pharmacists
today can also perform limited patient
testing, such as cholesterol screening,
glucose monitoring and blood pressure
checks for serious health-threatening
problems.
"Following a pharmacist's advice can
both save money for consumers and
help lower the nation's health care bill
by ensuring proper medication use,"
Kadlac said.
Yadmark said that the members of
the campus chapter of the APhA-ASP
anticipate expanding the promotion of
National Pharmacy Week and planning
bigger events in the future.
ngs leave
njured
Michigan State, but the man's status
was uncertain. Officials declined to
release their names.
According to Kleibecker, officers
were called to the apartment, located
in Spartan Village at the Michigan
State campus, about mid-morning.
The und a woman bleeding profuse-
ly, and the man holding a large
knife.
Officers removed the woman, who
had been stabbed several times,
Kleibecker said. He said the man made
threatening gestures as police attempt-
ed to talk to him.

DANIEL CASTLE/Daily
Scott Campbell of Human Rights Watch, who recently returned from Zaire, described the current human rights conditions
in the country. Campbell spoke during a conference yesterday at the Michigan League.
Con~fere LC%.uslpoeakers discluss'.
past unrest in fonnwer]Zair

By Neal Lepsetz
Daily Staff Reporter
Spurred by the political upheaval that transformed
the nation formerly known as Zaire, the Center for
Afroamerican and African Studies is sponsoring a sym-
posium this week to explore the causes of the unrest.
Following a film festival that kicked off the event Sunday,
speakers discussed both the movement's origins and ramifica-
tions at a public forum in the Michigan League yesterday. The
symposium will conclude today with a graduate student work-
shop on the topic.
In April, forces led by Laurent Kabila captured Zaire's
capital city of Kinshasa and overthrew dictator Mobutu
Sese Seko.
The coup was the culmination of a rebellion that
began in response both to violence caused by Mobutu-
backed Rwandan Hutu refugees in Zaire and long-term
corruption within the government.
But the military uprising itself had roots in the previous
opposition by the society's arts and youth culture, said
symposium co-coordinator and professor of African
American history Frederick Cooper.
"It involves artists, writers and other intellectuals,'
Cooper said. "This is an event that has been in the news,
and we're trying to look behind the event at the kinds of
ways which politics and culture in Africa have shaped each
other."
Dieudonne-Christophe Mbala Nkanga, research director
of theater and performance studies at the National Institute
of Art in Kinshasa, discussed the role of songs as an influ-
ence on the people.
He mentioned one song called "My 12 Children,"
about a man who lost everything, including his 12 chil-
dren, due to a relative's witchcraft.
But in the 1980s, the lyrics became "spiced" up

"I involves artists, writers
and other inteIlectualso"
- Frederick Cooper
African American history Professor
when witchcraft was replaced with leaders and their
policies.
"They would change the lyrics to kind of respond to
what they were feeling at the moment said Nkanga,
adding that Mobutu's regime is considered by many politi
cal scientists a kleptocracy, where the government pillages
from the people.
He added that a youth movement formed and creat-
ed artistic expression against the regime, in which
many of the "young musicians joined the cycle of mad-
ness." Nkanga said he cried when he saw the young
men on TV carrying weapons and promoting libera-
tion.
Controversy surrounds the rebellion's success despite its
democratic motivations. It is unclear whether a Kabila dic-
tatorship will replace the Mobutu one.
Scott Campbell of Human Rights Watch recently
returned from the country and spoke about another contro-
versy.
Evidence is arising that Kabila's army, which included
Rwandan Tutsis, was responsible for the massacre of many
Rwandan Hutu refugees. Campbell also said many wit-:
nesses live under the threat of retaliation if they speakr
about the killings.
"If we can't hold Kabila accountable for thousands of:
bodies, how will we hold him accountable for thousands'
of aid dollars?" Campbell asked.

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