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--LOCALISTATE --

The Michigan Daily - Friday. January 23, 1998 - 3

Fugitive to be
extradited to
Ann Arbor
Timothy Lange, a former Ypsilanti
resident, is currently being extradited
back to Ann Arbor for a multitude of
crimes, according to Ann Arbor Police
Department reports.
Lange reportedly rented a room at
the Quality Inn on Washtenaw
Avenue on Monday evening and
then solicited a female escort from a
service in Wayne County. When a
woman fron the service arrived,
ange beat her on the head with a
nt object and then sexually
assaulted her. He then tied her up,
gagged her, stole her car and fled to
Jeffersonville, Ind.
In Jeffersonville, Lange committed a
similar crime with another escort from
a service in the area. He stole the vic-
tim's car, leaving the original stolen car
from Ann Arbor in Indiana.
Lange then moved on to Foley,
a. wer he was arrested after the
PD sent a wire report to area
police departments. AAPD has
issued a warrant for his arrest and is
in the process of extraditing him
back to Ann Arbor. The Federal
Bureau of Investigation is mediating
the case because Lange is in viola-
tion of interstate flight.
Racist graffiti
ound in Frieze
A caller from the Frieze Building
notified DPS last week that offensive
swastikas were drawn on the chalk-
board of a classroom.
Swastikas also were found to have
been etched into the chalkboard and
wall of a second room.
Building maintenance was notified
for repairs.
ar accident
causes argument
A witness called the Department
of Public Safety on Tuesday to
report an altercation between two
men in a University Medical Center
parking lot.
The driver of a sport-utility vehi-
cle told DPS that another vehicle
had hit his SUV as he backed out of
*arking space. When the SUV dri-
ver made contact with the other dri-
ver to discuss the accident, the man
pushed him in the chest and called
him a "Jew," the driver said.
The victim sustained no injuries
and opted not to press charges.
Family starts
fight in hospital
.\n employee of University Hospitals
called DPS on Wednesday to report a
fight in a waiting room between two
family members.
What began as a verbal argument
between a stepfather and steps on esca-
lated into a physical assault, DPS
reports indicate. The argument started
because of a family problem. The fight
left the stepson with bruises on both
sides of his neck as well as scratch
arks on his face.
''Whe victim did not press charges, but
a report was filed.

Neighbor reports
a peeping tom
A woman called DPS this past week-
end to report that her upstairs neighbor
in Northwood Apartments was spying
on her.
qThe woman said that when she
rued on the light after entering her
apartment, she saw her upstairs neigh-
bor peeking in her bedroom window.
The suspect, described as a male wear-
ing shorts and a yellow jacket, ran away
after the light was turned on.
DPS later contacted the possible sus-
pect. No reports were filed.
-Co'Umpiled by Dailv Stqa#Rep rter
Reilly Brennan.

Flint chancellor to fill diversi typost at Indiana

B3LOOMINGT ON, Ind. (AP) ]Ich chancellor
otfthe University 1flimt campus is takirng at new post
intended to boost diversity at Indiana University,
which was recently the site of two racially related
incidents.
Charlie Nelms will be responsible for recruit-
ing minority students and improving their grad-
uation rates, said Indiana University President
Myles Brand. The school created the position
yesterday, which will strictly be devoted to
increasing diversity on the school's eight cam-
puses.
"I think it's one of the obligations of a major
university to create an environment on campus
that's supportive and caring for all students,"
Brand said.
Brand denied that two incidents during the past
semester - -a threatening letter sent to 19 black
law students this month and the suspension of the
Zeta Beta Tau fraternity in October for conducting
a racially tinged scavenger hunt - were the moti-

nation behind Ncins' appoinitmtent.
Brand said the potion was created solely to
further Indiana's commitment to minority enroll-
ment, education and graduation.
Nelms plans to step down as chancellor at Flint
on July 31 after more than three years at the top
post.
Nelms was credited with increasing diversity
among campus faculty, staff and students.
University President Lee Bollinger said
Wednesday he hopes a replacement will be
"named and ready to start" by the time Nelms
departs.
Indiana will allocate Nelms and his office $1
million to meet with students on all of Indiana's
campuses. Initially, Nelms will be based in
Indianapolis, where he plans to work with com-
munity groups to strengthen the school's minority
recruiting.
"I'm here to help people with self-discovery so
we can change things together," Nelms said.

"I'm here to help people with self-discovery
so we can change things together."
- Charlie Nelms
University's Flint campus chancellor

Nelms will begin serving as a consultant Feb. 1.
In August. he'll take on the added responsibility of
being a tenured professor of education. Nelms got
a doctorate in higher education administration
from I U in 1977 and a master's degree in 1971.
The Arkansas native arrived at Flint in August
1994 after serving as chancellor at Indiana
University's East campus in Richmond. Ind., from
1987-94. He said he selected Flint above three
other schools because he wanted to make a differ-
ence in an urban setting.
Nelms said Bollinger and members of the
University Board of Regents asked if there was

something they could do to entice him to stay, but
Nelms said it was time to enter a new phase of' his
life.
Calling it a "decision of the heart.' Nelms sdid
he pondered the issue for several weeks and decid-
ed to step down after much reflection. prayer and
family discussions.
"I'm going to write a book.-- a combination
about the importance of education and how I've
managed to use education to not only advance per-
sonally, but to help other people in the process!'
Nelms told The Flint Journal. "Sort of the making
of a chancellor, the making of a leader."

I

Refugees
fight for
amnesty
By Carly Southworth
Daily Staff Reporter
In a Detroit shelter, refugees from
all around the world are learning to
cook, make candles, speak English,
and, most importantly, overcome their
fears of persecution.
The Freedom House, a multi-ethnic
shelter for refugees in Detroit, tem-
porarily houses those seeking asylum.
The University's Amnesty
International chapter invited three rep-
resentatives from Freedom House
along with an attorney to participate in
a panel discussion last night on refugee
issues in the United States.
"We at Amnesty believe that, in a
very uncertain world, human beings
deserve rights just because they are
human," said Abby Schlaff, co-coor-
dinator of the University's chapter of
Amnesty International. "They should
not have to earn these rights."
The issue of human rights was the
topic last night as panelists shared
their personal accounts of involve-
ment with refugee issues.
Yves Banda-Nyangu ended up in the
United States after fleeing 10 countries
in an attempt to escape the government
of' his native country, Zaire. Banda-
Nyangu, former vice president of a
political party in Zaire, feared being
persecuted for a newspaper article he
wrote about establishing democracy.
When Banda-Nyangu landed in

Pro-life pioneer
discusses abortion

By Mike Spahn
Daily StaffReporter
Twenty-five years to the day after a
woman in Texas won the right for all
women to have an abortion, the debate
surrounding that decision continues to
evoke great emotion.
As Mildred Jefferson spoke yesterday,
it was evident that the issue remains
unsettled.
During the afternoon. Jefferson, a for-
mer surgeon at Boston University
Medical Center and a pioneer in the pro-
life movement, spoke and answered
questions at a Medical School event
sponsored by the Christian Medical and
Dental Society.
Abortions are more pervasive in the
American population and often times the
women receiving them don't fully under-
stand the procedure and its conse-
quences. Jefferson said.
"There is a large gap between what
people want abortion to be like and what
it really is like," Jefferson said. "The
actual fact is that the country is being
decimated by the termination of 4.400
unborn children each day."
Jefferson said things need to change.
"There are things that are right and
things that are wrong, and when we iden-
tify something that is morally wrong, it is
our duty to correct it," Jefferson said.
One hour into the symposium, a group
of about 20 people arrived with pro-
choice signs and began firing questions
at Jefferson. The group had marched
from the Diag to the Medical Center to
protest Jefferson.
LSA fifth-year student LaSchon

Harris questioned Jefferson's argument,
saying the right to choose is a valuable
asset for the American public.
"It's important to keep this choice
available to everyone" Harris said.
Jefferson said she did not think the
people who came to protest had their
facts straight.
"I see some people with signs sayhig
'keep abortion safe and legal.' but wfho
says those are the same two things,'
Jefferson said. "You don't know whatis
happening in those clinics.:
One issue repeatedly raised during the
discussion was whether an unborn fetus
should be considered a human bein.
Members of the pro-choice crowd
claimed that until the baby was born it
was a "mass of cells" inside the mother.
But James Patterson of the Intervarsity
Christian Fellowship. a co-sponsor ofthc
event, disagreed.
"Partial birth abortion is considered by
... the vast maiority of our senators and
representatives as being in fanticide"
Patterson said.
In an evening lecture, titled "Loving
the Least of These!' Jefferson spoke of
the lack of love many people show
toward each other, and even themselves.
She said loving yourself is the most basic
and important kind of love.
"It is that kind of love we must extend
to a child who was conceived in circum-
stances society may frown updn."
Jefferson said.
Engineering junior Michelle
Carpenter told a story about her sister,
who chose not to have an abortion at age
16, but rather to carry the baby to term.

A - -L I - ML tNI#, VlY
Niels Frenzen, an attorney who specializes in asylum cases, and refugee Yves
Banda-Nyangu discuss refugee issues last night at the Michigan Union.

Detroit on his way to Montreal, he
was arrested. Police neglected to help
him find an interpreter or a lawyer.
Eventually, an immigration judge
appointed a lawyer from Freedom
House so Banda-Nangu could begin
the legal process of seeking safety.
1.Like many other refugees, Banda-
N angu fought the L .S. government
for his freedom. Ftentually. he w\on.
"You come here, seeking asylum
because your life is im danger. (The iS
government) keeps you fr a fev
months in jail and then sends y'ou back
to your country," Banda-Nangu said.
Niels Frenzen. a non-profit asy-

lum law attorney, said it is a miracle
that Banda-Nyangu won asylum. The
U.S. government is structured in
such a way as to avoid giving
refugees the chance of seeking pro-
tection, he said.
"The Constitution of the United
States is irrelevant when it comes to
persons. non-citizens and aliens seek-
ing asylum in the United States.''
Frenzen said.
Frenzen and Freedom house are
both working to change refugee law.
One issue they are concerned with is
the incarceration of refugees while
they wait for hearings.

Inkster man accused
of spying in Israel

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) - A
Lebanese-American man from this
Detroit suburb is being held in an
Israeli jail on spying charges, an Arab-
American civil rights group said.
Bashar Saidi, a U.S. citizen, was
arrested Christmas Day by authorities
in Scfa-Amr, a small town in northern
Israel, said Houeida Saad, director of
legal services for the American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee of
Washington, D.C.
An engineer for North Star Steel
Corp. in Monroe, Saidi is accused of
,spying against Israel for a Lebanese
group known as the Syrian
Nationalist Party. He was being held
at the Kishon Detention Center in
Haifa, Israel.
'"I'm very sad and feel so guilty," his
wife Sawsan told The Detroit News for
a story yesterday.
"l'm the one who convinced him to
go to Israel" his wife said. "If it wasn't
for me, he would be by ny side today
and I wouldn't have to fear for his safe-
ty"

The newspaper said it could not reach
the U.S. State Department or the Israeli
Consulate in Chicago for comment
Wednesday.
Saidi and his wife left for the Middle
East in mid-December. Saidi went to
Lebanon. His wife, a Palestinian
American. went to Israel to visit family.
The couple was planning to meet in
Israel a few days before Christmas and
return to Inkster in early January.
Saidi took a bus to Israbut and was
detained about eight hours Dec. 18 at
the Israeli border before being allowed
to enter the country.
The couple were going to surprise
Saidi's wife's family with the news
that they are expecting a baby.
Israeli police and security agents.
with a warrant for Saidi's arrest,
raided the home on Christmas Day
while he was having dinner with his
w ife's family.
Israeli police requested a gag order for
the case, and Saidi was held eight days
before he could meet with a lawyer. Saad
said.

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What's happening in Ann Arborthis weekend

FRIDAY
J "Big Black: Attice Rebellion Leader
Speaks," Spon'sored by
Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist
League, Law Quad, Hutchins Hall.
Room 100, 7 p.m.
J "Butterfly and Sword," Film showing,
sponsored by Center for Chinese
Studies, Angell Hall, Auditorium A,
8 p.m.
J "Crossing Over: Images of

J "What's the Choice? Abortion:
Reconsidered," Lecture,
Sponsored by InterVarsity
Christian Fellowship. Angell Hall,
Auditorium D, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY
J "HIV/AIDS Testing," Sponsored by
The HIV/AIDS Resource Center,
HARC Offices, 3075 Clark Rd.,
I;ifite 203: .Ypilanti. 10 a m.-2

I "Weekly Rummage Sale," Sponsored
by The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor,
Kiwanis Building, 200 S. First St.,
corner of Washington, 9 a.m- 12
p.m.
SUNDAY
J "Discussion on Unity and the Baha'i
Faith," Sponsored by U of M
Baha'i Club, Michigan Union,
Pond Room, 2 p.m.

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