The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 17, 1998 - 3
with knife on
A man called the Department of
Public Safety on Wednesday night to
report he was assaulted by a suspicious
man on Monroe Street.
The caller said he was hanging signs
on Monroe Street when a man
The man started talking to the
caller, who said he initially told the
man to leave him alone, reports
The subject then pulled a Swiss
Army knife out of his pocket and
flashed it in front of the caller, say-
ing, "You think this is a joke? I'll
show you a joke."
The caller said he left the area and
returned to his residence hall, DPS
The suspect is described as an older
Zan with grey hair who wore a pin on
tan sport coat. DPS officers reported
to the scene but were unable to locate
A report was filed.
A woman called DPS on Monday
evening to report that a "suspicious"
person was peeking into the windows
of her residence at the Northwood V
The caller said that when she saw the
man peeking in the windows, she went
outside and attempted to chase him, but
the man crossed the NW-55 parking
lot, DPS reports said.
e The woman was unable to catch the
man, who was described as, a 16-17
year old man, wearing blue and white
shorts and a striped T-shirt, DPS
DPS officers checked the area
and were unable to locate the
A report was filed.
A man called DPS on Monday after-
noon to report a fire outside of the
Student Activities Building on
The caller said large quantities of
smoke were coming out of a flower-
pot near the front entrance of the
DPS units responded to the call
and later reported that the soil was
The officers used a stick to stir up
the soil and contents of the large
pot. The fire was extinguished a few
No damage was reported. A report
o rob apartment
A man called DPS on Wednesday
fternoon to report that two young
en had attempted to burgle his
'apartment at the Northwood I com-
The caller said the two min fled
after seeing the caller's wife and did
not take anything, reports state.
The method of entry was believed
to be through the front door, which
was closed but not locked, DPS
The subjects were described as
juveniles wearing T-shirts.
A report was filed.
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Reporters Reilly Brennan and Erin
Advice Online gaining populanty on campus
By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Daily Staff Reporter
Many students get advice from their parents.
Others religiously follow the words of DearAbby and
Miss Manners. But some students find adyice where
you'd least expect it - at a computer terminal.
Nearly a year ago, the Michigan Student
Assembly launched Advice Online, a computer
service that attempts to measure the degree of
enjoyment - or suffering - students experienced
in their courses. The Website,
www.umich.edu/~nsa/advice/, has received more
than 16,000 hits since its inception.
"It gives students a better sense of the course
they're getting into," said MSA Vice President
Sarah Chopp, an LSA first-year student. "I always
use Advice Online to choose which professors I'm
taking and to balance my courseload."
. Last fall, LSA Rep. Barry Rosenberg succeeded
in obtaining course evaluations from all University
departments under the Freedom of Information
"I always use Advice Online to choose which
professors I'm taking..."
- Sarah Chopp
Michigan Student Assembly Vice President
Act. Previously, only about half of the departments
willingly released the data.
"We approached the provost's office and asked
if they would release all the data from all the class-
es," said Rosenberg, an LSA senior. "They said U
of M is a very decentralized place and that we
should approach each department individually. We
felt it was not an appropriate way of doing this."
Rosenberg said that since he filed the FOIA
request, most of the University departments have
been extremely accommodating about releasing
course evaluations. But he said the School of
Business Administration has yet to provide Advice
Online with its own information, despite repeated
"The Business School has a responsibility to
release the data in a timely manner," Rosenberg said.
Ed Adams, director of computing services at the
Business School, said the dean's office has not
released course evaluations for fall '97 because
revisions need to be made to the data, which con-
tribute significantly to the decision of whether to
grant tenure to professors.
"The issue forthe B-school, and the reason why it's
taking a long time to release, is that course evalua-
tions are important in tenure decisions: Adams said.
Students who use the service can find out how
their peers rated individual professors, how much
work is required tor a class and how others enjoyed
the course overall.
A search engine for professors and the require-
ment of a valid University account to use Advice
Online were added to the service this year.
Some students said they would exercise caution
when looking at the grades received by specific pro-
fessors and courses. Engineering first-year student
Lia Santoro said students might mark down a profes-
sor for giving them too much work or grading them
harshly, rather than for the actual teaching quality.
"I think it's a good idea, but you have to be care-
ful about the students," Santoro said. "I think that
students will mark down a lower opinion of the
class if they have a lot of work. I'd be wary of stu-
Activist urges economic
equality, IMF changes
By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
Many people travel to the Caribbean and Africa
each year to sit on the beach, sip a drink and soak in
the rays. Kevin Danaher visits the same places with
groups of Americans, but drinks or tans are not the
Danaher, founder of Global Exchange, leads trips
,to these nations to show their true conditions in an
effort to promote global equality.
Danaher spoke to nearly 50 people last night in
the Michigan Union about the problems with the
International Monetary Fund and the World Bank
and the prospect of a strong world economy.
Danaher and his organization work in the United
States and abroad promoting economic equality and
Congress is currently considering almost S18 bil-
lion in funds for the IMF, which Danaher said will
not help the problems in any part of the world.
Members of the crowd circulated a petition urging
Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) to vote "no" on
the proposal, although she has said she will vote for
The way to help nations is to build grass roots
organizations, not fund the power elite of the coun-
try, Danaher said.
The IMF says "we will give you a goo-gob of
money, and you will implement our policies,"
The !MF takes money from member-nations and
redistributes it to countries in need. But some peo-
ple, including Danaher, say it only serves to prop up
and bail out large corporations and banks, instead of
helping the citizens of a nation.
He said the Golden Rule for corporations is "lie
who has the gold makes the rules." But IMF fund-
ing discussion is an "opportunity for us to inter-
vene." Danaher said.
"Our leaders ... must keep the people in the dark.
Our Job is to educate," Danaher said.
Danaher, who studied in southern Africa and
worked in countries around the world, talked about
the elite power structure of the world. He said the
"transnational elite alliances" cause many of the,
problems the world economy and the world's poor
The economic interests of those in power make
the policy, even though they do not always coincide
with what the people want, Danaher said.
"If broccoli were the major export of the Middle
East, would there have been a war ?" Danaher asked.
A child dies every 4.5 seconds in the world, and
Danaher said people do little to try to save them.
"If one billion people die in one year, will we rise
up and change the world," Danaher asked.
He said the problem of inaction lies in the self-
centered attitude of Americans and others, citing the
work of past groups that fought and won change as
examples of the payoffs for hard work.
"It's not about you; it's about the big picture,'
Danaher said. "There was no weekend a few hun-a
dred years ago. People fought for it and won;'.
"Solidarity" should be the goal of the people so
that there can be "bottom up globalization" and a fair
distribution of resources and money, Danaher said.
"Capital is like horse shit," Danaher said. "If you
build it up in one place, it stinks. If you spread it
out, it makes stuff grow."
Kevin Danaher, founder of Global Exchange, speaks about problems with the international
Monetary Fund and the World Bank in the Michigan Union last night.
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Daily Staff Reporter
Forecasts for rain tomorrow have
postponed one of the finale events con-
cluding this Winter term's
Environmental Theme Semester.
M-Fest, a student-organized festival,
was scheduled to take place tomorrow
and into the night at Palmer Field. The
threat of rain forced organizers to cancel
the event due to possible fitancial loss.
"The forecast this weekend is killing
our event," said LSA sophomore
Andrew Brunsden, an M-Fest organizer
from the University Activities Center.
The activities of M-Fest for Palmer
Field were coordinated by UAC and the
sponsors of the Environmental Theme
Semester, the College of Literature,
Sciences and the Arts and the School of
Natural Resources. Night-time events
were organized by the sponsors for the
theme semester, UAC and the
Residence Hall Association.
M-Fest was intended to bring unity to
the campus, raise money for an envi-
ronmental cause and to inform students
about the issue.
"This is an entertainment event turn-
ing into an educational event ... It's
music with a cause," Brunsden said.
Four professional bands, a profes-
sional artist for signings, fundraising
activities, free give-a-ways, a dunk
tank, environmental literature tables
and a side stage for various speakers
and student acts were all scheduled for
Vanilla lee had agreed to perform at
Palmer field, but later had to decline.
The organizers said they plan to hold
a similar event when students return at
the beginning of the upcoming fall term.
Brunsden said there are plans to
combine this semester's environmental
theme with the new theme of the fall
term for the rescheduled event.
"Our hopes for an annual spring fes-
tival are really high. There's a commit-
ment to make it happen and planning
(is in the works) to get the spring festi-
val for next year." said UAC President
and Engineering senior Lyell Haynes.
The M-Fest night activities are still
scheduled to take place through
tomorrow, including a dance in the
Blue Lounge at Stockwell from 2-7
p.m. The $5 per-couple charge will be
donated to the environmental organi-
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