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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 29, 1998 - 3

Man caught
with pot after
fleeing police
A routine traffic stop on Stratton
Court in Southeast Ann Arbor
turned into an arrest Friday after-
noon for the Ann Arbor Police
AAPD reports state that two vehicles
were blocking traffic near the court.
After the AAPD officer flashed their
lights, one of the vehicles, a
Montecarlo, drove away.
Officers pulled the Montecarlo over
and asked the driver for his license. The
driver did not have a driver's license,
and the officer told him he was under
arrest for driving without a driver's
Reports state the subject then
attempted to grab an object from
underneath the seat. The officer told
the subject to get out of the
The subject exited the vehicle and
attempted to flee the scene. Another
officer tackled the man after he ran five
or six steps.
Once handcuffed, officers noticed a
plastic bag, filled with 47.5 grams of
marijuana, in the subject's hand.
Inside the vehicle, officers found a
scale used for weighing marijuana,
small zip-lock bags and a bottle con-
taining an alcoholic beverage.
The subject was charged with dri-
ying without a driver's license, hav-
ing an open alcohol container in a
yehicle, possession of marijuana
with intent to sell and resisting and
obstructing the police.
Pizza delivery person
reports suspicion of
child abuse
' A pizza delivery man called the
Department of Public Safety on
Thursday night to report suspected
child abuse.,
;While delivering pizza to a
Northwood V apartment, the delivery
man heard the resident to whom he was
delivering the pizza yell at his children.
The delivery man said he was con-
cerned for the children's safety, DPS
reports state.
When DPS officers arrived at the
residence, they discovered the par-
ent was yelling at the children
because they did not want to go to
No charges were filed.
Disgruntled man
yells, tears down
*.signs in Diag
A man was yelling at people on the
Diag on Saturday morning, according
to DPS reports.
The man, who was wearing a white
T-shirt, blue shorts and blue panty hose,
was screaming and swearing at people
as they walked though the Diag, reports
The man also was tearing down signs
posted near the Diag.
DPS did not arrest the man.
Man charged
with driving under

the influence
A man was charged with drunken
driving Friday night while driving on
Scio Church Road, according to AAPD
An AAPD officer saw the driver
speeding and changing lanes without
signaling, according to the report.
The officer pulled the subject over
and administered a number of sobriety
tests. The man failed to touch his toes,
close his eyes and recite the alphabet,
as the officers instructed.
A breathalyzer test showed his blood
alcohol level was .20.
The subject said he was incoherent
because he was taking Tylenol III for
his toothache.
Officers found a 90 percent empty
vodka bottle under the seat.
The man had a prior conviction of
operating machinery while under the
influence of alcohol.
- Compiled by Daily Stgff Reporter
Nikita Easley.

Bicycles a fast way to
get to class on time

By Josh Kroot
Daiy Staff Reporter
Every weekday from 8 a.m. to 7
p.m., students fill the Diag running to
and from classes. Those who have
classes back to back have only 10 min-
utes to get from one room to the next.
Often, 10 minutes is not enough.
Many students reduce their travel
times by riding bicycles. The over-
flowing bike racks outside most
University buildings are a testament to
the popularity of this mode of trans-
"The campus is large, and a bike
saves time," SNRE first-year student
Tony Goodman said. "I'm too lazy to
leave my room on time."
A typical bicycle easily can move at
20 mph, about 5 times the speed of a
fast walker, said LSA senior Mike
Kawamoto, a member of a student bik-
ing club.
Even though students must spend
time parking and locking their bikes,
they almost always get places faster
riding than walking.
"Biking cuts all of my (transporta-
tion) times at least in half," Goodman
said, "and probably more if I'm going
to North Campus."
But the convenience of riding a bike
is not without its drawbacks. Sharing
the city with cars and pedestrians often
sparks conflict.
"There is a lot of traffic, and people
are lousy drivers,' Kawamoto said.

Kawamoto was hit recently by a car
at the intersection of Washtenaw
Avenue and Geddes Street.
"She ran a red light," Kawamoto
said. "I hit the brakes, and she hit the
front of my bike."
Kawamoto said the driver yelled
"sorry" and then drove away.
LSA sophomore Mary McGuinness
was also the victim of a hit-and-run
bike accident.
"I was biking along behind a truck,
and he turned right all of a sudden
without turning on his turn signal,"
said McGuinness, who then hit the rear
of the truck.
McGuinness said the driver waited
until she got up, then drove away.
But biking doesn't have to be dan-
"Most bikers are pretty courteous,"
LSA first-year student Tyler Roberts
said. "But sometimes, they go too fast
through the Diag. They cut you off and
swerve between people."
Students often complain that bikers
come close to hitting them while they
are walking.
"I love it when I'm walking along,
minding my own business, and a biker
comes out of nowhere and hits my
book bag and sends my books plum-
meting to the ground," LSA sopho-
more Kathy Miller joked.
Most bikers maintain they are care-
ful when riding through crowded areas.
"I go more slowly through the

Diag," Kawamoto said.
But cars and pedestrians are not the
only things that bikers have to worry
According to the University's Web
page, bike theft is the most common
crime on campus.
"It's just one more thing to worry
about,' Roberts said. "There's always
the chance that it will get stolen."
Thefts often occur when students
lock their bikes incorrectly or use
poorly made locks.
Bill Loy, who owns the Student Bike
Shop on South Forest Ave., said a U-
lock is the best lock for a bike since it
is difficult to cut through.
Students should run the lock
through both the frame and the front
wheel of the bike, Loy said. If only the
front wheel is locked to the bike rack,
the student may return to find a wheel
with no bike attached.
In addition, students can register
their bikes with the Ann Arbor Police
Department. For $2.50, a description
of the bike will be filed with the
department, and the student will
receive a sticker with the bicycle's
serial number to place on the bike's
For many students, the conveniences
of owning a bicycle outweigh the dis-
"Bikes are fast," Kawamoto said.
"They are great, especially if you live
off campus."

A student locks his bike to a rack outside of Angell Hall. Bicycles are the
transportation of choice for many students.

The great pumpkin

Asian graduate students
to screen documentary

By Nika Schulte
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to make
ing Asian Pacific Ame
Pacific American So
screen its documentar
"Face Value," a 35-
LSA senior Marc Dr
Pendleton Room of th
The idea for the v
APA students experi
teaches ethnic issues.
ond-year graduate stu
"All first-year stud
material," said Choi, w
"It was all black and
tures discussed," Choi
paragraph about Asian
To facilitate discu
13 students sharing
dating, stereotypes,
Christie Onoda, c
the goals of the vide
"The message of the
face value,"' Onoda s,
color, hair color, it do
look the same, but we
Onoda said she hop

the campus more aware of issues fac-
erican students, the Coalition of Asian
cial Work Students is scheduled to
y tomorrow night.
-minute video filmed this summer by
ake, will be shown at 6 p.m. in the
e Michigan Union.
video grew partly out of frustration
enced with the way the University

"We started a dialogue. The
next generation can
continue and build on it."
.- Christie Onoda
Co-chair of the Coalition of Asian Pacific
American Social Work Students

Paige Lesman of Parchment, Mich. tries to pick out the perfect pumpkin at
Pumpkin Lane yesterday.
Law to target drug
using workers

said Clara Choi, a Social Work sec- continue the group's work even when the members leave the
udent. University.
ents were discouraged with the class "This video will be here after we are gone," Onoda said. "It
vho joined the group this past year. will create a legacy and a record of what happened. It is an
white issues with barely any other cul- example of student advocacy. We started a dialogue. The next
said. "In the textbook, there was one generation can continue and build on it:'
iissues. We didn't think that was good Screenings of the documentary in the School of:Social
Work have already received a positive response, Choi 4..
ssion, the group created a video of "We had a pre-screening for first-year (graduate) studints,
their experiences with interracial and they were blown away,' Choi said. "Many had Bever
assimilation and gay and lesbian thought about some of the issues we presented.
Choi said that more than just Asian students can benefit
o-chair of the coalition, said one of from the video.
o is to deconstruct stereotypes and "You don't even have to be Asian to benefit from the video.
Any minority; a woman or member of any minority group
,e video is 'Don't judge me on basis of can relate,' Choi said.
said. "Even though we have one skin While the group intended for the documentary to beaocal
esn't mean we are the same. We may project, distribution on a national level also is being cnsid-
have different historical culture, iden- ered.
"Now we are thinking other schools and other states" Choi
pes the documentary will be a way to said.

LANSING (AP) -Non-union state
employees who use illegal drugs, mis-
use prescription drugs or drink during
the work day will be subject to firing
under a policy that takes effect Sunday.
Gov. John Engler requested the policy,
which covers 16,000 state employees.
The state says the "zero tolerance"
policy for illegal drugs means any cov-
ered worker found with detectable ille-
gal drugs will be fired.
A blood alcohol concentration of
0.02 percent at work will lead to some
sort of discipline, including firing. That
is one-fifth the 0.1 percent limit for
drunken driving.
One drink at lunch could cause a
level in excess of the 0.02 percent limit.
"I think the state is taking a pretty hard
line," Ted Benca, deputy director of the
Michigan Department of Civil Service,
told Booth Newspapers. "You don't
come to work drunk or high, you betcha."
The new rule affects non-union state
workers, mostly professionals, man-
agers and supervisors, but is being
negotiated withtunions to expand it to
all 58,000 state workers next year.

Another drug-testing policy has been
held up in court for two years, chal-
lenged by unions.
Twenty-five other states require drug
testing of all employees, according to the
Council of State Governments, but it is
unclear how many states test for alcohol.
Jan Winters, director of the Office of
State Employer, said the new policy is
expected to cost the state about
$225,000 a year.
Union leaders say the testing appears
inevitable. Fred Parks, executive direc-
tor of the 10,000-member Michigan
Corrections Officers, said guards are
unhappy with the prospect. He said
0.02 percent is just too low.
"That's a good slug of Nyquil," he
said. "It's kind of Draconian. It's really
an invasion the way they want to do it."
Lynda Taylor-Lewis, president of the
United Auto Workers Local 6000, rep-
resenting 20,000 workers, agreed.
"This is almost a way the state's try-
ing to control you for 24 hours a day,
when they're paying you for eight," she
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