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LOCAL/STATE

The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 9, 1998 - 3

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Student's wallet
stolen from
Bursley room
A student's wallet was stolen from
s room in Bursley Residence Hall
early Wednesday morning,
Department of Public Safety reports
state.
Between the hours of 12 a.m. and
9:30 a.m., the victim said that he did
not lock his room and left his room a
couple of times.
DPS was unable to recover the vic-
tim's wallet. There are no suspects.
Eaked man found
running in field
A man was reported to DPS
Wednesday evening for being indecent-
ly exposed.
The man was seen on Mitchell Field,
located on the 1900 block of Fuller
Road. He was reported running without
any pants.
* Th1e suspect was also seen mastur-
bating in the field, the report states.
The suspect was last reported run-
ning towards Geddes Road.
DPS officers were unable to appre-
hend the man.
Squirrels blamed
for defecations
DPS responded to a call last
*Wrsday evening, from a man claiming
a squirrel defecated on his property.
Reports state that the caller left his
West Quad residence hall room win-
dow open for a short time and left his
room.
When he returned, the caller found
that his food, bed and d'esk had been
soiled. He told DPS that he suspected a
squirrel had done the act.
Bike stolen on
McIntyre Street
Between September 27 and October
1, an orange, 21-speed bike was stolen,
DPS reports state.
The bike was stolen from lot NW3
off the 1900 block of Mcintyre Street.
The owner of the bike described it as
STrek 800 sport women's model 21-
ed bicycle. The bike is valued at $240.
Woman harassed
by employee
A female employee at South Quad
residence hall reported being harassed
by a male employee Thursday evening,
DPS reports state.
0 The employee claimed a fellow
employee was spreading damaging lies
about her to her supervisor.
The female employee also reported
to DPS that she believes the incident to
be racially motivated.
Man separated
from wife, child
Saturday evening, a man requested
help to find his wife and child, the Ann
*bor Police Department reported.
The man was walking with his wife
and child along State Street when they

were separated. He described his wife as
having strawberry colored hair and push-
ing a blue stroller. The AAPD was able to
find the woman and child and re-unite
the family a couple of minutes later.
Dog bites walker
While walking in Saginaw Forest
irk on Sunday evening, a man was bit-
ten by a great dane dog, DPS reports
state.
The unleashed dog and its owner
were walking through Saginaw Forest,
off West Liberty Street when the dog
bit the victim. After the victim identi-
fied the dog and owner, DPS decided
that the dog should not be impounded.
.No charges were filed.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Nikita Easley.

City,

'

collaborate on State St. Project

By Paul Berg
Daily StaffReporter
The commitment of both the University and the
City of Ann Arbor combined to create the new
State Street Project, an 18-month collaborative
study intended to plot a course of development and
support the street's diversity.
The approximately $1.3 million project is an
effort involving the Ann Arbor Downtown
Development Authority, the State Street
Association and the University.
"By developing survey instruments to collect
data, we can use that knowledge to form a plan of
action," said Lawrence Molnar, the project's prin-
cipal investigator.
Molnar is a faculty member in the School of
Business and Administration's business and indus-
trial assistance division, which will act as the fidu-
ciary agent and project manager.
Besides the School of Business and
Administration, the University's inter-disciplinary
involvement in the project includes the School of
Public Policy and the College of Architecture and
Urban Planning.

Along with approximately $30,000, the
University contribution includes research and
development capabilities of these three schools,
whose students in turn benefit from the chance to
use their studies in
practical situations.
"Instead of giving a "Instead of
test, I can give my stu-
dents the opportunity test, I can g
to apply themselves,"
Architecture and Stuents thE
Urban Planning Prof.
Bob Beckley said."It's opportunity
nice to have something
in their backyard. It themsel$ves.
provides us with feed-
back and extends our Architecture and Urban
capabilities."
Beckley's Urban
Design Principles and Practice I class is comprised
of about 20 students who are doing background
research on how residents use State Street.
The results of the fall term's class work will be
used in Principles and Practice II, a class that will

produce design plans during the winter term.
There are also seven students from the
r Jndergraduate R esearch Opportunity Program
working on an intense photo analysis of the area,

livinga
ive may
to apply
ff

and Rackham student
Susanne Irwin, who is a pro-
ject assistant, will see it
through to its expected com-
pletion in January 2000.
"'This project gives the
students a chance to apply
their academic skills to real-
world situations,' said
Stephen Flores, co-adminis-
trator for the Applied Policy
Seminar, a program for
graduate students.
Seminar participants will
survey and examine eco-

college towns.
Light t ROP students are sponsored by the
Business School to work in conjunction with
School of Public Policy researchers, and faculty
from the school will be involved as well.
This research will lead to the tormation of focus
groups comprised of "stake-holders," which
include merchants, property owners, the city of
Ann Arbor, the University, residents and the enter-
tainment community, Mulnar said.
"Improvements will benefit the stake-holders
equally," said Susan Pollay of the AAD)DA, which
brought the proposal before the Ann Arbor City
Council and will contribute around $90,000 to the
project. The remaining SIO,000 will come from
the SSA.
Within the next six weeks, a community-wide
meeting will be held. and the selection of a poten-
tially permanent State Street advisory committee
will occur over the next couple of months, Pollay
said,
"Classes will need a full year to gather a set of
well-rounded data;' Pollay said.

- Bob Beckley
Planning professor

n

nomics, demographics and policies involved in the
project to compute the economic potential for the
business-minded parties involved. Other opportu-
nities include using issues to study the effects of a
transition and researching similar cases in similar

Computers come
to Union's MUG

By Katherine Herbruck
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who need to check their e-
mail or review the latest news on the
Web don't need to run over to the
Fishbowl anymore.
The information superhighway will
soon be at their fingertips in the base-
ment of the Michigan Union.
Twelve computers already have been
moved into the Mug area in the base-
ment of the Union. Three more will join
them and six computers will be placed
on the Union's fourth floor.
While Information Technology
Division workers are still working out
hardware and network problems, all
21 computers should be up and run-
ning by the end of the semester, Dan
Kugler, a representative from ITD
said.
"If these are successful, I think
they'll be like ATM's in the next couple
of years,' Kugler said.
The 12 computers in the Mug
area were put into place last week,
and while there are still some prob-
lems with them, Kugler said he
hopes everything will be running by
today.
"This way kids can eat lunch and
check their e-mail at the same
time," said Dino Anastasia, manag-
er of Campus Computing Sites. "It
also will increase traffic through
the Union."
The installation of new computers in
the Union is just the first step in a long-
term process to make computing more
accessible for students on campus,
Anastasia said.
"In a sense, the Union is proof of
a concept," Anastasia said. "We
would like to see Internet kiosks
throughout the campus so students
are offered more than just the com-
puting sites. Students will pretty
much be able to check their e-mail
anywhere."

To combat possible damage food may
cause in the new systems, ITD has placed
keyboard covers on the computers.
Students have already been testing
out the new computing site.
"As a whole I like them but they
seem a little temperamental at
times," said LSA sophomore Jeff
Pinch.
The computers' arrival came as a
surprise to Jackie McEachern, a
School of Social Work student, when
she was just passing through the
Union one morning.
"Wow! Where did these come from?
I think they're great. I don't have to go
to the library to check my e-mail,'
McEachem said.
But not everyone is ready to surf the
Web via the Union. LSA sophomore
Timothy Schmidt would rather just
observe.
"I think they're pretty nice but I'm
not a big computer buff," Schmidt said.
"The only time I use computers is to
print stuff"
The new computer site might be
more beneficial to the student who lives
on campus, LSA junior Autumn
Krampe said.
"I'm not down here often. But when
I lived in the dorms I would've used
this a lot," Krampe said.

DANA LINNANE/Daily
Eric McCutcheon, an LSA senior, shows off a "Wheel of Fortune" T-shirt. McCutchen departed for Los Angeles last night,
where he will be a contestant on the popular, syndicated television game show.
Stsoo
Stuent opes forgo :tme

LSA senior nets game
show spot after reading
casting advertisement
By Yael Kohen
For the Daily
LSA senior Eric McCutcheon is
hoping he will soon be "ready to
solve the puzzle." That's because
McCutcheon left last night for Los
Angeles to be a contestant on the
Wheel of Fortune.
McCutcheon said he ended up on
the show by accident. He was reading
through one of his father's magazines
when he saw an advertisement seek-
ing contestants for a soap opera
theme show.
"I thought it was kind of funny so
I sent (the application form) in."
McCutcheon said.
A couple of weeks later,
McCutcheon received a letter asking
him to audition for Wheel of Fortune
at the Hyatt hotel in Dearborn. But
when he got there, he discovered the
people auditioning were there not just
for the soap opera weekend but for
regular Wheel of Fortune.
Auditioning "was actually pretty
difficult," McCutcheon said. "They
play little mock versioris of the game

and they have people stand up and
call out one or two letters and see if
they can solve the puzzle.
"And then after they do that, they
have everybody take a small written
test solving puzzles." McCutcheon
added.
After the testing, game show rep-
resentatives cut the 70-person audi-
tion pool to 15, including
McCutcheon. Then, in a interview,
they asked him questions about his
life.
The whole process took a couple
of hours, McCutcheon said.
Prior to leaving for Los Angeles
last night, McCutcheon said he was
getting excited.
"I'm also kind of nervous," he
said.
McCutcheon is feeling some pres-
sure from his friends.
"People want me to win money
and they know a lot of it's luck and
they're hoping everything will work
out in the end," he said.
LSA senior Ben Lillie, who is a
friend of McCutcheon, said "it's been
crazy" preparing for the show.
LSA senior Meredith Long,
McCutcheon's fiance who will
accompany him to Los Angeles, said
she is not trying to add any pressure.

"It's an adventure, an experience,"
Long said.
Despite McCutcheon's excitement
about leaving to tape Wheel of
Fortune, he is also a busy student with
two exams, in physics and art history,
scheduled for last night.
"lIe had an exam today but they
wouldn't let him out of it." Lillie said.
But McCutcheon is keeping a
positive attitude. If he doesn't win
anything, he won't be too disappoint-
ed.
"I'm really just going out there to
have a good time," McCutcheon said
Lillie said McCutcheon doesn't
know when the program will be aired,
but that it will probably be sometime
in December before Christmas.

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Correction
U Michigan cross country runner Don McLaughlin missed the Paul Short Invitational this past weekend because he was
taking a state proficiency exam in order to become a teacher. This was incorrectly reported in yesterday's paper.

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