The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 23, 1999 - 3
seen in car on
Department of Public Safety officer
spotted a Toyota Corolla with "stean"
windows and no license plate in tne
Church Street Carport on Thursday,
according to DPS reports.
The DPS officer approached the car
to assess the situation. He found two
subjects inside the car, both of whom
According to reports, both subjects
were 21 years old. The DPS officer
find the owner of the car was wanted
latk of payment for two moving
The DPS officer then issued the car's
owner a $90 fine for expired license
plates, according to DPS reports.
Man assaulted by
Three people assaulted a man at 900
rfin Street on Saturday according to
According to the report, the three
attackers punched the subject in the
head and stomach two times and once
The three assailants were described
as 15-to 16 years old.
According to DPS reports, the vic-
tim-said the attackers "scattered in the
lot" after he was attacked.
Responding officers were unable to
te the three suspects.
A report was filed.
A postal worker observed a juvenile
suspect taking mail from mailboxes
F 'day on the 1300 block of McIntyre
et; according to DPS reports.
The postal worker approached the
offender, warned him to stop his activ-
ity and recovered the mail, DPS reports
Later that day, the postal worker
reported seeing the male suspect on the
1500 block of McIntyre Street, again
with mail in his hands, DPS reports
The subject fled the scene upon see-
the postal worker.
'he postal worker reported the inci-
dent to DPS, but after being dispatched,
DPS officers were unable to locate the
postal worker or the suspect.
found in East Quad
A 19-year-old male student was tick-
eted for possession of illegal sub-
*ce(s) in his East Quad Residence
Hall room Saturday, according to DPS
DPS officers were dispatched to
the Anderson House in East Quad
after the smell of marijuana was
A'small amount of a green leafy sub-
stance,' alcoholic beverages and nar-
cotics paraphernalia were found in the
The subject received a violation
*minor in possession of alcohol,
after which time DPS officers
released the student from question-
The- substance in the student's room
that was thought to be marijuana was
sentto u lab for testing.
15 people fight in
*Fifteen unidentified people were
engaged in a fight in the lobby of Mary
Markley Residence Hall on Saturday,
according to DPS reports.
4o weapons were being used, and
noe eof the people involved in the argu-
ment sought medical attention.
DPS reports state that the fight then
moved from the lobby to the hallway of
Fourth Frost house.
BPS officers checked the area of the
t l and fourth floors of Frost House
a were unable to locate those
engaged in the dispute. The officers
then met with the student who reported
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Avram S. Turkel.
Websites may offer insight into college life
For the Daily
Every 30 seconds an internet camera takes a still
photograph of Nate, an Illinois State University
junior, in his dorm room.
Nate is one of several participants in a new
Internet Website program called WebDorm.com,
whose goal is to provide an interactive live glimpse
into the lives of college students.
"This project is a big part of my college life. It's
scary and exciting at the same time" said Nate,
who asked that his name be withheld.
Concealing last names, Nate said, is a part of
maintaining the privacy of participants.
Selected students in various colleges around the
United States have placed live web cameras in a
portion of their dorm room as part of the program,
and images from the camera are broadcast on the
internet. The site provides biographical information
about each student. Visitors to the Website can chat
with the participants, called WebDormers, through
a chat room.
WebDorm.com was created at the beginning of
February by founders of the Website
CollegeWeb.com. Alex Chriss, the founder of
CollegeWeb.com, said the goal of the new Website is
to illustrate the everyday lives of college students liv-
ing in residence halls.
"One of our goals is to break any stereotypes peo-
ple have of what it is like to be in college, and to
demonstrate it with the real thing," Chriss said. "It
doesn't get any more accurate than this."
The scope of the cameras is aboutl0 feet, but
they don't have audio capabilities.
The participants can take the liberty of changing
the direction of the camera to allow for privacy.
Participants must apply and be accepted into the
program. Allison Mahoney, a WebDorm.Com staff
member, said interviews are conducted by the
"We are looking for well-rounded students with a
variety of interests and who are mature," Mahoney
said. "We want to demonstrate that college is about
more than studying and partying."
There are currently nine WebDorm participants
in the Great Lakes area, Mahoney said, adding that
some students from the University did apply but
were not accepted.
"We hope to eventually create a University of
Michigan site," Mahoney said. In addition to inter-
acting with visitors through chat rooms, the
WebDormers also keep journals to illustrate their
daily activities and emotions - elements that can-
not be portrayed through a camera.
LSA first-year student and ResComp comput-
er consultant Josh Samek said he would not
apply to be a WebDormer.
"I personally think it's intrusive," Samek said,
adding that he doesn't see how stereotypes of col-
lege students will be altered by a Website of this
"I do not see what type of benefit others would
get from viewing someone else's dorm life,"
Morris, a junior from Oakland University, said
the experience is not what he expected.
"Maybe once in a while, if you're tuned into
the right channel, you'll get a glimpse of the
American collegiate dream, but don't count on
it," Morris said. "So much of college is in the
cracks of everyday existence, in the gaps
between exams and dates and parties. It's not
found sitting at the computer typing or sitting on
the couch in your room."
Mahoney said the main purpose of the site is not
"This program is different from MTV's Real
World because the camera is continuous and
unedited," Mahoney said.
Mach, a junior at the Illinois Institute of
Technology who did not want his last name used,
said the site resembles a residence hall.
"It's turning out like a real dormitory in the
aspects of feelings and flirtations. Even jealousies
flare up if someone is ignored," Mach said.
An Eastern Michigan University junior who
participates in the program said the experience as
a WebDormer has been fun.
"It's been pretty interesting. I have met a lot of
great people here;" she said.
Mahoney said the site has been a success so
Indian architect named
February UM Great
By Michael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter
Vice President for Research Fawwaz
Ulaby presented Indian architect and
University alum Charles Correa as
February's UM Greats selection to the
University Board of Regents on Feb.
UM Greats is
a new program
month , by
Ulaby's office to
University grad- ~
work in the arts
or sciences has
Correa has been noted for integrat-
ing modern architectural ideas with
local environmental, cultural and eco-
nomic demands of his projects -
especially in his homeland of India.
Ulaby said Correa, although
famous for his large projects, is also a
pioneer in low-cost housing. One
development in New Bombay incor-
porates simple materials into a group
of seven homes surrounding a com-
One of Correa's most notable works
in the United States is the permanent
mission of India to the United
Nations, located on New York City's
east side. Offices, apartments and
gallery space are located in the build-
ing with a large open-air courtyard, a
common architectural feature of
Correa's work, near the top of the tall
Ulaby said Correa is also notewor-
thy for his work in urban and regional
He created a plan for a new afford-
able residential and business commu-
nity for 350,000 people near Bombay,
Correa's work has been recognized
with many honors, including the Gold
Medal from the Royal Institute of
British Architects. Correa's state assem-
bly building in Bhopal, India was hon-
ored with the prestigious Aga Khan last
The International Union of
3 Born Sept. 1, 1930 in
U St. Xavier's College, Bombay,
N University of Michigan,
Bachelors in Architecture 1953
R Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Masters in
N Honorary degree, University of
5 Gold Medal, Royal Institute of
British Architects, 1984
® Prize for Human Settlement of
the International Union of
Architects awarded Correa with the
Prize for Human Settlement in 1985.
Ulaby said Correa has created a
collaborative atmosphere within his
practice, remaining modest about his
"He is a very down to earth kind of
individual," Ulaby said.
Business first-year student Ramulo Thomas shops at Michigan Clothiers yes-
terday as owner Randy Patton, a Business second-year student, helps him
make a selection.
Jail term ends for escapee
By Lindsey Alpert
For the Daily
For Ashelf Kandar, Matt Moyer
and Randy Patton, their dream of
running a business has become real-
ity - while they are still in college.
The MBA second-year students
run Michigan Clothiers, a busi-
ness that sells custom-made busi-
ness suits and luggage exclusive-
ly to students. Working with the
New York-based suit company
Clothiers puts on four shows a
year. The third show is being held
Customers can choose from more
than 150 Italian fabrics and set up an
appointment to be sized for suits.
Custom-made suits range in price
from $735 to $830, 40 percent less
than the retail businesses charge,
Moyer said. Stock suits, or already
made suits, cost about $696.
"This is a fantastic deal for stu-
dents to get this quality of cloth-
ing for such a substantially low
price," Moyer said, adding .hat
while the store's average cus-
tomers are MBA students and law
students, any student or faculty
member is invited to benefit from
the low prices.
Started by former MBA stu-
dents four years ago, the compa-
ny is passed down every two
years - the duration of the MBA
program. The company hopes to
reach their sales quota of 70 suits,
Moyer said, and the current own-
ers are approximately half-way to
MBA second-year student Charlie
Garcia said he is planning to take
advantage of the store's good deals.
"They donated a suit to Habitat
"This is a
for students to
get this quality
of clothing for
such a .low
- Matt Moyer
MBA second-year student
for Humanity, so I know that it's a
good company," Garcia said.
"They're nice suits, and I'm going to
Michigan Clothiers also sells trav-
el luggage and briefcases. The lug-
gage is made with the business trav-
eler in mind, Moyer said, providing
a lot of storage space. Luggage
ranges in price from $350 to $500,
while briefcases range from $200 to
$400 - depending if the material is
leather or nylon.
To take advantage of what co-
owner Patton calls "the best deal
in town," fabrics can be viewed
today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in
the Student Lounge in the
Tomorrow, suits can be fitted by
appointment from 12 to 7 p.m. The
suits will be finished in approxi-
mately six weeks and shipped direct-
ly to the student.
For more information, or to
schedule an appointment, visit
Michigan Clothiers in the Student
Lounge or call Randy Patton at 516-
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP)- A man who fled a jail work
crew after selling $10 worth of marijuana 25 years ago and
went on to become a Michigan businessperson was released
yesterday after serving 2 1/2 months on his original sentence
and an escape conviction.
"Finally, the moment came when I was smelling the fresh
air and looking at the blue sky, and it was overwhelming,"
Alfred Martin III said. "I just kept looking at the mountains
behind my parents' home, and it reminded me of being a boy.
I feel very relieved now."
Martin, 49, from Livonia, left the Martinsville City Jail about
12:15 p.m. after the state granted him parole. Two weeks ago,
Martin had persuaded a judge to give him a break for turning
his life around while living in virtual exile in Michigan.
Circuit Judge Charles Stone said he normally gives
inmates an extra year if they escape and get caught, but he
tacked 10 days onto Martin's one-year drug sentence after
praising his reformation.
Martin's parents moved into a new house the year he
became a fugitive, and he visited it for the first time yester-
day, an event that iurned into a family reunion as some of his
14 brothers and sisters began converging there.
"I could see my mom was fighting back tears when I
walked in," Martin said in a telephone interview.
"Oh, my boy is home," Mae Martin, said. "It just feels
good to have him home. But I don't want to cry again. I've
His 72-year-old father, Alfred Martin Sr., said, "I'm so
happy to see the man on his land free, a free man. I haven't
seen him free in 25 years. He can come home now any time
he feels like it."
Martin was caught selling marijuana to a department
store co-worker and was less than two days into his one-
year sentence when he left a Martinsville jail work crew
on Feb. 13, 1974.
Martin said he fled because he needed to take care of his
wife, a recent immigrant from the Caribbean, and their baby.
Virginia sought Martin's extradition in 1974, when he
was stopped for making an illegal turn and a license
check showed he was a fugitive.
U The photo of patrons at the Brown Jug on the front page of yesterday's Daily was taken by Sara Schenck.
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