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The Michigan Daily -Friday, April 16, 1999-- 3

CRIME
Wallet stolen
from Medical
Sports Building
A wallet was stolen Monday after-
'on at the Medical Sports Building,
according to Department of Public
Safety reports. The incident is estimat-
edto have occurred between 4 p.m. and
6 p m. At the time of the theft, the wal-
let was in the owner's gym bag inside a
locker, and the locker was not locked,
DPS reports state.
The wallet contained $50 in cash,
two credit cards, two automatic teller
machine cards and a Michigan dri-
r,'s license. There are no suspects in
incident, according to DPS
reports.
$3,500 laptop
computer swiped
A laptop computer was reported
stolen Tuesday morning, according
to DPS reports. It was taken from
the+ 2000 corridor of the Edward
*nry Kraus Building on North
university Drive. The computer is
estimated to be worth $3,500, DPS
offjcials state.
A report was filed.
Smoke fills part
of 'U' Hospitals
DPS was called to inspect a smoke-
filled vending area in the Maternal and
Child Health Center of the University
*spitals on Tuesday evening, DPS
reports state.
The source of the smoke was a
microwave in the vending area.
An unknown suspect had put
ketehup and mustard containers inside,
according to DPS reports. The person
proceeded to start the microwave, heat-
ing the plastic containers to the point of
causing a cloud of smoke, DPS offi-
Sstate.
~arkleyresident
gets harassing
e-mail messages
A Mary Markley Residence Hall
resident called DPS on Monday after-
noon to complain that she had
received e-mail messages of a harass-
ing nature.
The student told DPS officers that
she thinks the c-mails may be linked
to the fact that she had forgotten to
logout from her computer at the
Markley computing cluster earlier in
the day. It was after she used the
Markley computer that she began to
receive the messages from an.
unknown subject.
UBS power surge
amages computer
equipment
A power surge in the North
University Building computing center
damaged a substantial amount of com-
puter equipment, according to DPS
reports. The surge occurred between 3-
5 p.m. on April 7.
The damage was estimated to cost
1,430, DPS officials state.
A report was filed.
Student picks

4ights in CCRB
A student was attempting to pick
:girs in the Central Campus
A.&reation Building on Wednesday
night, DPS reports state.
The student was playing basket-
SI on Court 1 in the main gym of
e building when he decided to
start fights with other players in the
gym.
The student was informed that he
would have to leave the CCRB if he
datsed any more problems, according
to DPS reports.
Student breaks
right hand playing
roormball on rink
A student broke her right hand
Tuesday night at Yost Arena, according
to DPS reports. The accident occurred
when she was playing broomball on the
ijc rink.
DPS escorted the student from
Betsy Barbour Residence Hall to
University Hospitals emergency
room, DPS reports state.
- Compiled by Daily Staff"
Reporter Marta Brill.

Fraud bomb threat rightens students

By Avrem S.Turkel
Daily StaffReporter
Sometime between 12 and I p.m. yesterday, a
bomb threat directed at Angell Hall was called in
to the Department of Public Safety.
After what University spokesperson Julie
Peterson called " a thorough investigation" of the
building, DPS officials decided not to evacuate the
building.
As the rumors, of the threat filtered through the
classrooms of Mason, Angell and Haven halls, sev-
eral students and teachers left the building to have
class outside and remain away from the building.
DPS's official statement regarding the situation

'U police officials opt not
to evacuate Angell Hall

around the Diag sittin rather than in their class-
rooms in Angell Mason or Haven halls. One
English class opted to hold discussion in the base-
ment of the Michigan Union.
But LSA first-year student Greg Kula was wav
of the truth of the threat. "I've been in the building
for a while,' he said. "I think it's a prank"
While details surrounding the scare are still
unfolding, officials at the University and DPS
urged students and faculty members yesterday to
remain calm.
The threat was fraudulent, evacuation was not
necessary and students and faculty were not in
danger for their lives, DPS officials said.

was that there had been a bomb threat, but DPS had
not evacuated the building. Neither DPS nor the
University sought to inform the student body of the
threat, but the department deans' offices and the
facilities manager were advised of the situation.
Multiple offices in Angell Hall, including the
English department office, did decide to close

early as a result of this notification.
Some students said they feared for their lives
when they heard the threat while others said they
didn't believe there was a bomb.
"People should have been notified," LSA first-
year student Alyssa Hillman said.
By 2:45 p.m. multiple classes could be seen

MSA reps iobby
against Senate bill

I

By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
After passing a resolution Tuesday in
opposition of state Senate Bill 306,
Michigan Student Assembly represen-
tatives have begun to actively protest
the proposed legislation.
LSA Rep. Peter Handler spoke to the
staff members of several Republican
representatives yesterday, urging them
not to support Senate Bill 306. The pro-
posal would require Michigan residents
to have the same address on their dri-
vers licenses and voter registration
cards. University students who have
homes elsewhere in Michigan but vote
in Ann Arbor would have to choose
which address to declare officially.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike
Rogers (R-Brighton), was approved in
the Senate last month 23 to 12. Thej
House Transportation Committee should

that state elections officials "guaran-
teed last year that the Qualified Voter
File would never be used to prevent
someone from voting."
Brater said college students tend to
support Democrats, and Rogers' pro-
posal could lessen Democrat influence
in districts like hers that include large
universities.
Republican Gov. John Engler sup-
ports the proposal, spokesperson John
Truscott said. But Democrats have said
Engler's signature on the law would not
quiet the debate.
"There are serious questions as to
whether the bill's constitutional," Brater
said.
Some Democrats have suggested an
ulterior motive to the legislation, point-
ing to the upcoming Congressional
elections. Rogers is expected to enter
the race for the seat currently held by
U.S. Rep. Debbie Stabenow (D-

NATHAN RUFFER/Daily
LSA junior Steve McCauley signs a People's Food Co-op petition on the Diag yesterday protesting the genetic
engineering of food while co-op member Lori Fithian beats a drum.

begin debating
coming weeks,
said Rep. Rick
Johnson (R-
LeRoy), the
committee's
chair.
Rogers has
said his pro-
posal would

the proposal during the

"it's a fairly blatant
attempt to discourage
students from voting. "
- Rep. Liz Brater
(D-Ann Arbor)

Lansing), who
is running for
the Senate.
Michigan
Democratic
Party Chair
Mark Brewer
said Rogers'
bill is an

Women, men to reCl

cut down on
voter fraud and ease the burden on the
Secretary of State's office by smoothly
integrating motor vehicle records and
voter registration lists into the
Qualified Voter File.
Mark Grebner of Practical Political
Consulting in East Lansing said the
proposal is intended to clear up an esti-
mated 4 million discrepancies in
Secretary of State-records.
But the proposal has drawn deep
lines of partisanship through the
Republican-controlled Legislature in
recent weeks while Democrats argue
that the bill could have dramatic effects
on college students.
"It's a fairly blatant attempt to limit
students from voting," said Rep. Liz
Brater (D-Ann Arbor).
Voice Your Vote co-founder Ryan
Friedrichs, an LSA senior, said the bill
could be detrimental to the University
Housing voter registration program that
began sending voter registration cards
to incoming students with their resi-
dence hall leases last fall.
"That would be put in jeopardy if this
was enforced," Friedrichs said, adding

"abuse of
power" - a ploy to discourage
Democratic Michigan State University
students from voting in his district.
"Obviously Rogers knows he cannot
win on merit alone, so he has to create
something like this to give himself an
edge," Brewer said.
The race would likely pit Rogers
against Sen. Dianne Byrum (D-
Onondaga), who has received signifi-
cant support from her constituents at
Michigan State in past elections.
Grebner speculated that Republicans
did not specifically design the bill to
bolster Republican support in elections.
"But the fact that it does screw up the
Democrats is part of the motivation for
pushing it through," he said. "There's
incompetence but not partisanship."
While in Lansing yesterday, MSA
representatives also met with lawmak-
ers to request that the state's fiscal year
2000 budget allocate more funding to
the University.
MSA launched a letter-writing drive
yesterday to encourage students to
write to legislators in favor of increased
higher education appropriations.

By Yael Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
People throughout the Ann Arbor
community want to reclaim the night.
This Saturday, during the Take Back
the Night rally and march, which is
scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the
Diag, both women and men will stand
up to violence against women.
The rally will be followed by a march
for women only. But, while the women
march, men will be invited to the first
ever Make a Statement event, where
they can show support for women.
Organizers want men to support the
women's issues and they want to give
men an opportunity to experience
women's feelings of empowerment,

said LSA senior Stephanie Zeskind, a
Take Back the Night organizer.
The Take Back the Night rally and
march is a national forum with a
lengthy history. Women Against
Violence and Pornography in Media
held the first conference in San
Francisco in 1978. That same year, it
was then held simultaneously in Ann
Arbor by a different group.
Participants are "protesting sexualized
violence in our society" Zeskind said
adding that the reason for including both
women and men in the rally is "to come
together for this common cause."
Two survivors of sexualized violence, a
poet and an activist are among the speak-
ers planned for the rally, said LSA senior

alm n1ght
and organizer Debbie Frankle. A folk
musician will perform as well.
Zeskind, said women will truly be
"reclaiming the streets" when they par-
ticipate in women-only march.
Marchers can meet on the Diag after the
rally to circle Ann Arbor. Last year,
about 300 women marched.
The Make a Statement forum will
include a drum circle, Frankle said.
The drum circle is "something that
inspires a feeling of solidarity," she
said, adding that it is designed for men
who want to support the women
marching without intruding on
women's experience.
Take Back the Night is sponsored by
the Ann-Arbor Coalition Against Rape.

INSTITUTE
Continued from Page 1
"We are on the brink of another rev-
olution" Dixon said.
In the near future, one benefit of life
sciences could be perfecting a
microchip that would analyze a person's
DNA to predict how their body will
react to certain medications, Dixon
said.
The University is expected to spend
$200 million to $300 million to develop
the institution plus yearly maintenance.
"This is not the only University pri-
ority we are fundraising for," Vice
President for Development Susan
Feagin said, adding that the University's
fundraising campaign will be continual
to contribute to the program's mainte-
nance.
Feagin said while many big name
companies are interested in contribut-
ing to the project including Ford Motor
Co., General Motors and Chrysler,
many other contributions and private
donations are needed.
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman
(R-Ann Arbor) echoed other regents'
enthusiasm but gave a detailed list of
her concerns regarding the project.
The impact of this project on
University campuses in Dearborn and
Flint, the effects, on tuition and the
University's ability to keep up funding
for the institute were among

Newman's concerns.
"The last thing I would want to do is
create something as fantastic as this and
have it take a down turn because we
cannot sustain it," Newman said.
Very few at the meeting ques-
tioned the necessity of implementing
some sort of life sciences program to
stay on the cutting edge of technolo-
gy.
Regent Larry Dietch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) asked what would
happen to the University if it chose not
to be a competitor in life sciences.
"What do you see happening if the
University says we want to wait," he
asked.
Engineering Prof. John Holland
said if the University did not devote
lots of energy to the life sciences, it
could lose many highly-esteemed pro-
fessors.
"If we are not players, our best
people are going to be targeted" by
other life science programs, Holland
said.
University Provost Nancy Cantor
said faculty and graduate students have
been very receptive to the life sciences
and the administration wants under-
graduates to be as excited.
Cantor said life sciences should be
thought of as a "literary test" for
undergraduates, explaining all liberal
arts concentrators need exposure to
complexity in life science issues.

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