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LOCAL/STATE

Mhrijuana found
near Wendy's on
Medical Campus
*epartment of Public Safety reports
stit that a woman dropped a bag of
what'appeared to be marijuana while
standing in line at the Wendy's
Restaurant at the University Hospitals
oi4 Sunday afternoon.
Girl runs away
from Northwood
A girl ran away from her Northwood
V'hme Saturday evening after being
Tinded by her mother, DPS reports
stat:The girl left the house unnoticed
through her bedroom window and was
still missing as of Sunday.
Man claims to be
male in women's
lobker room
man walked into the women's lock-
eroom of the North Campus
Recreation Building on Sunday evening,
according to DPS reports.' When
females in the locker room complained,
th'young man, possibly a University
stident, claimed that he was female.
"PS does not report having any sus-
pect'sin the incident
Trespassers
und in tunnels
-group of unidentified people were
fbund trespassing Sunday night in the
h'ating tunnels underneath the Natural
Scence Building on North University
Avenue, DPS reports state. The tres-
pasa's were escorted off campus by
DPS Officers.
Student harassed
th laser pointer
A student living at Bursley Residence
Hall complained Saturday evening of
bein harassed by other stud&nts in the
hall. "The offending students were
allegedly shining a laser pointer into the
other student's room and have been
doing so for more than a month.
1DP S does not report having any sus-
p1c*0in the case.
POPS served to 4
near Markley
!Ftfur subjects were given minor in
possession of alcohol citations outside
the Thomas Francis Public Health II
Buying early Saturday nmornidg;
according to DPS reports. The subjects
were also cited for dispfaying fake iden-
tification to a police officer.
rmer student
j~assesteacher
A lecturer in AngelHall complained
of being harassed by a former student,
DPS keports state. The lecturer said that
thistudent, a University graduate, has
been coming to her lecture and acting
"strngely aggressive."
' DPS reported having one suspect in
the incident.
W its windows
ot by BB gun
rrwindows vvere broken this last

k nd at a Vera Baits residejce hous-
Lg unt on North CampOs, 'DPS reports
$tat7 he windows to two'lounges at the
Lnit were shot out with BB gun by
'unknfwn subjects.
DPS does not report having any sus-
pects.
Tver claims she
NIthnot pay ticket
An attendant at the parking structure
pn West Medical Center Drive said that
female driver came to the booth on
several Friday afternoons, stating she
diknot have a ticket or money,
DPS does not report having any sus-
Peets
ale stolen from
UI' loading dock
A scale was stolen from a loading
do"&at the University Hospifals Mott
Children's Hospital loading dock
,Thursday afternoon, according to DPS
eports.
12PS did not report having any sus-
ects in the theft.
-Compiled by Daily Sta/f Reporter
David Enders.

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MARJORIE IARSHALL/Daily
Human rights activist Jeff Halper speaks about the issue of Palestinian home demolition by Israel at Hillel last
night.
Isr1aeli activist ices
about home emltio

By Krista Gullo
Daily Staff Reporter
Human rights activist Jeff Halper said even though
Israel is thousands of miles away from Ann Arbor, one
controversy of the nation hits home.
Halper's lecture, part of a 16-city tour, was intended to
highlight the policy of Palestinian home demolition by
the Israeli government.
Halper spoke yesterday at Hillel and Sunday night at
the First Presbyterian Church on Washtenaw Avenue to
many Ann Arbor community members.
"We want to look at the gap between the political level
of the peace process and what is really happening on the
ground. What we :see is that they are diametrically
opposed."
Halper, an Israeli from Minnesota, and Salim
Shawamreh, a Palestinian, are working together to make
the public aware of problems that come with the peace
process.
One key component is the demolition of Palestinian
homes by Israel to keep the Palestinians confined to
"ghettos," Halper said.
Halper also stressed the importance of a just and viable
peace in his lecture last night.
"I believe that a viable peace is in everyone's interest.
Salim and I need the same thing," Halper said.
Currently, Palestinians are being confined to "islands"
on the West Bank, Halper said, in accordance with Israeli
policies, such as home demolitions.
"If house demolition continues we are liable to see an
apartheid," Halper said.
Shawamreh, a husband and father of six, has seen his
home demolished twice by Israeli soldiers.
"It's really a black day to see your house demolished,"
Shawamreh said.
The Israeli soldiers gave Shawamreh and his family 15
minutes to clear their home of their personal belongings
before they were forcibly evicted.
"They left us with nothing that day," Shawamreh said.
The soldiers used tear gas on his family and beat

Shawamreh.
"Its a very violent process, demolishing someone's
house," Halper said.
"We liken this to rape in a very real sense - besides
physical violation and financial loss there is also an emo-
tional damage ... a home is really a part of your self"
To combat this problem, Halper and the Israeli
Committee Against House Demolitions have helped to
rebuild the homes of Palestinians who have been victims
of Israel's home demolition policy.
Halper said rebuilding is a start, but U.S. pressure is
needed to stop Israel's demolition policies.
"If we want to stop house demolitions we need to work
at the international level," Halper said.
For the future, Halper said "if we have managed to
succeed in this issue we need to mobilize and continue
on to all kinds of other issues."
"It doesn't matter what political arguments you have,
you really can't justify treatment like that," said Chris
Farah, an LSA student.
Sawsan Abdulmhim, a Public Health student and mem'-
ber of the Palestine Committee, the group that co-spon-
sored the event, said "the important thing we are trying to
work at is bringing up issues that are not discussed in
mainstream media."
Abdulrahim said that home demolitions started in
1948.
"I really appreciate all this work but I feel like it failed
to put it into a historical context" she said.
Christine Guirguis, an LSA senior and member of the
Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, the
group co-sponsoring the lectures said she came to hear
more about the subject.
"I heard (Sunday's lecture) was good, so I came to see
it, especially since Hillel doesn't sponsor many events
like this," Guirguis said.
Rebecca Kanner, a member of the Interfaith Council
for Peace and Justice, another co-sponsoring group, said
"the event at Hillel is more directed towards what the
Jewish community can do."

By Josie Gingrich
D)aily Staff Reporter
The initial enthusiasm for LSA's
academic minors program that were
instituted last semester has not
abated.
"There has been a very positive
response," said Jackie Williams,
undergraduate program assistant of
the Cilassics department, "even in
the third week of class."
Although exact numbers of stu-
dents who are taking advantage of
academic minors will be unavailable
until the summer, according to a
written statement by Associate Dean
of Undergraduate Education Robert
Owen, academic departments are
reporting increased student interest.
William Paulsen, acting chair of
the Romance Languages and
Literature Department, reported six
students who have declared their
intent to minor in one of the
Romance languages.
"We think quite a few more people
are interested and may well be plan-
ning on doing a minor," Paulsen said.
The department of mathematics
reports 20 to 25 students have
expressed interest in pursing their
academic minor program.
"We're really enthusiastic," said
Laurel Park, a student services
assistant, in the math department.
"Minors encourage more students to
look at math."
There are now 22 minors offered
through 12 departments, an increase
of nine from last semester. New
min ors this semester include
Classical Studies, Germanic
Studies, history, statistics and a
University Courses minor in Global
Change.
"I expect that the LSA
Curriculum Committee will get two
or three more minors proposals this
year," Owen said. "It is too early to
predict what we may see next year."

22 minor siare
now offered in
12 departments
Students and faculty attribute thi;
increased interest in academic
minors to the benefits they offer.
"We offer minors to help students
who don't have the opportunity for
concentration,' Williams said. "It's a
recognition for efforts for those who
don't have the time for a double
major."
Jennifer Burchman, an LSA first
year student minoring in Spanish;
said "a minor shows you have stud"
ied a subject without having to puo
in 30-plus credit hours for a major.
"I don't have time to major in
Spanish, but a minor shows future-
employers that I've studied it,"
Burchman said.
Minors also allow students in other
schools to study subjects in LSA.
"It should also be noted that the
minors are open to all students,"
Owen said, "not just LSA students."
But problems have arisen in some
departments due to an increased stu-
dent demand for mid-level courses
that can be attributed to interest in
the minor program.
The department of Romance
Languages and Literature has expe-
rienced problems in having enough
faculty to fulfill the need for some
classes, especially Spanish.
"In future semesters we will meet
the demand," Paulsen said. "But it's
difficult to do so in one semester."
For more information on academ-
ic minors programs that are current-
ly available and about the require-
ments for receiving a minor, visit
the minors program Website at
www lsa. urnich. edu/saa/mrinors.htm.

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Architect meets,
advises students ' a

By Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporter
For the past four days, students at
the College of Architecture and Urban
Planning have had the opportunity to
work one-on-one with world-famous
architect Amaijit Kalsi.
Kalsi, the director of the Richard
Rodgers Partnership irn London, is
widely recognized for his unique mod-
ern designs, including the Pompidou
Center in Paris, Lloyds of London and
the Courts of Human Rights in
Strasbourg, France.
Recently, Kalsi completed the Law
Courts in Bordeaux, France.
"One of the things we're trying to do
is, when an internationally recognized
person comes to town, we want to see
them work with the students" and riot
just make an appearance, said
Architecture Chair Brian Carter.
Kalsi said he has benefited
immensely from his visit to the
University, especially from the oppor-
tunity to "meet new people, see new
set-ups and approaches to architecture
education." But most importantly,
Kalsi said, is "seeing that the students
have gained something."
Kalsi delivered a lecture last night at
the Art and Architecture Building on
North Campus where 150 people gath-
ered to hear him comment on his work.
Kalsi highlighted details from his
design of the Law Courts in France.
He explained his design, which he
said possess qualities new and differ-
ent from anything that the Richard
Rodgers Partnership has done before.

The modern design, intended to
compliment the remains of nearby
medieval towers, is composed of seven
courts of law built next to each other.
The courtrooms are each designed
to meet the functional needs of either
criminal, civil or child law.
The rooms are contained in mon-
strous cone-shaped structures, com-
posed of thin strips of cedar. The form
of the structures provide acoustics that
eliminate the need for electronic sound
enhancement and massive skylights
provide natural lighting.
"A very clever Frenchman came up
with the formula for the hyperbola of
the form we wanted" Kalsi said. "This
was important because a machine was
then able to be programmed to cut the
pieces precisely.
Kalsi said the most fascinating thing
about the Law Courts is the human ele-
ment that they have, being the result of
intense human work and labor.
Despite his continued success in the
field, Kalsi said when working with
the students, he does not try to push his
own personal style and artistic princi-
ples on them.
"You've got to let the students devel-
op their ideas - you can only give
them guidance. But the one thing you
can give them is confidence," he said.
"There is a marked difference
between those who build and those
who teach," said Anahita Anandam, an
architecture student.
"I think it is important to have
someone who actually builds, here to
teach," she said.

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