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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 8, 2000-

*HIGHER ED-
U Wisconsin
police request
media photos
University of Wisconsin police
have requested all photographs from
The Badger Herald and The Daily
Cardinal of the recent sit-in by stu-
dents protesting sweatshops.
Fifty-four people were arrested and
charged with disorderly conduct and
unlawful assembly Feb. 20 on the fifth
day of the protest in the university's
Bascom Hall --just outside Chancel-
lor David Ward's office.
The university police chief sent
~letters to Madison media requesting
the photographs. The editors of
both student newspapers said they
do not expect to hand over any
material.
WYOU Outreach Director Todd
Price said the public access television
channel was told by police they may
be subpoenaed for more than eight
hours of video footage.
Price said he did not expect to give
lthe police any footage because he did
not want to damage any relationships
with the students. He added the film is
his private property.
The protest was a response to Ward's
decision not to join the student-origi-
nated Worker's Rights Consortium.
Students pledge
to reject job offers
0 A group of Ivy League students are
campaigning against a number of large
corporations because of alleged poor-
environmental records.
Students from Princeton, Harvard,
Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell
and the University of Pennsylvania
promised last week not to take jobs
with Coca-Cola, General Motors and
BP-Amoco.
Students said there are many more
companies they feel have objectional
standards but these are the groups
they are focusing on now.
The students are part of a national
program called Ecopledge.com.
Princeton senior Keir Soderberg said
the group opposes Coca-Cola because
he said they broke a promise nine years
ago to use 25 percent recyclable plastic
in their bottles.
The company's manager of commu-
*nications Trey Paris said Coca-Cola
never made this promise. He added
that the company should be seen as
progressive because they used the
recycled plastic in its infancy in the
early 1990's and began to use the plas-
tic again two years ago.
Yale bans Website
*from posting notes
Yale University has banned the
popular lecture note Website,
versitv.com, from posting notes from
the classes of its professors.
Versity.com said it plans to honor
the university's request.
Versity.com posts class notes on its
Website from 150 universities nation-
wide.
Yale's director of public affairs
Lawrence Haas said many professors
did not like their material being used
without their approval.

The director of campus relations
Janet Cardinell at Versity.com said 17
percent of Yale's students used the
Website and the company had posted
material from 37 percent of the class-
es.
- Compiled from U-tWirereports bv
Daily Staff Reporter Robert Gold.

Office tower sale raises $3.4M for research

By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
It's not often the real estate market on the other
side of the state has an effect on the University's
medical research budget. But last weekend the
University sold a 16-story office building it
owned in Grand Rapids, netting $3.4 million.
The building, originally owned by business-
man and University alum Frank McKay, was
willed to the University as part of a trust when
McKay died in 1965. The University did not
obtain full ownership until 1987.
"Since that time, we have been looking at the
market," said Norman Herbert, University assis-
tant vice president and treasurer. He added that

Building willed to University
by former student in 1965

the University also made renovations to the
building, in order to "enhance the saleability."
The building is and has been occupied by many
tenants since McKay owned it, mainly law firms.
"The money will go in the endowment portfo-
lio,' Herbert said. "The gift was designated (by
McKay) to be used for cardiology, but it may be
used for other research:"
Herbert said it is common for alumni to will

property to the University, putting the number of
properties at approximately 30, located mainly
within the state and varying in size. "They're dif-
ferent parcels we've received over the years.
Most of the property bequeathed to us is vacant
an unimproved," he said, "Our objective is to sell.
If we can, we do"
Herbert added that it was unusual to receive a
gift this large, in terms of monetary value or size.

"We do not own another office tower of thi:
magnitude,"he said.
The building was purchased by a real estate.
firm in Skokie, Ill.
Jenny Shangraw of the Grand Rapids Chambe
of Commerce said the sale is not likely to hav(
any effect on the local economy because it i
already occupied. But he indicated that the build
ing may be affected by the changes occurinz
around it in downtown Grand Rapids.
McKay Tower stands on Campau Square, th(
heart of the state's second largest city, the seen
of massive redevelopment in the past decade.
Maya Lin, the designer who created the Viet
nam Veterans' Memorial in Washington, D.C., is
currently redesigning Campau Square.

I

MSA meeting focuses on

SAM HOLLENSHEAD/Daily
The Michigan Dance team concludes their routine at practice last night in
the CCRB.
Dance team turns
up athletic spirit.

funding issue
By Lisa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
Money matters topped the agenda of the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly last night as guest speakers and assembly
members discussed everything from how the University
sets its budget and tuition rates to the assembly's own bud-
getary issues.
Associate Provost for Budgetary Affairs Paul Courant
spoke on the budget process at the University. Courant
began by explaining exactly how the tuition rate is set each l
year.
"The budget cycle begins each year by asking each acade-
mic unit how much money it will cost to do things and then
we end up with a net increase of what is required. We look
first to Lansing for support, and when we know the state t
appropriation, the (University Board of) Regents cbntrol
tuition," Courant said. "We try to keep this as low as possible.
Last year tuition only went up 2.8 percent and we hope it will
be similar this year," he added.
Glen Roe, Budget Priorities Committee chairman, ques-
tioned when the budget will be finalized for next year.
Courant answered that the University wouldn't know any-
thing about the budget until they have a good reading of what
the state will do, which could be anytime from late May to
mid-June.
"However, there is not an actual budget until the regents
approve it in mid-July," Courant said.
Jeff Gerhart, the campaign director with the Ann Arbor
Ecology Center also visited the assembly to ask for MSA to +
support a resolution opposing the University's use and pur-
chase of diesel buses. Gerhart suggested that the University
currently uses diesel buses because they are cheaper than
vehicles that run on alternative fuels and have proven to be
reliable.j
"This is a great opportunity for the University to take an
easy step to get cleaner vehicles. MSA should support itl
because the administration needs to hear from students and 1
others in the University," Gerhart said.
SNRE senior Karen Knispel told the assembly that a clean
car campaign will challenge car makers to meet a certain effi-
ciency.
"This resolution provides an opportunity to show the Uni-

"This is th most money
we've ever given away..."
- Glen Roe
Budget Priorities Committee chairman
versity we care about the environment and global warming
This will lead us down a more sustainable path in the future,
Knispel said.
LSA senior Kathryn Loomis added that the University
would be the first in the state to take a stand on the issue of
diesel buses.
The assembly voted in favor of the resolution, which says
the University "should commit to a full review of all availablk
non-diesel bus technologies, including alternative fueled vehi-
cles and commit to purchase no new diesel buses."'
Roe gave the assembly a preliminary list of the funding
BPC would be allocating this term, which totaled to S119,436.
"This is the most money we've ever given away in a year.
We are giving away 117 percent of the money availabk
because not all of it gets picked up. This is one of the ways
we've tried to make the funding process more accessible tc
student groups" Roe said.
The Community Service Commission also presented the
assembly with their preliminary recommendations for student
funds, totaling 540,000.
Rodolfo Palma-Lulion, the Peace and Justice Commission
co-chairman, called for $1,400 to be passed from the MSA's
discretionary fund to P&J.
"We're broke and we want to do things. $700 would be foi
a newsletter to support activist groups, $500 would be emer-
gency money for group actions and S200 would be for activist
training" Palma-Lulion said.
Assembly Vice President Andy Coulouris said he had a
problem giving money to a commission and finding out what
the funds would be used for after it had been spent for emer-
gency group actions.
"If they need the money, they can come to the assembly. i
want to amend this to give P&J 5900 instead of S1400," he
said.
MSA voted to allocate $900 to the commission.

By Tara Sharma
For the Daily
Shaking up the Maize and Blue
pride at the University's sporting
events, the Michigan Dance Team
has stepped up activity this season
by performing at all of the home
men's basketball games.
The dance team has been work-
ing to get more visibility and
respect, said team tri-captain Amy
Lynne Friedman, an LSA junior.
This year's team is a more solid
part of Michigan's sports program.
In the past the 18-member team,
coached by Anne Marie Detkos,
has performed at men's lacrosse
games, men's gymnastics meets
and a few men's basketball games
- always during halftime.
"Last year they didn't get much
notoriety," said team member Brit-
tany Johnson, an LSA freshman.
This season they remain court-
side throughout basketball games,
making them an integral part of the
game-day atmosphere.
Tom Brooks, head of marketing
for the men's basketball team,
brought the dance team onto the
basketball court regularly to raise
the enthusiasm of the crowd in an
effort to revamp the games.
"I'm not surprised by the dance
team's recent popularity. School
spirit is really catchy here," said
basketball fan Vidiya TR, an LSA
junior.
The men's gymnastic team and
their coach Kurt Golder have also
been very supportive, Friedman
said. The gymnastics team has
invited the dance team to perform

at all of the men's gymnastics
meets and Golder frequently
attends basketball games to support
them.
"They bring a lot of excitement
to our meets." Golder said.
At the gymnastics events the
dance team not only performs dur-
ing downtime but also displays ath-
letes scores.
"There is nothing like having the
best looking girls on campus flash-
ing the scores," Golder said.
The dance team's performances
at the men's gymnastics meets were
such a hit that other schools have
followed in the University's lead.
The University of Massachusetts
and the University of Illinois have
dance teams performing during
down time at their home meets
because they saw it at Michigan,
Golder said.
Friedman said this year the dance
team has "made leaps and bounds."
Johnson said one of the best
perks of the team is the new family
she has found. "I really love the
team," Johnson said. "We are all
like sisters."
The team will also lend its spirit
to the Greek Week events March 30
and at men's lacrosse meets March
31 and April 1.
The mass meeting for dance
team tryouts will take place March
27 and 28 at 6 p.m. in the lobby of
the Intramural Building.
"We are looking for people who
have the potential to learn new
things," Friedman said. "We want
to make sure that we have a group
of girls who can deal with
change."

Dems push for gun control laws

Republicans stand
strong in their opposition
to tougher gun laws
LANSING (AP) -- A week
after a first-grader allegedly shot
his classmate to death in a school
near Flint, state House Democrats
hoped the time was right to force a
debate over gun control on the
House floor.
But Republicans controlling the
Michigan House don't like the
tougher gun laws called for by the
Democrats and say they won't let
Democrats "exploit" the issue by
discussing them. Republican leaders
in the House cut off a floor debate
on gun control yesterday before it

even started.
When Reps. Laura Baird (D-Oke-
mos) and Buzz Thomas (D-Detroit)
yesterday tried to get their gun control
bills out of the House committee
where they have been held up for
months and to a vote in the full House,
Republican leaders refused to consider
the motion.
"I think they are ducking it because
they are afraid of it," Baird said. "I
think people really want this Legisla-
ture to take some action."
The Democratic legislation calls for
trigger locks on guns, background
checks on people buying guns at gun
shows, raising the gun purchase age at
gun shows from 18 to 21 and holding
parents liable for their children's gun
violence.

Baird theorized that Republicany
don't want the vote because they
are afraid of repercussions in this
year's election. But House Speaker
Chuck Perricone denied that
Republicans were afraid of the
vote.
Perricone (R-Kalamazoo Town-
ship) said he would not allow
Democrats to "manipulate the
process" by pulling the bills out of
committee.
Committees usually must vote to
send a bill to the full House or Senate
before it can be taken up. But Demon-
rats say the GOP committee chairman
won't bring the bills up for a vote, s6
they were taking the unusual step of'
trying to get the bills to the full House
without a committee vote.

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I

Correction: Sen. David Jaye was not convicted of drunk driving. This was incorrectly stated on yesterday's editorial
page.
THE CALENDAR
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

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EVENTS
Food Addicts in Recovery Anony-
mous, public meeting for the 12-
step program for recovering food
addicts, no dues, fees or weigh.
ins, First Baptist Church, 512 E.
Huron, 10 a.m., 913-9614
* The Ten Million Mile Man, Spon-
sored by Borders Books &
Music,Bob LaPlante logged 10
million miles traveling 197 coun-
tries, he discusses his travels
and the famous people he met
along the way, Borders on Lber-
ty 7e pwm., 668.7553
SRehorm Cavurah Weekly Meeting,
Sponsored by Hillel, weekly
meeting ofdthe Reform Chavurah,
will organize upcoming events
and hang out, Hillel, 7:30 p.m.
* Utopia Roaming Jess Dobkin, a New
York artist, uses puppets and

noon. 764-0351
U "Elegant Universe: Superstrings,
Hidden Dimensions, and the
Quest for the Ultimate Theory,"
Columbia University physicist
Brian Greene discusses his book
explaining superstring theory,
that attempts to reconcile rela-
tivity and quantum mechanics.
University, Exhibit Museum,
1109 Geddes Ave., 4 p.m., 764-
0478
® "20th-Century Korean Historiogra-
phy: Reflections on the Emer-
Sence of a New Nationalist
istori oraphy," University Kore-
an Stu ices Program, discussion
by Mokpo National University
Korean history professor Chan-
seung Park, 1636 SSWB, 1080
Sout University, 4 p m.764-
1825
* "BIG, BIG LOVE: A Sourcebook on
Se for Peonle of Size and Those

American performs a memorial
for Martin Luther King, Rackham
Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., 764-0586
* Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club, Every
Wednesdayand Saturday jug-
glers from beginners to advanced
practice together, Eberbach Cul-
tural Arts Building, 1220 S. For-
est, 12 p.m., 913-831
* WRAP Night Washtenaw Rainbow
Action Project, discussion of gay
community topics, WRAP office,
325 Braun Ct, 6:30 p.m., 764-
2372
SERVICES
* Campus Information Centers, 764-
INFO, info@umich.edu, and
www.umich.edu/-info on the
World Wide Web
*Northwalk, 763-WALK, Bursley
Lobby, 8 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
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