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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 4, 2000 - 3


By Jon Zemke
Daily StaffRcporter

alum lectures on Iranian revolution

itoxiCated man
assaults hospital
seCurity ofi Cer
Security officers at University
Hospitals requested assistance with
an intoxicated and volatile patient
Thursday afternoon, Department of
Public Safety reports state.
Oficers ran a warrant check on the
subject after he assaulted a hospital
security officer. The warrant check
yielded negative results.
Resident carrying
aLndry basket
breaks fire door
A resident of Couzens Residence
Hall broke a window in a fire door
late Thursday night, DPS reports
The resident cracked the window
with a: laundry basket that he used to
push open the door. DPS cited this as
*reoccurring problem.
Note left on pile
of furniture in
Bursley lounge
All of the furniture in a lobby at
Buarsicy Residence Hall on North
Campus was found piled on top of
each other early Friday morning,
DPS reports state.
*DPS reported a note attached to
the pile, but did not release the con-
tents of the note.
Employee reports
toy cars missing
A University employee reported
being the victim of a theft at the East
Mechanical Building early Friday
*ornirg, DPS reports state.
The man entered his office to find
that several toy cars had been stolen.
A report was filed but DPS did not
report having any suspects in the
Dispute reported
at Northwood IV
A verbal argument erupted into a
ysical altercation Friday morning
the Northwood IV complex on
North Campus, DPS reports state.
Officers arrested a 22-year-old
female and escorted her to the
Washtenaw County Jail. No medical
assistance was needed.
Flasher flees
from IM Building
A man exposed himself early Fri-
day afternoon at the Intramural
Sports Building, DPS reports state.
DPS reported having no descrip-
tion of the man and has no suspects
ifi the incident.
Dental School
patient alters
DPS officials were alerted Friday
afternoon to a School of Dentistry
patient who had altered a prescrip-
A report was filed but there was no
indication of any further action being
Man urinates in

4 allway of Kresge
usiness Library
A male subject was found urinat-
ing in a hallway of the Kresge Busi-
ness Library on Saturday afternoon,
DPS reports state.
Officers contacted the subject and.
filed a report.
- Compiled bv Daily Staff'Reporter
Caitlin Nish.

Los Angeles Times foreign corre-
spondent Robin Wright has reported
from more than 120 countries, written
four books and was reporting from
Iran three years after graduating from
the University. Some would think a
person with her background would be
more visible.
But when Wright spoke to a packed
room of nearly 100 people at the
International Center in the School of
Social Work Building yesterday about
her new book on Iran, her presence
wasn't one that separated her from
her audience.
Still her presence doesn't take away
from here accomplishments. Wright,
as a sports editor for The Michigan
Daily, was the first woman admitted to
a Michigan football lockerroom. She
was a pioneer for female war corre-
spondents, and one of the first women
to report from the Middle East.
Yet when Wright spoke she did so
in a soft but deliberate voice - one
that wasn't authoritative, but conveyed
her message on Iran's revolution, its
politics and its consequences.
"It has been a true labor of love,"
Wright said. "It's been my fourth
(book), but it has been the one that
I've put the most of myself into."

Wright's speech focused mostly on
her book, "The Last Great Revolu-
tion: Turmoil and Transformation in
Iran," about Iran's changing culture
and her experience covering it as a
Wright said one image she associ-
ates with Iran before the nation's 1979
revolution was two silk rugs hanging
in Tehran with the icons of the Shah
and former President John F.
Wright quoted New York Times
columnist Thomas Friedman to
explain the revolution.
"You thought you understood Iran
because the Shah spoke English and
his cabinet read Shakespeare," Wright
said. "When really, you understood
Iran as much as he did. That is why
you both failed."
The revolution wasn't accurately
portrayed according to Wright. It was
a revolution that relied more on tape
recorders, video cassettes and micro-
phones than guns.
The democratic system imple-
mented is similar to that of the Unit-
ed States, only with a mirroring
Islamic side of government. For
instance, there is an elected presi-
dent with a two-term limit, each
term is four years, but a mirroring
supreme leader for life who has veto
power, she said.

But with the elections of the new
reformists, Wright said the revolution
is being returned from the conserva-
tive Mullahs who "hijacked" it. Ideas
once thought unmentionable by the
conservatives are commonly dis-
cussed and highly religious laws
almost ignored.
"Birth control is not a taboo subject
anymore," Wright said. "People talk
about it at dinner."
Several members of the audience
applauded Wright's description of
the Iran's misrepresentation. She
even said that Iran would be a place
of increased Western tourism within
10 years.
"I think she's right about that," said
LSA senior Shahbaz Chaudhary.
"From what I hear there are a lot of
people of Western or European back-
ground, and not from Iran, going there
and having a good time."
The audience applauded Wright's
thorough knowledge of Iranian affairs,
and her predictions of a more liberal
and progressive Iranian society, and
less of its rogue state label.
LSA senior Kristin Thompson
described Wright's presentation of
Iran's culture as something she like to
learn more about.
"She referred a lot to the book,
which was interesting and made me
want to read the book," Thompson said.

Robin Wright, foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times discusses her new
book "The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran" which deals
with the Iranian revolution.

Sidewalk surfing

Guinea pig passed for funds

By Lindsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter

A guinea pig named Toaster was
carted around town yesterday to help
raise money for the YMCA Youth Vol-
unteer Corps. He will continue his
travels as the unique "Hairy Pig"
fundraiser continues today.
Toaster traveled in style in a cage
placed in a stroller, making appearances
for women's basketball coach Sue Gue-
vara, women's softball coach Carol
Hutchings and Director of Undergradu-
ate Admissions Ted Spencer.
Community members paid $20 to
S30 to participate - S20 if the
sender left their name or S30 if the
sender remained anonymous.
The guinea pig was delivered to
downtown and Central Campus area
workers. The recipient then paid
money to either have the pig rerouted
to another co-worker or-friend or
removed from the recipient's office.

Participants could also pay $30 for
"pig insurance," which protects the pur-
chaser from any additional pig deliveries.
"It's an April Fools' fundraiser,"
said Hannah Widzer, an organizer of
the fundraiser. "Someone places an
order and around April Fools' Day we
make the delivery."
There were 14 original orders, but
about 55 peoples' homes and offices
have been visited due to rerouting.
The Ann Arbor YMCA has partici-
pated in the event in the past but got
the idea from another Youth Volunteer
Corps division.
"In other communities, they use real
pigs," Widzer said. "We decided to use
guinea pigs."
The Youth Volunteer Corps is a pro-
gram for middle school and high
school students involved in communi-
ty service educational projects. There
are 285 children and adolescents
involved in the Ann Arbor division.
"The goal is to make $2,000 and

we're well on our way because we've
already made $1,700, so we should
make that goal," Widzer said.
Last year the group collected S1,900.
The Humane Society of Huron Val-
ley approves of the "Hairy Pig" event.
"In general, this seemed like they had
done this before, knew what they were.
doing and were doing it humanely,".
interim Executive Director of the
Humane Society Barbara Levine said. "I
basically saw no reason not to say OK."
Toaster was carried, in his cage, to
each recipient, who would then decide
his next travel location.
Hutchins said she believes Guevara
sent the guinea pig to her.
"I wanted to keep the pig ...
thought it was cute,' Hutchins said. "If
they came along with snakes, I'm not
too sure I would have liked that.'
After saying her farewells to the
cute fuzz ball, the guinea pig was sent
to Dennis Brown, assistant director of

Kelly Ravanalstine, an Ann Arbor resident, powers a skateboard down West
Liberty Street yesterday afternoon.
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Genesee County Prosecutor Arthur
Busch walked through the first grade
classroom where police say a 6-year-old
boy fatally shot a classmate, wondering
what could have been done to prevent it.
One place to start, he said, would be
after-school programs for children like
the boy and his 8-year-old brother,
whose mother held down two jobs and
worked long hours far from home.
"Both kids did not want to leave
the school building at the end of the
day," Busch told a state Senate panel
on youth violence Monday in the
community where 6-year-old Kayla
Rolland was shot at Buell Elementary
"It seems that a great deal of good
could have come from having a very
strong schoolday, latchkey program,"
he told the task force chaired by Sen.
John Cherry (D-Clio).
The Senate Democratic Task Force
on Youth listened to parents, experts
and public officers echo testimony that
discipline and morals were missing in
today's youth and was the root of
youth violence.
"That was one of the reasons that
we chose to commence this task
force," Cherry said. "To begin to look

at the multiplicity of issues that young
people might be facing whether it's at
school or home or in their communi-
The task force will hold several
hearings around the state and hopes to
have proposals prepared to present by
September, Cherry said.
Gun-safety education, funding for
school programs, school prayer, com-
munity-based prevention programs for
violence and drug abuse were among
the recommendations suggested.
"Exposure to the safe handling of
weapons has to be a priority," Busch
said. "As long as they are there, then
we need young kids to appreciate the
dangerousness of those weapons."
Teachers have insight into their stu-
dents and should be able to seek out-
side assistance from law enforcement
or social service agencies with reper-
cussions, said Genesee County Sheriff
Robert Pickell.
"We have to take the handcuffs off
of our school system,' Pickell said.
"I would suggest to you that if you
can do anything, you have to come in
to the school system so that when the
teachers do identify a high-risk prob-
lem they're not only identifying it
but can do something about it."

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the American Movement for
Israel, Hillel, 7 p.m.,769-0500
*Hebrew Table, Sponsored by Hillel,
Shulchan Ivrit to lead casual
conversation in Hebrew in an
"informal, caffeinated environ-

The Constitutional Limits of the
EU, Sponsored by the Center for
International and Comparative
Law Today, European University
Institute in Florence, law Prof.
Grainne de Burca to speak, 116
Hutchins Hall, 4 p.m., 764-0535
Taro Yamasaki, Sponsored by Uni-
versity School of Art and
Design, Art and Architecture

Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at
Depot St., 7 p.m., 663-1870
German Speakers' Round Table,
conversation, Cafe Zola, 7:30
p.m., 663-9069
Ejosie Kearns, University English
professor to read from New
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