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LOCAL/STATE

The Mihgan Dy - Tuesday, October 5, 1999 - 3

CRIME I'E
Painting stolen
from Power
Center lobby
A painting was stolen Friday after-
noon from the Power Center lobby,
Department of Public Safety reports
state.
The painting is valued at $1111.
DPS has no suspects in the incident,
but believe the theft occurred around
12 p.m.
Robber steals
$52 from woman
A suspect forcefully robbed a
female acquaintance Friday after-
noon on the Diag, according to DPS
reports.
The woman sustained no injuries.
The robber took $52 from the
woman and gave it to another person.
DPS officers responded, arresting the
suspect and returned the money to its
owner. The suspect was arrested.
DPS is following up with an investi-
ation.
30 ejected from
stadium for
rowdiness
DPS cited and ejected more than 30
persons from Michigan Stadium on
Saturday, DPS reports state.
Charges leveled included intoxi-
, ation, disorderly conduct and
rowing projectiles, including
marshmallows, at television camera
persons.
Student vomits
from drinking
A female resident of South Quad
Residence Hall contacted DPS after
she began vomiting Saturday morning
2:30 a.m., DPS reports state.
She told officers that she had been
drinking alcohol and then smoked
marijuana. She was transported to the
University Hospitals' emergency
room.
Suspect strikes
parked car twice
A man allegedly struck a female sub-
et' parked car in the Fletcher Street
arport on Thursday evening, DPS
reports state.
The woman was parked on Level 2
of the carport near the elevator. When
she asked the man for his insurance
information, he proceeded to hit her car
a second time.
Wheel stolen from
students' bike
A Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall
resident noticed his bike wheel was
missing Thursday evening, according
to DPS reports.
The resident had parked his bike in a
Mosher-Jordan stairwell and was con-
vinced DPS officers had taken his wheel.
He was informed that DPS officers usu-
ally remove the entire bike and not just
the tire for parking violations. -
farking pass
Taken from car
A blue static cling staff parking
pass was stolen from a woman's

vehicle parked in the Hill Street
Carport on Wednesday, DPS reports
state.
Entry into the vehicle was not appar-
ent and the permit number was not
available.
loom broken into,
nothing stolen
A Michigan Union manager
reported early Monday morning that
a subject broke into a room in the
Union.
The manager was unsure if any items
had been taken from the room.
lichigan ticket
scalper cited
DPS reported citing a subject for
scalping tickets Saturday morning on
Greene Street, prior to the Michigan
Purdue football game.
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporters
Adam Cohen and Dave Enders.

City expects low turnout for local elections

By Yae Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Voter registration for the November elections
ended yesterday, but in a year when the nationally-
charged 2000 elections are making headlines voters
are slow to participate in this year's local elections.
On Nov. 2, voters will take to the polls to elect
city council members and vote on a ballot propos-
al. Democratic candidates include Heidi Herrell
(Ward III), John Hieftje (Ward I), Parma Yarkin
(Ward II), Larry Kestenbaum (Ward IV) and Chris
Kolb (Ward V).
Republican candidates are Dee Freiberg (Ward
II), Marcia Higgins (Ward IV) and Michael
Maylen (Ward V). There are also Libertarian can-
didates running for City Council - including two
University students.
Rackham student Charles Goodman (Ward I)
and LSA senior Gabriel Quinnan (Ward III) will

participate in the election, and Eastern Michigan
University student Steve Saletta (Ward IV) and
Gary Kaluzny (Ward V) are also running.
Democrats and Republicans are making efforts
to increase voter turnout by undertaking a grass-
roots campaign around Ann Arbor while
Libertarians are focusing on a platform they hope
will attract students to the polls.
There are roughly 84,000 registered voters in Ann
Arbor, but the expected turnout for this year is only
15 to 20 percent, said Deputy City Clerk Yvonne
Carl. "Often times people are not interested enough
to get out there and vote," Carl said, adding that "we
always get a bigger turnout on even number years"
during presidential and gubernatorial elections.
The ballot proposal aims to fund a .5 mill reso-
lution taking $40 per average household for five
years to purchase park land and open space, said
city council member Joseph Upton (R-Ward II).

Alhouh the 2000 national elections are on
ex ervhodv s mids students are still trying to help
out on these electons, sai Colege Republicans
President Rorv Diamond, an LSA junior
The College Republicans have inv ited tour of the
city counci candidates to speak to University stu-
ients, Diamond said This is a test run for the group
who is r ing to increase the conservative presence
on campus lbr the 2000 elections, Diamond said.
Students are assisting with local elections as
much as they can by participating in grassroots
campaigns with candidates and hlping to d strib-
ute information on campus, Diamond said But
there is "not a whole lot we can do," he said, refer-
ring to the Democratic popularity.
In terms of campaigning on campus, "there hasn't
really been much effort there," Upton said, adding
that there just isn't a lot of interest in locla politics at
the University.

College Democrats have also been mildly
active in increasing voter registration, said city
council member Jean Carlberg (D-Ward I1).
Democratic candidates who have residence halls
on their campaigning area are also going to the
halls to talk to students and distribute campaign
literature, she said.
Libertaians are running on a platform of low-
ering rent in Ann Arbor and legalizing medical
marijuana. Quinnan said, adding that these issues
"are useful to Ann Arbor as a whole." The group
is also working on distributing information on
campus, he said.
But despite the efforts of campus groups increas-
ing student voter turnout remains a challenge.
"Students usually aren't interested at all in local
elections," Carl said. Many students do not perma-
nently reside in Ann Arbor and are slow to take an
interest, she said.

Earthquake lecture revisits
tragedy of Turkey quake

By Tiffany Maggard
For the Daily
Emre Bulbul, a native of Turkey, was
visiting his family when an earthquake
rocked the country.
"That night I was up until 2:30
a.m.," he said. "I was falling asleep, so
I got up ... I felt a tremble and I
thought it was just because I was tired.
I could see the buildings in the dis-
tance moving back and forth," Bulbul
said.
Bulbul said after he evacuated his
building, he observed "roads shifted
sideways, hot ruptured water with mud
running out, bodies everywhere and lit-
tle fires here and there - it was like
what most people call 'the end of the
world."'
Associate geology Prof. Larry Ruff
opened the lecture titled "After the
Earthquake: Recovering and
Rebuilding of Turkey," at which Bulbul
shared his story. The event was held in
the International Institute and spon-
sored by the Center for Middle Eastern
and North African Studies.
Ruff opened the event with a com-
prehensive look at earthquake history
and the life of the North Anatolian fault
that initiated the massive earthquake in
Turkey last August.

The quake, which killed an estimated
16,000 to 20,000 people, resulted from
a series of other earthquakes that have
moved progressively along the fault
toward Istanbul since 1939.
Ruff concluded his lesson by quoting
Charles Richter who once said,
"Earthquakes don't kill people -
buildings do," noting that even during a
massive earthquake such as this one, a
person can be sitting down in the mid-
dle of an open field and be thrown
around by the earthquake without the
threat of being injured.
Bulbul, who spoke following the pro-
fessor's lecture, disagreed with
Richter's statement.
"I do not believe that it's buildings
that kill people - it's people that kill
people," Bulbul said.
Whether buildings were to blame for
the destruction, or the people who built
them, was the issue for the remainder of
the evening.
Internal medicine Prof. Sumer Puk
said immediate needs for the future of
Turkey are not only clean water and
sanitation to prevent infectious disease
outbreaks, but also political reform.
"It is the government style that must
be changed; earthquake-resistant recon-
struction must occur, Puk said.

Although Turkish building codes are
just as strict as those that exist in the
United States, they are weakly
enforced.
Architecture Prof. Mete Yuran con-
firmed the weak building structures in
Turkey with aerial photographs of col-
lapsed buildings.
At numerous locations, single
buildings were completely destroyed
while nearly all of the surrounding
buildings remained intact. Such spo-
radic damage is evidence, he said,
that many buildings were not built to
code. Turan pointed out that there is
"No professional licensing in Turkey
for architects and civil engineers.
There is also no licensing of the
contractor. It is not a building prob-
lem - it's a social problem," he
said.
Anthropology graduate student
Esa Ozyurek, a native of Turkey,
said being far away from home disy
torts the devastation of the tragic
earthquake.
"We were just talking about how dif-
ferent it is. There (in Turkey), it is so
close. Here (in the United States) it is so
far away. Tonight we will go home and
sleep safely. So here, it's a little disturb-
ing to feel the distance."

JESSICA JOHNSON/Daily
Michigan Radio Station Manager Donovan Renolds (left), Joan Siefert Rose
(right) and WUOM News Anchor Joan Silvi display the 1st Place Public Radio
Program Director's Association award the station won last week.
WUOM named best

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station in country

By Caitlin Nish
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan Radio, the news and
information public radio station oper-
ated on the University campus, has
been voted the best radio station in the
country for the second year in a row.
The Public Radio Program
Director's Association announced
WUOM/Ann Arbor 91.7 FM's win
against more than 400 National
Public Radio affiliates at a national
conference in Memphis, Tenn.
"The association honors pro-
grams and producers they think are
exceptional. We were very pleased
to win this honor two years in a
row," said Michigan Radio Station
Manager Donovan Reynolds. The
station was judged on recordings of
produced material on a typical
broadcast day.
Included in the news coverage of
statewide, national and international
events are special features in the areas
of the arts and humanities, business
and health care. Michigan Radio's
news staff consists of eight reporters
who -- although based in Ann Arbor
- spend much of their time traveling
to cover different stories.
"We won this award because of
our writing style, delivery and the
way our program fits in with
National Public Radio," Program
Director Joan Siefert Rose said.
In addition to their overall win,
Michigan Radio also won an award
for its on-air hosts. Todd Mundt,
who hosts the morning WUOM
session and a nationally syndicat-
ed talk show, and Joan Silvi, host
during the afternoon drive time,
were named runners-up in the cat-
egory of "best air personality."
Reynolds said that Mundt and
Silvi were among the reasons why
the station garnered such a presti-
gious award.
"We have extremely talented on-
air people and executive producers.
Plus, our news department is very
strong. We won because of the peo-

ple here. That is what makes the dif-
ference," he said.
Radio stations are placed into
two categories for the contest:
major market stations and mid-
sized market stations. Servicing
fewer than 800,000 listeners,
Michigan Radio competed in the
mid-sized market category. But the
station does not service only Ann
Arbor. Michigan Radio is also
broadcast on WVGR/Grand
Rapids, 104.1 FM, and WFUM-
FM/Flint, 91.1 FM.
"College students want to know
what is going on in the world. It is
hard to find in-depth, unbiased,
factual information without having
to sift through sensationalism.
Public radio is where it's at,"
Reynolds said.
The station, which operates from
the LS&A Building, is a unit of the
University. The license for WUOM
is held by the University Board of
Regents and the station tries to
include the perspectives of
University faculty in its programs,
Reynolds said. But Michigan Radio
is not a student-run station.
Although students are encouraged
to apply for internships at the station,
most staff members have at least
eight years of news and information
experience.
Michigan Radio provides
around the clock broadcasting. A
revamping of program format
three years ago led the station
away from full-time classical
music to news.
"Our listeners tend to be people
who are college educated and are
interested in a broad perspective on
world events. We really look at news
in state government and other things
which would effect our listeners,"
Rose said.
Though the program is now infor-
mation based, the station still plays
classical music on weekday
evenings.

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