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By Robert Gold and
Shomari Terrelonge-Stone
Daily Staff Reporters
In an election that drew less than
12 percent of the 86,672 registered
voters in the city, three Democrats
and two Republicans took the five
contested Ann Arbor City Council
seats Tuesday.
Incumbent candidates Heidi
.Derrell and Christopher Kolb retained
their seats in Wards III and V, respec-
tively, while newcomers John Hieftje
(D-Ward I), Dee Freiberg (R-Ward II)
and Marcia Higgins (D-Ward IV)
took control of the three remaining
seats.
Kolb said, "It feels great to be
reelected to city council. Every couple
of years we get reviewed by voters. I
take nothing for granted. I stand for
neighborhoods, community and peo-
ple."
The balance of power on the council
will remain - seven Democrats and
-'thvee Republicans, plus Republican
Mayor Ingrid Sheldon.
Sheldon said she was happy with
the results because the Democrats
did not win an eighth seat, the num-
ber needed to override vetoes by the
mayor.
"I think the threat of veto adds an ele-
ment of civility to council," Sheldon
said.

Not surprised by her loss to Dee
Freiberg in Ward II, Parma Yarkin
said, "I stayed in the race to make
sure there was a respectable
Democratic alternative. I wanted to
make sure people had a good reason
to vote 'yes' for parks."
The parks proposal to which
Yarkin referred - an additional .5
mill that would fund future parkland
purchases - passed with 65 percent
of the vote.
University Medical Prof. Bob
O'Neal said the parks proposal was one
of the main reasons he decided to vote
yesterday.
"I voted yes because I think it is
important we preserve as much free
land as we can," O'Neal said. "We need
to protect it from development and pro-
tect the rivers. They're a resource that
once we lose it we will never get it
back."
The night's most contested race
belonged to the candidates of Ward IV
Republican candidate Marcia Higgins
edged out Democrat candidate
Lawrence Kestenbaum by a mere 74
votes.
Higgins, spending the evening at a
benefit dinner, learned of her victory
when Kestenbaum sought her ought for
congratulations.
"Larry Kestenbaum was very kind,"
Higgins said. "I didn't think it was

going to be a cake walk."
Kestenbaum said he is disappointed
with the loss but happy with his cam-
paign.
"The response I got ... was really
more favorable than I expected,"
Kestenbaum said. "I'm sorry I can't
be on city council for them," he said,
referring to those who supported and
voted for him. "I think turnout was
light and the weather was bad."
Ward II Republican victor Dee
Freiburg said she knows her life will
become hectic but is ready for the chal-
lenge.
"I'm nervous. I really want to live up
to the expectations of the voters,"
Freiburg said.
Freiburg said her major goal is to
improve and increase "neighborhood
associations" throughout Ann
Arbor.
After finding out she won, Democrat
Heidi Herrell said, "I am glad I won. I
am looking forward to another two
years to serve the city in .the Third
Ward."
First Ward Libertarian candidate
Charles Goodman, who received II
percent of the vote, said that it does
not discourage him that a
Libertarian has never been elected to
the council.
"It's very hard in a political system
such as ours for someone who is not

As you sit in Michigan Stadium, wait-
ing for our team to continue its come-
back and demolish Northwestern, take a
look around you. What do you see? Yup,
that's right - more than 100,000 people.
Thousands of those people have lived
in close quarters for the past few months.
And the University has told those same
people to get meningitis vaccines.
They should be vaccinated immediate-
ly, you think. Anyone who's at risk of con-
tracting a deadly disease would be dumb
not to take every precaution available.
But there's a small hitch. The
University, while it recommends meningi-
tis vaccines to students living in residence
halls, charges $89, and most insurance
plans don't cover it. Most students don't
have $89 readily available. Thus, the
University is only making this potentially
life-saving vaccine available to those who

The value of saflCety?
'U must offer free meningitis vaccine

SAM HOLLENSHEAD/Daily
University faculty members Larry Radine and Glenda Radine vote Tuesday at Angell
School on South University Avenue.

can afford it.
The University of Michigan, unlike
other universities that have been exposed
to meningitis - such as Michigan State
University - will not give free vaccines.
We find this appalling. Not only should
the University recognize students' tight
budgets, but it also needs to realize that the
reason students are at risk of contracting
meningitis is that they attend the
University. Crowded living and learning
conditions drive up the risk. So the
University must take full responsibility to
make sure nobody contracts bacterial
meningitis.

A few weeks ago, a student in Bursley
Residence Hall contracted viral meningi-
tis, which is not nearly as contagious as the
bacterial strain. But students at nearby
Eastern Michigan University and
Michigan State University have contracted
bacterial meningitis. There isn't a wall sur-
rounding Ann Arbor that keeps out dis-
eases, so we should all consider ourselves
at risk.
According to a study by the Center for
Disease Control and Prevention, six of the
88 cases of meningococcal disease report-
ed among college students between
September 1998 and June 1999 were fatal.

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with the two major parties to get elect-
ed."
While receiving little more than 20
percent of the votes in Ward V,
Republican candidate Michael Maylen
said his experience has convinced him
to run again, probably in the 2000 elec-
tion.
"Tonight, the people of Ward V elect-
ed two representatives," Maylen said.
"I've gotten involved and I plan on stay-
ing involved."
-- Dai/r Staff Reporters
Jeremy W Peters and Jon Zemke
contributed to this report.

Ann Arbor City Council
Results
Winners are in bold. D= Democrat,
R = Republican, L = Libertarian, Ref.= Reform
* Ward I
Charles Goodman (L), John Hieftjc (D)
* Ward If
Dee Freiberg (R), Kurt Verhoff (R),
Parma Yarkin (D)
9 Ward Ill
Heidi Cowing Herrell (D), Gabriel Quinnan
(L), Tim Ralston (R)
8 Ward IV
Marcia Higgins (R), Lawrence Kestenbaum
(D), Stephen James Saletta (L)
S Ward V
Garry Conrad Kaluzny (L), Christopher Kolb
(D), Bill Krebaum (Ref.), Michael Maylen (R)

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A s October comes to a close, the
majority of students are busy
studying for their midterm examina-
tions. These are generally accepted
(albeit reluctantly by students) as a
fair assessment of how much learn-
ing students have accumulated
through the first half of a term. This
is not a problem, but a question
emerges every year: Why should
students be evaluated at the
midterm, but not professors and
GSIs?
At the end of each term, profes-
sors hand out evaluations and the
Michigan Student Assembly com-
piles and publishes the data on
Advice Online.
Through the Website, students
can see how students rated their
teachers the previous semesters.
This sort of feedback, while certain-
ly not scientific, significantly
affects which classes and teachers
are sought after or avoided.
Shouldn't the faculty have the
opportunity to adjust midway.
through the term?
With each new year comes new
information, and new students with
vastly contrasting study habits and
methods of learning and retaining
information.
And end-of-term evaluations
aren't very useful for classes that
are offered once every few years.
Often, students take time to
adjust to teachers, and vice versa.
Information, Business and psychol-
ogy Prof. Judy Olson said students
know she's listening when The col-
lects the data for all 88 students and
presents it to them the following
class period.
Olson's system involves no num-

bers, unlike the final evaluation.
She asks simple questions to find
out how the class is going.
By the middle of the semester,
many students have concerns in
their classes, and waiting until the
end of an entire term is not the best
way to address the needs of the stu-
dents.
Economics Prof. Linda Tesar also
hands out midterm evaluations.
Tesar said that "waiting until the
end of the term is really too late to
do anything except make adjust-
ments for the next term.
And the problems in the follow-
ing term could well be different."
This is exactly why professors
should take the initiative to conduct
their own evaluations.
Time is a precious commodity,
but a small amount of work can lead
to a better second half of the semes-
ter.
Olson spends between four and
six hours collecting her students'
data and preparing a summary for
the class, but the information gath-
ered is priceless. Midterm evalua-
tions could consist of a few multi-
ple-choice questions, or a typed
response by the students on select
topics.
With more and more professors
and discussion leaders undertaking
this task, the quality of classes can
only increase.
Every professor and graduate
student instructor should follow the
lead of Tesar, Olson and many other
professors by finding out how
they're performing. The results may
surprise them. But don't they want
to know if their students give them a
passing grade?

After the
A must avoid another K
T he weather on May 9, 1998 was sunny Su
and warm but Ann Arbor's atmosphere amer
was much more heated. The city of Ann for it
Arbor had given the Ku Klux Klan license City
to hold a rally in front of City Hall. rallie
Protecting the hate-mongers were anti-riot to su
police and numerous yellow-clad volun- only
teers to keep the peace. Dwarfing their Ann
number were hundreds of protesters from In
all over the Mid-West who had come to shou
make sure that the Klan members' voices white
would be drowned out. Behind fences and tion.
barricades, Klan members spewed their to fre
rhetoric of hatred, inciting the anti-Klan the I
protesters to riot. Protesters threw stones unde
and glass bottles at police and destroyed the the K
fence protecting the hate-mongers. Police lent .
used pepper and tear gas on the crowd, theat
making eight arrests before the scene rallie
passed. racist
This incident has come back to the fore- citize
front in lieu of the ongoing trials for the 01
anti-racist protesters. Such is the legacy of a visi
the Ku Klux Klan in Ann Arbor. York
Prosecuting these protesters does little in on an
preventing such a debacle from occurring mask
again. The Klan members instigated the riot cases
with their speech, and the city bears some polic
responsibility for not preventing the vio- gro1
lenCe. too l
The Ku Klux Klan obviously does not ofi c:
deserve the treatment the city of Ann Arbor becat
gave it at the last rally though the mem- riots
bers' rights mandate some of that treat- Th
ment. Since its founding shortly after the a me
Civil War, the KKK has been responsible is que
for inciting and organizing countless racist to pro
acts under the pretense of furthering the when
cause of "white" people. The Klan is The
responsible for thousands of murders, burn- First
ins, lynchings, riots and other heinous right
crimes against humanity. In its current induc
form, since its resurgence in the 1970s, the wish
hate-group focuses mostly on combating tion i
racial and ethnic integration. return

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