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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 - 3


Car, research
stolen from
South Quad
A female subject reported to the Ann
rbor Police Department that her car
was stolen while parked in front of
South Quad Residence Hall on Friday
The car was described as a 1993
turquoise Pontiac Grand Prix, and 10
year's worth of research for a book
was 'n the trunk, the owner of the car
The owner added that she "would
not prosecute," should the car or the
search be returned and that the
search was "irreplaceable."
Counterfeit bills
passed at Union
An employee at the Michigan Union
found two counterfeit $20 bills in the
cash office on Thursday afternoon,
Department of Public Safety reports
There are no suspects in the incident.
Student falsely
reports counterfeit
A subject at Bursley Residence
Hall reported finding two $20 bills
with the same serial number on
Thursday afternoon, DPS reports
* Upon investigation, the two bills had
differznt serial numbers.
Student drinks
too much, vomits
A female subject was admitted to
University Hospitals for alcohol poi-
soning Friday morning, DPS reports
Th subject was vomiting on the first
Wor of West Quad Residence Hall
after ingesting four Long Island Iced
Medical staff
loses laptop in
Hungarian capital
A laptop computer was stolen from
the Htel Argo in Budapest, Hungary,
Om University Medical staff during a
conference there last month, DPS
reports state.
The theft occurred on Sept. 6 and a
report was filed with Hungarian police.
A report was filed with DPS on Friday.
DPS ejects fans
from stadium
Fifty-six subjects were ejected
am Michigan Stadium on Saturday
afternoon during the Illinois vs.
Michigan football game, DPS
reports state.
The subjects were removed from the
premises for offenses including posses-
sion of alcohol, disorderly conduct, uri-
nating in public and throwing objects
onto the football field according to
DPS rports.
Owner cited for
ttting dog run free
A subject allowing her dog to run
free in the Nichols Arboretum was

cited on Monday evening for violating
the leash ordinance, according to DPS
Unknown subject
urinates in elevator
*An unknown subject urinated in an
elevator at Couzens Residence Hall
early Monday morning, according to
DPS reports.
DPS reported having no suspects.
- Compiled by Daily Staf Reporter
Dave Endets.

Report: School choice
works, but rules needed

more say in which school they attend is
good for Michigan students, but the state
must make sure the students who stay in
their neighborhood schools get a good
education, a new report says.
Three Michigan State University fac-
ulty members released "School Choice
Policies in Michigan: The Rules Matter"
during a news conference yesterday. It is
the first look at the combined impact of
charter schools and inter-district student
transfers, or schools of choice, on tradi-
tional public schools in Michigan.
The 99-page report concludes that
enabling students to leave their neigh-
borhood school to attend a publicly
funded charter school or a school in a
different district makes public schools
more responsive to parents and opens up
new opportunities, especially low-
income students.
But the students left behind also must

be kept in mind, especially if schools los-
ing students and dollars are too crippled
to provide a decent education and ser-
vices students require, it says.
"There are children in these districts
who are being hurt" by the state's school
choice options, said David Arsen, associ-
ate professor of political economy at
Michigan State's James Madison
College and one of the report's authors.
"It's a key gap in current policy'"
Lawmakers and the state Department
of Education must make sure failing
schools get the technical assistance and
oversight they need to improve or dis-
perse their students to better schools if
they close, said another of the authors,
education Prof. David Plank.
"We really have no interest in protect-
ing failing schools," Plank said. "But we
also have a strong interest in making sure
those children (in those schools) are not
further punished"

The report says school choice policies
may accelerate the trend toward separat-
ing students by income, race and other
characteristics, doing away with one of
the benefits of the public education sys-
It also notes that school choice is not
yet sending a clear signal to administra-
tors about what improvements need to be
made, because parents move their chil-
dren out of a school for reasons that may
have nothing to do with the school's
quality, such as child care arrangements.
But despite these drawbacks, school
choice should be expanded as long as
certain protections are in place, the
report's authors said.
Among its recommendations, the
report suggests:
Finding a way to give charter
schools the financial support they need
to buy or lease buildings and education-
al technology, such as computers.

Federal safety agency to
propose revised airbag plan

Courtesy of Ajay Kaura
Engineering first-year student Ajay Kaura won second place with his artwork
"Hitting Downtown" in the annual Our Town Art Exhibition on Sunday.
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By Elizabeth Kassab
For the Daily
"I purchased a beautiful piece of
canvas. During a dark gloomy day I
decided to unravel its suppressed
image," reads the statement that
Engineering first-year student Ajay
Kaura submitted to the Our Town Art
Exhibition with his painting, "Hitting
What he revealed in that canvas
was a dark, brooding face.
"I intentionally overemphasized
the wrinkles on the forehead to instill
fear in the viewer's mind," Kaura's
statement said. "I was interested in
creating this face"
"The point is to make you wonder
'Why is he looking so angry, what is
he up to'?"'
The painting won Kaura one of 14
second place prizes in the annual
exhibition - and with it, a 5500
award. There were three first place
prizes; in all $10,000 in prizes was
given out.
Gerhardt Knodel, the director of the
Cranbrook Art Academy, judged the
entries. "I looked for artwork that was
reflective of people in the communi-
ty," he said.
The annual Our Town Exhibition
and Sale took place last week at the
Birmingham Community House. All
proceeds went toward the independent
non-profit establishment, Knodel
This year, the five-day event con-

sisted of a Gala Preview and free
admissions for the next four days
with special events at night, accord-
ing to the Community House
A special presentation of the artist
demonstrations was sponsored by
DaimlerChrysler and Comerica Bank.
Kaura's acrylic was part of the
week-long party. ie entered in the
professional exhibition, the first year
he was eligible. There are separate cat-
egories for students in kindergarten
through 12th grade.
The art exhibition accepts pieces
from across Michigan. This year there
were more than 1,000 entries, Kaura
said. Artists can choose to sell their
work or to display it.
Kaura chose to display his 24 x 30
inches acrylic painting. He continues
to work on art but plans to major in
computer engineering at the
His interests include a wide variety
of art, from watercolors to gouche to
animation to digital video editing. He
also does pottery, jewelry, and web
He is now working on a new art
technique, attempting to create a 2-D
image on canvas that will appear to be
truly 3-D.
"You can turn your head and see a
different view," he said. He is using a
brand new method and estimates that
a "decent final piece" will take two to
three years.

® Federal regulators hope to avoid
forcing automakers to install powerful
airbags that pose danger to children
WASHINGTON (AP)-A federal safety agency will pro-
pose a revised plan in the next few weeks to regulate future
air bags in cars to try to eliminate deaths from the inflating
devices, government and industry officials say.
Federal regulators from the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration want to prevent deaths from air bags in
low-speed crashes while also improving the ability of air bags
to save people in high-speed crashes.
The agency's proposal will consider more options to a con-
troversial crash test that automakers claim would force them
to once again install more powerful air bags that would pre-
sent a greater risk to children, industry and government offi-
cials say.
Air bags have been blamed for 146 deaths - mainly to
unrestrained, young children and some shorter adults - in
low-speed crashes they otherwise should have survived,
according to NHTSA. The government also credits air bags
with saving more than 4,700 lives in serious crashes.
NHTSA officials wanted to bring back a crash test that
automakers needed to pass a few years ago to certify their air
bags. The test required an air bag to inflate with enough force
to catch an unbelted adult male dummy as the vehicle crash-
es into a solid wall at 30 mph.
Many automakers have been fighting resurrection of the
test, saying it would force them to install air bags that inflate

with too much energy for children and short-statured adults
in other types of crashes, such as low-speed accidents, and
could lead to more deaths.
Automakers say they want a test that allows them to keep
the inflation force of air bags now on the market, which often
have 20 percent to 35 percent less force than earlier air bags.
NHTSA officials argue their tests show that automakers
are capable of making less forceful air bags and also passing
the 30 mph test.
The agency's new proposal would include the 30 mph
crash test. But it would also include other alternatives for
public comment. Among them, a 25 mph to 30 mph crash test
into a barrier, officials say.
It also could include a 30 mph to 35 mph crash test into a
softer barrier that catches only part of the front of a car,
industry officials said.
As previously announced, the agency's plan also proposes
a variety of tests to ensure children thrust on top of where the
air bag deploys by pre-impact braking would not be killed by
the inflating devices. It also would require automakers to ase
a family of test dummies instead of just the adult male now
The federal proposal is now at the Office of Management
and Budget for evaluation, the final hurdle before officials
can announce the plan. The announcement could come as
early as this week or as late as mid-November, officials said.
Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater says he expects a
final regulation governing air bags in March. Before the rule
is made final, there will be several months of public com-

Plutonium shipment not
likely to cause any harm

Prospects are slim to none that a ship-
ment of plutonium-blend reactor fuel
will escape its steel container even if the
truck hauling it through Michigan crash-
es, federal officials said yesterday.
But if that happened, they said,
chances would be equally remote that the
spilled fuel pellets would hurt anyone.

A person would have to be exposed
to 140 such accidents to get as much
radiation as from a single chest X-ray,
said Laura Holgate of the U.S.
Department of Energy.
"Bottom line: This shipment is safe,
Holgate, director ofDOE's fissile materi-
als disposition office, said during the first
of five public meetings on the plan.

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