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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 12, 1999 - 3

arcotics stolen
from University
emergency room
Iwo morphine ampules and one
meperidine ampule were stolen from a
Huron Valley Ambulance drug box at
he University Hospital on Tuesday
afternoon, Department of Public Safety
eports state.
The theft of narcotics was the second
such incident in a week. DPS reports
Iso state that narcotics were also
tolen from the emergency room on
riday; Nov. 5.
S did not report having any sus-
ets in the incidents.
aller harasses
our persons
During a seven-hour period Tuesday,
four different subjects received harass-
ing phone calls, DPS reports state.
Three of the subjects reported the
arassing caller spoke in a "loud whis-
and sounded male. Three of the sub-
ects said that the calls were not obscene,
ut one subject reported them to be
very suggestive" DPS has no suspects.
ar stolen from
u 'Sigma Nu lot
A Ford Explorer was stolen from the
arking lot of Nu Sigma Nu on
aturday afternoon, DPS reports state.
e vehicle was found in Eaton
ty. DPS is investigating, but did not
eport having suspects in the incident.
Suspected flasher
rrested at UGLi
A suspected "flasher" was arrested
upon receiving a tip that the suspect
was seen on the third floor of the
Shapiro Undergraduate Library on
V nesday evening, DPS reports state.
e suspect had an outstanding war-
rant from the Michigan State University
Delivery persons
sell extra pizzas
The Ann Arbor Police Department
wast notified Saturday when pizza deliv-
ery persons were observed selling pizza
on Keech Street, DPS reports state.
We delivery persons were in viola-
tion of laws against solicitation.
Woman injured by
falling ceiling tile
A woman was injured Monday after-
noon when a metal ceiling tile fell and
hit her head, DPS reports state.
The incident occurred in the David
Dennison Building, and the woman
'she would go to University Health
Services for treatment.
Linen cart injures
man at hospital
A man filed a non-aggravated
assault report after an unknown person
pushed the man's linen cart into his hip
while he was riding the elevator at the
University Hospital on Monday morn-
i DPS reports state. The man com-
ned of his hip being sore.
Couzens vending
machine looting
A vending machine in Couzens
Residence Hall was broken into

Tuesday morning, DPS reports state.
No money was taken from the
machine, but all other contents were
VCompiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Dave Enders.

Groups condemr

By Asma Rafeeq
Daily Staff Reporter
In anticipation of the World Trade
Organization's upcoming Ministerial
Summit meeting in Seattle next month,
several student groups sponsored a talk
condemning WTO's practices yesterday
in the Michigan Union.
Kevin Danaher, the co-founder of
Global Exchange, engaged the audi-
ence with calls for corporate account-
ability, environmental justice and an
end to economic inequality.
"Corporations don't have rights --
people do," he told the audience com-
prised of more than 60 people.
Global Exchange, a non-profit organi-
zation based in San Francisco, is one of
several groups mobilizing a mass protest
at WTO's summit in Seattle. The organi-
zation has also filed a $1 billion lawsuit,
along with other labor groups, against 17
U.S. retailers such as the GAP for using
indentured labor and violating interna-
tional human rights laws.
Danaher decried WTO as being
unrepresentative of poor countries, who
he said are unable to afford sending del-
egations to WTO to lobby for their

interests. He also spoke out for worker's
rights and the environment, concerns he
said WTO has ignored in the face of the
power of multinational corporations.
"For 50 years, there has been an
expansion of free trade, foreign invest-
ment, all that stuff" Danaher said. "But
where's the success? Inequality on all
scales has gotten worse.'
Danaher compared the world's situation
to a group stuck in a van with a drunk dri-
ver in danger of driving over a cliff.
"You can either hunker down in your
seat, hopeless, or you can figure out a
way to get the drunk guy out of the dri-
ver's seat," Danaher said. "The question
is, how bad does it have to get before we
get in control?"
SNRE senior Jenny Kerekes, an
organizer of the event, said she became
interested in having Danaher speak at
the University after she heard him
speak last summer.
"It opened my eyes a lot." Kerekes
said. "You really get to hear another
side that you normally don't get in a
classroom setting."
LSA first-year student Kristel Lee
said she came to the talk precisely to

hear this other side of the issue.
Enrolled in a class on international eco-
nomics, Lee said her professor is pro-
international trade, but has told the
class about Global Exchange's work.
"I know a lot about the pro-trade
side, so I want to hear the other view
Lee said.
Some students said they appreciated
Danaher's attention to the subject, but
would have liked to hear more of a fac-
tual argument.
"If he was trying to grab the attention
of people walking on the street, this
would have been good," LSA sopho-
more Ayca Akin said. "But for people
who are obviously interested enough to
come, it was too ungrounded."
LSA sophomore Jordan Nodel also
said that the presentation lacked solid
argument against the forces of globaliza-
tion. But he said he agreed that multina-
tional corporations pose a problem.
"That some corporations have bud-
gets larger than some countries is cause
for alarm:' Nodel said.
But Oakland University Business
School Prof. Don Mayer said he was
impressed by the speech.

Kevin Danaher, the co-founder of the Global Exchange, addresses an audience at
the Michigan Union yesterday. Danaher spoke on the World Trade Organization.

"le's kind of a mix between Ralph
Nader and George Carlin," Mayer said,
laughing. He added that he belie',es
Danaher was right in his assertion that
social circumstances have become
worse since the increase in free trade
"It's really hard to argue we're better
off now," Mayer said.
SNRE Prof. Richard Tucker said he

was happy to see that there was a move-
ment against WTO's practices.
The event was sponsored by the
Michigan Student Assembly's
Environnental Issues Commission,
Amnesty International, Students
Organizing for Labor Equality, the
Basic Food Group, Green Greeks and
Environmental Justice

Building houses for a good cause

Middle East 'tour' draws 'U'
students to cultural mixer

By David Jenkins
Daily Staff Reporter
The sounds of culture emanated from the Michigan Union
Ballroom yesterday.
The flowing voice of a female singer backed by an atypi-
cal assortment of hand percussion and twanging strings com-
bined with the noise of discussion and laughter, pushed
through the doors like a wind enveloping the few people still
outside and drawing them in.
Once inside, the sweet smells of Arabian deserts and the
overwhelming sights of extensive Armenian, Persian, Turkish
and Arab exhibits made that sound of culture into more than
just a hint, like an island of rich traditions inside the Union.
"Tour of the Middle East" is the first event of its kind at the
University. with four separate cultural organizations coming
together to build an atmosphere where anyone and everyone
can learn something new about the Middle East.
Reza Breakstone, social chair of the Persian Student
Association and an LSA sophomore, originally produced the
idea. Breakstone wanted to hold a "Visit to Iran Day," but the
idea was soon developed to include all University organiza-
tions representing a section of the Middle East region.
Four University groups set up exhibits from their respec-
tive regions and each took a corner of the ballroom to set up
homemade displays, artifacts, posters, flags and maps of the
cultures they represent.
"Most University students will never travel to the Middle
East and never get a sense of what it's like there," Breakstone
said. "Most of their impressions come from the media, movies

and television, which. in a sense, isn't really accurate."
"You never really get to see the way life is in the Middle
East, free of all its stigmas," Breakstone said, "and that is
what we're trying to show."
Vice President of the Armenian Student Cultural Association,
Armen Toumajan, an LSA sophomore, believes that the
exhibits accurately display the cultures of the Middle East.
"Really, all these countries have great cultures;" Toumajan
said. "What people are getting a taste of here is what the
Middle East is all about. Everything displayed is cultural."
Visitors were able to see a variety of those pieces of cul-
ture, from Iranian sports figures, poets and medical scholars,
to Armenian dance, Turkish landscapes and Arab dishes.
"We want people to take away a knowledge that wars and
politics shouldn't stereotype people and to understand the
region through its people and culture," said Ala Saket, an
executive board member of the Arab-American Anti-
Discrimination Committee's University sector and an
Engineering senior.
"To see these four groups together is really significant
because historically they've all been at war with one another
at some point in time," Saket said.
Participants said the event served as a constant reminder
for them of the cultural. closeness, but still provided recogni-
tion of each country as separate from one another.
Turkish Student Association Secretary Ufuk Kula, an
Engineering graduate student, said the Armenian music play-
ing symbolized the general feeling between the four main


Engineering first-year student Brian Buck helps to build a structure for
Habitat for Humanity in the Diag yesterday.
Flint nursing home
kils 1 7 missing

has done it again...her third album this year!

FLINT (AP) - An explosion and
fire in a nursing home Wednesday night
killed one person and left seven unac-
counted for, fire officials said.
Flint Fire Chief Theron Wiggins said
a boiler located in the basement of the
Clara Barton Convalescence Center
exploded shortly before 9 p.m. The
blast caused the building's masonry
walls to collapse along with the ceil-
ings, he said.
Wiggins said about 110 people,
including 93 residents, were inside when
the blast occurred. He said firefighters
and neighbors helped pull people out.

He said the seven unaccounted for are
nursing home workers and are believed
to be in the building's basement.
The fire has been put out, he said.
Hurley Medical Center spokesperson
Stephanie Motshenbacher said the
fatality died on arrival there. She could
not immediately specify that person's
gender or age, saying relatives were
being notified.
She said 16 people had been brought
to the hospital so far. One victim is in
its burn unit, the other in a neurotrauma
ward. She said two others were in criti-
cal condition.

The Office of Student Conflict Resolution director search committee has three student representatives. This was
incorrectly reported in last Friday's Daily.

What's happening in Ann Arbor this weekend

.............. .

1 ,,WAY

a"Blood Battle between U-M and
OSU," Sponsored by Alpha Phi
Omega, Markley, 1-7 p.m.
S"Disarmament Working Group,"
Sponsored by Interfaith Council
for Peace and Justice, Memorial
Christian Church, 720 Tappan,
11:45 a.m. -1:15 a.m.
Q"indigenous People's Day is
Everyday," Sponsored by the
Native American Student
Association, Michigan League
underground, 8:30 p.m.
U "Japanese Modernism and
Consumerism: Forging the New
Artistic Field of Shogyo Bijutsu"
-A aE.. bu Gennfer Wm nfld."

Michigan Union, Cava Java, 11
0 "Venues for Arts Groups Brown Bag
Lunch," Sponsored by Arts
Network. 4016 Michigan Union,
12:10-1:00 pm.
U "Adventures in Autumn: Mythical
Skies and Mesmerizing Science,'
Sponsored by the Exhibit Museum
of NaturalnHistory, Exhibit
Museum Planetarium, 11:30 a.m.
and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
U "Havdaiah and Rock N' Bowl,"
Sponsored by Hillel, Meet at
Hillel, 7:30 p.m.
J "Kiwanis Rummage Sale,"

U "Adventures in Autumn: Mythical
Skies and Mesmerizing Science,"
Sponsored by the Exhibit Museum
of Natural History, Exhibit
Museum Planetarium, 1:30 and
3:30 p.m.
U "Ahava Potluck Brunch," Sponsored
by Hillel, Hillel, 12 p.m.
U "Blood Battle between U-M and
OSU," Sponsored by Alp ha Phi
Omega, St. Mary's, 9:30 a.m. -
3:30 p.m.
U "Hallo...Hallow... Halloween" Sunday
Dine and Learn, Sponsored by
Hillel, Hillel, 6:30 p.m.
U "Native American Skies," Sponsored
b the Exhibit Museum ofNatural
History, Exhibit Museum
Planetarium, 2:30 p.m.


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