Leaf fire forces
A fire began near the Earl V Moore
School of Music Building on
Wednesday evening when a cigarette
butt ignited a pile of leaves, according
to Department of Public Safety reports.
The building's ventilation system
began drawing smoke from the fire
onto the first floor, forcing evacuation
of the building by the Ann Arbor Fire
AAFD ventilated the building and
property damage occurred.
A patient at University Hospitals
alleged being touched by a nurse's aid
Tuesday morning, DPS reports state.
DPS officials are investigating the inci-
dent under the premise of second
ree criminal sexual conduct.
calper cited on
A man asking $100 for football tick-
ets Wednesday morning outside the
Herbrt H. Dow Building located on
Hayward Street was cited for scalping,
DPS reports state.
The tickets were seized by DPS offi-
cers as evidence.
fish tank taken
A fish tank was reported stolen
Monday afternoon from an office at the
Arbor Lakes Building, DPS reports
said. The occupant of the office stated
that the tank had been stolen sometime
on Thursday, Nov. 11.
There was no sign of forced entry and
has no suspects in the incident.
Graffiti found in
Seh ool of Dentistry
Racist graffiti was found Monday
evening in a bathroom stall on the sec-
ond floor of the School of Dentistry by
a custodian cleaning the area, DPS
reports state. The custodian said that
the graffiti appeared to be written with
from East Quad
A female resident of East Quad
Residence Hall had her laundry stolen
Tuesday night, DPS reports state. The
launiy had been in a basement laun-
dry room, DPS has no suspects in the
A custodian at the School of Social
Work Building reported making con-
act Monday evening with a female
subject who the custodian believed had
vCmited in the second floor restroom of
he building on numerous occasions in
he past, DPS reports state.
When the custodian asked the sub-
if she wanted an ambulance or a
t to University Hospitals' emer-
ency room, the subject declined and
ushed the custodian before leaving the
rea. She was last seen headed in the
li*tion of the School of Education
The incident is being treated as non-
a breaking parole
A subject was taken into custody
onday afternoon for breaking parole,
PS reports state.
The subject had been paroled after
>eing caught driving without a
icense, and was in violation of the
>role on a charge of delivery, posses-
ion and manufacture of non-nar-
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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 19. 1999.- 3
By Risa Berrin
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA sophomore Steve Sharpe doesn't usually wear stick-
ers on his chest inviting people to kiss him.
But in honor of American Cancer Society's national
"Smokeout" day, Sharpe wore a sticker yesterday featuring a
frog that stated "Kiss Me! I Don't Smoke!"
The stickers were distributed on the Diag by members of
University Students Against Cancer in honor of the day
devoted to encouraging smokers to quit.
"The stickers are not just cute, they serve a purpose to
remind people of the harms of smoking," Sharpe said.
In addition to stickers, USAC members distributed
pamphlets with facts about smoking and incentives to
Business junior Anna Spencer, a USAC member, said the
day is supposed to encourage smokers to quit - one day at a
"A lot of smokers say, 'I'll quit tomorrow,"' Spencer said.
"We're here to tell them that there is no other option but to
quit today. You cannot put that off."
The idea for the Smokeout was initiated in 1971 when
Arthur Mulvaney created an event in Randolph, Mass. where
he asked people to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the
money they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school
Five years later, the event spread to schools and businesses
across the nation.
Matthew Kantor, project coordinator of the
Washtenaw County area chapter of the American Cancer
Society, said a 1998 study conducted by the ACS con-
cluded that Smokeout is an effective tool in helping
smokers to quit.
He said that 19 percent of the country's smokers reported
they had participated in the 1998 Smokeout. Of the 19 per-
cent, 10 percent said they had quit or smoked significantily
less during the week after the Smokeout.
"This day is a time to make a pledge to yourself," Kantor
said. "This first day is a foundation for building many days
According to the American Cancer Society's Website,
an estimated 48 million adults in the United States
smoke. The Website also states that diseases caused by
tobacco is responsible for nearly one in every five
LSA first-year student Kristin Rittler said she wanted to
help coordinate USAC's booth on the Diag because her father
has lung cancer.
"I want college students to know that smoking is truly
going to affect them and their families down the line," she
said. "I see no positive benefits from smoking."
Rittler said her father started smoking while he was in the
"My dad did not know the dangers of smoking when he
started," she said. "I don't even understand why people still
smoke today. They know the dangers. It makes me very frus-
According to the Website, 90 percent of new smokers are
under the age of 18. The Website also states that active smok-
ing is the largest cause of preventable death in the United
Spencer said many students are listening to the warnings.
"One guy came by and said he wanted some literature for
his girlfriend that smokes," Spencer said. "And one of the frat
boys on the Diag came over and said he wanted a sticker
because he quit smoking eight weeks ago."
LSA junior Stacy Dover, LSA first-year student Kristin Ritter and LSA senior Himani
Patel out on the Diag yesterday for the Great American Smokeout Day.
Economic boom resonates in
Yoon Shim Kim, who survived life as a military comfort woman in World
War II, shares her story at the School of Education yesterday.
WW I captives
used as sex slaves
By Anand Giridharadas
Daily Staff Reporter
As an agent at Council Travel ran
through some of the more exciting stu-
dent getaways for this spring, he men-
tioned Australia and New Zealand but
curiously omitted European destinations.
"Well," travel agent Dan Lawing
explained, "a lot of people have been to
Europe a few times."
At the Espresso Royale Cafe on
Central Campus, an LSA sophomore
sipped a cup of coffee while catching up
on homework. Amy Biehl described her-
self a regular of the coffeeshop.
"It's very indulgent, she said. "Coffee
can cost $3, and no one blinks an eye."
And at the University Golf Course,
Clubhouse Manager Charles Green rem-
inisced about the 1960s, when 18 holes
cost $1.25. Today, some students will pay
up to $44 for a round. "I see a lot of stu-
dents with a lot of money," he said.
From California to Kalamazoo, the
U.S. economy is booming. The signs are
clear: a soaring stock market, trace
unemployment and a trillion-dollar fed-
eral budget surplus.
And by any measure - from the bus-
tle at area coffeeshops to the proliferation
of cell phones on campus to the tight stu-
dent labor market - the boom is res-
onating throughout the University.
Although it is impossible to obtain
exact figures for the expansion's local
impact, students and area businesses
describe a phenomenon that is transform-
ing campus life.
As their parents pocket record dispos-
able income, much of that money trickles
down to students, but some parents may
be unaware of where that money goes.
"If my parents knew how much I spent
on cigarettes, beer and coffee they would
be disgusted," Biehl said.
Students are spending at record levels
and fueling a thriving local economy.
"Business is great;' said Kim Barr, a
manager at the Southern Exposure tan-
ning salon on South University Avenue.
The salon raised its prices this fall, she
said, and business still increased. An
annual tanning package runs in the hun-
dreds of dollars.
Just down the street, at Council Travel,
which claims a 70-percent market share
of student air-travel, signs of record
spending are everywhere.
Earlier this year, when the agency
offered roundtrip European packages for
$300 each, nearly 300 sold, Lawing said.
For the millennium, he said, London
and Australia are "big-time."
"A lot of people are doing bigger
things than New York," he explained.
The travel agency has hired an agent to
focus exclusively on trips around the
world, which can span several months
and cost several thousand dollars.
Trying to make sense of the cash
influx, Lawing said, "I guess people are
willing spend more money."
The boom, even as it injects dollars
into area establishments, is tightening the
labor market and making hiring a night-
mare, as fewer students work.
"Our staffing is worse than it's ever
been," said Ron Buhl, the manager on
duty at Good Time Charley's on South
University Avenue, trying to survive a
busy lunch hour with only three servers.
"No one wants to work this year," he
said. "People just don't need to."
The most abstract, but perhaps the
most enduring, consequence of the eco-
nomic boom is its transformation of tra-
ditional images of the college student.
In popular culture, a latte-sipping,
SUV-driving, designer-clad student is
replacing notions of the poor, struggling
"I think students are not so strapped
for cash today," said Leonard Edick, a
salesman at the Van Boren clothing
store on State Street. "Madison Avenue
is pounding away at (students) because
they know you have the money."
Even as millions of Americans have
profited from the recent economic
expansion, prosperity has yet to touch
many families across the country.
Locally, University, President Lee
Bollinger called for increased sensitivi-
ty to the wide range of socio-economic
backgrounds on campus.
"There's no question .that the boom
has worked its way through some parts
of the country, but not all;" he said.
"That leaves' aeepeniing divide, and
the University has t6 be attentive . to
On the upside4 he~said philanthropy
has surged during the boom, giving a
big boost the University's fundraising
"This is definitely giving it momen-
tm;' he said.
By Jody Simone Kay
Daily Staff Reporter
"All these years I have lived in
secret, shame and in pain," said 69-
year-old Yoon Shim Kim in a writ-
ten statement, one of few women
who survived the tortures of being a
military "comfort woman" during
World War II.
Kim was 13 when she was
abducted and subsequently subject-
ed to daily rape and torture by the
About 200,000 women and girls,
known as "comfort women," were
forced into sexual slavery from 1932
until 1945 in East Asia, according to
the , Washington Coalition for
Comfort Women Issues, Inc. Many of
the women were lured with the
promise of employment or kid-
napped, and then raped up to 40 times
a day and held like prisoners, WCCW
Last night, Kim shared her testi-
mony with 150 students in the
Whitney Room of the School of
"I was really shocked when I
heard about this. This is something
that I can't believe many people
haven't heard about," said Korean
Student Association President
David Hong, an LSA senior.
"Every evening soldiers queued up
in front of my cubicle and one by one
raped me all night long. Their bodies
were filthy and they didn't speak a
word. I couldn't sleep and cried all
night long. I could not survive, they
said, even if I escaped, because there
was no place to run to in an empty
open field," Kim said.
Kim was joined last night by a
translator and WCCW President
Dong Woo Lee-Hahm.
"I didn't know that something
this horrible happened in Korean
history," said Korean Students
Association External Public
Relations Chair Judy Na, an
Only 10 years ago the first "com-
fort woman" survivor came forward
with her story, according to WCCW
"It makes me think about how
much of history we don't know and
how much of history hasn't been
brought to the surface," said Ann
Pham, a MESA coordinator.
After the war, no one talked about
the "comfort women" and the
women remained silent out of
shame, Lee-Hahm said. The women
were publicly humiliated and
denounced as prostitutes, Lee-
According to Lee-Hahm, the
Japanese government initially
denied that services of comfort
women were used during the war.
In 1993 the Japanese government
admitted involvement in the
crimes, according to a WCCW
"Regardless of what race someone
is, it's hard to believe that one human
being can do that to another," said
Woo-Jin Kim, an LSA senior.
"I say this because you never know
what's going to happen -there could
be another war," Kim said.
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