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One hundred nine years of editonial feedom

November 3, 1999

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OHS urges
students to get
ileningitis shot



By Adam Brian Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
The University Health System's
automated meningitis information line
is quick to say "There is no outbreak."
Despite one reported case of viral
meningitis - the more common and less
se type of meningitis - on campus,
U has begun sending letters to stu-
dents living in residence halls and'com-
munity housing, encouraging them to get
the $89 bacterial meningitis vaccination.
UHS cites a surge of meningitis, both
viral and bacterial, on college campus-
es across the nation in the past few
months as the cause for growing con-
cern. According to UHS, the viral form
of meningitis is serious, but rarely fatal.
T bacterial form, which is rare, is
m more dangerous.
Bacterial- meningitis has appeared at
Eastern Michigan and Michigan State
universities in the last month.
This past weekend, 21-year-old
Pennsylvania State University student
Ryan Hockensmith contracted bacterial
meningitis and began showing symp-

toms while in Champaign, Ill. He was
covering Saturday's Penn State-Illinois
football game for Penn State's student
newspaper, The Daily Collegian.
UHS began sending vaccination infor-
mation letters out last week, said UHS
interim Director Robert Winfield, after
last week's meeting of the Advisory
Committee on Immunization Practices
- a Center for Disease Control commit-
tee that meets once every two years.
ACIP changed its vaccination recom-
mendation for college students.
Winfield said, letters will gradually
be sent out to all tenants in the resi-
dence halls, fraternity houses and other
students living in community housing.
"We want everyone to know (the vac-
cine) is available," he said.
UHS is sending out a limited number
of letters each day to prevent excessive
demand for the vaccine in a short period
of time, said University spokesperson
Joel Seguine.
UHS gave 650 meningococcal disease
(bacterial meningitis) vaccinations last
See VACCINE, Page 2

at 7-3
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 Ann
Arbor City Council seats con-
tested last night.
Incumbent candidates Heidi
Herrell and Christopher Kolb
retained their seats in Wards III
and V, respectively, while new-
comers John Hieftje (D-Ward I),
Dee Freiberg (R-Ward II) and
Marcia Higgins (D-Ward IV)
took control of the three remain-
ing seats in preliminary results.
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 neighbor-
hoods, community and people."
The balance of power on the
council will remain - seven
Democrats and three
Republicans, plus Republican
Mayor Ingrid Sheldon.
Sheldon said she was happy
with the results because the
Democrats did not win an eighth
seat, the number needed to over-
ride vetoes by the mayor.
"I think the threat of veto adds
an element of civility to coun-
cil," Sheldon said.
Not surprised by her loss to
Dee Freiberg in Ward 11, Parma
Yarkin said, "I stayed in the race

8ain, rain go away

to make sure there was a
respectable Democratic alterna-
tive. I wanted to make sure peo-
ple 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 pro-
tect it from development and
protect 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 candi-
date Marcia Higgins edged out
Democrat candidate Lawrence

® Ward N - Dee Freiberg (R); Kurt Verhoff (R),
Parma Yarkin (D)
Ward iI - Heidi Cowing Herrell (D),
Gabriel Quinnan (L), Tim Ralston (R)
® Ward IV - Marcia Higgins (R),
Lawrence Kestenbaum (D), Stephen James Saletta (L)
® Ward V - Garry'Conrad Kaluzny (L);
Christopher Kolb (D), BilKrebaum (Ref.),
Michael Maylen (R)


prof. studies racial tolerance

Students mixed on ideas of diversity on campus

Doctoral student Sandy Tarbox walks across a rainy Diag yesterday when
unusually warm temperatures dropped to a low of 45 degrees.
Onlnl e cu rs s
offer alternatives

By Shomai TerrelongeStone
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA junior Monique Gifford awoke one cloudy,
dim morning in March 1998 in her Mary Markley
Residence Hall room to find a paper posted on the
door with the phrase "two stupid bitches" and the
word "nigger" along with two swastika symbols.
Although initially upset, Gifford said this type of
vandalism did not surprise her because she experi-
enced a similar incident in her predominately white
high school.
"I was shocked but not panicking. I told my (resi-
dential adviser) and immediately called campus secu-
rity," she said.
Despite the incident that Gifford experienced, she

said she is now at peace because, "I see what is hap-
pening to my people. This is something so small com-
pared to what we're going through as a whole that I
feel I have to be one of the people ready to make a
change systematically."
Systematic change is exactly the steps 11 college
institutions have taken to improve the campus climate
for minority students. The 11 institutions each were
given $100.000 by Phillip Morris Companies.
University Education Prof. Michael Nettles present-
ed the results of his study last Saturday at a conference
sponsored by the American Council on Education in
Albuquerque, N.M. His audience consisted of various
"provosts, faculty, administrators and program direc-
tors from colleges and universities in the United

States, India and some in South Africa," he said.
The study, "Model of Diversity: Pursuing Tolerance
in Colleges and Universities," examined race, gender
and ethnic issues at 11 college campuses Bethune
Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Colby
College in Waterville, Maine; Columbia College of
Columbia University, Davidson College in Davidson,
N.C.; Duke University; Haverford College in
Haverford, Pa.; Long Island University in Brooklyn,
N.Y.; Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.;
Northern Michigan University; Occidental College in
Los Angeles; and University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.
Nettles studied the programs those institutions have
embraced to encourage understanding and acceptance
See STUDY, Page 2

By Jewel Gopwanl
Daily Staff Reporter
Imagine not having to make that trek
out to Lorch Hall for an 8:30 a.m. lec-
tubr getting credit for participation
and not even attending one discussion
session. It's all possible - on the
While many students are becom-
ing acquainted with academics
online via their instructors posting
lecture notes and homework assign-
ments on the Internet, the concept of
utilizing the Internet as a primary
teaching tool is on the fringe of the

University's academic curriculum.
The School
of Business '
pioneered the
U n ive rs i ty's'
decent on
Internet acade-
mics with the
Global MBA 011ie iilvPerSily
Program. The PdI/Ofdpdrlserlesdbol
program allows hfluliie o6oflieedu(d/i0i
students in
other countries to receive a master's
See ONLINE, Page 2


votes to

support WRC

east Lansing police
end riot investigation

By Jewel Gopwanl
Daily Staff Reporter
The task force investigating the riot
th occurred at Michigan State
University in late March concluded its
search Monday when the final suspect
police have been pursuing turn himself
in to officers.
The riot took place March 26 and 27
following MSU's lost to Duke in the
semifinals of the NCAA men's basket-

MSU Police Capt. Tony Kleibecker
said the task force followed leads from
videos of the riots, telephone tips and a
Website featuring photos of the suspects.
"The Website is very effective in a
situation like this, in aiding the investi-
gation of identifying people,"
Kleibecker said.
He said the resources led the task force
to finding about 133 of the individuals

By Jeannie Baumann
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly
voted to support the Worker Rights
Consortium and defeated a resolution
that called for a tuition freeze at last
night's weekly assembly meeting held
at Stockwell Residence Hall.
The resolution to encourage the
University to join the WRC passed,
29-1. MSA Vice President Andy
Coulouris, who sponsored the resolu-
tion, said that MSA's support for the
WRC provides "an opportunity to
have a large impact on something that
affects us locally."
The consortium examines the work-
ing environment of companies that

the extra points that (Students for
Organizing Labor and Economic
Equality) needs. SOLE has traditional-
ly been really good at finding the pres-
sure points on University administra-
tion to affect change. Tonight we just
helped them do that," Coulouris said.
SOLE members attended last night's
meeting to speak in favor of the reso-
"We're really pleased MSA is will-
ing to support us," said LSA first-year
student Susie Harter, a SOLE member.
MSA Treasurer Suzanne Owen, who
cast the only dissenting vote on the
resolution, said the assembly should
not rush into a decision about such a
grave issue.

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