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Money stolen
from register in
Union arcade
An employee at the Study Break
Archade in the Michigan Union
reported Monday that $245 were
stolen from the arcade's cash register,
Department of Public Safety reports
The theft occurred sometime
Sunday night or early Monday morn-
ing. There were no signs of forced
entry in the store, but the lock on the
cash register had been broken.
DPS is investigating the incident,
Lfidid not report having any suspects.
Bio-Hazard found
in Kraus Building
A man found a bag marked "Bio
Hazard" at the Edward Henry Kraus
Building on Wednesday evening,
according to DPS reports.
the man said he could not deter-
mine the contents of the bag, but said
*e disposed of it properly.
Suspect breaks
into tool shed
.,.A tool shed rented from the
Pi oenix Construction Co. by the
University was broken into Monday
libr&ning, DPS reports state.
The tool shed was located in Van
Buren Township Park, and what had
been taken from the shed was left
There are no reported suspects in
the "incident, and a report was filed
with the Van Buren Township Police.
Bicycle stolen
from South Quad
A bicycle was stolen from a rack in
front of South Quad Residence Hall
during the weekend, DPS reports
The lock on the bike had been cut,
rorts state. DPS did not report hav-
ing-any suspects.
Smell of smoke
leads to AAFD
A woman reported the she smelled
something burning" at East Quad
* Sdence Hall on Wednesday after-
non, DPS reports state.
-,IJpon investigation, it was deter-
mined that the woman smelled "fake
smoke" the Ann Arbor Fire
Jepartment was using in a training
'emxtise in the area.
Dennison elevator
xdoors left open
Elevator doors broke Wednesday
Safternoon in the Dennison Building,
aving the elevator shaft uncovered
on the eighth floor, according to DPS
DPS responded by putting police
.rtape in front of the open doors and
c fontacting an elevator repair compa-
Custodian finds
Vorn material in
A custodian at the Medical Science
ulding found "dirty magazines" in a
en's restroom Monday afternoon,

I2PS reports state.
IEPS officers responded to the
scene, there were no reported sus-
'cordless phone
stolen in Couzens
A subject in Couzens Residence
'M, reported a cordless phone stolen
Monday night, DPS reports state.
"Me report was retracted when the
phone was found in the room of the
subject's friend.
Subjects advised
ko stay out of
Nichols Drive area
Subjects seen running through a
construction site on Nichols Drive on

Fire guts half of

The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 3, 1999 - 3

Ann Arbor home
By Jon Zemke
Daily Staff Reporter
Flames gutted half of an Ann Arbor residence at
1I a.m. yesterday as Ann Arbor Firefighters used basically been riding
chainsaws to cut through the roof and the sides of
the house to contain the blaze. up the walls and
None of the residents were hurt in the fire.
Elleanore Kuhl, the only person in the house when throughout it"
the fire started, escaped without being harmed. -- Richard Bla
"I saw the smoke and took myself out the door," Ann Arbor Police Department S
Kuhl said.
Her husband, David Kuhl, chief of University
Hospitals' division of Nuclear Medicine, was not how far the fire had spread.
home when the fire started. He came directly home "The flames had basically been riding ul
after his wife called with the news. Neither of them walls and throughout it," Ann Arbor P
knew the fire's origin. Department Sgt. Richard Blake said.
The house, which is located on Waldenwood After the firefighters had figured out hog
Drive on the east side of Ann Arbor near Concordia across the house the fire had spread, they beg
College at U.S.-23, sustained major damage. peel the burned section of the roof off with axe
Flames engulfed the living room and a bedroom steel rods. They sprayed the remains of the ch
and eventually made their way through the cathe- roof with firehoses from the crane ladder
dral ceiling and roof. firetruck to make sure the fire was out.
Firefighters used chainsaws to cut "check spots" Ann Arbor Fire Department Battalion
through the roof shingles and sides of the house, James Breslin estimated damage to the house
Ann Arbor firefighter Danielle Lalonde said. By between at least $50,000 to $60,000.
cutting the holes in the roof, the firefighters could "it might go higher because they're still out,
see if the flames would spark out and determine tearing it up," Breslin said.


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Ann Arbor Firefighters look on at the charred remains of Ann Arbor resident and University's Hospital
Chief of Nuclear Medicine David Kuhl and his wife Elleanore's house yesterday morning.


'U' alums speak on dangers of
unprotected sex, HIV/AIDS

By Usa Koivu
Daily StaffReporter
After losing two sons to AIDS, Al and
Jane Nakatani found the courage to speak
repeatedly to groups of University stu-
dents during national AIDS Awareness
Week, stressing the importance of accep-
tance and education about the disease.
A group of four students gathered last
night in the McGreaham/Siwik Lounge
at Bursley Residence Hall to talk with the
Nakatanis. Students have attended the
couple's talk at different campus loca-
tions throughout the week.
The gathering began with a 17-minute
video about the Nakatanis and their
plight. The couple met as University stu-
dents and married. The eldest of their
three sons was murdered during an argu-
ment, and shortly afterward, the other two
were diagnosed as HIV-positive.
After the video, Al Nakatani explained
that they wanted the audience to under-
stand that their message has many facets.
"The issues that we talk about are very
complex. We don't only talk about HIV
AIDS and sexual orientation, we talk
about the impact that having gay children
can have on straight parents, death and
dying and how to deal with stigma and
prejudice," Al Nakatani said.

"But, the most compelling issue that
we talk about is human denigration,
experiences tht destroy peopic based on
who and what they are. Our sons experi-
enced this because all of them were
ninorties and two of them were gay and
suffered frm AIDS,' he said.
Both parents said their sons suffered
needlessly 'bcause of their parents' igno-
"I wasn't aware of their fears growing
up in an all-white community," Jane
Nakatani said. "Also, I wasn't educated
and I believed that being gay was a bad
thing. As a result, there was not much
hugging in our house, and I never told
them how much I loved them until it was
too late"
Her husband expressed similar regrets.
"I worked so hard, and ofen my family
took sccond place to my job. But, this is
the w.ay that I was raised," he said.
As a result, both of their children with
AIDS - Guy and Glen - had a hard
time accepting their sexuality and talking
to their parents.
"For a while Guy tried to convince
himself that he wasn't gay, and he dated
beautiful females. When he finally
accepted that he was gay, he would get
drunk before going to gay activities.

While he was drunk he engaged in sex
with unknown people;' Jane said.
"Our sons seemed so self-confident,
but they were really insecure. I made
denigrating remarks, so it wasn't easy for
them to talk to me and tell me their
secrets. We never communicated until
they were dying," their mother said.
After discovering that he had AIDS,
Guy began speaking publicly about the
disease and tried to spread awareness to
those around him.
At this point in the evening, the
Nakatanis showed a video highlighting
some of Guy's speeches.
"HIV is a result from abuse, neglect
and prejudice. It's an ugly disease. My
problem will never get better; it will only
get worse," Guy's voice said from the
television screen.
"The biggest barrier for us was igno-
rance and discomfort over sexual orienta-
tion. When we found out that our sons
were gay, I assumed that they were too
smart to put themselves at risk. I wasn't
aware they were searching for under-
standing and they weren't finding it in
our own home," Al Nakatani said.
"Now, we speak out, supporting the
rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transsexual community."

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian author, holds a book signing after
speaking to a packed audience at Rackham Amphitheater yesterday.
Nobel aureate
presents excerpw ts

By Jen Fish
Daily Staff Reporter
The highly anticipated reading from
Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka did not
disappoint a full house at Rackham
Amphitheater last night, if the many
people crowding the empty aisleways
to hear him and the long applause he
got are any indication.
Soyinka, who won literature's high-
est prize in 1986, kept up a steady bar-
rage of prose and poetry that stunned
much of the audience into silence.
Introduced by English Prof. Lorna
Goodison as "one of the greatest writ-
ers of the 20th Century," Soyinka read
for a little more than an hour, then
signed copies of his work for audience
Soyinka's Nigerian heritage and
personal experiences deeply influ-
enced his work. Throughout his life,1
Soyinka witnessed atrocities in his
homeland - a major theme in his
work. Several of the poems he read {
last night, including "Calling Josef
Brodsky for Ken Saro-Wiwa," an un-
published work, and the poems "Ikeja,
Friday, Four O'Clock" and "Harvest;
of Hate" were a testament to this influ-
At another point during the reading,
Soyinka made the audience laugh
when he told in a light-hearted an
comical tone a story about being acci-
dentally caught in an ambush with a
friend during a coup in Nigeria.
"There I was trying to take cover
and convince one of the soldiers that I
was a civilian so that he would move
away and draw fire away from me,"
Soyinka said. He then read "Civilian
and Soldier," a poem commemomting

this experience.
Soyinka also read some of his early
poems and an excerpt from one of his
two novels, "Season of Anomy." After
the reading, Soyinka said he had not
planned to read so many "dark"
"I never know what to read until
that day. It's governed by mood, and I
guess I'm not in such a good mood,"
he said. Soyinka had just returned
from a trip to Nigeria before coming
to Ann Arbor. "It has not been a good
century for the continent of Africa.
I'm afraid."
Goodison praised Soyinka's work.
"It's a raw courage he brings to life
and the courage when he writes of
something harrowing. It's not gratu-
itous, the violence in his work; it's
real. He has been a witness and
brings them to our attention in the
purest way. It's not Hollywood vio-
lence; it's man's inhumanity to man,"
Goodison said.
Soyinka is the Woodruff Professor
of the Arts at Emory University in
Atlanta. He said he will be publishing
a new volume of poetry soon and will
continue teaching and lecturing. He
did not wish to comment on what he
expects for his native country in the
coming years but would continue writ-
ing about it.
The reaction to Soyinka's work was
overwhelmingly positive. Many of the
crowd, hoping to steal a moment with
Soyinka, bought copies of his works
for him to sign. A contingent of
Nigerian students from the University
had a group picture taken with
Soyinka, saying simply to him, "it
was an honor to meet you."

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Wednesday night were advised of the
health and safety risks of their actions
and advised to stay out of the area,
DPS reports state.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter David Enders

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