The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 8, 2000 - 3
Speaker details trip
to war-torn Mideast
A 300-pound money machine was
stolen Tuesday night from the Study
Break arcade in Pierpont Commons,
DPS reports state.
More than $1,000 and 4,000
tokens were in the four-foot by
three-foot machine, and DPS has
A podium was reported stolen
Monday from the Modern Lan-
guage Building Auditorium 3,
Department of Public Safety
DPS did not report having any sus-
pects in the incident.
A Pepsi brand vending machine in
the Cancer and Geriatrics Center of
the University Hospitals was reported
as spitting out coins Monday after-
noon, DPS reports state.
Employees of the center were
caught on video pocketing the
DPS reports state that officers made
ontact with the employees and the
oney was recovered.
A housing facilities staff member
at Mary Markley Residence Hall
reported Tuesday morning that her
*perviser was following her
aroundsand harassing her, DPS
Officers filed an incident report.
at ice skaters
Four males sitting in Section 6 of
st Ice Arena were reported late
lesday night as yelling obsceni-
ties at passing females, DPS
Officers made contact with the sub-
jects and took one subject into cus-
tody on a minor in possession of
Dumber off ladder
An electrical contractor was report-
ed Monday as having assaulted a
plumbing contractor in the Center for
Display Technology and Manufactur-
ing, located on Bonisteel Drive, DPS
Reports state the two men were
having a verbal argument when one
pulled the other off a ladder.
An incident report was filed, but
DPS did not report whether the
*mbing contractor had sustained
from 'U' employee
A University Hospitals employee
reported Tuesday that memory had
been stolen from his computer, DPS
An incident report was filed, but
S did not state whether there were
any suspects in the incident.
room by ceiling,
Someone broke into a room on the
fifth floor of Angell Hall and moved a
laptop computer Tuesday night, DPS
t he person entered room 5207
tough the ceiling but nothing was
stolen. A ceiling tile was found in
- Compiled br Daily Staff Reporter
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
After traveling to the West Bank and Gaza Strip,
Sara Flounders, national co-director of the Interna-
tional Action Center, came to the University yester-
day to discuss her impressions of the experience.
Nearly 200 University students and communi-
ty members filled an Angell Hall auditorium to
see the presentation, which included a video,
speech and question-and-answer session.
The IAC is an organization formed by former
U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark as a group
for those who oppose U.S. militarism and war.
Flounders is touring the nation speaking on
college campuses about the trip.
"We saw overwhelming military force by Israel
- the government against people who were
almost completely unarmed. The Palestinians
were resisting with stones, rocks and small side
arms against heavily armed armies all provided
by U.S. tax dollars," Flounders said.
The situation is one that doesn't get proper
media coverage in the U.S. media, Flounders said,
referring to the degree of objectivity and impor-
tance given to stories during the past few months.
"If you think about the last month you d think
nothing was happening around the world except
the election issue in Florida," she said.
Flounders also spoke about the United States'
role in the Middle East as well as the situation's
effects on the global community.
"This is an era of instant communication and
globalization," she said. "What happens in the
Middle East will have a lasting impact."
Nadia Khoury, an executive board member of
the campus' Arab-American Anti-Discrimination
Committee, said she hopes the event increased
awareness about the Palestinian perspective.
"There's been human rights violations and
there's a new uprising and I think U.S. citizens
have to start paying attention to the issues in
Palestine. They need to start opening their minds
and hearts to the Palestinian people and their
Audience members watch a movie about the conflict in the West Bank at an event in Angell Hall last night.
cause," said Khoury, an LSA sophomore.
One LSA freshman, who asked that his name
not be printed, said the event was conducted in a
way he hadn't anticipated.
"She presented herself as a unbiased presenter of
facts where pictures don't lie, yet the video she
showed clearly shows evidence of dramatizing," he
said. "And that doesn't spur talks for solutions or
peace but rather creates a division between sides."
LSA junior Nadim Hallal, who helped organize
the event, said he was pleased with the outcome.
"Not one thing she said was propaganda or
lies, because everything she said corresponds
with statements from human rights organiza-
tions and international law documents," he
LSA sophomore Liz Mullane, an MSA repre-
sentative, said she came to hear more about a sit-
uation she knew little about. "They came and
spoke to (MSA) about it, and I figured this was
something that was important to them and it
should be important to us too."
Remembering at the Rock 1
Byrum cuts into Roger's lead
MASON (AP) - Ingham County s
became the first to complete its
recount yesterday in the hotly contest-k
ed 8th District congressional election1
and showed Republican Mike Rogers
ahead despite gains by Democrat
With votes she picked up in Ingham
County's recount, Byrum cut Rogers't
lead from 160 to 127, secretary oft
state spokeswoman Liz Boyd said.
The Board of State Canvassers,
w hich oversees M- ichigan elections,
last week declared Rogers the winner
of the race by a 160-vote margin. On
request of Byrum, recounts are taking
place throughout the district.
In Ingham County, 10 precincts
were declared unrecountable
because of clerical errors on the
Byrum's campaign, which was
hoping to pick up votes in heavily
Democratic Lansing and Last Lans-
ing, challenged the unrecountable
status on Wednesday night, and
representatives of the Board of
State Canvassers agreed with
Byrum's campaign that the ballots
should be recounted.
Join us for our annual service of carol
singing and hearing the Scriptures of
Advent and the birth of Christ Jesus.
!SA junior Andy Hrovat and fellow team members from the Michigan
wrestling team paint the Rock last night in memory of wrestler Jeff Reese,
who died Dec. 9, 1997, while exercising in a rubber bodysuit.
receive pay raise
Sunday, December 10th
7pm, 1001 East Huron
LANSING (AP) - Michigan law-
makers would get a S20,000 salary
increase next year under recommenda-
tions passed yesterday by the State
Officers Compensation Commission.
The six-member commission, which
is appointed by the governor and makes
salary recommendations every two
years, also wants to increase the gover-
nor's salary from S151,245 to S172,000
in 2001 arid the salaries of Supreme
Court justices from S140,816 to
The recommendations now go to the
Legislature, which can't change them
but can vote to reject them. If the Leg-
islature takes no action, the recom-
mendations will automatically go into
effect in February.
Gov. John Engler said the 13./
increase recommended for his salary
was reasonable, especially considering
that Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer
makes more than he does.
"Look at CEOs. Many are way above
that," Engler said. Under the commis-
sion's plan, the governor's salary would
grow to S177,000 by 2002.
Senate Majority Leader Dan
DeGrow (R-Port Huron) indicated1 that
the Senate also is likely to support the
pay raises. Under the commission's
recommendation, lawmakers would
get a 35.8 percent raise in 2001, from
S56,981 to S77,400. In 2002, lawmak-
ers would make 579,650.
"We felt strongly that we did
deserve a raise," he said. "I work too
hard at this job and the men and
women I work with work too hard to
see someone just beat us up over this."
But others said the raises are exces-
sive. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield
Hills) said he'll introduce a resolution
against the raises when the Senate con-
venes in January. Peters called the rais-
es "inappropriate and unwarranted."
State Rep. Scott Shackleton (R-Sault
Ste. Marie) said he also would vote to
reject the pay raise. "I don't think a
majority of my constituents would be
supportive of me getting that much."
Ann Arbor real estate investor
Ronald Weiser, a member of the com-
pensation commission, said he devel-
oped the pay standards after
comparing salaries to officials in other
states and the private sector.
Weiser said he found lawmakers'
salary increases were 21 percent less
than the average worker's increases in
the last 10 years. He warned that if
state salaries aren't increased, govern-
ment won't be able to attract the best
"I believe there will constantly be a
pull between public service and the
needs one has to make sure their fami-
lies are secure," he said.
Weiser also argued that term limits
have made it more difficult for people
to decide to leave other jobs and
"It's no longer a long-term, somewhat
secure job,' he said. "It's an interruption
of whatever job they have."
But Arthur Blackwell, a commis-
sion member and president of DeWay
Development Corp. in Detroit, said
lawmakers shouldn't expect so much
compensation for their public service.
"It just seems to me that feeling
sorry for somebody because they have
to give up something to go be a legis-
lator is really the wrong way to
approach it," he said.
What's happening in Ann Arbor this weekend
FRIDAY Michigan Union Anderson Room "Bach 2000 Series," Sponsored by
the School of Music, Pamela
"Got Milk," noon - 2:00 p.m., Michi- SATURDAY Ruiter-Feenstra and students
gan Union Underground perform, School of Music Org an
"Animals in Kelsey: An Undergradu- U Animania Screening, 4:00 p.m. -Recitalall, 1100 Baits Dr. off
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