The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 6, 2000 - 3
Fire in hospital
A small, contained fire broke out
yesterday morning in an inoperable
1.nversity hospital incinerator. Offi-
cials said the fire started shortly after 8
a mn during work to dismantle the
"During the process of the work,
~something happened to ignite some
residual material and created smoke,"
I nmversity Health System Spokes-
' oman Kara Gavin said. "It was con-
ned to the incinerator area. There
was no smoke or fire in the hospital."
No patients were evacuated from the
hospital, and the fire did not interfere
with patient care. No one was injured.
Teach-in addresses clashes in
By Natalie Plosky
IDaily Staff Reporter
Last night, a full capacity crowd gathered in
room 1400 of the Chemistry Building to hear
speakers address the most recent outbreak of vio-
lence between Israelis and Palestinians in the Mid-
Called a "teach-in," the event was one of several
events on campus in support of Palestinians since
this week's violent escalation of conflict between
the two sides.
Betsey Barlow, a member of the Palestine Com-
mittee and former staff member at the University,
spoke at the teach-in.
"The U.S. continues to exhibit a total lack of
understanding of Palestinian grievances," Barlow
said. "We use Israel to test our weapons or to get
votes for elections at home and to do dirty work
forbidden by Congress."
She also said she opposed the U.S. giving more
than $100 billion to Israel since 1967.
LSA senior Naomi Baum, who is Jewish and a
member of the student organization AHAVA -
which means "love" in Hebrew - explained that
there is not a consensus on the situation by the Jew-
"There is a definite diversity within the Universi-
ty community and not all Jews support what is hap-
pening," Baum said. "I am deeply sympathetic
with the Palestinian situation right now."
More than a question of which side is right and
which is wrong, the conflict has raised important
Sawsan Abdulrahim, a Public Health student
and member of the Palestine Committee, detailed
the conditions of the hospitals in charge of tireating
"Hospitals are under tremendous strain,"
Abdulrahim said. "They are short on blood and
medical supplies and resources."
The School of Public Health is holding a
fundraiser Tuesday fiom 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Money
from the event will be wired to hospitals in the
Middle East by Wednesday.
Imam Achmet Sallie, visiting from a mosque in
Troy, also spoke last night about the Palestinian
"It's a very tense situation," Sallie s aid.
"Palestinians are being dehumanized and mar-
He also criticized the U.S. media, saying it gives
too much coverage to such issues like the Elian
Gonzalez saga but little attention to violence in the
Images of dead and wounded Palestinians were
displayed at the teach-in. Following the speakers,
several members of the student organizations spoke
about ways to support the Palestinians.
The teach-in was organized by the Muslim
Student Association, the Arab-American Anti-
Discrimination Committee and the Palestine
Zain Bengali, vice president of the Muslim
Student Association and moderator of last night's
teach-in, highlighted what he believes the com-
munity should know about the conflict.
"We want people to know that this isn't some-
thing that just started. It's been going on for some
time," Bengali said.
SSarah Chopp, a member of the Hillel govern-
ing board and former resident of Israel, also com-
mented on the media's role in portraying the
"I think the violence taking place in Israel is
inexcusable on both sides, Chopp said. "But, I
think the media has ignored who has thrown the
first stone, The media has seemed to be biased
against Israel ."
Chopp explained that Hillel is organizing a
forum for discussion of violence in the Middle
"There has been a lot of concern in the Jewish
community," she said.
Car kicked during
A man reported Monday afternoon
&t during Saturday's football game
kaiknshi Wisconsin, several men
I he car, which was parked at the
time of the incident, sustained damage
to the right fender.
A resident of North wood III reported
eairly Tuesday morning that items inside
*iapartment had been disturbed, DPS
reports state. She believed that some-
one, possibly her ex-boyfriend, had bro-
ken into the apartment but that he had
already left the scene.
involved in Crash
A University bus driver collided with
aother vehicle Tuesday afternoon at the
tersection of South State Street and
South University Avenue, DPS reports
state No one was injured in the crash. -
A female student reported Tuesday
afternoon that she was being harassed,
D/PS reports state.
The student reported that she has
Seived numerous letters, c-mails and
phone calls of a harassing nature. She
claims she has told the man to cease his
communication, but he has continued.
The student declined to file a
report, citing that she wanted to try
and handle the situation on her own.
Garbage results in
~S oficers issue dacittin forlit-
tering Tuesday evening at the Fletcher
Reidence Hall on South Campus, DPS
reports state. Officers originally gave
the subject a warning but when officers '
returned to the scene later, the items of
garbage were still there.
solicit in Bursiey
*Members of the student organiza-
tin Defend Affirmative Action By
Ainx Means Necessaiy were reported
sohb.ting in Bursley Residence H all
late Vuesday night,.DPS reports state.
-DPS did not report whether members
~of the group were issued a citation.
Peeping tom seen
near Northwood IV
mni tih a skT mask partially coy-
ermng his face was reported looking into
u mdows of Northwood IV apartments
1ate J uesday night, DPS reports state.
The man was described as black with
a black ski mask and black clothing,
DPS did not report having any sus-
pects in the incident.,,
~ted as reckless
AUniversity bus driver was report-
ed Monday night for reckless driving
of the southbound commuter bus,
DPS reports state. The driver alleged-
lsped, took turns at a high rate of
spaed and missed scheduled bus
stops DPS reports state a disposition
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By Samantha Gane
Grace Lee Boggs said she thinks she knows
why J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is so
popular - it illustrates imagination.
"Children are looking for something vision-
ary;' Boggs said. Teachers, parents and activists
need to "let kids know they can make a differ-
ence;' she added.
Boggs, an 83-year-old writer, speaker and
advocate for peace and justice, joined three other
panelists yesterday at the Henderson Room in the
Michigan League to discuss youth violence.
Boggs said she is discouraged that Detroit
schools don't include personal and social devel-
opment as part of their curriculum. "Children
need to see themselves as solutions," she said.
In 1992, the creation of Detroit Summers
allowed Boggs and other adults to work with
teenagers to plant community gardens as well
as to brainstorm ways to clean up the "waste-
lands" in Detroit.
These students see "more empty parking lots
than houses" on their way to school, Boggs said.
"Children need to nurture relations between
themselves and the earth," she said.
Elaine Eason-Steele, co-founder of the Rosa &
Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development,
said society and adult role models are partially
responsible for overwhelming youth violence.
"Children are looking
- Grace Lee Boggs
"Adults don't have patience today," Eason-
Steele said. They "should provide an arena
where youth can come together."
Eason-Steele said that "purchasing gives
credence" to the violence she said is dis-
played on video games and in lyrics, giving
the examples of Sony Play Station and rap-
per Sean "Puffy" Combs.
Upon entering the panel discussion, audi-
ence members were asked to sign a peace
pledge promising: "I will value my own life.
I will value all life. I will inspire hope in
otheirs." The event was a part of Victory Over
Violence Festival, which ends Saturday with a
cultural celebration at the Power Center.
T he Victory of Violence Festival aims to
promote human rights by creating an aware-
ness of the causes and effects of violence.
Alicia Renee Farris, director of the Michigan
Institute for Non-violence Education, closed
with a reminder that "non-violence is an antidote
for violence' not the opposite of violence.
Alicia Renee Farris, executive director of the Michigan Institute for Nonviolence Education, speaks
yesterday at the Michigan League during a discussion that focused on youth violence in Detroit.
to open by art fair
By Jane Krull
D~aily Staff Reporter
The Forest Avenue parking structure
is proceeding on schedule to open in
July 2001 - just in time to help out
with the parking crunch of the Ann
Arbor Art Fair.
The new seven-story structure on the
corner of Forest and Willard Street is
unique to the Ann Arbor community in
that it is the first joint parking effort
between the University and the city.
"I think it is terrific anytime the com-
munity and the University can work
together to address challenges;' Down-
town Development Authority Director
Susan Pol lay said.
Thirty-two percent of the structure's
867 spaces will be blue permit parking
for University faculty and staff. The
remaining 68 percent of spaces will be
public spaces, with a minority of those
spaces being long-term parking.
The total cost of the structure is
shared between the University and city
in accordance with the percentage of
spaces each was allotted. The University
paid S6 million, the city picking up the
remaining $13 million cost.
The city-owned structure that previ-
ously occupied the space was demol-
ished in January. The cost $f renovating
the old structure was estimated to be
more than the cost of building a new
structure. There are many safety fea-
tures designed into the structure, such as
glass-walled stairwells. The glass "pro-
vides good visibility from the outside in ,
and good visibility for the pedestrian to
see around the stairwell," University
Plant Operations Planning Director
Susan Kirkpatrick said.
Elevators in the structure are also
glass-sided to alleviate safety concerns.
Because of the construct ion, Forest
Avenue is closed to southbound traffic
between South University Avenue and
Hill Street, and Willard Street is closed
east of Church Street.
While construction of the garage has
been an inconvenience for many who
normally drive and walk through the
area, at least one student suffered
injuries in the work zone.
Engineering junior Daniel Wyns was
riding his bike on the sidewalk on
Willard Street at about 9:30 p.m. Sept.
18. When Wyns reached Forest Avenue,
his bike suddenly dropped from under
him, he said, throwing him over his han-
dle bars, face first into the ground.
Two large, metal plates that were cov-
ering a 6-inch deep ditch were apart just
enough to allow the front wheel of
Wyns' bike, according to a Ann Arbor
Police Department report.
Wyns had to be taken to the Universi-
ty Hospitals' emergency room with his
four front teeth severely chipped and
"I have got to go home and get root
canals next week," Wyns said.
There was also an estimated $50
damage to Wyns' bike. IoT
According to the police report, ofi-
cers were able to push the metal plates
together, eliminating the gap.
The officers observed other plates in
the area with gaps between them and
said they were going to notify the city's
Street Maintenance Department.
The structure's project manager could
not be reached for comment.
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