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October 10, 2000
By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
Polling in recent weeks has shown
Republican incumbent U.S. Sen.
Spence Abraham with a notable edge
on challenger Debbie Stabenow - a
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some polls have put Stabenow - a
U.S Representative from Lansing -
either slightly behind or even with
Abraham, most independent polling in
recent weeks give the senator a
"One thing I know is true is that
*re ahead in this race," Abraham
spokesman Trent Wisecup said. "If
you look at credible independent sur-
veys then you'll see that Abraham is
ahead in all of them. It's fair to say
that Sen. Abraham has consistently
been ahead by 10 points in recent
The Stabenow campaign isn't pub-
See SENATE, Page 7
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From staff and wire reports
One former and two current Michi-
gan basketball players entered guilty
pleas yesterday to charges stemming
from their arrest in suburban Detroit
on Sept. 4.
geshmen Avery Queen and
Bnard Robinson both pled guilty
to being minors in possession of
alcohol. The two 19-year-olds
agreed to pay $150 in fines,
Nicholas Roumel, the players'
attorney, told The Associated Press.
Kevin Gaines, who Michigan
coach Brian Ellerbe dismissed from
the team for repeated violations of
team rules, also entered a guilty
plea for having an unlawful blood
See BASKETBALL, Page 7
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suspends alleged pedophile
By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
A pre-trial hearing has been set in the case of
the University employee accused of having sexu-
al relations with a 14-year-old boy.
Brian Allen Reed, 34, will appear for a pre-trial
hearing Nov. 14 in Washtenaw County Circuit
Court. He appeared Friday for a preliminary hearing.
According to the Pittsfield Township Depart-
ment of Public Safety, officers found Reed and
the 14-year-old boy in Reed's pickup in a Pitts-
field Township park the night of Sept. 27. Both
were unclothed when officers arrived.
Reed has worked in the Office of the Dean of
Students as coordinator of Student Organization
Accounts Services since June 8, 1998.
Scott Weinberg, Reed's lawyer, said the Uni-
versity suspended his client without pay. Reed is
free on a $25,000 bond that stipulates he may not
have contact with anyone under the age of 18.
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said
the University's policy of not discussing person-
nel prevents her from disclosing Reed's status,
but she did comment on the terms of his release.
"The University is aware of the terms of his
release on bond and is complying," Peterson said.
Weinberg has officially been charged with three
counts of third-degree criminal sexual misconduct,
which involves penetration but with less coercion
than first-degree criminal sexual misconduct.Wein-
berg said Reed does not deny having sexual rela-
tions with the boy, but said the boy deceived his
client. "He readily admitted it, because the young
man stated he was of age," Weinberg said.
Under Michigan law, the minimum age for
consensual sex is 16.
Weinberg also said it was the boy who proposi-
tioned Reed. "The young man asked my client to
take him to the park."
According to the Pittsfield Township DPS, Reed
picked the boy up at the Meijer store on Carpenter
Road the same night they were found together.
The boy said Reed first approached him in the
video rental section before the boy went outside
the store, where Reed drove by three times before
the boy accepted a ride.
See EMPLOYEE, Page 7
SHOOT TO KILL
face federal trial
for pnce fixing
By Lisa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
Retail mogul A. Alfred Taubman, one of the University's
largest benefactors, has come under fire from the courts
after allegations of price fixing surfaced involving the New
York auction house he once headed.
Taubman, who retired from Sotheby's auction house in
February, may face federal charges for an alleged price fix-
ing scheme since 1993 involving Sotheby's and Christie's
auction houses - which control 95 percent of the market.
Sotheby's Holdings Incorporated CEO, Diana Brooks,
along with the auction house, pleaded guilty to fixing com-
mission prices and fees last week.
Brooks indicated that one of her superiors knew of the
Taubman's Bloomfield Hills-based corporation manages
and operates some of the nation's premiere shopping facili-
A University alum, Taubman has donated many large
gifts to the University, the latest being $30 million given to
the University's College of Architecture and Urban Plan-
ning in June 1999, which led to the college's renaming in
Judy Malcolm, director of development communications
and donor relations, said Taubman's donations have benefit-
ed many areas of the University.
She said the nearly $37 million in funds donated over the
years have benefited scholarships in the financial aid office,
supported the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts
and lead to the creation of the Taubman Health Care Center
and the Taubman Medical Library.
Taubman is one of the key people under suspicion for
price fixing at Sotheby's, although he has not been charged.
University President Lee Bollinger said the University
had no idea about the suspicions surrounding Taubman
when the architecture and urban planning school was
named for him.
"The school was named before any of this became pub-
lic," Bollinger said. "Mr. Taubman is one of the most gener-
ous people ever in the history of the University. His $30
million gift is one of the largest gifts ever donated to a uni-
versity and the largest ever given to a school of architec-
Bollinger said there is no indication that any of the
money donated to the University was "tainted."
See TAUBMAN page 2
Members of the Society of Assassins fire their Nerf guns as they gather last night at the Michigan Union to discuss future games.
By Susan Loth
While walking back from a shower, LSA
freshman Rachel Appelblatt thought she was
safe - but she was wrong.
Dressed only in a towel, Appelblatt was
"stalked" and "killed" by an "assassin" - a
member of the Society of Assassins. They
have come to the University loaded with Nerf
guns, foam bullets, strategy and a list of stu-
dents to "kill"
"I was still in my towel. What a horrible,
although funny, way to die," Appelblatt said
in a written statement.
The society, currently boasting 113 mem-
bers, is a new club comprised of students
who participate in a "hunt and kill" type of
game with foam "bullets."
Students pick teams of five to work togeth-.
er to find and kill assassins on other teams in
the club. Participants choose their favorite
Nerf guns to eliminate other players.
The object of the game is to assassinate as
many people as possible by shooting them
with Nerf guns. Students pay $2 to partici-
pate. The money is pooled into a jackpot and
awarded to the last team standing.
Although there are some safe havens, stu-
dents can be shot almost anywhere at any-
time of day.
"There's a lot of paranoia when you walk
through the Diag," LSA junior Adam
Damerow said. "There are thousands of peo-
ple and anyone could be in the game."
See ASSASSINS, Page 7
Students forced to balance
religion, class on holiday
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
In addition to repenting, many Jewish students had
breakfast, lunch and dinner on their minds as they
broke the Yom Kippur fast last night.
Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, is the
10th day of repentance and is one of the most impor-
tant holidays of the Jewish faith.
Some students traveled home to celebrate the holi-
day with family and for those students who remained
at the University, on campus services ran through the
weekend and yesterday.
As a result of the holiday, many students in the Jew-
ish community chose to take the day off from classes.
Those students who aren't Jewish, like LSA sopho-
more Laura Nussel, may have noticed a drop in yester-
day's class attendance.
"There was a significant drop in the group in my
accounting class," Nussel said. "There are supposed to
be 300 students but today there seemed to be a lot of
LSA sophomore Jessica Ollendorff also noticed a
drop in attendance. "My criminology discussion is
more than half Jewish. I feel that (the University)
should take heed to more different groups' religious
needs. This is a really big holiday for the Jews," Ollen-
Nussel said, "I think it's a good idea to recognize
more religions and observe not all the holidays, but the
really important ones."
The University policy on religious observances con-
tains a clause that allows students to miss class if it
conflicts with their religious holidays.
University Dean of Students Frank Cianciola said
"the University has come out in honoring students'
Some students have trouble getting excused
absences from professors, said John Matlock, assistant
provost and director Office of Multicultural Affairs.
"They were instructed to talk to the department chair
or instructor and it was always resolved."
LSA freshman Sarah Kruman said that she experi-
enced some frustration since she was going to miss all
LSA freshmen Mike Seider, Nate Winter, Amy Jaick
and Lance Emanuel look over a prayer book.
of her classes.
"One of my professors was discussing what was
going to be on the midterm during the class I missed.
Now I'm going to have to go out of my way to get the
notes," Kruman said.
Unlike Kruman, LSA freshman Brett Mountain has
only experienced positive reactions to the holiday
See YOM KIPPUR, Page 7
Authors to read their work for students
By Jackie Reitzes
F'or the Daily
Following the first installment of the
series last month - a reading by J.D.
Dolan from his memoir, "Phoenix, A
Brother's Life," - poet Peter David-
Reading on Thursday is English
Prof. Richard Tillinghast, who teach-
es, English 313 on Beat Generation
works, offered this semester, and Eng-
Southern voices such as William
Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren and
John Crowe Ransom. Growing up
in the South and later attending
Throughout the semester, mem-