Wednesday, September 6, 2000 - The Michigan Daily - 5A
'Father in disbelief over
By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
After two weeks, Charles Heisinger still
has trouble accepting the events surround-
ing the death of his son.
-"I still pinch myself because'I can't
believe it happened," Heisinger, of St.
Louis, said yesterday.
Heisinger's 24-year-old son Kevin was
beaten to death by a man said to suffer from
paranoid schizophrenia on Aug. 24 in the
bathroom of the Kalamazoo bus-train sta-
Kevin Heisinger was on his way home to
Fvanston, Ill., after his orientation at the
niversity's School of Social Work.
Police say the most disturbing aspect of
the crime is that witnesses to the mid-after-
noon crime failed to contact them despite
. seeing and hearing the struggle.
Police operate a substation at the opposite
end of the bu's station.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety
Lt. Joseph Taylor said people at the station
heard screams coming from the station's
One man later said he saw Heisinger lay-
ing in a pool of blood, but it was a 9-year-
old boy who finally prompted someone to
Officers were able to reach the scene 19
seconds after they were alerted.
"It would have been nice if someone had
contacted us a little earl
Officers arrested Wi
away as he apparently
hijack a bus.
His hands were bloo
"Scumbags and I
"All they had to do w
have to stop what was g
Kevin Heisinger, w
year, "wouldn't harm af
Police believe Kevin
came at the hands of B
year-old Ypsilanti man
of mental illness.
ier," he said. Williams' b
illiams a few blocks ney, served as
fled after trying to during his ar
dy and swollen, Tay- lawyer.
owlifes," Charles investigationt
whether he is c
vas yell. They didn't "He's been a
oing on." over 20 years,"
ho graduated from Brian Willia
ty in Evanston this tion, but it was
flea," his father said. been taking it,1
n Heisinger's death "He was onI
rian Williams, a 40- father," AmosN
with a long history "It's just av
family is ver
of grad student
rother Amos, a Detroit attor- killing of this young man who happened to
counsel for Brian Williams be in the wrong place at the wrong time."
raignment on open murder Amos Williams said he has had no con-
expects to continue as his tact with Heisinger's father and does not
ams has requested a forensic "1 sent him a letter from all of us express-
of his brother to determine ing our deep grief and sorrow," Amos
ompetent to stand trial. Williams said.
mental patient on and off for Charles Heisinger also said he is not sure
Amos Williams said. about claims that his son* alleged assailant
ims had been off his medica- was mentally ill and said he will attend a
unclear how long he had not trial, if there is one.
his brother said. "He was a good kid," he said. "He always
his way to Chicago to see our wanted to help people - any race, any
Williams said. color. He used to always help his friends.
very tragic incident, and my ie would tutor them and they could always
y distressed over it - the go up to him."
University unions boast.
new eateries this semester
Big Mac attack
X11 Mrs. Field's, Villa
Pizza scheduled to open
soon in Union
By Ginnefer Cox
and Caitlin Nish
Daily Staff Reporters
Freshmen are not the only new
faces on campus this fall, as reno-
vations have brought four new
Wateries to the Michigan Under-
ground and Pierpont Commons.
Magic Wok already is open in the
MUG, and McDonald's has
replaced Little Caesar's Pizza in the
Villa Pizza and Mrs. Field's
Cookies plan to open in the Union
by the end of next week. Their
spaces were formerly occupied by
ittle Caesar's and Y&S Yogurt.
The leases for both )&S and Lit-
tile Caesar's ended this year. Y&S
was not interested in staying in the
MUG, and the University did not
allow Little Caesar's to renew its
i lia Pizza olfe s a oroa dr
menu base of items than Little Cae-
sar's," said John Brockett, interim
director of the University unions.
"Although they will primarily
serve pizza, there will be a broader
range of foods and dinner style
Brockett said the variety of menu
items and hours of operation fac-
tored into decisions regarding the
"Where McDonald's opens for
breakfast at 8 a.m., Little Caesar's
doesn't open until 11 a.m.," Brock-
McDonald's aiso is working with
the University to offer a wider
selection of food at Pierpont Coin-
McDonald's will be the only
eatery in the North Campus union
to serve breakfast, and it also plans
to experiment with serving deli-
style sandwiches and wraps.
The Union's new additions also
LSA senior Reena Newton said
she looks forward to having new
options for food in the Union.
"I am a big fan of Chinese food,
and I am happy that the Union will
have a Chinese restaurant for me to
go to," Newton said.
An advisory board comprised of
students, faculty and from the Pier-
pont Commons, the Union and the
Michigan League helped choose the
"They had input into the compa-
nies we were looking at," Brockett
said. Negotiations lasted roughly a
year, and the committee had hoped
to have all the eateries open by the
first day of class.
"It would be nice to offer the
same things in each building but
there are space limitations," Brock-
The restaurants in each Union are
dependent upon what space is avail-
able, and the actual locations of the
eateries hinge upon the needs of
The renovations are the first round
of several changes in the unions, as
the leases end next year for the
Wendy's franchises in the Union and
the League and the Subway in the
"We've been so intent on getting
these operations open, wve haven't
given much thought yet to the oth-
ers," Brockett said.
Thousands of walkers cross the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day for the 42nd annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. Michigan
Governor John Engler led the walk across the five-mile span that connects Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
'Festifall organizers aim to recruit
students for extra-curriculars
By Rachel Green
Student groups invading the Diag tomorrow
hope to inflate their numbers with new faces on
campus and congregating im the campus center
for Festifall on a busier class day might aid their
Melita Mitchell, interim ass'stant director for
campus activities and programs, said she expects
more than 300 out of the University's nearly 900
student groups to be represented at this year's
Festifall, which will begin at I la.n tomorrow
nd run until 4 p.m. on the Diag.
"Mitchell said complaints about a new day for
the event haven't made it to her desk.
"Students haven't communicated any coin-
plaints to me about Festifall being on a Thurs-
day. We chose to change the day because there is
simply more traffic in the Diag on Thursdays,"
But because Thursday is known as a busy class
day, some groups are concerned that fewer stu-
dents will want to stop by Festifall, the event
*hich showcases University student organiza-
Last year, the Student Activities Leadership
Council chose to move Festifall from the first
Friday of classes to the first Thursday to attract
"Festifall is the first great opportunity for groups to
give a wide range of exposure to students. Students
get to see what this campus has to offer beyond
University Activities Center president
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LSA senior Daniel Berebitsky, a member of
the University's Gilbert and Sulivan Society, a
group which celebrates the work of the com-
posers, said he did not notice an increase in stu-
dent traffic last year during Festifall's first
"It was a little more difficult to find people to
work the booths since most of our officers are
students, and going to classes is more important
than working our booth," Berebitsky said.
Berebitsky said he would like.tq see Festifall
switched back to Friday.
"It would give students more time to wander
around and visit all of the booths," he said.
By moving Festifall to a Thursday, Jeffrey
Wank, head of both Laugh Track and Comedy
Club, said he believes the change is better
because, "you have more people that can see
your booth, even if they only pass through and
pick up a flyer."
Mitchell said Festifall's main objective is to
familiarize students groups active on campus
and the different resources at the University.
But some student leaders said they think that
the booths serve an even more important pur-
"Festifall is the first great opportunity for
groups to give a wide range of exposure to stu-
dents. Students get to see what this campus has
to offer beyond academics," said Jordan Litwin,
president of the University Activity Center.
"Festifall is one of the only opportunities for
group leaders to get to speak directly with inter-
ested students, a benefit that online student
groups directories such as Maize Pages cannot
offer," Litwin said.
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