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SC R I M E

L O C A L /S T A T E Tw o w a y s .4 r o n e e
wo wa Sor one: State Street debated

Woman finds
Scott posters
harrassing
A female student reported Monday
afternoon that her ex-fiance, against
whom she has filed a personal protec-
tion order, was harassing her, Depart-
ment of Public Safety reports state.
The student told officers that she
thinks her ex-fiance has been harass-
ing her by leaving signs taped to the
sidewalk and the Rock saying "Do you
agree with Scott?"
DPS reports state a report was filed,
* Keys break IM
building window
A set of keys was thrown through
a window of the Intramural Sports
Building early Tuesday morning, DPS
reports state.
DPS did not report having any sus-
pects in the incident.
Men seen trying
to take bike, DPS
has no suspects
Two young men were reported
attempting to steal a bicycle Tuesday
afternoon from the Northwood V hous-
ing complex on North Campus, DPS
reports state.
The two subjects are described as
approximately 15 to 17 years old. The
taller of the two was wearing a white
t-shirt with a light blue baseball cap
and the other was described as wear-
ing red clothing.
DPS did not report having any sus-
pects in the incident.
Vehicles collide
waiting for traffic
light to change
A vehicle was reported having been
struck by another vehicle on Varsity
Street late Tuesday afternoon, DPS
reports state.
The man driving one of the vehicles
reported that he was waiting for a red
light to change when he accidentally
backed into the other vehicle.
Shoes stolen from
Medical Center
A pair of shoes was reported stolen
from the East Medical Center of the
University Hospitals early Wednesday
morning, DPS reports state.
DPS did not report having any sus-
pects in the incident.
Rubber figurines
reported stolen
Three rubber figurines were reported
stolen Wednesday morning from an
office in the Clinical Delivery build-
ing on South State Street, DPS reports
state.
An incident report was filed but DPS
did not report having any suspects in
the incident.
Graffiti found in
Stockwell elevator
Graffiti was reported Wednesday
afternoon in an elevator in Stock-
well Residence Hall, DPS reports
state:

DPS did not report the nature of the
graffiti nor did it report having any
suspects in the incident.
Pinball machine
broken into in EQ
An East Quadrangle Residence Hall
pinball machine was reported having
been broken into Wednesday evening,
DPS reports state.
DPS did not report having any sus-
pects in the incident.
'U' bus reverses
into parked car
A University bus backed into a vehicle
parked on Baxter Street on Wednesday
evening, DPS reports state.
The vehicle sustained damage to the
front bumper and driver's side head-
light. The bus sustained no damage.
Compiled by Daily Staff Repo-ter
Caitlin Nish.

By James Restivo
Daily Staff Reporter
When Anne Remley came to the University in
1948, she found walking in Ann Arbor unusually
difficult.
Until the 1960s, State Street and its surround-
ing areas were all two-way streets.
"It was chaos for students crossing the street,"
Remley said.
When changed to its current layout, Remley
said, "It was fantastic, and a lot easier to cross the
street."
But Remley's frustrations could return .as City
Council prepares to vote next week on a pro-
posal to convert State Street to a two-way street
system..
Susan Pollay, executive director of the Down-
town Development Project, said studies done by the

schools of Public Policy and Urban Development
show two-way streets will slow down traffic.
City council member Chris Kolb (D-Ward V)
said he approves of the proposal.
"I'm in favor. There is a huge problem trying
to get from one place to another, especially for
out-of-town visitors," Kolb said.
But Kolb, who is running for state representative
in the 53rd District, warned that next week's elec-
tion will have an impact on the council's decision.
The proposed two-way State Street was just
one of the issues covered in the community meet-
ing last night to discuss the possible renovations
to the center of Ann Arbor.
"State is the biggest pedestrian improvement
area," Pollay said. "It is where the town and Uni-

surrounded by Thayer, William, Division and
Washington streets.
The plans are geared toward improving and
utilizing of State Street, while still maintaining
its "sense of character," said Peter Pollack, one
of the design team members.
Through the meeting, Pollack showed numer-
ous slides of the area, demonstrating its wide
amount of uses to both the University and the
community. His team has been researching this
area for two years to assess where improvements
could be made. They have concluded that State
Street is "too cluttered," which affects those who
live and work around it.
The purpose of the meeting was to get com-
munity feedback on what needs to be done in that
part of town. During public comments, residents
focused on the lighting of the area.
The current system, which uses Halide lights,

that leave the street "dimly lit."
Ann Arbor resident Michael Kelley said the
black and white lights are the ugliest he's "seen
on earth."
"They are counter-productive to highly pro-
ductive intellectual activity," Kelley said. "The
ugliness the of unnatural light causes a stressful
state of mind."
Other community members agreed that the lack
of light makes them feel, "scared and alone."
Pollack said the city hopes to remedy these types
of problems with the State Street Area Project.
Pollay said the key to the renovation is the ini-
tial approval of two-way streets. "If the council
approves it, we can start doing other changes at
the same time."
Pollack said his team expects to submit a pro-
posal to City Council by February, with a con-
struction starting next May.

versity come together to
of people." The meeting
tion ideas for the areas

serve various groups
encompassed renova-
just west of campus,

Heavy metal

Students study in Africa;
offer education on AIDS

By Lizzie Ehrle
Daily Statf Reporter
University students took action to help fight against
the HIV and AIDS crisis in South Africa through a new
summer study-abroad program.
Nesha Haniff, professor in the Center for Afro-Amer-
ican and African Studies and the Women's Studies
department, organized a trip in which 14 students trav-
eled to South Africa to educate people about HIV and
AIDS.
Students worked with local elementary school teach-
ers, traditional healers and members of a South African
gay and lesbian alliance to educate them about HI V,
how it is transmitted, how it can be prevented and what
can be done for people with IIV or AIDS.
"The objective was to teach them in a way that they
could teach young South Africans," said recent Uni-
versity graduate Leseliey Welch during lecture on the
program at the Center for Afro-American and African
Studies.
"I learned so much from them about what their com-
munities are like and what their lives are like, she
said.
Welch said after they trained the teachers, University
students watched teachers put the information into
action in their classrooms.
One teacher introduced condoms to her first-grade
students to prevent the students from mistaking them as
a balloon they could play with.
The different culture did sometimes pose problems
with language barriers, Welch said.
One traditional healer, Welch said, could not speak
English.

"The objective was to teach
(students) in a way that they
could teach young South
Africans"
- Leseliey Welch
University alum
"One of the things that made it easier for her was my
voice," Welch said.
"She liked my voice and it made her more.comfort-
able," she said.
The program, titled "The Pedagogy of Action: The
Crisis of HIV and AIDS in South Africa," involved a six
week tour of three African cities - Capetown, Johan-
nesburg and Durban.
The students worked with people living in the local
townships and received six academic credits for their
wivork.
In the six weeks Michigan students spent in Africa,
the information they spread was estimated to reach
about 2.000 people, Haniff said.
The education was centered around a module, devel-
oped by Haniff, that is "structured to teach nonliterate
people about HIV and HIV prevention," she said.
Additional undergraduate students, who participated
in the program, will discuss their experiences in similar
Brown Bag discussions on Nov. 16 and 30.
The program will not be held in 2001, but may be
offered again in summers to come.

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By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
There are places past the Rock, the
Stadium and Pier Pont Commons for
students looking to get involved in Ann
Arbor.
Clubs and organizations represent-
ing any interest imaginable - from
birds, photography, public speaking
and dream interpretation to religion,
performing arts, singing, dancing are
scattered across the city.
"I haven't counted them, but there's
an awful lot," said John Hilton. a Web-
master for arhorweh. corm, which gives
a list of activities and clubs on any
given night. The clubs "just reflect the
tremendous diversity of interests Ann
Arborites have - everything from
Bonsai to environmental activism."
Although the majority of members
of these clubs are Ann Arbor residents,
most clubs are willing to accept any
interested students. Most groups have
meetings with anywhere from five to
45 members.
"Most of our members are 20 to 30
years old, but we have members of all
ages and stripes. We're a very congenial
group," said Ann Arbor Camera Club
member Margaret Bond, a 69-year-old
retired Ann Arbor resident.
Bond said one reason for the great
variety and number of activities and
groups in the city is tied to the diver-
sity of people living in Ann Arbor.
There are many other reasons for the
amount of the unique groups in Ann
Arbor. "Birds ofa feather flock together,"
said the Ann Arbor Cage Bird Club sec-
retary, Debbie Goodacker.
Rebecca Mullen, leader of the Ann
Arbor Dream Club, said the city's
sophistication helps contribute to the
number of activities.
In the Dream Group, which has six
members, one person describes a dream,
and the other members participate by
interpreting the dream as if they had
experienced it, Mullen said. Interpreta-
tions are based on spiritual perspectives,
such as Buddhism. The group's meetings

arc held at Mullen's home.
"I work with the whole person.
said Mullen, a social worker who runs
the group. "Dreams come from within,
like a mirror."
Many of the clubs keep members
active with weekly or monthly meet-
ngs. projects and special events.
The Cave Bird Club hosted their 3rd
annual Birdie Olympics last month.
More than 30 competitors. including
parakeets and cockatoos, participated
in events such as aerial acrobatics,
a fireman's ladder climb, and finest
feathers. The group also holds monthly
programs about bird care topics, and
hosts pet exhibitions.
Cockatoos outnumber other birds as
pets found in the club. "They are a real
cuddly bird, but very demanding. It's
like having a two-year-old around for-
ever," said Goodacker, a Dearborn resi-
dent. She estimates the number of birds
she owns to be at 120.
For those that would like to hone their
speech writing skills, the Toastmaster's
Club has five branches in the Ann Arbor-
area. The club consists mainly of Ann
Arbor residents who want to build confi-
dence in public speaking.
"We are a growing organization in
the U.S. and in Ann Arbor. Mainly
because Ann Arbor is a concentrated
population and a lot of people want
to be professionals. People understand
that public speaking is important," said
Arthur Clarke, governor of Ann Arbor
Toastmasters Club.
Members write speeches specifi-
cally to present for the group. Other
group members offer advice and praise
for the completed work.
University alum Bruce Field said he
gave new life to the Ann Arbor juggling
club when he met professional juggler
Josh Casey, who was juggling in the
Diag. The group's mailing list now has
more than 50 members and a core group
of six or seven members. On Sundays,
the group gathers on the Diag or in East
H all to showcase their skills,juggling the
standard of three to 10 balls to juggler's
knives to specially designed torches.

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