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y Louie Meizlish
aily Staff Writer
Across the Midwest, local and caml
departments are either planning or c
studies to determine whether their off
file drivers according to race.
Ann Arbor police have been collectii
pedestrians and motorists that offi,
stopped since this August. This data ir
motorist or pedestrian's race, gender
part of the city in which they were stop
Ann Arbor Councilwoman Elisab
D-Ward V) sponsored the resoliu
instructed police to collect this data.
."I feel I've observed it," Daley said.
She alluded to her previous job c
tables at local restaurants and noti
blacks were frequently being stopp
police, "but not the white guy," she sai
The council will soon be asking for
individuals and companies to analyze t
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's D
as also been gathering data of its
since late July, including the suspect':
data they collect will be shipped to
Lamberth of Temple University, whc
similar data in lawsuits against the stat
State o
By Hanna LoPatin
aily Sta ffReporter
The new slate of the Michigan
House of Representatives -- which
kept the 58-52 Republican majority
after last week's elections c- hose its
leaders for the next term this week.
Rep. Rick Johnson (R-LeRoy) was
elected speaker of the House, replac-
ing Rep. Chuck Perricone (R-Kalama-
o Twp.) who leaves in January due
o term limits.
"I'm grateful for the confidence my
colleagues have in my leadership and
work ethic." Johnson, who will be
serving his second term, said in a writ-
ten statement.
Johnson chaired the House Trans-
nortation Committee and the Republi-
can Campaign Committee in his first
term.
"This is good news for northern
ichigan, as well. It's been nearl\ 50
years since a speaker hailed rnm up
north." he said

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irfiling investigated;LEONARD
Continued from Page IA
of Detoit in 1950 with a joint degree in
English and Philosophy, Leonard went
to work fior Campbell-Ewald Advertis-
ing before investing himself in his writ-
SLeonard has mostly written westerns
and thrillers.

Jersey and Maryland regarding allegations of
racial profiling against their respective state
police departments.
The county, in addition'to the study, holds a
two-day seminar for officers to teach them the
importance of cultural awareness and effective
communication in law enforcement.
The county "didn't want to wait for a community
rising" to investigate the issue, but rather it wanted
"to hold itself accountable," said Commander Jerry
Clayton of the Sheriff's Department.
Before the end of the year, the Department of
Public Safety hopes to begin a study of racial
profiling on campus.
The difficulty lies in the department's current
record keeping system, which does already con-
tain some data. But, "it's in a record system that
doesn't provide analyzes for these fields," DPS
spokeswoman Diane Brown
Campus police departments at othe universi-
ties have begun investigations already.
The University of Wisconsin at Madison
Police began to offer its officers the choice to
collect a motorist's sex, race and age in July. The
process became mandatory a week ago. Before
last week, 80 percent of the officers were volun-
tarily collecting data.
Wisconsin has no plans for data analyzation,

although it will make the data available to anyone
who requests it. The study, said Capt. Dale Burke,
"helps build trust. It is something the community
wants and the community expects." The data, Burke
stressed "is not the only answer to the question. The
data is merely a crumb along the trail. You need to
keep following the trail."
Michigan State University police have also
begun collecting data. Prof. Charles Corley from
the Michigan State School of Criminal Justice
will analyze the data. The study has no set ter-
mination date, but new data will be re-evaluated
every two years.
The department will also issue a brochure
titled "What Should I do if I am Stopped by the
Police?" During each semester, there will also
be three police-minority student partnerships
designed so that minority students and police
can "get to know each other. That's where the
fear comes in - they don't know what we're all
about," Lt. Kelly Beck said.
Daley and Deputy Police Chief Don Leach
both said they think the study in itself will
reduce racial profiling, but one downside that
Daley mentioned was that since every police
officer has to collect data on the people he or
she stops, "they will be less inclined to have
casual interactions" with them.

In 1992 Mystery Writers gave
Leonard the Grand Master Award, and
three of his books have been nominated
for the Edgar Allen Poe award.
University spokesman Gary Krenz
said he admires the work of Leonard
and supports the selection of Leonard as
speaker.
"We wanted someone who's a good
public speaker, but beyond that, this per-
son has to have the potential to say
something meaningful and memorable
to the graduating students," Krenz said.
"Elmore ILeonard seems to fit that bill."
Two others will receive honorary
degrees from the University. Lin Ju
Ying, honorary president of the Chinese
Nurses Association, will be awarded
with an honorary doctor of science
degree from the Nursing School, and
John Tishman, CEO of Tishman Reality
in New York, will receive a doctor of
engineering degree.
Tishman, a graduate from the Engi-

Thursday, November 16, 2000 - 5A
neering School in 1946, has overseen
construction of several renowned build-
ings in the United States, including the
World Trade Center in New York, the
Renaissance Theater in Detroit and the
Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando.
Dean of Engineering, Steve Director
said he is delighted with the honorary
degree committee's selection of Tish-
man for this honor.
"John Tishman has just made tremen-
dous contributions that have impacted
the lives of many many people," Direc-
tor said.
"He's a pioneer in the advance of
modern technology.'
Degree recipients are chosen by thy;
University Board of Regents based 6n
administrative recommendations.
Leonard currently lives in suburb Of
Detroit with his wife.
His most recent novel, "Pagan
Babies," about genocide in Rwanda,
was published last September and spent
four weeks on the New York Times
Bestsellers list.
Alok Agrawal, a graduating Engi-,
neering senior, said he is pleased that
the University has chosen-,such a promi:
nent speaker for commencement.
"I'm glad that the University finally
chose such a notable speaker," he said.
"It's my graduation. It's somewhat of ai
big deal."

;use chooses new speaker

MSA
Continued from Page1A
The Michigan Party is reaching out
to students personally during the edec-
tions.
"We are talking to a lot of students
and spreading by word of mouth"' said
party leader and candidate Doug Tietz.
Michigan Party member Eric Roed-
er, who is running for one of the three

MSA engineering seats that are open,
said he is concentrating his final cam-
paigning on North Campus.
"It is the highest percentage ofengi,
neers of any of the dorms," Roeder
said. "It is also nice to include Nortlh
Campus because they sometimes tend.
to feel excluded."
Students can vote at
wmrw. unmic/h.eudus/-riotc until 11:59,
p.m. tonight.

As speaker, Johnson will serve as
the House's chief spokesman, develop
the GOP agenda and appoint members
and heads of all committees.
Rep. Patricia Birkholz (R-
Saugatuck) was elected speaker pro
tempore 1or the, second year in a row.
"I'm very honored to be selected by
my colleagues for another year," Birk-
holz said.
Of Johnson, Birkholz said, "I think
Rick will do a fine job. I'm looking
forward to working with him."
Johnson beat out current floor
leader Rep. Andrew Raczkowski (R-
Farmington Hills), as well as Reps.
Charlie LaSata (R-St. Joseph) Mark
Jansen (R-Kentwood) and John Pappa-
george (R-Troy) by earning the 30
votes needed to win the post.
Republicans also chose Bruce Pat-
terson (R-Canton) to serve as majority
floor leader, replacing Raczkowski.
The Democratic party selected sec-
ond-term Rep. Kwame Kilpatrick (D-
Detroit) as their leader. He will be the

"I don't know anyone who doesn't get
along with Kwame."
- Rep. John Hansen
D-Dexter

first black representative to achieve
such high positioning in the Michigan
State House.
Rep. John Hansen (D-Dexter) said
he feels Kilpatrick will be an excellent
leader for the party.
"I don't know anyone who doesn't
get along with Kwame," he said.
Hansen said he is also pleased with
the election of Johnson and feels that
the two men will be able to lead a
more harmonious State House than
has existed in the past.
The Republican majority has shut
the Democrats out of the process, but
Johnson is likely to be more inclusive,
Hansen said.
"1 think we'll all feel a little bit bet-

ter about coming into work," Hansen
said. "It will be less humiliating."
Elections for Republican leaders
was temporarily interrupted Tuesday
when Rep. Doug Hart (R-Rockford)
was sent to the hospital after com-
plaining of numbness and dizziness.
While Hart remained in Sparrow
Hospital in Lansing yesterday for the
completion of tests, Amy Richey, a
spokeswoman from his office, said that
the representative is doing well.
Republicans finished the elections
Tuesday night without Hart.
Besides Kilpatrick, the Democrats
elected Gilda Jacobs (D-Huntington
Woods) as floor leader. They will fin-
ish their elections on Nov. 27.

BAS KETBALL
Continued from Page1IA
around last year's freshman class," said
Michigan Marketing Director Tom
Brooks of the 425-ticket drop-off. "We
feel that this year has another good
freshman class, and it's just a matter of
time before we get people excited
about this class."
But Michigan's freshmen continue
to face into a variety of problems. The
Wolverines lost three of its five fresh-
men from last season, including fan
favorite Jamal Crawford.
"It definitely in play for a lot of peo-
ple most of the news you hear in the
media is negative," Miller said. "I real-
ly think it turns a lot of the fans off."
This season, Michigan is picked to
finish anywhere from sixth to ninth in
the Big Ten, according to most pre-
season publications. The Wolverines

finished"eighth last season (6-10 Big,
Ten, 15-14 overall), and for many stpw
dents, team success equals interest.
At least one other Big Ten school is*
having trouble selling student tickets.
Minnesota's student ticket sales dropped
more than halfto just under 600.
But, unlike Michigan, the entire:
Golden Gophers basketball prograt'i
fell off the mountain after an acadernc
scandal gutted the program. Minnesota;
will likely battle Northwestern for the
cellar position in the Big Ten.
Brooks said Michigan students can
still purchase a student-ticket package,
which is now S81 for niie games, as
the Wolverines already played their
two home exhibitions.
Student ticket holders receive a free:
Maize Rage T-shirt, which can be
picked up at the first three regular-sca-
son home games (starting Tuesday) by.
showing a valid M-Card.

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