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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 23, 2001-- 3


'U' faculty member fills city council seat

assault reported
South Quad
A student from another university
assaulted his girlfriend in South Quad
Residence Hall on Saturday evening,
grabbing her by the neck and throw-
in g her to the ground, Department of
Public Safety reports state. She did
not need medical attention.
Top of pine tree
taken from Arb
#he top 4 to 6 feet of a pine tree in
the Nichols Arboretum was discov-
ered missing Thursday morning. DPS
reported that the top of the tree was
maliciously cut with some type of saw
between Jan. 12 and 13.
DPS recovers
:tolen street sign
early Friday morning DPS recov-
ered a stolen street sign. The sign was
recovered from subjects in the 700
block of Tappan Street, reports state.
Window broken
in South Quad
DPS reported a broken window in
South Quadrangle early Friday morn-
ing. The window had possibly been
hroken by a beer bottle.
*men caught
sleeping in lounge
Six male subjects were found sleep-
ing in the Madrigal Lounge of East
Qud Residence Hall on Friday morn-
ing. DPS reports stated the subjects
were waiting for a class to begin.
ards reported
olen from wallet
A caller reported a wallet stolen-
Thursday afternoon DPS- reports state.
An M-Card and Blockbuster card were
stolen from the wallet, which was sit-
ting on top of a backpack at the com-
puting site in Angell Hall. The caller
had left the area momentarily and upon
returning, discovered the wallet had
ben entered and the cards stolen.
arijuana detected,
found in East Quad
DPS officers responded to a report
Friday evening that someone in East
Quad Residence Hall smelled mari-
juana. No arrests were made but a
small amount of marijuana was recov-
Ban found passed
out in West Hall
A custodian at West Hall alerted
OeS to a male subject passed out in
the'men's restroom on the ground
floor near the Engineering Arch on
Friday night. The subject was escorted
from~ the building.
Door at S. Quad
Igcked in, ruined
DPS reported early Saturday morn-
igljhat an unknown subject kicked in
nr damaged the door of a student's
$c th Quad Residence Hall room. A
ock:was placed inside the resident's
room so that the room would be

secure while they were inside. Main-
tenance will replace the door.
%re extinguisher
missing, replaced
ADPS officer discovered a fire
extinguisher missing while patrolling
East Quad Residence Hall Saturday
night.-A new extinguisher was placed
in the cabinet.
3 people arrested
for marijuana use
*group of about 5 people was
investigated on Palmer Field Saturday
night DPS reports said. Three people
were arrested on charges of posses-
sion of marijuana. One person had an
additional charge of minor in posses-
sion of alcohol.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Kristen Beaumont.

By James Restivo
D~aily Staff Reporter
After Wendy Woods was unanimously
approved to fill the vacant Ward V City Council
seat last night, she said she felt "energized and
excited" as she was sworn in and given her seat
in chambers.
Woods, who works on the Academic Standards
Committee in the LSA Academic Affairs office
at the University, achieved victory over eight
other applicants from the city.
Christopher Easthope (D-Ward V) said he was
very pleased with the choice the council made
for the other representative from his ward.
"Given we had nine candidates, it was difficult
considering they all had a lot of experience in the
city," Easthope said. "She showed real leadership,
and that is the defining issue."
The seat has been vacant since the council
approved the resignation of state Rep. Chris Kolb
The Union two-step

(D-Ann Arbor) at the Jan. 8 City Council meet-
"I don't think anybody will ever take the place
of Chris Kolb," Easthope said. "But I believe
(Woods) will forge her own identity." Woods,
who received training in environmental policy,
has lived in Ann Arbor since 1969 and said she is
very concerned with the city's environmental
"I am in favor of the preservation of open

very articulate - very informed," Hieftje said.
"What it came down to was the numerous boards
and committees she has served on - it really
tipped the scales"
Woods has served as chair of the Ann Arbor
Solid Waste Commission, vice-chair for the
Parks Advisory Commission as well as being
active on the Environmental Commission.
In addition to environmental issues, Woods
hopes to "bridge the gap" between the city and

spaces," Woods said. "Ann Arbor has the history the University.
of an area that was populated by trees, and our "I don't see a big difference between issues
natural landscape is extremely important. I'm a that would separate city issues and students,"
firm believer in the policy, think locally, act local- Woods said. "We need to get students and com-
fy." munity members talking to each other."
Newly elected Democratic Mayor John Hieft- Easthope said although the city and the Uni-
je, who oversaw the intense questioning of the versity have been working together already "it
applicants by council and community members can't hurt to have a better relationship." Easthope
last week, said he was "very enthused" about also said issues such as sewers, infrastructure
Wood's approval last night. improvements and finishing the budget will be on
"We had several candidates that we felt were the list of the council's concerns in the upcoming
_ ed. School o

Hieftje said although the gap between the city
and the University is frequently talked about, the
problem isn't a great one.
"There's going to be even more cooperation in
the future. In about two years, people won't even
talk about the gap anymore," Hieftje said. "We
look forward to better relations all the time."
Woods, also a member of the President's Advi-
sory Commission on Women's Issues at the Uni-
versity, is also hoping to ensure safety in the city.
"Whether you are a student or a community
member, a perpetrator in the dark wouldn't know
that" Woods said. "There especially needs to be
more lighting for the students who walk to cam-
Woods, who not only took her seat but also
exercised her vote last night, retains the seat until
elections on Nov. 6 of this year. She said she will
run for a full term, granted she is "making a dif-
ference to her constituents."
pens minl

courses to all interested

By Susan Luth
Students interested in attending the University's Medical
School will no longer have to push through long years of
education and tuition to gain knowledge of the medical
field. Instead, the Medical School is now offering a program
that allows students to try out this field of study in a six-
week program.
The "Mini Medical School" begins in March and runs
through April of this year. It is designed for members of
the community who want a better understanding of the
human body and the diseases that inhibit it. The courses
are intended to be fairly basic, have no prerequisites and
cannot be taken for credit.
"This is a pretty unique program," said program coordinator
Marilyn Sommers, a senior staff assistant at the Medical
School. "You don't have to have any biology background or
anything at all."
The classes are encouraged for people of all ages, not
just students.
"We want to get people in Ann Arbor involved in the
Medical School," Sommers said. "It's geared towards adults
but it's there for everyone."
Although the course won't lead to a degree, it will be free
of exams, lab work with cadavers and the studying that usu-
ally accompany study in the medical field.
Topics to be studied range from anatomy and
immunology to genetics and diseases. The classes will
meet Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. in Medical Sci-
ence Building II. The cost is $30 for students and $60
for community members.
The Medical School will also let people who want to
attend individual sessions as opposed to the whole pro-
gram attend for a fee of $10 per session. However, Som-
mers said taking one individual class can be risky
because of the fact that classes fill up fast and spots are

"We want to get people in
Ann Arbor involved in the
Medical School."
- Marilyn Sommers
Medical School senior staff assistant
not always guaranteed.
The Mini-Med program was conceived based on pilot-pro-
grams that ran at other major university medical schools
across the country.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical School has conducted
a similar program for two years. During the first year, more
than 550 people enrolled for the free classes with almost 425
on a waiting list.
"It was a remarkable success," Pittsburgh Director of Acad-
emic Affairs David Havern said. "In less than 10 working
days, it was completely full. We were really tickled by it."
Like the University of Michigan, Havern said the program
was designed to reach out to the community and bring them
into the Medical School to see how expansively the medical
center there is used.
"It was really a community outreach for us," Havern
said. "It accomplished what we wanted to do there."
Although the program is just making its debut at the Uni-
versity of Michigan, Havern said he is convinced that it will
be widely received, as it has been received well almost every-
where it has been introduced.
Registration for the Mini-Med School began earlier this
month and will continue until its 200 spaces are filled. There
is no admissions process, as applicants are admitted on a first-
come-first-served basis. Those who wish to apply for the pro-
gram can get more information by calling the Medical School
at 763-9600.

Ramona Gomez, an LSA sophomore, and Mike Castle, a University Hospitals
employee, dance to some Latin music in the Michigan Union's U Club.
U ,,."
U. ittsburgh fights
ban on alcohol ads

By Emily Hebert
For the Daily
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's
denial of their appeal Tuesday, the
University of Pittsburgh newspaper
will take its case to a lower court, hop-
ing to overturn a 1996 Pennsylvania
law prohibiting school-affiliated publi-
cations from running alcohol-related
Preceding the Supreme Court's
denial to hear the case, a U.S. District
Court judge also denied the petition
filed by The Pitt News.
But because the Third Circuit Court
of Appeals - which is a higher
authority than the District Court -
ruled in favor of The Pitt News' right
to appeal on First Amendment
grounds, the paper will be able to
introduce additional evidence during
the trial.
"It's a stupid and short-sighted law
and they aren't going to curb under-
age drinking by this law at all," said
Rehan Nasir, Editor in Chief of The
Pitt News. Nasir said students are
exposed to alcohol advertisements
constantly on campus, in alternative
newspapers such as The Pittsburgh
City Paper.
Although The Pittsburgh City
Paper is not affiliated with the Uni-
versity, Nasir says that the paper
also targets students and is sold
alongside The Pitt News at many
University locations.
Says Nasir, "we're doing this
because we believe it's completely
wrong. We're doing this for other
school newspapers in Pennsylvania
and for advertisers not financially

The ACLU is providing legal coun-
sel on behalf of the Pitt News. ACLU
lawyer Vic Walczak is arguing the
The Pitt News is the only Pennsyl-
vania school newspaper taking legal
action, but others agree with their
Gary Hamilton, General Manager
of Penn State University's newspa-
per, The Collegian, said the paper
also believes the law to be unconsti-
Like The Pitt News, The Colle-
gian faces competition frorn alter-
native newspapers, such as the Penn
State News Readership Program.
Started three years ago, the
Readership Program provides The
New York Times, USA Today and
the local Centre Daily Times free to
students living in the Residence
Because the legal process is time
consuming, Hamilton says The Col-
legian "is not prepared to be
"The whole idea of the Constitution
is to transcend contemporary fashion-
ability," said Visiting University of
Michigan Communications Prof.
Michael Bromley.
Bromley said the Pennsylvania law
is "against the paper as a commercial
enterprise but not against the paper as
an independent, editorial voice." But
ultimately, Bromley added, the effects
could be detrimental.
"In damaging the commercial
enterprise of the paper, the state
may also - advertantly or inadver-
tently - damage the independent,
editorial voice of the paper," he


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