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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 9, 2001- 3

'New urbanists'

discuss

Employee stamps
ticket illegally
A carport staff member was found
illegally stamping their own ticket for
p king Tuesday evening, Department
Ainublic Safety reports state. The
employee was turned over to the
respective supervisor and there is cur-
rently an ongoing investigation.
Suspect seen
stealing wallet at
CC. Little
A subject reported a stolen wallet
from Clarence Cook Little Science
*ding on Monday afternoon, DPS
reports state. The suspect was identi-
fied as a black male, approximately
180 pounds with dreadlocks.
The suspect was seen wearing a
drk colored down jacket and blue
jeans and carrying a black backpack
with one strap.
Fake cactus
Aolen from East
Quad cafeteria
A fake cactus was stolen from East
Quid's cafeteria Tuesday morning,
acebrding to DPS reports.
The suspect left behind the pot the
plant was in. The cactus has not yet
been returned or recovered and DPS
has no suspects.
balloons thrown
from window-
A pedestrian walking near Alice
Lloyd Residence Hall reported some-
one throwing water balloons out of a
sixth-floor window Wednesday morn-
ing, DPS reports state.
The suspects were found and ques-
tioned.
0gn stolen
outside restroom
A "gender inclusive" sign was
stolen from the wall outside a Michi-
gan Union restroom sometime over
the weekend, DPS reports state.
The sign, which contains a female
an male figure, is valued at $25. DPS
has no suspects.
bedit card taken
and charged $240
A subject who reported his wallet
was stolen from somewhere on Cen-
tral Campus at the end of January said
his credit card was charged $240,
DPS reports state. The card was used
on Amazon.com sometime before
Tuesday morning. The card has not
recovered and there is an ongo-
i investigation.
Bike stolen from
Bursley Hall rack
A subject reported his red Micargi
bike stolen from the bike rack in front
of Bursley Residence Hall Tuesday
afternoon, DPS reports state. The bike
was taken between September and
ober. DPS has no suspects.
Ianner stolen
from South Quad
A banner mounted on South Quad
Residence Hall promoting Parents'
Weekend was stolen during the week-
end, DPS reports state. DPS has no
suspects at this time.

verhead lights
fall in Yost
Overhead lights in Yost Ice Arena
fell onto the ice Tuesday afternoon,
according to DPS reports. The lights
became inoperable.
Projector missing
from Dennison
W ceiling mounted projector was
stolen over the weekend from the
Dennison Building, DPS reports state.
The projector has a value of $10,000.
DPS has no suspects.
Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jacquelyn Nixon.

vanishing open spaces

RACHEL EEIERMAN/Daily
ABOVE: A panel
speaks about the
vanishing of open
spaces as part of
the National
Academic'
Symposium on
New Urbanism.
LEFT: Former
architecture
critic Michael
Sorkin spoke last
night against the
new urbanist
movement.

By Armed Hamid
Daily Staff Reporter
"Americans do not really love their landscape," Douglas
Kelbaugh, dean of the Office of the Provost and Executive
Vice President for Academic Affairs, said last night in ref-
erence to vanishing of open spaces in cities across the Unit-
ed States.
Kelbaugh was the moderator at the launch of the fourth
National Academic Symposium on New Urbanism yester-
day in Rackham Auditorium.
The symposium will continue through tomorrow with
events on both North and Central campuses.
Thirty guest speakers from the architectural community
will participate in the symposium, Kelbaugh said. The sym-
posium will address the concerns regarding "new urbanism,"
a term for a reaction to sprawl. A growing movement of
architects, planners and developers, new urbanism is a theo-
ry that regards traditional neighborhood patterns as essential
to creating functional and sustainable communities.
Kelbaugh also talked about the challenges facing new
urbanism and the ability of the new urbanist community to
be open to change. Regarding the different theories of archi-
tecture, he said that besides some differences, architects are
still united.
"What holds us together I think is a love of cities. We
love good towns and cities," Kelbaugh said.
Kelbaugh further said there has been a deterioration of
urban standards, citing Detroit as an example.
"The inner cities of Detroit are literally decanted. They
are sweeping away the urban fabric to accommodate auto-
mobile parking," he said.
The four panel members were authors Peter Calthrope
and Alex Krieger, former Princeton University faculty
member Stefanos Polyzoides and Michael Sorkin, a former
architecture critic. Calthrope and Polyzoides are two co-

founders of the New Urbanism Congress.
Sorkin started the discussion by declaring he was not a
follower of new urbanist thought and offered 10 pieces of
advice to his fellow panel members. He emphasized the
necessity of taking the environment seriously.
He told the new urbanists on the panel to "act more like a
congress and a little less like a cult:'
Sorkin questioned what the new urbanists represented.
"What is it you people really stand for? These are bro-
mides. We all agree with this," he said, referring to the prin-
ciples of new urbanism.
Calthrope dismissed Sorkin's comments as "ridiculous
stereotypes" that were always brought up at such conferences.
Alan Loomis, a Pasadena, Calif., urban designer, said he
found the discussion promising.
"I have attended two of the previous symposiums and the
character of the debate here has been far less contentious,
especially compared to Harvard. This will probably be the
most productive symposium just based on its first night,'
Loomis said.
Kristen Burton, an Architecture graduate student, said the
symposium brings issues into the college and brings profes-
sionals and big names to campus, she said.
Burton defined new urbanism as "a deliberate attempt to
create a sense of community. New urbanists are also more
pragmatic than other urban theorists," she said.
Architecture graduate student Elizabeth George said she
enjoyed seeing the live debate.
"I think it's interesting to see people you read about all
the time respond to questions you have," George said.
Connie Rizzolo-Brown, project manager for Damian Far-
rell Design Group, a local architectural firm, said she
enjoyed the event.
"The panelists were not voicing the same opinions over and
over again. There also seems to be some dissent," Rizzolo-
Brown said.

State Senate votes to make pay increase harder

LANSING (AP) - With a generous pay raise
already secured for lawmakers and other top state
officials, the Michigan Senate voted unanimously
yesterday to make such boosts harder in the
future.
On a 34-0 vote with little debate, the Senate
passed a proposed constitutional amendment to
require lawmakers to approve any future increase
in pay or expense allowances. Now, proposals by
the State Officers Compensation Commission
take effect automatically unless rejected by two-
thirds vote in the House or Senate.
A pay increase proposal took effect after the
Senate failed to act on it last week.
"There was a lot of public outrage," said Sen.
Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.). "Now is the
time to act. We need to lobby our colleagues in

the House"
If passed by the House by at least a two-thirds
vote, the proposal would go on the ballot for a
vote of the people. The only senators not voting
for the proposal were Detroit Democrats Jackie
Vaughn and Joe Young Jr., who were absent.
Instead of permitting automatic approval of
pay commission recommendations, it would
require legislative approval of any pay or
expense increases. And any such increase
would occur only in the next legislative ses-
sion, requiring a general election before the
boosts took effect.
Finally, the Legislature could amend down-
ward - but not upward - recommendations
from the pay commission, not just accept or
reject them as now.

"I doubt there will be any more pay raises."
- Sen. Dan DeGrow (R-Port Huron)
Majority Leader

"No other issue in my 10 years in the Legisla-
ture has caused more damage to the reputation of
the Legislature than the mechanism by which our
pay is raised," said Sen. Dianne Byrum (D-
Onondaga). "It is long past due that we change
this system."
The Senate vote came a week after the cham-
ber, by not acting, let a new pay raise take effect
for this year and next year. It had been rejected
by the state House.

The raise calls for a 35.8 percent increase for
state lawmakers this year, lifting them to $77,400
a year; 13.7 percent for governor; 19.6 percent
for lieutenant governor and 13.6 percent for
Supreme Court justices. Next year, they all will
get a 2.9 percent increase.
Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow (R-Port
Huron) said the proposed constitutional amend-
ment passed by the Senate is likely to force the
House to follow suit.

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Peters files papers
to run for governor

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LANSING (AP) - State Sen. Gary
Peters, a former investment consultant
from Oakland County's Bloomfield
Township, plans today to file the
paperwork to set up his gubernatorial
campaign committee.
Peters joins two other Democrats
who already have filed their campaign
committee paperwork: former Gov.
James Blanchard of Beverly Hills, and
state Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith of
Salem Township.
"Our goal is to have a very targeted,
grass-roots campaign," Peters said.
"Right now my main focus is putting
together a fund-raising apparatus."
Filing the paperwork for the candi-
date committee isn't the same as for-

mally announcing that he's running,
Peters said. But it does allow him to
raise money and take the next step in
his campaign.
He plans to have his new Internet
site, www.PETERS2002.com, available
starting today, and said he plans to run a
high-tech, Internet-driven campaign.
Peters enters a potentially crowded
field. Besides Blanchard and Smith,
other Democrats considering a run for
governor include U.S. Rep. David
Bonior of Mount Clemens, Attorney
General Jennifer Granholm and possi-
bly former U.S. Sen. Donald Riegle.
In a letter sent yesterday to support-
ers, Peters said he knows many voters
don't yet know who he is.

Meningitis vaccine
advised for pilgrims

DEARBORN (AP) - Muslims
preparing to make pilgrimages to
Mecca, Saudi Arabia next month are
being encouraged to take meningitis
vaccinations.
Last year, at least 70 Muslims who
visited Mecca died of the W-135
meningitis strain. Six cases of the strain
were reported in the United States.
Saudi Arabia requires all people
entering the country to be vaccinated
against meningitis, but the United'
States is the only country to vaccinate
against the W-135 strain.
"The vaccine doesn't mean you won't

get it," said Dr. Leila Haddad, who
works at the clinic of Arab Community
Center for Economic and Social Ser-
vices. "But if you do, it will be mild."
Thousands of Muslims make the
pilgrimage, called hajj, every year.
Muslims are required to make the
journey to Mecca once in their lives.
"The trip to Mecca is the dream of
every Muslim," Dr. Amam Abdel-
rahman told The Detroit News for a
story yesterday. "Anytime you put 2
million people in a small city or
small place you should expect
(meningitis).

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