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Planning begins for new residence hall

Officers arrest 2
after gun report

Officers from the University's
Department of Public Safety arrested
0 two subjects Friday night at the
Michigan Union. One subject was
arrested on a warrant from the Washt-
enaw County Sheriff's Department
and the other subject was detained for
being a runaway. A student employee
at the Union stated he had secondhand
reports that the subjects possessed a
firearm near the food court. No
description of the type of firearm the
subjects had was available.
0 Burglary reported
in West Quad
DPS is investigating a case of bur-
glary that occurred Thursday after-
noon at West Quad Residence Hall. A
cday planner, credit cards, rings, a bank
card and a watch were stolen from a
room while the resident was sleeping.
* Red Mazda stolen
from parking lot
on North Campus
Thursday afternoon a red 1990
Mazda was stolen from the parking
lot near Pierpont Commons, DPS
reports state. The car was stolen
sometime between 2 p.m. last Tuesday
and 1 p.m. Thursday. DPS had no sus-
" Prof' vandalism
found in library,
MLB restrooms
DPS was alerted to malicious
destruction at both the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library and the Modem Lan-
guages Building on Thursday after-
noon. The word "prof" was written in
black paint in a fifth-floor men's
restroom in the graduate library and on
a wall in a men's restroom in the MLB.
There were no suspects in either case.
Bulletin board
destroyed by fire
Early Friday morning a caller in
West Quad Residence Hall informed
DPS that when she smelled smoke she
exited her room and discovered a bul-
letin board had been set on fire. The fire
was extinguished after she found it.
2 subjects escape
after throwing pies
During the Kiss-In rally Friday
afternoon on the Diag a member from
the Westboro Baptist Church in Tope-
ka, Kan., was struck by two pies, DPS
reports state. The pie-throwing sus-
pects fled into a nearby building and
were not located by the authorities.
Student struck in
head by butterfly
machine in CCRB
DPS reports state that a student
using equipment in the weight room at
" the Central Campus Recreation Build- .
ing on Saturday evening was injured
when the butterfly machine broke and
~ struck him in the head. The equip-
ment caused a small laceration to the
left side of his head. The student was
transported to the emergency room at
University Hospitals.
Intoxicated minor
" taken to hospital
A DPS officer received a secondhand
report of an intoxicated student on the

fifth floor of South Quad Residence
Hall early Sunday morning. Two intoxi-
cated students were located by DPS and
one was transported to University Hos-
pitals' emergency room due to high
level of intoxication. A second individ-
ual was given a citation for being a
minor in possession of alcohol.
Fan hit by puck
at hockey game
DPS reports state that a fan was hit
with a puck at the hockey game Fri-
day night at Yost Ice Arena. The fan
received treatment at the scene, but
she refused to go to the hospital and
left the game on her own.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Kristen Beaumont.

By Hanna LoPaUn
Daily Staff Reporter
The last time a new residence hall appeared on
campus was when Bursley Hall opened its doors in
1968. Now, as the University is more than 30 years
older and 5,000 students larger, the Board of
Regents has agreed with University officials that
the time is right for a new residence hall.
Director of University Housing William Zeller
said the need for an additional residence hall has
been apparent for years but University support for
the project materialized just recently.
Enrollment and the size of the freshman class
has increased over the past 30 years, Zeller said, as
well as "the need to provide a more supportive
environment and retain a higher percentage on
Housing officials have not specified any plans
yet for the new hall. But with the regents unani-
mously voting to support the endeavor at their
meeting last week, Zeller said they can now begin
researching for a residence hall that would make an
appropriate fit to the campus' needs.
At yesterday's Senate Assembly Meeting, Uni-
versity President Lee Bollinger spoke of the need

"We're very excited about this project."
- William Zeller
Director of University Housing

for a new residence hall.
Bollinger outlined four main points for support-
ing the new building: making general improve-
ments, providing space while other halls are being
renovated, promoting living/learning communities
and retaining students in residence halls.
"As housing prices go up, we have to be worried
that students move farther and farther away from
the University," Bollinger said.
Residence halls are important for community
atmosphere, he added. "We want to keep that mesh
of interaction going on this campus."
Zeller expressed a concern about retaining older
students on campus as well. "Our primary concern
is creating the right mix of students in the residence
halls into a healthy community"
Residence Halls Association Executive Assistant
Amy Ametz, an LSA sophomore, said since many
students like to stay on campus, the new residence
hall would be well-appreciated on campus.

"Older students are a benefit in the res halls," she
said, adding that they can get involved in RHA
government or serve as role models for their
younger hallmates.
As with all real estate, location will be an impor-
tant part of the decision - although there is no site
currently in mind. Alan Levy, director of Housing
public affairs, said the location will be made in
concert with the president's campus master plan-
ning process. The location will be a "University
decision," Levy said, not a Housing one.
Though all existing residence halls are equipped
with Ethernet and phone lines, Levy and Zeller
said technology will be a strong consideration in
the upcoming development.
Levy said they hope to develop a flexible tech-
nology infrastructure "so that it not only meets year
2004 needs but would be accessible for expansion
over the next 20 to 40 years."
"We're going to do our homework," Zeller said.

"The new residence hall will be used for 50 years.
What will student life be then?"
Housing officials will be looking at several i-
ferent aspects before forming a comprehensive
Levy said they were waiting for reports from lwo
presidential commissions - the Undergraduate
Education Commission and the Information Revo-
lution Commission. Part of their agreement with
the regents, he said, is to work with these recom-
mendations which are expected in the spring.
They will also be looking for student input -
which RHA is more than ready to give.
"RHA wants to take an active role in the devel-
opment," Ametz said. Hoping to meet with Hous-
ing officials, RHA plans to express a desire., for
quiet study areas, TV lounges, additional comiput-
ing sites and larger rooms.
Though the project is in its beginning stages, all
parties seem to be ready to get it off the ground.
"We're very excited about this project," Zeller
said. "We believe our work will support and
enhance the student experience well into the
- Daily Staff Reporter Whitney Elliott
contributed to this report.

Number of women
who smoke during
pregnancy down

These old bones


LANSING (AP) - The number of
pregnant women in Michigan who
smoke is down from 1990, but the rate
of pregnant smokers in this state is
higher than the national average,
according to a report released today.
In Michigan, 17 percent of pregnant
women smoked in 1998, which is
down from the 23 percent who smoked
in 1990 but higher than the 12.9 per-
cent national average, according to the
latest national Kids Count report that
focuses on the key indicators of mater-
nal and infant health.
The "Right Start" report, which sur-
veys nine years of data from the 50
states and the nation's 50 biggest cities,
ranked Michigan 32nd for the percent of
women who smoked during pregnancy.
In Detroit, the number of pregnant
women who smoked also dropped
from 24 percent in 1990 to 16 percent
in 1998. But smoking during pregnan-
cy was more common in Detroit than
the 10.8 percent 50-city average, the
report said.
The report also found that the num-
ber of repeat births to Michigan teen-
agers dropped from 25 percent to 21
percent in 1998. Michigan ranked 33rd
nationally for the percentage of teens
who already had a child when they
gave birth that year.
Michele Corey, community advoca-
cy coordinator at Michigan's Children,
said the percentage of teen births was
-stagnate from 1996-98.

"This trend suggests a need to
increase our targeted interventions to
first-time teen mothers," Corey said.
While Michigan made the most
improvements in the areas of smoking
durinpt preanancy and teen-alers hav-
ing babies, the state received the low-
est national rankings in those areas.
Jane Zehnder-Merrell, director of
Kids Count in Michigan for the Michi-
gan League for Human Services,
wants to see lower rates in pregnant
women smoking and teen-age births.
"Clearly we're not improving fast
enough," she said. "With mothers smok-
ing - all this tobacco settlement money
is not being used to address this issue."
Michigan ranked 22nd for the num-
ber of births to women under 20 (12
percent) and the number of births to
women with less than a high school
education (18 percent).
In Detroit, the only Michigan city
included in the report's city-by-city
comparisons, there were no improve-
ments in the percent of births to moth-
ers with late or no prenatal care, low
birth-weight babies and early births.
But Michigan and the rest of the
nation saw a slight increase in low
birth-weight babies and early births.
The number of yearly births in
Detroit dropped from 24,240 in 1990
to 16,340 in 1998, according to "The
Right Start City Trends" study. During
the 1990s, four of every five babies
born in that city were black.

Ninth grade Ann Arbor Community High School students Nick Greenough and Alex Whatley look at the prehistoric
animal exhibit at the Natural Sciences Museum yesterday.
Suspect sought in shootn o
Mateen Cleaves' older brothe'r'"

Study finds one-third
of state's bridges faulty

LANSING (AP) - Every day, a bus
driver for the rural Leslie School Dis-
trict must count the students on board
before heading across a bridge on
Onondaga Road in Ingham County. If
there are more than 20, the driver must
make a two-mile detour. The bridge
can't take the weight.
Another Leslie bus driver takes a
five-mile detour each day to pick up
three students in Jackson County. The
bridge leading to their homes has been
closed for a year because it needed to be
The extra time and wear and tear on
the buses frustrate Steve Mullins, the
district's transportation director. But he
would rather rerout6 the buses than take
any chances.
"If we can't cross it, we won't cross
it," he said. "It's unfortunate. But kids
are my business, you know?"
The bridges in Mullins' district are
among the 33 percent in Michigan that
have structural problems, according an
Associated Press analysis of data from
the Federal Highway Administration.
That's slightly higher than the national
average of 29 percent.
The data, which rated bridges as of
Aug. 31, 2000, show 2,181 of Michi-
gan's 10,581 bridges are "structurally
deficient," which means they have
cracked concrete, rusted steel or some

other deterioration. Those bridges, like
the one on Onondaga Road in southern
Ingham County, may have weight limits
The data show another 1,336 bridges
are "functionally obsolete" and don't
meet current codes. They may not be
wide enough, for example, or are mis-
aligned with the road.
Greg Bukoski, an engineer with the
Michigan Department of Transporta-
tion's bridge division, stresses that dri-
vers can still safely use bridges that are
rated deficient or functionally obsolete.
State and local authorities inspect
bridges at least every two years, he said,
and more often if there are structural
"A poor bridge doesn't mean that it
needs to be closed," he said. *
Still, the state is determined to reduce
the number of deficient and obsolete
bridges to 10 percent by 2007. To that
end, the state is spending about $185
million each year on its state bridge
repair program. MDOT oversees 4,325
bridges; county and city governments
oversee and repair the rest.
Ron DeCook, deputy director of the,
County Road Association of Michigan,
also said the numbers shouldn't cause
panic. For example, Michigan's most
famous span, the Mackinac Bridge, is
considered functionally obsolete.

FLINT (AP) - A warrant has been issued charging one
suspect in the fatal drive-by shooting of Herbert Cleaves, the
brother of Detroit Pistons rookie Mateen Cleaves, the Genesee
County prosecutor said yesterday.
"I've heard that too," said the Cleaves' father, also named
Herbert Cleaves. "But the police said they were going to sit
down with us to give us more information when they had
No one was in custody by yesterday afternoon, but prosecu-
tor Arthur Busch said he expected the suspect to turn himself
in. He would be charged with four counts, including murder
and conspiracy to commit murder, Busch said.
A second suspect also was being sought, he said.
Police said two vehicles passed a Flint home about 2 a.m.
Sunday and opened fire, shooting Herbert Cleaves, 27, in the
abdomen. He was taken to Hurley Medical Center in Flint,
where he was pronounced dead.
Busch said the assailants apparently had "some sort of
grudge" with a companion of Cleaves.
"I'm not sure that Cleaves even knew about it," Busch
said. "He just happened to be with the wrong person at the
wrong time."
Mateen Cleaves missed practice with the Pistons to be with
his family and was not expected to play in a home game yester-
day night against the Los Angeles Clippers, said Pistons
spokesman Kevin Grigg.

"We're listing him as doubtful;'Grigg said.
The Cleaves family issued a written statement yestgday
through the Pistons requesting privacy during their time ofgrief.
"Mateen will address the media upon his return to th(Pis-
tons, which at this time is uncertain," the statement said.
Mateen and Herbert Cleaves were among seven chiljren,
five boys and two girls, of Herbert and Frances Cleaves.
Mateen Cleaves is the youngest.
"He was a great athlete," the father said. "He loved chilren,
especially his nieces and nephews, and he was well liked by
Herbert Cleaves did not achieve the success of his yornger
brother that led him to be a part of Michigan State's-000
NCAA championship team, but he excelled in footbal for
Flint Northern High School, said Art Johnson, a longtime
friend of the Cleaves family.
"All of those kids were great athletes growing up, anc Her-
bert was no exception, and he and all the others could have
been right there with Mateen;' Johnson told The Flint Jornal.
"They were just normal kids growing up and going through
high school."
Spartan coach Tom Izzo said yesterday that he faired to
reach Mateen Cleaves on Sunday night and again yesterday
morning but talked to his father. The Cleaves are workbag on
funeral arrangements and may schedule Herbert Cl($ves'
funeral for Saturday, Izzo said at his weekly press conferetce.

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