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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 20, 2001- 3

City Council approves interim fire chief

Police use Mace
to break up fight
at Cava Java
The University Department of
*Public Safety assisted the Ann
Arbor Police Department when a
fight involving more than 30 peo-
ple broke out early Sunday morning
at Cava Java, located at 1 101 S.
University Ave.
Police were called to the scene when
a large fight erupted at 1:09 a.m.,
AAPD officials said. Police broke up
the fight with Mace and reported that
no one was injured seriously in the inci-
dent. Two University football players
were involved in the incident, police
said, but their identities were not
released.
Thieves break
window of 'U' car
DPS reported that a University
golf cart-type vehicle was stolen
Thursday from in front of Tisch
*Hall. DPS located the vehicle
behind the Institute for Social
Research with a broken window.
Nothing was reported stolen.
DPS makes arrest
on assault charges
DPS arrested one subject on
domestic assault charges at Mary
Markley Residence Hall on Thurs-
day night. DPS reports state that
officers arrived at the scene where
the two subjects, whom reports
stated to be roommates, were fight-
ing. DPS subsequently arrested one
of the subjects. The case was under
investigation.
Frosting spread in
Markley lounge
A caller from Mary Markley
Residence Hall informed DPS Fri-
day morning that frosting had been
spread all over the floor, walls and
furniture of a second-floor lounge.
Alarm scares off
would-be thief
DPS reported that a subject was
caught attempting to remove books
from the Michigan Union Bookstore
on Friday afternoon. When the alarm
was activated, the subject dropped the
books and ran off.
Person poked in
eye with finger
DPS reports state that an individual
was injured when he was poked in the
eye with someone's finger Friday
afternoon at the North Campus Recre-
ation Building. The subject was treat-
ed for his bloody eye and released at
the scene.
Subject tries to
enter classrooms
A person not affiliated with the Uni-
versity was arrested by DPS for tres-
passing in Mason Hall on Friday night.
The subject, who reportedly has caused
" problems in the past, was caught trying
to open classroom doors.
Drunken minors
taken to hospital
Three intoxicated individuals
were transported from Betsey Bar-
bour Residence Hall to University

Hospitals' emergency room early
Saturday morning, DPS reports
state. DPS officers also issued a
citation Saturday evening at East
Quad Residence Hall fora minor in
possession of alcohol. Reports stat-
ed that several suspected drugs
were seized as well.
Sleeper escorted
from Rackham
A trespasser was found sleeping in
a women's bathroom on the first floor
of Horace Rackham Graduate School
on Sunday night. DPS escorted the
subject from the building without
incident.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Kristen Beaumont.

By James Restivo
Daily Staff Repqrter
Following last week's resignation of Ann Arbor
fire chief George Markus, the city of Ann Arbor
has appointed Scott Rayburn as interim chief until
a permanent replacement can be found.
Markus submitted his resignation to the city
administrator last Monday, leaving office on Fri-
day after 13 years of service. Rayburn, who took
over this week, has been with the Ann Arbor fire
department for 23 years and until Friday served
as fire marshall.
"I feel I have a lot to offer the department and
the city," Rayburn said. "I know we can continue
our excellent service."
City administrator Neil Berlin, who appointed

Rayburn and is overseeing the search for the per-
manent position, said at this point the city is
searching for the new chief internally. Also being
considered are Robert Lechtanski and Tom
Edman, both assistant chiefs.
"Right now we are searching internally," Berlin
said. "I don't know whether that will be the
extent of the search."
Rayburn said he will be applying for the posi-
tion and is hopeful to serve the community on a
permanent basis. ie said one of his priorities is
to expand community relations.
"I want to ensure we expand our mission and
make customer service our number one goal,"
Rayburn said. As chief, he would oversee a bud-
get of more than $11 million, 124 firefighters and
various stations throughout the city.

Rayburn said he wasn't anticipating many
changes in the department and looks forward to
his working with the other members of the staff.
"I feel I'm lucky that we have a real good
team," Rayburn said. "There won't be any drastic
changes because none are really necessary."
Rayburn added that he would stay with'the
department, "as long as they'll have me."
Berlin said the city will continue the internal
process throughout the upcoming weeks until a
permanent chief is chosen.
In addition to Rayburn's appointment last
night, the city council also approved the exten-
sion of interim police chief, Walter Lunsford's,
contract for an additional 90 days as the city con-
tinues to search for a police chief.
City officials plan to travel to Chicago on April

1 to meet with the Police Executive Research
Firm in an effort to restart the search process 'for
a chief.
The national firm was involved in the original
process that brought prospective candidates to
Ann Arbor in January to meet with city officials.
The search was reopened at the beginning of this
month and is ongoing.
Though the city will not interview the more
than 300 prospective applicants in Chicago,
Berlin said the trip will offer the search commit-
tee a chance to meet the candidates. The first
round of applicants were taken out of considera-
tion because city officials felt they did not meet
the needs of Ann Arbor. Additional applicants
are being located in the Michigan area as well us
across the nation.

Cantor speaks to SACUA

By Whitney Elliott
Daily Staff Reporter

The Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs met yesterday with
Provost Nancy Cantor to discuss the
growing dialogue on Internet education.
The University has agreed to con-
tribute some academic materials to
wwwfathom.com, an educational web-
site that offers course materials from
colleges such as Columbia University
and the University of Chicago, but has
not yet made any financial agreements.
"We've never viewed this as solely
about business. We're not an equity
partner at this point with Fathom. I don't
expect this to be big at this point. That's
not the relationship we have with them,"
Cantor said of the University's contribu-
tions to the online educator.
Cantor said although Internet educa-

tion programs do make some money,
they are still in the primary stages of
development, and should therefore be
looked at with caution.
"There's no question that these are
experimental pilots and they're not wild-
ly successful in terms of business" Can-
tor said she would like to experiment
with Internet education for the potential
it offers for sharing information.
"I really don't see it about profit. It's
really about sharing knowledge and I
think Fathom in particular is going to do
some interesting pieces," Cantor said.
SACUA also discussed the role of
faculty and dean evaluations with Can-
tor. Cantor emphasized that she does not
use the faculty evaluations of deans in
her reappointment considerations.
"I never use them in terms of my
evaluations for reappointment," Cantor
said.

SACUA member Jack Gobetti said to
Cantor that as a faculty member, he
thinks dean evaluations would be help-
ful. But, Cantor said she was happy With
the current system in which she does
not look at faculty evaluations, which
are used primarily to ameliorate inter-
departmental problems.
"I always liked the idea that youlid
those evaluations separately of my eval-
uations. If you want to be more frequent
of the evaluations of deans, that's fine
but I wouldn't get involved. I'd rather
not have that come to me,' Cantor said.
Cantor said the committees that selbet
associate deans however, might be able
to put the faculty evaluations to good
use.
"A lot goes into the appointmen of
associate deans and I'm sure the execu-
tive committees would appreciate" fac-
ulty evaluations, she said.

* SAM HOLLENSHEAD/Daily
Ritalin, a prescription stimulant, is being used by more and more young
people either as a study aid or a recreational drug, a recent University study
found.
'U' study finds more
adolescents usin
Ritalin re Cre ationally

By Kelly Trahan
Daily Staff Reporter
According to the recent Univer-
sity study "Monitoring the
Future," adolescents are increas-
ingly abusing methlyphenidate,
the drug more commonly known
as Ritalin, in order to study
longer, party harder and suppress
their appetites.
Ritalin is a mild stimulant most
commonly prescribed to school-age
children to control Attention Deficit
Disorder.
But, the drug is sold for about
$3 to $5 per pill on the black mar-
ket.
University students, like many
across the country, are willing to
pay for Ritalin's varied effects
including appetite suppression,
wakefulness, increased focus for
studying and euphoria.
Abusers either consume Ritalin
in pill form, crush the pill and
snort it or mix the pill in water
and inject the mixture.
"I would not be surprised to
see Ritalin at any frat party or
house party. It is really preva-
lent," said an LSA sophomore
who requested that her name not
be printed.
"Ritalin can do whatever you
want it to," she added.
"If I take it ona Monday night,
it helps me concentrate on study-
ing more. If I take it on a Friday
night, I can drink three times as
much and it makes me more calm
and talkative. My conversations
are more interesting."
Dr. Luke Tsai, a University pro-

"I would not be
surprised to see
Ritalin at any frat
party or house
party. It's really
prevalent"
- An LSA sophomore
fessor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
and director of The Developmental
Disorders Clinic, prescribes Ritalin
for his Attention Deficit Disorder
patients.
"Ritalin does make people more
alert for a much longer period of
time," Tsai said. "But an overdose
can make people very irritable or
zombie-like."
While Tsai warns that consum-
ing any prescription drug without
a prescription is very dangerous,
he said that Ritalin is not physio-
logically addictive and in small
doses it is not a dangerous med-
ication.
In addition to psychological
addiction, The Indiana Prevention
Resource Center at Indiana Uni-
versity reports that Ritalin abuse
can lead to increased heart rate
and blood pressure, dizziness,
headaches and in some cases psy-
chotic episodes.
The report said, "While death
due to Ritalin is not common, it
has been known to occur."

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