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The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 6, 2001 - 3

Bollinger, students discuss sustainabilit9

Bat captured in
residence hall
Two residents of Helen Newberry
Hall reported a bat in their room late
dnesday evening, Department of
blic Safety reports state. The man-
ager of pest control and a Housing
security officer responded to the call
and found the bat at the scene.
"It could have come in a door when
people came in, or a window without
screens," DPS spokeswoman Diane
Brown said.
The captured bat was taken to North
Campus by the pest control manager
and set free.
Avo caught robbing
vending machine
Couzens Residence Hall security
observed two people breaking into a
vending machine early Wednesday
morning. After security saw them steal
the contents, both people were arrested
for larceny from a coin operated
chine which is a five-year felony.
suspects were later released and
information will be turned over to a
Man reports cash
stolen from ATM
A person who was not a student
reported $600 stolen after he left the
money unattended at an ATM in the
Michigan Union Monday afternoon,
S reports. He reports that he with-
Ow the money, set it down and
walked away - forgetting to pick it
up. When he returned, approximately
30 seconds later, the money had van-
ished. He recalled two white females
were behind him in the line to use the
ATM. DPS had no suspects.
Subway employee
Sccused of theft
An employee working at Subway in
the Michigan Union reported $77
taken from a cash register Tuesday
morning, according to DPS reports.
An employee was suspected of embez-
zling the money and was read a tres-
passing order by a responding unit and
was requested not to return to Univer-
sity property. Information was submit-
ted to the prosecutor's office and an
istigation is pending.
Bursley resident
harassed in room
A Bursley Hall resident was
harassed by a person repeatedly
knocking on her dorm door early yes-
terday morning, according to DPS
reports. The student believed there
re a variety of things that took place
. t to the knocking which could be
considered harassment, including a
harassing phone call. The student
believes she knows the suspect. A unit
responded and assistance was provid-
ed. DPS had no suspects.
DPS investigates
strange smell
A Department of Public Safety unit
responded to a strange smell coming
On a second floor Bursley Residence
Hall room early Tuesday morning,
DPS reports state. Contact was made
with the three students who appeared
to be smoking marijuana. The sub-
stance was collected as evidence and
one student was ticketed for being a
minor in possession of alcohol. The
case is under investigation.

Seligious group
solicits in Lloyd
A religious group was caught solicit-
ing in Alice Lloyd Residence Hall on
Sunday afternoon, according to DPS
reports. A responding unit was unable to
locate the solicitors.
Computer stolen
from building
Dell computer and keyboard were
reported stolen from the Business
Administration building Wednesday
afternoon, DPS reports state. The theft
occurred between 4 p.m. on Tuesday
and 8 a.m. on Wednesday. DPS had no
- Compiled by Daily Staf Reporter
Jacquelyn Nixon.

By JR. Alexander
For the Daily
In a meeting with University President Lee
Bollinger they described as "very productive,"
members of the Sustainable University of Michigan
Team outlined a proposal urging the University to
become a leader in conservation.
"We're now waiting to see what steps the Univer-
sity takes," said SNRE doctoral student and Sustain
U-M Team founder Mike Shriberg, adding that the
group would like to see concrete movement from
Bollinger and the University administration by fall.
Since winter 1999, the Sustainable U-M Team
has pressed the University to become more environ-
mentally friendly in its future development and use
of resources.
Shriberg said the meeting was the result of two
years of hard work.
Citing their desire to advance the University's
intellectual and operational leadership, some of the
team's key suggestions include the hiring of a full-

time sustainability coordinator in the president or
provost's office and the creation of a sustainability
task force. Team members said in a written state-
ment they hope the establishment of such programs
will result in "sweeping environmental management
realignment of the University"
"We're focused on translating global issues into
college action," Shriberg said after yesterday's meet-
If recently unveiled plans for campus expansion
are any indication, sustainability could become an
increasingly relevant concern for administration
officials and conservationists alike. During their
meeting, Bollinger expressed his desire to preserve
the campus' intimate atmosphere - a goal that res-
onated with Sustain U-M members.
"Bollinger is a proponent of keeping campus as a
close-knit community, and we agree," Shriberg said.
"The president was clearly open, interested, and
keenly aware," added Rackham student Heidi Grun-
But Rackham student Karl Steyaert, also a Sus-

"students have skills, knowledge and leverage that
the University community does not have."
- Catherine Badgely
RC Environmental Studies Director

tain U-M member, said there must eventually be
limits to University growth.
"In the long term, continued campus expansion
runs counter to sustainability"he said.
Sustain member Catherine Badgley said she sees
no reason why the University and conservationists
cannot work together to balance building design
with environmental concerns. "There should be
ways to do both," she said.
While characterizing Bollinger as "positive,
upbeat, and genuinely interested," Badgley was
careful to note that the group ultimately hopes the
entire University community will become more
environmentally conscious.

"Students have skills, knowledge, and
leverage that the University community does
not have," added Badgley, who is also the
Director of Environmental Studies in the Res-
idential College.
Optimistic about the group's potential for
influencing future University development,
Rackham student Jason Smerdon said he hope]
Sustain U-M can continue dialogue with the
"We're looking for sincere commitment," Smer
don said. "This is definitely very preliminary."
Bollinger was unavailable for comment on yes-
terday's meeting.

Prosecutors may seek death
penalty for slaying of officer

DETROIT (AP) - Authorities said yesterday that they
are considering filing federal death penalty charges against
a 21-year-old ex-con in the ambush-slaying of a veteran
undercover police officer.
Officer Neil Wells died Wednesday night when two bul-
lets penetrated his bulletproof vest as he checked an apart-
ment for drug activity. One bullet
pierced his heart, homicide Inspector Officer N
William Rice said.
Wells, a 15-year Detroit officer and died W4'ed
divorced father of two teen-agers, was
rushed by squad car to Sinai-Grace night wh
Hospital, where he died soon after. His
father, Kenneth Wells, is a retired bullets pi
Detroit officer.
Police arrested three men, including a hisbullet
21-year-old they said was the shooter.
He was expected to be arraigned today as he ch
on murder charges, police spokesman
Officer Glen Woods said. apartlmen
The suspect was wanted on a proba- a fi
tion violation warrant. He was convict- aJi,
ed of carjacking as a 16-year-old in
1996 and sentenced to juvenile detention. He was convict-
ed of felonious assault in 1999 and placed on three years'
Police said it was unclear if the other jailed men, ages 19
and 28, would be charged or were primarily considered
According to police Lt. Roy McCalister, police and
Wayne County prosecutors were considering a federal
prosecution, with its possible death penalty. First-degree
murder in Michigan carries an automatic penalty of life in

prison without possibility of parole. The state has no death
A federal law allows the Justice Department to pursue the
death penalty against suspects when a law enforcement offr
cer is killed while investigating a drug operation, Rice said. =


"The prosecutors are deciding now about federal ,
charges," McCalister said yesterday.
il Wells Police recovered an AK-47 assault
rifle they suspect was used in the crime,
'esday the Detroit Free Press said. They also
seized another assault rifle, a 9mm pis
n two tol and a little cocaine, The Detroia
News said.
netrated Wells and partner Officer Michael-
. Jackson were investigating reports o&
roof Vest drug sales at the building on the citys7
northwest side. When they entered a-
eked an lobby, three men ran into one unit and
shots were fired through the door.
for drug "They never had a chance to fire their
guns," police Chief Benny Napoleon:'f
said. "It was not a routine run. We had a'.
bitter complaint of drug runs in this
area. They were doing their job, doing an investigation,
doing a very dangerous and tough job and that's what hap-"'
Wells was part of the Booster Crew, which investigates"
high-crime areas.
"He liked nothing more than catching the bad guys and-,.
putting the criminals away," said police Inspector GeraldI;
Cliff, who supervised Wells in 1995-98.
On Wells' desk was a bumper sticker that said, "Gun
control means using both hands."

Protesters carry a mock pipeline to the office of Public Policy Dean Rebecca
Blank yesterday.
Activists protest 'U'
Myan-mar holdingse

By Ahmed Hamid
Daily Staff Reporter
Two student groups staged a sit-in
yesterday at the office of Public Policy
Dean Rebecca Blank over a profes-
sor's involvement in a company that is
building a gas pipeline in Myanmar,
formerly known as Burma.
"Burma's military regime is build-
ing a gas pipeline with forced labor,"
said SNRE sophomore William Ho,
co-chair of the Environmental Justice
Group, which staged the protest along
with members of Students Organizing
for Labor and Economic Equality.
Business Administration and Public
Policy Prof. Marina Whitman is on
the board of directors of Unocal, a
corporation involved with the
pipeline. She was not in her office
yesterday and did not return messages
left at her home.
Besides forced labor, Ho also
expressed concern about the environ-
mental implications of building the
"The gas pipeline is a joint venture
between Unocal, Total of France and
the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enter-
prise," Ho said. "The government is
generating profits from the pipeline
that is being built with forced labor
and running through Burma's
Tenasserim forest. Last I heard it was
very close to being completed."
The protesters also refused to call
Burma by its new name of Myanmar,
saying it was chosen by the military
"We have a unique opportunity to
bring this issue to light" said Environ-
mental Justice Group spokesman
Ryan Bodanyi, an RC sophomore. "It
is an opportunity to voice our dissent."
The protesters also wanted to
address the University's investment's
in Myanmar and to stop further
"The University has over $20 mil-

lion of investments in companies that
are doing business in Burma,"
Bodanyi said.
"Since Whitman is not at school
today we will be doing a sit in at the
dean's office," he said. "Our plans are
to get Marina Whitman on the phone
and we have a list of demands we will
read to her."
When asked whether they had tried
other means to approach Whitman,
Bodanyi said, "We have met with
Marina Whitman in the past and we
agreed to disagree. We don't believe
any more letter sending will make a
difference. We want to send the mes-
sage that there is a groundswell of
support for human rights in Burma."
The group made a mock pipeline to
represent the one in Myanmar. Stu-
dents showed support by signing it
and putting their palm prints on it.
Ho said that Unocal is a U.S. cor-
poration that invests in Myanmar even
though the U.S. government passed
legislation banning investment in the
country."We will demand Whitman to
admit that Unocal's investment direct-
ly benefits the military regime," he
The protest began on the Diag, later
moving to Blank's office for a sit-in.
The dean arrived by 3 p.m. while
the students waited in her office,
crowding the chairs and the floor.
"The dean said that Marina Whitman
is in New York and they could not get
a hold of her," Ho said. "She did say
that we could leave the signed
pipeline along with our list of
demands and she would guarantee
delivery when Whitman got back."
Blank also said that she wouldn't
call the event a sit-in.
"They clearly wanted to leave
somethings and we accepted," she
said. "They told me about their litera-
ture and they expressed their concerns
about the current government in


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