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The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 9, 2001

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Students clean uP
neighborhood

A. cappella group
wins national
award for song
Amazin' Blue took the award for
runiner-up in the Best Song category at
tHe'2001 Contemporary A Cappella
Recording Awards mixed collegiate
category for "Millennium," the open-
ing track on the group's latest CD,
"Raising the Bar."
the CARAs are the cappella equiv-
alent of the Grammy Awards. The
award is the seventh CARA award for
Amazin' Blue's five albums; the group
has been nominated eleven times.
"Millennium," which was arranged
by Music and LSA senior Dana Haynes
and sung by Music junior David Reiser
is included on the annual "Best of Col-
lege A Cappella" compilation CD. This
is&the seventh time Amazin' Blue has
been on the BOCA CD, more than any
other group in the country.
Moneo to deliver
Wallenberg lecture
* Ioday the University College of
Architectute and Urban Planning will
host Madrid architect Rafael Moneo,
1996 winner of the Pritzker Prize, what
is generally seen as architecture's high-
est honor.
The lecture is the annual Raouil Wal-
lenberg lecture, celebrating architecture
as a humane social art. The lecture hon-
ors the memory of University architec-
ture- school alumnus Raoul Wallenberg.
who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews
*during the Holocaust before disappear-
ingin the Soviet Gulag at the end of
World War Il.
-The free lecture will be held in 104
Art and Architecture Building on North
Campus at 6 p.m.
NYC novelist to
read at bookstore
Francine Prose, an New York City
novelist and essayist, will read from
"Blue Angel," a satire of academia, on
Thursday at 8 p.m. at Shaman Drum
Bookshop on State Street.
"Blue Angel" is set at a fictitious
college in rural Vermont ad looks at
thpeplague of self-delusion that thrives
id'English and creative writing depart-
ments.
Novelist Russell Banks says "Blue
Angel is a smart-bomb attack on acad-
emic hypocrisy and cant, and Francine
Prose, an equal-opportunity offender,
s-as politically incorrect on the subject
of sex as Catullus and twice as funny."
. Prose will sign her novel after the
reading.
Former researcher
o discuss book
The Ann Arbor District Library's
"Booked for Lunch" series will spon-
sor retired Ann Arbor public schools
.teacher Walter Scheider, also a former
University research scientist in a free
'lecture from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m.
tomorrow in the library's multipurpose
room at 343 S. Fifth Avenue.
Scheider will discuss his award-
winning book aimed at general
audiences, "Maxwell's Conundrum:
A Serious but Not Ponderous Book
bout Relativity." The lecture will
rsaped for repeat broadcasts on
cagle channel 17.
Solar car ready for
race, unveiling
The University Solar Car Team will

unveil its all new design for a solar-
powered vehicle on Wednesday at 3:30
M.m. outside the Lurie Engineering
"Center on North Campus.
'--fhe solar-powered car is called M-
Putse, and was built in response to a
Worldwide challenge to highlight alter-
native energy sources.
The first University student effort
to build a solar car was in 1989, and
the,.M-Pulse is the sixth solar vehi-
cle to be built. The student team that
works on the M-Pulse, compiled of
students from the College of Engi-
eering, the Business School and the
c h ool of Art and Design, has
redesigned its 1999 car from scratch
to produce the M-Pulse.
At top speed, the M-Pulse should
reach 80 miles per hour and accelerate
from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 12 sec-
onds with zero emissions.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Whitney Elliott.

By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter

ELLIE WHITE/Daiy
Engineering sophomore Michael Cartwright tests his strength at the March of Dimes carnival this weekend at the Beta
Theta Pi fraternity on South State Street.
Autopsy in Ritei hplifting
Sdeath fais to provid answers

While many consider Ann Arbor to be
charming and beautiful, some student
neighborhoods in the city are dirty and
prone to crime, especially the area
between Hill and Packard Streets that is
rife with rental houses and apartments.
The Student Neighborhood Action
Project set out to change the landscape
yesterday when they cleaned up that
area. This neighborhood, colloquially
known as the "student ghetto," said
SNAP participants, is probably the dirti-
est in the city.
"This area encourages crime because
it looks like a place where people don't
care. We're trying to bond the communi-
ty with a barbeque and help everyone
meet their neighbors," said Jonah Victor,
an LSA senior and event coordinator.
The project, largely the brainchild of
former Michigan Student Assembly Vice
President Jim Secreto, came about
through a discussion of social capital in
Prof Greg Markus' Political Science 423
class. Secreto and class members formed
the project because they felt the area was
lacking a social network, causing a gen-
eral feeling of apathy in the neighbor-
hood and a buildup of garbage. They are
writing a report on their attempt at gen-
erating social capital.
"Because they are transient residents,
they feel it isn't necessary to get to know
their neighbors or keep their lawns
clean,'Secreto said.

"It's difficult getting people to come
Out and help us. Someone will drive V.
ask what we are doing, and then drive f
again. The collective action problem
resurfaces - if we are cleaning .cr,
some people feel they don't need t o
said Kate Bugg, an LSA senior an
event coordinator.
City officials have little power to force
residents to clean up. but the group pi-
sented their idea to the Ann Arbor (x,,
Council, gaining the admiration Co0w-
cilwoman Heidi Cowing Herrell (L,-
Ward Ill).
"I am pleased they weie taking ini+a-
tive and cleaning up.' Especially in jhe
spring, when the snow melts, the coucii
gets phone calls about the mess all t e
time," Herrell said.
Some residents were able to fnd.ile
time and incentive to clean up and mct
their neighbors at a barbeque held in thc
heart of the clean-up area.
"I live on Vaughn Street and it
always looks bad, but now that m
actually going out and picking up rm
surprised at the amount of trash. I's
hard to get support for this becaii;,
most of us are moving out in tw
weeks," said Jeremy Schneiderr
engineering senior.
MSA sponsored the project by dont-
ing clean-up supplies and food.
"We hope to make this an annual
event as a part of the class, but our next
project could be to help develop and
maintain local business in the State
Street area," Secretosaid.

DETROIT (AP) - An autopsy Saturday provided no
immediate answers in the death of a woman who died
while struggling with drugstore security guards.
Preliminary results of the autopsy on Alwanda Per-
son-Jackson were not expected before today, Detroit
police said. Final results could be delayed several weeks
while toxicology tests were conducted, the Wayne
County Medical Examiner's Office said.
No charges had been filed against anyone involved in
the Friday morning scuffle at a Rite Aid drugstore that
resulted in the Detroit woman's death, said Sgt. Ricardo
Moore, a police spokesman.
After Person-Jackson left the store with 5200 worth
of merchandise, a female security guard followed her
and tried to stop her from getting in a van, Detroit
Homicide Inspector William Rice said.
A male cashier went to assist the guard and they
struggled with Person-Jackson before dragging her
inside the store, where a male manager also helped sub-

due and handcuff ier.
After Person-Jackson broke through the handcuffs,
one of the employees sat on Person-Jackson, a witness
told police. Person-Jackson went limp. Store employees
tried to revive her and then called police and an ambu-
lance, but she was dead on arrival at St. John Hospital.
Person-Jackson was the third Detroit-area resident to
die during a scuffle with store security guards in the
past 10 months. One of the guards awaits trial on invol-
untary manslaughter charges; another guard accused of
knocking a woman unconscious with her baton at a dif-
ferent Rite Aid store in February awaits trial for felo-
nious assault.
At least two state lawmakers have pledged to introduce leg-
islation imposing minimum training standards for Michigan's
approximately 22,000 private security guards.
Camp Hill, Pa.-based Rite Aid Corp. was cooperating
with police and conducting its own investigation of Per-
son-Jackson's death, a spokeswoman said.

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Forum looks at Latin
business, economy

By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily §tafTReporter
Most people think of Latin America
as marked by poverty and unstable
governments, not a growing area for
investments. But at the Latin American
Business Conference Friday, represen-
tatives from some of Latin America's
largest corporations visited the Univer-
sity to discuss political, economic and
technological trends in Latin American
making students reexamine the eco-
nomic potential of the region.
"The goal was to raise awareness of
business in Latin America," said Guil-
herme Larangeira, a second-year Busi-
ness student. "Despite all the problems,
it is a huge area for investment and it's
growing very fast despite the past
decade."
Larangeria said the purpose of the
conference was also to draw attention
to the University's knowledge and
interest in Latin American business.
"It was to show that Michigan has a
strong body of students that know
about the Latin American business
environment," he said.
One participant at the conference,
political science doctoral student Jon
Shill, who has attended the conference
every year, said the perceptions of
business opportunities in Latin Ameri-
ca have evolved during those three
years.
"I think the first one included a lot of
irrational exuberance and thought that
Latin American economies could do no
wrong. Last year people were more
pessimistic, this year I think perspec-
tives are more sober," Shill said.
Newton Leme Duarte, the general
manager of General Electric South
America, gave a presentation covering
the potential consumer growth in Latin
America and strategies for success in
the region.
"We have over 485 million people
eager to consume," Duarte said. "We
have seen huge investment in the
region with in the past year."
He said in many regions of Latin
America, the success or failure of a
company depends on the ability to
understand and adapt to the nation's
culture.
"One of the most important things in

Latin America is to be local," Duarte
said. "It's very important to work with
local people and use a local force, be
local and be established."
Duarte said some problems still exist
in the region, but the solutions to these
problems are within the reach of corpo-
rations and the government. "I think
the companies have to face the reality
that they have to be not as big, the gov-
ernments have to be serious about how
they spend their money and I think
most important of all is that the people
have to be educated," he said.
In a panel discussion, three represen-
tatives from Latin American businesses
discussed the macroeconomics and
politics of Latin America with a focus
on the economic development of Brazil
and Mexico.
Paulo Vieira da Cunha, the vice
president and Latin American econ-
omist for Global Group at Lehman
Brothers, said the U.S. economic
slowdown has a drastic effect on
Mexico because of Mexican depen-
dence on goods purchased by the
United States.
"When you look at the situation hap-
pening today what you have is Mexico
which is responding in a chronic shock
to the US economy," Cunha said. "In
Mexico exports are not a source of
growth - they are the source of
growth."
Another speaker, Vice President of
A.T. Kearney Mexico, Ricardo
Haneine, said the role of the govern-
ment and new privatization of some
industries have changed the develop-
ment Latin American economies.
"Deregulation has been done in a
very bad way. The government has to
learn how to create a market-based
economy," Haneine said.
Nauro Campos, an economics lecturer
at the University of Newcastle, England,
spoke about the phenomenal develop-
ment of Brazil during the past century
and the future of the states economy.
"Was this the Brazilian century?
Economist and politicians will agree it
was indeed the Brazilian century,"
Campos said.
He said although Brazil has suffered
through a devastating economic down-
turn in the past decades, it is once
again ready for growth.

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