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April 10, 2001

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Utility
By Ted Borden
Daily Staff Reporter
Rising utility costs will likely drive up average
rates for on-campus housing at the University by
5 rcent in the fall, after four straight years of
ases below 3 percent.
"We have an annual process of reviewing
these rates ... and a long history of using student
rate groups,' said Alan Levy, director of Housing
public affairs at the University. "We're doing
everything we can to keep a University education
as affordable as possible."
The proposed increases were developed by
University Housing in collaboration with the
Residence Hall Association, the Family Housing
F Setting Student Advisory Committee and
aiinistrators. The University Board of Regents

costs drive

up

housing rates

will vote on the proposal Thursday.
For the 2001-2002 school year, a double room
in a traditional residence hall like South Quad or
Mary Markley will cost $6,068, up from this
year's cost of $5,780.
The increase is higher than last year's rate hike
of 3 percent but lower than the increases at many
other large universities. The University of North
Carolina augmented its rate by 11.8 percent,
while the cost at the University of Washington
went up by 10.3 percent.
Levy noted that several points were taken into
consideration when determining the proposed
increase, including general inflation, the costs of
food, staff and services and planned costs,
including the installation of a new electrical and
fire alarm system in the East Quad Residence
Hall, similar to the system recently installed in

South Quad Residence Hall.
One of the greatest factors for the increase is
the rise in utility costs. "The anticipated utility
hikes are an important component of this and we
have to account for the increase," Levy said.
Facilities and Operations spokeswoman Diane
Brown noted that the cost of a single unit of oil
for the University power plant, which has been
buying oil on the open market since the late
1980's, skyrocketed over the past year from
$2.81 to $10.
Nationwide, the cost of utilities is on the rise.
Earlier this month, Energy Secretary Spence
Abraham predicted the energy crunch will only
worsen this summer and proposed new oil
drilling in Alaska.
A recent CNN/Time poll showed that 19 per-
cent of Americans believe the country is in a

energy crisis - 46 percent think energy short-
ages are a "major problem."
Michigan ranks ninth in the nation in energy
consumption and sixth in natural gas use.
Some students said the proposed increases in
residence hall rates may discourage people from
living on campus. "I think more sophomores

would definitely be living in the dorms if the
prices weren't as high," said LSA freshman Jane
Kleyman, who is renting an apartment next year.
But LSA freshman Blake Goldstein said he
was not fazed by the proposal.
"It doesn't surprise me," Goldstein said. "The
prices are rising for everything else in this town."

Deadline
looms for
last-minute
tax fers
U Returns must be in
the mail by 11:59 p.m.
next Monday
By Hanna LoPatin
P Staff Reporter
For many students, taxes are a
symptom of the real world - a place
that remains far beyond the bound-
aries of the University. But as this
weekend's tax return deadline
approaches, Business Prof. James
Hines said filing tax returns is not
something that University students
should shy away from.
Hines, who also serves as research
ctor of the University's Office of
a Policy Research, said that even
if students fall under the filing
threshold, sending in a tax return is
still worthwhile because more than
half the U.S. population gets a
refund.
"The small hassle involved in fil-
ing pays big dividends in terms of
refunds," he said.
ecause April 15 is a Sunday this
, returns must be postmarked by
11:59 p.m. April 16. The only people
exempt from this deadline are people
filing from counties declared "disas-
ter areas" by the government follow-
ing the Seattle earthquake. They
have until April 30.
LSA freshman Catherine Sinclair
works a jobduring the summer but
said she would not be filing any tax
returns.
"I don't make enough money for it
tiatter," she said.
Some students seek out the help of
people with tax experience.
LSA junior Michael Hondorp
worked for a month this summer but
said he is still filing a tax return
"because I want to make money
back."
"I kind of do (the tax return)with
my dad," he said.
or LSA senior Shane Rodriguez,
who works a steady job, filling out a
tax return is well worth it: He
expects a $600 refund.
Rodriguez looks to his grandfa-
ther, a retired accountant, to help
him fill out his tax return.
"I just drop off my information to
my grandfather, sit down and talk to
him," he said.
But Hines said students can easily
fill out tax forms on their own. The
s themselves are available for
download on the Internal Revenue
Service website.
"For almost every tax payer it's an
easy calculation. You can do it in an
hour," he said. "A (University of )
Michigan student can handle this
operation."
The most important thing, Hines
said, is to pay on time.
"Even if you don't have the
ney, it's much better to file the
return on time," he said.
Hines had his own suggestions to
make tax return filing more fun for
the average student.
"I think of how I would improve
(the form) if I were the commission-

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United they stand

COnstruction,
police hinder
Naked Mile

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
Tomorrow, University seniors will
open their e-mail boxes to find an annu-
al letter from University President Lee
Bollinger discouraging them from run-
ning the Naked Mile next Tuesday, the
end-of-term tradition begun in 1986 as a
prank by the men's lacrosse and rowing
teams.
Bollinger's e-mail to describes the
Mile as an "event laden with risk." Vice
President for Student Affairs E. Royster
Harper and Department of Public Safety
Director William Bess also plan to send
an e-mail to the student body tomorrow
discussing problems with the run.
University Provost Nancy Cantor has
also sent a letter to faculty urging them
to dissuade their students from running.
"Many runners who were motivated
by the enthusiasm of the moment, fur-
ther fueled by alcohol, later expressed
regret at -having participated," Cantor
wrote. "Participants are subjecting
themselves to potential assault, arrest
and serious physical harm; and there is
the very real likelihood that the conse-
quences of their actions will come back
to haunt students far into the future."

University spokeswoman Julie Peter-
son also said the University has spent "a
couple thousand" dollars on print ads
characterizing the mile as dangerous
and a "groper's paradise."
"It's an educational campaign," Peter-
son said.
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown
said she could not comment on the
number of officers that will be present
but that security and police enforcement
will increase until students stop running.
"We need it to go away long before
anyone incurs a major injury or death,"
she said.
Although runner participation
decreased last year to an estimated 400
students, the size of the crowd watching
the event remained consistent with pre-
vious years, at about 10,000.
Brown added that construction sur-
rounding Angell Hall could be a unique
safety hazard this year.
"There's a lot of construction activity
and fencing in the area where this has
traditionally taken place, and this has
made some areas a lot smaller," she
said.
There has been speculation that the
route, which traditionally takes runners
See NAKED MILE, Page 2

JOYCE. LEE/Daily
Muslim students gather on the Diag last night to join in prayer with Christian and Jewish students for the victims of
the 1948 massacre in Deir Yassin, a former Palestinian village, and for peace in the Middle East. "It's not really an
issue of ethnicity or religion, it's a humanitarian issue," said LSA sophomore Nada Abu-Isa.
Was--htenaw De-mocrats
eyeing 2002 Senate rac,.e

By Louie Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
Although the last election may only
have taken place five months ago,
several prominent Washtenaw County
Democrats are already considering a
run for the state Senate in the 2002
election.
One of those considering a run is
former state Rep. Liz Brater, who
served from 1995 until term limits
forced her out of office in 2000.
Brater also served as mayor of Ann
Arbor from 1992 to 1994.
Brater, who last May reclassified
her campaign committee as a Senate
campaign committee, said she has not
yet made a final decision.
"I do have an exploratory commit-
tee and am seriously looking into it,"
she said.
Brater now serves as director of
land use at the Ann Arbor-based
Ecology Center, focusing on urban
sprawl and the preservation of farm-
land in the county.

Another potential candidate is sec-
ond-term Rep. John Hansen of Dex-
ter, whose House district includes the
northern portion of Ann Arbor.
Hansen, a former superintendent of
the Dexter school system, said he is
postponing a decision until the Legis-
lature completes the redistricting
process and sets the boundaries for
the Senate district.
"Boundaries can be changed dra-
matically. It's quite possible that this
Senate district would center close to
Jackson;'he said.
Also considering a run is former

Rep. Mary Schroer of Ann Arbor.
Schroer, who served in the Legisla-
ture from 1992 until 1998, said there
is no way to tell who the candidates
will be until next year.
"There's a lot of speculation, but
whether people are serious is a whole
other question," she said.
Nevertheless, Schroer said she
expects the district to remain a safe
seat for Democrats. She also predict-
ed that most campaigning and
fundraising for the Senate seat will
get underway within the next few
months.
Schroer is currently studying for a
bachelor of science degree at Eastern
Michigan University. Prior to serving
in the Legislature, she was an admin-
istrative assistant to Sen. Lana Pol-
lack.
The current senator - and Pol-
lack's successor - Alma Wheeler
Smith (D-Salem Twp.), is restricted
from running for re-election due to
term limits.
See SENATE, Page 7

of.Easter
GENEVA (AP) - Christians
everywhere will celebrate Easter on
the same day this year because of a
calendar quirk, a coincidence that has
revived interest in trying to set a uni-
versal date for the observance.
Both Western and Eastern churches
agree that the date should be based on
a principle set in the year 325, which
states that Easter falls on the Sunday
following the first full moon after the
spring equinox.
However, the dates vary because

Protestant and Catholic Churches fol-
low the 16th-century Gregorian Cal-
endar, while the Orthodox churches
use the older Julian Calendar. The
two currently differ by 13 days.
Easter can occur between March 22
and April 25 for the Western Christ-
ian churches, while the range for
Orthodox Easter extends from April 4
to May 8.
"Especially in regions where Chris-
tians of the Western and Eastern tra-
See EASTER, Page 7

Churches try to
tame wild dates

Renowned Madrid architect
delivers Wallenberg lecture

By Tovin Lapan
Daily Staff Reporter
World-famous architect Rafael Moneo traveled thousands
of miles from Madrid to address an overflowing crowd,
some even watching on closed circuit TV, yesterday at the
Art and Architecture Building for the annual Raoul Wallen-
berg Lecture.
The lecture is given by an architect from the international
community each year in honor of Wallenberg, a 1935
Swedish graduate of the University's College of Architecture
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"It is extremely compelling for me to help remember such
a generous and courageous man as Raoul Wallenberg with a
presentation of my work," said Moneo.
Moneo is a prestigious Spanish architect who has won
both the Pritzker prize and the UIA gold medal for achieve-
ments in architecture. Moneo has designed museums, train
stations, offices and public and residential buildings
throughout Spain as well as a museum at Wellesley College
in Massachusetts. Moneo also has served as the department
head at Harvard's School of Architecture.
"The Wallenberg lecture has always drawn the most pres-

Rafael Moneo, a
famous Spanish
architect, speaks
with students on
North Campus.
Moneo, who
delivered the
annual Raoul
Wallenberg
lecture, has
designed
museums, train
stations, offices
throughout Spain.
He has also
served as a
department head
at the Harvard
University School
of Architecture.

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