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Tuesday
April 17, 2001

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By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter

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not likely this summer

- The editors

ead about the memorable moments
that have aected the University
during the t four years in the
Daily s Graduation Edition.

Page 1C

Gas prices are expected to go up again this
summer, but experts say it is unlikely that this
year's rise will mirror the price explosion that
occurred last summer.
Prices usually rise in the summer as spring and
summer are known as the "driving season." More
people drive in these months, often taking longer
trips than in fall and winter. The laws of supply
and demand lead to higher costs.
Also affecting gas prices this year is the clos-
ing of one of the four Midwestern refineries in
January.
University economics Prof. Richard Porter said
gas contains special additives during the summer

and is more expensive to make, further adding to
costs.
Porter added that gas prices always reflect oil
prices, and the Organization of Petroleum
Exporting Countries is often responsible for rais-
ing the costs. The organization would like to
raise prices even more, he said, but is receiving
complaints from Europe where oil is rarely pro-
duced domestically.
"There are too many things that Saudi Arabia
depends on us for to slap us in the face," he said.
Jacob Bournazian, an economist at the U.S.
Department of Energy, said Michigan may have
already seen the worst, with gas prices rising 20
cents in the past month.
"The expectation is the market should settle" he
said. "I expect prices to ease in a couple of weeks."

While there are many factors that have con-
tributed to a rise in costs including gas stocks at
10 percent less than they were at this time last
year, Bournazian said a lot is happening that ben-
efits the market.
Crude oil stocks are high and many oil refiner-
ies are coming off their maintenance periods and
going back to full utilization. The increase in
supply will help to level off the prices, he added.
"I don't expect it to be that dramatic of a rise
as last summer," Bournazian said.
An unexpected shutdown of a major pipeline
caused gas prices to increase to over $2 a gallon
last summer.
Also, the Environmental Protection Agency
changed the type of gas used in the country.
Porter said that companies' ill preparation for the

changeover also contributed to the spike.
Both Boumazian and Porter said the rise in gas
prices should not exceed $1.60 or $1.70 per gal-
lon.
"The price of gasoline is still about as cheap as
it's been this century," Porter said.
A price jump "isn't going to hurt anybody," he
said. "I don't see people rushing out to stop buy-
ing SUVs."
First-year Law student Joe Bernstein said a
jump in prices might have some good and bad
aspects to it.
"It could be a problem for a lot of students
who want to do traveling this summer, like take
road trips," he said. "But (prices) are not high
enough to discourage people from taking road
trips. People can still afford it."

'U'takes
steps to
welcome
minorities
atEIZaboth Kassab
ily Staff Reporter
For hundreds of under-represented
minorities, an acceptance letter from
the University is the culmination of
years of recruitment efforts by various
groups associated with the University
- but the work does not stop there.
Once minority high school students
e accepted to the University, more
'forts are made to ensure that they
enroll, and after enrollment the Uni-
versity community continues its
efforts, striving to provide an environ-
ment that keeps students from leaving
before graduation.
From student groups to University-
related outreach programs to alumni
clubs, a network of people undertake
the task of showing under-represented
minorities "that higher education is not
impossible as sometimes it seems;"
said LSA sophomore Celso Cardenas.
Blacks, Hispanics and Native Amer-
icans are identified as under-represent-
ed minorities, and recruiters target
these groups because statistics show
they are the least likely to seek a col-
lege education.
Hispanic students are the youngest
and fastest-growing part of the popula-
n, and yet they are among the least
ely to attend college.
Donney Moroney, coordinator in the
Office of Multi-ethnic Student Affairs,
said she worries that this trend will
lead to a country in which a sizable
Hispanic population will not be repre-
sented in the leadership of society.
A two-way exchange brings middle
and high school students to Ann Arbor
from around the Midwest to expose
them to a college environment. Classes
d other programs take University
ents to targeted communities as
tutors and mentors.
The programs are aimed particularly
at under-represented minorities to let
them know that higher education is a
realistic option even if none of their
relatives have attended college.
Programs continue through high
school and the college application
ocess.
"Admissions only accept students
that we think will be successful," said
Jim Vanhecke, senior assistant director
of undergraduate admissions. "We try
to step up minority recruitment to
ensure that we have a diverse class"
Once qualified students have been
accepted to the University, the task
shifts from convincing them that high-
er education is necessary to persuad-
ing them that the University is the
right place.
*0 "We try to recruit as many of our
underrepresented individuals as per-
sonally as possible," Vanhecke said.
He pointed to the annual Spring Wel-
come Day that attracted approximately
800 prospective students from around
the country to be introduced to the
campus this year, one of the largest
turnouts ever.
Volunteers also make personal tele-
cone calls to under-represented
minority students who have been
accepted to answer any questions the

prospective students may have.
"Michigan is not behind anyone,"
Vanhecke said. "From what I can see,
we are at the forefront of recruitment."
However, the University does have

One Fine day

Rise in campus
crime common
at end of year

By Juelyn Nixon
Daily StaffReporter

LSA sophomore Elaina Hauk said
recent assaults have caused her to ques-
tion safety on campus.
"It all sounds weird. It's not some-
thing that just happens," she said.
Department of Public Safety spbkes-
woman Diane Brown said in the past
few months there has been an increase
in campus crime, including assaults,
although the rise is not out of the ordi-
nary.
"Toward the end of each semester all
crime in general tends to go up - as
stress increases and the time living
among people wears people down. And
that happens year in and year out," she
said.
The incident that has garnered the
most attention this semester was a sex-
ual assault reported April 3 by a female
student in West Quad Residence Hall.
In the middle of the afternoon, the
student was allegedly sexually assault-
ed when two men in black ski masks
entered her room. While one assaulted
her, another stole property from her
room.
Brown said the evidence of the
assault investigation will be submitted
to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's
Office next week.
"They will determine if it is prose-
cutable case. They will either authorize

an arrest or they can choose not to
authorize and the case would end," she
said.
Brown said if a warrant is autho-
rized, DPS would arrest the suspect or
work with the suspect's attorney to turn
him in to authorities.
"Perhaps, before, people thought you
had to get in a big fight or something
or a fistfight, but now realize unwanted
touching can be considered an assault,"
she said.
On April 4 another assault was
reported in West Quad-when three
women entered a resident's room unin-
vited.
DPS turned over its evidence to the
city prosecutor last week and is waiting
for them to determine what the next
course of action will be.
"We had both parties on site ... and
got them in questioning that night,"
Brown said. "The time frame between
witnesses can be shorter since you
know who all the witnesses are.
LSA sophomore Margaret Kovacs
was unable to contemplate how an
assault could take place in a high-traf-
fic area of West Quad during the after-
noon.
"I don't see how it could happen.
There were a whole bunch of people
walking around," she said.
DPS released a second crime alert
on April 10 after a student reported
See CRIME, Page 8A

History Prof. Sidney Fine stands with his wife of 58 years, Jean, after his final lecture yesterday. "Thank you, as
representatives of the thousands of students whom I have taught that have made my career and life so enjoyable," Fine
told his History 467 class as he capped a 53-year career at the University.

MSA takes up local, international issues

By Carrie Thorson
Daily Staff Reporter
Treasurer Josh Samek was one of many Michi-
gan Student Assembly members who, at last
night's special meeting, posed the question
"Where do we draw the line?"
This question was in reference to the three
controversial resolutions the assembly passed last
night regarding divestment in Burma, the New
Era hat company's alleged use of sweatshop labor
and intelligent design creation theory in schools.
Although these resolutions were pertinent to the
University in some way, assembly members
questioned how involved MSA should be in mat-
ters of state, national and international govern-

ments.
The first resolution opposed Michigan House
Bill 4328, which would require students be
taught not only that evolution is an unproven the-
ory, but that life is the result of the "purposeful,
intelligent design of a creator."
"The sponsors of the bill do not understand
what is meant by a scientific theory," Rackham
student John Solum said. Solum was one of sev-
eral graduate students in science who came to the
meeting to speak for the resolution.
"There should be an avenue in the classroom
to maybe be able to talk about creation," LSA
Rep. Omari Williams said.
Another resolution asked the University to
withdraw any money it has invested in companies

that do business with the government of Myan-
mar, which is accused of perpetuating human
rights violations against its people.
"I pay tuition to the University of Michigan
and I do not want that money to support human
rights abuses and military dictatorship," LSA
freshman Mara Neering said.
Aside from passing these resolutions, the
assembly created the Campus Improvement
Taskforce Initiative but tabled the creation of a
Greek Relations Taskforce until next fall. They
also distributed money garnered from student
fees to student groups for the second time this
semester.
"MSA has never done a second funding cycle
before, and that's absolutely amazing," said Presi-

dent Matt Nolan.
LSA Rep. Rob Goodspeed moved to adjourn
the meeting after old business, forcing the voting
on MSA code amendments to be postponed until
next fall.
"We were going to discuss code amendments
that could be controversial," Goodspeed said. "I
wanted more assembly members present and
interested." When the meeting began there were
slightly more than enough members to legally
vote on resolutions, and by the time the meeting
was adjourned, only the minimum voting block
remained.
"I was disappointed that we adjourned," Nolan
said. " But what we did do tonight was great."
See MSA, Page 8A

i1ncinnati mayor lifts
curfews as city settles-

CINCINNATI (AP) - Promising to make police
more accountable, the mayor lifted a citywide cur-
few yesterday that helped end days of rioting over
the police shooting of an unarmed black man.
"Now that the disturbances have subsided, they
must never occur again," Mayor Charles Luken said.
"We have an opportunity for a new Cincinnati."
However, the mayor did not lift a state of emer-
gency, which allows him to impose curfews and
other restrictions.

than $200,000 in the worst racial unrest in Cincin-
nati since the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther
King Jr.
The streets were mostly quiet over the weekend,
and city officials had hoped to lift the curfew
because it was hurting businesses. The curfew was
scaled back to 11 p.m. Sunday to allow more time
for Easter celebrations.
Joining Luken at a news conference were reli-
gious, business and community leaders who have

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