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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 28, 2001- 3A


Construction displaces A2
skunks; students unhappy

Man arrested for
pulling knife on
student in Union
University Department of Public
Safety officers arrested a man early
yesterday morning after he threatened
a male student in the Michigan Union
first-floor study lounge with a razor
utility knife.
The man, who was wearing a Michi-
gan pullover and appeared to be intoxi-
cated, was lodged at the Washtenaw
County jail, according to DPS reports.
Health care staff
member assaulted
An intoxicated man assaulted a
Maternal and Children's Health Care
staff member Monday morning,
according to DPS reports. The victim
was not injured in the assault.
Following the assault, the man
exposed himself after dropping his
pants. He refused to identify himself
upon the arrival of an officer, and after
his arrest, he was found to have out-
standing warrants. The suspect, who
is not affiliated with the.University,
was briefly hospitalized for his high
blood alcohol level and was being
held at the Washtenaw County jail.
Light pole struck
p during hit-and-run
A vehicle struck a light pole in
front of Martha Cook Residence Hall
in the 900 block of South University
Avenue late Monday evening, accord-
ing to DPS reports. The entire pole
will need to be replaced. The vehicle
and its driver were unknown.
Employee finds
forged check
A staff member in Wolverine Tower
discovered a forged check Wednesday
morning, DPS reports state. The
employee said the recipient altered a
tuition reimbursement check issued by
the University. A copy was given to the
treasurer's office and the University will
conduct a follow-up investigation.
Man seen illegally
1 soliciting on Diag
An "aggressive panhandler" was
found soliciting donations for World
Trade Center relief efforts Wednesday
morning, according to DPS reports.
The man was described as a tall, slen-
der man with black pants and a black
jacket with white stripes.
Runner disturbed
by masturbating
man near Arb
A runner observed a white man mas-
turbating near the Nichols Arboretum
on Monday afternoon, DPS reports
state. The runner was near the entrance
of Gallup Park on a path next to the
railroad tracks. The man was about 40
to 50 years old with a "salt and pepper
beard" and wearing a yellow raincoat
and a black winter cap.
Student reports
neighbors arguing
A resident of Northwood Apart-
ments said he heard a civil dispute
between his neighbors Tuesday
evening, according to DPS reports. He
said he heard his neighbors arguing for
10 minutes and the slam of a door. lie
said they had been fighting on and off
for the past week. No assault occurred.
Patient makes

racist remarks
A Taubman Health Care Center
patient made racial comments in front
of staff and a room full of patients
Wednesday afternoon, according to
DPS reports. The comments were
related to the terrorist attacks on the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Man loses $1,100
at 'U' hospitals
A student reported losing S1,100 at
University Hospitals Tuesday evening,
DPS reports state. He said he had the
money in his pants. DPS was investi-
gating the incident.
- Compiled bV Daily Staff Reporter
Jacquelvn Nixon.

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
There are few smells as distinguish-
able as the one left by a culprit the size
of a cat, and Ann Arbor residents
smell it more often than most. The city
has a skunk problem - but it is not
"It's the same problem all over," said
Diane Stanley, office manager of Ann
Arbor's Critter Control animal removal
service. "Wherever (people) are doing
Stanleysaid campus development
has 'caused more problems than simply
removing sources of food and shelter
for the animals.
"If you take a look around, they
are tearing down every field, wood,
area, all around Ann Arbor. It's a
domino effect," she said. "There's
no place for them to go. They
become adaptable to living in the
Stanley said the number of com-
plaints the company receives about
skunks is comparable only to rac-
Some students aren't so keen about
wildlife going suburban.
LSA junior Ryan Mason said
there had been so many skunks
making a living in his residence this
summer that at one point his house-
mates and neighbors tried scaring

"We had a lot of skunks that just
happened to love our house, I'm not
really sure why."
- Ryan Mason
LSA junior

LSA juniors Rebecca Zemans and Danny Kalick break the fast together yesterday
following Yom Kippur's 25-hour traditional fasting period.
Jew. ishents
observe holiday

one away.
His neighbor, Engineering junior
Justin Bowler, testified that he's had
run-ins with two of the neighbor-
hood skunks. "I threw a stick at
(one). Somehow I hit it," he said,
adding that it was an accident. "I
don't know how I hit it, it was
Bowler said a second skunk was
buried in the sidewalk when construc-
tion workers repaired Packard Street
this summer.
"We had a lot of skunks that just
happened to love our house, I'm not
really sure why," said Mason. "I think
a skunk actually lived in our house at
one point. Every now and then you'd
just walk downstairs and it would just
smell like skunk. It was awful."
Stanley said skunks aren't smelly
animals and only spray as a defense
mechanism. She added that they ordi-
narily aren't dangerous or harmful.
According to, information pub-
lished by S.K.U.N.K.S., an organi-

zation specializing in the rescue,
release and rehabilitation of
skunks, when a skunk does release
its spray, the victim can use dis-
tilled vinegar followed by Dawn
brand dish soap to treat the sprayed
area. Clothes can be cleaned by
soaking in vinegar, followed by
dish soap and laundry detergent,
then air drying in the sun.
To avoid the problem all together,
the organization recommends
removing or protecting any food
sources, including bird seed and
For students who already have
skunk problems, Stanley said ani-
mal removal services will remove
skunks from a student's property for
a fee.
"We relocate them to private proper-
ties where we have permission to relo-
cate them," she said. "There are still
people within the county that have
large amounts of land, and they like

By Tyler Boersen
For the Daily

After 10 "Days of Awe' full of
solemn reflection, Jewish students
began yesterday to look ahead to a
new year and a refreshed spirit. But
the traditional day of atonement car-
ried a more somber note than usual
after the terrorist attacks in New
York and Washington only two
weeks ago.
"The ancient rabbis wrote that one
of the expectations of God on Yom
Kippur is to have a broken heart," said
third-year Law student Joshua Brook.
"Some years it requires a lot of psy-
chological work to get to that place.
But this year, everyone's heart is bro-
But while the holiday was accompa-
nied by feelings of sadness, "They
haven't affected the ways in which we
celebrate," said Rabbi Shena Potter of
Hillel. "The mood is even more
somber than usual, but we think there
has been an even greater turnout."
Wearing yarmulkes and carrying
prayer books, hundreds of University
students attended services yesterday at

the Power Center and Hillel.
"The first step is to acknowledge
sins, ask those you've wronged for for-
giveness, and then you are entitled to
ask God for forgiveness. Yom Kippur
is the last chance to do that," Potter
Yom Kippur is often accompanied
by a 25-hour fast that begins on the
evening prior to the holiday.
"Fasting is a form of atonement and
is used to focus on the more spiritual
things of this world," Potter said.
Because of the great importance of
the holiday to the Jewish community,
many professors allowed students to
miss class.
"Teachers were very accommodat-
ing, as they should be," said LSA
senior Dena Zamore. "I don't consider
that I am missing class because this is
what is important to me today."
"It's a day of renewal, to atone not
only for bad things done in general,
but bad things done to other people.
It's a renewal of spirit," Zamore added.
The Jewish holiday season contin-
ues for another two weeks. It includes
the Festival of Sukkot and concludes
with Simchat Torah on Oct.10.

Stopping to smell the flowers

Cold September
may signal cooler
winter this year

Bill and Janet Smith, both formerly employed by the University Health System, walk through the University Botanical
Gardens yesterday.

But forecasters say
temperatures will return
to normal this weekend
Ihe Associated Press
Snow in September?
It's true. This week's unseason-
able cool snap brought rare Sep-
tember snowflakes to the Gaylord
"We actually had enough snow to
accumulate a half an inch. Then it
all melted," said John Boris,
National Weather Service forecast-
er in Gaylord.
"It is pretty unusual," he said
yesterday of the snow that started
late Tuesday night, mostly in areas
with higher elevations. "It's not the
earliest we've seen snow. It takes a
pretty cold air mass for that to hap-
Statewide, a cool snap has swept
Michigan. And it could be a sign of
the winter to come.
The Climate Prediction Center
near Washington, D.C., a branch of
the National Weather Service, can't
know for sure yet - but it suspects
this winter will be cooler than nor-
Weather service forecaster Danny
Costello said the overall winter out-
look for the state suggests tempera-
tures will be a tad cooler than

"That doesn't mean we won't get
a week or two stretch of above nor-
mal and nice. That's an overall
average," he said.
Meanwhile, this week's brisk
temperatures have kept Ron
Rodriguez busy at his job as a man-
ager at outdoor gear store REI in
"We've had a lot of people come
in inquiring about skis, starting just
this last week," Rodriguez told The
Detroit News. "The beginning of
the winter season is time for people
to buy the stuff that they've been
wanting to get. In the beginning of
the summer, people buy paddling
"Right now, the interest has been
skis, snow boards and warmer jack-
ets," he said. "Cyclists are looking
for something to keep them
warmer, and runners are looking
for gloves and hats to use in the
But forecasters predict a return to
seasonal temperatures for the week-
The government's National Cli-
matic Data Center in Asheville,
N.C., this week released statistics
summing up this past summer.
Temperatures averaged 73.6
degrees Fahrenheit, making it the
fifth warmest summer in records
going back to 1895.

What's happening in Ann Arbor this weekend

"Modern as Opposed to
What?": Inauguration of
the C.V. Cavafy Colle-
giate Professorship in

military plan, featuring
Bruce Gagnon from the
Global Network Against
Weapons and Nuclear
Power in Space, 3 p.m.,

Cancer Fund 5K walk;
Register at 7:30 a.m., Hud-
son Hills Metropark,8801
North Territorial Road,

Campus Information
Centers, 764-INFO,
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