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Iowa State student
faces charges for
reporting false rape
AMES, Iowa - A female Iowa State
University student who said four black
males abducted and sexually assaulted
her will face university charges for fil-
ing a false report with the Department
of Public Safety.
Iowa State sophomore Katie Robb
told DPS on Aug. 28 that she was kid-
napped from one of the busiest areas on
campus and transported to a wooded
area where the four men raped her.
The next day, Robb told DPS offi-
cials she fabricated the allegations. No
date for a disciplinary hearing is set yet,
said Dean of Students Pete Englin.
According to court documents, Robb
faced charges in the Story County
courts but changed her initial plea from
not guilty to guilty Oct. 25. She was
charged Sept. 4 with "knowingly
reporting false information concerning
a felony to a law enforcement authori-
Robb said she could not comment on
the case or say if she will attend Iowa
State in the spring semester.
Smokers' rights
addressed at
Indiana University
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A resolu-
tion calling for a nonsmoking zone of
30 feet around all academic buildings
was entertained by the Indiana Univer-
sity Student Association at its meeting
The meeting - a biweekly Congress
session - ended with heated debate
and few conclusive results.
Junior Health and Safety Director
Brian Daviduke sponsored the resolu-
tion and called building entrances "a
decorative ashtray."
The resolution stated smoking on
college campuses has increased dur-
ing the last four years. Because stu-
dents have to walk through smoke as
they enter or exit a classroom build-
ing, the resolution stated that the sec-
ondhand smoke is affecting students'
The resolution would break up the
concentration of smokers at the
entrances of buildings and require them
to stand away from building on the
sidewalks or lawns and diffuse the
smoke., Smoking pavilions were not
given consideration in the resolution,
and smokers would no longer be able to
use the awnings of some of the build-
ings to shield themselves from the
The resolution's goal was to reduce
the effects of second-hand smoke on
students. Some members said the pro-
posal is an unnecessary and ineffective
way to address health concerns and
merely passing by smokers on the way
to and from classes was not concentrat-
ed or severe enough contact to bring
second-hand smoke into play.
"I think everyone can hold their
breath for two seconds," said Indiana
senior Willie Sutherland.
Anti-abortion ad
raises eyebrows at
Columbia College
CHICAGO - The Oct.22 issue of
the Columbia College Chronicle fea-
tured a colorful and well-designed
eight-page advertising insert. On the
front was a retro-looking black and

white picture of a woman with the
words "Life is full of surprises."
The advertisement was for the
Human Life Alliance, an anti-abortion
group. It featured two pictures of abort-
ed fetuses, an interview with a woman
who regrets having had an 4bortion,
interviews with women who are glad
they changed their minds about having
abortions and several other anti-abor-
tion essays.
Columbia College Chronicle adver-
tising and business manager Chris
Richert said that the editors of the paper
did not meet to discuss running the ad
because he knew from viewing a syn-
opsis of it that it did not violate the
paper's policy of rejecting any advertis-
ing that discriminates against race, reli-
gion or sexuality.
"This is a college paper," Richert
added, "and we try not to censor any-
-- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Maria Sprow

Michigan Party focuses on grou

By Kara WenzeI
Daily Stafl Reporter
Boosting the Michigan Student Assembly's bud-
get for student group funding is the main focus of
the Michigan Party candidates running in next
week's MSA election.
"We want to spend a lot more money on student
groups," said Law student and Michigan Party
chair Joe Bernstein. "The average student group
gets only about 20 percent of what they ask for."
Candidate Matthew Franczak, an Engineering
senior, said one of the primary functions of MSA is
"to allocate the mandatory student fees in a fair and
efficient manner."
At the same time, Franczak said he wants to
"pass resolutions making following University
rules a condition of MSA (financial) support.

M ections
Part three of a five-part sesaoutcampaign p tforms
"Groups that waste paper and annoy students by
chalking, postering or using amplified sound in
violation of University policies do not deserve to
have students pay for them."
The Michigan Party wants to change the way
students are represented by MSA.
"This means making sure student fees are used
responsibly and with the maximum benefit for the
student body and lobbying the University to
address actual student concerns," Franczak said.
Michigan Party candidate Brandon Baier, an
LSA sophomore, agrees that MSA needs to make

drastic changes
"Essentially the Michigan Party is about becom-
ing more involved with campus activities," said
candidate Ryan Machasic, an LSA senior. "We
take a very strong stance on becoming involved in
University issues."
Baier said his party is interested in eliminating
the time MSA spends on international issues.
"Passing a resolution on Burma isn't going to do
anything for students, but it actually happened last
year," Baier said.
Michigan Party candidates are interested in mak-
ing several campus improvements.
Franczak said his party wants to improve bus
services between North and Central campuses at
night and on the weekends, an issue Franczak said
has been addressed but never followed through by
candidates in past campaigns.

p funding
The Michigan Party candidates want to start
improving the quality of life on campus by improv-
ing the quality of food students receive.
Baier believes students "get charged too much
for crappy food."
The University residence halls should either
charge much less for their meal plans or serve bet-
ter food, Baier said.
"We want more local businesses to accept Entree
Plus points so the students who eat at those places
could use their Mcards instead of cash," Baier said.
Machasic said his party wants the administration
to hear students' opinions more loudly than in the
"We want to work on getting a student
regent so we have more student involvement
in that top echelon of the University," Macha-
sic said.

Window wonderland 1

Kilpatrick appears to have

A student is busy at work in the courtyard of East Quad Residence Hall
MSA won't ask for
presidentin favor
of affirmat ive action

Also, resolution to
condemn "sexist attacks"
against women postponed
By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter
A resolution to ask the Universi-
ty Board of Regents to search for a
president who supports affirmative
action was voted down at last
night's Michigan Student Assembly
Another resolution that sought to
condemn sexist attacks on women,
specifically women in politics, was
postponed until next week.
The resolution concerning the
regents came down to one vote.
MSA President Matt Nolan
decided to break a simple majority
that would have caused the resolu-
tion to pass by voting against it, an
action he does not usually take.
. "The president of MSA, under
our code, has the right to vote,"
Nolan said. "I try to stay away from
voting because I think the president
should try to be impartial unless he
has to break a tie or feels very
strongly about an issue."
Nolan said he voted against the
resolution not because he opposes
affirmative action, but because he
opposes limiting MSA's support of
the regents if they were to consider
a candidate who did not support
affirmative action.
"These issues are important to
students, so this resolution definite-
ly falls under MSA's responsibility.
It is important to know the stance
the future president takes qn affir-
mative action," said Monique Luse,
Minority Affairs Commission co-
chair and a sponsor of the resolu-

Luse was disappointed that the
resolution did not pass and said it
was because the sponsors consid-
ered it "very legitimate and uncon-
Earlier in the meeting, MSA rep.
resentatives listened to women con-
stituents voice their opinions on
why MSA should pass a resolution
condemning violence and hate
speech against women.
"The effects of sexual assault on
this campus are immense," said
Law student Anna Phillips, who
was speaking on behalf of the Ann
Arbor and University coalitions
against rape. "One thing MSA
could do to eliminate sexual harass
ment and assault on campus is to
pass this resolution."
The resolution was written in
response to an increase in physica
and verbal attacks against women
on campus.
Rackham Rep. Jessica Curtin
said she considered articles pub
lished by the Michigan Independen
and comments chalked on the Diag
to be sexist attacks, thus prompting
her to draft the resolution with
Rackham Rep. Suzanne Perkins
The assembly agreed to postpone
voting on the resolution to allow
time for revisions. There was con
cern expressed by some representa
tives that the resolution emphasized
the significance of the verba
attacks against Curtin over mor
recent physical attacks agains
women on campus, and did no
specify any action.
"When I heard what happened t
Jessica, I was disgusted," sai
Women's Issues Commission Co
Chair Liz Higgins, "but I'm wor
ried about how these rape victim
are going to feel."

won Detroit
DETROIT (AP) - House Democrat- animated Kilpal
ic leader Kwame Kilpatrick appeared ready to lead D
headed toward victory in the Detroit "This has not
mayoral race yesterday, leading City a movement. A
Council president Gil Hill as absentee just begun," Ki
ballots continued to be counted. for us to go for
With 88 percent of the precincts and not waste .
reporting, Kilpatrick led with 98,124 city. ... This N
votes or 54 percent, to Hill's 82,484 exciting journey
votes or 46 percent. Detroit election At Hill's ca
officials said that among the outstanding were still being
ballots were about 47 percent of the sented him wi
absentee ballots. sang "Happy B
Kilpatrick, 31, and Hill, who turned crowd that he fe
70 yesterday, were vying to replace "I have never
Mayor Dennis Archer. Archer, who even if I was,
announced last spring that he would not would not have
seek a third term as mayor of the Hill spent 3
nation's 10th-largest city, did not police force. Hee
endorse either candidate. tion, not only a
Vote counting was slowed earlier yes- also among m
terday when Detroit elections officials Eddie Murphys
stopped counting absentee ballots about boss Coswell T
noon after the state said Detroit failed to Cop" movies.
use software designed to identify flawed
ballots. Sanbor
Wayne County Circuit Judge Cynthia to stat4
Stephens ordered the clerk's office to
count the absentee ballots using the Republican s
state-mandated software. Counting won yesterday
resumed about 7 p.m. replace former
In the Sept. 11 primary, Kilpatrick Michigan Senal
had about 51 percent of the vote, fol- With 100 per
lowed by Hill with 34 percent. ed, Sanborn (R-
Nineteen other candidates split the votes, or 69 pe
rest of the vote. Polls since then have Carl Territo, a
shown many voters were having a hard dent and Utica
time deciding between Hill and Kil- had 9,927 votes
patrick in the nonpartisan general elec- "We were
tion. Detroit, and th
Kilpatrick is a former Detroit teacher Sanborn said. "
with a law degree who built on the long that imaginar
political career of his mother, U.S. Rep. Road."
Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick. He has Vowing to de
served two terms in the state House and and better healt
in January became minority leader. was "overwhe
Flanked by his family, a hoarse but came out from
Two cities
vote down
giay rights
n ers in Traverse City and Kalamazoo U
1 refused yesterday to prohibit
n municipal policies protecting gays
from discrimination, while a pro-
n gay ordinance won overwhelming
- approval in Huntington Woods. v
With all precincts reporting in
g Traverse City, 2,944 voters or 58
g percent opposed amending the city
h charter to bar measures that would
grant gays, lesbians or bisexuals
"protected" status.
e There were 2,152 votes or 42
percent in favor.
A similar city charter amendment
- in Kalamazoo failed, 6,085 votes or
1 54 percent to 5,211 or 46 percent. re
In Huntington Woods, 1,982 vot-
e ers or 69 percent voted to affirm an
t ordinance approved by the city
t commission banning anti-gay dis-
crimination, while 896 or 31 per-
o cent voted against it.
d Similar measures were defeated
- in neighboring Royal Oak and Fer-
- ndale in the past two years. Ypsi-
s lanti is the only city in Michigan
where a pro-gay-rights policy has
been upheld at the ballot box.
Activists say the battle could be

waged in as many as a dozen cities
across the state in the next year.
Opponents of gay-rights legisla-
tion say existing civil rights laws
grant homosexuals and bisexuals
all the protections they need. Out-
lawing discrimination based on sex-
ual orientation would mean giving
gays "special rights," said Fred
Weber, leader of the group that

trick told supporters he's
etroit in a new direction
been a campaign, this is
And the movement has
lpatrick said. "It's time
ward with this movement
.. 12 more years in this,
has been an incredibly
mpaign party as votes
reported, supporters pre-
th a birthday cake and
3irthday," as he told the
It confident.
, ever been a quitter but
the people around me
stood for it," Hill said.
o years on the Detroit
has high name recogmi-
mong city residents but
ovie buffs. He played
irascible, salty-tongued
odd in the "Beverly Hills
n elected
e Senate
tate Rep. Alan Sanborn
in a special election to
Sen. David Jaye in the
cent of the vote record-
-Richmond) had 22,202
ercent, while Democrat
Shelby Township resi-
school board member,
, or 31 percent.
n't running against
ere is no race baiting,"
You're not going to see
y wall at Eight Mile
fend scheduled tax cuts
h care, Sanbom said he
med by the support that
the voters today."


s race

Sanborn will serve the rest of a term
that ends Dec. 31, 2002. The heavily
Republican 12th District covers north-
ern and western Macmb County.
Jaye was expelled from the Senate
in May after several drunken driving
arrests and accusations that he had
assaulted his then-fiancee. He and
Sonia Kloss had broken their engage-
ment in a flurry of accusations and
counter accusations two weeks before
the Sept. 11 GOP special primary.
He lost a chance to regain his seat
when he came in third in the primary.
Guido re-elected
as Dearborn mayor
Incumbent Dearborn Mayor
Michael Guido defeated Lebanese
immigrant Abed Hammoud in an elec-
tion notable for the ethnic overtones
that arose in the wake of the Sept. 11
terror attacks.
Guido, 47, a lifelong city resident,
defeated Hammoud, a Wayne County
assistant prosecutor, to earn a fifth
term as mayor. He received 16,687
votes, or 82 percent, with 81 percent
of precincts reporting. Hammoud
received 3,685 votes, or 18 percent.
Guido downplayed Hammoud's eth-
nic background, saying voters should
focus on who was better qualified to
run the city of 97,000.
After the primary, Hammoud, a
Wayne County assistant prosecutor,
distributed fliers denouncing the
attacks and saying not all Arabs are
Hammoud, 35, faced an uphill battle
against the popular incumbent mayor.
He had 18 percent of the vote in the
Sept. 11 primary, squeaking past for-
mer Police Chief Ron Deziel by just 1
percentage point. Guido received
about 60 percent of the vote. .

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