The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 9, 2001- 3A
0 through fence,
hits 2 pine trees
A vehicle driving in the 2200 block
of Dixboro Road crashed through a
fence Monday morning, according to
Department of Public Safety reports.
The vehicle then glanced off of a pine
tree and drove through another pine
tree. Police were unable to find the
vehicle which fled the scene. The driver
is unknown and DPS was investigating
A student was assaulted Monday
evening at the Central Campus
Recreation Building when another
student threw a basketball at him.
The basketball struck him in the
head, DPS reports state.
sleeping in Union
Police approached a man sleeping
in the Michigan Union Wednesday
morning since h~e was believed to be
trespassing, DPS reports state. He was
later identified as an employee of
The man was advised not to sleep
in the building.
Man ignores 'No
A student said a man with a beard
wearing a blue "mechanic-like" outfit
was soliciting Saturday afternoon in
South Quad Residence Hall, DPS
reports state. The resident said he
ignored the "No soliciting" sign on
5 her door and was trying to promote a
'U' staff members
fight in Angell Hall
Students watched as two female
Human Resources staff members
fought in. Angell Hall Tuesday morn-
ing, according to DPS reports. A large
group crowded around the pair and
began to yell. Human Resources staff
members broke up the fight and both
women were suspended."
DPS was investigating the incident.
from under chair
A student said her backpack was
stolen Tuesday evening while she was
sitting at a table at Shapiro Under-
graduate Library, DPS reports state.
The backpack was taken from under-
neath her chair.
Police found the backpack and
returned it to her. No items were miss-
ing, but papers not belonging to the
victim were found inside.
DPS had no suspects.
Food missing from
A staff member for Med Inn
hotel said Wednesday morning that
food had been stolen over several
nights from the refrigerator,
according to DPS reports. Police
are investigating the incident.
DPS had no suspects.
A new video projector valued at
$12,000 and a $200 DVD player were
stolen from the Literature, Science
and Arts Building between Monday
evening and Wednesday morning,
according to DPS reports. The equip-
ment had been placed in a closet and
were secured to a cart.
Police suspect a crow bar was used
to tear the equipment apart from the
cart. DPS had no suspects and was
investigating the incident.
S Wall damaged by
Skateboarders damaged the newly
installed brick retaining wall on the
east side of Burton Memorial Tower
between the end of October and Nov.
5, according to DPS reports. The
damage is estimated to be more than
DPS had no suspects.
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Yeza party attempts to avoid 'nonsense'
By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter
Engineering junior Joel Wollborg said the
strongest point of the Yeza party's platform is the
fact that none of the Yeza candidates running for
the Michigan Student Assembly seats have had any
experience with MSA at all.
"None of us have done this before, but we con-
sider that an asset to our campaign," said Wollborg.
"We just got sick and tired of all the politics on
campus," Wollborg said. "The people playing
politician should be more focused on what the Uni-
versity's students need."
The meaning of the word "Yeza" has been a
question on many other candidates' minds.
"The word Yeza means many things to many
people," said candidate Dave Sackett, an LSA
Part five of a fve-part series aut campaign platforms
senior. "I like to think of it as a feeling of cama-
raderie, an ideal of friendship and love."
The 12 men in the party formed the group dur-
ing their freshman year when they lived together in
South Quad Residence Hall, but said they had no
interest in student politics at the time.
The Yeza candidates want to assure students
they are not running as a joke.
"We're not trying to do what the FRAT party
did," Sackett said, referring to the Friends
Rebelling Against Tyranny Party that ran in last
year's MSA presidential election on platforms of
afternoon recess and free pizza. "But we're not tak-
ing it with such gravity that what we do is so earth
shattering everybody has to pay attention to us.
Yeza is a bunch of average guys who think we can
approach things wisely."
Yeza is not advertising its campaign on campus
as the other parties are.
"The campus is inundated with these (campaign
advertisements) and it's like everyone is shouting,
Sackett said. "When they're all shouting, you can't
hear anything." Sackett said the Yeza candidates
"also don't want to saturate the campus with such
nonsense. We're students and we have classes and
other things to do."
"All the other parties agree issuing resolutions
against sanctions in Iraq are pointless and they're
ashamed of it, but the same people who broke the
machine are trying to fix it," Wollborg said.
Yeza has decided that on a few main goals they
would like to pursue if they are elected.
Wollborg said his party is interested in making
sure the University attracts better quality graduate
"The GSIs, particularly the math department
GSIs, seem to be less than adequate," Wollborg
said. "I'm running as an engineer, and everyone in
my college has to take math through at least calcu-
lus - Math 216 - and most graduate students
have to do a semester or two of teaching even
though they might not be good at it or want to."
Sackett said his party's other goal is to ask that
new dorms be built new for upperclass students.
"Less than half of the undergrads can live in the
dorms,' Sackett said. "And if you live off campus,
a lot of people you are friends with are separated
from you geographically."
1,250 fa milies expected
By Mathew R. Warren
For the Daily
With the recent bio-terror and
terrorist attacks in the United
States, uneasy students may take a
little extra comfort in having family
in town for parents weekend.
"Being from New York, and with
all that's going on with the country,
it'll be especially nice to have my
family here with me," said LSA
freshman Courtney Tillem.
"My parents live on the East
Coast, and I rarely get a chance to
see them, especially here. They
come once a year, and that's for
Parents Weekend," said LSA sopho-
more Nick Wilson.
But for students whose families
live close, parents weekend is not
always considered that important.
"I live in Grand Rapids, so I just
saw my parents last week," said
LSA freshman Sara Gregory.
Tillem said she will appreciate
the opportunity to show off her new
life at school to her parents.
"It's a really nice idea to have
your parents come see your life
here. I'd wonder what my kid was
doing," Tillem said.
At the same time, some students
are a little apprehensive.
"I'm a little nervous, my parents
haven't seen my room yet, or met
any of my new friends, I don't
know whether they'll approve or
disapprove," said Wilson.
"This is definttely a busy week-
end, even more so than most game
weekends, because we get a push
Thursday though Sunday rather
than just on Saturday," said Grace
Singleton, general manager of The
Gandy Dancer restaurant.
For the estimated 1,250 families
expected to attend, the Alumni
Association has planned an event-
There will be open classes today,
hosted by various professors. Most
schools and colleges will host
receptions for parents.
Today at 4 p.m., English Prof.
Ralph Williams, who was voted
favorite professor by students in
2000, will host a lecture at Kellogg
Auditorium in the Dental Building.
Tonight, the Chicago Comedy
Company will be performing for
parents and students at Hill Audito-
rium. The show will begin at 7:30
The highlight of the weekend
will be the Michigan football game
against Minnesota tomorrow. Tick-
ets are still available but are expect-
ed to sell out. Prior to the game, the
Alumni Association is having a
tailgate for parents and students,
beginning at 9 a.m. in the Indoor
Tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m., the
School of Music will be performing
the opera "The Consul," in the
On Sunday there will be farewell
brunches for parents and students at
8 am, 10:30 a.m., and 1 p.m., in the
Michigan Union Ballroom.
Engineering Dean Stephen Director looks on yesterday as professors prepare for a
series of lectures sponsored by the College of Engineering about the responsibilities
of engineers after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
their res ponsibilities
By Casey Ehrlich
Daily Staff Reporter
University professors gave a series
of six lectures addressing topics such
as bio-terrorism, aircraft security and
the collapse of the World Trade Cen-
ter at a teach-in yesterday afternoon
sponsored by the College of Engineer-
ing and the Center for Research on
Learning and Teaching.
The professors related these issues
to the emerging responsibilities and
opportunities of the University popu-
lation, especially those involved in
"Now that some time has passed
and the shock has worn off, other
questions besides 'Who did this' and
'What should we do' have come up,"
said Chris O'Neal, an event organiz-
er and member of the Center for
Research on Learning and Teaching.
"Questions like 'Why did the World
Trade Center collapse and what can
we do in the future?' can now be
more rationally and respectfully
A lecture centered on bio-terrorism
was given by Pester Adriaens, director
of Fundamental and Applied Microbi-
ology for the Environment, in order to
explain the actual threat of terrorists
using bio-weapons and to help sepa-
rate facts from myths about anthrax.
"What has happened so far is like a
blip on the radio screen," said
Adrieans. "If one death is too many
then we are going to have bio-terror-
ism no matter what."
In addition to the stated goal of
improving public understanding,
Adrieans spoke about the hope for the
further development of technology
that could possibly detect anthrax
without the enormous cost currently
Adriaens asserted that although
anthrax does have the potential to
incapacitate and kill a large number of
people, it is not a method of mass
destruction preferred by terrorists.
Even though the effectiveness of this
weapon is high, it is extremely ineffi-
cient and costly to refine anthrax into
a transmittable state.
"I tend to be on the positive side,
I'm not entirely sure if there is a wide
mass destruction issue," said Adri-
aens. "The biggest advantage that ter-
rorists have is that the public is primed
for panic. There comes a point when
people have too much information
and must put it into a proper perspec-
Engineering Prof. Peretz Friedmann
gave a speech titled "Aircraft Security
Through Design - Is It Practical,"
shedding light on how terrorists were
technically able to maneuver a passen-
ger plane and made suggestions about
how the United States could improve
security measures and deal with future
Friedmann said airplanes should
have the ability to lock into autopilot
when a pilot is threatened, allowing
Air Traffic Control to, take over the
flight path and thus prevent a terrorist
from flying the aircraft.
Although Friedmann explained the
many possible advancements in the
future of air travel he warned that the
terrorists would probably use different
methods of attack next time.
"We can't focus too much on the
terrorist attacks as a model, it is very
unlikely that the same thing would
happen," Friedman said.
Levi Thompson, associate dean for
undergraduate education, explained
that the lectures were given in order to
give information about the technical
and engineering aspects associated
with the events of Sept. 11 and how
these aspects now apply to the after-
"It was a real privilege as an admin-
istrator," Thompson said. "You don't
usually see directly what the benefit of
an event like this is. You can see on
people's faces that they were learning.
There was a heightened sense of
responsibility. I don't think that
would have come out without an event
Bush makes 6th C
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Bush announced yesterday that he has
selected three Michigan judges to fill
longtime vacancies on the 6th U.S.
Court of Appeals, but their confirmation
could be slowed in a political struggle
with Michigan's Democratic senators.
The White House issued a statement
saying that Bush plans to nominate
Judge David McKeague of the U.S. Dis-
trict Court in Lansing, Wayne County
Circuit Court Judge Susan Neilson and
Michigan Court of Appeals Judge
Henry Saad, McKeague and Neilson are
both University of Michigan alumni.
The Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit
Court handles appeals from federal dis-
trict courts in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio
READ TIE RAILY.
A senator from a nominee's home
state can block the confirmation. Michi-
gan Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie
Stabenow said yesterday they would not
approve the new nominations because
President Clinton's.nominees to the 6th
Circuit were never given a confirmation
The Republican-controlled Senate
Judiciary Committee kept Clinton's
nomination of Michigan Court of
Appeals Judge Helene White for more
than four years, longer than any nomi-
nee in Senate history. Clinton's nomina-
tion of Detroit attorney Kathleen
McCree Lewis was pending for a year
and a half when Bush officially with-
drew their nominations in March.
In a letter written Nov. 1, Levin and
Stabenow asked the Bush administra-
tion to establish a bipartisan commis-
sion to fill the Michigan vacancies on
the court. The White House rejected
that proposal in a Nov. 2 letter to the
senators. Levin and Stabenow said yes-
t*rday they still hoped a bipartisan com-
promise could be reached.
One alternative would give the Clin-
ton nominees one of four Michigan
vacancies on the 6th Circuit Court and
the other a seat on the U.S. District
Court in eastern Michigan.
Bush's nominees would then fill the
three other Michigan vacancies on the
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