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"Choice" campaign to drive
trucks with photos of aborted
fetus on nearby highways
By Whitney Elliott
Daily Staff Reporter
A caravan of box trucks displaying photos
of aborted fetuses will hit the highways of
southeastern Michigan this month, and simi-
lar could soon be flying high over Michigan
The project, the Reproductive "Choice"
Campaign, is being brought to Michigan by
, the Center for Bio-ethical Reform, the same
organization that sponsored the Genocide
Awareness Project - last September's exhibit
on the Diag that displayed photos of fetal
remains juxtaposed with photos of historic
acts of genocide.
Trucks began driving in caravan-like
groups on busy highways during peak driving
hours this June in southern California and
Center for Bio-ethical Reform Director
Gregg Cunningham said Michigan was cho-
sen as the next location where the trucks will
drive due to the large population in the south-
east corner of the state combined with what
he said is a lack of knowledge about abortion
"It's a state where there is a lot of confu-
sion about abortion. People don't know much
about what abortion does to a fetus," Cun-
Belle Taylor-McGhee, executive director of
the California Abortions and Reproductive
Rights Action League, said the material
shown on highways and in other public
forums is purely shown for shock value and
does not accurately represent abortion.
"Their whole agenda seems to be one of
distortion and shock. Once (the public) starts
to look at literature it doesn't mirror what
they are promoting," Taylor-McGhee said.
But Cunningham said having the'display
trucks on major highways will target a larger
audience than previous non-mobile efforts,
showing the real effects of abortion.
"Once you get these pictures into your
head, you can't get them out no matter how
much you want them out. The Genocide
See ABORTION, Page 7A
Of the numerous construction projects across campus none are more visible than the future site of the Life Sciences Institute at the corner
of Huron Street and Washtenaw Avenue. Many major campus buildings are closed or have recently undergone renovation.
Countless profects strangle lyf on campus
By Usa Hoffman
Daily Staff Reporter
Summer may be over, but the sights
and sounds of the season, including
orange roadblocks, yellow caution tape
and the noises of construction, continue
on campus and surrounding streets.
With more than 400 campus construc-
tion projects under way, University offi-
cials are attempting to assess which
areas will experience the most conges-
Long-term projects such as the clo-
sure of Rackham Auditorium and addi-
tions to Mason and Haven Halls have
substantially rerouted student traffic.
"Instead of doing all this at once they
should have done this over years," said
LSA sophomore Matt Viaches. "Every-
thing is a mess right now."
As the University tries to refurbish
some of its most prominent buildings for
future generations of students, freshmen
are finding they're not the only ones try-
ing to learn their way around campus.
"There's no way the projects can"be
totally non-disruptive to make the kinds
of changes, improvements and enhance-
ments that everyone in the community
wants them to be," said Facilities and
Operations spokeswoman Diane Brown.
"The people planning the projects
have a lot of things to balance and hope
to dissipate as much of the congestion as
The city of Ann Arbor offered
"rewards" to finish its summer construc-
tion projects - such as reconstructing
Packard Street - before the fall influx
See CONSTRUCTION, Page 7A
Police crack down on
beer, drugs in dorms
Upcoming panel discussions
Today "Making the Case for Diversity in Higher Education:
Testimony by Experts at the University of Michigan"
3-5 p.m., Michigan Union Anderson Room
Sept. 11 "Affirmative Action and the Need for Integration"
3-5 p.m., Union Anderson Room
Oct. 1. "Taking Affirmative Action: A Conversation with
3-5 p.m., Union Kuenzel Room
Oct. 15 "Affirmative Action: Does it Help?"
3-5 p.m., Union Kuenzel Room.
Oct. 26 "Affirmative (In) Action: Viable Strategy or Dead End?"
12-2 p.m., 250 Hutchins Hall
By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter
Thise teof affirmative action is retunn tocmu
der, Race and Justice in the Affirmative Action Debate."
"This series is meant to engage the community in a
dialogue about affirmative action, not to debate it or pre-
sent a completely one-sided view," said Education Prof.
- Pamela Reid, chair of one of the panel discussions.
Because the speakers are coming from different pro-
grams and perspectives, Reid said the coordinators do
not know exactly what opinions will be presented.
e Women's Studies Program, the Institute for
Research on Women and Gender and the Center for
Afro-American and African Studies are co-sponsoring
the series, which features events from today until Oct.
"The series will focus on the beneficial impact affir-
mative action has had for white women in higher educa-
tion and the workplace," said Alisha Fenty, program
coordinator for the Institute.
Gender is seldom'discussed along with affirmative
action, Fenty said, adding that the lectures aim to
increase awareness about the positive impact affirmative
action has in many white women's lives.
money for deferral
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - A cam-
pus housing crunch at schools
around the country is so bad that
Dartmouth College has offered
freshmen the chance to defer their
first year in return for a year of free
Fourteen students out of the roughly
2,000 the Ivy League school accepted
this year have taken Dartmouth 4p on
its offer - worth about $5,000 -
which was extended because of
increased student enrollment.
Other colleges and universities in a
similar bind are building more dorms,
converting study lounges into bed-
rooms or even renting hotels.
"A lot of people asked me, 'Aren't
you going to be a year behind?"' said
Anthony Bramante, who is delaying
his entry into Dartmouth. "But others
admitted that if given the chance to do
it, they would."
Observers cite three reasons for the
enrollment increases: the economy,
demographics and the Internet.
With the economic slowdown, more
high school graduates - estimated at
2.8 million this year - are choosing
college over jobs, and the children of
baby boomers are reaching college
On top of that, the Internet has
made applying to college easier. With
students applying to more schools,
admissions officers have had a.
tougher time gauging who will attend
in the fall, said Barmak Nassirian, a
policy analyst at the American Asso-
ciation of Collegiate Registrars and
Overcrowding is "all the more acute
at the large public universities and the
elite Ivy institutions," Nassirian said.
George Washington University
leased an entire hotel in downtown
Washington, to house its overflow stu-
dents; the University of Arizona has
converted study lounges into bed-
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
Recent encounters with Department of Pub-
lic Safety officers, residence hall security and
the Ann Arbor Police Department have result-
ed in a high number of inebriated minors
receiving citations for possession of drugs and
alcohol and operating a vehicle under the
Most of the incidents on campus involving
alcohol and drugs occurred in residence halls,
particularly Mary Markley, DPS spokeswoman
Diane Brown said.
DPS, in particular, was at times over-
whelmed with the influx of intoxicated
"We issued 22 MIPs this weekend, but we
also had dozens of others where we gave ver-
bal warnings - particularly Saturday night,"
Brown said. "We couldn't physically deal with
everybody. We didn't have enough holding
Brown said DPS procedure calls for minors
who have consumed alcohol to be taken to a
holding cell, but those who are ill may be
taken to an emergency room to be monitored
until they are sober.
Brown said the weather and back-to-school
events contributed to the number of incidents.
"The first week is often a little more free for
folks because they haven't started classes,"
Brown said. "There are a lot of events for peo-
ple to get to know each other and the weather
was wonderful - folks were out and about."
While arrests at residence halls have been
high, the AAPD encountered the usual amount
of party traffic at off-campus housing.
"We have a party patrol that's been in place
for 10 years that responds to noisy parties,"
AAPD Sgt. Michael Logghe said. "It's been
"We couldn't physically
deal with everybody.
We didn't have enough
- Diane Brown
what we expected. Averages this weekend
compare to past years."
Saturday afternoon's football game brought
a combined effort of DPS and local police
departments. Brown said the late game time
provided both students and non-students more
of an opportunity to drink before heading to
"It's not like police are arresting people that
look a bit tipsy. They have to draw some sig-
nificant attention to themselves," Brown said.
"We had 22 people we dealt with, and not all
were alcohol-related," she said. "It was more
than I would have anticipated for a 3:30
Local businesses and University Housing
officials are making a concerted-effort to crack
down on underage drinking.
Some students who have attempted to use
fake IDs at local businesses to obtain alcohol
have had them confiscated. Eddie Galyana,
manager of Strickland's Market on Observato-
ry Street, said he adheres to a zero tolerance
policy for students passing fake IDs.
"We have a sign, people can see it," he said.
"The same thing goes with cigarettes. Some-
times they're not 18 years and they're surprised
when we ask for ID."
See POLICE, Page 7A
New computers, software at computing sites
By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter
While construction has created an eyesore out-
side many University buildings, inside, the sight
is much more appealing thanks to the newest
additions to campus computing sites, including
flat-screened monitors, new computers and new
While upgrades can be found in several loca-
tions, the most visible changes are in the Fish-
bowl where the older model iMacs and Dell
computers have been replaced with black Dell
Pentium IVs and flat panel display Macintosh
"The aesthetic appeal alone makes for a
brighter Fishbowl," said LSA senior Will Ster-
burg. "I have to be honest with you, it is taking a
little while to get used to it. When I walked in
computers have been replaced in the University's
42 computing sites.
Some of the largest upgrades took place in
Angell Hall with 150 new PCs and 90 new Mac-
intosh computers. Additionally, 30 new comput-
ers were replaced in Rescomp sites, 20 at the
School of Education Building and 77 at the
School of Social Work, said Gregory Dumont,
interim manager of Campus Computing Sites.
These new computers are used to replace older
computers that have reached their warranty peri-
od of three years, Dumont added.
"We're on a cycle, we try and do a third over a
three-year period," said Dumont. "We only try to
keep a computer in the site during its warranty
period, which is three-years. All of them worked,
but they were out of warranty."
The University worked with account represen-
tatives from Apple and Dell to select the perfect