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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 20, 2001- 3

Prescriptions for
Vicodin stolen
An employee at Chelsea Family
Practice on Main Street said Thurs-
day afternoon that stolen prescription
pads from the clinic have been used
by an unknown person to obtain the
drug Vicodin, Department of Public
Safety reports state. More than 100
pills had been distributed since the
pads were stolen.
Police hold minor
for possession of
alcohol, marijuana
A person was held by police for
minor in possession of alcohol and
possession of marijuana early
Thursday morning, according to
DPS reports. The person was found
somewhere within the Medical
Campus and 120 beers were
dumped. The marijuana was held as
evidence.
The person was held pending autho-
rization for a warrant
Hospital reports
stolen pillow
A person at University Hospitals
said a pillow had been stolen about
8:45 p.m. Sunday, according to DPS
reports.
DPS had no suspects.
Pedestrian struck,
injured by vehicle
A person was hit by a white minivan
in the 200 block of Observatory Street
on Friday evening, DPS reports state.
Police arrived at the scene to find the
victim on the ground with unknown
injuries.
The victim was taken to University
Hospitals emergency room.
Vehicle damaged
in larceny attempt
Damage to a University vehicle
in a parking lot on Stadium Blvd.
led police to believe someone
attempted to forcibly enter the vehi-
cle Thursday afternoon, according
to DPS reports. Police said the
maroon Dodge Caravan had been
damaged sometime early Thursday
morning.
There was damage to the exterior
handle of the driver's side front door
which appears that an unknown per-
son attempted to pry the handle open
with a crowbar or similar tool. There
was no evidence of a successful lar-
ceny.
DPS had no suspects.
Pop bottles stolen
from residence hall
A person said pop bottles collected
since May were stolen Thursday
morning from Mosher-Jordan Resi-
dence Hall, according to DPS
reports. The bottles were stored in a
janitor's closet.
DPS had no suspects.
Unattended GAP
bookbag stolen
A student said he left his bookbag in
front of Wendy's in the Michigan
Union for half an hour Thursday after-
noon, DPS reports state. While he went
to the computer area, his single-strap

black GAP bag containing several
books. His Mcard and wallet were
stolen.
Police advised the student to cancel
his cards. DPS had no suspects.
Man arrested in
billiards room
Police found two intoxicated men in
the Michigan Union billiards room
Sunday evening, DPS reports state. One
man had an outstanding warrant and
was arrested on the scene.
Fire extinguishers
stolen in Markley
Four fire extinguishers were reported
stolen from Mary Markley Residence
Hall Thursday morning, according to
DPS reports. The extinguishers were
taken from Reeves House and were
replaced immediately.
DPS had no suspects.
- Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
Jacquelyn Nixon.

Faculty say
By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter
Faculty reacted angrily to University President
Lee Bollinger's proposed changes to the Board
of Regents bylaws that would affect the faculty's
role on the Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics.
"Why are we being asked to give up our
rights?" asked Dentistry Prof. Jack Gobetti at
yesterday's Senate Advisory Committee on Uni-
versity Affairs meeting. "I'm looking at it as fac-
ulty are losing a voice. ... Sounds to me like the
wolves are guarding the sheep, and I am 100
percent against it"
If the proposed changes are approved by the
regents at their December meeting. the structural
make-up of the Board in Control would be
affected. The Board in Control's name would be
changed to the Advisory Board on Intercolle-
giate Athletics, the president would be given the
authority to appoint faculty members to the
board and the chair of SACUA would serve as

changes
an ex officio member. The Board of Regents'
authority in some areas would also be eliminated
and replaced by the president.
"It takes away something of the accountability
of a democratic society," said SACUA Secretary
John Lehman, a biology professor.
The changes would also eliminate SACUA's
current role as the business and financial agency
of the athletic program as well as reduce
SACUA's control over athletic facilities.
"With an unscrupulous athletic director this
could become a rather meaningless board," said
SACUA member John Riebesell, a professor of
natural sciences at the University's Dearborn
campus.
Michigan Student Assembly president Matt
Nolan said from a student prospective, he oppos-
es the changes.
"This is taking control of athletics away from
the University communities and putting it in the
hands of the president," Nolan said.
Kinesiology Prof. Marvin Boluyt said that
while he was not familiar with the proposed

Vould reduce its voice
"Sounds to me like the wolves are guarding the
sheep, and I am 100 percent against it."
- Jack Gobetti
Dentistry professor

bylaw changes, he opposes any reduction in fac-
ulty representation on the Board in Control.
"The current situation is already detrimental
to the current interest of the student athletes. I
would be opposed to any changes that would
reduce student interests regarding their academic
welfare," Boluyt said. "Student athletes are
already asked to miss class too many times and
they are asked to spend too much time in prac-
tices and meetings,"
Boluyt said faculty representation on the
Board in Control is essential because the faculty
is the only body concerned with student athletes'
rights.
"Who's interested in the academic perfor-

mance of the kids? The faculty. The balance is
already tipped in the favor of athletics, this
would only make it worse," Boluyt said.
Education Prof. Percy Bates, who was
appointed by Bollinger to a committee responsi-
ble for assessing how the Board in Control was
functioning, said his committee advised the
president to make changes that would bring the
regents bylaws more inline with the current
practices of the Board in Control.
"The committee certainly felt that there were
some changes needed to bring the bylaws inline
with what the board was doing," Bates said, who
added that he was not prepared to speak to the
specifics of Bollinger's proposed bylaw changes.

Legislators seek,
to outlaw drilling
in Great Lakes

By Sarah Scott
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan lawmakers could soon
begin debating two bills that would pro-
hibit drilling for oil and natural gas
under the Great Lakes - but there are
questions about how much gas and oil
would actually be gained.
One bill, introduced by Rep. Barb
Vander Veen (R-Allendale) would pro-
hibit all such drilling unless it originat-
ed from an inland location above the
Great Lakes. The bill is currently in
committee.
"From the time I was going door-to-
door campaigning until now, that's been
the one major environmental issue my
constituents have been interested in,"
said Vander Veen, who represents
Michigan's 89th District, which lies
along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Vander Veen's bill is part of a pack-
age of three bills and two resolutions
known as the Great Lakes Water Pro-
tection Act. After one more hearing by
the Conservation and Recreation Com-
mittee in December, the package
should reach the floor for debate, Van-
der Veen said.
State Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloom-
field Twp.) is sponsoring a similar bill
in the Senate. His bill, which is cur-
rently on the Senate floor, calls for an
outright moratorium that would not
allow any drilling under the Great
Lakes.
Peters, who is also running for gover-
nor, said that he expects hearings on the
bill to end this month and action on his

bill or a similar one when the lawmak-
ers are back in session in January.
"We don't believe there's a whole lot
of oil and gas under the Great Lakes to
begin with," Peters said, "and many
shoreline residents believe that drilling
is incompatible with other recreational
uses."
A less than eight-week supply of nat-
ural gas is believed to be under the
Great Lakes, along with about a three-
week supply of oil, Peters said. That is
not enough to result in a price impact
on heating prices.
Lynn Walter, professor of geological
sciences at the University, does research
about oil, gas and deep waters associat-
ed with oil and gas. She said that in her
experience the oil and gas wells are less
of a problem for the environment than
the development that often comes with
them.
"My experience has been that we
have very little leakage from the thou-
sands of wells we already have....
Noxious gases and brines leaking up
onto the beach is not a realistic reason
(to forbid drilling), putting in a road
that degrades the environment is a big-
ger problem," Walter said.
Walter said that while she is not a
proponent of drilling under the Great
Lakes, the state does use the gas that is
produced in Michigan, adding that the
local oil and gas companies would ben-
efit from the sale of more energy.
"The needs have to be weighed," she
said. "I would like them to decide for
the right reason, not because of bad
data:'

ALEX HOWBERT/Daily
Israeli diplomat Yossi Olmert speaks to a crowd in the Pendelton Roam of the Michigan Union last night. Olmert
lectured on the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presented his view on the war in Afghanistan.
Israeli diplomat's lecture
brl'ngs questions, criticism

Executive testifies
against Taubman

By Maria Sprow
Daily StaffReporter
After he spoke to students about the ongoing con-
flicts between Israelis and Palestinians, Yossi Olmert,
an Israeli diplomat who was an adviser to former
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, left many audi-
ence members feeling dissatisfied that a more open
dialogue did nottake place.
In what was his second visit to campus, Olmert
spoke out against terrorism and the fears he said he has
felt from living in Israel. He also condemned terrorists
and urged students to support the war in Afghanistan.
"It is important that this mission succeed. We have to
defeat those Muslims that are engaged in terrorism," he
said in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union last
night, careful to differentiate between defeating terror-
ists and attacking all Muslims. "It will be the end of
the world if we come to a situation like that."
No matter how Olmert qualified his remarks, many
in attendance, such as engineering grad student Ami-
nah Ibrahim, were angered by the lecture.
"If (they) wanted a speaker that was beneficial, they
would have brought someone else. There was no dia-
logue," Ibrahim said. "There is more than one dialogue
on this issue."
Some affiliated with the organizations that sponsored
the event expressed disappointment that those who
attended were not able to discuss both sides of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Samantha Rollinger, a spokeswoman for the student
group American Movement for Israel, said that the
group invited Olmert to the University to offer his
opinion as an expert but had expected he would
address more of the questions.
"I thought he prevented an intellectual view of the
situation arid the issues at hand," Rollinger said, adding
that his views were not representative of the entire Jew-
ish community.
"For every one Jew, there are three opinions. Almost
every opinion will concur that Israel does have a right
to exist.... He was just here to offer an opinion."

Though Olmert spoke on the conflicts between
America and Afghanistan, the majority of his lecture
centered around the idea that there will never be an
agreement between the two nations if Palestinians do
not stop attacking Israel.
"While they got 50 percent of the territory, we got
100 percent of the violence and terrorism. That is a bad
thing," he said.
Many students attending the event said the Olmert's
lecture did not address Israeli attacks against Palestini-
ans.
Israelis "have issues amongst themselves," said LSA
senior Gamed Zindani, "but they were not even
brought to the surface."
During a question-and-answer session following the
lecture, Olmert dismissed many student questions,
openly questioning the intelligence of the students who
asked them.
At one point in the lecture, Olmert refused to answer
a question he said was a "joke."
"He was dismissive to so many of the questions. If
he's not even going to show respect to the questions
how are we going to get anywhere?" said LSA senior
Fatima Siddique.
"He exhibited the typical Israeli poise on stage,
exhibiting a brash harshness," said LSA freshman Brad
Sugar, an active member of Hillel. "He could have
been a bit more eloquent in his counter argument. I
don't know if everyone knew what they were getting
into."
Olmert said what Israel wants from the Palestinians
is what every person wants in every country: "to get up
in the morning, go out and sleep at night without the
fear of violence."
"Violence did not take the Palestinians even one step
closer to what they want to achieve," he said, later
adding that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat could stop
the violence if he wanted to. "If he can promise in one
place, he should be able to promise in other places.
When he really wants to stop the violence in parts of
territories, then he does. That's why he should stop it
all over."

'U' alum donated
millions in gifts to College
of Architecture & Urban
Planning, medical campus
NEW YORK (AP) - The dis-
graced chief executive of Sotheby's
auction house testified yesterday that
a scheme with Christie's to rip off
their well-heeled clientele was
hatched during a series of secret
meetings in 1993.
Diana Brooks told a jury that Sothe-
by's chairman A. Alfred Taubman and
his counterpart at Christie's, Anthony
Tennant, agreed behind closed doors
that they "were killing each other on the
bottom line, and that it was time to do
something about it."
Taubman, of Bloomfield Hills, is on
trial in Manhattan federal court on
charges he and Tennant stole as much as
$400 million in commissions from sell-
ers from 1993 to 1999. Tennant, 71, of
Andover, England, remains a fugitive.
Brooks claimed Taubman ordered her
to meet with Christie's chief executive
Christopher Davidge and end the costly
rivalry by eliminating discounts and by
fixing commissions -- a violation of
antitrust laws. He also warned her to
keep quiet about it, she added.

"I said, 'Fine, I wouldn't tell any-
one,"' Brooks said.
Brooks - the first woman to head a
major auction house and one of the
most powerful figures in the art world in
the last decade - pleaded guilty in
October 2000 to price-fixing charges.
Hoping to avoid a three-year prison sen-
tence, she also agreed to testify against
Taubman.
Brooks testified that she and Davidge
came up with a plan to charge sellers
identical, nonnegotiable fees and take
other measures to cut costs and boost
revenues. Davidge offered similar testi-
mony last week, saying he was under
orders from Tennant to covertly ease
competition between the venerable auc-
tion houses, which together control
more than 90 percent of the world's art
auctions.
Taubman's lawyer, Robert Fiske,
has alleged that Davidge and Brooks
cut a price-fixing deal without telling
Taubman.
If convicted, Taubman would face up
to three years in prison.
Sotheby's has pleaded guilty to price-
fixing charges and was sentenced to pay
$45 million.
Christie's was granted amnesty by the
government for its cooperation, which
included the testimony of Davidge.

Housing
costly in
Washtenaw
'he Associated Press
Oakland County has the top median
household income among Michigan's
biggest counties, while housing is
most expensive in Washtenaw County,
according to a Census Bureau survey.
Statistics released today offer vari-
ous measures of* economic well-being
in the state's most heavily populated
areas, including housing costs and
types, educational 'attainment and
poverty.
Countywide results were released
from seven of Michigan's 83 counties.
Detroit was the only city large enough
to be included.
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