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Wednesday
November 21, 2001.

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Chief

condemns

racial

profiling

By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter

With the assistance of the American Civil Lib-
erties Union, police unions and members of the
NAACP, Ann Arbor Police Chief Daniel Oates
has solidified the department's racial profiling
policy to state that race and ethnicity will not be
factors in law enforcement decisions.
"It's one of the leading issues in law enforce-

ment, Oates said.
The new policy is one of several changes
within the department resulting from the
AAPD's 18-month study on the issue of racial
profiling which will conclude in March. Oates
said progress concerning the issue has been a
communal effort.
"We're all in this together," he said. "I know
it's an important issue in the community."
Since he took the position as chief, Oates said

he has been trying to get a handle on issues fac-
ing the department. Racial profiling has been a
powerful subject for members of the community
and police officers.
The policy states that race and ethnicity will
never be used as the sole basis for probable cause
or reasonable suspicion. According to the policy,
"officers must be able to articulate specific facts
and circumstances that support reasonable suspi-
cion or probably cause for investigative deten-

tions, traffic stops, arrests, nonconsensual search-
es and property seizures."
Ellen Rabinowitz, president of the Washtenaw
County ACLU, said her group has assisted
AAPD in the study and will continue to be
involved throughout the process.
"I think it was imperative that the police come
out and said that racial profiling is unacceptable,"
Rabinowitz said. In addition, the annual training
of officers on racial profiling is a positive step

taken by the department, she said.
In the past three months alone, officers have
participated in 3 1/2 days training.
"Cops don't want to be known for racial pro-
filing," Oates said. "They will do anything they
can to dispel that myth. They are appreciative of
the training they've received."
Rabinowitz said AAPD has been successful in
uniting community members and leaders to
See PROFILING, Page 7A

Alliance
agrees to
talks in
Germany
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The
alliance that controls Afghanistan's
capital and much of its countryside
agreed yesterday to attend power-shar-
ing talks in Germany next week. A
battlefront commander claimed thou-
sands of Taliban fighters had defected
from Kunduz, the last bastion of the
Islamic militia in the north.
On the front lines of northern
Afghanistan it was fast becoming a win-
ter war. Outside Taliban-held Kunduz,
shivering northern alliance soldiers
thinned out from forward positions to
huddle over fires in their foxholes.
Alliance Gen. Mohammed Daoud
said thousands of Taliban have defected
from Kunduz in recent days, and defec-
tors' own accounts indicate at least hun-
dreds have fled since Sunday. Dozens of
Taliban fighters defected yesterday.
In the capital, Kabul, the northern
alliance's foreign minister, Abdullah,
announced acceptance of a U.N. invita-
tion to talks on setting up a broad-based
government to replace the'Taliban.
The top U.N. envoy to Afghanistan,
Lakhdar Brahimi, said talks would
hopefully begin Monday in or near
Berlin, with fewer than 30 participants
from four different Afghan groupings.
He said he hoped the conference
would take the groupings - "each one
claiming to be fully representative of
the whole of Afghanistan" - and
unite them to choose a provisional
administration. "I very, very much
hope that out of this meeting which is
not, hopefully, only symbolic we will
take some concrete decisions and
steps," Brahimi told reporters after
briefing the U.N. Security Council.
The comment appeared to be in.
response to a statement earlier by the
head of the northern alliance, Burhanud-
din Rabbani, who grudgingly backed off
his demand that the conference be held
in Kabul, which he controls.
While agreeing to a meeting in
Europe, Rabbani told CNN yesterday
that such a gathering would only be
"symbolic" and that he would still insist
that the hard decisions on Afghanistan's
future be made in the country.
The Germany conference is open-
ended. But Francesc Vendrell, Brahimi's
deputy, said it should be completed by
Dec. 7. It is aimed at paving the way for
a much larger grand council of Afghan
groups, which would establish a new
government.
Aside from the northern alliance,
three other groups will attend the con-
ference - all largely made up of
Afghan exiles and all including Pash-
tuns, Afghanistan's largest ethnic group.
The Taliban, whose leadership was
mostly Pashtun, are excluded.

Buns in the oven

Shoppers
may find
best deals
in y ears
By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
The Friday after Thanksgiving traditionally opens the
holiday shopping season, but while customers worry about
finding gifts for family and friends, store managers are
concerned with overcoming the nation's economic prob-
lems and finding seasonal employees.
As a result, customers may find some of the best deals
in years - if they're willing to wait in line longer at the
cash register.
Jerry Vibber, manager of Eddie Bauer at Briarwood
Mall, said customers shop on Friday because they aren't
busy during Thanksgiving break and because stores offer a
full selection of merchandise at the beginning of the holi-
day season. As the season progresses, he said, popular
items quickly disappear.
Seth Beebe, manager of Abercrombie and Fitch, said
the Friday after Thanksgiving is an important business day
because his store earns six to seven times the profit it does
on a normal weekday.
To accommodate the increase in customers, Beebe said
Abercrombie and Fitch will extend its working hours this
Friday, but he said the store is struggling to find enough,
employees to work on the day.
"We have about a hundred more hours to use on Friday
and Saturday for employees than we usually do. To fill
those hours we need 20 to 30 more people than we usually
have," Beebe said. "Currently, we do not have enough
employees. Probably, if you come here on Friday, it's
going to be really slow."
Beebe said in past years, employees from his store asked
their friends to work during the Thanksgiving weekend and
recruited students from the University, and he prepared the
See SHOPPING, Page 7A

ALYSSA WOOD/Daily
Employee Chris Brown bakes bread for the Thanksgiving holiday yesterday at the Great- Harvest Bread Company on South Main Street.
explore Andean culture

By Louie Melzlish
Daily Staff Reporter

The connection between classical litera-
ture and Latin American culture will be fur-
ther explored if the winner of a $1.5 million
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant gets
her way.
University classical studies and history
Prof. Sabine MacCormack has been present-
ed the foundation's Distinguished Achieve-
ment Award for her work in the humanities.

A 10-year faculty member at the Universi-
ty, MacCormack said she wants to bring vis-
itors from Andean countries to campus to
lecture graduate and undergraduate students
and familiarize them about Andean cultures
and the classical influence on those cultures.
"What I'm interested here is how the
explanatory models that were used by
ancient historians to describe. ancient
empires and political empires were used to
describe the same phenomenon in the Amer-
icas," MacCormack said.

MacCormack also said the benefit of the
award is that it can be used to further the
study of a discipline that doesn't receive as
much attention as it should.
"There really isn't a lot (of research) for
South America and I think it would be really
useful for us to look at the American past in
such a contest," she said.
Another possible use of the funds, Mac-
Cormack said, is to stage a performance on
campus of a tragedy about the death of the
See GRANT, Page 7A

Symptoms of fl ofiten
confused with anthrax

By C. Price Jones
Daily Staff Reporter
Despite the recent anthrax frenzy, a more deadly disease
could prove fatal to many Americans. This disease is one that
has killed over 600,000 people nationwide in its last three
major epidemics and is much easier to contract than anthrax
- the influenza virus.
While anthrax has replaced influenza as the country's pri-
mary immunization concern, confusing flu symptoms with
anthrax symptoms will more than likely result in unnecessary
panic.

Though there have been 22 cases of anthrax since Nov. 7,
the flu accounts for more than 20,000 deaths and 100,000
hospitalizations annually in the United States. The flu mainly
kills the elderly and infants, but all adults are susceptible.
"There is a low likelihood of developing anthrax because
it's in very isolated areas, we have medicine and antibiotics to
prevent the disease, and it's not contagious," said Curtis
Allen, spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. "There is a.high likelihood of developing influen-
za.... There are tens of millions of influenza cases per year."
Confusing the flu with something more serious like
See FLU, Page 7A

ALYSSA WOOD/Daily
Ray F. Schnueringer, a University alum, receives his first flu shot at the
University Health Service this month.

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New store in Ypsi caters to Greeks

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THE OPPONENT
Ohio State is now out of the Big Ten
title race, but the Buckeyes would
love to spoil Michigan's season.
LAST WEEK
Michigan escaped with a 20-17
win over Wisconsin. Ohio State
lost to Illinois, 34-22.
OUTLOOK
A Michigan win will give at least a
share of the Bie Ten chamnionship and

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By Daniel Kim
Daily Staff Writer
Greek students at the University
no longer have to drive to Detroit,
Lansing, or even Bowling Green,
Ohio, to purchase items that are
essential to fraternity and sorority
life.
Located on Michigan Avenue in
downtown Ypsilanti, about 15 min-
utes from the University campus,
Greek Desires carries Greek para-
phernalia such as T-shirts, license
plates, doormats, key chains and
paddles.
The store opened last month to
cater to both Eastern Michigan Uni-

Store owner LaToya Holmes, a
graduate of EMU and former mem-
ber of the Greek system, said her
own undergraduate experience
motivated her to open the store.
"Shopping for Greek stuff was
very inconvenient. We had to drive
to stores far away, like in Detroit,
and the stores there didn't have
good hours. It was very difficult to
just get there let alone have the time
to shop," Holmes said.
Many Greek students at the Uni-
versity of Michigan have never been
able to see items sporting their own
Greek letters or symbols before pur-
chasing them.
"Right now, we have to order

said Burke Raine, an LSA senior
and president of the Pi Kappa Alpha
fraternity.
Having a store geared specifically
toward the Greek community
"would make buying things like
cups, party favors, sweatshirts, and
T-shirts with Greek logos and letters
a lot easier," added Raine.
Although Greek Desires is locat-
ed in Ypsilanti, "it's still better than
what we have now," said Kate
Gagleard, an Engineering senior and
president of the Phi Sigma Rho
engineering fraternity.
The University Greek students
can also take advantage of Student
Buyers' Association, a cooperative

various vendors to provide dis-
counted rates to its members. About
60 Greek fraternities and sororities
are part of SBA.
"I would prefer that (students) go
through the vendors we offer when
they are buying in bulk," said Judith
Raymond, general manager of SBA.
However, Raymond added that for
-smaller, individual purchases, stores
like Greek Desires are in a great
need near campus, which has 4,100
students involved in the Greek sys-
tem, according to the Office of
Greek Life.
Holmes said she plans to imple-
ment online ordering system to cus-
tomers within the next few months.

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