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By Shabina S. Khatri
Daily Staff Reporter

The parking shortage on campus could get even worse next
month, when the University's Parking and Transportation
Services begins its large-scale implementation of automatic
vehicle identification technology.
Replacing the familiar blue and gold lot passes with elec-
tronic AVI chips, officials hope to make the University's
parking system more efficient by rooting out problems such
as pass theft and unauthorized parking.
"For the past two years, we have tried tackling this problem
(of illegal parking) by posting paid monitors at lot entrances,
but this expense has proved to be an inefficient use of
money," said University Facilities and Operations spokes-
woman Diane Brown.
Under the new system, which is not as vulnerable to
human error, AVI antennas are installed at entrance and exit
lanes and communicate by radio frequency with electronic
tags mounted in each vehicle. Once the computer database
verifies authorization, the gates open automatically - granti-
ng the parker hands-free access.
But the issue of access control has left some non-pass-
holding students worried about what the future will bring.
Under the AVI system, parking enforcement hours - which
are currently from.6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
- will be changed at most locations to 24-hour enforcement.
"That would restrict access to students and guests who
See PARKING, Page 7A

Cola and other drinks outside refugee camps in Chaman, Pakistan. The sign under the CocaCola advertisement reads, "Kabul Ice
ts like these near the Afghanistan border are mostly inhabited by Afghan refugees, about 3 milion of whom live In Pakistan.

of a three-part series concluding Wednesday by
and Daily columnist who traveled to Pakistan and
d was born in Pakistan and lived there until 1997.



The United States, till recently, considered it
the perfect candidate for a pariah country. Now
the Americans think it is a front-line state, ally
in their latest adventures in the scorching
deserts of international terrorism and the pala-
tial halls of multinational diplomacy.
The British, who sired it as a bastard child of
colonialism, have never looked it in the eye,
for a father feels shame when he looks at the
loorstep of poverty and chaos.
,but failed. The Taliban tried to divorce it, but
of it, keeping it armed with rockets and fighter-
he so-called Islamic world shuns it for its poverty
ivies its nuclear arsenal and military might.
c analysts live off it. Terrorists use it as a holiday
efugees deplete it. Nuclear scientists adore it.
Superpowers abuse it. Donor agencies ignore it.
s distrust it. Smugglers cajole it. Politicians
Mullahs sleep with its secular soul.
ns. K for Kashmiris. S for Sindhis. Tan for

must save
civil rights
By Cristopher Jo mson
and KrIsten Berry
Daily Staff Reporters
Rep. Lynn Rivers says she is fearful of the recent civil rights
limitations set by the government to protect the public from
"The Constitution is not a document for good times to be
put aside in bad weather," Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) said yester-
day during a discussion at Bethlehem United Church. Wendy
Waggenheim, communications director for the American
Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, joined Rivers to lead the
discussion with about 100 Ann Arbor residents.
Rivers insisted that Americans adhere to the principles of
the Constitution even in times of crisis.
"We better get back in touch with who we are as a people,
and as our founding fathers meant us to be," she said, empha-
sizing that the problems of the
new Republic did not deter "1 do nt see
the framers of the Constitu-
tion from establishing the civil what we have
liberties within our govern-
mnent to lose by
Rivers cited the recent leg-
islation of Congress that holding trials
allowed secret evidence in tri-
als and unlimited detainment publicly"
for foreign residents.
"I am concerned that - Rep. Lynn Rivers
because we are afraid, we are D-Ann Arbor
abandoning our treasured pro-
tections;' she said, comparing the recently passed law to the
internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World
War and the McCarthy trials of the 1950s.
She added that the concept of closed trials is insidious
because they have lower standards of evidence and the press
cannot release information about the court proceedings to the
"I don't see what we have to lose by holding trials publicly;
I only see what we have to gain,"Rivers said.
Waggenheim supported Rivers' argument by urging con-
cerned Americans to act against the slow erosion of civil
rights. She urged her audience to talk to legislators, send let-
ters to the federal government and assist the ACLU in its bat-
tle to protect civil liberties.
Waggenheim cited the new legislation about to emerge in
Michigan's legislature that will impose new regulations on
due process. These include changing the definition of terror-
ism to include protesters if their actions incite violence, allow-
ing a judge to withhold an affidavit for a police search of
property and permitting the state government to wiretap cer-
tain phone lines.

Plans for new theater complex downsized

Despite revisions, project
will cost $42 million more
than originally planned
By Shannon Pettyplece
Daily Staff Reporter.
Plans for the Walgreen Drama Center
that will house the Arthur Miller The-
atre - a major project initiated by for-
mer University President Lee Bollinger
- have been revised by University offi-
cials to better assess the University's
New revisions will add an additional

According to a statement given by the
University Board of Regents in May
2000, the construction was planned to
be finished this year, but construction
has yet to begin.
Robert Kasdin, executive vice presi-
dent and chief financial officer for the
University, said the project is still in the
initial planning stages.
"We haven't spent a penny on con-
struction," he said. "We are now think-
ing through what the next steps should
be. ... Right now the president and
provost are beginning to reconsider sev-
eral options."

to consist of the 600-seat Arthur Miller
Theatre and several smaller reparatory
The current proposal for the center
requires it to hold the Trueblood Theatre,
Arena Theatre and part of the Universi-
ty's Theatre Department as well as the
Arthur Miller Theatre, which has been
reduced to only 450 seats, Kasdin said.
"The Arthur Miller Theatre was origi-
nally thought of as a black-box theater.
In the course of design two changes
were made," Kasdin said.
"One change was a desire to move the
drama department out of the Frieze
Building and into both the Walgreen

second change was a decision to include
both the Trueblood Theatre and the
Arena in the Walgreen Drama Center
The additions to the drama center
have raised the cost from $18 million to
$60 million, Kasdin said.
While the University does not current-
ly have the additional funding, it is
attempting to raise money from donors.
"There is a sense that the University
will continue to seek support from
donors," he said. "Before a shovel goes
in the ground we have to have the
Until the University has the appropri-


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