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Daily Staff Reporter
The increasing crime rate on campus this year took another
jump early yesterday with the report of a home invasion in
West Quad Residence Hall. A Michigan House third floor res-
ident left her unlocked room around midnight to go down-
stairs to the library. When she returned a few minutes later,
she was immediately suspicious because her door was slightly
"West Quad doors don't stay open," said the woman, an
LSA junior, who wished to remain anonymous.
When she walked into her room, she said she saw an arm
sticking out from behind a closet door.
"I didn't see him ... and then he stepped out behind the
door," said the woman, an LSA junior.
The man told her he was looking for his friend and immedi-
ately left the room. She noticed that her laptop was missing,
ran into the hall, and called the man back. She then noticed
that her laptop was in her closet.
When she asked the man about her laptop, he replied before
he entered the room, he allegedly saw a black man with an
afro walking out. After the resident asked him to give a state-
ment to the Department of Public Safety, the suspect left for
good saying he would return in five minutes. The woman
called DPS a few minutes later
"When I first saw him, I was pretty sure he was trying to
steal something, but I didn't want to confront him," she said.
DPS is currently looking for a 18 to 21 year old Hispanic
male. The suspect is approximately five feet seven inches, and
weighs around 180 pounds. He has black hair shaved close on
the sides and a thin black mustache. The resident said the sus-
pect was wearing dark baggy jeans and a multi-colored tex-
tured shirt.
This is the second serious crime incident in a University
residence hall in less than a week. On Saturday night, an East
Quad resident was assaulted in her room by two males. The

Med residents
stage picket,
protest wages

By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter

"U of M resident doctor/under $10 an hour;'
read a sign being carried by one of the hundreds
of medical residents who picketed in front of the
University Medical Center yesterday demanding
a pay increase.
House Officer Association President Vikas
Parekh, a third-year medical resident who helped
organize the picket, said the average medical res-
ident works 80 hours a week and is only paid
$40,000 a year. That breaks down to $7 to $10
an hour - the same wage as a fast food employ-
"Salary under $10 an hour? That doesn't
come anywhere near the level of education these
people have. I have less of an education than
them, and I make more than they do," said Joel
Nelson, an outpatient at the University Medical
Center whro noticed the demonstrators as he was
leaving the hospital.
The medical residents are asking for a 3 per-
cent pay increase each year to be included in
their contracts.
Parekh said that every other University
employee received a 3 percent pay raise and that
medical residents should not be treated any dif-
HOA and the University Health System have
been involved in negotiations for the past seven
months without reaching an agreement on the

issue of resident wages.
"The administration hasn't been willing to
meet us in the middle," Parekh said.
UMHS claims they do not have the additional
funding to meet the residents' request for a wage
increase, which would add an additional $1.4
million to the hospitals budget; Parekh said.
"These negotiations are taking place during a
time when UMHS and all hospitals - particu-
larly academic medial centers - face an
extremely challenging fiscal climate," said Lloyd
Jacobs, senior associate hospital director.
But throughout the negotiation process the
medical residents have remained dedicated to
patient care by only picketing during their lunch
In addition to the low wages, medical resi-
dents are also faced with huge student loans that
they are unable to defer during their residency.
Parekh said most residents have at least
$100,000 in school loans, which means residents.
must pay $1,000 a month toward their loans -
30 percent of their current salary.
"Most of us can't do that," Parekh said. "Many
of us have families as well that we can't afford to
"While the hospital may be having tough eco-
nomic times we don't feel what we are asking for
is out of the University's means," he said. "In the
end all we want is something fair and reason-
See PICKET, Page 9A

Medical residents picket In front of the University Medical Center yesterday.
They hope to receive a 3 percent raise from the University.

Kozol to keynote symposium

on schC
By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
Jane Ehrenfeld is a first-grade
teacher at Nathan Hale Public School
in Boston. In her class of 21 students,
none are white.
"I've been in five schools in four
states in seven years, and I've never
taught in an integrated school,"
Ehrenfeld said from her home in
Boston. "That's pretty horrifying for
me. ... I see on a daily basis what

iol segregation
segregation does to children. They feld's class and will join her in Ann
lose their ability to talk to other peo- Arbor this weekend as the sympo-
ple and understand other people." sium's keynote and closing speaker.
Ehrenfeld saidshe will address that He said his opening address will
and other concerns as part of a panel focus on urging students to become
discussion at the Law School on Sat- active against what he called "the
urday morning. The panel is part of a shocking dimensions of apartheid in
two-day symposium titled "Separate our northern cities - Detroit, Chica-
But Unequal: The Status of America's go and New York."
Public Schools" in Hutchins Hall in Segregation and its effects are the
the Law Quad. topic of Kozol's 1995 best seller
Author Jonathan Kozol has been "Amazing Grace." He has written
spending time with students in Ehren- nine other books since 1967.

"Most of the kids I write about in
the south Bronx have never seen
white kids when they go to school,"
Kozol said. "Of those 11,000 kids (in
that school district), 21 are white.
They didn't do much worse than that
in Mississippi 50 years ago."
Kozol said standardized testing in
public schools, such as the Michigan
Educational Assessment Program,
exacerbate the problem.
"A lot of (Ehrenfeld's) kids don't

Into the light

Dining services weighs
options for future plans

By Rob Goodspeed
Daily Staff Reporter
With residence hall renovations and
construction in the planning and a con-
stant demand for better and different
food in the residence hall dining halls,
the University's dining services is
exploring its options for the future.
"All of housing is in the process of
undergoing a study planning to reno-
vate all of our real estate," said Alan
Levy, director of public affairs for Uni-
versity Housing. Levy said the renova-
tions and new construction would give

times the notion of a consolidated din-
ing center gets interpreted as a giant
mess hall when in fact that's not what
we're talking about," said Levy.
"There are models around the coun-
try of large facilities that are broken
down into different components that
requires a fair amount of square
footage to do it properly," he added.
Administrators say they have been
traveling around the country to see what
other schools do, most recently traveling
to Cornell University and the University
of California at Los Angeles.

for 2002
By Rohit Ihave
Daily Sports Writer
Yesterday, Michigan football coach
Lloyd Carr announced the 2002 recruit-
ing class on National Signing Day.
Ranked eighth in the nation by Tom
Lemming, this class boasts one of the
best quarterbacks in the country, several
big and quick lineman, four athletic
defensive backs and a trio of fast wide
receivers. While they cannot rival Texas
or Ohio State for big-name superstars,
the Wolverines have hauled in a class
that is sound at nearly every position.
The biggest catch of the group is 6
foot 4, 334 pound Gabriel Watson.
Rated by many as the best player in the
state, Watson's most impressive attribute
may be that he has quickness to play
defensive line (4.96 in the 40- yard
dash), and the strength to pancake oppo-
nents as an offensive lineman (400
pound maximum bench press).
"Gabe is a tremendous player, athlete.
One of the most talented people that
I've met;' said head coach Lloyd Carr.
"He could play anywhere he wants to
play. He wants to be a defensive player
and I think he'll be a great one."
The other prize catch is 6-4 quarter-
back Matt Gutierez. Rated as the No. 26
player in the country by Tom Lemming
of ESPN, Gutierez possesses exception-
al poise, an accurate arm with decent
strength and a reputation as a winner.
"He's got a lot of the same qualities
that Tom Brady has;' said Carr.
Recuiting analyst Allen Wallace
describes Gutierez as an "incredibly
poised youngster, the kind of guy who
has figured out how to help his team the
most. He's very polished, doesn't play
with much of an ego, and can basically
smartly direct an offense down the field.
He doesn't have a fantastic arm, but he's
accurate and doesn't throw many picks.
(Gutierez is) a fantastic prospect."
Aside from Watson and Gutierez, this
class is marked by having capable play-
ers at nearly every position. More
importantly, it complements last year's
defense-heavy haul with a stronger
emphasis at receiver, quarterback and
defensive back.
This year, Carr and retiring recruiting

dining services an opportunity to try
new, more cost-effective approaches to
student dining.
University officials said that large
neighborhood dining halls could pro-
vide students with more options while
saving the University money. "Some-

By Jeremy Beak
Daily Staff Reporter

graduate dies in China


Family and friends were heartbroken this week when
they were notified of the Feb. 3
death of 2001 University graduate
Emily Gruber. Gruber graduated
from the Residential College last
April with degrees in Chinese and
political science.
"She's my star ... She got a lot out of
Ann Arbor," said her father, Walter Gru-
Gruber apparently died from
asphyxiation from carbon monoxide
poisoning, due to a faulty heater in Gruber

Her close friends said she was in love with China, and
wanted to extend her stay for another year. They said this was
because of a love with the Chinese language she had devel-
oped in college.
"Once she decided to learn Chinese, she worked at it
so hard. She always carried around a big pile of flash-
cards," said friend Bill Abresch, who graduated with
While here at the University, Gruber was an active
member of the RC. She also worked in the Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library and the China Data Center.
Close friends who had known Gruber since she was a
freshman remembered her as a very smart, sensitive
person who loved to have fun, especially with her

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