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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 3

First day of registration goes smoothly

Resident ingests
unknown fluid
A caller reported that a person ingest-
ed an unknown car chemical in Alice
Lloyd Residence Hall Friday. The liquid
was believed to be transmission fluid,
Department of Public Safety reports
state. The person was transported to the
University Hospital Emergency Room.
Large rock thrown
in to car window
A very large rock, estimated at 20
pounds, was thrown in to the front left
window of a car parked in the Hubbard
Street parking lot over the weekend.
The vehicle owner found his glove box
open after leaving the vehicle in the
structure overnight, DPS reports state.
Person found drunk
outside Northwood
A caller reported Saturday that a
person was standing in the middle of a
courtyard in the Northwood V Family
Housing Unit possibly drunk. The per-
son was charged with a minor in pos-
session and released, according to DPS
reports.
Early morning fight
breaks out in Union
A fight was reported early Sunday
morning at the Michigan Union between
two males and a female. A person said
he was punched in the mouth before the
suspect fled on foot, according to DPS
reports. The suspect was described as a
white male, 6-foot-4.
Markley resident
attempts suicide
A Mary Markley Residence Hall
resident was transported to the Univer-
sity Hospital Emergency Room Thurs-
day after sustaining self-inflicted cuts
on her forearm in a possible suicide
attempt, DPS reports state.
Woman taken from
Chem Building for
alcohol overdose
A woman was transported to the
University Hospital Emergency Room
from the Chemistry Building for a pos-
sible alcohol overdose Thursday
evening, according to DPS reports.
Man found snoring
disrupts professor,
assaults officers
A man was reported sleeping in a
restroom outside of a professor's office
in Angell Hall Friday, after the man's
snoring caused the professor to lose
focus of his work and call DPS. DPS
officers arrived at the scene, where the
suspect assaulted them, reports state.
The two officers received injuries, and
the suspect was jailed.
West Quad resident
* charged with MIP
A West Quad Residence Hall resi-
dent was taken to the University
Hospital Emergency Room Friday
for possible alcohol poisoning. The
resident was charged with a minor
in possession, according to DPS
reports.
Person damages
computer after
tripping in office

A caller reported Friday morning that
he tripped over his computer, knocked it
on the floor of his office and damaged
the screen and case, DPS reports state.
The incident occurred at the Industrial
& Operations Engineering Building.
Cell phone stolen
* from unlocked car
A caller reported Saturday morning
that his cell phone was stolen from his
vehicle parked in the Church Street
Parking Lot. The vehicle was unlocked,
according to DPS reports.
- Compiled by Daily News Editor
Lisa Hoffman.

Registrar's Office
encourages people to use new
extended hours.
By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter
Despite delays during past semesters' regis-
tration periods, students were able to register
for classes yesterday on Wolverine Access
without a problem.
"We monitor the system comprehensively
between seven and two in the morning every
day," Linda Green, coordinator of system
communications for the Michigan Adminis-
tration Information Services, said. "We've
had a good day today."
Many students agreed there have not been

any problems with registration so far.
"I've never really had any problems, but I
usually get pretty early registration times,"
LSA junior Dinah Ramirez said.
Last semester, many undergraduate stu-
dents in the first registration group were
unable to register on their designated regis-
tration day due to problems with the Wolver-
ine Access website.
Every student in the remaining registration
group was pushed back two days to allow
computer specialists to fix the problem.
"We identified the problem very quickly,
but it took some time to resolve it," Green
said. "So we had to set up a temporary old
fashioned registration system with pen and

Green said it is possible the system could
encounter delays and glitches in the next two
weeks.
"As more appointments come up during
this week, the evening hours will get very
busy," she added. "The more students who try
to register at the same time, the busier it will
get, so we're encouraging students to ule the
new extended hours between 12 and 2 a.m.
and late mornings to register."
Green said last fall there were not many
students using Wolverine Access during the
new extended hours.
"But it's a good time because there's not
much use of the system, so we encourage stu-
dents to use it then."
Last semester, the Registrar's Office intro-
duced a backpack system to allow students to
search and store their course selections online

before they register.
"It was something students said they want-
ed and we've had lots of good feedback from
it," Green said.
Green said using 'the backpack or at least
working out a schedule beforehand on paper
can help minimize delays.
"Planning ahead certainly is one way stu-
dents can make sure they get in and out
quickly," she added.
Students seem to agree the new backpack
feature is useful.
"It hasn't been a problem registering since
I just entered all of the classes in my back-
pack and everything worked," LSA freshman
Sarah Smith said.
"It seems like there is always something
new to figure out every semester, but so far it
has been pretty easy," Ramirez said.

paper.
"However, once the
again, it stayed up."

system came back up

Bumpin' away

AATU kicked out of Union,
prompts allocationq uestions

DEBBIE MIZ E/Daily
Members of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorouity play against
each other in a game of volleyball yesterday as part of Greek Week.

Clean Community
Program amended
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter 4 m U

By Jordan Schrader
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor Tenants Union, formed to protect tenants'
rights against unscrupulous landlords, is now being evicted
by its own landlord - the University.
The Office Space Allocation Committee, which distrib-
utes offices in the Michigan Union to student groups, has
denied AATU's request to retain its office. OSAC member
Peter Apel, an LSA senior, said the committee's decision is
final.
"AATU is not a true student group in that it does not have
student leadership," Apel said. "Because it is run by an
employee, they're more like an organization masquerading
as a student group."
A number of student volunteers work for AATU, but the
union is directed by Amy Kullenberg, a paid employee. A
board of 11 people, including five students, controls the
organization.
Kullenberg disagreed with OSAC's assessment saying,
"We feel like we addressed all their concerns. We feel like
we're a legitimate student group.... We provide a real stu-
dent-driven service."
"(OSAC) seems to be a kind of secret society," she added.
"It's just a group that comes together to do these particular
things, and then they disband, and there doesn't seem to be
any accountability."
Three Michigan Student Assembly members, three
Michigan Union Board of Representatives members
and two other students make up the committee.
Members of various student groups also voiced their
uncertainty about OSAC's decision-making process.
LSA senior Eric Feldman, who chairs the College
Democrats, said the committee's decisions are often
arbitrary.
"They don't really understand the nature of what groups
do," he said. "They're making decisions based on low
amounts of information."
The College Democrats went through a lengthy reapplica-,
tion process before receiving their office space this year.
Feldman said part of the problem is that OSAC does
not meet with student groups, basing its decision solely
on information submitted in an application.
Kullenberg agreed that OSAC's decisions should be held
to public discussion.
"We feel like that (OSAC's) process has been very secre-
tive," she said. "We requested a meeting with them and they
denied it."
Agreeing that his board would benefit from student group
input and clearer standards, Apel said he would like to see a
student group liaison on OSAC and a clarification of which
qualifications should take priority in making decisions.
"I think OSAC suffers from having vague policy," Apel
said. "There's so many factors we're supposed to consider,
it's difficult to consider which factors are applicable."
But OSAC member Brandon White said if the commit-
tee's latitude to make an individual decision on each case is

reduced, it will lose its ability to give offices to small but
growing and worthy groups.
He gave the example of Dance Marathon, which he said
had little influence on campus when the group first applied
-for office space but has since become an organization with a
major presence.
"Had we denied them an office space because of num-
bers, we wouldn't have the grandiose events like we do
now," White said.
Although Apel said AATU provides a useful function
for the community, he compared it to student service
groups like the Sexual Assault Prevention and Aware-
ness Center that receive space as University depart-
ments.
"When you look at what they are as far as their organiza-
tion ... they're more like a department 'of the University
than a student group," he said.
AATU would like to change its status to something like
that of SAPAC ,but needs time to make the transition, Kul-
lenberg said. In the meantime, she said office space is vital
for the services the union provides the University communi-
ty.
"We need to have a physical space that students and
community members can come to for services," she
said.
An office in the Michigan Union is ideal because of its
central location near many campus housing areas, she said,
adding that it would be difficult to find new space because
AATU has traditionally been antagonistic toward landlords.
Even if the group does find space, she explained, "the cost
would be prohibitive."
With a $1 increase in student fees to fund AATU
pending approval by the University Board of Regents,
the union may have more money to spend. But Kullen-
berg said she is worried the union's new need for office
space will consume that money, prohibiting it from
being used to help students.
AATU's eviction means other, more legitimate stu-
dent groups can use their space, Apel said, stressing the
large amount of space needed by the union.
"An (AATU) office means three other student groups
would be pushed off. They're not three times the student
group everyone else is."
Rackham student Jessica Curtin said AATU deserves the
space and the decision against it is motivated by dislike of
the union by MSA representatives on OSAC.
"I've been on MSA for several years and there's always
been people opposed to giving money to the AATU and sup-
porting them," she said. "I definitely think it's political dis-
crimination against the AATU."
She said her group, the Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action and Integration and Fight for Equality By Any
Means Necessary, was denied space until recently because
committee members see it as a politically radical group.
"The decisions have to be made on a more objective
basis," she said. "I think there's too much room for
political discrimination or audience."

Students living in off-campus
housing will now officially have to
be extra careful to pick up any litter
found in their yards, after members
,of the Ann Arbor City Council voted
last night to amend parts of the Clean
Community Program. The amend-
ments would make it easier for the
city to fine and ticket landowners
whose yards are considered unsightly
due to solid waste.
Though the new amendments
could cause rental companies to fine
tenants who do not follow the pro-
gram, Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje
said the new provisions were not
designed to harm students.
"It's really kind of a student-
friendly ordinance because they are
the ones that have to live there," he
said.
The program would require that
both tenants and landlords be given a
warning that their lawns are too clut-
tered. If the clutter is not picked up,
the landlord will be fined, but that
fine can be transferred to students if
it is added to the leasing agreements.
Hieftje said the number of yards
that currently fail to meet the city's
standards for cleanliness are over-
whelming.
"In 12 minutes (driving), we spot-
ted 20 properties that would be tick-
eted under the new ordinance....
There was one yard that had 28 or 30
newspapers in their yard." he said.
"They have been given plenty of
notice."
Members of the American Federa-
tion of State, County and Municipal
Employees Local 369, the local labor
union for city employees, spoke in
front of the council to voice concern
over the speed and status of their cur-
rent contract negotiations, which
have been in progress for the last
nine months.
"The city prides itself as being pn
the cutting edge of many things, but
labor union contract negotiations do
not seem to be one of them," Union
President Don Ratliff said. "The

--in L4IIIIIIuti
we spotted 20
properties that
would be ticketed
under the new
ordinance.
- John Hieftje
Ann Arbor Mayor
city's negotiating tactics seem to be
treating us like an illegal substance,
in other words, 'just say no,' to our
requests."
Union member Jeff Kahan said
despite the city's refusal to compro-
mise, the union is not considering
undergoing a work-action, such as
the day-long walk-out members of
the University's Graduate Employee
Organization staged during their con-
tract negotiations, because it would
disrupt city life. But he added that he
believes the union's decision to
decline taking those measures has
remained unnoticed.
"Our dedication to professionalism
has not resulted in contract negotia-
tions being expedited," Kahan said.
The members asked council mem-
bers to not cut the wages of the city's
employees in exchange for heavy
wage increases for city administra-
tors and directors.
"Their salaries were recently
increased in order to attract a higher
caliber of person and I'm not saying
that these individuals do not
deserve that money, I'm just asking
for the same consideration for my
fellow union members," Ratliff
said. "Your city employees'
lifestyles are sinking. How does it
look when your low-income hous-
ing projects are becoming the low-
income AFSCME employees
housing projects?"
City council members did not
comment about the negotiations dur-
ing the meeting.

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The Holi celebration was sponsored by the Indian Students Association and not Hindu students, as was reported in
yesterday's Daily on page 7A.
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