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LOCAL/STATE

The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 12, 2002 - 3

CR]h4E
Empty, wet purse
stolen from Lloyd
An empty purse was stolen in Alice
Lloyd Hall after it was left in the hall-
way to dry Wednesday evening,
Department of Public Safety reports
state. It had been soaked by the rain.
Bike stolen after
sitting on rack
since October
A bike was reported stolen from
the bike rack at Couzens Residence
Hall yesterday, according to DPS
reports. It had been left at the racks
since October.
Timberland boots,
Mcard stolen in
dorm break-in
A room in West Quad was broken
into around 1 p.m. Tuesday, DPS
reports state. An Mcard and pair of
Timberland boots were stolen in the
forced entry. DPS has no suspects.
Window cracked
in West Quad
An unknown person cracked the
glass on the southeast exterior door to
Williams House in West Quad Resi-
dence Hall at 4 a.m. yesterday morn-
ing, according to DPS reports.
Thieves dismantle
vent, steal laptop
A Compaq laptop valued at $2,000
was taken from a room in Mason Hall
last weekend, DPS reports state. Trim
and a vent were taken off a door to
enter the room. DPS has no suspects.
Caller reports un-
conscious female
on Lloyd floor
A caller reported to DPS Wednesday
morning that a female had passed out
on the 6th floor of Alice Lloyd Resi-
dence Hall's Kline House, according to
DPS reports. She was transported to
University Hospital's emergency room.
Computer network
c rds stolen from
Chemistry Bldg.
A caller reported to DPS that com-
puter network cards were stolen from
three computers in the Chemistry
Building between October 2001 and
March 2002, DPS reports state. There
were no signs of forced entry and DPS
has no suspects.
Laptop taken from
Graduate library
A laptop computer was taken from a
desk on the 4th floor of Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library around 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, according to DPS reports.
DPS has no suspects.
Fire extinguisher
burgled from dorm
A fire extinguisher was stolen from
East Quad around 3 a.m. Wednesday,
DPS reports state.
Man suffers dog

bite but declines
to file report
A DPS officer inside the University
Hospital spoke to the victim of a dog
bite, according to DPS- reports. The
victim said his neighbor's dog bit him
but declined to file a report.
Wallet lost during
trip back to Lloyd
A caller reported he had lost his wal-
let sometime between 7 p.m. Tuesday
and 3 a.m. Wednesday, DPS reports
state. He said he had his wallet in his
backpack when he left, and realized it
was missing when he returned to his
room in Alice Lloyd Residence Hall.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Rob Goodspeed.

Goodness Day celebrates kindness, fun

By Christopher Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
As the warm weather yesterday beckoned stu-
dents to lounge on the greens of the Diag in T-
shirts and sandals while the menace of pending
examinations momentarily faded, the organizers
of Goodness Day distributed cheerful buttons and
candy yesterday to celebrate to the change in sea-
sons and promote minor acts of kindness. The
orange buttons, which read "Finding the time to
be kind," promoted a new consideration of
thoughtfulness among students.
The celebration served to herald the com-
ing of Spring, and event organizers couldn't
have asked for better weather.
"We planned this for the week before
finals," said LSA sophomore Janet O'Connor,
a member of the Goodness Day Planning
Team. "It's just coincidental with the good

weather."
Goodness Day organizer
to promote cheerfulness a
campus, in spite of th
encroaching end of the sem
"We're just showing stud
to be nice and how easyi
O'Connor said.
Business senior Dora Vi
Goodness Day, also stress
purpose of the event. "W
friendliness on campus a
together," she said.
In addition to the orange
ning team distributed gre
gested ideas for acts of kin
included walking throug
smile and thanking a prof

rs said they hoped
nd compassion on
he stressful and
:ester.

nities, sororities and cultural organizations,
contributed to the event.
Members of LSA Student Government dis-
tributed free blue books and Hershey's
Chocolate Kisses to those who passed

for Alpha Phi.
Ellen Kolasky, a member of the Public Inter-
est Research Group in Michigan, said that
although her organization did not plan to pres-
ent a display as part of Goodness Day, the event

cents how easy it is through the Diag. helped to draw the interest of many spectato
it is to have fun," "Part of student government is serving the to sign a petition that encouraged the Univers
community," said LSA freshman Dante Ianni, to reduce the consumption of energy.
ilensky, director of the community service coordinator for LSA- "It's definitely bringing people out to t
ed the lighthearted SG. "We took part so people can relax before Diag who are willing to stop by to see wh
e want to increase finals and so we can give back for what we we offer," she said.
nd bring diversity take in student fees." Many students agreed the event encourag
The Alpha Phi sorority organized a water kind acts among others throughout the day.
buttons, the plan- toy game, rewarding participants with candy "I've had more people open doors forn
en cards that sug- and predictions of their fortune according to and more random people say hello," L
dness. Possibilities their performance. senior Dara Frank said.
;h campus with a "We thought it would be fun. It's good for "I just like buttons and orange is n
essor for an inter- philanthropy, it makes people feel good and favorite color," LSA freshman Tony Rose
we get to skip class," said Music junior thal said, adding that he appreciated t
s, including frater- Megan Johnson, vice president of recruitment greater sense of kindness on campus.
ACLU encourages political
dissent as a patriotic action

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By Soojung Chang
Daily Staff Reporter

A skit featuring the characters Lady Liberty, one of
the founding fathers, "General Attorney" John
Ashcroft, Bill O' Rights and a pint-sized "Dubya"
opened this year's annual meeting of the Washtenaw
County Branch and the University's Chapter of the
American Civil Liberties Union yesterday.
A panel of speakers that included ACLU Legal
Director Michael Steinberg, University history Prof.
Martha Jones, United Auto Worker Health Safety Spe-
cialist Luis Varquez and Heidelberg Project artist Tyree
Guyton spoke on the need for political dissent.
"Dissent is easy and can be done in many different
ways," Washtenaw ACLU board member Mary Rave
said. "The important thing is to speak out so they can't
say that everybody agrees with them."
Steinberg, who spoke about the legitimacy of dissent,
said speaking out against injustice is an American tra-
dition. "In times of crises, it is even more important for
citizens to dissent when the government is doing
wrong," he said. "Dissent is not antipatriotic. ... That's
the point we're trying to make."
Steinberg referred to recent post-Sept. 11 events that
have raised concerns about the civil liberties of Arab-
Americans.
The ACLU recently filed a suit to open the high-pro-
file Rabih Haddad case to the general public. Haddad, a
local Muslim leader, is being held on a visa violation,
while officials investigate the Global Relief Founda-
tion, a charity he co-founded, for possible links to ter-
rorism.
The union also created the Know-Your-Rights Hot-
line for people of Middle Eastern and Arab descent
who received letters requesting interviews following
the terrorists attacks. It is also investigating potential
lawsuits involving complaints against racial profiling
people of Arabic descent.
Rave said they tried to put together a program that
would get more people to come to their annual meet-
ing, where they nominate members for board posi-
tions.

"in times of crisis, it is even
more important for citizens to
dissent when the government
is doing wrong."
- Michael Steinberg
ACLU Legal Director
"It's a very exciting program all about dissent as an
act of patriotism," said Ellen Rabinowitz, president of
the Washtenaw County ACLU. "It is a topic that I think
is important to the times."
Varquez, who directed the opening skit, said theater
has a long history as a tool for expressing dissent. The
cast of the opening skit sang parodies about Attorney
General John Ashcroft and President Bush as Bill
O'Rights was literally stripped of his rights by the
"General Attorney." Lady Liberty, played by Rave,
saved the day by striking down the General Attorney
and driving away Dubya.
Guyton said he used art to show dissent with his Hei-
delberg Project in Detroit.
"I went out and decided that I would change my com-
munity myself," Guyton said. He converted an aban-
doned building into a highly controversial work of art
that the city is trying to shut down.
"These things speak to people at some unintellectual
level and it's very powerful," he said.
"(Guyton's) art deals with social and political issues
that we're facing today," said Jenenne Whitfield, execu-
tive director of the Heidelberg Project.
Rave said the ACLU is a watchdog for the state legis-
lature and the courts. She said they defend people
whose rights are threatened as well as hold lobbies and
educational programs.
"Many people don't really understand what the Bill
of Rights really is. ...What it does is defend the minori-
ty from the majority," she said.

BRENDAN O'DONNELL/Daily
Harvest Mission Community Church member and LSA Junior Peter Shim makes
cotton candy on the Diag as part of Goodness Day yesterday afternoon.
Paraysis victims Cl
Think First addrt*ess
spinal cord injuries

By Kylene Kiang
Daily Staff Reporter
Romulus resident Todd Hammons
suffered a spinal cord injury 13
years ago in a diving accident. He
said back then he was known as a
"wild man" at parties.
"As a 19-year old, I thought I
knew everything - but the truth
was I knew absolutely nothing in
terms of brain and spinal cord
injury. Once you injure them, it
doesn't leave you," Hammons said.
People ages 15 to 24 are most at
risk for spinal cord injuries, as
nearly 20,000 people suffer from
them every year, said Laura Zang,
coordinator for the Ann Arbor
Think First program, a group that
promotes injury prevention aware-
ness to middle and high school stu-
dents.
Zang and Hammond gave stu-
dents a glimpse into life with paral-
ysis as part of a Students Take On
Paralysis event last night at the
Michigan League. STOP is a non-
profit student group that seeks to
promote awareness of spinal cord
injury prevention through campus
events and community service.
Zang's presentation elucidated the
medical ramifications of spinal cord
injuries. Fifty percent of all spinal
cord injuries result in quadraplegia
and more than half of those injuries
are accompanied with some form of

trauma to the brain, she said.
"We still don't know how to trans-
plant neural tissues to cure these
injuries.... The good news is that most
of these injuries are preventable," Zang
said, adding that simple precautions
such as consistently wearing seatbelts or
bicycle helmets increase a person's
chances of surviving injury by 20 times.
Zang said the majority of brain
and spinal cord injuries result from
automobiles, bicycles, playing
sports and swimming pool-related
accidents.
"Young people are constantly put-
ting themselves in harm's way -
especially in the presence of drugs
and alcohol," she said.
After spending six months in reha-
bilitation and another year in outpa-
tient rehabilitation, Hammons said
his unwillingness to give up has
been a constant since his accident.
"I found a ton of patience I never
knew I had," he said.
Hammons gave the audience a
candid account of his daily routine
while stressing the importance of
safety precautions.
"I never thought it could happen
to me. I want people to know that it
could happen to anyone," he said.
Being able to positively influence
others through awareness is some-
thing he fully enjoys, he added.
"I get joy out of it, but at the
same time, there's still a lot of
pain."

THIS WEEK IN
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HISTORY
aril 12, 1955 - Dr.Thomas Francis, Jr., announced that the Salk Polio Vaccine was between
8 and 90 percent effective.As the announcement was made at the University's Rackham
Lecture Hall, reporters called the Daily, who had two stories typeset and ready to roll.With-
in 10 minutes of the official announcement, they were selling a special edition on the steps
of the Student Publications Building.The Daily was the first newspaper to report on the suc-
cess of the vaccine. Daily reporter Lee Marks wrote,"There is no doubt that the fight
against polio is nearing an end. Children can definitely be innoculated successfully against the
crippling effects of paralytic polio, Dr. Francis' report proved."

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Correction:
Department of Public Safety Officer Mark West and his dog Brutus, a two-year-old bengian malinois recently added
to DPS' staff, were incorrectly identified in a caption on page three of Wednesday's Daily. Also, Jessy, the name of DPS'
two-year-old German shepherd, was spelled incorrectly in a story on page three of Wednesday's Daily.

THE CALENDAR
What's happening in Ann Arbor this weekend

FRIDAY
"Medicine as a Bridge to
Peace In the Middle
East"; Lecture by Amy
GoIdstein. Noon-1 p.m..

the Department of Geo-
logical Sciences, Lecture
by Catherine Johnson, 4
p.m., 1538 C. C. Little
Building

of Music, 8 p.m., Britton
Recital Hall, School of
Music
SUNDAY
"Getcha Laugh On"; Spon-

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