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Police may deter potential runners
By Jeremy Berkowitz
and Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporters
A Naked Mile crackdown last year that
resulted in a dramatic decrease in runners left
many students and law enforcement officials
speculating whether the 17-year-old tradition
will die this year or whether a revival is in the
"I'm not sure if it's a dead tradition. ... I think
maybe we'll have a couple years where it's gonna
be smaller and then maybe there'll be some peo-
ple who'll want to bring back the tradition,"
Engineering senior Suzanne Martin said.
Ann Arbor Police Department spokesman
Sgt. Michael Logghe said the danger of the
Naked Mile has grown in recent years. "What
By Sh non Pettypiece
and Kara Wenzei
Daily Staff Reporters
started as a prank has grown into something
that has gone out of control," he said.
Department of Public Safety spokeswoman
Diane Brown said DPS and AAPD are collabo-
rating to patrol the event. DPS will patrol cam-
pus locations, while AAPD plans to stay
primarily on South University Avenue, east of
Cava Java. Construction areas around campus
will be fenced off from students, and the West
Engineering Arch will also be closed. Brown
added enforcement officials from around
Washtenaw County plan to be present in Ann
Arbor tonight as a part of a state task force to
crack down on drunk driving.
"You could see a police car from one of these
outlined jurisdictions on Washtenaw Avenue
enforcing liquor law violations," Brown said.
Though the number of participants decreased
last year, arrests increased from previous years.
Brown said 16 people were arrested last year
by DPS and AAPD combined - nine for inde-
cent exposure, five for disorderly conduct, one
for a minor in possession of alcohol citation
and one for marijuana possession.
Logghe said similar enforcement tactics plan
to be utilized this year. He said the AAPD and
the University issued strong concerns for the
safety of students, particularly with a growing
number of pedophiles in recent Naked Mile
crowds. But he conceded that in the end it is up
to the runners whether the event will take place. .
"We're concerned with, obviously, what hap-
pens on the city streets," Logghe said. "I think
we've gotten the word out. It depends on
whether people decide to take our advice."
Student reaction to the crackdown is mixed.
Many students say they see the pedophiles as
the Mile's main problem and believe law
enforcement officials should be paying more
attention to unwanted audience members rather
than the runners.
"I think there has been a lot of people with
video cameras, that should be a problem,"
Kinesiology senior Bradley Kenna said. "I
think that should be banned and just let people
have their fun."
LSA junior Edgar Zapata, former co-chair of
the MSA Community Service Commission, said
the main problem with the Naked Mile is the
recent commercialization of the event. The police
should pay more attention to out-of-towners, he
added. But he said he understands law enforce-
ment officials cannot endorse an illegal activity.
"The police department is not going to form
a line to that because that would show indirect-
ly," Zapata said.
Last year's Naked Mile was broadcast over the
Internet. To preserve the tradition and avoid
arrests, some students are trying to come up with
alternative versions of the mile. Engineering sen-
ior Nicholas Noreus said he is hoping to establish
the "skivvy mile" which would have students
running in their underwear. While Brown said it
is difficult to tell what officers' reaction would be
to this alteration, some students responded with
disgust or apathy to the idea.
"I don't really think (running in underwear)
would be the same. I think that'd be almost worse
than not having it because it wouldn't be tradi-
tion. It would just make it obvious that the Uni-
versity has cracked down and that we're not free
to do what we want to do;' Martin said.
By Soojung Chang
Daily Staff Reporter
As the semester draws to a close and
the campus begins to empty, members of
the University community are express-
ing frustration and concern about the
confidentiality of the presidential search.
"I've heard nothing about the search
process. I wish the search committee
would give the faculty and staff some
information as to where they are, how
many candidates they have, are they
interviewing anyone ... when will they
be done," Dental School Prof Jack Gob-
etti said. "I know there has to be some
security, but they should be able to tell
the faculty something by now."
Michigan law stipulates that the Uni-
versity Board of Regents must release
a list of finalists, but it can have as few
as one finalist. The regents must elect
the president in public from that list of
Theoretically, the regents could publi-
cize the finalists' names and hire one of
them the same day.
The search committee does not have
to release any information about the can-
didates besides the list of finalists, Uni-
versity spokeswoman Julie Peterson
The process differs substantially from
the last presidential search, in which the
regents held more than one public ses-
sion of interviews and released all infor-
mation on candidates and finalists.
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled
that universities are not required to dis-
close anything more than a list of final-
ists during a presidential search in
1999, two years after the University
hired former President Lee Bollinger.
See SEARCH, Page 2
Students carrying four stretchers draped with Palestinian
and Israeli flags representing the victims of the Israeli occu-
pation of the West Bank were the focus of a mock Middle
East funeral procession that gathered outside the Fleming
Administration. Building yesterday. Recent events, including
what Palestinians call a massacre at the Jenin refugee camp,
inspired the event.
Engineering junior Ashraf Zahr said the main purposes of
the procession were to heighten awareness about the loss of
both Israeli and Palestinian lives, and to show the University
administration that they want them to end backing of corpo-
rations that support the occupation.
DAVID KATZ/Daily Zahr said students on other college campuses across the
Students and members of Students Allied for Freedom and Equality march around the Fleming Administration Building yesterday during a mock country are also trying to get their administrations to divest
funeral possession representing victims of Israeli occupation in the Middle East. See RALLY, Page 5
30 w1nners named at pwood Aads
By Tyler Boersen
Daily Staff Reporter
Following a tradition of excellence, more
than 30 students were inaugurated yesterday
into a unique brotherhood of distinguished
Hopwood Award winners including "Death of
a Salesman" playwright Arthur Miller and
"Star Wars" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.
"This is the oldest and best known series of
writing prizes in the country and it is a very
good indicator of future success," said Eng-
lish Prof. Nicholas Delbanco, director of the
Hopwood Awards Program.
Music freshman Andrew Horowitz said he
was stunned when he won his $3,000 award for
short fiction and was excited as he looked back
on a childhood spent in remedial reading class-
es. As one of two freshman to win, he said the
award has been especially encouraging.
"It was very unexpected, and it was bigger
than any award I won for music. It made me
kind of think twice about just pursuing a
music career," Horowitz said.
Rackham student Ava Justine Pawlak said
she was a little overwhelmed with her two
awards in graduate short fiction. She hopes her
winnings will allow her to spend the summer
working on her writing rather than at a job.
"I don't normally win things," she said.
Among other big winners, LSA senior
Corey Michael Madsen won three awards
totaling more than $11,000, and Rackham
student David Morse earned three awards
The ceremony included a lecture from Univer-
sity alum and previous Hopwood winner
Edmund White on "writing gay." White
"It was very unexpected, and it was bigger than
any award I won for music. It made me think twice
about just pursuing a music career.
Music freshman and $3,000 Hopwood Award winner
described his attempts at writing fiction with a
homosexual theme before the gay liberation
movement began in 1969. His works, including
an off-Broadway play that won a 1962 Hopwood,
were often trounced in newspaper reviews.
White said he hopes the award will help to
embolden the winners in "this struggle of a
Awards are presented in several areas includ-
ing drama, screenplay, essay, novel, short fic-
tion and poetry. Entries in each area are judged
by two nationally recognized authors and
prizes ranged from $1,000 to. $7,000.
The Hopwood Awards were created through
the will of University alum Avery Hopwood,
who bequeathed one-fifth of his estate for the
encouragement of creative writing at the Uni-
By Tomlsiav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
Resolutions establishing a free bus shuttle for students
this week to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and supporting
Ride to Remember 9/11 were passed last night at the final
Michigan Student Assembly meeting of the winter term.
MSA approved the allocation of $2,400 - half of which
pays for a security deposit and will be reimbursed - to cre-
ate a free shuttle that will pick up students at the Michigan
Union, Hill area and Bursley Residence Hall and transport
them to Metro. The bus will leave the Union at noon tomor-
row and Friday, and at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and weekdays
during finals week.
MSA President Sarah Boot said the shuttle, which will
transport up to 30 students at a time with one piece of lug-
gage, can "have a huge impact for the students who are able
to use it."
Engineering junior Elliott Wells-Reid, who organized
much of the project, said MSA hopes to encourage the
administration to pursue the creation of future shuttles dur-
ing Thanksgiving and Winter breaks by proving that a sig-
Powell attempts to
JERUSALEM (AP) - Secretary of
State Colin Powell, struggling for
progress at the end of a frustrating trip
to the Middle East, pushed Israel yes-
terday to expand its withdrawal from
the West Bank and sought fresh assur-
ances from the Palestinians to stop vio-
Powell also raised prospects of a
peace conference in the United States
that would accelerate the political
process, one that President Bush and
Powell have said must produce a Pales-
"I think we are making progress and
are looking forward to making more
progress in the next 24 hours," Powell
But Israeli forces moved into a West
Bank town and three villages near
Jerusalem and imposed curfews as part
of a high security alert timed to Israel's
Palestinians condemned the new
incursions. But Powell has tempered
his public calls for a total and quick
military departure now that Israeli
Ramallah and Bethlehem within a
In any event, Israeli officials said the
withdrawal would not preclude efforts
to arrest Fuad Shobaki, whom they
accused of overseeing attacks on Israel
and the abortive shipment of 50 tons of
Iranian weapons to the Palestinians.
And, the officials said on condition
of anonymity, they remained deter-
mined to arrest the plotters of the
assassination last October of Tourism
Minister Rehavam Zeevi.
Powell will have a second and final
session with Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat today at his rocket-battered
Ramallah headquarters, where he's
been confined by Israeli troops for
nearly three weeks.
In his meeting with Arafat, and in a
one-hour session yesterday with
Sharon at the prime minister's home in
midtown Jerusalem, Powell also was
taking up the international peace con-
ference that is quickly taking shape.
He would like to wind up the trip
with fresh assurances from Arafat to
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