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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 23, 2003 - 3A

Students asked to contribute
their meals to Iraqi civilians

Student smoking
marijuana reports
himself to police

By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter

A person in Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall contacted the Department
of Public Safety early yesterday morn-
ing to request that an ambulance trans-
port him to the emergency room at
University Hospital because he thought
he had smoked too much marijuana.
DPS complied with the student's
request.
Missing medical
instrument found
DPS officers received an unfounded
report Tuesday, when a person working
at the A. Alfred Taubman Health Care
Center reported she believed her stetho-
scope had been stolen. The person later
called DPS again to tell officers she had
located the stethoscope in her office.
Man's 'unusual'
acts cause arrest
A University student calling from
the Chemistry Building reported Tues-
day afternoon that a man acting in an
"unusual manner" had entered a room
in the C.C. Little Science Building
while she was studying. The man's
behavior caused the woman to leave
the building, DPS reports state.
Officers were able to locate the non-
University affiliated suspect, who was
arrested on outstanding warrants from
the Ann Arbor Police Department. DPS
reports did not elaborate on what the
man's unusual behavior consisted of.
Patient's hair
pulled during fight
A caller from University Hospital
requested immediate assistance from
DPS officers Monday morning after
one patient assaulted another patient.
DPS reports state that, upon the offi-
cer's arrival, they discovered the two
patients on the floor with one patient
pulling the other's hair.
Filing cabinet raid
ends in $1.59 loss
A woman working in the Taubman
Health Care Center told.DPS officers
Monday she believed someone has
been periodically ransacking a filing
cabinet in her office. According to
DPS reports, although the woman
always locked her cabinet, she contin-
ued to return to find the cabinet
unlocked and its contents misplaced.
The reports state that the woman
finally contacted DPS upon discover-
ing that a single use packet of allergy
medication had been stolen from the
cabinet. Officers determined that the
medication's value is $1.59.
Officers find fire
after alarm sounds
DPS officers determined that a flam-
ing wastebasket activated the South
Quad Residence Hall fire alarm at 6:18
a.m. Saturday morning. Officers
believe the fire, located on the seventh
floor, started when hot ashes were
dropped in the basket.
Catering truck
takes on building
- and wins
A University catering truck collided
with the building adjacent to a lot at 300
Hill St. at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Accord-
ing to DPS reports, the truck scraped the
side of the building. The building's cop-
per siding was torn away, but the truck
did not sustain any damage.
Person asleep in
stacks escorted
from grad library
Staff members at the Harlan Hatcher

Graduate Library informed police that
a man was found sleeping in the build-
ing's north stacks after it closed last
Thursday morning. The staff members
said the man had been found sleeping
in the same area multiple times.
DPS officers woke the man, who
was identified as a University student,
and escorted him from the building.
Leather chair
stolen from room
New door locks did not stop
unknown suspects from stealing a
black leather chair from a student's
room in East Quad Residence Hall, a
University student reported to DPS.
The chair, which the student believes
was stolen sometime between noon
and 2 p.m. Jan. 16, is valued at $70.
Unwelcome guests
* asked to leave
A man attending a weekend conven-

Anti-war rallies may inspire a community
to protest a war in Iraq, but the diminishing
possibility of a peaceful resolution is stirring
students to aid the people who would be
immediately affected by war - Iraqi civil-
ians.
During this week, students with a meal plan
can contribute to relief work in Iraq without
actually donating cash by sacrificing one meal
credit, and giving funds for the meal to Life
for Relief and Development, a Southfield-
based charity organization.
The Muslim Students' Association, which
has been involved with anti-war events on
campus, organized the drive. The group want-
ed to balance out their protests for peace with
humanitarian work, MSA executive board
member Rima Makhiawala said.
"Most Iraqis are victims of their govern-

"Most Iraqis are
victims of their
government and the
sanctions placed on
them"
- Rima Makhiawala
MSA executive board member
ment and the sanctions placed on them since
the Gulf War," Makhiawala said. "And now
it's unfortunate that people who don't have
any connections with what our government is
trying to get rid of will suffer with war."
MSA is hoping to raise $3,000 through
meal donations for the non-government
organization Life.

Life is working to coordinate with U.N.
charity organizations in Iraq and Syria and
with the U.S. government to provide blankets,
water, tents, medicine and baby formulas in
the event of war.
"As we speak we are trying to get the right
materials to people who are needy," Life Pres-
ident Khalil Jassemm said. "A war would not
only result in the deaths of millions of Iraqis
but it's estimated that four million Iraqi peo-
ple would be displaced and without homes."
Although relief is needed, it has become dif-
ficult to obtain charity licenses through the U.S.
government to help in Iraq, Jassemm said.
Students who donate their meals will give
up their dinners on Feb. 13, but Makhiawala
said students seem happy to help the cause.
"Some students are turned off by political
actitives, but people are always drawn to
humanitarian issues," Makhiawala said. "I
think a lot of the student body really want to
get involved."

LSA student Shefali Kathari donates a meal to an Iraqi family
yesterday at East Quad.

ENDOWMENT
Continued from Page 1A
"That money is there forever for the dean or the department to use," she
said. "The beauty of an endowment is that it is a gift of longevity. It will
last as long as the University lasts."
The first donation intended for the University's endowment was made in
1898 by Elizabeth Bates, a physician from Port Chester, N. Y. Although she
did not attend the University, Bates left money for the Medical School
because it was one of the few at the time that educated women.
In the past year, the University's endowment funds fell 4 percent from
$3.4 to $3.3 million. This drop succeeded a 6 percent fall in the previous
year from $3.6 million to $3.4 million.
Lundberg said that while the University enjoyed considerable financial
success during the bullish market of the late '90s, it shifted its investments
when stocks began to dip to maintain its fiscal holdings. In 2000, the
endowment fund jumped from $2.5 to $3.5 million and has preserved most
of its gain despite the current recession.
"What's important when you look at investment returns is to look at
them for a long period of time," he said. "When the market turned bear, the
University did a good job of holding onto its gains."
Lundberg added that although the endowment fund has suffered only
minimal losses, the University will still need to restrict its spending
because of the significant reduction in state funding anticipated for next
year.
While Michigan has preserved much of its revenue, other universities
have not been so fortunate. According to a recent study by the National
Association of College and University Business Officers, the wealthiest
colleges have suffered the greatest losses. The Massachusetts Institute of
Technology lost 12.6 percent of its holdings while the University of Cali-
fornia lost 10.7 percent.

ACLU
Continued from Page 1A
Dearborn mandates the 30-day waiting period in
order to maintain a safe environment during protests,
Dearborn city spokeswoman Mary Laundroche told the
Detroit Free Press.
The advanced notice allows the city to adequately
staff the events without working their employees over-
time or using police from outside of Dearborn, she
said. The city is especially concerned about automobile
accidents involving protesters.
"It's a balance between protecting the rights of citi-
zens to have free speech while at the same time pre-
serving public safety," Landroche said.
Hamad said the city has been subjective in the
approval of permits.
"The ordinance can be subject to a selective approach
that may be politically influenced. A city ordinance
should be applicable against all situations," Hamad
said.
The ACLU filed for a motion for a preliminary
injunction, but a hearing date has not yet been set.
The ACLU decided to challenge this order now to
enable groups to protest in the immediate future, Stein-
berg said.
"We know of several groups that would like to
protest against the invasion of Iraq," Steinberg said.
"Our clients do not want to break the law. If need be,
we will file for a temporary restraining order and
request an emergency hearing," he said.

ADMINISTRATORS
Continued from Page 1A
"I remember my freshman year feeling completely lost as to
what to do with my time here," LSA sophomore Amy Keller
said. "I really didn't get much guidance, so I felt as if I had to
do most of the reaching."
Keller added that she sometimes thinks administrators do
not always make the best decisions given students' needs.
"I do feel that sometimes this University is run like a busi-
ness;' she said. "It's common knowledge that some professors
are hired purely for their research capabilities, especially with,
our new Life Sciences Initiative, and not necessarily for their,
teaching capabilities. The research that they do, alone, is
enough to put (the University) on the map, but is it necessarily
fulfilling my undergraduate experience?"
But Keller, a member of the Michigan Roundtable and the
executive vice president of the Residence Halls Association,
said many of her negative feelings about the University's;
administration were dissolved after she became more involved
in student groups. "Once I found myself in an organization,
and met many people on the administrative level, I didn't feel
so lost in the crowd," she said.
University officials say they are doing everything they can:
in order to help students like Keller, who want more interac-
tions with the people leading them.
Due to the size of the student body, officials said not all:
interactions can be personal. Officials are turning to other
forms of communication, such as online surveys and e-mail, to
gain student insight.
Still, University administrators do set up fixed times for stu-
dents - like the Michigan Roundtable, the monthly fireside
chats led by University President Mary Sue Coleman and
Open House sessions held at various venues.
"Each session is different as students bring a variety of'
issues Coleman said about the fireside chats. "I find the stu-
dents are very open and willing to talk about all sorts of issues
- problems with classes, or coordination of issues. We have
talked about careers and indecision about majors. I enjoy,
these sessions very much."
But attendance at each fireside chat is limited to only a ran-,
dom selection of students and Coleman said her busy schedule
keeps her from holding more.
Vice President of Student Affairs E. Royster Harper
said she understands students' frustrations with Univer-,
sity administrators. But she added that she does not feel;
administrators always need to be visible in order for,
students to feel comfortable in the University commu-
nity. "We are not where we want to be. We do not see
every student every -semester, and we know that," Harp-
er said. "But sometimes, you just don't need an admin-
istrator."

INDEX
Continued from Page 1A
But Bullard said sponsors are willing to pay a
high premium to get the information a few min-
utes before everyone else because the data has
an important impact on the markets.
"The only conceivable value provided to
these people is their ability to front-run the mar-
ket with that information," he said.
The monthly release of the surveys, which
include the consumer sentiment index and the
index of consumer expectations, always draw
the national spotlight. According to experts,
two-thirds of the U.S. economy is fueled by
consumer spending and consumer sentiment
and consumer expectations have the potential to
either buoy or dent the financial markets.
But one of the subscribers, Jim O'Sullivan,;
the U.S. economist of investment bank UBS

Warburg, said he was skeptical about how large
an impact the surveys have on markets when
there are so many other factors influencing
them daily. "There are a lot of numbers out
there that the government provides, it's just an
extra one;" he said.
O'Sullivan said receiving the data early is not
the sole reason for subscribing to the surveys;
having access to the complete set of historical
data that the surveys produce is also useful for
conducting further analysis.
Critics said the University should not limit
the information to its subscribers.
"I am surprised that the University of
Michigan would opt to release such an impor-
tant number to a selected group of people ear-
lier," said Randall Poe, the communications
director of the Conference Board, a non-profit
organization that conducts the Consumer
Confidence Index, similar to the University's

surveys.
But O'Sullivan said the practice is the only
way for the University to fund the research.
"If it didn't charge people to get it early, then
why would anyone pay; if nobody paid, how
would it operates and it wouldn't exist," he said.
Roger Farmer, an economics professor at the
University of California at Los Angeles, said
the University of Michigan is not alone in giv-
ing special privileges to sponsors.
"I don't think it is unusual. It's just like the
forecasting project at the business school here,
which only allows the sponsors to receive the
information from the university,"he said.
"We are absolutely not making a profit. The
surveys basically receive just enough funding
from the sponsors to pay for the cost of con-
ducting the research," Swanbrow said. "We
have no plan of changing the way the surveys
are funded or changing the way it is released."

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