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January 24, 2003
©2003 The Michigan Daily
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Vol. CXIII, No. 80

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Housing
taskforce
created by
MSA
By Andrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter
Dismal housing conditions, a general
lack of student awareness about tenants'
rights and waves of complaints from stu-
dents about
their land-
lords prompt- -
ed the
Michigan
Student
Assembly to P e
act to
improve
housing con-
ditions for all
students.
At Tues-
day's meeting, MSA created the Student
Housing Taskforce to relay demand for
better off-campus living between ten-
ants, representatives, the University and
the city.
"It's going to talk about the obvious
problems with housing and explain why
there's a need for improvement," MSA
President Sarah Boot said
According to a report drafted by Boot
and MSA Vice President Joe Bernstein,
information collected by the taskforce
will go to Student Legal Services and
the Ann Arbor Tenants Union - who in
turn will provide students with legal
counseling and advice for dealing with
landlords and obtaining housing.
"We decided to place the counseling
part in Student Legal Services," Boot
added. "If that doesn't suffice after a fis-
cal year, maybe MSA will seek more
money from the Regents."
"We're always going to try different
methods of reaching out to students,"
SLS Director Doug Lewis said.
Although most students have turned
to the AATU to resolve conflicts with
their landlords in the past, Boot and
Bernstein said the union is unequipped
to deal with such housing problems
because of its obligation to non-student
residents and a high turnover among its
workforce. "The AATU is composed of
See HOUSING, Page 7

'U' graduate
assaulted on
walk home

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
An unknown man stalked and fon-
dled a woman walking to her home on
Arch Street early yesterday morning.
According to Ann Arbor Police
Department reports, the woman first
noticed the man following her at
approximately 2:40 a.m. while she was
talking to her boyfriend on her cell
phone.
After the conversation ended, the
victim again noticed the man behind
her. AAPD reports state that the
woman purposefully sped up her pace
and was almost home when the man
grabbed her from behind. The man fled
on foot after the victim began to
scream.
AAPD officers, along with a
tracking dog, searched the area for
the suspect but were unable to
locate him. They are continuing to
search for the man.
"We attempted a track which was
unsuccessful. Officers continued to
check the area for at least an hour
after the incident," AAPD Sgt. Tom
Seyfried said.
The woman, a recent University
graduate who wished to remain anony-
mous, said she was walking home
from a downtown bar. She said she
noticed the man while walking on
Arch Street near Packard Street, but
she did not pay attention to him.
"I saw enough to see that it was a
guy," she said, adding that she didn't
think he was a threat. "I could see my
house. I was almost home."

When she saw him again, she began
picking up her pace. When the man
also picked up his pace, she began to
run, but he caught up with her and
grabbed her from behind.
The victim said the man put one
arm over her shoulder and his other
hand between her legs. He did not
speak to her or try to steal her
belongings, she said.
She described him as being a white
male about five-feet-six or five-feet-
seven, but said because she was
jumped from behind and had not origi-
nally paid much attention to him, she
did not get a clear view.
The victim said she then began
screaming, hoping that her housemates
or somebody in the area would hear
her. The screams apparently caused the
attacker to set the victim loose. It's
unknown what direction he left in.
"The police said the best thing I
could have done is yelled ... most peo-
ple freeze up," the victim said. "But if
it had happened farther down the street
- like the Oakland and Arch area that
is very darkly lit - I probably would-
n't have screamed either because I
wouldn't have thought anybody would
hear me"
Other students living in the area, on
the south side of campus near the
Campus Corner party store and Elbel
Field, said the lack of lighting on the
streets concerns them.
"It's not well-lit at all," said LSA
sophomore Andrea Bosco, who lives
on Benjamin Street. "It would definite-
ly be more comforting as far as having
See CRIME, Page 7

BRETT MOUNTAIN/Daily
Members of M-Salsa preform a routine at Encompass Kaleidoscope Muliticultural Show in the Mendelssohn Theater of the
Michigan League last night.
Diversity celebrated at
Enomas performnance

By Rahwa Ghebre-Ab
Daily Staff Reporter

Although most children want a box full of crayons, as
they get older, their perspectives tend to shift from colorful
to black and white, LSA junior Rachel Easley said, referring
to the growing trend of indifference to multiculturalism.
Last night, African, Indian, Arab and numerous other cul-
tural groups performed in support of diversity at the fifth
annual Encompass show in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater.
The show brought together different cultural groups from
Polish to Persian and Greek to Hispanic, in the form of spo-
ken word, dance and song.
"This is the only multicultural show on campus of this
sort," said Hanna Tessema, Encompass show chair.
"It's such a different show because the ethnic groups that

participate are required to have no more than one-half of
their dancers be of their own respective ethnicity. The rest
are of different backgrounds in order to display diversity,"
Tessema said.
"Everyone worked really hard and we're really proud of
the results, considering we had less time than usual,"
Encompass President Deepa Challa said.
With four different groups being added to this year's ros-
ter, this is Encompass' largest show thus far.
"The Africans really needed to come out and represent at
Encompass," said LSA junior Eileen Buckle, vice-president
of the African Student Association - whose group had
never performed in Encompass before.
"We hope that people left with at least a small taste of
various African cultures" Buckle said.
See ENCOMPASS, Page 3

Showing solidarity

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Basketball team
goes for 13 wins
with MSU game

By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer

time Michigan defeated the Spartans in
1998, Michigan State has won a national
championship, four Big Ten Champi-
onships and beaten the Wolverines by a
total margin of 170 points in eight

Just like Tony Montana, Michigan
coach Tommy Amaker always tells the

NIOUL: II:RWILLINGER/Daily
Rackham student Brent Armendinger signs his name in support of
Morgan Linen workers as part of a SOLE protest yesterday.
PassWords may be
at ri Computing
site users warned

ELISE BERGMAN/Duaily
LSA senior Matt Cassatta listens to music and LSA freshman Noel Manning works
dilligently in the South Quad computing site yesterday afternoon.
Record companies
target indl uals for
downloading music

truth ... even when he lies.
Amakerused every spin
move in the book to side-
step and dodge questions
on the importance of Sun-
day's game with Michigan
State (2-3 Big Ten, 10-7
overall) at Crisler Arena.
When asked of the signifi-
cance of the game, he con-
tinued to say that the team
was looking at it as "just the
next game" for the Michi-

CRISLER ARENA
Who: Michigan (5-0 Big
Ten, 12-6 overall) vs.
Michigan State (2-3, 10-7)
When:1 p.m.
Latest: The big game on Sun-
day isn't in San Diego, it's in
Ann Arbor. Watch Michigan
on CBS instead of the Super
Bowl pre-game.

games.
Luckily for the Wolver-
ines, they are not facing the
explosive Spartan teams of
the late '90s. With a 10-7
record and already three
losses in the Big Ten, this is
the weakest Michigan State
team that Michigan has
faced in a long time.
Despite the recent strug-
gles, Michigan State
demolished Penn State, 70-

By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter

after a number of work stations in cam-
pus conputing sites were broken into,
said Liz Sweet, director of the ITCS
User Advocate Office.
Sweet said the break-ins are believed

Early this week, many campus com-
puting site users opened their inboxes to

By EmIly Kraack
Daily Staff Reporter

America's recording industry is taking
the next step toward combating online
file sharing, and won a significant victo-
ry when a federal district court judge in
Washington ordered Verizon Communi-
cations to release a user's subscriber
information to the Recording Industry
Association of America on Tuesday.
According to the court's written deci-
sion, "RIAA provided Verizon with a list
of more than 600 files allegedly down-
loaded by the user on one day."
The RIAA, an industry group, sub-
poenaed Verizon Online, a business unit
of Verizon Communications. The sub-
poena requested information about a
subscriber using Verizon's Internet serv-
ice provider to allegedly share files
using the popular program KaZaA.
"This is a particularly offensive and
egregious case of someone trying to rip

off music," said Jonathan Lamy, RIAA
spokesman.
Verizon representatives argued that
the shared files did not reside in Verizon
servers, but rather on the user's hard-
drive, meaning that these files would not
be protected under the 1998 Digital Mil-
lennium Copyright Act.
Wayne State University law Prof. Jen-
nifer Litman said the case is ground-
breaking because it is the first time an
ISP has been compelled to give up sub-
scriber information after an allegation of
excessive file sharing. She said it is also
one of the first times the recording
industry has gone after individuals
instead of file-sharing companies like
Napster and KaZaA. "I think students
should be aware that when they use
peer-to-peer, they can be traced," Litman
said. "The Internet provider knows who
you are."
LSA sophomore Alyce Johnson said
See VERIZON. Page 7

gan program and the importance of the 36, Wednesday night in a game in which find messages from Information Tech- to have started in late December an
rivalry. its offense and defense returned to form. nology Central Services advising them were discovered in the middle of las
But the Wolverine's (5-0, 12-6) "next The only thing any Michigan player to change their passwords. week. While it does not appear that the
game" is coming against their biggest was willing to say about the upcoming The warning that their passwords may computers were hacked with the inten
rival who has gotten the better of them game was that it was going to be a phys- be at risk was sent to an estimated 7,000 of stealing passwords, she said, there is
in the last eight meetings. Since the last See BASKETBALL, Page 3 uniquename holders as a precaution See PASSWORDS, Page 7
Panelists discuss racial profilng at ACLU event

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By Elizabeth Anderson
Daily Staff Reporter

Gathering students and community members
to discuss legal and personal issues regarding
racial profiling for the second year in a row, the
University's American Civil Liberties Union
chapter hosted a racial profiling symposium.
Despite snow and the frigid temperature, at least
40 audience members attended the event yester-
day evening.
The panel, composed of ACLU Staff Attorney Noel
Saleh, Ann Arbor Police Dept. Chief Daniel Oates and
Law School Prof. Samuel Gross. Of the three panelists,
only Oates participated in last year's panel.

When asked about the need for a racial profiling policy
in the AAPD, Oates said their policy - nearly an exact
copy of that written by the Police Executive Research
Forum - was issued three months after he assumed
the position of police chief in 2001.
"I saw a need to have a policy - a clear statement
(on racial profiling)," Oates said.
Saleh, who said he was hired by the ACLU to con-
centrate on defending civil liberties after Sept. 11,
pointed out some of the discrepancies in racial profil-
ing policies.
"After the Oklahoma City bombing, why didn't we
do racial profiling for young white males ... with hon-
orable discharges from the Army?" Saleh asked.
All three panelists agreed on the problems and mis-

conceptions of the definition of racial profiling.
"What troubles me is the use of the term racial pro-
filing," Oates said.
Racial profiling is "whenever a law enforcement
officer ... investigates a person because the officer
believes that members of that person's racial or ethnic
group are more likely than the population at large to
commit the ... crime," Gross said, adding that a fre-
quent term used to characterize racial profiling -
especially regarding traffic offenses - is "driving
while black."
When asked whether the U.S. Justice Department
post-Sept. 11 targeting of Arabs and Arab Americans
constituted racial profiling, the panelists were divided.
See ACLU, Page 7

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