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LOCAL/STATE

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 6, 2003 -- 3A

Suspect exposes
himself while
walking down Hill
The Department of Public Safety
spent part of Tuesday afternoon
searching for a man -- described as
a 30-year-old, 6-foot-tall white male
of average build wearing a red base-
ball hat, a dark jacket and work
jeans - who witnesses saw expos-
ing himself on Hill Street near
South Forest Avenue at approxi-
mately 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.
DPS reports state the man was last
seen walking down Hill toward State
Street, but officers responding to the
call were unable to locate him. The
incident was turned over to the Ann
Arbor Police Department, which is
investigating, reports state.
Man sleeping in
UGLi taken to ER
for alcohol, injury
Shapiro Undergraduate Library
staff discovered an elderly man
passed out on the floor of the build-
ing's first floor men's restroom Tues-
day afternoon. Staff members called
DPS officers, who woke the man. He
was then taken to the University Hos-
pital Emergency Room by Huror
Valley Ambulance for intoxication
and a minor injury. DPS reports did
not state how the man was injured.
Person decides
not to report non-
violent assault
A woman in' the School of Den-
tistry reported to police officers
Tuesday afternoon that a classmate
had walked up to her, grabbed her
head, and non-violently shook it.
After giving her statement to offi-
cers, the woman called DPS again
and stated that she did not wish to
file a report after all. According to
the incident log, the woman said she
wished to resolve the conflict per-
sonally.
Victims receive
harassing phone
calls, post cards
A woman working in the Legal
Research, .Building n..gn pnroe
Street reported Tuesday that a per-
son had been repeatedly calling her
at work and leaving her threatening
and harassing voice mail messages.
The victim said she has received 15
messages within a three-day period
from the suspect.
Another set of threatening messages
was reported by a person in the A.
Alfred Taubman Health Care Center.
The person complained of two harass-
ing postcards, which were sent to the
victim from New York. DPS officers
could not determine who was sending
the postcards or the reason they were
sent, reports state.
DPS investigates
paintball mystery
attack on Bursley
Several doors in Bursley Resi-
dence Hall became victims of an
unknown paintball fiend early yes
terday morning. DPS officers fol-
lowed the suspect's trail, left on the
third and fourth floors of the build-
ing, but were unable to locate him,
reports state.
Couple's fight

ends in assault,
stolen property
DPS reports state that a man
pushed his girlfriend, a resident of
Stockwell Residence Hall, after the
couple had an argument Tuesday.
The victim, who was not injured,
said her boyfriend also damaged her
vehicle and stole her personal prop-
erty. DPS officers could not imme-
diately locate the boyfriend.
Daily protester
alleges assault
A caller reported that while taking
a stack of Michigan Daily newspa-
pers from the Student Publications
Building, she was assaulted by a
building staff member. The person
took her papers, grabbed her arm
and pushed her, she said. The report
did not indicate the result of the DPS
investigation.
Passenger injures
* himself after bus
stnn suddenlv

GRANHOLM
Continued from Page 1A
Also among Granholm's proposed
education reforms in the House Cham-
ber at the State Capitol are incentives to
keep students in the classroom.
"The responsibility of driving a
car should be linked to the responsi-
bility of attending school," she said.
"I urge you in the Legislature to
adopt legislation that will send a
clear message to our students: 'If
you don't show up in school, you
shouldn't bother showing up at the
secretary of state's office either,'
because we won't issue driver's
licenses to chronic truants."
Another notable aspect of
Granholm's speech included its
bipartisan approach to proposing
legislation. In addition to her stance
on education, the governor took a
politically neutral approach to eco-
nomic stimulus proposals, health
care programs and environmental
and land use policies. As a result,
Granholm's address garnered sup-
port from Republican legislators as
well as Democrats.
"Her tone since Election Day has
been bipartisan cooperation. Part of
that is out of necessity. We have a
Democratic governor and a republi-
can Legislature," Sikkema said.
"You're not going to make progress
unless you find a common ground.".
Granholm's environmental poli-
cies included the creation of a
Smart Growth Commission to curb
urban sprawl and a proposal to limit
the dumping of out-of-state and
Canadian garbage in Michigan land-
fills. Conscious of strong bi-parti-
san support on these issues, the
governor said her land use initiative
would revitalize the state's urban
centers while preserving water
sources and farmland.
"She wants to strengthen urban cen-
ters," Sen. Buzz Thomas (D-Detroit)
said. "I didn't hear anything in the initia-
tives that she talked about that both par-
ties can't find a common ground on."
SEARCH
Continued from Page 1A
previously announced they had five
or have constitutionalautonomy
from certain kinds of interference
with their operations from the state
legislatures," University of Min-
nesota Counsel Mark Rotenberg
said. "If the Board of Regents
decide they want to build a round
building for $10 million, the state
Legislature cannot say 'no we want
a square building for 13 million
dollars."'
While Anfinson said he believes
the University of Minnesota has a
good argument, he added that the
state constitutional provision that
grants the University of Minnesota
autonomy is open to many different
interpretations. The plaintiff's inter-
pretation states that in a situation
like the presidential search, the leg-
islature can intervene and tell the
University how to proceed, Anfin-
son said.
"The constitution says the legisla-
ture cannot tell the University who
to pick," he said. "That power is
given to the regents, but the process
of selection within reason, the leg-
islature can dictate."
As evidence in its favor, the
school points to a 1999 Michigan
Supreme Court ruling that gave
state universities broad discretion in
how they could follow Michigan's
Open Meetings Act. The case cen-
tered on a Michigan State Universi-
ty presidential search.
The conduct of the University of

Michigan was also questioned after
the presidential searches of 1988
and 1996, which hired James Dud-
erstadt and Lee Bollinger, respec-
tively.
In a 1993 state Supreme Court
decision on a lawsuit that newspa-
pers filed against the University
after the Duderstadt search, the
court ruled that the University had
violated the Open Meetings Act and
Freedom of Information Act. As a
result, four finalists in the 1996
search were interviewed at public
meetings. The 2002 search for cur-
rent President Mary Sue Coleman
was not subject to such scrutiny
because of the 1999 decision.
Some speculate whether the Min-
nesota ruling could have any bear-
ing on the Michigan court revisiting
its 1999 decision, if the Minnesota
Supreme Court rules in favor of the
plaintiffs.
Detroit Free Press attorney Her-
schel Fink said since the information
acts are exclusively state laws, Min-
nesota's ruling would not directly
have a bearing on Michigan. But he
added that over a period of time, if
the court becomes more liberal and
another opportunity arises, news
agencies could possibly ask the court
to reconsider its decision.
"I don't see there being a differ-
ent result at this time because, if

DEBATE
Continued from Page 1A
We are going to go there and liberate
these people."
But Zahr disagreed with Singer's
logic. "Who are we to decide what is
better for the Iraqi people?" he said.
Most students who attended the
debate said they felt Zahr's arguments
were well-articulated and better pre-
pared than Singer's.
"I think it's obvious (Zahr's) win-
ning," Pharmacy student Ruba Odeh
said. "His views are presented much
more eloquently."
Nursing senior Elise Erickson said
Singer's arguments lacked both prepa-
ration and intelligence.
"His entire principle of going to
war is based on some lust for
death, power and ethnocentrism,"
she said.

Amer Zahr, right, reacts to LSA sophomore Eric Singer during their debate on a
potential war in Iraq.

BUSINESSES
Continued from Page 1A
and performing other tasks. The
company will enter its third year in
August.
"We are basically handymen rent-
ed for a half-hour," Salter said.
"The company got started because
of supply and demand. We saw a
service that was needed and started
it with money made from jobs. It
had a low start-up cost. Right now,
we are looking at venture capitalist
firms to expand regionally and then
maybe nationally. We feel we have a
service a lot of campuses can use
but we want to perfect it here at
Michigan before getting larger."
LSA sophomore Jeffrey Wilcox
became an entrepreneur at an early
age by writing basic software for
the Microsoft Windows platform
while in sixth grade.
"I got into entrepreneurship in
middle school because I was a com-

puter geek and saw a business
opportunity," Wilcox said. "Three
years ago, I got involved in a dot-
com start-up. I also started a web
software business entitled 'Jwpc
Internet Solutions' that creates soft-
ware to manage content on the
web."
Whether or not students are suc-
cessful in entrepreneurship, they
acquire skills and experiences that
are applicable in running future
businesses and in their daily lives.
"I learned through experience all
about marketing and customer sup-
port," Wilcox said.
"Running my own business
taught me so much more than I
could have ever learned in school.
Staying in tune with business and
industry, always refining my skills
and competition have all taught me
great lessons."
Still, many students do not start
their own businesses on campus,
often because they believe they do

not possess the necessary ideas or
skill.
RC junior Christian Shafer said
he has no unique business ideas
worth pursuing although he had the
people skills to start a business.
"It's probably pretty easy to start
a business but difficult to keep it
afloat because the market is so
competitive and crowded," Shafer
said. "Being a student is pretty
much a full-time job, and so most
students put aside their ideas to
think about when they are done
with school."
Like Shafer, LSA freshman Hannah
Kim said she never had any entrepre-
neurial idea she wanted to do.
"This is my first year so I haven't
given much thought to starting a
business," Kim said. "If I thought I
could be successful and if I had the
skills and friends to start a busi-
ness, I probably would. I mean I
really don't want to start one
alone."

SHUTTLE
Continued from Page 1A
created by fire, astronauts on the shuttle
performed experiments on open flame.
The unique properties of flame in zero-
gravity situations made it ideal for his
experiments. Ilan Ramon, the Israeli
astronaut who died aboard the Colum-
bia, performed more than half of his
experiment.
Faeth said he got back half to two-
thirds of the data for his experiment but
lost the samples collected by the crew.
Faeth, who trained the Columbia
astronauts to conduct his experiment,
said he thought there would be a delay in
scientific study in space while safety
concerns about manned space travel are
addressed.
"We just have to live with that delay,
because it's vitally important to return
astronauts safely," he said. "There's
nothing I could have learned that was
worth the lives of seven fine people."
Zurbuchen said he worried about sci-
entific research in space for the next few
years if manned space travel is put on
hold during the investigation of the acci-
dent. He said although most scientific
studies in space take place on unmanned
vehicles like satellites, he was worried
about experiments that require human
researchers. "There are University com-
munities and research communities that
will lose opportunities. This is a real
worry,"he said.
He said he did not think unmanned
flights would be tapped as a replacement
for manned space travel.
Zurbuchen pointed out what he called
a "weird age distribution" at NASA.
"There are three times more people over
the age of 60 than under 30 working for
NASA," he said. "Some of the safety
issues have to do with people who know
how to do the jobs retiring." He said that
one of NASA's major safety concerns
should be hiring young engineers and
scientists.

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