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Pizza delivery driver
punches customer in
face during dispute
Department of Public Safety reports
state a fight occurred at Bursley Resi-
dence Hall Thursday night. A Bursley
resident and a pizza delivery driver
started fighting because the resident
thought the driver took too long to
deliver the pizza. The pizza driver
punched the resident in the face and
then left the scene. According to DPS,
the victim was transported to the Uni-
versity Hospital emergency room and
the pizza driver was later identified.
DPS would not reveal the pizza deliv-
ery driver's place of employment.
Female assaults
companion on the
street, passes out
DPS reports state a residence hall
staff member was assaulted on South
Observatory late Friday night. The staff
member reported she was with an
intoxicated female who assaulted her.
No injuries were sustained. The subject
was located by DPS officers several
blocks away where she had passed out.
Couches stolen
from South Quad
Several couches were reported
stolen from South Quad Residence
Hall lounges Thursday morning. Facili-
ties said the couches were stolen
between Feb. 14 and Feb. 28. DPS has
no suspects at this time.
Person falls while
ice skating, sustains
broken tooth
According to DPS reports, a person-
al injury occurred at Yost Ice Arena
Friday night. A subject fell and broke
his tooth while ice skating. The subject
received transportation to the Universi-
ty Hospital emergency room.
Swastika drawn on
West Quad door
Offensive graffiti was reported at
West Quad Residence Hall late Friday
night. A caller reported that an unknown
person drew a swastika on his dry erase
board but had since been erased. DPS
has no suspects at this time.
Unattended purse
reported stolen
DPS reports state a theft occurred
Saturday afternoon at the Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library. A woman
reported her purse stolen from the sec-
ond-floor reading room when she left
the purse unattended for several min-
utes. DPS has no suspects at this time.
Slip and fall occurs
outside Martha Cook
A slip and fall accident occurred
outside the Martha Cook Building Sat-
urday night. DPS reports state the
injured party was taken to the Univer-
sity Hospital emergency room. The
subject was not seriously injured.
Antibiotics lead to
allergic reaction
A resident of East Quad Residence
Hall reported that his roommate had an
allergic reaction to antibiotics Saturday
night. The resident was transported to
the University Hospital emergency

room and had no serious complications
from the reaction.
RA reports sexual
harassment on door
Sexual harassment occurred at Mary
Markley Residence Hall late Saturday
night. A resident advisor reported that
two messages of a sexual nature were
written on his door. The RA did not
know who had written the messages
and DPS has no suspects at this time.
Message boards
reported missing
A resident advisor reported destruc-
tion of property in South Quad early
Friday morning. The RA stated several
message boards were removed from
doors in her hall by an unknown party.
Expensive wall
display vandalized
A larceny occurred at the Business
School Friday afternoon when part of a
wall display was destroyed. A book
mounted on the wall had pages ripped
out of it, DPS reports state. Repair
costs for the display are estimated at
$200. DPS has no suspects at this time.
Men's restroom soap
dispenser damaged,

The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 10, 2003 - 3A
3-D lab features new
technology, simulations

Michigan Student Assembly presidential candidates ton Clifton of the University Party, Angela Galardi of the
Students First Party and Kate Stenvig of the Defend Affirmative Action Party participate in their first debate.
MSAdpresidential hopefuls
debate campaign platforms

By Mona Rafeeq
Daily Staff Reporter
A large screen standing near the entrance
of the room displays a revolving picture of
the human heart and lungs, that, with the help
of 3-D glasses, allow visitors to the Media
Union to see the organs in greater detail.
This is one of many 3-D images projected
on the GeoWall - one of the features avail-
able in the newly launched Media Union 3D
Lab, showcased at last Friday's open house.
Director Klaus-Peter Beier said the lab
concentrates on 3-D geometry, specifically in
the areas of virtual reality, scientific visuali-
zation and imaging technology.
"It is often difficult to understand three-
dimensional environments because they are
so complex. The lab makes it easier to under-
stand with the help of stereo and full-scale
applications," Beier said.
One popular facet of the lab is the Virtual
Reality CAVE, which allows for interaction
with various situations on a full-scale level.
The CAVE uses an enclosed room that
accommodates up to six people at once.
Shield glasses with sensors on them com-
bined with more sensors on the four projec-
tion surfaces create an immersing experience.
Many demos have been produced for use in
the CAVE including, a Sept. 11 scenario for
disaster preparation and virtual simulations
for football, airport and emergency medical
After leaving one of the CAVE's demos,
prospective Rackham student Lauren Luen
said she enjoyed the experience.
"That was supercool! That was definitely
my favorite part about the lab and I've never
seen anything like it."
The lab also features an extensive collec-
tion of other resources.
A 3-D printing system allows users to create
starch models of a wide variety of objects, includ-
ing automotive and mechanical parts, molds for
casting applications and molecular structures.
Another feature, the Render Farm, drasti-
cally reduces image-rendering time. An ani-

"The lab makes it easier to
understand with the help of
stereo and full-scale
- Klaus-Peter Beier
Director, Media Union 3D Lab
mation which once took 96 hours to create on
one computer now takes 4.6 hours to create
on the Render Farm program.
Quicktime VR Station provides another
advancement in computer animation by tak-
ing equally-spaced pictures of an object from
many different angles as opposed to stop-
motion recording.
The 3-D lab occupies part of the first floor
of the Media Union. Last Friday's open house
marked the completion of the project, which
started in September 2002, and allowed the
public to explore the services available.
Beier noted that while 3-D labs can be found
in few other places in the United States, they are
usually closed to the public.
The University's 3-1 lab is unique in that it
is open to students, faculty and staff. Fre-
quent lab access is obtained through an appli-
cation form.
But lab access is automatically granted to all stu-
dents using the lab for a course. A few courses cur-
rently make use of the lab, including two
engineering classes and two art design classes.
More classes are likely to integrate the 3-0 lab into
their curriculums in the future.
Free instructional workshops in 3-0 model-
ing and animation as well as CAVE program-
ming are also available for interested users.
Michigan State University sophomore
Darko Filipi encouraged the campus commu-
nity to take advantage of the new technology.
"This place is pretty sweet and the presen-
tation is pretty credible." He added, "It's great
that this place is open to the University com-
munity. If I were a student here, I would defi-
nitely make use of it."

By Anew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter
Debates over race-conscious admissions and war
with Iraq have kept the campus abuzz for months,
and as elections draw closer for candidates of the
Michigan Student Assembly, the presidential nomi-
nees have taken these issues head-on.
In a televised debate, Students First Party candi-
date Angela Galardi, University Party candidate Jon
Clifton and Defend Affirmative Action Party candi-
date Kate Stenvig fielded an hour's worth of ques-
tions about improving campus life, the University's
admissions policies and MSA-related issues. The
debate took place in Angell Hall Saturday.
Speaking before a roomful of party members
and students, the candidates answered individual
questions and then challenged one another in an
open forum. "I think the debate was successful,"
Stenvig said. "I would always like more time to
talk, but it was run in a fair way."
During the debate, Stenvig summarized the basic
tenet of the DAAP platform - safeguarding affir-
mative action in order to maintain an equal and
integrated society. But she said while much of the
party's work goes toward organizing an April rally
in Washington to defend the University's admis-
sions policies, DAAP still focuses on improving
campus life.
"We are trying to make MSA a student govern-
ment that has power that can set precedents and
fight for students' rights, which include all the
things that the other parties are working on, like
facilities on campus, Entree Plus and all that, but
are not limited to,' she said. -

"I think for people watching the debate, it's clear
that DAAP is the only party taking a stand on real
issues on students, the question of integration and
saving Brown v. Board of Education. I think the
question about affirmative action is the most
important thing facing U of M students right now."
But Clifton said the most significant issues
affecting students are more "tangible" concerns like
unifying the student body, providing free foreign
language tutoring and liberalizing student access to
residence halls.
"(Broad national and international) issues
are wasting your time, because a great student gov-
ernment should simply gather each week for only
one reason ... and that is how to make this a better
campus for students." Clifton said. "Affirmative
action is a big thing with the party, but I support a
student-wide (Gallup Organization) survey about
what the student body is actually thinking. ... That
will absolutely represent the student body in the
most accurate way."
Alluding to the Students First platform, Galardi
advocated a mixed agenda of improving campus
life and maintaining an interest in national and
international issues. Above all, she said, students
are her main concern.
"I brought up the issue of Students First in gener-
al, how our goal is to represent students, that every
student on this campus has a voice and needs to be
heard, and no matter how small the groups and no
matter how many students are involved, we can't
silence anyone," she said. "I want to work hard, and
I want to be open-minded. As a president, I think
that's such an important quality."
Galardi added that while she was pleased with
See MSA, Page 7A

Continued from Page 3A
"The Power of Good," an Emmy Award-winning
documentary about Nicholas Winton, an English-
man who saved around 600 children from Czecho-
slovakia during the months before the outbreak of
World War II. Elisabeth Maxwell, a historian who
is partly responsible for uncovering the story of
Winton, will speak following the screening.
The conference will also feature an art exhibit
called "A Young Girl at Ghetto Terezin: 1941-1944
Drawings by Helga Weissova Hoskov." The exhib-

it contains 15 drawings the artist created depicting
her life in a ghetto before she and her family were
taken to a concentration camp.
Other events include a 24-hour vigil and read-
ing of names, in which different student organi-
zations will recite the names of those who
perished, a book signing of Daniel Asa Rose's
"Hiding Places: A Father and His Sons Retrace
Their Family's Escape from the Holocaust" and
the performance of "Remants," an award-win-
ning play by Prof. Hank Greenspan that is the
product of two decades of conversation between
the author and Holocaust survivors.

School officials censor
teen sex survey, worried
about impact, accuracy



MUSKEGON (AP) - More than
half of Muskegon County's school
districts censored eight questions
about sexuality on the latest Youth
Risk Behavior Survey given to stu-
dents, citing concerns about the
accuracy and impact of previous
Some schools that had allowed
the questions to be posed to stu-
dents for a 1996-1997 survey chose
not to offer the questions on a sur-
vey given to 5,600 students in 2000,
The Muskegon Chronicle reported.
The sex portion of the survey
included questions about the age of

both times because it uses the
results to make revisions to is sex
education curriculum.
"It supported what we're doing
and helped us make decisions about
what still needs to be brought to
students' attention," Lewis said.
"It's wise to survey (students). If
we're going to take the time and
energy to do the programs, then we
should look at the data."
Stuart Jones, grant administrator
of the Muskegon County Teen-Age
Pregnancy Prevention Project, said
adults need to address teen sexuali-
ty and pregnancy even when it




first sexual
number of sexu-
al partners,
birth control
use, pregnancy
and whether
alcohol was
before sex.

The 1996-1997 survey
has shown nearly two
out three eighth-grade
girls were having sexual

makes them
"I don't think
people are as
informed on the
teen pregnancy
issue as they need
to be," Jones said.
"The statistics are
frightening. I
it's a crisis."

Whitehall Superintendent Larry
Curtis said officials there were
unhappy when students from that
district were featured in newspaper
articles on teen sexuality that
referred to results from the first
Muskegon Catholic officials
questioned the accuracy of the first
survey and chose to not participate
in the 2000 survey at all.
"The eighth-grade girls sounded
like they were a bunch of floozies,"
said Thomas Powers, executive
director of Greater Muskegon
Catholic Schools.
The 1996-1997 survey had shown
that nearly two out of three
Muskegon Heights eighth-grade
girls were having sexual intercourse
and that there was just a 50 percent
chance that a sexually active girl at
Muskegon Catholic Central would
use birth control.
Reeths-Puffer Superintendent
Gloria Lewis said that district chose
to pose the questions to students

would tell you

More than one in every ten teen
girls became pregnant in Muskegon
County in 2001, according to the
Michigan Department of Communi-
ty Health. The county's teen preg-
nancy rate of 108 births per 1,000
girls was the highest in the state and
significantly higher than the
statewide rate of 64.
Jones questioned school officials'
decision to censor the sexuality ques-
tions on the risk behavior survey.
"What are we afraid of?" Jones
said. "We're afraid of asking the
question? Are we afraid of looking
bad? We're already looking bad."
LaDon Gustafson, assistant
superintendent for instruction at
Muskegon Heights,. said many dis-
tricts that chose not to participate in
the sexuality portion of the survey
were unhappy about media coverage
of the first results.
"They just didn't want to deal
with it," she said. "It's not that we
don't want the information."

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