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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 13, 2002 - 3

CAMPUS
Indonesian rector
talks of challenge,
future of Islam
The Center for Southeast Asian
Studies will host a lecture today,
titled "Islam and 'Reformasi' in
Indonesia: Encouraging Promise
and Mounting Challenges."'
The talk, given by Nurcholish Majid,
a rector at Paramadina University in
Jakarta, Indonesia, will take place in
room 1636 of the School of Social
Work Building on South University
Avenue from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Musicians, poetry
combine in coffee
house open mic
Espresso Royale Caffe at 214!
South Main St. will host an open
mic night Friday from 8 p.m.-9:30
p.m. Also performing is the Upthe-
grove Reynolds Project, a group of
four poets and three musicians that
performs poetry set to music.
Ad hoc musical
event features
local ensembles
The Ann Arbor Ad Hoc Commit-
tee for Peace will host "Peace
Cabaret tonight at 114 S. Main St.
at 8:30 p.m. The event features orig-
inal music and covers performed by
members of FUBAR, Kingpins
bassist Randy Tessier and former
Map of the World vocalist Sophia
Hanifi. Local guitarist Laurie White
and other musicians are also sched-
uled to perform. Though the event
is free, donations to the AAAHCP
will be accepted.
Del Rio offers
local poets open
mic poetry night
Del Rio, located at 122 W. Wash-
ington St., will host open mic poet-
ry readings Sunday beginning at
1:30 p.m. The event, titled "Feed
the Poets," is free and open to the
public.
Culinary historian
discusses 19th
century recipes
Jan Longone, a local culinary histo-
rian and Clements Library docent,
will discuss recipes from the 18th
century Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
at the Clements Library. The talk,
titled "Dr. Chase and His Famous
19th-Century Recipe Book," focuses
on the work of A. W. Chase, who once
lived in Ann Arbor peddling before
becoming a physician. In his recipe
book, Chase offers advice regarding
how to detect counterfeit money and
making toad ointment.
Weekly lecture
series begins at
Hutchins Hall
The Center for International and
Comparative Law begins a lecture
series titled "Hot Topics in Internation-
al Law, that will feature University and
legal scholars Monday with a talk by
University of Iowa Law Prof. Adrien
Wing. The lecture, which begins at

3:40 p.m. in Room 116 of Hutchins
Hall on South State Street, is titled
"Global Critical Race Feminism: Islam
and Women's Rights a Year after 9/11"
Indian economy
focus of lecture
Indian economist Jairam Ramesh
will present a lecture Monday, titled
"Current Status of the Indian Econ-
omy." The event will take place in
Room 1636 of the International
Institute and begins at 6 p.m.
Chinese studies
kicks off series of
brown bag talks
A panel discussion including phi-
losophy Prof. Philip Ivanhoe, eco-
nomics Prof. Albert Park, art history
Prof. Martin Powers and sociology
Prof. Ching Kwan Lee kicks of the
Center for Chinese Studies' Brown
Bag Lecture series. The talk begins at
noon on Tuesday in Room 1636 of the
School of Social Work Building.
Westward move
focus of creative
writing prof. book
Creative writing Prof. Eileen Pollack
will give a reading from her new book,

MEAP proposal
could deplete
state budget

By Jordan Schrader
Daily Staff Reporter

TOM FELDKAMP/Daily
LSA sophomores Julienne Echavari, Jennifer Caldwell and Nicole Johnson do laundry in West Quad. A new feature on
laundry facilities in residence halls would allow students to check, the status of their laundry from their computers.
Newc-Suds machine lets
users check status online

A ballot proposal that threatens the
Michigan Merit Award scholarship
would also create a $58 million state
budget shortfall that could force legis-
lators to cut programs or raise taxes,
according to the state Senate Fiscal
Agency.
The agency issued a report to sena-
tors Wednesday on the financial conse-
quences that would result if voters
approve Proposal 02-4 in the Nov. 5
election.
The proposal would change Michi-
gan's constitution to redirect 90 percent
of tobacco settlement funds toward
health care and smoking prevention.
More than a third of the $329 mil-
lion tobacco companies paid the state
this year now funds the $2,500 scholar-
ships high school students receive for
passing the Michigan Educational
Assessment Program test.
The SFA reported the proposal would
undermine the balanced budget legisla-
tors crafted this summer, which was
achieved partly by a transfer of $100
million from the settlement's surplus to
the general fund.
Michigan's constitution mandates a
balanced budget.
After using the remainder of the set-
tlement surplus and the 10 percent of
funds still under their discretion to
patch the general fund, the Legislature
would still need to find more than $58
million to offset the deficit, the SFA
said in the report.
Roger Martin, a spokesman for Citi-

zens for a Healthy Michigan, the group
that is leading the charge to divert set-
tlement money, said the report may be
accurate but lawmakers can find a way
to balance the budget.
When states sued the tobacco com-
panies in 1998, "they didn't sit around
to say, 'This money would be great to
help states plug holes in their budg-
ets,"' Martin said.
"The bottom line is, the tobacco set-
tlement money was meant for health
care and meant for smoking prevention
programs," he said.
Its opponents said Proposal 02-4
could lead to cuts in the revenue-shar-
ing that aids communities, which the
Legislature last month preserved by
overriding Gov. John Engler's veto.
"Police protection and fire protec-
tion is at stake," said David Waymire,
spokesman for People Protecting Kids
and the Constitution.
Waymire also called attention to
another government statement he said
discredits the proposal - a letter from
Auditor General Thomas McTavish to
Sen. John Schwarz (R-Battle Creek),
an opponent of the proposal.
In the letter, McTavish said the pro-
posed amendment would not provide for
governmental oversight of the alloca-
tions. SFA Chief Analyst John Walker
also questioned the accountability of the
groups that would receive the funds.
"The current question is, what is the
Healthy Michigan Foundation and who
controls it?" he said. The Healthy
Michigan Foundation is one group that
would receive funding under the pro-
posed changes.

By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
Checking the laundry room every five minutes for an
open machine will soon be an act of the past for college
campuses installing e-Suds systems, which will allow stu-
dents to check availability without leaving their rooms. A
virtual laundry room will provide information on how
many machines are open or when they will be available.
The e-Suds system, which was piloted last semester at
Boston College, makes the idea of having to carry coins,
correct change or even detergent to do wash obsolete.
Instead, they will swipe identification cards, input PIN
numbers via cell phones and select the detergent of their
choice from the machine.
Students can leave the laundry, head home and wait for
a call, page or e-mail to let them know when their laundry
is done. And if a student should forget the fabric softener,
a click of the mouse will add it in.
In the near future, about 9,000 e-Suds machines, a
project of IBM and USA Technologies, should be rolling
out in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, though
University officials said they are unsure whether e-Suds
will be implemented on campus.
"A lot of schools are very interested in this because it
takes vandalism out of the equation," IBM Wireless Ser-
vices spokeswoman Jan Walbridge said. "Then there's no
money in the machines, no reason to break into them. And
vandalism can cost the vending industry as much as $500
million a year and that doesn't even count repairing or
replacing the machines once they've been broken into.
That's just the money in the machines."
Roger Overturf, director of public relations at
Cedarville University in Ohio said the purchase of 150
e-Suds machines was another way to make the most of

the school's investment in technology around campus.
"We had the wiring and technology to make this
happen. It was just a matter of buying and plugging in
the machines," he said. "It was an obvious way for us
to take what already existed on campus and enhance
it for the direct benefit of the students."
He added that while some schools may not have the
technological infrastructure to support such a system,
the choice was clear for Cedarville.
"It was a really easy decision for us," he said. "There
probably aren't a lot of laundry rooms around the coun-
try that are Internet-connected.
Many students at the University of Michigan said they
would like to see laundry go online, as the benefits
could save both time and energy in already busy lives.
"I live on the 4th floor and the washer's in the
basement," LSA freshman Brian Peterson said. "It's
a lot of stairs."
He added that he likes the idea of not having to wait
around for an empty machine or keep checking back
when he could look online instead.
"It's a pain to go up and down every time I want to
know if there's a washer available, and then you don't
have to waste your time hanging around the washing
area where it's 300 degrees," he said of living in East
Quad Residence Hall.
Engineering junior Milind Chinoy said while he likes
the idea of being able to "sit in my apartment and see
how my clothes are doing," he also has some concerns
over the idea.
"You couldn't possibly get any lazier than if you have
to have a machine call your cell phone and tell you to
change your load," he said. "And I'm not sure it's going
to be updated quickly enough to matter. It could be open
now but in five seconds someone could take it."

United Way works
to rebuild, remake

By Kara DeBoer
Daily Staff Reporter

I

RED CROSS
Continued from Page 1
One year later, the Red Cross has
settled back down to its normal volun-
teer numbers, but Re.ading-Smith said
the Red Cross will remain focused on
aiding those involved in Sep. 11., "The
Red Cross will be involved with Sep-
tember 11th for years, working with the
families of victims," she said.
Reading-Smith said the Red Cross
is dependent upon its volunteers and is
confident that if another disaster
occurred, the volunteers would be back
again in strong numbers. "54,000 Red
Cross workers helped during Sept. 11
and 52,000 of them were volunteers.
The Red Cross is very much a volun-
teer organization," she said.
The Red Cross is constantly looking
for people to create a larger volunteer
base. "One of the things that we are try-
ing to develop is early exposure to
young kids. If we can get them to volun-
teer earlier, there is a better chance we
can get them to volunteer later in their
lives;" said Wayland Ma, youth services
coordinator for the Red Cross.
Reading-Smith said, "Volunteers
are the backbone of our organization.
To say that we value the University stu-
dents is not making a strong enough
statement. They bring a great amount
of talent to our organization", Reading-
Smith said.
The Red Cross is always looking for
more help. There are hundreds of disas-
ters the Red Cross assists every year. "It
doesn't take a saint to be a volunteer.
However much time you have to
give is enough. No matter what skills
you think you do or don't have there
is always an opportunity to use
them," Ma said.
WEBBER
Continued from Page 1
gation," Martin said. "It's our job to

MOVING ON
Continued from Page 1
during the attacks on the World Trade
Center, he is still plagued with the mem-
ories of the Sept. 11 attacks one year
later as he raced out of the same tower as.
his son, who never made it out alive.
"I was there in 1993 so I knew to get
out and I know Todd knew to get out,"
Herb said. "But there was no more
stairwell after the 99th floor ... I got
out and Todd didn't get out."
Herb Ouida was working on the
77th floor for the Port Authority and
Todd was on the 104th floor of the first
tower hit as he was working for the
Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.
The last time Todd talked to his family
was to tell them he was all right after
the tower he was in had been struck
just five floors below his office.
"He had such peace and strength, no
fear in his voice at all," Herb said. "We
really believed he helped other people
in the building that day."
The Ouida family spent the one-
year anniversary together at a retreat

The Washtenaw chapter of the Unit-
ed Way held the largest Day of Caring
in its history yesterday, fueling 96,000
hours of volunteer work and 97 proj-
ects along with 89 companies and
unions and 66 non-profit organiza-
tions. New additions to the 8th annual
event included building with Habitat
for Humanity and working with the
Humane Society.
"We had 32 volunteers in all," said
Humane Society Shelter Manager
Deanna Cemazar. "They helped out
with everything from everyday clean-
ing and grooming the animals to laun-
dry. We also had two volunteer vet
techs helping out."
Cemazar said the Day of Caring was
especially beneficial for many animals
that lack attention on a normal work day.
"Many volunteers spent time with
cats that usually don't get much 'people
time' during grooming," Cemazar said.
- Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr
and his wife, who are co-chairing the
2002-2003 United Way campaign,
inaugurated the event at 9 a.m. at East-
ern Michigan University's convocation
center. At a kick-off breakfast with a
"pep rally" theme, Carr announced this
year's campaign goal for the United
Way: $8,750,000. This amount is the
largest ever sought since the event
commenced in 1995.

"The Day of Caring began in Washt-
enaw County when representatives
from our chapter went to a conference
in Pittsburgh, Pa. where the event orig-
inated 10 years ago," said Charlotte
Luttrell, senior director of marketing
and special events.
"They loved the idea and brought it
back to us."
More organizations from Washtenaw
county, including Ann Arbor, Saline,
Ypsilanti and surrounding areas, join
the campaign every year. This year's
support exceeded every previous Day
of Caring.
"Originally we had only the 37 core
agencies to work with;" Luttrell said.
"This year we worked with those same
agencies in addition to all non-profit
organizations in Washtenaw county."
The event's involvement on campus
includes volunteers within the Univer-
sity Hospital's Art Therapy Program
and the Pediatric and Fusion center at
the Cancer Center. Although -Universi-
ty students groups were not directly
involved this year, there is ample
opportunity for volunteering in the
future.
"Around holidays many disadvan-
taged citizens lack the funds for meals
and gifts," Luttrell said. "For Thanks-
giving and Christmas we offer an
online and print version 'Holiday Wish
Book' that allows these people the
enjoyable experience of a holiday that
we take for granted."

for the week, and held a private cere-
mony for Todd.
Although the pain still runs deep for
many of Todd's friends, his father said
he has received letters from people who
have found simple ways to cope with
their grief. Todd's father received a let-
ter from a female friend of Todd's, who
Todd was planning on taking to aYan-
kees game on Sept. 11. In the letter she
wrote that she was finally planning on
going to that Yankees game.
Friends of Larry Polatsch, or L.P. as
they called him, have found them-
selves living life differently one year
after their loss. Larry's close friend,
Garry Bell, paid a personal tribute to
Larry by taking part in one of Larry's
favorite activities - crashing parties at
some of New York City most exclusive
hotels, like the Plaza Hotel.
"Me and my wife one night put on
our nice clothes, walked to the Univer-
sity Club and crashed a wedding on
behalf of LP," Bell said. "'LP this is for
you we kept saying."'
"I have changed my life based on his
life," Bell added.

Correction:
On page 1 of yesterday's Daily, the American flag should have been referred
to as the "stars and stripes," not "stars and bars."

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Friday, September 20, 2002
Jazz Music by The Herrold/Gordon Small Band (6:30 & 8 p.m.)
The Herrold/Gordon Small Band delivers a big sound featuring swing,
latin and funky jazz. Jazz Friday events also include guided tours of
museum exhibitions, Drawing in the Galleries, and a drop-in workshop.
Admission to the Museum is $1.oo for students with ID.

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