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02002 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 15

One-hundred-eleven years of editorialfreedom

Partly cloudy
skies and slight
throughout the
day and into
the evening.

H: 68


will not
appear on
Nov. ballot
By Tomia Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter

Ruptured water
main floods
MLB basement

Although his nickname Rocky
appears on campaign posters and slo-
gans, Andrew Raczkowski, a Michigan'
state representative and Republican
candidate for the U.S. Senate, will have;
to hope voters recognize his legal nameV
on election ballots.-
A Michigan Supreme Court order
issued Friday
denied Raczkows- -
ki's appeal for his
nickname to be
printed on ballots
for the Nov. 5 gen-
eral election.
The name
Rocky was origi-
nally not allowed
to appear on bal-C
Raczkowski lots for the Aug. 6"
Michigan Primary elections. In May,
Raczkowski (R-Farmington Hills),
responded to the Michigan Bureau of
Elections' A ffidavit of Identity, w hichrq e c d a t p o e i
requires candidates to provide their
names as they want them to appear on 4 v
the ballots, by instructing the bureau =
to use his legal name instead of his
nickname, Elizabeth Boyd, spokes-
woman for the Michigan Department
of State, said.
Joe Steele, Raczkowski's
spokesman, said although Raczkowski h w
has used his nickname and the slogan 7'
"Rocky for Senate" during his entire TONY DING/Daily
campaign, he provided his legal name LSA sophomore Andrew Kline enjoys a quiet last night of summer skateboarding
on the affidavit because he wanted to outside of the Business School.
See ROCKY, Pagee7Antf ndssed
Setlemnt unds used well
fonner atorney general says

By Ricky Lax
For the Daily
An eight-inch water main just outside of the
Modern Language Building's basement, scheduled
for replacement on Friday, coincidentally ruptured
between 12 and 12:30 a.m. Friday morning. To
pump the water from the flooded basement, the
MLB's electricity was shut down and classes were
"It's unfortunate that classes have been impacted
by this event, but, obviously, we're in the midst of a
renovation project that is intended to upgrade the
utilities for that building and many others," Facili-
ties and Operations spokeswoman Diane Brown
But students hoping to continue their bilingual
hiatus will be upset to learn the MLB's basement is
almost completely dry.
Friday, MLB film projection service operator
Chris Taylor, who was told to stand at the building's
North entrance to prevent people from entering,
said he saw "lots of happy people coming up to the

One of those happy people, LSA sophomore
Amy Keller, declared the building's closing, "a
great way to start my weekend," before realizing
she had organic chemistry an hour later.
While most students were pleasantly surprised
with the building's closing, teachers felt differently.
Italian Prof. Sandra Palaich said she,;"nearly ran
into the yellow emergency tape that the building
was roped off with."
"I was very surprised at the whole thing, because
(the University) has a track record of never ever
canceling classes for any reason (with the exception
of 9/11), no snow days like other universities or
anything like that," she said.
She had mixed feelings about the news.
"On the one hand, like everyone else, I was glad
to get a vacation day so unexpectedly, but I was
already thinking about making up all the material
we were supposed to do that day, changing the syl-
labi and making all the adjustments -just a lot of
extra work."
See MLB, Page 7A

Would-be robbers
s tabbed b y men in
aprtment building

By Jeremy Berkowitz
D~aily Staff Reporter

By Jordan Schrader
Daily Staff Reporter

care and smoking prevention programs.

As attorney general, Frank Kelley led
Michigan's lawsuit against the tobacco
companies and won a settlement of about
$300 million a year, which now funds the
scholarships high school students receive
for passing the MEAP test.
Last week, Kelley joined the fight to
keep the money where it is.
Kelley, a Democrat, announced Thursday
that he will co-chair People Protecting Kids
and the Constitution, joining chairman and.
state Sen. John Schwarz (R-Battle Creek).
The group opposes the proposal on the
Nov. 5 election ballot that would redirect
90 percent of the settlement funds to health

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state of Michigan. he

On Michigan
Public Television's
"Off the Record,"
Kelley said he and
other state attorney
generals filed the
lawsuits to reim-
burse .the state for
health care costs,
and the settlement
should go into the
state's general
"The damages
were suffered by the
said. "It's the people's

The settlement money pays for the
$2,500 Michigan Merit Award scholarships
and several other programs. Voter approval
of Proposal 02-4 would cut funding for the
The groups that would receive money
under the proposal don't deserve it because
they didn't participate in the lawsuit, Kel-
ley said.
"Not one of them would help me," he
said. "They're not entitled to it because
they never proved a bit of damage in court
in this case."
Art Knueppel, chairman of the pro-pro-
posal group Citizens for a Healthy Michi-
gan, said in a written statement that health
groups did stand with Kelley against the
See MEAP, Page 7A

What began as a burglary plan Friday morning
backfired when three men allegedly broke into an
apartment in the Woodland Meadows Apartment
Development off Ann Arbor-Saline Road, and
two of them were stabbed by residents.
Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Paul Curtis said 24-
year-old Ypsilanti resident Michael Fletcher, 24-
year-old Ann Arbor resident Cory Greer and
23-year-old Ann Arbor resident Jakai Cameron
entered the apartment after breaking a window
around 2 a.m. They were confronted by two male
residents, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old. The
residents then stabbed Fletcher in the rear right
thigh and Cameron in the liver.
Fletcher and Cameron were transported to the
University Hospital and St. Joseph's Mercy Hos-
pital on East Huron River Drive and treated for
their injuries, while Greer was taken into custody
at the Washtenaw County Jail. Cameron was later
released from the hospital and he and Greer were
arraigned in Washtenaw County Circuit Court
Friday. They are being held on $20,000 bond.
Fletcher was arraigned yesterday, although
Curtis was unsure whether he was still in the hos-

pital for treatment.
All three suspects, charged with first degree
home invasion and armed robbery have a prelimi-
nary examination in court Oct. 2 where a judge
will decide whether there is probable cause for
the men to be tried. The judge who will preside
over the preliminary examination is expected to
be named today.
As to whether the apartment residents will face
charges, Curtis said it depends in such cases,
although the chances are small if the residents
claim self-defense.
"You certainly have a right to defend yourself if
you feel you are in danger," he said.
The apartment is located in the Woodland Mead-
ows Development, right off Ann Arbor-Saline
Road. Curtis said it is a quiet area of the city.
Ann Arbor resident Regis Hadiaris, who lives
in the development, said his biggest complaint
about security was the lack of lighting in the
parking lot. But he said the units contained suffi-
cient door locks and buzzers.
"Usually there's never been a problem," Hadi-
aris added.
But according to the aptratings.com website,
residents of the development gave an average 2.6
ranking out of five for safety.

cause shift in
event venues
By Andrew McCormack
Daily Staff Reporter
In spite of its necessity and benefits, the renovation
of Hill Auditorium is causing major revenue and sched-
uling problems for the University's Office of Major
Events and the University Musical Society.
"There is no replacing the revenue-generating ability
of Hill," said Kevin Gilmartin, director of the Office of
Major Events. "We typically do 10 to 12 events that
will not happen this year."
"We've had to think outside the box with scheduling
this year," said Michael Kondziolka, director of pro-
gramming at UMS. "There's no place in southeastern
Michigan as big or acoustically fine as Hill."
Hill Auditorium, built in 1913-by renowned Detroit-
based architect Albert Kahn, is internationally known
for its acoustic majesty, Kondziolka added. "A man
could stand on stage and the whole place could hear
him without a mic, and they still can."
But the University's programming offices are not ill-
equipped for the closing of this major venue.
"It's not like we got a letter one morning that said the

Host Conan O'Brien opens the show during the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards last night at
the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Emmy awards w in wit
new host Conan O'Brien

By Ryan Blay
Daily TV/New Media Editor
Last year's Emmy host, Ellen DeGeneres,
deserved the acclaim she received after

and all previous hosts.
Among the targets of Conan's humor at
the 54th Annual Emmy Awards: Anna
Nicole Smith, the major TV networks,
award winners who dedicate their awards to


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