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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 30, 2002 - 3A

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Museum staffer
shoved, fondled
A Ruthven Museum staff member of
unknown gender reported Thursday
night that another staff member pulled
him or her into one of the museum's
restrooms and attempted to fondle
them. DPS does have a suspect, who
could face charges for 4th degree
Criminal Sexual Conduct if found.
Valet-parked car
heavily damaged
A man who had his car valet
parked in the University Hospital
Emergency Room lot Wednesday
night drove it home early Thursday
morning. Upon returning home, he
discovered damage to the car's front
end that made the car undrivable,
according to DPS reports.
Hospital worker
assaulted by her
boyfriend
A University Hospital employee was
assaulted by her boyfriend when he
dropped off for work Saturday morn-
ing. He then left the area but was locat-
ed in an apartment near Eastern
Michigan University. He was arrested
by the EMU Police Department and
handed over to DPS for domestic vio-
lence and non-aggravated assault.
DVD player stolen
from napping man
A resident of Bursley Residence Hall
fell asleep Friday night, accidentally
leaving his door unlocked. When his nap
was over early Saturday morning, he dis-
covered that someone had entered his
room and stolen his DVD player, DPS
reports state. The theft occurred some-
time around 3 a.m., according to the
reports. There are no suspects.
Laptop damages
reported at $500
A man in the Art and Architecture
building reported Thursday that his
laptop computer had fallen off his desk
several weeks ago. He decided to make
a report after discovering the drop cost
the computer over $500 in damages,
DPS reports state.
Laundry reported
stolen, fan parts
A fan that was reported stolen from
South Quad Friday was later recovered
in the residence hall's court yard. The
fan was missing parts, DPS reports state.
Also Friday, a set of laundry report-
ed stolen by a Bursley resident was
later found by the resident. The report
was listed as "unfounded" and the
laundry had never been stolen.
Mother calls for
ER transportation
to silence her son
A person living in Northwood II
Apartments on North Campus requested
early Thursday morning that an ambu-
lance come to her home, stating that her
two-year-old son was crying and cough-
ing uncontrollably. She feared that he
was choking or suffering from an asth-
ma attack, DPS reports state.
The caller was met by both the Ann
Arbor Fire Department and DPS offi-
cers, who said the child was probably
suffering from a cold. The mother then
refused transportation to the ER and the
fire department called Huron Valley
Ambulance to cancel the ambulance.
-Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
Maria Sprow

Campaign finance reform bill
subject of candidate debate

By Christopher Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
Decrying the stifling of democracy from
the overwhelming cost of political cam-
paigns, a group of political and media
notables met in the Gerald R. Ford Library
last night to discuss the implementation of
a campaign finance reform bill that would
allow candidates free air time to voice
their positions. The bill, which Sens. John
McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russ Feingold (D-
Wis.) will introduce in the fall, promises
to provide political contenders with
vouchers equal to the amount of money
they raise to purchase advertising time
from broadcasters.
Paul Taylor, president of the Alliance for
Better Campaigns, said the current system
"has bred cynicism that has led to low
turnouts and political apathy" and the
change would offer more information to the
public.
"In a low-information environment, the
people vote for images. In a high-informa-
.tion environment, I will put my faith in a
jury of voters any day of the week," he
said.
The bill would provide funds for candi-
dates who can raise more than $25,000 but
cap the matching vouchers at $300,000 of
advertising. The legislation would also
require broadcasters to air two hours of cam-
paign programming each week, at least half
Candlelight
vigil1 honors
survivors of
By Allison Yang
Daily Staff Reporter
At the Fifth Annual Candle Lighting for
Hope and Remembrance on Friday, 450 every-
day heroes lit Candles of Hope to commemo-
rate those who have struggled with cancer.
These everyday heroes not only include
cancer patients, but also the friends, family,
nurses, health care providers, researchers,
support services staff, attendants and volun-
teers whose lives have been forever impacted
by the fatal disease.
"The courage, strength and commitment
makes these people the everyday heroes," said
Sue Wintermeyer coordinator of the Grief and
Loss Program.
A video "Everyday Heroes" glued the eyes
of all to the television screens to reflect on
their experiences with cancer. The video was
a compilation of photographs submitted by
those who felt the effects of cancer through
loved ones.
Mary Waldinger, administrative director of
the University Comprehensive Cancer Center
said the goal of the event was to sponsor a
hopeful and uplifting evening that would cre-
ate a sense of community among patients and
friends.
"It's really an opportunity for those who
have suffered losses to be in the company of
others who also have. Survivorship has
brought the community together year after
year. It contributes to the community and
shows a sense of commitment (from the
MCCC)," Waldinger said.
Lansing resident Craig Archer said,
"Tonight has been very therapeutic for me. It
was the first time I really felt like part of
something. It made me realize that when you
think you've got it bad, you don't really. At
least, you're still here."
Maxine Solvey, community outreach coor-
dinator for the MCCC, is a 16-year survivor
of cancer. She first organized the event in

of which would appear in prime time. The
formats could consist of debates, interviews,
candidate statements, town hall meetings or
similar public affairs.
Taylor said the bill would not infringe on
the First Amendment rights of broadcasters
because in exchange for freely using the air
waves, they act as public trustees as well as
businesses.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor)
affirmed the need for campaign finance
reform, but was skeptical that the new pro-
gramming would influence more constituents
to vote.
"Putting something on television in and of
itself is not going to change everything
overnight," she said.
Chuck Stokes, the editorial and public
affairs director for the WXYZ station in
Detroit, said that broadcasters already
offer abundant air time for campaigns but
candidates do not take advantage of it. He
cited his own station's solicitation of can-
didates in 30 senatorial elections for
debates and only succeeding in arranging
five.
"The frontrunner will usually turn it
down without explicitly saying no," Stokes
said. "We have pretty good success as long
as the candidates are not talking with each
other."
But Michael Traugott, chairman of the
Department of Communication Studies at
the University, supported the bill in its

"in a high-information
environment, I will put
my faith in a jury of
voters any day of the
week."
- Paul Taylor
President for the Alliance
for Better Campaigns
entirety.
"You could think of this proposal as a way
for challengers to express their views and a
way to hold incumbents accountable," he said.
Several participants who attended thought
the legislation has merit, but question the pos-
sibility of its success.
"I think the proposal is very encouraging,"
said Stuart Heiser, a graduate student in the
School of Public Policy. "It's going to be very
interesting to see what happens at the state
and national level."
University alum Mike Kubiak agreed
with the bill, but was cynical that it would
meet approval in the federal government.
"I don't think politically it'll make it far,
but it's a good step toward improving our
democracy."

TONY DING/Daily
Eastern Michigan University sophomore Linda Simwenyi
chats Sunday before participating in the Michigan AIDS Walk
in downtown Ann Arbor.
AIDS charity
walk fiocuases
on awareness
By Min Kyung Yoon
For the Daily
With the sun shining bright and water bottles in hand,
more than 400 people walked "One Step Toward a
Solution" as they marched through downtown Ann
Arbor yesterday afternoon.
As music, food and balloons enhanced the festive
atmosphere, people gathered to celebrate AIDS aware-
ness and raise money to support various groups focus-
ing on HIV/AIDS throughout the community. People
participated in the AIDS Walk to support the Hemo-
philia Foundation of Michigan, the HIV/AIDS
Resource Center and the Midwest AIDS Prevention
Project, including people from the University commu-
nity.
The main goal of the walk was to raise "awareness
and money, which will go to direct care for people
affected with HIV/AIDS and for outreach, which is to
raise awareness within the community," Diane Moore, a
representative from the HIV/AIDS Resource Center,
said.
Circle K, Project Serve, Project Community and
Women in Science and Engineering were the main rep-
resentatives from the University community. Justin
Schmandt, an LSA senior and volunteer for the walk,
became involved by initially "starting through Project
Community and publicizing about the walk by putting
up posters around campus, recruiting students and stu-
dent organizations such as Project Serve and Alpha Phi
Omega to participate."
For some, volunteering for the AIDS walk has been a
long term process.
While some students participated through various
student organizations around campus or through
friends' encouragement to join, some had been volun-
teering for the walk since early summer.
Andrea Geiman, a volunteer for Ann Arbor AIDS
Walk Committee and a second-year graduate student at
the School of Social Work, said she had been involved
since June as a recruiter. "I recruited 50 teams, made
up of three to four members to 56 member teams."
Starting at the Edison Parking Lot, the AIDS Walk
was a 5-kilometer walk that traveled through downtown
Ann Arbor.
"Front Line Church and Ann Arbor Jay Cees were
our main sponsors. Local companies, schools, churches
and organizations were invited to walk to increase com-
munity awareness and raise the funds necessary to sup-
port local programs," Moore said. The slogan of the
walk was to take "One Step Toward a Solution." Food
was all donated by various local stores and T-shirt sales
also benefited the organizations. Awards, prizes and
more activities took place after the walk.
Some students simply participated because the walk
presented an important cause to support. Courtney
Bonam, an LSA junior and president of the Undergrad-
uate Psychological Society, brought her organization to
participate because "we feel that it will benefit the
community and it is a good cause to support."

A couple remembers lost loved ones while at the Candle Lighting for Hope and Remembrance at
the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday.

conjunction with the March on Washington
and candle lighting at Lincoln Memorial in
1998. Although the event was not held in
Washington last year and will not be in the
future due to Sept. 11 and corresponding
security issues, other cancer centers including
the MCCC were strongly encouraged to con-
tinue sponsoring the vigil.
"We are doing anything to bring the
bereaved and survivors together. Tonight is
very important to me personally because it
shows that I'm giving back to all those who
once helped me in every way they could,"
Solvey said.
A small group was dressed in T-shirts that
had "Kelly 16" printed on the front and "Kelly
is our hero" on the back in support of their
family member who is a 16-year survivor of

cancer.
"Tonight makes me think of the people I
knew who were lost to cancer. I have lots to
be thankful for because I'm still here," Livo-
nia resident Kelly Maksimowicz said.
In addition to the video, other photographs
and mementos of those affected by cancer
were set on tables for viewing.
Speakers read poems and told their stories
of bereavement.
The Voices of Healing Choir sang encour-
aging songs, and Reverend Joel Beam led
responsive readings. Instrumental pieces were
played throughout the evening.
As the second leading cause of death in the
nation, half of all men and one-third of all
women in the U.S. will develop cancer during
their lifetime.

Michigander escapes
Ivory Coast uprisings

CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) -- When
the phone call came last week, Marian
Harrison already was optimistic.before
her son reported that he had escaped a
rebel uprising in Ivory Coast.
The Cadillac woman's son Loren
Harrison, her daughter-in-law and six
grandchildren were evacuated from the
International Christian Academy in
Bouake on Thursday.
"I really thank the Lord for his guid-
ance," Marian Harrison told the Tra-
verse City Record-Eagle for a story
yesterday.
Last week, Harrison watched TV
reports about the West African
nation's deadliest uprising ever. Now,
she's waiting for her family to come
home this week.
The Harrisons' two-year mission-
ary commitment ended abruptly
when mortar and gunfire broke out

debriefing session as early as today,
then they will return to their home in
Esko, Minn.
Vicki Harrison told Marian Harrison
in an e-mail that the family had slept in
a bathroom at the school during the
uprising.
"Vicki had always related that she
was tired and tense," Marian Harrison
said. "Loren was calm, cool and col-
lected and the kids were just kids."
Marian spoke to her son Friday for
the first time since the family left the
United States in July.
"He sounded like he had just taken a
walk in the park. (But) there are many
issues that have to be straightened out
when he gets home," she said.
For now, the family has no place to
stay and Loren Harrison has no job.
When the Harrisons left the United
States, neighbors moved into their

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