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Ann Arbor residents celebrate city's
150th birthday with unveiling
By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor celebrated its 150th anniversary of
incorporation as a city with a ceremony at noon on
October 19, 2001 to cut a ribbon wrapped around
the Guy C. Larcom Jr. Municipal Building.
The ceremony featured the unveiling of a new
Downtown Historical Street Exhibit, "The Growth
of City Services," 500 cupcakes for participants and
the chance to contribute to a time capsule that will
be opened on the city's 200th anniversary in 2051.
Planners hoped the event would involve more
than 800 participants, which would break the Guin-
ness World Record for participants at a ribbon-cut-
"Prior to 1851, Ann Arbor was just a town. There
was no municipal system, sidewalks, firehouses, or
police," event coordinator Nancy Stone said. "We
are celebrating what it means to become a city."
The new section of the street exhibit will profile
the history of Ann Arbor's municipal services,
The exhibit is one in a series of transparent
frames placed throughout downtown. Future addi-
tions to the exhibit will include information about
the history of the University.
The University, which began classes in Ann
Arbor in 1841, has played an increasingly important
role in the development of the city.
"As the largest property owner in Ann Arbor, the
University contributes largely to the economic well-
being of the city," said street exhibit program coor-
dinator Ray Detter, the chairman of Ann Arbor's
Citizens Advisory Council.
"The University was formed in the 1840s, and
back then students were housed in the University
buildings around the Diag until (Henry) Tappan
became president and forced them out," Detter said.
"Every student lived off-campus back then," he
said. "Until the late 19th century, the University
was on the outskirts of town, and the area between
Main Street and State Street was residential proper-
ty. Students had to go to Main Street to get their
mail and go to the bookstores," Defter said.
In the late 1800s and into the 1900s, there was
conflict between the University and the city, evi-
denced by riots and student demonstrations, Det-
Detter said an emphasis on sports was always a
part of University life, beginning with the first
athletic contest in the 1840s, a cricket match on
"Cultural events have always been very signifi-
cant in'their contribution to bringing town and
gown together," Defter said.
Concerts and lectures from famous speakers such
as writer Ralph Waldo Emerson and former U.S.
President John F. Kennedy held at Union High
School, Hill Auditorium, University Hall and the
Michigan Union were attended by a large number of
both city residents and the University community.
"We hope to see students take part in the birthday
celebration because they really are an important part
of our city's heritage," Stone said.
Photo by DAVID KATZ, illustration by DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
A typical afternoon on the Diag of the University, which helped celebrate Ann Arbor's 150th birthday.
DPS, Ann Arbor police tackle increasing crime rate
By Rob Goodspeed
Daily Staff Reporter
A number of incidents last year made it a particularly
busy one for the University's Department of Public Safety
and the Ann Arbor Police Department both on and off
DPS is charged with enforcing state law and Univer-
sity ordinances on University property and in University
buildings, while the AAPD enforce state and local laws.
Generally, the two agencies cooperate to provide public
safety protection at large events such as football games,
Hash Bash, the Naked Mile and the Ann Arbor Street
The agencies sometime enforce very different laws: For
example, marijuana possession is a civil infraction pun-
ishable by a $25 ticket according to Ann Arbor city law.
But, marijuana possession is a misdemeanor punishable
by up to one year in jail and up to a $2,000 fine according
to state law, which DPS enforces on campus.
Last year, a series of peeping tom and home invasion
incidents in the residence halls led to increased security
measures on campus, and caused DPS to issue an unusual
13 crime alerts during the Winter term. DPS issued six
crime alerts Fall 2001. Crime alerts are issued by DPS in
order to raise community awareness of crime, catch sus-
pects and deter crime from occurring.
The uncharacteristic crime spree in the residence halls
included an incident on February 2, 2002, when two men
assaulted an 18-year-old freshman resident of East Quad
Residence Hall. Two masked and gloved assailants
entered an open room on a second floor-room of East
Quad. One man restrained the victim while the other
threatened her with a black handgun. The men fled after
the victim screamed.
Since the Feb. 2 incident, a number of security
changes in the residence halls have occured, including
outside doors being locked 24 hours a day, increased
patrols by housing security officers and the posting of
security information in public areas.
Despite the increased security, DPS would issue 11
more crime alerts Winter 2002. Reported incidents includ-
ed peeping tom incidents in South Quad, Stockwell, East
Quad and Baits 1 residence halls.
DPS cancelled two crime alerts after apprehending sus-
pects. A home invasion alert issued December 3, 2001 was
cancelled January 10, and another home invasion crime
alert issued February 6, 2002 was cancelled February 20.
A number of incidents connected to campus occurred in
Ann Arbor as well.
On Feb. 11, 2002, a man was murdered at the Quality
Inn and Suites Hotel on Washtenaw Avenue in a crime Ann
Arbor Police characterized as potentially drug-related. In a
death closer to the University, Dustin Goodman, a member
of the Zeta Psi fraternity and Ann Arbor resident died
March 29 of a drug overdose at an off-campus party.
Goodman's death drew attention to the Zeta Psi fraterni-
ty, which is not a member of the Interfraternity Council.
Friends discovered Goodman dead in the basement of the
Zeta Psi fraternity house 1 p.m. the day after a party. An
autopsy later concluded he died of a heroin overdose.
Although fraternity members insisted the death was an
isolated incident, after Goodman's death, Ann Arbor
authorities closed the Zeta Psi fraternity house located at
1027 East University Avenue, due to Ann Arbor housing
Also last year, DPS issued a crime alert after a student
was assaulted on the 700 block of Church Street on April
9, 2002. The victim was forced at gunpoint to hand over
money, credit cards and a cell phone to the assailant.
Over the summer, Kinesiology junior Carl Diggs and
Kinesiology sophomore Markus Curry were shot at a
party. Both are members of the football team, and are
expected to recover. According to the Ann Arbor Police,
the two were shot after a fight that neither had been
involved in on May 17.
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