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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 14, 2002 - 3A

Blue Party seeks safet, meal flexibility

Wanted drug
dealer arrested at
Helen Newberry

A person soliciting students in Helen
Newberry Residence Hall to buy drugs
was arrested Monday by Department
of Public Safety officers. The suspect
was then turned over to the Ypsilanti
Police Department, which had a war-
rant out for his arrest.
Sand damages
library urinal
An unknown person caused damage
to a toilet in the Shapiro Undergradu-
ate Library Monday morning, when it
was discovered that someone had
placed sand in the urinal.
Media Union
darker after lamp
goes missing
A lamp from the Media Union dock
on North Campus was reported stolen
Tuesday morning. The lamp had appar-
ently been missing since Nov. 4. DPS
has no suspects.
Tennis staff make
complaint about
fraudulent check
A caller from the Varsity Tennis
Center complained Tuesday that a
check made out by a person participat-
ing in summer tennis camp has contin-
ued to bounce.
Dining employee
'confused' after
fall in cafeteria
A University Housing Dining Ser-
vices worker in East Quad Residence
Hall slipped, fell and hit her head Sun-
day during lunch. According to DPS
reports, the victim was conscious and
breathing but "really dazed and con-
fused." The person was transported to
the University Hospital Emergency
Room.
Police discover
vehicle where
owner parked it
DPS officers located a stolen vehicle
Sunday afternoon in the Catherine
Street parking structure. Upon notify-
ing the vehicle's owner, it was discov-
ered she had just forgotten where she
last parked, reports state.
Two jackets
disappear from
campus buildings
A black leather coat was reported
missing from the Harlan Hatcher Grad-
uate Library late Sunday night after its
owner left it unattended on the library's
fourth floor.
A second jacket was reported stolen
Monday morning from the Vera Baits
II Ziwet House kitchen area. That theft
occurred sometime between 6 p.m.
Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday.
Patient assaults
hospital staffer
with picture
A University Medical Center Med-
Inn staff member was injured by an
angry patient Monday afternoon. The
patient reportedly assaulted the staff
member with a framed picture. Proper-
ty damage was also reported.
Pedestrians safe
after being struck
by vehicles

Two pedestrians were allegedly
struck by moving vehicles Monday.
The first incident occurred on North
Thayer Street, when the victim was
crossing the street. The victim report-
edly told the driver that she was okay
and did not get his information before
he drove away. The victim declined
medical treatment.
Another person was struck while
crossing the street at Fletcher Street
and North University Avenue. The vic-
tim reported that her thigh was bruised.
Arbor Lakes man
reports theft of
$5 from drawer
A man in Arbor Lakes on Plymouth
Road reported Monday that $5 had
been stolen from his desk drawer. The
theft allegedly occurred the night of
Oct. 25.

By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
Customized meal plans and campus safety top
the issues on the Blue Party platform if elected
into the Michigan Student Assembly during next
week's election.
Missed meals should be refunded since the
meals have already been paid for by the plan,
party leader and current MSA representative
Darth Newman said. The Blue Party aims to work
with the Entree Office to provide more options
and a more flexible meal plan.
After success in providing the use of Entree
Plus at Michigan Stadium this fall, the Blue
Party will continue to work toward Entree
Plus being available at Yost Ice Arena and
Crisler Arena.
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"The statistics are astounding about Ford sa
what students feel is a serious offense Fordc
now as opposed to two years ago. ing's ho
Apparently the majority of students tion ofe
don't feel it's a major offense to take regard to
something off of the Internet and pres- "(Th
ent it as their work. I think this is of atmosph
great concern," Gass said. dents a
Issues raised at the meeting included Enginee
the responsibilities of faculty to dents w
respond to dishonesty in the class- and feel
room, initiating a dialogue between lem," Fc
students and faculty, academic miscon- Stud
duct associated with the Internet and showed
the establishment of an intellectual conduct
community with a higher appreciation ties from
for honesty. "I do]
"It's the job of each department to rently.I
put forth and constantly revise what it cheating
means for students to act with integri- proving
ty. I'm surprised that these documents ness sen
are not there for students now," English In sp
Prof. John Whittier-Ferguson, a pan- prioriti
elist, said. meeting
"Not acknowledging people's work successi
makes the people doing the work discusst
unwilling to (contribute further work), "TheI
and those people who are taking are really in
essentially tearing the community need to
apart," Whittier-Ferguson added. about ti
One professor in the audience even ifN
responded to the remarks of the pan- course,
elists, saying that he did not believe co-plann
that integrity is currently viewed as a For th
high priority in the academic commu- mationa
nity or understood uniformly. Panelists Library
and event planners reacted by saying wwwlib
that creating a uniform understanding resourc
is essential to making this issue a high- about h
er priority. dishones
"It's impossible to enumerate the "Wha
number of ways that you can go source th
wrong. I think that something we ily exhi
need to discuss is how to outline the Patricia

"Blue Party members have worked with a
lot of administrators and developed good
working relations," party leader and MSA
representative Sarra Nazem said. "This will
help us when it comes to customizing the
meal plan."
An issue much talked about during last
year's fall election, campus safety, is back on
the Blue Party's platform. In response to last
year's "peeping tom" incidents and break-ins
in residence halls, the Blue Party wants more
street lighting, particularly in off-campus
housing neighborhoods, and more emergency
phones on campus.
"When we surveyed students, most did not
know where the emergency phones were or

After a three-week process of interviews
and meetings, 22 candidates were selected on
the party's MSA slate. Most qualified students
for student government, who work well with
other students and want to get things done,
were picked to represent the Blue Party, New-
man said.
LSA freshman Bryan Cooley is excited about
the party's plans for expanding Entre Plus.
"I wanted to run for Blue Party because they
have done a lot of good things in the past like
adding Fall Break," Cooley said.
Like Students First and the Defend Affirmative
Action Party, the Blue Party has been hanging
posters and chalking in the morning and talking
to students at night.
"Talking to people wins votes, not just our
posters," Newman said.

Blue Party candidates running for the LSA
Student Government, a separate governing body,
are pushing for an online calendar listing co-cur-
ricular activities like student clubs and organiza-
tions with meeting times. Creating a web-based
program to help students organize and see how
their proposed classes would fit into their distri-
bution requirements is also an goal candidates
would work toward.
"Students end up taking classes they don't
really need," Nazem said. "This website would
help them see what classes would fulfill their
distribution."
LSA-SG candidates also aim to work with
Graduate Student Instructors to promote
course consistency. GSIs teaching the same
course might be grading students differently,
Newman said.

were aware the phones were
man said.
rinciples (of integrity) with-
ving to list everything," pan-
ind Engineering Prof. Ann
id.
cited the School of Engineer-
nor code as a successful defini-
expectations for students with
o academic honesty.
e Honor Code) creates a basic
Lere of trust between the stu-
nd faculty in the College of
ering. The vast majority of stu-
vork very hard and are honest
- very threatened by this prob-
ord said.
ents present at the meeting
concern over academic mis-
, but some had different priori-
m those of the professors.
n't think the system works cur-
If a student is suspected of
g, basically you have no way of
that you didn't cheat," Busi-
nior Robbie Tran said.
ite of the disagreement about
es within academic integrity,
planners said the event was
ful in getting people together to
the problem.
point this raised is that what is
important is the dialogue. We
have long term conversations
his with students in particular,
we have to discuss it in every
LSA Academic Advisor and
ner Scott Kassner said.
hose interested in more infor-
about this issue, the University
y has created a website,
.umich.edu/acadintegrity, with
es for students and faculty
ow to address concerns over
sty.
at we're trying to do is create a
hat is helpful, but not necessar-
austive," University Librarian
Yocum said.

on campus," New-

Activists urge reappraisal
of Middle East conflict

By Chris Amos
For the Daily
In a wide-ranging discussion spon-
sored by Students Allied for Freedom
and Equality at the Michigan Union
last night, panelists Amer Zahr and
Thom Saffold reflected upon the Pales-
tinian Intifada and encouraged students
to work to redefine the public's under-
standing of the Palestinian struggle.
Both panelists took issue with the
framing of the Palestinian struggle in
the mainstream American media and
said that important issues require a
more involved explanation than the
media takes time to give.
"We need to avoid the trap of the
sound-bite battle," Zahr said.
Saffold, a civil rights instructor in the
Ann Arbor Public Schools, encouraged
students to make a historical connection
between the Intifada and the American
Civil Rights movement. Saffold said that
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a similar connection had motivated
many Americans to protest South
African policies in the '80s and con-
tributed to Apartheid's dismantling. Saf-
fold said the plight of many Palestinians
justified a similar response today.
"I visited South Africa during the '80s
at the height of Apartheid and have visit-
ed the West Bank recently and Palestini-
ans today live in conditions worse than
South Africans did then," Saffold said.
Audience members questioned
whether non-violent protest would
prove successful in the occupied terri-
tories, noting that previous boycotts
and tax resistance had accomplished
little.
"Violent resistance is probably the
only way to effect change in Israeli pol-
icy. Colonial societies never give up
land for benevolent reasons ... either
economic necessity or violent resist-
ance forces them out," Zahr said. "The
most likely way to end occupation is to

make the Israeli people suffer enough
so that they begin to question the need
for continuing the occupation."
Zahr also responded to criticism of
the ongoing campaign for the Univer-
sity to divest from Israel.
"Israel's economy would not crum-
ble due to corporate divestment. They
have a first world economy and receive
large amounts of American foreign
aid," he said.
"Divestment is also not anti-Semitic.
Zionism is anti-Semitic because it
essentializes Jews. Many Jews do not
support Israeli oppression of the Pales-
tinian people," Zahr added.
Zahr spoke of the need for greater
communication across religious and eth-
nic lines, saying that some students who
support Israeli policies have very little
social contact with Palestinian students.
"Many supporters of Israeli policies
simply don't understand the day-to-day
struggle of the Palestinian people."

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could further appeal to under-repre-
sented groups.
These internal fluctuations are not
yet a cause for concern, LSA senior
Helen Doh said.
Doh, a student of Korean descent,
said she doubts the declining Asian
population will become a serious prob-
lem.
"I think we already have a lot of
Asian students here," Doh said, adding
their presence can be felt through the
numerous Asian student groups pres-
ent on campus.
The real problem, Doh said, lies in

the actual separation within minority
groups.
"I don't know if any Asian group
leader would agree with me, but I also
see a division between minority
groups. I see Asians already divided
among themselves," she said.
This internal division is hindering
overall minority cooperation and
success on campus, Doh added.
"Asians and Hispanics don't join
together."
According to the data, the number
of white students in the freshman
class dropped from 3,410 to 3,208
this year. White students still repre-
sent more than 60 percent of the
freshman class.

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Brown was unsure whether the
Continued from Page 1A prior records would entail stiffer
the last two years on charges of retail sentences for the suspects if they are
fraud and public intoxication. convicted.
Burgens has a record going back to "It would be nice," Brown said.
the 1980s of drug possession and lar- "It's up to the legal system and court
ceny, although this is his first offense system."
Correction:
Khalil Shikaki is a Palestinian professor teaching at Bir Zeit University in
the West Bank. This was incorrectly reported on Page 1 of yesterday's Daily.

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