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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 26, 2002 - 3

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State cuts may affect University funding

Week of Charity
to begin on the
Diag after holiday
Week of Charity will kick off on
Monday following the holiday
break. Students will be out on the
Diag collecting canned goods and
clothes for the Ann Arbor Salvation
Army from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The
event is sponsored by a number of
student groups, including La Voz
Latina, the Lebanese Student Asso-
ciation, the Chinese Student Associ-
ation and the United Asian
American Organizations.
Mortuary customs
before Buddhism
focus of lecture
Early Chinese cultures Prof.
Miranda Brown will deliver a talk
today at noon titled "Did the Early
Chinese Attempt to Preserve
Corpses? A Reconstruction of the
Aims and ReligioussSignificanceof
Pre-Buddhist Mortuary Custom." It
will be held at the International
Institute on South University
Avenue and is part of the as part of
the Center for Chinese Studies'
Brown Bag Lecture Series.
Local bookstore
will hold open mic
night for readings
The Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and
Tea Room on South Main Street will
hold an open mic poetry reading
tomorrow at 7 p.m. Signups will begin
at the store at 6:30 p.m.
Sports radio host
to sign new book
Detroit sportscaster and former
Michigan football player Jim
Brandstatter will sign copies of his
new book Friday at 3 p.m. at Barnes
and Noble Bookstore on Washtenaw
Avenue. Brandstatter is the co-host
of the long-running television show,
Michigan Replay. His new book is
titled "Tales from Michigan Stadi-
um". Registration for the event is
required before attending. Call 677-
6475 for more information and to
pre-register.
Espresso Royale
Caffe opens floor,
mic to local poets
There will be a free open mic night
at Espresso Royale Caff6 on South
Main Street Friday at 8 p.m. Upthe-
grove Reynolds Project, a group that
performs poetry set to music, will open
and close the show.
Stories of sharing
will be read to
kids at local store
Have family coming into town for
the holiday? There will be a free story-
telling program for kids accompanied
by an adult at the Crazy Wisdom
Bookstore and Tea Room Saturday at
10:30 a.m. The topic will be "Stories of
Sharing."
Spoken word group
will share work at
local bookstore
Local performance group The
Long Hairz Collective will hold a
free performance at the Crazy Wis-
dom Bookstore and Tea Room Sat-
urday at 8:30 p.m. The collective

consists of local poet and spoken
word artist Brian Babb, Detroit poet
and philosopher William Copeland,
and Detroit based folk style singer
songwriter Joe Reilly. They recently
released a CD titled "Dread Locks
and Pony Tales."
Census data will
be analyzed in
population
studies lecture
There will be a Brown Bag Lec-
ture next Monday at noon titled
"IPUMS International: Integrating
and Calibrating Census Microdata "
by University of Minnesota history
Prof. Robert McCaa. The lecture
will take place at the University
Population Studies Center at 311
Maynard St.
Stanford prof will
talk about role of
women philosophers

By Soojung Chang
Daily Staff Reporter
Concerns about the effects of potential state
cuts to University funding were the primary
topic of discussion yesterday when University
President Mary Sue Coleman met with the
Senate Advisory Committee on University
Affairs.
"We don't have any definite word yet," Cole-
man said. Because Governor John Engler,
whose term will be up Jan. 1, is in the process
of balancing the budget, the University will not
know how much money it will be getting from
the state until after Thanksgiving break, Cole-
man added.
Coleman allayed fears that faculty salaries
will be affected if the state makes budget cuts.
She said the need to retain good staff and to
Survivor Se
recalls
Holocaust
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attract the best faculty is one of the Universi-
ty's top priorities despite rising costs.
SACUA Chair and Prof. Charles Koopmann
said SACUA is most concerned about benefits
and salary programs and how new programs,
like the Life Sciences Institute, will affect
existing academic programs.
"It would have the potential of affecting
other programs because of possible recruitment
and donor issues. It's too early to know about
the positive and negative spin offs," Koopmann
said.
Coleman said the Life Sciences Institute
should not affect funding for other programs,
unless money from the tobacco settlement is
lower than expected. She also said other LSI
funding would come primarily from the health
sciences departments and the University Health
System, who would be able to do joint recruit-
arching

ment of faculty with the LSI.
SACUA members also had concerns about
their role in helping the administration make
decisions about the budget.
Koopmann said SACUA has not played a
role in helping the administration with the Uni-
versity's budget in past years.
"It's goiigg to depend on what role she sees
us playing. We've not had a role because
there's not been a budget crunch. In a time of
budget constraints this will be a new function,
how to try to help the administration set priori-
ties," he said.
SACUA Vice-chair Prof. John Gobetti said
he thinks Coleman has been very receptive to
faculty advice so far.
Another funding issue brought up at yester-
day's meeting was the Michigan Student
Assembly's proposal to increase student fees to

improve recreational facilities. The results of
an MSA ballot showed that the majority of stu-
dents want the fee increase. Coleman said the
administration is in the process of examining
the issue.
"We are looking at it real closely to see if it
might be possible," she said.
Other concerns Coleman addressed were
childcare for faculty, graduate students and
undergraduates, and recent changes in the
NCAA's academic requirements.
Coleman said the NCAA's changes include
increasing core academic requirements for stu-
dent athletes in high school, and changing
requirements to obtain a degree.
"This is the first of a long series of what we
hope are reforms," Coleman said. "These are
ways in which we can have a possible impact
on student athletes' success."

Men charged identity
detheft case, $2.7 M lost

memorie
HOLOCAUST
Continued from Page 1
consequences of ethnic intolerance
first-hand.
On Dec. 24, 1942 the German
secret police arrested Fontheim's
parents in his presence. He found
out later that they had been deport-
ed to Auschwitz - he never saw
them again.
"The deportation produced a ter-
ror in me I still feel in my bones,"
he said.
A few days after his family's
deportation he decided to "go
underground" and obtained a forged
identification card. The ID equated
him with his Aryan superiors at a
defense plant where he worked.
With this ID and three other Jews,
Fontheim escaped Berlin to a city in
southeast Germany. The three, a
young girl and her parents, later
became his wife and parents-in-law.
FRAUD
Continued from Page 1
she had made bail. "I'm guessing
she did, but I don't know the answer
to that," Burke said.'
Peterson said the University
would be completing its investiga-
tion of HSRI and would be making
appropriate recommendations in
regard to oversight of financial
managers. She added that the Uni-
versity already has very strict pro-
cedures in place, which they will
remind employees of.
"They may well look for ... areas
that can be strengthened," she said.
"It's crucial to follow our existing
processes."
HSRI was created in 1998 in
order to build a network of health
service researchers at the Universi-
ty. It helped acquire research for
certain professors and sponsored
seminars on a variety of topics,
including health care organization
and the health professions work
force. Due to its inability to form a
self-supporting funding model, the
initiative ended last June.
WAGES
Continued from Page 1
issues, workers seek a contract with
Republic that gives them "adequate
equipment," like bathrooms in their
tollbooths and "chairs that aren't
falling to pieces."
The Ann Arbor Code of Ordi-
nances allows for an exemption to
the living wage if the city contracts
a subsidiary to purchase the servic-
es of another independent firm, like
Republic Parking.
In 2000, the Downtown Develop-
ment Authority, an offshoot of the
city government that operates inde-
pendent of its auspices, contracted
Republic to handle all of the city's
parking operations.
The DDA gave Republic Parking
enough money to pay their employ-
ees the living wage though there are
exceptions to providing it, DDA
Executive Director Susan Pollay
said.
"A year ago, the board of the
DDA voted to increase Republic's
budget ... and they increased the
wage levels beyond what the living
wage is."
But according to Republic
employees and the teamsters, not all
employees are receiving the living
wage despite the funding from the
increased funding from DDA.
"Who got the money?" St. Lois
asked. "Did the city? Did the DDA?"

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities broke
up what they called the biggest identity theft case in
U.S. history and charged three men yesterday with
stealing credit information from more than 30,000
people, draining victims' bank accounts and ruining
their credit.
U.S. Attorney James Comey said the losses were
calculated so far at $2.7 million but would balloon
to many more millions and affect consumers in
every state. He called the case "every American's
worst financial nightmare multiplied tens of thou-
sands of times."
"With a few keystrokes, these men essentially
picked the pockets of tens of thousands of Ameri-
cans and, in the process, took their identities, stole
their money and swiped their security,"the prosecu-
tor said.
Authorities said the scheme began about three
years ago when Philip Cummings, a help-desk
worker at Teledata Communications, a Long Island
software company, sold an unidentified person
passwords and codes for downloading consumer
credit reports.
Cummings was allegedly paid roughly $30 for
each report, and the information was then
passed on to at least 20 other people, who set
out to make money from the stolen information,
prosecutors said.
"The potential windfall was probably far greater
than the content of a bank vault, and they didn't
even need a getaway car. All they needed was a
phone and a computer, or so they thought," said
FBI Assistant Director Kevin Donovan.
More than 15,000 credit reports were stolen
from Experian, a credit history bureau, using
passwords belonging to Ford Motor Credit
Corp., officials said.
They said thousands of other credit reports were

"...And they didn't even
need a getaway car. All
they needed was a
phone and a computer,
or so they thought."
- Kevin Donovan
FBI Assistant Director
stolen from companies such as Washington Mutual
Finance Co. in Crossville, Tenn.; Dollar Bank in
Cleveland; Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in
Illinois; the Personal Finance Co. in Frankfort, Ind.;
the Medical Bureau in Clearwater, Fla.; Vintage
Apartments in Houston; and Community Bank of
Chaska in Chaska, Minn.
Victims have reported losing money from their
bank accounts, seeing their credit cards hit with
unauthorized charges, and having their identities
assumed by strangers.
Comey said there was no reason to suspect a ter-
rorism connection, with simple greed the apparent
motive. He said prosecutors were sending letters to
the more than 30,000 victims, offering help.
He said the investigation was still in its early
stages, though prosecutors had "found the guys
who opened the fire hydrant of fraud."
Cummings, 33, of Cartersville, Ga., was released
on $500,000 bond after an appearance in Manhat-
tan federal court yesterday at which he did not
speak. His lawyer declined to comment on the
charges. If convicted, Cummings could get up to 30
years in prison for wire fraud and millions in fines.
prepare He said the transition is proceed-
1. ~ ing as Cox formulates policy, inter-
did not views prospective employees and
n effort, analyzes the office.
kesman A Livonia resident and head of the
er said. homicide division of the Wayne
t with County prosecutor's office, Cox
and (for- stressed his legal experience in the
ey Gen- campaign against Peters of Bloom-
Kelley," field Township. Cox will be the
I don't state's first Republican attorney gen-
those eral in more than 40 years.
could In the official results, Granholm
n more beat Republican Lt. Gov. Dick Posthu-
e if this mus of Alto by 127,692 votes to win
behind the governor's office and Republican
oductive Terri Land of Byron Center took the
secretary of state's election by 371,820
that the votes. In all, 3,219,864 Michigan vot-
aid. ers cast ballots.

Library yesterday'.

ELECTIONS
Continued from Page 1
I believe it is time to move forward."
State department spokeswoman Julie
Pierce said the board would have ques-
tioned any discrepancies it found.
"There were no irregularities found,"
she said. "Nothing was out of order."
Peters could have requested a
recount by paying $10 a precinct,
adding up to more than $55,000 for a
statewide count. A margin fewer than
2,000 votes would have triggered an
automatic recount.
Certification also brought finality to
the University Board of Regents elec-
tion, confirming the victories of
Republican candidates Andrew Richn-
er and Ann Arbor native Andrea Fisch-

er-Newman.
State Rep. Richner (R-Grosse Pointe
Park) received the second-greatest num-
ber of votes, beating Democrat Greg
Stephens of Saline
by 7,242 votes.
Stephens waited
for certification to
concede defeat but
said he had not
expected a large
enough boost in
votes. He will not
ask for a recount
because it is too
expensive, he said. Peters
Cox began his transition to attorney
general soon after his unofficial win on
election night, working with Attorney
General and Gov.-elect Jennifer

Granholm and other officials to
for the job he will take over Jan.
Peters' refusal to concede
severely hamper the transitiox
Cox spol
Stu Sandlf
"He met
Granholm
mer Attorn
eral Frank)
he said."
know if
meetings
have beer
productive
Cox had been
us, but all in all, Mike's had a pr
transition."
"He was always confident1
votes would stand up," Sandler s

Corrections:
The LSA architect is the SmithGroup. SHG was one of the original names of the SmithGroup. This was incorrectly reported on page 1 Nov. 21.
. An editorial titled "Evening of Tolerance" on page 4 yesterday did not name all of the sponsors of a Ramadan feast last week. It was sponsored by four student
groups - the Muslim Graduate Students Association, the Muslim Students' Association, the Pakistani Students Association and the Arab Student Association.

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