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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 15, 2003 - 3A

CRIM4E
Football game is
venue for tickets,
ejections, arrests
The Department of Public Safety
reported that Saturday's football game
produced 11 arrests, including eight
M1Ps and one assault with no injuries.
Officials ticketed 47 individuals; 18 for
urinating in public and 29 for alcohol
in the stadium.
Four fans were ejected from the
game. One of the fans was ejected
for an MIP and resisting arrest; a
warrant will be pursued against him
later. At the game, 76 received med-
ical treatment and 12 were transport-
ed to hospitals.
Chemical scare
causes laboratory
evacuation
DPS and the Ann Arbor Fire
Department responded to a call to
Randall Laboratory Friday morning
in response to a reported chemical
spill, according to DPS logs. Upon
investigation it was found that no
chemical spill had occurred. Fumes
escaping from the fume hood prompt-
ed the call.
One person was involved in the acci-
dent; he was transported to the hospital
and received standard chemical expo-
sure treatment, but sustained no serious
health complications.
The building was evacuated and
Occupational Safety and Environmen-
tal Health was also notified.
Embezzlement of
cookie store funds
investigated
DPS reported that officers are inves-
tigating a possible embezzlement at the
Mrs. Fields in the Michigan Union
Thursday evening. DPS is investigating
two suspects, both employees of the
establishment.
Thief scores cash,
credit cards at
Michigan Stadium
A caller reported that his wallet was
stolen from his pocket during Satur-
day's football game, DPS reports state.
The man said his wallet held $350 dol-
lars and various credit cards.
Firefighters douse
North U kiosk
According to DPS logs, an officer
driving through the area of 700 N.
University Ave. reported a kiosk
ablaze early Saturday morning. The
AAFD was called and put out the
fire. The kiosk, made of cement and
covered with paper fliers, sustained
no serious damage.
Tile layer lacking
permit sets off
smoke alarms
A contractor at the University
Hospital set off the smoke detector
while laying floor tile Friday after-
noon, according to DPS. He was
reportedly using a torch without a
burn permit.
Thief smashes

* window, steals
parking permit
A man called a report that some-
one had stolen his orange Universi-
ty parking permit on Friday. The
permit was taken from his car,
which was parked in the carport on
Church Street, DPS reports stated.
The caller said the person had
stolen the permit by breaking out
the passenger side window of the
car.
Golf cart, bikes
go head to head
near Kresge
A caller Thursday night reported that
a golf cart ran into a bike rack and
bikes outside the Kresge Medical
Research Building, DPS reports state.
0 There were no injuries. A note was left
for the bike owners.
Employee proves
no match for
meat tub
An employee at West Quad Resi-
dence Hall injured her back on
Wednesday while lifting a 250-pound
tub of meat, according to DPS

CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?*

Deadline expires for
auto talks; status of
contracts unknown

Not all
roommates
are made
for each
other.
Luckily,
there's still
time left to
switch
rooms or
roommates.
CURTIS
HILLER/Daily

Roommates' moment of truth
comes: Put up or s/hz out

At midnight deadline
UAW, Big Three still not
finished negotiating
DETROIT (AP) - The expira-
tion deadline of labor contracts
between the United Auto Workers
union and Detroit's Big Three
automakers passed at midnight yes-
terday without an immediate update
about the status of the months-long
talks.
A briefing scheduled to take
place late yesterday at the UAW-
GM Center for Human Resources
near downtown, where General
Motors Corp. and the UAW have
been negotiating, hadn't begun as
the deadline passed.
UAW President Ron Gettelfinger
on Saturday left the door open for a
simultaneous, three-way resolution,
or a new pact with at least one of
the companies before the current,
four-year contracts expire.
Representatives of the UAW, GM,
Ford Motor Co. and Daimler-
Chrysler AG's Chrysler Group said
yesterday that talks continued, but
they declined to discuss the status
or the potential for an agreement
with one or all three automakers.
The sides have been meeting confi-
dentially since mid-July.
The new pacts will cover wages
and benefits for 300,000 workers

plus pension payments and benefits
for a half-million retirees and their
spouses.
The union and Big Three
automakers have never reached
simultaneous contract agreements.
The union typically chooses one
carmaker as the lead negotiator and
uses that pact as a model for the
other two.
Gettelfinger acknowledged for
the first time Saturday that the
union had chosen a company as the
lead negotiator soon after Labor
Day, though he declined to name it.
Some analysts and labor experts
say the new pacts likely will reflect
the difficult predicaments of the
automakers, whose combined U.S.
market share fell to an all-time
monthly low in August.
They said it was likely the union
would grant concessions on wages
and pension benefits in exchange
for the continuation of nearly cost-
free health care.
The current contracts, negotiated
in 1999 during better times for the
industry, included 3 percent annual
pay hikes and a ban on plant clos-
ings.
Because of declining U.S. market
share among the Big Three, and
continued domestic expansion from
foreign automakers, most observers
have said the probability of a strike
is low.

By Ashley Dinges
For the Daily
Now that duffel bags have been unpacked and awkward
introductions exchanged, freshmen can begin to evaluate
their roommate situation: is it heaven or hell?
Although some can tolerate their roommates, there are
still two options available for those wishing to switch.
Starting tomorrow, students who entered their names into
the waitlist lotteries for each residence hall can obtain their
numbers from the waitlist website. For those who have not
yet entered the lottery, entries can still be submitted after
tomorrow, but will be placed at the bottom of the list.
According to University Housing's website, residence
halls are full and will not permit much movement on the
waitlist.
As a second option, if a student finds someone who is willing
to switch rooms, room swaps can be made at the front desk of
their residence hall for a fee of $30 per person.
Generally, students seem to be able to tolerate their
roommates - even though some believe it is not always
necessary to be best friends.
"The first night we got there, we talked for five hours
straight, and everything was very comfortable. We don't
hang out much, though," said LSA freshman Adrienne
Call, who lives in Mary Markley Residence Hall.
No matter how well roommates get along, most share
an embarrassing or awkward moment while living togeth-
er 24 hours a day, including when "visitors" stop by.
John Stiglich, an LSA freshman and Markley resident
from Illinois, overheard his roommate talking with a girl
late one night in their room.
"I was faking sleep in my bed. Nothing really event-
ful happened between them, though. The next morn-
ing they tried to wake me, but I faked sleep again. As
they left for breakfast, I caught a peek of the girl,"
Stiglich said.

He later found out, to his surprise, that his roommate
had been bragging to other residents that he "got this girl to
sleep with him," which Stiglich knew was not necessarily
true. When asked by one of his neighbors to rate her on a
scale of one to 10, Stiglich replied with a "negative two."
"Every time he's around we always drop 'negative two'
into the conversation. The moral of the story is, get a
roommate who goes for women in the positive range of
the ten point scale," Stiglich said.
Jason Ruchim is another Markley resident who was less
than pleased with his roommate's choice of guests.
Ruchim said his roommate, Dave Razen, met a girl at a
fraternity party and brought her back to their residence
hall - sending Ruchim to the hall lounge for the night.
His roommate came to get him at 4 a.m.
"The girl fell asleep in his bed, and we tried to move her
off of the bed, but she wouldn't roll over. Louis had to
sleep on the floor that night, and we ended up calling her
'the log' after that," Ruchim said.
Even though many roommates get along well, not all
students like the neighbors on their floor. Alyssa Fetini, an
LSA freshman in Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall, needed
to borrow a pair of scissors on the first day in her hall. She
found one door open.
"I told her I lived in her hall, and wondered if I could
borrow some scissors. She didn't turn around, she didn't
stop typing on her computer, she just said no. I backed out
slowly and left," Fetini said. That was the only "semi-
open" door on her floor.
"Every time we walk down the hall, we mutter under
our breath, 'Open your doors' or we knock on them as we
pass."
To find out if you are eligible to swap rooms, or place
an advertisement for a room swap, log on to
http://www.housing.umich.edu/info/rmswaps.html. To
enter the housing waitlist, check http://www housing.
umich.edu/ info/waitlists.html.

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