The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 29, 2003 - 3A
Somethin to harp about
'U' purchasing task force to
regulate fair business practices
Stadium is site for
Four people were arrested at Satur-
day's football game. The arrests included
three for minor in possession of alcohol,
according to Department of Public Safe-
ty reports. Public safety officers also
gave 17 alcohol citations and ejected one
person for having alcohol in the stadium.
The Huron Valley Ambulance treat-
ed 41 people who attended the game.
display of affection
DPS records indicate that a caller on
Wednesday evening reported a male and
female had approached her while she
was in the area of 700 S. University Ave.
The two individuals then grabbed, kissed
and hugged her. DPS notified Sexual
Assault Prevention and Awareness Cen-
ter. The case is under investigation and
DPS would not comment on whether the
woman was affiliated with the Universi-
ty or if she knew her attackers.
lock box pilfered
A caller Friday morning notified DPS
that $600 in personal property had been
taken over the past three days from a
lock box in an office at the Plant Depart-
ment. DPS is investigating the case.
tickets found at
DPS records indicate that two appar-
ently counterfeit tickets were discov-
ered at Saturday's football game. The
tickets were for Section 17, Row 42,
seats 8 and 9.
Lost child found
safe at home
DPS assisted the Ann Arbor Depart-
ment Police on Friday afternoon in look-
ing for a lost child, DPS records show.
The child was later found safe at home.
Robbery ends in
DPS and AAPD responded to an
armed robbery call involving a stolen
vehicle on 1904 Forest Ave. at mid-
night on Friday. The vehicle was locat-
ed and recovered, according to DPS
DPS officers located a subject sleep-
ing in the Angell Hall fishbowl comput-
ing site early Wednesday morning.
Officers took the subject into custody
for trespassing and later detained the
subject at the Washtenaw County Jail on
a warrant issued by the Detroit Police
Person lying on
DPS responded to a caller Friday
night who stated that a subject lying on
the Diag was unresponsive. The subject
was transported by ambulance to the
University Hospital emergency room.
Officers located an intoxicated 42-
year-old male in the lobby of the
Shapiro Undergraduate Library Friday
night. DPS records show that the sub-
ject was screaming and yelling. Offi-
cers arrested the subject on trespassing
charges and on an AAPD warrant. He
was turned over to the AAPD.
A 43-year old male was arrested in
the Shapiro Library later Friday night for
trespassing. He was processed and
A 42-year old male was found
singing in the Shapiro Library at mid-
night on Saturday. The subject was
advised of trespass laws and escorted
out of the building.
Man in raincoat
A caller on Wednesday afternoon
;reported a man in a yellow rain coat and
blue hat exposing himself on Fuller
Road, DPS logs indicate. DPS notified
By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
The role of ethics in shaping Univer-
sity purchasing codes was publicly dis-
cussed last week before a faculty and
student task force that is reviewing and
revising the University's business prac-
The task force was created by Uni-
versity President Mary Sue Coleman
last spring to make recommendations
for new purchasing policies after a
student group criticized the labor
standards of a linen company in con-
tracts with the University.
Members of Students Organizing
for Labor and Economic Equality
said Morgan Linen Services Co., a
laundry service used by the Univer-
sity, treats its Toledo plant workers
unfairly. "We always have the pressures
in trying to do the best we can in want-
ing to do business with good compa-
nies" Coleman said. "But we also have
the pressure of what the company will
accept and the pressure that we have to
keep ourselves in a cost effective envi-
ronment so we have look at everything
and balance it."
While a code of conduct that man-
dates such issues as labor standards
and collective bargaining rights
exists for University licensees -
companies producing items with the
University logo, no similar code for
sellers to the University is in place,
said task force chair Theodore St.
Antoine, emeritus professor of law.
"Many of the licensing contracts deal
with companies producing items in
developing countries where labor pro-
tection is not enforced well enough, so
that's partly why the University has a
strong code of conduct for those busi-
nesses," Antoine said.
"But with the vendors to the Uni-
versity - which our recommenda-
tions would possibly affect - they
are mostly U.S.-based and are under
state and federal regulations."
The University's purchasing office
has its own guidelines on social
responsibility, but Coleman said
there were some deficiencies in the
"I was also alerted after I talked
to the purchasing people and they
told me that there were some gaps
(in the purchasing polices) and
those were very legitimate to look
at," Coleman said.
SOLE member Marlow Coolican said
the University would financially benefit
from working with companies with
"good ethical standards."
"Those companies who treat their
workers fairly are more likely to be
more responsible to the University in
ways like keeping contracts," Cooli-
The task force is in the process of will
be drafting and submitting recommen-
dations on purchasing ethics and poli-
cies to Coleman, which are due by the
end of the Fall term. "With the help of
feedback we received we will be draft-
ing recommendations considering such
things as labor standards, safety and
workers rights and environmental pro-
tection," Antoine added.
Local harpist Deborah Gabrion gives a free concert at the Ann
Arbor Artisan Market yesterday.
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ages, according to the release.
Furthermore, both indexes also
remained higher than last year and
before the war. The Index of Consumer
Sentiment has increased by 1.6 points
since last September and 10.1 since this
March, while the Expectations Index has
risen by 0.9 points since last September
and 11.2 since March of this year.
Consumers continued to find
mortgage rates attractively low, prop-
ping up the housing market and pre-
venting confidence from falling fur-
ther, Curtin said. Real estate also
benefited from "the growing percep-
tion that it would be better to buy in
advance of the widely expected
increases in mortgage rates during
the year ahead," he said.
Surveyed consumers also believe
vehicles will remain affordable next
year, because they expect large price dis-
counts to offset any future increases in
interest rates on vehicle loans, the
Scott Jamison, a first-year masters of
business administration student, said the
decline in consumer confidence would
not affect his spending.
In light of continued media reports
that an economic recovery is on the
way, Jamison said he remains opti-
mistic that the economy will improve
soon, adding that such reports have a
significant effect on economic
"Media has a lot to do with how busi-
nesses and people react to the economy"
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students know what's going on, I
don't think this is going to change."
Lois Oerther, facilities manager
for the Law School, said DPS used
to unlock the school's doors. She
said the new arrangement has build-
ing operations opening outside
doors to the Law School. Oerther
then unlocks all inner doors, such
as classroom doors.
She said the benefit to this
arrangement is that buildings are
unlocked later in the morning,
reducing the risk of homeless enter-
ing the buildings.
The negative side is that the
school does not open buildings on
weekends, which allows fewer
weekend activities to be held in the
Oerther said departments such as
the College of Literature, Science
and the Arts, which has more than
20 buildings on campus, have the
biggest logistical headaches.
Diane Brown, spokeswoman for
Facilities and Operations, said DPS
covered much but not all of the
locking and unlocking services on
campus. Departments requiring
DPS to lock doors will now be
charged to help cover the cost of the
Brown said DPS would continue
to do checks in all buildings. "DPS
will continue to do patrols 24 hours
a day, seven days a week for home-
less in buildings," she said.
She said the policy is just one
piece of a larger budget-cutting
effort spanning all of Facilities and
She said cuts to DPS were not as
deep as cuts to Facilities and Opera-
tions as a whole because of Univer-
sity interest in safety.
Hank Baier, associate vice presi-
dent of facilities and operations,
said the department cut its budget
across the board but kept public
safety and health in mind while
"We had to make significant
budget cuts - real budget reduc-
tions," he said. But "if it's related to
health and safety, that's going to be
our first priority."
Many cuts have gone relatively
unseen by students, such as reduc-
ing the costs of copying, office sup-
plies, training and travel costs.
Baier said the department has also
left 30 positions vacant rather than
hiring to fill them but did not speci-
fy which jobs were left unfilled.
Other changes include renegotiating
contracts with suppliers and reduc-
ing the number of vehicles in the
Not all changes will go unnoticed
by students, however.
"We've had to do changes above
and beyond what students would not
see," Baier said.
"For instance, instead of doing
maintenance work on a Saturday, we
try to find the time Monday through
Friday, which can be intrusive," he
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