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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 31, 2003 - 3

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Greenbelt forum raises environmental awareness

Forum to examine
evolution of
American dance
The Music School kicks off its two-
day symposium today, titled "From the
Mariinsky to Manhattan: George Balan-
chine and the Transformation of Ameri-
can Dance." The event, part of the
Celebrating St. Petersburg themed
semester, includes scholars from the
United States, Russia and England and
former Balanchine dancers Suzanne Far-
rell, Edward Villella and Violet Vardy.
The event begins at 8:30 a.m. in Rack-
ham Auditorium.
Drug reimportation
topic of pharmacy
conference
A conference, titled "Reimportation
of Pharmaceuticals: Economic and Poli-
cy Implications," will examine the reim-
portation of pharmaceuticals and its
implication on the U.S. pharmaceutical
industry. Sponsored by the University's
Center for Medication Use, Policy and
Economics, the conference is from 7:30
a.m. to noon today at the Campus Inn on
Huron Street.
Students can
receive advice on
test-taking
Students will learn to improve test-
taking abilities by looking at guidelines
used for creating multiple-choice, essay,
true-false, matching and completion
questions tests. The seminar will also
discuss the advantages and disadvan-
tages of different testing formats. Spon-
sored by the Center for Research on
Learning and Teaching, the seminar is
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today in the
Koessler room of the Michigan League.
Lecturer speaks
on link between
physics, cancer
Seth Blumberg will discuss how
physics helped save his life when he
was told he had cancer nine years
ago. Blumberg, now in remission,
will speak about how ultrasound, x-
ray and radioisotope imaging have
on physics. He will also discuss
physics' role in cancer treatments
such as in his treatment of con-
trolled doses of radiation. "Saving
Lives: The Physics of Medical
Imaging" is from 10:30 a.m. to
11:30 a.m. Saturday in room 170 of
the Dennison Building.
Students will
debate issues in
presidential race
The leaders of the College
Democrats, College Republicans,
College Libertarians and College
Green Party will participate in a
debate on local, national and inter-
national issues shaping the next
presidential election. Questions will
be posed by a panel including polit-
ical science Prof. Gregory Markus,
Michigan Student Assembly Presi-
dent Angela Galardi and University
Hillel Governing Board Chair
Bobby Nooromid. The debate is
from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday
in the Vandenberg room of the
Michigan League.
Prof reads from

his urban-inspired
works of fiction
John Edgar Wideman, English
professor at the University of Mass-
achusetts, will read from his fic-
tional works. Among his novels are
"A Glance Away," Two Cities" and
"Philadelphia Fire." The reading is
sponsored by the English Depart-
ment and begins at 7:30 p.m. Mon-
day in the Pendleton room of the
Michigan Union.
Exhibit on African
culture comes to
Media Union
A traveling exhibition beginning
Monday features historical time-
lines, maps, drawings, ceremonial
objects and contemporary photo-
graphs of the history of the African
diaspora.
The exhibit, "Creativity and
Resistance: Maroon Cultures in the
Americas," is from noon to 6 p.m.
in the Media Union on North Cam-
pus.
S tudents will

By Mona Rafeeq
Daily Staff Reporter
Students and Ann Arbor residents filled the
Michigan Union Ballroom last night to hear
community members discuss the Greenbelt
proposal, also known as Proposal B, which
will be decided in Tuesday's city election.
If passed, this proposal would prolong the
current 0.5-mil property tax for a period of
30 years and use the money raised for safe-
guarding parks and other open spaces in the
Ann Arbor area.
Opponents to Proposal B say the proposi-
tion could cause housing and rental costs to
increase, possibly hurting students' interests.
The two-hour public forum tried to address

"The pollution and runoff (from the Huron River) are
problems that affect everyone ...'
- Dana Leavitt
LSA senior

these concerns, as well as respond to the
urban sprawl issue, which supporters say is
one reason for the Greenbelt.
Mike Garfield, director of the Ann Arbor-
based Ecology Center, supports Proposal B
because urban sprawl affects water and air
pollution, two of his major concerns. "While
relatively clean now, some parts of the Huron
River are close to the eight to ten percent tip-
ping point," he said.

The Huron River is a major source of
drinking water for the city. Garfield also
noted that traffic and air pollution could
cause serious breathing problems for the
city's residents.
But another panelist, Margaret Dewar, said
she has never voted against parks but does
not like urban sprawl.
"I oppose Proposal B because it won't deal
with problems of urban sprawl, it's fiscally

irresponsible and it's a boon to NIMBY (Not
In My Backyard)-ism," Dewar said, who is a
professor in the College of Urban Planning
and Architecture.
LSA senior Dana Leavitt said she thought
the forum was informative. "It's really rele-
vant to what I'm studying in my (American
culture) class," she said.
"The pollution and the run-off (from the
Huron River) are problems that affect every-
one, and affordable housing is an issue for
people who live in Ann Arbor or work here
and for students."
The event, which was sponsored by Stu-
dents for Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan, was followed by an hour-long
question-and-answer session.

Going for the halo

ELECTIONS
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Haug said.
The candidates have also expressed
their views on other issues of concern to
students, including housing and parking.
Johnson, who is also a biochemistry
professor at Wayne State University, said
he thinks the Greenbelt proposal will
have a minimal effect on affordable
housing in the city.
Both Lax and Johnson said they do
not believe high-rise buildings should be
built in Ann Arbor because they would
destroy the character of the city.
On the topic of building density,
Johnson only said, "Downtown needs to
be protected," while Lax stressed that he
does not want any more high-rise build-
ings on State and Main streets.
But Haug sees a need for more den-
sity in Ann Arbor and said he believes
it can provide a solution to parking
issues too.
"I think by building higher density,
affordable housing in the downtown
area, we will cut down on sprawl,
improve downtown traffic conditions
and parking and do much to support
our downtown businesses," Haug said.
He added that he sees a need for
improvement in public transportation.

Lax said easier parking in down-
town and central campus is a priority
to him.
"I will encourage development and
new buildings that add parking
spaces, not take them away," he said.
The candidates all had different
opinions in regards to relations
between students and the Ann Arbor
Police Department.
Haug said he understands the
police have to enforce the law.
"I wish they would waste less of
their time, money and energy giving
out MIPs (minor in possession of
alcohol citations), except in situations
where the offender is acting in a dan-
gerous or threatening manner," he
said.
He added that he sympathizes with
Ann Arbor residents who are awak-
ened by loud parties.
On the party issue, Lax said some
parties are loud but he said he gets
angry when parties that are not neces-
sarily violating city ordinances are
still broken up by the police.
Johnson said individual student
complaints on the AAPD's actions
may not create change.
"This issue should have some sort
of student representation to council,"
he said.

Gamers "Sirc" and "Der Kaiser," a Rackham
capturing the title of University champion.

student, play the XBox game Halo in hopes of

Hopwood awards encourage
students' creativity in writing

By Tamara Stevenson
For the Daily
Playwright Arthur Miller, novelist
Marge Piercy and LSA senior Mor-
gan Kuntze have one thing in com-
mon: They are winners of the
University's oldest - and most
expensive - awards for creative
writing, the Hopwood Award.
This year, students once again
have the chance to join that tradi-
tion. The next Hopwood Award, the
Underclassmen Contest, is specifi-
cally for first and second-year stu-
dents. Entries are due Dec. 9 in the
Hopwood room in 1176 Angell
Hall. The names of winners will be
announced early in the winter term.
Hopwood Program Associate Andrea
Beauchamp said the Hopwood Program
awarded $145,000 last year to aspiring
writers, bringing the total amount
awarded to $2,140,000.
For the 2002-2003 winter awards,
Kuntze received $5,000 of that
MIPS
Continued from Page 1
not tried. All a cop has to do is show
you're under 21 and have alcohol. It's
not a hard case to prove." Lewis estimat-
ed that 16 to 20 people seek SLS servic-
es regarding an MIP each week.
SLS offers free legal representation
and consultation to enrolled students.
Sullivan said he didn't seek representa-
tion when he got his MIP. He said the
class was only slightly helpful.
"The only thing I got out of it was
ECONOMY
Continued from Page 1
completely behind, and disrputive events
like another terrorist attack could plunge
the economy downward, Grimes said.
It's also possible that businesses will
not invest money toward expanding their
labor force, he said. In that case, yester-
day's report would be "a one-time blip
and you return to stagnation, he said.
MBA student Andrew Bayley, who
works for a chemical company, said he
believes the economy will turn around in
the future. But he added that he lacks
confidence in optimistic economic
reports because the chemical industry
continues to struggle.
But consumers will keep spending
if they are confident that the recession
is over, Grimes said. Continued
spending would lead to further eco-
nomic growth, he said. "If they
believe it's real, then it becomes a
self-fulfilling prophecy," he said.
The consumer confidence index the

yearly cumulative total for her
essay portfolio titled "When the
Tables Turn and Men Dance on
Them." Her portfolio contained one
essay about her reactions to a strip
club and another one about growing
up Catholic.
Before winning the essay portion
of the Hopwood Competition,
Kuntze said she had not taken her
writing very seriously.
"I entered the (Hopwood Awards)
on a whim, and submitted it at the
last minute," Kuntze said. "Now
that I've won, I realize how very
important my writing is. It has
encouraged me to write a lot more."
Avery Hopwood, a popular
Broadway playwright in the 1920s
and member of the University's
class of 1905, established the Hop-
wood Awards in 1931. He left one-
fifth of his estate to the University
Board of Regents to encourage cre-
ative writing among students.
Hopwood Award participants for
when the head of SLS came to talk
about how to handle the situation," he
said. "The legal advice was most
helpful."
Students like Sullivan should be care-
ful in how they portray an MIP record to
graduate schools or future employers,
said Sarah Zearfoss, assistant dean of
admissions for the Law School. She said
a student who is defensive or doesn't
take responsibility while describing their
MIP record could hurt their chances for
Law School admission.
"The fact of having that conviction

the Undergraduate and Graduate
contests are evaluated by two
judges in each of the six categories
- drama, essay, novel, poetry,
screenplay, and short fiction.
For Art and Design senior Joseph
Keckler, who has submitted writings
since his freshmen year, winning the
Hopwood Awards runs in the family.
Keckler said his mother won a Hop-
wood Award in 1978 for her essay.
It wasn't until Keckler's senior year
that he won the Summer Hopwood Con-
test with his essay, "TNT: Dynamics and
Featured Selections at Save-a-Lot."
Not only was Keckler awarded
$1,500 for his essay about working
in a Save-a-Lot food store and a
pair of "outrageous shoppers," but
he also remembers it as a great
experience.
"It has given me a lot of confi-
dence," Keckler said, who had been
a finalist in the Hopwood Contest
in his freshmen and sophomore
years.
would not affect their chances of
admission to the Law School," Zearfoss
said. "It's possible that if it's 10 in a one
year period that might raise an eye-
brow."
She said an MIP also probably
wouldn't affect a student's chances of
getting a job unless they had hidden the
information from their graduate school.
Zearfoss said it might affect a stu-
dent's opportunities in an organization
like the U.S. Department of Justice, but
probably would not impact the hiring
decision of a private firm.

Corrections:
EUniversity residence halls are located in Ann Arbor City Council wards 1, 2,
3 and 4. This was reported incorrectly on page IA of yesterday's Daily.
.N The feature photo titled "Ice Cream Mourning" on page 3A of yesterday's
Daily should have been attributed to Daily Photographer Laura Shlecter.

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