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The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 3, 2003 - 3A

Man gets hit in
head near Oxford
A caller on Washtenaw Ave. and
Geddes Ave. near Oxford Housing said
he was assaulted by several subjects
Friday evening, according to Depart-
ment of Public Safety logs. He said he
had been struck in the head by a long
object, possibly a baseball bat. The
caller had a head injury and was trans-
ported to the emergency room. DPS
turned the case over to the Ann Arbor
Police Department.
Gun-toting man
arrested, cited for
alcohol violation
An 18-year-old male student was
arrested for pointing a BB gun at
people sitting on a porch in the 800
block of Hill Street Thursday night.
DPS records show the man was also
given a citation for minor in posses-
sion of alcohol. He was released
from DPS custody pending further
investigation into the incident. If
prosecuted and convicted, the man
could face up to four years in prison,
a $2,000 fine or both.
Halloween costume
fools police officer
According to DPS records, a police
officer noticed a male carrying what
appeared to be a handgun Friday night at
the Nu Sigma Nu fraternity house. The
gun turned out to be a replica and was
part of the man's Halloween costume -
he was dressed as a cowboy. The man
was not issued a citation.
Martial artist
cited for violation
A male student practicing martial
arts techniques in Nichols Arboretum
Thursday was wielding a sword,
according to DPS logs. Having a sword
on campus property violates the Uni-
versity Regents' Ordinance for
Weapons and holds a $50 fine. The
sword was confiscated and the man
was given a citation.
Crash carts
broken into, drug
box stolen
DPS records show a caller in the A.
Alfred Taubman Health Center report-
ed.Wednesday morning that the pad-
lock on a crash cart had been cut off
and the drug box from the cart was
missing. The drug box was later recov-
ered with the security seal still intact
and nothing stolen from the box.
Another caller reported a security lock
removed from a crash cart. It is unclear
whether these are two separate inci-
dents or two reports filed on the same
incident. DPS has no suspects.
accident causes
lab lockdown
A caller from Alice Lloyd Memorial
Lab told DPS Thursday evening that he
had dropped a vial of radioactive tritium.
The lab was locked down until 8 p.m.
and the Occupational Safety and Envi-
ronmental Health team was called in to
do cleanup. There were no injuries.

Part of hospital
damaged by flood
DPS reports show that a water pump
in the Cancer and Geriatrics Center
burst due to rust on Saturday morning.
Floors four through seven were flood-
ed. The flood was cleaned over the
weekend and will not affect opening
time on Monday.
reveals stolen fire
A routine inspection of Mary Markley
Residence Hall Saturday revealed that
four fire extinguishers from various
locations throughout the dormitory had
been stolen since Sept. 28, according to
DPS logs. The extinguishers were valued
at $75 a piece. DPS says it is not unusual
for fire extinguishers to disappear, but
having a large number stolen at once is
rare. DPS has no suspects.
Telephone stolen
from medical lab
DPS records show a caller from the
Medical Science Building reported an
unknown person had entered a lab
Thursday and stolen the phone off the
wall. DPS took the report.

Multi-party forum gives students chance to debate

By Michael Gurovitsch
Daily Staff Reporter
In anticipation of the 2004 presidential election
- which will take place exactly one year from
yesterday - student representatives from four
political parties exchanged views on a wide range
of political topics.
The debate, in the Van-
denberg Room of the Michi- America h
gan League, quickly became the world's
a discussion of American
foreign policy and its effects
on the world's opinion of the C
United States.
"Global opinion is important, but we need to
do what is right. Our power and strength make
some pegple angry," said LSA senior Dan Grano,
who spoke on behalf of the College Republicans.
LSA junior Jenny Nathan, chair of the Col-
lege Democrats, disagreed with Grano, voicing
her party's belief that the way to elevate Ameri-
ca's image is by taking heed

world's police," Moylan said.
Taking a break from national politics, the rep-
resentatives discussed the Greenbelt proposal on
the ballot in tomorrow's city election. If passed,
Proposal B would require a portion of property-
tax revenue be used to preserve 18,000 acres of
land in Ann Arbor from development.
Grano said the Greenbelt plan would only
damage an already tight
s become housing market, causing
rent to rise in Ann Arbor,


- Andrew Moylan
College Libertarians

including for students.
"The Greenbelt plan is one
of the worst plans the gov-
ernment has ever put for-

of world opinion. "Global op
"We need to make our
country safer ... by consult- necessary,
ing with our allies," Nathant
said. "Power gives us todo what
responsibility too. Unilater-
alism has done away with t
all that good will."
LSA junior Andrew Moylan, co-chair of the
College Libertarians, attributed the United States'
declining image abroad to its interventionist for-
eign policy. "The majority of (political) parties
don't deal with this issue. America has become the


ward," he said.
But LSA junior Nat Damren, co-chair of the
UM Student Greens, said the plan is worth the
potential rent increase because the majority of
students could afford it.
"The Greenbelt can definitely affect housing
prices, but the University has not built student
housing since 1968," Dam-
lion is ren said. "We need to build
up, not out."
at we need LSA junior Carolyn
right. Hwang said she attended the
debate because her friends
- Dan Grano were on the panel, but added
llege Republicans she enjoyed the experience
and hoped there would be
similar programs in the future.
"The program was a great idea and doing polit-
ical forums should be something we have more of
here," Hwong said.
Nathan said debating is important because it

A debate yesterday in the Vandenburg Room of the Michigan League features, from left, Jenny Nathan of
the College Democrats, Nat Damren of the Student Greens, Andrew Moylan of the College Libertarians
and Dan Grano of the College Republicans.
gives students the opportunity to become educated The debate was sponsored by Tzedek, a non-
about what each party has to offer. "(Students) will partisan group run through University Hillel that
be getting a clear idea of the differences between is dedicated to being a forum for political discus-
the Democrats, the Republicans, the Green Party sion, said Tzedek Co-Chair Jarod Sherr, a debate
and the Libertarians," she said before the debate. organizer.

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Schools raise questions about
purpose of state's test program

LANSING (AP) - Delays that sent
standardized test scores to schools three
months late and concerns about newly
released school report cards are raising
questions about the future of the state's
standardized testing program.
The Michigan Educational Assess-
ment Program tests originally were
designed to help schools determine
where they were not doing a good
enough job teaching students the basics
in math, science, reading, writing and
social studies.
But many now say the purpose of
the tests has been lost. Tough federal
guidelines now use scores on stan-
dardized tests to measure the progress
of every student. Schools whose stu-
dents do poorly don't just learn what
they should be doing better, but can
be forced to replace staff or turn over
control to the state.

"The question has got to be what do
we want this type of test to do for us,"
said Bert Bleke, superintendent of
Grand Rapids Public Schools. "The
original purpose was to aid instruc-
tion. I don't think that's happening
much anymore."
The answer may force changes in the
MEAP and in attitudes about standard-
ized tests.
Under the federal No Child Left
Behind Act, schools that don't show
progress on the tests face punish-
ments that range from allowing stu-
dents to transfer to state takeover.
The more years a school doesn't
meet the requirements, the tougher
the penalties.
Michigan law also requires school
accreditation. Schools just got their first
report cards through the Education YES!
program. It assigns an overall letter

grade based largely on test performance
and student progress data.
The goal is to give parents, educators
and others a way to measure whether
schools are getting better and to see
which schools are doing the best job.
But many school administrators
aren't happy with the way scores are
being used.
Greg Baracy, superintendent of
Wayne-Westland Community Schools,
said putting so much emphasis on tests
isn't right. "Not everyone responds to
a rote test," Baracy said.
"If the student's had a bad day ...
it's going to affect the outcome on
that one day, that one given test."
Baracy said the MEAP isn't the
right fit for No Child Left Behind
requirements because it's a tougher
test than many states are requiring
their students to take.

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