November 11, 2003
@2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 49
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By Emily Kraack
Daily Staff Reporter
Einstein Bros Bagels was the scene of a hold up at
gunpoint Sunday night. The Ann Arbor News reported
that a masked man held a gun to the store manager's
head, forced the manager to walk to the back office and
open the store safe.
Ann Arbor Police Department Sgt. Angela Abrams
said the hold up occurred while five employees were
cleaning the store before closing. The News reported
that the store manager, who later called in the incident,
was forced to open the safe, at which point the gunman
took the cash and escaped through the back door.
Abrams said an undisclosed amount of money was taken
from the store. Investigations have not yielded a suspect.
Abrams said the robber did not fire any shots and
nobody was injured in the hold up. The robber is
described as a male wearing a black coat, black jeans, a
black cap and a black mask that covered half of his face.
Pedestrians pass by Einstein's Bros Bagels on State Street yesterday. The store was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday while the
employees closed up the shop.
He also carried an automatic handgun.
AAPD has no suspects, though investigations are
"It's still kind of fresh," Abrams said. "I know they're
hitting the pavement because of the implication of the
Einstein management declined to comment on the
This is the third local business held up since last
spring. Michigan Book and Supply was robbed in April.
Digital Ops on Liberty Street was also robbed over the
But other local business managers still say the area
feels safe. Rachel Armstrong, manager at Steve and
Barry's University Sportswear, said she feels safe work-
ing on State Street.
Armstrong, who graduated from the University two
years ago, said she always felt safe as a student in Ann
See HOLD UP, Page 7
Number of Michiganders
affiliated with Republican
party grows by 9 percent
By Andrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter
Accident prompts petition for
traffic light on Plymouth Road
By Victoria Edwards
Daily Staff Reporter
As a result of the tragedy involving
Norhananim Zainol and Teh Nanni Roshe-
ma, two University students killed Sunday
night, there has been discussion about peti-
tioning for a streetlight on Plymouth Road,
in front of the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor,
said Ann Arbor Police Lt. Gregory O'Dell.
"There were discussions today with sev-
eral groups of people about the intersec-
tion. It is certainly something being
looked at, at this point," O'Dell added.
Muslim Students Association President
Omar Khalil said members of the Muslim
community have already begun to meet
with city officials about measures that
must be taken to ensure that accidents like
this are not repeated.
"Members of the Muslim community met
with the mayor pro-tem (Jean Carlberg) and
some members of the City Council to dis-
cuss short-term and long-term solutions for
the intersection," Khalil said.
One short-term solution that will be
implemented is having police direct the
traffic in front of the mosque during high
traffic times. Such times would include 5
to 6:30 p.m. during Ramadan, as well as
after Friday prayers.
Besides police escorts to monitor the
traffic, Khalil said local community mem-
bers are trying to get lighted signs in front
of the mosque to warn automobile drivers
to slow down. He said they also plan on
painting a cross walk in front of the
"We are also trying to increase lighting
in the area. From Detroit Edison we are
getting attachments to put on light bulbs
in the area that will double or triple the
amount of lighting in the area," Khalil
Khalil said the Muslim community is
also working through more bureaucratic
means to petition for the building of a
stoplight. He added that although the pro-
posal was brought up at the last minute,
Ann Arbor residents are still pushing to
get it on the agenda for the city meeting
on Nov. 17. If approved, Khalil said that it
would probably take six months for the
city to construct the traffic light.
Some good may come from the
tragedies with the increased safety on Ply-
mouth Road. Because friends of the vic-
tims are still going through an especially
rough time, the University's Counseling
and Psychological Services program has
been offering help to students in need,
said Lisa Payton, director of Student
Leadership and Academic Services.
Yesterday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the
Johnson room of the Lurie Engineering
Center there was a gathering where the
victims' friends could meet with CAPS
See DEATHS, Page 7
An automobile turns Into the driveway of the Ann Arbor Islamic
Center. Two female University students were killed in an
accident on Plymouth Road after breaking fast Sunday evening.
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Law School student Dan Davis, left, and Ann Arbor resident Matt Birch run on the
steps of Michigan Stadium yesterday.
New Yorker's cartoon
editor lectures at 'U'
By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter
Renowned for wit and sophistication, cartoons in
The New Yorker have enticed readers for over 75
An afternoon of chuckles and guffaws ensued as
the magazine's cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff, spoke
to University psychology faculty, journalism fel-
dating back to 1925. The weekly magazine has
archived all of its cartoons, maintaining a collection
of over 65,000 drawings. As cartoon editor,
Mankoff is privy to these archives.
On the art of humor, Mankoff discussed a
number of skills and methods, such as "taking an
idea to the extreme, but then egging us to see it
"That's a common mechanism in humor. But
unless you have the
lows and community
Seeking to forge an
between the Universi-
ty and the weekly
publication, the Psy-
invited Mankoff to
give a series of five
lectures on cartoons
and the art and sci-
ence of humor.
"Right now, our
faculty doesn't study
humor. And I would
like, if there is suffi-
Lectures on Cartoon Humor
Today: "The Process of Picking Cartoons"v
Noon, 1360 East Hall
* Tomorrow: "How One Judges What is Funny"
4 p.m., 4448 East Hall
* Thursday: "Editing Humor"
Noon, 1360 East Hall
* Friday: "How to Create Cartoon Humor"
3:30 p.m., 4448 East Hall
right type of head, peo-
ple stop short of it. It's
about looking at the
ordinary and seeing that
little part where you
move it and make it
As an example, he
presented a cartoon of
around a table. The cap-
tion read: "On the one
hand, eliminating the
middleman will result
in lower costs,
In nearly every presidential elec-
tion, analysts have steadfastly
labeled Michigan a "swing state" -
meaning that Michigan voters do not
always choose a Republican or a
Democratic chief executive but vary
their party affiliation between elec-
tions. Based on the results of a
recent survey,, more Michigan voters
have aligned themselves with the
Republican Party this year than dur-
ing the last election season.
Released by the Pew Research Cen-
ter for the People and the Press - a
Washington-based, independent insti-
tute that polls public opinion of the
press, politics and public policy - the
survey finds that since Sept. 11, 2001,
Republicans and Democrats have
gained near-equal shares of the
national voting populace. Thirty-one
percent of persons polled now pledge
Democratic allegiance, while 30 per-
cent said they support the Republican
But in Michigan and five other
swing states, Republican sympathizers
now outnumber Democratic ones.
Michigan Republican Party affiliation
has increased 9 percent since 2000,
overtaking Democratic Party affilia-
tion by 3 percent.
Pollsters at the center said they
attributed the pro-Republican shift -
both nationally and in swing states -
to Bush administration foreign policy.
A sharp spike in President Bush's
popularity following Sept. 11, coupled
with his efforts to bolster homeland
security, account for the increase in
"The message here is that people
felt very good about (Bush) for almost
two years after 9/11 in swing states
like Michigan," said Pew Center
Director Andrew Kohut. "Secondly,
Republicans are stronger than Democ-
rats on security issues. ... In swing
states it's particularly important -
(Republicans) have gained ground
because the president has been well
Michigan Republicans expressed
"Obviously, September 11 had a
significant impact on this nation,"
said Michigan Republican Party
spokesman Jeff Stormo. "And Repub-
licans have shown to be strong on
"The 2004 presidential election will
be the result of Bush's and the Repub-
licans' strong foreign policy," said
LSA senior Steve MacGuidwin, presi-
dent of the University of Michigan
College. Republicans. "The survey
reflects that Americans are truly satis-
fied with Bush's job in holding the
nation together in times of crisis and
in the war on terrorism."
cient faculty interest, to develop a center on the
study of humor," Psychology Department Chair
Rich Gonzalez said.
For most of the presentation, Mankoff showed
cartoons from The New Yorker's extensive history,
increased sales and greater consumer satisfaction.
On the other hand, we're the middlemen."
This humor, recently published in The New York-
er, is markedly different from the earliest cartoons
See CARTOON, Page 7
Decision could alter state of graduate student employees
By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
While University of Michigan graduate stu-
dent instructors have long enjoyed the right to
unionize, student teachers at the University of
Pennsylvania hold no such benefit. They
receive lower wages and have to pay for
insurance coverage designed for undergradu-
ate students, Rackham student Cedric De
But an upcoming decision by the National
Labor Relations Board, a federal agency that
handles disputes between unions and private
day, Chairman Robert Battista said a ruling
may be announced by December or January
in cases dealing with graduate student teach-
ers at Columbia and Brown universities.
Although the board already ruled in
November 2000 that graduate student teach-
ers can be considered employees, the latest
case is unique because graduate students at
Columbia and Brown are required to teach
under their curriculum, Battista said.
The schools "are saying they're just stu-
dents, and not employees," he said. "We're
going to have to come to grips with whether
teaching assistants are employees or stu-
"We're going to have to come to grips with whether
teaching assistants are employees or students:'
- Robert Battista
Chairman, National Labor Relations Board
participate in collective bargaining under the
National Labor Relations Act.
Battista said he could not elaborate on the
details or main arguments in the cases, but he
said several factual and legal issues challenge
whether graduate students at the schools are
required to teach.
prior stance by deciding that student instruc-
tors at New York University were both stu-
dents and employees, he said.
The decision was based on the fact that
NYU students were receiving wages and ben-
efits in exchange for providing services for
their employer, Battista said.