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Mich. poll gauges student opinions on gov't
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Ten years ago ...
In a controversial move, Universi-
ty Health Service authorized its
doctors to prescribe the "morning-
after" contraception pill that effec-
tively prevents pregnancy within 48
hours of unprotected sex.
Although some abortion-oppos-
ing organizations felt it was
improper for the University to dis-
pense this type of contraception, the
decision was commended by the
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center for giving vic-
tims of sexual assault a chance to
minimize the emotional and physi-
cal pain of unwanted pregnancy.
Five years ago...
The investigation into the death
of LSA freshman Courtney Cantor
was proclaimed over, but officially
remained an "open case" to prevent
any information pertaining to Can-
tor's death from being released to
Cantor died Oct. 16, 1998, after
falling six stories from her dorm
room in Mary Markley Residence
Hall, where she returned after
attending a party at Phi Delta Theta
fraternity. The fraternity was later
removed off campus for three years.
Dec. 9, 1964
Speaking at a lecture sponsored by
the Department of Journalism,
Pulitzer-prize winning reporter David
Halberstam decried U.S. involvement
in the Vietnam War, as well as U.S.
government pressure on journalists to
present the war in a "optimistic,"
rather than realistic fashion.
Halberstam's remarks came just
around the time of President Lyndon
Johnson's escalation of the conflict in
Halberstam later wrote the non-fic-
tion book, "The Best and The Bright-
est", about the many lies told by the
American government about the Viet-
Dec. 10, 1981
Former Michigan All-American
running back Billy Taylor founded
the Billy Taylor Institute for ex-
offenders after serving two-and-a-
half years in prison for being the
driver in a bank robbery.
Taylor was Michigan's all-time
leading rusher with 3,072 yards dur-
ing the 1972 season, He drove the
getaway car from the scene of a rob-
bery committed in his hometown of
Barberton, Ohio, in 1975.
Dec. 15, 1955
University scientists discovered a
process of dramatically prolonging
the life of perishable foods, devel-
oping a process that combined radi-
ation and refrigeration treatments.
In fact, the scientists affirmed
preliminary experiments indicate the
new technique "might make possible
the sale of such items as roast,
whole chicken, cooked cleaned
shrimp, green peas and other vegeta-
bles packaged in plastic containers
and capable of being stored
unfrozen for long periods at refrig-
Dec. 7, 1978
Buddhist monk Khenpo Karthar
Rinpoche, head of a Tibetan Buddhism
school in New York, visited Ann Arbor
for five days and lived as a guest of the
local chapter of the Kharma Thegsum
Choling Buddhist sect.
Claiming that he was currently liv-
ing out his sixteenth reincarnation,
Rinpoche led talks at the Friends'
Meeting House on 1420 Hill St. and
brought the erasure of conflict
through mediation and compassion to
the forefront of his seminars.
I Dec. 10, 1943
After spending seven months in a
Japanese prison camp, the Rev.
Phillip Sullivan returned to the U.S.
to speak about his experience.
Adjusting to the harsh life in the
Japanese camp, Sullivan and 12
American colleagues eventually set
up a university. "The only thing we
were not allowed to teach," said
Sullivan a University alum,"was
history after 1914."
Dec. 10, 1969
The 19-year-old wife of a University
student was stabbed to death in her
apartment in the University Towers
while her infant slept.
The ninth murder of a young
woman in the area since 1967, Gloria
Murphy was found by her husband
By Cianna Freeman
Daily Staff Reporter
State legislation that affects college
students is constantly proposed and
passed with little or no attempt to find
out how the students themselves feel
about it.Starting this month, students
will get a chance to voice their opinions
about state government issues by partici-
pating in an online poll conducted by the
Michigan House Civics Commission,
formed by members of the state House
The commission wants to gather stu-
dent opinions on state legislation that
relates to the college environment.
The latest poll on the commission's
website asks students how they feel
about whether state legislators should
have control over college classes. Rep.
Jack Hoogendyk (R- Kalamazoo) has
introduced a constitutional amendment
into the Legislature to give lawmakers
more oversight of how universities
spend their funds.
"Our goal is to allow college students
to express their opinions on legislation
in Michigan that relate to their college
life," Commission Coordinator Drew
Although the new MHCC web polls
were created to collect and share stu-
dents' voices, many students are skepti-
cal of the benefits and implementation
of these new polls.
"Personally, my schedule is too hectic
to reply to web polls every month," said
LSA senior Olivia Langford. "I under-
stand that every opinion matters, but I
still don't feel that responding to a web
survey will make a big difference in the
On the other hand, some students said
the benefits of these polls may be worth
some of their time and effort.
"There is a real demand for student
mobilization on this campus and this
web polling of state legislation has the
potential to do this, if used efficiently
and proficiently," LSA sophomore
Jamie Flaherty said.
Some students suggested ways to
make web polling more time-efficient
and thus appealing to college students.
"It would be beneficial if the Univer-
sity would somehow incorporate these
"Our goal is to allow college students to express
their opinions on legislation in Michigan ..."
- Drew Buchholz
Coordinator, Michigan House Civics Commission
web polls into the curriculum, because it
is very important for us (college stu-
dents) to be informed," said LSA senior
Stephen MacGuidwin, president of the
College Republicans. "Maybe they
could make it a part of the political sci-
The MHCC hopes to involve college
students with state legislation and make
them feel like a more vital part of the
"It is our civic duty to get Michigan
college students more engaged civically.
Our goal is to promote interest in the
Michigan Legislature," Buchholz said.
The goals of the MHCC are com-
pletely feasible to many students.
"The Legislature is tapping into a new
resource. The Legislature will have a
idea of how mainstream college students
feel and this should also help students
find their issue," MacGuidwin added.
Students can participate in the polls
by going to www.civiccommission.com.
Have you been a good boy this year?
UGLi opens video
rentals to students
By Cianna Freeman
Daily Staff Reporter
Ron Loyd dresses up as Santa Claus and passes out candy canes to students on State Street
Super Bowl 'panty party' draws
concern o faut.omakirer sponsors
Students who are distressed over the
closures of the Residence Hall Libraries
in September now have the option of a
new resource that has been opened to
The Film and Video Library at the
Shapiro Undergraduate Library offers a
collection of more than 23,000 instruc-
tional, documentary and popular videos.
Prior to this school year, the FVL had
only been opened to the faculty and staff.
But some students are still skeptical
that this new resource will be conven-
ient. "I live in Couzens (Residence Hall)
and it seems very inconvenient to walk
all the way to the UGLi to rent videos"
LSA sophomore Lauren Davis said.
Some students seem to view the FVL
simply as an academic resource and not
for entertainment value.
"I used the FVL library a few times to
do some projects for school and educa-
tional purposes, but I don't see myself
going there in my leisure time," LSA
sophomore Deronn Kidd said.
Instead, many students go to local
vendors to satisfy their need for enter-
tainment. Jay Ketelhut, a manager at
Campus Video Rental Store on Church
Street, has noticed an increase in student
video rentals this semester.
But in the remaining residence hall
libraries at East Quad and Bursley, cir-
culation numbers have shown a slight
decrease in the amount of items that are
being checked out.
"In November 2002, 452 DVDs and
232 videos were checked out of East
Quad library, but in October 2003, only
363 DVDs and 201 videos were checked
out of East Quad library," said David
Pimentel, director of Residence Hall
These numbers reflect the transition
that the dorm libraries are making, into
more academic-based establishments
called Community Learning Centers.
East Quad and Bursley will also become
CLCs some time after the winter semes-
ter. These transitions to CLCs are
prompting some students to feel that
East Quad's library is becoming a more
"I think it (East Quad) is a really good
place for both residents and outsiders to
be able to check out DVDs and other
materials for free," LSA sophomore
Megan Halmo said. "It's a nice service
and a popular place for people to hang
out and study."Students without the con-
venience of a library in their residence
hall have an invitation to rent from the
Film and Video Library.
"The FVL is where the University
faculty and graduate student instruc-
tors typically go to get their videos for
class. Now, we are opening up our
facilities to undergraduates as well,"
said Michael Miller, director of arts
and engineering libraries. If a student
misses a film that is shown in class and
it is available at the FVL, they can
view it in one of the seven viewing
areas provided by the library. Students
can also use the viewing stations
offered by the FVL to watch their own
videos or DVDs if they are available.
" All you have to do is check MIR-
LYN (Michigan Research Library Net-
work) to see whether or not we own the
video that you desire, and you can check
out your selections by simply using your
MCard," Miller added.
The FVIs hours of operation are from
8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thurs-
day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. to
6 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed Saturday.
DETROIT (AP) - The man behind a
Super Bowl halftime football game
between lingerie-clad models has
assured sponsor Dodge the event will be
more than a televised "panty party," a
worry for some at the auto company as
the show has garnered publicity.
The idea of a pay-per-view bra-
and-panty fest "concerned Dodge
executives, as it should, because
that's not what they were sold," said
Mitch Mortaza, creator and execu-
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