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Ann Arbor, Michigan
02004 The Michigan Daily
By Ashley Dinges
Daily Staff Reporter
Since Friday, between 10 and I11
new cases of viral gastroenteritis, also
known as the stomach flu, were report-
ed in several dorms around campus,
including one case in Bursley Resi-
dence Hall and one case in Vera Baits
The new cases were reported to the
University's Department of Occupa-
tional Safety and Environmental
Health, said housing spokesman Alan
Levy. Levy said there were about 70
cases total reported as of late Saturday.
This number includes all cases from
"OSEH continues to conduct inter-
views to determine whether the self-
reports are part of the outbreak,"
One new precautionary measure put
in place in Mary Markley Residence
Hall over the weekend was the desig-
nation of certain laundry facilities for
"There are separate laundry areas for
sick and well students, all with the same
goal of limiting the transmission to stu-
dents who are not sick," Levy said.
He added that the precautions will
be kept in place as long as OSEH and
University Health Service feel that
there are still sick students in the resi-
According to student reports, the virus
may have also spread to South Quad
Residence Hall, but this case remains
unconfirmed by the University.
Despite the spread of the illness to
other residence halls, Engineering fresh-
man Fahim Islam said many of the stu-
dents who had been infected are starting
to recover. Islam is a resident of Fourth
Reeves House in Markley hall, the first
floor to contract the virus. He was not
one of the students to fall ill.
"Most people are pretty much more
or less better right now. They're just
doing the whole 'staying in for three
days' thing to make sure no one else
gets sick. Everyone I know has been
doing that," he said.
Islam is also an employee in the
Markley dining hall, and added that
dining services have been taking extra
caution with employees.
"They totally upped everything -
you can't touch anything without
gloves. They made me do just one
job - run around and wipe down.
anything that anyone may have
touched," Islam said.
He said he cleaned the dining facili-
ties with a sanitizer provided by the
Overall, he said he agrees with the
University's extra precautions, espe-
cially in the area of food handling.
See STOMACH FLU, Page 3A
Maine (50% reporting)
Dem. frontrunner pulls away
to0 ki record
By Donn M. Fresard
and Michael Gurovitsch
Daily Staff Reporters
Top: AP PHOTO, Above: FOREST CASEY/Daily
Jacob C. Mays and Latrelle Powers-Mays cast their vote in the Michigan Democratic caucuses yesterday. Their polling precinct, located in Detroit at the Considine
Recreational Center, showed a low voter turnout as the polls closed on Saturday.
Sizaipton sole candidate I Detroft
John Kerry further solidified his
position as the Democratic frontrunner
by squashing his rivals over the week-
end in the Michigan, Washington and
In Michigan, the Massachusetts sen-
ator received 52 percent of the vote,
followed by former Vermont Gov.
Howard Dean with 17 percent and Sen.
John Edwards of North Carolina with
13 percent. Michigan was the largest
state to hold a contest thus far, with a
total of 128 pledged delegates at stake.
That is a larger prize than states such
as Iowa, which offered only 45 total
delegates in its Jan. 19 caucuses. Kerry
won that contest with about 36 percent
of the state delegate equivalence.
A total of 841 people, many of them
students, voted at the Michigan Union
polling site. Kerry received 30.7 per-
cent of the votes at this location, ahead
of Dean with 26.4, Edwards with 16.6,
retired Gen. Wesley Clark with 11.8,
Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio with
10.7 and the Rev. Al Sharpton with 2.9,
according to Graham Teall, chairman
of the Washtenaw County Democrats.
Dean, who once hoped to win Michi-
gan, all but conceded the state Thursday
to focus on the Feb. 17 Wisconsin pri-
mary, which he called "a must-win state."
Dean cancelled a visit that was scheduled
for Friday at the Michigan League.
The bad news continued for Dean on
Saturday, as he lost the endorsement of
the American Federation of State, Coun-
ty and Municipal employees, a sizeable
labor union with 1.4 million members.
"The entire race has come down to
this: We must win Wisconsin. ... A win
See CAUCUSES, Page 2A
By Jameel Naqvi
Daily Staff Reporter
DETROIT - Voters at city caucus sites Saturday
expressed concern over the refusal of many Democ-
ratic presidential candidates to campaign in dele-
The Rev. Al Sharpton, while notably absent in Iowa
and New Hampshire, was the only candidate to attend
a town hall meeting in Detroit last Thursday.
"He was the only one who cared about my vote,"
said Detroit resident Benjamin Williams, who cast
his vote for Sharpton. "Everyone else pretty much
played us," he added.
Detroit resident Dorothy Redmond, who also
voted for Sharpton, echoed Williams' resentment.
"(Candidates need to) pay attention to the urban
agenda," she said. "Although Sharpton won't make
h**; Students, politicians gather at Union. Page 3
it, I want to show blacks do vote and have issues."
She added that "urban voters were ignored" in
this election and that "more needs to be done to
combat voter apathy."
Sharpton finished with seven of Michigan's 128
pledged delegates, more than doubling his nation-
wide delegate count.
"He respects us enough to come out here," said
Detroit resident Sheila Strbling, who indicated her
preference for Sharpton on her ballot Saturday.
Sharpton's fellow campaigner John Kerry won 71
percent of Michigan's delegates when he routed his
rivals in Saturday's caucuses. The Massachusetts
senator did not attend his own victory party in the
Dunam Ray VFW Hall in Southfield Saturday
evening. Instead, Kerry sent his brother Cameron,
who dubbed the victory "Michigan accomplished."
The victory rally represented a who's who of
Michigan politics, with appearances by Gov. Jen-
nifer Granholm, U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie
Stabenow, former Gov. Jim Blanchard and U.S.
Rep. John Dingell.
"The senator's busy," Dingell said, responding to
questions about Kerry's absence. "I don't want him
sitting around wasting time where he's already won."
Michigan's new caucus date, held one month ear-
lier than in previous years, was less successful than
hoped in its intent to spotlight the state's concerns
because of Kerry's overwhelming lead in the days
before the caucuses.
"It had a positive effect," Levin said of the earlier
date. "But we need to end the privileged position of
Iowa and New Hampshire. It is a bizarre way to
nominate a president."
Levin proposed a rotating primary system to
replace the current system in which Iowa and New
Hampshire - which together contribute fewer dele-
gates than Michigan - are of disproportionate sig-
nificance in the nominating process.
See DETROIT, Page 2A
BAMN files suit against
Connerly's ballot initiative
* over wording of petition
Showing her true colors
By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter
Opponents of the initiative to end race-con-
scious policies in Michigan government added to
their litany of grievances last week.
BAMN and a number of other civil rights
organizations filed a lawsuit
V last week against the Michigan
Board of Canvassers, which
reviewed the form of the peti-
tion for the Michigan Civil
MCRI is circulating a ballot
to end "preferences based on
race, ethnicity and sex," in pub-
lic education, employment and
contracting. It needs 317,757
signatures by July 6 in order to
get a question on preferences
A on the Nnvmhr allot.
"It's not th
It's a delib
the text of the article that it seeks to change,
By not including the law on the petition form,
MCRI is not obligated to explain its intentions to
potential signers, he said.
"It's not that it's a technical violation. It's a delib-
erate deception," he said. "(MCRI) claims that it's
a civil rights bill when it isn't. In
it, reality, what they're doing is
lat it s a passing an anti-civil rights
The ballot currently includes
erate this statement of purpose: "The
" proposal would amend the state
constitution section 25 to arti-
cle 1 (the declaration of rights
article)." But it does not
e Washington include the text of the article.
ey for BAMN The state constitution
already contains an article pro-
hibiting discrimination based
By Adhlral Dutt
Daily Staff Reporter
University officials say a wastewater backup in the Earl of
Sandwich Restaurant in Pierpont Commons on Thursday
was cleaned immediately and did not pose any danger to the
University community after it was opened later that day.
The assertions of safety officials contrast with employees'
claims that the situation was improperly handled.
The backup, which was caused by a maintenance problem
in the upper-level women's washroom, entered the restaurant
through a drain in the back of the store, said Fiore Tierno,
director for University Union Food Services. After employ-
ees discovered the backup at 10 a.m., the Earl of Sandwich
stopped making sandwiches and closed for maintenance.
"There was a wastewater system backup. It was small and
contained," Tierno. "We closed down for 30 minutes at 10 in
the morning and notified (the Department of Occupational
Safety and Environmental Health)."
After OSEH was contacted and the wastewater was
cleaned, the Earl of Sandwich reopened at 10:30 a.m., sell-