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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 9, 2004 - 3A

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0 Markley resident
reports sexual
assault in room
DPS reports show that a University
student was sexually assaulted by an
acquaintance in her dorm room in
Mary Markley Residence Hall
Wednesday night.
The assault is classified as third
degree criminal sexual conduct, involv-
ing forced sexual penetration, and is a
felony charge that can have a maxi-
mum of 15 years in prison.
Suspicious
person reported
lurking near UGLI
The staff of Shapiro Undergraduate
Library reported a suspicious person
near the main entrance of the library
early Thursday morning after he
reportedly frightened them.
The person was described as a male,
5-feet-10 inches tall and weighing
about 200 pounds, with a dark com-
plexion, dark hair and wearing a dark-
colored jacket. The Department of
Public Safety was unable to contact the
subject because he left before they
arrived. No damage was caused in the
incident.
Man accused of
forging check
while riding in taxi
Comerica Bank reported to DPS that
a man tried to cash a forged check to
Yellow Cab Thursday evening. The
suspect was identified as Tierra Devon
Webster, and arraigned on charges of
forgery, another type of forgery called
uttering and three counts of financial
transaction device possession. Another
suspect was taken into custody with
Webster for five outstanding warrants.
Two suspects
caught urinating
off of bridge
DPS officers observed two subjects
urinating off the Central Campus
Recreation Building footbridge onto
Washtenaw Avenue after the officers
completed a traffic stop Saturday
morning.
Both suspects were arrested and
given minor in possession of alcohol
citations, and one suspect was charged
with urinating in public.
MIP given, car
window smashed
in at parking lot
DPS reports indicate that a subject
was given a minor in possession of
alcohol citation early Thursday morn-
ing in the Church Street carport.
Authorities later released the subject.
About thirty minutes later, a victim
filed a report with DPS after someone
smashed the window of their car and
stole unknown items.
There are no suspects in the case,
but DPS said it could be connected to
the MIP incident. They are both cur-
rently under investigation.
Keys, book bag
stolen from MLB

* auditorium
According to DPS reports, a book
bag and keys were taken from Audito-
rium 3 in the Modern Language Build-
ing sometime between 10 and 11:30
a.m. Thursday. No further information
is known at this time.
West Quad
bathroom door
found in courtyard
A bathroom door was found in the
West Quad Residence Hall courtyard
after being torn off of a stall in a
bathroom on the fourth floor of
Lloyd House Thursday. The value of
the door was estimated at $125, and
DPS has no suspects in the case.
Laptop stolen
from Business
School building
A staff member reported that his
Sony Vaio laptop was stolen from the
Business Administration building on
Thursday. The computer was in his
office, which was unlocked at the time.
DPS does not have an estimated value
on the laptop.
Phone card

More than 800 vote at Union during caucuses

By Victoria Edwards
Daily Staff Reporter
Students traditionally turn out to vote in lower
numbers than other age groups, but this week-
end's Democratic caucuses drew about 845 voters
to the Michigan Union.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm made a brief appear-
ance at the Michigan Union Saturday at 10 a.m.,
along with an entourage of elected officials -
including U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn),
state Sen. Liz Brater, state Rep. Chris Kolb (both
D-Ann Arbor) and Ann Arbor mayor John Hieftje.
At the Union caucus, voters cast the most bal-
lots for Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who
received 261 votes. He was followed closely by
former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean with 224
votes and Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina

with 141. Kerry won the Michigan primary with
52 percent of the vote, followed by former Ver-
mont Gov. Howard Dean with 17 percent.
Many of the students who voted Saturday said
their main concern was that President Bush
would not be re-elected.
"I'm voting forKerry.... I like (Kerry's) stance
on the Patriot Act and his chance of electibility. I
think the most important issue is beating Bush. I
hate that man," LSA sophomore Ben Rattner said.
A voting site was established at the Union due
to the efforts of College Democrats member John
Cherry and Dingell's wife Debbie to make the
voting process easier for students.
"We found out there was no site on campus ...
and we talked to party officials from different
areas about the need to have a caucus site on
campus," said Cherry, an LSA freshman.

Debbie Dingell emphasized the importance
that students play in the political process, adding,
"You can't complain about the country unless you
get involved."
LSA freshman Nicole Dupois said she has
remained politically active in this election season
by campaigning for Dean.
"I went to Iowa with a group of students going
door-to-door. I think the people we do meet are
really enthusiastic to see us. People appreciate the
effort we put forth - even those who don't vote
for a Democrat," Dupois said.
She added that she is campaigning because she
feels "Dean brings a fire back to the Democratic
party. He's really a true Democrat - I love that
about him."
LSA freshman Erika Malinoski, who is cam-
paigning for retired General Wesley Clark, said

she believes his biggest strength is his ability to
unite the party and country.
"The underlying problem is how divided we are.
We need someone to unify the party, and I think
that person is Wesley Clark,"she said.
Besides the need to beat Bush and get the
Republicans out of the White House, the biggest
issues in the presidential elections are jobs and
the economy in general, said Ilya Rusinov, former
co-chair of Students for Gephardt.
Another issue for students was whether they
would cast votes in Michigan or absentee ballots
for their home states' primaries.
"I'm registered here (in Ann Arbor) because in
Boston it doesn't make a difference," said Ratter,
referring to the fact that he believes his home
state will support Kerry. "I like to be a part of a
swing state where my vote counts," he said.

Recruitigfuture artists

Prof: Disparities between
whites and blacks rising

EUGENE ROBERTSON/Daily
Art and Design senior Robert Esmundo speaks with Jody Kingery-Page of the Ann
Arbor Art Center at the Art and Design Career Expo Friday.

STOMACH FLU
Continued from Page 1A
"I'm glad they're doing it, because I mean,
who knows how much more it would have spread
if it had gotten on food and stuff?" Islam said.
Markley is also taking other measures, like
asking students to swipe their own M-Cards,
handing silverware to students and serving some
foods, including salads, from behind a plastic-
covered counter. Students are still required to

either wash their hands or use a waterless hand
sanitizer before entering the cafeteria there.
Levy said that students beginning to recover
should still avoid leaving their dorm rooms for
three days after their symptoms have subsided,
because they still have the virus in their system.
OSEH is currently working to interview stu-
dents who reported themselves as having been ill
in the past week. Some tests were sent to the
state's Department of Health. Those tests will
take at least a week to return, Levy said.

By Farayha Arrine
and Ekjyot Saini
Daily StaffReporters
Sociology Prof. James House wore a suit and
tie to Friday's panel discussion on racial dispari-
ties in society at the Institute for Social Research.
Although House attributed his formal attire to his
respect for the event, he said many of his col-
leagues of black descent wear a suit and tie every
day to avoid discrimination.
"They are less likely to be stopped by the police
(when wearing a suit). It's that kind of burden of
discrimination that people of even better socioeco-
nomic status face," said House, who is also a
research professor at the Survey Research Center.
He said studying these scenarios is necessary
because it documents and clarifies racial dispari-
ties and where they tend to exist.
Joining House were four other researchers
addressing "the role of interdisciplinary research in
reducing racial and ethnic health disparities" to an
audience of about 80 people, mostly professors and
researchers. The event was part of the 17th annual
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.
Researchers individually presented their find-
ings on several aspects of the racial discrepancies
that exist in the United States, with a focus on
health-related issues.
Panelist James Jackson, a psychology profes-
sor, presented statistics comparing the socioeco-
nomic status of the black community now and in
the 1960s. He said the average unemployment
rate in 2003 was 5.2 percent for whites and 10.8
percent for blacks.
He cited similar examples regarding per capita
income, infant mortality and household net worth,
saying that in each case the disparities between
whites and blacks had gotten larger since the 1960s.
"My cousins are thugs and murderers because

of the circumstances they are in. ... This is the
case for many African Americans," Jackson said.
Pamela Thornton, a research fellow at the Sur-
vey Research Center, and epidemiology Prof. Ana
Diez-Roux focused on the health disparities that
exist for blacks. Thornton presented a study on
how health affects everyday activities. Her research
focused on walking, climbing and shoving snow.
The research found that whites had an easier time
with some of the activities than blacks, but the
study also revealed that greater equality in this area
existed between the two races in 1986.
Diez-Roux said that the well-being of individu-
als was contingent upon their residential environ-
ments. She said factors such as diet, physical
activity and smoking were strongly influenced by
"neighborhood characteristics."
Adding to these finding was sociology Prof.
David Williams's discussion of the healthy immi-
grant effect. He said that people who had immi-
grated to the U.S. tended to be healthier than the
native population.
He added that as the length of the immigrants'
stay increased, their health declined, joking that
the American way of life was dangerous to one's
well-being.
Williams also showed data ranking countries by
the overall health of their people. The United States
ranked in the mid-20s in three of the surveys. "The
U.S. spends more per person on medical care, and
(despite this) even the (overall) white population
lags behind," he said.
Education Prof. Larry Rowley said he attended
the event because he teaches a class on black
social development. "(The panel discussion) has
been comprehensive," he said. "It is additional
fodder for my own teaching and research."
David Nerenz, a doctor at Henry Ford Medical
Center in Detroit, said he expected to hear more
about the interdisciplinary aspect of research.

Corrections:
An article on Page 7A of the Daily on Feb. 2 should have quoted LSA freshman Ryan Fisher
saying that the University is not able to prevent all hate crimes from occuring.
An article on Page 1 of Friday's Daily should have quoted speaker Kate Michelman as saying that
her most profound influence was her "pre-Roe abortion."
An article on Page 7 of Friday's Daily should have referred to Diane Brown as the spokeswoman
for the Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health.
Please report any errors in the Daily to correctionsfjlmichigandaily.com.

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