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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 15, 2004 - 3A

The haze of battle

Possible suspect
found in homophobic
postings case
The Department of Public Safety has
one suspect allegedly responsible for
writing harassing messages of a homo-
phobic nature and posting them in
South Quad Residence Hall. The report
was filed Tuesday morning. DPS
reported another incident of anti-gay
writing on dry erase boards and walls
in South Quad Monday afternoon.
Similar messages were found in flyers
in the residence hall's Gomberg House.
The first such incident was reported
early last week. DPS would not con-
firm any connection between these
three incidents.
Person reportedly
forced open
building windows
On Tuesday morning, a caller
reported to DPS that an individual
was attempting to jimmy open win-
dows to the Frederick Stearns Build-
ing. DPS does not have a suspect and
would not confirm any damage or
possible motivation.
Bursting water
pipes damage
property in rooms
DPS reports indicate water pipes
bursting on the first level of the Auxil-
lary Services I building caused struc-
tural damage in about 10 to 15 rooms
early Monday morning. Additional
damage to personal property also
occurred, though DPS does not know
the total value of the damage. Building
staff will compile a list of damaged
property.
Thief lifts building
equipment from
Hill Auditorium
The theft of two ladders and a scaf-
folding were reported to DPS late
Monday morning. The equipment was
taken from Hill Auditorium over the
weekend. The construction company
which owns the equipment has not
reported the value of the stolen items
to DPS.
Fire extinguisher
stolen, found outside
A police, officer checked on a fire
extinguisher stolen from Bursley
Residence Hall on Monday after-
noon. The extinguisher was found
outside the building. There are cur-
rently no suspects.
Parking permit
hoisted from
unlocked car
A blue parking permit was reported
stolen from an unlocked car late Mon-
day Might. The vehicle was parked in
one of the hospital parking lots. DPS
indicates receiving multiple reports of
stolen parking permits over the past
semester.
Unsupervised
cash grabbed from
Dentistry desk
Someone emptied $60 from a wallet
left sitting on a desk in the School of

tDentistry Monday morning. DPS does
not have any suspects.
Hit-and-run proves
dangerous for two
parked vehicles
A hit-and-run accident occurred
Monday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30
p.m. The owner of the vehicle returned
to find it had been damaged while
parked in the Church Street parking
lot. In a separate incident, a vehicle
was damaged while parked in Thomp-
son Street parking lot on Tuesday.
Locker broken
into, books taken
DPS reports that two textbooks were
stolen from a locker in Hutchins Hall.
A caller reported the incident late
Monday night.
Civil dispute results
in fighting, screams
Possible fighting and screams
were, reported early Wednesday
morning in the 1500 block of McIn-
tyre $treet. Police officers met with
the residents. A male subject was

Speaker compares King's
message to nonprofit work

By Farayha Arrine
Daily Staff Reporter
Students can learn more from the
Association of Junior Leagues'
fundraising cookbook than just making
artichoke dip, and tortilla tucks. AJLI
President Deborah Brittain spoke yes-
terday at the School of Social Work
about non-profit organizations and
how to make them more effective in
achieving their goals.
Brittain is the first black woman to
hold this position at the AJLI, a non-
profit organization of women responsi-
ble for campaigns such as the Pink
Ribbon Program for the prevention of
breast cancer. She was invited to the
University as part of the 17th annual
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Symposium.
She compared the work that non-
profit groups do with King's struggle
during the civil rights movement to
garner support for his cause.
Brittain spoke about the importance
for nonprofit organizations to strategi-
cally mobilize others to their cause, as
King did in the 1960s.
"His vision was strategically
expanded to include struggles for jus-
tice, peace and social equity," she said,
encouraging nonprofit organizations to

take a similar path.
"Why commit your mind to some-
thing if you don't use your mouth to
speak out about it?"
Brittain cautioned the audience
members - mostly students from the
School of Social Work - to educate
themselves before promoting their
causes. She again demonstrated her
ideas through King's example.
"He never did a march, a strike, a
boycott or a speech without studying
(and) practicing before he implement-
ed. That's how he strategically did (it),"
she said.
Brittain also commented on the
importance of organizations to make a
name for themselves by creating an
unmistakable image. She cited the
American Red Cross as being especial-
ly successful in doing this.
Those in the crowd vouching to be a
"workabee" - Brittain's term for non-
managerial positions in a nonprofit
organization - were motivated to
transform their passions into careers to
keep King's vision alive.
LSA sophomore Wajeeha Shuttari
also said she felt that she benefited
from the speech.
"I was surprised because I wasn't
expecting it to apply to me. I think I
would be more likely to become

involved in a nonprofit organization"
after hearing Brittain speak, she said.
Brittain mentioned volunteering as a
way to get involve and a good option
for undergraduates trying to get their
foot in the door for jobs with nonprofit
groups.
"(King) said, 'People need to be
responsible to help each other.' He
knew it wasn't about a bunch of words
or a bunch of passion. It's only going
to come about when people take action
on behalf of others," Brittain said.
A 10-minute question-and-answer
session followed in which Brittain gave
students further guidance for maximiz-
ing their experiences with nonprofits
and upholding King's vision through
such groups.
Marcos Lima, an audience member
who works for an agency that places
volunteers into nonprofit groups, said
he thought the speech reinforced the
values that drive passionate workers.
"The primary drive (of a nonprofit
organization) is to reach as many peo-
ple as possible, and reaching as many
people as possible means not discrimi-
nating and promoting justice and
equality and freedom. In a sense, I
think nonprofit organizations are a
very important part of Dr. King's
dream" Lima said.

South Quad's Tyrone Jordan taunts opponents as police light the
battlefield of the annual South Quad-West Quad snowball fight.

Medicaid paid dead in Mich. $375,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - $1
Michigan paid more than
$375,000 in Medicaid claims to $4
dead people between 1998 and re
2000, according to a federal audit m
released yesterday. de
The inspector general for the 20
U.S. Department of Health and St,
Human Services determined that to
Michigan owes the federal gov- fey
ernment $161,000. The rest of the cli
money paid to dead clients -
KI ESSLI NG
Continued from Page 1A
are no crisis center referrals - they are
only referred to abortion clinics,"
Kiessling said. "How much free choice
does a college student have?"
The event was sponsored by Students

For Life, which
attempts to educate
University students
on anti-abortion
issues. LSA senior
Louise Conlon, pres-
ident of Students For
Life, said, "I believe
her story is a story of
hope. Through adop-
tion, some good can
come out of the terri-
ble brutal act that is
rape.

"I learned
should no
people ba
rape conc
life is so n

33,500 - came from the state. of fed(
That's in addition to the Senate
5,429 Michigan already has Chairn
funded to the federal govern- (R-Iov
ent for Medicaid payments to inspec
ad clients between January "Ever
000 and September 2002. wastec
ate officials have identified a person
tal of $81,425 in state and Thes
deral payments to dead ment sp
ients during that period. Medica
"Michigan wasted $161,000 2000. A
rough childhood. "I remember feeling
so ugly and so unwanted. Nobody's
going to love me," Kiessling said. "It hit
me so hard, this is so real - like, this is
your life, Rebecca."
Kiessling belonged to a support group
for adoptees that she said was very help-
ful. "I didn't want to be part of that clas-
sification: conceived
ou in rape," Keissling
Y said. But, she over-
t judge, came thetruth' ifid
sced on turned her life
around. She is now
eption - married with three
. 1 , adopted children
eaningi-. and one of her own.
Rebecca Kiessling Kiessling has also
Author written an essay and
article on her life.
The essay, "The
Right of the Unborn
Child Not to be Unjustly Killed: A Phi-
losophy of Rights Approach," encom-
passes the most common pro-abortion
philosophies. Her article, "My Father
Was a Rapist," was featured in a 1999
issue of Glamour magazine.
She was also a guest on Good Morn-
ing, America and CNN's Talk Back
Live, and CBS News featured her story
in a segment of one of its programs.

eeral tax dollars," said
e Finance Committee
man Charles Grassley
wa), who released the
tor general's report.
y dollar that goes to
or fraud doesn't help a
in need."
state and federal govern-
ent a total of $6.7 billion on
id services in Michigan in
round 1.3 million people in

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the state are covered by Medicaid.
Michigan Department of Com-
munity Health spokesman T.J.
Bucholz said the department has
been able to recover more than
$375,925 in overpayments from
health care providers and is in the
process of reimbursing the federal
government. Bucholz said the state
also will launch a new computer
system in March that aligns death
records with Medicaid records.

DEFICIT
Continued from Page IA
they're going to live up to that' Courant said.
The University met with a $16.4 million budget rescission,
or temporary budget cut, in December after Michigan reduced
funding for colleges by 5 percent. However, Courant said he
expects this "one-time" cut to be permanent. In October, the
University made $37 million worth of permanent reductions.
The University's fiscal year begins July 1, three months
before Michigan's new budget will take effect. The Universi-
ty's finances should anticipate the finalized state budget,
which must be submitted by the governor to the state Legisla-
ture for amendment.
"Universities are tremendously valuable to the state,"
Courant said. "I hope that higher education has taken enough."

"(Kiessling) can help women make it
possible - to see a light at the end of
the tunnel," Conlon added.
LSA freshman Christina Talamonti,
one of about 60 students present at the
event, said Kiessling's story moved her.
"I learned you should not judge people
based on rape conception - life is
meaningful," she said.
Kiessling said she went through a

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