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CRIME
$300 cell phone
taken in League
According to Department of Pub-
lic Safety Reports, a suspect stole a
cellular phone from a faculty mem-
ber at the Michigan League Sunday
afternoon. The suspect was
described as an 18- to 20-year-old
black male with a light complexion
and short hair, carrying a dark blue
or black backpack and wearing a yel-
low jacket with red, white and blue
diagonals across the back.
The phone, valued at $300, was
taken from the second-floor coat rack
of the League. DPS was not able to
locate the suspect, despite a search.
Car CD player
stolen at Church
St. carport
A student reported to DPS Sun-
day that her vehicle, parked in the
Church Street carport, was broken
into, and the radio and CD player
unit was taken from the car. The
vehicle was located on the lower
level at the time of the theft. DPS
has no suspects in the incident.
Generators still
missing after
summer blackout
The University's Outside Lighting
department reported to DPS that
two generators, loaned to two sepa-
rate University departments, have
still not been returned after being
used during the blackout in August
2003.
Each generator is valued at
$2,000, but DPS does not know if
they were stolen, and has no infor-
mation on the current location of
the equipment.
CCRB computer
missing from
business office
Staff of the Central Campus Recre-
ation Building reported that a laptop
was stolen from the main business
office sometime Monday between 5
and 7 p.m.
DPS does not have an estimated
value for the laptop, but it is described
as an Inpiron 8000 model, and black
in color. There are no suspects in the
incident.
Napper escorted
from Angell Hall
Angell Hall staff reported Tues-
day to DPS that a person unaffiliat-
ed with the University was sleeping
in the hallway near the Campus
Computing site, also known as the
Fishbowl.
DPS arrived and gave the person a
verbal warning, and escorted them
from the building. The suspect did not
cause any damage.
Trotter House
card swipe stolen
DPS reports from Monday morning

indicate a security card swipe was
taken from outside of the William
Monroe Trotter House. There is no
value known for the device, and DPS
has no suspects in the incident.
Wallet taken in
Kresge building
A wallet was taken from the purse
of a University staff member in the
Kresge Medical Research Building,
according to DPS reports from early
yesterday morning. The wallet was
removed from a locked office in the
building, and there is no value
known. DPS has no suspects in the
incident.
Tractor sustains
damage near
Elbel field
University staff reported to DPS
Monday that a John Deere tractor,
located on South Campus near Elbel
field, was damaged by an unknown
suspec Saturday. The tractor sustained
damage to its mirror and tail light, but
DPS has no final estimate on the value
of the tractor.
'U' affiliate
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The mission statement of the Department of
Homeland Security is to fight terrorism using
coutner surveillance measures. But the depart-
ment also helps out localities like Ann Arbor
financially, in order to prepare them for emer-
gencies unrelated to terrorism.
Ann Arbor will receive $673,939 in feder-
al homeland security grants this year, out of
$62 million that the state of Michigan will
receive and distribute to the state's 104 local
emergency networks. Ann Arbor's share of
the state's homeland security grant has more
than doubled since 2003, reflecting a sub-
stantial increase in the department's budget
since last year.
Lt. Myron Blackwell, Ann Arbor's director
of emergency management, said the Depart-
ment of Public Safety will receive an unspeci-
fied amount for equipment and training after
all the of the needs of the Ann Arbor Police
Department have been met by the State
Homeland Security Grant Program.
DPS does not receive independent home-
land security grants because the department
does not currently administer funds to univer-
sities. And the AAPD needs the money more
than the University does because DPS has
more resources to begin with, Blackwell said.
"The University has a lot of resources -
biologists, researchers, radiologists, haz-
ardous material trucks and the Department
of Occupational Safety and Environmental
Health - that we could use in the case of a
disaster," Blackwell said. "We work very
well together."
"We're happy to receive this money,"
Blackwell added. But it is still early in the
decision-making process on how to allocate
the funds. "The Department of Homeland
Security is requiring us to assemble a task
force to decide how this money will be
spent," Blackwell said.
Rather than being handed down in a lump
sum, the money is parceled into categories,
only some of which the task force can allo-
cate. Among the non-discretionary grants is
money that will cover up to one half of the
salaries of full-time AAPD employees. The
task force will be able to decide how to
spend funds earmarked for equipment,
employee training, and newly devised inter-
department emergency simulations.
One such training exercise will take place
on Oct. 16 and will involve the Ann Arbor
See FUNDING, Page 8A

Race petition appeal won't be heard for two weeks

By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter

The state Court of Appeals denied a motion
yesterday to immediately reverse a circuit court
decision that effectively invalidated the petition
to end race-conscious policies in Michigan.
The court will hear oral arguments in about two
weeks on the appeal, filed by Attorney General
Mike Cox, who represents the state Board of Can-
vassers. An Ingham County circuit court judge
ruled that the board should not have approved the
form in December, because MCRI's petition would
significantly alter or nullify the civil rights article
of the state Constitution without including the arti-
cle text on the petition.
Officials said MCRI will wait until the appel-
late court rules before determining the direction
of the campaign. A ruling in favor of Cox would
validate their petition, and MCRI could continue
to collect signatures using its current form. But
if the court rejects the appeal, MCRI may have
to redo its petition and restart its campaign.

The MCRI petition - which the Board of
Canvassers recently struck down to comply
with the Ingham County judge's ruling -
seeks to amend the state constitution to ban
"preference based on race, ethnicity and gen-
der." Yesterday's appellate court decision to
delay its ruling on the now-illegitimate peti-
tion could hamper MCRI's campaign, which
needs 317,757 signatures by July 6 to get on
the November ballot.
An appellate court ruling could take up to
four or five weeks, and MCRI's decision to wait
only hurts its campaign, BAMN national co-
chair Luke Massie said. BAMN is suing MCRI
over its petition form. MCRI's urging of circula-
tors to continue collecting signatures suggests
they are "pursuing a policy of deception that has
been exposed by the courts," he said.
While Massie said the court's decision indi-
cates judges want to hamper MCRI's campaign,
MCRI Director of Outreach Chetly Zarko said
the court wants to hear more in-depth oral argu-
ments on both sides, instead of ruling simply

based on legal briefs.
MCRI has not made a definitive decision on
the direction of its campaign and will not make
one until the court rules, he said. "You're read-
ing tea leaves if you try to draw a conclusion on
what the court will decide," Zarko said. "We
want the guidance of the court."
But the initiative has several contingency
plans in place. One of these options is to redo
the petition. If necessary, the group plans to
hire paid circulators to collect signatures.
MCRI now has 1,400 volunteers, several of
whom have collected more than 1,000 signa-
tures each. -
The paid circulators would most likely start
May 1, since MCRI expects the appellate court
to rule by the end of April. Zarko estimates that
50 paid circulators collecting 200 signatures a
day could complete the group's goal by July. But
the campaign would consider hiring more than
this, because a large enough group of paid circu-
lators can allegedly collect upwards of 300,000
signatures in one month. "There are a lot of

"You're reading tea leaves if
you try to draw a conclusion
on what the court will
decide.
- Chetly Zarko
MCRI Director of Outreach
other options for us," Zarko said. "A large
amount of that depends on the Court of
Appeals."
Because MCRI would need significant funds
to achieve its goal, Massie said he is skeptical of
this contingency plan. "I think that they're just
blowing hot air. That's just my guess," he said. If
BAMN loses in court, the group would continue
its "Decline to Sign" campaign in opposition to
MCRI.
Zarko would not comment on MCRI's finan-
cial situation.

MSA rep resigns, says assembly not place for minorities

By Clanna Freeman
Daily Staff Reporter
Laban King, a Michigan Student
Assembly representative, resigned at
Tuesday's meeting after expressing his
disappointment in student government
and saying that MSA is not a place for
minorities.
"We haven't reached our full poten-
tial because we don't have the right
representatives at the table," said King,
a member of the Students First party.
"Most importantly, I need to enjoy
my college experience, and I don't feel
comfortable spending all these hours
with MSA and not having anything to
show to my community," said King, an

LSA sophomore. "Once the campaign-
ing is done, it seems that's when the
concern is over," King added.
MSA President Jason Mironov and
Vice President Jenny Nathan said they
are dedicated to having a diverse and
open assembly.
"When Jenny and I ran for the
Michigan Student Assembly, one of
our major goals was to create an envi-
ronment where anyone, regardless of
gender, religion, creed, race, sexual
preference.... anyone would feel com-
fortable," said Mironov. "While I am
saddened by Laban's resignation, I'm
happy to report that the Assembly
reflects the type of diversity envisioned
by this campaign promise."

Mironov said he
would keep the
assembly open to
all issues and con-
cerns of any com-
munities at the
University.
"I will also con-
tinue to be pro-
active and ensure
that I am educated
King on the issues
affecting these communities, and it is
my hope that my fellow executives
and representatives will do the same,".
he said.
Late Tuesday night at the MSA
meeting, assembly members officially

supported affirmative action in the
University's admissions process by
passing a resolution. The approval of
the resolution will permit MSA to send
letters to The Michigan Daily and Uni-
versity President Mary Sue Coleman,
voicing their support of the affirmative
action policies.
LSA junior Monica Smith, a repre-
sentative, encouraged the representa-
tives to support the affirmative action
resolution.
"As a sociology major, it's interest-
ing that almost all people say they sup-

port equal rights but we get to see peo-
ple's true self when they're being asked
to do something to support equality,"
Smith said. "Other schools are looking
at us as leaders, and we should step up
and be active."
But MSA representative Ian Fette
said he thinks that MSA should be
addressing affirmative action
through debate and not through this
resolution.
"We don't speak for the student
voice and we should be sponsoring
debate, not a letter," Fette said.

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