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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 9, 2004 - 3A

*Festifall showcases
student groups
More than 300 student groups rang-
ing from multicultural activities to musi-
cal ensembles to club sports will seek
to recruit new members and hand out
information at the annual Festifall today
on the Diag from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
DPS offers free
bike registration
The Department of Public Safety
will provide free bicycle registration to
University students through the City of
Ann Arbor today on the Diag from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. By registering, students
can increase their chances of recover-
ing their bikes in case they are stolen.
In order to register, students need
to bring their bikes, their Mcard and a
valid driver's license or other form of
personal identification.
Vigil remembers
Iraq soldier deaths
The Peace and Justice Commission
of the Michigan Student Assembly will
host a candlelight vigil today on the
Diag at 8 p.m. to honor the more than
1,000 soldiers killed in Iraq to date.

Mourning dove likely
to become fair game

By Michael Kan
and Amy Kwolek
Daily Staff Reporters

Officially declared Michigan's "Bird
of Peace" in 1998, the mourning dove
will soon be declared a hunted animal
as the state readies to open the first
dove-hunting season tomorrow.
Although the state's Natural Resourc-
es Commission decides today whether
to allow dove hunting in certain areas
of Michigan, NRC spokesman Brad
Wurfel said there's little doubt the com-
mission will pass the law since Gov.
Granholm and the state legislature have
already approved it.
But as Michigan steps forward to
possibly become the 41st state to allow
dove hunting, the issue has been sensi-
tive, causing an uproar amongst animal
rights activists.
"There's just no valid reason to shoot
them. (Hunters) are not shooting them
because they are dangerous, or not for
food, or not for disease," said Wayne
Pacelle, the Chief Executive Officer
of the Humane Society of the United
This week, the Humane Society met
at the Ann Arbor Public Library to dis-
cuss strategies to bring the community
to the cause.
Animal rights activists say they were
shocked when they witnessed Gran-
'holm back off on her promise of animal
protection and signed House Bill 5029
in June, authorizing the repeal of the
99-year ban on dove hunting.
Since then, animal rights groups
have pledged to combat the legislation
through a petition drive that would

allow voters to decide the issue in 2006
if they gather 158,000 valid signatures.
But Granholm spokeswoman Liz
Boyd said the governor felt the bill was
a reasonable compromise to a long-
debated issue, which has been pushed
by Michigan hunters.
"This will allow for a pilot season
where 95 percent of the ban will still
be upheld since hunting will be limit-
ed to six Michigan counties," she said.

National Rifle Association.
"Michigan hunters and sportsmen
have a long tradition of hunting and
now they can look forward to enjoying
their sport by this new law," she added.
Regardless of the impact on the
population, Pacelle said the issue is the
inhumanity of shooting a defenseless
animal for "target practice".
"The popular sentiment of the people
would rather listen to the birds than
I relish in shoot-

The counties are
Berrien, Branch,
Cass, Hillsdale,
Lenawee and St.
Advocates of
dove hunting
justify the law,
citing the abun-
dance of the
Michigan dove
population - 4
million dur-
ing migration
- and research
studies, which
say hunting will
not endanger
the bird.
"Biologists say
that hunting has
little orno impact

"Michigan hunters
and sportsmen have
a long tradition of
hunting and now they
can look forward to
enjoying their sport
by this new law."
- Kelly Hobbs
Spokeswoman for
National Rifle Association

ing them," he
added. Because
of this, Pacelle
and the Humane
Society believe
they will suc-
ceed in their
efforts to pre-
vent the hunting
program from
Yet Hobbs
says the issue is
hunting itself,
where oppo-
nents like the
Humane Soci-
ety and animal
rights activists
ignore hunting
as a sport and

on this game bird," said Doug Jeanner-
et, spokesman for the U.S. Sportsmen's
Alliance. He also added that sportsmen
who hunt for doves do not leave their
bodies for waste, but often eat the bird.
Moreover, the mourning dove is one
of America's most hunted game birds,
said Kelly Hobbs, spokeswoman for the

would rather see hunting banned all
together. "They believe wildlife should
be managed by emotions," she said.
Despite the partial repeal of the ban,
Michigan cannot officially become
a dove-hunting state for three years,
when the NRC can evaluate the effect
of hunting on the population.

Washtenaw County
requests bomb- New state budget plan gives

sniffing DPS dog
The Department of Public Safety
provided assistance after Washtenaw
County called regarding a possible
bomb threat on Tuesday evening. DPS
brought a bomb-sniffing dog to per-
form a bomb search. No bombs were
found during the sweep.
Golf cart found
mutilated, disabled
On Tuesday morning, a caller
from the Student Activities Build-
ing reported to DPS that a golf cart
loaned out over the previous weekend
had been damaged. The cart's igni-
tion switch had been pried out and
cut. DPS filed an incident report of
malicious destruction.
'Peeping Tom'
arrested in fire
station parking lot
DPS responded to a call from a park-
ing lot on Beal Street Tuesday night
regarding a disorderly person. The
caller reported an apparent "peeping
Tom" in the parking lot next to the
fire station. DPS officers located and
apprehended the man.
In Daily History
Sept. 9, 1999
Ann Arbor's time-honored tradition
of painting the Rock was under fire with
a new set of city guidelines threatening
the removal of the Rock and levying
$500 fines on vandals.
The Rock, located at the corner of
Hill Street and Washtenaw Avenue, has
been traditionally painted with birthday
messages, the school's colors or frater-
nity letters.
Officials from the City of Ann Arbor
Department of Parks and Recreation say
they support painting of the Rock, but
will not tolerate vandalism to surround-
ing properties and inappropriate behavior
in the park, such as alcoholic beverages,
loud noises, littering and dumping paint
into the street or storm drains.
"These guidelines are being present-
ed as a reminder for everyone to respect
the rights of the whole community. The
best way to keep the Rock tradition is
to obey these simple rules of conduct
that exist in every other park and not
to harm private property of the neigh-
bors," said Ron Olson, associate city
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wealthy schools more money

LANSING (AP) - Michigan's
wealthiest school districts would get the
funding boost they'd been expecting
under a revised spending plan approved
yesterday by the state Senate.
The sale of several parcels of state-
owned land will cover the $6.6 mil-
lion needed to give a $74 per-student
increase to school districts that receive
more than $9,000 per student, said Greg
Bird, spokesman for Gov. Jennifer Gra-
nholm's budget office.
That's a change from an agreement
reached last week between the Demo-
cratic governor and Republican legis-
lative leaders. That deal would have
prevented those wealthy school districts
from getting the same $74-per-student
increase as other districts.
Districts are guaranteed at least
$6,700 per pupil in the fiscal year that
begins Oct. 1.
Senate Majority Leader Ken Sik-
kema (R-Wyoming) wanted to use
revenue from the sale of 690 acres of
state-owned land in Washtenaw Coun-
ty to Toyota Motor Corp. to pay for the
However, Bird said proceeds from
that sale must be used to clean up the
land in York Township along U.S. High-
way 23. Instead, money from the sale

of several other parcels will be used to
give the wealthy schools their increase.
State Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Mid-
land) a member of the school aid con-
ference committee that approved the
K-12 budget earlier yesterday, said he's
happy the revised spending plan fully
funds all schools.
"I was disappointed it took us this
long to get here," he said. School dis-
tricts began their fiscal year on July 1.
The measure must still pass the House,
which is expected to take it up today.
The Senate voted 32 to 2 to approve
the overall $12.5 billion school aid
budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Republican Sens. Bruce Patterson of
Wayne County's Canton Township
and Mike Bishop of Rochester were
the only "no" votes.
Democratic Sens. Virgil Bernero
of Lansing, Irma Clark-Coleman of
Detroit and Martha Scott of Highland
Park were absent. Sen. Hansen Clarke
(D-Detroit) was present but didn't vote.
The school aid budget also includes
a change in the way students are count-
ed each year, which determines their
annual funding. The formula would go
from calculating 80 percent of a school's
money on the number of students in the
fall and 20 percent in the winter to a 75-

25 ratio.
Districts that see a significant drop
in their enrollment between the fall and
spring count would do worse under the
new formula, but other districts would
do better.
The House Fiscal Agency estimates,
for instance, that the Flint City School
District would get $158,004 more
under the new formula, while Grand
Blanc Community Schools would get
$195,870 less.

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