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Friday, September 17, 2004

Opinion 4
Sports

Jasmine Clair argues
for action in Sudan
In our Football Sat-
urday insert: Run-
ning backs try to fill
Chris Perry's shoes

A look back at 15 years of "Madden Football" ... Friday Focus, Page 10
One-hundred-thirteen years ofeditorialfreedom

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Vol. CXIII, No. 163

02004 The Michigan Daily

Hospitalized
student
blames gym

towels
By Ashley Dinges
Daily Staff Reporter
When Janet Bordelon entered the
Central Campus Recreation Building
Saturday morning, she wasn't planning+
on running five miles. She also wasn't1
expecting to spend the remainder of the
day at University Hospital after sufferingr
a severe allergy attack.s
Bordelon's episode would cause the
University to remove cleaning solutionI
and towels from the CCRB and investi-
gate the incident. She spoke to The Mich-
igan Daily yesterday about the attack.
After spending about one hour in the
facility, Bordelon used towels and chemi-
cal solution provided in the building to
clean the machine she had used. She said
shortly after contact with the towels and
solution, she began experiencing symp-
toms of an allergic reaction.
Upon returning to her dorm in the LawI
Quad, Bordelon said her face was so swol-
len, it was "literally not recognizable."
"I passed out once in my room, woke

up and crawled out into the hallway where
I am pretty sure I passed out again. I was
lucky that my neighbor was home, as she
was able to call 911," she explained.
Bordelon said she spent most of the
day at University Hospital and reported
the incident to CCRB staff Sunday.
She later learned she had suffered ana-
phylactic shock, a severe whole-body
allergic reaction.
"I had no idea it was an allergic reac-
tion at the time. I mean, I have seasonal
allergies - I take Claritin sometimes
- but it's not anything severe," said Bor-
delon, a Near Eastern Studies graduate
student instructor.
Later, Bordelon said she overheard
another girl who apparently also suffered
a similar attack after using the CCRB
facilities.
"I had been going there regularly this
year and last year. To me, that just seemed
really strange. Which is why I thought
it was just something on a certain towel,
But this other girl who was there 12 hours
See CCRB, Page 3

Green candidate promotes party

By Donn M. Fresard
Daily Staff Reporter
Speaking in a style more reminiscent of a salesman
than a political candidate, Green Party presidential
nominee David Cobb addressed a gathering of about
two dozen students and Green Party activists in a Mod-
ern Languages Building classroom last night.
Cobb excitedly promoted the Green Party and the
idea of "systemic social change" through grassroots
and local organization, evoking Mahatma Gandhi's
description of the process of movement-building as
an analogue to the party's growth.
"Third parties are responsible for systemic change
in this country and always have been," Cobb said,

pointing to the abolition of slavery and the women's
suffrage movement as social advances driven by
third parties.
In contrast to Ralph Nader's 2000 presidential
campaign on the Green ticket, Cobb's campaign is
focusing its strategy on promoting local- and state-
level Green candidates.
Three area Green Party candidates spoke before
Cobb arrived, and Cobb spent the beginning of
his speech charting the party's growth - in terms
of state ballot lines and elected candidates, both
of which he said have doubled since 2000 - on a
blackboard.
"The Green Party is growing - I'm very excited
to be a part of that," he said.

Rob Haug, co-chair of the University's Green
Party, said Cobb will be more effective at building
the party "from the ground up" than Nader was.
"I don't want to disparage what Ralph did for the
party, but I think David has a greater interest in local
candidates than Ralph did," Haug said. "If there are
more elected Greens in 2005 than in 2001, I think
David did a better job than Ralph did."
Although Cobb has denied that he is running a
"safe-states" campaign - a strategy that would
explicitly avoid campaigning in swing states, where
a Green candidate could take votes from progres-
sives who might otherwise vote for Kerry - he has
conceded on his Web site that he plans to focus his
See COBB, Page 3

DPS issues crime alert today
The University's Department of Public Safety issued a crime alert
this morning after a graduate student reported an attempted armed:
robbery, DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown said.
The encounter occurred near Hubbard Road and Beale Avenue
when the student was approached by two suspects at about 1
a.m. yesterday. Suspects were reported as two black men, about
18 to 20 years old, both wearing short-sleeved shirts and gray
ski masks.
One suspect brandished a knife about 7 inches long and
demanded the victim's wallet. The suspects threw down the wal-
let and did not take any money because it contained no U.S. cur-
rency, Brown said.
After throwing the wallet, the suspects reportedly ran away and got
into a medium-sized yellow car and headed north on Beale Avenue.

Recycling
prom
ingeS on
students
By Julia Homing
For the Daily
Ann Arbor's City Council recently
approved a $5.6 million expansion of
its recycling facilities, but the project's
success will depend largely on stu-
dents, who city leaders say contribute
20 to 25 percent of Ann Arbor's total
waste.
The Material Recovery Facility, on
Platt and Ellsworth Roads, is the city's
only service station that receives and
processes the area's garbage. The facil-
ity's expansion will increase the recy-
cling availability in Ann Arbor and
surrounding areas, as well as accom-
modate a greater quantity of recyclable
materials.
However, students often disregard
the recyclying facilities on hand. One
obstacle to recycling can be a lack of
cooperation in a building with multiple
apartments. LSA senior Amanda Eron
said she recycles actively but finds that
most people in her building do not.
"The bins downstairs aren't marked
clearly, and they are misused," she
said.
All of the recyclable waste generated
by the University eventually ends up at
the city facility. Garbage collected on
campus is transported by the Univer-

Regent roundup
GOP challengers
Carl Meyers of Dearborn -
financial adviser for Raymond
James & Associates.
Pat Anderson of Bath
Township - vice chair of
Anderson Economic Group
mocticf~ i!cum& a
Martin Taylor of Grosse
Point Farms - vice
president of DTE Energy
Olivia Maynard of Flint
- president of think tank
Michigan Prospect

ELECi NS '04
GOP takes on incumbent regents

By Farayha Arrine
Daily Staff Reporter
The race to become a member of the University
Board of Regents may be as divided as the presi-
dential race. With two incumbent Democrats and
two new GOP candidates, both sides are critical of
the others' stance on admissions policies and tuition
- the two topics that dominate this election.
Last year, the regents, who are akin to a board
of directors for the University, were criticized by
various student groups and faculty members for
their admissions and labor policies, as well budget
allocations. They also faced state cutbacks to higher
education funding.
With the plethora of problems the University has
had, the two Democrat incumbents Olivia May-
nard (D-Flint) and Martin Taylor (D-Grosse Pointe

Farms) argue that their experience in such hard
times makes them the superior candidates. But the
Republican newcomers, Carl Meyers (R-Dearborn)
and Pat Anderson (R-Bath Township) feel change is
needed and that new members on the board can help
the University take a new direction.
"You can't do the same things over and over again
with the same board members and expect a different
result," Meyers said. A graduate of the University's
Dearborn campus, Meyers points to the fact that he
has been a financial advisor since the 1980's - an
asset that he says qualifies him for the job.
"Unless it's a continuous culture of doing the
most with the least and being very vigilant about
managing the monies and the general fund, you
become a little complacent. My Democratic oppo-
nents got a little complacent," Meyers said, adding
that innovative ways to save money as well as more

private donations are needed.
Meyers also criticized the regennts' handling of
University admissions.
"The admissions policy has been a debacle,"
Meyers said. "Fewer minorities are even applying to
the University. A policy that was drawn to get more
people in would say 'Hey c'mon apply. We want you
here.' The end result is that they're not."
In light of the Supreme Court decision striking
down the race-conscious LSA point system, LSA
changed its application to include more essay ques-
tions with a greater emphasis on diversity. This year
minority applicants were down 21 percent.
This is a factor that Anderson, the other GOP
candidate, said was a direct result of the new appli-
cation.
Anderson said if elected, he would push to create
See REGENTS, Page 2

Hands-On Museum
names new director

By Tina Hildreth
For the Daily

Each year more than 200,000 tod-
dlers, teens, teachers and parents pass
through the bright red doors and climb
up the stairs of the Ann Arbor Hands-
On Museum, accompanied by ascend-
ing notes of a musical scale. This fall,
as a new director takes the reigns, visi-
tors may start to see just a little more of
the museum's magic.
Starting next month, the museum,
located on Ann Street and Fifth Ave-
nue, will welcome new Executive

and educational play structures.
He says any other changes that
come with his appointment will be in
response to the community's inter-
ests and needs. "The best thing about
this museum is that it truly belongs
to the community," Drumm said.
People refer to it as 'our Hands-On
Museum,' " he said.
He said the museum provides
"informal science education" -- learn-
ing through experience rather than in
a classroom -- as a supplement to the
state's science curriculum.
As the name suggests, every exhibit

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