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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 3

ON CAMPUS
Energy fair
promotes
conservation
University and community groups,
accompanied by music from Cloud
Nine Music, will present information
about their energy conservation efforts
today on the Diag from I1 a.m. to 2 p.m.
during the ninth annual University of
Michigan Energy Fest.
The festival will also be held on
North Campus's Portico Plaza from 11
a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Students can win prizes, view dis-
plays and learn about how to improve
their conservation habits.
Participating organizations from the
University include Plant Operations,
the Solar Car Team and the School of
Natural Resources and Environment.
Community groups include the city's
Energy Office, the Ann Arbor Trans-
portation Authority and DTE Energy.
First all-black
film screened
Silvia The Zulu, the first film with an
all-black cast, will be shown at Rack-
ham Amphitheatre today. The silent film,
made in 1927, will be accompanied by
live music performed by Themba Tana, a
South African musican. The film will be
screened from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A lecture
discussing the film will take place today
from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Author speaks
about gay
composers
Nadine Hubbs, author of "The Queer
Composition of America's Sound: Gay
Modernists, American Music, and
National Identity," will speak today
about the book at Shaman Drum Book-
shop. The talk starts at 4 p.m.
MLK symposium
planning team
seeks artwork
The Planning Committee for the Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. symposium is
inviting students to submit, artwork
for posters and commemorative pro-
gram books for the 2005 symposium.
Interested students can attend an infor-
mation session today at 8 p.m. in the
Career Center in the Student Activities
Building. Symposium Coordinator Sil-
via Carranza asks that students e-mail
her at anza@umich.edu by 5 p.m. today
if they plan on attending.
CRIME
NOTES
Fans refuse to
leave stadium
after football win
The Department of Public Safety on

Saturday received several reports with-
in two hours of the end of Michigan's
24-21 victory over San Diego State
that people were refusing to leave the
football field. The fans were eventually
escorted out of Michigan Stadium.
Religious items
stolen from
residence hall
A caller reported to DPS on Sunday
afternoon that two prayer boxes, a type
of necklace, were stolen from Smith
House in Vera Baits I Residence Hall.
DPS has no suspects.
THIS DAY
In Daily History
'U' examines
racism charges
September 21, 1989 - University
Housing officials confirmed that two
weeks before a female student in Mary
Markley Residence Hall had asked to
change rooms after discovering that her

Canadian group calls for end to lakes plan

TORONTO (AP) - The Council of Canadi-
ans is calling on Prime Minister Paul Martin
to intervene and scrap a draft agreement that
allows for water to be diverted from the Great
Lakes, saying it is a water grab by the United
States.
"We are vehemently opposed to this," said Sara
Ehrhardt, spokeswoman for the 100,000-member
group.
The Canadian government has abdicated its
responsibility to protect the Great Lakes, she told
a public meeting yesterday to discuss the draft
agreement.
But now it is time for the federal government
to protect one of Canada's most important natural
resources, she said.

1 have a message in a bottle for Paul Martin,"
she said as she held up an empty water bottle. "It
reads: 'Save the Great Lakes. Say No to Diver-
sion "
Ehrhardt was one of about 30 people who spoke
at the forum, one in a series of public consulta-
tions being held in Ontario, Quebec and the eight
Great Lakes states to discuss the implications of a
proposal known as the Implementing Agreement
for Annex 2001.
The proposal is supposed to protect and restore
the Great Lakes, according to the Council of Great
Lake Governors.
The body consists of the premiers of Quebec
and Ontario and the governors of Michigan, New
York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wis-

consin and Minnesota.
Its authors say the agreement is designed to
"protect, conserve, restore and improve the Great
Lake Basins for future generations."
The proposal establishes a number of protocols,
including a minimum environmental standard to
regulate proposed diversion and consumption of
water. It also sets up a process for hearing any
regional disputes and calls for enhanced informa-
tion-gathering and reporting on the status of the
Great Lakes.
Its authors say the proposal will not mean any
large-scale diversions from the lakes.
But many critics say they do not believe the
agreement will protect the Great Lakes at all.
Ehrhardt said the proposal will not only allow

for massive diversion of water but also potentially
hurt the ecosystem.
"With only 1 percent of the Great Lakes waters
being renewed every year. the science is still out
on whether we are already consuming more than
can be replenished." she said. "Experts warn
that, if implemented, the annex could lead to an
environmental disaster."
Ehrhardt said the draft agreement also "under-
mines Canada's jurisdiction over the Great Lakes
and erodes our authority over this shared resource.
This is nothing more than a U.S. scheme to drain
our Great Lakes dry."
"We're letting eight U.S. states write the poli-
cies around our water. They're setting the agen-
da," she said later.

Proposal would t
expansion of gambling
facilities in Michigan

LANSING (AP) - Groups on both sides
of a ballot proposal that would require voter
approval for expanded gambling say they are
building large coalitions as the Nov. 2 election
nears.
Proposal I would require most gambling
operations - except Indian casinos and
Detroit casinos - to get voter approval at the
state and local level before they could expand.
The measure would be retroactive to Jan. 1
and was put on the ballot after horse racing
tracks pushed to add video gaming machines
to attract more people to
the tracks. Proposal 1
The two chambers of the
state Legislature have not require mo
agreed on a compromise gambling c
plan that would allow race
tracks to add the new gam- to get vote
bling. at the stat
A poll released yesterday
by Lansing-based EPIC/ local levelI
MRA shows that most
Michigan voters support they could
the proposal. Sixty-two
percent favored Proposal
1, while 26 percent were
opposed and 12 percent were undecided.
The poll of 600 likely voters was conducted
from Wednesday to Sunday and had a margin
of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
That's similar to results from an August
EPIC/MRA poll, when 65 percent favored the
proposal and 29 percent opposed it. Only half
as many people were undecided a month ago,
however.
Both sides have been trying to sway voters

with TV ads that began running earlier this
month. Both sides intend to continue to run
ads until the Nov. 2 election.
Detroit casinos and Indian gaming opera-
tions have been joined by antigambling groups
and several politicians, including former Lt.
Gov. Dick Posthumus, in supporting the ini-
tiative.
"The diversity of the coalition speaks
directly to the soundness of the proposal,"
said Roger Martin, a spokesman for Let Vot-
ers Decide - YES!

would
ESt
operations
3r approval
e and
before
expand.
The pro-Proposal
port from a diverse

Opponents include
House Speaker Rick
Johnson, Michigan
horse race tracks and
representatives of the
Michigan Farm Bureau
and Michigan Education
Association.
"They're trying to
provide a monopoly for
Las Vegas and Indian
casinos," said Johnson, a
Republican from LeRoy.
"We want a level playing
field for everyone."
1 group says it has sup-
group including Detroit

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the Detroit Region-
al Chamber and Republican U.S. Reps. Mike
Rogers of Brighton and Candice Miller of
Harrison Township.
Sarah Hubbard, a lobbyist with the Detroit
chamber, said that horse racetracks that want
to start casinos should face voter approval just
as Detroit casinos did.

"It is a threshold they (Detroit) casinos had
to meet," Hubbard said. "I don't think it's
unreasonable for other casinos to meet the
same threshold."
Opponents argue, however, that Indian casi-
nos have not faced voter approval in Michi-
gan.
A coalition called No Casino Monopo-
lies includes representatives from the Michi-
gan Agri-Business Association, Michigan
Licensed Beverage Association and the Mich-

AP PHOTO
igan Education Association.
The MEA is concerned about the proposal's
possible effect on the Michigan Lottery, which
raises nearly $600 million a year for public
schools. It said the Lottery's ability to start
new games could be impaired under the ballot
proposal.
Supporters of the proposal say it would not
affect existingiottery games or the money-for
schools.

OUT OF THE DARKNESS...
Walk to support
depression education
and suicide prevention
programs.
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Registration begins at 9:00 A.M.
Kick-off begins at 10:00 A.M.
Pioneer High School
601 Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI
Register Online!

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