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www.michziandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXV, No. 3 c2004 The Michigan Daily
By Emily Kraack
Daily News Editor
Simple door and window locks may be some ofthe most powerful
tools for students in the fight against theft, says Ann Arbor Police
Department Sgt. Ed Dreslinski.
Due to a recent rise in what are called "walk-in home invasions,"
or break-ins that involve no forced entry, AAPD is asking Ann
Arbor residents and especially students to be more careful to lock
doors and windows. Dreslinski stressed that students should lock
doors when leaving "either to go to class or home for the weekend
or even just sleeping in their residence." He said they should also put
pressure on their landlords to install and maintain safety devices in
"By not taking these simple precautionary steps, they're leaving
themselves more susceptible to being a victim," he said.
On the other hand, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman
Diane Brown said that on-campus crimes, including home inva-
sions, have fallen in the calendar year 2003, compared to 2002. She
said home invasions have fallen 55 percent, and she has not heard of
a spike in on-campus break-ins similar to the off-campus increase
noticed by AAPD. The number of break-ins in campus buildings fell
from 150 in 2002 to 67 in 2003; much of the decrease happened in
the residence halls.
Brown attributed the decrease to new campus security initiatives
implemented in 2003. These measures started with locking resi-
dence hall entrances to non-residents 24 hours a day, and continued
with automatic door locks on residence hall doors, additional secu-
rity and police patrols and education awareness efforts similar to
those of AAPD.
Dreslinski said he did not know how many break-ins had occurred
since the start of the school year, but said there have been at least
three incidents in the past two weeks where people have awakened
to an intruder in their homes. Three apartments in University Tow-
ers, an off-campus apartment complex, were also broken into last
weekend, apparently without the use of force.
LSA senior Greg Mowatt said he usually locks the door of his
off-campus apartment. "I've left it unlocked and haven't had any
problems," he said.
See THEFTS, Page 7
TOP:University College Democrats gather with other Ann Arbor residents at the Cavem Club on First Street to watch the U.S. presidential debate. BOTTOM: Students who sup-
port President Bush gather at the Anderson Room in the Michigan Union to view the debate.
_Candidates tussle over foreg
From staff and wire reports
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Sen.
John Kerry accused President Bush
last night of a "colossal error in judg-
ment" in ordering the invasion of Iraq.
"The world is better off without Sad-
dam Hussein," the president shot back
in campaign debate, adding his rival
once said so himself.
"I agree with him," Bush jabbed sar-
castically at a challenger he depicts as
prone to flip-flops.
In a 90-minute debate dominated by
a war that has claimed more than 1,000
American lives, Kerry called the con-
flict a diversion in the broader struggle
against terror and the hunt for Osama
The four-term Massachusetts sena-
tor said he could do a better job than
Bush of protecting the nation against
another Sept. 11-style attack, and
pledged to be strong and resolute in
"But we also have to be smart ... and
smart means not diverting our atten-
tion from the war on terror and taking
it off to Iraq," Kerry said.
"This president, I don't know if
he really sees what's happening over
there" in Iraq, Kerry said of Bush,
standing 10 feet away on a University
of Miami debate stage.
Bush swiftly returned to his theme
of Kerry as a man who changes his
mind too often to be president.
"He voted to authorize the use of
force and now says it's the wrong war
at the wrong time..... I don't think you
can lead if you say wrong war, wrong
time, wrong place. What message
does that send to our troops?" said the
Republican seeking a second term in
the White House.
In Ann Arbor a debate-watching
party sponsored by the Washtenaw
County Democratic Party, an esti-
mated 600 people filled the Cavern
Club, a bar and restaurant on First
Street, to view the event in two over-
flowing rooms. Attendees in the club
were exultant, cheering raucously after
Kerry's responses and shouting insults
and laughing while Bush spoke.
See DEBATE, Page 7
The University launches its
The site includes information
on admissions procedures, tuition,
student life and housing.
The University has a 5 percent
U The site, W Es,
will aid international students from
Spanish-speaking countries and
parents of Hispanic students.
By Tomislav Ladika make the a
Daily News Editor internation
In response to the increasingly bilingual
nature of American society and a growing
number of Hispanic applicants, the University
launched a Spanish-language version of its
The website, which University officials claim
is unrivaled by other schools, includes more
than 200 webpages containing information
about admissions procedures, tuition, student
life and housing.
Hispanic student leaders at the Univer-
sity said the website, www.umich.edu/Es, will
who feel mor
thing that is n
erases a lot of
dent of the Pu
site "would ha
About 5 pe
will only grow
lication process much easier for "If (the site's resources) are written in Eng- sch
students from Spanish-speaking lish, that puts those students at a disadvantage," tior
[for parents of Hispanic students Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic Z
e comfortable communicating in affairs, said. "The University of Michigan is an ent
international institution, and the two major lan- "th
rsity is "making college some- guages spoken in this hemisphere are English out
ot so far out of reach," said Harlyn and Spanish." abo
rnal chair of La Voz Latina. "It Pacheco said because a significant number Z
uncertainty about ... college." of these students are the first in the families to eve
Rojas, an LSA senior and presi- attend college in the United States, they have and
aerto Rican Association, said the trouble providing information about college to toc
ve made applying a lot easier." their parents, some of whom cannot communi- t
rcent of the University's students cate effectively in English. pro
and officials project that number He said the parents of some University stu- lau
v in the future. dents did not want their children to attend the
hool because they did not know how it func-
The new website is just as much for the par-
s as for prospective students, because it helps
em to know the financial aid opportunities
there - what the University campus is
out," Pacheco said.
The actual application for admissions, how-
er, will continue to be offered only in English,
d applicants to the University will be required
complete it in English.
Now that the site - which was originally
posed by a University alum - has been
nched, the University will evaluate how it
See WEBSITE, Page 7
Moore vows to keep Kerry 'honest'
By Adam Rottenberg
Daily Arts Editor
After finishing his speech at the Hill
* Auditorium to the politically charged crowd
Wednesday night, Michael Moore spoke to
the Michigan Daily
about the power
that he hopes the
event will have.
"I hope that
when people leave
here, they go out
and volunteer and
plan to do some-
0 thing," Moore said.
echoed the spirit of
"So (the Republi
have) gone bers
and it's kind of f
to watch them."
mance antagonized President Bush, it did
not necessarily support Democratic presi-
dential candidate John Kerry.
"I'm probably helping to get their candi-
date elected. I think the film did a lot to
bring people out, to get them energized,
to get out and vote," Moore
Though he views the upcoming
perk, election from his biased liberal
Funny opinion, he said, his cameras will
nn continue rolling to uncover the
truth regardless of who assumes
Moore continued, "I will go after
Moore (Kerry) and keep him honest and do
mmaker those things I need to do."
Throughout the night, Moore
stressed the need for the media to expose the
truth. He put the burden on the student press
for this upcoming election to "cover the things
that are not being covered."
Much of the media spotlight now shin-
ing on Moore stems from the release of the
record-breaking documentary "Fahrenheit
9/11" - which served as an indictment of
the Bush administration and the Iraq war.
Even with all the controversy surrounding
the film, he still views it as a success, "I knew
the film would be effective and by being effec-
tive it would make a lot Republicans angry. So
they've gone berserk, and it's kind of funny to
watch them" he said.
Though Moore has milked his ever-grow-
ing prominence with appearances at both
parties' national conventions this sum-
mer, he still feels slighted by the national
"I am rarely on any of the cable news
channels." Moore recounts that he has only
been on FOXNews once, MSNBC once and
See MOORE, Page 9
the speech, which reiterated the importance
of the youth vote.
Moore revealed that while his perfor-
Election laws confuse out-of-state voters
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