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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 3A

Students can learn
about opportunities
abroad at fair
The International Opportunities Fair,
held tomorrow from 2 to 6 p.m. in the
Michigan Union, will provide students
with the opportunity to explore job and
internship opportunities, work and study
abroad programs and graduate school
options. A wide variety of professionals
from numerous international fields will
be onhand to talk with students. The fair
is sponsored by the Career Center.
Talk to focus on
effects of gay
marriage debate
Jackie Simpson of the University's
Office of Student Activities and Leader-
ship and Roger Fisher from the Program on
Intergroup Relations will hold a discussion
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in the Rack-
ham Building's East Conference Room,
about the emotional impact that the debate
over banning or legalizing same-sex mar-
riages has had on the gay community.
presents study on
young gay women
Lisa Diamond of the University of
Utah will present the findings of her 8-
year-long study on the sexual identity,
attractions and behavior of young gay
women in the Michigan Union's Hen-
derson Room today from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Forklift collides
with police car
The Department of Public Safety
reports that a forklift struck a police
patrol car Monday afternoon, causing
a flat tire and minor damage to one of
the car's rear panels. DPS reported no
injuries in the incident.
Markley room
ransacked, money
possibly stolen
A student living in Mary Markley Res-
idence Hall reported to DPS that their
room was ransacked sometime Monday
evening after 6 p.m. The student said he
or she was not certain if anything was
taken from the room, located in Butler
House, although money may have been
'U' employee wrote
checks to herself
DPS reported Monday that Universi-
ty audits reveal that an University Hos-
pital employee has been writing checks

to herself and cashing them.
Caller reports
theft of pop cans
A caller reported to DPS Monday
that pop cans were stolen from the base-
ment of John P. Wedienbach Hall at
1000 State St.
InDaily History
Minorities compose
nearly 25 percent
of student body
October 20, 1995 - Minority enroll-
ment at the University rose to nearly 25
percent, the highest proportion in school
history, according to the latest enroll-
ment statistics for the fall term.
Minorities represented 24.8 percent
of all students, and a total of 8,108
were enrolled in the University. Black
enrollment rose to 8.7 percent from 4.8
percent in 1994. Asian Americans rep-
resented the largest minority group at
10.8 percent, and Hispanics made up
4.7 percent, while Native Americans

Third parties seek City Council seat
Urban planning, 'U' role in A2 debated in only contested race

By Anne Joling
Daily Staff Reporter
Although only one of the seats for Ann Arbor's
City Council is up for grabs this election, a diverse
array of issues are being brought into the race,
ranging from the University's role in the commu-
nity to the number of high-rise buildings in the
city to the legalization of medical marijuana.
During the Nov. 2 election, Democratic
incumbent Jean Carlberg will be challenged
by Green Party candidate Marc Reichardt and
Libertarian candidate Rich Burkett for her seat
representing the 3rd ward, which is located
between Washtenaw Avenue and Packard Street
and includes some student housing south of
Carlberg has served on the council for five terms
totaling 10 years. Reichardt and Burkett have never
held a government office, though Reichardt has
been chair of the Green Party of Michigan since
2001 and Burkett has run for U.S. Congress four
times - three times as a Republican and once as
a Democrat.
There are several issues central to the cam-
paigns of all three candidates, such as the environ-
ment, creating affordable housing in Ann Arbor
and finding ways to get the University to contrib-
ute more to the community. There are also plenty
of concerns unique to each candidate.
Burkett, for example, is the primary author of
Proposal C, and the major issue of his campaign
platform is to get the proposal to legalize the use
of medical marijuana in Ann Arbor passed.
Reichardt said he is concerned with the dispari-
ties among economic classes and ethnic groups in
Ann Arbor. "In Ann Arbor we've ended up with
people from different ethnic backgrounds being
pushed into the fringes of the city. I think there is
more that can be done to make them feel like an
equal part of our community," he said.

With regard to environmental issues, Carlberg
said she has always been involved in preserving
Ann Arbor's natural features. She was one of the
proponents of the Greenbelt, the city's initiative to
preserve parks and other green space while com-
bating urban sprawl.
The City Council "has major decisions to
make about development and growth in Ann
Arbor, and I'm very concerned that we do this in
a way that protects our existing neighborhoods,
our existing natural features and environment
systems and still allows us to have sustainable
growth in housing and businesses," Carlberg
Reichardt has also expressed concern regard-
ing urban growth and development in Ann Arbor.
He said the expansion of "big box" stores such as
Wal-Mart have had a negative impact on the ecol-
ogy of the Ann Arbor area.
Though Burkett said he is interested in many
aspects of Ann Arbor's environment, his main
concern is with the landfill located in the 3rd
"The city landfill is among the largest pollution
problems in Ann Arbor, and I want to make sure
that it's being taken care of as it should be," Bur-
kett said.
Candidates Carlberg and Reichardt see afford-
able housing in Ann Arbor as one of the biggest
problems facing the city, and both have proposed
several different solutions for creating more
affordable housing.
Carlberg, who has been a part of many plan-
ning efforts for the development of the downtown
area, suggests the costs of housing should be tem-
pered by providing economic incentives for build-
ers who are willing to build affordable housing in
Ann Arbor.
Reichardt also proposes providing incentives
for builders, but said the focus should fall more on
building taller buildings in downtown Ann Arbor

that can be used by businesses and residents.
"We need to develop mixed-use multi-purpose
buildings that have lower levels for commercial
use, levels for offices and then upper levels for
residential use. This way we have greater popula-
tion density in the downtown area, and we don't
have to keep sprawling out further into the city,"
Reichardt said.
Finding ways to get the University to contribute
more to the Ann Arbor community, both finan-
cially and by offering more services, is a major
concern for Reichardt,
and Carlberg also said "We need to
this is an important
issue. mixed-use m
"Most of the other buildings th
Big Ten schools contrib-
ute substantially to their levels for con
communities," Reich-
ardt said. use, levels fo
Reichardt said the
University has bought and then upf
a single fire truck for
the Ann Arbor Fire for residentia
Department - their
only contribution to
the department in the
last decade aside from Green Party can
allowing them to use the
fire station on North Campus rent-free.
He added that the University lags behind its
peer institutions in terms of how much it contrib-
utes to its community.
While Carlberg acknowledged that getting the
University to help the community is an issue, she
pointed out that the council has made important
steps to try and improve collaboration between the
University and city.
"It's one of the things we discuss every year
with the University. We are speaking with them
constantly about creating new parking so their

staff and faculty aren't parking in our neighbor-
hoods. We are working with specific departments
on different projects in the city, and some of that
has been very successful."
Despite the candidates' calls for more contri-
butions from the University to the Ann Arbor
community, Jim Kosteva, director of community
relations for the University, strongly disagreed
with the assertions that the University has not
done its part to help the community.
"I clearly think that most leadership in the

at have lower
r offices
per levels
i use."
- Marc Reichardt
didate for City Council

community would
recognize the Uni-
versity as a valuable
partner and contribu-
tor to the communi-
ty's well-being. In
many discussions I
have with peer insti-
tutions around the
country, they are
frequently coming to
us and are amazed at
what we do for the
community," Koste-
va said.
He added that the
University's support
for the community

ranges from contributions for street and road
repair projects next to campus to collaborations
between academic departments and city plan-
ning commissions. For example, students in
the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture
and Urban Planning recently collaborated with
the city's Downtown Residential Task Force in
an effort to analyze how and where mixed-use
buildings can be raised in downtown.
Elections for the Ann Arbor City Council will
take place on Nov. 2. Residents of the 3rd ward
will vote at East Quad Residence Hall.

Judge rules fo
WASHINGTON (AP)- A federal judge rejected
arguments from the Bush administration yesterday
and ruled for Democrats in a dispute over how to
count provisional ballots, a new voting requirement
that could become the hanging chad of 2004.
The Department of Justice, in its first foray into an
increasingly partisan fight over election rules, had
argued that battleground Michigan should be free to
adopt strict rules to count the backup ballots.
The department said Democrats had no right to sue
to ease restrictions on voters whose names are missing
from registrars' rolls on Election Day, and whose ballots
are counted if their registered status can be verified.
Hundreds of thousands of provisional ballots may
be cast on Nov. 2, enough perhaps to determine
whether President Bush or Democratic Sen. John
Kerry wins the White House.

r Democrats in ballot dispute

Nonpartisan election experts point to provisional
ballots as a likely trouble spot, both because the process
will be new for many voters and election workers, and
because states have adopted differing standards for who
may cast the ballots and how they will be counted.
The ruling from the Democratic-appointed judge
in Michigan deepened the split among states and
courts over standards for counting provisional bal-
lots two weeks before the election.
"It certainly has the appearance of partisanship,"
on the part of a Republican Justice Department, said
Dan Tokaji, an election law specialist at Ohio State
University's law school.
"It looks like they are intervening because they
think it will help President Bush carry Michigan."
Republican National Committee spokeswoman
Christine Iverson said the party has no position on

whether strict rules or looser ones should govern
provisional ballot counting. The choice should be up
to individual states, she said.
That was essentially the stance adopted by the
Justice Department in its filing late Monday, but
Democrats said the timing of the filing was suspect.
The federal government is not a party to lawsuits
in Michigan, Ohio and other battleground states over
provisional ballots, and the administration was not
invited to give its views.
"I think they have taken a hard and fast position,"
supporting a restrictive view of provisional ballots,
said Democratic National Committee lawyer Bob
Bauer. "What is remarkable is that they did it two
weeks before Election Day. Up to now they were
silent," including during congressional debate on the
matter two years ago, Bauer said.






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