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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 3A

White Stripes
chronicler to give
reading on band
Chris Handyside, a Detroit freelance
rock journalist who has extensively
covered the indie rock band The White
Stripes, will read from his biography of
the band tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Shaman
Drum Bookshop. Handyside's book is
\called "Fell in Love with a Band: The
Story of the White Stripes."
Former U.N. official
to discuss civil,
social rights
Mary Robinson, the former U.N.
High Commissioner for Human Rights,
will hold a lecture examining interna-
tional laws protecting civil, economic
and social rights in 100 Hutchins Hall
of the Law School today at 4 p.m.
Prof, lawyer speak
on gay marriage
A panel discussion on gay marriage, led
by University of Hawaii political science
Prof. Jon Goldberg-Hiller and Vermont
attorney Beth Robinson will take place
this afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Hen-
derson Room of the Michigan League.
Speaker explores
growing up gay in
media age
University of Southern California
communications Prof. Larry Gross will
speak today on growing up gay in an era
of increasingly complex "queer imag-
ery." His speech will compare the past
situation of highly stereotyped images
of homosexuality with today's media
depictions, niche marketing and vot-
ing blocs. The speech will take place
tonight from 7:30 to 9 p.m.in the Hussey
Room of the Michigan League.
Warrant sought
urinating person -
A Department of Public Safety offi-
cer discovered an individual urinating
in public in the 1100 block of State
Street Tesday night. The person was
released and DPS is seeking a warrant
for the person's arrest.
Chalked graffiti
on 'U' sidewalk
reported to police
A caller reported graffiti on the
West Hall arch to DPS Tuesday eve-
ning. An officer responded to the call
and found a chalk drawing on the

Falling box injures
residence hall
An employee of West Quad resi-
dence hall called DPS to report that
a box had fallen on a co-worker's
hand and wrist Tuesday afternoon.
DPS took the injured employee in for
In Daily History
Vacancy rates
soar as rent rises
Oct. 21, 1981 - The Office of the
Director of Off-campus Housing told
students not to rush into housing leases
as Central Campus vacancy rates rose to
13.7 percent, up from only one percent
two years earlier. But Assistant Direc-
tor of Off-campus Housing Jo Williams
warned that students should not expect
to see diminished rents - on average,
rent was hiked 11 percent. "Don't feel
have to make an early decision,"

Fair to highlight employment abroad

More organizatio
By Margaret Havemann
For the Daily
The Career Center, along with other University
departments, will hold an International Opportuni-
ties Fair today from 2 to 6 p.m. in the second floor
of the Michigan Union. The fair offers students and
community members the chance to connect with
organizations offering overseas employment oppor-
tunities and graduate study programs abroad.
The fair is part of a larger initiative to help students
become familiarized with the overseas job market.
Students will be able to pick up information, drop off
resumes and transcripts and even schedule interviews


to attend than

with potential employers through the Career Center.
"What a student gets out of the fair depends on
what the student's situation is," said Sally Schuen-
eman, career events manager and organizer of the
fair. Some students may simply be looking for infor-
mation on jobs or graduate programs, while others
may be ready to take the next step in securing a job,
she said.
Work abroad and study abroad are two differ-
ent fields often confused, she added, and this fair
addresses the work abroad programs. A study
abroad fair was held in September; the next will be
Jan. 13.
This is the second year that the fair has been

in previous years
held, and it shows signs of expansion. "This year
we have 53 organizations committed to the Fair,
which is a significant increase from last year,"
Schueneman said. "Some are offering full-time
permanent positions, some are offering internships
and some are offering graduate programs in inter-
national affairs."
Last year's fair drew between 30 and 40 organi-
The success of last year's fair and its expansion
this year suggests that students' interest in looking
abroad for work has remained high despite the ongo-
ing war on terrorism, Schueneman said. Students
have become more wary about the programs they

select to travel abroad with, and they have started
asking the right questions to ensure the credibilityt
of program's, Schueneman said.
What staffers at the Career Center say most
excites them about the fair is the collaboration that
went into the planning of the event. The Ford School
of Public Policy, the International Center and the
School of Information are some of the nine different
departments and schools that contributed to making
the fair happen.
"This collaboration means that we are able to draw
on all of our areas of expertise. It is a combination.,
affair, and any student interested in working abroad
can benefit from attending," Schueneman said.
Registration is done on site, and is free for Uni-
versity students with an M-Card and $20 for non- ;

Fuel prices, cold
weather lift home

DETROIT (AP) - Colder winter
weather and double-digit increases in
the price of natural gas, heating oil and
propane are expected to push the heat-
ing bills of residents across the state up
an average of $106 to $253 for the sea-
son, according to a new report released
yesterday by the Michigan Public Ser-
vice Commission.
Relatively mild weather helped lower
last winter's demand for fuel, so state
officials expect demand to increase
assuming a return to normal winter
Couple that with higher energy
prices stemming from rising oil

Though mostly limited to the
more rural and northern parts of
the state, heating oil costs can be
a good indictor of overall heating
costs because they reflect natural
gas prices, said Kathleen Walgren,
executive director of The Heat and
Warmth Fund, or THAW.
The demand for natural gas is expect-
ed to increase by 1.1 percent over 2003
in Michigan and result in cost increases
of 14 to 17 percent for the average natu-
ral gas customer.
When heating costs increase while
income levels remain flat or decline,
the statewide need for home heating

costs and the seri-
ous disruption of
oil and gas pro-
duction in the Gulf
of Mexico by Hur-
ricane Ivan, and
the amount the
average consumer
pays to heat their
home is expected
to increase signif-
icantly, according
to the commis-
sion's Michigan
Energy Appraisal
for the 2004-2005

Some customers
who see the largest
increases will be
those whose homes
use heating oil,
the cost of which
has increased
dramatically as
the price of crude
oil has surged.

assistance from
nonprofit orga-
nizations such as
THAW goes up,
Walgren said.
Right now,
Walgren's organi-
zation is concen-
trating on raising
money to help
restore service
before winter hits
to the thousands
of Detroit fami-
lies who current-
ly have no heat.
The group's gen-
eral assistance
program opens in

September jobless rate rises
slii*rhtlv for Mich. residents



LANSING (AP) - Michigan's sea-
sonally adjusted unemployment rate
increased in September by one-tenth
of a percentage point to 6.8 percent,
according to data released yesterday by
the Michigan Department of Labor &
Economic Growth.
The jobless rate for the month was
1.4 percentage points above the national
rate of 5.4 percent but eight-tenths of a
percentage point below the state's Sep-


tember 2003 rate of 7.6 percent.
During July, August and September
of this year, the statewide rate remained
within the narrow range of 6.7 to 6.8
percent. Michigan's average jobless rate
through the first nine months of 2004
was 6.6 percent.
Both total employment and unemploy-
ment increased slightly during Septem-
ber, up 3,000 and 5,000 respectively.
"Although there was little change

in Michigan's labor-market status in
September, some noteworthy shifts
occurred within the various employ-
ment sectors," said Bruce Weaver, act-
ing director of the department's Bureau
of Labor Market Information and
Strategic Initiatives. "Most industries
recorded small job reductions, while
the reopening of Michigan's schools
accounted for an uptick in government

The semiannual
report, published
since 1978, reviews the projected pric-
es and availability of energy in Michi-
gan during the winter months.
Son wcustomer> who see the larg-_
est increases will be those whose
homes use heating oil, the cost of
which has increased dramatically as
the price of crude oil has surged. On
Monday, average residential prices
for heating oil stood at $1.89 per
gallon excluding taxes, up 63 cents
per gallon from year-ago levels, the
MPSC said.

January, she said.
"We want to help them avoid using
kerosene heat or candles, which are
very dangerous, to stay warm," she
said. "Quite often, you see somebody
injured because of fumes or even
killed in a fire. That's the kind of
thing we really want to prevent."
THAW helped an estimated 12,000
families last year and distributes $4.5
million dollars in heating help annually
through more than 100 agencies across
the state.


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Come to the Fifth Annual Housing Fair, where hundreds of U-M students will be
searching for off- and on-campus housing options among displays from
private landlords and University Housing. The City of Ann Arbor will have an
Informative exhibit and numerous commercial vendors will be promoting their
housing-related goods and services. We encourage you to take advantage of
this opportunity to share experience and information about housing in the
Ann Arbor area.
Monday, October 25, 2004
1:00-5 :3Opmn
Michigan Union Ballroom
There will be refreshments and give-aways, so come enjoy! We look forward to
seeing you at the largest gathering of Ann Arbor's housing market.
University Housing Staff


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