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Wednesday, December 8, 2004


Opinion 4

Suhael Momin
explains the liberal
presence on campus

Arts 8 New Bond game
fails to five up to
'Golden' standard



Sports 10

Depleted Wolverines
down High Point

one-hundredfourteen years ofeditorialfreedom

www.micAhiandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan m Vol. CXV, No. 48 62004 The Michigan Daily
Football player charged as flasher

By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Editor
Just 11 days after starting offensive lineman
Adam Stenavich was taken into custody for dis-
orderly conduct, the Michigan football team is
dealing with a second - and potentially much
more serious - incident.
At about 12:30 a.m. yesterday, redshirt sopho-
more Larry Harrison was arrested on the 700
block of South Division Street after police say he
exposed himself outside a window of a residence
on that street.

Starting tackle arrested for indecent exposure; police suspect more incidents

According to Sgt. Matt Lige of the Ann Arbor
Police Department, Harrison was charged with
one count of indecent exposure and was released
after paying a $500 bond. There have been about
13 cases of indecent exposure reported to the
AAPD since August that police said Harrison
may have been involved in.
Harrison, a defensive tackle, was suspended
from the football team.
LSA junior Lauren Sogor, a resident at the

house where Harrison was arrested, said no one
in her house knew about the incident until police
knocked on her door.
"They said, 'We just got this guy. We've been
trying to catch him for five months. He's been
flashing himself over the city'," Sogor said.
Harrison was not charged yesterday in any
of the other occurrences, but an investigation is
"We have leads that we are following that

would suggest that there is more than one inci-
dent," Lige said.
Sogor and her roommate, LSA junior Lisa
Bakale-Wise, said no one within the house called
the police, as Harrison's presence outside went
unnoticed. Rather, the police told the tenants of
the house that they arrested Harrison after spot-
ting him on the front porch.
"If he was out exposing himself to us, we
didn't see it," Sogor said. "He saw us, but we

didn't see him."
Later yesterday, the three women who live
at the house - Sogor, Bakale-Wise and Erin
Strongfellow - released a statement to The
Michigan Daily: "The Ann Arbor and University
community and news media must be sure to look
beyond this man's status as a University football
player and address the reality of the crime: that
this man has perpetrated a punishable sexual
See ARREST, Page 3

bills set
to rise
By Laura Frank
For the Daily
To keep heating costs down, Kinesi-
ology senior Leah Ketcheson and her
seven roommates have instituted various
heat-saving strategies around the house.
She said her housemates turn down the
thermostat during the day when they are
out, and last year, they sealed the cracks
around the windows.
More money spent on heating bills
"would mean less money for miscella-
neous things," Ketcheson said.
As winter begins, students are seek-
ing the warmth of indoors. But this
year, relief from the cold may be much
more expensive.
The cost of natural gas will be about
20 percent higher this year than last year
according to Len Singer, spokesman for
DTE Energy.
Singer said the rise in fuel prices is
primarily a result of limitations in sup-
ply and increases in demand of fuel.
On the supply side, the domestic pro-
duction of natural gas has declined in
recent years.
"The natural gas is essentially run-
ning out in the wells," Singer said. The
new gas supplies being found are not as
large as expected, and government con-
trols and environmental concerns limit
the amount of off-shore gas exploration,
he added.
Michigan currently relies on natural
gas mainly from Western states, west-
ern Canada and the Gulf of Mexico.
Environmental regulations and limits
on gas importation can raise costs and
inhibit the development of new natural
gas sources, especially hard-to-reach
off-shore deposits.
On the demand side, natural gas is
now "the most common fuel used in
home heating," Singer said. Demand for
natural gas is high year-round due to its
use in the production of electricity, and
higher during the winter months.
A typical home uses two-thirds of its
total natural gas consumption between
December and March. This year, mid-
range customers will see their heat-
ing bills rise from about $580 for four
months to $690, or an increase of about
$25 to $30 a month, Singer said.
To deal with such costs, Ketcheson's
landlord installed a system to help heat
the house better and cleaned out the air
See HEATING, Page 3


U' on
new dorm
By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter

The University is at least one month behind in
planning for the new residence hall set to replace the
Frieze Building.
Originally, administrators had expected to recom-
mend an architectural design firm for the proposed
} hall to the University Board of Regents at this month's
regents' meeting on Dec. 16. But the job has proven
more challenging than anticipated, and administra-
tors said the University is still looking for an architect
who can design the look of the building while accom-
modating the hall's many aspects.
The new hall, part of a broad initiative to revi-
talize residential life, will combine housing suites
totalling 500 students' beds with academic offices
so that upperclassmen can interact with professors
from various departments.
An architect has not been selected because the
new building has many uses, said Facilities and
Operations spokeswoman Diane Brown. The build-
ing will incorporate both "residential and academic
spaces" - offices and living suites. The architect
will also have to preserve the facade of the Carnegie
Library attached to the Frieze Building.
Constructing a new, modern residence hall is
essential to recruiting the best students and staying
0 A competitive in the academic world, administrators
have said. The University has not built a new hall in
over 30 years, and many students and administrators
believe some of the current facilities are either out
of date or in need of renovation. While construction
of new dorms has been attempted in past decades, it
MIKE HULSEBUS/Daily has always faced delays.
Jen Rothstein, Alexis Frankel, Kirk Lazell, Kris Claphan, and Kate Geitner play dreidel at Hillel during the annual Flaming Menorah Party When Henry proposed extensive changes-to Uni-
on the first day of Hanukkah yesterday. See FRIEZE, Page 7
Students nd common ground on Mideast conflict

By Michael Kan
Daily Staff Reporter

University alum Arik Cheshin served in the
Israeli army from 1995 to 1998 and saw his com-
mander killed in action, a friend maimed by a land
mine and two men in his unit severely burned by
Molotov cocktails, a type of handmade bomb.
Born in a Syrian refugee camp for Palestinians,
LSA senior Carmel Salhi said he and his fam-
ily can never return to their ancestral homeland
because of the Israeli occupation.
From soldier to refugee, the victims of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict cut across both sides of
a decades-old clash that extends even to the lives
of students at the University.
While the casualties of the conflict resonate on
the campus, the same Israeli-Palestinian division
does as well.
Whether it be guest speakers lecturing on the

bias of media coverage of the Middle East or
University discussions on divesting from Israel,
the campus has been its own battleground for the
Spearheading these efforts are the various
Israeli and Palestinian advocacy groups on cam-
pus, led by students like Salhi and Cheshin, who
aim to educate the campus about their viewpoints
on the conflict. The contrasting positions often
mirror the tension in the Middle East.
Yet in the past week, a renewed search to find
common ground among the groups has begun.
Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups met Thurs-
day to listen to one another's perspectives in hopes
of fostering cooperation with one another. Despite
their differing viewpoints, they agree that coop-
eration is the only solution that can achieve both
sides' most vital goal - peace.
Their desire for peace becomes most clear
when the groups hold vigils. The frustration

"Any time you recognize the human cost of conflict,
you highlight the true driving force behind peace.
- Carmel Salhi
President, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality

over the incessant violence and the necessity to
preserve human life drives the groups to light
candles on the Diag or fast for the victims, group
leaders said.
"Any time you recognize the human cost of con-
flict, you highlight the true driving force behind
peace," said Salhi, president of the pro-Palestin-
ian organization Students Allied for Freedom and
"We're saying that terrorism is wrong, and the
killing of innocent people is not the right way

to go. And the vigils are there to commemorate
that. We are calling for an end to violence," said
Cheshin, advisor to the Israeli Students Organi-
zation and coordinator of the Israeli Community
Ann Arbor.
On Oct. 7, when an explosion in a Hilton hotel
in Egypt near Israel's border claimed the lives of
35 people, around 40 members from the differ-
ent Jewish groups on campus lit candles on the
Diag. Out of coincidence, a SAFE vigil near the
See CONFLICT, Page 2

Thefts of student property
- spike during exam week

By Leslie Rott
Daily Staff Reporter
During exam week, when students
take their book bags - often con-
taining thousands of dollars worth
of electronics and other valuables -
all over campus, police are warning
students to take extra caution against

"Thefts appear to
increase during
finals because
this is the time
thieves easily can

thefts increase on campus during
finals. One, she said, is that there are
more students studying at locations
that are accessible to the public,
which become available for longer
hours during finals.
She added that students tend to
be "more careless with their belong-
ings, as they are focused on their



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