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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 8, 2005 - 7

NEW LIFE
Continued from page 1
because the lawsuit is against the city of
Ann Arbor, not the residents who spoke
out against the church's building plans.
Issuing subpoenas to residents who per-
form their civic duty by attending public
hearings and speaking about their concerns
is tantamount to harassment, she added.
"Anything on our hard drive in our
computers that pertained to the New Life
Church could be viewed," she said.
The residents who received subpoenas
were ordered to provide all documents in
their possession regarding the New Life
church and their petition - including e-
mails, journals, calendars and any other
related materials, Van Houweling said.
"It's a matter of principle - if the citi-
zens of Ann Arbor think that they will be
requested to provide all of this information
because of practicing their civic duty, then
they won't," Van Houweling added.
The major concern of the planning
commission and the residents who testified
against the church was safety, Van Hou-
weling said.

In November, when the proposal for
the auditorium was rejected, many com-
munity members expressed regret that
they had interfered with the church's
expansion plans but said they felt strongly
that an auditorium would be a safety haz-
ard and out of character with the rest of
the city because of its large size.
The main safety concern most
members felt was an issue was the
South Forest Street parking struc-
ture that church members would use.
Opponents of the auditorium said they
feared that after parking in the struc-
ture, New Life members would cut
across dangerous city roads illegally
to get to church. The result could be
more traffic accidents and danger to
pedestrians, said Prue Heikkinen,
president of the Oxbridge Neighbor-
hood Association.
"Jaywalking is the problem," Heikki-
nen said. "This is almost the exact same
situation seen on Plymouth - two girls
were killed crossing the street; the sto-
ries parallel."I
Street congestion was another concern,
Van Houweling added.

EMU
Continued from page 1
because it forces taxpayers to subsidize the tuition
for an employee's domestic partner and because it
promotes an unhealthy lifestyle.
"Men age 20 and up who engage in homosexual
or bisexual behavior will live eight to 20 years less
than the general population," Glenn said. "So, if we
truly care about the health and lives of Michigan
college students, we certainly wouldn't be reward-
ing homosexuals with free tuition and thus encour-
aging self-destructive behavior."
Young said EMU feels Glenn is misrepresent-
ing the university's policy and is misleading the
public.
"We're concerned that Mr. Glenn is using this
information to promote his own agenda and that
he's preying on people's emotions," she said.
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said the
University is concerned that its same-sex benefit
policies will be challenged, but is prepared to fight
to maintain its current practices.
"We don't think that Proposal 2 or the constitu-
tional definition of niarriage has any bearing on the
types of benefits that we decide to offer," Peterson
said. "We intend to vigorously defend our right to
offer these types of benefits."

COKE
Continued from page 1
The University's purchasing office has been infor-
mally investigating the allegations since it was asked
by student groups to do so in November. Because of
the depth of the information that the purchasing office
found, it has made a recommendation to the DRB to
conduct a formal investigation into the allegations in
order to shed more light on the issue.
In the past, resolving issues with vendors has been
the role of the purchasing office, but when the Univer-
sity's Vendor Code of Conduct - which mandates that
all vendors who conduct business with the University
adhere to specific guidelines - was passed last spring,
it established the DRB as an additional tool for investi-
gation of grievances.
The DRB is composed of seven members; three of
them are faculty and the other four members are com-
posed of two students and two University employees.
"We're the neutral party," said Dennis Poszywak,
assistant director of the purchasing office and a member
of the review board. "Sometimes we're the champion for
the company; sometimes the (accusers are) wrong."
"Most of the time, we can handle disputes. We now
have a new formal board we can turn to outside of pro-
curement."
Because the DRB is an emerging project, its guide-

lines for functioning have not yet been established. One
goal of yesterday's meeting was to set these rules so that
the committee can move on with the investigation.
Frank Stafford, chair of DRB, said the board hopes
to complete the rules by next Monday.
During the meeting, Residential College sophomore
Julia Ris, a student representative on the DRB and a
member of the Coke-Campaign Coalition, stressed the
importance of the DRB hearing from students while
conducting its investigation.
"Students are the ones bringing the complaints
forward," Ris said. "The DRB was created in a
response to student complaints, and should there-
fore be able to voice those complaints during con-
stituents' time."
But other members of the board felt that student
feedback should be delayed until after March 22, the
date that DRB has given to Coca-Cola as a deadline
for its response.
Sherrie Kossoudji, a faculty representative on the
DRB, explained that she felt it would be unjust for the
board to hear from students before its procedures had
been finalized.
"We want to make sure we are prepared to hear the
comments and that we hear them at appropriate times,"
Kossoudji said.
The DRB will hold weekly meetings on Mondays as
they continue their investigation.

LGBT
Continued from page 1
said Jennifer Almquest, interim
program coordinator of the Uni-
versity's Office of LGBT Affairs.
Because a great deal of energy
went into defeating the proposal,
to see the citizens of Michigan
"putting discrimination into the
constitution" was disheartening
and a major blow to the LGBT
community, Almquest said.
Despite the setback, Almquest
said she hopes the Pride Week's
events will help reinvigorate the
will of the community to contin-
ue its struggle for full equality.
More groups than usual are tak-
ing part in the organization of Pride
Week, which indicates a greater
turnout this year, Almquest said.
The groups involved this year
include the Hillel-sponsored
gay-rights organization Ahava,
MSA's LGBT commission, the
LGBT caucus of the Students of
Color of Rackham and several
other student organizations.
The week's events will cul-
minate in a rally on the Diag,
followed by a mass "Kiss-in"
where participants will kiss the
people around them. The Stone-
wall Democrats will also show a
documentary called "All About
Proposal 2."
Pride Week has its origins in

the 1960s, when it was common
in some areas for police to raid
bars and arrest people whom they
accused of homosexuality.
In June 1969 in New York City,
gay and lesbians for the first time
resisted arrest and threw rocks at
police, touching off a series of
riots called the Stonewall riots,
named after the Stonewall Inn, a
popular hangout where the riots
took place. As a result, during the
month of June, gay pride parades
are held all over the world in
remembrance of Stonewall.
The month was also desig-
nated by President Clinton as
Gay Pride Month. These events
are considered by many to be the
birth of the modern gay rights
movement.
Before this year, the groups
organizing the events have
described the week as a "Queer
Celebration."
The word "queer" has been
used as a derogatory term against
LGBT people, but recently there
has been a move in the commu-
nity to embrace the word to turn
it into common usage.
After a long deliberation, the
groups involved with organizing
Pride Week decided this year to
drop the word "queer" for fear of
marginalizing those in the com-
munity who still find the word
offensive, Almquest said.

Mayor John Hieftje meets with the City Council to listen to arguments regarding a proposed parking garage yesterday.

CITY
Continued from page 1
fringes of Ann Arbor and contribute to urban sprawl.
Despite the proposal, some Ann Arbor residents opposed
it at the City Council meeting. Many of whom said they were
worried that the new structures would occupy too much
space in the area of the proposed Greenway.
Residents also said they felt that smaller parking areas
would act as better parking areas than one large garage in
the park system.
"It basically comes down to their vision of the Greenway
(versus) the DDA's vision of the Greenway," said Mike For-
gacs, an architect who opposed DDA's plan on the grounds
that the new garage would severely disrupt an existing rain-
water diversion channel that runs below the site.

"The DDA plan does not represent good near- and
long-term planning and design," Forgacs said, adding that
building on top of the 80-year-old channel would limit its
capacity to drain water, leading to flooding. Instead of the
garage, Forgacs said smaller parking locations could be
created and existing structures modified.
But Beal said the drain was among the first consider-
ations when the proposal to build the garage was created.
DDA's plan would divert the drain out from underneath
the garage, and Beal said the group is actively discussing
how the drain should be updated if it is moved.
He added that everything DDA has proposed was done
in the consideration of the community's concerns.
The City Council is currently gathering proposals on
how the Greenway should be created, but will not make
a decision anytime soon. Beal said he would like to know

the council's verdict soon so that DDA does not waste time
and money on a plan that will not be implemented.
"It's the very beginning phase," Councilwoman Marcia
Higgins (D-Fourth Ward) said. "I know we have residents
that have been upset because there hasn't been a process, but
now is when this process begins."
Higgins said the council is occupied with preparing
next year's budget and dealing with a projected $3.2 mil-
lion shortfall. The council is going over the budget with a
"fine-toothed comb" to find a way of shrinking the short-
fall before they must approve it by May 31.
"We're embroiled in the budget," Higgins said. "I don't
know where we'll place that as a priority as we get into the
city budget."
Today the Ann Arbor District Library will host a town
hall meeting to discuss the Greenway at 7:00 p.m.

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