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Shell Oil to host
mock pit stop
Shell Oil Company is hosting "The
Shell Pit Stop Challenge" today from
11 a.m. to 4 p.m in the James Duder-
stadt Center on North Campus.
Students will be able to compete in
teams in changing a tire on a Shell-
sponsored Formula One Ferrari racing
car. Shell representatives will also be on
hand to answer questions and give infor-
mation about the recruiting program for
students interested in technical, science
and business degrees.
For more information contact Habiba
Ewing at (713) 241-4654.
UROP to display
The Undergraduate Research Oppor-
tunity Program is sponsoring the 17th
Annual UROP Spring Symposium today
at 4:30 p.m. in the Michigan League.
The symposium will feature more
than 600 posters displaying research
done by current UROP students over
the 2004-05 year.
Prized pianist to
The University Musical Society is
sponsoring a performance by composer
and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Sol-
zhenitdyn will perform with the Cham-
ber Orchestra of Philadelphia tonight at
8 p.m. in Hill Auditorium. Ticket prices
range from $10 to $56 and can be pur-
chased at www.ums.org.
reporter, kicks out
patrol car window
A homeless man was arrested Monday
night after attacking a newspaper reporter,
arguing with police and kicking out the
window of a patrol car, according to the
Ann Arbor Police Department.
The 44-year-old reporter from Tole-
do, Ohio, was eating an ice cream cone
at about 7:30 p.m. on the 300 block of
South Division Street when the home-
less man walked by and bumped him.
The victim said the homeless man then
began to punch him.
Police said the homeless man fought
with them when they arrived, claiming
the reporter provoked him. When the per-
petrator was subdued, he was placed in the
patrol car where he kicked out a window.
The man could be charged with
assault, resisting arrest and malicious
destruction of property.
from snack bar
A caller reported that $260 was
taken from the snack bar in the South
Quad Residence Hall, according to
,the Department of Public Safety.
V Although there are no suspects, the
money was stolen sometime between
Saturday and Monday.
In Daily History
drug to prevent
cancer in animals
April 13, 1982 - The Food and Drug
Administration gave its approval to the
anti-cancer drug tricyclic nucleoside
phosphate this past week. For 13 years,
University medicinal chemistry Prof.
Leroy Townsend refined the drug and
proved it to be very effective against
certain cancers in animals.
Despite earning approvalfrom the FDA,
it was not known how tricyclic nucleoside
phosphate worked. However, "two of the
most common anti-cancer drugs were
developed in the 1950s," Townsend said.
"And there's still a raging controversy 30
years later about how they act."
Approval from the FDA gave the
National Cancer Institute, which coor-
dinated the tests, the ability to start
testing the drug on humans. These
tests would determine which types of
human cancer, if any, the drug would
be most effective against.
Toyota plans to build new facility near A2
The deal is expected to add
about 700 new jobs., and the state
will receive $60 million in tax
revenues over the next 20 years
(AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. has signed an $11 mil-
lion deal to buy 690 acres from the state for a research
and development center that is expected to add 400
new jobs, the automaker said yesterday.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Toyota vice president
Akihiko Saito announced the agreement at the Toyota
Technical Center in Ann Arbor, which is Toyota's
North American research and development center.
The new facility will be located nearby in Washtenaw
County's York Township.
Toyota officials said they hope to close the deal and
begin building the facility next spring. They expect
the $150 million facility will employ 400 people by
2010. Granholm said it will create about 300 indirect
Michigan gave Toyota a single business tax credit
worth $38.9 million over the next 20 years as an incen-
tive, Granholm said. The state will get a net gain of
$60 million in tax revenues from Toyota in that time,
she said. Kentucky was among the states vying for the
facility, she said.
"For me as governor of the state of Michi-
gan, the greatest return on our investment are
the 700 jobs, good jobs, high-paying jobs, that
will be created by this investment," Granholm
said. The state estimates the Toyota employees
will make an average of $1,588 a week.
The state also gave Toyota an adjacent, 10-
acre parcel for $1 on the condition that Toyo-
ta will make the property into a public park,
according to the state Department of Manage-
ment and Budget.
Granholm said Toyota's decision to build
the center in Michigan reinforces the state's
position as a leader in automotive research and
development. Granholm said the state has 200
automotive research and development facilities
that employ 65,000 people.
"It sends a strong signal that Michigan is
open for business from across the globe," Gra-
Saito said the Toyota Technical Center, which
employs 700 people, is outgrowing its Ann Arbor
campus. The facility, which opened in the early
1990s, develops vehicles built for the North Ameri-
can market, such as the Avalon and Camry sedans.
Yasuhiko Ichihashi, president of Toyota Technical
Center USA Inc., said Michigan was the best place for
the company to expand. He also said the site, which
used to house the Ypsilanti Regional Psychiatric Hos-
pital, is large enough for Toyota to expand.
Granholm and state lawmakers conveyed the site
to Toyota in September. An Oakland County devel-
oper, DPG-York LLC, sued, saying it outbid Toyota
for the land. DPG-York had offered $25 million.
The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the
state's action in February, saying the state had a
right to consider other factors besides the price
offered, including whether use of the property
would attract skilled jobs.
DPG-York attorney Stephen McKenney ques-
tioned yesterday's announcement, saying the legal
case isn't over because DPG-York has appealed to
the Michigan Supreme Court.
"The governor's announcement is far more
political than it is legal," attorney Stephen McK-
But Granholm said she is confident because
the Court of Appeals has upheld the deal. Toyota
Technical Center general manager Bruce Brown-
lee said Toyota also believes the agreement will
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Mid-
land-based think tank that supports free market
policies, criticized the Toyota tax credit and oth-
ers like it in a report yesterday.
The center said that over the last 10 years,
the state has said such tax credits would create
35,821 jobs, but they have produced only 13,541.
The center said Michigan would be better served
by broad tax, regulatory and education reforms
rather than targeted tax credits.
f But Department of Management and Budget
Director Mitch Irwin called the Toyota deal "a
model partnership between government and pri-
"Our collective success will yield benefits for a
generation to come: new jobs, a stronger tax base
and a park for all to enjoy," Irwin said.
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these changes, many students still feel
that the night and weekend service is
"If it's as much a problem next year
as this year, they should implement a
change," Beyer said.
She added that an "I think it
express shuttle from
Bursley Residence students'
Hall would be a
good idea. all want t
that students have at the sar
voiced is overcrowd-
ing at the Bursley bus for a 10:0
stop in the morning. h ey wer
Lehnan said he
catches the bus at Baits a half hoi
II, rather than trying
to fight the crowd at they wou
Bursley. He added '
that he almost missed have a pr
some of his classes at
the beginning of the
semester because he
was unable to get on a
bus in the morning.
The new University
buses seat 32 to 39 people - depend-
ing on the seat arrangement - and can
hold a total of 80 passengers, but some
bus drivers still reach maximum capacity
and are forced to leave students behind at
Bursley, said bus driver Karl Myers.
"I think it's the students' fault. They
all want to leave at the same time for a
10:00 class. If they were to leave a half
hour earlier, they wouldn't have a prob-
lem," Myers said.
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views," she added.
With this stronger identity, the
government should then use this new
identity to guide its policies since
they would be acting in the interest
of the people, she said.
At the same time, the political
leadership of Pakistan also needs to
envisage a new future for the country
as the current direction of the coun-
Myers said it is not uncommon to
leave anywhere from 20 to 50 students
at the Bursley bus stop around 9:30 in
But because classes start on either the
hour or the half-hour, most students need
transportation around the same time.
LSA freshman Marina Abayev said
)0 class. If
e to leave
- Karl Myers
she has learned
to beat the crowd
by leaving either
before 9:45 or
exactly at 10:00.
those 15 minutes
are insane. There
are crowds of
people, and it's
that while some
of the problem
could be avoided
by better planning
on the students'
behalf, it is unrea-
sonable to assume
that everyone will
get to his classes a
half hour early.
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Caleb Weiner, a Law student and
assistant to Reingold, said he empathiz-
es with the plaintiffs.
"If you hear the story and have any
sympathy for prisoners' rights, it seems
as though these (prisoners) are being
treated unfairly," he said.
Sullivan said the Parole Board's
refusal to review the cases of "lifers" is
detrimental to their rehabilitation. The
complaint cites a number of instances
in which parole was denied to "lifers"
with admirable behavior records in
But Leo LaLonde, spokesman for
the Michigan Department of Correc-
tions, said parole is not being denied
to all prisoners serving parolable life
"Last year, 12 parolable life-sentence
prisoners got parole, but some people
think that's not enough," he said.
LaLonde said the Parole Board is
justified in being tough in its decisions.
"Those judges could have given
those prisoners a fixed term - 15, 25
years - but they didn't. They chose
to give them life," he said. "Thirteen,
14 years later, our Parole Board looks
to the order from the judge and it says
life," he added.
Sullivan said the Parole Board should
at least examine the specific cases of
"Some people should be paroled,
others should not," he said. "If you
kill someone and you don't do well
in prison, you shouldn't be paroled. If
you rehabilitate yourself, you should be
reviewed for parole."
Weiner agreed that the plaintiffs
deserve to have their cases reviewed by
the Parole Board.
"(The complaint is) trying to get the
treatment that the plaintiffs expected,"
he said. "It wouldn't guarantee that each
of them would be released, but it would
give some of them an opportunity to get
Weiner worked specifically on the
research for the motion for class certi-
fication, a distinction which, if the Law
School team is successful, would make
a decision on the complaint apply to all
parolable life-sentence prisoners who
were sentenced prior to 1992 - not
only the seven plaintiffs.
But Weiner said that even if the
class action were not approved, this
case could still be helpful for those
"Even if a class isn't certified, other
individuals situated similarly to the
plaintiffs would likely benefit from
a legal victory, because it would set
a precedent, and the (Parole Board)
would know that if it didn't change its
course of action, more lawsuits would
be on the way," Weiner said.
Levy emphasized that University
Transportation-had shown it was its high-
est priority to do whatever it can to facili-
tate getting students to and from their
LSA freshman Nick Sherman, a resident
of Bursley, said that trying to get on the bus
around 8:30 a.m. is not really a problem,
and while he might not be able to fit on one
bus due to overcrowding, he doesn't have a
problem getting on another one.
try has amounted to little progress,
"Today there are a few questions
we need to ask ourselves. Today, we
need to revise our mission," she said.
LSA junior Taha Qazi agreed with
Siddiqa's views, saying the Pakistani
government needs to incorporate the
interests of the Pakistani people by
decentralizing national authority.
"Once they decentralize the
authority, it will allow the economy
to grow," he said.
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vanilla, strawberry, banana and even
fresh mint. Hiller's Market donated
vegetables, which were used to dem-
Students from the HIV/AIDS
Resource Center were also present
as part of their semester project.
Their booth distributed informa-
tional pamphlets ,about HIV, AIDS
and support groups for people cop-
ing with HIV or AIDS.
Throughout the Diag, students
walked from booth to booth, read-
ing pamphlets, chatting with booth
hosts and taking the free samples.
The fair also featured safe sex
trivia games, demonstrations and
informational packets - all free
for students. At the beginning of
the fair, student groups handed out
written prescriptions for emergency
contraception - drugs that other-
wise can be difficult or embarrass-
ing to obtain.
Rueble said Students for Choice
invited 20 to 25 groups to set up
booths around the Diag, and the
turnout was great. She added that
Students for Choice plans to hold
the fair every year to spread safe sex
awareness to all students.
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