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NEWS

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 3

ON CAMPUS
* Contra dancing
lessons to be
taught on Diag
Contra Dance at UM is inviting students
to discover contra dancing from noon to 1
p.m. on the Diag today. There will be live
music to accompany the dance instruc-
tion. There is no cost to participate.
Students of color
discuss study
abroad programs
Students of color will talk about their
educational experiences overseas through
the University's study- and research-
abroad programs at a discussion in Room
9 of the International Center from 3 to 6
p.m. this afternoon. Students will have the
opportunity to find about internship and
career opportunities with the U.S. State
Department and the Peace Corps.
Arts program to aid
finding internships
in New York
A mass meeting will be held for the
New York Arts Intern Program in the
Career Center - Room 3200 of the Stu-
dent Activities Building - from 5:30 to
6:30 p.m. Students can learn about secur-
ing an internship involving the arts in
New York.
CRIME
NOTES
Graffiti discovered
in Church Street
garage stairwell
Parking Services reported graf-
fiti in the northwest stairwell of the
Church Street carport early Mon-
day morning. The graffiti included
the message "Cops can't catch me."
.The graffiti was sprayed on the wall
sometime between Sept. 23 and 26,
according to the Department of Pub-
lic Safety. There are no suspects at
this time.
Cart with projector,
laptop stolen
from Dennison
The Dennison Building staff reported
the theft of a media cart that included a
laptop and a projector Monday afternoon.
The theft occurred in room 221 and the
value of the stolen objects is unknown.
DPS reports. DPS does not have any sus-
pects at this time.
Gunshot victim
arrives at UMHS
A gunshot victim was brought into
the University Hospital emergency
room late Monday evening. The victim

was transported from Annapolis Hospi-
tal, and the Inkster Police Department
made the initial report. DPS reports that
there are no security precautions for the
patient.
THIS DAY
In Daily History
Part dirt bike, part
10-speed mountain
bikes hit campus
Sept. 28, 1989 - Recently, the campus
has seen a rise in the popularity of new
bicycles called mountain bikes. Resem-
bling a dirt bike but bigger, mountain
bikes give students the durability and
comfort to travel between classes.
Mountain bikes are more appealing to
students because they are more comfort-
able than a regular 10-speed bike but, at
the same time, cost a lot less. LSA sopho-
more Paloma Preysley wanted a mountain
bike because of its comfort and straight
handlebars.
Mountain bikes have an average price
of $350, and most students look for a bike
in the $300 to $400 range. Serious bikers
can get customizable models that can cost
rn to $2000

Unknown illness prompts school evacuation

Jacqueline E. Howard
Daily Staff Reporter
Saline High School's halls will once again
be filled today - one day after five students
experienced dizziness and nausea and the school
evacuated its 1,800 students.
All five students fell ill sometime between 10
a.m. and noon. In response, the Pittsfield Town-
ship Department of Public Safety recommended
school administrators evacuate the school to
prevent other students from falling ill. Authori-
ties are still investigating the cause of the five
students' illness.
On top of the nausea, one of the students also
fainted in class, said Saline senior Anne Chu,
who was in class when her classmate fell ill.
The student has since regained consciousness.
At about 1:15 p.m. students and teachers were
evacuated to the athletic fields surrounding
the school, where parents of the students later
arrived to pick them up.
"Any time multiple people in a general area
fall ill, a red flag goes up," said Alan D'Agostino,
Pittsfield's deputy director of fire services. .
Four of the five sick students were sent to St.
Joseph Mercy Hospital with their parents, and
one was sent home, said Saline Area Schools
Superintendent Sam Sinicropi.
After the evacuation, a Huron Valley Ambu-
lance, the Pittsfield Township Fire Department
and Washtenaw County's Hazardous Materials
Response Team arrived on the scene but were
unable to determine the cause of the students'
illness.

"Any time multiple people
in a general area fall ill, a red
flag goes up.
- Alan D'Agostino
Pittsfield's deputy director of fire services
Sinicropi said all the classrooms were well-
ventilated and had their windows open, and none
of the students had prior chronic conditions.
He added that it was unknown whether food was
a factor because some of the students who fell ill
had already eaten lunch, while others had not.
"No one knows the probable cause of the ill-
nesses; that's why we have people investigating,"
he said.
D'Agostino said none of the responders
detected toxic levels of any type of gas within
the building.
All of the students that were sick were in science
classrooms - including chemistry labs that may
have contained potentially hazardous substances
- when they fell ill, but Sinicropi said they were
not in contact with any harmful material.
He added that because the anatomy and physi-
ology laboratory class had a substitute teacher
yesterday, the class was not conducting any
experiments or working with hazardous mate-
rials. D'Agostino said he thinks the class was
watching a movie.

AMY DRUMM/Daily
An empty classroom in Saline High School in Saline, Mich. after school officials told
students to evacuate.

Levin to vote to put Roberts on Supreme Court

Sen praises nominee's
tendency to modify his
ideology over time
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen.
Carl Levin said yesterday he would
vote to confirm John Roberts to the
Supreme Court, taking President
Bush's choice for chief justice at his
word that he would be open-minded
in shaping legal decisions that could
affect future generations.
Levin, (D-Detroit.), said his
review of Roberts's writings and
Senate testimony led him to believe
that the judge's views had evolved
since his days as a young lawyer in
the Reagan administration.
"To vote against Judge Roberts,
I would need to believe either that
he were an ideologue whose ideol-
ogy distorts his judgment and brings
into question his fairness and open-
mindedness, or that his policy values

were inconsistent with fundamental
principles of American law," Levin
said.
"I do not believe either to be case,
Judge Roberts has modified some of
his views over time, which I take as
evidence that he is not an ideologue,
and has not only a keen mind but a
mind open to argument," he said.
Levin said he met with Roberts
on Monday, asking the judge point-
blank whether he talked to Vice
President Dick Cheney and top
Bush administration officials before
his nomination about his views on
several constitutional , flashpoints,
including the powers of the presi-
dency, prayer in public places and
affirmative action.
"He looked me square in the eye
and said that they didn't take place,"
Levin said. "I must take Judge Rob-
erts at his word."
Levin said he realized his vote
would not likely change the outcome,

but it was a decision that could affect
the court for three decades.
Roberts is expected to easily win
confirmation this week. Levin is
the 17th Democrat to support Rob-
erts, joining all 55 Senate Republi-
cans. Judicial nominations require a
majority vote of the Senate.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, (D-Mich.),
who opposes Roberts's nomination,
said many senators were struggling
with the decision and reaching dif-
ferent conclusions.
"I think what we see is a con-
science vote on all sides and people
of good will making their own deci-
sions," Stabenow said.
Levin's decision also puts him at
odds with some party leaders in his
home state.
Mark Brewer, the Michigan
Democratic Party chairman, said
last week that Roberts' "evasive
testimony ... provide no assurance
that he will set aside his ideologi-

"I think what we see is conscience vote on
all sides, and people of good will making
their own decisions."~
- Debbie Stabenow
U.S. Sen. (D-Mich.)

cal agenda of the last 30 years and
become a chief justice dedicated to
protecting the rights of all Ameri-
cans."
In prior confirmation votes, Levin
has supported Ruth Bader Gins-
burg and Stephen Breyer - nomi-
nated by President Clinton - and
Antonin Scalia, who was chosen
by President Ronald Reagan. Levin
opposed the nominations of William
H. Rehnquist, Clarence Thomas and
Robert Bork.

Levin and Stabenow have opposed
some of Bush's judicial nominations
in the past, citing the treatment of
some of the Clinton nominees by
Senate Republicans.
Michigan Court of Appeals Judge
Helene White, who is married to
Levin's cousin, was kept on hold for
more than four years, longer than
any nominee in Senate history.
Her nomination to the sixth U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals was later
withdrawn.

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