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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 3A

ON CAMPUS
Photographer
documents women
worldwide
The third installment in the Penny
W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors
Presentation Series will be held
tonight in the Michigan Theater at
5 p.m.
Photographer Paula Allen will
share her explorations of women
and their confrontations with vio-
lence and oppression.
Interim provost to
speak on Social
Security reform
A panel discussion featuring
Edward Gramlich, interim provost
at the University, will focus on the
topic of Social Security reform.
The discussion will be held at the
Alumni Center from 2 to 5 p.m.
Tulane professor
to discuss state
of New Orleans
Lawrence Powell, professor of his-
tory at Tulane University and a spe-
cialist on the history of the South,
will give a lecture on the present
state of New Orleans.
The event will be held from 4 p.m.
to 6 p.m. in Hutchins Hall.
CRI M
NOTES
Stamp collection
stolen from School
of Dentistry
A caller reported a book of col-
lectible stamps missing from the
School of Dentistry yesterday after-
noon, the Department of Public
Safety said.
A faculty member said the stamp
collection has been missing from
a filing cabinet for three to four
weeks. There are no suspects at this
time.
Art piece
vandalized in
Alice Lloyd
An act of malicious destruction
was reported in Alice Lloyd Resi-
dence Hall last night when an art
piece located in the dining hall was
vandalized, according to DPS.
The dining hall was locked when
the incident occurred. There are no
suspects at this time.
Men trespasses
in front of Helen
Newberry
Three men, unaffiliated with the
University, were found trespassing

in front of Helen Newberry Resi-
dence, DPS said.
An Ypsilanti warrant was pend-
ing for the arrest of one of the men.
Instead of arresting him, Ann Arbor
Police Department officers advised
him of his pending warrant.
All three received a verbal warn-
ing for trespassing.
THIS DAY
In Daily History
Bars to restrict
admittance of
minors
Sept. 29, 1983 - State Rep. Stanley
Stopcyznski (D-Detroit), chairman of the
state House Liquor Control committee,
said yesterday he is confident bars will
soon allow only those 21 and older into
their establishments.
State law presently states that individu-
als aged 18 to 20 years can enter a bar as
long as they don't drink. The proposed
change would require them to be accom-
panied by a parent or guardian.
Rep. Jelt Stietsem (D-Wyoming) pro-

Washtenaw plans blanket wireless by '07

County residents will receive free low-
speed wireless Internet access, indoor
and outdoor, with option to upgrade
By Jeremy Davidson
Daily Staff Reporter

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When Rich Sheridan and David Behen sat down to lunch dents wou
one afternoon last fall, they shared more than just a meal - while sittir
they shared a vision of total Internet coverage in Washtenaw This is 1
County. will offer
After mulling over the idea, they decided the best way would assets in c
be a wireless network. And so Washtenaw Wireless was born. can be use
"The purpose of pursuing this is to provide wireless Internet cations.
throughout Washtenaw County," said Sheridan, president and Washter
CEO of Menlo Innovations, a software applications developer. access be(
Wireless Washtenaw has spawned a collaborative project less comp
Former MSU
worker allegedly
stole from J-school
Ray Grill, who handled bookkeeping for
journalism school and Michigan Interscholastic Press
Association, charged with stealing at least $20,000

/asthenaw County and the private sector to establish
wireless access to the county. The network, which was
by the Board of Commissioners of Washtenaw Coun-
d to be up and running by the end of 2007.
roject) will put Washtenaw on the map as a techno-
novator," he added. Along with Behen, who is the
f information technology for Washtenaw County,
has taken a lead role in the project.
e project is put into effect, Washtenaw country resi-
ild be able to check e-mail in a park or surf the web
.ng in any cafe at no charge.
because the wireless company running the network
basic wireless service in exchange for access to
ities - such as tall buildings or light poles - that
d as mounting points for heavy wireless communi-
naw County will get free basic wireless Interent
cause it will offer mounting points for the wire-
panies, said Uma Harithsa, manager of applied

technology for Washtenaw County.
Customers who want to go beyond basic wireless can
upgrade through the wireless provider or subscribe to other
users, Harithsa said.
Ken Unterbrink, Lima Township supervisor, said one ben-
efit of the project is that it will be privately owned, allowing
for competition.
"Hopefully there will be more companies (to compete as
well), though it depends on who provides the best service and
price," Unterbrink said.
Washtenaw Wireless will act as a facilatator between the
county and wireless companies competing to run the network.
Eighteen companies have expressed interest in building and
devolping the network.
Behen said he was excited by the high response.
"The time has finally arrived for true government, business
and education partnership," Behen said.
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje was not available for com-
ment.

LANSING (AP) - A former
Michigan State University employ-
ee has been charged with embez-
zling tens of thousands of dollars
from the School of Journalism and
the Michigan Interscholastic Press
Association.
Raye Grill of Fowlerville is
charged with one count of stealing
at least $20,000 from MIPA, pun-
ishable by up to 10 years in prison,
and one count of stealing $1,000
to $20,000 from MSU's journal-
ism school, punishable by up to five
years.
Grill, an administrative assistant
who left the school in June, is free
on bond and will have a preliminary
hearing tomorrow.
She handled bookkeeping for the
journalism school and MIPA, which
the school sponsors.
"She's extremely concerned and
disheartened about the charges,"
her attorney, Tom Clement, told the
Lansing State Journal for a story
printed yesterday.
"But she's making every effort to
cooperate."
A man who answered the phone
at .Grill's listed number and iden-

tified himself as her husband said
they had no comment, The State
News reported yesterday.
Journalism school director Jane
Briggs-Bunting said the case is
"personally devastating" for the
school because (Grill) was a long-
term, trusted employee.
"It's a very sad and difficult time
for everyone," she said.
Briggs-Bunting said she sought
an internal audit in June after notic-
ing discrepancies.
She wouldn't say how much was
taken.
Safeguards have been added, she
said. An outside accountant now
handles MIPA accounts.
MIPA President Brian Wilson
said about $51,000 was stolen in
seven years.
He added that investigators could
go back only seven years, and that
the organization hopes to get some
of the money back.
He said members of the organiza-
tion, which serves junior high and
high school journalism teachers and
advisers, are disappointed.
"You hear a lot of, 'How could
someonedo this?"' he said.

MSU prof says
no evidence for
intelligent design'

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The
concept of "intelligent design" is a
form of creationism and is not based
on scientific method, a professor
testified yesterday in a trial over
whether the idea should be taught in
public schools.
Robert Pennock, a professor of
science and philosophy at Michigan
State University, testified on behalf
of families who sued the Dover Area
School District. He said supporters
of intelligent design don't offer evi-
dence to support their idea.
"As scientists go about their busi-
ness, they follow a method," Pen-
nock said. "Intelligent design wants
to reject that and so it doesn't really
fall within the purview of science."
Pennock said intelligent design
does not belong in a science class,
but added that it could possibly be
addressed in other types of courses.

In October 2004, the Dover school
board voted 6-3 to require teachers
to read a brief statement about intel-
ligent design to students before class-
es on evolution. The statement says
Darwin's theory is "not a fact" and
has inexplicable "gaps," and refers
students to an intelligent-design
textbook for more information.
Eight families are trying to have
intelligent design removed from
the curriculum, arguing that it vio-
lates the constitutional separation
of church and state. They say it pro-
motes the Bible's view of creation.
Proponents of intelligent design
argue that life on Earth was the
product of an unidentified intelli-
gent force, and that Charles Darwin's
theory of natural selection cannot
fully explain the origin of life or the
emergence of highly complex life
forms.

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