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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - 3

League hosts
intro Pilates class
University Unions Arts & Programs
will be hosting an Introduction to
Pilates Class tonight in the Henderson
Room of the Michigan League.
The event will take place from 6 to
8 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a
large towel.
Rackham hosts
photo exhibit
An exhibition depicting the expan-
sion of Chinese cities under eco-
nomic and political changes there is
currently being shown in the Oster-
man Common Room at the Rackham
Graduate School.
The work of photographers An Ge,
Gu Zheng, Hu Yang, Li Lang, Luo
Yongjin, Lu Yuanmin, Miao Xiao-
chun and Zhu Hao is featured. The
exhibition was curated by Gu Zheng of
Fudan University and Lydia Liu of the
University of Michigan.
Gallery hours are Thursday and
Friday, noon to 8 p.m., and Monday
through Wednesday, by appointment.
The exhibition runs through Oct. 21.
Epidemiology dept
presents seminar
on adult health
The University's Department of
Epidemiology will be presenting a
seminar this afternoon from 3 to 4:30
p.m. in Auditorium 1 of the Henry F.
Vaughan Public Health Building.
Admission to the seminar, titled
"Healthy Lifestyles Among Adults in
9 the United States - Is there a prob-
lem? Why should we care? And what
should we do about it?" is free.
Caller suspects
ex-beau broke in
Yesterday morning a female caller
reported to the Department of Public
Safety that someone had broken into her
Northwood apartment and disturbed
her belongings. Though the suspect had
already fled the scene by the time the
caller had returned, she suspects that the
transgressor was her ex boyfriend.
Subject harassed
with calls, e-mail
Yesterday, a female subject in the lobby
of an undisclosed location reported to DPS
that a male subject was harassing her with
letters, e-mails and phone calls. The vic-
tim reported that she had told him to stop,
but that he had continued the behaviors
anyway. At the time of the report, the vic-
tim declined to file an official report to see
if she could resolve the issue on her own.
Caller reports
peeping tom
A caller reported seeing a suspi-

cious male subject on the 1200 block
of McIntyre last night, looking into
windows. The suspect was wearing
black clothes and a black ski mask
that partially covered his face.
In Daily History
Sex survey angers
students, RAs
Oct. 5, 1984 - A survey current-
ly circulating in residence halls that
asks about residents' sexual histo-
ries has some students and resident
advisors upset.
The survey, created by a subcom-
mittee of the Task Force on Sexual
Harassment, asks questions about stu-
dents' past and current sexual expe-
riences. It begins by asking students
if they have ever dated, held hands,
kissed or had sexual intercourse and
ends asking whether students were
been sexually molested as a child.
RAs were anxious about encounter-
ing students who actually had prob-
lems related to the survey. Marvin
Parnes, assistant director of residence

UP timber sale
raises concerns

over public
- One of the nation's largest corpo- "The goal m
rate timberland owners plans to buy to keep it ir
650,000 acres of forest in Michigan's
Upper Peninsula. ownership
Plum Creek Timber Co., based in the tax roll
Seattle, said it had agreed to acquire
the property from Escanaba Timber in producti
LLC, formerly MeadWestvaco, for
$345 million. The deal is expected to contributes
be concluded later this year, making economy.
Plum Creek the biggest private land-
owner in Michigan.
Meanwhile, another company -
International Paper - has put more Chief C
than 450,000 acres of Upper Penin- N
sula land up for sale.
The prospect of new ownership has
raised concerns about whether the for- development.
ests will remain open to the public for Garret Johnson
hunting, fishing and other recreation, officer for The Na
which generations of outdoor lovers Michigan, said th
have taken for granted. sider proposing a
"When a company from out of the for at least some
area buys it, there's no longer the com- land, which stret
munity goodwill factor that gives them tral and western 1
the incentive to keep public acdtss to "The goal woi
the best places," Marvin Roberson, a private ownersh
forest specialist with the Sierra Club, rolls, keep it in p

would be
a private
and on
S, keep it
on so it -
to the local

- Garret Johnson
onservation Officer
ature Conservancy
n, chief conservation
ature Conservancy in
he group would con-
similar arrangement
of the Plum. Creek
ches across the cen-
U. P.
Lld be to keep it in
ip and on the tax
production so it con-

House bill may quash telecom
competition, consumers say

LANSING (AP) - Groups rep-
resenting consumers, seniors and
small businesses have a message
for lawmakers rewriting Michigan's
telecommunications law: Don't for-
get about their traditional phone
Bills in the Legislature, as cur-
rently written, would effectively
end competition among providers of
basic land-line service, the groups
said yesterday.
"It's not only a step backward, it's
a step toward creating deregulated
monopolies," said Rick Gamber,
executive director of the Michigan
Consumer Federation.
Lawmakers are working on the
telecommunications law because it
expires at year's end.
The law currently requires pro-
viders to offer regulated rates in
monthly plans of 50 calls, 150 calls,
400 calls and an unlimited number
of calls.
A House bill would require tele-
communications companies to offer
a 100-call plan and a Senate bill
would require a 200-call plan, both
with prices approved by state regu-
Under the bills, all other plans and
services would be deregulated. That
would include other calling plans
and services available to residential
customers, such as call waiting, and
calling plans and services av'ailable
to businesses.
AARP Michigan President George
Rowan said seniors could be vulnera-
ble to price hikes on traditional phone
service if the legislation passes.
They're reluctant to give up their
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Republican lawmakers working on the
rewrite have said the legislation contains
plenty of protection for consumers

traditional service and can't afford to
buy phone service from cable com-
panies that package it with cable
television programs and high-speed
Internet access seniors often don't
need, Rowan said.
He urged lawmakers to require
at least a regulated 400-call plan.
Others at the news conference said
customers of SBC Communications
Inc. - the state's largest phone pro-
vider _ could be charged up to $25
more per month because SBC would
face little land-line competition
under the legislation.
But Republicans lawmakers
working on the rewrite have said
the legislation contains plenty of
protection for consumers.
Scott Stevenson, president of the
Telecommunications Association
of Michigan, said Tuesday the law
needs to be rewritten because its
members are facing competition
from unregulated companies offer-
ing wireless, cable and broadband
The association represents 36
"Don't let your
get ahead of
668 9329

telephone companies including SBC,
one of two phone companies - the
other is Verizon Communications
Inc. - that handle most telephone
service in Michigan.
Stevenson said association mem-
ber Lennon Telephone Co. west of
Flint has lost 21 percent of its land-
line business to wireless and VoIP
technology - or Voice over Internet
Protocol, which lets people make
calls for free over the Internet.
He disputed the contention that
rates would increase with more
deregulation and accused the groups
of making up their claims.
"The pressure on companies is to
lower their prices, not raise them,"
he said.

said yesterday.
Conservationists also worry that
ecologically sensitive tracts will be
chopped into small blocks and sold
for vacation homes and other develop-
ment, fragmenting wildlife habitat.
Spokeswoman Kathy Budinick said
Plum Creek would firm up its plans for
the Upper Peninsula land as the com-
plex transaction moves ahead this fall.
But she said the company, which
owns about 8 million acres nation-
wide, opens much of its land for pub-
lic recreation.
"It's a very common practice for
us," Budinick said.
In a statement Monday, Plum
Creek said it abides by the Sustain-
able Forestry Initiative, a set of tree
cultivating and harvesting standards
that the industry describes as encour-
aging environmentally friendly for-
est management.
Earlier this year, the state and The
Nature Conservancy struck a $57.9
million bargain with another corpo-
rate landowner to place 271,000 acres
of Upper Peninsula forestland in a
conservation easement.
The deal provides for continued
public access and sharply limits

tributes to the local economy," John-
son said. "But also keep it open for
hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and
other recreation, and keep it from
being fragmented."
Gov. Jennifer Granholm played
a key role in negotiating the earlier
conservation easement. Matt Johnson,
director 'of Granholm's U.P. office,
said she would talk soon with Rick
Holley, president and chief executive
officer of Plum Creek.
But it will be only a courtesy call
with no specific proposals about a
conservation easement, he said.
"The window is open for such dis-
cussions in the future," Johnson said.
The acquisition will bring Plum
Creek's holdings in northern Wiscon-
sin and the Upper Peninsula to 1.2
million acres.
The company said it would sell a
"significant portion" of the pulpwood
harvested from the land to the New-
Page Corp. mill in Escanaba, continu-
ing a long-standing arrangement.
"The addition of these well-man-
aged lands expands our participation
in attractive hardwood timber markets
and complements our current owner-
ship in the region," Holley said.

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