The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 5, 2005 - 3A
* Choir groups give
holiday concert at
The University Choir and the Orpheus
Singers will present a holiday concert at
Hill Auditorium tonight at 8:00 p.m.
The School of Music is sponsoring the
free event, which features traditional
Christmas carols and a choral arrange-
ment by Bach.
to hold mass
meeting in. Union
The student-philanthropy group
Dance Marathon will hold a mass meet-
ing tonight in the Pond Room at the
Michigan Union from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
to recruit members for fundraising and
children's rehabilitation programs.
hosts expert on
University of Wisconsin prof. Libbie
Freed will discuss how the early 20th-
century French colonial empire in equa-
torial Africa used roads to shape lasting
socio-cultural ideas about space and
order. The event will be held from 4:00
p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the International
Institute Seminar Room.
A suspect was caught stealing a con-
struction barrel near South Quad Resi-
dence Hall morning around 3:30 a.m.,
according to the Department of Public
Safety. The barrel was returned and the
suspect was cited for an MIP.
Victim loses items
in laundry room
A caller reported an alleged larceny
in a laundry room in Couzens Resi-
dence Hall around 11:57 p.m. Friday
night, according to DPS. There are cur-
rently no suspects.
into East Quad,
* gets in fight
DPS responded to a call in East Quad-
rangle Sunday morning around 2:40
a.m., reporting a fight in progress. The
suspect was arrested and later released
for breaking and entering and assault.
Cell phone larceny
A victim lost a cell phone at Shap-
iro Undergraduate Library yesterday
around 1 p.m. There are currently no
In Daily History
Students fall into
Dec. 5, 1986 - The holidays are
coming and apparently students are
more likely to get drunk and depressed,
say University counselors.
Georgia Herold, a senior counselor
at Counseling Services, said because
Christmas is a time that speaks of close-
ness, togetherness and family, "People
are likely to be more depressed if they
are without family or friends."
And if students run out of money
and can't buy presents for their friends
and family, the depression just get
worse, Herold said.
Counseling Services receptionist
Pat King said during the holidays the
office starts getting busier.
Campus leaders urged to look beyond politics
Luncheon put on by American
Movement for Israel focuses on
By Ben Beckett
Daily Staff Reporter
Can't we all just get along?
For about two hours yesterday, Republican and
Democratic campus leaders and politicians tried
to do just that at a luncheon featuring speakers
who encouraged the audience to look past party
Joe Schwarz (R-Battle Creek), who is presi-
dent of the University's alumni association,
delivered the keynote address at the first annual
Campus Political Leadership Luncheon yes-
terday, which was co-sponsored by American
Movement for Israel, College Democrats and
During a question and answer session follow-
ing his speech on how to foster political coop-
eration, Schwarz was asked to explain why he
voted for the bill.
"I'd ask all of you to try to keep the lid on it for a
while. We're going to try to fix it. Keep the lid on it.
We're working on it," Schwarz responded.
But he did not say how he intended to salvage
Like Schwarz, most speakers at the event avoid-
ed politics, trying to stay in line with the focus on
fostering common ground between ideologically
Schwarz, a freshman representative who is con-
sidered a moderate Republican, spoke with regret
about the lack of bipartisan cooperation in Con-
gress. He blamed overly partisan congressional
leaders for impeding legislation and suppressing
"If you're arguing with leadership (too often)
you're going to get buried," Schwarz said.
Aside from the co-sponsoring organizations, stu-
dent groups such as Students for PIRGIM, LSA Stu-
dent Government, Michigan Student Assembly, the
Union of Progressive Zionists, Students Allied for
Freedom and Equality and others were represented.
Mayor John Hieftje (D-Ann Arbor), State
Rep. Chris Kolb (D-Ann Arbor), Ann Arbor City
Councilwoman Joan Lowenstein (D-Ward 2) and
Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith
(D-District 10) also spoke, urging the more than 100
students in attendance to view politics as a coopera-
tive means to solve problems, not as an inherently
They encouraged students to go into politics, but
not with expectations of glamour.
"Politics is not cool. Politics is mundane, tedious,
boring," Smith said.
LSA Student Government Budget Allocation Com-
mittee Chair Jason Benson appreciated the event.
"I came to hear some frank dialogue ... it was
great to hear the speakers. I would definitely come
again," Benson said.
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prevent them from bursting while the
landlord works to restore heat and run-
Despite the limited extent of the fire, the
AAFD estimates the structural damage
will cost $225,000 in a building valued at.
The damage to the contents of the
apartments is estimated at $35,000. The
financial blow comes just two weeks after
the landlord installed new carpeting as
part of $300,000 in improvements to the
Nam said while some affected students
are covered by their parents' homeowners
insurance, many are uninsured.
Eklund said a few students may need
financial aid to cover the cost of damaged
belongings and insurance fees.
The Washtenaw County Red Cross is
providing housing for all displaced students
in the Comfort Inn on Carpenter Road in
The Office of the Dean of Students also
has three apartments ready for affected
students in the Northwood family housing
complex on North Campus.
The fire came at a bad time for students,
many of whom are busy preparing for finals
or completing end-of-the-semester assign-
ments. The Office of the Dean of Students
is informing academic units of affected stu-
"It's up to the individual faculty member
to find the best way to work with the stu-
dent," Eklund said.
Eklund stressed that the emotional trau-
ma of the fire and the displacement is more
severe than the extent of the physical dam-
age to students' apartments and belong-
"Even if they can touch a book, are they
ready to work?" she said. "It still may set
people back by a day or two, even if the
damage is superficial."
Engineering senior Matt Carneghy, who
lives across the hall from where the blaze
originated, was displaced by the fire.
He said that although his property sus-
tained little damage, the fire is a major
inconvenience - he has finals this week
and must travel from the hotel southeast
of Central Campus to his classes on North
Landlords allowed students to retrieve
necessary belongings yesterday morning
and will permit them to enter their apart-
ments at certain times in the coming days.
The units will be locked the rest of the day
to prevent theft.
Steve Turlescki, general manager of
Atlanta Bread Company, said he saw fire
trucks pull up to the apartment building
across the street while he was sweeping
snow off the sidewalks in front of his
When the tenants were evacuated after
the second fire, Atlanta Bread became
the Red Cross's command center for
distributing needed supplies and mak-
ing arrangements for students' lodging.
Turlescki offered free coffee and cookies
to the displaced students, as well as cou-
pons for free lunches.
"You gotta take care of your neigh-
bors," he said.
Volunteers and students were thankful
for the restaurant's hospitality.
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"We're taking what the NAACP is tell-
ing us very seriously," he said.
Last Thursday, Daily editors held a
meeting with its cartoonists about the
way it portrays ethnic and racial groups.
A column from Pesick explaining the
Daily's actions will run on the front page
tomorrow. Wednesday's paper will carry
a report from the Daily's Multicultural
Commission, which set out in March to
examine the Daily's coverage of multicul-
tural issues on campus and its commit-
ment to diversity.
Part of the NAACP's concern with the
cartoon, Fair said, was the lack of inter-
pretation the Daily offered along with it.
"There areso many ways to interpret
the cartoon," she said.
Fair urged the Daily's cartoonists to
thoroughly research their opinions before
putting them into the paper.
"I personally cried when I saw it," Fair
Daily editorial cartoonist Michelle
Bien, who drew the controversial cartoon,
said that she did not intend to offend any-
one and that the cartoon was not a racist
attack on blacks.
"It was to show that there are still prob-
lems with affirmative action," she said.
"There was no attempt to single out black
Bien said she wanted to portray a variety
of races in the cartoon but did not know
how to draw certain other ethnic groups.
She said children in the cartoon with
dark faces were meant to represent many
minority groups and not just blacks.
Fair said the NAACP's grievances with
the Daily are not limited to the cartoon.
The group was also upset over an article
that failed to identify a suspect of a crime
as white. The article ran a week after
another article identified the race of a
suspect in a crime as black.
"The cartoon was just icing on the
cake," she said.
NAACP vice president Alex Moffett
would not comment on the issue and said
she will no longer be speaking to the
In fall 2002, multicultural student
groups boycotted the Daily, in part
because the paper was allegedly stereo-
typing minorities on campus. Allegations
included the chronic misspelling of names
of minority students in articles, misuse of
ethnic identifiers, as well as photos and
captions that negatively portrayed minor-
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Minutes after the clock struck noon,
Nicewander and Blose slowly walked
up the stairs of the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library, followed by their
bridesmaids. The audience, mostly the
students' family, friends and instruc-
tors, watched the couple and smiled.
RC freshman Chris Deeg played
the role of the pastor and pronounced
Nicewander and Blose wives, using a
traditional wedding sermon.
"May God bless you and keep you,"
Deeg said as he closed the ceremony. "I
present to you Holly Therese Nicewan-
der and Rebecka Marie Blose: wives."
Deeg purposefully included God
in his sermon, saying he wanted to
emphasize the equality that is valued
in this country and in Christianity.
Everyone should be able to get mar-
ried, he added.
RC sophomore Lindsey McCart-
ney, who was one of Nicewander's
bridesmaids, said she believes that
same-sex marriage would not stir as
large a political debate if not for the
"(Same-sex marriage) should be
legalized," she said, adding that many
objections to gay marriage are because
of religious beliefs. "This country is
Nicewander said that she doesn't
see any difference between hetero-
sexual marriages and gay marriages.
In both cases, people marry for love,
"I don't see why one is supported
and the other is not," she said.
Seeing the ceremony on the steps,
LSA senior Kyle Chase stopped on
his way into the library to observe the
He was intrigued. "Stopping was
an opportunity to look at them both in
the eye and smile," he said. "(It was a)
chance to love Holly and Rebecka in a
small but important way," even though
the situation was choreographed.
He also said that it was a coura-
geous act to make a statement in front
of everyone on the Diag, even though
he is a Christian and does not believe
homosexuality "is in compliance with
God's standard for holiness."
Despite his religious beliefs, he
questioned the government's role in
banning same-sex marriage.
"As a government institution, why
should marriage between homosexu-
als or heterosexuals be any differ-
ent?" he said.
"If the government can 'bless' het-
erosexual marriages, it should be able
to do the same for homosexual mar-
The class instructor, Hank Greens-
pan, said that he supported the students'
decision in presenting this issue.
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