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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 20, 2006 - 3A

S Experts to present
Native American
landscape study
Art History Prof. Stella Nair and
Spanish Prof. Gustavo Verdesio will
present part of their study on scholarly
conceptions of Native American cul-
tural landscapes in the Midwest today
from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Osterman
Common Room of Rackham. Admis-
sion is free.
Women's group
to hold equality
Women of Color in the Academy
Project, a group of faculty promoting
diversity in higher education, will hold
a workshop featuring Psychology Prof.
Laura Kohn-Woods. She will speak on
how to cope with racial inferiorization,
and Pyschology Prof. Cindy Winston
will talk about the psychology of suc-
cess in the lives of women. The free
event will take place in the Center for
the Education of Women at 330 E. Lib-
erty from 4 to 6 p.m.
Classical guitarist
to play at League
Alex Wand, a classical guitarist
and vocalist, will perform tonight at
Beanster's in the Michigan League.
The free event, part of the Union's Arts
and Programs's "Beats n' Eats," will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m.
* Markley's dining
services under
fraud investigation
A member of the staff at Mary Mark-
ley Residence Hall reported an incident
of payroll fraud in Markley dining ser-
vices Friday, the Department of Public
Safety said. DPS is still investigating
the embezzlement charge.
Student calls for
ambulance but
refuses ride
A female student at the Art and
Architecture Building who was suffer-
ing a panic attack or mental breakdown
requested an ambulance Friday at about
1:30 p.m, DPS reported. When the
ambulance arrived, the student refused
transport to the hospital.
Laptop stolen while
owner is away
A laptop was stolen in the Art and
Architecture Building Friday at about
7 p.m, DPS reported. The owner left
the laptop unattended at 6:55 p.m. and
returned at 7:05 p.m. to find it missing.

Police have no suspects.

Protesters mark three years of Iraq war

0 More than 1,000 take to
Ann Arbor streets to rally
against Bush, war, spying
By Andrew Grossman
Daily Staff Reporter
From 99-year-old World War II veteran
Frank Freedman all the way down to babies
in strollers, protesters of all ages gathered in
Ann Arbor to protest the war in Iraq on its third
anniversary yesterday. But student turnout was
surprisingly weak, given that the city is home
to about 40,000 college students.
Bundled up against a cold March wind, a
group of about 1,000 people listened to antiwar
speeches, music and slam poetry on the Diag.
Michigan Peaceworks, which co-sponsored
the event, was taking mug shots of the protest-
ers in response to recent revelations that the
FBI and other law enforcement organizations
investigated antiwar groups. The group plans
to deliver the photographs to the Department
of Homeland Security to "ease the workload of
NSA employees engrossed in eavesdropping,"
the group said in an apparently tounge-in-cheek
After the rally, attendees marched to Main
Street before returning to the Diag and dispers-
Veterans for Peace and the University's Col-
lege Democrats also co-sponsored the rally and
march, which at one point stretched down East
William Street for six blocks.
As the marchers made their way through
Ann Arbor, they chanted anti-war slogans, beat
drums made from buckets and carried signs say-
ing "Impeach Bush," "Peace Now" and "Spon-

drumming of the passing marchers.
"There aren't many students," said Devine,
clad in a T-shirt and pajama pants.
Still, the size of the march impressed East
William Street residents, who photographed
the procession with their cell phones.
LSA sophomore Jennifer Rothstein was also
surprised that students made up just a small
proportion of the protesters.
"Maybe they are against it, but they just don't
feel that passionately against it to come out and
protest," said Rothstein, who did not participate
in the rally, but said she opposes the war.
Event organizer Hannah Fishman, an LSA
sophomore and next year's secretary of the
College Democrats, disagreed, arguing that
students played an important role in the pro-
"I'm proud of the student turnout that we
got," Fishman said. "This is a much younger
crowd than we've had in the past."
Some students who saw the march agreed
with its message, but questioned its effective-
RC senior Tara Smith is against the war, but
she did not participate in the rally.
"It's sad, because whenever they have protest
marches in Ann Arbor, it's just preaching to
the choir," Smith said. "At this point, the mes-
sage has to be a bit more complicated that just
'Impeach Bush.' "
A lack of student involvement did not bother
Freedman, who was one of the oldest men to
enlist in the American armed forces in World
War II.
"I'm here because I'm against war," Freed-
man said. "I've seen 100 years of it. War only
begets war."


Protesters march past Angell Hall yesterday on the third anniversary of the war in Iraq.

taneous Presidential Combustion. Believe!"
People stopped and watched. Some applaud-
ed and waved, while others stared in silence. A
few even joined the march.
Ann Arbor's protest was one of many around
the world this weekend. On Saturday, over
1,000 people gathered in New York City's
Times Square, while 7,000 marched in Chicago
to protest the war. But despite increased pub-
lic opposition and an escalation of the conflict,
protest turnout in Australia, Asia and Europe
failed to meet expectations. Fifteen-thousand
people marched through London this year,
while 45,000 attended similar events on last

year's anniversary.
With face-painting for children and perfor-
mances by local bands, the Ann Arbor crowd
seemed largely upbeat and excited. But at times
the mood was decidedly somber, such as during
City Council Member and mayoral candidate
Wendy Woods' (D-Ward 5)'s speech about the
sacrifices of Michigan troops.
Despite the diversity and size of the crowd,
many observers remarked on the relatively
weak student presence.
LSA sophomores Jason Davila and Matt
Devine came out of their house on East Wil-
liam Street when they heard the chanting and

to up rent
If passed tonight,
ordinance would push
most lease signing to Dec.
By Anrow Grossnmn
Daily StaffReporter
City Council could make the fall hous-
ing rush a thing of the past tonight if it
passes an ordinance designed to delay lease
The ordinance, modeled after a law in
Madison, Wisc., would prohibit landlords
from showing houses to prospective ten-
ants until after one-fourth of the lease
period, keep prospective tenants from sign-
ing a lease until a month later, and stipulate
that a landlord must show a property before
leasing it.
Currently, many students sign leases
for the next year in October - 11 months
before the leases begin. Many students com-
plain that they feel pressured to sign leases
before they are familiar with the campus or
know who they want to live with.
The Council is poised to pass the mea-
sure with a few minor changes, Council
member Leigh Greden (D-Ward 3) said.
The ordinance is considered to be one of
the Council's most student-friendly resolu-
tions in recent memory.
Many landlords oppose the law, arguing
students create the fall housing rush.
Some landlords have said the law may
result in higher rent rates if enacted.
"It could create a big rush and landlords
can take advantage of that and raise all the
rents," Brandon Farelli of Prime Student
Housing said.
But Madison City Council member Aus-
tin King said the ordinance lowered rates in
"Pushing back the date individuals
sign the leases is one of the best ways to
lower rent because it increases competition
among landlords," he said.
Madison rents have stagnated and even
declined in some cases, King said. But
he attributed some of the lower rates to a
downtown building boom.
Urban Planning Prof. Lan Deng said if
it is passed, most of the ordinance's effects
would be temporary and would not affect
the number of rental units or number of
student renters.
Greden also disagreed with the land-
lords' assessment.
"I think this will have a minimal to zero
impact on rents, he said.
King, a three-year veteran on Madison's
council, advised the University's student
government to launch a campaign to
inform students of the benefits of later lease
signing in order to maximize the effects of
the proposed ordinance.
"You can't just legislate your way out of
this one," he said. "Landlords try to create
a rush. To the degree that potential renters
buy into that, they're hurting themselves."

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Senator: Women
I need to speak up
March 20, 1983 - State Sen. Lana
Pollack spoke to a mostly female crowd
of more than 300 yesterday at the sev-
enth annual Women's Career Fair. Dis-
cussion topics included how women can
seek equal treatment in a male-domi-
nant society.
Pollack said the disparities in male
and female income are highly unaccept-
able and should be fought. She added
that women must assert themselves.
"We need to help girls become
comfortable with competition," said
Pollock, who graduated from the Uni-
versity with a master's degree in educa-
tion in 1970.
Pollock, who said that her career as
a politician has played an important
role in her life since she was elected
last November, noted she is sometimes
referred to as "the young lady who
went to Lansing." Though she said her
personal experience has not involved
much gender discrimination, she

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