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N EW S The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 3A

ON CAMPUS
Hillel students to
play whirly ball
The University chapter of Hillel, along
with the Jewish Law Students Associa-
tion and the Muslim Law Students Asso-
ciation, is sponsoring a whirly ball game
today at 7:30 pm. Participants will meet
at the Law School at 7:00 pm. and then go
to Whirly Ball of Ann Arbor on Phoenix
Drive. The fee will be no more than $10,
but will depend on attendance. Whirly
ball is a game similar to basketball played
in bumper cars.
League to host
festival of films
from music school
The School of Music will show several
short music-themed films in the Michi-
gan League Underground today at 8 p.m.
The event will also showcase live perfor-
mances from students in the Performing
Arts and Technology Program. Admis-
sion is free and open to the public.
Church to host
sacred music group
Peter Phillips will conduct the Tal-
lis Scholars at a concert today at 8
p.m. at the St. Francis of Assisi Catho-
lic Church on East Stadium Boule-
vard. The Tallis Scholars are counted
among the most prominent performers
of Renaissance sacred music.
CRIME
NOTES
Extinguisher vandal
sets off fire alarm
in Angell Hall
A suspect tampered with and discharged
fire extinguishers in Angell Hall yesterday
at about 12:30 pm., the Department of
Public Safety reported. The fire alarm was
triggered and the building was evacuated.
DPS currently has no suspects.
Dorm smuggler
busted with booze
A South Quad Residence Hall resident
was caught trying to smuggle alcohol
into the building Tuesday at about 10
p.m., DPS reported. The student was
given an MIP.
Camera swiped
from locked room
A $600 Canon digital camera was
stolen from a locked room in the Chrys-
ler Center Tuesday at about 2 p.m. Police
have no suspects, DPS reported.
THIS DAY
In Daily History
Council contenders

take on student
issues
March 30, 1977 - The race for the
student-dominated Second Ward is
heating up over the issues of housing
and road repair. With City Council elec-
tions less than a week away, the candi-
dates are taking firm stances.
Leslie Morris, the Democratic candi-
date, favors stricter housing standards,
while both Allen Reiner, the Republican
candidate, and James Greenshields, the
Libertarian, favor easing some housing
laws in order to increase the number of
available units.
Morris suggested the city hire more
inspectors to enforce the housing code
and crack down on violators.
Morris said the city also needs to pro-
vide more parking spaces in student-occu-
pied housing areas.
"I think it's just been unrealistic to
assume that people who live close to cam-
pus don't own cars," she said.
Reiner, a financial consultant,
said the city's housing woes present
a problem of supply and demand.
"Unless we have more units going up
and more housing available, the rent
is going to go up," he said.
In order to provide more low-cost hous-
ing for students, Reiner suggests relaxing
the city's housing code so that landlords
would be able to rent dwellings that might

Fuel-use laws to
save billions of
gallons of gas

Government tightens
mileage rules for SUVs,
light pickups
BALTIMORE (AP) - The gov-
ernment set tighter gas mileage rules
yesterday for pickups and sport utility
vehicles, including bulky SUVs like the
Hummer H2 and Chevrolet Suburban,
responding to rising concern about the
supply and cost of energy from abroad.
The new fuel economy rules, cover-
ing 2008 through 2011, would save 10.7
billion gallons of fuel over the lifetime
of the vehicles sold during that period,
and take a more aggressive stance than
an administration proposal issued last
summer, officials said.
"The new standards represent the
most ambitious fuel economy goals for
light trucks ever developed in the pro-
gram's 27-year history," said Transpor-
tation Secretary Norman Mineta.
The new regulations followed Pres-
ident Bush's declaration in January
that the U.S. is "addicted to oil," and
his call for a 75-percent reduction in
Mideast oil imports by 2025. Manu-
facturers will begin implementing
the rules as average gas prices exceed
$2.50 a gallon and many consumers
are seeking more fuel-efficient vehi-
cles such as hybrids and flexible-fuel
pickups and SUVs.
U.S. automakers, notably General
Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co.,
have struggled in recent months, outlin-
ing plans to reduce their work force as

they deal with shrinking market share,
higher costs for labor and raw materi-
als and intense competition from Asian
competitors.
Mineta said the plan was "pragmat-
ic" and devised with jobs and costs in
mind, along with the benefits of con-
serving fuel. Automakers will need to
closely scrutinize their product lineup to
meet the standards, which are the most
sweeping to the Corporate Average Fuel
Economy system in three decades.
"This is challenging and it won't be
easy to meet these standards but manu-
facturers are committed to being a part
of the solution," said Charles Territo, a
spokesman for the Alliance of Automo-
bile Manufacturers.
The rule would include SUVs weigh-
ing 8,500 to 10,000 pounds for the
first time starting in 2011, but would
not include large pickup trucks in the
weight class. Vehicles likely to be
affected include the Hummer H2, Chev-
rolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL and
the Ford Expedition EL, scheduled to
be released this summer. DOT officials
said they would require manufacturers
to install fuel-saving technology on all
passenger trucks.
Environmental groups found the
plan disappointing after lobbying
for months for higher gas-mileage
requirements and the inclusion of
the largest pickup trucks and SUVs.
Eric Haxthausen, an economist with
Environmental Defense, compared
it to "slowing down the Titanic as it
steams ahead toward the iceberg."

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A modern version of
Sophocles' Antigone
by Irish poet
Seamus Heaney

UM School of Music
Dept. ofTheatre & Drarna
Directed by Malcolm'Tulip
Music by Stephen Rush
Mar. 30 - April 9
'Trueblood 'Theatre
Tickets $16
Students $9 with ID
League Ticket Office
734-764-2538

ATTENTION<
CAMP CUSEOS
Cobblestone Farm
Spring/Summer Day Camps
Spring Session: April 17 - 21
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