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The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 10, 2006 - 3A


Author to discuss
religion, morality
Students of Objectivism will host
Andrew Bernstein, author of "The
Capitalist Manifesto," today at 8 p.m.
in Auditorium D of Angell Hall. Bern-
stein will give a lecture titled "Religion
vs. Morality ." A question-and-answer
session will follow. The event is free.
Sudanese prof to
speak on Darfur
Hamid Eltgani, an economics profes-
sor at Texas State University, will speak
on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur
today at 7 p.m. in room 150 of Hutchins
Hall. Eltgani, who was born in Sudan,
will respond to questions on the magni-
tude of the conflict and lack of interna-
tional intervention.
Author to speak
on human rights
and environment in
West Bank
Anna Baltzer, author of "Witness in
Palestine: Journal of a Jewish American
Woman in the Occupied Territories,"
will share her personal account of her
travels in the West Bank today at 7 p.m.
in room 1040 of the Dana Building.
Baltzer has supported Palestinian and
Israeli nonviolent activism through the
International Women's Peace Service.
Racist graffiti
found on door
A vandal left racist graffiti on the door
of a room in Mary Markley Residence
Hall Saturday night, the Department of
Public Safety reported. Residents dis-
covered the markings at about 9:45 p.m.
and officers filed an incident report.
Students removed
from softball game .
Officers ordered six disorderly stu-
dents to leave the women's softball
game at the Alumni Softball Field Fri-
day at about 4:30 p.m, DPS said. The
students received a verbal warning.
* String of MIPs
hits campus
Officers cited a total of eight
minors for possession of alcohol
Saturday between 12:45 a.m. and
1:30 a.m, DPS reported. One of the
minors was transported to University
Hospital for treatment.
Painting of former
dean stolen from
music school

Sometime on Thursday or Friday,
thieves stole a painting of a former dean
from the Earl V. Moore Building of the
School of Music, DPS reported. Police
have no suspects.
In Daily History
Students protest
toxic bug spray
April 10, 1990 - Students bugged
by exterminators' intentions to use
two toxic chemicals to kill cockroach-
es in the Dana Building successfully
stopped the insect purge yesterday
via an early-morning protest.
Harry Morton, associate dean of
the School of Natural Resources,
called off the extermination at about
6 a.m. because of student outcry
over the planned use of Dursban and
Diazanon, pesticides that some sci-
entists say can cause harmful side
Although the chemicals are thought
to be less toxic than other similar
substances, their use can cause head-
aches, sweating, nausea, vomiting
and mce twitches said Ed Delha-

UWs lack
of diversity
Companies looking to recruit
minorities say they shy away from
Madison campus because of 10-percent
nonwhite enrollment rate
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The lack of diversity in the
University of Wisconsin-Madison student body makes
the school an increasingly disappointing campus at
which to seek talent, a growing number of corporate
recruiters are saying.
Companies frequently target students with diverse back-
grounds. But UW-Madison is one of the least diverse schools
in the Big Ten.
In 2005, only 10 percent of UW-Madison students iden-
tified themselves as black, Hispanic, American Indian or
Asian. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
that figure was 32 percent.
UW-Madison has a larger enrollment of Asians in its Col-
lege of Engineering, but less than 5 percent of the other stu-
dents there are minorities.
In recent years, Alcoa, General Motors Corp. and a divi-
sion of Proctor & Gamble Co. said the lack of diversity in the
school's College of Engineering is the reason they stopped
recruiting there. Proctor & Gamble has since resumed but
other corporations are threatening to look elsewhere unless
the university increases its minority enrollment.
One reason the university has few minorities is because
the state has few minorities.
State law mandates that 75 percent of UW-Madison under-
graduates must be state residents. But blacks and Hispanics
make up just 10 percent of the population.
The city of Milwaukee has a high minority population
but its public school system, with its high dropout rates
and low student performance, doesn't feed large num-
bers of graduates to Wisconsin's flagship university.

over 911
Detroit woman died
after operator ignored 6-
year-old's emergency call
DETROIT (AP) - A boy who
called 911 to report his mother had col-
lapsed and was told by an operator that
he shouldn't be playing on the phone
recounted the call yesterday on NBC's
"Today" weekend show.
By the time authorities arrived follow-
ing Robert Turner's calls on Feb. 20, his
mother Sherrill. Turner was dead. "She
thought I was playing on the phone,"
Robert, who turned 6 last month, said
of the operator.
Robert was joined on the show by
lawyer Geoffrey Fieger, who is best
known for defending assisted-suicide
.advocate Jack Kevorkian. Fieger plans
to file a wrongful death lawsuit today
against the city on behalf of the family
of Sherrill Turner, 46, of Detroit.
"This indicates an endemic prob-
lem," Fieger said. "There's a discount-
ing of children. Robert did exactly what
he was taught to do."
Fieger said Robert's mother, who had
an enlarged heart, would have survived
if help had been sent immediately.
After the interview, Fieger said
additional details would be released
Detroit police are investigating the
911 response.
In a statement Friday, Police Chief
Ella Bully-Cummings said it was
important not to rush to judgment and
she indicated she would have no further
comment "due to imminent or pending
A message was left yesterday with a
Detroit police spokesman seekingwcom-
After Turner collapsed in a bedroom
at her apartment, Robert placed two
calls to 911. In the first call about 6 p.m.,
Robert told an operator that his mother
had passed out, but an operator asked to
speak with an adult.
When he called back later about three
hours later, an operator told him: "You
shouldn't be playing on the phone."
The operator also told Robert to put
his mother on the on the phone "before I
send the police out there to knock on the
door, and you'll be in trouble."

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