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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 3A

" Prof to discuss
intelligent design
Philosophy Prof. Jamie Tappenden
will speak on intelligent design today at
6:30 p.m. in room 2271 of Angell Hall.
The event is sponsored by the Socratic
Club, a student group that facilitates
discussion on religious and philosophi-
cal issues without a particular religious
affiliation. Free pizza and drinks will be
Kellogg Foundation
director to speak
Tom Reis, director of the W.K. Kel-
logg Foundation, a philanthropic group
that partners with successful businesses,
will speak today on social enterprise as
a global trend. The event will take place
at 4:30 p.m. in room W0750 of Sam
Wyly Hall.
Frank Wu to offer
alternative take on
affirmative action
Frank Wu, dean of the Wayne State
University Law School, will speak on
what he describes as a new paradigm on
affirmative action today at 10 a.m. in the
Rackham Graduate School auditorium.
The lecture, titled "Toward a Diverse
Democracy: Affirmative Action and
Higher Education," is fourth in the
annual Nancy Cantor Distinguished
Lecture series.
Cigarette butt
" ignites trashcan
A smoldering cigarette butt dropped
into a trashcan in the Chemistry Building
caused the receptacle to catch fire Monday
at about 2 p.m., the Department of Public
Safety reported.
Bicycle thief
strikes Union
A 6-year-old silver Mongoose bicycle
was stolen from the bicycle racks outside
of the Michigan Union Monday at about 5
p.m., DPS reported. The bike had one flat
tire and had been locked to the rack since
March 29.
Thief sneaks into
student's room
while he sleeps
A thief snuck into a student's room in
East Quadrangle Residence Hall while he
was sleeping and stole his wallet Monday
at about 3:45 p.m., DPS reported. The vic-
tim had left his door ajar.
Man injured as he
tries to stop flood

West Quad
A maintenance staff member trying to
turn a pump to shut off the water flood-
ing West Quad last night at about 8 p.m.
was injured after he hit his mouth on
the pump and something cut him, DPS
reported. An ambulance arrived and
treated the man on the scene.

Continued from page 1
Kwon said the purpose of last
night's meeting was to educate peo-
ple about issues that affect not only
restaurant employees but patrons as
"We want to show the industry that
it is possible to be successful without
cutting corners," Kwon said. "If the
morale of workers is high, then the
product and service will be as well."
Kwon cited several examples of
places that treat their workers well,
like Zingerman's Deli,
Ann Arbor Brewing "We w-
Company and Zanzi-
bar. the in

"The point isn't to bully restau-
rants into anything," Fritz said. "It's
to help the workers."
Fritz also said she expects the
group will announce details regard-
ing poorly evaluated restaurants
when they are sure of the informa-
tion's accuracy.
Many student organizations and
activist groups currently engaged in
immigrant outreach - including
Students Organizing for Labor and
Economic Equality, the Graduate
Employees Organization and Migrant
and Immigrant Rights Awareness -

Paul Saginaw, co-
owner of Zingerman's , it is pC
said patrons' decisions
of where to eat need to succes
involve more than just c
convenience, because CULtfl
people behind the coun- If the;
ter may not be getting
fair treatment. worker
To the workers them-
selves, Saginaw had a then ti
more direct suggestion:
"If you want to protest, and se
come and work for me."b
To protect the restau- be as
rant workers involved
and because many more - Da(
interviews are needed,
group members said
they would not publicly
disclose a list of restau-
rants associated with worker dissatis-
faction or labor rights infractions.
LSA junior Brianna Fritz, a mem-
ber of the group, said although a
future boycott of local restaurants
is not out of the question, the group
views it as a last resort.


ant to show
dustry that
ssible to be
sful without
g corners.
morale of
rs is high,

have declared
their support
for the proj-
To boost
awareness of
and involve-
ment in the
project, group
have spent the
past 10 days
and collect-
ing signatures
of more than
1,000 stu-
of the proj-
ect said they
plan to reg-
ister with the

he product
rvice will
well ."
e Keun Andres Kwon
LSA junior

Student Assembly as a recognized
student organization. Over the next
few months and into the fall semes-
ter, the group also aims to obtain the
support of more restaurant owners
and expand research efforts to res-
taurants throughout the city.

Appeals court considers

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same-sex benefits case
p etitio n o rep e al . 'U' could be forced Giving benefits to domestic partners lic employers, said granting
that otherwise only spouses or children insurance in no way recogn
to stop providing could receive gives gay partners "spe- marital union.
u sin e ss ta x employee benefits for cial treatment" in violation of the con- She and an attorney repre
camp.. c X r n-ni C stitution, state assistant attorney general Democratic Gov. Jennifer Gr

nizes a

If passed, initiative
would eliminate Single
Business Tax, could hinder
education funding
LANSING (AP) - The Board of
State Canvassers yesterday approved
the form of a petition that would
repeal the Single Business Tax at the
end of 2007.
The petition is being pushed by
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks
Patterson, who wants to gather
enough signatures by May 31 to bring
the initiative to the Legislature.
Democratic Gov. Jennifer Gra-
nholm last month vetoed a bill that
would have eliminated the state's
main corporate tax at the end of
2007, about two years earlier than
now scheduled. She said she wanted
a plan to replace the nearly $2 billion
in lost revenue as part of any deal to
kill the tax.
If Patterson can get enough signa-
tures to bring the initiative petition to
lawmakers, it's likely the Republican-
led Legislature will pass it. Initiative
petitions do not go to the governor

If Patterson can get
enough signatures
to bring the
initiative petition to
lawmakers, it's likely
the Republican-led
legislature will pass it.
after lawmakers pass them, so Gra-
nholm would not be able to veto it if
it passes.
Patterson and many other Repub-
licans, including GOP gubernatorial
candidate Dick DeVos, have said the
state should do away with the Single
Business Tax because it's unlike any
other corporate tax in the country and
penalizes businesses that create jobs.
Granholm has said she doesn't like
the tax, either, but that the revenue
must be replaced to avoid unaccept-
able cuts to higher education, pris-
ons, public health programs and other
state-supported initiatives.

LANSING (AP) - The Michigan
Court of Appeals weighed yesterday
whether governments and public uni-
versities can provide health insurance
and other benefits to the partners of gay
employees without violating the state
Republican Attorney General Mike
Cox's office told a three-judge panel
that a 2004 voter-approved constitu-
tional amendment bars the City of Kal-
amazoo, the University of Michigan and
other public employers from continuing
to provide same-sex benefits in future

Eric Restuccia said.
"That's exactly what the amendment,
and the people of Michigan, are trying
to prevent," he said during oral argu-
The amendment made the union
between a man and a woman the only
agreement recognized as a marriage "or
similar union for any purpose." Those
six words have spurred a fight over ben-
efits for gay couples, who argue vot-
ers never intended to keep them from
receiving health insurance and other
Deborah LaBelle, an attorney for
21 gay couples who work for pub-

also argued that the ballot measure was
a response to the debate about same-sex
marriage - and whether to recognize
civil unions from other states - not any
disagreement over same-sex benefits.
An attorney for the University of
Michigan and Wayne State University
- which provide same-sex benefits
- said the schools would be at a com-
petitive disadvantage in recruiting and
retention if they couldn't provide the
In September, an Ingham County
judge r.uled in favor of the gay couples.
But the appeals court halted the ruling
until it could decide the issue.

In Daily


Indecent exposure:
a campus problem
April 12, 1988 - Two female students
were studying Friday afternoon when a
man exposed himself to them. He pro-
ceeded to lie down on the floor and mas-
turbate until the students ran from the
stacks, they said later.
It appears that the women are not the
only victims of indecent exposure on
Indecent exposure in University librar-
ies is fairly common, according to campus
safety officials, but rarely reported.
Since September, students have report-
ed more than 15 incidents of indecent
exposure, but security officials seldom
nah~bnAl thec'i n1P'S~r n~ff~n&-.m. 1 aru

All services held at First United
Methodist Church Ann Arbor
120 S. State St. (at Huron)
12:00 pm Rev, J. Douglas Paterson
from First United Methodist Church
12:30 pm Sister Catherine Morgan,
O.P, from St. Mary's Student Parish
1:00 pm Rev. Mark Roeda from
Campus Chapel (Christian Reformed)
Come for one service
or stay for all three
Cosponsored by St. Mary Student Parish, First
Baptist, First Congregational. First Presbyterian,
Lord of Light Lutheran, Campus Chapel (Christian
Reformed), the Wesley Foundation, and First
United Methodist Churches of Ann Arbor




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Frank Wu, Dean
Wayne State University Law School

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