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16C - The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition 2006

Study hail
>> When do you study?
>> Where's your favorite place to study?
>> Best hidden study place?
- Drew Philp
Kari Sant
LSA junior
> Not too late, probably in the 5
p.m. to 10 p.m. range. After that I
play games.
> I'm a Union kind of person; they
have good background noise there.
> The (fine arts) library at Tappan
Street is a good place to studybecause
nobody knows about it. There's never
anyone there.
Erin Vanderveen
LSA freshman
> Always. Late at night, like 6
(p.m.) until 3.30 a.m. Don't like to do
anything between class.
>I live on North, so I study at Pier-
pont or Duderstadt. During the day I
study at the Grad. The Grad is the qui-
etest, and it's beautiful.
> Downstairs at the Duderstadt has
soundproof walls.
Jane An-
LSA senior
> Late at night, like (midnight).
I get my stuff during the day done,
have dinner and relax before I start.
> The School of Social Work is
a good place to study; it's relatively
empty and you can get your work
done. If I have really hard important
studying to do, I do it in the stacks.
> The Taubman Library is good,
though it's far from campus.
Ying Chan
LSA senior
> I wait 'til I have everything else
done. Things get in the way and you
have to settle in again so it's better to
have a block of time.
> Third floor science library at
the UGLi. The chairs are comfort-
able, so you can fall asleep if you
need a break.

Hall soccer
game breaks
sprinkler, floods
West Quad

By Leah Graboski
Daily Staff Reporter
Let this be a lesson on playing
soccer in dormitory hallways.
A sprinkler head was knocked
off by a soccer ball kicked by a
student on the second floor of
West Quadrangle Residence
Hall Wenley House at about 8
p.m. last night, triggering the
rest of the sprinkler system and
flooding the ground, first and
second floors.
Three resident advisors and
82 students were affected by
the flood. Some made their own
arrangements to stay with a
friend for the night, while oth-
ers were placed in the two dou-
ble rooms in Cambridge House
of West Quad that are available
year-round for emergency situa-
tions and still others in the nine
available rooms in the Michigan
League's hotel. Arrangements
were also made to send about
20 students to the Holiday Inn
Express hotel located near Bri-
arwood Mall.
"We have no idea how wet
our rooms are," Kinesiology
senior Alex Eversmeyer said.
Eversmeyer left his room, grab-
bing his wallet, phone and keys,
when the fire alarm went off.
He expected it to be a standard
drill, but he realized the sever-
ity of the situation when he saw
water dripping from his first-
floor window.
The flood "had a (large)
impact on a lot of people who
didn't ask to have their nights
disrupted in this way," Housing
spokesman Alan Levy said.
At least one student's comput-
er was destroyed. LSA freshman
Julio Dominguez's roommate
called him and delivered the
unfortunate news.
A catastrophe-recovery com-
pany arrived at the scene to
extract the water and mitigate

further damage.
The University will cover
the expenses of the hotel stays.
Levy said he has to wait for
the evaluation of the damages
before providing an estimate of
the total costs.
The University's Risk Man-
agement Office will file an
insurance claim for the Univer-
sity's property and the personal
property of residents. Usually,
the University does not cover
damage to personal property,
Levy said.
At the scene were the director
of housing, an associate director
of Housing, a head staff mem-
ber of Residential Education
and security personnel. The
West Quad building staff was
also involved in minimizing the
impact of the flood.
Until last night, housing
administration has had a "nice,
quiet year," Levy said.
Wensley residents will not be
able to return until the electri-
cians can do a safety check.
Dean of Students Susan
Eklund, who oversees assis-
tance in emergency situations,
has been notified and probably
will let professors know some
students may miss class or need
extra time to complete work.
"This is obviously not a ter-
rific time of the year for this to
happen," Levy said.
The new sprinkler system
was installed last summer in the
dorms as part of a $50-million
investment in fire and life-safe-
ty enhancements.
This is the second incident
with the new sprinkler systems.
The first incident occurred last
year in South Quad, also the
result of a resident "inappropri-
ately using a football or soccer
ball in the hallway," Levy said.
- This article originally
ran Apr. 11, 2006.

A janitor does damage control in the flooded second floor of Wenley House in
West Quadrangle Residential Hall.

Not
quite
burning
down
the
house

As part of the Residential Life
Initiatives approved by University
regents in fall,2004, West Quad-
rangle Residence Hall received
$12.2 million for renovation. The
goal was to improve the electri-
cal wiring systems, information
technology and the hall's fire pro-
tection.
Completed in summer 2005,
the upgrades included a fire bar-
rier between the Michigan Union
and West Quad (the two build-
ings are connected), as well as
a new addition: a residential hall
sprinkler system, which did not
previously exist.

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Dormitory
robberies
continue
in Bursley
By Rachel Kruer
Daily Staff Reporter
After being awoken by two bur-
glars in his Bursley Residence Hall
dormitory room, a 19-year-old Uni-
versity student chased down one of
the intruders to retrieve his laptop
computer early Monday morning,
the student said.
The incident was the latest in
a recent string of dormitory bur-
glaries.
The student said the sound
of one of the burglars trying to
unplug his laptop woke him up at
around 3:15 p.m.
He said he was able to catch
a glimpse of the suspects. He
described the suspect attempt-
ing to steal his laptop as 510,"
170 pounds, black, stubble on
his face, wearing a brown jacket
with dark jeans.
He described the second sus-
pect as 6'1," 180 lbs, black with
possible goatee and wearing a
long-sleeve, button-down white
shirt and blue jeans.
He said they were only a cou-
ple of feet from his bed.
"They were halfway between
my bed and the door," he said.
"They didn't bother me but were
just concerned with stealing my
computer."
According to the student, after
he got out of bed, one suspect fled,
while the other continued unplug-
ging cords from the laptop until it
was completely disconnected.
The student said he grabbed the
second suspect, who was carrying
his laptop and heading out of the
door. The suspect freed himself by
punching him twice in the face, the
student said.
"My adrenaline was going so I
didn't really feel anything. It also
didn't really hurt," he said.
Undeterred, he said he followed
the two suspects down the stairs

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY RODRIGO GAYA/Daily
University students suffered many thefts this past year, Including room
break-Ins at various residence halls.

and through an outside doorway.
Once-outside, the two suspects
split up, he said. Wearing no
shoes, the student followed the
suspect holding his laptop to a
wooded area.
The chase ended after about
two minutes of running when the
suspect tripped and fell, the stu-
dent said. The suspect fled, leav-
ing the laptop behind:
The student said he pursued
the suspect because of the value
of his laptop.
"I didn't want to get back at the
guy, I simply just wanted my laptop
back," he said. "I do all my home-
work on it, and it has many impor-
tant files."
He said he believes the door was
accidentally left open, because
there were no signs of forced entry,
and the door locks automatically.
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown
said this burglary was not an isolat-
ed incident. Prior to this incident,
there had been eight burglaries in

Baits, South Quad, and the North-
wood apartments in October.
Brown said that burglars stole
laptops, iPods, credit cards and
other personal items from those
three residence halls.
In all eight cases the tenants
failed to secure their houses either
by keeping a door ajar or forgetting
to put a bar down to lock a sliding
door or window, Brown said.
In many of these cases, students
were sleeping when the burglary
occurred.
She said all of the cases are still
under investigation and there are
no suspects at this time.
Brown stressed the importance
of students locking their doors and
computers.
"Most of these incidents could
have been avoided by merely tak-
ing a minute to follow common-
sense safety procedures," she said.
- This article originally
ran Nov. 2,2005.

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