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Thursday, October 12, 2006



News 2A Yankees pitcher
dies in plane crash
Opinion 4A Zbrozek: Knowledge
economy ineffective
for middle class
Arts 8A Back off the
horse: Spikers
fall to Spartans

One-hundred-sixteen years of editorialfreedom

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Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVII, No. 28

@2006 The Michigan Daily



Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler during the band's performance at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Auburn Hills last night.
'Ford cant attend dedication

Alcohol violations up
45 percent since 2004, 70
percent since 2003
By Drew Philp
Daily Staff Reporter
Campus crime is on the rise.
Last year, with the exception of
aggravated assault, crimes on Uni-
versity property in all categories
increased, according to the annu-
al report released recently by the
Department of Public Safety.
Although the number of alcohol-
related violations DPS handled has
gone down 12 percent since 2004, the
number reported by residence hall
advisors and housing security has
more than douhled.
Last year, DPS and non-police offi-
cers handled 533 alcohol violations,
up 45 percent since 2004 and 70 per-
cent since 2003.
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown
said she does not have a reason to
believe there is an increased crack-
down on alcohol in the residence
halls and across campus.
"(Unruly behavior involving alco-
hol) is happening moreso now than
two years ago," Brown said, citing
larger freshman classes.
More liquor violators are being
punished in residence halls than in
the court system. Last year, 41 per-
cent of alcohol violations on cam-
pus were referred to non-police
security such as resident advisors
or housing security for disciplin-
ary action. In 2004, the University
subjected only 22 percent to alter-
native forms of non-criminal pun-
ishment, like signboard and hall
council duty.
Five rapes were reported to police
agencies and 58 were reported to
non-police - including the Office
of Student Conflict Resolution and
See CRIME, page 7A

Percentage of arrests
in 2005 in residence
halls that involved
liquor or drugs
Rise in crime in residence
halls since 2004
Rise in crime in residence
halls since 2003
Percentage of alcohol vio-
lations on campus that
were referred to non-
police security like resi-
dent advisors or housing
security for discipline,
not DPS

Former U.S. president, alum
cancels trip to campus Friday
over health concerns
By Karl Stampfl
Daily Staff Reporter
Former President Gerald Ford will not
attend Friday's dedication of Hall, the
new home of the school that bears his
name, the University announced yester-
Ford, who graduated in 1935, is 93
years old and in declining health. Uni-
versity spokesman Jared Wadley said
Ford does not "feel strong enough" to
As late as Tuesday afternoon, Univer-
sity officials expected Ford to come to

the dedication.
In an interview at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Uni-
versity President Mary Sue Coleman said
that as far as she knew, he was coming.
"It's a day-by-day thing," Coleman
said. "I haven't heard that he's not going
to be here, so I'm optimistic."
Ford is the oldest living president. In
late August, he was hospitalized for over
two weeks when doctors performed an
angioplasty to reduce or eliminate block-
ages in his coronary arteries.
Ford attended the groundbreaking of
the building at State and Hill streets in
In September, Coleman said Ford
had told her that the thought of the new
building, which houses the Ford School
of Public Policy, was the secret to his

"He's told us the building is what's
been keeping him alive for the last two
years," Coleman said.
Ford has been tracking construction
regularly through a live webcam on the
School of Public Policy's website.
"It's been a treat for Mom and Dad to
see the construction of Joan and Sanford
Weill Hall through the webcam," Steven
Ford, their son, said in a written state-
Members of Ford's family will still
attend the invitation-only dedication at
10:30 a.m. Friday.
Ford played center for the football
team, most notably during the undefeat-
ed seasons of 1932 and 1933. He was also
a member of Michigamua, the Universi-
ty's elite senior society, and Delta Kappa

A simple
machine for
babies with
Tiny treadmills help
teach infants with
syndrome to walk earlier
By Katie L. Woods
Daily Staff Reporter
Where once a diagnosis of Down
syndrome or cerebral palsy would
sentence infants to a life of lagging
behind their peers in mental and physi-
cal development, University research-
ers are showing that a simple exercise

Students strive
to separate
politics, relief

A mother trains with her child on a treadmill designed to stimulate movement.

machine could help these children
keep up with their age group.
Professors and students in the Divi-
sion of Kinesiology are conducting

studies to help stimulate movement
in infants born with Down syndrome
and those that are at risk for cerebral
See EXERCISE, page 7A

'U' inventors show off ideas

Inventions include bone
extender, way to watch
television on computers
By Sandy Liberman
Daily Staff Reporter
Eight inventors presented their
research to the public as part of the
sixth annual Celebrate Invention Con-
vention on Tuesday.
They set up kiosks with information
about their inventions and their practi-
cal applications.
Some were trying to attract support-
ers for commercial applications.
Medical School Prof. Anand Swaroop
and his research team came to the con-
vention looking to take their research to

the next level.
For 15 years, the team worked to
identify how stem cells develop pho-
toreceptors, which specialize rods and
cones in the human eye.
Because most blindness stems from
on problems with photoreceptors, the
research, which will be published next
week in Nature, a prominent science
journal, has the potential to help cure
blindness, Swaroop said.
"Right now, our research is just an
idea," Swaroop said. "Hopefully, some-
one will get excited about it and take
it from the research stage to be used in
functional treatment."
Another kiosk featured the discovery
of a cell-stress marker in mitochondria
that indicates human eye diseases. The
marker may lead to the earlier diagnosis
and treatment of diseases.

Medical professors Victor Elner and
Howard Petty said they were optimistic
that an entrepreneur could help them
market their discovery.
Other inventions were already on the
Engineering Prof. Sugih Jamin and
his research assistant Wenjio Wang,
both of Zattoo Inc., spent six years fig-
uring out how to watch broadcast televi-
sion directly on laptops without waiting
for downloads or rebuffing.
"We are already launched in Switzer-
land because they have the most well-
defined national regulations," Jamin
said. "It is doing well there and we are
working on taking it to other European
Jamin said the University is looking
to adopt his system in the future.
See IDEAS, page 7A

Lebanese, Israeli
groups share similar
concerns about
humanitarian efforts
By Alex Dziadosz
Daily News Staffer
University seniors Ryan Jaber
and Josh Berman are a lot alike.
They are both tall with a thick, lum-
berjack burliness that would make
them look at home on a football or
lacrosse field. Through face masks,
you could even mistake them for
They are both thoughtful and nat-
ural leaders. They have risen to top
positions in their respective groups
- Jaber in the Lebanese Student
Association, Berman in the Ameri-
can Movement for Israel.
They share similar concerns, like
the importance of separating poli-
tics from humanitarian efforts, par-
ticularly in the wake of the violence
in Lebanon.
Both of their groups are running
ambitious - but separate - fund-
raising drives to help relieve the
victims of this summer's conflict
between Israel and Hezbollah, a
militant political group based in
Lebanon. Jaber and Berman's goals
are the same: to help the victims and
to put money in the hands of those
who care about people, not borders
and politics.

How to
Lebanese Student
For questions, e-mail
the executive board at
Check should be made
out to "Lebanese Student
Association." You can
also visit www.umich.edu/
-lebanese/index.htm for
more information and click
on the links on the homep-
age to donate directly to
CHF international or the
Lebanese Red Cross.
American Movement
for Israel
Either write to tlivshiz@
umich.edu or send a check
made out to "Mi3" to Mi3
Campaign, Hillel, 1429 Hill
St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
You can also visit AMI's
website at www.umich-
israel.org/ for more infor-
An exchange of ideas and ideals
The Lebanese student group's
program began with Tarek Ayna, an
electrical engineering student from
the American University of Beirut
who interned at the University this
past summer.
As reports of carnage in his
See RELIEF, page 7A


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