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Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVII, No. 2
2006 The Michigan Daily
your doors. Now.
About 55 percent of Ann
Arbor burglaries involve
unlocked doors or windows
By Drew Philp
Daily Staff Reporter
After spending the weekend with his
parents, LSA senior Dave Hull returned
home to find an unfamiliar man leaving
his room via the third-floor fire escape.
His 11 unsuspecting housemates were
downstairs. The stranger told Hull he
had been over to see a friend and was
The stranger was leaving, but he
wasn't there to see a friend.
The man had stolen Hull's laptop and
carried it out in a backpack, which was
Because the doors and windows of
Hull's apartment were unlocked, the
thief was able to walk easily in and out
with his computer, despite the people
"Everyone was home," Hull said.
"They happened to be on the first floor,
and my room was on the third."
The Ann Arbor Police Department,
along with the Department of Public
Safety, Michigan Student Assembly and
the Washtenaw Area Apartment Asso-
ciation, have come together to combat
local theft like Hull experienced.
Their message: Lock your doors and
Fifty-five percent of theft in Ann
Arbor involves unlocked doors and win-
dows, according to police. Police and
area landlords say that simply keeping
doors and windows locked - even when
By the numbers
Since Jan. 1, 150 aptops have
been stolen in Ann Arbor.
90 percent of crime in Ann Arbor
55 percent of thefts in Ann
Arbor involved unlocked doors.
45 percent of thefts occurred in
SOURCE: ANN ARBOR POLICE DEPARTMENT
it seems safe - greatly reduces property
The groups are instituting a "Lock
Out Crime" campaign to educate new
and returning students about protecting
their homes in the Ann Arbor area.
"Students think they live in a small
university community and they can have
an open-door policy," said AAPD Depu-
ty Chief Greg O'Dell. "But you can't."
The campaign was launched in the
fall of 2005. Since then, robberies went
down 36 percent from Jan. 1 to Sept. 2
compared to the same time period the
year before. In addition to area land-
lords stepping up tenant education, the
AAPD has been hand-delivering flyers
to houses in student neighborhoods and
working with MSA to reach students.
The campaign also reminds students
to immediately call the police, rather
than landlords, if they discover any sus-
"Often students will call the landlord
the next day," landlord Lelahni Wessing-
er said. "If you call the next day, the trail
will be cold."
For information on how to lock out
crime, visit www.a2gov.org/goblue.
In defense of
N ews flash. more. Just type in facebook.
As of 2:28 a.m. com and keep track of your
yesterday, "Adap- friends' every movement.
tion" is no longer one of As of 11:18 p.m. yesterday,
Greg Cybulski's favorite Julie Nguyen was attend-
movies. As of 11:05 p.m., ing "Squinty Eyed Reunion
Oliver Luke Bostian is At Bar Louie." As of 7:55
no longer in a p.m., Cybulski
relationship. was watching
And as of 1:02 the season
p.m. Monday, premiere of
may have lost its It's the ulti-
last foothold on mate stalker
the mountain of tool. It's
sanity. another step
There's a new toward the
kind of news on shock-and-
Facebook, which awe invasion
yesterday added KARL of privacy that
a feature that STAMPFL experts have
provides updates been predict-
on what your friends are ing the Internet would
doing in the online com- cause.
munity. On the site, a small
"It updates a personal- rebellion seems to be
ized list of news stories growing against the new
throughout the day, so features. Groups are
you'll know when Mark sprouting up with names
adds Britney Spears to his like "Facebook should
Favorites or when your seriously change its name
crush is single again," to stalkbook" and "We
Ruchi Sanghvi, Facebook's hate the new Facebook"
Feed project manager, Thousands of people have
wrote on the site's blog. signed an online petition to
The News Feed serves eliminate the new features.
as the new Facebook home You can sign it at www.peti-
page. There is also a Mini- tiononline.com/mod..perl/
Feed on each individual signed.cgi?faceb00k. Either
profile that details the that or you could just not
owner's latest Facebook turn on the feed or adjust
endeavors. your privacy settings, which
It takes stalking to a new the site gives you the option
level. You don't even have of doing.
to do any of the work any- See DEFENSE, page 7
of roommates are
room switches after
By Dave Mekelburg
Daily Staff Reporter
It used tobe a rite of pas-
sage into college life.
You'd call up or e-mail
your freshman roommate,
trying to glean whatever
details you could about him
or her during brief conver-
This year's freshmen
have familiarized them-
selves with their roommates
without doing either.
Social networking sites
like Facebook.com and
MySpace.com give new stu-
dents the chance to check
out their roommates for the
And some students and
their parents are unhappy
about what they see.
spokesman Alan Levy said
the University received
about a dozen complaints
from parents and students
based on prospective room-
mates' Facebook profiles.
Students were able to find
out whom they would be liv-
ing with at 4 p.m. on a day
in late July. The first call
came before 8 a.m. the next
morning from a concerned
parent who had immedi-
ately checked the Facebook
profile of his child's room-
mate, Levy said.
Levy said that when he
talks to a new student who
wants to switch room-
mates, he asks him not to
judge based on the pro-
file. There is "a certain
drama attached to Face-
book entries," and students
should not jump to conclu-
sions, he said.
Even if students are
unhappy after meeting
their roommates in per-
son, they are not allowed
to change rooms until two
weeks after moving in.
LSA freshman Zach Mar-
tin said he was concerned
after his first glance at his
two roommates' Facebook
profiles - he wasn't sure
they shared the same politi-
cal beliefs or interests. But
his concerns melted away as
soon as they spoke.
"I had the opportunity
to talk to them," he said.
"Everything worked out
One of his roommates,
LSA freshman Shahniwaz
Labana, said Facebook was
helpful because he didn't
have to go into the process
completely in the dark.
Labana said Facebook is
"a surface impression" and
that there were differences
between his expectations
and the person behind the
See FACEBOOK, page 7
Mario Manningham isn't used season in two decades. Now, to
to losing. From pee-wee football wash that taste out of his and his
all the way to the high school teammates' mouths, Manning-
gridiron, he'd never come close to ham is ready to take matters into
a five-loss season. Last year, his his own hands.
first at Michigan, he experienced Literally.
just that during Michigan's worst FOR FULL STORY, SEE SPORTS, PAGE 15
Liberal profs unwelcome in Iran
calls for purge to
TEHRAN, Iran (AP)
- Iran's hard-line presi-
dent urged students yester-
day to push for a purge of
liberal and secular univer-
sity teachers, another sign
of his determination to
strengthen Islamic funda-
mentalism in the country.
With his call echoing
the rhetoric of the nation's
1979 Islamic revolution,
determined to remake Iran
by reviving the fundamen-
talist goals pursued under
the republic's late founder,
Ayatollah Ruhollah Kho-
Ahmadinejad's call was
not a surprise - since tak-
ing office a year ago, he
also has moved to replace
pragmatic veterans in the
government and diplomatic
corps with former military
commanders and inexpe-
rienced religious hard-lin-
Iran still has strong
moderate factions but
tration also has launched
crackdowns on indepen-
dent journalists, websites
Speaking to a group of
students yesterday, Ahma-
dinejad called on them to
pressure his administra-
tion to keep driving out
moderate instructors, a
process that began earlier
Dozens of liberal univer-
sity professors and teachers
were sent into retirement
this year after Ahma-
sparking strong protests
from students, named the
first cleric to head Tehran
The country's oldest
institution of higher educa-
tion remains home to doz-
ens more professors and
instructors who outspo-
kenly oppose policies that
restrict freedom of expres-
"Today, students should
shout at the president and
ask why liberal and secu-
lar university lecturers are
present in the universities,"
the official Islamic Repub-
lic News Agency quoted
Ahmadinejad as saying
during a meeting with stu-
The president complained
that reforms in the country's
universities were difficult to
accomplish and that the edu-
cational system had been
See IRAN, page 7
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves as he arrives at his office in Tehran yesterday.
Ahmadinejad called for an antWilberal campaign in universities.