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Tuesday, February13, 2007
CAMPUS CRIME
Students
robbed at
gunpoint
They asked for Fourth Avenue.
Kinsey said the suspects' home-
directions, but towns - Romulus and Ypsilanti
- were unusual.
took cash "We don't usually have a lot of
out-of-towners coming in and doing
By ANDREW GROSSMAN this stuff," he said.
ManagingNews Editor Sunday's robbery is the fourth
robbery on the streets near cam-
Kindness to strangers backfired pus this semester. None of the three
for three University students early other incidents were similar to the
Sunday morning. one on Sunday, according to AAPD
Three male students walking Sgt. Charlotte DeMateo.
on the 300 block of East Jefferson Department of Public Safety
Street at 12:30 a.m. stopped to give spokeswoman Diane Brown said
directions to Hamilton Place to a DPS hasn't had reports of armed
group of men, all of whom had their robbery on campus since March.
faces concealed by hoods or ban- While attacks like the one on Sun-
danas. A few moments later, the stu- day have been rare in recent months,
dents found themselves face down Kinsey said the circumstances of
on the ground and $40 poorer, Ann the robbery - on a side street, late at
Arbor police said. night - were typical of such crimes.
Police said one of the men pulled He advised students to travel in
a gun on the students and demanded cars as much as possible late at night
their money. and to carry a cell phone.
Detective Chris Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatricksaidhebelievethefour
the Ann Arbor Police Department men who were arrested were the
said that while two of the students only ones involved in the robbery.
had money to give the robbers, one Because the four suspects were
turned over a wallet with $40 in it. caught immediately, Kinsey said
He said the four men forced the he's hopeful that the campus area
three students to lie on the ground won't seea rash of street robberies.
while they fled. Once the robbers "Hopefully we nixed this trend
took off, one of the students called right away," he said. "We caught
police, who quickly apprehended them before they got started doing
two of the suspects nearby. Two this a lot, so that's a good thing."
others were arrested later Sunday Kinseysaidthestudentsdidtheright
in Ypsilanti and Romulus. Fitzpat- thingbygiving the mentheir cash.
rick said three of the suspects are 18 "Don't try and be a hero when
years old. The other is 17. somebody has got a gun," he said.
Fitzpatrick said officers found a The four suspects - oneYpsilanti
loaded handgun that they believe resident and three Romulus resi-
was used in the robbery in a bush dents - will be arraigned today in
outside Bethlehem Church on South Washtenaw County Court.

Harvard University Prof. Paul Farmer lectures in Rackham Auditorium yesterday about the possibility of treating AIDS and tuberculosis in Africa. The 1,100 tickets for the
event were all claimed weeks before the event.

A CALL TO ACTION

Noted humanitarian
draws sell-out crowd
of admirers
By JESSICA VOSGERCHIAN
Daily StaffReporter
At a speech in Rackham Audito-
rium yesterday, Harvard Univer-
sity Prof. Paul Farmer resorted to a
time-honored advertising ploy: the
before-and-after picture.
What the renowned humanitar-
ian was advertising was serious.
The before photo showed a
shirtless patient suffering from
tuberculosis and AIDS. His skin
clung to the ridges of his ribcage
and cheekbones. The after photo

was of the same patient six months
after retroactive viral therapy. He
looked decades younger. His limbs
looked strong, his cheeks were full
and an ear-to-ear grin lit up his
face.
Farmer was trying to convince
the audience of the importance
of investing in treating disease in
Africa.
Ross School of Business and the
William Davidson Institute host-
ed a speech by Farmer yesterday.
Organizers reserved 700 seats for
business, public health and medi-
cal students. They received 1,700
requests.
The free tickets for the auditori-
um's 1,100 seats were claimed long
before the event. Eight stations
were set up in University buildings

to view the speech in a live web-
cast.
Farmer is a founder of Partners
in Health, agroup that has brought
medical treatment to Africa since
1987. He received a genius grant
from the MacArthur Foundation
for his work in Public Health and
Medicine.
Prof. Bob Kennedy said the
Business School invited Farmer in
an attempt to expose students to
people who work in fields outside
the business world.
The event was not widely publi-
cized. The sole invitation was an e-
mail sent first to Business students
and later sent to public health and
medical students.
The news spread through a
spree of forwarded e-mails, Ken-

nedy said.
After being introduced by Busi-
ness School Dean Bob Dolan,
Farmer didn't waste much time to
delve into a discussion of his work
fightingAIDS in Africa.
Farmer confronted the argu-
ment that humanitarian efforts
should focus on AIDS preven-
tion over treatment of the disease,
which is more expensive.
He said it's not too expensive
on a large scale to treat AIDS-
infected Africans with retroactive
viral therapy, which is designed to
suppress the disease and its symp-
toms.
Farmer argued that cost goes
beyond just dollars and cents. He
said it's important to consider
See FARMER, page 7

New
buildingA
b r
on tap or
East U.
To make way, new
owners to demolish
historic complex
By KATHERINE MITCHELL
Daily Staff Reporter
Anberay, the 84-year-old yellow
Art Deco apartment complex on
East University Avenue known to
many as Melrose Place, may soon
be knocked down to make way for
a much taller building.
Zaragon Inc, a Chicago-based
real-estatecompany,planstodemol-
ish the existing23-unit building and
construct a 10-story, 66-unit apart- r
ment building in its place. SHAY SPANioLA/Daiiy
The plan still needs to be Anberay, an 84-year-old apartment complex on East University Avenue
approved by the Ann Arbor Plan-
ning Commission. Rousseau also designed St. Mary's not going to be in as great a loca-
Zaragon President Rick Perlman Student Chapel and Trotter House. tion," she said.
said the new structure, Zaragon The building's previous owners Students hoping to prevent the
Place, would contain apartments told tenants in November to look building from being demolished
with two to six bedrooms marketed for new housing, but it was unclear have formed a group on Facebook.
to students and professors along whether they would be able to rent com called "Save Melrose Place."
with ground-level retail space and their apartments again next year. The group's recent news includes
two levels of underground parking. LSA sophomore Lea Kilibarda, an apparently facetious plan for
Perlman, a University alum, said an Anberay resident, said rent- saving Melrose Place.
the company purchased Anberay ers weren't told for sure that they "We should chain ourselves to
about a month ago with the inten- wouldn't be able to re-sign leases the tree in the courtyard so they
tion of demolishing the building. until last month. This made finding won't be able to tear down 'the cas-
Anberay was designed in 1923 by a place to live next year more diffi- tle at Anberay,' " the page says.
Joseph Rousseau, then a professor cult. "I don't think people are too
of architecture at the University. "No matter where we move we're See CUTS, page 7

Decades later, SDS returns

Where it began,
students restart
chapter of
left-Wing group
By PAUL BLUMER
Daily StaffReporter
A group of students held the first
Students for a Democratic Society
meeting at the University since
1969 on Sunday.
Forty-eight years ago, Ann

Arbor resident Alan Haber helped
organize SDS.
For ten years, during the turbu-
lent 1960s, the activist group fought
against the draft and the Vietnam
War with rallies and protests.
Ann Arbor was a hotbed of SDS
activity throughout the 1960s,
especially in the later part of the
decade.
The group's manifesto, the Port
Huron Statement, was written by
University alum and former Michi-
gan DailyEditor Thomas Hayden.
Fittingly, Haber was there to
lend his encouragement. About

20 students attended the meeting
in the Michigan Union win hopes
of reviving the University's SDS
chapter, enough for the group to be
recognized by the University as an
official student group.
The University chapter joins the
more than 250 SDS chapters across
the nation that have been re-estab-
lished since January 2006.
LSA junior Matt Roney led the
meeting, though he stressed the
non-hierarchical structure of SDS.
"Members have democratic
access to all levels of decision-mak-
See SDS, page 7

HAZED AND CONFUSED

ANGELA CESERE/daily
Afire truck in front of Noodles and Company on State Street yesterday. Employees called the Ann Arbor Fire Department at
about 4 p.m. and reported a haze in the basement. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to look for signs of burning, but
couldn't ascertain the source of the haze. AAFD Capt. Jim Budd said it could have been smoke or a dust cloud.

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