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2A - Wednesday, October 3, 2007
MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

TUESDAY:
Arbor Anecdotes

WEDNESDAY: THURSDAY:
Explained Before You Were Here

FRIDAY:
The Extremist

Red light, green light

There's something satisfy-
ing about pressing that button
at the crosswalk. Whether it
takes five seconds or a min-
ute to change the traffic signal
from green to red, it's natural to
enjoy the feeling of control over
the world.
In some cities, though, the
buttons are a sham.
In New York City, more than
2,500 of the 3,250 crosswalk
buttons don't work.
LSA junior Kelli Meulenbelt
said she fears that Ann Arbor's
crosswalk buttons are also non-
functional.
"I don't think they really
work," she said. "At Hill and
Washtenaw, I push them and
they don't really do anything."
Which raises a question phi-
losophers have pondered for
millenia: Are we really in con-
trol? Or is it just an illusion?
CRIME NOTES
In hospital,
woman spits at
boyfriend
WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Monday at about 10:40
a.m.
WHAT: After a couple started
arguing, the woman spit in her
boyfriend's face, the Depart-
ment of Public Safety reported.
Neither was affiliated with the
University.
Deliveryman
crashes into
South Quad door
WHERE: South Quad
WHEN: Monday at about 9:20
a.m.
WHAT: A male University
employee driving a delivery
truck called to report that he
backed his truck into a door at
the South Quad loading dock,
DPS reported. The damage was
estimated at $500.

Pat Cawley, Ann Arbor's city
project manager, said almost all
of the city's crosswalk buttons
work at any given time.
"Most of our buttons are in
pretty good condition," he said.
Mike Bergren, the city's
assistant field operations man-
ager, said in an e-mail message
that the city repair cross-
walk devices the same day it
receives a complaint. Main-
tenance workers repair about
three buttons per month, he
said.
"We would like to say that all
of the approximately 287 push-
buttons located on our 77 actu-
ated signals are in operating
order," he said.
All crosswalk devices are
controlled by a central system
monitor, which regulates traf-
fic flow depending on the time
of day and the season. At most

intersections, pressing the
crosswalk button inserts the
walk phase into the system,
which causes the walk signal to
appear once the current traffic
cycle has completed.
But when that's not fast
enough, many students ignore
the crosswalk buttons and rely
on luck or their car-dodging
abilities.
LSA junior Mike Vickers
said he normally files in with
the rest of students that cross
without a signal. LSA junior
Drew Davidhizar said he does
the same.
"I never push them," he said,
"I just jaywalk like everyone
else in Ann Arbor."
E.J. HORSTMAN
Have a campus mystery you
want the Daily to solve? E-mail
hchris@umich.edu.

Unlike most of the crosswalk buttons in New York City, this button at the
corner of South State Street and East William Street is functional.

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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Pair of people Showcase for Organ studio
found snoozing China groups performance

in hospital

WHAT: An event toi
duce programs relate

WHERE: University Hospital College of Literature
WHEN: Tuesday at about 2:50 and the Arts's China'
a.m. Year
WHAT: Two women not affili- WHO: Center for Ch
ated with the University and Studies
not seeking treatment were WHEN: Today from
found sleeping in awaiting to 2 p.m.
room at the hospital, DPS WHERE: Room 1644
reported. One wastaken to the of Social Work Buildi
hospital's psychiatric wing. I
The other was released.
Dog bite victime Talk on lib
economics
taken to hospital

intro-
d to the
,Science
Theme
iinese
11 a.m.
4, School

WHAT: An annual perfor-
mance by the University's
organ program with students
of Prof. Marilyn Mason and
Prof. James Kibbie
WHO: School of Music
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium

ing Forum on faith
rary philosophy

Ann Coulter, a conserva-
tive pundit and Univer-
sity Law School alum,
bashed the new sales taxes
and income tax increase in
Michigan's new budget in a
speech at Cleary University
yesterday, The Ann Arbor
News reported.
Star Michigan wide
receiver Mario Man-
ningham has been sus-
pended from Saturday's game
against Eastern Michigan.
>>FOR MORE, SEE SPORTS, PAGE8A
The owners of the New
York Knicks basketball
franchise and Madison
Square Garden were ordered
yesterday to pay $11.6 million
to a former employee who was
sexually harassed by team
coach Isiah Thomas. Thomas,
though, doesn't have to pay
any damages.

WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Monday at about 7:25
p.m.
WHAT: Police helped a
woman who was bit by a dog
at her home in Washtenaw
County get to the hospital, DPS
reported.

WHAT: A lecture on the
economics of libraries by
Paul Courant, the University
librarian and former provost
WHO: Ford School of Public
Policy
WHEN: Today from 4 to 5:30
p.m.
WHERE: Annenberg Audito-
rium, Weill Hall

WHAT: A discussion of the
philosophy behind religion
and religious faith, with free
pizza
WHO: The Socratic Club
WHEN: Today at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: 2271 Angell Hall
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