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2A - Wednesday, November 21, 2007

In Other Ivory Towers Arbor AnecdotesEBE
WHY DOESn'T CRILE at for cc?
Arena isn't meant for concerts

)re You Were Here The Extremist

Crisler Arena is known for being
the home basketball court for the
men's and women's basketball teams
and little else.
Rarely, in recent years, has it been
known as a concert house. Crisler
once played host to John Lennon and
Yoko Ono, who performed in 1971 to
protest the jailing of John Sinclair,
who was arrested for attempting to
sell two joints of marijuana to under-
cover police officers. Sinclair's arrest
also served as the inspiration for
Hash Bash, a yearly rally supporting
marijuana legalization. The last con-
cert put on at Crisler was when Bob
Dylan came to town in 2002.
Sure, there's Hill Auditorium. But
other schools in the Big Ten that also
have concert halls, like Illinois and
Michigan State, use their basketball
arenas to host concerts, too.
So why not Crisler?
Athletic Department spokesman

Bruce Madej said the built
built to host concerts.
"For one thing, there's ni
ditioning, so that pretty mu
nates doing anything in the:
Madej said.
And because Crisler is
only practice facility availa
basketball teams, groups fi
ficult to schedule events the
the school year. The wrestl
aso uses the stadium.
Julie Morgan, program a
Major Events, a group that p
certs and performances at
versity, said Crisler's lack o
equipment made it easy forf
look elsewhere.
Because the arena doesn
stage, a crew or a product
groups and artists lookingtc
at Crisler would have to pro
own materials - a cost tI
couldn't handle, said Su

ding isn't director of the University Unions
Programs. Pile said many found it
o air con- more convenient to hold concerts at
:ch elimi- venues like Michigan Theater.
summer," Additionally, when the state bud-
get tightened in 2003, the University
also the decided to invest less money into the
ble to the Major Events Office - the group that
:nd it dif- once sponsored shows at Crisler. Pile
re during said that prior to cutting funding for
ling team the Major Events Office, the Univer-
sity lost about $50,000 because of the
dviser for concerts held at Crisler in 2002.
lans con- Now, student organizations like
the Uni- Big Ticket Productions, which is part
f concert of the University Activities Center,
groups to sponsor shows on campus - just not
at Crisler.
't have a The group receives funding from
ion staff, the University, but it's hardly enough
o perform to cover what it would cost to put on
vide their a show at Crisler, Pile said.
san Pile,
Comedy Free poke
performance tourname

Bob Dylan's 2002 performance at Crisler Arena
marked the last time an artist played there. Because
of a lackof stage equi pment, the venue has been used
for primarily athletic events since then.

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Gas stolen from
WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Monday at about 12:15
a.m. . .
WHAT: AUniversity employee
said gas was stolen from her car,
the Department of Public Safety
reported. She said her gas tank
was half full when she parked
the car in the morning but her
gas guage was on empty when
she returned. Police have no

There are no suspects.
Hand of statue
broken in dorm
WHERE: Martha Cook Resi-
dence Hall
WHEN: Monday at about 10
WHAT: A University employee
accidently broke the hand of a
statue while cleaning it, DPS
reported. The police report
called the statue "expensive,"
but it didn't specify avalue.

Graffiti found on MIP issued in
Kellogg Eye East Quad
Cent r aWHERE: East Quad
WHEN: Monday at about 4:30
WHERE: Kellogg Eye Center p.m.
WHEN: Monday at about 8:30 WHAT: A student received a
Wm a minor in possession charge
WHAT: A caller said he saw after an officer became suspi-
graffiti on the KelloggEye cious of her intoxicated behav-
Center wall, DPS reported. The ior, DPS reported. The student
words "Sicko" and "Twist" were was cited after nearly falling
written on the building's wall. over and breaking material in an
Maintenance came and cleaned art gallery. The officer on duty
the wall shortly afterward. had been patrolling the gallery.

WHAT: A performance
showcasing Detroit-area
stand-up comedians. Tickets
for the event are $10.
WHO: Comedians Russell
Rabb, Nate Fridson, Kate
Brindle, Ben Konstantin and
Frank Roche
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: 314 E. Liberty St.
Free arts,
WHAT: An exhibit with a set
of ceramic arts and poetry on
WHO: Institute for the
WHEN: Today from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Institute for the
Humanities Exhibition
Space, Room 1010, 202 S.
Thayer St.

WHAT: A free poker tourna-
ment for students
WHO: Michigan Billiards
WHEN: Monday at 5:45 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
Free billiards
WHAT: Free games of pool
WHO: UniversityUnions
Arts and Programs
WHEN: Today from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
. Due to an editing error,
a sentence in a column
on yesterday's front page
(Coach won, lost with integ-
rity), "In fact, caught up
in his emotions the day
of Moeller's resignation,
he declared he would not
accept the top job," omitted
the word "not."

Mgoblue.com, the Univer-
sity's official site for athlet-
ics, launched a re-design
yesterday. The website now
includes weekly team sched-
ules, video footage and inter-
active user polls on the home
SThe European Union
levied a $110 million
fine on Sony, Fuji and
Maxwell for fixing the price
of videotapes. A study found
that the cartel was responsible
for more than85 percent of
videotape sales worldwide as
recently as 1999.
Six different actors play
Bob Dylan in "I'm Not
There," the biopic about
the legendary musician that
opens in Ann Arbor today.

In Detroit, mayors to talk foreclosures Air travel baggage loss is


City is nation's
hardest hit by
housing woes

DETROIT (AP) - This city at the
heart of a metropolitan area that
is among the nation's hardest hit
by rising foreclosures will host a
meeting of mayors from across the
country next week to address the
nation's housingcrisis.
The gathering, organized by
the U.S. Conference of Mayors,
includes discussions about the state
of the mortgage industry, ways
homeowners can avoid foreclosure
and strategies to keep foreclosed
properties from dragging down the
quality of life in neighborhoods.
"We're not talking about legisla-
tion," said Detroit Mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick, who is hosting the one-
day forum next Tuesday. "We're
talking about finding a local solu-
tion toa national problem, and we'll
start with the conversation here."
Kilpatrick said the goal is to
create policy recommendations to
present at a Conference of Mayors'

meeting in January.
Next week's gathering is closed
to the press, but the mayors plan
to release a report on the economic
ripple effect of foreclosures on U.S.
metropolitan areas, with a focus on
cities in Arizona, California, Flori-
da, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada and
Ohio where the effects of increased
filings are prominent.
Mayors expected to attend
include Jerry Abramson from Lou-
isville, Ky. and Michael Coleman
from Columbus, Ohio, who both
are scheduled to speak about ways
to prevent foreclosures from hurt-
ing neighborhoods. Organizers say
Elaine Walker of Bowling Green,
Ky., Richard Kaplan of Lauderhill,
Fla., Brenda Lawrence of South-
field, Mich. and Douglas Palmer
of Trenton, N.J. - president of the
mayors group - also plan to par-
The Center for Responsible Lend-
ing, a Durham, N.C.-based consumer
to participate in the National Forum
on Homeownership Preservation
and Foreclosures. Executive Vice
President Deborah Goldstein said
cities can't afford to wait for action

in Washington or at the state level to
address the problem.
"The cities are just going to
feel the hit from the foreclosures
very hard," Goldstein said. "We're
alreadyseeingarise inforeclosures,
but it's going to get worse."
wThe analysis of foreclosure
activity in the nation's largest 100
metropolitan areas during the
three months ended Sept. 30 found
Stockton, Calif., had the highest
rate, with one foreclosure filing for
every 31 households. The Detroit
area was second, with one foreclo-
sure filing for every 33 households.
"This foreclosure issue is the
ultimate tsunami, if you will, if we
don't get in front of it now," Kilpat-
rick said. "This is the single biggest
economic issue that we're facing
today in the city of Detroit."
To address the problem, Kilpat-
rick's administration is working
with mortgage lenders and local
nonprofits to get help for people fac-
ing foreclosure and get foreclosed
properties into the hands of new
homeowners. The Mortgage Bank-
ers Association also introduced a
public service announcement on
the issue starring Kilpatrick.


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ie in ever 138 But just four bags showed up in
Chicago, where the Sherman's had
bags is lost, come to spend Thanksgiving with
study finds One of his son's clothes were
in the missing bag, said Sherman,
who was planning a trip to the mall
By JEFF BAILEY to buy some replacements. "Never
The New York Times a dull moment," he said.
Holiday travelers can expect
CAGO - Why do so many to feel the effects of six years of
gers get off the plane only airline downsizing in one way or
over that their baggage did another. About 27 million passen-
ke the trip with them? gers are expected to fly during the
rican Airlines started ask- 12 days surrounding Thanksgiv-
at question with greater ing, 4 percent more than last year,
y a year ago, and its search the Air Transport Association
wers led to, among other said.
ns, dirty printer heads. But there are fewer airline
kers at American found that employees to look after them, and
s that produce adhesive their bags. And to squeeze more
bags were often dirty. That flights out of the day, planes are
ar codes hard to read, lead- sitting on the ground for shorter
misdirected bags. Regular periods between flights. So pre-
of the printerheads helped, dictably, more bags fail to join
n with a clean printer, the their owners, particularly on con-
de readers are only about necting flights.
ent to 92 percent accurate, "There's a lot of opportunity
nise P. Wilewski, manager for failure," said Hans Hauck,
ort services for American manager of baggage operations at
American's headquarters in Fort
never hit 100 percent - 90 Worth. Since Hauck started his
t is acceptable," she said. job in September 2006, American
nes are fond of saying that has not met its bag-handling goal
ave a success rate of more in any month. As of late last week,
percent in getting luggage though, Hauck remained hopeful
destination along with its that he would make his November
And every big airline has number. A look at American's bag-
d up efforts to improve its handling operation, which is the
ons. biggest of all U.S. carriers, shows
the baggage problem is it is making lots of little improve-
worse. One in every 138 ments but still losing ground.
d bags was lost during the American misplaced 7.44 bags for
ne months of this year, com- every thousand through Sept. 30,
o one in 155 bags a year ear- the Bureau of Transportation Sta-
tistics reported, up from 6.04 for
Thanksgiving holiday, every thousand a year earlier. (All
torms moving across the but a tiny fraction of misplaced
y from the Northwest, is bags are ultimately reunited with
y shaping up as a difficult their owners.)
ime. And by the end of the All the other big carriers have
lose to 5 million travelers worse records so far this year, too.
ive been stuck scratching US Airways continues to struggle
eads at the luggage carou- with bag handling at its Philadel-
phia hub, three years and more
Sherman is one of them. than $12 million in improvements
ng with his wife and their after a Christmas 2004 meltdown.
old triplets last weekend, And Delta Air Lines is trying to
an, of Huntington Beach, improve bag handling at its big
checked five bags with Atlanta hub.
an Airlines at the John Save for a canceled flight, noth-
Airport in Orange County. ing quite disrupts a trip like a lost

bag. Mike Laitman of La Grange
Park, a Chicago suburb, bought
circus tickets for relatives arriving
from Missoula, Mont., last Satur-
Then, he watched a missing bag
keep them all at O'Hare so long
they missed the show.
Baggage representatives for
Alaska Airlines "told us to keep
waiting," Laitman said, watching
his nephew ride the baggage car-
ousel. "We're out $70."
Lostbaggage is actually a worse
problem than reflected in the big
airlines' statistics. Smaller region-
al airlines misplace bags at a high-
er rate.
But they report their statistics
separately, even though many pas-
sengers travel on these regional
airlines for just one leg of their
Counting together American
and the regional airline it owns,
American Eagle, mishandled bags
rise to8.69 per thousand, or a total
of 639,146 through Sept. 30.
American Eagle had the worst
bag-handling record of 20 airlines
tracked by the Bureau of Trans-
portation Statistics during that
period, the agency reported.
American's baggage operation
at O'Hare International Airport
here, the airline's second largest
hub, is massive, with more than
seven miles of conveyers, hun-
dreds of workers and scores of
tractors pulling baggage carts.
Checked bags are immedi-
ately sent on a fast conveyer to be
screened by the Transportation
Security Administration and then
sent back to American's big bag
There, bar-code readers direct
the bags onto piers that handle
one or more destinations. From
there, bags are placed on carts and
towed out to planes for loading.
Bags with unreadable tags are
left to circle the piers up to three
times before being hauled off and
manually placed in the correct
About 2 percent are misread
and dropped onto the wrong pier.
Then, it's up to a worker stacking
the bags on carts to notice the mis-
take. "He better," said Wilewski,
the baggage manager.

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