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Icers stage comeback in Friday night thriller

If you don't feel safe, you should speak up.
Opinion, Page 4A

4ie fidigan Dailm

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


could be
Prosecutor's officeasays
shooting could have been
'justifiable homicide'
Daily Staff Reporter
Two men have been charged with attempted rob-
bery in an incident that resulted in the shooting death
of 29-year-old Ypsilanti resident David Isaac Copeland
near North Campus Wednesday night.
University engineering student Andrew Robert
Myrick, who police say killed David Copeland in what
may have been self defense, has not yet been found and
is wanted for questioning. Twenty-year-old Michael
Don Bailey of Ypsilanti, another suspect in the
attempted robbery, remained at large last night.
Davin Copeland, 29, and Derrick Howard, 23, both
from Ypsilanti, were charged with conspiracy to com-
mit armed robbery, first degree home invasion, con-
spiracy to commit first degree home invasion and a
felonyfirearmcharge in connectionwith Wednesday's
incident, police said. The pair was arrested Thursday
and arraigned Friday morning.
The four men are suspected of attempting to break
into and burgalarize Myrick's residence at 1528 Jones
Drive. During the invasion, there was an apparent
exchange of gunfire. The fourth robbery suspect,
David Copeland - the twin brother of Davin Cope-
land - was shot and left dead in Myrick's home. Police
said 12-15 shots were fired and that a weapon simi-
lar to an AK-47 assault rifle was found at the scene.
Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Diane
Brown said it appears that Myrick's student account
was accessed from an Angell Hall computer shortly
after the shooting occurred on Wednesday night.
Brown said the computer was taken by police for
Police said they don't believe the University com-
munity is in danger.
"My personal opinion is this was an isolated inci-
dent off campus, and this guy happens to be a Univer-
sity of Michigan student," said Sgt. Richard Kinsey of

Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett, Jr., best known for his role in the Broadway production of "A Raisin in the Sun," was the keynote speaker for the University's MLK Symposium.
Gossett: Society is mo open-minded

Actor cites
Obama and Clinton
as proof
Daily StaffReporter

In yesterday's MLK Sym
keynote address, Academy
winning actor and social justi
ist Louis Gossett, Jr. told
crowd in Hill Auditorium
nation's race relations have
improved over his lifetime.
Gossett, best known for hi
the Broadway show "A Raisi
Sun" and the 1982 film "An Of

ice activ-
a packed
that the
s roles in
in in the
fficer and

a Gentleman," said he'd just returned
from South Carolina, where he was
campaigning for Democratic presi-
dential candidate Barack Obama. The
current presidential campaign, he
said, shows a shift toward open-mind-
edness - something Gossett said is
an important step in eliminating the
divisions present in society.
Gossett cited the fact that Obama,
a black man, and New York Sen.
Hillary Clinton, a woman, are lead-
ing contenders for the Democratic
presidential nomination as a sign that
American society has overcome some
of its prejudices.
"It's not about politics anymore,"
he said. "Something seems to be hap-
pening larger than that."

Despite the progress, Gossett said
America is still far from a just society.
He also said everyperson'sgoal should
be to ensure that the next generation
is better off than his or her own.
"You are told that the number one
commodity on this planet is gold, oil
or money," Gossett said. "The single
most important commodity on this
planet is you children."
Gossett said he didn't deliver a pre-
pared speech because he wanted his
emotions and words to come through
naturally. He said it's important to
remember Dr. King's efforts more
than just a single day a year.
"Martin Luther King's legacy is
more than just a day or the month,"
said Gossett. "It needs to be practiced

every day, 365 days a year."
Along with University students,
high school students from Detroit,
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti attended
the lecture. Business School junior
Gabrielle Sims said the Black Volun-
teer Network invited high schoolers
to campus this weekend to participate
in MLK Symposium events.
LSA junior Rachel Moore, a mem-
ber of the Black Volunteer Network,
said she liked how Gossett tailored
his message to students in the audi-
"He was speaking to us, not at us,"
she said.
- Jalynn Lassic contributed
to this report.

City Council to vote
' tonight on lease law

NCAA, weather put
Pryor party on ice

Proposal would
shorten waiting
period for landlords
from 90 to 70 days
Daily StaffReporter
The Ann Arbor City Coun-
cil is slated to vote tonight on a
revision to the city's lease-sign-
ing ordinance that would reduce
the period of time that landlords
must wait to show occupied
properties to prospective ten-
ants from 90 to 70 days into a
lease's start date.
Some landlords have offered
students incentives - like money
or free apartment cleanings - to
sign waivers, which allow the
landlords to show properties
earlier than the lease ordinance
Landlords have criticized the
ordinance, saying the required
waiting period complicates the
rental process and increases
pressure on students because it
pushes them to ask about avail-
able housing before the dead-

Complaints from both sides
prompted a proposal to shorten
the period landlords must wait
and to eliminate the waiver loop-
hole to strike a compromise.
"I'm hoping for the best,"
MSA president Mohammad Dar
said. "We worked with a land-
lord and came up with a good
middle ground between students
and landlords."
City Councilman Stephen
Kunselman (D-Ward 3) said that
while he was initially skepti-
cal of the proposal's potential
impact on the city, he now favors
the lease-signing law changes.
"We've had it under our belts
to see how it's been working," he
Kunselman said his main
concern with the proposal was
the impact it could have on the
non-student population. At this
point, though, he hasn't seen any
consequences in the greater Ann
Arbor housing market.
Both Dar and Kunselman said
they were optimistic about the
proposal getting passed.
"As far as I can tell there has
not been any opposition," Kun-
selman said.

Students had
planned block party
for top QB recruit
Daily NewsEditor
On Thursday afternoon, LSA
senior Christopher Breece got
a voicemail message on his cell
phone from an NCAA representa-
The message was short and
direct - "literally 10 words long,"
Breece said.
The representative calledsto tell
Breecehe couldn'tthrow the block
party he was planning because it
would violate NCAA recruiting
Breece conceived the party
as being in honor of high school
football star and Michigan pros-
pect Terrelle Pryor, who visited
the University this weekend on a
recruiting trip. Pryor is rated the
No. 1 high school football pros-
pect by rivals.com, a 'website that
evaluates high school athletes
The NCAA forbids schools
from holding parties for recruits
to prevent the recruits from being
exposed to illicit activity that

could sway their decision.
Breece created the "Terrelle
Pryor Greenwood Block Party"
and the "Planning Stages of the
Official Terrelle Pryor Green-
wood Block Party" Facebook
events with his housemate LSA
senior Steve Frey early Tuesday
morning. More than 1,500 people
confirmed on Facebook that they
would attend the first Facebook
Jennifer Kearns, an NCAA
spokeswoman, said the party's
original description violated the
organization's policies because
students are considered exten-
sions of the University's athletic
department under NCAA bylaws.
According to the bylaws, repre-
sentatives of athletic interests
include anyone who has partici-
pated in promoting a school's ath-
letic programs. Kearns said that
includes student fans.
Breece said he tried calling the
number back Thursday, but failed
to get through. He then called the
NCAA headquarters in India-
napolis, Ind. andspoke with a rep-
resentative who confirmed that
hosting the block party would be
a violation.
Breece was then referred to the
University Athletic Department's
See PRYOR, Page 3A

Terrelle Pryor, the nation's No.1 high school football prospect, attended Saturday's
men's basketball game against Iowa during his visit to campus. Pryor, who is slated
to makea decision about which college he'll attend by Feb. 6, had campus buzzing
over his appearance.


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