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NEWS BRIEFS
WASHINGTON
Obama takes
Wisconsin for ninth
consecutive win
Barack Obama cruised past a
fading Hillary Rodham Clinton in
the Wisconsin primary Tuesday
night, gaining the upper hand in
a Democratic presidential race for
the ages.
It was Obama's ninth straight
victory over the past three weeks,
and left the former first lady in
desperate need of a comeback in a
race she long commanded as front-
runner.
"The change we seek is still
months and miles away," Obama
told a boisterous crowd in Hous-
ton in a speech in which he also
pledged to end the war in Iraq in
his first year in office.
"I opposed this war in 2002.
I will bring this war to an end in
2009," he declared.
In a race growing increasingly
negative, Obama cut deeply into
Clinton's political bedrock in Wis-
consin, splitting the support of
white women there almost evenly
with her.
TOKYO
U.S. military imposes
restrictions on
Okinawa personnel
The U.S. military imposed tight
restrictions on all personnel in
Okinawa on Wednesday, limiting
troops to bases, places or work or
off-base housing, amid a furor over
the arrest of Marine on suspicion
of rape.
The restriction, which tightens
a midnight curfew for enlisted
on the southern Japanese island,
started early Wednesday and was
indefinite, the U.S. Forces Japan
said in a statement.
The arrest last week of 38-
year-old Staff Sgt. Tyrone Luther
Hadnott in the alleged rape of a
14-year-old girl in Okinawa has
sparked outrage in Japan, which
hosts some 50,000 U.S. troops
under a security treaty.
Hadnott admitted to investiga-
tors that he forced the girl down
and kissed her, but said he did not
rape her, police said.
LANSING
House says violent
criminals should
have to submit DNA
The Michigan House has voted
to require anyone arrested for a vi-
olent crime in Michigan to submit
a DNA sample.
State law already requires a
DNA sample when someone is con-
victed of a felony or certain misde-
meanors.
Backers say expanding the re-
quirement to include arrested
suspects gives police another tool
to solve cold cases, prevent more
crimes by catching repeat crimi-
nals earlier and absolve the inno-
cent.
But critics say the legislation is

an invasion of privacy for arrested
people who should be presumed
innocent.
FLINT, Mich.
Flint mayor: Chances
of city getting Indian
casino are 50-50
Mayor Don Williamson says
Flint's chances of getting an Indian
casino are 50-50.
A House committee last week
approved legislation that would
advance two proposed Indian ca-
sinos in Romulus and Port Huron.
But Williamson says Flint would
be a better location than Romulus
because it's 70 miles from Detroit
- and the Romulus casino's oppo-
nents include U.S. Reps. Carolyn
Cheeks Kilpatrick and John Cony-
ers, both Detroit Democrats.
The Flint Journal says an agree-
ment signed by Gov. Jennifer Gran-
holm and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe
of Chippewa Indians allows the
tribe to choose either city.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
U.S. DEAT HS
3,963
Number of American service mem-
bers who have died in the war in
Iraq, according to The Associated
Press. There were no deaths identi-
fied yesterday.

Group surprises prof with
Golden Apple Award

Students praise
Crowfoot's unusual
teaching style
By ELIZABETH LAI
Daily Staff Reporter
Emeritus Prof. James Crow-
foot went to Rendezvous Cafe
yesterday morning planning to
catch up with an old colleague.
It became clear that the meeting
was much more than a cup of cof-
fee when a group of students and
acameramaneagerlyapproached
his table.
"Excuse me, are you Profes-
sor Crowfoot?" asked LSA senior
Andrew Bronstein, co-chair of
Students Honoring Outstanding
University Teaching. The School
of Natural Resources Prof. said
he was.
Crowfoot sat in his chair in
disbelief as Bronstein explained
to him that he was the winner of
this year's Golden Apple Award,
the 18-year-old honor given to
one University professor each
year for excellence in teaching.
Crowfoot, speechless at times,
replied by saying, "What an
incredible surprisel"
He apologized for his inabil-
ity to provide a response to the
award.
"Shocked, surprised - I'm
totally caught off guard," he
said.
The award is usually present-
ed to the recipient during one of
his or her lectures, but because
Crowfoot isn't teaching his class
- a first-year seminar called
"Environment, Sustainability
and Social Change" - in the win-
ter semester, SHOUT members
had to improvise. They lured
Crowfoot to the cafe by asking
one of his old friends to set up a
rendezvous at Rendezvous.
LSA freshman Greg Caplan,
who took one of Crowfoot's
classes last semester, said the
professor's humility is justreason
his students admire him. Caplan
said Crowfoot's students often
become environmental activists
after taking his course.
"He doesn't really encourage
you to do it, he just sort of leads
by example," Caplan said. "He's
really inspiring."
Chris Detjen, a former student
of Crowfoot's and president of
the Michigan Student Assembly's
environmental issues commis-
sion, said Crowfoot's enthusiasm
motivated several students to
join the commission.
"He's good with connecting

students with other people on
campus that are doing interest-
ing things in terms of environ-
mental organizing," he said.
The winners of the Golden
Apple Award are asked to pres-
ent what's called an "ideal last
lecture," which is open to the
public. Crowfoot's will be held
March11 at 7:30 p.m. in Rackham
Auditorium.
Bronstein said Golden Apple
Award winners are determined
by how many nominations they
receive from their students, and
how glowing those endorsements
are. He declined to reveal how
many votes Crowfoot received,
saying it was against SHOUT's
policy to do so.
Rosina Bierbaum, dean of the
School of Natural Resources and
Environment, said in an e-mail
interview that Crowfoot was a
model professor at the Univer-
sity.
"I cannotthinkofanyonemore
deserving of the students' high-
est teaching honor," she said. "He
is a very precious resource and a
great force in the effort to create
a sustainable planet for the cur-
rent students to inherit. I know
they will, in turn, work to pre-
serve it for future generations as
Dr. Crowfoot has taught them."
Crowfoot's approach to teach-
ing was described by students as
unorthodox and inspirational.
Caplan said he remembers
the first time Crowfoot took his
students for a "nature walk" out-
doors in the Arboretum.
"Before the first walk he made
the disclaimer, 'Don't worry if I
just leave the trail for a minute
during the walk because some-
times I like to hug trees,' " Caplan
said.
Crowfoot began his career at
the University as a Rackham stu-
dent studying sociology during
the politically charged era of the
Nixon administration.
At the time, he was working to
restructure a racially segregated
high school system, he said.
He switched to the growing
field of environmentalism after
receiving his doctorate, and
became a professor shortly after.
He resigned from his teaching
post at the University in 1994 to
become the president of Antioch
University in Ohio, but returned
a year later.
Crowfoot said he loves the
University community, but that
he thinks it could do more to
address environmental issues.
"We have not stepped up to
our responsibility as an academic
institution," Crowfoot said.

COUNCIL
From Page 1A
vices, and have lived very happily
with that," said Leff, who chairs
the Lower Burns Park Neighbor-
hood Association. "We just don't
wantany more of that in our neigh-
borhood."
Ann Arbor landlord B.J. Alp-
ern of the Washtenaw Apartments
Association spoke against the
rezoning during last night's meet-
ing, saying the fear of large-scale
commercial developments was
unwarranted.
These types of types of changes
are "just about impossible, if not
fiscally bankrupt," he said.
Alpern referenced a Dec. 2007
public hearing at which Leff said
"the encroachment of student
housing is spreading" and that she
wished to "preserve the single-
family neighborhood."
Alice Ehn, executive officer of
the Washtenaw Apartments Asso-
ciation, agreed, saying Leff's quote
was "a direct indication that stu-
dents don't fit in with that feel."
Speaking on behalf of the neigh-
borhood association, Leff said that
characterization was unfair.
"This does not mean that stu-
dents cannot rent, they can and
they will. We've always had a real
mix, and we all like it," Leff said.

Ann Arbor resident Bruce Wor-
den, who lives on Packard Street,
said he wasn't convinced by Leff's
statement.
"Theyesay they're not trying to
exclude anyone, but that's exactly
what they're trying to do," he said.
"I hear what the people in the
neighborhoods are saying."
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje,
who voted for the rezoning, said
that because of the grandfather-
ing, rezoning won't impose imme-
diate change upon anyone.
"I suspect that students want
to move anyway," he said prior to
the meeting. "A whole lot of new
student housing developments are
being built right now."
Todd Wyett, manager of Ann
Arbor Rental homes, said all hous-
es on Golden Avenue will be harder
to sell after the rezoning, because
areas with rental homes are worth
more money.
Alpern agreed, saying in a writ-
ten statement to the council that
the value of every home on Golden
Avenue will fall by about 33 per-
cent.
"By voting yes tonight you hurt
our community and our children,"
he said. "You also lower density
and decrease affordable housing,"
he said.
- Suzy Vuljevic
contributed to this report.

CANNABIS
From Page 1A
While the greenhouse is large,
there isn't much supervision, Ber-
nstein said.
"We're not really closely moni-
tored," she said. "We can grow
basically whatever we want."
The greenhouse is only acces-
sible during class hours, according
to Bernstein.
"It's not like people are going off
and doing their own things secret-
ly - we're all in the same room,"
she said. "I don't know what time
they would do it or when they
would do it."
Students will sometimes joke
about growing marijuana, but
although students are told at the
beginning of the semester not to
grow anything illegal, the pos-
sibility of growing cannabis isn't
talked about much. Deep down,
though, students know it's a pos-
sibility.
"It's kind of the elephant in the
room," she said.
The questionable plants are
currently undergoing testing,
Brown said.
Manufacturing illegal drugs
is a felony charge. The penalty if
someone is found and convicted is
a four year prison sentence and/or
a $20,000 fine.

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Stonum getting to know
campus, teammates

STONUM From Page 1A
Michigan running backs coach
Fred Jackson, who took care of
most of the Wolverines' recruit-
ing in the South under Carr,
played a large role in drawing in
Stonum, now enrolled a semes-
ter early at the University. The
fact that new Michigan coach
Rich Rodriguez kept Jackson on
staff might have played a role in
Stonum's steadfastness, Creech
said.
"He was very adamant about
the fact that when he did make
his decision, he was going to
stick with it," Creech said. "Dar-
ryl could've gone to any school in
the country. But once he made his
decision, whatever it was, he was
going to stick with it."
Even though Stonum never
expressed interest in other
schools, Rodriguez made sure
that the nation's seventh-best
receiver, according to the recruit-
ing website Rivals.com, didn't
slip away.
During the Wolverines stay
in Orlando, Fla., for the Capi-
tal One Bowl, Rodriguez was
on the phone with Stonum and
his father, making sure Stonum
wasn't listening to offers from
the big-name coaches leaving
him voicemails.
But Stonum was so excited to
come to Ann Arbor, he moved
in a semester early to make the
transition to college easier. Now
enrolled in the Division of Kine-
siology, Stonum is taking classes
and adjusting to life on campus.
Freshmen Troy Woolfolk and
Brandon Herron, who played with
Stonuminhighschool,havehelped
him find his role on the team.
"We're like brothers now," Sto-
num said. "They've looked out for
me a lot since I got to school."
But Stonum's first few weeks
didn't pass without a few mis-
haps. On his way to class one
day, Stonum hopped on what he

thought was a campus bus, only
to wind up in Ypsilanti, on East-
ern Michigan's campus.
"The first few days he got a
little lost," Rodriguez said. "But
he learned very quickly, and he's
a guy that's smart enough to get
around."
Coming to Michigan early
has given Stonum an advan-
tage over the 23 other high
school seniors that signed let-
ters of intent with the Wolver-
ines. Since arriving on campus,
Stonum has already begun
strength and conditioning
coach Mike Barwis's training
regimen with the team.
He'll also suit up duringspring
practice. Rodriguez plans to give
him a lot of reps with the first-
team players because Michigan
doesn't have much depth at the
receiver position.
"We haven't had practice yet,
just had some workouts," Rodri-
guez said. "But our strength staff
is really high on him. We knew
from recruiting him that he's got
a lot of talent, so this spring is
going to be big for him, because
he's going to have a chance to
help us right away."
One of the biggest concerns for
Rodriguez and his staff was how
to convince Michigan's recruits
that they would fit into the spread
attack. But Stonum's speed, agil-
ity and size make him the perfect
receiver in Rodriguez's pack-
age. On top of that, he played on
a spread offense for the last four
years.
"This is really my style of
offense," Stonum said. "It's fast-
paced, running up and down,
really similar to what I ran in
high school."
It may be too early to tell if
Stonum's extra time with the
Wolverines will result in added
playing time next year, but now
that he's grown accustomed to
life in Ann Arbor, at least he can
keep his cell phone on.

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