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2A - Thursday, March 13, 2008

COMMENCE PRUNING

Finders keepers? Not so fast.

After a pair of black women's
Ugg boots was left overnight at the
Michigan Union, the owner of the
trendy boots returned Monday to
find her $150 boots gone.
She filed a police report, but
the disappearance raises a sticky
dilemma: If the boots were left unat-
tended overnight, is taking them a
crime? Or is it a matter of "finders
keepers?"
According to Diane Brown,
spokeswoman for the Department
of Public Safety, followers of the
playground rule should think twice
before grabbing unattended prop-
erty. Even if property is left for long
periods of time, taking it is still a
crime.
Inthe case ofthe Uggboots,Brown
said DPS would treat the crime as a
larcenybecause it occurred in a pub-
lic building that is accessible and
open to the public. The penalties for
larceny vary depending on the value

of the property stolen.
The theft is a misdemeanor if
the value of the item is estimated to
be less than $200. In this case, the
crime could be punishable by up to
93 days in jail or a fine of either $500
or three times the value of the stolen
property, whichever is greater.
If the value of the property is
estimated to be between $200 and
$1,000, the theft is considered a mis-
demeanor as well. In this case, how-
ever, the theft is punishable by up to
one year in jail or by a fine of either
$2,000 or three times the value of
the stolen property, whichever is
greater.
Brown said regardless of when
the property is found, it should be
reported to police or turned into the
building's lost and found.
For instance, at the Michigan
Union, all items found in the build-
ing and on the front steps should be
turned in to the Campus Informa-

tion Center's front desk, said Amy
Watson, the center's assistant man-
ager.
"It is not your property and you
did not report it," Watson said. "It
will be considered stealing."
In other words, the ancient
schoolyard mantra of "Finders keep-
ers, losers weepers" isn't quite true.
The front desk stores lost and
found items for one week before
they are turned into DPS, thrown
out or donated to charity, depending
on the item's value and condition.
Watson said the front desk also
attempts to contact the owner if
there is some form of identification
with the property, such as when a
wallet or an iPod are turned in.
Susan Pile, director of the Union,
had one last piece of advice for stu-
dents.
"Don't leave your things unat-
tended, even for a minute or two."
SUTHA K KANAGASINGAM

SAID ALSALAH/Daily
Michael Stoker, an employee of the University's
forestry department, cuts a dead branch of a tree
on the Diag. He was preparing for Spring Com-
mencement, which will take place April 26.

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CRIME NOTES
Nautical poet
tags Big House
WHERE: Michigan Stadium
WHEN: Tuesday at about 9
WHAT: Construction workers
discovered the sentence, "Even
as Alexandria's lighthouse
yomited into the sea, I sit with
my head in my hands waiting
on my Tristine," written across
three windows of the stadium's
press box and the President's
yuite in red paint, the Depart-
aent of Public Safety reported.
The vandal also drew a ship's
wheel and a dagger in green
paint on a white background.
Police estimate the damage
occurred between Jan. 4 and
March 10. The graffiti will cost
about $300 to clean up. Police
have no suspects.
Man steals room
key from student
WHERE: Michigan Union

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Underground
WHEN: Tuesday at about 11:45
p.m.
WHAT: A female student
dropped her room key card
from its case as she was pay-
ing for her food at the Wendy's
in the basement of the Union,
DPS reported. The man picked
up the card and fled the scene.
Police have not located the
suspect.
Worker injured
in fall from
scaffolding
WHERE: Alessi Plaza, 701
Tappan St.
WHEN: Tuesday at about 2:45
p.m.
WHAT: A 60-year-old Ypsi-
lanti man lost his balance and
fell from a five-foot high scaf-
foldingwhile installing a dry
wna, tile, DPS reported. He was
taken to University Hospital
by ambulance, where he was
treated and released.

Ethiopian
artist to lecture
WHAT: A lecture by Julie
Mehretu. a painter from
Addis Ababa, Ethopia, and a
recipient of a 2005 McArthur
genius grant
WHO: Penny W. Stamps Dis-
tinguished Visitors Series,
School of Art and Design
WHEN: Today at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Theater
Lecture on
Antarctic seals
WHAT: A talkby Lee Fui-
man, a marine biologist
at the University of Texas,
on the behavioral patterns
of seals. He will discuss a
study where tracking devices
were attached to the seals to
reveal how they hunt prey.
WHO: Exhibit Museum of
Natural History, Program in
the Environment

WHEN: Today from 5 to 7
p.m.
WHERE: Exhibit Museum
of Natural History, Ruthven
Museums Building
Peace Corps
info session
WHAT: A meeting for stu-
dents considering joiningthe
Peace Corps
WHO: International Center
WHEN: Today from 6 to 7:30
p.m.
WHERE: Room 9, Interna-
tional Center

A Boston man is travel-
ling the country correct-
ing typos and grammatical
errors on signs, billboards and
postings, National Public Radio
reported. Jeff Deck calls his
brand of vigilante copy editing
the Typo Eradication Advance-
ment League.
The Big- Ten Men's Bas-
ketball tournament begins
tomorrow in Indianapo-
lis. In its first game, Michigan
looks to edge out Iowa in the
single-elimination contest.

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law prof claims anti-gay bias a Kansas women spent
influenced tenure decision), more than two years sit-
misidentified a book written ting on her boyfriend's toilet
by Law School Prof. William seat, The Associated Press
Miller. The book is titled reported. The seat had to be
"The Anatomy of Disgust."
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the Daily to corrections@ woman, who had a fear of leav-
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