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2 - Friday, October 17, 2008

STENCIL THE STREETS

Public employee, public opinions

On Monday, University pres-
ident Mary Sue Coleman voiced
her support for Proposal 2 on
the November ballot, an initia-
tive to legalize the use of dis-
carded fertility clinic embryos
for stem cell research.
An individual professor -
or student, for that matter - is
allowed to voice an opinion on
any matter by the First Amend-
ment. To imply the opinion on
behalf of the University is for-
hidden. But for professors and
administrators who represent
the University on a daily basis -
like Coleman - the line between
personal and public is hazy.
University spokeswoman
Kelly Cunningham said Uni-
versity employees are free to
express their views any way
they wish - as long as it doesn't
involve using University

"Under Michigan law, we
are not allowed to use Univer-
sity resources to support or
oppose ballot proposals or can-
didates," she said. "tn addition,
under federal law to maintain
tax-exempt status, we are not
allowed to support or oppose
candidates and must limit our
lobbying."
Professors can wear cam-
paignobuttons to work, but can't
use their University offices for
campaigning. They can pass
out flyers with an opinion on a
ballot initiative or candidate,
but can't use a University copy
machine to make the copies.
Even using a University title
- like in a letter to the editor -
can be construed as a Universi-
ty resource, Cunningham said.
."We ask University employ-

ees to think carefully about
their use of the University
name," she said.
The University is known
to toe the line between objec-
tive education and outright
endorsement on issues like
stem cell research. Cunning-
ham said the University would
never endorse a ballot propos-
al, but often hosts lectures and
programs about the issue and
what's at stake.
Cunningham said Coleman
was perfectly within her right
to endorse Proposal 2 so "as an
individual."
"She wasn't using resources,
she wasn't even using her title
- she was just using her name
and everyone shouldhbe allowed
to do that no matter who they
are," she said.
ELAINE LAFAY

LSA freshmen Kevin Liu and Dan Bair trace Demecratic presidential
neminee Sarack Obama paints with a stencil en the sidewalk nut-
side the Michigan League yesterday. As election day draws clnser,
campus groups are upping their effnrts tn get nut the note.

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Dorm lounge
chair stolen
WHERE: Bursley Mall
WHIEN: Thursday at about 1:30
WHAT: A metal and wood table
chair was taken from the Blue
Apple lounge in the residence
hall, University police reponrted.
The chair was valued at $200
and police have no suspects.
Fake IDs found
in wallet
WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Wednesday at about
11 a.m.
WHAT: Two identification
cards, including a driver's
license, were found in a wallet
andhbelieved to be fake, Uni-r
versity police reported. Police
are investigating the situation
and have a suspect. :

Unattended
wallet lifted
WHERE: Central Campus Rec-
reational Building
WHEN: Wednesday at about
9:30 p.m.
WHAT: A wallet, left
unlocked and unsupervised
in the men's locker room,
was stolen, University police
reported. The wallet was val-
ued at $25 and contained an
Mcard, two credit cards and a
driver's license.
Computer,
software stolen
WHERE: G.G. Brown Building
WHEN: Wednesday at about
1t am.
WHAT: A computer and
software valued at $11,000
were stolen, University police
reported. They were delivered
on Sept. 9 and are now missing.

Photography
lecture
WHAT: A talk by photog-
rapher Steve Pyke about the
subjects of his career
WHO: History of Art
WHEN: Tonight at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Tappan Hall,
Room iao
Celebration of
prominent poet
WHAT: A tribute to
Pullitzer-Prize winner and
University alum Theodore
Roethke
WHO: English Department
WHEN: Today at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Rackham
Ampitheatre
Film screening
WHAT: Free showing of an

animated Japanese movie
WHO: Center for Japanese
Studies
WHEN: Today at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Lorch Hall, Ask-
with Auditorium
Research'
presentation
WHAT: A discussion of sex,
gender and drug abuse
WHO: Institute for Research
on Women and Gender
WHEN: Today at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Alumni Center,
Founders Room
CORRECTIONS
O A column in yesterday's
Daily (Thne Complex Female
Body) misidentified the
author of "The Sex Which
is Not One." Lute Irigaray
is the correct author.
. Please report any error
in the Daily to correc-
tions@michigandailycom.

1A dentist in Locust Grove,
Georgia, will pay patients
$1 for every pound of Hal-
loween candy they give her, the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
reported. All candy collected
willibe sentcto U.S. troops.
2The Michigan football
team is a 23.5 point under-
dog going into the game
against Penn State tomorrow,
but the Wolverines have a nine-
game win streak against the
team, datinghback to 1997.
>>FOR MORE, SEE SPORTS PAGE 5A
3 Three police officers
were flagged down bya
man driving a van whose
wife was in labor, the Austin-
American Statesman reported.
The officers delivered the baby
on the side of the highway and
wrapped a jacket around the
infant while waiting for EMS
to arrive.

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