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MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

TUESDAY:
Off the Beaten Path

WEDNESDAY:
Campus Clubs

FRIDAY:
Photos of the Week

The great alcohol divide

Students today know
Division Street as the road
that runs parallel to State
Street, but not many real-
ize its name used to mean
something.
In 1903, the city of Ann
Arbor literally divided the
town by prohibiting the
sale of alcohol in all estab-
lishments east of Divi-
sion Street, and allowing
it to the west, according
to the Ann Arbor District
Library's website.
"The dry line was what
they called it," said Wystan
Stevens, a 1970 University
graduate and lifetime Ann
Arbor resident.
John MarwilAnnArbor
historical expert and his-
tory lecturer at the Univer-

sity, said binge drinking
on campus is nothing new,
hence the implementation
of the line.
"There was really quite
serious drinking on this
campus for a really long
time in the late 19th and
early 20th century," he
said. "Drinking habits in
the country involved an
extraordinary amount of
drinking of hard liquor and
whiskey."
The beginning of the
temperance movement at
the University began in the
mid-to-late 1800s when
students and University
officialsbeganto notice the
negative effects of alcohol
among students.
At a temperance meet-

ing held at the Washtenaw
County Courthouse in
1845 - documented in the
book "Ann Arbor The First
Hundred Years" by OW.
Stephenson - a senior at
the University said it was
"the duty of every inhabit-
ant of the village to exert
an influence in favor of
order and strict morality;
and that to make this effi-
ciently they should neither
make, use, nor vend intoxi-
cating liquors."
Like many other college
campuses during the tem-
perance movement, the
University became a place
of great concern and con-
troversy over consumption
of alcohol.
Stevens said it led to vis-

its from radical speakers
and pro-temperance activ-
ists like Carrie Nation, a
famous pro-prohibitionist
who was known for her
ruthless antics that includ-
ed stealing rum bottles
from bars and smashing
bottles of hard liquor.
Eventually, the division
lost meaning. But the name
stuck.
"There was kind of a
general loosening up of the
rules around here, about
the time the Vietnam War
protest got started and
people weren't going to
tolerate restrictions on
liberties, especially if not
universally applied," Ste-
vens said.
-BETHANY BIRON

CHANEL VON HAB5BURG-LOTHRINGEN/ Daily
A street sign at the intersection of South Division and
East Huron Streets. South Division Street used to be
the marker of the "dry" side of Ann Arbor.

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CRIME NOTES
Laptop left Electronics
unattended, lifted, windows
stolen smashed

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Sex education Archeologist to
film series give lecture

WHERE: Chemistry Building
WHEN: Wednesday between 2
p.m. and 4 p.m.
WHAT: A laptop was stolen
when a female student left it
unattended, University Police
reported. The laptop is worth
$1,300.

WHERE: 1000 Keech
WHEN: Wednesday between
2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.
WHAT: Five laptops, an LCD
projector and a digital camera
were stolen from a trailer. One
of the windows was busted,
University Police reported.

WHAT: Short films on sexual
awareness will be shown, fol-
lowed by a Q and A session
with the films' director.
WHO: University Unions
Arts & Programs, MASA,
Spectrum Center
WHEN: Tonight from 7 p.m.
to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
Ballroom

WHAT: Richard Redding
will talk about the Univer-
sity's archeology program in
Giza.
WHO: Museums Theme Year
WHEN: 12 p.m. to Ip.m.
WHERE: Alexander G. Ruth-
ven Museums Building

Car hit by Dangerous
parking gate bunk beds

Chicago photos Figure drawing
on exhibit workshop

A $50,000 win by the
mayor of Birmingham, Ala.
at a casino is coming into
question, according to the Bir-
mingham News. A Tuskegee,
Ala. woman is suing the casino
alleging that casino employees
took Larry Langford to specific
slot machines, where he won
the prize.
Douglas Hollis, Ann
Arbor artist and Univer-
sity alum, will give a talk
as part of the Penny W. Stamps
Lecture series on Tuesday.
A Ray LaHood, U.S.
Department of Transpor-
tation Secretary warned
against the dangers of distract-
ed driving,The Associated Press
reported. According to officials
5,870 people were killed in acci-
dents that listed distracted driv-
ing as one of the causes.

WHERE: Lot M-15
WHEN: Wednesday at about
5:45 p.m.
WHAT: A malfunctioning
parking gate arm came down
on a car, scratching the paint,
University Police reported.

WHERE: Alice Lloyd Hall
WHEN: Wednesday at 1:30
a.m.
WHAT: A student fell from a
bed and suffered a knee injury.
An ambulance was called, Uni-
versity Police reported.

WHAT: Cynthia Davis's hand
-altered Polaroid photographs
of Chicago will be on display.
The photographs are from her
book "Chicago," published by
the University of Michigan
press.
WHO: Gift of Arts
WHEN: Today from 8 a.m. to
8p.m.
WHERE: University Hospi-
tals

WHAT: Richard Redding
will talk about the Univer-
sity's archeology program in
Giza.
WHO: Museums Theme Year
WHEN: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Alexander G. Ruth-
ven Museums Building
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U.S. and world powers enter talks with Iran Judge rules in favor
£ n T A. - - .

Washington official:
U.S. may seek face to
face talks with Iran
GENEVA (AP) - The U.S. and
five other world powers go to the
table with Iran today to demand a
freeze of its nuclear activities, and
a senior U.S. official said Wash-
ington may seek rare face-to-face
talks with Iranian diplomats.
The official, who spoke on con-
dition of anonymity because of
the private nature of the talks,
briefed reporters in Geneva. Such
a move would reflect Washing-
ton's determination to get results

at today's meeting between Iran hope, reflecting both sides' desire
and six world powers. to talk, despite a spike in ten-
In addition to the United States, sions over last week's revelations
the countries include members by Iran that it had been secretly
of the U.N. Security Council and building a new uranium enrich-
Germany. The U.S. delegation is ment plant.
headed by William Burns, the Ahead of today's negotiations,
under secretary of state for politi- the State Department stressed its
cal affairs, and Iran's chief nego- hope that the session would open
tiator is Saeed Jalili. the door to more in-depth dia-
Even as they prepare for new logue about ways Iran could alle-
talks today with Iran on its nucle- viate concerns that its emerging
ar program, the U.S. and its allies nuclear program may be secretly
are contemplating new and tighter developing nuclear weapons.
sanctions on Tehran, in a clear sig- If Iran is willing to address the
nal of expectations that the nego- nuclear issues, then there likely
tiations may again end in failure. will be subsequent meetings,
The fact that the meeting is State Department spokesman P.J.
taking place at all offers some Crowley said in Washington.

"That process will take some of \aIA
time," Crowley said. "We're not onnrAoon 9/11 tapes

4

going to maze a snap juugment
on today. We're going to see
how that meeting goes, evalu-
ate the willingness of Iran to
engage on these issues."
Russia's U.N. Ambassador
Vitaly Churkin, asked in New
York what Moscow hoped from
the talks, said: "To have a start
that has a continuation."
Chinese diplomats have also
been urging Iran to negotiate
with the six powers, U.N. dip-
lomats said, speaking on condi-
tion of anonymity because they
were not authorized to speak
publicly.

Hellerstein cites
national security
in ruling
NEW YORK (AP) - A judge
cited national security concerns
in ruling yesterday that the CIA
does not have to release hun-
dreds of documents related to the
destruction of videotapes of Sept.
11 detainee interrogations that
used harsh methods.
U.S. District Judge Alvin K.
Hellerstein said he believed he
had an obligation to let the CIA
director decide what should be
released when it pertains to meth-
ods used to make uncooperative
detainees divulge information.
"The need to keep confidential
just how the CIA and other gov-
ernment agencies obtained their
information is manifest, and
that has to do with the identities
of the people who gave informa-
tion and who were questioned to
obtain information," the judge
said from the bench.
He ruled after reviewing in
private 65 of roughly 580 docu-
ments sought by the American
Civil Liberties Union, including
53 field reports to CIA head-
quarters about interrogations.
An ACLU lawsuit already
has forced the release of legal
memos authorizing harsh Meth-
ods, including waterboarding, a
type of simulated drowning, and
slamming suspects into walls,
techniques described by critics
as torture.
The judge said he expects to
order the release of six pages of
written notes from a CIA field
officer who spoke about the
interrogation videotapes with
a CIA lawyer, but he gave the
government two weeks to sub-
mit new arguments opposing the
release.
He said it was only impor-
tant that he decide whether the
issue before him was a fit subject
for intelligence gathering, not
whether it was legal.
"If so, my job is to defer to the
extent appropriate - and that is
substantial - to the decision of
the director of the CIA," he said.
CIA Director Leon Panet-
ta had told the judge in court
papers that releasing documents

about the agency's terror inter-
rogations would gravely damage
national security.
The judge said he believes
he would have used the same
rationale to rule against pub-
lic disclosure of the videotapes
documenting new harsh ques-
tioning techniques if the CIA had
not -destroyed them in 2005. A
criminal investigation into why
the videotapes were destroyed
continues.
The judge, who presides over
thousands of lawsuits filed after
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, said
he reached his conclusions in the
CIA case after more "agony of
decision-making" than any other
area he has ruled upon. He said
he studied earlier judicial rulings
and concluded "there has been
a reluctance on the part of the
courts to interfere with the dis-
cretion conferred by the mandate
of the statutes on the CIA."
The judge, though, said that
the CIA has to obey laws, and he
cautioned: "We have to square
what we do in the gathering of
intelligence with who we are as a
people."
ACLU lawyer Alex Abdo, who
argued in the Freedom of Infor-
mation Act case, said he was dis-
appointed.
"We were surprised at the level
of deference to continue to main-
tain the secrecy of a program the
president himself has declassi-
fied," Abdo said. "This is a new
level of deference to the CIA's
decision to withhold information
about an interrogation program
the whole world knows about."
He said the ACLU would
review its options before deciding
whether to appeal.
Government lawyer Sean Lane
declined to comment.
The government has said
92 videotapes were destroyed, A
including interrogations of al-
Qaida lieutenant Abu Zubaydah
and another al-Qaida leader. The
destruction was revealed nearly
two years ago.
The administration of Presi-
dent George W. Bush had said
some tapes were destroyed to
protect the identities of the gov-
ernment questioners while the
Department of Justice was debat-
ing whether the interrogation
tactics were legal.

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