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Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 5A

AAPD: Assaults
Michigan State
weekend were
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Students Against Surveillance meet in the Michigan Union last night to discuss a proposaI that woud prohibit the use of surveillance cameras in Ann Arbor.
Campus group aims to block cameras
for su-rveill*1ance fro-m coming! to city

After cameras put
up in Lansing, group
wants City Council
to pass measure
Daily StaffReporter
in a dimly lit and nearly empty
room in the Union, William Leaf,
founder of Students Against
Surveillance, asked the photog-
rapher in the room to obtain per-
mission from the other members
of the group before capturing the
"This is a privacy club," he
The meeting last night was
called, Leaf said, because of the
recent installment of police sur-
veillance cameras in the Lansing
"There is this idea that there
is no privacy in public. But we
need privacy in public in order
to be free people," Leaf said after
closing the wooden doors to the
Sophia B. Jones Room.
SAS isa new student organiza-
tion that recently announced its
plans to thwart the installation
of surveillance cameras in Ann
Arbor by encouraging the Ann
Arbor City Council to pass The
Ann Arbor Freedom from Sur-
veillance ordinance - a measure
to prevent monitoring of public
areas in the city.
The text of the ordinance
states that cameras need to be
banned in outdoor parks and
residential neighborhoods but
may be permitted on Ann Arbor
From Page IA
ing wrongdoing by the Michi-
gan football program prompted
University officials to launch an
internal investigation into sev-
eral issues within the program.
The NCAA also began inves-
tigating the football program in
October 2009, leading to a notice
of allegations that was publicly
released in February.
At the time, the NCAA alleged
five violations: that the football
program exceeded the number
of coaches allowed to work with
student-athletes and the number
of hours student-athletes prac-
ticed, that Athletic Department
From Page 1A
shouldn't be there," she said. "And
if Shirvell finds himself in a place
where he sees Chris is present,
he's instructed he needs to leave."
However, Brown said there
is an exception to the rule, say-
ing that Shirvell and Armstrong
could be at the same event in cer-
tain situations.
"It doesn't include intercolle-
giate events, meaning they could
both potentially be at a football
game," Brown said.
Brown said Shirvell's modi-
fied trespass order carries a new
clause that DPS routinely adds
to modified trespass orders. The
clause stipulates that Shirvell
must "comply with all laws, rules
and regulations while on cam-

pus," Brown said.
In an interview yesterday,

blocks with unusually high crime
rates. The ordinance also states
that the footage should not be
held by the state for more than
two weeks if there is no inves-
tigation involved and that live
monitoring would be banned.
According to Leaf, an ordi-
nance of this kind has never been
implemented previously in the
Currently, camera technology
has been installed in residential
neighborhoods around Lansing,
allowing the city's police depart-
ment to view the 13 cameras put
in place. There are no known
plans for the installment of sur-
veillance cameras in Ann Arbor.
Leaf said he and other mem-
bers of SAS believe that the cam-
eras are useless and have not
proven to be effective in limit-
ing the incidence of crime, citing
the minimal impact of increased
surveillance measures in Great
Leaf added that the ordinancee
would not ban the use of surveil-
lance cameras in Ann Arbor, but
rather restrict it.
"The academic evidence is on
our side. We are actually giv-
ing up our freedom for nothing."
Leaf said. "It's putting the bur-
den of proof on the police depart-
Leaf said if Ann Arbor is a
model for medium-sized cities,
the ordinance could have nation-
al significance.
According to Leaf, police offi-
cials in Ann Arbor are not con-
cerned with the problem. Leaf
said that a preventative ordi-
nance would be more effective
if any surveillance proposals are
staff monitored student-athletes
in voluntary workouts against
NCAA rules, that Michigan
football coach Rich Rodriguez
"failed to promote an atmosphere
of compliance," that the Athletic
Department did not properly
oversee the activities of the foot-
ball program, and that a graduate
assistant football coach attempt-
ed to mislead the NCAA during
their investigation by providing
false information about his role
in the matters.
The University admitted to
every allegation concerning the
program as a whole in May when
it sent its response to the NCAA.
But Rodriguez disputed the alle-
gation that he failed to promote
an atmosphere of compliance
Philip Thomas, Shirvell's attor-
ney, said he hasn't consulted his
client yet, but that he has mixed
feelings about the modification to
the trespass order.
"In general that portion of the
decision that allows him 100-per
cent full rights to go back on cam-
pus and sporting events, that is
gratifying. It was fair," Thomas
said. "However, what I don't
understand, and I'm not sure
there is authority for, is a provi-
sion in the letter that made refer-
ence to the fact that if (Shirvell)
came into some type of contact
with Mr. Armstrong he would be
obligated to leave."
Thomas added, "I'm not cer-
tain there is authority for that
in the rules and regulations con-
cerning the Department of Public
Safety and I'm aso not certain
that would even be Constitution-

al." w
But what steps Thomas will

presented to City Council in the
"Governments have abused
their power very horribly in the
past, and if they have the poseer
to see where everyone is all the
time, the abuse of power would
be much worse with mass sur-
veillance," he said. "It's a nasty
feeling, and it's not one we should
tolerate in Ann Arbor."
The main challenge to SAS,
Leaf said, is to get the issue of the
breach of privacy into the minds
of students on campus and resi-
dents of Ann Arbor.
Video surveillance in stores
and other businesses would
remain unaffected with the pas-
sage of the ordinance.
A main tenet to SAS's strat-
egy, Leaf said, is to expand the
network so that the organization
can persuade an influential spon-
sor to propose the ordinance to
City Council.
Leaf said he hopes the Michi-
gan Student Assembly will pass
a resolution for the restriction
of camera surveillance during
its meeting on Tuesday, adding
that if the resolution were passed
through MSA, more manpower
would be generated. College Lib-
ertarians is also in support of the
ordinance, according to Leaf.
"The lawyers we talked to said
the ordinance text is good to go,"
Leaf said.
But Diane Brown, spokes-
woman for the Department of
Public Safety, said she's "kind of
confused" by the group's efforts,
adding that she doesn't think
SAS is aware of the number of
cameras already in place in Ann
and did not monitor the activities
of his program sufficiently.
Asked by the Daily in an inter-
view in September whether that
change was more difficult to
swallow because his name was
attached to it, Rodriguez said it
"Sure," Rodriguez said. "I
think anytime you have your
name on anything like that it's
just something that you ... have
a hard time dealing with, so
that's one reason why we made
our case, but we'll see what hap-
As part of their response,
University officials announced
several corrective measures
being taken internally and a
set of self-imposed penalties,
take next on Shirvell's behalf
remain unclear. As Thomas
said yesterday, he hadn't had an
opportunity to discuss the modi-
fication with his clent.
"I have not had an opportunity
to speak about it with my client
yet, so where we're going to go
from here I don't know," Thomas
However, Thomas said he
wouldn't rule out further action,
which could include an appeal or
litigation against DS.
"At this juncture I would not
be in a posture where I could
rule out sonme type of further
action regarding that provision,"
Thomas said. "We have the right
of course to go to court and then
in addition to that in the Univer-
sity rules and regulations there
is actually a provision for seek-
ing some sort of limited review

regarding the Department of
Public Safety's decision."

"It makes it seem like folks
don't necessarily recognize that
there are a lot of cameras that
capture what's going on with
people on a regular basis," Brown
Brown added that the Uni-
versity does not plan to install
cameras in places other than
buildings or residence halls.
Michael Kaufman, a senior in
the School of Music and mem-
bers of SAS, said the campus and
the city are downplaying the pri-
vacy concerns.
"This (privacy issue) leads to
consolidation of power instead
of decentralization. This is some-
thing that is fundamental to all
of our identities," Kaufman said.
"We have become more numb to
these privacy issues with social
Public Policy junior Bennett
Stein, a member of the group,
said despite the openness of the
Internet, the issue of privacy
transcends generations.
"We keep being told that we
are a generation that doesn't
want to have privacy and that
we are a society that doesn't
care about privacy," Smitt said.
"Facebook and other technology
have blurred those lines a bit, but
when it comes down to it, people
do value their privacy."
LSA senior Joe Klaver said
he's pushing for the measure
because he believes that "just
because there isn't a problem
doesn't mean there won't be a
"Once you spend the money to
get them up it's going to be hard
to get the money getting them
down," he said.
which included cuts to the num-
ber of hours student-athletes in
the football program would be
required to practice over the
next two years - the minimum
probation period allowed by
the NCAA - and a 40-percent
reduction in the number of qual-
ity control staff.
University officials pled their
case during two days of closed-
door hearings in front of the
NCAA Committee on Infractions
in Seattle, Wash. in August.
Many University officials
have said they are ready to move
beyond the alleged rules viola-
tions, including Athletic Direc-
tor David Brandon who said he
was "eager" to move forward in
Shirvell's initial ban from cam-
pus came amid a controversy sur-
rounding Shirvell's blog, "Chris
Armstrong Watch," and several
appearances Shirvell made at
campus events that Armstrong
attended, including an MSA
meeting where Shirvell called
on Armstrong to resign as MSA
Armstrong had sought a per-
sonal protection order against
Shirvell last month but dropped
his petition on Oct. 28, after attor-
neys for Armstrong and Shirvell
reportedly reached a resolution
outside of court.
Armstrong has since retained
Attorney Deborah Gordon and
the two have filed complaints
with the Michigan Attorney
Grievance Commission, seeking
an investigation into Shirvell's
actions and necessary disciplin-

ary actions, up to and including

Daily StaffReporter
An Ann Arbor police official
said in an interview yesterday that
authorities believe that two assaults
that took place during the weekend
of Oct. 15 are not related.
The first case occurred shortly
after midnight on Oct. 15 when an
18-year-old University student was
struck on the head with aglassobottle
at Fifth Quarter, causing significant
injury to his right eye and severe lac-
erations to his mouth, AAPD Detec-
tive David Monroe said. He added
that the suspect was described as a
college-aged white male with light
brown hair that is slightly longer or
curly in the back. Police officials at
first suspected that a particular fra-
ternity was involved in the assault,
but after a period of investigation,
police have not gained any addition-
al information fromtheearlierleads,
Monroe said.
"We had some initial information
involved, but at this point, we're not
certain about it at all," Monroe said.
"It came to a point where wait a see-
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who are often attendinguniversities
or beginning careers in new loca-
"A lot of midterm elections focus
on local issues and young people
are often in a transitional stage in
their life," Traugott said. "So their
involvement and engagement with
local issues is less and therefore they
don't see or attach as much signifi-
cance to participation in these local
elections as they do in a presidential
Traugott also called voting "an
acquired habit" and said many
young people are still developing
political activism skills and learn-
ingthe importance of voting in local
and national elections. He said that
decline in youth voting paired with
large numbers of older voters who
supported Republican candidates
due to troubles in the economy, led
to the shift in power seen in this
"It's not surprising to see the
incumbent party lose seats in the
midterm election, especially with
the economy when the conditions
are bad," Traugott said. "The Dem-
ocrats have had unusually large
majorities, so I think it was rea-
sonable to expect they would take
unusually large losses."
Political Science Prof. Vincent
Hutchings echoed Traugott's sen-
timent, saying that because the
economy has been such a prominent
issue in the political conversation
both locally and nationally since
President Barack Obama took office
in 2008, voters were hoping that a
change in party power may lead to
increased solutions.
"Clearly, the mostsalentissue for
most voters - and one doesn't need
the exit polls to see this - would be
the economy," Hutchings said. "I
think the concern with the econo-
my didn't work to the Democrats'
advantage, because they're the party
in power and there's a widespread
perceptionthat the economy's doing
very poorly. That's never going to
work for the incumbent party. "
Hutchings said that a growth in
Republican seats in the Senate and
the House doesn't necessarily mean
that Obama will struggle with main-

taining his presidency in the 2012
He added that Obama's presi-
dency may mirror Ronald Reagan's
in the fact that Reagan faced simi-
lar economic difficulties during his
time in office, but because of eventu-
al economic growth throughout his
term in office, he was able to salvage
his presidency after the Republi-
cans lost many seats in the midterm
results of 1982.
"(Reagan) went on to win in 1984
because the economy had turned
around," Hutchings said. "If that
were to happen, the incumbent
president in this case - Barack
Obama -would have a pretty good
chance of winning actually."
Brendan Campbell, chair of the
University's chapter of College
Democrats, said he was disappoint-
ed that the student voting percent-
age was so low and attributed the
loss of Democratic seats, at least in
part, to the decline in youth voting.
"Ithink it'spretty clear that when
students come out to vote, we elect
people who put policies in place
that exist for students and we elect
Democrats," Campbell said. "When
we don't come out and vote, when

ond, this could be anyone who was at
the bar that night."
Detective Monroe described a
second assault at about 10 p.m. on
Oct.16, following the Michigan foot-
ball team's loss to Michigan State.
The 22-year-old victim, a Washt-
enaw Community College student,
suffered significant injuries to his
teeth and face when struck and
kicked by his attacker. The victim
reported that the attacker said "Go
State" and the victim responded
with "Go Blue," Monroe said. Mon-
roe said the stranger countered with
"F***you" and the victim responded
with the same expletive.
Monroe said the suspect was
described as 5'8" to 6' with a bald
or shaved head, muscular build and
was either a white male with darker
complexion or a black male with
lighter complexion. The attacker's
girlfriend, a white female with curly
black hair, threatened to call the
police, Monroe said. He added that
the police received five different
calls about the incident from nearby
The AAPD has yet to release the
names of any victims.
we stay at home on Election Day, we
end up electing people who really
plan on cutting education funding."
Campbell said that instead of
focusing on the implications of
Tuesday's election may have on
Obama's presidency and the 2012
election, Democrats across the
nation are looking to unite and con-
tinue moving onward.
"I know Democrats right now
aren't focused about what's going
to happen in 2012. Right now,
we're just looking towards working
together and making sure that we
continue to work to move this coun-
try forward," he said.
Charles Bogren, chair of the Uni-
versity's chapter of College Republi-
cans, said he too was disappointed
with the low voter turnout among
young people. Bogren said he thinks
political "apathy" is why students
failed to turn out at the polls.
However, Bogren disagreed
with Campbell by saying the shift
towards electing more Republicans
was due to Democrats, who voted
for Obama in 2008, crossing over
and voting Republican in Tuesdays
"I think a lot of the people who
increased voter turnout in 2008
are people who went out and voted
for Obama and then became disen-
franchised with the whole admin-
istration in the past two years and
decided tojustsit on their hands and
notgo out and vote," Bogren said.
Yonah Lieberman, a member of
Voice Your Vote - the nonpartisan
Michigan Student Assembly organi-
zation that strives to improve elec-
tion participation - said he thinks
students often don't turn out to the
polls because they dont believe they
play an important role in the politi-
cal process.
"i think students don't really
understand the privilege of the vote
because they think they have more
important things to do," Lieberman
said. "And goingtoclass is important
and doing your work is important,
but the voting takes 15 minutes."
Lieberman said he thinks tests
and exams given by professors on
Election Day keep students from
going to the polls, and is something
that should be banned so that stu-
dents have more time to focus on
election related issues.
"An election is more important

than a test," Lieberman said.
LSA sophomore Erin Breed said
she thinks students don't vote in
midterm elections because they
don't realize how policies decided in
local elections affect them.
"People don't realize that the elec-
tions actually affect them and the
people around them," Breed said.
"They think that our rights and laws
were magically put in place, they
don't have anything to do about it."
LSA freshman Caitlin Morath
said she tried to register to vote
based on her permanent address,
but her application wasn't approved
in time to vote on Tuesday. Despite
this, Morath said even if she could
vote, she didn't feel knowledgeable
enough about the candidates or
know what Ann Arbor needs most
since she's new to the area.
"For me I feel like during the
midterm, I don't know what's best
for Michigan at this point," Moreth
said. "I don't know how long I will
stay here and what this will mean
for my future."
- Daily News Editor
Eshwar Thirunavukkarasu
contributed to this report.

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