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Washtenaw college
counselor was
California fugitive
A 1960s black power activist
who fled California after a shoot-
out with police has surrendered
to authorities in his home state
after decades building an aca-
demic career and raising a family
in Michigan.
Sixty-seven-year-old Ronald
Bridgeforth entered a no-contest
plea yesterday in court in Red-
wood City, Calif., to assault with
a deadly weapon.
The Mercury News in San
Jose, Calif., says Bridgeforth
worked as a counselor at Washt-
enaw Community College in Ann
Arbor, before quitting to return
to face the charges. It says he
used the name Cole Jordan.
The San Francisco Chronicle
says after fleeing in 1969, he mar-
ried in Atlanta before working
as a welder and custodian while
studying at Detroit's Wayne
State University.
20 students from
N.Y. charged in
ACT, SAT scandal
At least 20 current or former
high school students from an
affluent New York suburb of high
achievers have been charged in a
widening college entrance exam
cheating scandal that has raised
questions not only about test
security but about the pressures
to score well.
Thirteen students from the
Great Neck area, a cluster of
Long Island communities with
top-ranked schools that send
virtually all their graduates to
college, were implicated in the
latest round of charges, filed yes-
terday. Seven others were arrest-
ed in September.
Prosecutors said 15 high
school students hired five other
people for anywhere from $500
to $3,600 each to take the SAT
or ACT for them. The impostors
- all of them college students
who attended Great Neck-area
public and private high schools
- fooled test administrators by
showing up for the exams with
phony ID.
DOLO, Somalia
Many Somali
famine victims
afraid to go home
Lush patches of green dot this
once-barren land, allowing goats
and camels to graze. A nearby
field is full of large, purple onions
thanks to a U.N.-funded project.
Four months after the U.N.
declared famine in much of Soma-
lia, some regions are beginning
a slow recovery from a disaster
that has killed tens of thousands
of people.
But many Somalis - women,
mostly- livingin a stick-hut camp
in this border town say they won't

return home because they're
afraid of hard-line Islamist mili-
tants stalking the country, and of
being unable to feed themselves
and their children.
Pakistan's U.S.
envoy resigns over
memo scandal
Pakistan's envoy to Washing-
ton lost a battle with the coun-
try's powerful generals to keep
his job yesterday over allegations
he wrote a memo seeking U.S.
help in stopping a supposed coup
in the aftermath of the American
raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
The resignation of Hussain
Haqqani highlighted tensions
between the country's nomi-
nal civilian government and the
army, which has ruled Pakistan
for most of its history.
Haqqani, a key ally of President
Asif Ali Zardari, was well regard-
ed by Obama administration offi-
cials in Washington, where many
lawmakers view Pakistan with
suspicion if not hostility.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Fewer sexual assaults
reported to DPS this yr.

From Page lA
Despite the series of sexual
assaults that occurred in the
summer and received extensive
public attention, sexual assaults
are down by 42 percent from
last year. Twelve were reported
at this time last year, compared
to seven this year, O'Dell said.
Also on the decline, the num-
ber of larcenies has dropped by
about 32 percent from this time
last year, and burglaries are
down by 19 percent.
O'Dell said aggravated
assaults are up by 50 percent
from last year - from six to
nine - and robberies have also
increased by 14 percent - from
seven to eight - since 2010.
He also noted that arsons have
increased from one incident
last year to four so far this year.
O'Dell added that motor
vehicle thefts have decreased
by 31 percent - from 13 to 9 -
since 2010. However, four cars
have been stolen from Univer-
sity property in the past week.
Officials at the meeting also
addressed laptops thefts in
libraries and other buildings on
campus. O'Dell said DPS regular--
ly sends undercover officers into
libraries to leave crime preven-
tion tips on unattended laptops.
He also said officers conduct
surveillance and perform sting
operations in high-traffic areas
to catch thieves in the act.
In an interview after the
meeting, O'Dell said he has
been planning to have public
crime meetings since the Uni-
versity hired him in August.
Though many students have
From Page 1A
on "Jersey Shore" at the Uni-
versity of Chicago last month,
has analyzed the impact of the
show and even spent two weeks
emulating "Guido" culture by
working out, tanning and doing
laundry extensively.
According to Moore, real-
ity television shows like "Jer-
sey Shore" offer insight into
American culture and showcase
current trends and methods of
thinking - particularly ina soci-
ety concerned with consumer
"I believe in really under-
standing our particular . capi-
talistic culture through these
productions, and I'm looking at
the mode of production behind
these TV shows, as well as the
different ways in which they
speak (to) culture, maybe even
beyond the ways that they intend
to," Moore said.
Moore said the show makes
statements about sexuality with-
in a particular subset of Ameri-
can culture, as it focuses on a
stereotyped, cultural group.
"I think reality shows have
become increasingly concentrat-
ed on particular cultural groups,
ethnic groups and regional
groups, as well as groups orga-
nized around class," she said.
"With 'Jersey Shore,' when the
show first started, the characters
were presented as mostly from
working class backgrounds and

particularly Italian-Americans
and living within New Jersey."
Moore was particularly inter-
ested in Guido sexuality, in the
way relationships are portrayed
and the male characters' sexual
aggressiveness and dominance.
She added that it appears to be
more important for the males on
the show to outperform others
rather than to have "intimate or
interesting sex."
"What I talk about with Guido
sexuality, it's not just about how
the Guidos on 'Jersey Shore'
have sex, but particularly the
idea that the male characters

left campus for the Thanks-
giving holiday, O'Dell said he
chose to hold the meeting yes-
terday at 8:30 a.m. in the Cam-
pus Safety Service Building on
Kipke Drive because he wanted
to start holding public meetings
as soon as possible.
When most students have
class or are still sleeping, O'Dell
said 8:30 a.m. is the time that
the meeting is regularly held
for DPS officers, detectives and
other campus safety officials
without a public audience.
"We really wanted people to
come in and look at what we're
doing and see the real thing,"
O'Dell said.
O'Dell added that he is con-
sidering holding similar meet-
ings at other times of day and
at other locations on Central
Campus or North Campus to
make attending the meeting
more convenient for students.
There were about 20 visitors in
"I'm very open to making
adjustments that would allow
more people to attend and hav-
ing it be more convenient for
people, but we really wanted
to get started on this project,"
O'Dell said.
During the meeting, O'Dell
told visitors that DPS has a
strong relationship with the
Ann Arbor Police Department,
but AAPD did not have a repre-
sentative present at yesterday's
City Council member Jane
Lumm (I-Ward 2), who was
sworn in this week, attended
the meeting. In an interview
after the meeting, she said it
was a strong showing of trans-
present such an excessive sexu-
ality," Moore said.
In order to better under-
stand the perspectives of the
male characters, Moore said last
month she began following their
regimen of working out, tanning
and doing laundry every day for
two straight weeks.
"I tried to take this onto my
own body and showcase through
this process how I will always
fail or even be exiled from this
particular masculinity," Moore
Moore said she was interested
in showing the difficulty of abid-
ing by and adhering to the Guido
culture in everyday life. She
added that finding time in her
busy schedule to follow the life-
style was challenging.
"I'm interested in not just
making fun of Guido sexuality,
but also seeing what sort of labor
GTL entails. I wanted tosee how
difficult this would be to take
on," Moore said.
Moore said she struggled the
most with the tanning part of
the regimen because she has
fair skin and was concerned
about getting skin cancer. She
also found it challenging to do
laundry so frequently, especially
because clothes must be dry-
cleaned every day, according to
the GTL lifestyle.
"You're supposed to dry-clean
everything, but I didn't have the
money to because I'm still pay-
ing off student loans," Moore
The gym also posed challeng-
es, as she found that she was one

of the few females in the weight
"It was a little uncomfortable
because all of the people in the
weight room are men ... there's
kind of a gym culture that is sort
of segregated by gender, unfor-
tunately, and I got to experiment
with it," Moore said.
Moore explained that she
chose to pursue a lifestyle of a
Guido rather than a Guidette
because she could more easily
highlight the challenges some-
one faces when aspiringto be the
ideal Guido.
"If I took on the femininity

parency by DPS.
"I'm not surprised that Chief
O'Dell would be doing some-
thing like this," Lumm said.
Lumm said she hopes the
AAPD will be represented at
future meetings, and that the
University will send repre-
sentatives to city meetings as
First-year School of Public
Health student Ariel Fleisher,
one of only two students at
the meeting, said she attend-
ed because she was recently
punched in the face while walk-
ing alone in the Kerrytown
Fleisher said campus crime
alerts are important, but she
believes DPS should notify stu-
dents more frequently about
off-campus crimes.
"I think it's really important
that ... the campus police depart-
ment understands that they
need to better alert students to
what's happening in the larger
community," Fleisher said.
Fleisher added that the Uni-
versity has a responsibility to
prevent crime against students
regardless of where incidents
may occur.
"I get that their jurisdiction
is University property, but a
student is a student whether
they're here, or downtown, or
on South (University Avenue),"
Fleisher said. "That, I think,
needs to be the prevailing defi-
nition of this department."
Fleisher said she didn't think
DPS advertised the meeting
well, but she said she would
attend future meetings if the
changes she publicly suggested
to O'Dell are implemented.
of the Guidettes, it might be just
as ridiculous, but because of the
fact that the men have a very
specific self-discipline I could
enact, I thought it would be eas-
ier to showcase," she explained.
LSA senior Stephen Wettstein
has taken three classes with
Moore and was her student while
she was emulating the Guido
lifestyle. He wrote papers about
"Jersey Shore" for her classes
and has discussed Moore's proj-
ect with her.
Wettstein explained the rea-
soningbehind the gym, tanning,
laundry regimen as a means for
the characters to present them-
selves a certain way.
"The whole point of this rou-
tine is this look that they're try-
ing to get and this look is ... called
'fresh to death,' the idea that
whenever they go out they want
to look brand new, like squeaky
clean," Wettstein explained.
He said that the only notice-
able different about Moore while
she was doing her project was
that she seemed happier as a
result of the tanning. Wettstein
said that he has read studies that
say tanning during the winter
months, or times of cold weath-
er, can improve moods.
"Candace did seem a little bit
more upbeat, a little more excit-
ed doing what she was doing and
I'm sure goingto the gym as well
releases endorphins," he said.
Moore even went as far as to
mimic the hairstyle of "The Situ-
ation"- the nickname of Michael
Sorrentino, a person on the Jer-
sey Shore - shaving the sides of

her blonde hair so she could slick
the rest of her hair back.
Moore is currently taking a
break from the guido lifestyle to
write a paper on the experience.
She will begin the project again,
this time for 28 days or a month,
to finalize the paper, and she
said she may continue to emulate
some aspects of the lifestyle in
the future.
"I might keep the gym and the
tanning part," Moore said. "I'm
obviously going to continue to do
laundry, but trying to do laundry
every day really was, with my
schedule, a real struggle."

AATA upholds
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LU says decision letter continued that these prec-
edents prohibit the AATA from
violation of First banning Coleman's ad.
In the letter, Steinberg,
Amendment Korobkin and Thomas called
the AATA policy subjective and
Daily StaffReporter "AATA has created a public
forum and cannot now exclude
st week, the Ann Arbor Mr. Coleman's ad," the letter
sportation Authority Board stated.
rectors upheld its decision The AATA's policy requires
fuse to run an anti-Israel that advertising be "in good
rtisement on the sides of taste" and uphold "aesthetic
A buses despite opposition standards." Additionally, it pro-
the Michigan chapter of the hibits advertising that "defames
rican Civil Liberties Union. or is likely to hold up to scorn or
e ad - an illustration of a ridicule a person or a group of
tal spider-like creature sur- persons."
ded by the AATA CEO Michael Ford
s "Boycott wrote in an e-mail interview
el' and $ that the ACLU acknowledged
cott Apart- that Coleman's ad maybe offen-
- was sub- 0 sive to some people.
d to AATA s"The standard is viewpoint-
cal pro-Pal- neutral, and is designed to
ian activist achieve the judicially-approved
e Coleman, according to a objective of ensuring 'a certain
17 Ann Arbor Chronicle arti- minimum level of discourse that
n August, Michael Steinberg, is applicable to everyone," Ford
director of the ACLU Fund wrote.
ichigan, ACLU Staff Attor- Ford added that AATA's
Daniel Korobkin and David advertising policy strives to
as, president of the ACLU's generate revenue for the compa-
stenaw branch, sent a letter ny and provide riders a pleasant
e AATA board arguing that and safe experience.
AATA's advertising policy "AATA believes that the
tes the First Amendment. application of its policy in this
te ACLU's letter cited a 1998 situation is consistent with its
in which the U.S. Court of public purpose as well as any
als for the Sixth Circuit obligation it may have under the
i against the Southwest First Amendment," Ford wrote.
Regional Transit Authority, AATA legal counsel Jerry Lax
h was attempting to reject a attended last week's meeting
union ad. at which the board affirmed its
te letter challenged AATA's advertising policy and its deci-
y, which states that it does sion to reject Coleman's ad, the
intend to create a public Ann Arbor Chronicle reported.
m for discussion through An ensuing resolution request-
ommercial advertising. The ed that the ACLU and Coleman
U cited previous advertis- continue to discuss the advertis-
s that had run on the side of ing policy with AATA.
Abuses and that had created Approximately $80,000 of
blic forum" - including ads AATA's estimated $29.4 mil-
encing HIV, housing dis- lion in revenue comes from bus
ination, domestic violence advertising, according to the
religious institutions. The Chronicle.


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