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The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 1, 1995 - 5

Suspect attempts to
steal officer's
After Department of Public Safety
'officers located a juvenile they sus-
pected of carrying an illegal weapon,
the suspect attempted to take one of the
officer's pistols.
According to DPS reports, a female
"callersaid she saw a"high-school aged"
man carrying a gun near the dumpsters
of the University parking lot on the
1400 block of Beal Street at about 8
a.m. Wednesday morning.
' The caller said she saw what looked
like "a black, steel long-nose handgun"
tucked up the right sleeve of the
suspect's jacket.
w After police contacted a person they
believed was the suspect's mother, of-
fieers located a teen-age boy who fit the
caller's description, in the main lobby
of the Ann Arbor Community Center
'on McIntyre.
DPS officers then approached the
teen-ager and made contact with him.
'"A pat-down located a four-cell flash-
' light," DPS reports say.
Following the pat-down, the sus-
pect grabbed one of the officer's pis-
iols and tried to remove it from its
waist holster.
Building staff assisted the officers in
subduing the suspect who was later
taker into custody and brought to the
Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention
Additional tools were taken from the
suspect, and no offical charges have
been filed.
Pictures stolen
from U buildings
Staff members from both the East
Engineering Building and the Taubman
Health Care Building reported the thefts
of pieces of art early in the week.
Monday, a Taubman employee called
DPS to report that a "floral potrait" was
tolen sometime over Thanksgiving
break. The caller said it was one of a set
f three paintings that had been located
on the wall .in a Taubman reception
In another theft incident, a picture
valued at $50 was stolen from the East
Engineering Building between Nov. 22
and last Monday, according to DPS
There are no suspects in either theft.
Swastika drawn
on picture
An East Quad resident called DPS on
tuesday to report that she found a swas-
tika drawn on a picture in her room.
According to DPS reports, the caller
said she had been having "arguments"
with her roomate lately and she sus-
pected her roomate had drawn the swas-
t ika.
hunter removed
from property
A man believed to be a hunter was
escorted from North Campus medical
~f property Tuesday after a woman called
DPS complaining about his presence.
The callercould not describe the man
other than saying that he was wearing
an orange hat and was driving a four-

door sedan.
DPS officers contacted the man on
University property off of Dixboro
Avenue, read him a trespass warning
and escorted him from the area.
-- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Josh White.

'U' lecturer to seek GOP
nomination for Congress

By Ronnie Glassberg
Daily Staff Reporter
Joe Fitzsimmons, former president
of University Microfilms Inc., plans to
seek the Republican nomination for the
13th congressional district, a seat now
held by Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor).
Fitzsimmons, an adjunct lecturer in
the School of Information and Library
Studies, said he dealt with the federal
government during his years at the
University and was frustrated with gov-
ernmental regulations and duplication.
"Every time I looked I would say,
'This is not what I would do,"' said
Fitzsimmons, a self-described political
moderate. "I'm fiscally conservative. I
think we need to balance the budget and
pay attention to how we spend money."'
Fitzsimmons is seeking the nomina-
tion to face Rivers, who was first elected
to Congress last fall after defeating Re-
publican John Schall, a former chief of
staff in the Labor Department under the
Bush administration, by 52 to 45 per-

"All ofus would hope we could be re-
elected without an opponent," Rivers
said. "I intend to keep doing the work
that I've been doing and run a clean
campaign in the summer and fall."
Fitzsimmons became president and
chief executive officer of UMI in 1976
and worked in that position for 17 years.
He served as chairma$ from 1994 until
his retirement in June.
Fitzsimmons saidhe supports the House
Republican efforts to balance the budget,
although he was uncertain about whether
they were moving too fast.
"I don't know. I probably won't know
until I get there," he said. "I think Newt
Gingrich has done a good job as the
speaker. But we get into a lot of politi-
cal rhetoric and some of the rhetoric is
pretty harsh."
Fitzsimmons said he wants to work
to improve the nation's education and
welfare systems and to decrease crime.
"This welfare system of ours pays

people not to work. That whole welfare
experiment, which has cost billions,
has failed," he said. "I'm not against
spending the money as long as we can
see the benefits."
Fitzsimmons said he wouhdhave
voted in favor of recent House bills on
a balanced budget, welfare reform and
term limits - all bills opposed by Riv-
"(Rivers) is aprofessional politician.
She and I have very different back-
grounds," he said. "I believe she be-
lieves in big government and the wel-
fare state, and I don't."
Rivers said she is more representa-
tive of the district's voters.
"People can look at Congress,right
now. It's largely run by business
people," Rivers said. "My husband and
I had to work very hard to get an educa-
tion. We're not millionaires. I think one
of the things people told me is that they
want real people to speak for them in

Feds challenge voter signup ban

Shopping for Christmas
Sharon Geroux and her daughter Kristyn, 8, shop at Toys-R-Us in Dearborn on
Wednesday afternoon. The toy store now offers a gift registry.
Vice president responds
to report by faculty

By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
After a recent review of her office by
faculty members, Vice President for
Student Affairs Maureen A. Hartford
says she hopes to improve communica-
tion in many departments.
The report, issued by the Senate Ad-
visory Committee on University Af-
fairs, made specific recommendations
for improving the visibility of the Dean
of Students' Office. It is one of several
offices that fall under Hartford's super-
Dean of Students Royster Harper did
not return several phone calls this week.
The document "had some good
points," Hartford said. "They were
very accurate in their recommenda-
tions. I will definitely share them with
the Student Relations Advisory Com-
The report stated that a majority of
students and faculty are unaware of the
beneficial services offered.
Hartford said she thought a lot of
students do know about the services:
"There are probably more students who
interact with the Dean of Students' (Of-
fice) than know (they do)."
The International Center, North Cam-
pus Commons and the Sexual Assault
Prevent and Awareness Center are
among the services that report to
Harper's office.
The report suggested presenting in-
formation about the office's functions
during Orientation for new faculty and
Philip Meyers, a professor of geo-
logical sciences and member of the
Student Relations Advisory Commit-
tee, said he did not think Orientation
presentations would be the best ap-

Other Services
Other University services that report
to the Dean of Students' Office
Services for Students with
Career Planning and Placement
Counseling and Psychological
Minority Student Services
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Programs
Michigan League.
Michigan Union
University Food Service
Student Organization Accounts
Campus Information Centers
Trotter House
"I think a lot of people walk through
sort of a daze, because there are so
many things going on," Meyers said,
adding that presentations would only
be useful as part of a larger campaign.
He also said that the lack of name
recognition did not reflect on the way
Harper or Hartford do their jobs.
"There is so much information (sur-
rounding the University) that most
people are selective in what they learn
and retain," Meyers said.
Hartford said she hopes to increase
faculty input and awareness of the of-
fice by trying to attend faculty meet-
"I do think it is great for faculty
members to touch students' lives out-
side the classrooms," she said. "It's a
valid point that (committee chair and
Prof. Bruce Karnopp) raised in his re-

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -A federal
prosecutor went to court yesterday to
overturn Gov. John Engler's ban on
voter registration at state welfare of-
fices, saying Michigan has no right to
thumb its nose at a national law.
"You can't pick and choose," said
Assistant Attorney General Chris
Herren. "It's not the place of the state to
second-guess Congress' judgment....
The law is clear."
Engler issued an executive order pre-
venting social-service workers from
signing up voters, which is one of the
ways to expand the registration rolls
under a law that took effect Jan. 1.
The governor said the law is unnec-
essary, violates states' rights and would
be too expensive to implement.
So far, however, that argument isn't
prevailing in federal courts. Five other
states have defied the law and have lost.
California is appealing to the U.S. Su-
preme Court.
Noting that Michigan's presidential
primary is March 19, U.S. District Judge
Douglas Hillman said a decision would
be made "as rapidly as we can."
In defense of the state, Michigan
Assistant Attorney General Gary Gor-
don said registration can be done by
mail as well at more than 1 ,600 local
sites and 181 drivers license stations.
"We have 22 percent of all the regis-
tration sites in the country," he said.
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Gordon also cited an unrelated case
in New York in which that state chal-
lenged Congress' authority.
Hillman, noting that Michigan was a
pioneer in registering voters at Secretary
of State offices in the 1970s, found it
ironic that the state now is "dragging its
feet instead of taking a leadership role."
If Engler's ban is struck down, sup-
porters of the new law contend that
Michigan could register 150,000 to
250,000 people who are served by the
departments of Public Health, Social
Services or Mental Health.
Besides the U.S. Justice Department,

the American Civil Liberties Union and
the Association of Community Organi-
zations for Reform Now are also suing
the state.
An attorney representing Project
Vote, a Washington-based group that is
monitoring compliance with the law,
said Engler, a Republican, simply wants
to put obstacles in the way ofspoor
people who may register as Democrats.
Engler has been rumored to be a pos-
sible vice presidential candidate,
IfMichigan loses the case, it could be
forced to pay the legal fees ofthe ACLU
and ACORN.

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What's happening in Ann Arbor this weekend

Q "Annual Kiwanis Christmas
Sale," sponsored by Kiwanis Club,
Kiwanis Building, 200 S. First Street,
9 a.m.3 p.m.
Q "FallSemester's Public Showof'Imag
Ine That'," sponsored by U-M
Children's Theatre, East Quad, Room
124,6 p.m.
Q "FORUM Registration
Session," sponsored by Career Plan-
ning and Placement, 3200 Student
Activities Building, 1:10-4:30 p.m.
Q "HumanityAsEndinltself," Allen Wood,
sponsored by Philosophy Department,
Administrative Services Building,
Room 2058,4 p.m.
U "Moving and Shipping," sponsored by
International Center, International
Centrr am A n m

ence Room, 12-1 p.m.
Q Shorln.Ryu Karate.Do Club, beginners
welcome, 994-3620, CCRB, Room
2275,6-7 p.m.
Q "Single Parent Network," sponsored
by Family Housing, Family Housing
Community Center, Downstairs, 7-9
Q "The Mensch and the Jewish Critique
of Romance," Prof. Daniel Boyarin,
sponsored by Hillel, Hillel Building, 8
Q "Women's Issues in the Job
Search," sponsored by Career Plan-
ning and Placement, 3200 Student
Activities Building, 12:10-1p.m.
Q "Annual Kiwanis Christmas
Sale," sponsored by Kiwanis Club,

by GraduateChristian Fellowship,Chris-
tian Reformed Church, 1717 Broad-
way, 5:45 p.m.
Q "Saturday Morning Physics: Where is
90% of the Universe? The Dark Mat-
ter Puzzle," Dr. Shawn Mckee, spon-
sored by Department of Physics,
Dennison Building, Room 170,
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Q "Virtual Reality LSAT," sponsored by
Undergraduate Law Club, Law School,
Room 100, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Q "Advent Service of Holy
Communion," sponsored by Lutheran
CampusMinistry, LordofLight Lutheran
Church, 10 a.m.
Q Ballroom DanceClub, 213-2208,Michi-
gan Union Ballroom, beginning lesson




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