The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 29, 1995 - 7
During the last few days, several in-
ciderts involving automobiles occurred
* On Wednesday, there was a two-
car accident in front of the Soft Cloth
Car Wash on Maiden Lane, the Depart-
ment of Public Safety reported. A Uni-
versity vehicle, No. 1128, and a white
Pontiac Sunbird were involved in the
collision. There were no injuries.
A stray golf ball hit a car traveling
south on South State Street near the
University golf course Tuesday, DPS
reports indicated. The car's hood was
damaged. DPS said it was an accident
and not a malicious or premeditated act.
KNear Murfin Avenue and Duffield
Street, a Domino's pizza delivery ve-
hicle incurred damage Monday around
9 p.m., when a rock flew through the
opening of the rolled-down window on
the driver's side of the car, DPS said.
Three young women were seen in the
area, wearing plaid shirts and bluejeans,
one of whom was carrying a slingshot,
DPS reported. However, no one has
been formally charged.
The victim incurred lacerations on
her face, but EMS was not called.
A bus was struck by a rock also on
Monday night while leaving Bursley
Residence Hall. There was no damage
to the bus or any injuries, DPS reported.
DPS checked the area for three
women, described as wearing sweaters
and shorts, but did not report finding
them. DPS said the suspects were last
seen by the tree line on the east side of
Bursley Residence Hall.
Tuesday was a popular day with vend-
ing machines, according to DPS re-
At 6 a.m. Tuesday, a caller re-
ported to DPS that someone broke the
glass to a vending machine located near
the loading dock of the North Univer-
The caller stated that he heard glass
breaking, but said he did not see anyone
in the area. The machine was damaged,
but nothing was reported missing.
I Minutes later, at the Legal Re-
search Building on Monroe Street a
Building Services employee said he
accidentally knocked into a vending
machine. He said that the door to the
machine was open, and food was ex-
posed. The machine contents were se-
cured, and nothing was reported stolen.
A specialized Stumpjumper M2FS
mountain bike, valued at $1,500 was
reported stolen Wednesday. The bike
was stolen in front of 500 S. State St.,
the caller said. The caller believed the
bike to have been taken at around noon
Wednesday. The bike is black in color.
A University staff member reported
to DPS Monday that her ex-husband
was harassing her while at work in the
Medical Science Unit II. The caller said
that her husband threatened to shoot
her. When' DPS officers arrived, the
suspect was not present and the caller
agreed to inform DPS if he returns to
reported on campus
DPS handled two incidents Sunday
with people acting disorderly in public.
® At about 5 p.m., DPS received a
call of an intoxicated person on the
Diag near the Chemistry Building
throwing objects at people. No one was
hurt, and the individual left the scene.
M About one hour later, a 28-year-
old man was observed urinating on the
Northwest corner of the Diag. The sub-
ject was in possession of open alcohol.
He was cited for possession of open
intoxacants on the Diag and for urinat-
ing i public.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Zachary M. Raimi
From Diag to
By Robert Jones
For the Daily
Upon arriving this fall, students were greeted by thousands
of new faces, solicitors, a welcoming atmosphere and the
constant sounds of construction. Throughout campus, con-
struction workers are at work at all hours of the day.
The visitors' center, behind the Student Activities Build-
ing, is one of the major projects in this wave of construction.
Work on the center started up late last April. Now, the
structural steel is up and the floor, mechanical and electrical
work will start soon, said Arden Irwin, the project manager.
"We are giving the visitors' center building a dramatic
facelift, to the give a good impression of the University to
incoming students," Irwin said.
This addition to the building will create 20 percent more
space in the building. Along with the addition, the existing
building is scheduled to receive new bronze-tinted windows.
Irwin said the new entrance will be breathtaking with slate
floor and a glass atrium the height of the building.
The center will hold conference rooms, information cen-
ters for new students and parents and offices which will be
relocated from the Student Activity Building.
Judith Harper, director of financial aid, said she is excited
about the new visitors' center. "We are really looking for-
ward to having the new visitors' center, as it will help us to
better serve the prospective student and their families."
The visitors' center is scheduled to open by late next
summer. The project's architect is Fry & Partners Architects
Inc., and the contractor is John M. Olson Co.
The new center is not the only construction currently
underway. On North Campus, a brand new Integrated Tech-
nology Instruction Building is nearing completion.
This new building will house multi-discipline instruction,
training rooms, audio visual labs, a virtual reality lab and
classrooms for non-University students.
Tom Abdelnour, the manager of the project, said the work
should be wrapped up by the end of October. By January, he
expects all the offices will be moved in and operational.
Also on North Campus, the University is constructing a
bell tower and a new engineering building..
Renovations also are occurring elsewhere in Central Cam-
pus. Construction is underway on the Angell-Haven hall
connector building and also on the school of Social Work.
Upcoming projects for January include renovations of the
Michigan Union, the Michigan League and the University
Health Services Building.
Students, who have to weave in and out of construction in
some areas, have mixed feelings about the interruptions.
"The construction has been around for years, it seems that
they never quite finish anything. If it is not renovating old
building, it paving the roads." complained Bobby Carter, an
LSA student and lifetime resident.
Some students on North Campus complain that the con-
struction on Fuller Road slows down buses and leaves them
waiting out in the cold longer.
Don Backos, an LSA sophomore, said his major complaint
is that the amount of dirt and dust floating around has
compounded his seasonal allergies.
Other students look past the temporary inconveniences
into the future. "I'm excited to see the end result of it, an
updated University will serve the students for the future, and
make Ann Arbor that much better," said Eric Olson, an Ann
Arbor resident and an LSA student.
By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Saloni Raval, an LSA senior, died
early yesterday morning from head in-
juries sustained in an car accident last
"She was a really sweet person, re-
ally tolerant of everyone and every-
thing. She was always so happy," her
friend Michelle Vallabhanath, an engi-
neering senior, said yesterday.
Raval, who planned to pursue a ca-
reer in actuary science, was born and
raised in Trinidad, an island in the West
Indies. She died at University Hospitals
at 5:45 a.m. She was 20.
"She was really a wonderful person.
I am going to miss her a lot,"
Vallabhanath said. "I am glad I havethe
memories because it will be something
to hold on to."
Vallabhanath said the hospital was
filled with students and friends since
the accident occurred last Thursday,
Her father Aj it, who lives in Trinadad
and Tobago, said he was grateful to the
students and members of the Ann Arbor
community who spent time at the hos.
"It is a great loss. She is the center of
everything. She has been our focus,"
her father added. "She was a very good
student. She worked hard most of her
life. Most of all, she enjoyed being in
Raval is also survived by her mother,
Sujata (nee Maharaj).
Raval sustained severe head injuries
in a car accident on Eisenhower Boule-
vard near State Street. It was raining
when the car fishtailed offthe wetpave-
ment into apole. Raval was riding inthe
Police said therewas no indicationof
alcohol use, but the official cause ofthe
accident is still underinvestigation. The
investigation will not be concluded for
at least a week, police said.
"We were all hoping there would be
a light at the end of the tunnel. But I
think we all knew from what the doc-
tors said that it didn't look good,"
Vallabhanath said. "I've been trying to
brace myself for this but it still hurts."
Raval was active in the Hindu Stu-
dents Council and was treasurer of the
"She was a small bundle of laughter
and love. And she had a tremendous
sense of confidence," her father said.
Funeral services will be held at 10
a.m. Saturday at Muehlig Funeral Home,
403 S. Fourth Ave. There will also be e
memorial service 4p.m. Saturday in the
Hussey Room ofthe Michigan League
STEPHANIE GRACE LIM/Daily
columns of success
LSA senior Dan Friedman studies yesterday by a Greek column in the back of the School of Education.
Rep. Conyers. Gingwil
ty to increaSe m1inoy pes
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. John Conyers
(D-Detroit). said yesterday that House Speaker
Newt Gingrich has agreed to take a look at the
page system in an effort to increase minorities.
"The speaker was very positive and indicated
that he agreed with me that we don't want any
appearances of excluding people because of race
or national origin and he would move to repair this
problem immediately," Conyers said by telephone.
There are 64 pages in this year's class, which
started Sept. 3. Only one is a minority - an Asian
Conyers saw mostly white faces among the
pages, prompting him to write a letter last week to
Gingrich. Gingrich had not been aware of the
problem, the Detroit Democrat said.
"The speaker ... made it clear that this is a
matter he will investigate with me and we will
work toward a mutually agreeable solution as
soon as we can," he said.
Conyers and Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.), who
heads the Congressional Black Caucus, will be
meeting with Gingrich as early as today to start
talking about the details.
Conyers was not sure the changes would take
place with this class or next. It is difficult to bring
on pages after the start date because they must
catch up in classes and other duties.
All but 10-12 pages are selected each year by
the majority party - this year the Republicans.
In past years there have been up to 20 minority
pages with five to 10 of them black pages.
bill moves to
floor of state
LANSING (AP) - Legislation to
ease a state law requiring the expulsion
of students who carry weapons to class
has passed a Senate committee.
The measure was approved yester-
day on a 4-1 vote in the Senate Educa-
tion Committee. It now goes to the
The bill would allow schools more
flexibility in dealing with students in
grades kindergarten-through-S who
bring weapons, other than a gun, to
school. Such studentshwould be ex-
pelled from school for two weeks, and
then could apply for re-admission.
Current law mandates expulsion for
possessing a dangerous weapon or com-
mitting arson or rape in school or on
school grounds. If expelled, the student
may take part in an alternative program
separate from regular school, if avail-
If expelled, students in fifth grade or
below can appeal their expulsion after
60 days, compared to the two weeks in
the latest bill. They are not allowed
back in class until they have missed 90
Older students can try to get back
into school after 90 days, and have to
miss 180 days before re-enrolling. That
is not changed in the latest bill.
The bill also removes provisions that
the alternative education be in a sepa-
rate building or at a separate time from
the rest of the school population. Under
the new bill, such alternative education
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