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Among the many bikes stolen last
week, one valued at $1,000 was taken
from in front of the North University
Building, police said.
The bike was described as a special-
ized Rockhopper mountain bike.
In addition to the number of bicycles
stolen recently, there have also been
parts of bikes stolen. The following are
some of the incidents recorded by the
Department of Public Safety:
A caller reported Friday afternoon
that a bike cover was taken from his
bike while it was parked in front of the
He said the lock was not tampered
with, but the black/purple plastic cover,
valued at about $30, was stolen.
While chained to a sign at the
tunnel entrance of Crisler Arena, handle
bars and all the brake and gear levels
were removed from a bike, police said.
The caller said the parts of the $450
GT Timberline mountain bike were
probably stolen Saturday night.
There are no suspects in any of the
cases, police said.
Credit card fraud
A credit card company notified a
woman last Thursday about excessive
use of a recently issued credit card.
The woman called DPS last Friday to
report that the card was stolen from her
wallet while she was at the,Museums
Annex. She said it was probably stolen
last Monday or Tuesday when she left
her backpack unattended.
There are no suspects, police said.
piece of MLB
reported to be
According to DPS reports, a caller
reported a cracked piece of concrete
Friday afternoon that looked like it was
going to fall off the Modern Languages
,The concrete was located on the out-
side of the building on the third level,
facing the Frieze Building.
The area was checked and DPS was
advised that the cement did not appear
to be in any danger of falling. Univer-
sity employees planned to remove the
DPS reports indicate a caller con-
tacted them Friday evening about items
missing from her backpack.
She said she left her room unlocked
and returned five minutes later to find
that an unknown person took her back-
pack, which contained books, a wallet
and room keys.
DPS was later told that the residents
in the next room "removed the contents
as a joke."
Wine stolen from
According to DPS reports, an officer
working at a wine auction at Crisler
Arenacaught an individual walking out
with a bottle of wine.
The person was identified and the
wine was recovered. The vendor did
nt wish to prosecute.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Jodi Cohen
educates on AIDS
By Jennifer Fried
For the Daily
If three University undergraduates had not banded together,
Melissa Grant would have had amore difficult timeworkingonr
"I didn't want to wait until my loved ones were dying to get
involved in it," said Grant, a first-year student.
There was no student group dealing solely with AIDS aware;
ness on campus until Trisha Miller, Ricki Mitzner and Lorie
Kuhn formed one over the summer.
The three said they merged the group out of two existing
groups, founding The Names Project/AIDS Education is on Us,
in response to the quickly growing number of college-age
people contracting AIDS.
On Wednesday, the group will display a quilt panel onthe
Diag for students to add names of loved ones they have lost to
AIDS or their feelings about the disease. This quilt panel win
then be added to the International AIDS Memorial Quilt, said
Miller, an SNRE sophomore.
The new organization has about 40 student members and
several local AIDS activists.
"I was incredibly impressed with the turnout at our first
meeting," Miller said. "I think it shows what an impact AIDS
has had on our community."
Mitzner said she thinks AIDS has not received enough
attention on this campus, and hopes that this year's AIDS
Awareness Week will be more visible and have moreof an
impact than last year's.
LSA first-year student Dan Yap said he also joined the
organization because "the lack of awareness on campus wa
Safer Sex Peer Educators from University Health Services
and the H IV/AIDS Resource Center are training the new group
by educating them about AIDS, and teaching them how to best
"The organizations in the area have been extremely helpfI
already. Ifthe campus could just be a little more supportive then
I think we could really succeed," said Mitzner, an RC sophem
The group will help organize activities for AIDS Awarene
Week, Miller said. They plan to show a documentary on AIDS,
host a speaker;hold an open forum for student discussion and
disperse information on AIDS in residence halls.
The group emphasizes the diverse populations that can' e
affected by this disease.
"There are so many communities that think they're invin-
cible," said member Melissa Grant, a first-year student.
"A lot of people still think it's a gay disease," Yap said.
The new organization has had trouble publicizing, but gained
many interested members through Festifall, Miller said. The
group is planning several fund-raisers, such as an upcoming
concert at The Ark.
Many students are enthusiastic about the organization, d-
spite the depressing nature of AIDS. "Realizing that people are
actually connected with HIV and seeing that these people haie
hope, gives me hope and gives me motivation to educate,"'said
member Stephen Fenwick, an Engineering sophomore.
"There's always hope that you'll impact one person,"Grant said.
B. DAMIAN CAP/Daily
A young boy pets a llama at Wiard's Orchards in Ypsilanti yesterday. Other attractions include a haunted house, pumpkin patch and country store.
Kmart demes bankmptcy rumors
DETROIT (AP) - Speculation that Kmart
Corp. might file for protection from its creditors
under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code
is inaccurate and misleading, the company said
"We want to reassure the vendor community
and the financial community that the company
is solid," spokeswoman Mary Lorencz said
after the discount retailer issued a press release
in response to a Wall Street Journal report on
The company issued a similar statement Fri-
day evening at the request of the New York
Stock Exchange after Kmart shares fell 75 cents,
to $11.37 1/2, on huge volume of 10.2 million
The market was reacting in part to a report
from CNBC-TV commentator Dan Dorfman
"We want to
reassure ... that the
company is solid."
- Mary Lorencz
Kmart Corp. spokeswoman
that said some Kmart suppliers were nervous
about the company's condition.
Some other analysts have been suggesting
that it might be wise for the company to seek
Chapter 11 protection.
However, Kmart Chairman Floyd Hall said
yesterday that the.company's financial posi-
tion is solid and improving. He said its liquid-
ity has increased with the sale of $3.5 billion
in assets during the past 18 months, its ex-
penses have been reduced by $500 million
during 1995 and an additional $300 million in
cuts have been identified through the end of
Kmart operates 2,163 Kmart stores and 171
Builders Square outlets.
The company lost $54 million in the second
quarter. With many tired and underperforming
stores, Kmart has been struggling to compete
for discount shoppers with Wal-Mart Stores
Inc. and Dayton-Hudson Corp.'s Target chain.
In 1994, it closed 120 stores. The company
plans to shutter or relocate 196 more by the
end of 1995.
"The priority for our stores is fix and elimi-
nate problems that concern our customers,"
Hall said in the release yesterday.
Judge to hear argument over wetlands development
LANSING (AP) - A court show-
down begins this week in a three-year
legal battle between an Upper Penin-
sula landowner and the state over wet-
lands development on his property.
State attorneys will ask a judge to
order Richard Delene to dismantle
what he describes as a wildlife pre-
serve on 2,400 acres near Covington
in Baraga County. The hearing be-
gins today in Ingham County Cir-
The state attorney general's office
and the Department of Natural Re-
sources sued Delene in 1992, saying his
project had violated numerous environ-
mental laws. Delene has dug ponds,
drained swamps and made other changes
that he says have improved the land as
Delene, a construction subcontrac-
tor, defaulted on the suit last year after
failing to file a proper response. He
contends his attorneys mishandled the
His new attorney, Donnelly Hadden
of Ann Arbor, will ask Ingham County
Circuit Judge James Giddings to throw
out the case, said former state Rep.
Stephen Dresch, a Delene supporter
But the state will argue that because
of the default, Delene cannot contest
the merits of the suit and the only legiti-
mate issue is what he should be ordered
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involved in political activity. The man-
date of AmeriCorps is that they not be
involved in political activism," he said.
Graffi said the political involvement
is limited to isolated incidents.
"We are not allowed to lobby by law.
We are not allowed to advocate for
anything," Graffi said. "We want the
program to be non-partisan. We're talk-
ing about service to your community."
Those testifying at today's hearing
include Harris Wofford, head of the
Corporation for National Service, and
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), an
opponent of the program.
"I think it's the responsibility of my
committee to review the different pro-
grams we have in place to see what's
working and what's not working,"
Barry Checkoway, the University's
director of community service and ser-
vice learning, serves as co-director of
the Michigan Neighborhood
AmeriCorps Program. The program
involves 20 community members and
20 University students. Last year,
AmeriCorps involved 20,000 individu-
The students work two days a week
during the school year and full-time in
"Our members provide direct ser-
vices to the community in a non-parti-
san way," Checkoway said. "We are
helping local groups to develop their
economic development capacity. We
are promoting public safety in unsafe
neighborhoods. We are working with
neighborhood groups to establish com-
munity-based health clinics."
Checkoway said students at the Uni-
versity involved in AmeriCorps receive
$2,363 for tuition and $4,050 in living
expenses for 900 hours of service. That
work is to be completed in a one-year
School of Public Policy student
Natalie Wiley, who serves in the
AmeriCorps program, said the living
allowance makes it more complicated
"I think (AmeriCorps is) a terrific
concept. As an intern, I have a deep
appreciation for community service,"
Wiley said. "However, it's my feeling
that the program in and of itself needs
Wiley said the rules and regulations
surrounding the living allowance re-
quire a lot of administration.
"I would get rid of the living allowance
for students and reduce the amount of
hours they have to contribute for their
service," she said. "Now,there'sthe track-
ing, the time sheets, the 'Did you work
this many hours.' That really make things
complicated and difficult for students."
Graffi defended the allowance. "I don't
"An atmosphere of dead-serious-
ness and an air of sobriety pervaded
the various registrationplaces, as men
between the ages of21 and 35 regis-
tered for the draft. There were few
Jjokes, less wise-cracking, among eli-
gible men who answered draft ques-
tions, as smooth-working, efficient
machinery forthe firstpeacetime con-
scription got under way.
"Draft registmnts missed no-one, in-
Ivading even the confines of the Health
Serviceandthe University Hospital..."
know how you can expect an individual
to work a 40-hour week without a living
allowance. This is full-time work."
Graffi said the AmeriCorps program
helps to increase and supervise volun-
teers in communities. "We're in no way
trying to take the place of volunteers.
We're trying to augment them," she said.
Wiley also criticized the program for
recruiting in professional schools at the
University, but not allowing them to
use those skills.
"Why do you go into professional
schools and try to recruit professionals
to sling dirt? This is why the program is
very awkward for graduate students,"
The House voted in July and the Senate
voted in September to cut funding to the
AmeriCorps program, which is included
in a larger appropriations bill. President
Clinton has said he will veto the legisla-
tion in its current form, which is being
reconciled in a conference committee.
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