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Problems occur
in West Quad
A few minor problems in West Quad
during the weekend were reported to the
Unversity's Department of Public Safety.
A caller told DPS that a sink was
ripped from a restroom wall on the
second floor of the Chicago house.
The incident occurred between 11
a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, DPS said.
A resident adviser reported to DPS
that two subjects were fightingin Rumsey
house. The RA reported that the subjects
had closed themselves in their rooms.
An investigation revealed that the
only physical contact was a shove, DPS
reports indicate. Although one of the
subjects had a piece of wood, the two
were separated before it was used.
DPS said that the person who was
allegedly shoved decided not to press
charges.
Minor fires burn
throughout campus
Threesmall fires Saturday caused little
damage on opposite parts of campus.
A caller reported to DPS that one of
the grills in the University Hospitals caf-
eteria caught fire. The staffput out the fire.
LaterDPS investigations showed that
a cafeteria employee may have sprayed
some lighter fluid on the grill, likely as
a practical joke.
* Two fires were reported in South
Quad, one in the Taylor house and an-
other in the Gomberg house.
DPS reports indicate that the fires
,were small and that there was minor
damage to bulletin boards in the hall-
way. The suspects that DPS held were
questioned and released. The causes of
the fires are still unknown.
Robbery in campus
carport
A caller reported to DPS on Saturday
-that she was robbed around 1 a.m. in a
carport in the 1700 block of Murfin
Avenue on North Campus. The caller
was uninjured.
She told DPS that an unidentified
man came up behind her and stole two
$20 bills and one $10 bill. Also, the
victim said the assailant took a light
blue Motorola pager, valued at $77.
DPS did not find any suspects in the
area. DPS also notified the Ann Arbor
Police Department about the robbery.
Wheelchairs
jammed in carport
DPS reports indicated that 20 or more
wheelchairs were jammed inside the
south elevator lobby at the east Medical
Center carport.
The occurrence was reported Sun-
day. An officer moved the wheelchairs.
Last Monday, a similar incident was
reported to DPS. There were 40 wheel-
chairs jammed into the area around the
north Taubman elevators.
DPS reports did not indicate the cause
of either incident.
Larceny at Michigan
Union Bookstore
A member of the Michigan Union
Bookstore staff reported to DPS that a
credit voucher was stolen last week.
'The staff reported that another person

'attempted to use the stolen credit
voucher.
A 19-year-old woman is a suspect,
DPS said.
Grounds vehicle
,auses damage
A grounds vehicle hit a parked car in
lotNC-31 Fridaymorning, DPS reports
indicate. The vehicle was backing up
when the passenger door sprung open.
The truck continued to back up and the
open door hit a Ford Thunderbird. The
Ounderbird was not damaged. How-
ever, DPS reports did not indicate
whether the driver knew the door was
open at the time of the accident.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Zachary M. Raimi

Global Citizenship organizes community service

By Kate Glickman
Daily Staff Reporter
Constructing walls and mixing cement at a
local Habitat for Humanity house is how some
University Business students spend their week-
ends as a part of the Global Citizenship program.
Others spend time bringing under-privileged
middle school students to campus to show them that
attending Business School is an attainable goal.
Others go grocery shopping and run errands for
local elderly people with low incomes.
"Global Citizenship is for students who believe
that businesses have a responsibility to the com-
munity," said Thomas Savage, student president
of the organization.

Through the group, students organize and at-
tend local community service sites where they
both help make changes in Ann Arbor and discuss
their futures as responsible business leaders.
Savage, a second-year MBA student, said teach-
ers are mindful that business is not only about
wealth and "maximizing shareholder profit."
Coursework at the Business School has developed
ideals of corporate citizenship, he said.
"Global Citizenship is a concept that challenges,
not only corporations but each and every one ofus...
how we address this challenge is critical to our
collective future,"saidGraham Mercer, the program's
faculty director and alecturerin the Business School.
The group runs a two-day orientation to introduce

entering MBA students to issues such as business and
the environment, equal-opportunity employment and
closing the gap between rich and poor nations.
Group members frequently attend a mentorship
program at Scarlett Middle School and distribute
food for Focus: HOPE, the Hunger Coalition and
Habitat for Humanity.
The group raised money and sent people to help
build a home on Russell Street on the city's west
side for a needy family who will purchase the
home with a monthly no-interest mortgage.
After working at the local Habitat for Humanity
site, first-year BBA student Mary Vrecheck said, "I
see how businesses like lumber companies, electric
contractors and plumbers donate time, services and

materials and how much good it's done."
Businesses offer unique and essential products
to many charitable services, Vrecheck said. "
used to think of community service as manpower,
which it is, but.there are also factors which only
businesses can provide."
However, there are difficulties with student
obligations. "The level of commitment rises and
falls with the level of work students have been
assigned (in classes)," Savage said.
Savage said student sentiment about service
projects is often, "It's good to do, but I need ajob,"
For this reason, he said he feels both rewarded and
frustrated. In order to create change"you first have
to get people thinking about these issues."

Council
candidates
debate at
MSA forum
By Maureen Sirhal
Daily Staff Reporter
Despite a disappointing turnout, or-
ganizers of the Michigan Student
Assembly's debate for Ann Arbor City
Council candidates remained positive
about the discussion's outcome.
Last night's debate was the second
step in an MSA plan to get more coop-
eration with the city of Ann Arbor and
the student body.
"I don't think it was a waste," 3rd
Ward Democratic candidate Heidi Cow-
ing Herrel said of the low turnout. "We
had some really good discussion; sug-
gestions and progress were made."
MSA's city liaison, Andrew Wright,
facilitated the discussion, allowing each
of the candidates to address the ques-
tions.
"I am extremely pleased," Wright
said. "We ended up with a really good
format and those who did come really
got to know the candidates."
Parking on and off campus was one
of the major topics. Candidates advo-
cated everything from building more
parking structures to shuttling people
to parking lots further away from cam-
pus and the downtown area.
"There are a lot of lots on North
Campus that remain empty," said 3rd
Ward Republican candidate Grant Mat-
thew Grobbel. "There are buses that
can take students and staff to and from
these lots to other areas on campus."
"The Libertarians want to deregulate

City Council candidates debated In front of an almost empty room last night. The debate, sponsored by MSA, was designed
to promote student activity and input in city elections.

parking," charged 2nd Ward Indepen-
dent Donald Kenney.
Another major issue sparking inter-
est from the student attendees was the
services the city provides to students
that go unnoticed.
David Raaflaub, a Libertarian candi-
date in the 4th Ward, advocated provid-
ing a computerized bulletin board on
the Internet so citizens can actively
participate in the council proceedings
and remain informed. He suggested the
same system would inform and help
University students feel active in local
government.
Many candidates supported the idea
of producing a booklet to inform stu-
dents of what the city offers and possi-

bly making a presentation during Sum-
mer Orientation.
Councilmember Christopher Kolb
(D-5th Ward) said one way of making
students more aware is to get them
more involved.
"There are things (students) can do to
become more involved," he explained.
"The city offers internships in the dif-
ferent departments for the political sci-
ence majors."
Kolb urged students to contact their
council members if they have questions
or if they are concerned about issues on
campus.
"We respond to our constituents," he said.
Candidates also addressed the issues
of campus safety and acknowledged

the contributions students make to the
city.
LSA second-year student Afshin
Jacidnouri attributed the lack ofpartici-
pation to student apathy because of
politics.
"People have negative opinions of
politicians," he said. "Students should
be concerned. Perhaps they don't know
how much they can participate."
"I can understand (the low turnout)
with scheduling conflicts and mid-
terms," said 2nd Ward Republican can-
didate David Kwan. "When I was a
student I really was not into politics."
Wright said he hopes to present the
results to MSA, possibly to pursue some
of the ideas discussed.

Telephone
company
choice bill
attacked
LANSING (AP) - Critics of the
telephone reorganization bill that over-
whelmingly passed the Senate last week
blasted it as anti-competitive yesterday
and urged its rewrite or defeat in the
state House.
If the bill passes in its current form,
they said, they will urge Gov. John
Engler to veto it.
"There's going to be an effort to jam
this through before people understand
it," said Richard McLellan, chairman
ofthe Michigan Competitive Telecom-
munications Providers Association an1
a close adviser to Engler.
"This bill would delay competition
and move back from ... the Michigan
Public Service Commission's moves
toward competition."
But Timothy Hoffman, president of
the Telephone Association of Michi-
gan, defended the measure.
"I think we have senators who know
what competition is," he said. "We be-
lieve this bill is pro-competition. What
they're asking for is a head start."
Essentially, the big-bucks phone fight
pits local companies - including
Ameritech and GTE, who want topr-
tect their virtual monopoly in local set-
vice - against long-distance carriers
such as MCI, Sprint and AT&T, who
want access to the local markets.
The bill passed the Senate on Thurs-
day by a vote of35-1. A House commi-
tee is slated to begin debating it today.
Backers say the bill is designed W
increase competition and consumer
choices in Michigan's telephone ser-
vice. But opponents contend it is struc-
tured to protect Ameritech's strangle-
hold on local service by denying other
companies entry into the local market.
Ameritech's backers say they'll agree
to local competition when that com-
pany can get into the long-distance
market.
The bill, as passed, would delay the
Jan. I start of "dial 1 parity," which
would let callers make shorter long-
distance calls without dialing a series of
numbers required by the long-distance
carrier.
Under the bill, such service would be
blocked until local companies-mainly
Ameritech -got a federal go-ahead to
offer long-distance service.
The long-distance phone companies,
along with the Michigan Consumer
Federation, launched an advertising
campaign accusing Ameritech ofblock-
ing competition and noting the Senate
bill will let rates raise automatically by
the rate of inflation minus 1 percent.
"Phase two of the telecommunica-
tions battle is about to start," McLellan
said. "We are now in a more public
phase."
"You are looking at significant rate
increases under this bill and they'll be
automatic," said Rick Stoddard, execu-
tive vice president of the Michigan
Consumers Federation.
But Hoffman, whose group includes
Ameritech and several other local phone
companies, said the bill is a "very posi-
tive piece of legislation."
"What customers want is one-stop
shopping," he said. "It propels us into
the 21st century."

Caseworkers unsure what welfare changes mean for state

LANSING (AP) - As Gov. John Engler prepares
to unveil new rules for welfare recipients and a new
name for the Department of Social Services (DSS),
caseworkers who must implement the changes find
themselves in the dark.
"The Department of Social Services has not been
kind enough to inform the union of any of these
changes," said Lynda Taylor-Lewis, whose union
represents 4,000 welfare caseworkers.
"We're fighting now just to get invited to the press
conference."
Engler scheduled a news conference for 8:30 a.m.
today to unveil what his administration calls "the most
sweeping overhaul of the welfare system in the nation."
Part of that overhaul will be changing the name of
the department to the Family Independence Agency.
Caseworkers will now be called family indepen-
dence specialists. They were formerly called assis-
tance payments workers because they determined
how much applicants qualified for in Aid to Families
with Dependent Children payments, food stamps and
medical benefits.
Taylor-Lewis, president of UAW Local 6000,
said yesterday that DSS Director Gerald Miller told
her members three to four months ago that changes

About the only details
that are known are that
new caseworkers will be
required to hold a college
degree and that current
workers do not have to
fear for their jobs.
were coming.
But the administration has not told workers what
those changes will be, she said. About the only details
that are known are that new caseworkers will be
required to hold a college degree and that current
workers do not have to fear for their jobs.
"Dr. Miller is saying this is not about laying people
off, it's about changing the kind of work that people
do," Taylor-Lewis said. She estimates that half the
assistance payments workers have college degrees of
some kind since the department already requires new

hires to have associate's degrees.
In the future, family independence specialists will
be responsible for helping welfare recipients line up
the services they need, from finding a part-time job to
establishing paternity or arranging child care. Now, a
recipient may have to speak to several people to get all
the assistance available.
Recipients also will be given more control over
some of the financial assistance they receive. Instead
of having DSS reimburse child care providers, for
instance, the money will go directly to the welfare
recipients to pay the care givers.
Caseworkers are supposed to get fewer clients to help and
to be responsible for them until clients are off welfare.
Some of the changes are welcome, Taylor-Lewis said.
But "pay is an issue,... (and) people are worried because
they don't know what is going to happen," she said.
Michigan is overhauling its welfare system even more
now that the federal government is handing most of the
responsibility for welfare to the states through block grants.
New welfare applicants will have only 60 days to
find a part-timejob -or participate injob training or
community service if a job isn't available - if they
expect to keep their benefits, Engler spokesman John
Truscott said.

GRIEVANCE
Continued from Page 1.
own laws and no one else does," he
said.
Simpson also noted that the hand-
book was a only a draft.
"Hopefully, it will be a living docu-
ment and will be revised on an annual
basis."
Berkove said the document was not a
draft. He said that it was "a mighty
expensive draft" if so, as it was offi-

cially published and distributed all over
campus.
Lawson also said the use of a non-
senate committee strained faculty rela-
tions.
"They're pitting faculty against fac-
ulty," Lawson said. "We're a faculty of
only 200. Everything that happens on
our campus reverberates."
Faculty members hope to see im-
provements in the future, as Chancellor
James Renick yesterday issued a state-
ment of his intent to get more involved

in faculty governance. Renick was not
available for comment yesterday.
Simpson equated Renick's schedule
with that of University President James
J. Duderstadt's: "Chancellor Renick is
a very busy person. It's an extremely
positive effort that he will rearrange his
schedule to be available on a regular
basis (to the faculty senate)."
Renick had issued a statement earlier

in the year that said he would only be
available to the faculty senate twice a
year, Berkove said.
"I'm very pleased to see he's re-
versed himself. It's an important part of
his duties ... to meet on certain issues,"
he said.
At the meeting yesterday, SACUA
members approved a formal motion to
applaud Renick's efforts.

Correction
The protest HUES Magazine is planning in front of the Nectarine Ballroom is scheduled to begin tonight. This was incorrectly
reported in yesterday's Daily.

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"...If trick-or-treating isn't your
bag, but you're still searching for
the spirit of Halloween past, the
Ann Arbor Jaycees' haunted house
is for you.... Visitors to the house
are greeted with flashing lights and
startled screams. The tourguide, see-
ing that one little girl looked appre-
hensive, did his best to appease her
by hissing, 'Ah, a little girl. We
have someone here who just loves
little girls in white sweaters.'.
'Oh God, Ijust have to have a beer,
sighed a flustered clown emerging

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