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Police Blotter

(09/15/10 7:37pm)

Sept. 12 Nonstudents were seen arguing near the mailroom shipping and were issued disturbing the public peace around 7:04 p.m. A subject was arrested for possession of stolen credit cards on Huron River Drive around 6:35 p.m. A 1997 Honda Civic was stolen from the 2000 block of Ellsworth Road.

DRC strives to make EMU easier on disabled

(09/15/10 7:45pm)

Eastern Michigan University has a wealth of free resources available to its students to help them succeed during their college careers. An example of these resources is the Disability Resource Center, formerly known as the Students with Disabilities Office. One of the DRC’s main goals is to collaborate with students, faculty and staff to create an educational environment inclusive to all. According to Dr. Adam Meyer, senior director of student success within Academic Affairs, the DRC is one of 22 national higher education disability offices that is part of a federal grant project dedicated to redesigning how campus disability services are coordinated and provided throughout campus. “The main premise of the project is that the environment is more disabling than the disability,” he said.

Renters insurance protects from theft

(09/19/10 5:23pm)

An increasing number of college students are falling victim to theft and burglary; however, there is something that can be done to cover the potential loss of belongings. Insurance is something that comes to mind when thinking about purchasing a home, but college students are now being advised to consider it as well. According to the FBI’s Crime in the United States 2009 report, there were an estimated 9,320,971 property crime offenses that took place in the nation.

Pope, on London trip, apologizes for abuse scandal

(09/19/10 5:33pm)

LONDON – Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday condemned as “unspeakable crimes” the child sex-abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, as more than 10,000 people demonstrated in London against his official visit to Britain. During a mass celebrated in London, the 83-year-old German-born pontiff also expressed his “deep sorrow” to the victims of abuse by priests, which — for the first time — he classified as crimes. Emotions ran high on the third day of the pope’s state visit to Britain Saturday, with both supporters and opponents of the Roman Catholic Church making their views forcefully known. The pope’s remarks came as critics of the papal visit and victims of child abuse marched through central London, accusing the pontiff of “protecting pedophile priests.” But as the demonstrators — among them victims of abuse, human rights campaigners and gay rights groups — wound their way along Piccadilly, in the center of the British capital, the pope held a surprise private meeting with five victims of clerical sex abuse. A spokeswoman for the Catholic Church said the pope had expressed his “deep sorrow and shame” to the victims in what was described as an “emotional meeting.” Later, thousands lined the tree-lined avenues around Buckingham Palace to catch a glimpse of the pontiff as he rode in his Popemobile to Hyde Park, where 80,000 people gathered for a prayer vigil led by the pope. The pope’s outspoken condemnation of the child abuse scandal, which has rocked the Catholic Church in many European countries, the U.S., Canada and Australia, came during a mass celebrated in London’s Westminster Cathedral, the principal Catholic church of England and Wales. Among the 2,000-strong congregation were a large number of dignitaries from church and public life, among them the former prime minister, Tony Blair, Britain’s most prominent contemporary convert to Catholicism. “Here, too, I think of the immense suffering caused by the abuse of children, especially within the church and by her ministers,” the pope said in his sermon. “Above all, I express my deep sorrow to the innocent victims of these unspeakable crimes, along with my hope that the power of Christ’s grace, his sacrifice of reconciliation, will bring deep healing and peace to their lives.” The pope went on to acknowledge the “shame and humiliation, which all of us have suffered because of these sins,” and expressed his gratitude for the efforts being made to address the problem responsibly. “I ask all of you to show your concern for the victims and solidarity with your priests,” he said. “It was a good apology, he seemed to really mean it, he was genuinely sorry,” said Martin Brown, a 34-year-old Englishman who had come to listen to the pope. But the demonstrators offered a different view. “The pope keeps apologizing for the failings of everyone but himself,” said gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, a co-organizer of the protests. Sue Cox, a 63-year-old Briton who said she was herself a victim of clerical sex abuse, also dismissed the apology and warned that the Vatican would “not get away with overlooking clerical sex abuse.” “The days of popes are over.

EMU official: Budget woes will not require drastic cuts

(09/22/10 8:26pm)

Overall budget challenges were said to be in the millions “but manageable,” Chief Financial Officer John Lumm said at Eastern Michigan’s Board of Regents’ Finance, Audit and Investment Committee, “and will not require draconian cuts.” According to Lumm, student credit hour growth exceeded expectations, growing by 4.3 percent, the first time in six years.