News in Brief

Campus robbery in daylight

Last Monday, a Carnegie Mellon student reported that he was robbed in the University Center after using the ATM near Entropy.

After withdrawing money from the ATM between 2 and 2:30 p.m., the student reported that he used the first-floor restroom near McConomy Auditorium. While entering a stall, he was approached from behind and knocked down. The offender then stole his wallet.

Because the culprit approached the victim from behind, the victim could only describe him as a white male with dark hair, 20–30 years old and six feet tall.

The victim was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, treated for minor injuries, and released.

University Police request that, if students see this suspect or anyone resembling him, particularly in or near the University Center, or have any information that might assist police in this case, they contact them at (412) 268-2323.

Smoking ban passes for now

Allegheny County Council assed a bill last Tuesday that would ban smoking in restaurants, bars, and other workplaces.

But the next day, the state Senate voted to override the provisions in the measure that barred smoking in slots parlors.

On the other hand, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato says he will veto the bill if it does not apply to Pittsburgh slot machine casinos.

Permitting smoking in casinos, Onorato said in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, would give casinos an unfair advantage over restaurants and bars.

Onorato will review the bill’s amendments before deciding to sign the veto.

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Alum to invest in Delphi Corp.

Carnegie Mellon alumnus David A. Tepper has recently pledged to bring auto-parts giant Delphi Corp. out of bankruptcy protection.

Tepper is a 1982 graduate of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, now the Tepper School of Business, which bears his name. Tepper donated a record $55 million to the University in spring 2004.

In his latest business venture, Tepper would invest billions of dollars in Delphi, a company which manufactures mobile electronics as well as transportation components and systems technology. If the agreement goes through, Tepper will end up controlling up to one-third of Delphi’s stock when it emerges from bankruptcy.

The company’s former parent corporation is General Motors.

Tepper made his fortune by investing in failing companies and declining industries. When the steel and coal industries began to fail, he invested in them, and later bought securities of firms facing asbestos suits.

Source: The Wall Street Journal