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merge to boost
By ANDREW ERIKSEN
In an effort to step into the world of
high tech and to strengthen computer
programs at the University, ad-
ministrators have merged two depar-
The computer and communication
sciences department in LSA and the
Department of Electrical and Com-
puter Engineering in the College of
Engineering officially merged July 1.
They have taken on the new name Elec-
trical Engineering and Computer
Sciences (EECS). The facilty reports to
engineering dean James Duderstadt.
However, the curriculum will merge
both LSA and engineering students.
The new department will have two
divisions: Computer Science and
Engineering (CSE) and Electrical
"I see it as a welcome change," said
Prof. Gideon Frieder, who will be the
chairman of the Computer Science and
Prof. George Haddad, the current
chairman of the electrical and com-
puter engineering department, will be
the chairman of the new department
and its electrical engineering division.
THE NEW DEPARTMENT will still
offer an undergraduate degree in com-
puter science for LSA students and an
undergraduate degree in computer
engineering for engineering students.
The department hopes to have new
course listings ready for the next winter
term, said Frieder. The courses will
remain the same-only the course
numbers will change, he said.
"The core curriculum will be the
same . . . the electives will be dif-
ferent," said Henry Pollack, LSA
The department is changing slowly to
limit the number of problems for
"We will try to minimize the negative
impact for students," said Frieder,
"and maximize the benefits."
The new EECS department will even-
tually be moved from East
Engineering to North Campus when the
new engineering building is complete.
The ground was broken for the building
in May and the project is expected to be
completed by the spring of 1987.
There is a plan to provide a suite of
offices so that professors may have of-
fice hours on central cam-
pus-probably in East
Engineering-and to offer academic
counseling. Some professors 'will have
to commute between North Campus
and Central Campus to teach classes
and hold office hours.
LSA students majoring in computer
science this fall will join engineering
students in paying $100 each term to use
the engineering computer network as a
result of the merger of two University
departments, said Pollack.
CAROL L. FRANCAVILLA/Daily
The $285 million Replacement Hospital Project will be ready for occupancy in January 1986.
Hospital nears completion
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By NEIL CHASE
It's called the Replacement Hospital Project, but
the $285 million building going up behind the current
Main Hospital is much more than just a replacement.
The new building, which is expected to be ready for
occupancy in January, 1986, is a state-of-the-art
medical center which officials say was designed with
two things in mind: Patient preferences and the
flexibility to accommodate changes in medical
THE PATIENT preferences were determined
through a survey of hospital patients. When they
were planning the new hospital, officials asked
patients what they liked and disliked about hospitals
and incorporated many of the responses into the
design of the RHP.
As a result of the survey, half the rooms in the new
facility will be single-bed rooms and the rest will be
double. Also, the windows are lower than in most
buildings so that a patient lying in bed can see out-
University hospitals administrator George
Zuidema said the major problem at the current 586-
bed Main Hospital is its lack of flexibility. Because
many of the upper floors are too weak to hold advan-
ced medical equipment, the building is becoming
useless although it is still structurally sound.
TO OVERCOME this problem in the new facility,
planners included interstitial spaces between floors
which will hold much of the medical equipment and
allow oxygen to be easily supplied to each patient
Workers will be able to install and remove equip-
ment and service the building's support system in
these crawl spaces without disturbing patient areas.
In addition to the single and double rooms, the over
800-bed hospital will have special wards which can be
used for intensive care, coronary care, and other
specialized needs. These wards can be arranged so
that nurses may constantly watch a patient or
provide a private room, depending on the patient's
RHP CONSTRUCTION has proceeded quite close
to its original schedule, although the cost has risen
from the original proposal of $210 million to the
present $285 million. Most of the funding was raised
through the sale of state bonds, and developer A.
Alfred Taubman, owner of the Michigan Panthers
football team, is conducting a drive to raise the final
$20 million for the project through private donations.
A six-week strike in 1982 by ironworkers at the RHP
site caused minor construction delays, and last June
the University regents approved the spending of $8.3
million from a reserve fund within the hospital
budget to correct problems caused by fast-tracking
- a procedure designed to save time and money by
allowing one part of the building to be constructed.
while another is still being planned.
The Main Hospital and its replacement are the hub
of the vast University Hospitals Medical Center,
which has recently become best known for heart
transplants and emergency services. Doctors recen-
tly resumed the heart transplant procedure at
University Hospital, treating a Detroit man and a 2-
year-old girl, the youngest transplant patient ever.
AMBULANCES AND the University's Survival
Flight helicopter often bring severly injured patients
from other Southeastern Michigan hospitals to the
University for advanced and specialized treatment.
The burn center treats victims of major fires and ac-
cidents, and the numerous specialists in the hospital
and the medical school see patients with a variety of
rare and unfamiliar diseases.
In addition to the Mair Hospital, the medical
houses the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Holden
Perinatal Hospital, and Women's Hospital as well as
the Adult and Child Psychiatric Hospitals.
Several buildings house medical faculty and
classrooms. Officials have not yet determined what
will happen to the Main. Hospital when the patients
move out at the end of next year, but some speculate
it will torn down while others say it may be converted
to office space. The old St. Joseph's Hospital three
blocks away became an office building for University
Hospital administrators when St. Joe's moved to its
New program boasts outdoor fun for student
MORE THAN A BOOKSTORE
Main Store: Electronics Showroom:
549 East University Ave. 1110 South University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Phone:(313)662--3201
By MARLA GOLD
For camping and skiing enthusiasts,
the new Outdoor Recreation Center
(ODR) at the North Campus
Recreation Building (NCRB) is a great
place to turn when studying gets to be
too much and it's time for a little fun.
The program includes equipment
rental, clinics, wilderness trips, and a
resource center which offers many
maps and guides for biking and cam-
NCRB inherited the program after it
had been kicked around other units of
the University for a few years due to
Mary Fran Grossman, the program
director, is excited about the project. "I
always felt a need for it on campus.
There is no way for students to par-.
ticipate in outdoor sports otherwise. We
provide opportunities for students who
didn't have the resources," she said.
The rental of recreation equipment is
probably the program's best feature,
with fees about one-half the price of a
popular campus-area store.
TWO- AND four-person tents are $3.50
and $4.50 respectively, as compared
with $8.50 per day at Bivouac on State
Street. ODR also has great prices on
cross-country skis, sleeping bags,
stoves, canoes, and fishing gear. The
program also offers price discounts on
weekend and week rentals.
Rental deposits range from $5 to $15,
a drop in the bucket compared with the
$35 deposit per item at Bivouac.
The wilderness trips include two rock
climbing weekends, plus camping and
biking trips. The cost is about $45 for
the rock climbing trips and only the
cost of equipment rental for the others.
Clinics feature workshops on bike
repair, kayaking, and mountain clim-
bing, to insure safe jaunts for both
amatuers and pros.
Student identification cards are a
must, so don't try to rent without them.
Grossman hopes that students are as
enthusiastic about the program as she
is. "I hope thousands, millions, of
people-come," she said, because there
is so much students can do if they take
advantage of the new ODR opportup-
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