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Methanol Marathon
has 'U' students racing

r BY MONICA SMITH
About 30 University engineering
students are in a race to end the auto
industry's dependence on fossil fuels,
and to beat out the competition from
14 schools across the nation and
Canada.
The students, all members of the
$ociety of Automotive Engineers'
campus chapter, must convert the
engine of a Chevrolet Corsica, do-
nated by GM, to run on methanol
rather than gasoline. If successful,
they will then race the car in a
1,100-mile, five-day road rally from

Detroit, through Toronto, to Wash-
ington D.C.
The competition, which began
Nov. 21, provides a real-life oppor-
tunity for experimentation with an
alternative fuel. The race will begin
April 28 and will end May 3.
The project is "pretty challenging
because GM has told us what to
do... all modifications have to be
made on the engine," said Robert
Khami, president of the campus so-
ciety. Khami also said methanol fuel
is very hard to work with because
it's highly flammable, and a larger

amount is necessary to fuel a car
when compared to gasoline. For ex-
ample, a car requiring 10 gallons of
gas needs 20 gallons of methanol,
Khami said.
The students work on electrical
and mechanical plans for the modifi-
cations about three hours a week,
during their free time.
Since a proposal had to be sub-
mitted by Oct. 15, the students had
little time to put together a plan, but
still managed to be one of the 15 fi-
nalists. The proposals had to include
a schedule of events, funding
sources, and confirmation of access
to the necessary facilities.
Dave Dombrowski, a society
member working on the Corsica
project, said the project was chal-
lenging because, "there are no fac-
ulty advisors; it is totally run by
students."
According to Khami, students
have to be a member of the society
in order to compete in the race, but
not to participate on the project.
"It is truly a team effort... most
of our people are doing it without
any course credit for it," said Roger
Khami, chair of the Corsica project
and Robert's brother. "We have quite
a few people with no experience...
those of us who know help those of
us who don't," he said.
At the end of the rally the U.S.
and Canadian Departments of Energy
will award $20,000 in prizes. The
key elements of the competition will
be fuel economy, startability, emis-
sions, acceleration and rally times.
In addition, Chevrolet will award
$1,000 to the team with the best-
appearing car.
Although the race is four months
away, Dombrowski thinks the
society members stand a good chance
of winning. "If we don't win, we
will come very, very close," he said.
The Society, a nationwide group,
began in the early 1900s to provide
quality and safety to the then-new
auto industry. Student members of
the University chapter gain hands-on
experience and are able to team up
with engineers in industry for a day
and tour auto companies.
"We don't just want paper mem-
bers," said President Khami. "It (the
society) is a lot of satisfaction for
people."

ALEXANDRA BREZ/Doil
Lorne Zalesin, Chair of the Student Governing Board, hangs a mezuzah at the doorway of tie
new Hillel center. The mezuzah is a symbol of the bond between God and Jewish people to
sanctify the holiness of a Jewish dwelling.

Hillel

dedicated

to Jewisi
BY KRISTIN HOFFMAN
The new $3 million Hillel building was dedicated
yesterday at an invitation-only event held for about
300 financial contributors to the Campaign for U-M
Hillel. An open house, party, and tours for students
will be held in January.
The building was dedicated to Mandell Berman,
president of the national Council of Jewish Federa-
tions, a coordinating body for Jewish Welfare Federa-
tions across America.
Hillel Director Michael Brooks noted that the Uni-
versity's Hillel is unique: there are 400 Hillel founda-
tions at universities nationwide, but Michigan's is the
only organization with a governing board dominated
by students.
The 17-member board is elected by those on Hil-
lel's mailing list, said Governing Board Chair Lorne
Zalesin. Ten members are students, six faculty, and
one an Ann Arbor resident.
The guest speaker, Rackham Graduate School Dean
John D'Arms, first read a letter of greetings and con-
gratulations from University President James Duder-
stadt, who was invited to the ceremonies, but unable
to attend. D'Arms said Hillel plays an important role
ift the quality of life for university students, and is a
symbol of the quest for higher learning.
Hillel provides a wide range of activities for

leader
university students, from lectures and movie series, toy
co-publishing Consider and Prospect , sponsoring,
more than 30 student organizations, short-term coun-
seling services, kosher meals, weekly religious ser-
vices, and emergency loans. Both Brooks and Zalesin*
stressed the availability of Hillel's services to non-
Jewish students.
Samuel Frankel, chair of the United Jewish Chari
ties, emphasized the ability of the center to "sensitize:
these young people to the beauty and responsibility of
Jewish life, Jewish values, serve Jewish activities;
programs, [and] reach out to Jewish students and oth-
ers." The University's new Judaic Studies Center was.
recently established in his and his wife's names.
Berman focused his speech on the importance of
Hillel to future generations. He addressed his grandson,
Lawrence, who was in the audience.
"You are the future, Lawrence, you and your con-!
temporaries. You are the focus of our hopes and
dreams."
Zalesin said the new $3 million facility indicafes
caring and concern on the part of community memberg
for Jewish students on campus, about their futures and
education. He said that University years are a "critical
time in the life of students, their formation of ideas
and ideals - we're a part of this process."

JESSICA GREENE /Dal y
Engineering school Senior Dave Dombrowski tests equipment
for use in a project to convert a car to run on methanol. The
car will be used in a 1,100 mile race to Washington, D.C.

The average salary increase for faculty members was 6.3 percent, said Ed-
ward Hayes, associate director for personnel. The Daily originally reported
a higher figure.
In Friday's Daily, the Soviet Socialist Province of Armenia should have
been identified as such, and Karabagh should have been identified as an
autonomous region of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In the past several
weeks, 7,000 Azerbaijanis have fled Armenia, and 20,000 Armenians
have left Azerbaijan.

Galens gathers $55,000 in gifts

THE

LIST

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Speakers
Umoja/Unity - John Lockhart,
South Quad, Ambatana Lounge, 8
pm.
"Chiral Organometallic Clus-
ters: Syntheses, Reactivity,
and NMR Fluxionality" - Prof.
Michael McGlinchey, McMaster Uni-
versity, Ontario, 1200 Chem. Bldg., 4
pm.
"The Dynamics of Arachnid
Predators and Their Prey: The
Results of Field Investigations
in New Mexico and Australia"
- Rich Bradley, OSU, 1046 Dana, 4-
5 pm. Tea, coffee, and cookies at
3:30-4 pm.
"Recent Trends in Fertility &
Morality in Egypt" - S. Bern-
stein, Lane Hall Commons, 12 noon.
Brown Bag Lecture Series.
"In Pursuit of Happiness and
Good Government" - C. Murray,
Rackham Amphitheatre, 3:45 pm.
"Teaching Popular Music in a
University Music School" - J.
Shepherd, Rackham E. Conference
Rm., 4 pm.
Meetings
U of M Fencing Team - Prac-
tice, Coliseum, 7-10 pm. Last Week
of Practices for the Term.
U of M Archery Club - Coli-
seum, 7-10 pm. For info call 764-
World Hunger Education-Ac-
tion Committee - 4202 Michigan
Union, 6 pm.
Christian Science Organization

Hospital Volunteers - Informa-
tion meeting, Hospital Amphitheatre,
4-5 pm. Call 936-4327.
LSA Faculty Meeting - MLB
Aud 4, 4:10 pm.
Armenian Club - Crofoot Rm.,
Michigan Union, 8 pm.
Furthermore
Payroll Check Distribution -
On Friday December 30, from 10 am-
2 pm the Plant Business Office will
be distributing the 12/30 bi-weekly
payroll checks, west door by Human
Resource Development.
Painting and Printmaking Ex-
hibits - Ellen Lader, Liz Patek,
Curt Wallin, December 5-15, Art
Lounge, Michigan Union. Perfor-
mances informal, free of charge.
Practice Interviewing on Video
(Limit:15) - Career Planning and
Placement Center, 3:10-5 pm.
English Peer Counseling -
4000A Michigan Union, 7-9 pm.
Help with papers and other English
related questions.
Petition Drive Concerning
Outbreaks in Azerbaijan - In
the Fishbowl, stop by anytime.
Sponsored by the Armenian Students'
Cultural Association.
Lesbian-Gay Male Community
Open House - CanterburyHouse,
218 N. Division, 8:45 pm.
Performances
Composers Forum - Recital
Hall, School of Music, 8 pm.
Fair Lane Music Guild (U of

BY LAURA COHN
They were everywhere. And if
you didn't drop some coins in their
buckets, you almost had to feel
guilty. Treasured were the small
green and red tags which announced
to the world that you had given.
In their 61st annual fund-raising
drive, Galens Medical Society mem-
bers say they raised over $55,000
Friday and Saturday from their Tag
Days street drive for sick and needy
children throughout Washtenaw
County.
Thousands of dollars more than
last year were collected, according to
Allan Mishra, president of Galens.
He was "very excited" about the re-
sponse of the Ann Arbor community
to this year's fund drive.
"We felt like everybody was
happy to give money. I think that
with Christmas coming, both the
students and the people of Ann Ar-
bor were very generous and support-
ive," he said.
"While counting the money, I
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Galens also conducts a mail drive
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figures will not be available for
about another month, Mishra said.
Over 200 society members
worked shifts during the two-day ef-
fort, according to Peter Strouse, a
fourth-year University medical stu-
dent participating in the drive.
Strouse was out on the streets a total
of 14 hours this year collecting
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"I have participated in Tag Days
for a few years now," Strouse said,
"and it is so nice to know that our
time and effort is going towards such
a worthy cause."

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The funds collected support such or-
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