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'M' icers' victories
could sink Lakers
By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
If the CCHA season is going to have any more
suspense than the average Rocky movie, Lake
Superior State must at least split with Michigan
at Yost Ice Arena this weekend.
That's because the top-ranked Wolverines
are nine points ahead of second-place Lake State.
John Candy could steal second base with a lead
If anyone else in the conference is going to
catch the Wolverines, then Michigan will have to
start slumping soon. Lake
State (9-4-0 CCHA, 13-4-0 _}&' yW
overall), which is ranked sec- 77
ond in the nation, is the most
likely candidate to send
Michigan (13-0-1, 17-1-1)
into such a downward slide. M
Laker coach Jeff Jackson
is not confident his team has
a chance to win this
weekend's series, much less
the whole conference.
"The way Michigan is
playing, I don't see first place
being available," Jackson
said. "I think Michigan is the class of college
hockey right now."
Historically, it has been the Lakers who have
played the role of conference bully, consistently
frustrating Michigan. The Lakers have elimi-
nated the Wolverines from the CCHA postseason
tournament for three consecutive years.
"No matter what, they always seem to pull it
out," Michigan right wing Mike Knuble said.
"Hopefully this year we can send a message."
In recent years, though, the gap between the
two teams has narrowed, and Michigan actually
took two of three from Lake State last season
before losing in the CCHA tournament.
Jackson said he thinks this year is far different
from the previous three.
"This is the best Michigan team I've seen," he
The coach's greatest concern is with
Michigan's starting line of Jason Botterill, Brian
Wiseman and David Oliver, all of whom are
among the league leaders in scoring. The three-
some also play on the Wolverine power play,
along with Knuble and freshman Brendan
"We're kind of nervous about them on the
power play," Laker goalie Blaine Lacher said. "I
think we match up well with them five-on-five."
Jackson is also not thrilled about the prospect
of trying to stop the Michigan offensive arsenal.
"I don't know if we have anyone that can
match up with David Oliver," Jackson said. "I
think he's the best player in college hockey right
now. Any time you get a line combination like
that it can be devastating to an opponent."
The Lakers need big games from centers
Clayton Beddoes and Wayne Strachan, who will
both spend time on the ice with Wiseman.
Wiseman is Michigan's captain and team leader,
as well as the quarterback on the power play and
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KRISTOFFER GILLETTE/Special to the Daily
The No.1-ranked Wolverines host second-place Lake Superior State in two games at Yost Ice Arena this weekend.
y MELISSA PEERLESS
DAILY NEWS EDITOR
Ninety years after his Blue Period,
20th century artist Pablo Picasso is
beginning his maize-and-blue period.
Four paintings by the Spanish
master will become part of the perma-
nent collection at the University's art
museum later this month.
The Carey Walker Foundation of
*ort Huron - headed by physician
Herschel Carey Walker, a personal
friend of the artist - donated the
works to the University.
The four paintings were displayed
at the University for almost two years
on loan from the foundation.
After they were removed last Oc-
tober, an administrator of the founda-
tion decided to bring the works back
- and let them stay.
He said he was impressed with the
programming that art museum offi-
cials organized to accompany the art
"They didn't simply show the
works," he said. "They organized
performances, discussions, lectures
and other activities to get the viewers
thinking about what the works mean
and the emotions they elicit."
0 The four works represent differ-
ent stages in the career of the
"Portrait of Francoise," a depic-
tion of one of Picasso's many mis-
tresses, represents a realistic period
while "Two Girls Reading" and
"Woman with a Mandolin" are ex-
Students, city street
crews struggle to
deal with piles of
By APRIL WOOD
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
It came in the night and has man-
aged to affect everyone on campus
and in the city in a matter of hours. A
blinding snowstorm has come to Ann
Arbor, making sidewalks slick and
some streets impassable - and stu-
dents and Ann Arbor residents are
struggling to get through the slush.
Transportation has become a ma-
jor problem as city crews work to
clear the streets and sidewalks. Snow-
plows were dispatched beginning at
10 p.m. Wednesday and ran for 12
hours before stopping, only to be de-
ployed again later in the day yestertay
as the storm raged on.
"We've got every piece of equip-
ment out that we can man," said Ann
Arbor Street Maintenance Supervi-
sor Gary Hubler.
The crews were sent to plow the
major streets before going into the
city's residential areas, but once they
were able to get to the residential
district, the snow was causing prob-
lems on the heavily trafficked streets
and the plows had to return.
"There were huge piles of snow in
front of the bus stop, so when you got
on the bus, you sank into it," said
Bursley resident Sheri Tokumaru, an
LSA first-year student.
"I left the airport and it was 80
degrees in Hawaii and I came here
and I was like dying," said Tokumaru,
who is from Oahu. "I want to go back
to the beach."
Delays of all sorts have plagued
airports and transportation companies,
but local transit workers have man-
le storms show no signs of stopping
SElIcy roads, traffic cause problems for drivers
.e throughout Michigan; highway patrols, towing
companies see sharp increase in business
Motorists maneuvered on icy roads
and through drifting snow yesterday
as much of lower Michigan braced
for the season's biggest snowfall yet.
Most of the state was expected to
remain under a winter storm warning,
snow warning or snow advisory to-
day, and forecasters predicted total
accumulations of up to 14 inches be-
fore it was all over today or tomor-
The heaviest accumulations were
expected in the northeast and north
central Lower Peninsula, and on the
Keweenaw Peninsula in the Upper
Peninsula, which was under a lake-
effect snow warning.
"This is a little different from a lot
of winter storms, in that rather than a
burst of heavy snow, this looks like a
prolonged~event with light to moder-
ate snow" for a few days, said meteo-
rologist Bruce Smith of the National
Weather Service office in Pontiac.
The snow began late Wednesday,
and by daybreak Thursday, many ar-
eas already had a few inches on the
ground. There were scattered school
closings, and many Michigan schools
opened late or closed early.
Winds gusting from 10 mph to 32
mph near the Mackinac Bridge caused
drifting snow and, combined with icy,
snow-covered roads, reduced visibil-
ity and made driving treacherous in
With highs in the teens and low 20s
- and wind chills as low as 20 below
zero, many road crews weren't even
bothering to salt the roads, saying it
was just blowing or freezing over.
"The roads are 100 percent trashed
- it's pure ice," said Trooper Kevin
McGaffigan of the Michigan State
Police post in Battle Creek.
Police were busy responding to
cars sliding into ditches, and state
police in Paw Paw reported an over-
turned semitrailer on Interstate 94 near
Mattawan about 3 a.m. yesterday.
Traffic flow on Interstate 75 was
limited to one lane in either direction
from the Mackinac Bridge to Gaylord.
No major accidents were reported,
but towing services worked overtime
freeing cars stalled in snowdrifts or
stalled in ditches.
"We've been going nonstop. It's a
real humdinger," said Ginny Bow-
man of Five Star Towing in Kalkaska.
"We can't keep up with it all."
A low pressure system across
Missouri, with a southerly flow draw-
ing moisture out of the Gulf of Mexico,
was spreading snow from parts of the
central Plains northeast into the Great
Lakes region, Smith said.
And to make matters worse, colder
air is moving in from Canada. Lows
over the weekend were expected to be
As the snow continued to pile up,
many residents struggled to reacquaint
themselves with the realities of a
Michigan winter after several years
of relatively mild weather in many
parts of the state.
"We haven't had a severe winter
here for five or six years," said Del
Ridder, assistant engineer for the
Allegan County Road Commission.
"One of these days we'll get back
to the old-fashioned kind of winter,"
Ridder said. "Then what will people
RC senior Bree Picower scrapes the ice and snow off of her car yesterday.
aged to overcome the problems caused
by the storm. However, 30-40 minute
delays were a problem for the Ann
Arbor Transportation Authority
(AATA) during peak travel hours
"For the amount of snow we've
had, it's been OK," said AATA Ex-
ecutive Director Mike Bolton.
And while the blustery powder
has caused its share of inconveniences,
one student managed to look on the
bright side of the storm here and the
East Coast blizzard that has trapped
travelers and students returning from
"Being snowed in in Pittsburgh
was enjoyable," said LSA first-year
student Matt Shtrahman. "I liked stay-
ing home an extra day."
A 70-year-old woman who was
brushing off her car on East William
Street yesterday afternoon said, "It's
beautiful, I love it. I would have
moved away from Ann Arbor many
years ago if I didn't."
Getting around campus has been
challenging for many students, who
find it difficult trudging from class to
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