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January 24, 1997

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ro golfer
donates
$2.5M for
thietes
y Prachish Chakravorty
aily Staff Reporter
Professional golfer and University
lum John Schroeder is giving back to
is alma mater by donating $2.4 mil-
ion to the University's Athletic
epartment.
The donation is intended to provide
cIirships, job counseling and place-
ent services for student athletes,
ilthough the details of its distribution
e yet to be determined.
Some of the funds may also go to
niversity golf facilities.
"It's a tremendous gift to the
Athletic) Department, said Wayne
askerville, director of development
or the Athletic Department. "It's a
ery, very generous gift. We're most
p ciative and will use it to the best
>f ur ability as directed by
Schroeder)."
Vice President for Development
omas Kinnear said he is thankful for
chroeder's generosity. "That's an
xcellent gift, one the University is
elighted to have," Kinnear said. "It's
he first gift of that magnitude from a
ormer athlete."
Kinnear said the donation was differ-
nom usual gifts to the Athletic
e artment.
"The nice thing is that a lot of the
ses for it support students whereas a
ot of the other gifts have been (for)
acilities," Kinnear said.
Athletic Director Joe Roberson said
t is important to prepare student ath-
etes for the workforce.
"(Schroeder) also is interested in
eing sure we start earlier than the
unir year - teaching them how to
a resume, that kind of thing,"
oberson said. "Ninety-eight percent
f our student athletes are going to end
p having ajob just like I do, getting up
n the morning just like I do. They think
hey're going to be pros, and some-
ody's got to get to them early and
ake them understand that even if they
re pros, it's a 3 1/2-year career."
Bruce Madej, assistant athletic direc-
o r media and public relations, also
a the donation is a credit to the
epartment.
"It's a planned endowment that John
chroeder has decided to give to the
niversity based on the fact of what a
cholarship did for him," Madej said.
'The basics still have yet to be worked
ut, but for the Athletic Department it's
hown what a school has done for one
See DONATION, Page 7

Board

OKs

Hill dining
facility plan

By Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporter
A proposal to construct a 60,000
square-foot dining hall to serve the Hill
residence hall area was unanimously
approved by the University Board of
Regents yesterday.
The plan proposes the construction
of a single facility that will provide ser-
vice to Couzens, Stockwell, Alice
Lloyd and Mosher-Jordan residence
halls, as well as renovations to East
Quad and Mary Markley dining facili-
ties.
"This dining center is something that
has been needed, has been wanted and
which will serve students for years to
come," said Residence Hall Association
President Randall Juip, an LSA senior.
The facility is expected to be located
between Alice Lloyd and Mosher-
Jordan residence halls. It should more
adequately serve the dietary needs of
students, alleviate labor shortage prob-
lems and open 40,000 to 50,000 square
feet of space, said Director of Housing
William Zeller.
"The four dining facilities (that
are currently being used) are in need
of renovation," Zeller said. "We have
not been able to fill all of the vacant
positions we have for student
employees. We have had occasion
where we have been serving on paper
plates."
The dining facilities that will be
replaced have gone from 31 to 67 years
without any renovations, said Vice
President for Student Affairs Maureen
Hartford.
The new facility is projected to cost
$15.5 million, but its efficiency will
compensate for the costs over a 20-year
period, Zeller said.
Revamping the current halls would
cost several million dollars, without
bringing similar savings, and possibly
raise room and board costs, he contin-
ued.
"(The new facility) will allow us to
make our payments over the next 20
years without raising room and board
rates," Zeller said.
The fate of the current dining halls
has not been decided, Zeller said. They
could be used for anything from new
residential space to public gathering
areas.
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JOHN KRAFT/Daily
The University Gospel Chorale performs during Act One of "A Celebration of the Life of Betty Jean Jones." Jones, a Rackham
dean and theatre professor, was killed in the crash of Comair Flight 3272.

'Two acts'

celebrate

Jones' life, contributions

give breathing room to housing offi-
cials who have faced a shortage of
space in recent years. Last fall, several
students were forced to live in lounges
at Bursley Residence Hall until perma-
nent rooms could be found.
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman (R-
Ann Arbor) raised concerns about the
connection of the residence halls to the
dining facility. She said she would not
be able to support the plan unless it
included "an enclosed indoor connec-
tion to the dining area, so students in
Couzens and Stockwell have easy
access to the dining halls in their sweat-
pants and T-shirts."
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor)
said he hopes the new dining area
serves the students' needs.
"I would hope when we come for-
ward as this project comes down the
stream I hope this capital expenditure
has a result where there is better dining
for the students," Power said. "At the
end of the day they are the customers."
Dental School sophomore Sara
Dever, a Mosher-Jordan resident, said
the new facility sounds good, but could
cause some hassles.
"I think it sounds good because
don't like going outside," Dever said.
"It could maybe get too crowded. It
could cause some small problems."
Juip said many students get a first
impression that the new dining hall
could cause complications. But he said
that once students understand the full
See DINING, Page 7

By Janet Adamy
Daily Staff Reporter
The tragic death of Associate
Rackham Dean and theatre Prof. Betty
Jean Jones was celebrated last night in
two acts by 300 people who gathered to
share their memories.
Faculty, students and friends choked
through tears in Rackham
Amphitheatre to tell stories about
Jones, who was killed Jan. 9 in the
crash of Comair Flight 3272.
Rackham Dean Nancy Cantor said
Jones will be remembered for her
warmth, kindness, beauty and dignity.

"She was the person I most wanted
my 11-year-old daughter to be like, and
she had already captured the heart of
that girl," Cantor said.
The memorial, titled "A Celebration
of the Life of Betty Jean Jones in Two
Acts,? began Act One with music from
the University Gospel Chorale and was
followed by speeches from faculty
members and students.
"I've never met anyone less likely to
hide her light under a bushel," said
David Artis, Jones' assistant.
The speakers read poetry by John
Keats, William Cullen Bryant and

Maya Angelou. Vice Provost for
Academic and Multicultural Affairs
Lester Monts played a recording of
traditional African music at the end of
his speech.
Interim University President Homer
Neal said that although Jones' time at
the University was brief, her impact
will be remembered for years to come.
"Although Betty Jean was only with
us for a couple of years, she quickly
endeared herself to students, faculty
and those that she interacted with at the
University," Neal said.
See SERVICE, Page 7

ea1 prepares for final
days as 'U' president

I

eal reflects on his time as
eader with humorous video
presentation to regents
By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
At his final regents meeting last June as
University president, James Duderstadt present-
ed Homer Neal with a gag gift to help him ease
into his new position: a yellow foam gavel.
Yesterday, Neal brought back the gavel as he
pr ed over his final regents meeting as interim
Jersity president.
"This is the last time I'll
be sitting in this chair,"
Neal said. "In February, u
you'll have a new president
and we are coming to an
end of this part of the jour-
ney.
"It's been quite an honor.
to be able so serve your
al mater during a period
of transition." Neal
Neal shared several key
observations about the state of the University,
followed by a five-minute video presentation
humorously summarizing his time spent as pres-
ident.

February.
"Jeannie and I will remember a lot of little
things," he said. "You don't often have an oppor-
tunity to walk around the president's office in
your house slippers with Sandra Day O'Connor,
or having students over for Thanksgiving dinner.
"Those will always be embedded in our memo-
ries;" he said.
Neal's seven-month tenure as president began
last July and is scheduled to end Feb. 1, when
President-select Lee Bollinger will begin his term
as the University's 12th president. Previously, Neal
held the post of vice president for research, a posi-
tion he had held since 1993.
The regents presented Neal and his wife, Jean,
with a plaque of appreciation for the work the cou-
ple has done for the community.
"With admiration and deep gratitude for
their numerous contributions to the University,
and particularly for the insights and solid lead-
ership they have provided during the period
between the administrators of Michigan's 11th
and 12th presidents, the regents extend their
congratulations and best wishes to Homer and
Donna Jean Neal," said Regent Rebecca
McGowan (D-Ann Arbor) in presenting the
plaque.
Jean Neal has been active with the Washtenaw
County Advisory Board of the United Negro
College Fund and the Ann Arbor Women's City

'U' hosts 5th
Medstart
Conference
Annual conference attracts health
care professionals from across state
By Brian Campbell
Daily Staff Reporter
University medical and social researchers will join health
care professionals from across the state tomorrow to promote
the welfare and vitality of children at the fifth annual
Medstart Conference.
"The idea is to try to fill the gaps that we, as medical stu-
dents, see in the medical curriculum," said Miguel Suarez-
Benet, one of the conference's organizers. "It's wide enough
that medical, nursing, dentistry, law and public health stu-
dents attend, and professionals from those areas often come
as well."
The Medstart Conference, organized and funded by stu-
dents, will consist of three workshop sessions at the School
of Medicine. Health care experts, activists and students plan
to exchange knowledge on issues ranging from poverty, vio-
lence, teen pregnancy, AIDS and tobacco usage.
Suarez-Benet said the conference began in order to com-
plement medical students' scientific education with the
social implications of the field. Among the participants this
year are award-winning author Jonathan Kozol and motiva-
tional speaker Dr. Timothy Jordan.
Kozol, the keynote speaker, has written several well-
known books about children and families, and has pioneered
ndidt1 liprr nnrncthmr~1hrnt the naticnI-His. recent

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