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The Michig'an Daily - Friday, January 10, 1997 -- 3

Winnie the
Pooh items
stolen from LSA
A caller who works in the LSA
*ilding reported to the Department of
Public Safety that several items had
been stolen from her office. Items
including a stereo and a few Winnie the
Pooh-style bookends, worth an estimat-
ed- $200 according to DPS reports,
were taken from the office sometime
during break.
DPS reports said there were no signs
of forced entry. DPS has no suspects.
4ood destroyed,
items stolen from
Oxford Housing
A resident of Oxford Housing's
Crddard House reported that someone
had broken into his room last Sunday.
According to DPS reports, the caller
said that besides his things being
looked through and his refrigerator
¢fng vandalized, his food was
estroyed and three of his condoms
were taken. The empty condom wrap-
pers were left in the top drawer. DPS
has no suspects.
Irate delivery
person mangles
campus phone
A pizza delivery person allegedly
%ped out the campus phone in the
main lobby of Couzens Hall.
A resident of Couzens Hall reported
the incident to DPS and said that the
delivery person' from Pizza House
became angry when the residents who
ordered pizza did not come down and
pay for the food. The pizza delivery
person then proceeded to tear out the
phone and throw the pizza on the floor.
two thefts in two
weeks at CCRB
A caller reported that his wallet was
stolen from the main floor gym of the
Central Campus Recreation Building
last Friday. According to DPS reports,
'the caller said his brown leather wallet
contained several credit cards, $10 and
his University ID card. DPS has no sus-
WThis was the second theft in the past
two weeks at the CCRB. Over break, a
black leather gym bag was stolen after
being left unattended for a few min-
Marijuana smoke
reported in dorm
Residents of West Quad reported the
tell of marijuana coming from a
m on the first floor of Adams House
last Monday.
DPS was unable to contact the resi-
dents who allegedly committed the
incident but informed the resident staff
of the complaint. DPS was later con-
tacted and told that the offenders would
be punished internally by the resident
Computers stolen
during break
Three computers were stolen from

tvo separate University sites Dec. 18.
One computer was stolen from the
Aird floor of the Media Union. The
riher two computers were stolen from
t~e second-floor corridor in the School
of Education.
The value of the computers adds up to
more than $6,000, according to DPS
*orts. DPS has reported no suspects
and the thefts are currently being inves-
graffiti reported
on campus
Two separate incidents of graffiti
were reported Dec. 18.
The first caller, at the School of
Edication, reported three Xs spray-
,inted in a men's bathroom on the first
The second incident occurred on the
exterior of the Industrial Technology
Institute. The graffiti ranged from vul-
gar language to possible gang symbols.
DPS has no suspects.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Ajit K. Thavarajah.

Alums donate $17.5 M for campus buildings

By Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporter
At December's board meeting, University
regents learned that two University alums have
pledged independent donations totaling $17.5 mil-
lion to the $1 billion Campaign for Michigan.
Dallas-based entrepreneur Sam Wyly has
offered a donation of $10 million to the Business
School to be used for the construction of a new
Wyly's donation will single-handedly cover half
of the projected cost of the new building.
"This is the largest gift for a single purpose ever
received by the Business School," said Regent
Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor).
The building, which will be named Sam Wyly
Hall, will consist of classroom and office space,
will assist the growth of the Executive Education
program, and will create a headquarters for the
school's William Davidson Institute.
"It represents not only an enormous use, but will

also hopefully create many more entrepreneurs
like Mr. Wyly," Powers said.
New York entrepreneur Preston Robert Tisch
and his family have pledged a total of $7.5 million

extremely generous."
Tisch, who is currently co-chair and co-CEO of
the Loews Corporation, graduated from the
University with a bachelor's in economics in 1948.

to the University. The fam-
ily will donate $6 million
to support the construction
of the new LSA humani-
ties building currently
connecting Angell and
Haven Halls that will be
named Tisch Hall.
Tisch has pledged a per-
sonal gift of $1.5 million to
the creation of the new ten-
nis facility, which will be

We felt that we
wanted to give
something back"

Tisch, his wife, Joan, and his
daughter, Laurie Tisch
Sussman, all have earned
degrees from the University.
"Tisch and his wife met
on the steps of the Hatcher
Graduate Library,"
Goldenberg said. "Now they
will be able to see that build-
ing from Tisch Hall."
The Tisch family's gifts
represent their strong feeling

very good for me and my family," he said. "Wlhen
we decided we wanted to give a donation to an
institute of higher education, the University of
Michigan was the one we wanted to give to."
Wyly, who is currently the governing stockholder
and managing director of Sterling Software, Sterling
Commerce, Maverick Capital, and Michaels Stors,
graduated with a master's in business administration
from the Business School in 1957. Wyly was the
first student to receive the Paton Scholarship, which
funded his University education.
"The only reason Mr. Wyly came to Michigan
was because he got a donor supporting him and
now 40 years later he is giving back," said Thomas
Kinnear, vice president for development.
U.S. News and World Report recently ranked
the Business School as the top business under-
graduate program in the nation and BusinessWeek
Magazine ranked the graduate degree program
second. In a written statement, Wyly cited these
results as the impetus for his donation.

- Preston
New York

Robert Tisch

named the Preston Robert Tisch Tennis Building.
"It is one of the largest donations (that LSA) has
received, but it is also one of the largest donations
that has been received by the University in the
campaign," said LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg. "It is

of admiration for the University.
"We felt that we wanted to give something
back," Tisch said.
"I met my wife there. I went to school there. It
worked out very well there. The University was

TASA conference


to explore culture,'.
'dual identity'

Worldly Music JOSH
Nan Nelson from the Firebird/Domra Ensemble of Detroit plays in the lobby of the University. Hospitals for ailing
patients. The ensemble is known for its performance of Russian, Ukranian, Jewish, Gypsy and European music.
MSAShosts new committee heads

® Politicians from India,
U.S. legislature to
By Stephanie Powell
Daily Staff Reporter
Sporting events and parties will not
be on the minds of all students this
weekend. Starting tonight, the Indian
American Student Association will
hold its first Annual Indian American
Student Conference.
Probir Mehta, vice president of the
Michigan Student Assembly and a
chair of the "Reflections - Looking
Back ... Looking Ahead" conference,
said the event is important for Indian
students to understand and be aware of
the problems they face.
"It is geared to promote and under-
stand the high degree of issues facing
Indian students in this country today,"
Mchta said.
The group expects 250 students
from all over the United States and
Canada to attend, including 75
University students.
Mehta also said the conference will
look at the possible "dual identity"
carried by a large number of college
students who are children of immi-
Other conference topics include
gender and sexuality issues, the dif-
ferent religions of India, and the
stereotype of Indians and non-tradi-
tional careers like medicine and engi-
The conference will try to attempt to
understand contemporary issues while
allowing students to keep their cultural

Nidhi Jajoo, an LSA junior, said she
thinks this is a great opportunity. ,
"It is important for me to attend, per-
sonally, because it is not just about sup-
porting lASA, but it gives me the
opportunity to get involved nationally "
Jajoo said.
Jajoo also said the conference shows
IASA is not just about cultural events,
but about other things as well, such as
To start off the conference, a free
cultural show at Rackham auditorium
will feature a performance by 58
Greene and a display of Indian
American dances, classical and mod-
ern music and talent.
In addition, there will be speakers to
talk about the different issues, includ-
ing Kumar Barve, the Deputy Chief of
Missions at the Embassy of India, and
Subrata Sengupta, the first U.S. legisla-
tor of Indian origin.
Mehta also said this is an important
conference for the future of Indian stu-
"This is a landmark event at the
University of Michigan and for thc
Indian American community. The
conference will present participants
with the knowledge and motivation
to head into the 21st century," he
LSA sophomore Abhay Patel said the
weekend will help Indian students mix
with American culture.
"It will help everyone understand
how hard it is to be an American and an
Indian at the same time," Patel said.
"We have to respect our Indian culture
and our country as well."

By Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
In a meeting that saw a lot of unani-
mous voting, the retreat of this term's
top vote-getter and the flipping of coins
- the Michigan Student Assembly
elected its committee and commission
chairs for the spring term.
The last meeting before break was
filled with a large amount of agree-
ment from assembly members as the
election of 13 committee and com-
mission chairs and five committee
vice chairs took little more than half
an hour.
"Good job, guys" MSA President
Fiona Rose told members when the
elections had come to a smooth and
rapid end. "My first term on the assem-
bly, this took 2 1/2 hours."
Of the 18 total elections, only one
was contested - as newcomer LSA
Rep. Jennifer Genovese defeated
assembly veteran but current out-
sider Jonathan Freeman for safety
"My main concern is off-campus
safety," Genovese said before being
elected by a large margin. "I've lived
off campus for two years on
Washtenaw and I've seen that
Washtenaw is rated one of the most
dangerous streets in Ann Arbor --
that has to be a major concern."
In the only other election that saw
some uncertainty, Engineering Rep.
David Burden flipped a coin to decide

whether he wanted to run for chair of
the Peace and Justice Commission.
Burden was later unanimously elected
But the meeting did not go so well
for all members.
Before the meeting many assembly
members expected a heated battle for
the position of chair of the communica-
tions committee. Upstart and popular
LSA Rep. Ryan Friedrichs was expect-
ed to challenge MSA veteran and top
winter elections vote-getter Dan Serota
for the position.
As it turned out, Serota declined to
run and Friedrichs was elected unani-
After the meeting Friedrichs said lie
hoped to improve the committee's com-
munications efforts outside of the
"Communications is going to be by
far the most influential and most effec-
tive committee," Friedrichs said. "Right
now I see it as a weak link - the low
turnout in the recent elections is reflec-
tiv~ of our failed efforts at outside com-
Scrota said lie decided not to run
because he felt his efforts as chair had
not received the necessary support from
other assembly members.
"I think that communications is very
important - but there needs to be real
movement behind the committee's
actions," Serota said. "We are commu-
nicating with people, but there isn't any

Committee Chairs
Budget Priorities: Karie Morgan
Rules and Elections. Ray Robb
Communications: Ryan Friedrichs
Campus Governance: Mike
External Relations: Erin Carey
action or support behind that communi-
cation right now."
MSA Vice President Probir Mehta
said the lack of opposition and heated
debate reflected the quality of those who
ran for chair and vice chair positions.

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Residents who lived near
Sharangpani said she was always avail-
able and willing to help with the stress-
es of campus life.
"She was always available. She
helped me with homework. I spent a lot
of time in her room I guess. She was a
great person. ... She was a very vibrant
person," said Engineering first-year
student Stacey Waxtan, a resident on
Sharangpani's hall in Markley.
Sharangpani was well known in the

Indian American community as a for-
mer vice president of the Indian
American Student Association and a
Diwali dancer and choreographer.
"She was a dancer in the Diwali
Show; she helped to choreograph some
of the dances," Bailey said.
Students began last night to gather in
remembrance of Sharangpani, and
memorials are expected to be held by
family and friends in her memory.
Counselors will be available at Markley
beginning at 8 a.m. today for students
and staff.



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