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The Michigan Daily -- Monday, February 24, 1997 -- 5A

By Dan Nolan
orthe Daily
Arbor Drugs founder Eugene
;Applebaum donated $1.2 million to the
University School of Business
Administration to expand on the grow-
infield of entrepreneurial studies.
Applebaum said he hopes the endow-
i0nt will not only attract Michigan's
'best entrepreneurs to the University, but
also encourage them to be active in the
local business community.
The gift, given on Feb. 14, creates a
new professor position in entrepreneur-
ial studies.
"It is vital to the future of this state
that the brightest and best academic tal-
ent be attracted and retained to train
hose seeking careers in business,"
pplebaum said in a written statement.
"I am deeply committed to encourag-
ing: the next generation of entrepre-
sneurs to stay in Michigan."
This isn't the first time Applebaum
has donated millions. Applebaum has
'donated funds to numerous organiza-
tions, including the Children's Hospital
in Detroit, the Karmanos Cancer
Institute, the Detroit Institute of the Arts
and the Michigan Opera Theater, said
\rbor Drugs spokesperson Fred Marx.
Students in the second-floor lounge
of the Business Administration
Building said they recognize the signif-
icance of the entrepreneur in today's
business world.
"In a lot of business schools, it's
becoming a more important topic
because more and more people are
coming to these schools to start their
own businesses as opposed to going
nto the large corporations -and more
companies are looking for people with
a sort of entrepreneurial bent," said
MBA first-year student Michael Ainge.
The ability to create and act on new
ideas is fundamental to business -
especially to the entrepreneurial field,
said School of Business administrator
Keith Decie.
MBA first-year student Anne Maria
Jacks, who did not know about the
*ionation, said she appreciates having a
ew endowed professor in the field and
agrees with the gift's purpose.
School of Business Dean Joseph
White, who is currently out of the coun-
try, said in a written statement that the
rendowment will open new possibilities
at the University for study in this field.
"This professorship will advance
significantly our efforts to prepare stu-
dents to operate independently and
effectively. This is a vital area for our
school and a vital area for the future of
American business," White said.
The School of Business ranks among
the top 10 in entrepreneurial studies in
the country, according to U.S. News
and World Report statistics.
Applebaum, a graduate of the Wayne
State University pharmacy program, is
recognized as a renowned philan-
thropist in Michigan, Marx said.
Applebaum's company, Arbor Drugs,
was founded in 1963 as a single store,
when he was a young entrepreneur him-
self. The annual sales of Arbor Drugs

are expected to exceed $1 billion this
year, company officials said.
Continued from Page IA
tup, Java House sports plush white
Wcguches for lounging. There is also an
assortment of books and games.
"We kept the raw factory look of
NAC," Haidar said. "But the furniture
is' new, and we have three times the
amount of seating."
The smoking section also has been
changed. The area formerly occupied
by a stage is now available for smokers
while a glassed in area with its own fil-
te' system accommodates non-smok-
ers; Haidar said.
"I can smoke here and not be pushed
into some small room," Music junior
Markus VanZwoll said. "For the most
part, it's still really well-ventilated."
ISA sophomore Matt Jones said he
comes to Java House for the same rea-
son. "Since Ann Arbor has so many
smokers, it's strange that a lot of coffee
houses here don't have smoking sec-
tions,' he said.
Haidar said he wants to please stu-
dents in a number of ways.
"I know that college students don't
have a lot of money to be spending in
the first place," he said.
Haidar first got into the coffee busi-
ness when he was 19 years old, when

Breaking the chains

State House to vote
on tax cuts this week

LANSING (AP) - As tax cuts pro-
posed by House Democrats start com-
ing up for votes this week, the debate
will begin in earnest over just what
type of tax relief is good relief.
Democrats have introduced more
than a dozen tax bills since the ses-
sion started, most aimed at helping
only specific groups of people or
types of expenses.
Altogether the proposals, if passed
into law, would provide between $250
million and $300 million in tax relief,
said Dan Loepp, chief of staff to House
Speaker Curtis Hertel (D-Detroit).
And more legislation is on the way.
"The list that was issued in early

January, I wouldn't call an exhaustive
list," said House Tax Policy Chair Kirk
Profit (D-Ypsilanti).
Profit said the targeted tax cut ro-
posals are meant to put money back
in people's pockets in a way that
restores the balance in Michigan's tax
code upset by Republican tax cuts bf
the last few years.
"Our goal is to have every taxpayer
in the state treated fairly and competi-
tively," he said.
But to many Republicans, reducing
the overall state income tax rate and
other broad tax cuts are mucl better
ways to boost the economy th n target-
ed tax cuts.

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John and Ramona Africa speak at the Trotter House Saturday about the plight of Mumia Abu-Jamal and other political pris-
Detroit urged to settle with olice

Get (n

DETROIT (AP) - City attorneys
have advised the City Council to settle
separate cases with four officers who
were suspended in the wake of the
Malice Green beating case.
If the case goes on much longer, the
city could end up paying more in dam-
ages to the officers than it did to
Green's survivors, The Detroit News
reported in yesterday's editions.
In a closed session Friday, city
attorneys urged council members to
settle the cases with the officers, who
sued the city for suspending them
after the Nov. 5, 1992, beating death
of Green.
The officers - Karl Gunther, James
Kijek, Paul Gotelaere and Sgt. Freddie
Douglas - were later reinstated. Only
Gunther remains an active officer with
the department.
City attorneys warned that damage
awards could increase if the city refuses
to settle. Council members could vote
this week.
So far, settlements and judgments for

officers total $4.5 million, but the city
is appealing the roughly $3-million
judgment awarded to Gunther, Kijek
and Gotelaere in 1995.
A federal lawsuit filed by Douglas in
1995 accusing the city of denial of due
process and discrimination has not been
scheduled for trial.
In previous settlements, former
Detroit Police Commander Charles
Henry was awarded more than $1.1
million by a Wayne County jury when
he sued the city after he was fired for
disclosing that the police department
violated its own policies when it inves-
tigated the beatings.
The city also settled a suit filed by
officer Robert Lessnau for $437,500 in
1994. Lessnau was acquitted of charges
related to the beating.
Interest on unpaid judgments could
push the $4.5-million total even higher,
city attorneys told council members.
The city settled with Green's family
for about $5.1 million a month after his

While council members decide
whether to continue the appeal of the
federal jury verdict awarded in 1995 to
Gunther, Kijek and Gotelaere, about
$500 a day in interest is being added to
the award.
The jury found the three officers
were denied due process when they
were suspended without pay after the
beating but never had a hearing. The
men, who were at the scene of the beat-
ing, were never charged.
Green-was beaten to death after his
car was pulled over by former officers
Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn. The
officers said they believed Green was
carrying drugs and he struggled with
them during an attempted arrest.
A jury convicted Budzyn and Nevers
of second-degree murder. Both men are
in prison. The state Supreme Court is
expected to decide soon whether to
grant them a new trial.
Lessnau, who was tried with Budzyn
and Nevers, was acquitted of assault
with intent to do great bodily harm.

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"What works best for me is not right
for every college student. This is why
MSA takes issue with the entire con-
cept of rankings,' Rose said. "When we
try to do an AP football poll on higher
education, we ignore the highly relative
nature of the college experience."
Some students were as skeptical of
the ranking as University officials.
"In my experience, this is a first-rate
environment," said LSA junior Susan
Nakley. "Most professors are very
Others agreed that University faculty
members are very accessible. LSA junior
Adam Brandemihl said most of his pro-
fessors are available in cyberspace.
"Most of them are good at replying
to your e-mail," Brandemihl said.
Kiplinger's used a variety of ways to


come up with value points for the four
main criteria, including a unique
approach to determine affordability.
"They do tuition as a percentage of
family income in that state," Baker said.
Only in-state tuition was calculated, she
Other students said University tuition
rates are not unreasonable.
"My tuition is OK, but for others it's
kind of high," LSA first-year student
Tamara Wiley said.
Admissions ratings were based on
the average score on the Scholastic
Aptitude Test and the American College
Test for 1995-96. Achievement was cal-
culated using the percentage of an aver-
age first-year class that received a bach-
elor's degree within six years. Access to
faculty was based on class that received
a bachelor's degree within six years.
Access to faculty was based on teacher-
to-student ratio, Baker said.

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