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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 28, 1996 - 3

East Quad
resident bitten
by bug
An East Quad resident was bitten by
nunknown bug last Thursday night,
according to Department of Public
Safety reports.
DPS officers escorted the victim to
University Hospitals emergency room
after she complained of dizziness and a
severe allergic reaction.
Cashier checks
stolen from West
Quad cafeteria
Two cashier checks were stolen
Monday night from the West Quad
dining hall, a West Quad resident
The checks, DPS reports state,
which are valued at more than
$6,000, were stolen from a table that
was left unattended for several min-
tes. DPS is currently investigating
e incident.
DPS arrests men
for car thefts
Two men were arrested yesterday
morning by DPS officers in connection
with the alleged theft of items from two
parked cars in Ann Arbor.
DPS officers were sent to the 1700
lock of Hubbard Street after receiving
a report that two car windows had been
smashed. The officers spotted two men
sitting in a parked car with a stolen car
radio and a radar detector in the back
The suspects, ages 17 and 20, were
questioned while officers attempted
to trace the ownership of the articles.
DPS is currently investigating the
occurs at Lloyd
A resident of Alice Lloyd residence
hall called DPS last Thursday night
after discovering six residents being
hostile toward each other and causing a
loud disturbance.
The residents in question had
*ngaged in this sort of behavior in the
past and were drinking, the caller
A resident adviser later contacted
DPS about the incident and told police
it involved a student entering another
student's room without the resident's
permission. DPS is currently investi-
gating the incident.
Male suspect
swipes wallet
from Union
A male suspect was spotted stealing
a wallet from a woman on the first floor
of the Michigan Union'on Wednesday
The wallet was sitting on the table
directly parallel from Wendy's
restaurant when the man snatched it
nd ran out of the building. The sus-
ect was last spotted going south on
South State Street. He then fled in a

blue pickup truck, according to DPS
The wallet contained more than $240
and several credit cards. Witnesses
were able to obtain the license plate and
DPS is currently searching for the sus-
*Maynard resident
stalked by
ex-gi rlfriend
A resident of a 400 Maynard St.
apartment building called the Ann
Arbor Police Department claiming
his ex-girlfriend had been stalking
According to AAPD reports, the
% irlfriend was upset after the couple
roke up. AAPD officers found the
suspect knocking on the door upon
arrival. The suspect was removed and
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Ajit K. Thavarajah.

Student researcher
takes home trophy
for uranium project

First-year student will
advance to national
competition in Boston
By Marc Lightdale
Daily Staff Reporter
Engineering first-year student
Michael Muse captivated three judges
with a thorough explanation of the
chemistry of radioactive elements such
as uranium and thorium.
Moments after setting up his poster-
board and charts, Muse walked away
with third place and a trophy he
describes as "gold and marble" at the
annual Undergraduate Student
Technical Research Project competition
in Chicago.
"I was nervous and excited," Muse
said. "I had never presented research
before and I received a lot of positive
Muse and six other students have
been working with chemistry Prof.
Henry Griffin since September to
refine a technique that calibrates a crys-

tal detector - a device used to measure
radiation emitted from various ele-
"This has given me the opportunity
to give a formal presentation on sci-
ence," Muse said. "You have the
chance to present to people who didn't
necessarily know anything about the
Griffin said the next step Muse and
his lab partner plan to take is to deter-
mine the ratio of Uranium 235 to
Uranium 238 that exists naturally.
This'kind of research will be helpful
in determining the overall quality of
Uranium fuel used by nuclear power
plants, Griffin said.
"We have a group of seven students
working on the project," Griffin said.
"Mike and (his lab partner) have made
a good team."
Muse's reward for his third place pre-
sentation was $50 and the opportunity
to present his experiment at the
National Society of Black Engineers
Competition (NSBE) in Boston next

Engineering first-year student Mike Muse takes a closer look at his research at Phoenix Laboratory yesterday. Muse was
awarded third place at the annual Undergraduate Student Technical Research Project.

Winners of the nationwide USTRP
competition in Boston will be award-
ed $2,000.
Before the Boston competition,
Griffin and Muse will read through the
judges' comments from the regional

contest and mnake some final adjust-
ments to the project.
Muse said he has enjoyed the chal-
lenge of working with Griffin.
"He always wants you to think and
he poses new questions," Muse said.

"He has also given us an opportdnity
to branch off in different directions.
"This will be my first national con-
ference interacting with all students
across the country from NSBE," Muse
added. "I have nothing to lose."M

Table legs

'U' Greek system captures
awards at national conference

By Greg Cox
Daily Staff Reporter
Although University Greek organiza-
tions often compete against each other
in sports and other activities, last week-
end they were given the opportunity to
prove their combined merit outside of
Ann Arbor.
Both the University's Interfratemity
Council and Panhellenic Association
took home honors at the Mid-American
Greek Council Association Conference
in Chicago last weekend.
The University's Greek organiza-
tions, which competed with Greek
councils from more than 200 schools
representing a 17-state region, received
three awards. A total of about 1,700 stu-
dent representatives and Greek advisors
attended the conference.
"The conference was a series of edu-
cational sessions over the weekend,"
said Panhellenic Association Advisor
Mary Beth Seiler. "In addition to gener-
al sessions everyone attended, students
were broken into pathways for sessions
geared towards their particular areas of
Panhel received the MGCA Greek
Communications Award for its
"Timeless Tradition" rush booklet.

LSA seniors Jennifer Kruer and
Rachel Goldrich put together the book-
let last year as part of their duties as
Panhel rush co-chairs.
"This year we made the booklet
more serious and aimed toward par-
ents," Kruer said. "It stressed that the
Greek system's GPAs were higher than
the student body's and the long-time
tradition of
Greek life at 6
Michigan." ThIs y
IFC was rec-A
ognized for made the
achievement in
S e lf - more serl
and Judicial
Affairs for its Panh
policies ofjudi-
cial review. Its
review process was honored for foster-
ing education and development of the
Greek community and ensuring full due
process throughout the review.
IFC President Ken Tanner, an
Engineering junior, worked with Mary
Lou Antieau from the Office of Student
Resolutions to improve the Greek judi-
cial process - an effort that has been
going on for some time.

Tanner said the award was given to
the University's IFC because of the
educational nature of the reprimands
handed down for violations of-JFC
"Instead of prohibiting a fraternity
from participating in IM sports f{r a
violation, we force a certain numbdr of
their members to participate in a semi-
nar on a topic
related to the

Par we
Ions ...
- Jennifer Kr

offense,' Tainer
bt Both organi-
zations received
s c h o I a st i c
uer a c h i e v e e n t
. awards ~:for

el i

rush co-chair maintainring
overall fraterni-
ty and sorority
GPAs higher than the average GPA
for the student body as a whole. Only
about 15 of the more than 200
schools represented received: this
Tanner said the award is particular-
ly impressive considering the high
GPA that the University student body
maintains relative to other universi-

Diver trapped while cleaning dam

LSA senior Roz Thatcher adds finishing touches to her midterm project, a
table mounted on boots, in an East Quad classroom yesterday. The project is
for her RC course on visual thought.
Archer pledgec..s to aid
troubled city, schools

LIVONIA (AP) - A diver for a
private construction company was
missing and presumed dead yesterday
after rescue workers freed him from a
dam where he had been trapped for
several hours yesterday, authorities
Frank Zimmerman had become
pinned by rushing water as he cleared
debris near a dam in the 34-degree
water of Newburgh Lake. He appar-
ently became wedged near a gate,
Wayne County Sheriff Robert Ficano

Rescue workers freed him from the
gate but searchers were unable to locate
his body late yesterday, and shifted their
focus downstream before calling off the
search at dusk, Ficano said. The search
is expected to resume today.
Authorities said Zimmerman, who
worked for Divtec Corp. of Romulus,
was feared dead. His age and home-
town were not immediately released.
About three hours into the ordeal, a
diver went in and came back out after
what appeared to be releasing some-
thing blocking the slew and sending

water and debris under NewburghRoad
and into the' Rouge River below the
five-lane road.
But Ficano said the diver couldn't
find Zimmerman.
Other divers were unable to go back
in to try a rescue because of thestrong
current and cold water, Ficano and
other officials said. Rescuers -began
trying to drain some of the water to
relieve pressure around the dam and
were pumping air and warm water to
the man's diving suit from above

DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Dennis
Archer said he's working on a new part-
nership to aid the city's troubled schools,
despite declining to intervene earlier.
Speaking on the "Ask the Mayor"
radio program aired Monday night on
WCHB-AM and WWJ-AM, Archer
told a caller that he and the city had no
legal authority over Detroit schools, but
that he had a moral obligation "to dig in
and roll up my sleeves," the Detroit
Free Press reported yesterday.
Archer declined to discuss specifics
of the partnership Wednesday, the
newspaper said. '
The district's problems include
national media reports about toilet
paper rationing; $124 million cut from
its $1.4-billion budget since July; and
borderline academic performance.
Students at Detroit's 28 high schools
have a mean grade-point average of 1.8
- roughly a D-plus - and fewer than

20 percent of those who took the first
High School Proficiency Test scored at
the proficient level.
Archer denied reports last month that
he was formally offered the job of run-
ning Detroit's school system. But dur-
ing a Jan. 29 news conference, Archer
restated his hope that city officials
would work with the state to help
Detroit schools meet certain state edu-
cation requirements.
On the radio program, Archer said:
"I've been working with the Detroit
school board and with the general super-
intendent. I intend to do so, and if things
go well, I think you will be very pleased
at something I've put in the works to see
if we can build a partnership."
Archer also has opposed Gov. John
Engler's suggestion that the state take
over school districts that fail to meet
specific standards - except as a last

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