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U Board of Regents to
hear announcement at
tomorrow's meeting
By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
e regents will take a road trip 30
es northeast to the University's
Dearborn campus tomorrow for their
monthly meeting, where they will vote
on University President Lee Bollinger's
candidates for interim general counsel.
Bollinger has nominated Elizabeth
Barry and Daniel Sharphorn to share
the University's top attorney position
until a permanent successor to Elsa
Cole is named.
Cole was the first top University
ninistrator to step down since
Bollinger took office in February, set-
ting the stage for the construction of
Bollinger's administrative team.
If their nominations are approved
by the Board of Regents at its month-
ly meeting, Barry and Sharphorn may
assume the post as early as March 14.
Although Cole's resignation is not
effective until May 16, the two-month
crlap will serve as a period of tran-
"I would like to continue the tradi-
tion that this office has of providing
excellent legal service to the University
community," Barry said yesterday.
For Barry, an alumnus of the
University's Law School, the role as the
University's top attorney would be a
familiar one. Prior to joining the
University in 1996, she served as an
attorney for Harvard University from
Sharphorn is also familiar with the
general counsel's office, where he has
served as assistant general counsel
since 1987.
Sharphorn said he does not antici-
pate initiating any drastic mandates as
interim general counsel.
"I don't think as interims we'll intro-
duce any dramatic mandates,"
Sharphorn said. "We will continue to
*vide a full range of legal services
the University provides."
Sharphorn also received his law
degree from the University. He joined
the University in 1982 as a policy advi-
sor to former University President
Harold Shapiro and also served as a
See REGENTS, Page 7
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lfer on
city issues
By Katie Plena
Daily Staff Reporter
Those vying for the Michigan
dent Assembly's top posts agree the
sembly's relationship with Ann Arbor
leaders and the surrounding communi-
ty needs work - but they differ on
how that tune-up should take place.

presidential can-
didate Jessica
i on Curtin said MSA
not only should
concern itself
with campus con-
Tracey Harris/Daily cerns, but also
with greater social issues in the com-
"(I'm) definitely for MSA interven-
ing with the politics of Ann Arbor,"
Curtin said.
Martin Howrylack, presidential can-
didate for the Liberty Party, said a link
between the two governments needs to
exist. But he said his party wants to see
assembly expand its interaction
th city officials.
"The two depend on each other,"
Howrylack said. "MSA needs to be
there to make sure the city isn't walk-
ing all over the students."
One of the planks of the Michigan
Partv's natform is to reform the city's

Medical School ranks in nation's top


By Brian Campbell
Daily Staff Reporter
The University's School of Medicine
is among the top 10 research-oriented
medical schools in the nation, accord-
ing to U.S. News and World Report's
annual graduate school survey.
"Overall, we're viewed as a very
strong research institution," said Dr.
Lorris Betz, interim dean of the
Medical School.
The Medical School, which receives
more than $100 million in research
grants each year, ranked ninth in both
this and last year's survey and has
steadily improved in the rankings in
recent years, Betz said.

Medical School fourth-year student
Adwowa Afeyni-Annan wasn't sur-
prised by the ranking. She said the
University's Medical School graduates
are highly regarded by employers.
"I think the quality of education is
very high in comparison to other
schools'" Annan said. "In the past it's
been right around there (ninth) so I
don't think this is too much of a differ-
ence from previous years."
Betz said he is especially pleased by
the ranking because the survey was
conducted during a transitional period
in the Medical School's leadership.
"The study comes at a time of interim
leadership, and there was potential for us

to have slipped, so I'm reassured that
we're ninth in the rankings," Betz said.
While U.S. News and World Report
magazine says it uses comprehensive cri-
teria for the survey, some students con-
sider the rankings to be generalizations.
Medical School first-year student
Gene Carpenter said the rankings played
a small role in his decision to choose the
University's Medical School.
"It wasn't the only reason I came, but
it played a part," Carpenter said. "It
seems to me that they choose the crite-
ria arbitrarily."
Betz acknowledged the potential
room for error in the magazine's meth-
ods. "The rankings are highly depen-

dent on opinion polls and therefore they
need to be looked at with caution and
skepticism," he said.
Betz said budget cuts at University
Hospitals aren't likely to affect the
Medical School's ranking in future sur-

"It's not going to have a major influ-
ence on our ranking;" Betz said. "It's
important to distinguish between 'the
Medical School and the hospital."
The Medical School receives more
than 5,500 applicants each year for 170
Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins
University, and Duke University received
the top three ratings, respectively.

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DETROIT (AP) - A man dressed in camou-
flage announced a holdup at a bank yesterday,
fatally shot two people and wounded another -
then ordered everyone else inside to join him in
singing the Lord's Prayer as he yelled obscenities.
The gunman then left the bank, took an elderly
man hostage, pushed him to the ground and fatal-
ly shot him in the head, Police Chief Isaiah
McKinnon said. Police surrounding the bank then
shot the gunman dead.
"It was a matter of minutes but I'm sure for
those people there, it must
have been an eterrnity," -
McKinnon said. WVe h
It was the second deadly
big-city shootout at a bank pers n v
i I 1 days.
McKinnon identified the walked 1
gunman as Allen Lane
Griffin Jr., 21, of either -
Detroit or Ferndale, a De
Detroit suburb. The chief -
and family members said
Griffin apparently had been depressed about per-
sonal problems.
Griffin began the rampage two blocks from the
bank yesterday morning by shooting a jogger in
the face and stealing a Volvo, which he drove to
the bank, police said.
After shooting three people in the bank,
McKinnon said, "he made all the people who
were on the floor start to sing the Lord's Prayer.
He then sang with them, and he was yelling to
them obscenities and again singing."
Griffin then walked around the room with a
shotgun in one hand and a walking cane in the
other, McKinnon said. As he left the bank, offi-
cers outside were yelling to try to stop an elderly

man from approaching the building.
"As they did that this man ran up, grabbed the
elderly gentleman and held him as hostage,"
McKinnon said. "They yelled to him to let go ... he
pushed him to the ground and shot him in the head."
At that point, McKinnon said, officers fired
five or six times and killed Griffin.
Griffin had been wanted for violating proba-
tion. He was arrested in 1988 on a burglary charge
and in 1993 on charges of carrying a concealed
weapon and controlled substance violations,

ave a
m to kill."
Isaiah McKinnon
:troit police chief

McKinnon said.
McKinnon said it
appeared that the idea of
a holdup was an after-
"Certainly he came
into the bank and was
asking for money at
some point but I don't
know what his ultimate
goal was," he said.
Griffin was dressed in

a gray-and-white camouflage jacket and hat,
McKinnon said.
"It appears as if we have a person who walked
in to kill;' McKinnon said. "He walked into the
bank and was killing."
Stanley Pijanowski III, assistant vice president
and manager of that branch, was one of the vic-
tims. Pijanowski, 52, of Bloomfield Hills had
worked 29 years with Detroit-based Comerica,
said Comerica Chairman and Chief Executive
Eugene Miller.
Also killed was retail sales representative
James L. Isom, 25, of Warren, who had worked
for the bank four years.
See BANK, Page 5

LSA first-year students Anna DiMagglo and Jordan Pelchovitz flip in a moonwalk placed on the Diag yes-
terday. The students were jumping In support of Safehouse, the domestic violence shelter.
Music professor given
highest faculty honor


By Janet Adamy
Daily Staff Reporter
School of Music Prof. William Bolcom strug-
gled through a cold yesterday afternoon as he
spoke to nearly 200 people about the problems cur-
rently facing music.
Bolcom is this year's recipi-
ent of the Henry Russel
Lectureship - the highest
honor the University gives a
senior faculty member. In
addition to yesterday's lecture
at Rackham Amphitheater,
Bolcom will also receive a_
research stipend.
Bolcom said he was
"thrilled" to give yesterday's
lecture. Bolcom
"This is a great honor,"
Bolcom said. "It was nice to see a lot of my friends
(at the lecture)."
Bolcom mixed humor and intensity as he spoke
about music's changing role in society since music
composer and critic Virgil Thomson wrote a book

culties "art music composers" have had earning a
substantial living.
"Our music doesn't get the most money in
America and that's the bottom line, Bolcom said.
"We still don't make anything like novelists and
Bolcom spoke about the closing of the Louisville
Orchestra and the decline of other major orches-
tras. He pointed out that community orchestras are
growing in strength because they receive support
through their strong ties to the community.
Bolcom also discussed the need for stronger
funding of the arts and music reform.
"The role of music is to join history together"
Bolcom said. "We must begin to study what
changes in the musical industry are necessary and
push for them?"
The University's Henry Russel Award - for the
assistant or associate professor who shows promise
and distinction in scholarship and excellence in
teaching - was given to two instructors.
Kamal Sarabandi, associate professor of electri-
cal engineering and computer science, and Carla
Sinopoli, associate professor of anthropology, were

By Christine Palik
For the Daily
Answer: This University student will soon be
viewed by a national audience on one of televi-
sions highest-rated syndicated shows.
Question: Who is LSA first-year student
Craig Barker?
Barker was one of 15 college students from
across the country who took part in the
"Jeopardy!" college tournament last month.
"I wasn't really nervous. I was extremely
excited," Barker said. "I knew it was possible
for me to win. And it was great being away
from Michigan and school."
An avid reader who said he has a thirst for
trivial facts, Barker has read an entire world
almanac. Among the top of his class at Adlai E.
Stevenson High School in Livonia, Barker won
numerous academic awards and was composi-
tion editor of his high school's newspaper.
Barker would not divulge how successful his

LSA first-year student Craig Barker holds a hat
he received for competing on Jeopardy!.

"I had 12 family members in the audience.
They all came to watch me," Barker said.
Despite their unconditional support, Barker
said he never considered losing. "My parents
told me it didn't matter how I did, it was just
great that I made it on 'Jeopardy!'. Of course I
really wanted to win, though.'
Barker is no newcomer to contests and trivia





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