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The Michigan Daily Monday, September 15, 1997 - 3A

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Former 'U'
public relations
vp. dies at 79
Former Vice President for University
elations, Lyle Nelson died of heart
failure last week at age 79.
Nelson also served as the general
secretary of the corporation at
Educational Radio Center in Ann
Arbor, president of the American
College Public Relations Association
irr 1959 and a newspaper reporter.
Nelson also accompanied former
University President Harlan Hatcher to
e Soviet Union in 1959 as an educa-
nal delegate.
Most recently, Nelson worked as a
professor emeritus at Stanford
University in Palo Alto, Calif. He set
up several graduate fellowships for
journalism students at Stanford.
Former professor,
author Brandt
dies at age 86
Richard Brandt, who taught as a
University professor for 17 years, died
Sept. 10, at the age of 86.
Brandt was the author of about
100 articles and six books, includ-
ing "A Theory of the Good and the
Right." His writing discussed issues
such as war, abortion and nuclear
weaponry. Brandt was also widely
known as an accomplished philoso-
Brandt organized the Ethics Table, a
weekly discussion group at the
Michigan League, to discuss and
debate moral issues.
Dentistry faculty
members honored
Three University faculty members
©pm the School of Dentistry were
ntly recognized by the National
Dental Association for their work in
dental research and professional devel-
Associate Prof. Michael Razzoog
and Prof. Emerson Robinson were hon-
ored for organizing the 1991 confer-
ence, "Black Dentistry in the 21st
Century." They received the NDA
Foundation and Colgate-Palmolive
Faculty Recognition Award in
The NDA presented the 1997 NDA
Recognition Award to Associate Prof.
Marilyn Woolfolk for her contribution
to women's oral health research.
Center for
Chinese Studies
hosts programs
The University's Center for
Chinese Studies will be hosting sev-
eral cultural programs, brown bag
lectures and a film series through-
out October.
The topics for the Brown Bag
Lecture Series range from "A Study of
Community-Based AIDS Education in
Eastern China" to a discussion about
looting in Beijing as well as "The
ongress, the Summit and Sino-US
The lunches are led by faculty
from the Center for Chinese

Studies. They are held on Tuesdays
at noon in the Lane Hall Commons
Workshops to be
held for gay,
%sbian students
Political and social issues for gay
and lesbian law students will be on
the table in a panel discussion later
ths month. "Graduate School: How
Out to Be?" is scheduled to be held
Sept. 30, at 8 p.m.
The panel will consist of a variety
of. current graduate students who
will share their choices and reflect
,rtheir experiences while coming
The University Counseling and
Psychological Services also will offer a
two-session workshop designed to give
tddents information about gay, les-
bian, bisexual and transgendered peo-
The two-part workshop is scheduled
to be held at the Michigan League on
Oct. 14.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Marla Hackett.

Parking problems
still plague students


® University, city look for ways
to fix an 'unsolvable problem'
throughout Ann Arbor
By Peter Meyers
Daily Staff Reporter
Throughout Ann Arbor, people with cars are
spending more time than ever looking for places
to stash them.
"Parking is a joke," Engineering sophomore
Barry Chamberlin said. "Last year I had to walk
20 minutes to get to my car."
But University officials say they have tried
everything they can think of to ease the parking
"Parking, to begin with, is the unsolvable
problem," said University Planner Fred Mayer.
"Whatever you do, there's a need for more."
Ann Arbor's Downtown Development
Authority commissioned a study this year to
evaluate area parking demand.
"The area that had the greatest demand was
the South University area," said Susan Pauly, the
DDA's executive director.
From the two-day survey of the streets and the
Forest Avenue parking structure, Pauly said that,
on average, South University was at a parking
capacity of 102 percent.
"The number of people parking were more
than the spaces by 2 percent," Pauly said. On
average, every legal spot was filled and an
additional 2 percent of the cars parked illegal-
The DDA is an independent body that works
with the city on local economic matters. The
DDA manages the seven city parking structures.
The University also is doing what it can to
alleviate parking woes. Officials plan to build a

new parking structure behind the Power Center,
next to the University's existing Fletcher struc-
Assistant University Architect Paul Couture
said the structure should be finished in about
three years and should hold about 1,000 cars.
Pauly said the parking squeeze in Ann Arbor
is divided into three particular regions: Main
Street, Kerrytown, and the campus area. Of the
three, she said, the campus area is the most des-
perate for additional parking.
"We know students have a need that's not
being met," Pauly said.
Compounding the problem is the fact that
three of the city's parking structures are more
than 50 years old and have decayed almost to the
point of being unusable.
"Two or three (of the structures) are in spec-
tacularly bad shape," said Karl Pohrt, chair of
the board of the DDA and owner of the Shaman
Drum Bookshop, "The other four need minor
The situation is so bad, Pohrt said, that some
of the structures may soon collapse from their
own weight. The top two levels of the Forest
Avenue structure were recently closed, Pohrt
said, because the DDA is afraid that the roof will
cave in.
"The capacity for concrete to hold weight
diminishes over time," Pohrt said.
Concrete used to construct the structures
was not water-sealed when they were built -
a step that is now a standard regulation, Pohrt
The structures' concrete is reinforced by steel
bars, but water has been seeping in, and these
bars are now seriously rusted, Pohrt said.
Both the Forest Avenue structure and the
structure at Fourth and Washington streets will

Cars fill the Thompson Street parking structure yesterday. City officials are hoping that revamping the
structures at Fourth and Washington streets will ease mounting downtown parking problems.

have to be demolished and rebuilt, Pohrt said.
Pauly said the Fourth and Washington struc-
ture will be knocked down this year and could
be rebuilt by next spring.
The Forest structure is scheduled to be
knocked down and rebuilt at a later date, possi-
bly by spring 2000. In the meantime, its roof
will be removed so that the upper levels can be
Pauly said that all seven of the structures will,
over the next few years, undergo various

amounts of renovation, ranging from aestheti+
improvements like repainting to more extensive
improvements like replacing the elevators.
These improvements will force the structures to
close temporarily.
Pauly admits that the situation will temporar-
ily get worse while the structures are closed for
"You can't sugar coat it. We need this parks
ing," said Pauly. "We're asking everyone to, beat,
with us and try to get through it."

New students search radio
dial for right sound, style


Pulitzer Prize-winning joumalist Michael Vitez of The Philadelphia inquirer address-
es a crowd of about 60 in the Michigan League on Friday.
#. .
Pulitzer Pnze winner
reflects on tim-e at'U

By Kristin Wright
For the Daily
As students adjust and settle into col-
lege life, the radio may become a
source of relaxation and a way to stay
informed of current events.
However, some out-of-state students
said it is difficult to find a radio station
that is well suited to their taste and
Greg Dairyko, an LSA sophomore
from Chicago, said he had his alarm set
to a country station his entire first
semester because he was unaware of the
variety of radio stations available on
"When I got here 1 was not
impressed at all with the radio sta-
tions," Dairyko said. "It took me an
entire semester to realize that there
were in fact R&B stations that I
could listen to."
Paul Friedmen, a University alum-
nus and DJ for the student station
WCBN 88.3 FM, said the station tries
to attract as many listeners as possi-
"The station is for those who are sick
of commercial radio;' Friedmen said.
"WCBN targets the intelligent lis-

tener with an open mind and those
that are looking for a smaller sta-
WCBN is a good choice for those
students who enjoy listening to a variety
of music styles, he said.
The station's musical genre
includes jazz, reggae, gospel, country,
techno, rock, rap, Spanish and Latin
American music and movie sound-
WCBN, which is run by both stu-
dents and alumni, also has special pro-
gramming on the weekends and a 30-
minute news segment beginning at 5:30
p.m. every day.
The daily schedule of the station
varies from jazz to rock-'n-roll. From 9
a.m. to noon, jazz fans tune in. From
6:30 to 8 p.m., WCBN plays only reg-
gae. After 8 p.m., the station plays a
variety of music.
For those students who are more
interested in keeping up with the local
and national news, the campus station
WUOM 91.7 FM offers less music and
more information.
Harriet Teller, WUOM programming
director, said the station targets an audi-
ence that is interested in detailed news

"The students to attract are those
interested in public and current affairs,
national and world news, local and state
coverage and environmental issues,
Teller said.
The Michigan Association of
Broadcasters named WUOM 1997
Public Station of the Year.
The staff at WUOM consists of stu
dent interns and a professional staff of
non-students. Volunteer opportunities
are also available for students who are
After 8 p.m., WUOM plays oni
classical music. The station provide$
special programming throughout every
An Ann Arbor station that may be
appealing to those alternative music lis-
teners is WIQB 103 FM, said a
spokesperson from the station.
WIQB targets adults between the
ages ofl8 and 35. The station also
tries to attract student listeners by
doing remote shows at University
Besides these local stations, the Ann
Arbor radio dial also offers Detroit-
based stations.

By Joshua S. Cohen
For the Daily
When Mike Vitez arrived on campus
as a Michigan Journalism Fellow in the
fall of 1994, he chose to take Prof.
Frank Beaver's screenwriting class and
Eileen Pollack's creative writing class
in order to hone his storytelling skills.
Those classes paid off for the 20-year
journalism veteran and Philadelphia
Inquirer staff writer, who received a
1997 Pulitzer Prize for a series he wrote
last fall about dying with dignity.
Vitez returned once again to Ann
Arbor on Friday to deliver the
University's 12th Annual Graham
Hovey Lecture.
"I would not have won the Pulitzer if I
hadn't come here;" said Vitez, who was
selected to participate in the Fellowship
program for one academic year in order
Vitez's speech, "One Reporter's View:
Storytelling Is Our Salvation" was well
received by about 60 former Fellows and
local journalists who filed into the
Michigan League's Hussey Room.
After his fellowship, Vitez returned
to the Inquirer and covered the aging
beat, which he cited as "the story of the
next century."
Starting with the premise that "any-
body could be a front page story," he
wrote a five-part series titled, "Final
Choices: Seeking the Good Death."
The series chronicled the stories of
five elderly patients and examined the
important decisions that they and their
families make near the end of their lives.
Vitez's successful incorporation of a
mixture of storytelling and factual infor-
mation secured him the Pulitzer Prize for
explanatory journalism, an award which
Eisendrath described as "the premier

showcase for fine writing."
Vitez used part of his speech to point
out the University's influence on his writ-
ing and to thank professors who helped
him re-examine his use of language.
For example, Vitez said the fiction
writing class helped him improve his
ability to tell stories.
Beaver, who now uses Vitez's series
as an introduction to his screenwriting
class, said Vitez was "an important cat-
alyst within the class"
"He is a wonderful narrative journal-
ist;" Beaver said. "I wasn't at all sur-
prised to hear he won the Pulitzer."
Although the speech was on central
campus, a large part of the University
community was missing: students.
The Director of the Michigan
Journalism Fellows, communication
studies Prof. Charles Eisendrath, main-
cized - yet almost no students showed
up to hear the speech.
The Hovey speech is named in honor
of Graham Hovey, a former member of
The New York Times Editorial Board,
distinguished foreign affairs reporter
and former director of the University's
Fellow program from 1980-86.
"We aim to bring back a journalist
who has performed outstandingly after
the Fellowship program, to celebrate
the good work they've done," Hovey
said. "We like to think it is a reflection
of what they learned in their nine
months of study at Michigan?'
Hovey said Vitez's talent was shown
through his ability to deal with a taboo
subject in a sympathetic and purposeful
"Articles like his that deal with impor-
tant yet often unspoken issues are impor-
tant," Hovey said.

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