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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 26, 1997 -3

Hit and run
ocurs on
Washtenaw Ave.
A'female who was hit by an automo-
biWhile crossing Washtenaw Avenue
filed a report with the Department of
Publid Safety on Wednesday.
The caller was struck by the vehicle
when crossing the street. The driver of
the 'vdicle stopped for a moment, then
droWoff.
Th caller managed to write down
the beginning portion of the driver's
license plate.
The, injured pedestrian declined
n ical attention, and was assisted by
A Arbor Police Department officials
when filing a DPS report.
Falling walnuts
damage car in
parking lot
Blick walnuts fell on a caller's car in
LO-M-65 at Cornwell Place on
Tuesday and damaged it, according to
DPS reports.
The caller said the black walnuts
caused damage to the hood, roof and
front bumper of her vehicle. The
caller'was parked on University prop-
erty when the walnut incident
octitted.
Drug dispensing
unit taken from
'U Hospitals
A, caller reported to DPS on
Wedpesday that a patients PCA infuser
pump, an automatic IV drug dispensing
unit, .was taken from University
Hospitals.
Staff indicated that the PCA was full
ojquid morphine when last seen in
t patients room. When recovered, the
PCA was found to be full.
The PCA was sent to a lab to deter-
minef the contents has been tampered
with.
Warrants issued
for melee near
MSU campus
*ve people were implicated for their
roles in the Sept. 7 rioting at Michigan
Stat University.
tnly one MSU student was issued a
warrant for the melee, which occurred
on Gunson Street in the East Lansing
campus.
A female MSU student, a
Williamston woman, a Novi woman
and a man from Illinois will be charged
Vtindecent exposure.
ich of the misdemeanor charges
wili carry a maximum penalty of 90
days or $500 fine.
A lifth man from Novi was charged
issued a warrant for destruction of
property. He broke a street light,
according to the AP report.
Neighbor worried
about heating
& Northwood
A male called DPS on Wednesday to

Tprt that his Northwood neighbors,
'have an infant, had not yet turned
udibe heat in their apartment.
stated that the temperature of the
' went was too cold for the infant,
4ditg that he was concerned for the
infaiit's well being.
DPS unit dropped off a space
eater to the residents.
South Quad resi-
(tent bumps head
Kffall from loft
A South Quad resident fell out of her
loft and hit her head Wednesday, DPS
reports state.
0 caller said the resident was hav-
gdifficulty seeing out of one of her
Oyes.
'The housing officer escorted the girl
to University Hospitals for further
assistance.
"Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Stephanie Hepburn.

Symposium discusses future of humanities

* Forum marks close of
$1 billion fundraising
campaign
By Heather Kamins
and Neal Lepsetz
Daily Staff Reporters
To honor University alumnus Preston
Robert Tisch for his support in funding
the new Tisch Hall and the humanities
as a whole, LSA held a forum yesterday
focusing on the future of the humani-
ties.
The symposium was the first event
of a three-day celebration for the suc-
cess of the Campaign for Michigan,
which raised $1.3 billion.
"It is a way to have a kind of acade-
mic content for a celebration of a fine
gift from a University alumnus and a
strong supporter of Michigan," said his-
tory and anthropology Prof. Tom
Trautmann.
Tisch's donation of $6 million
breaks the mold of a national trend, in
which traditional supporters of the
humanities have begun to donate less
generously.
"Once again, Michigan is setting the
pace," said John D'Arms, president of
the American Council of Learned
Societies and former Rackham dean,
adding that the Tisch donation has
served as a catalyst to donors at institu-
tions around the nation, including
Harvard University.
"There always should be more fund-
ing for the humanities. The humanities
are always in need of greater funding,"

said University President Lee Bollinger.
D'Arms, the symposium's first
speaker, said major corporations and
private donors have in recent years
turned toward performance arts instead
of humanities.
"You have registered a great and
deserved vote of confidence in the
humanities and the future of the human-
ities," D'Arms.
The building will house the compar-
ative literature program and the history
of art print study room, as well as the
departments of history, English and
classical studies.
Called the cornerstone of the
University's humanities disciplines by
LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg, Tisch Hall
centralizes departments that previously
were spread across campus.
"Tisch Hall provides wonderful
space for students and faculty to engage
in dialogue and collaboration and to
develop relationships that can advance
important debates about literary study
and interpretations of history,"
Goldenberg said.
Trautman, director of the Institute for
the Humanities, discussed the growing
bridge between history and the literary
arts.
"History is no longer about society.
It's about text." Trautmann said.
"(There is) a feeling that history is turn-
ing alien. It is turning into literature."
Trautmann said the studies of both
English and history have come to rely
on each other more than ever in this
generation.
"The exclusionary boundary of pure

KELLY MC KINNEL
Preston Robert Tisch (fourth from left) joins Athletic Director Tom Goss (immediately to his right) and University Presideni
Lee Bollinger during the dedication of the Tisch Tennis Center yesterday afternoon.

Playwnght to
unite art, politics

By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
For the Daily
Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and two
Tony Awards, Tony Kushner plans to
speak Sunday about the connection
between art and politics.
Hillel is presenting the gay Jewish
playwright as part of its Celebration
of Jewish Arts and Great Writers
Series.
"We try to bring in a variety of peo-
ple. We hadn't ever brought in anyone
from the theater world," said Shani
Lasin, program director for Hillel.
"Tony Kushner is an important Jewish
playwright."
Kushner received widespread critical
and popular acclaim for his two-part,
seven-hour Broadway production of
"Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on
National Themes."
"It's not only for gay men, though
it's primarily about gay men,"
Kushner said. "The intention, as the
subtitle suggests, is to address
themes of national significance
through the experiences of one par-
ticular group.
'In the country's history, those
groups which are seen as marginal
and secondary and not of critical
importance to the nation's life, are
always the groups actively defining
the nation's social, political, intellec-
tual, moral and spiritual life," he
said.

"Part of what I'm aiming for is to
make people think. Part of it is to pro-
voke, part of it is to move people, part
of it is entertain people - things that a
playwright would want to do," Kushner
said.
Kushner most recently wrote "Slavs!
Thinking about the Longstanding
Problems of Virtue and Happiness," a
play about the moral duties of people
living through
politically repres-
sive +imes.
Kushner said
that his speech will
focus on socialism
but he refused to
reveal more about
the event.
"I'm an
absolute believer
in democracy and Kushner
I'm an absolute
believer in social and economicjustice,
which is to say that I believe in some
sort of socialism as oppose to untram-
pled free market," Kushner said.
Kushner will speak at the Power
Center on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
are available from Hillel and
Ticketmaster: $8 for general admissioin
and $5 for students.
The event is co-sponsored by the
Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual
Transgender Affairs and the
Department of Theater and Drama.

KEVINSKRUPRITZER/5ai
Amy Harris, development officer of exhibits at the Museum of Natural History, stands beside a piece of the museum's
exhibit, titled "Back to Sea: The Evolution of Whales." e
U prWof. diSplays ancient
Pakistani whale specim-ens

By WaJahat Syed
For the Daily
When anthropology Prof. Philip
Gingerich came back home to Ann
Arbor last winter, he had a whale of a
story to tell.
After two months excavating in
Pakistan, Gingerich found that early
whales looked nothing like Moby
Dick. An expert on whale evolution,
Gingerich's work will be displayed at
the University's Exhibit Museum of
Natural History until Oct. 18.
The exhibit, titled "Back to Sea:
The Evolution of Whales," features
the most complete display of ancient
whale specimens in the world.
"This is clearly the largest project
the museum has undertaken," said
Amy Harris, development officer of
the Exhibit Museum of Natural
History. "We have spent two years
getting ready for this. It is the most
comprehensive exhibit of its type in
the world, even bigger than New
York's Natural History Museum."
One of the highlights of the per-
manent exhibit is the oldest whale
fossil Gingerich discovered, dating
back 50 million years.
"To me, the importance of this is
the steps," said Gingerich, director of
the Museum of Paleontology. "It is

important that we study and under-
stand the steps in the evolution of this
creature, a transition that occupied a
great amount of time."
Gingerich has spent 20 years trav-
elling to research sites in Pakistan
and Egypt, where he has witnessed
the political upheavals of two wars.
In 1979, Gingerich left Pakistan
when its western neighbor Afghanistan
was invaded by the Soviet Union.
Eleven years later,the U.S. Embassy in
Pakistan advised him to leave the
country because of the Gulf War.
Despite the obstacles, Gingerich
has made 14 research expeditions to
the deserts and foothills of the two
countries and collected fossils that
show the development of whales
from hooved land creatures to fully
aquatic mammals.
Usually, land vertebrates evolve
from a fish to an amphibian or reptile
before becoming a fully developed
mammal. Gingerich said the process
for whales is the opposite.
"Despite this seemingly backward
direction of whale evolution, whales
have proven to be a very successful
group," Gingerich said. This is cer-
tainly proven by the fact that more
than 80 species exist today, all of them
evolved from a single type of whale.

Ancient whales once looked like
hyenas and in later stages began to
resemble dolphins, sea lions and even
crocodiles, he said.
Harris said the exhibit will put the
University on the map for pioneering
evolutionary studies. "It will defi-
nitely be a boost to our profile. After
all, whales are an academic field,
aren't they?"
What changes present-day whales
face in the future is hard to predict,
Gingerich said.
"Since it is difficult to predict
chance events in the future, we sim-
ply cannot predict what the future
holds for whales," Gingerich said.
"Evolution on this broad scale is not
predictable because it is never sim-
ple. There are always a great number
of factors, and hence too many possi-
bilities.'
Other parts of the exhibit feature
the ancestral whale Dorudon atrox, a
carnivorous sea-going creature armed
with ferocious teeth and hind limbs,
evidence of a distant past when its
ancestors could crawl on land.
Three whale species on show indi-
cate the development of the mammal
from a meat-eating, wolf-like land
animal to a fully aquatic whale, a
transition that took millions of years.

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