to finance office
Due to an increasing endowment and
the complexity of treasury activities,
the University announced that it is
*dding a new position to University's
The chief investment officer, who
will report directly to the Vice
President and Chief Financial Officer
Robert Kasdin, will be responsible for
creating the University's financial asset
policies as well as its investment man-
ager retention policies to be recom-
mended to the University Board of
Regents for approval.
A search will be conducted with the
elp of the New York-based recruiting
irm Russell Reynolds Associates.
7 faculty members
Seven faculty members received the
Arthur F. Thurnau professorship, an
award that recognizes faculty for out-
*Wnding contributions to the education
of undergraduates, at the regents meet-
Faculty receiving the honor are Julia
Adams, associate professor of sociology;
Dionissios Assanis, professor of
mechanical engineering and applied
mechanics; Vincent Castagnacci, profes-
sor of art; Susan Douglas, the Catherine
Neafie Kellogg professor of communi-
cation and professor of communication
.,studies; A. Roberto Frisanho, professor
f anthropology; Khalil Najafi, professor
of electrical engineering and computer
science and professor of biomedical
engineering; and Christopher Peterson,
professor of psychology
The University recognizes the profes-
sors as Thurnau professors for a three-
year period, and they receive a grant to
support their teaching endeavors.
The awards, named after a student
*vho attended the University from 1902
to 1904, are supported through his will
by the Thurnau Charitable Trust.
3 'U' professors
Three University faculty members
who will be retiring were given emeri-
tus titles at the regents meeting
James Kister, a professor of mathe-
Watics, joined the University in 1959.
Through his research, Kister con-
tributed to developing the theory of
higher dimensional topology. He also
served as chair of the department of
mathematics and as managing editor of
the Michigan Mathematics Journal.
Also retiring is David Shappirio, a
professor of biological sciences.
Shappirio began his work at the
niversity in 1957.
The regents also gave Gene Smith an
emeritus title. Smith became a
University faculty member in 1963.
During his time on campus, Smith pub-
lished papers on thermodynamics.
In addition to his publications, Smith
was an associate chair of the department
of mechanical engineering and applied
mechanics and assistant dean of the
College of Engineering since 1987.
Film to be shown
on women in
As a part of the University's
Women's Studies Winter 1999 Film
Series, the film "Still Killing Us Softly:
Advertising's Image of Women," will
be presented tonight in room 140 in
* The film, produced and directed by
Margaret Lazarus, is scheduled to
begin at 7 p.m.
In the film, writer Jean Kilbourne
explores advertising's images of
women, men and children and exam-
ines advertising techniques that create
insecurity in consumers about their
sexuality, body and age.
In addition to tonight's showing, the,
film will be shown Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. in
room 1210 of the Chemistry Building.
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LOCAL/S TATEThe Michigan Daily
Huaren show displays students'
- Monday, February 22, 1999 - 3A
By Tushar Sheth
For the Daily
More than 700 students attended the
annual Huaren Cultural Show last night
at the Power Center.
The show, titled "A New Beginning,"
attempted to forge a new, "unified
Chinese American identity on campus
by bringing together various expres-
sions of Chinese, Taiwanese, Cantonese
and Singaporean culture," said Jon
Yang, who helped to plan the show.
The show, which included I1 acts
involving more than 250 students, dis-
played a blend of traditional art forms
such as the Taiwanese Aborigine Dance
and modern dance styles in acts such as
the Groove Mode Squad. It also included
the traditional Lion Dance performed at
the Lunar New Year, the Fan Dance, a
Martial Arts performance and the a
capella singing group, KopiToneZ,
formed by Singaporean students.
Other highlights of the show includ-
ed the Ribbon Dance, originating in
imperial China. The female dancers
swung brightly colored ribbons to sym-
bolize the long sleeves of a servant who
used them to protect his emperor.
The show also highlighted the influ-
ences of hip-hop culture on young
Asian Americans as the act Team Sxy
strutted its Cali Hop and the Groove
Mode Squad bounced to the beats of
Foxy Brown and the Black-Eyed Peas.
The cultural show is an annual event,
put on around the time of the Chinese
Lunar New Year, which fell on Feb. 16
this year. Although the show does not
specifically comemmerate the New Year,
"we use some themes that are traditional-
ly associated with the celebration of the
New Year," said Hongshin Pan, who also
helped organize the event.
To publicize for the show, members
of the Huaren core passed out hong
baos, small red envelopes filled with
money which are given to children to
celebrate the New Year, on the Diag.
But the envelopes contained invitations
to the Huaren Show rather than money.
The Huaren Cultural Show began
five years ago. This year's theme, "A
New Beginning," was chosen because
the goal of the show was to "take the
recognizable aspects of past Huaren
Cultural Shows and put a different spin
on them," said Leslie Liao, one of the
"What we decided on doing was to
show how American culture has influ-
enced us as Asian Americans, thus the
combination of modern and traditional
The term Huaren represents the
attempt to unify communities of Chinese
American, Taiwanese American and
Cantonese American students on cam-
pus. "What is generally lacking as far as
our three cultures is a cohesion among
the groups"Yang said. Yang said one rea-
son there is a lack of a sense of commu-
nity is because of geographical bound-
aries of their countries of origin.
Yang added that language also acts to
diversify their cultures. "Through the
show, we strive to make sure that we
highlight each culture with our various
acts and performances,". said Brain
Chiang, an organizer of the event.
"This type of show helps to create
identity and pride," said Vivian Chang,
a Nursing second-year student who
attended the show.
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Students participate in the Traditional Chinese Ribbon Dance last night during the
Huaren Cultural Show in the Power Center. The term Huaren represents the
attempt to unify communities of Chinese American, Taiwanese American and
Cantonese American students on campus.
WU' recognizes national
eating d isorder wee k
By Asma Rafe"q
Daily Staff Reporter
As part of a panoply of events across
the nation, several organizations at the
University are commemorating
National Eating Disorder Awareness
Week, which began yesterday.
"There's a lot of shame and embar-
rassment associated with eating disor-
ders;" said Sheril Szuch, state coordina-
tor of National Eating Disorder
Because the topic is taboo, Szuch
said, it is important to make informa-
tion and resources. about eating disor-
ders widely available.
Szuch, a psychologist, opened the
week in Ann Arbor last night when she
spoke at the Michigan League, address-
ing the topic of "Friends Helping
Friends: Eating Disorders and How to
Help Those in Need."
"Friends and family (of those with
eating disorders) go through their own
pain" Szuch said. "One of the most fre-
quently asked questions is 'What can I
do for them, and what can't I do?"'
A poetry reading planned for tomor-
row at 7 p.m. in the League under-
ground will allow students to share
thoughts on the issue.
"I thought a good way to express
"It's not just to talk about this for a
week but really an ongoing campaign
- Michelle Bolek
Celebrated writer James Eliroy, author of "LA Confidential," speaks at Angell
Hall on Friday to a crowd of 40 students.
feelings about this as a sort of therapy is
through writing," said LSA senior
Megan Anderson, a peer educator at the
University Health Service.
The poetry reading is being spon-
sored jointly by UHS and the League
Whitney Thomas, League program-
ming office representative, said the
poetry reading will not be limited to
eating disorder issues, but will include a
broad scope of body image issues.
"People are welcome to come and.
read their own poetry about all sorts of
different perspectives of body image -
height, weight, nose jobs, breast
enhancements," Thomas said.
Also planned for tomorrow is a
film screening sponsored by the
women's studies department. In the
film "Still Killing Us Softly:
Advertising's Image of Women,"
writer Jean Kilboude explores the
techniques used by advertisers to
exploit the insecurities of consumers,
particularly the concerns about aging,
body image, and sexuality. The film
is scheduled to be shown at 8 p.m. jn
the Chemistry Building, room 1210.
In order to publicize the week, mem-
bers of Students Promoting Eating
Disorder Awareness and Knowledge
will be handing out purple ribbons and
informational sheets on the Diag, said
SPEAK founder Michelle Bolek, a
Public Health student.
The group is also planning a candle-
light vigil on the Diag on Wednesday at
10 p.m. to remember those who suffer
and have suffered from eating disor-
Bolek said the events of this week are
meant to spark further discussion.
"It's not just to talk about this for a
week, but really an ongoing campaign;'
The University Psychological Clinic
offers free, private eating issues assess-
ments, screenings and referrals. For
more information call 764-3471.
By Angela Bardoni
Daily Staff Reporter
While many people have read his
books - including "LA
Confidential," "Black Dahlia" and
"American Tabloid" - about 40
University students on Friday were
able to meet the mastermind behind
the novels, James Ellroy.
During a two-hour question and
answer session, which took place in
Angell Hall, Ellroy spoke with stu-
dents, giving them an opportunity to
meet the man who has created many
novels based on the corruption of
Organized by Rackham student
Paul Roberts, the classroom was full
of many film and video studies stu-
dents and English students, as well
as many other University students
and faculty, waiting for the arrival of
Roberts said he set up two oppor-
tunities for students and faculty to
"I've set up a large format where
Mr. Ellroy will read some of his
work and sign his novels for those
who wish to purchase them. Also,
I've set up this smaller format where
Mr. Ellroy will answer questions
about his novels,' Roberts said.
After a quick introduction, Ellroy
took a seat at the front of the class-
room and began talking with stu-
dents about his novels. His relaxed
attitude and willingness to talk hon-
estly with the students made the con-
versation very lively.
Elroy joked around with students
and told them that he loves wolver-
ines - the actual animal. He also
said that he would pay a high price to
anyone who could get him a stuffed
"Anyone who can supply me with
a dead stuffed wolverine will receive
$2000 and all of my novels, signed,"
When asked to describe himself
Ellroy said that his personality is
much different than his books. "I am
a very moral person," Ellroy said.
Ellroy also added that he works
off of an "internal dynamic of his
dark side;' in order to make his
books as "rich, dark, and deep" as he
Although Ellroy said he does
some research, he confessed that a
lot of the ideas in his stories are for-
mulated in his own imagination.
When it comes to writing, Ellroy
said he "knows where he wants to
go." He doesn't simply start writing,
he plans out each novel in a very
detailed outline - some of which
contain more than 150 pages.
Many of the studentstwanted to
know what aspect of writing a novel
Ellroy thought was the toughest.
"Getting an idea for a book isn't
tough, I wanttto write about all the
gory stuff of the past. Putting all of
my ideas together in a cohesive fash-
ion is first hard and then executing it
is second hard," Ellroy said.
Senate to consider moving
primary election to February
LANSING (AP) - In the state capital, it's never too early
to start thinking about the next election. Even when you just
finished the last election.
In this case, the next statewide election is the presidential
primary of 2000. The Michigan Senate this week plans to
take up a bill to hold the election earlier than planned.
The measure, approved last week by a Senate committee,
would shift the primary election to the fourth Tuesday in
February, instead of the third Tuesday in March - Feb. 22
instead of March 21 in 2000.
That figures to shine the spotlight of presidential politics
more brightly on Michigan as the parties' delegate selection
"Most states are going a lot earlier than they have in the
past for the simple reason that the later you are, the more
irrelevant you are," said Sen. Ken Sikkema (R-Grandville)
the measure's sponsor.
Two dozen states, including New York and California, will
hold primaries between March 8 and March 14. So by the
now-scheduled Michigan date of March 21, the presidential
fight might be over.
"The more you move it up, the more significant
Michigan will become," said Bill Ballenger, editor of
"Inside Michigan Politics." "The whole thing has become
so front-loaded," he said.
Politics being politics, the two major parties sce things dif-
ferently. Moving the primary date likely will affect only
Republicans, because Democrats use party caucuses to divvy
up their presidential delegates among Democratic White
No date has been set yet for Democratic caucuses in 2000.
Democrats shun the open primary system because it permits
non-Democrats to vote in the Democratic presidential prima-
But with Republicans controlling the House and Senate,
it's a good bet the GOP presidential primary will be moved to
The Senate has little major legislation before it this week,
as the chamber works its way up to speed in the new session.
It could vote on a bill approved last week by the Government
Operations Committee that would rename the state
Transportation Building the Murray D. Van Wagoner
That would honor former Gov. Murray Van Wagoner, who
served a long time on the state highway commission when he
wasn't holding the state's highest office.
The hottest dispute this week is likely to come in the
Senate Education Committee, which is scheduled to vote On
controversial legislation to give Detroit Mayor Dennis Arclher
power to dismiss the elected school board and name a refofm
board to improve city schools.
The legislation has attracted heated opposition in two pub-
lic hearings, and shows no sign of ebbing as the bill moves
toward the full Senate.
The projected cost of a double occupancy residence hall room for next academic year was incorrectly reported in Friday's
Daily. Under the projected rate of increase, the cost for a double occupancy room will be $5,614.
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