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March 8, 2000

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forms LSI
classes for
By Jeannie Baumann
Daily StxaReporter
As the walls of the University's
Life Sciences Institute are set to rise
across from Palmer Field in the next
couple of years, a committee is cur-
rently laying the foundation to incor-
Irate undergraduate courses into the
The classes are designed for
freshmen who are interested in the
life sciences and want to take an
interdisciplinary approach to the
Each course will have about 70 to
80 students and plans to incorporate
professors from a variety of University
schools and colleges, including Engi-
neering and Medicine.
"We're interested in giving stu-
lnts an alternative way to think
about the life sciences," said Jill
Becker, assistant to the LSA dean
for faculty affairs. Becker is chair-
ing the committee developing these
"They are taught from a variety of
departments, so each of the classes
will be broad in its perspective," she
*The committee is overseeing four
subcommittees composed of Universi-
ty faculty, graduate student instructors
and undergraduate students. Each sub-
committee is conceptualizing one of
the specific courses.
Becker said the courses do not have
official titles yet, but the working titles
are biocomplexitiy and molecular biol-
ogy, biotechnology and human behav-
ior, learning and memory, and
olution, ecology and comparative
"Each class will have three faculty
members," Becker said, adding that the
professors will not take turns teaching
the class.
"Everybody has to be there every-
day,"she said.
The collaborative effort in creating
these classes, especially input from
undergraduate students is an impor-
*t part of the process, Becker said.
"The students reallyfneed to tell us
what they're going to find interesting'
she said.
LSA junior Marisa Shetlar, a mem-
ber of the biotechnology and human
behavior subcommittee, said the com-
mittee is currently in the process of
petitioning and selecting faculty for
the programs. The next step is to
design the course curriculum.
Shetlar said the other members of
9 subcommittee were receptive to
her ideas.
"They're very interested in the
wants and needs of undergraduates,"
she said.
But Shetlar said she hopes students
will have more representation in the
rest of the Life Sciences Initiative, par-
ticularly on selecting the faculty.
While she said research is an impor-
St criterion, other factors must be
en into consideration.
"Sometimes you could have the best
researcher, but they don't know how to
reach out to the students,"she said.
Becker said the classes are loosely

See COURSES, Page 2





Bush, Gore earn
resounding wins

across the regions, Republican George
W Bush won election contests in New
York, California and other key states
last night, while Democratic Vice
President Al Gore scored a cross-
country sweep of crucial primary
Bush's victories accelerated his
drive to stop John McCain's political
insurgency. Gore forced challenger
Bill Bradley to the brink of withdraw-

voting in 16

states and American

"Tonight we have
good news - from sea
to shining sea," Bush
declared, turning his
attention to a Novem-

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ber race against Gore.
His rival from Arizona said he
would reassess whether to stay in the
Republican contest in light of big dele-
gate losses but would not abandon his
Gore, also turning his focus towards
November, said, "We need to build on
our record of prosperity."
Bradley indicated he would decide
soon whether to pull out of his Demo-
cratic quest against Gore. "He won. I
lost," Bradley said.
Bush captured 162 delegates in Cal-
ifornia's winner-take-all primary -
the biggest prize of the Super Tuesday

As the counting continued into this
morning, Gore had 825 delegates to
Bradley's 213 -nearly halfway to the
2,170 needed to be nominated.
On the Republican side, Bush had
516 to 221 for McCain. Nomination
requires 1,034.
Shortly after calling Bush to con-
gratulate him on his victories, McCain
told The Associated Press, "We're
very pleased with the
A I G N victories we won and
disappointed with the
ones we lost." He said
he will meet with his
Saides today "and talk
about our future"
"We have a national victory,; Bush
said at his victory rally. "Republicans
and conservatives across American
have said they want me to lead the
Republican Party to victory come
November, and I am ready and eager
to do so."
In an appeal for ethnic votes, Bush
said the country must be ready to wel-
come new Americans.
"Legal immigration is not a sign of
national weakness. It is a sign of
national success," he said.
"Soon our party will unite and turn
See WINNERS, Page 7

Party nomination races

Bill Bradley failed to win a single state on the
single biggest primary day and is expected to
drop out within the next two days.
"Effectively the Republican nomination is
secure for Bush," University communications
studies department Chairman Mike Traugott
said. "My feeling is that after today, it's basi-
cally over."
The three major states McCain said he
needed to win to stay in the race - Califor-
nia, New York and Ohio - all went to Bush,

aisically over'
and a loss in Maine marred a potential New
England sweep.
"If he did fairly well in New York and he
still wins that popularity contest in California,
he will not give up;" University political sci-
ence emeritus Prof. Samuet Eldersveld said,
referring to McCain's possibility to garner a
majority of the popular vote but no delegates
in what has been labeled California's winner-
take-all "beauty contest."
See ANALYSIS, Page 7


All Star C~ae faces
loss Of iquor license


* Ann Arbor Police Department
pushes liquor authorities to deny
renewal based on poor record
By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
Students may not be dancing at the All Star
Cafe after May 1, when liquor licenses across the
state are up for renewal.
The Ann Arbor City Council is holding a
hearing next week to decide whether to rec-
ommend that the Michigan Liquor Control
Commission bar the club from keeping its
All Star's owner, Khalil Mardini, said the
club would close if it cannot ren ew the

The.Ann Arbor Police Department has
pushed for the measure, alleging the club,
located at 1321 South University Ave., has
served alcohol to minors and has been the site
of multiple fights.
"We're asking the council ... to do a fact find-
ing," said AAPD Detective Lt. Mike Zsenyuk.
He said the department would present the
city council with four violations related to the
club, including an incident in which an under-
age drunk driver said he had been served at the
Zsenyuk said it is an "uncommon thing" for
the police department to recommend that a
license be revoked.
"We try to work with the licensee," he said.
"We've tried in this case on several occasions.
Basically, we don't feel like we've been getting
See ALL STAR, Page 2

Troubled teens
find refuge at
Arbor Heights
By Caltlin Nish
Daily Staff Reporter
As many students jog and bike to the Wash-
ington Heights entrance of Nichols Arboretum
in the recent warm weather, they pass a fairly
silent and unknown part of the University
community, the Arbor Heights Center, a juve-
nile justice facility.
The center, a co-educational, low-security
rehabilitation center, is a part of the Family
Independence Agency of the state of Michigan
and houses about 25 adolescents who have
been remanded to the state.
"We are a residential care program for
'young people who have been committed to the
state of Michigan for short-term residential
care," said Rick Richards, the center's program
director. "This is low security, these are not
serious offenders."
Because the residents are minor offenders
and have not been convicted of major
crimes, they are not locked into the center.
Richards said that occasionally residents
leave the center without authorization, but
that the University Department of Public
Safety usually locates these residents within
a short amount of time.
Residents who leave without permission
"have to make a contract to agree to work on
what problems are bothering them," Richards
said. They are then put in a truancy program,
part of which includes the stigma of wearing
an orange jumpsuit.
Arbor Heights residents are normally
between the ages of 14 and 18 and are usually

Michigamua begins dialogue tour

By Jeannie Baumann
Daily Staff Reporter
To generate additional dialogue on the
Michigan Union tower occupation, Michiga-
mua members kicked off their "Michigamua
Live!" tour last night at the Student Athletic
Advisory Board bi-monthly meeting in Wei-
denbach Hall.
Through the forums, Michigamua mem-
bers said they will be able to meet with
different University faculty, staff and stu-
dents, inform them about the purpose of
the group and answer questions about the
"We want to engage with the University
community on the current issues. We're not
selling Michigamua. What we're promoting

abreast of campus affairs.
"Student athletes lead a very busy life,"
Michalski said. "It's important for them
to become aware of campus events, but
it's very hard to stay up on campus
Nearly half of the current Michigamua
class is comprised of student athletes.
"You can definitely find some symbolism
in us starting here," Delgado said. "The ath-
letes are the heart of Michigan. They have
the passion, they feel the spirit of Michigan.
They embody it."
"This is spun off of a very positive session
we had about two weeks ago with the Asian
Pacific American students," he said. "We felt
it was necessary to share this with the entire
campus community."

A resident of Arbor Heights Center, a juvenile
facility In Ann Arbor, sits in her room yesterday.
residents are tied to their family situations,
Arbor Heights is extremely family-centered.
"Family therapy is our major thrust. We
want to change the family rather than the kid,"
said Mick Walsh, Arbor Heights' program
manager. "Rather than focusing on behavior or
emotion or internal dynamics, we try to fix the
whole thing."
Residents have independent therapy sessions
as well as a one-hour family therapy session
per week where they work through their prob-
lems with trained clinical professionals.



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