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March 17, 2000

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speak at graduation

® Pulitzer Prize winner
chosen to speak at Spring
Commencement next month
9y Anna Clark
Daily Staff Reporter
From long days serving as a war correspon-
dent to writing sports, novels, and critical pro-
files on John F. Kennedy, David Halberstam
has earned the description of a "journalistic
jack-of-all-trades."

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and jour-
nalist will share his stories, experience and
knowledge with the Class of 2000 when he
speaks at Spring Commencement, Vice Presi-
dent and Secretary of the University Lisa
Tedesco said yesterday.
Halberstam was approved as the commence-
ment speaker by University President Lee
Bollinger. He's one of six candidates recom-
mended to receive honorary doctoral degrees at
the ceremony.
Halberstam, who lives in New York City,
was out of town and could not be reached for

comment yesterday.
His wife Jean said the offer to speak at the
University's graduation is "a great honor."
"He thinks this is one of the great universi-
ties of the country," she said. "It's one that sep-
arates us from Europe. They don't have a true
people's university there."
In his long career, Halberstam's writing has
touched on a startling variety of topics, from
politics to sports to history.
His 1998 book "The Children" tells the story
of eight black college students in Tennessee in
the heat of the Civil Rights Movement.

Six months later, Halberstam demonstrated
his range of expertise in "Playing for Keeps:
Michael Jordan and the World He Made."
The New York Times Book Review said
Halberstam "delivers ... insight, balance,
analysis, an assemblage of pertinent anecdotes
... Halberstam's achievement is that he writes
as a credible reporter."
But it was his book "The Best and The
Brightest" that Halberstam called his "signa-
ture book," saying it changed his life and gave
him independence.
Halberstam was also an editor of "The Best

American Sports Writing of The Century"
anthology.
Halberstam is one of six candidates for hon-
orary degrees. Pending approval Monday by
the University Board of Regents at its monthly
meeting, other recipients will be William Ferris
of the National Endowment for the Humanities
U.S Ambassador to Norway David Hermelin,
historian and musician Bernice Johnson
Reagon, screenwriter and film producer
Lawrence Kasden and 1999 Nobel Prize-win-
ning physicist Martinus Veltman, a former
University professor..

House raises
research funds
for universities

By Yae Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
The U.S. House of Representatives
has included in its Fiscal Year 2001
budget plan a $1 billion increase to the
National Institutes of Health, as well
as upping National Science Founda-
tion funding.
Basic research - projects that aim
to increase knowledge in scientific
fields and not a final product - is an
important factor in University funds.
University Assistant to the Vice Pres-
ident for Research Lee Katterman said
during the past 10 years the University
has generally received between 1.5 per-
cent and 2 percent of federal allocations
for research. Last year the University

received almost $200 million for the
NIH. That amount comprises 40 per-
cent of the school's research funds and
more than $42 million in NSF funds,
which total 8 percent of the University's
research funding.
"There's a lot of good evidence that
the economic prosperity ... can be
attributed to the new technology that
was done by basic research 15 to 20
years ago," Katterman said.
According to the House plan, a $1
billion increase in NIH funding - a 5.6
percent increase from last year -
would fall more or less within President
Clinton's budget recommendation.
NSF funding would increase by a
total of $500 million after compromises
See RESEARCH, Page 2

'M' faces Omaha
in CCHA semis
By tehaie f

Social Work second-year student Kenya Arnold loads books Into 4 shopping cart in the lobby of the Shapirq Undergraduate Ubrary yesterday.
'Protesters check out 3,000 books

Daily Sports Editor
When Nebraska-Omaha coach Mike

marching toward the semifinals of the
conference tournament in their first
year in the league. It is a story that top-
seeded Michigan coach Red Berenson
hopes will not have a happy ending

By Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter

Group upset with han

s

Each day University stu-.
dents, faculty and staff check
out about 300 books from theO
Shapiro Und1ergraduate
Library. But yesterday a group of gradt
dents borrowed nearly 3,000 books in 1
three hours.
The 50 students checked out the books t
how the University administration han
conflict between the Students of Color C
and the senior honor society Michigamua.
The group, Graduate Action Alliance,
return the books this morning, group
woman Mari Hashimoto said.
"This was the best way we thought v
express our frustration with Bollinger

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Union tower occupation
uate stu- administration as a whole,"she said. Library emplo'
ess than University spokesman Joel Seguine said the three computers ar
administration does not plan to release an official for studying" was
o protest response to the protest. said.
dled the Hashimoto said the group wants the administra- The library cou
Coalition tion to address issues beyond Michigamua such as Haar said, but she
drops in minority enrollment and the quantity of need the books for
plans to minority faculty. "I understand (t
spokes- Members of Graduate Action Alliance sorry about the e
checked out 3,000 books and took about 2,500 their fellow studen
we could more from the library's stacks between about 9 semester. People ar
and the a.m. and 11:40 a.m, Shapiro Undergraduate

Library Head Linda TerHaar
said.
After Graduate Action
Alliance members checked out
the books, they packed them
into shopping carts and moved
them into a U-Haul truck.
yees scanned the books using
nd any "person borrowing books
given priority in line, TerHaar
uld handle the extra work, Ter-
was concerned for students who
studying.
he group's) need to protest. I'm
ffects this protest will have on
nts. This is a critical time in the
re doing research."-
See PROTEST, Page 7

Kemp stepped into his
first time in 1996, he
was presented with
only a small desk
and a phone. The
program, which was
a year from starting,
had no schedule and
no players. What it
did have was a sold-
out season at the
8,314-seat Omaha
Civic Center.
And Monday, In
when they returned an
home to host the

THIS WEEKEND
JoE Louis ARENA
The CCHA Tournament
Semifinalgame 1: Friday5 p.m.
Michigan (26-84) vs.
Nebraska-Oaha(15-18-7)
Semifinal game 2: Friday 8:30 p.m.
Michigan State (25-104) vs.
Notre Dame (16-17-8)
Final: Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for all games are still available.
nside: CCHA award winners
nnounced. Page 10.

after his team faces
Nebraska-Omaha
tonight in that semi-
final.
The Mavericks
share an arena with
the Creighton bas-
ketball team and
other events put on
by the city of
Omaha. This week
the Center was host-
ing a farm imple-
ment show, so the
workers at the arena

office for the

CCHA conference tournament play-in
game the following evening, the sev-
enth-seeded Mavericks had one more
thing: A great story to tell about

thought it would be a good decision to
remove the ice sheet from the Center
after the Mavericks' last home game
See HOCKEY, Page 7

Ferris State student
dies from drinking
By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter "You cn't have a

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Shamrock express

*Doctors confirmed yesterday that
alcohol poisoning caused the death of
a Ferris State University student
Wednesday morning.
The employees of Spectrum Health
in Grand Rapids determined that
Stephen Petz, a 19-year-old freshman
from Gaylord, had a blood alcohol
content of 0.42 percent at the time of
his death. Brad McCue, the Michigan
Ste University student who died in
1998 after drinking 22 shots, had a
blood alcohol content of 0.44. In
Michigan a person is considered legal-
ly drunk if they have a blood alcohol
content of .10 percent.
Petz is said to have consumed the

worse thing happen
to you than having
a student die."
- Ted Halm
Ferris State University spokesman
lic Safety. KCL is an unofficial frater-
nity, located off-campus, and is not
sanctioned by the University
Three other pledges and several
KCL members were at the party with
Petz, city officials said. He was taken
to the hospital at around 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday when KCL members were

Higher ed bill
moves to floor
By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee reported
the higher education portion of the Fiscal Year 2001 budget
to the full Senate on Wednesday
"substantially the way we wrote it,"
said State Sen. John Schwarz (R-
Battle Creek), chairman of the
higher education subcommittee that M g
recommended a 6.9 percent Higher
increase in funds for the University. Education
The increase was determined Budget
after University President Lee
Bollinger testified to the subcommittee in late February that
the University would need an additional 5 percent to 6 per-
cent in state appropriations in order to restrain tuition

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