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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 3

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By Sana Danish
Dajil Staff Reporter

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Unwanted man
masturbates in
Markey room
A male subject allegedly entered
the Frost House room of a female res-
ident of the Mary Markley Residence
Hall without permission and mastur-
bated in front of her Thursday after-
noon, Department of Public Safety
reports state.
The suspect was described as a
white male, with blond hair and a
beard, wearing glasses, a hunter green
shirt and shorts. DPS has not reported
having any suspects in the incident.
40 year-old man
exposes himself
A white male, subject, described as
about 40-years-old with glasses and
white-grey hair, was reported exposing
himself in Stockwell Residence Hall
on Thursday afternoon, DPS reports
state.
DPS reports did not state whether
the subject in the incident was alleged
to be the same man who was seen
masturbating in the Mary Markley
Residence Hall.
Teenagers found
soliciting mags
in South Quad
Two teenage girls were reported
soliciting for magazines in the South
Quad Residence Hall on Thursday
afternoon, DPS reports state.
DPS reports did not state whether
there are any suspects in the incident.
Four spotted on
Division Ave.
smoking crack
Four people were spotted smoking
crack cocaine on Division Avenue on
Thursday evening, DPS reports state.
The caller was unable to provide
descriptions of the people he had
seen. DPS did not report having
apprehended any of the suspects.
Lunch stolen from
medical building
A bagged lunch was reported stolen
from the Medical Inn Building locat-
ed on Catherine Street on Thursday
afternoon, DPS reports state.
The lunch was allegedly in a black
bag and was placed on top of a large
red trash cart.
The caller reported that he left the
area for a few moments and when he
returned, the bag was gone.
Four men found
travelling naked
Four male subjects were reported
walking down Geddes Ave. early Fri-
day morning wearing nothing but
shoes and socks, DPS reports state.
The nude men were cited with Minor
in Possession charges for alcohol viola-
tions and the incident is under investi-
gation pending other charges.
Kids seen entering
and blading in
Dennison lobby
Several children on rollerblades
allegedly entered the Dennison Build-
ing late Friday night through a door

with a broken lock and skated through
the lobby of the building, DPS reports
state.
The children were spotted later in
the Diag and were told by officers to
move from the area.
Cruiser nearly hits
subject on Sybil
DPS officers reported late Sunday
night that a subject ran out into Sybil
Avenue in front of their cruiser,
almost causing them to be hit.
The subject was later arrested on
alcohol violations and was issued a
Minor in Possession charge.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Caitlin Nish.

With a S16.I million grant from the National
Science Foundation, the College of Engineering
is planning to fund exploration and educational
programs in integrated microsystems research.
The University's "outstanding" program in
wireless integrated microsystems known as
WIMS - information gathering nodules the
size of a wristwatch or sugar cube -- was the
determining factor in obtaining the grant, said
Larry Goldberg, a director of the Engineering
research division for the National Science Foun-
dation.
The grant will cover a five-year period and is
renewable up to 10 years. The grant will be
matched by funding from corporate sponsors,

ts Engineering scho
the State of Michigan and the University, for a The WIMS devices, as gas analyzers, can
total of S30 million in five years. detect atmospheric pollutants and monitor glob-
Ken Wise, director of the University's Engi- al warming.
neering Research Center and an electrical engi- Each microsystem contains a power source,
neering and computer science professor at the computer chip, sensors for analysis and a wire-
College of Engineering, said he hopes that both less transmitter and receiver to communicate
the University and Ann Arbor community will with other systems.
benefit from the research funded by the grant. The College of Engineering decided to bid
"I hope that it will help Michigan to maintain for the grant in October 1998. The University's
its position as an international leader in the area pre-proposal was one of two the National Sci-
of integrated microsystems," Wise said. "We also ence Foundation selected from 89. The Univer-
hope to provide some very important instruments sity is collaborating with M ichigan State
for preserving the environment and improve- University and Michigan Technological Univer-
ments in healthcare." sity.
The integrated microsystem devices, which The money will be used to develop undergrad-
are still in the research stages, serve a variety of uate and graduate courses within the College of
purposes. The devices, when used as implants, Engineering, research opportunities for Engi-
can help restore hearing for the profoundly deaf. neering students and summer workshops that

l $16. M

allow high school teachers to learn about the
technology and incorporate it in their teaching.
Goldberg said the intent of the grant is-to
"establish large organizational units at univet
sities to work on very state of the art research
programs that bring faculty together with
expertise."
Goldberg said that key reasons for NSF
awarding the University this grant includenits
research and academic programs that involve
outreach to underrepresented groups.
For students, such as Engineering graduate stir-
dent and research assistant Andrew Dehennis, the
announcement of the grant is an exciting deve-
opment in research.
"I think it's going to be a pretty neat program
that's going to develop technology better and
influence society in a positive way, " he said.

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Gone fishin'

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Faculty forum sets agenda;
plans forentdebates
By Lisa Hoffman
Dailv Staff Re porter isdesigned toino lv e and

During a luncheon yesterday at the Michigan Union, the
Faculty Senate Assembly set its agenda for the academic year.
Seventy-two faculty members compose the senate from
the University's three campuses and each of its schools and
colleges. The Senate Advisory Committee on University
Affairs, an elected 10 member board, is the executive
branch to the assembly, and begins their fall meetings next
Monday.
SACUA members held a June retreat to brainstorm the
major issues of this year, including the affect of corporate
sponsorship oii the University, the ongoing lawsuits against
the University's use of race in admission and how athletics
affect academics.
The growing concern of the amount of academic freedom
that professors have will also be a major topic of discussion
in conjunction with the unannounced visit of Regent Dan
Horning (R-Grand Haven) to Prof. David Halperin's Eng-
lish class titled "How to be Gay" earlier this semester.
Horning has been a critic of the course.
SACUA Chairwoman Jackie Lawson said the board has
not established its position on the subject as of the lun-
cheon.
Senate members present at the luncheon also drew atten-
tion to last year's discussions on benefits for professors and
the parking crunch on campus.
Behavioral science Prof. Marilynn Rosenthal said she
hopes "for continuity of the issues from last year and to get
feedback. The long, heated parking issue was never settled,
and it is important to monitor the past suggestions."
In response, Lawson said that "New spaces continue to
ope.n, and we continue to monitor parking:'

engage more faculty than in
the past, and raise
consciousness and visibility."
-Jackie Lawson
SACUA Chairwoman
Faculty members said the University is overselling p4rk-
ing permits and lacking in parking enforcement. Members
of the assembly also voiced concerns over the closing of
parking spaces due to construction.
The Senate's major project is the Regents' Candidate
Forum scheduled for Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theater.
The forum will allow the public to question the candi-
dates running for the University Board of Regents. Lawson
said she expects all six candidates including Republican
nominees Wendy Anderson and Susy Avery, Libertarian
candidates Tim Maull and Marvin Surowitz, and incum-
bents Laurence Deitch (D-Bloomfield Hills) and Rebecca
McGowan (D-Ann Arbor), to attend, although the Assem-
bly is still waiting for replies from Deitch and McGowan.
"This is an effort to bring more to the faculty and the
public," Lawson said. "It is designed to involve and engage
more faculty than in the past, and raise consciousness and
visibility."
The Senate's next meeting is set for Oct. 23 at 3:15 p.m.,
where University President Lee Bollinger is scheduled to
address the senate.

MARJORIE MARSHALL/Dady
Laura and Melbourne Smith of Lansing fish yesterday in the Huron River at
Gallup Park.
Amertech otcial
apologiEzwesbefor
., A state regulators

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LANSING (AP) - The head of
Ameritech in Michigan apologized to
angry customers and state regulators
yesterday for service problems that
have generated a flood of complaints
in recent months.
The apology did little to satisfy
angry customers, several of whom said
they've lost time, money and peace of
mind waiting for the state's largest
local phone company to repair or
install their phone service.
Jake Jacobsen drove to the Michi-
gan Public Service Commission hear-
ing from Lake Odessa to fiid out when
Ameritech would restart his telephone
service.
When he lost his phone service on
July 29, Ameritech officials said he
would have it back by Aug. 30. Seven
weeks later, they're now saying he
should have a working phone in late
October.
"I just, don't think this is right," he
said. "We depend heavily on telephone
service."
Ameritech Michigan President Gail
Torreano told the commission at its
second public hearing on the problems
that a combination of too much rain,
too much work and not enough techni-
cians has left the company struggling.
"We are sorry when our service falls
short," Torreano said. "We're painfully
aware that we have fallen short."
Her comments did little to pacify
upset customers. Gary Satterfield
told commissioners that Ameritech
disconnected the telephone service
at his limousine company's new
location in Howell for three consec-
utive days, even after an Ameritech
manager put a note on his file to
correct the problem.
Satterfield, owner of American Cel-

ebration, recounted long waits and
numerous conversations with
Ameritech employees before the prob-
lem was finally fixed.
"When you call Ameritech you
miiight as well give up your afternoon,"
he said. "It's almost impossible to get a
live person.let alone someone who
cares about you."
Chris Van Koevering, who works
for a computer service company,
has not had telephone service in his
new Eaton Rapids home since it
was built in June. Since April, Van
Koeveri ng has been given eight
deadlines for service.
"I have been living off my cell
phone," he told the commission.
"I'm at wits end, I don't know what
else to do."
An Ameritech customer service
employee spoke with Van Koever-
ing and other frustrated customers
as they stepped away from the podi-
um.
Ameritech, a regional phone compa-
ny that's now part of San Antonio-
based SBC Communications Inc., and
Texas-based Verizon, formerly GTE,
control 95 percent of Michigan's local
telephone market.
Torreano and Cindie Bucks,
Ameritech Michigan general manager,
unveiled a revamped service improve-
ment plan a week after Ameritech
handed in its origiial proposal to the
commission. Ameritech was ordered
by state regulators to submit a plan to
improve service.
The newest plan says Ameritech
will drop its average repair time to
36 hours by Dec. 31, three months
earlier than it had first projected.
The average repair time now is 115
hours.

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