set on fire in
Cast Quad room
A bulletin board on the second
floor of Anderson House in East Quad
Residence Hall was set on fire early
Sunday morning, according to
Department of Public Safety reports.
The fire was extinguished prior to the
Ann Arbor Fire Department respond-
ing to the scene.
DPS has no suspects in the incident.
Ayers go up in
flames in S. Quad
An unidentified person set fire to
flyers in South Quad Residence Hall
on Friday afternoon, according to
DPS reports. The fire was extin-
guished without the aid of fire offi-
cials, and DPS is investigating the
ident. There were no reported sus-
Campus bus hits
on Murfin Street
A University bus struck a car on
Murfin Street on Friday morning,
according to DPS reports. The driver
of the bus said he rear-ended the car
*ter it stopped suddenly in front of
MoJo resident hit
by closet object
A student in Mosher-Jordan Resi-
dence Hall was taken to the Universi-
ty Hospitals after hitting her head on
something in her closet, according to
S reports. The girl sustained a
small cut above her eyebrow.
3 Mary Markley
residents cited for
Three persons were taken to the
University Hospitals emergency room
from Mary Markley Residence Hall in
,parate incidents early Saturday
rning, according to DPS reports.
At least two of the persons were
extremely intoxicated, and one was
given a minor in possession citation.
Man attempts to
steal wood pallets
-Two men attempted to steal wooden
lets from the a storage area at the
Eisenhower Corporate Park on Sun-
day afternoon, according to DPS
reports. A person at the scene said he
approached the suspects and that they
"played dumb" and returned the pal-
A check of the suspects' license
plate determined it was registered to a
person in Romulus.
nocks mirror off
of parked vehicle
A University bus driver struck a car
on the 700 block of Tappan Street on
Sunday morning, DPS reports state.
There were no injuries, and the driver
said he "clipped" the mirror off the
Ilan found asleep
in library bathroom
A man was found sleeping in a stall
in the first floor men's bathroom in the
Shapiro Undergraduate Library early
Thursday morning, according to DPS
Another man was found sleeping in
the men's restroom in the lobby of Hill
Auditorium on Wednesday morning,
WS reports state.
DPS officers provided assistance in
removing the both cases.
Reports do not say if the men were
charged in connection with the incidents.
- Conpiled hr Duilr .Staff Reporter
The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 10, 2000-- 3
help for freshmen
By Aaron Pancharian
For the Daily
For nearly 1,000 freshmen each year, one
program at the University offers everything
from home cooked meals to career advice.
Since 1991, the University Mentorship Pro-
gram has connected freshmen with students,
faculty and staff to help them find their way
during their first year at the University.
This year marks the beginning of the Social
Mentoring branch of the program. Director
Connie Rose Titigson said this new program
focuses on providing opportunities to stu-
dents who prefer to socialize without alcohol.
"It was an idea for students who were underage
and did not want to feel pressure to drink. But we
don't do alcohol education, we focus on students
getting to know other students," she said.
Tingson said with more than 300 participants
in its first year, the new social program has been
so popular some interested students were turned
LSA freshman Rodney Winbrodt said he is
glad he was chosen because the program "was a
way to make this enormous university become
Now in its 10th year, the Academic Mentor-
ing Program remains popular with students,
growing from 300 freshman participants in
1991 to more than 700 this year. This program
matches a small group of freshmen with a stu-
dent mentor and a faculty or staff mentor who
shares an academic interest.
"When the program started, it received a lot
of support from faculty who wanted to interact
with students outside of the classroom. The peer
mentors get mentored by a faculty member but
also serve as mentors to first-year students. For
first-years it helped them navigate their way
through campus and find out what they could
get involved in. It gave them a big brother or big
sister," Tingson said.
LSA junior mentor Lauren Peters said help-
ing freshmen cope with attending an intimidat-
ing university was a key reason she became a
"I had a rough freshman year. It's been
important to express that college is not all fun
and games. There are times when it is rough,
and that's OK. Even in a university this big,
there are people who care about you," she said.
Peters said she cooked her freshman buddies
dinner for their first meeting and sends them e-
mail about various opportunities like jobs and
studying abroad. "Its nice to get e-mail now and
then to know someone is thinking about you,"
LSA junior Shenade Evans also became a
mentof to give freshmen a feeling of security.
When she was a freshman, the program had
other benefits for her. "This has been a huge
way for me to meet people," she said.
LSA freshman Kelly Alexander said she
agrees. "It's like an instant group of people to
meet," she said.
Faculty and staff mentors, a key component
of the program, are in short supply, Tingson
Mentoring program students LSA senior Emily Cloyd (left), freshmen Daniel Kuo and Kati DenBleyker,
and mentor Paul Webb (right) and his wife meet at the Cube before going shopping together
said, which leaves leaving some students with-
out that experienced member in their groups to
offer career and academic advice.
SNRE Prof. Paul Webb, a faculty mentor,
said he helps students explore opportunities at
"You need to have a strategy of sampling
to find out what you want to do. So that
even if you don't know what you want to do,
at least you have a plan to find out," Webb
LSA junior Allison Zatorski said the Univer-
sity Mentorship Program "has had an amazing
effect on me. It has totally shaped my experi-
ence here. It opens up so many doors and helps
you explore possibilities you thought weren't
When Zatorski arrived at the University, her
faculty mentor, Director of State Outreach Lew
Morrissey, gave her a tour of the studio at
"He organized a tour of the radio station and
introduced the possibility of an internship there.
He told us the right people to talk to. It was
something I would have never known about:'
Feds to stud state
DETROIT (AP) - Federal health terial meningitis at Detroit's St. John
experts are helping the state study a Hospital was in good condition yester-
cluster of Detroit-area meningitis cases, day, hospital spokeswoman Judy Stark
three of them fatal. said.
Three children have died of bacterial Bacterial meningitis has claimed the
meningitis since Sept. 28. A 10-year-old lives of Alex Wisner, 11, of Eastpointe,
and a 3-month-old stricken with the dis- who died Friday; Emily Greco, 11, of
ease remained hospitalized yesterday. St. Clair Shores, who died Thursday;
The cases appear unrelated, but tests and an unidentified 6-year-old Dearborn
were under way to make sure. Michigan boy who died Sept. 28.
Department of Community Health The three children were exposed to
spokeswoman Geralyn Lasher said. the pneumococcal bacteria that leads to
"We're doing laboratory work. We've meningitis, which causes swelling
also contacted the (federal Centers for - around the brain and spinal cord, said
Disease Control and Prevention) to help Dorine Berriel-Cass, an infection con-
us. That lab work continues right now" trot practitioner at St. John.
she said. Additionally, a few children in the
Despite the suburban Detroit cases, Detroit area who contracted less-serious
the number of meningitis cases viral meningitis are recovering. In Oak-
statewide is about the same now last land County, a 9-year-old boy was hos-
year, Lasher said. pitalized in good condition at St. Joseph
"We don't have a spike up in the Mercy Medical Center in Pontiac, a hos-
number of cases,"she said. pital spokeswoman said yesterday.
Three-month-old Brandon Dubay of She said doctors were 99 percent sure
Macomb County's Harrison Township it was viral meningitis.
remained in critical condition yesterday Viral meningitis is more common and
at Bon Secours Hospital, spokeswoman less serious than the bacterial kind. In
Jan Duster said. mild cases, people would not even go to
A 10-year-old recovering from bac- their doctor.
Another valuable lesson f 74
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think of the Southerner as a rebel.
When you grow up in the South,
there's a sense, even today, that
American history and culture kind of
passed the South by, so that I still at
times feel like an outside observer of
Observations of Southern culture
also helped to shape Tillinghast's
identity as a poet, as "Father in
October," one of the poems in "Six
Mile Mountain, poigsnantly reflects.
The son of a New England father
and a Tennessee mother, the narrator
of "Father in October" acutely
observes, "To marry my mother, my
father found/In 1932, was to hus-
band her house."
"Six Mile Mountain" and the
course on Irish Literature reflect
Tillinghast's deep connection with
the Irish way of life.
"My family and I lived in a small
fishing village in Ireland for a year
about ten years ago, and we continue to
spend part of each summer there. It is a
way of life I really relate to and which
has had a strong impact on me. Part of
it is the leisure time every summer. I
always write a few poems there every
year," he said.
Tillinghast is working on another
collection of poems, also heavily
inspired by visits to Ireland.
"I've written about eight poems for
a new collection. There is a city in Ire-
land I go to, Galway, a place I have
always responded to really strongly. It
is a Medieval city in essence. Colum-
bus stopped over there on his way to
discovering the New World; it is that
old. This summer I found myself writ-
ing a poem about Galway. To me that's
one of the exciting things about writ-
ing - you surprise yourself with what
you come up with."
The series runs until April, cul-
minating with the presentation of
the Hopwood Awards. Novelist
Elizabeth McCracken is scheduled
to read Thursday, Oct. 19, from her
forthcoming working "Niagara
Falls All Over Again." Poet Lisel
Mueller is scheduled to read from
her body of seven poetry books,
including her most recent "Alive
and Together: New and Selected
Poems," which won a Pulitzer Prize
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