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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 23, 2000 - 3A

Regents approve
appointment of
*new director
University alum Michael Waring
begin his appointment as University
Director of Federal Relations yester-
day after his appointment was
approved by the University Board of
Regents at their meeting last Thursday
and Friday.
Waring, the vice president of gov-
ernment relations for the National
Association of Broadcasters, will also
be serving as the director of the Uni-
versity office in Washington, D.C.
where he has been an active member
of the University Club and the Alumni
LSA government
to hold open forum
The President's Commission on
Undergraduate Education will host an
open forum sponsored by the LSA
Student Government on Tuesday from
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Angell Hall
Auditorium C.
University President Lee Bollinger
created the commission last year to
examine the different components of
the undergraduate experience and find
ways to improve it.
The commission hopes to gather a
vast array of viewpoints through a
question and answer session
between commission members and
The committee will examine infor-
mation gathered from students and
write a report to submit to Bollinger at
the end of this semester.
Wallenberg family
member to speak
Nina Lagergren, the half sister of
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg,
will speak at Rackham Auditorium on
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
During World War II, Wallenberg
saved the lives of tens of thousands of
Hungarian Jews.
Secretary General of the United
Nations Kofi Annan's wife will also
attend the lecture.
U-Move Fitness
offered during away
football games
On Saturday's without football
games, U-Move Fitness will offer a
Co-ed Cardio Challenge class for only
The class is scheduled flom I l a.m.
to 12 p.m. in the Central Campus
Recreational Building.
To register for the class, call 764-
Handmade paper on
display until Dec.
University Art assistant Prof. Patri-
cia Olynyk has designed "Sticks,
Pods, Bones: New Collage Works on
Handmade Paper," now on display at
the Institute for the Humanities
Gallery until Dec. 15.
The works use traditional Japanese
materials and methods of design with
alternative and digital processes of
Olynyk's work in the exhibition

developed from her research in Japan
and her interest in Eastern philosophy
and mythology.
The exhibit is free and can be seen
Ifrom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday
through Friday.
Music of British
Isles, Canada, U.S.
featured at hospital
The Gifts of Art program at Univer-
sity Hospitals will sponsor Music of
the British Isles, Canada and the Unit-
ed States by Glen and Judy Morn-
ingstar on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. in
*the Hospital First Floor Library.
The friends of the University hos-
pitals, grants, gifts and art sales
help to sponsor the Gifts of Art pro-
Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter-
Lisa loffan.

Regents hear report on financial status

* University's $3.4 billion
endowment ranks 17th in the
By Lisa Koivu
Dailv StaffTReporter
Money matters topped the agenda of Uni-
versity administrators this month, as mem-
bers of the University Board of Regents
discussed issues pertaining to investments
and state funding allocations.
In addition to recognizing the University's
Olympic athletes and honoring Ann Arbor
Mayor Ingrid Sheldon, the regents were pre-
sented with the Annual Report of Invest-
ments, for the fiscal year ending on June 30.
Chief Investment Officer L. Erik Lundberg

presented the report, which said most of the
University's financial assets were within the
endowment funds, totaling S3.4 billion.
This ranks the University at number 17
among all institutions across the nation, and
fourth for public universities.
The University received a 43.6 percent
return on its portfolio for the fiscal year,
placing the University in the top quartile of
endowment portfolios, based on a survey of
279 endowments by Cambridge Associates.
Chief Financial Officer Robert Kasdin said this
has been a successful year financially and the
University wielded extraordinary returns.
Kasdin said although a committee of nine
alumni advises the University on how to
invest it's money, all final decisions are made

regent guidelines and ultimate authority rests
with the regents," Kasdin said.
On Thursday University President Lee
Bollinger announced that the University is seeking
a 7 percent increase in funding from the state, up
from the 5.7 percent granted for fiscal year 2001.
"We are hopeful that in the coming year we
will have the kind of.support from the state
that will allow us again to restrain tuition
increases and still have sufficient resources
to perform at the level that the people of the
State expect of the University," Bollinger
wrote in a letter to State Budget Director
Mary Lannoye.
The funds are also needed to upgrade and
improve technology usage at the University.
Students "require a campus that is fully
wired, and a faculty and curricula that use the
new technologies and that can develop even

newer technologies" Bollinger wrote.
"Providing this is an expensive proposi-
tion; our expenditures related to information
technology are increasing by more than SIO
million a year, and there is no end in sight,"
he wrote.
More money would also go toward the Life
Sciences Initiative, as well as supporting
teaching and research programs in environ-
mental sustainability and' enhancing residen-
tial based initiatives for undergraduates.
In total, the University is requesting an
increase of S25.4 million in funds from the
"No activity is more critical to our state's
future than the development of its human
capital, and the state-supported university
system, including the University of Michi-
gan, is vital to that task," Bollinger wrote.
, stadlum

by the regents.
"Everything is done

in accordance with



to visit campus

By Carrie Thorson
D aly Staff Reporter

Friday was a banner day for 60 fifth-
grade students from Henry Ford Ele-
mentary School in Ypsilanti.
"K-Day," an event sponsored by the
K-grams program, brought these stu-
dents to the University to explore cam-
pus, see the Big House and get a taste
of college life.
K-grams, which was established
at the University three years ago,
pairs up college students with ele-
mentary students in Ann Arbor,
Ypsilanti and Detroit to exchange
letters monthly.
"We really see the excitement we
generate for college," said LSA junior
Jenny Bess, a K-Day organizer.
The students first visited Michi-
gan Stadium. As they rushed off the
bus toward the stadium Friday
morning all that could be heard
were shouts of "This is so big!" and
"This is so cool!"
Engineering sophomore Elena
Marin, K-grams director, began the
day by leading the students in the fight
song and "Go Blue" cheers.
"This is really cool because my
daddy's seen a game here before but I
haven't," said 5th grader Adam
Tr pp.
Football players Charles Drake, Tad

"This is really cool because my daddy's
seen a game here but 1 haven't"
- Adam Tripp
Henry Ford Elementary School student

Bob Moses, who was involved with the Student Non-violent Coordinating
Committee in the 1960's speaks at the Michigan Union on Saturday.
Activist speaks on
affrmative acio

VanPelt, Larry Stevens and Aaron
Richards spoke to the 5th graders
about their favorite memories of col-
lege and why it was "cool to go to
After their comments, 5th graders
asked the athletes questions about life
on and off the field.
"Does it hurt when you get tack-
led?" 5th grader Marissa Sanchez
LSA junior Dina ElEssawi said
although organizers worried about
planning the event, it proved a suc-
"We were really worried about all of'
the details of this event, but we have to
remember that these kids are just so
excited to be here. Some of them have
never even been to Ann Arbor," she
Janet Warner, a 5th grade teacher at
the school, said the monthly letters
have a positive influence on the stu-
"It's like getting gold when the kids
get letters. I've seen them save the let-

ters in special places and work very
hard to make their own letters perfect,"
Warner said.
Some kids who had never seen the
University before said they thought
college was one building, like their
own school. Many of them were
amazed not only by the size of college
but everything it could offer them as
"The football players were a big
motivation. These kids are like little
sponges, soaking up everything they
can from this trip," Warner said.
After touring the stadium, the 5th
graders visited the Museum of Art and
ate lunch in the Mary Markley dining
hall before leaving.
"The kids really just had a great
time and learned a lot, and that was the
purpose of it," said LSA junior Ani
Shehigian, a K-Day organizer.
"The teachers told us that this was
one of the best field trips that the
kids had ever been on," Marin said.
"We all think the day was a huge

By James Restivo
Daily Staff Reporter

For civil rights activist Bob Moses
affirmative action is not the struggle
of underrepresented minorities, but
a collective effort of society.
"Affirmative action has gotten
framed as a situation of individuals."
Moses said. "The question is what
does society owe itself as a group."
Nearly 100 students and communi-
ty members filled the Michigan
Union's Anderson Room on Saturday
to hear Moses speak as a part of the
10-day Affirmative Action 102
Students said they were enticed to
attend Moses' speech because of his
involvement in the Student Non-vio-
lent Coordinating Committee - a
social action movement made
famous in the 1960s --and his cur-
rent aims to improve social equality.
"I've heard of his involvement in
SNCC as a very powerful initiator,"
Music and LSA junior Grace
Edwards said.
"I came because I wanted to hear
his inspiration," she said.
Early in his speech, Moses spoke
about the problems that he has
faced. "You see it more clearly when
you see what society won't let you
do," he said.
Moses, who graduated from
Hamilton College and received his
masters degree in philosophy from
Harvard University, started working
in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Harlem
office in 1960. Moses was invited in
.the summer of 1961 to work with
the SNCC in McComb, Miss. His
work focused on the voter registra-
tion program, an attempt to ensure
that every citizen in McComb had
the ability to vote.
"In the 60s, the vote was an orga-
nizing tool in order to gain political
action," Moses said.
After his work in Mississippi,
Moses fled to Canada to avoid the
draft and eventually settled in Tan-

zania with his wife to raise their four
Returning to the United States in
1976, Moses began a new program,
The Algebra Project, in 1982. The
initiative focuses on teaching mathe-
matics to minorities and other
underprivileged students.
Moses realized that t he pro-
grams at public schools in Cam-
bridge, Mass. did not prepare
students for higher education apti-
tude tests.
ie said lie believes that mathe-
matics is a key factor in limiting the
advancement ofiminorities today.
"We are in a shift from physical
labor to technical thought," Moses
"It requires people to under-
stand the language that drives the
world today ... and that language
is first learned in Algebra," he
Moses said formal mathematics
education is not a requirement for
most secondary education teachers
and students in underprivileged
institutions don't receive the back-
ground they need to succeed.
"The shift in technology has
brought a new literacy and those
who don't receive it will be serfs,
outside of the world economically,"
Moses said.
The program relies on peer
groups, educators and high school
students emphasizing the basic
principles of mathematics literacy
in order to improve critical think-
Moses was invited by the Coali-
tion to Defend Affirmative Action
By Any Means Necessary
because of his active role in civil
rights, said BAMN member Shan-
ta Driver.
"Bob Moses has made the central
aim of his life addressing ways to
keep struggles alive," Driver said.
"We intend to build, to keep fight-
ing, not to stop until full integration


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