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Daily Staff Reporter
Four University professors are getting a "once-in-a-
lifetime chance" to use new technology and the Hubble
Telescope to explore Jupiter in a way it has never been
This rare opportunity was provided when Cassini,
NASA's largest planetary spacecraft, launched last
tober, flew past Jupiter last week on its way to Sat-
Cassini carries an instrument called the Cassini Plas-
ma Spectrometer, which was designed by a team led by
University atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences
Prof. David Young.
Young is using the instrument to measure solar winds
as it approaches Jupiter's magnetosphere, the planet's
outermost atmospheric layer. Young said his team is
searching for a relationship between the winds and the
aurora that surrounds Jupiter.
The aurora is an electrical effect of ions and elec-
t ons as they collide with a planet's atmosphere. The
Elision causes a light, and depending on what ele-
ment or molecule the particles hit, the light becomes
"The colors are brilliant," Young said. "They look
like little halos that sit above the atmosphere."
"We are seeing features in the aurora that we've never
seen before," said research scientist John Clarke, a pro-
fessor in the department of atmospheric, oceanit and
Clarke, Young, and atmospheric, oceanic and space
ences Profs. J. Hunter Waite and Tamas Gombosi
are pulling together (their) common interests," Young
While Young is studying solar wind from Cassini,
Clarke is using the Hubble Telescope to take pictures of
the planet's aurora.
The team hopes to match the data from Cassini with
the pictures taken by the Hubble.
"We want to see how particles excite the atmosphere
and produce the emissions we see," Waite said.
Clarke said he was very fortunate to obtain almost 53
hours of the Hubble's time. Only one in 10 organiza-
s that apply to use the telescope are granted time,
Clarke said, and even then they usually receive less than
eight hours of time.
Another objective of the mission is to determine the
difference between the aurora found on Earth and that
Jupiter has a diameter 10 times that of the Earth and
spins faster. Because Jupiter has a stronger magnetic
field than the Earth and has several large moons that
give off gas, its effect on the aurora is extremely
See HUBBLE, Page 7
By Carrie Thorson
Daily Staff Reporter
In the latest in a string of armed
robberies near campus in recent
weeks, a man wielding a handgun
walked into the Subway restaurant
on South University Avenue at 4:30
p.m. Wednesday demanding money.
Last month Domino's Pizza offered
a reward of up to $1,000 for informa-
tion leading to the arrest and convic-
tion of individuals involved in the Dec.
9 assault and robbery of a pizza deliv-
ery driver. The robbery occurred in a
parking lot off McIntyre Drive on
North Campus around 7 p.m. after the
driver had made a delivery. According
to Department of Public Safety
reports, three males with handguns
approached the driver and demanded
The Ann Arbor Police Department
arrested four suspects for another rob-
bery involving a delivery driver last
month but has determined that these
four suspects have nothing to do with
the Domino's robbery on December 9,
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown said.
The reward is still posted.
Other armed robberies near campus
A man who was approached by
two men with guns on East University
Avenue while walking home from the
Michigan Union at 1:30 a.m. Wednes-
Two females who were robbed at
gunpoint around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
A man with a handgun approached
them and demanded money while they
were standing in front of their resi-
dence in the 1200 block of Prospect
® A heist Tuesday afternoon at
the Silver Fox, located at 211 S.
A person who was robbed at gun-
point while walking on East University
Avenue near Michigan Avenue late last
A robbery in the 800 block of
Tappan Street Dec. 18.
Police have not said whether it's
likely that all of the robberies were
committed by the same people.
Many houses and apartments
around campus were vacant for the
past two weeks because of the Univer-
sity's winter break, making residences
around campus an easy target for bur-
"Students come home from break
See ROBBERIES, Page 7
An Ann Arbor resident and her son buy new 34-cent stamps at the U.S. Post Office on West
Stadium Boulevard yesterday.
PENNY PINC I NG
Stamp, increase takes effect
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
Starting Sunday, students wanting to keep in
touch with family and friends the old-fash-
ioned way might have to start digging for
more pennies to send their mail. The cost for
first-class postage stamps is once again being
raised a penny, to 34 cents.
The U.S. Postal Rate Commission made
the decision to raise the cost of postage for
first-class mail, after reporting a $1 billion
dollar loss in 2000. The last time the com-
mission raised postage was in 1999, from 32
cents to 33 cents.
Cries of "outrageous" were heard yester-
day inside the Ann Arbor Post Office,
where postal patrons debated the high
prices of mailing and shipping and han-
"I wish they would go up less often because
its such a hassle when you already have
stamps," University graduate student Jen
Blanchette said while standing in a long line
to buy the new 34-cent stamps.
Washtenaw County resident Georgia Car-
penter said the post office should maintain
the same cost or lower it.
"I don't think it's fair. It's too much, if
you think of how many letters go out each
day," Carpenter said.
See STAMPS, Page 6
pulation grows, but
)se U.S. House seats
Michigan to lose representative
4at after congressional
By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter
Although the Midwest was often cited as
important battleground territory during the last
presidential election, the loss of nine congres-
nal seats from the Great Lakes states may
Sn find the region struggling to find its voice
After the release of preliminary results of the
2000 Census, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois,
Indiana and Ohio are each set to lose one seat in
the U.S. House of Representatives and conse-
quently one vote each in the Electoral College.
Both New York and Pennsylvania are set to lose
"It's a bummer," state Sen. Joanne Emmons
(R-Big Rapids) said of Michigan's loss. "It's not
just Michigan, it's the whole Midwest - that
makes our region less important."
U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor), one of
Michigan's 16 representatives in Congress, said
the large role that the Great Lakes states play in
freshwater resources and the economy will
ensure their voices will be heard.
"The rest of the country can't afford not to pay
attention to the Great Lakes states," said Rivers,
whose 13th District could be merged with a
neighboring constituency when the state Legisla-
ture redraws the boundaries later this year.
Many losses came as a surprise to states, as
they estimated their own population growth cor-
rectly but failed to anticipate the large population
increase that occurred in states like Texas, Ari-
zona, Georgia and Florida - which gained two
Michigan's 6.9 percent increase in population
was expected to be enough to sustain the need
for 16 seats. In 1990, Michigan lost two of its 18
congressional seats and Ann Arbor was moved
from the 2nd District to the 13th.
Indiana state Rep. Ed Mahern (D-Indianapolis)
also reflected surprise at the loss.
"It's disappointing that despite Indiana grow-
ing faster than any other state in the Midwest, we
still lost a seat," he said.
Not all Great Lakes states are worried about
representation in Washington. Illinois boasts an
ally in Republican House Speaker Dennis
The loss of a seat "will lessen the state's
impact in Congress, but that's somewhat made up
for by having Dennis Hastert as Speaker of the
House," said Steve Brown, press secretary for
Illinois state House Speaker Michael Madigan
"In the near term, we're probably better off
than other states," Brown said.
Susan Shafer, spokeswoman for Michigan Gov.
John Engler, said the loss is disappointing but
Michigan's representation will not suffer drasti-
"Our delegation is going to have to fight, but I
See CENSUS, Page 7
The Life Sciences institute, which is under construction at the corner of Huron
Street and Washtenaw Avenue, will benefit from $47.8 million in state funds.
for life sciences
By Anna Clark
Daily Staff Reporter
With a recent $47.8 million state
grant, the University and its unique
partnership with Michigan State Uni-
versity, Wayne State University and
the Van Andel Institute are poised to
move forward in its plans for life sci-
The University's total includes
grants awarded directly to faculty and
companies developing University tech-
The December announcement of the
grant is the first transfer of funds for
the Life Sciences Corridor, under
which the state appropriates revenue
from its lawsuits against tobacco com-
panies "to nurture the biotechnology
industry and research base here in the
state of Michigan," University spokes-
woman Sally Pobojewski said.
The money will support the devel-
opment of five core research centers at
the separate universities campuses and
the Van Andel Institute, a private
See LSI, Page 7
Weaver voted out as chief justice of
state's conservative Supreme Court
By Louie Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
The seven justices of the Michigan
Supreme Court decided yesterday in a 6-1
vote to replace Chief Justice Elizabeth
Weaver with Justice Maura Corrigan as the
court's leader for the next two years.
Weaver was the only dissenting vote.
"I am deeply honored by the Court's
decision and nledge to unhold the high
building consensus among people of dif-
ferent views ... and I foresee that will con-
tinue," she said in a telephone interview
Since Republicans gained a majority, the
court has been peppered with allegations
from various groups that it is partial to the
interests of big business and that it is a
tool of Gov. John Engler.
Corrigan, one of five Republican jus-
tices, said she hoped that view would
court's recent decisions and those that
have been supportive, said they don't
expect much to change under Corrigan's
"I think Justice Corrigan represents the
interests of large insurance companies and
corporations," Michigan Democratic Party
spokesman Dennis Denno said.
"She may be a new face, but the special
interests that control this court haven't
changed," Denno said. "There's been an
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