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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 19, 2001 - 3A

C AMPU S
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Lecture series to
probe Kosovar law
The University Center for Interna-
tional and Comparative Law will
*hold the third in its February series,
"Topics in International Law" today
in 118 Hutchins Hall from 3:30 to
5:30 p.m.
The free lecture series centers on
controversial issues in international
law.
The lecture today will feature Nuala
Mole, director of the Advice on Indi-
vidual Rights in Europe Center in
London. Mole will speak on "The
Rule of Law in Kosovo: Who Guards
*he Guards?"
George Washington
honored in exhibit
.University history Prof. emeritus
John Shy will present a President's
Day lecture titled "Reconsidering
General Washington" on Thursday
at 4 p.m. at the Clements Library.
A commentator panel will follow
"the lecture, composed of Gerald Lin-
derman, Jonathan Marwil and David
Fitzpatrick, all of the University's his-
tory department and its military stud-
ies Group. The three will critique
Washington's performance as a mili-
tary leader.
The talk is given in conjunction with
the Clement Library's exhibit "George
Washington: Man and Monument:
Events that Shaped a Life and Created
an American Icon." To honor Presi-
dent's Day, the library will display an
exhibit of primary source material,
classical and allegorical prints, books
and manuscripts about Washington.
The free exhibit can be viewed
weekdays from 1 to 4:45 p.m. at the
Clements Library, located at 909 S.
University Ave. Tours can be
arranged by calling (734) 764-2347.
Storytelling festival
attracts performers
from across country
The "14th Annual Storytelling
Weekend," will be held Friday and
Saturday at The Ark at 316 S. Main.
The festival will feature six story-
tellers from around the country shar-
ing their enjoyment of Renaissance
*storytelling.
Each night The Ark will host three
storytellers. Friday night will begin
with Len Cabral, who uses mime,
humor and movement to tell African,
African American, andCape Verdean
stories and folklore. In addition to
Cabral, one national and one local
storyteller, both to be announced,
will perform.
Saturday night, Heather Forest from
*Huntington, New York will perform.
Forest is known for her minstrel-style
shows that blend poetry, prose and
song.
Tickets for each evening perfor-
mance are $15 and can be purchased
at Liberty Borders, Herb David Guitar
Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket
Office, any Ticketmaster outlet or if
there are any left they will be sold at
the door.
*Industrial effects in
Poland discussed
Environmental risk analyst Jadwiga

Gzyl will give a talk titled "Selected
Environmental Investigations in the
Industrial Region of Upper Silesia,
Poland."
Gzyl is an analyst Institute for
Ecology of Industrial Areas in
Katowice, Poland. The event is a
brown bag lecture Wednesday at
noon presented by the University
Center for Russian and Eastern
European Studies.
The free talk will be held in 1636
School of Social Work Building.
Dean to speak on
Galapagos wildlife
University College of Pharmacy
dean George Kenyon will give a talk
- on "Wildlife in the Galapagos",
sponsored by the Washtenaw
Audubon society.
The free slide-illustrated talk
will be held Wednesday at 7:30
* p.m. at the University Matthaei
Botanical Gardens, at 1800 N.
Dixboro Rd.
- Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
'Whitney Elliott.

MSA hands out funding to student groups

O Many groups received less
money than they asked for in
this semester's allocations
By Carrie Thorson
Daily Staff Reporter
At their meeting last week, the Michigan
Student Assembly approved the Budget Pri-
ority Committee's allocations for the winter
semester, distributing $95,841 among 294
student groups.
"MSA is first set up as the registration
center for student groups," said LSA Rep.
Jessica Cash, BPC chair. "Groups that regis-
ter get the benefits of of being a student
group, namely money."
Distributing student funds is one of the

biggest things MSA does each semester,
Cash said. The BPC met for five to eight
hours every day for a week reviewing appli-
cations.
"Every applicatiot was well reviewed, and
the allocations that-we came up with were
fair," said LSA Rep. each Slates.
Each member of the BPC had several indi-
vidual application to review before the
committee collectively decided how much
give each group. The preliminary reviews
were to figure out how the groups were
going to use the money, said LSA Rep. Jen
Zorko.
"People who waned us to buy them cars
and things like that were an automatic zero,"
Zorko said.
Groups received anywhere from zero to
$2,000, the average allocation being $325.99

per group.
Many groups said they were disappointed
with the amount they received.
58 Greene, an a cappella group, received
$400, which is half the amount they received
last year.
"We're definitely disappointed," said the
group's treasurer, LSA junior Cat Dacpano.
"MSA is the sole resource we rely on for
funding." The group needs the money to
rent the Michigan Theater for concerts and
make recordings; which MSA does not
fund.
The assembly would deny funding to a
group for several reasons.
The group may not have used up all the
money allocated to them last semester or they
may have enough money as indicated by Student
Organizations Account Services, said Cash.

"If any group was not happy with the
money they received they could appeal to
MSA and we would definitely consider it,"
Saltes said. The BPC works on a reimburse-
ment basis, so the decisions technically are
not final.
Both Encompass and The Detroit Project
received $1,000, one of the highest amounts
allocated.
"We're definitely happy with the amount
said LSA senior Katie Foley of the Detroit
Project. Members of Encompass were not as
satisfied with the amount.
"It's less than we applied for," said LSA
senior and Encompass member Vivian Tseng,
"but we're OK with it."
The total amount doled out by the BPC
was almost $10,000 more than last semester's
allocations.

Students leery of using Union 'Ride Board'

By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Union Ride Board recalls a time
when students felt comfortable thumbing a ride any-
where. Every day, thousands of students pass by the
U.S. map in the basement of the Union, but it remains
largely unused.
The Ride Board, a map with designated locations
ranging from Detroit to Mexico, gives students,
faculty, and staff a way to connect with others trav-
eling to their desired destinations.
To use the ride board, travelers fill out a slip of
paper indicating where they want to go, when they
want to travel and if they're riding or driving. They
leave the slip in a numbered slot that corresponds
to the map location and wait to be contacted by
some offering or needing a ride.
LSA freshman Meaghan Roeder heard about the
Ride Board from a friend at another school and
tried using it at the beginning of the year when she
wanted to visit a friend in Ohio.
"I saw it one day at the Union and decided to try
it. I figured if anybody did offer me a ride I could
check it out and make a decision if I wanted a ride
from them," she said. "I never did hear from any-
one, but I wouldl definitely try again:'
Though many students pass through the Union
basement without noticing the marked map, many
said they were interested in the idea.
"I have no money and no job and so that would
be my only option," LSA freshman Evan Paster
said. "It's cheaper than the commuter (bus) or a
plane ticket."
LSA freshman Dan Harris agrees that getting a
ride from another student is cheaper and definitely
worth a shot.
"It makes sense to me and so I'll probably always

try. All you have to do is pick up four or five num-
bers and call them," Harris said.
For Nursing sophomore Lindsey Jack, however,
the ride wouldn't be worth the risk. "I usually just
ride home with people I know. It'd be kind of
freaky riding with someone you don't know," Jack
said.
Union Director Audrey Schwimmer suggested
meeting potential drivers or riders in a public place
before leaving Ann Arbor.
Schwimmer said shared rides are popular at col-
leges across the nation and that ride boards are fair-
ly common.
The location of the board and the lack of rides
are two of the many reasons LSA senior Ronny
Luhur wouldn't use the system.
"I've never used it and wouldn't use it because I
know no one uses it' Luhur said. "And it should be
on the Internet ... Not everyone goes into the
Union."
Michigan Union Board of Representatives Chair
Geoff Hanson said the board came to the group's atten-
tion about three years ago and an online ride board was
started to utilize the medium.
"The guy who was working graduated and he
didn't hand the project off to anyone," Hanson said.
"We underestimated the importance of promoting it
and the project was placed on the back burner."
Hanson said the MUBR would like to do more
to promote the online Ride Board and eventually
get rid of the one in the Union.
"I think it's more accessible to everyone. An
engineer from North Campus may not be able to
or feel like going all the way to the Union to
check on the board, where he could check the
online one from his dorm," Hanson said. "Real-
ly, nobody knows about it but we'd like to pro-
mote it more and get people using it."

TOM LIN/Daily
LSA Senior Ben Coke examines the "Ride Board" in the Michigan ion mear the Union
Ticket Office.

Regents approve
new gymnastics
facility for women,

U U

Beauty

Takeout.

By Jane Krull
Daily Staff Reporter
The University Board of Regents
approval of the schematic design for the
new women's gymnastics facility was
one of the decisions made during the
continuation of their monthly meeting
on Friday morning.
The 20,000 square foot gymnastics
facility to be built on South State Street
was designed by David W Osler Asso-
ciates, Inc., of Ann Arbor.
Osler, a University alum, spoke to the
Regents about the harmony that the
building was designed to link with the
nearby tennis facility and any future
buildings that might be added to the
area.
"It is part of a group and we have to
be particularly sensitive to that group,"
Osler said. "Hopefully this is an intro-
duction to a little cluster that can be very
nice."
Beverly Plocki, head coach of the
women's gymnastics team, said the
team was ecstatic about the new facility
and that they were consulted in the
design.
"We are obviously very thrilled that
we are proceeding in a training center
that we have been in need of for a very
long time," Plocki said. "We've been
working with the architect from the very
beginning."
Plocki added that the ground break-
ing of the facility is scheduled for early
April and will hopefully be completed

"We are obviously
very thrilled that we
are proceeding."
- Beverly Plocki
Women's Gymnastic Coach
before the end of the calendar year.
In another architectural decision, the
Regents approved the appointment of
SmithGroup, Inc. of Ann Arbor as the
architect and Micktael Wilford Archi-
tects, Ltd., to lead the design of the new
Walgreen Drama Center. The center is
to be built just east. of the Power Center.
The Regents were visibly pleased to
have Wilford, a Landon-based architect,
design the new center.
Wilford has rnany distinguished
buildings in his portfolio including the
new British embiassy in Berlin Ger-
many.
"The architect working on this project
is just really top-notched and everyone
is really excited," Regent Olivia May-
nard (D-Goodrich) said.
The Regents also approved the estab-
lishment of the independent depart-
ments of Neuroourgery, Orthopedic
Surgery and Urology at the University
Medical School, which are currently
sections in the Department of Surgery.
The new departments will officially
become separate on July 1.

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