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Omenn relays progress of
Life Sciences Initiative

Subject cuts eye
after walking into
Stockwell door
De artmnent of Public Safety reports
stat subject was injured at Stock-
well Residence Hall on Sunday
evening when they walked into a door.
Reports state the subject had a cut on
their eye and was escorted to Universi-
ty Hospitals by DPS.
hidiVidual reports
being bitten by
dog in Dundee
A~bject who had been bitten by a
dog in Dundee informed DPS of the
incident while seeking care at Univer-
sity Hospitals on Sunday afternoon,
reports state. DPS assisted the subject
in reporting the incident to the Dundee
Police Department.
Fire extinguisher
emptied in hallway
IP~ reports state a fire extin-
guisher was sprayed in a fourth-
floor hallway of South Quad
Residence Hall early Saturday
morning. DPS did not report having
any suspects in the incident.
Marijuana found
oft subject outside
K sey Museum
D was notified early Saturday
morning that a person was sitting on
the, steps of the Kelsey Museum.
Reports state that when officers made
contact with the individual, they dis-
covered marijuana and arrested the
subject for possession of the drug.
Student reports
stolen mattress
in Markley hallway
A mattress was stolen Saturday after-
noon from a hallway of Mary Markley
Residence Hall, DPS reports state. The
reports state that a resident put his mat-
tress out in the hall so he could take
down his loft. The mattress was gone
when the subject checked on it later.
Pson witnessed
scratching car near
football stadium
APS reports state a person was wit-
nessed scratching a car while it was
pared jin Lot SC-5 during Michigan's
spring football game Saturday after-
site reported
stolen from UGh.
Sbike. was stolen from the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library sometime
between 2 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday,
reportsastate. DPS did not report having
any suspects in the incident.
Subjects cited for
alohol violations
T Wsubjects were cited and
released as minors in possession of
alcahql ir South Quad Residence Hall
on Thorsday night, DPS reported.
DPS issues MIP
to man carrying
beer on Tappan

} DL reports state an officer witnessed
a man causing a disturbance on Tappan
Street egrly Sunday morning. Reports
statg the.officer saw the subject with a
cup of beer in his hand. The subject was
arrested as a minor in possession of
alcohol, reports state.
Wind blows off
plexiglas dome
A plexiglas dome blew off the roof
of tlpace Research Center on Sun-
day pights DPS reports state. Pieces of
the dome were scattered throughout
the courtyard.
-4 Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
Kristen Beaumont.

By Whitney Elliott
Daily Staff Reporter
University Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
Gil Omenn visited the University Senate Assembly yester-
day, telling them the Life Sciences Initiative is "overall a
truly good thing" and it will result in "a kind of connection
across the campus."
Omenn said the Michigan state government is interested
in the LSI program because the focus of sciences in this
century has moved toward biological sciences, whereas the
past few centuries have been focused on the physical sci-
The state government looks at LSI in terms of "what
could be an investment for the state. This country is
more likely to be shaped by biological sciences. We
were able to convince the governor's advising commit-
tee that this would be a worthy investment for the
state," Omenn said. In the state legislature's discussions
of the Life Sciences Initiative, he said, "There was very
strong bipartisan support."
Members of the Senate Assembly asked Omenn whether
LSI will include a push for patents and industry partner-
Omenn said although the state is very interested in poten-
tial partnerships with industry, "the role of industry will be
quite modest."
Omenn also spoke about shortages in the nursing and
pharmaceutical departments in the University Health Sys-
tem. He said finding staff members is a major mission.
"There is a shortage among nurses. There's a recent short-
age in pharmacy. There is a need for a lot of attention about
these excellent careers in the health profession," Omenn
said, adding that the University Medical Center would prefer
to have the staffing matter arranged so nurses do not have to
work overtime.
Omenn said the University will consider adding five
extra points to undergraduate applicants on their appli-
cation if they indicate they plan to pursue nursing as a
career. The University currently uses an admissions sys-
tem in which it awards applicants points in various aca-
demic and non-academic categories such as grade point

average and athletic involvement.
He said another concern the University Medical School
faces in the next year is a shortage of space.
"I'm very aware about space at the Medical School. We're
nearly out of space. We're strapped. Our buildings are
packed. The big biomedical science research grant will per-
mit us to take out much of the Kresge Complex" to build a
new complex, Omenn said.
Physiology Prof. Lou D'Alecy also spoke to the Senate
Assembly about the pending motion in the Assembly
requesting that the Provost "form a joint faculty and admin-
istration committee ... to draft a modification of the griev--
ance procedures to address these apparent shortcomings."
D'Alecy told the assembly that the current grievance pro-
cedure calls for the grievance to be presented to the dean of
the college to which the grieving faculty member belongs.
The problem with the current procedure, D'Alecy said, is the
faculty member is often grieving against the dean.
In the current procedure, there is no way around the facul-
ty member's grievance passing through the dean.
D'Alecy said the flaw in the procedure was recognized in
the drafting of the procedure, but it was never resolved.
"It was the best, we the faculty, could extract from
the administration at the time. You're grieving against
the person who is ultimately deciding the grievance. It's
not working and it's time for us to revisit it," D'Alecy
D'Alecy said another problem with the current grievance
procedure is that the Grievance Review Board does not have
the authority to make a decision, they can only make a rec-
"The GBR doesn't have any authority," so people don't
want to serve on it, D'Alecy said.
He said the faculty does not trust the University grievance
procedure - faculty members are instead finding alternatives
to the procedure.
"What's happening is more and more people just to go
lawyers. The problem with going to a lawyer is you're paying
for it out of your own pocket' D'Alecy said.
D'Alecy said this was another major flaw, because in an
institution such as the University, a solid grievance proce-
dure should be offered to the faculty.

Houghton drug dog, Quade, pulls a suspect package out of a file cabinet
drawer after finding the hidden parcel during training with Houghton city
Manysee Levin' s
2002 Senate run as
a c

By Louie Melzish
Daily Staff Reporter
Following U.S. Sen. Carl Levin's
announcement last month of his itn-
tion to seek reelection to an unprecedent-
ed fifth term, most followers of
Michigan politics have concluded that
the Detroit Democrat is a near shoo-in in
By March of next year, Levin will
break Arthur Vandenberg's record for
total number of years served by a Michi-
gan senator -23.
Levin won his last campaign against
Republican challenger Ronna Romney
in 1996 by a landslide 58 percent to 40
Levin, 66 said he wants to retain his
seat in order to continue fighting for the
issues he cares about.
"I have been fighting all my life for
making education and health care avail-
able to all our citizens and I want to keep
on doing so," he said.
"I want to fight for a more peaceful
world, a safer world, and on the Armed
Services Committee I've been trying to
do that and that sometimes means we
have to be involved in some places to
prevent war from occurring and spread-
ing, such as the Balkans,"he said.
Prior to his first election to the Senate
in 1978, Levin was a lawyer and presi-
dent of the Detroit City Council.
Levin is the ranking Democrat on the
Senate Armed Services Committee. He
would become the chairman of that com-
mittee if Democrats regain a majority in
the Senate.
The Senate is currently split 50-50
between Democrats and Republicans
with Vice President Dick Cheney's tie-
breaking vote deciding committee chair-
manships. If ailing 98-year-old Sen.
Strom Thurmond*(R-S.C.) has to resign
prior to the 2002 elections, it is believed
that Democrats will take over his seat,
thereby gaining a majority and chairs of
all Senate committees.
Levin said he expects a tough Repub-
lican challenge - one that will force
him to raise about $7 or $8 million.
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn)
said he expects Levin to win, although
he admitted Levin will have to campaign
"I've known a lot of good men who I
thought were going to win and didn't
because their friends stayed home," he
Dingell credits Levin's approval rat-
ings, which usually hover in the mid-60
percent range, to his diligence and intel-

"He is a fine and honorable and gra-
cious and decent man," he said. "He
spends a great deal of time getting
around the state and talking to his people
about their concerns."
Michigan Republican Party
spokesman Sage Eastman said although
no Republican has declared his or her
candidacy, the party is looking at several
potential candidates, including Oakland
County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, a for-
mer state senator, and Detroit business-
man Jim Nicholson.
Eastman said Levin's long incumben-
cy is both his main strength and-main
weakness. It is a strength insofar as he
has 22 years of experience as a senator,
and it is a weakness insofar as Eastman
believes Levin to be "out of touch" with
Michigan residents. He cited Levin's
lack of support for President Bush's pro-
posed tax cut as an example.
"The longer he's there, the more out of
touch with Michigan he's grown and it's
a mistake of what he's done on the tax
cut, opposing it and stumping against it,"
he said.
But Inside Michigan Politics editor
Bill Ballenger said he expects Levin to
win hands-down.
The Republicans "have got almost
zero chance to defeat him," he said.
"Nobody is dying for the chance to run
against Carl Levin."
"The Republicans can only hope they
can recruit somebody who is going to be
a fairly estimable person who won't
embarrass the party and will run a credi-
ble campaign,"he added.
Ballenger said Michigan Republicans
will focus more next year on other races,
such as the races for governor, Supreme
Court, attorney general, and retaining
their majorities in both houses of the
state Legislature.
- Paul Hillegonds, a former Republican
speaker of the state House of Represen-
tatives, acknowledged that a race against
Levin would be difficult for Republicans
and credited Levin as being "well-
Hillegonds also said that the race
offered a glimmer of hope for
Republicans who want to gain a
Senate seat after Sen. Spence Abra-
ham's loss to Democrat Debbie
Stabenow last November.
"If you look at other elections and
how Michigani votes for other candi-
dates his (Levin's) voting record in
the Senate probably reflects bigger
government and more activist feder-
al government than people in the
state support for the most part," Hil-
legonds said.

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