The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 9, 2001- 3
Interim provost requests facult
Fire department to
siren test today
The Ann Arbor Fire Department
will conduct its monthly testing of
neighborhood warning sirens at 1
p.m. today. The test is conducted on
the first Tuesday of each month.
Girl walks into
wall, injures head
The Department of Public Safety
reported Thursday that a woman
walked into the corner of a wall of the
School of Business Administration
building and bumped her head. Initial
reports stated she had a bump on her
forehead and was icing it but that she
did not want medical attention. How-
ever, she changed her mind and was
transported to University Hospitals by
' Huron Valley Ambulance.
Cell phone stolen
DPS reports state a woman left her
cell phone in a bathroom at Univer-
sity HospitaIs Thursday morning,
and when she went back hours later,
the phone was gone. DPS did not
report having any suspects.
at University bus
A University bus driver did not
stop to pick up a man waiting at an
unmarked bus stop Thursday,
prompting him to throw his skate-
board at the bus, DPS reports state.
The driver told DPS that the skate-
board left a small dent in the bus.
Jacket stolen from
DPS reports state a jacket was
stolen from an office in the Union on
Thursday evening. Reports stated the
jacket was black and water resistant
with zippers under the arms and in
front. DPS has no suspects.
1 Solicitors give out
A group of people was caught
soliciting credit cards and handing
out T-shirts outside the exit of the
dining room at West Quad Residence
Hall on Friday afternoon, DPS
reports state. The sales may have
been approved, but the solicitors
were reported because one of the T-
shirts advertised alcohol.
Footprints left in
DPS reports state that an unknown
number of people etched their names
in freshly poured concrete footings
for the benches in the Nichols
Arboretum on Friday afternoon. The
footings are located at the south end
of the central valley. Reports stated
that one suspect signed a full name.
'Wig lady' seen in
The staff at the Shapiro Under-
graduate Library informed DPS
early Saturday morning that the "wig
lady" was once again in the building.
Reports state the subject was gone
upon the officer's arrival.
Student spits in
adviser s face
DPS reports state that a student
spat in the face of a resident adviser
of Mary Markley Residence Hall on
Saturday evening. The student was
experiencing a possible drug over-
-dose, reports stated.
Poster set ablaze
in Mary Markley
A resident's poster was burned at
Mary Markley Residence Hall on
Sunday afternoon, DPS reports
state. There was some damage to'
DPS had no suspects.
- Compiled by Dailv StaffReporter
By Shannon Pettyplece
For Vice President and Secretary of the Uni-
versity Lisa Tedesco, it has been a difficult month
to add the position of interim provost to her
duties. But the job will not become any easier in
the coming weeks, as University President Lee
Bollinger said Saturday he will leave the Univer-
Tedesco met with members of the Senate
Advisory Committee on University Affairs yes-
terday to discuss the group's issues with the Uni-
versity -- issues SACUA said they submitted to
Bollinger that have gone months without any
The topics included changes to the Universi-
ty's prescription drug benefit package. faculty
involvement in the Board in Control of Intercol-
legiate Athletics and teaching standards.
Tedesco said she was not confident enough to
address many of SACUA's concerns at the meet-
ing, but said she would look into them.
"I'm still in learning mode," Tedesco said. "It
has been a very difficult
month for one to understand
how to be the provost at the
University of Michigan. I
ask you to be' patient with
SACUA members said
Bollinger is violating a Uni-
versity Board of Regents'
bylaw because he has failed
to appoint the full six faculty
Tedesco members to the BICIA,
which has prevented the committee from meeting
during the past two months, said board member
and psychology Prof. Robert Sellers.
"We have not, as a body, moved forward and it
is my understanding that that is the reason," he
Tedesco said she would look into the matter.
"I'm not exactly sure how everything fits
together. I'm just learning these things," she said.
The interim provost position was originally
designed to be a short-term post, but after
Bollinger's announcement, SACUA members
said they believe Tedesco may be holding the
position for longer than expected.
"I'm sure that when you accepted the posi-
tion you didn't think it would be the position it
is today," SACUA member and history Prof.
Rudi Lindner told Tedesco. "It is likely that
you will bear this office a little longer than you
SACUA members hope that the added respon-
sibilities and time commitment the position is
demanding will encourage Tedesco to take a
more proactive response with regard to decision
"I hope that when you see the way clearly to
make a decision you will have the courage to
make it," Lindner said.
SACUA Vice Chair and Dentistry Prof.
John Gobetti encouraged Tedesco.to face her
role confidently for the best interests of the
"The highest concern of the faculty is that we
need to move forward. All of us faculty and
administration have to make some important
decisions so the new president, who ever he or
she is, may step into a very good position," he
Tedesco addressed faculty concerns by saying
she will fulfill the demands of the job.
"I fully intend to make decisions. I'm not a
place holder," Tedesco said. "I'll do my best to
serve the University in the way it needs to be
Smith c ampaigns as first
black woman for governor
By Louie Melzilish
Though it may be a long shot, state Sen. Alma Wheeler
Smith is convinced she will be Michigan's next governor.
Facing what may seem to be insurmountable odds
against three high-profile Democratic candidates, Smith,
who has thus far registered single-digit name-recognition
in polls, says her experience and reputation will propel
her to the position as the state's first black female gover-
"I am going to win so you may as .
well vote for me now," she proclaimed
to the University's chapter of College
If elected, she would be the second
black person to hold statewide office.
Democratic Secretary of State
Richard Austin, who died earlier this
year, served from 1971 to 1994 as the
first black in a statewide post. TheL
only other black candidate for gover- Smith
nor was then-Wayne County Executive William Lucas, a
former Democrat who ran as a Republican in an unsuc-
cessful 1986 challenge to former Gov. James Blanchard,
also an opponent of Smith's in this year's campaign.
With the state facing a budget shortfall in the coming
years that may number in the hundreds of millions,
Smith touts her experience in budgetary issues as a two-
term state senator, an eight-year trustee of the South
Lyon School Board and a two-year term as a Washtenaw
County commissioner. She also served as an aide to her
Senate predecessor, Lana Pollack.
"You have to be familiar with the legislative process
and the appropriations process," Smith said, indirectly
referring to Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, one of
the frontrunners in the race, who never held elected
office before becoming attorney general in 1999.
"I win because people know I know what I'm doing
and they know I know what I'm talking about," she said.
Among Smith's proposals include a plan to fully
refund, via tax credits, in-state community college and
university students' tuition, splitting the Department of
Community Health into two departments, with an addi-
tional one focusing on mental health and consolidating
the departments of Environmental Quality and Natural
Resources into one department.
In addition to Blanchard and Granholm, Smith's oppo-
nents in the August 2002 Derriocratic primary include
U.S. Rep. David Bonior of Mount Clemens and state
Sen. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township.
Smith frequently lambasts current GOP Gov. John
Engler for putting the priorities of the wealthy and cor-
porations over those of lesser means.
Under Engler, she said, "corporations that are making
hundreds of millions of dollars are getting state funds for
Since Engler is prohibited from seeking a fourth term,
Smith was asked why she criticized him to such an extent
and didn't focus instead on the lieutenant governor, who
is seeking the GOP nomination for the state's top job.
"I don't expect (Posthumus) to be any different as a
governor," Smith said. "I think Dick Posthumus has
essentially bought into what John Engler believes for the
last 12 years. When he was the majority leader of the
Senate, Dick Posthumus did whatever the governor
Smith believes that except on environmental issues, all
five Democratic candidates "essentially believe in the
same things, it's our understanding, our experience, and
our abilities to get things done that will make a differ-
ence on how we govern.
In the August 2002 GOP primary, Posthumus faces
state Sen. John Schwarz of Battle Creek.
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue visits the largely Arab-American Fordson High
School in Dearbornyesterday to discuss the terrorist attacks of Sept.11.
igh school team
DEARBORN (AP) - NFL Com-
m'issioner Paul Tagliabue yesterday
encouraged football players at the
largely Arab-American Fordson
High School to stay focused on
their game and not let outside influ-
ences affect their performance.
Tagliabue, joined by Detroit
Lions President Matt Millen, visit-
ed with the players to discuss the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and
answer their questions.
"The big thing you have going
for you is your leadership," Tagli-
abue said. "You can deal with chal-
lenges, you can deal with
About 2,100 students go to Ford-
son High School and about 85 per-
cent are Arab-American. School
officials say the football team is 96
percent Arab-American - and the
team has proven to be a power-
house, posting a .755 winning per-
centage since 1960.
Millen said one of the things he
likes best about football is how it
brings people together.
"I grew up in an era where the
black-white thing was really hot,"
Millen told the players. "The foot-
ball field was one place where that
After the attacks in New York
and Washington, Fordson players
were given special instructions to
not bow to the ethnic insults some
feared could come from opposing
teams and their fans.
Through the years, the Fordson
students have dealt with prejudice.
In the past, signs at gymnasiums or
at football facilities have declared:
But Fordson athletic director and
assistant football coach Mark
Shooshanian said reported inci-
dents of ethnic intimidation have
actually gone down since the
"We used to hear all of it before
(the attacks), but since that hap-
pened, everyone's been much more
sensitive," he said. "It's really a
tribute to all the other schools in
Dearborn, just west of Detroit, is
home to an estimated 20,000 Arab-
Players said they appreciated the
encouragement from Millen and
Tagliabue, who also was in town
for the Detroit Lions' game last
night against the St. Louis Rams.
They said they hoped to apply what
Millen and Tagliabue said in their
game this weekend against
"It gives us more passion to play
the game," said Abdul Ghaleb, a
senior on the team.
Head coach Jeff Stergalas said he
liked how the speech focused on lead-
ership, which he said the team is going
to need for the rest of the season. Ford-
son was 3-0 to start the season, but
since losing the team's quarterback to
a knee injury, its record is now 3-3.
The team needs two more wins to
make the playoffs.
"Personally I think having Matt
Millen and the commissioner here
is pretty neat," Stergalas said. "In
my book, (Millen) is a tough guy
who is in a high position, and him
coming here is exciting in itself."
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What's happening in Ann Arbor today
students are invited to attend our presentation:
Assembly Meeting; 7:30
n m A mhv chnm-
Building, Room 2000
"True, Truer, Truest;"
Sponsored by the Philos-
ophy Department, 4:00
p.m., G115 Angell Hall,
Room, Comerica Bldg.,
350 South Thayer,
"Visual Metaphors for