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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 3

Committee seeks presidential nominations

DPS increases
r projector reward
The lack of information about
the individuals responsible for the
theft of 37 liquid crystal display
projectors has led Department of
Public Safety officials to raise the
minimum reward amount from
$500 to $1,000 yesterday.
Thirty projectors have been
stolen since September 2000, seven
of which have been missing since
The seven-pound projectors are val-
ued between $2,000 and $6,000.
Some projectors can cost slightly less
than $8,000.
Professors and instructors use LCD
projectors to display computer presen-
tations. The projectors are bolted to
the ceilings of several classrooms
throughout campus.
Anyone with information that could
lead to the arrest of individuals
responsible for any of the thefts
should call the anonymous tip line at
(800) 863-1355 or DPS Sgt. Tim
Shannon at (734) 763-3434.
Computer stolen
from mail room
An East Quad Residence Hall
employee said Thursday that a com-
puter that was received in the mail
was stolen from behind the front
desk, DPS reports state. The com-
puter disappeared during winter
Markley dining
room burglarized
A housing officer at Mary
Markley Residence Hall said the
dining room was broken into some-
time early Friday morning, accord-
ing to DPS reports.
The perpetrators had entered
through the south entrance to the
dining room and had torn down a
custom made wall clock and some
artwork. In addition, silk flowers
had been ripped from planters and
garbage cans were turned over.
Housing staff said a preliminary
estimate for the damage is roughly
Unidentified man
damages window
A brown-haired white man wearing
a blue flannel shirt and blue jeans
broke a window in West Quad: Resi-
dence Hall early Saturday morning,
according to DPS reports. DPS did
not locate the suspect.
Outside archway
door to West
Quad shattered
The exterior archway door of West
Quad Residence Hall's Chicago
House was shattered by an unknown
person between 6:00 and 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, according to DPS reports.
DPS had no suspects.
* Sink ripped from
bathroom wall
An unknown person tore a sink out
of a men's restroom wall causing
extensive flood damage to rooms in
East Quad Residence Hall early Sun-
day morning, DPS reports state. The
flooding caused damage to third floor
Hinsdale House.
The hot water supply to the build-
ing was shut off to stop the water flow.
Man not wearing

seatbelt arrested
for drunk driving
Campus police stopped a man who
was driving a vehicle with tinted win-
dows early Sunday morning, accord-
ing .to DPS reports. The man was
stopped at the corner of South Univer-
* sity Avenue and Church Street and the
officer observed that he was not wear-
ing his seat belt.
While obtaining the man's dri-
ver's license, the officer could smell
"a light odor of intoxicants" over
the smell of the driver's cigarette.
The glassy-eyed driver admitted he
had been drinking. He underwent
sobriety and breathalyzer tests and
was taken into custody.
- Compiled by Daily Staff'Reporter
Jacquelyn Nixon.

By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter
The Presidential Search Advisory Commit-
tee will be accepting nominations from the
University community to fill the vacancy ten-
tatively held by interim President B. Joseph
According to an advertisement asking for
nominations and applications published in the
Chronicle of Higher Education, candidates
should have "distinguished records of academ-
ic achievement, outstanding leadership skills
and the highest qualities of intellect, integrity
and character."
The ad also requested that applicants and
nominees have a diverse background.

In the past, faculty members, administrators,
alumni and people affiliated with the University
are typically nominated for the presidency, said
Rackham Dean Earl Lewis, who was appointed
chair of the search advisory committee by the
University Board of Regents last month.
The committee has already received nomina-
tions from students and faculty members. Uni-
versity spokeswoman Julie Peterson said it will
continue to accept applications throughout the
search process.
"A few names have been forwarded to date,
but we have promised to maintain confidential-
ity to ensure the richest pool of external and
internal candidates," Lewis said.
Several nominations submitted by students
to the Michigan Student Assembly were for-

"A few names have been forwarded to date"
- Earl Lewis
Rackham Dean

warded to the search committee, said MSA
President Matt Nolan, a committee member.
Lewis said the committee is using a variety
of channels to find the next University presi-
dent, including public forums.
"We are looking for the best candidates pos-
sible," Lewis said. "The committee is just
beginning to solicit the broader community for
feedback about the characteristics sought in
the next president."

Students will have the opportunity to share
their opinions on the presidential search with
Lewis at next week's MSA meeting.
"That will be a really great forum for anyone
to express any public concerns," Nolan said.
The search committee is expected to make a
decision on a permanent president this spring,
and until then, former Business School Dean
B. Joseph White will continue as the interim

Detroit ranks 5th
in alcohol related
traffic fatalities

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebras-
ka's capital city ranks lowest among
107 cities in the nation for incidents
of alcohol-related traffic deaths, while
Detroit has one of the highest rates,
according to the results of a study
released yesterday.
Detroit had 8.22 deaths per
100,000 residents from 1995 through
1997, according to the Louisiana
State University study. Only
Nashville, Tenn., Albuquerque, N.M.,
Kansas City, Mo., and Dallas ranked
The average city had 4.75 deaths
per 100,000 people. Grand Rapids,
the only other Michigan city listed
in the study, had 3.09 deaths per
100,000 residents.
Authors of the study found that
those cities with the lowest average
of alcohol-related traffic deaths tend
to have the most stringent alcohol
laws and policies and higher liquor,
beer and wine taxes.
Researchers pinpointed 20 regula-
tions related to alcohol accessibility,
licensing and discipline policies of
places that serve or sell alcohol and
the enforcement of legal blood alco-

hol levels, and looked to see which
cities used or enforced them.
Some of those regulations includ-
ed bans of drive-through beer and
liquor stores, laws that prevent pub-
lic drinking outside of bars or
restaurants, restriction of alcohol
served at sporting events and the
severity of penalties for drinking
and driving.
"I lived in New Orleans for a
while, and I noticed that they're
much more lax about alcohol control
than in other places I had lived, like
New York and California," study
author Deborah Cohen said. "We
just wanted to see if a city's policy
correlates to the number of deaths,
and it does."
The study showed that cities with
nine or fewer of the studied regula-
tions tended to have higher alcohol-
related road deaths, while cities that
implemented 15 or more of the reg-
ulations had low alcohol-related
death rates.
The study, funded through a grant
from The Robert Wood Johnson Foun-
dation, will be published in the Febru-
ary issue of Preventive Medicine.

Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp discusses the program at an information session for Interested students held
in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union yesterday afternoon.

Continued from Page 1
solving, strategic planning and
communication are most impor-
While three-fourths of the
2001 applicants were interviewed
in day-long sessions, only 28 per-
cent were accepted to the pro-
These students then attend an
intense five-week tutorial in
either Houston or New York as an
orientation to public education,
followed by a one-week induction
at their assigned site.

Throughout the two-year term,
corps members receive support
from a local Teach for America
outreach station.
Corps members salaries range
from $22,00 to $40,347, depend-
ing on the particular region.
Michelle de Baroncelli, a Uni-
versity Social Work student and
1998 Teach for America alum
said her work at a New Orleans
site led her to pursue a career in
civil service.
"But, I will be a lifelong advo-
cate for education," she said.
Kopp said that in addition to
the participants' work in the

classroom, she also wants to cre-
ate an alumni community to
influence broader changes in
medicine, business and politics,
three fields that Teach for Ameri-
ca alumni often enter after com-
pleting the program.
Kopp added that with experi-
ence and insight gained through
the program, alumni are able to
use their leadership skills to
ensure equal educational oppor-
tunities for all American chil-
In order to teach in the fall of
2002, interested students need to
apply by Feb. 21.

Anthrax vaccine
producer earns

Continued from Page 1
stewardship almost a decade ago, Alexander said. Some
programs, however, are just recently receiving recognition.
One such program includes the elimination of mercury
from the University's health system.
"It goes in cycles. Programs might not receive a lot of
attention but are being done all the time," Alexander said.
Student groups, including the Michigan Student Assem-
bly and Residence Hall Association, also work with OSEH
to raise awareness across the campus and to gain students'
views on environmental issues.

This semester, residence halls will be participating in
Ecolympics, a competition that rewards students for con-
serving energy and water and reducing waste.
"We can't tell students they have to do it," Alexander
said. "There's been a good response from students. If we get
their attention and participation, we can get the rest of the
University involved." .
The University's environmental stewardship program
will also be launching a new website within the next
"The website will be right off the University's page. It
will have a much nicer format and more education materi-
als," Alexander said.

LANSING (AP) - The nation's sole
producer of the anthrax vaccine has
won federal approval for its laboratory.
But a few hurdles still remain before
it can ship the vaccine, possibly by later
this month.
BioPort Corp. of Lansing received a
Dec. 27 letter from the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration clearing it to
begin shipping the vaccine, provided a
Washington state laboratory that puts
the vaccine into vials also receives FDA
The vaccine already manufactured
by BioPort also must be tested by the
company for purity, potency and sterili-
ty and be released by te FDA before
each lot can be shipped.
BioPort already has conducted tests
on three lots of the vaccine manufac-
tured in 2000 as part of the FDA

for lab
approval process, BioPort spokes-
woman Kim Brennen Root said yester-
The anthrax vaccine has been
licensed by the FDA since the 1970s.
But BioPort has been unable to sell the
vaccine since buying its labs from the
state in 1998 because it failed two FDA
inspections after a renovation.
The Pentagon owns all of the vaccine
BioPort has been producing and pays
the company around $36 million each
year, Root said.
In its letter, the FDA said BioPort has
made or is in the process of making the
seven production-related changes
requested by FDA inspectors during
their visit last month. The company still
must improve monitoring and complete
studies showing it can successfiully pool
batches of the vaccine.

Continued from Page 1
According to local statistics, 8.9
percent of Ann Arbor 8th graders
smoke cigarettes, as do 14.7 percent
of 10th graders and 21.2 of high
school seniors.
"USAC puts these programs on to
make students on and off campus
aware that they can play a part in
preventing certain cancers and to
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more than the minimum," he said.
"Is it possible that we could together
identify probably one or two issues that
are consequential and might we set a
goal of making some changes?" White
asked SACUA members.
SACUA Vice Chair and Dental Prof.
Jack Gobetti said, "I have never yet
been able to sit down and speak with
the regents. Major issues, like the
Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics, seemed like they were
rushed through. It would be much bet-
ter if we have a meeting with (White)
and the regents."
White said that child care and tuition
assistance also top his list of priorities.

help them break the cycle if they're
addicted," he said. "We try to get to
students early before they start
Statistics for Ann Arbor schools
show that local figures are lower
than the rest of Michigan when it
comes to cigarette use, said service
coordinator and coordinator of the
Washtenaw County Tobacco
Reduction Coalition DeBorah Bor-
"Child care can make or ruin a per-
son's professional life," he added. "I
never underestimate the extent to which
the things in a person's work life affect
White said he also wants to work to
increase the quality of existing buildings
and programs, rather than focusing on
new projects, like the need to refurbish
the "1950 vintage public health labs."
But before White and SACUA mem-
bers began to discuss these objectives,
Medical Prof. Charlie Koopman wanted
to know if White intended to apply for
the permanent presidential post.
"Have you decided if it will only be
six months?" Koopman asked.
White replied, "My first obligation is
to talk to the regents about this matter
and then proceed from there."

Continued from Page 1
year do not include dipping into its rainy
day fund or raise taxes, the interim city
administrator said.
Instead, the city is trying to reduce the
equivalent of 60 to 70 more full-time
employees using incentives for early
retirement; 130 people have already
taken those incentives.
"We're doing it in a very humane
way. But we came down to the question
of 'do we want to lower full-time equiv-
alency or raise taxes?' and we chose to
lower full-time equivalency," said Mayor
John Hieftje, a Democrat.
Administrators and department heads
are also trying to find a way to prioritize
city services. They will attend a retreat
in early February to figure out how to
reduce their budgets.
The city also is asking for citizen and
student feedback on the issue of budget
"Clearly we need to be responsible to
all students," Hieftje said. The budget is
expected to be presented to the council
on April 15.

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

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for Peace and Justice,

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Event; Featuring a
speech by LSA Dean
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