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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 10, 2003 - 3A

'Murderball' offers new
arena for wheelchair sports

Sandwich thrown
through broken
window at Baits

Department of Public Safety
reports state a resident of Baits
Residence Hall reported his or her
door window was broken late Satur-
day night. The caller also stated that
a sandwich was thrown through the
broken window. DPS has no sus-
pects at this time.
Money box stolen
from Cancer and
Geriatrics Center
A caller reported a stolen fund raising
box at University Hospital from the Can-
cer and Geriatrics Center Wednesday
morning. According to DPS reports, the
box contained an unknown amount of
donation money. DPS has no suspects.
Worker falls from
ladder, refuses
medical attention
A worker fell off his ladder at the
Institute of Social Research Wednesday
afternoon. According to DPS reports,
the worker refused transportation to the
hospital.
Wallet reported
stolen from
Graduate Library
According to DPS reports, a
woman reported a stolen wallet
from Harlan Hatcher Graduate
Library Wednesday evening. The
wallet was taken from her backpack
while she left the stacks to use the
restroom. DPS has no suspects.
Marijuana found in
truck at hospital
University Hospital security officers
reported two men sitting in a truck at
East Medical Center Drive, possibly
smoking marijuana late Wednesday
night. DPS searched the truck and
found a small quantity of marijuana.
Medical equipment
worth $10,000
stolen, from hospital,
A caller reported a piece of an ultra-
sound machine missing from Universi-
ty Hospital Thursday morning. A
witness described the suspect as a
white male of medium build with dark
hair, wearing a business suit and carry-
ing a briefcase. Initially, the witness
thought the suspect was a medical rep-
resentative. The item stolen is valued at
over $10,000.
Woman's car hit
by truck, sustains
slight damage
A traffic accident occurred in a lot
on East Medical Center Drive Wednes-
day afternoon. A woman reported that
a truck hit her car while she was back-
ing out of the loading dock area. DPS
reports slight damage occurred to her
steering system.
Firecrackers set
off near Markley
DPS reports state several unknown
subjects set off multiple packs of fire-
crackers outside Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall Saturday night. A report
was filed but DPS has no suspects.
Four vehicles with
slashed tires found
in parking lot

A caller reported his car tires were
slashed at the Church Street Carport
Saturday night. DPS reports state three
other vehicles also had slashed tires.
DPS has no suspects, but the matter is
under investigation.
Minor arrested for
alcohol possession,
urinating in public
A male subject was arrested for
minor in possession of alcohol at a
parking lot on Willard Street late Satur-
day night. DPS reports state the subject
was discovered while urinating outside
on the lot.
Caller reports
CC Little flood
A caller reported a flooded lab in
C.C. Little Sciences Building.
Water was observed pouring from
the ceiling in and maintenance was
notified.

By Katie GWupker
For the Daily

sport, She
letes just li
using wheel

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braver students got1
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Students Take onl
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rugby game yesterd
with the Great Lak
wheelchair rugby tea
Brian Sheridan,c
area-based Great La
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with recreational pr
abilities. He said wi
in the early '80s in C
plegics, because spc
ball have been pred
paraplegics. Sherida
of a sport for quadr
has become the "wo
chair sport," with t
Canada, New Zeala
"We call it rugby
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REBECCA SAHN/Daily
Patrick Shann looks to score in a rugby game for Students
Take On Paralysis at the Sports Coliseum yesterday.
'U' student deer
worlds smartest

spent Sunday afternoon Wheelch
sports from the comfort of gics - that
couches. But a handful of you think
the chance to play murder- Christopher
wheelchair rugby. most peop
Paralysis and the University pletely par,
n co-sponsored a wheelchair limbs. Sher
day at the Sports Coliseum classified f
es Storm, Michigan's only their ability
am. have more
co-captain of the Bay City same time,"
kes Storm, is the founder of Sheridan
Unlimited, an organization tion to whe
ograms for people with dis- ed. He said
heelchair rugby was started which hav
Canada as a sport for quadri- users to turn
orts like wheelchair basket- ball in thei
ominantly for amputees and seconds. A 1
n said that with the addition the goal lin
riplegics, wheelchair rugby strategy is t+
rid's fastest growing wheel- front of the
eams in the United States, team from
nd and China. break throu
ybecause it's a full-contact dan said,
PRINCETON
Continued from Page 1A
and faculty last week that after the sum-
mer, the postponement will take effect.
"We know of at least'one other
university that had a similar pro-
gram that decided to try to defend
it, and is now in a situation where it
realizes it is not possible in this
legal climate to defend a race-
exclusive program," Durkee said.
"It was certainly clear to us that
there was awareness of (Princeton's)
program, and it was certainly likely
it would be challenged."
Durkee emphasized that the deci-
sion does not undermine Princeton's
commitment to diversity.
He noted numerous other programs
currently in place on campus, including
the Princeton University Preparatory
Program - an outreach initiative which
works to make inner city high school
students more qualified candidates for
competitive schools - that are making
an effort to promote a positive racial cli-
mate at Princeton.
"We spend a lot of time through our
admissions office and through other
programs we sponsor on campus try-
ing to identify candidates from
diverse backgrounds," Durkee said.

ridan said. "These players are ath-
ke any other athlete - they're just
Jchairs."
air rugby players must be quadriple-
is, have four limbs affected. "When
of a quadriplegic, you think of
r Reeve," Sheridan said, adding that
le assume quadriplegics are com-
alyzed and cannot use any of their
idan explained that quadriplegics are
rom 0.5 to 3.5 points according to
to function. "A rugby team cannot
than eight points on the floor at the
he said.
gave the onlookers a short introduc-
elchair rugby before the game start-
the players use athletic wheelchairs,
e large, angled wheels that allow
n more quickly. Players can carry the
r lap but must dribble it every ten
team scores by taking the ball across
e, and the most common defensive
o form a barricade of wheelchairs in
goal line to prevent the offensive
scoring. Offensive players try to
gh this wall of defense, and Sheri-
When they see us smashing chairs

and flying into each other, people say, 'Oh my
gosh, this is a real sport!'"
Spectators were given the opportunity to try
wheelchair rugby with Storm players, but
quickly realized how difficult the sport is.
LSA sophomore Steve Smolenski said he
came to watch the game because he plays on
the club rugby team and wanted to try wheel-
chair rugby. "I could hang with it for 15 min-
utes, but then I felt like my arms were going to
fall off," he said.
As Sheridan promised, the students
found that wheelchair rugby truly is a full-
contact sport. Mark VanKempen's wheel-
chair tipped over due to the force of a hit
by a Storm player. "Getting knocked out of
your wheelchair is fun, it's kind of like in a
NASCAR race when a car falls over," the
LSA freshman said.
STOP president and founder Jeff Kominsky,
an LSA sophomore, calls wheelchair rugby
players "the epitome of resilience." He said
STOP, a non-profit student organization,
sponsors events like yesterday's game to help
students become "more socially aware of
other types of people and how they over-
come adversity."

By Victoria Edwards
Daily Staff Reporter

If the day before two days after the
day before tomorrow is Monday, what
day is today?
This was just one of the questions that
earned Rackham computer science doc-
toral candidate Andrew Nierman the
"World's Smartest Man Award,"
announced Jan. 31. His feat was accom-
plished by winning the International
High IQ Society's online test.
"I decided to take part in the test
because I wanted the 'smartest person in
the world' plaque, that was being offered
as part of the prize," Nierman said.
Administered as an online exam with
no time limit, the test took Nierman a
few months to complete. He said he
started in November and finished at the
end of December.
"I stayed motivated through the test
because of the competitive nature of the
contest. The High IQ Society main-
tained a scoreboard with the current
high score that had been submitted. I
was just trying to beat the best scores up
there," Nierman said.
International IQ Society President
Nathan Haselbauer said Nierman's feat
was especially impressive considering
the difficult nature of the test.
"It's called a power test because it is
untimed, outside resources can be used
and it is very difficult," Haselbauer said.
"Thereeare three questions that have
never been solved. One hundred and ten
thousand people took the test since last
January. Andrew got a 22 on the test out
of 25. He solved two problems that had
never been solved before. He was the
only one to ever solve those questions."
Haselbauer said the estimated score
for a typical math professor would be 9
or 10 out of 25. Out of the 100,000 peo-
ple who took the test, half didn't get get
even one question correct, he said.
"We tell people not even to attempt it
unless their IQ is in the top 1 percent of
the population," Haselbauer said. "Most
RUDY T
Continued from Page 1A
Rockets players Steve Francis and
rookie Yao Ming to travel to Ann Arbor
and attend the ceremony.
"This is a big day for me - it is a
highlight in my blessed basketball
career," said Tomjanovich before the
game. "I just want to say that they did-
n't have to do this for me. Michigan
already made my dream come true in
1966 when they let me play here. I got
a great basketball education here."
Tomjanovich said that, even with his
busy schedule, he still tries to find the
time to see what's going on with the
program right now, and he is excited
about the recent resurgence.
"It's tough with the travel, but I'm
always checking up," Tomjanovich said.
"I'm really excited about what's happen-
ing right now. I wasn't on the committee
to select Tommy Amaker, but he comes
from tradition, he knows what he wants
and he knows how to win."
Tomjanovich attended Michigan's
practice Thursday, where players
received an opportunity to hear words of
wisdom from the coach who won two
NBA titles with the Rockets in 1994 and
1995, and was at the helm of the 2000
CONFERENCE
Continued from Page 1A
"The court wanted slavery on their

IQ tests are designed to pick out an aver-
age IQ of 100. When you get in the
higher end it's not as accurate. It's like a
bathroom scale going from 0-300
pounds. Putting a pencil on the scale
would not give you an accurate weight;
neither would a 300-pound woman be
accurate on the scale. The more accurate
ranges are in the mid-range."
In comparison, this IQ test is created
for extreme results. Haselbauer said he
feels it is one of the hardest tests that has
ever been written. Still, after Nierman
acquired his prestigious title, most of the
response from his colleagues was teas-
ing, said electrical engineering and com-
puter science Prof. Hosagrahar Jagadish.
"It's a fun thing to talk about and not
an award everyone knows about. A lot of
Nierman's friends have been teasing him
about the award. Another faculty mem-
ber put a note on my door that said
'adviser to world's smartest person,"'
Jagadish said.
An example of the type of teasing that
Nierman has had to face came from his
colleague James Mickens, a Rackam
student who offered a mocking response
when asked about the award.
"He really touches the lives of every-
one in the office," he said sarcastically.
"He's just toiled in obscurity for such a
long time, but now with this test it's
come out. The world can know what
we've known for all this time."
Nierman said the contest has put him
in the national spotlight. "Solving the
problems was the fun part," he said.
"Winning the award has been a bit
painful, just due to all of the media
attention and phone calls - each
day my answering machine is full
when I get home. Fortunately, I will
be able to drift back into obscurity
in a few weeks time."
As a reward for doing so well on the
test, Nierman was given a $500 prize,
special plaque, merchandise and a mem-
bership in the International High IQ
Society. T"P test can be taken at
www.highiqsociety.org.
gold-medal U.S. Olympic team.
"Rudy talked to the team yesterday,"
Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said.
"It was a treat for us to have him watch
us workout. The players asked him a lot
of questions about coaching Yao Ming."
During his halftime speech, Tom-
janovich spoke to the students and fans
about his playing days and about treas-
uring the college experience.
"It is the four, best years of your
life," Tomjanovich said.
After inscribing his name all over
record books, Tomjanovich was drafted
by the San Diego Rockets in 1970. The
Rockets moved to Houston in 1971,
where Michigan's former star enjoyed
a successful 11-year NBA career. He
was a five-time NBA All-Star.
Tomjanovich retired as a player in
1981, and had his jersey retired the fol-
lowing year. But he was not done with
the Rockets just yet. He became a Rock-
ets assistant coach in 1983, and took over
the starting job in 1992. He has coached
in Houston for the past 11 years.
Tomjanovich towels that had his
name, number and the years he played
on it were distributed to most of the
fans in attendance. "Rudy T" stayed
after the game to sign autographs at
center court.
Law student Jonathan Hanks said he
does not completely agree with Noo-
nan's views on judicial review.
"It is important that the federal sys-

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