The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 17, 2003 3A
* Man often loitering
near Wyly Hall
A man was found loitering inside
Sam Wyly Hall Wednesday morning.
Department of Public Safety reports
state this frequent trespasser of the
building was highly intoxicated and
escorted to the University Hospital
Bus engine set
on fire driving
According to DPS reports, a non-
University bus caught fire on North
University Avenue Wednesday after-
noon. The bus's engine compartment
was severely damaged by the fire.
There were no injuries in the accident.
The cause of the fire is undetermined.
parked car, leave
Twenty wheelchairs damaged a
parked vehicle at a parking deck on
East Medical Center Drive Wednesday
evening. DPS reports state a patient
transporter collecting the wheelchairs
accidentally ran them into the vehicle,
which sustained extensive damage.
Woman passes out
in Chem Building,
A caller reported a female fainted at
the Chemistry Building Thursday
morning. DPS reports state the woman
was conscious and breathing when
they arrived. Assistance was provided
to the woman but she refused trans-
portation to the hospital.
causes flames in
A caller reported a fire at Pierpont
Commons Thursday afternoon. A card-
board box in the dock area caught fire,
causing damage to a nearby passenger
elevator. DPS reports state no injuries
occurred during the fire.
Attempted theft of
N. Campus juice
According to DPS reports, a caller
reported an attempted theft of a suit-
case full of juice products at Pierpont
Commons Friday afternoon. The sus-
pect attempted to steal the suitcase but
failed. The caller described the suspect
as an Asian male wearing a black jack-
et, blue pants and glasses, carrying a
from 'U' Hospital
A woman reported an invasion of
her voicemail at Taubman Health Care
Center Friday morning. The woman
said she received several obscene
phone calls. DPS has no suspects at
DPS reports state a student reported
his Nextel cell phone and Sony disc-
man were stolen from the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library Thursday night.
The caller noticed the objects were
missing after he left them unattended.
DPS has no suspects.
from South Quad
by DPS officers
A person attempting to solicit
money from residents at South Quad
Residence Hall was escorted from the
building Friday afternoon, DPS reports
state. The solicitor was asking for
funds for a relief project in Ohio.
Student taken to
ER after hit by
A caller reported that a ladder fell
and struck a resident of Couzens Hall
Friday evening. According to DPS, the
resident was escorted to the University
Hospital emergency room.
An incident occurred at William
Hollowell calls for Cox's resignation
By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
Before assuming the state chairmanship of the
Democratic Party Saturday, Detroit lawyer Melvin
Butch Hollowell called for current state Attorney
General Michael Cox's resignation on Friday.
Hollowell said Cox was wrong in refusing to file
an amicus brief with the University on behalf of
Gov. Jennifer Granholm supporting two lawsuits
before the U.S. Supeme Courtchallenging the Uni-
versity's use of race in its admissions policies.
Oral arguments are expected to be heard April 1
and the deadline for the University and its support-
ers to file briefs is tomorrow.
At a Friday taping of the public television
program, "Off the Record," Holowell said
Cox's main duties entail the representation of
the governor and the state of the Michigan. He
accused Cox of fulfilling his own political
agenda ahead of the governor's wishes.
"Even if he did disagree, he has to put the
interest of the state and his job before his per-
sonal interests," Holowell said. "If he is not
willing to do his job, he should resign."
Holowell added that no previous attorney
general had refused similar requests by a gov-
ernor, including Granholm, who as attorney
general under former Gov. John Engler filed
briefs on issues while openly stating her
opposition to them.
"It is appropriate and necessary for the
attorney general to represent the interests of
the state," he added
But Cox spokesman Sage Eastman called
Hollowell's statement "purely political."
He said that, since the state is not a party in
either lawsuit, the attorney general has discre-
tion on which cases he can file.
He added that Hollowell's claim - assert-
ing that Cox's move was unprecedented -
was wrong, since both Granholm and former
Attorney General Frank Kelley, who served
from 1962 to 1999, had denied governors'
requests in several cases, including a 1994
case regarding Arkansas term limits.
Kelley said yesterday he denied two such
requests during his tenure. He added that
while an attorney general has the right to
deny the governor's requests, it may not be
"As a practical matter, (Cox) should not
have done it," Kelley said.
But Kelley downplayed the effects of Hol-
lowell's declaration on television, noting it
was just a tactic to get his point across.
Coleman fills vacancy in President's House
By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
The oldest University building on campus, the 163-year-old
President's House, finally welcomed its 13th resident Satur-
day as University President Mary Sue Coleman moved in
upon completion of its renovations.
Due to University budget constraints, the focus of the reno-
vations was fixing the immediate needs of the house instead of
improving its appearance, said Hank Baier, associate vice
president of facilities and operations.
The renovations consisted of two projects, updating the house's
electric and heating systems and refurbishing the kitchen, Baier said.
"The purpose of our project was to fix the infrastructure and pre-
serve the house," he said. "The regents specifically wanted us to focus
on the infrastructure and not the aesthetic."
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said administrators were
concerned that updating all aspects of the house, such as replacing the
carpeting or ceiling tiles, would drain too much University funding.
"The regents were sensitive about the cost and very sensitive about
allocating money," she said.
The renovations that were made required $1.3 million in
Renovators added a third dishwasher to the kitchen, installed a gas
stove with two ovens to replace the electrical one, increased the num-
ber of cabinets and added new granite countertops because caterers
experienced numerous difficulties serving receptions organized by
past presidents, Baier said.
"The caterers would always complain because there was no place to
keep hot food hot,"he said.
Laura Lemieux, owner of Laura's Catering, said the improvements
will make receptions more efficient saying that when catering for past
presidents, she did not have enough space in the dishwashers or oven
to feed all of the guests, who numbered as many as 100.
"Before, it was a formica-type top and the plates did not
stay warm," Lemieux said. "The granite will keep them almost
at the same temperature.
In addition to the kitchen changes several infrastructure changes
were made as well. A perimeter-heating system consisting of radiators
running along the walls of most rooms replaced the iron radiators pre-
viously used, Baier said.
Renovators also replaced many windows throughout the house with
more energy-efficient ones, and removed aluminum window frames
that collected condensation, Baier said.
The windows installed in the sun room will be 55 percent more
efficient than the old ones, Diane Brown said, spokeswoman of facili-
ties and operations.
Much of the wiring throughout the house was also replaced
because many of the old wires presented a fire hazard, Baier said.
"We had a collection of circuit breakers and fuses and it really
needed to be fixed," Baier said. "When you have wiring that is old and
brittle - and can contact wood - you have the potential for a fire."
Renovators removed the old fuses, replaced the service panels and
rewired sections of the electrical mainframe where wires had worn
down and become exposed, Baier said. The outlets in the kitchen were
also updated to conform to amps required by most current appliances.
The renovations included replacing wallpaper and repainting sever-
al rooms, Baier said. "Most of what we did ... was patching the plas-
ter and repainting it," he said. "We tried to pick colors we could
maintain and keep up."
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Thomas Zurbuchen, senior associate research scientist at the University's Space
Physics Research Lab, speaks about NASA's Fast-imaging Plasma Spectrometer.
NASA unveils new
tool at to help
By Andrew Kapn
Daly Staff Reporter
Still reeling from the crash of the
space shuttle Columbia, NASA unveiled
its Fast-Imaging Plasma Spectrometer
- the latest innovation in unmanned
data-collecting spacecraft - to a room-
ful of University faculty, students and
high school students from Michigan on
North Campus Friday.
Five years ago, NASA conscripted
University engineers to design FIPS for
a 2004 mission to Mercury to study the
effects of solar winds - energetic emis-
sions fired from the Sun at 1 million
miles per hour - on the planet's terrain
"(FIPS) will help us understand
the foundations of what (Mercury)
is and lead to the conditions that
lead to life," said Thomas Zur-
buchen, senior associate research
scientist for the University's Space
Physics Research Lab.
Zurbuchen said FIPS analyzes solar
wind particles by receiving them
through a small fisheye lens and
ingraining them onto a data receiver.
Because Mercury and the Earth
both have strong magnetic fields that
attract Sun-ejected particles, the
FIPS data will also reveal how solar
winds affect our environment.
"We have an interesting facet to
this particular kind of science," said
Richard Fisher, director of NASA's
sun-Earth Connection Division.
"When (FIPS) is in the solar wind, it
- it weighs 1.5 kilograms and is six
times smaller than the next tiniest craft
- decreases the costs associated with
launching it on rockets. "The smaller the
better," he said.
Echoing statements by his fellow
speakers, U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg
(R-Bloomfield Hills) - who serves
on the House Appropriations sub-
committee responsible for funding
NASA - applauded strides taken by
NASA and the University in wake of
the Columbia tragedy.
"We want to go ahead," Knollenberg
said. "With the help of some aspiring
engineers and scientists, we'll build on
the work of the last 40 years."
Knollenberg said that while Congress
will keep a watchful eye over the post-
Columbia space program, he holds high
expectations of FIPS missions - which
may also include trips to Pluto.
"Congress passed last night a $513
million budget increase for NASA," he
said. "We also included $50 million to
NASA to investigate the recent Colum-
"Any time an organization suffers
a major setback, an air of uncertain-
ty will surround it. NASA isn't any
different," he added.
Citing the majority of NASA
workers currently eligible for retire-
ment, speakers encouraged students
in the audience to pursue careers in
"One of the objectives of NASA is
to prepare the next generation of
space explorers," Fisher said. "You