GQ's big man on
LSA senior Joshua Schwadron won
Gentlemen's Quarterly's "Big Man on
Campus" competition. Schwadron will
have his own photo spread and feature in
the March 2003 issue of GQ, and cele-
brate with celebrities in Hollywood for
the GQ Movie Issue party. As a semi-
finialist, Schwadron went to Chicago
and shot a commercial for GQ and
Prof to lecture on
natural history of
Biology Prof. Noodn will be present-
ing a program on "Australia - A Natur-
al History" in the Matthaei Botancial
Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Wednes-
day at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a
review of the Christmas bird count
results and tales of recent bird sightings.
and white' author
to discuss racism
Howard University law Prof. Frank
Wu will discuss his most recent book,
"Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black
and White" at -noon today in the Ann
Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave
at William Street. Bring a bag lunch.
Funding to be
The Grants and Research Office and
Centers of Excellence will be holding a
seminar in room 1334 in the School of
Nursing titled "Positioning Yourself for
Independent Funding" Thursday at
noon. Speakers include associate Profs.
Barbara Therrien and Antonia Villarruel.
writer holds book
signing and talk
Cultural critic, author and feminist
theorist bell hooks will speak and hold a
book signing in the Michigan Union
ballroom at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. She is
the author of more than 20 books,
including "Rock My Soul: Black Folk
and Self-Esteem," "Communion: The
Female Search for Love" and "Salva-
tion: Black People and Love."
Steven Small, co-director of the
Brain Research Imaging Center at the
University of Chicago, will give a lec-
ture titled "The Role of Context in
Shaping Neural Processing During
Language Comprehension" 3:30 today
in the Robert Lurie Engineering Center.
Prof to speak on
role of science in
Harvard University Prof. Lewis
Branscomb will present the "Role of
Science and Technology in Countering
Terrorism" in the Michigan League at
4:00 p.m. today. Branscomb will dis-
cuss how science and technology can
help improve national security in the
presense of international terrorism.
to explore 'U'
Winterfest, an event for students to
familiarize and join many student
groups, will be held in the Michigan
Union today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
movie to play in
The film "Ali" will be shown in the
Underground of the League 8 p.m.
tomorrow as part of the Martin Luther
King, Jr. day events. "Ali" details the
life of boxer Muhammad Ali and fea-
tures actors Will Smith and Amy Fox.
Poets to show off
skills at Union
Flex your poetry slam skills at the U-
Club in the Union where a Poetry Slam
will start Thursday 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
OIP to advise
students on study
To answer questions about scholar-
By Soojung Chang
Daily Staff Reporter
While the Modern Languages Association of
America recently reported that waning financial
support has caused a 20 percent decline in aca-
demic job listings in literature and language
departments, most say the University has not
experienced a similar decrease due to sound fis-
cal planning and commitment to maintain the
study of humanities.
The state recently pulled back 2 percent of its
appropriations to the University in the current
fiscal year and plans for further cuts may already
be underway, according to Prof. Philip Hanlon,
associate dean for Planning and Finance in LSA.
Despite these state budget cuts, the University is
an exception to the national trend of reducing jobs
in English and foreign language departments.
"As of right now, LSA has not had to deal with
reductions as a result of state cuts," Hanlon said.
He added that the decrease in the University's
appropriations were handled centrally so individ-
ual colleges like LSA did not lose any funds.
According to The New York Times, the MLA
said the number of English positions dropped to
792 this year from 983 in 2001- a 19 percent
drop - while foreign language positions fell
from 675 to 535 - a 21 percent drop.
Prof. Steven Dworkin, who chairs the
Romance Languages and Literature department,
said his department is still hiring and has been
told to continue as usual for the semester.
"There has been no immediate impact yet on this
department from the current budget crisis," he said.
Prof. Patricia Yaeger, chair of the English
department, also said her department has not
But if the state decides to make further cut-
backs, LSA's budget may be affected in the
future, Hanlon said.
"We are making plans to deal with a range of
possibilities," Hanlon added. "Since we don't
know what cuts - if any - LSA will be asked
to make, I think it is premature to talk about what
steps the college might take in response."
In planning for possible reductions, Hanlon
said LSA would give its highest priority to pro-
tecting the undergraduate program and would not
consider any steps that would directly impact
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in LSA departments
"We have not, at this time, eliminated any faculty
lines and we hope very much that we will not have
to take that step"
- Philip Hanlon
LSA associate dean for planning and finance
undergraduate instruction or academic support
But Hanlon also said that uncertainty about the
state budget situation has caused LSA to impose
some constraints on hiring - or filling - open
"The constraints that we've imposed are the
same for every department and program in the
college," he said. "We have not, at this time,
eliminated any faculty lines and we hope very
much that we will not have to take that step."
While departments in the sciences have
received preference in some universities, Yaeger
praised the University's commitment to the
"As I understand it, cutbacks in departmental
hiring have been shared equally across language
and science departments at Michigan. I don't
know of any preferential treatment," she said.
Prof. Frederick Amrine, who chairs the German
department, said he has also not perceived any
preferential treatment among departments when it
comes to cutbacks in hiring new professors.
Amrine said the MLA's report accurately
described the national trend, although he thought
the University is the exception in this case.
"We are very fortunate at (the University),
which is protected from having to make drastic
cuts by its great financial resources and by the
fiscal prudence of the administration," he said.
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From meteors to space dust,
exhibit shows another world
By Erin Saylor
Daily Staff Reporter
In 1997, a visitor from space crashed through a local
resident's garage roof, damaging his car. That visitor, a
meteorite, is now a part of the revamped permanent
exhibit at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History.
The exhibit, which opened last fall, allows visitors to
get more up close and personal with the objects from
space than the former museum exhibit.
"We try to serve everybody," said Dan Madaj, the
museum's administrative associate.
"Our challenge is to make the information intellectu-
ally accessible and interesting for kids and adults -
and I think we do well," he added.
Where the museum's weather display once stood, the
astronomy exhibit is a colorful display of objects rang-
ing from pieces of a meteorite from Mars to tektites
and carbanado diamonds.
The centerpiece of the display is a 210-pound frag-
ment of the meteorite that created the Canyon Diablo
Crater ip northern Arizona.
"One of the things that I think makes this exhibit
most interesting is the Worden Meteorite," Madaj said,
referring to the 1997 meteorite crash, one of the 1,000
that happen along the Earth's surface every year.
One of the goals of the exhibit is to distinguish
between space dust, meteors, meteorites, meteoroids
and other astronomical objects.
I "We wanted to describe the difference between the
remarkable variety of material in space," Madaj said. "I
think it was well received."
Many of the objects are not in cases like the previous
exhibit to encourage interaction with the display in
more playful way.
"We're a very kid-oriented museum, and kids are
more interested in something they can touch than in
something behind glass," Madaj said.
But Madaj said accessibility of the displays must be
balanced with the need for security, referring to an
incident in 1998 when the smaller of the museum's two
meteorites was stolen.
When it was returned soon after, the museum traded
the recovered meteorite for several smaller pieces that
are currently in the display.
Astronomy will be a large feature inthe museum
over the next few months as it explores the planet
Featured exhibits will include photography of Mars
displayed in the Mars Rotunda Exhibit and a presenta-
tion on possible types of research by the Michigan
Mars Rover Team.
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Ann Arbor resident Alex Dombroski is the owner and founder of
the Red Belly boardshop, a skate and snowboarding store on
Plymouth Road that opened in late December.
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treasurer for the Alpha Chi Omega
Housing Corporation, said her sorority
house would not be able to install more
energy-efficient windows unless the
sorority lets existing windows get run
Neighborhood resident Chandra
Montgomery Nicol said many fraternity
and sorority houses have slate roofs,
which are more expensive to replace
than more common asphalt roofs.
French agreed, calling the price of slate
"Slate roofs can last 100 years, but the
houses that have them are pushing that
limit now," French said. She did not
know of any similar-looking alternatives
that could lower the cost.
Nicol said contractors have given esti-
mates showing that historically accurate
repairs or renovations can be 15 percent
more expensive. She said residents do not
have to use historical materials in renova-
tions, as long as they use materials that
look similar. The ordinance does not
affect temporary changes like painting
and only affects parts of the house visible
from the street. Renovations like window
or roof repair would be approved by
Edwards or sent for further review by the
Historic District Committee.
Greek Life Director Mary Beth Seiler
said Greek housing organizations on
campus are against the ordinance. "We
are virtually all opposed to this," she
said, noting that 27 of the Greek organi-
zations affected have written memos
against the proposal.
Nicol said she has heard the ordi-
nance could drive out Greek organiza-
tions. "A number of people have talked
of reclaiming the property," she said. "It
would just make it more difficult for
(Greek organizations) and landlords to
finance these properties."
Ramsburgh denied that historic dis-
tricts are a means of deterring student
renters, saying that other historic dis-
tricts in Ann Arbor such as the Old
Fourth Ward and the Old West Side have
many student residents. "Any neighbor-
hood that has a mix of lifestyles has its
own set of dilemmas, but this doesn't
affect usage or behavior" in the property,
Greek organizations with houses usu-
ally have an alumni board that runs the
residence. French said the ordinance
could be the last straw for some Greeks.
"Fraternities are more likely to suffer. So
many of them are teetering on the edge
already," she said. She added that if the
fraternities are forced out of their hous-
es, the most likely buyer of the property
would be the University. The change in
ownership would remove the properties
from tax rolls and possibly lead to dem-
olition to make way for University
Seiler said Greek houses try to keep
costs in line with the expense of resi-
dence halls, but the ordinance could
drive up rent to cover costly repairs.
"I'm very concerned for the potential
expense and red tape."
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not be affected since they rarely shop
"Pretty much none of my income
goes towards Internet purchasing," LSA
senior VeroniCa Cepellosaid-ike-he,
idea of having direct contact with a
product before I purchase it and the
Internet does not offer that."
Other students said it may affect their
online shopping slightly, but the advan-
tages of online shopping would out-
weigh the disadvantages of the used tax.
"It wouldn't affect my online pur-
chasing," said Law student Sammy
Sadighi. "Selection is better online and
there are greater quantities of the prod-
ucts. I use eBay frequently; I bought a
laptop on eBay that was $1,900 and
retail it was $2,400. Maybe I would
slightly decrease my spending, but I
like the availability and selection that
the Internet offers."
The used tax does cause some confu-
sion in the question of which state would
receive the tax revenue.
"The state where the goods are deliv-
ered is the state that receives the tax. For
example if you order something from
the JCPenney catalog in Milwaukee, but
have it delivered to Michigan, Michigan
will get the used tax," Meyer said. He
added the bulk of the foregone money
would go to fund state education, similar
to when Michigan increased the sales
tax from 4 to 6 percent.
But there are some who are opposed
to the bill because it is yet another tax to
be paid by the people. "I am against the
bill because I see no real reason for it to
be passed," Cunningham said.
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"This frontier mentality is dangerous
to the U.S.," Takaki said. "It could lead
us to mistakes we would regret later."
Instead of waging a war against ter-
rorism, Takaki proposed nonviolent
solutions. He said America must
acknowledge that it is a diverse nation,
racially and religiously by emphasizing
multiculturalism at every stage of a per-
son's education. "Diversity has been and
will be our manifest destiny" he said.
If the war is about oil, Takaki said he
believes the President should urge Con-
gress to pass a law requiring 40 miles
per gallon for all automobiles. "We
would not have to import a single drop
of oil from the Middle East," he added.
An alternative energy plan, like wind-
power, should be pursued in the U.S.,
Takaki added. "We need to see the
future, not just the war," he said. "We
expect to exhaust energy by 2060"
Takaki said in order to change the
world, one must make an individual
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whether the effects are reversible."
In order to make the public aware of
their findings, the researchers published
a paper in the January issue of the
American Journal of Psychiatry that
recieved substantial media attention.
Though the study's impact on cocaine
users has not yet been determined, it is
expected that not all users will change
their cocaine habits. "It seems to me that
the study has a lot to do with tolerance,"
a cocaine user who wished to be anony-
mous said. "Reading it wouldn't affect
my cocaine use. Because of my toler-
ance, I would just do more of it at a time
Though the study's
impact on cocaine
users has not yet
been determined, it
is expected that not
all users will change
their cocaine habits.
users are trying to quit, but he hopes that
the latest findings will prevent people
from using the drug in the first place.
"When I started using cocaine, I