The Michigan Daily -- Special Graduation Section - Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 3B
LSI construction begins
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March 13, 2003
An employee in Wolverine Towers
on State Street called the Department
of Public Safety on Tuesday to inform
officers that Building Services person-
nel damaged seven desks last year. The
caller said the desks were damaged
when custodians from Building Ser-
vices stood on top of them to remove
and hang vertical blinds from windows
throughout the building, causing the
desktops to crack.
By Anna Clark
July 17, 2000
After two years of planning and
research, groundbreaking has finally
begun on the Life Sciences Institute.
"It's all happening pretty quickly. I
think we're ahead of the curve in
terms of other institutions pursuing
the life sciences," said Jack Dixon,
who was later selected as one of the
institute's two directors.
The LSI complex will be located
along Washtenaw Avenue, across
from Palmer Field, where it will
connect the now vacant area
between the Central and Medical
camuses Constructinn has heonn
on a parking structure, which will
be mostly underground, and work
on the main LSI buildings will
commence soon, Dixon said. He
added that construction should take
2 1/2 years to complete and should-
n't cause much inconvenience to
traffic, as construction will take
place in an empty space.
When finished, the LSI will consist
of several buildings that will house
laboratories, classrooms, offices, a
restaurant and a parking structure.
The LSI is intended for study
and research in "what it, means to
be human, how best to lead a
human or humane existence (and)
what it is to be a living organism
The Life Sciences Institute began construction in 2000. It is located on
Washtenaw Avenue across from Palmer Field
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A triage patient at the University
Hospital Emergency Room became
violent when hospital staff tried to
draw his blood, DPS reports state. The
patient cooperated after officers from
the Ann Arbor Police Department and
DPS arrived at the scene.
Mother calls for
to silence her son
A person living in Northwood II
Apartments on North Campus requested
early Thursday morning that an ambu-
lance come to her home, stating that her
two-year-old son was crying and cough-
ing uncontrollably. She feared that he
was choking or suffering from an asth-
ma attack, DPS reports state.
The caller was met by both the Ann
Arbor Fire Department and DPS offi-,
cers, who said the child was probably
suffering from a cold. The mother then
refused transportation to the ER and the
fire department called Huron Valley
Ambulance to cancel the ambulance.
False alarm in
Sept. 26, 2002
A vendor set off a fire alarm at the
Medical Science Research Building
Monday morning when he accidentally
hit it, according to DPS reports.
attempts to flee
police in neutral
Police spotted a man standing in the
middle of Fuller Road at approximate-
ly 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to Depart-
ment of Public Safety reports.
The man was standing outside of his
car and upon spotting police got in his
vehicle and attempted to drive away.
He was unable to leave the scene
because his car was in neutral.
being "spat upon"
Nov. 30, 2001
A woman reported Thursday morn-
ing that she was spat upon by a male
subject at Taubman Health Care Center
on Sept. 9. DPS reports state that she
had not reported the occurrence right
away because she was trying to contact
his "parole officer."
-Compiled from staff reports.
Speaking before an auditorium filled
with hundreds of Business School alum-
ni, former Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright lectured Friday on the impor-
tance of democracy and cautioned
against rushing into a war with Iraq.
"We are preparing for a second war
before the first one is done," said
Albright, a distinguished scholar at the
Business School's William Davidson
Institute. She noted that while the Unit-
ed States has helped rebuild
Afghanistan, "today there is no question
we are threatened by al-Qaida and the
haven't finished the job in Afghanistan."
Still, Albright said America must
remain mindful of the threats posed by
"Saddam Hussein is a menace and a
serial liar," she said.
Although Albright supports the
war on terror, she has reservations
about President Bush's resolutions
"I understand the why, but not the
when or what," she said.
In recent weeks, many government
officials have denounced those question-
ing the war, but Albright said, "It's our
patriotic duty to ask questions."
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the Clinton White House dealing with
Iraq, Albright said the Clinton admin-
istration attempted to address too
many issues dealing with the situa-
tion. But compared to the Bush
administration, she said, "We did
have a broader view about what
American foreign policy is all about."
She also expounded upon the impor-
tance of having support from interna-
tional allies, stating, "We need them."
After the failure of the Kyoto
Treaty, European nations "have a
sense that they don't matter and that
we aren't interested in partner-
ships," Albright said.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
lectures at the Business School on
democracy and U.S. relations with Iraq.
Hideki wins MSA election inlandslide
"It's all happening pretty
quickly. I think we're
ahead of the curve."
- Jack Dixon
Director, Life Sciences Institute
on this planet," University Presi-
dent Lee Bollinger said in a letter
sent to the University community
on May 24. Several University
departments will combine to create
new courses of study and to sup-
port new research in fields influ-
encing everything from medicine
to the humanities.
By Anna Clark
After drawing attention across the
state and the nation, the debate sur-
rounding English Prof. David
Halperin's Fall 2000 class, "How to Be
Gay: Male Homosexuality and Initia-
tion," moved to the University's Board
of Regents monthly meeting April 13.
Defending the course in his open-
ing remarks, University President
Lee Bollinger said the class has a
legitimate role in the University's
"It is the role of the University to
think about what it means to be
human. This course is a facet of the
study of what it means to be
human," he said. "It's one of intel-
lectual interest. We believe this
course has academic value."
According to its description, the
focus of the course is the "role of initi-
ation in the formation of gay identity"
by studying topics such as Broadway
musicals, drag and gay literature.
During public comments, American
Family Association of Michigan Presi-
dent Gary Glenn condemned the class.
"AFA-Michigan believes it is
wrong to force taxpayers to foot the
bill foi a class whose express pur-
pose is to 'experiment' in 'initiating'
teenagers into a lifestyle of homo-
sexual behavior," Glenn said.
He continued to say that the class
violates state law as well as moral
and religious beliefs of many tax-
payers. While an 86-page booklet,
titled "Health Implications Associ-
ated with Homosexuality," was dis-
tributed to the regents, Glenn said a
homosexual lifestyle is threatening
to one's health.
After the meeting, Regent Andrea
Fischer Newman (R-Ann Arbor) said
she had some questions regarding
the course because its title was
inconsistent with the literature she
received about the course. But she
said she supports academic freedom.
"I don't pass judgment. I support the
freedom of the faculty," she said.
By Lisa Koivu
and Josie Gingrich
While many questioned his sanity and
some questioned his logic, independent
candidate Hideki Tsutsumi proved that
getting to know as many voters as possi-
ble is perhaps the best way to win the
Michigan Student Assembly presidency.
Yet, while he celebrated his victory,
some members of the Wolverine Party
spent the night in tears as the Central
Student Judiciary disqualified them
for due to illegal campaigning by the
party's campaign manager.
Tsutsumi, who has been campaigning
since May 1999 by carrying a sandwich
board around campus and giving
impromptu speeches wherever students
gathered, won the election with a total of
3,491 votes, beating out the disqualified
Wolverine executive slate of Rory Dia-
mond and Marcy Greenberger, who
came in second. Blue Party candidates
Glen Roe and Elise Erickson finished
third, garnering a total of 1,028 votes.
"My one year of campaigning paid
off. I thought it would happen, but not
this big," Tsutsumi said. "Four years
ago I came to this country with the
belief that I can be anything with hard
work and determination. Today I real-
ized this is true.
"A lot of people have told me its
impossible to accomplish my platform,
but one year ago nobody thought I
could win. I believe I can accomplish
anything with the support of students. I
will work harder as president than I did
campaigning," he added.
Vice presidential victor Jim Secreto
said he had a feeling the duo would tri-
umph, considering the feedback the two
had received from students.
"I didn't want to count my chickens
before they hatched, but I felt really
good about it. We've never had an inter-
national student or an independent can-
didate win'the election" Secreto said.
Hideki Tsutsuml campaigned for the Michigan Student Assembly presidency by
carring a sandwich board around campus for a year.
Professor recognized for human gene findings
By Lisa Koivu
April 17, 2001
On June 26, in a trans-Atlantic
news conference held by President
Bill Clinton and British Prime Minis-
ter Tony Blair, the two announced that
the majority of the human genome
has been successfully sequenced, a
feat that has been compared to man
first walking on the moon.
The biotechnology company Cel-
era Genomics and the publicly fund-
ed Human Genome Project had been
in competition for more than two
years, as each tried to be the first to
complete the rough draft.
Yet, both Francis Collins, University
professor and head of the Human
Genome Project, and Celera Chief
Executive Officer J. Craig Venter
joined together at the press conference
to tell the world of their findings.
"Science is a voyage of explo-
ration into the unknown. We are
here today to celebrate a milestone
along a truly unprecedented voyage,
this one into ourselves," Collins said
at the press conference.
According to the Human Genome
Project, a genome is all of the DNA
in an organism, including the genes.
The genes carry the proteins that
determine what an organism looks
like as well as how well the body is
able to fight off disease.
DNA is made up of four chemi-
cals, adenine, thymine, guanine and
cytosine. These chemicals are
repeated about three billion times
within the human genome and the
order of the chemicals is extremely
important, as it is this order which
makes each person different from
Jack Dixon, Minor J Coon professor
and chair of the biological chemistry
division in the Medical School, com-
pared the lack of information we had
prior to the sequencing to a list of parts
needed to build a car. "Scientists are like
mechanics they must understand how
things work. What the genome project
provides us is all of the parts a complete
list of everything in the car" Dixon said.
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