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For example, "Dr. Zhivago" was
published in Ann Arbor before the
censors allowed it to be printed in
"Many of these works were
acquired from donors and an
exchange program with Soviet
libraries," Crayne said.
LSA accordingly assigned St.
Petersburg as the theme of fall
semester. The wide range of people
at the University who do work relat-
ing to the second-largest city in Rus-
sia were enthusiastic about the idea
of the theme semester, said political
science Prof. William Zimmerman.
"We have a strong Russian
Department with strong ties to St.
Petersburg University," he added.
The classes offered include his-
tory, political science, film, litera-
ture and dance courses related to
the theme semester. These pro-
grams celebrate the "enormous lit-
erary and artistic tradition of St.
Petersburg," Zimmerman said.
The program also includes a lec-
ture series, a film series and per-
formances of Russian ballet and
theater by the University Musical
The library's exhibit will be over
Nov. 22, and the art museum's
exhibit ends Nov. 23.

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down coast
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RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) - Cars, recreational vehicles
and SUVs streamed inland from North Carolina's Outer
Banks yesterday as up to 90,000 people were urged to get
out of the way of Hurricane Isabel, the most powerful storm
in four years to menace the mid-Atlantic coast.
Isabel's winds weakened during the day to about 105 mph
from a peak of 160 mph over the weekend. But forecasters
said the hurricane could strengthen when it crosses the
warm waters of the Gulf Stream on a projected course that
could take it straight into the Outer Banks early tomorrow.
Holly Barbour, vacationing from Wheeling, W Va., said
she and her family planned to head south to Myrtle Beach,
"Yesterday was so nice, we couldn't believe that a storm was
coming," she said. "A lot of people were saying they were
heading out when they told us to evacuate. So we're going to
do the same."
Coastal residents from South Carolina to New Jersey board-
ed up homes and businesses and stocked up on batteries, water
and other supplies. North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley declared
a state of emergency, allowing him to use the National Guard
and also seek federal disaster relief after the storm passes.
Easley urged residents to evacuate low-lying coastal areas.
"Now is the time to prepare," he said. "The course and
intensity of this storm may change very quickly."


Down by the river

Members of the Michigan men's crew team row down the Huron River during
practice yesterday.

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write grant proposals.
"The initiative is basically a cross-campus initiative in
research and training, bringing people together to develop their
own research and align it with the initiative," said Public
Health Prof. Arnold Monto, director of the initiative. "Our job
is to try to take advantage of the strengths of the University's
resources and to try and get funding."
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
distributed the funds among eight Regional Centers of Excel-
lence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Research (RCE), which then channel the money to various
institutions for research and training. The Midwestern RCE
received $35 million and will administer those funds to 14
institutions, including the University of Chicago and North-
western University. The University of Michigan received $7.5
million, said James Baker, the initiative's director of research,
who lobbied for the University.
"The initiative is a means through NIAID to ensure that
there is regional expertise in bioterrorism. They want to sup-
port research in bioterrorism and to provide a central resource
if there is an attack," Baker said.
Throughout the University, departments can work directly

with the issue of bioterrorism, conducting research on anthrax,
for instance, Monto said. Other programs evaluate government
policy and measuring threat response levels. The School of
Public Health is working to improve Michigan's detection sys-
tem so health officials can accurately identify a potential
"We are gathering people across campus who show interest
in bioterrorist research," Monto said.
Jenifer Martin, the initiative's administrator, said the initia-
tive has an advisory committee made up of deans and faculty
from throughout the University.
"We work to link the University's research capabilities with
federal and state demands to prepare for and prevent bioterror-
ism in a post-9-11 world," Martin said.
Biological research involves developing countermeasures
such as drugs and decontaminants so that the state's health
infrastructure can more effectively respond to a health crisis.
Administrators noted that bioterrorism prevention involves
both man-made and natural threats, including diseases such as
severe acute respiratory syndrome and smallpox.
The bioterror initiative "will provide centralized resources
so that communities like ours will not have to deal with such
diseases, so that they will be contained within laboratories. You
can reassure people in the community that they will not have
to deal with live, toxic agents,"Baker said.

Free lg/tbulbs, music draw
students to Energy Fest 2003

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groups and organizations in one event," said Terrence
Rindler, an Engineering senior and employee of the Uni-
versity's Utilities and Plant Operations who has coordinat-
ed Energy Fest for the past two years.
The Energy Star award, created in 2000, has previously
been awarded to only three other universities: the College
of New Jersey, Louisiana State University and the Massa-
chusetts Institute of Technology. Those universities
achieved the EPA's stringent energy standards required to
receive the award.
The combined energy system is one of several EPA
Energy Star conservation initiatives voluntarily imple-
mented by Utilities and Plant Operations over the past
eight years. Efforts such as the Green Lights Program,
which replaced lighting across campus with more effi-
cient lightbulbs over the past five years, save the Universi-
ty $9.7 million per year, said Richard Robben, director of
Utilities and Plant Operations.
The University has already recouped its initial $10 mil-
lion investment, he said. "It's really been a big win."
Of Energy Fest, Robben explained, "It's all to raise
awareness that we can all do a lot to save energy." Utili-
ties and Plant Operations has sponsored posters across
campus encouraging students and employees to save

energy by turning off lights and computers, such as the
"Turn off the Juice" posters that appeared in residence
halls this year.
Greg Keoleian, co-director of the Center for Sustainable
Systems, a co-sponsor of Energy Fest, said increased fossil-
fuel efficiency is important to domestic security in Ameri-
ca. "We depend heavily on imports of fossil fuel," he said.
"(Efficiency) allows us to become more energy secure."
Some students attending the event preferred to focus on
less scientific aspects of Energy Fest. "I'm here for a free
water bottle or lightbulb," said Education student Jeff
Nordine. He added that he heard about the event through a
sustainable energy systems course he is taking.
Jared Westbrook, an SNRE senior, took a more serious
view. "I think it's very important for us individuals to
conserve energy, but I'm also interested in upper-level
infrastructure. I think that's where a lot of change can
take place, so I'm interested in what the University is
Some students, like Engineering sophomore Devan
Ghandi, came to the event to take advantage of free bicy-
cle registration offered by DPS.
Others clustered around the band, Oblivion, which was
booked by event organizers to attract more students to the
event. Oblivion introduced their set following the awards
ceremony, announcing, "On behalf of the EPA, we are
now going to rock."

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dislikes, in order to pair them with Cole- then drop
man, whose field is chemistry. These versity, r
interviews are not normally standard sure that
procedure, McConnell said. dIe any o
The ONSP offers the Mentorship Colem
Program as a way to help freshmen to scre
further acclimate to the University. McConn
The program pairs three freshmen Colen
with one student mentor and one fac- program
ulty mentor, all with similar academic a simila
interests. The groups meet periodical- the Uni
ly throughout the year. mid-199
McConnell said Coleman wanted to participa
commit about five to six hours a get invo
month to the program, while most munity.
other mentors give six to eight hours. "I ceri
"She would probably have more limit- differen
ed time than any other faculty men- treated li
the michigan daily

e said.
nnell also

said many students

for the mentorship program and
p out after they come to the Uni-
realizing it's not for them. "I'm
President Coleman could han-
of the students," she said.
nan had no input in the decision
en her potential mentees,
hell said.
man said she has enjoyed the
so far, having participated in
r one when she was provost at
versity of New Mexico in the
90s. She emphasized that her
ation is another way for her to
lved with the University com-
tainly don't want anything to be
t for me ... I just want to be
ke anybody else," she said.

Two of the students mentored by
Coleman, LSA freshman Sylvia Cho
and LSA freshman Elizabeth Campbell,
said they remember being interviewed
during the summer about their interests,
but don't recall why.
"I just thought it was part of the
process ... I didn't know if it was typical
or not;'Cho said.
Since she took office, Coleman
has also held monthly fireside chats
with selected students and meeting
with student groups. Unlike her
predecessor Lee Bollinger, she
decided early in her tenure not to
teach a class, despite her joint
appointment in the Chemistry and
Biochemistry departments. Bollinger
taught a political science class on
the First Amendment every fall
semester of his presidency.

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