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Housing director appointed
By Alison Go
Daily Staff Reporter
As the University continues its rennovations
to residence halls, the Division of Student
Affairs announced yesterday the appointment
of Carole Henry to the dual position of Univer-
sity Housing director and assistant vice presi-
dent for student affairs.
"I'm very excited about joining the University
of Michigan community," said Henry, currently
the executive director for Housing and Food Ser-
vices at the University of Connecticut. "There are
so many people working diligently and it's going
to be fun for students, staff, faculty and myself."
Reiterating the vision for University Housing
she presented at an interview in January, Henry
said she plans to revitalizate and renovate resi-
dence halls and possibly
jumpstart the construction
of new residence halls,
which could include adding
2,500 new beds to the hous-
ing system. Henry also
mentioned changes to din-
ing options and the execu-
tion of safety codes.
She said these plans
could potentially be in
Henry effect for anywhere from
10 to 20 years.
"There are a fair amount of years to get
this all done, but we will begin very soon,"
Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster
Harper selected Henry with help from an advi-
Since former Director Bill Zeller left his post
in January of last year, the housing department
has been run by Associate Directors Archie
Andrews and Mary Hummel.
"We're excited to have a new director of
housing," Hummel said. "I'm looking forward
to working with her and seeing her work at the
Henry was selected after a widespread
search, including candidates from both
coasts and Canada. She will commence her
duties June 1.
"Out of several outstanding candidates, Ms.
Henry excelled as one whose abilities most
accurately reflect the values of the University
and the needs of the Division of Student
Affairs," Harper said in a news release. "I am
truly excited about the skills and knowledge
she will contribute to the U-M community. She
is the right person for Michigan. I feel confi-
dent she can help us reach our desired goals."
During her tenure at Connecticut, Henry over-
saw $1 billion in new construction and renova-
tion projects, which resulted in enough space to
house 12,000 students and two new dining cen-
ters. The University of Michigan has the sixth-
largest housing system and third-largest family
housing operation in the country, which com-
bined accommodate more than 13,200 students.
Aside from her extensive experience in the
restoration of housing systems, Henry was
complimented by members of the advisory
committee on her communication style.
"She seems like she'll be very open to talk-
ing to students about all their issues," said
Amy Keller, Residence Halls Association pres-
ident and LSA junior. "I don't anticipate any
problems and think we'll be able to work really
well with her."
Henry has also served as director of housing,
dining services and residence life programs at
West Virginia University and Keene State Col-
lege in New Hampshire.
Students can cast ballots
online until midnight at
By Cianna Freeman
Daily Staff Reporter
Although the election polls for the
winter student government elections
have been open for more than 24
hours, early turnout results indicate
that students do not appear to be in a
rush to vote this year.
About 2,500 students had cast bal-
lots by 4 p.m. yesterday, the first day of
voting in the elections for Michigan
Student Assembly and other school
governments such as the LSA Student
That number is less than half the votes
cast in the winter elections two years
ago, when about 5,500 students voted on
the first day. Last year, nearly 8,500 stu-
dents voted in two-day elections.
Although turnout results were not
available after 4 p.m., Election Director
Erin Deroughe said most people vote
within the first three or four hours of the
polls being open. Deroughe added that
the voting pattern appears to be about 20
to 30 students appear to be voting every
Students can vote today up until
midnight. Ballots can be cast online at
MSA Rep. Jesse Levine, a co-chair
of the assembly's Communications
Committee who is up for re-election,
said based on what he heard from the
election director, not many students
plan to vote in this semester's election.
"It seems like voter turnout will
be low, which is unfortunate because
I feel that students need to under-
stand that they need to have elected
representatives fighting for their
causes," he said.
Part of the reason for the lower
turnout is that unlike previous years,
this year the assembly did not send
out an e-mail to the student body
reminding them to vote, Levine said.
"I feel that it is important that stu-
dents exercise their right to vote, and
the more students that vote in the elec-
tion, the more weight representatives
will carry in discussions with the
administation," Levine added.
LSA sophomore Violeta Olague said
she thought that voting in the MSA
election was pointless since she did not
feel well informed about MSA. "I don't
feel like I'm up to date on what they do,
so I'm not planning on voting," she said.
But other students said they felt an
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Pin ts to Patty
By Alison Go
Daily Staff Reporter
University President Mary Sue
Coleman announced yesterday.that
David E. Davis Jr., founder of Automo-
bile Magazine and arguably the fore-
most writer inl
nalism, will be the
keynote speaker at
dubbed the "dean Davis
of America's automotive critics" by
Time Magazine, is proof to outgoing
graduates that one person can make a
significant difference in their profes-
sional field. "It's really important for
our graduates to see how one person
can have a big say," Coleman said.
"Through his critiques, he has really
had an impact on a big industry.
"He's certainly someone who's had
a big impact on Michigan," she added.
The commencement will be held at
Michigan Stadium in front of an audi-
ence whose attendance reached more
than 30,000 people last year.
"I will never have given a speech to
as many people or as big of a place in
my whole life, and I feel an awful bur-
den of responsibility in the nature of
this assignment," Davis said.
Aside from founding and editing
Automobile Magazine out of Ann
Arbor with the funding of media con-
glomerate owner Rupert Murdoch,
Davis serves on the board of directors
of the University's Knight-Wallace
Fellows Program, a group of influen:
tial journalists whom the University
sponsors to conduct sabbatical work.
He also spent 14 years editing and
writing at Car and Driver Magazine.
Davis said after working to put out
magazines his whole life, he has been
in "semi-retirement" for the past three
years and continues to write "here and
there and around the world."
In 1998, Davis received the Life-
time Achievement Award from the
International Automotive Media
Awards, and he has had articles
appear in Forbes, Newsday, Outdoor
Life and The Washington Post. He
also published a book in 1999 titled
"Thus Spake David E.," which fea-
tures a collection of his columns as
chief editor of Car and Driver and
Gov. Jennifer Granholm spoke dur-
ing last spring's commencement.
LSA senior Rachel Fisher will be
the student speaker at the event.
Fisher was chosen from a group of
students who submitted copies and
recordings of their five-minute
speeches and resumes describing
their job experience and campus
"I'm really honored to be chosen,"
said Fisher, chair of the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly's Communications
Committee. "I'm very excited and
In addition to officially approving
Davis and Fisher as the commence-
ment speakers, the University Board
of Regents will also announce at its
meeting today that Davis will be one
of six people to receive an honorary
degree at commencement.
Crowds fill Conor O'Neill's, a traditional Irish pub on South Main Street, to celebrate St.
Patrick's Day yesterday. O'Neill's featured a Irish jig band and a man parading as a life-sized
Jewish students weigh Bush's Israel policy
By Anne Joling
Daily Staff Reporter
With the upcoming presidential election less
than eight months away, many members of the
Jewish community are critiquing President
Bush's handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
in an effort to determine who will be the best
candidate to represent their interests - him or
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic
Students on campus give disparate evalua-
tions of Bush regarding his policies toward
Israel and the Palestinians in the Middle East.
But a recent Republican shift has been noted
within the Jewish community nationwide. In a
survey conducted in January by the American
Jewish Committee, the number of Jews who
consider themselves Republicans has grown
from 9 percent in 2000 to 16 «^
percent in 2003, and the num- Persona
bers are predicted to increase the most
again in 2004.
The Israeli-Palestinian con- think BU
flict is particularly relevant to been
the Jewish community in the
upcoming election because of regarding
U.S. intervention to halt vio-
lence during the second
intifada, which has led to
attacks on both Israelis and L
Palestinians since the fall of 2000.
Bush's development of the "road map" plan
in March of 2003 - which called for peace in
the Middle East as well as the goal of the cre-
ation of a Palestinian state - have also added
- Sol Adelsky
recent way in
to American involvement in
In an effort to explain the
variance in opinions of the
Jewish community, Chair for
the Hillel Governing Board
Rachel Roth said, "There is
no phenomenon of 'bloc vot-
ing' where the Jews vote in
kind or any differently from
the general public. Many peo-
ple feel mixed about the
which the U.S. has been han-
The mixed feelings Roth, an LSA junior,
mentions were echoed by Jewish students about
the upcoming election.
LSA sophomore Sol Adelsky, co-chair for
the American Movement for Israel on cam-
pus and a member of the Hillel Governing
Board, said he believes President Bush has
done a good job regarding Israel-Palestinian
"Personally, for the most part, I think Bush
has been effective regarding Israel. His firm
stance against terror is necessary and realistic
considering the countless terrorist attacks
being waged against innocent Israelis," Adel-
Since the beginning of the second intifada,
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dling the issues in the Middle East. Some
aspects are good, some bad."
Symposium honors 'U' black physics pioneers
By Naila Morelra University in 1972. cal role.
Daily Staff Reporter White House Science Advisor John Marburger deliv- Specifically, Marburger mentioned President Bush's
Almost a century ago, University physics graduate stu-
dent Elmer Imes produced research that would later con-
ered the keynote address at the event. He said that
although Imes and Moore were among the earliest black
graduates in physics, he was not surprised at their scien-
Child Left Behind initiative as an effort to strengthen educa-
tion in grades three through eight.
The No Child Left Behind Act - which seeks to