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Alum gives $44M to diabetes center
By Abby Stassn
Daily Staff Reporter
Dee Brehm is no stranger to needles. For the past
55 years, the McLean, Va., resident has injected
herself with insulin more than 100,000 times and
pricked her finger with a personal blood monitor
more than 60,000 times in an effort to control her
Type I diabetes.
Yesterday morning, she and her husband took
a shot at ending the disease forever. Bill and Dee
Brehm gave the University of Michigan Health
System $44 million to accelerate the search for a
cure to the disease that has plagued her since she
Record donation to help researchers find a cure for juvenile-onset diabetes
was 19 years old.
The gift is thet largest ever received by UMHS,
and it will be used to construct a new research facil-
ity. The exact location has not been chosen, but it
should be completed within three and a half years.
Type 1 diabetes, or juvenile-onset diabetes,
affects about 1.3 million people in the United
States. The chronic illness occurs when cells in the
pancreas stop functioning and no longer produce
insulin, a hormone that regulates the level of sugar
in a person's blood.
It is less common than Type 2, which sets in later
in life. In Type 2, a person's body still produces
insulin but no longer uses it effectively. Both types
have similar symptoms and complications, which
include loss of eyesight and increased risk of car-
The Brehms chose to give their money to the
University for personal and scientific reasons.
"When I was diagnosed with diabetes, I was sent
to the University Hospital and they cared for me
for two weeks and started me on a program," Dee
Bill Brehm is a University alum, former U.S.
assistant secretary of defense and founder of an
information technology firm.
When the couple moved to San Diego, a Univer-
sity doctor practicing in California guided Brehm
through two successful pregnancies, an unusual
accomplishment for a woman with Type 1 diabetes
at that time.
Since then, she has become one of 500 people
afflicted with the disease in the United States and
Canada to live into her 70s, and one of only 70
people to remain relatively complication-free, said
However, the donation goes beyond Brehm's
personal experience. The couple also feels that the
University is a good place for scientific research.
"Michigan is very collaborative and very open to
new ideas, and that's an important thing to bring
in. We've had a wonderful exchange of ideas and
meeting of the minds," Bill Brehm said.
See DONATION, Page 3
By Donn M. Fresard
Daily Staff Reporter
This year's college graduates may have an easier time
finding jobs than any graduates since the dot-com boom
of the late 1990s.
Overall hiring of new college graduates nationwide will
increase by 20 percent this year, according to a survey
released last week by Michigan State University's Col-
legiate Employment Research Institute.
And despite recent losses in automotive jobs, which are
expected to continue over the next two years, Michigan's
economy is set to reverse its four-year trend of net job
losses this year, according to a new forecast by University
The economists, Joan Crary, George Fulton and Saul
Hymans, predicted an overall increase of 132,100 jobs in
the state through 2006, with 60 percent of those jobs in
the service industry. The service industry includes profes-
sional, business, leisure and hospitality services.
The University's senior class this year is already seeing
the benefits of increased hiring, said Lynne Seville-White,
assistant director of recruiter services at the University
"We're definitely seeing more seniors with offers in
hand by the end of first semester than we've seen in the
last couple of years," Seville-White said.
"We have seen more consulting firms on campus, more
financial institutions and investment banks."
Eun Ja Yu, associate director of the Stephen M. Ross
School of Business's Office of Career Development, said
students graduating with business degrees this year have
seen more offers, more choices and higher starting sala-
ries than graduates in recent years.
"We're cautiously optimistic," Seville-White said.
"Things seem to be going in a positive direction, but we're
not at the levels that we were at in 1999, when there was
some astronomical hiring because of dot-coms and some
The industries in Michigan that reported the great-
est hiring increases include retail, professional services,
management consulting, accounting and pharmaceuti-
cal, according to the report. The automotive industry and
other manufacturing sectors have failed to add jobs, said
Phil Gardner, the author of the MSU report.
See JOBS, Page 7
Bartender Dave Patera prepares Mitch's Place for the night before the bar on South University Avenue closes.
Last al for Mitch's beore bar moves
By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter
The bar will re-open in February at
Tonight is David Fox's favorite night at
Mitch's Place, mostly because of the live
music.. Fox, an LSA senior, enjoys the bar on
Wednesday nights as well, but starting tomor-
row, he'll have to sip $1 pitchers elsewhere.
Mitch's will close tomorrow and move to
a larger venue on South University Avenue.
The bar, currently located on South Uni-
versity across from Village Corner, will
be closed until early next year. The owner
expects the store to re-open in February
two doors down at 1313 S. University Ave.,
where the Korean restaurant Rich J.C. is
"We've been at that site since 1991.
So we're expanding to a larger facility,"
owner Mitch Savas said.
The bar's owner had intended to keep its
current location until February. But the lease
ends in less than two weeks, and the build-
ing's owner decided to advertise the sale of
the property. Both the tenant and landlord
agreed to keep the bar open until the end of
the football season.
"It's kind of ridiculous," said Chris
Ramos, an employee at Mitch's. "They
had hoped that they could at least get a few
months out of it."
While the situation may not be ideal,
Savas said both he and the landlord agreed
on this plan. The property is owned by
First Martin Corp, founded by University
Athletic Department Director Bill Martin.
a larger venue
"It was just a mutual agreement, no prob-
lems at all," Savas said.
The new location will span 5,000 square
feet, including a basement, up from the
current 4,000 square-foot-spot on the sec-
ond floor of the a business complex on the
corner of South University and South For-
The bar will be looking for a new con-
cept, Savas said. He hopes it will resemble
See BAR, Page 7
Residence hall association enjoys praise for leadership
By Farayha Arrine
Daily Staff Reporter
More than 10,000 University students live in the 16 residence
halls scattered throughout campus. The organization that serves
as the voice of the residents recently won a regional award recog-
nizing its work on behalf of students.
The University's Residence Halls Association was awarded
Large School of the Year at the 2004 Great Lakes Affiliate of
College and University Residence Halls. Yesterday the associa-
" tion held a reception to celebrate winning the award this month.
The award indicates that the quality of the association's role as
a representative for students living in the University's residence
halls surpassed other schools in the Great Lakes regions.
The board members said their biggest accomplishment has
been working to increase transportation going from North Cam-
pus to Central Campus. In the last year, they have succeeded in
persuading the University to add a bus stop at Oxford House.
"A third of our constituency lives on North Campus and we
want to make sure they can get to Central Campus on time,"
RHA President Amy Keller said. The LSA senior was also the
recipient of the Student of the Year Award for her leadership of
the organization. Keller said the organization is still working to
add more bus stops to North Campus.
A related accomplishment was the association's involve-
ment with the housing crunch this fall, when upperclassmen
from Baits and Bursley residence halls were relocated to Fam-
ily Housing apartments so that all freshmen could be placed in
The association's other suggestions for making off-campus
housing more appealing to upperclassmen and opening enough
residence hall space for freshmen have yet to be acted on, but
members of the University Board of Regents have expressed
interest at looking into the possibilities.
"We haven't made a lot of progress because it's still kind
of new," said Tom Brenner the association's vice president of
The Residence Hall Association
serves as the voice of
students living on campus.
finance, referring to the association's recommendations on the
housing crunch. "But we're still looking to help out (upperclass-
men on North Campus) because it's pretty isolated."
RHA Executive assistant and LSA senior Jeff Souva pointed
to a number of efforts by the association that proved its com-
See HOUSING, Page 7
Women's basketball impresses in debut
at home by defeating Washington
By Matt Singer
Daily Sports Writer
Opening its home schedule against a formidable,
Washington squad, the youthful Michigan women's
basketball team could have been intimidated.
After digging themselves a 12-point hole late in the
first half, the Wolverines could have panicked.
When Michigan struggled to ice the game from
the free throw line, it could have let the Huskies roar
But on this day, poise was
ter led all scorers with 22 points, shooting 7-for-10
from the field. Walker's physical play in the paint also
earned her plenty of trips to the charity stripe, where
she went 8-for-12, including two late free throws
which sealed the game for the Wolverines.
"Walker, we couldn't handle," Washington coach
June Daugherty said. "We did not have an answer for
her. I thought she did a good job establishing herself
down there on the blocks."
After Washington (2-1) jumped out to a 32-20
lead with less than 4:00 remaining in the first half,
Walker responded. She scored the Wolverines' next
into the lane and scored, cutting the Husky lead to
37-34. On Michigan's next possession, Helvey once
again darted into the paint. She missed the shot, but
grabbed her own rebound and found a wide-open
Flippin, who drilled a three to tie the game at 37-37.
"The first five minutes of the second half really set
the tone for us," Burnett said. "The fans were loud
enough and gave us enough momentum that, once we
started rolling, we kept the momentum."
Michigan's lead grew as high as 10 in the second
half, but Washington stayed within striking distance
throughout. With time winding down, the Huskies