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The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 11, 2005 - 3A

Concert Band to
perform tonight at
Hill Auditorium
Tonight at 8 p.m. in Hill Audi-
torium, the Concert Band will per-
form works by Morrison, Grainger,
Daugherty and Weinberger. The
program is sponsored by the School
of Music and directed by University
Prof. Steven Davis. There is no cost
to attend.
Visiting composer
to lecture on
classical music
" Composer Cornel Taranu, profes-
sor of composition at the Gheorghe
Dima Academy of Music in Cluj-Nap-
oca, Romania, will lecture on "The
World of Romanian Classical Music."
Taranu will speak at noon today in
the Osterman Common Room located
in the Horace H. Rackham Building.
The event is free of charge.
Former campaign
manager to speak
about MCRI
Tim O'Brien, former campaign
manager for the Michigan Civil
Rights Initiative, will speak at 8:30
p.m. tonight in the Kuenzel Room
of the Michigan Union in support of
MCRI. His talk is being sponsored
by the College Libertarians.
Laboratory video
equipment stolen
A caller reported to the Depart-
ment of Public Safety Friday that a
door at the Harrison Randall Labora-
tory looked as if it had been kicked
open. It is believed that video equip-
ment was stolen. An investigation is
in process.
Student tries to
jump out window
A caller reported to DPS that an
0 intoxicated student attempted sev-
eral times to jump out of her dormi-
tory window in East Quad Residence
Hall Saturday. The subject was taken
to the University Hospital Emergen-
cy Room.
Unidentified object
breaks window in
West Quad
A caller reported to DPS that an
unidentified object broke a window in
West Quad Residence Hall Friday. The
caller stated that it was probably a rock.
No suspects were seen, but the caller

reported hearing some voices.
In Daily History
Michiganders have
mixed reaction to
Nixon's visit
April 11, 1974 - President Nixon
was met by cheers and jeers on his 11-
city tour of Michigan's thumb region
yesterday. Nixon came to support the
campaign of James Sparling, candi-
date for U.S. representative from the
eighth district.
The president criticized the U.S.
Congress for rejecting several bills
he said would alleviate unemploy-
ment and boost the auto industry. Due
to recent layoffs at General Motors
factories, the unemployment rate in
Saginaw is higher than 10 percent.
Protesters at Nixon's speech in Bad
Axe held up signs that called for the
president's impeachment. One read,
"Unemploy Nixon - not me."
Yesterday's tour was Nixon's first
since his re-election campaign, draw-
ing a large flock of reporters from

Golden Apple winner
to deliver ideal lecture

By C.C. Song
Daily Staff Reporter
John Rubadeau's lips were sealed when his students
approached him and asked about the lecture he will be
delivering at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theater at the Michigan League.
Rubadeau, an English lecturer, is the winner of the
15th annual Golden Apple Award, presented by the Hillel
subsidiary group Students Honoring Outstanding Univer-
sity Teaching and co-sponsored by Apple Computer. As
part of the Golden Apple tradition, Rubadeau will give
his ideal last lecture, "My Life (In Quotes)."
English Prof. Ralph Williams - the 1992 Golden
Apple Award recipient - will introduce Rubadeau at
tonight's ceremony.
Rubadeau would not speak a word about the specifics of
his lecture, but he elaborated on the subject of the talk.
"It's about every man's life," he said. "The talk is going
to be about the joy I encountered through life." He added
that he will deliver the lecture in the same jocose, interac-
tive manner in which he conducts his class every day.
Engineering sophomore Corey Hyllested, a student of
Rubadeau's, said he had confronted his teacher about the
lecture but could not get any answers.
"He wouldn't tell me what the lecture is about, and it's
a secret," Hyllested said. "But I imagine that it would be
very entertaining."
Hyllested is not the only student wondering about Rubadeau's
lecture. Engineering sophomore Kyle Allison also asked
Rubadeau what the lecture would be about, but had no luck.
"He told me it would be 'fucking hilarious,' " he said.
"He said he doesn't have any idea what he's going to say,
but I don't think that's true."
LSA sophomore Lauren McKinney said she did not
want to ask Rubadeau about his lecture. Rather, she said
she would wait and anticipate the surprise.
"I didn't want to ask him, because I didn't want to go

knowing what he wants to say," McKinney said. "I'm
definitely in for a surprise."
Rubadeau's students and colleagues had nothing but
praise for the Golden Apple winner.
Allison said he enjoys the way Rubadeau brings sur-
prises to his class lectures in the form of stories. "He tells
us seemingly random stories that tie into class," he said.
"He thinks they're funny."
LSA senior Christina Del Tatto had similar experi-
ences with Rubadeau.
"The workload was quite intense," she said. But she
added, "It was enjoyable and almost exciting to go to his
class. You are always guaranteed to laugh."
English Prof. William Alexander praised Rubadeau's
teaching style.
"He is tremendously popular, very committed to his
students and very supportive," he said.
English Prof. Richard Bailey said Rubadeau is "exu-
berant, full of energy and ... loves his students."
Del Tatto said Rubadeau deserves the award not only for being
a good teacher, but also for truly caring about his students.
"John is someone who you know is always there for
you," she said. "Whether you have a question about a
paper, usage, jobs or life, he is there with a listening ear
and advice. I am constantly telling stories from that class
and my crazy professor, John Rubadeau. I know that for
the rest of my life, I will never forget that man nor stop
talking about him. I am so proud that he is receiving the
Golden Apple Award. He truly deserves it."
The Golden Apple Award was founded by Hillel in 1991 to
honor instructors who give outstanding lectures every day as if
it were their last chance to reach out to their students, accord-
ing to the Golden Apple Award website.
SHOUT received more than 500 votes this year, and
Rubadeau was one of the top vote-getters, said LSA
junior David Ravvin, co-chair of SHOUT. The award was
chosen based on the number of votes and the strength of
the nominations.

Continued from page 1A
$5 parking ticket, The Ann Arbor
News reported.
Another pressing issue is the remov-
al of trees infected with the emerald
ash borer. Diseased trees pose a safety
hazard because they are brittle and
can break easily. The city has already
removed 1,000 trees, but Crawford said
an additional 12,500 trees need to be
Crawford said the removal of affect-
ed trees will "have a visible impact"
because they constitute a significant
percentage of the city's trees.
The city is considering placing a
millage on the November ballot to
cover the cost of removal, which Craw-
ford estimates at more than $4 million.
Crawford said the city would have to
find other sources of funding to pay for
replanting trees.
Mayor John Hieftje said any costs
incurred due to the emerald ash borer
fall on the shoulders of the city and
possibly state governments, because
the city will not receive federal aid for

environmental disaster relief.
Several potential cuts have already
been ruled out.
"This year we've begun to talk about
reducing services that impact the com-
munity, and we've never had to do
that," said City Administrator Roger
Fraser, who prepares the budget.
The city had considered shutting off
2,000 of the 2,500 city-owned street-
The city had also discussed reducing
safety services by eliminating six fire-
fighters, four police officers and three
civilian positions within the police
Other proposed cuts that are no lon-
ger being discussed include cutting
services at the Cobblestone Farm, the
Leslie Science Center, the Senior Cen-
ter and the Northside and Bryant Com-
munity Centers.
All of these reductions were outlined
in a March 30 press release from the
Despite the cuts the city faces in
coming months, Fraser remained
somewhat optimistic.
"We are slightly ahead of some other

communities," he said.
Heiftje said this was because Ann
Arbor started to trim its budget before
the state's budgetary crisis.
Fraser said the city cut costs by elim-
inating many city jobs. The number of
full-time employees working for the
city has decreased from 1,005 in 2000-
01 to 832 in 2003-04.
However, the mayor remained
"There's no light at the end of this
fiscal tunnel," he said. "In light of what
is going on in the state of Michigan, we
are doing well, but we can't be overly
The state is facing a $1-billion defi-
cit in the next fiscal year, and many
municipalities are dealing with struc-
tural deficits aggravated by declining
state aid.
Fraser will present his finalized bud-
get to City Council next Monday. A
public hearing will be held May 2 at
the City Council meeting. Then, City
Council will review and make changes
to Fraser's budget, which will be adopt-
ed by the second week in May. The
budget will go into effect on July 1.

Continued from page 1A
who attended the faculty meeting, said
many faculty members were concerned
that two semesters of a foreign lan-
guage are not enough for a student to
develop a meaningful understanding of
a language.
"As every language teacher can tell
you, it's really the third and the fourth
semesters of a foreign-language class
that are vital," Collins said. "What the
committee wanted was to create a situ-
ation where a student could study an
easier language and then study a couple
semesters of a less common language."
LSA freshman Monica Samuel agreed
that the language requirement should be
left as it is.
"While it may be important to have
versatility in a language, it is more
important to excel in one language
before you take another," she said.
But LSA freshman Danny Leslie
said he likes the idea of having a sec-
ond option for the foreign language
"Even if you take four semesters of
a language, you won't be fluent," Les-
lie said. "But if you take two semes-
ters of two languages you get a more
diverse taste of everything this school
has to offer."
German Prof. Frederick Amrine, a
member of the committee that conduct-

ed a study on the University's foreign
language program, said some faculty
members were caught off-guard by the
proposed change.
"Many faculty seemed surprised to
see a proposal (about) the language
requirement on the agenda for the April
meeting, but they should not have been,"
he said. "Our committee's main rec-
ommendations were presented to and
discussed by the humanities chairs on
multiple occasions, beginning in 2003.
Moreover, the committee itself was
broadly representative."
Collins proposed an alternative that
would allow students to fulfill the for-
eign language requirement by taking
two semesters of one language and three
semesters of a second. He also advocat-
ed offering tuition incentives to students
willing to study more difficult and less
commonly taught languages.
McDonald said postponing the deci-
sion until October was appropriate.
"I think that the faculty meeting had
a very interesting discussion, and there
were faculty on both sides of this pro-
posal, and I think it's a good idea to con-
tinue the discussion," he said.
LSA Student Government Vice Presi-
dent Paige Butler said LSA-SG will be
conducting a survey of all LSA students
next fall, most likely via e-mail, to get
feedback on the proposed changes. The
information obtained will be given to
LSA faculty to aid in their decision.

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