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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - 3A

Art Museum to
present works
of Michigan
The exibition "Monte Nagler's Mich-
igan," coinciding with a title of a book
released by the Unviersity of Michigan
Press, will present the black and white
photographs taken by Monte Nagler, a
Michigan native.
The exibition is located in the
Alumni Memorial Hall in the
museum, and the last day of the
exibition will be Sept. 11. The Uni-
versity Museum of Art is open from
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thurs-
day and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on
Michigan vocal
groups to present
Union concert
The annual a cappella rush will
take place tonight in the Michigan
Union ballroom from 8:00 p.m. to
10:00 p.m. The occassion provides
an opportunity for students who are
interested in joining an a cappella
group. Admission is free.
LGBT Office invites
students to visit
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
& Transgender Affairs will have an
open house today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The office is located in Room 3200 in
the Michigan Union. Refreshments will
be provided. Admission is free.
Annual poster sale
0 returns to Union
Students seeking posters of their
favorite cultural icons will find what
they are looking for at the Prolific Post-
er Sale, which features more than 1,500
different items at student prices.
Shoppers can find their favorite
"Scarface" and Jon Belushi prints from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the basement of the
Michigan Union.
Pierpont Commons
to host poster sale
The Global Prints Poster Sale will take
place today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the
Atrium of Pierpont Commons.
Markley dry-erase
board missing
A subject reported to the Department
of Public Safety Friday afternoon that
a dry-erase board was stolen from the
Mary Markley Residence Hall. A report
was filed with DPS.

Attempted robbery
in residence hall
An attempted strong-arm rob-
bery of a wallet occurred in Markley
Sunday morning, DPS reported. No
description is available of the three
Caller complains of
Fuller Rd fireworks
Police received a complaint on Sun-
day night stating that people were
shooting off fireworkson Fuller Road
at Mitchell Field. There are currently no
In Daily History
'U' senior creates
SADD chapter on
Michigan campus
Sept. 6, 1985 - Students Against

Event builds bridges
across social gulfs

By Christina Hildreth
Daily Staff Reporter
The University is using a new weapon in its cru-
sade for increased diversity, but it's not a lawyer or
an admissions policy - it's freshmen.
This offensive was in the form of a pro-
gram yesterday and Sunday called "A Day of
Change," and it aimed to encourage freshman
to leave their residences and develop friendships
across social barriers.
During previous Welcome Weeks, students made

smooth transitions to college life yet "stayed within
their own (social) groups," said Drew Tinnin, coor-
dinator of orientation and welcome programs for the
University. "We wanted to provide an opportunity
where they could interact in an intergroup setting."
The sessions, the first of their kind at the Uni-
versity, may be the start of a new wave of diversity-
centered welcome programs.
"This program is being replicated at places like
U of M Flint, and I will work with student repre-
sentatives throughout the Big Ten," to implement
See CHANGES, Page 6A

Freshmen participate in a "Day of Change" dialogue in Palmer Commons yesterday.

Pioneering digestive researcher dies at 92

By Michael Kan
Daily News Editor

Horace Willard Davenport, the University
professor emeritus who literally wrote the
book on the science of the stomach, died last
A pioneer in gastroenterology, the field of
digestive diseases, Davenport died at 92 of com-
plications from pneumonia in his Ann Arbor
home, the University reported.
The chair of the Department of Physiology for
22 years, Davenport's most acclaimed contribu-
tion to medicine was his research on the gastric
mucosal barrier, which prevents the stomach
from digesting itself.
His 1964 research papers and subsequent stud-
ies explaining why the stomach does not digest

itself earned the gastric physiologist internation-
al recognition and revolutionized the field.
History of Medicine Prof. Howard Markell,
a colleague of Davenport's for 25 years, said
little was known on the mechanics of the
stomach's adds before Davenport's ground-
breaking research.
"It was so revolutionary, it was clinically and
scientifically applicable immediately," Markell
said of the 1964 research, adding that many of
today's current treatments for digestive diseases
stemmed from Davenport's studies.
"Right upon publication, it didn't just benefit
physiologists, but doctors, nurses and patients
benefited immediately."
Davenport's research also led him to write
three best-selling textbooks on acid-base chem-
istry and the physiology of the digestive tract,

from which generations of medical students
across the world learned.
Davenport arrived at the University in 1956 as
a professor and the new chair of the physiology
department after having taught physiology at the
University of Utah, Harvard University and the
University of Pennsylvania.
As much a giant in person as he was in the
field of physiology, Davenport stood about 6
feet, 7 inches and spoke with a baritone voice.
An opinionated professor who sometimes refer-
enced Shakespeare while explaining medicine to
his colleagues, Davenport excelled in his roles as
an administrator, researcher and teacher during
his time at the University, Markell said. "They
would call him the triple threat," he added.
Allen Lichter, dean of the University's med-
ical school and a former student of Davenport,

remembers him for his outstanding lectures
but also for his imposing stature and aristo-
cratic demeanor when he attended his lectures
in 1968.
"This was not someone you were going to
have a beer with," he said.
Davenport was also president of the American
Physiological Society from 1961 to 1962. John
Williams, the current chair of the physiology
department and also a former president of the
society, said Davenport's work at the University
transformed the department into the well-known
institution it is today.
"He had strong opinions and was not afraid
to voice them in that regard, but he was always
interested in working with and talking with stu-
dents," Williams said.
See PIONEER, Page 6A

Freshmen introduced to 'U,'
campus politics at convocation

By Anne VanderMey
Daily Staff Reporter
As this year's freshman class made
its way to Crisler Arena for the new stu-
dent convocation last Friday, it was met
by advocates for Palestinian freedom,
the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
and Michigan Student Assembly, among
others. The theater combat troupe Ring
of Steel practiced its swordplay near the
parking lot as nearly 6,000 bright new
faces filed into the arena.
Student groups said convocation is the
best event of the year for recruiting new
The convocation program consist-
ed of professors and administrators,
including University President Mary
Sue Coleman, giving praise and advice
to the entering class.
The nuggets of wisdom bestowed on
the crowd ranged from Coleman's entreaty
to "explore the knowledge that surrounds
you" to Faculty Senate Advisory Com-
mittee Chairman Bruno Giordani's sug-
gestion to not overindulge in the soft-serve
ice cream served in the dining halls.
Nearly 90 percent of new students were
in the top 10 percent of their graduating
class in high school, 25 percent were elect-
ed to student government and 51 percent
are female, according to statistics read by

Theodore Spencer, director of undergrad-
uate admissions.
Giordani joked the class is not only one
of the most talented and academically
qualified in University history, but also
the best looking.
Coleman also doled out her share of
praise, but her address focused on recog-
nizing the students and faculty that sustain
the University.
"Regardless of their experiences, alum-
ni all agree on one profound detail - the
University of Michigan is about the people
you will meet," she said.
Coleman likened the prestige of the
University to that of great cities like Paris,
London and New York. She advised stu-
dents to prepare for a wild ride.
"Like the spectacular places and imag-
es around the globe, the University of
Michigan will be one of the most amaz-
ing adventures of your life," she said.
Coleman's remarks earned rave
reviews from attendees.
"(She) sure beats the hell out of Henry
Caudle," said LSA freshman Will Fink,
referring to his high school principal.
"Amazing" was a word used by both
students and parents to describe hero
speech. According to LSA freshman Les-
lie Gleason, the speech was the highlight
of the night.
Coleman wrapped up with the

words of Ralph Waldo Emerson,
encouraging students to maintain a
spirit of inquiry and exploration. MSA
President Jesse Levine employed the
words of Ferris Bueller to drive home
his point. "Life moves pretty fast. If
you don't stop and look around once
in a while, you could miss it."
The evening concluded with the Uni-
versity Fanfare Band leading a rendition
of "Hail to the Victors."
As they exited the building, mem-
bers from university organizations
equipped with fliers and signup sheets
opened their arms to the next class of
University students.

University President Mary Sue Coleman and Michigan Student Assembly
President Jesse Levine welcomed new students at Crisler Arena Sept. 1.

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