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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 7, 2005 - 3

Office of LGBT
Affairs to screen
film on body image
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisex-
ual and Transgender Affairs will
screen a feature-length documentary
tomorrow on the subject of gay men,
body image and eating disorders.
The film is called "Do I Look Fat?"
and explores how worrying about
body image has become an identify-
ing force of the gay community. The
screening will take place from 7:30
to 9 p.m. in room 3200 of the Michi-
gan Union. Admission is free.
Prof to read from
her book about
women's activism
English Prof. Alisse Portnoy will
read from her book titled "Their
Right to Speak: Women's Activism
in the Indian and Slave Debates"
tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. in Angell
The book focuses on emerging
women's activism in the United
States and also includes Native
American rights and the debate over
the best way to end slavery.
Series on how to
facilitate dialogue
continues today
A five-part series teaching GSIs
about the multiple methods of facili-
tation and dialogue in classroom set-
a tings continues tomorrow from 3 to 6
p.m. in Palmer Commons. This ses-
sion will focus on multicultural class-
room facilitation. GSIs who complete
all five sessions will receive a certifi-
cate. There is no cost.
Daily suspected in
fireworks incident
A complaint was filed alleging that
a subject was tossing fireworks out of
a window in the Student Publications
Building at about 6 p.m. Monday,
according to DPS.
An officer entered the building and
questioned several staffers of The
Michigan Daily about the incident, but
all of the students denied any knowl-
edge of the source of the fireworks.
Hanging Markley
picture falls, breaks
A picture hanging on a wall in
Mary Markley Residence Hall fell and
broke. The incident was reported to the
Department of Public Safety at 2:15
p.m. Monday.
UGLi sees three
trespassing cases

An individual not affiliated with
the University was discovered in
and removed from the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library. He was
administered a verbal warning at
about 3 p.m. Monday, DPS reported.
The subject returned to the library,
where he was arrested after being
discovered in the Science Library on
the third floor. The subject was later
The subject's return marked the
third incident of trespassing in the
UGLi Monday. In an earlier incident, a
report was filed that a nonaffiliate was
raising a ruckus in the library. The sub-
ject had a valid warrant from Western
Michigan University's Department of
Public Safety.
In Daily History
Custodians blast
supervisor for
graffiti inaction
Nov. 7, 1990 - After students drew
swastikas and wrote racist remarks on a
dorm room door more than a week ago,
two East Quad Residence Hall custodians
filed a complaint against their supervisor

Classics prof loved
Latin literature, cats


By Mariem Qamruzzaman
Daily Staff Reporter
The University community will remem-
ber Prof. David Roy Shackleton Bailey for
his wealth of knowledge and contributions
to the field of Latin literature.
And he will also be remembered for his
colorful quirks.
In between translating some of the world's
greatest works of literature, the Greek and
Latin professor read aloud to his 12 cats.
He even went as far as to dedicate one
of his best-known translations to his cats.
"He loved his cats," Greek and Latin
Prof. Ruth Scodel said.
Bailey died at the age of 87 on Nov. 28.
"As a person he was legendary for a lot
of reasons," Scodel said.
Many call him the best Latinist in the
world. Born in Lancaster, England, Bailey
earned a doctorate in literature at Cam-
bridge University and taught at Harvard
From 1968 to 1975, he taught at the
University of Michigan and returned in
1988 to become an adjunct professor in
the classics department.
Up until his death, he was still doing
what he did best - editing Latin texts and
publishing books on Latin translations.
"He was the kind of legendary Eng-
lish eccentric academic that you don't
find very often anymore," Scodel said.
"He knew Latin very well, and he had an
amazing feel for the language."

Bailey is recognized for his published
translations of difficult texts, such as
Cicero's letters, which Greek and Latin
Prof. H.D. Cameron calls a "masterpiece."
He won the British Academy's Kenyon
Medal for Classical Studies, an award
given every two years to an accomplished
author of classical literature.
"His translations of Latin are superb
in that they are usually very accurate
and also just very readable and elegant,"
Scodel said. "He had great style."
Former students from Bailey's 2002
seminar on Latin textual criticism remi-
nisced about his personality.
"Shack just had a kind of aura, mys-
tique about him," University alum Steven
Benjamin said.
Benjamin also characterized him as hav-
ing an "old-school British personality."
"He was a real character," Benjamin
continued. "Everybody who met Shack
had Shack stories."
Bailey's mystique included other habits,
including his use of a walking stick and
daily afternoon strolls, which he took clad
in shabby gray suits and tennis shoes.
Rackham student Sanjaya Thakur com-
mented on the privilege of being in Bai-
ley's class:
"It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportuni-
ty to take a class with him," Thakur said.
"His major works have been tremendously
influential in the field of classics. He had
the unique ability to translate ancient texts
in a very modern way."

Six hundred cardboard figures were displayed on the Diag yesterday to repre-
sent the number of people that die from HIV every hour.

Gramlich says U.S. inflation under control

By Bo He
Daily Staff Reporter
While America has succeed in taming inflation, University Interim
Provost Edward Gramlich said the United States still has a long way to
go in correcting its monetary policy.
Last night, students packed East Hall's auditorium to attend the annual
State of the Economy Address sponsored by the Michigan Economics
Society. Issues brought up at the address ranged from minimum wage
to tax reform.
This year's event featured Gramlich as the key speaker. Gramlich
served on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors for eight years before
returning to the University this past September. A former economics pro-
fessor, he is an expert on macroeconomic issues, including budget policy,
income redistribution and tax policy.
Gramlich focused his speech on inflation and price stabilization. A
quarter century ago, the sole focus of most industrialized countries was
inflation rates, Gramlich said. At that time, the United States had inflation
rates of about 10 to 12 percent and has since made drastic improvements
to bring inflation rates down to a steady 1 to 2 percent.

Rising food prices, oil prices and indirect tax rates due to inflation are
to be expected and are no reason for concern, Gramlich said. He added
countries facing persistent inflation can blame central banks for making
poor monetary decisions. In this regard, the United States has excelled at
controlling inflation in the past decade, he said.
But Gramlich warned the Federal Reserve from reducing inflation
down to zero.
"I think true prices are stable, and we don't need to go any lower with
inflation. We can declare our monetary policy a success and move on to
other important economic issues." he said.
Gramlich said that because prices in high-tech markets skew the infla-
tion rate, the inflation rate is always a little lower than actually reported.
To bring the inflation down to zero would run the risk of entering a state
of deflation, he added.
He evaluated the current condition of the economy as "fine." Over-
all national unemployment is down and remains close to a healthy
long-run level that will not lead to inflation.
In the long run, Gramlich talked about the United States running into
a huge budget deficit wall caused primarily by Social Security and health
care programs. "We have too many budgetary promises out there that we

simply have no way to pay for," he said.
Internationally, the United States faces many problems, with the
country suffering from a huge current account deficit, meaning that U.S.
imports wildly exceed the exports, Gramlich said. It's up to 7 percent for
the past year, as large as it's ever been in our history, he added.
The dominant factor in bringing this problem into balance would be
the dollar falling, Gramlich said. This was supposed to happen, most
experts have said. However, it has not happened because the expected
slowdown of foreign demand for U.S. currency has yet to take place.
In fact, foreign central banks, especially those in East Asia, are buy-
ing U.S. dollars more rapidly now in order to finance U.S. trade deficits.
Gramlich said this is done in order for them to subsidize their exports and
keep their own currencies weak. As a result, the U.S. remains hooked on
overconsumption, and the vicious cycle repeats, he added.
America must become more fiscally disciplined and significantly cut
overall government spending if it wants to make any real progress toward
ending the current account deficit and budget deficit.
LSA junior and economics major Jeannette Yeung said, "I thought the
Q&A session was very stimulating and I especially enjoyed his remarks
on Social Security and the minimum wage."


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