The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 9, 2005 - 3
League to host
open mic night
The Michigan League will host an
open mic night today at 8:30 p.m.. For
students wishing to participate, a signup
list will open at 7:30 p.m.
techno in original
The Music School will host the first
ever performance of "Mirror Story,"
featuring an opera set to electronic
The opera was written by Alicyn
Warren, an assistant professor in
the performing arts and technology
department. The performance will
begin at 8 p.m. in the Duderstadt
Center. Tickets are free.
" Students to use
Groove, a student-run theater orga-
nization, will perform at the Michigan
Theater today at 8 p.m. Students will
play a variety of nontraditional instru-
ments, including newspapers, brooms
and garbage cans. Tickets cost $6.
Workshop to help
The Center for the Education of
Women, located on Liberty Street,
will host a workshop from 9 a.m. to
The workshop aims to help par-
ticipants explore themselves and
realize their potential. For more
information, contact Eilisha Der-
mont at firstname.lastname@example.org
Things get ugly at
A caller reported a man throwing books
and computers in the Shapiro Under-
graduate Library Wednesday night, the
Department of Public Safety said. Offi-
cers arrived and arrested the individual.
A caller reported flooding near
Bonisteel and Murfin Streets, DPS
said. Officers identified a broken
underground water main as the source
of the flooding. Low water pressure
was reported in nearby buildings.
from locked office
A laptop was reported stolen Wednes-
day evening, DPS said. The caller said it
had been removed from a locked office
in the North Ingalls Building.
A student reported that his jacket and
backpack had been stolen from the Sha-
piro Undergraduate Library while left
unattended, DPS said.
In Daily History
Dec. 9, 1962 - A top-ranking admin-
istrator suggested fraternities get a little
more input from faculty.
Tulare limps toward reopening next month
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Staggered by Hurricane Katrina, Tulane
University announced yesterday that it is laying off about 230 faculty
members, dropping some sports and eliminating several undergraduate
programs, including electrical engineering and computer science.
"This is the most significant reinvention of a university in the United States
in over a century," said Scott Cowen, the university's president.
The campus in the city's Uptown section has been closed since
Katrina's floodwaters devastated New Orleans and drove out most of its
half-million inhabitants. About two-thirds of Tulane's facilities flooded,
including dormitories, and most of the students are now scattered at
schools around the country.
The private university plans to resume classes in mid-January, though
it expects a costly one-third drop in enrollment. Tuition accounts for 35
percent of Tulane's revenue.
Before the storm struck on Aug. 29, Tulane had about 2,500 fac-
ulty members, 13,200 students and an annual budget of $593 mil-
lion. The university put the cost of recovering from the storm at
least $200 million.
Tulane said it will eliminate about 180 faculty positions at its
medical school and about 50 at its other graduate schools and its
"I deeply regret that employee reductions were necessary to secure
the university's future," Cowen said. "We have tried to make the reduc-
tions as strategically and humanely as possible, recognizing the hardship
it places on those whose positions have been terminated."
Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on
Education, said Tulane's plan is unprecedented in its scope and
speed. "I have thought long and hard to see if I could identify a
comparable change at another university in the last century, and I
can't," Hartle said.
The university said it will continue to participate in such NCAA
Division I sports as football, baseball and men and women's basket-
ball. But it eliminated men's track, men and women's tennis, men
and women's golf, women's swimming, women's soccer and men's
The university also said that it will concentrate on areas where it
can excel. Five undergraduate programs - civil and environmen-
tal engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and
computer science, computer engineering and exercise and sports
science - will be eliminated.
Tulane University plans about 230 faculty layoffs and the elimination of some programs to cope with revenue lost fol-
lowing Hurricane Katrina.
SUVs weak spot
in Ford's future
School: Mailing violated policy
DETROIT (AP) - Sales of car-based
crossover utility vehicles like the Ford
Escape and Honda CR-V will surpass
sales of traditional SUVs next year in a
trend that has been accelerated by high
gas prices, Ford Motor Co.'s top sales
analyst said yesterday.
"As eye-popping as the growth
was of traditional SUVs in the '90s,
it's bigger for the CUVs over a simi-
lar 10-year period," Ford U.S. sales
analysis manager George Pipas
said. "The CUV will be the vehicle
of this decade."
While Ford currently has the top-
selling crossover - the Ford Escape
- the trend is troublesome for Ford
and other U.S. automakers, who have
relied more heavily on SUVs for
their profits than foreign automak-
ers. An automaker can make up to
$20,000 in profit from the sale of a
Crossovers are built on car plat-
forms and have a more car-like ride
than traditional sport utility vehicles.
There are 41 models on the market
this year, compared with 14 in 2000
and none in 1995. Pipas said there
could be close to 50 crossover mod-
els by the end of next year, the same
number of SUVs offered when SUV
sales were peaking in 2000.
The Toyota RAV4, introduced in
1996, is generally considered the
first crossover vehicle. In 2000, just
541,000 crossovers were sold, com-
pared with 2.97 million SUVs. This
year, Pipas is expecting total cross-
over sales of 2.24 million and total
SUV sales of 2.4 million.
Three years ago, Pipas was pre-
dicting crossovers would eclipse
SUVs by 2009 or 2010. Ford antici-
pated Baby Boomers would want
vehicles that are closer to the ground
But rising gas prices have accelerated
the trend, Pipas said. In the first quarter
of 2004, the cost of oil was $35 a barrel.
That rose to $63 in the third quarter of
2005. As a result, SUV sales are off more
than 13 percent this year, compared to a
drop of about 3 percent last year. Sales
of large SUVs like the Lincoln Naviga-
tor are off 18 percent, Pipas said.
At a Bank of America conference for
auto analysts this week, Pipas said the
SUV free fall could be tempered if gas
prices stabilize next year. Another thing
that could reinvigorate SUV sales is
General Motors Corp.'s introduction of
several new SUVs next year, Pipas said.
But sales aren't likely to hit the highs
they did earlier this decade.
Still, SUVs aren't disappearing.
A certain population of drivers
will continue to depend on them
for their space or towing capabil-
ity, Pipas said.
HONOLULU (AP) - A Univer-
sity of Hawaii official said yesterday
that if students had sent letters outlin-
ing student privacy rights through the
mail, they wouldn't have been read
Students protested the university's
blocking of a mass mailing to the stu-
dent body last month, accusing offi-
cials of censorship.
vice chancellor U-j.
for student affairs, ousing
said that because a right to
the letters were a
dropped off at indi- what is in
officials were able
The 3,000 letters Univ
should have been
sent through the
office, Iwaoka said.
He said a housing policy bans solic-
iting in campus dormitories, which is
why the letters were confiscated.
"Housing does have a right to ask,
'OK, what is in here?"' he said. If they
had been sent either through the U.S.
Postal Service or dropped off for cam-
pus mail, he said they would have been
sent without any of them being read by
The letters, which have now been
sitting in the student government's
office for two weeks, were intended
to inform Manoa students about their
privacy rights on campus.
Grant Teichman, president of the
Associated Students of the University
of Hawaii, said the student government
ersity of Hawaii
wrote the letter fol-
that security guards
were abusing their
authority by con-
ducting searches of
students and "asking
for girls' phone num-
the association has
now formed a "cen-
tee" to investigate
who's chairing the new commit-
tee, said the students got the letters
stamped for regular campus mail,
but chose to hand-deliver them to
individual dormitories "to make
sure that each building got it."
"It was important," Gerhardt said,
noting regular mail can take up to a
week to be delivered.
The students still want to mail the
letters despite having been warned
by the administration that they car-
ried several misstatements. Gerhardt
said they are talking to lawyers before
deciding on what action to take.
The student government letter told
students they have a constitutional
right to refuse searches of their bags
and possessions and can prohibit
authorities from entering their rooms
without a warrant. The letter includes
an "incident report" of any "judicial
infraction" that students could fill out
and turn in to student leaders.
It also says students should not tol-
erate "harassment, sexual harassment
or physical handling by housing staff
or campus security." It suggests that
it be posted on students' doors "to
let authorities know you are aware of
your rights and won't stand for mis-
the issue because they were concerned
the school treated serious mail "like
Pizza Hut fliers."
"They cited an obscure anti-solic-
iting policy, and so we are trying to
find out what our options are," Tei-
Matt Gerhardt, a student senator
TRUE OR FALSE?
" Animals have languages much like human languages
" Deaf children go through the same stages of language
development as hearing children
* English is like so degenerating before our eyes (ears)
* Inuit languages have hundreds of words for snow
* The average high school graduate has approximately 45,000
words in his/herwvolcabulary
INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE
--WHERE FACT MEETS FICTION--
LECTURE: M & W, 12:00-1:00
DISCUSSION: F 9, OR 10, OR 1 1, OR 12
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