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NEWS

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 3A

ON CAMPUS
Festifall show-
cases student
groups
1,000 student organizations will
set up booths at the annual Festi-
fall today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on the Diag. Students are invited
to come find out about University
clubs and campus departments,
as well as sign up for future mass
meetings.
Dance Marathon
holds mass meeting
Dance Marathon, which raises money
and awareness for children's rehabilita-
tion programs, will host a mass meeting
today from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Koessler
* room of the Michigan League. Students
can learn how to become involved with
Dance Marathon during the school year.
N campus hosts
film and gathering
The colleges of engineering, art,
music, architecture, and urban planning
will host a showing of the Adam Sandler
film "The Longest Yard" at 9 p.m. on the
North Campus Diag. Students will also
have an opportunity to meet and talk
with current juniors and seniors from the
colleges beginning at 8 p.m.
CRIME
* NOTES
Cars keyed in
* Thayer parking lot
A caller reported that numer-
ous vehicles on the top level of
the Thayer carport, located at 216
Thayer St., were keyed on Tuesday,
according to the Department of
Public Safety.
The caller indicated that sever-
al young subjects had been in the
parking structure earlier. No report
- was filed.
Student injured
opening door
A caller requested an escort for a
student with a self-inflicted injury
obtained while opening the front
door to Bursley Hall on Tuesday,
according to DPS. Assistance was
provided.
* Banner stolen
from outside dorm
A Michigan banner was stolen
on Tuesday from the Helen New-
berry Residence Hall, according to
a report filed with DPS. The banner
was hanging outside the building.
There are no suspects.

THIS WEEK
In Daily History
'U' won't fund
draft resisters
Sept. 8, 1983 - The University
announced that it will not replace
lost federal aid for students who
refuse to comply with the new
federal law requiring registration
for the draft.
The controversial law approved
by the Supreme Court last July
requires all male students to reg-
ister with the Selective Service
by the end of the month or forfeit
all federal financial aid.
While some schools have decided
to replace federal aid for students
who choose to not to comply with
the new law, the University will not
follow suit.
"We simply wouldn't have the
resources to make up for the lost feder-
al funds," said Billy Frye, provost and
vice president for academic affairs.
"It would be inappropriate to divert

Forrest nominated as

VP for research

By Karl Stampfl
Daily Staff Reporter

When Prof. Stephen Forrest takes
over as the University's vice president
for research, he will inherit a $750
million budget, one of the University's
most influential positions and the reins
to one of the largest research opera-
tions in the country.
An accomplished researcher, For-
rest most recently served as a professor
at Princeton University, where he con-
ducted his own studies in a branch of
physics called optoelectronics, which
concerns the meeting of electricity
and light.
Before that, he taught at the Uni-
versity of Southern California and
directed the National Center for Inte-

grated Photon-
ic Technology.
He has written
371 scholarly
papers and has}
been granted
134 patents.:
"Profes-x
sor Forrest
combines
an impresw- Forrest
sive record of
research achievement with personal,
hands-on involvement in the important
work of technology transfer and in the
administration of major research oper-
ations," University President Mary Sue
Coleman said in a written statement.
Coleman nominated Forrest to
replace longtime vice president Faw-

waz Ulaby yesterday. Ulaby will help
ease the transition by remaining in his
post until the end of the year and then
will step down to serve as a professor
in the electrical engineering depart-
ment, as he has for 20 years. If the
University Board of Regents approves
the nomination, Forrest will take over
Jan. 1.
"My most important job for a while is
to listen," Forrest said. "I have some very
definite directions I want to go in, butI
have to get a sense (of the job) first."
He stressed the importance of
researchers interacting with the indus-
trial world and the forging of stronger
links between separate schools such
as medicine, engineering and LSA as
a possible future mission. Much of the
focus of his new post will be promoting

interdisciplinary work, he said.
"When you're really talking about
what the next thing is - what the new
thing is within a discipline - (the
researchers) are the ones who know
what they're doing," he said. "My
job will be to make the connections
between the schools and make the
whole greater than the parts."
As an example of potential inter-
disciplinary research, he cited what
he calls the two major problems that
he expects mankind will have to face
in the 21st century: energy and water
shortages. To solve those problems, he
foresees the coming together of every-
thing from nanotechnology to life
sciences.
Robert Todd, an associate vice
president for research, said Forrest

has experience working outside his
discipline to solve problems, citing his
leadership of an initiative to ensure
the health and well-being of human
research subjects.
"You can't pick someone in multiple
disciplines, so you have to pick a lead-
er," Todd said.
Forrest will split his time between
Princeton and Ann Arbor until he takes
over. When he comes to stay on Jan. 1,
he will bring along his optoelectronic
research group, which seeks to create
practical optoelectronic devices.
No stranger to Ann Arbor, Forrest
spent 1973 to 1979 at the University
in pursuit of a master's degree and a
doctorate in physics. He received his
undergraduate instruction from the
University of California at Berkeley.

Mich anti-terror law sparks
debate among officials

LANSING (AP) - Michigan's
use of an anti-terrorism law to
curb school violence has sparked
debate over the law's intent and
raised an important question
among prosecutors, school offi-
cials and others: When is a trou-
bled teen a terrorist?
Law enforcement officials say
the law against threatening ter-
rorism, enacted in the wake of the
Sept. 11 attacks, gives them a vital
tool to avert shootings like the one
last month in Minnesota, where
a student shot and killed nine
people before turning the gun on
himself.
With no specific state law
against threatening to kill some-
one, they say, the terrorism law is
the only one that works.
But many school-violence
experts say labeling a disturbed
or angry teen a terrorist is going
overboard. In some cases, they
say, what the student needs is psy-
chological help, not jail time.
"(We have to) discern between
students who pose a threat and
students who are making threats,"
said Glenn Stutzky, a clinical
instructor at the Michigan State
University School of Social Work.
"It appears the terrorism law
doesn't make that distinction."
Two Michigan cases, one in

Macomb County northeast of
Detroit and one in adjoining Oak-
land County, appear to be among
the first in the country where ter-
rorism laws are being applied to
school violence.
One involves a 17-year old
accused of threatening to bring
a gun to school to kill a school
liaison officer and whose home,
when checked by police, revealed
a cache of firearms, ammuni-
tion, bomb-making materials and
instructions, Nazi flags and books
about white supremacy and Adolf
Hitler.
Andrew Osantowski ofMacomb
County's Clinton Township was
arrested last September after
authorities received a tip from an
Idaho girl who had been exchang-
ing messages with Osantowski
over the Internet. He has been
charged as an adult and faces up to
20 years in prison.
The other case involves a 14-
year-old whose backpack con-
tained a notebook with a "kill
list" that included a dozen people,
including his mother, several stu-
dents and school officials.
A police search of Mark David
O'Berry's home in Oakland Coun-
ty's White Lake Township in mid-
March found no weapons, and he
has denied making the list. He is

being dealt with as a juvenile
and could be held until age 19 if
found guilty.
Prosecutors in both cases say
they used the state's terrorism law
because no other charge applied.
Macomb County Assistant
Prosecutor Steve Kaplan said he
could have charged Osantowski
with attempted murder but didn't
think he could prove it.
"Essentially you have to show
he was on his way to school with
the guns and was thwarted. It
didn't fit," said Kaplan, who also
has charged Osantowski with
using a computer to make terror-
ist threats. "We would not have
gotten a conviction."
Oakland County Assistant
Prosecutor Bob Zivian said he
turned to the terrorism law in the
O'Berry case for the same rea-
son.
"Until we know what makes
this young man tick and can get a
psychological evaluation on him,
we're just doing what we can to
protect the public and even his
own mother, who's No. 1 on the
hit list," Zivian said.
O'Berry's court-appointed
attorney, Ryan Deel of Troy, said
he doesn't like seeing youths
inappropriately labeled as ter-
rorists.

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