The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 30, 2006 - 3A
* Michigan Theater
to show Hopwood-
The Michigan Theater will screen
the film "Gold Diggers of 1933," based
on playwright Avery Hopwood's "Gold
Diggers," today at 7 p.m. Hopwood was
the benefactor of the Hopwood Award
writing program. Tickets will cost $6.75
for students and $8.50 for others.
Blood Battle drive
pits 'U' against
Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed fraternity,
is sponsoring a Blood Battle today from
2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Michigan
Union. The battle is between the Uni-
versity and six other Big Ten schools.
Violinist to play at
Internationally renowned violinist Ida
Kavafian will perform today at 2:30 pm
in the Cady Room of the Sterns Building
on North Campus. Admission is free.
play at Hill
The University Symphony Orchestra,
conducted by Kenneth Kiesler, will per-
form Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder today
at 8:00 pm. at Hill Auditorium. No tickets
are required and the concert is free.
a Subject arrested
Officers arrested a subject for posses-
sion of a substance suspected of being
marijuana in West Quadrangle Residence
Hall Saturday at 11:07 pm, the Depart-
ment of Public Safety reported. Police
released the subject.
himself near cab
A male subject indecently exposed
himself near a cab on the 300 block of
Observatory St.. at 3:52 am. yesterday,
DPS reported. He damaged the cab mir-
ror and fled the scene. Police have not
been able to locate the suspect.
into East Quad
A trespasser broke into East Quadran-
gle Residence Hall at 4:42 am. yester-
day, DPS reported. The trespasser came
and left through an unlocked window in
a dorm room while the residents were
asleep. Nothing was stolen.
Thieves take cash
from East Quad
Thieves stole about $335 from East
Quadrangle Residence Hall at 5:09 pm.
on Friday, DPS reported. The thieves
took the money from a locked safe in an
office. DPS has no suspects or witnesses.
In Daily History
loses some steam
Jan. 30, 1977 - University students
lack compassion for the recent coffee
boycott. Boycotters, including Univer-
sity students and other people through-
out the country, are protesting tariff
increases by the Brazilian government
levied because of a crop-destroying
frost. Unlike the previous lettuce and
grape boycotts, there are no ethical
motives to restrict coffee, only eco-
nomic reasons, said supporters.
"I'm not supporting the boycott because
it will affect the Brazilian working class
and already they are in bad shape, living
at a subsistence level," University student
Daily selects new
LSA junior hopes to
guide newspaper through
threat of budget cuts
By Neil Tambe
LSA junior Alexis Floyd could be fac-
ing a set of budget cuts when she takes
over as The Michigan Daily's business
manager at the end of this semester.
Floyd attributed the potential cuts to
the local business climate, in which busi-
nesses are spending less money on adver-
tisements in an effort to minimize costs.
Floyd will be responsible for oversee-
ing the paper's financial interests.
Floyd has been with the Daily business
staff since her sophomore year. She start-
ed as an account executive selling adver-
tisements. This year she was an associate
sales manager, responsible for managing a
team of account executives. Floyd is train-
ing with current business manager Jona-
than Dobberstein before she takes over
his position at the beginning of spring
"It's a lot of numbers, but it's pretty
interesting," she said, adding she is
most looking forward to the problem-
solving aspect of her new position.
The newspaper industry is facing
an uncertain financial future, and "the
Daily is no exception," Daily Editor in
Chief Donn M. Fresard said.
Fresard attributed long-term finan-
cial difficulties to the increasing num-
ber of people using the Internet to read
news and to post classified ads. He
added the cost of printing newspapers
is also rising.
There has been talk of reducing the
size of the paper to save money. Fresard
called that approach short-sighted.
"As we've seen with a lot of major
newspapers, including some of the
major newspapers in this state, when
newspaper companies address financial
problems by cutting staff and reducing
news hole, the readers know it and their
credibility takes a hit," Fresard said.
He added that the best way to pilot
a newspaper through choppy budgetary
waters is by strengthening the product
and avoiding the short-term solution of
drastically cutting costs.
Another of Floyd's goals for the year
is to improve the communication and
relationship between the Daily's busi-
ness and editorial staffs.
To accomplish this goal, Floyd said
she wanted to work more closely with
the editorial staff to make sure its needs
are taken care of.
"I think it's important that the Dai-
ly's editorial side is involved in the dis-
cussions about the financial problems
and solutions," Fresard said.
will not yet divulge
reasons for her resignation
DEARBORN HEIGHTS (AP) - City
Councilwoman Margaret Van Houten
said she is stepping down as co-chair-
woman of the Michigan Republican
Party, but she's not yet saying why.
Van Houten, a lawyer, said she decid-
ed to resign after consulting with family
and friends about other potential career
opportunities. She submitted a resig-
nation letter to Michigan Republican
Chairman Saul Anuzis last week, The
Detroit News reported yesterday.
"My intentions will be known in a
short time," said Van Houten, who has
been co-chairwoman since 2005. "I'd
rather not reveal them at this time."
Van Houten's options could include
running for judge in the 20th District
Court in Dearborn Heights or for the
5th state Senate District, which includes
Dearborn Heights, Inkster and parts of
northwest Detroit. The incumbent judge
and incumbent senator are retiring.
Gov't clears way
for $160 million
675-acre casino to be
built near Lake Michigan
and Indiana border
NEW BUFFALO TOWNSHIP (AP)
- After more than six years of court-
room challenges, an American Indian
tribe's proposed site in southwestern
Michigan for a $160 million casino resort
has been taken into trust by the federal
The action, taken Friday by the U.S.
Department of Interior's Bureau of Indi-
an Affairs,clears the way for the Pokagon
Band of Potawatomi Indians to begin
construction on the 144,000-square-foot
Four Winds Casino Resort.
The casino will be built on a 675-acre
site in Berrien County's New Buffalo
Township, near Lake Michigan and the
Indiana border. Construction is expected
to begin in late spring or early summer
and take 10 to 12 months, meaning it
could open by spring 2007, the South
Bend (Ind.) Tribune reported.
"The tribe is ecstatic," John Miller,
chairman of the Dowagiac-based band,
said in a written statement.
He said the casino is expected to bring
in about $250 million in its first full year.
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