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O CA JIII2?,Ld $ A look at the big news events this week and how important they really are. Conveniently ranked from one to 10.

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CONT'd: Turns out Christianity and public education don't quite mix

The University didn't always eschew reli-
gion. There's more than one reason why
you should be glad they do now.
Find out what you should be talking about
at that party this weekend. And what you
What the handwriting of major campus
figures says reveals about their personali-
Getting an apartment with your boy-
friend can pose a lot of problems
- even if your boyfriend isn't one of


The trial of former Cheney chief of staff
"Scooter" Libbyfor leakingthe name of a ClA
operative started this week. Libby tried to
10 paint himself as a scapegoat ina case that has 0
washington on the edge of its collective seat
while the rest of the country yawns.

Congress and Bush clashed last week over
troops in Iraq. Congress says the power of the
purse gives it the right to limit troop deploy-
10 ments by limiting funding. Bush says he's the
commander inrchief - and the decider.
The defending champion of the Kentucky
Derby was euthanized Monday, eight
months after he fractured his right hind
10 leg at the start of the Preakness Stakes.


The University's chapterof the Young Ameri-
cans for Freedom hosted a lecture bythree
10 men who they claimed were once terrorists.
It's unclear whether the speakers had been
through a12-step program.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited the
States last weekend. The pair went to a middle
school basketball game in Harlem, where the
10 Prince attempted two one-handed free throws.
He aired the first, but sank the second.
"Hounddog," a film released at this week's
Sundance Film Festival, stars12-year-old star
Dakota Fanningas a rape victim. we don't
10 really know what to say.


From page 2B
having their students to translate
portions of the New Testament for
Monday's lesson. The Students'
Christian Association was one of
the largest student organizations.
Seeking adequate space, it built
and used Newberry Hall on State
Street, which now houses the
Kelsey Museum of Archeology.
Nonetheless, the University's
rules weren't completely effec-
tive at enforcing Christian wor-
ship among students. The role of
the monitor, who would check
church attendance, was eventual-
ly neglected. Attendance dropped
off. A survey of students shortly
after the Civil War showed that
only 40 percent of students in
the Department (later renamed
a College) of Literature, Science,
and the Arts were members of a
church. Among those souls who
were studying law - and who
arguably stood in greater need of
salvation - the membership rate
was only 16 percent.
Student behavior in chapel was
less than sanctified at times, with
noisy students throwing objects
ranging from apple cores to hymn
books during services. On one
occasion, a horse was brought into
the chapel. Whether to preserve

their dignity or simply to get more
sleep - morning chapel was held
at 5:30 a.m. or 6:30 a.m., depend-
ing on the time of year - profes-
sors tended to avoid the services.
The rule making chapel atten-
dance mandatory was repealed
after 1871, although daily chapel
services continued on a voluntary
basis until 1895.
By the later years of the 19th
century, state universities were
more numerous, and they gener-
ally no longer faced the same level
of criticism they had for their lack
of sectarian ties. (Even private col-
leges like Harvard and Yale were
de-emphasizing their religious
backgrounds by this time, after
all.) Still, Christianity retained a
firm hold on our campus.
At Sunday morning services
with the Students' Christian
Association on May 15, 1892, for-
mer University President James
B. Angell gave a sermon titled
"Christianity and Other Reli-
gions Judged by their Fruits."
He defended a thesis that seemed
perfectly obvious in its time and
perfectly archaic today.
"I do not see how an impartial
man," Angell said, "can observe
the fruits borne by non-Chris-
tian systems and those borne by
Christianity without recognizing
the immense superiority of Chris-
tianity as an actual working force
among men." 02

rule 10: Starting a Face-
book.com group does not
count as activism. rule
11: If your e-mail signature
is longer than four lines,
you're taking yourself too
seriously. rule 12: If it's
10:59 and your class ends
at 11:00, wait 30 seconds.
You don't have anywhere
better to be.
- E-mail rule submissions to

Rev. Robert Drinan, who died this week, was the first
priest to serve as a voting member of Congress. He
may also have been the last - papal decree that
clergy cannot hold public office cut his tenure
as a representative from Massachusetts
short in 1981. He made good use of his 10
years in Washington: He helped abolish the
House Un-American Activities Committee,
opposed the draft and supported public
funding for abortion. He also wrote
the first resolution to impeach
Nixon - not for Watergate,
but for the president's role
in the bombing of Cambo-
dia. Sometimes church and
state mix rather well.

Newberry Hall was built by the Students' Christian Association, then one of the largest student organizations on campu

God and man at Michigan

From page 6B
In Ypsilanti, Rene Greff, one of
the owners of Arbor Brewing Com-
pany, operates The Corner Brew-
ery. It's a new facility, operated by
Greff and her husband, Matt.
There, in the brewing room,
behind locked doors marked
"employees only," she gestures to
the tanks and machinery as if she's
showing tourists monuments in
downtown Paris. And it's almost
as impressive. In this room, every-
thing is sterile and mechanical,
but the smell is sweet and a little
tangy. In fact, it doesn't smell like
beer at all, but more like a freshly
harvested field of grain. As it turns
out, Corner Brewery mills all its
own grain on site.
So what does it take to start
an operation like this, you ask?
Roughly 1.3 million dollars.
And that, in a nutshell, is what
makes brewing a high-risk busi-
ness. So if you're looking to start
your own brewery, you'll need not
only commitment but some capital
to back it up. The payoff, though,
is worth it.
It won't be long until Greff can
begin paying her investors. She
expects to accomplish this after

three years, but it could be soon-
er. Rick Lack reported that Arbor
Brewing Company's products have
become the second fastest-selling
Michigan brand of beer sold by his
company, a major distributor in
the area. This puts Greff and her
husband behind only Larry Bell
at Bell's Brewery among Michigan
Greff's stunning startup per-
formance in the market is due
to her company's success on the
consumption end of operations.
Through her activities at Arbor
Brewing Company, Greff built a
dedicated community of enthusi-
asts. Regular events at ABC like
monthly beer tastings strengthen
a sense of community among cus-
tomers while simultaneously pro-
moting a product. These tactics
were so successful that no mar-
keting was done in advance of the
wide-scale launch in June, and
current sales show that none was
If the beer connoisseur com-
munity Greff has cultivated isn't
your scene, consider that tastes
are changing. In addition to being
lucrative, it looks like the brewing
industry is also becominghip. or at
least younger. Greff, Leopold, and
Lack all agree that young people
are becoming the new tastemakers
for the industry.

Modern Brewery Age Maga-
zine columnist Bob Wilson noted,
"Many of today's consumers are
drinking something other than
lagers. The major brewers are sell-
ing just vanilla, while the 21-34
year-olds are looking for 28 fla-
The tastes of this group are not
yet fully understood. Sometimes,
a producer will stumble on niche
in the market purely by accident.
Arbor Brewing Company's Bras-
serie Blonde ale has become their
most popular product since bot-
tling began in June. This is a fairly
new style to the Michigan beer
market, and neither Greff nor Lack
were prepared for the demand
Michigan consumers would show
for a product long considered in
America to be the choice of the
beer geek elite.
"Who would have thought - a
blonde," said Lack. One might con-
clude, as he does, that in today's
market, "It's chic to be a beer
So while it may not seem that
your LSA degree may not exactly
scream brewery entrepreneur, it's
worth taking a look at. You may
be attaching yourself to one of the
few stable industries in a sinking
state. And maybe even have a good
time doing it.
Success, after all, is intoxicating. 0

eligion might not seem like a
top priority for the Universi-
ty today, that quotation from
the Northwest Ordinance of 1787
carved above Angell Hall notwith-
standing. During its early years in
Ann Arbor, however, the Univer-
sity actively promoted Christianity
on campus.
In those days, higher educa-
tion in this country was almost
exclusively the domain of private
colleges tied to specific Christian
denominations. The fledgling Uni-
versity, as a state institution, took a
different approach. Its philosophy

was summed up in a statement of
former University President Eras-
tus Otis Haven,himself a Methodist
minister: "'I maintain that a State
University in this country should
be religious. It should be Christian
without being sectarian."
Throughout its early years, the
University did its best to reassure
Michigan's citizens and church-
men that it encouraged Christian-
ity despite not being affiliated with
a denomination. Its first two pro-
fessors were ministers, as were its
first two presidents. Daily chapel
services on campus were manda-

tory for undergraduates, though
medical and law students were
exempt because of a lack of space in
the chapel. Students were required
to attend one of Ann Arbor's
churches, and there was even a
monitor charged with checking on
their attendance.
These measures weren't wholly
successful in reassuring the good
Christians of Michigan. Controver-
sies arose over the denominational
affiliations of men appointed to fac-
ulty positions in the 1840s. Former
University President Henry Philip
Tappan found his requests for

funding from the state legislature
in the 1850s stymied by the notion
Students attending
services were less
than reverent.
that the University, being nonsec-
tarian, was inherently "Godless."

Religion was, however, wound
into the life of the University dur-
ing these years in some interest-
ing ways. Until the construction of
University Hall in the early 1870s,
there was no auditorium suitable
for large events like commence-
ment ceremonies, which were
instead held atlocal churches. Clas-
sical languages formed a large part
of the early curriculum, and Greek
professors found a convenient way
to assign homework that couldn't
run afoul of the commandment
to do no work on the Sabbath -
See RELIGION, page 7B

Leopold Bros. brewing company makes a delicious and eco-friendly liqueur.

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