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MONDAY: TUESDAY:
The Extremist Arbor Anecdotes

WEDNESDAY:
Before You Were HerE

Transparencies and tunes
Projectionist uses students as musical guinea pigs

Many students shuffle into lecture
halls and assemble their notes in silence.
But those lucky enough to attend lec-
tures when Pete Brown is the projec-
tionist may enter class to blaringtunes.
"I bring music here just to get a
response," Brown said.
The pre-lecture playlist is random;
he doesn't decide what he will play for
his classes ahead of time, he said.
Brown said he tests the music on stu-
dents before playing it on his weekly
WEMU radio show.
Brown has worked at the University
since September 1999 and was hired to
work full-time in May 2001. He saw an
ad in the paper and applied for the job
after spending time making deliver-
ies to the University while working for
Thelner Electronic Labs.
Projectionists typically control the
projections for five to six lectures each
day, he said.

Most film classes - and one history
class in which the professor uses many
film clips - are especially challenging
to run, he said.
For most of the professors, Brown
sets up the equipment at the beginning
of the lecture. Once the lecturers are
prepared, Brown's job consists of play-
ing sporadic video clips and adjusting
the lecturers' microphone volume.
"A few professors like to set up for
themselves," he said. "I'll just trouble-
shoot for them."
Sometimes the job requires a little
bit more. One of Brown's professors is
blind. In the classroom setting, the pro-
fessor asks Brown to be the eyes in the
classroom.
"He asks me where they're sitting, if
they're in the back," Brown said. "I feel
like I'm snitching on the class."
For one instructor, Brown has to do
almost nothing. This professor uses

only two projectors, no slides and
doesn't put lecture notes online.
"I like his teaching style," he said. "I
guess that takes more concentration.
You have to pay attention. You have to
come to class."
But Brown said his true passion
lies in radio broadcasting. For the last
three years, he has hosted a show titled
"New Boogaloo Review" on WEMU
that airs Friday evenings from 10 p.m.
until 1 a.m.
Brown, an Ann Arbor native, said he
has listened to the station for years.
Before hosting at WEMU, Brown
worked at the radio stations Lansing
Power 96.5 and WGPR Detroit.
"Tune in," Brown said. "I need all the
listeners I can get."
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Projectionist Pete Brown watches a lecture
in Auditorium 3 of the Modern Languages
Building yesterday afternoon. Brown also
has a weekly radio show on WEMU.

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CRIME NOTES
ER patient
wields butter
knife
WHERE: University Hospi-
tal Emergency Room
WHEN: Tuesday at about
11 p.m.
WHAT: A psychiatric patient
in the emergency room threat-
ened a staff member with a
butter knife, the Department
of Public Safety reported. The
patient was demanding food.

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

ed. Policebescorted the man
from the building.
Ping-pong table
squashed
WHERE: Bursley Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about
1:45 p.m.
WHAT: A ping-pong table
was found damaged last week,
DPS reported. The table's legs
appeared to have collapsed
from too much weight.

Lecture on
AIDS in Africa
WHAT: A lecture on the
multiple dimensions of the
HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa
WHO: Ezekiel Kalipeni, a
professor of geography and
African studies at the Univer-
sity of Illinois
WHEN: Today from 4 to 5:30
p.m.
WHERE: Room 259, 1214 S.
University
Reporter on war

Guest recital
WHAT: A performance by
the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, a
Canadian Afrocentric chorale
group. Admission is free.
WHO: First Congressional
Church
WHEN: Today at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: First Congregation-
al Church, 608 E. William St.
CORRECTIONS
* An article on page fiB of
yesterday's Statement (The
real reason you didn't win a
Rhodes Scholarship) misre-
ported the number of Yale
students who wor Rhodes
Scholarships this year. Yale
students won five.
. Photo captions on pages
4B and 7B of yesterday's
Statement (Why you rarely
see your professors in church)
misidentifed the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church.
Please report any error in
the Daily to corrections@
michigandaily.com.

Starbucks plans to double
the number of locations in
the next five years, Bloom-
berg News reported. The cof-
fee giant, which has about
13,00 shops, announced yes-
terday that its long-term goal
is to have 40,000 locations
worldwide.
A -million-year-old
meteorite was found
embedded one mile into
to the Earth near Victoria
Island, Calif. this week, CBS-
Stockton reported. The mete-
orite produced a crater three
miles in diameter.
A third-grader was sus-
pended from his St. Paul,
Minn. school after bring-
ing a bag of marijuana toschool
for show and tell, The Associ-
ated Press reported. The boy
found the drugs at home.

Man naps in Ccohvsashage
Couch slashed WHAT: Visiting Prof. Mark
bathroom WHERE: Bursley Hall McDonald will give a lecture
WHERE: Michigan Union WHEN: Tuesday at about about media coverage in Iraq
WHEN: Tuesday at about 1:30 p.m. and Afghanistan
yWHO: Communications
9:30 a.m. WHAT: A couch and chair in Studies department
WHAT: A man not affiliated the dorm's game room were WHEN: Today from S to 7
with the University was found found slashed with a sharp p.m.
asleep in the men's restroom object, DPS reported. Police WHERE: Founders Room,
in the basement, DPS report- have no suspects. Alumni Center

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