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Volunteering leaves Ken Bawcom too busy to read
As students enter the Undergrad-
uate Library for late-night studying,
they cannot take the stairs, wait for
the elevator or walk through the
first floor area without passing Ken
Bawcom. His 6-foot frame, warm
eyes and graying beard are filled
with travels, culture and knowl-
edge. Bawcom is more a renaissance
Bawcom, a University alum, was a
self-employed carpenter for 30 years.
While managing a building on Oak-
land Avenue, heused thebasementto
build furniture for the U Club restau-
rant in the Michigan Union and for
the Campus Inn.
When he developed rheumatoid
arthritis, however, he couldn't con-
tinue working. He started working
for the University because it offered
health insurance coverage, he said.
"I started working for the library
on Nov. 22, 1999," he said.
Bawcom said he remembered the
date because it was the anniversary
of John F. Kennedy's assassination.
In his six and half years with
the library, Bawcom has witnessed
numerous late-night antics, like
finding drunk students lying on the
library's bathroom floors.
But in a recent interview he did
not want to tell more stories lest they
give the University and students a bad
Bawcom is a traveling man. His
father, an administrator in an oil
company, moved his family to and
from the oil-rich countries of the
Middle East and Latin American.
Bawcom lived in Iran and Venezu-
ela before settling in Mount Pleasant
- an oil-rich area of Michigan - and
Over the past 19 years, Bawcom
has made sure to participate in local
cultural events. At the Ann Arbor
Film Festival, he has managed the
hospitality room and helped with
He is also the official photogra-
pher for Dance Camp, in charge of
the ride calendar for the Ann Arbor
Bicycle Touring Society and a worker
at the Wheatland Music Festival and
Blues and Jazz Festival.
Bawcom also goes on bicycle tours
around the Yucatan Peninsula. His
love for archeology and bicycling has
compelled him to go back four times.
With all that action, Bawcom said
he is too busy to take out books from
In his youth, however, Bawcom was
a voracious reader. He said he would
read one and half science fiction books
per day on average and collected over
$16,000worth of Marvel Comic Books.
Now, he is left with one - a signed
issue of Captain Marvel.
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WHERE: Alice Lloyd Resi-
WHEN: Tuesday at about
WHAT: An outdoor banner
advertising the Health Scienc-
es Scholars Program hanging
from lampposts outside of the
building was stolen sometime
over the past few days, the
Department of Public Safety
reported. The banner was val-
ued at $150.
Bike, lock stolen
from West Quad
WHERE: West Quadrangle
WHEN: Tuesday at about
WHAT: A student reported
her bike and bike lock stolen
FromThe blikevracls outside of
the building, DPS reported.
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Student falls out Lecture on U.S.
of chair, injures policy in the
knee Middle East
WHERE: School of Educa-
tion, 601 E. University Ave.
WHEN: Tuesday at about
WHAT: A student slipped
out of her chair and injured
her knee in the process, DPS
WHERE: Intramural Sports
WHEN: Tuesday at about
WHAT: A white video iPod
was stolen from a treadmill
in the cardiovascular room,
DPS reported. Police have no
WHAT: Edward Walker, a
former U.S. ambassador to
Israel, Egypt and the United
Arab Emirates, will discuss
American foreign policy in
the Middle East.
WHO: Ford School of Public
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Annenberg Audito-
rium, Weill Hall
WHAT: Laura Kasischke
and Michael Byers will read
poetry and fiction.
WHO: Department of English
Language and Literature
WHEN: Today at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham Amphi-
WHAT: A Campus Philhar-
monia Orchestra performance
WHO: Campus Philharmonia
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: McIntosh Theatre,
E.V. Moore Building
+ A photo caption on yester-
day's front page identified Car-
son Butler's attorney James L.
Galen, Jr. as Michigan football
player Christian Richards.
+ Monday's front page
story about Dance Marathon
(After 10 years, dancegoes on)
included a description of an
event that did not take place.
Although organizers discussed
having someone jump out of a
cake, no one did so. -
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Actor Kal Penn won his
role in "The Namesake"
because Director Mira
Nair's son liked him in "Har-
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A man in Florida was
arrested after authorities
found a video in a stolen
car of the man showing off
dozens of stolen items, includ-
ing scuba gear, a knife set and
an X-Box, WFTV Channel 9
in Orlando reported.
After sending marriage
the world, the world's
tallest human being, Bao Xis-
hun, who is 79", married a
woman from his hometown of
Chifeng, China, The Associ-
ated Press reported. Xishun's
bride is half of his'age and
more than 2 feet shorter.
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