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2A - Thursday, October 2, 2008
MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

TUESDAY:
Arbor Anecdotes

WEDNESDAY: THURSDAY:
Before You Were Here Campus Characters

FRIDAY:
Explained

The superstars inthe stands

While the Maize Rage roars its
team on, the coaches bark orders
and the players run the court inside
Crisler Arena, Juan Mathews and
Damon Grosz, Crisler Arena's facil-
ity operation staff members, are also
hard at work.
The duo, better known to students
as "Juan and Damon," are responsible
for maintaining the 41-year-old home
of the men's and women's basketball
teams at Michigan. It's a job, Mathews
and Grosz willtell you, that's involves
working before, during and after the
game.
Before tip-off, they set up all of the
arena's equipment and run a crew
that changes the court. And after
the game has ended, it's their job to
clean the entire arena.
The duo has been working togeth-
er at Crisler Arena for four years,

and when talking with them it's
clear that they're very much a team
of their own.
"Working together makes the job
go faster," Mathews said.
"Definitely," Grosz added.
With all of their hard work comes
some perks. Mathews and Grosz get
to meet professional and soon-to-be
professional athletes on a daily basis.
"We're on a first name basis with
everyone," Grosz added.
But even when professional ath-
letes come through, the two under-
stand that it's time to work.
"We can't be a fan. This is a person
we have to take care of," Mathews
said.
In addition to the obvious benefits
of the job, the two also appreciate
interaction with the fans and stu-
dents.

"We get to be at every game," Grosz
said. "We meet a lot of students from
fundraisers and organizations, and
it's a lotcof fun."
For Mathews and Grosz, some
of the hard work is at least eased by
friendly coworkers and even brief
moments of fame.
"I like the people I get to work for
and peopleI get to work with," Grosz
said. "Everybody makes it pretty
enjoyable around here."
Without a doubt the two are popu-
lar among Crisler Arena's most rabid
fans.
"We also sweep the floors at half
time, and it's a time when students
see us," Mathews said, adding, "It's
funny when the Maize Rage section
chants 'Juan and Damon!"'
LARA ZADE

Thousands of Muslims circle the Kabaa inside and
outside the Grand Mosque, during Eid al-Fitr mnorning
prayers in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday.

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CRIME NOTES
Bookbag swiped
from Chemistry
Building
WHERE: Chemistry Building
WHEN: Tuesday at about
10:30 p.m.
WHAT: A student reported a
stolen bookbag after leavingit
unattended, University Police
reported. The bag contained
several books and is believed to
have been stolen between

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Cash reported
stolen from
Upjohn Building
WHERE: Rachel Upjohn Build-
ing
WHEN: Tuesday at approxi-
mately 2:30 p.m.
WHAT: Forty dollars in cash
was reported missing from an
office in the building, Universi-
ty Police reported. Police have
no suspects.

Study abroad Talk on Korean
information fair ethnic identities

WHAT: Meet study abroad
alumni, hear firsthand
experiences and talk with
academic and study abroad
advisers
WHO: Office of International
Programs
WHEN: Today from 3 to 5
p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union

1:30 and 5:00 pm. Police haveL
no suspects. Lecture on
Tisch Hall doors sustainability
Desktop stolen .
vandalzed WHAT: A talk by Al Halvor
from classroom en, the director of sustain-

WHAT: A talk by University
of California at Berkeley Prof.
John Lie on the ethnic identi-
ties of Koreans in Japan dur-
ing the 1950s and 1960s
WHO: Center for Japanese
Studies
WHEN: Today at noon
WHERE: School of Social
Work Building, Room 1636
Jazz and funk
concert
WHAT: A concert with song-
writer Karen Savoca and gui-
tarist Pete Heitzman
WHO: The Ark
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: 316S. Main St.
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California could soon
become the first state to
require large chain restau-
rants to tell customers about
the nutritional content of
menu items, The San Jose Mer-
cury News reported. If passed,
the legislation would require
restaurants to include caloric
information on their menus.
Iconic actor Paul New-
man, who died last week
at the age 83, was an
accomplished race car driver,
having once competed in a
1979 Le Mans race.
,>FOR MORE, SEE THE B-SIDE
3A Chicago woman won
an auction on eBay for an
abandoned home in Sag-
inaw, Mich., with a $1.75 bid,
The Saginaw News reported.
The woman told the.newspaper
that she has no plans to live in
the home, but instead intends
to sell it..

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WHERE: School of Education
WHEN: Tuesday at about 3:45
p.m.
WHAT: A staff member report-
ed a missing desktop computer
at the School of Education. Uni-
versity Police reported. Police
have no suspects.

WHERE: Tisch Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about 8:30
p.m.
WHAT: Two playing cards
were drawn onto an exit door
in the building with a black
marker, University Police
reported. Police have no sus-
pects.

ability for Frito-Lay
WHO: Erb Institute, Ross
Business School and School of
Natural Resources
WHEN: Today at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Kresge Business
Administration Library
(Business School), Room
K1310

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