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Monday, January 26, 2009
NORTH CAMPUS RENOVATIONS
If capital outlay economic growth for the region
and the state.
request is accepted, "The Mechanical Engmeerig
Department is consistently ranked
state will shoulder in the top five undergraduate and
graduate programs nationally in
some of the costs a field strategically important for
revitalizing the state's economy,"
By NICOLE ABER Slottow wrote in the statement.
Daily StaffReporter College of Engineering Dean
David Munson said the college
Demonstrating its appetite to has been discussing a renovation
build and re-build despite the to the G.G. Brown building, which
state's and country's current eco- is one of the oldest buildings on
nomic hardships, the University campus, since he became dean
has proposed a $110 million reno- two and half years ago.
vation project for the G.G. Brown Munson said the renovation is
Laboratory Building to the state something that has been needed
legislature. for many years to increase oppor-
The capital outlay request for tunities in the mechanical engi-
the 2010 fiscal year calls for a proj- neering field.
ect involving a renovation and ad- "In the case of mechanical en-
dition to the building, located on gineering, it's now our largest en-
North Campus at 2350 Hayward gineering program so they need
St. If approved, the state and Uni- more faculty and space," he said.
versity would both provide fund- "In addition, mechanical engi-
ing for the project. neering as a field has been moving
In an informational item pre- rapidly in the fields of nano- and
sented to the Board of Regents bio-technologies, and the G.G.
at Thursday's meeting, Timothy Brown is not set up to handle that
Slottow, the University's execu- research.'
tive vice president and chief fi- From 2002 to 2004, the G.G.
nancial officer, wrote that the pro- Brown building underwent reno-
posed renovation would increase vations to its chemical engineer-
research opportunities in the ing laboratories and department
bio- and nano-technologies. He offices. The total cost of that proj-
wrote that it would also provide See G.G. BROWN, Page 3A
BILL AYERS EVENT
to speak at 'U'
Michigan junior defenseman Steve Kampfer lays motionless on the ice following an incident with two Michigan State players dufing Saturday night's men's ice hockey game.
On, off-ice clashes mar win
After brutal hit
during the game,
incident follows in
visitor's locker room
By NICOLE AUERBACH,
MICHAEL EISENSTEIN and
Daily Sports Editors
About 30 minutes after the end
of the Wolverines' 5-3 win over
Michigan State Saturday night, a
somber hush fell upon the small
crowd gathered outside the Michi-
gan hockey locker room.
The lighthearted mood from the
players' postgame press conference
had dissipated. The enjoyment of
six straight victories over the Spar-
tans - the Wolverines' longest win
streak against them in 47 seasons -
Junior defenseman Steve Kamp-
fer, still in his maize game sweater
and with his neck in a brace, was
being carted out of Yost Ice Arena
on a gurney by paramedics. As team
officials cleared the hallway, a visit-
ing junior hockey team waiting to
greet the Wolverines looked on in
Kampfer, a Jackson, Mich. na-
tive, was punched from behind by
Spartan forward Andrew Conboy
and slashed in the head and neck
areas while laying motionless by
Michigan State forward Corey
Tropp in the final minute of Michi-
gan's victory. Michigan State coach
Rick Comley called the hit "cheap"
and "uncalled for" after the game.
And, according to a Department
of Public Safety report, once Tropp
was kicked out of the game, "a visi-
tor assaulted a hockey player after
being upset about an incident that
happened during the game."
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown
said that the incident followed the
ejection from the game. She said
the player ejected from yesterday's
game - which, according to the box
score, was Tropp - was in the visi-
tor's locker room and a 48-year-old
man from Jackson confronted him.
"We had a parent come crashing
into the locker room and fight my
player," Comley said to the State
According to multiple sources
close to the situation, the man was
taken to the Yost offices behind the
skate rental booth for DPS ques-
"I heard him tell the officer that
he did grab Tropp by the jersey, and
they were also holding each other
and yelling at each other," said a
person who was in the room during
the questioning. The person asked
to remain anonymous because he
was not authorized to speak to the
press on the matter.
The hit on Kampfer was espe-
cially poignant, considering his
recent history of head injuries. He
suffered a fractured skull in an off-
ice incident on Oct.12, was ina neck
brace until Nov.19 and didn't return
to game action until Dec. 27.
See KAMPFER, Page 7A
STUDY[NG FN T HE STA TES
Demand rises for
' English skills tests
DEMONSTRATING BY EXAMPLE
expands testing sites
in growing market
By CAITLIN SCHNEIDER
applying to U.S. colleges continues
to grow, the University's English
Language Institute is expanding its
testing sites for the Michigan Eng-
lish Language Assessment Battery.
The MELAB, which originated
at the University of Michigan, is a
test of English writing, speaking
and reading proficiency.
When the number of interna-
tional applicants is expected to hit
at an all time high in a year, the
University is concurrently bolster-
ing the availability of the MELAB
by adding new testing sites around
* the world.
The University has offered the
MELAB exam foryears,but it never
sought the scope of giants like the
Test of English as a Foreign Lan-
guage (TOEFL) or International
English Language Testing System
Until now, the most well-known
test of English language ability has
been TOEFL. But, as the market for
such a test has grown, competitors
like the IELTS have emerged.
In an e-mail interview, Erica
Sanders, the director of recruit-
ment and operations in the Office
of Undergraduate Admissions said,
"The MELAB is accepted as a test
of English as a second language ex-
amination; not in place of TOEFL,
but as an alternative."
According to the English Lan-
guage Institute, that alternative is
one that droves of international
students are electing.
The MELAB is accepted at many
U.S. universities and while the test
has only been administered in the
United States and Canada in the
past, institutions in the United
Kingdom, Sweden and Norway now
In the industry of well-estab-
lished names, the MELAB dis-
tinguishes itself by remaining a
strictly paper-and-pencil test.
See TOEFL, Page 7A
rs, an alum and were dropped after prosecutorial
tti-war radical, The event is being co-spon-
sored by Shaman Drum Bookshop
talk at Hatcher and the Graduate Library.
Earl Fobrt, owner of Shaman
ibrary tonight Drum, said Beacon Press, the pub-
lisher for Ayers's book, approached
By NICOLE ABER him about holding the event.
Daily StaffReporter Pohrt said he then approached
pite a lack of attention from Library to host
iajorpresidential candidates the event, in
fall's election, Ann Arbor part because
go completely unnoticed by of its esteemed
versial political figures this Labadie Col-
year. lection of an-
versity alum and1960s anti- archist and
tivist Bill Ayers will be ad- social protest AYERS
ng the Ann Arbor commu- literature.
night at 7 p.m. at the Harlan "Hatcher
er Graduate Library. has the finest collections of radi-
rs, who is a professor of cal literature, the Labadie Collec-
ion at the University of Il- tion. That's a good sight for the
at Chicago, will be present- event," Pohrt said. "Also, the mis-
im his book, "Fugitive Days: sion of the University is to discuss
irs of an Anti-War Activist," controversial issues, as is (that of)
ll be joined by his wife, Ber- bookshops."
Dohrn, who co-authored Pohrt said he expects Ayers to
tok "Race Course Against draw a large crowd, like the last
Supremacy" with Ayers. time Ayers spoke at the University
rs co-founded the Weather in 2003.
ground organization, which "That was before the contro-
d responsibility for bomb- versy during the last election, and
n the Capitol Building, the everybody is very curious about
on, and several other gov- who he was and what his ideas
nt buildings in the early are," Pohrt said.
Charges against Ayers in During last year's presidential
ction with the bombings See AYERS, Page 3A
Memhers t fStudents Organizingor Lahor and tconomic tquality demonstrate
varios CIA torture procedures and techniques on Friday. They held the dem-
onstration outside ofva CIA recruiting event in the School of Information. The
demonstration was eventually ended when the SOLE members were removed by
Department of Public Safety officials.
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