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"What a bitterweec achieve-
BIRTHRIGHT ment," Mark wrote. "We are aking
From Page 1A as many participants this year as
could ever be expected inthis econ-
li government,. aims to strengthen omy, but we're also at risk of leaving
Jewish identity and bridge the gap behind more than ever before. It's
between Israel and the rest of the an extraordinary challenge."
Jewish world by providing young LSA freshman Sabrina Tharani
JewishadultswithafreeO1-daytrip also applied for Taglit-Birthright
to Israel, according to the Taglit- Israel trip through Mayanot's
Birthright Israel website. Michigan program, but was placed
During the past two summers, on the waitlist. She said she wor-
the program brought a combined ries that she now won't be able to
total of about 50,000 people from go Israel, something she said she
colleges across the country and always wanted to do.
around the world to Israel for the "I knw it's a wonderful experi-
trip, or about 25,000 per summer. ence and you come back a changed
This summer, the number has been person," she said. "With the suffer-
reduced to 8,000, Sheren said. ing economy, I don't think I'll get
A spokesperson for Taglit-Birth- another chance to go."
right Israel, who wished to remain Therani said she wants to apply
anonymous because she is not per- again next year, but worries she won't
mitted to speak to the press on the have the same amount of free time.
subject, said she attributed the cur- "It's harder, going into junior
rent decline in trip availability to a year you need to startworking," she
considerable spike in both funding said. "I don't know if I'll have the
and participation during 2007 and availability next year, but I'm defi-
2008, the years corresponding to nitely going to apply."
Israel's 60th anniversary. To meet the increased demand
She added Bernard Madoff's for the trip and to compensate for
Ponzischeme, whichaffected many the decline in available spots, the
Jewish charities and organizations Birthright Israel Foundation has
that invested with his companyhad expanded its fundraising efforts
no effect on the program's finances through a new campaign.
or the availability for participation. The core of the new campaign
Kapnick said she will reapply rests with the Adelson Family Foun-
nextyear, but worries the organiza- dation, a Jewish philanthropic foun-
tion will run into the same problem dation, which has pledged to match'
again next year due to the worsen- and double the funds raised in 2009,
ing economy. She said her worries up to a maximum of $20 million.
are driven by the fact that she and Sheren said she thinks the pro-
six friends applied to go on the trip gram will continue to offer at least
together, but that not one of her 8,000 students the chance to travel
friends was accepted. to Israel in future years, despite the
While the availability of spots state of the economy.
on the trip is in decline, there is an "Although the 8,000 spots is a
overflow of eligible candidates to reduction from the past, it is the
fill them. approximate number Taglit-Birth-
According to a Birthright Israel right Israel would like to maintain,
Foundation press release earlier regardless of the economy," she
this month, demand for the trip has wrote in the e-mail interview.
doubled from previous years, with Michael Kaplan, an LSA junior
more than 35,000 people vying for who participated in Birthright in
the 8,000 spots. May 2007, said the fact that the trip
Registration for the trip was was free drew him in.
open for just nine days, the shortest "I found most of the students on
. registration period in the program's my trip were pretty unreligious,
history, accordingto the release. as am I, and ordinarily taking an
Gidi Mark, a spokesperson for expensive trip to Israel would not
Taglit-Birthright Israel, wrote in a be something I would strongly con-
press release that the organization sider, especially with the economy
was funding as many trips as pos- the wayitis," he wrote inane-mail.
sible, but he expressed regret that it "Beingthat it is paid for, it suddenly
could not fund more. becomes completely worth it."
who is the executive director of
DP DAY Detroit Partnership, has been part
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This year's DP Day, she said,
their desire to connect more with saw an increase in community
the city of Detroit, which cannot be involvement, something the orga-
done while sitting in a classroom. nization has been focusing on in
"You don't get a sense of Detroit recent years.
while you're in Ann Arbor," he But Fotieo said one of the pri-
said. "Coming to help out here is mary goals of DP Day, besides the
' just one small piece of the puzzle." city cleanup, is establishing a con-
At the end of the day, students nection with the city.
rallied at Stoepel Park in Detroit to "I think that maybe what the
celebrate the day's work and listen bigger impact is, is connecting
to speakers from the city, includ- people to the city," she said. "You
ing Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel. can't make long-lasting changes
Education senior Ashley Fotieo, with just one day's work."
the michigan daily
Museum of Art opens to the public
reopening event well
received by visitors
By JOHN A. WEISS, JR.
The University of Michigan
Museum of Art welcomed the
general public back into Alumni
Memorial Hall Saturday evening
after nearly three years.
UMMA, now sporting a newly
added wing and a refurbished inte-
rior, had its official 24-hour long
grand reopening for the public this
weekend. The museum had been
closed while it underwent nearly
$42 million worth of construction
A crowd of around 400 students
and community members were
waiting outside when James Stew-
ard, the director of the Museum of
Art, officially opened the doors.
"Let's declare the art museum
open, and let's go in," he said, tell-
ing the crowd the museum already
had 7,000 visitors during its
"dynamic opening week."
More than doubling the size of
the original building, the $41.9 mil-
lion Maxine and Stuart Frankel
and the Frankel Family Wing is a
53,000-square-foot expansion of
the original facilities.
The new wing, with its glass-
oriented design drawn by architect
Brad Cloepfil and his company,
Allied Works Architectureis meant
to complementthe Beaux-Artsstyle
of Alumni Hall, which was erected
in 1910 as a memorial for University
veterans of 19th-century wars and
to add lecture halls, meeting rooms
and space for the Alumni Associa-
tion headquarters. While helping
house its 18,000-piece collection,
the museum addition increases the
number of galleries, study rooms,
state-of-the-art conservation and
art storage facilities, a 225-seat
auditorium and classrooms and
event spaces, along with a new
research center, expanded museum
store and a Wi-Fi accessible cafe.
The museum also has expanded
public programming, offering more
events in performing arts, spoken
word, film and art making.
"I think we pretty much rein-
vented ourselves," Steward said in a
phone interview after the opening.
Steward said the 24-hour opening
was intended to draw different com-
munities on campusto the museum.
"We're really happy to see so
many peoplehere,"he said."It seems
to be a pretty diverse crowd."
Many events and attractions
were scheduled during the week-
end to celebrate the museum's
opening. Multiple University and
community choirs, dance troupes
and musical groups performed.
There were also yoga sessions, fit-
ness consultations, poetry read-
ings, a scavenger hunt for kids and
Ruth Slavin, director of educa-
tion at the museum, said she envi-
sions UMMA as a place where
staff, faculty, students and the
public meet for the arts.
"I see this as a place for every-
one," she said, adding that whether
coming for a class, a performance
or to see a film, there is something
for people of all interests.
Slavin added that the museum
expects 200,000 visitors this year.
She said when she joined the
museum's staff 11 years earlier,
only roughly 1,100 students visited
each year. Now roughly 30,000
students are expected to visit.
Steward echoed Slavin's com-
ments, saying the museum is once
again open as a resource and attrac-
tion on campus. UMMA had been
operating on a temporary basis
from an off-site exhibition space on
South University Avenue while the
museum was revamped.
"We want to serve the Universi-
ty's teaching and research mission,
but that's not enough," he said.
The purpose of the museum,
Steward said, is to create "some-
thing that will make your lives
richer and fuller, to develop critical
thinking, and to explore the things
that bind us together."
"Art canbe auniversal language,"
he continued. "I ask people to real-
ly take the time to rediscover the
museum and ask how artcan be part
of daily life. Think of the art muse-
um as something to turn to for dif-
ferent reasons to cheer you up, calm
you down or challenge yourself."
Tiffany Purnell, an project coor-
dinator of the Barger Leadership
Institute with the organizational
Studies program, was among those
there for the opening.
"I've never visited the museum
before," she said. "I figured opening
nightisthe bestdaycto do it."
LSA freshman Anna Weiss
attended the grand reopening
because she wanted to see the
architecture exhibit and photogra-
"I wanted to check it out," she
said. "I have an interest in art. I
have been craving goingto a muse-
um for a long time."
(their) future career path," he "Those who have studied not need to hire new professors,
FINANCE said. "The classes will definitely market cycles understand that Narayanan said.
From Page 1A give us a competitive advantage in the world isn't going to end, and To restructure the curricu-
terms of what recruiters and com- that the next five to 10 years lum, Narayanan said some three-
junior and co-president of the panies expect." will provide exceptional oppor- credit courses will be split up into
BBA Finance Club, said the new Kavchak said while many stu- tunities for those who have the two one-and-a-half-credit, half-
curriculum will give students a dents with a dual interest in mar- experience and capital to devote semester classes.
chance to follow an educational keting and finance have chosen to them and for young people "The whole idea here is this
path more tailored to their inter- marketing jobs because of the like us to learn from the best," allows students more flexibility,"
ests. economy, students who recognize he said. Narayanan said. "They don't have
"I think that having more spe- the cyclical nature of the econo- The new curriculum will be to go through a whole three-cred-
cialized finance programs defi- my still see the value of learning taught by current finance fac- it course if they are not that inter-
nitely helps (students) navigate about finance. ulty members, so the school will ested in it"
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and vision of the professional politi-
cians in Lansing."
Snyder added that he wants to
provide residents with the neces-
sary tools to get out of this eco-
"The No.1 priority will be to pro-
vide a vision to the people of this
state that will give them hope and
a clear road map back to sound eco-
nomic principles and financial secu-
rity," Snyder wrote in the release.
Snyder is the former president
and chief operating officer of Gate-
way, Inc. and is currently chairman
and chief executive officer of the
local nanotechnology investment
firm Ardesta, which he co-founded.
Representatives at Ardesta said
last week that Snyder was not yet
willing to be interviewed about his
If Snyder decides to run, he
will be one of many Republican
candidates vying for the party's
nomination. Thoughthe Michigan
Republican party is declining to
endorse any candidates through-
out the primary process, spokes-
man Bob Wolfer said there are "a
number of outstanding candidates
who will be able to bring the state
in a different direction."
Other possible Republican
gubernatorial candidates rumored
to soon throw their hat in the ring
include Attorney General Mike Cox,
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YOU BORN TODAY You're not a
quitter. You're tenacious in whatever
you pursue because you're passionately
interested in your cause. You will fight
for your beliefs. You're capable of mak-
ing a radical change in your occupation;
many of you do. This year something
you've been involved with for the past
nine years will diminish or end in order
to create room for something new.
Birthdate of Al Gore, Nobel laureate;
Pavel Bure, hockey player; Gordie
Howe, hockey player.
Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land,
CEO of Domino's Pizza and former
University Regent David Brandon,
U.S. Reps. Peter Hoekstra and Can-
dice Miller, Oakland County Sheriff
Michael Bouchard, state Sens. Tom
George and Majority Leader Mike
Bishop and 2006 gubernatorial
candidate Dick DeVos.
If Snyder wins he will replace
current governor, Democrat Jen-
nifer Granholm, who will be term-
limited by state law after 2010
Political Science Prof. John
Jackson said early indications sug-
gest that victory could be easier
to attain for Republicans in the
2010 gubernatorial race than in
past years particularly because of
"I don't think the state economy
is going to be better, and there is no
dominant national race to compete
with state races," Jackson said.
Still, Jackson said it is too early
to comment on how Snyder may
fare in the primary against other
"He said that he was active in
Michigan economic development
affairs, but beyond that I don't
know how he stands on a whole
range of issues, particularly ones
Republicans care about," he said.
According to the Ardesta web-
site, Snyder graduated from the
University in. 1977 and earned a
Master of Business Administration
in 1979 and a Juris Doctor in 1982.
In addition to his work at Ard-
esta, Snyder is chairman of Ann
Arbor SPARK, which the Ardesta
website describes as the "innova-
tive focused economic develop-
ment organization formed by the
University of Michigan and local
and state government."
Snyder is also a board member
of the University's Tech Transfer
Advisory Board, Literature, Sci-
ence & Arts Advisory Board and the
Comprehensive Cancer Center.
He currently lives in Ann Arbor
with his wife and three children.
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