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CLEANING CRISLER FOR A GOOD CAUSE

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
Big names
to talk on
MLK Day

ARIEL BOND/Daily
Students in the Pre-Med and Women's Ultimate Frisbee Clubs clean up Crisler Arena last night after the women's basketball game. Proceeds from helping with the clean-
up went to support Camp Make-A-Dream for cancer patients. Pictured from left to right: Ashley Daily and Engineering freshman Kelsey DeLave. For more on
the basketball game, see Sports, Page 8.
REBUILDING MICHIGAN'S ECONOMY
Mich. leaders push for funds

NAACP chair, 'Daily
Show' personality to
speak for symposium
By ELIN BERGMAN
Daily StaffReporter
In an effort to reach a wide audi-
ence, this year's Martin Luther
King Jr. symposium will feature
speakers that include NAACP
Chairman Julian Bond and Larry
Wilmore from "The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart."
Bond will deliver the keynote
speech Monday morning at Hill
Auditorium.
Theda Gibbs, coordinator for the
MLK symposium planning com-
mittee, said Bond was invited to
speak because of his long-standing
commitment to civil rights. Bond,
who was a member of the Geor-
gia General Assemhly for over 20
years, has heen chair of the NAACP
since 1998.
"We think about current events,
and we think of a person whose
life and work have been creating
positive change in our community,"
Gibbs said of the selection process.
Gibbs said Bond will address a
variety of topics including what
changes to expect when Barack
Obama becomes president.
"I'm sure he'll forecast what will
happenwhen (Obama) takes office,"
she said.
In addition to Bond, Larry
Wilmore, the so-called "Senior
Black Correspondent" from "The
Daily Show," will be speaking as
part of the symposium.

Though best known for his role
on the Comedy Central staple,
Wilmore has also written for tele-
vision series "The Fresh Prince
of Bel-Air" and "The Jamie Foxx
Show."
Helen Look, chair of the Univer-
sity Library MLK Day committee,
said it chose Wilmore because of
his ability to connect to students.
"We really wanted to reach out
to the student population," Look
said. "We felt like we wanted to do
something that would really appeal
to students. I think'that the whole
idea of the campus symposium is to
look at different aspects of what the
theme is.

Granholm, Levin
say bailout money
would help diversify
Michigan economy
By BENJAMIN S. CHASE
Daily StaffReporter
With almost every sector of
the state's economy faltering and
unemployment soaring far above
national levels, Michigan lawmak-
ers say that the proposed federal
economic stimulus package cannot

be enacted quickly enough.
The federal economic stimulus
package proposed by Democrats in
the U.S. House of Representatives
and the incoming Obama adminis-
tration will combine tax cuts with
large-scale government spending.
The plan has a total price tag of
$825 billion.
The stimulus, which appears
likely to pass in both the House
and Senate, will include projects
overseen by the federal govern-
ment, and large amounts of aid
given directly to states based on
their specific needs.
"The American Recovery and

Reinvestment Plan" of 2009 was
introduced as a bill in the House
yesterday. A Senate version of the
bill has yet to be drafted and pro-
posed.
In interviews and state-
ments this week, Sen. Carl Levin
(D-Mich.) and Gov. Jennifer Gra-
nholm (D-Mich.) revealed some
details of their planned pitches for
bailout funds.
At the state level, Granholm is
dealing with an economic crisis
not seen in decades. She said in
an e-mail interview this.week that
she plans to work to create jobs as
quickly as possible across all sec-

tors of the economy, using funding
from the stimulus package to facil-
itate work on ready-to-go projects
statewide.
"In Michigan, this package will
allow us to create jobs today, create
jobs and an economy for tomorrow
and prevent the state from making
cuts that will make the economy
worse by hurting people," she said.
She also said that she expects
the package to create jobs in con-
struction, health care and infor-
mation technology sectors.
Though unable to provide spe-
cifics about the just how much
See STIMULUS, Page 7

Look said she expects Wilmore's
speech, called "Don't Take Diver-
sity Seriously: Just Kidding!" to be
an "honest discussion" of race rela-
tions in the United States.
"He knouts how to bring in
humor in things," she said. "He's
going to be talking about the elec-
tion, the upcoming presidential
inauguration, any of the current
news events."
Gibbs said the timing of the sym-
posium with the historical inaugu-
ration of the first black president
will affect the atmosphere.
"I think people will be excited,"
See MLK DAY, Page 7

CAMPUS FLOOD
Water main breaks,
bus routes altered

100 attend rally for Israeli cause

Water gushed down
Murfin Avenue,
causing buses to
take detours
By JILLIAN BERMAN
Daily News Editor
Yesterday morning, a water
main on Murfin Avenue between
Hubbard Street and Duffield
Drive burst, shutting down traffic
for a block and forcing detours for
many University bus routes.
Bitsy Lamb, a manager for Park-
ing and Transportation Services,
said she expects that bus service
will be affected at least through
the rest of today.
Lamb said that though most
buses will be making detours and
some bus routes won't be run-
ning at all, students shouldn't be
concerned because buses will still
service all stops.
"We're not missing any stops,
we're covering them with some-
thing," she said. "There is some
coverage. There is just not what
(students) are expecting so they
just have to re-group."

Lamb said the Bursley-Baits
bus route, which rusps from Cen-
tral Campus to Bursley Hall, will
take a detour on Plymouth Road
to avoid the shut-down block. The
Northwood Express route, which
runs between Northwood Hous-
ing and Central Campus, won't
be running at all. Instead, those
buses will run on the Diag-to-
Diag route, which takes students
between the North Campus and
Central Campus Diags.
Lamb said students should
expect delays, especially during
rush hour.
"We will be probably pretty
negatively affected at rush hour
time on Maiden Lane," she said.
"It's very congested, it's a one lane
in, one lane out. It's pretty ugly at
rush hour, and we're just going to
make it worse."
Engineering graduate student
Yi Qing Qu felt the effects of the
slow down yesterday while he was
waiting at the C.C. Little bus stop.
Qu said he was originally planning
to go to Pierpont Commons, but
was surprised when thebus driver
announced that there was goingto
be a detour.
"They dropped us off near Glen
See WATER MAIN, Page 7

Students defend
Israel's military
advances into Gaza
By AMY MUNSLOW
Daily StaffReporter
About 100 people gathered in
front of the Hatcher Graduate
Library last night to participate in
a rally to support Israel.
The event, held last night by
Israel Initiating Dialogue, Edu-
cation, and Advocacy (IDEA),
was in defense of Israel's military
advances in Gaza over the past 20
days. IDEA's chair, Ben Kaminsky,
said in an interview before the
rally that the purpose was to show

support for the country of Israel.
Students read the names of
Israeli soldiers killed in the con-
flict as well as prayers for Israel.
"We hope to show Israel that
America stands united behind
Israel's actions and their right to
defend themselves," he said.
The participants were mainly
University students holding Israe-
li flags and signs. Rally-goers also
wore buttons, which read, "Sup-
port Israel, Support Peace."
Ari Parritz, president of the
Interfraternity Council, gave a
speech defending the military
advances of Israel and urging
American citizens to stand behind
its actions. As of last night, The
Associated Press reported that
See ISRAEL RALLY, Page 7

Ari Parritz speaks to a group of pro-Israel supporters during a rally on the steps of
the Hatcher Graduate Library last night.

RESEARCH AT THE 'U'
'U' prof. helps develop artificial bone marrow

7-year project leads
to new instrument
for medical research
By AMY MUNSLOW
Daily StaffReporter
A collaborative effort between
researchers at the University of
Texas Medical Branch and the Uni-

versity of Michigan was the first
to successfully produce functional
artificial bone marrow, paving the
way for future research on human
reactions to new drugs.
The venture - a joint effort
between a University of Michigan
biomedical engineering professor
and two researchers from the Uni-
versity of Texas Medical Branch -
took seven years to complete and
was funded by Defense Advanced

Research Projects Agency.
The project is currently being
used as a model to test the human
immune system's response to new
drugs.
Joan Nichols, one of the UTMB
researchers, said the artificial bone
marrow system is a step forward
for drug testingbecause it provides
a far more accurate response than
tests on bone marrow from mice or
rats. She added that further possi-

bilities for potentialuses of the arti-
ficial bone marrow are endless.
"It willhelp scientiststhat design
vaccines to treat infections or envi-
ronmental exposure to chemicals
that cause leukemiaor other diseas-
es," Nichols said. "It could even be
used to test the immune response
to cosmetics or foods."
For the project, Kotov created a
matrix that mimics the tissues that
See BONE MARROW, Page 7

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