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In Other Ivory Towers f t-h B- Campus Clubs Before You Were Here Photos of the Week
The University's hidden testing round
Thousands of students pass through the door that's off the and its depth varies from 12 to 15 VOTS
under the West Hall Engineer- beaten track and is really an feet. It currently holds between
ing Arch on the way to or from engineering test to solve differ- 450.000 and 500,000 gallons of

classes every day, but few prob-
ably realize they are walking
by one of the largest and oldest
hydrodynamics testing tanks in
the United States.
The Physical Modeling Basin
of the University's Marine
Hydrodynamics Lab, part of the
College of Engineering's Depart-
ment of Naval Architecture and
Marine Engineering, has tested
everything from experimental
naval models for the government
and private industry to routines
for competitive swimmers to
even theories about the Bermu-
da Triangle.
"Our primary function is to
do research, education, and then
commercial testing," said Timo-
thy Peters, assistant director of
the MHL. "Anything that comes

ent problems always tends to be
really interesting and gives us a
chance to stretch a bit."
Located on the first floor of
the building and flooded with
sunlight beaming in through
glass-block windows, the tank
has been in use for 105 years
since its construction as a part of
what was then called West Engi-
neering in 1904.
"The building was pretty
much built around the tank,"
Peters said. "That's the reason
why we're the only engineer-
ing thing on Central Campus,
because they can't move the
tank, or else we'd be up on North
Campus with the rest of the
According to Peters, the tank
is 360 feet long and 22 feet wide

Ann Arbor tap water, although
Peters asserts that "it can defi-
nitely hold a lot more than that."
On top of the tank is a car-
riage that can travel along the
tank at speeds of up to 22 feet
per second.
The MHL has a staff of ten
people who do testing two weeks
out of the month, and Peters said
there is a lot of testing scheduled
for the near future.
He added that students should
call the MHL to arrange group
tours of what he describes as "a
very unique environment."
"We're the second largest
tank in the United States," he
said. "To get a ride on the car-
riage of the second largest tank
is pretty neat."

The Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory is the only Engineering facility
still located on Central Camous. Their main facility is in West Hall.

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Laptop, bag Bike with bell Public health War exhibit
swiped from taken from talk with prof. WHAT: The Clements
Library will display ite
study table Union bike rack WHAT: Don Cacioppo, a from the French and It
professor at the University of War of 1759.
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher WHERE: 500 Block of State Chicago, will give a talk on WHO: William L. Cle
Graduate Library street social isolation and its rela- Library
WHEN: Sunday at about 4:25 y p. tionship to health. WHEN: Today at 1 p.m
WHAT: A white folding bike WHO: CSEPH & RWJ Health WHERE: Main Room,
WHAT: A backpack, laptop valued at $300 was stolen from & Society Scholars Program liam Clements Library
and personal items were stolen a bike rack near the Michi- WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
from an unattended study table gan Union, University Police WHERE: 1655 SPH Cross- Ps hic
in the library, University Police reported. The bike had small roads, Henry F. Vaughn tsyc cto
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valued at $350.


Student attacked Lecture on the
Student pushed afotalgm eninet
at intersection

WHERE: S. State Street and
Hoover Street
WHEN: Saturday at about 5:15
WHAT: A student was pushed
down from behind, University
Police reported. There are no

WHERE: Michigan Stadium
WHEN: Sunday at about 10:40
WHAT: A student was assault-
ed at the football game Satur-
day, University Police reported.
The case is under investigation
and there are no suspects.

WHAT: Bill Weihl will dis-
cuss solutions for controlling
greenhouse gas emissions. The
lecture is part of Energy Fest.
WHO: Center for Sustain-
able Systems
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Room 1040, Dana
Natural Resources Building

answer queries
WHAT: Psychic Sylvia
Brown will speak and answer
questions from audience
WHO: Michigan Union
Ticket Office
WHEN: Today at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
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When Taylor Swift wonthe
MTV Video Mu ic Award
for best female video Sun-
day night, rapper Kanye West
jumped on the stage and stole
the microphone from her,
claiming Beyonce should have
won the award over Swift, the
Associated Press reported.
West was booed off the stage.
Ann Arbor's Near North
affordable housing com-
plex will have 14 units
set aside for homeless persons
addicted to alcohol or drugs.
After purchasing and
allegedly taking drugs, a
man from Pennsylvania
became so intoxicated that he
couldn't find his car, abelo-
cal.go.com reported. The man
called the police to help him
search for the car, in which he
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figures who don't bring in security
"The bigger challenges come
with, for lack of a better term,
speakers who deal with controver-
sial issues or create controversy,
and don't come in with their own
security," Brown said. "They pro-
voke people or crowds, and most
of the unplanned occurrences are
Such figures include recent
visitors like political activist Bill
Ayers and controversial author
Norman Finkelstein, both of
whom spoke at the University
this past winter.
Though they heightened ten-
sions on campus, their visits
occurred without serious inci-
By contrast, Brown said visi-
tors like former President Bill
Clinton, who spoke at commence-
ment in 2007, the Dalai Lama,

who visited last year, and Rob-
erts follow meticulously planned
itineraries, which include the
publicly planned events, as well
as lodging, traveling routes and
hospital arrangements, should
they be needed in case of an
"Any deviations from their
schedules are carefully moni-
tored," Brown said. "Bill Clinton,
for instance, had the reputation of
wanting to be involved with the
public, shaking hands and con-
versing. But he also realized that it
put pressure on his security detail
and the local law enforcement
when he does that."
Similar problems arise when
a Supreme Court chief justice
grants an impromptu overtime
question-and-answer session to
unsuspecting law students.
"Once he reached a level of
comfort with the people in the
classroom, he felt he could stay
longer, though it put pressure
on his crew of marshals," Brown

Though he felt comfortable in
the classroom, Roberts, a Notre
Dame fan who attended this
weekend's game, took perhaps
the greatest risk on his way to
the football game on Saturday
- according to Brown, when he
walked to the stadium, just like
most of his maize-and-blue-clad
The security forces that arrive
with visiting dignitaries are often
responsible for the person's imme-
diate protection, whereas DPS,
state or local officers are in charge
of securing the perimeter of areas
the person will visit and assisting
with any incident control, Brown
"DPS is responsible for the
main security or investigating of
crimes on campus," Brown said.
"In the event of a threat to secu-
rity this weekend, (the U.S. Mar-
shals) would be responsible for
escorting Chief Justice Roberts
to a safe area, whereas we would
work with local police to secure
the surrounding area and its

The U.S. Marshals are respon-
sible for similar duties as those
that protect the president, accord-
ing to Kevin Pettit, a deputy U.S.
Marshal stationed in the Detroit
field office.
"Chief Justice Roberts gets
around-the-clock protection -
there is a crew of Marshals with
him at all times," Pettit said.
Brown and Pettit said they were
not permitted to release the num-
ber of Marshals in Chief Justice
Roberts's detail.
Brown said the University
attracts enough important figures
to campus that DPS and the state
and local police can now smoothly
cooperate with the visiting secu-
rity forces.
"We work very closely with
DPS, and we can't say enough
good things about them," Pettit
said. "They supplement our man-
power, do external protection,
and they work with us in facili-
tating (the important person's)

Canada PM: Countrywili
withdraw troops in 2011,

Canada will pull out
of Afghan war, says
Stephen Harper
TORONTO (AP) - Canada will
not extend its mission in Afghanistan
even if President Barack Obama asks
him to when the countries' leaders
meet this week, Prime Minister Ste-
phen Harper's office said yesterday.
Harperspokesman Dimitri Soudas
reiterated ina briefing yesterday that
Canada will withdraw its troops in
One hundred and thirty Canadian
soldiers and a diplomat have been
killed in Afghanistan, where Canada
has 2,500 troops.
"Canada's position is clear," Soudas
said. "The military component of the
mission ends in 2011."
Canada first sent troops to
Afghanistan after the Sept. 11,
2001 attack on the United States
and increased its deployment
after declining a U.S. request to
dispatch troops to Iraq.
Although Canada has usually
served in more of a peacekeep-
ing role in overseas missions after
World War II, Harper has been a
steadfast ally in the post-Sept. 11
fight against al-Qaida.
In 2005, Canada assumed

responsibility for Kandahar, one of
Afghanistan's most dangerous prov-
inces. Last year, Harper said Canada
had done its part after serving in the
volatile region and announced Can-
ada's troops would be withdrawn in
2011, extending its mission by two
Although Canada's participation is
slated to end in two years, critics are
growing increasingly wary of a mis-
sion thatthey see as too dangerous.
Soudas said post-2011 Canada will
examine what other contributions
it can make in reconstruction, aid or
The Obama administration is con-
sideringwhethertoboostthe number
of U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond
the 68,000 approved to be there
by the end of the year. Violence in
Afghanistan has soared to record lev-
els, requiring more troops to secure
wide stretches of countryside.
"We expect that the president will
have a chance to discuss with Prime
Minister Harper when they meet on
Wednesday our combined efforts in
Afghanistan, where Canada has made
significant contributions and sacri-
fices," U.S. National Security Council
spokesman Mike Hammer said.
"The two leaders have met more
than half a dozen occasions so far,
which reflects the strength and
breadth of the bilateral relationship."


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