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Largest fossil museum in Michigan
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When University alum Joseph
Beal Steere began an expedition in
1870, he probably didn't realize that
many of the 62,000'specimens he
found - most of them unknown to
science at the time - would become
the basis for the largest fossil muse-
um in the state of Michigan.
The Alexander Ruthven Muse-
ums Building, located across the
street from C.C. Little, houses four
museums: the Exhibit Museum of
Natural History, and the Museums
of Anthropology, Zoology and Pale-
The spiraling staircases and vin-
tage decor of the Exhibit Museum
of Natural History create an archaic
feel. The cases of animals and shelves
of fossils lining the museum's walls
date back more than a century.
Exhibits at the museum come
from around the world. One display
includes two full mastodons, one of
which was found in Owosso, Mich.,
while another exhibit includes a Sau-
ropod dinosaur fossil.
Rotatingexhibits include an arche-
ology display as part of an upcoming
theme, "Explore Evolution."
Of the four museums, three of
thes are closed to the general public
and are used for research, The fourth
unit, the Museum of Natural Histo-
ry, has four floors and holds exhibits
on paleontology, zoology, Michigan
wildlife, anthropology, archaeology,
geology and a planetarium.
The museum was in the origi-
nal 1837 charter of the University
and the building is the namesake
of former University President and
Museum Curator Alexander Ruth-
ven, according to a plaque on the
Though there are many museums
on campus, the Exhibit Museum of
Natural History hires the most stu-
dents. According to Museum Docent
Coordinator Sarah Thompson, the
museum has approximately 50 stu-
dent docents who are trained guides
that give tours to children in Kinder-
garten through 12th grade, greet the
general public and answer questions
about the museum.
"They're the face of the museum,"
Thompson said. -
The museum draws in about
85,000 people every year, includ-
ing 21,000 school-aged children,
Thompson said. But despite its on-
campus location, it doesn't attract
many University students.
"I don't think most students know
about this," Thompson said. "I can't
tell you how many people I talk to
who say they walk by the building
every day and have never went in -
they know the two pumas that stand
outside but never what's inside."
The Alexander Ruthven Museum of Natural History
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Wallet stolen Window broken Interactive fall PROFS lecture
at Pizza Hut
WHERE: Michigan Union
WHEN: Yesterday at
about 3:50 p.m.
WHAT: A wallet was stolen
from an unattended purse,
University Police reported.
The purse was left in the
back room of a Pizza Hut.
WHERE: Nichols Arboretum
WHEN: Saturday at
about 2:35 p.m.
WHAT: A caller reported
two small dogs not on
leashes, University Police
reported. An officer
checked the area, but was
unable to locate the dogs.
WHERE: William Mon-
roe Trotter House
WHEN: Sunday at
about 8 p.m.
WHAT: A caller reported
that a window was broken
in the women's bathroom,
University Police reported.
WHERE: 1600 East
WHEN: Monday at
about 11:05 p.m.
WHAT: A Garmand Global
Positioning System valued at
$250 was stolen from a white
Ford parked in the M-18 car-
port, University Police report-
ed. The rear window of the car
was smashed to gain entry.
WHAT: Visitors can grind
their own flour, participate in
apple tasting and learn about
different types of fall food.
WHO: Matthaei Botani-
cal Gardens & Nich-
WHEN: Today from
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Arts and the
WHAT: A free performance,
exhibition and discussion
about the role the arts play
for the incarcerated.
ative Arts Project
from7 to 9 p.m.
Auditorium at the Wal-
green Drama Center
WHAT: A monthly lec-
ture series featuring
lecturers and profes-
sors from different Uni-
WHO: University Unions
Arts & Programs, Mor-
tarboard Honor Society
WHEN: Tonight at 6 p.m.
Union, Pond Room
WHAT: A lecture about
WHO: Eileen Reeves,
and University Library
A Wisconsin woman was
pulled over for drunk driv-
ing after she called the
police to report herself, CBS
News reported. The woman,
Mary Strey, complied with the
911 dispatcher's requests to have
her pull off the road. An initial
breath test showed she had a
blood alcohol content of.19.
In accordance with a new
policy introduced last
week, the University will
no longer recalculate GPAs for
admission. Admissions will eval-
uate students based on the GPA
on their transcripts.
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quick response on nukes
Iranian officials its response to a U.S.-backed pro- that option still exists and a senior
posal that would have Tehran diplomat suggesting the opposite.
send mixed signals ship most of its nuclear material The proposal would have Tehran
abroad for processing. export 70 percent of its enriched
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The Iranian officials sent mixed uranium - enough to make a
head of the U.N. nuclear agency signals on the proposal with the bomb - and then have it returned
urged Iran on Monday to clarify foreign minister saying Monday as fuel for its research reactor.
The contrasting messages
appear designed to keep the
international community off bal-
ance on how far Iran is ready to
go in accepting the original pro-
Addressing the U.N. General
Assembly, Mohamed ElBarade
said "a number of questions and
allegations relevant to the nature"
of Irans program remained, and
he called for confidence building
measures on all sides.
"I therefore urge Iran to be
as forthcoming as possible in
responding soon to my recent
proposal, based on the initiative
of the U.S., Russia and France,
which aimed to engage in a series
of measures that could build con-
fidence and trust," ElBaradei said
in his final address before step-
ping down after 12 years as chief
of the International Atomic Ener-
The U.S. and other powers are
concerned Iran may be enriching
uranium for use in nuclear weap-
ons, while Tehran insists its pro-
gram is strictly for research and
Iran's mixed messages also
appeared geared toward pushing
the plan's main backers into fur-
ther talks, something those coun-
tries oppose as a delaying tactic.
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sanctions to dissuade Iran from
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