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" MODERN EXPRESSION
How New York artist Cory Arcangel uses cats
on pianos, Guitar Hero and the Internet to bring
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

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ON THE CUTTING EDGE

AFTER T HE Q UAK
Campus
mobilzeS
for Haiti
reCovery
'U' medical student ican Republic in hopes of finding
greater access to medical care,
is treating victims leading to an influx of patients
in the last week, Montas said in a
on the border with phone interview last night.
Two hospitals and several clin-
ics in the town have been treating
many victims of the earthquake
By CHELSEA LANGE - mostly those facing orthopedic
For the Daily injuries including those needing
amputations -butthere hasbeen
Sacha Montas, a fourth year a shortage of medical supplies,
resident in emergency medicine Montas said.
at the University hospital, had "ft has'been set up as kind of a
been thinking about doing medi de-facto refugee camp - for lack
cal work in Haiti for several years. of a better word," he said.
And when the devastating earth- Montas said the best thing stu-
quake hit last week, he decided to dents can do to help the Haitian
do what he could to help. relief effort is to donate money,
Montas, who has both medical which can be used toward much-
and law degrees from the Univer- needed medical supplies and
sity, is currently in the Dominican food.
Republic, which borders Haiti, "Because right now, we are
assisting people who are injured. having to do things where we are
He has extended family currently having to make decisions about
living in Haiti - a place where he 'I have this many bandages or I
spent many of his summers grow- have this much medication,"' he
ing up. said. "'Can I give it right now to
Currently in Jimani, Domini- this patient or do I have to save it
can Republic - a town near the for a patient that needs it more?"'
Haitian border - Montas is work- In the aftermath of last week's
ing with victims of the disaster. 7.0-magnitude earthquake that
Many people who were hurt in devastated Haiti, various groups
the earthquake have gone to the on campus are mobilizing to sup-
country's border with the Domin- See HAITI, Page 5A

Architecture grad student Kris Walters watches yesterday "The Robot" - a $150,000 robotic arm used for machining processes related to architecture assignments and
research. The machine can cut a wide range of materials from foam and wood to glass and stone.
UNIVERSITY A DMINIST R ATION
Rejection of document request a
'misunderstanding,' offcils say

Regents minutes not
available a month
after Dec. meeting
By KYLE SWANSON
Daily News Editor
Though University spokespeople
initially denied The Michigan Daily
access to a copy of the December
Board of Regents meeting minutes
last week - an action which may

violate the Michigan Open Meet-
ings Act - spokespeople are now
classifying the incident as a "mis-
understanding."
A request from The Michigan
Daily last Friday to view a copy of
the proposed minutes from the
regents' December meeting was
denied by a University spokes-
man. But after reviewing internal
processes and legal obligations,
University spokespeople say the
request was denied, not as part of a
formal policy, but instead because

of an internal misunderstanding.
Section nine of the Michigan
Open Meetings Act - a law that
governs what public entities are
obligated to do when holding board
meetings - mandates when cop-
ies of both proposed and approved
minutes must be released to the
public.
"Proposed minutes shall be
available for public inspection not
more than 8 business days after the
meeting to which the minutes refer.
Approved minutesshall be available

for public inspection not later than
5 business days after the meeting at
which the minutes are approved by
the public body," the act states.
While the University complies
with the act's requirements regard-
ing approved minutes, University
spokesman Rick Fitzgerald denied a
request to review a copy of the pro-
posed meeting minutes on Friday,
nearly a month after the December
meeting.
Fitzgerald told the Daily on Friday
See MINUTES, Page SA

ECONOMIC IMPACT
At Ross School and beyond, the
recession is a real life teaching tool

Profs. reworking
their courses to
reflect changing
economic realities
By ANNIE GORDAN THOMAS
Daily StaffReporter
The impact of the financial crisis
onWall Street has beenwidespread,
but what is not as well-known is the
impact the financial crisis is having
on Tappan Street.

In many classrooms at the Ross
School of Business, for BBA and
MBA students alike, the financial
crisis is serving as an educational
tool to think about current issues
in the business world. Some class-
es are specifically covering events
that have occurred throughout the
recession, while others are being
restructured using the economic
downturn as a practical guide.
Valerie Suslow, associate dean
for, degree programs in the Busi-
ness School, explained that some
courses will be updated to thor-
oughly study risk and others will

be designed to give students lead-
ership skills to cope with difficult
economic times in the future.
"We're taking a more compre-
hensive approachtoriskassessment
in some of our finance courses,"
Suslow wrote in an e-mail inter-
view. "The Finance Department
has revamped its curriculum to
make sure everything fits together
and addresses recent issues."
One such class is the Macroeco-
nomic Analysis of Capital Markets,
which focuses on the causes of the
economic crisis, the impact on capi-
See RECESSION, Page SA

STUDYING EDUCATION f
Harvard prof. talks achievement gap

The Men's Glee Club performs the University's alma mater, "The Yellow and Blue" at a memorial honoring former president
Robben Fleming, who died on Jan.10 at the age of 93. University officials, friends and family members spoke at the memorial.
Officials, family honor
Fleming at memorial

Roland Fryer
studied successes of
non-profit in Harlem
By SUZANNE JACOBS
For the Daily
Roland Fryer, a professor from
Harvard University, spoke in frontof
a packed auditorium yesterday about
the success of a non-profit organiza-
tion.in Central Harlem that has made
strides in closing the racial achieve-
ment gap in the area.
Fryer discussed a recent paper
that he co-wrote with Will Dob-

bie, an economist at Harvard, that
used an empirical test to analyze the
impact of The Harlem Children's
Zone - a non-profit organization
based in Harlem.
Fryer, who is CEO of the Educa-
tion Innovation Laboratory at Har-
vard, found that the HCZ has seen
remarkable success in its aim to
shrink the racial achievement gap.
"There is something out there
that's actually working," he said.
"The question is, how can we boil it
down to pill form so we can transfer
it other places?"
The HCZ began in 1990 as a mod-
est one-block pilot and has since
expanded to an extensive 97-block

area full of programs aimed at going
beyond the classroom to help rebuild
the entirecommunity.
The organization is designed to
follow children from an early age,
assisting them all the way through
high school. HCZ's involvement
begins with "Baby College" - a col-
lection of workshops for parents of
children from ages 0 to 3 years old.
The children have access to in-
school, after-school, social service,
health and community-building pro-
grams.
Fryer said the achievement gap in
New York City starts to appear among
kids at age 2, noting that a 17-year-
See FRYER, Page 5A

Speakers remember
Fleming's skill at
leading 'U' during
tumultuous times
By TORREY ARMSTRONG
Daily StaffReporter
Tears and laughs punctuated a
memorial service yesterday in the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre for

former University President Rob-
ben Wright Fleming, who passed
away earlier this month at the age
of 93.
University President Mary
Sue Coleman, President Emeri-
tus James Duderstadt, a former
regent, Fleming's three children
and other campus figures shared
their personal memories of Flem-
ing, who served as president of the
University from 1968 to 1977 and
as interim president in 1988.
The speakers emphasized

Fleming's character, disarming
humor and skillful navigation of
the turmoil that gripped many
college campuses in the late 1960s
and 1970s.
Thoughshe told audience mem-
bersthatshehadn'tknowingFlem-
ing very well, Coleman expressed
appreciation for his poise during
such a tumultuous period.
"The University of Michigan
was not damaged during that
period of unrest, but rather made
See FLEMING, Page 5A

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