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MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers
Soeiol
So C1011
Sociology lecturer Terence
McGinn thinks of himself as
somewhat of a storyteller, though
not in the traditional sense of the
word.
"It is important to make sure
that each lecture tells a story, in
order to make students active par-
ticipants rather than passive lis-
teners," he said.
In his courses, McGinn said
he focuses heavily on religion
and sociology. But he also spends
time working with students indi-
vidually, both on their course-
work and in writing their honor's
theses.
McGinn teaches three intro-
ductory courses on the cultural
and organizational aspects of soci-
ology and said one of his favorite
things about his job is introducing
students to the field of sociology.
"The thing that I enjoy about
teaching most is when students

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ogy and religion

who haven't experienced socio-
logical perspective before, experi-
ence it," he said.
In his classes, McGinn empha-
sizes that the most important
thing about sociology is to under-
stand the individual by looking at
the way people are organized in
groups and systems rather than
their personal psychology.
In addition to introductory
courses, McGinn specializes in
religion, education and music
from a sociological view. His
course, The Sociology of Music,
focuses on how social environ-
ments shape the ways in which
individuals interpret and cre-
ate music, whether it is classical
music or contemporary rap.
Having dedicated much time
to his own education, McGinn
said he now makes it a priority to
impart his knowledge and passion
for sociology to his students.

Prior to comingto the Universi-
ty in 1993, McGinn earned under-
graduate degrees in English and
French literature. He later went
on to get his Masters in Business
Administration from the Ross
School of Business in addition to
going on later to earn a Masters of
Divinity and a Ph.D.
After his schooling, McGinn
pursued a career as a Baptist min-
ister for 25 years and then later
worked as a business consultant
for about 25 years.
McGinn, who's favorite spot in
Ann Arbor is the view from the
parking structure located at the
intersection of Ann and Ashley
Streets overlooking the Huron
River, said he's pleased that he
finally got the chance to teach at
the University.
"I am incredibly fortunate to be
teaching at Michigan," he said.
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Tower on North Campus.

CRIME NOTES

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Purse stolen at Wisco. license Lecture on
Crisler Arena plate lifted partner viol

Female orgasm
lence workshop

WHERE: Crisler Arena
WHEN: Sunday at about 1 p.m.
WHAT: A woman reported
that her purse was stolen from
a dance competition on Sat-
urday between 10 a.m. and 6
p.m., University Police report-
ed. The purse and its contents
are worth $270.
Basketball court
altercation
WHERE: Central Campus Rec-
reation Building
WHEN: Sunday at about 4:30
p.m.
WHAT: A male player grabbed
another player around the neck
and exchanged words with him,
University Police reported. No
one was injured in the incident.

WHERE: 600 Block of Tappan
WHEN: Sunday at about 8p.m.
WHAT: A Wisconsin license
plate was stolen from a vehicle
parked on the street between
1-7 p.m., University Police
reported.
Credit cards
picked from case
WHERE: Baits
WHEN: Saturday at around
12:30 p.m.
WHAT: An ID and credit
cards were taken from an
instrument case that was left
unattended in a practice room,
University police reported.
There are not suspects and all
credit cards were cancelled.

WHAT: A discussion on
preventing intimate partner
violence and sexual assault
against women led by Sarah
Buel, a clinical professor
at the University of Texas
School of Law and co-chair
of the American Bar Asso-
ciation Women and Crimi-
nal Justice Committee.
WHO: University Housing
WHEN: Tonight from 7-8
p.m.
WHERE: Rackham
Graduate School, 4th
floor amphitheater
Community
service talk
WHAT: A discussion on how
to market personal commu-
nity service experience when
embarking on ajob search.
WHO: Ginsberg Center
WHEN: Tonight at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: East Hall

WHAT: A seminar open
to people of all sexual ori-
entations to discuss sexual
identity, safe sex practices,
body image and myths
about the female orgasm.
WHO: Spectrum Center
WHEN: Today at12 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
Meditation
workshop
WHAT: A free workshop
with breathing techniques
and meditation to eliminate
stress and improve health.
WHO: The Art of Living
WHEN: Tonight at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Trotter Mul-
ticultural Center
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Chicago O'Hare Airport
became the first airport
in the U.S. to use new full-
body scanning technology when
screening fliers yesterday.
Abill passed by the House of
Representatives in Septem-
ber - known as the Student
Aid and Fiscal Responsibil-
ty Act - aims to overhaul student
financial aid by ending federal
payments to private lenders and
replacing them with a govern-
ment-run lending service. The
plan has come under criticism by
loan companies andbanks.
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The Orlando Sentinel
reported that six inmates
at the Osceola County Jail
made their own alcohol by using
fruit that they saved and fer-
mented within their cells. The
inmates face criminal mischief
charges and possession of con-
traband in a detention facility.

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Obama says he is
confident Congress
will approve
health care plan
WASHINGTON (AP) - Dem-
ocratic congressional leaders
showed signs of progress yesterday
in winning anti-abortion Demo-
crats whose votes are pivotal to
President Barack Obama's fiercely
contested remake of the health
care system.
Obamaexpressed optimism Con-
gress would approve his call for
affordable and nearly universal cov-
erage as he pitched his plan on atrip
to Ohio, while Republican Sen. Jim
DeMint of South Carolina, among
the bill's sharpest opponents, said
he was "less confident" than before
that it could be stopped.
"They'd have to be remarkable
people not to fall under the kind of
pressure they'll be under," DeMint
said of rank-and-file Democrats.
The pressure was turned up
Monday as the House Budget
Committee, on a 21-16 vote, took
an essential first step toward the
House vote, which could come next
weekend. Obama and his support-
ers labored in the capital and on Air
Force One.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio,
who flew with President Barack
Obama, then walked into an Ohio
senior citizen center with the chief
executive intime tohear avoice from
the audienceyell out, "Voteyes.".
A smiling Obama turned to the
liberal lawmaker and said, "Did you
hear that, Dennis?" Then, turning
back to the audience, he added, "Go
ahead, say that again."
"Vote yes!" came back the reply.
Kucinich, who said later he
remains uncommitted, is one of 37
Democrats currently in the House
who voted against Obama's legis-
lation when it cleared the House
last fall.
In addition, the White House is
laboringto hold the support of sev-
eral other Democrats who voted
for the earlier bill, but only after
first supportingstrict anti-abortion
limits. Those would be altered the
second time around.

At least two have signaled they
are open to supporting the presi-
dent. One of them, Rep. James
Oberstar of Minnesota, is "in the
leaning yes column," said a spokes-
man, John Schadl.
"When we bring the bill to the
floor, then we will have the votes,"
said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Obama sounded similarly con-
fident in an interview with ABC
News. "I believe we're going to get
the votes, we're going to make this
happen," said the president, who
has traveled to three states and
lobbied numerous lawmakers in
recent days.
Outside interests on both sides
pressured wavering lawmakers.
The National Right to Life Com-
mittee, which opposes abortions,
wrote to lawmakers thatsupportfor
the Senate bill would be a "career-
defining pro-abortion vote."
Union groups and other support-
ers announced a $1.3 million adver-
tising campaign urging 17 House
Democrats to vote for the measure,
and officials at the Service Employ-
ees International Union threatened
to withdraw support from Demo-
crats who vote against the bill if it
loses.
It was more than a year ago that
Obama asked Congress to approve
legislation extending health cover-
age to tens of millions who lack it,
curbing industry practices such as
denying coverage on the basis of
pre-existing medical conditions,
and beginning to slow the growth
of health care nationally. His plan
would require most Americans to
buy health insurance, fine most
who fail to do so and provide gov-
ernment subsidies to help middle-
income earners and the working
poor afford it.
Sweeping legislation seemed to
be on the brink of passage in Janu-
ary, after both houses approved bills
and lawmakers began working out
a final compromise in talks at the
White House. But those efforts were
sidetracked when Republicans won a
special election in Massachusetts -
and with it, the abilityto block avote
on a finalbill in theSenate.
Now, nearly two months later,
lawmakers have embarked on a
two-step approach that requires
the House to approve the measure

passed bytheSenate, despite misgiv-
ings on key provisions. That would
be followed by both houses quickly
passing a second bill that makes
numerous changes to the first. In
the Senate, that second bill would
come to a vote under rules that deny
Republicans the ability to filibuster.
The details of the second, fix-it
measure were closely guarded -
and subject to last-minute chang-
es. In general, officials have said
they would provide more money
for lower-income families unable
to afford health care and states
that already provide above aver-
age coverage for the poor under
Medicaid, as well as improved
prescription drug coverage under
Medicare.
The legislation is expected to
delete a provision in the Senate bill *
that singled out Nebraska for favor-
abletreatmentunder arequirement
to expand Medicaid coverage.
Instead, Democrats may provide
as much as $15 billion to a dozen
states and the District of Columbia,
all of which already provide at least
some of the coverage.
Officials said one sticking point
remained a Senate-passed provi-
sion establishing an independent
commission with authority to force
greater reductions in future Medi-
care payments to providers. House
Democrats want to curtail the
board's powers, but rules may for-
bid any changes under the complex
rules covering the Senate's debate
of the measure.
The cost of the overhaul is
expected to total $950 billion or
more over a decade. It would be
covered by higher taxes on the
wealthy as well as on some health
care providers and high-cost insur-
ance plans.
Several hundred billion dollars
would also be cut from planned
Medicare increases, much of the
burden falling on companies that
provide private coverage to seniors
under Medicare Advantage.
Vice President Joseph Biden also
traveled to Ohio, where he attend-
ed a fundraiser for first-term Rep.
Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio. Driehaus
voted for the House version of a
health card overhaul in November,
and has not yet stated his position
on the new legislation.

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