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2 - Tuesday, April 6, 2010
MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

WEDNESDAY:
Before You Were Here

THURSDAY: FRIDAY:
Campus Clubs Photos of the Week

Slowing down in the classroom

Though most students find that
keeping up with all their classes
can make for a hectic schedule, for
Graham Griffith, Howard R. Marsh
visiting professor of journalism, the
academic grind has allowed him
somewhat of a break from his other
fast-paced job.
Coming from a career as a public
radio producer, Griffith said because
he's hardwired to think in a daily
news cycle, teaching has been "a
remarkable challenge and a great
experience."
Bringing his professional expe-
rience to the classroom, Griffith is
teaching a communication studies
seminar this semester that examines
how journalists operate effectively
in times of crisis and how to take
advantage of the inevitable shift of
news to a digital platform.
Griffith said he got his first taste
for academia when he took part in
the Knight Wallace Fellowship pro-

gram at the University during the
2005-2006 academic year. The pro-
gram brings professional journalists
to the University for a year to focus
on a topic of their choice.
"That was a big wake-up call for
me," he said.
After completing the fellowship,
Griffith began working on his lat-
est project, a National Public Radio
program and online site called The
Takeaway. But when he needed a
break, he decided to apply for a job at
the University.
Very much a New Englander,
Griffith was born in New Haven,
Conn. and grew up around Wooster,
Mass. He graduated from Wesleyan
University in Connecticut, where he
played DivisiontI football and over-
saw the student-run radio station.
Griffith went on to become the
Executive Producer of Radio Pro-
grams at NPR, working in Washing-
ton, New York and Kosovo.

Though Ann Arbor is a differ-
ent environment from where he
grew up, moving is nothing new to
Griffith.
"Life is more interesting if you're
able to explore new places," he said.
He said the hardest thing for him
to get used to is Ann Arbor's lack of
good barbecue. A certified barbecue
judge, Griffith says what he misses
most is "real'cue."
Still, Griffith says thatfor him, life
is about embracing different types of,
communities, adding that he most s?
enjoys working in the Midwest,
because it has experience dealing
with economic struggles.
Though he's enjoying his time in /
Ann Arbor, Griffith will be traveling
to Helsinki, Finland this summer to
learn about its media system with_
his wife, a public historian studying
there as part of the Fulbright Fel- AN5A SCHULTE/Daily
lowship. Professor Graham Griffith uses his routine trick of post-its
-ALEX LANE as a tool for visualizing the flow of his class schedule.

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CRIME NOTES

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

iPhone lifted
from restroom
WHERE: Michigan League
WHEN: Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
WHAT: A female reported that
she had left her iPhone in the
restroom on accident. When
she returned it was missing,
University Police reported.
Pharmacy heist
gone awry
WHERE: Ypsilanti Family
Practice
WHEN:Sunday at about 7 p.m.
WHAT: DPS officers helped
the Ypsilanti Police Depart-
ment catch a suspect who had
tried to break into the phar-
macy. The suspect was appre-
hended two blocks away from
the crime scene, University
Police reported.

Printer stolen Sexual assi
from the Dude discussion

ault Lunch series

WHERE: Duderstadt Building
WHEN:Sunday at about O:30
p.m.
WHAT: A second floor printer
was stolen, University Police
reported. The cables normally
securing the printer were cut
during the theft.
Bus driver's
laptop swiped
WHERE:800block of North
University
WHEN:Sunday at about6 p.m.
WHAT: A bus driver left a
laptop on a seat behind the
driver's seat on the bus and
later discovered it was stolen,
University Police reported.

WHAT: An open discussion
where survivors of sexual
assault can come and share
their experiences in a safe
environment. All students
are invited to discuss sexual
assault on campus and are
welcome to bring a blan-
ket, snuggie or onesie.
WHO: University Students
Against Rape
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Kalamazoo
Room, Michigan League
Student film
showcase
WHAT: A free, annual
showcase of student films
called "Kind of a Big Deal."
WHO: M-agination Films,
University Activities Center
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Theater

WHAT: A discussion
open to any self-identified
men of color about what
it means to be aman of
color at Michigan.
WHO: Spectrum Center
WHEN: Today from
11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
WHERE: MSA Chambers,
Michigan Union
Prisoner art
exhibit
WHAT: An exhibit of art
by Michigan prisoners.
WHO: School of Art and
Design
WHEN: Today from noon to
6p.m.
WHERE: Duderstadt
Building
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According to phillycom,
Philadelphia has reduced
the penalty for having
less than 30 grams of mari-
juana from a misdemeanor to
a summary offense. The policy,
which will take effect later
this month, is meant to unclog
Philadelphia's court system
and allow the police to focus on
drug traffickers.
Out of this year's gradu-
ating class, 7.4 percent of
seniors applied for Teach
for America, or 461 students.
Nationwide, more than 46,000
people applied for 4,350 sports.
>>FOR MORESEE OPINION, PAGE 4
A Filipino business man
resigned from his job at
a prestigious University
after it was discovered that
he plagerized from President
Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey
and J.K. Rowling all in the same
speech made to students.

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