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Capture the Stereo, GPS Technology in
Michigan flag swiped from car music workshop
WHERE: Elbel Field WHERE: Rachel Upjohn WHAT: A workshop will
WHEN: Thursday at about Building explore how composers and
1:30 a.m. WHEN: Wednesday at about performers use new tech-
WHAT: A blue Michigan flag 5:30 p.m. nology in modern music.
was stolen from the flag pole, WHAT: A stereo and GPS WHO: School of Music
University Police reported. system were stolen from a Uni- Theater and Dance
Witnesses saw the suspect versity staff member's vehicle, WHEN: Today at2 p.m.
flee the scene, but could not be University Police reported.The WHERE: Duderstadt Cen-
identified because it was dark. items were valued at $550. ter, Teleconference Room
Wires dug up by
contractors Shatteredlits ''
WHERE: Harrison Randall film screening
WHERE: Hayward LaboratoryC
0 An article in Friday's
paper titled "Groups aim
to fight Islamaphobia on
campus" incorrectly ident-
fied Mark Vanderput as
a former pastor of Har-
vest Mission Community
Church. He is a member
of another church.
0 An article in Wednes-
day's paper titled "Rep.
Dingell clinches 28th
term nail biter" incor-
rectly stated that Dingell
will serve his 28th term.
It will be his 29th.
* An article in yesterday's
Daily titled "Locally and
nationally student voter
turnout falls in Tuesday's
election" incorrectly iden-
tified the year and type
of election in which 23
percent of voters under
the age of 30voted.
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Hundreds of thousands
of Haitians living in post-
earthquake tent commu-
nities are bracing for severe
floods from tropical storm
Tomas, The Associated Press
reported. Officials have
advised them to find sturdier
shelter, but many remain in the
quarterback Denard Rob-
inson talks to his high
school track coach multiple
times each week.
Researchers in the U.K.
claim that the human
body's immune system
can kill the common coldvirus,
AOLHealth.com reported. If
the claim is true, it could lead
to the development of anti-
viral drugs that could destroy
WHEN: Wednesday at about
WHAT: Contractors acciden-
tally dug up electrical wires
that power three light poles,
University Police reported.
The damage is valued at about
WHEN: Wednesday at about
WHAT: Two street lights in a
loading dock between Randall
Laboratory and West Hall
were broken, University Police
reported. The damage is val-
ued at about $200.
WHAT: A film called "The
Exiles" documents one night
in the lives of exiled young
Native American men and
women living in the Bunker
Hill district of Los Angeles.
WHO: Screen Arts and
WHEN: Tomorrow from
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Angell Hall,
Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson dies at 76.
Baseball legend won
3 World Series titles,
one with Tigers
Reds fans were taken aback
when Sparky Anderson showed up
in Cincinnati for his first day as a
big league manager, an unknown
taking over baseball's first profes-
By the time he was done, this
man with the shock of white hair
and schoolboy nickname would
produce a considerable list of
achievements that featured three
World Series titles - including
crowns in each league - and a Hall
of Fame entry on his resume.
Anderson, who directed the
Big Red Machine to back-to-back
championships and won another in
Detroit, died yesterday from com-
plications of dementia in Thousand
Oaks, Calif. He was 76. A day ear-
lier, his family said he'd been placed
in hospice care.
Anderson was the first manager
to win World Series titles in both
leagues and the only manager to
lead two franchises in career wins.
"Sparky was, by far, the best
manager Iever played for," said for-
mer Reds star Pete Rose, the game's
career hits leader. "He understood
people better than anyone I ever
met. His players loved him, he
loved his players, and he loved the
game of baseball. There isn't anoth-
er person in baseball like Sparky
Anderson. He gave his whole life to
Anderson's teams in Cincinnati
- featuring Johnny Bench, Joe
Morgan and Rose - won crowns in
1975 and 1976 and rank among the
most powerful of all time. Led by
Kirk Gibson and Alan Trammell,
Anderson won with the Tigers in
"He was a good guy," former
Tigers pitcher Jack Morris said,
choking up over the news. "Base-
ball will have very few people like
Sparky. He was a unique individual.
He was a character with a great
passion and love forthe game."
Anderson never tried to over-
shadow his teams, giving his stars
great leeway while trying to stay
in the background. At Anderson's
request, there will be no funeral or
Always affable, ever talkative
and known for a self-deprecating
demeanor, Anderson was equally
popular among players, fans and
"Revered and treasured by his
players for his humility, humanity,
eternal optimism and knowledge of
the game," his Hall of Fame plaque
Baseball Commissioner Bud
Selig called Anderson a gentleman
and dear friend.
"I recall with great fondness
the many hours we would spend
together when his Tigers came to
Milwaukee," Selig said. "Sparky
was a loyal friend, and whenever I
would be dealing with difficult sit-
uations as commissioner, he would
lift my spirits, telling me to keep my
head up and that I was doing the
The Reds put a photo of Ander-
son on their outfield videoboard
at Great American Ball Park on
Thursday afternoon, honoring the
man who led them to their greatest
"In one way or another, Sparky
touched the life of every Reds fan,"
owner Bob Castellini said.
Anderson's win total of 2,194 was
the third highest when he retired
after the 1995 season, trailing only
Connie Mack and John McGraw.
He's still sixth on the career list
- he won 863 games in nine years
with the Reds and 1,331 in 17 sea-
sons with the Tigers.
He'll be remembered as much
for the little things that made him
beloved as for the big numbers that
made him a Hall of Famer.
"Being a good baseball player
and person went hand-in-hand
with him," said Alan Trammell, the
1984 World Series MVP who is Ari-
zona's bench coach. "He wanted us
to put our dirty clothes in the bin so
that the clubhouse guys didn't have
to pick up after us."
In many ways away from the
field, he was a teacher.
"He had a lot to do with molding
me professionally and taught me
a lot about perseverance," Morris
Anderson knew all about perse-
George "Sparky" Anderson got
his nickname in the minor leagues
because of his spirited play. He
made it to the majors for only one
season, batting .218 for the Phillies
Anderson learned to control a
temper that nearly scuttled his
fledgling career as a manager in the
This July 26, 1994, file photo shows Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson smiling a
the start of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Detroit. Anderson died yest
minors, and went on to become one
of baseball's best at running a team.
And he won with a humility that
couldn't obscure his unique ability
to manage people.
"I got good players, stayed out
of their way, let them win a lot and
then just hung around for 26 years,"
he said during his Hall of Fame
acceptance speech in 2000.
Of course, there was a lot more to
him. He liked to twist the language,
using double-negatives to make a
roundabout point. He also reas-
sessed things constantly.
"To be around me, you have to be
a little bit cuckoo," Anderson said
on the day he resigned from the
Tigers after the 1995 season. "One
day it's written in concrete, the next
dayit's written in sand. I always felt
if I didn't change my mind every 24
hours, people would find me bor-
Anderson's win total trails only
those of Mack, McGraw, Tony La
Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre.
His overall record was 2,194-1834
and he was a two-time AL Manager
of the Year.
"Sparky was one of the greatest
people I've met in baseball," Detroit
Hall of Famer Al Kaline said. "He
was a leader to his players both on
s he looks out from the dugout prior to
terday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 76
and off the field. He was an incred-
ible person and I cherish the time I
was able to spend with him."
He had the right touch with
superstars, and it came in handy
when he led the star-studded Reds
to World Series wins in 1975-76.
"He was a people person," Mor-
gan, a Hall of Fame second base-
man, told The Associated Press.
"I don't think anybody else could
have managed that team nearly as
well as he did. We had a lot of dif-
ferent personalities. Sparky was
able to deal with all of us on an
individual basis but also collective-
ly as a team.
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Preston's introduction was fol-
lowed by the recognition of Leo
McAfee, associate professor of
Electrical Engineering and Com-
puter Science in the College of
Engineering. As McAfee comes.
into his retirement, NSBE honored
him for being the first African-
American professor in the depart-
Mack, who was recognized by
Ebony Magazine as one of the Top
150 Black Leaders in America,
explained that as a community,
minorities in engineering are tran-
sitioning from fighting to survive to
fighting to thrive, but that there's
more progress to be made.
"I tell you transition is a good
thing ... I don't know anything that
can stand still and survive," he said.
The difficulty of the subject mat-
ter covered by engineering is the
cause of the low student-retention
rate, Mack said.
"There are three mystical, myth-
ical words that explain why our
retention is where it's at - chemis-
try, calculus and physics," he said.
Upperclassmen need to help
freshmen and younger students
to encourage them to strive and to
motivate each other to study, Mack
"The untransformed student is
the one that says, 'I can do this all
by myself,"' he said. "All the kids in
a year need to say, 'We are all going
into the sophomoreyear, leavingno
one behind.' ... It's a dedication to
Mack concluded his speech by
noting that completing a rigor-
ous curriculum successfully is
"Why do you think they respect
engineering so much?" he said. "It
demands your best. This is excel-
lence at its best and we have to
recognize this. If we take this seri-
ously, we'll be dropping knowledge,
Mack's speech was followed by
a standing ovation and a question-
and-answer panel with Mack and
Dr. Calvin Mackie, president of the
Channel Zero Group - "an orga-
nization committed to maximiz-
ing the effectiveness and potential
of individuals and organizations,"
according to the event flyer.
Both speakers shared their per-
sonal stories and described how
growing up in inner city neighbor-
hoods was a primary motivator
in their lives. They also empha-
sized the importance of current
engineering students remaining
"It's about hunger. That's the
part that's missing - the desire, the
hunger, the commitment," Mackb
said, referring to his determination
to succeed against the odds. "A lot
of us are not hungry because we
have never had to struggle before."
Engineering junior Anthony
Menard, a board member of the
University's chapter of NSBE, said
he was moved by the event.
"There is so much that we as
students take for granted," Menard
said. "We need to realize that we
are all in this together, rather than
making it personal. As students, we
tend to think, 'I just need to beat
the curve,' and we don't realize
that by helping each other, we all
Menard, who is Native Ameri-
can, said he relates to the goals of
NSBE despite the racial differenc-
"It's not about color, it's about
personal growth. I can relate to
the struggle, as can all minority
groups," Menard said, citing the
low retention rates in engineering
among Native American students
Engineering junior Amber
Spears, community service chair of
the University's chapter of NSBE,
said she teared up during the the
"It affected me on a personal
level because I want to see more
of us here, not less of us, and as the
years go by, there's less of us here,"