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MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

WEDNESDAY:
Professor Profiles

THURSDAY: FRIDAY:
Campus Clubs Photos of the Week

Coleman: I've never spun the cube

There's a legend that
moat incoming freshmen
hear very early in their
academic careers at Michi-
gan - that University Pres-
ident Mary Sue Coleman
spins the cube in Regents
Plaza every morning on her
way to work to symboli-
cally "start" the University
each day.
Known to most on
campus, the cube is a
15-by-15-foot Corten steel
figure between the Michi-
gan Union and the Fleming
Administration Building
that spine on its axis with
little force, despite its con-
siderable size.
The sculpture was
installed in 1968 as a gift
from the University's grad-
uating class of 1965.
And while the lore of
CRIME NOTES

such a tradition may appeal
to new students on campus
and their parents, it simply
isn't true.
In an interview with
The Michigan Daily last
week, Coleman said she's
heard the myth but doesn't
spin the cube.
"I have heard that,"
Coleman said when asked
about the myth. "And I've
thought, 'I don't think
anybody has ever seen me
touch the cube."'
And the reason no one
has seen Coleman touch
the cube is because she's
never spun it.
"I have never spun the
cube," Coleman said. "I
know; it's amazing."
Por that reason, having
never before laid a hand on
the iconic Michigan cube,

Coleman said she's a little
confused about where the
story comes from.
"It's a stunning myth
and I don't know why,
but t've heard (the myth)
almost from the first day
Icame to Michigan," she
said.
However, students may
want to keep their eyes on
the president when she's
walking in Regents Plaza.
She said she might take
a few minutes when her
family is in town to expe-
rience her inaugural spin,
one that so many students
take on Campus Day tours.
"I should bring my
grandchildren out some-
time and get them to spin
it," Coleman said with a
light laugh.
- KYLE SWANSON

FILE PHOTO/Daily
Despite the myth that she routinely spins the cabe; University President Mary tue Cole-
man said she has neer laid hands en the steel structure.

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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Burnt popcorn
causes fire alarm
WHERE: Vera Baits I
WHEN: Sunday at aboutl10p.m.
WHAT: A fire alarm went off
on the fourth floor of the Smith
House in the Baits I residence
hall, University Police report-
ed. It was a result of a male stu-
dentcburning popcorn.
Parking lot hit
and run
WHERE: M-22 Carport
WHEN: Sunday at aboutl11:55
a.m.
WHAT: A female staff mem-
ber had her 2004 Ford Free-
star hit and damaged in the
rear passenger seat, University
Police reported. No informa-
tion was left by the owner of
the striking car.

Fake I.D. card
discovered
WHERE: Huron Parkway
WHEN: Sunday at about 12:30
p.m.
WHAT: A nonaffiliated male
driver was stopped and found
in possesion of a fake ID. and
no vehicle insurance, Univer-
sity Police reported. The case is
currentlyunoder investigation.
Driver runs over
bicycle with car
WHERE:l1200 Geddes
WHEN: Saturday at about 8:15
p.m.
WHAT: A caller told police
she accidentally backed over
a parked bicycle with her car,
University Police reported.
The bicycle had been left unat-
tended.

Shoulder
ache forum
WHAT: Asheesh Bedi,
an assistant professor of
orthopaedic surgery, will
provide information on
prevention, rehabilitation,
surgical options and exer-
cise for shoulder pain.
WHO: U-H Health System
WHEN: Today at 6:30 p.nn.
WHERE: Four Points
by Sheraton
oSTEM
mass meeting
WHAT: A presentation
on the goals of Out in Sci-
ence, Technology, Engi-
neering and Mathematics
(oSTEM) will be offered,
accompanied by snacks.
WHO: Spectrum Center
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Herbet H.
Dow Building, Room 1010

Folk singer fest
WHAT: Named for his
storytelling abilities, folk
singer and recent Grammy
winner Ramblin' Jack Elliot
will play a concert of tradi-
tional blues and folk music.
General admission is $20.
WHO: Michigan
Union Ticket Office
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark
Carribean
conversation
WHAT: A panel of four
University experts will con-
vense to present an overview
of the economic, social,
ansd public health issues
in the Carribean region.
WHO: International Policy
Center and International
Policy Student Association
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Weill Hall,
Annenberg Auditorium

1German officials have cre-
ated a 2.5 km long maze in
the shape of a giant sausage
to educate the obesity ridden
population about the dangers
of currywurst eating, Reuters
reported. Viewed from the
air, it shows a smiling sausage
accompanied by chips.
2 AGrand Valley State Uni-
versity study concluded
that Michigan would
have 60,000 more jobs if it had
become a right-to-work state in
the 1960s, according to a Sept. S
Grand Rapids Press article.
>s>FOR MORE. SEE OPINION, PAGE 4
3 ABritish teen was banned
from the U.S. for life after
a drunken e-mail to the
White House calling President
Obama an obscenity, The Sun
reported. Luke Angel, 17, said
he didn't really care that he was
banned, but his parents were
very upset.

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