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Hats off to linear algebra

Q: What classes do you
teach at the University
I teach whatever they tell
me to teach. The ones I've
taught the most often are
linear algebra. There are six
different classes of linear
algebra here. I teach two of
them. But the one for which
I get the most notoriety for is
the "Geometry for Teachers"
class, which is a math class,
but it's a requirement for
many education majors.
Q: Why is that the class
you're most famous for?
I think alot of people come
tothatclassexpectingtolearn
basic geometry, the kind of
things they would themselves
be teaching and that's exactly

what I don't do. I teach them
real mathematics: projec-
tive geometry, non-Euclidean
geometry, mathematics rea-
soning.
Q: What is your class-
roomlike?
It depends on what I'm
teaching. But no matter how
the class is set up, I always
want people to feel that they
can ask questions whenever
they have them because I
think that's really important.
Q:Doyoudo anyresearch
at the University?
My primary area is num-
ber theory, which is a pretty
big area, I'm aware. So I
guess let's just say very seri-
ous number theory and also

knot theory. The number the-
ory department is small, but
enthusiastic. My research is
very important to me. I try to
strike a balance between my
research world and my educa-
tion world.
Q: Can you tell us why
you have the nickname
"Cap"?
The explanation is very
simple. As you can see, I'm
wearing a deerstalker (hat)
right now, that's my most pop-
ular cap. But I have a whole
sort of caps, and I started
wearing a tree driving cap.
These are very trendy now.
But I really stood out, and
people starting calling me
Cap.

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University Prof. Michael "Cap" Khoury.

Q: Is it true that you wear
a different hat every day?
No, no, that's not true. I do
have an array. I do come in
with funny hats from time to
time.I have a pirate hat, a Mad
Hatter hat. I have many hats.

CRIME NOTES
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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

heats up
WHERE: Law School
WHEN: Monday at 9:15
a.m.
WHAT: A heater caused
construction materials to
catch fire, University Police
reported. The fire caused no
injuries and minor damage.

for heater
WHERE: North Quad Resi-
dence Hall
WHEN: Monday at about
5:15 p.m.
WHAT: A room was flood-
ed by water after a radiator
burst, University Police
reported. The room was
cleaned after the incident.

Tampered Finder keepers
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Lecture on
homosexuality
WHAT: Prof. David Hal-
perin will give a lecture
titled "Are Homosexuals
Still Sick"? A reception
will follow after the talk.
WHO: Spectrum Center
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Rackhdim
Amphitheatre
Water theme
semester talk
WHAT: Oceanographer
Sylvia Earle will discuss
her work with National
Geographic and campaign
to protect the ocean called
Mission Blue.
WHO: Exhibit Museum of
Natural History
WHEN: Today at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham
Graduate School

Sexpertise 2011
WHAT: Several local
experts will speak at a
conference about sexual
health and relationships.
WHO: University Health
Service
WHEN: Today from
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan League
Magazine
presentation
WHAT: Theresa Fal-
zone, the editor in chief
of StyleLine Magazine,
will speak about the
magazine business.
WHO: Ed2010
WHEN: Today from 8 p.m.
to 10 p.m.
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But this (deerstalker cap) is
my favorite. I wear this most
days because it's my favorite,
but I do have quite an assort-
ment to bring in when the
mood to be strange strikes me.
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are proposing to com-
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new mega city would have
a population of 42 million
people and would be 26 times
larger thanthe size of London.
More than 5,000 inter-
national students rep-
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attended the University last
fall. Students from Jordan,
Zimbabwe and Malaysia say
they love being Wolverines.
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found Monday along a beach
in Long Island, N.Y.

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OBAMA
From Page 1A
said in an interview last night
that he found the speech to be
"particularly low key." Obama
didn't go into detail about many
issues, Traugott said, leaving
little for the House Republicans
to be discontented with.
"I don't think that he want-
ed to strike a belligerent tone,
he wanted to strike an accom-
modating tone," Traugott said.
"And so by being relatively
vague rather than quite specif-
ic, he provided very few targets
for the Republicans to attack."
In his address, Obama also
stressed that his re-election
endeavor isn't the most pressing
issue for his administration in
the coming year, but rather, it is
ensuring the continual growth
of the national economy and job
development.
"At stake right now is not
who wins the next election,"
Obama said. "After all, we just
had an election. At stake is
whether new jobs and indus-
tries take root in this country,
or somewhere else. It's whether
the hard work and industry
of our people is rewarded. It's
whether we sustain the leader-
ship that has made America not
just a place on a map, but a light
to the world."
Obama continued by saying
that the economy has demon-
strated growth since he took
office and that it is in a position
to keep climbing, particularly
through strengthening national
programs in areas like educa-
tion.
"We are poised for progress,"
Obama said. "Two years after
the worst recession most of
us have ever known, the stock
market has come roaring back.
Corporate profits are up. The
economy is growing again."
As part of his efforts to
reduce the national deficit as
well as appeal to both sides of
the aisle, Obama proposed a
domestic spending freeze over
the next five years that would
reduce the national deficit by by
more than $400 billion.
In a statement released fol-
lowing Obama's speech, U.S.
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.)
lauded Obama's initiative to

consolidate'areas of federal
government and make "precise
and rational spending cuts."
However, Dingell wrote that a
total freeze on domestic spend-
ing fails to deal with more spe-
cific fiscal issues.
"I personally think a bud-
get freeze would be an ineffi-
cient and arbitrary way to deal
with the problem; it would not
take into consideration spe-
cific problems and issues that
we face today," Dingell wrote.
"Nonetheless, I stand ready to
work with my colleagues and
the President to find respon-
sible and effective ways to trim
the budget."
Despite the freeze on domes-
tic funding, Traugott said he
thinks Obama will still make
concessions on federal fund-
ing for universities to continue
the administration's priority on
research.
Traugott said he expects
Obama will also extend such
initiatives to global sustain-
ability and the advancement of
information technology careers
- sectors that Obama discussed
in his speech and that have
prominent programs at the Uni-
versity.
"I think that this is all part
of his proposal to expand the
knowledge-based economy and
also the new forms of technol-
ogy to replace rustbelt manu-
facturing," Traugott said. "I
think that he has a good chance
of succeeding with this, and I
think the University would ben-
efit ultimately from this."
Obama's focus on "Race to
the Top" initiatives to regain
America's position as a front-
runner in education is validat-
ed, Traugott said. But it is also
complicated since education is
often an issue best dealt with at
the local and state level, which
has been particularly difficult
to sustain amid tight budgets in
many states, Traugott said.
"I don't think there's any
question that we need a bet-
ter educated, highly educated
workforce," Traugott said. "It's
a complicated issue because
generally primary and second-
ary education are funded by
local property taxes, and when
you go into a recession and
there's a downturn in the econ-
omy, the tax revenues dry up.

So they're trying to find a way
for the federal government to
help in an area where state and
local government has primary
responsibility."
LSA junior Brendan Camp-
bell, chair of the University's
chapter of College Democrats,
said in an interview last night
that he thought Obama's speech
was "an effective and passion-
ate call for bipartisanship" that
reflected the president's prog-
ress over the past two years.
"I hope that in the next two
years Republicans in Congress
will heed (Obama's) call and
work with him to continue
moving this country forward,"
Campbell said.
As for the domestic spend-
ing freeze, Campbell said that
while this will be difficult for
the Democratic Party to accept,
it is essential for easing the
national debt.
"While difficult, his plan
for freezing spending over the
next five years will prove to be
an important part of putting
the country back on track, and
making sure that our deficit
does not continue to grow out of
control," Campbell said.
LSA junior Charles Bogren,
chair of the University's chap-
ter of College Republicans, said
that though Obama's speech
was strong in promoting bipar-
tisanship, the president failed
to fully address key issues fac-
ing the nation.
"I think that just as President
Obama spoke primarily about
economic issues, most of us
Republicans are really looking
toward how he's going to han-
dle the next year with regards
to health care and with the cor-
porate taxes that he's talking
about," Bogren said.
While Obama's rhetoric
may be encouraging bipartisan
efforts, Bogren said, Obama
is also using the Democratic-
controlled Senate as a means
of blocking legislation that is
important to the nation.
"I think one thing you're
going to have to watch out for is
the idea that the president real-
ly can have his majority in the
Senate be the buffer between
what is basically best for Amer-
ica and what the liberals and
the Democratic Party wants,"
Bogren said.

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