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Learning and loving Latin

Where are you from and when
did you come to Michigan?
I am from Naples, Italy. I came to
Michigan in 2006 and started teach-
ing in 2007. I came to the United
States for the first time, just for a visit,
in 1993. I had a scholarship from the
Italian government to pursue an Ital-
ian doctorate. I visited Princeton, and
I loved Princeton so much thatI decid-
ed to apply to earn an American Ph.D.
in classics.
What classes do you teach at the
I am teaching Classical Studies 121,
called "Africa, Race and Ethnicity in
the Ancient Mediterranean." I teach
how to talk about each other in a world
that is increasingly diverse as well as
the academic writing style. I am also

teaching Latin 232, which is on Virgil's
Aeneid. It is taught in Latin.
What is your teaching style like?
If I was observed teaching from
someone else's perspective I would
think I am very traditional, but maybe
not. When you tell someone how to
write you're basically telling people
how to think, so it's a little uncomfort-
able. But it's a very important skill. In
my class we are going to talk about
uncomfortable topics because you are
going to be evaluated about how you
think about these controversial topics.
What do you like most and least
about teaching?
Let me just start by saying I love
teaching. My favorite thing is the
exposure to young people and see-
ing how the world is changing with

them. When Ican see an idea spark in
somebody's head it is one of my great-
est pleasures. Seeing their ideas grow
as they discuss what they are thinking
with one another, I love that. When I
see knowledge happening I take great
pleasure. It's the reason I Ao what I do.
My least favorite partpis the sched-
ule. It kills me. Everything,sto hap-
pen at a specific time. I malge a very
strict plan at the beginning of the
semester, but I change it to give more
time to appreciate what the students
are learning. Grading is another least
favorite thing because it displeases
students that I am reducing their
learning to these little numbers. You
can't reduce anybody to a number.
Everybody is so complex and so rich.

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Flaming flyers
WHERE: Kraus Building
WHEN: Yesterday at about
3:15 a.m.
WHAT: Flyers posted out-
side of the building were
found burning, University
Police reported. The papers
were extinguished. No
damage was reported, and
there are no suspects.
WHERE: Thompson
WHEN: Monday at about
6:45 p.m.
WHAT: A caller reported
indivdiuals urinating in a
stairwell, University Police
reported. There are no sus-

Donut craving
WHERE: North Ingalls
WHEN: Yesterday at about
1:45 a.m.
WHAT: A staff member
was observed stealing a
donut from an unattended
case near the cafeteria,
University Police reported.
She was interviewed and
Money bag lost,
then found
WHERE: Brighton Health
WHEN: Monday at about
12:45 p.m.
WHAT: A caller reported a
deposit bag missing, Univer-
sity Police reported. Soon
after calling the police, the
bag was found hv staff.

Greek Week
finale show

WHAT: The Greek commu-
nity will be holding a sing-
ing and dancing competion
to celebrate the finale of the
University's Greek Week
festivities. Tickets cost $7.
WHO: Office of Greek Life
WHEN: Today at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
Lecture by
Nobel Laureate
WHAT: Dr. William Phil-
lips will deliver the Ford
Motor Company Distin-
guishd Lecture in Physics.
He will give a multimedia
presentation that will focus
on time, theories of Albert
Einstein and the universe.
WHO: Department of
WHEN: Today at 4:15 p.m.
WHERE: Chemistry

" An article in the March
29 edition of The Michi-
gan Daily ("Power out-
age causes State Street
area business to shut
down early")misiden-
tified Lee Tilloston-
Becker. He is a man.
" An article in the March
24 edition of The Michi-
gan Daily ("Uncontested
Larkin andLaverty take
LSA-SG seats') omitted
a new LSA Student Gov-
ernment representative.
She is Johanna Rothseid.
* Please rOt any
error in th tNiy to

A BP employee lost a lap-
top that contained infor-
mation about roughly
13,000 residents on the Gulf
Coast, WWL reported. The
data contained information
from people who filed com-
plaints with the company
after the oil spill last summer.
Check out the best pho-
tos taken by Michigan
Daily photographers
in the past school year. The
shots capture historic events
and unforgettable moments
on campus.
3As of yesterday, at least
4,441 members of the
United States military
had died in the Iraq War
since March 2003, The Asso-
ciated Press reported. Since
2001 at least 1,408 U.S. mili-
tary personnel had died in

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Obama: Standardized tests
cause kids to lose interest


President says
school evaluations
shouldn't be based
only on test scores
ident Barack Obama said Mon-
day that students should take
fewer standardized tests and
school performance should be
measured in other ways than
just exam results. Too much
testing makes education boring
for kids, he said.
"Too often what we have
been doing is using these tests
to punish students or to, in
some cases, punish schools,"
the president told students and
parents at a town hall hosted by
the Univision Spanish-language
television network at Bell Mul-
ticultural High School in Wash-
ington, D.C.

Obama, who is pushing a
rewrite of the nation's educa-
tion law that would ease some
of its rigid measurement tools,
said policymakers should find
a test that "everybody agrees
makes sense" and administer it
in less pressure-packed atmo-
spheres, potentially every few
years instead of annually.
At the same time, Obama
said, schools should be judged
on criteria other than student
test performance, including
attendance rate.
"One thing I never want to
see happen is schools that are
just teaching the test because
then you're not learning about
the world, you're not learning
about different cultures, you're
not learning about science,
you're not learning about math,"
the president said. "All you're
learning about is how to fill out
a little bubble on an exam and
little tricks that you need to do

in order to take a test and that's
not going to make education
"And young people do well in
stuff that they're interested in,"
Obama said. "They're not going
to do as well if it's boring."
The president endorsed the
occasional administering of
standardized tests to determine
a "baseline" of student ability.
He said his daughters Sasha,
9, and Malia, 12, recently took
a standardized test that didn't
require advance preparation.
Instead, he said, it was just
used as a tool to diagnose their
strengths and weaknesses. The
girls attend the private Sidwell
Friends School in Washington.
Obama, who has been push-
ing his education agenda all
month, has expressed concern
that too many schools will be
unable to meet annual profi-
ciency standards under the No
Child Left Behind law this year.

Israeli soldiers on patrol following clashes in the West Bank village of Beit Omar on Wednesday, March 23.
Israel threatens to annex
West Bank settlements


Ultraconservative Muslim
sect more assertive in Egypt

Salafis served as
to Mubarak's
CAIRO (AP) - Members of an
ultraconservative Muslim sect
clashed with villagers south
of Cairo over demands that a
liquor store and coffee shops be
closed, officials said yesterday,
a sign of the increasing asser-
tiveness of the fundamentalist
Salafi movement.
nOne villager was killed and
eight others were injured in the
armed clashes, which erupted
late Monday in the village of
Kasr el-Bassil in Fayoum prov-
ince, a security official said.

The fighting broke out after
Salafi followers ordered the
owner to close the liquor store
and coffee shops as they try
to forcibly impose their strict
interpretation of Islam by ban-
ning the drinking of alcohol.
Salafis were tolerated as a
religious group under ex-Pres-
ident Hosni Mubarak to coun-
terweight Mubarak's top foe,
the Muslim Brotherhood group
but has gained power as it rises
to play a more political role as
followers now ponder nominate
a presidential candidate, fol-
lowing the 18-day uprising that
led to the ouster of the former
regime. That has alarmed many
of the secular and liberal forces
in Egypt because of the group's
extremist discourse and imposi-
tion of Islamic sharia law.

Dozens of Salafis also staged
a protest yesterday in Cairo,
accusing the church of abduct-
ing Camilla Shehata, a Coptic
priest's wife who some believe
converted to Islam and is being
held against her will. Salafis also
have accused the police of col-
laborating with the church by
handing Shehata over to Church
authorities to reconvert them.
The woman's whereabouts are
currently unknown.
Such protests were held
almost weekly by the Salaf-
is over the summer as they
accused the Coptic Church of
conspiring to "Christianize"
Egypt, but they largely stopped
after a suicide bombing on New
Year's Day outside a Coptic
church in the port city of Alex-
andria killed 21 people.

300,000 Israeli
settlers currently
live in West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel is
considering annexing major West
Bank settlement blocs if the Pal-
estinians unilaterally seek world
recognition of a state, an Israeli
official said yesterday - moves
that would deal a grave blow to
prospects for negotiating a peace
deal between the two sides.
Israel has refrained from tak-
ing such a diplomatically explo-
sive step for four decades. The
fact that it is considering doing
so reflects how seriously it is
concerned by the Palestinian
campaign to win internation-
al recognition of a state in the
absence of peacemaking.
The Palestinians launched that
campaign after peace talks foun-
dered over Israeli construction in
West Bank settlements. Yester-
day, the Israeli Interior Ministry
said it would decide next month
whether to give final approval
to build 1,500 apartments in two
Jewish enclaves in east Jerusa-
lem. Israel captured both east

Jerusalem and the West Bank
from Jordan in 1967.
Israel annexed east Jerusa-
lem, home to shrines sacred to
Judaism, Islam and Christianity,
immediately after seizing it. But
it carefully avoided annexing the
West Bank, where 300,000 set-
tlers now live among 2.5 million
Although it is widely assumed
that under any peace deal, Israel
would hold -nto major settle-
ments it has built in the past 44
years, any decision to formally
annex West Bank territory would
be a precedent-setting move that
could increase Israel's already
considerable international isola-
tion. The Palestinians claim all of
the West Bank and east Jerusa-
lem, in addition to the Gaza Strip,
for a future state.
The government official who
disclosed the possible annexation
said he did not know how seri-
ously authorities were considering
the option. He said that "adopting
unilateral measures is not a one-
way street" and added that other
options were also being consid-
These could include limiting
water supplies beyond agreed-

upon amounts and restricting
Palestinian use of Israeli ports for
business purposes, he said. Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netan-
yahu was aware of the moves
being discussed, he added, speak-
ing on condition of anonymity
because no final decisions have
been made.
Netanyahu's office had no com-
ment. Nimr Hamad, an aide to
Palestinian president Mahmoud
Abbas, said "these threats are not
new.... But we are continuing (our
campaign) and are convinced our
position is right."
In a related development, the
Israeli Transportation Min-
istry is working on a plan to
build an island off the coast of
Gaza, where an Palestinian-run
airport and seaport would be
located. Ministry spokesman
Ilan Leizerovich said this would
allow Israel to cut all ties with
Hamas-ruled Gaza.
At present most goods and peo-
ple enter and exit Gaza through
Israeli land crossings.
Leizerovich said the island
would be built about three miles
(4.5 kilometers) off the Gaza
coast and would be connected by
a bridge.


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