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Engineering public art

Where are you from originally?
I was born in Pakistan, but came to
New York at a very young age. I was
two years old, so I grew up in New
Where did you go to college?
Undergraduate was at Colum-
bia University, where I got a B.S. in
mechanicalengineering, and my grad-
uate was at the University of Califor-
nia, Los Angeles where I got an M.F.A.
What classes do you teach here?
I typically will be teaching more
of the foundations classes, and then I
will be teachinga class with a profes-
sor in computer science called "Cre-
ative Computation." And currently
I'm teaching a class called "Where Art
Thou: Creative Practice Outside of the
White Cube."

What kind of art do you do?
It would fall into public work -
what they call contextual practice,
installation, and sculpture. It would
be work that's not inside a white cube.
It's meant to be kind of put into the
public sphere ... but it's not necessarily
the public sculptures you'd see around
campus. It's much more, I would say,
more experienced based. You use sort
of structures, permanent structures.
What do you hope to conveywith
your art?
A rule of art is to kind of draw a
critical reflection to the everyday, and
in a way, that's how I see my work as
well. When I say critical I don't mean
it to be negative, just a way to reflect
on the issues and being of the every-
day, notions of identity, or public/pri-

vate space, economics.
What do you hope your students
get out of your classes?
Well for me, I think the idea for
students is to kind of explore and find
their own passion and potential. And
of course the classes are sort of themed
around a certain idea, so my goal is to
expose them to new ways of thinking
and new ways of trying and explor-
ing art making or creative making.
But really for me, it's been for them to
come to their own realization of their
own interests or their own potentials,
or their own passions - again, in the
medium of creative activity. So art in
that sense is very much about people
finding their own passions and me just
mentoring that part.

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Flaming filth Movie screen Lecture on Professionals
A report released Mon-
an accident a no show sexism and discuss ethics day showed an increase
of about 9 percent in the
WHERE: Mason Hall WHERE: Angell Hall violence WHAT: Students are number of Americans reciev-
WHEN: Monday at 8:45 WHEN: Monday at about invited to listen to several ing cosmetic surgeries, The
p.m. 1:45 p.m. WHAT: Ben Atherton- professionals who will be Wall Street Journal reported.
WHAT: An officer found a WHAT: A portable projec- Zemon will be speaking on discussing the role of ethics Some surgeons attribtued
trash can containing paper tion screen valued at $285 issues of male violence and in their careers.the atn r
that had been set aflame, was stolen from outside a sexism against women. The WHO: LSA Student Honor the increase to an improvig
University Police reported. classroom, University Police performance will include a Council economy.
Police determined the fire reported. No suspects have multimedia play. WHEN: Today at 7 p.m.
was accidental. been found. WHO: University Housing WHERE: Angell Hall Current Calgary

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Blue Bus down
WHERE: Washington
WHEN: Monday at 9:30
WHAT: An accident
occured involving a Uni-
versity bus and another
motorist, University Police
reported. There were no
injuries in the incident, but
the car's mirror suffered
minor damage.

Lights out in
the Law Quad
WHERE: Law Quad
WHEN: Monday at about
8:30 a.m.
WHAT: Staff reported
damage to a $127 light fix-
ture between the Lawyer's
Club and Hutchins Hall,
University Police reported.
There were no witnesses.

W H EN: Today at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Lorch Hall
Water tools
on the Diag
WHAT: Several experts
from the University's
Marine Hydrodynam-
ics Laboratory and other
departments will showcase
tools used for underwater
research as a part of the
LSA Water Theme semester.
WHO: Water Theme
WHEN: Today at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: The Diag

Brief lecture
on science
WHAT: Professor Emeritis
Henry Pollack will be giv-
ing a 15 minute lecture on
WHO: Shapiro Library
WHEN: Today at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bert's Study
" Please report any
error in the Daily to

Flames center Brendan
Morrison is the Uni-
versity's all-time point leader
in hockey. He played at Mich-
igan from 1993 to1997 during
which he earned 284 points.
The FBI is seeking
help from the pubilc
to crack a code they've
been unsuccessfully tryingto
break since 2001, the Asso-
ciated Press reported. Two
pages of the code were found
on a dead man's body in 1999.
His murder is still unsolved.

Ivory Coast strongman
says e won't step down t

Laurent Gbagbo
takes shelter in
residence bunker
as protests rage
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -
Ivory Coast's strongman leader
Laurent Gbagbo holed up in a
bunker inside the presidential
residence yesterday, defiantly
maintaining he won the election
four months ago even as troops
backing the internationally rec-
ognized winner encircled the
Gbagbo's comments by tele-
phone to France's LCI television
came as French officials and a
diplomat said he was negotiating
his departure terms after French
and U.N. forces launched a mili-
tary offensive Monday. Demo-
cratically elected leader Alassane
Ouattara has urged his support-

ers to take Gbagbo alive.
Talks about Gbagbo's depar-
ture terms were ongoing yester-
day evening directly between
Gbagbo and Ouattara, according
to a diplomat who spoke on condi-
tion of anonymity because he was
not authorized to speak publicly.
Choi Young-jin, the U.N.'s top
envoy in Ivory Coast, said yester-
day that Gbagbo was in discus-
sions about where he would go,
possibly suggesting the strong-
man may be willing to consider
stepping down after more than a
decade in power.
When asked by The Associated
Press Television News if he was
confident that Gbagbo has decid-
ed to leave, Choi said:
"Yes, because as far as I know
the key elements they are negoti-
ating is where Mr. Gbagbo would
"Mr. Gbagbo has signaled for
the first time since the crisis, he
will accept the will of the people,

the results of the election," Choi
France's foreign minister said
Gbagbo would be required to
relinquish power in writing after
a decade as president, and must
formally recognize Ouattara, the
internationally backed winner
of the November election that
plunged the West African nation
into chaos.
But Gbagbo showed no inten-
tion of leaving, declaring in his
interview with French television,
that Ouattara "did not win the
elections" even though he was
declared the victor by the U.N.,
African Union, United States,
former colonial power France
and other world leaders.
"I won the election and I am
not negotiating my departure,"
Gbagbo said by telephone. The
French channel said the inter-
view was conducted by phone
from his residence at 1730 GMT,
and lasted about 20 minutes.

President Barack Obama talks about the federal budget yesterday. Obama's remarks came amid an ongoing discussion
on compromises to the federal budget.
Obama seeks compromises
to prevent gov't. shutdown

DEA head says Mexican drug
cartels impact the entire world

Other countries
concerned about
wave of violence
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) -
Countries around the world are
concerned about the increasingly
global reach of Mexican drug
cartels, the head of the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration said
The United States is particu-
larly worried about the spread of
Los Zetas, a vicious Mexican gang
blamed for the killing of a U.S.
immigration agent in February
and the massacre of 72 migrants
in northern Mexico lastyear, DEA
administrator Michele M. Leon-
hart said at the opening of the

annual International Conference
for Drug Control.
The more than 100 countries
participating in the conference
face many of the same challenges
as the cartels grow in capacity and
sophistication, Leonhart said.
"We are always concerned
about the Mexican drug cartels
and the influence that they have,"
she said.
Leonhart said those gathered
support Mexican President Felipe
Calderon's offensive against the
cartels and "want to be part of the
Drug violence has killed more
than 34,600 people since Mex-
ico's crackdown began in late
The annual conference, started
by the DEA in 1983, is designed to

provide a united front on combat-
ting drug trafficking.
Discussing South America's
problems with cocaine traffickers,
Adm. Alvaro Echandia, the com-
mander of Colombia's navy, told
reporters his country no longer is
the only one encountering semi-
submersible submarines built to
move drugs.
Since the seizure of such a ves-
sel in Ecuador last year, authori-
ties now know they are being
manufactured in a wider area of
South America to avoid detection
in Colombia. But Echandia said
his country has good cooperation
with Ecuador, Peru and Chile for
uncovering the illegal operations,
which he said work almost like
charter services to drug traffick-

Federal budget
fight could halt
gov't. operations
ded by an insistent President
Barack Obama, Congress' top
two lawmakers sought to rein-
vigorate compromise talks yes-
terday aimed at cutting tens of
billions in federal spending and
averting a partial government
shutdown Friday at midnight.
There was at least a hint
of flexibility, accompanied by
sharply partisan attacks and an
outburst of shutdown brinks-
According to Democrats,
House Speaker John Boehner,
R-Ohio, suggested at a White
House meeting that fellow
Republicans might be able to
accept a deal with $40 billion
in cuts. That's more than nego-
tiators had been eyeing but less
than the House seeks.
The speaker's office declined
comment, and Boehner issued a
statement saying, "We can still

avoid a shutdown, but Demo-
crats are going to need to get
serious about cutting spending
- and soon."
For his part, Senate Major-
ity leader Harry Reid sounded
an accusatory note. "I hope the
Republicans do what the coun-
try needs, not what they believe
the tea party wants," he said at
the Capitol
"I mean, it seems that every
step we take, it's something just
to poke us in the eye," he said.
Obama stepped forcefully
into the dispute, at times sound-
ing like an exasperated parent.
He convened a meeting at the
White House with the chief con-
gressional antagonists, rejected
a Republican proposal for an
interim bill with sharp cuts and
then announced Boehner and
Reid would meetlater in the day.
If they can't sort out their dif-
ferences, he said, "I want them
back here tomorrow."
And if that doesn't work, he
added, "we'll invite them again
the day after that. And I will
have my entire team available to
work through the details of get-

ting a deal done."
Obama, eager to regain the
confidence of independent vot-
ers as he seeks a new term, said
the American public expects
that its leaders "act like grown-
ups, and when we are in nego-
tiations like this, that everybody
gives a little bit, compromises a
little bit in order to do the peo-
ple's business."
At issue is legislation needed
to keep the government run-
ning through the Sept. 30 end of
the budget year, and a desire by
all sides to avoid being blamed
politically if there is a shut-
Twin closures in the mid-
1990s boomeranged on Repub-
licans when Newt Gingrich was
speaker, helping Bill Clinton
win re-election in 1996.
This year, both the White
House and lawmakers have
used the threat of a shutdown to
seek leverage in the talks.
Republicans issued a 13-page
pamphlet during the day pro-
viding guidance to congressio-
nal offices on operations during
a shutdown.


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