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School of Education unveils center
named in honor of Brandon family :

New center houses
digital library of
teaching resources
Daily StaffReporter
A crowd gathered around a
large flat screen television in
a newly constructed School of
Education wing to watch an ele-
mentary school teacher lead her
students through a math lesson.
While viewing footage of a
teacher's class is not uncom-
mon in the School of Education,
this scene would not have hap-
pened one month ago. Univer-
sity leaders, including School of
Education Dean Deborah Ball,
Athletic Director Dave Brandon,
Provost Philip Hanlon and Dean
of Libraries Paul Courant, gath-
ered Friday for the grand open-
ing of the Brandon Center for
the Study of Education Practice
- a digital library and commu-
nal area for students to access a
collection of teacher video foot-
age and materials, collaborate on
projects and spend time between
The facility - located on the
second floor of the School of
Education - is named in honor
of Brandon and his wife, Jan,

who donated $500,000 to the
University for a digital library in
2006. The University also funded
a "significant but lesser sum"
to build the new space, accord-
ing to the University's School of
Education spokeswoman Jenny
Brandon, aSchool of Education
alum, said in an interview with
The Michigan Daily at Friday's
event that he wanted to contrib-
ute to the University in a mean-
ingful way, and Ball's enthusiasm
for the project convinced him
that the college would benefit
from the center.
"I want it to be used," Bran-
don said. "I'm going to sneak over
here every once in a while, and I
want it to be a hub of activity. I
want this to be a place that people
get joy (from) and benefit from."
The $500,000 the Brandons
donated to build the center
was part of a $4 million gift the
couple gave to the University in
2006. Two million dollars were
allocated to help construct the
new C.S. Mott Children's Hospi-
tal and Von Voigtlander Women's
Hospital, $750,000 was set aside
for the Athletic Department
and another $250,000 was ear-
marked for athletic scholarships.
The center's seven private
rooms, four alcoves and two
large common rooms all feature

flat screen televisions and other
cutting-edge technology. The
common rooms also collectively
feature a kitchen that will pro-
vide free drinks, a miniature bas-
ketball court and seating areas.
Ball called the center "central
to the mission" of the School of
"It will provide a set of
resources (such as) records of
class practice (and) records of
student work that students and
researchers can study," Ball
said. "It all happens really fast
(in teaching). If you're trying to
watch what a good teacher does,
it's gone. Being able to start and
stop (atape) is really important."
First-year Rackham student
Drew Webb said he will use the
Brandon Center for various aca-
demic needs.
"It's great for group projects,
and you can practice presenta-
tions," Webb said. "Everything is
first class (and) the newest tech-
nology. It's really conducive to
the type of (work) we're doing."
Nathan Mueting, also a first-
year Rackham student, said he
plans to come to the Brandon
Center often and thinks other
students will frequently use the
"I think it will be really busy,"
Mueting said. "My only concern
is alot of people will be here."


Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members participate in the 'Wheel in their Shoes' event yesterday. Forty members traveled 3.1
miles in wheelchairs throughout Ann Arbor to raise money for Push America.
Pi Kappa Phi holds 'Wheel in their
Shoes' 5k for disability awareness

Come to one of our mass meetings 7:30 p.m.
at 420 Maynard.

Fraternity brothers
raise $3,200
for community
outreach programs
Daily StaffReporter
When most people talk about
walking a mile in someone else's
shoes, they speak metaphori-
cally, but not the members of the
University's chapter of the Pi
Kappa Phi fraternity.
About 40 fraternity members
traveled 3.1 miles in wheelchairs
throughout Ann Arbor yester-
day as part of their third annual
Wheel in their Shoes 5k fund-
raiser, which began and ended at
the University Cardiovascular
Center. The fraternity has raised
a total of $3,200 to donate to the
national philanthropy arm of the
Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity called
Push America and will con-'
tinue to raise money during the
remainder of the year.
The fraternity raised more

than $1,000 last week, accord-
ing to LSA sophomore Paul Wil-
lar, the fraternity's philanthropy
chair. The money raised goes to
fund community outreach pro-
grams and local projects. Last
year, Pi Kappa Alpha donated
$580 to the Ann Arbor Center
for Independent Living at its
disability awareness dinner. In
October, the fraternity plans to
build a wheelchair ramp with
funds from Push America for a
disabled woman in Ypsilanti.
Last year, the fraternity's fun-
draising goal was $3,500, but
this year, the goal was doubled
to $7,000. Willar said he's opti-
mistic about meeting the tar-
get because the fraternity has
already raised $3,200, and the
brothers set their own goal of
$9,000 for the year.
LSA sophomore Demere
Asmar said his parents were
apprehensive about him join-
ing a fraternity last year, but he
stressed ithat Pi Kappa Phi is
"not a stereotypical fraternity."
"(Pi Kappa Phi) is not just a
group of guys willing to drink
... We want to help the commu-

nity," Asmar said.
LSA freshman Matthew Val-
lade, who observed the frater-
nity brothers wheeling through
town, said the event is "a great
way to raise awareness about a
good cause."
The event wasn't like most
fundraisers at the University,
said LSA freshman Liz Rubin,
who also observed the Wheel in
their Shoes 5k.
"It's creative, and it made a
big statement," she said. "You
could see it happening all over
LSA senior Steven Turner, Pi
Kappa Phi secretary, said the
event not only raises disability
awareness, but also allows the
participants to experience what
it's actually like to have a dis-
"You really realize how diffi-
cult it must be to have a disabil-
ity," Turner said.
Willar added that he's certain
he'll be sore in the morning after
wheeling for five kilometers.
"It is a big physical struggle to
do this 5k with just your arms,"
he said.

Mubarak trial witness:


No order to shoot

Protesters throw
bottles at Mubarak
during trial
CAIRO (AP) - The prosecu-
tion's first witness in the trial
of ousted Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak startled the
court in a stormy session yester-
day, testifying that police were
not ordered to fire on protest-
ers in Cairo's Tahrir Square in
a contradiction of the prosecu-
tors' central claim.
The police general's state-
ment could damage the prosecu-
tion's case that Mubarak and his
security chief gave the green
light to police to use lethal force
to crush the uprising, during
which at least 850 people were

Prosecution lawyers were vis-
ibly stunned by the testimony
of the witness, Gen. Hussein
Moussa, and angrily accused
him of changing his story from
the affadavit he initially gave
Many Egyptians have been
crying out for the conviction
- and even execution - of the
83-year-old Mubarak to avenge
not only the deaths but also the
corruption, police abuse and
other oppression during his
nearly 30-year rule. If prosecu-
tors fail to win a guilty verdict
or end up with a conviction but
a light sentence, there could be a
heavy public backlash.
The 10-hour session was rau-
cous, with both supporters and
opponents of the ex-president in

the audience.
Relatives of slain protest-
ers threw water bottles at the
defendants cage where the ail-
ing Mubarak lay in a hospital
gurney, as he has in previous
sessions since the trial bega4
Aug. 3. They shouted, "Mubarak,
you traitor" and "The people
want to execute the ousted one"
before court guards quieted the
At one point, a Mubarak loy-
alist held up a poster of the for-
mer leader, prompting furious
arguments between the two
sides' lawyers that devolved into
shouted insults then into out
right fist-fights.
One lawyer beat another with
his shoes until the judge called
a brief adjournment to calm
things down.

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