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Happy birthday to 'U'
60 years ago this week
(March 6, 1952): University
alumni clubs around the world
announced plans to host birthday
celebrations commemorating the
University's 115th anniversary,
The Michigan Daily reported.
Celebrations were slated for
regions stretching from Korea to
Iraq, with then-University Presi-
dent Harlan Hatcher reportedly
planning to partake in two sepa-
rate ceremonies in Ann Arbor and
Fort Wayne, Ind.
The Daily reported that some
alumni had previously sug-
gested that the "birth" of the
University is actually 20 years
earlier, on August 26, 1817. How-
ever, instruction under Univer-
sity jurisdiction during this time
period was limited to a primary County."
school and a classical academy, Owen said he believed bringing
the Daily reported, lending wide- high-tech industries to Michigan
spread support to the 1837 date would ease the state's economic
as the official date of the Univer- troubles.
15 years ago this week
30 years ago this week (March 10, 1997): Thousands of
(March 5,1982): State Rep. Gary students, including many from
Owen (D-Ypsilanti) announced the University, were left strand-
that the University planned to aid ed in Mexican airports after a
in the development of high-tech- popular travel agency's charter
nology research parks around planes were grounded, the Daily
Washtenaw County, the Daily reported.
reported. Students who chose to travel
"The University's position is south of the border during the
that they can work with all parts University's spring break risked
of the high-technology push," getting back to school late after
Owen told the Daily. "We're all flight delays by the Federal Avia-
in agreement that we wanted tion Administration.
to bring robotics to Washtenaw - CLAIRE GOSCICKI
Letters to the Editor
The ceiling of the atrium of the University of Michigan
Museum of Natural History.
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Game over Smoking in the Medical school Music alliances
The city of Chicago
WHERE: West Quad Resi- boy's room application help WHAT: San Francisco turned 175 on Sunday.
dence Hall DJs DJ Emancipacion and Chicago Mayor, Rahm
WHEN: Sunday at about WHERE: Michigan League WHAT: A free presentation DJ Rumorosa will discuss Emanuel, spoke in honor of
7:15 p.m. WHEN: Sunday at about on how, when and where to queer lifestyle and multi- the city's birthday, but was
WHAT: A Playstation 3, 9:25 p.m. apply to medical school to cultural influences. They'll interrupted by protesters
several controllers and WHAT: A person not aid pre-med students. talk about the importance arging against his budget
video games were taken affiliated with the Univer- WHO: The Career Center of music in the queer com- an ag nTis
vie ae eet n aflae ihteUie- H:TeCre etr o ui nteqercm plan, the Chicago Sun-Times
sometime from a resident's sity was escorted from the WHEN: Today at noon munity.r
room over spring break, building after he had locked WHERE: Student Activities WHO: Multi-Ethnic Stu- reported.
University Police reported. himself in a restroom and Building dent Affairs
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There are no suspects.
was smoking, University
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Palmer Commons
Grind and fine Surprise cost Long running
band performs Brass concert
WHERE: Rackham Gradu- WHERE: Samuel Trask
ate School Dana Building WHAT: Hot Tuna, a bluesy WHAT: The Student Brass
WHEN: Saturday at about WHEN: Saturday at about folk group that has per- Chambers Ensemble will
7:15 p.m. 9:30 a.m. formed for more than 35 perform a free concert.
WHAT: A person not affili- WHAT: A wallet belonging years, is coming to Ann WHO: School of Music,
ated with the University to a staff member was stolen Arbor. The acoustic group Theatre & Dance.
was found skateboarding in from an unlocked office, recently released their latest WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
the parking lot, University University Police reported. album titled "Steady as She WHERE: Walgreen Drama
Police reported. A citation Charges were made to Goes." Tickets are $35 for Center, Stamps Auditorium
was issued for violation of a a credit card before the general admission and $45
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From the Daily: Twen-
ty-two new casinos
shouldn't be built in
the state of Michigan. The
new casinos would saturate
Michigan's already crowded
FOR MORE, SEE OPINION, PAGE 4
er Anthony Garcia
recieved more than
$30,000 in unemployment
checks while in prison, The
Los Angeles Times reported.
Family and friends deposited
the money for him between
2008 and 2010.
Future of Indiana town
up in the air after tornado
Russian police officers detain protester aftera rally in Moscow yesterday. Riot police broke up an opposition protest con-
testing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's victory in Russia's presidential election, arresting dozens of participants.
Ro police break u protests
after controversial elections
About 250 people
detained after a
rally in Moscow
MOSCOW (AP) - An attempt
by Vladimir Putin's foes toprotest
his presidential election victory
by occupying a Moscow square
ended yesterday with riot police
quickly dispersing and detaining
hundreds of demonstrators - a
stark reminder of the challenges
faced by Russia's opposition.
The harsh crackdown could
fuel opposition anger and bring
even bigger protests of Putin's
12 years in power and election to
another six, but it also underlined
the authorities' readiness to use
force to crush such demonstra-
The rally marked a change of
tactics for the opposition, which
has been looking for ways to main-
tain the momentum of its demon-
strations that flared in December.
Alexei Navalny, a popular blogger
and one of the most charismatic
protest leaders, was the first to
suggest that supporters remain on
Moscow's streets and squares to
turn up the heat on Putin.
For Putin, the opposition move
raised the specter of the 2004
Orange Revolution in Ukraine,
where demonstrators camped on
Kiev's main square in massive
protests that forced officials to
throw out a fraud-tainted election
victory by the Kremlin-backed
The government's response
last night was fast and brutal.
Lines of officers in full riot gear
marched into tree-lined Pushkin
Square and forced protesters into
waiting police buses. About 250
people were detained around the
city, police said.
The crackdown followed a
rally that drew about 20,000 peo-
ple angry over an election cam-
paign slanted in Putin's favor and
reports of widespread violations
in Sunday's voting.
Putin commands the loyalty
of police and the military, whose
wages were recently doubled. Fol-
lowing yesterday's massive show
of force, the urban middle-class
forming the core of the protests
could be more reluctant to attend
Navalny - who sought to elec-
trify the crowd with a passionate
call of "We are the power!" - was
among those detained, along with
opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov.
Both were released from police
custody a few hours later.
"We are calling for peace-
ful action of civil disobedience,
and we shall not leave," Navalny
shouted to the crowd. "We know
the truth about this government.
This is the government of crooks
Upon his release from police
custody, Navalny told 30-40 sup-
porters who greeted him that
another protest was planned for
Saturday in Moscow and other
"We will keep on fighting until
we win," he said.
Putin, who was president from
2000-08 and is the current prime
minister, won more than 63 per-
cent of the vote, according to the
nearly complete official returns,
but the opposition alleged mas-
sive ballot fraud. Communist
Party candidate Gennady Zyu-
ganov finished a distant second
with 17 percent.
"The campaign has been unfair,
cowardly and treacherous," said
opposition leader Grigory Yavlin-
sky, who was denied registration
for the race on a technicality.
International election moni-
tors pointed to the lack of real
competition and said the vote
count "was assessed negatively"
in almost a third of polling sta-
tions that observers visited.
Nearly every home
destroyed in last
MARYSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -
This tiny Indiana farm town has
no mayor, no school and no shop-
ping center. And after last week's
deadly tornadoes, it has virtually
nowhere left to live..
Nearly every home in Marys-
ville was destroyed or so badly
damaged it will probably have
to be torn down - a realization
that raised an emotional ques-
tion for people still gathering
belongings from the debris: Is it
worth rebuilding a place that has
In some of the tiny commu-
nities smashed by the violent
weather, the idea hangs in the air,
raising doubts even among fami-
lies who have lived in the same
place for generations.
Before it was erased by the
storm, Marysville had been a hub
of farming activity in deep south-
ern Indiana since the mid-1800s,
with many sons working the
same rows of corn and soybeans
as their grandparents.
But as they surveyed the dev-
astation, some townspeople
concluded it would be easier to
abandon the village and look for
work in Louisville, Ky., 30 miles
to the south.
"I think this community is
pretty much gone. I don't think
anyone will rebuild. A lot of
people had no insurance," Scott
Meadors said Sunday as he
salvaged belongings from the
When a bigger population cen-
ter such as Joplin, Mo., is crip-
pled by tornadoes, there is rarely
any question about rebuilding.
Larger cities typically have
greater resources and defined
downtowns to serve as focal
points. But this flyspeck village
may have suffered a mortal blow.
Sean Gilbert says there's noth-
ing to do but move away. He
doubts little if anything will be
rebuilt in Marysville, a town of
a few hundred inhabitants that
was struggling economically
even before Friday's storms,
which killed 40 people in five
"It's a shock,"he said, standing
beside his family's 150-year-old
home, which had its siding torn
away, great gashes in its roof, a
caved-in front porch and metal
shutters creaking eerily in the
wind. The twister also destroyed
the chicken house, tossed a com-
bine on its side and tore two
enormous grain silos to pieces.
One house was ground into
a mound of bricks, glass and
The winds also scattered
farmequipment like bits of saw-
dust across miles of surround-
ing countryside. Cars were
lifted and slammed back to the
ground in clumps of colorful
crushed metal. A semi-trailer
was kicked into a tree as if it
were a toy.
Marysville's younger people
started to drift away from the
town some time ago, pushed by
tough economic times to com-
mute to jobs closer to Louis-
ville. The devastation leftby the
tornado now threatens to drive
them off for good.
Gilbert, who works at a res-
taurant in the Louisville suburb
of New Albany, is staying with a
brother who already lives there.
He's planning to move there
permanently, though his par-
ents are intent on staying.
"The younger generation ...
they don't have as long a footing
here and are more apt to move,"
he said. "It's a sad thing to see
them move away."
Gilbert's grandfather arrived
in the Marysville area from
Kentucky in the mid-20th cen-
tury, stepping from a boxcar
along with his family and a
small herd of livestock in search
of a bigger farm and a better life.
"It used to be a real pretty
town," said Shannon Steele as
he waded into the debris around
his mother's flattened home and
tenderly collected a handful of
colorful broaches and other jew-
elry. "I don't really see a lot of
Steele has lived in Marysville
since he was 5, back when there
was still a two-room school-
house and a set of tracks on the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
line. As trains passed, a conduc-
tor would hurl a bag of mail to
Steele's grandmother, who was
once the postmaster.
Now the rail line is closed
and the school is a community
center, though the storm left it
without a roof. The post office
and a hardware store built in
1900 are still around, and the
only other business is a tiny used
car lot. Long gone is the saw mill
- later a canning factory - and
the general store.
Longtime residents spoke
of their childhoods in loving
terms, remembering the basket-
ball games, birthday parties and
"It was serene, like a Nor-
mal Rockwell painting," Bruce
The government of surround-
ing Clark County planned to
help with debris removal and
the restoration of infrastructure
"Our hope is it doesn't just
become a name on a map," said
county Commissioner John Per-
kins. "We would hope that what
was destroyed - and that's most
of it - can be rebuilt."
Beyond that, the village's sur-
vival could depend onhow much
federal and state assistance
trickles down to local communi-
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