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Touching students' lives

How long have you been a goes with speaking.
professor at the University and
what do you teach? What sense do you feel most
I've been here since 1973, so people take for granted?
coming up on 39 years. I was a Touch. Touch, I'm pretty sure,
professor of social work ... I've is the absolute foundation of all
been retired since Jan. 1, 2001, senses ... Once we get into using
and during my retirement I've sight, sight dominates the brain
been teaching a sophomore hon- tremendously in adult people. We
ors seminar every year, and I forget about touch and touch is
teach the evolution of cognition clearly much more foundational
seminar, and it's great fun - we build everything on touch.
What do you discuss in your After 38 years at the Uni-
sophomore seminar? versity, what is your favorite
It's the evolution of senses, thingabout campus?
particularly sight... then we move All those diagonal sidewalks. I
to the evolution of language and- love the fact that at the University
how language evolved from ges- of Michigan, someone a long time
tures and all of the complicated ago, decided to make sidewalks
ways that we communicate that where people walk, rather than

to force people to walk where
they put the sidewalks. It's kind
of a symbol for me of the free-
dom to teach and think. All those
sidewalks that get built as soon as
people start making a trail across
the grass, I love those very much.
Why did you decide to con-
tinue teaching after retire-
There is a whole multitude of
reasons, but ... the main reason is
to have some structure in my life
... I very much enjoy being able to
interact with young people and
teach them. It's just a huge plea-
sure, especially when you've got
leisure time so you're not terribly

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Bowl trophy at the Crisier Center yesterday.



Rush hour Crop circles

WHERE: Pierpont
WHEN: Tuesday at about
10:50 a.m.
WHAT: A parked Universi-
ty vehicle was hit by anoth-
er vehicle, University Police
reported. There was minor
damage to the bumper of
the University vehicle.
Tire pops off
WHERE: 400 block of
Washtenaw Avenue
WHEN: Tuesday about
about 5:15 p.m.
WHAT: A tire came off a
vehicle while it was travel-
ing on the road and struck a
passing vehicle, University
Police reported. No injuries
were reported.

WHERE: North Campus
Research Complex Field
WHEN: Tuesday at about
1:15 p.m.
WHAT: Somet-ime since
Jan. 1, the field was dam-
aged by an unknown vehicle
driving in circles on the
grass, University Police
reported. There are no sus-
Smoke it up
WHERE: North Inglalls
WHEN: Monday around
5 p.m.
WHAT: Officers took sus-
pected marijuana and drug
paraphernalia from two
students, University Police
reported. An investigation
is pending, and the evidence
will be sent to the state
crime lab for testing.

WHAT: Develop skills to
meet new people and build
lasting relationships at the
Daily Common Concerns
WHO: Counseling and Psy-
chological Services
WHEN: Today at 4:15 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union,
room 3100
Film screening
WHAT: A viewing of
"Queer Streets," a docu-
mentary about young, gay,
homeless people living in
New York. The event is open
to all, with free admission,
free food and a t-shirt for
attendees. A question and
answer session will follow
the film.
WHO:'The Spectrum Cen-
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan League
Vandenburg Room

Italian Opera
WHAT: John Zaretti and
University voice students, in
cooperation with the Italian
Consulate of Detroit, will
present and perform stories
of Italian composers.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance .
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Moore Building
McIntosh Theatre
Poetry reading
WHAT: Author Sarah Gam-
bito will present her collec-
tion of poetry. Gambito is a
co-founder of the non-profit
organization Kundiman.
WHO: University of Michi-
gan Museum of Art
WHEN: Tonight at 5 p.m.
WHERE: University of
Michigan Museum of Art
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The meats of several pri-
mates, including baboons
and chimpanzees, which
were smuggled into the United
States could spread potentially
dangerous viruses, BBC News
reported. Scientists say cus-
toms officials must improve
airport inspections.
A Museum Methods
course - which only
takes on 12 students
- offers the chance to paint
toads, among other prepara-
tions, for Natural History
Museum exhibits.
A 37-year-old mother of
six coughed up a can-
cerous tumor, which
was 2 centimeters long,
The Daily Mail reported. If
she had not coughed up the
malignant throat cancer, it
mayhave spread to the rest of
her body, doctors said.

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Official: Florida terror
suspect met with radicals

25-year-old plotted
to attack night clubs,
sheriff's office
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -
The man accused by U.S. authori-
ties of plotting to bomb Florida
nightclubs and a sheriff's office
met with radical Islamists dur-
ing visits to his native Kosovo, a
senior official in the country said
International agencies had
alerted Kosovo authorities that
Sami Osmakac could be linked to
Islamist extremists, the official
told The Associated Press. He
said the 25-year-old, an ethnic
Albanian and naturalized U.S.
citizen, discussed "issues in sup-
port of radical elements" with the

individuals he met.
The official spoke on condi-
tion of anonymity because of the
issue's sensitivity. He declined to
disclose further details.
U.S. authorities say Osmakac
planned to use a car bomb and
other weapons in an Islamist-
inspired attack in the Tampa area
of Florida.
He was arrested Saturday
- the day officials said he was
planning his attack - after he
allegedly bought explosive devic-
es and firearms from an under-
cover agent. The items were
disabled prior to the sale.
Before his arrest, Osmakac
recorded an eight-minute video
explaining why he wanted to
bring terror to his "victims'
hearts," according to a federal
complaint. The complaint said

he asked the undercover agent to
videotape the explanation.
Online videos have also
emerged that show Osmakac rail-
ing against Christians, Jews and
Western living.
Osmakac lived with his par-
ents in a tan stucco home in Pinel-
las Park, Fla., a small city west of
Tampa. He worked occasionally
at the Balkan Food Store and Bak-
ery in St. Petersburg, a small store
owned by his parents.
He also occasionally visited his
Kosovo, where he still has rela-
Osmakac's aunt, Time Osman-
kaj, told the AP on Tuesday that
Sami Osmakac was last in Koso-
vo in October 2011, but that she
learned ofhisvisit from neighbors
and that he did not contact her or
other relatives. Kosovo authori-
ties also recorded earlier visits,
one of them in May 2011.
U.S. officials have used a dif-
ferent spelling for the suspect's
last name - Osmakac - than
the one his family uses here in

Joran van der Sloot, front right, sits in court for the continuation of his murder trial at San Pedro prison in Lima Peru yes
Van der Sloot pleads gulty
to killing Peruvian womtan.0

Prosecutors asking
for a 30-year prison
LIMA, Peru (AP) - Joran
van der Sloot pleaded guilty on
yesterday to the 2010 murder

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of a young Peruvian woman he
met at a Lima casino who was
killed five years to the day after
the unsolved disappearance in
Aruba of an American teen in
which he remains the main sus-
"Yes, I want to plead guilty. I
wanted from the first moment
to confess sincerely," he told
the panel of three judges that
will decide his fate, hoping for
a reduced sentence. "I truly am
sorry for this act. I feel very
Prosecutors are asking for a
30-year prison sentence under
charges that carry a 15-year
The 24-year-old Dutch citi-
zen did not show emotion during
his brief confession in fractured
Spanish and did not call on the
services of a Dutch translator
provided for the proceeding.
He bowed his head later when
his lawyer, Jose Jimenez, argued
that he killed Stephany Flores,
21, as a result of "extreme psy-
chological trauma" he suffered
from being "persecuted" over
the disappearance of Natalee
Holloway on the Caribbean
island of Aruba, "something he
says he never did and for which
no evidence at all exists."
He said judges, in sentencing,
should consider the "post-trau-

matic stress" his client suffered.
Conferring privately with
Jimenez before leaving the
courtroom, Van der Sloot briefly
The judges have 48 hours to
render a sentence and the pre-
siding magistrate, Victoria Mon-
toya, said it would reconvene
Friday to do so.
Van der Sloot's trial opened
last week but was adjourned to
yesterday after he asked for more
time to decide how to plead. He
said then that he was inclined
to confess but did not accept the
aggravated murder charges the
prosecution sought.
Van der Sloot, who wore faded
jeans and an untucked light-blue
button-down shirt, had con-
fessed to the May 30, 2010, kill-
ing long ago.
He told police shortly after the
murder that he killed Flores in a
fit of rage after she discovered
his connection to the disappear-
ance of Holloway on his laptop
while they played poker online.
His lawyer argues it was man-
slaughter, for which the mini-
mum sentence is 5 years.
Police forensic experts disput-
ed that claim and the attorney for
the victim's family contends Van
der Sloot killed Flores, a business
student from a prominent family,
in order to rob her.




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