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A change to our reviews

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Starting today, all reviews
printed in the Arts section will no
longer be qualified by a star rating.
Instead, we are switching to a let-
ter-based graded system (A+, A, A-,
etc.) for reviews.
When the Arts editors and I dis-
cussed this change, we decided a
graded system will allow more flex-
ibility for our writers and provide
more accurate coverage for you,
our readers. As revealed through
our monthly qualitative analyses of
Arts content, a consistent problem
with reviews has been that the tone
of reviews does not match assigned
star ratings. We believe this issue
stems from the difficulty ofconcep-
tualizing the qualitative properties
of "stars": For example, what makes
a film, album, TV show or video-
game worth three stars instead of
three-and-a-half stars?
We chose a graded system

because we thought it apropos to
our University audience and our'
role as a student newspaper. We
also found letter grades an easier
system to conceptualize: As stu-
dents, we can relate to the differ-
ence between a C+ and a B-, where
as the difference between a three"
and a three-and-a-half star review
is a harder to understand.w
This is a significant change to the
way the Arts section has worked,
and we'd appreciate your thoughts,
questions or criticism. Feel free to
e-mail me at Irburgin@michigan-
daily.com if you have any thoughts.
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Ian MacKenzie and Andrew Hooker

Not fit to drive
WHERE: 1500 Medical
WHEN: Thursday at about
11 p.m.
WHAT: It was determined
during a traffic stop that
a driver was driving on
a suspended license,
University Police reported.
The driver was arrested.
Cat's in the bag
WHERE: North University
Court, near Stockwell Hall
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 6:40 p.m.
WHAT: A catyltic converter
was reported stolen from
a vehicle parked near
Stockwell Hall, University
Police reported. However, it
was found that the conveter
was still present. The car
had a mechanical failure.

Bike go bye
WHERE: 550 block of East
Madison Street
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 12:40 p.m.
WHAT: A bike was reported
stolen from a rackcbetween
the Michigan Union and
West Quad Residence Hall,
University Police reported.
The theft is believed to have
occured between 2 p.m. and
5 p.m. on Nov. 19. There are
no suspects.

WHAT: This lecture
series will discuss the
relationship between Spain
and the modern Arab world,
factoring in Spain's Islamic
past. The lectures are free
and open to the public.
WHO: Dept. of Romance
Languages andLiterature
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Modern
Languages Building

WHAT: University
alum John Estelle, a lead
developer for Google
Translate, will discuss the
web app's past six years of
existence as well as current
and future developments.
WHO: LSA Translation
Theme Semester,
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: North Quad,
room 2435

A Google search for
"fool-proof" suffocation
methods was made
on Casey Anthony's home
computer the last day her
2-year-old daughter was seen
alive, The Associated Press
Michigan lost' a tight
26-21 contest to Ohio
State in Columbus for
in the 109th iteration of
The Game.
Though the University
of Colorado, Boulder
and Colorado Springs
campuses created specific
dorms for students with
concealed weapon permits
this year, no students have
applied to live in the dorms,
the Denver Post reported.

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SENIOR NEWS EDITORS: Haley Glatthorn, Haley Goldberg, Rayza Goldsmith,
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Stephen Nesbitt ManagingSports Editor nesbitt@michigandaily.com
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Neal Rothschild, Matt Slovin
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Preparing a will Orchestra
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WHAT: Lawyer Tania Cook
will give a presentation
on professionals who can
help in the preparation of
wills. The event costs $10,
and includes 15-minute
individual appointments.
WHO:Center for Education
of Women
WHEN: Today at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: 330 East Liberty

WHAT: The Campus
Symphony and
Philharmonia Orchestras
will perform assorted pieces
in a free concert. No tickets
are required.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium

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Utility worker punctured
pipe before Mass. gas blast

Blast injured
18, damaged 42

- A natural gas explosion that
injured 18 people and dam-
aged 42 buildings in Spring-
field's entertainment district
was blamed Sunday on a utility
worker who accidentally punc-
tured a high-pressure pipeline
while looking for a leak.
State Fire Marshal Stephen
Coan said the Friday night blast
in one of New England's largest
cities was caused by "human
error." He didn't name the
Columbia Gas Co. worker who
pierced the pipe while respond-
ing to reports of a gas leak.
The worker damaged the
underground pipe while using a
metal probe to locate the source
of the leak, Coan said. A flood of
gas then built up in a building
that housed a strip club, and
some kind of spark touched off
the blast, officials said.
Coan said the employee was

following older markings on a
sidewalk that indicated the loca-
tion of the gas line. He appeared
to be an appropriate distance
from the line, but the markings
were incorrect and the worker
accidentally punctured the pipe.
A message left for a Colum-
bia Gas spokeswoman wasn't
immediately returned. Colum-
bia Gas, a subsidiary of pub-
lic company NiSource Inc.,
announced earlier Sunday that
it planned to open a claims cen-
ter for residents and businesses
affected by the explosion at
City Hall on Monday.
Preliminary reports showed
the blast damaged 42 buildings
housing 115 residential units.
Three buildings were immedi-
ately condemned, and 24 others
require additional inspections
by structural engineers to
determine whether they are
safe. The building that housed
the Scores Gentleman's Club
was completely destroyed.
After the pipe was ruptured,
authorities evacuated several
buildings. Most of the people
injured were part of a group of

gas workers, firefighters and
police officers who ducked for
cover behind a utility truck just
before the blast. The truck was
Some officials said it was
a miracle no one was killed.
Springfield Fire Commission-
er Joseph Conant praised the
actions of city firefighters.
"The firefighters did an
excellent job evacuating the
area which certainly prevented
additional civilian injuries and
saved many lives," Conant said.
Columbia Gas officials have
been cooperating with investi-
gators and have determined that
there are no more gas leaks in the
neighborhood, Mayor Domenic
Sarno said.
Coan said the investigation is
being turning over to the state
Department of Public Utilities.
It's not clear whether investiga-
tors will ever be able to deter-
mine what caused the spark
that ignited the explosion.
Springfield, which is 90 miles
west of Boston and has about
150,000 residents, is the largest
city in western Massachusetts.


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