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Grammy winner talks teaching

I WAXING ON

Michael Daugherty is a profes-
sor of composition in the School
of Music, Theatre and Dance. His
Metropolis Symphony was given
three Grammy Awards in 2011,
including Best Classical Contem-
porary Composition. He has taught
at the University for 22 years.
What's your favorite
class to teach?
My favorite class to teach is
composition seminar , where we
discuss all sorts of music includ-
ing popular music, film music,
avant-garde music and so forth.
My second most favorite class is
music for non-music majors,
which is open to any student at
the University of Michigan. And

in the class, the students write
music and I critique it, and their
works are performed at the end
of the semester.
How does teaching two
different groups compare?
I think it's interesting to
work both with music majors
and non-music majors. We need
to have people who know how
to compose music, and we need
people who know how to listen
to music in interesting ways. I
enjoy teaching both classes.
What's your greatest
musical influence?
My greatest musical influ-

ence is the television music
from the original Star Trek
movie. I just like the television
music from the 1960s. There
were a lot of interesting com-
posers working in that time.
I'm just a big fan of the original
Star Trek movie.
What piece of your own music
are you most proud of?
The work of mine that I'm
most known for is Metropo-
lis Symphony inspired by the
Superman myth. That's the
work that has been recorded
twice and received a Grammy
Award two years ago.
- MAX RADWIN

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LSA senior Sennel Threlkeld portrays Dr. Henry
Arthur Callis at an interactive wax museum hosted
by Sigma Gamma Rho sorority at the Union Monday.

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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

We(s)t Quad
BYMAXRADWIN
A 4-inch water main broke
on Thompson St. Sunday
night, leaving some West
Quad residents struggling
through their morning
routine. Rumsey and
Cambridge Houses lacked
cold water for a short period.
The water main was fixed and
the street unblocked by1 p.m.
21 at 20
BY AUSTIN DAVIS
In the midst of his study
abroad in Germany, Davis is
acquainted with bar culture.
He believes that this will
prepare him to have a good
year when he comes back to
the United States, enabling
him to avoid the chaos that
sometimes accompanies a
21st birthday.

Dicey ice
BY EMMA KERR
Off-campus navigation
has recently proved
treacherous, in spite of a city
ordinance that mandates
snow removal of greater than
an inch of powder on city
sidewalks. The responsibility
of clearing sidewalks may
lie on tenants or landlords,
depending on one's lease.
. [i
Heroes is back
BY CHLOE GILKE
"Heroes" aired its finale
in 2010 after a four-year
run. In 2015, NBC will host
a "limited series" event of 13
episodes. The revival, called
"Heroes Reborn," will feature
characters both old and new.
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Digital history
lecture
WHAT: Dr. Anita Gonzalez
will discuss using digital
technology to explore
historical characters, tell
stories through interactive
visuals and expanding on
the potentials of maps.
WHO: Digital Currents
WHEN: Today at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Room 1022, Insti-
tute for the Humanities
Yiddish
movie night
WHAT: A 1923 Austrian
film, "Good Luck," will be
screened as part of an ongo-
ing offering of Judaic pro-
gramming at the University.
The drama contrasts Ameri-
can and Ruropean Jews.
WHO: Judaic Studies
WHEN: Today atf6 p.m.
WHERE: Room 2022,
Institute for the Humanities

Student
showcase
WHAT: "Creating asa
Way of Learning" features
student's media-centered
coursework. A panel discus-
sion will focus on the proj-
ects' learning process and
outcomes.
WHO: University Library
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: UGLi, Bert's
Study Lounge
CORRECTIONS
A previous version of the
article "Party profile:
FORUM emphasizes student
involvement" incorrectly
said FOR UM vice president
candidate Pavitra Abraham
worked on voter registration
for CSG elections. Addition-
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was written as forUM.
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Researchers at the
University of Wisconsin
- Madison discovered the
oldest-known chunk of
Earth in Western Australia,
the Los Angeles Times
reported Monday. It is in the
form of zircon, a crystal, that
dates to4.4 billion years ago.
Despite having an
injury-filled playing
career at Michigan,
Fred Wilpon has made up
for his lost time on the field
by helping finance the future
of Wolverines present and
future on the field and off.
> FOR MORE, SEE SPORTS, PAGE 7
The Milk Processor
Education Program is
nixing their iconic "Got
Milk?" slogan, TIME
reported Monday. Following
a decline in milk sales, the
marketing agency will start
a new campaign focusing on
milk's energizing properties.

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California almond farming
affected by long drought

Pollack joins SACUA to

discuss projects,

Despite the crop's
lucrativeness, dry
conditions force
drastic measures
FIREBAUGH, Calif. (AP)
- With California's agricul-
tural heartland entrenched in
drought, almond farmers are
letting orchards dry up and in
some cases making the tough
call to have their trs..s torn out
of the ground, leaving behind
empty fields.
In California's Central Val-
ley, Barry Baker is one of many
who hired a crew that brought
in large rumbling equipment to
perform the grim task in a cloud
of dust.
A tractor operator drove
heavy steel shanks into the
ground to loosen the roots and
knock the trees over. Another
operator, driving a brush loader

equipped w
ment on th
the trees,
pushed the
an excavat
them up in,
ing grapple
into a grin
chips into
away by
burned as f
Baker, 5'
Company, h
20 percent
they have7
There's si
water to sa
of almonds,
I don't hav
20 percent,
that sooner
farmers wi
conclusion.
the best. Is
to come."
There art
able to shoy
orchards be

-H.m

ith a fork-like imple- economic stakes and risks facing
ie front, scooped up growers are clear. Almonds and
and root balls and other nuts are among the most
m into a pile, where high-value crops in the Central
tor driver grabbed Valley - the biggest producer
clusters with a claw- of such crops in the country. In
The trees were fed 2012, California's almond crop
der that spit wood had an annual value of $5 bil-
piles to be hauled lion. This year farmers say the
the truckload and dry conditions are forcing them
ucl in a power plant, to make difficult decisions.
4, of Baker Farming Gov. Jerry Brown last month
as decided toremove declared a drought emergency
of his trees before after the state's driest year in
passed their prim,. recorded history.
smply not enough The thirst for water has
tisfy all 5,000 acres sparked political battles in
, he said. "Hopefully, Washington, D.C., over use of
e to pull out another the state's rivers and reservoirs.
Baker said, adding This month President Barack
or lateri neighboring Obama visited the Central Val-
11 come to the same ley, announcing millions of dol-
"They're hoping for lars in relief aid that in part will
don't think it's going help the state's ranchers and
farmers better conserve and
e no figures yet avail- manage water.
c an exact number of Baker, who favors farming
ing removed, but the over politics, explained the
math leading to his decision.
Between now and the summer
almond harvest, he would need
to irrigate his orchards with
scarce, expensive water and pay
to have the trces pruned and
sprayed. Bringing in bee hives
to pollinate the blossoms costs
nearly $500 an acre.
That all would amount to a
$2.5 million gamble, without
4 6 knowing if the next couple of
months will bring significant
5 rain to the valley floor and snow
to the mountains. "You'd have
wrapped a lot of money up in
those trees to see what hap-
pens," he said.
Removing old trees is com-
mon practice. Almond trees
9 remain productive for about 25
years, growers said. The state's
almond farmers removed over
10,000 acres of trees in 2012,
according to a report by the
California Department of Food
and Agriculture. Most were
7 past their prime. No figures are
available on how many orchards
farmers are removing today,
said department spokesman
Steve Lyle.

Provost discusses
increased state
budget allocation
and campus diversity
ByANDREWALMANI
Daily StaffReporter
University Provost Martha
Pollack joined the Senate Advi-
sory Committee on University
Affairs for its second meeting
of the month to explain the
administration's progress on
several policy projects and
answer questions by members.
Pollack began he discussion
on a positive note, expiessing
her enthusiasm about Republi-
can Gov. Rick Snyder's push to
increase funding for universi-
ties in the state of Michigan by
6.1 percent.
"We are delighted that the
state is expressing the impor-
tance of higher education, and
this is really good for us," Pol-
lack said.
The proposed increase still
has to receive approval from
the Republican-controlled
Michigan legislature.
During her previous visit
to SACUA Jan. 13, Pollack
referred to the formation of
several faculty committees that
would look to address various
issues within the University.
Pollack said progress has been
made, and the leaders of these
committees have been select-
ed, though she did not elabo-
rate further.
Astronomy Prof. Joel Breg-
man will lead the committee
on Having Faculty in the 21st

Century. Psychology Prof. Rob
Sellers will lead the committee
on Diversity, Equity and Cam-
pus Climate.
The final new commit-
tee, the Financial Models for
Higher Education Committee,
will be formed down the road
to foster collaboration once the
other committees have had a
chance to begin making head-
way.
Pollack also spoke about
the University's response to
recent campaigns pushing for
increased diversity on campus.
In November, the University's
Black Student Union launched
the #BBUM Twitter campaign
to shed light on the experiences
of Black students on campus.
Since then, the group has held
several demonstrations calling
for increased diversity on cam-
pus, culminating in its issuance
of seven demands for the Uni-
versity's administration. Goals
ranged from increasing Black
undergraduate enrollment to
ten percent to increased fund-
ing for the Trotter Multicul-
tural Center.
Along with Elizabeth Barry,
spzcial counsel to the presi-
dcrl And Dean of Students
Laura Blake Jones, Pollack has
met with students to engage
in dialogue about student con-
cerns and demands.
The University has granted
$300,000 for renovations of
the Trotter Multicultural Cen-
ter and has also agreed to look
for property on or near central
campus to relocate the Center
in the future. There is no spe-
cific date for completion, but
in the meantime, the existing
location will be repaired and

budget
modernized.
Furthermore, efforts are
being made to increase acces-
sibility for emergency funds to
make it easier for students in
need. Terry McDonald, direc-
tor of the Bentley Historical
Library, is working to increase
students' access to documents
related to race in the Bentley
library, as the BSU requested.
Pollack said students are
also seeking to modify current
race and ethnicity require-
ments in the curriculum and
to implement them in schools
such as the College of Engi-
neering, where such courses
are not required.
Otorhinolaryngology Prof.
Charlie Koopmann, a SACUA
member, voiced concerns about
such changes in curriculum.
"I don't think students
should be required to take that
course," Koopmann said. "It
should be an elective. I think
it's one thing to express inter-
est; I think it's another to have
demands. I don't think the
school should discuss demands;
I think the school should talk
about concerns."
Before the Provost's arrival,
SACUA discussed the need to
establish two nominating com-
mittees that would be in charge
of identifying potential candi-
dates for open positions.
SACUA Vice Chair Rex Hol-
land was selected to head the
committee in charge of the
Department of Public Safety
Oversight. Business Economics
Prof. Scott Masten, a member
of SACUA, will lead the search
committee for a senate secre-
tary.

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