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Neal takes office as
U' interim president
By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Managing Editor he has held since 1993.
Neal said he looks forward most to
I n t e r i m the responsibilities of the presidency. "I
U n i v e r s i t y look forward to making those decisions
President Homer that need to be made during the interim
Neal took office period," Neal said in an interview with
on Monday, filling The Michigan Daily.
the position vacat- Neal comes to the position with "at
ed by James least 20 years in University administra-
uderstadt. He tion." Previously, Neal served as the
moved to the post chairperson of the University's Physics
from his position department and in the administration at
as University Vice the State University of New York at
President for Neal Stony Brook. He obtained a master's
Research, which See NEAL, Page 2
July 3, 1996
At the city council meeting Monday NWROC members (left to right) Carly Cummings, Jessica Curtin and Renee Brunk stood
up in protest of the arrest of eight people at the June 22 anti-KKK rally.
KKK protesters crash city council
meeting to denounce rally arrests
By Erena Baybik
Daily Stiff Repsrter
the Klan and the National Women's
Rights Organizing Coalition, also
letter containing a death threat that was
allegedly sent to them from one of the
In the aftermath of the Ku Klux Klan demanded the officers involved be sus- members of Aryan Nation, a white-
rally, anti-Klan protesters disrupted a pended without pay and an independent supremecist group. The letter included
city council meeting Monday, denounc- investigation into the police's conduct at threats such as, "I am coming for you,"
ing what they said was police miscon- the rally be organized. They said they and "I'm going to blow your ass away."
duct at last week's rally, and demanding do not want the Klan or Nazis protected "This letter indicates the danger and
the charges against the eight people by the police in any future incidents. violence pretty clearly," said Barbara
arrested be dropped. The protesters first presented their Pliskow, an Ann Arbor resident. "The
Besides dropping the charges, mein- demands at a press conference held on only people that committed violence on
bers of Ann Arbor Organizing Against June 28, where they also presented a See PROTESTERS, Page 2
Forsyth leaves Medical Center for Iowa position
By Katie Wang
Daily News Editor the Health System," Forsyth said in a Clinical Delivery System.
Governor John Engler was greeted by then-President James Duderstadt as he
arrived at the dedication of the Media Union on North Campus on June 21.
Governor Engler joins Media Union
dedication, praises U technology
By Jennifer Harvey
and Katie Wang "The Media Union adds another
Daily News Editors world-class dimension to this already
* The University officially dedicated world-class University," Engler said.
its newest building, the Media Union, "It's a building that bets on the creativ-
on June 21. Gov. John Engler joined ity of man and woman. It's a testimony
outgoing University President James to vision and confidence about the 21st
Duderstadt and members of the century."
University community in dedicating the The building is home to a virtual-
technologically robust building on reality laboratory, an online library and
North Campus. See ENGLER, Page 12
The University Medical Center,
which has undergone significant staff
reductions in the past two months, will
now experience a major loss at the top.
John Forsyth, president and chief
executive officer for the University
Health System, announced Thursday
that he is leaving the Medical Center in
August to become president and CEO
of IASD Health Services Corp., a com-
pany based in Des Moines, Iowa.
"It is an exciting and challenging
opportunity, and one of the few jobs
that could have drawn me away from
written statement. "The decision to
move to Iowa was difficult in light of
the many years my wife and I have
spent in the University and Ann Arbor.
Leaving is truly akin to moving away
from a family."
Forsyth was appointed the executive
director of the Uniyersity's hospitals in
1985. In February 1996, the University
Board of Regents authorized the cre-
ation of the University Health System
and appointed Forsyth as president and
CEO. The Health System consists of
seven hospitals, M-CARE, a health
maintenance organization and the
Under Forsyth's leadership, the
Medical Center's reserves have explod-
ed from zero to $700 million in 10
years. Forsyth has also been responsible
for preparing the Medical Center for the
challenges of the changing health care
market, steering a three-year plan to
trim $200 million from the Medical
"It has been a great privilege to serve
the University for the past 26 years,!
Forsyth said. "It has been particularly
gratifying to have been able to partici-
pate it the most dramatic transforma-
See FORSYTH, Page 12
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