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12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, July 3, 1996

NEWS

interactive multimedia classrooms,
among other high-tech gadgets.
"We're dedicating a laboratory for
the future of education itself,"
Duderstadt said. "It will enable this
University to serve the people in the
University by the powerful tools of
technology."
Vice Provost for Academic Outreach
and Information Technology Douglas
Van Houweling, Regent Philip Power
(D-Ann Arbor), Art School Dean Allen
Samuels, and Music and Engineering
sophomore Erik Gottesman also spoke
at the event.
Engler praised Duderstadt for his
work in preparing the University for the
challenges of the next century.
"You have positioned the University
well for the 21st century," Engler said to

Duderstadt. "Your legacy will dwell
into the 21st century."
Duderstadt is supervising the
Michigan Virtual Automotive College
project, which is a collaboration of the
state's higher education institutions to
offer training and education programs
to the automotive industry through the
Internet.
"Technology is a great leap for-
ward for a child to be the best,"
Engler said in an interview with The
Michigan Daily. "Every child,
regardless of where he lives has that
opportunity to have access to educa-
tion through this technology."
Engler said innovations like the
Media Union will foster equality in
education. Engler said the building "is
all about potential, driving people to
reach further and strive harder."
Engler said he wants Michigan to
"seek nothing less than the best in the

world" in terms of education.
Engler said the way of looking at
education needs to be transformed, uti-
lizing new technologies. "We have to
ask ourselves, 'What does it take to be
excellent?"'
Engler said he sees the Media Union
as a way "to unlock the value of
Michigan education."
Engler said he envisions the state
becoming a world leader in education.
"We can take our assets, the talents of
our faculty and leaders, and make them
available globally," he said.
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremo-
ny, Engler took a tour of the building
and tested some of the services that the
facility offers.
Construction for the Media Union
began in 1994, with most of its funding
coming from the state. In total, the con-
struction of the building cost about S40
million.

FORSYTH
Continued from Page 1
tion of any University hospital in the
country."
Forsyth said he did not think any
other academic health system in the
nation is "better positioned to deal with
the increasingly market-driven environ-
ment of health care delivery."
Many in the Medical Center were sur-
prised by Forsyth's resignation. "I think
there's a lot of surprise in the Medical
Center," said Mike Harrison, a hospital
spokesperson. "He gave no indication at
all that he would be leaving"
Harrison said he did not think the
pressures of the Medical Center's down-
sizing had any affect on his decision to
leave, but that the Iowa offer was an
opportunity that he probably could not
ignore.
Outgoing University President
James Duderstadt said plans would be
announced in the coming weeks for an
interim successor to Forsyth and for a
search for his replacement.
Duderstadt called Forsyth "the
strongest, most capable academic
health care director in the country."
"It has been an enormous pleasure to
work with John Forsyth during my
years as president" Duderstadt said.
"Because of his foresight, we offer the
people of Michigan and the entire
Midwest world-class health care."

1jcw.
Sig Eps house to
become parking lot
At the June meeting of the
University Board of Regents, the
regents voted to tun the site of the for-
mer Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house
into a 60-space University faculty an
staff parking lot later this summer.
The University recently purchased
the property on which the former fra-
ternity house stands. The house suf-
fered severe damage due to a fire last
fall. No one was living in the house at
the time because the fratemity's nation-
als revoked the Alpha Chapter's charter
in 1994.
Several reasons for demolition of
the nearly 80-year-old house wer
cited at the meeting, including rait
damage to the floors and walls of the
house.
MIRLYN to be shut down;
MTS no longer in use
No one will be able to access MIR-
LYN, the University's online library
catalog, July 5 through July 7 because
the mainframe, computer which runO
MIRLYN is scheduled to be moved
during that time.
The mainframe holding 20 million
citations and 35 indexes is being
moved from the ITD site at the
North Campus Computing Center to
the Data Systems Central site, "to
put it in area where we can be sure it
sill get 24-hour attention," ITD
Interim Chief Operations Officer
Cheryl Munn-Fremon said.
The system has been housed at the
North Campus site in the Michigan
Terminal System (MTS) mainframe
since its creation in 1988. Munn-
Fremon said newer technologies have
replaced MTS.
Library Systems staff member Beth
Warner said because MTS will no
longer be operational, the operating
staff will not be available at the North
Campus site to perform backups anO
machine maintenance for the MIRLYN
mainframe. Warner said MIRLYN is
expected to be up and running again on
Monday.
Status report on search
for president due in fall
The regents agreed at their June
board meeting, to make information
about the search for a new president
public on Oct. 14 at the earliest. 0
The names of five candidates chosen
by the Presidential Search Advisory
Committee were scheduled to be deliv-
ered to the Board early in the fall.
The exact earliest date for delivery
was set because Regent Shirley McFee
(R-Battle Creek) said she would be out
of the country from Sept. 22 to Oct. 13,
and all members of the Board must be
present to hear the report of the adviso
ry committee. It will be delivered byv
Law School Dean Jeffrey Lehman, who
chairs the committee.
- Compiled byDaily Managing News
Editor Jennifer Harvey

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