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Julv 15 2002

Lawyers for Ann
Arbor Muslim
leader Rabih
presented an
application for
his asylum in the
United States at
an open hearing
Page 3
Student plans
for a Sept. 11
anniversary vigil
come under
criticism for
attitude and
Page 4
Daily Arts
interviews British
actor Christian
Bale, whose new
film, "Reign of
Fire," co-starring
came out last
Page 8
In the first part of
a three-part
series, hockey
recruits Jeff
Tambellini and
Danny Richmond
are looking
forward to an
athletic career in
Yost Ice Arena.
Page 10

on athletic
campus to
By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Editor
The Athletic Department is plan-
ning a $150 million revamp that
officials hope will consist of a new
indoor field house, an academic
center for athletes, and new baseball
and softball stadiums.
If funding for the project is raised,
the planned facilities could put the
University's athletic buildings back
on top and help recruitment.
Over the past 15 to 20 years,
many other athletic departments
have outspent Michigan's, leaving
the University with older facilities
than many Division I programs.
To improve its infrastructure, the
Athletic Department has outlined four
See ATHLETIC, Page 2

Lurie donates $25
mIu to engineers
By Matt Randall The family also endowed the
For the Daily Marion Elizabeth Blue Chair in the
School of Social Work, which along
The Department of Biomedical with other contributions put the
Engineering hopes a $25 million family's total donations at $45 mil-
gift can help cement a position as a lion.
world leader in its field. The gift The money has been allocated to
comes from Ann both the Biomedical Engineering
Lurie, a Chica- Department and the Department of
go-based philan- Electrical Engineering and Comput-
thropist who has er Science.
a long relation- The grant "provides matching
ship with the funds for a Whitaker Grant to build
University that a biomedical research facility (and)
began when her allows us to double the size of our
late husband solid state research facility for
Robert was a Microsystems and nanotechnology,"
student. Lurie Engineering Dean Stephen Director
This is the largest grant the Col- said.
lege of Engineering has ever The money will provide expand-
received. The Lurie family previ- ed research laboratories for the
ously contributed $12 million to the department in a central location.
college and $5 million to the Busi- As a new department, biomedical-
ness School. See LURIE, Page 2

The Lurie family has given a total of $45 million to the
University over the years, including money for the Ann and
Robert H. Lurie Tower on North Campus.

Artists travel to A 2for nation's best artfairs
By Maria Sprow
Daily News Editor
Growing up, local artist Graceann Warn never dreamed she'd be one of the 1,200
exhibitors in the four Ann Arbor Art Fairs, let alone one of the 200 showcased in the
Ann Arbor Street Fair, commonly ranked the best outdoor art fair in the nation by Sun-
shine Artist Magazine and the National Association of Independent Artists.
"I've always made art, it just never occurred to me that I could make a living at it
when I was a kid. Now I do this full time -more than full time," Warn said.
The former landscape architect student, who has been showcasing her three-dimen-
sional mixed media work at the Street Fair for the last 15 years, said participating in the
fair, which will be held Wednesday
through Saturday, is "irresistible."
"It's local, and I get to see alot of
my customers face to face, which is
fun," she said. "The Street Fair is -
Photo courtesy of Graceann Warn really a high quality show. I'm real-
The artwork of Graceann ly proud to be there, I really like
Warn (top) and Barbara Abel seeing the other art work."
(bottom) will be displayed on And she's apparently not the only
South University Avenue. one who appreciates the art that will
be on display this week. Ann Abor
Street Fair Executive Director
Shary Brown said anywhere from
500,000 to 700,000 people from
Ann Arbor and the rest of the coun-
try are expected to roam downtown
this weekend, which is five times 7,a, K2
the number of people who can fit
into the 110,000-seat Michigan Sta-
dium. ? °
Brown said the art fairs have
become popular with artists FILE PHO
because of "the quality of the audi- Over 500,000 people attended last year's Ann
< t<r ence. It's a very curious and know- Arbor Art Fairs, which close down the streets for
Photo courtesy of www.artfairorgSee ART FAIR, Page 2 four days every summer.

'U' officials still
optimistic about
LSI recruitment
By Maria Sprow
Dioly News Editor
University officials said they aren't concerned about the
direction or momentum of the Life Sciences Initiative, despite
the fact that the two people originally chosen to lead it have
changed their minds.
Scott Emr, a molecular medicine and
biology professor at University of Cali-
fornia at San Diego, and biological Jack
Dixon were selected in October 2000 to
co-direct the LSL
Since then, both have decided to either
stay at, or return to, San Diego. Emr
made his decision in January, after former
University President Lee Bollinger
announced he would be taking over the son
reins at Columbia University. Last week, Dixon accepted San
Diego's offer to become their Health Sciences Dean for Scien-
tific Affairs.
Dixon, who received his undergraduate degree from the
University of California at Los Angeles and his Ph.D. from the
University of California at Santa Barbara, said his choice was
a personal one and not intended to reflect any doubt regarding
the future of the LSI.
"This would be an opportunity for me to give back some-
thing to the UC system," Dixon said ina written statement.
"I will always be proud of what we achieved during my
early leadership of the Life Sciences Institute," he added. "The
Institute building is going to be a great place to do science
because it was designed by scientists for scientists."
But before the Institution can really take off, whoever takes
over as its director needs to recruit the brightest and the best
scientists away from already renowned institutions.
See LSI, Page 2

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