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This little light of mine

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in bulk to the refueling stations," Zetsche
said. "Of course we will ultimately need
these hydrogen refueling stations scattered
around the country as conventional gas sta-
tions are today in order to make fuel cell
powered vehicles vital for anything other
than centrally-fueled fleets.
Zetsche added that problems of expense
extend to the very design of the fuel cell itself.
"We still have some tough challenges
related to cost. For example, the fuel cell
stack in which hydrogen and oxygen are
brought together to produce energy requires
the use of noble metals such as platinum for
catalysts, and platinum runs as much as
seven hundred dollars an ounce," he said.
"We are still working to improve the
packaging and bring down the cost of on-
board hydrogen storage tanks from the sev-
.a eral thousand dollars it costs today,"
s-l Zetsche added.
Many lawmakers like U.S. Sen. Carl Levin
(D-Detroit) are also supportive of similar
efforts to improve fuel cell technology.
"The issue is whether or not we have the
vision to do what we need to do to make
fuel cells a reality," said Levin, who said he
encourages significant tax breaks for those
developing fuel cell technology.
Environmental Protection Agency Admin-
istrator Christie Whitman said she is
impressed with the government's continued
support of this initiative.
RIEST/Da iy "This is truly an example of a whole lot
a vigil of people coming together across party lines
to do what is best for the people that we
serve," Whitman said.
"Students will talk to students in ways they won't talk to
faculty,"Ellsworth said.
Ellsworth said whoever is finally selected will have a chal-
lenging tenure ahead.
"It's a very hard job, and the challenges facing the law school
are fundraising, increasing the size and quality of the faculty,
and dealing with the results of the Supreme Court decision"
Ellsworth said, adding "it's kind of like jumping into a fire."

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and powers the car," Crew Chief,
Engineering Director and Rackham
student Jeff Chen said.
This year, however, many things are
new to the University's solar car rac-
ing program.
SpectrUM, which is estimated by
Harmsen to cost
upwards of
$800,000, is the "Of course
first two-seater winand
ever utilized by to
the racing crew. sense we a:
This is the
first time for any following i
crew member of footsteps o
SpectrUM to
race a University champion.
solar car.
"A lot of we are our
development has and we are
gone into the
electronics of the do it our o
car," Chen said.
H a r m s e n
added the
newest techno-
logical development of SpectrUM
concerns the control of the car's
operating systems.
This year, the steering wheel of
the solar car is digitally encoded,
enabling the driver to remotely
process all of the car's operating
systems from data he receives.
Harmsen, Director and Chen all
cited corporate sponsorship as one of
the most important contributions to
the development of SpectrUM.
"We would not be where we are
without sponsorship. We simply


wouldn't exist," Chen said.
Speaking at the unveiling, sponsor
and General Motors Executive Direc-
tor of Vehicle Systems North America
Robert Kruse said, "anyone that gets
to sponsor this event gets to work
with the best and brightest students."
"Participating in the solar car is the
closest students can get to working in
a corporate production atmosphere,"
Gilchrest added.
Kruse also
we want added he was
in that there recruiting
for his company.
e There are
high expecta-
the tions for the all-
F a new crew of
SpectrUM, as a
But, still, result of previ-
ous successes.
own team "We don't
going to feel pressured
- we are more
1wn way. excited about
- Brian Cheung (our) tradition4
University alum and confident in
the ability and
potential of our
vehicle," Harmsen said.
"We look forward to the challenge,"
he added.
SpectrUM driver, mechanical tech-
nician and alum Brian Cheung said,
"of course we want to win, and in that
sense we are following in the foot-
steps of a champion. But, still, we are
our own team and we are going to do
it our own way."
During the race it will be possible
to track the position of the Universi-
ty's solar car through a GPS system
on the team's University website.

---.JON T
LSA junior and Boston native Rachel Roth, lights a candle at
In the diag for suicide bombings in Isreal.
Continued from Page 1
While she said it has been very time consuming, the com-
mittee has been efficient, cooperative, and non-divisive."
She added that having a student, President of the Law
School Senate Maren Norton, on the committee has been ter-
rific and allowed for candid student feedback.

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