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COOLING OFFCoe a n mi ts
interim provost for fal
By Jeremy Davidson
and Ruth Neuman
Daily Staff Reporters
Federal Reserve governor
Z Edward Gramlich will act as
4 interim provost and execu-
tive vice president of academic
affairs for the next four months
. afterUniversity Provost Paul
Courant leaves on Aug. 31.
'. President Mary Sue Coleman's
appointment will take effect Sept.
lif the Board of Regents accepts
Gramlich As interiinprovost and executive
vice president for academic affairs,
Grainlich will he responsible for the University's academic and
Along with Coleman, he will set academic standards
and goals for the University and allocate funds to ensure
the University's academic health.
Gramlich has served as a memher of the Federal
Reserve Board since 1997. Gramlich also has nearly 30
years of experience with the University, arriving at the
University in 1976 as a professor of economics and puh-
His administrative positions include serving as the
first dean of the School of Puhlic Policy from 1995-97
and chair of the Economics Department in from 1983-86
and again in 1989-90.
His experience with economics, hoth at the University
and nationally, makes him a qualified candidate to over-
see the University's hudget, Courant said.
Courant said that Gramlich's experience in Washing-
ton, D.C. makes him well versed for the position.
Coleman echoed Courant's sentiments ahout Gram-
"I am delighted that when Ned Gramlich returns to
the University, it will he as interim provost," Cole-
man said in a press release. "Ned will bring a wealth
of academic leadership and public policy experience to
the position, and I know that we will make progress in
advancing the academic mission of the University under
his guidance. I look for ward to working with him in the
In May, Gramlich announced his resignation from the
Federal Reserve Board as one of its governors, to return
to the University as the Richard A. Musgrave Collegiate
Professor in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Gramlich said he is delighted to he working with Cole-
man, who he said he has heard good things about. He also
said he hopes to maintain the funding that Courant and
Coleman have set for the University.
Gramlich has written various hooks and articles on
macroeconomics, budget policy, social security, and the
economics of professional sports.
Gramlich said that Courant will meet with him
throughout August and orient him with the provost
Concertgoers walk through the downpour from a hose atop a Pontiac
Fire Department fire truck at the Pontiac Silverdonie during The Vans
Warped Tour on Sunday.
Solar car team takes first in national race
By Amber Colvin
Daily Staff Reporter
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heating the University of Minnesota's team hy
just twelve minutes.
The tI-day race was kicked off in Austin,
Texas and finished in Calgary, Canada.,
The 2,5011-mile North Atmerican Solar Chal-
lenge - which is the longest solar car race its the
world - was futll of ups and downs for Michi-
gan's Team Momentum, including had weather,
car problems, race penalties, and a neck-and-
neck race against Minnesota.
Engineering senior and team member Brent
Schwartz, said that the team's reward was
crossing the finish line.
"Coming to the end there in Calgary..
just as the car crossed the line, we knew that
we won," Schwartz .said. "Everyone was so
thrilled. That was probably the biggest high-
light of the race."
Michael Brackney, a Business junior and
project manager for Momentum, said the team
lp had every intention of winning the national
championship from the day it began to design
the car two years ago.
"It was a very good conclusion to two very
tong years of work," Brackney said. "It was
everything we had wanted."
The night beftre Wednesday's victory, the
team's lead was in jeopardy when it was given
40 penalty minutes for speeditng violations.
An emergency 55-page appeal comprised
of data, charts, graphs and maps from team
members -was quickly written to dispute the
penalties, which were subsequently retracted
from 40 tminutes to four.
"If those penalties would have stood we
wtould have been half an hour behind Min-
nesota. Instead we were 12 tminuttes ahead,"
Schwartz added that he thought the race was
one of the closest in solar car racing history.
For Brackney, the most intenase moment in
the race was the last day, with Mitnnesota's
team close behind.
"The University of Minnesota was literally
only a few hundred feet behind us. Any little
mistake that we would have made wousld have
cost us the race, but luckily we ran pretty much
flawlessly," Brackney said.
Prep~aration for the race began two years
ags when the team beganto t design the car
for the first time. The students on the team
worked from the design stage, through con-
struction, until race day.
"We started out from scratch," Brackney said.
"Everything an auto matnufacturer would have
to go through, we went through."
Next on the agenda for Mometntum is the World
Solar Challenge in Australia thais Septetmber.
Schwartz, who designed the electric and
Team Momentum memhers raise the first-place trophy toward the sun in Calgary, Aberta after winning
the 2,500-mile North American Solar Challenge last Wednesday. The team made the trip in 53 hours, 59
minutes, 43 seconds and set a record by averaging a speed of 46.2 mph.
power distribution systems in the car, said he it's a lot flatter," Schwartz said. "I expect us to
had high expectations for Momentum at the do very well."
world championship. In the past two years, Michigan has placed
"It's going to be a very different race ... third at the world race behind two profes-
there's no speed lituits, there's a lot mssre sun, sional teams.