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Monday, May 14, 2012
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CMiriiian ail M Cubed puts $15 millionMChed.MCubed initiative is Mich

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'Dark' too superficial to entice,
clings to overused formula

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Burton's latest fails
to captivate audience
despite star cast
By: ADITI MISHRA
DailyArts Writer-
"Dark Shadows" is the film adap-
tation of a '66-71 TV series of the
same name, but to call it a mere
adaptation would
be a grave mis-
take. Few clas-
sic tales, be they Dark
works of fiction Shadows
or television, have
lived to retain the At Quality16
same legacy after and Rave
director Tim
Burton ("Alice
in Wonderland")
has given them his edition of an
" extreme makeover. "Dark Shad-
ows" seems to be the latest in line
to have fallen prey to the maestro's
vivid, eccentric imagination and
come out truly and thoroughly
"Burtonfied."
While this film once again dis-
plays the director's trademark flare

for the bold and the colorful, there's
nothing groundbreaking about it
other than the fact that it's a qua-
si-mockery of Hollywood's recent'
obsession with vampires and were-
wolves.
"Dark Shadows" tells the story
of Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp,
"Rango"), a wealthy man who's
turned into a vampire by the evil
witch Angelique (Eva Green, "Per-
fect Sense") after failing to recipro-
cate her love. Barnabas is freed from
his coffin after 200 years, only to
find himself thrust into a vastly dif-
ferent time and a society he doesn't
understand. His family home is inM
ruins, and his descendants are more
dysfunctional than he is.
The current Collins fam-
ily is headed by Elizabeth Collins
(Michelle Pfeiffer, "New Year's-
Eve") who resides with her brother
Roger (Johnny Lee Miller, TV's WARNER Boos
"Dexter"), her teenage daughter When was the last time I fed my goldfish?
(Chloe Grace Moretz, "Hugo"),
Roger's son (Gulliver McGrath, Victoria (Bella Heathcote, "In small Maine town of Collinsport. few surprises and an admirable cast,
"Hugo"), a psychologist (Hel- Time"). Determined to devote his There's only one problem - he's not the problem is quite simple - heaps
ena Bonham Carter, "The King's life to the betterment of his family, the only one who's endured for two of wasted talent. The film is based
Speech"), a caretaker (Jackie Earler Barnabas vows to restore the family centuries. on a soap opera, a genre defined by
Haley, "Louis") and a nanny named wealth and fishery business in the In a film that offers remarkably See SHADOWS, Page 12

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toward research at 'U'
MCubed to fund $60,000 to hire a research assis-
tant.
mulitdisciplinary MCubed is part of the
University's Third Century
reasearch projects initiative, which is currently
at ,u using $50 million in funds to
promote multidisciplinary
teaching, research and service
By JOSH QIAN efforts related to global
Daily StaffReporter challenges such as climate
change and social justice.
Like the Avengers, the Uni- Before the Fall 2012 term
versity hopes to show strength begins, a website for post-
in numbers by uniting profes- ing and finding collaborative
sors from different disciplines research ideas will be available
as part of the recent MCubed to researchers.
initiative. Neurology Prof. Eva Feldman,
The initiative is led by Mark the director of the A. Alfred
Burns, professor and chair of the Taubman Medical Research
department of chemical engi- Institute, said the MCubed ini-
neering, and Engineering Asso- tiative will allow faculty in the
ciate Deans Alec Gallimore and Taubman Institute to form new
Thomas Zurbuchen. It plans to multidisciplinary projects with
invest $15 million to fund new others.
multi-disciplinary research "The synergy from these new
projects. partnerships will facilitate new
The projects require three discoveries, and from new dis-
different faculty members from coveries we hope to develop new
different disciplines to join cures," Feldman said.
forces and agree on a single Elizabeth Barry, managing
research idea. Each researcher director of the Life Sciences
will receive $20,000, and when Institute, said she believes
they "cube" together, the groups many LSI staff members will
will start with the combined be interested in participating in

right up our alley," Barry said.
"We have to try all sorts of
organizational experiments to
make it easier for faculty from
different units and specialties to
work together."
Barry explained that MCubed
is an experimental initiative
designed to bring faculty from
different areas together for
research and added that the
University created LSI 10 years
ago for the same purpose.
"The LSI experiment has
demonstrated that you can gen-
erate really exciting progress
at the boundaries of the disci-
plines," Barry said.
James Holloway, associate
dean of undergraduate educa-
tion at the College of Engineer-
ing, said the program is exciting
due to its flexibility in providing
the base funding of interdisci-
plinary research.
"For students at the
University, the benefits of
working across disciplines are
huge," Holloway said. "Michigan
is unique in its excellence across
breadth, and students should
be able to take advantage of
this breadth at e'ery level from
flexible undergraduate curricula
to interdisciplinary research
opportunities for graduate
students."

PBS originals can't stand up to the BBC

A issues discussed at
Northside Grill town hal

By: KELLY ETZ by som
SeniorArtsEditor and ar
Theatr(

With the winter semester final-
ly over, I have a bit of previously
unheard of free time. And as the
weather remains stubbornly, dis-
gustingly drizzly, my "free time"
has translated to boredom-induced
channel surfing, while eating copi-
ous amounts of Chinese takeout.
a Yesterday, while doing exactly
this, I made a rather disturbing dis-
covery. Remote in hand, I stumbled
across a relic I completely forgot
existed:PBS.
Most of you probably refer to
your local PBS station as "the one
with 'Antiques Roadshow,' " and
you wouldn't be wrong. "Antiques
Roadshow" plays with disconcert-
ing}frequency, usually.book-ended,

"Maste
Here
ing con
runs p
showsI
BBC.A
BBC isI
station.
Not
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ingless.

ething to do with gardening "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock"?
re-showing of "Masterpiece And what about my embarrass-
e," now updated to simply ingly avid crush on the Doctor from
rpiece." "Doctor Who" - David Tennant's
's where I made the alarm- rendition, obviously - or my obses-
snection. PBS frequently re- sion with everything ever said by
eriod films and current TV Edina Monsoon on "Absolutely
from none other than the Fabulous"? Yep. All courtesy of the
knd wouldn't you know it, BBC.
Britain's public broadcasting In fact, across the pond, BBC
has branched to include a number
of stations, like BBC One, Two,
Three and Four, along with news
thin s bette and music stations. I suppose, as the
BBC was the first public broadcast-
an 'Dow nton' ingstation ever, it's entitled to be
.JVthe best.
But poor little PBS can't even
attempt to compete. Its govern-
is the same BBC airing some ment funding is constantly under
e my-life-is-utterly-mean- review, and all those phone opera-
'until-they-return dramgs, tors eagerly awaiting your call for

City officials
discuss Huron
River Trail system &
construction
By STEVE ZOSKI
Daily News Editor
The Northside Grill usually
serves as one of Ann Arbor's
breakfast restaurants, but last
night served as a meeting place
where Ann Arbor residents sat
down for coffee and discussion
with city officials.
Ann Arbor resident and North-
side Grill owner Jim Koli said he
has hosted community events at
his business since he took it over
in 1993. Sabra Briere (D-Ward
1) said she and Sandi Smith (D-

Ward 1) have held annual town
halls at the restaurant since they
were elected in 2007 and 2008,
respectively.
Briere and Smith joined Ann
Arbor Mayor John Hieftje and
City Administrator Steven Pow-
ers to respond to questions and
city concerns voiced by residents
at the town hall.
Hieftje said he hopes the Riv-
erUp! Wolfpack - an organiza-
tion that intends to improve the
Huron River, comprised of 75
leaders including John Dingell
(D-Mich)- as well as the Nation-
al Wildlife Federation's local
branch and the Michigan League
of Conservation Voters will help
fund a Huron River Trail system.
"If we can get the link between
the greenway proposedarea at 721
and cross under through the rail-
road tracks, some way over there

to the border, that's going to open
up some other funding mecha-
nisms and eventually the border
should go all the way to Dexter,
all the way east, and hook up with
other trail systems," Hieftje said.
Though Hieftje added that
funding opportunities are not as
abundant as they used to be.
"I think the thing to remem-
ber is, had we been at this stage
in 1995, we could get all this stuff
funded - but we've just been
through the worst decade of
funding," Hieftje said.
Koli said the neighborhood
should develop residential hous-
ing.
"It doesn't want (Zaragon) or
stuff like that, 10 story student
housing, it doesn't want stuff like
that either, I understand they're
closing down Baits but we're not
going to make up for it here," Koli
said. "I would personally have
more owner occupied (units) than
rental units."
Koli said the University's rela-
tionship with the city needs to
better reflect the needs of Ann
Arbor residents.

"It's a great thing, but there's
a struggle to find a balance," Koli
said.
And Briere said the neigh-
borhood has preferences about
potential growth.
"There's lots of opportunity,
the neighborhood doesn't want
high-rises, it doesn't want office
buildings, it will probably fight if
somebody proposes those things.
" Briere said.
Briere said the University has
frustrated residents in areas
where it plans to create new hous-
ing for hospital workers.
"The University isn't respon-
sible, it's not going to say, 'Yeah I
see you've got a plan, we're going
to follow your plan.' It's going to
say, 'Well we've got a plan and
we're going to follow our plan,' "
she said.
Briere said if there was a legal
way to stop the University, she
would do it.
"They want the University to
actually respect the city, to actu-
ally respect the rights of the peo-
ple who already live here," Briere
said.

"Watson, would you give me a hand with this?" "No."-
a donation don't seem to be hold- broadcasting system first, which
ing down the fort either. True, in threw everything out of whack, but
the U.S. we did set up a commercial See PBS, Page 12

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