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Monday, August 6, 2012
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PROFESSOR
From Page 1A
D.C., serving Presidents Eisenhow-
er, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and
Ford in a range of capacities.
With his jobs in government ser-
vice, a doctorate in economics and
a past that included business con-
sulting work for companies such as
Dow Chemical and General Motors,
McCracken implemented his varied
experiences in the classroom.
"He really had these three legs to
the stool, so when he would talk to
students he could tell them practi-
cal things," Jones said of McCrack-
en's teaching method.
Former colleagues and students
also lauded McCracken's passion
for teaching. Herb Hildebrandt,
University Professor Emeritus and
long-time friend and coworker
of McCracken's, said McCracken
would always make time to connect
to students and faculty even after.
retiring from the Business School.
"In his early nineties, he would
sit after lunch ... in the main room
of the Business School and whoever
came by - students, faculty - he
would speak with. He did that for
years," Hildebrandt said.
Hildebrandt added that
McCracken initially came to the
University for the scholarly oppor-
tunities and the desire to teach the
principles of economics and busi-
ness to students. McCracken was a
fixture at the Business School until

his death, receiving eight honorary
degrees in his lifetime, according to
the University News Service.
Though McCracken was a mem-
ber of the Business School faculty,
he was primarily an economist, spe-
cializing in "business, international,
national and world economics,"
Hildebrandt said. However, Hil-
debrandt added that due to conflict
between the Business School and the
economics department, McCracken
was never a member of the econom-
ics department at the University.
Hildebrandt told the News Ser-
vice that one-of his fondest memo-
ries of McCracken was his strong
emphasis on ethics.
"Paul lived a life of ethical ele-
gance," he said. "He stubbornly
believed that a fitting coda to one's
life should be that ethics and moral-
ity should walk hand in hand with
whatever one does. He taught me
many things, but most importantly,
he taught me humility."
Though McCracken considered
himself a moderate Republican, he
believed the government should
take an active role in the business
world, both in terms of regulation
and granting aid to the unemployed,
according to The New York Times.
McCracken based his model of
employing a strong governmental
role in the economy after economist
Milton Friedman of the University
of Chicago Department of Econom-
ics, according to the News Service.
In 1995, Friedman said McCrack-

en's work transcended economics,
adding thathe was a great academic
who influenced both sides of the
political spectrum.
"Paul McCracken has earned a
deservedly high reputation in three
different worlds: the academic, the
governmental and the business ...
few academics have achieved so
wide a range of influence," Fried-
man said.
And yet, Jones was also influ-
enced by the Keynesian school
of thought as a result of studying
under Alvin Hansen at Harvard,
known as "The American Keynes."
"He combined the two schools,
the Keynesianism and the (Chicago
School) Monetarism, and it made
him really quite unique," Jones said.
"Most economists of that era would
be either a Keynesian ... or they'd be
a monetarist ... but McCracken had
both capabilities, and that made
him quite unusual."
During the 1960s and '70s
McCracken attempted, albeit
unsuccessfully, to curb inflation,
according to The New York Times.
"Government was never during
the 1970s able to bring itself to meet
the first fundamental requirement
of a successful price-stabilization
policy - namely, that its policies,
quite simply, would not accommo-
date inflation," McCracken told The
New York Times in 1980.
After serving presidents Ken-
nedy and Johnson, McCracken was
asked by president-elect Nixon to

serve as chief economic adviser.
McCracken and Nixon disagreed
over the use of wage and price con-
trols, in seeking to stop inflation,
and this tension led to McCracken's
resignation from the economic
council in 197t. According to Jones,
McCracken was opposed to wage
and price controls, declared on Aug.
15,1971,yet refused to speak out and
didn't resign until December of that
year because of loyalty.
"I thought that was a very gentle-
manly thingto do, avery classything
to do," Jones said. "That was very
typical of what Paul McCracken is."
Despite leaving the council, he
continued to advise organizations
including the Academic Advisory
Board for the American Enterprise
Institute for Public Policy Research,
according to the News Service.
Business Prof. Alison Davis-
Blake said in a statement McCrack-
en will " be remembered for his
commitment to quality education
in addition to his economic accom-
plishments.
"I loved seeing Paul frequent our
building, long past his 'retirement."'
Davis-Blake said. "He seta wonder-
ful example for our current faculty
and students and is a testament to
the enduring legacy of education."
McCracken is survived by his
two daughters, Linda Langer and
Paula McCracken.
The Associated Press
contributed to this report

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Retelling of classic
adds no depth to
original story
By DAVID TAO
SeniorArtsEditor
The old riff on Hollywood
remakes is that they're unoriginal,
soulless and formulaic. Take an old
classic, throw
in the. new gen-
eration's biggest
stars and hot- Total Recall
test storytelling
tropes, update At Quality16
the visual effects and Rave
and voila, you're
sitting on a buck- Columbia
et of money. Nine
times out of 10, the process yields a
visually appealing, yet utterly pre-
dictable movie, and "Total Recall"
is no exception. A mildly entertain-
ing but otherwise mediocre sci-fi
thriller, the film is a disservice to
its cult-classic predecessor.
From a broader perspective,
the remake and its source material
seem almost identical. Both are set
in futuristic dystopias and feature
a protagonist named Quaid (Colin
Farrell, "In Bruges"), a regular
working stiff, and a less-than-rep-
utable business known as Rekall, a
memory implant service that lets
you live out your fantasies. Quaid
visits Rekall, hoping for a quick
sojourn as a secret agent, but the
procedure fails, and he suddenly
finds himself plunged into a war
between the dystopia's dictator,
Cohaagen, and an underground
resistance movement.
But as per formula, the update
swaps out a few of the original's
cogs for newer doohickeys, tai-
lored for our generation. Writ-
ers Kurt Wimmer ("Salt") and
Mark Bomback ("Live Free or
Die Hard") eliminate the original
Martian setting, bowing instead
to Hollywood's recent fascination
with post-apocalyptic Earth. Gone
too are the original's references
to aliens, mutants and psychic
mysticism, in favor of the "gritty
realism" so in vogue with today's
crowd.
These little script tweaks won't
necessarily dooma remake, partic-
ularly if the changes are well-exe-
cuted, but director Len Wiseman

'U' regent corrects campaign finance error

Andrew Richner
responds to notice
of omission from
Secretary of State
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
ManagingEditor
On Friday, University Regent
Andrew Richner (R-Grosse Pointe
Park) corrected a clerical error in
his election committee's 2010 and
2012 annual campaign statements
that had been outstanding since
February.
On Feb. 14, Richner's commit-
tee was sent a notice from the
Michigan Secretary of State that
explained that the committee's
beginning balance of its most
recent campaign statement did
not match the previous campaign
statement's ending balance.
The beginning balance was

listed as $22,451.07, but the previ-
ous statement's ending balancewas
$33,890.11 according to the notice.
The notice asked for amendments
to the statements "due in this office
no later than February 28, 2012"
and was sent again to the commit-
tee on May 24.
In a Thursday interview with
The Michigan Daily, Secretary of
State spokesman Fred Woodhams
verified that the committee "does
owe additional information to the
department."
"There are no fines for not fil-
ing or not responding to an error
of omission notice, but potentially
... if one is not received, it could be
referred to the Attorney General's
office," Woodhams said. However,
Woodhams added that bringing up
the issue with the Attorney Gener-
al does not necessarily mean there
would be prosecution.
Woodhams declined to com-
ment on the severity of the issue
and said the notice was simply in

need of a correction. -
"If you look at the error of omis-
sion notice, it's just looking for
some clarification on the dates and
adjusting it," he said.
In an interview with ,Richner
on Thursday, Richner said he was
unaware of any discrepancies in his
committee's campaign statements.
After taking a look at the notice,
which is publicly available online
through the Secretary of State
website, Richner said the omission
was an unintentional foible that he
intended to fix.
"It was clearly just a mistake,"
Richner said. "We do have to clear
that up. We'll do it right away."
One day later, the situation had
been corrected. In an interview
with the Daily on Friday, Richner
explained that the approximately
$10,000 discrepancy was a mis-
take.
"(It was) an expenditure that
was counted as a receipt twice
basically. It was double counted,"

he said. "That's why the balances
didn't jive."
The mistake, which required
changing the 2010 campaign state-
ment's endingbalance to $23,890.11
from $33,890.11, was partially the
fault of the software used to submit
the campaign statement, Richner
said.
"I think the software was
responsible for the mistake because
of the way that the data is entered
and it is misleading," Richner said.
"So I think it was an understand-
able mistake that my bookkeeper
made and we fixed it."
"I spent considerable time try-
ing to work through the software
glitch."
Richner said he was unaware of
attempts by the Secretary of State
to contact his committee.
In the end, the corrections to
the campaign statements resulted
in the 2012 campaign statement's
ending balance changing from
$22,115.07 to $23,554.11

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Still a better love story than 'Twilight'.
("Underworld") never moves the
film beyond mediocre. Wiseman
is known for his films' ridiculous
action set pieces, but maintains
a surprisingly subdued tone
throughout "Recall." Farrell races
away from a new age robot police
force in his magnetic hovercar,
dodging bullets and crashing into
things, and for some reason, all of
it seems static. Nothing makes you
catch your breath or keeps you on
the edge of your seat; it's adequate,
but unspectacular.
Visually too, the film disap-
points. The original, directed by
Paul Verhoeven ("Basic Instinct")
had an incredibly distinctive, if
polarizing, visual style, blending
boxy, oversized early-90s pro-
duction design and Verhoeven's
quirky, polarizing penchant for
the blood-soaked and physically
demented. Those campy, color-
ful sets have been replaced with
flavorless, recycled-looking stock
designs, painted with a palette of
gunmetal grays and sterile whites
devoid of personality.
In short, Wiseman fails to bring
anything new to the table, while
simultaneously failing to under-
stand what made the original film
so legendary. Hint: It wasn't elabo-
rate special effects, or extended
chase sequences rife with gunfire,
or even the infamous triple-breast-
ed hooker Quaid meets midway
through the original film, which
Wiseman took extra special care
to include in his update. What gave
the original its staying power was
its ambition; it's willingness to
tackle questions of reality.

Throughout the original, Quaid
duels with his own perception;
did the Rekall procedure really
go wrong? Is what's happening to
him, actually happening to him? Or
should he listen to the people say-
ing he's suffered a psychotic break?
The script is carefully written so
that some scenes seem a little too
perfect, a bit too similar to the
vacation package Quaid ordered.
At the same time, we want Quaid's
new reality to be real, upping the
stakes considerably; we're tied to
our unremarkable lives, but maybe
our buddy Quaid can get out and
become something more. Wise-
man's retelling ignores all of these
questions in favor of a straight-.
forward, unexceptional effects-
driven chase, leading to an utterly
forgettable final product.

By MICHAEL SPAETH 'I'm
Daily Arts Writer albu
exp
With a youthful smile and soc
infectious optimism, bassist and this
vocalist Esperanza Spalding is 'we
boldly challenging how main- T
stream audiences define "popu- and
lar" music. defi
Spalding has already had an mus
impressive career. At just 27 years men
old, she's the youngest faculty cal
member at the prestigious Berk- pop
lee College of Music in Boston. mel
Her most recent album, "Radio her
Music Society", peaked at no. 10 gen
on the Billboard 200 chart and som
was the no. one album on the Top thin
Jazz Albums chart. Perhaps most nal.
famously, she won the Best New
Artist Grammy in 2011, defeating
Justin Bieber, Drake, Mumford &
Sons and Florence + the Machine.
Yet, despite all of the attention
she has received, she remains
humble and eager to share the s
spotlight with other musicians
who wouldn't ordinarily be
noticed by mainstream audiences,
including saxophonist Joe Lovano
and drummer Jack DeJohnette,
who are very well known in the In
jazz community. Spar
"One thing that irks me a little a bu
bit is this idea that people paying iar
attention to you is good for every- othe
body," Spalding said in an inter- mili
view with the New York Times. The
"But it's such a focused beam migl
of light that that's not realistic. crea
Unless you intentionally go. like.

with him!' " Referring to her
um "Radio Music Society", she
lained that "the idea of this
iety is: yeah, we are making
music. And it really takes a
'to make this kind of music."
'his atmosphere of sharing
collaboration is one of the
ning characteristics of . her
sic. Her recordings borrow ele-
nts from many different musi-
genres, such as jazz, classical,
and fusion. But the genres
d together so seamlessly that
music transcends traditional
re stereotypes and becomes
aething else entirely - some-
ng completely new and origi-
Grammy-
winning
palding mixes
jazz and pop.
n some ways, listening to
(ding's music is like eating at
uffet. Some food has a famil-
and pleasant taste, while
r food has a new and unfa-
ar taste but is still delicious.
familiar and unfamiliar food
;ht even be mixed together to
te a new dish, which has a
See SPALDING. Page 12

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