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    News releases from December 2005

  • Controversy over programming changes at WDET-FM radio
    This article focuses on the controversy over programming changes at WDET-FM radio. The lawyer for a vocal group of listeners opposed to the changes called the move "outright fraud" and claims the fo..
  • Wayne State tops Bronco hockey team
    Wayne State erupted for three goals in the first eight minutes of the second period and went on to beat Western Michigan , 6-3, in the consolation game of the Badger Shootout. It was the first-ever..
  • Fraser: 75-year-old earns college diploma
    The "City Beat" column in the newspaper's Macomb section carried a brief write-up about Dorothy Dekutoski, the 75-year-old grandmother who graduated with honors from WSU's interdisciplinary studies ..
  • Stressed students find safe place in support groups
    Gerry Oglan, assistant dean of teacher education in the College of Education , is quoted in an article about the trend of forming support groups in schools to help emotionally troubled students. Som..
  • What causes a hotflash?
    Robert Freedman, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State , is doing research that sheds new light on why menopausal women get hot flashes. He suggests that a narrowed body temperature..
  • Two women prove learning is ageless
    December Wayne State graduates Dorothy Dekutoski, 75, and Erika Martin, 60, both of Macomb County, are featured in a story about their quest for a college degree. Wayne State is mentioned numerous t..
  • Mother, daughter walk across stage together
    College graduation is a proud event for any graduate. But for a Canton mother and daughter it was a day made particularly special by participating together in December commencement ceremonies at Way..
  • Majority of child safety seats installed incorrectly
    A study conducted by the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning found that most child safety seats to protect young children riding i..
  • People on the move: Awards
    The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies was awarded its Community Peacemaker Award to Reginald Turner Jr., of the Clark Hill law firm.
  • Livonia: WSU prof receives $400,000 award
    The Wayne Briefs column notes that Alexey A. Petrov of Livonia , physics professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a $400,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early ..
  • Minimal waste at universities
    In a letter to the editor, Michael Boulus, executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, takes issue with a Jan. 26 Free Press article reporting on alleged waste and ..
  • A good read
    A study by Wayne State 's Center for Urban Studies is referenced in a story about librarians' efforts to serve an increasingly diverse population. The study revealed that the Detroit area, like the ..
  • Ford Explorer excels in crash tests
    The Ford Explorer has won top federal crash-test scores for front and side impact - the first time it has done so in both categories at the same time. The newly-achieved 5-star rating in frontal ..
  • Nurse training for those with degrees makes sense
    Wayne State is mentioned in this editorial about the shortage of nurses in Michigan . The Enquirer writes the following: "We're glad to hear that Michigan State University has joined a new trend in..
  • Most child safety seats used incorrectly
    The Wayne State University Transportation Research group determined the state's 79.7 percent use rate by observational and interview surveys.
  • Another point of view: Author returns a favor to his city, Wayne State
    Guest columnist John Telford writes about author-lecturer Wayne Walter Dyer's recently established $1-million scholarship fund for needy students at his alma mater, Wayne State University . Telford ..
  • Universities have lost focus on students when it comes to costs
    An editorial about tuition increases by state universities in Michigan mentions that Wayne State, Michigan State and the University of Michigan have announced rates at least 12 percent higher than t..
  • It's not your father's auto industry anymore
    A story about the fading auto industry in Michigan includes a comment by Michael Leslie, labor program specialist in the Labor Studies Center here. He pointed out that auto jobs are more scarce tha..
  • SAD season: If your gloomy mood matches the wintry skies, several approaches can help
    An article about seasonal affective disorder, its causes and possible remedies, includes information from Dr. Alireza Amirsadri, psychiatrist and SAD specialist at the WSU School of Medicine. Anti-..
  • Detroit Suburbs attract wealth
    Detroit's far northern suburbs are becoming a haven for high-income professionals, bringing shopping malls, coffee shops, gourmet grocers and luxury cars with them. Younger professionals with are m..
  • Universities have lost focus on students when it comes to costs
    Last summer 15 state universities completed another round of tuition increases. The biggest, Michigan State , U of M and Wayne State all announced increases of at least 12 percent.
  • Wealth divides Macomb County
    At 79, Victoria Bodek can\'t get behind the upscale retailers, fancy eateries and luxury homes sweeping across Macomb County . \"Everywhere you look there is a strip mall,\" Bodek lamented. \"I thin..
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    --- Wayne State University is listed as 10th among Detroit 's largest employers with 5,078 employees reported in 2005. Detroit Public Schools led the category 17,151 employees. --- Wayne State 's ..
  • Wealth divides Macomb County
    Jason Booza, director of the Michigan Metropolitan Information Center at Wayne State , is cited in an article about the changing economic makeup of Macomb County . He points out that seniors on fix..
  • WSU appoints business school dean
    The "Detroit Briefs" column includes an item mentioning that Richard M. Gabrys has been appointed interim dean in the WSU School of Business Administration. Brief background on Gabrys is included.
  • WSU law school moot court team advances to national finals
    Wayne State University Law School 's Moot Court program sent its two National Teams to the 56th Annual National Moot Court Competition for Region 6 at the University of Northern Kentucky , Nov. 17-1..
  • Posh spots get fix-up cash
    Millions of dollars from a city program intended to fix up ratty-looking storefronts in advance of the Super Bowl have instead been spent on some of the most prestigious and best-kept buildings in d..
  • JOHN GALLAGHER: Architectural hits and misses of 2005
    Architecture is more than just buildings. On the literary front, we should be grateful for the delightful new book \"American City: Detroit Architecture 1845-2005,\" a survey of 50 great Detroit bui..
  • Women often opt out of lung cancer studies
    Women and African-Americans are under-represented in lung cancer clinical trials, clinicians report in the Journal of Cancer. \'\'The lack of participation by minorities and women shut them out of t..
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    The Edgar and Marion Beck Foundation, a non-profit, is accepting donations for items valued over $50 to be auctioned with the proceeds going to a Wayne State University 's Neurological Research Prog..
  • Study: Black Smokers More Susceptible to Lung Cancer
    A family history of lung cancer may be more significant for blacks than whites. That\'s the conclusion of some research carried out at Wayne State University . Detroit researchers found that having ..
  • National Security secrets may play role in Nacchio's defense
    This story, an update of one that ran yesterday, includes a comment from law professor Peter Henning about the trial of former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio, who is accused of publicly exaggerating the firm..
  • WDET brings back popular radio programs
    An article about format changes at WDET Radio notes that many NPR and specialty music programs were discontinued in 2004 and the changes did not meet listeners' expectations, posing challenges for a..
  • Wayne State offers online bookstore
    Today's report carries an item about a new service for Wayne State University students, an online bookstore where students can browse a large selection of used books by course and section. The serv..
  • The gay moralist: The "Brokeback" buzz
    A column about the movie " Brokeback Mountain " mentions at the bottom that the writer, John Corvino, teaches philosophy at Wayne State University .
  • Tye ends season at FSU
    An article about college athletes from the Chelsea area mentions that Chelsea 's Karri Kuczajda was a member of the Warriors' volleyball team this year. Her cumulative game stats are given. WSU ende..
  • Brown carries Illinois to 12-0
    A basketball score roundup at the end of a longer story about the Illinois-Missouri game notes that Southern Indiana defeated Wayne State , 78-59, yesterday. Ethan Banks scored 16 points for WSU, wh..
  • Community Calendar
    The Edgar and Marion Beck Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, is currently accepting donations for items $50 or greater to be auctioned off with all proceeds going to Wayne State University '..
  • Granholm names members to investment, strategic fund boards
    Gov. Jennifer Granholm has named members to the new Strategic Economic Investment and Commercialization Board (SEIC) and to the Michigan Strategic Fund. President Irvin D. Reid is among several memb..
  • FROM OUR READERS: At WSU, success not scandal
    Three of four letters addressing the Dec. 10 Free Press story ("WSU chief's travel tab: $50,000") support President Irvin D. Reid's leadership at Wayne State and take issue with the tone of the arti..
  • Wayne State Program for Girls Goes National
    For six semesters, Wayne State University\'s GO-GIRL (Gaining Options-Girls Investigate Real Life) program has been boosting mathematics skills and generating confidence in seventh-grade girls. Now,..
  • WDET's fund-raising was fraud, suit asserts
    WDET-FM listeners, upset over the recent programming changes, have filed a class action in Wayne County Circuit Court, accusing the station, its general manager Michael Coleman and Wayne State Unive..
  • WSU Offers Program for Canadians
    The Wayne State University College of Education soon will begin offering a new, one-year teacher certification program for Canadian residents with a bachelor's degree. The program will be launched d..
  • Maytag shareholders ready to vote on Whirlpool deal
    Industry analysts differ in their opinions on whether the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice will permit the merger of Maytag Corp. and Whirlpool Corp., the nation's largest and th..
  • Nacchio hit with 42 insider-trading counts
    Peter Henning, law professor at Wayne State and former Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement attorney, commented about the insider-trading case of former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio. ..
  • Wayne State supports TechTown startup with fellowship
    Wayne State University \'s School of Business Administration has announced the selection of Alain R. Piette as recipient of the Adams Entrepreneur Fellowship. As Adams Fellow, Piette is the first em..
  • Hilberry Celebrates Two Million Patrons
    Wayne State \'s Hilberry Theatre will hold a "Night of the Two Millionth Patron" celebration on Feb. 3 at 8 p.m., the opening night of the play \"Sly Fox\" by Larry Gelbart. The event will include g..
  • WSU commercialization chief voted to national board
    Fred Reinhart, assistant vice president for technology commercialization at Wayne State , has been elected to the Association of University Technology Managers\' (AUTM) Board of Trustees as vice pre..
  • Don\'t ban Plan B
    Karen Liska, co-president of Law Students for Choice at Wayne State University 's Law School , responded in a letter to the Nov. 25 article, "Bill would ban over-counter sales of abortion pill." Lis..
  • Smart changes at WDET
    Reader Laurie Arora supports the format changes at WDET in her letter-to-the-editor. Arora wrote, "Listen up, Detroit Free Press, I love the format change! Metro Detroit has an intellectual communit..
  • Save the date dept. for \'The Eye and the Chip\'
    It is noted that Wayne State is conducting research on the science of restoring vision to the blind using electronics and electrical stimulation of the visual cortex of the brain. The Detroit Instit..
  • Schools shouldn\'t get blank check for spending increases
    Columnist Thomas Bray says a proposed law that would guarantee funding increases for public schools, community colleges and state universities equal to the rate of inflation, is a bad idea. The K-16..
  • Edelman, Davidson to be honored at WSU commencement
    Detroit Pistons owner William Davidson and nationally known children's advocate Marian Wright Edelman will receive honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Wayne State during winter commencement ceremon..
  • More than black and white: Neighborhoods display more diversity
    Jason Booza, a geographic information specialist at Wayne State 's Center for Urban Studies, commented extensively in a story about Macomb County 's growing diversity. Booza said that much of the ne..
  • High joblessness plagues disabled - only 37% of working age can find jobs in Michigan
    Fifteen years after the federal Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, employment remains the most glaring disparity between people with disabilities and those without - even as technology ha..
  • WSU professor interviewed on WWJ
    Sally Roberts, assistant professor in Wayne State 's College of Education (COE), was interviewed by WWJ's Greg Bowman during his "Making the Grade" segment. Roberts talked about the COE's GO-GIRL (G..
  • Promise of free college changing lives
    The Kalamazoo Promise, a pioneering new scholarship program for graduates of Kalamazoo 's public schools funded by anonymous donors, has Michigan colleges competing for the prospective students. We..
  • Job Benefits From Overseas Tax Breaks Hard to Find
    The deal was Congress would open a one-year window of U.S. companies to bring overseas profits home at a reduced tax rate and in return the companies would invest billions in U.S. facilities and res..
  • WDET issues statement about format changes
    Coleman outlines the research-based rationale behind the program changes at WDET. Contributions were down, listeners were down. The station still has many music programs with experienced WDET hosts.
  • School briefs: Cooley moot court team wins regional contest
    A team from Wayne State 's Law School participated in the National Moot Court Region VI Competition, sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Young Lawyers Committee of the Associa..
  • WDET
    George Bullard from the Detroit News, submitted his blog entry on WDET. He writes that the station is receiving a bad rap from critics over recent format changes. The station's management eliminate..
  • Where college students live: How safe is it?
    Recent fires near the U-M campus fuel concern about rental housing that is available to students. Ann Arbor has the largest number of student renters in the state with about 70% of students - 28,0..
  • Most child safety seats used incorrectly
    Although nearly 80 percent of Michigan children use child safety seats when riding in vehicles, 71.4 percent of the devices are installed incorrectly, according to a new report prepared for the Mich..
  • The politics behind the legal lynching of Tookie Williams
    The execution of Stanley Tookie Williams by the State of California on Dec. 13 was a politically calculated action by "ruling elites." Executing Williams, writes Azikiwe, provided the right wing wi..
  • Black Businesses are growing despite Barriers
    Dr. Timothy Bates, economics professor at Wayne State University , and others made it clear that young, highly educated black professionals with corporate experience are driving black business growt..
  • Women: Roundup
    Southern Indiana defeated the Wayne State women's basketball team 82-66. Shatona Clark had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors.
  • Viking QB commits to Wayne
    Tri County all-state quarterback Josh Rouhan has accepted a full scholarship to play for Wayne State , a Division II school that competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Wayn..
  • Rule change could hurt WSU physicians
    Proposed changes to state rules for new surgery centers could jeopardize the Wayne State University Physician Group's plans for a new outpatient surgery center in Troy . New standards recommended b..
  • WDET protesters air ideas
    A group of about 100 irate WDET listeners gathered Sunday at the Magic Stick nightclub in Detroit to plan strategy on how to get the station to return to a music format. They planned to file a clas..
  • Ex-Deloitte exec is interim chief at WSU biz school
    Former Deloitte & Touche executive Richard Gabrys has been named interim dean of the Wayne State University School of Business Administration. Gabrys, a member of the Board of Visitors for the busi..
  • Leadership in Katrina Disaster
    A column about relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims carries a tagline noting that the writer, Ron Walters, is director of the African American Leadership Institute and is author of the book ..
  • WSU press celebration
    More than 200 Detroit and Wayne State University boosters gathered at the Guardian Building to celebrate the WSU Press publication of American City : Detroit Architecture, 1845-2005. Two photos of g..
  • Miami-Dade College operations chief retires
    These duties will soon be in the hands of Meredith Gibbs, scheduled to arrive Jan. 3 from a job as chief of staff at Wayne State University in Detroit . A lawyer, Gibbs previously held several high-..
  • Wayne State, DMC talks break down
    Contract talks between Wayne State University 's medical school and The Detroit Medical Center have broken down, primarily over financial issues, a conflict that has the university prepared to move ..
  • Disabled and denied
    A front-page story about barriers that make getting around difficult for physically handicapped persons leads with the example of a St. Clair County man who had difficulty accessing Wayne State's Bo..
  • Bush not the first to challenge liberties
    Marc Kruman, chairman of the History Department and director of the Center for the Study of Citizenship here, is quoted in an AP article that ran widely in newspapers across the country. The article..
  • Miami-Dade College operations chief retires
    An article about the retirement of the operations chief at Miami-Dade College notes that Meredith Gibbs, chief of staff at Wayne State , will take over the duties at Miami-Dade as of Jan. 3.
  • Gov't seeks Arabic translators
    A story about efforts by federal agencies to find persons fluent in Arabic languages as interpreters and government operatives includes a comment by Mahmoud Abdalla, WSU professor and director of th..
  • MBNA workers' season of dread
    A story about the buyout of a financial institution by another bank and the resulting angst of employees at the first institution includes a comment by Cary Lichtman, industrial psychologist at Wayn..
  • Courts give non-negotiable contracts the green light
    Jessica Litman of the WSU Law School is quoted in an article about the legal efforts of large inkjet cartridge manufacturers to halt competition from smaller companies that refill cartridges. The ar..
  • Give to Old Newsboys so no kid goes without Christmas
    An editorial urges contributions to the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund and notes that the nonprofit organization, in addition to its traditional Christmas box donations to the needy, "provides several..
  • Family fights for Park's estate - they say caregivers are misusing legacy
    When a printer ran off 10,000 copies of Rosa Park's obituary and funeral program and sold them for $10 a piece, family members say they felt it cheapened her name and accomplishments. Now her nieces..
  • Want job for Big Game? Apply now
    This article about temporary jobs being filled in connection with the Super Bowl in Detroit mentions that the Marriott Hotel-Renaissance Center , host hotel for the NFL, is working with Wayne State ..
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    This all-news station interviewed law professor Robert Sedler regarding President Bush's use of the NSA for domestic spying under the Patriot Act. Sedler disagrees that the administration has emerge..
  • Granholm names members to investment, strategic fund boards
    Gov. Jennifer Granholm has named members to the new Strategic Economic Investment and Commercialization Board (SEIC) and to the Michigan Strategic Fund. President Irvin D. Reid is among several memb..
  • Promise of free college tuition changing lives in Kalamazoo
    An AP story about The Kalamazoo Promise, the scholarship program for public school students in that city that has gained widespread attention, mentions that Wayne State is offering qualified student..
  • School Briefs: Cooley moot court team wins regional contest
    An article about the moot court team from Cooley Law School winning the Region VI National Moot Court competition mentions that, among other schools, the team beat out others from Capital University..
  • Girl, 12, charged as sender of threat
    A 12-year-old student in the Chippewa Valley School District has been charged under a state law that makes terrorist threats criminal offenses. If convicted she could end up under the supervision of..
  • Upset WDET fans keep up the protest
    Fans of WDET-FM's former "adult alternative" music mix have been organizing a campaign to protest the station's decision to cut music programming during the day to make way for news/talk programming..
  • Don't weaken health programs for elderly
    Wayne State is mentioned in a letter to the editor by Larry Lawhorne, M.D., director of the Geriatric Education Center of Michigan. He points out that the center he directs is located at Michigan St..
  • WSU to bestow honorary degrees
    This news-brief mentions that William Davidson, owner of the Detroit Pistons, and children's advocate Marian Wright Edelman will receive honorary Doctor of Laws degrees at Wayne State 's winter comm..
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    The station reported that William Davidson would be receiving an honorary degree at Wayne State commencement ceremonies Thursday evening.
  • Race, gender affect clinical trial participation
    A new study conducted by professor Wei Du and colleagues at Wayne State University found that women and African Americans are least likely to enroll in treatment trials for lung cancer. The results ..
  • Gabrys tapped as interim chief of Wayne State biz school
    Wayne State University has named Richard Gabrys interim dean of the School of Business Administration . He will replace Harvey Kahalas, who resigned early in November, effective at the end of this m..
  • Fieger asks Granholm to find a special prosecutor
    It\'s part criminal investigation, part soap opera and part nagging political pain -- and so far nobody wants to be in charge of the probe into multimillionaire lawyer Geoffrey Fieger\'s secret fund..
  • Journal Bill McGraw: New WDET chief deflects static and appreciates audience passion
    He\'s had his job only since August, but this week disgruntled listeners are flaying him on message boards and blogs. The phones at his radio station won\'t stop ringing. One letter writer called hi..
  • People making news
    Wayne State University appointed Richard Gabrys, retired vice chairman of Deloitte & Touche\'s U.S. global strategic client group, as interim dean of its school of business administration.
  • Family, caregivers battle over Parks estate
    When the Mays Printing Co. ran off 10,000 copies of the glossy four-color obituary programs from Rosa Parks\' funeral, demand for them was phenomenal. At $10 apiece, they sold out in three days foll..
  • \"History Rocks\"
    A new History Channel show featured footage and photos courtesy of Wayne State University 's Walter P. Reuther Library. This episode examined 1979 showing clips and photos from the Douglas Fraser Co..
  • Wayne people in the news
    Sandra Yee has been appointed co-chair of a 30-member Wayne State University steering committee preparing for a winter 2007 visit by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association f..