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    News releases from March 2006

  • ISGT hosts Festa Italiana
    The Italian Study Group of Troy will host its annual festival on April 9. Among those to be honored are Joseph and Marian Impastato. He received a juris doctorate from the WSU Law School and has a ..
  • Wayne State University Physician Group and DMC extend contract
    The Wayne State University Physician Group and the Detroit Medical Center have agreed to extend their current contract through the end of the year. "We both need to be able to look at opportunities ..
  • House takes steps to make college more affordable
    The House on Thursday approved a bill aimed at making college decisions more clear and affordable for families. The education law, which governs the relationship between government and the huge rang..
  • Affirmative action ban up to voters now
    Refusal by the Michigan Supreme Court yesterday to hear arguments on whether backers of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative misled people who signed their petitions, paves the way for voters to mak..
  • In about-face, lawmakers OK college projects
    Wayne State, Michigan State and the University of Michigan scored a surprising victory Thursday when state lawmakers approved construction of several campus buildings projects worth $220 million. Th..
  • Does U.S. have prayer of fighting bird flu
    In a letter to the editor, professor Leonard Malkin of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology here takes issue with a member of the clergy who exhorted people to pray to ward off a bir..
  • Sword play: Academy's club introduces students to sport of fencing
    A story about the fencing club at Brookfield Academy , a Montessori school in Rochester Hills, mentions that head coach Bela Kogler, won two national titles while on the fencing team at Wayne State .
  • Dearborn to host Alpha Phi Alpha meeting
    A sidebar to a story about a meeting this weekend of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity in Dearborn mentions Wayne State as one of the universities that will participate in a college fair at the gatheri..
  • The List! Arts calendar
    The theatre list for the weekend lists " Antony and Cleopatra," one of Shakespeare's most poetic love stories, at the Hilberry Theatre. The entry includes curtain times and ticket information.
  • Federal panel considers giving colleges a 'gentle shove' toward accountability testing
    The federal Commission on the Future of Higher Education will not propose mandatory testing of college students but will urge colleges and accrediting agencies to voluntarily adopt assessments of st..
  • People on the Move
    Education: Krystal Gardner has been named director of the Wayne State University Law School's Career Services office.
  • Tuition 101: Plan for early college funds would hurt high schools
    A Detroit Free Press editorial suggests that Michigan Rep. Jack Hoogendyk's, R-Kalamazoo, proposed legislation to let 15-year-olds bypass high school for early college enrollment raises the possibil..
  • High school grad rules may get tougher
    Starting with the class of 2011, no Michigan public school student could graduate from high school without at least three and a half years of math, four years of English and three years of science c..
  • Jefferson Flies by Robotics Competition
    The Jefferson High School robotics team turned in a stellar performance at the Detroit Regional Robotics Competition March 16-18 at Wayne State University. The robotics competition encourages high ..
  • Youth sports careers
    The Wayne State University Sports Administration Program will host the sixth annual "Careers in Youth in Sport" conference on Saturday, April 8, at the Student Center Building. The conference will f..
  • Play tells little-known black history
    Drama critic Robert Delaney reviews "Before there was Broadway," playing at WSU's Studio Theatre downstairs at the Hilberry. "While the play might well benefit from some polishing, it is definitely..
  • Wayne State's opera workshop
    The Wayne State University Opera Workshop, under the direction of Frances Brockington, will perform Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado, April 6-7 and 20-21 at the Schaver Music Recital Hall. The art..
  • 'Inspector General' has fun with corruption.
    A high-spirited and keen-witted satire on official crookedness and human stupidity opens April 7 at Wayne State 's Hilberry Theatre. "The Inspector General," considered by many to be one of the grea..
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    Frederic Pearson, director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, was interviewed via telephone regarding the Thursday release of American journalist Jill Carroll by her captors in Iraq .
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    Bill Gallagher interviewed law professor Peter Henning regarding the prosecution of a former assistant U.S. attorney and a State Department official for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjur..
  • Michigan votes on big pieces of state budget
    State lawmakers compromised on one of the bigger disagreements between Democrats and Republicans before voting on the $1.8 billion higher education budget: how much money to give 15 state universiti..
  • Lear moves to shore up finances
    Lear Corp. moved Wednesday to shore up its finances by securing $800 million in loans, suspending its stock dividend and forming a European joint venture with New York financier Wilbur Ross. The mov..
  • WAYNE STATE SEMINAR ON AGING: Creativity keeps seniors young
    Wayne State's Institute of Gerontology sponsored a conference Wednesday called the "Art of Aging Successfully." Now in its seventh year, the conference included speakers on topics such as dance, hum..
  • OF ROBOTS AND CARS: Girls taking the GET IT challenge
    Wayne State University is noted as one of Michigan's universities that runs annual science, math and engineering camps for girls. The other participating universities are University of Michigan and ..
  • BUSINESS: Hip-Hop Summit Action Network empowers Detroit youth to get their money right
    Wayne State's Bonstelle Theatre, host site for the March 25 Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), was filled to capacity during a summit designed to encourage Detroit's youth to pursue proper money ..
  • The Local List!
    Death Penalty on Trial: The Politics of Capital Punishment: Andrea D. Lyon will deliver the 22nd annual I. Goodman Cohen Lecture in Trial Advocacy, 3 p.m. March 30 at Wayne State's Law School. Conta..
  • Back Track: Fifty years after the Motor City rode the rails
    Mike Smith, director of Wayne State University\'s Walter P. Reuther Library, comments extensively in a story about Detroit\'s 19th century streetcars. He notes that, from the beginning, the right to..
  • Five things about notable Michigan women
    Mary Chase Perry Stratton, an important part of the arts and crafts art movement and a Detroit Institute of Arts trustee, is highlighted in a story about Women's History Month. Stratton, born in 186..
  • Science and math center student present research
    Alex Gay, a Cros-Lex High School senior who attends the Sanilac County Science and Math Center won first place in the Southeastern Michigan Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Wayne State on ..
  • Fund-raiser to aid local MDA services
    A brief article about a fund-raising event for the Mideastern Michigan Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association mentions that donations will help support research at Wayne State, Michigan State..
  • Volunteers, students to unite to revamp area
    A "Wayne Brief" mentions that as many as 1,000 community volunteers, including Wayne State University students, will gather April 1 to demolish abandoned homes, plant trees, paint murals, landscape ..
  • Cell towers: Worth the price?
    Robin Boyle, chair of the Geography and Urban Planning Department, is quoted in an article that discusses whether cities should permit cell phone towers on public property in order to gain needed re..
  • Arab students and ESL at Wayne State University
    Wayne State University is becoming a major hub for Arab students wanting to learn English. Sixty students from across the Arab world are attending the courses at WSU. The English Language Learning ..
  • Helen Thomas to be inducted into David Mackenzie Honor Society
    Journalist and longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas will be inducted into the prestigious David Mackenzie Honor Society at Wayne State University on Tuesday, April 25, at the McGregor Mem..
  • Williams reveals his wills and won'ts
    Two Wayne State mentions are included under the "Names and Faces" column. 1) Noted Detroit sculptor and artist Sergio DiGiusti is donating an original art work for auction at the annual WSU Law Scho..
  • McClatchy leftovers: Chessboard strategy
    Stephen Calkins, an expert in antitrust law at the WSU Law School , is quoted in this story - originally in the New York Times -- about the sale of 12 Knight Ridder newspapers acquired recently by ..
  • The use of record linkage to examine alcohol use in pregnancy
    An article that talks about the problems that a mother's drinking alcohol can cause for a newborn baby includes a comment by Wayne University professor Janet Harkin. "It seems critical to get the me..
  • New bill could increase per-student funding
    Wayne State is mentioned in this article about a Republican state Senate subcommittee proposal for funding universities. The article notes that Gov. Jennifer Granholm last month proposed a straight ..
  • The Business List
    This business events list includes a program this Thursday at the WSU Law School 's Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. Titled "Workers Rights are Human Rights," the noon program will feature David Bon..
  • Community Calendar:Wednesday, 4-12-2006, 12 p.m.
    A calendar column entry notes that former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archers will deliver the keynote address at the Wayen state University Law School 's symposium on "The Reauthorization of the Voting Ri..
  • Electric Show: Wasted youth
    This article about child actors becoming stereotyped in certain roles and developing personality problems includes a mention of a 1998 Wayne State study of 74 child starts. Researchers found that ch..
  • Awards
    Cara Orchard, marketing coordinator with Wayne State University 's Business and Auxiliary Operations Office, has received the 2006 Beth Thibault Memorial Communicator of the Year Award.
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    Paul O\'Neill, the 72nd U.S. Secretary of Treasury and former Chairman of Alcoa Aluminum, was the featured guest on Leaders on Leadership, co-produced by the WSU School of Business Administration an..
  • Hip-hop artists rap about finances
    A coterie of rap icons kicked off the national Hip-Hop Summit Action Network "Get Your Money Right" financial literacy tour at Wayne State University 's Bonstelle Theatre Saturday. Top financial exp..
  • Unions try to get a grip in new economy
    This article by Booth Newspapers' business columnist Rick Haglund discusses UAW bargaining with the bankrupt Delphi Corp. over buyout offers to Delphi 's hourly workers. The UAW last week reached a..
  • State lawmakers should leave building decisions to colleges
    An editorial urges state lawmakers to resist tying to manage building programs at state colleges and universities. For some lawmakers to demand that colleges pass a resolution promising to honor law..
  • Metro Detroit Development: Big projects, tall order
    Development projects -- some of them massive -- in smaller communities often cause headaches for city officials. Even routine development often runs into obstacles, including recalcitrant zoning bo..
  • Session on civil rights to address hate crimes
    WSU's McGregor Memorial Conference Center will be the site of the Michigan Civil Rights Summit on Monday, March 27. The conference will concentrate on segregation, hate crimes and affirmative action..
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    The station ran a public service announcement in the morning and afternoon mentioning several upcoming plays at Wayne State 's Hilberry Theatre and giving ticket information. It was part of a promo..
  • Hip Hop summit empowers youth to get their finances in order
    The March 25 Detroit Hip-Hop Summit, held at Wayne State's Bonstelle Theatre, is featured with photos.
  • Kelly Carter: Got their minds on their money
    A preview article on last weekend's Hip-Hop Summit event (see above) mentions in the text and a sidebar that it will take place at Wayne State 's Bonstelle Theatre. A sidebar to business columnist's..
  • GLEQ-NextEnergy event reminder
    An "Entrepreneur's Roundtable on Business Commercialization" will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the NextEnergy Center in TechTown. The event is part of the Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Qu..
  • College students give needy a 'spring' break
    A group of nine Wayne State students recently participated in a spring break mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico. The volunteers helped the Scalabrini Fathers religious order at their mission, La Casa d..
  • High tech gift
    A feature story covers the $3 million gift to Wayne State by Troy businessman and philanthropist Marvin Danto. The gift is earmarked for a new Engineering Development Center that will accommodate ed..
  • Wayne State honors inventors
    Wayne State University's Technology Commercialization Office honored more than 100 faculty members and staff inventors March 23 for their ingenuity that has led to inventions, new intellectual prope..
  • NextEnergy jammed for Clean Fleet event
    Nearly 200 people packed NextEnergy Center in TechTown last Wednesday for the Michigan Clean Fleet Conference. The event spotlighted technologies, fuels and funding for cleaner air and transportatio..
  • Murder charges in drug death tough to prove
    "It would be a dream for a trial lawyer to defend this case and say, 'Whose fault was this, the person who swallowed the pills, or someone down the line?'" said David Moran, associate dean at the La..
  • Robotic team wins again
    The robotic team from the Saginaw Career Complex took home a top award from the Detroit Regional competition at Wayne State University . The team won the Xerox Creativity Award for design of its ro..
  • MEAP exam exacerbates state's math woes
    In a letter to the editor, WSU mathematics professor Steven Kahn takes issue with the state of Michigan 's MEAP exam. "The MEAP is driving a curriculum that is not coherent, is a mile wide and an in..
  • Sending tiny electric pulses to a part of the brain controlling motor function boosts stroke recovery
    This article mentions that Jeffrey A. Brown, M.D, of Wayne State University is a co-investigator for a technique known as "cortical stimulation" that helps stroke survivors regain partial use of a w..
  • Local Comment: As media know, right to information is more slogan than fact
    An op-ed piece by Berl Falbaum and Maurice Kelman accuses the media of hypocrisy for trumpeting "the public's right to know" while being selective in what information the release themselves. Falbaum..
  • Team-best finish for Warriors
    For the first time in school history, both the Wayne State men's and women's swim teams won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference league championship. The Warriors came in sixth at th..
  • Area sports in brief
    A sports roundup article includes a brief write-up on Wayne State 's double victory in baseball last weekend over Gannon. Derek Ranck hit a grand slam for the Warriors and Anthony Bass struck out 1..
  • Let's play ball: kids' sports & recreation registration fair Apr. 8
    Wayne State University's Matthaei Athletic Complex will be the site for "Let's Play Ball," a city-wide sports and activities registration fair on Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Before Broadway
    Wayne State's Studio Theatre will present "Before There Was Broadway," March 23-April1. The play is an exploration of the first African-American theatrical company, established in Lower Manhattan i..
  • WSU professor guest of Pointes for Peace
    Wayne State professor and author Fran Shor was the featured speaker at the public forum sponsored by the Pointes for Peace on March 29 at the Harper Woods Public Library. Shor, who teaches history a..
  • 'Women & Leadership' seminar
    Wayne State University 's Hilberry Theatre and the Center for the Study of Citizenship will present a seminar on women and leadership at the Hilberry on Saturday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m. following the..
  • WSU Jazz Lab I Big Bank, Mar. 28
    A brief article notes that the WSU Jazz Lab I Big Band, under the direction of Christopher Collins, will pay tribute to Stan Kenton on March 28 at the university's Schaver Music Recital Hall. Additi..
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    President Irvin D. Reid was interviewed during the above-mentioned Michigan Clean Fleet Conference.
  • Backers, detractors air stem cell views
    Scientists from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan said access to embryonic stem cells is crucial to a realm of experimentation that will change the future of medicine. The resear..
  • WSU athletic outreach program seeks unions' help
    Rob Fournier, director of athletics, sees a parallel between his Wayne State University Champs Life Skills program and organized labor. "I was reading a mission statement for organized labor and it ..
  • A bridge too far
    John Mogk, professor of urban development and international trade at Wayne State University\'s law school, discusses a legal case involving the Detroit International Bridge Co. - owner of the Amb..
  • WEEKEND PLANNER: March 24-26
    The Detroit Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment is this weekend. A panel discussion will feature Russell Simmons, Three 6 Mafia, Doug E. Fresh and a host of others. The free summit is at 12:30 p..
  • ALTERNATIVE POWER: NextEnergy incubator jump-starts research
    NextEnergy Corp. is featured as a 45,000-square-foot site near the Wayne State University campus that is quickly becoming an international center for research in the development of alternative energ..
  • Educational spending by state plunges
    Just five years ago, public colleges and universities enjoyed their highest per-student levels of state and local government support in at least 25 years. By 2005, thanks to stagnant budgets and exp..
  • DESIREE COOPER: For WSU students, tutoring is learning
    It\'s not that Donte Pryor, a seventh-grader at Hope of Detroit Academy, isn\'t trying to do better, it\'s just that he needs extra help. An A student in math, he\'s struggling with English. \"But s..
  • Cass food co-op seeks sustenance to reopen
    Jessica Hauser wants to be able to buy organic food in her hometown of Detroit . But, since the Cass Corridor Food Co-op effectively shut down in 2004 because of financial troubles, that hasn\'t bee..
  • School hosts conference of Asian Pacific American law faculty
    Wayne State University Law School and the Izumi Family Fund will be hosting the 12th annual Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF) at the law school on Friday and Saturday, April ..
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    Paul Wilbur, president and chief executive officer of American Specialty Cars (ASC), was the guest on "Leaders on Leadership," co-produced by Wayne State University's School of Business Administrati..
  • Campus buildings in limbo
    State lawmakers are holding up $270 million in building projects at Michigan universities in a battle over who controls such projects, including a $46 million energy system project at Wayne State Un..
  • Personal life affects flu shots
    New research out of England reveals flu shots do not work as well in older adults who have recently experienced the death of a family member or close friend. On the other hand, the shots work better..
  • International Academy, Utica schools, Kettering win FIRST in Detroit
    After six weeks of rigorous preparation, three Michigan robotics teams -- from the Bloomfield Hills International Academy, the Utica Community Schools and Kettering University (a team from North Oak..
  • Area sports in brief
    Fencing: Wayne State finished 10th in the NCAA championships at Houston, won by Harvard. Warriors junior Marek Petraszek was 13th in the men's epee.
  • The business list
    A brief mentions that "Workers Rights Are Human Rights," will be held on Thursday, March 30, noon-2 p.m. at Wayne State University's Law School, in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. The featured s..
  • Arrest may hurt WDET fundraiser
    Michael Coleman, WDET-FM general manager, expects to be vindicated on an embezzlement charge, but he\'s unsure of the impact his arrest will have on the upcoming fundraising drive he says is critica..
  • Accounting missteps magnify GM's crisis
    General Motors Corp. was hoping to address some issues by filing an annual report admitting questionable charges, understated losses and a litany of accounting errors dating back years. But at the l..
  • A little bit Hollywood, a little bit local
    Detroit-area filmmakers are represented at the Ann Arbor and East Lansing film festivals including Ron Aronson, Wayne State University Distinguished Professor of Humanities. A movie coproduced by Ar..
  • College sabbaticals deserve more respect
    The Detroit News March 12 article, "Professors paid not to teach," is discussed by readers in the "Letters: Your Opinion section." ---Lizabeth A. Barclay, professor of management at Oakland Univer..
  • Bold moves needed to change state's low-skill culture
    Nolan Finley, Detroit News editorial page editor, opines that bold moves are needed to encourage high school graduates to pursue a college education. Finley writes that he is intrigued by an idea of..
  • Troy businessman makes $3M donation to Wayne State
    Troy businessman and philanthropist Marvin Danto has donated $3 million to Wayne State University for a new Engineering Development Center which will accommodate educational programs, research and d..
  • Fencing
    Five members of the Wayne State University team will participate in the 2006 NCAA Championships in Houston, including junior foilist Lindsey Howard. Howard will make her first appearance at the NCAA..
  • Los Lobos reneges on WDET gig
    The band Los Lobos has expressed its desire through its manager not to honor the agreement it made with WDET to appear at a fund-raising performance in May. It's an apparent protest over WDET's dayt..
  • Churches Corner
    Saeed A. Kahn, a lecturer in Wayne State University's Department of Far East and Asian Studies, will be the speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Newman Center in Port Huron. Kahn will appear as part of..
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    WDIV meteorologist Andrew Humphrey conducted interviews and provided on site coverage of the FIRST Robotics competition at Wayne State's Matthaei athletic complex. The story was scheduled for the Fr..
  • Scandal shakes public radio
    The sedate, urbane world of public broadcasting was rattled Thursday as prosecutors charged three former employees of Michigan Public Media with illegally accepting golf club memberships, Persian ru..
  • WDET chief faces embezzling charges
    The head of public radio in Detroit was charged with embezzlement Thursday, accused of accepting money, airline tickets and lodging while he worked as deputy director of a radio station owned and op..
  • WSU administrator\'s rape conviction dismissed
    A federal court has thrown out the 1999 rape conviction of a Wayne State University law school administrator, saying jurors should have been told of a psychiatric report that showed his accuser may ..
  • Kids' Events
    Girls Matter Conference: Hear about helping your daughter be the best she can be from television anchor Fanchon Stinger, Judge Kathleen M. McCarty and a host of workshop speakers. For girls 9-14, th..
  • Colleges open scholarships and grants to everyone
    Facing threats of litigation and pressure from Washington, colleges and universities nationwide are opening to white students hundreds of thousands of dollars in fellowships, scholarships and other ..
  • Race and Gender Affect Clinical Trial Participation
    A new study finds significant disparities by race and gender in the enrollment of patients into lung cancer clinical trials. Published in the January 15, 2006 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journa..