Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 2, 2009

As Saturday’s football game against Michigan State University approaches, the brothers of Theta Xi fraternity’s Sigma Chapter are working round the clock to protect one of U-M’s iconic symbols. With couches and blankets as fortifications, the fraternity is protecting the inlaid brass block “M” on the Central Campus Diag against the possibility of intra-state vandalism. Members say they will remain on guard until game time. (Photo by James Iseler)

Mexican journalist’s courage to be honored with Wallenberg Medal
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, a Mexican journalist, feminist and human rights activist who uncovered a child prostitution and trafficking ring hidden in the luxury hotels of Cancún, will receive the U-M Wallenberg Medal at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in Rackham Auditorium. After receiving the medal, Cacho will deliver the Wallenberg Lecture.

New edition of Campus Safety Handbook now available through DPS
The Department of Pubic Safety has issued the 2009-10 edition of the Campus Safety Handbook. It includes emergency services, safety tips, university policies and state laws, and additional support services. New in this year’s edition is a section on fire safety in on-campus housing and DPS’ 10-point promise for responding to reports of sexual assaults.

Law School receives $5 million grant to improve child welfare
A $5 million federal grant will enable a Law School program to assess and improve the current practices of child representation across the nation. The U.S. Children’s Bureau of Health and Human Services awarded the Law School a five-year grant to serve as the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System.

The Michigan Difference

King of the road
Michael Daugherty, professor of composition at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, is one of the 10 most performed living American composers. His inspiration comes from observing the America he sees traveling its back roads and blue highways. “I found a way to combine my passion for American places, popular culture, and historical figures with the incredible education in contemporary music I had received,” he says.