Pierpont piano lounge to host Music at Midday

Engineering junior Jeff Wenzinger will play the piano tomorrow at the Pierpont Commons piano lounge from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow. Wenzinger will play an electic set. His interests range from Beethoven to music from video games such as the “Final Fantasy” series. The event is free.

LGBT office leads talk about anti-gay slurs

The University’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs is sponsoring a discussion called “What’s in a Name?” from noon to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Michigan Union in the MSA chambers on the third floor. Prof. Gayle Rubin and Prof. Esther Newton will lead a discussion on the historical meanings of “queer,” “gay,” “dyke” and other similar slurs. The event is free and open to the public.

Conference to examine nature’s anticarcinogenic properties

The School of Public Health is sponsoring a conference on nature’s anticarcinogenic properties from 1 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Speakers plan to provide an overview of recent research on phytochemicals and cancer prevention. The featured speaker is Suzanne Dixon, a cancer nutrition specialist and epidemiologist. The cost for students is $10 and $20 or $25 for nonstudents is at the door.


Crime Notes

Coffee table broken in Mosher- Jordan lounge

An act of malicious destruction was reported Wednesday at about 10 a.m. when a coffee table was broken in a Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall lounge, according to the Department of Public Safety. The incident likely occurred the night before. There are no suspects at the time.

Books stolen from Graduate Library

Books were reported stolen Wednesday at about 10 a.m. from the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, DPS reported. There are no suspects.

Suspect caught with substance, possibly marijuana

DPS officers arrested a subject in the Church Street carport on Wednesday around 9:15 p.m. for possession of a substance suspected to be marijuana.


This Day In Daily History

Man chips at rock, finds plaque underneath paint

Nov. 4, 1986 – An Ann Arbor native chipped away at the three-quarter-inch-thick layer of paint on The Rock at the corner of Hill Street and Washtenaw Avenue to reveal a monument to George Washington. The existence of the plaque commemorating Washington’s 200th birthday is little known to most students and Ann Arbor residents.

The rock was placed on the corner by Parks Commissioner Eli Gallup in 1932. Found in a gavel pit on Pontiac Road, The Rock is estimated to be 30,000 years old and is considered one of the finest examples of a striated, or grooved, rock. Beneath the boulder is a lead box containing its history.

The copper plaque, placed on The Rock by University officials, states: “To George Washington – this memorial is erected in the celebration of the two hundreth anniversary of his birth 1932.”

Since then the plaque has been stolen once and painted over countless times.

Now little attention is now given to the plaque or the geological value of The Rock.

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