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hurt by
by Loretta Lee
Daily Staff Reporter
University libraries may be even
quieter in the coming months as
hiring freezes and cutbacks in equip-
ment spending create reductions in
University library services.
Dean of the University Library
Donald Riggs has been asked by
Gilbert Whitaker, provost and vice
president for Academic Affairs, to
put a hold on part of the library's
total budget in case the state recalls
funds. The freeze on part of the li-
brary's budget is due to Michigan's
"grim" financial situation, Riggs
said. College deans around campus
have been asked to put similar holds
on their budgets, he added.
The freeze on 2.57 percent of the
library's budget - amounting to
$349,000 - will affect personnel
and non-personnel departments,
Riggs said.
"In order to hold that money,
vacant positions will be unfilled
until the end of the fiscal year,"
Riggs said of the hiring freeze.
Riggs said the hiring freeze
.could affect availability of books.
"The major impact (of holding
library funds) will be ... when posi-
tions become vacant and won't be
filled. There will be backlogs in un-
cataloged books ... Fewer books will
be catalogued, and that has an impact
on the student body, naturally,"
Riggs said.
Riggs said delays in purchasing
new equipment may be another ef-
fect of the partial budget freeze. The
library tries to purchase new MIR-
LYN terminals yearly, but that may
not be possible this year, he said.
Effects of the hold would not
carry over to the book budget, which
is protected from a reduction in
spending, Riggs said.
LSA senior Matteo Valenti, who
worked at the library last year,
called the cut in services at the li-
brary, "disheartening."
"If we're such a great institu-
tion, how can we keep up our re-
search if the library falls apart?"
Valenti asked.
Riggs said that there would be
no cuts in library hours this

Councilmembers crusade
to save Ann Arbor trees

by Travis McReynolds
Daily City Reporter
At last night's City Council
working session and public hearing,
the council and local residents de-
bated the Natural Features Preser-
vation Ordinance -- an attempt to
preserve Ann Arbor's trees,
streams, and marshes.
The ordinance - which passed
the preliminary reading at last
Monday's council meeting by a 7 to
3 vote - requires a permit for re-
moving any "landmark" tree on
land being developed or on existing
lots. The ordinance must pass a sec-
ond reading at next weeks council
meeting before it goes into effect.
Councilmember Bob Eckstein
(D-5th Ward) said the purpose is
not to hinder development, but
rather to encourage the preservation
of area trees and wetlands. Eckstein
helped draft the proposed ordinance
along with Kirk Dodge (R-2nd
Ward), representatives from other
city departments, area contractors,
and environmentalists.
Dodge - despite his role in
drafting the ordinance - voted
against the proposal in the first
"This is really insulting, the im-

plication being that the people who
for over 160 years have made this
city green and wonderful are sud-
denly no longer wise enough to
make those decisions," Dodge said.
Ken Schwartz, a citizen member
of the committee said, "Part of the
reason people come to Ann Arbor is
because of its natural beauty. When
people come back to the city in 2010,
we want them to be in awe when
they see the size of the trees in Ann
The proposed fine for removing a
landmark tree without a permit
ranges from $763 for removing a
tree with a six-inch trunk diameter
at chest level to $76,302 for a tree
with a 60-inch diameter. Trees
within 15 feet of homes are exempt.
The portion of the ordinance con-
cerning wetlands and watercourses
calls for a buffer zone between the
area and a potential development
and prohibits surface runoff di-
rectly into the waterway.
Of the 18 citizens who spoke
about the ordinance, 12 voiced objec-
tions to it.
Griffith Dick, an Ann Arbor res-
ident said, "(The proponents of the
ordinance) say this is a way to keep

this city green, but what you are do-
ing is treating the people who
helped keep this city green like po-
tential criminals. Anticipating
them to cut down trees and ready to
fine them when they do."
"I find this ordinance ap-
palling," Dick added. "I feel in a
way I am being chumped. I have sil-
ver maples on my property, silver
maples aren't landmark trees, they
are overgrown weeds."
Ann Arbor Township resident
Sandra Meltzer spoke on behalf of
the ordinance.
"The loss of a natural resource
represents a loss to the community
as well as a loss to the natural fea-
tures of the community," Meltzer
said. "Landmark trees are gifts to us
from the past. Our preservation of
them is a gift to the future."
In 1988, the council's attempt to
pass a similar, but much more re-
strictive ordinance failed.
West Bloomfield Township re-
cently attempted to pass a similar
ordinance which also failed. Eck-
stein said it failed because the ordi-
nance emphasized the hindrance of
growth rather than the preservation
of natural features.

Dust buster
Oliver Jones, a customer at Fingerle Lumber, collects sawdust that he
will use to deoderize the barn where he keeps his animals.

Assembly considers resolution to freeze fee hikes

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily MSA Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly will
vote on four resolutions introduced
by the Rules and Elections
Committee - including a cap on
the mandatory student fee - during
the assembly's next two meetings.
At tonight's meeting, the assem-
bly will consider a resolution which
would cap the mandatory MSA fee at
$6.27 per semester. The resolution
states MSA could reduce the fee at
the assembly's discretion. However,
a fee increase would require a major-
ity vote of the assembly or a student
petition of 500 signatures.
"I'm going to vote it down be-
cause it sets a cap on the student fee
and two-thirds of MSA's budget
goes to Student Legal Services
(SLS), who have had a lot of finan-
cial troubles lately," Rackham Rep.
Amy Polk said. "Any move the as-
sembly makes to limit our ability to
raise the fee hurts SLS far more than
it hurts the assembly."
If this constitutional amendment

passes by a two-thirds vote, the pro-
posal will be placed on the winter
election ballot. A three-fifths vote of
the student body would approve the
"We're ultimately trying to have
a little more direct student control
over how MSA spends its money so
students don't feel they have to pay
this money and there's nothing they
can do about it," Rules and Elections
Committee Chair Brian Kight said.
"This was something that the en-
tire committee worked on," he added.
"There are a lot of people saying
they want more control over the as-
sembly's funding. What we've tried
to do is work out something more
practical than a voluntary funding
system where you pay MSA if you
want to."
Last term, a similar proposal was
submitted to the assembly and was
rejected. However, the former pro-
posal did not include a cap and a stu-
dent petition required 1,000 signa-
tures instead of the 500 currently

"Last term's proposal was more
rigid and not as well-developed and
thought out," Kight said. "We've
ironed the bugs out of the old one."
The committee will also ask the
assembly to vote on a compiled code
change to update names of schools

things, some don't do much of any-
thing and some do bad things,"
Kight said. "Students haven't had the
opportunity to re-evaluate these
commissions and we wanted to give
them the ability to decide which is-
sues are and aren't important to

'We're ultimately trying to have a little more
direct student control over how MSA spends
its money.'
i- Brian Kight
Rules and Elections Committee Chair

- Moreover, Rakham Rep. Jeff
Hinte and LSA Rep. Todd Ochoa are
presenting a resolution to the assem-
bly tonight asking the assembly to
do everything possible to insure that
students' perspective are incorporated
into the University's safety and secu-
rity policies and practices.
The resolution also asks the as-
sembly to pledge support for the
Student Rights Commission's
(SRC) efforts to organize University
students around the issues of safety
and security.
Finally, it asks the assembly to
"do everything in its power to insure
that the letter as well as the spirit of
Michigan Public Act 120 of 1990 is
adhered to by the University
Public Act 120 requires the
University to hold public hearings
and establish an oversight board to
deal with future grievances about the
campus police before transferring
power of the campus police from the
Washtenaw County Sheriff to the

included in the code. References to
the School of Physical Education
will be changed to Kinesiology and
the School of Library Science will
be referred to as the School of
Information and Library Studies.
In addition, the assembly will
hear a proposal at next week's meet-
ing that would amend the constitu-
tion and ask the student body to vote
to eliminate or keep each of MSA's
eight commissions.
"A lot of these have been around
for a long time, some do good

Kight said that this term's pro-
posal is much different from a pro-
posal submitted last term to com-
bine the commissions into one
The resolution requires a two-
thirds assembly vote to be put on
the winter election ballot. Three-
fifths of the student body would have
to vote to remove a commission be-
fore it would be eliminated from the

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Library fumes spur staff to get fresh air

Ann Arbor Committee to Defend
Abortion and Reproductive Rights
(AACDARR), general mtg, Michigan
Union, Tap rm., 6:30 p.m.
Asian American Association, weekly
mtg, Nikky lounge, Mosher-Jordan,
7:30 p.m.
Time and Relative Dimensions in
Ann Arbor video presentation 2439
Mason Hall, 8 p.m.
Anthropology Club, meeting,
Dominick's, 7 p.m.
Men's Support Group Mass Meeting
sponsored by Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center.
Michigan Union Wolverine Rm., 7:30
Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Fraternity,
Meeting and Elections Michigan
Union Anderson Room D, 7 p.m.
"A Perspective on Korean
Reunification," Jan Kwon, Korean-
American Businesswomen.
International Forum Tuesday Lunch,
603 E. Madison, 12:00 p.m.
"Energy Disposal in Photo-Induced
Reactions," Dr. Martin Tanner,
Department of Chemistry, UCLA.
Chemistry Building, rm. 1640.
"Paleoindian Colonization of
Eastern North America," Dr. David
Anderson, Archaeologist, National
Park Service. 2009 Natural Science
Auditorium, 12-1: 00 p.m.
Michigan Political Leadership
Program, Alan Ehrenhalt-eeditor of
Governing Magazine Greater Detroit
Chamber of Commerce, 600 West
Lafayette Blvd, 3:00 p.m.
Safewalk, nighttime safety walking
service. Sun-Thurs 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.,
Fri-Sat, 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Stop by 102
UGLi or call 936-1000. Also, extended
hn.rs -,.m- 1n - -a m .tnn hvb

p.m.-1:30 a.m. , Fri-Sat 8 p.m.-11:30
p.m. Stop by 2333 Bursley or call 763-
Stress and Time Management,
Consultations with peer counselors
available, 3100 Michigan Union, 11-1
Undergraduate Psychology
Department, Undergraduate
psychology advising, walk-in or
appointment, K-108 West Quad, 9
a.nm-4 p.m.
"High School and Les Maitres
Fous," Anthropology film series,
Modern Languages Building, Room 2,
7: 00 p.m. free
"Daughters of the Dust," feature
film. Modern Languages Building Aud
4, 6 p.m. free
"Events in the USSR and the Future
of Humanity," S P A R K:
Revolutionary History Series. Modern
Languages Building Rm, B122, 7:00
p.m.- 8: 00 p.m.
DIAG Banner Painting S.A.D.D.
(Students Against Drunk Driving)
East Quad, 2nd Prescott Lounge, 7:00
Kaffeestunde, weekly German coffee
and conversation, 3rd floor Commons
Rm, MLB, all welcome, 4:30-6 p.m.
Spring Never Ever and Over 30
Hockey Leagues, registrations for
Ann Arbor residents begins Jan. 27;
begins Feb. 2 for non-residents, with
Ann Arbor Department of Parks and
ECB Peer Writing Tutors,
Angell/Mason Hall Computing Center,
7-11 pm.
Michigan Ultima Team, practice
times changed, 9:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor Department of Parks
and Recreation, registration for Over
30 Hockey Leagues, Spring Science
Day Camp, and Spring Pioneer Living
Day Camp.
Career Planning and Placement.,
Employment Presentation: FRB,
Mchgan Tnion..Poni Rm .:0-7.A

by Purvi Shah
Daily Administration Reporter
Taubman Medical Library staff
members are being advised to leave
the building every hour -to get fresh
air due to the presence of carbon
monoxide exhaust fumes from con-
struction equipment.
While there is no evidence of,
carbon monoxide poisoning, staff
members have complained of
headaches and nausea resulting from
the fumes, said Taubman Medical
Library Head Librarian Suzanne
An Occupational Safety and
Health Agency (OSHA) company
has determined that carbon monox-
ide levels are within designated
"Several people on the staff have
been ill because of the fumes that
come from the exhaust. We have ad-
vised everyone to go out and get
fresh air regularly ... That seems to
have helped most everyone," Gref-
sheim said.

"We are extremely concerned
that people are feeling some ill ef-
fects from this," she added.
"(OS HA representatives) have
tested the library for carbon
monoxide levels and have found
that they were well within the lim-
Grefsheim indicated that OSHA
representatives will continue, to
monitor the library. She added that
charcoal filters will be installed to
clean the air and remove the smell.
Additionally, construction workers
have been told to turn off machine
engines whenever the equipment is
not in use.
The Reserve Reading Room is the
place in the library most affected by
fumes because the construction is

occurring adjacent to that area and
because air tends to accumulate
"It's probably not surprising
that this problem is more concen-
trated down there," Grefsheim said.
Students have not been informed
of the situation because most stu-
dents use the facilities after con-
struction work is completed for the
day. Grefsheim said, "Most people

do not spend long periods of time in
the Research Room during the day
... There is no intake of exhaust
likely to occur after (3:30 p.m.)."
But she added that students who
feel queasy should get fresh air and
employees who feel ill could leave.
"If they feel ill at all, they are en-
couraged to go home," Grefsheim
said. "If they choose to take sick
leave, that's alright also."

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