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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 22, 1997 -11

'U', city consider Arb land exchange

The.Summer Daily.
Write for it.


By Meg Exley
Daily Staff Reporter
In an attempt to place a visitor's
center at an entrance to the Nichols
Arboretum, the University may final-
gain ownership of the entire
The University and Ann Arbor
city officials are in the process of
discussing a possible exchange of a
portion of the Arb owned by the city
for a piece of University-owned
land in the western part of Ann
Currently, the University owns 88 of

met with strong opposition from the
city and the Oxbridge Neighborhood
Association, which had concerns
that the potential visitor's center
would block the neighborhood view
of the Arb.
They supported a plan to place the
Burnham House near the
Washington Heights entrance, which
eventually was approved.
The whole incident initiated both
University and city officials to look
at the current ownership of the area's
natural parks and resources.

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the 123-acre
Arb but main-
*ons the entire
The whole
issue of a land
"swap" arose
last year when
the University
wanted to add
an environ-
mental educa-
on and visi-
r's a center
near the
G e d d e s
A v e n u e
entrance to the Arb.

A Iandi
would he
future Ian

University officials began to con-
sider a previ-
ous offer by
Swap the city to
swap the
p prevent ity's 35
p preeEN. acres of Arb
d land for the
vith teholdings of
the Saginaw
Forest prop-
James Kosteva "Though
sity Director of t h e
unity Relations University
unt has unique
resources for
research purposes in its Saginaw
Forest land, the University has a
greater interest at this point in
obtaining the complete title to the
Nichols Arboretum," said University
Director of Community Relations
James Kosteva. "A land swap would
help prevent future land disputes
with the city, like last year's visitor's
center fracus."
Gerry Clark, deputy superinten-
dent of Parks and Recreation for the

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Two passersby enjoy the sunshine in Nichols Arboretum yesterday. The
University may finally gain ownership of the entire reserve.

In 1995, the University Board of
Regents approved the purchase of the
historical Burnham House at 940
Maiden Lane to make way for an
expanded parking lot at the Kellogg
Eye Center. Arb supporters decided
*at the historic structure would make
a good visitor's center and supported
transporting the Burnham House to
the Geddes Avenue entrance.
However, this recommendation was

city of Ann Arbor, also said he sup-
ported the potential land swap.
"The city only owns 35 acres in
the Arb and we don't currently use
it for educational programs or
even maintain it ourselves," Clark
said. "The city would benefit
more if there was an increase in
public access to the Saginaw
Forest area."
Clark said that since Saginaw

Forest is currently used mainly for
University research there are
restrictions on public parking and
Both University and city officials
said that it is still too early to pre-
dict how soon, if at all, a potential
land swap could occur.
The suggestion still has to come
before City Council and University



MSU profs. subject
to post-tenure review

State University plans to challenge
tenured professors with written evalua-
tions, but some think its an attack on the
last bastion of academic freedom.
Next fall, all MSU faculty members
will receive written annual reviews for
t first time, the Lansing State Journal
c)rted yesterday.
But Provost Lou Anne Simon has
gone a step further with a detailed plan
to sift out underachieving tenured fac-

ulty. It would give them time - poten-
tially 10 years - and support to correct
their courses.
Simon's post-tenure review proposal,
which could be approved in some form
next fall and possibly go into effect in
1998, is just being debated on campus.
Detractors such as Henry Silverman,
tenured for 26 years, said reviews are
fine, but Simon's plan is the wrong
approach because it does not lead to
professional development.

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