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2F - The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - September 8, 1998

Ci tycouncil
students get
By Peter Meywo
Daily Staff Reporter
Although Ann Arbor is a city with a distinctive
character and 110,000 residents, students often find
that the immense size of the University clouds the rest
of Ann Arbor so that students never get a chance to
explore the greater community.
City Council member Chris Kolb said he would
like to see more students joining the community of
Ann Arbor.
"I think they should immediately feel like citi-
zens," Kolb said. "They'll spend eight months of the
year here. And hopefully they'll stay forever."
Jim Kosteva, director for community relations for
the University, said the University and the city are
extremely interdependent.
"The city and the University are a marriage where
divorce is not an option," Kosteva said. "It is one of
those relationships that is mutually beneficial. It is
also a relationship that has squabbles."
The City of Ann Arbor is divided into five wards.
Each ward elects two city council members for a term
of two years. There is also a mayor, who is elected for
two years as well.
The wards themselves divide Ann Arbor up like a
pie, with all the wards connecting in the center. The
University lies on top of the intersection and is divid-
ed so that every ward contains at least one campus
Kolb said a major issue that students always find

keep watch on



Despite a mission to serve the city of Ann Arbor In its best interest, the city council has experienced heated
moments of discussion as well. While not a normal occurence, they symbolize the passion of area residents.

important is parking. Despite seven parking garages
and extensive street parking, Ann Arbor has a chronic
shortage of parking spaces.
The shortage is worst in the downtown areas. In
the South University Avenue area, city parking studies
have found average parking to be 102 percent of
capacity.- every legal space was full with an addi-
tional two percent parked illegally.
Students also otlen take a strong interest in local
environmental issues, Kolb said.lhese include clean-
ing the Huron River and dealing with the cleanup of
the Gelman Sciences medical waste cleanup, which
has contaminated local water supplies and which may
not be fully cleaned until 2010.
Kolb said students sometimes have trouble joining
the neighborhoods they move to ahfer leaving campus

will be) many different types of families," Kolb
Students often have different habits, keep different
hours, and listen to different types of music than other
Ann Arbor residents.
"They just have to learn to get along together,"
Kolb said.
Kosteva said students often join the Ann Arbor
community by getting involved with local non-profit
"'Ihere's got to be a support group for every single
cause or need that you have," Kosteva said.
Kolb said he encourages students to get involved
outside of the university. He said students interested
in city internships should contact the city administra-
tor's office, and students who are looking for volun-
teering options can call the office of community

"When they move off

campus (their neighbors


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many University activities such as
Project Education, which is a mentor-
ing program, and Project Blue Skies,
which offers students a computer
friendly way of finding real-time
weather and environmental images.
Many other programs are also run out
of the high school.
"A lot of the involvement is with
individual professors," said Bob
Galardi, principal of Pioneer, added that
even though many programs are run
through the school, adding more would
be nice because there is a correlation
between the programs and student
"We'd always like to have more,"
said Galardi. "There is definitely an
improvement" in student capabili-
Pioneer also has been able to work
out other arrangements with the

.niversity. The University once
owned the huge lot where Pioneer
now stands,
however, because of its remote
location to campus, the University
traded the land for what is now the
frieze Building, which had been
Ann Arbor's public high school.
With the Frieze Building trade, the
University also maintained the right
to use the empty area around
Pioneer, including grass fields and
parking lots, for parking on football
Sat urdays.
"That's contractional, it's just like us
being able to use Crisler Arena,"
Galardi said.
One of the most publicized and
successful programs that the
University has with high schools is
the MacKenzie High School/
University of Michigan Writing
Project. Barbara Morris, a
Residential College and English lec-
turer has been part of the project for

1 5 years, helping students improve
their writing and critical thinking
"One of the things that happens when
the U Jniversity takes part in a program is
it increases the motivational level,"
Morris said.
The program was started when the
MacKenzie principal became worried
about the school's students lack of
admission to the University.
"Originally, the principal was
deeply concerned because no
MacKenzie students were being
accepted at the University," Morris
The University then attempted to
develop writing skills across all sub-
jects with the help of faculty and stu-
dents without concentrating on spe-
cific high school students.
"We try to involve students from all
classes, not just those that would be
classified as college-bound," Morris

By Adam Cohen
Daily Staff Reprter
While the University's Department
of Public Safety is first to arrive at most
on-campus crime scenes, the Ann
Arbor Police Department still serves
and protects the University community.
The AAPD's duties include enforcing
local, state and federal laws for the city of
Ann Arbor. Any 911 call made from an
officampus phone -- including sorori-
ties, fraternities and all other o-campus
housing -- is directly received by AAPD
dispatchers, rather than DPS officials.
Within the University community,
the most commonly issued tickets
involve alcohol possession and noise
violations, said AAPD Sergeant
Michael Logghe.
AAPD officers will only respond to a
noise disturbance when they receive a
phone call, Logghe said. Frequent visits
to fraternity parties by Ann Arbor
police officers are usually summoned
by a neighbor's phone call.
"Ninety-nine percent of the students
are positive' Logghe said. "We have
pretty good relations with the student
Logghe also said the on-duty officers
on regular rounds are "not told anything
specific about (concentrating on) stu-
dents. They are looking for anyone
breaking the law."'
With so many people walking and
crossing the University streets, "jay-
walking is not a high priority on the list
by any stretch of the imagination,"
Logghe said.
But their duties are not restricted to
the letter of the law either. AAPD oli-
cials also instruct and organize several
programs for local citizens.
The Ann Arbor Citizens' Police
Academy "educates people about how
the police department operates" said
AAPD Community Services Assistant,
Tonia Kwiakowski.
The academy ofers a free hands-on
class that informs citizens about police
issues ranging from AAPD's crime scene
investigation methods to the canine unit.
The academy is open to anyone who lives
or works in Ann Arbor.
Kwiakowski said the academy is
open to nearly all ages, including stu-
dents interested in law enforcement
Other educational programs offered
by AAPD include Drug Abuse
Resistance Education and Gang
Resistance Education And Training.
These programs are aimed to educate
Ann Arbor elementary and middle
school students about current societal
dangers. The Police On Wheels
Education and Recreation program
consists of separate units that inform
local youth through a traveling police
bus program, a courts' processes pro-
gram and the Teen Police Academy.
Communication groups also are set
up by AAPD officials with campus fra-
ternities and sororities for alcohol edu-
The AAPD also offers a self-defense
clinic called the Personal Safety
Program, which is a hands-on experi-
ence for prevention, awareness and
defense, said AAPD Crime Prevention
Specialist Adele El-Ayoubi.
In addition to educational programs,

"We are making
students aware of
urban survival and
not just giving
- Scott Rayburn@
AAFD Fire Marshall
officers also deal with specific issues at
the University such as the annual Naked
Mile and the Ku Klux Klan rallies.
DPS and AAPD oticers assist one
another in many University-related law
enforcement issues.
Most University-related crime issues
are handled by DPS, which employ
both public sa fety and police oicero
who cover affairs in University hous-
ing, the University Hospital and other
areas on campus.
IMPS and AAPD "have a mutual aid
agreement to help one another," sad
DPS spokesperson Beth hall.
"We cooperate on cases because we
believe that the people who commit
crimes off campus also commit crimes
on campus," hall said.
In 1990, a DPS Task Force was creat
ed to look at safety on campus It was
then voted that police olicers should
be added to DPS to assist the public
safety officers. DI'S police oficer are
allowed to carry firearms, while public
safety officers do not.
The University is one of the last big
schools to obtain a full-fledged polie
force, IHall said.
The Ann Arbor Fire Department has
a close affiliation with the Universito
community as well.
"We have an excellent working rela-
tionship with DPS," said Fire Marshall
Scott Rayburn.
When a fire is reported to DPS offi-
cials, the Ann Arbor City Fire
Department is dispatched.
AAFD provides fire protection to the
entire city of Ann Arbor and the
University campus.
The Ann Arbor Township Fir
Department gives service to a few
University areas in the North and Fast
ends of Ann Arbor, including the
Botanical Gardens and a University
Hospitals' out-patient building near
Domino's Farms.
AAFD oilers fire prevention pro-
grams to all Ann Arbor citizens, includ-
ing University students.
"We've had real success stories, iI:
an education thing," said Rayburn. "
are making students aware of urban sur-
vival and not just giving tickets."
Rayburn said older fraternity houses
are especially susceptible to fires.
Along with aiding campus fraternity
and sorority members in fire education,
the AAFD also attempts to minimize
fire hazards while students are in the
fall moving process.
"Move-in presents some real prob-
lems," Rayburn said. "We still need to
be able to get to the buildings with )
the traffic. There are discussions
between the Fire Department and the
University Housing Staff" to lessen
traffic hazards.


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