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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 1, 2000-- 3

City to request residence hall expansion

Woman, dog
threatened by
knife-wielder
A woman was threatened and her
dog attacked by an unknown male
while walking in Nichols Arboretum
on Wednesday, Department of Public
Safety reports state. The man did not
say anything, but wielded a knife and
kicked the woman's dog. He was last
seen headed in the direction of park-
ing lot M-29.
The dog was transported to an ani-
mal hospital and DPS does not report
*aving any suspects in the incident.
Halo debris causes
property damage
A man driving on South Main
Street near Michigan Stadium on
Wednesday filed a report of property
damage, DPS reports state. The man
said his car was damaged after run-
Cng over a piece of the metal halo
at rings the stadium. The University
took off halo lettering two weeks ago.
Students disturb
Markley residents
Persons at Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall were disturbed early
Thursday morning by a large group of
students running through the building,
APS reports state. The students were
reported to be fraternity members.
At the same time, another group of
fraternity members was seen at South
Quad Residence Hall, according to
DPS reports. Two members of the
group were cited for having alcohol
and taken into custody.
Officers find
qncense in room
DPS reports state that after investi-
gating a reported marijuana odor
coming from an East Quad Residence
Hall room yesterday morning, DPS
officers found the smell to be burning
incense.
Resident hurts
*iead on ceiling
A female student at West Quad
Residence Hall hit her head on the
ceiling while getting out of bed last
Tuesday, DPS reports state. The girl
was conscious, but bleeding badly.
Man found in
UGLi bathroom
A man not affiliated with the Uni-
versity was found sleeping in a stall of
the first floor men's room in the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library last Wednesday,
DPS reports state. The person would
not respond to verbal contact, but even-
tually vacated the location.
Season tickets
otolen from room
A student in West Quad Residence
Hall had their basketball season tick-
ets stolen from their room while on
break in December, DPS reports state.
DPS also reported having no suspects
in the alleged theft.
Chair lifted from

alosher-Jorden
A chair has been missing from a
computing site in Mosher-Jordan Resi-
dence Hall for approximately two
weeks, according to DPS reports.
DPS reports having no suspects.
Clothes stolen
from East Quad
,aundry facilities
Four articles of clothing were
stolen from a student in East Quad
Residence Hall on Thursday morn-
ing, DPS reports state. The theft
occurred in a laundry facility at the
residence hall. DPS reports having
no suspects in the missing clothing
items.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
David Enderv.

By Jon Zemke
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor City Council
Affordable Housing Task Force Steer-
ing Committee is preparing a draft
requesting that the University expand
residence halls.
The committee - created in Spring
1999 - consists of 20 community
leaders and is co-chaired by City
Councilman Chris Kolb (D-Ward V).
Kolb said the committee plans to
submit a draft of the proposal to City
Council in February.

"We hope to have the draft finished
and presented to the council within the
next three weeks,' Kolb said.
"It might take another week after
that depending on how fast things go,
he said.
One of the draft's objectives is to
request the University to increase the
capacity of its residence halls. In the
draft, the committee asks for the Uni-
versity to expand off-campus housing
for students and University staff.
The University has not made any
formal plans to build new residence
halls, despite the committee's draft,

said Bill Zeller, director of University
Housing.
"We're going to wait until the com-
mittee presents its plans to the City
Council before we comment on it fur-
ther," Zeller said.
The last residence hall the Universi-
ty built was in 1972. Although the
only on-campus housing construction
since then has been renovations, the
expansion of residence halls may not
be out of the question.
"We've had discussion but nothing
formal has been discussed as far as on-
campus student housing is concerned,"

Zeller said.
Another of the draft's objectives
is to "preserve and expand" the off-
campus cooperative housing sys-
tem.
According to the draft the commit-
tee would work with the Inter-Coop-
erative Council to encourage the
construction of additional units on
their land and adjacent land.
In the draft's mission statement,
the committee states that the rising
cost of housing in Ann Arbor has
put a crunch on affordable low -
income housing for entry level

workers.
The committee's purpose is to
provide affordable housing for
these entry-level workers.
The draft also requires city housing
developers to attend "brainstormitg
sessions."
According to the plan, surrounding
townships would plan with the city for
"the annexation of land in exchange
for sewer, water and infrastructure ser-
vices"
A voter-approved millage for afford-
able housing is also mentioned in the
draft.

I

SACUA addresses faculty
parki1ng crunch on campus,

By Jodie Kaufman
Daily Staff Reporter
Locating a parking spot on campus is not merely a
student concern, but a faculty one as well. The Senate
Advisory Committee for University Affairs spent a large
portion of its weekly meeting yesterday discussing and
attempting to find solutions for the campus parking "cri-
sis."
University Chief Financial Officer Robert Kasdin vis-
ited the meeting to discuss solutions and listen to prob-
lems.
"Michigan lives with a chronic shortage of parking,
which I think is due to the robustness of the University.
The number of people working at the University is up
and they're parking;' Kasdin said.
SACUA Vice Chairman Lewis Kleinsmith offered a
few suggestions.
"Either you get people to cut back on overselling, pro-
vide more spots, get people to agree to ride their bicy-
cle, or tell 1,000 people they have to commute,"
Kleinsmith said.
Kleinsmith also said a ratio system could be a solu-
tion.
"One could get around all possible scenarios of over-
selling by more than 1.3 percent, which is unacceptable,
and then attend to the preferred way of getting to that
ratio," Kleinsmith said.
SACUA member Don Deskins said he agrees that the
overselling of spaces is a big problem.
"It is the policy of overselling that has caused conjec-
ture,' Deskins said.
Kasdin said more spots have been created and more
spots will be available in the future.
"477 new spaces have been created in the past 12 to
18 months, 133 which were redesigned and 108 which
are blue spaces," Kasdin said.
"Also, various University vehicles are beginning to
park in other locations, instead of where the faculty and
staff should be parking," he said.
Blue passes are available to all faculty and staff mem-

bers for a annual fee.
Kasdin also told the committee about the plan to
reconstruct the Forest Street parking structure, which
was approved by the University Board of Regents at its
meeting in September.
The rebuilt structure - to be operated jointly by the
University and the city of Ann Arbor - will provide
277 parking spaces to University faculty and staff mem-
bers, especially those who work at the School of Educa-
tion and the School of Business Administration, Kasdin
said.
He also added that he and his staff are currently look-
ing into whether other University parking structures cane
be expanded further.
The project is scheduled to be completed by 2001.
To combat current parking difficulties, Kasdin said
faculty and staff members can park their vehicles at
commuter lots in Ann Arbor and use free shuttle and
taxi services for drop-off and pick-up.
"People need to be able to get to their cars and picd
up their kids in the middle of the day," Kasdin said.
Deskins said he agreed, adding that the University
"must also take into account how much time all this
takes."
SACUA Chairwoman Sherrie Kossoudji said "offerin
incentives to park elsewhere" may be a valid solution.
Kasdin said taking advantage of commuter parking
lots is much cheaper.
Kossoudji posed a question in regard to enforcement
in the parking lots.
"Would the University support enforcement in nod-
stickered cars?" she asked.
Faculty members at the meeting expressed concern
that students and other non-blue pass Polders continue
to park in blue pass parking lots, and are not always
ticketed.
University President Lee Bollinger was scheduled ti
speak at yesterday'smeeting but is "still in Vermont
knee deep in water," Kossoudji said, referring to the
damage sustained to his New England residence after a
pipe burst last week.

JOANNA PAINE/Daily
The engraved plaque commemorating the the Class of 1869's gift of an elm
to the University remains a testament to the long-standing tradition.
Seniors revive
traditionplant
tree as gf

By Krista Gullo
Daily Staff Reporter
Senior Days will begin this
year with a forgotten tradition of
planting commemorative trees
which dates back to a time when
the University had moved from
Detroit to Ann Arbor.
The University's annual gradu-
ation celebration includes awards,
a festival on the Diag and a pro-
cession to Michigan Stadium, but
hasn't included tree planting
since the one-time event in 1858.
The class of 1858 planted a
grove of oak trees around an old
oak tree in honor of former Uni-
versity President Henry Tappan.
The Tappan Oak became a place
for the class to return during for
reunions and to honor Tappan.
"It was a lasting and growing
memorial to their class and a way
of saying this is our home. We are
putting down roots in our new
home," said Ken Blochowski,
director of Student Programs.
This year's tree planting will
kick-off the Senior Ceremonial on
April 10. The Tappan Tree planti-
ng will be one of the "center-
pieces" of Senior Days, Student
Program Coordinator Mary
Trombley said.
"We want to allow each class to
put their roots down somewhere
significant to their class," Blo-
chowski said.
University President Lee
Bollinger, interim Vice President
of Student Affairs Royster Harper
and the Executive Director of the
Alumni Association Steve
Grafton are expected to join
members of the class of 2000 to
plant The Tappan Tree at the
Senior Ceremonial.
Seniors will be able to vote
online beginning today through
Feb. 15 for the location of this
year's Tappan Tree. The type of
tree depends on the soil and other

conditions of the area that the
class chooses and will be
announced in March. The win-
ning location will also be the site
of a class of 2000 marker.
"At the new millennium we
wanted to be able to let the class
of 2000 leave something. Some-
thing appreciated by future gener-
ations. Something that would
have a beautiful effect on our
environment," Blochowski said.
During the past 142 years,
graduating classes have left their
mark with gifts such as the 'M'
on the Diag and the spinning cube
near West Quad Residence Hall.
But Blochowski said instead of
giving monuments, students have
been donating money to their col-
leges through the Senior Pledge
Program because of the high
expense of monument mainte-
nance and the University's request
for monetary donations.
The Tappan Tree planting will
allow students to continue the
Senior Pledge Program and leave
a monument for their class to
return to during reunions.
"It's our monument to the
class" Trombley said.
"Its something that met stu-
dents wishes to leave a memorial,
reflected tradition at the Univer-
sity, and that (the Alumni Associ-
ation would) be able to give as a
gift to the class" Blochowski
said.
"The most important thing is
that this class has a chance to
renew an important U of M tradi-
tion, and we hope people con-
tribute actively. This is a historic
occasion" Blochowski said.
Seniors can vote online for the
location of this year's Tappan tree
through the project's Website:
www.umich.edu/~-umalumni/senior.
For more information about the
Tappan Tree planting or Senior
Days call Mary Trombley 764-
3470.

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