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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 16, 2001- 5

-Activists protest bus merger at meeting
By Anna Clark Y ,\.
Daizy tafTRieporter _____________ '

fo attend their regular meeting yesterday, mem-
bers of the University Board of Regents had to
wind through a chanting group of University stu-
dents demonstrating against the proposed merger
*etween the University and Ann Arbor Trans-
nortation Authority.
With brightly-colored signs held high, approxi-
mately 15 students protested before and after the
meeting outside the Fleming Administration
But their voices didn't stay outside. During the
public comments session of the meeting, the pro-
testers spoke out, calling on the regents to recog-
nize their concerns.
:he students were worried that the merger of
the University Transportation Service and the
OATA would cost one of the best-paying jobs
^available for students.
They also noted the control the University
would lose over its busing system, possibly
resulting in a lack of efficient transportation for
students who depend on the buses.
Rackhant student Cedric DeLeon, president of
the Graduate Employees Association, said he
wanted to "chastise" the regents for considering
the merger.
"The University of Michigan has gotten caught
'pin the outsourcing craze," DeLeon said. "What
this implies to me is that the University is much
more concerned with financial costs than human
He added that he was angry the University
"went behind our backs" during earlier private
discussions of the merger.
"Don't try to insult our intelligence," he said.
"This is a plea. Stop this merger."
Cybele Blood, a University staff member,
Continued from Page 1.
from opening at 7 a.m. till closing
at 2 a.m.;' Dristy said.
Curt Muelle, a Business graduate
student, remembers celebrating St..
Patrick's Day as an undergrad.
"We used to go to Sullivan's,
where Good Time Charley's is now.
We would line up early," Muelle
*id. "Since St. Patrick's Day was
always during the week, if you were
looking for students skipping class,
they would be there."
Not only are the bars preparing
special activities but fraternities are
as well. Dan Thompson, a former E
Theta Chi fraternity member, plans
to return for itsSt. Patty's Day
pWhen it turns midnight I am
oing to Theta Chi, who is trying to
ve a midnight-to-midnight party
and then at 6 a.m. we are going to
have green eggs and ham," said

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from the recently signed Nike con-
Martin called for "balancing
financial reality with fairness" by.
creating a tiered seating model for
the public. Michigan Stadium will
be divided into four sections, each
with different prices: Victors,
between the 22-yard lines; Blue,
from the goal lines to the 22-yard
lines; Maize, in the end zones; and
students, from sections 25 to 32 in
the northwest corner.
Public season ticket prices will
be $47, $43 and $39 for Victors,
Blue and Maize seats respectively.
"This is ridiculous," said RC
sophomore Chrissy Szalkowski.
"You'd think the Athletic Depart-
ment could find other ways to solve
their money problems without cre-
ating money problems for us too."
Rachel Oram, an RC sophomore,
said the increase is more than she
"I heard they were going to raise

ticket prices earlier, but l thought-it
would be something like going
from $84 to $90," she said. "But $4
a ticket? Come on."
But Martin said that even with
the increase, the University still has
better ticket prices than Ohio State
and Penn State.
"Real ticket prices from other
schools are actually much higher
because of donation incentives,"
Martin said.
He added that the price hike
won't solve the financial problems,
citing the need for renovation and
construction of facilities and
He said other options, such aS
stadium advertising, skybox seating
and voluntary seat donation incen-
tives will be explored and major
fundraising initiatives will be
"But our main goal is to provide
for the athletic development and
academic support of the 700-plus
student-athletes," Martin said.
- Daily Sports Writer Steve Jackson
contributed to this report.

University President Lee Bollinger walks away from protesters who were outside the Board of Regents meeting
attempting to stop a merger between the University and the AATA.

echoed DeLeon's sentiments.
"As a famous liberal arts institution, we are
ostensibly concerned with values and principle
that transcend the value of a dollar, or even a
few hundred thousand dollars a year," Blood
said. "Such principle remains the backbone of
our tradition for excellence and must not be for-
Speaking for the University's Engineering
Council, Engineering junior Matthew Rudnick,
the council's external vice president, said the
group also opposes the merger, noting that engi-
neers and others with many classes on North
Campus are "the primary users of the University
bus system."
He said the group's main concerns are future

extent and coverage of routes, bus frequency and
bus size.
The University is currently in the middle of a
60-day moratorium on negotiations of the merger.
University Chief Financial Officer Robert Kas-
din said the time is being used for the administra-
tion to thoroughly discuss the merger with
students, staff and faculty.
"We agree, of course, that we need to be thor-
oughly informed of student concerns," Kasdin
said, adding that there have been several meetings
with student groups and more can be arranged.
University Regent Larry Deitch (D-Bloomfield
Hills) requested a "summation of the findings"
from those meetings to be distributed to the
regents before next month's meeting.

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