The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 15, 2003 - 3
Res hall libraries to stay open Saturday
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Jan., 1, 1 4
The Buack Studeit Union announced
if would boycott the Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Day Symposium. BSU lead-
ers claimed the symposium did not
honor the history of activism or feature
black activists and cultural heroes.
Jan. 15, 1985
As Students Against Nuclear Suicide
disbanded, members said they wanted
to focus on more relevant issues in the
community. SANS had recently given
up on a campaign to force University
Health Services to stockpile suicide
pills in case of nuclear war.
Jan. 13, 1972
A subcommittee of the Senate
Assembly Committee on University
Affairs released a report calling for
sanctions on professors who did corpo-
ration-directed research. The report
,Was the result of a resolution passed by
SACUA that prohibited faculty mem-
xbers from accepting grants that restrict-
edthe publication of their results.
Jan. 16, 1962
Chester Bowles, a special advisor on
African, Asian and Latin American
affairs to President John Kennedy,
spoke at the University. In his speech,
he talked about fighting for freedom
and spreading American values to
other nations. He said the purpose of
the United States was to continue the
American revolution around the world.
Jan. 12, 1952
The state fire marshal called for the
ithmediatrazingof four University
buildings including the building hous-
ing the Journalism Department, due to
severe fire hazards found by inspec-
tions. The inspections resulted from an
order by Gov. G. Mennan Williams to
inspect all state buildings, issued after
a serious state office building fire in
Jan 12, 1943
Due to a wartime shortage of nurs-
es, the University announced it would
create a new school to train student
nurses quickly, prior to joining the
'war effort .
Jan. 18, 1935
A Daily survey revealed numerous
problenis with the fraternity system
across the United State After inter-
viewing deans at 22 universities, the
survey revealed school officials found
the most serious problems with frater-
nities to be their financial state and
lack of cooperation with administra-
Jan. 4, 1925
The University announced that all
League Houses, housing for women
supervised by the University, would
support rules prohibiting women from
Jan. 14, 1986
University officials announced that
for a two-year period starting 1987,
"'MTf5 E f'idl sould have totaike
8 a.in. classes. A decrease in classroom
space caused by the renovation of the
East Engineering Building prompted
Jan. 16, 1974
The country's first credit union
exclusively for women was estab-
lished in Ann Arbor. Founders said a
women's bank was necessary because
of sexist policies at other male-con-
Jan. 16, 1958
At 7:55 am., University President
Harlan Hatcher unlocked the doors of
the brand new Undergraduate Library.
The new library cost approximately
$3.1 million and would be open until
,nidmightsix days a week.
Jan. 15, 1999
Ten members of the Phi Delta Theta
fraternity pleaded not guilty to alco-
hol misdemeanor charges in relation
to the October 1998 death of LSA
freshman Courtney Cantor. Cantor
died after falling out a window in her
room in Mary Markley Residence hal
after she attended a party at Phi Delta
Jan. 14, 1988
One hundred University students
held a sit-in at LSA Dean Peter Stein-
er's office calling for him to resign.
The students were angry over allegedly
racist remarks made by Steiner in Sep-
tember 1987 to a meeting of faculty
By Mona Rafeeq
For the Daily
Beginning Saturday, residents in six dorms across campus
should expect to see significant changes in their local Infor-
mation Resource Centers.
The Residence Hall Association passed a resolution Mon-
day declaring that the IRCs located in Bera Baits Houses,
Helen Newberry, Couzens, Oxford Housing, and South Quad
will extend their hours this semester. The decision was a
result of student requests for hours on Saturday to rent videos
The IRCs will now be open from 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday
through Thursday and from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Previously, libraries were closed on Saturdays but opened at
4 p.m. during the rest of the week.
RHA President Tim Winslow explained that the new hours
would be in effect for a trial run this semester. "I think that
this is something that the residents will want and hopefully
next year we can make it permanent," he said.
However, not all the IRCs are extending their hours.
"For students who don't begin
work on papers until 12, the idea
of extended hours after midnight
would be appealing, especially if
they wouldn't want to walk to
one of the University libraries at
Winslow said six dorms volunteered for the trial run because
they were most easily able to change their hours. If many stu-
dents make use of the Saturday hours, there is a possibility
that all the libraries will change their hours next year.
Meghann Stricker, a library assistant at Couzens, said there
had also been a plan to keep the computer lab there open later
than midnight. But because the librarians recorded the num-
ber of people who entered the lab every half hour and found
that the lab emptied out at about 11:30 p.m., the hours
remained unchanged. "The librarians shouldn't have to wait to
close or get paid for those hours when there isn't anyone
using the facilities," Stricker said.
A group of Betsey Barbour residents said they are pleased
with the Barbour-Newberry library's extended hours.
"It's really nice if we want to rent movies or check out
books," LSA freshman Beth Fitzgerald said.
LSA freshman Sarah Vanderkooi agreed, adding, "No one
does work until Sunday, so renting movies on Saturday is one
way to relax."
While most of the students agreed that the library stays open long
enough, LSA freshman Zeenah Khader had a different opinion. "For
students who don't begin work on papers until 12, the idea of extend-
ed hours after midnight would be appealing, especially if they would-
n't want to walk to one of the University libraries at night," she said.
K mart toj close more
stores, cut 30,000 jobs
DETROIT (AP) - Kmart Corp. will close 326
stores and cut 30,000 to 35,000 jobs in the latest
effort to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy pro-
tection by the end of April and return to prof-
itability. The Troy-based discount chain that
pioneered the blue-light special and mass-market-
ed Martha Stewart home fashions will still have
some 1,500 stores and nearly 200,000 employees
if the cutbacks are approved by a federal bank-
ruptcy judge. But it will come out of bankruptcy
one-third smaller than it was when it went in.
Yesterday's announcement marks the second
round of closings in less than a year. Last March,
Kmart closed 283 stores, affecting 22,000 jobs.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. operates more than 2,800
stores in the United States and 52 in Puerto Rico.
Target Corp. has 1,148 stores in 47 states.
The closings, which also include one distri-
bution center in Texas, are in 44 states and
Puerto Rico. Alaska will become the only
state in the U.S. without a Kmart store when
the five stores there close. In Texas, the clos-
ings leave 19 stores from more than 100 about
a year ago. Other states with a large number
of closures: Florida, with 25; California, 19;
North Carolina, 18; Georgia and Ohio, 16
each; New York, 14; and Michigan, 13. Kmart
is scheduled to appear in U.S. Bankruptcy
Court in Chicago on Jan. 28. The company
said it will submit its plan of reorganization to
the court on Jan. 24. It plans to leave bank-
ruptcy protection by April 30, months earlier
than previously reported.
"We don't want to remain in bankruptcy a day
longer than necessary," chief executive James
Adamson said in a conference call with reporters.
Kmart said the closings will result in a charge
of $1.7 billion, most of which will be recorded in
the fourth quarter of fiscal 2002. The move also
will enhance the company's cash flow by about
$500 million in 2003. The stores will close
roughly 60 days after court approval.
Kmart also said it has lined up $2 billion in
financing for after it leaves Chapter 11.
Kmart needs to close stores while under bank-
ruptcy protection to allow it to get out of leases.
The stores targeted for closure include those with
unprofitable leases, underperforming stores and
those where competitive pressure is high.
"We're all upset. I've been here since 1998. I
helped build this store up," said Sharon Knight,
an employee at a Detroit Kmart who learned yes-
terday that her store is one of those closing. "It's
kind of a tremendous loss to me."
The Detroit Kmart store slated for closure is
one of just two in the city.
LSA sophomore Edgar Zapata serves students cotton candy yesterday at
Winterfest in the Union.
MSA discusses new bus
By Andrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter
Members of the Michigan St
last night the organization's rol
routes to the Hill Street-Washten
the University's Recreational Sp
to create a taskforce to improve s
MSA representatives are disci
Transportation Authority the po
plan to extend TheRide bus sere
known as the Rock," Elliot W
Issues Taskforce chair, said yeste
"We're trying to feel student i
to facilitate;" he added.
"Our goal is to make (the new
cost to students."
Wells-Reid added that MSA e
at least one additional route af
city's Downiown Development
would create potential for more
students would have access to
whose remoteness from public
them impractical for off-campus1
The Assembly addressed a ris
pus housing by agreeing to vote
dent Housing Taskforce desig
conditions" for students. Plans
"One part of (the taskforce) is fixing the housing por-
tion," MSA President Sarah Boot said. "Our plan puts tenant
udent Assembly discussed counseling services under Student Legal Services."
e in establishing new bus Currently, students involved in legal disputes with their
aw Avenue area, enhancing landlords must seek counsel off-campus, but MSA hopes
orts facilities and the need its proposal will give tenants recourse to services provid-
tudent housing. ed by SLS.
ussing with the Ann Arbor "Students will be able to go to the (Michigan) Union and
ssibility of a cost-efficient get legal advice about their landlords," Boot said, adding she
ice to "the area commonly was still unsure what the final plans would look like.
Jells-Reid, Transportation Communications Committee Chair Pete Woiwode elabo-
rday. rated on MSA's plans to revamp Rec Sports facilities like
nput about what we can do the Central Campus Recreation Building and the Intramural
transportation) free or low- "Rec Sports is going to send an e-mail (survey) to 8,000
randomly selected students," he said.
xpects the AATA to set up The survey will ask students for suggestions on ways to
fter collaborating with the improve the facilities, including features like athletic equip-
Authority. The new route ment, Woiwode said.
affordable housing because The survey has approximately 36 questions and will go
an array of neighborhoods to the University Board of Regents upon return to the
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sing concern over off-cam-
next week to create a Stu-
ned to "improve housing
for the taskforce will be
Representatives also discussed reforming the MSA elec-
tion code in order to reign in the costs of campaign flyering.
In previous elections, candidates unable to match their
opponents' funds were put at a disadvantage, a problem
MSA hopes to clear up in coming months.
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Hollister likely to be
confirmed as head of
commerce and labor
LANSING (AP) - A state Senate
committee yesterday unanimously con-
firmed Lansing Mayor David Hollister
as the head of a new state department
that will oversee labor and economic
A few members of the Republican-
controlled committee praised Hollister
for spurring economic development in
Lansing by helping bring two new Gen-
eral Motors Corp. plants to the city.
"I think this is an excellent and superb
appointment," Sen. Ken Sikkema, a
Wyoming Republican who is the chair-
man of the Senate Government Opera-
tions Committee, said before the
Sikkema said he will recommend the
full Senate confirm Hollister when the
ing. "It was very civil, very collegial."
Hollister said he plans to bring the
lessons he learned as a mayor and a
state representative to his new job.
He was first elected mayor of Lans-
ing in 1993 after serving in the state
House since 1975.
He will be in charge of a department
that combines the Department of Con-
sumer & Industry Services, much of the
Department of Career Development and
agencies tied to economic development
such as the Michigan Economic Devel-
Hollister, who currently serves on the
MEDC board, said he doesn't plan to
make drastic changes immediately.
"I don't see us dismantling any of the
(former Gov. John) Engler tax incen-
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