September 23, 2003
@2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 16
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Power outage, broken
businesses and students
By Emily Kraack
Daily Staff Reporter
It was a bad weekend for utility
services in Ann Arbor. Kicking off
the troubles was a broken water
main, which compromised water
pressure in residence halls on the
Hill and the Life Sciences Institute
for most of Sunday.
To compound the difficulties, an
unrelated power outage hit busi-
nesses and student housing yester-
Power lines downed by stormy
weather led to the outage, which
started around 11 a.m. yesterday.
The downed lines affected two cir-
cuits, serving a total of 2,000 cus-
tomers, DTE Energy spokeswoman
Lorie Kessler said. DTE Energy
owns Detroit Edison, the electrical
utility company which supplies
power to the Ann Arbor area.
The University's Towsley Center
on Forest Avenue and University
Hillel on Hill Street were hit. Off-
campus housing from north of For-
est Court to south of Granger
Avenue and east of Ferdon Road to
west of State Street experienced
Kessler said power was restored
to customers throughout the day
yesterday and all customers were
back online by 4 p.m.
Businesses along South Universi-
ty Avenue such as the Coffee Bean-
ery, Beyond the Wall and TCF Bank
closed down due to the outage.
Ulrich's Bookstore posted a sign
saying it was closed and that Michi-
gan Book and Supply would be
offering a 5-percent discount for
Store employees said yesterday's
power outage was bad for business.
One manager said that yesterday
was the last day of sorority rush,
and shutting down her clothing
store for five hours meant losing a
critical business day.
One store employee said the busi-
ness he works for is already strug-
gling and closing for the day added
to the store's financial difficulties.
Most students said the outage did
not affect them very much because
they were in class or not at home.
Some students reported having
trouble withdrawing money from
ATMs along South University or
being inconvenienced because their
favorite stores were closed.
While some students struggled
with blinking clocks and lack of tel-
evision yesterday, others spent Sat-
urday and Sunday watching water
crews dig holes outside their dorm
The water-main rupture, the
cause of which is still under investi-
gation, occurred Saturday at 9 a.m.
under the east side ramp supports of
the new pedestrian bridge over
Washtenaw Avenue, said Diane
Brown, Facilities and Operations
spokeswoman. Brown said she was
unsure if water services were lost in
buildings on the Hill for the dura-
tion of the rupture, but said water
was shut off to Hill residence halls
and to the Life Sciences Institute
early Sunday morning so that a new
See UTILITIES, Page 3
During the power outage yesterday, UlrIch's closed temporarily. The power outage was not the only utility problem In the last
week - a watermain broke on North Campus over the weekend, flooding Palmer Field.
Kerry visits Detroit to
promise job growth
AATA to bu YMCA,
new 'Y' in t e works
By Andrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter
DETROIT - During his 1992 presiden-
tial campaign, former President Bill Clin-
ton captured the gist of his agenda in a
sentence - "It's the economy, stupid."
Now, in preview of the 2004 presidential
primaries, U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is
trying to win his party's nomination with a
similar message. e
several hundred .
of his support-
ers - which
included Michigan residents, members of
the Detroit Economic Club and some high
school students - at the DEC yesterday,
Kerry made his case for the presidency by
proposing his own roadmap to relieve the
nation's economic malaise.
Focusing his speech on reviving manu-
facturing jobs across the nation and in
Michigan - which has a higher unemploy-
ment rate than nearly any other state -
Kerry said tax breaks, investing in new
technologies, encouraging firms to produce
domestically and decreasing health care
costs will help restore private production.
"While some see Detroit and Michigan as
relics of America's economic past, I believe
that you are on the frontlines of America's
economic future," he said. " Manufacturing
is at the heart of my economic plan because
it is at the heart of the hopes and troubles and
realities of the 21st century American econo-
my we have entered."
Kerry, who is now serving his fourth term
as senator, touts a diverse professional back-
ground in politics and law. Prior to his elec-
tion to the Senate in 1984, he served as a
Massachusetts prosecutor and then lieutenant
governor of the state in 1982. Once elected to
Congress, he served on the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee - a position he claims
as having given him the experience neces-
sary to construct a sound foreign policy. He
has also chaired the Senate Small Business
"No on-the-job training for this candi-
date," he said.
In addition to offering improvements to
the economy, Kerry drew from his foreign
relations experience during his speech to
evaluate President Bush's post-war man-
agement of Iraq.
"As important that it is we hold Saddam
accountable and enforce U.N. resolutions, it
is important to do it right," he said, citing
United Nations resolutions commanding
Iraq to terminate its nuclear arsenal and
comply with weapons inspections. "What
we need to do is internationalize this effort
to the greatest degree possible."
By Mona Rafeeq
Daily Staff Reporter
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) addresses the
Economic Club of Detroit yesterday.
Although Kerry has lambasted Bush's
post-war policies, he originally cast his
vote in favor of the preemptive strikes.
With respect to industry, Kerry cited
Michigan's mammoth auto industry as a tar-
get of economic growth for his presidency.
"I believe Michigan - the nation's
industrial heart - will lead the way as it
has before," he said, adding that one out of
every six manufacturing jobs in Michigan
have been cut since 2001. "I know who I
want to build that car (of the future) - I
want it built in America, in Michigan and
by the (United Auto Workers)."
From 1987 through 2001, manufacturing
has normally generated the third highest
output of any industry in the private sector,
according to the U.S. Department of Com-
See KERRY, Page 5
University students have a new recreational facil-
ity to look forward to, while others can anticipate
better access to city buses.
Last Wednesday, the Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority Board of Directors approved a sales
agreement to purchase the Ann Arbor YMCA for
The deal still relies on whether City Council will
exercise its first right of refusal and matching offer
right, which expire in 20 days. If the YMCA can
also work out the details of the current management
contract and clearing the building of its tenants, the
purchase will take effect.
Earthwork - a process in which officials test
soil for contamination - began Sept. 12 on a new
Ann Arbor YMCA facility, which will move frther
away from Central Campus. The 'Y' is slated to be
built on Washington, Third and Huron streets and is
expected to open in the spring of 2005.
According to the website, "the new YMCA will
occupy a 30,000 square feet footprint, elevated off
the ground, with parking at street level, under the
building." Occupying about 82,000 square feet, the
new building will also offer nearby parking.
LSA senior Diana._Ganz, who works at the Ann
Arbor YMCA, spoke enthusiastically about using
"I hate the CCRB and I'm tired of the other facil-
ities that the University offers. Here, it's not as busy
"I hate the CCRB and I'm
tired of the other faciities
that the University offers.
Here it's not as busy or
- Diana Ganz
LSA senior employed by the YMCA
or crowded," Ganz said.
She added that with the renovations being made
at the University facilities, many students have been
becoming members at the 'Y' on South Fifth Street.
Ganz also said that the upcoming YMCA will
have a larger pool and better studio fitness center
All programs that are currently offered will con-
tinue at the new 'Y', with the exception of long-
term housing accommodations. The YMCA will
continue to run its recreational and hotel facilities
in the interim before the new Ann Arbor 'Y' is
Responding to concerns about the loss of hous-
ing, AATA plans to offer low-to-moderate income
housing above its expanded transit center, which
will be located where the current YMCA building
and Blake Transit Center are.
"This new transit center would enable us to move
See YMCA, Page 3
094 Million dollar research
funding Increase firom 2002
800 14.3% More funding
99 '00 '01 '02 '03
'U' sees largest increase in
research funding since '87
Last sunny days slip away
By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter
Tuition does not pay for everything, though
some students would like to believe otherwise.
As a research institution, most of the Universi-
ty's funding comes from outside sponsors. Over
the past year, research funding and expenditures
increased 14.3 percent to $749 million, the
largest increase since 1987.
Funding for the life sciences, financed prima-
rily through the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, increased by $47 million for
the 2003 fiscal year, accounting for about 50
percent of the total increase in federal spending.
"The two agencies that have the largest
increases in federal allocation have been the
DHHS and National Science Foundation. We get
a fair amount of money from the Department of
Defense, but overall, it hasn't been growing as
much," said Lee Katterman, an assistant at the
Office of the Vice President for Research.
The largest proportional increase in spending
did not come from DHHS, which funds clinical,
biological and genetic studies, but from the state
of Michigan. The state's funding to the Universi-
ty more than tripled, while funding from trade
and professional organizations doubled.
The University measures its research in terms
See RESEARCH, Page 5
Papers start up journals for gen. Y readers
By Maria Sprow
Allison Groenendyk has something to
admit, and when she says it, she sounds
"I normally don't read newspapers,"
she says. "I read them when I lived at
home before I came to college, but now
I don't read anything besides The
Sittine down for a quick dinner in the
her news off the Internet, or from what-
ever free publications she happens to
pass by on her way to class.
"I'm really out of touch with current
events when I'm at college," she said,
adding that, when it comes to newspa-
pers, "If I see it, then I pick it up so I
have something to do between classes."
Groenendyk is not alone. Although
many University students have become
masters of multitasking - talking on
cell ohones while walking to class.
per has been mostly left behind.
For many newspaper publishers,
Groenendyk is not the exception - she
is the rule, and it's a rule that has led
several of the biggest national newspa-
per publishers to come up with new
ways of attracting college-age students
and young adult commuters to their
Among the most popular of those
new methods may be the free, com-
muter-oriented daily tabloid that has
"Express" just last month.
And last week, Tribune Publishing
Co. - which publishes Newsday and
The Los Angeles Times, among other
publications - announced that after a
two-year hiatus, New York 'City can
once again be added to the list of cities.
The company plans to debut the free
tabloid "amNewYork" later this year.
The publications are designed specifi-
cally for young commuters - anywhere
from 12 to 30 pages long, they feature
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