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of traffic lirht at inters ection
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concerns to the city's School Safety Commis-
sion in 1990.
"We called and visited three private schools
and three public schools in Ann Arbor to ask
them about the safety measures they institut-
ed for their students, and we also took pic-
tures of their intersections and our
intersection," she said.
The city conducted a survey in response to
their concerns but after the survey, officials
said they couldn't disrupt traffic flow,
Non-Muslim Ann Arbor residents also
spoke at the meeting in favor of and against
the installation of a traffic light.
"The streets and highways of America are
littered with signs and signals that were the
product of hasty, emotional decisions," Ann
Arbor resident David Sponseller said. He said
Ann Arbor drivers depend on Plymouth Road
to reach downtown.
He added he considers it strange that the
Muslim community built their mosque in an
area where visitors would need to cross North
Campus to reach it.
But Abouzahr said when the Islamic Center
was built, Plymouth Road was a country road
and had only two lanes.
Instead of a traffic light, Sponseller pro-
posed that the city install a pedestrian island
and crosswalk, adding large warning signs, a
floodlight and a crossguard for school chil-
dren if needed.
Nazih Hassan, former president of the
Muslim Community Association, said new
signs have been added for drivers heading
east on Plymouth, as well as flashing lights
"We are strongly urging the city to add a
traffic light there because the road is curved
and sloped, and people turning left from
either direction will not see pedestrians cross-
ing until they are near the mosque entrance,"
The AAPD has provided temporary police
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patrols to safeguard the Islamic Center area
and intersection during iftar time and on Fri-
day afternoons, when Muslims come to the
mosque to attend a communal prayer.
Hassan said there have been other accidents
in the past at that intersection, but not fatal
ones. Most residents who spoke in favor of
the traffic light at the City Council meeting
agree that it is a busy road and discussed fatal
accidents that occurred at other Plymouth
Councilwoman Kim Groome (D-1st Ward)
said she did not attend the meetings with
Muslim community leaders but had hoped a
proposal would be drafted for a traffic light
"I think we need something on our agenda
and we need to make known our hopes to the
Muslim community," Groome said. She added
that she is concerned about students' safety in
the North Campus area because the develop-
ment of two private housing structures for
students have been approved for that area.
Groome said city transportation staff decid-
ed to do a traffic flow study of the intersec-
tion to assess whether a traffic light should
Initially, the study was supposed to take 24
hours but the deadline for that report has now
been extended to the week of Nov. 24,
A separate resolution to convert the Dhu Var-
ren and Omlesaad junction into a four-way stop
intersection was on yesterday's agenda.
Groome said this resolution was likely to
be approved at the meeting and questioned
why the circumstances were different for each
"The traffic analysis will measure traffic vol-
ume at the site and then look at corresponding
sections in the Michigan Manual of Uniform
Traffic Control Devices," city Chief Engineer
Homayoon Triooz said about the study.
He said requirements for stop intersections,
pedestrian-activated traffic lights and regular
traffic lights are different for the measure-
ment of traffic flow. These requirements are
different for each traffic device, Triooz said.
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"Not all those people are on strike at the moment," said Bor-
ders magazine clerk Jon Okey, an employee for six years. "I'd
say about 25 to 30 employees are striking. Some can't afford to
go on strike."
Wages are a main concern for the employees protesting.
The living wage in Ann Arbor is $10.40 without employee
benefits and $9.45 with benefits, said Brad Bachelor, Borders
bookseller and employee for three years. Currently, starting
wages are $6.50 for cashiers and $7 for floor clerks at Borders,
"We do get benefits at the moment but they have been
scaled back," Bachelor said. "Since the union was formed
about a year ago, (Borders) has put a lot of pressure on us to
get us to quit. They tried to target union members and talk
them out ofjoining."
The average wage at Borders is $8.58 per hour, which is
above the average wage in the Detroit area, according to the
National Retail Federation, Roman said.
Bachelor said around the time when the union formed, man-
agement began implementing bag searches for employees and
requiring them to show receipts for food purchases.
"There should be some trust with the employees," Bache-
Employees in the cafe are allowed to have a drink that is
worth up to $3 for free, Bachelor said. In one incident, a long-
time cafe employee was fired after he decided to take a free
bagel instead of the free drink.
"Job security is another big issue. People's positions were
cut. Their hours were cut," Bachelor said. "There has been an
aura of tension in the store."
But these changes in employee requirements and job posi-
tions are routine, Roman said. "Staffimg levels are adjusted on
a weekly basis at all Borders stores to be at par with sales and
requirements such as bag checks are common to any retail
LSA senior Ruben Duran went to Borders to apply for a job
and was told that temporary and seasonal positions were avail-
able. "While I was there, they were training a new employee
on the computer," he said.
But Roman rebutted rumors that the strike has affected hir-
ing, saying that the increase in new employees occurs every
year as the holiday season approaches.
Students on campus have been flyering, e-mailing and pick-
eting to raise support for the Borders employees' strike. Stu-
dents formed Borders Readers United to spread awareness
among other students about the situation at the store.
The University libraries get their new books from the store,
"We went to MSA to get the University to cut all ties with
Borders," she added. The resolution "didn't get passed but we
are trying to do it again because a lot of people who we knew
supported it had to leave the meeting early."
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would have voted it down," Mironov
There was also speculation as to
whether MSA created an entirely new
CSJ, disregarding the fact that there
were still several active CSJ members.
Jun Takayasu, a masters in business
administration student, was appointed
to the CSJ two years ago and claims
he's still a board member. "I'm not try-
ing to get my job back. ... I'm just
more annoyed at the procedure that it
basically violated the code," he said.
Mironov said that CSJ justices were
not appointed last winter term. Accord-
ing to the MSA constitution, the posi-
tion lasts only one year, and as such, all
of the justice positions appointed in the
fall of 2002 had expired.
Nolan said he was disappointed with
MSA. "I'm extremely frustrated at
MSA's futility at this point. Two years
ago ... we were actually working on
student concerns," he added.
"We're now at the point where the
MSA president and the assembly didn't
even know who CSJ is. ... The MSA
president should have a good working
relationship with CSJ, let alone know-
ing they exist," he added.
Mironov said that elections will
take place as planned and that the
newly appointed CSJ will function as
needed to oversee possible election
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"I think that we are redesigning
how to help people make prudent
choices," Hilton said. "It's a huge
Hilton said it makes sense for
both sides not to take action until
MERC comes down with a final
"If they find in favor of GEO's
position, we'll abide by that,"
Hilton said, adding that he expected
the same from GEO if MERC ruled
in favor of the University.
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into their drinks.
Lauren Musu, a waitress at the Brown
Jug said she makes drinks uniformly.
"Our mixed drinks have one to two
shots which is one and a half to three
ounces of alcohol," Musu said.
Most stores in Ann Arbor stock 20-
ounce plastic cups, which have the
capacity to hold far greater alcohol
than the amount typically accepted for
a single beer or a mixed drink.
Still, many students opt for cans over
cups to avoid downing any mixed sur-
"I usually only go to places where I
can drink out of a can. When people
make mixed drinks it can be really
open, I've seen people just pouring
stuff into a pitcher," LSA sophomore--
Rachel Leifer said.
She added that she thought binge
drinking is much more likely when
drinking out of cups, as the person
pouring rarely keeps track of how
much alcohol goes into the cup.
LSA senior Kendon Wilson recalled
a common party experience.
"People try and get the most alcohol
they can with a cup. At a party, when I
see someone making a drink they don't
stop pouring until the other person says
'stop,"' Wilson says.
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have switched if I couldn't have kept
my number," Hannon said.
Customers will still have to pay any
early termination fees applicable under
their current service providers. The
FCC allows service providers to charge
a fee in order to recover costs lost by
customers changing providers.
These fees can range from a few
cents to slightly more than a dollar, but
the FCC does not set a limit on these
charges as long as they are "just and
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