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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 2, 2005 - 3

ON CAMPUS
Geology prof to
lecture on Ice Ages
* Geology Prof. Henry T. Pollack will
discuss what ice ages are, why they occur
and the impact of the last Ice Age on
the Great Lakes region and the climate
change on Earth, as part of the lecture
series on the Ice Age.
The event will be held tonight at 7 p.m.
in the Exhibit Museum of Natural His-
tory. There is no cost to attend.
Speaker to discuss
historical narratives
Author Fredric Jameson will discuss
. "History and Narrative" today at 4 p.m.
in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan
Union.
Beginning with Paul Ricoeur's Time
and Narrative trilogy, the talk will touch
on issues of narrative and historiography,
Aristotle's Poetics, the postmodern his-
torical novel and memory.
University faculty members Geoff
Eley, Marjorie Levinson and Andreas
Sch6nle will join Jameson to continue
the discussion. There is no cost for the
lecture.
Two resume
workshops to be
held on campus
The Center for the Education of
Women is sponsoring a workshop to dis-
cuss techniques and ideas for resume and
cover letters today at noon. The event will
last an hour and a half and take place at
The Center for the Education of Women,
located at E. Liberty Street.
Tonight the Career Center is also hav-
ing a "Resume Critique Night" to help stu-
dents perfect their resumes before sending
them to potential employers. The critique
will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
CRIME
NOTES
Trespasser found
on International
Institute property
An individual was trespassing on the
University's International Institute yes-
terday evening, according to the Depart-
ment of Public Safety. She was warned
about trespassing and escorted off the
property.
Person vandalizes
MLB with chalk
The Modern Languages Building
staff reported yesterday afternoon that an
unknown person wrote on hallway walls
with chalk, according to DPS.
Fire extinguisher in
East Quad emptied
A DPS officerreported that a fire extin-
guisher was emptied in East Quadrangle
Residence Hall. DPS has no suspects.

THIS DAY

BIG FISH

New housing
site approved

GLENN GETTY/Daily
Douglas Nelson of the Museum of Zoology's Fish Division shows off the Japanese fish paintings he discovered in
the museum's archives. The 353 illustrations in the collection were painted by Japanese artist Okubo Setsudo
for Frederick Steams (of The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments). Nelson Is planning to exhibit the paint-
Ings In the rotunda of the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History soon.
Koib m introduce new
mass transit legisla tion

By Leslie Rott
Daily Staff Reporter
As University students scramble
to find off-campus housing for the
next school year, they may soon have
more options than they expect.
Eduardo Icaza, the owner of Key-
stone Construction, plans to have
a six-unit apartment at 828 Greene
St. - located near Main and Hill
Streets - to be ready this fall. Each
unit will have six bedrooms, mean-
ing that a total of 36 people will be
living in the three-floor building.
But neighbors have expressed
concerns that the building will not
meet the needs of the neighborhood
or students.
When the proposal was first present-
ed to the city Planning Commission, it
voted 7-1 against the motion to approve
the project because, like neighbors,
they were not convinced that the plan
was the best for the location.
However, when the Planning Com-
mission votes on a matter, it is then
sent to City Council for deliberation,
regardless of the decision made by
the Planning Commission.
In the case of 828 Greene, because
Icaza's plans met the city code,
the City Council was required to
approve it at its meeting on Jan. 18,
further compounding the concerns
of the neighbors.
"It isn't a neighborhood that stu-
dents necessarily want to live in,"
said Julie Weatherbee, a resident
who lives around the block from 828
Greene.
She emphasized that the neigh-
borhood is not opposed to students
living in the area, as she has several
student neighbors. However, she and
others are worried that because of
the building's distance from the Uni-
versity, the apartments will not sell
and the neighborhood will be forced
to deal with the consequences of
another empty building in the area.
Neighbors emphasized that Icaza
has been unresponsive to their con-
cerns, but he said that most of the
concerns, other than that with park-
ing, were unfounded.
"The neighbors had good inten-
tions, but really had no ground,"
Icaza said.
He added that the property would
be attractive to students because of
its proximity to the band practice
field, Crisler Arena and several other
prominent campus locations.
As of now, Icaza's best estimate as
to the cost of the apartments is about
$600 per month, per student.
Each unit will have two living areas
with furniture, two bathrooms and a
large common kitchen with two refrig-
erators, a stove, sink and dishwasher.
Regardless of the amenities
offered, neighbors are not convinced
that students will be willing to live
so far from campus.
"I don't mind if there are students
living here. ... It's that this is not a
good building," Weatherbee said.
"I don't think the neighborhood is
getting a great deal, I don't think the
students are getting a great deal, I
don't think the city is getting a great
deal," she added.
Like the wary neighbors, some
students remain skeptical about Ica-
za's plan.
"I would not want to live in this
'niche.' It sounds like a dive," said
LSA freshman Sarah Jones.

By Justin Miller
Daily Staff Reporter

Students will not have to worry about missing their taxi or
making bus reservations when traveling to the airport if mass
transportation becomes a reality in southeast Michigan.
State Rep. Chris Kolb (D-Ann Arbor) said he is considering
introducing legislation to link Ann Arbor to Detroit Metropoli-
tan Airport with a bus system.
"There is a need for
mass transit. When you More than 50 perce
look at any other major
metropolitan area, there Michigan residents
is some form of commuter .
transit," Kolb said. "The additional funds for
(Detroit Metro) airport is
probably the only major
airport that isn't connected to mass transit. Places I've been
inside the U.S. and outside of this country have had mass transit
to their airport."
While Kolb has not yet introduced legislation this session,
he envisions a small number of routes that would run from the
airport to Ann Arbor, Detroit and possibly Dearborn.
"That's something really needed," LSA sophomore Aastha
Gandhi said. "Some people want to go to Detroit to do research
or brother-sister volunteer work."
Gandhi is from Memphis, Tenn. and flies home often from
the airport.
"The MSA airbus is great, but sometimes they don't have the
times you need. It's first come, first serve when you come back,"
she said. Gandhi also said the proposed mass transit system
would be better than MSA's airbus if it were affordable and ran
often enough.
Kolb said if such a system were initiated and proved success-
ful enough, it might expand.
"Eventually, if it proves worthwhile you could harden that

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leg into fixed rail or some other means. There has been talk in
the metro area of doing some sort of a bus in a dedicated lane,"
Kolb said.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has already looked
into the idea of sending its buses to the airport, but cost is its
paramount concern.
"Right now we're in the middle of balancing our budget and
we don't have the kind of funds to provide that service at this
time," said Mary Stasiak, manager of community relations for
AATA.
It of Southeast AATA receives funding from
Ann Arbor property taxes, the
upport federal and state governments
.,. and local municipalities. Stasiak
)ubIC transit said she does not see the funding,
which is currently at 32 percent,
increasing any time soon.
Engineering freshman Andrew Rolph said the proposed sys-
tem would not be worth the cost.
"I think it would be a poor use of state money," he said. "The
only people that would have a use for it would be 30,000 stu-
dents, not all of which are from out of state."
Rolph added that the other legs of the transit system - con-
necting the airport to Detroit and Dearborn - would probably
not be used because people would drive instead. Only a massive
system that would reduce traffic congestion would be worth the
cost, he added.
A 2001 survey conducted by the Southeast Michigan Council
of Governments showed that 59 percent of local residents sup-
port additional funding for public transit. Seventy-seven percent
said they were likely to use the system if it were "clean, safe,
inexpensive and convenient."
About 843,000 residents of southeast Michigan live within a
quarter mile of a transit route, and 1.6 million jobs are within a
"reasonable distance" of a route, said Gerald Rowe, a transpor-
tation manager at SEMCOG.

However, Jones also said that
because of the lack of affordable
and clean housing available for stu-
dents, a place like 828 Greene might
be one of only a few options in the
long run, despite the lack of person-
al space that she would have in such
an apartment.
"Living in a campus town is not
cheap. ... Not in the frats, not in the
dorms, not in the co-ops and defi-
nitely not on your own," she added.
Despite the concern, several stu-
dents said they feel that this apart-
ment building will provide the
perfect opportunity for an off-cam-
pus housing experience.
"I think that the (new) Greene
apartments (will) provide a great,
clean and affordable housing option.
The location makes it easy to walk,
bike or take the bus to campus. Also
the six-bedroom setup allows for a
nice balance between private and
social space," LSA freshman Ben
Swanson said.
Along with the other ameni-
ties offered by the apartment, each
single-person bedroom will include
a built-in desk, shelves, closet and
bed.
In the basement, there will be
three washing machines, three driers
and indoor bicycle storage. There
will also be 10 parking spaces avail-
able on the property.
Icaza said that he will guarantee
one parking spot per unit and the
remaining four will be available
on a first-come-first-serve basis.
He added that a lottery is a viable
option, but one that he had not con-
sidered before.
High-speed Internet, cable televi-
sion and water will be included; how-
ever, students will be responsible for
paying for gas and electrical costs.
Icaza also mentioned that students
who do not receive a parking spot on
the premises might take advantage of
the several University lots in the area.
He also said he intends to have one
of the students living in the apart-
ment be a "student manager" - sim-
ilar to a resident advisor - who will
be responsible for dealing with prob-
lems and basic clean-up issues. Icaza
said he has yet to determine if the
student manager will be trained by
the University and also whether he
or she will receive payment for their
work or a stipend for their rent.
Icaza said he plans to start demo-
lition and construction in the next
few weeks, rather than wait until
spring when the construction season
begins.

In Daily

History

History prof talks
about recent
Vietnam visit
Feb. 2, 1973 - Speaking of a
people "quietly confident" in war and
"optimistic" in peace, History Prof.
John Whitmore described his impres-
sions of North Vietnam during a press
conference in the Fleming Adminis-
tration Building, yesterday.
Whitmore, who was in Vietnam during
a period immediately before and after the
announcement of ceasefire, was the first
official guest of the Democratic Republic
of Vietnam since the December bomb-
ings and was the first American academic
specialist to visit Hanoi.
Whitmore, an expert on Vietnam,
claims that the Vietnamese felt that the
war was "not aimed at any strategic or
military goals."
"The North Vietnamese felt Nixon's
goal was to terrorize the people and drive
them into panic and chaos," he said.

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