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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXV, No. 140
o2005 The Michigan Daily
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R Late-night cab service
implements $2 price hike
to avoid elimination
By Laura Van Hyfte
Daily Staff Reporter
In response to the lack of adequate state
funding and an increase in expenses, the Ann
Arbor Transportation Authority has decided to
increase its fares for Night Ride from $3 to $5
Night Ride, a shared-ride taxi service, pro-
vides transportation within the Ann Arbor city
limits when AATA buses are not in service.
Passengers pay a fixed fare per person, regard-
less of the distance traveled within the city or
the time needed for the trip.
Its creation in the early '80s was intended
to assure the safety of students who had to
get back to the residence halls after being in
the city late in the evening, AATA Executive
Director Greg Cook said.
Night Ride's elimination was being consid-
ered as a way to offset financial loss, Cook said.
A proposal to end the Night Ride taxi service
after Sept. 30 was made at an AATA Board
Meeting held last month. The board asked for
input from Night Ride users and leaders of
human service agencies who have contact with
those who use Night Ride.
But after gatheri-ng input, it was apparent
that those in the city that held low-income jobs
were dependent on Night Ride as an economi-
cally feasible mode of transportation.
He added that some people who work late in
the evening or early in the morning depend on
Night Ride to get to work every day and that
patients use the service to seek medical care at
the hospitals, which operate 24 hours a day.
Cook said there was overwhelming support
for Night Ride and that many did not mind the
increased cost because even if Night Ride's
See NIGHT RIDE, Page 7A
"I G.REfW U P T1THERE, AND A NOW IT S ALL UNERxATrER.
-M A RK IHOMAS, ENGNeER ING LN]IR
Katrina's effects felt at 'U,
vet to locate dozens of
students from storm-
stricken areas of coast
By Michael Kan
Daily News Editor
In response to the devasta-
tion left by Hurricane Katrina,
the University has begun
admitting displaced college
students from disaster-stricken
universities while continuing
to locate missing University
students from areas hit by the
Sue Eklund, the University
dean of students, said yesterday
that of the 86 current Univer-
sity students who are from the
disaster-affected areas - Ala-
bama, Mississippi and Louisi-
ana - her office has yet to hear
back from 32 students.
"We have not heard of our
students being seriously injured
or worse, though it's important
to note that some do have miss-
ing relatives, more have missing
friends," she said.
Eklund added that her office
is using e-mail to contact the
missing students and offer-
ing to pay for plane tickets
for students unable to access
See UNIVERSITY, page 7A
Death toll estimate
rises in New Orleans,
A man sits on the front porch of a home surrounded by water from Hurricane Katrina, in New Orleans, yesterday.
Students with family in
area cope with disaster
By Michael Kan
Daily News Editor
His mom's house isn't there anymore.
And his parents will most likely
head separate ways to find new jobs
in different states.
In the past week, LSA freshman
Kenneth Human has been forced to
grapple with the effects of Hurricane
Katrina, which decimated his home-
town of New Orleans, from his Mary
Markley dorm room.
After watching days of news cover-
age on New Orleans, Human says, "I
don't know if anyone will really want
to come back."
A wveek earlier on Aug. 29, the day
the hurricane hit Louisiana, Human
and his family prepared to depart
New Orleans to move him in to Mary
Markley Residence Hall,
Human and his parents got on their
flight only moments before the hurri-
cane struck. But only a few days later
did he and his parents learn the extent
of the devastation caused by Hurri-
On Aug. 1, Human's parents
returned to Louisiana hoping to
recover what property they could sal-
vage. Phone calls to his parents have
been few and sometimes impossible,
See STUDENTS, page 6A
A message board has been set up on the floor of the Reli-
ant Astrodome to help evacuees contact each other.
Vice President Benavides resigns from position
0 Vice Chair of the
Committee is nominated
to fill vacant post
By Jeremy Davidson
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly
President Jesse Levine will nomi-
nate MSA Rep. Nicole Stallings
as MSA vice president after Ali-
cia Benavides resigned from the
post Aug. 29. Many members of the
assembly said they were shocked by
"You can never predict when these
kinds of things are going to happen,"
MSA Rep. Melton Lee said.
Benavides said she still supports
Levine, the executive board and the
"I have full confidence in them.,"
Benavides said. "It's not anything
MSA-related that's caused me to
Benavides said she plans to keep
her seat as an MSA representative.
Levine said that while he was sur-
prised at first to hear Benavides had
resigned, he understood her deci-
"The vice president of MSA is a really tough job. You have to give
up a lot. I totally understand where Alicia is coming from, and I
respect her decision."
candidate for vice president.
"I'm excited about Nicole being
nominated. ... (We've) worked very
well together in the past," he said.
"She's done really good work for the
Stallings will keep her position
as vice chair of the Budget Priori-
ties Committee, where she is work-
ing on instituting reforms to the
BPC application process. She said
she was excited to accept the nomi-
nation and hopes to get to work as
"I think that it's going to be areal-
ly good year and that Jesse and I will
work well together," Stallings said.
"The vice president of MSA is a vice president to resign for personal
really tough job," he said. "You have reasons in the past year. Last year,
to give up a lot. I totally understand Jennifer Nathan resigned because of
where Alicia is coming from, and I academic concerns and was replaced
respect her decision." by former MSA Treasurer Anita
Benavides is the second MSA Leung.
"(Alicia) thought that (resigning)
was best for the assembly and for
herself," Lee said.
Levine said his consistently posi-
tive experiences working with Stall-
ings in the past make her an excellent
By Alexandra Jones
Daily Arts Editor
After the announcement of former School of
Music Dean Karen Wolff's retirement last year, the
University began its search for a replacement. Enter
Christopher Kendall, a conductor with a commit-
ment to chamber music and community outreach,
and former director of the University of Maryland
School of Music. Kendall begins his tenure as dean
As an undergraduate at Antioch College in Yellow
Springs, Ohio, Kendall found his calling when the
director of the school's orchestra asked him to con-
duct during a sabbatical.
Award for conducting the group in a public television "Of course," K
program of the music of composer Aaron Copland. such a fantastic re
The Folger Consort, the early music ensemble in cally the performi
which he plays the lute, is the ensemble-in-residence While the Univ
at the Folger Shakespeare Library. versity of Marylan
At Maryland, Kendall oversaw the construction of Kendall has notice
the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. He will be to Ann Arbor.
involved in a similar project, the long-awaited Wal- "While it was a
green Drama Center which will be home to the Arthur vince the instituti
Miller Theater - on the University's North Campus. an essential part o
Kendall moved his family from the Beltway com- think that's so we
munity of College Park, Md. to Ann Arbor. "My part of our educat
family is at an age where we felt that it would be to people," Kenda
great for (my children) to grow up in a smaller com- "College Park i
munity," he said. ton. It's part of a v
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endall said, "Michigan really has
putation as an institution, specifi-
ng arts programs here."
versity of Michigan and the Uni-
nd are both large state schools,
ed a few differences since moving
struggle at (Maryland) to con-
on that the performing arts were
f the profile of a great university, I
;1 established (here). ... An integral
ional process is presenting our art
s inside the Beltway in Washing-
ery large urban area that has a lot