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www.mazganday.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXV, No. 155 2005 The Michigan Daily
Fines for littering
on lawns can cost
tailgaters up to $1,000
By Olga Mantilla
Daily Staff Reporter
The city of Ann Arbor is cracking
down on residents that litter and leave
trash on their
'The The stepped-
come ment could
up to $1,000
in fines, and
feel that they
are being tar-
geted by these
the city's Solid
would include delegates
selected by MSA and city
By Jeremy Davidson
Daily Staff Reporter
With the fall lease rush approach-
ing and the absence of legislation
that would make the lease-signing
process more student friendly, the
city has yet to fulfill its promise
to advocate for student's renting
concerns. But a new proposal from
City Council candidate Stephen
Rapundalo (D-2nd Ward) may be a
sign that the city is starting to pay
attention to students.
Rapundalo has proposed that the city
establish a joint commission between
the City Council and the Michigan
Student Assembly that would discuss
issues pertinent to students and seek
input from students about pending
legislation. The proposed commis-
sion would consist of seven students
appointed by MSA and two City Coun-
cil members appointed by the mayor.
Rapundalo said the idea for the
commission first developed during
his primary election during the sum-
mer, when he ran against LSA senior"
Eugene Kang, who, if he had been
successful in his bid, would have been
the first student representative on City
Council in more than 30 years.
"Eugene pointed out that we need-
ed better representation for students
it city government," Rapundalo said.
Councilman Leigh Greiden (D-3rd
Ward) said he supports Rapundalo's
proposal. "I expect this will help in
two ways," he said. "First, commu-
nication is always a positive and sec-
ond, there are upcoming issues that
we need student input on. We can
get the input that we need from this
But Kang said he is not convinced
that this is a genuine attempt by the
city to get feedback from students.
"I think that it's in the right direc-
tion, but it might be more effective
in conducting the ruse of students
being involved in government,"
Kang also said that during his pri-
mary campaign, Rapundalo told vot-
ers that as a student, Kang would be
incapable of handling issues facing the
city. Kang said such remarks showed
disregard for students' capacity to
play a role in city government.
"Unless he's had a drastic change
in opinion, I'm still skeptical about
how seriously the'Council will take
the commission," Kang said, "It
seems like a political move rather
than a genuine attempt to recognize
students in city government."
MSA President Jesse Levine,
however, said he feels the measure
is a sincere effort to make the City
Council more accessible to students.
"This has the potential to lead
to a more open policy between the
Council and students," he said. "It
could institutionalize communica-
tion between the city and MSA."
Michigan State University has had
a similar program in place that gives
its student government a hand in
local politics. Drew Bell, vice chair
for external affairs of MSU's student
assembly, said that for the past five
years, the student assembly's direc-
tor of community affairs has acted
as a student liaison to bimonthly City
Council meetings in East Lansing.
"It has proven to be effective," he
said. "We often have issues where it
is vital to have close interaction with
tin U1ILL agement code
a ns were amended
in 2002 and
2004- as part
-Jason Hahn of Mayor John
Business senior Hieftje'sClean
amendments, which included a sub-
stantial increase in fines and stricter
enforcement guidelines, "were largely
addressed at keeping unsightly debris
and buildup of trash off the yards,"
Councilman Michael Reid (R-2nd'
Ward) said. "It's very consistent with
what many communities have."
Though Reid said the ordinances
are applied uniformly throughout
See TRASH, page 7
Large quantities of trash can be found on the lawn of this house on South Forest Avenue, an area of campus
where many students have received tickets for trash violations.
In stadi um
More than a hundred gather in
Big House for massive experiment,
but results leave much to be desired
By Michael Kan
Daily Science Editor ,.
It was maybe the most colossal University sci-
ence experiment ever.
But after an hour of trying to map the wind cur-
rents in Michigan Stadium, one of the largest foot-
ball arenas in the nation, Prof. Perry Samson gazed
into the stands and sighed.
"I'm clueless," Samson said with a smile. "I'll
be surprised if we can get anything out of these
Experiments don't always work. That's what ran
across the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sci-
ences professor's mind the night before Saturday's
experiment, when more than a hundred University
students from AOSS classes would gather in the Big
House to take wind measurements.
Samson, head organizer of the event, said ear-
lier this year he began toying with an idea of hav-
ing his students conduct wind measurements in
the Big House.
Only lecturing your students on atmospheric
forces isn't enough, Samson said.
"Seeing is also half the battle."
Curiosity and die-hard loyalty to the team also
pushed Samson to ask the University for access to
Perhaps an analysis of the wind currents might
help a Michigan football kicker sharpen his aim
Museum addition to house LSA classes
Renovations are scheduled
to take a little nmore than
two years to complete
By Laura Frank
Daily Staff Reporter
Beginning in June of next year, the
University's Museum of Art will undergo
extensive renovations and expansions that
will dramatically change the character of
The renovations are scheduled to be
completed in a little more than two years.
During that time period, the museum will
relocate to a temporary gallery space
less than one-tenth the size of its current
The museum expansion will include
an addition of 53,000 square feet of
space onto the side of the building fac-
ing Mason Hall. The addition will not
only include more gallery space, but also
areas for film screenings and dance per-
formances, a caf6, a computer center and
five multi-use classrooms for University
courses. The classrooms will range from
small seminar rooms to a 200-person
dental encounter" with great works of art
along the way, which will hopefully spark
their interest in art, said Ruth Slavin, the
museum's curator for education.
While the museum has always tried
to offer a wide variety of programs, the
small size of the current building meant
that only one activity - a school group
or a performance for example - could
be scheduled at a time, Slavin said. The
expanded museum will be able to offer
multiple arts programs at once.
In addition to the new classrooms,
performance areas and galleries, there
will be two new "object study rooms"
where students and professors can make
appointments to view items from the
museum's collection that are not on dis-
play, Slavin said.
The renovation will include upgrades
to most of the major systems in the build-
ing, including the security, climate con-
trol and fire safety systems, Museum
SHUBRA OHRI/Daily Director James Steward said. It will also
LSA freshman James Payer and sophomore John Hummel take down the Pop exhibi- involve knocking down walls in the exist-
tion in the University's Museum of Art. ing exhibition spaces and reopening some
skylights that were part of the building's
auditorium and will house courses in all museum will not be limited to art cours- original 1907 architecture, he added.
disciplines. es, students will be able to attend a class Funding for the $34.5-million project
Because the classes housed in the in the new addition and have an "acci- See MUSEUM, page 7
Roberts glides toward Senate cnfirmation
President Bush says his pick
to replace Justice O'Connor
could be a woman or minority
WASHINGTON (AP) - John Roberts, certain to win
confirmation as the nation's 17th chief justice, was hailed by
Republicans as the "brightest of the bright" as the Senate yes-
terday began its first Supreme Court confirmation debate in
more than a decade.
appellate lawyers before being promoted to the U.S. Appeals
Court by Bush in 2003. He argued 39 cases before the Supreme
Court, becoming very familiar with the eight justices he will
lead as chief justice.
"The word is that the justices very much applaud his nomi-
nation to be chief justice," said Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa). "He has the potential, almost
from a running start, to bring a new day and a new era to the
Frist and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), expect Rob-
Democrats opposing Roberts say
they're afraid the former lawyer
in the Reagan and George
H.W. Bush administrations will
be staunchly conservative.