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"What I encouraged the students to do, what I felt was lack-
ing in the discussions about North Campus was a solid idea of
what kind of environment it was or should be," she says.
Each group had its own idea. The first group felt that North
Campus should stick to the original plan by Saarinen, which
had lots of open space, was tailored for automobile use and
had a classically modern feel. The second group thought that
North Campus should be more urban, following in the foot-
steps of Central Campus. Krankel-McCullough describes
Central Campus as "fairly rational and bizarre, with defined
symmetrical spaces." The third idea was an amalgamation of
the first two, with a more postmodern approach.
The three visions were presented to Kelbaugh, who then
selected seven students to work on developing more substan-
tive plans from the course's preliminary work. These plans
became known as the North Campus Redux project.
In October 2002, after a few more months of work, Kelbaugh
and his students presented their work in Pierpont Commons,
inviting the public to examine their two proposals and com-
ment on them. The two proposals - scheme A and scheme B
- both incorporated existing North Campus buildings and
offered suggestions for future building endeavors. Scheme A
- which eventually garnered the most votes from the public
- was more traditional and symmetrical.
One of the ideas to come out of the North Campus Redux
project was "Grid in the Green" - an alternative way to think-
ing about how a space should be organized. Central Campus
for example, is considered "Green in the Grid" - trees and
greenery are located in the center of the campus and are sur-
rounded by buildings (the Diag is a perfect example of this).
North Campus, on the other hand, can't be like Central Cam-
pus - the University won't remove the wooded areas and

there's no town around the campus. Therefore, it was better to
flip "Green in the Grid" around, so that buildings are in the
center of a natural space.
Important still was the :natter of figuring out a way to make
North Campus more of a commercial hotspot. In his introduc-
tion to North Campus Redux, Kelbaugh wrote: "Despite the
fact that the North Campus is now two generations old and
home to a student population as large as that of Yale Univer-
sity, there are few reasons for people to voluntarily visit or
spend time there."
In the summer months, retail on North Campus all but dries
up. Bursley and Baits Residence Halls are primarily used for
sports camps, and many of the more than 15,000 people who
live and work in the area during the fall and winter terms are
nowhere to be found. The report mentions a more 24/7 atmo-
sphere, increased retail, more housing and a better automobile
route as goals to consider. The report even joked "if destina-
tion is the first of the 3 'D's, we also need places to have a
'date' and buy a 'drink."' Robert Venturi is even quoted in the
report, saying "North Campus needs a little sin."
According to Kelbaugh, the University incorporated many
of these ideas into "North Campus Vision 2005-2025," a 13-
page document that is essentially a mission statement for North
Campus. Constructed by the University of Michigan Planning
Advisory Committee, which is made up of the University's
deans and reports to University President Mary Sue Coleman,
the plan was completed in 2006 after almost a year of work.
"North Campus stands at a critical juncture" is the open-
ing sentence of the report, which reinforces the goal to create
a "single university." Like North Campus Redux, the vision
acknowledges the lack of attractive destinations and the need
to create a more accessible campus.

"It is important to augment the lively and rich mix of uses
- research, academic/instruction, housing, recreation - with
additional amenities such as cultural venues and retail servic-
es," the vision statement says. Everything is geared to enhance
the core parts which already exist, link everything together,
keep on developing but also respect traditional open spaces.
Called a "succinct and potent document" by Kelbaigh, North
Campus Vision is a symbol for the future. North Campus will
never be Central Campus, but it can still be a vibrant commu-
nity with plenty to do and see.
"I think there's been a paradigm shift in the University to
see North Campus as more of a destination than a satellite to
Central Campus," Kelbaugh says.
It is this idea that is appealing to students who dwell on
North Campus, who can be hard-pressed to find good enter-
tainment and good parties close to home. Pierpont Commons
may offer open-mic nights and swing dancing, but most stu-
dents long for the more exciting night life on Central.
"People ask 'Why isn't (North Campus) more like Central?"
" said Engineering junior Bretlan Fletcher, co-chair of the
North Campus Affairs Commission for the Michigan Student
Assembly. "Well, (Central Campus is) much more dense, it's
easier to get around, there's much more activities. It's more
The intimidating physical distance between Central and
North has always been a problem, especially for LSA students
who live in Bursley or Baits and have to commute to class
each day. The eight-minute trek is not something many stu-
dents eagerly anticipate.
"Welcome to college. You get to ride the bus first thing
every morning," as Fletcher puts it.
One idea that both Fletcher and Kelbaugh mention is to

Spinning Ann Arbor
WCBN: Keeping stereos blaring all ay long
By Lloyd Cargo/ Daily Muc Editor

The basement of the Student
Activities Building is home to
one of the University's best-kept
secrets - or at least it seems that
way on a campus where it appears
the majority of students aren't even
aware it exists. However, those in
the know are privy to one of the best
radio stations in the country, WCBN-
FM 88.3 Ann Arbor, where freeform
reigns supreme and there are no lim-
itations to a DJ's creativity.
Many college radio stations man-
date that their DJs play non-commer-
cial "new music," usually the sort of
indie rock Spin magazine pedals to
depressed teenage girls and douche-
y aspiring hipsters. At WCBN, free-
form is the preferred format, setting

88.3 apart from the increasingly
homogenized radio taking over the
rest of the dial.
Freeform simply means the DJ
has complete and total freedom in
choosing music. Giving the DJ full
control of what he or she plays gives
WCBN the sort of personality that
led listeners in such exotic locales
as Malaysia, Vietnam, Belgium and
Portugal to tune in over the web at
www.wcbn.org, where the station is
streamed 24/7.
So what better place for a record
nerd to showcase his vinyl obses-
It's surprisingly easy to get a show.
on WCBN; all you need to do is attend
a Sunday meeting (more info on the


So. You want
one good reason
to earn a pharmacy
degree from the
University of
Michigan ?

Here are 12 good reasons, for starters,

website) and make a demo tape -
virtually no one is turned away. One
of the greatest strengths of WCBN is
the diversity of the staff, where the
DJs range from fresh-faced students
to community members whose com-
mitment to the station give WCBN
the local flavor it's famous for.
First-semester DJs are required
to do the 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. shifts, and
last semester I helmed that -grave-
yard shift on Saturday nights. I used
my show mainly to play music from
my own collection, giving me time
to listen to recent purchases, mostly
jazz, funk, soul and The Beatles. I'm
pleased to say that despite the ungod-
ly hour, I never went to a single show
unaccompanied. Without the con-
tributions of O.G.'s like Sassy J and
Lady Groove, the presence of Lisa
Hiatt, Laura Leonard and Jake Mer-
kin or in-studio performances from
brilliant musicians Theo Katzmann,
Yosef "The Truth" Dosik, Tyler
Duncan, Ross Huff and Mike Nick-
ens, each show was spontaneous and
Spinning vinyl almost exclusive-
ly, I'd start every show with Albert
Ayler's "Ghosts," a tradition that has
carried over to my current Wednes-
day morning, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. shift.
Tuning in on any given Saturday
night, you were almost guaranteed to
hear Otis Redding, The Sylvers and
George Harrison, with some Archie
Shepp, Michael Jackson and Horace
Tapscott mixed in. This semester I've
focused on exploring WCBN's vast
archives, attempting to broaden my
horizons while providing the work-

1. Unparalleled career choices
2. Continuous growth potential
3. Job security in economically
uncertain times
4. Unlimited opportunities to
improve patients' lives
5. Outstanding pay
6. Life and career mobility
7. The power to apply medical
knowledge at the forefront of
technological innovation

8. Financial support unequalled by
any other U.S. pharmacy school
9. Membership in an influential
alumni network spanning the
10. The prestige of owning a degree
from one of America's top-
ranked pharmacy schools
11. Individualized learning with
world-renowned faculty
12. Respect

Cargo spins records from his and V
crowd music to wake up to.
Most of my favorite WCBN m(
ories involve my guests. My favo
show I've done so far consistec
my Mother telling embarrassing
ries about me during every set-br
(vain, I know). Another favorite
the night New York MC Iron Sc
mon, dubbed by The Village V(
as the best battle rapper in the
Apple, spat devastating freest)
until the sun came up. I also c;
even begin to recount all of the we
disturbing/awesome phone calls
gotten. It takes a certain kind of I
son to listen to the radio from 3 a
to 6 a.m. on the weekend, and I t
ed to my fair share of cab driv
drunkards and potheads who cal

Cargo sits in front of walls of music at his disposal.

To learn more about the PharmD Program at the University of Michigan,
be sure to visit the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy Web site at
www.umich.edu/~pharmacy. Or contact Assistant Dean Valener Perry at
734-764-5550 (vlperry@umich.edu).
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