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Wednesday, October
0 News 2A U.S. population
hits 300 million
Opinion 5A Breakng down the
race for governor
Arts 8A Kimberly Chou:
Mawli Baby,
you're a star

18, 2006 )LN 8/ Y8 )
One-hundred-sixteen years ofeditorildfreedom

www.mlinkandaziy.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVII, No. 30 62006 The Michigan Daily

Booze in
the Big
Houe

AARONHANDELSMAN/Daly
Residents of the Nakamura Co-op eat dinner last night. Participation in cooperative housing has been decreasing in Ann Arbor while
Increasing In the rest of the country.
Despite trends that show more and more students choosing
the cooperative life nationally, in Ann Arbor ...
Students opt out of co-ops

Co-op stalwarts
say they offer a
cheaper option for
campus housing
By Taryn Hartman
For The Daily
Despite a resurgence in coop-
erative housing in college towns
across the country, Ann Arbor's
co-op community is experienc-
ing a decline.
According to Inter-Coop-
erative Council President Tra-
vis Jones, interest in co-ops has
waned over the past three or four
years, prompting an increase in
the cost of cooperative living.
The cost per person has gone

up slightly during ,that time.
While the increase hasn't made
rent significantly higher for
individual residents, it's indica-
tive of a disturbing trend of lack
of interest, Jones said.
The average cost of living in a
co-op is about $460 per month,
or $2,000 to $2,200 per semes-
ter, including food and utilities.
Most University dorm prices
fall between $3,000 and $4,000
per semester. Students living
in a co-op are also required to
contribute four or five hours of
work each week to the main-
tenance and operations of the
house.
"Shared labor is what makes
them so cheap," Jones said.
Off-campus housing in the
city is notoriously steep. It isn't

uncommon to pay more than
$600 per month for an apart-
ment near campus.
Co-ops traditionally hay" a
reputation as a haven for uip-
pies, though across the country,
they seem to be opening their
doors to more mainstream resi-
dents.
Jones said the biggest prob-
lem facing the ICC, which over-
sees 19 co-ops in Ann Arbor, is
a difficulty generating publicity
around campus.
"Our main recruitment tool
is word-of-mouth" Jones said.
And word of mouth can be
fickle: One person who has a
bad experience in cooperative
housing can scare away five or
six people, Jones said, while
someone who has a positive co-

op experience will only recruit
one or two people to the co-op
way of life.
Jim Jones.Travis's father and
a former executive director of
both the ICC and North Ameri-
can Students for Cooperation,
said he isn't sure why Ann
Arbor's cooperative communi-
ty has been struggling in com-
parison to those in other college
towns. But he agrees with his
son that only a small percentage
of the student population actu-
ally knows that co-ops are an
option.
"We get lots of people who
grew up in Ann Arbor," said
Jim Jones, currently NASCO's
director of asset management.
Ann Arbor is one of four
See CO-OPs, page 7A

Adminstrators
say no, but Big
Ten precedent
says maybe
By Gabe Nelson
Daily Staff Reporter
Top University officials say
there won't be alcohol in the
Big House despite the planned
addition of luxury boxes.
If the University follows the
lead of other schools in the Big
Ten that made similar prom-
ises, though, that may not be

the case.
Eight of 11 Big Ten schools
allow fans in premium seating
at their football stadiums to
consume alcohol.
Many in the University
community have worried the
Big House could follow suit
after the University Board of
Regents approved a divisive
plan this summer that would
add luxury boxes to Michigan
Stadium.
Big Ten schools have found
alcohol helpful - or even
necessary - to sell luxury
boxes. Each Big House box is
See BOOZE, page 7A

Which stadiums allow alcohol?
MSU Indiana
Illinois Wisconsin
Ohio State Iowa
Purdue Minnesota
Northwestern Penn State

No Ford, but dedication goes on

Former Ford's daughter, Susan,
said her father was upset
president's children to learn that his doctors
attend Weill Hall wouldn't let him attend the
dedication.
celebration "My brother Mike had to
break the news to him,' she
By Walter Nowinski said. "It wasn't pleasant, and
Daily Staff Reporter I cannot repeat some of the
things that were said."
Someone was missing Fri- In her address, University
day morning when several President Mary Sue Cole-
hundred people gathered to man said she had promised
celebrate the dedication of Ford that the building would
Weill Hall, the new home be finished within his life-
of the Ford School of Public time. Although Ford could
Policy. not attend the dedication
A hospital stay kept for- in person, she said she was
mer President Gerald Ford happy to keep her promise.
away from the dedication. The University made a
Ford, 93, was released DVD of the ceremony for
from the hospital after five Ford.
days on Monday. Steven Ford read a letter

on behalf of his father. In the
letter, Ford wrote that "there
may be no greater honor
than to have a school bear
your name. Such recognition
means all the more when it
comes from an institution
that you love"
Steven Ford said his father
first came to the University
with the help of his high
school principal, who raised
$100 for Ford, the cost of one
year's tuition at the time.
Susan Ford said her father
still follows the football team
and pays for special cable
service so that he can watch
every game at his home in
California.
Ford played center on the
Michigan football team,
most notably during the

team's undefeated seasons in
1932 and 1933.
Ford often reminisces
about his time at the Univer-
sity, she said.
"Stories about U of M,
those were like bedtime sto-
ries for us," she said. "It was
a real honor for him to come
to the University, and he still
talks about it all the time."
In his prepared letter, Ford
wrote fondly about his time
in Ann Arbor.
"Whoever said you can't
go home again has never
been to Ann Arbor," he
wrote. "Exactly 75 years
have passed since I first
walked down State Street.
I felt instantly at home, a
feeling which has never left
See FORD, page 7A

ANGELA CESERE/
Bill Keller,
executive editor
of The New York
Times, poses
in the Law
Library Monday
afternoon.
Keller delivered
a lecture on the
freedom of the
press.
Times top editor talks on
role as 'political chew toy~

Mayoral candidates Wall, Debates in
brief
Hieftje face off in debate city Council
Ward 3
Steve Kunselman
the eccentric independent fond of repeating: Get on the
In earlier repatig GeDou
m-- __.Ayo ,-lcan-t,eao Ats,-1 -Aovoe tormass

debate, Ward 3
hopefuls spar
By Brian Tengel
For the Daily
In a preview of the elec-
tion, candidates in two local
races squared off last night.
At Ann Arbor Community
Television Studios, Tom Wall,

mayoral candidate, debated
incumbent Democrat John
Hieftje in an event sponsored
by the League of Women
Voters, anonpartisan political
activist group.
Wall faces an uphill battle
against Hieftje, who is known
for his stalwart dedication to
the environment and conser-
vation.
Wallhad one refrain he was

ball, and vote for Wall.'
Some of Hieftje's initia-
tives include his Green Ener-
gy Challenge program, which
stipulates that the city gov-
ernment must use at least 30
percent renewable energy by
2010, and his Greenbelt Ini-
tiative, which preserves green
space outside the city.
Throughout the debate,
See DEBATE, page 7A

VS.
Peter Schermerhorn
(Green)
Mayor
Incumbent John
Hieftje (D)
vs.
Challenger Tom Wall
(Independent)

In campus visit,
Bill Keller describes
sparring with Bush
Administration
By Arikia Millikan
Daily Staff Reporter
One of the most revered and
despised figures in American
journalism came to campus
Monday.
As a self-proclaimed chew
toy for both the right and left
sides of the political spec-
trum,
Bill Keller is constantly try-

ing to reconcile his obligation
to inform the public with the
responsibility to protect it.
Keller, the executive editor
of The New York Times,spoke
at the Law School's Honig-
man Auditorium. His lecture,
titled "Editors in Chains;" was
the sixteenth annual Davis,
Market, Nickerson Lecture
on Academic and Intellectual
Freedom lecture, organized by
the Senate Advisory Commit-
tee on University Affairs.
"Newspaper editors do not
like to become a part of the
stories they report;" University
President Mary Sue Coleman
said in her introduction for

Keller.
But Keller and his news-
paper have been forced into
the public eye for their deci-
sion to publish reports of the
Bush Administration's use of
warrantless surveillance and
monitoring of bank accounts
- two highly classified pro-
grams.
The Bush Administration's
extreme secrecy has strained
the relationship between the
White House and the press,
making it the most abrasive
it has been since the Vietnam
War, Keller said.
Keller said the government
See KELLER, page 7A

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