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Vinology Wine Bar since Septem-
The McKinley Towne Centre
office will expand the company's
presence in Ann Arbor, but the
space will not be Google's perma-
nent home in the city.
The company is describing the
move as its second phase of expan-
City Council passed a resolution
on Sept. 5 encouraging the com-
pany to keep its offices downtown
and offering support setting up the
City officials have offered the
company 200 free parking spaces
in city-owned lots. The spaces are
worth an estimated $1 million for
four years, The Ann Arbor News
Although the city owns the
lots, the Downtown Development
Authority maintains and sets park-
ing rates. This has generated confu-
sion as to how to folly v through on
the pledge, with some questioning
the city's right to offer the parking
City Council member Joan Low-
enstein (D-Ward 2) said she expects
the issue to be resolved soon.
While in the McKinley Towne
Centre, the company expects to
expand from between 70 and 90
local employees to 300 or 400 local
The McKinley Towne Centre has
50 parking spaces, which Google
would share with other businesses.
Lowenstein said the parking
Google is asking for is a necessity.
She added that the company is not
asking the city for tax abatements.
"The city of Ann Arbor will be
able to benefit from the taxes they
will bring," she said.
Google has deep ties with the
University. University President
Mary Sue Coleman told The Michi-
gan Daily in July that Google co-
founder and alum Larry Page had
first hinted about his plans to bring
Google to Ann Arbor when she vis-
ited him in California a few years
The University is also one of a
handful of colleges working with
the Google Book Project to digitize
its library collection. The project
aims to digitize the entire collec-
tion by 2010.
Google Book Search lets stu-
dents comb the full texts of books in
the public domain or materials that
aren't copyrighted online through
books.google.com or through the
University's Mirlyn catalog.
From page 1A
use a company that provides jobs to
locals and is part of the local com-
"This Michigan connection
is important," Kazanjian said.
"Everybody in the Housing office
There's another reason why a
local company may be better.
Unlike Collegeboxes, if students
have a problem with storage or
delivery, they can quickly talk to
somebody at John's Pack and Ship,
Neuberger maintains that the
mistakes at Harvard were a fluke.
Monday, December 11, 2006 - 7A
He said he has revised his compa-
ny's strategies and expects this will
improve customer service in the
Levy said the Housing office
doesn't plan to work with a nation-
al company like Collegeboxes.
"We feel much more comfortable
that it is a local company," Levy
From page IA
Bloomer said Stampfl will put more
emphasis on the presentation of the
paper's content than current Editor
in Chief Donn M. Fresard did dur-
ing his tenure.
Bloomer, a former managing arts
editor, held the position of manag-
ing editor this semester and will
hang on to the position for another
News reporter Andrew Gross-
man will replace Stampfl as manag-
ing news editor.
"I think he's really poised to con-
tinue some of the things we've been
doing in the news section," Stampfl
Grossman said he plans to con-
tinue thoroughly covering the
effect on the University of Proposal
2, which banned affirmative action
programs in Michigan.
Imran Syed, an associate editori-
al page editor, will take over as edi-
torial page editor from Emily Beam
and Christopher Zbrozek. Syed said
he wants to bring in more diverse
voices from the student commu-
nity. He also held the position over
Scott Bell will fill the manag-
ing sports editor position, cur-
rently held by Jack Herman. Bell,
a senior sports editor and foot-
ball writer, plans to maintain the
changes Herman put in place. One
area of focus will be placing arti-
cles on major sports on the web-
Managing Arts Editor Andrew
Sargus Klein will keep his position
next year. The arts section will
continue shifting its focus onto
student musicians and artists, he
Angela Cesere and Peter Schot-
tenfels will take over for Mike
Hulsebus and Alex Dziadosz as
managing photo editors.
Their goals include downsizing
the staff and turning the depart-
ment into a pre-professional venue
for aspiring photographers, they
The Statement, currently edited
by James Dowd, will come under
the control of Anne VanderMey.
VanderMey, currently a news edi-
tor, said she will give The State-
ment a more distinctive voice and
add more bite-size features, as in
the "Junk Drawer" page.
Bridget O'Donnell, the managing
design editor, will keep her position
for the coming year.
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The increase goes against what
many were bracing for: a drop in
minority applications due to worry
that the ban could paint the Uni-
versity as an unwelcoming place for
After California voters passed a
similar measure in 1996, minority
applications to the UC system's flag-
ship campuses dropped substan-
As of Dec. 4, 3,133 students had
been admitted to the University
for next fall, including 256 under-
represented minorities. About 73
percent of the underrepresented
minority applicants considered
so far this year have been admit-
ted, while 59 percent of white
and Asian applicants have been
Lucier said the University has
been trying to encourage students
to apply earlier in the cycle. Typi-
cally, underrepresented minority
students tend to apply later in the
application cycle than white and
"We are pleased that our overall
message has gotten out to all stu-
dents," Lucier said.
In late November, University
Provost Teresa Sullivan said she is
assuming the amendment will go
into effect as scheduled. She said
an enrollment advisory group is
trying to work out the intricacies of
how the amendment will affect this
year's admissions cycle.
University spokeswoman Kelly
Cunningham said the University
makes a special effort to encourage
minoritystudents to applyto the Uni-
versity and has focused on getting all
applicants to apply earlier this year.
Administrators have been
aggressively recruiting minority
students in recent years. Univer-
sity President Mary Sue Coleman
regularly speaks at black churches
to encourage potential students to
apply. In April 2005, the University
opened a facility in Detroit to house
outreach programs both in the city
and around the nation.
So far this fall, the University has
received 3.5 percent more applica-
tions than it had at the same time
Saudi king: Mideast a keg of gunpowder'
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP)
- Saudi Arabia's king warned Sat-
urday that all of the Middle East is
threatened by escalating conflicts
around the region, from spiraling
sectarian violence in Iraq to ris-
ing tensions-in Lebanon to fighting
"Our Arab region is surrounded
by dangers," King Abdullah said at
the opening of a summit for leaders
of the Arab nations around the Per-
sian Gulf. "It is like a keg of gunpow-
der waiting for a spark to explode."
Palestinian factions are fight-
ing each other, and Iraq is slipping
into "the darkness of strife and mad
struggle," a danger that also looms
over Lebanon's diverse communi-
ties, he said in a speech.
The two-day meeting of the six
Gulf Cooperation Council nations
is focusing on how to head off wider
strife exploding from those conflicts
or the nuclear standoff between a
defiant Iran and the West.
The leaders of Saudi Arabia,
Kuwait, United Arab Emirates,
Qatar, Bahrain and Oman are also
expected to discuss a U.S. advisory
panel's recommendations on the
Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-
Faisal warned earlier this week that
Iraq "poses a great challenge to the
region, its security and its future"
and called for "halting all forms of
interference in Iraq" - an apparent
reference to Syria and Iran.
Each has ties with key factions in
Iraq: Iran with Shiite Muslim par-
ties that dominate the U.S.-backed
government and have militias
blamed for much of the sectarian
bloodshed, and Syria with Sunni
Arabs, who are the main force in the
insurgency. But both Iran and Syria
deny supportingviolence in Iraq.
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