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The Ann Arbor Summer Festi-
val, a series of performances at the
Power Center, also benefited from
Pfizer's presence in the city. Pfizer
made large annual donations to the
show and purchased substantial
amounts of tickets for employees.
Robb Woulfe, executive direc-
tor of the festival, called Pfizer
one of the festival's "major" spon-
sors and said his organization is
already feeling the effects of the
"It's been challenging to put
together a budget for the upcom-
ing festival without Pfizer's contri-
butions," Woulfe said.
Woulfe estimated that Pfizer
contributed between $75,000 and
$80,000 each year to the Summer
Woulfe said the festival's orga-
nizers plan to step up fundraising
efforts by marketing more aggres-
sively, offeringnamingrights oppor-
tunities to businesses and attracting
"I think we really have a solid
plan in place to make up for the loss
of Pfizer's contributions," Woulfe
said. "But now we need to be a bit
louder about getting donations
from the community at large."
Donald Harrison, director of
community and development for
the Ann Arbor Film Festival, said
his organization would look for
new contributions from outside
the Ann Arbor community to offset
the loss of Pfizer's contributions,
which he said totaled between
$5,000 and $10,000 annually.
Harrison said the film festival's
latest fundraising campaign has
gotten off to a good start, aided
by film festival advertisements in
national magazines like Variety.
But he said replacing Pfizer's
donations will take time and hard
"Replacing (Pfizer's) contribu-
tions is easier said than done,"
Harrison said. "We'll have to work
extra hard to make up that money
with other sponsors."
For the Ann Arbor Area Cham-
ber of Commerce, its relationship
with Pfizer was more than just
donations and ticket purchases.
Jesse Bernstein, president and
CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Cham-
ber of Commerce, said his orga-
nization would miss the Pfizer
employees that attended chamber-
sponsored events and served on
various chamber committees.
"We'll be losing the brainpow-
er of the Pfizer employees that
worked with the Chamber of Com-
merce," Bernstein said.
He said that Pfizer has pledged.
to continue in its role as a "Plati-
num Sponsor" until 2008, which
gives Bernstein and his colleagues
time to plan how they'll recoup
the losses resulting from Pfizer's
- Despite losing an important
community partner like Pfizer,
Bernstein said he was confident in
the ability of Ann Arbor's economy
to weather the storm.
"Pfizer's decision is certainly a
blow, but we've seen a lot of chang-
es here in Ann Arbor," Bernstein
said. "This is another opportunity
for us to evolve."
- Chris Herring
contributed to this report.
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aren't near as rowdy as our fans."
When Navvab and his team took
measurements during Saturday's
halftime, they found that the soUnd
- almost exclusively from the stu-
dent section - was 100 decibels, or
the equivalent of a chainsaw.
With the skyboxes, which will
stand about 10 feet higher than the
scoreboards and further enclose
the stadium, the soufid level of
the stadium would reach 110 or 111
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posed to take place last year. Before
lastyear's event was canceled, orga-
nizers discussed having a cham-
pagne toast on the Diag the last day
of exams, including a toast from the
dean and a faculty speaker, Sche-
But the event started to fall apart
in April as the event coordinators ran.
into more and more red tape prohib-
iting them from using the Diag.
"We were really upset," Schepeler
said. "We began working on this
year's event in the summer to make
sure it happens."
LSA-SG and administrators
have been working together on this
"It's really been a joint effort
betweenthe studentgovernment and
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fleet in the state, and 87 percent of
its passenger-vehicle fleetuse alter-
The University finished in the
decibels, about the noise level of a
loud rock concert, Navvab said.
In order to measure how much of
an impact the skyboxes would have
on sound in the stadium, Navvab
used a sensor that measures sound
from all angles at the same time.
The sensor consists of 120 small
microphones that absorb every
decibel within hundreds of feet..
The device can pinpoint exactly
how much sound individual people
and instruments make in a crowd
Navvab and his team then took
what each individual microphone
administration," said Evan Hansen,
director of marketing and communi-
cations for LSA. "Its really important
to have the support of the student
government and student body when
planning an event like this."
To incorporate student opinions
into the process, LSA-SG posted a
survey online earlier this fall. The
survey asked LSA seniors what
types of events they would like,
where they would like the event
to be held and how much the pres-
ence of food and alcohol at this
event would affect their decision to
LSA-SG and administration are
now using the results of this survey
to determine the specifics of this
"It would be a great way to make
students feel associated with LSA,"
Schepeler said. "We feel we can
make graduating more personal for
upper quartile of the schools sur-
veyed. Just 3 percent of the schools
in the survey finished with an A
average, while 28 percent received
a B. Forty-two percent of schools
received C's, 25 percentreceived D's
and 2 percent of colleges received a
measured, compiled it and used a
computer program to translate the
measurements into architectural
graphics that allow the research-
ers to see exactly where the sound
is located and where it is loudest.
During the game, Navvab and
his team measured crowd noise
levels from various points along the
There were other factors that
Navvab had to take into account
when measuring, such as the dura-
tion of the yells from the crowd.
Navvab used the sensor to mea-
sure how long it took the crowd
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tional studies minor already exists,
Cohen said he believes that stu-
dents should be able to concentrate
their education on global issues.
Cohen said he's talked with LSA
Dean Terrence McDonald about
developing a major that focuses on
global issues. Cohen said McDon-
ald was very receptive to the idea,
but that establishing the new
major will be a difficult feat in the
Members of existing student
groups said they were enthusiastic
about the networking opportuni-
ties that the IHC provides.
LSA junior Blase Kearney, a
member of the IHC organization
Students Organizing for Labor
Equality, said that similar attempts
to form such an organization have
failed in the past, but that the IHC
seems to be doingthings right.
"People want to bring progres-
sive groups together on campus but
they have no idea how," he said.
Kearney said the IHC is differ-
"It's good because we'll know
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to reach "full loudness," the point
at which the noise intensity level
Crowd participation was almost
entirely located in the student sec-
tion. If all 109,840 individuals had
yelled at the same intensity, Navvab
said the measurement would have
increased to 102 or 103 decibels - a
significant sound increase.
The loud noise from the crowd
can drown out the sound of the
opposing quarterback giving
instructions to his players on the
field - giving the home team a sig-
more about particular groups that
are members of theIHC when they
have their monthly lectures and
I think it will be good for under-
standing each other's issues,"
Kearney said. "That's what I'm
kind of excited about."
The IHC brings together activ-
ist groups with those that are
politically inactive, like Habitat
SOLE - which has members
who were arrested last year after
a sit-in protest in University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman's office
to demand the University adopt a
new labor policy - is both activist
and somewhat controversial.
That hasn't given pause to lead-
ers of less political campus groups.
Pharmacy graduate student Lisa
Treumuth, the leader of RESULTS
at UM, an activist group focused
on fighting poverty, said that while
she doesn't disagree with SOLE in
particular, she doesn't think people
will attack her group for SOLE's
actions just because they're under
the same umbrella organization.
"I think every group still repre--
sents their own group," she said.
"Whatever any sort of group does
doesn't necessarily trickle downtn o
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