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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, September 19, 2008


Regents OK
plan to add

Neighbors speak
out against planned
$48-million structure
Daily Staff Reporter
Despite strong opposition
from city residents and offi-
cials, the University Board of
Regents unanimously approved
a proposal for a free-standing
parking structure, office build-
ing and transit center near the
University's Medical campus
yesterday afternoon.
The proposal for the new
Wall Street development, across
the Huron River from the Uni-
versity Hospital, includes the
Wall Street Office Building, East
Parking Structure and Transit
An additional parking struc-
ture in the same development

was not included in yesterday's
proposal to the regents.
The $48-million proposal has
been the source of much com-
plaint among local residents of
the Lower Town neighborhood,
who cite the potential environ-
mental implications of the pro-
posal, the expected construction
noise and the notion of having
to look at the parking structure
outside their homes.
The project is a part of the
University Health System's 2005
"Master Plan" for the expansion
of the medical campus. Yester-
day's vote authorized the Uni-
versity to start commissioning
plans from developers. The proj-
ect must go before the regents
again once schematic designs
are completed.
In a speech to the regents,
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje
discussed the concerns of his
constituents and suggested
See PARKING, Page 7

Filmmaker Michael Moore spoke about his new documentary "Slacker Uprising" and the upcoming presidential election at the film's world premiere, held yesterday at the
Michigan Theater. Moore plans to release the film for free over the Internet next week.
Moore premieres film Moore s newest takes
at Michigan Theater more accessible tack

The proposed structure is between Maiden Lane and Wall Street, across the
Huron River from the University Hospital.

For theDaily
Filmmaker Michael Moore pre-
miered his film, "Slacker Upris-
ing," at the Michigan Theater last
night, saying he hoped it would
inspire audience members to get
involved in the political process.
The movie, slated to launch on
the Internet for free Tuesday, fol-
lows Moore on his tour of swing
states during the 2004 presidential
election. The tour was a series of
large rallies, most of them on col-
lege campuses, aimed atincreasing
young voters' turnout, or "slack-
ers" as he calls them.

Students, Ann Arbor residents
and people from across the state
started lining up for the film as
early as 1 p.m. - about four hours
before the event was scheduled to
start. More than 1,7,00 attended
the first screening. Because of the
theater's limited seating capacity,
a second screening was held to
accommodate those who could not
attend the first.
Moore said he released the film
for free as athank-you giftto those
who have supported his films
over the years and to promote the
upcoming presidential election.
"I thought it might inspire
See MOORE, Page 3

Daily Music Editor
"There's no crying in politics,"
Michael Moore emphatically
imparted to his legion of support-
ers who packed into the Michigan
Theater for lastnight's world
premiere of "Slacker Uprising,"
his new documentary. Though
Moore uses the phrase often,
"Slacker Uprising" - essentially
a highlight reel of Moore's failed
attempt to turn the tide of the
2004 presidential election in John
Kerry's favor - gave it particular
resonance. By the time Moore
stepped down from the stage to

let his new film screen, he had
worked the audience into a frenzy
that accurately predicted their
response to the
documentary. ***11
Moore's past Slacker
efforts have typ- Uprisg
ically attempted
to address Available Sept.
weighty politi- 23 at slackeru-
cal issues in a prising.com
comedic tone, Brave New Films
he's trimmed the
fat on "Slacker
Uprising" (but kept all of his own)
and opted to focus his lens on the
See REVIEW, Page 7


By posing in Playboy, 'U' student lives out dream

Nursing senior
appears in "Girls of
the Big 10 issue
Daily Staff Reporter
Childhood make-believe games
are usually just that -a fantasy.
But for School of Nursing senior
Renee Alison, a childhood imagi-
nation became reality when she
posed in the October issue of Play-
boy magazine.
"When I was in 5th grade, I was
11 years old and I was a Playboy
Bunny for Halloween," she said.
"I had a little T-shirt on, and the
bunny ears and curly hair."
Alison, along with University
students Caitlin Shannon and Bob-
bie Korina, is featured in Playboy
magazine's "Girls of the Big 10"
issue, which hit newsstands last
Friday. The magazine's annual
college issue rotates among con-
ferences, featuring students from
each of the schools.
Though Alison had done some
modeling in the past, she didn't go
to the auditions with her heart set
on getting the Playboy gig. But she
said she was "thrilled" when she
found out she had been chosen and
her friends and family were equally

Maverick oilman to
be guest of honor at
'green' homecoming

Alternative energy
supporter T. Boone
Pickens invited to
Daily StaffReporter
T. Boone Pickens, the oilman-
turned alternative energy sup-
porter now famous for airing a
series of commercials pushing his
"Pickens Plan," is scheduled to
be the guest of honor during the
University's Homecoming week
later this month. The Oklahoma-
born billionaire will speak on the
Diag Oct. 1 for the "green"-themed
Homecoming celebration.
Pickens' planned visit was
announced by Michigan Student
Assembly representative Gibran
Baydoun during Thursday's Uni-
versity Board of Regents meeting.
MSA officials and spokespeople

for Pickens declined comment
Pickens, chairman of BP Capital
Management, which controls two
hedge funds that invest primarily
in oil and natural gas, is the 117th
richest American with a net worth
of $3 billion, according to Forbes
Magazine: As the head of Mesa
Petroleum in the 1980s, he was well
known for his audacious buyout
pursuits of oil and gas companies,
and even considered a presidential
run in 1988.
Though formerly a Republican,
Pickens has renounced his Repub-
lican affiliation to focus on alter-
native energy, and in doing so has
become a popular figure among the
environmentally conscious.
In July, he announced the "Pick-
ens Plan", a large-scale energy pol-
icy proposal aimed at promoting
alternatives to oil, including wind
and solar energy and natural gas.
See PICKENS, Page 7

cuF REEDER/Daily
Renee Alison, who posed in this month's issue of Playboy for the "Girls of the Big 10" issue, signed autographs at Campus
Corner yesterday. She said she dressed up as a Playboy bunny for Halloween when she was 11 years old.

excited and supportive.
"My dad was really excited," Ali-
son said, who is from Northville.
"He calls everyone he knows (to tell
them) that I'm going to be in there.
I'm pretty sure I could get arrested
and he'd be proud of me, though."
Alison says she's been recog-

nized around campus and asked for
autographs, since the release of the
glossy, Many of her most enthu-
siastic fans have been customers
at the Blue Leprechaun, a campus
pub where she bartends.
The selection process on campus
began a year ago. Alison attended

the auditions after some prodding
from a friend, who showed her an
ad announcingthe tryouts.
"I'm just a little bit of a free
spirit," she said. "I'm kind of a wild
child, you know? The class clown,
sort of - I say anything. So I guess
See PLAYBOY, Page 7


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