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Mayor John Hieftje presides over the City Council meeting yesterday. Originally scheduled to go before the Council yesterday,
the planners of the controversial 601 Forest complex, planned for the current home of Village Corner, are now slated to speak
Oct. 20. The proposal was tabled after the developers revised the plans to cut the building's size roughly in half.

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outcry from area residents, but
that cost probably also played a
factor in their decision.
Ketalaar declined to comment
about the cost of the new plan,
saying the project was still in the
beginning stages.
Engineering senior Brian Russell
spoke in favor of the proposal dur-
ing last night's meeting, saying it
would add more housing options for
students and increase competition
in the campus housing market.
"If someone can offer nice hous-
ing to students closer to campus,
I don't see why MSA would be
against it, I don't see why students
would be against it, I don't even
see why Ann Arborites would be
against it," he said in an interview.
Michigan Student Assembly
Vice PresidentArvindSohoni,who
introduced an MSA resolution last
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Saginaw Chippewa tribe's request.
According to a University Public
Affairs website, the University has
not repatriated the artifacts to any
tribes because NAGPRA requires
museums to retain possession of
the artifacts until NAGPRA regu-
lations are changed or the Secre-
tary of the Interior recommends
the University to act otherwise.
At the SACUA meeting, Frost

month against the proposal, com-
mended councilmembers for con-
sidering student input and urged
them to continue to incorporate it
during the project's revisions.
Nearby residents have vocally
opposed the project since it was
first proposed last January, argu-
ing that the building's height and
scale would be a mismatch for the
surrounding neighborhood. Some
have said the development would
add too many cars to the already-
congested area.
Due to a rule prohibiting speak-
ers from addressing Council
multiple times during the same
public hearing, residents who had
opposed the project during past
meetings were not permitted to
speak Monday night.
After the proposal was post-
poned, a crowd of about a dozen
residents from the South Uni-
versity, Forest Court and Burns
Park Neighborhood Associations
gathered in the lobby of City Hall
suggested that the committee ask
University lawyers whether the
University could repatriate certain
artifacts deemed culturally uniden-
tifiable by Museum officials if there
was consent from both the Univer-
sity and the tribe involved to do so.
Frost also said the committee
should examine repatriation poli-
cies at other universities.
"It would be nice to know what
practices in peer institutions in par-
allel museums might be," he said.
Frost stressed to SACUA mem-
bers the need to continue dis-

to discuss their displeasure about
the scaled-down plan.
Betsy Price, a member of the
North Burns Park neighborhood
association, said she was unsatis-
fied with the revisions.
"No. I don't think it's enough,"
she said.
Peter Nagourney, co-chair of the
North Burns Park Neighborhood
Association, said that among that
among the residents' contention
with the projectis whether therevi-
sions should be considered amend-
ments to the original proposal,
as it is currently being treated, or
whether it should be considered an
entirely new proposal.
If the proposal were treated as
new, it would have to be sentback to
the city's Planning Commission for
another review rather than coming
directly back to City Council.
- Daily Staff Reporter
Trevor Calero and Nicole Aber
contributed to this report.
cussions on finding an agreeable
solution for the both the University
and the Native American tribes.
"This is an issue of some major
importance to the citizens of
the state of Michigan, to Native
Americans within the region,
to people in the University and
I think it's important that the
University faculty to at least be
informed on what the state of'
play is," he 'said. "Not necessar-
ily that anything happened, but
it would be really good to know
what's going on."

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"ZLI helps reduce the risk for
students who want to learn what
it takes to be a successful entrepre-
neur," Parke said. "As an academic
institute, ZLI is investing in stu-
dents' education, and that way stu-
dents can learn and make mistakes
that would normally cost a lot more
in the business world."
He said his team gained a lot of
experience through the pitch com-
petitions, grant applications, men-
toring, workshops and internships
that ZLI offers.
Robart said the programs offered
by the Institute provide more than
just monetary compensation.
"These programs force students
to think deeply about the business-
es they are proposing and provide
validation for the business con-
cept," Robart said. "Although the
grants don't provide enough money
to launch a company, they help off-
set the substantial expenses asso-
ciated with starting a company."
He said students come up with
the ideas, but as part of the pro-
grams they're required to think
through -how their business model
and determine if their idea will
actually work.
"There are lots of great ideas out
there, but not every great idea is
a great business," Robart said. "A
great business is different from a
great idea because it has a sustain-
able business model. A sustainable
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LSA junior Arielle Jones, one of
the event's organizers and a mem-
ber of SDT, said the yoga marathon
was one of the many ways Go Blue
Think Pink is uniting the Universi-
ty with the Ann Arbor community.
"There were three-year-old
babies next to 20-year-old boys
in pink T-shirts, both of them just
so excited to do yoga on the Diag,"
she said. "It gets people's atten-
tion. Part of it is raising money
and part of it is raising aware-
LSA junior Max Friedman, phi-
lanthropy chair of Sigma Alpha
Mu, said he came up with the idea
for the fundraiser his freshman
year when he realized that there
was no major philanthropy event
on campus during October, which
is National Breast Cancer Aware-
ness month.
Friedman's initial idea was to
wear pink shirts to a football game,

business model is one that can
drive revenues, pay for the costs
associated with running the busi-
ness, and support the growth of
the business."
Robartsaid he began planninghis
business about a year ago. He and
his business partners spent the first
six months creating a visual model
before taking the steps to create the
website this summer. He willlaunch
the website with nightlife informa-
tion for Barcelona, Madrid, Paris,
Florence, and Rome in a few weeks
time. He hopes to target university
students studying abroad.
The Zell Lurie Institute also
hosts the Michigan Business Chal-
lenge - an annual competition
with a grand prize of $40,000. The
contest requires students to pres-
ent their business plans in front of
a panel of judges. This year, DTE
is providing a Clean Energy Prize,
providing additional money for the
best plan promoting energy effi-
ciency, Kirsch said.
RPMVentures,astartuy business
from Zell Lurie Institute in 2000,
also provides money and assistance
for entrepreneurs to start and build
their companies. RPM Ventures is
based in Ann Arbor and has many
non-profit programs affiliated with
the University for students, and
also functions as a profit venture
capital firm thatinvests in avariety
of companies.
RPM Ventures has a 10-week
summer internship program called
RPM Ten that aims to help stu-
dents start their businesses. Each

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team participating in the intern-
ship is given $25,000.
Through the University, the
company also offers a class open
to all students called Engineer-
ing 490 that helps students get the
fundamentals of their businesses
all planned out.
Marc Weiser, managing direc-
tor of RPM Ventures, said the class
is a "a business development class
where students come in and get
framework for their business."
RPM Ventures is also a sponsor
for many categories of "1000 Pitch-
es," an entrepreneurship contest
through the University granting top
business ideas from University stu-
dents, faculty and staff with $1,000.
Many business ideas around Ann
Arbor were made a reality through
RPM Ventures. Arbor Photonics,
which develops fibers and compo-
nents for short-pulsed fiber lasers,
and Campus Roost, a local net-
working website for Michigan stu-
dents to keep in touch with their
neighbors to announce parties,
study sessions, pickup games, and
other events.
All the nonprofit programs RPM
offers are run through the Univer-
sity and the amount of money given
ranges from $1,000to $25,000. The
professional profit side of RPM not
run -through the University gives
up to millions of dollars to poten-
tial businesses.
"It's much more selective. We
look through thousands of appli-
cations and only select a few and
invest in those," Weiser said.

but the idea soon expanded to a
weeklong "blitz" on campus.
"I felt it was very important to
me and it was one of those things
where I wanted it- to get done, so
why not do it?" he said. "The slo-
gan took off, and the success. is
an example of how important the
cause is to the student body here at
Jones said it wasn't hard to get
other members of her sorority on
board, because the cause is a famil-
ia- one.
"It's the sase reason that all
these sponsors are so eager to help
us out, because this is a cause that
affects everyone," she said. "If it's
not your mother, it's your mother's
Friedman said the success of last
year's campaign helped increase
involvement in the event this year.
"There's a big sense of pride that
it's a great cause and to be able to
say that it's our event, people get
excited about that," he said. "Non-
Greek people, people of all differ-
ent ages, have come up to me and

asked how can they have a larger
role in this event."
Friedman said University alum
and New York Mets owner Fred
Wilpon visited with organizers
over the weekend and made a large
contribution. Jones said that she
enjoyed giving alumni returning
to campus a chance to see an active
student body.
"It was really nice that this year
it was on alumni weekend," Jones
said. "It's nice for people to come
back to campus and to see that it's
still alive and that students are still
passionate about the cause."
Although last year's event was
a success - it raised more than
$12,000 - Friedman said he thinks
this year's campaign could be bet-
"(Last year) we could only do
so much - we could show up, and
then after that it was up to the stu-
dents to jump on board;" he said,
"This year there was no reason to
not think big, and I think we've
pretty much matched almost any
expectation so far."

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