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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 7
With election over, College Democrats
create women's and health committees
By JULIE ROWE for the first time.
Daily StaffReporter Styer said the committees
would help the group better con-
A month after Barack Obama's nect with the community.
historic presidential victory, the "Sometimes we as Democrats
University's chapter of College can be caught up in a lot of our own
Democrats " has started shifting ideas and speaking to ourselves,"
gears. he said. "And what we'd like to do
Instead of campaigning for is have our members working in
candidates like they did for much the community and reaching out
of the term, group members are to other students groups and com-
now focused on drawing attention munity organizations."
to and advocating for progressive At tonight's meeting of the
policies. newly formed women's issues
"People think we're just a cam- committee, group members will
paign group," College Democrats discuss the role they'd like to
Chair Nathaniel Eli Coats Styer serve on campus, LSA senior Ash-
said. "Our members are interested ley Wiers said.
in a wide variety of issues that go Wiers, the committee's founder,
beyond election years." said the group will likely address
During a year in which the Col- topics like reproductive rights,
lege Democrats saw a record num- sexual assault, equal pay, sexism
* ber of students join, Styer said the and the way women are portrayed
group is looking to bring "tangible in the media.
activism" to campus through the "Women's issues don't always
creation of new committees to get a lot of attention on college
address political issues. The group campuses," Wiers said. "There
recently formed a health care com- tend to be more women on col-
mittee, which held its first meet- lege campuses than men so people
ing Nov. 18. The group's women's don't see that these issues exist,
issues committee will meet tonight but they do."
The group will likely host
speakers and discussion forums,
work with Planned Parenthood
to support legislative projects and
hold events to support progressive
organizations. Styer said he'd like
to see the group volunteer on cam-
pus and in the community with
women's shelters and empower-
Wiers said she hopes to work
with other feminist groups on
campus, including Students for
Choice, the Michigan Student
Assembly's women's issues com-
mission, the F-Word and the
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Wiers said the group was cre-
ated as a result of conversations
she'd had throughout the cam-
Wiers, who supported Obama
throughout the Democratic pri-
mary, said some members who
supported Sen. Hillary Clinton
for the Democratic nomination
were bothered by sexism in the
media. She said members were
also concerned by the prevalence
of sexual assault and unequal pay
needs as well as Steve & Barry's.
"(Other stores) are definitely more
expensive and they don't have the
variety in selection," she said.
Fischer added that she was sad
to see the store leaving.
"They always have the cheap-
est stuff. It's really affordable and
it's really good for buying gifts for
people," she said. "It's kind of like a
Shopping yesterday at Steve &
Barry's, LSA freshman Reid Jacoby
said he was stocking up on t-shirts
before the store closes. The retailer
is offering discounts of between 30
to 50 percent.
"Everything is so cheap, and it's
good shirts," he said. "I hope we
She said the committee is a logi-
cal addition to the College Demo-
crats as the group expands.
"A few years ago, College Dem-
ocrats really wasn't the group that
it is now," she said. "It's generating
new ideas and getting fresh input
as it expands every year."
College Democrats is also pilot-
ing a committee to address health
care issues. Public Policy junior
Rachel Friedlander, one of the
committee's chairs, said the group
would hold educational events on
campus and work on legislative
About 10 to 15 students came
to the committee's meeting - a
number Friedlander said she was
excited about. She credited the
interest to the focus on health
care issues during the Democrat-
ic primary and the general elec-
"The campaign definitely high-
lighted the issue," Friedlander
said. "I definitely think we'll see
some of that excitement turn into
off-season advocacy. So far so
good, at least."
can get something else like this,
because it's hard to buy from the
LSA senior Jennifer Sharp said
she's worried that the loss of Steve
& Barry's will result in a decrease
in Wolverine pride on campus.
"I think it's sad because people
come here a lot to get Michigan
apparel and people won't have as
big of a selection anymore," she said.
"I think a lot of the places are a lot
more high priced than here and so
I think this place is really good for
college kids and being able to wear
college apparel on campus."
- Daily News Editor Lisa
Haidostian contributed to this report.
A car damaged in a five-car pileup at the intersection of Pauline Blvd. and South
State Street is towed from the scene of the accident. Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Michael
Lance said there were over 20 accidents throughout Ann Arbor resulting from poor
driving conditions last night.
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going to be happy with it," he said.
"But that's all I've heard."
Heywood added that he doesn't
have any preference or say as to
what type of store will go in.
"It's not up to me," he said. "It's
up to the landlords to pick."
Robert Duerksen, owner of
Great Lakes Team Apparel located
next to Steve & Barry's, said it's too
early to tell if his business will ben-
efit once the store leaves.
"It all depends on what goes
back in there," he said. "If it's
another competitor, I guess it
depends on who that might be; if
it's a non competitor than I think
all three of us here locally in the
same block will get some benefit.
How much, that's hard to say -
we'll know in a year or two."
Bud VanDeWege, owner of Moe
Sports Shops on North University
Avenue, said he won't know until
next fallifthe closingwillboostbusi-
ness at his shop located just around
the corner from Steve & Barry's.
"It's just too earlyto tell," he said.
"You have all the other economic
factorsaweighing in, so it's not a nor-
mal economic time anyway."
LSA sophomore Stephanie Fis-
cher said she doesn't think other
shops in the area will serve her
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owners were able to drive away
from the scene of the accident after
talking to AAPD officers attending
to the accident.
Soon after the three cars col-
lided in the northbound lane,
two more cars driving in that
lane lost control, collided with
each other and with the already
stationary three-car collision
"Once the first cars started to
slip," Lance said, "the others had
the same problem."
Zack Hollenbaugh, whose green
Saturn sedan suffered a damaged
muffler and mild damage to the
body of the car, said he had slowed
down coming over the hill near the
Paulite Blvd.-South Main Street
when he saw the three-car acci-
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as he tried to slow down.
Once sliding, he said he was
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him, it also pushed him into the
other three-car collision.
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tall for its surroundings.
"From the outset, they met with
neighboring groups repeatedly and
probably more than most devel-
opers do," said Councilmember
Margie Teall (D-Ward 4) of City
The developers addressed a
variety of residents' concerns since
Ann Arbor first searched for devel-
opers in 2005, said Jon Frank,
vice president of development for
Village Green. Concerns included
exterior lighting, the materials that
would be used to build the garage
and the style of the windows on the
parking deck,he said.
"It wasn't a negotiation," Frank
said, describing his meetings with
involved parties as asource of ideas
to improve the building plans. "The
communitygroupshave some great
ideas. So itwas a pleasure. It's truly
a pleasure. These have been allies
Comments about the project
were generally positive, as just
one person opposed the project.
Supporters of the plan included
Barbara Hall of The Old West
Side Association, a neighboorhood
group, and Councilmember Sandi
Smith (D-Ward 1).
Frank said Village Green hopes
to start construction soon, but has
had difficulty securing the loans
needed to do so. Smith said Village
Green hasn't yet asked the city to
help with financing the project.
The City Council also unani-
mously approved plans to fund
construction of an outdoor skate-
scene of the accidents later, and
after Ann Arbor Police squad cars
had blocked all traffic going north
on South Main. Street, all five cars
were clustered together in the
northbound lane of the street.
Hollenbaugh was able to drive
his Saturn away from the scene of
the accident, although the muffler
was dragging on the road. Howev-
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Billy Wedemeyer, who lives in a
house on South Main Street across
from the Big House and who wit-
nessed the accidents, credited a
produce truck driving southbound
that veered into the northbound
lane to stop traffic for prevent-
ing more cars from piling into
the already messy pileup near the
"That unknown trucker pre-
vented that from being a 15 or 20
car pileup," he said, adding that
such accidents as last night's are "a
common occurrence here."
Lance said many of the roads in
Ann Arbor remained icy and dan-
gerous to drive on long into the
night because many of the city's
truck drivers had exhausted their
daily hours earlier in the day plow-
ing the snow that fell in the morn-
ing and afternoon.
"With that, there were only four
or so trucks out the road," he said.
boarding park at Veterans Memo-
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step in a multi-year effort by local
activists to create a legal space for
skateboardingin Ann Arbor, which
is against the law on campus and
can result in fines and confiscation
Dozens of supporters, including
some from outside the city, attend-
ed the meeting in anticipation of
the motion. They cheered loudly,
briefly interrupting the meeting
when the motion passed.
"It's a positive thing to have a
legal way to skate," said Brett Pick-
ett, co-owner of the Jackson-based
Native Board Shop.
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City Council also hosted an
update on the City's on the Ann
Arbor Municipal Center project,
by Bill Wheeler, major projects
manager for Ann Arbor.
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house the Ann Arbor Police and to
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south-side garden to draw rainwa-
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the city expects to save 25 percent
of the energy that would be used
by a similar building without the
planned energy saving features.
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bids for various parts of the con-
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