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then be relayed to an inspector on
site or in an office nearby.
Victor Li, a professor of civil
and . environmental engineering
also working on the project, has
spent the last 15 years developing a
new type of concrete that changes
shape to support heavy loads.
"The concrete we created is a
special type of concrete material
which looks and feels like normal
concrete until you put a lot of load
on it, and it practically deforms like
metal," Li said. "If you bang it, it
will turn into a curve shape just like
a piece of metal will, and that's not
possible with normal concrete."
In addition to the novel con-
crete, Chemical Engineering Prof.
Nicholas Kotov invented a sensing
skin made out of carbon nanotubes
with a coat of paint, this would be a
carbon nanotube composite that
would be painted onto the surface
of the bridge," Lynch said.
The sensing skin can be
designed to measure erosion and
the behavior of a bridge under an
Tim Gordon, head of UMTRI's
engineering research division,
said the state-of-the-art software
will revolutionize the way bridges
"At the moment, people tend
to use inspections to inspect the
bridge without being able to look
at how it's responding to heavy
loads," Gordon said.
The project's organizers believe
that it will not only improve bridge
safety, but will also boost Ann
Arbor's economy, as Monarch
Antenna Inc. and LFL Associates,
two local technology companies
invested in the project.
Monarch Antenna Inc. will pro-
vide the self-structuring antenna
technology necessary for the sen-
sors to communicate with each
Tayfun Ozdemir, chief technol-
ogy officer of Monarch Antenna,
said the opportunity to participate
in the project presented itself, and
his company went for it.
"This project folds under the
general field of wireless sensors,
and it is a field that, as a company,
we identify as a strong market
to go after," Ozdemir said. "It's a
really stimulating project for the
local economy - not just for the
The Michigan Department
of Transportation is giving the
research team two bridges in
Michigan to test the sensors on.
"The Department of Civil
and Environmental Engineer-
ing is very excited about this new
research award," Nancy Love, pro-
fessor and chair of civil and envi-
ronmental engineering, said in an
e-mail interview. "The project is
very interdisciplinary, and it high-
lights the innovative contributions
that the University of Michigan
is making in infrastructure sys-
tems, which is an area of critical
Gordon, the head of UMTRI,
said, "If it works out like we
think, it could definitely lead to
something that could be deployed
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"A number of chapters don't own
their own houses and they're living
in houses owned by other chapters.
At the moment, some fraternities
are moving because their leases are
Toll said that a common practice
in the Greek community is when
chapters leave the University, if
they own a house, they keep the
house as an investment, and rent it
to other chapters. This is the case
with the chapters that left campus
but are now returning to the Uni-
versity, like Sigma Chi.
"They kept ownership of the
houses so that when they come
back to campus, they have a house,"
To further complicate matters,
the city also makes it difficult for
large groups to acquire facilities
that are bigenough.
"The city of Ann Arbor has hous-
ing ordinances on group housing in
which the houses have to request
for an exemption," Toll said. "It is
not easy to qualify for a facility or
house that you want."
Chris Haughee, the assistant
director of the University's Office
of Greek Life, said the city's ordi-
nance on group housing requires
fraternities and sororities seeking
group housing to apply for a special
exemption to the city's zoning laws.
This process becomes more com-
plicated ifa house doesn't make use
of the special housing ordinance for
a period of two years. If this hap-
pens, the house must then re-apply
to the zoning board for the special
exemption, which is very difficult,
"You have to be in the right zon-
ing classification with the special
exemption use and there are a spe-
cific number of houses," Haughee
said. "You have to havea dual battle
to get it properly zoned."
Because of the complexity of
this process, Haughee said that if a
chapter is seeking housing, it is eas-
iest for them to rent a house from
another chapter, especially if the
house has already received the spe-
cial exemption use from the city.
"Clearly if you're a fraternity
and you don't have housing, if
that house is available, frankly we
would encourage it when they lease
to other fraternities and sororities
on campus, so we keep it property
zoned and available to the commu-
nity," Haughee said.
Despite this complication, sev-
eral chapters, including Alpha
Epsilon Pi, which was able to find a
house that already had the special
exemption use for group housing,
have managed to find permanent
housing that suits the chapter's
long-term needs. Some have even
turned to finding properties that
are outside of the houses already
owned by Greek chapters.
For the past four years, AEPi
was living in a house on the corner
of Church Street and Hill Street,
owned by Alpha Epsilon Phi, a
sorority that's returning to campus
in the fall.
said that faced with the prospect of
being without a home, AEPi decid-
ed to buy a permanent house after
getting funding from its national
"We currently have permanent
housing in a large house - formerly
a professional fraternity - on Ged-
des (Avenue)," London said. "We
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are now fortunate enough to be one
of the only houses on campus who
actually own our house."
London said that AEPi, which
moved into its permanent resi-
dence on 1912 Geddes Ave. at the
end of last semester, is an example
of a fraternity that had a successful
conclusion to its search for housing,
despite the challenge of being the
largest chapter on campus.
"Ann Arbor is a unique college
if any, to build new, large houses
near campus," London said. "I can
say, however, that the outlook for
fraternities, especially in regard to
securing housing solutions is noth-
ing but optimistic."
While this shuffling of houses
within the Greek community often
creates stress for chapters with
expiring leases, Toll said that the
seven to eight houses owned by
other chapters or different orga-
nizations, knew exactly what they
were getting into when they rented
"There are some houses that rent
and lease from other organizations. It
is like any rent agreement," Toll said.
"The houses had advance notice."
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think the pro-life movement is as
big as it is," he said. "Once you see
all the people that are at the march,
it's really overwhelming to think
there are so many people holding a
pro-life position. It's eye opening."
Bennett said seeing so many sup-
porters helps her realize she's not
alone in her beliefs.
"The most amazing part of it
is the amount of youth that are
there," she said. "There is such a
strong presence, and it speaks a
lot to me. It shows that you're not
alone and that's hard to remember
The demonstrators are hopingto
send a message to President Barack
Obama, on his second day in the
Stangebye said the march could
serve as a sign to the govern-
ment and new President about the,
changes people want to see.
"I think that it can have a big
impact on the big leaders too, and
it will at least pressure them to
re-think the issue, if not inspire
them," he said. "Also, it would
show them the way we, as Ameri-
cans, feel about current abortion
But Kym Lovell, chair of the
University's chaptet of Students for
Choice, said she sees the timing of
the march - right on the heels of
Obama's inauguration - as a sign
"I am saddened that during
this monumental week in history,
people are spending their time
and energy spreading messages of
intolerance and the suppression of
rights and freedoms," she said.
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