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* From PagelA
Arbor location was straightfor-
"I live there, and it's a great
place to start a business right
now," he said. "Ann Arbor is kind
of a bright spot in Michigan's
The tropical-themed Dexter
facility exclusively produces and
sells oak-aged beer influenced by
souring bacteria and wild yeast.
Like with most other craft beers,
they do bottle refermentation - a
process by which the beer is fer-
mented after it's poured into the
"All the beer has a lot of com-
plexity," said Jeffries. "We're
championing and putting forward
this whole notion of artisan food-
stuffs, and really beer is a food-.
Ann Arbor's Jolly Pumpkin pub
will share the tropical theme, and
will use "as muchlocally produced
food as possible," accordingto Jef-
fries. The beer brewed on site will
be supplemented by beer from the
Dexter facility.
Jolly Pumpkin has five year-
round beers and a number of
seasonal and limited edition
brews. Luciernaga, which the
Jolly Pumpkin website describes
as a pale ale with "golden effer-
From Page 1A
From 2003 until now, more
than 60 University of Michigan
students have received pre-litiga-
tion settlement letters under the
RIAA's old strategy, Bernard said.
Most students settled out of court
for about $3,000, he said.
According to a Dec. 19 arti-
cle in The Wall Street Journal,
this strategy change comes
r because the RIAA found the
lawsuits were ineffective in
reducing illegal music down-
loading. Additionally, the old
system created a public rela-
tions nightmare for RIAA after
engaging in numerous expen-
sive lawsuits involving single
mothers, young children and
one dead person.
LSA freshman Emily Sterling
said she is relieved that the RIAA
is no longer pursuing the law-
"I would rather lose my Inter-
net than have to pay," she said.
Bernard cautioned students
against thinking that this change
in strategy will be an open season
for illegal music file-sharing.
"This doesn't mean that all bets
are off," he said. "You could still
be sued by any number of indus-

vescence and gentle hop aroma,"
was listed among Men's Jour-
nal's 2S Best Beers in America
for 2008.
Once a rarity, craft beer is
now abundantly available for
consumers looking for a unique
alternative to the standard beer
selection. The Brewers Associa-
tion reported that craft beer sales
grew 11 percent during the first
half of 2008. Beer in general saw
a 1.4-percent increase during the
same period, according to The
Beer Institute.
Since its start in 2004, the Jolly
Pumpkin brand has grown in step
with the microbrewery trend,
with distribution now reaching
national and even some interna-
tional destinations.
Jeffries opened Dexter's Jolly
Pumpkin after setting up other
area breweries for a company
called Mission Management
Services Inc., including Grizzly
Peak Brewing Co. on East Wash-
ington Street in Ann Arbor, for
about a decade. The same com-
pany, which will oversee the
Ann Arbor location, manages
Caf6 Habana and the Blue Trac-
tor Cook Shop.
Jeffries has a simple philosophy
about his beer. "We're staying true
to our vision of what the beer is
and how we produce it - the tra-
ditional methods of our produc-
Bernard also said this new sys-
tem is not necessarily a perma-
nent change, and that the RIAA
could "change their mind" at any
School of Nursing senior Kim
Wilke said she uses iTunes to
download music legally because
she doesn't think it's fair to musi-
cians when people illegally down-
load their work.
"Artists deserve recognition for
their music," she said.
According to the same The
Wall Street Journal article, the
RIAA claims to have prelimi-
nary agreements with some ISPs
to carry out these measures but
would not say which ones or how
Brian Dietz, spokesman for the
National Cable and Telecommu-
nications Association, a national
organization that represents the
majority of ISPs, said in an e-mail
interview that he could not con-
firm any agreements between the
RIAA and ISPs, but that many
cable company contracts prohibit
"We look forward to working"
constructively with the record-
ing industry and other content
providers on fair and effect ways
to deter copyright infringement,"
he said.

State economic outlook reduced

Nonpartisan agency
said state revenues
will be $870 million
short of prediction
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The
Michigan House Fiscal Agency said
yesterday it expects the state will
take insignificantly less money than
expected this fiscal year because of
the worsening economy.
The nonpartisan agency said
in a new report that it expects
state revenues to be about $870
million less than state econo-
mists predicted last May, a drop
of 4 percent.
Senate Fiscal Agencyeconomists
expect an even bigger shortfall,
with the state bringing in $941 mil-
lion less for its general and school
From Page 1A
is a great opportunity for the two
organizations to pool knowledge,
resources and expertise, bringing
students and faculty together to form
a mutually beneficial relationship.
"U of M is a great partner. This
partnership allows us to bringstu-
dents, grad students, and working
faculty at U of M to do coopera-
tive research," Quigley said.
With the addition of the new
facility in Ann Arbor, GLERL will
offer a 3-month summer fellow-
ship program to University stu-
dents. The program could provide
up to 20 students with support
from the organization to work
in the research labs and collect
LSA sophomore Jenna Cooper-
rider, who first became involved
with GLERL last semester
through the Undergraduate
Research Opportunity Program,
said she has benefited greatly
from the partnership between the
University and GLERL, receiving
college credit for her work with
the organization.
Cooperrider works on public
outreach for GLERL through the
company's website, and is making
a webpage that reports new inva-

aid funds that predicted. The big-
gest hit could be to the $9.4 billion
general fund, which it estimates
could take in $1.1 billion less than
the past fiscal year.
The agencies' directors and state
Treasurer Robert Kleine will meet
Friday at a revenue estimating con-
ference at the Capitol to decide how
much projections must be adjusted.
Treasury officials have notreleased
their estimates yet.
Sliding revenues already have
caused Gov. Jennifer Granholm and
lawmakers to trim about $134 mil-
lion from the budget. They agreed
to those cuts last month.
But more cuts are expected once
a new revenue estimate is released
Friday. The SFA report warned
that, "absent additional revenue,
very significant reductions will
have to be made in the ... (general
fund) appropriations."

The state expects to receive
financial help for roads, health care
and other needs through the feder-
al stimulus package being worked
on by Congress and the incoming
administration of President-elect
Barack Obama.
Granholm hopes the federal
revenue could help the state avoid
having to make draconian cuts. She
said last month that mass cuts by
the states would only further desta-
bilize the national economy. She
also said she does not plan to raise
taxes during the final two years of
her term.
Economists at both fiscal
agencies expect Michigan will
bear the brunt of a national eco-
nomic downturn. Joblessness is
expected to shoot up and per-
sonal income to drop this year
and next, with most of the pain
coming this year..

The SFA expects inflation-ad-
justed personal income to drop 2.8
percent this year and 1.2 percent
in 2010. It also expects the state
unemployment rate, which hit 9.6
percent in November, to grow to
10.6 percent this year and to 11.3
percent in 2010.
The HFA is even less optimistic.
It expects the state unemployment
rate to hit 11.3 percent this year and
11.4 percent in 2010, with a peak
rate of 11.7 percent in the first quar-
ter of 2010.
HFA economists said Michi-
gan's economy and state revenue
will be significantly affected by
the national recession, the weak-
ened level of motor vehicle sales,
the tight credit conditions and the
financial condition of the Detroit
automakers. They noted that the
state has had a net job loss in each
of the past eight years.

NOAA employees, as well as representatives for state and local politicians, cut a ribbon yesterday to dedicate a new research
facility in Ann Arbor. The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory will work with the University in research endeavors.

sive species in the Great Lakes.
In addition to their other
joint projects, the University
has informed GLERL that it

plans on getting, more involved
with the organization through a
shared focus on sustainability in
research,,GLERL DirectorSte-

phen Brandt said.
The new facility is located
at 4840 South State St. in Ann

From Page 1A
members of the Greek community
but also members of the University
Jason Rosenblatt, the IFC's new
executive vice president, said Par-

ritz is the perfect person to make
the Greek community a more inte-
gral part of the University.
"Of all the people I met in the
Greek community he has the great-
est vision of how we can work
together to improve the vision of
the greater community," Rosenb-
latt said of Parritz.

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One wayParritzhopestoiicrease
collaboration is by continuing the
Lambda Alliance, a group made
up of the four Greek councils and
representatives of the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender Com-
mission on the Michigan Student
Assembly. The group was formed
last year in order to increase sup-
port within the Greek commu-
nity for the LGBT community.
In addition to working with
other groups on campus, Parritz
said another one of his goals is
to make fraternity parties safer
for both Greeks and non-Greeks.
He said he plans to do this by
working with University Health
Service to better educate sober
monitors - fraternity brothers
who are required to remain sober
at fraternity parties to oversee
the party's safety.
"It's up to our executive board
to use these tools to continue
to make our social scene safer.
That's what they associate with
Greeks. The safer it is, the great-
er it is," Parritz said.
Last year, the IFC attempted
to enforce a bring-your-own-
alcohol policy, which required
partygoers to bring their own
alcohol to fraternity parties
if they wanted to drink. Par-
ritz said the BYOA policy didn't
receive wide support from IFC
chapters despite concerted

efforts made by the former execu-
tive board to implement the policy.
He said the new executive board
won't eliminate the policy com-
pletely. Instead, he said it will take a
different approach to implementing
social responsibility policies.
LSA senior Jose Nunez, the
outgoing IFC president, said he
expects Parritz to handle issues
of social responsibility differently
than he did.
"Ari's board will likely continue
the discussion on how to make our
community safer, however, I expect
he will focus on a more educational-
based approach, whereas I focused
more on an enforcement/policy-
based approach," Nunez said in an
e-mail interview.
Besides increasing education,
Parritz said he wants to involve the
Panhellenic Association, the unit-
ing council for 15 sororities on cam-
pus, in social responsibility policy
decisions, too.
"Having their support is really
important and valuable to us," Par-
ritz said of the Panhellenic Associa-
In addition to working closer
with the other Greek councils, Par-
ritz said he wants to improve rela-
tions-within the IFC. To this end,
Parritz and Rosenblatt are imple-
menting a new performance plan
aimed to help individual chapters
achieve their goals.

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Surprising news from bosses, parents, You feel enthusiastic and full of
VIPs or the police is actually good news. energy today. Unexpected short trips and
It's exciting and liberating in some way. pleasant diversions make this a different
Enjoy your day. (Be patient with the Full day for you.
Moon tension building up.) SAGITTARIUS
TAURUS (Nov. 22to Dec. 21)
(April 20to May 20) Something unexpected with your
Unexpected opportunities to travel or finances or your cash flow might occur
surprise chances to take a course or fur- today. There's a bit of tension because of
ther your training or education might tomorrow's Full Moon; nevertheless,
arise today. Expect similar goodies in you're encouraged and eager about
publishing and the media. somethiog.
(May 21 to June 20) (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
An unexpected gift or an advantage or Your curiosity and imagination are
a bonus might come to you today. You very alive today. You also want to have
might also be blessed indirectly through more freedom of action to do your own
a bonus or a gift for your partner or thing. You feel it's important to protect
spouse. your individuality.
(June 21 to July 22) (Jan. 20to Feb. 18)
Partners and close friends are a source Surprise secrets can catch you off
of fun and surprise today. A casual rela- guard today. If they're juicy, be discreet.
tionship might suddenly turn serious. Act the way you would hope others
People are unpredictable but it's fun would treat you.
and exciting. PISCES
LEO (Feb. 19to March 20)
(July 23 to Aug. 22) New friends might come into your
Something exciting and unusual could world today. If so, these people are dif-
occur at work today. New technology ferent, unusual mod exciting. A discus-
might he introduced. A co-worker could sian with someooe might nmake you alter
surprise you with unexpected news. your goals for the future.
Interruptions are also possible. YOU BORN TODAY You're
VIRGO extremely ambitious, purposeful and
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) determined. You never lose your focus.
New flirtations could be exciting Because you're highly resourceful, you
today. Creative people will be full of know how to make the best of the oppor-
ideas. A surprise invitation to a sporting tunities available to you. Challenges do
event or a theatrical activity or even a not deter you; they only make you work
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(Sept. 231o Oct. 22) Ao important choice awaits you this
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From Page 1A
"Historically they've gone up
by the rate ofinflation or a little bit
higher," Crawford said. "But now
we're expecting them to go down
while our costs will still rise with
In addition, the city has seen a
reduction in the amount of sales
tax revenue from the state, which
is the city's second largest source
of funds.
Though the city has $16 million
in reserve funds, Crawford said
the goal of enforcing the upcom-
ing budget cuts is to stabilize the
budget in the long run.
"Dipping into reserve funds is
not a sustainable way to fund the
operation," Crawford said of the
He said using reserve funds is
a short-term fix to a problem with
long-term effects.
Besides budget cuts, replacing
the city's current property tax
structure with an income tax is
being considered as a way to sta-
bilize the budget.
The proposed change was

introduced by City Councilmem-
ber Stephen Rapundalo at a meet-
ing earlier this month.
The idea of an income tax,
which would tax everyone who
works in the city - not just Ann
Arbor residents - was discussed
about five years ago but reject-
"They're different philoso-
phies," Crawford said of prop-
erty tax and income tax models.
"How you design the income tax
could have different effects or
Ann Arbor Mayor John
Hieftje and other City Council
members rejected the idea of an
income tax in 2004 due to the
belief that renters might not be
reimbursed for the decrease in
property taxes that landlords
would receive.
However, Hieftje said in an
interview this week he is willing
to re-examine the policy, espe-
cially after the University bought
the Pfizer campus.
"It's a good suggestion and
something we should look at,"
he said. "I'm happy to explore it
again, but with a lot of reserva-

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