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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, January 12, 2009

AN EXCLUSTVE RIDE

michigandaily.com
UNIVERSITY POLICE
DPS set to
undergo
evaluation

SAIDALSALAH/Daily
Two European journalists inspect the interior of the Bentley GT at the North American International Auto Show on the floor of the Cobo Convention Center yesterday. The
2009 auto show opened yesterday to 6,000 members of the press to take a look at the latest models and concept cars from domestic and foreign auto makers. At this year's
show, the Hyundai Genesis and Ford F-150 were selected to receive the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.
ANN ARBOR AND THE 'U
'U'a s
ask RScity to vac ate Monroe

If department meets
standard, 'U' will
be first accredited,
in Big Ten
By TREVOR CALERO
Daily News Editor
In a press release to be distrib-
uted today, the Department of
Public Safety has announced that
it will undergo a national accredi-
tation assessment from the Com-
mission on Accreditation for Law
Enforcement Agencies.
A team of CALEA assessors
will spend the next few weeks
examining the department's poli-
cies, procedures and operations
to verify that the department has
voluntarily met the commission's
established set of more than 400
professional standards.
tf the assessors conclude that
DPS meets their standards, the.
University will be the first school
in the Big. Ten to receive this
national accreditation.
"Accreditationis ahighlyprized
recognition of law enforcement
professional excellence," DPS
Executive Director Ken Magee
said in the press release.
DPS spokeswoman Diane
Brown said the department has
spent the past year reviewing,
revising and, in some cases, cre-
ating policies and procedures
to meet the various standards
required by the commission to
achieve accreditation.

Brown said the assessors will
not only look at the department's
book of policies, but will also go
through files that show proof of
how the department has fulfilled
the requirements.
After the CALEA assessors com-
plete their review, they will bring
their findings to the full commis-
sion, which will then decide wheth-
er or not DPS will be accredited.
"By achieving accreditation, it
will affirm the highly professional
work that the staff has been doing
for several years," Brown said.
"And it will add, for some people,
another degree of credibility to
those efforts."
In addition to verifying that
DPS has met the requirements,
the team of assessors will conduct
interviews with members of the
department and solicit comments
from University staff, faculty, stu-
dents and other members of the
community.
A public information session
is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 2
in the Kipke Conference Center,
located within the Campus Safety
Services Building on Kipke Drive,
to fulfill the public comment por-
tion of the assessment.
Individuals who are unable
to attend the public session are
encouraged to call (734) 615-8886
on Feb. 2 between 1p.m. and 3 p.m.
According to the press release,
"Telephone comments as well as
appearances at the public infor-
mation session are limited to 10
minutes and must address the
agency's ability to comply with
CALEAs standards."

Walkway would tie
Law Quad to new
additions
By KYLE SWANSON
and JASMINE ZHU
DailyStaffReporters
The University is currently in
the process of asking Ann Arbor
city officials for permission to

close a section of Monroe Street
between South State Street and
Oakland Avenue and transform it
into a pedestrian mall.
The car-free zone would connect
the Law Quad and the future site of
the Law School's 100,000-square-.
foot expansion across the street.
If approved, control of the public
right-of-way - a.status in which
the public has the right to travel
on a space - in the area would be
turned over to the University.

Jim Kosteva, director of com-
munity relations for the Universi-
ty, said the pedestrian mall would
"strengthen the continuity of the
Law Quad."
Thus far, there is no specific
layout or budget plan, but Kosteva
said the money would likely come
from University resources and
fundraising.
Many students and- area resi-
dents are split over the University's
proposal.

First-year law student Carl
Chaker, who lives in Ann Arbor
and commutes to the Law School,
said he thinks that blocking Mon-
roe Street would only be beneficial
to only the select few who live in
the Law Quad and a hindrance to
everyone else.
"Any blockage of streets could
make my commute potentially
harder," Chaker said.
On the other hand, second-year
See MONROE STREET, Page 7A

Dominick's owner looks to expand business

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taurant mulling the six parcels rezoned as a
Planned Unit Development. A
is to add bed and PUD is a type of building devel-
opment that includes a grouping
akfast, offices or of varied and compatible land
uses, like housing, recreation and
apartments industrial parks, all contained in
one development.
By LARA ZADE If approved, the PUD zoning
Daily StaffReporter would allow additions, renovations
and alterations to properties.
Dominick's, a rustic Euro- DeVarti will submit the peti-
af6 known for its laid-back tion, including comments from
here and vast selection tonight's meeting, to the Ann
gria, is in the process of Arbor Planning Commission on
ng approval for an expan- Jan. 26. The Planning Commis-
hat could provide much sion will then review the petition
han a meal and a few good on March 17.
for its customers. The commission will make a
inick's owner Richard recommendation to City Coun-
i has plans to turn four cil at a later date, at which point
of land surrounding his the council will determine
ant into expanded seating whether or not to approve the
a bed and breakfast, a cof- PUD proposal.
p, a retail store, residential DeVarti said he inherited the
ents or office buildings, property that holds the restau-
ed the City of Ann Arbor rant from his parents, who estab-
es his petition to have the lished the Ann Arbor institution
ty rezoned. in 1960, and slowly acquired the
arti owns the four proper- other four parcels of land from
land near the restaurant then on.
Oakland Ave., 706 Tappan In the interview, he stressed
'00 Tappan Ave., and 808 that alterations made to the prop-
e St. - in addition to the erties would strive to maintain
at his restaurant currently the overall appearance of the
- 812 and 814 Monroe St. restaurant and the surrounding
art of the petition pro- neighborhood.
public forum will be held "It would be nice to be able to
at 6 p.m. at Dominick's. incorporate some of those build-
um will allow Ann Arbor ings into a larger scale without
ts to learn more about the ruining the architecture of the
ed zoning changes and building or the neighborhood,"
oncerns. he said. "There will be gradual
irti is petitioning to have minor change over the years."

University children's
hospital also picked
as best in the state
By STEPHANIE STEINBERG
DailyStaffReporter
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
has been ranked by Parents Maga-
zine as one of the best children's
hospitals in the country for 2008.
On the list of the top 30, Mott
ranked 18th and topped the list of
children's hospitals in the state of
Michigan.
The ranking was based on a
250-question survey completed
by more than 100 hospitals. The
survey asked hospitals about
their survival rates, quantity of
complex procedures, research
studies, staff qualifications and
safeguards to prevent medical
errors.
"Ranking18th out of all the chil-
dren's hospitals in the country is
very exciting," said Patricia War-
ner, associate hospital director of
children's and women's services at
the University of Michigan Health
System. "To me, this is a wonder-
ful external recognition of the tre-
mendous work that's done here by
our faculty and staff."
The hospital dropped five spots
from when it ranked 13th in 2006.

Katie Vloet, ssokeswoman for the
University of Michigan Health
System, said most of the hospitals
that were ranked have very close
scores.
"There tends to be some up
and down movement in the rank-
ings from year to year due to
slight changes in methodology,
how many hospitals respond to
the survey and the year-to-year
fluctuations that all hospitals
experience in areas such as the
number of medical procedures
performed, survival rates and
other statistics," Vloet said in an
e-mail interview.
The magazine used a point
system to. evaluate the question-
naires. The Children's Hospital
of Philadelphia earned the most
points and the No. 1 ranking. The
Children's Hospital of Michigan
in Detroit was also on the list at
No. 25.
Mott's high ranking from Par-
ent's Magazine comes on the heels
of several other rankings that
praised the hospital.
In May, U.S. News and World
Report ranked Mott highly in
seven pediatric specialty areas
including cancer, neurology and
digestive disorders. And accord-
ing to Mott's website, the Neona-
tal Intensive Care Unit at Mott
was among the first in the world
See MOTT, Page 7A

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM
Mott ranked 18th
best kids' hospital

SAM WOLSON/Daly
A man walks by the current storefront of Casa Dominick's yesterday.
DOMINICK'S POSSIBLE RENOVATIONS
Owner Richard DeVarti is considering making substantial changes to his restaurant.
He currently owns three plots of land adjacent to Dominick's current location.
Dominick's Mno Sre
current
location
Dominick's 1
"current
patio
Additional
property
owned by
Dominick's

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