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filter light into the Alumni Memorial by, is a
Hall in a way that would have been ist Wal
unthinkable threeyears ago. most ex
"We've been able to reopen the Beshty'
views through the building," Stew- meant t
ard said. tors exp
They're meant to be contextualiz- eight wa
ing, placingthe contemporary Amer- ates the
ican architecture of Louis Tiffany, of the mus
Tiffany and Company, in clear view The
of European sculpture. Looking gant as
across the Apse, you can see inside a a series
room of European art that showcas- lic reop
es the newest and most prized of the shape a
Museum's recent acquisitions. vehicle
Of the museum's 3,500 pieces several(
added to the collection in the past the Det
decade, a new painting by Joseph 2007 re
Wright of Derby has never been Exte
displayed anywhere and was long immens
believed lost. Interna
Steward spoke proudly of acquir- unity.
ing the piece in favor of the Art Art -
Institute of Chicago. "It was a coup with no
for us," Steward said. Despite the tures or
other attractions, the Frankel Wing The pre
is what's ultimately on display here, finally,
and rightly so. hard-foi
Finally, the Museum has a space by the
for modern art. At the heart of the accomm
new wing, the three-tiered Vertical
Gallery is a startling intersection of
cultures and displays. Asian, contem- C
DOWNTOWN ett said.
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The only maximum height ple living
restriction in D1 zoning districts Still,
exists in the South University Ave- areas ar
nue area at 170 feet. tial for
ber Carsten Hohnke (D-Ward 5) be sever
said he thought the majority of the son, whi
meeting's discussion would focus Huron S
on building height limitations and should r
which parts of downtown are des- that if it
ignated Dl and D2. as D2, h
At the meeting, Hohnke's predic- business
tions came true as most Ann Arbor drastic f
residents raised concern over wheth- "It's a
er or not the areas nearSouth Univer- Thomps
sity Avenue and East. Huron Street anything
should be designated Di or D2. tinue ou
Dl zoning designations that are Busin
currently under debate by most res- most pe
idents and business owners pertain dense ci
to the areas along South University York, af
Avenue between East University A2D2 h
Avenue and Washtenaw Avenue Arbora
and East and West Huron Street. "I be
Some residents feared that if bring A
these areas are designated Di, as vibrant
they currently are under the A2D2 me not I
amendments, they will lose their New Yo;
historic charm. Rega
Christine Crockett, president of ences
the Old Fourth Ward Association, the ma
said she believes that zoning the ning Co
Huron St. area as D will ruin the designi
quality of life of surrounding resi- The i
dents by allowing tall buildings and zoning
high-rises to block natural sunlight will ta
from smaller residences. public w
"It's truly unfair to ask people to express
live in a constant state of darkness lic heari
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and African artcare all in view
ferent angles in the gallery.
he ground of the Frankel
.nd in full view of passers-
display from emerging art-
ead Beshty that may be the
citing part of the Museum:
s work features a glass floor
o fracture over time as visi-
perience it, at least for the
eeks until a new artist recre-
space - a rotating cycle that
eum will continue to do.
student preview, extrava-
it may be, is just the first in
of opening events. The pub-
ening on Saturday will take
s a 24-hour open house - a
for broad exposure used by
other museums, including
roit Institute of Art in its
rnally, the renovation is an
ely modern, imposing work.
ly, the focus seems toube on
Uniting the observer with
Art with a capital 'A,' Art
boundaries between cul-
r the status of the observer.
'view tonight will provide,
the chance for Steward's
ught battle to be realized
audience he most hopes to
- Daily Arts Writer Kimberly
hou contributed to this report.
of air and sunshine," Crock-
"Currently there's about a 50
back, which still preserves a
and quality of life of the peo-
g on Ann Street."
others worried that if these
en't designated D, the poten-
an increase in population
and financial growth will
ely impaired. Bruce Thomp-
t owns the property at 413 E.
t., said he believes the area
emain as D zoning and feels
were to become designated
is property along with other
es in the area would suffer
lready zoned as commercial,"
on said. "We're not asking for
gnew, we simply wantto con-
r earned entitlements."
ess senior Adam Blanck said
ople his age want to live in
ities, like Chicago and New
ter they graduate, and that
as the ability to make Ann
n up-and-coming metropolis.
lieve these proposals can
Ann Arbor to become a
city and make people like
have to look to Chicago and
rk to live," Blanck said.
rdless of citizens' differ-
over zoning designations,
jority thanked the Plan-
mmission for its efforts in
ig A2D2 thus far.
first reading of the A2D2
and parking amendments
ke place on April 6. The
ill have another chance to
its opinion at the first pub-
ng on April 20.
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said plans for the website are still
underway, but that it will likely be
supported by advertising revenue,
rather than require paid subscrip-
tions from its readers.
Daily circulation for the print
edition of the News is currently
about 48,000, with a Sunday.circu-
lation of about 60,500, accordingto
the News' media kit.
The cost of a monthly subscrip-
tion is $15.
Though The Ann Arbor News
has been in operation as the city's
primary daily newspaper since
1835, Champion said yesterday's
announcement does not mean "the
end of local journalism in Ann
Arbor." She added that the content
providedby the new website would
help fill the void left by the News.
source that was launched last year,
declined to speculate about whether
the new AnnArbor.com will pro-
vide people with a replacement they
could be satisfied with. Though he
did say that Ann Arbor was "more
likely to embrace an online publica-
tion than other communities."
He said that people typically
cite interactivity, spontaneity and
publishing "as it happens" as the
advantages of online news sources.
"That is by no means our
strength," he said.
For Askins, the freedom to write
as much as necessary and include
as much detail and thoroughness
as possible sets online publishing
apart from print, where there are
limits on paper space.
"It's the vertical scroll bar we
take advantage of," he said.
Whether AnnArbor.com will
share this philosophy is unknown.
"The importantthing is thatyou
have a news organization that has
sustainable economics to it so that
it exists," Askins said.
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje
said that although he was confi-
dent local news coverage would
continue without The Ann Arbor
News, he said "it does mean the
loss of another way to get info out
to the public."
Antoine Pitts, a14-year employee
of the News, learned of the closing
for the first time during yesterday's
"There had been rumors about
things that were going to happen at
ple wonder if the same things were
goingto happen here," Pittssaid.
A sports reporter who covered
University of Michigan hockey
during most of his time at the
News, Pitts accepted an employee
buyout package first offered by the
News last fall in an effort to down-
size staff and cut costs.
Though Pitts has plans to begin
law school in the coming months,
he said that most people were
unprepared for the prospect of
"What was dropped this morn-
ing was a lot different than what
people had expected," Pitts said in
an interview yesterday.
"It's uncharted territory,"
Hieftje said of the loss. "But there's
still going to be news coverage
Indeed, many worry that for
newspapers with extensivecoverage
of local news, moving to the Internet
will have negative consequences.
Primarily, there is concern that
newspapers will lose the credibility
that sustains their traditional posi-
tion as a necessary check on institu-
tions - a protector of democracy.
Traditional newspapers, like The
Ann Arbor News, have been forced
to compete with an explosion of
online content, and as a result
they're suffering from declining
subscriptions and advertising rev-
enue. These factors is the crushing
economic crisis making consumers
think twice about buying some-
thing they can get online for free.
The Ann Arbor News is not
the first paper to go through this
transition. The Seattle Post-Intel-
ligencer published its final print
edition last Tuesday, and it's now
available only online.
According to Anthony Collings,
a Communications lecturer who
has also been a Washington cor-
respondent for CNN and the Lon-
don bureau chief for Newsweek, if
struggling news organizations like
The Ann Arbor News cut staff as a
means of restructuring their busi-
nesses as theymove tonewformats,
such a loss in credibility is likely.
"If they hire a much smaller
Champion said the News cur- that the Ann Arbor news market
rently' employs 272 people between makes it an ideal location to pursue
its newsroom on Huron Street in online readership.
downtown Ann Arbor and its print- "It is the perfect place to embark
ing operation in Pittsfield Township. on a Web-focused news and infor-
Though current Ann Arbor mationstrategy,"Kraner wrote."We
News employees will have the will be working with Ann Arbor's
opportunity to apply for positions residents and residents to build a
with the new company, the news- unique and innovative community
paper's shutdown will mean job news and informationservice."
losses for some of them. The first community forum will
Before the new website is take place at The Dahlmann Cam-
launched, Champion said the compa- pus Inn on Thursday, April 2 at 2
ny has plans to get input from com- p.m. The second forum will be held
munity members on the feature and at Weber's Restaurant & Hotel on
design aspects of the new website. Friday, April 3 at 10 a.m.
"It's really of the community, by Today's announcement came
the community and for the com- alongside several others to revamp
munity," she said. the Michigan-based newspapers
Matt Kraner, former chief mar- owned by the Booth Company.
keting officer of the Cleveland- Along with The Ann Arbor News's
based newspaper The Plain Dealer, closing, The Bay City Times, The
will be president and chief execu- Saginaw News and The Flint Jour-
tive officer of the new company. nal will reduce print circulation to
Kraner wrote in a press release three days a week.
number of full-time paid journal- The Internet has created oppor-
ists than they had before, obvious- tunities for contributions from
ly there would be a real question anyone with a modem. For years,
whether they could be a watchdog readers have been able to contrib-
as much as before," he said. ute their own perspectives through
Even more worrisome, Collings comment sections on news web-
said, is the tendency for news orga- sites. Blogs, many of them run by
nizations to try and fill the local individuals, have already replaced
coverage void solely with user- traditional news sources for a large
contributed content. number of readers.
Collings said that claims of com- Addressing Colling's concerns
munity inclusiveness can be used about credibility, Warner said
as "a euphemism for unpaid work media institutions will eventually
by unprofessional journalists - so- make the necessary adjustments to
called citizen journalists." make user-generated content more
Collings said there is "a risk that viable. She said she favors embrac-
they're not being professional, they ing the flood of user generated con-
won't be as cautious and skeptical, tent and energy.
that they won't have the skills that "Freedom of the press and free-
they need to evaluate information dom of speech don't just cover peo-
correctly, put it in context and be ple who own media companies,"
ethical."' 'Warner said. "It covers everybody
Communications Prof. Fara in the country."
Warner, a former Wall Street Jour- In order for user-generated con-
nal reporter, has a slightly different tent to become a viable supplement to
perspective. professionaljournalism, Warner said
"My big question is should this the public needs to be assured that
have happened sooner? Did we actu- the content is consistently accurate.
ally hold on too long?" she said. Warner said that perhaps a sys-
"I worry that we assume that tem where user-generated content
media must look the waythat it has could be put through some sort of
always looked to do what it's sup- editing process could be developed.
posed to do. I disagree with that," "We need to do a better job as
Warner said, "I hope journalism journalists in signaling to people
is more than just the newspaper online the context of information,"
it's printed on. It really is about Warner said.
the content and what we say, as
opposed to where we say it and in - Daily News Editor Lindy
what forum we say it." Stevens contributed to this report.
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allow the University Press to bet-
ter serve some of its main clients,
including the School of Informa-
tion, School of Art & Design and
the College of Literature, Science
and the Arts.
Pochoda also said the reorgani-
zation will give the University of
Michigan Press more flexibility in
"Projects will not be subject to
profit/loss measurements," he said,
explaining that instead the unit
will need to be profitable overall.
Pochoda said that being profit-
able may not actually mean the
unit needs to make money, but
rather that it meet or exceed the
minimumbenefit deemed reason-
able by the University.
"To be fair, the new budget
hasn't been worked out yet," he
The University of Michigan
Press budget is not expected to be
finalized until June when the Uni-
versity budget is finalized. As part
of the reorganization, the Univer-
sity of Michigan Press's budget
will fall under the jurisdiction of
the University Library budget and
the University of Michigan Press
will receive money from the Gen-
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(March 21 toApril 19)
You feel restless today. You might or
might not know why, but you feel it.
This feeling will be gone in 48 hours.
Just cope as best you can.
(April 20 to May 20)
A friend might surprise you today.
Alternatively, you might meet someone
new who's a bit bizarre or unconven-
tional in some way. Stay on your toes!
(May 21 toJune 20)
Bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs are
completely unpredictable today. Quite
likely, someone will say or do something
that catches you off' guard. (It might
make you want to rebel.)
(June 21 to July 22)
Travel plans might be canceled or
delayed today. Possibly, an unexpected
opportunity to travel will arise.
Educational schedules will have
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
A surprise gift from othersmight come
your way today. Or you might hear
unexpected news about an inheritance,
insurance matter or something having to
do with the wealth of others.
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
It's hard to say what will happen when
talking to partners and close friends
today. People are jumpy, rebellious and
quick to have a big reaction!
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Minor breakages at home might occur
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This is a mildly accident-prone day.
Slow down and watch where you're
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