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8 - Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Late-night beating
mars Halloween
block party on Elm

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90 more days to decide on Argo

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ing it up," Bonchi said. "There were
strangers getting involved trying
to break it up."
LSA sophomore MonicaKusaka
was also walking down the street
and said she saw at least five peo-
ple physically hurting the victim
before two guys picked him up
and carried him to the nearest
"There was a huge crowd stand-
ing around," Kusaka said. "By the
time I got there, they were carry-
ing him away."
Bonchi said she couldn't see
much because it was dark, but that
the victim "looked pretty bad" and
appeared unconscious.

The victim was placed on the
porch of house number 547, which
Krishnan said is currently vacant.
No one answered the door at the
residence Sunday night.
LSA sophomore Jamie Bloom
lives in house 541- directly on the
left of the house where the victim
was placed after the attack. Bloom
said he and his roommates were not
home when the incident occurred,
but heard people had knocked on
their door wondering if they knew
the victim.
Lance said the block party broke
up after the incident and that no
one else was harmed.
"We didn't take any real action
out there," he said. "People pretty
much after that went elsewhere to
other areas."

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controlling that secondary flow of
water from the dam into the head-
Community members, includ-
ing the Michigan Men's Club
Rowing Team - which uses Argo
Pond to practice - expressed
concern when the possibility of
closing the dam was presented in
Other individuals and orga-
nizations, like the Huron River
Watershed Council, advocated for
the dam's removal, citing environ-
mental concerns.
City Councilmember Sabra Bri-
ere (D-Ward 1) said in an inter-
view yesterday that the agreement
was a step in the right direction

because it helped satisfythe state's
"It's not at all about whether the
dam should be in or out, that's a
bigger problem that we aren't try-
ing to solve right now," she said.
"What we are trying to do is make
a compromise with the state."
Briere added that this is the
result with the lowest cost pos-
sible, which makes it a good com-
promise for the city.
She said city officials hope the
stop log blocking the embankment
is just a "temporary, winter-long
setback" and that the plan is for
the area to be back to regular use
for next year.
"We think we'll be able to turn
this around and give them solid
evidence that we're right before

spring," she said. "I think that will
be satisfactory to everybody."
The city hired a consultant
to provide tests to DEQ, which
it hopes will demonstrate there
isn't a problem with the headrace
where state officials had cited con-
cerns about the embankment. Bri-
ere said those results are expected
by mid-December, but that the
headrace will remain closed in the
Briere said removing the dam
would be "a lot more expensive
than people think," but that keep-
ing the dam in place would also
have a lot of costs. She stressed the
importance of taking the time to
make an informed decision, par-
ticularly because of the current,
difficult economic times.

"But there will be people who
want us to act more quickly, reach
a conclusion on the river more
swiftly," she said.
Additionally, Anglin said the
financial burden of jumping into
dam removal is difficult to assess,
and if the project were to begin,
there would be "no turning back if
the river takes a different course
(or) if the sediment under the pond
has (harmful) chemicals."
A timeline for when a final deci-
sion will be made has not been set,
Briere added.
Briere also said the health of the
river is something the city must
take into consideration in addi-
tion to recreational concerns, like
whether or not the University's
rowing team can use Argo Pond.

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South Quad Residence Halls and
the Michigan Stadium.
"I know what it's like being a
student and a renter as a (Univer-
sity student)," he said. "I feel that
being a student gives me an advan-
tage because I know the resources
and people to talk to."
Higgins, Elhady's opponent in
the 4th Ward, said her experience
sets her apart in the contest.
"I have spent decades in Ann
Arbor - volunteering for local non-
profits, raising my family and work-
ing on city government issues," she
said. "City Council is not a game.
It's a serious business that requires
a real understanding of our govern-
ment and our community."
Higgins said that if elected, her

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Roberts explained that the state
controls 90 percent of the district's
funding. Over the past two weeks,
the state has reduced this year's
funding by $525 per pupil. Roberts
anticipates additional cuts of more
than $600 per student for the 2010-
2011 school year.
Roberts said the millage would
help to compensate for some of
those losses.
"All of those things combined
point to the need to raise additional
revenue," Roberts said.
He added that the millage alone
'would not eliminate budget issues.
Even if it passes, the district will
continue to reduce costs and con-
solidate services, Roberts said. But
if the millage doesn't pass, Roberts
believes the district will face major
Roberts said the largest reduc-
tions would take place among staff,
since 85 percent of the district's
funds go toward compensating
The millage proposal faces sig-
nificant opposition from several
groups, two of which - Citizens for
a Responsible Washtenaw and Ann
Arbor Citizens for Responsible
School Spending - pulled together
locally based campaigns over the
past several weeks.
NikiWardneris afoundingmem-
ber of A2CRSS and self-described
"homemaker and public school
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described Koonce as a close friend.
"That was his life."
Katherine McCartney, an aca-
demic advisor who worked closely
with Koonce, said he had a particu-
larly special relationship with the
University because it was not only
his workplace, but his alma mater.
Koonce received his Master of
Arts degree in higher education
administration at the University in
1990 and was working towards his
Ph.D., butdidn't complete his disser-
tation. He returned to the Univer-
sity of Michigan in November 2004
after working at a variety of colleges
including Union College, the Univer-
sity of Maryland, Tulane University
and the University of Pennsylvania.
During his time at Tulane,
Koonce, who at the time was the
football team's academic counselor,
got to know then-assistant coach
Rich Rodriguez.
At his weekly press conference
yesterday, Rodriguez discussed the
passing of his good friend.
In response to a question about the
football team needing one more win
to become eligible for a bowl game,
Rodriguez brought up Koonce's sud-
den passing.
"It's not life-or-death," Rodriguez
said of getting that sixth win. "It's a
ballgame and it's an important ball-
game, and as important as it is to

top priorities include fixing the
city's budget issues and re-zoning
the city to "encourage reasonable
new growth downtown," saying
that Elhady "opposes a sensible
strategy for downtown develop-
Briere, a candidate in the 1st
Ward, the other contested seat in
the elections, said she hopes to get
students more involved with the
city government, whether they
plan on residing in Ann Arbor just
during their education at the Uni-
versity or for their entire lives.
"The students forget that they
are also residents," she said. "They
focus so much on being residents of
the University that they forget they
have the rights of residents of the
community as well."
Briere also said she hopes stu-
dents can look to City Council
members to help them learn their
volunteer" in Ann Arbor. Two of
her children currently attend Ann
Arbor public schools.
Her group includes several for-
mer school board members and
focuses on irresponsible spending.
Wardner said she's disappointed
with the AAPS's handling of bud-
get issues.
"(AAPS) don't seem to be willing
to look at other solutions - every-
thing from cutting administration
to consolidating districts and ser-
vices," Wardner said.
Though Wardner said she's
largely pleased with AAPS teach-
ers and administrators, "there's
something inherently wrong with
how the whole structural thing is
set up."
She cited what she considers the.
district's over-reliance on taxpayer
"There's a lot of issues and I feel
like their answer is, 'Give us the
money and we'll take the next five
years to fix the problem,"'"Wardner
said, "And my answer is, 'You've
already had five years. Why should
I give you money for another
Albert Berriz serves as trea-
surer of CRW, a group allied with
A2CRSS. He is the CEO of McKin-
ley, a locally based real estate
investment and management com-
pany. Berrizsaid hisugroup includes
mostly business people and also
targets irresponsible spending.
The group proposed a "five-point
plan for (district) transformational
change," according to Berriz.
everybody out there, I promise you,
it's more important to the program
and the guys in the program than
anybody. It's still just a game.
"I think things come to life when
we get the news yesterday that we
lost a dear friend, Rob Koonce," he
Rodriguez discussed how he got
to know Koonce at Tulane and how
Koonce has helped with recruitment
efforts since Rodriguez has arrived
in Ann Arbor.
"He was my age, a little younger,
and it's tragic for his family," Rodri-
guez said. "Certainly all the guys on
our team, a lot of them knew him.
Our staff all knew Rob, and our
thoughts and prayers are with him
and his family."
"Butthat putthings in light.We're
playing a game."
Koonce will be remembered as an
integral part of the Ross School of
Business - someone who went far
above his role as an advisor, helping

to facilitate a connection between
the University's business commu-
nity and the larger community as a
Dean of Business Bob Dolan said
Robert Koonce "was a real commu-
"I think every day he was always
trying to do things to help members
of the community, whether he had
a formal responsibility to do so or
not," Dolan said.
Ryen Speed, a student in the
Master of Accounting program who
got to know Koonce well, said in

rights and understand legal issues
common among college students.
"Students don't think about how
they are treated by the police, how
they are treated as adultswithin the
community and how to deal with
beinga resident when they happen
to be arrested," Briere said.
Briere's opponent, Ozog, said he
has special interest in helping the
homeless and in public education,
noting he has children enrolled in
Ann Arbor public schools.
Ozog, who is a Polish native,
also emphasized the importance
of bringing people from differ-
ent backgrounds and cultures into
the conversation. He said that if
elected, he would work to converse
daily with people with different
perspectives and bring that knowl-
edge to the council discussions.
Apart from the two contested
seats, three wards have candidates
"Our program has not been to
say 'vote no' because we don't like
it, but to give a substantive solution
to the issue," Berriz said.
He said the CRW has produced
alternatives that don't require
taxing residents in a state whose
unemployment rate is about 15
"I don't think it's fair to go to the
community in this economy with-
out having done the responsible
spending and having addressed
those issues," Berriz said.
According to Berriz, his group's
goal transcends political party
"On both sides I think people are
truly concerned with how we fund
the public school system on a sus-
tainable basis," Berriz said.
Berriz also emphasized the
potential impact the millage's pas-
sage could have on University stu-
dent tenants.
A property tax increase, accord-
ing to Berriz, would mean higher
rentals for student tenants because
landlords would be forced to pass
the tax on to their renters.
That potential consequence,
Berriz said, is one reason why the
Washtenaw AreaApartment Associ-
ation came out against the millage.
Berriz said the WAAA planned
to distribute fliers at a housing fair
yesterday explaining the conse-
quences of the millage tax on stu-
dents should it pass.
"Itwill reflectin adirectincrease
in their rent," Berriz said.
Alice Eho, the WAAA's execu-
an e-mail that Koonce appreciated
everything Michigan, from athletics
to Greek Life and every organization
in between.
"He always knew who was
involved in which organizations,"he
said in the e-mail.
In the spring of 2006, Koonce
launched a high school outreach
program called MREACH to forge
a relationship between the Ross
School of Business and local high
schools in Detroit and Ypsilanti.
Eddie Hall, a student in the Mas-
ter of Accounting program and an
MREACH program coordinator,
said Koonce "had a phenomenal
impact on both high school students
and college students."
Koonce was also an instrumental
part of the Preparation Initiative, a
program that offers counseling and
tutoring in economics, math and
accounting to University students
interested in applying to Ross at the
end of their freshman year.

"We will all do our best to carry
on the great programs that he start-
ed for us and we will miss his leader-
ship," Dolan said.
In addition to creating essential
programs for Ross, Koonce was
known as a vital resource for stu-
dents seeking advice.
McCartney said she received
countless e-mails from alumni and
current students who had heard of
his death that expressed how impor-
tant Koonce was to them.
"He had a passion for working
with students, not just in the aca-

who are running unopposed -
incumbent Stephen Rapundalo is
running in the 2nd Ward, former
Councilmember Stephen Kunsel-
man in the 3rd Ward and incum-
bent Mike Anglin in the 5th Ward.
Rapundalo said his biggest focus
on the council next term is going to
be the city's budget, making sure
the city balances its books "with-
out really impacting city services
too much, if at all."
Kunselman, like Elhady, high-
lighted the importance of main-
taining an open line of discussion
between City Council and the Uni-
"In terms of this era, it brings
about the need for greater coopera-
tion," Kunselman said. "We've cer-
tainly seen that when the city and
the (University) cooperate they can
bring about greater efficiencies and
tive director, said that a consider-
able number of local apartment
owners rent to campus students.
She said the millage's passage
would increase the cost of renting
apartments in Ann Arbor because
of the increase in property taxes.
"I would think students should
be concerned if their rent is going
up or not," Ehn said.
Nevertheless, the University's
chapter of the College Democrats
have come out in favor of the mill-
According to the group's chair,
Sam Marvin, the millage's ben-
efits outweigh the potential rent
Marvin said the Democrats are
allied with "It Takes a Millage," a
local pro-millage group, and sup-
port its objective.
"This millage would work to
close the funding gap so (AAPS)
doesn't have to cut programs like
art, science, music and sports,"
Marvin said.
The College Democrats delivered
pro-millage literature in several stu-
dent neighborhoods Monday night
and spent much of yesterday dis-
tributing information on the Diag.
Additionally, the group put up fliers,
made phone calls and sent text mes-
sages urging students to vote yes on
the initiative, Marvin said.
Marvin added that even if he did
pay property taxes, he'd still sup-
port the millage. "I wouldn't mind
paying higher rent. I'm sure some
people would, but I think the situa-
tion is calling for it."
demic realm, but influencing and
shaping their entire lives to become
better human beings," she said.
Hall said Koonce was not just an
advisor to him, but a friend as well.
"He was the kind of person who if
you had anythinggoingon,you could
just walk into his office and sit down
with him and he would do whatever
was in his power to help," Hall said.
"He has always wanted and encour-
aged his students to be the best they
can be. He was hard on us, but it was
a tough love kind of thing."
Evette Hollins, a University alum,
worked closely with Koonce during
her freshman year when she was in
the process of applying to the Busi-
ness School.
Hollins said Koonce was an espe-
cially caring ally for minority stu-
dents in the Business School.
"He understood that we were
under-represented and he did every-
thing in his power to help us excel,"
she said in an e-mail.

"I will continue to work hard for
what I want in life and hopefully one
day I can make as big of a difference
in someone else's life as Mr. Koonce
has in mine," she said.
Speed emphasized Koonce's
unparalleled ability to be a positive
force in students' lives.
"Rob was like a dad. The type of
dad who didn't accept nonsense,
didn't want to hear a bunch ofexcus-
es, and accepted nothing less than
your absolute best. He pushed us
(students) but most importantly he
always believed in us," Speed said.



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