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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, November 9, 2009

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A SECOND HALF TRAIN WRECK

ATHLETICS ADMINISTRATION
Despite study,
Coleman says
Athl. Dept. is
under control

SAID ALSALAH/Daily
Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier gets sacked during a two-point conversion late in Saturday's 38-36 loss to Purdue. For more on the game, see SportsMonday, inside.
CAMPUS CRIME i
Questions loom in Em St falout

Report: Many college
presidents say they
can't fix their athletic
departments' budgets
By STEPHANIE STEINBERG
Daily StaffReporter
The majority of Division IA
presidents said in a recent study
that they feel they have no con-
trol over their respective athletic
department budgets. But Univer-
sity President Mary Sue Coleman
says she's an exception to the rule.
The Knight Commission on
Intercollegiate Athletics issued a
report last month that found uni-
versity presidents feel powerless in
combating the rising costs associ-
ated with intercollegiate sports.
The KnightCommissionisacollege
sports think tank operated by col-
lege administration heavyweights
from around the country - includ-
ing University of Michigan Regent
Andrea Fischer Newman, who is a
member of the organization.
The report - which was based
on interviews this spring and sum-
mer with 95 of the 120 presidents of
Football Bowl Subdivision schools
- found the majority of college

presidents recognized a need to
restructure athletic departments
to reduce costs. But many of the
presidents reported that they don't
feel like they're in a position to cre-
ate that change.
"Presidents would like serious
change, but don't see themselves as
the force for the changes needed,
nor have they identified an alter-
native force they believe could be
effective," the report stated.
In an interview late last month
with The Michigan Daily, Univer-
sity President Coleman said she
could not remember if she hadbeen
interviewed for the study, but said
she had read the report and doesn't
think the findings are true for the
University.
"I understand that maybe a lot
of presidents feel like they can't do
anything, but I guess I don't feel
that way about myself at Michi-
gan," Coleman said.
She added: "Maybe I'm very
privileged to be in this circum-
stance', (but) I do feel like we have
good control."
While the Athletic Department's
finances are separate from those of
the academic operations of the Uni-
versity, Coleman said Michigan has
had a tradition of firm presidential
control over intercollegiate athlet-
See COLEMAN, Page 10A

Two students say
they gave AAPD
evidence, which the
police lost
By DEVON THORSBY
Daily StaffReporter
More than a week after the
violent Halloween beating on
Elm Street that left a 19-year-old
man hospitalized, police won't
confirm whether any of the

alleged attackers have been iden-
tified or arrested.
Two students who witnessed
the violent beating said they
were able to take photos and a
video of the incident, which they
claim they turned over to the
Ann Arbor Police Department as
evidence.
LSA seniors Brian Barton and
Zachary Ward said they took
pictures of brutal beating on
Barton's digital camera shortly
before the attack, then a video
once it began. After giving a
statement to AAPD, Barton said

he handed over his memory stick
to be used as possible evidence.
The next day, Barton said he
received a call from an AAPD
officer who had been in posses-
sion of his memory card tell-
ing him that the memory card
had been lost before police had
viewed it.
Barton and Ward said they
believe the police department
has dropped the ball on the
whole situation.
Ward said he believes the
memory card could have been
essential in identifying the

assailants and that its loss dem-
onstrates the police department's
mishandling of the incident.
"Losing the memory card was
a vital piece of evidence," Ward
said. "That could have easily
identified the people involved or
at least been on the news to show
people and make them aware of
the current problems with vio-
lence on campus."
AAPD Sgt. Mike Lance, who
arrived at the scene of the beat-
ing, was unable to comment
on the loss of the memory card
. See ELM STREET, Page 9A

GETTING AROUND ANN ARBOR
With 'U' help, Fuller Rd.
parking project advances

LITIGATION REPORT
Citing Whistleblower Act, alum
suing'U' for dismissal from posi
Research assistant Regents in Washtenaw County radiological sciences, fired Mc{
Trial Court today for allegedly as his graduate student resea
says he was fired for being fired when he reported labo- assistant four days after Mc(

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University will cover PROPOSED INTERMODAL STATION
78 percent of costs
0 and get 78 percent of
parking spaces Station
By DYLAN CINTI
Daily Staff Reporter

fIermodal
Faiit

reporting violations
By STEPHANIE STEINBERG
Daily StaffReporter
University alum Robert McGee
is suing the University Board of

ratory safety violations.
McGee is suing under the Whis-
tleblower Protection Act - an
act that protects employees who
report violations of local, state or
federal law.
Michael Hartman, assistant pro-
fessor of nuclear engineering and

reported Hartman had commit-
ted safety violations by dumping
chemicals down a laboratory sink,
according to a Nov. 6 annarbor.com
article.
The article also states Hartman
asked McGee to come with him to
SeeLAWSUIT, Page 10A

MITCHELL
FIELD

In a deal approved at last
V Thursday's City Council meeting,
the University will shoulder 78
percent of the costs to build a pro-
posed parking structure on Fuller
Road, and, in return, the Univer-
sity will receive 78 percent of the
spots available in the lot.
City Council also unanimously
approved a master design plan for
the 1,000-plus spot parking struc-
ture on Fuller Road, just north of
thehospital,whichisthefirstphase
oftheFuller Intermodal Transpor-
tation Station (FITS) - a project
that some view as the future of
transportation in Ann Arbor.
Councilmember Mike Anglin
(D-Ward 5) emphasized that
while construction will begin on
the Fuller Road parking structure
in the near future, the accompa-
nying transportation hub is still in
the initial design phase.
"The only permanent thing
we're getting is a parking struc-
ture," Anglin said.

Platforms
Potential Signature
Service Transit Line

HORSING AROUND

Future overhead
connection to
hospital
The structure will includeme
than 1,000 spaces, 78 percent
which will be reserved for Univ
sityuse, accordingto Jim Koste
the University's director of co
munity relations. That percenta
corresponds to the Universit
funding of the project, estimat
at around $45 million of the es
mated $60 million total cost.
The parkingstructure will a
include a covered bus waitingar
and space for bike racks and loc
in preparation for the possibil
of a transit center.
Kosteva said the structure w
most likely be operational by t
middle of 2012, in time for t

EAST MEDICAL CENTER DRIVE

UNIVERSITY
HOSPITAL 4 Source: City of Ann Arbor
ore opening of the new 12-story C.S.
of Mott Children's and Women's
er- Hospital.
va, He pointed outthatthe parking
m- structurewillprovidemuch-need-
ige ed parking to hospital employees,
y's patients and visitors.
ed Kosteva said that was the main
ti- reason the city approached the Uni-
versity regarding funding support.
lso He said that in 2005, the University
rea began planning a similar parking
ks, structure on Wall Street, near the
ity medical campus. However, the plan
fell through earlier this year, Koste-
till va said, when the University began
he negotiating with city officials about
he See TRANSPORTATION, Page 10A

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