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Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 7

- Site of South U. fire to be
demolished this month

From Page 1
A construction company JC Beal
Construction was later hired, and
the company's president Stewart
Beal met with John Brink, project
manager fdr the city of Ann Arbor,
to discuss the demolition's timeline.
Brink, who manages street
permit guidelines and processing
times, said the city's only require-
ment was that the bulk of the
demolition be done over the Uni-
versity's winter break, in an effort
to minimize any disruptions or
inconveniences.
"ThatwasthecityofAnnArbor's
suggestion, and we were happy to
comply with it," Beal said.
To this end, smaller components
of the teardown will begin on Dec.
14, but heavy equipment will not
be brought in until Dec. 26, when
construction will take place every
day of the week.
"We're going to get it done as
quickly as possible," Beal said.
"We know the importance of get-
HURON RIVER
From Page 1
most controversial issues around
Ann Arbor. Councilmember Sabra
Briere (D-Ward 1) stated that the
dam has caused such serious divi-
sion within the city that neighbors
have stopped speaking to each
other.
City Council decided that Argo
Dam was too divided of an issue
for them to decide on at the time.

ting it dune."
Though construction is set to
finish on Jan. 6 - the same day
students return to class - the pro-
cess could be delayed if any major
snowstorms hit the area in the
next few weeks.
"In terms of a finite ending,
it's hard to say since this is the
worst weather time," Beal said.
"It's all weather related - if we
were 'to get a blizzard for three
days it would set us three days
back, or more."
Tice, 'who also owns Pizza
House, was less clear about what
would replace the former Pin-
ball Pete's property. He said that
previous plans were stalled as he
waited for the final passage of the
city's A2D2 zoning initiative, since
it would determine what types of
property could fill the space.
"My brother and I have been
waiting for five years to know,"
Tice said. "Now that it's voted on, I
anticipate a lot of properties being
sold or redeveloped."
The zoning changes, approved

-last month by 'the Ann Arbor City
Council, were created to imple-
ment new design standards for
downtown Ann Arbor, restructure
the city's parking system and help
simplify the land development pro-
posal process.
Tice said he would have torn
the building down years ago if the
city's new zoning regulations had
been set.
"That building had no or very
little value as it was," Tice said.
"The value is in the land."
For the past five months, Tice
has been negotiating a sales agree-
ment for the former Pinball Pete's
property with an undisclosed
developer, but he said the develop-
er was more interested in the land
than the building itself. Ticewould
not disclose who the developer is.
Tice said the building was so
run down and out of code that any
new property owners would have
likely demolished it.
Tice added, "I-don't believe the
fact that the building is gone is
going to change their mind." .

AARON AUGSBURGER/Daily
Mombers of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs meet yesterday in the Regents Room of the Fleming Building.

The AAEC decided that the dam
should be removed by a majority
vote. The Park Advisory Commis-
sion decided the dam should be
kept, also by a majority vote. Many
Ann Arbor citizens spoke at the
meeting during the public com-
mentary portion, which preceded
the discssion of the.resolution, to
express their views on the issue to
their council members and urged
them to vote consciously.
Ann Arbor resident David Bar-
ret, discussed reasons why the

dam shouldn't be removed. He
closed his remarks by asking the
council to "view the resolution
with skepticism."
John Rubin, another Ann Arbor
resident, argued why the dam
should be removed.
"Dams are inherently bad for
rivers because they alter the flow
function," Rubin said.
BytakingoutArgoDam,theland
would provide 28 acres of parkland,
which he said was a much better
use of the property.

SACUA
From Page 1
faculty and student government
organizations on student issues.
Harper said the "hottest item"
right now is a proposal to lower
the standard of evidence needed to
find a student responsible for a pol-
icy violation. The change calls for a
move from a "clear and convincing"
standard to a "preponderance of
evidence" standard.
Underthe proposal,preponderance
of evidence is defined as the "amount
of evidence that makes it more likely
than not that the facts demonstrate a
violation of college policy." The Uni-
versity's current standard requires
the reviewer of a case to be confident
that a violation occurred.
In essence, the change would
lessen the burden needed to punish
a student.
Accordingto the amendment, the
proposed change would bring the
University's standards in line with
those at other universities, which
primarily rely onthe preponderance
of evidence standard.
Harper said concerns about the
change primarily focused on sexual
assaultcases.
"It's been interesting because
usually people are pretty blas6 about
changes to the' Statement," Harper
said. "But this year; there has been
a lot of activity because of this par-
ticular issue."
Despite some resistance, Harp-
er told SACUA members that most
studetits are in support of the move
to the prepoiderance of evidence.
The other changes to the
Statement include revising the
document's langriage to be gender-
neutral - replacing terms like "his"
or "her" with "their" - and expand-
ing students' ability to propose an
amendment by allowing any student
to propose a change to the code at
any time. Currently, amendments
must be proposed by either MSA,
the Senate Assembly or the Univer-
sity's executive officeis.
Harper said the Division of Stu-.
dent Affairs is trying to discourage

the policychange because the office
doesn't want to minimize the roles
of students and faculty in revising
the Statement..
"(SACUA and MSA members) are,
elected by their constituents, and
we didn't want to create a process

"Sometimes we say stuff, and
(students) hear it very differently,"
Harper said.
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
OVERHAUL

GRE
From Page 1
schools into usingthe GRE as part
of their admissions criteria.
Mitchell said that according
to a Kaplan survey of 260 admis-
sions officers conducted this
past summer, only one-quarter
of business schools would accept

the GRE. Of the 75 percent that
don't accept the GRE, Mitchell
said only a small percentage were
considering adding it.
The Ross School of Business
currently doesn't accept the GRE,
but Admissions Director Soojin
Koh wrote in an e-mail interview
that the school is considering
adding the test next year.
The business schools at Har-

vard University, Yale University
and thei Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania all
began permitting the GRE as
a substitute to the GMAT .this
year. -
"This change in the GRE could
have an impact on whether indi-
vidual business schools decide to
accept the GRE for admissions,"
Mitchell said..

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tuld in some ways disempow- Harper also outlined plans tocon-
n," Harper said. duct an audit that will address the
cleanliness and current condition of
A CHANGING -recreational buildings on campus,
STUDENT BODY admitting to SACUA members that
significant renovations are needed
per also discussed ways fac- to bring the facilities up to date.
embers can better relate to "We think if we can restore some
eract with students in class- of the hours, get it clean and get the
laining how student behav- equipment fixed and repaired that
sd ideologies have changed that will buy us another year to
me. really understand the nature of the
per said students have differ- problem and fix it," Harper said.
tions of gender identity and Statistics Prof. Ed Rothman, a
orientation, citing MSA's cur- SACUA member, expressed concerns
sh for gender-neutralhousing. that the quality of the University's
ey think we need to update recreationalfacilities does nottmatch
tions- of sexuality,".she said the amount faculty pay to use them.
ng to University administra- Harper agreed and said recre-
d employees. ation facilities are "less than what
UA member Gina Poe, an they should be in terms of hours,
te professor of anesthesiol- equipment .and cleanliness." She
d molecular and integrative acknowledged that many, faculty,
ogy, asked Harper wheth- staff and graduate students go
versity students are more elsewhere to work out like the Ann
d in University affairs than Arbor YMCA.
rast. Harper also said the University's
per said students are more facilities need to be improved before
tted to social justice than more University employees use them.
ere two decades ago. "The reAlity is the poorer the
sink students live in a much facilities Are, the fewer people want
liverse world now than they to go," she said.
20 years ago andthat actu- Rothman suggested reducing the
ulty and staff are behind, and cost of membership so more Univer-
rying to catch up with them." sity employees join.
ert Fraser, vice chair of However, Wayne Stark, a SACUA
and assistant director of the member and professor of electrical
ian Library at the Universi- engineering and computer science,
arborn campus, asked Harp- disagreed with Rothman and said
t SACUA could be doing "for faculty-memb'ro sonld-pay-mre
e of Universitystudents." for recreational services if they were
per replied that the faculty "worthwhile."
be- committed to issues'of "Faculty are not going to want
ty, saying that many Uni- to sign up when the treadmill is in
students are biracial or front of a brick wall," Stark said.
tcial and are aware of their Stark also questioned whether it
nces. is realistic to renovate recreational
said SACUA can encourage facilities when University adminis-
members to be sensitive to trators are planningto cut $100 mil-
appens in the classroom and lion out of the budget over the next
dful of what they say. three years.

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GEMINI It is rarely to your advantage to have
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partners must be patient with each other. pen today and this evening. (You don't
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(June 21to July 22) Try not to get involved in heated argu-
Late in the day, family exchanges ments about politics, religion or racial
could be confrontational. People might issues today. They will just be emotional
use guilt or jealousy as emotional black- ego battles.
mail. Try to avoid this. (Ya think?) PISCES
LEO (Feb. 19to March 20)
(July 23 to Aug. 22) Disputes about shared property, differ-
Don't try to persuade others to agree ing values or the wealth or earnings of
with you today, because it isn't worth it. your partner could get nasty today. This
Instead of agreement, you'll get only an is not a good day to discuss these things.
argument. Just coast through your day. (Postpone this if you can.)
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You might feel obsessed about finan- to be an exciting adventure, as well as a
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*That's generally not a good wayto make you are the hero or heroine. You're
a purchase or to make important money imaginative, sensitive and highly ener-
decisions. getic! (Privately, you nurture great,
LIBRA swashbuckling fantasies.) Ironically,
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Do whatever you can to refrain from dreams. You have a highly entertaining,
getting emotionally carried away, espe- pleasant year ahead, especially with rela-
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