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and minority student access and
success dropped from the 2004-
2005 to 2007-2008 school years.
Monts said the decrease in
minority student access to the
University is due in large part to
the passage of a statewide civil
rights initiative in 2006 known
as Proposal 2 that banned the use
of affirmative action in admis-
sions at public universities in the
state of Michigan.
"Proposal 2 put a real chilly
environment around the Uni-
versity of Michigan and many
students can gather the wrong
. perception about Michigan's
commitment (to diversity)," he
said. "I think all the public uni-
versities are dealing with that
issue in the state of Michigan,
and in those states where there
action policies, I think you see
the same thing."
University President Mary
Sue Coleman told The Michigan
Daily in an interview last fall
that before the passage of the
statewide civil rights initiative,
the University was able to set
aside specific scholarships for
minority students. But after the
initiative passed, these schol-
arships became available to a
wider applicant pool, making
it more difficult for underrep-
resented minorities to obtain
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doesn't manage to install the new
transmitter in time, the opportu-
nity will be lost, though Sumrall
said she believes three years is
enoughtime for the stationto raise
"To be frank, I'm pretty con-
fident that we will make it," she
said. "It's just a question of how we
pay for it."
In addition to the fundraiser and
listener donations, WCBN staff are
also planning to make the commu-
nity more aware of the station in
hopes of acquiring more support.
One of the main reasons the sta-
tion wants to expand its coverage
is because it has somethingunique
to offer, said Bryan Dulaney, Uni-
ve'sity alum and WCBN produc-
Dulaney added that the station
is a "vital resource" for the com-
munity because of its autonomy in
decidingwhat to air.
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accessible, creating a wider stair-
way leading to the basement and
modifying room designs on the
According to a May 26, 2008
Michigan Daily article, the fire
that devastated the house started
shortly before 6 a.m. that morn-
ing, drawing firefighters from the
city of Ann Arbor and surround-
ing cities. The fire was extin-
guished at around 9:30 a.m. that
No fraternity members were liv-
ing in the house at the time of the
fire, as the house was undergoing
bathroom repairs. The cause of the
fire was never determined, though
there was speculation that it could
have been electrical, Markiewicz
Since the time of the fire, the
Delta Upsilon brothers have been
residing in several different rental
houses over the past year and a
half. The fraternity brothers are
currently living in a rented house
at 1012 Hill Street.
0 Cody Stevens, LSA junior and
president of Delta Upsilon, said
he and the other brothers are very
excited for the reconstruction
of the fraternity house - which
started on Nov. 1, 2009.
"Most of our guys haven't
even lived in the house," he said.
enrollment at the University has
decreased every year since the
statewide civil rights initiative
passed. The class that entered the
University in Fall 2009 includes
535 underrepresented minority
students, an 11.4 percent drop
from the year before.
Though Monts acknowledged
the drop in underrepresent-
ed minority students, he said
Coleman and other University
administrators are dedicated to
increasing the diversity of the
student body through outreach
programs to areas in the state,
especially Detroit, in order to
recruit students from a wide
range of ethnic and socio-eco-
"We have a programmatic
structure at the University that
reaches out to (high) schools,"
Monts said. "We just started The
Center for Educational Outreach
that is outreaching to schools all
over the state of Michigan. We
have an admissions office that
is committed to reaching out to
schools with underrepresented
In an effort to recruit more
underrepresented minority stu-
dents, Coleman has recently
traveled to Detroit public high
schools, and spoke to the city's
students and educators - like
at the 2009 Wolverine Outreach
Workshop reception in October
of last year - about the Univer-
sity's commitment to diversity.
"We're very invested in hav-
ing members of the community
and members of the University be
able to express themselves freely
and be able to tap into subjects
that may not get covered in main-
stream broadcast radio," Dulaney
WCBN is commercial-free and
plays more alternative and inter-
national music than typical radio
stations, Sumrall said.
The station also has several
specialty programs, including an
"infotainment" talk show called
"It's Hot in Here," which discusses
topics related to the environment.
Sumrall said the station also
has programming that is unique
to Ann Arbor, like "Living Waters"
- a program featuring different
writers every week - and a food
satire show called, "Pandora's
Editor's Note: Last semester
The Michigan Daily had a radio
show on WCBN, which ceased
production in December.
"My class is the last class that
saw the house as it was before
The fire and the subsequent
relocation of the fraternity mem-
bers have affected the chapter's
recruitment numbers, Markie-
wicz said, though he is hopeful the
newly refurbished home will have
a positive influence in attracting
Stevens also said the house's
renovations will be important in
drawing more prospective mem-
bers during winter rush this
semester and fall rush later in the
"We had a little trouble getting
guys before because we've been
living in different locations, but
this fall (recruitment season) will
be great for us," he said.
Markiewicz said they've been
fortunate the weather has cooper-
ated thus far, making the renova-
"Think about the winters before
which were horrendous in Ann
Arbor," he said. "We've had almost
no snow by comparison."
The renovations are expected
to be completed by the end of
August so the fraternity broth-
ers can move in for the fall 2010
semester. If the renovations
aren't completed by that time, the
fraternity has back-up plans to
continue renting at their current
location on a month-to-month
basis, Markiewicz said.
Brandon Straub, assistant conductor of the Arts Chorale, plays the piano while LSA sophowore Joey Creery sings. The Chorale held audtions yesterday.
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in the city have done.
"Some of our folks have been
contributing in ways others
haven't," Fraser said at the meeting
Negotiations for the contract
that will succeed the current con-
tract when it expires at the end of
June will start in a few weeks. The
Ann Arbor fire station faces the
possibility of steep budget reduc-
Schroeder said that Tom Craw-
ford, chief financial officer of the
city of Ann Arbor, said 11 percent
of the station's budget - anywhere
from $1.4 to $2.4 million - needs to
be cut by July 1, 2010, which could
result in the station being forced to
layoff 14 firefighters.
"We've put a bandage on the
problem until July," Schroeder
said. "We face a daunting task as to
how to overcome this."
The firefighters union is also
worried about complying with
federal standards, as Local 693 is
already currently operating below
the minimum number of firefight-
ers mandated by the National Fire
The union hopes to involve the
University in looking for ways to
find a solution to its financial prob-
lems, as the school inhabits a large
area of the city, Schroeder said.
Hieftje said the ratification and
approval of the contract doesn't
completely solve the budget deficit
problem the city is currently fac-
ing, though it is a step in the right
direction. Other ways to finance
the public safety budget are cur-
rently being evaluated.
"This is a time of shared sacri-
fice," City Councilmember Marcia
Higgins (D-Ward 4), said at last
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the meeting occurred.
According to MSA President
Abhishek Mahanti, WOLV-TV did
not have the capacity to film meet-
ings that can last a few hours and
have a number of speakers.
"Filming Michigan Student
Assembly meetings with 40 people
around the room, as quickly as we
go, is very hard," Mahanti said. "I
think the two cameras they brought
were insufficient to just have two
full screens and edit accordingly."
Sultani worked for C-SPAN last
year and volunteered her time to
help with the public service broad-
cast of the meeting last week. Sul-
tani said she is unsure why the
broadcasts were cancelled.
"I was thinking we were going
to try a different way to record and
to just set up the whole thing, but I
guess (WOLV-TV) decided against
that," Sultani said.
While WOLV-TV has decided not
to broadcast the meetings, Mahanti
said he will meetwith students from
the station, along with MSA Vice
President Michael Rorro, later this
week to discuss whether the station
could broadcast the meetings to
residence halls in the future.
Though the station has decided
to drop the project, before they
made the decision WOLV-TV pro-
posed a different method of filming,
but decided against it.
Mahanti said the plan involved
using three cameras centered
around a control center in a sepa-
rate room inwhich a manager could
edit the shots as the meeting pro-
According to Sultani, WOLV-
TV said it would still be "too much
work" if the station pursued the
alternate plan with three cameras.
Mahanti said in an interview last
month that the project was intend-
ed to create a more transparent stu-
"This is an idea we kind of had
in the middle of the semester for
transparency and getting people
involved," Mahanti said in the
interview. "It would be better to
have (meetings) televised. Maybe if
(students) happen to stumble across
it on television, they'd watch it."
In exchange for the volunteer
work of the videographers and the
free price of filming, MSA would
have featured advertisements on
their website for the station.
Though it maynothappen during
his term as president, Mahanti said
last night that the project should
still be a priority.
"I'd like to see it come back,
whether it's in my term or not,"
Mahanti said. "I think it would be
something that would really benefit
both of our bodies."
Dupree said he would like to
have WOLV-TV film MSA meetings
this semester, but there are "pretty
significant hurdles" to overcome.
- Robin Veeck contributed
to this report.
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