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lower deck seats of the arena, which
will be made to comply with the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
Other changes to the arena include
the addition of handrails and eleva-
tors, andthewideningand changing
Hank Baier, associate vice presi-
dent for Facilities and Operations,
said the plans include input from
individuals and organizations with
concerns about compliance with the
The arena's fire detection and
suppression systems, the emergency
generator and emergency egress
lighting will also all be improved, in
addition to the construction of a new
The regents authorized the
University to commission TMP
Architecture, a Michigan-based
architectural firm, to begin revamp-
ing the area, and also approved the
contracts for the construction of a
new 57,000 square-foot basketball
practice facility - slated to cost
The practice facility - which will
be completed in fall 2011 - will be
added to the arena and will include
twopractice courts, alargerstrength
and conditioning area, new locker
rooms for both basketball teams and
offices for coaches and staff.
FULLER ROAD STATION
Aside from University athlet-
ics, the regents also approved
plans to split the cost of a new
parking structure with the City
of Ann Arbor, despite objections
from an area environmental
The structure, which will
be called the Fuller Road Sta-
tion, will include bus ports, bike
locks, lockers and a 1,000-space
James D'Amour, a represen-
tative from the Huron Valley
Sierra Club, spoke at the meeting
and said the club is "deeply dis-
appointed in the project."
D'Amour called the project
"unethical" because the land
intended for the Fuller Road Sta-
tion includes city parkland. A
city charter requires a city-wide
vote to approve construction on
park property. However, Baier
voiced the view of many regents
when he said the land has been
a parking lot for about 20 years
and for that reason he sees no
restrictions to the project.
The costs of the new struc-
ture - which is to be complet-
ed by mid-2012 - will be split
between the University and the
city and will total $46,550,000,
$36,309,000 or 78 percent of
which will be paid for by the
University. The University will
likewise gain use of 78 percent of
its parking spaces.
TOPS $1 BILLION
Despite the stagnant state of
Michigan's economy, research
spending at the University
increased 9.4 percent last year,
surpassing $1 billion for the first
time ever, according to a report
by Stephen R. Forrest, University
vice president for research.
"We've continued to thrive in
times of uncertain opportunity
because of the high quality of our
faculty across the disciplines,"
received around $220 million
last year from the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act,
University faculty released
350 new inventions and licensed
eight new start-up businesses in
"We're entering a period when
University researchers will be
working hand in glove with gov-
ernment and industry partners
so that all aspects of a prob-
lem - from the fundamental to
the applied - will be addressed
simultaneously," Forrest said.
announced that 300 University
employees will be moving into
the new North Campus Research
Complex this spring. Forrest
told the regents that he hoped
the NCRC would help foster
interdisciplinary cooperation in
"Now is the time to do it,"
Forrest said of fostering more
research collaboration at the
NCRC. "The University of
Michigan's research profile has
never been stronger. And at this
moment in time we also have
acquired this enormous resource
that allows for rapid growth."
Four suspects arrested in Diag
after robbery near Law Quad
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at certain aspects of teaching.
Both Moje and Bain began
their project, which has been in
the works for four years, with the
goal of de-compartmentalizing the
undergraduate education of their
They noticed a disconnect
between their students' classes
in LSA and the work the students
were doing in the School of Educa-
"A major goal of our work," Moje
said, "was to try to defragment and
bring coherence to teacher educa-
tion and really the whole educa-
tional experience for pre-service
teachers at the point when they
enter the School of Education,
actually even before."
Pre-service teachers are educa-
tion students who have yet to begin
their student teaching term.
The major shift towards their
goal of defragmentation came when
Moje's core literacy course, which
explores reading and writing for all
majors, was separated into concen-
tration specific sections.
In addition to making the lit-
eracy course subject specific, offi-
cials are testing out another pilot
Much like medical students on
rounds through a hospital, stu-
dents in the social studies section
of the School of Education rotate
between classes at high schools to
observe certain techniques that
each teacher does well.
In their first semester in the
School of Education, students
participated in three rotations
between Detroit Western High
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the Nexecon Consulting Group has
become one of the more successful
student-run business groups, and
the only one-from which the Uni-
versity seeks consulting.
Nexecon co-founder Josh Lin,
a senior in the Business School,
said the group advises clients on
how to best market to current stu-
"(The group) taps into the stu-
dent market and gives clients a
snapshot of what the current land-
scape looks like," Lin said.
In its first few months, the group
had one client, the Ann Arbor
SPARK, which provides resources
for start-up businesses in town. Lin
said the group saw this first client
as a learning experience that gave
them a crash course in the world of
School and Novi High School and
were exposed not only to the skills
of the chosen teachers, but also to
English as a second language class-
rooms and to the different socio-
economic levels of the students in
This kind of movement for a pre-
student teachers, or education stu-
dents who have yet to start student
teaching, is not the norm, as most
students typically get to see one or
In their second semester in
the School of Education, students
experienced two rotations.
This jump "into the deep end"
as Bain put it, has paid off. Sev-
eral students who participated in
the first wave of this program said
they feel more confident in their
first three weeks of student teach-
ing in schools around metropolitan
School of Education senior Ted
Doukakos said this program has
given him the tools to successfully
interact with students.
"I've had all these opportunities
to get all these different experi-
ences in my pre-student teaching,"
"It's been immensely benefi-
cial because now that I'm actually
doing my full-time student teach-
ing I've been able to immediately
get up in front a class and have the
confidence that I needed to focus
on working out my lesson plans and
interacting with the students and
really developing as a teacher."
Doukakos said that he believes
this intensive training teaching
program will bring more respect to
the profession of teaching.
"This program is putting educa-
tors on a higher level of respect,"
Doukakos said. "It's treating them
like the job that we are going into
is important enough and it's a
grave enough responsibility that
we expect you to be extremely
prepared, we expect you to have
all this experience and we expect
you treat it like a very important
Lauren Bennett, a senior in the
School of Education, said that she
feels more prepared to enter the
teaching world than some of her
classmates in other subject areas.
"The other cohorts don't have
this, it's only specific to the social
studies. And even within students
at Michigan having talked to my
friends that are, for example, in
science or in English, I really feel
that I have had a lot more experi-
ences that have really prepared me
for entering the teaching world, "
The program may expand to
in'lude the science section within
the next year, said Moje.
Ball said that Moje's and Bain's
project is one of many research
initiatives currently happening
at the School of Education. She
hopes that the development of "a
more interesting, challenging and
attractive" program will help to
recruit a diverse body of future
teachers to the School of Education
and at the same time provide other
institutions with a model to train.
In the meantime, these pro-
grams are helping current School
of Education students understand
the responsibility placed on them.
"They are treating our responsi-
bility like it is very important and
should not be put in the hands of
anyone who has not had intensive,
intensive training," Doukakos said.
Student handed over
wallet after a metal
object was put next
to his head
By MALLORY JONES
Daily News Editor
A University student was
robbed by four teenagers near the
Law Quad last night, according
to Department of Public Safety
spokeswoman Diane Brown.
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both fair and equitable by union
members and delivers out of the
University's academic mission,"
Ian Robinson, a lecturer in soci-
ology and a member of the LEO's
bargaining committee, wrote in
the press release that faculty sala-
ries account for about 9 percent
of University expenditures, com-
pared to the lecturers' 1 percent.
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said in a press release.
The Survival Flight unit is a col-
laboration effort among the Health
System, the AssociationofAir Medi-
cal Services, the Federal Emergency
Management Agency and contrac-
tor Pentastar Aviation to ensure that
air medical services are available 24
hours a day, Health System officials
said at yesterday's press conference.
To retrieve the two survivors, the
Survival Flight crew spent a night in
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. before continu-
ing to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a
technical stop and finally onto Port-
au-Prince, Haiti, Pentastar pilot Jim
Beasley said in an interview follow-
ing yesterday's press conference.
Beasley said the complicated
logistics were necessary to ensure a
Beasley flew with a medical crew
to pick up the two survivors who
required high-level care not offered
at the scene.
Jeffrey Pothof, a chief resident in
emergency medicine, was part of the
medical crew that helped stabilize
the patients' medical conditions for
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At around 7:30 p.m. last night, a
student called DPS to report that
a suspect had put a metal object
to his head,
while a sec- First seen on
ond suspect - thewire
Brown said. The caller said he
couldn't see what the object was,
but that he turned over his wallet
to the suspects.
Immediately following the rob-
bery the victim called DPS and
gave "avery good description of the
offenders," Brown said.
"Our salaries aren't driving
up undergraduate tuition; other,
higher priority concerns are
doing that," Robinson wrote. "The
administration must start treating
lecturers - most of whom special-
ize in teaching undergrads - as
first-class faculty, and undergradu-
ate education as a top priority."
LEO also hopes to improve their
health benefits through this year's
negotiations, and plans to chal-
lenge .the University's initiative
to increase the cost of benefits for
part-time lecturers, noting that
Pothof said the patients were
chosen based on their likelihood to
benefit from advanced treatments
only available at institutions like the
He added that he interacted with
workers at a small Haitian hospital,
and asked medical personnel there
about their need for additional med-
"You can see kind of the despair
in their faces and the fatigue in their
eyes," Pothof said.
Pothof said he also observed the
after affects of the quake while in
the devastated city.
"You would see an area where
some buildings were standing, and
then just complete rubble," he said.
He had the chance to interact
with other relief workers and Hai-
tian hospital workers at the scene.
He said he saw people from the
United States, France and Canada-
describingthe scene as a "total inter-
"When you get down there, the
level of destruction and the thou-
sands of people who need aid...it
makes you wish you could do a little
bit more than what you did," Pothof
said. "But I am kind of happy that
the University of Michigan sup-
ported a humanitarian effort to go
DPS responded to the call and
arrested the four suspects on the
Diag soon after the robbery was
reported, accordingto Brown.
One was armed with an Airsoft
gun, that appeared tobe a handgun
because the plastic tip that identi-
fies it as an Airsoft gun had been
removed, according to Brown.
Brown said it is too earlyto know
what charges prosecutors might
authorize against the- suspects.
Three of the suspects are 17 years
old and one of them is 16 years old.
All of the suspects are currently in
custody, Brown said.
part-time lecturers work less and
make less money, making the cost
of health benefits more of a bur-
strongly," Walls said.
Negotiation meetings are sched-
uled for every Friday from today
through the end of the semester.
Though past negotiations have
carried on through the summer,
officials on both sides say they are
determined to end this year's col-
lective bargaining process by the
end of April.
to Haiti and at least get a couple of
In additionto the Survival Flight,
the Health System is currently send-
ing basic medical supplies to the
country via a Detroit-based char-
ity, World Medical Relief. Though
the Health System hasn't sent any
medical personnel tobe stationed in
Haiti, officials are collecting names
of nurses, pharmacists, clinical staff
and medically trained volunteers,
who are willingto work on site.
The country - which was rav-
aged by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake
on Jan. 12 - is still in dire need of
medical supplies, and trained medi-
cal professionals, according to The
Aid workers arrived in the coun-
tryindroves as part ofthe largestaid
effort in the Red Cross's 91-year his-
tory, according to the AP.
The Haitian government esti-
mates that the death toll has reached
200,000 in the eight days since the
quake struck, according to The AP.
The quake also left 250,000 injured
and an estimated 2 million home-
-The Associated Press
contributed to this report.
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"The first six months was us
learning how to swim," Lin said.
By winter term 2009, the group
gained clientele by seeking busi-
nesses and referrals from existing
clients and from there Nexecon's
Last summer at the National
Summit in Detroit - a meeting of
business and government officials
to discuss the country's economic
future - the students spoke with
University President Mary Sue
Coleman and she became inter-
ested in developing a relationship
with the company, Lin said.
Coleman sent the students to
Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president
for government relations at the
University, and what was sup-
posed to be a 20-minute meeting
turned into an hour and a half
long discussion. Wilbanks then
referred the students to several
other University departments,
according to Lin.
The group currently advises
University departments on mar-
keting and strategy techniques.
The University also has an in-
house consulting group, the Pru-
dence Panel, which consists of
students, faculty and ,staff who
advise the University on cost-cut-
ting measures. But Nexecon differs
from the Prudence Panel because it
consists of only students, according
LSA senior Mark De Avila, a co-
founder of the group, said work-
ing with the University has given
members of Nexecon a better
understanding of consulting prac-
tices and the inner workings of the
- Editor's Note: Nexecon
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