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* Ann Arbor, Michigan
UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION
In meeting,
Sullivan
talks budget,
Obama visit

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
BOXING IN THE BASEMENT

michigandaily.com

Provost says her
office is in a
seasonal lull period
By ANNIE GORDON THOMAS
Daily StaffReporter
Speaking before the Senate
Advisory Committee on Univer-
sity Affairs yesterday, Provost
Teresa Sullivan discussed issues
ranging from
the state bud- NOTEBOOK
get and Michi-
gan Promise Scholarship to the
announcement that President
Barack Obama will be speaking at
spring commencement.
But despite the range of top-
ics she discussed at yesterday's
meeting, Sullivan reported that
her office is relatively quiet right
now.
The recent announcement of
Democratic Gov. Jennifer Gra-
nholm's budget proposal for the
next fiscal year was a topic of
conversation at the meeting, as
Sullivan mentioned that state-
funding levels for the University
are expected to remain the same
as last year.
While the budget plan was bal-
anced with proposed increases in
taxes, Sullivan said she doesn't

feel optimistic about budget real-
ities since she believes the taxes
will likely not be put into effect.
Sullivan also discussed Gra-
nholm's proposal to reinstate the
Michigan Promise Scholarship -
a merit-based program that gives
in-state students between $500
and $4,000 over the course of
four years to help pay for tuition.
Sullivan talked about Gra-
nholm's proposal to bring the
scholarship back with "delayed
gratification" for students as a
tax credit that would be awarded
if the graduate decided to stay in
Michigan for one year after grad-
uation.
In addition to the state bud-
get, Sullivan also discussed her
office's progress on the Univer-
sity's budget for the upcoming
year: She said she is holding two
budget meetings with deans each
day in order to make sure the
budget makes it to the Univer-
sity Board of Regents' desk by the
June deadline.
"We are working towards
having the budget ready for the
Board of Regents in June," Sul-
livan said.
Sullivan also talked about last
week's announcement that Presi-
dent Obama would deliver this
spring's commencement address.
See SACUA, Page 7

Dentistry student Mohammad Almazedi watches Rackham students Ibrahim Boulares (left) and Paul Gromek (right) fight during a meeting of the newly formed Muay Thai
Kickboxing Club yesterday. The club meets in the basement of the Intramural Sports Building, which is missing a punching bag. Graduate Library employee Bryce Burasinski
said besides the missing punching bag, the group doesn't mind practicing in the basement because it adds to the ambiance of the sport
UNIVERSITY oA RrD OF RrEGENTS

Project will add
bike lanes and bus
shelters to North
University Ave.
By KYLE SWANSON
Daily News Editor
At its monthly meeting on
Thursday, the University's Board
of Regents is set to consider moving
forward on construction project

without city funds that would typi-
cally receive financial support from
the city.
The project to the Central Cam-
pus Transit Center includes resur-
facing North University Avenue
between Church Street and Fletch-
er Street, adding bike lanes, reduc-
ing the number of motor vehicle
lanes to one in each direction and
providing new bus shelters.
While resurfacing North Univer-
sity Avenue, upgrades to the water
main under the street would also be
made to improve fire protection to

nearbybuildings.
The project would also incorpo-
rate revisions to the flow of pedes-
trian traffic and would create an
accessible entrance on the westside
of the Ruthven Museum.
The project is estimated to cost
$4.5 million and will, if approved,
be funded by the University and
through federal funds.
In a letter to the regents, Tim
Slottow, executive vice president
and chief financial officer, wrote
that often a project of this nature
would be shared with the city, but

that the city is not able to allocate
funding quickly enough to take
advantage of the federal funds
available for the project.
MUSEUM RENOVATION
AND COLLECTION
RELOCATION
The regents are also set to con-
sider a $17.6 million project that
would pay for a 46,000-square-
foot renovation to the Varsity Drive
Building. Upon completion of the
See REGENTS, Page 7

4' UNIVERSITY HOUSING
In West Quad, an increase
in false fire alarms of late

Official sent e-mail
warning students
about dangers of
prank fire alarms
By BETHANY BIRON
Daily StaffReporter
Though most students living in
a residence hall are accustomed to
being woken up in the middle of the
night by a fire alarm and having to
brave the cold in their pajamas at

least a couple of times a year, the
residents of West Quadrangle resi-
dence hall have experienced more
than the typical number of false
alarms.
Since Feb. 1, West Quad has
experienced three false fire alarm
incidents, the most recent of which
went off at 3:39 a.m. yesterday
morning. The false alarms are
part of what Declan Lugin, asso-
ciate director of housing security,
described as a "disturbing trend
emerging in West Quad" in an
e-mail he sent to West Quad resi-
dents yesterday.

He also encouraged students
with any knowledge of the inci-
dents to report the information to
the Department of Public Safety's
anonymous tip line or to tell their
resident advisor or hall director.
In addition, Lugin wrote that
pulling a fire alarm unnecessarily
could be dangerous for those living
in the building.
"Any time hundreds of people
evacuate a building, there is risk
of injury. Whenever a fire alarm
is activated for non-emergency
reasons, it can breed complacen-
See FALSE ALARMS, Page 7

Dr. Rick Hodes gives a lecture entitled "Health in Africa: Working in Critical Conditions" in the Public Health Building. Dr.
Hodes, who is on the board of Will Work for Food, discussed his experiences helping children in Ethiopa for almost 30 years.
For doctor, chemo on the porch
an option if it could better a life

MICHIGAN STUDENT ASSEMBLY
MSA reps form new party

At campus event,
Rick Hodes talks
about career helping
children in Ethiopia
By DEBJANI MUKHERJEE
Daily StaffReporter
Rick Hodes, a senior attending
physician at the Mother Teresa's
Mission, spoke at the School of
Public Health yesterday about
his work to improve the health of

those living in Ethiopia.
The event, "Medicine in Africa:
Working in Critical Conditions,"
was sponsored by Will Work For
Food, UM Hillel, University of
Michigan School of Public Health
and the Center for Global Health.
As a specialist in spinal condi-
tions, heart disease and cancer,
Hodes said he first began treating
those living in Ethiopia when he
went there as a relief worker dur-
ing the 1984 famine. He returned
to Ethiopia in 1985, and in 1990
was hired by the American Jew-
ish Joint Distribution Committee

to give medical assistance to the
Ethiopian Jews immigrating to
Israel. Soon after that, he came
across Mother Teresa's Mission,
and now has a practice in Ethio-
pia under that mission, with help
from the American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee.
In his presentation last night,
Hodes said Ethiopia is a coun-
try where the chance of dying
in childbirth is higher than the
chance of dying from heart dis-
ease in the United States. Medical
care is sparse and of low quality,
See HODES, Page 7

MForward will focus
on bringing together
campus leaders
By TORREY ARMSTRONG
Daily StaffReporter
Several members of the Michi-
gan Student Assembly announced
the formation of MForward, a new
MSA political party, in a press
release distributed Sunday.
"More so than any previous MSA

party, MForward brings together a
diverse slate of student candidates
spanning across majors, students
organizations, and campus com-
munities," party officials said in
the release.
LSA juniors Chris Armstrong
and Jason Raymond will run for
MSA president and vice president,
respectively, on the MForward
ticket this spring. Currently, Arm-
strong serves as chair of MSA's
LGBT commission and Raymond
is chair of MSA's external relations
committee.

"Over the past year, a lot of us
felt that the assembly wasn't doing
everythingthat it can for students,"
Armstrong said in an interview last
night. "It didn't really connect stu-
dent government to the student
body at large, and it didn't really
lobby on their behalf in a substan-
tial way. This party is an effort to
change that"
Though Raymond praised MSA's
events and programming in the last
year, he said the assembly has more
improvements to make in terms of
See MFORWARD, Page 7

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