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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, February 19, 2010

A HOLE NEW LOOK

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'regents
sued over
closed door
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MIA MARINO/Daily
Kris Kelly of Pangea Piercing pierces Eastern Michigan University senior Betty Adams's ear at the shop's new Forafull story on Pangea Piercing's
location on Sunday. The shop, which first opened in 1999, moved to its new location at 211 E. Liberty Street at the move check out the Dailys News blog
end of last month. The move was part of a push to be closer to more locally owned businesses. at michigandaily.com/blogs/The Wire.
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
Plans for NCRC takin shape

'U' alum alleges
meeting about NCAA
investigation violated
Open Meetings Act
By KYLE SWANSON
Daily News Editor
The University's BoardofRegents
was hit with a lawsuit yesterday,
which claims that a closed-door
meeting that took place two weeks
ago was inviolation of the Michigan
Open Meetings Act, according to a
news report published last night.
The regents met in University
President Mary Sue Coleman's pri-
vate conference room for approxi-
mately 90 minutes on Feb. 3, a
source with knowledge of the situ-
ation told The Michigan Daily at the
time. According to the source, the
meetingcentered around the NCAA
investigation into allegations that
Michigan's football program violat-
ed NCAA regulations governing the
allowable amount of time student-
athletes can spend in practice and
off-season workouts.
According to a report published
by The Detroit Free Press last night,
University alum Robert Davis filed

a lawsuit yesterday against the
regents for holding the meeting in
private, something he alleges vio-
lated the Michigan Open Meetings
Act.
Davis told the Free Press that
he wasn't trying to harm his alma
mater with the suit, but wanted to
make sure the University was held
accountable.
"I live U-M football and basket-
ball and I want to see the University
of Michigan do well," he told the
Free Press. "I just hope and I pray
that University officials follow the
same rules that they hold the stu-
dent-athletes to."
According to the Free Press,
Davis's lawsuit seeks a court order
to prevent the Board of Regents
from holding executive sessions
on the NCAA investigation and
requests that minutes from the Feb.
3 meeting be released to the public.
In an interview with the Daily
last night, University spokeswoman
Kelly Cunningham said the Univer-
sity behaved appropriately when it
held the closed-door regents meet-
ing earlier this month.
"The University acted appropri-
ately," Cunningham said.
Cunningham said she couldn't
speak about the specifics of the law-
See LAWSUIT, Page 7

Collaboration
between researchers
will be emphasis of
former Pfizer site
By KYLE SWANSON
Daily News Editor
In an e-mail 'sent to the
campus community yesterday,
Executive Vice President for
Medical Affairs Ora Pescovitz

announced four major deci-
sions that will help guide the
North Campus Research Cen-
ter's future activity.
In the e-mail, Pescovitz
emphasized the interdisciplin-
ary nature of the NCRC and
revealed that research at the
complex will focus around two
technologies that will serve as
as anchors for future research.
The first focus of NCRC
researchers will be to strive to
grow a world-class collabora-
tion in biointerfaces - or the

interface between biomaterial
and other materials. Accord-
ing to Pescovitz's e-mail, the
research will focus on micro-
fluidics and sensors, cell and
tissue engineering, biomateri-
als and drug delivery, and nano-
technology.
The second area of research
will explore new collaborative
possibilities with functional,
molecular and structural imag-
ing.
Pescovitz also announced an
initiative to research the United

States's health care services and
encouraged faculty interested
in transferring their research to
the NCRC to apply to move.
In an interview with The
Michigan Daily following yes-
terday's University Board of
Regents meeting, Pescovitz
said she's excited for the pos-
sibilities of the collaborative
research.
"These are really incredible,
state-of-the-art interdisciplin-
ary programs that I think are
See NCRC, Page 7

UNIVERSITY BOARD F REGENTS
Regents approve Philip
Hanlon as 'U' provost

Hanlon will succeed
current provost
Sullivan on July 1
By JOSEPH LICHTERMAN
Daily StaffReporter
The University's Board of
Regents approved the appoint-
ment of Philip Hanlon to the
position of provost and executive

vice president of academic affairs
in a unanimous vote at their
monthly meeting yesterday.
Hanlon, who currently serves
as the vice
provost for NOTEBOOK
academic and
budgetary affairs, will succeed
current provost Teresa Sullivan
who is leaving the University to
become the president of the Uni-
versity of Virginia.
University President Mary Sue

Coleman told the regents yes-
terday that she is excited about
Hanlon's appointment, adding
that she is looking forward to
continuing to work with him.
"Everyone at this table has
worked with Prof. Hanlon as
part of our annual budget plan-
ning and knows his command
of both academic and budgetary
matters," she said. "Not only is he
an excellent administrator, he is
See REGENTS, Page 7

CAMPUS GROUPS . .
Students participate in weekly
protests outside of Andiamo

Anne Valk, associate director for prograws at the John Nicholas Brown Center at Brown University, speaks at the tenth annual
Dewey lecture in the Michigan League yesterday. Valk talked about her experiences working with oral histories.
At tenth annual Dewey lecture,
Brown U. prof. talks oral histories

Restaurant says
allegations of rights
abuses are baseless
By OLIVIA CARRINO
Daily StaffReporter
University students have been
involved in a campaign to pro-
test what they believe is a viola-
tion of workers' rights at a local
restaurant.
Since November 2009, the
Restaurant Opportunities Cen-

ter of Michigan has been pro-
testing outside of Andiamo
restaurant, which they claim
is violating minimum wage
requirements, ignoring sexual
harassment allegations and dis-
criminating based on gender,
race and national origin.
In addition, the workers filed
a federal lawsuit in January for
$125,000 worth of back wages
as well as for the various forms
of discrimination they experi-
enced.
In response to the allegations
made by ROC-Michigan, Andi-

amo restaurant has dedided to
counter-sue the organization,
according to representatives of
the restaurant. A recent press
release from Andiamo restau-
rant stated "no information was
provided (by ROC-Michigan) to
allow Andiamo of Dearborn to
even try to look into the claims."
"Since the beginning of ROC-
MI's attack, Andiamo of Dear-
born has been asking for proof
of ROC-MI's allegations," the
press release stated. "To date,
the organization has refused to
See PROTEST, Page 7

Anne Valk said
learning about the
local community can
help students, 'U'
By BETHANY BIRON
Daily StaffReporter
The University celebrated the
10th Annual John Dewey Lecture
yesterday with a discussion led by
Anne Valk, associate director of
the John Nichols Brown Center
for Public Humanities and Cultur-
al Heritage at Brown University.
Valk spoke to a crowd of

about SO people in the Michigan
League's Henderson Room about
her work in community oral his-
tory projects. She explained how
learning about local origins of a
community can be beneficial to
its current inhabitants, including
members of university communi-
ties.
Valk said she began her work
in oral history as a Ph.D. sti-
dent at Duke University, where
she directed a multi-year project
focused on elderly African Ameri-
cans who lived in the segregated
South during the Jim Crow era.
Valk said she was inspired to con-
tinue studying oral histories after
completing the project.

Valk's currenthwork documents
the history of the inhabitants of
Fox Point, Rhode Island, a com-
munity bordering Brown Univer-
sity.
Valk's research group - includ-
ing a team of students - has set
out to interview citizens, and col-
lect stories and artifacts like old
photographs in an effort to learn
more about the neighborhood.
Valk emphasized that focusing on
memories and learning about the
past plays an important role in
unifying a community and learn-
ing about how to improve future
living standards.
"Memory provides an impor-
See ORAL HISTORY, Page 3

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