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Pescovitz: 'U' willhave the 'premier ;ow p 1

institute' for health care research

NCRC
From Page 1
going to revolutionize the activities
at NCRC," Pescovitz said. "In many
ways what we're thinking is that this
isgoingtotransformthe way welook
at research."
Pescovitz said in the interview
that she believes the biointerfaces
institute and imaging institute
would bring abroad range of collabo-
rators together.
"They are anchors that we envi-
sion will attract a whole variety of
different research programs that
will then be attracted by this new
technology to the site," Pescovitz
said. "They are so interdisciplinary
andbecause they are so diverse, they
will be of interest to investigators
from avarietyof different schools'
Pescovitz added that the tech-
nologies that the NCRC will focus
on are important to a wide range of
scientists.
"You can envision chemists and
engineers and life scientists all
requiring those different technolo-
gies," Pescovitz said. "So what we're
really hoping will now happen is the
programs we are hoping to solicit
will be interdisciplinary and will
PROTEST
From Page 1
provide any details regarding these
allegations so that Andiamo of
Dearborn could address them with
the true facts."
ROC-MI is an independent, non-
profit organization, which aims
to support restaurant workers in
southeast Michigan and has been
working to improve conditions in
the restaurant industry.
Social Work graduate student
Jaimie Philip, an ROC-MI intern,
said the organization began its
campaign against Andiamo restau-
rant by delivering a demand letter
to the restaurant on Nov. 5, which
all the workers involved inthe cam-
paign, had signed.
"(It) stated what the concerns
were to the restaurant, and it gave
them the opportunity to start nego-
tiations with us, but that didn't
happen," Philip said. "Part of the
demand letter states that if they
don't respond within two weeks,
the workers will take legal and
community action, so that's when
the protests began."
Marla Linderman, an attorney
with Linderman Law P.C., released
a statement to The Michigan Daily
today on behalf of the restaurant.
In the statement representatives of
Andiamo restaurant wrote that the
restaurant initially tried solving
the situation with ROC-MI before

take advantage of those specific
technologies that we're hoping will
be anchored there."
In her e-mail yesterday, Pesco-
vitz also announced that faculty and
staff working on projects to improve
the quality of the health care system
would also be moved to the NCRC to
create a central, more collaborative
hub for the work.
Pescovitz wrote in the e-mail that
she hopes the move "will develop
the nation's premier institute for
research in health care services" -
including howto effectively manage,
organize, deliver and finance the
best quality of health care possible.
According to information post-
ed. on the University of Michigan
Health System's website, approxi-
mately 125 faculty and 450 staff
membersawill be moved to the NCRC
to better coordinate their work
across disciplines.
"The health services research is
a unique opportunity to aggregate
scientists that have been spread out
across all of the different partsnof our
campus," Pesovitz said in the inter-
view. ~
However, Pescovitz added that
she also envisions partnerships with
government and private research
groups, including the Veterans
the group filed a lawsuit againstthe
company.
"Andiamo of Dearborn abso-
lutely responded to the demand
letter and offered to investigate
the claims," the document stated.
"However, ROC-Michigan made it
clear, on more than one occasion,
that they were not interested in
any sort of constructive dialogue;
they just wanted to cause damage
to Andiamo of Dearborn's reputa-
tion."
Additionally, Andiamo officials
claim they had two business days to
respond to the group's demand let-
ter, not two weeks.
Despite the restaurant's claims,
ROC-MI and University students
have been protesting outside the
restaurant every Friday night at
7 p.m. According to MBA student
Mark Birkett, who said he's a reg-
ular protester, the group-usually
consists of community members,
restaurant workers and University
students.'
"We stay on the sidewalk outside
of Andiamo," he said. "We usually
just march there with our picket
signs that say 'Hungry for Justice.'
We have noise makers as well as
improv drum sets, shakers and a
cow bell."
Philip said the organization held
a special action protest in front of
Andiamo on Valentine's Day, since
it is "one of the biggest days in the
restaurant industry."
"The theme of the day is 'Love

Administration and Arbor Research
Collaborative for Health.
Though yesterday's announce-
ment willshift more staff and faculty
members to the NCRC, other faculty
interested in making the move, but
not associated with the main focus-
es of the complex are still eligible
to apply. Applicants to the NCRC
must complete an application that
describes their collaborative work,
whichwillbereviewedbyaprogram
review committee.
While yesterday's announcement
means that the University will begin
fillingthefacility, University officials
don't believe it will be filled to capac-
ity for several more years. In fact,
when the property was purchased
last year, University President Mary
Sue Coleman said she wanted to
allow 10years to fill the space.
At the time, Coleman said the
bargain of the building's purchase
would serve as an investment that
should be strategically planned out
to make the most of the new space
and not simply shift research proj-
ects from one buildingto another.
The NCRC is in an almost 2 mil-
lion square-foot space that was
formally owned by Pfizer. The Uni-
versity completed the $108 million
purchase of the facility in mid-June.
Your Server,"' she said. "We're
passing out chocolates and things
to customers as they come in to
thank them for their support of the
workers and also to educate them
about the campaign a little bit."
Starting tonight, ROC-MI will
be holding monthly vigils in front
of the restaurant to show further
support for the workers. Interfaith
Worker Justice in Detroitis helping
to organize these events.
Philip added that ROC-MI will
continue protesting "until we win,"
adding that the group has been try-
ing to expand campus awareness
about the campaign and get more
University students involved.
Birkett said there is currently
a Project Community class with a
whole section devoted to educat-
ing students about the campaign
as well as getting people out to
protest. He said he hopes to work
with Students Organizing for
Labor and Economic Equality and
the Roosevelt Institute's Center on
Urban Planning and Community
Development on a workshop about
labor rights at the upcoming Michi-
gan Social Justice Conference in
March.
Though the organization has
plans to expand the protests, the
restaurant said in the statement
that they."stand by its outstanding
record and reputation in the com-
munity" and the "community has
been outstanding in its support of
Andiamo."

suit since she had not seen a copy
of it yet.
However, on Feb. 8 - prior to
yesterday's lawsuit - University,
spokesman Rick Fitzgerald told the
Daily the regents meeting didn't
violate any regulations set forth in
the Michigan Open Meetings Act.
Fitzgerald said at the time the
meeting did not fall under the
act because it was an "informal"
meeting of the Board of Regents,
not a "closed" meeting as set forth
in the act.
Additionally, Fitzgerald said
the meeting was not even classifi-
able as a meeting as defined in the
act. The Michigan Open Meetings
REGENTS
From Page 1
an accomplished mathematician,
a (Arthur F.) Thurnau profes-
sor, a dedicated teacher and most
important a respected leader."
Hanlon, who is also a mathe-
matics professor, will begin work
in his new role on July 1 under a
five-year contract, though Sulli-
van won't be leaving the Univer-
sity until July 31. For the month of
July Sullivan will act as a special
advisor to the president.
REGENTS APPROVE
TRANSIT CENTER
CONSTRUCTION PLANS
The regents also unanimously
approved improvements to the
Central Campus Transit Center.
The project includes adding
bike lanes and expanding bus
shelters. In addition, the plan
calls for resurfacing North Uni-
versity Avenue between Fletcher
and Church Streets and decreas-
ing the number of motor vehicle
lanes from two on each side of the
street to one.
In addition, a new water main
will be put in as the street is being
resurfaced. The larger water main
will provide greater fire protec-
tion to the surrounding buildings.
The number of crosswalks
will also be reduced to stream-
line pedestrian traffic. Addition-
ally, renovations will be made to
the Ruthven Museum to increase
handicap accessibility.

Act defines a meeting as "the con-
vening of a public body at which a
quorum is present for the purpose
of deliberating toward or render-
ing a decision on a public policy."
Fitzgerald said because the
meeting was not subject to the act,
no meeting minutes were kept.
Asked why the University post-
ed a notice for the Feb. 3 informal
meeting of the Board of Regents
- a requirement set forth for all
meetings under the Michigan
Open Meetings Act Fitzgerald
said it was done as a courtesy to
the campus community. He also
said he believed it was a standard
practice that had been in place
for the almost one year he has-
worked at the University.
The Michigan football pro-
gram has been under investiga-
Hank Baier, associate vice pres-
ident for facilities and operations,
told the Regents that the renova-
tions will make the area easier to
traverse and safer for pedestrians
and motorists alike.
"A number of congestion and
pedestrian safety issues exist and
a lot of this has come about over
the years as we continue to add
more and more bus transporta-
tion," he said.
The $4.5 million project is
being funded by the University
and the federal stimulus. Baier
said usually the city of Ann Arbor
would help pay for a project like
this, but it is currently strapped
for funds.
"We will often do cost shar-
ing with the city, but in this
case, we're picking up additional
funding because the city doesn't
have the funds," Baier said. "So,
typically, they would pick up the
water main and they wquld pick
up portions of the street repav-
ing."
University officials said they
expect the project will be com-
pleted in the fall.
REGENTS HEAR UPDATE
ON REACCREDITATION
PROCESS
Geology Prof. Ben van der
Pluijm, who is heading the Uni-
versity's accreditation team, gave
a presentation at yesterday's
meeting to inform the regents
about the status of the 'Universi-
ty's accreditation process.
The University is required

Friday, February 19, 2010 - 7
tion by the NCAA since Oct. 23
when NCAA Vice President for
Enforcement David Price sent a
letter of inquiry to Coleman.
At the time, Price wrote he
hoped to complete the investi-
gation by Dec. 31, 2009, but that
the date was a goal and not a firm
deadline. Neither the University
nor the NCAA has released any
information about the NCAA
probe since itbegan.
When the allegations against
the Michigan football program
were first brought forward
in a Free Press article in late
August 2009, the University also
launched an internal investiga-
tion into the matter. To date, Uni-
versity officials have not released
any information regarding that
investigation.
by law to be reaccredited every
ten years in order to qualify for
federal financial aid. As part of
the reaccreditation, the Higher
Learning Commission requires
the University to complete a self-
study. The study focuses on five
specific topics outlined by the
HLC - the University's mission,
its preparedness for the future,
the in-classroom experience, out
of classroom engagement and
application of knowledge.
Additionally, the HLC allows
institutions that are expected to
be reaccredited to choose an extra
self-study on a topic that appeals
to them. Because the University
falls into this category, University
officials have decided to do a self-
study on internationalism at the
University.
In his presentation, van der
Pluijm said there are many rec-
ommendations in his commit-
tee's report that outline ways for
the University to have more of an
international feel.
"We also want to emphasize
that in a place like Michigan that
internationalization is not just
getting more kids abroad," van
der Pluijm said. "Getting kids
out of the Ann Arbor campus is
not the only scenario. Bringing
people to campus can be just as
valuable."
The process will culminate
next month when a 13-member
team from the HLC comes to
Ann Arbor from March 15 to 17 to
observe the campus and to meet
with high-level administrators
and other University leaders.

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