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Mark Burns offers an apology
to Louie Caporusso, who has
more than proven his worth '
since Burns's Jan. 26T kY A " s b
column chastising him.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday March 16, 2010

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GLUE, GRIDS AND GRADES

CONNECTING ANN ARBOR
ty Council
makes push
for Google
Fiber in A
At meeting, council 3) said Ann Arbor must find a
way to distinguish itself from the
passes resolution competition.
If selected as a trial location,
voicing support Ann Arbor will take all legal mea-
sures to ensure the safe installa-
for project tion of the network, according to
Taylor.
By DYLAN CINTI "The city is firmly behind this
Daily Staff Reporter effort," Taylor said.
Taylor added that City Coun-
City officials are one step clos- cil's approval of the measure is
er to convincing Google to bring important because Google will
its ultra high-speed Internet net- consider community support in
work, known as Google fiber, to its evaluation of potential sites.
Ann Arbor. At last night's meeting, Mayor
At its meeting last night, Ann John Hieftje said there is a "tre-
Arbor City Council unanimously mendous amount" of support for
approved a resolution to urge that Google Fiber around the commu-
Ann Arbor become a trial location nity.
for the project. Google Fiber for In addition to support from
Communities aims to construct City Council, there has been
a high-speed, fiber-to-home net- an effort to bring Google fiber
work that will provide Internet to Ann Arbor by gaining grass-
services 100 times faster than roots support. A local advocacy
most are accustomed to, accord- group called A2 Fiber has estab-
ing to the project's website. lished both Facebook and Twit-
Ann Arbor faces stiff compe- ter accounts for members of the
tition from many other cities, community to voice their sup-
including Topeka, Kan., whose port. A2 Fiber has almost 12,000
mayor changed the city's name to Facebook friends and 658 Twitter
"Google" for the month of March, followers as of yesterday.
The Baltimore Sun reported. Lisa Raycraft, a member of
Google has not specified how A2 Fiber and marketing com-
many trial locations it will select. munications specialist at the
For that reason, Councilmem- University, said in an interview
ber Christopher Taylor (D-Ward See GOOGLE, Page 3

Nora Leon, a Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning junior, works on her midterm project, which was to construct a model for a new athletic center.
Faculty staff, students talk
'- m

Forums part of
reaccreditation
process conducted
every 10 years
By SUZANNE JACOBS
Daily StaffReporter
In a series of meetings yes-
terday, members of the Higher
Learning Commission - the

organization responsible for con-
ducting the University's reac-
creditation assessment - heard
feedback from members of the
campus community as part of the
process.
Students, faculty and staff at
the University spoke yesterday
with members of the HLC in open-
forum style meetings to discuss
their experience at the University.
The reaccreditation process,
which happens every 10 years,
requires the University to file an

internal report and for members
of the HLC to visit campus. The
assessment evaluates the Uni-
versity on five criteria: mission
and integrity, preparedness for
the future, student learning and
effective teaching, application of
knowledge and engagement out-
side of the classroom. The HLC's
visit began yesterday and will end
tomorrow.
Though the meetings were open
to the public, members of the press
were not permitted to attendthe

forums.
University spokeswoman Kelly
Cunningham told The Michi-
gan Daily that the meetings were
closed to members of the press
because the forums were designed
to provide a private, confidential
atmosphere for faculty, staff and
students to raise concerns.
Cunningham added that repre-
sentatives of the University would
also not be sitting in on the meet-
ings in an official capacity, as a way
See REACCREDITATION, Page 3

COMPUTING ON C A MPU S
At meeting, CIO says 'U' is
revitalizing its IT services

CAMPUS WEAR-HOUSE

Patterson tells
SACUA 'U' is middle
of the road for IT
ByANNIE GORDON THOMAS
Daily StaffReporter
Laura Patterson, associate vice
president and chief information
officer at the University, spoke
to the leading faculty governing

body yesterday about the future of
information technology at the Uni-
versity.
Patterson told members of
the Senate Advisory Commit-
tee on University Affairs that
the University hopes to improve
the technologies used to sup-
port administration, learning and
especially research at the Univer-
sity through a new program called
Next Gen Michigan.
She said University offi-

ials thought up the program in
response to the "decentralized"
nature of information technol-
ogy at the University, adding that
the University has not offered
much technological support for
researchers.
"We, in some ways, have almost
missed a generation of computing,"
Patterson said.
Patterson noted that other
universities have surpassed the
See SACUA, Page 3

UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION
University fills vacant posts

ANNA SCHULTE/Daily
School of Music, Theatre & Dance Costume Stock and Wardrobe Manager Renae Skoog gives a tour of the Costume Stock Ware-
house yesterday. The 6,000-square-foot space houses more than 30,000 costumes and is "bursting at the seems," Skoog said.

in Office of General Counsel Onregents' agenda, degrees for Obama, others

Gloria Hage left the
'U' to take over as
general counsel at
Eastern Michigan
By KYLE SWANSON
Daily NewsEditor
University officials announced
yesterday that two vacancies in the
University's Office of the General
Counsel have been filled.

According to a press release
distributed by the University yes-
terday attorneys David Masson
and Margaret Marchack will fill
the posts, both called associate
vice president and deputy general
counsel. Marchack's and Masson's
appointments are pending approv-
al from the University's Board of
Regents.
Masson, who has worked for the
University's Office of the General
Counsel since 2000, was promoted
to the post of associate vice presi-
dent and deputy general counsel.

The position was left vacant after
Gloria Hage - who worked in the
role and was interim associate
vice president and deputy gen-
eral counsel at the University of
Michigan Health System - left the
University to become the general
counsel for Eastern Michigan Uni-
versity on March 1.
In his new role, Masson will be
responsible for aiding Vice Presi-
dent and General Counsel Suellyn
Scarnecchia in running the Uni-
versity's legal operations from the
See GENERAL COUNSEL, Page 3

At monthly meeting,
regents will also
talk construction
By KYLE SWANSON
Daily News Editor
At their monthly meeting
this Thursday, the University's
Board of Regents will be asked to
approve a recommendation from
University President Mary Sue
Coleman to award six honorary

degrees at this year's spring com-
mencement - including one for
President Barack Obama.
Obama is set to deliverthe com-
mencement address at this year's
graduation and, once approved by
the regents, will
receive a Doctor NOTEBOOK
of Laws degree
while on campus. Obama will
be the third sitting president to
deliver a commencement address
at the University.
In addition to delivering the
commencement address at the

Naval Academy last-year, Obama
spoke at the University of Notre
Dame last spring, where he was
given an honorary degree, and at
Arizona State University, where
he was not given an honorary
degree. Arizona State Universi-
ty's decision not to award Obama
an honorary degree drew criti-
cism from many, but school offi-
cials stood firm in their beliefs
that Obama had not accomplished
enough as president to warrant an
honorary degree.
See REGENTS, Page 3

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