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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday, April 8, 2010

michigandaily.com

2 police, fire
officials split
on cause of
weekend fires

MARISSA MCCLAIN/Daily
LSA sophomore Rick Stepanovic looks at his reflection after shaving his head for a Sigma Phi Epsilon fundraiser for Saint Baldricks, an organization that raises money for pediatric
cancer research. In return for Alpha Delta Pi sorority donating $100 to the cause, Stepanovic shaved the sorority's letters into his head. For a story on the fundraiser, see Page 7A.
FINANCING YOUR E DUCAT ION
In student aid overhaul, traces
Of U officia l past and present

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APD contends sized that though the fires are
"suspicious," at this point, AAFD
s were caused by has no evidence that suggests the
blazes were caused by arson and
arson, but fire therefore AAFD officials can't
stand by the crime report.
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AAFD has the ultimate say as to
By DYLAN CINTI whether the fires were arsons,
DailyStaffReporter but the police are handling the
criminal investigation.
Ann Arbor police and fire In a separate interview last
tments are divided over the night, an Ann Arbor police ser-
of two suspicious fires that geant who requested to remain
red at residences near cam- anonymous because they weren't
n Saturday morning. permitted to speak publicly on
police department is the investigation, said the police
ng the two fires as arsons, department already has enough
ding to its crime statistics evidence to treat the fires as
t for the week of March arsons.
April 3 released yesterday. The sergeant said the close
re department officials dis- proximity in both timing and
saying they have no evi- location of the fires is indicative
suggesting the fires were of arson.
lt of arson, Ann Arbor Fire "There were four things that
hall Kathleen Chamberlain caught on fire in a single night,'
n an interview yesterday. the sergeant said. "We're trying
fires - a blaze in a rental to use a little common sense."
on State Street that killed The police are not even consid'
nd injured two others and a ering the possibility that any of
ate incident in which three the fires were accidental, accord-
cent up in flames under an ing to the sergeant.
ment building on Church "If it had just been one fire,
- are currently under then maybe," the sergeant said.
igation by both the police "But four fires?"
re departments. The sergeant also said the
yesterday's interview, police department is treating the
berlain repeatedly empha- See FIRES, Page 7A

'U' served as one of
100 testing grounds
for direct student
lending program
By BETHANY BIRON
DailyStaffReporter
President Barack Obama
recently signed a bill into law
that aims to overhaul student
aid by implementing direct stu-

dent lending at colleges across
the nation.
But this won't mean much of a
change for the University where
direct student lending has been
in place for years. In fact, cur-
rent and former University
officials were involved in' the
development of the concept of
direct student lending, and the
University served as a testing
ground for the program.
Thomas Butts was the direc-
tor of the University's Student
Financial Aid office from 1971

to 1977, and later, the deputy
assistant secretary for Stu-
dent Financial Assistance for
the federal government dur-
ing President Jimmy Carter's
administration from 1977 to
1981. Butts then worked in the
University's Office of Govern-
ment Relations in Washington
D.C. in the early 1990s, during
which time he collaborated with
former State Rep. William Ford
(D-Mich.) to develop a direct
student lending pilot program
for select schools across the

nation.
In 1994, the University
became one of 100 schools to
take part in the direct student
loan initiative. According to
Butts, the decision to take part
in the program was largely due
to the desire of former Univer-
sity President James Duderstadt
to change financial aid pro-
grams at the University and his
asking Butts for help in getting
that accomplished.
"My role was to develop this
See LOANS, Page 7A

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
'l' researchers hopeful after
successful particle collision -W . , ,

University had a
hand in historic
Large Hadron
Collider test
By LILLIAN XIAO
Daily StaffReporter
in a 17-mile tunnel located
underneath France and Switzer-
land, the Large Hadron Collider

- the largesthigh-energyparticle
accelerator in the world - under-
went its first beam collision early
last week, marking a quantum
leap toward testing current mod-
els of physics.
Researchers at the Euro-
pean Organization for Nuclear
Research - some of whom are
from the University of Michigan
- hope the energy generated by
the LHC will produce collisions
between subatomic particles and
answer key questions surround-

ing the creation of matter and
other dimensions.
"It's goingtobean excitingfew
months ahead," said J. Chapman,
a professor emeritus of physics at
the University and one of the LHC
researchers.
The LHC has the potential
to accelerate beams of particles
along its 17-mile circumference
in just microseconds, Chapman
said. The head-on collisions pro-
duce an array of particles, and
See COLLISION, Page 7A

POLITICIAN ON CAMPUS
Former U.S. Rep., Law School alum
Ford talks policy at campus event

Shannon Schulyer of PriceWaterhouseCooper gives a talk on corporate responsibility at the Ross School of Business yesterday.
Schulyer said corporate responsihility is important for hoth prospective employees and consumers.
'U'alumtalks corporate responsibility

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t lecture, Ford people about a variety of issues,
includingthe economy, the prima-
scusses health ry voting system and the recently
passed health care reform bill.
e, party politics During his talk in the Ford
School of Public Policy's Annen-
By SCOTT SUH berg Auditorium, Ford com-
Daily StaffReporter mended President Obama's
resiliency in passing health care
ersity Law School alum reform, but was quick to point out
rmer United States Rep. that it should merely be viewed as
E. Ford, Jr. returned to a first step to a more comprehen-
s yesterday to speak before sive effort to expand health insur-
vd of approximately 150 ance in the country.

"My hope is that over the next
few months that we view this
moment as really just another
starting point around health care,
that the fixes that have to come,
that some of the test runs in this
health care bill will seek to deter-
mine the next steps," Ford said.
Ford, who is also the chairman
of the Democratic Leadership
Council, also praised the presi-
dent for his recent decision to
allow offshore drilling along the
See FORD, Page 7A

Shannon Schulyer
says consumers are
basing decisions on
ethics of companies
By WHITNEY WILD
Daily StaffReporter
About 100 students gathered
in the Ross School of Business
last night for a talk by a Univer-
sity alum on corporate and social

responsibility.
Shannon Schuyler, managing
director of corporate responsibil-
ity at PriceWaterhouseCooper -
an assurance, tax and corporate
advisory service provider - spoke
at the event about the importance
of corporate responsibility to
both consumers and prospective
employees.
"The topic of corporate respon-
sibility is a dynamic topic, and it
should be one that leadsto debate,".
Schuyler said during her presenta-
tion.

Schuyler focused on raising
awareness of the ethical respon-
sibilities that corporations may
shoulder and tried to create a
dialogue between presenters and
members of the audience.
At various points during her
presentation, Schuyler gave audi-
ence members opportunities to
voice their opinions about social
and corporate responsibility.
The first question Schuyler
asked was whether or not mem-
bers of the audience care about
See SCHULYER, Page 7A

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