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From the Daily: Our annual awards for the best, worst and most controversial issues and personalities from the year on campus. PAGE 4A

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Warner says
'U' set to go
'cold turkey'

Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs Ora Pescovitz sits for a photo in her office earlier this month. Pescovitz oversees the entire University Health System
and says that she aims to make it the best in the country.
For Pescovitz a mission to heal

Editor's Note: Today, the Daily
is previewing a new continuing
series entitled "Executive Conver-
sations," a set of features based
on extended sit-down interviews
with some of the University's most
influential officials. These conver-
sations will give readers an inside
look at the personalities and lives
of those in the University's highest
offices, who make decisions that
impact the experiences of everyone
on campus.
Daily NewsEditor
Tucked away on the seventh
floor of the Medical Science I
Building, the University's Execu-

tive Vice President for Medical
Affairs Ora Pescovitz has truly
made her office a reflectionof who
she is.
There aren't any degrees or cer-
tificates on her walls and most of
the awards she has won sit silently
in a file cabinet in a nearby closet.
However, there is one award that
receives much more attention. It
is an award so meaningful that
Pescovitz keeps it directly behind
her computer, just an arm's reach
However, the award itself isn't
anything spectacular. With a bro-
ken base, it can't even stand up
properly. And so it sits on the win-
dowsill, going unnoticed by most,
despite its large inscription.

Given to her when she received
a named department chair in
1998, the award is made complete-
ly of glass with one simple mes-
sage on the large vertical panel:
"Tikkun Olam."
The Jewish principle basi-
cally means to repair or mend
the world, Pescovitz explains as
she holds up the broken base and
inscription. And it's a principle
that Pescovitz says "is applicable
to everything we do."
"I think people have to go about
their work with a sense of purpose
and I want people to have that
feeling that we're here to make a
contribution," Pescovitz explains.
"In some way, you have to feel
that your job is to help make the

world a better place," Pescovitz
adds. "It doesn't have to be the
same way that I think you have
to do it, but you have to feel that.
Finding that is important."
And Ora Pescovitz has certain-
ly found that.
Responsible for approximately
20,000 employees and a $1.9 bil-
lion annual operating budget, it's
no understatement that Pescovitz
is one of the most powerfulpeople
at the University and has nearly
unrestricted authority over the
University of Michigan Health

School of Public
Health dean tells
faculty smoking ban
plans are on track
Daily StaffReporter
At yesterday's meeting of the
Senate Advisory Committee on
UniversityAffairs, Kenneth War-
ner, dean of the School of Public
Health, updated faculty members
on the progress of the Smoke Free
University initiative, which is on
track to become effective on July
1, 2011.
University officials, including
University President Mary Sue
Colman announced the initiative
one-year ago today after Chief
Health Officer Robert Winfield,
spent a year researching and
speakingto students. Warner told
the faculty governing body that
the decision to make the campus
smoke-free fits with the Univer-
sity's goals of creating a healthier
"The decision was made
because it aligns perfectly with
the goals of MHealthy, which
focuses on improving the health
of the University community and

indeed to be a healthy commu-
nity," Warner said.
Those involved in planning the
initiative are currently discussing
how to implement it next sum-
mer. Warner said he hopes rec-
ommendations can be submitted
to University officials by this fall.
The planning has involved
the creation of sub-committees,
sending surveys to the campus
community and getting input
from community members, War-
ner said.
"The sub-committees are con-
sidering implications for student
life, human resources, grounds
and facilities and visitors to the
University," Warner said.
He added that those involved
in the project are also tryingto be
sensitive to smokers as well as the
surrounding community.
Warner described the Univer-
sity's plan as going "cold turkey,"
saying that once the plan is in
effect there will not be any "butt
huts" around campusto easepeo-
ple into the change.
Since smoking will not be a
ticketed offense by the Depart-
ment of Public Safety or other law
enforcement officers, University
officials are expectingthe rule to
be self-enforced.
Warner added that at other
See SACUA, Page 7A

Report: A2,fire officials say this
weekend's fires linked to others

,* M" 11 :


.mberlain: AAFD of other car fires spanning several
eves fires are tied The most recent car fires
occurred early Saturday morning
other car fires between roughly 1:45 and 2:45 a.m.
Two took place in the 700 block of
rlier in the year South Forest Avenue, one in the 900
block of Church Street, and another
By DYLAN CINTI in the1100block of Oakland Avenue.
Daily StaffReporter In each of the four car fires on Sat-
urday no injuries were reported and
four car fires that occurred onlythe vehicles were damaged.
ampus Saturday night were Now, authorities have deter-
entionally set, authorities mined that the Saturday fires are
anArbor.com yesterday. The linked to a series of deliberate car
ities added that they've tied fires that have been occurring since
most recent fires to a series the beginning of the year, according

to the AnnArbor.com article.
On April 3, three cars were set
ablaze beneath the Abbey apart-
ment building on Church Street.
According to Ann Arbor Fire Mar-
shal Kathleen Chamberlain, the
seven April car fires are all con-
"We do believe that the vehicle
fires are connected, and we're look-
ing into whether there's any con-
nection to any other fires that have
been occurring," Chamberlain told
The Fire Department has been
dealing with an undisclosed num-
See FIRES, Page 3A

near ca
all int
i told An

Patrick Bradfield cleans the windows of Palmer Commons yesterday afternoon. Bradfield said about the dangers involved in
the gig, "You gotta trust your equipment."


Swirlberry Frozen Yogurt shuts its doors For University administrators,
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Fro-Yo spot is
closing to make way
for CVS/Pharmacy
Daily Staff Reporter
While walking down State Street,
amidst the plethora of cafes and
restaurants, it is impossible not to
noticethegrowingnumber ofempty
buildings and "For Lease" signs.
Shaman Drum Bookshop, a cam-
pus fixture, was one of the first to
shut down. But most recently, Swirl-

berry Frozen Yogurt - a popular
frozen yogurt chain - closed the
doors of its eaerynear campus.
Nico Leo, co-owner of the Swirl-
berry location, said the Swirlberry
branch located at 209 State St.
closed to make way for CVS phar-
macy, which will occupy both the
building that Swirlberry was in as
well as the neighboring building
previously occupied by Sava's State
Street Cafe.
"CVS is coming in and they are
tearing the building down next
week," Leo said in an interview last
Swirlberry moved to State Street,

across from Starbucks and the cur-
rent location of Sava's, last May,
shortlybeforeYogoBliss announced
its openingon South University Ave-
And while the closing may have
come as a surprise to some students
on campus, Leo said he was aware of
CVS's planned move to State Street
before he moved to the location.
"We knew about the CVS com-
ing up, so we signed a one-year
lease," Leo said. "We were using it
to test the waters and get a sense of
what the market is like. It used to be
owned by a caf, soitwas alreadyset

regents, a full summer agenda

Regents to consider
tuition levels, 'U'
to appear before
NCAA committee
Daily News Editor
While students are gone over
the summer, University officials

will be busy working to imple-
ment several changes that will
have major implications for stu-
dents when they return to cam-
pus next fall.
The changes, which often
receive little attention from stu-
dents away from campus over the
summer, include routine items
like reviewing tuition and hous-
ing rates. However, this summer,
University President Mary Sue
Coleman will be also be dealing

with issues specific to this year
including considering several
changes to the Student Statement
of Rights and Responsibilities
and implementing a continuous
enrollment policy for all Ph.D.
students and candidates.
And that's all before Univer-
sity officials appear before the
NCAA's Committee on Infrac-
tions in August as part of the
NCAA's ongoing investigation
See SUMMER, Page 3A

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