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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Housing brass
gets creative to
fit largest class
in 'U' history


Programs targeted at
fostering community
in converted
Northwood buildings
Daily StaffReporter
This year more freshmen than
usual will become acquainted with
the'Bursley-Baits bus.
A large increase in students who
accepted their Fall 2010 admission
left University Housing scrambling
to accommodate a freshman class
larger than ever before and result-
ed in the creation of the North-
wood Houses, the first entirely
new freshmen residence hall in
almost forty years.
University Housing spokes-
man Peter Logan said that despite
algorithms used by the admis-
sions office to estimate class size,
the number was larger than they
originally anticipated by about 400
students. About 240 of those extra
students will be housed on North
Campus this year.
"It created for us a challenge
to accommodate any one of these
freshmen who wanted to be placed
in University housing," he said.

The problem was intensified
because Couzens Hall, traditional-
ly reserved for freshmen students,
is closed for renovations and the
newly completed North Quadran-
gle is only housing upperclassmen.
"Because of the number of bed
spaces unavailable to us, we got
creative and did a lot of brain-
storming within Housing at the
Division of Student Affairs," Logan
He said Housing officials decid-
ed to convert staff offices in Oxford
Housing back to student rooms,
as well as repurposing smaller
lounges in other residence halls,
a strategy used in the past when
the University was at full capacity.
Together, these efforts success-
fully placed 160 residents, leaving
University officials wondering how
to accommodate close to 240 other
"The option that made the most
sense was creating a first-year
community out of three apartment
buildings in Northwood," Logan
said. "So we identified three build-
ings that were adjacent to each
other and basically had them fur-
nished like any residence hall."
He added that most residents
placed in the new housing had
indicated that they wanted to live
See HOUSING, Page 9A

LSA sophomores Milo Kock and Matthew Eisner hang out on a couch on the porch of their State Street residence yesterday evening. When asked about the potential
couch ban, Eisner replied, "This is my couch. I will chain myself to this couch if this ban passes." Ann Arbor City Council postponed a vote on the couch ban last night.
City Cuniopspoe
vote on porch couch ban

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ether of resident Arbor City Council at its meeting
last night.
led in house fire LeMasters is the father of for-
mer Eastern Michigan University
Aks in favor ofban student Renden LeMasters, who
was killed in an April 3 house fire
By DYLAN CINTI that authorities believe started
Daily StaffReporter with a porch couch catching fire.
The fire, which injured two other
ust want to get this over residents of the State Street house,
Bob LeMasters said before prompted City Council to intro-
ng his head and stifling a duce a resolution banning uphol-
he spoke in front of the Ann stered furniture on porches.

Despite a plan to vote on the
so-called "porch couch ban" last
night, the council decided to post-
pone voting until September 20 in
order to give University students
more time to voice their opin-
ions. Some Students, including the
Michigan Student Assembly Exec-
utive Board, had opposed voting
on the ban last night, saying that a
vote at the start of the school year
would limit student involvement
in the process.

City Council indefinitely post-
poned voting on a similar resolu-
tion in 2004.
Bob LeMasters addressed the
council in support of the ordi-
nance during the public hearings
section of yesterday's meeting.
In a brief but highly emotional
speech, LeMasters begged City
Council members to pass the ordi-
nance and said it was what his son
would have wanted.
See COUCH BAN, Page 9A


Engineering Dean Munson
appointed to second term

W LSA sophomore Kelly Duquette shops for textbooks at Barnes and Noble in the Michigan Union yesterday.
'U'to host Peace Corps celebration

Provost Hanlon
praises Munson for
Daily StaffReporter
University Provost Phil Hanlon
announced last week the reap-
pointment of David Munson Jr.
for a second term as the Robert
J. Vlasic Dean of the College Of
"He's a terrific dean, a really
outstanding leader for the col-
lege," Hanlon said of Munson in
an interview. "I really appreciate
his interest and passion for the
student experience."
Hanlon said in a press release
that Dean Munson's reappoint-
ment review - an extensive look
into the dean's general impact
across the College of Engineering
from the perspective of students,
faculty and staff within the col-
lege - "was almost uniformly
"Dean Munson's thoughtful
modernization of the UM Engi-
neering Program maintains the

strengths of the Michigan engi-
neering education while evoving
to produce engineers well pre-
pared for the highly competitive
global economy," Hanlon wrote in
the release.
Hanlon said in the press release
that since becoming the Robert
J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering in
2006, Munson has broadened the
scope of undergraduate engineer-
ing education at the University
and has improved the collegial
environment in the College of
Engineering through his "friend-
ly, open-minded and visionary
management style."
Munson said in an interview
that during his time as dean he
has tried to emphasize
"co-curricular programs" and
"experiential learning" for under-
graduates in the College of Engi-
neering. That focus, he said, has
brought about more international
and entrepreneurial programs.
Munson added that he has also
stressed the importance of mul-
tidisciplinary work with depart-
ments outside of the College of
Engineering. Whether in the form
of research collaborations with
the Medical School or course col-
laborations with the Colleges of
See MUNSON, Page 9A

National Symposium
will begin in Ann
Arbor on Oct.14
For the Daily
On Oct. 14 1960, former Presi-
dent John F. Kennedy used the

steps of the Michigan Union to
lay out his vision for the National
Peace Corps Association.
Now, 50 years later, the Uni-
versity will serve once again as a
launching location, but this time
for Peace Corps anniversary fes-
tivities throughout the country.
The National Peace Corps Asso-
ciation asked the University to
host the symposium because of the

University's ties to the program,
according to John Greisberger, the
University's International Center
Though Oct.14 is not the official
day of the Peace Corps' establish-
ment, the date was chosen because
of the role Kennedy's speech
played in starting the organiza-
tion, Greisberger said.

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