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Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 9A

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I Ann Arbor City Council member Christopher Taylor (D-Ward 3) during last night's City Council meeting.
Councl w11ll vote on resolution on Sept.
20allwng more time fr student input

Officer killed
immigrant who was
carrying a knife
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pro-
testers on Tuesday night pelted
a police station with eggs, rocks
and bottles despite Police Chief
Charlie Beck's plea for calm ear-
lier in the day and his promise to
thoroughly investigate an offi-
cer's fatal shooting of a Guatema-
lan immigrant wielding a knife.
At a late-afternoon news
conference, Beck said only 40
seconds went by between the
time officers made contact with
Manuel Jamines on Sunday and
the moment an officer shot him
twice.
The shooting prompted dem-
onstrations Monday near MacAr-
thur Park, a densely packed
neighborhood west of downtown
populated with recent immi-
grants from Central America.
Four people were arrested on
suspicion of misdemeanor incit-
ing a riot, and others threw rocks
and bottles at police, slightly
injuring three officers, Officer

From Page 1A
"I think if (Renden) hadn't lost
his life he would have been behind
it," LeMasters said.
Despite supporting the ordi-
nance, LSA senior John Oltean,
a representative from the Michi-
gan Student Assembly, spoke out
against voting on it last night,
pointing out that it fell on the very
first day of University classes.
"I'd like to give (students) time
to gauge support," Oltean said.
Oltean also voiced the assem-
bly's position that the current ordi-
PEACE CORPS
From Page 1A
"We are celebrating the response
of our students to Kennedy's chal-
lenge to serve others in developing
countries," Greisberger said.
The symposium will begin Oct.
13 and will feature several panels
of speakers - those who partici-
pated in the organization and those
working for it - who will discuss
the importance of the Peace Corps
and how it changed them for the
better. There will also be a student-
led symposium that night, where
stuydents will address important
issues pertaining to international
service and student activism.
The symposium will come to a
close at 2 a.m. the following morn-
ing with a reenactment of Ken-
HOUSING
From Page 1A
on North Campus in their housing
application.
Unlike many freshmen resi-
dence halls, each Northwood unit
is equipped with a kitchen and
bathroom. The three buildings
share outdoor common spaces, like
small gazebos and picnic tables, as
well as a common laundry area and
indoor lounge equipped with wire-
less Internet access. Despite the
distinctive layout, the residence
hall is staffed just like any other
dormitory and outfitted with the
same modular furniture.
Because University Hous-
ing held to the move-in date they
announced, the new hall was pre-
pared very quickly, with additional
plumbing and carpentry, fire and
safety system testing and the addi-
tion of wireless access all complet-
ed by the end of the summer.
After the extensive preparation,
Logan said there was alot of excite-
ment surrounding the opening of
the new living option.
"This was something of a bold
step for us because we had not
placed first-year students in apart-
ment-type living arrangements
before," he said.
Though officials were excited to
offer the non-traditional accom-
modations, Logan said a major
concern was maintaining a sense of
community in the apartment set-
ting.
"We don't want to place first-
year students into an isolated situ-
ation like an apartment," Logan
said. "But, after creating a con-
tiguous community and then pro-
gramming it and staffing it, we
think it will be an interesting liv-
ing arrangement."

nance too narrowly addresses fire
safety.
"We feel many houses aren't
(safe) in other ways," Oltean told
the council. "We just want to make
sure council is fully addressing the
issue of fire safety
When the time to vote arrived,
Council member Christopher Tay-
lor (D-Ward 3) - the ordinance's
original sponsor - acknowledged
Oltean's concerns and advised a
postponement.
"There has been a broad degree
of uncertainty in the student popu-
lation (about) the ordinance," Tay-
nedy's speech. Audio clips from
Kennedy's original speech will be
played, which Greisberger said
"challenged students to use their
education to help others around
the world."
In addition to these two kick-off
symposiums there will be other
events throughout the year at the
University and around the country
celebratingthe anniversary.
Kevin Quigley, president of the
National Peace Corps Association,
said Kennedy's speech and the
establishment of the Peace Corps
laid the foundation for young
Americans to volunteer around the
globe ,,,
"(Kennedy's) challenge lit a
torch that encouraged students to
help others throughout the world,"
Quigley said.
But student activism at the Uni-
In addition, because Housing
officials view the dining experience
as an essential part of campus inte-
gration, each student is required
to have a meal plan, Logan said.
Accordingly, many of the residents
eat their meals across the street at
Bursley Hall.
Engineering sophomore Aaron
Frantz, vice president for finance
of the Residence Hall Association,
said he's unsure how successful the
separate houses will be at fostering
a strong community.
"As separate apartments those
buildings were designed so that
you could have your own personal
space in your own little corner
on North Campus," he said. "And
they're trying now to change that
model into a community, while the
architecture doesn't exactly facili-
tate that."
Several programs specifically
geared towards first-year students
have been held in the new hall,
including using Mapquest to find
classes and touring buildings, as
well as group walks to the football
games - all in addition to annual
North Campus events such as
Northfest.
Trey Boynton, the Northwood
Housing First Year Experience
program coordinator, said the first-
year programs in the Northwood
Houses worked within the bizarre
layout rather than trying to over-
come the physical obstacles of indi-
vidual apartments.
"We have to be mindful of our
community space," she said. "We
use the living rooms (in each unit),
and we're taking advantage of the
weather while we have it by having
a lot of our meetings on the lawn."
Boynton also said the different
space presents opportunities not
available in a regular residence
hall.

Ior said.
Taylor added that he wanted
to give students an opportunity
to familiarize themselves with
the ordinance before the council
reached a final decision.
"It is in everyone's interest for
students to have a fulsome under-
standing of the ordinance," Taylor
said. "For thatpurpose, give us all a
little more time."
If passed, the ordinance will go
into effect within 10 days, Taylor
said in an interview last night.
In an interview after last night's
meeting, Ann Arbor Fire Mar-

shall Kathleen Chamberlain said
Fire Department officials back the
ordinance because they believe
it would ensure the safety of stu-
dents and other Ann Arbor resi-
dents.
Chamberlain added that if
the ordinance is passed the Fire
Department plans to be more
instructive than disciplinary in its
regulation.
"Our intention is not to issue
violations ... our intention is to edu-
cate," Chamberlain said.
"One life is too many to lose," she
added.

Bruce Borihanh said.
The protest gained steam
again Tuesday night, when about,
100 people took their complaints
to the Rampart police station
near downtown Los Angeles,.
about two blocks from where
Jamines died, said Lt. Andrew.,
Neiman.
Officers were trying to move,
the demonstrators away from the,
station but had made no arrests
as of 9:30 p.m.
Beck said the incident involv-
ing Jamines started when some.
one flagged down three bicycle,
officers to tell them a man was,
threatening people with a knife..
The officers. approached the
suspect and told him in Span-
ish and English to put down the,
knife. Instead, Jamines raised
the knife above his head and
lunged at Officer Frank Her-
nandez, a 13-year veteran of th,
department, Beck said.
Eyewitness accounts from six
civilians, nine police personnel
and two fire department staff
indicate Hernandez fired twice
"in immediate defense of life,"
Beck said. Jamines, 37, died at
the scene.
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versity also played a large role of the symposium isn't simply to
in establishing the Peace Corps, reflect on the past, but rather to
according to Quigley and Greis- look toward getting more people
berger. involved in global community ser-
"The idea of international ser- vice in the future.
vice really resonated with our "(The goal is to) bring people
students," Greisberger said. "It together to talk about the future
helped Americans commit to world of international service as well as
responsibility." chart the course for international
University students led the service in the next 50 years," Greis-
movement that encouraged college berger said.
students across the country to get Among many other events in the
involved outside of their campus- weeks following the designated
es. According to the University's symposium, activist Tom Hayden
Peace Corps anniversary website, will also give a speech Oct.14.
2,331 University alumni have pas- , Hpyden - ;Y itor ifa'he -
ticipated in the Peace Corps since Michigan Daily - will be speaking
ix'l-er the fpurthlagt I aout student activism, both now
number of alumni volunteers for 'aAd in the 1960s, as well as how
the program. essential activism was to estab-
Though the Peace Corps has lishing the Peace Corps, which has
had success over the last So helped over 10 million people all
years, Greisberger said the goal over the world.

"We get to be a li' Je more adven-
turous and creative because we all
have kitchens and that's pretty
cool,"she said.
Though several students seem
satisfied with their new residence,
opinions vary on the level of com-
munity available.
Music school freshman Pavithra
Ramachandran said it isn't as easy
to meet people as it is in other halls.
"It's not like a dorm room where
you can just basically walk down a
row and meet people because here
you just have a neighbor or two,"
she said.
Music school freshman Alison
Aliquina said though she is very
happy with her living situation, she
hasn't seen much of a community
in the new residence hall.
"I'm happy I don't have to share
a bathroom with other people," she
said. "But you don't branch out as
much here, and instead get closer
to your tight-knitgroup."
Despite some feelings of dis-
connectedness, most residents are
happy to say that resident advisors
are very helpful in making them
feel welcome and adjusted.
Boynton said a main reason
the staff has been so successful in
integrating with the students is
the number of RAs available to the
small number of students.
"The student to staff ratio is real-
ly super low," she said. "It allows
our staff to really get to know our
students."
Boynton said that despite com-
munity obstacles, the response has
been overwhelmingly positive.
"My favorite story is about a
student who walked in and yelled,
'Oh, my gosh, this is awesome,"' she
said. "And then his mom walked
in and yelled, 'Oh, my gosh, this is
amazing!' So there was a lot of posi-
tive yelling going on."

Logan also said that to his
knowledge, the reaction to the new
hall has been positive so far and
that despite the less community-
oriented architecture, students are
still meeting each other.
"There seems to be a lot of
engagement between students and
student staff," he said. "And there
seems to be an interest in forming
their community council.".
Frantz said the RHA is very
excited about the new addition to
campus, and that RHA represen-
tatives have already begun taking
steps to get the new residence hall
prepared for the coming year.
"We're looking forward to inte-
grating a whole new community
with a very different flavor," he
said. "We are talking with hall
directors and trying to get a hall
council and multicultural council
set up so that when the first RHA
assembly meeting happens they
can be seated and functioning."
Frantz says the new addition has
already had a substantial impact
on the usually sparsely populated
North Campus.
"I was surprised to find the din-
ing hall really full," he said. "And
I was amazed when, on the first
night of move-in, I needed to catch
a bus and it was completely filled
with girls in miniskirts and guys in
undershirts."
Logan said that if the new resi-
dence hall is successful, Housing
officials will continue the program
in coming years.
"When we decided to take this
approach we decided it wouldn't
be a quick fix or a band-aid effort,"
he said. "We're hopeful that this
will suceeed and provide us with
yet a new ongoing first year expe-
rience for incoming students
because we don't know where
we'll be next year."

cHANEL VON HABSBURG-LOTHRINGEN/Daily
College of Engineering Dean David Munson and his wife Nancy celebrate Hallow-
een on North Campus in 2007.

MUNSON
From Page 1A
Architecture, Art and Design or
Urban Planning, Munson said
the multidisciplinary emphasis
has created more of a cohesive
community on North Campus.
"We still have I think a long
way to go in this area," Munson
said. "But we have, I think, some
notable achievements."
As a part of uniting students
and faculty members on North
Campus, Munson annually hosts
a Halloween party on the North
Campus Diag, and Munson is
never without a costume. In past
years, Munson has dressed in
clever get-ups such as the Vlasic
Pickle stork, a football goalpost
and the Michigan Wolverine.
Munson pointed to the new
Living Arts living-learning com-
munity - an interdisciplinary
residential program in Bursley
Hall designed for students from
all colleges who want to explore
their creativity - as a product of
the multidisciplinary emphasis
on North Campus.
Hanlon wrote in the release
that Munson has been a leader
in promoting multidisciplinary
work across campus and in reach-
ing out to industry partners.
For graduate students, Mun-
son said he hasworked to improve
the overall quality of the Ph.D.
programs in the college, partially
by enforcing stricter credentials
for incoming students.
He added that he stressed
the importance of research pro-
grams in the college and encour-
aged researchers to write more
proposals for larger research
centers. He said research fund-
ing has increased by a wide mar-
gin over his four years as dean,
citing some research programs
that cost on the order of $20 mil-
lion.

Munson said that this fall,
faculty, staff and students in
the College of Engineering will
collaborate to set goals for the
future of the college. He declined
to give specifics, saying he didn't
want to reveal anything without
having the full support of the
entire College of Engineering
community.
Before coming to the Univer-
sity, Munson earned his under-
graduate degree in electrical
engineering from the University
of Delaware. He then went on
to receive M.S., M.A. and Ph.D.
degrees in electrical engineering
from Princeton University. After
receiving his Ph.D., he conducted
research and taught electrical a
and computer engineering at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign. He came to the Uni-
versity in 2003 where he becamegr
the chair of the Electrical Engi-
neering and Computer Science
Department at the University.
A co-founder of InstaRecon, "
Inc., a University of Illinois-
based company thatpatents algo-
rithms to increase the efficiency
of image formation on comput-
ers, Munson focuses his teaching
and research on signal and image
processing.
Munson has also served as a
consultant to the Lockheed Palo ,
Alto Research Laboratory and is
a co-author of a widely used high
school textbook that introduces
students to computer science.
As a fellow of the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE), Munson has:
received a number of awards,
including the Society Award
from the IEEE Signal Process-
ing Society and the IEEE Third
Millennium Medal. Munson was .
also the Texas Instruments Dis-
tinguished Visiting Professor at
Rice University and has received
various other teaching awards
and honors.

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