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SLAM&
s th f On campus and around Ann
Arbor, a devotion to the
power of the spoken word.
APAGE 3B

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday, October 21, 2010

michigandaily.com

FOOTBALL SATURDAYS
.'U'considers
plan to close
Main Street
for gameday
Official: Measures Street to their property, Brown
said, adding that access accom-
would reduce risk modations would be made only
for those people and their guests,
of car bombings pedestrians and emergency vehi-
cles.
By DAVID BUCILLI Other parts of the plan include
Daily StaffReporter closing the right-turn lane of Sta-
dium Boulevard onto Main Street,
University officials are devel- closing Keech Street from Main to
oping a plan that, if implemented, Greene streets and limiting access
would close down part of Main on Greene Street from Hoover to
Street on football Saturdays as Keech streets.
an extra precaution to prevent There's no set time frame for
potential terrorist attacks during when the plan could be enacted,
games. Brown said.
The move to shut down areas Comments about the plan being
around Main Street could thwart implemented during November
possible car bombings, accord- home games or next year are "spec-
ing to Department of Public Safety ulative at best," Brown said, adding
spokeswoman Diane Brown said. that the University held a meeting
"The whole premise behind the with neighboring residents of the
Michigan Stadium Vehicle-Free Big House for input on a possible
Zone is to reduce the risk of a vehi- plan.
cle-borne bomb or a vehicle-borne "We needed that information
attack," Brown said. and meeting in order to go further,"
The plan would close down five she said.
blocks of Main Street along the City of Ann Arbor spokeswoman
west side of the Big House between Lisa Wondrash said the city hasn't
Stadium and Pauline boulevards heard any information on a pro-
during football games and other posal to be submitted to the City
big events. Council.
"There would be five properties "There's nothing on our end to
on Main Street within that zone report," Wondrash said, remarking
that only have access" from Main See MAIN STREET, Page 5A

PAT. A R fPPURITER

SAMANTHA TRAUBEN/Daily
Assistant Physics Prof. Jeff McMahon (front) and Assistant Art & Design Prof. Osman Khan chat before an event at Cottage Inn yesterday about their work in each of the poles.
At the South Pole, McMahon built a telescope to study cosmic ricrowave background radiation, and Kahn traveled to the North Pole to create art that evokes desperation.
City Council scraps plantcut
costs byturning ff streetlihs

Residents, council
members say lights
necessary for safety
By NATHAN RANNS
For the Daily
City Council members recently
voted to repeal plans to turn off

nearly 17 percent of city street-
lights after facing complaints from
a significant number of concerned
citizens who were involved in a
neighborhood-specific pilot pro-
gram.
The pilot program was imple-
mented to gauge residents'
response to the reduced lighting,
which aimed to save the city about
$120,000, according to Council-

member Christopher Taylor (D-
Ward 3). After receiving several
complaints from affected residents
and walking on the corridors with
unlit streets alongside residents,
Taylor and Ann Arbor Mayor John
Hieftje sponsored a motion to call
off plans to expand the reduced
lighting throughout the city at a
meeting earlier this month.
City officials determined how

manystreetlights to shutoffbased
on a standard passed in 1970 that
determined the minimum amount
of lighting necessary for safely
operating vehicles. But after talk-
ing with residents, Taylor said
there's more than just vehicular
safety that must be taken into con-
sideration.
"The pilot program demon-
See STREETLIGHTS, Page SA

Two rifles but no ticket: Man may
face charges for Big House entry

National Guard
member allegedly
lied to security to get
into MSU game
By CAITLIN HUSTON
Daily StaffReporter
A National Guard member could
soon face charges after he gained
entry to the Big House during the
Michigan State game without a
ticket.
University Police confirmed that
the 42-year-old man parked a mili-
tary vehicle near the field, while
dressed in a full military honor
guard uniform and armed with
two rifles without any ammunition,

AnnArbor.com reported.
Department of Public Safety
spokeswoman Diane Brown said
in an interview with The Michi-
gan Daily that police did check the
man's weapons when he parked at
the Department of Public Safety
building on Kipke Drive by the sta-
dium to make sure he didn't present
any danger to spectators.
Brown said honor guard mem-
bers and their commanders raise
and lower the flag on field at every
home game, according to AnnAr-
bor.com. Because officers at the
Public Safety building do not have
a list of honor guard members per-
mitted on the field, the man was
able to gain entry as he was dressed
in the honor guard uniform.
In the interview with the Daily,
Brown also said that the man told

several officers at several different
checkpoints that he was authorized
to be on the field.
Once at the stadium, the man
entered through the tunnel to
gain access to the field, Brown told
AnnArbor.com.
After another honor guard mem-
ber told security officials that the
man was not authorized to partici-
pate in the ceremony, University
Police escorted the man out of the
stadium during the game.
Brown told the Daily that the
man was "very compliant" and told
police he made his way onto the
field in uniform because he could
not geta ticket.
Though the man's name has not
been released, Brown told AnnAr-
bor.com he is in a National Guard
See CHARGES, Page SA

Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach managing director Robert Scott (right) talks with attendees at a town hall meeting
hosted by University of Michigan Engineering Council last night. LGBT rights activist Jim Toy (back left) also spoke at the event.
UMEC event takes hard
look at campus diversity

Michigan in Washington marks year five

Gay rights activist
Jim Toy calls out
Yost chants as
homophobic'
By BETHANY BIRON
DailyStaffReporter
The University of Michigan
Engineering Council hosted a
town hall meeting at the Lurie
Engineering Center last night
that featured discussion on the

importance of establishing a posi-
tive social climate on campus and
increasing tolerance among stu-
dents.
A panel of University officials
opened the program, including
Jim Toy, a leading gay rights activ-
ist in the state and co-founder of
what is now called the Spectrum
Center, Director of the Office of
Services for Students with Dis-
abilities Stuart Segal, Associate
Dean of the College of Engineer-
ing James Holloway, and Direc-
tor of the Center for Engineering
Diversity and Outreach Robert

Scott. The group spoke to a crowd
of about 75 students about increas-
ing diversity on campus and then
opened up the floor for questions.
In light of recent incidences
of bullying against LGBT young
people, including Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly President Chris
Armstrong, Toy spoke about why
the Spectrum Center is a crucial
tool for gay, lesbian and trans-
gendered students on campus. As
a co-founder, Toy helped launch
the center - which was called the
Office of LGBT Affairs at the time
See TOWN HALL, Page SA

Program alums say
experience helped
them network,
expand horizons
By KAITLIN WILLIAMS
Daily StaffReporter
This year marks the fifth anni-
versary of the University's Michi-
gan in Washington program, but

the anniversary isn't a milestone
organizers necessarily expected
when the program first launched.
The University's contract with
the University of California to lease
housing in Washington D.C. only
stretched five years, but officials
were able to renew the contract
last year until 2014 thanks to the
sustained success of the program.
A fifth anniversary celebration is
scheduled in Washington D.C. this
weekend.
Michigan in Washington sends

approximately 50 University
undergraduate students from all
majors to intern and take courses
in Washington D.C. each semester.
While in D.C., students take 12 to 15
credit hours and work in an intern-
ship position of their choosing.
Tracey Baetzel, the Michigan
in Washington program coordina-
tor, said through the ability to pick
their own internships, students are
able to create their own path within
the program.
See ANNIVERSARY, Page 5A

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