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that many residents have called
the city inquiring about the plan,
but the earliest a proposal could be
reviewed would be at the council's
Nov. 4 meeting.
"I know everyone's interested in
seeing if it's been brought forward,
" she said.
Brown said students shouldn't
worry about the closure affecting
their walk to football games, given
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strated that residents experienced
streetlights as being a pedestrian
and property safety benefit," Tay-
lor said. "The vehicular standards
are certainly not sufficient for
residential property and personal
City Council is now looking for
alternative cost-cutting measures
that will not compromise its citi-
zens' feelings of safety and com-
fort, Taylor said. He added that the
city is in the process of installing
LED lights in the nearly 22 percent
of streetlights that belong to the
The remaining streetlights in
Ann Arbor are owned and operat-
ed by DTE Energy, which has not
yet reached an agreement with the
city regarding LED technology.
"It's not an ordinary customer
relationship," Taylor said. "These
are lights not owned by the city,
so we are sort of negotiating some-
thing we don't have direct leverage
The University is also making
efforts to cut costs and energy
consumption that result from
streetlights. According to a state-
From Page 1A
unit based in Southeast Michi-
"It's very unfortunate that
this man used his uniform and
his status to access a place in an
unauthorized fashion and essen-
tially just used very bad judg-
ment," Brown told the Daily.
After being questioned, Uni-
versity Police deferred the case to
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"The program is about learning
how to make your own reality,"
Baetzel said.
Students from all majors and
backgrounds can apply to be a part
of Michigan in Washington. The
University of California houses
the students admitted to the pro-
gram in a residence hall five blocks
away from the White House. Pro-
gram participants write a 25-page
research paper and take required
classes and electives while in the
Baetzel said that though most
associate the program with the
political science department, it's
open to students from all majors.
"We'd like to see more stu-
dents outside of political science
do this," Baetzel said. "There's a
perception that you have to be a
'straight A' student, but we're look-

ing for blended students."
LSA seniors Kelly Behr and
Marianna Golovan met in D.C.
during the fall 2009 semester of
the program. They said they're
excited to be a part of the fifth
anniversary celebration because
it will help them build on the rela-
tionships they made through the
"The five-year reunion is going
to be a great opportunity for net-
working because they are going
to have a job panel of those people
who have given us internships
before," Behr said.
Golovan said she plans to net-
work at the event as well. She said
she values the relationships she
has established through the pro-
gram, adding that she and Behr are
now best friends.
"It's a wonderful opportunity
to learn to be a professional while
still in college," Golovan said.
Behr said that the Michigan in
Washington program was part of
what attracted her to the Univer-
Public Policy senior Jared
Gamelin said he decided to go to
D.C. for the winter 2010 semester
because it gave him the opportuni-
ty to study somewhere else besides

that much of the plan deals with
the other side of the stadium. She
added that - like the stadium's
recent no water bottle or handbag
policies - the plan is one of many
to greatly reduce the risk of harm
to patrons.
"It's another evolution in
increasing the safety and security
for patrons," Brown said. "From a
public perspective, this is the next
big plan."
A similar plan could be used
for large events at Crisler Arena,
Brown added.
ment from Jim Kosteva, direc-
tor of community relations, the
University is "actively reviewing
alternative technology approaches
to providing lighting on campus."
Kosteva said the University's
overall goal includes reducing its
energy footprint and cost, but he
stressed that "safety is of para-
mount concern."
"Our personnel are continually
monitoring the progress of tech-
nology in providing energy effi-
cient lighting; however, as of yet,
they have not found a new light-
ing methodology that delivers the
desired amount of lighting inten-
sity that would meet our safety
criteria," Kosteva said. "They will
continue to follow advancements
in the electrical lighting indus-
Taylor said for the time being,
City Council members and resi-
dents are pleased with the repeal
of the original lighting reduction
"It was a good effort to do the
city's work for less," Taylor said.
"We sought to pull back our lights
to (the vehicular) standard, and we
determined during the course of
this pilot program that that stan-
dard was inapplicable to the resi-
dential experience."
prosecutors and the man may face
criminal charges of illegal entry
and possession of a weapon in the
stadium, Brown said.
Though Brown said the incident
was a "collective issue" for police
officers and athletic staff, she said
University Police are taking mea-
sures to make sure it does not hap-
pen again.
"We're continuing to review all
of our protocol but again I stress
that the public wasn't put at any
kind of risk," Brown said.
campus and was more affordable
than studying abroad.
"I was looking for a real-world
experience in the field that I want
to go in to," Gamelin said. "You
can't really beat living in D.C."
Gamelin added that the pro-
gram provides a great opportunity
for students toget what D.C. has to
offer while still attending the Uni-
"Your overall college experi-
ence is going to be a lot different
when you get to step away from the
Ann Arbor bubble," he said.
Recent University graduate
Salim Alchurbaji was Gamelin's
roommate during the winter 2010
semester. He said he decided to
apply for the program because he
thought it would "be a great step-
ping stone."
"It was a great opportunity to
kind of get my feet wet in D.C.,"
Alchurbaji said. "There's always
opportunities to network and

meet people."
Alchurbaji said one of his favor-
ite experiences of the program was
getting the chance to meet one of
his role models - Dr. Paul Farmer,
founder of Partners in Health an
organization that aims to bring
social justice in health world-
wide - while interning with the
U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
But Farmer was only one of the
many public health professionals
Alchurbaji said he met as a result
of the program.
"I'm plugged into a great net-
work of public health, policy, advo-
cacy, humanitarian relief work
and non-profit organizations,"
Alchurbaji said.
LSA senior Seth Buchsbaum
interned for the office of Energy
and Climate Change in the White
House while participating in the
program during the winter 2010
semester. He said he's confident
that he will get a job after he
graduates because of the connec-
tions he made during his time in
"The vast majority of my work
was actually substantive," Buchs-
baum said.
- Jordan Steiger
contributed to this report.

Stimulus spending a key issue in midterms

GOP in states
nationwide attacking
Dems for 'failed
stimulus' project
DENVER (AP) - A photo of
President Barack Obama hangs
on the wall in CoraFaye's Cafe, a
short walk from the Denver muse-
um where Obama signed into law
the most sweeping U.S. economic
package in decades in an attempt
to put people back to work and
end the worst downturn since the
Great Depression.
But the folks tucking into fried
chicken and cornbread at Cora-
Faye's roll their eyes when asked
whether the 2009 stimulus made
a difference.
"Are you kidding?" said Donn
Headley Sr., a 61-year-old whose
heating and air conditioning com-
pany closed last year because of
slow business.
Republicans nationwide are
attacking Democrats with a
"failed stimulus" campaign drum-
beat. In ads, debates and campaign
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- after the Gay Liberation Front
in Ann Arbor asked the University
to develop an organization that
would cater to the needs of homo-
sexual students.
Toy said he hopes to foster an
environment of increased toler-
ance at the University by quelling
hateful speech and cheers at hock-
ey games, which he hopes Uni-
versity Athletic Director David
Brandon makes a priority.
"The climate at hockey games
is totally sexist and totally homo-
phobic, and that situation has got
to get addressed," Toy said.
Extending the conversation
beyond sexual orientation, the
panel emphasized decreasing seg-
regation in the classroom and on
campus, particularly within the
College of Engineering.
Holloway said many students
view the liberal arts and humani-
ties classes as pivotal places for
learning the basics of respectful
discussion and diverse interac-
tion, but many don't think they
can learn the same values in the
more science and math-based and
less interactive discipline of engi-
neering - a notion he believes is
"Sometimes as engineers, we
tend to step back and say we do
analytical stuff that's all very
clear cut and scientific, and so we
don't have that same kind of issue,
we don't interact in the same way,"
Holloway said. "Of course that's
garbage, because we interact with
each other in exactly those ways.
"Our ability to interact with
each other in a respectful way, to
hear each others' needs, to take
into account how various stake-
holders have competing needs
and how to balance those are
very important as engineers," he
Scott, a University alum, said
while integration has greatly
increased since he graduated in
1975, he still sees students of the
same ethnicity clinging together
and not venturing outside racial

mailers, they deride the $814 bil-
lion program as having reinforced
out-of-control spending and doing
little to help.
In reality, the stimulus program
has done more than Republicans
often claim - and less than Demo-
crats may want to admit in the face
of a sluggish economy and high
unemployment. Moreover, the
spending continues into next year,
meaning the impact of the pro-
gram cannot be fully measured.
The nonpartisan Congressional
Budget Office reported last month
that 1.4 million to 3.3 million peo-
ple are employed because of the
program, a blow to Republican
claims that the stimulus failed to
increase employment.
The stimulus program has kept
many state and local governments
fiscally viable, and the money has
been a boon to the construction
industry, financing thousands of
road and bridge projects. In other
areas - tax cuts, Medicaid health
benefits, unemployment checks,
food stamps - the stimulus has
provided some relief to millions
suffering in a tough economy.
Still, there is broad skepticism

that the stimulus package helped
the nation's economy, according to
a new AP-GfK poll. A plurality of
likely voters say the bill had no real
effect on it. About three in 10 say it
did more to damage the economy
while about the same share think
it helped to bring about improve-
Most Democrats say it did more
to help, the AP-GfK poll found,
while a narrow majority of Repub-
lican voters think it did even more
damage than would have hap-
pened otherwise. And those with
doubts about the bill's effective-
ness are far more apt to say they
trust Republicans over Democrats
to do a better job handling the
Negative perceptions have
turned the stimulus into a politi-
cal stick for Republicans to wield
against Democrats:
-In Colorado, rookie Demo-
cratic Sen. Michael Bennet and
three House Democrats are strug-
gling to fend off challengers who
routinely point out their votes for
the stimulus. Out-of-state interest
groups allied with the GOP air ads
calling it a failure and a spending

-Rep. Jim Marshall, a con-
servative Georgia Democrat who
has resisted vigorous challenges
from Republicans before, may be
undone this year by a challenger
whose ads conclude: "Times are
hard. Jim Marshall made them
-In southeast Michigan, Dem-
ocratic Rep. Gary Peters ousted a
Republican incumbent two years
ago. This election, Republican
challenger Rocky Raczkowski
campaigns on the stimulus daily
with a blunt, if unscientific,
assessment: "It ended up being
super-duper government waste."
-In Texas, 20-year incumbent
Rep. Chet Edwards told The Dal-
las Morning News this month his
vote for the stimulus might cost
him re-election.
-In Maryland, first-term Dem-
ocratic Rep. Frank Kratovil voted
against his party on health care
and supports a balanced bud-
get amendment. No matter. His
Republican opponent, Andy Har-
ris, depicts Kratovil as a profligate
spender for supporting a final ver-
sion of the stimulus law.

Panelists and attendees of a town hall that focused on campus diversity hosted by UMEC chat at the event last night.

"The fact that minority stu-
dents are here does not mean
that they are necessarily included
and engaged," Scott said. "You
can walk around campus and see
diversity, and see that diversity
moves in clumps. Our center is all
about trying to change the para-
Holloway said the College of
Engineering is also working to
increase diversity in gender in
the engineering field. He added
that the college has been trying to
implement various techniques to
enroll more women in engineer-
ing programs, especially comput-
er engineering which has been a
predominantly male-driven con-
"One strategy that we are try-
ing to peruse is to recruit faculty
that are more representative of
the student body, and we've actu-
ally had some pretty good suc-
cess with women faculty in some
departments," Holloway said.
Scott said while female enroll-
ment in computer science engi-
neering is low, information
technology companies are con-
tinually looking to recruit female
employees, adding that women

engineers should not be discour-
aged by the prevalence of men in
"Women do as well or better
than men in industry from an IT
standpoint," Scott said. "Corpo-
rations are doing everything they
can to encourage women to go into
computer science and computer
engineering because there's a des-
perate need for that talent going
In addition to embracing racial
and gender equality, Segal said he
believes students need to be more
aware of the prevalence of dis-
abilities and unreported mental
disorders on campus. Segal said he
hopes that students with mental
disorders will someday feel more
comfortable about being open
about them in order to get rid of
negative stereotypes.
"Most of the disabilities that
are on campus are invisible," Segal
said. "A person with a disability
has their own sort of needs, wants,
desires, comforts, and securities
around the issue. There's a lot of
stigma within these groups to be
public and identify themselves."
Segal said that because students
he works with want to keep their

mental disorders secret among
friends, when he encounters them
on campus they often ignore him.
"There's still a lot of work to
do to get people even comfort-
able with their own disability, to
see it not in such a stigmatized
way, because we all carry a bunch
of stereotypes, particularly with
mental health issues," Segal said.
Engineering senior Bethany
Glesner, honors and services
director of UMEC, said the group
decided to throw the event after
receiving grievances that meet-
ings were failing to focus on
improving the state of campus life.
"We had gotten complaints in
the past that our general body
meetings were boring and not
useful, so we were trying to come
up with a way to get not only the
student organizations involved
but also the student population at
large to come and actually partici-
pate," Glesner said.
"People are willing to talk
about campus climate and people
are willing to help if you have
problems," she added. "There are
resources and campus climate can
be a problem, but it can also be

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