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From Page 1A
As Taylor emphasized in the
interview, the point of the ban is
not to hand out fines.
"The goal of the ordinance has
nothing to do with fines," Taylor
said. "It has everythingto do with
removing porch couches."
Taylor added that he will
be "delighted" if a fine is never
"Our goal is to have there be
no (upholstered) porch couches,"
From Page 1A
resources department in the
attorney general's office. Sellek
also said Shirvell's personal leave
of absence ended Friday, but the
panel placed him on administra-
tive leave until a decision about
his employment is made this
Thomas said he does not know
if the panel or Cox will decide the
status of Shirvell's employment
with the state.
"I don't know who's going to
make the ultimate determination,
but ... I think these four people
will make a decision, and wheth-
er they seek to have it ratified by
Mr. Cox or not, I honestly do not
know how that is going to work,"
Thomas said.
Cox publicly defended Shirvell's
actions - claiming Shirvell's First
Amendment right to free speech
protected his actions - during
an interview with CNN's Ander-
son Cooper last month, though he

Taylor said.
In a separate interview yes-
terday, Ann Arbor Fire Marshal
Kathleen Chamberlain agreed
with Taylor, saying the Ann Arbor
Fire Department is much more
concerned about regulating safe-
ty issues associated with the ban
than issuing fines.
"Nobody's intent is to issue
citations, but to get cooperative
compliance," Chamberlain said.
Chamberlain added that the
fire department's role in enforcing
the ban will be confined mainly
to moving upholstered porch fur-
called Shirvell's actions immature
and said they showed a lack of
According to Thomas, there
are several possible outcomes of
the hearing - including the dis-
missal of the case, the issue of a
cautionary letter or reprimand,
suspension with or without pay or
termination from the job.
"It's very obvious as the lawyer
representing Mr. Shirvell, I would
like to see the entire proceeding
dismissed," Thomas said.
Armstrong and his attorney
filed a pair of complaints with
the Michigan Attorney Grievance
Commission last week calling for
an investigation into Shirvell's
actions and possible disciplinary
action, including potential disbar-
"I felt that I could not stand
by and let Mr. Shirvell continue
his reckless, bullying behavior,"
Armstrong said in a statement at
the time.
Deborah Gordon, Armstrong's
attorney, told The Michigan Daily
at the time that the complaints

niture that poses an "immediate
endangerment to life and safety,"
like a couch blocking a doorway.
instead of directly issuing bans,
the AAFD will forward all viola-
tions to city housing inspectors
for review.
"if there's a real problem we're
going to turn (it) over to housing,"
Chamberlain said.
Several phone calls yesterday
to Sumedh Bahl, Ann Arbor Com-
munity Services Area Adminis-
trator and the main city official in
charge of ban enforcement, were
not returned as of last night.
were filed because she and Arm-
strong believed Shirvell had vio-
lated several ethical guidelines in
the Michigan Rules of Profession-
al Conduct, which every attorney
in the state must agree to follow in
order to practice law.
on Wednesday, the University
of Michigan Department of Public
Safety modified a trespass order
against Shirvell. The order pre-
viously prohibited Shirvell from
stepping foot on the University's
Ann Arbor campus. After the
modification, Shirvell is now able
to be on campus. However, he is
not allowed to attend events -
such as MSA meetings - where
Armstrong is likely to be present
and must leave any event where he
sees that Armstrong is present.
Shirvell's attorney told the
Daily earlier this week that he was
happy the trespass order had been
modified to allow Shirvell on cam-
pus, but that he wasn't sure DPS
had the right to order Shirvell to
avoid events that Armstrong may
attend, saying he wasn't sure if
such an order was constitutional.

From Page 1A
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From Page 1A
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rs and helped the
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gs like crazy and
ge for our alcohol
we get set up in
heer said.
stayleft theloca-
r more than four
id he doesn't plan
ong and hopes to
on in Ann Arbor
n eight weeks.
ee wants the new
more available
ce a lack of park-
major complaint
throughout the
has had some
have been with
e Corner's start,
'fully move to the
sm. He added that
location will be,
ill not change.
ted ane-mail list
keep them updat-
of the new store.
heer, customers
that there will no
ience store in the

"We had a lot of customers say
'Well, where do I go now?' Scheer
In addition to offering sham-
poo, chips and other typical conve-
nience store items, Village Corner
was a go-to spot in the area for
wine, according to employee Jorge
Lopez-Chavez. He added that
patrons who have grown accus-
tomed to buying wine at the store
were sad to find out it is temporar-
ily closing.
"A lot of people have been ask-
ing us where we are going, what is
going on," said Lopez-Chavez, who
was in charge of buying the store's
wine. "We hear comments of all
kinds, but one of my favorites is
when people say they'll never find
another store like this one."
But, throughout last week, many
students didn't realize the shop was
closing until they went inside and
noticed the lack of inventory.
"It's been busy, but it's interest-
ing how much people don't notice
we're moving," Village Corner
employee Peter Brzezinski said.
The store officially closed its
doors around 1 p.m. on Saturday,
after a busy morning due to the
annual Mudbowl game at Sigma
Alpha Epsilon fraternity, which

took placeabout oneblock fromVil-
lage Corner.
Students who frequent the store
said they were sad to hear the store
is closing because it offers a wide
array of snacks and drinks in acon-
venient location.
Engineering sophomore Greg
Rocys went to Village Corner on
Friday with his friend Domenic
Delegato, a senior in the Col-
lege of Engineering. As the two
bought drinks and snack bars they
expressed their disappointment in
the store's move.
"It's about the convenience fac-
tor because we live right across
the street, and we come here for
late-night snacks and stuff," Rocys
said. "From proximity, Strickland's
is right there, but I don't think they
sell food and stuff."
Delegato agreed, saying "It's
kind of likea mini-Meijer."
With his focus on closing the
shop and making plans for the
store's new location, Scheer said he
didn't have the chance to get nos-
talgic about his experience at the
South University location.
"We're still working on packing
up so no time for sentimentality at
steam ahead. I've got to finish this
project and then starta new one."

From Page 1A
"Crowd size is a big issue," he
said, adding that the fights and
unrestricted alcohol use that tend
to occur with large crowd sizes
are "not acceptable."
But students at the meeting
expressed a desire for more spe-
cifics as to how to avoid receiving
Peri Silverman, vice chair of
the Greek Relations Select Com-
mittee, said committee members
have often felt that police offi-
cers failed to give them adequate
explanations for why they were
ticketed in the past.
"People aren't able to gauge the
situation," she said.
According to Title IX, Chap-
ter 119 of the Ann Arbor City
Code, residents can be ticketed
for a noise violation if any music
or noise can be heard beyond the
property line. However, Seto said
enforcement of the ordinance is
up to an officer's discretion.
"You're not going to geta ticket
every time," he said.
In September 2009, several
houses on the 900 block of South
State Street received a letter from
a City of Ann Arbor attorney, who
warned students that their land-
lords would be sued if they contin-
ued to litter, cause excessive noise
and supply alcohol to minors on
Football Saturdays.
Seto said there has been an
improvement in student behavior
since past game days, when the
size of parties near the intersec-
tion of South State Street and East
Hoover Avenue had presented
serious safety concerns in the eyes
of police.
During the game against Mich-
igan State University last month,
police gave only two tickets at that
intersection. In one instance, the
students had disregarded a pre-
vious warning from police, and
the other resulted from a student

throwing a beer can at an officer,
which Seto said will always result
in a ticket.
During the discussion, the
group also talked about litter-
ing violations issued by police on
Football Saturdays for red cups
and bottles strewn on lawns. Seto
said litter violations are different
from noise violations and that the
ordinance is based on "commu-
nity standards."
"Citizens cannot understand
why students can't put their trash
in the trash bins," he said.
Students expressed a willing-
ness to clean up after their own
parties but felt that they weren't
given enough time to do so before
they were given tickets.
Seto responded that the ordi-
nance was intended to prevent
trash from blowing onto neigh-
boring yards, and that the amount
of trash - rather than how long it
had been outside - was the deter-
mining factor in issuing a viola-
tion. He suggested that students
take their concerns to the Ann
Arbor City Council and attempt to
revise the ordinance.
Andy Snow, a member the Alpha
Delta Phi fraternity, expressed
frustration that there appears to
be a double standard in enforce-
ment. While students in residen-
tial areas receive trash violations,
adults litter without consequence
on public property like Pioneer
High School and the University's
golf course.
"I understand it's a tough situa-
tion, but when we say students are
feeling targeted that's what they
see," he said. "I would think it's a
bigger problem on public property
than it would be on private prop-
erty ... especially the golf course.
That's more or less our golf course,
and it's completely trashed."
Seto responded by saying that
Pioneer High School and the golf
course are removed from residen-
tial areas and have fences that
prevent litter from blowing onto
private property. But he said stu-

dents in residential areas have to
respect their neighbors.
"I'm not saying that makes it
right," he said, adding that the
location of the trash - whether
it's in a residential area or not - is
the important factor.
Despite the somewhat con-
flicting perspectives brought to
the meeting, there were a few
points representatives from the
fraternities and police could
agree on.
Seto expressed support for the
Sober Monitor Training Program,
which Greek members redesigned
last year to promote safer parties
and to limit alcohol-related prob-
lems. Seto called the program "a
great idea" with "a lot of poten-
tial" and suggested students could
use sober monitors as a way to
check for noise and litter viola-
He also said it's important to
have sober monitors present to
interact with police if problems
"You can't talk yourself out of
a ticket, but you can talk yourself
into a ticket," he said.
There was a general consensus
among those present to make the
meeting the start of a lasting dia-
logue between those in Greek life
and the police department.
"We would like to work with
you guys and keep the lines of
communication open," said LSA
junior Rick Stepanovic, Interfra-
ternity Council ex-officio repre-
sentative to MSA.
Seto also expressed support
for more communication, but said
the constant turnover of Univer-
sity students has in the past hurt
attempts at long-term communi-
He added that it is a little late
in the year for changes tobe made,
with football season winding
down and the weather growing
colder, but that plans are already
being made for next year.
"Cold weather puts a damper on
people's mood to party," he said.

bility in the Rich
points, but it only
win a ballgame,"
ch Rod Smith said
nd that's what
h that last play."
d it "the perfect
e to make aplay,
ure, to basically
he last play of the
said, "I think
for, not just the
)me of the seniors
ying defen-
0 hold everything
ectly character-
fense throughout
tout: the defend-
ying to hold
er, a bend-but-
sturned theball

over five (!!!) times, four on offense
and one on special teams. Illinois
started five drives in Michigan ter-
ritory, and only twice did itstart
within its own 20-yard line.
Not thebestsituation for a
defense to work with.
A week ago, Michigan allowed 41
points to Penn State. On Saturday,
Illinois had posted 45 points by the
end of regulation. Thisgame marks
the first time in Michigan football's
131-year history that it has allowed at
least 40 points in consecutive weeks.
But there were signs of prog-
ress, though ultimately Illinois's
65 points on the scoreboard won't
show it. Key plays from young
defensive players were easy to point
to, and so was the fact that Illinois
punted six times (compared to Penn
State's two punts last week).
Throughout Michigan'sfirst five
wins, critics said the Wolverines
were lucky the offense couldbail
out an increasingly disappointing
Look at the game-ending play
- or big third-down stops earlier

in the game - and at least this one
time,you can see the defense "kind
of paid the offensebacka littlebit,"
like Roh said.
And don't forget the most signifi-
cant gift the defensesgave the pro-
gram:bowl eligibility, something
that hadbeen taken for granted for
33 straight years. The pasttwo win-
ters havebeen awfully quiet around
Ann Arbor, and it was easy to see
the relief inplayers' faces after Sat-
urday's game.
Under Rodriguez, Michigan had
been 0-for-8 in games in which it
could clinchbowl eligibility. Get-
ting that sixth win was huge.
"We knew ourbacks were up
against the wall," Rodriguez said.
"Like I told them, when yourbacks
are against the wall, you can go
two ways: You can go forward or
slump down. I didn'twant anybody
slumped down, and I don'tthink
anybody did."
The defense has had its back
against the wall, or at least its back
against an endzone, for much of the

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