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PATR' NG C MPi S POICE
Year after probe,
to follow statute
Student, faculty reps
now elected, body
meets more regularly
By STEPHANIE STEINBERG
Daily News Editor
Members of the University's
Department of Public Safety Over-
sight Committee are now being
properly elected, more than one
year after a Michigan Daily inves-
tigation found representatives on
the advisory board were being
The committee - which is com-
prised -of two faculty, two staff
members and two students -
addresses grievances filed against
the University's Department of
Public Safety. Last November,
independent lawyers told the Daily
that representatives on the com-
mittee were not being elected in
accordance with Michigan statute
Public Act 120.
The law states that faculty, staff
and student representatives must
be elected by their respective
constituencies. At the University,
however, the Michigan Student
Assembly had historically appoint-
ed the two student representa-
tives. In addition, the committee's
bylaws state that faculty members
must be elected every two years,
but at the time of the investigation
the faculty members on the com-
mittee had held their positions for
nine consecutive years.
After a series of reports, MSA
and the Senate Advisory Commit-
tee on University Affairs - the
leading faculty governing body
- revised their respective elec-
tion processes to comply with the
In February, faculty members
were allowed to nominate their
colleagues to the committee and
then subsequently vote in a fac-
ulty-wide election. The following
month, the student body elected
its two student representatives on
the committee for the first time in
more than a decade.
Law School Prof. Richard Fried-
man, an Alene and Allan F. Smith
Professor of Law, is one of the new
faculty members who was elect-
ed to the committee last spring.
Friedman, an expert in Supreme
Court history, said he didn't active-
ly campaign for the position but
was nominated by his peers.
"I don't know if I particularly
wanted it ... I was asked to serve,
and so I like to say yes when Ican,"
Friedman, who was selected to
be chair of the committee in July,
is working to ensure that the com-
mittee complies with the state stat-
ute and carries out its role to act as
a check on the campus police.
"The statute could be open to
interpretation to what the precise
function of what the committee is,
but I think it makes it very clear
See COMMITTEE, Page 3A
Rich Rodriguez at the press conference following the Wolverines 37-7 loss the Buckeyes Saturday. For more coverage of The Game, see SportsMonday, inside.
It's time for the Rich
Rodriguez era to end
About midway through
Saturday's game that
wasn't a game, it became
painfully clear that the writing
was on the wall.
or rather, the writing was on
the Twitter feed.
@jayfeely:Kills me watching
Michigan struggle like they have
the last three years!! Not even
competitive in Big Ten games.
Time for a change
(Alan) Branch, Gabe Watson all
(of) us are beside ourselves watch-
ing this shell of
used to be.
gone on for
Rodriguez sat uncomfortably in
his press conference after the
Wolverines' seventh straightloss
to Ohio State - this time a 37-7
shellacking - that debate had
finally reached its breaking point.
So there he sat, on edge like
we'd never seen him before, furi-
ously insisting that he could do
what he's been saying he would
do for three years.
"I took this job to make us the
best program in America, and
sometimes it takes a little longer
to mold the program the way you
want to mold it," Rodriguez said.
"That doesn't mean you can't do
it. Im not deterred one bit.
"I think the worst is behind us.
I know it is."
But after an utter embarrass-
ment like Saturday - which, he's
right, was the worst of his tenure
- that plea doesn't mean quite
as much as it did after his slew of
Since his hiring, since 3-9,
since 5-7,I have remained firmly
in Rodriguez's camp. The cup-
board had been bare, injuries had
decimated his team, he didn't
See KARTJE, Page 3A
now, but never had Michigan
football alumni like Jay Feely so
openly discussed their dismay.
And as Michigan coach Rich
Experts: Student housing shields
city from high foreclosure rates
rplus of private reason the city has avoided higher
udent housing Foreclosure rates in Michigan
increased 17 percent from Oct.
id to be at fault 2009 to Oct. 2010 and the state
had the fifth highest rate of fore-
A2 foreclosures closure in the country last month,
according to the Detroit Free
By DEVON COX Press. Roughly one in every 235
For the Daily Michigan householdswas in fore-
closure in October. Monroe, Oak-
ite rising foreclosure land and Livingston were among
cross the state and nation, the Michigan counties that expe-
rbor had one of the lowest rienced the highest foreclosure
sure rates in Washtenaw rates in the state.
and city officials and real- But in the four Ann Arbor ZIP
y Ann Arbor's active stu- codes available for analysis, the
ousing market may be one foreclosure rate was much lower
than that of the state. In October,
one in every 897 households in
ZIP code 48105 was in foreclo-
sure proceedings, followedby one
in every 527 houses in ZIP code
48103 and one in every 360 hous-
es in ZIP code 48108, according to
Ann Arbor's 48104 ZIP code,
which contains the University's
central campus and a large por-
tion of downtown, experienced
the highest foreclosure rate of
the four Ann Arbor ZIP codes
available for analysis - with one
in every 322 households in fore-
closure proceedings during the
See FORECLOSURES, Page 2A
Cans of Four Loko at Strickland's Market yesterday. Party store owners say the alcoholic energy drink has been selling well since
it was banned earlier this month.
Area party store owners say
Four Loko flyin off shelves
As registration gets underway, LSA
advising site adds online resources
Students stocking up
in light of ban,
By SARAH ALSADEN
Cans of Four Loko have been fly-
ing off campus store shelves since
the Michigan Liquor Control Com-
mission banned the caffeinated
alcoholic drink earlier this month,
according to many area party store
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Though some local party store
owners have noticed only modest
increases in sales of the drink nick-
named "blackout in a can," many
report dramatic spikes - with
some stores like A & L Wine Castle
on West Stadium Boulevard seeing
a five-fold increase compared to
sales before the announcement of
the ban. Store owners attribute the
uptick in sales to students stock-
ing up on the drink before it disap-
pears from store shelves.
The beverage, which has been
reported to have adverse side
effects on consumers, contains as
much alcohol as four beers and the
same amount of caffeine found in
three to four cups of coffee.
David Breher, manager of the
Main Street Party Store on North
Main Street, said his store has
experienced a 20-percent increase
in Four Loko sales since the ban.
Breher, who is opposed to the
ban, said he thinks people will
continue to purchase and consume
alcoholic drinks, regardless of the
See FOUR LOKO, Page 3A
By NATHAN RANNS
As students begin to regis-
ter for classes today, they'll have
more opportunities than ever to
get advice on backpacking and
fulfilling distribution require-
ments - all without setting foot
in an advisor's office.
LSA's Newnan Academic
Advising Center recently updated
its online resources to offer stu-
dents advice on how to achieve
academic success. Timothy Dodd,
director of the Newnan LSA Aca-
demic Advising Center, wrote in.
an e-mail interview that recent
updates include changes to the
Peer Academic Advising Office
website, the addition of an aca-
demic success strategies website
and new YouTube instruction-
al videos that guide students
through using resources like Wol-
Dodd wrote that the advising
staff has been "especially focused
on developing (these) web-based
resources over the past two
He said the most recent
See ADVISING, Page 3A
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