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From Page 1A
enables students to "constantly
raise the bar" in their teaching
methods, Bain said.
In the past year, Bain added,
the Clinical Rounds Project has
expanded to the history and
social science cohorts as well as
the program's original focal areas
of math and science.
The School of Education has
also recently begun focusing on
"high-leverage practices" which
emphasize experiential learning
and interacting with students.
It is essential to produce stu-
dents who have good teaching
skills upon graduation, Bain said,
especially in the current lacklus-
ter job market. The recent chang-
es to the system allow student
interns to practice and learn with
students and teachers before
jumping into their own class-
rooms. In order to learn, student
interns are "paired with teach-
ers who are teaching in ways we
want our students to see," Bain
Education senior Bridgit
From Page 1A
Cutler, an assistant professor
of aerospace engineering and
atmospheric, oceanic and space
science at the University, is lead-
ing the student team, which is
composed of undergraduate and
graduate students.
Engineering senior Alex Slo-
boda, a member of the team, said
there was a problem locating the
craft early on in the mission, but
the issue was quickly resolved.
"We couldn't track it very well,
so we couldn't really communicate
with itverywell," Slobodasaid.
Spangelo said since confirming
that the satellite was function-
From Page 1A
knowledge of the ocean floor and
the species that live there and
developing a greater understand-
ing of the changing planet.
As a large screen behind her
projected images of oceanic life,
Earle discussed her many explo-
rations and encouraged others
to "put on flippers and masks
and jump in the nearest body of
water" to experience underwater
exploration for themselves.
She also talked about the
importance of knowledge, say-
ing that simply understanding

DeCarlo wrote in an e-mail inter-
view that the Clinical Rounds
Project has helped her get ready
for her future career.
After experiencing both the
initial phases of the program last
year and the full program this
year she feels the new methods
have been beneficial.
"After seeing five different
teachers and all of the projects
we have covered, I'll be prepared
for our (full-time) student teach-
ing this fall," DeCarlo said.
Similarly, Education senior
Kent Sparks said the hands-on
experience has been advanta-
"Being able to collaborate with
five different teachers and dis-
tricts before I student teach full-
time really prepares me for the
challenges, of being a successful
teacher," Sparks said. "Having
this extensive firsthand experi-
ence is what makes the difference
and sets this program apart."
School of Education Dean
Deborah Ball said the Clinical
Rounds Project is necessary to
better prepare students for their
Before the program was fully

implemented, Ball said, "A lot was
resting onteachers learning from
their own experience."
Now, Ball added, studentshave
the opportunity to learn in their
"field experiences." Ball said she
hopes the skills students learn
in the School of Education will
spread to other parts of the coun-
try, especially to urban areas.
"Kids deserve to have a good
education," Ball said.
The elementary education pro-
gram in the School of Education
has also modified its curriculum
to include additional student-
teaching requirements. Student
interns now work six hours per
week for their first three semes-
ters and spend the last semester
teaching full-time, according to
Betsy Davis, an associate profes-
sor in the School of Education.
Both the elementary educa-
tion and secondary education
programs videotape the students
teaching in order to help them
evaluate their own classroom
Cathy Reischl, a clinical asso-
ciate professor in the School of
Education, said another new pro-
gram is the Mitchell/Scarlett-U-

M Partnership, previously called
the lab school program. The part-
nership serves as a supplementa-
ry way for Education students to
study how to support children as
they learn, Reischl said.
Throughthepartnership, Edu-
cation undergraduate and gradu-
ate students work with students
in Ann Arbor's Mitchell Elemen-
tary School and Scarlett Middle
School before, during and after
school hours.
By participating in the pro-
gram, Reischl said, Education
student interns are learning to
teach by directly working with
skilled teachers and students.
One of the program's current
goals is enhancing long-term
professional development of
English as a Second Language
programs for K-5 teachers, Reis-
chi said.
Mitchell Elementary School
Principal Kathy Scarnecchia said
the partnership gives everyone
involved "opportunities to grow."
"Our teachers will begin to
articulate students their skills
(and) the students will get the
best teachers possible," Scarnec-
chia said.

If passed, city ordinance
would prohibit felons from
owning pot dispensaries,

ing properly within the first few
weeks of launch, the team has had
numerous accomplishments.
Tests completed from the RAX
lab, which is housed in the Fran-
gois-Xavier Bagnoud building on
North Campus, confirmed the
satellite's altitude determination
sensors, GPS receiver and anten-
na were working.
Spangelo, who leads efforts to
analyze the satellite's GPS data,
said confirming the receiver's
functionality was a "milestone"
for the team.
"Everyone was like, 'Oh my
God, it works, it works, it works!'
" she said. "It was such a profound
moment because we had strug-
gled so much with the system on
the ground."

Aside from completing opera-
tions work for the current RAX
mission, Sloboda said team mem-
bers are planning to launch a
second RAX as well as a satellite
called M-Cubed, which is slated
to go into orbit this fall.
The second RAX will have a
similar mission as the first RAX,
Sloboda said, but the second satel-
lite will have "enhanced capabili-
"We will probably do some
things to the (new) spacecraft
that will allow us to do more sci-
ence, or better science, or both,"
he said.
The NASA-funded M-Cubed
satellite, which members of the
RAX team are working on with
the University's Student Space

Systems Fabrication Lab, will
have a slightly different aim, Slo-
boda said. However, the details
aren't finalized, and the M-Cubed
satellite's mission is still in its
early developmentstages, he said.
Throughout the remainder of
the RAX's one-year mission, the
team will continue to tackle any
problems it faces, Spangelo said.
"There were some challenges
addressingthe functioning of the
power system, which I'm current-
ly studying," she said. "We have
to figure out the missing pieces
about what's happening."
While the current mission is
keeping the team busy, Sloboda
said the students are anticipating
the next two spacecrafts' launch-

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drug felon like himself would be
so open about his line of work,
Rice acknowledged he is con-
cerned about federal authorities,
but said generating awareness
about medical marijuana is the
reason he's in business.
"My job is 75 percent educa-
tion," Rice said. "The other 25
percent is protesting."
At last week's City Council
meeting, several community
members voiced their concerns
that the city's current temporary
moratorium regulating medical
marijuana dispensaries doesn't
do enough to protect the per-
sonal information of dispensary
and cultivation facility owners.
The temporary moratorium will
expire at the end of the month,
according to previous articles in
The Michigan Daily.
Gershom Avery, a Dexter resi-
dent and medical marijuana pro-
ponent, said in a Jan. 19 article in
The Michigan Daily saying that
he doesn't think the ordinance in
question should require dispen-
sary owners to register their per-
sonal information.
"The best solution isnto remove
the temptation to act as an agency
of the federal government ... by
not compiling these lists," Avery
Rice said he doesn't think
the final draft of the ordinance
will call for owners to have their
information listed.
"I think they will ultimately
not require that," Rice said. "It's a
violation of patients' rights."
Rice said if the final draft of
the ordinance does contain such
a clause, owners will comply, but
not without resistance.
"We'll abide by it, but we'll sue
them," Rice said.
Rice opened his dispensary on
Feb. 2, 2010, he said, mainly to
raise money for Rainbow Farm
in Newberg Township, Mich.
Rainbow Farm is a pro-marijuana
campground that was forced to
close in 2001 after a deadly stand-
off between its members and the
FBI and Michigan State Police.
Last year, Rice had his own
run-in with law enforcement offi-
cials. He said on March 14, police
came to his office after a fellow
tenant reported the smell of mari-
Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett
Jones said that officers seized
17 to 19 plants in Rice's office,
according to a Jan. 23 AnnArbor.
com article.
Rice said officers seized 30
marijuana plants, which are
worth $1,000 each. He said police
also seized his computer.
Though he was able to open for
business the next day, Rice said he

didn't have enough money to buy
more plants for six months.
"I want my meds back, I want
my computer back and I want an
apology," Rice said.
Rice said he doesn't think the
city will voluntarily give back his
Rice added that he thinks Ann
Arbor's dispensary industry cares
more for patients and is more
sensitive to its public image than
other areas.
"We don't have four-foot neon
signs in the front windows like
they do a quarter mile from the
state Capitol," Rice said.
Though Rice said he thinks
community members respect his
business, one of his fellowtenants
disagreed with this assessment.
Dawn Nelson, owner of Ann
Arbor Hair Studio, located in suite
306 at 202 E. Washington St., said
her experiences with Rice in the
building have beennegative.
Nelson said she doesn't think
Rice runs a legitimate business
because he chooses not to be
listed on the building's directory.
However, at the time of Rice's
interview with the Daily, his
suite was listed as AP2PCC onthe
building's exterior directory.
"He does not advertise where
he is in the building, which leads
me to believe that is an illegal
business," Nelson said. "If you
were a legal business you would
want to advertise where you are
so that people could find you."
Because the location of Rice's
business isn't easily identifiable,
Nelson said, people who want
to purchase his.products enter
her hair salon asking where they
can buy marijuana. She also said
she thinks the dispensary's pres-
ence inthe building poses a safety
"I feel extremely unsafe since
he's been there," Nelson said.
"I've had a break-in at my salon."
Building Manager Jerry Spears
said Rice's one-year lease expires
at the end of the month.
This week, Monroe resident
Ken Rutherford went to Rice's
office to seek treatment for
Guillain-Barrd syndrome, which
causes body numbness and mus-
cle weakness.
Rutherford, who came to the
office in a mobilized wheelchair,
said medical procedures to treat
his disease didn't alleviate his
"They made a guinea pig out of
me," Rutherford said.
Rice said the proposed City
Council ordinance would set a
standard for cities throughoutcthe
state and the country.
"Ann Arbor's ordinance is real-
ly going to be monumental," Rice
said. "The rest of the state is going
to have to look at it and follow."

how ocean ecosystems work will
improve environmental sustain-
ability policies.
"It is not an option not to
know," Earle said. "Our lives
depend on it."
While Earle talked critically
about the depletion of the earth's
natural resources, the extinction
of species and how humans are
slowly "turning our blue planet
into a red planet," she expressed
much optimism as well.
Urgingstudentstoget involved
through rising environmental
awareness, Earle added that the
urgency of the situation creates a
perfect environment for change.
"Now is the time to make a

difference," she said. "To under-
stand what we just could not
know before we could go up in
space ... and dive down in the
Students on the LSA Theme
Semester Steering Committee
have been actively promoting
the event around campus, and
said last night they were eager to
finally hear from Earle.
LSA senior Taylor Coyne said
she was thankful the University
brought an environmental expert
like Earle to talk as part of the
theme semester.
"She's a renowned water
expert in the world, so the fact
that she's coming here and talk-

ing, it's very impressive," Coyne
LSA sophomore Maggie Oli-
ver and LSA and Business junior
Poonam Dagli, who are on the
steering committee, said the
event was a crucial way for stu-
dents to learn about the impor-
tance of this semester's theme.
"Being environmentally based
is really important," Dagli said.
"It's really exciting for the Uni-
versity to go to this level and
decide this is what they want to
Oliver added, "It's just gener-
ating so much awareness about
water issues. She's very refresh-
ing, pun intended."

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ing of the bell chamber floor and
the replacement of the transmis-
sion systems on bells affected
by the structural work, the press
release states.
According to a proposal sub-
mitted to the University's Board
of Regents on June 17, 2010, the
repairs are necessary because of
the damage and deterioration of
the building's infrastructure.
Throughout the construction,
the carillon and its chimes have
been temporarily silenced. This

is the second time in the tower's
75-year history that the bells have
not rung routinely, according to a
June 2010University press release.
The last time the chimes and
bells were silenced was in March
2006 after a pair of peregrine fal-
cons, which are on the Michigan
endangered species list, were
spotted on the tower, according to
a March 13, 2006 Michigan Daily
Because peregrine falcons are
frequently observed on the tower,
the current construction schedule
works around them, according to
the September press release.
In addition to the silenced

chimes, the clock permanently
displays the time as 6:30. Howev-
er, the clock should work properly
by the end of the school year.
LSA sophomore Amanda Czik
said she's noticed the silence of
the tower during the day, but
understands its necessity.
"It's weird not hearing the
chimes anymore," Czik said. "But
I think the construction is impor-
tant for the building, so it's not
that big of a deal to me."
In addition to keeping time for
people on campus, the tower also
houses School of Music, Theatre
& Dance classrooms and offices
for the Department of Musicology

and Ethnomusicology, Univer-
sity Musical Society and Charles
Baird Carillon. These locations,
however, are unaffected by the
construction, according to the
September press release.
Though the construction has
been in progress for the major-
ity of the school year, students
say it doesn't seem to have a large
impact on their daily routines.
"I have class in the Modern
Language Building, so I walk by
the bell tower often," Czik said.
"The construction stays out of
the way of most students, so I am
looking forward to the improve-
ments of the tower."

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