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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 3
TRAVERSE CITY, MI.
$300M for Great
A Great Lakes environmental
fix-up is on shaky ground as Pres-
ident Barack Obama continues
scaling back spending proposals
and congressional Republicans
push for even deeper cuts, sup-
porters said yesterday.
For the second consecutive
year, Obama is seeking less for
the Great Lakes Restoration
Initiative than the $475 million
Congress approved at his request
for 2010. He asked for $300 mil-
lion for the current fiscal year,
a total that remains in doubt as
lawmakers continue wrangling
over the 2011 budget.
His 2012 spending plan
released yesterday calls for
$350 million. But with an asser-
tive Republican majority in the
House pushing to slash domestic
programs, backers of the Great
Lakes plan acknowledge tough
NEW YORK, NY.
9/11 memorial to
have capacity limit
of 1,500 visitors
The Sept. 11 memorial will
open in the World Trade Cen-
ter's footprints by the 10th anni-
versary of the 2001 attacks, but
for years afterward access will
be limited to a set number of
people and mourners will be sur-
rounded on all sides by the noise
of construction, the memorial
foundation president said yes-
It will be years before the
millions of people who want to
visit the center have unfettered
access to the memorial site, said
Joe Daniels, president of the
National September 11 Memo-
rial & Museum. Ultimately, visi-
tors will be able to approach the
memorial and its green spaces-
and cobblestoned plazas from all
sides: BuT foryears visit6rs will
be surrounded by construction
of skyscrapers and a transit hub
and may only use one entrance;
organizers will observe strict
capacity limits for safety rea-
sons, Daniels said.
Prelthinary plans call for a
limit of 1,500 visitors at a time.
SANTA ANA, Calif.
A former California congres-
sional candidate convicted of
lying about a mailer sent to Lati-
no voters in 2006 warning that
immigrants could not vote was
sentenced yesterday to a year
and 'a day in prison.
Tan Nguyen, a Republican
who was running for Congress
in Orange County, will also serve
six months in a residential re-
entry program and three years of
supervised release, federal pros-
ecutor Greg Staples said.
Nguyen declined to comment
on the hearing before U.S. Dis-
V trict Court Judge David O. Cart-
er except to say it didn't go well.
Chevron to pay
* $8.6B for oil
An Ecuadorean judge ruled
yesterday in an epic environ-
mental case that Chevron Corp.
was responsible for oil drilling
contamination in a wide swath
of Ecuador's northern jungle and
ordered the oil giant to pay $8.6
billion in damages and cleanup
The amount was far below the
$27.3 billion recommended by a
But whether the plaintiffs
- including indigenous groups
who say their hunting and fish-
* ing grounds in the headwaters
of the Amazon River were deci-
mated by toxic wastewater - can
collect remains to be seen.
Daily wire reports
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from the previous year.
State Rep. Chuck Moss (R-
Birmingham), who chairs the
House Appropriations Commit-
tee, said he predicts all state
expenditures, including higher
education, will face budget cuts.
As a result, universities might
need to change their current
"(State universities are) going
to have to do what everybody
else does - deliver their services
faster, better and cheaper," Moss
Though Moss said he expects
universities will have to tighten
their belts, he said higher educa-
tion is "extremely important" to
Moss also said he expects Sny-
der's 2012 fiscal year budget pro-
posal to focus on new tax plans.
"You're also going to see
(Snyder's) tax proposal, which
is probably going to eliminate
a lot of tax credits," Moss said.
"It's going to balance the budget
without raising taxes."
State Rep. Joan Bauer (D-
Lansing), the Democratic vice
chair of the House Appropria-
tions Subcommittee on Higher
Education, said that while most
of her colleagues are expecting
cuts, no one can really predict
what's going to be in Snyder's
"We don't know exactly what
the governor is going to do,"
Bauer said. "I think we all are
anticipating some very major
However, Bauer said appro-
priations to higher education
-will likely be reduced.
"I think (the cut) will be sig-
nificant," she said. "And by sig-
nificant, I guess what I mean (is)
anything beyond 5 percent."
The decrease in higher educa-
tion funding is troubling, Bauer
said, as it will likely have an
effect on costs for students.
"I think we should be pri-
oritizing higher education," she
said. "I mean they've already
been cutting and cutting, but
then my fear is that tuition will
State Sen. Rebekah Warren
(D-Ann Arbor) said budget cuts
to higher education in recent
years have placed a greater bur-
den on students and families in
their ability to afford a college
"Over the years, our support
to (universities) has continu-
ally diminished, and what we've
seen, as the state investment has
decreased, the amount of money
it takes from our students and
parents in terms of tuition and
fees has really gone up," she said.
Warren said she is worried
about possible budget cuts fact-
ing higher education, especially
considering the growing role
state universities and colleges
play in revitalizing Michigan's
"I think higher education is
one of the most critical factors
in Michigan's.economic recov-
ery," Warren said. "I don't see
any path to a strong and vibrant
economy for Michigan's future
without well-funded public edu-
cation, particularly higher edu-
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riculum was restructured in
2000, according to the commu-
nication. The new curriculum
was designed to study African
history and culture in a more
global and interdisciplinary
"Through this series of cur-
ricular reforms and due to a
successful record of hiring,
mentoring and promotion since
the late 1990s, CAAS now has in
place a strong group of commit-
ted faculty able to provide the
necessary leadership to further
strengthen the unit," Hanlon
and McDonald wrote.
FOR ALICE LLOYD
At their meeting Thursday,
the regents are expected to
approve the issuing of bids for
renovations of Alice Lloyd Resi-
The $56 million project will
consist of changes to student
rooms and restrooms, new com-
munity areas and an array of
upgrades to the building's infra-
structure. The renovations will
start after this semester and will
end by fall 2012.
The schematics of the project
were approved unanimously at
the University Board of Regents
meeting in December. At the
meeting, University President
Mary Sue Coleman said she sup-
ports the renovations.
"I think it has a much clean-
er look, actually, a much more
coherent look," Coleman said.
"It'll be very nice."
BOARD TO CONSIDER
The regents will also ponder
renovations to several geologi-
cal science laboratories in the
Clarence Cook Little Science
Building and to the atrium of the
School of Social Work building.
In a communication to the
regents, Timothy Slottow, the
University's executive vice pres-
ident and chief financial officer,
wrote that the renovations to
C.C. Little will include electri-
cal, mechanical and architec-
tural improvements to about
10,600 square feet of laboratory
space on the fourth floor of the
about $2 million and is scheduled
to be completed this fall.
Additionally, the renovations
to the School of Social Work
building are slated to cost $1.85
million, according to another
communication to the regents
Slottow wrote in the commu-
nication that the construction
will reallocate 18,400 square
feet of the building's first floor
atrium into clinical space.
"(The new space will) allow
students to practice and observe
clinical approaches, accom-
modate expanded continuing
education programs and pro-
vide updated spaces for student
interaction," Slottow wrote.
The atrium was formerly
home to the School of Social
Work's collection of books, but
the library was moved into the
School of Public Health Library
and the Hatcher Graduate
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In a Feb. 11 AnnArbor.com
article, the specifics of the
e-mail were described. In the
e-mail, the parent claimed that
the fraternity's pledges suffered
verbal and physical abuse in the
form of shouted insults, kicks to
the groin and tennis balls lobbed
at them by fraternity members
using hockey sticks.
According to the AnnArbor.
com article, SAE pledges were
also forced to participate in late-
night activities including doing
push-ups, wall-sits and relay
races in which fraternity mem-
bers attempted to impede them
by coating the floor with liquids,
shooting airsoft guns and trip- confidentiality of those parties
ping them with brooms. involved is the primary concern
"I didn't find anything inac- of the University," Jackson said.
curate in the (AnnArbor.com) Brandon Weghorst, associate
article," Chris Haughee, assis- executive director of commu-
tant director of the University's nications for the SAE national
Office of Greek Life, wrote in an organization, said he couldn't
e-mail to The Michigan Daily. disclose the e-mail's contents
Brandon Weghorst, associate because of the current investi-
executive director of commu- gation.
nications for the SAE national According to Jackson, SAE
organization, said he couldn't nationals are currently con-
disclose the e-mail's contents ducting membership reviews in
because of the current investi- order to determine the chapter's
gation. future. The University is cur-
LSA sophomore Sean Jack- rently working in conjunction
son, the Interfraternity Coun- with the SAE national organi-
cil's vice president for public zation to investigate the allega-
relations, also said he couldn't tions.
confirm the specifics of the par- The membership review con-
ent's e-mail. ., sists of 'Italking with chapter.
"At this point in time, the members and through those
interviews deciding whether or the mental, physical, or academ-
not those members are uphold- it health of a'student."
ing the chapter values set forth The policy states that the
by the national organization," Hazing Task Force, made up
Jackson said. of members of the University's
Weghorst said the member- Greek community, must inter-
ship review process includes view chapter members about
inquiries into the hazing allega- such allegations. The task force
tions and that corrective actions then determines from those
will be taken if necessary. interviews if the evidence is suf-
"Our leaders mean business," ficient to pass the complaintonto
Weghorst said. "They're serious the Greek Activities Review
about making sure our members Panel, which is the University's
adhere to our principles and our judicial body for the Greek.com-
University policy, accord- "In terms of any actions with
ing to the Office of Greek Life regard to the chapter, that will
website, defines hazing as "any be a joint operation between the
action or situation, with or with- University and the nationals,
out consent of the participants, and at this point in time, infor-
which recklessly, intentionally, mation is still filtering in," Jack-
or unintentionally endangers son said.
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encourage student collaboration,
especially when using the tech-
nology that will be provided.
"We really kind of see it as
a place that's going to promote
pure learning and interaction,"
Alexander said. "So we're going
to have all sorts of furniture and
large display screens."
The space will also be used as
a venue for University events and
student group functions, such as
poetry readings by students and
various speakers and workshops,
Funding for the Bert's Cafe
Study Lounge came from Univer-
sity alum BertramAskwith, a 1931
LSAgraduate. Alexanderwrote in
an e-mail interview that Askwith
has been supportive of the Uni-
versity ever since he founded his
company, Campus Coach Lines,
as an undergraduate.
"He is very much focused on
undergraduates and how he can
help their learning experience,"
The idea for the lounge was
developed last year, Alexander
said, after she conducted several
focus groups asking students
what changes they would like to
see in the library.
"We heard over and over again
that students wanted more places
to sit, they wanted flexible furni-
ture, they wanted the ability to
work in groups, to plug in their
laptop and work collaboratively,"
she said. "They wanted a place to
showcase their course work on
large displays - all those things
that you work on all semester
Students also expressed a
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"HealthyBacksYoga" and "Pre-
"I've been in my position for
a year and a half now, and they
are one of the most popular
classes, so I'm trying to get as
many on the schedule as I can,"
In order to accommodate for
the high demand, the U-Move
yoga classes are offered at stag-
gered times to provide for as
many people as possible, Cal-
"We've got classes in the
early morning at 7 a.m., lunch
classes for people who can
sneak away, and classes after
the work hour for people who
may want to end their day with
a little bit of relaxation," she
Yoga studios near campus
are also looking to suit stu-
dents' varying schedules, with
some offering classes start-
ing as early as 6 a.m. and some
ending as late as 10 p.m. In
addition to the array of times,
the studios offer a range of
yoga styles to provide custom-
ers with different workouts
Ann Arbor School of Yoga on
West Huron Street offers medi-
tative breathing yoga and yoga
for beginners, while Center
for Yoga - which has two Ann
Arbor locations on East Wil-
liam Street and West Stadium
Boulevard - focuses on Hot
Vinyasa and Slow Burn yoga.
Another studio close to cam-
pus, Ann Arbor Bikram Yoga on
Washtenaw Avenue, specializes
in Bikram Yoga, which is also
conducted in a room with high
Jonny Kest, founder of the
Center for Yoga, said there has
been a great amount of inter-
est in classes lately. Center for
Yoga's East William Street loca-
tion is the company's fourth
studio in Michigan and opened
"The popularity is definitely
evident, "Kest said. "We were
really surprised by the turnout.
Since January it's been on fire,
and I don't think we've had a
class under 20 people in the
Kest, also a University alum,
said he thinks the popularity of
Center for Yoga's classes is due
to students hearing about them
through word of mouth.
"As soon as people heard
about (our classes) and started
coming, people started Face-
booking and coming in groups,"
desire to have a place in the
undergraduate library to hear
and see international news and
events. Alexander said the library
will meet this need by providing
a "series of international news
feeds coming in."
Alexander said the ongoing
construction hasn't affected stu-
dents' use of the library.
"At first there were a few
annoyances, like you had to learn
how to use a different stairwell,"
she said. "But overall, once the
students found out what the new
space was goingto be and that we
were doing it in response to their
requests, we received alot of pos-
itive feedback about it."
Alexander added that the
construction - which takes
place between the hours of 7
a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays
- isn't a distraction for stu-
dents and doesn't substantially
he said. "We've done very little-
Business School senior Alex
Rich was one of these students
who heard about a Center for
Yoga class from one of his
friends and decided to try it.
"I've been going to the gym
since I was 15, and I've never
had a more productive hour
of exercise," Rich said. "I feel
like you get to do cardio and
strength all in one. I've also
been having some flexibility
issues, so this helps."
While Rich started tak-
ing yoga classes recently, LSA
freshman Katharine Kovan
said she has been practicing
yoga prior to coming to the Uni-
"I did yoga almost every day
over the summer, so I definitely
wanted to continue with it,"
Kovan said. "I really like yoga
because it's a combination of
relaxation and exercise. You're
still getting your workout, but
the whole premise is turning
inward and taking a step back
from the outside world and just
Similarly, Kest said yoga is an
effective way to "recharge" and
get "a second wind."
"Yoga is like taking a show-
er," he said. "It kind of washes
away a lot of stress and tension."
increase noise levels.
"The undergraduate library ...
is loud," Alexander said. "Con-
struction of the lounge was most-
ly done in the morning and use of
the library really increases in the
afternoon and evenings."
However, Engineering sopho-
more Melanie Croos-Dabrera
said because of the construction,
she has been avoidingstudying at
"Sometimes when we have to
schedule study groups, we never
pick the UGLi anymore because
of the construction in the way,"
said she's excited for the study
lounge to open.
"Looking at the plans for it, it
looks really nice', and I think it
will be really beneficial," Croos-
Engineering graduate, stu-
dent Chase Estrin said though
navigating the library during
construction has been a minor
inconvenience, he is excited for
the new lounge.
"It will be nice to see what it
looks like when it's done," Estrin
said. "I think that more seating in
the lounge will be good because
there's not very much of it right
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