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Ann Arbor, Michigan Friday, January 7, 2011


With dropin
state to.lose
House rep.

Alan Abel, former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs with the help of University alum Tom Bowden. Abel put on a master class for School of Music, Theatre &
Dance students. The class featured the bass drum, triangle and orchestral percussion and was held in honor of former University professor and colleague Charles Owen.
UM CreditUnion to occu
offices of former A2 newspaper
Credit Union UMCU bought the building to UMCU purchased the building The structure includes rare
centralize administrative ser- in June 2010 for an undisclosed parking spaces in the downtown
expected to move vices - primarily accounting and price. In a November interview area and is the only commercial
marketing administration - and Schillag said the amount was building in Ann Arbor designed by
in by late March to be more cost efficient, accord- less than it would cost to build a renowned architect Albert Kahn,
ing to Jeff Schillag, UMCU's vice structure of equivalent size and it who designed the Fisher Building
By HALEY GLATTHORN president of marketing and com- eliminated the financial burden of in Detroit as well as Hill Audito-
DailyStaffReporter munity relations. leasing office space. rium and the Burton Memorial
The credit union's administra- "We looked at what our space Tower on campus. The Ann Arbor
The University of Michigan tive offices are currently located needs were and looked at it in News vacated the 58,000 square-
Credit Union is planning to relo- at a number of different branches, terms of what we'd need to grow foot building when the newspaper
cate its administrative offices but UMCU is planning to make into," Schillag said. "The history closed in July 2009.
to the former Ann Arbor News the switch after the completion of of the building was very signifi- The building was valued at
building on East Huron Street by renovations that are scheduled to cant to us, as well as (its) close $9.3 million when it went on the
the end of March of this year. take place early this year. proximity to (the University)." See CREDIT UNION, Page 6

Census: Michigan
population declined
by 0.6 percent
Daily StaffReportet
Michigan will lose aseat in the
U.S. House of Representatives
next year due to 2010 U.S. Census
results that show a 0.6-percent
decline in the state's population.
The decrease in population
didn't come as a surprise to most
Michigan politicians who say
Michigan's continuing economic
struggle presents a struggle for
keeping residents in the state.
And because of the decrease in
Michigan residents, officials
foresee a reduction in federal
fundingto the state - something
thatwill also affectfinancial sup-
port for Michigan's universities.
State Rep. Mark Ouimet (R-
Lyndon Twp.) said Michigan's
economic difficulties hinder its
ability to attract new citizens.
The lagging economy, therefore,
leads to a lower state population,
which resulted in the drop in
congressional seats.
According to the census web-
site, Michigan had the largest
decline in population among all

"We have a high tax rate that
drives people away, and the
unemployment drives people
away and the lack of opportu,
nity drives people away," Oui-
met said. "States that are more
pro-business are the ones to gain
congressional seats."
State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann
Arbor) echoed Ouimet, saying
that a weak economy stalls popu-
lation growth. Michigan is lack-
ing the public goods, services
and "vitality" that drive such
growth, Irwin said.
Michigan is failing to demon-
strate a high quality of life in the
state, Irwin added. This prob-
lem is exacerbated by Detroit's
deteriorating appeal as a large
and successful city for students,
employees and retirees, he said.
"I think our problem here in
Michigan is that Detroit used
to be that big city that really
anchored the state," Irwin said.
"There were opportunities in the
city, not just for employment, but
for art. There was a lot of vitality,
and that vitality is what a lot of
people leave for because we have
sucked that vitalityout."
Irwin added that the popula-
tion drop and subsequent loss
of a seat in Congress is likely to
have far-reaching consequences
for the state, citing the potential
See CENSUS, Page 3

Report: Ross pursues Harbaugh
'I I for Miami Dolphins, talks to'U'

igan alt
ing tha
head co
ends up

usiness School and Ross School of Business
namesake approached the Uni-
or and Dolphins versity to ensure that the school
wouldn't be vying for the Stan-
wner allegedly ford coach to replace former
scoachMichigan football coach Rich
ers C $8M Rodriguez, ESPN.com recently
By NICK SPAR Dolphins spokesman Harvey
Daily Sports Editor Greene told The Michigan Daily
that he couldn't confirm whether
many University of Mich- Ross had been in contact with the
umni, Stephen Ross is hop- University about recruiting Har-
t Jim Harbaugh gets a new baugh.
aching job. "We don't have any comment
Ross isn't hoping that he regarding our coaching situation
tin Ann Arbor. at this time," he told the Daily in a
Miami Dolphins owner phone interview.

' Ross was reportedly assured
by a University official that
Harbaugh wasn't interested in
Michigan's now-vacant coaching
And according to the same
report, Ross flew to the West
Coast in an attempt to persuade
Harbaugh to take the Dolphins'
head coaching position. The
reports also said Ross is willing
to pay the former Michigan quar-
terback between $7 million and
$8 million per year, which would
make him the NFL's highest-paid
The rumors that Ross and the
See ROSS, Page 3

Art & Design junior Eli Yudin, LSA junior Diana Rosenbach and LSA senior Matt Plonsker of the WOLV-TV show "Turned On"
after taping the program on the ninth floor in South Quad Residence Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010.
WOLV-TV sex-ed show
provides comic relief

'U'-burn center treats explosion victim

TV program aims
to attract more
viewers on campus
Daily StaffReporter
"Hi, and welcome back to
'Turned On' where we're always
turned on. I'm Diana."
"And I'm Matt."

Sex experts, or sexperts, LSA
junior Diana Rosenbach and LSA
senior Matt Plonsker smile in
front of the camera as they co-host
WOLV-TV's student-run sex talk
show "Turned On" during an epi-
sode in early December. The epi-
sode, which was the last of the fall
2010 semester, focused on the holi-
days and exam week.
The hosts discussed everything
from "sexy" ways to use apen, high-
lighter, calculator and cell phone, to

what kind of gift togetyour partner
atony stage of a relationship.
The show, which is filmed in
South Quad Residence Hall and
airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., typi-
cally focuses on season-appropri-
ate themes, such as holidays or the
World Series, and features calls
from viewers and interviews with
random students on campus.
Art & Design junior Eli Yudin,
one of the show's guest hosts, pro-
See WOLV-TV, Page 3

Store owner
improves from
serious to fair
after trauma
Daily StaffReporter
The owner of a suburban
Detroit furniture store is now in
fair condition at the University's
Trauma Burn Center after being

rescued from an explosion that
killed two people last week.
Paul Franks, the owner of Wil-
liam C. Franks Furniture in Wayne,
Mich., was upgraded from serious
to fair condition on Wednesday,
according to Shantell Kirkendoll, a
spokeswoman for the University of
Michigan Health System.
Franks was one of two people
reported as injured after the fur-
niture store suddenly exploded at
about 9 a.m. on Dec. 29. Franks
was pulled from the rubble after
his store exploded due to a sus-

pected natural gas leak, TheAsso-
ciated Press reported. Two other
employees at the store were killed.
Franks, 64, was reported to
be in critical condition imme-
diately following the explosion.
Franks was in serious condi-
tion earlier this week and then
improved to fair condition on
Wednesday, Kirkendoll said in
an interview yesterday. Patients
in fair condition display con-
sciousness and have stable vital
signs, according to the American


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