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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, February 21,2011

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UNIVERSITY FACULTY
Change to
tenure up
for public
comment

Michigan Student Assembly President Chris Armstrong speaks at the Anti-Bullying Action Conference at the Ypsilanti Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 19. The
conference was hosted by MSA, the University's chapter of College Democrats and the Michigan Democratic Party's LGBT and Allies Caucas.
PATROLLING CAMPUS POLICE
'U' seeks new DP Sexecutive
direc tor WithMagee on leave

Provost hopes a vote
on the proposal will
be made by spring
By JOSEPH LICHTERMAN
Daily NewsEditor
University Provost Philip
Hanlon's proposal to lengthen
the tenure probationary period
for faculty is one step closer to
becoming University policy.
In an
e-mail Michigan Daily
acquired by EXCLUSIVE
The Michi-
gan Daily, Hanlon wrote to fac-
ulty members on Friday that
he will bring the proposal to
extend the tenure probationary
period from eight to 10 years
forward today for public com-
ment - a necessary step for any
change in the University's Board
of Regents' Bylaws.
After two weeks of public
comment, the proposed bylaw
change could be brought before
the regents for a final vote.
According to the e-mail, Han-
lon hopes to bring the proposal
before the regents for a vote this
spring.
The proposed change would
alter Regent Bylaw 5.09 and

would allow any school or col-
lege within the University a
maximum of 10 years to grant
tenure to faculty members.
Decisions to alter the tenure
probationary period would still
be up to the governing faculty in
any given school or college.
All schools and colleges
within the University currently
have tenure probationary peri-
ods between six and eightyears.
Only the Medical School, Ross
School of Business, School of
Education, School of Dentistry
and Taubman College of Archi-
tecture and Urban Planning use
the full eight years.
In the e-mail to faculty
members, Hanlon wrote that
a number of issues. caused the
University and Office of the
Provost to consider lengthening
the tenure probationary period
from the current eight-year
limit established by the regents
in 1944.
Specifically, Hanlon men-
tioned the evolution of science,
engineering and community-
basedresearch,whichallrequire
tremendous amounts of time
and resources to undertake. He
added that familial structures
have changed- often making
it difficult for faculty members
See TENURE, Page SA

After medical
absence, current
DPS director not
expected to return
By MICHELE NAROV
Daily StaffReporter
The University is now look-
ing for a new Department of
Public Safety executive director,
according to a University job list-

ing that was posted on Thursday.
DPS Police Captain Joe Pier-
sante was named interim public
safety director after Ken Magee,
the current DPS executive direc-
tor, went on sick leave, according
to University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald. Piersante was named
interim director because Uni-
versity officials initially weren't
sure if Magee would return,
Fitzgerald said in an interview
on Friday.
"We do not expect him to
return to that position," Fitzger-

ald said. "So that's why the posi-
tion has been posted."
He added that University offi-
cials waited until they were cer-
tain Magee wouldn't be coming
back to post before listingthe job
onthe University's website.
During the public comments
section at the University's
Board of Regents meeting last
month, former University Prof.
Douglas Smith said he believes
Magee is on leave because
of sexual misconduct allega-
tions. Smith requested access

from the regents to documents
detailing allegations against
Magee - records Smith said he
was previously denied based on
attorney-client privilege.
University President Mary
Sue Coleman would not com-
ment on Magee's situation fol-
lowingthe meeting.
At the time, Fitzgerald said
there was no investigation into
the matter.
Fitzgerald said Friday that
he had no comment about the
See DPS, Page 5A

CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION
Recreational facilities
get $1.6M renovation

Revamp includes
new machines, TVs
and updated lobbies
By BETHANY BIRON
Daily News Editor
Students hoping to shed a few
pounds before warmer weather
and shorter hemlines come may
soon find an incentive to get in

shape by using new campus gym
equipment.
The University's Department
of Recreational Sports has start-
ed facility renovations this aca-
demic year. With a total of $1.6
million allocated for the project,
the revamp includes 60 new car-
dio machines, television instal-
lations and the refurnishing of
lobbies and locker rooms at the
Intramural Sports Building,
Central Campus Recreational

Building and North Campus
Recreational Building.
The funding came from the
University's vice president for
student affairs and the provost's
office. E. Royster Harper, the
University's Vice President for
Student Affairs, served as com-
missioner of a yearlong recre-
ational facility-planning study
that will be released this month.
The study will expose fur-
See RENOVATION, Page SA

UNIVERSITY OUTREACH
Wolverine Express motivates high
school students to pursue college

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder speaks at the 2011 Clean Energy Prize award ceremony at Rackham Auditorium on Friday,
Feb.18. The first prize was awarded to CSquared Innovations, a startup led by Rackham student Nick Moroz.
Snyder encourages students to
have passion, patience in startups

St

M
By.
Spe
Nativ
theS

udents, faculty Saginaw High School recited a
newly learned mantra -"The
reach out to Trojans will go to college."
As one of the facultymembers
ichigan schools who is a part of the Wolverine
Express program - a program
KIMBERLY PAGEAU that brings University faculty,
Daily StaffReporter staff and students to Michigan
high schools to promote higher
eaking in Ojibwe, the education - Margaret Noori,
e American dialect of director of the University's
aginaw tribe, students at Comprehensive Studies Pro-

gram, led the high school stu-
dents in the chant last month,
hoping to encourage underrep-
resented students like them to
pursue a college education.
Wolverine Express was cre-
ated this past fall as a program
of the Center for Educational
Outreach in conjunction with
the University's Diversity Coun-
cil. The schools involved in the
See COLLEGE, Page 5A

'U' students win
$50,000 for Clean
Energy Prize
By ADAM RUBENFIRE
Daily StaffReporter
"It's kind of fun to be able
to give a talk that doesn't have
the word 'budget' or 'tax' in it,"

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder
said to a large crowd on cam-
pus just one day after announc-
ing his state budget plan for the
2012 fiscal year.
Snyder addressed a group of
about 400 people in Rackham
Auditorium on Friday at the
award ceremony for the four
finalists of the Clean Energy
Prize business plan competi-
tion. Created in 2008 by DTE

Energy and the University, the
Clean Energy Prize is a com-
petition that grants $100,000
to college students across the
state who present business plans
incorporate clean energy.
This year's winner was
CSquared Innovations, which
was started by University stu-
dents who were rewarded
with $50,000 at the competi-
See SNYDER, Page SA

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