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North Quad
council's use of
funds for trip
raises concern

$2,000 of hall
funds allocated
to send council
members to Peru
By ADAM RUBENFIRE
Daily StaffReporter
While some North Quad resi-
dents are excited to embark on
a trip to help schoolchildren in
Peru, others who live in the resi-
dence hall aren't as thrilled.
Members of the Commit-
tee for International Impact
- a subcommittee of the North
Quadrangle Residence Hall
Multicultural Council - voted
at a meeting on Sunday to allo-
cate $2,000 of its budget to
send 14 Multicultural Council
members on a community ser-
vice trip to Peru. In a meeting
last night, the Residence Hall
Association also voted to give
the trip participants an addi-
tional $4,089.10, which is the
remainder of the RHA Commu-
nity Council Fund used to grant
supplemental funds to residence
hall councils.
Despite the votes passing that
allocated the funds for the trip,

some North Quad residents and
RHA council members said they
were concerned about the fund-
ing allocation.
Engineering junior Andrew
Kurdelski, a floor representa-
tive at North Quad, said he was
frustrated that the funds, which
were originally intended for all
450 North Quad residents, are
being used on only 14 students.
"I thought that it was an
unfair use of the funding," Kur-
delski said.
The Committee for Inter-
national Impact consists of 10
members and is a subsection
of the Multicultural Council,
which is the residence hall's stu-
dent governing body.
LSA junior Andrew Schantz,
chair of finance for the Multi-
cultural Council, said the trip to
Peru has been planned since the
beginning of last semester. At
that time, the council allocated
$500 in anticipation of funding
a community service trip. Addi-
tional funding came from out-
side sources, Schantz said.
Members of the University's
Global Scholars Program - an
academic residential commu-
nity focused on global issues
- live in North Quad. Schantz
See FUNDS, Page 3

Uiniversity President Mary Sue Coleman speaks during the North Quad Community Open House yesterday. Attendees toured the academic and residential build-
ings, which opened at the beginning of fall semester.
Students protest cost
of building Noirth Quad

On day of open
house, students
vandalize windows
By SABIRA KHAN
and BRANDON SHAW
Daily StaffReporters
While most members of the
University community cele-
brated the newest architectural
member of University Housing

yesterday, a few students pro-
tested the cost of the building by
voicing their objections on the
building's windows.
The open house for North
Quad Residence Hall and Aca-
demic Complex took place yes-
terday afternoon, with several .
hundred University affiliates
and Ann Arbor residents in
attendance. During the open
house, University President
Mary Sue Coleman, University
Provost Philip Hanlon, E. Roys-

ter Harper, the University's vice
president for student affairs,
and School of Information Dean
Jeffrey MacKie-Mason spoke
about the history of planning
the facility and highlighted var-
ious technological aspects of its
construction.
In addition to housing stu-
dents and classrooms, North
Quad, which opened at the
beginning of the fall semester
and cost about $175 million to
construct, features academic

department offices, includ-
ing the School of Information,
Communication Studies and
Screen Arts.and Cultures.
Guests at the open house
were invited to take a tour of
the residential quarters, which
comprise one of the two build-
ings that make up the facility.
But before administrators spoke
and the public went on tours,
several University students
expressed their disapproval
See NORTH QUAD, Page 3

MENTAL HE ALTH ON CAMPUS
New 'U' center encourages
student mental well-being

CAPS creates
Wellness Center as
outlet for students
By RAYZA GOLDSMITH
Daily StaffReporter
The next time students want
to ease the pressure of finals with
some time in a massage chair,
they won't need to look any fur-
ther than the Union.

The Wellness Zone, estab-
lished by the University's Coun-
seling and Psychological Services,
officially opened last night in the
Union. The Zone was created
to promote emotional and men-
tal health among students. The
Zone's services, which include
chair massages throughout the
day and special movie nights, are
free for students.
The Zone also has a bio-
feedback program, video game
technology for meditation and

a Seasonal Affective Disorder
lamp. Additionally, the Zone will
offer workshops on topics includ-
ing meditation, mindfulness
techniques and yoga.
In an interview at yesterday's
event, CAPS Director Todd Sevig
said the idea for the Zone has
been around for a while. Uni-
versity research has shown that
improving emotional stability can
help significantly diminish psy-
chological issues students face,
See WELL-BEING, Page 2

ERIN KIRKLAND/Daily
Art & Design senior Jenny Key makes a puppet for FestiFools in her Art & Design Perspectives class yesterday. The
puppets will be featured in FestiFools on Sunday.
Puppets to parade down Main St.
for annual FestiFools celebration

Study discovers how cell phone
use affects social interactions

Students and A2
residents show off
giant creations
By CASSIE BALFOUR
DailyArts Writer
This April Fool's weekend,
Main Street will be awash
in loud, living, moving and
maybe even breathing giant

puppets, propelled by their
gangly, paper machd limbs
down the street by loyal pup-
pet handlers and the cheers of
a crowd that loves them.
Since 2007, hordes of giant
puppets, amateur puppe-
teers, musicians and commu-
nity members have descended
upon Ann Arbor each year in a
colorful celebration known as
FestiFools. This Sunday, from
4 p.m. to 5 p.m., the fanciful

puppets and their puppeteers
(along with DJs, musicians
and community members)
will once again grace Main
Street.
The street festival is the
brainchild of Lloyd Hall
Scholars Program art teacher
Mark Tucker, who wanted to
bring democratic, interactive
art to the masses by harness-
ing the talents of not only art
See FESTIFOOLS, Page 3

Cell phones use
enhances and
inhibits sociability
By CLAIRE GOSCICKI
Daily StaffReporter
The way you use cell phones says
a lot about how you act after you've
hung up, according to a University

study.
Appearing in the current issue of
Human Communication Research,
an international journal that pres-
ents contemporary communication
studies research, a recent Uni-
versity study f;und that the fre-
quency and methods of cell phone
use affect how users interact with
people around them.
The study was led by Scott
Campbell, an assistant professor of

Communication Studies and Nojin
Kwak, an associate professor of
Communication Studies. The two
hypothesized that frequent cell
phone users would be less likely to
talk with strangers in public set-
tings due to what Campbell calls
the "tele-cocooning" effect, or the
tendency of cell phones to reduce
interpersonal interactions.
Campbell said the study shed
See STUDY, Page 2

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