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* The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

DSO, musicians
reach agreement
to end strike
On the six month anniver-
sary of the walkout by Detroit
Symphony Orchestra musicians,
management and union bargain-
ers said yesterday that they have
reached tentative agreement to
end the long strike.
The deal, which was reached
after a weekend of lengthy talks,
is subject to a ratification vote this
week, said musicians' spokesman
" Greg Bowens. If approved, he said
Detroit Federation of Musicians
union members with the national-
ly acclaimed but financially strug-
gling orchestra could be back at
work by this weekend.
Bowens and orchestra spokes-
woman Elizabeth Weigandt said
details of the terms weren't being
immediately released. Rehears-
als are to resume Thursday in
advance of concerts this weekend.
Parents accused of
beating 73-year-
old crossing guard
Two Lansing parents are due
in court on accusations that they
beat a 73-year-old school crossing
guard after he tried to break up a
fight between their 6-year-old son
and a 7-year-old classmate.
Police say the boys got in a fight
at Lyons Elementary School last
Wednesday. Police say the next
morning, the parents told their
son to beat the other boy.
Police say the couple's son
threw a punch, knocking the
boy to the ground. When James
Thompson intervened, police say
the couple attacked him.
Twenty-nine-year-old Shareka
McKinney and 26-year-old Darell
Livingston are charged with
assault and battery and contribut-
ing to the delinquency of a minor.
House GOP plans
third stopgap bill
to avoid shutdown
With budget talks deadlocked,
* House Republicans readied a
week-long bill to cut spending
by as much as $12 billion while
averting a government shutdown
threatened for Friday, officials
disclosed Monday night.
The measure also would
include enough money to operate
the Defense Department through
the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year,
the officials added.
They said House Speaker John
Boehner, R-Ohio, told the rank
and file in a closed-door meeting
he would seek passage of the bill
if it became clear it was necessary
to avoid shutting the government
He presented the plan at the
end of a day marked by increasing

acrimony in negotiations involving
the Obama administration, Senate
Democrats and Republicans.
SANAA, Yemen
At least 15 dead
after police shoot at
Yemeni protesters
Military forces and police
snipers opened fire yesterday on
marchers calling for the ouster
of Yemen's embattled president,
killing at least 15 people and
sending a strong message of defi-
ance to U.S. and European envoys
seeking to broker a peace deal
after months of bloodshed.
The melee in the southern city
of Taiz - part of an intensifying
crackdown on the opposition -
underscored the resolve of Presi-
dent Ali Abdullah Saleh to cling
to power even as protest crowds
resist withering attacks and cru-
cial allies switch sides and call for
his 32-year rule to end.
It also showed the challenges
facing behind-the-scenes diplo-
matic efforts to quell the nearly
two-month-old uprising in a
nation that Washington considers
a frontline battleground against
al-Qaida's most active franchise.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

From Page 1A
community and its issues."
Lampe moved to Ann Arbor
in 2007 when he was hired as
the University's vice president of
communications from 2007 until
now. Before joining the Univer-
sity, Lampe worked at Harvard
University Business School as
the executive director of market-
ing and communications.
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said he doesn't think
Lampe's duties with the Uni-
versity will affect AnnArbor.
com's coverage of the Univer-
sity because Lampe won't be
involved in editorial board dis-
cussions pertaining to campus
affairs. Fitzgerald added that
he thinks it is important for the
University to better connect
with the Ann Arbor community,
and Lampe's new position will
help facilitate that.
Tony Dearing, the chief con-
tent organizer for AnnArbor.
com, said other University facul-
ty have served on the paper's edi-
torialboard inthe past, including
David Canter, executive director
of the North Campus Research
Complex, who was the director
of health care research at the
From Page 1
on campus." She said the procla-
mation will serve as a means to
expand the group's programs in
the city.
"I think it's a really good step
toward broadening our outreach
beyond (not) just campus, but to
the entire Ann Arbor city," Par-
rish said. "It's good to know we
have a public official's support."
In light of increased crime in
off-campus areas, two repre-
sentatives from the Panhellenic
Association and the Michigan
Student Assembly Student Safety
Commission were present at city
counciltodiscuss their concerns
regarding street lighting near
In their addresses to council,
LSA senior Katie Rosenberg, for-
mer Panhel president, and LSA
sophomore Stephanie Hamel,
vice chair of the MSA Student
Safety Commission, appealed to
the city to work with the Uni-
versity and Greek community
to improve lighting on and near
Rosenberg and Hamel serve
on the Student Safety Commis-
sion, which was recently formed
by MSA to work with University
administrators and public safety
officials to increase campus safe-
ty, and encourage awareness of
resources on campus.
Rosenberg said two recent
armed robberies in the Oxford
area have raised concern in the
Greek community, since 13 fra-
ternities and sororities are locat-
ed in the neighborhood. She said
Panhel and the Interfraternity
Council have allocated funding

for fraternities and sororities to
install lights on trees in the areas

University's William Davidson
Institute at the time.
"It's always been true of
board members that they do not
participate in any topic in which
they would have any personal or
professional conflict of interest,"
Dearing said.
Fitzgerald said Lampe's deci-
sion to serve on the editorial
board is a personal issue.
"People engage in their com-
munities on a lot of different lev-
els," Fitzgerald said. "Whether
it's a short-term assignment like
this on an editorial board or sit-
ting on a board of directors for
a non-profit organization, those
are all individual decisions peo-
ple make about how they want
to use their time and how they
want to engage in the commu-
Lampe could not be reached
for comment after several
attempts by The Michigan Daily.
Dearing said Lampe was
approached to be part of the
editorial board because he
brings insight as a former jour-
nalist. Dearing wrote in an
e-mail interview that members
are invited to join the editorial
board based on their involve-
ment in and knowledge of the
Ann Arbor community.
"He brings an interesting
surrounding their houses.
Hamel told council that the
city had already replaced stan-
dard street lights in areas sur-
rounding South Forest Avenue,
Hill Street, Packard Street and
Wells Street in a collaborative
effort with DTE energy. She
added that the venture is project-
ed to save the city about $5,500
in annual costs.
Hamel asked council to con-
sider an additional contract with
DTE that would replace Oxford's
lights with LED lighting. Hamel
noted that because LED lights
are brighter, they can better illu-
minate areas.
"Money spent in this invest-
ment to convert the lights would
go a long way in both making
students feel safer walking at
night in that area and making
dark neighborhoods brighter for
motorists," Hamel said.
In an interview before the
meeting, Rosenberg said while it
would be ideal to add new light
fixtures to the area, budget con-
straints and a current city mora-
torium deters the installation of
new streetlights.
Hamel said the DTE part-
nership overcame those barri-
ers because DTE subsidized the
streetlight installations. She said
student organizations like MSA
would be willing to aid a project
to replace lights in other areas
including Oxford.
"We just want to see some-
thing happen in the area," Hamel
While an underground park-
ing garage is stillunder construc-
tion at 319 South Fifth Ave., what
will be built above the structure
is yet to be determined.
Council voted to reject a letter

of intent from New York-based
development group Valiant Part-

voice to issues that we discuss
that have nothing to do with the
University," Dearing said. "If we
were to discuss a topic that had
anything to do with the Uni-
versity, he would not be at that
meeting or be involved in that
process at all."
In addition to his experience
in public relations, Lampe has
masters degrees in journalism
and mechanical engineering.
Dearing said AnnArbor.com
maintains a "firm difference"
between news coverage and
editorials, and board members
aren't paid for their work.
He added that the public
has expressed concerns about
conflicts of interest regarding
AnnArbor.com's editorial board
members in the past. However,
Dearing said board members
always recuse themselves from
discussing a topic or organiza-
tion they are involved in.
He cited former board mem-
ber Bob Guenzel, who was a
Washtenaw County administra-
tor. Guenzel wasn't involved in
the deliberations on editorials
about the Washtenaw County
commissioner, Dearing said.
Likewise, Dearing said
Lampe's presence on the board
won't influence news coverage
of the University.
ners, which proposed to build a
hotel and conference center on
the property.
Several members of the pub-
lic addressed the council on the
subject, and many demanded
that the area be made into a pub-
lic space, like a park, rather than
developed by a private company.
City Council member Chris-
topher Taylor (D-Ward 3) said
he was dissatisfied with the pro-
posed hotel and conference cen-
"The process has borne a fruit
that we're not interested in con-
suming," Taylor said.
City Council member Sandi
Smith (D-Ward 1) said she sup-
ported the resolution to reject
the proposal, noting that the city
needs to be careful in accepting
proposals by developers.
"When you put something
out to the market in the worst
possible times-you're going
to get somebody who's going
to respond in a way ... they're
going to see what they can get,"
Smith said. "They're testing the
waters to see how desperate we
Hieftje said University offi-
cials expressed no interest in
using the proposed building's
facilities and that a lack of Uni-
versity involvement would give
the proposal "a very low chance
of being successful."
In response to community
members who appealed to coun-
cil to make the area a public
space, Hieftje said the city cur-
rently has 157 parks with a com-
bined acreage that surpasses the
entire land area of the University
campus. He said because of the
unusually high value of the prop-
erty, it is important that the city
continues to look toward private
"The reason for that final
resolve clause is to let people
know that this isn't the place for

a vast park covering that piece of
land," Hieftje said.

From Page 1
Scarnecchia distributed a let-
ter from John Dowling, senior
university legal counsel at the
University of Wisconsin, to
Stephan Thompson, the mem-
ber of the Wisconsin GOP who
filed the records request for
Cronon's e-mails. The letter out-
lined what criteria Dowling was
planning to include in the FOIA
Scarnecchia said Michigan's
FOIA law is different from Wis-
consin's in terms of what infor-
mation can be exempted, since in
Michigan information in e-mails
considered "private," "prelimi-
nary" or "advisory" would be
blocked out in response to a
Following her presentation,
SACUA members and guests
voiced their concerns about what
the records request meant for
University faculty.
SACUA Secretary John
Lehman, a professor of ecology
and evolutionary biology, asked
Scarnecchia if she knew how
far back the University's e-mail
archive went and if faculty mem-
bers were expected to search the
entire system for the request.
Scarnecchia responded that the
amount of e-mails saved varies
among schools and that time and
funding restrictions make the
amount of searching necessary
to respond to each record request
Peggie Hollingsworth, presi-
dent of the Academic Freedom
Lecture Fund, said at the meet-
ing the situation is reminiscent of
McCarthyismbecause the records
requests is intended to find out if
Cronon had violated a Wisconsin
law barring state employees from
using state-funded resources, like
their work e-mail, for partisan
political reasons.
"I don't think you can talk
about academic freedom without
talking about freedom of speech,"
Hollingsworth said.
SACUA Chair Ed Rothman, a
University professor of statistics,
motioned for the committee to
submit a recommendation to the
Civil Liberties Board at the Uni-
versity in response to the FOIA-
request that will express their
feelings on the matter. Other
SACUA members seconded the
"If we let this simply slide by

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 3
we will not be serving our com-
munity well," Rothman said
Scarnecchia also distributed a
summary of the University's cur-
rent trespass policy and a set of
proposed changes to the policy to
members at yesterday's meeting.
She said she was reviewing the
policy at the request of Univer-
sity President Mary Sue Coleman
following several recent high-
profile cases, including former
Michigan assistant attorney gen-
eral Andrew Shirvell's ban from
some University premises follow-
ing his alleged stalking of Michi-
gan Student Assembly President
Chris Armstrong.
According to Scarnecchia, the
University issued an estimated
2,000 trespass orders over the
last decade, one of which was
the alleged forcible resigna-
tion of former University Prof.
Andrei Borisov - a case in which
SACUA's Faculty Hearing Com-
mittee issued a 55-page report
last year claiming University offi-
cials had violated Borisov's rights
and academic freedoms.
Scarnecchia said trespass
orders are only issued to individu-
als affiliated with the University
under "exceptional" circumstanc-
es when safety is threatened.
SACUA Vice Chair Gina Poe,
an associate professor of anes-
thesiology and molecular and'
integrative physiology, said she
thinks the proposed 30-day time
lapse before an individual issued
a trespass order can appeal the
charge should be shortened
because University employees
can't be away from their work for
30 days without facing serious
Scarnecchia said there is not
currently a time set for request-
ing an appeal and a shorter peri-
od is negotiable. However, policy
allows for a review of the issued
trespass order within 24 hours,
during which the decision can be
speedily overturned.
Rothman said speediness is
not the only issue he has with the
current appeal process. He said
he dislikes that the appeal goes
through the chief of the Depart-
ment of Public Safety and sug-
gested that a small committee
be formed for "expeditious" and
"confidential" overturn of tres-
pass issues.

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Obama launches bid
for 2012 re-election

President is ignored and even Obama
himself only makes a fleeting
announces appearance. What the cam-
paign wanted voters to see
candidacy in video instead were people like them
speaking of real-life concerns
WASHINGTON (AP) - and their faith in Obama,
No longer the fresh voice of against wholesome backdrops
change, President Barack in every clip: a church, a farm,
Obama embarked on a bid for a family in a kitchen, an Ameri-
re-election Monday by asking can flag.
a divided, anxious electorate to Yet this time around, Obama
let him finish the job he won in carries both the benefits and
2008. He's getting an early start baggage of being the establish-
against a Republican field that's ment candidate.
still undefined, but he's saddled The president now owns an
with an ailing economy that economy that is adding jobs
still isn't working for millions but still leaving millions of
of voters people without help or work.
Obama began with an effort As the incumbent, he can blow
to recapture his outsider's into town on Air Force One,
touch of 2008, bypassing a pub- draw unparalleled free media
lic statement from the White coverage and command all the
House in favor of an email sent other perks of the presidency.
to millions of supporters. But he must also remobilize
He offered a kickoff video his coalition and reenergize it,
in which official Washington too, including getting back the

independent voters who swung
Republican in last year's mid-
term elections.
Obama ran once on hope.
This time he will run on his
record as well.
That means voters will eval-
uate him on what he has gotten
done, including laws to reshape
health insurance and Wall
Street behavior, and the prom-
ises he has not delivered upon,
including immigration reform
and closing the prison at Guan-
tanamo Bay, Cuba.
A huge part of his chal-
lenge will be to spark the voter
inspiration that often got lost
in the slog of governing. His
new campaign video gave a
nod to the challenge. A woman
named Alice from Michigan
said: "We're paying him to do a
job. So we can't say, 'Hey, could
you just take some time off and
come and get us all energized?'
So we better figure it out."

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