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o- GRADUATION ISSUE
Looking back on the past four
years at the University.
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LAW SCHOOL GRADUATION
Speaker
criticized
by students
for stances

ALLISON KRUSKE/Daily
LSA sophomore Sydney Fine waits to be served at this year's Passover dinner at the University of Michigan Hillel yesterday. The Jewish holiday began last night
at sundown and lasts the next eight days.
FACULTY GOVERNANCE
Despite objections, provost to
p t
pursue~~~~"" tnr-lcreio.

Law Students
oppose Sen. Rob
Portman's views
on LGBT issues
By HALEY GLATTHORN
Daily StaffReporter
For the second time this
semester, the University's selec-
tion of a commencement speaker
has created a furor on campus.
Hundreds of Law School stu-
dents have expressed their oppo-
sition to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman
(R-Ohio) as the Law School's
graduation ceremony speaker on
May 7. The students have voiced
their opinions to the school's
administration through letters
e nd meetings throughout the
past week and have communicat-
ed their disappointment with the
choice primarily because of Port-
man's record of voting against
LGBT rights.
Despite the students'concerns,
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said Portman, a Law

School alum, will still be speak-
ing at the Senior Day ceremony.
Third-year Law student Sarah
St. Vincent is amongthe students
who have vocally opposed the
selection of Portman. According
to a press release sent out yester-
day by St. Vincent, 298 Law stu-
dents are voicing their dismay on
the issue through a petition. This
number includes about one-third
of graduating Law students, the
press release states.
"Many of us are opposed (to
Portman speaking) because
LGBT rights are something that
we really value," St. Vincent said
in an interview. "For some peo-
ple, that's something that affects
themvery personally. For those of
us who aren't LGBT, it's an issue
of respect for our classmates and
their rights as human beings."
During his time in A&sce, Port-
man has voted for legislation that
would prevent same-sex mar-
riages from being legally recog-
nized.
St. Vincent said students have
authored several letters inform-
ing administrators of their dis-
See SPEAKER, Page 8A

Lead faculty body
also voted on new
chair, vice chair
By KAITLIN WILLIAMS
DailyStaffReporter
Members of the leading fac-
ulty governing body received
an unsettling e-mail from Uni-

versity Provost Philip Hanlon
about three hours before their
weekly meet-
ing yesterday NOTEBOOK
afternoon.
The subject was his rec-
ommendation to the Univer-
sity's Board of Regents on an
issue they have been discuss-
ing frequently throughout the
semester - the faculty tenure
probationary period.

The tenure clock is current-
ly set by Regents Bylaw 5.09
which allows up to eight years
for a faculty member to make
tenure, but a proposed change
seeks to set the upper limit at
10 years for some faculty. Since
1944, each school within the
University has been allowed
to set its probationary periods,
but the periods cannot exceed
seven years with a one-year

terminal period set for faculty,
who don't make tenure.
Hanlon brought the propos-
al forward for public comment
in late February, Recommenda-
tions are to be presented to the
Board of Regents at its meeting
this Thursday.
The Senate Advisory Com-
mittee on University Affairs
plans to have SACUA Chair
See TENURE, Page 8A

REGENTS PREVIEW THE FINAL STRETCH
Board of Regents to vote
on change to bylaw 5.09

Regents to consider
renovations to
Phoenix Library
By MICHELE NAROV
DailyStaffReporter
At its meeting on Thursday,
the University's Board of Regents

will consider a proposal by Uni-
versity Provost Philip Hanlon to
extend the maximum allowed
tenure probationary period.
After months of debate, Han-
lon sent an e-mail yesterday to
faculty announcing his deci-
sion to move forward with the
proposal. Currently, the faculty
governing body of each school
and college decides the length of

the tenure probationary period
they use, bound by a limit set by
Regent BylawS5.09. The proposed
change would increase the limit
from a maximum of eight years
to a maximum of ten years.
The proposal is not meant to
change tenure requirements,
but to allow more flexibility for
tenure-track faculty. The change
See REGENTS, Page 3A

* SUMMER PROJECTS
Administrators work to finalize
plans for fiscal year 2012 budget

ALLISON KRUSKE/Daily
Students participate in a U-Move Fitness yoga class at the Central campus Recreation Building yesterday. U-Move
Fitness is offering special exercise classes this week during final exams.
CAMPUS CRIME
Crime concentrated in oxford area this year

Tiition increase
expected to be less
than 7.1 percent
By JOSEPH LICHTERMAN
DailyNewsEditor
While many students may be
looking forward to a relaxing

summer out of town, University
administrators will still be in
Ann Arbor for the majority of the
summer months hard at work.
On the top of the list for Uni-
versity President Mary Sue Cole-
man and University Provost
Philip Hanlon will be finalizing
the University's budget proposal
for the 2012 fiscal year. The bud-
get will be proposed to the Uni-

versity's Board of Regents at the
board's June 16 meeting.
"Between now and (June 16)
we have a lot of work to do,"
Hanlon said in an interview last
week.
Though Coleman and Han-
lon said they are expecting an
increase in tuition for the 2011-
2012 academic year - which will
See BUDGET, Page 3A

Despite area spike,
total crimes on
campus decreased
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
DailyStaffReporter
While crime in the off-cam-
pus area around Oxford Resi-

dence Hall has been particularly
high this year, the total number
of crime incidents has decreased
across campus.
Though official numbers have
yet to be released, Department
of Public Safety spokeswoman
Diane Brown said reported
major crimes from Jan. lto early
April was down 28 percent com-
pared to the same time period

last year.
During the past school year,
13 crime alerts were released by
DPS, warning students of crimes
with suspects still at large. Of
the 13 crime alerts released by
DPS, four occurred in the vicin-
ity of Oxford Residence Hall,
near the Oxford Road and Hill
Street crossroads, and all were
See CRIME, Page 2A

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