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From Page 1A
In a communication to the
regents, Woolliscroft and Pesco-
vitz stated that the two concen-
trations have grown to require a
substantial amount of faculty and
resources and warrant approval
as official Medical School depart-
The regents will vote sepa-
rately to establish the two depart-
ments. If approved, the changes
will become effective on Jan. 2.
The regents will also review
the purchase of 716 Oakland Ave.
- a property located near Weill
Hall and the University Law
School's new South Hall.
Slottow requested that the

regents approve the purchase and
wrote that the land is "strategi-
cally located" and "will further
the University's options for devel-
opment" of the area around the
Law School.
The construction of South Hall
is scheduled to be completed in
January 2012. The University
has been undergoing negotia-
tions with the city to construct a
pedestrian mall on the 700 block
of Monroe Street to connect
South Hall with the rest of the
Law Quadrangle.
The regents will vote to
approve a complete overhaul of
the 53-year-old-George Granger
Brown Memorial Laborato-
ries building on North Campus
at their meeting Thursday. If
approved, the project would cost

an estimated $47 million.
Though a schematic design
won't be submitted to the regents
on Thursday, the board will con-
sider the proposed renovation.
The project aims to "create state-
of-the-art academic and instruc-
tional spaces" in the building
located on North Campus, Slot-
tow wrote.
foot building houses four
departments of the College of
Engineering - civil, chemical,
materials sciences and mechani-
cal engineering.
Under the proposed renova-
tions, the state of Michigan would
fund approximately $30 million
of the project. The University
would be required to cover the
remaining estimated $17 million
using investment proceeds and
resources from the College of
Engineering and the Office of the

'U' continues work on
construction projects

Alice Lloyd
renovation, Law.
School upgrades
still in progress
Daily StaffReporter
When students and faculty
stepped back on campus last
week, they may have noticed
several additions and updates to
the University landscape.
A number of prominent Uni-
versity buildings underwent
construction this summer, and
some of the renovations will
continue into the fall. This year's
projects included the replace-
ment of the scoreboards at
Michigan Stadium, renovation of
Alice Lloyd Residence Hall that
is expected to be finished next
summer and the construction of
two new Law School buildings.
The University is also updat-
ing Crisler Arena by renovating
the building and adding a new
player development center adja-
cent to the arena. In addition,
the new C.S. Mott Children's

Hospital and Von Voigtlander
Women's Hospital will open in
The new Big House score-
boards, which were installed in
August, are 40 percent larger
than the former scoreboards -
making them 62 feet tall and 108
feet wide.
Construction projects usu-
ally occur over the summer since
the University takes advantage
of this time when fewer stu-
dents are on campus and less
people are inconvenienced by
the resulting detours and noise,
according to University Planner
Susan Gott.
"Year by year, our needs
evolve," Gott said. "We do
attempt to prioritize smaller
utility or infrastructure proj-
ects to be constructed in the
summer months when they are
less impactful because the cam-
pus population is at a far lower
But bigger projects like the
Alice Lloyd renovation and the
construction of the Law School's
new South Hall often have to
continue into the school year
because of the scale of the con-

"When we have major sig-
nificant capital projects such as
South Hall that take several con-
secutive years, then those will be
year-round projects," Gott said.
The renovation of Alice Lloyd
was approved in December 2010
and is expected to be completed
by the end of summer 2012. The
residence hall is expected to re-
open for student occupancy in
fall 2012.
Despite the project continu-
ing into the school year, Gott
said there will be minimal and
intermittent disruptions. These
will mostly take place on Obser-
vatory Street, where Alice Lloyd
is located. The residence hall
construction will also limit stu-
dent use of nearby Palmer Field,
Gott said.
The two additions to the Law
School - the Robert B. Aikens
Commons and South Hall - are
expected to open in January
2012. To prevent distractions
for students studying in the Law
Quad during the construction
period, construction has been
limited to times when it will
not disrupt academic activities,
according to the Law School's
construction website.

From Page 1A
aren't filled currently. As a result,
the department expects to lay off
two firefighters and four police
Enabling city departments to
fulfill their responsibilitiesunder
difficult financial conditions will
be a strenuous part of the job,
Powers said.
"Having the resources avail-
able or the tools necessary to do
the work ... is the challenge that I
will have as administrator work-
ing with those departments,"
Powers said. "That will be a chal-
lenge. I think that the foundation
is there for the city to build upon
what has been an award-winning

During his time in Marquette
County, which is home to North-
ern Michigan University, Powers
created an internship program
for NMU students to experience
local government firsthand.
"I'd like to do the same here,"
said Powers, adding that it is
important to him that students
have a voice in the city's affairs.
Powers said his manage-
ment style doesn't embody the
"CEO-like" overseer approach
that many people expect from
a city manager. Rather, Powers
noted that in Marquette County,
he worked directly with depart-
ment heads and entry-level city
employees alike to understand
their concerns.
"I really had to work in a facili-

tative approach to first of all see
what their needs were, their
issues were, then to have them
better understand what I was
trying to do," Powers said.
When asked about the most
difficult decision he made as a
county administrator, Powers
said he had to lay off several sher-
iff's deputies while working in
Marquette County due to budget
concerns - something he may
need to do in Ann Arbor because
of the city's financial situation.
He said it was particularly diffi-
cult informing the officers about
their termination.
"It's affecting someone's live-
lihood," Powers said.
- Kinnard Hockenhull
contributed to this report.

Study: People not directly
affected by Sept.11 show
some PTSD symptoms

From Page 1A
prise "large portions of their
"Our suggestions to Lansing
are either repeal the law, outlaw
tobacco or compensate these bar
owners for being deceived."
Mace said PPPRM is not
advocating tobacco use, but
rather the bar owners' right to
manage their'businesses as iey
wish. He said bar owners who
are members of PPPRM will
continue to prohibit legislators
from entering their establish-
ments until the ban is repealed.
But for many bar and restau-
rant owners, participating in the
protest is more about solidarity
rather than turning away law
Boyd Cottrell, owner of
Sporty O'Tooles in Warren,
Mich. - which has seen up to
a 40-percent decrease in profit
since the ban - said he is not
going to kick out legislators
from his bar due to the large
number of state politicians that
are customers. However, he said
he is trying to "get the word
out" about persuading the state
to repeal the ban in light of the
bar's significant drop in busi-
"It's a frivolous thing to do,
but it's something," Cottrell
said. "I don't think it (will) be
too effective, (but) we've got to
stick together and be heard, and

maybe something could come
out of it."
To address the discontent
among bar owners in their con-
stituencies, state Rep. Doug
Geiss (D-Taylor) and state Sen.
Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Tay-
lor) held a meeting with approx-
imately 100 Michigan bar and
restaurant owners last month to
discuss the smoking ban.
"My (goal).is to try to strike
a balance between the rights of
non-smokeis and the rights of
smokers," Geiss said. "Forcing
people to go outside has caused
(bar owners') business to go
down on average around 25
percent. I've (also) heard from
those that are non-smokers (and
they) don't want to be impacted
by other people's smoke."
Geiss has currently intro-
duced a bill in the state House
of Representatives that would
alter the smoking ban to allow
enclosed smoking rooms in bars.
While smoking rooms are illegal
under the current ban, Geiss's
proposed solution is already in
place in Michigan casinos.
Though Cottrell and many
business owners across the state
have felt financial repercussions
from the smoking ban, sev-
eral Ann Arbor establishments
have reported either equal or
increased business since abid-
ing by the law and thus have
not joined the group of 500 bar
owners in the protest.
. State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann
Arbor) said he is unaware of any

bars in the Ann Arbor area that
are banning legislators from
entering because of the smok-
ing ban. Irwin - who has been a
state representative since Janu-
ary - added that he has not been
contacted by any dissatisfied
business owners in his constitu-
ency about negative effects of
the smoking ban.
John Fraser, owner of Fra-
ser's Pub on Packard Street in
Ann Arbor, said his revenue went
up at least 10 percent after the
smoking ban was enacted due to
a new group of patrons. Fraser, a
smoker himself, said he doesn't
see any issue with making smok-
ers go outside and wouldn't con-
sider prohibiting legislators from
entering his pub.
"I respect people's air. If I
want to smoke, it's my problem,"
Fraser said. "Anyone who has a
problem with (smokers going
outside) is kind of silly."
Other Ann Arbor bar own-
ers and managers voiced simi-
lar sentiments, including Paul
Thomas, manager of Casey's
Tavern on Depot Street in Ann
Arbor. Thomas said Casey's
Tavern became a non-smoking
establishment four years before
the statewide ban was enacted,
which ultimately resulted in
an increase in food sales but a
decrease in alcohol sales for the
"If you're going to have peo-
ple come in and smoke, it's a
short-term solution to a long-
term problem," Thomas said.

'U' researcher
studied distress
levels after attacks
Daily Staff Reporter
New research shows that
people who were not directly
affected by the 9/11 terrorist
attacks still experienced mea-
surable distress as a result of the
A recent study published in
the Journal of Traumatic Stress
found that people with no direct
contact or connection to 9/11 vic-
tims demonstrated mild symp-
toms of post-traumatic stress
disorder when shown images of
the attacks. Thirty-one under-
graduate students in Boston were
surveyed for the study less than
a week after Sept. 11, 2001 and
reported that they felt none to
moderate levels of stress due to
the 9/11 events.

Researcher and Rackham stu-
dent Ivy Tso said subjects were
shown 90 images: 30 pictures of
the 9/11 attacks, 30 negative pic-
tures of other tragedies or con-
flicts and 30 pictures considered
neutral. The participants then
rated their levels of stimulation
while an EEG recorded their
brain signals as they viewed the
"We measure electrical signals
on the scalp, and when we get a
stable signal we can tell from the
timing and amplitude of the brain
waves what is going on psycho-
logically," Tso said.
After analyzing the EEG data
and the participants' subjective
ratings on their levels of stimu-
lation, Tso and the research
team found positive correlations
revealing mild symptoms, such
as diminished attention, hyper-
vigilance and suppression of
unwanted thoughts, commonly
associated with PTSD
Subjects who reported higher
levels of distress in response to

the 9/11 pictures also had brain
waves with very high ampli-
tudes - a reaction is also known
as hyper-vigilance. According to
Tso, this is a common symptom of
PTSD, though participants in the
study experienced iata much
lower level than patients with
clinical cases of PTSPI
Because the subjects demon-
strated these symptoms, which
are not severe enough to be con-
sidered clinical PTSD, Tso and
her team have begun to rethink
how people are treated and diag-
nosed for PTSD. Rather than
having normal versus clinical
categories of PTSD, Tso said that
it should be measured on a con-
Tso said she has no plans to
conduct another similar study
but would like to see if the results
would reappear in the future.
"It would be interesting to fol-
low up these individuals to see if
they're showing these same pat-
terns 10 years later or is it just
their dispositions," she said.

Come to our mass meeting tonight.

From Page 1A
plans, the University is still "very
interested" in the Monroe Street
space. He said conversations are
continuing between Ann Arbor
and University officials.
The University's desire to
convert the 700 block of Mon-
roe Street into a pedestrian mall
is due to the heavy amount of
foot and vehicle traffic between
the two Law School buildings,
Kosteva said.
Some students, like Law
School student Frank Buda, said
they support the University's
plan so that traffic doesn't con-
gest the block of Monroe Street.
"Most schools don't have cars
running between their build-
ings," Buda said. "It'd be nice if
we didn't either."
However, Kosteva acknowl-
edged that there have been

"some concerns from neighbors"
regarding the proposed pedes-
trian mall, and city officials are
taking them into consideration.
Some of these concerns were
raised in a petition that collect-
ed more than 1,700 signatures
in opposition to the construc-
tion. Richard DeVarti, owner
of Dominick's bar and restau-
rant on Monroe Street, started
the petition due to his concerns
about how the closure of Monroe
Street to traffic will affect his
bar, which is located on the 800
block of the street.
The petition, which DeVarti
circulated last December, shows
there are "a lot more people
opposed to the closure than for
it," he said. He added that among
the concerns is that the street
would be under University own-
ership instead of the city.
"The University and com-
munity are integrated," said
DeVarti, adding that he believes

it would be "more beneficial
to both if the street remained
DeVarti added that if the Uni-
versity's plan to convert Monroe
Street is approved by the city, it
would "cut (Dominick's) off from
a major traffic artery," making
his business less accessible. In
addition, Monroe Street reduces
State Street traffic during rush
hour, and building a pedestrian
mall would worsen the traffic
situation, he said.
DeVarti suggested several
alternatives to the creation of a
pedestrian mall on the block of
Monroe Street. One idea he has is
to build an above ground connec-
tor between the two Law School
buildings - similar to the con-
nector at the University's School
of Public Health.
"(The University could) put in
a crosswalk, blinking lights or a
tunnel underground," DeVarti



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