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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, September 16, 2011


nurses union
protests at
regents mtg.
Community shows overtime, reducing paid time
off and requiring the union to
support for nurses pay more for health insurance,
among other parameters.
in contract dispute "If you take away all of those
things, including making us
By JOSEPH LICHTERMAN pay for more insurance, we're
Dacily News Editor pretty much taking a pay cut,"
Bokor said. "We have nurses
Members and supporters of that come from Davison, Flint,
the Michigan Nurses Associa- Lansing, Toledo - we service
tion, clad in red t-shirts, packed the entire region. Those nurses
into the Regenta' Room yester- aren't going to want to work
day ready to expreaa their dis- here if they don't have thoae
content with recent contract kinds of benefits."
negotiations. Ora Pescovitz, the Univer-
The University of Michi- sity's executive vice presi-
gan Health System and the dent for medical affairs, read
MNA have been negotiat- a statement on behalf of the
ing contracts since April, and University at yesterday's meet-
the nurses have been work- ing about the situation. While
ing without a contract since Pescovitz declined to comment
July. In response, MNA mem- about the specifics of the nego-
bers and the union's support- tiations, she said that this past
ers attended the University's week, union leaders petitioned
Board of Regents first meeting the Michigan Employment
of the fall semester yesterday Relations Commission to begin
in the Fleming Administration collecting information to assist
Building, to tackle the issue - the two sides to reach an agree-
centered mostly on the nurses' ment.
compensation and benefits - "We do welcome this pro-
head on. cess and look forward to a
Speaking to the regents, Keri successful conclusion of the
Bokor, a nurse who works in negotiations," Pescovitz said.
the UMHS Surgical Intensive Members of the University
Care Unit, said UMHS wants to and Ann Arbor communities
cut back on benefits by limiting See NURSES, Page 5


University President Mary Sue Coleman speaks during the University's Board of Regents meeting in the Fleming Administration Building yesterday. Coleman was
given a 2.75-percent salary increase but donated the money back to the University in the form of scholarships for students to study abroad.
Coleman donates 2.75-percent
p arai se back o te University

$15,678 allocated
to study abroad
Daily StaffReporter
University President Mary
Sue Coleman received a 2.75-per-
cent pay raise at the University's
Board of Regents meeting yester-
day but promptly returned the
Coleman said she receives

enough compensation from the
University and doesn't need
more than the $570,105 base
salary she cur-
rently receives. NOTEBOOK
Coleman grant-
ed the $15,678 pay increase to
enhance the scholarships she
and her husband, Ken, sponsor
for students wishing to study
Last October, the regents
approved a 3-percent pay
increase for Coleman and last
November, the board extended
her contract for an additional

two years. Coleman's contract
i-aus through July2014.
According to an April article
in The Chronicle of Higher Edu-
cation, Coleman was ranked the
sixth-highest-paid university
president in the 2009-2010 fis-
cal year, the most recent year for
which data is available.
The regents' personnel, com-
pensation and governance com-
mittee conducted a performance
review before awarding this
year's salary raise. Regent S.
Martin Taylor (D-Grosse Pointe
Farms), the chair of the com-

mittee, read the regents' recom-
mendation for the raise saying
deserves the raise for her con-
tinuing efforts to better the Uni-
He said in an interview after
the meeting that he is not sur-
prised by Coleman's donation.
"Her willingness to give back
to the University has been there
since the beginning," Taylor said.
"She's been a terrific president,
and she loves this University
and she's shown it time and time
See COLEMAN, Page 5

Liberty St. Borders space
to be split into three areas

Local bookstore
owners await
effects of closure
Daily StaffReporter
Now that the doors of Bor-
ders on East Liberty Street
are officially closed, many
students, Ann Arbor residents

and local bookstore owners are
wondering what will next fill
the 37,000-square-foot space.
Ralph Welton, chief develop-
ment official for the city of Ann
Arbor, said the space has been
bought and will be subdivided
into three different build-outs.
"I think that either retail or
restaurants will soon occupy
the building because those are
always popular in Ann Arbor,"
Welton said.

Borders, Inc., which liqui-
dated 399 stores across the
country and closed the East
Liberty store on Monday, was
started in Ann Arbor by broth-
ers Tom and Louis Borders in
Local bookstore owners
have mixed views on how the
closing of Borders will affect
their businesses. While some
bookstore owners said they are
See BORDERS, Page5

Members of University Unions Arts and Programs sell fresh flowers to a student shopping at the first MFarmers' Market in
the courtyard of the Michigan Union yesterday. The farmers' market is a new Michigan Student Assembly initiative.
MSA brings new farmers'
market to Michigan Union

Mott aims to improve patient, caregiver
experience with mobile alarm technology-

Assembly aims to
give students local,
healthy food options
Students who think Kerry-
town is too far of a walk to buy
fresh produce, will have to travel
no further than the Michigan.

In the courtyard of the Michi-
gan Union yesterday, the Michi-
gan Student Assembly hosted its
first MFarmers' Market which
offered local produce and plants
for purchase, as well as live dem-
onstrations and instructions for
food preparation. MSA's new ini-
tiative, which many other Uni-
versity divisions also contributed
to, raise awareness about locally
grown food.

LSA senior Monica Sangal, the
MSA Health Issues Commission
chair, said she came up with the
idea for an on-campus farmer's
market because she wants fresh
produce to be available for stu-
"We really wanted to promote
healthy eating on campus," San-
gal said. "Normally, the Farmers
Market (in Kerrytown) is a little
too far away for getting food."
See MARKET, Page 5

Nurses, doctors to
use cell phones to
monitor patients
Daily StaffReporter
The long-awaited C.S. Mott
Children's Hospital and Von
Voigtlarider Women's Hospi-
tal will open to the public on

Nov. 13, complete with tech-
nological advancements that
will increase communication
between patients and nurses.
In the hospital, clinicians
will operate and interact with
patients through a system
in which nurses and doctors
will use cell phones to trans-
mit alerts from patient rooms
to notify them when patient
needs assistance.
"Patients of a really high

acuity tend to have different
types of monitors attached to
them, and getting the alerts
and alarms out of those moni-
tors so that the caregivers
can understand them is really
important," said Christine
Szumko, Information Services
project manager of the new
In the current facility, care-
givers can hear alarms from the
See MOTT, Page5



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