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From Page 1
anticipating an uptick in busi-
ness, others said they're unsure
what kind of impact the closure
will have on their stores.
Nicola Rooney, owner of Nico-
la's Books on Jackson Avenue in
Ann Arbor, said she anticipates a
definite change in the customer
traffic of local bookstores due
to Borders's closing. She added
that she has noticed an upswing
in patronage at her store since
"People who used to buy
books in Borders are looking to
us to carry what they are looking
for," Rooney said. "Groups who
used to meet in Borders now
" meet here. We are adjusting our
inventory to cater to the people."
Rooney said she antici-
pates that the dynamics of Ann
Arbor's downtown businesses
will continue to adapt despite
From Page 1
Sangal teamed up with Keith
Soster, the food service direc-
tor at the Michigan Union, to
brainstorm the idea for the mar-
ket. A variety of campus divi-
sions collaborated on the project,
including representatives from
MHealthy, University Housing,
the Student Sustainability Ini-
tiative, Planet Blue, University
Catering, University Arts and
Programs, University Health
Services and the Graham Envi-
ronmental Sustainability Insti-
Soster said he hopes the farm-
ers market will educate the Uni-
versity community about what
the broader Ann Arbor commu-
nity has to offer.
"That is ultimately our goal -
to educate the community as to
what is available out there," Sos-
ter said. "This is a great time of
the year because harvest time is
approaching, so we'll have lots of
great varieties."
MSA also approached the Uni-
versity Unions with the project
because the assembly had heard
from students who were inter-
From Page 1
monitors and respond accord-
ingly if they are in the same room
treating another patient. How-
ever, since patients will be in
separate rooms in the new facil-
ity, nurses and doctors will now
receive alerts in the form of cell
phone messages.
To ensure a smooth transition
to the new system, several units
of the hospital staff have already
been practicing with the phones,
Szumko said.
"The nurses will have a phone
on their hip, and they're going to
be able to call each other," she

the loss of Borders.
"Now people have to make
the decision to come out to other
bookstores that are now in the
downtown area," Rooney said.
"We will be watching to see what
people are looking for and make
sure to keep the right options in
stock. I don't assume any spe-
cific change, but I am watching
and will respond quickly. There
definitely will be a change."
Corby Gillmore, manager of
the Dawn Treader Book Shop
on East Liberty Street, said
he isn't sure what will replace
the void Borders left in town
but expressed regret about the
store's closing.
"In a couple of months from
now we will have a better idea
of what is going on with the
replacement, but (what) I do
know is that more people are not
coming downtown to pass the
time at Borders anymore, and
that is bad for all of us," Gillmore

While Borders was competi-
tion for local bookstores, the
attention and number of stu-
dents it brought to the State
Street area made it a beneficial
asset, Gillmore said.
"Hopefully a couple of retail
stores will replace the book-
store, but it has been there for
so long, it's hard to know what's
coming next," he said. "All we
can do is adapt to the change."
Rachel Pastiva, owner of
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea
Room on Main Street, said she
is also unsure about what will
fill the space but added that she
hopes to increase her success as
a bookstore due to the closing.
"I don't think we've been
planning any specific way of
changing our store, but we hope
to have a more mainstream title
as a specialty bookstore," Pasti-
va said. "It's a question we are all
asking ourselves of how this will
affect bookstores and what peo-
ple are looking for in general."

From Page 1
Coleman, who has been at
the University since 2002, has
been in line for a merit-based pay
raise every year. But in 2009, she
requested that the regents not
give her a raise. In 2007, she also
donated her 3 percent pay raise
back to the University.
The ongoing renovations to
Crisler Arena received another
thumbs-up from the regents yes-
terday when they approved the
project to continue by accepting
outside bids and offering con-
struction contracts.
Timothy Slottow, the Univer-
sity's executive vice president
and chief financial officer, said
the renovations aren't sched-
uled to finish until winter 2014
because the arena will still be
used during the basketball sea-
sons, he said.
"It's tricky in and out of sea-
sons," Slottow said.
The regents' approval stipu-
lates that the submission of bids
are within the proposed $52 mil-
lion budget for the project. In
May, the regents approved the
schematic design for the renova-
At yesterday's meeting, Slot-
tow reported that the next phase
of the construction will involve
the addition of new fan entranc-
es and amenities. He added that
renovating is more cost-efficient

for the University than buildinga
new arena.
The regents voted during
their meeting yesterday to reno-
vate the George Granger Brown
Memorial Laboratories on North
The state will fund approxi-
mately $30 million of the project,
while the University will cover
the approximately $17 million
in remaining expenses. Slottow
said in an interview after the
meeting that he is grateful to the
state of Michigan for contrib-
uting so generously to the G.G.
Brown project.
"It's the first time the state
has come through ina number of
years," said Slottow, adding that
the contribution is a change from
the steady decline that has char-
acterized state funding in recent
Science buildings are espe-
cially important to maintain, and
G.G. Brown has been in need of
a renovation for about a decade,
Slottow said.
"It'sjust crucially important to
keep taking care of the really old
buildings that provide so much
support for University research,"
he said.
The regents also approved
the purchase of property locat-
ed between the University Law
School's Weill Hall and South

The purchase was made amid
widespread construction cur-
rently taking place at the Law
School. The school's upcoming
building, South Hall, is still being
built and is scheduled to be com-
pleted in January 2012. The Uni-
versity is also negotiating with
the city to constructa pedestrian
mall on the 700 block of Monroe
Street to connect South Hall with
the rest of the Law Quadrangle.
Regent Andrew Richner (R-
Grosse Pointe Park) approved the
purchase and said he could speak
to the qualityofthe Oakland Ave-
nue lot since he lived in a house
there during his time as a Law
School student.
"It's great the University is
acquiring the property and it's a
betteruse as well."
Donations to the University
increased in almost every donor
categorythis year.
Jerry May, the University's
vice president for development,
delivered an annual development
report to the regents yesterday.
Contributions to the University
by foundations increased by 26
percent, and corporations donat-
ed 10 percent more than they did
last year. May said there has also
been a 7-percent increase in gifts
and pledge payments.
Still, May said the figure he is
most proud of is that 11,200 stu-
dents received financial aid this
year - the most students to have
ever received financial support.
"It's an all-time record and it's
really-exciting," May said.

ested in having more local and
fresh items available on campus,
said Laura Seagram, marketing
communications specialist for
the University Unions.
The University already stocks
locally grown products in Uni-
versity dining halls and retail
locations such as Beanster's Cafe,
University Club Cafe and U-go's.
However, Seagram said she
believes the farmers market will
be an opportunity for students
to get to know more about local
"This is a handy way to have
the farmers get a little bit more
exposure and have direct contact
withthe students," Seagramsaid.
At yesterday's market, two
chefs from Residential Dining
Services and the Michigan Union
led a cooking demonstration
focused on healthy eating and
preparing easy, affordable meals
that students can make at home.
Tina Todosciuk - a firmer
from Howell, Mich. had a table
at the market and sold sweet
corn, melon, eggplant, tomatoes
and peppers. Todosciuk said she
hopes the market encourages
students to get more interested in
locally grown food.
"The great thing about local

food is that you know where it's
coming from, you know how
it's raised," she said. "You know
what chemicals are in it, or not in
it, and it's more nutritional."
Sangal wrote in an e-mail
interview that the MFarmers
Market - scheduled next for Oct.
6 - offered a variety of produce
including apples, squash, plums,
tomatoes, sweet corn, eggplant,
peppers, melons and watermel-
Law School student Mary Fee
said she appreciated the markets
selection, especially considering
it was the first run.
"It's great," she said. "It's
small, but it seems to have as
much variety as a farmer's mar-
ket usually does."
LSA junior Stacy Kim said she
decided to check out the market
after receiving an"invite to its
debut on Facebook. Kim praised
the market, calling it "cute" and
But the market could benefit
from a change of location, Kim
"It was kind of hard to under-
stand where (the Union patio)
was," she said. "Maybe if they
could have it in a more recogniz-
able location, it would be nice."

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in support of MNA - including
about 20 undergraduate stu-
dents - were among the crowd.
For the duration of the two-hour
meeting that was standing-room
only, supporters also held up sev-
eral large banners that displayed
thousands of signatures from
University nurses.
Public Policy junior Kevin
Mersol-Barg, co-chair of the
Social Justice Committee of the
University's chapter of College
Democrats, said he attended the
meeting because he is worried
about the future ofcollective bar-
gaining rights.
"If we support (the nurses)
now, then going into the work-
place when we graduate, it'll be
more accommodating to what
we want tosee in the workplace,"
Mersol-Barg said. "We might
have more of a say when we go
out then, instead of leaving it on
the trajectory it's going on cur-
rently, where we might not have
any negotiating rights when we
Other students behind MNA

are members of the Michigan
Student Assembly, which passed
a resolution at its meeting on
Tuesday to support the nurses in
the negotiations. For about the
last two weeks, representatives
of the union have provided infor-
mation to MSA about the nego-
In his regular monthly address
before the board, MSA Presi-
dent DeAndree Watson said the
assembly was wary of potential
impacts the negotiations could
have on the campus community.
"After considering the
information provided and the,
concerns of some of the rep-
resentatives around the table,
including the Nursing student
representative, the assembly
decided to express its support of
the Nurses Council in an effort
to protect students from any
potential negative effects of the
contract negotiations," Watson
Representatives from local
unions such as the Lecturers'
Employee Organization and the
Graduate Employees' Organiza-
tion also attended the meeting.
Britt Satchwell, president of the
Ann Arbor Education Associa-

tion, spoke before the regents on
behalf of the nurses. Despite the
tough economic times, Satch-
well said the University should
be understanding of the nurses'
"Just as we try to keep the cuts
as far away from the classroom in
education, so should you keep the
cuts as far away from the hospital
corridors and bedsides," Satch-
well said in aprepared statement.
When asked about the nego-
tiations, several regents declined
to comment, but Regent Andrea
Fischer Newman (R-Ann Arbor)
said she appreciated that the
union came to speak to the board.
"I think this is appropriate,
but I think it's only one part of
the discussion," Newman said,
acknowledging that talks are
ongoing behind closed doors.
Regent Denise Ilitch (D-Bing-
ham Farms) said she was "very
interested" in continuing to dis-
cuss the situation amongst the
"(They) showed a lot of com-
mitment and care, which is
always what you want to see from
our nurses, and I only have come
to expect their professionalism,"
Ilitch said.

said. "So today, they're just using
the features of the phone - how
to call each other, having to get
used to wearing it, how to under-
stand who has what phone."
The most significant part of
the new system, Szumko added,
is the technology involved in
transmitting the alerts from the
monitors to the phones, since the
messages must cross a variety of
electronic barriers. The system
was created by Connexall USA
- a company that creates orga-
nizational methods for medical
information and communication.
"What we're really excited
about is that we have middle-
ware, this software that sits in
the middle of everything and

is able to take various different
inputs - whether it's from the
nurse call system or the patient
monitors system - and send it to
various different outputs, like the
wireless phones or the pagers,"
she said.
Ultimately, improving the
quality of care for patients also
improves the quality of care
provided by doctors and nurses,
Szumko said.
"The environment itself pro-
vides a better care environment
for the patients, and this is what
we're going to give to our care-
givers," she said. "To sort of
extend their eyes and ears into
the patient rooms when they're
not physically present."

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