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DIVERSITY
From Page 1A
resented minority students at
the University has declined since
the affirmative action ban took
effect in December 2006. Admit-
ted to the University before
the ban, the class of 2010 had
12.6 percent underrepresented
minority students. This year,
10.5 percent of the freshman
class is comprised of underrep-
resented minorities. Last year's
freshman class had slightly
more underrepresented minori-
ties at 10.6 percent. This was an
increase from the 9.1 percent in
the 2009-2010 freshman class,
though the augmentation could
partly be a result of changes to
ethnicity data reporting guide-
lines of the Higher Education
Opportunity Act.
Social Work student Matthew
Jones, treasurer of the AAAC,
was one of the first members of

the LEAD mentor team. He said
he became a mentor since he has
been part of an underrepresented
minoritygroup atthe University.
"I think it's critically impor-
tant for African Americans to
give back to the younger genera-
tions because we are standing
on someone's shoulders, and it's
important for them to under-
stand their responsibility in one,
getting an education and two,
being a responsible member of
the community," Jones said.
Through mentorship, the
LEAD Program intends to create
a network of students and alum-
ni that future students can turn
to for support.
"We hope that the students
will get an appreciation of giving
back and the appreciation of con-
necting with multigenerational
people," Stacy said. "(They'll)
start to realize they're not on an
island as a student because many
African American and under-
represented minority students

are first generation college stu-
dents."
Art & Design freshman Chris
Ford, a LEAD Scholar, said he
is making new connections
through the program, which he
called a "wonderful experience,"
and could see himself being a
future mentor.
"I'd love to talk to a mentee
and help them out with their
transition," Ford said. "I defi-
nitely have a strong connection
with my mentor."
He added that since neither of
his parents graduated from col-
lege, he is especially determined
to obtain his undergraduate
degree.
"Coming from a background
where my mother and my father
(didn't graduate) kind of pushed
me to do better, strive better
in life," Ford said. "At U of M...
everyone wants to come here
because it's a really well-known
school or has intelligent students
and great opportunities."

Engineering junior Kyle Summers, an Engineering representative on the Michigan Student Assembly, dressed up as Pac-
Man for MSA's weekly meeting in the Michigan Union last night.
MSA to vote on GSRA
resolution n week

-o

Resolution supports
. possible GSRA
vote to form union
By RAYZA GOLDSMITH
Daily StaffReporter
Even though the Michigan
Student Assembly won't vote
on a resolution regarding the
unionization of graduate student
research assistants until next
week, members of the campus
community voiced their opinions
on the issue at last night's assem-
bly meeting.
Graduate students of many
different disciplines spoke at the
meeting in the MSA Chambers
about the assembly resolution,
which would support GSRAs'
ability to vote to form a union.
MSA representatives consented
to send the resolution onto the
resolutions committee and the
assembly vote is expected to take
place next Tuesday.
* About 10 members of the Grad-
uate Employees Organization, a
labor union that represents gradu-
STORES
From Page 1A
most successful establishments
on East Liberty Street are the
ones that appeal to students and
Ann Arbor residents.
"I think that it's vital that
(business owners) understand
that..they have to perform their
business to the local population
as well as the students."
Tom Yon, owner of Tomukun
Noodle Bar at 505 East Liberty
St., said he turned the challenges
of his business into opportunities
for improvement and vitality.
"As a business owner, you can't
just sit back and relax and think
people are just going to start
pouring into your door and buy-
ing your stuff," Yon said. "You've
got to keep fresh and be on your
toes all of the time."
Yon, who opened Tomukun in
spring 2010, said he thinks for a
business to be successful in the
area, it needs to be "unique and
fresh."
"People want something that
they like and something unique
- not just the same old burger
place or Middle Eastern res-
taurant, or the same old candy
shop," he said.
Two stores on East Liberty -
clothing store Poshh and candy
store This & That - closed with-
in the last week. Poshh owner
Wendy Batiste-Johnson identi-
fied her desire to spend more
time with her family as the main
reason for the store closing. How-
ever, Andrea Graef, owner of This
& That, cited an increase in pan-
handling on the street and near-
by competition as factors in her

ate student instructors and gradu-
ate student staff assistants at the
University, attended the meeting
to show support forthe resolution.
In an interview after the meet-
log, MSA president DeAndree
Watson said he likes the language
of the resolution because it dem-
onstrates MSA's intention to sup-
port the GSRAs' right to vote to
form a union.
"We agree it is important for
GSRAs, as a group, to be able to
have that choice," Watson said. _
He added that the assembly's
vote on the resolution is important
to members of the campus com-
munity since MSA has an impact
on the decisions made by Univer-
sity administrators.
"I actually think this is a reso-
lution that's going to have some
significant effects on this issue on
campus," Watson said.
Rackham student Samantha
Montgomery, president of GEO,
said she is in favor of the resolu-
tion because its passage would
show that the assembly recogniz-
es GSRAs' right to vote to form a
union.
"As the president ofthe GEO, we

stand with the tens of hundreds of
graduate student research assis-
tants who want to vote to form a
union," Montgomery said in an
interview after the meeting.
The University's Board of
Regents voted on May 19 to clas-
sify GSRAs as University employ-
ees, giving them the ability to
unionize. But the decision isn't
valid because of a 1981 ruling by
the Michigan Employment Rela-
tions Commission that says stu-
dents are not public employees.
Rackham student Stephen
Raiman also attended yesterday's
meeting as a representative of Stu-
dents Against GSRA Unionization.
"We believe that all GSRAs
should be able to decide for them-
selves, not as a group, whether
they want to be able to join a union
or not," Raiman said in an inter-
view after the meeting.
Raiman and Montgomery said
they expect representatives from
each of their groups to be at next
week's meeting when the vote will
take place.
- Alex O'Connor and Damiana
Sorrell contributed to this report.

CONSTRUCTION
From Page 1A
Jeff Helminski, will incur during
construction.
Among those against the con-
struction of City Place is City
Council member Mike Anglin
(D-Ward 5), who tried to make
the homes part of a historic dis-
trict to halt the development of
the complex.
Anglin said he pushed against
the demolition because he feels
the neighborhood already has ade-
quate studenthousing -one of the
goals is to increase student housing
options - and constructing two
large buildings would be detrimen-
tal to the surrounding area.
"I just feel that putting that
many people in that small area is
not going to help the community
very much nor will the physical
appearance of the buildings be
very attractive," Anglin said.
He added that City Place

wouldtake awayfromthecurrent
diversity the neighborhood fos-
ters, since many older residents
rent out the upper levels of their
homes to University students.
Anglin had planned to call for
an emergency moratorium that
would temporarily stop all demo-
lition and construction if the pro-
posal passed. But as a result of
last week's vote, he withdrew the
resolution.
Anglin, who represents the
ward in which City Place will
be built, said the majority of the
neighborhood's residents are
against the construction, and
many believe it is a historic dis-
trict.
"When you walk through it,
you see all these little homes
and you kind of get the impres-
sion that, wow, someone took
the effort to keep these around,"
Anglin said. "And yet that wasn't
true."
City Council member Christo-
pher Taylor (D-Ward 3) said he

is disappointed with the council
and the neighborhood residents'
inability to reach a compromise
on the issue of City Place. The
Heritage Row project was pro-
posed as an alternative to City
Place and would have preserved
the old homes by constructing a
new building behind them. How-
ever, that project never came to
fruition.
"I think when folks on coun-
cil and in the neighborhood
approach an issue with an all or
nothing approach, sometimes
you get nothing," Taylor said.
He said the demolition of the
houses and the construction of
the apartment complex will be
unfortunate and expressed a
common concern about the aes-
thetics of the new development.
"I think that it's a shame
that the houses will be demol-
ished," Taylor said. "I think that
the buildings are going to be
unsightly and a detriment to the
neighborhood."

store's closure.
Batiste-Johnson, whose store
closed on Oct. 30 after 10 years
of business, said when she trav-
eled to New York and Los Ange-
les to buy clothes for her store,
she would specifically look for
unknown designers and unique
brands to keep shoppers' inter-
est.
"My goal was to find the new
designer," Batiste-Johnson said.
"And I can honestly tell you that
over the 10 years we have been
here, we have been one of the first
retailers in Michigan, and in the
country, to sell certain designers
who have completely blown up."
Batiste-Johnson added that a
friendly staff and high-quality
customer service are important
parts of having a successful busi-
ness.
"(Something) that is known at
Poshh is we really pride ourselves
on making sure all of our custom-
ers are happy," Batiste-Johnson
said. "If you provide customers
with that type of dedication to
their service, then they will in
turn give you dedication."
Batiste-Johnson added that she
has been more than happy hav-
ing her business on the "vibrant
street" that is East Liberty.
"For me, it was a bridge
between the University and the
city," she said. "I think it's the
connector street so that you can
attract a larger clientele."
Abraham Hejazi, owner of
Allure Boutique located at 607
E. Liberty St., echoed these sen-
timents and said creating a loyal
customer base keeps the business
afloat even when the economy
suffers.
"In order to be successful

in business, you have to have
friends," Hejazi said. "You have
to get the students to like you
because if the students don't like
you, (you) suffer because this is a
student town."
Yon added that being located in
the working district of Ann Arbor
attracts more customers to his
restaurant.
"Being next to Google, being
next to a lot of the offices, it defi-
nitely helps out," he said. "When
I thought about opening in Ann
Arbor, this was where I wanted to
open. I can't complain."
Hejazi said one of the reasons
stores have been closing on East
Liberty Street is the high rent
rates.
"What happens is every year
it goes up 1 or 2 percent," he said.
"With this economy and the lease
going up so much, if you think
about it, it's really not worth it."
Hejazi, whose boutique has
been a part of the East Liberty
Street community for 11 years,
said he plans on relocating his
business to somewhere on State
Street in the future.
"Liberty is a great location
because of the Michigan The-
atre," he said. "It was a good
location because of Borders, but
I don't think Liberty is really a
great location anymore. If I could,
I would move tomorrow to State
Street."
Welton said Borders is current-
ly trying to sell its lease, which
stretched into the next decade.
He added that it is possible the
space could be split into three
business areas. In terms of the
businesses that will occupy the
empty space, Welton said there is
no definite interested party.

MARLENE LACASSE/Daily
1960s activists Odile Huguenot-Haber and Alan Haber speak about revolutionary thought and action at the OccupyWnn
Arbor site at Liberty Plaza yesterday.

ACTIVISTS
From Page 1A
together different structure
with more imagination," she
said. "We need to take the
money out of politics."
Huguenot-Haber added that
one of the best aspects of the
Occupy Ann Arbor movement
is the sense of community it is
fostering.
"We are outside together
instead of alone in front of (our)
computer," she said.
Huguenot-Haber spoke at
length about her activism while
living in France, where she pro-
tested on behalf of exploited
workers and fought against a
system that she said put the
lower and middle classes at a
disadvantage.

Haber and Huguenot-Haber
were interrupted periodically
by audience members, and the
speakers welcomed them to
voice their opinions on social
matters. Some people called for
an end to privatized education,
while others voiced support for
the re-election of public offi-
cials and asked for a peaceful
end to current wars.
Haber welcomed the inter-
jections and told the audience to
"continue to challenge the rul-
ing powers" to create change.
"People need to meet togeth-
er and talk to see eye to eye," he
said. "Make this a political fam-
ily seeking to transform Ann,
Arbor and the world."
Larry Horvath, a local com-
munity activist and former
school teacher, said that while
he is not a frequent visitor to

the Occupy Ann Arbor site,
he attended the event to hear
Haber's speech because he was
involved in activism in the 1960s.
"(The revolution) that Alan
Haber was part of was at the
jumping-off point for a genera-
tion," Horvath said. "(Haber)
will help you build the barri-
cades, even if you can't climb
them anymore."
Alexandra Hoffman, who has
been living in a tent in Liberty
Plaza for the past two weeks,
expressed her excitement about
hearing Haber's speech. His
visit is one of several events
happening at Occupy Ann Arbor
this week to raise awareness of
the movement, she said.
"We try to do something
every day to draw people here,"
Hoffman added. "It's exhaust-
ing, but it's rewarding."

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MEDALISTS
From Page1A
said.
Ohno, a short track speed
skater, emphasized the impor-
tance of dedication, a positive
mindset and preparation in his
speech.
"Four years of your life is
dedicated to 40 seconds in short
track," Ohno said, pointing out
that such a long training period
keeps him in shape to skate at his
best.
In response to an audi-
ence member's question about
switching careers, Ohno said a
high-performance mindset can
be applied in any job. He said the
reason he visits campuses is to
help "motivate younger genera-

lions to work at their best abil-
ity."
"Mindset is applicable to any-
thing you choose," Ohno said.
Deloitte Managing Director
Robert Coury, a graduate of the
Ross School of Business, said
the University of Michigan was
an important stop on the tour.
In addition to listening to the
athletes, attendees met with
Deloitte recruiters to discuss
career aspirations and potential
job opportunities.
Business graduate student
Julie Chen, who attended a simi-
lar event hosted by Deloitte last
year, praised its unique format.
She said Nichols' story resonated
with her.
"This is my favorite recruiting
event because it's less about sell-
ing the company and more about

the athletes (sharing) with you
their strategies and how to apply
themto your ownlife," Chensaid.
Business graduate student
Dorothy Greg said she attended
because she wanted to hear from
some of the most inspiring ath-
letes of the day.
"I came to the event because
I was a track athlete in college,
so for me it was a great way to
revisit that mindset in a different
page of my life," Greg said.
Business graduate student
Patrick Lord said the talk made
him consider the importance of
setting small goals every day.
"Sometimes we set very high
goals for ourselves, ... (but)
it's actually remembering the
mechanics and making sure that
we do the preparation," Lord
said.

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