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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

michigandaily.com

Campus
reacts to
visit from
president
Students express
excitement for speech
later this week
By ADAM RUBENFIRE
Daily News Editor
Following yesterday's announcement
that President Barack Obama will be
speaking at the University this Friday,
campus leaders and students on both sides
of the aisle expressed excitement for the
upcoming visit from the nation's leader.
Though Obama is expected to discuss
college affordability in his speech, stu-
dents said they hope he also discusses
ongoing issues pertaining to job growth
and rebuilding the economy in Michigan -
topics particularly important to students
getting ready to enter the workforce.
Anton Dirnberger, chair of the Univer-
sity's chapter of College Republicans, said
though he disagrees with Obama's views
on several issues, he respects the "office of
the presidency."
"I think as a Wolverine, that's great to
have the President - no matter what party
he is a part of - come to campus," Dirn-
berger said.
However, Dirnberger expressed frus-
tration that Obama is attempting to garner
electoral support amid economic difficul-
ties that continue to afflict the nation, add-
ing that he anticipates that the president
will be more focused on campaigning in
his speech than discussing impactful pol-
icy.
"It's pretty much a campaign speech
- we all know that," Dirnberger said. "I
wish, and I think a lot of people do, that he
would spend more time trying to work out
some ideal situations to get some Ameri-
cans back to work."
See CAMPUS, Page 5

Obama
to speak
at 'U' on
Friday
President to discuss
student loan reform,
education policy
By BETHANY BIRON and
JOSEPH LICHTERMAN
ManagingNews Editor and Editor in Chief
White House officials announced yester-
day afternoon that President Barack Obama
will speak on campus this Friday, following
his State of the Union Address tonight, as a
part ofaseries ofspeakingevents across the
country.
Obama will deliver his remarks at the Al
Glick Field House, the Michigan football
team's indoor practice facility, and he will
speak about college affordability, the Asso-
ciated Press reported.
The president is scheduled to travel
to Iowa, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado
tomorrow and Thursday before arriving in
Michigan on Thursday evening, where he'll
spend the night before coming to campus
Friday morning.
Scheduled to start at 9:35 a.m. on Friday,
the event will be free and open to the public.
Tickets will be available starting at 9 a.m.
on Thursday at the Michigan Union Ticket
Office.
Tickets will be given out on a first come,
first serve basis with a limit of one ticket per
person.
Friday's speech will mark the president's
second visit to the University since taking
office. Obama delivered the Spring Com-
mencement address at Michigan Stadium in
May 2010.
University President Mary Sue Coleman
See OBAMA, Page 5

President Barack Obama during his Spring Commencement address at Michigan Stadium on May 1, 2010.

COOL RESUME, DUDE

ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL
Vote on AATA city
expansion postponed

Council passes
resolution in support of
immigration rights
By STEVE ZOSKI
Daily StaffReporter
Representatives from the Ann Arbor
Transportation Authority joined residents
of Ann Arbor and other neighboring cit-

ies at last night's Ann Arbor City Council
meeting to continue the ongoing discus-
sion on plans for a new countywide public
transportation authority.
Council revived discussion of the
authority after postponing a vote at its
meeting last week. During yesterday's
meeting, members once again decided
to table a decision on the.transportation
item until the next meeting on Feb. 6,
before passing a resolution in opposition
See AATA, Page 5

SENATE ASSEMBLY
Coleman shares future plans

At meeting, officials
discuss financial,
academic outlook
By AARON GUGGENHEIM
Daily StaffReporter
At yesterday's Senate Advisory Com-
mittee on University Affairs meeting,
University President Mary Sue Coleman

addressed how the University plans to
remain attractive to prospective and cur-
rent students in the future.
In addition to discussing how to main-
tain the University as a top competitor
among other public institutions, Provost
Philip Hanlon and Coleman spoke to the
University's lead faculty governing body
about the University's financial outlook
and lauded the necessity of seeking out-
side funding sources.
See COLEMAN, Page 2

AUSTEN HUFFORD/Daily
Engineering senior Nick Thompson helps fellow Engineering students on their resumes at a workshop at the Duderstadt Center yesterday.

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