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4 Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

CITY TRANSPORTATION
At meeting,
- council delays
vote on transit
agreement

PILLAR OF EDUCATION

michigandaily.com
SENATE ASSEMBLY
SACUA
criticizes
handling of
porn case

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ATA to provide cally postpones a decision
on the agreement to March
nore details on 19 if AATA fails to present
the findings of its county-
final plan wide financial task force.
Ann Arbor Mayor John
By STEVE ZOSKI Hieftje said the amendment
DailyStaffReporter would allow AATA to be
more thor-
At its meeting last night, ough in its
mbers of the Ann Arbor work on the 0
y Council once again agreement. 3'
vened before Ann Arbor "I under- 0
idents and Ann Arbor stand the s
nsportation Authority magnitude
0 Michael Ford to dis- of the task
s a countywide public Mr. Ford has in trying to
nsportation agreement. get four parties to agree to
At the meeting, coun- something like this, but I
members motioned to also see no problem what-
tpone the decision on soever that if that informa-
ether Ann Arbor would tion isn't ready for us, we
n the four-party agree- could somehow postpone,"
nt between Ann Arbor, Hieftje said.
silanti, Washtenaw Councilmember Chris-
unty andA ATAto March topher Taylor (D-Ward 3)
s requested by Ford. said while he would sup-
Councilmembers Mike port a delay, the four-party
glin (D-Ward 5) and agreement is just a prelimi-
ie Lumm (D-Ward 2) nary plan rather than a
posed to further post- binding law.
ne the decision to a "I'm willing to support
rch 19 meeting, before a postponement," Taylor
group eventually set- said. "But I think it's impor-
d on the March 5 date. tant to note this is not law
uncil also passed an we are making here, this is
endment that automati- See TRANSIT, Page 8

Faculty question
UMHS, DPS after
six-month delay in
reporting incident
By AARON GUGGENHEIM
DailyStaffReporter
Following the recent
announcement that the
Department of Education and
the Joint Commission will be
launching a review of the Uni-
versity of Michigan Health
System for its six month delay
in reporting that a medical
resident possessed of child
pornography, the Senate Advi-
sory Committee on University
Affairs used its weekly meet-
ing to discuss the role of the
Department of Public Safety in
criminal incidents at the Uni-
versity.
Law Prof. Richard Fried-
man, a member of the DPS
Oversight Committee - a
group of faculty, staff and
students that advise Univer-
sity officials on incidents filed
against DPS officers - spoke
to SACUA to clarify the role of

DPS and the committee in the
ongoing investigation.
During his address to
SACUA, Friedman explained
that the Michigan State Leg-
islature established oversight
committees in 1990 to inde-
pendently oversee actions of
University police forces. The
University's DPS Oversight
Committee makes recommen-
dations to Timothy- Slottow,
the University's executive vice
president and chief financial
officer, when complaints are
filed against DPS.
After a female resident dis-
covered a flash drive contain-
ing child pornography that
belonged to former medical
resident Stephen Jenson, she
reported the incident to hos-
pital security rather than DPS.
Friedman said security per-
sonnel at UHMS are not part
of DPS and therefore not under
the oversight committee's
jurisdiction.
"If they are not within DPS,
they are just not our job," he
said. "They do report ultimate-
ly to DPS, but they are not offi-
cers, they are employees."
In response to members'
See SACUA, Page 8

AUSTEN HUFFORD/Daily
Art and Design freshmen Audrey Stanton studies outside on North Campus yesterday.

YEAR OF THE CO-OP ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL
A2wastewater system
to undergo renovation

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Jouncil awards city's ailing wastewater treat-
ment system.
92.9 million for The council unanimously
approved a resolution to ten-
construction tatively award a $92.9 million
contract to Walsh Construc-
By STEVE ZOSKI tion Company to improve
Daily StaffReporter aging components of the city's
wastewater treatment plant,
t last night's meeting, located in Ann Arbor township
Arbor City Council took of US-23 near Dixboro Road
ajor step in approving a and Geddes Road.
sive project to overhaul the The plant - which was orig-

inally built in 1936 - currently
services about 130,000 people
in the city of Ann Arbor and
areas of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield
and Scio Townships, and pro-
cess nearly 19 million gallons
of wastewater perday.
If a final resolution passes
next month, Walsh Construc-
tion would be responsible for
the demolition of the oldest
parts of the infrastructure that
See WATER, Page 8

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TERESA MATHEW/Daily
Inter-Cooperative Council members recieved a proclamation from Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje at yesterday's City Council
meeting deeming 2012 the 'Year of the Co-op.'
GRADUATE STUDENT EMPLOYEES
Unionization hearing concludes

STATE LEGISLATION
Panel discusses Snyder's EMF policy

Hanlon, officials
tesitfy as GSRAs
continue effort
By RAYZA GOLDSMITH
Daily News Editor
Yesterday marked the conclu-
sion of another phase in a group of
graduate student research assis-

tants' campaign to form a union.
Wednesday was the first day of
a three-day hearing in front of an
administrative judge who is set
to make a recommendation about
the status of GSRAs to the Michi-
gan Employment Relations Com-
mission by its March 13 meeting.
The hearing took place Wednes-
day, Thursday and yesterday, and
included testimonies by University
Provost Philip Hanlon and others

called by University lawyers and
litigators for the Graduate Employ-
ees' Organization - the union rep-
resenting GSRAs.
Julia Stern, the administrative
law judge presiding over the hear-
ing, will report back to MERC's
three commissioners - Edward
Callaghan, Christine Derdarian
and Nino Green. Stern's recom-
mendation is not binding, mean-
See UNIONIZATION, Page8

Michigan Rick Snyder's controversial
emergency financial manager
leaders debate law.
In the forum, hosted by the
effectiveness of Undergraduate Political Sci-
ence Association,, participants
controversial laWe discussed issues surrounding
Public Act 4, reformed Michi-
By KATIE BURKE gan legislation that outlines
Daily StaffReporter protocol for dismissal of city
leaders during times of eco-
Students lined the hall out- nomic duress and grounds for
side the packed Eldersveld appointment of an emergency
Room in Haven Hall last night financial manager.,
to listen to government leaders The panel consisted of State
and state officials discuss the Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor),
progress of Republican Gov. Howard Ryan, director of leg-

islative affairs in the Michi-
gan Department of Treasury,
Washtenaw County Commis-
sioner Conan Smith and Flint
Mayor Dayne Walling. State
Rep. Mark Ouimet (R-Scio
Township)wasunable to attend
due to a school board meeting.
Public Act 4 was passed last
March, and since then emer-
gency financial managers
have been appointed in Ben-
ton Harbor, Three Oaks, Flint,
Hamtramck, Ecorse, Pontiac,
Detroit Public Schools and the
Highland Park School District.
See EMF, Page8

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