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WEARING OUT THE WELCOME: Michigan thumped Nebraska, 62-46, in the team's first meeting in Lincoln as Big Ten opponents. PAGE8A

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
U'TECHNOLOGY
Google
seeks to
increase
access
NextGen works
to improve
accessibility for
the disabled
By CECE ZHOU
Daily Staff Reporter
As the University prepares
for the transition to Google web
* services on March 5, officials
are working to ensure that pro-
grams will be fully accessible to
all members of the campus com-
munity, including disabled stu-
dents and staff members.
Jane Berliss-Vincent, assis-
tive technology lead for Infor-
mation Technology Services,
said that while certain Univer-
sity web services catered to the
disabled community are not
currently compatible with cer-
tain Google applications, Uni-
versity officials are committed
to increasing accessibility and
fixing flaws in the system.
"The accessibility issues that
See GOOGLE, Page SA

Thursday, Feburary 9, 2012
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UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION
NHL, beer
coming to
Big House
for $3 mu.

Members of Occupy UM interrupt the Defining 'Occupy' presentation being held in the Ross School of Business on
Wednesday.
UNIVE RSIT Y FA CU LTY
Lecturer layoffs m--ake
wayfo tenured prof

In special meeting,
regents vote to
lease stadium for
Winter Classic
By PAIGE PEARCY and
MATT SLOVIN
Daily News Editor and
Daly Sports Edrtor
In the midst of college
football's bowl season and
winter break, a professional
hockey game at the Big House
will bring life to the Universi-
ty's campus on Jan. 1, 2013.
During a rare Wednesday
morning meeting, the Univer-
sity's Board of Regents met in
a special session to discuss and
approve the National Hockey
League's lease of Michigan
Stadium for its Winter Classic
- the league's annual outdoor

hockey game.
The NHL will pay the Uni-
versity $3 million to rent the
Big House and will use the
stadium from Dec. 1,. 2012 to
mid-January, according to a
communication to the regents
from Athletic Director Dave
Brandon and Timothy Slot-
tow, the University's executive
vice president and chief finan-
cial officer. The Winter Classic
game will take place on Jan. 1,
2013 and has an alternate date
of Jan. 2, 2013.
During the meeting, Bran-
don said the NHL is expected to
donate a "significant" amount
to student scholarships at the
University from its charitable
foundation
According to Brandon, the
NHL approached the Uni-
versity last November, and
since then, discussions about
the event have been under-
See NHL, Page 5A

Philosophy In September, he received a let-
ter informing him he would be
department faces laid off June 1, 2012.
MacPherson isn't the only
cutbacks lecturer who will be dismissed
in June. He and Lecturer Greg-
By DANIELLE ory Sax have both been laid off
STOPPELMANN by the Department of Philoso-
DailyStaffReporter phy to be replaced by tenured
professors who will teach intro-
Lecturer Brian MacPherson ductory courses. According
has worked in the philosophy to University spokesman Rick
department for the last 16 years. Fitzgerald, philosophy is one of

many University departments
to hire tenure-track professors
in place of lecturers as part of
a University-wide attempt to
increase the number of tenured
research professors.
Fitzgeraldsaid the University
is in the process of hiring 150
professors to teach in to vari-
ous areas of study, in contrast
to other universities around
the country that are laying off
See LAYOFFS, Page 7A

TAPE IT UP

CAMPUS COMMUNITY
Minority retention rates
discussed at town hall event

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Students, discuss the trials and tribula-
tions of increasing diversity in
dministrators admissions at the University.
Since the decline of affirma-
ilk diversity in tive action following the adop-
tion of Proposal 2 - a Michigan
admissions law passed in 2006 that banned
favorable treatment of minori-
By BEN SEIDMAN ties in college admissions -
Daily StaffReporter ensuring minority equality in
universities has been a con-
ore a panel of administra- tinued topic of discussion at
students discussed issues schools across the nation.
ding minority student LSA senior Kristina Felder,
sions at a town hall meet- chair of the Minority Affairs
eld at Rackham Auditori- Commission, said the organiza-
st night. tion decided to hold the meeting
e event, hosted by the to foster discussion on univer-
rity Affairs Commission, sity admissions policy between
ht nearly 100 administra- students and officials in the
and students together to community.

"I know that admission and
retention of minority students
is a concern of many students,"
Felder said. "We wanted to
give the students the opportu-
nity to interact directly with the
administrators who can make
the changes on campus."
Felder said that while she
wishes more could be done to
assist minorities in gaining
admittance in schools in the
state, she acknowledges that
ultimately it will be challeng-
ing to make headway in alter-
ing current legislation banning
affirmative action.
"I wish that more could be
done about the admission and
retention of minority students,
See MINORITY, Page 7A

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
Liquid laser technology aids in
cancer detection and prevention

Recent discovery able to detect potential cancer-
causing DNA more easily.
allows scientists to Xudong Fan, an associate pro-
fessor of biomedical engineer-
identify dangerous ing, and Yuze Sun, Engineering
graduate student graduate a
DNA member of Fan's research team,
recently discovered a method of
By JOSH QIAN utilizing liquid laser technol-
Daily StaffReporter ogy to detect DNA that makes a
human more susceptible to can-
With the help of a new tech- cer and other diseases.
nique developed by University Since 2007, Fan's lab has been
researchers, scientists may be developing the process to nar-

row down mutant genes to a sin-
gle base difference within the
DNA. Fan said using liquid laser
technology, instead of a solid
laser, has many advantages.
"You cannot put the biomol-
ecules into the laser if it's in a
solid state," Fan said. "A liquid
laser is unique because it gets
the sample into the laser cavity
for detection."
Fan said the key difference
between his technology and
See LASER, Page SA

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A University student puts up posters advertising for tutoring services on campus yesterday.

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