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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, January 9, 2012

michigandailv,com

* UNIVERSITY HOUSING
Ciao Down
temporarily
closes due to
* cockroaches

'U' Housing
spokesman: "We
have it under
control."
By ANNA ROZENBERG
Daily Staff Reporters
Apparently students aren't the
only ones chowing down at South
Quad.
Ciao Down Pizzeria, the cafe
located in South Quadrangle
Residence Hall, was temporarily
closed starting on Dec.15 due to a
cockroach infestation, University
Housing spokesman Peter Logan
confirmed in an interview Friday.
Logan said University Housing
and the University's Department
of Occupational Safety and Envi-
ronmental Health agreed to close
the cafe upon making the discov-
ery, in order to begin aggressive
treatments while student were
gone for break to take advantage
of "low student activity."
"There was some roach activ-
ity we felt we needed to address
immediately," Logan said.
Since the roaches infested a
food preparation area, Logan said
exterminators took extra precau-

tions during extermination.
"The treatments we use are all
food safe in food areas," Logan
said.
Logan said that while Ciao
Down has reopened, the Uni-
versity will continue to take
necessary steps to alleviate the
situation if needed, adding that
ultimately the cafe could close
for good if it becomes a serious
issue.
"We're confident right now
we have it under control," Logan
said.
Shortly after the closure, a
YouTube videosurfaced showing
signs of the cockroach infestation
in the eatery. In the video, the
narrators claim they aren't going
out of their way to look for cock-
roaches, yet stumble upon more
than five of the pests in the first
few minutes of filming.
The description of the video,
posted on Dec. 17 by a student-
employee who wishes to remain
anonymous, alleges thatthe video
was taken the day after extermi-
nation, though cockroaches are
present in the film.
In an interview last night, the
student-employee said many
plant facility managers and other
employees who he often talks to
See COCKROACHES, Page SA

Passenters board one of the University's new diesel-electric hybrid buses on Friday. The University recently yurchased tour bases using fundint provided by the
U.S. Department ot Energy.
Hlybrid bss oaid'U'
sustainabiityefforts

U.S. Department of
Energy funds new
transporation
By AARON GUGGENHEIM
Daily StaffReporter
As part of University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman's
initiative to develop a more sus-
tainable future, the University
recently purchased four hybrid
buses and 30 hybrid sedans for

student transportation.
Keith Johnson, associate
director of transportation oper-
ations at the University, said the
hybrid vehicles are part of the
University's ongoing push for
more environmentally friendly
practices.
"it has been a plan to do more
sustainability operations-wise
and this (purchase) fits right
into it," Johnson said.
The University plans to pur-
chase an additional three hybrid
buses with a grant provided by

the U.S. Department of Energy
through the Michigan Green
Fleets program - a $40 million
project that works toward pro-
viding alternative fuel sources
and technology for transporta-
tion in the state. The grant cov-
ers the $168,000 difference
between the cost of a conven-
tional bus and a hybrid bus,
Johnson said.
The hybrid buses feature a
rooftop-mounted battery, which
is charged by energy converted
from when the bus brakes. The

battery supplements a diesel
engine, making the hybrid buses
30 percent more efficient than
conventional buses, according to
a Jan. S University press release.
Though only one bus is cur-
rently operational, more will
become active throughout the
year, Johnson said, adding there
are plans to replace all Univer-
sity buses in the future. The new
buses complement the 545 Uni-
versity owned vehicles currently
running on an environmentally
See BUSES, Page SA

A SWEET NEW YEAR

Non-unionized salaries
increase by 2.8 percent

TERESA MATHEW/Daily
A young boy gazes at a table full of sweets at Mochitsuki, a traditional Japanese New Year's celebration. The event was
hosted by the University's Center for Japanese Studies on Saturday.

Professors, 'U' staff
receive slight raise
from last year
By PAIGE PEARCY
Daily News Editor
Another year and another pay
raise for certain faculty members
at the University.
Non-unionized faculty mem-
bers received an average salary

increase of 2.8 percent in 2011,
a slight increase from the previ-
ous year's average increase of 2.6
percent.
When University President
Coleman assumed her position
in 2002, she made it a priority to
institute a modest salary increase
for faculty members each year,
Martha Pollack, the University's
vice provost for academic and
budgetary affairs, said.
In a testimony Coleman made
before the House and Senate

Higher Education Appropriation
subcommittees last March, she
said salary increases are impor-
tant to retain faculty.
"The last thing we want is to
lose talented people," Coleman
said in her testimony. "We have
already seen too many leave
our state. And so we are very
thoughtful about salaries and
rewarding people."
The past year's reported aver-
age salary increase is substan-
See SALARIES, Page SA

ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL
A2 pedestrian ordinance revised

CEO: Insomnia Cookies to
hopefully return within year

Council hopes to At its Dec. 19 meeting, city
council approved a revision to
clarify policy for the city's controversial cross-
walk ordinance that no longer
local drivers requires that vehicles stop for
pedestrians "approaching or
By JOSH QIAN within" crosswalks, instead
Daily Staff Reporter requiring that vehicles stop for
a pedestrian standing "at the
Drivers may now have a curb" or "within the crosswalk."
clearer understanding of when As one of three members
they must stop for pedestrians who proposed the revisions in
in Ann Arbor, as Ann Arbor City November , councilmember
Council members continue to Sabra Briere (D-Ward 1) said a
revise and clarify the current major challenge in drafting leg-
crosswalk ordinance. islation was avoiding ambiguity

and ensuring universal unc
standing.
"For members of cout
'approaching' meant stand
on the curb, about to take a s

der-
cil,
ing
tep

into the intersection," Briere
said, referring to the original
ordinance that was implement-
ed in July 2010. "But for people
not on council, 'approaching'
could have meant walking past a
crosswalk; it could mean 20 feet
away from a crosswalk."
Furthermore, Briere noted
that the previous ordinance
See ORDINANCE, Page 5A

City ordinance
forces company to
halt truck service
By CHELSEA LANDRY
Daily StaffReporter
Students who previously sati-
ated a late-night cookie craving
outside the comforting glow of

the Insomnia Cookies truck may
have noticed a void in their food
options over the past year.
While Stucchi's on South
University Ave. continues to
sell a limited variety of Insom-
nia Cookies during their normal
hours of operation, the company
has not used its truck in Ann
Arbor since last Saturday and has
ceased delivery services, accord-
ing to Seth Berkowitz, Insom-

nia Cookies' CEO and founder.
Despite the loss, Berkowitz said
he hopes the truck will return
soon, adding he has struggled to
find retail space in Ann Arbor
for a stand-alone shop, but is
"actively pursuing" an available
location.
Berkowitz said a change in
Ann Arbor's Solicitors and Ped-
dlers ordinance forbade the
See COOKIES, Page 5A

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