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Coleman said the 300 stu-
dents in the fellowship will
address issues she referred to as
"the wicked problems," mean-
ing the most difficult environ-
mental issues such as energy,
water and land use and human
behavior. Coleman claims that
the program will bring more
sustainability scholars, who are
dedicated to making an impact
in these issues, to campus.
Coleman added that the fel-
lows in the Dow program will
have access to the many sustain-
ability tools that the University
already offers, including the
$1.25-billion University research
portfolio and more than 670 fac-
ulty members with sustainabil-
ity expertise. The program will
also work alongside the already
established Graham Environ-
mental Sustainability Institute,
the Erb Institute for Global Sus-
tainable Enterprise, the Michi-
gan Energy Institute and the
Center for Sustainable Systems
at the University, according to
At a press conference after
the announcement, Don Scavia,
director of the Graham Environ-
mental Sustainability Institute
at the University, explained that
applications for the program will
be accepted next fall, and the fel-
lows will begin in January 2013.
Scavia said the Dow fellow-
ship will provide more graduate
students with the opportunity to
work in fields with an emphasis
in sustainability, since the Gra-
ham Institute's existing doctoral
fellowship program only admits
six students annually.
"(It) is way over subscribed,"
Scavia said of the doctoral fel-
lowship program. "We're only
bringing in six students a year,
and we're getting 70 applications
a year, so we expect a lot of atten-
tion. (The new program) will be
the largest program focused on
sustainability (on campus)."
The master's sustainability
fellow program will last one year
while the doctoral and postdoc-
toral fellows will take two years
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will be the fourth college in the
Big Ten to offer such a program.
Engineering Dean David Mun-
son said he is pleased his college
will launch the program, which
aims to serve the interests of Uni-
versity students and the needs of
"With the growing importance
of sustainability and environ-
mental protection, a greater need
has arisen for degree programs
in environmental engineering,"
Munson said.
Engineering Prof. Terese
Olson led the development of the
program and said it is designed
to allow students to focus their
coursework in the necessary sci-
ences and applied problems that
will prepare them for careers in
the environmental field.
"In the past, undergraduates

interested in environmental engi-
neering were advised to earn a
degree in civil or chemical engi-
neering and obtain a partial focus
in environmental engineering,"
Olson said. "In the new degree,
studeniS take courses in areas of
environmental sciences including
aquatic chemistry, earth science
andeyironmental microbiology
that are not required of civil engi-
Q sjoi said the new program is
multidisciplinary in nature, and
students can take a spectrum of
clashes in engineering and non-
engineering departments, such
asaovironmental earth science,
enviridgsental health science and

to complete.
In an interview with The
Michigan Daily after the event,
Coleman said she is excited to
further develop the relation-
ship between the University and
Dow, noting that the partnership
began several years ago when
Dow assisted the University
in enhancing sustainability on
"They've been out front as a
corporation doing some really
innovative projects and they've
just become a wonderful part-
ner," Coleman said. "We've been
working with them now for a
number of years, and we think
it's a very good public-private
partnership, and I hope we can
develop more of these."
Though Liveris emphasized
the current sustainable practices
of Dow in his announcement of
the new program, the chemical
company has been connected
with past incidents of environ-
mental harm. According to the
Environmental Protection Agen-
cy web site, the Dow facility in
Michigan has been held respon-
sible for contributing to rising
dioxin levels in the Titabawas-
see River - which flows primar-
ily in the southeastern region of
the state - and its adjacent flood
However, the company has
recently worked with the EPA to
develop a strategy to clean up the
Midland area.
Dow has also had a long-time
affiliation with the development
of chemicals for warfare, includ-
ing napalm and Agent Orange,
which were used during the
Vietnam War. In response to
these past incidents, Coleman
said she believes Dow and other
corporations have moved toward
a more sustainable model.
"I think all industries in this
country have really been waking
up to environmental responsi-
bility," Coleman said. "It turns
out that Dow has been very
aggressive in this area ... They
recognize at the very top of the
organization and throughout the
organization how important this
is for the future."
In the press conference, Neil
Hawkins, vice president of sus-
tainability and environment,
urban planning.
He added that the program
hopes to create more sustain-
able urban centers and will equip
graduates with the necessary
interdisciplinary background
to manage the resource limita-
tions and environmental impacts
future generations are expected
to face.
Olson emphasized that the
department is confident the
regents and the Presidents Coun-
cil committee will approve the
"The department has a long-
standing, highly ranked envi-
ronmental engineering graduate
program and has for many years
offered environmental engineer-
ing as a focus area within its civil
engineering B.S. major," Olson
said. "The department is in a
strong position, therefore, to offer
this new baccalaureate degree."
Nancy Love, Rackham's asso-

ciate dean of academic programs
and initiatives, said the depart-
ment is excited about address-
ing the strong demand for
environmental engineers, espe-
cially given the overlap between
environmental engineering and
the rapidly growingsustainability
"There will be a large number
of retirements in the next decade
with significant opportunities for
new hires," Love said. "We are
likely to experience a knowledge.
gap if we don't fill the pipeline of
environmental engineering pro-
fessionals with a new generation
before the major turnover."
According to Love, environ-
mental engineering is listed as

health & safety for Dow, recog-
nized the company's past inci-
dents of environmental harm
and said the company, and its
sustainability practices, have
"As Dow grew and expanded,
that's when chemistry and chem-
ical engineering was explored
and practiced for the first time,
so undoubtedly, things did occur
during that time," Hawkins said.
"I think the key thing is we're
very responsibly dealing with
any of those legacies while mak-
ing sure moving forward that
we're practicing the very best
environmental practices."
Mary Kennedy, an MBA stu-
dent in environmental sciences
through the Erb Institute for
Global Sustainable Enterprise,
and Rackham student Laura
Sherman, a current Graham
doctoral fellow, were selected to
answer questions on the panel
alongside Liveris and Coleman at
the event.
In an interview afterward,
Kennedy said she will be eli-
gible for the program and plans
to apply in the fall, adding that
she hopes more students will
appreciate the well-established
sustainability movement at the
University in light of the new fel-
"A lot of students don't real-
ize the University of Michigan is
actually a leader in the country
in sustainability, so it's already
something that is attracting top
students and really setting the
University apart," Kennedy said.
"But I think (the Dow program)
is going to make it even stronger
and make this the place to go for
Kennedy added that Dow
heavily recruits from the Ross
School of Business, and the
chemical currently employs over
300 University alums.
"I think we have a good view
of it as a company that is really
trying to make advances (in sus-
tainability), and it is positively
perceived. I see it as a great fit,"
Kennedy said.
The Dow program will be
evaluated regularly throughout
its six years of operation and
will have the opportunity to be
renewed in 2018.
one of the top five professions for
expected global growth over the
next decade.
Engineering Prof. Steve Wright
said he encourages all students
who are keen on environmental-
ism and are technically oriented
to consider environmental engi-
"There is also a trend in which
there is an increasing number
of departments who are adding
an environmental engineering
degree program," Wright said.
"And I think it's definitely about
time for Michigan."
According to Matt Blank,
undergraduate student services
coordinator for CEE, develop-
ment of the program started a
year and a half ago. Blank said it
wouldn't be difficult for students
to double major in civil engineer-
ing and environmental engi-
neering due to the commonality
between the two programs.
"We'll have more information

closer to May after the degree has
been formally approved."
Engineering senior Nicholas
Darde said he believes the new
degree program could provide a
vast number of career opportuni-
ties for graduates and will allow
students to delve deeper into
courses that will prepare them for
their careers.
"There's environmental con-
sulting that deals with pollut-
ants, renewable energy, emissions
and power plants," Darde said.
"There's a lot that falls under
environmental engineering."
The CEE department will offer
an information session on March
16 for interested students.

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no longer properly descriptive,"
Slottow and Brandon wrote.
At their January meeting, the
regents approved the issuing of
project bids for seating replace-
ment and window installation
in Yost Ice Arena, among other
improvements to the 89-year-
old facility. After receiving
bids from contractors, Slottow
and Brandon recommended
an increase in the budget for
the project in order to make all
of the desired improvements,
including large, historic win-
"Due to a strong desire to
include the alternates, and the
fact that the bids received were
higher than expected due to the
cost of the steel and bleachers,
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ings if it will improve our over-
all financial performance; this
decision does indeed improve
our financial outlook," Major
said in the release.
With the advent of online
textbook retailers, Major said
the physical bookstore is no lon-
ger a practical business model.
He noted that the company's
sales were largely generated
through online sales and faced
competition with stores like the
more centrally located Barnes
& Noble store in the Michigan
"Students shopped either
for online rentals or at the on-
campus store which was begin-
ning to offer a rental program,"
Major said. "Even though our
on-campus stores and our other
divisions performed reasonably
well, our financial performance
as a whole missed our target
due to the performance of our
off-campus stores, which led
us to make some difficult deci-

we are recommending increas-
ing the budget by $2 million,"
Slottow and Brandon wrote.
The $2-million increase will
bring the total cost from $14
million to $16 million and will
come from the Athletic Depart-
ment funds and gifts. The con-
struction is expected to be
completed by this fall.
The regents will also vote to
approve all recipients of honor-
ary degrees at the University's
2012 Spring Commencement,
which is scheduled for April 28
in the Big House.
The recipients of the honor-
ary degrees were announced
yesterday. Gupta, The New
Yorker's Susan Orlean and Chris
Van Allsburg, author of "The
Polar Express and "Jumanji,"
are each slated to receive a Doc-
torate of Humane Letters. Jose
Antonio Abreu, a musician and
founder of a youth program
Though Michigan Book &
Supply appears when searched
online, the website address
is currently redirected to the
Ulrich's site.
University alum Kevin Kielc-
zewski, student manager at the
neighboring Michigan apparel
store All About Blue, said his
store would likely gain the cus-
tomers lost from Michigan Book
& Supply, which also sells colle-
giate attire.
"Being another Michigan
memorabilia store, we will
probably have less competi-
tion," Kielczewski said. "As a
former English major, though, I
am saddened that we are losing
the store because of everything
going digital."
When he was a student,
Kielczewski said he bought his
books from Michigan Book &
Supply, but admits that now he
would rather purchase books at
a cheaper price online.
"These stores can't compete
with the price," Kielczewski
said. "When you can get the
same books online for half the
price, or at the coat of a rental,.
people are going To buy the

for children in Venezuela, is
slated to receive a Doctorate
of Music; J. Ira Harris, who
formerly worked on the Uni-
versity's Investment Advisory
Committee, is slated to receive
a Doctorate of Laws; and Rich-
ard Sarns, chairman of J. I.
Harris & Associates, is slated
to receive a Doctorate of Engi-
In an exclusive interview
with The Michigan Daily last
week, University President
Mary Sue Coleman said the
Honorary Degree Committee
works to select recipients from
all different backgrounds.
"We try to balance interests,"
Coleman said. "We try to bal-
ance areas across the Univer-
sity so that we give students a
chance to see this broad spec-
trum of accomplishments."
Gupta has accepted the invi-
tation to be the speaker for the
University-wide Commence-
ment and Orlean has accepted
the invitation to be the speaker
for Rackham's University Grad-
uate Exercises on April 27.
cheaper books that they 'can
While shopping at a store-
closing sale at Michigan Book
& Supply, students expressed
their mixed feelings about the
store's closing.
"I buy my books online, but
I buy a lot of notebooks and
clothes here," LSA junior Lisa
Usselman said. "I'm not upset
right now because everything
is 75 percent off, but I'm sure
when the store is gone, I'm
going to have a harder time
finding the supplies I need."
LSA senior Brittany Burr
also expressed disappointment
about the loss of options for
shopping near campus.
"I buy most of my books
online, but I come here for all
my art supplies," Burr said.
"There is a place on North Cam-
pus, but it is really far away and
With the departure of Michi-
gan Book & Supply, Ulrich's
will hold ground as the only
off-campus bookstore, while
Barnes & Noble continues to
maintain an on-campus book-
store in the Union.

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firefighters must be on site before
entering a burning building.
The proposal stated that such
changes would help alleviate
pressure on the strained state and
city budgets by reducing costs.
Hubbard added that despite
fewer stations, the restructuring
would help firefighters respond
more quickly to calls.
"The plan I'm proposing is to
get more firefighters to the scene
in a safe and effective manner,"
he said. "By consolidating our
resources together and respond-
ing together, they can get to the
areas quicker."
Hubbard said faster response
times could help AAFD better
meet the National Fire Protection
Agencystandard ofresponding to
an emergency call with four fire-
fighters within four minutes. The
standard also calls for 14out of 15
firefighters to arrive on the scene
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within eight minutes in 90 per- have big costs for Station 2."
cent of incidents. Councilmember Mike Anglin
Maps shown at the meeting (D-Ward 5) said despite the pos-
indicated a larger area of four- sible disadvantage to those living
minute response coverage under near soon-to-close stations, the
the proposed three-station model proposed model is more efficient.
than under the current five-sta- "There are some people who
tion model. are going to lose some service,
In the past, AAFD has strug- but (it will) include a lot more in
gled to meet NFPA standards, a better service," Anglin said. "I
with response times two minutes think those who are on the fring-
slower than the average industry es are going to have to under-
standard. stand this, too."
However, few neighboring cit- In addition to the AAFD pro-
ies meet the industry standard posal, Anglin said he wants to
because of the cost associated increase public fire education
with employing sufficient fire- in the community and distrib-
fighters, according to Hubbard. ute more fire safety handbooks
"It is very difficult with the to Ann Arbor residents and stu-
current economic state," he said. dents.
Hubbard added that the city Councilmember Tony Der-
will need funding to reopen Sta- ezinski (D-Ward 2) said he is
tion 2 to accommodate for repair impressed with the proposal.
work. "I think this is a very creative
"It is really not that big of a way of doing this," Derezinski
cost factor right now, but over said. "You are really pulling a
the next three or four years, we rabbit out of the hat ... by effect-
might have to replace the roof ing increased coverage (with)
and boiler," he said. "We could fewer stations."
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