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In penultimate meeting,
CSG discusses resolutions

Potential policies to
be terminated if not
voted on by next
Daily Staff Reporter
Eight resolutions were intro-
duced at the penultimate Central
Student Government assembly
meeting of this year's term on
topics including CSG operations
and preparations for the incom-
ing assembly.
One resolution would resolve
an ongoing debate about how
best to balance speed and suffi-
cient legislative oversight by the
Student Organization Funding
Commission when distributing
Currently, the assembly
approves SOFC's budget ret-
roactively, and many fear that
resolutions would slow down the
organization's ability to award
funding. After some members of
SOFC expressed concern over
the contents of the resolution, the
assembly chose to refrain from
voting on it until next week.
The resolution was first read on
Feb. 14, and Business senior Matt
Eral, the speaker of the assembly,
said he was frustrated because he
significantly changed the resolu-
tion since its first introduction,
only to see it postponed again.

While Eral said the delay was a
"bit personally annoying," he said
support from the SOFC chairs is
Eral added that this resolu-
tion, which has been introduced
for more than five weeks, will be
terminated if it is not passed next
week. Assembly protocol states
that resolutions that do not pass
by the end of the term will be con-
"Either the assembly will pass
it next week or it will be killed
because the new assembly does
not get to ... carry business over,"
Eral said.
Business junior Shreya Singh,
CSG treasurer, also gave a pre-
sentation to the assembly about
CSG's budget and said she would
like to ensure the use of all fund-
ing awarded to CSG.
Singh said $60,000 will roll
over to the budget for CSG's next
term unless the money is utilized
through the actions of commis-
sions before the end of the cur-
rent term.
Singh added that the organiza-
tions that receive funding from
SOFC have been using more of
those funds. Traditionally, orga-
nizations have spent about 75
percent of the funding awarded to
them, but that number has risen
to 85 percent since the introduc-
tion of SOFC's new weekly roll-
ing funding system - a program
in which organizations can apply
to receive funding on a weekly
basis, instead of receiving allo-

cated funds in shifts throughout
the semester.
The assembly also passed a
resolution in support of making
the Big House a "zero-waste" sta-
dium, meaningthatas much trash
as possible will either be recycled
or composted instead of sent to
Rackham student Leah Zim-
merman, a member of the Erb
Institute - an organization
focused on using business to bol-
ster sustainability efforts around
the world - attended the meet-
ing to speak on the resolution's
"Overwhelmingly, 100 percent
of the people on campus and the
alumni we've talked to have been
not just supportive, but enthusi-
astic," Zimmerman said.
Members of the CSG Environ-
mental Issues Commission came
to the meeting to publicize an
event scheduled to occur Monday
on the Diag to increase environ-
mental awareness in celebration
of Earth Day.
LSA senior Madeline Caldwell,
EIC treasurer, spoke to the
assembly about the event and
said several University organiza-
tions will be participating.
. "It's a good event for stu-
dents to come raise awareness
and learn about cool opportuni-
ties to get involved on campus,"
Caldwell said. "I think (the envi-
ronment) is something we're
really going to need to think
about going into our future."

Washtenaw Community College student Ivan Propkopovi

of jumps over a wall yesterday.

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and staff are sent an e-mail
notification when the system
activates, it takes a long time to
process, Brown said. An addi-
tional 32 percent of students, as
well as 31 percent of faculty and
41 percent of staff, have another
device registered for more fre-
quent and detailed messages.
The system was active for
Thursday's emergency and sent
an initial e-mail and text mes-
sage notice about the National
Weather Service's tornado
warning. At 6:30 p.m. another
e-mail update was sent when
the warning was extended to
7:15 p.m. Finally, at 7:15, an
e-mail was sent to alert the
University community that the
warning had expired, but a flash
flood warning and thunder-
storm watch were still in effect.
According to Perry Samson,
professor of atmospheric sci-
ence, there is no sure way of sci-
entifically predicting a tornado
far in advance, especially in the
"A tornado this time of year
would never be expected,"
Samson wrote in an e-mail

interview. "That said, the atmo-
spheric models that day did
show great potential for convec-
tion. It is easy now in hindsight
to see that the potential peaked
in the late afternoon at a level
higher than (at least I expect-
Samson added that determin-
ing a storm's exact location is
difficult, and said he was sur-
prised that it touched down in
He also wrote that, with the
exception of 2011, which saw a
series of devastating tornadoes
in Alabama, Mississippi and
Georgia, deaths due to torna-
does have been limited since
Samson credits technological
advantages for these improved
"Much of this decrease can
be directly attributed to the
improved forecasting of storm
formation plus improved radar
capability, hand-in-hand with
more personal and mobile
notification systems," Samson
wrote. "As we reach the point
when all can receive notifica-
tion, (our) next challenge is to
impress upon the population the
value of heedingthese warnings
and the need to improve access


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living in homes without base-
While DPS primarily uses the
emergency alert system to send
out weather-related warnings
that could potentially affect
campus, it has also been used
for other threatening incidents,
such as a reported gunman on
campus, large gas leaks and
two separate armed robberies
in 2010, according to Univer-
sity emergency manager Andy
Burchfield added that DPS
tests the system routinely twice
a year, once in the spring and in
the fall.
With evolving technology
and continued reliance on text
messaging as the quickest and
most efficient mode of com-
munication, the decision to
implement the emergency alert
system was a crucial move for
"From the University's per-
spective, it's to put forward our
best foot in trying to help people
better prepare themselves for
emergencies that could occur,"
Burchfield said. "The U-M
emergency alert system is one
more key source that is available
to our faculty, staff and students
that they can utilize and regis-
ter for in order to receive alerts
when potential imminent dan-
ger may impact them."
Brown added that the sys-
tem is especially important in
the age of texting.
"As it grew in popular-
ity and acceptance and as ven-
dors were able to find ways to
advance text messages, then
the University looked for ways
to explore how we could fit
that into our way of commu-
nicating with text messages,"
Brown said.
The system is one of a com-
bination of resources that
DPS wants the community to
utilize in case of emergency,
along with television, news
and the outdoor warning
sirens, according to Burch-
"The more resources you
have in your toolbox, the bet-
ter prepared you're going to
be. That's why we really advo-
cate for people to register for
this system because this does
key in on the University itself,"
Burchfield said.
Social Work student Kelly
Pearson said she registered for
the alert system when she was
a freshman at the University.
"I thought that if some-
thing was happening on cam-
pus, it would be good to know
about it," Pearson said. "I have
unlimited texting, so I figured
it was better to be safe than
The continuous text mes-
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severity of the storm for Pear-
son, who was at Dominick's on
Monroe Street when the storm
started, and helped her decide
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details and updates as the

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The emergency alert system
is set for its spring test Friday
at noon.



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