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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

michigandaily.com
ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL
AATA plans
to add buses
countywide
City Council "We don't have all the exact
details right now, but we're ask-
debates enhanced ing you to support a framework
so we can work within," Ford
transportation plan said. "We're not asking you to
approve a millage or anything
By STEVE ZOSKI like that. Every-
Daily Staff Reporter thing will go out NNA19
to the people- :
Representatives from the Ann we'll be trans-
Arbor Transportation Authority parent from the
appeared before the Ann Arbor service plan to
City Council at its meeting last funding."
night to encourage approval of a Councilmem-
plan for a new countywide public ber Jane Lumm (D-Ward 2)
transportation authority. repeatedly insisted that council
The proposed agreement was rushinginto major reforms.
would expand the AATA's bus "We are being asked to con-
services beyond Ann Arbor to sider a fundamental restructur-
Ypsilanti and other neighboring ing of our public transportation
cities as part of a collaboration system," Lumm said. "Obviously,
between AATA, the city of Ann it's a major-league decision ... I
Arbor, the city of Ypsilanti and would like to postpone until we
Washtenaw County. Throughout have (more) material, it would be
the meeting, council members a logical way to proceed."
debated the specifics of the plan Ford reiterated to Lumm that
and how it would be financed he was only presenting a frame-
throughout the night, before work, rather than definite plans.
ultimately determining to table He stressed to council that he
the resolution for a later meet- was at the meeting to ensure
ing. Council also voted to host a transparency from the AATA.
public hearing on the agreement Mayor John Hieftje backed
at its next meeting on Jan. 23. Ford, adding that Lumm may not
AATA CEO Michael Ford have understood the amount of
spoke throughout the meeting to work that went into the agree-
address any questions about the ment as she was recently elected
plan and delivered a presenta- to City Council.
tion explaining the preliminary "Councilmember Lumm is
details of the program. See AATA, Page5

MCKENZIE BEREZIN/Daily
Students shop at the poster sale in the basement of the Michigan Union on Sunday. The sale is typically held at the beginning of every semester.
CENTRAL STUDENT GOVERNMENT
CSG seeks to implement
medical a-mnesty program
Proposed policy hol at levels that can be life Michigan Student Assembly student to make responsible:
threatening. For many students, - are working on a proposal to decisions by giving them incen-
aims to reduce the fear of receiving a Minor in implement medical amnesty tive to request help rather than
Possession of alcohol charge at the University, a policy that punishing them.
MIPs on campus can deter them from calling would protect students from Watson said having medical
for medical aid when an over- receiving an MIP if they call for amnesty on campus "would be
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA intoxicated friend is in need of alcohol-related medical atten- a huge accomplishment," add-
Daily StaffReporter assistance. tion for another person while ing that in cases of over-intoxi-
To combat the potential issue also under the influence. cation, failure to call for medical
On college campuses nation- at the University, members of CSG President DeAndree attention can have dire conse-
wide, a night out could include the Central Student Govern- Watson said the concept of quences.
excessive consumption of alco- ment - formerly known as the medical amnesty encourages See CSG, Page 5

GRADUATE EMPLOYEES
AG files
motion to
overturn
decision
Opponents fight
MERC ruling on
GSRA unionization
By PETER SHAHIN
Daily Staff Reporter
Though it gained a legal vic-
tory last month, the Gradu-
ate Employees Organization
received some bitter news in the
new year.
On Friday, Michigan Attor-
ney General Bill Schuette filed
a motion with the Michigan 3rd
District Court of Appeals seek-
ing to overturn a previous ruling
from the Michigan Employment
Relations Commission that
allowed a judge to determine if
graduate student research assis-
tants can unionize. Similarly,
Students Against GSRA Union-
ization, a group of GSRA's orga-
nized against the unionization,
also filed a motion seeking to
revoke the ruling.
On Dec. 13, MERC dismissed
See DECISION, Page 5

AMBROSIA UNDERGROUND

MARLENE LACASSE/Daily
Viewers watch "The Weather Underground," a documentary playing for free in the basement of Cafe Ambrosia
yesterday. The cafe holds free documentary screenings every Monday this month at 7 p.m.
GETTING AROUND ANN ARBOR
Downtown Development Authority
to increase parking rates by 20 cents

FACULTY GOVERNANCE
SACUA dicusses
plan to combat
scheduling issues
Provost Philip about 200 to 300 classes cause
explicit scheduling challenges
Hanlon shares dean for the University each semester,
specifically in accommodating for
salary increases classroom renovations and over-
scheduling in specific time slots.
By KATIE BURKE It was difficult to determine
Daily StaffReporter how best to solve the problem,
since moving elective classes to
At the first meeting of the earlier time slots could result in
semester for the University's a loss of revenue and diminished
leading faculty governance body attendance, SACUA Vice Chair
yesterday afternoon, Martha Kim Kearfott, a professor in the
Pollack, the University's vice Medical School and College of
provost for academic and bud- Engineering, said.
getary affairs, shared a solution "The young adult mind of a
to alleviate scheduling problems freshman or sophomore doesn't
for students with members of the work well early," Kearfott said.
Senate Advisory Committee on Academic concernswere at the
University Affairs. forefront of finding a solution to
According to an analysis per- the scheduling problems, Pollack
formedbyAssistant Vice Provost explained, adding that another
Frances Mueller, about half of element that adds to scheduling
University classrooms are not difficulties is misaligned class
used between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. times - when classes do notstart
Starting in winter semester 2013, on the hour and make creating
in order to expand classroom schedules more difficult.
usage, the Provost's office plans According to Pollack, the Uni-
to increase class offerings at pre- versity must spread out classes
viously under scheduled hours better and units must share more
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on academic spaces. She added that
Fridays. the proposal attempts to enforce
At the meeting, Pollack said See SACUA, Page S

Higher prices to
take effect this
September
By TAYLOR WIZNER
Daily Staff Reporter
Drivers hoping to park in
downtown Ann Arbor will
soon have to carry a bit more

pocket change to feed the
meters.
On Jan. 4, members of
the Downtown Develop-
ment Authority unanimously
approved an increase in park-
ing rates in the downtown
Ann Arbor area. Beginning in
September, the rate for street
parking meters will increase
from $1.40 an hour to $1.50 an
hour - amounting to a 30-cent

total increase since last Sep-
tember.
Other changes include
raised rates for hourly and
monthly parking in city park-
ing structures and higher costs
for parking violations, like
parking at a bagged meter.
Susan Pollay, executive
director of the Ann Arbor
DDA, said the decision was
See PARKING RATES, Page S

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