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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

michigandaily.com

SENATE ASSEMBLY
Assembly
claims state
legislation
targets 'U'

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Alice Lloyd Residence Hall is currently undergoing renovations that are due to finish by the start of the fall 2012 semester.
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Rooms, mid-August as students prepare
to move in to the newly renovat-
frastrudture to ed building in the fall.
Robert Yurk, director of
ae overhauled housing planning and design,
said the planning team for the
By DANIELLE residence hall renovations
STOPPELMANN held student focus groups and
Daily StaffReporter issued online surveys to figure
out the most desirable improve-
er about ayear of construe- ments they could make to the
nd planning that included building.
nt input, Alice Lloyd Resi- "We love getting that feed-
Hall will be completed by back and that input," Yurk said.

"So hopefully, we can address
those concerns and the needs
and the desires."
Spaces on the first and sec-
ond floors have been completely
renovated to allow for a more
open layout and easy navigation,
according to Yurk. Additionally,
student rooms have received
mechanical and electrical
upgrades, such as new lighting
and flooring features, updated
fire suppression systems and air
conditioning.

Yurk said that during the
renovation process, the team
was able to create more student
rooms in the form of suites,
some of which contain two
floors. Yurk said he hopes the
suites will be "fun and popular,"
adding that they will be avail-
able through the normal hous-
ing assignment process.
The basement of Alice
Lloyd, which will be the larg-
est community room within the
See ALICE LLOYD, Page 9A

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ubcommittee be a direct intrusion into inter-
nal affairs, an attack on a place-
akes issue with ment program from the School of
Social Work and completely prob-
chool of Social lematic," Carson said.
Carson said the lawmakers
W ork program proposing the budget recom-
mendation are upset with the
ByKATIE BURKE program's affiliation with the
Daily StaffReporter Restaurant Opportunities Cen-
ter of Michigan, a Detroit-based
its final meeting of the win- nonprofit organization that rep-
mester, the Senate Assembly resents restaurant workers in
d its opinions on recently Southeastern Michigan.
sed state legislation target- The Michigan Restaurant
public university policy. Association, which supports
e legislation was part of a the state's hospitality industry,
et recommendation passed brought the relationship to the
weeks ago by the state attention of the House Appropri-
e Appropriations Subcom- ations Subcommittee for Higher
e for Higher Education that Education earlier this year, the
to prohibit state universi- Lansing State Journal reported
rom working with nonprofit on April 6.
izations that show public In his testimony to the com-
sition to a Michigan busi- mittee, Justin Winslow, the
MRA's vice president of govern-
nate Assembly member John ment affairs, criticized the pro-
)n, an associate professor of gram for its relationship with
ry, said the proposed legisla- ROC-Michigan, according to the
s invasive and directed at a Journal.
fic program within the Uni- "They have what we believe
y's School of Social Work. to be a really inappropriate rela-
rhe legislation) seemed to See ASSEMBLY, Page 9A

UNIVERISTY ADMINISTRATION
Regents slated
to discuss Wall
Street structure

* Similar plan was
highly unpopular
in 2008
By PETER SHAHIN
Daily StaffReporter
At its last meeting of the
school year, the University's
Board of Regents will take
another look at the possible
construction of a parking
garage on Wall Street, near the
Kellogg Eye Center, north of
the University Hospital.
The Regents approved con-
struction of the Wall Street
East Parking Structure in Sep-
tember 2008, only to cancel the
plans in July 2009 due to the
proposed Fuller Road Intermo-
dal Station project with the city
of Ann Arbor.
Now that the University has
scrapped plans for the Fuller
station due to funding com-
plications, Timothy Slottow,
the University's executive vice
president and chief financial
officer, is asking the board
to reconsider the Wall Street
plans.

Slottow requested in a com-
munication to the regents that
they approve the hiring of an
architect to restart the project
Slottow noted that the open-
ing of the C. S. Mott Children's
and Von Voigtlander Women's
Hospital has greatly increased
the pressure for parking in the
area. According to the com-
munication, 300 "prime" park-
ing places for employees were
repurposed for use by patients
and visitors.
"More employees are park-
ing remotely and traveling by
bus to work," Slottow wrote.
"On a typical day, we estimate
that 2,500 employees are park-
ing in remote lots and taking
a bus or shuttle to the medical
center. Additionally, there are
about 1,500 employees utilizing
alternative means of transpor-
tation, including riding the bus
from home, ridesharing, or van
pooling."
The resurrected project will
cost approximately $34 million
and will add 500 parking spaces
to the area. Slottow added that
environmental sustainability is
a focus for the project and the
See REGENTS, Page 9A

AUSTEN HUFFoRD/Daly
Department of Public Safety responds toa two car accident on Observatory Street yesterday.
LEGAL DISPUTE
axi driver absolved fro-m
alleged sexual assault claim

STUDENT GOVERMENT
CSG election
made official
after month
of hearings
Parikh, Hashwi
confirmed by UEC in
3-2 vote
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily StaffReporter
Following a marathon hearing
that lasted through the night and
delayed the results of the Central
Student Government election by 10
hours, it appeared that the candi-
dates' weeks spent campaigning and
politicking were finally over.
Still, the events of that night,
nearly a month ago, did not truly
come to a close until Friday.
In a 3-2 decision, the University
Elections Commission prevented
the disqualification of the election's
winners, Business junior Manish
Parikh and his running mate, LSA
junior Omar Hashwi. The UEC's
vote was identical to how it ruled
on election night, when members of
youMICH and OurMichigan filed
the suit based on allegations that
Parikh abused an e-mail listserv.
After Business junior Shreya
Singh lost the election by only about
150 votes, youMICH appealed the
UEC's original hearing, which then
See CSG, Page 9A

Student sends
mass e-mail to
clear Big Wade's
name
By ADAM RUBENFIRE
Daily News Editor
Last month, the Michigan
Daily reported that LSA soph-
omore Brianna Porter sent a

chain e-mail to members of the
University's Greek community
alleging that acab driver sexu-
ally assaulted the out-of-town
guest of a Delta Delta Delta
sorority member.
On April 6, Porter sent an
additional e-mail retracting
the chain message with allega-
tions against van driver Samu-
el Pickard, known by many as
Big Wade. In the most recent
e-mail obtained by the Daily,
Porter wrote that police have

advised her that Pickard is no
longer suspected of sexually
assaulting the alleged victim,
known as Emily in Porter's
original e-mail.
"If Emily was sexually
assaulted by acab driver a few
weeks ago, the crime was com-
mitted by someone other than
Big Wade," Porter wrote. "I
wasn't a witness to the inci-
dent, and I'm not about to spec-
ulate about what did or didn't
See TAXI, Page 9A

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