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Big House cell
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
due to N
ty cell a
thletic Dept. and server were working dur-
.. ingthe game, and students were
corking to fix able to check in from 1 p.m. to 7
p.m. if they could find service.
,ption issues for "Historically, cell service and
ntive program data is slow in the stadium with
all those people in such a small
area," Thick said.
By BEN ATLAS The lack of service, however,
For the Daily will not disqualify any students
from earning attendance points.
the Michigan football Thick said the department
offense searched for the receives attendance data when a
ne during Saturday's win student's ticket is scanned, and
ir Force, students sought they plan to reach out to those
1 phone service to check who attended to ensure they
h the Athletic Depart- receive their points.
new student loyalty pro- Thick said the department
Honoring Attendance, is working to improve the Big
ment and Loyalty. House's cell coverage for future
IL. - designed to pro- football games.
ncentives to students Aside from the service issue
tend non-revenue sport- on Saturday, Thick said she
nts and arrive early to thinks the H.A.I.L. program has
1, men's basketball and been well received by students.
games - experienced Students earn two points
al difficulties at the when they check in at most free
pener this Saturday. Stu- athletic events and one point for
reported having trouble checking in at revenue events,
ng in on the mobile app including football, men's bas-
Michigan Stadium's spot- ketball and ice hockey. Students
and data coverage. can earn two points at the reve-
stadium's notoriously nue events if they arrive at least
ell service was a prob- 20 minutes before the start of
e Athletic Department the game.
ated it might encounter, The app is designed to encour-
ng to Angela Thick, the age more students to attend
ment's assistant director Michigan athletic events. Points
eting. Thick said the app See H.A.I.L., Page 3
A firetruck reports to the fire at 611 Church St. that started when a deep fryer ignited at Amer's Delicatessen on Monday afternoon.
Fire displaces students
611 Church St.
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA and
The Ann Arbor Fire Depart-
ment responded to a report of
a fire at Amer's Delicatessen
on Church Street at about 4:10
According to witnesses at
the scene, smoke was coming
from the front door of Amer's
and the roof of the apartment
building located above Amer's.
No injuries were reported, and
it is unclear when residents
who live in' the apartment
building will be allowed back
in the building.
Restoration workers on the
scene said there was about 140
gallons of water damage inside
Rick's American Cafe, located
in the same building.
AAFD CaptainJim Budd said
a deep fryer on the first floor of
the restaurant appeared to be
responsible for the fire when
the grease in it ignited. Budd
speculated that the equipment
then malfunctioned, rendering
the fire suppression systems
unable to contain the grease.
A handful of fire trucks -
including one with its ladder
extended to the roof of the
building - and emergency
response vehicles were d the
Craig Sidelinger, a safety
officer with the AAFD, said the
fire was active when the fire-
fighters arrived at the scene.
LSA junior Remi Forster, a
resident of 611 Church St., said
she initially thought the alarms
were a drill, but was quickly
evacuated from the building.
See FIRE, Page 3
7 LOCAL BUSINESS
Service rents A2 homes
out for football tailgates
Rent Like a
By ALICIA ADAMCZYK
Fans seeking affordable hous-
ing while visiting during foot-
ball weekends are in luck as Rent
Like a Champion, a rental com-
pany based in South Bend, Ind.,
expands to Ann Arbor this year.
Founded by Notre Dame
graduates in 2006, Rent Like a
Champion was developed as an
effort to eliminate vacant prop-
erties around the South Bend,
Ind. campus and put them to
good use, according to Mike
Doyle, Rent Like a Champion
CEO. The graduates hoped to
improve their environment by
rehabilitating and renting out
properties to families and stu-
dents who are attending away
athletic games and need a place
Since its creation, the website
has becomea resource for Notre
Dame fans looking for a place to
stay on game days.
After initially expanding
to Penn State University in
2011, the company now lists
rental housing for 27 universi-
ties, including the University of
Michigan and Michigan State.
Doyle said Ann Arbor is an
ideal town for his business
because of the University's large,
loyal fan base.
"We think that Ann Arbor is
See TAILGATES, Page 3
University student Nick Willis leads the New Zealand delegation into the Olympic Opening Ceremony on July 27 in London.
From London to Lorch Hall
Ramadan talks Middle East unrest
After eight years
runner Nick Willis
returns to the U'
By COLLEEN THOMAS
Daily Sports Editor
It's not hard to imagine
returning to campus as a senior
- most of us will be there at
some point in the next three
years - but imagine you're 29,
an Olympic silver medalist and
Welcome to Nick Willis's life.
After an eight-year hiatus
from school, Willis, a New Zea-
land native, decided to come
back to the University.
"After the (London) Olym-
pics, I figured it's time to finally
finish my undergraduate degree
(in) economics," Willis said.
Why such a long wait? Well,
Willis turned professional after
his junior year at Michigan with
the experience of running at the
2004 Athens Olympics under
his belt. He wanted to compete
on the international level, and
then-Michigan track coach Ron
Warhurst, suggested he pursue
"When I first came to Michi-
gan, I came with the hope and
expectation to be able to rep-
resent my country, and it was
in agreement with the coaches
to allow me to do that," Willis
said. "(I turned professional)
primarily because of the free-
dom it allowed me for compet-
ing against the best in the world.
See LONDON, Page 3
In speech, Oxford
prof. is critical of
U.S. role in the
By PETER SHAHIN
For a man banned from the
United States for six years, Tariq
Ramadan drew a big crowd.
On a whirlwind tour of the
United States, Ramadan, a pro-
fessor of Contemporary Islamic
Studies at the University of
Oxford in England and one ofthe
world's pre-eminent scholars in
Middle Eastern affairs, gave a
lecture and answered questions
Monday night at the University's
Law School. Topics focused pri-
marily on the recent unrest in
Egypt and the other countries
involved in the Arab Spring, but
also shifted to critiques of West-
ern democracy and the role of
women in the Islamic world.
Ramadan, a controversial fig-
ure in global politics, was previ-
ously prevented from accepting
a teaching position at Notre
Dame University by the U.S.
State Department in 2004 when
his visa was revoked. The State
Department argued his exclu-
sion was justified by his ideol-
ogy and financial contributions
he made in the 1990s to groups
now linked with Hamas, the
Palestinian terrorist group that
controls the Gaza Strip.
See RAMADAN, Page 2
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