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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, September 28, 2012

michigandaily.com

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UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
UGLi to
open 24/7
starting
October 1

CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION
Baits II re-opens to campus

Bert's Cafe will
experiment with
around-the-clock
service
By CARLY FROMM
Daily StaffReporter
As midterm season approach-
es, students suffering through a
marathon pre-exam study ses-
sion will soon no longer have to
pack up and leave the comfort
of the Shapiro Undergraduate
Library at 5 a.m.
On Oct. 1, the UGLi will
become accessible 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. Ste-
phen Griffes, the information
resources supervisor for Uni-
versity libraries, said the deci-
sion was made in response to
years worth of requests from
students to extend the hours.
"The students have been ask-
ing for 24 hours for a really,
really long time, so we're really

happy to finally be able to do it,"
Griffes said.
The UGLi's current hours of
operation are 8 a.m. to 5 a.m.,
Monday through Friday and 10
a.m. to 5 a.m. on the weekends.
To ensure a smooth transition,
the library is hiring two addi-
tional staff members, Griffes
said.
Lynne Raughley, the inter-
im communications director
for the University's libraries,
said the University has always
been aware of the demand for
increased library access, but
it took time to implement the
change due to the additional
resources needed.
"The library strives in all
ways to meet the needs of stu-
dents in every way that it. can
and I think this is just one of the
things that people feel like they
need," Raughley said. "We're
glad t% finally be able to make it
happen."
Griffes said the UGLi is insti-
tuting its own safety measures
See UGLI, Page 8

New complex,
features updated
community spaces
By MATTHEW JACKONEN
For the Daily
After undergoing months of
renovations, Baits II officially
re-opened to the campus com-
munity on Thursday afternoon.
The University's Board of

Regents approved plans for
reconstruction of the building
last November, and completion
of the project took about four
months, Linda Newman, the
director of University Housing,
said.
Newman commenced Thurs-
day's re-opening ceremony
in the Baits II parking lot by
expressing the excitement of
those who contributed to the
remodeling of the residence
hall.

"We are here to celebrate the
opening of Baits II," Newman
said. "Or, as it's now known,
Baits 2.0."
The renovations include a
new community learning cen-
ter with computer stations and
large monitors capable of video
conferencing. Each house has
also been outfitted with new
kitchens, furniture and lounges
with various themes - includ-
ing a cafe-style performance
room, a piano lounge and an art

studio, along with various music
rooms.
Among the most popular
additions is a movie theater in
Thieme House that boasts a
large projection screen, couch-
es, and chairs, which can seat
roughly 30 students.
E. Royster Harper, the Uni-
versity's vice president for
student affairs, gave a short
speech at the event, in which
she addressed the absence of
See BAITS II, Page 8

CITY TRANSPORTATION
AATA approves
fiscal year 2013
budget with cuts

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AATA CEO Michael Ford
in federal said the decision was "unex-
pected," as the AATA had
upport spurs anticipated receiving the same
amount of funding as the pre-
distribution vious year, but he said it will be
able to uphold the same trans-
TAYLOR WIZNER portation standards as last year.
Daily StaffReporter "We are not proposing any
reduction in service," Ford said.
he Ann Arbor Transit "We now have the ability to uti-
'ity's end-of-term meet- lize the federal funds to manage
ursday night, the board the budget."
nously approved its oper- The board said it made up
udget for the 2013 fiscal for the loss by cutting spending
in other areas, such as freezing
to decreases in federal wages for AATA's non-union
t, the board was forced personnel and withdrawing
stribute funds within its $300,000 from reserve funds.
sillion budget. The Mich- AATA chair Jesse Bernstein
epartment of Transpor- said federal funding, which are
removed $803,500 from expected to be about $5.8 mil-
id that assists Ann Arbor lion next fiscal year, will now
with operating costs, be used exclusively for AATA's
e board said the remain- daily operations.
.47 million in federal "What we are doing this year
g will still accommodate is adjusting ... and reducing our
rent services, including investment in capital this year
cently passed Five-Year in order to make sure we have
t Program. operating money," Bernstein
Five-Year plan includes said.
nal service on bus Route Grand Rapids, Lansing, Sagi-
Washtenaw Avenue, the naw, Kalamazoo and Muskegon
ion of NightRide, a late- also saw a decrease of about $8
hared-taxi service, and million in state funding, accord-
e, a round-trip service ing to an AATA press release.
mn Ann Arbor and the See AATA, Page 8

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks at the Power Center Thursday evening.
Cain rin College
Truth Tour to campus

CAMPUS GROUP
Med. School
opens free
clinic in
Livingtson
County
Program allows
students to use
skills outside the
classroom
By MICHAEL MAAS
For the Daily
University Medical School
students are applying their skills
to give back to the community
through a new program that
provides free medical care for
patients in Livingston County.
Michigan Student Run-Free
Clinic, the newly-formed orga-
nization staffed by University
faculty physicians and medical
students on a volunteer basis,
provides free care to all its
patients without insurance. The
clinic has been in its pilot phase
since late April, offering services
every other week, and will begin
regular hours on Oct.13.
Medical Prof. Hari Conje-
evaram, the lead faculty adviser
to the clinic team and medical
director of the clinic, said five
current third-year medical stu-
See CLINIC, Page 8

Ex-presidential
candidate speaks
about the state of
the economy
By STEPHEN YAROS
For the Daily
Though it may have been a
few months since Americans
witnessed the combination of
pizza and politics, the Univer-
sity got a small taste of the duo

on Thursday evening.
Herman Cain, the former
CEO of Godfather's Pizza and a
former Republican presidential
candidate, spoke to an audience
of about 600 students and Ann
Arbor residents on Thursday
night at the Power Center. His
appearance was part of the
30-city College Truth Tour -
a bipartisan effort focused on
informing students about the
state of the economy. He also
visited Central Michigan Uni-
versity and Michigan State Uni-
versity this week.

The crowd remained
engaged during the event, and
cheered and jeered at Cain
throughout the evening, chant-
ing things such as "9-9-9" - in
reference to his proposed tax
policy plan that called for a
9-percent personal income tax,
9-percent business transaction
tax and 9-percent federal sales
tax -"Cain-train" and "pizza-
pizza."
Despite the distractions,
he focused on what he said he
believes to be the three most
See CAIN, Page 8

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