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paigns are multi-year projects,
the groundwork being laid now
will likely determine the course
of the campaign.
Also spearheading the effort
will be Jerry May, the Univer-
sity's vice president for develop-
ment. In September, May said
Coleman had a proven track
record for bringing in donor con-
tributions, going so far as to call
her one of the most "effective
presidents in the country, by far,

in fundraising."
The University is also expect-
ed to expand its geographic
focus during the upcoming cam-
paign; with a particular empha-
sis on the West Coast. Speaking
to the faculty governing body
last spring, May said the Univer-
sity was competing with other
schools for donations.
"If we're not out there ...
they're giving to Stanford," May
said at the time. "The competi-
tion is out there, and they are
working hard to make their uni-
versities great."
At the time of its completion,

the Michigan Difference cam-
paign was the largest fundrais-
ing drive ever undertaken by a
public university in the United
Donations from the campaign
contributed to the construction-
of 22 new campus buildings,
including the Ross School of
Business and the new C.S. Mott
Children's and Von Voigtlander
Women's Hospital. It also funded
1,969 new scholarships and 185
named professorships.
Daily News Editor Haley
Goldberg contributed to this report.

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in September 2010 and allows
professors, research scientists
and other members of faculty
to file complaints with the Uni-
versity about decisions made by
academic units, departments,
deans or department chairs.
The grievance board is run
by the University's Academic
Human Resources Department
and attempts to confidentially
resolve conflicts.
The University's grievance
procedure is only a model, and it
is in the process of being adopted
by individual schools and col-
leges. While some colleges have
adopted the procedure verbatim,
schools like the Medical School,
have changed the procedure to
fit their needs.
The faculty grievance moni-
tor, appointed by SACUA,
attends grievance board meet-
ings and reads papers submitted
to the board to ensure the fac-
ulty's needs are met and proper
procedure is followed.
Several SACUA members
applauded Staller for her work
as the faculty grievance monitor,
but were concerned that the job
was too much for a single person
to handle. They brought up the
possibility of appointing mul-
tiple people to fill the position
in the future, especially if the
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HomeFront Strong, the military
spouse truly is the star."
The M-SPAN Program Team
is comprised of faculty from the
University of Michigan Depres-
sion Center and the Department
of Psychiatry and together they
work to promote military mental
health initiatives, including rein-
tegration and psychiatric support
for veterans and their families.
The sessions focus on creat-
ing and strengthening social
support, teaching new styles of
self-care, obtaining available
resources and encouraging posi-
tive coping mechanisms for mili-
tary family members.
"(What) we universally heard
from family members, from
spouses and also from service
members, was that the military
wives, military partners, mili-
tary spouses needed more sup-
port," Kees said. "We developed
HomeFront Strong really in
response to the concerns from
the National Guard leadership,
from the voices of the family

increased number of complaints
becomes normal.
"If there is only one case filed
a year it's not so bad," Staller
said. "But when there is three all
at once, it changes things."
SACUA members also dis-
cussed the need for an increased
number of faculty members sit-
ting on executive search com-
mittees and passed a resolution
asking the regents to choose fac-
ulty members on future search
committees from a list created by
SACUA and ratified by the Uni-
versity's Senate Assembly, the
The committees are created
by the University's Board of
Regents to fill a specific vacancy
in important leadership posi-
tions. Currently, the committees
are being used to find the next
University General Counsel and
the permanent director of the
University Police Department,
which is currently run by inter-
im director Joe Piersante.
SACUA chair Kimberlee Kear-
fott, a medical school professor,
said she is especially interested
in the makeup of the University's
Presidential Search Committee,
which will most likely be formed
in the coming year. University
President Mary Sue Coleman
does not plan to stay at the Uni-

versify after her contract expires
in 2014.
Kearfott said she wants to
ensure that faculty members are
properly represented.
"We want to make sure that
our voices are included in any
selections of executive officers so
that our perspectives are made
known during the search and so
our insights are taken advantage
of so the best possible people can
be found and selected," Kearfott
Several SACUA members also
addressed low attendance num-
bers at various committee meet-
ings. Many members thought
the enthusiasm of a commit-
tee's leader plays a large role in
encouraging faculty to attend.
Sally Oey, an astronomy asso-
ciate professor and a SACUA
member, pointed out that if fac-
ulty members want more control
over the University, they need to
show up at meetings.
"When the administrators
take time from their day to come
have lunch with us, the least we
can do is to try to reciprocate,"
Oey said. "It just doesn't look
that good when we say we want
to be more involved (with Uni-
versity affairs) and there are no-

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However, complicating the
project are environmental con-
cerns about the removal of poi-
sonous lead paint, according to
"The project will include
appropriate lead mitigation
methods since much of the
existing painted surface con-
tains lead-based paint," Slottow
If approved by the board, the
project would be completed in
summer 2014, Slottow wrote.
The largest renovation the
board will discusswill be the Earl
V. Moore building on North Cam-
pus, totaling an estimated cost of
$23.2 million for a complete over-
haul of the existingstructure.
The Moore building was built
in 1964 and currently houses the
Over the years, the structure has
become dilapidated and outdated,
inhibitingthe performance of the
facility and its students. At the
lowship-water-center ">Univer-
sity's annual leadership breakfast
on Oct. 29, University President'
Mary Sue Coleman announced
that alumni Bill and Dee Brehm
had donated $8 million toward
the $23-million project. The Uni-
versity hopes to receive an addi-
tional $1 million from smaller
alumni donations.
If approved by the board on
Thursday, the University will
contribute $14 million to com-
plete the renovation.
"I know the faculty from
Music, Theatre & Dance will
agree when I say this project is
overdue," Coleman said at the
leadership breakfast.
In a communication to the
board, Slottow wrote that the
work would add 21,000 square
feet to the building in the form a
new lecture hall, rehearsal hall,
classrooms, practice rooms and
storage space.
Improvements to the quality of
existingfacilities aswell as "archi-
tectural, mechanical, and electri-

cal work necessary to accomplish
these improvements" are included
in the estimated cost.
Slottow wrote that the Univer-
sity will return to the board with
a firmer construction schedule
once it has received an archi-
tectural design from Integrated
Design Solutions, the firm select-
ed to carry out the renovation.
In a separate communication,
Slottow and Christopher Kendall,
the dean of the School of Music,
Theatre & Dance, wrote that they
would requestrthat the board des-
ignate the building's addition as
the Brehm Pavilion in honor of
the donors.
The second-largest ticket item
on the renovation schedule is a
proposed $17.5-million overhaul
of the East Wing of Building 20
of the North Campus Research
Complex. Slottow wrote in a
communication to the regents
that the building, built in 1956,
is in its original condition and
in need of modernization before
it can be used as a biomedical
research lab.
"The renovation will update
infrastructure, including new
air-handlingunits; primary heat-
ing, ventilation, and cooling dis-
tribution systems; plumbing and
renovated toilet room facilities;
accessibility improvements; and
wired and wireless high-speed
network access," Slottow wrote.
If the regents approve the
project, it will have an estimated
completion date of winter 2014,
according to Slottow.
Though not included on the
official agenda for the meeting,
the board is also expected to hear
from the student advisory group
Building a Better Michigan.
The group is sponsored by the
Division of Student Affairs, and
it has created a comprehensive
long-term plan to renovate the
University Unions, the CCRB
and the IM Building.
In an interview with The
Michigan Daily on Monday, Cole-
man said the Division of Student
Affairs has worked very closely
with students to determine what

elements would be critical in a
future renovation of both types
of facilities. However, she noted
that finding a viable "revenue
stream" was equally, if not more,
"This is a multi-year process,
obviously, because these are
big, big projects," Coleman said.
"This is not something you'd do
Coleman compared the under-
taking to the ongoing Residence
Life Initiative, the University's
plan for the modernization
and updating of residence halls
across campus. According to
Coleman, it took years of plan-
ning to adequately prepare for
those projects, and renovations
for the Unions and recreational
centers is anundertaking ofsimi-
lar magnitude.
"For me, it was very important
to get the residence halls under-
way because (that's) a lot of stu-
dent's lives," Coleman said. "I'm
delighted that we can now be
talking about these other ideas,
because I know there's been a lot
of discussion amongstudents."
She added that a new student
fee is on the table, something
the University has traditionally
avoided, according to E. Roys-
ter Harper, the University's vice
president for student affairs.
Harper echoed Coleman, and
said the need to balance the "cost
of education" with the "need to
renovate" was the primary con-
"We want to make sure we get
it right," Harper said. "We want
to make sure the facilities are
good (and) the fields are good as
we talk about health and well-
Harper added that the expanse
of the recreation facilities makes
the project difficult.
"We're challenged in a way
that some institutions are not
because we've got three (rec-
reational centers and unions)
instead of one," Harper said.
Building a Better Michigan
is expected to present evidence
to the board that shows that 87
percent of students say renova-
tion of the University Unions
and the recreational centers is a
"priority" and that 67 percent of
students would support a fee of
$100 to accomplish the renova-
tions. 58 percent of students sur-
veyed said they would support a
fee between $150 and $200.

The program costs $160 and
includes a free meal at the begin-
ning of each session before
breaking into spousal, teenage
and school-aged support groups.
The program has completed one
cycle with eight female par-
ticipants and is currently in its
second cycle with seven female
participants, according to Kees.
"Because this is part of a
development program, we are
doing a pre-assessment, a post-
assessment and a three-month
follow up," Kees said. "It's not
enough to say we see a need and
we have some good ideas for a
program. We want to really see if
the program is helping individu-
als become more resilient and
develop better coping skills."
In addition to teaching coping
skills, the program builds social
relationships among spouses.
"One of the. common experi-
ences we've heard from military
spouses, in particular National
Guard and the Reserve compo-
nent, is the inherent feeling of
isolation," Kees said. "Through
HomeFront Strong, they are able
to connect with each other and

truly see that they are not alone
in this experience."
Kees said the program also
strives to raise awareness about
the lack of support military
families receive, and to promote
solidarity for them in the com-
"I think HomeFront Strong is
a great program that has a lot of
potential, but at the end of the
day one of the things that can
truly help these families is for
neighbors to be aware that these
families are in our community,
they're in our schools, they're
at Kroger, they're at the soccer
game," Kees said.
Raising awareness is not the
only goal on the horizon, and
HomeFront Strong also hopes to
expand to other military families
in Michigan communities.
"Our next step will be part-
nering with community agen-
cies and continue to develop
the model and hopefully imple-
ment it at other sites," Kees said.
"We're very aware that there
are many military families in
other places than Ann Arbor and
we need to do our best to reach

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searches, and the concept found
its feet in a business market-
ing class where the professor
encouraged the group to go for it.
According to Okrasinski,
founder and Marketing and
Design manager, the hardest part
of the project was aggregating all
the listings.
, "It was a daunting challenge
considering the number of real-
tor websites and how crappy
and inconsistent they are at
displaying information," Okra-
sinski wrote in an e-mail inter-
view. He distinguishes A2Cribs
from other housingsites that are
more nationally focused.
"Most housing sites have
focused on the broader prob-
lem, in which they have many
listings all across the country,"
Okrasinski said. "These sites are
moderately helpful at displaying
rentals in big cities, but are pretty
bad at helping students on a local
With over 2,500 listings,
A2Cribs aims to make the off
campus housing search a more
transparent process by includ-
ing pertinent details, such as the
additional costs of utilities and
whether or not parking spaces
and furnishings are included.
Many of the listings also provide
a direct link to the realty com-

pany's website where students
can inquire about the property,
Okrasinski said. The website also
provides easy access through
a Facebook login feature and
allows students to "star" their
favorite listings in order to better
compare them to other favorite
By the end of November, the
A2Cribs team plans to show
which of the listings on the site
are already leased, and by next
January students will have the
opportunity to post subleases,
much like Craigslist or Facebook,.
Okrasinski added.
"We ultimately want to make
it simple for students to find an
available listing, compare it to
others, and sign the lease," Okra-
sinski said.
Administrative assistant
Megan Phelps of Investor's Prop-
erty Management, an Ann Arbor
realty company with properties
listed on A2Cribs, praised the
functional format and conve-
nient features of the website in
an e-mail interview.
"I will definitely recommend
this website to students who
call us looking for places that
don't fit anything we have left
to offer," Phelps said. "Anything
that makes students' lives easier
makes our jobs easier too."
In the future, the operation
costs of the website will be cov-
ered through advertising place-
ments, Okrasinski said. For now,

the site is currently free for both
renters and realtors.
Though School of Educa-
tion senior Monica Beal said she
liked the idea of the website, she
expressed concern that the new
website does not include all of
Ann Arbor's potential leasing
"I think it's' very convenient
because house hunting Ann
Arbor is a pain," Beal said. "It's
very user friendly and it's nice
to have everything in one spot. I
guess my concern would be thatit
does not include all the available
housing options. For instance, my
apartment building isn't listed."
LSA junior Stephan Bradley, a
Residential Assistant in Mosher-
Jordan Residence Hall, said he
hoped that the website's found-
ers will adjust the currentpricing
for their residence hall listings
according to impending changes
in the costs of room and board for
next year.
"By justlooking atthe prices of
the dorms for University housing,
I see that it is using the rates for
this year, without any disclaim-
er that the prices for next year
have not yet been set ... and they
are likely to increase," Bradley
said. "Therefore, if one is using
the site to look at properties for
next year, they could potentially
be misguided as to the prices of
the residence halls and univer-
sity apartments when comparing
them to other options."

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