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Friday, February 22, 2013

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RESEARCH
'U'bracing
for possible
cuts in fed.
funding
Forrest says "They listen to us, so it's up
to us to help the federal gov-
sequestration would ernment understand what the
research opportunities and what
take $40 million the competitive opportunities
f h are in the future," Forrest said.
rom researCa "It has been innovation that has
been the motor and the engine of
By JENNIFER CALFAS the American economy since the
and SAM GRINGLAS Second World War."
Daily Staff Reporters While federal funding has
decreased over time, the Uni-
As federal research funding is versity's research budget rose to
on the line, the University is on $1.27 billion this past year. The
high alert. If Congress doesn't increase was due largely to the
reach a deal to reduce the federal University's use of its swn funds
deficit before March 1, across- to replace federal funding -
the-board cuts will be automati- which decreased from $824 mil-
cally be set in place - akin to the lionto $795 million this past year.
so-called fiscal cliff that was nar- The University's growing part-
rowly avoided at the end of 2012. nerships with private industry
At the University's Board of have helped offset the decrease
Regents' meeting Thursday, Ste- in federal appropriations.
phen Forrest, University vice In an interview last Friday,
president for research, and said University Provost Phil Hanlon
the University could experience a said the University will work
$40-million reduction. National to improve research funding to
research funding would be cutby alleviate the problem of reduced
$12 billion. federal support.
Forrest said that, regard- "We certainly will work as
less of the outcome of the cuts, hard as we possibly can to make
or sequestration, the Univer- the case for U of M research to
sity is entering a period of flat be an ever-growing part of the
or declining federal research federal pie," Hanlon said. "That's
funding. However, since Univer- one way that we can react to the
sity research placed first among shrinking federal budget is to
public universities and second improve our percentage of fund-
among all universities this past ing that comes our way, and we
year, it may be able to leverage will certainly do every effort to
this clout at the federal level. See FUNDING, Page 3

ADAM GLANZMAN/Daily
At the first official Board of Regents meeting of the semester, plans to renovate two residence halls were approved.
Regents OK renovations

Also confirm
Pollack as next
University provost
By SAM GRINGLAS
Daily StaffReporter
During its first public meet-
ing since December, the Univer-
sity's Board of Regents convened
Thursday to approve an array of
construction projects, includ-
ing large-scale renovation plans
for two University residence
halls, as well as to approve the
appointment of Martha Pollack,
the University's vice provost for
budgetary affairs, as the Univer-
sity's next provost.

Last month, the regents
assembled in California to meet
with higher-education leaders
and donors in lieu of an official
January meeting. As a result,
Thursday marked the first offi-
cial appearance of Regents Mark
Bernstein (D-Ann Arbor) and
Shauna Ryder Diggs (D-Grosse
Pointe) since assuming their
positions in January.
REGENTS APPROVE
SOUTH QUAD DESIGN
As the next step in plans to
renovate South Quad, the board
approved designs for the $60
million project that was passed
at its meeting last September.
The project will create a

Central Campus dining center,
similar to that of the Hill Dining
Center that services multiple
residence halls. Additionally,
the updates would add improve-
ments to bathrooms, lounges,
study rooms and music practice
spaces. The renovations will
mostly focus on the ground floor
and first floor, covering in total
106,700 square feet of space.
Individual dormitories will not
be altered.
"Thisisacrucialcontinuationof
the residential life initiative phase
two," Timothy Slottow,the Univer-
sity's executive vice president and
chieffinancialofficer said.
Chris Purdy, a project man-
ager for the SmithGroupJJR
architecture and engineering

firm, presented the schematic
design to the board, mention-
ing that students were involved
with its design.
"The planning process for
this project thus far starting
early last year involved exten-
sive involvement from the stu-
dents," Purdy said. "A number of
focus groups were held to really
gain the students' perspective
on the project and what they
would really like to see."
Slated for completion in
the summer of 2014, the bulk
of the plan's cost goes toward
structural improvements such
as plumbing, heating and a fire
detection system.
Helen Newberry, Betsy Bar-
See REGENTS, Page 3

CAMPUS LIFE
Crime alerts focus of
'I Will' conversation

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Ani, a former Israeli soldier, speaks about his tm
with the Israeli Defense Forces at Hillel Thursday
Soldiers
talk about
service in
Israel
Former servicemen
discuss personal stories,
Arab-Israeli conflict
By CASSANDRA BALFOUR
Daily Staff Reporter
On Thursday night, a group of about
twenty students gathered at Hillel to hear
the stories of two former soldiers who served
in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Business junior Barak Kaufman, presi-
dent of I-LEAD - a group that advocates
See ISRAEL, Page 3

Campaign aims to
increase dialogue on
campus sexual assault
By ALICIA ADAMCZYK
Daily News Editor
LSA senior Josh Buoy knows talking
about sexual assault isn't easy. In fact,
it wasn't until last week that he even
spoke about it publicly. But that isn't
stopping him from spurring a campus-
wide conversation about sexual assault
and what the University can do differ-
ently to address the issue.
Buoy and LSA senior Yonah Lieber-
man facilitated a conversation among
15 students on Thursday night at
Amer's Deli on Church Street, to
address issues they perceive with the
crime alert system used by the Uni-
versity of Michigan Police Department
and the broader implications of sexual
assault on campus.
Buoy and Lieberman (who was a
Daily columnist) are two of four co-
founders of the "I Will" Campaign,
which organized the event. The cam-
paign looks to increase awareness of
sexual assault on campus.
Part of the campaign involves hosting
coffeehouse conversations on a weekly
basis to discuss issues related to sexual
assault in an informal setting. The theme
of this week's conversation was sparked.
by an opinion piece Daily columnist Katie
Steen wrote in which she criticized the
University's crime alertsystem.
Recent criticisms of the crime alert
system have ranged from a perceived
"racialization" of the crime alert per-
petrator description, to the time delay

between when a crime occurs and
when an alert is sent out to students.
Buoy said issues with the language
and descriptions included in crime
alerts might stem from the way in
which UMPD releases them. He said
that if the police focused more on stu-
dents and less on legal procedure, the
alerts would be more effective.
"Obviously they care about our safety
but when they actually send it out, it's
a legal obligation they have to make stu-
dents aware of that incident," Buoy said. "I
think thatifthosetwogoalskindofmerged
together more,that could help alot"
LSA senior Alex Olkowski, co-
coordinator of the Sexual Assault and
Prevention Awareness Center's Men's
Activism committee, said UMPD and
SAPAC have been working together to
improve crime alerts, particularly con-
cerning usage of language that could
be perceived as victim blaming.
Though the purpose of Thursday's
meeting was to start a dialogue rather
than institute any structured change,
Buoy encouraged attendees to develop
a clear idea of exactly what they found
problematic with the crime alerts. The
next step would then be to contact
University Police Spokeswoman Diane
Brown and work with UMPD to rectify
the group's criticisms.
Brown said UMPD would like to
include more information in the crime
alerts, but that is often not feasible. She
said information is often "shaky" and
that the police department is careful
not to send out any false information.
"We'd love to have more detail
about an incident ... about a suspect's
description," Brown said. "If there's
the perception that the police are
See CRIME, Page 3

Unearthing Apple's
secrets between classes

LSA freshman
tech blogger takes
on the pros
By STEPHANIE SHENOUDA
Daily StaffReporter
LSA freshman Mark Gurman
works a full-time job, is frequently
quoted in The Wall Street Jour-
nal, and regularly beats his major
competitors in releasing exclusive
coverage about Apple products and
announcements.
Nightslastinguntil3 or 4 a.m.have
become the norm during the three
years that Gurman has reported for
technology site 9to5Mac, which spe-
cializes in all things Apple.
"Apple is a major company, so they
have a huge following as far as what's
next in their product line," Gurman
said. "People are definitely really
interested as to what'sgoingon with-
in the company and the entire eco-

system, so it's our job to tell them."
The site gets 10 to 15 million page
views a month, a number he attri-
butes to people's desire to constant-
ly know what the technology giant
"has nextup its sleeve."
Gurman said the job was a natu-
ral progression for him because of
his love of Apple products and his
interest in journalism.
"I met the owner of the site,
Seth Weintraub, after I found a
domain name before the iPad was
announced that seemed to allude
to Apple buildinga tablet," Gurman
said. "That was big news andI wrote
the story after I discovered that, and
the rest was basically history."
Gurman also broke the news
about the new 128-gigabyte-capac-
ity, fourth-generation iPad last
month, three days before Apple
announced the update.
"I was able to break that news,
and basically the big deal there is
that it's more business- and enter-
See APPLE, Page 3

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