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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Assembly elects
new members

School of Art
& Design gains
Daily Staff Reporter
On Monday, the Senate
Assembly elected Robert Ziff,
Laura Olsen and Anne Mondro
to serve three-year terms on the
Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs. The nine-
person committee meets weekly
to contribute a faculty voice to
discussions on University affairs
and policy.
Eight candidates from colleg-
es across the University ran for
positions. The election was hotly
contested. The three top vote-
getters earned seats on SACUA,
while the last seat came down
to a run-off ballot. Before the
balloting process, many of the
candidates spoke of their com-
mitment to tackling issues like
affordability and diversity, as
well as bridging the gap between
administration and faculty.
Martha Pollack, vice provost
for academic and budgetary
affairs - who will succeed cur-
rent Provost Phil Hanlon in May
- spoke after the election about
the importance of lessening an
"us vs. them" mentality between
the University's administration
and the general faculty.
"If we are not pulling togeth-

er, we are sunk," Pollack said. "I
hope we can all do something
about it."
Pollack added that "pulling
together" now was more impor-
tant than ever with numerous
challenges facing public higher
Anne Mondro, an associate
professor in the School of Art &
Design, was elected to SACUA
with the most votes. She wrote in
her candidate statement that she
wanted to focus on supporting
the development of innovative
teaching methods and bringing
transparency to University poli-
"I am invested in learning as
much as possible about the Uni-
versity system and to educate
others and be a voice (in that pro-
cess)," Mondro said in an address
to the Senate Assembly.
Mondro added that she would
bring a unique voice to SACUA
because she comes from the art
school, which is not currently
represented on the committee,
bringing an understanding of
creative inquiry in education.
"I understand that there are
many modes of learning," Mon-
dro said. "I will support creative
inquiry and continue to encour-
age it to be used within in the
University as an important mode
of research."
Chemical Engineering Prof.
Robert Ziff has worked for the
University for 32 years. He
See SACUA, Page 3

Graduate student Diana Sierra marches with the Coalition for Tuition Equality from the Diag to the Fleming Administration Building on Monday March 18th.
Events address tuition

CTE holds rally
outside of
Fleming Building
Daily StaffReporters
Skyline High School senior
Javier Contreras has wanted
to be a Wolverine ever since he
can remember. After emigrating
with his parents from Mexico at
the age of four, he's been work-
ing hard to achieve what many
people come to the United States

hoping to find: a better life.
Fourteen years later, the next
step in achieving that goal is
being threatened because Con-
treras has had to make tuition
equality for many undocument-
ed immigrants a major factor in
choosing a college.
"It's frustrating because I've
worked really hard and people
don't understand why this isn't
an option for me," Contreras
said at a Coalition for Tuition
Equality rally Monday in front
of the Fleming Administration
Building. "If I got into Michi-
gan right now, I couldn't afford
it, especially because I can only
apply for private scholarships

and there aren't many of those."
The University faces a com-
plicated legal path to authoriz-
ing tuition equality - facing
a number of legal hurdles and
complications that could derail
the process or drag the Univer-
sity into costly lawsuits. How-
ever, Contreras said he "would
do whatever it took" to make
his dream a reality if policy was
Contreras applied to the Uni-
versity and is also considering
Western Michigan University
and Washtenaw Community
College because they charge in-
state rates for undocumented
Michigan residents. He now

has some documentation, but
won't be able to work or get in-
state tuition rates until he has a
green card or becomes a citizen,
something he doesn't foresee
"I have a good feeling some-
thing will change, whether it
be really big or small, but we've
been talking about reform for
so lon g, so I'll kind of believe it
when I see it," he said. "There
have been times when I feel like
all the work I've been doing isn't
really worth it, but as long as
there's a small vhsne of reform,
you have to be optipistic and
just hope for the best."
See CTE, Page 3

Low-income, high-achieving
students who apply in an odd
behavior, applying only to a
non-selective school and an
elite school, such as an Ivy
* League
Low-income, high-achieving
students who act the same
way as their high-income,
high-achieving counterparts,
by applying to at least one
selective school, at least one
safety school, and no
non-selective schools

City Council continues
Dl zoning discussions

Low-income, high-achieving students
0 who apply to non-selective schools,
against the advice of guidance

Diverse views
represented at
lengthy public
Daily StaffReporter
On Monday night, the Ann
Arbor City Council continued
discussions on a resolution that
would establish a moratorium
on site planning for the lot at 413
East Huron Street, deliberating
on a re-evaluation of the area's
current D1 zoning regulations
that allows for high-rise con-
An extensive public hearing
was held as numerous residents
approached the council to voice
opinions on the proposed site

Debate ranged from a desire
to protect surrounding residen-
tial neighborhoods to the need
to encourage and foster jobs cat-
alyzed by urban development.
Chief developers were pres-
ent to illustrate the evolution
of the project over the last nine
months. In light of claims that
they would be entitled to col-
lect damages from a potential
moratorium, neighbors coun-
tered with an impassioned plea
to stand up to the threats of liti-
A staff member from the Ann
Arbor Historic District Com-
mission noted that the group
was unanimous in supporting
the moratorium, citing Ann
Arbor City Code for Planning
and Development Issues, rules
on historical preservation.
Sabra Briere (D-Ward 1)

began council deliberations
and expressed a need to invoke
a moratorium to evaluate the
situation and address the needs
of the community.
"Most paramount to me is
that we actually look at the
downtown zoning," Briere said.
Stephen Kunselman (D-Ward
3) echoed similar sentiments,
notingthathe hadvoted against
the Ann Arbor Discovering
Downtown initiative, citing an
approach that he argued was
"too simplistic." He added that
the existing conditions allowing
commercial high-rise buildings
to be built alongside the resi-
dential community of the Old
4th Ward historic district was
a situation warranting correc-
"It just makes no sense from
an urban deaign pgrspective,"
See COUNCIL, Page3

Regents to approve degrees,
several building renovations

'U' researchers discover new
species of clam off Aussie coast

Agenda includes Hall. The University's governing
body will also weigh granting
appointment of honorary degrees to a number of
distinguished individuals at the
vice provost May commencement ceremony
and approve the selection of a
By JENNIFER CALFAS and new vice provost for academic
SAM GRINGLAS and budgetary affairs.
Daily StaffReporters One of the largest projects the
regents will consider for approv-
At Thursday's meeting of the al is the design for a proposed
University's Board of Regents, renovation of the Taubman
the board will consider a host of Health Sciences Library. The
renovation projects and approve regents approved the commis-
proposed designs for a refur- sion of a schematic at the April
bished South Quad Residence 2012 meeting, allocating up to

$55 million for the project. Along
with the design, the regents will
approve the selection of TMP
Architecture to complete the
The project plans to transfer
lesser-used volumes to an off-
site location in order to open two
floors of the building for aca-
demic use. The plan calls for a
renovation of 137,000 square feet
of space that will includea small-
er library collection and larger
areas dedicated to instructional
functions. These areas include
See REGENTS, Page 3

Discovery adds
to knowledge of
Daily StaffReporter
Don't judge aclambyitsshell.
That's what University
researchers claim in an article

published in February in the
journal Molecular Ecology.
A clam previously thought to
belong to the same classification
as an already-known species
was found to have three mark-
edly different genomes, despite
identical appearances.
The species, Lasaea australis,
is posited as the most common
bivalve - a classification that
includes clams, oysters, scallops

and other marine mollusks -
found along the southern Aus-
tralian coastline; the site of an
ongoing, 10-year-long, Univer-
sity project studying the diver-
sification of Galeommatoidea,
an order of saltwater clams.
Rackham student Jingchun
Li, who conducted the research
as part of her doctoral thesis,
said intense sampling of the
See CLAM, Page 3

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