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Cellular phone reception was
very weak in the Boston area
following the attack, so many
individuals involved resorted
to e-mail or social media to let
their loved ones know they were
all right.
Business graduate student
John Maxey - who has run in the
Boston Marathon twice before -
finished the race, then returned
to Ann Arbor in time for class. He
wrote in an e-mail that he was
shaken by the attacks, especially
since his family had attended his
previous races.
"The idea of (my family)
waiting at the finish for me is
too much to contemplate now,"
Maxey wrote. "My little boy is 10
months old and it gives me anew
perspective on the whole thing."
Maxey wrote that he had no
intention of letting the attack
change how he conducted his
daily life.
"I refuse to let these wacko
outliers create that environ-
ment, and I refuse to live in
fear," he wrote. "Making it back
to class now seems so trivial,
but the idea that I would let this
sicko change my plans for me, or
make me whole up watching the
revolving on the news for hours
on end, I refuse to do it."
Rackham student Jessie
Benaglio wrote in an e-mail his
parents were cheering for him
at the line as he finished his first
Boston Marathon. They were
back at the hotel when they
heard the explosions.
"We tried to leave for the
airport right away because we
had no idea what was going on,"
Benaglio wrote. "It was very
scary and I can't believe anyone
could do this to such a presti-
gious event."
Incoming graduate student
Aaron Kosel also ran in the mar-
"I was two blocks away. The
blasts shook the building I was
in and they evacuated everyone,
so I am fine. Everyone I know

who ran finished well before the
explosion," Kosel wrote in an
e-mail. "It's pretty horrifying."
Rackham student Mike
Waterson finished the race
and was just leaving the finish
recovery area when the explo-
sion went off a few blocks away.
He said the people around him
didn't understand the gravity of
the situation as first responders
began arriving.
"It sounded almost like a can-
nonball getting shot off," Water-
son said.
Waterson said leaving the
city was difficult because most
public transportation was shut
Nursing gradate student
Danielle Hainer signed up and
practiced for the marathon but
didn't end up participating due
to a knee injury.
"I now feel that maybe it was
meant to be that I not go,' Hain-
er wrote. "I was anticipating on
finishing around 4 hours. Explo-
sions went off a little after the 4
hour mark. Very scary stuff."
Meredith Barrett, a general
surgery resident at the Univer-
sity of Michigan Health System,
also ran in the marathon and
wrote that she and her family
were safe.
"It was horrible," Barrett
Rackham student Joshua
White finished the race and was
recovering in a nearby cafe when
the incident occurred. He wrote
in an e-mail that the whole situa-
tion felt "surreal" and noted how
social media played an impor-
tant role in keeping his loved
ones informed.
"My first reaction was shock,
and then honestly the first thing
I did was post on Facebook that
I was okay," White wrote. "It's
amazing how much social media
and texting played a part in this.
It was impossible to get calls
-Managing News Editor
Adam Rubenfire, Daily News
Editor Katie Burke and Daily Staff
Reporter Danielle Raykhinshteyn
contributing reporting.

From Page 1
until May 31.
Gelman appointed
interim dean of LSA
The regents will also vote on
the appointment of University
psychology professor Susan Gel-
m~n as the interim dean of LSA.
Gelman's term will last from Sept.
1 to Aug. 31, 2014.
Gelman is currently the Heinz
Werner Collegiate Chair of Psy-
chology and LSA Professor of Psy-
chology, with tenure. She earned
a B.A. in psychology and classical
Greek from Oberlin College and
later received her Ph.D. in psy-
chology from Stanford University.
She has been a University faculty
member sine 1984.
Teaching both graduate and
undergraduate classes, Gelman's
studies and classes focus primar-
ily on the development of thought
and language, particularly with
youngchildren. She has published
over 200 scholarly articles and
has been on the editorial boards
for multiple scientific journals.
In addition, she was a panelist for
the National Institute of Health,
the National Science Foundation,
and the Ford Foundation. Gelman
has previously served as president
of the Cognitive Development
Society and, in 2012, was elected
to the National Academy of Sci-
At the University, Gelman has
served as an adviser to under-
graduate, graduate and doctoral
fellows, receiving the Develop-
mental Psychology Mentor Award
from the Americati Psychological
Association in 2012. She was also
awarded theixcellence in Educa-

tion Award, presented by LSA in
Gelman has also served as a
member of the LSA executive
committee and as an associ-
ate LSA dean frorn 2004-2007,
responsible for faculty appoint-
ments and research in the social
sciences. In this capacity, she
supervised faculty hiring, promo-
tions and retirements, in addi-
tion to encouraging mentoring,
faculty research, and monitor-
ing departmental planning and
review processes. As chairman of
the LSA committee on promotion
and tenure, Gelman spearheaded
the creation of a more transparent
review process.
In a communication to the
regents, Hanlon said he's pleased
Gelman has agreed to serve as
interim dean.
"She is one of the most distin-
guished and highly visible schol-
ars in the College," Hanlon wrote.
"With her years of experience as
a faculty member and her knowl-
edge of the College's administra-
tion gained through her service
as associate dean, I am confident
that the College will maintain its
momentum during this interim
Board to approve new
master's degree program
in Medical School
The regents will review a pro-
posal to add a new Master of
Health Professions Education
degree program, coordinated by
the Medical School. The program
- with participation from the
School of Nursing, the School of
Dentistry, the School of Pharma-
cy and the School of Social Work
- will train students to become
"leaders in education" in various
health professional fields.

In a communication from Han-
lon and James Woolliscroft, dean
of the Medical School, the two
administrators wrote that the
program will target profession-
als to give them "an innovative,
competency-based curriculum"
to enhance their development in
their respective professional set-
The proposed degree has
been approved by the Medical
School's Executive Committee
and has been reviewed by the
Office of the Provost. With the
approval of both the regents and
the President's Council of the
State Universities of Michigan,
the program will provide a'new
path for future medical educa-
With more than 2,800 fac-
ulty members in the University's
health professions schools and
other faculty from other Michi-
gan schools, Hanlon and Wool-
liscroft wrote that there's a need
for more formally trained educa-
The program will begin with
about 12 students per class and
later aims to expand to a stable
matriculation rate of 25 per year.
According to the proposal, the
limited number will ensure each
student is accepted on a selective
basis and receives a focused edu-
The program requires around
32 to 38 credit hours over a period
of two to four years. The tuition
rate hasn't yet been set.
Regents to consider schematic
design for William Clements
Also pending approval at
Thursday's meeting is the sche-
matic design for infrastructure
improvements and addition for

the William Clements Library.
While the library houses a
wide variety of material, it's
best known for its collection of
original American history docu-
Built in 1923 by famed Detroit
architect Albert Kahn, the
library will undergo a $16.8-mil-
lion renovation as approved by
the regents at their November
The project will include
infrastructure renovations that
will follow historical preserva-
tion techniques. These upgrades
will include improvements in
accessibility, as well as fire
detection and suppression,
heating, plumbing, electrical,
ventilation, air conditioning
and security systems. In addi-
tion to an exterior restoration,
the project plans to construct a
7,500-square-foot addition that
will hold parts of the library's
In a communication to the
regents, Timothy Slottow, the
University's executive vice presi-
dent and chief financial officer,
said the project will be funded by
gifts and investment proceeds.
In an interview last month,
Clements Library Director Kevin
Graffagnino said much of the ren-
ovation will entail bringing the
building into the 21st century.
"The architecture of this build-
ing is one of the treasures on cam-
pus; it has to look like this when
it's finished," Graffagnino said.
"After 90 years, we've outgrown
this space, and it's a beautiful old
building, but it needs to be fixed
Pending approval of the sche-
matic designs, the project will
provide 31 on-site construction
jobs and is scheduled for comple-
tion in the summer of 2015.

From Page 1
ized support for the resolution,
dissenters in the room expressed
feelings of hesitation.
"I do not support this reso-

lution; I'm probably one of the
few people who supports the
administration in this matter,"
Finn Larsen, SACUA member
and physics professor, said. "I
think the University is doing
what they can in balancing legal
and practical difficulties with

regards to (diversity). It's a very
complex problem, and to say
diversity is exclusively this is
Larsen added that there have
to be "difficult tradeoffs on both
sides" in undertaking major
issues such as campus-wide

"By narrowing this view of
diversity, we're simply not tak-
ing a modern view, we're taking
a view that was appropriate 30
years ago, and nowadays it's ille-
gal in the state of Michigan, and
maybe even should be."

Members of the University's robotics team document and demonstrate the use of their new device.

From Page 1
Given the state's historic back-
ground in manufacturing and engi-
neering, Snyder said he believes
that Michigan has been primed to
become a very important part of this
burgeoningsector oftechnology.
"The building of this technology
and the job opportunities for peo-
ple in these fields is going to be out-
standing," Snyder said. "We have
too many open positions today, and
we need to make sure we fill that
pipeline with great, young people."
In his State of the State address
in January, Snyder spoke about his
desire to get autonomous vehicle
legislationofftheground. Michigan
Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake)
authored Senate Bill 169, which
would allow vehicle manufactur-
ers and suppliers to test self-driving
vehicles on public roads. It passed
unanimously in the transportation
committee and will be on the Sen-
ate floor this week. Kowall said he
hopes that the legislature will have
it ready to be signed by June.
Kowall added that he believes
that automated vehicles could have
an immensely positive economic
effect on the automotive industry,
and he hopes that much of that
growth occurs in Michigan. In
order for that to happen, he said
the state must continue to invest in
education, research and develop-
ment, and likened the autonomous
vehicle innovation to what Henry
Ford did with the assembly line.
"This is opening up a whole new
frontierforwhere transportationis
going to go in the future," Kowall
said. "It's exciting to be on the fore-
front of it."
Since the event's inception
in 2011, attendance at Michigan

Robotics Day has doubled each
year. More than 500 people regis-
tered for this year's event.
Rick Jarman, president and CEO
of the National Center for Manufac-
turing Sciences, said in an interview
that the event was created three
years ago to "energize the entire
ecosystem of robotics in the state"
and provide "anenvironmentwhere
collaboration can occur."
Jarman added that while Michi-
gan has a strong manufacturing
and engineering background, it
will still have to compete on a glob-
al level for commercial opportuni-
ties in automotive vehicles.
"We all have a lot more to do
before they play 'Hail to the Vic-
tors' for us," Jarman said.
Despite all of these possibilities,
Snyder emphasized that success
on these frontiers will depend on
the state's ability to improve and
expand STEM education. One way
of doing so, he said, is to rethink
how these classes are taught. He
advocated for student-centered
learning models that stress more
interactive, hands-on education.
Snyder added that it-was important
to get young children over the stigma
that STEM subjects are too hard.
"We need to help people that
have that barrier understand
that this can be fun," Snyder said.
"Being a nerd can be fun, folks."
Because of the high costs associ-
ated with STEM education, Snyder
said it's important for the govern-
ment to continue to invest in it,
adding that he believes there will
be more private-public partner-
ships that commit to this type of
education in the future.
Many K-12 students involved
in the For Inspiration and Rec-
ognition of Science. and Technol-
ogy program - which designs
programs that motivate young

people to pursue opportunities in
STEM fields - attended the event.
Jarman said he was encour-
aged by the success of the FIRST
program but believes there's more
progress to be made in drawing in
young students to the STEM fields.
"I think there's a whole gen-
eration of technology people that
we're going to need in this space,
not only for creating it, but also for
maintaining it," Jarman said.
Jarman said NASA has also
made efforts in inspiring scientific
curiosity in students.
Engineering junior Jordan
Cassidy, a member of the Robotic
Exploration of Space Team - a part
of the College of Engineering's Stu-
dent Space Systems Fabrications
Laboratory - is taking part in a
NASA-sponsored competition that
requires the team to design and
build a lunar excavator, which uses
autonomous driving systems. Cassi-
dy and the rest of the team present-
ed their project at Monday's event.
"I think that there should be
more (robotics) opportunities in
classrooms," Cassidy said. "Hands-
on skills, practical engineering
abilities, good teamwork, plan-
ning, the design process - all of
that goes into not just robotics, but
Once there's a greater commit-
ment to these programs in our
education system, Jarman said,
much bigger opportunities will be
on the horizon.
"We're on the precipice of a
revolution that will rival society-
changing innovations such as the
automobile, personal computer and
the Internet," Jarman said. "You'll
be hard pressed to identify any
facet of our daily lives that won'tbe
impacted by this technology. The
technology is out there; all we've
got to do is take the next step."

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believes the proposal is politi-
cally motivated, and he made it
clear that he does not support
the ordinance.
"This was bad legislation
from the day it was proposed,"
Hieftje said. "It's almost like
we're trying to punish the DDA
for creating one of the finest
downtowns in the Midwest."
Charles Coleman, transi-
tional housing coordinator for
Dawn Farm, told council mem-
bers that out of the 150 people
in the Dawn Farm program at
13 sites, roughly 120 were in
the audience to support their
cause on Monday. Many of them
addressed council at the podium
in a public hearing that lasted
Coleman said he believes
Kunselman and Kailasapathy
harbor misconceptions about
the DDA.
"I think the misconception
that a couple of our council
members have is that the DDA
just deals with parking and
infrastructure," Coleman said.
"They're more than that: (They
handle) affordable housing,
funding for the arts, maintain-
ing streets. They do a lot of won-
derful things."
Coleman added that he
thinks the council delayed the
vote scheduled for Monday due
to the overwhelming disapprov-
al of the ordinance voiced at the
"I thought it was kind of a
strategic move that they post-
poned this vote tonight, know-
ing that they would have this
huge turnout," Coleman said.
"'hey couldn't vote with a con-

science tonight knowing they
have this much community sup-
port for this entity. ... I hope (at
the next meeting) they will vote
with their consciences and with
their hearts."
Julie Steiner, executive direc-
tor of the Washtenaw Housing
Alliance, noted that there are
two to three times more home-
less people in Ann Arbor now
than there were over a decade
ago. She said she doesn't under-
stand how affordable hous-
ing will be funded if the DDA's
funding is cut.
"The DDA has been the big-
gest financial supporter of
affordable housing in this town
over the past 20 years," Steiner
said. "The argument is that
you're going to take the money
away from the DDA and put it
back in the city budget ... then
what - in terms of affordable
While the DDA doesn't fund
all affordable housing in Ann
Arbor, it does help subsidize
affordable housing projects,
helping them maintain lower
rates than if the funding wasn't
Many advocates from Camp
Take Notice, a program not
funded by the DDA that previ-
ously provided a campsite with
tents to the homeless in Ann
Arbor, came to voice their disap-
proval of the ordinance. While
the program isn't currently
active, Caleb Poirier, founder
of Camp Take Notice, said they
hope to have a campsite in the
city this summer that is near the
Ann Arbor Transit Authority's
bus lines.
Poirier said the homeless are
often not visible to the average
"Sometimes during the day-

time, we get cleaned up and
don't want to be recognized as
such, so that's why the home-
less population isn't necessar-
ily visible to the middle class,"
Poirier said. "The middle class
... doesn't realize when they are
zipping by a bridge that people
are livingunder it."
In response to the barrage
of public comments, Kunsel-
man steadfastly defended his
proposed ordinance. His main
argument is that these funds
can be better allocated by the
city and individual entities rath-
er than the DDA, and that the
proposed increase of roughly
$1 million in funds to the DDA
in fiscal year 2015 is completely
Kunselman added that while
he understands the place the
DDA holds in the city, he ques-
tions whether it's the appropri-
ate vehicle for allocating many
of these funds.
"It's a great reflection of what
we all do believe, and that is that
the DDA is a great institution for
the city of Ann Arbor," Kunsel-
man said. "That being said, the
issues that we are discussing
have to do with future tax dol-
lars that should be directed to
the city and the taxing authori-
ties that also need them."
Councilmember Jane Lumm
(I-Ward 2) said she believes the
rhetoric has risen to a highly
"uncivil level," and she said
she believes Mayor Hieftje
is off-base in suggesting that
Kunselman's motives for this
legislation are purely political.
Councilmember Christopher
Taylor (D-Ward 3) said while
the ordinance would not be
the "death nail" to the DDA, he
believes the legislation, as is,
would be harmful.

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