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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Regent talks
with CSG
about search
for president

Construction to repair pavement on South Forest Avenue will block traffic until Oct. 31.
City to repair S. Fore Ave.

project will fix
potholes, smooth
bad pavement
Daily StaffReporter
Major changes are coming
this fallto South Forest Avenue,
an off-campus street known
for its frequent potholes and
downtrodden pavement.
Last week, the city of Ann
Arbor began construction in a
roughly $1.3-million project to
repair the street that has long
been a nuisance and an eye-

sore for students and residents
living and commuting in Ann
The project will include
changes to the infrastructure
of the road and an updated
water main. Igor Kotlyar, the
project manager for the South
Forest Avenue construction,
said the street was in very poor
condition and won't be com-
pleted until early November.
"It was basically falling
apart," Kotlyar said. "It was
really in need of repairs."
Kotlyar said the water main
will be renovated to be more
eco-friendly. The new system
will redirect into groundwater
rather than store it in the city's
storm sewer system.

Kotlyar said noise from con-
struction shouldn't trouble
"There is noise from the con-
struction equipment working,
but I don't think there is any
unusual level of noise," Kotlyar
said. "You introduce the con-
struction equipment and take
out the usual amount of traffic,
and you will probably be on the
same noise level."
Business School senior Joel
Mitter said the construction
has caused him minor prob-
"They do the majority of the
work during the day, but the
times I've been at home, you do
hear them doing construction
and using jackhammers," Mit-

ter said. "Walking to class can
be a pain because there have
been times where guys have
told meI can't crossthe street."
Construction does inconve-
nience those living in the area
that are looking to park on the
street who are now forced to
park farther away.
Jim Kosteva, the Universi-
ty's director of community rela-
tions, said he doesn't believe the
construction will significantly
affect University operations.
"The construction project on
Forest will cause a slow down
for University faculty and staff
who utilize the Forest Street
parking structure," Kosteva
See FOREST, Page5

White discusses
ideal candidate for
MSC successor
Daily Staff Reporter
Who will be the next University
president? It's a question on the
minds of many at the University,
but few know exactly what goes
into the search process.
That's why Regent Kather-
ine White spoke at Monday's
University Council meeting, to
inform the body on the upcom-
ing search for the next Univer-
sity president. In an interview
outside of the meeting, White
stressed that she wasn't speak-
ing in her official capacity as
vice chair of the presidential
search advisory committee
though did not make that clarifi-
cation to members of University
The University Council - a
governing board comprised of the
heads of each of the colleges that
make up the University, as well as
the heads of prominent student
organizations on campus - was
created two years ago in the hopes
of adding more student voices to
the University's existing legisla-

tive process.
In an effort to gain input from
students, faculty and staff, White
said the Board of Regents has set
up an e-mail address so that stu-
dents and other interested mem-
bers of the University community
can comment and suggest nomina-
tions for University president. The
address is hosted by Russell Reyn-
olds Associates, the professional
firm that was hired for the presi-
dential search in July.
White said it's important to find
a candidate who excels at develop-
ment, a skill that she said Univer-
sity President Mary Sue Coleman
"If you look at where we're
building, it's athletic, it's hospital,
it's dormitories; but if you look
at the core undergraduate mis-
sion, all of the core, we need to
find more money to raise money
and invest there," White said. "It's
harder because people wantto give
money for flashier things. So, that's
what we have to work on."
White added that a candidate's
research background and academ-
ic expertise will also be a major
"I want someone who's got real
merit, academic chops, to run the
institution," White said. "Even
though we need other skills, I



Leaders SACUA details


to give
input on
University Council
forms student
committee to advise
Board of Regents
Daily StaffReporter
In an effort to increase student
influence in the search for the next
University president, the University
Council brought forward a resolu-
tion to establish a separate student
committee that would assist the
presidential search advisory com-
mittee in its work.
In 2001, when former University
President Lee Bollinger announced
his resignation, the University's
Board of Regents announced the
creation of a committee that includ-
ed two students.
There are no students on the cur-
rent committee even though Cen-
tral Student Government President
Michael Proppe sent an e-mail to the
include student seats in the commit-
tee - a desire that was reiterated at
the board's meeting in July, when
the committee was announced.
Proppe and CSG Vice President
See LEADERS, Page 5

new agenda for
Senate meetings
Orientation to over the summer was about
changing the conversation
replace guest and trying to engage people
in faculty government,"
speaker item Staller said. "It would give
people an opportunity to dis-
By STEPHANIE cuss what topics they'd like
SHENOUDA to deal with this academic
Daily Staff Reporter year."
Overall, members seemed
While students may have receptive to the idea, though
had a summer break, Univer- some expressed concern
sity administration didn't. regarding the timeline and
The first meeting of the interest level. The general
Senate Advisory Commit- consensus was that better
tee on University Affairs communication between
held its first meeting of the the groups and committees
academic year in the Flem- would help set the upcoming
ing Administration Building meeting agenda and recog-
Monday. The nine members nize issues that are playing
of SACUA - the executive in the University government
arm of the University -met structure.
under the leadership of SACUA member Sally Oey
Associate Prof. Karen Stall- was in favor of the new idea
er, the new chair. but conveyed hesitancy about
Much of the meeting was people's reactions to the event.
spent planning the proce- "I definitely like the idea
dures for the upcoming Sen- of having an orientation, but
ate Assembly meeting, which I think we should shift the
will take place in two weeks. presentation from this nega-
In lieu of a guest speaker, tive tone to something that's
SACUA meetings will now goingto modify how meetings
include a half-hour orienta- have run inthe past," she said.
tion for all interested. The "I think they would all benefit
change was proposed as a from an introduction."
means to "bring everyone up Time did not allow for
to speed" according to Prof. other remaining items on the
Rex Holland, the vice chair, agenda, including the MOOC
who suggested that the extra Task Force, Holistic Benefits
time be made open to all Review and Transparency,
members. which will be deferred to
"Some of the discussion next week's meeting.

LSA seniors Mike Perles and Fiona Clowney sampled ice cream during an ice cream social hosted by Program in the
Environment in the Dana Commons Monday.
DPSS head will focus on strategy

Following Jenson
incident, new
director to focus
on communication
ManagingNews Editor
and Daily News Editor
Eddie Washington, Jr.
hopes to resolve serious com-
munication issues that were
revealed between University

Police and security agencies
on campus.
Washington was recently
appointed executive direc-
tor of the Division of Public
Safety and Security, a depart-
ment created last fall. Univer-
sity Police Chief Joe Piersante
served as the unit's interim
Washington comes to the
University as an experienced
security professional, having
served as director of the Michi-
gan State Police, as a homeland
security adviser to the Universi-
ty and, most recently, as a senior

security professional at Dow
He said he's focused on
instituting a blanketed secu-
rity approach, with a focus
on implementing administra-
tive policies that will improve
communication between
departments. Drawing on his
experience with the Michigan
State Police, Washington said
data and feedback is crucial
to DPSS's role at the Univer-
sity, describing the division as
a "clearinghouse" where senior
officials willbe able to take con-
See DPSS, Page5

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