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PESCOVITZ
From Page 1
2007 to 2012.
The recommendation will go
before the Regents for approval at
their next meeting this Thursaay.
In recent years, the Health
System faced scrutiny because
of a series of internal controver-
sies. In 2012, Stephen Jenson, a
medical resident, was charged for
possession of child pornography,
which was found on a thumb drive
plugged into a Health System
computer. Slow response to the
incident prompted the restruc-
turing of the University's Depart-
ment of Public Safety, Housing
Security and Hospitals & Health
Centers Security into the Division
of Public Safety and Security. Jen-
son was later sentenced to three
years in prison.
Later in 2012, the U.S. Securities
and Exchanges Commission sued
Neurology Prof. Sidney Gilman
in regards to a potential insider-
trading scheme. The commission
alleged that information provided
by Gilman allowed Matthew Mar-
toma, a portfolio manager at CR
Intrinsic Investors, to profit $276
million. Gilman later admitted in
court that he had provided infor-
mation regarding an Alzheimer's
drugtrialtoMartomabefore itwas
released to the public.
More recently, financial pres-
sures from sequestration and
expansion projects have caused
the Health System to explore cost
cutting measures, while steadily
increasing patient demand has
kept the majority of the health
system operating at capacity.
Despite the pressure, Coleman
said the Health System under
Pescovitz has recorded "the high-
est-ever scores in patient satisfac-
tion."The UniversityHospitalwas
rated as the number one hospital
in the state, according to the U.S.
News and World Report 2013 to
2014 rankings.
"I have relished my time here
and will forever be grateful for the
growth, experiences and relation-
ships made possible by this oppor-
tunity," Pescovitz wrote. "UMHS
is a community of extraordinary
people who do extraordinary
work.-I-have been honored to lead
this ucrguinaion which is what
made this decision very difficult
for me."

Martha Pollack and Ronald
BOARD Zernicke, dean of the School of
From Page 1 Kinesiology, wrote in a state-
ment.
In turn, the department will
will get a four-lane, 1,000-foot focus on their "thriving" Health
straight asphalt road, merge and Fitness Leadership major.
lanes, a network ofurban streets, All current Physical Education
a roundabout, traffic circle, a students will still be able to
crushed-gravel road segment graduate and no tenured faculty
and security fencing around the will be released. Non-tenured
entire site. faculty may be released based
The project is a collabora- on enrollment and University
tion between the University's policy.
College of Engineering, the A peer review committee,
Transportation Research Insti- composed of various represen-
tute, the Office of Research, the tatives from University col-
University of Michigan Energy leges and nearby institutions of
Institute and the State of Michi- higher education, unanimously
gan Department of Transporta- decided to ask for the major's
tion. termination.
If approved, construction
completion is expected to begin Rackham infrastructure
in the fall. improvements to be
considered
Physical Education programs
to be discontinued The regents will also consider
$2.4 million in infrastructure
Administrators at the School improvements for the Rackham
of Kinesiology have requested Graduate School building.
the discontinuance of the Physi- The proposed improvements
cal Education major and minor, will repair 1,300 square feet of
as well as the Health Education ceiling that is damaged in the
minor, effective March 1. main auditorium, rehabilitate
"Nationwide, the number of the main entrance and pedes-
students enrolled in undergrad- trian ramp and replace of the
uate kinesiology majors contin- original 76-year-old copper roof.
ues to increase, but the number The firm Simpson Gumpertz
of students pursuing physical & Heger and the University's
education degrees has greatly Department of Architecture,
declined," University Provost Engineering and Construction

will work together to design the
project, which will be funded
entirely by investment pro-
ceeds.
The building was commis-
sioned by then-University Pres-
ident Alexander Ruthven in
1935, when he asked the Rack-
ham Fund to realize what he
called "the heart of the Univer-
sity," according to their website.
Revolutionary for its time, the
building itself is known for its
limestone exterior and inclusion
of natural light, along with the
copper roof, which was created
specifically to act as an aesthetic
bridge between the University
and the adjacent residential
area.
The project is slated for com-
pletion in fall 2015.
Regents to award construction
contracts for Business
School projects
Though the regents approved
renovations to the Stephen M.
Ross School of Business and
Kresge Business Administration
Library, demolition of the Com-
puter and Executive Education
Building last month, authoriza-
tion to award construction con-
tracts for the projects will be
finalized Thursday.
Timothy Slottow, the Uni-
versity's executive vice presi-
dent and chief financial officer,
wrote ina communication to the

regents that the board will vote
to approve "construction con-
tracts for limited construction
activity" to allow construction
to be completed as early as sum-
mer 2016.
Temporary modular office
units will be installed in the
Lorch Hall courtyard to house
Business School and William
Davidson Institute staff during
the construction process.
Additionally, internal reno-
vations of the main building,
including relocating cooling
towers and rerouting utilities,
will be completed in preparation
for the main project.
This work will cost $7 mil-
lion and is included in the $135
million overall cost of the proj-
ect. Funding for this limited
construction will be provided
by gifts, including the record-
breaking donation gifted by the
school's namesake in the fall.
Contracts to be awarded
for Granger Laboratory
renovations
While the regents approved
schematic designs in July for
the 220,000-gross-square-foot
renovations for the Granger
Library, they will now proceed
to authorize bids and construc-
tion contracts.
The facility, which currently
houses four engineering depart-
ments, was built in 1958. The

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 3
lab will undergo $47 million
in renovations to upgrade fire
detection, alarm, emergency
power systems, deep infrastruc-
ture, heating and ventilation. An
additional 25,000 square feet
of academic and instructional
space will be added as well.
The state of Michigan will
fund $30 million of the costs as
part of the fiscal year 2011 Capi-
tal Outlay Request.
Children and Women's
Hospitalto expand with new
operating wing
The University will also seek
approval for plans to expand
into shell space on C.S. Mott
Children's Hospital and Von
Voigtlander Women's Hospi-
tal's fourth floor to create a new
operating room.
The Hospital and Health Cen-
ter will provide $4.5 million
to build out an additional 800
square feet of space adjacent to
a current operating room. The
project will provide standard
operating room capabilities as
well as the ability to use the
space for future pediatric car-
diovascular procedures.
The funds will provide the
room's equipment and all the
architectural, mechanical and
electrical work. Architecture
firm HKS will design the project
and completion is expected by
winter 2015.

COUNCIL
From Page 1
Police are already called to the
library every third day due to
drunk and disorderly conduct of
individuals in the area - an issue
worsened due to the extreme
conditions this winter.
"It takes a tremendous amount
of planning and organization
and thought to manage a public
space," Parker said. "The safety
concerns are real. It isn't about
making a problem worse; it's
about acknowledging a reality.
We're not saying no park, we are
saying take the time to plan it
given the context of the reality of
what is happening."
Councilmember Stephen Kun-
selman (D-Ward 3) disagreed,
saying he hopes to bring this

space back to its former use as an
open plaza, and saw the AADL
board's concerns to be fear-mon-
gering without significant base.
"The bad behavior that they
are talking about is not related
to this plaza," Kunselman said.
"We are not going to resolve bad
behavior just by design."
Some public speakers and
council members called on the
failure of Liberty Plaza - a public
space located on Liberty Street
with a reputation of holding indi-
viduals who engage in public
intoxication. Those in opposition
to the resolution urged council
members to ensure they have the
resources and planning in place
to manage a new park and ensure
its success.
Councilmember Jack Eaton
(D-Ward 4), who voted for
the resolution, discussed the
broadness of the resolution in

terms of their plan to turn over
the space to the park advisory
committee.
"During the formulation of the
various versions of the resolu-
tion, some of these concerns are
really fiction," Eaton said. "They
just don't want apark downtown,
and it's really unfortunate."
Eaton also addressed another
detail surrounding the creation
of the park, urging the council
to ensure this park is publicly
owned, rather than controlled
by a private developer - a mea-
sure called for by the city's Parks
Advisory Commission.
"A private owner is a repudia-
tion of the very nature of this
public space," Eaton said. "I
ask that we simply draw these
lines, send it back to PAC and
ask for their input on what the
appropriate use of this space is,
and I think that is a very simple

thing. "
Councilmember Sabra Briere
(D-Ward 1) spoke of the poten-
tial for creativity in this space.
Though she said she does not
support moving Sonic Lunch, an
outdoor summer concert series at
Liberty Park, to the possible 5th
Avenue park, the loose nature of
this resolution leaves room for
input from PAC and other needs
that may arise.
AnnArbor Mayor John Hieftje
was not in support of the resolu-
tion, saying council members are
attempting to create a new park
inthehopes ofescapingthe prob-
lems of Liberty Plaza instead of
facing the issues at hand.
Councilmembers Christopher
Taylor (D-Ward 3) and Margie
Teall (D-Ward 4) voted against
the resolution. Councilmember
Sally Hart Petersen (D-Ward 2)
was not present.
health standpoint, that all of these
benefits are great," Roy said. "But
they have costs."
The two presenters were divid-
ed on the issue of mental health
coverage. Under the new laws,
newly issued insurance plans are
required to provide some level of
compensation for mental health
issues.
"I want a system where no mat-
ter what happens to you, you'll
be protected," Cohn said. "I
think that includes mental health
because mental health is a huge
problem in this country."
In opposition to Cohn, Roy said
mental health should not neces-
sarily have tobe covered by health
insurance.
Earlier in the debate, Roy said
he would like to have health insur-
ance for incidents that cannot be
prevented, but not for others. He
argued that while most Ameri-
cans would agree to pay for the
medical expenses of a child born
with Down syndrome, Americans

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HEALTHCARE
From Page 1
he countered the idea that young
people who have not purchased
health insurance are "slackers."
Instead, Roy said it often does not
make economic sense for young
people to have insurance.
Cohn said that the ACA was
a necessary compromise to help
those he considered the "victims"
of America's healthcare system.
He added that preceding the pas-
sage of the ACA there were 45
million uninsured Americans and
millions more with inadequate
coverage.
"It (the effects of the ACA)
won't be perfect ... but we will be
in a better place," Cohn said.
Roy said he believes the ACA
will make healthcare more expen-
sive.
"You might think from a per-
sonal standpoint, from a public

might not want to agree to pay to
cover the costs of a smoker who
has developed chronic pulmonary
disease.
"I mightnot wantto have insur-
ance that covers me from becom-
ing a crack addict," Roy said.
Cohn said insurance is neces-
sary for everyone because serious
health issues can occur suddenly.
"Every single person in this
room is an accident, a heart
attack, something catastrophic
away from needing insurance,"
Cohn said.
Tracy Anderson, a clinical
instructor in the School of Nurs-
ing, said she brought her nursing
students to the event so they will
be prepared to transition to the
ACA's new policies.
The Gilbert S. Omenn and Mar-
tha Darling Health Policy Fund
collaborated with the Ford School
to sponsor the event. Audience
members were encouraged to
tweet throughout the debate with
#policytalks.

SACUA candidate Silke-Maria Weineck, associate professor of Germanic languages and literatures, speaks before the
election atla meeting of the Senate Assembly Monday at Palmer Commons.

SENATE ASSEMBLY
From Page 1
meeting Monday.
SACUA Chair Karen Staller
described the purpose of the
policy, which intends to be used
as a last resort. Moreover, the
policy can only be implemented
when "observable conduct has
raised a substantial and serious
question or concern" on a given
faculty member's performance,
accordingto Staller.

"This policy addresses the
process and criteria to be used
when considering the timely
involuntary removal of a fac-
ulty member who is unable to
perform the essential functions
of his position despite reason-
able accommodations," Staller
said.
SACUA wrote a memo with
six specific concerns addressed
to Women's Studies Prof. Chris-
tina Whitman, a SACUA mem-
ber, and the Human Resources
department. This memo was
presented to members at the

meeting, along with a copy of
the SPG itself.
"This is being presented to
you today with the express
desire to get feedback from
you," Staller said.
Jeffery Frumkin, associ-
ate vice provost for Academic
and Faculty Affairs and senior
director of Academic Human
Resources, answered questions
about the policy from faculty at
the meeting.
Senate Assembly's last meet-
ing of the semester will take
place April 21.

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