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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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CAMPUS LIFE
Town hall
asks input
for Trotter
renovation

James Hilton, vice provost for Digital Education Initiatives, speaks during the Senate Assembly meeting at Palmer Commons Monday.
Senate Assembly looks at
technology optimization

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udents identify The original Trotter Center
opened in 1971 as a space for
nost pressing Black members of the campus
community, originally named
concerns for the Black Culture Center. After
it burned down in a 1972 fire, the
new center space was relocated to its current
home on Washtenaw Avenue in an
y KRISTEN FEDOR old fraternity house.
Daily Staff Reporter In 1981, it was renamed the Trot-
ter Multicultural Center -- named
ussions regarding after William Monroe Trotter, a
ng renovations to the prominent civil rights activist - to
Multicultural Center expand the space for other minori-
acilitated in an open town ties. Today, the center works in
reeting Monday evening. coordination with the ,Office of
cts from Hanbury Evans Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs.
Vlattas + Company, In January, the University
ntatives from Doers announced it would be allocating
ting Alliance, LLC and $300,000 toward short-term
sity administrators were in renovations to the Trotter Center.
nce to gauge student input. Moving the space to a new location
New Trotter is a student closer to Central Campus is also a
iative to update the existing long-term goal.
Multicultural Center and Students engaged in multiple
ally plan for a new building. group activities to identify key
the Black Student Union issues with diversity on campus
iced their seven demands and how the New Trotter Center
easing diversity on campus can help to target these concerns.
rtin Luther King, Jr. Day, Danny Sledge, a Doers consul-
rg the Trotter Center was tant, led the discussion and spoke
heir main requests. See TROTTER, Page 3A

Final meeting of
the year focuses
on IT overhaul,
committee reports
By ANDREW ALMANI
Daily StaffReporter
The final Senate Assembly
meeting of the year took
place Monday afternoon,

with discussion focused
on optimizing information
technology processes and
status reports from Chairs of
Senate Assembly Committees.
The meeting began with
a presentation from Chief
Information Officer Laura
Patterson, vice president for
Information and Technology
Services, and Dean of Libraries
James Hilton, vice provost for
Digital Education Initiatives.
Hilton also has a position on

the Information Technology
Council as the steward of
Teaching and Learning and
Knowledge Repositories.
The duo introduced the
NextGen Michigan project,
which aims to optimize the
investments the University
makes in information
technology. The University's
Information Technology
Council established a strategic
plan to provide tools and an
environment that facilitates

innovation, engagement and
integrative learning on campus.
To accomplish this goal,
the University has considered
joining a consortium known
as Unizin, which would
consist of various educational
institutions working together
with information technology
companies.
Unizin would include other
universities such as the Univer-
sity of Indiana and the Univer-
See SACUA, Page 7A

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ANN ARBOR
City council
bans smoking
in public areas

With 9-2 vote,
long-debated
ordinance takes
effect in A2
By MATT JACKONEN
Daily StaffReporter
A smoke-free Ann Arbor is
finally here - or at least one
more free of smoke.
The Ann Arbor City Council
passed the long-debated
smoking ordinance Monday
night by a vote of 9-2 with only
Councilmembers Jane Lumm
(I-Ward 2) and Jack Eaton
(D-Ward 4) voting against the
ordinance.
The ordinance now makes
smoking near bus stops and
within 20 feet of city buildings
a civil infraction.
Thoughthe first draftof the
ordinance contained wording
that also made smoking with-
in 20 feet of bus stops illegal, a
late amendment by ordinance

sponsor Chuck Warpehoski
(D-Ward 5) reduced the dis-
tance to 10 feet from bus stops.
Warpehoski said after speak-
ing with AAATA officials, it
was agreed that a 20-foot buf-
fer might prevent bus drivers
from seeing smokers who are
also waiting for buses.
The ordinance will also
prohibit smoking in certain
areas of Ann Arbor parks
at the discretion of the city
administrator.
Councilmember Stephen
Kunselman (D-Ward 3) pro-
posed an amendment to
decrease the fine for ignoring
any warning from a police offi-
cer to cease smoking in pro-
hibited areas from $50 to $25.
"Fifty dollars may be
disparate to some of the
(citizens) that may be most
likely to receive the fine,"
Kunselman said.
He added that the fine for
smoking a cigarette should
not be higher than the fine for
smoking marijuana, as smok-
ing a cigarette is actuallylegal.
See SMOKING, Page 3A

Margo Picken, a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, speaks during a Policy Talk on the Khmer Rouge Trials at
the Ford School Monday.
Ford talk discusses history
of Cambodian genocide

GOVERNMENT
Schauer
proposes
education
initiatives
Gubernational
candidate pledges
to reverse Snyder's
spending cuts
By ALLANA AKHTAR
Daily StaffReporter
Mark Schauer, the Democratic
candidate in the upcoming guber-
natorial elections, released a
detailed policy plan April 16 high-
lighting his education plan that he
hopes to implement if elected.
The six-page outline states that
Michigan must start to reverse
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's
budget cuts to K-12 education in
the upcoming years. Schauer's
policy note refers to the 2012 $930
million spending cut Snyder made
in his first year in office.
"It's time to get our priorities
straight, and stop balancing the
budget on the backs of our stu-
dents and hardworking school
employees," Schauer said in a
press release.
The education plan also
See EDUCATION, Page 3A

After as many as
2.5 million deaths
in 1970s, UN trial
sought culprits
By NEALA BERKOWSKI
Daily StaffReporter
In the last Ford School
Policy Talk of the academic
year, Margo Picken, a Towsley
Foundation Policymaker in
Residence, and John Ciorciari,
a Public Policy assistant

professor, discussed the
controversy surrounding the
United Nations-backed Khmer
Rouge Trials in Cambodia.
Public Policy Prof. Susan
Waltz moderated the
discussion, which was held in
the Annenberg Auditorium
an attracted a crowd of public
policy undergraduate and
graduate students, faculty and
community members.
According to Ciorciari, from
1975 to 1979, as many as 2.5
million people out of a popu-
lation of 7 million died from
starvation, over-work, disease,

torture and execution in the
Cambodian Genocide under the
Khmer Rouge regime.
The Cambodian government
and the United Nations agreed
on an international hybrid
tribunal in 2003 to look back
at the crimes and try those
most.responsible for violations
of international law and the
Cambodian Genocide.
"We're talking about a time
of' intense human suffering
as the Khmer Rouge, an ultra
leftist organization born out
of the cauldron of the Vietnam
See FORD, Page 3A

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