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ADMINISTRATION
External
candidates
tapped for
deanships

JAMESLLLE/Daily
University President-elect Mark Schlissel delivers brief remarks during the University's Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon in the Michigan Union.
ACADEM ICS
Project to rethink North
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LSA, Pharmacy
deans hail from
outside institutions
By YARDAIN AMRON
Daily StaffReporter
At their monthly meeting
Thursday afternoon, the Univer-
sity's Board of Regents confirmed
the appointment of Andrew
Martin, current vice dean of the
School of Law at Washington
University in St. Louis, as the
next dean of the College of Lit-
erature, Science and the Arts.
Martin was one of two dean
appointments approved Thurs-
day. James Dalton, a former
professor at The Ohio State Uni-
versity who most recently led
research and development at a
Memphis pharmaceutical com-
pany, was selected to head the
University's College of Pharma-
cy.
Whereas dean selections fre-
quently come from within the
institution, both of Thursday's
selections were external hires.
History Prof. Terrence
McDonald, director of the Bent-

ley Historical Library and former
LSA dean, said there are benefits
and drawbacks of an external
appointment like Martin.
"The widely thought benefit
of an external person is that they
come from a different context
and may have ideas that come out
of that context," McDonald said.
"Therefore some people would
argue that you have a chance
of a fresh look when you bring
somebody from the outside. The
contrary argument is that there
is a terribly steep learning curve
from someone who comes from
the outside. Inside people ironi-
cally know how to get things
done as well. SoI don't think that
necessarily either kind person
is necessarily going to be better
than the other."
McDonald, who served as
dean for a decade and has been
at the University since 1980,
stepped down in 2012 to direct
the Bentley Historical Library.
He was replaced by LSA interim
dean Susan Gelman, a professor
of psychology at the University.
Martin's term officially begins
July 1 of this year, and comes
with a tenured professorship
See DEANSHIPS, Page 3

Regents approve
$6.9 million plan to
invigorate student
engagement
By CLAIRE BRYAN
Daily StaffReporter
At the University's month-
ly Board of Regents meeting
Thursday, the board approved
the North Campus Grove proj-
ect, which will transform the

area's outdoor space.
The project will improve the
four acres of around the Lurie
Tower, located in between the
Duderstadt Center, Electrical
Engineering Computer Science,
H.H. Dow Building, Beyster
Building and Stamps Audito-
rium. With a budget of $6.9 mil-
lion, the initiative will renovate
the central plaza, plant addi-
tional trees, improve lighting,
add new walkways with seat:
ing throughout and feature an
informal amphitheater.
The renovations are con-

sistent with the North Cam-
pus Master plan that has been
revised many times, said Tim
Slottow, executive vice presi-
dent and chief financial officer.
"The North Campus Grove
project will greatly improve the
quality of this outdoor space,
creating more vitality and activ-
ity within the North Campus
core, and providing more oppor-
tunities for multidisciplinary
interaction," Slottow wrote in a
communication Monday.
Aplaza,madeprimarilyofbrick,
will be created on one side of the

Tower to provide a meeting place
and at times a stage for events,
DeanofEngineeringDave Munson
said. The space will accommodate
approximately 800 people.
The North Campus Diag,
which is currently flat, will
undergo landscaping changes
to create small hills for outdoor
seating to be built into.
"It is not going to be a tradi-
tional amphitheater," Munson
said. "We don't want that because
amphitheaters when not being
used look empty, and we don't
See DIAG, Page 3

GOVERNMENT
International
students a focus
for state and 'U'

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Expanded resources
available for students
on temporaryvisas
post graduation
By SHOHAM GEVA
Daily StaffReporter
As a new push in the state to
increase immigration to promote
economic prosperity increases,
international student retention
has become a key focus, leading
to involvement from many col-
leges in the state, including the
University.
As of the Fall 2013 semester,
the international-student popu-
lation numbered 5,963 under-
graduate and graduate students,
according to data from the Inter-
national Center's 2013 annual
report. The number has been
increasing steadily since the
early 2000s, rising more than
1,500 since 2004.
After they graduate, these stu-
dents have two main options if
they want to stay in the state or
in the country: pursue another
degree or find a job through
post-completion optional practi-
cal training, or OPT. OPT allows
graduates to stay in the United
States for a preliminary period of
12 months as long as they find a
job in their field of study.
Right now, only about a fifth of
University international students
stay on OPT following gradua-
tion. However, a new program

may enhance more young talent
to extend their stay in the state.
Global Detroit, an initiative
to attract immigrants to Detroit,
was founded in 2010 to imple-
ment the objectives recommend-
ed by a study of the same name,
which found that immigrant tal-
ent is a huge driver of both the
U.S. economy and the Michigan
economy.
Global Detroit Director Steve
Tobocman said international
students have the potential to fill
in gaps in the state's STEM and
entrepreneurship fields.
"The average immigrant high-
tech entrepreneur starts their
business 13 years after enter-
ing the country, and the number
one reason they come to the U.S.
is not to start a business, but to
get an education," Tobocman
said. "You see international stu-
dent retention as the pathway to
become the Silicon Valley of the
Midwest."
Jeff Mason, executive direc-
tor of the University Research
Corridor, which is a partnership
between the University, Wayne
State University and Michigan
State University, said the URC's
three member schools are espe-
cially important for talent reten-
tion because of their research
focuses.
"Our three universities are a
tremendous pipeline to produce
that kind of talent, particularly
in the STEM fields," Mason said.
When it was founded in 2006,
the URC's initial focus was on
See STUDENTS, Page 3

ADAM GLANZMAN/Daily
A student walks by a miniature diorama of Pinball Pete's glued toa lamp post by the UMMA on Thursday.
STUDENT GOVERNMEN T
With CSG presidenrcv over
Proppe reflects on tenure
Achievements to office only after their main his administration. He and
opponents were found guilty of Dishell, who recently assumed
include Night Owl "actively influencing" students the CSG presidency, initiated
while they were voting. two of their main platform
route, extended Proppe said his unconven- promises: the opening of a
tional victory was an initial 24-hour cafe on North Campus
Bert's Cafe hours source of friction in the CSG and the implementation of the
assembly along bitter "parti- "Night Owl" bus route.
By MICHAEL SUGERMAN san lines." Proppe added that CSG was
Daily StaffReporter "It probably held back the also hit with a number of "sur-
assembly from being produc- prises" that necessitated the
He almost wasn't the presi- tive in the beginning," he said. recalibration of his goals as
dent. "At the time there wasn't really president. One of these was the
Business senior Michael that trust between myself and Athletic Department's unveil-
Proppe and Public Policy Bobby and the assembly. It ing of general admission seat-
junior Bobby Dishell lost the took us a while to build those ing at football games, which
2013 Central Student Govern- relationships. After a couple was met with heavy backlash
ment election by approximate- months, that all melted away." by students.
ly 500 votes. The presidential Despite the rough start, The first resolution that
and vice presidential candi- Proppe said he is proud of Proppe authored - also the
dates, respectively, ascended all CSG accomplished under See PROPPE, Page 3

ACADEMICS
Professors'
research
to improve
teaching
Faculty group uses
NSF grant to explore
best practices for
STEM learning
By TOM MCBRIEN
Daily StaffReporter
Think about a lecture you
attended just two days ago.
How many facts can you recall?
Odds are, not many. Decades of
research have shown that the
traditional lecture is a poor way
to teach, and a group of Univer-
sity faculty leaders is planning
to change how science and math
courses are taught over the next
three to five years.
The program, called
REBUILD - Researching Evi-
dence Based Undergraduate
Instructional and Learning
Developments - received a $2
million National Science Foun-
dation grant to study evidence-
based educational practices and
institute the findings in intro-
ductory science courses that
affect more than 8,000 students
per term. Classes such as organ-
ic chemistry, introductory phys-
ics and introductory biology
could all see large changes.
For the past 30 years, the
NSF has been studying how
best to educate STEM students,
resulting in significant discov-
eries in the efficacy of different
See LEARNING, Page 3

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