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Friday, September 12, 2014

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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CAMPUS LIFE
Students
return to
renovated
Trotter

KATHERINE PEKALA/Daily
ROTC students stand guard at the Diag flag pole as part of a campus-wide effor t to remember 9/11.
tribute on 911 anniversary
Students cover Diag flags spread across the Diag to whom were in lower elementary facultywalkingthroughthe Diag
commemorate the 13th anni- school or younger in2001- visu- stopped to reflect on the anni-
in 2,977 American versary of the Sept. 11 terrorist alize the scope of the attacks. versary and take pictures of the
attacks. "Many college freshmen memorial.
flags for those who The recently founded stu- were only four years old when "It's an event meant to bring
lost their lives dent group Young Americans for the attacks happened and they the community together and
Freedom organized the memori- don't have a real memory of the unite us and not to ever sepa-
al as part of the "9/11: Never For- attack," said LSA freshman Grant rate us," said Law School student
By EMILIE PLESSET get Project." Each flag honored Strobl, chairman of the Univer- RachelJankowski, aYAF adviser.
Daily StaffReporter one person who lost their life in sity chapter of Young Americans Members of the University's
the attacks. Eighteen Wolverines for Freedom. "Once they realize Reserve Officers' Training Corps
The American flag near the lost their life on 9/it. that each flag represents a victim also commemorated the anniver-
Ingalls Mall flew at half-mast The memorial aims to help of the attacks it becomes real." sary of the attacks with a chang-
Thursday above 2,977 miniature incoming students - most of Many University students and See TRIBUTE, Page 3A

Upgraded facilities
come after strong
student input
By AMABEL KAROUB
DailyStaffRepoter
Fresh paint and and upgrad-
ed facilities welcomed almost
100 students Thursday to the
University's Trotter Multicul-
tural Center.
In January, the University
allocated $300,000 for renova-
tions at Trotter Center after
the University's Black Student
Union lobbied the administra-
tion for upgrades, among other
demands. The building hosted
its first open house Monday
after construction projects were
completed over the summer.
"Although it emerged out of
the Black action student move-
ments of the 70s, it has evolved
in its vision to cater to all stu-
dents, without losing sight of
the importance of signaling stu-
dents of color," said Rackham
student David Green.
The Trotter walls were newly
painted in vibrant gold and

browntones, the wood floor was
covered with a patterned rug
and colorful, abstract paintings
lined every side of the room.
The beauty of the building did
not come cheap.
Rackham student Portia
Hemphill said someone who
had not been to Trotter before
the renovation would not
understand the drastic differ-
ence in the decor.
"If you looked at it before you
would know there's a huge dif-
ference," Hemphill said. "This
room is much more warm and
inviting, there are new pictures
to make the room feel like asafe
haven, a safe space, a warm,
inviting climate."
Green said the renovation is
not purely aesthetic, but also
of people involved in the center
and minds leading it.
"Not only do we have a new
director, not only do we have a
new programming board, but
we have a new philosophy and
a new mission," Green said.
"To always think about what
the students need and how we
can best meet those needs as a
way to fulfill the promise of thg
See TROTTER, Page 3)

DETROIT
Urban farming's growing
popularity draws students

Programs focus on
access to fresh food
and revitalization
By NEALA BERKOWSKI
Daily StaffReporter
While homegrown food
is nothing new to the city of
Detroit, a new wave of enthusi-
asm for urban farming is entic-

ing longtime residents and
University students alike to
start growing.
Detroit, which continues
to grapple decades-old issues
of blight and vacant lots, has
plenty of land prime for farm-
ing. Urban farming has become
increasingly popular in the last
10 to 20 years, allowing Detroi-
ters to grow the city new roots
through agriculture. The farms
and gardens are being used to

help the city not only as a food
source but also by connecting
community members.
The trend has garnered both
regional and national media
attention as the conversation
on how to repurpose unoccu-
pied urban properties continues.
Although the movement towards
agriculture in Detroit is called
"urban farming," many of its
participants are technically gar-
See FARMING, Page 3A

University President Mark Schlissel discusses North Campus issues, the Munger Graduate Residences project and cc
athletics at Michigan among other issues at his first fireside chat at the Michigan Union Thursday.
Schlissel hosts first

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

fireside chat in Union CSG unable to fund LEAD

University President
discusses diversity,
athletics on campus
By SHOHAM GEVA
Daily StaffRepoter
Though the room didn't have
a fireplace, University President
Mark Schlissel held his first fire-
side chat Thursday afternoon
with about 30 students in the

Willis Ward Lounge of the Mich-
igan Union.
Fireside chats are discussions
with the University president for
a group of randomly selected stu-
dents, a tradition begun by Uni-
versity President Emerita Mary
Sue Coleman.
During the hour-long event,
Schlissel fielded questions from
students on a variety of topics,
including the Munger Graduate
Residences project and North
Campus culture, and asked them

questions of his own on topics
like athletics.
"I'm trying to find ways to
reach out and learn about what
the student experience is like
here, and what I can do to protect
the things that are really good,
and to fix the things that aren't
quite working right," he told stu-
dents at the start of the chat.
LSA senior Joseph Jozlin
asked Schlissel about the bal-
ance between student input and
See FIRESIDE, Page 3A

Due to legal reasons,
scholarships must
be funded by alumni
By WILL GREENBERG
DailyNewsEditor
The devil is in the details.
Originally part of Central
Student Government President
Bobby Dishell's campaign plat-
form last spring, the additional
funding destined for the LEAD

Scholars program from CSG has
been canceled due to legal con-
straints.
LEAD is a scholarship pro-
gram from the University's
Alumni Association, which pro-
vides merit-based scholarships
to minorities. Under the 2006
Michigan Civil Rights Initia-
tive - better known as Proposal
2 - the University itself is not
allowed to give scholarships
as an affirmative action ini-
tiative. However, because the
Alumni Association is a 501(c)

(3) separate from the University,
they have been providing these
scholarships themselves to help
improve diversity on campus.
Dishell, a Public Policy junior,
said he originally believed that
because CSG is also its own
501(c)(3) that its funds could be
given to the LEAD as part of
Dishell's efforts to reach out to
underrepresented demograph-
ics. However, Dishell learned
from the University's Office of
See LEAD, Page 3A

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