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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


to Trotter
Center cost

Albanian President Bujar Nishani gives a speech about the democratic government of Albania and its hopeful transition Into the European Union at Rackham
Auditorium Monday.
Albania's president talks
bid fo-Umemberhi

University 'allocated
money before BSU's
demands called for
facility updates
Daily StaffReporter
Though University officials
pledged $300,000 in additional
upgrades to the Trotter Multicul-
tural Center last winter, the reno-
vation's cost ultimately totaled
$650,000, according to officials
familiar with the project.
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said the University had'
already allocated $350,000 for
renovations at Trotter when the
University's Black Student Union
first lobbied for a more adequate
facility in January, bringing the
project total to $650,000,
While the University announced
it would provide $300,000 for
repairs - in direct response to one
of the Black Student Union's seven
demands -to increase diversity
and inclusion, on campus - the
project's 'total costs had not been
previously reported.,
The facility reopened its doors
earlier this month.
Loren Rullman, associate vice-

president for student life, said the
University's Architecture, Engi-
neeringand Construction - a divi-
sion of Facilities and Operations
- worked with studentsto identify
priorities for renovation.
"Feedback from students and
staff about these improvements
has been incredibly positive," he
Upgrades included removing
and trimming of exterior shrub-
bery, replacement of old entrance
doors and locking devices, new
interior painting, window repairs
and caulking, desk lams and task
lighting improvements, parking lot
repairs and resurfacing.
"The second $300,000 was an
ackrowledgement that the mul-
ticultural center mnatters," Rul-
lman said. "It was sort of a bridge
between the current multicultural
center ... and our plans for a new
one. The funding conveys the Uni-
versity's commitment to student
needs and our institutional values
of community and diversity."
"The funding conveys the
University's commitment to
studentneeds andourinstitutional
values of community and
diversity," Rullman added.
The University has agreed to
eventually relocate Trotter to a
facility closer to campus, based
See TROTTER, Page 3

Lecture touches
on U.S. relations
and liberalization
after communism
Daily StaffReporter
Albania, ' the ''latest
candidate for European
Union; membership, made a
small piece of history at the
University Monday with a
lecture given by the country's

president Bujar Nishani.
Nishani spent his 48th
birthday lecturing about Alba-
nia's history and its transition
to democracy before an audi-
ence of approximately 550
at the Rackham Auditorium.
He also met with University
President Mark Schlissel prior
to the event and presented him
with a statue of Mother Tere-
sa, who was an ethnic Alba-
Rachel Brichta, a
communications specialist at
the University's International
.Institute, .,said - Nishani's
visit was made possible by a

student who approached the
Weiser Center for Emerging
Democracies about bringing
the Albanian president to
speak at the University.
Prior to being elected presi-
dent in July 2012, Nishani
served as Albania's minister
of justice and minister of the
interior. He spoke about the
evolution of Albania since the
fall of the communist regime
there in 1991, and discussed
Albania's candidacy for Euro-
pean Union membership.
The Council of the European
Union, made up of One repre-
sentative from each EU mem-

ber state, endorsed Albania's
bid on June 27.
"During the last 24 years,
Albania has undergone the
deepest, widest and most
intensive transformation
known by our national his-
tory," Nishani said.
Nishani noted that EU mem-
bership is a top priority for the
country and hopes Albania
will be prepared to become a
member within 10 years.
"No other people in South-
east Europe has supported
with such determination... the
European integration like the
See ALBANIA, Page 3

Schuissel fields
questions in

'U' President calls for
college affordability
in network's tour of
college campuses
Daily StaffReporter
C-SPAN's Big Ten Tour rolled
into town Monday morning for
an interview with University
President Mark Schlissel.
In a live, Q&A-style interview,
Schlissel answered questions
about a range of topics, though
the conversation was dominated
by questions regarding the acces-
sibility and affordability of a Uni-
versity education.
C-SPAN, a cable network that
primarily airs federal govern-
ment proceedings and other
public affairs programs, is
conducting a bus tour to all 14
schools in the Big Ten to discuss

higher education policy with uni-
versity presidents and provosts.
Program hosts will speak
Tuesday with Joseph Steinmetz,
Ohio State University executive
vice president and provost, fol-
lowed by a discussion Thursday
with Eric Barron, Pennsylvania
State University president.
Throughout the interview,
which aired on the C-SPAN
series "Washington Journal" and
included call-in questions from
students, educators, faculty and
Michigan residents, Schlissel
repeatedly emphasized the role
of public universities in challeng-
ing inequality.
"One of the missions of pub-
lic universities is to, in effedt,
redress the misdistribution of
income across our society," he
said. "To me, the most tried and
true way to do that is through
higher education. The challenge
is to identify students, regard-
less of their background, who are
See C-SPAN, Page 3

Business Prof. Scott Masten, SACUA chair, speaks at the SACUA Meeting in the Flemming Building Monday.
SACUA calls for chan ge
to proposed NA rules

Prof. laud's
of female
Author discusses
significance of
"Silent Spring"
Daily Staff Reporter
Since the 1962 publication of
her book "Silent Spring," Rachel
Carson has been considered
one of history's most prominent
female environmentalists. But
Dr. Robert Musil, president of the
Rachel Carson Council, aimed
to tell a more inclusive story
through his book "Rachel Carson
and Her Sisters: Extraordinary
Women Who Have Shaped
America's Environment" at a
lecture Monday
Musil detailed the contents of
his book published earlier this
year to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of Carson's death.
See LECTURE, Page 3

Members express
concerns about
shifting focuses
Daily StaffReporter
The Senate Advisory Com-
mittee on University Affairs
met Monday afternoon to dis-

cuss a proposal to change the
governance of the NCAA in
Division I schools.
SACUA addressed the new
NCAA Division I governance
model approved by the NCAA
Division I Board of Directors
on Aug. 6, a remodel that will
either pass or be overridden
by University President Mark
Schlissel next week.
The Coalition on Inter-

collegiate Athletics, a group
comprised of faculty mem-
bers from more than 50 Divi-
sion I schools, has said the'
new model is inadequate and
prioritizes economic issues
over the educational value of
sports. The Coalition brought
the proposal to SACUA to con-
sider and then advise Schlissel
regarding his decision to over-
See SACUA, Page 3


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