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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, November18, 2014

to vote
on bldg.
renovation project
estimated to cost
$49 million
Daily Staff Reporter
At Thursday's meeting of the
University's Board of Regents
the governing body will vote to
approve schematic designs for
a $49 million renovation of the
David M. Dennison Building.
The regents will also con-
sider several other capital
projects, including designs
for the new Biological Sci-
ence Building, renovations for
the second floor of Lorch Hall
and improvements to Yost Ice
In July 2014, the board
approved the Dennison proj-
ect and the hiring of Diamond
Schmitt Architects to design
the project. Thursday's vote of
approval will put the project
into action.
If approved, LSA will relo-
cate the International Insti-
tute and associated centers for
international studies from the
School of Social Work to the
Dennison Building after the
renovation is completed.
Approximately 106,000
gross square feet that have
been vacated by the relocation
of the Department of Astrono-
my fromDennisonto West Hall
will be renovated. Classrooms
will be repurposed to create
spaces for faculty work as well
See DESIGNS, Page 3

board held
to secrecy

University President Mark Schlissel speaks at his monthly Fireside Chat in the Michigan Union on Monday.
Sc huissel addresses
m--isconduct policy

In monthly fireside
chat, University
president talks
student life issues
For theDaily
In the Pond Room of the
Michigan Union, about a dozen
randomly-selected students
from around campus gathered
Monday evening to discuss
issues with University President
Mark Schlissel and E. Royster
Harper, vice president for stu-
dent life, during their monthly
Fireside Chat.
After breaking the ice with
light discussion about his plans
to spend his first Thanksgiv-
ing in Ann Arbor and receiving
Snapchat pictures from one of
his daughters, Schlissel opened

the floor up for questions.
Among a host of questions and
concerns, how the University
handles sexual misconduct was
featured in Schlissel's discussion.
In wake of the recent domes-
tic violence charge involving the
defensive end Frank Clark, stu-
dents expressed issues regarding
sexual assault and current cam-
pus policies. Though Michigan
Coach Brady Hoke announced
Monday that Clark was dis-
missed from the team, the cir-
cumstances surrounding former
kicker Brendan Gibbons' perma-
nent separation from the Uni-
versity for violating the Student
Sexual Misconduct Policy con-
tinue to raise concerns around
campus for how sexual miscon-
duct is handled at the University.
Schlissel acknowledged that
steps are currently being taken
to improve the campus commu-
nity and work toward preventing
sexual misconduct, as well as an

examination of the current rules
and procedures regarding sexual
misconduct. Schlissel noted that
all students - athletes or not
- must be part of the effort to
change the culture on campus to
combat sexual assault.
Throughout the majority of
the chat, manystudents inquired
about the need for renovations
on North Campus, as well as
frustration with the consistency
of northbound buses. With reno-
vations currently underway on
the West Quad-Residence Hall-
and the recent completion of
renovations to East Quad Resi-
dence Hall and South Quad Resi-
dence Hall, students feel North
Campus is being overlooked.
"What I want is for when
students hear that they're on
North Campus is to accept the
inconvenience of it and the luck
of the draw, but also to acknowl-
edge that this is an opportunity
See CHAT, Page 3

requirement calls
group's influence
into question
Online Editor
The University's Advisory
Board on Intercollegiate Athlet-
ics, the only body charged with
providing faculty, student and
alumni input to the Athletic
Department, is restricted by a
wide-ranging confidentiality
and fiduciary agreement with
the department, causing some
faculty members to call into
question the board's indepen-
dence and influence.
The ABIA is established
by the bylaws of the Univer-
sity's Board of Regents and is
designed to serve as an adviser
to the athletic director. It is
also instructed to "make, adopt,
and enforce the necessary rules
1rid- -regedationw" concerning
student-athlete eligibility and
"intercollegiate relations."
"The existing agreement
starts from the premise that all
information acquired in ABIA
is confidential unless explicitly
released," wrote Scott Masten,
chair of the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs
and a professor of business eco-
nomics and public policy, in an
e-mail. The agreement has been

in place since at least 2010.
The confidentiality agree-
merit,whichwas released for the
first time at Monday's meeting
of the University Senate, refers
to ABIA's "fiduciary duties of
loyalty and care."
"Members of the ABIA sign
confidentiality and. fiduciary
agreements because - there
often is confidential informa-
tion shared," Associate Athletic
Director David Ablauf wrote in
an email. "It's important that
ABIA members understand how
seriously the university takes
the protection of that informa-
By making all discussion con-
fidential by default, the agree-
ment stops members of the
committee from discussing con-
cerns - large or small - with
anyone other than University
President Mark Schlissel. The
current policy requires direct
approval of the athletic direc-
tor, who is chair of the ABIA by
default but lacks a vote, to pub-
1iy discuss issues brought up
Ablauf wrote that members
could always bring up issues to
fellow ABIA members, appro-
priate offices at the University or
use the University's compliance
hotline. The agreement itself
does not provide for outside con-
tacts other than the University
Masten and other members
of SACUA are troubled with the

Despite Ebola precautions,
enterovirus D68 proves to
be a more prevalent concern

Symptoms for virus
include respiratory
infection, cold sores
in children, adults
For the Daily
While Ebola might dominate
the front pages of health and
news publications, a different
virus has had a more widespread
impact in Michigan. As of Nov. 7,
90 positive cases of enterovirus
D68 were reported in the state
out of the 139 cases sent to the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention for testing, accord-
ing to Jennifer Smith, public
information officer at the Michi-
gan Department of Community
This year, the Washtenaw
County Department of Public
Health reported two positive
cases in the county. One patient
is an adult with a history of
asthma and the other is seven-
month-old infant. The season for
EV-D68 typically ends with the
onset of winter.
First discovered in Califor-

nia in 1962, EV-D68 is most
frequently diagnosed during
summer and fall, causing mostly
infants, children and teenag-
ers to suffer symptoms includ-
ing respiratory infection, mouth
sores, diarrhea, vomiting, cold-
like symptoms and wheezing.
Since adult immune systems
havemore exposure to various
kinds of viruses, they are the
least susceptible age group for
This year, EV-D68 is a strain
that "came through with spread
that makes the kids quite sick,
especially those with asthma,"
said Dr. Marie Lozon, division
director of pediatric emergency
medicine at C.S. Mott Children's
Lozon said the hospital's
emergency room was full of
patients fighting the virus during
the peak of EV-D68 season.
"We were absolutely cramped
and overwhelmed; the ICU was
packed," she said.
Lozon said her department
witnessed a 20- to 30-per-
cent increase in the number of
daily patient visits as a result of
EV-D68. Staff would see about
70 children in most years, but
this year the hospital received a

record number of visits during
the few weeks when EV-D68 was
the most prevalent.
"We have seen more kids than
we have ever seen before," Lozon
On those days, the hospital
housed about 105 children per
The CDC is current the only
institution that performs the
diagnostic test for EV-D68.
While waiting for test results
to come back, which might take
several days, staff at the Uni-
versity Hospital apply the same
treatment for potentially positive
EV-D68 patients as they would
for patients with rhinovirus. Pre-
liminary test results usually indi-
cate patients as positive for both
enterovirus and rhinovirus.
Though Lozon and her col-
leagues do not know if EV-D68
causes flaccid paralysis - a
symptom that characterizes
polio, another enterovirus-relat-
ed disease - her department saw
a cluster of seven patients of vari-
ous ages and from different parts
of Michigan admitted with flac-
cid paralysis of lower and upper
extremities in a period of a week
and a half.

Mayor Christopher Taylor listens at the City Council meeting at the Washtenaw County Administratin Building Monday,
In Taylor's first meeting as mayor,
Council approves winter shelters

Fuller parking lot parking lot to the University.
Additionally, Councilmember
lease to continue Sabra Briere (D-Ward 1) was
appointed as 2015's mayor pro-
with University tem; if Taylor were unable to
perform his duties as mayor for
By EMMA KERR any reason, Briere would fill the
Daily StaffReporter position.

ing a report filed by the mayor's
office at the last meeting.
Briere said the money set aside
by this resolution will also help
support other warmingshelters in
association with the Delonis Cen-
ter, such as three churches that
have volunteered to host those in
need during extreme. She said it is
crucial that the Council give peo-
ple a reliable opportunity to get off
the streets.
"We are all excited to have win-
ter come so early, but it can be a
problem for people who do not
have ahome," she said. "Thisreso-
lution allows us to support this
See COUNCIL, Page 3

Monday's Ann Arbor City
Council meeting marked the first
in Mayor Christopher Taylor's
Councilmembers passed two
key resolutions - one pertaining
to winter housing for the city's
homeless and another continuing
the lease of the Fuller Park

Winter shelter
Council members unanimously
voted to increase the amount of
money given to the Delonis Center,
a winter emergency shelter inAnn
Arbor. Extreme winter weather
has been a concern for public
speakers at Council meetings for
the second week in a row, follow-


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