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The Michigan Daily - Monday, August 8, 2005 - 3
Student government
leaders address Council

By Amber Colvmn that zoning re
Daily Staff Reporter four people pe
would not be
The dispute between Ann Arbor City Council and with various f
student government continued at last Monday's City that eight perr
Council meeting, where representatives from the Michi- "It would1
gan Student Assembly and LSA Student Government number of p
spoke out against the passage of a parking resolution in mits would b
the summer, while most students affected are gone. to arrive at a
The resolution passed at the July 18 meeting - group faciliti
despite the protest from MSA members - and cre- Counciln
ated a residential parking district for the residents of motioned to
the North Burns Park and Oxbridge neighborhoods. mits per hou
Under the rules of the new district, which includes but the motio
the area south of Hill Street between Forest Avenue Yahkindw
and Geddes Avenue, each house will be allowed four would consid
parking permits that allow them to park anywhere in "Our prop
the district for an entire year. Group housing, such as mise, and the
fraternities, sororities and co-ops, will be permitted said. "Theyd
eight passes apiece. Wagner sa
LSA-SG President Andrew Yahkind said he was parking reso
worried by the City Council's actions. with students
"I'm concerned because the resolution will hurt He presented
students, but I'm more concerned about the way the show that he
resolution was passed," said Yahkind. "The issue the resolution
itself isn't the parking." Council with
An amendment to the resolution was passed at that he thoug
the meeting that allows cars with non-Michigan "Clearlys
license plates to use the parking permits as long as ingly whichN
the owner could provide some proof of residency, addressed th
such as utility bills or a copy of the lease. tions, thereN
Stuart Wagner and Melton Lee, both MSA represen- hood affecte(
tatives, also spoke at the meeting and said that while they Yahkind s,
supported the amendment to authorize parking permits resolution in
for cars with out-of-state license plates, the number of students was
permits allowed at each house should be changed from a resolution t
four to six, and that group housing should be allowed 12 before City C
permits instead of eight. "Last yeari
Council member Jean Carlberg (D-2nd Ward) said year who kno'
continued from page 1.
there has been speculation about the News's new editor-
in-chief, David Butler, who, according to Foster, promises
to avoid the cookie cutter-style stories that were published
under Gannett.
"(David Butler) seems like a guy that's going to allow you
to be creative, to be a journalist ... I might be buying the holy
water, but I like the guy," Foster said.
Furthermore, many said, because MediaNews is a privately
held company, it will be able to provide extra financing for
the paper when necessary instead of being obligated to boost
returns for stockholders.
But even with a new competitive edge and a fresh staff,
some said, the News may only have succeeded in extending
its life, not saving it. "The economics of the industry indi-

strictions in the neighborhoods only allow
er unit; therefore six permits for one house
necessary. She added that conversations
raternities in the neighborhood had shown
mits per fraternity was a reasonable figure.
be hard to say each fraternity has this
eople and therefore this number of per-
e appropriate," Carlberg said. "We tried
number that meets the needs of those
es in this area."
member Kim Groom (D-1st Ward)
amend the resolution to allow six per-
se and 12 per group housing facility,
on died when no one seconded it.
was upset that no one besides Groom
der giving more permits to the houses.
osal was one of resolve and compro-
ey didn't even want to listen," Yahkind
didn't even discuss it."
aid that City Council lied about the
lution, claiming that they consulted
s and did not receive any complaints.
d the Council with a Pinocchio doll to
believed their arguments in support of
n were dishonest. Wagner presented the
earplugs at the last meeting to show
ht they were not listening to students.
some arguments were made know-
were not accurate," Wagner said as he
e Council. "Contrary to your allega-
were students living in the neighbor-
d who voiced their concerns."
aid that the Council's choice to pass a
the summer that dramatically affects
becoming habitual - last summer the
to ban couches on front porches came
ouncil, but it was not passed.
it was couches, this year it's parking. Next
ws what it's going to be," Yahkind said.

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MSA representative Melton Lee asks members of City Council to consider revising the
proposed amendment to the parking resolution that they passed two weeks ago. Lee
wants the amendment to be more accommodating for student residents of Ann Arbor.
continued from page 1
"This lawsuit is in part aimed at stopping abuse of power by police on campus," said Michael J.
Steinberg, Legal Director of ACLU of Michigan.
Ashley Berden, another plaintiff from Saginaw County, had already left from a graduation party
when the Thomas Township police showed up.
When the police found Berden's purse at the party, they woke her up at 4:00 a.m. in order to
administer a breath test. The police told Berden that if she refused to take the Breathalyzer test, that
she would be guilty of a civil infraction. The test registered a 0-percent blood alcohol level.
Steinberg said that these are not isolated incidents.
"The problem of police abusing their power under this law is especially prevalent on cam-
puses across this state. We receive dozens and dozens of calls from college students who are
simply walking across campus on a weekend and are stopped and forced to take a breath test,
or about campus police coming into parties unannounced and making every person line up
and take a breath test," Steinberg said.

cate that only one daily will be able to since pre-strike highs, and the News's circula-
compete ... it would be extremely diffi- Young people tion has fallen 55 percent.
cult for the News to win," Wayne State 't "It really is a question about the Detroit mar-
professor Steve Lacy said. simply don ket," Morton said.
Lacy said there is uncertainty over read In addition to local troubles, the national
what will happen to the industry in the newspapers media environment will be crucial for the suc-
distant future, but he predicts the News anymore." cess of both Detroit papers. "Young people
will either close or be swallowed by ay r simply don't read newspapers anymore," Lacy
the Free Press within the next 10 to 20 said.
years. - Steve Lacey, Newspapers are being forced to creatively
Newspaper circulation has been Wayne State Professor adapt to an evolving media scene. Gannett
slumping nationwide, making the indus- already owns 60 different websites, indicating
try unpredictable. Detroit has been hit that it is diversifying away from print media.
particularly hard; a strike in 1995, cou- But the turmoil of the modern media market,
pled with advertising loss due to a struggling auto industry, analysts say, may yield overall improvements for consumers.
has crippled Detroit's newspapers. "Truthfully, I think these are the most exciting times for
The circulation of the Free Press has fallen 45 percent media communication in the last 50 years," Burns said.

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