Monday, August 4, 2008
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From Page 1
Incumbent Ward 3 Councilmem-
ber Stephen Kunselman said the prin-
ciple issues of his "diverse" ward are
difficult to pinpoint. But both Kunsel-
man and his challenger, Ann Arbor
attorney Christopher Taylor, agree
that new building developments are a
major concern in their ward.
The contentious proposal for 601
Forest, a 25-story student hous-
ing high-rise on the corner of South
University Avenue and Forest Street,
would be built in Ward 3.
Taylor, who supports height
restrictions for downtown buildings,
said he would only push for develop-
ments that are "within Ann Arbor's
From Page 1
Wrapping up her sixth year on the
Ann Arbor City Council, Democrat
Margie Teall will be the only name
on the primary ballot for Ward 4.
She said she's still looking forward
to tackling some of her constituents
throughout her ward, Teall said she
has had to deal with issues between
city-residents and students who live
on the same block.
Teall said a number of single-fam-
ily homes in her ward have been con-
verted to rental units in recent years.
nearby residents, particularly when
grassy backyards are paved to create
culture, context and character."
Kunselman supports the construc-
tion of 601 Forest because of demand
for downtown density.
"A vibrant urban center, strong sin-
gle-family residential neighborhoods,
very well-preserved, protected func-
tional greenbelt environment," he
said. "That is going to be our future."
Both Kunselman and Taylor said
that student input is welcome, but not
"In addition to his previous two
years on council, Kunselman served
on the Ann Arbor City Planning
Commission from 2004 to 2006. Tay-
lor was a Democratic party precinct
delegate in 2006 and served as a law
clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals for the
First Circuit Judge Bruce Selya.
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parking lots for student tenants.
Despite concerns about maintain-
ing the character of some of the city's
most popular neighborhoods, Teall
said she has managed to help students
and families come together.
"There's been a real positive
growth in the area of neighborhoods
kind of coming together and want-
ing to work with students that live in
their neighborhood," Teall said.
With regard to more recent issues
handledby the council, Teall said she
was in favor of allowing backyard
chickens and is a sponsor of the ini-
tiative to ban plastic bags at major
grocery stores in the city.
Teall is also a member of the city's
Environmental Commission and the
Housing and Human Services Advi-
From Page 3
Hired straight out of graduate
school after earning her doctorate
from Northwestern University in
1998, Mitchell said she feels fortu-
nate to have landed her very first
job at the University of Michigan.
Despite the great start, Mitchell
eventually left the University after
New York University made three
different offers during the eight
years she was in Ann Arbor.
For her, NYU's last and most
attractive offer arrived right at the
time she was up for tenure.
According to Mitchell, who
left Ann Arbor in January 2007,
NYU's pre-tenure tactic is stan-
dard procedure for lots of other
elite schools. She said other uni-
versities like Princeton University
and Duke University, which also
From Page 1
In Tuesday's primary elec-
tion, Ward 5 residents will decide
whether Carsten Hohnke or Vivi-
enne Armentrout should replace
Christopher Easthope (D-Ward
5), who is running for 15th District
Hohnke, who was endorsed by
Ann Arbor mayor John Hieftje, is
an Ann Arbor native and Univer-
sity alum. He said he is running
for city councilbecause of a strong
interest in public policy and love
for the city where he was raised.
recruited her, fre-
quently take the same approach.
"Often times when somebody's
coming up for tenure or right
around the time that they're pub-
lishing their first book, is when
other schools might start taking a
look," Mitchell said.
Earning her doctorate from Yale
in 1993, History Prof. Maria Mon-
toya eventually came to Michigan
in 1995. Today she's another name
on the list of young faculty who
left for the private elites.
Along with her husband, Rick
Hill, a former University of Michi-
gan Law prof., Montoya was
recruited to NYU in 2006.
Much like Mitchell, Montoya
said the University of Michigan
helped her get established in her
field - and also gave her the flex-
ibility to work elsewhere.
According to her, the Univer-
sity has no problem recruiting the
Armentrout, a former county
commissioner, said she is running
because she is concerned with the
way council priorities are set.
"I feel like a lot was being con-
ducted in secret," she said.
Armentrout said she has long
disagreed with the city council's
plan to fund a new municipal
building through bonds.
Hohnke said he is happy with
the funding plans but worried
that city council didn't involve
city residents when it made the
"I think the city council
dropped the ball on engaging folks
in the conversation," he said.
best and brightest professors fresl-
out of graduate school. She added
though, that Michigan's faculty
recruitment efforts aren't the
same at every stage in the game.
"I think where they don't do a;
well is when people are tenured,' -
Montoya said of the University
"Once they can go someplace
else, I think it's very difficult tt
lure somebody who's tenured of
mid-career to Michigan."
With bigger salaries and bet-
ter benefits, Montoya said it',
often the case that places like
NYU and other elite private uni-
versities offer perks that public
schools simply can't match.
"I think when you're trying tc
compete with a Harvard or a Yale
or a Princeton, there's just alot of
factors that Michigan can't com-
pete with," Montoya said. "Espe-
cially given the sort of finances o
those various institutions."
Both candidates agree that
.a wider distribution of student
housing would be better for Ann
Similarly, they both said they
see students as having a vital role
in the election process.
"I think they need to seek out
that role," Hohnke said.
Both Hohnke and Armentrout
expressed an interest in enhanc-
ing the city's mass transit system
and support the increase of non-
ing the addition of bike lanes and
the implementation of the Allen
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