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Bike sharing program
announces kiosk sites

nUoY VVALLAU/Daily
Pulitzer Prize Sheryl WuDunn speaks during the Women and Economic Security
Conference at Rackham Auditorium Wednesday.

SPEAKER
From Page 1
University's Center for the Educa-
tion of Women and Re:Gender, an
organization formerly called the
National Council for Research on
Women. Her talk concluded the
first day of a three-day confer-
ence, which aims to identify and
discuss barriers for impoverished
women seeking financial security.
Gloria Thomas, CEW director,
said the conference was intend-
ed to be a catalyst for discus-
sion among students and faculty
regarding poverty and its implica-
tions worldwide.
"For this initiative and this
week's related conference, CEW
is serving as the convener of

scholars, activists, social service
agencies and their clients living in
poverty, policy makers and other
interested parties who are com-
mitted to establishing policy rec-
ommendations at the state level to
help women," Thomas said.
Though University students
may never witness these atroci-
ties firsthand, She added that it's
important they have an under-
standing of their existence and
what can be done.
"While WuDunn's talk (had)
an international focus - particu-
larly regarding policies and prac-
tices to address these issues - the
intent is for conference attendees
to have a broad understanding of
what's being done to eliminate
poverty worldwide in order to
inspire and enable us all to think
globally but act locally."

Cycle pick-up
stations are set to
launch in July at
several locations
By ALLANA AKHTAR
Daily News Editor
Cyclists, grab a helmet.
By July, University students will
have access to public bikes in an
effort to add cycling to daily com-
mutes.
ArborBike, in partnership with
the Ann Arbor City Council, the
Ann Arbor-based nonprofit Clean
Energy Coalition and the Universi-
ty are in the final stages of initiating
the citywide bike share program.
In the latest step toward launch-
ing the program, the organization
has launched a map of the 14 future
kiosk stations where riders can rent
a bicycle.
A few are near University aca-
demic buildings, including one on
State Street by the Modern Lan-
guages Building, one on South Uni-
versity by the School of Social Work
and one on East Madison Street
near the Michigan Union.
There are also stations close to
popular downtown areas. Kiosks
near the Main Street hub include a
station on the intersection of Main
Street and Washington Street near
Cafe Zola and a station on East
Huron Street bythe Ann Arbor City
Council building. There is another
kiosk planned for Fifth Avenue
close to the Ann Arbor Farmers
Market in Kerrytown.
The Medical Center and Michi-
gan Stadium will have stations
nearby. North Campus will also
have kiosks on Hubbard Road and
near the Cooley Laboratory.
Lisa Solomon, business ana-
lyst for University Parking and
Transportation Services, said the

campus. She stressed that the pro-
gram is not ideal for long, trans-city
trips, but would aid people who
were looking to get to nearby des-
tinations faster or finish up the last
leg of a bus journey.
"It offers an alternative for get-
tingaround," Solomon said. "People
wouldn't use their car, for example,
if they needed to run out for lunch."
Interested users have the choice
of buying membership cards of one
day for $6, one week for $20 or one
year for $65. Members then have
access to the public bikes around
the city for 30 to 60 minutes at a
time. Bikers face fees if they return
bikes after one hour of use to help
keep as many bikes in circulation as
possible.
The bikes come with a small bas-
ket, front and rear lights and a chain
lock. ArborBike said they would
fund and facilitate all bike repairs.
Bike-sharing businesses have
opened with success across the
nation, in areas such as Washington
D.C., Portland, Oregon and in the
Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs
of New York City.
In 2011, University President
Mary Sue Coleman gave a speech
to students on improving sustain-
ability through University funded
transportation and emission reduc-
tion projects. She specifically sug-
gested a bike sharingsystem around
campus to decrease dependence on
gas-powered vehicles.
The University supported Arbor-
Bike through the process and
donated $600,000 toward opera-
tional costs. The Ann Arbor Area
Transportation Authority and the
Clean Energy Coalition assisted
with start-up funding as well.
Solomon sees great potential in
the enterprise, especially because
of the environmental and wellness
benefits that could result.
"It will enable students, faculty
and staff access to downtown and
campus," Solomon said. "You can
run around easily without fighting
for a parking spot."

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By JAKE LOURIM
ManagingSports Editor
More than three months after
the season started in Tampa, Fla.,
all the variables that the Michigan
softball has tried to neutralize -
weather, travel, opponent - are
back in play.
As she has all season, Michigan
coach Carol Hutchins will do her
best to ignore them.
For most of the season, it looked
like the Wolverines would be host-
ing another regional at the Wilpon
Complex in front of their fans,
playing as the favorite. Now, after
finishing 8-6 in their last 14 games,
they must travel more than 2,000
miles southwest to play in triple-
digit temperatures against No. 9
seed Arizona State, which nearly
no-hit Michigan in March.
As far as Hutchins is concerned,
though, the game is the same -
even if the Wolverines will be play-
ing it with ice baths in the dugout
and plenty of water.
Michigan will open regional
play against San Diego State at
12:30 p.m. local time Friday, when
the forecast projects temperatures

Softball opens NCAA play in Tempe

up to 104 degrees. Arizona State
will play Ivy League champion
Dartmouth immediately after.
The winners and losers will play
each other on Saturday in the dou-
ble-elimination format, with the
regional champion being decided
Sunday.
And even though the Wolverines
watched Minnesota celebrate a Big
Ten Tournament championship
last time they were on the field,
the players say they're still going in
confident about their chances.
"I definitely think we have a
chip on our shoulder," said sopho-
more shortstop Sierra Romero.
"We know what Michigan softball
is, and we know what it takes to
play Michigan softball. I think our
mindset is great."
In the final weeks of the season,
when the team struggled, it really
struggled. The Wolverines' occa-
sional inability to make in-game
adjustments has caused several
puzzling results, including a 10-2
road loss to Illinois on April 25 and
a 9-3 home loss to Wisconsin on
May2.
Another case in point: Saturday
night, when Minnesota brought in

senior right-hander Sara Moulton
for the fifth inning of the Big Ten
final. Moulton proceeded to shut
down the Wolverines for the rest
of the game, getting the win when
the Gophers scored on a walk-off
single.
"We're definitely going to take
away our sense of fight and attack
mindset," said senior outfielder
Nicole Sappingfield. "We did really
well against Illinois and Wisconsin
making adjustments, and I think
we could have done a better job of
that in the Minnesota game."
Adjustments will be key this
weekend, when a lackluster effort
could prove costly in a double-
elimination tournament. San
Diego State boasts left-handed
ace Danielle O'Toole, who will
change speeds to keep Michigan
off balance. The Sun Devils have
two 20-win pitchers, right-hand-
ers Dallas Escobedo and Mack-
enzie Popescue, who combine
for a sub-2.00 earned-run aver-
age. Any one of them could give
the Wolverines problems. When
Arizona State played Michigan in
Fullerton, Calif. on March 6, Esc-
obedo twirled a complete-game

one-hitter to beat the Wolverines,
2-0.
But this time of the year, every
team has its strengths - Min-
nesota, for example, eliminat-
ed Michigan with its pitching.
Hutchins said the Wolverines'
strength is their three top pitch-
ers, which keeps the opponent
guessing as to who will start,
while Sappingfield noted the
depth in their lineup.

Hutchins and Sappingfield
downplayed the experience factor
heading into this weekend. Michi-
gan, San Diego State and Arizona
State are all regulars in the NCAA
Tournament, and each has several
seniors who could be playing their
last college game this weekend.
"Our season is basically on the
line these days," Hutchins said
Saturday. "I can't imagine anyone
would be too tired to finish hard."

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Daily Sports Writer good things happen."
Coming into the game hitting
n Michigan baseball coach .311 as a team, the Flames were
akich sent freshman right- silent against Lehmann. The fresh-
Keith Lehmann to the hill man pitched his way out of jams in
esday's midweek tune-up the first and sixth innings, preserv-
Illinois-Chicago, Lehm- ing the shutout without allowing
irst start, he didn't expect any walks.
ch. On the other side of the plate,
were just going to put him Michigan did all of its damage
re for as long as he could go in the first inning, as sophomore
11 be effective," Bakich said. infielder Jacob Cronenworth and
ere hoping for a quality start. junior outfielder Jackson Glines
ia plan ready for the bullpen each singled, stole a base and came
over at some point, but he around to score.
hortened the game for us." But that early action would be it
young pitcher exceeded for the Michigan offense. Despite
ations, firing seven shutout striking out just twice, the Wolver-
s while controlling the plate ine lineup failed to produce after
art to finish as the Wolver- that. Michigan mustered just four
3-11 Big Ten, 27-26-1 overall) more hits and was held scoreless
d Illinois-Chicago, 2-1, on over the final eight innings.

"It was deceiving because we
actually hit the ball OK," Bakich
said. "We only struck out twice
and hit the ball hard, but they had
a couple of web-gem catches, a
couple calls didn't go our way and
there were a number of things that
could've happened where the game
could have been totally different."
But for Lehmann and the bull-
pen, the first-inning runs were
enough. The pitching staff struck
out eight and only allowed an
eighth-inning run.
The win is Michigan's seventh
in its last eight games, and gives
the team a winning record for the
first time all season. Playingits best
baseball of the year, consistency is
key as the Wolverines host No. 22
Kansas this weekend before travel-
ing to Omaha, Neb. for the Big Ten
Tournament.
"I like our mentality right now
and the confidence that we have,"
Bakich said. "I told them before the
game to be confident but cautious
at the same time, because you don't
ever want to lose that edge."

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