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Thursday, May 17, 2018
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New Ford program
funds collaboration

Research and public
policy program helps
students engage with
organizations

By SAYALI AMIN

Daily Staff Reporter

Made possible by a $1.5 million gift
from the Power Foundation, a new
program for the University of Michigan
will be housed in the Ford School of
Public Policy to engage students and
faculty with people and organizations
in public policy.
Elisabeth Gerber, Public Policy
associate dean for research and policy
engagement, will be leading the new
program known as the Program in
Practical Policy Engagement (P3E). This
program creates learning opportunities
for students outside of a classroom
setting, while allowing students and
faculty to collaborate with different
types of organizations whether they
be governmental organizations or
nonprofits.
“The intention of the program is to
make it easier and more accessible for

students and faculty to engage with real
world policy organizations, working
on real problems,” Gerber said. “We’re
not really organized to engage with
organizations outside of our campus.”
When finding organizations to work
with, Gerber said it is important to
ensure that the skills of the students and
faculty match the type of problem that
needs to be solved. P3E can help with
the matching of these organizations.
“Finding that match, it’s time
consuming, it takes practice, it takes
patience, it takes cultural competency
depending on the types of organizations
that we’re working with,” Gerber said.
Methods of engaging with outside
organizations currently exist within the
University, however they are disjointed.
P3E’s goal is to bring together those on
campus who are working with these
organizations.
Matt
Naud,
environmental
coordinator for Ann Arbor, has worked
on projects with Public Policy students
before. One of the projects involved
water equity, or how payments for
water are determined, in Ann Arbor.

City Council
tables discussion
of controversial
new zoning

By RACHEL CUNNINGHAM

Summer Daily News Editor


The Ann Arbor City Council
has tabled a discussion regarding
potential zoning code changes
to
University
of
Michigan
fraternities and sororities until
June, hoping to work out details
in the legislation before a vote.
The
zoning
code
changes,
which have caused tension with
U-M Greek life members and
lawyers, would require future
fraternities and sororities to
maintain an affiliation with the
University or another academic
body to acquire a city permit.
Under the proposed changes,
if a sorority or fraternity loses
University recognition in the
future, it can apply for a two-
year special exception before it
would lose its house.
Councilmember
Zachary
Ackerman, D-Ward 3, wrote
in an email interview that the
zoning code changes entered
discussion
after
numerous
complaints from neighbors of
fraternity and sorority houses
and a recommendation from the
Planning Commission.

“The
City’s
Planning
Commission
(a
body
of
volunteer
experts
in
real
estate,
architecture,
and
sustainability) first took this
up in response to neighborhood
concerns,”
Ackerman
wrote.
“Many neighbors of Fraternities
and
Sororities
(more
often
Fraternities), have has serious
issues, which our current Noise,
Litter, and Nuisance regulations
cannot
effectively
control.
These existing regulations only
punish the student tenants, not
the property owners. By using
zoning code, the City is better
aligning the priorities of the
property owner with the needs
of the community. For example,
a landlord may not care if 25
of their tenants received noise
complaint tickets. However, that
same landlord probably cares
about paying off their mortgage,
which higher tenant capacity
allows him to do more quickly.
Our goal is to get the landlord
more
engaged
in
problem
properties and tenants because
they now have a financial stake
in their behavior.”
Ackerman
also
said
the
ordinance would set a cap on
the number of people allowed
to live in a fraternity or sorority
house.

New zoning code
worries Greek life

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