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THE EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK with GABE NELSON
A look at the big news events this week and how important they really are. Conveniently rated from one to10.
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The Department of Defense acknowledged yesterday
that it accidentally mixed up two packages of
military supplies and as a result sent several fuses
for nuclear missiles to Taiwan by mistake. It took
them a year and a half to figure out where the
loses went, but we've talkingabout a breaucracy
with a half-trillion-dollar budget, soit's easy to
understand why these little goofs happen once in
a while. Next week, Defense Department officials
will realize that the thousands of troops in Iraq were
supposed to have invaded Saudi Arabia. Oops.
In a move that has unleashed a wave of nostalgia on
teens and twentysomethings nationwide, author R.L.
Stine has announced his decision to reanimate the
long-dead "Goosebumps" series. Back in the naive
'90s,the series sold millionsoftcopies of bookswith
names like "Egg Monsters From Mars," "Revenge of the
Lawn Gnomes" and "It Came From Beneath the Kitchen
Sink!" Wait, the books were that stupid? Thanks, R.L.
Stine, for trying to ruin our rose-tinted childhoods.
After failing to reach an agreement on a new
contractwiththe University, members of the
Graduate Employees' Organization decided to walk
out yesterday and today. Employeesof the union,
which represents the University's graduate student
instructors, have asked ton hetter pay and wove
benetits. The idea ot teachers canceling class to
make a statement about their value as teachers is
a little ironic, but considering Michigan students
don'tget snowdays, a couple classes offevery
few years for a GEO walkout only seems fair.
Almost immediately after Quickie Burger and Dogs, a
small burger place on State Street, opened earlier this
month, a campus activist group started a petition asking
the restaurant to change its name and logo. The logo
shows a busty woman ridinga hamburger, which could
be seen as objectifying women, but glossed over in the
controversy has been the fact that the woman's hair
appears tobe on fire. In addition to being misogynist,
this image gives the impression that fire is fun and tasty.
Keep children away from this restaurant at all costs.
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former chief
of staff Christine Beatty pled not guilty yesterday to a
combined fifteen felony counts on charges including
perjury, obstruction of justice and the use of public
funds to conceal crimes relatingeto the cover up of a
6 sex scandal between the two. But Kwame has a point:
how can we really know if he was the one who typed
those sexy text messages on his phone?
mouth made headlines. Four
months later, Hart drew the ire
of Spartan nation after dubbing
Michigan State "little brother"
after another Michigan victory
in the in-state rivalry.
The Harbaugh and Michi-
gan State comments bookended
what could have been Hart's
most important wordsin terms
of the Wolverines' on-field suc-
After hopes of a National
Championship were dashed by
a 0-2 start, Hart did what he
could to help turn the season
around heading into the Notre
"We're going to win next
week," Hart said following
Michigan's loss to Oregon.
"There's no question in my
mind. I guarantee we will win
next week. I'm going to get this
team ready. Guaranteed."
The talk was great for head-
lines, but it wasn't an empty
FILE PHOTO/Daiy promise. Michigan won eight
straight games and came with-
While in Chicago for Big Ten in a game of another Rose Bowl
Media Day, Hart took a shot at berth.
former Michigan quarterback Jim Even though his mouth ran at
Harbaugh for criticizing the Uni- record speeds during his final sea-
versity of Michigan's academics son, the running done by 5-foot-9
upon taking the Stanford head- running back's legs was not to be
coaching job. overshadowed.
"That's a guy I have no respect Hart became the school's. all-
for," Hart said. "You graduate from time leading rusher midway
the University of Michigan, and through the season. He finished
you're going to talk about your his career with 5,000 yards rush-
school like that, a great university ing - a total-that would have been
like we have? He's not a Michi- higher had Hart not battled a slew
gan man. I wish he'd never played of injuries during the second half
here." of the year.
That wasn't the only time Hart's -SCOTT BELL
ike Hart's final year at
Michigan was more than
meets the eye.
Peoples' ears captured more
memorable moments of the star
running back's last season than
any set of eyes could.
Returning for his senior season
in Ann Arbor to try for a National
Championship win, Hart made
his mark before even stepping foot
onto a football field.
bout a month ago, Residen-
tial College senior Andrea
Bachman set up two circles
of yarn as a Venn diagram on a
classroom floor at Cesar Chavez
Academy High School in Detroit.
She then asked a group of high
school students a series of ques-
tions, beginning withwhether they
speak Spanish or English. Almost
all of them placed their feet in the
overlapping part of the circles,
meaningthey speak both.
During the exercise, Bachman
touched on several subjects.
"Have you dated exclusively
within or outside your race?"
"Are you for or against amnesty
for illegal immigrants?"
But the issue the activity most
concerned was the poor math skills
of American high school students.
Turning the Venn diagram exer-
cise into a mathematical activity,
Bachman demonstrated to a group
of students the social relevance of
math as part of her work teaching
low-income high schoolers and
training them to tutor younger
Bachman, who is earning an RC
social science degree with an inde-
pendent focus in youth empow-
erment, has taken on the task of
bringing better math education
and peer leadership programs to
Last summer, Bachman trained
with the Young People's Project
in Chicago to learn how to teach
using the program's techniques of
combining math and conversations
about social issues that matter to
"We try to connect the kids to
being aware of their own social
demographic," she said.
The idea of teaching math ini-
tially intimidated Bachman, who
hasn't taken any traditional math
in college. But working with youth
to improve their ability where sta-
tistics have them slated to fail was
too great an opportunity, she said.
"I'm more drawn to the way it
demanded youth to demand more
of themselves," she said.
Bachman said she is working
with LSA junior Simon Foster to
establish an Ann Arbor Young Peo-
ple's Project chapter and extend the
teaching method to more schools.
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all it killing two birds with
one stone. LSA senior Jer-
emy Davidson's brainchild,
Will Work For Food, get the most
bang from donated bucks by hav-
ing members seek pledged dona-
tions in return for performing at
least one hour of community ser-
vice. The funds go to help the vic-
tims of conflict in Darfur, while at
the same time ensuring that soup
kitchens are staffed, children are
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2 inAnn Arbor.
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added benefit of actual work that.
helps the community.
Since its inception in early 2007,
the group has raised over $3,000
for Darfur and sent hundreds of
letters to politicians expressing
people's desire for the United States
to intercede in the conflict.
Davidson, a former editor at
The Michigan Daily, said he left
SHAY SPANIOLA/Daily the Daily last year in order to fully
commit himself to the project.
He now does everything from
drafting pre-written postcards that
students can send to their congress-
men to carrying a duffel bag full of
T-shirts to sell during classes.
But Davidson, has his sights set
beyond the University, and even
beyond Darfur. He's busy talking
with area high schools and fine-tun-
ing the organization's website so
the project can go national and help
more than one cause.
"The model of Will Work For Food
is not just for Darfur," he said.
Davidson said he wants Univer-
sity students 30 years from now to
brag about how Will Work For Food
was started at the University of
Graduating in April, Davidson
isn't sure of his post-graduation
plans, but knows they'll at least
include some work on the project.
"I'd love for it to be a legacy for
the University," he said. "I'm not just
going to drop it next year."