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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, November 17, 2008

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A BUS RIDE LIKE NO OTHER

ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT
Opposing
groups to
unite for
first time
In effort to find middle ground,
AMI and SAFE collaborate on
event emphasizing peace efforts
By VERONICA MENALDI
Daily Staff Reporter
For the first time, two University student groups on
opposite sides of a bitterly fought ideological divide
are collaborating to sponsor an event promoting peace
in Israel.
The event, backed by the University's chapter of
American Movement for Israel and Students Allied
for Freedom and Equality, is a speech focusing on
peace efforts in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Titled
"The Parent's Circle Family Forum: Overcoming Pain
to Work Towards Peace," the event kicks off at 7 p.m.
tonight in the Michigan League Ballroom.
Ross School of Business junior Sasha Gribov, head
of AMI, described the collaboration as unprecedent-
ed, with the two groups standing on opposite sides of
so controversial an issue.
"It's something that hasn't been done before," he
said. "It won't solve our political differences, but we
felt it's something that could make all of us under-
stand what's at stake."
SAFE, a group of about 400 student-activists, advo-
cates Israel leaving the Gaza strip and the West Bank.
AMI also has about 400 members and advocates
maintaining and strengthening the current borders
of Israel. Both promote understanding of the Middle
East through educational events.
"We are students at one of the best universities in
the country," LSA junior Andrew Dalack, co-chair
See ISRAEL, Page 7A

School of Music junior Curtis Wiklund celebrates with new fiancee Jordin Nelson after proposing marriage to her on a University bus Friday. Wiklund contacted friends from New Life Church
to help decorate the bus. When Wiklund got on the bus with Nelson at Pierpont Commons, the friends on the bus began singing "I Say a Little Prayer."
NEAR-CAMPUS CRIME
Mllano faces assault chrges

Football player faces
up o to years for two
harges stemming from
assault of hockey player
By TREVOR CALERO
Daily StaffReporter
The Michigan football player sus-
jected of attacking a Michigan hockey
layerinalate-nightincidentlastmonth
has been charged with two counts of

assault and is expected to turn himself
in to police today.
Prosecutors issued a warrant on Fri-
day for LSA senior Mike Milano, 22,
charging him with two counts of assault
stemming from an incident last month
after which LSA junior Steve Kampfer,
a Michigan hockey player, was hospital-
ized with a fractured skull.
The first charge, assault with intent to
do greatbodilyharm, is afelonythatcar-
ries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison
and a $5,000 fine. The second charge, for
misdemeanor aggravatedassault, carries
a penalty of up to one year in prison and

a $1,000 fine, University Police spokes-
woman Diane Brownsaid Friday.
"We're working with the perpetra-
tor's attorneyto make arrangements for
him to turn himselfin and be arraigned,"
Brown said.
John Shea, Milano's attorney, told
The Ann Arbor News that his client
would turn himself in today and that
Milano is notcguilty of the charges.
Milano is the main suspect in the
Oct. 12 incident, in which Kampfer was
"body slammed" into the sidewalk on
Church Street, near East Quad Resi-
dence Hall, police said.

Kampfer, a starting defenseman on
the hockey team, was hospitalized fol-
lowing the incident. Michigan hockey
coach Red Berenson said Kampfer will
miss eight to ten weeks of play as a result
of his injuries.
Kampfer, 20, filed for a Personal Pro-
tection Order eight days later, request-
ing that Milano be prohibited from
contacting him or coming near him.
Kampfer's PPO request states that
he was walking with his back to Mila-
no and two of his friends when he was
attacked from behind, resulting in "a
See ASSAULT, Page 7A

PROTESTING FOR GAY RIGHTS
Hundreds rally onA2
streets against Prop 8

U sets fundraising record: $3.1billion
Michigan Difference FROM THE DAILY
effort biggest of any For an editorial on the campaign,
U.S. public school see Opinion, Page4A.

About one million
people worldwide
took part in rallies
By THOMAS CHAN
Daily StaffReporter
A crowd of about 250 people
in Ann Arbor braved the wet,
30-degree weather Saturday
afternoon to join nearly a million
others in cities across the coun-
try and the world to protest the
recent same-sex marriage ban in
California.
The protest, held in front of the
post office at Fifth and West Lib-
ty streets, was one of hundreds
h'eld nationwide opposing Propo-
sition 8, a ballot initiative that
banned gay marriage in Califor-
-ia, and passing with 52 percent
.fthe vote on Election Day.
While at the post office, the
wet but otherwise jovial crowd
chanted slogans and held post-
e*s, which read "Defend Equality.
Love Unites," and "Fight H8." At
one point, the crowd even sang
a variation on "I Love You," the

well-known song from Barney
and Friends.
Law School student Tom Bous-
nakis, one of protest's organiz-
ers, told crowd that while he was
excited for President-elect Barack
Obama's support of gay rights, he
was disappointed that Proposi-
tion 8 succeeded on Election Day.
The rally was peaceful and
there were no signs of counter-
protests. Sergeant Ed Stuck of
the Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment said there was no violence
or incidents that required police
intervention.
At about 3 p.m., the crowd at
the post office briefly marched
through downtown Ann Arbor
and then to the Diag.
Once on the Diag, the rally con-
cluded in minutes, but not before
the organizers could implore the
protesters to remain politically
active.
"You guys are going to have
to stay informed," Law School
student David Brown, one of the
event's organizers, said to the
crowd.
The event's organizers, mostly
See PROTEST, Page 7A

By KYLE SWANSON
Daily Staff Reporter
With a drumroll and streamers
flying in the air, the head of the
University's Michigan Difference
Campaign announced Friday that
more than $3.1 billion has been
raised during the campaign, num-
bering it the largest fundraising
effort in the University's history
and the largest ever accomplished
by a U.S. public university.
The campaign broke the record
set by the University of Califor-
nia at Los Angeles, which raised
$3.06 billion during a 10-year span
from 1997 to 2006. The University
of Michigan's campaign was first
made public in 2004.
Campaign Chair Rich Rogel
made the announcement at Hill
Auditorium before staff, alumni
and donors who gathered to cel-
ebrate the campaign's success.
Donors told their stories, Univer-
sity President Mary Sue Coleman
made comments and philanthropy
expert Paul Schervish gave a key-
See FUNDRAISING, Page 7A

BY THE NUMBERS
3.1
Billion dollars raised in The Michigan
Difference campaign
Number of buildings funded, partially
or fully, by the campaign
910
Millions of dollars contributed tofthe
University's endowment
SOUlRCF-: UNIVFRSITY OF MICHIGAN

sAID ALASLAH/Daily
The Michigan Difference Campaign held its finale celebration in the Hill Auditorium.
on Friday. The campaign raised $3.1 billion over four years.

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