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Monday, December 1, 2008
THE OBAMA TRANSITION
Munoz will be responsible for
managing relations between
White House, local governments
By ANDY KROLL
Daily News Editor
Cecilia Mufioz, a University of Michigan alum
and former resident policymaker at the Ford
School of Public Policy, was named White House
director of intergovernmental affairs by President-
elect Barack Obama last week.
"We're continuing to build a White House team
that can rise to the challenges facing this country
- and I couldn't be more excited to announce Jon
and Cecilia," Obama said in a statement Wednes-
day, in which he also named 27-year-old Jonathan
Favreau his speechwriting director. "I'm confident
that at a critical time in our history, this White
House will restore openness and accountability to
our Executive Branch and help to put government
back in the hands of the people it serves."
Mufioz will supervise the White House office
responsible for managing relations between the
Obama administration and state and local govern-
Currently, Mufioz is a senior vice president for
the Washington, D.C.-based National Council of
La Raza, the largest Hispanic-American advocacy
organization in the country. At NCLR, she focuses
on legislative issues involving immigration policy,
civil rights, education and poverty.
She also chairs the board of the Center for Com-
munity Change, an advocacy group for low-income
people of color. In 2000, she won a MacArthur
Foundation fellowship, or "genius grant," for her
work as a civil rights policy analyst.
Mufinoz, a Detroit native whose parents are from
Bolivia, is a first-generation U.S. citizen but a third-
generation University graduate. She earned a bach-
elor of arts degree in English and Latin American
See APPOINTMENT, Page 7A
AFTER THE RUZZER-BEATER
THE AUTO INDUSTRY
Fifty GM engineers can learn
new drivetrain technology
from University program
By TREVOR CAI.ERO
Although the. recent financial crisis has left
Detroit's Big Three scrambling to survive, a com-
mitment between one of the struggling companies
and the University might provide a small glimmer
of hope for some auto industry workers.
The University's College of Engineering has
agreed to train 50 General Motors engineers on
alternative powertrain technology through the
Energy Systems Engineering Program, a multidis-
ciplinary program including science, engineering
and the development of policies that promote sus-
The engineers will enroll in the University's
master's program in energy systems which focuses
on three specializations: civil power, transporta-
tion power and microelectric and portable power.
The program will be led by Biomedical Engineer-
ing Prof. Ann Marie Sastry.
This partnership highlights both GM's and the
University's goals of speeding up the development
of electric vehicles and improving the vehicle-grid
interface, Sastry said.
"Together, UM and GM have an historic oppor-
tunity to create both the technology and the
workforce, to solve the problems inherent in an
IC-engine driven vehicle portfolio," Sastry wrote
in an e-mail. "And I couldn't be more delighted
See TRAINING, Page 7A
Anthony Wright wraps his arms around teammate Jevohn Shepherd following a buzzer-beating, game-winning shot by DeShawn
Sims. The basket gave the Wolverines a 66-64 overtime vic Otory over Savannah State at Crisler Arena on Saturday. For more
coverage of the men's basketball and other weekend sports, read SportsMonday, inside.
THE MUMBAI TERRORIST ATTACKS
Vigil planned for victims
Student robbed at knifepoint
By EMILY BARTON
Daily News Editor
LSA sophomore Trishya Gan-
dhi watched last week's terrorist
attacks on Mumbai, India unfold
with particular concern. Gan-
dhi spent Thanksgiving break in
Grosse Pointe with her boyfriend
and his family, but her family was
home in Mumbai.
"I felt every emotion that ex-
ists," she said. "A lot of fear, a lot
of worry, a lot of frustration - the
attacks happened five minutes
away from my house."
Gandhi's family members are
safe, but they knew people at one
of the hotels that was targeted.
Tonight, in light of the attacks
that left more than 170 people
dead, students like Gandhi will
come together in the Diag for a
candlelight vigil at 9 p.m.
Ross School of Business senior
Akshaya Varghese, who is from
Mumbai, has done much of the
planning for the event. He said
he wants to bringthose who were
affected by the attacks together.
"That's where the interest
See VIGIL, Page 7A
Gunmen began attacks Wednesday
night ont10locations throughout the
city, including a Jewish community
center and several luxury hotels.
Thesiege lasted for 60 hours
before the gunmen were finally killed
The deathtoll isover170,but the
final number is still unknown.
The last remaining gunman was
captured, and is claiming to be associ-
ated with PakistanaccordingtoIndian
governmentofficials. Pakistan is claim-
ing to have no involvement.
An unknown group calling itself
Deccan Mujahideen is claiming respon-
SnOR vCE:H SSOCIATEDPRErS
Victim reported man
held switchblade to
her throat last week
By LISA HAIDOSTIAN
Daily News Editor
A University student was robbed
at knifepoint while walking alone
along East Hoover Avenue Thurs-
day night, Ann Arbor police
reported. The student was on the
300 block of the street near Elbel
Field and headed toward a gas sta-
tion on Main Street when a man
jumped out from between build-
ings, grabbed her and pushed her
to the side of a building, she told
The suspect held what appeared
to be a switchblade to her throat
and demanded she give him the
pearl earrings she was wearing.
She did, and after surveying her
for additional property he could
take and finding nothing, he ran
east toward Division Street. The
victim said she saw the man duck
between buildings on the south
side of Hoover.
The student was not injured in
the incident, which took place at
about 11:30 p.m. She walked back
to her South University Avenue
apartment and called police.
She described the suspect as a
six-foot-two, 25-year-old white
male. He was wearing a gray hood-
ed sweatshirt, jeans and a black ski
See ROBBERY, Page 7A
DECK THE COURTYARD
Daily selects new class of editors
New editor in chief
and others to take
over next month
By KYLE SWANSON
The Michigan Daily recently
elected a new class of editors
whose terms will begin in Janu-
ary and run through the end of
The paper's editor in chief and
editorial page- editor are elected
in astaff-wide election, while edi-
tors for the news, arts and sports
sections are elected by their indi-
vidual staffs. Senior editors atthe
paper appoint other key positions,
including the managing editor,
who serves as the newspaper's
second in command.
Gary Graca, who currently
serves as the editorial page edi-
tor, will lead the Daily as its edi-
tor in chief next year.
Graca, a junior in the Ford
School of Public Policy, said he
plans to focus on improving the
newspaper's website. He said
two of his top priorities are "fit-
ting the Daily into what campus
wants and showing people we
exist online, not just on paper."
"We're facing challenges
we've never had before," he said,
referring to the struggling print
Graca said he also hopes to
expand coverage to meet the
interests of more students.
Ross School of Business
See EDITORS, Page 7A
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