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BAD AXE, Mich.
DTE sees 280 wind
turbines in Thumb's
Huron County
The skyline in Michigan's rural
Thumb could look a bit like historic
Holland a few years down the road
under DTE Energy Co.'s announced
plan to install 125 wind turbines in
Huron County by 2015 - and 280
within two decades.
DTE Energy officials told Huron
County commissioners the com-
pany must add 1,200 megawatts
of green power to meet the state's
new energy mandate. State rules
require utilities to provide 10 per-
cent of electricity from renewable
sources by 2015.
The Huron County wind tur-
bines eventually could provide 4
percent to 4.5 percent of the com-
pany's total power, DTE says.
The Detroit-based utility now
generates about 1 percent of its
power from renewable energy
sources, said Grady Nance, manag-
er of DTE Energy Renewable Ener-
gy Development. He said DTE's
goal is to have about 3 percent of its
electricity generated from renew-
able energy sources by 2012.
15-year-old Michigan
boy dies after being
Tasered by police
Police in Michigan say a 15-year-
old boy has died after being Tasered
by officers who were trying to break
up a fight.
Police didn'trelease his name and
say state police are investigating.
A Bay City police news release
says officers answered a report of
an early morning fight on Sunday.
The statement says two males were
arguing in an apartment, and one of
them "attempted to fight the offi-
Police say officers Tasered him,
and his reaction led them to imme-
diately call for emergency medical
help. He was pronounced dead at
Bay Regional Medical Center.
Chrysler, CAW start
concessions talks
The Canadian Auto Workers
union said it plans to begin talks
today with Chrysler LLC on pos-
sible worker concessions.
Automakers seeking Canadian
federal and Ontario provincial gov-
ernment support must reach cost-
cutting agreements before March
31 to qualify for the money.
The CAW reached a deal with
General Motors Corp. on March 8,
and workers ratified it March 11.
"Getting to the bargaining table
with Chrysler has taken longer
than expected," union President
Ken Lewenza said in a statement.
"But the CAW fully expects to get
the process back on track and work
towards reaching an agreement
with Chrysler that will secure jobs
here in Canada."
In a statement, Chrysler said,
"We look forward to a constructive

dialogue with the CAW as we enter
this important phase of our discus-
The Canadian union has said it
wants Chrysler and Ford Motor
Co. to agree to the same terms. But
Chrysler and Ford have said the
GM worker concessions don't go far
enough to make them competitive.
Space shuttle moves
to avoid space junk
Confronted with orbiting junk
again, NASA ordered the astronauts
aboard the linked space station and
shuttle Discovery to move out of the
way of a piece of debris yesterday.
Discovery's pilots fired their
ship's thrusters to reorient the two
spacecraft and thereby avoid a small
piece from a 10-year-old Chinese
satellite rocket motor that was due
to pass uncomfortably close during
Monday's planned spacewalk.
Mission Control said keeping the
spacecraft in this position for about
three hours -with Discovery's belly
facing forward - would result in a
slow, natural drag of about a foot per
second, enough to get the complex
out of the way of the 4-inch piece of
Space junk has been a recurring
problem for the space station, espe-
cially recently. Earlier this month,
the three space station residents
had to take shelter in their emergen-
cy getaway capsule when another
piece of orbital debris seemed like it
might come too close.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports

From Page 1A
ty and students," ... as a matter of
sound judgment and professional
ethics, faculty members have a
responsibility to avoid any appar-
ent or actual conflict between
their professional responsibilities
and personal relationships with
GSI Charles Gentry, the
staff organizer for the Gradu-
ate Employees' Organization,
explained that while relation-
ships outside of the classroom are
generally frowned upon, they are
by no means prohibited.
"This policy in no way prohib-
its interpersonal relationships,
but 'strongly discourages roman-
tic and/or sexual relationships
between faculty members and
students,' and explicitly limits
supervisory roles to avoid con-
flicts of interest.", Gentry said,
citing guidelines in the UM Fac-
ulty Handbook.
However, Gentry said the poli-
cy doesn't directly address online
relationships between GSIs and
"This (policy) does not seem to
apply to friend or group invites on
Facebook, or other online social
networking communities," Gen-
try said.
King explained that the main
reason no such policy exists
is because the administration
doesn't "want to make any rules
about communication between
anybody in the University that
would have a chilling effect on
reasonable communication" -
such as school work, the football
team or a political race.
From Page 1A
doun said he wanted to put the
money in his bank account for
safekeeping while he went away
for the weekend. He said he kept
all the singles and change - about
$482 - ina container in his room
and put the remaining money in
his checking account.
Baydoun was also in charge of
depositing the money raised from
homecoming in 2007, which CSJ
determined meant he knew the
funds should have been deposited
within onebusiness day. Baydoun
said he was not aware of the one
business day deadline, and that
he had planned to turn over the
money by the start of the UMDM
event held.this past weekend.
Baydoun said he procrastinated,
buthad everyintention of donating
the money to UMDM. He said no
one asked him for the money prior
to the Sunday before the trial.
When Averill realized the
money was not yet donated to
UMDM, she set last Monday
morning as a deadline for the
money to be submitted - a dead-
line Baydoun did not meet.
Baydoun did not return the
money until the MSA Executive
Board pressured him to do so and
an e-mail from Student Affairs
Program Manager and MSA
Adviser Anika Awai-Williams
notified him that he would face
severe repercussions if he did not

Inantacademic setting, it is
important for communication to
remain open, King said, adding
that the inappropriate interac-
tions are what should be dealt
with, not the medium in which
they take place.
"The issue is the relationship,
not Facebook," he said. "Our bias
is not to shut down the communi-
cations. Our bias is to deal with
the behavior."
LSA freshman Rebecca Round-
tree thinks that relationships
between GSIs and students -
both online and offline - are a
"(GSIs) are students just like
us," Roundtree said. "We call
them by a first-name basis, so
why shouldn't we be friends with
LSA junior Nathan Hembroff
said he shares mutual friends with
some of his GSIs, and as a result,
he'll sometimes go out to bars with
his GSIs, or see them at parties.
"It's fun to go out (with GSIs)
and then there isn't that social
barrier," Hembroff said. "It's a
much more friendly environment
to interact on a non-educational
level. It opens a dialogue in class
when you're on a more interactive
Engineering junior David
Juenemann said that students'
friending GSIs on Facebook.com
could be a potentially awkward
"I guess it could be seen as a
conflict on interests," Juenemann
said. "But that's not that big of a
- Daily Managing News
Editor Jacob Smilovitz
contributed to this report.
return the money bythat Wednes-
day morning, which he did.
. To make up for any interest that
may have accumulated while the
money was in his bank account
and to compensate for any pos-
sible discrepancies in the amount
of money raised, Baydoun wrote
UMDM personal a check for $500.
At the end of the trial, CSJ ordered
MSA, which had been holding onto
the $500 check until the event, to
return it to Baydoun because MSA
President Sabrina Shingwani veri-
fied the amount of money Baydoun
returned was correct.
Baydoun said that in retrospect
he realized he did not handle
the funds as he should have and
that he felt badly for keeping the
money for so long.
"I feel like this was not in keep-
ing with the standard that I held
for myself," Baydoun said.
Benson said he was satisfied
with the trial's results.
"I think CSJ found for MSA,
but at the same point did not do
irreparable harm to (Baydoun);"
he said. "He has done great work
for MSA in the past. This was just
a lapse in judgment. He made a big
mistake, but there was no malice."
After all was said and fone,
Baydoun said he was just happy
the trial was over.
"I think it's clear from the rul-
ing that there was no intentional
wrongdoing or malfeasance on
my part," he said. "I'm glad that
it was taken care of and that the
CSJ trial showed that."

Children among 17 dead
in Montana plane crash

Plane crashes in
cemetery 500 feet
from destination
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A small
plane - possibly carrying children
on a ski trip - crashed Sunday as it
approached the Butte airport, kill-
ing 14 to 17 people aboard, a federal
official said. The single engine tur-
boprop nose-dived into a cemetery
500 feet from its destination.
The aircraft crashed and burned
while attempting to land, said
Federal Aviation Administration
spokesman Mike Fergus. The plane
crashed in Holy Cross Cemetery.
An investigator with the Nation-
al Transportation Safety Board
offered few details at a press con-
ference in Butte Sunday night. No
cause of the crash was given.
"We are just beginning our investi-
gation," said Kristi Dunks. "We don't
have alotofinformationatthistime.
"Certain family members were
contacted," she said. "At this point,
From Page 1A
Lerdorf and other Yahoo! engi-
neers were made available to help
students during the competition.
When students work on projects
like the ones in the competition,
Lerdorf said there's usually no one
around to help them when they run
into roadblocks, which isn't the
case with students in Hack U.
"When we have engineers stand-
ing right here over their shoulder
getting them unstuck, it becomes
a very intense 24-hour session
where they keep banging away at
it," Lerdorf said.
LSA junior Majd Taby and Engi-
neering junior Bryan Summersett,
who created a location-based alarm
for cell phones, stayed awake for 35
hours to build their hack. Instead
of an alarm set for a specific time,
their application sends a text mes-
sage reminder to the phone based
on its geographical location.
"Lets say you're traveling on a
long-distance trip, and you want
to remember to take your pass-

I don't have an exact number."
Dunks would not say if there had
been a distress call from the pilot.
It was partly cloudy, the visibility
was 10 feetand winds were blowing
from the northwest around 10 mph
at the time of the crash, according
to hourly temperature information
from the National Weather Service.
The aircraft had departed from
Oroville, Calif., and the pilot had filed
a flight plan showing a destination of
Bozeman, about 85 miles southeast
of Butte. But the pilot canceled his
flight plan at some point and headed
for Butte, Fergus said.
Preliminary reports indicate the
dead include numerous children,
he said.
"We think that it was probably a
ski trip for the kids," Fergus said.
Butte Silver-Bow Sheriff John
Walsh said there were a few people
at the cemetery at the time of the
crash, but no one on the ground
was injured. He would not describe
witness reports.
"I heard a loud bang," said Nick
Dipasquale, 19, who was working
port," Taby said. "When you leave
the house, it will send you a text
reminding you to take it."
Other hacks developed in the
competition included a program
that reads e-mails to you by call-
ing a number over the phone and
a system that sends a text to your
cell phone with the number of
parking spots left in a specific
parking lot.
Goer said the real benefit of
competitions like Hack U is that
it allows students to escape from
their day-to-day routines.
"Computer science majors and
engineers get lots of homework,
and they have to study, and they do
all these tests," Goer said. "Taking
them into this 24-hour pizza-, cola-
fueled hack event breaks them out of
that environment and allows them
to collaborate with students that
ly and think about problems in ways
that they might not ordinarily do."
University alum Chris Yeh, head
of Yahoo!'s developer network, said
Yahoo! sometimes hires students
it finds at Hack U competitions,
pointing out that many of the skills

at a gas.station across the street.
"It sounded like someone ran into
the building."
He said he ran outside to see
flames as tall as the trees.
Dipasquale said people who
were fueling their cars said they
saw the plane flying low, begin a
turn, start to wobble and then slam
into the ground.
Fergus said the Pilatus PC-12
aircraft was manufactured in 2001.
Such planes are certified to carry
12 people.
The plane was registeredrto Eagle
Cap Leasing Inc. in Enterprise,
Ore., Fergus said. He didn't know
who was operating the plane.
I. Felkamp is listed in Oregon
corporate records as Eagle Cap's
president. Attempts to reach him
by phone were unsuccessful.
The flight originated at Brown
Field Municipal airport in San
Diego on Saturday evening and
flew to Redlands, Calif., where it
left Sunday morning for Vacaville,
Calif., according to Flight Aware, a
Web site that tracks air traffic.
students use to build hacks are the
same skills Yahoo! employees need
for Web development.
"That's one of the reasons why
we love being here," Yeh said.
"Because it gives us the chance to
know some students."
LSA senior Brandon Kwaselow
took first place and will advance to
the International University Hack
Days competition in Sunnyvale,
Calif. this summer.
His winning hack - an iPhone
application that uses Yahoo! maps -
can be used to find places of interest
like restaurants, parks and schools.
While Kwaselow said he was
thrilled to receive first place after
working on the hack for 24 hours
straight, Kwaselow said the first
thing he was going to do was take
a long nap.
Lerdorf said despite the fact that
it's a competition, winning Hack U
"isn't all that important."
"The point is to get the students
thinking about Web technologies
and getting them out of the aca-
demic routine a little bit," he said.
"To take some of all this knowledge
and apply it and build something."


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