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NEWS BRIEFS
DUNNELLON, Fla.
Woman accused of
hitting man in the
head with raw steak
A 53-year-old was arrested after
allegedly hitting a man in the head
witharawsteak.AccordingtoaMar-
ionCountySheriff'sOfficereport,the
man told deputies Elsie Egan repeat-
edly hit him with the uncooked meat
and slapped his face after he refused
-a piece of sliced bread. The man said
he wanted a bread roll.
Egan denied hitting the man with
the steak but did admit to slapping
him, saying she did it "so that he
could learn."
The man told deputies that Egan
washislive-ingirlfriend. He declined
medical assistance.
Egan was charged with abuse
of a disabled adult. According to
online records, she has been released
on $2,500 bond and is scheduled
to appear in court in January. It's
unclear if she has an attorney.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, lowa.
Iowa man allegedly
assaults wife over
snow shoveling
Police arrested a man who alleg-
edly assaulted his wife when she
refused to help him shovel snow.
Officers said they went to the resi-
dence early Wednesday afternoon
after the 44-year-old woman said
her husband struck her in the head
with his chest and attempted to pull
her out of the house.
The woman complained of pain in
her head and leg, but refused medi-
cal treatment. She said she had been
quarreling with her 45-year-old hus-
band because he had accused her of
being lazy around the house.
The husband allegedly admitted
to quarreling with his wife and put-
ting his hands on her. He was arrest-
ed on suspicion of domestic abuse.
BIRMINGHAM, Mich.
Tim Allen makes

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of three select routes in order to
be properly considered. But other
campus leaders said that the pro-
posal is still under consideration
and no further action needs to be
taken because MSA's vote had no
bearing on the process.
On Tuesday, prior to the MSA's
decision to withdraw its support
for the proposal, Vice President for
Student Affairs E. Royster Harper
said the proposal was initially
submitted through MSA because
the proposal's authors wanted to
include student input in the pro-
cess.
However, in a phone interview
last night, University spokes-
woman Kelly Cunningham said
the President's Advisory Commis-
sion on Women's Issues could, if it
so chooses, resubmit the proposed
amendment through the Senate
Assembly or through an executive
officer for reconsideration.
"There are three different ways a
proposal can come forward: either
through MSA, through SACUA or
through the executive officers,"
Cunningham said. "Now that MSA
has chosen not to move forward,
the proponents of this proposal can
approach SACUA or the executive
officers to move it forward to the
president."
The Office of Student Conflict
Resolution's website - which out-
lines the process for revising the
Statement - details that all pro-
posed amendments must have been
submitted by a Nov. 2 deadline to
be considered in this round of revi-
sions.
Despite the deadline, Cunning-
ham - who cited a conversation
with a representative from the
University's Office of the General
Counsel - said though the Nov. 2
deadline for submission of propos-
als was established as a guideline,
the advisory commission would be
allowed to resubmit its proposed
amendment.
"The deadline was created by
(Student Relations Advisory Com-
mittee) to help them manage their
review process, but it's not part of
the Statement process and it's not
a binding deadline on the process,"
Cunningham said.

Asked whether other groups proposal at Tuesday's meeting
would also be allowed to break when it revoked its support for the
the internal deadline and submit original proposal. O bam a defends
proposals, Cunningham said she MSA President Abhishek Mah-
believed they could. anti wrote in an e-mail interview
Cunningham said she wasn't that he thought MSA representa-
sure whether the amendment's tiveswouldbereceptiveto arevised w ar at N ob el
supporters would try to resubmit amendment that would limit the
the proposal or whether, if they opt number of violations in which pre-
to do that, doingso would delay the ponderance of evidence would be
process of reviewing other propos- used.
als. "Indebate,thepointwas brought
. Beth Sullivan, a senior associ- up that, though many representa-
ate for advocacy and policy in the tives support the preponderance President says war Obama, in the midst of the cer-
Centerforthe Education ofWomen of evidence in sexual assault and emony, said of his troops in
and a member on the President's stalking cases, it was not appropri- efforts needed in Afghanistan: "Some will kill.
Advisory Commission on Women's ate for that language to arbiter all Some will be killed."
Issues, said in an interview last forms of conflict," Mahanti wrote. times of 'moral He lauded Mohandas Gan-
night that she had received con- "I do believe MSA would consider a . , dhi and Martin Luther King Jr.,
flicting information about the pro- revised proposal lowering the stan- necessiy' preachers of nonviolent action.
posal from the office ofthe General dard of evidence in sexual assault But he added, "A nonviolent
Counsel. and stalking cases." OSLO (AP) - Newly enshrined movement could not have halted
Sullivan said that earlier in the Mahanti addedthathe believed a among the world's great peace- Hitler's armies. Negotiations can-
week an attorney in the Office of revised proposal wasn't introduced makers, President Barack Obama not convince al-Qaida's leaders to
the General Counsel had told her at Tuesday's meeting because MSA offered a striking defense of war. lay down their arms."
that because MSA had already sub- does not act without first consult- Eleven months into his presi- "To say that force is sometimes
mitted the proposal, MSA's recent ing with the student population on dency, a fresh Obama doctrine. necessary is not a call to cynicism,
vote to withdraw support would campus. Evil must be vigorously it is a recognition of history."
not affect the proposal's consider- "It may not have been in the best opposed, he declared as he The president laid out circum-
ation. interests of students to haphaz- accepted the Nobel Peace Prize stances in which war is justified -
Sullivan said given the new ardly present a revised proposal at on Thursday. At the same time, in self-defense, to come to the aid
information, she wasn't sure what Tuesday's meeting without proper he made an impassioned case of an invaded nation, on humani-
would happen with the proposal. vetting from the greater University for building a "just and lasting tarian grounds such as when civil-
"If we have to go back and have (community)," Mahanti wrote. peace." ians are slaughtered by their own
another sort of formal proposal Six other amendments are cur- "I face the world as it is, and government.
going through MSA or another rently under review by the Student cannot stand idle in the face of At the same time, he also
channel, then I guess that's our Relations Advisory Committee. threat' to the American people," stressed a need to fight war
next step," Sullivan said. The committee is expected to sub- Obama told his audience in Oslo's according to "rules of conduct"
She added, "I'm thinkingthat we mit their recommendations to the soaring City Hall. "For make no that reject torture, the murder of
probably would not go through the office of the General Counsel for mistake: Evil does exist in the innocents and other atrocities.
executive officers or the Senate." review in February. world." "We lose ourselves when we
Sullivan said she believed it After reviewing the proposals, Pronouncing himself humbled compromise the very ideals that
would be most likely that a revised the office of the General Counsel by such an honor so early in "my we fight to defend," he said. "And
proposal from MSA would be pur- will forward the proposals to Uni- labors on the world stage," Obama we honor those ideals by uphold-
sued. versity President Mary Sue Cole- nevertheless turned his Nobel ing them not when it's easy, but
"People can debate about how man, who will make a final decision moment into an unapologetic when it is hard."
representative the student govern- on the proposals in April. Per regu- defense of armed intervention He emphasized a need to
ment really is, but I think it's most lations set forth in the Statement, in times of self defense or moral exhaust alternatives to violence,
likely to be successful if it's submit- Coleman is encouraged to explain necessity. The hawkish message including worldwide sanctions
ted through MSA," Sullivan said. her rationale for adopting or veto- was an inevitable nod to the con- with teeth to confront nations such
"The only way I can see that ing amendment proposals. troversy defining his selection: an as Iran or North Korea that defy
happening is to address the desires Any amendments approved by American president, lauded for international demands. He pushed
of many of the MSA representa- Coleman would go into effect in peace just as he escalates the long, hmselfawayfromGeorgeW.Bush
tives, who said they wanted to see a July, when the University's next costly war in Afghanistan. in defending diplomatic outreach
resolution that would suggestcusing fiscal year begins. It was a jarring moment when that engages even enemies.
preponderance of the evidence
for sexual harassment, stalking
and sexual assault and use clear
and convincing for all the other
violations," she continued. W INTER 2S1S
Sullivan added that she and
other supporters of the proposed
amendment were "upset" that UNIVERSITY
MSA did not put forth a revised
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trip back home to
preview new film

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Dozens of fans from Tim Allen's
home state of Michigan were treaed
to a unique twofer Thursday night.
The 56-year-old actor gave them
20 minutes ofstandup comedy ahead
of a special screening of his directo-
rial debut, "Crazy on the outside."
It all took place at a movie theater
intheDetroit suburb ofBirmingham,
not far from Allen's boyhood home.
Family and friends were in atten-
dance, something Allen both appre-
ciated and (jokingly) dreaded.
"I'll have to wake them up several
times," he told The Associated Press
in an interview ahead of his perfor-
mance.
Allen worked foryears in standup
before hitting it big with the top-
rated, Michigan-set sitcom "Home
Improvement" and the "Toy Story"
and "Santa Clause" films.
Butforhisnewfilm, he decided to
step behind the camera, a move he
says he really liked.
"The directing was out of sight,"
he said. "I really worked hard to
make (the movie) special."
"Crazy on the outside," a comedy
that stars Allen, Sigourney Weaver,
Ray Liotta, Julie Bowen and Kelsey
Grammer, opens Jan. 8.
"If you love it, tell everybody," he
told the audience before the screen-
ing. "If you don't like it, tell every-
body that it's the new Tom Hanks
movie."
BEIJING
Suspects detained
over tainted milk
Police in China have detained
three people suspected of selling
tons of milk powder tainted with an
industrial chemical, ayear after more
than 300,000 children were sickened
in amassive milksafetyscandal.
The general manager of the
Shaanxi Jinqiao Dairy Co. in north-
ern Shaanxi province and two
employees were detained Dec. 2
and accused of producing and sell-
ing toxic food, the state-run Xinhua
News Agency reported Thursday.
China late last month executed
a dairy farmer and a milk salesman
for their roles in last year's scandal,
in which milk powder tainted with
the industrial chemical melamine
killed at least six children and sick-
ened hundreds of thousands of oth-
ers with kidney stones and kidney
failure.
It was one of the country's worst
food safety crises, and families con-
tinue to fight for compensation from
the dairy companies involved.
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Daily wire reports

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