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SSuspect in
Christmas Day
airplane attack

Abdulmutallab is
discussing contacts
in Yemen and giving
intelligence to FBI
Nigerian man accused of trying to
" use a bomb hidden in his under-
wear to bring down a Detroit-
bound airliner on Christmas Day
has been cooperating with inves-
tigators since last week, discussing
his contacts in Yemen and provid-
ing intelligence in multiple terror-
ism investigations, officials said
Umar Farouk Abdulmutal-
lab's cooperation could prove to
be a national security victory and
a political vindication for Presi-
dent Barack Obama, who has
been under fire from lawmakers
who contend the administration
botched the case by giving Abdul-
mutallab the right to remain silent,
rather than interrogating him as a
military prisoner.
a In the days following the failed
bombing, a pair of FBI agents flew
to Nigeria and persuaded Abdul-
mutallab's family to help them.
When the agents returned to
the U.S., Abdulmutallab's family
came, too, according to a senior
. administration official briefed on
the case. The family persuaded
Abdulmutallab to work with the
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ments," Grant said. "We want it to
be similar in quality to Mia Za's,"
an Italian cafe located next door
to In-N-Out, which closed last
A new tenant has yet to sign the
lease, but Grant said Cpmi is nego-
tiating leasing terms with three
different restaurants interested in
renting the entire 3,S00-square-
foot area. Several other busi-
nesses are also looking to rent a
1,750-square-foot space within the
Due to privacy reasons, Grant
said she could not release the
names of the businesses.
While students said they are
tired of seeing an empty storefront
and would prefer to see the space
get filled, they also said they were
not excited about the prospect of a
restaurant filling the vacancy.
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was more than what was needed
for the retreat.
During last night's meet-
ing, MSA representatives dis-
agreed with Walser's opinion and
expressed disappointment that he
contacted the Daily before voic-
ing his concerns to the assembly.
They also said that Walser didn't
have his "facts straight" in the
viewpoint, but never addressed
specific factual errors.
"I do respect the right of any-
one in this room to discuss their
opinions. However, the facts in
your editorials need to be cor-
rect," LSA representative John
Lin said during the meeting last
night. "It is extremely damaging
to our credibility. We are entitled
to our own opinions, but we are

not entitled to our own facts."
After last night's meeting,
Walser said MSA representatives
misunderstood his intentions in
writing the viewpoint, adding
that he chose to write the view-
point to inform his constituents
"of what (MSA) was doing with
"People jumped to conclu-
sions on what I was trying to say,"
Walser said.
MSA members spent around
$150 on the retreat - half the
0 amount allocated by the resolu-
At last night's meeting, Walser
said the fact that only 14 mem-
bers of the assembly attended the
retreat was a "problem" and did
not promote a"true collaboration"
among all assembly members. He
added that it was an improper
way to spend $300, which comes
from students' tuition.
Mahanti addressed the issue
at last night's meeting. He said
he would like representatives to
come to the executive board and

FBI, believing he would be treated
fairly in U.S. courts, the official
said, speaking on condition of ano-
nymity because of the sensitivity
of the case.
FBI officials continue to ques-
tion Abdulmutallab, working in
collaboration with CIA and other
intelligence authorities, the offi-
cial said. Obama has received reg-
ular updates on the interrogation,
according to the official. A law
enforcement official, also speaking
on condition ofanonymity because
he was not authorized to discuss
the case, said Abdulmutallab has
provided information about his
contacts in Yemen, where an al-
Qaida branch has claimed respon-
sibility for the failed attack.
Before the attack, the U.S.
regarded the Yemen-based al-Qai-
da in the Arabian Peninsula largely
as a threat to Yemen's stability, not
within U.S. borders. Depending
on how much he knows, Abdul-
mutallab's cooperation could help
authorities better understand the
While the interrogation contin-
ued, White House and intelligence
officials quietly seethed as politi-
cal rivals accused them of putting
lives at risk. That criticism peaked
last weekend when Sen. Susan
Collins of Maine, in the weekly
Republican address, accused the
administration of having "a blind
spot when it comes to the war on
LSA sophomore Kristen Smi-
therman lives in East Quadrangle
Residence Hall and frequently
bought products from In-N-Out
before it closed.
Smitherman said she is upset
that the store is gone and wishes
for another convenience store to
open in its place.
"I think they are doing a disser-
vice by not putting in another con-
venience store," Smitherman said.
"The In-N-Out was pretty cheap. I
think we have enough restaurants
down this strip."
LSA sophomore Sarah Mills said
she wouldn't mind a restaurant or
cafe opening because it would be a
new place to study, but she said she
would rather see a small produce
market be put in.
"Another place to study would
never be bad, but I think that a
small little place that carries fruits,
meat and some dry goods would
be helpful to have near campus,"
Mills said.
talk directly about issues they
may have with MSA.
"To be frank, I found that the
viewpoint had some inaccuracies
in it as to what is going on at our
end," Mahanti said. "If you have
a problem with something on the
assembly, talk to us."
After much deliberation,
WOLV-TV gathered enough cam-
eramen to film last night's MSA
WOLV-TV staff attempted to
film the assembly's first meeting
of the semester, but was unsuc-
cessful due to a lack of manpower
to shoot and edit the film.
Last night WOLV-TV staff
brought three cameras to MSA
Chambers along with a micro-
phone to catch the representa-

tives' voices. They also set up a
control room in a separate room
next to the meeting.
MSA and WOLV-TV recently
agreed to broadcast the meetings
live - skipping the editing pro-
cess, Mahanti said. The meetings
will be broadcast to all residence
halls on Channel 55 throughout
the week.
"We talked about a couple of
the logistical challenges we were
facing, mainly in terms of per-
sonnel and in terms of the capital
goods involved in taping three
hour long meetings," Mahanti
said. "Until the end of the semes-
ter, we are going to continue to
record these and make it sustain-
Mahanti said the live broad-
casts will run until the end of
his term as president, and the
next executive board will decide
whether or not to continue the
- Neethi Srinivasan
contributed to this report.

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cuss a budget plan and the future
of Michigan employees' pay and
"The first thing that she's going
to have to do is basically lay out
some very tough medicine in
terms of the budget, in terms of
both the state and local govern-
ment employees and what's going
to happen to their wages and ben-
efits, and in terms of the services
that the population wants and
expects from state and local gov-
ernment," he said.
Grimes said he agrees with
the criticism Granholm has faced
regarding her passivity in office
and her lack of aggression in tack-
ling the state's economic affairs.
He said it has been difficult for
Granholm to tell people "stuff
they're not going to want to hear"
with regards to dealing with bud-
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ment period of two weeks in the
fall and two weeks in the winter
but also encourages the chapters
to recruit essentially year-round.
"We believe that IFC's facilitat-
ed recruitment period serves the
campus and fraternities in IFC by
focusing and organizing activities
that allow the highest benefits for
the greatest amount of people,"
Haughee said.
Haughee said groups within
and outside of IFC's umbrella
have different levels of success in
recruitment and still continue to
"We're happy for them," he
said. "But we in IFC certainly are
convinced that our facilitations
and organized recruitment peri-
ods provide the most benefits."
Business sophomore Jordan
Eckstein, president of Sigma Nu,
a fraternity that was recently
expelled from the IFC, wrote in
an e-mail interview that though
Sigma Nu members recognize
the recruiting benefits available
through IPC, they've still had
success recruiting members this
winter despite their unaffiliated
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quality of life."
If elected to serve the 11th dis-
trict - which includes parts of
Ann Arbor - Fried said he plans
to address the problem of fore-
closure in the county. More than
4,000 Washtenaw County homes
are currently being foreclosed on.
Fried also said the county
needs to create incentives to
encourage the local universities'
graduates to stay in the area rath-
er than moving away and taking
their talents with them.
"I think we'll make more prog-
ress if we have a shared vision
and can work together to solve
our problems," he said. "You want

get issues. University's chapter of College
"For someone who describes Democrats, said he believes Gra-
the governor as being too nice, I nholm did the best she could as a
think in some ways that's actually leader during a time of such eco-
an apt description of some of the nomic despair.
problems she's faced over the last "We see in Michigan and on
seven years," he said. the national level that as soon
State Rep. Pam Byrnes (D-Lyn- as somebody's a leader during a
don Twp.) said she thinks Gra- tough time, they're going to take
nholm will express her ideas for a lot of criticism," he said. "And
reforms in the state and will try especially in Jennifer Granholm's
and let the public know she wants case, there was nothing she could
to hear the concerns and voices of have done to have prevented this.
all Michiganders. She did everything she could and
"She's a pretty strong person has done everything she has been
and I think she is going to make able to do to mitigate the job losses
the case that we need to be taking in Michigan."
these steps, that we are listening Marvin said he anticipates that
more and more to the people (who) Granholm will talk about how to
say that they want government increase employment opportuni-
reform," Byrnes said. "I think she ties in Michigan, especially the
is going to say that we need to be creation of more jobs through
responding to this and the times environmental initiatives.
have changed since the last 10 or "(Granholm) talks a lot about
15 years and we need to be making advanced manufacturing of bat-
those changes." teries, hybrid technology, bring-
Samuel Marvin, chair of the ing green jobs to Michigan, green
"Given our new status and the and entices friends of members to
cooperation of all of our mem- go through recruitment.
bers, we are currently having a "Generally, the numbers are
successful winter rush and feel small compared to other frater-
we will be able to do this in future nities," Tyckowski said. "But the
terms," Eckstein wrote. numbers usually hover around
He added that while Sigma Nu the same, and we've only been
had limited resources to reach out continuing to grow in population
to potential rushees, fraternity and popularity."
members were able to success- Though Sigma Nu and Sigma
fully bring interested students Phi have had successful recruit-
to the house in order to meet the ment seasons outside of the IFC,
brothers. Kinesiology junior Ryan Knapp,
"While the IFC provides frater- IFC vice president of public rela-
nities with helpful tools like the tions, said member chapters see
mass meeting," he wrote, "being the benefits of being part of the
unaffiliated, we are allowed to IFC during recruitment because
extend our rush period past the the organization standardizes the
deadlines they determine." process.
Eckstein added that the Uni- He added that the IFC is in
versity's chapter was able to charge of bid registration, bid
get their recruitment schedule pickups and education on alcohol
approved by the national Sigma and hazing prevention programs.
Nu organization. "This ensures that an ethical
Tyckowski said the fraternity recruitment takes place," Knapp
has also had a smooth recruit- said. "(It) serves to level the play-
ment season, despite the fact that ing field to provide all chapters
they're not in the IFC. The frater- with the same opportunities dur-
nity chose to leave the IFC during ing recruitment."
the 2006-2007 school year. He said by the chapters work-
He added that Sigma Phi usu- ing together in this way, under
ally recruits members through IFC's guidance, all the chapters
events and parties because the stand to benefit since it allows
fraternity hosts a lot of live bands them to pool their resources
in its house, which he said attract together.
many musically inclined students "By working together and
to keep their talents and attract ments and businesses.
workers and college graduates In addition, Fried said he hopes
into the work force locally." to continue some of the projects
Fried's opponent in the race he worked on as a prosecutor. He
for county commissioner is LSA was involved in developing a pro-
senior Yousef Rabhi. At 68, Fried gram to stop mentally ill people
is running against someone from cycling through the prison
almost halfa centuryyounger, but and hospital system and instead
he said that doesn't stop him from working with various groups to
thinking he has fresh ideas for the place them in halfway houses.
community. Fried said if electel, he hopes to
"It is great to have younger implement partnerships like this to
people running and it will get solve the county's problems.
both of us more energized and "Now is the time when we
everyone has experiences and need collaboration; now more
something to offer," Fried said. than ever," he said. "There was a
Fried said if elected, he also real critical sense that we were
plans to apply his law background doing justice. We started making
to the job by encouraging people a difference and that was a very
to use mediation rather than important contribution that was
going straight to court to resolve made to the community. It (is)
disputes between local govern- doing things like that (that) are

energy, stuff like that," he said.
"All things which are really cool
because it's something that could
put people back to work rather
quickly because we already have
the base here - the manufactur-
ing base."
Charles Bogren, co-chair of the
University's chapter of College
Republicans, said his biggest hope
for Granholm's address is that she
will discuss steps to get rid of or
decrease the Michigan Business
Tax - an unpopular tax among
companies in the state, he says.
"I really hope she would cut the
Michigan Business Tax, or just get
rid of it altogether," he said. "That
would be the number one thing for
me. But understanding that she's a
Democrat, at the very least, I'd like
to see her lower the tax rates on
these businesses because it's such
a strain on both corporations big
and small that are trying to stay
afloat on a bad national economy,
let alone Michigan's."
establishing a ground set of rules,
chapters are able to monitor and
hold each other to a commonly
accepted standard of recruit-
ment," Knapp said.
According to the IFC's Social
Environment Management Pol-
icy, IFC chapters have to follow
regulations relating to event size,
duration and alcohol beverage
management to insure the safety
of social events.
Sigma Phi does not have to
follow any of these regulations
because they aren't part of the
IFC, but according to Tyckowski,
the organization has its own set
of rules to make sure their par-
ties are safe.
Sigma Phi does not allow
glass bottles at their parties,
and Meards are checked at the
door. And though Sigma Phi par-
ties don't have any official sober
monitors like IFC parties, they
have their own way of ensuring
that there are sober party guests
to make sure the party stays safe.
"We have a good number of
brothers, myself included, that
choose a lifestyle of not drink-
ing," he said. "Our house has
many built-in sober monitors.
Since we don't drink, we. make
sure that everything is going
going to help business."
Fried said he also plans to
implement new incentives for
businesses in the city to encour-
age new start-ups.
"That's a positive trend that
is occurring and is accelerat-
ing and hopefully we'll provide
more opportunities for those and
encourage them to stay here," he
said. "Many of them have started
new companies and there is an
excitement there and a freshness
that really makes (it) optimistic."
Fried added that if elected he
hopes to implement suggestions
he's received from community
members while campaigning.
"I plan to work very hard,"
he said. "...I'll feel like I've done
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(April 20to May 20)
This is a good day to form new part-
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