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The Wolverines gave Penn State its .
second Big Ten win of the season
on Saturday at Criser. ND unnervingly entertaining

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, February 22, 2010

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ELECTIONS 2010
Rep. Dingell
announces
he will seek
another term

FORE!

Longest serving U.S.,
representative made
announcement at
College Dems event
By BETHANY BIRON
Daily StaffReporter
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-
Mich.) announced Saturday morn-
ing that after 54 years of serving in
Congress, he plans to continue his
career with a reelection campaign
to represent Michigan's 15th dis-
trict.
';he announcement was made
during the University of Michi-
gan College Democrats's fifth
annual Pancake Breakfast at the
Arbor Brew-
ing Company First reported on
in downtown Michiga D aom
Ann Arbor.
The crowd at the packed restau-
rant included Ann Arbor Mayor
John Heiftje, State Rep. Rebekah
Warren (D-Ann Arbor) and State
R p. Pam Byrnes (D-Lyndon
Township).
In his speech, Dingell - who
is currently the longest serving
0 member of the House of Represen-

tatives - said after talking with his
wife and reflecting on past work,
he decided he is not ready to stop
pushing for the improvement and
progression of the state of Michi-
gan and the nation.
"I have given a great deal of
thought and concern for the future
of this district, this country, this
state and my people," Dingell said.
"The lovely Deborah and I have
spoken, and we have come to the
conclusion that it is not the time
for us to walk away."
Fervent applause andboisterous
cheers erupted from the audience
following his announcement, as
he continuedshis speech by outlin-
ing some of his plans and goals for
his campaign and his term, if he's
reelected.
Dingell noted that he has wit-
nessed many economic downturns
in Michigan and the United States
over the course of his lifetime, and
that the current state of the econo-
my is something that must be dealt
with to prevent serious repercus-
sions.
"As a boy I went through the
Depression, and I've gone through
a number of recessions, but I've
never gone through a more diffi-
cult one since 1929 than this, and
See DINGELL, Page 7A

ARIEL BOND/Daily
Engineering sophomore Brad Smith jumps into the freezing water of the University of Michigan Golf course for the Polar Bear Plunge event on Saturday. Smith was one
of many students to take the plunge to help raise $14,000 for the Special Olympics.
U NIV ERSI TY HO0U SING
Forone EQresidentam "ssion
tbring bckspirito 'Hl-as

Even without cafe,
students want lounge
to have former feel
By BETHANY BIRON
Daily StaffReporter
Though East Quad Residence
Hall's Halfway Inn cafe - com-

monly referred to as "the Half-
ass"- closed at the beginning of
the school year, students within
East Quad are trying to bring the
alternative flare back to the space.
Rachel Sherman, a sophomore
in the Residential College, is lead-
ing an effort with the East Quad
Music Co-Op to revitalize the
spirit of the Halfway Inn, which
was transitioned from a cafe and

convenience store to a lounge. She
said the cafe was a special place
for East Quad residents and RC
students over the years, and she
wants to bring back the former
/atmosphere of the space, despite
the absence of its infamous cafe.
"This place had a lot of charac-
ter that I can't find in any other
cafe," Sherman said. "It really had
student sense to it."

Sherman said she hopes to rally
students in East Quad in support
of the cause, since many were
upset when University Housing
made little effort to collaborate
with them or discuss the closing
of the cafe.
"When they cleared the Half-
ass out, they didn't really seem to
consult, to ask any students what
See HALFWAY, Page 7A

INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS
Chinese institute with'U'
ties accused of cyberattacks

Google, other U.S.
companies were
targets of attacks
By STEPHANIE STEINBERG
Daily News Editor
Various news outlets reported
that Shanghai Jiao Tong Universi-
ty in China - with which the Uni-
versity has shared a joint institute
in engineering since 2005 - may
be the source of recent cyberat-
tacks targeting Google and other

companies in the United States.
Last Thursday, The New York
Times reported that the cyber-
attacks have been traced to
computers at SJTU and Lanx-
iang Vocational School. SJTU is
known for its computer science
programs, while Lanxiang trains
some computer scientists for the
military, according to the article.
Despite the University's part-
nership with SJTU, University
officials say they have no new
information regarding the cyber-
attacks.
In early January, Google

announced that hackers had
accessed information from Gmail
accounts of Chinese human
rights activists in addition to
the accounts of 34 companies.
It is speculated that the hackers
were able to break through secu-
rity systems and obtain corporate.
data. In response to the attacks
Google shut down google.cn -
the version of Google made to
censor material as stipulated by
the Chinese government.
Yesterday, representatives
from SJTU and Lanxiang denied
See CYBERATTACKS, Page 7A

SALAM RIDA/Daily
LSA sophomore Constance-Marie James discusses the documentary "Fight Like Hell" at the "Reflect, Remember, Regroup"
event on Friday. The event was a dialogue to discuss issues minority students face on campus.
Students discuss challenges of
minorities on campus at event

Man exposes himself in Law Library

Viewing of 'Fight
Like Hell' starts
discussion about 'U'
racial climate
By CHELSEA LANGE
Daily StaffReporter
Alys Alley, external co-chair
of the Native American Student
Association, is on a mission to
spark dialogue among students
about the obstacles minorities face
on campus.

Alley, an LSA sophomore who
is a member of the Pokagon Band
of Potawatomi Indians, began
this dialogue last Friday at an
event called "Reflect, Remember,
Regroup." Alley led a discussion
with about 20 University stu-
dents in the multicultural lounge
in South Quadrangle Residence
Hall to talk about past and current
cultural barriers for minority stu-
dents.
Alley began the dialogue with
a movie called "Fight Like Hell,"
which describes the history of the
controversy surrounding the cam-
pus senior society Michigamua,

now officially called Order of
Angell, to show the difficulties
minority students and minority
groups face on campus.
Order of Angell is a senior honor
societyformed in 1902. The society
allegedly both used Native Ameri-
can artifacts as part of its pro-
ceedings and members spoke in a
dialect that mocked Native Ameri-
cans during group meetings.
In 2007, Michigamua was
renamed the Order of Angell and
has since remained mostly secre-
tive about its role on campus,
though it now releases the names
See DIALOGUE, Page 3A

Multiple offenses
reported in e-mail
to law community
By ALEX KIRSHENBAUM
Daily StaffReporter
The Department of Pub-
lic Safety is looking for a man
accused of exposing himself
in the Law Library during two
recent weekends.
According to an e-mail sent
to the University Law School
community by David Baum,
the assistant dean and senior

manager of Student Affairs at
the Law School, the suspect
has exposed himself to female
students on at least two sepa-
rate occasions in the past few
weeks.
The man is described in the
e-mail' as a "medium- to dark-
complected black male in his
early 30's, 5'7",160 pounds (and)
bald, wearing a a brown ,coat,
black sweater, tan pants and a
brown or off green knit hat."
Both incidents occurred on
two recent Saturday afternoons
in the Law Library. Baum wrote
in the e-mail that each time, the
man "sat down near a female

law student at a study table, dis-
creetly and quietly pulled his
pants part of the way down his
legs and touched himself inap-
propriately."
Both times, the man left
the library when people in the
vicinity noticed his behavior,
according to the e-mail.
Baum also wrote in the e-mail
that the man did not assault the
female victims.
"In neither incident did he
overtly confront the student nor
behave in an aggressive manner
toward her," Baum wrote.
When contacted, Baum said
See CRIME, Page 7A

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