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83-year-old Dingell to campaign again
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by the narrowest of margins we
have missed again confronting
the things we did in 1929," Dingell
said. "We have severe economic
problems in the nation, in this
district and in this state, and they
have to be addressed."
Dingell also said he wants to
work toward education reform,
environmental efforts - including
the protection of Michigan's Great
Lakes - and health care reform,
a cause he has been championing
throughout his 54-year career.
"The fact is that we have prob-
lems in the state, where the gov-
ernor is struggling with great
difficulties with a recalcitrant
group in the legislature, " Din-
gell said. "We need to confront
problems with the environment.
We need to get a health insur-
ance program passed for the
benefit of these people. We have
to move forward with the educa-
tion of our people, with the pro-
tection of the environment, with
the clean up and protection of
our waters and again, to save the
Dingell said he will be looking
for the support of Michigan citi-
zens to help him in his campaign
and to help him be a leader on
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having any involvement in the
An anonymous spokesperson
from SJTU was quoted by Xin-
hua News Agency - an official
press agency in China - and
claimed that The New York
Times article was not "objective"
"We were shocked and indig-
* nant to hear these baseless alle-
gations which may harm the
university's reputation," the
University of Michigan
spokesman Rick Fitzgerald
wrote in an e-mail interview
that the purpose of the joint
institute between SJTU and the
University is to give engineers
the opportunity to better under-
"I think it's time for all hands
on deck. As I said, no one should
or can walk away from this, and
I intend to be in the forefront of
continuing these efforts," Dingell
Dingell added that his cam-
paign and his potential reelection
will not onlybe beneficial for him-
self, but also his fellow Democrats,
who are concerned about main-
taining their stature in Congress
and in the state.
"We have much more to do,"
Dingell said. "And one of the
things is going to be to run a great
campaign to help some of the
wonderful candidates that the
Democrats are going to field to
move this country forward, both
in this Congressional district and
state, federal and local levels, but
also in other districts and in the
state-wide offices that are going to
be opening up this fall in the elec-
In an interview after Ding-
ell's announcement, State Rep.
Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor)
said she is pleased to see Ding-
ell running for reelection and is
optimistic about the experience
he will bring in helping to restore
Michigan's troubled economy.
"I think it's a great thing for
us," Warren said. "I think in these
challenging times, his breadth of
experience and his focus on bring-
ing jobs to Michigan and righting
Michigan's economy is so impor-
tant, so I'm thrilled that he's going
back to Washington to keep fight-
ing for us in the 15th Congressio-
LSA sophomore Brendan
Campbell, the newly-elected chair
of College Democrats, said he is
excited to be able to work with
Dingell, since he has admired his
work as an influential politician in
Michigan as well as in Washing-
"Congressman Dingell has been
for over 50 years one of Southeast
Michigan's strongest and most
forceful advocates in Washing-
ton, and we're proud and excited
to have him run for another term,
and we're excited to work with
him again in November," Camp-
LSA senior Samuel Marvin,
former chair of the College Demo-
crats, mirrored Campbell's excite-
ment and said he was honored
that Dingell chose a College Dem-
ocrats event as the stage for his
"We're humbled that he would
choose this location and this event
to make the announcement, and
we're thrilled that he's running
for reelection," Marvin said. "Hes
been a terrific supporter of this
organization, and so we're thrilled
that he would chose this audience,
this time, to make the announce-
LSA senior Kalen Pruss, a mem-
ber of the College Democrats,
said she wasn't surprised by his
announcement due to Dingell's
extensive work in Michigan over
the last few decades and said she
is eager to see him extend his work
in health care reform and other
efforts that will benefit the state.
"It wasn't unexpected because
Dingell has served for a really long
time," Pruss said. "But you know
hopefully he'll continue to work
hard to get us health care and
(work) on the issues protecting his
Sonya Suter, another College
Democrats member and a senior
in the School of Public Policy, said
she is anticipating a good cam-
paign for Dingell and that Dingell
will continue to play a big role in
helping to shape the state of Mich-
"I think we all look forward to
another great election campaign,
and I think he'll continue doing
the great things as he has since the
1950s for the district," Suter said.
they thought about it, and student
participation is what the RC's all
about," Sherman said.
Last Friday, Sherman and the
East Quad Music Co-Op held an
open mic night in the Halfway
inn as their first collaborative
event. During the show, Sherman
sat at a table and encouraged stu-
dents to come up and write down
suggestions on how to renew the
Halfway Inn and bring back its
"The beginning is trying to
see what the students themselves
want to see," Sherman said. "It's
not my vision; it's theirs."
Sherman said when she ini-
tially arrived in East Quad as a
freshman she viewed the Half-
way Inn as smelly and grungy, but
as she spent more time there she
was drawn more and more to the
She added that the dinginess
was part of the charm that fre-
quently attracted her and many
of her fellow East Quad residents
"(The Halfway Inn) had things
going on every Friday from the
East Quad Music Co-Op," Sher-
man said. "And there'd be silly
kids doing silly things down
here and everyone hanging out,
and the atmosphere just really
embodied what I thought about
In a Sept. 15 article in The
Michigan Daily, University Hous-
ing spokesman Peter Logan said
Housing moved the cafe to the
first floor to provide students with
more dining options. He added
that its previous location in the
basement limited dining services.
The lounge is still open to stu-
dents 24 hours a day for study-
ing or hanging out with friends.
Despite this, Sherman said few
students actually use the space,
with the exception of the East
Quad Music Co-Op.
"What I want mostly is a bunch
of student art all over the place. I
want student murals and student
submissions. I'd love to get one
of those spray paint chalk walls,"
Sherman said. "I just want it to
be a place where people can come
and do things like this that they
want to do and like hang out with
people if they want to. Because in
places where community fostered
art is established, it just inspires
people to get things done."
She also said that she hopes
by advocating for change like
this within East Quad,.she will
inspire students to work toward
their own ideas for change within
their residence halls and commu-
"Hopefully if people start
to really get active in building
the community and putting an
active effort into revamping this
Half-ass, then maybe they'll get
inspired, and if they see some-
thing they don't like, they'll say
'I can take an active role in this
because this is where I'm liv-
ing, and this is my community as
well,"' Sherman said.
School of Music, Theatre
& Dance senior Matt Steele, a
fourth-year member of the East
Quad Music Co-Op, said he hopes
to see the area restored because
he has fond memories of hanging
out in the space.
"It's cool to get the East Quad
kids more involved, and I remem-
ber before they closed the Half-
ass and the cafe, people were
always down here hanging out
and talking, and I would always
go meet people down here,"
Steele said. "So hopefully that
will come back because this is a
better space than anywhere else
I've been in the University to just
hang out and get work done but
also to meet with people."
stand what it means to work in
a "globalized engineering work
According to Fitzgerald, there
are no University students study-
ing at SJTU this semester. Col-
lege of Engineering Prof. Jun
Ni is currently serving as dean
of the Joint Institute and is the
only University faculty member
at SJTU at this time.
Fitzgerald wrote that he
doesn't have any new informa-
tion regarding the details of the
cyberattacks allegedly coming
David Munson, dean of the
College of Engineering, wrote in
an e-mail interview that he had
heard about the news reports
accusing STJU of initiating the
attacks but had no further infor-
"I do not have any indica-
tion that the (Joint Institute)
is involved in the allegations,"
Munson wrote that the Uni-
versity currently has more than
150 students from the Joint Insti-
tute majoring in College of Engi-
neering programs. He added that
about a dozen University faculty
members teach at the Joint Insti-
tute and a few dozen University
students study there each sum-
In 2005, University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman visited
SJTU as part of a trip to China
to strengthen the University's
ties with faculty and students
at Chinese institutions. During
her visit, Coleman received an
honorary doctoral degree from
Last November, Coleman
announced she was planning to
return to SJTU this summer,
according to a Nov. 12 article in
The Michigan Daily.
"I'm going to be going to
China again next June to solid-
ify the relationship that we have
there with several institutions,"
Coleman told the Daily at the
The Joint Institute offers
University students the
opportunity to receive dual
undergraduate and gradu-
ate engineering degrees from
STJU and the University's Col-
lege of Engineering. In 2001,
the University became the first
non-Chinese institution to offer
engineering degrees to students
studying in China.
According to a 2005 Univer-
sity press release, more than 50
University faculty members vis-
ited SJTU from 2000 to 2005,
and more than 20 University
professors taught summer class-
es during that same time period.
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he had no additional information
other than what was sent in the
DPS spokeswoman Diane
Brown said DPS is investigating
the incidents, but that the depart-
ment needs the help of the cam-
pus community in order to find
"Right now we don't have a lot of
information," Brown said. "Unfor-
tunately we didn't get called at the
time of the incidents."
Brown said students and fac-
ulty should report any suspi-
cious activity immediately when
they see it, rather than after an
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