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doing the legwork to find infor-
mation, I'd still he in prison
today," Provience said in the
release. "They started with one
lead, and they took it from there,
just kept finding more and more
Yesterday's announcement
was the latest in a series of devel-
opments throughout the case.
The prosecution had put stu-
dents from the Innocence Clin-
ic on the witness list for the
retrial, which Innocence Clinic
co-director Bridget McCor-
mack called an "unusual move,"

according to an article published
in The Michigan Daily yesterday.
According to the article,
Moran was in the process of ask-
ing Wayne County Circuit Court
Judge Tim Kenny to remove the
students from the witness list.
In November 2009, Innocence
Clinic officials were able to free
Provience based on the decision
by Larry Wiley - a key witness
in the case - to recant his testi-
mony and police records, accord-
ing to DeGroff.
Wiley originally testified that
he was present at the shooting
and that he saw Provience and his
brother carry out the shooting,
DeGroff said. But Wiley recanted
his testimony, saying that he was

pressured by the police to testify
against Provience.
During a hearing in late Janu-
ary, Kenny ruled that Wiley,
could not testify without incrim-
inating himself.
In December, Innocence Clin-
ic officials obtained a police
report detailing the accounts of
seven different people, which
stated that the perpetrator was
shooting from the beige Buick
Wiley identified in his original
Also in December, the Inno-
cence Clinic obtained documents
from the prosecution that include
a list of cars owned by Antrimone
Mosley - a man linked to Hunt-
er's murder. The car described in

the actual testimony by the seven
eyewitnesses was included in
this list of cars.
Innocence Clinic officials have
argued that Mosley, along with
his brothers are responsible for
Hunter's murder. The Mosleys
allegedly believed Hunter stole
their trailer full of marijuana.
In addition, Detroit Police
officer William Ashford told
prosecutors that he believes the
Mosley family is responsible for
Hunter's murder and that he
has linked Hunter's murder to
the murder of Detroit residents
Courtney Irving and Maurice
Sutherland and has linked all
three murders to the Mosley

From Page 1A
In an interview, Mason said
research has been a large focus
for the three universities, add-
ing that university research has a
large economic and social impact
on the state. The three universities
have had a net economic impact of
$14.5 billion on the state's economy,
according to Mason.
Mason also said researchers at
the three universities have been
essential in exploring the answers
to the state's difficult problems.
"If you look at some of the
research that's going on at these
three institutions, they have
addressed some pretty significant
challenges," he said.
Despite the successes of more
experienced researchers, Mason
said state legislators also need to
hear about the successes of under-
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ferent topics...to spread the word
a little about Islam, not to convert
people," she said. "The general
conception of Islam in the news
is not very good, so we are really
hoping to change that."
LSA sophomore Tareq Yaqub,
a co-chair for Islam Awareness
Week, said the week was intended
to address certain misconceptions
about Islam, especially about the
perceived oppression of Muslim
woman and the idea of terrorism
and Jihad.

graduate students, which is why
yesterday's forum was so impor-
"I think it's important to high-
light the research activities that
students are involved in to our
legislators and policy leaders in
Lansing and focus on the exciting
things they are doing within our
university system," Mason said.
Several University of Michi-
gan students - affiliated with the
Undergraduate Research Opportu-
nity Program, which pairs under-
graduate students with a faculty
advisor to assist in research - from
all three of the University's cam-
puses presented at the event.
UROP Director Sandra Greger-
man said the students speaking at
the capitol were chosen by faculty
members based on the possible
impact their research could have
on the state's economy and other
issues important to state legisla-
Yaqub added that the week-
long event was meant to engage
both Muslim and non-Muslim
students on campus.
"We encourage non-Muslims to
come, that's why we put on these
events," he said. "We take on the
most asked about questions, like
headscarves and Jihad."
"I'm not hoping to make these
anti-Muslim people love Islam,
but I want to make them hate it a
little less," Yaqub said.
Abe echoed Yaqub's senti-
ments, saying that she is hurt by
the fact that people have formed
the wrong idea about her reli-

Among the students presenting
were Public Policy senior Cath-
erine Laurion and Engineering
freshman Andrew Farron. Their
research project - in collaboration
with the Institute for Research on
Labor, Employment, and the Econ-
omy - is focused on a local busi-
ness incubation model.
The project matches up local
entrepreneurs with professional
service providers, like lawyers or
insurance agencies, in order to sup-
port new businesses and ideas in
communities, Laurion said.
Laurion said she believes the
business incubator model will be
an effective way to turn Michigan's
economy around.
"Things like these grassroots
ideas, that is the way to build Mich-
igan up and make it stable," she
Laurion added that she is glad
to have the opportunity to share
the model with state legislators,
"We know it's not about
oppressing women and blowing
up random buildings and killing
people, it's definitely not. It's so
far from that," she said. "Islam is
so beautiful, in my eyes, that to
see people who take it and twist
it and other people who believe
that they are spreading the proper
Islam, it's just horrible."
Amer Ahmed, associate direc-
tor of MESA/Trotter Multi-Cul-
tural Center, said he is hoping
tonight's lecture will draw a large
audience and reinforce some
of what was discussed at other
events throughout the week.
"I'm hoping that people will

so state leaders can start thinking
about innovation and entrepre-
Engineering freshman Sita Syal
was also chosen to present her
research project, which focuses on
ways to use incinerated waste as
construction material.
In an e-mail interview before
the event, Syal said she was "very
excited" to speak at the forum.
"I think my research project has
a lot of potential to impact the state
of Michigan, and I am glad to know
that my voice will be heard," she
Syal added that she is grateful
for the opportunities she has had
while participating in UROP.
"I think we are very lucky here
at Michigan that we have such
an easy way to get involved," she
wrote. "Participating in research
has given me a chance to apply
what I am learning to real life
value the content and will learn
something from it," he said. "I
hope they will feel like they got
exposed to something they oth-
erwise would have never gotten
exposed to between the content,
the individuals they'll come
across and the people that they'll
get to meet at the programs."
Ahmed said he also believes the
topic of the lecture is especially
relevant in context of the issues
Muslim Americans currently face.
"The role of Islam and Muslims
in America is extremely impor-
tant in the political, social and
cultural climate of the United
States right now," he said.

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awareness about animal rights
and encourage students to take
action by either signing up to be
a part of their efforts or becom-
ing vegan.
The Michigan Animal Rights
Society organized the event,
which has been held at 14 other
colleges this year.
MARS president and LSA
sophomore Joe Varilone said it
is important to hold events like
the exhibition to target college
students, who are more likely to
reconsider their opinions about
animal rights activism than older
"College students are really
receptive," Varilone said. "Their
habits are less ingrained in their
minds, and they want to learn
things and become better peo-
Department of Public Safety
spokeswoman Diane Brown said,
though PETA-sponsored events
have spurred protest in the past,
she has not seen any cause for
concern regarding safety and
security at the University in light
of PETA's campus visit.
"I know PETA has had some
controversy at other places in
the country," she said. "But to my
knowledge, there have been no
problems on the University cam-
Howard Rush, an associate
professor of laboratory animal
medicine, said PETA's presence
on campus has not gone unno-
Though biomedical animal
labs maintain tight security year-
round, Rush said an e-mail was
sent to lab workers to notify them
of the PETA event and encourage
them to make sure all person-
nel would be in their authorized
areas throughout the week.
"That's a standard message

that goes out a couple of times a
year for a variety of reasons," he
said. "There's a national world
week for animals in laboratories
in April, so we send it out then
Burke said the exhibit was met
with tremendous support despite
that PETA has caused some con-
troversy in the past.
"We've had an overwhelm-
ingly positive response here and
other places we've visited," she
said. "Everyone seems to want to
do something to take action."
Burke added that she believes
everyone can agree that animals
are being abused regardless of
their personal opinions about
"Whatever stigma there may
be, facts are facts," she said. "I
think everyone can agree that the
fact that 95 percent of cows and
pigs raised for food in this coun-
try are having their ears, teeth,
and tails clipped is really sad."
LSA freshman Jacqui Duarte
said, though she agrees with the
message of the exhibit, she felt
the images were too graphic for
such a public place.
"It's not that I don't agree that
animal torture is bad," she said.
"It's just that I think it's a little
too much, and that maybe they
can get their point across in dif-
ferent ways."
Burke said she recognizes that
the exhibit is somewhat graphic,
but she feels the intensity is nec-
"The images are hard to look
at, but we need to see these things
to make the best decisions in our
everyday lives," she said.
Varilone echoed Burke's sen-
timents, adding that he didn't
think the images would be too
much for students.
"I don't think this is as in your
face as some of the things that
PETA does," he said. "Students
can walk by and just come over if
they want and take a look."

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