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Snyder appoints
,three new officials
Republican Gov.-elect Rick
Snyder named former Michigan
United Conservation Clubs execu-
tive director Dennis Muchmore
as his chief of staff yesterday,
then selected two longtime state
employees to direct communica-
tions and legal affairs once he
takes office Jan. 1.
Geralyn Lasher, who served as
former GOP Gov. John Engler's
deputy press secretary, will be
Snyder's communications direc-
tor. She now works for the Michi-
gan Department of Community
Health handling public awareness
campaigns and is a former depart-
ment spokeswoman. Snyder said
he chose her because of her mar-
keting skills and ability to use
social media.
Michigan Supreme Court legal
counsel Michael Gadola will
become Snyder's legal affairs
director. Under Engler, Gadola
served as deputy legal counsel and
director of the office of Regula-
tory Reform
Wholesalers stop
shipping Four Loko
Connecticut liquor wholesalers
have agreed to voluntarily suspend
their shipment and deliveries of
a caffeinated alcoholic drink that
has been banned in four states.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Consumer
Protection Commissioner Jerry
Farrell said yesterday that they
have secured the deal to curb the
distribution of Four Loko and two
similar beverages, including Four
Maxed and Joose.
The popular drinks have been
banned in Washington, Michigan,
Utah and Oklahoma.
Four Loko is made by Chicago-
based Phusion Projects. It comes
in several varieties, includingfruit
punch and blue raspberry. A 23.5-
ounce can has an alcohol content
of 12 percent, comparable to four
College students have been hos-
pitalized after drinking the bev-
erages, including in New Jersey,
where one school banned them on
The federal Food and Drug
Administration isreviewing the
products' safety.
U.K. compromises
in ex-Guantanamo
detainee lawsuit
Britain's government has agreed
to a deal with a group of ex-Guan-
tanamo Bay detainees who were
suing the U.K. for alleged complic-
ity in their torture.
Prime Minister David Cam-
eron's office said in a statement
yesterday that the details would
be announced to lawmakers on
Government officials declined
to discuss the settlement in

advance - or confirm whether it
would pay compensation - citing
a confidentiality agreement.
A total of 12 men were suing
Britain over claims they were
mistreated. They include Binyam
Mohamed, who alleges he was
abused while held in Pakistan in
In July, Cameron said a judge-
led inquiry would be set up to
examine the handling of torture
overseas by Britain's intelligence
Illegal immigrants
get in-state tuition
The California Supreme Court
weighed in yesterday on the politi-
cally charged immigration fray
when it ruled that illegal immi-
grants are entitled to the same
tuition breaks offered to in-state
high school students to attend pub-
lic colleges and universities.
While the ruling applies only
to California, the case was closely
watched nationally because nine
other states, including New York.
and Texas, have similar laws.
Republican congressmen Lamar
S. Smith of Texas and Steve King
of Iowa filed a so-called friends of
the court brief urging that illegal
immigrants be denied the reduced
A unanimous state Supreme
Court, led by politically conserva-
tive Justice Ming Chin, said the
California provision was constitu-
tional because U.S. residents also
had access to the reduced rates.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports.

Renovation would
repurpose MLB
basement, build
School of Ed. center

Pizza delivery man robbed
on North Campus Friday

From Page 1
that she understands the state's
current fiscal constraints but
that investing in higher educa-
tion is essential to Michigan's
"We respectfully ask that the
state reinvest in higher educa-
tion by increasing our appro-
priation by 2.6 percent in fiscal
year 2012, in order to cover the
projected 1.6 percent increase
in the Detroit CPI and the one
percent in lost state scholarship
funding for students with need,"
Coleman wrote.
The 1-percent loss in state
scholarship is the result of the
elimination of the Michigan
Promise Scholarship and reduc-
tions to the Michigan Competi-
tive Scholarship.
In two separate communica-
tions to the University's Board of
Regents, Slottow also requested
a total of $3.4 million to finance
the renovation of parts of the
Modern Language Building and
the School of Education building.
The first request, which seeks
$2 million from the College of
Literature, Science and the Arts,
would finance renovations to
the MLB's basement and second

In his letter to the regents,
Slottow wrote that the renova-
tion would include repurposing
the former Language Resource
Center - now located in the
North Quadrangle academic
building - to meet the needs
of LSA's Instructional Support
Services Media Center, which is
currently housed in leased space
off campus.
Additionally, the project
would repurpose space in the
basement of the MLB to house
the Department of Screen Arts
and Cultures film editing suites,
which are currently located in
the Argus II Building.
If approved, the project would
be completed during the sum-
mer of 2011.
In his second request, Slottow
asked the regents to approve a
$1.4 million project that would
renovate a vacated storage space
in the School of Education to
create the Brandon Professional
Center and Archive.
Slottow described the new
space as "a 21st-century educa-
tion library" that would house
a wide array of resources that
could be used by students for
studying professional practices
in education.
The project would be funded
by a private gift, investment
income and School of Educa-
tion resources, Slottow wrote. If
approved, the project would be
completed in fall 2011.

DPS official says
authorities will issue
a warning to delivery
Daily StaffReporter
A pizza delivery man was
robbed on Friday after being
called to a fake North Campus
address, University Police report-
Department of Public Safe-
ty spokeswoman Diane Brown
said that at around 8:15 p.m. on
Friday night, the delivery man
was searching for the address

on Bishop Avenue when he was
approached by a hooded man who
"brandished what was perceived
tobe a gun."
"The delivery person later fig-
ured out that it was not a real
gun," Brown said.
The delivery man did not have
any money with him, but his
iPhone was stolen by the perpe-
trator. Following the robbery, the
suspect fled, and the driver called
the police about 20 minutes after-
wards, according to Brown.
"It appears to be a calculated
crime," Brown said. "It wasn't just
The suspect is described as
being in his mid-twenties, dark-
skinned and about 5 feet 9 inches
tall. Currently there are no leads.

Brown said in light of the inci-
dent officials will issue some type
of warning to local delivery res-
"I think there's some out-
reach that will happen, if it hasn't
already, with the pizza places that
deliver because that's who will be
at risk," she said.
Similar events have not
occurred on campus in recent
years, according to Brown, though
they have happened in other parts
of Ann Arbor.
"We haven't had reports of
this sort of thing on campus but
it is something that pizza delivery
people are trained about on a reg-
ular basis," she said."I know there
have been reports of these (types
of crimes) elsewhere in the city."

From Page 1
Among the key issues addressed
in the proposed ordinance are the
requirements that dispensaries
cannot stand within 1,000 feet of
schools and cannot extend their
business outside the premises.
The ordinance also establishes
rules for dispensary operations,
including no smoking on the prem-
ises, no drive-in dispensaries and a
restriction on customers under the
age of 18 without an accompanying
parent or guardian.
Since the Oct. 6 preliminary
reading, city officials made a series
of additions to the ordinance that
elaborate on certain "reasonable
restrictions" regarding the growth
and use of medical marijuana.
These additions include a man-

date that dispensary owners sign
an annual zoning compliance per-
mit as well as a series of guidelines
for medical marijuana in single-
family homes.
In requesting a postponement,
council member Marcia Higgins
(D-Ward 4) said council members
need additional time to consider
the proposed changes before vot-
ing on the issue. With Higgins'
postponement approved, council is
set to vote on the ordinance at its
Dec. 22 meeting.
Addressing council at the public
forum portion of last night's meet-
ing, Charmie Gholson - manag-
ing editor of a quarterly marijuana
advocacy publication entitled The
Midwest Cultivator - said she was
concerned that the ordinance is far
too restrictive and will encourage
"If it's too prohibitive, you're

going to have ...unintended conse-
quences," Gholson told the council.
In an interview after her pre-
sentation, Gholson added that
she's concerned the ordinance
and its enforcement will amount
to a ban akin to the prohibition of
alcohol during the 1920s and early
"My job isto remind people that
prohibitiondoesn'twork," shesaid.
In contrastto Gholson, longtime
city resident and self-described
"lifetime non-marijuana user"
Thomas Partridge praised the
ordinance, saying he's in favor of
harsher regulations to keep medi-
cal marijuana from people who
will abuse it.
"Many marijuanausers ... ignore
the very serious perils of lighting
up," Partridge said at the meeting.
"It's important that City Council
keep this in mind."

From Page 1
with tutoring and class schedul-
ing, as well as general time man-
agement skills. The center also
tracks the academic progress of
the athletes, Hughes said.
With the academic center
open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. most
weekdays, Hughes said he has
seen student-athletes use the
facility regaslgrly, with an influx
of students coming to the center
for tutoring in the evenings.
Hughes added that because
the students are representa-
tives of the University's Athletic
Department, he feels the cen-
ter is important in shaping the
students' decision-making and
overall image.
"Student-athletes have to feel
connected to the University," he
said. "They have to feel that the
University is connected to them,
and therein is the hope that
they'll make better and more
ethical decisions about their
Addressing a question from a
member of the assembly, Hughes
said he realizes that some ath-
letes prioritize their sport above
academics. He said the structure
in place at the academic center
helps the students understand
the importance of their academ-
ic life as well.
Robert Frost, an associate
professor in the School of Infor-
mation and a member of the Sen-
ate Assembly, said though he
thinks the resources at the cen-
ter are helpful, he is concerned
about the segregation it cre-
ates between student-athletes
and the general student body in
the classroom. Hughes echoed
Frost's sentiments, saying that
he was also concerned about
that disconnect.
In an interview after Hughes's
talk, Anna Bielinska, an assis-
tant professor in the Universi-
ty's Medical School, said she was
concerned about the academic
center's amount of control over
the lives of student-athletes.
"(The program) helps the
young person to pass from the
first year to the next but not to
get a personality developed or a
habit of self studies," Bielinska
said. "It's completelyguided from
.7:30 in the morning. Somebody
watches him, what he does."
Hughes said though the cen-
ter does heavily guide and moni-
tor students initially, they are
gradually weaned from the sys-
tem. He added that the academ-
ics of an athlete must be tracked
to determine whether they are
able to play during practice and

Ken Nisbet, executive director
of Tech Transfer at the Universi-
ty, also spoke at yesterday's meet-
ing highlighting the importance
and success of Tech Transfer ini
helping faculty commercialize
their research.
Nisbet said the Tech Trans-
fer program is composed of two
parts - one to help faculty with
the licensing of their technologi-
cal inventions and another that
searches for start-up businesses.
He said the licensing program
also conducts market research
to find companies that would be
interested in adopting faculty
Nisbet said he believes the pro-
gram is doing very well, adding
that the program placed 91 tech-
nologies with entities in 2009.
In 2008, the program placed 78
technologies with entities.
Past inventions licensed
through the Tech Transfer
program, Nisbet said, include
MedImmune, which made the
FluMist influenza nasal vaccine,
Sakti3, an advanced battery lab,
and Health Media, an online
health coaching program.
He added that Tech Transfer
is important for the success of
faculty inventions as well as for
the reputation of the University,
as high-profile commercialized
inventions may attract new fac-
ulty to campus.
Currently housed in the
28-building North Campus
Research Complex, Nisbet said
he is excited that the program
is in a collaborative space with
other researchers. As the pro-
gram launches other start-up
companies through its business
accelerator, he said he is glad the
NCRC willibe home to those com-
The Tech Transfer program
also contains the Michigan Ven-
ture Center, which was estab-
lished a year ago to develop
start-up businesses based on
technological inventions from
faculty, Nisbet said.
Nisbet said. the center fea-
tures a "Mentor-in-Residence"
program in which experienced
entrepreneurs help assess wheth-
er various inventions are viable
for the market.
The center gives students the
opportunity to participate in a
summer internship program,
in which they learn about the
licensing and development pro-
cess and after which they may
continue working for the Tech
Transfer Center.
- Jonah Most contributed
to this report.

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