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Obama to students: Treat each
other with kindness and respect

Morrison says .
ruling tbrew
his field into a
'kind of crisis'

In speech, Obama ence of classroom bullies who
make fun of students and try to
discussed how much make those who are different
from them feel bad.
harder school is when He said students should ignore
the bulliers and celebrate the dif-
there's bullying ferences among them.
"What I want all of you, if you
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - do take away one thing from my
President Barack Obama, in a speech, I want you to take away
message Tuesday to America's the notion that life is precious,
students, urged them to ignore and part of what makes itso won-
bullies and treat each other with derful is its diversity," Obama
kindness and respect, saying part said from a Philadelphia school
of the beauty of life "lies in its during his second back-to-school
diversity." address.
Obama acknowledged that "We shouldn't be embarrassed
school is tough and that it can be by the things that make us dif-
made even tougher by the pres- ferent. We should be proud of
CLARK'
From Page 1A
his bid to be elected to representi
Ward 2.
Clark's ad campaign features
a poster he describes as "a cross
between a dustbowl-era travel-
ing circus and a Russian theater ,
from the Victorian age." The
unconventional poster, accord-
ing to Clark, serves as a remindera
that he's not a typical candidate.
In fact, as Clark pointed out
throughout the interview, he hasY
no interest in a long-term politi-
cal future and, if elected, plans to
only serve on the city council for
a single 2-year term.
With this self-imposed con-
straint, Clark said he'll have
more freedom to take risks than
other council members who are
seeking reelection.
"With not worrying if I'm Business School graduate student Newcou
going to be reelected, I'm not
goingto hold back," Clarksaid. "I couch ban" currently facing city
don't want to be a council mem- council. The proposed ordinance
ber. I just want to do things." would prohibit the placement of
An experienced real estate upholstered furniture on porch-
developer, Clark is also a mem- es citywide. It was introduced
ber of Ann Arbor's Downtown by Council member Christopher
Development Agency, and has Taylor (D-Ward 2) after an April
worked on several housing relat- house fire believed to have been
ed projects within the city. started by a porch couch killed
Near the top of Clark's to-do former Eastern Michigan Uni-
list if he's elected is working to versity student Renden LeMas-
generate a better set of citywide ters.
oiserevention measures Accordingto ClairktIeorcdi
than the ones currently in place. nance, which city council plans
But id he is adamatgJygg votg-4 at its Sep. 20 meet-
opposed to the so-called "porch ing, doesn't address the issue of

them," he said. "Because it's the
things that make us different
that make us who we are, that
make us unique."
After the White House
announced last year's speech,
some parents threatened to pull
their kids from class during
Obama's remarks. Conservatives
also accused him of trying to
inject politics into the classroom.
A similar outcry has been
missing this year.
Schools were not required to
show the speech, as was the case
last year. Some schools also gave
parents the option of havingtheir
kids participate in another activ-
ity during the broadcast. As with

last year's speech, the White
House released the text a day
early so people could read it and
judge for themselves.
Speaking from the auditorium
at the Julia R. Masterman Labo-
ratory and Demonstration School
for fifth- through 12th-graders,
Obama urged students to stay
in school, study hard and take
responsibility for their educa-
tion. He said the nation's ability
to compete globally in the 21st
century depends on an educated
work force.
He also said nothing is beyond
their reach as long as they dream
big, work hard and focus on
learning.

From Page 1A
"We don't yet know where the
new therapies are going to come
from and we won't know until the
research is done," he said in the
interview last night. "We are far
too early in the development of the
field to start blocking or weighing
all of our bets on one type of stem
cell and reject others."
In March 2009, the University
opened the Consortium for Stem
Cell Therapies, a facility that is
researching the derivation of new
stem cell lines to study diseases.
If the federal ruling remains in
place, funding for the center and
projects using embryonic stem
cells would also be put in jeop-
ardy, Morrison told the Daily last
week.
In an interview with the Daily
last month, Max Wicha, director
of the University's Cancer Cen-
ter, said if the government blocks
federal funds for research, it will
have a "chilling effect" on stem
cell research conducted through-
out the country. He explained
that the U.S. would lose many
researchers who would travel to
other nations in order to continue
their work.
Morrison also said last night
that he is concerned that the issue
could be "caught up in election

year politics," as subcommit-
tee members may be reluctant to
support an issue as contentious
as stem cell research right before
a highly partisan election. This
might slow the passage of legisla-
tion relating to the field, he said.
The problem for researchers
like Morrison is that legislation
supporting stem cell research was
passed by Congress twice before,
he said, but was eventually vetoed
by then-President George W.
Bush.
Despite these past mishaps,
Morrison said he is confident
that he has support within the
subcommittee, as it is composed
of senators who are "sympathet-
ic" to the cause. Morrison cited
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa),
who is a past sponsor of funding
expansion for stem cell research.
In addition to Morrison,
Francis Collins, director of the
National Institutes of Health and
a former University professor, and
George Daley, director of Stem
Cell Transplantation at Children's
Hospital Boston, are scheduled to
speak at the hearing, according to
a University News Service state-
ment released on Tuesday.
- Daily News Editor Stephanie
Steinberg and The Associated
Press contributed to this report.

fire prevention comprehensively
enough to effectively prevent
house fires.
"Let's solve the problem of low
response times, or blocked exits
before we say the couches are the
problem," Clark said.
If elected, Clark said he plans
to deal with issues through his
"open source" website, where he
said constituents will be able to
post feedback and offer sugges-
tions on issues facing the city
council.
"Don't ma ke (voters) lobby you
through some nine-hour bitch-

fest," he said. "Make it easy for
them."
In the weeks leading up to the
November elections, Clark said
he plans to personally reach out
to the student-heavy sectors of
the fifth ward. Clark said coun-
cil members rely on students not
voting - something he hopes to
change with his campaign.
"I walk home through that
neighborhood everyday after
class and there's hundreds of
kids sitting on their porch," Clark
said. "I worry...they're complete-
ly discounted."

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