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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


* City Council
delays vote on
medical pot

Council rejects
amendment to keep
dispensary owner
identities anonymous
Daily StaffReporter
At its meeting last night, the
Ann Arbor City Council postponed
voting on an ordinance that would
impose legal guidelines on medical
marijuana licensing in Ann Arbor.
S The ordinance already had been
Spostponed at two prior meetings
and nowwill be reconsidered at the
council's next meeting on Feb. 7 in
order to review possible amend-
ments to the proposed law. Midway
through its discussion, the City
Council rejected an amendment to
the ordinance that sought to better
protect the anonymity of cultiva-
tion facility and dispensary own-
During the public commentary
section of the meeting, several area
residents expressed concerns over
a stipulation in the ordinance that
would require owners of dispen-
saries and cultivation facilities to
place their contact information -
including their names and address-
es - on an official list.
City Council member Sabra
Briere (D-Ward 1) told council
that this requirement is not in the
licensing guidelines for other busi-

nesses like liquor stores.
However, both City Attorney
Stephen Postema and City Coun-
cil member Stephen Rapundalo
(D-Ward 2) said liquor licenses do
actually require licensees to pro-
vide comparable information to
that outlined in the marijua-
na licensing ordinance.
City Council member Christo-
pher Taylor (D-Ward 3) added that
he believes the city law shouldn't
seek to protect the information of
business owners, which includes
dispensaries and cultivation facili-
"I think that the line of protect-
ing anonymity falls for patients and
caregivers rather than business
owners," Taylor said.
Following the rejection of the
amendment concerning anonym-
ity, Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje
proposed that council postpone
voting on the ordinance until Feb.
7 to allow City Council members
time to consider other possible
Hieftje added that the extra
time will enable Council members
to consult with the City Attorneys
Office regarding the validity of
possible amendments. Following
Hieftje's suggestion, City Council
member Marcia Higgins (D-Ward
4) motioned to postpone voting on
the ordinance, and the City Council
members unanimously agreed.
Responding to concerns that the
City Council is taking too much

From left: Director of the University's North Campus Research Complex David Canter, University Vice President and General Counsel Suellyn Scarnecchia, University
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs Ora Pescovitz, University President Mary Sue Coleman, University Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest and Univer-
sity Provost Philip Hanlon cut the ribbon at the unveiling of the NCRC's Venture Accelerator yesterday.
BuSineSS hub Venture
Ac%".. unveile 11d

Space to incubate
businesses, spur
economic growth
In response to the new busi-
ness opportunities rising out
of campus-based research, the
University's Venture Accelerator
opened yesterday in the North
Campus Research Complex.

As part of the University's
Tech Transfer program, an orga-
nization that finds ways to use
University technology in the
marketplace, the Venture Accel-
erator is laboratory and office
space for new businesses and will
aid with the commercialization
of their products - all with the
goal of helping the region. The
businesses housed in the 16,000
square-foot space all work with
University-owned research.
More than 500 members of the
University community, business

and economic development lead-
ers, entrepreneurs, venture capi-
talists, government officials and
attendees mingled in the accel-
erator offices before filling the
bridges overlooking the Venture
Speaking before the crowd,
University President Mary Sue
Coleman said she believes the
companies in the accelerator,
along with other research and
business centers in the NCRC, can
help revitalize the economy at the
state level and beyond.

"We are eager to collaborate
with companies, to drive trans-
formative research that can
change the world," Coleman
said. "The NCRC, the Office of
Tech Transfer (and) the Business
Engagement Center are launch
pads for this critical work we
have in front of us."
In addition to the Venture
Accelerator,, the Office of Tech
Transfer and the Business
Engagement Center also celebrat-
ed their formal openings at the
See NCRC, Page 3A

Shriver remembered for
work with Peace Corps

'U' alumni reflect on
founding director's
to service program
Daily NewsEditor
Sargent Shriver, the first direc-
tor of the Peace Corps, died at
age 95 in Bethesda, Md. yesterday
afternoon after an eight-year battle

with Alzheimer's disease.
Shriver's compassion affected
the University, where the idea for
the Peace Corps was given life by
Shriver with the help of then-Uni-
versity graduate students Al and
Judy Guskin. Plans for the pro-
gram were set into motion follow-
ing a speech given by Kennedy on
the steps of the Michigan Union at
2 a.m. on Oct. 14,1960.
After the Guskins rallied for
support on campus, they later met
with Kennedy to begin converting
the idea for the Peace Corps into

a realized organization. Shriver
played a key role in the initial stag-
es of the program after Kennedy
advised him to work as director of
the Peace Corps program- a posi-
tionhe held from 1961to1966.
In addition to his predominant
role in developing the Peace Corps
under the administration of his
brother-in-law, former President
John F. Kennedy, Shriver is also
known for his work on a variety of
initiatives like the War on Poverty
and the Special Olympics, which
See SHRIVER, Page 3A

JED MOcH/Daily
Gershon Baskin, CEO and founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, speaks at an event last night
in the Michigan League hosted by J Street UMich.
Campus speaker calls for peaceful
two-state solution in Middle East

'U' prof. nearly deported from India
for research on electronic voting

J Street UMich hosts
event about Israeli-
Palestinian conflict
Daily StaffReporter
Speaking last night before
a small crowd at the Michigan
League, the head of a Jerusalem-
based think tank advocated for a

two-state solution to the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict.
In a speech entitled "Partners
for Peace: Do they exist? Where
are they now?" Gershon Baskin,
CEO and founder of the Israel/
Palestine Center for Research and
Information, praised the efforts of
the current Palestinian leadership
while condemning their Israeli
"It saddens me deeply me, as an
Israeli patriot, as anIsraeli citizen,

as someone who defines himself
as a Zionist, that the government
of Israel today is not a partner for
peace," Baskin said.
The Israeli government's reluc-
tance must be overcome soon,
Baskin added, because for the
first time ever, there's a deadline
on the resolution of the conflict.
According to Baskin, the current
Palestinian leadership will lose its
ability to govern by the end of 2011
See BASKIN, Page 2A

Engineering prof.
exposes flaws in
India voting system
Daily StaffReporter
Alex Halderman, an assis-
tant professor in the College of
Engineering, was walking down
a street in India when he saw a

newspaper headline that said
he had been deported from the
The Indian Express reported
that Halderman had been deport-
ed on Dec. 12 for attempting to
present his research on problems
with India's electronic voting
system. However, Halderman
and his Dutch research colleague
Rop Gonggrijp narrowly avoided
deportation by arranging to stay
in India for tourism purposes

only and not to present their
Halderman, who teaches
electrical engineering and com-
puter science at the University,
worked with seven colleagues on
a study titled, "Security Analy-
sis of India's Electronic Voting
Machines." The Indian Election
Commission and other govern-
ment organizations in support of
the research helped keep Halder-
See VOTING, Page 3A


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