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Ex-Ford executive
appointed Wayne
State president
Wayne State University has
named ex-Ford Motor Co. execu-
tive Allan Gilmour as its perma-
nent president.
Gilmour was unanimously
elected president by the Detroit
university's governing board yes-
terday. His contract runs through
the 2012-13 academic year.
Gilmour had served as the uni-
versity's interim president since
Aug. 30. He replaces Jay Noren,
who resigned this summer.
Gilmour is a Harvard University
and University of Michigan gradu-
ate and retired in 1995 as Ford's
vice chairman and chief financial
officer. He rejoined the automaker
from 2002-05 in various leader-
ship roles.
Gilmour serves on DTE Energy
Co.'s board and formerly served on
the boards of Dow Chemical Co.,
Whirlpool Corp. and other corpo-
He is Wayne State's 11th presi-
Undercover police
officer killed while
chasing burglar
An undercover police offi-
cer chasing a burglary suspect
through the back yard of a sub-
urban Detroit home was shot five
times and killed with a gun stolen
from the house, authorities said
Larry Nehasil was hit in the
head, back, buttocks, thigh and hip
Monday evening as he and other
officers tried to arrest two men
suspected in as many as 50 area
burglaries. One suspect also was
shot to death.
Nehasil's bulletproof vest
stopped the shot to the back, but
not the others, including the fatal
shot to the head, said Undersheriff
Mike McCabe.
The 48-year-old Livonia offi-
cer was part of a surveillance
team tailing the two brothers
into Walled Lake, about 22 miles
northwest of Detroit.
Supreme Court
justice calls for end
of death penalty
An Ohio Supreme Court justice
who helped write the state's death
penalty law three decades ago is
calling for an end to capital pun-
ishment in the state.
Justice Paul Pfeifer was one of
the leading proponents of Ohio's
death penalty law as a state legis-
lator in the 1970s and 1980s.
Pfeifer also said yesterday that
Gov. John Kasich should consider
commuting the death sentences of
all inmates condemned to die to
life without parole.
Pfeifer, a Republican, was

chairman of the Senate Criminal
Justice Committee as Ohio debat-
ed the capital punishment bill that
became law in 1981.
He says the recent decrease in
death sentences is a sign society
believes life sentences are punish-
ment enough.
Classroom gun
accident wounds
two students
A gun in a 10th-grader's back-
pack discharged yesterday when
he dropped the bag, wounding two
students at a high school, includ-
ing one who remained in critical
condition, police said.
A 15-year-old girl with a head
wound underwent hours of sur-
gery at Los Angeles County Har-
bor-UCLA Medical Center, said
Dr. Gail V. Anderson Jr. A 15-year-
old boy was in serious condition
with neck and shoulder wounds.
Both teens were hit with the
same bullet, Los Angeles deputy
police chief Patrick Gannon said.
John Deasy, deputy superin-
tendent of the Los Angeles Uni-
fied School District, said there
was no indication the student
had touched the gun before it dis-
"He literally dropped his knap-
sack on the desk and it went off,"
Deasy said.
Gannon said the student apolo-
gized before running to another
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Daily wire reports

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time to discuss the ordinance,
Hieftje said it is being necessar-
ily cautious in examining the lan-
guagethe ordinance uses.
"We are going to be extremely
careful that we craft some legisla-
tion that we believe is going to best
serve the patients and the caregiv-
ers and anyone who is involved,"
Hieftje said.
In an interview after addressing
council, Dexter resident Gershom
Avery, a medical marijuana pro-
ponent who spoke during the pub-
lic comment section, said he feels
strongly that the city shouldn't
compile the information of cultiva-
tion facility and dispensary own-
"The best solution is to remove
the temptation to act as an agency
of the federal government ... by not
compiling these lists," Avery said.
When asked how he felt about
a section in the ordinance that
prohibits felons from opening
either dispensaries or cultivation
facilities, Avery said he thinks that
people charged with marijuana-

MSA passes resolution
to simplify online audit
process for dual-degrees-

Council members Mike Anglin (Ward-5) and Christopher Taylor (Ward-3) discuss
amendments toa medical marijuana ordinance at a City Council meeting last night.

related felonies should be permit-
ted to open such businesses.
"It is curious that those people
who can actually document that
they have years of experience
growing, by virtue of their own
criminal record ... are the ones that
are strictly forbidden from partici-
pating," Avery said.
Ann Arbor resident Renee Wolfe,
who spoke before Council, said in
an interview after the meeting that
she was the first multiple sclerosis
patient in the state to use federally-
supplied marijuana. She also said
she has a felony on her record for

"The felony was for growing my
medicine," Wolfe said.
Renee said it is important that
the city of Ann Arbor make it pos-
sible to open medical marijuana
cultivation facilities and dispensa-
ries so that individuals in need of
health-related assistance are able
to obtain it.
"If I didn't have my medicine,
I wouldn't be able to live my life,"
Wolfe said.
- Rayza Goidmith
contributed to this report.

From Page 1A
Coleman and other University
administrators, including the Uni-
versity's Executive Vice President
for Medical Affairs Ora Pescovitz,
the University's Vice President for
Research Stephen Forrest, Univer-
sity Provost Philip Hanlon and the
University's Vice President and
General Counsel Suellyn Scarnec-
chia, cut the ceremonial ribbon to
commemorate the opening of the
three projects.
Pescovitz said she feels that
beyond the NCRC's large space,
the complex has "immeasurable,
infinite potential."
She echoed Coleman, saying
that innovation is essential for the
"future" of the University and for
the nation asa whole.
Forrest said despite his initial
concerns about the cost and pop-
ularity of the accelerator, it will
likely benefit the University com-
munity and state economy.
"It started out as a risky venture
but promises to be an essential
step in the (University's) prom-
ise of being the leaders and best
and encouraging and helping fac-
ulty and students and our venture
partners to start their companies
right here in Michigan," Forrest
Ken Nesbit, executive director
of Tech Transfer, said one of the
goals of the business accelerator
is to help transform small startup
companies into large, powerful
companies that will hopefully stay
in the Midwest and create local job
Jim O'Connell, associate direc-
tor of business formation at the
Tech Transfer Center, said the
accelerator will likely focus on
technology and companies that
have some kind of link to the Uni-
versity before looking to other
companies. The accelerator space,
which can house 10 to 15 compa-
nies, has several potential tenants
waiting to become part of the cen-
ter, he said.

O'Connell added that he feels
there is an increased chance of
a company staying in Michigan
after being incubated in the Ven-
ture Accelerator.
In return for the services
offered by the University, each
business signs on for a one-year
lease and pays a leasing fee.
O'Connell said though the
cost of leasing may be higher at
the Venture Accelerator, the rate
includes many resources available
to the companies.
"This is about adding services
and values beyond what you can
get in a $5 office," O'Connell said.
Acting as a "feeder" space for
beginning businesses, O'Connell
said that after a few years, the
rate may become too expensive for
businesses that no longer need all
of the accelerator's services. The
businesses are then encouraged to
move out into their own space.
A media tour of the facilities
yesterday revealed five startup
businesses housed in the new
offices and laboratories. One of the
businesses, Life Magnetics, moved
in on Dec. 20, 2010 and is current-
ly purchasing lab equipment. The
other four businesses are expected
to move into the space in the com-
ing months.
Founded in 2009 by Brandon
McNaughton, a former University
applied physics graduate student,
Life Magnetics is developing a bio-
sensor to measure the growth of
single bacterial cells and the cells'
responses to antibiotics.
McNaughton works on the proj-
ect with Bill Wood, the project's
interim CEO, and with his previ-
ous adviser, Raoul Kopelman, a
Richard Smalley distinguished
University professor of chemistry,
physics and applied physics.
In an interview after the tour,
McNaughton said the goal of the
device is to determine the best
therapy for a patient with a bacte-
rial infection and to speed up the
process of discovery, which cur-
rently takes two or more days. The
goal for the biosensor is to com-
plete the test within one hour, he

The biosensor's ability to moni-
tor individual cells could also be
applied to track the growth of can-
cer cells, McNaughton said.
He added that he believes a
clinical prototype of the biosen-
sor will be completed within two
to three years, but may be delayed
from going to market pending FDA
approval. The company currently
has five employees and hopes to
have 15 by the end of the year and
90 to 100 within the next four to
five years, McNaughton said.
Next door to Life Magnetics is
3D Biomatrix, a business creating
three-dimensional cell scaffolds
to grow and test cells.
Rachel Cuddihy, one of the com-
pany's researchers and a former
Ph.D. student at the University,
said most drug tests occur in two-
dimensional environments, which
don't mimic the human body. In a
three-dimensional scaffold, cells
act more like the human body and
can beused in the pharmaceutical
industry, Cuddihy said.
In an interview after the event,
Cuddihy said she and her col-
leagues are excited to be in the
"beautiful facilities" and in close
proximity to other emerging com-
Other businesses in the acceler-
ator include Phrixus Pharmaceuti-
cals, a clinical-development stage
company working on a drug to
treat heart failure, and Civionics, a
company designinglow-cost wire-
less sensors to measure structural
health and energy usage in build-
ings. EngXT is another business
housed in the accelerator, and has
developed an electric-field moni-
toring system that gives off signals
to monitor electrostatic stress on
electronic devices.
In an interview after the tour,
Steven Rogacki, an engineer -for
EngXT and a lead engineer in
research at the University, said the
business resources at the Venture
Accelerator are vital to the future
of the company.
"It's absolutely essential,"
Rogacki said. "I wouldn't know
how to proceed without that kind
of help."

Change intended
for Business and
Daily StaffReporter
The Michigan Student Assem-
bly unanimously approved a reso-
lution at its meeting last night
supporting a new system for Wol-
verine Access to display degree
audits and grade point averages
for students working toward dual
Students in all cross-college
programs must currently audit
their own schedules in each col-
lege they're enrolled in. The
resolution specifically endorses
reform of Wolverine Access to
display degree audits and trans-
fers from both colleges on the
same online document for stu-
dents pursuing dual degrees in
the Ross School of Business and.
the College of Engineering.
Drafted through an MSA part-
nership with the Society of Busi-
ness Engineers, a campus group
made up of students enrolled in
both the College of Engineering
and the Ross School of Business,
the resolution states that "the lack
of appropriate grade point aver-
ages appearing on the transcript
complicates the process of, and/
or places (students) at a disadvan-
tage when applying for a job or
future studies."
The resolution originally
endorsed the reform of degree
audits on Wolverine Access for all
cross-college programs, but the
resolution's authors decided that
limiting the scope of the resolu-
tion to Business and Engineering
students would make implemen-
tation more feasible.
Interim MSA Vice President
Sean Walser said in an interview
after the meeting that the Uni-

versity of Michigan Engineering
Council recently passed a similar
resolution. Both resolutions will
now be sent to Business School
Dean Robert Dolan, Engineering
Dean David Munson, BBA Pro-
gram Director Scott Moore and
Engineering Associate Dean for
Undergraduate Education James
The resolution was written by
Society of Business Engineers
president Zubair Ahsan, Soci-
ety of Business Engineers vice
president Uppili Rajagopalan
and Societyv of Business Engi-
neers member Arshabh Sarda.
All three are both Business and
Engineering students. Walser
and MSA Engineering Rep. Kyle
Summers also contributed to the
Walser said he hopes the next
step will be for the authors of
the resolution to meet with the
"appropriate people" to discuss
the implementation of dual-
degree audits on Wolverine
"We don't know how success-
ful-that will be, but it's definitely
something that I'm interested in
personally, and I know other rep-
resentatives are interested in,"
Walser said.
At last night's meeting, MSA
also passed a resolution amend-
ing attendance policies. Instead
of being required to attend a
committee meeting once a week,
standing rules now allow repre-
sentatives to attend either a com-
mittee or a commission meeting.
Additionally, the power to
excuse absences was transferred
from MSA's president to MSA's
MSA also approved Engineer-
ing junior Crissie Zuchora and
LSA senior Adriana Coleska as
new representatives, who were
appointed to fill empty seats.

From Page 1A
he developed with his wife Eunice
Kennedy Shriver.
In a statement yesterday, Presi-
dent Barack Obama said Shriver
will live on as a symbol of commu-
nity service and humanitarianism
in the United States.
"I was deeply saddened to learn
about the passing of Sargent Shriv-
er, one of the brightest lights of the
greatest generation," Obama said.
"Over the course of his long and
distinguished career, Sarge came
to embody the idea of public ser-
In an interview with The Michi-
gan DailylastOctober, JudyGuskin
highlighted Shriver's strong work
ethic and dedication to the pro-
gram, noting that he inspired the
workers in the Peace Corps office
to adopt a similar attitude.
"We worked long hours," she
said. "We would stop when it got
dark, and we got too hungry so
we'd go out to eat, and then we'd
come back and look up and see
Sarge Shriver's window was still lit.
People were still working up there,
so we went back to work."
Al Guskin said in an interview
last night that the Peace Corps is
successful on such a widespread
level because of Shriver's undying
perseverance and constant positive
"He was a great man," Guskin
said. "He was a giant, really, in
terms of what he accomplished.
The Peace Corps's success is
directly tied to his vision, his
enthusiasm, his ability to create
an organization and a structure

that would outlive him, which is
the greatest compliment you can
make of anyone who was a lead-
Though Guskin said he didn't
interact with Shriver much person-
ally, he said everytime he met with
Shriver, he was awed by his dedica-
tion to the program.
"I didn't know him well, though
I met him at many occasions, both
in this country and when I was
serving in Thailand, and he was
always full of enthusiasm," Guskin
said. "He was always so positive,
particularly about the Peace Corps
Judy Guskin echoed her hus-
band's sentiments yesterday, saying
that it was Shriver's unwavering
optimism that allowed the Peace
Corps to flourish.
"Of all the people I met and
had an opportunity to work with,
he was the most inspiring," Judy
Guskin said. "I loved his optimism
and with his message of service he
touched the hearts of thousands of
Peace Corps volunteers."
John Greisberger, director of the
University's International Center
and a former Peace Corps volun-
teer, said Shriver was "an amazing
individual," who often expressed
his fondness for the University
community's critical role in con-
tributing to the program.
"That challenge was really
picked up by our students here at
Michigan, and what Shriver said
is that the Peace Corps would just
be another idea if it weren't for
the affirmative response of those
Michigan students and faculty,"
Greisberger said.
Since the program's founding,
almost 2,200 University gradu-

ates have participated in the Peace
Corps in more than 44 countries,
according to the University's Peace
Corps website.
Judy Guskin said she also had
the opportunity to work with
Shriver on the War on Poverty,
several years after they first col-
laborated during the Peace Corps's
inaugural venture to Thailand.
"I was lucky to work for him
both through Peace Corps when it
was set up and also the war on pov-
erty," Judy Guskin said. "It was a
great, great pleasure."
Judy Guskin said that in honor
of Shriver's hard work in develop-
ing the program, she and other
volunteers helped to develop The
Sargent Shriver Award for Distin-
guished Humanitarian Service,
which is awarded by the National
Peace Corps Association each year
to a returned volunteer who con-
tinues to work toward humanitar-
ian efforts.
"That was one of the ways we
felt as volunteers we could let him
know how much we appreciated
the inspiration he gave to all of us,"
Judy Guskin said. "He will live on
in memory, and I think I speak here
for all the volunteers who were
touched by him."
Rackham student Alex Pompe, a
former campus coordinator at the
University's Peace Corps office,
said he was constantly reminded
of Shriver and Kennedy's original
message while working for the
Peace Corps, especially during the
50th anniversary celebration of the
program this past fall.
"The loss of such an amazing
person is really felt throughout the
Peace Corps community at the Uni-
versity of Michigan," he said.

From Page 1A
mhan and Gonggrijp from being
deported from the country.
Halderman said he was in India
to present solutions to problems
in electronic voting machines, or
EVMs, at a conference on com-
puter security issues.
One of Halderman's colleagues,
Indian citizen Hari Prasad, was
arrested and detained by Indian
police in August for trying to
present the research. Halderman
said he believes some Indian offi-
cials may have been upset about
his research, which may be why
Prasad was arrested and why
Halderman was almost deported.
"The research showed sig-
nificant vulnerabilities in India's
voting machines which, up to
that point, Indian authorities had
been claiming were 'perfect' and
'tamper-proof,"' Halderman said.
Technology Review, a publi-
cation from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, reported
that Indian EVMs are the most
widely used voting system in
the world, with more than 400
million Indian voters using the
machines alone.
Halderman said his research
could be disliked by public offi-
cials because it reveals holes in
the Indian voting system that
would undermine the legitimacy
of their political victories. There-
fore, his EVM study could be
interpreted as a means of ques-
tioning whether the offices had
been acquired through ill means,
he said.
"If you were elected fairly, of
course finding out that the system
was-insecure might cast doubt
on your legitimacy. If you were
elected by cheating,. then obvi-
ously you don't want the system
to be improved," Halderman said.
"Now, our studies to date have not
even tried to demonstrate that
previous elections were stolen."
Published in April, the study
found that India's EVMs are "vul-
nerable to serious attacks." It says

that the systems "do not provide
transparency," soresultsfroamthe
machines can't be confirmed to
have been cast honestly.
Halderman said he hoped to
shed light on these issues while in
India. However, when he landed
in India on Dec. 12, Indian offi-
cials told Halderman to return to
the United States on the plane he
had arrived in.
"Luckily, I have a lot of experi-
ence missing planes," Halderman
said. "So I did everything I could
to try to miss that one."
Since Halderman could no lon-
ger present his research, he spent
his time with friends and visited
landmarks like the Taj Mahal.
Though he is now safely at home,
Halderman said his colleagues in
India are still in a tense and dan-
gerous situation because of their
Even so, Halderman said he
plans to return to India and con-
tinue research on the country's
"I'm very eager to go to India
again," Halderman said. "We'll
see what happens."
He said he plans to continue his
work on India's voting systems
because most of the research in
the past has been on systems in
wealthier nations, even though
most of the world's democracies
are in poorer countries.
"We have a lot to learn about
how to make voting systems that
are secure and suitable for the
needs of countries outside of the
U.S. and Europe," Halderman
Halderman and his doctor-
ate students made headlines in
October for hacking the pilot site
of an Internet voting system in
Washington, D.C., which would
have allowed overseas voters to
cast ballots in the United States's
November election, according to
an Oct. 7, 2010 Michigan Daily
article. Halderman and his stu-
dents programmed the system to
play "Hail to the Victors" after
each vote was cast - ultimately
causing administrators to shut
down the online voting system.

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