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Monday, January 31, 2011

Ann Arbor, Michigan


1{'U studentstEg" a
to evacuate
Egyt amid
gov 't tumult

Members of several student groups and the community gather on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 in the Diag to protest Egypt President Hosni Mubarak's regime.
Students show support for
Egyptian uprise in protest

After U.S.travel
warning, four
students plan to
leave country today
Daily News Editor
In the midst of almost week-
long anti-government protests in
Egypt, four University students
studying abroad in Cairo and
Alexandria prepared to evacu-
ate the country today as the Uni-
versity cancelled its Cairo-based
study abroad program.
Two University students and
one student from the Univer-
sity's Flint campus were study-
ing at the American University.
in Cairo through the University's
Center for Global and Intercul-
tural Study, and four University
students were studying at Alex-
andria University with a non-
University affiliated program,
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said last night.
Two of the students in Cairo
- who have been staying at two
separate American University in
Cairo dormitories - willbe evac-

uated today on a charter flight
to Athens before they fly back
to the United States, Fitzgerald
said. One student, meanwhile,
has been staying with her grand-
parents and will remain in Cairo
and plans to directly re-enroll
in classes at AUC after classes
resume. According to the AUC
website, classes have been can-
celled this week.
Demonstrators and looters
continue to quarrel with police
and military forces on the streets
of Cairo and other Egyptian
cities, demanding democratic
elections and protesting against
Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak, who has been in power
for nearly 30 years.
Fitzgerald said the University
cancelled the program at AUC
after the U.S. State Department
issued a travel warning to Egypt
"(This is), consistent with the
University's policy of not hav-
ing study abroad programs in
countries where there are travel
warnings," Fitzgerald said.
The University was initially
unaware there were University
students besides those in Cairo
in the country as the students
See EGYPT, Page 6A

About 80 gather on
Diag to denounce
Daily StaffReporter
"Mubarak, Mubarak, what
do you say? How many people
jailed today?"
So went one of the many
chants voiced by protesters on
the Diag Friday afternoon.

Starting at 3:30 p.m., around
80 people - including repre-
sentatives from several stu-
dent organizations - gathered
in the Diag to protest Egypt's
long-standing President Hosni
Mubarak and his regime.
The protest on campus came
in response to reports of civil
unrest in Egypt over the past
few days, with a wave of citizen
protests calling for Mubarak's
resignation. In response to
protesters, Mubarak's admin-
istration has reportedly set a

nationwide curfew as well as
shut down the country's Inter-
net and cell phone services.
During a televised press con-
ference Friday morning, U.S.
Secretary of State Hilary Clin-
ton criticized the Egyptian gov-
ernment for its reported use of
violence against protesters.
"The Egyptian government
needs to understand that vio-
lence will not make these griev-
ances go away," Clinton said.
To address the issue, Univer-
sity students took to the Diag.

Though University police
officers were stationed on the
Diag to monitor the protests,
police said they were only
there as a precautionary mea-
sure. And the demonstration
occurred without police inter-
Mohamed Mattar, an Engi-
neering junior and president of
the University's Egyptian Stu-
dents Association, said at the
event he's happy Egyptian citi-
zens have chosen to rise up and

Air Force ROTC sgt.retires
after 25 yrs. of military service

Master Sgt. Karen
Christon honored at
'U' ceremony
Daily StaffReporter
Master Sgt. Karen Christon,
a staff member of the Univer-
sity's Air Force Reserve Offi-
cers Training Corps, has served
abroad and in other states across

the country during her time in
the Air Force. But she said her
most fulfilling work has been at
the University.
"This has been the most
rewarding assignment that I
have ever had," Christon said.
Christon, who retired this
month, was honored in the
Michigan League on Friday for
her 25 years of service to the
United States Air Force. Since
enlisting in the Air Force in
1986, she has served interna-

tionally in Portugal and domes-
tically in Kansas and Florida
before landing in Michigan. In
July 2006, Christon became a
staff member of the University's
Air Force ROTC detachment.
"It has been a privilege to
impact the lives of our future
leaders ... I thoroughly enjoy
interacting with the students
and making a positive impact on
their lives," she said in an inter-
view last Wednesday.
See ROTC, Page 5A

A house located ott campus that caught tire early Saturday morning is shown with boarded windows yesterday
One dead, one in critical
. . 2
condition after A2 fire

21st annual Asia Business Conference at
Ross promotes global connectedness

20-year-old Ann
Arbor resident dies
in incident
Daily StaffReporter
A fire at an Ann Arbor home
early Saturday morning left one
victim dead and one in critical
condition, an Ann Arbor Fire
Department official said Satur-

day evening.
According to AAFD Chief
Dominick Lanza, the AAFD was
called to the fire at 5:01 a.m. on
Saturday. By the time firefight-
ers arrived on the scene at 2275
Westaire Ct., two people had
fled from the house. However,
two others were found uncon-
scious in the basement, Lanza
After officials arrived on the
scene off campus, Lanza said
it took them about 15 minutes

See where
CrimeMAP this incident
on tA;ctgat1ily. om happened
to put out the fire, followed
by another 15 minutes to help
investigators make sure the site
was safe.
Twenty-year-old Jacob Rach-
ford was one of the two victims
found unconscious in the home
and was later pronounced dead
at the University Hospital,
See FIRE, Page SA

Event's focus on
Asian countries
showcases regional
For the Daily
Business leaders, foreign
investors and professorsfromthe
University and abroad addressed

key issues regarding business in
Asia during panel discussions
at the 21st annual Asia Business
Conference at the Ross School of
Business this past weekend.
The conference is the lon-
gest-running business confer-
ence about Asia in the United
States that is organized by stu-
dents. Business graduate student
Rama Ghanta, who co-chaired
this year's conference, said the
primary purpose is to educate
students and others about "the

challenges of doing business in
"Being aware of the changes
in Asia is very important to stu-
dents," Ghanta said.
The conference originally
focused on Japan - and was
called Japan Day - when it start-
ed 21 years ago. However, the
conference has now expanded to
encompass discussions of multi-
ple countries in Asia. This year's
conference featured panel dis-


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