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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday, February 24, 2011

FIRESIDE CHAT
Students tell
Coleman of
concerns for
their futures

University alum Michael Cherney, exhibit coordinator for the University's Exhibit Museum of Natural History, prepares the Basilosaurus exhibit yesterday. The
exhibit is scheduled to open in April and will feature skeletons of whales that lived 37 million years ago.
MARIJUANA ORDINANCE
A~ 2
A2 medical pot cultivator
sues city over ordinance

President, VP for
Student Affairs
offer advice about
career planning
By KYLE SWANSON
ManagingEditor
"What do you have to offer for
students who don't know what
they want to do?"
This was one question posed
to University President Mary Sue
Coleman yes-
terduy at the
president's r
monthly
fireside chat
- an invita-
tion event in
which stu-
dents ask KYLE SWANSON
Coleman
questions Covering the
about cam- Administration
pus issues.
The event was sparsely
attended yesterday - only 16
students attended the discus-
sion, compared to the normal
crowd of 40 - but the dialogue

was serious, with many students
voicingconcerns about how their
University degrees will translate
into careers.
Undergraduate and gradu-
ate students shared their con-
cerns with Coleman and Royster
Harper, the University's vice
president for student affairs,
at the event. Each provided a
slightly different story, but the
overall issue was clear - stu-
dents are unsure about how a
University degree translates into
a successful career that provides
financial independence and per-
sonal happiness.
One LSA freshman told Cole-
man he was worried about how
his degree 'would help him
secure a career since he feels
pressure to figure out what he
wants to do and then get a job in
that field.
"It's not really the reality, but
it's what people think," the stu-
dent said.
Coleman and Harper reas-
sured students they don't think
that's the case. Coleman added
that college is a time for explora-
tion.
"My feeling is, if you come to
See COLEMAN, Page-SA

City officials say marijuana ordinance currently
pending before Ann Arbor City
lawsuit won't affect Council caused one local medi-
cal marijuana grower to file a
proposal lawsuit against the city.
Ann Arbor resident Tony
By BRIENNE PRUSAK Keene - owner of the medical
Daily StaffReporter marijuana cooperative Hydro
Med on South Industrial High-
The unclear distinctions way - filed a lawsuit against
regarding the difference the city of Ann Arbor on Feb. 17,
between dispensaries and cul- which questions the differences
tivation facilities in the medical between the two definitions as

outlined in the proposed ordi-
nance. Keene said he decided
to file the lawsuit after speak-
ing before City Council several
times and not seeing any change
to the ordinance. City officials
said the lawsuit will have little
effect on the outcome of the
ordinance, as it is still being
revised.
Currently, the ordinance does
not clearly define what a dispen-
sary is. The ordinance currently

states that a "dispensary means
a medical marijuana dispensa-
ry." Cultivation facilities, mean-
while, have a more detailed
definition.
"(Cultivation facilities are
a) structure or each space in
a structure that is separately
owned or leased by a person
other than the owner of the
structure, in which marijuana
plants are being cultivated other
See ORDINANCE, Page 5A

SPRING BREAK 2011
With safety concerns, ASB
trip to Guatemala canceled

Security issues
attributed to
gov't. suppression
By DAVID BUCCILLI
DailyStaffReporter
Amid the ongoing drug war
plaguing Mexico and other
countries in Central America,
some students planning to go

on alternative spring break
trips south of the border will
no longer be doing community
service next week.
Students originally travel-
ing to Guatemala through the
University of Michigan Hil-
lel's Alternative Spring Break
program were told the trip was
cancelled due to safety con-
cerns, though the exact rea-
soning behind the termination
is unclear.

Though Jennifer Johnson,
a University alum in charge
of the Alternative Spring
Break program at Hillel, told
the 14 students formerly par-
ticipating in the program that
American Jewish World Ser-
vice cancelled the trip due to
security reasons and because
"political unrest had made it
unsafe."
"AJWS has pulled all of
See ASB, Page 6A

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
* Rackham Student Government talks
school's services, future Bill of Rights

lrendan Campbell and DeAndree Watson, Michigan Student Assembly president and vice president MForward candi-
dates, pose for a portrait on Friday, Feb.18.
MForward running mates
find balance in experiences

RSG committee
also addresses
GEO's unionizing
efforts
By RACHEL BRUSSTAR
Daily StaffReporter
With the semester about
halfway through and students'
stress peaking, Rackham Grad-
uate School administrators and

members of the Rackham Stu-
dent Government are aiming to
increase awareness of resources
to help make graduate school
more manageable.
At last night's Rackham Stu-
dent Government meeting, the
body addressed various issues
pertaining to the improvement
of campus life for Rackham
students, including the school's
student services and a future
Graduate Student Bill of Rights.
Following the meeting, an RSG
committee met to discuss the

unionization efforts of the
Graduate Employee's Organiza-
tion.
Darlene Ray-Johnson, direc-
tor of the Office of Graduate
Student Affairs in Rackham,
addressed the members of RSG
about the range of resources
available to students. The Office
of Graduate Student Affairs and
the Office of Graduate Student
Success work collaboratively to
sponsor workshops on subjects
ranging from how to write a
See RACKHAM, Page 5A

Watson, Campbell of the assembly, the LSA juniors
are hoping to capitalize on this
plan to increase combination to win the spots of
MSA president and vice presi-
MSA transparency dent in the student government
election next month.
By ROBIN VEECK MForward party, Watson
Daily StaffReporter and Campbell hope to succeed
outgoing MSA President Chris
With DeAndree Watson's Armstrong and Vice President
institutional knowledge of the Jason Raymond, who are also
Michigan Student Assembly and MForward members. The can-
Brendan Campbell's fresh view didates said if elected, they

plan to strengthen the assembly
through several initiatives such
as increasing MSA transparency
and expanding the advocacy
role of the assembly on campus.
Watson is the current speaker
of the assembly. Campbell isn't
currently on MSA but is chair
of the University's chapter of
College Democrats. MForward
officially nominated Watson and
Campbell on Feb. 4. Other MSA
See MFORWARD, Page 5A

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