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STUDENT CONFLICT RESOLUTION
'U'instates
new policy
for sexual
misconduct

which was the first Occupy Ann Arbor event, urged attendees to contact government officialsto epress their disconte not with politics a ond corporatioss.
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Occupy brings
Street m ov ement to Diag

Interim policy
created to follow
federal guidelines
By HALEY GOLDBERG
Daily Staff Reporter
The University announced a
new interim procedure for han-
dling allegations of sexual mis-
conduct this week.
In an e-mail sent to the cam-
pus community on Tuesday, E.
Royster Harper, the Univer-
sity's vice president for student
affairs, and Suellyn Scarnec-
chia, the University's vice
president and general counsel,
announced temporary measures
thatlower the required standard
of evidence needed to report an
alleged incident of sexual mis-
conduct.
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said the interim pro-
cedure was developed during
the summer after a letter was
issued by the U.S. Department
of Education in April to all fed-
erally funded universities in

regard to how they address sex-
ual misconduct allegations.
"It was based on that addi-
tional guidance from the
Department of Education that
the interim policy was sort of
developed over the summer and
put in place to maintain the Uni-
versity's compliance with those
Title IX regulations," Fitzgerald
said.
The main change in the pro-
cedure isthe amount of evidence
needed when addressing a claim
of sexual misconduct. Before,
students needed to provide
"clear and convincing evidence"
that an incident occurred. Now,
students only need to meet the
standard of a "preponderance
of evidence" to corroborate the
allegation.
According to the guidelines
established by the Depart-
ment of Education, a prepon-
derance of evidence is when
"it is more likely than not that
sexual harassment or violence
occurred." Clear and convincing
evidence, meanwhile, is defined
as a situation where "it is highly
See MISCONDUCT, Page 5

Hundreds gather at
local event to talk
economic disparity
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily StaffReporter
In the middle of Occupy Ann
Arbor's assembly on the Diag
last night, University alum Matt
Bussey asked the crowd of about

200 students and Ann Arbor
residents to take out their cell
phones and call U.S. Rep. John
Dingell (D-Mich.).
Bussey told the crowd that
Dingell and other government
officials need to be more con-
scious of their constituents who
aren't in the highest income
brackets. Though few people
appeared to heed his suggestion
to call Dingell, Bussey's request
reflected several key topics dis-

cussed duringthe event.
Attendees and leaders of
the Occupy Ann Arbor event
focused on their desire to curb
corporate power and stand up
for the rights of the working
and middle classes. Occupy Ann
Arbor is a local offshoot of the
Occupy Wall Street movement
that began in New York last
month in protest of the nation's
economic conditions and the
influence of corporate America

on politics.
Bussey, who graduated from
the Rackham Graduate School
last December, was one of about
20 speakers who decried the
nation's political and economic
state. In addition to discussing
income inequality and corpo-
rate greed, the speakers talked
about major U.S. banks, the
University's handling of con-
tract negotiations with nurses
See MOVEMENT, Page 5

SPRING COMMENCEMENT 2012
Petition calls for Tina Fey
for 'U' graduation speaker

ACADEMIC ACTING

More than 980
students sign
petition supporting
comedian
By TAYLOR WIZNER
For the Daily
A new name has entered the
ring in the battle for the Univer-
sity's Spring Commencement
2012 speaker.
A student-led petition that
calls for actress and comedi-

an Tina Fey to be the keynote
speaker has been circulating on
campus. The petition, in compe-
tition with another for Facebook
founder Mark Zuckerberg to be
the speaker, has amassed more
than 980 signatures since it was
started on Sunday.
LSA senior Jessica Kurs-
man, who started the petition,
said she'd like to see Fey deliver
the commencement address
because of her accomplishments
and humor.
"I chose Tina Fey because she
has broken a lot of gender barri-
ers, and I thought that she could

produce a pretty well written as
well as funny speech," Kursman
said.
Kursman is in the process of
submitting a formal application
to nominate Fey as the speaker.
She said another reason she
wants Fey to deliver the gradua-
tion address is because she'd like
to have a female commencement
speaker. The University has not
had a female keynote speaker
for the Spring Commencement
ceremony since 2006 when
journalist Christiane Amanpour
gave the address.
See PETITION, Page 5

STUDENT START-UPS
Business students make note-taking
application for web, mobile devices

David Doris, associate professor of art history, and a member of The Ring of Steel Troupe simulate violence in the Law
Quad yesterday as part of a demonstration for Doris's seminar, Disney's Lands: Consuming Wonders in America.
SPEAKERS ON CAMPUS
Journalist Andrea Mitchell
talks state of politics, media

Fetchnotes app
intended for
personal, group use
By PATRICIA SNIDER
Daily StaffReporter
For two University students,
taking notes on paper and lap-
tops have become an antiquated
from of academic engagement.

Instead of using existing
forms of note-taking like the
fast fleeting pen and paper,
and Microsoft Word, Business
juniors Alex Schiff and Chase
Lee are hoping their new start-
up, Fetchnotes, will become
the standard for documenting
information in lectures as well
as personal reminders and com-
municating with others.
Fetchnotes, a note-taking
application designed by Schiff

and Lee after they took an
entrepreneurship class at the
University, enables users to cre-
ate, send and receive notes. It
is available as a desktop, Inter-
net and cell phone application
and will be released later this
month.
The mission of Fetchnotes
is to provide an efficient note-
taking application for users
that minimizes complexity -
See APPLICATION, Page5

NBC broadcaster
recounts visits
with Ford family
By KATIE BURKE
For the Daily
Andrea Mitchell, NBC's
chief foreign affairs corre-
spondent and a close friend
of late former President Ger-

ald Ford's family, spoke to a
packed audience at the Gerald
R. Ford Presidential Library
last night.
Students and Ann Arbor res-
idents congregated to listen to
Mitchell's speech - a celebra-
tion in honor of the library's
30th anniversary. Mitchell
discussed the importance of
the media in conveying accu-
rate, detailed information to
inform citizens about political

happenings and shared per-
sonal stories about her time
with the Ford family.
Susan Ford Bales, daughter
of the late former president
and late former First Lady
Betty Ford, introduced Mitch-
ell, recalling memories of their
friendship over the years.
Bales said the two have known
each other since Mitchell
worked on the congressional
See MITCHELL, Page5

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