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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, November 1,2011

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CANTOR COMES TO CAMPUS
C antor:
U.S. needs
JobspSeve
Jobs pla'

LEFT: U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) speaks at the Michigan League yesterday afternoon. TOP RIGHT: Protesters gather outside the Michigan
League yesterday. BOTTOM RIGHT: Protesters from the Washtenaw Community Action Team shout during Cantor's speech yesterday.
Students local residents erupt
in protest of House leader's visit

House majority "People in this country have
become afraid to take a risk,"
leader discusses Cantor said.
"Many have Michigan Daily
the importance of lost their EXCLUSIVE
optimism
innovation about the future. They're frus-
trated. And the core of this frus-
By ANDREW SCHULMAN tration stems from a belief that
Daily StaffReporter the same opportunities afforded
to previous generations no lon-
If House Majority Leader ger exist today."
Eric Cantor (R-Va.) had his way In front of protesters from
in the ongoing economic catas- Occupy Ann Arbor and other
trophe and Washington's strug- local and campus groups, Cantor
gle to resolve it, the solution said those fears are misguided.
might resemble less of a stimu- He acknowledged that the econ-
lus package and more of a "Steve omy has strained young people
Jobs plan." and the poor, butsaid equality of
In a speech at the Michigan opportunity is strong. Attempts
League organized by the Ford to achieve "equality of outcome"
School of Public Policy, that was through the redistribution of
originally scheduled for last wealth would "demonize people
February but postponed until that have earned success," he
yesterday because of inclement said.
weather, Cantor suggested that "Much of the conversation
the "Steve Jobs plan," or a desire today in the current political
for innovation, could remedy debate has been focused on fair-
what he said was Americans' ness in our society," Cantor said.
loss of faith in economic fair- "Republicans believe that what
ness. Though the United States is fair is a hand up, not a hand
still has "the most successful out."
realization of universal hope," Returning to the "Steve Jobs
it has lost its entrepreneurial plan," Cantor also stressed that
spirit, he said. See CANTOR, Page 5A

A2 protesters
decry U.S. rep.'s
treatment of lower,
middle classes
By BETHANY BIRON
DailyNewsEditor
As House Majority Leader
Eric Cantor (R-Va.) took the
stage at the Michigan League

yesterday, a group of protesters
outside the building erupted
in chants of "Eric Cantor you
can't hide! Eric Cantor we're
outside!" that resonated inside
the room.
The group of about So pro-
testers demonstrated against
Cantor's visit to campus and
carried an array of tombstone-
shaped signs bearing phrases
such as "RIP Higher Educa-
tion" and "RIP Equal Rights."
Students and Ann Arbor resi-

dents criticized Cantor's politi-
cal views and his neglect of
lower-and middle-class issues.
Kicking off the protests was
a satirical speech by Rackham
student Joel Batterman, who
was dressed as Cantor in a blue
pin-striped suit and glasses and
who stood beside a tombstone
labeled "The Middle Class."
Batterman's speech mocking
Cantor's policies was met with
boisterous cheers from the
crowd, which was composed

of people from a variety of age
groups and racial backgrounds.
The group's chants, like
the popular "1-2-3-4, if you'
hungry, eat the poor. 5-6-7-8
you'll be next to fill our plate,"
continued throughout Cantor's
speech.
Some students took a more
festive route in their protests
and attended dressed as zom-
bies. Batterman, who is also
a Michigan Daily columnist,
See PROTEST, Page 6A

LEGAL DISPUTE
Gordon not
worried about
Shirvell's suit

CHEMICAL ELEPHANT

Andrew Shirvell
sues attorney a
21
representing t
former MSA pres. A
By HALEY GOLDBERG a
Daily StaffReporter t
tf
Though Andrew Shirvell,
a University alum and former s
Michigan assistant attorney "
general, filed a lawsuit against I
attorney Deborah Gordon, she d
said she is not fazed. h
Gordon, the attorney rep-
resenting former Michigan S
Student Assembly President o
Chris Armstrong in his law- A
suit against Shirvell, said in an t
interview yesterday that the
allegations Shirvell has lev- e
eled against her - including a
interfering with his employ- f
ment, defamation and invasion h
of privacy - are "truly absurd"
and have "no legal or factual
basis." 2
However, Shirvell claims in "
the federal lawsuit filed Fri-
WEATHER HI: 60
TOMORROW L 45

lay that Gordon played a role
o his termination as assistant
attorney general on Nov. 8,
:010, by negatively influencing
he investigation against him
within the Department of the
Attorney General.
"(Armstrong and Gordon)
re using me as a way to fur-
her their political agenda and
heir monetary agendr. in the
media at my expense," Shirvell
aid in an interview yesterday.
So I want some justice, and
want Ms. Gordon to pay me
damages for everything she
as done to me."
Cox originally defended
hirvell's actions as freedom
of speech on an interview on
Anderson Cooper 360 in Sep-
ember 2010.
Prior to being fired, Shirvell
ngaged in cyberbullying
gainst Armstrong, MSA's
irst openly gay president, on
is blog "Chris Armstrong
Watch." On his blog, Shirvell
wrote that Armstrong, a spring
2011 graduate, was pursuing a
radical homosexual agenda"
See GORDON, Page 5A

CITY ORDINANCE
Graffiti
ordinance
tobe more
enforced
City to monitor art
on buildings due to
spike in vandalism
By ADAM RUBENFIRE
Daily StaffReporter
Starting today, the Ann Arbor
Police Department is increasing
its efforts to erase graffiti that is
considered an art form by some
but a delinquent
practice by oth-
ers.
The city's
Community
Standards offi-
cers will begin
stricter enforce-
ment of Ann Arbor's anti-graf-
fiti ordinance. The enforcement
is in response to more graffiti
noticed throughout the city.
"In recent months, Ann Arbor
has seen an increase in the num-
ber of graffiti incidences, which
detracts from the aesthetic
appeal of our community, can
See GRAFFITI, Page 6A

LSA junior Courtney Talicska, a member of the American Chemistry Society, performs the chemistry demo "Elephant's
Toothpaste" in the Chemistry Atrium yesterday.
New committee focused on mental health

MSA group to
work with CAPS to
raise awareness
By TAYLOR WIZNER
Daily StaffReporter
For students concerned that
mental health issues aren't
addressed enough on campus,

the Michigan Student Assem-
bly is offering a potential solu-
tion.
MSA recently formed a new
sub-commission of the assem-
bly's Health Issues Commis-
sion focused on mental health
awareness. The mental health
sub-commission will join
other commissions focused on
healthy eating, sexual health
and health insurance to pro-

vide more resources for stu-
dents.
"We want to spread aware-
ness about mental health issues
on campus and work with the
administration to make sure
students feel comfortable
reaching out and asking for the
mental health help that they
need," MSA Vice President
Brendan Campbell said.
See COMMITTEE, Page 5A

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