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Tunisia hosted its first
democratic election in
late October. How did you
become an election observ-
er for Tunisia?
I received an e-mail from
the Carter Center asking me
if I would go. They contacted
me because I have written
about Tunisia and have been
involved in human rights
work in the region. I am on
.the board of Amnesty Inter-
national and do a lot of human
rights work in and outside the
U.S. When I was in Tunisia in
June 2011, I was helping the
Amnesty section of Tunisia to
get back on its feet.
As an election observer in
Tunisia, what amazed you
most about the experience?
It was amazing just how
many details they took into
account and how dedicat-
ed they were to following
instructions. For example,
the army was asked to deliver
the ballot boxes all across the
country. Two soldiers were
left at each polling station and
actually slept in sleeping bags
next to the ballot boxes all
night long before the polling
began the next day.
How did you come to
teach at the University?
I came to the University in
2001 to join the Ford School of
Public Policy, and I had at that
Professor Susan Waltz from the Ford School of Public Policy
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Lost in the
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 3:50 a.m.
WHAT: A parent reported
her daughter missing,
University Police reported.
Officers were able to locate
the girl within five minutes
after determining she was
in an on-campus library.
Ace in the hole Cabaret show Sexism talk
WHERE: University Golf
WHEN: Monday at about
WHAT: A suspect in an off-
campus incident fled from
the Ann Arbor police, but
officers were able to release
a canine squad and locate
the suspect, University
Fried wires the sick?
WHAT: Musical theater
students will perferform
a caberet concert that will
include music by composer
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
Concert House, 415 N.
WHAT: A workshop will
provide participants with
techniques for assessing
risks to their personal safety
in a vartiey of situations.
The session will also include
an introduction to self-
defense. The price of the
class is $15.
WHO: U-Move Fitness
WHEN: Tonight from 5 to
WHERE: CCRB, room 2275
professor from Smith
College, will discuss gender
equity in college sports.
WHO: Institute for
Research on Women and
WHEN: Tonight at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Lane Hall, room
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time finished six years serving
on the Amnesty International
governing board. I was com-
ing to the Ford school to bring
my knowledge of public pol-
icy in the non-governmental
How would you describe
I am definitely engaged,
determined and persevering.
With regards to teaching, I
think of myself as a mentor
and coach for my students.
What is one message you
hope your students will take
with them after graduation?
Stay focused on the things
that are important!
- JOSH QIAN
Some of the most influ-
ential companies in the
Silicon Valley, including
Apple, Google and Facebook,
refuse to release data about
their staff's diversity, CNN
Money reported. The data
remains guarded despite
ongoing legal requests.
Hollander's, a national-
ly acclaimed bookbind-
ing store located in the
historic Kerrytown district,
offers a variety of papermak-
ing and book arts workshops
inside its basement floor.
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sion where Michael
Jackson died has been
put up for sale, Gawker
reported. All of the furniture
preserved inside the 54,885
square-foot home, including
Jackson's deathbed, is to be
auctioned off next week.
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WHERE: C.C. Little
WHEN: Tuesday at about
WHAT: A mass
spectometer unit worth
$500,000 was damaged,
University police reported.
The damage was a result of
a power outage.
WHERE: University Hospi-
tal Emergency Room
WHEN: Tuesday at about
WHAT: A patient reported
$7 and a credit card were
stolen from her purse while
she was in the ER, Univer-
sity Police reported. There
are no suspects.
Suspect arraigned for USS Cole
attack after 9-year detainment
Trial will take place
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL
BASE, Cuba (AP) - A Saudi con-
sidered among the most senior
figures in al-Qaida emerged yes-
terday from nine years of secret
confinement to face charges of
orchestrating the deadly attack
on the USS Cole in the start of
a new round of Guantanamo
Bay war crimes tribunals under
a president who vowed to halt
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri
did not enter a plea as he was
arraigned and the court dealt
with a number of procedural
issues. The detainee, who was
subjected to the harsh interro-
gation techniques that his law-
yers say amounted to torture,
appeared engaged and occasion-
ally smiled as he responded to
questions from the judge.
The charges against Al-
Nashiri, 46, include murder in
violation of the law of war in the
2000 suicide bombing of the USS
Cole in Yemen, an attack killed
17 crew members. Authorities
say he took orders directly from
Osama bin Laden and also set
up the October 2002 bombing
of the French supertanker MV
Limburg, which killed one crew-
man, as well as a failed attack on
another American warship, the.
USS The Sullivans in January
He was allowed to remain
unshackled, declined an offer
to exchange his white prison
uniform for civilian clothes in
future court appearances and
said he wants to keep all the
members of his appointed legal
team. "At this moment these
lawyers are doing the right job,"
he told the judge.
It was a low-key start to a
highly anticipated proceeding,
the start of a capital case against
a prisoner who was held in a
series of clandestine CIA prisons
where he was subjected to the
simulated drowning technique
known as waterboarding as well
as mock executions and other
forms of harsh interrogation.
President Barack Obama took
office pledgingtoclose the Guan-
tanamo Bay detention center, but
was rebuffed by Congress, which
has refused to authorize moving
prisoners from the American
base in Cuba, and forced him to
resume the war crimes prosecu-
tions started under his predeces-
Three Guantanamo cases
have been resolved through
plea bargains under Obama but
al-Nashiri is the first initiated
under this administration and
it is considered a prelude to the
prosecution of the five Guanta-
namo prisoners who are accused
of orchestrating the Sept. 11
The trial of al-Nashiri will
take place under a military com-
mission system that has been
revised by Congress and the
Obama administration but isstill
subject to criticism from defense
lawyers and human rights
groups, who have complained
about repeated changes in pro-
cedures and rules that favor the
Legal experts have also
questioned whether al-Nashiri
should be charged with a war
crime for the Cole bombing,
which occurred before the Sept.
11 attacks and the U.S. declara-
tion of war on al-Qaida.
Critics such as retired Air
Force Col. Morris Davis, who
resigned as chief prosecutor for
the trials in October 2007 after
alleging political interference by
superiors, said the case against
al-Nashiri and other prisoners
should be moved to U.S. federal
court to avoid having the convic-
tions perceived as illegitimate.
"There is ample evidence to
prove his case in federal court,
where there is a long history of
trying terrorism cases and cer-
tainly not this presumption of a
kangaroo court," Davis said.
Al-Nashiri was captured in
2002 in Dubai and was held by
the CIA in a series of secret pris-
ons before being sent to Guanta-
namo in September 2006.
A student uses her phone in Angeil Hall yesterday.
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ing, we have been getting a lot
of feedback from students, fac-
ulty and staff that cell phones
are becoming more important
for convenience and safety,"
- Improved cell phone reception
might bringstudents a new range
of distractions in the form of
texting and smartphone use, but
Killey said those issues will be
decided on a class-by-class basis.
"It is up to the instructor
to decide if it is a problem," he
said. "... It can be a challenge or
an opportunity - however you
want to look at it."
LSA freshman Stasha Yan-
cho said some of her classes use
cell phones in place of iClickers,
which can be a problem if there
is poor cell phone reception.
"One lecture uses cell phones
instead of iClickers, so it's
annoying when you get points
off just because you don't have
service," Yancho said.
Engineering sophomore Joe
Riley said he thinks class will be
more enjoyable after the project
is implemented since it aims to
improve cell phone service in
"Being able to communicate
with others, I don't feel isolated
anymore," Riley said.
LSA freshman Sammie Levin
said cell phone service is an
issue in residence halls and Uni-
versity buildings like the Mod-
ern Languages Building.
"I lose calls all the time from
my room and the (MLB) gets no
service," Levin said. "(It's) not
a huge problem, but it could be
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550,000 Toyota cars
No accidents or
injuries have been
reported as a result
of the defect
TOKYO (AP) - Toyota Motor
Corp. said yesterday it is recall-
ing about 550,000 vehicles
worldwide - mostly in the Unit-
ed States - for problems that
could make it harder to steer.
The recall affects 447,000
vehicles in North America, as
well as 38,000 in Japan and
another 25,000 in Australia
and New Zealand, said Toyota
spokesman Dion Corbett. In
Europe some 14,000 vehicles
are being recalled along with
10,000 in the Middle East and
14,000 in Asia outside Japan.
Toyota has received a total of
79 reports about the defect dat-
ing back to 2007, said Corbett.
There have been no reports of
accidents or injuries related to
the problems, he said.
Toyota's reputation has taken
a hit over the last two years due
to a string of huge recalls that
have ballooned to 14 million
vehicles over that time, includ-
ing millions recalled last year
for acceleration problems. It
faces damage lawsuits and lin-
gering doubts in the U.S. about
whether it had been transparent
enough about the recall woes.
Japan's largest automaker
has been trying to communi-
cate better with customers and
empower regional operations
outside Japan to make safety
The news comes a day after
Toyota said its July-September
profit slid 18.5 percent to 80.4
billion yen ($1 billion) on plung-
ing sales caused by parts short-
ages from the tsunami disaster
in northeastern Japan.