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NEWS BRIEFS
LANSING, Mich.
Residents to rally
against proposed
medical marijuana
law changes
A rally is scheduled for today
on the steps of the state Capitol
protesting proposed changes to
the state's medical marijuanalaw.
The Michigan Medical Mari-
juana Association president and
other speakers during the rally in
Lansing are expected to discuss
the law and treatment patients
and caregivers have received
from law enforcement. The event
starts at noon.
" Michigan voters in 2008
approved use of marijuana to
relieve pain and other chronic
ailments. About 100,000 people
have state-issued cards letting
them have 2.5 ounces of "usable"
pot and up to 12 plants. Regis-
tered caregivers also can grow
marijuana for five people.
HARTFORD, Conn.
Yale sued over the
2009 murder of
graduate student
The family of a Yale Univer-
sity graduate student killed in a
research lab just days before she
had planned to get married in
2009 sued the Ivy League school
yesterday, claiming it had failed
to adequately protect women on
campus for years.
The wrongful death lawsuit
'was filed in New Haven Superior
Court by lawyers for the fam-
ily of Annie Le, a 24-year-old
Placerville, Calif., native whose
strangled body was found stuffed
upside-down in a wall at the Yale
lab building on Sept. 13, 2009.
That was the same day of her
scheduled wedding and five days
after she disappeared. Prosecu-
tors also said there was evidence
of a sexual assault.
MIAMI, Fa.
Hurricane Katia
dwindles as it
Teaches Miami
Hurricane Katia is continu-
ing to weaken over the Atlantic
Ocean and is now a Category 2
storm.
The U.S. National Hurricane
Center in Miami says Katia's
maximum sustained winds yes-
terday had dropped to 105 mph
(169 kph).
Forecast maps show Katia
veering to the northeast away
from the U.S. mainland in the
coming week. But the hurricane
center says large swells could
affect the East Coast, Bermuda,
the Greater Antilles and parts of
the Bahamas over the next few
;days.

Meanwhile, a new tropi-
cal depression formed over the
Atlantic Ocean and could become
a tropical storm by Tuesday eve-
ning. It could pass over or near
* 'Puerto Rico by Sunday.
-ON, Jamaica
1 lpica to sign
t!With Cuba
S1orcing drug
tafficking laws
Jamaica's top security offi-
'ial announced yesterday that
the will lead a delegation to
Cuba this week to sign agree-
'ments strengthening coopera-
'tion against drug trafficking and
other crimes.
Security Minister Dwight Nel-
son said the pacts are intended
to increase intelligence sharing
'about the "movement of guns and
drugs and the groups involved in
their movement between the two
'countries."
Jamaica is the Caribbean's
largest source of marijuana for
the U.S. and a transshipment
point for cocaine from South
America to North America and
Europe. The island's gun-smug-
'gling networks are also a long-
standing security concern.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

SPIRITUAL SERENADE

Spiritual campus organization Bhakti Yoga Society members play music on State Street yesterday.

MSA
From Page 1A
community in these areas, Buoy
explained, especially since three-
quarters of the student popula-
tion lives off campus.
"We want to create (a) neigh-
borhood feel in these areas
because we believe that if stu-
dents feel safer, they will act
safer," he said.
The commission plans to hire
neighborhood ambassadors for
each off-campus housing area
who will serve a similar role as
resident advisors in the residence
halls. In addition to establishing
Facebook and Twitter pages, the
Student Safety Commission plans
to print monthly newsletters with
information relevant to off-cam-
pus communities.
"The idea here is to offer stu-
dent-generated content, not just
things that the University puts
out that seem as rather fluffy or
uninformative to student con-
cerns," Buoy said.
He concluded his presenta-
tion by explaining that the new
program was not put forth in
response to the six assaults - four
of which were sexual assaults
- that occurred in July, but that
the incidents prove the project is
necessary.
"Something important to note,
being student leaders here, is that
this program was initiated before
the summer sexual assaults," he
said. "This is not a direct response
to those sexual assaults. This is
more a long-term proactive mea-
sure that we believe will lead to a
safer campus here at Michigan."
Following the presentation of
Beyond the Diag, SAPAC sDirec-

tsr Holly Rider-Milkovich took
the floor. She explained the
assaults that happened this sum-
mer were carried out by people
who did not know the survivors.
She called stranger assaults
"anomalous to the community,"
explaining that the majority of
perpetrators who commit sexual
assaults know the survaivors. To
more effectively reach students,
SAPAC is currently restructur-
ing its programming.
"One of the things that we dis-
covered was that SAPAC was not
presenting the most effective pro-
gramming that we could," Rider-
Milkovich said. "We were doinga
lot of rape awareness,but what we
discovered was that that type of
programming was totally ineffec-
tive so what we're doing instead
is ... promote the kind of activi-
ties that we would like to see, and
that's all about healthy relation-
ship promotion."
MSA President DeAndree
Watson said student safety will
remain a top priority for the
assembly.
"We invited (SAPAC and
Beyond the Diag) because we
know that a lot of students have
come to campus concerned about
some of the things they've heard
over the summer," Watson said
in an interview after the meet-
ing. "We just wanted to make
sure that we gave them the forum
to know ... how the university is
responding."
He continued: "We're going to
keep working on student safety
in all aspects, not just sexual
assaults, and we really want to
be a student government like we
were tonight, offering students a
forum to speak out, but also offer
them resources."

CITY
From Page1A
to campus. In a talk with The
Michigan Daily on Sept. 2, AAPD
Chief Barnett Jones and Univer-
sity Department of Public Safety
Chief Greg O'Dell said their
departments will be increasing
their presence on and near cam-
pus.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA
LICENSING BOARD
CONFIRMED
Ann Arbor residents and City
Council members discussed last
night a recent state appellate
court ruling regardingthe Mich-
igan Medical MarihuanaAct and
how it will affect the city's newly

formed medical marijuana dis-
pensary licensing board.
The councilvoted unanimous-
ly to confirm Mayor John Hief-
tje's appointment of Ann Arbor
residents John Rosevear, James
Kenyon and Patricia O'Rorke to
the board, but many members
expressed concern about wheth-
er dispensaries would be allowed
to operate in the city following
the court ruling. On Aug. 22, a
three-judge panel of the Michi-
gan Court of Appeals ruled that
the Michigan Medical Marihua-
na Act makes the use of medical
marijuana legal but does not per-
mit its sale.
Councilmember Tony Der-
ezinski (D-Ward 2) questioned
whether it would be advisable to
continue appointing individuals
to the board following the court

ruling. City Attorney Stephen
Postema responded to Derez-
inski by noting that the city's
medical marijuana dispensary
licensing ordinance only allowed
dispensaries to be licensed if they
were compliant with state law.
However, now that the appeals
court ruling has ruled the sale
of medical marijuana illegal, the
city might want to reconsider
moving forward with the licens-
ing board, Postema said.
Washtenaw County resident
Shelly Smith said the appeals
court ruling is in contradiction to
the will of Michigan voters.
"Democratically, we voted for
the safe access to this naturally
powerful medicine," Smith said.
"The decision is already made.
We shouldn't make the access
difficult."

INTERNSHIPS
From Page 1A
ered a speech in June.
In return for his services,
Halpern met Obama.
"As a gift from the White
House, they let me take a picture
with him, and I got to talk to him
for about a minute," Halpern said
excitedly.
Halpern wasn't the only Wol-
verinewhorubbedshoulderswith
big names this summer. During
her work as a development intern
for Disney affiliate ABC Family,
LSA senior Katherine Riley had
the chance to network with the
media company's top executives.
"I met Paul Lee, who is the

president of ABC, and I was on
good terms with Michael Riley,
who is the president of ABC Fami-
ly," she said. "It's a great company
that really put a lot of effort into
their internship."
Riley - who previously
interned for NBC and Viacom -
received the competitive, paid
internship in Burbank, Calif. that
more than 10,000 people applied
for. Less than 80 applicants were
accepted, according to Riley.
During her internship, she
attended numerous meetings and
visited the backstage set of popu-
lar television shows like ABC
Family's "Pretty Little Liars."
In addition to networking, Riley
said the internship allowed her
to learn what it's like to work in a

fast-paced environment.
"Itwas scaryto go into working
for Disney - one of the biggest, if
not the biggest media, conglomer-
ates - but you have the opportu-
nity to learn so much," she said.
Geni Harclerode, the intern-
ship and experiential learning
coordinator at the University's
Career Center, said the center tries
to help students secure intern-
ships by providing tips for resume
and cover letter writing and con-
ducting mock interviews. Har-
clerode said the Fall Career Expou
- on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 this year
- has become an outlet for find-
ing summer internships and part-
time job opportunities.
"A lot of students think (it's) a
job fair just for full-time oppor-

tunities, but more and more internship this summer was
we're seeing a good percentage of through the Career Center's
employers that are coming to that Public Service Intern Program
fair are also looking for internship in Washington D.C., where she
candidates," Harclerode said. interned at Georgetown Law's
The key to obtaining an intern- Criminal Defense & Prisoner
ship, she said, is being prepared Advocacy Clinic. As an intern,
for the application process. Golding worked as an investiga-
"Students need to be prepared tor for the public defenders in the
in that search," Harclerode said. clinic.
"What that means is really being Part of Golding's duties includ-
able tobe someone who can artic- ed traveling throughout the
ulate what about that company nation's capital to talk to witness-
interests them, why is this orga-_es and collect evidence for cases.
nization so appealing, what is it "We were given alot of respon-
about this industry thatthey real- sibility," Golding said. "It was
ly feel like is a place they would something that forced you to
want to spend a summer and what go out and do things that you
do they feel like they can contrib- wouldn't normally do and that
ute as candidate." would make you feel uncomfort-
LSA senior Emily Golding's able."

MLK
From Page 1A
can fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha
- of which King was a mem-
ber - contributed to the fund-
raising efforts for the recently
unveilied Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. National Memorial.
Over the past two years, the
chapter has raised about $500
toward the construction of the
memorial.
Kinesiology senior Eric Poole,
president of the University's
chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, said
he was passionate about King's
civil rights efforts long before
joining the fraternity, but felt
an even stronger connection to
King and the memorial after-ie
joined because of King's connec-
tion to Alpha Phi Alpha.
"Once I became a member
of the fraternity and began to
understand how (King) was
involved and tied into every-
thing, I said, 'We have to do
something to make sure that we
give back to the community,"'
Poole said. "This is the per-
fedt opportunity to not only
celebrate, but also to give
back in a way that helps his
legacy live on."
To raise money for the
memorial fund, the frater-
nity sponsored an annual
poetry slam. Nationally,
Alpha Phi Alpha has contrib-
uted $10 million of the $114
million raised to build the
memorial. The memorial
fund is still hoping to raise
another $6 million.
The memorial was sched-
uled to be dedicated on Aug.
28 in Washington D.C., but
the ceremony was postponed
because of Hurricane Irene.
Though it just opened, fun-
draising for the memorial
has been going on for years,
said Darrell Joyce, a former
president of the University's
chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha
and the fraternity's current ,
chapter advisor.

way for America to go," he said. rial coming up, and it's a very big
"And we finally got this memo- accomplishment."

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