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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CAMPUS SAFETY
LSAin
process
of Mcard
switch
System for new
after-hours building
access to take
effect on Jan. 9
By RAYZA GOLDSMITH
Daily Staff Reporter
Come January, LSA students
shouldn't leave their Mcards at
home if they want to access cam-
pus buildings after-hours.
The University will complete
its transition to the new Mcard
system on Jan. 9, when after-
hours access to all LSA buildings
will be restricted to students and
faculty who have the new smart
Mcards. The new Mcards can be
identified by the image of a key
on the front of the cards.
Diane Brown, spokeswoman
for the University's Department
of Public Safety, said only stu-
dents, faculty and staff who need
to enter certain buildings after-
hours need to get a new Mcard.
Many people, for example, only
use their Mcards for access
to Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority buses, Brown said.
"If (students) don't have any
need for after-hours access to
academic buildings, then they're
fine with their existing cards,"
Brown said.'If they happen to be
See MCARD, Page 3A

michigandailycom
STATE LEGISLATION
Keg sales
down at A2
stores since
ew tag law

Princeton University Prof. Cornel West speaks about race at Rackham Auditorium yesterday.
West discusses issues
of race in America

In last month,
retailers started
attaching customer
information to kegs
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily StaffReporter
State Rep. Mark Meadows
(D-East Lansing) has received
one e-mail since Michigan's keg
tag law took effect Nov. 1.
State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann
Arbor) has not had to respond
to a single comment from a keg
retailer or a potential buyer -
supportive or critical - over
that time. Neither has Bob West,
assistant city attorney of Ann
Arbor.
But in some Ann Arbor stores
that sell kegs, owners have field-
ed an overload of questions from
customers unaware of the new
law, which mandates that retail-
ers attach tags with customers'
personal information - includ-
ing their state ID numbers - to
all kegs sold. Angry customers
and the loss of sales at some
locations over the past month

have caused some lawmakers to
question the law's effectiveness.
At Strickland's Market on
Geddes Avenue, the drop in keg
sales inthe pastmonthexceeded
owner Eddie Galyana's expec-
tations of a 10-to-15-percent
decline. Galyana said he has sold
about 10 fewer kegs this month
than he did in October, citing
customers' unfamiliarity with
and anxiety about the new law.
"People are still buying, but
they're buying less," Galyana
said. "And when they are buying
they're thinking twice, like, 'I
don't want to give my informa-
tion .. to the state.'"
Galyana added that though
the law has not dissuaded any
customers from buying kegs
while in the store, most have
seemed uncomfortable with the
new purchasing requirements.
At the same time, Galyana sus-
pects some customers have
chosen not to buy kegs due to
unease about the availability of
their information to state offi-
cials. As part of the law, records
of keg sales must be available
for at least one year for police to
inspect at random.
See KEG, Page 3A

Princeton prof.
gives opening talk
at Making Race
Heard Summit
By SABIRA KHAN
Daily Staff Reporter
As activist and Princeton
University Prof. Cornel West
told a crowd yesterday, talking

honestly about race isn't easy.
"Things have to get a little
bit different. Things are going
to get a little bit funky," West
told a crowd of about 700 stu-
dents and other University
members gathered in Rack-
ham Auditorium last night.
West - who has written
19 books and has been fea-
tured on CNN and The Col-
bert Report - was invited to
give the opening address of
the 2011 Making Race Heard

Summit, which was spon-
sored by the University's
School of Social Work Student
Union. The event marked the
beginning of a two-day sum-
mit about racial discourse that
will continue on Friday.
In his address, West argued
that discussions about race
are both conversations about
white supremacy and dia-
logues about its effect on the
way members of minority
See WEST, Page 3A

PLAYING FOR CHANGE

UNIVERSJTY RESEARCH
New coating by'U'researchers
makes 3-D objects look invisible

Carbon nanotube
flattens appearance
of matter
By CLAIRE GOSCICKI
Daily StaffReporter
The famous invisibility cloak
of the Harry Potter series may
one day be a reality thanks
to a new object-coating tech-
nique developed by University
researchers.
The coating - a thin layer of
carbon nanotube about half the
thickness of a sheet of paper
- can be applied to objects to

render their three-dimensional
properties invisible. Jay Guo, a
University professor of electri-
cal engineering and computer
science, was the primary inves-
tigator on the study, which was
recently published in thesci-
entific journal Applied Physics
Letters.
Guo explained that the coat-
ing conceals objects in a way
that makes them appear as
black, flat sheets.
"The carbon nanotube layer
is a perfect absorber; it absorbs
all light," he said. "All of the
detailed structures of the object
become invisible."
While the ability of the

carbon nanotube material to
absorb light is well-known
throughout the scientific com-
munity, Guo and his research
team - including Haofei Shi,
a University research fellow of
electrical engineering and com-
puter science, and Rackham
students Hyoung Won Baac and
Jong Ok - discovered the most
efficient way to space the tubes
to achieve the highest degree of
invisibility. The coating's suc-
cess depends on the limitations
of the human eye, Guo said.
"Looking at an object, the
reason you can perceive it is
because of light, (which) is
See INVISIBLE, Page 3A

LSA senior Judah David deals cards at a World AIDS Week event yesterday at the Trotter Multicultural Center
MiCHI ANdSTaU aNTlAb M LY
More funding available for student groups

Hillel aims to bring Israel fellow to'U'

MSA resolution
allocates $15,000
more for student
- organizations
By RAYZA GOLDSMITH
Daily Staff Reporter
Student groups could see
a boost in funding with the
budget amplification of the
Michigan Student Assembly's

Student Organization Funding
Commission.
The Student Assembly,
MSA's legislative body, passed
a resolution at the MSA meet-
ing last night to transfer
$15,000 from the Commission
Discretionary account to the
Student Organization Funding
Commission, which is respon-
sible for allocating money to
student organizations.
MSA President DeAndree
Watson said he approves of the
resolution's passing.

" think that's great that we
were ahle to find $15,000 in
other places within the orga-
nization to devote to funding
student organizations, so I'm
excited to see that that passed,"
Watson said.
MSA's Finance Committee
has approved the transfer, but
LSA sophomore Christopher
Osborn, Finance Committee
chair, said he wanted to bring
the resolution before the entire
assembly to increase its trans-
See FUNDING, Page 3A

Jewish organization
vies for $10,000 from
local federation
By KATIE BURKE
Daily StaffReporter
University of Michigan Hillel
is looking to add a new member to
the international community on

campus next year: a fellow from
Israel.
But Hillel has to secure the
funding to sponsor the fellow
first. Hillel is awaiting the deci-
sion of the Jewish Federation of
Ann Arbor on a $10,000 grant
proposal. The fellow would work
for one year on campus and in
the greater Ann Arbor area and
would come from the Jewish
Agency for Israel's Campus Israel

Fellows program.
The Jewish Federation will
finance two grant proposals as
part of its 2012 Impact Fund,
which was started this year to
help finance local projects. Ann
Arbor residents have until today
to vote for two of 23 proposal sub-
missions.
Davey Rosen, Hillel's assis-
tant director, wrote in an e-mail
See HILLEL, Page 3A

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