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Keeping up with culture

What is the value for stu-
dents to learn about American
culture?
It provides students with a
sense of the variety of the cultur-
al conflicts that have been pres-
ent throughout American history.
There is not a singular American
culture, but a framework of gov-
ernment that helps to sustain
a sense of unity in the face of
diversity. Students read a variety
of opinions and study important
court cases that shine light on the
culture of a particular period.
What classes are you
teaching?
I am currently teachingAmeri-
can Culture 100. 1 am director of

the Program in American Cul-
ture, and I was the director of
the Native American Studies Pro-
gram from 2002 to 2005. I have
taught Native American history,
U.S. History 260 and graduate
courses about frontier history
and historical research methods.
What advice do you have for
students wishing to pursue a
degree in American Culture?
It's important to develop writ-
ing and critical thinking skills.
The American Culture Program
emphasizes ethnic and racial
diversity, and it is one of the most
diverse units at the University in
terms of the faculty and students.
This program is comprised of a

CRIME NOTES
Big House
blunder
WHERE: Michigan
Stadium
WHEN: Tuesday at about
10:45 p.m.
WHAT: A University
vehicle pummeled into an
entrance gate, University
Police reported. Though the
gate was damaged, no inju-
ries were reported.

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Tooth trouble A morning with PhilanthroFest

WHERE: School of Den- Dr. motown

tistry
WHEN: Tuesday at about
1:45 p.m.
WHAT: A male patient
with a gun permit brought a
handgun into the building's
lobby, University Police
reported. His gun was
taken and charges are pend-
ing review.

Lock be a
No more moped .o tonig
laptop tonight

WHAT: Charles Sykes, an
Indiana University Motown
scholar, will discuss the his-
tory of the famed Detroit
recording company.
WHO: University Health
Service WHEN: Today at
8 a.m.
WHERE: Mendelssohn
Theatre
Knit your
way to zen
WHAT: A workshop for
beginner knitters who want
to learn or share skills and
develop a sense of commu-
nity. The seminar is devoted
to health and wellness.
WHO: Counseling and Psy-
chological Serivces
WHEN: Today at3 p.m.
WHERE: The Michigan
Union, room 3100

WHAT: Campus service
groups will be available
to discuss their organiza-
tions and how to join. Free
water bottles will be given
to participants if they make
origami for a boy with Leu-
kemia.
WHO: LSA Student Govern-
ment and Alpha Phi Omega
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Michigan
Union
Step show
WHAT: Step Afrika!, a pro-
fessional stepping company,
will perform. Tickets are
free of charge
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Tonight at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mendelssohn
Theatre
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traditional humanities mission,
since the study of American cul-
ture evolved out of combined his-
tory and literature studies in the
1950s, but also has a strong popu-
lar culture dimension.
What is your favorite thing
about the University?
(The University) does better
interdisciplinary work than any
place I've been. There are a lot
of cross-listed courses that can
reach a wide range of students. I
like the bigness of the University.
It's a great research university,
and the professors take teaching
seriously.
- ROBBIE AUSTIN
T H R T H INGS YOU
Grant Korgan, a man who
was paralyzed from the
waist down after a snow-
mobiling accident in 2010,
reached the South Pole after
a two week, 75 mile trip, The
Associated Press reported.
Korgan traveled using a "sit-
ski" device.
Are comic books high
art or low art? Can
graphic novels even be
considered books? Academ-
ics and fans of the pictured
media discuss both sides to
the debate.
, FOR MORE, SEETHE B-SIDE, INSIDE
An upcoming episode
of the popular ABC
show Modern Fami-
lyfeatures a child using an
explitive, The Associated
Press reported. The No Cuss-
ing Club is lobbying ABC to
pull the episode.

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WHERE: North University
Parking Lot
WHEN: Tuesday at about
11:40 a.m.
WHAT: A moped was
removed from the lot after
several weeks of aban-
donment and attempts at
contacting the male owner,
University Police reported.

WHERE: University Hos-
pital
WHEN: Tuesday at about
10:40 a.m.
WHAT: A $1,000 laptop
was stolen from a locked
room, University Police
reported. No suspects have
been identified.

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Obama rejects p
Keystone XL pip
Boehner, GOP review before a looming dead-
line forced on him by Republi-
critical of president's cans. His move did not kill the
project but could again delay a
decision tough choice for him until after
the November elections.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a Right away, the implica-
politically explosive decision, tions rippled across the politi-
President Barack Obama reject- cal spectrum, stirred up the
ed plans yesterday for a massive presidential campaign and even
oil pipeline through the heart of hardened feelings with Canada,
the United States, ruling there a trusted U.S. ally and neighbor.
was not enough time for a fair For a U.S. electorate eager for

lan for
)eline
work, the pipeline has become
the very symbol of job creation
for Republicans, but Obama
says the environment and pub-
lit safety must still be weighed
too.
The plan by Calgary-based
TransCanada Corp. would carry
tar sands oil from western Can-
ada across a 1,700-mile pipeline
across six U.S. states to Texas
refineries.
Obama was already on record
as saying no, for now, until his
government could review an
alternative route that avoided
environmentally sensitive
areas of Nebraska - a route that
still has not been proposed, as
the White House emphasizes.
But Obama had to take a stand
again by Feb. 21 at the latest as
part of an unrelated tax deal he
cut with Republicans.
This time, the project would
go forward unless Obama
himself declared it was not
in the national interest. The
president did just that, reviv-
ing intense reaction.
"This announcement is not
a judgment on the merits of
the pipeline, but the arbitrary
nature of a deadline that pre-
vented the State Department
from gathering the informa-
tion necessary to approve the
project and protect the Amer-
ican people," Obama said in a
written statement. "I'm dis-
appointed that Republicans
in Congress forced this deci-
sion."
Republicans responded
unsparingly.
"President Obama is
destroying tens of thousands
of American jobs and ship-
ping American energy secu-
rity to the Chinese. There's
really just no other way to put
it. The president is selling out
American jobs for politics,"
House Speaker John Boehner,
R-Ohio, said. Insisting that the
pipeline would help the econ-
omy, he declared: "This is not
the end of the fight," signal-
ing that Republicans might try
again to force a decision.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walks to speak ata news conference in Moscow, Russia, yesterday. Lavrov says
Moscow will not follow its World Trade Organizations' commitments with the U.S. unless it scraps a Cold War trade law.
Russia threatens to block U.N.
plans to use force against Syria

p.-,

Foreign minister:
No justification
for interference by
foreign military
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia will
block any attempt by the West to
secure U.N. support for the use
of force against Syria, Russia's
foreign minister said yesterday.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lav-
rov said Russia's draft of a U.N.
Security Council resolution on
the violence in Syria that cir-
culated Monday was aimed at
making it explicitly clear that
nothing could justify a foreign
military interference. Western
diplomats said it fell short of
their demand for strong con-
demnation of Syria's President
Bashar Assad's crackdown on
civilians, that has left more than
5,000 people dead.
The Security Council has
been unable to agree on a reso-
lution since the violence began
in March because a strong
opposition from Russia and
China. In October, they vetoed
a West European draft resolu-
tion, backed by the U.S., that
condemned Assad's attacks and
threatened sanctions.

Lavrov said Russia would
reject any attempts at securing
a U.N. sanction for a military
interference in Syrian affairs.
"If some intend to use force
at all cost ... we can hardly pre-
vent that from happening," he
said. "But let them do it at their
own initiative on their own
conscience, they won't get any
authorization from the U.N.
Security Council."
Lavrov also said that Russia
doesn't consider it necessary to
offer an explanation or excuses
over suspicions that a Russian
ship had delivered munitions
to Syria despite an EU arms
embargo.
Lavrov told a news confer-
ence that Russia was acting in
full respect of the international
law and wouldn't be guided by
unilateral sanctions imposed by
other nations.
"We haven't violated any
international agreements or
the U.N. Security Council reso-
lutions," he said. "We are only
trading with Syria in items,
which aren't banned by the
international law."
Lavrov accused the West of
turning a blind eye to attacks by
opposition militants and sup-
plies of weapons to the Syrian
opposition from abroad.

"They are dodging the main
question - why we should keep
silent about the extremist oppo-
sition's actions against admin-
istrative buildings, hospital,
schools," he said, urging the
West to use its contacts with the
opposition to urge it to refrain
from violence.
He said that arms supplies to
the Syrian opposition are "unac-
ceptable and absolutely coun-
terproductive, because it only
fuels more violence."
Russia has been seen as a
backer of the Syrian regime
since the Soviet times when
Syria was led by Bashar Assad's
father, although Russian offi-
cials last fall hosted promi-
nent Syrian opposition leaders
in Moscow in a bid to sponsor
talks.
Meanwhile, activists said
Syrian troops have shelled
a town near the border with
Lebanon, and living conditions
were deteriorating there after
six days of siege.
A resident and activist of the
mountain resort of Zabadani
describes the town as a "war
zone." He says dozens of anti-
government army defectors are
deployed at the entrances to
prevent any attempt by forces
loyal to Assad to storm the area.

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