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Monday, February 6, 2012


vie for empty
regents seats


Six hopefuls to
contend for two
* spots on board
Daily StaffReporter
As the 2012 presidential elec-
tion heats up, another election
is starting to gain momentum
as Democratic and Republican
hopefuls vie for two open seats
on the University's Board of
Current incumbents S. Mar-
tin Taylor (D-Grosse Point
Farms) and Olivia Maynard (D-
Ann Arbor) will not be running
for re-election in November,
noting that they plan to spend
more time with their fami-
lies and embark on other work
within the community. Regents
serve eight-year terms on the
board that governs the Univer-
Three Democratic and
Republican candidates are
seeking their party's nomina-
tion. The field will narrow to
two candidates per party fol-
lowing nominating conventions
later this year.
The three Democratic candi-
dates vying for seats are former
Michigan Lt Gov. John Cherry,
Shauna Diggs, a dermatologist
from the Grosse Point area and
Mark Bernstein, a Detroit-area

According to Mark Brewer,
chairman of the Michigan
Democratic Party, new Demo-
cratic regents will continue to
support a number of key party
initiatives if elected.
"The Democrats (on the
board) have been very impor-
tant," Brewer said. "They have
been staunch defenders of
affirmative action, which the
Republicans have opposed.
They have been advocates for
(the) fair treatment of Univer-
sity employees, which is not
always the case for the Republi-
cans on the board."
He added that Democratic
candidates will strive to make
college affordability and acces-
sibility a priority.
"(The regents) have been
advocates for keeping costs
down and makingthe Universi-
ty affordable," he said. "... High-
er education should be more
widely available than it is now."
Despite a long-held Demo-
cratic majority on the board,
he said he doesn't believe the
election of Democratic regents
will be agiven, addingthe party
will work hard to campaign for
their candidates in the coming
"You never take anything for
granted," Brewer said. "... This
is a very competitive two-party
Republican candidates for
regent are Ronald Weiser,
See REGENTS, Page 5A

LSA senior Christopher Love, a resident adviser in the Mosher Jordan Residence Hall, watches the Super Bowl with students last night.
UMH1S under review
followig porn incident
Joint Commission, to report to University Police that zation was made aware of the UMHS did not notify University
an employee was in possession incident. An official with the Police until November.
DOE looking into of child pornography, the U.S. DOE noted that the department When Joint Commission
Department of Education and the is "looking into" the incident, standards are found to be out
six month delay Joint Commission - a national but declined to comment fur- of compliance at an accredited
health care accreditation organi- ther. organization, Coons said the
By ALEXANDRA zation - are both reviewing the In May, a female resident commission may conduct an
MONDALEK and incident. found a flash drive in a hospital unscheduled or unannounced
ADAM RUBENFIRE In an interview Friday after- computer belonging to former on-site evaluation of the facility,
Daily StaffReporter andDaily News noon, Joint Commission Spokes- medical resident Stephen Jen- ask for a written response to the
Editor man Bret Coons confirmed that son containing explicit material. complaint or the complaint may
UMHS is under examination for After leaving and discovering be filed into a database of indus-
After it was revealed that Uni- its delayed response to the case, the flash drive missing the next try trends.
versity of Michigan Health Sys- but could not release informa- day, she notified her supervisors, If an organization is scheduled
tem officials waited six months tion regarding how the organi- who notified hospital security. See PORN, Page SA

'U' alums
launch online
greeting card
Website features
Daily Staff Reporter
When University alum Rachel
Long decided to make dinosaur-
themed Christmas cards for loved
ones last fall, she didn't know that
it'd quickly evolve into an online
greeting card business.
The company, Joy and Rap-
ture, was developed by Long and
fellow University alums Bhavik
Lathia and Colin Roberts and
sells humorous greeting cards
that are mostly science-themed.
Though the website has only been
up for a few weeks, the business
has sold more than $100 in cards,
and is looking to expand and
develop merchandise.
Lathia and Roberts expressed
interest in helping Long develop
future designs after she first
shared her work with them.
"I said, 'You and I should total-
ly get together and make things
See CARD, Page 5A

MForward picks
candidate for
CSG presidency

Students wait for buses under the glow of the Central Transit Center's information signs.
ficials say ussopin

LSA junior Aditya
Sathi cinches
Daily Staff Reporter
In an election held Friday
night, MForward selected
LSA junior Aditya Sathi as its
candidate for president of the
Central Student Government
for the next academic year.
Sathi, who is currently vice
speaker of the CSG assembly,
ran against four other can-
didates and will run in the
campus-wide elections next
month on a platform of oppos-
ing tuition increases, bringing
medical amnesty to campus
and developing student advo-
cacy throughout the state.
"I'm not doing this for the
title ... This is really my oppor-
tunity to give back what the
University of Michigan has
given me," Sathi said.
Engineering senior Zeid
El-Kilani, vice chair of MFor-
ward, stressed that the plat-

form is not final and the
nomination was important
in opening a dialogue on key
issues facingstudents.
"We had five different
candidates up there who all
had really good ideas and
(students) will see some of
the great ideas that we heard
(Friday night)," El-Kilani said.
"When (the platform) comes
out, I think it will be a strong,
intelligent and aggressive
Chief political strategist
Hari Vutukuru said Sathi can
appeal to a wide breadth of
"I'm extremely satisfied
and proud that our members
today chose someone that rep-
resents the ideals and values
of our party,"Vutukuru said.
The nomination voting,
which eliminates candidates
that receive the lowest num-
ber of votes until one receives
a majority, lasted only one
round as Sathi claimed a
majority in the first round.
CSG Treasurer Shreya
Singh, LSA Assembly Repre-

PTS to fix
For the Daily
With more than half of the
freshman class living on North
Campus, waiting for the bus at the

Central Transit Center - more
prominently known as C.C. Little
- is a daily routine for many Uni-
versity students.
Though the bus stop was
renovated in 2010, the overhead
screens and touch screen kiosks
implemented as part of update
are not being used to their full
potential, according to the offi-
cials at the University's Parking
and Transportation Services.
Keith Johnson, associate direc-

tor of transportation operations,
said PTS is currently working
to incorporate real-time infor-
mation onto the display boards.
Johnson said a contract was
recently signed with a company
that will make the MagicBus
tracking system more compatible
with the interface of the overhead
boards, a change he anticipates
will be made by the start of fall
See BUS, Page 3A

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