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Volunteering abroad

Childreach, a newly formed
campus organization, will soon
take a group of students to Peru
and Tanzania to assist in reno-
vating schools and developing
sustainable programs in the two
countries.
LSA sophomores Lisa Nations
and Olivia Thompson lead
the campus chapter that was
formed this fall as a branch of
Childreach International USA,
a non-profit organization dedi-
cated to improving healthcare
and education for children in
developing countries. The orga-
nization aims to create sustain-
able solutions to these problems
while empowering . community
members.

Nations said she specifically
chose to bring Childreach to the
University because of its unique
goal of achieving sustainable
development, in addition to its
international outreach.
To remain sustainable, the
organization hires local commu-
nity members in the countries to
carry out large construction tasks
beforethe Childreach team mem-
bers arrive in order to give locals
hands-on experience building
so that if anything breaks or
becomes run down in the future,
they have the experience to fix it,
Nations said.
The Childreach team members
then focus their two-week trips
on light renovation work, like

decorating classrooms and paint-
ing the exteriors of schools.
"We get to see firsthand what
all of our fundraising efforts are
giving to this community, which
is really awesome," Nations said.
"The fact that we run sustainable
development projects means that
we know that this is going to be
a lasting thing for the commu-
nity members in years to come,
so children, say, 10 years down
the road will still benefit from the
work we put in."
Thompson said the group
hopes to have a safe and success-
ful first trip as a new organization
on campus and expect to expand
their group in the future.,
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Students attend the opening of the Library Celebrates
Langauge exhibit at the Hatcher Graduate Library.

CRIME NOTES
Computer
caper
WHERE: Taubman College
of Architecture and Urban
Planning
WHEN: Monday at about
10:40 a.m.
WHAT: A laptop in a locked
office was stolen between
5:15 p.m. last Friday and
8:15 a.m. Monday with noo
evidence of forced entry,
University Police reported.

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES ETHINGSN,,
3 KN 04W 1)(. iAY
Twist and shout Film screening Comedy contest .Scientists at Virginia
WHERE: Northwood II WHAT: The four finalists Tech University have
Residence Hall WA ,Th re be of MI Favorite Comic will found why people are
WHEN: Tuesday at about shon as part of Winter perform in the final stage' shy in small groups, The Wall
12:20 a.m. .2 012 LSsThemeSemester of the contest. The winner Street Journal reported. Fear
WHAT: An oral dispute L012uLgA The Semese' will receive $150, a trophy levels were shownto increase
took place between a stu- Language: The Human and bragging rights in intimate settings with pe-
dent and her guest, Univer- Quintessence. WHO: Center for Campus ple thought to have celatively
sify Police reported. There WHO: Language Theme Involvementphghveofhanteliele
was nonhvsical contact.! SemesterW rnrsnnis . i ,,, higher levels of intelligence.

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Banded up

Pimp my ride bumper

WHERE: 1600 block
of East Medical Center
WHEN: Monday at about
3:30 p.m.
WHAT: A car door was
written on between 8:40
a.m. and 11:45 a.m., Univer-
sity Police reported. The
car was parked in the M-18
Caroort.

WHERE: Lot NC-51, 2600
Glazier Way
WHEN: Monday at about
7:30 p.m.
WHAT: A parked vehicle
was hit between 7 a.m.
and 7:20 p.m., University
Police reported. The impact
caused damage to the bum-
er o ditaigh

WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: North Quad Resi-
dence Hall, space 2435
Girlyman
concert
WHAT: The Atlanta-based
band Girlyman will be
performing a musical mix
of folk, country, pop and
rock. The band recently
added a fourth member to
its ensemble. Tickets start
at $22.50.
WHO: Michigan Union
Ticket Office
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark

iHiN: Tonignt at is p.m.
WHERE: Michigan League
Ballroom
Worry less
WHAT: A drop-in seminar
to help students relax more
and help them manage their
worries.
WHO: Counseling and Psy-
chological Services
WHEN: Today at noon
WHERE: Michigan Union,
room 3100
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The University may
have invented the Inter-
net in the 1980s, with
associate dean for research
and innovation Doug Van
Houweling playing a major
role in its creation.
FOR MORE, SEE THE STATEMENT
Florence Green, the last
known World War I vet-
eran, died in her sleep
yesterday, the BBC reported.
Green, who was 110, was a
member of the British Wom-
en's Royal Air Force in 1918.
Her 111th birthday would've
been this month.

SControversies overabortion,
0- birth control grab spotlight

Komen, Obama
contraception
ruling fuel
discussions
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Politi-
cal turmoil over abortion and
birth control spread suddenly on
yesterday. A high-ranking official
resigned from the Komenbreast-
cancer charity after its back-
tracking treaty with Planned
Parenthood, and Republican
presidential candidates blistered
the Obama administration for a
recent ruling on Catholic hospi-
tals and contraception.
The White House made a point
of declaring it wanted to ease the
concerns of church-affiliated
employers - many would be
required to provide birth control
coverage to their workers under
the new rules - but there was
no word on how those concerns
might be addressed.
The two-track drama pumped
new furor into longstanding
disputes that sometimes take a

backseat in political campaigns
because the lines are so familiar
and firmly drawn. Last week's
Komen-Planned Parenthood dis-
pute stirred many women's groups
that support legal abortion. And
the Obama ruling touched a nerve
with moderate Roman Catholics
who support contraceptives but
also defend their church's right to
run its hospitals and other institu-
tions according to religious con-
victions.
Republican presidential can-
didates pounced on what they
considered a blunder by Presi-
dent Barack Obama. They believe
his administration's ruling will
alienate moderate Catholic vot-
ers who could prove crucial in
November in Ohio, Pennsylvania
and elsewhere.
There also could be political
repercussions from the Susan G.
Komen for the Cure controversy.
The breast-cancer charity, fac-
ing fierce criticism, mostly from
women's groups, quickly over-
turned its decision to cut off
funding to Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is a major

provider of abortions, but it also
screens women for breast cancer
and other health problems.
In Atlanta, Karen Handel,
a Komen vice president who
played a role in the fund cutoff
decision, resigned yesterday. A
Republican who ran for governor
in Georgia, Handel was seen by
some as an example of what they
felt was an increasing tendency
by Komen to bring partisan poli-
tics into the charity's decisions.
"I am deeply disappointed by
the gross mischaracterizations
of the strategy, its rationale and
my involvement in it," Handel
said in her resignationletter.
Presidential candidate Mitt
Romney, for his part, said he sup-
ported Komen's original decision
to stop funding Planned Parent-
hood.
The arguments came as the
GOP presidential hopefuls cam-
paigned in several states and
Republicans voted in Colorado
and Minnesota. Each candi-
date tried to take advantage of
the unusually intense focus on
reproductive issues.

A PiPhOto/Madives President's Office
Mohammed Waheed Hassan, second left, who previously worked as a top UNICEF official, is sworn in as Maldives new
president after Mohamed Nasheed announced his resignation yesterday afternoon in Male, Maldives.
Maldives president resigns
as police forces, army clash

Vice president, a
former UNICEF
official, sworn in
MALE, Maldives (AP) - The
Maldives' new president prom-
ised to protect his predecessor
from retribution after he stepped
down amid protests and clashes
between the army and police over
his decision to arrest a top judge.
President Mohammed Waheed
Hassan, who was sworn in yes-
terday, called for chaos on the
streets to stop and for citizens of
this Indian Ocean island nation
to work together after months of
political turmoil.
"I urge everyone to make this a
peaceful country," he said.
Former President Mohamed
Nasheed's Maldivian Democrat-
ic Party insisted his ouster was
a "coup" engineered by rogue
elements of the police and sup-
porters of the country's former
autocratic leader.
However, a Nasheed adviser
denied the resignation came
under duress from the military.

The adviser, who spoke on condi-
tion of anonymity because of the
sensitivity of the situation, said
Nasheed was left with two choic-
es: order a bloody military crack-
down on the police dissidents or
resign.
Hassan's office also denied
the military pressured Nasheed
to quit in the wake of yesterday's
street clashes.
"It was not a coup at all. It
was the wish of the people," said
Ahmed Thoufeeg, Hassan's sec-
retary.
Nasheed's resignation marked
a stunning fall for the former
human rights campaigner who
defeated the nation's longtime'
ruler to become its first democrat-
ically elected president. Nasheed
was also an environmental celeb-
rity, traveling the world to per-
suade governments to combat the
climate change that could raise
sea levels and inundate his archi-
pelago nation.
Nasheed presented his resig-
nation in a nationally televised
address after police joined the
protesters and then clashed with
soldiers in the streets. Some of

the soldiers then defected to the
police side.
"I don't want to hurt any Mal-
divian. I feel my staying on in
power will only increase the prob-
lems, and it will hurt our citizens,"
Nasheed said. "So the best option
available to me is to step down."
Maldivians waving flags
poured into the streets to cel-
ebrate Nasheed's resignation.
Some playfully threw water at
each other. Soon after, the judge
was released.
U.S. State Department spokes-
woman Victoria Nuland said that
Hassan had informed the U.S.
that the security situation in the
Maldives was now under control
and generally peaceful.
In a phone call with U.S.
officials, Hassan expressed his
strong commitment to a peace-
ful transition of power and the
preservation of democracy.
According to Nuland, the new
Maldivian leader expressed his
intent to form a national unity
government with opposition
participation in the lead-up to a
presidential election scheduled
for November 2013.

Environmentalist group challenges
candidates' support in Asian carp fight

Plan in question
would protect fish
in the Great Lakes
region
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.
(AP) - Environmental activists
yesterday challenged President
Barack Obama and the Repub-
licans hoping to unseat him to
support a hotly debated plan to
protect the Great Lakes from an
Asian carp attack by cutting off
their Chicago-area connection
to the Mississippi River water-
shed.

The Healing Our Waters-
Great Lakes Coalition, which
includes more than 100 groups
in the region, included the pro-
posal in a pledge submitted to
the campaigns of Obama and
Republicans Mitt Romney,
Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and
Rick Santorum. None of the
campaigns had any immediate
reaction.
The Great Lakes region
includes heavily contested
and vote-rich states such as
Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylva-
nia, New York and Wisconsin.
Michigan's primary is Feb. 28
and Ohio is among states with
a Super Tuesday " primary on

March 6.
The environmental coalition
asked the candidates to promise
if elected to continue an Obama
administration program dealing
with some of the Great Lakes'
most pressing environmental
problems, including invasive
species, toxic pollution, farm
and urban runoff and wildlife
habitat loss.
Congress has appropriated
more than $1 billion for the
Great Lakes Restoration Initia-
tive since 2009. But supporters
say billions more are needed
over many years to fix the prob-
lems, which have been decades
in the making.

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