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'U' must seriously address lags in crime report
ormer resident pediatrician at the University of Michigan
Health Systems was found to possess child pornography.
Reportsrevealed that UMHS waited nearly six months to
report the incident to University Police.
2T QU TABLE
Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no
effect, other than to lessen the status and human
dignity of gays and lesbians in California.
-Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in the decision to overturn the
ballot referendum that banned same-sex marrige in California.
The Obama Bogeyman
As the Republican presiden-
tial nomination process gets
increasingly nasty,you might
start to hear com-
plaints about one
of the most time-
tions in politics:
spinning. No, I'm
not talking about
what you do
when you hit the
gym - although
you might say
In light of the recent scandals that shook
other colleges including Penn State University
and Syracuse University, it's imperative that
the University report all incidents in a timely
manner, as long as it does not hinder ongoing
investigations. University officials must be
extra vigilant when dealing with reports of this
nature. Though the Department of Public Safe-
ty doesn't have authority over UMHS security,
some groups, like the Senate Advisory Com-
mittee for University Affairs,,have suggested
changing oversight rules. Lapse in procedure
not only affects the community's safety of the
community but also taints the overall goodwill
that the University works to maintain.
It's some consolation that University
President Mary Sue Coleman called for an
internal investigation to determine the cause
of the delay. Two outside groups - the U.S.
Department of Education and the Joint Com-
mission - are also reviewing the incident.
Clearly, the University is aware that such
a delay in reporting exposes a faulty and
outdated complaint system that warrants
investigation. If the investigation reveals the
complaint process was properly followed, the
University must change the process to ensure
the efficient reporting of crimes. It would be
unfair to attribute this singular case to an
institutional failure of DPS or UHMS, but
the upmost care must be taken to ensure the
well-being of the community.
EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS:
Aida Ali, Laura Argintar, Kaan Avdan, Ashley Griesshammer, Nirbhay Jain, Jesse Klein,
Patrick Maillet, Erika Mayer, Harsha Nahata, Harsha Panduranga, Timothy Rabb, Adrienne
Roberts, Vanessa Rychlinski, Sarah Skaluba, Seth Soderborg, Caroline Syms, Andrew Weiner
DANIEL HOFFMANN I
is exhausting himself pedaling on a
stationary bike. In politics, spinning
is the art of cherry-picking facts and
carefully phrasing ideas for maxi-
mum political gain.
When debating among them-
selves, Republicans usually spin a
lot about each other. However, when
talking about President Barack
Obama, they move to another tactic
that's even slimier than spinning,
which at least includes some fac-
tual basis. The technical term for it
is making stuff up. The goal in mak-
ing stuff up is to scare voters from
Now is where the bogeyman
Remember when you were a little
kid and your parents told you that if
you didn't behave yourself, a monster
or evil creature would deal with you?
That scary imaginary thing is called
a bogeyman. Bogeymen are created
by parents to scare their children into
doing particular things they don't
want to do .such as cleaning their
room or eatingvegetables.
The particular thing Republicans
want is support for GOP candidates.
But since spinning Obama's record
hasn't been enough for the electoral
changes they want, the Republicans
have started making stuff up to cre-
ate the Obama Bogeyman. Bogeymen
don't actually exist, but they can be
quite effective if forced into the pub-
lic conscience. Let's investigate the
Obama Bogeyman using gun control
as an example.
One trait that all effective bogey-
men share is the ability to strike fear
in the hearts of people, and very few
things are closer to the hearts of.
conservative voters than their guns.
GOP presidential candidate Newt
Gingrich has exploited conserva-
tive voters' fears of Obama coming
for their guns, saying at a National
Rifle Association meeting that "the
Obama administration is the most
consistently anti-gun administration
and anti-Second Amendment admin-
istration that we have ever seen."
Except Obama hasn't been anti-
gun at all. Even in the wake of the
Gabrielle Giffords shooting last
year, when he could have - at the
very least - done something about
extended ammunition clips, he didn't
act. And that's when momentum for
gun control during his presidency
was probably highest.
Another sign of the lack of legis-
lated gun restrictions is the F grade
Obama received from the Brady
Campaign Against Gun Violence in
2010. Shouldn't an F from the Brady
Campaign translate to an A from the
Some conservatives actually admit
that Obama hasn't done anything to
restrict gun usage. But Obama still
can't win even when that happens
because, like any good bogeyman,
he's going to eventually get you.
Last year, National Rifle Association
_Vice President Wayne LaPierre said
Obama's lack of gun regulations is
"part of a massive Obama conspiracy
to deceive voters and hide his true
intentions to destroy the Second.
Amendment," according to NRA
reports. Can Obama win on this issue
if that's how the gun-toting, conser-
vative voting bloc thinks?
Another issue that fires up conser-
vatives is tax policy. To the GOP, high
taxes are never good. Now check
out these statistics: when President
Ronald Reagan tried to bring the
economy out of recession in 1983, tax
revenues were 17.5 percent of GDP.
In the Obama recovery, tax revenues
are 14.9 percent of GDP. Further-
more, Obama extended the massive
Bush tax cuts in 2010 when they were
abouttoexpire -look, it even has the
name Bush in there!
But reality doesn't matter for GOP
talking points or for bogeymen. As
long as the Republicans can scare
people off with the Obama Bogey-
man, whether or not he is actually
raising taxes is immaterial to them.
The same principle applies to his
environmental or foreign policies,
and even his religion and birthplace.
My analyses here are to say noth-
ingabout whether I support Obama's
actions on these issues. Personally,
I'd like to see him move more aggres-
sively on gun control and raise taxes
is that, in November, the Republican
presidential candidate won't have to
compete with President Obama. The
nominee will instead run against the
fact-free, imaginary Obama Bogey-
man created by the GOP, making the
candidate's job a little easier. Makes
me wish for the days of old-fashioned
- Dar-Wei Chen can be reached
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Facebook is going public. The scrappy lit-
tle start-up born in a Harvard dorm room in
2004 is now estimated to be worth $100 bil-
lion. In just eight years, the company has built
a user base that is nearly three times the size
of the population of the United States. Face-
book is one of the world's most widely rec-
ognized brands and has become a significant
part of our social lexicon. Its success story is
a tremendous source of inspiration for entre-
preneurs all over the world wishing to launch
their own ventures.
Unfortunately, all the financial figures and
Wall Street jargon surrounding coverage of
Facebook's decision have shifted focus from,
arguably, the most important chapter of the
story: Facebook was started by students. Mark
Zuckerberg and his friends turned their novel
idea into a business that generated $3.71 bil-
lion last year.
The success stories of start-up companies
like Facebook have inspired an entrepreneur-
ial boom on college campuses. The University
is a leader in providing resources and encour-
agement to students looking to start their own
ventures. The Center for Entrepreneurship
offers a nine credit undergraduate certificate
and a Master of Entrepreneurship program,
which provides graduates with a joint degree
in Engineering and Business. The Zell Lurie
Institute in the Ross School of Business offers
funding to students through its Dare to Dream
and Venture Shaping grant programs. Univer-
sity students even have access to office space
and entrepreneurial mentors in the TechArb
in downtown Ann Arbor.
Providing students with the skills and
resources to work on their own projects is
crucial to creating a generation of innovators.
Partnerships between the educational and
entrepreneurial communities couldn't have
come at a better time. With a flagging econ-
omy and a need to find solutions to problems
like energy security and sustainability, entre-
preneurial ingenuity has never been more
According to the U.S. Small Business
Adiinistration - an organization that pro-
vides governmental support to entrepre-
neurs and small business owners -- small
businesses employ about half of all workers
in the United States. They also accounted
for b5 percent of all net job creation between
1993 and 2009. Our economy thrives on the
creativity and drive of small business owners
Many colleges and universities, includ-
ing the University of Michigan, are tailoring
programs toward the practical application of
entrepreneurial skills. These programs are
crucial and will prepare students to drive the
economy forward in the coming decades.
Encouraging students to develop their own
ventures has turned campuses into a hot bed
for the creation of new endeavors, Doug Neal,
executive director of the Center for Entrepre-
"Entrepreneurship is quickly becoming
part of the fabric of our culture at the Univer-
sity of Michigan, and I'm very excited about
how many students are activelyengaged in our
educational programs, which offer a unique
blend of entrepreneurial frameworks and
theory combined with hands on application
which yield tremendous results," Neal said.
"We are very enthusiastic about the future
of entrepreneurship at Michigan and looking
forward to continuing to help students, fac-
ulty, researchers and staff embrace the entre-
preneurial mindset and identify ways to have
an increasing impact on the world."
Michigan students have plenty of ideas. In
2010, the 1000 Pitches Competition received
more than 3,000 ideas for business ventures,
unique inventions and non-profit organiza-
tions. With the support of University resourc-
es, one of these ideas has the potential to
become the next Facebook, Google or Twitter.
All colleges and universities should offer
opportunities to students who wish to explore
and experiment. Educating students to take
risks and put their ideas to the test will pre-
pare a generation of thinkers and doers
prepared to face today's complex global chal-
lenges. There's no better place to stimulate
creativity and entrepreneurship than college
campuses where students are thirsty to see
their ideas become reality. If a few college
students were able to completely change the
way we communicate with each other, there's
no telling what we can accomplish next.
Daniel Hoffmann is an LSA sophomore and is
enrolled in the Program for Entrepreneurship.
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SHARIK BASHIR I ' WP 'NT
Your9 hl is our 24 7 -
I enjoy watching the Republican
presidential debates. Though, I'm
usually indifferent to the candidate's
views. I'm not American - I'm from
Pakistan. Still, I generally enjoy
mocking the rhetoric and sound bites
used by Republicans, something
characteristic of election season
campaign speeches. But the Jan. 16
GOP debate in South Carolina evoked
a different emotion in me: hurt.
It was former House Speaker
Newt Gingrich that got to me. He
was enthused as ever. When the
topic of Pakistan came up, I became
particularly alert to what he was
saying. He alluded to the mission
that killed Osama Bin Laden in
Abbottabad last May and accused
Pakistan of supporting the al-Qaeda
leader. To put it mildly, Gingrich
called Pakistan an enemy of the
United States. As he spoke, loud
cheers erupted from the debate's
audience. His performance in the
debate was bombastic. The cheers
transferred to votes as Gingrich
snatched South Carolina right out
of Mitt Romney's grasp.
But his view on Pakistan was
painful to hear. It was ignorant
to the massive sacrifices Pakistan
has made as a country on the front
line of the Wr on Terror, and was
ungrateful for Pakistan's efforts.
In Pakistan, the War on Ter-
ror seems more like Pakistan's war
than America's. Since 9/11, Pakistan
has suffered much heavier losses
than the United States as a result
of the war. According to a Paki-
stani security report last year, there
were 10,003 deaths from violent
incidents in 2010 and another 7,107
in 2011 alone. An advertisement by
Pakistan in the Wall Street Journal
on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11
attacks read that 21,672 Pakistanis
have lost their lives as a result of
the war. The investment and losses
faced by the U.S. pale in comparison
to losses Pakistan has suffered.
There is a common protest slogan
in Pakistan, "Your 9/11 is our 24/7."
I can attest to that. On Nov. 11,2010,
I was watching television in the
living room with my family. Sud-
denly a shockwave swept through,
rattling my house. My father fell
off the sofa, ducking for cover. The
doors were unhinged and blades of
glass shot out from the shattering
windows. A 1,000-kilogram bomb
had exploded at a police center
nearby. There was no surprise as to
who the perpetrators were.
What may come as a surprise to
most people is the mood that pre-
vailed in my home afterwards. It
was apathy. This has become such
a common occurrence. This is the
ground reality in my home and
country. We have become used
to such incidents and are suffer-
ing daily because of this war that,
according to Gingrich, Pakistan
isn't cooperating in.
In an interview with CBS News,
Pakistan's ambassador to the U.N.,
Abdullah Hussain Haroon, cited
World Bank statistics claiming that
Pakistan has spent $150 billion on
this war. Even if you don't accept
this number and the U.S.-given fig-
ure is $20 billion. Haroon also said,
"We have invested 50 to 60 years of
the best periods of our life in (the
U.S.) and today we are getting treat-
ed like a pariah."
This is true. Pakistan and the
United States have been allies since
Pakistan entered the realm of foreign
policy. Pakistan was instrumental in
fighting against the Soviet commu-
nists in Afghanistan, and today it's a
crucial partner of the United States
against the Taliban forces on both
sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border. The Express Tribune, a Paki-
stani newspaper, reported that more
than 200,000 troops were deployed
on the front line, and 90,000 Paki-
stani troops are fighting across the
border on the ground. Pakistan has
dedicated many air bases inside its
territory to the U.S. for launching
drone attacks - attacks that some-
times kill innocent civilians along
with militants. In the words of
Haroon, "you cannot solve Afghani-
stan without Pakistan."
I hope that next time before
jumping to conclusions about where
Pakistan's loyalties lie, people
reconsider the statistics. Instead of
alienating your allies, support us.
We stand on the same side in this
fight. I would encourage voters to
make a wise decision when choos-
ingthe best candidate for president.
Choose a candidate who is not bel-
ligerent. Pick someone who can
appreciate the sacrifices of your
allies, someone who can show some
respect and empathize with those
who suffer and fight for not only
their own, but your safety too.
Shank Bashir is an LSA freshman.
@MichLegislature 2 more states on
path to marriage equality while we
take away domestic partner
__ --benefits... This is Mich 3.0?
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