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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
'U' stem,
cell line
added
to NIH
Researchers
continue to work on
* additonal lines
By KATIE BURKE
Daily StaffReporter
Yesterday the- University
announced it will contribute a
line of human embryonic stem
cells to the U.S. National Insti-
tutes of Health registry as part
of a continuing effort to develop
treatments for life-threatening
diseases.
For the past two weeks, the
University has been' finalizing
plans to make the line available
nationally. This will be the Uni-
versity's first national addition
to the registry since Michigan
voters approved a constitutional
amendment allowing research
on surplus embryos unfit for
reproduction in 2008. Other
universities, including the Uni-
versity of California, Los Ange-
les, Stanford University and the
University of Connecticut, have
also contributed to the registry.
The NIH registry created
guidelines in July 2009 that
make independently generated
embryonic lines for federally
See NIH, Page 7A

NINJAS OF LOVE

LEGAL DISPUTE
Pescovitz:
review of
UMHS
now over

PAUL SHERMAN/Dally
Students, dressed as ninjas, offer candy to passersby yesterday in honor of Valentine's Day.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT
OurMichigan party to
vie for C SG presidency

Joint Commission
ends investigation
of hospital after
child porn incident
By PAIGE PEARCY
Daily News Editor
The University received
notification Monday that the
Joint Commission - a national
health care accreditation orga-
nization that can take action
when its standards are found
to be out of compliance -
would not take further action
in its review of the University
of Michigan Health System
after the University waited six
months to report the alleged
discovery of child pornog-
raphy on a USB flash drive
belonging to a UMHS resident,
according to Ora Pescovitz,
the University's executive vice
president for medical affairs.
Though Joint Commission
spokesman Bret Coons said
last night that there were no
"updates from the Joint Com-

mission at this time," Pesco-
vitz informed University of
Michigan Health Services
employees via e-mail that the
Joint Commission decided on
Monday to drop the case after
the University released find-
ings from its internal report to
the organization on Friday.
"We learned that the Joint
Commission reviewed our
response to the incident and
our plan moving forward, and
determined that they do not
need to take further action at
this time," Pescovitz wrote in
the e-mail.
Pescovitz also posted the
message to her blog, making
the statement available to the
public.
Last May, a University Hos-
pital employee reported that
Stephen Jenson, a medical res-
ident, was found in possession
of child pornography on a USB
flash drive. After no action was
taken regarding the discovery,
the same employee reported
the claim to the Office of Clini-
cal Affairs in November, who
then contacted the Universi-
See UMHS, Page 7A

Kevin Mersol-Barg
announces plan to.
run in election
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily StaffReporter
Though Kevin Mersol-Barg
didn't win the MForward
nomination for Central Stu-

dent Government president on
Feb. 3, he recently announced
he has made alternative plans
to run.
Mersol-Barg, a Public Policy
junior and a LSA representa-
tive in the CSG Student Assem-
bly, said he plans to run on
the OurMichigan party ticket.
He will be running with LSA
junior Amy Navvab, a former
member of LSA Student Gov-

ernment and chair of the Open
Housing Initiative - a group
dedicated to provide housing
to LBGTQ students at the Uni-
versity.
Mersol-Barg said the Our-
Michigan party is a "coalition"
of campus leaders and student
organizations that will advo-
cate for students. Members and
supporters of the organization
See OURMICHIGAN, Page 7A

GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS

ELECTION 2012
Michigan Democrats slam
Romney over auto bailouts

C

GOP candidate to Republican presidential candi-
date and former Massachusetts
calls Obama s Gov. Mitt Romney's criticism of
the government bailouts of the
policy «crony auto industry as several polls have
m shown that the race in Michigan's
capitalism Republican presidential primary
is tightening.
By KATIE BURKE In an opinion piece published
Daily StaffReporter in yesterday's edition of The
Detroit News, Romney criticized
a conference call yesterday, President Barack Obama's han-
rs in the Michigan Demo- dling of the bailout of the auto
party reacted with disdain industry, describing Obama's

approach
as "crony
capital-
ism." He
also sug
gested that
his own
plan of
"managed bankruptcy" would've
been a more efficient way to fix
the problems that have been
plaguing car manufacturers.
Mark Brewer, chairman of
See ROMNEY, Page 7A

In
leade
cratic

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Assembly discusses protocol for
granting money to student groups

CSG members
propose seven
resolutions
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily Staff Reporter
The Student Assembly of the
Central Student Government had
its busiest meeting of the semes-
ter last night, proposing seven
resolutions during a session last-

ing for more than three hours.
CSG members primarily dis-
cussed resolutions relating to.
protocol for granting funding to
student organizations, as well as
furthered discussion on ongo-
ing efforts to support medical
amnesty - a policy that would
protect students from receiv-
ing Minor in Possession charges
for reporting a friend in need of
medical assistance for intoxica-
tion. The group also discussed
granting additional benefits

to members of the Graduate
Employees Organization who are
both students and parents.
One proposed resolution,
which fundamentally affects
how student groups receive
funding from CSG, dominated
the discussion. The resolution
was debated for 20 minutes and
the Assembly spent an additional
20 minutes addressing questions
on the policy.
Students groups currently
See ASSEMBLY, Page 7A

Students study at the the Ross School of Business yesterday.

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