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2A - Monday, January 9, 2012

An apology and explanation


Truthfulness is the central tenet of
everythingwe do at The Michigan Daily.
By producing content in the Daily that
is accurate and original, you, our read-
ers, can be assured that the information
you're reading is trustworthy.
A column in the Nov. 17, 2011 edition
of The Michigan Daily, written by a for-
mer Daily columnist, didn't meet this
The column was inspired by a piece
written by David Brooks of The New
York Times (The Life Reports, 10/27/11).
Though Brooks's columnwas mentioned
in the Daily article, the columnist used
many of the same words and phrases as
Brooks without proper attribution. The
first few paragraphs of the Daily's col-
umn were also structured nearly identi-
cally to Brooks's.
This was an institutional failing. We,
as editors, never should have let this
column go to print, and for that, we are
deeply sorry.
After a thorough investigation of the

columnist's prior work for the Daily, this
was the only incident we identified. Still,
we take all cases of plagiarism seriously
as they violate the truthfulness that the
Daily stands for.
We will use this as an opportunity
to improve our internal safeguards to
certify the originality of all content we
publish. We've already added enhanced
plagiarism checks to our normal editing
process, and we're planning to revamp
our training program to better teach our
staff what is considered plagiarism.
We hope that these steps will help us
maintain your trust, because as the only
daily newspaper in Ann Arbor, there's
nothing we value more than that.
Joseph Lichterman
Editor in Chief

Raion Taiko performs at Mochitsuki, the Center for Japanese Studies annual
Japanese New Year's celebration on Saturday.

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Music recital Metal art

Flame game
WHERE: West Quadrangle
Residence Hall
WHEN: Thursday at about
11:20 p.m.
WHAT: A fire extinguisher
that seemed to have been
thrown out of a fourth floor
window was found outside
the building, University
Police reported. There are
no suspects.
WHERE: 1500 block of
East Medical Center
WHEN: Thursday at about
6:45 p.m.
WHAT: Two pairs of sun-
glasses were reported stolen
from a valet-parked car,
University Police reported.
A full investigation is pend-

Shut down for
shooting up
WHERE: University Hospi-
tal Emergency Room
WHEN: Thursday at about
1:25 p.m.
WHAT: Alleged heroin was
confiscated from a male
patient not affiliated with
the University, University
Police reported. An investi-
gation is pending.
Dashing dad
WHERE: C.S. Mott Chil-
dren's Hospital
WHEN: Friday at about
3:50 a.m.
WHAT:A man in a hurry to
visit his child, a patient at
C.S. Mott Children's Hospi-
tal, ran past the front desk
without signing in, Univer-
sity Police reported.

WHAT: Randall Hawes, a
bass trombonist with the
Detroit Symphany Orches-
tra, will perform a number
of pieces with his partner,
pianist Kathryn Goodson.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Britton Recital
Hall, Moore Building
Photo exhibit
WHAT: An exhibition
of more than 100 photos
taken by five photographers
from around the world that
intend to capture the reality
of the world.
WHO: University of Michi-
gan Museum of Art
WHEN: Today from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
WHERE: University of
Michigan Museum of Art

WHAT: An exhibition of
American sculptor Mark di
Suvero's work. He creates
art using industrial steel.
WHO: University of Michi-
gan Museum of Art
WHEN: Today at 10 a.m.
WHERE: University Muse-
um of Art
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run on the tenure track")
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A woman survived a
111 meter fall from the
Victoria Falls Bridge on
the border of of Zimbabwe
and Zambia after her bun-
gee cord broke during her
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reported. The woman sur-
vived the fall.
The Michigan hockey
team came up just short
of a weekend sweep of
Lake Superior State, but lost
in a shootout on Saturday at
Yost Ice Arena.
A recent study found
that Australians use
more marijuana than
the citizens of any other
country, The New York
Times reported. The study
reported 15 percentof Austra-
lians between ages 15 and 64
used marijuana in 2009.

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