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Mich. group pushes
for campaign
finance disclosure
A Michigan group began col-
lecting signatures yesterday for
a ballot measure requiring far
more disclosure of corporate
donations so voters can see who's
making unlimited gifts to spe-
cial interest groups. The Corpo-
rate Accountability Amendment
would change the state constitu-
tion to require corporations as
well as any group receiving cor-
porate donations to identify who
gave the money.
A 2010 U.S. Supreme Court
ruling enabled corporations and
other well-financed donors to give
unlimited money to political com-
mittees that don't directly work
with campaigns. The decision has
resulted in political action com-
mittees known as super PACs
pouring millions of dollars into
the 2012 presidential race.
Texas could fund
health program
without feds
Gov. Rick Perry has told Texas
health officials to find a way to
pay for a women's health care pro-
gram if the federal government
pulls Medicaid funding amid a
fight over Planned Parenthood. '
The governor sent a letter
Thursday telling the head of the
Texas Health and Human Servic-
es Commission to work with legis-
lative leaders to identify money to
keep the program going.
Perry's office made a copy of
that letter available to The Associ-
ated Press before it was released to
the public.
The program was expected to
close when the state starts enforc-
ing a law keeping money from
clinics affiliated with abortion
provA u

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Knowles discussed how the
the involvement of college stu-
dents and teenagers across the
country helped the movement be
"Literally overnight we came
up with the idea Love is Loud-
er," Knowles said. "And we just
watched it take off and it came
to mean any form of support or
change in perspective that takes
us away from that dark negative
place to make us feel better."
Laura Blake Jones, associate
vice president for student affairs
and dean of students, attended
the conference and said it was an
important opportunity to bring
people together and foster dis-
cussion of mental health issues.
Jones added that the Univer-
sity has established efforts to
address these issues, including
the development of a new the-
atre performance by the ETC
titled "Finding our Footholds:
College Students Reflect on Pos-
itive Mental Health," that was
performed at the conference and
created using interviews with
University students.
"Peer theatre is an innova-
tive approach to engage audi-
ence and convey information in
a very personal way," Jones said.
"I've seen the ETC at orienta-
tion and their production is very
thoughtful and very high quality
and engaging. It's a really great
way to raise awareness on the
campus community and connect
students to resources."
John Greden, the execu-
tive director of the University's

Depression Center, wrote in an
e-mail interview that depres-
sion, anxiety and stress affect
one in six college students.
"The University of Michigan
is dedicated to counteracting
these problems," Greden wrote.
"The durability of this convic-
tion is reflected by fact that this
year marks the Depression on
College Campuses tenth anni-
Greden added that the con-
ference provided a medium for
campus leaders to develop bet-
ter strategies to conquer mental
health issues in the college set-
"This year we're particularly
emphasizing college students'
innate and impressive resiliency
to share best-practice approach-
es to help all students better
cope with stress," Greden wrote.
Greden also wrote that the
media only raises awareness
about depression after a tragedy,
and the conference allowed indi-
viduals to discuss mental health
issues that occur in daily life.
Angela Farrehi, student advo-
cacy manager for the College of
Engineering, moderated a panel
discussion that focused on help-
ing parents build resilience in
Farrehi said each panelist
was able to bring his or her own
unique perspective, expertise
and experiences to the topic.
"It was particularly profound
to have our parent and student
panelists share so openly their
journey through college while
dealing with depression and
anxiety," Farrehi said.
Farrehi added that the dis-
cussion pinpointed areas that

University officials can focus
on when working together as a
community to best support the
mental health of students.
Callie McKee, director of the
ETC, hosted a workshop on how
educational theater can be used
to raise awareness and reduce
the stigma associated with seek-
ing therapy.
"Theatre and performance is
really everywhere," McKee said.
"It allows new ways of telling
our stories and it's about show-
ing the real-life struggles and
that other people struggle too."
McKee said ETC's part-
nership with the University's
Depression Center is key for
educating students about mental
health issues.
Patricia Ponto, the director of
the counseling center at Kalam-
azoo College, attended the
workshop and said she learned
a lot about theater and mental
health while enjoying many of
the activities.
"I thought the workshop was
a very nice break from all the
PowerPoints," Ponto said. "I
attended the workshop because
I was looking for information to
start a similar theatre program
back home. I was really pleased."
Jaspreet Malhotra, a psychol-
ogy graduate student at the Uni-
versity of Florida, attended the
conference to conduct research
for a school project and said it
was an enlightening experience.
"Brittany's speech was really
touching and it was good for her
to speak out for all the people
who are struggling," Malhotra
said. "I was really surprised
at first that a celebrity went
through all that."

'U' to hold upcoming
lecture series based on
Occupy movement
Provost Phillip wrote in an e-mail interview that and more broadly the comm
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his department's commitment to
student safety.
"AAPD is there to pledge
the full support of the police
department in this initiative to
improve student safety," Seto
said. "I think our other role is
along with the University of
Michigan police and the Dean of
Students Office, to collectively
evaluate ideas that may improve
student safety and see how we
can implement those in a collab-
orative effort."
Seto has also participated in
campus discussions regarding
student etiquette on Football
Saturdays. In November 2010,
Seto met with members of the
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Royal Shakespeare process that
does this work at this stage in the
development of plays."
The partnership, which start-
ed after the RSC first performed
plays at the University in 2001,
will continue on Saturday when
the RSC returns to campus for its
sixth visit. Instead of perform-
ing shows at the University, the
organization is focusing on cre-
atively developing two plays for
its upcoming fall season, titled "A
World Elsewhere," at its home in
Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
The group will also host sympo-
siums and workshops on campus
through March 20.
Williams, who has been key
in forming the relationship
between the RSC and the Uni-
versity over the last decade, said
this year's visit will be more
involved than the past.
In 2010, the RSC brought
directors, writers, actors, stage
managers, voice coaches and
other players in the produc-
tion process to the University to
consult with experts about the
historical and technical aspects
of the plays, Williams said. This
year that will be the same, but
Williams added the visit would
also bring in more knowledge
and expertise fromboth parties.
"This year ... there is deep pen-
etrationby the Royal Shakespeare
Company into the University, and
our people get a chance to work
with them and the scholars else-
where," Williams said. "It touches
on the intellectual life of the Uni-
versity more broadly than ever
before. This is really exciting."
Gary Krenz, special coun-
sel to University President
Mary Sue Coleman, wrote in
an e-mail interview that both
parties were pleased with the
success of the 2010 visit, which
catalyzed mutual interest in a
return trip.
"They thought that the inter-
actions with faculty, students
and audiences here were really
topnotch and instrumental inthe
development of the three plays
they worked on - all of which
have gone on to successful pro-
duction in England,"he wrote.
Krenz added he heard from
various members of the campus
community that the visit two

years ago spurred desire for the
company to return among both
faculty and students.
"From our standpoint, the
2010 residency was also a great
success," he wrote. "I've had a
number of faculty tell me that
it was a fantastic experience for
themselves and their students,
and that they would welcome the
RSC any time. So the question

Interfraternity Council and the
Michigan Student Assembly-
who were frustrated with an
increasing amount of noise and
trash violations being issued to
students due to game celebra-
tions. Seto told students that
police involvement on the street
comes mostly from the con-
cerns neighboring residents, but
encouraged them to bring their
complaints to the Ann Arbor
City Council.
Seto also praised the Greek
community's Sober Moni-
tor Training Program, which
assigns specific fraternity mem-
bers to remain sober and vigi-
lant at parties in order to prevent
alcohol-related injuries. At the
meeting with IFC and MSA,
he called the program "a great
idea" with "aslot of potential."
wasn't so much whether to come,
but rather when."
Ina Feb. 16 press release, Cole-
man said the return of the RSC is
important to fostering the arts at
the University.
"Creating and conveying the
arts to inspire, captivate and edu-
cate is part of our mission," Cole-
man said.
Williams pointed specifically
to a daylong symposium that the
University's Confucius Institute
will host with the RSC on March
12 as one example of the intel-
lectual collaboration that will be
showcased during the visit.
The visit will also center on
the plays "Boris Godunov" by
Alexander Pushkin, as recently
adapted by Adrian Mitchell, and
"The Orphan of Zhao," which
Williams said is one of the most
important Chinese plays. Wil-
liams said he is excited to be
working on the two productions,
noting that they are "really not
just two plays - they are cultural
artistic streams."
The upcoming RSC visit grew
out of the group's first creative
residency at the University in
2010 titled "Creative Project
2010," which Williams called
"mutually enriching."
Williams added that Univer-
sity students stand to gain from
working with members of the
RSC, who are true professionals
in their fields.
"It's a mutually deeply benefi-
cial relationship," Williams said.
"It gives our students a sense of
possible excellence. They get
to work with and observe and
imagine the processes of the very
best, and learn that they can do
that too."
School of Theatre junior Emily
Lyon, a self-proclaimed "Shake-
speare dork" who was chosen to
be an assistant director for the
RSC's upcoming residency, said
she is thrilled for the RSC to
return to the University and for
the opportunity to work with its
directors and actors.
Lyon was able to view the
RSC's production of Macbeth
- directed by the RSC artis-
tic director Michael Boyd, who
will be among the group mem-
bers traveling to the University
this week - as part of a theater
program she participated in last
summer in London. Lyon said
her experience watching the
production and the skill of the

RSC makes her hopeful about
her opportunitycto work with the
RSC in the coming weeks.
"Working with the Royal
Shakespeare Company has actu-
ally been my dream .since sev-
enth grade," she said. "It's a huge
opportunity, and extremely
thrilling and exciting. It's sort
of absurd in terms of how lucky
I feel."


Hanlon to hold

Court blocks two first event today

more parts of Ala.
immigration law
A federal appeals court yester-
day blocked two more sections of
Alabama's tough new law target-
ing illegal immigration pending
the outcome of lawsuits that seek
to overturn the law entirely.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals issued an order tempo-
rarily halting a section that says
courts can't enforce contracts
involving illegal immigrants and
another that makes it a felony for
an illegal immigrant to do busi-
ness with the state.
The law adopted last year was
challenged by both the federal
government and a coalition of
activist groups. A three-judge
panel of the 11th Circuit heard
arguments last week but said it
won't rule on the overall case
until the U.S. Supreme Court
decides a federal challenge to
a similar law in Arizona. The
appeals court is also weighing
Georgia's law.
* Netanyahu: Iran
cannot acquire
nuclear weaponry
Israel will not allow Iran to
obtain atomic bombs but prefers
a peaceful solution to the issue,
Israel's prime minister said yes-
rerday after intensive talks in
Washington about Iran's nuclear
Benjamin Netanyahu spoke
to Israeli TV stations a day after
returning from talks with Presi-
dent Barack Obama and other
American officials. Both leaders
said they would not permit Iran
to obtain nuclear bombs.
While there is concern that
Israel might launch a unilateral
strike against Iran, Netanyahu
said in Washington that no such
decision has been made.
On Thursday he spelled out his
policy on local TV stations, saying
that this a matter of life or death
for Israel.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Daily StaffReporter
For students interested in
learning more about the Occupy
movement,but notkeenon camp-
ing outside in the cold or going
days without showering, the
University recently announced a
lecture series focused on activist
movements and contemporary
political issues.
Titled "Equity, Justice and
Social Change: The Michigan
Tradition of Activism and Edu-
cational Opportunity," the pro-
gram is a month-long series of
lectures and panels that will
address pressing issues facing
students today. The series was
put together by groups of stu-
dents and administrators across
campus, and will cover a broad
range of topics including the
University budget, the history
of activism at the University and
the growing income and educa-
tional gaps in America.
Philip Deloria, the LSA asso-
ciate dean for undergraduate
education, helped plan the series
and will serve as a panelist in the
"Growing Up Activist: Discus-
sion of U-M Faculty from Activ-
ist Families" session. Deloria

the lecture series wil contrioute
to the University's mission to
foster critical discussions about
important issues.
"We'd like to engage thebroad
University community in a broad
set of presentations and discus-
sions concerning these issues,"
Deloria wrote. "In doing so, (we
hope to) continue the tradition
of the University's long and deep
engagement in matters of equity,
social justice, activism, educa-
tional opportunity, and to fulfill
our role as the location for some
of the conversations about things
that matter most in our society."
Deloria noted that the Univer-
sity's campus offers an ideal set-
ting to instigate change.
"Michigan has a long and
storied history of activism,"
he wrote. "Students and young
people in general, are in the best
position to change the world.
They have energy, ideas, and a
serious stake in the future. Of
course universities will be the
places where they organize their
thoughts - and their friends -
and try to bring about change."
Laura Blake Jones, associate
vice president for student affairs
and dean of students, also helped
plan the lecture series and said it
will appeal to a large audience.
"We think that all students
have interest in this ... the well-
being of our society and our
future as a campus community

nity that we live in, are an attect-
ed by all of this. So we want to
engage as many people as we can
in the conversation."
She added that the issues cov-
ered by the lectures are relevant
and touch on topics that the cam-
pus community is passionate
Deloria added that the events
have widespread appeal to indi-
viduals with varying interests,
noting specifically that students
studying economics may be par-
ticularly engaged in lectures on
Universitybudgeting, the history
of social justice activism at the
University and the language of
the 99 percent and one percent.
Vice President of Central
Student Government Brendan
Campbell said the series will
focus on past and present activ-
ism at the University.
"The University of Michigan
has a proud tradition of progres-
sive social movements and we
wanted to plan the lecture series
to help students understand the
history and inspire them to con-
tinue in that tradition," Camp-
bell said.
The first event, "Financingthe
University of Michigan" by Pro-
vost Phil Hanlon, will take place
tonight at 5:15 p.m. on North
- Daily News Editor Paige
Pearcy contributed to this report

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