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NEWS BRIEFS
MADISON TOWNSHIP, Mich.
State to reduce
armed patrols
The Michigan Department of
Corrections is reducing armed
patrols driving around the Gus
Harrison prison and 26 others in
a move to save $13.2 million a year.
Department spokesman Russ
Marlan tells The Daily Telegram
in Adrian that the change takes
effect April 1. Gus Harrison is
in Lenawee County's Madison
Township, about 60 miles south-
west of Detroit.
Marlan says the prisons now
have armed perimeter patrols
around the clock and will use ran-
dom patrols instead.
The Michigan Corrections
Organization represents about
7,000 corrections officers and
says the patrols are essential to
prison safety.
SEATTLE
Suspect arrested
in Washington
courthouse attack
A man accused in a courthouse
attack in Washington state that
left a sheriff's deputy with a gun-
shot wound and a judge stabbed
has been arrested.
Authorities arrested Steven
Daniel Kravetz, 34, Saturday
afternoon at his mother's home in
the state capital of Olympia, Grays
Harbor County Undersheriff Rick
* Scott said.
W The gun taken from the deputy
duringFriday's attack in the small
town of Montesano and other evi-
dence were recovered, he said.
Scott identified Kravetz earlier
in the day as the lone assailant
in Friday's attack that wounded
Judge David Edwards and Dep-
uty Polly Davin. Dozens of law
enforcement officers had joined
the manhunt for him.
BALANDI, Afghanistan
Army sergeant
kills 16 Afghanis
Moving from house to house,
a U.S. Army sergeant opened fire
yesterday on Afghan villagers
as they slept, killing 16 people -
mostly women and children - in
anattackthat reignited fury atthe
U.S. presence following a wave of
deadly protests over Americans
burning Qurans.
The attack threatened the
deepesthreach yet in U.S.-Afghan
relations, raising questions both
in Washington and Kabul about
why American troops are still
fighting in Afghanistan after 10
years of conflict and the killing of
Osama bin Laden.
The slayings, the worst atroc-
ity committed by U.S. forces dur-
ing the Afghan war, came amid
deepening public outrage spurred
by last month's Quran burnings
and an earlier video purportedly
" showing American Marines uri-
nating on dead Taliban militants.

MEXICO CITY
At least 50-year-
old remains found
in Mexican cave
Mexican authorities have
found the remains of 167 people
in a southern Mexican cave,
and forensic experts believe the
remains are at least 50 years old,
according to a statement from
Chiapas state prosecutors.
The statement released Satur-
day said the remains were found
Friday on the Nuevo Ojo de Agua
ranch in an area frequently used
by Central American migrants
traveling north. The statement
said there were no visible signs
of violence on the remains, which
"break easily."
The statement said authorities
will "not discard any line of inves-
tigation."
Mass graves have been found
in the past two years mainly in
northern Mexico containing the
bodies of dozens of migrants and
others allegedly killed by drug
cartels.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

ACTIVISM
From Page 1A
Levin said high school and
college students played an
unprecedented role in elect-
ing Obama four years ago. He
compared student support for
Obama to that of former Presi-
dent John F. Kennedy, noting
that youth support for Kenne-
dy - which was visible at his
famous Peace Corps speech on
the steps of the Michigan Union
in 1960 - was likely surpassed
by Obama's 2008 campaign.
"You can't duplicate that; you
can't do that every election,"
Levin said. "But you can protect
what's important, and that's
what I believe the energy the
Obama program makes a differ-
ence in."
Durhal, who is also chair of
the Michigan Legislative Black
Caucus, said when there is a low
voter turnout, elections fail to
effectively represent the opin-
ions of all Americans.
"The minority of folk are
determining who the majority
of leaders are," Durhal said. "A
small number (is) making the
decision for the mass number."
Durhal said it's important
that people of diverse back-
grounds participate in the polit-
ical process.
"All (backgrounds) have to be
fairly represented," Durhal said.
"And it cannot happen when
you stay home and don't partici-
pate."
Irwin emphasized to stu-
dents the importance of each
and every vote, providing the
example of the 2010 election of
University alum Yousef Rabhi,
who won his seat on the Washt-
enaw County Board of Commis-
sioners by two votes.
Irwin stressed that students
should voice their opinions to
their elected officials, particu-
larly issues that directly impact
them like the recent debate over
whether the University's gradu-
ate student research assistants
should be able to unionize.
"We want to hear from you,"
Irwin said. "We want to hear
from students at the University
of Michigan."
Clarke similarly urged stu-
dents to voice their opinions
SHEI
From Page 1A
plain white tank tops with the
words "Not A Wife Beater,"
which Shoberg said is to assert
that the term "wife beater" for
a white tank top is offensive
and not to be used lightly.
"We really wanted to push
that message," Shoberg said.
"Women who are in domestic
violence situations can build
their lives back again."
LSA junior Sofia Pinkhaso-
va, a member of APO, said the
fashion show was a chance for
her fraternity to help produce
a unique event that supported
a charity.
"I was more than excited to
help with the fashion show...

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against rising student debt.
"There are some people who
have been paying their stu-
dent loans for 10, 20, 30 years,"
Clarke said.
On Thursday, Clarke intro-
duced H.R. 4170, the Student
Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012,
which states that if student loan
recipients make payments equal
to 10 percent of their discretion-
ary income for a period of 10
years, the remaining balance of
their federal student loan debt
will be forgiven.
"It's time for Congress to
stand for the rights of student
loan borrowers," Clarke said
in a speech on the House floor
Thursday. "It's time to forgive
these student loan debts."
Debbie Dingell, wife of Con-
gressman John Dingell and a
prominent political figure in the
state, also attended the event.
In an interview after the rally,
Dingell said issues such as jobs,
education and health care are
especially important to young
adults and they should play an
active role in determining pol-
icy.
"All those decisions are being
made, and young people need
to be involved," Dingell said.
"They're a very important part
of our population, and you can
make or break and make the dif-
ference in an election."
Dingell said the power of
campus groups such as the Uni-
versity's chapter of the NAACP
to mobilize students to vote
and become politically active is
an important aspect of student
civic involvement.
"This is a community," Ding-
ell said. "It's knowing that
you're a part, it's individual-to-
individual contact, it's under-
standing what your interests as
a community are and exercising
that. We need to be seeing this
across campus, and the women
need to talk about what the
issues are. (We're) organized by
different interests, but people
with common interests should
be organizing, talking about
how they make a difference."
Janee Brown, president of the
University's chapter of NAACP,
told students at the event that
they need to hold their repre-
sentatives accountable for cuts
to financial aid that have taken
it's a really great cause because
it's a creative way to help out ...
and become aware of different
problems going on," Pinkha-
sova said.
Kim Cumming, executive
director of The Women's Cen-
ter of Southern Michigan, was
also at the event. Cumming
said she was honored at how
hard the two organizations
worked to benefit the Women's
Center.
"It's inspiring to see a young
group of folks who are so com-
mitted to women's causes and
to being philanthropic, and
I know what an enormous
amount of work it takes to put
on an event," Cumming said.
"We're just grateful. As a small
grassroots nonprofit, to have
somebody else hosting a fun-

place at the state and federal
levels.
"Your way of affecting your
education is by voting for dif-
ferent officials who are actually
making a difference," Brown
said.
Todd Flynn, chair of Central
Student Government's Voice
Your Vote Commission, said
political apathy on campus is
the leading reason to why stu-
dents at the University do not
vote.
"We think that a lot of that
apathy comes from a lack of
information," Flynn said. "Stu-
dents don't understand how
they're affected by decisions
made in seemingly faraway
places by people they haven't
met."
Lauren Coffman, commu-
nications chair of the Univer-
sity's chapter of the College
Democrats, stressed that in
light of recent policy propos-
als by Republicans that would
restrict access to birth control
and presidential hopeful Rick
Santorum's criticism of Obama's
college accessibility efforts, it's
crucially important for Ameri-
ca's youth to speak up.
"Tell (politicians) that as
a woman, you're not going to
stand by while there are attacks
going on with your right to
health care and your right to
contraception," Coffman said.
"Tell them that as a student,
you're not going to allow politi-
cians to tell you that it's elitist
to think that everyone has the
same right to education that
you have here at the University.
And tell them that when a presi-
dential candidate says that we
should let our schools go bank-
rupt, that as a Michigander and
a Wolverine, you're not going to
stand for that."
CSG President DeAndree
Watson said the Voice Your Vote
Commission is working to edu-
cate students on the importance
of the student vote.
"It's important for us to vote
because, if we need anything
changed in the state, even in
this country, it's going to hap-
pen through us collectively
voting and making sure we are
putting people in office who
reflect our values and will work
on our behalf," Watson said.
draiser for us is an incredible
gift."
LSA freshman Claire Scho-
rin said she attended the event
to show her support for the
Women's Center and to help
raise awareness against domes-
tic violence.
"I thought the event was
really cool," Schorin said. "It
was cool that they focused on
hair and makeup and not just
clothes because it's a whole
other element of fashion ... it
was definitely a cool concept."
Nursing junior Emily Ruim-
veld said she was impressed by
the appearance of the models at
the event.
"The hair and makeup is
amazing," Ruimveld said. "It's
just phenomenal. And it's for a
great cause so it's really cool."

GUPTA
From Page 1A
versity as an undergraduate in
1986, and then continued on to
the University's Medical School,
specializing in neurosurgery
through Inteflex - a program
no longer offered at the Univer-
sity that granted high-school
students admission to the Uni-
versity for their undergraduate
studies and medical school.
At the request of medical
school students, Gupta returned
to the medical school in 2009
to deliver their commencement
speech. Medical School Dean
James Woolliscroft said he
was pleased with Gupta's 2009
address, and expects Gupta's
upcoming commencement
speech to showcase his commit-
ment to humanity.
"He did asuperb job then, and
I fully expect he'll do a superb
job for commencement this
spring as well," Woolliscroft
said.
Woolliscroft said he remem-
bers Gupta's impressive aca-
demic work as a student.
"He certainly was very, very
capable," Wooliscroft said. "He
excelled as a medical student,
and he also excelled as a neuro-
surgical resident. He has a very
broad interest for many years
going back to the time of train-
ing."
In addition to giving the key-
note address, Gupta will receive
a Doctorate of Humane Letters.
Susan Orlean, a University
alum, novelist and writer for
The New Yorker, has accepted
an invitation to be the speaker at
the University Graduate Exer-
cises on April 27 in Hill Audito-
rium, and she will also receive a
Doctorate of Humane Letters.
Coleman said she expects the
student reaction to these speak-
ers to be positive because of
their status as University alums.
"I think the fact that they're
both well-known, accomplished
and from us (will make people)
have a lot of pride," Coleman
said.
Gupta was nominated to the
University's Honorary Degree
Committee, a group designated
to select recipients of Univer-
sity Honorary Degrees, last year
and was added to the list of pos-
sible recipients nominated every
winter and spring when selec-
tions are made. The committee
and the University's Board of
Regents must approve Gupta,
along with the other honor-

ary degree recipients, at their
monthly nieeting this Thursday.
"We try to balance interests,
we try to balance areas across
the University ... so that we give
students a chance to see this
broad spectrum of accomplish-
ments," Coleman said.
Four additional honorary
degree recommendations will
be recommended atthe meeting,
including Josd Antonio Abreu, J.
Ira Harris, Richard Sarns and
Chris Van Allsburg. Coleman
said she is excited for this year's
recipients, calling them a "great
fleet."
Additionally, Coleman is
recommending University
alum Chris Van Allsburg, the
author of "Jumanji" and "The
Polar Express," for a Doctor of
Humane Letters.
Van Allsburg has won the
CaldecottMedal, anawardgiven
annually to the author of an
exceptional children's picture
book in America by the Associa-
tion for Library Service to Chil-
dren, in 1982 for "Jumanji" and
1986 for "The Polar Express,"
according to the ALSC website.
Both children's books have been
turned into major motion pic-
tures.
A Venezuelan musician and
educator who completed some
of his graduate work at the Uni-
versity, Abreu is the founder
of El Sistema, a youth program
that teaches music to under-
privileged children, and he
will receive a Doctor of Music
degree.
"He uses the string education
to bring young people out of pov-
erty and hundreds of thousands
of young people in Venezuela are
part of these orchestras," Cole-
man said. "I think that's going to
be just a terrific (thing) to bring
him and honor him for what he's
done in the world."
Harris, a University alum
who served on the University's
Investment Advisory Commit-
tee will be awarded a Doctor of
Laws degree. Harris, a notable
figure in the financial world
serves as the chairman of the
recently established consulting
firm J. I. Harris & Associates.
Richard Sarns, a biomedi-
cal engineer and inventor who
hails from Ann Arbor, will be
given a Doctor of Engineering
at Thursday's meeting. Sarns
collaborated with doctors at the
University Hospital to develop
the Sarns machine, a device
used during open-heart surgery
which is now used around the
world.

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