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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, March 19, 2012


Mirante key
to backroom

Source: MForward
* VP candidate
struck deals to get
on ticket
Daily Staff Reporter
As five students sought the
9 MForward presidential nomi-
nation, several candidates tried
to strike deals with each other
behind the scenes in order to get
endorsements and then limit
the fallout from the contested
nomination fight.
According to a source with
knowledge of the situation, who
wished to remain anonymous,
Mirante met with Public Policy
junior Kevin Mersol-Barg, the
OurMichigan party's candidate
for president, before Mersol-
Barg announced his candidacy.
During the meeting, he suppos-
edly offered Mersol-Barg -who
originally ran for the presiden-
tial nomination at <a href=
nomination">MForward's con-
vention</a> - a position on CSG
executive board in return for
Mersol-Barg not running for
CSG president against Aditya

Sathi, MForward's candidate
for president and LSA junior.
"Louis approached Kevin
and took him out for coffee,"
the source said. "(Mirante) fore-
saw the elections getting ugly
and offered (Mersol-Barg) an
executive position as an incen-
tive not to run against him and
The source was concerned
that such negotiations would
disrupt the election's democrat-
ic process, and are being used to
boost MForward's position in
the upcoming election.
"I feel like (MForward
members are) trying to use the
executive positions to lever-
age themselves to gain support
rather than giving everybody an
equal chance," the source said.
Mirante acknowledged that
he met with Mersol-Barg a week
after MForward's nomination
convention on Feb. 3, but denied
that he sought to strike a deal
with him.
"I didn't offer him a spot on
exec; it wasn't really my role,"
Mirante said. "I'mnot the presi-
dential candidate. I'm not the
person who makes those deci-
Mersol-Barg also acknowl-
edged the meeting, but said they
did not meet to discuss politics.

Bystanders take refuge from the crowds early Sunday morning on Sooth Unioersity Aoeoue.
AAPD, DPS shut down
South U. afterincdent

Fights break out
amid St. Patrick's
Day festivities
. Daily News Editor
About 20 officers from the
University's Department of
Public Safety and the Ann Arbor

Police Department responded to
a small riot at South University
Avenue and Church Street just
past midnight on Sunday morn-
Bystanders said about 300
people were present as a group
of about 15 males jumped on top
of a car, smashing out its wind-
shield and windows before the
male driver was able to drive his
car away. The men reportedly

damaged two other cars as well.
Ann Arbor Police on the scene
said they had to force about
2,000 people away from the
area. They
were armed First reported on
with pep- MichgnDailycom
per spray.
On Sunday
morning, Ann Arbor Police Sgt.
Mike Scherba said police made
"a couple" arrests, but was not

able to give an exact number.
Several scuffles broke out
on South University following
the riot, and police blockaded
South University from traffic at
South Forest Avenue and East
University Avenue, slowly forc-
ing people away from the bars
lining the street. Police ordered
the bars to stop admitting new
patrons at about 12:30 a.m. and

Match Day
Graduating students
receive residency
placement at annual
Daily StaffReporter
At the annual Match Day on Fri-
day, 146 fourth-year University
medical students, along with thou-
sands of anxious students around
the nation, awaited the fate of their
future careers in medicine.
The group of students celebrated
their placements for their residen-
cy-training program with faculty
members, family and friends at the
annual event, held this year at the
North Campus Research Complex.
Though students could check online
at the National Resident Matching
Program's website at 1 p.m. for their
placement, it is a medical school tra-
dition for all graduating students
to gather as a group to share their
During the lunch banquet, Medi-
cal School Dean James Woolliscroft
delivered a champagne toast to cel-

An attendee of the 40th Annual Ann Arbor Dance for Mother Earth Powwow at Pioneer High School on Saturday.
Native American culture
focus of annual Powwow

Duderstadt shares
history of activism
Former 'U' ism, which he said is largely
inspired by his family mem-
president bers. According to Duder-
stadt, his brother was the first
discusses student Znscientious
movements Vietnam War and his sister
was the campaign manager
for Jim Harris, a vehement
By AARON GUGGENHEIM opponent of the Vietnam War
Daily StaffReporter and candidate for student-
body president at Stanford
On Friday, former Univer- University.
sity President James Duder- When Duderstadt arrived
stadt addressed a crowd of at the University in 1968 to
students, faculty and others join the faculty, it was the
about the history and role of height of the era's protest
activism at the University. movement and many students
Duderstadt - who spoke were rallying against the war
at Weill Hall as part of the in Vietnam, he said.
"Equity, Justice and Social He noted that his first chal-
Change: The Michigan Tradi- lenge as an administrator
tion of Activism and Educa- was establishing a University
tional Opportunity" lecture police force and student code
series, which was spurred by of conduct. Robben Fleming,
the nationwide Occupy move- interim University president
ment - said that despite the in 1988, faced large-scale pro-
decrease in student activism tests when he eliminated the
at the University in recent student code of conduct and
years, it has played an essen- attempted to instate a new
tial role in raising awareness one. Despite opposition, a pro-
about societal issues through- gram was eventually estab-
out history. lished to equalize University
"I believe, on many occa- policies with those of other
sions, student activism has higher-education institutions,
had a positive effect on rais- Duderstadt said.
ing issues of great importance "Like most protests that
on this campus," he said. "You resist efforts to bring the Uni-
have to get people to realize versity in line with the rest of
how important these issues higher education, these even-
are." tually faded away," he said.
Duderstadt has a deep per- Duderstadt added that in
sonal involvement with activ- See ACTIVISM, Page 3A

Festival celebrates
heritage with
authentic art, food
Daily StaffReporter
While many students chose
to engage in St. Patrick Day
debauchery this weekend, more
than 2,000 people came togeth-
er at Pioneer High School for the
40th Annual Ann Arbor Dance
for Mother Earth Powwow.

Forrest Cox, external co-
chair for the University's Native
American Student Associa-
tion and a member of the Prai-
rie Band Potawatomi tribe,
explained that Powwow aims
to feature Native artisans - pri-
marily invited from the Great
Lakes area this year - selling
merchandise and food, such
as authentic sweet bread. The
Powwow's main attraction is
the dance competition subdi-
vided into age groups, gender
and style.
"It's not a performance ... It's

not something you see in Hill
Auditorium," Cox said. "It's a
place where the audience can
be up and out of their seat and
Cox said while Powwow used
to be held on campus at Crisler
Arena, in recent years it has
moved off-campus to local high
schools, like Saline High School.
NASA organized the event at
Pioneer this year as a progres-
sive movement to hold the Pow-
wow closer to campus.
"One of the photos that
See POWWOW, Page 3A


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