The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
Monday, March 19, 2012 - 3A
The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom Monday, March 19, 2012 - 3A
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.
Car accident leaves
three in hospital
A 16-year-old Grand Haven
High School student was in a
medically induced coma follow-
ing a weekend crash that injured
four other girls driving to watch
a basketball game at Michigan
The Grand Rapids Press
reported yesterday that 16-year-
old Brittney Olds was in stable
condition at a local hospital.
Case was in critical condition
Sunday, while 16-year-old Emily
Bogner was in serious condition.
The West Michigan girls were
in a sports utility vehicle that
crashed Friday on Interstate 96
east of Grand Rapids near Low-
ell. They were traveling to East
Lansing to see the Grand Haven
girls' basketball team, which
won the state championship Sat-
Killings of women,
The weekend killings of a
woman and three children at a
campground and resort in east-
ern Missouri was being investi-
gated Sunday as a possible triple
Crawford County Sheriff
Randy Martin told broadcaster
KSDK that investigators believe
the shootings happened Saturday
morning in a remote area along
a gravel road at the Blue Springs
Ranch & Resort and that the bod-
ies had been there for "hours"
when a guest found them at about
Asked if he believes the woman
shot the three children and then
herself, Martin told the station,
"We don't know for sure, but it
kind of appears it could be that
way. But again the investigation is
still kind of early."
An investigation into dozens
of possibly induced deaths at two
Uruguayan hospitals led to mur-
der charges being filed against
two nurses yesterday and a third
was charged with covering up a
crime, judicial officials said.
Earlier in the day, police
inspector Jose Luis Roldan said
officials suspected some hos-
pital workers brought a sort of
poison from Brazil and gave it
to patients who were in critical
condition at the two hospitals.
The South American country's
Public Health Ministry issued a
statement saying it was cooper-
ating with the investigation into
"presumed criminal acts linked
to the health area." It gave no
details about the allegations,
but said it was conducting its
own investigation and expressed
daughter shot by
The killing of a Chilean dip-
lomat's teenage daughter by
police is reigniting concerns
among Venezuelans about exces-
sive force by officers and their
alleged involvement in rampant
Berendique was riding in a vehi-
cle with her older brother and
another young man when police
at a checkpoint opened fire early
Saturday in the western city of
Maracaibo, said her father Fer-
nando Berendique, Chile's hon-
orary consul in the city.
He said they ignored a police
command to stop, fearing the
officers might be robbers.
Berendique's father told
reporters on Saturday that his
daughter had been on the way to
see some friends when she was
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they ordered them closed at
about 1 a.m., police said.
DPS spokeswoman Diane
Brown said DPS does not
have jurisdiction in the area
where the riot occurred, but
responded to the riot to assist
the AAPD. University officers
appeared to mostly be assigned
to traffic duties, blocking off
South University, while most-
ly AAPD officers dealt with
crowd control. About 10 of the
responding officers were Uni-
Mike Gradillas, general man-
ager of The Blue Leprechaun,
said his staff was concerned
that disorderly crowds outside
the bar could cause a problem.
"We were really scared
(something like this would hap-
pen)," Gradillas said.
Gradillas said South Univer-
sity was packed with people
most of the day due to St. Pat-
rick's Day festivities, and he
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the years that followed, students
protested in favor of more police
officers on campus.
Another prominent issue
Duderstadt said he faced as
University President was con-
fronting a rowdy Greek commu-
nity that faced reports of sexual
harassment and dangerous lev-
els of drinking. He eventually
met with leaders in the Greek
community and asked them to
bring their students in accor-
dance with University stan-
dards, he added.
"I must say ... the challenge
was picked up by the fraternities,
and it led a new spirit of respon-
sible behavior and discipline," he
Duderstadt said the most
important issue he confronted
while University President was
increasing diversity on campus.
After the passage of the
Michigan Mandate in 1970
established a commitment to
increased representation of
minorities within the Univer-
sity, Duderstadt said the Uni-
versity has continued to make
diversity on campus a priority.
He emphasized the numerous
programs on campus that aim
to increase inclusion of minori-
ties, including restructured
financial-aid programs designed
to make higher education more
accessible to less advantaged
Duderstadt said this effort to
increase diversity started under
Fleming, following two large
student uprisings demanding
change, and continued under
"We made certain that this
was one of the highest priorities
of the University," he said.
Duderstadt added that by
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inspires me a lot is in the Union,
and it's a picture of (the event)
being (held) in Crisler," he said.
The event also hosted a num-
ber of speakers, including Bunky
Echo Hawk - a Pawnee and
Yakima artist who designed the
N7 shoe line for Nike, which
correlates to a seven-generation
"This is my favorite thing to
do," Echo Hawk said. "Live art
where I'm able to travel all over
the country and do art all over
universities ... in tribal and non-
Echo Hawk described how his
work is based off traditional hide
paintings with an updated, mod-
ern twist. He painted during the
grand entry Saturday afternoon
and presented the picture later to
attendees later that day.
Echo Hawk said he comes
from aline of artistson both sides
of his family who "passed cultur-
al knowledge down" to him.
"When (Cox) told me about
(the Powwow), it felt significant,"
Echo Hawk said. "40 years really
spans a long time in our civil
Burridge competed in the male
could feel tension building. He
praised police for shutting the
"They definitely handled it
today," Gradillas said.
Eastern Michigan Univer-
sity senior Joe Banks, who said
he was punched in the face
during the fight, said police did
not respond to the riot imme-
"It went on for like 20 min-
utes before the cops got there,"
Banks said. "It was crazy."
LSA junior Jen Mulligan and
LSA sophomore Paul Sykula
were collecting donations for
Dance Marathon at the cor-
ner of South University and
East University. Though they
couldn't see the riot from where
they were, Mulligan said people
were unusually disorderly.
"Usually this is a good time
to get money, people are gener-
ous," Mulligan said. "But they
were just beyond incoherent."
-Editor in Chief Joseph
to this report.
1996, there had been a 62-percent
increase in African American
enrollment, with corresponding
increases in enrollment of other
minorities as well. He noted that
more than half of the executive
officers at the University were
African American by the time he
stepped down in 1996.
He said the movement to
increase diversity on campus
showcases the importance of
"(This) provides an excellent
example of how important stu-
dent activism is in shaping the
evolution of the University in a
highly strategic and important
way," Duderstadt said.
Social Work student Kristen
Bauman said she was interested
in coming to the event to learn
about the history of activism at
"(0 came to) hear (Duder-
stadt's) passion about the history
of the University and how activ-
ism can be incorporated into the
curriculum ... and learned out-
side of the classroom," Bauman
Bauman added that she
agreed with Duderstadt's belief
that students are less active now
than in previous generations.
"I think Duderstadt was right
when he said that our generation
(has) become more apathetic
to social justice," she said.
Business junior Ryan Strauss
echoed Bauman, saying he came
to the lecture to gain a more in
depth historical outlook of activ-
ism on campus.
"It was definitely interesting
gaining a broader perspective of
the issues thathave been focused
on historically at the University,"
Strauss said. "(It) shed a new
light on what students could be
focused on today."
-Due to his participation in
the event, Editor in Chief Joseph
Lichterman did not edit this article.
Fancy Dance section over the
"(Fancy) is more of a contem-
porary style dance," Burridge
said. "It's a crowd pleaser ...
(with) cartwheels, flips."
Though it was Burridge's first
time visiting Michigan, he said
he has been dancing for 19 years,
since the age of 2.
"Gotta practice, stay at it," he
said. "Just dance your hardest,
dance your heart out."
Vendors at the event had a
plethora of crafts, art and cloth-
ing for sale. Mildred Hill, a mem-
ber of the Mohawk tribe, said she
learned her craft from friends
and neighbors. Hill mainly sells
hand-beaded hair ornaments
and accessories, and has been on
the "Powwow trail" for 40 years,
where she dedicates a substantial
amount of time to her craft.
Ottowan vendor Pat Sho-
min explained the long process
he and his part-Cherokee wife
undertake to hand-make the
dream catchers they sell at Pow-
"First she decorates the ring,
then I put the web on it, then
she puts the string on it, then she
puts the beads on it, then she puts
the feathers on it," Shomin said.
"Every color we put out there we
know is something special for
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Rather, they were coming back
from an extra-credit event for a
class and that the conversation
"happened to turn to party poli-
Mersol-Barg did say that his
future with MForward and the
executive branch was discussed.
"(Mirante) was very much
interested in me playing a role in
their respective or hypothetical
administration, but I don't know
exactly what that would have
looked like," Mersol-Bargsaid.
Mersol-Barg also said no deal
was made, though he was lauded
for his potential as an executive
"He didn't offer a position out-
right," Mersol-Barg said. "I do
recall that he mentioned some-
thing about how I would be a
good candidate for an executive
position ... butI don't really know
if it was a quid pro quo proposi-
Mirante approached LSA
junior Aditya Sathi, MForward's
presidential candidate, and LSA
sophomore Omar Hashwi, an
independent candidate for vice
president, and attempted to bar-
gain with them before MFor-
ward's nomination convention,
according to the source.
Sathi and Hashwi ran in
MForward's nomination con-
vention for president in January.
Mirante was originally on the
ballot for the nomination, but did
not decide to run.
The source added that Sathi
and Haswhi sought to strike
a deal with Mirante that if he
didn't run against them at the
MForward convention, he could
automatically become the vice
presidential candidate with who-
ever won the nomination.
Mirante acknowledged that
he had met with both Sathi and
Hashwi before the convention,
but denied any intentions to
negotiate with them for the vice
"With most of the stuff that
is said in student government,
there is at least a kernel of truth
to everything," Mirante said. "I
did speak with Aditya, and I did
speak with Omar, but it wasn't
exactly the bargaining situation."
Mirante said he did not seek
out any of the candidates, but
that he was approached by
Sathi, Hashwi and Mersol-Barg
at different points before the
MForward convention, noting
he withdrew a week before the
event - a move that was com-
mon knowledge inside the party,
and led to offers of potential vice
"I had made it public that I
was not a contender for the spot
just through word of mouth, and
I was approached by Aditya Sathi
who sat me down, explained
his platform, asked for my sup-
port and offered me the spot of
vice president, were he to win,"
Sathi, Hashwi and Mersol-
Barg all expressed an interest in
Mirante as their running mate
at the pre-convention meetings,
Mirante said. While Mirante
said the candidates offered posi-
tions, he didn't request anything
On the day of the convention,
Mirante said he met with Hashwi
to discuss his platform.
"I told Omar that I wasn't will-
ing to support him at that time
but that I would accept the vice
presidential nomination were he
to offer it to me," Mirante said.
"There wasn't really a bargain-
ing situation there."
Hashwi said no plans were
finalized at their meeting, but
they both felt that Mirante
would be a mutually beneficial
choice as a running mate.
"(Mirante) said that he would
be interested in being my vice
president if I won," Hashwi said.
"I considered it ... I was inter-
ested in Louis potentially being a
That day, Mirante also met
with Mersol-Barg, who was still
seeking the MForward nomina-
"I was also offered the posi-
tion of vice president of Kevin's
campaign were he to win, which
I also accepted," Mirante said.
Nonetheless, Mirante said
he only accepted hypothetical
offers, not binding agreements.
Sathi, Hashwi and Mersol-
Barg acknowledged that they
had met with Mirante and that
no sort of deal had been struck,
but Sathi and Mersol-Barg both
said they would never offer a
position to anyone before the
"Before the convention, there
were people ... trying to figure
out 'if you vote for me, I'll make
you this position,"' Mersol-Barg
said. "I have never done that
kind of thing."
Sathi similarly said he was
approached with potential deals.
"I'm not promising things to
anybody," Sathi said. "That's
not something I'm interested in
Instead of offering him a
Sathi said he asked Mirante if
he would "consider being on the
ticket," and said Mirante said he
would consider the offer.
The source also said an execu-
tive position was promised by
Sathi to Sean Walser, the chair
of the CSG External Relations
Commission and the chair of
MForward. The executive posi-
tion would have been a new posi-
tion created by Sathi that would
act as liaison to local, state and
"In their platform they have a
position for an outreach director
and that position is supposed to
go Sean Walser," the source said.
"Apparently he was told this
before the nominating conven-
tion even happened."
Sathi said he does plan to
establish a director of govern-
mental affairs executive posi-
tion, but that he never promised
it to Walser, who also denied that
Sathi promised him any execu-
"People say things, everybody
says things," Sathi said. "It's a
campaign. It's an emotionally
driven thought process."
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