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Thrift store
employee saves
rare book
Thanks to an eye for vintage
items and a little Internet sleuth-
ing, the Community Closet's
Heather Heath has made museum
staff in Michigan very happy.
* A limited-edition book, pub-
lished in 1923, will soon be on its
way to the Leslie Area Museum,
in Leslie, Mich., a small town
of about 2,000 located 25 miles
south of Lansing, the state capital.
Caron Cooper, the Community
Closet's executive director, asked
the store's board for permission to
donate the book to the Michigan
museum. It's the store's policy to
share things with other nonprof-
its, Cooper said.
"It's like if someone in Michi-
gan had come across an original
copy of a Doris Whithorn book
that the museum didn't have a
copy of," Cooper said Tuesday,
referring to the local historian,
author and Yellowstone Gateway
Museum founder.
Deal signed, bison
* going to Fort Peck
Sixty-four bison from Yel-
lowstone National Park are set
to arrive on northeast Montana's
Fort Peck Indian Reservation
under a long-stalled initiative to
repopulate parts of the West with
the iconic animals.
Robert Magnan with the Fort
Peck Fish and Game Depart-
ment says tribal and state officials
signed an agreement late Fri-
day allowing the transfer to take
Magnan says the date of the
shipment was kept quiet until it
was under way to avoid a court
injunction. A group of northeast-
ern Montana landowners and
property groups have sued to stop
the transfer.
OSLO, Norway
* Avalanche kills
five foreign
tourists in Norway
Five people were killed and
one person was dug out alive after
Swiss and French skiers were
buried by an avalanche yesterday
on Norway's Arctic fringe.
Rescuers located the victims
through beacons from their radio
transceivers, but only the first
person they found survived, a
Swiss man who was taken to a
local hospital in stable condition.
A 1-kilometer (3,000-foot) wall
of snow came crashing down on
the skiers on Sorbmegaisa moun-
tain, 65 kilometers (40 miles) east
of the northern city of Tromsoe,
police spokesman Morten Pet-
tersen said. The last victim was
found buried under 6 meters (20

feet) of snow.
Original Einstein
manuscripts to be
posted online
Albert Einstein's complete
archives - from personal corre-
spondence with half a dozen lov-
ers to notebooks scribbled with
his groundbreaking scientific
research - are going online for
the first time.
The Hebrew University of
Jerusalem, which owns the Ger-
man Jewish physicist's papers, is
pulling never-before seen items
from its climate-controlled safe,
photographing them in high reso-
lution and posting them on the
Internet - offering the public a
nuanced and fuller portrait of the
man behind the scientific genius.
Only 900 manuscript images,
and an incomplete catalog listing
just half of the archive's contents,
had been posted online since
2003. Now, with a grant from the
Polonsky Foundation UK, which
previously helped digitize Isaac
Newton's papers, all 80,000 items
from the Einstein collection have
been cataloged and enhanced
with cross referencing technol-
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

From Page 1
the standard," Goddard said.
"Then we come in and we look
and see one: if the policies and
procedure meet the intent of the
standard, and two: are you fol-
lowing that policy and proce-
Dean Tondiglia, assistant
chief of the Kent State Uni-
versity Police Department in
Ohio, and Geoffrey Ice, execu-
tive director of the Connecticut
State Police Academy Alumni
Educational Foundation Inc.,
are the CALEA officials who
will assess DPS in the upcoming
weeks. Tondiglia and Ice will
review DPS documents, inter-
view staff and inspect buildings
to make sure standards are met.
As part of their evaluation,
the assessors will host a meet-
ing at 5 p.m. on Monday, March
26 in the Campus Safety Ser-
vice Building, where the pub-
lic can offer input on how well
DPS has met the more than 460
accreditation standards CALEA
requires police agencies to
Goddard said the public event
is open for anyone who has
comments about how well DPS
policies have met CALEA stan-
"It's a completely public event
to talk about the agency's pur-
suit for accreditation," Goddard
said. "CALEA is not an investi-
gative agency, so if they are hav-
ing some concerns about that,
this is not the proper venue, this
is truly about the agency's pur-
suit for accreditation. They'll
listen to anything and take com-
ments and criticisms."
DPS spokeswoman Diane

Brown said a similar opportu-
nity for the public to comment
was held in 2009, adding that
the event will offer the public
a chance to help the assessors
with their evaluation.
"It's kind of structured differ-
ently, because it's not our meet-
ing," Brown said. "It's a meeting
that the assessors actually hold
so they can hear feedback from
the community so they can hear
how the community thinks the
department adheres to its poli-
Brown noted that the pub-
lic didn't provide CALEA with
much feedback in 2009, but was
generally positive.
"There was very little feed-
back last time," Brown said.
"Essentially everything that
was said at the public meeting
was positive and supportive."
DPS may face criticism this
year for its involvement in the
six-month delay in reporting
former UMHS resident Ste-
phen Jenson's alleged posses-
sion of child pornography at
the University Hospital in May.
The University's internal audit
reported that DPS failed to
respond to a voicemail regard-
ing the incident left by a Hospi-
tal Security officer.
Brown said the department
does not expect the Jenson
case to be an issue with CALEA
"Things that happened with
Jenson were not part of us,"
Brown said. "When we were
notified of the alleged crime
with the Jenson case, we inves-
tigated it promptly, so thus we
don't expect the accreditation
to be impacted with that case."
She added that DPS has mea-
sures in place to ensure their
policies reflect CALEA stan-

"We don't need to bother
the whole department with the
CALEA standards because they
need to follow the policies,"
Brown said. "But the people
who work most'closely with our
accreditation process and the
people who have to review and
revise policy have to be sure
that when they revise the poli-
cies they know what the stan-
dards are."
Brown said public safety
departments on college cam-
puses have additional CALEA
standards to meet, such as com-
pliance with the Jeanne Clery
Act, which requires that colleg-
es throughout the United States
disclose information about
crime near campuses, as DPS
does through its annual report
and its daily crime log.
"One standard for higher edu-
cation police agencies has to do
with the Clery Act and whether
or not we have certain elements
in place that correspond to the
Clery Act; issuing our crime
stats, having a daily crime log,"
she said.
Brown said DPS expects to be
re-accredited and stressed that
DPS is taking the process very
"We think that accreditation
is very important," Brown said.
"Not only because accredita-
tion in an academic environ-
ment is evidence of successful
performance, but also because
we believe that affirmation of
following a very high industry
standard is very important to
our community, and an expecta-
tion of our community."
-Daily News Editor
Adam Rubenfire contributed
to this report.

From Page 1
out a community, affecting
local businesses and criminal
justice systems.
"The criminal justice sys-
tem, as it functions in Genesee
County, is almost broken," Fra-
ser said, citing the county's dif-
ficulty booking people on time
and the poor condition of the
Flint Mayor Dayne Walling
said his city's financial distress
was undeniable, and political
cooperation was necessary for
economic turnaround.
"There is no debate that
the city of Flint is in a severe
financial condition," Walling
said. "There is no question that
Michigan cities are going to
take serious cooperation and
support to thrive and prosper."
Walling said he has been
working with the Flint finan-
cial manager to cut costs and
restructure the debt.
"We simply can't go back to
another big political tug-of-
war that leaves the community
in worse shape than it started
in," Walling said.
Brandon Jessup, chairman
and CEO of Michigan Forward
- a non-profit company that
helps develop progressive poli-
cies in the state - said the wide
range of powers given to the
financial managers under the
law goes against the basic prin-
ciples of democracy.
"Michigan's (emergency
manager) law presents a power
grab intolerable of our form of
democracy," Jessup said. "The
law presents a clear threat to
voters across the state."
Jessup said the law priva-
tizes local government, which
hurts the existing democratic
institutions and inflates com-

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 3
munity expenses.
"This bad public policy not
only encourages social sup-
pression and disenfranchise-
ment, it redirects economic
access," Jessup said. "(Local
economy) moves from public to
private interest."
Joseph Harris, the Benton
Harbor emergency manager,
said financially weak cities
could only improve by drasti-
cally changing the way they
"We cannot afford to expect
financiallydistressed localgov-
ernments to reverse declines if
they are not making dramatic
changes," Harris said. "Condi-
tions cannot be improved by
sticking to failing methods."
Harris said abandoning the
law in its early stages would
be an injustice to residents of
economically failing commu-
"If we abort PA 4 before it
has been allowed an opportu-
nity to be assessed based on its
performance, it would decry
not only the financially dis-
tressed communities, but other
communities that would be
harmed by the distress," Har-
ris said.
Rackham student Alexander
Robinson, a Benton Harbor res-
ident, attended the panel dis-
cussion and said he worked for
Harris in Benton Harbor and
experienced the effects of the
city's financial shortfalls.
"I'm in support of anything
that fixes the deep structural
issues present in Benton Har-
bor," Robinson said.
Robinson said he attended
the panel to learn more about
the problems surrounding the
emergency manager law and
the arguments against it.
"I want to understand the
critical issue, gain a deeper
insight and hear the opposition

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said. "Those of us who can should
help. There are a lot of expenses
to take care of, houses that need
to be rebuilt, schools, businesses
and lives."
Councilmember Marcia Hig-
gins (D-Ward 4) said she wit-
nessed Thursday's storm and saw
a transformer get struck by light-

ning and a garage erupt in flames.
She echoed Briere's desire for the
community to unite to aid areas
in need.
Higgins added she was
impressed by the way the Ann
Arbor community reacted to the
aftermath of the storm, noting
the quick response of police and
fire officials, especially in areas of
significant damage and flooding.
"Staff responded really well"
at several immediate lakes that

were named in our neighbor-
hood because of the streets that
were flooded," Higgins said. "But
it was really enjoyable to see our
community come out, to see those
people who were stuck to help
(each other) get their cars out."
Two Ann Arbor firefighters
also sustained minor injuries in
the storm.
~ -The Associated Press
contributed to this report.

Researchers discover
new heart technology

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ngineering duo tially help patients who suffer
from heart arrhythmias.
tumbles upon Inman said Karami developed
the idea while still working on
thod for cardiac his dissertation, which focuses
on aircraft and civil infrastruc-
ergy harvesting ture, admitting that develop-
ment of the device came as sort
By JOSH QIAN of an accident within their typi-
Daily StaffReporter cal non-medical research.
"Prior to his work, most
air of researchers in the energy harvesting devices for
tment of Aerospace Engi- capturing ambient vibration
ig have veered off their were based on single frequency
path of research and and could not be scaled to the
led upon a discovery that levels required in small scale
hold vast implications for applications (like the human
c treatment. heart)," Inman said.
earchers Amin Karami, Inman added he believes the
doctoral research fellow, device, which would require
aniel Inman, chair of the surgical replacement every five
pace Engineering Depart- to 10 years, will have significant
developed an instrument health benefits if commercial-
erves as a cardiac energy- ized.
sting method. Specifically, "It could impact the health
evice converts the rever- care industry dramatically by
on of heartbeats to elec- reducing the number of opera-
ltage that can be used by a tions required by pacemaker
faker, ultimately allowing implants," Inman said.
art itself to power a car- Inman said the device is
acemaker without use of a unique due to its unprecedent-
y. ed accuracy since it can convert
project, funded by the reverberations on a millimeter
ial Institute of Standards scale.
chnology, the Institute for The team of researchers pub-
al Technology and Applied lished their findings on Jan. 23
e at Virginia Tech Univer- in the Applied Physics Letter, a
id the Air Force Office of journal published by the Amer-
ific Research, could poten- ican Institute of Physics that

features reports on new find-
ings in applied physics.
Still, Inman pointed out that
much more work is necessary
before commercialization of
the product, including address-
ing manufacturing constraints,
constructing a prototype and
performing tests on live sub-
Inman said the biomedical
device is an unusual project for
aerospace researchers.
"As aerospace engineers,
we are not typically looking at
National Institute of Health
or other funders of medical
device research so we have
some learning to do to take
this further towards commer-
cialization," Inman said. "We
are hoping now to team with
our Biomedical Engineering
Engineeringfreshmen Felipe
Carvalho Lopes Rogerio said
he is surprised that aerospace
engineers rather than biomedi-
cal engineers designed the
"I think the aerospace engi-
neers have developed a tech-
nology that sounds really
beneficial to society if they can
manage to get it on the mar-
ket," Rogerio said. "However,
I wouldn't be surprised if they
discovered it totally by accident
while designing an aircraft or

From Page 1
May said. "The competition is
out there, and they are working
hard to make their universities
_May sidrais fig money in
an environment"with decreas-
ing state allocations is crucial to
securing the University's future,
addingthatonly $268 million out
of the annual $1.55 billion Uni-
versity general fund is from the
May said donations gener-
ally come from a combination of
estate pledges, faculty members,
charitable foundations, small
donors - those that give under
$25,000 - and mega-donors that
provide more than $10 million.
He said the recent economic
downturn didn't have a large
impact on University's fund-
raising, noting that only 30 gift
agreements out of thousands
were restructured. He added
he expects the University to
increase the amount of money it
raises in the coming years.
"I fully expect that we are
going to climb back up to $300
or $400 million (in the amount
of money raised) in the coming
decade," he said.
Another focus of the Office
of Development is to increase
student awareness about the
impact donations can have on
their collegiate experience, May
"We want students to realize
that private support is making
a huge difference in people's
lives," May said.
He added that students
should gain a sense of responsi-
bility to donate to the University
after they graduate.
"We're trying to get our stu-
dents to get that sense here,"
May said. "We want (to make
sure that) those 11,000 students
who are here on private schol-
arship support are benefiting
from someone who came before

Three new members were also
elected to three-year terms on
the Senate Advisory Committee
on University Affairs.
During the meeting, Astron-
omy Prof Sally Oey, Dentistry
Prof. Graham Rex Holland and
Scott Masten, a professor of
business economics and public
policy, were all elected to posi-
tions on the committee.
In his candidate statement,
Masten, who received the high-
est number of votes, said fac-
ulty government functions best
when it halts poorly developed
initiatives. He specifically cited
his efforts to stop performance-
based faculty pay 'when he
served on several Senate Assem-
bly committees over the past
"I think we are more effective
in facultygovernanceatstopping
really bad policies and actions
than we are (in) promoting posi-
tive initiatives," Masten said.
Masten added that he hopes
SACUA will increase its efforts
to be a responsible governing
body by making sure the campus
community is aware of the com-
mittee's efforts.
"(We should) hold people
accountable and increase trans-
parency," he said.
Oey echoed Masten, and said
she wants to increase clarity in
University governance.
"I have an appreciation for
transparency," Oey said in her
candidate statement. "Mutual
trust and mutual interest in
working toward a common goal
is essential."
Holland commented that
University administrators have
become increasingly guarded.
"I strongly support the idea
of faculty governance because
that is what has made the Uni-
versity distinctive, but that,
unfortunately, is slowly being
eroded," he said. "There is an
increase in secrecy ... and that's
absolute nonsense."




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