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CANDIDATES
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the importance of this year's
election, and Mersol-Barg, Sathi
and Singh all described said the
contest demonstrated the wide
range of interests of the stu-
dent body. While CSG President
DeAndree Watson, who ran on
the MForward ticket, handily
won a lopsided election last year,
this year's candidates represent a
wide slate of ideas on the direc-
tion and duty of student govern-
ment.
As the current vice speaker of
the assembly, Sathi, the MFor-
ward nominee whose party has
won the last two presidential
elections, spoke about his efforts
to bring medical amnesty to the
University. He also noted that he
would continue to advocate for
student issues at the state level
through the Student Association
of Michigan - a joint organiza-
tion of student governments at
universities across the state.
He added that he would work
to improve the transparency of
student government by develop-
ing a more comprehensive web-
site that publishes details about
CSG budgets, as well as funding,
voting and attendance records.
Singh, the CSG treasurer,
said her presidency would focus
more on "tangible" goals around
campus, such as streamlining
the financial aid application
process, creating a centralized
calendar for all student groups
and improving off-campus hous-
ing options. She also discussed
her work on the Student Orga-
nization Funding Commission,
for which she helped develop a
new rolling funding system that
allows student groups to get
funding on a weeklybasis instead
of a few times per semester.
Mersol-Barg, an assembly
representative, discussed CSG's
potential to advocate for social
change on campus and beyond.
In addition to discussing his
involvement with the student
organization he founded, the
Coalition for Tuition Equality,

he spoke of his commitment to
minority groups on campus.
Manish Parikh, the indepen-
dent candidate, said as a student
uninterested in pursuing a politi-
cal career he is running purelyto
help students. He outlined sever-
al plans for his presidency, such
as establishing a 24-hour cafe,
requiring professors to publish
their syllabi prior to registration,
implementing a meet-your-ath-
lete day in the Diag and improv-
ing CSG's social media use.
Overall, the candidates iden-
tified rising tuition as the major
problem facing students and
recognized the need for CSG to
increase communication with
students and University officials.
Both Parikh and Mersol-Barg
provided unige ways for stu-
dents to interact with CSG and
propose new ideas. Parikh gave
out his e-mail address and phone
number to the attendees, and
encouraged students to contact
him with ideas for his platform,
while Mersol-Barg said he would
set up desk on the Diag if neces-
sary.
"If I have to - gosh darn it -
I'll set up a desk in the middle of
the Diag," Mersol-Barg said. "I'll
camp out there, hold office hours
... I don't see people going up to
the third floor of the Union try-
ing to talk to the student body
president."
CSG also held the vice presi-
dential debate immediately after
the presidential debate.
LSA sophomore Louis Miran-
te of MForward, LSA junior
Ethan Hahn of youMICH, LSA
junior Amy Navvab of OurMich-
igan, and LSA sophomore Omar
Hashwi, an independent, partici-
pated in the debate.
The discussion focused on
many of the same issues raised in
the presidential debate, with the
addition of topics on divestment
of University funds and Hahn's
tenure as a representative of the
assembly.
The candidates answered a
question about a resolution dis-
cussed by the assembly in April
2011 that would have supported
University divestment from Isra-

el.
While most of the candidates
said it's within the role of student
government to discuss this topic,
they noted in their responses
that it's too politically charged
and divisive to make a decision.
Hashwi, however, expressed in
his answer that CSG should play
a larger role in the issue.
Mirante identified Hashwi
as an author of the resolution,
but Hashwi denied the role -
Hashwi was not the author on
the bill that was presented to the
assembly in April, but did author
an earlier draft of the resolution.
Regardless, Hashwi said the
resolution was an insignificant
issue and his support for it was
not politically motivated.
"If there was an irresponsible
company that was supported
(by the University) and they just
happened to do business with
Lebanon, I would not support
that company because they're
irresponsible," Hashwi said.
Mirante, who said he hails
from San Francisco, said the
University of California, Berke-
ley's student government passed
a similar resolution regarding
divestment from companies who
did business with Israel, and was
met with disagreement.
"There were fights on cam-
pus and people felt afraid to go
to school," Mirante said. "That's
not something I support."
Business senior Matt Eral,
the speaker of the assembly and
modeprator of the deb tP sid the

NASSER ISHTAYEH/AP
Palestinians chant slogans during a protest yesterday in the West Bank city of Nablus in solidarity with Hana Shalabi,
depicted in poster, right, a Palestinian jailed in Israel and who has been on hunger strike for 34 days.
Israeli aircraft- hit Gaza
in response to rockets

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Palest inn Iran of arming, financing and
training Gaza militants, and giv-
tainees refuse ingthem their marchingorders.
"Gaza is Iran," Netanyahu
kals in protest of declared.
Israel considers Iran to be its
mprisonment most fearsome enemy, in large
part because it is convinced Teh-

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assembly meeting in
voted on the original
was highly contentious
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1:30 in the morning,"
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it's flown under the rad
definitely still very pr
still a very recurring is
assembly."
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e JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli ran is developing atomic weapon
April that aircraft and Gaza rocket squads technology, despite its claims it
resolution traded strikes across the border nuclear program is peaceful.
S. on Thursday as the Israeli prime In the U.S. last week, where
nt (until) minister blamed Iran for the vio- he met with President Baraci
Eral said. lence from the Palestinian terri- Obama, Netanyahu was markedli
divisive --. tory. more vocal about Israel's willing
Jar, but it's Benjamin Netanyahu, going ness to attack Iran's program
esent and a step further in his warnings alone if necessary, though he saic
sue for the to Iran, hinted that Israel didn't no decision had been made ot
need Washington's blessing to go whether to strike.
id he was ahead and attack Iran's suspect On Wednesday, he ratchetec
he debate nuclear program. up the tough talk, suggesting Isra
Thursday's cross-border vio- el would be ready to attack Iran'
rery well," lence tested a shaky truce Israel nuclear facilities even if the U.S
real ques- and Gaza militants reached ear- objected.
tich I real- lier this week to halt a four-day "Israel has never left its fat
turnout as flare in fighting. Since then, spo- to others, not even the best of it
radic rocket fire and Israeli air- friends," he said, citing Israel'
strikes have persisted. 1981 attack on an unfinished Iraq
Israeli aircraft struck two mili- nuclear reactor, which at the time
tant sites in Gaza before dawn was condemned by the U.S.
Thursday in response to rocket Also Thursday, an Israeli sol
fire a day earlier. Gaza gunmen dier was stabbed on Jerusalem'
retaliated by launching two rock- light rail, and police apprehendei
ets at Israel by midday, police a Palestinian suspect at a Jeru
said. No injuries were reported on salem crossing into the Wes
either side. Bank, police spokesman Mick
In a speech to parliament on Rosenfeld said. He had no furthe
Wednesday, Netanyahu accused details on the suspect or a pos
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sible motive for the attack on the
train, which went into service in
August.
A hospital official said the sol-
dier was in serious condition with
stab wounds near her heart.
Train service was halted while
a preliminary investigation at the
scene of the attack was carried
out, Rosenfeld said.
Also Thursday, rights activ-
ists said the health of a Palestin-
ian detainee who has been on a
hunger strike for amonth is dete-
riorating. Hana Shalabi, 30, has
refused food since her arrest by
Israel on Feb. 16. She is being held
without formal charges in so-
called administrative detention
and is demanding to be released
immediately.
A doctor from Israel's branch
of Physicians for Human Rights
examined her earlier this week
and reported advanced muscle
atrophy and wasting, along with
severe dizziness and muscle pain,
especially in her chest and back.
Israel Prisons Author-
ity spokeswoman Sivan Weizman
said Shalabi's condition is "rela-
tively okay." An independent eth-
ics committee discussed her case
this week and decided against
force-feeding her, Weizman said.
Shalabi remains in her cell, she
added.
Palestinian officials said four
more administrative detainees
have launched hunger strikes
since the beginning of March.
The oldest in the group, 72-year-
old Ahmed Haj Ali, a lawmaker
from the Islamic militant Hamas,
joined Wednesday, said Issa 51
Karakeh, the Palestinian minister
for prisoner affairs.
Karakeh said it's the first time
hunger strikers are targeting a
specific Israeli detention policy,
adding that more prisoners plan
to launch hunger strikes next
month. More than 300 Palestin-
ians are currently held without
formal charges. In all, more than
6,000 Palestinians are being held
by Israel for security-related
offenses.
Israel has defended adminis-
trative detentions as a necessary
tool to stop militant activity.
Rights activists say interna-
tional law allows this practice
only in exceptional cases and
that Israel blatantly violates these
restrictions.
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