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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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CENTRAL STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
Campaigns
could face
violations

University
Election Council
to hold nine
* hearings today
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily StaffReporter
An individual affiliated with
the OurMichigan party has
made numerous allegations of
campaign violations against
the other parties running in the
Central Student Government
presidential and vice presi-
dential elections, according to
a document obtained by The
Michigan Daily last night.
The University Elections
Commission will hold nine
hearings today in response to
the alleged campaign viola-
tions, and there have been 15
complaints filed so far, which
can translate to demerits if

they violate UEC policy, elec-
tion director Peter Borock said.
If a candidate receives five
demerits; he or she is disquali-
fied from the election, and ifa
party receives 10 demerits, the
whole party and its candidates
are deemed ineligible.
Of the 15 complaints, two
have been issued as demerits,
one was dismissed,onehas been
withdrawn and the remaining
10 will be heard today. Borock
said the additional complaint
had been recently filed, and he
was unable to confirm details
about the grievance.
While he said he expects
the number of complaints to
increase before voting ends
tonight at 11:59 p.m., Borock
said many of the complaints
could fail to result in demerits.
"If you filed a complaint
for aliens coming down and
coordinating with a party, we
actually would have to have a
See VIOLATIONS, Page 3A

E-mail slams candidate

Hashwi defends
record in face of
allegations of
anti-Semitism
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily StaffReporter
The highly contentious Cen-
tral Student Government elec-

tions turned personal yesterday
when an e-mail became widely
circulated that accused LSA
sophomore Omar Hashwi, a
current CSG vice presidential
candidate, of being an anti-
Semite and homophobe.
LSA sophomore Lauren Lei-
bach sentthe e-mail onTuesday
at about 10:30 p.m. to members
of the Delta Phi Epsilon soror-
ity, and the message was subse-
quently sent to other members

of the Greek community, ulti-
mately reaching the inboxes of
Haswi and his running mate,
Business junior Manish Parikh.
"Omar is not only publicly
anti-Israel, he is also openly
homophobic," Leibach wrote.
"Beyond the fact that someone
like him could be involved in
making important decisions on
campus, itisscary to think what
he could do with his power."
Leibach - who identified

herself as a member of the
American Movement for Israel,
a part of Hillel - continued,
discussing what she sees as
the implications of an election
victory by Hashwi and Parikh,
who are both running as inde-
pendents.
"Omar and Manish have a
lot of followers. It is frighten-
ing that they may have a good
chance in winning, and it is
See CANDIDATE, Page 2A

FEDERAL POLICY
'U,'nat'l officials reflect
on health care legislation

Dr. Tigger, a certified therapy dog, plays with Engineering senior Luree Brown last week.
Dog thera hours relieve stress

Administration because of the legislation. Uni-
versity health officials noted
officials celebrate that while they have seen an
increase in insured students
act's two year and better accessibility to
resources for well being, there
anniversary is still room for improvement
for the University's health care
By PETER SHAHIN program and national policy
Daily StaffReporter enacted under Obama.
"The number of minor-
In accordance with the sec- ity young adults with coverage
and anniversary of the Presi- has seen the biggest increase,
dent Barack Obama's health which is important for the
care reform law, Kathleen populations who often have
Sebelius, the secretary of the more trouble gaining access to
United States Department of coverage," Sebelius said.
Health and Human Services, Due to the high costs of
addressed the impact of health health insurance, Sebelius said
insurance coverage on stu- many young adults work jobs
dents in a conference call with instead of attending school or
reporters yesterday. simply choose not to purchase
Sebelius highlighted the coverage. By now allowing
benefits of the legislation, people to remain on their par-
noting that 2.5 million young ents' health plans until they
adults that would have oth- are 26, students are now free to
erwise been excluded from pursue a variety of other goals,
coverage under the law have including attending college
been enfranchised into the and starting businesses.
health care system today "(For) young adults who felt

healthy and were looking to
save money, going without cov-
erage often seemed like a good
alternative," Sebelius said
"Without coverage, the young
adults were both not getting
the preventive care needed to
keep them healthy and were
living every day just one serious
accident or illness away from
medical debts or worse."
Robert Winfield,the Univer-
sity's chief health officer and
director of University Health
Services, said a survey con-
ducted by UHS found that the,
number of uninsured under-
graduate students today is 9.4
percent, a 2-percent increase
over the last three years. How-
ever, he cautioned that a single
accident or medical emergency
could be catastrophic for the
average student.
"It's pretty common for
appendicitis to be $10,000 to
$15,000, or a bill for an auto
accident to be substantially
higher than that," Winfield
See HEALTH CARE, Page 3A

En
Uni
Whi
afterno
ing thr
from e

College of ers visit the office hours of a more
unconventional study aid - Dr.
gineering holds Tigger, a certified therapy dog.
Every other Wednesday, the
que office hours male Shih Tzu therapy dog vis-
its the College of Engineering's
By JOSH QIAN Office of Student Affairs in the
Daily StaffReporter basement of the Chrysler Center
to greet students in need of a men-
le many students spend tal rejuvenation. The program is
Dons between classes work- spearheaded by Angela Farrehi,
ough challenging concepts student advocacy manager of the
lass with a professor, oth- College of Engineering, tto help

students ease stress and tension.
Farrehi said the College of
Engineering has focused on devel-
oping innovative programs to cre-
ate a supportive environment for
all students as part of their well-
ness initiative.
"I work with many students
who have gone through very diffi-
cult times while at the University."
Farrehi said. "In my work with
students, I've heard many of them
See DOG THERAPY, Page 3A

LOCAL BUSINESSES
Company seeks to protect environment by recycling used cell phones

ReCellular receives twice before tossing their old
phones into the garbage if they
about 500,000 want to help save the environ-
ment.
phones monthly ReCellular, a company found-
ed in 1991 and headquartered
By CECE ZHOU in Ann Arbor, specializes in the
Daily Staff Reporter resale and recycling of electron-
ics, such as cell phones, tablets
Students who avidly keep and netbooks. The company aims
an eye on the latest iPhone or to encourage users both nation-
Android phone may want to think ally and internationally to sell or

donate their electronic devices to
the company so that the devices
can be resold or disposed of prop-
erly. r
According to
Joe McKeown,
vice president 0
of marketing at6
ReCellular, the
company receives
about 400,000 to 500,000 cell
phones per month.

McKeown said the company
receives the electronics primar-
ily through direct contact with
phone carriers such as AT&T or
Verizon, partnerships with 20-30
charity organizations and con-
sumers who use the ReCellular
website.
Some of their charity part-
ners include Susan B. Komen for
the Cure and the American Red
Cross, but McKeown said the

company's most popular charity
partneris Cell Phones for Soldiers
- an organization that provides
military personnel overseas with
free means of communicating
with family members.
"Our charity partners lever
their sponsors and their member-
ship to donate phones," McKe-
own said. "We then compensate
the charity for those phones."
Even though it is an Ann

Arbor-based company, ReCel-
lular also has a branch in Hong
Kong. McKeown said the compa-
ny is also working with countries
in Latin America through a His-
panic sales team.
He added that the company's
sales rate has been at a "consis-
tent growth," and sales are back
up following a small decline last
year.
See RECYCLING, Page 3A

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