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Parade to rid
Detroit of evil spell
Detroit is nearly broke. Its
mayor is recovering from sur-
gery. Seems like a good time for
a parade to try to chase away an
evil spirit.
More than 3,000 people turned
out yesterday for a third annual
parade intended to rid Detroit of
a spell cast by a red dwarf who
was struck by a cane by a famous
pioneer centuries ago, Antoine
Cadillac. Or so the story goes.
The dress code was costumes.
The Detroit News says a subur-
ban woman attended the parade
with her sheepdog dressed in a
tutu. Shari Lombardo says any-
thing "new and different" is good
for Detroit. A man dressed as the
feared red dwarf taunted spec-
tators by declaring, "I own this
Two people killed
in midair crash
A pilot whose plane crashed -
possibly after a midair collision
with another aircraft - was con-
scious when people ripped off the
door of her Cessna 180 to pull her
to safety, but authorities said two
people in the other plane were
The crashes of the single-
engine planes north of Denver
Friday - reported about five min-
utes and six miles apart - are
being investigated as a possible
midair collision, Federal Aviation
Administration spokesman Mike
Fergus said.
The two people who died
appeared to be males and were
believed to be an instructor pilot
and a student in a Cessna 172 that
crashed about a half mile from a
Walmart southeast of Longmont.
The survivor crashed within
sight of the Vance Brand Airport
runway in Longmont after clip-
ping four overhead power lines.
The clipped lines caused 132
customers to temporarily lose
SEOUL, South Korea
Media denied
entrance to Obama
meeting in Seoul
When President Barack Obama
arrived at the presidential palace
in Seoul yesterday, he was missing
his constant traveling compan-
ions: members of the U.S. press
corps traveling in Obama's motor-
In an embarrassing bilateral
blockade, members of the media
were denied entrance to the Blue
House. The messy scene resulted
in their missing Obama's meeting
with South Korean President Lee
At first, the media were held
inside an entrance to the build-
ing as security scrambled to lock

the doors around them. When
that didn't work, they walked up
a street and were met by security
guards brandishing batons.
No reason for the mix-up was
ever provided.
Teenager killed, 68
injured as police
clash with fans
Egyptian soldiers clashed with
thousands of angry soccer fans in
a Mediterranean coastal city over
the suspension of their club fol-
lowing a deadly riot last month,
witnesses said Saturday. A medi-
cal official said a teenager was
killed and 68 people injured.
The Feb. 1 melee following a
match in the city of Port Said in
which at least 73 people died was
the world's worst soccer-related
disaster in 15 years. The causes
remain murky.
In the latest clashes, Egyptian
troops fired volleys of tear gas
and shot into in the air to disperse
protesters affiliated with Port
Said's Al-Masry club.
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From Page 1A
under the current system.
LSA junior Kinnard Hocken-
hull, president of the Psi Upsi-
lon fraternity, which is an IFC
chapter, is largely responsible for
spearheading the campaign. He
said the University's Greek com-
munity is unnecessarily divided.
"It's really not one communi-
ty," Hockenhull said. "On a very
basic level, one of the goals we
had was to start a conversation
about the nature of our commu-
Beyond increased interaction
among the executive boards of
the four councils, Hockenhull
said he would like to see more
communication among members
of Greek community in general.
"I think it's odd that we con-
sider ourselves to be one com-
munity, but we never have all the
(presidents) of this community
come together in the same room,
sit across the table and have a
conversation," Hockenhull said.
Engineering junior Emily
Desanti, president of the Pan-
hellenic Assocation, released a
statement to The Michigan Daily
yesterday on behalf of the presi-
dents of all four councils regard-
ing the campaign, expressing
that they are currently unsure of
the effort's plans and are inter-
ested to see what it has to offer.
"At the moment, the inten-
tions of the Unified Greek
Council are not clear to us," the
statement said. "Increased cohe-
siveness between the four coun-
cils is a goal we all share and we
look forward to meeting with
the leaders of this campaign in

order to learn more about what
inspired their movement, what
they want to achieve, how they
plan on carryingoutthis endeav-
or, and if there is anything that
our councils could do to assist
Still, in an e-mail to Panhel-
lenic Association sorority presi-
dents on March 15, DeSanti
warned Greek leadership against
having Hockenhull speak with
sorority members, noting that
due to their membership within
the National Panhellenic Con-
ference, they are unable to break
away from the organization.
"Some of you may have
received an e-mail from Kinnard
Hockenhull, the president of Psi
Upsilon about his platform to
unify the four Greek councils,"
she wrote. "I would strongly
advise against allowing him to
speak to your chapters."
Despite the dissension, Hock-
enhull said he feels the Greek
community could have great
potential if the four councils col-
laborated more frequently.
"At Michigan, we have great
diversity, but it's sort of locked
up in these camps," he said.
"There's incredible potential
when you release it and allow
people to connect, free of these
According to Hockenhull,
the campaign's meetings have
included discussions about the
history of the Greek communi-
ty, analysis of the system's cur-
rent structure and the leaders'
visions for the community in the
future. He added that last week,
individuals began to take lead-
ing roles as they worked toward
composing an actual plan.
Hockenhull said conversa-

tions about the past and future
are key in order to achieve an
understanding of what the cam-
paign envisions for the Greek
"It's not something that any
one person in power can imple-
ment," he said. "It's not really
about whether a few kids get
together and have meetings
every few months. It's really
about 'are we really connecting
to each other as a community?"
Hockenhull said he is happy
with the response the campaign
has received and the quality of
ideas, noting that attendance at
the meetings hasn't been reflec-
tive of the widespread response
to the initiative.
"I think the response has been
very good and broad, which,
I think, is the most important
thing, and it has been from a lot
of different parts of the commu-
nity, beyond Greek Life as well,"
Hockenhull said. "I think this
is a natural progression and a
positive progression."
Though the campaign lead-
ers have not presented any offi-
cial proposals to the executive
members of the four councils,
they are planning to meet with
the presidents soon, Hockenhull
LSA sophomore Sara Berke
- a member of the Chi Omega
sorority, which is a part of the
Panhellenic Association - said
she was contacted by Hocken-
hull to help spread the word
about the campaign.
"We're not asking organiza-
tions to leave their councils;
that's not what we're trying to
do at all," Berke said. "We just
want there to be a community
sense between the councils."

From Page 1A
able to benefit from DMUM.
In an e-mail interview, Alex's
mom, Dawn Ham-Kucharski,
explained how DMUM played
a pivotal role in helping Alex
"The opportunity for rec-
reational and social activities
has given him confidence and
pride," Ham-Kucharski wrote.
"The funds raised for (Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation)
have given him a voice, strong
muscles - an opportunity to
Among therapy services pro-
vided by the organization, tree
climbing, dance, cheerleading
and Dreams and Wings - a pro-
gram that allows children to co-
pilot an airplane - are the most
"(The therapies) try to help
kids who have disabilities have
those experiences that all other
kids get to have," Koons wrote.
This year's theme was games,
and dancers partook in a vari-
ety of gaming activities to take
their mind of their sore legs.
However, LSA senior Amanda
Remer said the children were
what keep her motivated dur-
ing the marathon.
"I think about what these
kids go through on a daily basis,
and I realize I can do it," she
said. "If they go through it their
whole lives, I can stand for 30
DMUM began in 1997 and
initially partnered with the
Children's Miracle Network
to donate to Beaumont Hos-
pital in Royal Oak. As stu-
dent involvement increased
and subsequently boosted the
organization's fundraising
ability, DMUM began partner-
ing with C.S. Mott Children's
Hospital in 2000, splitting its
funds between the two hospi-
tals. DMUM later moved to the
Indoor Track Building from the
Sports Coliseum to accommo-
date for increasing participa-
tion in the organization.
Nancy Forster, whose family
has been involved with DMUM
for seven years, explained she
is impressed each year by the
growing amount of student par-
"To take time out of their
lives and busy schedules to do
this and get nothing tangible in
return. It shows that there is so
much love and kindness in peo-

ple. It warms my heart," Forster
wrote in an e-mail interview.
The Cox family, who attend-
ed the marathon for the first
time this year, said they enjoyed
themselves and Suzanne Cox
added she was glad that her son,
Byron, had a chance to "come
out of the shell."
"We told the (dancing team)
that we're proud of them," Cox
Before the marathon, Ohio
State University students
uploaded a YouTube video
titled, "Bring it," challenging
DMUM to a fundraising battle
against their dance marathon
program. According to Koons,
OSU raised $450,000 during
their marathon this year, and
it was monumental for the Uni-
versity to beat them at more
than $500,000.
"This was a record-breaking
year," Koons said. "This was the
first year that we have exceed-
ed $500,000, and it's our 15th
anniversary on campus, so it
was really powerful for every-
During the marathon, dance
captains for each team had the
duty of keeping the dancers
moving and motivated to help
them pull through 30 hours of
LSA senior Amanda Popiela,
one of the dance captains, said
her goal was to help the dancers
stay energized, assist with fun-
draising and ensure the dancers
had a good time.
"We say motivating mes-
sages, and I also remember why
I am here," Popiela said. "I am
here for the kids and I make
sure that (the dancers) remem-
ber the message too."
As a graduating senior and
fourth-time DMUM partici-
pant, Popiela said it felt great to
see the success of DMUM.
"We raised a record-break-
ing amount of money, which is
really great, and I think we had
a lot of energy," she said.
Though the dancers were
on their feet for 30 hours,
LSA senior Megan Richards
explained that the overall expe-
rience is more rewarding than
"After the marathon is over,
you don't remember your feet
hurting, you remember.all the
smiles on the kids' faces," Rich-
ards said. "(After the last sec-
ond countdown), it's a combo of
relief, amazement and an over-
whelming sense of accomplish-

From Page 1A
Research, the Office of Research
and Sponsored Programs and the
Office of Technology Transfer to
propel the policy change.
Weinert said once the policy
has been fully implemented,
the University will benefit from
enhanced research opportunities
with corporate partners.
"Most of our graduates will
end up with careers in industry,
and greater exposure to chal-
lenges identified by the business
community helps to inform the
research conducted on campus
and to improve our educational
programs," Weinert said.

Weinert added that the busi-
ness partners will benefit from
the philosophical shift in the
"For the businesses, they now
can enter into partnerships on
campus with a greater under-
standing of the overall contrac-
tual relationship," Weinert said.
"Rather than entering into a
research contract and then nego-
tiating again to secure rights to
any intellectual property that
may have resulted from the fund-
ed research, they now can negoti-
ate both aspects of the contract at
once, as they enter into the rela-
Weinert pointed out that the
new policy has garnered positive
feedback from both companies

and the research community on
campus, and he predicts that few
researchers will choose to opt out
of the policy.
"We recognized that a new
approach was necessary to
unlock the potential for produc-
tive research partnerships with
business," Weinert said.
The Ann Arbor area and the
state of Michigan, will benefit
from the developing economic
activity - a result of the Univer-
sity's growing entrepreneurial
culture, Weinert said.
"Business and academia are
critical pillars of our society and
it is imperative that we recognize
and develop mechanisms for us
to productively work together,"
Weinert said.

From Page 1A
difficult because of the polarizing
nature of science and the public.
In his address, Harris
explained that public opinion
is often difficult to sway when
Americans are concerned with
other areas beyond environmen-
tal affairs. However, Harris said a
major turning point for the public
occurred was implementation of
the Waxman-Markey bill - legis-
lation advocating for energy effi-
ciency, passed in the U.S. House
of Representatives in May 2009.
Harris discussed in a May 22,
2009 NPR broadcast how the new
bill was a stepping stone toward
creating a law that limits green-
house gas emissions.

Harris referred to those who
do not believe in global warming
as "deniers," noting that many of
them speak out against the sci-
ence of climate change because of
"It's importantto see how peo-
ple reach their conclusion, but not
to say they are irrational," Harris
said. "This puts us into the politi-
cal dialogue ... We all need to work
together to solvethis problem."
Harris explained how science
stories can often be misinformed
or misinterpreted, noting that
one of the biggest uncertainties in
reporting in recent years has been
on health risks of radiation.
"Reporting about radiation
is always filled with trepidation
because people have no proof of
how dangerous radiation is," Har-
ris said. "It is too hard to measure;

if there is a risk, it is too small to
After a series of nuclear melt-
downs at the Fukushima Dai-ichi
power plant last March, which
were triggered by the tsunami
that struck Japan, Harris inter-
viewedscientistsfromthe Natural
Resources Defense Council and
the National Academy of Sciences
about the effects of radiation from
the Fukushima cloud. Harris said
data revealed that there was only
an excess of 100 cancer instances ,
in a population of two million,
which downplayed the radiation
danger perceived by the public.
"If the cancer incident rate in
Japan is 40 percent, and what
they are talking about is a 100th
of a percent increase going from
40 percent to 40.01percent, what
health physicists were saying

was that this is too small to mea-
sure and justify," Harris said.
Public Health student Lindsay
Ward wrote in an e-mail inter-
view that she met Harris before
his speech during a workshop
for students interested in science
journalism, and noted that Har-
ris offeredvaluableknowledge for
students interested in his field.
"We talked about things like
pressure from outside influences
like industry and policy mak-

ers," Ward wrote. "He also talked
about how, in careers like jour-
nalism where independence and
ambition determine a lot of what
is possible in a given individual's
career, flexibility and curiosity
are invaluable strengths."
Ward added she was particu-
larly interested with the ways
in which Harris interacted with
scientists, and the difficulties of
translating interviews into stories
the public can understand.

Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann (ret.)
President, American Academy of Diplomacy
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall
735 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI48109
Free and open to the public.
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