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In Other Ivory Towers This Week in History Campus Clubs Profe
Empoweringgirls to succeed
Though women have histori- its main event of the year, in enough support financially and
cally been discouraged from par- which more than 100 girls par- other students to volunteer ... if
ticipating in the fields of science, ticipated in various hands-on we put together an afterschool
technology, engineering and activities that provided them program to continue motivating
mathematics, a new organization with the opportunity to explore young girls to pursue the STEM
at the University seeks to provide STEM fields in a supportive fields."
young girls the opportunities to environment among female vol- Rackham student Aubrie Har-
explore predominantly male- unteer and activity leaders from land, co-president of FEMMES,
dominated fields of study. the University. said the organization is dedicated
Beginninginthe fall,FEMMES Engineering junior Leedor to inspiringyounggirls.
- Females Excelling More in Lieberman, volunteer coordinator "There are a lot of girls in the
Math, Engineering and Science for FEMMES, said the day-long STEM fields, and so what we are
- will launch outreach programs event was a success and proved really trying to do is tell girls that
for girls in fourth through sixth the organization is capable of they can do it ... we want girls to
grade in the Ann Arbor and Ypsi- hosting more successful events. feel like they are empowered,"
lanti school districts. The Uni- "Almost every girl at the event Harland said. "They shouldn't
versity's Women in Science and was begging us to do this every stay away from these areas
Engineering helped to finance the single Saturday," Lieberman said. because somebody tells them that
FEMMES outreach programs. "I think it would be amazing, if they should."
On Saturday, FEMMES held we had enough resources and - KATIE SZYMANSKI
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Comedian Jeff Dwoskin performs at the Night of Hilar-
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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
WHERE: 400 Block Washt-
WHEN: Monday at about
WHAT: A canvas advertise-
ment hanging outside of the
CCRB was stolen, Univer-
sity Police reported. The
banner was valued at $200.
There was a witness, but
there are no suspects.
WHERE: 1500 Block East
Medical Center Drive
WHEN: Sunday at about
WHAT: An unattended
purse was found to be miss-
ing $160 in cash and credit
cards, University Police
reported. There are no sus-
WHERE: 1400 block of
WHEN: Sunday at about
WHAT: A male student's
locked Trek bicycle outside
of Mary Markley Residence
Hall was stolen, University
Police reported. The bike is
valued at $3,000. There are
WHERE: 1114 State St.
WHAT: An errantbaseball
shattered the windshield of
a parked Jeep Grand Chero-
kee during a baseball game,
Uniersity Police reported.
The damage was reported
WHAT: University Prof.
Brian Arbic will share his
experiences in the Peace
Corps in Africa and how
he found his way to the
Department of Earth and
WHO: University Library
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Hatcher Gradu-
WHAT: Former U.S.
Ambassador to Afghanistan
Ronald Neumann will lec-
ture on the influence of U.S.
involvement in Afghanistan
and possible future courses
WHO: International Policy
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: 1120 Weill Hall
WHAT: The annual Greek
Week dance competition.
The event is the culmina-
tion of all Greek Week
activities and awards will be
given during the ceremony.
Tickets are $10 at the door.
WHO: Michigan Union
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
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brating its 100th anniversary.
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a hearing for 12 hours,
lasting until 7:15 a.m. Friday
and delaying the release of
the Central Student Govern-
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Zimmerman's account and other
details emerge in Martin shooting
Police accused of
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A slain
Florida teenager and the neigh-
borhood watch captain who shot
and killed him exchanged words
before the teen punched him
in the nose and began banging
the man's head on the ground,
according to the watch captain's
account of the confrontation
that led to the shooting.
The Orlando Sentinelrejort-
ed that George Zimmerman told
police he lost 17-year-old Tray-
von Martin in the neighbor-
hood he regularly patrolled and
was walking back to his vehicle
last month when the youth
approached him from behind.
The two exchanged words,
Zimmerman said, and Martin
then punched him, jumped on
top of him and began banging
his head on a sidewalk. Zim-
merman said he began crying
for help; Martin's family thinks
it was their son who was crying
out. Witness accounts differ and
911 tapes in which the voices are
heard are not clear.
A statement from Sanford
police said the newspaper story
was "consistent" with evidence
turned over to prosecutors.
Because Martin was black
and Zimmerman has a white
father and Hispanic mother, the
case has become a racial flash-
point that has civil rights lead-
ers and others leading a series of
protests in Sanford and around
the country. Zimmerman said
he shot Martin in self-defense
and has not been arrested.
Meanwhile, Martin's parents
are blaming police for leak-
ing information about their son
being suspended for marijuana
and details about the fight he
had with Zimmerman that por-
trayed the teen as the aggressor.
Martin's mother, SybrinaFul-
ton, and family attorneys said
Monday that it was part of an
effort to demonize her son.
"They killed my son and now
they're trying to kill his reputa-
tion," Fulton told reporters.
Martin was suspended by
Miami-Dade County schools
because traces of marijuana
were found in a plastic baggie in
his book bag, family spokesman
Ryan Julison said. Martin was
serving the suspension when he
was shot Feb. 26.
The Sanford Police Department
insisted there was no authorized
release of the new information
but acknowledged there may have
been a leak. City Manager Nor-
ton Bonaparte Jr. said it would
be investigated and the person
responsible could be fired.
Martin family attorney Benja-
min Crump said the link between
the youth and marijuana should
have no bearing on the probe into
his shooting death. State and fed-
eral agencies are investigating,
with a grand jury set to convene
"If he and his friends experi-
mented with marijuana, that is
completely irrelevant," Crump
said. "What does it have to do
with killing their son?"
The state Department of Juve-
nile Justice confirmed Monday
that Martin does not have a juve-
nile offender record. The informa-
tion came after a public records
request by The Associated Press.
Despite the news of Martin's
possible actions the night of the
shooting, rallies demanding the
arrest of the 28-year-old Zim-
merman spread from Florida to
Thousands rallied Monday
on the steps of the Georgia state
Capitol. The crowd chanted "I
am Trayvon!" and "Arrest Zim-
merman now!" The protest ended
with the crowd linkinghands and
singing, "We Shall Overcome."
Students from Morehouse Col-
lege, Spelman College and Clark
Atlanta University encouraged
their fellow students to talk to
their lawmakers about gun laws.
Students wore hoodies that said,
"I am Trayvon Martin" and loft-
ed signs reading, "Don't shoot!"
and "I could be next."
Lawmakers vote during a parliamentary session on Monday in Cairo, Egypt.
waits on election plan,
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Brotherhood group's hesitancy over a con-
frontation with the ruling mill-
lesteps conflict tary council and other national
forces over the issue.
With military The Islamist group's increas-
ing grip on power has fueled
government concerns among liberals and
secularists over its intentions
IRO (AP) - Egypt's Mus- and whethereitraims to govern
rotherhood has postponed alone, controlling both the par-
en confrontation with the liament and the presidency. If it
ry's military rulers and were to run a candidate, it would
political players yesterday hike their fears that it aims for a
it delayed a decision about monopoly.
her to field a candidate Moreover, it could anger
he first presidential elec- the military. The generals are
since the ouster of Hosni believed to be aiming to back a
rak. consensus candidate for presi-
eight-hour meeting of the dent - one that would have
erhood's highest leader- Brotherhood backing but would
sody failed to come up with also protect the military's inter-
al decision on whether to ests. If the Brotherhood goes
se an earlier pledge not to with its own candidate, it would
st the presidency. Further challenge that scenario.
ngs of the Brotherhood's "We discussed all the recent
a Council were to continue developments. There are many
week and a senior mem- views, but the debate is not set-
& the group described the tied yet. So they remain points of
ssions as "comprehensive" view," said Mahmoud Hussein,
exhausting." the Brotherhood's secretary
e lack of a decision yester- general. "We prefer to postpone
ighlights growing divisions the discussions so that minds
n the group over the thorny and bodies come prepared and
dency question but also the not tired the next round."
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