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0 Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, March 30, 2012


'U' celebrates
* OAIVJ's 25th
Organization tively advocate for minority
students at the University.
honors its efforts "The sense of vibrancy to me
reflects ongoing commitment
to aid minority from a lot of people who have
been involved in this for a long
students time," Matlock said. "It also
reflects a commitment from the
By ANNA ROZENBERG (University). So, often, these
Daily StaffReporter programs come and go ... not
only have we (maintained) our
To commemorate its 25 years programs and activities, but we
on campus, the University's intend to increase them."
Office of Academic Multicul- Matlock explained that
tural Initiatives held a sym- while there was a sense of com-
posium yesterday as part of a petition between the many mul-
two-part celebration. ticultural groups on campus in
OAMI, which funds and previous years, each group now
partners with student organi- works more collaboratively to
zations to hold multicultural benefit the University.
events, has founded and fos- "Collaboration is the name of
tered programs such as Mich- the game. Michigan is blessed
igan-Pursuing Our Dreams, in that it has so many units it
which helps transfer students has involved in diversity," he
from Washtenaw Community said. "We all kind of carve out
College adjust to the Univer- our niches."
sity, and Intellectual Minds Lester Monts, senior vice
Making a Difference, a group provost for academic affairs,
that brings together students to spoke about the aspects of
help close the achievement gap OAMI that stood out to him
in Southeastern Michigan. during his involvement in the
The symposium included organization for nearly the past
speakers, student perfor- two decades.
mances, a faculty panel and a "I think one of the things we
final student panel speaking should point out is the unique-
on behalf of OAMI on how to ness of this office in higher edu-
continue enriching diversity on cation," Monts said.
campus. Monts explained that OAMI
John Matlock, associate interacts with people across the
vice-provost and executive country in order to strengthen
director of OAMI, said the academic initiatives.
endurance of the program "There's no other office I
highlights its ability to effec- See OAMI, Page 3

Business sophomore Ridhisha Rughani interacts with magnetoscope designed by high school psychics teacher Michael Flynn. Flynn set up the interactive ferrsfluid
exhibit asa part of the Tedx UofM conference held at the Power Center for the Performing Arts yesterday yesterday.

At third annual
event, speakers
laud transformative
Daily StaffReporters
Filling nearly all 1,368 seats
at the University's Power Center
for the Performing Arts yester-
day, attendees and invited guests
of the third annual TEDxUofM

conference awaited a diverse
lineup of speakers who repre-
sented the University and other
The event, which lasted from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featured 19
speakers who discussed trans-
forming avenues in justice, uni-
versal communication, science
and other areas in relation to the
event's theme of "Inform Trans-
LSA sophomore Kelsey
Rhodes, this year's event's co-
organizer, said TEDxUofM
aimed to bringa diverse group of
speakers to the event in order to
inspire students of all interests.


"What we really made sure to
look for this year was people that
had a compelling and inspiring
story to tell as, opposed to just
an impressive resume," Rhodes
TED, an acronym for Technol-
ogy, Entertainment and Design,
began 26 years ago in California
as a four-day conference, and
has since ventured globally as an
initiative to promote inspiration
and challenge norms in political,
educational and social realms.
At the conference, speakers
had only 18 minutes and a Pow-
erPoint presentation to develop
and share new ideas with the

audience. Speakers often share
inspirational stories and typi-
cally hail from the backgrounds
of medicine, music and the arts.
During the event, Joe
Trumpey, associate professor in
the School of Art &Design, spoke
about his personal sustainability
efforts. He described his man-
made home composed of straw,
rock, dirt and wood, illustrat-
ing the use of his materials as
he pushed a wheelbarrow con-
taining the eco-friendly building
blocks onto the stage.
University alum Lindsey Par-
rott attested to the impact of
See TEDX, Page 3

Event educates women on
impact of health care reform

unite to promote
discussion on
gender disparities
Daily Staff Reporter
Amid pink posters advo-
cating for reproductive rights
and stacks of papers detailing

the benefits of comprehensive
health care coverage, about 30
women banded together yester-
day at an event meant to educate
women about current health
care disparities in the United
The event, titled "Addressing
the Disparity: The Affordable
Care Act, Women, and Com-
munities of Color," was a col-
laboration between Planned
Parenthood Advocates of Mich-
igan and the University's Stu-

dents for Choice activist group.
Lindsay Maas, a field organizer
for PPAM, said the forum was
intended to provide a comfort-
able place for women to discuss
health care issues and learn
about the health care reforms.
"We want to be able to
reframe the discourse around
the Affordable Care Act and
start to get messaging out in the
communities that this is really
beneficial," Maas said.
See WOMEN, Page 3

LSA sophomore Suha Najjar ends her fast in support of Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi.
Students fast in support
of Palestinian prisoner

Following numerous disputes,
Dream Niteclub faces eviction

SAFE participates
in 23-hour hunger
Daily News Editor
As the clock struck 11 p.m. last
night, plates of hummus, chick-
en, fattoush, pizza and cookies

were placed atop the desks in
room 2436 of Mason Hall, as 14
members of Students Allied for
Freedom and Equality hungrily
dug into the spread after spend-
ing the last 23 hours participat-
ing in a hunger strike in honor of
Hana Shalabi.
In response to an internation-
al call for a day of hunger by one
student at every American and
European college, about 25 Uni-

versity student members of SAFE
began a hunger strike at 12:01
a.m. yesterday to raise awareness
for Shalabi, a Palestinian woman
who was arrested and detained
last month by Israeli forces with-
out charge for allegedly support-
ing the Islamic Jihad militant
group. In protest of the arrest,
Shalabi began a hunger strike
that lasted for 43 days, spurring
See FAST, Page 3

Local business
must pay $42,000
in rent by Wed.
Daily StaffReporter
After a year filled with
numerous court proceedings,
Dream Niteclub - located at 314

South Fourth Ave. and previous-
ly known as Studio 4 - is facing
Ann Arbor's 15th District
Court issued an order last week
that allows the nightclub's
landlord, Dean Zahn Proper-
ties LLC, to evict the business
unless the club pays $42,000 in
rent owed by Wednesday. The
club has a history of legal issues
with the city, including a series

of three nuisance complaints
filed in the past three years.
In light of the complaints,
the Ann Arbor City Council
unanimously voted last week to
approve a resolution that rec-
ommends that the state allow
Dream Niteclub's liquor license
to expire.
The club's troubled begin-
ning started with the prompt
See EVICTION, Page 3


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2012 The Michigan Daily

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