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Here's to public speaking

For many students, public
speaking often invokes excru-
ciating memories of stuttering
through a class presentation.
However for the University's
chapter of Toastmasters - an
organization that helps students
improve public speaking skills
and prepares them to interact
with future employers and col-
leagues - public speaking is
exciting, competitive and an
important skill for entering the
professional world.
Rackham student Suyang
Dong, president of Toastmas-
ters, said the club caters to a
variety of interests and has a
membership comprised of both
University students and Ann

Arbor residents.
"It might surprise you that
even though this is a student
club ... it includes some staff and
faculty members, or even people
who just live locally or work
locally," Dong said. "Some stu-
dents just want to improve their
public speaking skills ... some
students ... come here wanting
to have better professionalism
in the future, to have an impact
on their community."
Students perform evaluations
on one another, and the club's
general evaluator provides feed-
back based on the Toastmaster's
official rubric, Dong said. Toast-
masters also provide an oppor-
tunity for students to compete

against one another to test their
newly developed public-speak-
ing abilities.
"We have two competitions
each year," Dong said. "We have
a competition called 'Humor-
ous Speech,' and you basically
just try to make people laugh..."
Dong said. "And for winter
semester, there's a speech called
'Inspirational,' when you try
to inspire your audience to do
something."
If students win the competi-
tion at the club level, they can
go on to compete at higher lev-
els against other Toastmasters
chapters.
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Students contemplate joining student organizations at
Winterfest in the Michigan Union yesterday.

CRIME NOTES

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Breaking bad
WHERE: 3330 E. Liberty
Street
WHEN: Monday at about
8:30 a.m.
WHAT: An attempt was
made to break into a locked
office door at the Center for
the Education of Women,
University Police reported.
The burglar couldn't break
the lock.

Rnnm rnidprc CnnrPrnp.

Movie

WHERE: Oxford Housing
WHEN: Monday at about
4:25 p.m.
WHAT: During winter
break, a female student's
money was taken from her
room, University Police
reported. Several people,
including her roommates,
could have entered the
room during that time.

A recent study found
workshop screening that smoking-cessation
products, like nicotine
WHAT: Meeting focused WHAT: A free screening of gum, may not be as effective
on identifying and solving Bill Maher's "Religulous", as previously thought, The
the ever-present problem of with a short discussion New York Times reported.
procrastination. afterward. Pizza will be Though the products are
WHO: Counseling and Psy- provided. popular, they haven't been
chological Services WHO: Secular Student Alli- p orevent een
WHEN: Today at 4:15 p.m. ance proven to prevent relapses.
WHERE: Michigan Union, WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
room 3100 WHERE: Angell Hall, room YouTube is more than
2271 cute kittens and music
videos. Learn how
Resume review Nerdfighters are building an
online community to fight
Folk concert WHAT: Students who are world suck.
applying for jobs or intern- >> FOR MORE, SEE THE STATEMENT,
WHAT: The folk band Paul ships can critiques from INSIDE

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WHEN: Monday at about
1:45 p.m.
WHAT: A camera that had
been missing since Novem-
ber was reported stolen,
University Police reported.
Staff waited to notify police
because they didn't know if
a ,,n ffmember m-ove t.

WHERE: East Medical
Center
WHEN: Monday at about
5:50 p.m.
WHAT: A patient was dis-
covered in possession of an
unknown narcotic, Univer-
sity Police reported. The
drug has been sent to the
stna noli efor anavnse

Cebar Tomorrow Sound
will be showcasing their
new album, "Tomorrow
Sound Now For Yes Music
People." The folk group
originated in Milwaukee in
the 1970s. General Admis-
sion tickets cost $15.
WHO: Michigan Union
Ticket Office
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark

career adviser on their
resume.
WHO: The Career Center
WHEN: Tonight at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Student Activities
Building, room 3200
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Hostess Brands Inc.,
which produces
~Twinkies, is preparing
to file for Chapter 11 bank-
ruptcy, The Wall Street Jour-
nal reported. The company
is more than $860 million in
debt and previously emerged
from bankruptcy in 2009.

General Motors and Ford
7 report strong January sales

0

Consumers buy
more small and
midsize vehicles
DETROIT (AP) - American
consumers are buying cars at a
brisk pace in January, continuing
sales growth that began late last
year, according to two industry
executives.
Mark Reuss, General Motors
Co.'s North American president,
said yesterday that rising sales
seen by GM and the U.S. industry
are continuingthrough the first10
days of the month.
"I think we're off to a good
start. I think the industry is off
to a good start," Reuss said at the
North American International
Auto Show in Detroit.
Erich Merkle, Ford Motor Co.'s
top U.S. sales analyst, also said
sales are going well so far this

month. Neither executive would
give specific numbers.
November and December were
among the strongest months last
year for U.S. car and truck sales.
Buyers were drawn by cheap
loans and an improving economy.
Pent-up demand also was robust
last year because many people
had to replace aging vehicles. The
average age of a car on U.S. roads
is approaching 11 years.
GM's U.S. sales rose 13 percent
last year, even faster than the
industry as a whole, which saw
sales climb 10 percent to 12.8 mil-
lion vehicles. Sales could rise by
another million this year, analysts
say.
So far, January sales are run-
ning at an annual pace of about
13.5 million cars and trucks, says
Jesse Toprak, vice president of
industry trends for the TrueCar.
com auto pricing website.
. January normally is one of the

lowest sales months of the year
as bad weather and overspend-
ing during the holidays keep buy-
ers from visiting showrooms. But
unemployment, housing starts,
the stock market and consumer
confidence all are rising, mak-
ing car buyers more confident,
Toprak said.
"They do feel better about buy-
ing a car now than they have in
the last three years," Toprak said.
He said people are buy-
ing small- and midsize cars, as
well as midsize crossover SUVs,
which are based on car frames.
Models selling well include the
Toyota RAV-4 and Honda CR-V
crossovers. Cars include the
Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze and
Honda Civic, he said.
People who are replacing
older models are downsizing, but
spending alotofmoneyonsmaller
vehicles by equipping them with
extra features, he said.

CARlOS OSORIO/AP
The new Lincoln MKZ concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday.
Lincoln impresses at Detroit
auto show, grandpa befuddled
2013 MKZ signals Lincoln is now outsold by seven "They're doing the right
other luxury brands, including things. People are going to
innovative new Lexus and Infiniti. Presidents aspire to own a Lincoln again,"
since Bill Clinton have ridden in said Dave Sullivan, an ana-
direction for Cadillacs. lyst with consulting group
Saving Lincoln has been on AutoPacific Inc. The new design
beleaguered brand Ford's back burner for a long reminds him of an Audi.
time. The automaker decided Among the MKZ's features is
DETROIT (AP) - Lincoln first to tackle more pressing an all-glass roof that opens auto-
was once the pinnacle of luxury. matters like downsizing and matically and slides over the
Continental limousines carried returning to profitability. After back window, giving both front
presidents from Franklin Roo- a five-year turnaround, the com- and rear passengers a convert-
sevelt to Ronald Reagan. Town pany is making money again. ible-like ride. It still has Lin-
Cars ferried executives through CEO Alan Mulally has shed coln's split-wing grille, a tribute
Manhattan. Athletes and rap- Ford's other luxury brands and to the 1938 Lincoln Zephyr and
pers cruised around in Naviga- is ready to focus on turning Lin- one of the brand's most recog-
or SUVs. coln into a real competitor that nizable features. But designers
But over the last two decades, can attract wealthy buyers and toned it down after complaints
the Lincoln lineup grew stale as fat profits. about the ungainly maw on the
Ford transformed its other cars Fourteen months ago, Ford most recent Lincoln sedans.
and trucks with new designs assigned a team of 180 design- The car is longer and wider,
and features. Now it's finally ers and engineers to focus on giving it a more luxurious look,
Lincoln's turn for an update, Lincoln full time. The company and it has an elegant, clean
one that aims to show customers recently opened its first dedicat- dashboard with flush buttons
the brand can make more than ed Lincoln design studio since for controls instead of knobs.
hearses and airport limos. the 1970s. The concept car - in a rich red-
It's been a long wait. For Buyers will see the fruit of dish brown dubbed "cognac"
years, Ford saw more promise in those efforts at the Detroit auto - has cream leather seats perfo-
other luxury brands it was buy- show, where Ford yesterday rated into a pattern that's meant
ing, like Jaguar and Volvo. Many pulled the wraps off an MKZ to resemble champagne bubbles.
Lincoln models became too sim- sedan that is close to the model "Our movement as a brand is
ilar to their lower-priced Ford that will go on sale this fall. The toward something we call ele-
siblings. Sales suffered. new MKZ is one of seven new or gant simplicity. It's something
Lincoln sold a little more than revamped Lincolns due out by warmer and more restrained,"
85,000 vehicles last year, down 2015, when the Lincoln brand said Lincoln Design Director
63 percent from the brand's peak will celebrate its 100th birthday. Max Wolff, an Australian who
in 1990. At one time, it was the The 2013 MKZ is already get- was lured away from Cadillac to
top luxury brand in the U.S. But ting some critical buzz. revitalize Lincoln.
A 4

Detroit can avoid state-appointed
emergency manager says Dillon

6

Deal between city,
union officials must
be reached by Feb.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The
city of Detroit has time to avoid
having a state-appointed emer-
gency manager put in place, but
city and union officials had better
move quickly to avoid significant
state intervention, state officials
said yesterday.
A deal between city and union
leaders to fix Detroit's finances, if
reached by early February, could
pre-empt the work of a state-
appointed review team that has
started digging into the city's
finances, Treasurer Andy Dillon
said.
"I'm cautiously optimistic,"
Dillon said after the 10-member
review team's first meeting. "I
think there's a very good chance
A

that they are able to cut a deal on
their own and that this review
team's work could be suspended."
The review team appointed
by Gov. Rick Snyder is trying to
determine if a financial emer-
gency exists in Michigan's largest
city. Members include Dillon, for-
mer Wayne State University Presi-
dent Irvin Reid, former Michigan
Supreme Court Justice Conrad
Mallett Jr. and former Detroit
police chief Isaiah McKinnon.
The team is expected to report
back to Snyder by late February.
The team's appointment came
after a recent preliminary review
found there was "probable finan-
cial stress" in Detroit's city govern-
ment.
The team met for the first time
yesterday and spoke afterward
with media. Eight of the nine
members said they believed the
city could still avoid having an
emergency manager appointed

The only one who did not was
Michigan Treasury Department
official Frederick Headen, who said
hedidn'twantto prejudgethesitua-
tion before getting all the evidence.
Jack Martin, an accountant
named to the review team, partici-
pated in the meeting by telephone
and wasn't present at the news
conference.
The recent preliminary review
from the state showed the city
faces a nearly $200 million general *
fund deficit for 2011 and has taken
on mounting debt to keep the city
afloat.
Auditors had said Detroit could
run out of money as early as April,
but Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said
recently that it won't because of
cost-cutting and other measures
takingeffect.
Longer-term avoidance of a
cash crisis likely depends on con-
cessions not yet reached, Dillon
said.

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