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LSA approves pass/ fail grading

30 year ago this week (April
11, 1972): The LSA Curriculum
Committee approved a plan that
allowed students to enroll in
any course on a pass/fail basis
for the fall 1973 semester, the
Michigan Daily reported.
The program was intended
mainly for introductory cours-
es, and students would have to
decide on a grading plan within
two or three weeks of the start
of classes.
LSA sophomore John Lande,
a student member of the com-
mittee, said the decision to
approve the plan was due to "the
increasing number of requests
for experiments in grading,"
and the popularity of pass/

fail courses that the Univer-
sity already offered, the Daily
reported.
Chemistry Prof. Daniel Lon-
gone expressed concern about
the plan and said "proponents
would have to demonstrate it to
be 'totally superior' to the cur-
rent grading system."
20 years ago this week (April
10, 1982): The University
received high rankings in "The
New York Times Selective
Guide to Colleges" by Edward
Fiske, which soon became a
popular book on campus, the
Daily reported.
On a five-star system of six
categories, the University was

rated five stars in academics
and three stars in social life
and quality of life. It was also
described as one of the "top five
or 10 schools in the country"
and the "mother of state univer-
sities."
Cliff Sjogren, the University's
director of admissions, said
he questioned the guidebook's
research methods and consid-
ered it a "great disservice" to
many colleges, though the Uni-
versity's review was favorable.
"I'm going to discourage my
staff from using it as a reference
with any potential students," he
said.
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Comedy groups ComCo and Improfessionals compete in
an improvisational comedy showdown at the Michigan
Union yesterday.

CRIME NOTES

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Get involved Lunch talk

Lost leather Save Sin

WHERE: Mott Children's
Hospital and Von Voigt-
lander Women's Hospital
WHEN: Sunday at about
2 p.m.
WHAT: A leather jacket
was stolen between 10:15
a.m. and 1:10 p.m from a
lounge on the 10th floor.,
University Police reported.
There are no suspects.

WHERE: Angell Hall
WHEN: Sunday at about
11:20 p.m.
WHAT: An iPhone was
reportedly stolen, Univer-
sity Police reported. The
iPhone was taken from the
Fishbowl around 10:35 pm
on Saturday. The phone has
yet to be recovered, and
there are no suspects.

in the election
WHAT: A panel will dis-
cuss how students can
become politically engaged
on campus and beyond.
WHO: Center for Campus
Involvement
WHEN: Tonight at 8:30
p.m.
WHERE: Michigan League
Vandenberg Room

WHAT: Any man of color
is invited to discuss "What
does it mean to be a Man of
Color?" at this free lunch
discussion.
WHO: Office of Academic
Multicultural Initatives
WHEN: Today from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union,
CSG Chambers

A fresh coat Hurts all over Runtable Finishing
WHERE: Modern Lan- WHERE: Lot NW-45, 1600strong
guages Building McIntyre Road Discussion sTong
WHEN: Monday at about WHEN: Saturday at about WHAT: Students will be
2 a.m. 10:15 a.m. WHAT: Scholars from uni- taught techniques to deal
WHAT: Fresh paint was WHAT: A vehicle that was versities across the country with finals-related stress.
discovered by a staff mem- parked in the lot overnight will discuss author Franz WHO: Counseling and Psy-
ber on a sculpture in the was found damaged the Kafka's relationship to the chological services
hallway, University Police next morning, University Middle East in this round- WHEN: Today at 3 p.m.
reported. Responding offi- Police reported. The driver table discussion entitled WHERE: Michigan Union,
cers found no "painters" in found scratches on all sides "K fk in the Middl Eit" room 3100

1 Encyclopedia Britannica,
Inc. has less than 800
copies left of their final
printed edition of their refer-
ence books, CNN reported.
The company announced last
month that itwould stop pro-
ducing print editions of its
encyclopedia.
LSA senior Lowell
Bourgeois, a grandson
of renowned broad-
caster Mike Wallace, shares
stories of his grandfather's
life and generous support of
the University.
FOR MORE, SEE OPINION, PAGE 4
More than 7,700 daily
temperature records
were broken across the
country in March, record,
NPR reported. The warm
weather has created anxiety
among climate scientists,
and crops have been growing
ahead of schedule.

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the building, and there are
no suspects.

of the vehicle. There are no
suspects.

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Facebook buys Instagram .

Photosharing
service sold for
$1 billion
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -
Facebook snapped up photo-
sharing service Instagram for
$1 billion in cash and stock --
its largest acquisition yet, as it
nears an IPO.
A wildly popular Phone app
that recently became available
on Android phones, Instagram
lets people apply filters to pho-
tos they shoot so that some
appear as if they've been taken
in the 1970s or on Polaroid cam-
eras.
Yesterday's deal -- by far the
biggest for an app -- trumped
Zynga's $200 million acquisi-
tion of OMGPop last month and
scored a megapayday for Insta-
gram's 27-year-old founder and
CEO, Kevin Systrom.
Speculation on Systrom's cut

ranged up to $400 million, with
venture capital firms getting
most of the rest. Instagram's
dozen or so employees could
divvy up an estimated $100 mil-
lion.
"This is an important mile-
stone for Facebook, because
it's the first time we've ever
acquired a product and com-
pany with so many users," Mark
Zuckerberg said in a blog post
announcing the news early yes-
terday.
He said Facebook, whose
stock is expected to start trading
in May, will run Instagram as an
independent company.
Not much will change with
the service, he said. Consumers
will still be able to run it on rival
social networks such as Twitter.
That's a departure from Face-
book's history of buying start-
ups and either integrating the
technology or shutting it down.
The acquisition of the San
Francisco-based company,

founded in March 2010, is
expected to close by the end of
June.
Instagram's steep price tag
-- roughly the same as Peet's
Coffee & Tea or Jack in the Box
-- raised eyebrows among many,
including analysts who drew
parallels with outlandish acqui-
sition deals associated with
the Internet bubble of the late
1990s.
"Facebook will never make
that $1 billion back, but it's still
smart," says Patrick Moor-
head, principal analyst at Moor
Insights & Strategy, who deemed
the move "defensive."
"Instagram was the only
thing challenging (Facebook's)
dominance in photo sharing,"
Moorhead says.
Digital photos are also a sign
of the times. While Instagram
fetched $1 billion, EastmanKo-
dak is mired in Chapter 11 bank-
ruptcy. It employs more than
17,000.

The control center inside the Sohae Satellite Station in North Korea. Apart from moving forward with a contraversial long-
range rocket launch, images released yesterday show that North Korea appears to be preparing for a third nuclear test.
mages reveal North Korean
nuclear test preparations

Satellite shows
underground
tunnel, Obama
condems action
SEOUL, South Korea (AP)
- Recent satellite images show
North Korea is digging a new
underground tunnel in what
appears to be preparation for a
third nuclear test, according to
South Korean intelligence offi-
cials.
The excavation at North
Korea's northeast Punggye-ri
site, where nuclear tests were
conducted in 2006 and 2009, is
in its final stages, according to
a report by intelligence officials
that was shared yesterday with
The Associated Press.
Its release comes as North
Korea prepares to launch a long-
range rocket that Washington
and others say is a cover for
testing missile technology that
could be used to fire on the Unit-
ed States.
The Obama administration

said yesterday it would con-
sider both a rocket launch and
an underground nuclear test as
highly provocative and leave
Pyongyang more isolated.
"In each case this would be
an indication of North Korea's
decision at the leadership level
not to take the steps that are
necessary to allow North Korea
to end its isolation, to rejoin the
community of nations and to do
something about the extreme
poverty and depravation that
its people suffer," White House
spokesman Jay Carney told a
news briefing in Washington.
Observers fear a repeat of
2009, when international criti-
cism of the North's last long-
range rocket launch prompted
Pyongyang to walk away from
nuclear disarmament negotia-
tions and, weeks later, conduct
its second nuclear test. A year
later, 50 South Korean were
killed in attacks blamed on the
North.
"North Korea is covertly pre-
paring for a third nuclear test,
which would be another grave
provocation," said the intelli-

gence report, which cited U.S.
commercial satellite photos
taken April 1. "North Korea is
digging up a new underground
tunnel at the Punggye-ri nuclear
test site, in addition to its exist-
ing two underground tunnels,
and it has been confirmed that
the excavation works are in the
final stages."
Dirt believed to have been
brought from other areas is
piled at the tunnel entrance, the
report said, something experts
say is needed to fill up tunnels
before a nuclear test. The dirt
indicates a "high possibility"
North Korea will stage a nuclear
test, the report said, as plugging
tunnels was the final step taken
during its two previous under-
ground nuclear tests.
U.S. State Department spokes-
woman Victoria Nuland told
reporters she was not in a posi-
tion to confirm whether North
Korea was preparing for a nucle-
ar test after the rocket launch.
She said a launch would be
"highly provocative" and a
nuclear test "would be equally
bad, if not worse."

Facing sanctions, Iran may now
bargain over nuclear program

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"It is important for Iran to
enrichment understand that the window is
closing and that these talks are
HRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran is an opportunity," White House
ing a possible compromise press secretary Jay Carney said
heading into critical talks yesterday. "The decision rests
world powers deeply sus- with Iran."
s of its nuclear program: The talks involving Iran and
ng to scale back uranium the five permanent U.N. Security
ment but not abandon the Council nations plus Germany, to
'to make nuclear fuel. be held in Istanbul, are the first
e proposal - floated by the direct negotiations on Tehran's
ry's nuclear chief as part nuclear program since aswiftcol-
early parrying in various lapse more than 14 months ago.
Is before negotiations get Despite far-reachingcomplex-
way Friday - suggested ities, the dispute effectively boils
anctions-battered Iran is down to one issue: Iran's stated
to bargain. refusal to close down its uranium
this gambit, at least, enrichment labs.
red to fall short of West- For Iran, uranium enrichment
mands that Iran hand over is a proud symbol of its scien-
ost potent nuclear mate- tific advances and technological
nd ease a standoff that has self-sufficiency. Iran's president,

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called
the nuclear program on Sunday
"a locomotive" for other show-
case projects such as Iran's space
effort.
The U.S. and its allies contend
that the same sites that make fuel
for reactors could also eventually
churn out weapons-grade mate-
rial. Iran has repeatedly insisted
that its nuclear program is for
peaceful purposes only.
The ideas put forth late Sun-
day by the nuclear chief, Fere-
idoun Abbasi, are an attempt to
at least acknowledge this huge
divide.
Abbasi said Tehran could
eventually stop its production of
the 20 percent enriched uranium
needed for a research ,reactor,
used for medical research and
treatments. But, he added, Iran
would continue enriching ura-
nium to lower levels of about 3.5
percent for power generation.

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