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From Page 1A
In an interview after the
speech, Neal said the program is
growing rapidly.
"Things are growing across
the board," Neal said. "We have
35 startups in TechArb, 375 (stu-
dents) in the program of entre-
preneurship (and) we have 1,200
student in classes in entrepre-
neurship and 5,000, this year
alone, engaged in entrepreneur-
ship programs."
Neal noted that each TechArb
class lasts only six months in
order to inspire entrepreneurs to
work hard for a shorter period of
time. After the six months are up
they can either continue expand-
ing their idea after the program,
or learn from their mistakes and
completely re-imagine their plan.
The spring showcase marked
the end of TechArb 7 - the sev-
enth TechArb generation - and
introduced the TechArb 8 team,
which will begin in May. Most
startups that were a part of team
7 will not be a member of 8, but a
few will stay for continuity.
From Page 1A
table projects to support youth
programs, the arts, education
and health research. In an inter-
view with The Michigan Daily,
Edwards - a former Michigan
football player and NFL wide
receiver who has previously
played for the Cleveland Browns,
New York Jets and San Francisco
49ers - said the celebrity basket-
ball game is one of his favorite
events to organize.
"We just come up with things
all the time that we do to raise
money and give back," Edwards
said. "I'm really happy my friends
came out and played and coached.
I think it was another good event."
Michigan football player Roy
Roundtree and Michigan bas-
ketball player Tim Hardaway Jr.
joined former NBA star Derrick
Coleman to coach Team Blue,
while Michigan basketball player
Jordan Morgan and Michigan
football players Denard Robinson
and Alex Swieca helped Braylon

Moses Lee, an adjunct assistant
professor at the Center for Entre-
preneurship, gave accolades to
the members of TechArb 7.
"Students have been launching
new technologies and innovations
that have really been impact-
ing communities all around the
world," Lee said.
Lee said TechArb 8 is the big-
gest class to date, noting the
class included members who had
already worked on their startups
as well as those who only had an
During the event, students pre-
sented a wide variety of ideas at
the showcase ranging from note-
taking apps to medical devices.
Business graduate student Josh
Smith - founder of YourCall.
FM, a business founded within
TechArb - said he aims to make
a website where people can create
and listen to alternative broad-
casters during a variety of sport-
ing events.
"We're bringing aspiring
broadcasters and hardcore fans to
the microphone to provide their
own innovative commentary and
post-game analysis," Smith said.
Smith said he used resources

like the Center for Entrepreneur-
ship and TechArb to start work-
ing on his idea and that he found
the community and mentorship
offered by TechArb extremely
Engineering junior Keith
Porter, cofounder of A2B and
TechArb 7 member, said his com-
pany is working to create a bike
share program in Ann Arbor that
will be cheap and reliable. A2B
uses retail electronics to create
bikes that have GPS, Internet con-
nectivity, navigation and solar
power capabilities.
Porter said attendingthe show-
case allowed A2B to show off its
idea to the local community.
"We need to getto know every-
one we can and make sure that
everyone knows about us and that
we are the first thing that comes
to mind when they think bike
sharing," Porter said.
Neal said the showcase was
beneficial for the entrepreneurs
and the community.
"We're very big on using the
network, which is both the local
network and the alumni network,
to help take all these students to
the next level," Neal said.

Edwards coach Team Maize.
Players for Team Blue includ-
ed Michigan basketball players
Stu Douglass and Zach Novak
and former WNBA player Stacey
Lovelace-Tolbert. Detroit rapper
Trigg Da Kidd, Michigan football
player Mike Martin and Fab Five
member Jimmy King were among
the players for Team Maize.
Novak said he was happyto play
in the game and support a former
Michigan player.
"Braylon reached out to me and
to a couple other players to see if
we would just get involved and
help," Novak said. "When Braylon
Edwards tells you to come help out
at his game, you come and help."
Douglass also expressed admi-
ration for Edwards and said he
thought the event would be a fun
way to meet new people and raise
money for a worthy caxuse.
"I don't know if I'll be able to
play in this again, so it was fun to
finally experience it," Douglass
said. "Braylon's done a lot of great
things, and he's huge in the state of
Michigan and in the University of
Michigan, so it's fun to play for his

Coleman, who has participated
in the event in the past, said his
favorite part of the evening was
witnessing WDIV Detroit sports-
caster Rob Parker score after con-
tinuously failing to make a basket
in previous years.
"I think last year we played at
Crisler (Center), and Rob Parker
didn't score the whole game,"
Coleman said. "I told him this
game, I said 'Look, if you don't
score, we're going to leave you in
the whole game."'
The relaxed atmosphere afford-
ed fans the opportunity to talk
with their favorite players and col-
lect autographs. Attendees were
also treated to impromptu rap
performances and concert ticket
giveaways. The Detroit Pride
Cheerleaders also greeted guests
at the doors and provided half-
time entertainment.
LSA sophomore Rebecca Barks
said the event was a great way to
spend a Friday evening and sup-
port her favorite Michigan players.
"I don't know if I'll get to see
Stu and Zach play again," she said.

From Page 1A
at the University.
"I worked for the University
of Michigan for over 20 years -
ever since King's birthday has
been a holiday - and I've never
read of King coming to Ann
Arbor," Erdody said. "I figured
if King ever came (here), we'd
know about it in some way, and
I never remembered ever seeing
After Erdody began volun-
teering at the Bentley Histori-
cal Library last year, he said he
used the Bentley's resources
and the support of the Bentley
management team to search for
the answer to his question.
"When King's birthday
approached in January, I was at
the place that could definitively
answer if he's been here or not,"
Erdody said. "And it didn't take
very much to be able to find."
Erdody said a quick search in
the Bentley's archives revealed
about 100 documents and archi-
val material relating to King.
While 99 of these results did
not relate to a University visit
by King, one result - the series
of photo negatives - sparked
Erdody's curiosity. After exam-
ining and developing the nega-
tives into photographs, Erdody
said he discovered the exact
evidence he was searching for.
"I was pretty sure that I
had something very good here
because my supervisor (Karen
Jania), was standing with me,
and she said she didn't know
anything about (the photos),
and I talked to the director of
the Bentley Library, (Francis
Blouin), and he didn't know
(about the negatives)," Erdody
Searching for more infor-
mation about the photos and
King's visit to campus, Erdody
consulted former University
President James Duderstadt
after learning about his presen-
tation on student activism on
March 16 at the University.
Duderstadt, who joined the
University staff six years after
King's visit to campus, said
Erdody contacted him after
he delivered the speech and
showed him the images of King.
"All (Erdody) knew was that
they were from some event in
1962, but he didn't know what
they were," Duderstadt said.
"(Erdody) brought (the pic-
tures of King) over to me to
see if I knew some people who
had been around along enough
to figure it out, and I checked
with people ... in the Central
Administration, and they had
no knowledge of it."
Duderstadt then contacted
Public Policy junior Joseph
Lichterman, editor in chief
of The Michigan Daily, who
examined the 1962 issues of the
newspaper. Lichterman discov-
ered articles stating the date of
King's event and describing his
The material in the Daily
archives included an advertise-
ment for the event, published
on Nov. 4, 1962; an opinion
piece, printed on Nov. 8, 1962;
and two articles printed on Nov.
6, 1962 about King's speech at
Hill Auditorium - including
an event cover and an article

discussing issues surrounding
King's encouragement of civil
disobedience, which he dis-
cussed in his informal talk at
the Michigan Union.
Duderstadt explained that

tension at the University in
"There apparently was a con-
troversy because in his speech,
King suggested the importance
of civil disobedience, and I
guess a couple of the (Univer-
sity) regents raised concerns
about that," Duderstadt said. "It
was almost exactly 50 years ago,
and it was a time when Martin
Luther King was a pretty con-
troversial person. The FBI was
tracking him and so forth."
According to a 1962-1963
President's Report to the Board
of Regents, King delivered his
address twice to a "filled audi-
ence" in Hill Auditorium. The
event was organized through
the University's Office of Reli-
gious Affairs and the Michigan
Union Special Projects Com-
Since finding the negatives,
Erdody said he and others at the
Bentley have been working to
identify the students and indi-
viduals surrounding King in the
series of photos, as well as locat-
ing the areas where he held his
discussion and attended a din-
ner at the University. Erdody
noted this has been a challeng-
ing task because of how much
time has passed since the event.
"The first thing we wanted
to do (after finding the pho-
tos) was find out as much more
about this as possible," Erdody
said. "But this was 50 years ago
to this year."
Erdody said he believes the
photos of King interacting with
attendees occurred after one
of King's two speeches in Hill
Auditorium. Duderstadt noted
the lack of diversity of the
crowd in the images.
"The composition of the
group of people that he was
talking to at Hill Auditorium
did not reflect a strong partici-
pation by people of color, which
is characteristic of the Univer-
sity at that time," Duderstadt
said. "The fact that (the event)
was in Hill Auditorium ... it
must have been an event that
attracted a significant crowd."
In the Nov. 6, 1962 issue of
the Daily where King's speech
was discussed, former Presi-
dent of the Michigan Union and
senior Robert Finke published
a viewpoint regarding the Uni-
versity's involvement with the
United States National Student
Association. According to the
Nov. 8, 1962 editorial in the
Daily, King advocated for such
involvement during his speech
at Hill Auditorium.
Finke wrote in an e-mail
interview that he does not
remember attending King's
appearance on campus, but
he assumes he attended due
to his position as President of
the Michigan Union. He added
that the University community
in the early 1960s supported
King, and he assumes King was
respected during his visit to
"Honestly, I don't recall any
specifics of the event. I recall
some events in that time frame,
but not this one. It was consis-
tent with Michigan's openness
and importance for MLK to
come and speak at the Universi-
ty," Finke wrote. "MLK was an
important figure at the time and
was regarded as such by most

in the University community, I
King's appearance at the
University was also noted in the
1963 Michiganesian Yearbook,
which included a photograph

of King speaking at Hill Audi-
torium that was not among the
negatives. University President
Mary Sue Coleman also alluded
to King's visit to the Univer-
sity in her 2008 address at Hill
Auditorium during the Martin
Luther King Jr. Symposium.
According to the Sympo-
sium's website, King was serv-
ing as the president of the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference when he visited
the University for his speech.
The event on campus occurred
about nine months before the
historic March on Washington
and delivered King's "I Have a
Dream" speech. King lived for
six years after his visit to the
University before being assas-
sinated on April 4, 1968.
Finke added that he doesn't
believe the King event has been
forgotten and that it adds to
the rich history of significant
speakers at the University.
"There were many people
who came to speak in Ann
Arbor in those and later years
who were significant public fig-
ures - some more and some less
than was MLK at that time -
and I expect their appearances
have been "forgotten," too,"
Finke wrote.
For Duderstadt, King's visit
to the campus serves as an
important part of the Univer-
sity's history that should be
examined. He explained that
large public universities often
lose track of significant events
in their histories.
"It's characteristic of pub-
lic universities ... to either for-
get their history or bury it or
pave over it," Duderstadt said.
"Every once in a while, someone
who is interested in history has
to come along and dig it back up
Though he discovered the
photo negatives, Erdody empha-
sized that he did not "find" the
photos, but rather his curios-
ity and interest in King led to
his discovery of the evidence of
King's visit to the University.
"This was all findable,"
Erdody said. "It wasn't any spe-
cial skill on my part; it was my
curiosity. That's what did it. I
asked the pertinent question:
'Did King come to U of M?' And
found the pertinent answer."
Erdody said the images sug-
gest a recording system may
have been used during King's
speeches, and he plans to search
for them.
"To find an audio recording
is what I really want to do,"
Erdody said. "Even though they
don't think one exists - well,
for 50 years, we didn't think
anything existed. So I'm going
to try and work magic again."
King's visit to the University
and the newfound photo evi-
dence enhance the University's
history, according to Erdody,
and he said he hopes they
become available to the campus
"I think we could find out as
much as we can about (the pho-
tos) and have a permanent exhi-
bition," Erdody said. "Martin
Luther King is the single per-
son this University recognizes
the most as an individual, more
than any other person. ... Now
that we know that he's here and
the evidence is just so stunning-

ly beautiful, I'll let other (Uni-
versity) people decide what to
do with them."
-Editor in chief Joseph
Lichterman did not edit this article

Israel forbids dozens of
protesters from entering

Authorities detain
activists at airport,
claim they were a
security threat
detained dozens of international
activists as they landed at its main
airport yesterday, preventing
them from entering the country
to participate in a planned soli-
darity mission with Palestinians
in the West Bank.
Israel said the activists, part of
an umbrella group called "Wel-
come to Palestine," were provoca-
teurs who posed a security threat.
But organizers said the event,
meant to draw attention to Israeli
travel restrictions on Palestin-
ians, was nonviolent, and they
accused Israel of using heavy-
handed tactics to stamp outlegiti-
mate protest.
Israel is jittery about the
prospect of a large influx of

foreign protesters arriving
because of deadly confrontations
with pro-Palestinian activists in
the past. In the worst instance,
Israeli naval commandos clashed
with activists on board a flotilla
trying to break Israel's blockade
of the Gaza Strip in May 2010,
killing nine activists.
By early evening, the Interior
Ministry said a total of 49 people
had been stopped at the airport,
most on flights from France, but
alsofrom Spain, Switzerland, Can-
ada, Italy and Portugal. At least 12
were placed on flights back home,
while arrangements were being
made to expel the others.
Hundreds of police were
deployed in and around the air-
port. Police spokesman Micky
Rosenfeld said nine Israeli sym-
pathizers were questioned at
the airport after causing "public
disturbances," such as unfurl-
ing pro-Palestinian banners. No
other unrest was reported.
Asked why Israeli authorities
consider this particular group

of activists a threat, Rosenfeld
replied that they have "security
backgrounds" or were "involved
previously in different activities,"
including "security issues
concerning Israel."
He would not elaborate.
Amira Musallam, one of the
coordinators for "Welcome to
Palestine," said she was aware
of only two activists making it
through the airport. She said par-
ticipants had been told not to lie if
questioned atthe airport, andthat
the weeklong program was now
in doubt. The program included a
project to renovate a school, give
participants tours, planttrees and
"get to know the Palestinian ter-
"The aim of 'Welcome to Pal-
estine' is when we have guests
coming to Palestine - to Ramal-
lah, Hebron, to Bethlehem, they
should be able to say we are going
to Palestine and not to lie. They
(Israel) forbids people to visit,
they are controlling all the bor-
ders," she said.

King's advocating for students
to go against unjust federal ,
laws might have created some

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