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Students celebrate
Ghandi Day in A2

200 participate
in service day in
honor of renowned
Daily Staff Reporter
in the low 40s, LSA freshman
Juhi Rattan braved the cold at
the City of Ann Arbor Natural
Area Preservation on Saturday
to pull up honeysuckle weeds,
shivering alongside fellow
Rattan was among 200 other
students participatingin Ghandi
Day, a service event sponsored
by the University's Indian
American Student Association
and designed to celebrate
activism. The event coincided
with the birthday of renowned
Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi.
This year, the University of
Michigan also collaborated
with Michigan State University
and Wayne State University
to celebrate Ghandi's work.
Around 8 a.m., students
gathered to watch a short
introductory video. 'Lose
Yourself" by Eminem played in

the background as organizers
invited participants to "lose
themselves in helping their
Before boarding University
buses en route to nine service
sites around Ann Arbor,
participants gathered around
the Gandhi Rock, a memorial
located on the Diag outside the
Shapiro Undergraduate Library.
LSA junior Ravi Shah, an
IASA community service chair,
said the idea of dedicating a
Gandhi Rock started 15 years
ago when IASA members sought
out to further celebrate the
leader's message.
Each day, a member affixed
a plaque to a small boulder
outside the library, which
was subsequently removed at
night, since the group had not
obtained official permission for
a memorial.
The students maintained
the temporary memorial every
day until the University, moved
by their efforts, allowed a
permanent commemoration.
Shah said Gandhi Day's
roots began around the official
founding of the Gandhi Rock,
noting the memorial is an
important symbol of IASA's
dedication to the leader's
philosophies of peace and

"It's something we're really
passionate about," Shah said.
Shah said his biggest
challenge was finding venues
that could accommodate such a
large number of volunteers. This
year, the event had its highest
number of registrations yet, and
participants came from a diverse
array of campus groups.
"People are willing to wake
up so early, it shows people want
to help their community," Shah
While checking in on the
multitude of sites, Shah said he
noticed that students not only
enjoyed their projects, but also
appreciated the opportunity to
bond with their fellow group
Working alongside a nature
trail, Rattan and her team
dragged throngs of invasive
species into piles at the City
of Ann Arbor Natural Area
Preservation. Often, her work
crossed paths with hikers and
she apologized for blocking
their way, but she noted many
took a moment to thank the
students for their work.
"Not a single person was
warm, but it was worth it
because it was for a greater
cause," Rattan said.

Samuel Zell, the founder and Chairman of Equity Group Investments, speaks at the Michigan Union on Friday.

From Page 1A
him one of the wealthiest men
in the world. Known as one of the
pioneers of private equity invest-
ments, Zell began his career in
real estate - even dabbling in it as
a student at the University - and
has since diversified his invest-
ments to include interests in
media, sports and energy.
Zell is chairman of seven com-
panies, including the Tribune
Company, which owns The Chi-
cago Tribune, The Los Angeles
Times and 23 television stations
When discussing the Euro-
zone crisis, Zell said the countries
were foolish in joining a system
without determining a means of
"They created a system with-
out an exit strategy," Zell said.
"You guys are in the PE business.
What's the first rule you learn?
Don't cut a deal unless you know
the exit strategy."
Zell also noted that the Bud-
get Control Act of 2011 - which
will take effect Jan. 1, 2013 - will
serve as an impending fiscal cliff.
The policy, a series of drastic
automatic cuts to federal spend-
ing and benefits coupled with
tax increases, is the result of the
failure of Congress and President
Barack Obama to reach a compro-
mise to reduce the federal deficit.
If there is no action to pre-
vent the fiscal decline, many
economists project that the U.S.
economy would enter another
"Grab your ass and hang on,
because we don't know what's
going to happen," Zell said.
"There's some people who sug-
gest that maybe nothing could be
better for our country than to get
some horrific incident medicines,
and that might change the whole
world... Obviously, most people
are deathly afraid of it."
Compared to other recessions,
Zell said the current economic
downturn is far more severe than
what he has experienced in the

past. He added that his company
is currently in the "9-11 business,"
meaning that distressed com-
panies call Zell's firm, request a
buyout, and hear back within two
"In 1999, I was 98 percent lev-
eraged and I was a multi-billion-
aire," Zell said. "In '91 and '92 I
was a billionaire (but) I couldn't
make payroll or I was worry-
ing about making payroll. But it
was all within the scale of what
you could do, and the uncertain-
ties were a great deal less and the
ports in the storm seemed more
Zell is also a vocal public sup-
porter of Republican presidential
nominee Mitt Romney. Since the
beginning of 2011, Zell has donat-
ed at least $378,500 to political
action committees, candidates
from both parties and the Repub-
lican National Committee. His
single largest contribution was
$100,000 to American Cross-
roads, a PAC co-founded by Karl
Rove, a former adviser to former
president George W. Bush.
Since December 2011, Zell
has also contributed $180,000
to Restore our Future, a politi-
cal action committee supporting
Romney. According to the Chris-
tian Science Monitor, Restore our
Future has raised $96.7 million
to date, and The New York Times
reported in May that nearly half
of the February total of $60 mil-
lion stemmed from donors con-
nected to Wall Street.
Although Zell did not overtly
state his political preference dur-
ing his remarks to the conference
attendees, he later expressed his
views to a group of investors as he
was leaving.
"It seems to me no matter who
is elected, 2013 is going to suck,"
Zell said during his remarks.
"There's no way, whether it's
Romney or it's Obama, that 2013
is going to be a pleasant environ-
During his discussion with
the investors, Zell also criticized
Obama's performance in last

week's presidential debate.
"Take away his teleprompter -
he can't talk," Zell said. "He went
toe to toe with Romney on num-
bers. Barack can't add."
David Brophy, the director of
the Office for the Study of Private
Equity Finance at the Ross School
of Business, said Zell's involve-
ment at the University and his
role in founding the Samuel Zell
and Robert H. Lurie Institute for
Entrepreneurial Studies has been
critical in aiding student efforts.
"One could argue he's the most
important contributor to every-
thing entrepreneurial here on
campus," Brophy said. "Without
them, the seed capital, you might
say for this, wasn't there."
Brophy added he wasn't sur-
prised to hear Zell speak about
political issues given how out-
spoken the billionaire has been in
the past about issues affecting the
global economy.
Edward Hightower - the
managing director of Motoring
Ventures LLC, an automotive-
focused private equity firm - said
conferences like these are impor-
tant to see how other private
equity companies are handling a
rough economy.
"What's most valuable is you
get to know what another investor
is looking for, and you get to share
what you're looking for," Hight-
ower said.
Despite the economic difficul-
ties, Hightower said the private
equity business remained a prom-
ising field for interested students,
but agreed with Zell's assessment
that adaptability was crucial in
the current market.
"Economies go in cycles, and
what (the current state of the
economy) really does is put the
onus on private equity firms
to create value through really
improving the operations and
improving the health and success
of the business over the longterm,
rather than just financial gains in
the hopes that the business will
be better after a few years," High-
tower said.

UMHS online portal
aids information sharing

Program sends
records to doctors,
patients on secure
For the Daily
In order to more easily
share medical information, the
University of Michigan Health
System and University Health
Service launched a shared
online portal and mobile app
this fall that will share health
records, allowing patients to
easily connect to their doctor's
office online.
On the website,
MyUofMHealth.org, users
can request appointments,
place prescription renewals,
review health history and test
results, view immunization
records and send secure
messages to their health team.
The server is more secure
than previous communication
methods, like e-mail, in order
to ensure privacy for all medical
Proxy accounts are also
available so users can request

access to view their child's
health information and can
grant access to others to view
their health information.
In the situation of a sensitive
lab test, such as a cancer biopsy,
the test results will not be
available for two weeks until
the doctor signs off and the
patient has been notified, so as
to prevent them from receiving
information online first.
According to the online
patient portal, more than 17,000
people have signed up for the
program, which officially
launched on Aug. 15. In order to
register, an activation code must
be assigned by a clinician or
the online request form, which
enables a user to create a secure
username and password.
said he believes the portal is
revolutionary for the health
system, noting that with the test
results and doctor summaries
online, the portal will also help
to prevent miscommunication.
"It's exciting, making
patients better partners and
improving quality care,"
Winfield said. "For example, if
you go to UHS, the emergency
room can see all the results. If
you go to a specialist, they can

see all of your UHS results. This
portal provides a tremendous
amount of interconnectedness
and patient background
Robert Ernst, the medical
director of UHS, said the patient
portal will be especially useful
for students that enjoy using
"It's terrific, and the most
efficient way to communicate
test results to students," Ernst
said. "I am sure that the tech-
savvy students. of U-M will
rapidlylaunchintothe program."
LSA freshman Alyssa
Deronda said she plans to use
the new system to prevent
unnecessary trips to the
doctor's office.
"I definitely plan on using it,"
Deronda said. "It's a lot more
convenient, and I have to make
less trips down here from North
However, LSA junior Ivan
Miller said he believes the
nature of his visits won't
warrant portal usage.
"Since I just get allergy shots
at UHS, I don't plan on using the
online health portal too much,"
Miller said. "But I will use the
portal if I need to reschedule

Israeli jets warn Hezbollah in mock
raids over southern Lebanon

Drill follows a reconnaissance mission.
Military officials would not
suspicious drone say where the drone originated
or who produced it, but they
incident ruled out the Gaza Strip, which
is ruled by Hamas, a group
BEIRUT (AP) - Israeli not known to possess drones.
warplanes swooped low over That left Hezbollah as the most
Lebanese villages Sunday in a likely culprit and suggested the
menacingshowofforceapparently drone may have flown with the
aimed at the Hezbollah guerrilla blessing of Iran. Tensions are
group after a mysterious raid by high between Israel and Iran
an unmanned aircraft that was over Tehran's suspect nuclear
shot out of Israeli skies over the program.
weekend. "It is an Iranian drone that
Israel was still investigating was launched by Hezbollah,"
Saturday's incident, but Israeli lawmaker Miri Regev, a
Hezbollah quickly emerged as the former chief spokeswoman for
leading suspect because it has an the Israeli military, wrote on her
arsenal of sophisticated Iranian Twitter feed. "Hezbollah and
weapons and a history of trying Iran continue to try to collect
to deploy similar aircraft. information in every possible
The Israeli military said way in order to harm Israel."
the drone approached Israel's She did not offer any
southern Mediterranean coast further evidence and was
and flew deep into Israeli not immediately available for
airspace before warplanes comment.
shot it down about 20 minutes Hezbollah officials would not
later. Israeli news reports said comment on speculation that the
the drone was not carrying group had launched the drone.
explosives and appeared to be on The Israeli dailies Yediot

Ahronot and Maariv published
maps based on military
"estimates" that claimed to show
the route taken by the drone.
The maps said the aircraft
took off south of the Lebanese
coastal city of Sidon, headed
south and then turned east over
the Gaza Strip and into Israel.
Yediot also claimed the drone
was made in Iran.
The Israeli military said it
began tracking the aircraft over
the Mediterranean but waited
until it was over an empty, desert
area to bring it down in order to
avoid casualties on the ground.
Sunday's Israeli air raids,
buzzing over pro-Hezbollah
villages in southern Lebanon,
appeared to be aimed at
reminding the guerrilla group of
Israel's air superiority.
At times of heightened
tensions, the Israeli air force
often carries out mock raids
over Lebanese territory. Israel
has U.S.-made F-15 and F-16
warplanes, but it was not clear
exactly what type of planes were
flown Sunday.

OCTOBER 11,2012 3:00 P.M.
Rackham Auditorium . 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor
Keynote policy lecture by Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker,
founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Miki Orihara, soloist of the Martha Graham Dance Company
Tribute remarks from President Mary Sue Coleman,
family members, and other special guests

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