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CINEMA AND SOCIETY: Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Agnieszka Holland to discuss her acclaimed films at the Michigan. ) PAGE5A

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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ELECTION 2012
Levin urges
legislators
to prioritize
higher ed.

IT'S IN 3D, DUDE

At Detroit event,
senator meets with
campus leaders,
By TUI RADEMAKER
Daily Staff Reporter
DETROIT - During a small
group discussion with students
from the. University of Michi-
gan, Michigan State University
and the Detroit School of Arts
High School, U.S. Sen. Carl
Levin (D-Mich.) opened by
admitting he is a Wolverine fan,
drawing laughs of disapproval
fromthe MSUstudents.
As he continued his address,
held at the University's Detroit
Center, he discussed the impor-
tance of prioritizing legislation
related to higher education ini-
tiatives and discussed President
Barack Obama's performance in
last week's debate.
"We are truly a great univer-
sity state," Levin said. "I think
population-wise we may have
the best higher education sys-
tem and maybe the most exten-
sive higher education system."
Levin's speechis part of a The
Legislative Collaborative - a
four-part political forum jointly
sponsored by the University's
Detroit Center and the nearby

MSU Detioit Center to engage
students with politicians. The
three other speakers have yet
to be confirmed, according to
Addell Austin Anderson, the
director of the University's
Detroit Center.
During his
speech, Levin
emphasized
his belief that2 Y1 I
America must
work together
to improve its schools for the
sake of future economic stabil-
ity and job growth.
"We ... have, in high-tech
areas, an ability to bring in alot
of people to fill jobs where yet
we don't have enough Ameri-
can students getting ready to fill
(those)," Levin said. "We got to
change that.
Headded that it's impera-
tive that America's colleges
strengthen programs in the sci-
ences in order to continue to be
globally competitive.
"We got to get much greater
emphasis on math and on sci-
ence - science particularly
- in this country so that we
don't need to have folks come
in (from other countries) to fill
that demand."
In an interview after the
event, Levin expressed frustra-
See LEVIN, Page 3A

Rackham student Max Radin demonstrates how to use a virtual reality program at an open house of the 3D Lab at the Duderstadt Center Tuesday
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BEFORE THE COURT
High- cort willaddress
race-based admissions.

Fisher v. U of Texas
could change how
affirmative action
is used nationally
By PETER SHAHIN
Daily StaffReporter
The U.S. Supreme Court will
hear oral arguments on Wednes-

day in a case that has the poten-
tial to redefine the way race is
interpreted in higher education
admissions.
Fisher v. University of Texas
- which began in 2007 when
the University of Texas denied
admission of white student Abi-
gail Fisher - has given the court
the opportunity to review, reaf-
firm or reverse its rulings in the
two 2003 cases involving the
University of Michigan, Gratz

v. Bollinger and Grutter. v. Bol-
linger.
The two cases have served as
the foundation in defining the
uneasy status quo surrounding
the use of race in college admis-
sions. In 2003, the court decid-
ed the University's practice of
awarding points toward admis-
sion based solely on race failed
to fairly weigh the diversity of
each candidate. Instead, Grutter
upheld a holistic approach where

race could be considered a valid
factor in the context of additional
qualifications.
In 2007, Fisher posed a new
challenge to affirmative action
efforts in Texas. Fisher attended
a competitive, predominantly
white high school, but was not
part of the top 10 percent of her
class. At the University of Texas,
the top 10 percent of every high
school class in the state gains
See HIGH COURT, Page 3A

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Lack of accessibility causes
m delay in full Google roll out

At meeting, 'U'
CIO says talks
are underway to
address concerns
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily StaffReporter
Laura Patterson, the Univer-
sity's chief information officer,
spoke to the Central Student
Government on Tuesday night in

response to a resolution passed
last week that disapproved of the
University's adoption of Google
services that are not fully acces-
sible to disabled students.
Patterson said the University
recognizes that the services pro-
vided through Google are not
fully accessible to students with
vision difficulty, some learning
disabilities and other impair-
ments, and it is working with the
company to improve user-friend-
liness.
"We knew at the time that

Google was not accessible and
we knew this because many
other universities had gone to
Google before the University of
Michigan," she said. "But Google
assured us that they were making
significant investment in making
their product accessible."
Regardless of problems with
accessibility, Patterson said the
University decided to sign a ten-
year contract with Google instead
of Microsoft last year after polls
and meetings with students and
See.GOOGLE, Page 3A

NICK WILLIAMS/Daily
University President Mary Sue Coleman speaks at the Alice Lloyd Residence Hall rededication ceremony yesterday.
Campus community
celebrates Alice Lloyd
Event marks opening and discussed its "We're constantly working
transformation. to provide the very best facili-
re-opening of The ceremony was the first ties for our students and our
of several events commemo- faculty," Coleman said. "Great
residence hall rating the Lloyd Hall Scholars facilities support great schol-
Program's 50th anniversary. ars."
By JEN CALFAS A series of speakers, includ- The renovation, of Alice
Daily Staff Reporter ing University President Mary Lloyd was the fourth project
Sue Coleman, spoke to the sig- undertaken as a result of the
Gathered in the newly reno- nificance of residential life and initiative, coming on the heels
vated Alice Lloyd. Residence the Residential Life Initiative, of updates to Mosher-Jordan,
Hall on Tuesday afternoon, a University program that was Stockwell and Couzens Resi-
students, faculty and alumni launched in 2004 to upgrade dence Halls. East Quad Resi-
celebrated the building's re- University residence halls. See ALICE LLOYD, Page 2A

UNNVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM
Personalized treatment efforts
focus of State of Health address

Pescovitz
highlights UMHS'
successes
By TAYLOR WIZNER
Daily Staff Reporter
Ora Pescovitz, the University's
executive vice president for med-
ical affairs, presented the Uni-

versity's annual State of Health
Address Tuesday night, detail-
ingthe status of the Universityof
Michigan Health System.
During the event, held on the
University's medical campus,
Pescovitz highlighted the con-
tinued excellence of UMHS,
mentioning the health sys-
tem's consistent rankings in the
U.S. News and World Report
America's Best Hospitals Honor

Roll. UMHS ranked first in the
state this year. In her address,
she focused on the University's
approach to patient care.
"It is about the right treatment
for the patient, at the right time,
at the right setting," Pescovitz
said. "And it's about making the
treatment as individualized as
the patient and the disease."
Prescovitz said personal-
See HEALTH, Page 7A

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