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UMMA tours ADHD event

We didn't start
the fire
WHERE: Mitchell Field
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 8 p.m..
WHAT: Officers arrived
on the scene to locate an
alleged bonfire at the back
of the field, University
Police reported. Officers
could not find a fire.
WHERE: Mosher-Jordan
Residence Hall
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 2:40 p.m.
WHAT: A man with no
connection to the Univer-
sity tried to sell candles to
residents, University Police
reported. He was cited for

Running theft
WHERE: Intramural
Sports Building
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 10:25 p.m.
WHAT: A necklace was
allegedly stolen after being
left on a treadmill at about
6 p.m., University Police
reported. There are cur-
rently no suspects.
Bike crash
WHERE: 1200 Block of
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 8:35 a.m.
WHAT: A bicyclist collided
with a pedestrian and medi-
cal assistance arrived on
the scene, University Police
reported. The bicyclist did
not use emergency trans-
port, but did sustain minor

WHAT: During the lunch
hour, museum staff will give
tours of differentgalleries
engaging in conversations
about the time period and
WHO: University of Michi-
gan Museum of Art
WHEN: Today from 12:15
p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
WHERE: University Muse-
um of Art
Dance show
WHAT: The Impact Dance
group presents their self-
choreographed pieces span-
ning the genres of jazz, tap,
ballet, modern, hip-hop .
and lyrical. The University
sponsored group is primar-
ily composed of non-dance
WHO: Michigan Union
Ticket Office
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Mendelssohn

WHAT: ADHD Awareness
Week examineshow to
improve emotional well-
being. and embrace adult-
hood ADHD.
WHO: Services for Students
with Disabilities
WHEN: Today at noon
WHERE: Rackham Audi-
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A South African film
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nails to the Chinese embassy,
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Chinese medicine for keratin
which is also found in nails.
2Zach Hyman didn't
plan on coming to
Ann Arbor until four
months before the fall
2011 semester began, but it's
a suitable place for the next
step in his development as he
strives to reach the NHL.
Brewmeister's Arma-
geddon, a Scottish
brewery, says it has pro-
duced the world's strongest
beer, The Huffington Post
reported. The beer under-
goes freezing fermentationto
create an alcohol content of

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From Page 1
ment Compiled Code article on
elections is -poorly constructed,
containing a number of incoher-
ent, ambiguous, contradictory
and absurd provisions," he wrote
in the decision.
Since then, the election code
has been struck from the CSG
Compiled Code in its entirety,
and after a month of revisions, a
resolution for a new election code
co-authored by nine people was
proposed at Tuesday night's CSG
assembly meeting.
Jeremy Keeney, a Law stu-
dent and CSG rules committee
chair, and Michael Proppe, a
Business junior and assembly
speaker, said at the meeting that
they hope the proposed election
code will prevent the recurrence
of similar hearings and intro-
duce other beneficial rules for
the next major CSG election in
March 2013.-
The sweeping, 15-page reso-
lution addresses several issues
that stemmed from the March
elections and, unlike the former
code, defines abuse of e-mail
listservs, coordination between
candidates and their support-
ers and introduces campaign
finance language.
In response to confusion
during the March hearing con-
cerning the definition of owner-
ship of University listservs, the
proposed election code states
that only the owner listed by
the MCommunity website may
be allowed to send campaign
e-mails to a listserv.
While the proposed and
former election codes punish
abuse of listservs with demer-
its for every person the e-mail
is sent to, the UEC cited "miti-
gating factors" in its decision to
lower the number of demerits it
awarded to Parikh and Hashwi
from more than 1,000 to four.
Five demerits are needed to
disqualify a candidate from the
The use of mitigating factors
was appealed and the case was
brought to the CSJ, which could
only make a decision based on
the mitigating factors outlined
by the UEC at that time. While
CSJ later found that only two of
the 11 mitigating factors were

valid, the decision was upheld'
based on those factors when the
hearing was remanded to the
However, under the proposed
election code, "questions of law
are reviewed using a de novo
standard" by the CSJ, meaning
it is required to look at each case
as if it is being heard for the first
"Before, the standard was the
UEC had to be clearly wrong,
in order for the Central Stu-
dent Judiciary to overrule them
when they mitigated damages,"
Keeney said. "Now they just
have to be wrong in the CSJ's
opinion - in order to be wrong
is a lower threshold than to be
clearly wrong."
Furthermore, the election
code would require that an
infraction committed by a non-
candidate fulfill three compo-
nents in order for demerits to
be awarded to a candidate. The
three components would better
define coordination and implied
coordination between a candi-
date and his or her supporters,
an issue that was hotly contest-
ed during the March hearing.
Aside from changes that are
solely reactionary to that hear-
ing, the addition of campaign
finance laws to the election code
would have required additional
paperwork by each campaign.
According to the proposed
regulation, presidential cam-
paigns cannot spend more than
$1,000 toward their campaign
and parties can only spend an
additional $50 for each leg-
islative candidate running
with their party. This would
have limited, for instance, the
amount of spendable funds for
Parikh and Hashwi's campaign
last spring to $1,000, but would
have allowed MForward to
spend $2,700 because it had a
presidential ticket and 34 legis-
lative candidates.
Moreover, only students
would be able to donate to cam-
paigns, and those donations
would be limited to $25 for each
legislative campaign and $100
for presidential tickets. Under
these rules, a single student
could have donated a total of
$950 to MForward's campaign
last year.
All spending and donations
would have to be reported to

the UEC before the polls open
through forms described in
the proposed resolution. Those
forms would then be made pub-
lic online within 24 hours after
they are submitted to the UEC.
Furthermore, any campaign
funds not spentby the end of the
election -must be "reported to
the UEC, must be donated to the
(Student Organization Fund-
ing Commission), a University
of Michigan sponsored scholar-
ship fund, or a 501(c)(3) char-
ity of the candidate's choice"
within one week of the election
The resolution, however,
does not define the difference
between the general funds a
party owns and funds specifi-
cally allocated to campaigning.
"I guess under the current
language, my understanding of
this would be campaign funds is
money spent duringthe election
period on the election," Proppe
said. "I think that's a really good
point that we need to clarify
Similarly, the resolution has
no language to prevent laun-
dering of campaign donations
through other students by non-"
students, or those who have
maxed out their donations.
"There's actually no way to
track that," Keeney said.
Lastly, the resolution lacks
language that indicates if money
donated to a party for a legisla-
tive candidate must be spent
specifically on that candidate or
if that moneycanbe spent onthe
presidential campaign or other
legislative candidates.
Violation of rules regard-
ing campaign finance would be
regarded as a major infraction
under the proposed resolution
and would be punishable by two
to four demerits.
While the addition of finan-
cial regulations adds a multitude
of ways students can violate the
election code, Proppe said the
benefit of the legislation out-
weighs potential hearings that
could stem from it.
"I don't think it's good to
eliminate good rules because
we're afraid they'll be broken,"
Proppe said.
Keeney added that the new
code also levels the playing field
of campaigns.
"The overall purpose of this

is to increase transparency as to
how much people are spending
and to make it fair so that some-
one who comes from a rich fam-
ily doesn't automatically have an
advantage," he said. "I feel like
this is a good, at least, first step
toward that."
Endorsements made by CSG
members, another issue dur-
ing the March election, are also
addressed by the resolution.
"Neither the Assembly nor
any of its committees, commis-
sions, select committees, UEC,
University Elections Judiciary,
nor Election Director shall
endorse any candidate in any
election," the proposed election
code reads.
This stipulation would have
come into effect last year when
Michael Budros, then a vice-
chair of SOFC, wrote a view-
point in The Michigan Daily
endorsing Business junior
Shreya Singh for president and
signed the viewpoint with his
full title. The amount of demer-
its that could be issued for this
infraction is unclear because it's
not listed in the minor, major or
egregious infractions sections
of the proposed election code.
The idea of preventing mem-
bers of CSG from publicly
endorsing candidates was origi-
nally discussed in April follow-
ing the election, but a resolution
with language similar to that of
the proposed election code was
voted down.
The proposed election code
however, added that "as indi-
viduals, members of CSG may
endorse the candidacy of any
candidate in any election."
Finally, a rule that restrict-
ed a party from capitalizing
more than the first letter of its
name was absent from the pro-
posed resolution. youMICH,
MForward and OurMichigan
could all have been pressed for
one demerit under this rule,
although no party filed a com-
The resolution will be dis-
cussed and further tabled at
Sunday's rules committee meet-
ing. It will require a majority of
support from the assembly, as it
changes only the compiled code
of CSG - not its constitution
or operating procedures, both
of which require a two-thirds


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