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CUBAN CULTURE

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
Appeals
court stays
Proposal 2
ruling
6th Circuit puts will take the appeal," said Joy
Yearout, a spokeswoman for
ruling on hold Schuette.
The University had been
until Supreme hesitant to express whether it
would implement affirmative
Court decides action before the'order. At the
Nov. 26 meeting of the Sen-
By ANDREW SCHULMAN ate Advisory Committee on
Daily News Editor University Affairs, University
President Mary Sue Coleman
On Friday, the U.S. 6th Cir- told faculty that the University
cuit Court of Appeals issued an would not immediately change
order to stay its Nov.15 decision its admissions policies since the
striking down Michigan's ban Supreme Court is now review-
on affirmative action, putting ing Fisher v. Texas, another
the ruling on hold until the U.S. affirmative action case.
Supreme Court decides if it will "Right now we are taking a
hear the case. wait-and-see attitude and try-
The order came a day after ing to carefully analyze every-
Michigan Attorney General Bill thing at this- time, Coleman
Schuette filed a petition with said at the meeting.
the nation's highest court to University spokesman Rick
review the 6th Circuit Court's Fitzgerald said in an interview
ruling. The . Court's affirma- Sunday that the stay only con-
tion means the University can- firmsthe University's approach.
not use affirmative action in its "Allthe staydoes is formalize
admissions processes until th that by saying you can't make
Supreme Court chooses whet- changes until it's appealed,"
er to review the case or untilthe Fitzgerald said. "That's what
Supreme Court issues a ruling. the University had planned all
"The ruling is on hold until along."
the Supreme Court says it See PROPOSAL2, Page SA

Handmade books made by Cuban artist Rolando Estevez Jordan are shown at the handmade bookmaking workshop in the Trotter Multicultural Center on Sunday.
GREENING THE 'V
Students to discuss goals for
sustainabilitylEwith -Coleman
Group leads versity President Mary Sue Cole- and the Office of Campus Sus- SSI Board, said the agenda estab-
man Monday, outlining its efforts tainability, was commissioned by liehea specific actionsawithin each
collaborative effort to meet the University's goals for the SEC to raise awareness of the goal of the Integrated Assessment
sustainable living commitment to sustainability on to involvestudents in the sustain-
to green campus The agenda reflectsathe group's campus. ability effor.
efforts for fiulfilling aims outlined The SSI developed four cam- "We decided that we wanted
By JENNIFER CALFAS under the Campus Sustainabil- pus sustainability themes: cli- to set forth our own goals for the
SS O
Daily Staff Reporter ity Integrated Assessment, an mate action, waste prevention, year so we can be not only held
organization created by Coleman healthy environments and com- accountable for these things at
The Student Sustainability Ini- and the Susainability Executive muityawareness. the end of the year, but to tell the
tiative will present its agenda for Council. The IA, created by the LSA senior Meganfeiffer, one administration thatwe are equal-
the 2012-2013 school year to Uni- Graham Sustainability Institute of four undergraduates on the See SUSTAINABILITY, Page SA
STATE POLICY I I
Regional transit plans
stallein state L gislature

Local politicians
seek to improve
transporation in
Southeast Mich.
By SAM GRINGLAS
DailyStaffReporter
On a cold day late last fall,
state Sen. Thomas Casper-
son (R-Escanaba), arrived at a

Detroit Department of Trans-
portation station to buy a hand-
ful of bus tokens. Joined by state
Sen. Bert Johnson (D-Detroit),
the pair spent 11 hours riding
the buses around Detroit and
its surrounding suburbs to, get
a better understanding of the
challenges of the city's public
transportation.
Casperson and Johnson are
proponents of creating a Region-
al Transit Authority that would
integrate the public transpor-

tation systems of the counties
surrounding Detroit, including
'Washtenaw County, under one
administrative body. The bill,
which has passed in the Senate,
now faces challenges moving
forward amid the current lame-
duck state House of Representa-
tives.
While Casperson said' he is
optimistic about the bill's pas-
sage, he acknowledged that get-
ting the required votes will be
See TRANSIT, Page SA

RESEARCH INITIATIVES
'U' partners with Dept. of
Energy for battery research

Jake Cohen, vice president of Detroit Venture Partners, discusses entrepreneurship and funding for startups at the
MPowered 1000 Pitches Summit on Saturday.
MPowered 1000 Pitches summit
showcases semi-finalist projects

Research programs
to receive $120M in
S federal funds
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily News Editor
The University will host
an advanced battery labora-
tory as part of a regional net-
work for battery research, U.S.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu
announced Friday.
The Joint Center for Energy
Storage Research, which will
be funded by the U.S. Depart-
ment of Energy with $120 mil-
lion over the next five years,
will aim to develop batteries
with lower energy costs that
can make electric vehicles more
feasible and affordable. JCESR
will be headquartered at the
Argonne National Laboratory

near Chicago and will have two
advancedbattery hubs in Michi-
gan: one at the University and
the other at Michigan State Uni-
versity's Bio-Economy 'Institute
in Holland.
The University's will receive
$7 million of the grant and
more than a dozen University
researchers will be involved in
the project, the University said.
Chu said in the statement that
See BATTERY, Page 5A

Students share,
entrepreneurial
ideas at event
By ALICIA ADAMCZYK
Daily StaffReporter
Vending machines in the
Shapiro Undergraduate Library
and a campus-wide talent show
were just two of more than 100
ideas discussed at a University
entrepreneurial conference and
workshop event Saturday.
MPowered, a student-run

non-profitorganizationthatfos-
ters student entrepreneurship,
held a 1000 Pitches Summit in
anticipation of next Sunday's
second annual 1000 Pitches
awards ceremony. This year
the competition received 4,537
pitches,. according to Business
sophomore Ridhisha Rughani,
a member of MPowered. About
150 of the 180 semi-finalists for
the competition attended the
summit, which included speak-
ers, workshops and networking
opportunities.
The1000 Pitches competition
provides University students

with the opportunity to pitch
original solutions to a perceived
community problem. Students
create video pitches related to
any of the program's 10 catego-
ries, ranging from Environment
to Web & Software to MProve-
ments, a category specifically
for University infrastructure
improvement ideas. The win-
ner of each category is awarded
$1,000.
The event began with open-
ing remarks from Univer-
sity alum Rishi Narayan, the
co-founder of Underground
See MPOWERED, Page SA

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