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Sr f E LECTION 2012 * * *
Change takes
time, Obama
argues at DNC

President accepts
Democratic
nomination, urges
support
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily StaffReporter
Challenged by Republicans to
prove that the country is better
off now than it was four years
ago, President Barack Obama
offered a "better path forward"

as he accepted the Democratic
nomination for president Thurs-
day night.
In a speech that lasted about
40 minutes, Obama cast the
presidential election as a deci-
sion between two critically dif-
ferent ideologies for how to
tackle America's most challeng-
ing issues. While acknowledging
that progress has been sluggish,
he promised that with more time
vast change willbe made.
"I won't pretend the path I'm
offering is quick or easy," Obama
See OBAMA, Page 3A

TERESA MATHEW/Daily

Stephen M. Ross (left) and Jeff Blau (right) speak during a question and,answer session at the Business School on Thursday.

Candid Ross says he'll
leave Related CEO post

GOP groups
pull Mich. ads

Adds that 'U' alum
Blau will succeed
him in leading real
estate firm
By PETER SHAHIN
Daily StaffReporter
University alum Stephen M.
Ross, the namesake of the Uni-
versity's Ross School of Busi-
ness, said in an event at the

Business School on Thursday
that he will step down next
week as CEO of The Related
Companies, the real estate firm
he founded. He announced that
the company's president Jeff
Blau, also a University alum,
will take over as CEO.
Every one of the 499 seats
was filled at Blau Auditorium,
with students and guests spill-
ing into three of the Business
School's conference rooms, as
Ross and Blau lounged in arm-
chairs and fielded questions

ranging from job prospects for
business graduates to the state
of the Miami Dolphins, the
NFL team Ross owns.
But, the surprise of the
hour-long presentation came
in a truly unscripted exchange
between Ross and Blau over
the future of Related's manage-
ment, when Ross said he will
leave his position as CEO and
will be replaced by Blau. '
"I'll be the first to tell you
that next week we're announc-
ing he's the CEO and I'm just

the. chairman -you'll read
about that next week I'm sure,"
Ross said. "Just don't tell the
press, with social media it's
going to be all over the place."
Both Blau and Ross declined
to comment after the event
when asked about the person-
nel change. Representatives
from Related did not respond to
requests for comment.
Ross didn't say *hy he
is leaving his position, and
it's unclear when an official
See ROSS, Page 3A

Super PACs
supporting Romney
move money to
other states
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily StaffReporter
Republican presidential
nominee Mitt Romney and con-.
servative groups backing him
announced Thursday that they

will not continue to run televi-
sion campaign advertisements
in the state of Michigan, The
Detroit News reported.
Though some experts say the
decision could damage Romney's
prospects in Michigan, it doesn't
necessarily signify the campaign
is ready to surrender the state,
according to Michael Heaney,
an assistant professor of political
science.
"I wouldn't say it's giving up
Michigan," Heaney said "Iwould
See ADS, Page 3A

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
Students among delegates

GROOVIN'

Clinton, Obama
speeches among
highlights for Dems
in Charlotte
By CHANNING ROBINSON
Daily StaffReporter
Several University students
made the trek to Charlotte, N.C.
this week to participate in the
Democratic National Conven-
tion and show their support for
President Barack Obama and
the Democratic Party.
LSA sophomore Daniel Elkus

attended the convention as a
delegate from Michigan's 9th
district. Elkus said he tries to
be as politically involved as
possible to represent the inter-
ests of the campus groups he
participates in, including the
University's chapter of College
Democrats, the American Civil
Liberties Union, Hillel and the
United Cerebral Palsy of Metro-
politan Detroit.
Of the numerous speakers,
he said former President Bill
Clinton - who gave a fervent.
address urging Obama's re-elec-
tion - and Bob King, president
of United Auto Workers, were
particularly impressive.

"Bill Clinton gave an excel-
lent speech about the future of
the nation ... and showed it is
impossible
to gov-
ern under
licans,"
Elkus said.
LSA
junior
Jacob
Light also referenced Clinton's
speech as one of the convention
highlights.
"Bill Clinton delivered an
incredible speech that tore
apart the Republican argument
See DELEGATES, Page 3A

CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY
Google transition nears completion

About half of 'U'
students have
migrated services
By MOLLY BLOCK
Daily StaffReporter
As students settle into the new
school year, the University is also
getting acclimated to its new
Google e-mail platform.

The University's migration
from Internet Message Access
Protocol - its previous webmail
program - to Google is almost
complete, according to officials.
By the end of September, all
IMAP e-mail accounts will auto-
matically change to M+Google,
the University's personalized
Google platform.
The switch was pioneered by
the University's NextGen Michi-
gan Collaboration project, which

was officially launched on March
5, giving the Ann Arbor campus
access to more than 40 Google
collaboration applications.
According to Rita Girardi,
senior marketing and communi-
cations specialist for the Next-
Gen program, M+Google differs
from a standard Gmail account
in its lack of advertising and its
integration with existing Univer-
sity tools such as MCommunity,
See GOOGLE, Page 3A

Students from the Groove Percussion and Performance group perform on the Diag during FestiFall on Thursday.

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