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Monday, February 11, 2013

michigandaily.com

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Treasurer
starts new

RUBY WALLAU/Daily
Peter Smith, director of licensing and engineering at DTE Energy, speaks at the Town Hall on Nuclear Energy in Dennison Hall Saturday.
Exp ertstalk nuclear power

CSGi
Osborn declines
nomination from
youMich, runs for
pres. with forUM
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily StaffReporter
LSA junior Chris Osborn, Cen-
tral Student Government trea-
surer, became the first candidate
to throw a hat in the ring for the
upcoming CSG presidential race
when he launched a new political
party, forUM, on Sunday.
youMICH offered Osborn
its presidential nomination on
Monday, but Osborn declined the
offer on Friday.
The election dates, which have
yet to be approved by the Univer-
sity Council, are tentatively set
for March 27 and 28. Osborn is
the only confirmed presidential
candidate for the race because
youMICH has yet to nominate a
presidential candidate and LSA
junior Omar Hashwi, the current
CSG vice president, declined to
comment on his plans for March.
In addition to a presidential
slate, forUM will also be running
candidates for representative
positions. Osborn said forUM

party
will be looking both inside and
outside of the walls of the CSG
chambers for possible candi-
dates.
"We definitely want to recruit
internal talent, but we also recog-
nize that this is an opportunity,"
Osborn said. "Some students just
don't know about it, and we want
to do our best that they do know
about and that they can enact
change through the medium of
Central Student Government."
LSA junior Hayley Sakwa,
Osborn's running mate, has no
CSG experience. Osborn said
he met her only last weekend
through a mutual friend, but was
immediately struck by how well
they got along. He also lauded
her work with the Jewish Detroit
Initiative, which she co-founded.
A veteran of student govern-
ment at the University, Osborn
was an assembly representative
before being becoming trea-
surer in the administration of
current CSG president Manish
Parikh: Osborn said he had been
approached in January about
the possibility of running for
president. Public Policy senior
Alexander Lane, the forUM's
communications director, and
Osborn came up with the name
for the political party in the mid-
See TREASURER, Page 7A

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nuclear engineering experts at the
hall, experts Town Hall on Nuclear Energy in
Dennison Hall, discussing this
liscuss safety, questionand other nuclear energy
topics with students, faculty and
regulations industry professionals. The event
was hosted by the University's
RACHEL PREMACK student chapter of the American
Daily StaffReporter Nuclear Society and sponsored by
the physics department.
b Anthrope, senior nuclear Anthrope told the audience that
eer at nuclear consulting regardless of who must provide
Fauske and Associates, has education on the power source,
ig question: Who's respon- more is needed.
or providing nuclear energy "As an engineer, you have an
ledge forthe public? ethical obligation to protect the

health and safety of the public,"
Anthrope said, noting that most
deaths in nuclear disasters are due
to evacuation problems or stress
causedbylackofinformation. "It's
not like I'm some brave maverick
whistleblower. I just want people
to not panic. They should worry
- but they should worry appropri-
ately."
The event focused on three
-themes: the 2011 Fukushima Dai-
ichi nuclear disaster in Japan, cur-
rent issues in nuclear power and
the future of nuclear research.
ANS held another Town Hall in
March2011in the aftermath of the

Fukushima meltdown.
Engineering junior Peter Tarle,
vice president of ANS, said orga-
nizers hoped to use the event as a
way to calm common fears about
nuclear energy.
"We're really hoping to educate
the public, and answer any ques-
tions they have and try to alleviate
the fears they have on radioactive
waste, proliferation, safety, envi-
ronmental effects and cost," Tarle
said.
Moderated by Engineering
Prof. Ronald Gilgenbach, the pan-
elists included several engineering
See NUCLEAR, Page 7A

CITY COUNCIL
Task force to
explore future
of A2public art

Council members
look for alternate
funding sources
By FARONE RASHEED
Daily Staff Reporter
With voters' rejection of the
proposed art millage on the
November ballot and subsequent
suspension of the Percent for
Art program, the direction of
Ann Arbor's public art program
remains undetermined.
To find a clear path for the
project and to brainstorm pos-
sible funding options, the Ann
Arbor City Council has created
the Public Art Task Force. The
group is composed of City Coun-
cilmembers Christopher Taylor
(D-Ward 3), Margie Teall (D-
Ward 4), Sabra Briere (D-Ward
1), Sally Hart Petersen (D-Ward
2) and Stephen Kunselman (D-
Ward 3).
The suspended Percent for
Art program allowed art to be
acquired, installed and main-
tained only if it's part of a capital
improvement project. Briere said

the cityhasn't done enoughto find
alternative sources of funding.
"There has been little or no
effective effort to seek funding
from sources other than taxes,"
Briere said.
Taylor expressed a desire to
collaborate and put forward the
most viable financial proposal
to the council by April 1, when
funding for the Percent for Art
program is scheduled to resume.,
"Ouraesthetic environment is
important to the city's success,"
Taylor said, arguing in favor of
the program. "Our goals remain
the same, but we'll move away
from pooling funds in the way
that we hadbefore."
Several projects already
underway - including artwork
for the East Stadium Bridge,
Argo Cascades and a rain gar-
den at First and Kingsley streets
- were unaffected by funding
freezes and have continued on
schedule.
Marsha Chamberlin, chair of
the Ann Arbor Public Art Com-
mission, saidthe publicwillhave
the opportunity to see presenta-
tion proposals fromselect artists
See ART, Page 7A

Samson Rapheal Osagie, the minority whip of the Federal House of Representatives of Nigeria, delivers the keynote
address at the Ross Africa Rosiness Conference FridayC
"Ross hosts Africa business
conference over weekend

ADMINISTRATION
'U' counsel
starts new
job outside
the Beltway
Lynch excited to
work in intellectual
environment
By RACHEL PREMACK
Daily Staff Reporter
His laundry was done and his
on-campus apartment was clean.
It was a Saturday night and Tim-
othy Lynch, general counsel and
vice president for the University,
didn't want to spend it alone in
his new home.
He glanced at the University
events calendar and decided to
attend a mezzo-soprano student
performance at the School of
Music, Theatre & Dance.
"Wow!" he recalled thinking.
"This is amazing. This is a really
great place,"
Lynch, who assumed his new
role on Jan. 7, said he finds the
intellectual environment of his
new workplace "thrilling."
Prior to his appointment,
Lynch was the deputy gen-
eral counsel for litigation and
enforcement at the U.S. Depart-
See BELTWAY, Page 7A

Nigerian rep. was
keynote speaker of
first-ever event
By STEPHANIE SHENOUDA
Daily StaffReporter
It was the result of nearly a
year of planningand a desire for
community, and it was almost
derailed entirely by the weather.
But people from around
the world braved the snow to
attend the first Ross Africa
Business Conference Friday,
where they engaged in panels,

lectures and discussions.
The most anticipated event
of the day included a visit from
Samson Rapheal Osagie, the
minority whip of the Federal
House of Representatives of
Nigera, who spoke on behalf
of the Speaker of the House,
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
During his keynote speech, he
stressed the relevance of the
continent as a business power -
a far cry, he believes, from what
is often portrayed in the media.
"Africa's economy is one of
the most resilient in the world,"
Tambuwal said. "Africa is in
a position to become the sec-

and fastest growing region in
the world, and an increasingly
attractive place for potential
investors, and it could be even
better by the end of the year."
Rackham student Uzo Agu-
siobo, president of the Africa
Business club, said this year the
club wanted to have a larger
presence and make a bigger
impact within the business,
school.
"We basically wanted to
bridge the gap between people
who do business in Africa and
Africans," Agusiobo said. "We
spent a lot of time networking,
See BUSINESS, Page 7A

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