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die of January.
Still, it wasn't until this week
that Osborn made the decision
not to run with youMICH.
youMICH nearly won the
presidential election last year,
handily won a plurality of seats
in the assembly and is the only
active party from last year's elec-
tion. Osborn noted that running
with youMICH would have been
an easier path to victory than
trying to run an entire party
in opposition, but he said ideo-
logical differences outweighed
increased political security.
In particular, Osborn said
forUM will hold open meetings
every week as well as closed
meetings for its executive board.
"We want to make it as open
and transparent as possible,
and that was something I didn't
necessarily see with youMICH
either," he said.
Osborn added that youMICH
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trying to get different people to
come based on the theme of our
Agusiobo said the African
community in the business
school is tight-knit, which she
attributes in part to the club's
The event was successful,
though only about 100 of the 150
registered guests were in atten-
dance due to complications with
the weather. She also said the
clubhopes to make this anannual
event and will continue to inform
people about the potential Africa
has as a business power, as well
as the options available for Afri-
cans studying business abroad.
Rackham student Wil
Asumeng, the club's vice presi-
dent of finance and corporate

can be "somewhat exclusive,"
which he didn't necessarily sup-
"If you weren't in the party,
it was kind of (like), 'Okay, too
bad,"' he said. "It was behind
closed doors."
One platform idea from forUM
is to update Mcards to include
information like allergies, blood
type and other medical infor-
mation and to make those cards
compatible with the University
Health System. Osborn said it
could eliminate paperwork for
"So that when you walk into
UHS it's more of like a check-in
system," Osborn said. "It's more
efficient; it's more convenient for
students too. There's no reason
that students should have to go
and fill out the same paperwork
every single time they want to go
to UHS."
Lane added that if it's possible
for your Mcard to act as an ATM
card for TCF bank, it should have
other purposes too.
Another platform point is

making healthy food more avail-
able around campus. Lane and
Osborn pointed to the difficulty
students have finding fresh food
at available prices if they don't
have cars.
"We like our ideas; we think
our ideas are pretty good, but
they're just our ideas," Osborn
said. "We want to hear all the
rest of the students."
LSA junior Laurel Ruza, you-
MICH chair, said youMICH is
still looking for a presidential
"We definitely wish (Osborn)
all the best, and we're just pre-
paring to move forward with
a new candidate whose vision
of student government better
aligns with youMICH's goals of
an open, diverse and collabora-
tive student government."
She declined to comment fur-
ther on youMICH's candidate
-Daily Staff Reporter
Amrutha Sivakumar
contributed to this report.

From Page 1A
professors and employees of the
United States Nuclear Regulatory
Commission, DTE Energy and the
Palisades Nuclear Generating Sta-
tion, which is located on the west
side of the state.
Gilgenbach said in an inter-
view that he anticipated questions
would center on the disposal of
nuclear waste, which tops public
"We have solved those problems
technically, but they're really politi-
cal problems," Gilgenbach said. "It'S
merely a question of finding some
politicians who are willing to accept
Several audience members
asked about nuclear plant safety,
particularly following incidents
like the one that occurred in Fuk-
ishima, Japan after a major earth-
quake and tsunami plagued Japan
in 2011. NRC Deputy Regional
Administrator Cindy Pederson,
who works in the Midwest region,
said the NRC made immediate
responses following that disas-
ter, both assisting the Japanese
and assessing how well domestic

plants respond to incidents.
. Peter Smith, director of licens-
ing and engineering at DTE
Energy, said a new reactor at the
Fermi Nuclear Generating Station
outside of Detroit will have safety
features that Fukushima lacked.
In discussing what can be done
to improve plant safety, Annalisa
Manera, an associate professor in
Engineering, pointed out that Gen-
eration IV reactors, which feature
passive safety features like gravi-
ty-driven cooling systems, will be
available by 2030. Most current
reactors are GenerationII.
Palisades Nuclear Plant Engi-
neer Adam Bono said mechanisms
are being continually replaced.
"It's a process of constantly
monitoring (and) replacing com-
ponents that need to be replaced,"
Bono said.
Physics Prof. Gregory Tarle said
he was disappointed at research-
ers' lack of focus on advanced sys-
tems, like pebble bed and molten
salt reactors, discussed in the final
topic of the town hall.
"They have potential for improv-
ing safety, reducing proliferation
concerns so I would like to see more
research into those and it looks like

From Page 1A
for the East Stadium Bridge.
Despite the pending financial
discussions among members of the
City Council, the AAPAC contin-
ues to work on new projects. The
Insidelout Program of the Detroit
Institute of Art has reproduced
and installed temporary, outdoor
pieces of its collection on buildings
throughout Ann Arbor.
Chamberlin stressed the impor-
tance the AAPAC played in submit-
for the pieces and promoting the
community's exhibits.
"They're designed to bring art to
the people,"Chamberlinsaid.
In addition, a lack of public
funding is not likely to stop public
art from being erected through-
out the city. The AAPAC has also
begun preliminary discussions
for a collaborative project in 2014
at the Argo Canoe Livery and sev-
eral non-profit art institutions, all
of which would be privately fund-
ed but overseen by the AAPAC.
Canoes at the livery would also be
re-sculpted and re-imagined by
the artists.

relations, said he was mainly
involved in fundraising for the
"The focus of the event was
to give presence to the Afri-
can community, especially in
the business school," Asumeng
said. "Even though it's a young
organization, we felt this was a
good time to have a conference
to give people from Africa the
time to come and speak because
usually people know very little
about Africa outside of the
Asumeng agreed that the
turnout and interest level were
"promising" for the group, and
that the success of the event
shows the potential for a thriv-
ing African community within
the larger academic one.
Though most in attendance
were graduate students, LSA
freshman Eberechi Ogbuaku
came out for the event at the

recommendation of her African
Studies advisor.
"I'm Nigerian myself, so when
there's a conference about Afri-
cans and trying to build com-
munity, that always interests
me," she said. "It's something
that needs to take place, so I was
interested in hearing other peo-
ple talk about how we can build
that community stronger and
energize it, as the conference's
goal is."
Ogbuaku said she 'feels more
informed, but that the time it will
take to see actual progress being
made is "frustrating."
"It's going to take time to see
the actual growth happen, you
have to do it in steps," Ogbuaku
said. "I'm definitely more inter-
ested in the business side than
the law making side, but it's not
about pointing fingers, it's about
making progress as a united

From Page 1A
ment of Energy, and said, as cli-
ents, the two institutions have
more similarities than differ-
"There's a real confidence in
the missions," Lynch said. "The
University, of Michigan has a
really impressive research mis-
sion. The Department of Energy
is a huge funding vehicle for labs
and for universities across the
Originally from Binghamton,
N.Y., Lynch remembers his par-
ents' friends' anecdotes of cross
examining in trials as being a
catalyst in his interest in the law
- he saw it as both academically
perplexing and a fantastic way to
institute social change. He com-
pleted his Bachelor of Arts from
the University of Rochester in
1990 and his law degree from the
Georgetown University Law Cen-
ter in 1995.
Lynch's career is centered on
the public sphere. After clerk-
ing in the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Sixth Circuit in 1995, he
worked at litigation boutique
Shea & Gardner. Lynch then
was an assistant U.S. attorney in
Washington D.C. before becom-
ing an assistant chief litigation
counsel at the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commissions until
2010, when he joined the Depart-
ment of Energy.
In his work at the department,
Lynch said working on issues like
renewable energy and nuclear
nonproliferation issues was an
"The energy department ... was
an extraordinarily exciting place
to be, and it was really wonder-
ful being part of that mission and
going to work every day in-order
to bring to fruition the ideas that
(Secretary of Energy Steven Chu)

He said the University allows
him to do the exciting work he
did at the Department of Energy
with "the added benefit of being
an amazing institution that is
educating some of the very best
students in the world."
"I was looking for oppor-
tunities for a place that had a
very public-spirited science and
research mission, and I saw that
the University of Michigan would
be a wonderful opportunity to do
the work that I love for a client
that has a very similar values and
goals," Lynch said.
Only residing in Ann Arbor for
a month, he's already adopted the
city's cerebral character over the
fast-paced nature of the capital.
"In Washington.D.C., everyone
focuses on the politics, everyone
knows who's going to appear on
the Sunday talk shows and that is
something that people find inter-
esting to talk about," Lynch said.
"I didn't. Here, people care about
politics, people are very political-
ly involved, but there's also such a
wonderful cultural and intellec-
tual environment that I've really
come to love in the short time I've
been here."
He looks forward to his wife,
Lisa, and their three children
joining him in Ann Arbor this
In D.C., Lynch was a lecturer at
the University of Virginia School
of Law from 2007 to 2012 and an
adjunct professor at the George-
town University Law Center from
2008 to 2012. He said he found
his experiences in the classroom
"Every year I would learn
something new from the stu-
'dents," Lynch said. "I would have
these wonderful epiphanies in
He added that it would be an
honor to teach at the University
Law School once he has adjusted

to his new occupation.
Leonard Niehoff, University
Law School adjunct professor,
said the University's Office of
the Vice President and General
Counsel has great significance
in influencing higher education
"Throughout its long history,
the University has worked to pro-
tect the independence that the
Michigan Constitution wisely
affords it," Niehoff said, calling
the school's leadership role "sec-
ond to none."
Niehoff, who has been in pri-
vate practice in Michigan for
nearly three decades and worked
with nine general counsels, said
the breadth of issues the office
must review is common only to
large, public research institu-
"The University of Michigan is
a city," Niehoff said "It has roads,
a security force, buildings, parks
and recreational facilities ... just
about every kind of regulated
enterprise or industry exists on
the campus."
The University's legal offices
have always contended with
national issues. He foresees the
University will experience cases
related to health care regulation
and donor agreements as higher
education becomes more expen-
"To some degree, it's very hard
to predict," Niehoff said. "It ends
up being a mirror of what else
society is dealing. The University
has to be a leader, and it has con-
sistently played that role."
Barely a month into his role,
Lynch anticipates serving the
University to the greatest of his
"This is just one of those cli-
ents for a lawyer where you can
just come to work every day really
fully believing in the mission of
the client and wanting at your
core to help the client succeed."

A business in Hattiesburg, Miss. is damaged after an apparent tornado Sunday Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg
and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
Homes wrecked, a dozen
hu rs

Buildings damaged
on Southern
Mississippi campus
- A tornado tore through Hat-
tiesburg on Sunday as part of
a wave of severe storms that
downed trees, damaged build-
ings and injured more than a
dozen people.
The twister traveled down
one of Hattiesburg's main
streets and mangled homes,
commercial buildings and struc-
tures on the campus of the Uni-
versity of Southern Mississippi.
Emergency officials said at least
10 people were injured in sur-
rounding Forrest County and
three were hurt to the west in
Marion County, but they weren't
aware of any deaths.
Mississippi Emergency Man-
agement Agencyspokesman Greg
Flynn said it appears that a single
tornado caused the damage in
those two counties and Lamar
County. Hundreds of homes are
damaged in Forrest County, along
with a couple dozen in the other
two. Gov. Phil Bryant declared a
state of emergency.
Flynn said the sheer scope of
the damage was slowing their
"The problemis,itwassostrong
that there's so much debris that
there's a lot of areas they haven't
been able to get to yet," he said.

On the campus of the univer-
sity, trees were snapped inahalf
around the heavily damaged
Alumni House where part of
the roof was ripped away. Win-
dows in anearby building were
blown out, and heavy equipment
worked to clear streets nearbyin
a heavy rain after the worst of
the weather had passed.
The university released a
statement saying no one was
hurt but that it was under a state
of emergency, anyone away from
campus should stay away until
further notice.
East of campus, 47-year-old
Cindy Bullock was at home with
her husband and dog, a terrier
mix named Vinnie, when she
heard the tornado coming. They
ran to a hallway and covered
their heads. It wasn't long before
the windows in the kitchen and
bedroom exploded. The storm
stripped all the shingles off the
roof and left holes in it, while
knocking over a large pine tree
in the yard.
After dark, the Bullocks were
trying to arrange their stuff
inside so it wouldn't get wet
from the dripping water.
"I just looked out the win-
dow and I heard the rumbling.
It sounded like a train. We ran
to the hall, and the kitchen win-
dows and the windows in the
bedroom exploded. It happened
pretty fast," she said.
There were large trees block-
ing the road all through her

neighborhood, and several of the
houses were hit by falling trees.
Her friend was staying with
them after the friend's apart-
ment took a direct hit from a
falling tree.
ForrestCounty Sheriff Billy
McGee says 10 or 15 people
were injured by the tornado that
slammed Hattiesburg and other
parts of the county - but none of
the injuries was serious.
He says, "Most of our injuries
have been walking wounded."
To the west, Marion County
emergency director Aaron Greer
says three injuries have been
reported in the community of
Pickwick, about seven miles
south of Columbia. He says two
people were taken to hospitals,
but the third didn't have the
injury examined.
Greer says one mobile home
was destroyed, three other
structures have major damage
and several have minor damage.
Bryant plans to go to Hatties-
burg on Monday to check out
damage in the city and at USM,
his almamater, spokesman Mick
Bullock said.
On Sunday night, John and
Katherine Adams were cleaning
up around their one-story white
house where the storm punched
holes in the roof, busted win-
dows and completely destroyed
the back porch.,The couple was
at home with their 7- and 3-year-
old daughters when the tornado
passed next to their house.

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