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Economics is a hig game
Tilman Bdrgers is an econom-
ics professor who focuses on game
theory and microeconomics. He is
originallyfrom Germany and con-
sults on utilities license auctions.
What do you teach?
This semester, I am teaching
Econ 401: Intermediate Micro-
economics, as well as gradu-
ate courses Econ 603: General
Equilibrium Theory; Econ 617:
Game Theory; Econ 619/620:.
Advanced Theory. This year I
teach an incredible number of
What inspired you to go
into the field of economics?
When I left high school I
went to a career adviser, and I
explained to the CA that I liked
math and I liked politics. The
adviser said that's the ideal
combination for economics. He
himself had gotten an under-
graduate economics degree and
explained to me that he hated
it. However, I was just the right
person for that combination.
What led you to conduct
research on voting systems
and voting rules?
My main research field is
game theory. Voting involves
strategic behavior, and you have
to think about where your vote
is useful. So it is an application
of game theory. There is an area
of game theory that studies how
to design the rules of the games
so that good outcomes occur, and
I'm tryingto apply that to voting.
I do that partially because in the
theory of voting there are a lot
of negative impossibility results,
which say voting systems should
have 'this feature and this fea-
ture' and so I am more interested
in using game theory to discover
what is possible, the area of fea-
sible games. There is another
reason: My brother has written
a book on voting, and I want to
compete with him.
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LSA juniors Zach Rickerman and Guy Lin duel at the
Yu-Gi-Oh! meeting in Mason Hall Monday.
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Who are you? There's an app Islam and
WHERE: Angell Hall
WHEN: Sunday at about
WHAT: A visitor to the
University was arrested for
larceny of a laptop, Univer-
sity Police reported. The
man was 31 years old and
was taken to jail for the
crime, which occurred in
for tnat economics
WHERE: Shapiro Under-
WHEN: Sunday at about
WHAT: An iPhone was
reported as stolen, Univer-
sity Police reported. It is
thought to have been stolen
on Saturday between 9 p.m.
and 12 a.m.
WHAT: Prof. Timur Kuran
will lead a discussion on how
Islamic institutions impacted
WHO: Center for Middle
Eastern and North African
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: School of Social
WHAT: Southern District,
Bolivia's entry into the
Academy Awards' foreign
language film category, will
be screened. The movie
focuses on a family in Zona
Sur, the country's most
affluent and exclusive
WHO: Department of
Romance Languages & Lit-
WHEN: Today at 7 p.m.
WHERE: North Quad Resi-
WHAT: A reception will be
held for science professors
from the University whose
work has the cover of a pub-
WHO: Shapiro Science
WHEN: Today from 4 p.m.
Shien-Ming Wu Current
Periodicals Reading Room
WHAT: Prof. Jersey Lang
will lead a discussion about
how the physical perfor-
mance of elderly Chinese
people effects their socio-
economic status as individ-
uals and in the community.
WVO: University Center for
WHEN: Today at 12 p.m.
WHERE: School of Social
Danica Patrick became
the first woman ever to
win the pole position
at the Daytona 500, CNN
reported. She won with a
speed of 196.434 mph, and
will start her next race onthe
inside df the track, leading
the rest of the drivers.
Though the United
States Postal Service
may be past relevance,
columnist Jennifer Xu will
miss the Saturday mail.
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Oxazepam, an anxiety
drug, has been found
to cause fish to become
less social and more physical-
ly active, The New York Times
reported. This is potentially
dangerous because traces of
the drug can be found in riv-
ers due to excretion.
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Ailing Chavez returns
to Venezuela from Cuba
Moved to military
hospital in Caracas
Venezuela (AP) - President
Hugo Chavez returned to Ven-
ezuela early Monday after more
than two months of treatment in
Cuba following cancer surgery,
his government said, triggering
street celebrations by supporters
who welcomed him home while
he remained out of sight at Cara-
cas' military hospital.
Chavez's return was
announced in a series of three
messages on his Twitter account,
the first of them reading: "We've
arrived once again in our Ven-
ezuelan homeland. Thank you,
my God!! Thank you, beloved
nation!! We will continue our
They were the first messages
to appear on Chavez's Twitter
account since Nov. 1.
"I'm clinging to Christ and
trusting in my doctors and nurs-
es," another tweet on Chavez's
account said. "Onward toward
victory always!! We will live and
we will triumph!!"
Vice President Nicolas Madu-
ro said on television that Chavez
arrived at2:30 a.m. and was taken
to the Dr. Carlos Arvelo Military
Hospital in Caracas, where he
will continue his treatment.
Chavez's announced return
to Caracas came less than three
days after the government
released the first photos of the
president in more than two
months, showing him looking
bloated and smiling alongside
his daughters. 'The government
didn't release any additional
images of Chavez upon his arriv-
al in Caracas, and unanswered
questions remain about where
he stands in a difficult and pro-
longed struggle with an undis-
closed type of pelvic cancer.
Chavez was re-elected to a
new six-year term in October,
and his inauguration, originally
scheduled for Jan. 10, was indefi-
nitely postponed by lawmakers
in a decision that the Supreme
Court upheld despite complaints
by the opposition. Some specu-
lated that with Chavez back, he
could finally be sworn in.
Government officials didn't
address that possibility.
Information Minister Ernesto
Villegas broke into song on tele-
vision early Friday, exclaiming:
"He's back, he's back!"
"Bravo," Villegas said, before
state television employees joined
him in the studio clapping and
A giant inflated Chavez doll
was placed beside a corner of the
National Assembly building.
Villegas reiterated in an inter-
view with Venezuelan broad-
caster Union Radio that Chavez
is going through a "difficult,
hard and complex" recovery
process, and that his return
doesn't change the "difficult cir-
cumstances he has been in."
Villegas said that he hadn't
yet seen the president and that
the government will provide
updates about his condition
"whether they're good or they're
The vice president later
announced that a Cabinet meet-
ing would be held Monday
evening at the military hospi-
tal where Chavez is staying to
"revise a number of issues," but
he did not provide any details.
Hundreds of Chavez sup-
porters celebrated his return in
downtown Caracas, chanting
his name and holding photos of
the president in Bolivar Plaza.
A man holding a megaphone
boomed: "Our commander has
Fireworks exploded in some
parts of Caracas while the presi-
dent's followers celebrated.
Dozens of supporters gath-
ered outside the hospital, where
a sign atop the building is
adorned with a photo of Chavez.
Holding photos of Chavez and
wearing the red T-shirts of his
socialist movement, they chant-
ed: "He's back!" As cars passed,
drivers honked in support.
rejected by council,
By FARONE E. RASHEED
After the Ann Arbor City
Council deferred, and subse-
quently rejected, plans presented
by the Ann Arbor City Planning
Commission to develop the resi-
dential project at 413 E. Huron St.
downtown, the City Council will
vote on a resolution Tuesday to
establish a moratorium on plans
at that site and others downtown.
If passed, new proposals for
the D1/D2 zoning area will be
suspended. This comes after a
Feb. 5-3 vote by the commission
failed to reach the necessary six
votes for approval.
City Council members have
stated concerns that granting Dl/
D2 zoning allowance for build-
ing expansion, particularly the
expansion of high-rise apart-
ment buildings, could negatively
impact adjacent residential neigh-
The Planning Commission has
postponed review of the area to
allow for further research on
development. Recent projects
that the commission has passed
include the newly completed
high-rise Zaragon West and The
Varsity, soon to be completed on
East Washington Street, located
at 215 N. Fifth Street.
The commission plans to eval-
uate any negative effects of these
new complexes and has opted to
potentially postpone proposals
altogether for the site, pending a
possible rezoning of the area.
Of the proposed bids in
jeopardy, the 413 T. Huron St.
Project - which has been repeat-
edly discussed - includes plans
for a 14-story, 271,855 square-foot
building. The proposal, which
includes 537 bedrooms and a
two-floor underground parking
facility, would provide additional
options for housing closer to cam-
Council will also vote on a
sustainability framework proj-
ect, which outlines 16 objectives
toward a more sustainable city.
The project, which began in Jan.
2011 with a full-funding grant
from the Home Depot Foun-
dation, will establish a broad
20-year plan of objectives and
strategies, including the reduc-
tion of greenhouse gas emissions,
the promotion of energy efficien-
cy and the building of sustainable
buildings designed with a more
environmentally conscious dis-
posal of carbon and construction
Along with the sustainability
framework, the City Council will
vote on a resolution authorizing
Property Assessed Clean Energy
bonds, postponed from an ear-
lier Feb. 4 meeting. The proposal,
which Ann Arbor Mayor John
Hieftje has openly expressed
his support for, is supported by I
$432,800 Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Block Grant from
the U.S. Department of Energy,
authorizing the chief financial
officer and the treasurer to dis-
tribute bonds of an allocation of
up to $1 millionwiththe objective
of increasing the use of clean
energy amonglocal businesses.
Director of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago Gianna Rolandi critiques and advises
Music, Theatre & Dance junior Francesca Chieyna on her performance of "Va! laisse coulee mes Larnmes.
Ci0tyCouncil to vote
on residential .project