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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, January 14, 2013


rape in
West Quad

Ohio State forward Evan Ravenel dunked over Michigan freshman forward Mitch McGary late in Sunday's game. The Wolverines battled back from a 21-point
deficit, but they couldn't pull out the victory in Columbus. S SPO TSMONOAY IN It) >>
Coleman to travel to Indi a

Alleged assault
took place in
common area
Sunday morning
Daily News Editors
A female student told Univer-
sity Police she was raped in a
common areain West Quad resi-
dence hall early Sunday morn-
ing by a male subject after they
walked to the University build-
ing together following an off-
campus party.
The suspect was an Asian
male between 5'6" to 5'8" with
short black hair, according to a
crime alert sent around 9 am.
Sunday morning.
University Police spokes-
woman Diane Brown said police
are classifying the incident as
first-degree Criminal Sexual
Conduct. She said it was unclear
whether there were witnesses to
the incident.
Brown said police are cur-
rently not identifying the room
the alleged assault took place.
She added there is no fur-
ther information available on
the suspect as of 1 p.m. Sunday
"There's not a lot to go on at
this point, but there's the chal-

Trip to include
meetings with
'U' alumni
Daily StaffReporter
Come November, University
President Mary Sue Coleman
will take her fifth international
trip in hopes of promoting the
University's global identity, this

time to India.
In her tenure as president,
Coleman has taken trips to
China, Ghana, South Africa and
Brazil. Each trip was intended
to strengthen ties with the Uni-
versity's alumni in the regions
and to promote the University's
image on the international stage.
According to Mark Tessler,
the University's Vice Provost
for International Affairs, Cole-
man's trip to India will last for
about one week, in which, she
will travel to Mumbai and the
nation's capital, New Delhi.

Tessler explained that India's
importance in the global econ-
omy and investment in higher
education make it an attractive
"It's quite dynamic and we
have a lot of faculty members
here who have good profes-
sional contacts we can build on,"
Tessler said.
"There's also a major Ameri-
can initiative from the United
States and the Indian govern-
ment ... in cultural exchange and
education," he added.
Coleman spoke late last year

in an interview with The Michi-
gan Daily about the travel deci-
"We had made the decision...
(by) consulting broadly across
the University with faculty, par-
ticularly where we thought the
best impact could be for me to
go," Coleman said. "That's how
we chose China in the first place,
then we chose Africa, then we
chose Brazil based on those con-
Coleman focused on the idea
that the trip should be mutually
See COLEMAN, Page 5A

lenge of cnese knas on crimes
in the initial reporting," Brown
Outside of West Quad this
afternoon, residents of the dorm
shared their concerns about the
alleged assault.
LSA sophomore Tess Filip
said she was walking back, to
her dorm room at the time of {
the alleged assault. She said
the incident reminded her to
always be aware of her sur-
"It's crazy, you hear about
these things but you don't

DPSS names
new units after

Police, Housing
and Hospital
security renamed
Daily StaffReporter
After months of investigat-
ing flaws in the collaboration
between University security
departments, the University
has taken the final steps in con-
firming its newly configured
Division of Public Safety and
The University announced
Monday new names for depart-
ments in the Division of Public
Safety and Security, an over-
arching public safety agency
that will now oversee the
formerly distinct University
Police, Housing Security and
Hospital Security units.
DPSS now comprises four
departments: the University of
Michigan Police Department,
formerly the Department of
Public Safety; Hospitals and
Health Centers Security Ser-
vices, formerly Hospital Secu-
rity; and Housing Security
and Safety Services, formerly
Housing Security; and Univer-
sity Security Services, which
includes the office of Emer-
gency Preparedness, Security
Systems and Technology Man-
agement, Art Museum security,

Kelsey Museum security and
contracted security.
Now the four department
directors all report to the exec-
utive DPSS director, who is
interim director Joe Piersante.
Calls for such an agency
came after a report that child
pornography was found on a
University Hospital computer
was reported to University
Police six months after the inci-
dent was reported to Hospital
Later in April 2012, Univer-
sity-President Mary Sue Cole-
man and the University's Board
of Regents hired security con-
sulting firm Margolis Healy
& Associates for an external
review of the communication
issues that took place between
the University Police and Hos-
pital Security.
The report, released by the
firm- in October, exposed a lack
of cooperation and communica-
tion among the former Depart-
ment of Public Safety, Housing
Security and Hospital Security.
Margolis Healy & Associates
suggested reorganization of
University security forces fol-
lowing miscommunication that
prolonged reporting of the case.
Piersante, who also acts as
the University Police chief, said
in a statement that the name
changes should make clear the
missions of the DPSS units.
See DPSS, Page SA

Crews from four municipalities extinguish a fire that engulfed a Packard Street apartment complex Sunday evening.
Six hospitalized after fire
breaks out on Packard St.

New Year
University hosts
'Mochitsuki' event
in East Hall
Daily StaffRepprter
The Center for Japanese Stud-
ies' celebrated its ninth annual
Mochitsuki, a Japanese New
Year's event.
Attendees experienced tradi-
tional Japanese music, food and
arts. Events included live con-
certs, calligraphy, storytelling,
origami, yukata kimono try-ons,
manga drawing and Japanese
games Saturday afternoon in
East Hall.
Open to the public, Mochit-
suki - named for the Japanese
ceremony in which the Japa-
nese rice cake "mochi" is made
- attracted not'only University
students but also Ann Arbor resi-
dents of all ages.
Jane Ozanich, program asso-
ciate for the center, said the event
attracts people from across the
"(Mochitsuki) is the largest
event that the Center for Japa-
nese Studies throws for the pub-
lic," Ozanich said. "People come
to the event as far as from Lan-
sing, Ohio and Battle Creek."
In the events inception in1993,
it consisted of two stations - cal-
ligraphy and mochi pounding
See NEW YEAR, Page 5A

Multiple fire
departments called
to apartment
Daily StaffReporter
Six people were taken to Uni-
versity Hospital Sunday evening
after flames engulfed multiple
units of an apartment complex at
1310 Packard Street.
The six were in stable condi-
tion when they were transported
to the hospital via two ambu-
lances, Huron Valley Ambulance
spokeswoman Joyce Williams
said. The fire appeared to have
destroyed several apartments
and left the building inhabitable,

according to fire officials.
At 9:06 p.m., the Ann Arbor
Fire Department received a
report of a structure fire con-
taining trapped residents, Ann
Arbor Fire Chief Chuck Hubbard
said in an interview at the scene.
Due to the extent of the blaze,
all fire personnel in Ann Arbor
responded to the call, as well as
units from Pittsfield Township,
Ypsilanti Township and the city
of Ypsilanti. -
Hubbard said flames covered
the windows on the front end of
the complex as police officers and
firefighters entered the building
to rescue those trapped inside.
"The units went through the
front door with the hose .line,
advanced up, fought through the
fire and got them out," Hubbard
A police officer retrieved one

person, while firefighters found
four people in a back apartment
with towels over their heads,
struggling to breathe. Hubbard
said all rescues were made from
the top floor of the eight-unit
complex, and those transported
for smoke inhalation. In addi-
tion, three police officers were
treated for smoke inhalation. He
was unable to confirm if victims
of the fire were University stu-
Rackham graduate students
Gabe Frieden and Leigh Korey
were, two of the people rescued
from one of the apartment's back
units on the second floor. The
two smelled smoke and at first
suspected a nearby campfire.
"We heard someone scream-
ing so we opened the door and
See FIRE, Page 5A


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