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expect it to be so close," Filip
said. "You would think someone
LSA freshman Janet Lett was
also near the residence hall when
the incident took place.
"I was outside talking on the
phone and there was a guy who
looked suspicious walking near
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beneficial to the University and
India. In her previous interna-
tional trips, she not only focused
on promoting the University's
agenda, but also on programs
such as the Science Without Bor-
ders program in Brazil, which
already has five students from
Brazil participating and benefit-
ing from it.
"We are not going to set up a
campus in India. We're not going
to try to recruit students," Cole-
man said. "We're not going for
any of those things that would
just be helpful to us."
Programs in Brazil and Africa
have strengthened the Univer-
sity's research in many areas.
Coleman said the sustainability
program in Brazil and medical
research in Ghana have been
beneficial to the University.
In India, Coleman hopes to
reach out to the alumni base. She
noted that alumni meetings in
these regions have morphed into
a great opportunity for the Uni-
"The Alumni Association
has found these (alumni meet-
ings) to be very, very helpful as
they develop their international
alumni focus," Coleman said.
me," Lett said. "I think not just
for female students, but for just
anyone around kind of walking
around at the time we should
have more security out there."
LSA freshman Erik Jordan
said students should be aware of
their surroundings, and to look
out for other students who may
be in danger.
"(People walking late at night)
need to keep an eye out," Jordan
said. "Maybe be more aware of
the people around you."
Other students shared con-
cern that the supposed event
could place without anyone see-
ing. When LSA freshman Emma
Saraff was told by a friend about
the assault she said she was sur-
prised and "terrified."
"The fact that women can be
assaulted in public, in public safe
areas is crazy," Saraff said.
LSA freshman Alyssa Laten
said she would intervene if she
noticed any suspicious behav-
ior in the residence hall. But she
noted that sometimes it can be
hard to tell whether students are
."If I saw someone (walking
home) with someone I would just
assume they were good friends
and they were fine," Laten said.
"If the other person was very
good I would think they are tak-
ing care of them and okay."
The University's Sexual
Assault Prevention and Aware-
ness Center is open Monday
through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"We expect the revised names
to help the University communi-
ty better recognize the roles and
responsibilities of the women
and men in these departments,"
The Margolis Healy report
noted that individuals did not
often know whether they were
talking to a security officer or a
All DPSS departments report
to the executive director, who
then reports to Coleman. Pier-
sante is acting as the inter-
im executive director until a
national search for a permanent
replacement is completed. He
has already met with the search
committee, and said the job post-
ing for the position should be
released bythe end of the month.
Piersante said in this tran-
sition, DPSS has focused on
between the departments.
"Our transition to a new
division has been progressing
as we work with our campus
colleagues to accomplish the.
behind-the-scenes work such
as creating budgets and moving
employees from auxiliary units
into a campus division, while
we continue to fulfill our daily
services to the University com-
munity," Piersante said.
Security department direc-
tors will now attend the weekly
meetings to discuss major events
and trends in crime. Similar
meetings were previously held by
UMPD. Additionally, the former
DPS database, known as "Secu-
rity Center," is now available to
all DPSS employees. The Margo-
lis Healy report mentioned that a
lack of universal access to a data-
base was a problem.
Piersante said DPSS has
already seen positive change.
"A lot of work was done to
unify all separate security ele-
ments on campus," Piersante
said. "Communication has abso-
-Daily News Editor Taylor
Wizner contributed to this report
"We are taking full advantage
of these trips to try to make our-
selves more accessible to these
countries, as well as to have more
Tessler mentioned further
goals for the trip.
"We're exploring some inter-
esting opportunities for some
new educational exchange study
abroad programs, collaborative
research, for our faculty mem-
bers and collaboration between
some of the units on campus like
the school of medicine or LSA
or any of the schools (and their
Indian counterparts)," Tessler
Tessler also noted that the
University is "very eager" to
maintain and develop contact
with the alumni in India who
are "tremendous sources of sup-
Jo Rumsey, vice president for
International Alumni Relations
at the University of Michigan
Alumni Association, said the
alumni in India have been large-
"They have a lot of MBA grad-
uates, and now BBA graduates,
who are generally visible people
in their communities," Rumsey
said. "They take the initiative.
They get out there ahead of oth-
ers. India's alumni - for almost
as long as I've been here - have
been pretty active in wanting to
stay in touch with the Univer-
The University's alumni base
in India has an effective lead-
ership structure that is broken
down into regions, so the associ-
ation can maintain efficient con-
tact with the separate regions.
Rumsey said India's alumni
are more organized than that of
many other countries.
"They've been on the ground
for a longtime and were probably
ahead of most ;other countries,
frankly," Rumsey said.
Rumsey also said it was the
persistence of C. K. Prahalad -
a former professor at the Busi-
ness School from the 1970s until
his death in 2010-that fostered
a relationship between the Uni-
versity and India that led to
many of the programs in India.
One of these programs is the
University of Michigan India
Business Conference that was
started three years ago and is on
the itinerary for Coleman's trip.
"I have not seen anything like
this anywhere else in the world,"
Rumsey said of the conference.
"I'm hoping President Coleman
will be ablej o participate in it as
part of her travel and that cer-
tainly we can bring more alumni
together around that function."
Brodie Remington, the direc-
tor of development and inter-
national giving for the Office of
Development at the University,
spoke at length about what type
of relationship the University
maintains with India.
"The University of Michigan
is an extraordinary place with
relationships. Academic rela-
tionships, research interest rela-
tionships, faculty relationships,
and student recruiting relation-
ships," Remington said. "In a
place like India, we have all of
Of these relationships, Rem-
ington noted that there are mul-
tiple exchange programs and
shared research projects that
provide benefits to India and the
University at almost any level or
college within the University.
Remington noted that law
schools and health systems n
particular have been beneficial
to both sides.
Coleman said the University
does a comparatively good job
in promoting and strategically
planning these international
trips when measured against
other universities across the
"In my experience, Michi-
gan plans these more carefully
and more strategically than
any other university I've been
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- and attracted only 50 people.
Mochitsuki has now grown
into one of the largest Japanese
cultural festivals in Michigan,
Ozanich said. She added the
activities in Mochitsuki repre-
sent aspects of Japanese culture
and community that the CJS
staff considered important.
"We met in a group and talk-
ed about what kinds of things
would represent the communi-
ties in Japan and that's how we
came up with games, for exam-
ple, and other (activities)," Oza-
Miyabi, a band comprised of
three Japanese string instru-
ments, a piano and a flute played
popular American and Japanese
music such as "Take Five" and
"My Neighbor Totoro" for the
first half of the event. It was fol-
lowed by Raion Taiko, a drum-
Besides mochi-making and
live music, the event also incor-
porated several other stations,
including a yukata kimono
Nick Oliverio, Ann Arbor
resident and volunteer, said his
favorite part about the event
was seeing how much fun every-
"When everybody gets to
dress up, it really lets them be
a part of the experience, and I
think that that's really some-
thing special for them," Oliverio
The event also featured tra-
ditional Japanese games, such
as Mahjong and Karuta; a
showcase of University Japa-
nese language students' works;
and children's storytelling per-
formed by Ichiro Kataoka, one
of the top professional benshi in
Japan. Benshi refers to a silent
LSA sophomore Annicia
McFadden said she had heard
about the event in her Japanese
class and decided to attend.
"I think that it's interesting
that they have basically cultural
influences from all over Japan.
In one room they have people
playing music and here we have
people making mochi," said
LSA sophomore Mackenzie
Ellsberry, secretary of the Japa-
nese Student Association, was
pleased with the event.
"It is nice to see new faces,"
Ellsberry said. "Out of all the
Japanese events on campus, this
one is definitely biggest. So it is
nice to see all these people come
out and just enjoy Japanese cul-
Egypt's Mubarak to get new trial
over killings during revolution
CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian
appeals court on Sunday over-
turned Hosni Mubarak's life
sentence and ordered a retrial
of the ousted leader in the kill-
ing of hundreds of protesters, a
ruling likely to further unsettle
a nation still reeling from politi-
cal turmoil and complicate the
struggle of his Islamist succes-
sor to assert his authority.
The court's decision put the
spotlight back on the highly
divisive issue of justice for
Mubarak and his top security
officers, who were also ordered
retried, two years after the revo-
lution that toppled him.
The ruling poses a distraction
for President Mohammed Morsi
as he tries to restore law and
order, grapple with a wrecked
economy and deal with the
aftermath of the worst political
crisis since Mubarak's ouster.
A new trial is virtually cer-
tain to dominate national head-
lines, attracting attention away
from a crucial election for a new
house of deputies roughly three
months from now. Morsi and his
Islamist allies are determined
to win a comfortable majority
in the new chamber, allowing
them to take the helm of the
most populous Arab nation.
The ailing 84-year-old
Mubarak is currently being held
in a military hospital and will
not walk free after Sunday's
decision. He ^ remains under
investigation in an unrelated
A small crowd of Mubarak
loyalists erupted into applause
after the ruling was announced.
Holding portraits of the former
president aloft, they broke into
chants of "Long live justice!"
Another jubilant crowd later
gathered outside the Nile-side
Cairo hospital where Mubarak
is being held, passing out can-
dies to pedestrians and motor-
Still, the crowds paled in
comparison to the immediate
reaction to Mubarak's convic-
tion and sentencing in June,
when thousands took to the
streets, some in celebration and
others in anger that he escaped
the death penalty.
Sunday's muted reaction indi-
cates the fate of Egypt's ruler of
nearly three decades may have,
at least for now, been reduced
to a political footnote in a coun-
try sagging under the weight of
a crippling economic crisis and
anxious over its future direction
under the rule of Islamists.
No date has been set for the
retrial, but attention is sure
to dramatically pick up when
it begins and Egyptians again
watch fascinated by the sight of
their country's one-time strong-
man behind bars in the defen-
If convicted, Mubarak could
face a life sentence or have
it reduced. He could also be
acquitted. Under Egyptian law,
a defendant cannot face a harsh-
er sentence in a retrial, meaning
the former leader cannot face
the death penalty.
The Court of Cassation did
not immediately disclose its rea-
soning, but legal experts said
the appeal was granted over a
series of procedural problems in
the conduct of the original trial.
The ruling had been widely
expected. When Mubarak was
convicted in June, the presiding
judge criticized the prosecution's
case, saying it lacked concrete
evidence and failed to prove the
protesters were killed by the
Gamal Eid, a prominent rights
lawyer, said the new trial could
include new defendants and the
judge ordering additional inves-
Mubarak's defense lawyers
had argued the ex-president did
not know of the killings or real-
ize the extent of the street pro-
tests. But a fact-finding mission
recently determined he watched
the uprising against him unfold
through a live TV feed at his pal-
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some smoke came in," Frieden said.
Frieden and Koreywere checked
in an ambulance at the scene, but
didn't require a trip to the hospi-
tal. They left the scene at around
9:45 p.m. shrouded in towels for
warmth from the cold rain.
LSA junior Ian Evans was
watching a movie from his Packard
Street living room when he heard
fire trucks in front of the nearby
complex. In past years, Evans had
friends who lived in the building.
"The building was just in blazes.
It was crazy," Evans said.
Engineering junior Casey
Schmidt, who lives near the build-
ing, said he saw a huge wall of fire
coming from the bottom window.
He said all the rooms were on
fire in addition to a nearby tree.
Schmidt said he heard a crackling
noise and thought someone was
shooting off fireworks. He noted
emergency response teams arrived
at the scene quickly.
After suppressing the fire, offi-
cers began the overhaul process,
which included cutting nearby
trees and sifting through possibly
flammable materials to prevent
the fire from flaring again. The
fire marshal was still investigating
the cause of the fire as units con-
tinued to monitor the scene into
The Red Cross is assisting
affected residents in finding tem-
porary living accommodations.
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