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U.S. raises $490
million from sale
of GM stock
The U.S. government has sold
another chunk of its stake in
General Motors Co.
The Treasury Department
says in its February report to
Congress that it sold $489.9 mil-
lion worth of GM common stock
last month.
The report dated Monday says
the government has recovered
about $29.8 billion of its $49.5
billion bailout of the Detroit
automaker. That means taxpay-
ers are still $19.7 billion in the
The Treasury says the price
per share will be revealed later.
GM stock sold in a range of
$26.19 to $29.36 in February. At
the midpoint of the range, $27.78,
the government would have sold
roughly 17.6 million shares.
Air Force analysts
experience PTSD
far from the war
They may never come face to
face with a Taliban insurgent,
never dodge a roadside bomb or
take fire, but they still may be
responsible for taking lives or
putting their own colleagues in
mortal danger. And now the mil-
itary has begun to grapple with
the mental and emotional strains
endured by these Air Force per-
While they are thousands of
miles from the gritty combat in
Afghanistan, the analysts in the
cavernous room at Langley Air
Force Base in Virginia relive the
explosions, the carnage and the
vivid after-battle assessments
of the bombings over and over
again. The repeated exposure
to death and destruction rolling
across their computer screens
is taking its own special toll on
their lives.
Now, for the first time, an Air
Force chaplain and a psycholo-
gist are walking the floor of the
operations center at Langley,
offering counseling and stress
relief to the airmen who scruti-
nize the war from afar.
Modest quake
shakes wide area
of S. California
A modest but widely felt
earthquake rolled through a
wide swath of Southern Cali-
fornia late Monday morning but
there were no immediate reports
of damage.
The 9:55 a.m. quake had an
estimated magnitude of 4.7, said
Nick Scheckel, seismic analyst at
the California Institute of Tech-
nology's seismological laborato-

ry in Pasadena. He said a number
of aftershocks were occurring.
The epicenter was about a
dozen miles from the Riverside
County desert community of
Anza, about 100 miles southeast
of Los Angeles.
What you 'like' on
Facebook can be
Clicking those friendly blue
"like" buttons strewn across the
Web may be doing more than
marking you as a fan of Coca-
Cola or Lady Gaga.
It could out you as gay.
It might reveal how you vote.
It might even suggest that
you're an unmarried introvert
with a high IQ and a weakness
for nicotine.
That's the conclusion of a
study published Monday in Pro-
ceedings of the National Acad-
emy of Sciences. Researchers
reported analyzing the likes of
more than 58,000 American
Facebook users to make guesses
about their personalities and
behavior, and even whether they
drank, smoked, or did drugs.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

From Page 3
tion apart in these industries."
Truong has met innovators
from different fields during his
time in Austin.
"It's a great experience to
meet like-minded people and
speak out about what you love,"
Truong said. "It's like having a
conversation with a really good
friend but you met this person
five seconds ago."
While this is the Information
School's third year at SXSW,
and the Ross School of Business
has hosted a networking event
for two years, this year is the
Business School and the Col-
lege of Engineering's first pres-
ence at the show. The School
of Information also presented
at SXSW Music with materials
from the School of Music, The-
atre & Dance.
The University's booth fea-
tures demos from the Solar Car
Team and from the School of
Information, as well as Univer-
sity videos, printed materials
and presentations conducted

by 22 members of the Univer-
sity's faculty, student body
and alumni throughout the
festival. Members of the Uni-
versity community are also
participating in panels on tech-
nology issues.
At an event on Monday, the
Solar Car Team announced that
the name of their next car, Gen-
eration. They'll be racing the
vehicle at the World Solar Chal-
lenge in October.
Engineering junior Eric
Hausman, the Solar Car Team
project manager, said it is the
first time since 2001 the team
has constructed a four-wheel
car. Hesaid the four-wheel
design mandates an upright
driver, allowing the car to look
more realistic. The full design
will be unveiled in June.
"It's about finding creative
solutions to make the car as
aerodynamic as possible while
making the car (have) four
wheels and having an upright
driver," Hausman said.
Rackham student JJ Pionke
gave a presentation on digital
badging - a tool used in social
media and other platforms
to show skills or knowledge

attained by an individual - and
on her overseas internships in
Singapore and Uganda. Pionke
said digital badging is in its
nascent stages and lacks a cre-
dentialing process, but has gen-
erated techie enthusiasm.
"It's a very 'try things out'
period," Pionke said. "There's
something for everyone, and
that's the big key there. Wheth-
er you're a programmer or a
English teacher, there's some-
thing there for you - so don't
give up, and go for it."
Digital badges are not only
for Foursquare or fitness sites.
Pionke argued they could be
used on a resume to show expe-
rience in leadership or other
intangible qualities a degree
might not explain. She added
that badges could also be used
in education to award students
for participation or writing.
"This is a wayto say this par-
ticular student is really good at
X, Y and Z," Pionke said. "It's
about being creative with les-
son plans. Do you want the stu-
dents to read Shakespeare and
be bored or do you want the
students to build a digital story

From Page 3
ing underage drinking, but mak-
ing sure that students know their
rights and know that if they're in
trouble and they need help," he
Members of the Central Stu-
dent Government will be on the
Diag Tuesday and members of
LSA Student Government will be
on the Diag Thursday educating
students about medical amnesty,
Siegal said.
Other organizations, includ-
ing the Student Athlete Advisory
Council, the Residence Halls
Association, University Health
Services and Hillel, will be on the
Diag promoting medical amnesty
with free giveaways and music.
The whole week culminates
with CSG's second St. Patrick's
Day Tailgate on the Diag with free
food and music to promote safety
on adayknown forheavydrinking
among students. CSG has allotted
$15,000 to the event.
"It's been really a pretty great
and exciting process to have the
administration on board, to have
UHS on board, to have these stu-
dent orgs on board," Siegal said.
"People just really need to know
to make the safe decision, the safe
Desprez said medical amnesty
has been included in the online
course about alcohol consump-
tion for incoming freshmen. In the
fall, the policy was added to the
Statement of Student Rights and
Desprez stressed that invok-
ing medical amnesty should be a
last resort for students. Students
should not make alcohol "the
focus of the event," and students
should not consume alcohol when
they don't know what's in it, she
She added that she was glad to
see student leaders taking charge
on the issue.
"This work can't be done by
one office or one administrator on
campus, it has to be done as a com-
munity so when student leaders
are willing to put their voice out
there," she said.
Siegal said in addition to events

on the Diag, Consider Magazine
will be discussing the policy of
medical amnesty in this week's
issue, WOLV-TV will be discuss-
ing it on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday and a page on the CSG web-
site will be devoted to explaining
medical amnesty.
Each partner organization is
"contributing something to the
week as well," Siegal said, adding
that RHA, for instance, will be
promotingthe policyinthe dorms,
the Interfraternity Council is
ensuring that sober monitors will
be aware of the policy and mul-
tiple organizations will be includ-
their newsletters. A video promot-
ing medical amnesty awareness
has also been released to coincide
with the week.
Siegal became involved in
promoting medical amnesty
awareness when, one night in
September, he came back to his
apartment complex and found an
intoxicated, non-responsive stu-
dent lying on the ground. Siegal
said he started knocking on doors
in the complex and soon a crowd
of 15 to 20 people formed.
A roommate of the passed-
out student arrived shortly after
and said his friend had already
received an MIP last year and was
still underage.
"He basically just dragged his
friend into his apartment and he
refused to take him to the hospital
and lock(ed) the door," Siegal said.
"The rest of us didn't really know
what to do because now we're in
this position where it's like none
of us reallyknowhowbad of shape
he's in."
Siegal said it was then he decid-
ed something had to be done - but
at that time, he was not aware of
the medical amnesty law.
"It really bothered me to be in
that position, to be in that predica-
ment where you don't know what
to do," he said.
The next day Siegal called LSA
senior Caroline Canning, LSA stu-
dent government president, and
she explained to him that medi-
cal amnesty was already in place.
Since then, he's been working with
multiple students from multiple
groups in "an ad hoc committee
housed under CSG" to promote
medical amnesty awareness.

From Page 3
"Most times people want
other people to know what their
problem is, so confidentiality
isn'tsuch abigissue,"Welshsaid.
"But it can range from wanting
people to know to wanting to
be so confidential that I can't do
Welsh also discussed broad
patterns he noticed in the cases
he was reviewing. He said about
10 percent of the people he sees
are those who realize they aren't
going to reach a promotional
"For the most part, I can't help
them because that's a unit deci-
sion. If there's been an error in

the process, I canhelpthemwith
that," Welsh said. "But most of
the time the process has been
fine, and so I can't change the
Welsh's term expires in
August, so Prof. Kate Barald
asked Welch about how impor-
tantinstitutionalknowledge and
discretion are for the selection
process for University ombuds.
Welsh said the most important
characteristic is to be optimistic,
yet practical.
"I think the person needs to
be an optimist and pragmatic,"
Welsh said." You've got to be
neutral. You got to look at them
from the point of being curious
about how something came out
but you can't be judgmental."
Welsh added that in certain
cases where nothing can be

done, it is important to simply
lend an ear to a visitor.
"I think it's really important
to be a good listener," he said.
"Sometimes that's all you can
Dentistry Prof. Rex Holland
brought up the issue of han-
dling gender-related problems.
Welsh said he works well with
people of different backgrounds
and has a high rate of success in
cases involving a diverse range
of faculty.
Kearfott questioned the
necessity of the each college's
individual Office of Ombuds
within the University, but Welsh
countered by saying that they
are useful in some cases, even
though 80 to 85 percent of facul-
ty problems are received by him.

From Page 3
outlined regulations.
"Please don't have the presi-
dent's office call me that you
guys were misbehaving," Awai-
Williams said, evoking laughter
from the crowd. "Please just
have this one year where this
doesn't happen."
This is now Awai-Williams's
eighth March election as the
CSG program director. She said

her first year was the most dif-
ficult, when 50,000 campaign
e-mails were sent out.
"If it's not contentious then
it's relatively easier, but this
looks like it's going to be a con-
tentious year again," she said.
"I'm not scared; I think I'm
She added that a contentious
election can positively impact
voter turnout, which is histori-
cally low.
Law student John Lin, a

candidate for law school rep-
resentative who served on the
assembly as an undergraduate
student, said he didn't see as
much participation in the can-
didates' meeting last year.
"2009 was the first time we
had a two-party election in a
while; 2010 was pretty active,
but nothing like this," Lin said.
"We have, like, what -100 peo-
ple in here? We wouldn't come
close to this back when I was in
the assembly."

Anti - democratic
amendment i n
Hungary passed

North Korea's Kim Jong Un
urges troops to max. alert

Tensions high as
Pyongyang talks
ending armistice
SEOUL, South Korea (AP)
- North Korea's young lead-
er urged front-line troops to
be on "maximum alert" for a
potential war as a state-run
newspaper said Pyongyang
had carried out a threat to
cancel the 1953 armistice that
ended the Korean War.
Kim Jong Un told artillery
troops stationed near dis-
puted waters that have seen
several bloody clashes in past
years that "war can break out
right now," according to a
report by North Korean state
Kim's visit and the armistice
claim are part of a torrent of
angry North Korean rhetoric
that has followed last week's
U.N. sanctions over Pyong-
yang's Feb. 12 nuclear test.
Pyongyang has also vowed to
strike the United States with
nuclear weapons.
It is unclear, however, what
will come next and whether
North Korea will match its
words with action. South
Korea's Defense Ministry said
Tuesday there were no signs
that North Korea would attack
or conduct more nuclear or
missile tests anytime soon and
that Pyongyang was merely
trying to apply "psychological
pressure" on the South.
A U.N. spokesman said that
Pyongyang cannot unilaterally
dissolve the armistice, which
is still valid. Pyongyang is also
years away from acquiring the

smaller, lighter nuclear war-
heads needed to pose a cred-
ible nuclear missile threat to
the United States.
Indeed, several signs
pointed to business as usual
between the Koreas - despite
the bluster.
North Korea apparently cut
one telephone and fax hot-
line at a village straddling the
Demilitarized Zone between
the countries, but otherwise
there have been no substan-
tial operational changes,
Seoul's Unification Ministry
and Joint Chiefs of Staff said
There are at least two other
working communication chan-
nels between the Koreas. As
they did Monday, the two
Koreas used a separate mili-
tary hotline Tuesday to allow
hundreds of South Koreans to
cross the border to a jointly
run factory park in the North
Korean border town of Kae-
song, according to the South's
Unification Ministry.
Much of the bellicosity is
seen as an effort to shore up
loyalty among citizens and the
military for Kim Jong Un.
Still, North Korea's anger,
and Seoul's stern rebuttals, is
boosting animosity and caus-
ing worries on an already tense
Korean Peninsula. The rivals
this week are also holding
dueling military drills.
U.S. National Security
adviser Tom Donilon told the
Asia Society in New York that
Pyongyang's claims may be
"hyperbolic," but the United
States will protect its allies.
"There should be no doubt:
We will draw upon the full

range of our capabilities to
protect against, and to respond
to, the threat posed to us and
to our allies by North Korea,"
Donilon said.
Aside from the nuclear
threats, Pyongyang has so far
only made a somewhat mys-
terious promise to strike its
enemies at a time and place of
its own choosing. This alarms
many, however, as two sud-
den attacks blamed on North
Korea killed 50 South Koreans
in 2010.
Seoul has responded to
North Korean threats with
tough talk of its own and has
placed its troops on high alert.
The North Korean gov-
ernment made no formal
announcement on its repeated
threats to scrap the 60-year-
old armistice, but the country's
main newspaper, Rodong Sin-
mun, reported that the armi-
stice was nullified Monday as
Pyongyanghad said it would.
The North has threatened
to nullify the armistice several
times before, and in 1996, after
one such vow, it sent hundreds
of armed troops into a border
village. The troops later with-
Despite the Rodong Sinmun
report, U.N. spokesman Mar-
tin Nesirky said the armistice
is still valid and still in force
because the armistice agree-
ment had been adopted by the
U.N. General Assembly and
can't be dissolved unilaterally.
Nesirky added that officials
at U.N. headquarters in New
York were unaware of any
operational changes on the
ground on the Korean Penin-

change draws ire
from European
institutions and U.S.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -
Hungarian lawmakers on Mon-
day overwhelmingly approved a
longamendmenttothe constitu-
tion which critics say threatens
certain democratic checks and
After smaller protests during
the day, several thousand people
gathered in the evening near the
offices of President Janos Ader,
asking him to veto the amend-
The bill enshrines in the Fun-
damental Law, as the new con-
stitution is called, a number of
policies that were previously
been struck down as unconsti-
tutional by the country's high-
est court.
The amendment was passed
by a vote of 265 to 11, with 33
abstentions. Prime Minister
Viktor Orban's conservative
Fidesz party and its small ally,
the Christian Democrats, plus
three independent deputies
voted in favor.
The vote drew swift reaction
from European institutions,
which along with the United
States and many Hungarian
legal experts and civic groups,
say it puts too niuch unchecked
power in government hands.
"These amendments raise
concerns with respect to the
principle of the rule of law, EU
law, and Council of Europe stan-
dards," said a statement issued
by Jose Manuel Barroso, presi-
dent of the EU Commission, the
bloc's executive, and Thorbjorn
Jagland, secretary general of
the Council of Europe, a human
rights watchdog.
They urged Hungary to
engage with them "in order to

address any concerns raised
as to the compatibility of these
amendments with European
principles and EU law."
The evening rally was held
near Sandor Palace even though
President Ader was in Germany
on an official visit and police
closed off the area, forcing pro-
testers to make long detours to
reach their meeting point.
People in the crowd shouted,
"We want democracy" and one
sign held aloft read: "Should we
be citizens or subjects?" Later,
they marched across the Chain
Bridge over the Danube River
and headed toward parliament.
Among the government poli-
cies struck down by the Con-
stitutional Court over the past
months and now added to the
Fundamental Law are the possi-
bility for local authorities to fine
or jail homeless people living in
public areas, a ban on political
campaign ads on commercial
radio and TV, and a contract
obliging university students
who accept state scholarships to
work in Hungary for years after
The amendment also pre-
vents the president or the
court from reviewing changes
to the Fundamental Law other
than for procedural errors and
practically wipes out 20 years
of jurisprudence by banning
the court to refer to rulings or
reasoning given while the pre-
vious constitution - originally
a Stalin-era document nearly
fully re-written in 1989 as
communism ended in Hungary
- was in force.
Speaking in the legislature
ahead of Monday's vote, Prime
Minister Orban did not direct-
ly address the amendment but,
commenting on another mat-
ter, made it clear that the gov-
ernment would keep searching
for ways to circumvent court
decisions that go against its


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