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Late winter storm
dumps 15 inches
of snow in U.P.
A late winter storm has
dumped as much as 15 inches of
snow on Michigan's Upper Pen-
insula, with up to 2 feet forecast
in places.
The National Weather Ser-
vice says the heaviest snowfall
has been in the northern Upper
Peninsula, with up to 15 inches
in Houghton County by Tuesday
In the western Upper Pen-
insula, 10 inches is reported in
Ontonagon County and 8.5 inch-
es in Gogebic County.
Chipotle pulls
support for
Boy Scouts
Chipotle Mexican Grill has
pulled its sponsorship of Utah's
"Scout-O-Rama" because of the
Boy Scouts of America's long-
standing ban on gays.
The popular Colorado-based
restaurant chain initially signed
on to provide about $4,200
" worth of coupons to the Utah
Boy Scouts' annual event, sched-
uled for May 4 in a Salt Lake City
suburb. The Boy Scouts' Great
Salt Lake Council is one of the
largest in the country, with the
majority of troops sponsored by
Mormon churches.
Chipotle's anti-discrimination
policy states that the company
shouldn't support organizations
that exclude based on sexual ori-
entation. When company lead-
ers found out about the promise
to offer coupons, they nixed the
idea, Chipotle spokesman Chris
Arnold said.
North Dakota
considering out-
lawing abortions
North Dakota lawmakers who
approved what would be some
of the most restrictive abortion
laws in the U.S. are now consid-
ering outlawing all abortions.
The "personhood" measures
would ban abortions by defin-
ing human life as beginning
with conception. It's drawing
opposition from some doctors
who say it could cause problems
for infertile couples seeking to
use in vitro fertilization to con-
ceive, but supporters insist that's
addressed in the legislation.
The state Senate passed
two personhood measures last
month, and the House could vote
as soon as Tuesday. One of the
bills would make the proposal a
state law and another is a reso-
lution that would put the defini-
tion into the state constitution, if
passed by voters.

65 killed in wave
of bombings
across Iraq
Insurgents sent a bloody mes-
sage on the eve of the 10th anni-
versary of the U.S.-led invasion,
carrying out a wave of bombings
across the country Tuesday that
killed at least 65 people in the
deadliest day in Iraq this year.
The nearly 20 attacks, most
of them in and around Baghdad,
demonstrated in stark terms
how dangerously divided Iraq
remains more than a year after
American troops withdrew.
More than 240 people were
reported wounded.
It was Iraq's bloodiest day
since Sept. 9, when an onslaught
of bombings and shootings killed
Violence has ebbed sharply
since the peak of Sunni-Shiite
fighting that pushed the country
to the brink of civil war in 2006
and 2007. But insurgents are still
able to stage high-profile attacks,
while sectarian and ethnic rival-
ries continue to tear at the fabric
of national unity.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports.

From Page lA
state legislators will continue in
the coming weeks.
Cynthia Wilbanks, the Uni-
versity's vice president for gov-
ernment relations, said in a
statement the University still
has a lot to work out with the
"There are elements of this
proposal that are very disap-
pointing," Wilbanks said. "Yet,
it is important to note that this
is not the end of the process.
We have more hard work to
do in the weeks and months
State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann
From Page 1A
In an interview with The
Michigan Daily in January, Uni-
versity President Mary Sue Cole-
man said the state's laws hinder
the University's ability to grant
tuition equality.
"I would love to have the same
Coleman said. "At the same time,
I want the issue of undocumented
students to be solved."
Mersol-Barg said he predicts
the regents will discuss the
report in a private setting and
not at the board's monthly meet-
ing Thursday. He added that two
speakers from the group will
speak in the public comments
portion of the meeting, but there
will not be a protest like the one
they held in December.
"I understand that the admin-
istration has to be very deliber-
ate with the steps they take, and
often it's a slower process than
From Page 1A
discussed the importance the
cost of tuition played in his
Bernstein said when he was
campaigning, his bus initially
had the slogan "Keep College
Affordable" painted on it. But
after someone approached him
saying college isn't affordable
now, he decided to change the
"We took the bus into the
shop, (and) we repainted
'make college affordable,"' he
said. "That was a very strong
reminder of the challenges that
we face at this university, and,
frankly, in higher education in
Bernstein emphasized that
college needs to be affordable,
especially for low-income stu-
"I'm speaking to you as
someone who feels very
strongly that we need to make
sure that this University
remains or becomes affordable
for students who can't afford
it," Bernstein said, but noted
that doing so is a complicated
Bernstein said the Univer-
sity is receiving substantially
less from the state govern-

ment than other universities
despite it providing substantial
amounts of financial aid to stu-
"We're doing the most or
pretty close to the most as a
university for students while
the state is doing virtually
nothing," he said.
In the question-and-answer
segment, LSA sophomore Dan-
iel Morales, an LSA represen-
tative and one of the leaders
of the Coalition for Tuition
Equality, asked Bernstein
about his stance on tuition
"I've been outspoken in my
support for tuition equality,"
Bernstein replied. "I'm hope-
ful that we're going be able to
address this issue in a way that
resolves it satisfactorily."
Nonetheless, he was reluc-
tant to say tuition equality
would be happening anytime

Arbor) said the Republican leg-
islature is trying to "retroac-
tively punish these institutions"
for doing something completely
"There are a number of local
governments, communities and
Universities who have taken the
opportunity to push up their
negotiations with their employ-
ees, and in many cases, save mil-
lions and millions of dollars for
the taxpayers in the process,"
Irwin said. "And the Republican
legislators are trying to punish
these institutions for making
this choice because of political
-Daily Staff Reporter Ian
Dillingham contributed reporting.
we would like, but there has
been a great urgency regarding
this matter because every day
that passes is another day where
an undocumented student has
to forgo their dreams of a Uni-
versity of Michigan education,"
Mersol-Barg said.
In the group's most recent
protest Monday, about 60 stu-
dents gathered in front of the
Fleming Administration Build-
ing in support of tuition equality.
While the University faces
a number of legal hurdles and
complications in permitting
tuition equality, protester Javier
Contreras, a senior at Skyline
High School and an undocu-
mented student awaiting admis-
sion to the University, said he
believes their protests will
amount to progress.
"There have been times when
I feel like all the work I've been
doing isn't really worth it, but as
long as there's a small chance of
reform, you have to be optimistic
and just hope for the best"
soon. He called the University
residency requirements "byz-
antine" and in need of reform.
Morales also asked Bern-
stein about the possibility of a
student representative on the
Board of Regents. In order for
there to be a student spot on
the board, Bernstein said there
would have to be a constitu-
tional change and, therefore, it
is "highly unlikely."
Getting a student represen-
tative on the Board of Regents
is part of the platform of
forUM, a CSG political party.
Current CSG Treasurer Chris
Osborn, forUM's presiden-
tial candidate, said Bernstein
might have confused student
regent for student representa-
tive. A student representative
acts as an ex officio member of
the board and would sit in on
regent meetings without vot-
ing on issues.
"forUM is advocating for a
student representative on the
Board of Regents, not a stu-
dent Board of Regents mem-
ber," Osborn said. "That does
not require a constitutional
In an interview after he
spoke, Bernstein emphasized
the need for regents to be vis-
ible to students.
"I can't speak for other

regents, and I know they all
care deeply about the quality
of student life and wouldn't be
doing this if they didn't care
about the well-being of stu-
dents, faculty and staff," Ber-
nstein said. "But I think it's
important to make an effort to
be engaged in student life."
CSG President Manish
Parikh said he was extremely
pleased that Bernstein - who
said he would come back "peri-
odically" to assembly meetings
- had set precedent for regents
to attend meetings.
"I think I shared the senti-
ment with all members of our
assembly and everyone in CSG
that we are all truly humbled
and honored that a regent -
Regent Bernstein - came and
spoke before us," he said. "I
think it sends out a strong sig-
nal that he truly is a students'
regent, and I hope that it will
always remain this way."

From Page 1A
of bribing state officials and on
the hidden wealth of relatives
of Wen Jaibo, the former Chi-
nese prime minister, when he
was in office. Abramson also
noted that the Times has put a
priority on multimedia story-
telling, evidenced by Snow Fall:
The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,
a 30,000-word piece that gar-
nered significant attention for
its one-of-a-kind interactive
Despite all the praise she had
for the Times' business model,
she stopped short of suggesting
that news outlets are perfect
these days.
Abramson acknowledged
that the Times significantly
mishandled reporting on the
Bush administration's claims
that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hus-
sein possessed weapons of mass
destruction. She said the Times
and many other news outlets
ran the administration's claims
on page one and pushed stories
expressing skepticism about the
claims to the back of the paper.
Former Washington reporter
Judith Miller caused much con-
troversy with her reporting on
WMDs, much of which was
found to be based on inaccurate
Abramson also expressed con-

cern that many regional news-
papers that were previously of
high quality are being forced to
cut back. Many papers that had
foreign or domestic bureaus have
been forced to limit their content
to only local stories.
"It bothers me profoundly that
where the most has been sacri-
ficed has been at the local level,"
Abramson said, noting that it is
important that municipal and
state governments continue to
have watchdogs holding them
Abramson also spoke about
the importance of maintaining
a diverse newsroom and cul-
tivating a female voice in the
media industry. Abramson said
the Times' masthead is about
50-percent female, its highest-
ever proportion, adding that
women make up 40 percent of
the average newsroom - a num-
ber she's looking to increase.
Concluding her speech,
Abramson encouraged students
with an interest in journalism to
follow their passion. She said the
profession is a critical part of the
nation's society.
At the event, the CEW also
awarded the Carol Hollens-
head Award to Chemistry Prof.
Carol Fierke, the Chemistry
Department's chair, and to Carol
Hutchins, head coach of the wom-
en's softball team. The award
recognizes individuals at the Uni-
versity who promote equity and

social change. Athletic Director
Dave Brandon spoke briefly at the
event to honor Hutchins, noting
her fight for gender equality for
female student-athletes through
Title IX regulations.
Kahn was filled with mostly
faculty, staff and community
members, though some students
did attend.
LSA senior Mark Chou said
he was intrigued by Abramson's
sense of responsibility to keep
quality journalism sustainable.
When asked whether he thinks
members of his generation will
be willing to pay for their news,
Chou was unsure.
"We download movies, TV
shows, and I think that's some-
thing we're going to have to
think about," Chou said. "Either
we'll change the system or the
system will have to adapt."
Chou said young adults are
too often portrayed as illiterate
media consumers, solely looking
to social media for their news.
He pointed out a failed effort to
provide free issues of the Times
to students as a way to improve
media literacy on campus.
"I think what we're reading
on the side isn't publicized, and
that's when we are reading the
New York Times and The Wall
Street Journal, but we don't talk
about that as much," Chou said.
"More could be done on our cam-
pus to get us to read more high-
quality journalism."

From Page1A
is also providing support.
The event will be held night-
ly from Thursday to Sunday at
various locations throughout
the School of Education and the
Business School. About 60 stu-
dents from various disciplines of
the University will compete.
On the first day, University
students will be educated on the
top 15 problems facing the edu-
cation system. Education Prof.
Donald Peurach and Alex Bow-
man, the director of community
outreach at Chalkfly - a school
supplies distribution company -
will deliver the list.
On the second day, Dale Ste-
phens, leader and founder of
the education reform program
Uncollege, will deliver the key-
note address, and student groups
will be assigned to solve each of
the 15 problems. On the third
day, students will work on their
plans with various mentors from
education and entrepreneur-

ship fields before presenting to a
panel of judges on Sunday.
The winning groups will get
the opportunity to compete for a
chance to enter into the Business
School's Dare to Dream competi-
tion, as well as an opportunity to
receive feedback and resources
from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Stephens, an education futur-
ist, said making changes in edu-
cation as early as elementary
school will have an immense
impact on making education a
more individualized pursuit.
"There are so many simple
things that can be done - from
having students write down
their learning goals to giving
them choices about how to learn
- that would make school more
self-directed," Stephens said.
Stephens also saidthekeydefi-
ciency in the current education
system is the failure to provide
students with skills that are vital
for success in the job market.
"I think the biggest problem
is that the system is designed to
prepare students for the system,

not the real world," he said. "We
go to preschool to get into kin-
dergarten to get into elementary
school and so on, (and) we hear
employers complaining that they
can't find graduates with the
right skills, yet we don't stop to
ask whether we should change
what we're teaching to make it
more marketable."
EDUpreneruship organizer
In Jae Lee, a Business and LSA
junior, said new technological
updates in education are the key
to enhancing a student's learn-
ing and the classroom environ-
"I think with more interactive
technology-I think it helps you
explore the topics you want to
explore, and more in depth," Lee
said. "(There is a) lack of innova-
tion in how we teach students.
For the past century we've had
this same style of teaching."
LSA freshman Omead Sinai,
also an EDUpreneurship orga-
nizer, said he thinks problems
such as education inequality and
freedom in schooling need to be

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