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From Page 1
group Dialogues, a two-credit
forum that combines active and
personal discussion with academ-
ic reading; Intergroup Conflict
and Co-Existence, a course that
examines the sources of social
coalition and conflict; and an IGR
Capstone, which focuses on Uni-
versity seniors and their social
Thompson said intergroup
courses differ from other Univer-
sity lectures and classes aimed at
increasing multicultural aware-
"Our courses tend to use an
experiential teaching method
where we look at both students'
real life experiences as well as

the literature," Thompson said.
"I think this creates a different
atmosphere in the course."
IGR has worked to increase its
presence on campus through col-
laborations with student organi-
zations, fall orientation programs
and University housing.
But in its 25th year, the pro-
gram will reach out to its alumni
base. In early fall, an event will
invite IGR alumni to campus,
showing students that "once they
graduate, there will be a group
of people still committed to the
issues of intergroup relations
that they can also connect with,"
Thompson said.
IGR will also hold a symposium
in the fall to discuss their findings
on how their pedagogy can con-
tribute to the academic literature
on the subject.,

Thompson said IGR hasa lot of
potential to grow across schools
and colleges in the University
and in K-12 education in the Ann
Arbor community.
IGR has also demonstrated its
power to affect individual stu-
LSA freshman Shang Chen,
a participant in an intergroup
dialogue, said he registered for
the course as a requirement for
his learning community, the
Michigan Community Scholars
Program. As an international
student, he said the program pro-
vided an open platform for com-
"Unlike other classes (with
only) lectures and discussions,
the Intergroup Dialogues course
provides participants with more
freedom to speak and more

opportunity to be really engaged
in dialogue," he said.
Interacting with multicultural
students and reflecting on experi-
ences are a key part of the course,
and Chen said students with a
passion for "multicultural experi-
ences and international conversa-
tions" would find the class most
Dessel said IGR has received
positive student feedback due to
its intimacy in communication
and the available guidance of peer
facilitators. She said the courses
tend to be small, which contrib-
utes to the safety that students are
looking for.
"Students find that these
courses provide a safe space for
them to talk about difficult topics,
such as social identity conflict,"
Dessel said.

From Page 1
4,376 in 2011.
"We are concerned about
the decrease in students show-
ing up and decided to change
our policy to createsa culture
of arriving early to provide our
football student-athletes with
a home field advantage prior
to kickoff," Ablauf said. "This
move is similar to what has
already been done at Crisler
Center and Yost Ice Arena for
student season ticket holders.
Both are decisions that have
been met favorably."
Ablauf noted that the charge
is similar to fellow Big Ten teams
including Michigan State Uni-
versity and Pennsylvania State*
University, as well as national
programs like Alabama, Notre
Dame and Oregon.
In 2012, the athletic depart-
ment created the H.A.I.L.
mobile application to incentiv-
ize attendance at athletic events,
including getting to the Big
House on time.
Many students have
expressed mostly negative
opinions regarding the change
on social media. A petition
through CSG's UPetition site
has over 2,300 signers as of late
Monday night.
A group of students has
already voiced their displea-
sure about the announcement
via Facebook. A group had more

than 1,500 likes in less than
three hours since its creation.
"The goal of the page was
to raise awareness and gather
enough followers to voice our
displeasure though petitions, in
hopes of overturning the new
policy," said LSA junior Josh
Spiegel. "We feel the policy
destroys the tradition of work-
ing your way closer to the field
through years of studying and
Central Student Government
president Michael Proppe, an
LSA and business junior, has
already taken action to discuss
the newly implemented changes.
"Why didn't the Athletic
Department ask for any stu-
dent input before implement-
ing this?" Proppe said. "In my
first resolution as student body
president, co-authored by Bobby
Dishell and Annie Pidgeon, Iam
calling for U-M Central Student
Government input on anyticket-
ing policy changes made by the
Athletic Department."
In a non-scientific Facebook
poll conducted by the Daily, 497
people chose the "Hate it" option
when asked their stance on the
new policy. as of 12:30 a.m. Tues-
day. Eighty-five people said they
love it, 36 said they dislike it but
understand the move and 25 vot-
ers remained indifferent.
The Wolverines open their
season against Central Michi-
gan on Aug. 31 before they host
Notre Dame for its second-ever
night game.

From Page 1
country to adopt Quick Action
Deployment following the Col-
umbine shooting, according 'to
University Police Chief Joseph
Piersante, the interim director
of the Division of Public Safety
and Security, said though UMPD
officers are prepared to deal with
high-risk situations like an active
shooter, it is also important that
students, faculty and staff know
what to do if they encounter an
active shooter. " ,
The University has recently
begun an emergency train-
ing program that educates stu-
dents, faculty and staff to use the
"run, hide, fight" concept when
responding to emergency situa-
Following the concept, civil-
ians should first attempt to flee an
area under attack, if possible. If
an exit route is not readily avail-
able, civilians are advised to hide
or barricade themselves. As a last
resort - if they are not able to run
or hide - civilians should make
an effort to fight and disarm the
Piersante stressed the impor-

tance of taking action to protect
oneself in an active shooter situ-
ation. In active shooter situations
on campuses in the past, Pier-
sante said casualties were mini-
mized when victims took action
rather than remaining passive.
"It's a hard decision, because
most people aren't taught to fight
violently," Piersante said. "But
once (a shooter) gets into the
classroom, they just systemati-
cally shoot people."
University Police spokeswom-
an Diane Brown pointed out that
if community members need to
defend themselves, classrooms
offer materials that aren't nor-
mally seen as weapons, such as
books, backpacks and comput-
ers. Throwing these materials at
an attacker could potentially dis-
tract and disarm them, and pos-
sibly save lives.
Piersante added that it's
important that the public under-
stand that, in the event of an
active shooter situation, officers
are instructed to bypass injured
victims so they can reach a
shooter fast to prevent further
While the Valentine's Day sit-
uation didn't escalate beyond the
informal evacuation of Mason
Hall, an emergency alert would

have been sent out to the cam-
pus in the event that police con-
firmed an armed suspect.
In 2008, University Police
created the Emergency Alert
System to notify students, fac-
ulty and staff of emergencies or
severe weather via text message,
voice message and e-mail. Brown
said the system is only activated
when a significant portion of
campus needs to take immediate
action to keep themselves safe.
Emergency alerts are intend-
ed to inform the community
that officers are responding to
an incident, and may include
instructions to avoid parts of
campus that police deem unsafe.
Emergency alerts are differ-
ent from crime alerts, which
are used to let people know that
there a crime has yet to be solved'
and may pose a threat to the
community's safety.
When a crime alert is released,
"people don't necessarily need to
take shelter or avoid a building,"
Brown said.
"They need to be aware of it,"
Brown said. "We have had a cou-
ple of cases that have been solved
because after we issued a crime
alert, we received information
from students that led to the
arrest of a suspect."

While University Police offi-
cers are on the frontline of'
emergency response, physicians
and nurses at the University of
Michigan Health System also
play a key part in responding to
The emergency department at
University Hospital is classified
as Level One Pediatric and Adult
Trauma Center, meaning it is
able to provide the highest level
of surgical care possible to trau-
ma patients. The hospital often
receives transfer cases from
hospitals throughout the region
who may be dealing with trau-
ma patients. It is also equipped
with two decontamination tents
that can be used in the event of a
HAZMAT situation.
Marilyn Hollier, the director
of Security and Entrance Ser-
vices for University Hospital and
Health Centers, said emergency
physicians, nurses and staff fre-
quently run drills to prepare for
trauma events as well as emer-
gencies that may occur within
the hospital.
"We're prepared for when
disasters happen in the commu-
nity and patients come to us,"
Hollier said. "We have an inter-
nal training program for when
disasters happen here."


New York City to set
21-year-old mm. age
to buy cigarettes

From Page 1A
Feldman said the research, and
its use of stem cells, has received
an "overwhelmingly positive"
community response.
Ed Rivet, legislative direc-
tor of Right to Life, a group that
advocates against abortion, said
the organization has received an
unusual amount of press atten-
tion concerning its response to
the University research.
"It's utilitarianism to the worst
degree," Rivet said. "It's one thing

to say, 'You know, I can donate
blood that can help another
person.'. But this is destroying
a developing human fetus and
using that as medical treatment.
It's just unethical."
Rivet said this was the first
time a Michigan university is
involved with a large-scale stem
cell research project. However,
Right to Life, whose activities
mainly focus on advocacy and
education, is not currently orga-
nizing any legislative action to
counter the trials.
LSA junior Victoria Criswell,
president of Students for Life, said

her group will also not be taking
action, aside from the possibility
of hosting a debate on stem-cell
She added that Students for Life
supports stem cells taken from
umbilical cords or bone marrow.
This trial will deal with devel-
oping new treatments. The first
phase of the trial concerned
safety and took place at Emory
University School of Medicine.
Out of 18 patients, oneregained
use of his legs. Feldman said, to
her knowledge, such results have
not been reported with other

The FDA approved expansion
into the next phase on April 15.
"In a Phase Two trial, you get
to expand your approach," Feld-
man said. "You're not only look-
ing at safety but the efficacy' of
the product you are giving to the
A custom-built apparatus
injects stem cells directly into
the patient's spinal cord, which is
exposed after the removal of some
of the patient's vertebrae. The
Phase One trial involved 500,000
to one million stem cells injected
in the patient, while Phase Two
will involve two to 16 million.

Would be most backin
populous city politic;
to set requirement about
NEW YORK (AP) - No one tative
under 21 would be able to buy would
cigarettes in the city under smoke
a proposal unveiled Monday muniti
to make it the most populous rette
place in America to set the stores,
minimum age that high. advoca
Extending a decade of patern
moves to crack down on smok- Und
ing in the nation's largest under
city, the measure aims to stop where
young people from develop- states
ing a habit that remains the have r
leading preventable cause of at leas
death, City , Council Speaker agreed
Christine Quinn said as she A si
announced the plan. Eighty floated
percent of the city's smokers lature,
started lighting up before they a. bud
were 21, officials say. would
"The point here is to real- $42 m
ly address where smoking revenu
begins," she said, flanked To
by colleagues and the city's smokir
health commissioner. With govern
support in the council and by sm
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's lives.
7(ai qar (en

ag, the proposal has the
al ingredients to pass.
it may face questions
its effectiveness and
ss. A retailers' represen-
suggested the measure
simply drive younger
Gs to neighboring com-
ies or corner-store ciga-
sellers instead of city
while a smokers' rights
ate called it "government
alism at its worst."
er federal law, no one
18 can buy tobacco any-
in the country. Four
and some localities
aised the age to 19, and
t two communities have
I to raise it to 21.
milar proposal has been
d in the Texas Legis-
but it's on hold after
get board estimated it
cost the state more than
nillion in cigarette tax
ue over two years.
public health and anti-
ng advocates, the cost to
iment is far outstripped
oking's toll on human

VEGETARIANS efits of local farmers. toliveincitycentersandtopreserve ism seems incongruent with the
From Page 1 "Farmers can continue to farm the countryside for farmland." stress and money constraints that
there for as far out into the future Salley attributed low student most college students encounter.
as we can see," Hieftje said. "(It is) a attendance to a lack of advertis- Nonetheless, he said the ben-
further support local farmers. way to stop sprawl ... it's much more ing and the stigma associated efits of a healthy lifestyle far out-
Hieftje commented on the ben- environmentally correct for people with veganism. He said vegan- weighs the costs.
Two men arrested in Canada train attacks

were ar
a Cana
in Iran
case b
some g
of a re
Raed J
bers in
no real
did not
more d
Qaida p
ings at t

irst al-Qaida- ish line.
The arrests in Montreal and
1ated incident Toronto raised questions about
Iran's murky relationship with
in country the terrorist network. Bruce Rie-
del, a CIA veteran who is now a
ONTO (AP) - Two iMien Brookings Institution senior fel-
rrested and charged with low, said al-Qaida has had a clan-
g a terrorist attack against destine presence in Iran since at
dian passenger train with least 2001 and that neither the
t from al-Qaida elements terror group nor Tehran speak
, police said Monday. The openly about it.
bolstered allegations by "The Iranian regime kept
governments and experts some of these elements under
lationship of convenience house arrest," he said in an email
n Shiite-led Iran and the to The Associated Press. "Some
ninantly Sunni Arab ter- probably operate covertly. AQ
etwork. members often transit Iran trav-
ieb Esseghaier, 30, and eling between hideouts in Paki-
aser, 35, had "direction and stan and Iraq."
ce" from al-Qaida mem- U.S. intelligence officials have
Iran, though there was long tracked limited al-Qaida
son to think the planned activity inside Iran. Remnants
were state-sponsored, of al-Qaida's so-called man-
Canadian Mounted Police agement council are still there,
nt Commissioner James though they are usually kept
a said. Police said the men under virtual house arrest by
get financial support from an Iranian regime suspicious
[a, but declined to provide of the Sunni-/Salafi-based mili-
etails. tant movement. There are also
s is the first known al- a small number of financiers
planned attack that we've and facilitators who help move
nced in Canada," Super- money, and sometimes weap-
mt Doug Best tol a news ons and people throughout the
mce. Officials in Wash- region from their base in Iran.
and Toronto said it had no Last fall, the Obama admin-
tions to last week's bomb- istration offered up to $12 mil-
the Boston Marathon fin- lion in rewards for information

leading to the capture of two al-
Qaida leaders based in Iran. The
U.S. State Department described
them as key facilitators in sending
extremists to Iraq and Afghani-
stan. The U.S. Treasury Depart-
ment also announced financial
penalties against one of the men.
Alireza Miryousefi, spokes-
man for the Iranian mission to
the United Nations, said the ter-
rorist network was not operating
in Iran.
"Iran's position against this
group is very clear and well
known. (Al-Qaida) has no pos-
sibility to do any activity inside
Iran or conduct any operation
abroad from Iran's territory,"
Miryousefi said in a statement
emailed to the AP late Monday.
"We reject strongly and cat-
egorically any connection to this
The investigation surrounding
the planned attack was part of a
cross-border operation involving
Canadian law enforcement agen-
cies, the FBI and the U.S. Depart-
ment of Homeland Security.
The attack "was definitely
in the planning stage but not
imminent," RCMP chief super-
intendent Jennifer Strachan
said Monday. "We are alleging
that these two individuals took
steps and conducted activities to
initiate a terrorist attack. They

watched trains and railways."
Strachan said they were tar-
geting a route, but did not say
whether it was a cross border
route. Best said the duo had been
under investigation since last fall.
Their bail hearing was scheduled
in Toronto on Tuesday.
Via Rail said that "at no time"
were passengers or members of
the public in imminent danger.
Via trainsCanada's equivalent
of Amtrak passenger trains in the
U.S. -carry nearly four million
passengers annually.
In Washington, Amtrak
president Joe Boardman said
the Amtrak Police Department
would continue to work with
Canadian authorities to assist in
the investigation. Via Rail and
Amtrak jointly operate trains
between Canada and the U.S.
U.S. Rep. Peter King, a New
York Republican, said in a state-
ment praising Canadian authori-
ties for the arrests, that the attack
was intended "to cause signifi-
cant loss of human life including
New Yorkers."
Charges against the two men
include conspiring to carryout an
attack and murder people inasso-
ciation with a terrorist group.
Police said the men are not Cana-
dian citizens and had been in
Canada a "significant amount of
time," but declined to say where


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