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From Page 1A
In 2003, Walker gave a
speech at the Barnard Center for
Research on Women that depicted
her connection with Zora Neale
Hurston, the namesake for the
lecture series and famous Harlem
Renaissance anthropologist and
author. While many of Hurston's
works were undiscovered or for-
gotten, Walker brought them to
light in the 1970s.
"It has been my experience
- - - - -- ---
From Page 1A
9/11, the ROTC members honored
those who have served in wars
fought in places such as Iraq and
"It's a remembrance of the
fact that our nation is the great-
est nation in the world," said LSA
senior Hari Vutukuru, a member
of Army ROTC. "Normal student
life is still thriving, and that's
possible because of our service
For the 12th anniversary of the
attacks, the University's chapter
of the College Republicans orga-
nized the third 9/11: Never Forget
Project, a non-partisan memo-
rial in collaboration with Young
America's Foundation, a nation-
al conservative-youth political
organization that has held simi-
lar events at college campuses
across the country since 2003.
At the memorial, donations
From Page 1A
their hands and make it their
own, that's when you get success,"
Benz said.
Stay in the Blue not only
includes a list of all local cab
companies - which can be called
directly from the app - but it also
figures out the user's exact loca-
tion. There is also an option to set
a buzzing reminder to ensure that
intoxicated users don't forget to
record drinks.
The app also contains links
to local and University-specific
drinking laws and policies, which
may be used to benefit friends in
The idea for the app came
from a UHS focus group in 2005,
S which was held to learn about
students' drinking habits, rec-
ognizing a need for a program
in which responsible students
could share their mechanisms
for staying safe, or "in the blue."
From Page 1A
LSA junior Parisa Soraya, chair
of CSG's Health Issues Commis-
sion, said the program was start-
ed to entice students to pick an
apple over the bag of chips while
killing time between classes or
studying late at the UGLi.
"We saw that a lot of students
turn away from healthy foods
because of the expensive prices
associated with them," Soraya
said. "So we wanted to give back

a healthy reward to promote
healthy eating."
Each semester, there will be
a list of featured food items that
will earn students points on their

in this life that whenever, on my
path of love and devotion to life, I
have had cause to falter, an Ances-
tor has appeared, ready and will-
ing to steady my step," Walker
wrote on her blog in reference
to Hurston. "Those of you who
know the history that connects
me with Zora Neale Hurston will
understand why I stand now in
my kitchen enjoying her warm
chuckle of support for all of us."
After Walker was disinvited to
speak at CEW's 50th anniversary
event, she posted a letter on her
blog - that she claimed was from
were collected for the Michi-
gan Remembers 9-11 Fund.
Pamphlets of President Ronald
Reagan's farewell address were
handed out, in addition to copies
of the Declaration of Indepen-
dence and U.S. Constitutions.
LSA senior Russ Hayes, chair
of the College Republicans, said
while the date means something
different to everyone, it resonates
with all students.
"We all grew up around it. It's
in the back of our heads," Hayes
said. "It's just really important to
remember the lives lost on that
Some students paused for
moments of reflection as they
snapped iPhone photos of the
flags. Other students, perched
idly on benches surrounding the
memorial, chatted about the pain
of a recent break-up or whether
they should drop a class. A man
held a piece of cardboard in the
Diag with words that told of a
9/11 conspiracy theory. "Bush-
UHS created a "Stay in the Blue
Video Contest," which received
an enthusiastic response from
The campaign ironically took
off after a touchdown. Heisman
winner Desmond Howard, a for-
mer Michigan football player was
featured ina video promoting the
Stay in the Blue program. Since
then, students themselves have
expanded the marketing move-
ment with the Stay in the Blue
app, intended to keep students in
"the blue" - the safe BAC range
of.06 or below.
Howard said in an interview
with The Michigan Daily that
people, especially on college cam-
puses, need to protect themselves
while drinking and stay cogni-
zant of their surroundings.
"I think that, for a lot of prob-
lems in society - not just on col-
lege campuses but especially on
college campuses, drinking is
at the root of a lot of problems,"
Howard said. "I just want people
to drink responsibly. I think
cards, including fresh fruit, eda-
mame and Chobani yogurt. Stu-
dents can pick up and redeem the
punch cards at any of the three
U-go's convenience store loca-
tions, which include the Michi-
gan Union, Michigan League
and Pierpont Commons. Victors,
located in the Hill Dining Center,
and Blue Apple, located in Bursley
Residence Hall on North Campus,
will supply the cards as well.
After receiving ten punch-
es, students can redeem one
MHealthy item free of charge.
The pilot program will begin this
month and end April 2014.

Soraya said if the punch cards
are a success, CSG plans to
expand the program beyond the
pilot locations.
"We will be able to track how

her agent - that said donors spon-
soring the 50th anniversary event
threatened to withdraw their
funding due to Walker's stance on
the Arab-Israeli conflict. Walker
is represented by The Wendy Weil
Agency, but it is not clear who
from the agency wrote the letter.
Walker's latest book "The
Cushion in the Road," published
in 2013, included criticism of
Israel that the Anti-Defama-
tion League called "80 pages
to a screed" on the conflict and
"explicit comparisons between
Israel and Nazi Germany."
Cheney-Israel did 9/11," he yelled
at passersby.
Throughout the day, people
shared photos of the Diag memo-
rial on social media sites with
tags like "Watching ROTC stand
guard around the flag. Never
forget. 9/11. #USA #UMich."
Or "9/11. How time has passed.
#umich #commemoration."
Kinesiology freshman Caro-
line Alford said she was pleased
to see her friends at other uni-
versities post photos of similar
memorials on their campuses.
Though she was seven years old
at the time of the attacks, she
remembers them vividly.
"I just think it's a nice thing
to do, even though we were so
little," Alford said. "A lot of times
we forget about the big picture.
But on days like today we remem-
ber the common bond - that
we're all Americans."
As news of U.S. involvement
in Syria dominates national and
global media coverage, history
if they drink responsibly they
eliminate a lot of the things that
we see in our society."
While Laura Blake Jones, asso-
ciate vice president for Student
Affairs, didn't have specific num-
bers on how many times the app
has been downloaded, she hoped
Desmond Howard's tweet about
the app last week to 200,000 fol-
lowers and promotional incen-
tives would encourage wide
adoption by the student body.
"With Greek Life we've been
really promoting this," Blake
Jones said, "I've been getting pos-
itive feedback from them about
its effectiveness and the most
common thing I'm hearing from
them is about how great it is that
it's customized to Ann Arbor."
She added that the University
continues to evaluate the efficacy
of the app and is considering fur-
ther enhancements.
"We get lots of calls from other
campuses asking about Stay in
the Blue and how we came up
with that and how we're branding
many punch cards are distrib-
uted," Soraya said. "We hope to
expandto other campus locations
such as the Markley Hideaway."
This isn't the first time CSG
and MHealthy have partnered to
encourage good health on cam-
pus. Thursday marks the first day
of the third annual MFarmer's
Market, which provides students
with fresh, sustainable fruits and
vegetables at a reasonable cost.
Soraya also said she hopes to
promote better work ethic by
encouraging healthy eating hab-
"I noticed that a lot of stu-

dents stress during finals and
grab candy because it's quick and
cheap," she said. "It doesn't pro-
mote good work ethic, but when
eating healthier, students get bet-

Thomas released a statement
in August that apologized for how
CEW dealt with Walker's invita-
tion, noting that "all donations,
for this and for other events, are
accepted with no provisos or pro-
hibitions regarding free speech."
In an e-mail to faculty in
August, University Provost Mar-
tha Pollack said the University
is committed to free speech and
diversity, and the decision to
rescind the invitation "was based
solely on the celebratory nature
they hoped to achieve at their
anniversary event."
Prof. Jonathan Marwil, who
teaches a course on 9/11, said it
adds to people's perception of
the date. Further U.S. involve-
ment in the Middle East could be
viewed as an extension of 9/11,
even if there is no direct relation,
he said.
"They all have a kind of con-
nection, in a fuzzy sort of way,
in the American mind, with
9/11," he said. "We connect what
comes afterward with what came
before, even though they may
have no connection at all."
Although the attacks still
hold deep significance for many
Americans, it's a significance that
has faded over time, he said.
"Memories don't stay sharp
unless they have a reason to
stay sharp," Marwil said. "The
memory is full of things. And I
don't think 9/11, for the majority
of Americans, has a lot of reso-
nance. I wouldn't say it has none
at all. That would be absurd. But I
don't think it has very much."
that," Blake Jones said. "I would
anticipate the Stay in the Blue app
will receive aslot of attention from
campuses around the country as
Recent University graduate
Steve Coffey, one of the creators
of the app, said in an e-mail inter-
view that he is amazed at the
trust the University puts into stu-
dents to work on projects such as
Stay in the Blue.
"Frankly it's astonishing that
they even let us puta Block 'M' on
the thing," Coffey wrote. "It just
goes to show how invested the
'U' is, really at every level, with ...
providing opportunities for stu-
dents to contribute in every area."
Coffey said students are espe-
cially receptive to the app because
its message isn't condescending
or "dorky."
"They're not about to tell you
that you're going to hell if you
-Daily Staff Reporter Will
Greenberg contributed reporting.
ter grades and their overall per-
formance is enhanced."
When asked if this program
will be effective in getting stu-
dents to eat healthier, LSA junior
Maggie Heeren said while the
punch cards will undoubtedly
prove beneficial, they may make
a minimal impact on the student
body as a whole.
"On the other hand, I don't
see a negative outcome, and it's a
good idea trying to get people to
eat healthier," Heeren said.
A frequent user of restaurant
punch cards, LSA senior Joseph
Hong said he's excited about

the possibility of using them for
University-run restaurants and
"It personally encourages me
to buy their products," Hong said.

From Page 1A
Harper, vice president for stu-
dent affairs; Henry Baier, asso-
ciate vice president for facilities
and operations; Deanna Mabry,
associate director for planning
and design at the University; and
Linda Newman, senior direc-
tor for university housing, made
their pitch for the new residence
hall to the group of about 30 dis-
enchanted graduate students.
Baier described the plan's
emphasis on community spaces
and cooperative living due to an
increased need for group work
spaces as graduate programs
push for further collaboration
among students. While the pre-
senters didn't bring a mock-up or
blueprints of the plans, before-
and-after photos of the Univer-
sity Lawyers Club were used
as an example of past graduate
housing renovations. The Law-
yers Club was also funded by a
donation from Munger.
The design for the graduate
residence involves most rooms
forming blocks of seven single
bedrooms with personal bath-
rooms, with all seven tenants
sharing a common kitchen, liv-
ing area and dining area. Despite
the enthusiastic pitch, students
questioned the layout and prob-
able cost of the rooms.
Concerns focused on the sev-
en-room design, with several
students expressing concerns
about the community-living
style and audience members say-
ing the graduate lifestyle is dif-
ferent than the undergraduate
residence-hall experience.
Several of the graduate stu-
dents said the major selling point
for the graduate residence hall
should be price competitiveness.
The rough estimate of $1,000
per month for the residence hall
is significantlyhigher than many
other housing options in Ann
"When you're still working
from, in aslot of cases, a research
stipend or something like that,
you have to be pretty frugal
with what you're spending on
housing," said Michael Hand, a
Rackham student and RSG rep-
Saccone said the cost and
room-complex design were the
primary concerns he received
from an online forum and other
graduate students he'd spoken
with. He added that he was dis-
appointedby the limited student
involvement in the planning
of the dormitory - which is
unlikely to see major reshaping,
according to Baier and Harper.
Harper has hosted one prelimi-
nary planning session with a
four-person student advisory
board and assisted in a larger
focus group of about forty stu-
dents weighing in on the design.
"We're just really concerned
that the project might not be
going in the right direction and,

ultimately, we're trying to help,"
Saccone said. "We're really here
just because we feel that the peo-
ple who have been involved in
this project perhaps have had a
little bit of a 'group-think' men-
tality and could use a little bit of
outside sourcing."
Harper said the residence hall
will not be for everyone, calling
the design'experimental.' Harp-
er said Munger Residence Hall
intends to cater to students in a
variety of graduate programs.
However, the residence hall
will not be suitable for graduate
students with families and chil-
Harper stressed repeatedly
in response to suggestions for
plan changes from the audience
that she and the administration
had to remain within the wishes
of Munger's vision for the resi-
dence hall, as he continues to be
deeply involved with the plan-
ning process.
"If this were 'just us' and
the funding were 'just us,' we
would have some different
kinds of options," Harper said
in response to a student's sug-
gestion to lower costs by elimi-
nating some of the costlier room
features proposed. "But I think
when you are in partnership
you make some agreements
about what you're going to offer,
then we have to honor those
In an interview after the
forum, Harper and Baier both
said they expect the residence
hall to be highly successful,
despite mixed reactions from
"It has this wonderful com-
bination of your own privacy
- your own room, your own
bathroom, your own study space
- and then you come out and you
have this fabulous living space,"
Harper said. "Whatitfeels like is
you get to be at home when you
want, sort of in your space, and
then you can be in a kind of 'cof-
fee shop' if you will with people
that you know and like."
Harper said there would like-
ly be opportunity for students
to choose roommates, though
there is currently no plan for
room assignment or other logis-
tics, like parking. Many students
voiced concerns to the adminis-
trators about unplanned details.
Former RSG President Michael
Benson said he wouldn't live in
the soon-to-be-built complex.
While Saccone and other stu-
dents expressed their misgivings
with the proposal, most offered
their gratitude for Munger's gift
and thanked Harper and the
other administrators for 'tack-
ling the problem of graduate
housing space.
Harper said she and every-
one involved in planning was
happy to have Munger's input on
the design and credited him for
helping kick-start a previously
stalled graduate housing effort.
The project is scheduled to be
completed in 2015.

Suicide bombs hit Egypt military in Sinai, kills nine

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) - In
near-simultaneous attacks, a
pair of suicide bombers rammed
their explosives-laden cars into
military targets in Egypt's vola-
tile Sinai Peninsula on Wednes-
day, killing at least nine soldiers
and nudging the conflict there
closer to a full-blown insurgen-
The bombings in the town of
Rafah on the border with the
Gaza Strip appear to be a deadly
. response by insurgents to a mili-
tary crackdown on their north
Sinai hideouts that has report-
edly left over three dozen dead.
Suicide attacks are a new ele-
ment in the wave of political vio-
lence triggered initially by the
ouster of Egypt's Islamist Presi-
dent Mohammed Morsi on July
3, and intensified by a violent
crackdown on his supporters'
protest camps. They suggest that
al-Qaida-inspired groups maybe
developing a new capability to
strike at security and other tar-

gets, both in Sinai and elsewhere
in Egypt.
One of the two bombings in
the town of Rafah brought down
a two-story building housing the
local branch of military intel-
ligence. It collapsed the entire
structure, two security officials
said, speaking anonymously
because they were not autho-
rized to talk to the media. They
said no bodies were found under
the rubbles, but the attack left
10 soldiers and seven civilians,
three of them women, wounded.
The second attack targeted
an armored personnel carrier at
an army checkpoint not far from
the intelligence headquarters,
the officials added.
The officials said the remains
of the two suicide bombers have
been recovered. The officials
gave a death toll of nine for both
attacks but did not say how many
were killed in each.
"The use of car bombs and
suicide attacks in a new turn,"

military spokesman Col. Ahmed
Mohammed Ali told The Associ-
ated Press. He said the bombings
appear to be revenge for the Sinai
offensive, which he said hurt the
militants by destroying weapons
and ammunition caches.
"This will not stop us, but will
increase our determination to
confront terrorism," he said.
The attacks come less than a
week after a suicide car bombing
targeted the convoy of Interior
Minister Mohammed Ibrahim,
who is in charge of the police,
shortly after he left his east
Cairo home. Ibrahim escaped
unharmed but a civilian was
killed. .
One of the al-Qaida-inspired
groups based in Sinai, Ansar
Jerusalem, later claimed
responsibility for that bombing.
The claim was never verified. If
true, it would be the first time a
Sinai-based group carried a sui-
cide attack in the heart of Cairo.
These three bombings, plus

another one in Sinai last month,
are the first in Egypt since
the 2011 uprising that over-
threw longtime autocrat Hosni
The conflict in the Sinai adds
to Egypt's woes as it struggles
to regain political stability and
economic viability.
There was no immedi-
ate claim of responsibility for
Wednesday's attacks. Col. Ali
said it was still early to deter-
mine which group or groups car-
ried it out.
However, Ansar Jerusalem
issued a statement Wednesday
claiming responsibility for three
other recent attacks on the mili-
In a statement, the group
blasted Egypt's military for con-
ducting "a dirty war, deputizing
all anti-Islam forces in and out-
side Egypt, especially the Jews."
The group has ties to militants in
the Gaza Strip, and has claimed
in the past attacks on Israel.

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