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Friday, September 13, 2013


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Alum's charity
clothing line to
open storefront
on S. University

University President Mary Sue Coleman welcomes engineering freshman Robert Gitten to the final open house of her tenure Thursday.
lPres. hosts openhouse


Vith help from Mary Sue Coleman, who will
retire in July.
arper, Coleman Hundreds of students
lined up along South Univer-
lcomes students sity Avenue to meet Coleman
at her annual open house.
to campus Attendees were greeted by a
beaming Coleman and posed
By JEN CALFAS for pictures with her in the
Daily StaffReporter backyard of the historic Uni-
versity-owned President's
r many, Thursday marked House, behind the Hatcher
rst and possibly last time Graduate Library.
will personally interact After a brief meeting with
University President Coleman, students snacked on

Fashion start-up
encourages youth to
go to college
Daily StaffReporter
In America, one student drops
out of high school every 26 seconds,
according to the America's Promise
David Merritt, a University alum
and former captain of the Universi-
ty's basketball team, took these cold
statistics to heart when he founded
Merit Goodness, Inc., a cause-
based clothing line that donates 20
percent of its revenue to help create
scholarships for high-school stu-
dents at the Jalen Rose Leadership
In the past, Merit has operated as
an exclusively online retailer. This
will soon change, as the company
has plans to move to a storefront
location on South University Ave-
nue in the next month.
The corporation itself has two

facets: Merit, the actual clothing
line, and FATE, which deals with
donations as well as a mentorship
and outreach program for students
at Jalen Rose.
Merritt, who has always been
passionate about education, espe-
cially in urban areas, said he wants
to serve as a catalyst to the improve-
ment of the city's education system.
"My dad has been a pastor in the
city of Detroit for the last 35 years,
and I've always grown up with a big
heart for young people," Merritt
The high-school students who
are interested in the mentorship
program are assigned to a Univer-
sity student mentor and promised
a $5,000 scholarship when they
Merritt said the "big idea" is to
bring awareness to education. By
incorporating fashion to accom-
plish this, Merit is able to commer-
cialize its mission and promote a
greater understanding of the stu-
dents who will benefit from the
See CHARITY, Page 3A

complimentary cookies, fruit
and apple cider and left their
mark at the President's House
by signing a guest book.
In April, Coleman
announced her intention to
retire at the end of her term in
July 2014 - making this her
last open house. In an inter-
view with The Michigan Daily
after the event, Coleman said
although she would have pre-
ferred to have a longer time
to talk with each student she
met, she always looks forward

to the event.
"We'll have other oppor-
tunities to (meet students)
throughout the year as well
because it's really important
for me to be able to interact
with the students - and I love
that," Coleman said. "That's
the most fun part of this job."
As in past years, Coleman
and E. Royster Harper, vice
president for student affairs,
will continue to host fireside
chats during the fall semester

the fi

White House praises
'U' for start-up spirit

Lengthy blog
* post addresses
Daily StaffReporter
Since Beyonc4 lit up the Big
House last weekend with a
hearty "Go Blue," the Univer-
sity has received another round
of big-name accolades.

Last Friday, the White House
Office of Science and Technol-
ogy dedicated a lengthy blog
post to the University's recent
emphasis on entrepreneurship,
jumpstarted last year by former
Central Student Government
President Manish Parikh.
The post - written by a
White House intern - pointed
out multiple University groups,
such as the Center for Entre-
preneurship, that were inspired
by President Barack Obama's

proclamation of a "National
Entrepreneurship Month" last
year. The White House specifi-
cally mentioned the University's
first-ever Month of Entrepre-
neurship, which included 30
innovation-themed events last
"The original goal of the
Month was to bring interesting
entrepreneurs together, but it
grew into more than that - it
started a dialogue about entre-
See START-UP, Page 3A

Homeland Security official gives
lecture on borders and big data

LSA junior Nusrat Hussain purchases potatoes at the Marmer's Market at the Michigan Union Courtyard.
University Unions hosts first
farmers' market of fall semester

Asst. Secretary
discusses how
DHS monitors flow
of people, goods
Magazine Editor
To a crowd of about 60 stu-
dents, members of the public
and a live webstream audience,
Alan Bersin, assistant secre-

tary of international affairs and
chief diplomatic officer for the
U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, added his voice to the
national conversation on data -
big data - in the Ford School of
Public Policy's Josh Rosenthal
Education Fund Lecture.
After being introduced by
Public Policy Dean Susan Col-
lins, Bersin said the theme of
his talk, "Managing Global Bor-
ders: In Defense of Big Data,"
is relevant considering recent
controversial disclosures of

classified information byformer
U.S. security contractor Edward
Snowden, who revealed signifi-
cant secrets about U.S. Internet
espionage and domestic wire-
While Bersin's lecture, held
in Annenberg Auditorium,
focused on the need for big
data as a solution to today's
issues of homeland security, he
revealed his opinions on docu-
ments leaked by Snowden while
answering a question from a
See BORDERS, Page 3A

Produce to be sold
at three events
throughout semester
Daily StaffReporter
Students perhaps looking for a
break from a diet of ramen noo-
dles and Mountain Dew gathered
at the Union courtyard Thursday

for the first Central Student Gov-
ernment Health Issues and Uni-
versity Unions farmers' market
of the semester.
The market featured farm
produce from local farmers that
supply the University dining
halls, including Lesser Farms
and Orchards, Goetz Farms and
the University's own farm. Chefs
from the University dining halls
gave cooking demonstrations
and handed out food samples.

Other participants included
Planet Blue, the Student Nurs-
ing Association, Great Harvest
Bread Co. and U-go's.
Parisa Soraya, chair of CSG's
Health Issues Commission, said
the market took steps this yearto
increase focus on locally grown
food and sustainability. This
included providing free reusable
shopping bags. Soraya said the
market serves as both a shopping
See MARKET, Page 3A

Taylor time
Lewan has been a force to be
reckoned with since high school

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