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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Prof. to talk
in regard to

Issamar Almavur, a BAMN organizer, attends a speech by Jennifer Gratz at an event about the affirmative action case in North Quad Tuesday.
Gratz speaks atN

Alum reflects on
2003 affirmative
action case
Daily StaffReporter
Jennifer Gratz, plaintiff in
Gratz v. Bollinger, a 2003 U.S.
Supreme Court case challeng-
ing the University's race-based
admissions policies that were

in place, spoke to more than
150 people at North Quad Resi-
dence Hall Tuesday night.
Student organization Young
Americans for Liberty hosted
the event, which was held in a
large classroom that was stand-
ing room only. Outside, a crowd
holding signs and chanting
through megaphones protested
Gratz's views on affirmative'
During the talk Gratz
discussed the history of her

case as well as current events
surrounding affirmative action.
Students and visitors' from
surrounding areas - including
school students from Detroit -
asked her questions and gave
their opinions on the issue, at
times raising their voices and
engaging in arguments with
Gratz's talk came after the
Supreme Court heard oral
arguments Oct. 15 for Schuette

v. Coalition, which seeks to
reverse the 2006 ballot initia-
tive that amended the Michigan
Constitution to ban race and
gender consciousness in college*
admissions, commonly called
Proposal 2.
Gratz sued the University in
1997 after she applied and was
denied admission to the Col-
lege of Literature, Science and
the Arts in 1995. At the time,
the University used a 150-point
See GRATZ, Page 3A

Psych. professor
will attend
conference with
Daili Lama
Daily StaffReporter
Kent Berridge, the James Olds
Collegiate Professor of Psychol-
ogy and Neuroscience, hesitated a
year ago before takingthe offer to
discuss his research on addiction
with the Dalai Lama.
"It seemed so overwhelming;
it was certainly nothing I would
put myself forward for," Berridge
said. "I didn't feel quite up to
what the Dalai Lama group might
But now Berridge is in
Dharamsala, India, the site of the
exiled Tibetan government, pre-
paring to participate in Mind &
Life XXVII: Craving, Desire and

Addiction. It's the 27th lecture
sponsored by the Mind and Life
Institute, a nonprofit organiza-
tion that investigates the inter-
section between Buddhism and
science founded in part by the
head monk of Tibetan Buddhism.
All experts in their respective
fields, the dozen event speakers
typically include philosophers,
scientists, psychologists and Bud-
dhist monks. Berridge said he
looks forward to the interdisci-
plinary perspectives the dialogue
will offer.
Psychology Prof. David Meyer
attended and organized a research
dialogue with Daili Lama in 2009.
He - said the interdisciplinary
nature of the dialogues led to "pro-
found new insights."
"Buddhism has alot of neat ideas
that you can bring into a scientific
framework to pursue further and
that will advance both the science
and, like the Dalai Lama would
want, the Buddhism," Meyer said.
See LAMA, Page 3A

City Council requests
removal of marquee


Councilmembers say
giant video screen
on East Stadium Dr.
distracts drivers
Daily StaffReporter
Certain members of the Ann
Arbor City Council hope to see
the new marquee digital bill-

board at Michigan Stadium shut
off - at least partially.
Monday night, Councilmem-
ber Christopher Taylor (D-Ward
3) announced he, Margie Teall
(D-Ward 4) and Marcia Higgins
(D-Ward 4) will bring forward a
request to discontinue the digi-
tal billboard at the next council
meeting on Nov. 7.
In June, City Council passed
an amendment to the existing
outdoor advertising ordinance
that prohibits the introduction

of digital billboards into the city
or the transformation of old bill-
boards into digital ones.
Taylor said he and the other
supporters are going to suggest
that the University discontinue
use of the billboard off East Sta-
dium Boulevard because it can be
distracting to drivers.
"We are going to request they
... either decommission the bill-
board, or, if they decline to do
that, to limit its usage to events
See MARQUEE, Page 3A

From NYC to A2: Westphal
runs for council in 2nd ward

Grizzly Bear of Therapaws gets some attention from University students on the Diag Tuesday. Puppies came to the
University as a stress reliever and part of the week-long Investing in Ability event.
Student.and alum partner up to
launch South U food cart court

Candidate says .
council should focus
on long-term issues
Daily StaffReporter
With the general election
approaching on Nov. 5, Ann
Arbor resident Kirk Westphal is
gearing up to run for city council
in the Second Ward.

Westphal grew up on Long
Island before subsequently
moving to New York City. He
describes the decision to move
to Ann Arbor nine years ago as a
mutual one with his wife.
"After we got married, we
thought, 'What's the next phase
of our lives?' " Westphal said.
"We both were still fans of New
York, but we felt like it was time
to see something else for a while.
We were thinking of starting a
family, so we decided we need-

ed to pick a place we'd be happy
Westphal got his undergradu-
ate degree at the University of
Pennsylvania, earning an eco-
nomics degree from the Whar-
ton School. Upon moving to Ann
Arbor, he acquired a Master's
degree in urban planning from
the University.
While Westphal worked
in marketing and advertising
in New York, he now devotes
See KIRK, Page 3A

Founders own Beet
Box, formerly in
Mark's Carts
For TheDaily
South University Avenue will
see a new addition to its already
wide array of food options once

a new food cart enterprise
The cart collection, named
Eat The Hub, will take over an
outdoor space located at 1215
S. University Ave. between
Momo Tea and University
University alum Alex Perl-
man, co-founder of Eat The
Hub, said he started the ven-
ture with Public Policy senior
Noah Hoffman after working

at the Beet Box cart at Mark's
Carts, a food cart space that
has been running for three
years on West Washington
Hoffman said that Eat The
Hub expects to open during the
fall semester, but doesn't know
the exact date as final details
are being settled with Washt-
enaw County. Though the open-
ing date is not set, Perlman said
See CARTS, Page 3A


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