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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Lawyer for
bin Laden
driver talks
about case

ALLISON FARRAND/Daily
Sam Daley-Harris, founder of RESULTS and the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation, spoke to students and faculty about his book, Reclaim-
ing Our Democracy, and how to empower average citizens to take action towards ending world poverty and hunger.
ACADEMICS
CFE director's role expanded

Schnieder saved
driver from major
terrorism charges
By ARIANA ASSAF
Daily StaffReporter
Harry Schneider, a lawyer
at Seattle-based Perkins Coie,
spoke to a group of over 100
people Monday afternoon as part
of The International Law Work-
shop.
Schneider talked about his
involvement in the case of Salim
Ahmed Hamdan, who was a
driver for Osama bin Laden, and
as a result was accused of engag-
ing in acts of terrorism against
the United States. Hamad was
detained by the United States for
nearly eight years before he won
his case.
Though he faced serious
charges of assisting one of
the most wanted criminals in
American history, Hammad
was only found guilty of materi-
ally supporting bin Ladin, after'
arguments from a legal team
that included Schneider, court-
appointed lawyer Lt. Command-
er Charles Swift, Georgetown
University Law Prof. Neal Katyal
and others from Perkins Coie.
Hamdan was first apprehend-

ed on Nov. 24, 2001 after drop-
ping his daughter and pregnant
wife off at the Pakistan boarder.
His second daughter was born
while he was detained, and he
didn't meet her until he was
released years later.
During his-time as a detainee,
he was subject to harsh interro-
gation, including sexual humili-
ation and sleep deprivation.
He was imprisoned in several
facilities, including the notorious
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in
Cuba.
Hamdan was born in Yemen
and orphaned at an early age. He
was not extensively educated.
Schneider said Hamdan's job
offer from bin Laden offered a
drastically different standard of
living than he could have expect-
ed otherwise.
"He was told that if he stayed
in Afghanistan, he could work
and earn ten times the money
he could ever hope to earn in
Yemen," Schneider said.
Hamdan was first employed
by bin Laden in 1996 to trans-
port agricultural workers who
worked on bin Laden's farm.
Eventually, Hamdan became the
al-Qaida leader's personal driv-
er. Although Hamdan was not
unaware of bin Laden's activities,
he wasn't a central figure to his
See DRIVER, Page 3

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Tngineering ing Prof Thomas Zurbuchen as
senior advisor for entrepreneur-
)f. Will advise ial education to begin immedi-
ately, the University announced
repreneurship Monday.
Zurbuchen, who joined the
education University in 1996, launched the
Center for Entrepreneurship in
EPHANIE SHENOUDA the College of Engineering in
DailyStaffReporter 2008 and has helped the center
expand its influence and scope
attemptto integrate for- over the past five years.
trepreneurial education CFE programs are currently
ery student's major, Mar- available to 90 percent of under-
lack, University provost graduate students, but Zurbu-
ce president of student chen said in a statement that
has appointed Engineer- he believes those efforts can be

expanded and improved.
"Our goal is to create the best
creativity toolset in the world
for students who want to learn
how to 'be the difference' any-
where in the world," Zurbuchen
said. "A lot of this, we won't have
to build. We just need to bundle.
Entrepreneurial activities have
grown tremendously here over
the past decade. This isn't a top-
down effort. This energy is com-
ing mostly from the bottom up,
and that's how revolutions hap-
pen."
Pollack also noted that entre-
preneurial education is not as

much about creating something
new as it is facilitating the col-
laboration of available resourc-
es.
"We see this role as one that
not only knits together the Uni-
versity's existing resources in
entrepreneurship education,
but also expands them, to offer
as many students as possible
a chance to develop entrepre-
neurial skills," Pollack said in a
statement. "This is a step we're
taking for the education of our
students, but I see tremendous
potential for its effects to ripple
See DIRECTOR, Page 3

CITY COUNCIL
Eaton to focus
on police, fire,
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niversity alum "What neighborhood activists
find is that when they go to their
aces elections council members is they don't
feel they are being represented."
is only official Eaton said. "Often you feel like
you are the adversary when you
candidate seek to have your representative
act on your behalf."
By ANASTASSIOS He has served as president of
ADAMOPOULOS Friends of Dickens Woods Nature
Daily StaffReporter Area, and co-founded the Neigh-
borhood Alliance, a coalition of
mocrat Jack Eaton says bud- Ann Arbor neighborhood groups,
anagement and security are five years ago. The group is still
ain priorities in the run up active today.
election for city Ann Arbor Eaton stressed that his main
fourth ward. concern as a candidate is manag-
e University alum beat ing the city's budget priorities.
abent Marcia Higgins in the "The fundamental responsibil-
st primary. ity of the local government is to
on graduated from the Uni- provide basic services like police,
yin 1987 with a bachelor's fire, trash pickup and to maintain
e in political science and the infrastructure: roads, storm
d a law degree at Wayne sewers and waste water systems"
University in 1991. He rep- he said.
:s public sector unions, He says funding for the city's
ting mostly of transit safety services has been particu-
yees. Originally from Sagi- larly lacking while developers get
e has lived in Ann Arbor for tax breaks and money was spent
st 27 years with his family. on underground parking.
on was unsuccessful the "I believe, and people similarly
wo times he ran for office situated believe, that over the last
0 and 2012. The only oppo- ten years our local government
Eaton faces this year are has neglected our safety servic-
in candidates. William es," Eaton said.
wood is the only official , Eaton said he's especially
in candidate, but a "20- concerned about how these cuts
i carp" has unofficially could affect University students.
nged Eaton via Twitter. See SERVICES, Page 3

East Quad Residence Hall underwent a year-long, $116-million renovation and a radical resdesign-
Post renovations, 'old' East
Quad remembered fondly

ACTIVISM
Palm oil
company
protested
bystudents
Campaign urges
cereal maker to
divest from Wilmar
By AMIA DAVIS
For the Daily
University students and the
Ann Arbor residents are team-
ing up with the Forest Heroes
campaign, a group protesting the
deforestation and displacement
of endangered species in Indone-
sia, to urge the Kellogg Company
to break its partnership with
Wilmar International, a Singa-
pore-based palm oil corporation.
In 2011 and 2012, Newsweek
ranked Wilmar, the world's larg-
est palm oil trader, as the least
sustainable corporation in the
world. Opponents say the com-
pany has deforested parts of
Indonesia in order to produce its
product. The company is said to
be responsible for the endanger-
ment of many species in Indone-
sia, including the orangutan and
the Sumatran tiger, a rare sub-
species found only on the Indo-
nesian island.
Forest Heroes has organized
protest efforts and coalitions
in the Ann Arbor area for some
time. In October, the campaign
recently held a statewide call-in
See PROTESTED, Page 3

Residential College Students in the Residential
College have called East Quad
members mourn home since 1969.
Some complain that the RC
loss of Half Ass has taken a large loss as a com-
munity due to the renovation.
By EMMA KERR However, most RC students
For the Daily who experienced East Quad
before it was closed for renova-
Since the reopening of East tions unanimously agree that,
Quad Residence Hall this fall, even if just for safety reasons
students have begun to wonder and general deterioration after
what exactly the renovation's years of use, the building was
$116-million price tag has in need of a makeover.
bought them. The transition LSA senior Rosie Levine,
to the "new" East Quad has who recently completed an
not been without significant independent study* project
adjustment and frustration, aimed at compiling memories,

and stories from East Quad
prior to its renovation, said
she feels it is important to
acknowledge not only what
was lost in East Quad's renova-
tion, but also the necessity of
the improvements.
"East Quad has been a really
important place for a lot of
people over the years," Levine
said. "Before East Quad closed,
a lot of people came back and
talked about how much the
building really meant to them
and how much their college
life was really formed around
East Quad and how that was
See RENOVATIONS, Page 3

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