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AG proposes new
laws in light of
human trafficking
Michigan's top law enforcer
said Wednesday that the state
should treat teenage prostitutes
as victims, not criminals, as it
works to combat human traf-
The recommendation to cre-
ate a "safe harbor" provision for
minors is among many resulting
from a six-month review led by
the state's first human traffick-
ing commission. Attorney Gen-
eral Bill Schuette and lawmakers
who worked on the report also
want to toughen criminal pen-
alties for traffickers and people
who solicit sex from 16- and
"What we're doing is putting
in place a presumption that if
you're a minor and you're forced
to have sex, the presumption is
that you are a victim, not a crimi-
nal," Schuette, a Republican, said
during a news conference at his
Lansing office attended by legis-
lators, advocates and trafficking
Third Navy official
arrested in Asia
bribery scheme
Federal officials say a third
senior U.S. Navy official has been
arrested in connection with a
massive bribery scheme in Asia
that helped a Malaysian defense
contractor overbill the Penta-
gon by millions of dollars in
exchange for prostitutes, luxury
trips and other bribes.
Federal prosecutors said U.S.
Navy Commander Jose Luis San-
chez was arrested Wednesday in
Tampa, Fla.
In a criminal complaint, San-
chez is accused of accepting
prostitutes, luxury travel and
$100,000 cash from a foreign
defense contractor in exchange
for classified and internal U.S-
Navy information.
Amid controversy,
Toronto mayor
refuses to leave post
Toronto's embattled mayor on
Wednesday rejected the advice of
city council allies to take a tempo-
rary leave of absence, returning to
work a day after acknowledging
he had smoked crack.
Deepening the crisis, Rob
Ford's long-time policy adviser
resigned, continuing an exo-
dus that started in May when
news reports emerged of a video
showing the mayor smoking
what appears to be crack. Police
announced last week they had a
copy of the video, which has not
been released publicly.
After months of evading the
question, Ford acknowledged for
the first time Tuesday that he

smoked crack "probably a year
ago" when he was in a "drunken
stupor." But he has refused to
step aside despite immense pres-
WikiLeaks aide
leaves Snowden
for Germany
WikiLeaks staffer Sarah Harri-
son, a key ally of former NSA con-
tractor Edward Snowden, has left
Russia for Germany, saying her
lawyers had advised her against
travel to Britain over fears she
could be prosecuted if she returns
to her native country.
Harrison arrived in Germany
over the weekend, saying in a
statement released by WikiLeaks
late Wednesday that she left
Snowden only after making sure
"that he had established himself
andwas free from the interference
of any government."
The statement also said that
lawyers had advised her to stay
away from the U.K. over fears she
would be prosecuted under anti-
terror laws.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

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are $50-million gifts, there are
also $50 gifts. And to add up to
the total we need to achieve, we
need hundreds of thousands of
gifts. And to motivate those hun-
dreds of thousands of gifts, we
need to influence a lot of people."
For the Office of Develop-
ment, touch points - the term
Szczepanski uses for points of
engagement - are the eyes and
ears on the University's cam-
paign. These points include
contact on Facebook, Twitter, in
the press and physical advertise-
ments like t-shirts and Frisbees
slated for distribution at Friday's
community festival.
However, calculating exactly
how many touch points the cam-
paign has is a challenge in itself.
Campaign strategists have built
estimates from Twitter hashtag
usage, Facebook shares, event
attendees and circulation of
media coverage, aswell as poten-
tial viewers of signs and wear-
able giveaways.
During planning sessions
to market the campaign, Szcz-
.epanski said organizers initially
planned to elicit one-million
touch points during the week
leading up to launch night.
Due to an unprecedented
amount of student involvement,
the Office of Development hopes
engagement will surpass their
original expectations five times
"Because the students have
become so engaged, we're now
confident the reach will be much

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into the meeting. Mandel avoid-
ed a reporter who attempted to
reach him for comment near the
fraternity house.
Pierce said there are grounds
for removing a chapter president
if the national office's executive
office "deems it an appropriate
first step." He added that the
office deals with each allegation
separately but do review a chap-
ter's overall reputation.
Thinking back to a previous
statement made by national offi-
cials after the first set of haz-
ing allegations, Koffsky said he
feared the University's chapter
might be cut from the umbrella
"They said, 'Andrew, if we're
coming back later this year, for
anything, for any reason at all,
we're ending your fraternity,' "
Koffsky said.
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said he could not
confirm if the University was
investigating the fraternity. If an
investigation is underway, it is
still in its infancy, he said.
"It's really, really way to
soon to draw any conclusions,"
Fitzgerald said.
Kinesiology senior Michael
Freedman, president of the
Interfraternity Council, said he
could not confirm the allega-
tions. While IFC doesn't con-
done inappropriate behavior like
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played a role in the Rzeppa's
decision to run for Trenton City
Council, support came from
a variety of sources. He said
friends here at the University
and his family at home contrib-
uted to the campaign process
from the beginning.
"The moral support is just as
important throughout the whole
thing," Rzeppa said. "There are
definitely some high highs and
low lows that go into it, so hav-
ing people that knew a lot about
what I was doing and encourag-
ing me did wonders."

greater than originally anticipat-
ed, which means our campaign
success will be met that much
more efficiently," Szczepanski
Besides installing a student
advisory committee to help plan
fundraising, campaign brand-
ing and delivery has taken a new
focus on students.
The campaign's primary pri-
ority is student support and
financial aid. At the President's
Leadership Breakfast in Octo-
ber, University President Mary
Sue Coleman announced Victors
for Michigan would attempt to
secure $1 billion for student aid.
"Today, (students) are a lot
more savvy, and they understand
the impact philanthropy has on
their life and how philanthropy
impacts their experience as a
student," Szczepanski said.
In addition, an engaged stu-
dent population is key to reeling
in potential donors.
"Some students will give
financially," Szczepanski said.
"Some students will advocate
on our behalf. But every student
here is tangible evidence that the
University is worthy of financial
The campaign's collaborative
focus will be featured in Friday's
planned kickoff activities, which
include a block party on Ingalls
Mall complete with food, give-
aways and music.
In the past, campaign launch-
es usually consisted of a pri-
vate performance preceding an
invite-only donor event, accord-
ing to Judy Malcolm, director
of executive communications
in the office of Development.
This community-focused event
hazing, Freedman said the board
will always advocate for its mem-
ber chapters.
"We're always going to sup-
port our IFC chapters, whether
they've really messed up or not,"
Freedman said.
The previous hazing allega-
tions were made in early October
and led to a personal visit to the
fraternity house by Jim Fleisch-
er, assistant executive director of
the AEPi national organization.
Koffsky said Fleischer inter-
viewed all 34 pledges to cor-
roborate their stories. He also
reviewed a Facebook group-chat
between the pledges.
The Office of Greek Life also
conducted its own investigation
of the first allegations through
its Hazing Task Force. The body
was created in 2006 and is com-
prised of 14 to 18 students select-
ed and elected from within the
Greek system.
LSA junior Kristina Macek,
current chair of the task force,
wrote in an e-mail that any
actions taken will be considered
confidential for the time being.
"I will not and cannot confirm
or deny if any hazing allegations,
investigations or hearings have
occurred throughout my term as
chair of the Hazing Task Force,"
Macek wrote.
A statement posted on the
Hazing Task Force Facebook
page around 10:30 a.m. Wednes-
day alluded to recentchazing alle-
"In light of the increase in the
number of hazing allegations, we

Rzeppa said he hopes to keep
Trenton an innovative, youth-
friendly community.
"The main thing I would like
to focus on is making it a place
that will continue to attract
younger people and provide
opportunities for people at
every level in the city," Rzeppa
said. "I wanted to bring a fresh
perspective to the city govern-
ment, and people really received
that well."
At the University, Rzeppa has
previously served as vice chair
of the Diversity Affairs Commit-
tee in Central Student Govern-
ment. He said his experience on
CSG reinforced his longstanding
interest in government and pub-
lit service - and also revealed

is a new endeavor to involve a
broader community of potential
supporters and donors.
The University has also
launched a social media cam-
paign aimed at building student
involvement and communicat-
ing philanthropy's impact at the
University. Shannon Riffe, assis-
tant director of marketing and
online engagement in the office
of Development, has lead the
campaign's overall social media
For the past month, the office
of Development's Leaders and
Best social media accounts have
posted an "impact story" each
day leading up to the campaign.
"The whole point is really tell-
ing people's stories in their own
words about how they're impact-
ed by philanthropy," Riffe said.
"And it's really powerful with
social media to show images
specifically, images of people's
In terms of finding students
and faculty touched by philan-
thropy, Malcolm said that's an
easy task.
"We have far more stories
than we could ever use," Mal-
colm said. "It just reinforces to
us how important donor gifts are
to the life of this University."
As Friday nears and the Uni-
versity gears up for the biggest
fundraising campaign a public
higher education institution has
seen, Szczepanski and his staff
are hoping to keep the conversa-
tion going.
"Hopefully, we've created
something worthy of tweeting
and posting that people want to
talk about for a long time," he
would like to encourage all mem-
bers of the Greek Community to
consult the Hazing Policy, con-
tact us, or contact the office of
Greek Life in order to determine
if an activity, event, etc.is consid-
ered hazingbefore doingit.Igno-
rance is not an excuse to haze!!"
The post was later deleted.
It is unclear exactly what alle-
gations were made against the
AEPi fraternity, but Koffsky said
that the initial set of hazing alle-
gations were "unanimously" true
- "like scarily so," he added.
However, when interviewed
by Greek Life officials, Koffsky
said he and other AEPi brothers
denied the allegations in early
"Essentially, we had to lie
about everything," Koffsky said.
Koffsky was one of four soph-
omore presidents across 30 IFC
fraternities. As only a second-
year student, Koffsky said he
was overwhelmed in trying to
manage 171 members, 34 pledges
and an organization that oper-
ates on a budget of half a million
dollars a year.
"You don't get prepared for
any of it," Koffsky said. "You're
thrown into the fire."
In hindsight, with his chapter
facing investigations, Koffsky
said he would've chosen a differ-
ent path if he could do it all again.
"Looking back on my deci-
sion to be the president of my
fraternity, I probably would have
heeded the advice of the people
who came before me who said
not to."

the rewards that come along
with it.
"It helped me see the people
I was making a difference for,"
Rzeppa said. "And I think that's
sort of what it's all about - see-
ing how other people can ben-
efit from your actions is a very
rewarding feeling."
Although Rzeppa is in the
process of finishing his career
at the University, he plans on
returning to Trenton to main-
tain permanent residency in his
hometown - close to his con-
stituents. Rzeppa said he wants
to wait a year before continuing
his education - his new position
as city council member will give
him plenty to do in the mean-

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ular notion that a hookup won't
lead to something more.
"People are reporting on aver-
age one and a half serious rela-
tionships in college," Armstrong
said. "It's the same people who
are doing all of these things. The
people who are hooking up are
often also going on dates and
also getting in relationships. So
when the media says, 'the date is
dead and no one can find a rela-
tionship,' it's not true."
Armstrong also covered the
topic of how to close the "orgasm
gap," or the discrepancies in
orgasms among women as com-
pared to men.
Data from the Stanford study
reported that while the orgasm
gap is reduced with a greater
amount of hookups, at all levels
of intimacy women reported less
climaxes.Armstrongsaidthe gap
exists because men are less com-
mitted to female orgasms than
women are to men's orgasms.
Discussion also focused on
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Fifteen individuals, both
males and females from under-
graduate and graduate schools
at the University, shared stories.
Many talked about alcohol, par-
ties and date rape drugs as part
of their experiences.
Almost immediately after
Corrigan and Abercrombie
finished introductions, the
first survivor walked up to
one of many microphones
placed throughout the room
to speak.
"That's pretty rare," Corri-
gan said. "I've never seen that
happen before. Normally we
actually have to wait in silence
for about 15 minutes before
someone gets up and speaks."
The Michigan Daily was
asked notto publish specific sto-
ries that survivors told because
of their sensitive content.
Throughout the event,
SAPAC advocates and interns
were available inside and out-
side the room for support and
counseling. An advocate is a
professional trained to coun-
sel and support victims and
can also provide legal support,
while interns come from the
School of Social Work to pro-
vide short-term counseling.
interns can help survivors in
reporting their experiences to
Long-term counseling on
campus is usually administrat-
ed through Counseling and Psy-
chological Services.
"This can be a really trigger-
ing or intense event," said Alex-
andria Champagne, a Social
Work graduate student and

how common it is for college stu-
dents to have intercourse while
intoxicated. Armstrong said in
an interview after the event that
drunken hookups can be more
dangerous and less satisfying
than sober hookups.
"Maybe if people were more
comfortable with sex, they
wouldn't have to be so drunk,"
Armstrong said. "It's more likely
that people are not going to use
protection or that they're not
going to communicate clearly
about what one of them wants if
they're blindingly drunk."
TEDx Salon events are
intended to be more discussion-
based than regular lecture-style
TEDx events.
To that end, in small groups,
students further discussed the
origins of the orgasm gap. Rack-
ham student Lina Ortiz said she
believed the difference might be
a cultural one.
"I was told sex was the worst
thing you could do unless you
were married," Ortiz said. "So I
think I wouldn't let myself have
one because it would mean I
was accepting that it was what I
SAPAC intern, "So we feel like
it's very important to have sup-
port services in place so people
can leave on a safe note, a good
note and not leave feeling over-
whelmed or extremely trig-
Corrigan said she originally
got involved in SAPAC after
several of her friends experi-
enced sexualized violence in
high school.
"Personally, having to expe-
rience that through them was
very striking and it makes you
think about things that you
never did before," Corrigan
Corrigan and Abercrombie
closed the event with a candle
lighting ceremony, inviting
anyone in attendance to light a
candle in remembrance of those
who have experienced intimate
partner violence, sexual harass-
ment, sexual assault and stalk-
ing. The SAPAC office was open
after the event for anyone wish-
ing to debrief.
University staff were asked to
refrain from attending the event
to guaranteea safe and confiden-
tial space, free from mandated
reporting regulations. Many
staff members are obligated to
forward reports of sexual assault
to the University's Office of
Institutional Equity.
The Networking, Publicity
& Activism Volunteer Program
also runs rEVOLUTION: Mak-
ing Art for Change, an art show
with themes of gender, sexual-
ized violence and empowerment
during the spring semester, and
sponsored a Domestic Violence
Awareness Month rally and vigil
in October.
SAPAC's Crisis Line is open 24
hours a day, 7 days a week, and
can be reachedat (734) 936-3333.
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