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NEWS BRIEFS
LANSING
Gov. Rick Snyder
embarks on third
trade trip to Asia
Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednes-
day will embark on his third
trade trip to Asia, this time with
an added focus on selling Michi-
gan as a destination to Chinese
S tourists.
The governor will begin the
10-day mission in China and
then go to Japan over the week-
end before returning to China for
more meetings next week with
senior government officials and
executives of some of the coun-
try's biggest companies.
Snyder said the focus on
attracting Chinese tourists is a
new one compared with similar
trade trips he took to the region
in 2011 and 2012. The delegation
plans to have receptions in two
Chinese cities to tout the state's
attractions with the "Pure Mich-
igan" tourism campaign.
DETROIT
State certifies
Detroit mayoral
primary election
Former Detroit Medical Center
CEO Mike Duggan won Detroit's
Aug. 6 mayoral primary by more
than 20,000 votes, according to
official results approved Tuesday
by state canvassers.
Tuesday's certification was
delayed two weeks after Wayne
County canvassers turned the job
overtothe state.
County canvassers refused to
count more than 24,000 write-
in ballots because city elections
workers used numeric counts
instead of hash marks to tally
them.
SAN FRANCISCO
Microsoft
acquires Nokia's
smartphone biz.
Microsoft's acquisition of
Nokia's troubled smartphone
business represents a daring $7.2
billion attempt by the software
giant and a once-influential cell-
phone maker to catch up with
. the mobile computing revolution
that threatens to leave them in
the technological dust.
The deal announced late Mon-
day offers both companies a
chance to make up for lost time
with a strategy to meld their soft-
ware and hardware into a cohe-
sive package, like rival Apple
has done. But there are plenty of
reasons to question whether the
copycat approach will pay off.
Unlike Apple, Microsoft Corp.
makes most of its money from
software for personal comput-
ers - a still-profitable franchise
that has gradually been crum-
bling as smartphones and tab-

lets supplant laptop and desktop
machines.- By some estimates,
more than two-thirds of the
computing devices being sold
now are either smartphones or
tablets, and there are few signs
that trend will change duringthe
next decade.
PYONGYANG
Rodman embarks
on second trip to
North Korea
Former NBA star Dennis Rod-
man landed Tuesday in North
Korea and said he plans to hang
outwith authoritarian leader Kim
Jong Un, have a good time and
maybe bridge some cultural gaps
- but not be a diplomat.
Rodman was greeted at Pyong-
yang's airport by Son Kwang Ho,
vice-chairman of North Korea's
Olympic Committee, just days
after Pyongyang rejected a visit
by a U.S. envoy who had hoped
to bring home Kenneth Bae, an
American missionary jailed there.
The North abruptly called off the
official visit because it said the
U.S. had ruined the atmosphere
M for talks by holding a drill over
South Korea with nuclear-capa-
ble B-52 bombers.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

OMBUDSMEN include disputes over hir-
ing practices, performance
From Page 1A evaluations or other Uni-
versity policies applied
The ombuds must main- unfairly. The ombuds
tain confidentiality in serves a resource for mem-
negotiations and pin- bers - though they do not
point new issues that may advocate or choose sides in
require University review. a conflict.
Any member of the Uni- "I want to assure faculty
versity faculty, including that I can be an effective
professors, researchers, voice when they need one
librarians or instrut- to reach other faculty, U-M
tors, can use the ombuds. , faculty governance, or Uni-
The University also has versity administration,"
an ombuds designated for Giordani said in a state-
students that reports to E. ment.
Royster Harper, vice presi- Giordani earned a Bach-
dent for student affairs. elor of Arts degree in 1975
Additionally, each academ- from Dartmouth College
it unit has their own fac- and a doctorate from the
ulty ombuds. University of Virginia in
At the University, the 1982.
ombuds provides informa- He came to the Univer-
tion and options to faculty sity in 1987 and has been a
looking to resolve a con- mentor in the Undergradu-
flict with other faculty, ate Research Opportunity
administrators or students. Program since it was found-
Potential conflicts can ed 25 years ago.

ROSS
From Page 1A
large real-estate development
firm based in New York City. He
graduated from the University of
Michigan's Business School in1962
and later went on to earn his J.D. at
Wayne State University in 1965.
Ross founded Related Companies in
1972 - which has since flourished
into a $15 billion enterprise.
As of March 2013, Ross' personal
net worth was valued by Forbes at
$4.4 billion. He is also the owner of
the Miami Dolphins football team.
The Ross School of Business is
no stranger to sizeable donations.
In 2004, Ross donated $100 million
for the school's extensive recon-
struction, which opened in 2009. In
honor of his contribution, the Board
of Regents voted in a special session
to rename the school after its larg-
est benefactor. Ross now serves as
chair for the upcoming capital cam-
paign, which will focus on extend-
ing greater financial aid.

Ross serves'on University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman's Advi-
sory Group in addition to the
Director's Cabinet in the Univer-
sity's Department of Intercolle-
giate Athletics. His other gifts to
the University include a $5 million
donation toward a new athletic aca-
demic center, $1 million to establish
a professorship in real estate at Ross
and'$50,000 to establish the Henry
Pearce Endowed Fellowship inLSA.
Wednesday's gift is only the lat-
est in a series of large donations to
the University as public universi-
ties increase their focus on private
donations due to lowered govern-
ment support in Michigan. During
the last few months, the University
has been the benefactor of several
gifts targeted at graduate programs,
housing and revamping certain
medical facilities. ,
In April, the University received
a $110 million donation from Alum
Charles Munger, the vice chair-
man of Berkshire Hathaway, to
build a graduate housing complex
at Division and Madison Streets, on

land where the Blimpy Burger res-
taurant and several rental houses
once stood. At the time, Munger's
gift topped only Ross' $100 million
gift to his now-namesake Business
School in 2004. Munger's donation
will help fund the $180 millionresi-
dence project and includes $10 mil-
lion for fellowships to help create a
residential community.
A $50-million donation from the
Zell Family Foundation, granted to
the LSA Master of Fine Arts in Cre-
ative Writing program, is the larg-
est donation in thatcollege's history.
The March donation, will help ease
the financial burden of those par-
ticipatinginthe program to ensure
they will have the resources to
continually practice and hone
their writing abilities.
And finally, the Frankel family
has given a total of $50 million to the
University's Cardiovascular Center
in the last decade - with $25 million
donated in 2007 and another $25
million in March of this year. The
center now ranks 12th in the nation
for its specialty.

CSG
From Page 1A
guys," Proppe said at the meet-
ing Tuesdaynight, assuringthe
representatives of their suc-
cess. "(The Athletic Depart-
ment) got some bad press on
it and now they are turning it
around."
Proppe also pointed to the
lack of student representatives
on the University Regent's
Presidential Search Advisory
Committee, saying there were
even more "serious, long term

implications" than the lack of
student input in ticketing poli-
cies.
Although the push to attain
student seats on the commit-
tee was not successful, Proppe
said the University Council
- a joint governing body com-
posed of presidents from the
student governments of all
University schools and col-
leges - will finalize steps to
gain more input on Sept. 9 in
a meeting with Regent Kath-
erine White.
Tuesday's agenda also
includdd an item to elect and

approve leadership positions
on executive and legislative
boards.
once selected, represen-
tatives were elected to hold
chair and vice chair posi-
tions on the four legislative
committee and the assembly
voted unanimously to con-
firm the executive nomina-
tion of Business senior Eric
Kibler for treasurer and LSA
senior Russ Hayes for chief
of staff. They will serve on
the executive branch beside
Proppe and CSG Vice Presi-
dent Bobby Dishell.

COMMISSIONS
From Page 1A
executive commissions were no
longer operational within the
dictates of the Constitution, CSG
President Michael Proppe and
Vice President Bobby Dishell
initially issued executive orders
in July to create 23 new "task-
oriented" commissions.
However, the reorganiza-
tion granted the executive
commissions additional flex-
ibility - allowing students to
recommend the establishment
of any additional commis-
sion to the executive branch if
they felt any campus issue was
underrepresented in student
government.
LSA senior Hayley Sakwa,
former vice presidential candi-
date from political party forUM
and proponent of the Commis-
sion on Detroit Engagement,
said the commission would
bring together student leaders
from various Detroit-based stu-
dent organizations to facilitate
collaboration.
"The missions and the goals

will really come from all of
the student organizations that
come together in that space,"
Sakwa said, citing better, low-
cost transportation amenities
between the University and
Detroit as a possible venture.
Available CSG funding would
help back the commissions'
pilot projects, she added.
Besides the collaborative and
programmatic function she said
she hopes the commission would
satisfy, Sakwa said the commis-
sion would more actively pres-
ent a "strong, cohesive, united
voice" to University administra-
tors where matters regarding
Detroit were concerned.
In an e-mail to the CSG com-
mission chairs and assembly
representatives, Proppe said an
attive Voice Your Vote Com-
mission would be important in
planning for the Ann Arbor City
Council elections in November
and begin the voter registration
processes for the Michigan elec-
tions that will take place the fol-
lowing year.
The commission, unlike
the Commission on Detroit
Engagement, existed within
last year's executive branch,

but Proppe said it was left out
of the initial executive orders
until he was aware of student
interest.
"Initially we left it off because
traditionally Voice Your Vote
has not been active when there
have not been national or state-
wide elections," Proppe said in
an interview. "But there were
some students who actually
wanted to leave the commission
active to (register students and
plan for the future)."
In the upcoming weeks,
the Executive Nominations
Committee will present their
recommendations for the can-
didates that will chair the
25 commissions. Currently,
Proppe and Dishell have sub-
mitted their nominations for
chair positions to the Execu-
tive Nominations Committee,
which is in the process of con-
ducting reviews.
As per the CSG Constitution,
the recommended candidates
will be inducted into their chair
positions to garner a simple
majority vote from the Assem-
bly. All commission chairs
will be confirmed by Sept. 23,
Proppe said.

FOOTBALL
From Page1A
pounds. He is an All-American.
In the middle, though, Nix's
size is unparalleled. He goes by
the name Irish Chocolate. He
is listed at 342 pounds. That is
exactly two Channing Striblings.
It's more than two Dennis Nor-
fleets.
Offensive coordinator Al Borg-
es said the defensive line will be
the toughest Michigan will face
this year. And as the Wolverines
prepare for it this week, they must
first solve one question: how do,
they replicate Nix?
One reporter asked Borges if.
Michigan would use one scout-
team player to simulate Nix or
two. He was only half joking.
Borges laughed.
"Boy, he is aload," Borges said.
"He's not easy to move."
Still, as Borges talked Tuesday,
inspiration struck.
"We'll find somebody," Borges
said. "Matter of fact, I have some-
body in mind as you speak. Not
going to say who."
Whomever Michigan picks,
he'll still be considerably light-
er than Nix. Borges said the
coaching staff prefers to keep
scout-team players at their nat-
ural positions. The Wolverines
have some hefty offensive line-
men, but less on the other side
of the ball. Michigan's bulkiest
defensive lineman is sophomore
Ondre Pipkins, at 315 pounds,
but he plays significant min-
utes. Redshirt junior Richard
Ash is 314 pounds, 28 less than
Nix.
Borges said scout-team players
take a certain pride in weeks like
this. Tuitt's double, for example,
must create some resemblance to
the All-American.
Fifth-year senior Quinton
Washington, Michigan's own,
smaller version of Nix, remem-
bers playing on the scout team
during Notre Dame week. Back
then, Washington was an offen-

sive lineman. He had to block
Brandon Graham.
"You could just tell the differ-
ence between that week and dif-
ferent weeks," Washington said.
"It was a different feeling. You
got hit a lot differently being on
the scout team."
Last year, Notre Dame rode its
dominant defense to the nation-
al championship game. Pres-
sure from the front seven stifled
Denard Robinson and heldhimin
check earlier in the season. Mich-
igan threw five interceptions in
the loss in South Bend. Borges
said Tuesday that the pressure
caused the mistakes.
Both Borges and Notre Dame
coach Brian Kelly mentioned
on Tuesday that Michigan has
a much different offense than
in past years. The new offense
emphasizes the downhill run-
ning game. But Kelly has con-
structed his defense to defend
that.
"Well, we're built that way,"
Kelly said at his press conference
Tuesday. "We're a bigger, physi-
cal football team. We prefer that
kind of match up."
Kelly said Tuitt could play
"quite a bit" against Michigan's
own All-American, fifth-year
senior left tackle Taylor Lewan.
But he'll also play on the other
side of the line. Kelly added that
Temple had triple-teamed Nix at
times last week.
That's what happens' when
you're 342 pounds. More fright-
ening, Nix has played more con-
sistently than last year, when
Notre Dame gave him frequent
breathers. Even so, Manti Te'o,
who finished second in the Heis-
man voting last year, said he
would have voted for Nix, accord-
ing to the New York Times.
Washington weighs 41 pounds
less than Nix, but he can relate.
He came to Michigan at 330
pounds. The size works for Nix,
but it's not for everyone.
"I'll never get back to it,"
Washington said. "It was hor-
rible."

Japan to spend $470M to
plug up leaking reactor

Project may better
Japan's stake for
2020 Olympic bid
TOKYO (AP) - The Japa-
nese government announced
Tuesday that it will spend
$470 million on a subterra-
nean ice wall and other steps
in a desperate bid to stop leaks
of radioactive water from the
crippled Fukushima nuclear
plant after repeated failures
by the plant's operator.
The decision is widely seen
as an attempt to show that
the nuclear accident won't
be a safety concern just days
before the International
Olympic Committee chooses
among Tokyo, Istanbul and
Madrid as the host of the
2020 Olympics.
The Fukushima Dai-ichi
plant has been leaking hun-
dreds of tons of contaminated
underground water into the
sea since shortly after a mas-
sive 2011 earthquake and tsu-
nami damaged the complex.
Several leaks from tanks stor-
ing radioactive water in recent
weeks have heightened the
sense of crisis that the plant's
owner, Tokyo Electric Power
Co., isn't able to contain the
problem.

"Insteadofleavingthisup to
TEPCO, the government will
step forward and take charge,"
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
said after adopting the out-
line. "The world is watching
if we can properly handle the
contaminated water but also
the entire decommissioning of
the plant."
The government plans to
spend an estimated 47 billion
yen ($470 million) through
the end of March 2015 on two
projects - 32 billion yen ($320
million) on the ice wall and
15 billion yen ($150 million)
on an upgraded water treat-
ment unit that is supposed to
remove all radioactive ele-
ments except water-soluble.
tritium - according to ener-
gy agency official Tatsuya
Shinkawa.
The government, howev-
er, is not paying for urgently
needed water tanks and other
equipment that TEPCO is
usingto contain leaks. Shinka-
wa said the funding is limited
to "technologically challeng-
ing projects" but the govern-
ment is open to additional help
when needed.
The ice wall would freeze
the ground to a depth of up to
30 meters (100 feet) through
a system of pipes carrying
a coolant as cold as minus

40 degrees Celsius (minus
40 Fahrenheit). That would
block contaminated water
from escaping from the facil-
ity's immediate surroundings,
as well as keep underground
water from entering the reac-
tor and turbine buildings,
where much of the radioactive
water has collected.
The project, which TEPCO
and the government proposed
in May, is being tested for fea-
sibility by Japanese construc-
tion giant Kajima Corp. and is
set for completion by March
2015.
Similar methods have been
used to block water from parts
of tunnels and subways, but
building a 1.4-kilometer (0.9-
mile) wall that surrounds four
reactor buildings and their
related facilities is unprec-
edented.
An underground ice wall
has been used to isolate
radioactive waste at the U.S.
Department of Energy's for-
mer site of the Oak Ridge
National Laboratory in Ten-
nessee that produced pluto-
nium, but only for six years,
according to the MIT Tech-
nology Review magazine.
Some experts are still skep-
tical about the technology and
say the running costs would be a
huge burden.

Remark by Boston
mayor sparks anger
from Detroit gov't'

Detroit Mayor
Bing says Menino's
remarks were
'regrettable'
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit
Mayor Dave Bing accused his
Boston counterpart of insen-
sitivity Tuesday after Thomas
Menino told a magazine that if
he ever visited the Motor City,
he'd "blow up the place and start
all over."
In a New York Times Maga-
zine article that first appeared
online last week, Menino said
Detroit is a place he'd like to
visit, then added the rest when
asked what he'd do there.
"It is extremely regrettable
that Boston Mayor Thomas
Menino used such an unfortu-
nate choice of words to describe
what he would do if he came to
Detroit," said Bing, who is not
running for re-election after one
term as mayor. "I would think-
the mayor of a city that recently
experienced a deadly bombing

attack would be more sensitive
and not use the phrase 'blow
up.
A spokeswoman for the Bos-
ton mayor said Menino "feels
strongly about cities," cares
about Detroit's problems and
"would like to help in any way
he can."
"The mayor is sorry that
people have taken offense," Dot
Joyce told The Associated Press
in a phone interview. "It was
never his intention."
She said that Menino's pro-
posal to "blow up the place"
meant to overhaul the broken
systems that have helped bring
down Detroit.
Three people were killed and
more than 260 injured in April
when pressure cookers packed
with explosives, nails, ball bear-
ings and metal shards detonated
near the finish line of the popu-
lar Boston Marathon.
One of the suspects was killed
three days later in a gun battle
with police. His brother was
captured and has pleaded not
guilty to using a weapon of mass
destruction charges.

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