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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday, December 5, 2013

michigandailycom
PHRIANTHROPY
Fundraiser
to benefit
children in
hospitals

The Harmonettes performed among many other student a cappella groups at the Kill-A-Watt Unplugged Concert in East Hall Wednesday evening.
Competition kills waste

0 Dorm challenge
encourages
sustainability
By HILLARY CRAWFORD
Daily StaffReporter
The University has put a pos-
itive twist on its sustainability
initiative with the third annu-
al Kill-A-Watt competition,

Students will
canvass city on
Galens Tag Days
By ANASTASSIOS
ADAMOPOLOUS
Daily StaffReporter
With the first snowflakes fall-
ing, it is once again time for the
Galens Tag Days fundraisers to
take over the streets of Ann Arbor.
The annual event, sponsored by
the Galens Medical Society, strives
to help children at the University
Hospital and local organizations.
The event traces its roots to
1927, making 2013 the 87th year
of canvassing for the organiza-
tion. The Galens Medical Society
was founded as an honor society
by medical students in 1914 but
has since grown into 120-member
strong charitable and service orga-

where students in the residence
halls challenge each other to
decrease energy consumption
in their residence halls.
In a ceremony Wednesday
at East Hall, Helen Newberry
Residence Hall took the grand
prize for using the least energy,
while Martha Cook Residence
Hall and East Quad Residence
Hall came in second and third
place, respectively.
During the one-month com-

petition, students living in
various residence halls collabo-
rate with each other and form
friendly rivalries with other
halls.
To win the competition, a
residence hall must decrease
its energy use by least ten per-
cent from the same month the
year before. To be officially
announced as a Kill-A-Watt
Energy Saving Winner, halls
have to reduce their energy use

by the same amount, in com-
parison to a more long-term
standard - the average energy
consumption during the past
four years. Students from the
winning halls are then offered
opportunities to attain scholar-
ships.
Kill-A-Watt rates its partici-
pants in terms of quantifiable
energy reduction and incor-
porates an effort-awarding
See PROGRAM, Page SA

nization. This year's program will
begin Thursday.
The fundraiser aims to fund
various Washtenaw County chil-
dren's organizations and pro-
grams, including those within the
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
Medical student Devon Rupley,
the co-chair of the event, said the
fundraiser is a great way for the
medical community and students
to come together and help children
outside the hospital. She added
that the effort is one of the hospi-
tal's biggest philanthropic pushes
each year.
The 2012 event raised slightly
more than $60,000. Rupley said
the amount raised typically ranges
between $60,000 and $65,000.
All money raised will go to benefi-
cent organizations and the costs of
organizing and running the fund-
raiser are covered by other funding
sources.
See SOCIETY, Page SA

TIMBER!
Pledges take
tree down like
Pitbull, Ke$ha

- ENGI-NERD

UMPD responds
to FIJI house
after alleged theft
of 13-foot pine
By ADAM RUBENFIRE
ManagingNews Editor
There were 16,408 trees at
the University in fiscal year
2012, according to the most
recent data. But University offi-
cials will need to subtract one
tree from this year's total after
an incident Wednesday morn-
ing involving a fraternity's
pledging activities.
Twelve students were inter-
viewed by University Police
early Wednesday after they
allegedly stole a tree from a
parking lot near the Indus-
trial and Operations Engineer-
ing Building and took it to the
house of the Phi Gamma Delta
fraternity, commonly known as
FIJI. Responding officers were
able to determine that the tree
cutting was a part of a frater-
nity pledging activity, but later
Wednesday morning Univer-
sity Police would not confirm
what fraternity the students
were affiliated with.
In response to a report

that several individuals were
removing a tree at about 1:20
a.m., UMPD officers canvassed
North Campus, later heading
to the Oxford area on Central
Campus, where police and a
Housing Security officer were
seen with the tree and several
students at about 2 a.m. The
tree was in the bed of a blue
Ford F-150 pickup truck on the
front lawn of the Phi Gamma
Delta fraternity house at 707
Oxford Road.
Officers interviewed the stu-
dents at the house, then escort-
ed the pickup - with the tree
in the truck's bed - to a garage
near the Campus Safety Ser-
vices building on Kipke Drive,
where the tree was left for
storage. One officer was seen
holding a hacksaw, though it's
unclear whether it was confis-
cated from the suspects.
After the tree was stored,
University Police were seen at
the tree's original location with
four of the suspects, where
officers continued to talk with
them. A tree stump surrounded
by sawdust and debris could be
seen at the northeast corner of
the lot.
The tree is currently being
classified by UMPD asa 13-foot
Pine Tree, but a more accurate
See PLEDGES, Page SA

ALLISON FARRAND/Daily
Engineering junior Brian McCann works on a car for the student group MRacing Formula SAE in the Wilson
Center Wednesday. Last summer, the team placed ninth at a competition at the Hockenheimring Cicuit in Baden-
Wurttemberg, Germany.
BUSINESS
Tech companies could spur
rebirth on B Liberty Street

ACADEMICS
Law clinic
helps prove
jailed man's
innocence
DNA testing shows
convicted man was
not guilty
By RACHEL PREMACK
Daily StaffReporter
In a sleepy village in northern
Michigan, ajury found a22-year-
old named Jamie Lee Peterson
guilty of the rape and murder of
a 68-year-old widow.
However, semen found inside
victim Geraldine Montgomery
did not match Peterson's DNA.
Police decided that there must
have been a second, unknown
accomplice.
DNA testing led to an arrest
Monday of Flint-area resident
Jason Ryan, in part to the Inno-
cence Clinic the University Law
School and Northwestern Uni-
versity School of Law.
Law student A.J. Dixon led the
Michigan Innocence Clinic stu-
dent team on the Peterson case.
He said the DNA testing proves
that Peterson was not involved.
"I can't see how anyone look-
ing at this case could come to any
conclusion other than that Jamie
Lee Peterson is anything but
innocent and that the sole per-
See CLINIC, Page 5A

Influx of startups
could increase lowv
rate of foot traffic
By K.C. WASSMAN
Daily News Editor
The lights from the Michigan
Theater have shone for more
than 80 years, but its constant

presence has been the exception
rather than the rule for busi-
nesses on East Liberty Street.
In recent years the street has
seen a shuffle of businesses,
most notably the closure of the
flagship Borders bookstore in
201L But the transformation
of the Borders space was one
of many over the course of the
street's history.
Before Borders, Jacobson's

department -REE
store occu -
pied the -
space on the
corner of East Liberty and May-
nard Street, until it moved to
Briarwood Mall in the 80s.
When Susan Pollay, execu-
tive director of the Downtown
Development Authority, first
moved to Ann Arbor in 1983
See STREET, Page SA

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