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forced evictions are possibly the
most traumatic single event in
Palestinian history.
She added that SAFE mem-
bers were not the only students
involved in the event, but that
people in a number of activist
groups across campus took part.
Khalil said there has been tre-
mendous support for the move-
ment and its associated hashtag,
#UMMockEviction, so far, espe-
cially from communities of color.
"We really want to get this
discussion going on campus and
not have it be silenced," Khalil
said. "It seems like the University
doesn't act until it's forced to ...
we decided to do something that
speaks directly to the students."
However, many students
were offended by the event and
the University has indicated
the move violated the residence
hall's no-soliciting policy. Uni-
versity of Michigan Hillel sent
out an e-mail to members rec-
ognizing that students reported
feeling unsafe after the eviction
notices were sent out. and said
they had contacted University
Hillel held an event Tuesday
eveningwhere about 40 students
gathered to share their concerns.
Hillel Executive Director Tilly
Shames said Hillel's event aimed
to create a safe space where stu-
dents could share how they felt
"The collective values of
community and civil discourse
were shattered by this incident,"
Shames said.
in small group discussions,
students revealed that they felt
powerless after the flyers cir-
culated in people's residential
spaces. LSA junior Rachel Klein,
the Israel Programs Chair and an
organizer of the event, noted that
she felt caught off guard given
the politically-charged nature of
the controversy and that the tim-
ing during finals was intentional.
Khalil acknowledged Hillel's
issue with the event, but said it
was troublesome that the silenc-
ing of the movement was coming
through the co-option of social
justice words.
"Being triggered does not
mean that you cannot be held
accountable for how violence has
affected Palestinians," she said.
LSA senior Suha Najjar, a
member of SAFE and a Pales-
tinian American, said it seemed
absurd that students would con-
strue criticism against Israel
as being anti-Semitic. She also
pointed out that the fliers were
clearly marked as fake.
She said the students need to
be cognizant of the issues and
the University needs to be held
accountable for its actions.t
"I don't think that Palestin-
ians had the choice when their
houses were being bulldozed by
companies that benefitted from
our tuition dollars," Najjar said.
University Housing spokes-
man Peter Logan said the dem-
onstration was in violation of
University Housing's, policy,

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& Ice" entertainment station,
where students will be able to
watch their food being prepared.
A key focus of the meeting
was the launch of the Building
a Better Michigan Core Group,
which will allow students to
meet with and advise architects
and administrators, begin-
ning next semester. The Core
will also conduct research and
create focus groups to better
understand the needs of 'stu-
"Students looking for low
time commitment that has a
high impact on the University,
that's what the Core is for," said

which prohibits handing out fly-
ers and other types of marketing'
"The residence halls are actu-
ally private residences, and in the
interest of preserving the sense
of privacy and security for our
residents, we don't allow solici-
tation, even from recognized
student organizations, not even
from housing organizations,"
Logan said.
The flyer was labeled "Depart-
ment of Housing," which is not
the official name for University
Housing. Because the letter also
wasn't explicitly labeled as being
distributed by SAFE, Logan said
he was concerned that the group
was trying to impersonate Uni-
versity Housing.
"We weren't really happy with
them using our name to carryout
their statement, per se," Logan
said, adding that the message
upset some housing residents.
SAFE took responsibility for
handing out flyers and expand
in a viewpoint in Tuesday's edi-
tion of the Michigan Daily. Khalil
said SAFE did not put its name
on the flier because the group
wanted to draw attention away
from themselves and focus on the
larger issue and the University's
"It's something that if you
really want to make a statement,
you have to work around the
rules, bend the rules, to do what
you can," Khalil said.
She said theviewpoint allowed
the group to take ownership and
not hide from culpability.
Logan said University Housing
has informed the SAFE executive
board that they violated Housing
policy and asked them to refrain
from handing out flyers in the
future. He added that University
Housing does allow, with proper
permission, for solicitation tables
in the residence halls to help orga-
nizations reach out to residents.
Central Student Government
began its Tuesday meeting by
acknowledging the eviction
notice and its effect on the cam-
pus community. LSAsenior Molly
Rosen, former vice speaker of the
CSG Assembly, spoke onbehalf of
those "whose personal space was
violated" when the notices were
distributed throughout campus.
Business junior Skyler Pursell, a
current assembly representative
and residential advisor, said he
woke up to several residents who
were startled by the fliers.
Linda Newman, -the Univer-
sity's director of Housing, and
Laura Blake Jones, the Univer-
sity's dean of students, also sent
an e-mail to all housing residents
explaining that University Hous-
ing did not sanction the eviction
notices and apologizing for any
shock they may have caused.
"We are sorry that the flyers
caused shock, alarm, and other
emotions among some residents,"
the e-mail reads. "We do not con-
done any behavior that causes
members of our community to
feel targeted and/or intimidated."
- Managing News Editor Adam
Rubenfire and Daily Staff Reporters
Rachel Premack and Amrutha
Sivakumar contributed reporting.
LSA senior Alex Abdun-Nabi,

BBM executive board member.
"We are valuing student input
over everything in the renova-
tion of these buildings."
LSA senior Louis Mirante,
BBM board member, spoke about
the diversity of input he has seen
from students. He shared the
story of a female student who
felt uncomfortable using swim-
ming pools alongside the oppo-
site sex due to religious reasons,
and expressed a desire to allo-
cate times for gender-separated
"That's a perspective I would
never have thought of, coming
from my background," Mirante
said. "I really appreciate being
exposed to views I would be
unfamiliar with otherwise."

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stantly working to improve the
reliability of the service.
"It's a community effort, so as
the community grows in size, the
improvements continue to ben-
efit a large pool of users," Schofield
said. "The nextbig improvement in
eduroam will come from the com-
munity, as it always has, and we
welcome ideas and suggestions."
At the University, 847 indi-
viduals authenticated a wire-
less connection via eduroam in
November, according to data
provided by University Informa-
tion and Technology Services. Of

those individuals, 47 were Uni-
versity officials connecting local-
ly and 86 from non-University
Of the remaining authenticat-
ed networks, 440 were non-UM
individuals who connected from
locations at the University. These
individuals represented 152 differ-
ent institutions and 23 countries.
"It's certainly not as heavily
used as MWireless, but the use is
important," Palms said. "It would
be great to be able to have a con-
ference and be able to provide
visiting researchers with the best
access to our researchers while
they're here."
Robert Ball, a University
research scientist, said an infor-

mal poll conducted during a
conference of information tech-
nology administrators and engi-
neers hostedby the Department of
Physics last month showed about
two-thirds of the 100 attendees
were using eduroam wireless
connections, which allowed them
high bandwidth connectivity to
their home institution's sites.
"The community of users who
joined us for this conference
came from around the world,"
Ball said. "Since these were infra-
structure people, and networks
are an integral part of their work,
they expected good networking
capabilities and were not disap-
Ball added that eduroam and

other efforts toward increased
connectivity are indicative of a
collaborative emphasis between
Palms said the Internet origi-
nated when a few higher edu-
cation institutions first built
supercomputers and wanted to
allow other institutions to be able
to use them.
"It's been the intent for
decades for higher education
institutions to share resources,"
Palms said. "Higher education
institutions compete and col-
laborate, but from an informa-
tion technology perspective, it's
much more on the collaboration
side. The focus is really on how
we can share access."

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Shahin said. "We're making sure
that we appeal to readers on as
many platforms as we can. So
we recognize that although print
journalism will continue to be a
valuable core part of our experi-
ence here at the paper, we need
to make sure that our content is
accessible wherever our readers
may be."
Additionally, Shahin said he
wants to work on ensuring that
staff and coverage are representa-
tive of the diversity of identities
and interest present on campus.
LSA senior Daniel Wang and
LSA sophomore Megan McDon-
ald, incoming co-editorial page
editors, also said they plan to
make the issue of diversity at the
Daily their focus.
"I think it's something we've
just started to address as an orga-
nization," Wang said. "It's prob-
ably what's going to define our
terms here as editors, if not for
other editors - I can't speak for
McDonald agreed, adding that
one way that they'll approach this
goal is through establishing a dif-
ferent atmosphere at their edito-
rial board meetings.
"It's something where we have

to create a safe space for discus-
sion, because that's what we
want, but ultimately balancing
that with trying to have a discus-
sion and trying to get ideas out,"
McDonald stated.
For newly appointed Manag-
ing Editor Katie Burke, a Public
Policy junior, discussion will be
a priority as well. Burke, previ-
ously a senior news editor said
she plans to introduce an event
hosting function in the newsroom
to bring more attention to the
Daily's coverage.
"The goal of these events is to
open up the Daily to the rest of
campus and facilitate a discussion
about whatever news is going on:
get the reporters to be able to talk
about whatever they're writing
about, get professors in here, just
a variety of voices to kind of get
the discussion going," Burke said.
LSA sophomore Jennifer Cal-
fas, the managing news editor,
wants to expand coverage of
research done at the University.
"I know our editors and our
reporters on research are very well
versed and havebuilt great relation-
ships there, so I think that's very
possible,"she said."As well, we have
a presidential transition over this
next year, so that's something we're
really goingto focus on."
LSA juniors Alejandro Zdniga
and Greg Garno, newly elected

co-managing sports editors, said
their primary goal is to support
new talent in the section.
"The one thing we want to do
is build a stronger foundation for
our younger writers and less expe-
rienced writers, so that way when
we leave this section, we've left it
in abetter place," Garno said.
Zuniga and Garno also said
they wanted to expand the sec-
tion online.
"We have all these people writ-
ing great features, and they come
out in print and they look awe-
some - the design staff does a
great job - but we want to trans-
late that to online, because we feel
like a lot of people aren't going
to pick up a physical copy of the
Daily and sit down and read 3,000
words," Zuniga said.
LSA sophomore John Lynch
and Engineering junior Akshay
Seth were elected co-managing
arts editors. They plan to change
the way the B-Side - the weekly
Arts inserted section - is edited
instead giving that responsibility
to the senior editors.
Newly elected co-managing
photo editors, LSA junior Teresa
Mathew and Public Policy junior
Paul Sherman, said they also plan
to make online development a focus.
LSA freshman Carolyn Gearig
and LSA sophomore Gaby
Vasquez were elected managing

design editors. Vasquez said it's
important that the section col-
laborates with other sections to
increase visual storytelling.
Gearig also said that she and
Vasquez are would like to see at
least one infographic run in the
paper every week.
LSA junior Carlina Duan,
newly appointed editor for the
Daily's Statement magazine, said
her focus will be on increased
interactivity with the magazine's
"I would specifically like to
focus on expanding Internet con-
tent this year, and also just to have
content in the stories that keep on
pushing the boundaries and chal-
lenging students to view topics in
unexpected way," Duan said.
LSA juniors Meaghan Thomp-
son and Mark Ossolinski, the
paper's newly elected co-copy
chiefs, said their main goals will
be bringing more diversity to the
section and adding to the Daily's
style guide.
"That will definitely get some
tweaks while we're here," Thomp-
son said. "There are definitely
times when stuff that probably
should be in there, or we should
have a style on, isn't in there."
Ossolinski agreed, adding that
it's traditionally been a responsi-
bility of the copy desk to keep the
style guide current.

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Law student Jeremy Keeney,
student general counsel to the
CSG executive, said this modifica-
tion would begin to mend the cur-
rent system, under whichboth the
Office of Student Conflict Resolu-
tion and faculty can submit pro-

posed amendments directly to the
Student Relations Advisory Com-
mittee without consulting CSG.
"The code is kind of viewed as
a community standard, and really
having the folks that make up the
biggest part of that community -
the 40-some-thousand students
here - have a greater voice in the
process could only help build the
community that we have," Kee-

ney said.
Keeney said the proposed
changes to the amendment pro-
cess are a small but an important
first step to increase transparency
and student involvement in forg-
ing the code of conduct.
"This puts us ina place where we
can voice our concerns before (an
amendment) gets passed, whereas
before SRAC could pass it and we

wouldn't hear about the change
until it was too late," Keeney said.
While the changes under cur-
rent consideration are procedur-
al, Keeney said the last part of the
resolution will involve changing
the rights and responsibilities of
students as outlined by the State-
ment of Student Rights. The CSG
assembly will address this further
in February.

GM exec. first woman to head auto company

Former product
chief Barra set to
replace Akerson
DETROIT (AP) - Mary Barra
has spent the past three years as
General Motors' product chief,
making cars that drive better, last
longer and look good inshowrooms.
Now she will take on an even
bigger job. On Tuesday, the board
tapped the 33-year company vet-
eran to be the next CEO, mak-
ing her the first woman to lead a
major car company.
Barra replaces Dan Akerson,
who moved up retirement plans

by several months to help his wife,
Karin, battle advanced cancer.
When Barra starts her new job
Jan. 15, she will lead a company
that's made nearly $20 billion
since emerging from bankruptcy
in 2010, much of it from the cars
and trucks she helped develop.
But she still faces challenges in
paring down GM's costs and win-
ning over buyers in international
markets such as India and South
Akerson, 65, said he had
planned to stay at least until
spring, but his wife's diagno-
sis changed that. He said 'the
board unanimously picked Barra
from several internal candidates

because of the breadth of her
experience, her management
record, her people skills and her
understanding of GM's opera-
"This is an executive who has a
vision of where she wants to take
the organization," he said.
Since February 2011, Barra has
held what many say is the most
important job at GM - senior
vice president for global prod-
uct development. She joined the
company in 1980 as an engineer-
ing student and became a plant
manager, executive director of
engineering and head of human
Along the way, she earned a

reputation as a manager who
made tough decisions, yet was
able to get people to follow her
lead and work as ateam, accord-
ing to current and former GM
The 51-year-old executive has
been in charge of design, engineer-
ing and quality for all GM vehicles
and has shepherded most of the
company's recent new vehicle
introductions. Under her com-
mand, GM rolled out brawny new
full-size pickup trucks, the Chev-
rolet Silverado and GMC Sierra,
and the Chevrolet Impala full-size
car, which earned the highest
score for asedan intestingby Con-
sumer Reports magazine.


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