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Ambassador Richard Boucher, former Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and
Development, speaks about how diplomacy is functioning in an increasingly global and social world in Weil Hall in the
Ford School of Public Policy Monday.

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The ambassador said the
United States can better the
world if they "stop trying to be
Mr. Fix-It," and instead give
the people of other nations the
tools to fix their own countries.
During the lecture, he used his
iPhone to show the audience an
app that monitors air quality in
Beijing. By making this infor-
mation clear and accessible, the
United States gave the Chinese
citizens the spark they needed
to pressure the government into
bettering their lives, according
to Boucher.
"I have to say, I think our best
diplomacy is diplomacy where
we put the tools in other people's
hands," Boucher said.

Public Policy Dean Susan Col-
lins introduced the ambassador,
lauding his extensive career
and breadth of expertise in his
field. In her opening remarks,
she said the rise of social media
has changed the relationship
between the public and the gov-
ernment, but that Boucher is "no
stranger" to addressing these
influences on in American gov-
ernmental affairs.
"Having somebody with his
breadth of experience atthe high
levels of the tenure, who is now
out of office and can be candid,
that's a real opportunity," Collins
said after the talk.
Boucher currently teaches
two classes at the Ford School
through the Towsley Founda-
tion Policymaker in Residence
Program, which brings experts
in the field of national or inter-

national policymaking to work
with students and University
faculty members.
Public Policy graduate student
Kiana Shelton, who is currently
enrolled in a seven-week course
taught by the ambassador called
"Wielding Economic Power,"
said she appreciated Boucher's
wit and extensive knowledge in
foreign relations both in class
and during the lecture on Mon-
"It was very candid and had
a bit of humor to it, but it is
highlighting something that is
extremely important - the world
is getting smaller via technology,
how we get along with differ-
ent countries, we're not sending
cables anymore," Shelton said.
"We have the ability to respond
and react at anytime no matter

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"I've always wanted to see
President Obama in person and
I figured this may be my only
chance - or hopefully the first
of many - but if not, I figured
I might as well jump on this,"
Brown said. "I'm done with class
for the day, it's beautiful outside,
so I figured might as well, I'm not
doing anything else."
Grant agreed, adding that she's
not sure she'll have the opportu-
nity to witness such an event in
the future.
"I've always been told by rela-
tives that college is a really good
time to seize opportunities like
this, because you're not going to
get the chance afterwards," she
Obama will come to Ann
Arbor to advocate for a proposed
increase in the federal minimum
wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10
an hour. In February, the presi-
dent signed an executive order
raising the minimum wage for
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in Michigan," Yearout said.
Peter Sprigg, senior fellow
for policy studies at the Fam-
ily Research Council, wrote in a
statement there are certain nar-
row exceptions in which an attor-
ney general would be justified in
not defending a state law, but that
this case isn't one of them.
"Such a decision should only be
made when the state law violates
a clear and explicit provision of
the constitution or violates a clear
precedent of the U.S. Supreme
Court," he wrote. "No provision
of the U.S. Constitution refers
to marriage (or for that matter
to "sexual orientation") and no
Supreme Court decision has ever
stated that states cannot define
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option. Other considerations
involved in the decision includ-
ed its status as a freestanding
building without any connec-
tions to a high-rise, easy acces-
sibility to University students
and a location in the downtown
The six to seven month nego-
tiations concluded Sunday and
Ramlawi announced his plans
publicly on Sunday night.
Many structural changes

federal workers, but has now
moved onto the more difficult
task of convincing Congress to
implement a similar change for all
U.S. workers.
LSA sophomore Stephen Culb-
ertson, communications director
for the College Democrats, said he
grew interested in politics during
the 2012 presidential campaigns,
when he and other members of
the College Democrats worked
for local chapters of Obama's
"As a Michigan resident, I feel
it's important that we support our
low-wage workers," Culbertson
said. "I think an increase in the
minimum wage is long overdue."
Members of the College Dem-
ocrats also used the time wait-
ing to distribute petitions in an
effort to place gubernatorial can-
didate Mark Schauer and senate
candidate Gary Peters on the
ballot for upcoming elections in
As the line grew in the late eve-
ning, students implemented an
unofficial numbering system that
allowed individuals to solidify
their position. Several students
marriage as the union of a man
and a woman, so those exceptions
do not apply here."
In context of Schuette's pre-
vious actions as attorney gen-
eral, his unprecedented direct
involvement does not come as a
Schuette has been the attor-
ney general since 2011. Before
that, he sat on Michigan's Fourth
District Court of Appeals, was a
state senator and U.S. represen-
tative and ran the state's agricul-
tural department under former
Governor John Engler. For all of
the elected positions he's held,
including attorney general, he has
run as a Republican.
Schuette has taken conserva-
tive stances in previous cases
as well. In 2012, following the
Obama administration's mandate
that birth control be included in
will take place at Seva's previ-
ous location before Jerusalem
Garden opens its new doors.
The heating and cooling system,
electrical system, floor plan,
kitchen equipment and kitchen
ventilation will be renovated
and the color scheme will stay
true to the original Jerusalem
Garden location.
Ramlawi said he hopes to
keep the layout convenient for
both take-out and dine-in cus-
tomers. He said he also plans
to increase access to catering
and accommodate more student

said the system was beneficial
because it permitted individuals
in line to leave for short periods
of time and still maintain their
Late Monday night, University
Police said they could not com-
ment on specific security mea-
sures, but said they were aware of
the situation and were monitoring
for potential hazards. Culbertson
said students he had observed had
been well-behaved and respect-
"I think it's a generally positive
environment," Culbertson said.
"With the numbers - students
decided they wanted to make it
more of a safe and healthy envi-
LSA freshman Austin Delsi,
number 319 in line, said he heard
about the event through an Ins-
tagram post by The Michigan
Daily and was later alerted about
the growing line by a friend who
arrived earlier.
"Graduating from college in a
couple years, the minimum wage
is something that's really relevant
to me - especially with summer
jobs and internships," he said.
the health care plans of a large
number of religious organiza-
tions, he called himself a leader
in a nationwide effort by attor-
ney generals to repeal the man-
date. In 2011, he spoke out against
medical marijuana use, leading to
a brief recall effort against him
that was ultimately unsuccessful.
Bagenstos said that most attor-
ney generals generally do not con-
sider themselves apolitical, with
Schuette not being an exception
to that rule.
"He's obviously conservative.
His positions line up much more
with conservative politics than
with some clear objective sense
of the role of an attorney general
independent of politics, " Bagen-
stos said. "So I don't think it's
much of a surprise that he's taken
positions that align with conser-
vative politics."
Jerusalem Garden's menu
will expand as well, and will
potentially include chicken
kebabs, French fries, additional
lamb dishes, juices and smooth-
ies. Ramlawi said he foresees
more authentic fare and home-
cooked dishes, while keeping
the original flavors and dishes
of the menu.
Public support is already
positive, as the Facebook
post signed by "The Ram-
lawi Family" announcing
the move received more than
1,000 likes within a 24 hour

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answering students' questions."
Even though double the
number of students attended
the event, Chrzan said -he was
pleased that they managed to
maintain a sense of "intimacy,"
which he said was important
to Coleman during her tenure.
Though the event took about
twice as long to plan and exe-
cute, he said he was pleased
with the turnout and result
because the crowd was "excep-
While student questions
hit upon a range of topics and
issues concerning student life,
a consistent thread focused on
Coleman's own legacy. After
one student asked for her most
prominent memories from her
12-year tenure as University
president, Coleman's quick list
recounted some of the biggest
events at the University, both
positive and negative over the
past decade.
Coleman touched on the 2003
landmark Supreme Court cases
on affirmative action, which she
fought for in Washington D.C.
She added that she will remem-
ber witnessing University stu-
dents' reaction on the Diag to

the passage of Proposal 2, which
eliminated the use of race-based
admissions process in the state.
Coleman also cited the loss of
a University transplant team in a
plane crash, which she said she
will "remember forever."
Coleman answered questions
from the edge of her seat, trying
to squeeze in as many questions
in as possible in the one-hour
Another student in the front
row asked about the University's
green initiatives. Coleman said
while the University has always
stressed sustainability, remain-
ing realistic is important.
"What I have always tried
to do is to challenge us, hold us
accountable, but not be unre-
alistic," Coleman said. "I don't
see a way, unless there are huge
changes in technology, that we
can become carbon neutral in
the next 20 years. I just can't get
there, and I don't want to pre-
tend that we can do something
we can't."
on a lighter note, one student
asked Coleman what's next for
her and husband Ken Coleman.
Coleman said she plans keep
busy during her retirement.
"I'll be able to say no if I
really don't want to do some-
thing," Coleman said as the room
responded with laughter. "But
we have a place in Ann Arbor; we

bought a condo a few years ago,
so we'll be here for part of the
year and in Colorado for part of
the year. I've joined two founda-
tion boards - these are places
that give money away rather
than asking for money. I love ask-
ing for money, but now that I'm
on these foundation boards, I'll
be able to give money away."
More laughs from the students
As a student coordinator, Chr-
zan has attended most of the
fireside chats this year, and said
he believes he has seen firsthand
how an effective leader interacts
with others, adding that Cole-
man "leads by example" and that
her impact on students is evident
as a result.
There are just over three
months until University Presi-
dent-elect Mark Schlissel takes
over Coleman's office in the
Fleming Building in July. In light
of the upcoming administrative
change, many students asked
what the 13th president's legacy
will be. Coleman said she was
proud of her work.
"I think legacies are best
determined by others, rather
than by me," Coleman said. "But
I hope that when people look
back, they will believe that I left
the University a better place than
I found it. It's been the most won-
derful experience of my life."

Washington calls for federal
aid with mudslide clean-up

Death toll rises
to 24 as recovery
efforts continue
Estimated financial losses from
the deadly Washington mudslide
that has killed at least 24 people
have reached $10 million, Gov.
Jay Inslee said Monday in a letter
asking the federalgovernment for
a major disaster declaration.
In seeking additional fed-
eral help following one of the
deadliest landslides in U.S. his-
tory, Inslee said about 30 families
need assistance with housing,
along with personal and house-
hold goods. The estimated losses
include nearly $7 million in struc-
tures and more than $3 million in
their contents, Inslee's letter said.
The Snohomish County medi-
cal examiner's office said Monday
afternoon that it has received a
total of 24 victims, and 18 of those
have been publicly identified.
Previously, the official death toll
was 21, with 15 victims identified.

The remains of three addi-
tional victims were found Mon-
day, but they have not yet been
included in the medical examin-
er's official numbers, Snohomish
County Executive Director Gary
Haakenson told reporters at a
Monday evening briefing.
The county sheriff's office
released alist of22 people believed
missing following the March 22
slide that destroyed a rural moun-
tainside community northeast of
Seattle. That's down from the 30
people officials previously consid-
ered missing.
"There's been an exhaustive
effort by the detectives to narrow
the list down to one that they feel
comfortable releasing," Haaken-
son said.
"These are 22 people whose
loved ones are grieving," he said.
"We want to do all we can to find
them and put some closure in
place for their families."
He said there could be some
overlapbetween the list of missing
and the handful of victims who
have not been positively identified
by the medical examiner.

Steve Harris, a division super-
visor for the search effort, said
Monday that search teams have
been learning more about the force
of the slide, helping them better
locate victims in a debris field that
is 70 feet deep in places.
"There's a tremendous amount
of force and energy behind this,"
Harris said of the slide.
Harris said search dogs are the
primary tool for finding victims,
and searchers are finding human
remains four to six times per day.
Sometimes crews only find partial
remains, which makes the identi-
fication process harder.
Inslee's request Monday also
seeks federal help with funeral
expenses, and mental health care
programs for survivors, volun-
teers, community members and
first responders.
He also is asking for access to
disaster housing, disaster grants,
disaster-related unemployment
insurance and crisis counseling
programs for those in Snohomish
County and for the Stillaguamish,
Sauk-Suiattle and Tulalip Indian




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