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lawsuits stall
CSG results

Make Michigan
files four new
complaints against
three parties
Daily Staff Reporter
Due to four new official com-
plaints filed over the course of
the weekend, the final outcome of
the March 26-27 Central Student
Government elections may really
be decided in hearings by the
University Elections Commission
Business senior Matt Fer-
nandez, rep-manager for Make
Michigan, filed complaints
against three other parties. Make
Michigan is suing FORUM, the
Party Party and the House of
Cards Party for alleged campaign
finance violations. Additionally,
Make Michigan filed a complaint
against FORUM for allegedly
using e-mail privileges irrespon-
The three parties whose
finances are in question will their
final vote count reduced if found
responsible for the violations.
The suit against FORUM
regarding alleged e-mail use vio-
lations could result in the dis-
qualification of the entire party
if the UEC agrees with Make
Michigan's claims. All members
running with FORUM, including
executive and legislative candi-
dates, would be entirely removed
from the election.
LSA junior Domenic Rizzolo,

outreach co-director for FORUM,
sent a campaigning e-mail on
March 27 to the FORUM team
and copied the CSG Executive
Committee listserv. Since Rizzolo
does not own this listerv, the suit
alleges he is not prove authorized
to use the listserv for communica-
tion regarding campaign materi-
CSG President Michael Proppe,
a business senior, and CSG Vice
President Bobby Dishell, a Public
Policy junior and Make Michi-
gan's presidential candidate, are
the only two people with author-
ity to use the listerv for campaign-
ing purposes under the rules of
the election code. Proppe and
Dishell are listed as owners of the
"csg.execs@umich.edu" listerv on
the MCommunity online direc-
Make Michigan argues that
Rizzolo was working for the
entire FORUM party since he also
sent his e-mail to the "FORUM
Captains" and "FORUM Repre-
sentative Candidates 2014" list-
servs, both of which he owns.
According to the provisions
of the election code, two to four
demerits are assigned per party
per recipient of an e-mail deemed
in violation of the code. If the UEC
finds FORUM to be guilty of this
major infraction, up to 28 demer-
its will be assigned to the party
because seven recipients received
the e-mail in question.
The assignment of 28 demerits
would result in immediate dis-
qualification of the entire party.
The election code states that if
any party exceeds 10 demerits,
See CSG, Page 3A

Philip Sanborn and Cathy Sanborn run in the Ann Arbor Marathon from the Big House, throughout campus, the city
and finishing downtown Sunday.
A2 marathon attracts
hundreds of runners

DP Day
of students
Working with
local community,
organizers emphasize
lasting impact
Daily Staff Reporter
DETROIT - On Saturday,
about 1,400 students left campus
to spend their day volunteering
in Detroit as part of the Universi-
ty's 15th Detroit Partnership Day.
The Detroit Partnership, a
student-run nonprofit organiza-
tion at the University, holds DP
Day every year as a day of ser-
vice and promote ties between
the University community and
Detroit. The Detroit Partnership
also holds weekly community
service-based activities.
From approximately 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m., students volunteered
with 19 Detroit-based organiza-
tions at multiple sites scattered
around Detroit's Brightmoor and
Southwest areas. Throughout
the day, students painted murals,
cleaned up neighborhoods and
boarded up abandoned houses.
Many nonprofits and urban
gardens have taken root in
Brightmoor, a neighborhood in
the northwest part of Detroit.
Northwest Detroit comprises of
Delray, Mexicantown and other
"There's so much hope here,"
said LSA junior Anna Salomons-
son, DP community leader. "You
can see that people care about
See DP DAY, Page 5A

Thousands turn
out for early race
with revised course
Daily StaffReporter
It's a test of willpower-both
mental and physical.
Sunday morning, hundreds
of runners laced up their shoes
and set out on a journey through
the heart of Ann Arbor for the
city's third annual marathon.
The marathon was hosted
by Champions for Charity, a
for-profit company based in
Ann Arbor. Four non-profits
also contributed to the event,
including the Leslie Science and
Nature Center, Shelter to Home
Animal Rescue, Ann Arbor
Marathi Mandal and Concordia
Lutheran School.
There were 367 5K finishers,
878 half-marathon finishers and

241 marathon finishers. These
numbers are a decrease from
last year's races, which included
578 5K finishers, 905 half-mar-
athon finishers and 406 mara-
thon finishers.
University alum Penn Greene
was the first person to finish
the marathon. A 2012 gradu-
ate from the School of Art &
Design, he completed the 26.2
mile race in 2:48:07. Greene said
the weather, although cold, was
"beautiful" for the runners.
"After running all winter in
the snow and the slush, it was
such a treat to run on a beauti-
ful day like this," Greene said.
"But the trick is if you're cold,
run faster."
Greene, a graduate student
at the Center for Creative Stud-
ies in Detroit, added that Ann
Arbor is a fantastic running
"It was such a treat to come
back and run in Ann Arbor,"
Greene said. "It was like coming

Contestants began the race
in the northwest corner of the
Big House. The course went
through downtown Ann Arbor,
the University's campus, Ged-
des Avenue and Gallup Park,
ending on South Main Street
between East Liberty Avenue
and East Washington Street,
where participants received
medals for completing their
respective races behind cheer-
ing spectators.
The original route also
included alegthrough the Nich-
ol's Arboretum, but icy condi-
tions forced the marathon's
organizers to use an alternate
The event provided many
amenities for the runners.
These included an18 on-course
aid stations where runners
could re-hydrate and eat energy
gel, a DJ at the finish line and
a live band in the middle of the


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