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Thursday, March 27, 2014

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ACADEMICS
', Peace
Corps sign
program
agreement

School of Information
becomes the first to
be involved in two
new initiatives
By CLAIRE BRYAN
Daily Staff Reporter
After a ceeoyWednesday
afternoon, the University's School
of Information expanded its part-
nership with the Peace Corps
through two new initiatives.
The first agreement allowed the
University to create its own branch
of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows
Program. The Coverdell program
provides financial support and aca-
demic credit to any students who
have previously served in the Peace
Corps, allowingthemto countpart
of their time in the organization
towards graduation.
The second created a partner-
ship with the University and the
Master's International Program,
which will allow students to start
their Masters in Science in Infor-
mation before serving in the Peace

Corps and return to it once they
complete their service. This pro-
gramis the first ever at an Informa-
tion School.
According to Judy Lawson,
assistant dean for student and aca-
demic affairs, students' time in the
Peace Corps will fulfill six intern-
ship credits, a total of360hours.
After returning to the program,
students will be required to par-
ticipate in the Initiative for Infor-
mation Impact-a set of service
based projects including Alterna-
tive Spring Break, Citizen Interac-
tion Design, Global Information
Engagement Program and Michi-
gan Makers, Lawson said.
"I think the interest around the
School of Information is one that
has really grown out of the existing
relationship but also a realization,
both on the part of the Peace Corp
and people here at Michigan who
have worked with the Peace Corps,
that there is a real need within the
work of the Peace Corp around
information technology," James
Holloway, vice provost for global
and engaged education, said.
For example, there is a new
See PEACECORPS, Page 4A

VIAGIIA LOZAN
Acting director af the Peace Corps Carrie Hessler-Radelet speaks at the Ford School of Public Policy Wednesday about the past, present, and future of the oreani;

Leader talks

Director of Peace
Corps examines
organization's
future
By JOEL GOLDSTEIN
For the Daily
Fifty-four years ago, U.S.
Senator John F. Kennedy, then
presidential candidate, held an

impromptu election speech on
the steps of the Michigan Union,
where he proposed to more than
5,000 students the idea of the
Peace Corps, a volunteer orga-
nization to help impoverished
nations.
One year after Kennedy's
speech, the Peace Corps was
established through an execu-
tive order. Since the estab-
lishment of the program, the
University has supplied the
fourth most volunteers to the

C orps~
organization, with 2,556 gradu-
ates serving in the Peace Corps.
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, act-
ing director of the Peace Corps,
spoke at the Ford School of
Public Policy Wednesday, dis-
cussing the future of the orga-
nization. The talk was part of a
series of policy talks held at the
Ford School this year.
Recently, Hessler-Radelet
has focused on improving effi-
ciency and safety within the
organization. The Peace Corps

goals
experienced scandal prior to
Hessler-Radelet's tenure due to
allegations ofcovering up sexual
assaults of volunteers while they
were abroad. Hessler-Radelet
implemented the standards of
the 2011 Kate Puzey Peace Corps
Volunteer Protection Act, which
are meant to train and protect
volunteers.
Hessler-Radelet has served as
acting director since July 2013.
Before serving with the Peace
See GOALS, Page SA

CAMPUS LIFE
Students
lookat 'U
disability
efforts
Advisory Board
meets to discuss
possibilities for better
campus climate
By CHARLOTTE JENKINS
DailyStaff Reporter
At a Services for Students with
Disabilities Student Advisory
Board event on Wednesday, Busi-
ness senior Rohit Kapur recited a
Mike Myers quote that spoke to
him.
"If I went by all the rejection
I've had in my career, I should
have given up a long time ago," the
Myers quote reads.
"These words resonate with
me in not only in terms of rejec-
tion from the general public and
members of the opposite sex, but
from potential future employers
aswell," Kapursaid.
Kapur was one of seven stu-
See BOARD, Page 4A

EDUCATION
Teach for America
to start new training
program for volunteers

RYAN REISS/Daily
The Michigan Hybrid Racing team unveils their new racecar in the FXB building on North Campus Wednesday.
Team unvels new hybrid
.c
race ar fr co--peitio

Summer session to
be extended to year-
long curriculum
By EMILIE PLESSET
Daily Staff Reporter
For 24 years, the Teach for
America program has catered
to college graduates hoping to
help underprivileged students
through a two-year teaching
stint in schools across the coun-
try.
While many TFA applicants
hear of rewarding experienced
garnered through the program,
they are less likely to be informed
of the problems corps members
experience once in the class-
room.
Many alumni have criticized
the TFA program for undertrain-
ing corps members and throwing
inexperienced teachers into dif-
ficult classroom situations.
The summer prior to their
first year in a classroom, pro-
spective teachers must com-
plete a five-week teaching
crash course. University alum
Rohan Dharan, a current Las
Vegas-based corps member,

said the crash course was simi-
lar to "cramming" an education
degree in five weeks.
"I definitely learned a ton at
institute, but teaching is such
a multi-faceted thing," Dharan
said. "Until you're in a position
running your own classroom,
figuring out what works for your
kids, I can't say I walked in 100
percent prepared."
The Washington Post, The
Atlantic, NPR and other news
organizations have published
first-hand accounts from TFA
alum who had experiences simi-
lar to Dharan's involving appar-
ent lack of preparation.
In an effort to confront this
criticism, TFA co-CEOs Elisa
Villanueva Beard and Matthew
Kramer announced recent-
ly that next year early TFA-
admitted college seniors will
participate in a year-long pilot
program.
The program will focus on
teacher education and will pro-
vide participants with an extra
year to practice their teaching
skills before they are in charge
of their own classroom.
Kendra Hearn, University
Coordinator of the TFA-Detroit
See TFA, Page 2A

NV

Hybrid Racing of North Campus' Francois
Xavier Bagnoud Building on
ream to attend Wednesday night.
The team will take the
ew Hampshire car to the weeklong Formula
Hybrid competition at the end
tournament of April for its third showing
at the competition in New
y PAULA FRIEDRICH Hampshire. Cars compete
Daily StaffReporter in acceleration, autocross,
endurance and marketing
sweep of blue fabric competitions. The MHybrid
eiled the MHybrid Rac- team took fourth place last

After unveiling the car,
the team removed its shell to
reveal the jumble of wires,
gears and tubes that makes
the vehicle go.
With 20 percent less weight
than last year's car, the vehi-
cle features an organized and
modular electric system.
"Last year, we had our first
working car that actually
could run and so from there
we learned a lot of things
See RACECAR, Page 5A

B
A
unvc

ing team's car in the atrium year.

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