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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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'DIVEST

Judiciary
invalidates
student gov.
election

ADAM GLANZMAN/D
Students occupy the Central Student Government chambers in the Michigan Union Wednesday night to protest the body's decision to indefinitely postpone voti
on a resolution that will call on the University to divest from a number of companies that do business with the Israeli military.
Divest sit-in calls on CSG
to pass stalled resolution

CSJ ruling states
Engineering Council
procedures violated
Constitution
By KRISTEN FEDOR
Daily StaffReporter
Early Wednesday morning,
the Central Student Judiciary
released an official ruling stat-
ing the Engineering Council,
the student government for the
College of Engineering, violated
its own constitution and bylaws
by improperly conducting its
December election.
CSJ ordered the current
UMEC Executive Board mem-
bers to step down and be replaced
by interim officers at the author-
ity of the UMEC General Coun-
cil. Permanent Executive Board
members will be decided in the
upcoming elections to take place
at the same time as the winter
Central Student Government
elections.

Engineering graduate student
Kyle Lady, the Eta Kappa Nu rep-
resentative for UMEC, and Engi-
neering senior Kelsey Hockstad,
an officer of Tau Beta Pi, filed the
suit against UMEC for alleged
undemocratic behavior earlier
this month. Engineeringgraduate
studentMichael Bensonserved as
counsel for the petitioners.
Lady and Benson both said
they were pleased with the CSJ
decision.
"It definitely provides a mech-
anism to try and improve the stu-
dent government for engineers,"
Ladysaid.
Petitioners found a myriad of
irregularities with the UMEC
elections, which took place in
December. According to Article
IV of the UMEC Bylaws, results
should have been released to the
public by Dec. 9. The Michigan
Daily reported on March 10 that
they were given to the plantiffs in
Janurary; however, they have not
yetbeen released to the public.
Additionally, Rackham stu-
dent Boying Liu received the
See JUDICIARY, Page 3A

Administrators
meet with SAFE
members, CSG
leaders late at night
By ALICIA ADAMCZYK
Daily StaffReporter
In response to the Cen-
tral Student Government's
decision Tuesday to indefi-
nitely 'postpone voting on a

resolution that would call for
the University to divest from
companies allegedly involved
in human rights violations in
Palestine, more than 100 Uni-
versity students, alumni and
community members came
and went throughout the night
during an "indefinite" sit-in in
CSG chambers Wednesday to
demand a vote on the measure.
Students Allied for Free-
dom and Equality, a pro-Pal-
estinian student organization,
arranged the sit-in and also

sponsored Tuesday's protest in
favor of divestment from com-
panies including Caterpillar,
Inc. and Hewlett-Packard.
SAFE contends that the
companies' involvement in
Israel makes them culpable in
the country's eviction of Pal-
estinians from East Jerusalem,
and do not want their tuition
dollars invested in these com-
panies. CSG postponed a vote
on passing a divestment reso-
lution by a vote of 21-15, with
one abstention.

In addition to demanding
CSG vote on the resolution,
SAFE initially called on CSG
to make all of its meetings
open to the public and to allow
students unlimited speaking
time at meetings. CSG cur-
rently allots 30 minutes for
community concerns, and stu-
dents are individually permit-
ted three minutes of speaking
time.
Three members of SAFE met
with Dean of Students Laura
See SIT-IN, Page 3A

GOVERNMENT
Dingell, Levin
to leave impact
after retirement

Michigan leaders
established vital
relationships on
Capitol Hill
By SAM GRINGLAS
Daily News Editor
When Sen. Carl Levin (D-
Mich.) and Rep. John Dingell
(D-Mich.) step aside from their
congressional positions early
next year, there may be more to
forfeit than personal legislative
clout.
With almost a century of com-
bined experience on Capitol Hill,
Dingell and Levin's retirements
could also signal a period of wan-
ing Washington influence for
Michigan. With federal research
dollars and other policy initia-
tives on the line, their retire-
ments have an equally significant
effect on the University.
Aaron Kall, director of the
University's debate team and
expert on election politics, said
the departures would have a last-
ing impact.

"Any time you have such long-
serving members of Congress
retire, it's inevitable there would
be some decline in influence," he
said.
However, clout is difficult to
measure, as connections with
political leaders are difficult to
replace and dependent on per-
sonal relationships. An ear at the
White House or connection to
committee chairs or members of
the leadership carries weight and
provides additional entry points
to trumpet the state's priorities.
Levin has also been a fixture of
the Sunday morning political
talk show circuit - representing
the state on millions of screens
across the country.
"Those things are invaluable,"
Kall said. "Phone calls, commu-
nication could lag a little bit if
those kind of connections are lost
with these retirements."
Cynthia Wilbanks, the Uni-
versity's vice president for gov-
ernment relations, said she is
confident that Levin and Ding-
ell's successors will champion
the state's priorities and it's pub-
lic institutions upon entering
See RETIREMENT, Page 3A

Safelide
app seeks
to increase
efficiency
New interface will
provide alerts,
updates for students
By KRISTEN FEDOR
DailyStaffReporter
With the help of a new applica-
tion, student SafeRide users now
have the option of orderinga ride
directly from their phone or com-
puter.
The app, called Campus Saf-
eRide, alerts users when rides
are en route and arrive at a pick-
up stop. It launched this past
weekend.
Engineering seniors Andrew
McGrath and Summit Shrestha,
both Computer Science majors,
created the app as a continuation
of a class project they worked on
together.
McGrath was a SafeRide driv-
er for more than a year and said
he noticed certain inefficiencies
with the program - faults he
wanted to fix with the creation
of the app. When presented with
a class assignment that provided
See SAFERIDE, Page 3A

Hunter Morrison , director of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium Initiative, speaks at the
CLOSUP lecture series at the Ford School of Public Policy Wednesday,
Po liy exe at Oo
town for urban renewal

Panel discusses
planning for a
greener city
By MAYA KALMAN
For the Daily
Youngstown, Ohio - a town
that lost over 60 percent of its
population since the 1960s -
may be an emerging model

of urban planning, panel-
ists at a Ford School of Public
Policy discussion Wednesday
said. The optimistic outlook
on Youngstown has strong
implications for the futures of
Detroit and other transition-
ing cities throughout the coun-
try.
The Ford School's Center
for Local, State, and Urban
Policy hosted a panel discus-
sion titled "Lessons from

Youngstown: Planning for a
Smaller, Greener City" with
about 40 community members
Wednesday afternoon.
The panel featured Ian
Beniston, Hunter Mor-
rison and John Russo, all
urban planning professionals
involved in the Youngstown
Project. Urban Planning Profs.
Margaret Dewar and June
Manning Thomas moderated
See URBAN POLICY, Page 3A

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