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General Motors
addresses recalls
General Motors' executives
and government regulators will
soon have to explain to Con-
gress why it took years to recall
1.6 million compact cars with a
known defect linked to 13 deaths.
And the Justice Department is
investigating whether GM broke
any laws with its slow response,
according to a person briefed on
the matter.
Members of two congressional
committees will likely ask why a
proposed fix to the problem was
never implemented and why GM
didn't immediately tell car own-
ers about the defect. Here's a
look at the developments so far
in the recall and what's ahead.
Army general tried
for sexual assault
The trial of an Army gen-
eral accused of sexual assault
moved into uncharted legal ter-
ritory Tuesday when the judge
dismissed the jury to allow the
defense time to hammer out a
new plea deal with the military.
While the highly unusual
decision gives Brig. Gen. Jef-
frey A. Sinclair a second chance
to negotiate the dismissal of the
most serious charges, he appears
certain to face an inglorious end
to a nearly 30-year career span-
ning service in three wars. His
lawyers said it could take weeks
to finalize an agreement.
Experts in military law said
Judge Col. James Pohl is seek-
ing a just and innovative solution
for a courtroom situation that
doesn't fit prior case law.
Disputes over
annexation persist
As the campaign increased
for tension-filled Crimea to split
off fron Ukraine in a weekend
referendum and join Russia, the
region's parliament said Tues-
day that if voters approve the
move it would first declare itself
an independent state, a maneu-
ver that could de-escalate the
standoff between Moscow and
the West.
The move would give Moscow
the option of saying there is no
need for Crimea to become part
of Russia while keeping it firmly
within its sphere of influence.
The dispute between Moscow
and the West over Crimea is one
of the most severe geopolitical
crises in Europe since the end
of the Cold War. Russian forces
have secured control over the
peninsula, but Ukraine's gov-
ernment and Western nations
have denounced the referen-
dum as illegitimate and strongly
warned Russia against trying to
annex Crimea.

Missing Malaysian
jet changed course
The missing Boeing 777 jetlin-
er changed course over the sea,
crossed Malaysia and reached
the Strait of Malacca - hundreds
of miles from its last position
recorded by civilian authorities,
Malaysian military officials said
Tuesday, citing military radar
The development added con-
fusion and mystery into one of
most puzzling aviation inci-
dents of recent time, and it has
raised questions about why the
Malaysia Airlines flight appar-
ently was not transmitting sig-
nals detectable by civilian radar,
why its crew was silent about
the course change and why no
distress calls were sent after it
turned back.
Many experts have been
working on the assumption
there was a catastrophic event
on the flight - such as an explo-
sion, engine failure, terrorist
attack, extreme turbulence,
pilot error or even suicide.
The director of the CIA said in
Washington that he still would
not rule out terrorism.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

From Page 1A
grateful. It makes a lot of the
hard work worthwhile and fur-
ther stimulates my interest in
Though Lieberman teaches a
class about the Arab-Israeli con-
flict, his specialty is Southeast
Asian history. Lieberman said he
is unsure if he will deliver a lec-
ture regarding his own research
or one related to the Arab-Israeli
Business senior Jake Levey,
Golden Apple co-president, said
the committee had taken mea-
sures throughout the year to
increase student awareness of
the award. Their efforts resulted

in more than 600 nominations,
a record high inthe award's
24-year existence. After reading
every nomination, the commit-
tee narrowed the pool down to
10 professors before choosing
Many of Lieberman's nomi-
nations were several para-
graphs long and recounted
qualities such as his ability to
"teach a difficult subject to a
sometimes difficult audience"
and remain unbiased, allowing
students to objectively form an
opinion regarding the topic for
LSA senior Amalia Zimmer-
man, Golden Apple co-chair,
is currently in Lieberman's
Arab-Israeli Conflict class,
and said she relates to the

views expressed in the nomi-
"As a Jew growing up with a
lot of knowledge of the Israeli
side of things ... it was really
eye-opening to see things from
another unbiased perspec-
tive," Zimmerman said. "Peo-
ple of all backgrounds come
together and they're all pas-
sionate to learn because he's
passionate about teaching."
Levey said while the large
number of nominations made it
difficult to choose a winner, he
is glad students demonstrated
a passion for their teachers,
and is happy to see the Golden
Apple Award becoming a ves-
sel through which to honor
them and show what getting a
University education is about.

CUISINE up and running, Vitta hopes to ish restaurant also specializ-
expand his reach to eventually ing in tapas, is located at 216 E.
From Page 1A serve the wider Ann Arbor com- Washington Street. Sava Lel-
munity. caj, owner of Sava's and of Babo
Vitta said. "Tapas mean sociabil- However, the food cart may Market, both located near cam-
ity, friends and family." face competition in its vicinity, pus, opened the restaurant in
After the new business is Aventura, a more formal Span- November.

From Page 1A
ed to include internal medicine,
dental, pediatrics, gynecology,
psychology, ophthalmology, oto-
laryngology, gastroenterology,
urology and podiatry.
Several patients in the past
received serious diagnoses as a
result of the checkups, allowing
for preventative care. High blood
pressure related to diabetes and
suicidal thoughts were among
the cases discovered.
Business senior Matthew
Fernandez, finance chairman
of Michigan Health Aid, said
the clinics help bring attention
to health concerns of patients
who otherwise would have gone
From Page 1A
tant ideals is making voting
accessible to all American citi-
"To have a stronger country
and astronger party, our country
does better and our party does
better when more people's voices
are heard," Elleithee said.
He went on to chastise the
Republican Party for what he
said was their insistence on
restricting voter behavior. He
said the Republican Party rec-
ognizes that they almost always
have a disadvantage when it
comes to the popular vote and
therefore attempt to restrict
voter turn out.
"Their recourse is to actu-
ally try to limit participation by
making it harder to vote. Any
group that tends to vote against
them, they throw out obstacles -
whether it be AfricarAmericans,
whether it be Latinas, whether
it's women, whether it's young
people or college students."
A representative from the Uni-
versity's chapter of the College
Republicans was unavailable for

"We can give them the help
and advice they need," he said.
"If it's something that requires
immediate medical attention,
at least we're there to be able to
bring them to a hospital."
LSA junior Annie Pidgeon,
representative and co-author of
the resolution, said the passing
of the resolution is important as
CSG is the main source of fund-
ing for the clinic.
Fernandez added that Michi-
gan Health Aid hopes to increase
funding from businesses and
other outside donors this year
and into the future. He said as
the organization expands, it will
be easier to get funding from
sources other than CSG.
"Now it will be much easier,
once we've gained the trust of
the community, to get more
comment Tuesday evening.
Pratt Wiley, DNC director of
voter protection and another
moderator on the conference
call, cited the recent North Caro-
linavoter lawpassed by a Repub-
lican legislature that prevents
college students from using their
school IDs as identification at the
He added that voter turnout -
especially among young people -
is vital for a thriving democracy.
"If there's one thing more so
than anything else that I want
you all to take away is that it
should be easy to vote," Wiley
said. "If you have any questions
we can answer your questions,
but no one should ever deny you
your voice and your right to be
In recent elections, young
people have been an important
part of the Democratic Party's
coalition. In 2012, 60 percent
of voters aged 18 to 29 voted for
President Barack Obama.
However, a Harvard Insti-
tute of Politics survey released
in December found that more
than 50 percent of polled young
people between the ages of 18
and 29 disapproved of Obama's

funding, to have more patients,
to have more doctors," he said.
Fernandez said the clinic will
be a way for the student body to
make a difference beyond cam-
"The student body has a lot of
potential to make an impact in
people's lives, and if you have the
opportunity to do so, you should
do whatever you can," Fernandez
Pidgeon said students often
forget that Ann Arbor goes on
outside the campus community,
adding that upcoming clinic is
an important way to give back to
Ann Arbor.
"In helping everyone around
us, we end up helping ourselves
as well, because it's a stronger
community and it's a healthier
community," she said.
handling of key issues during his
second term.
In a December conference
call with Reuters, Trey Grayson,
director of the Institute of Poli-
tics at Harvard's John F. Ken-
nedy School of Government, said
the survey illustrates Obama's
declining support among young
"This isn't a problem for
Obama because he's not coming
up for election again," Grayson
said. "But it is a potential prob-
lem for any Democratic candi-
date seeking to mobilize young
State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann
Arbor) said it's crucial for young
people to vote in the upcoming
midterm elections.
"Going into the election year
and the president isn't on the bal-
lot, this is usually the year we see
a high level of drop-off particu-
larly from younger voters," Irwin
said. "As Democrats stand for
more of the values younger peo-
ple hold it's important to get the
voters out and let those voters
know that their ideas and values
are at stake even when the presi-
dent isn't on the ballot."

CURRICULUM She and members of her coali-
tion have met with deans from
From Page ]A multiple colleges, including the
Ross School of Business and the
expression, religion, documen- College of Engineering.
tation status and race. Business senior Shayla Scales,
This type of broad connec- a member of the Black Student
tion to modern issues is some- Union, has been one of the lead-
thing that Business and LSA ing advocates of curriculum
senior Sagar Lathia, LSA Stu- reform at the business school.
dent Government president, said She said intersectionality is
is lacking from the current R&E key for business students and
requirement. He added that is working to develop either
many students see R&E classes diversity-focused seminars or a
as nothing more than a require- Management and Organizations
ment, rather than as a valuable course concentrated on race and
facet of their learning experi- ethnicity. She is also working
ence. to have more corporate organi-
He said LSA-SG executives zations visit and speak to Ross
have worked for months with students about diversity in the
the LSA Executive Committee workplace.
- comprised of all the school's "I truly believe innovation
associate deans and numerous lies in the crevices of diversity,"
faculty members - to confront Scales said. "Making sure that
issues on an administrative level. we incorporate diversity in all
Currently, the LSA Cur- of our thinking and the way that
riculum Committee, which is we see the world will only lead to
responsible for approving all innovation."
changes to the undergradu- While changing curricula
ate college curriculum, leaves across all of the University's
class certification to professors, colleges is an important step
Lathia said. toward modernizing the cam-
"One of the negative conse- pus climate, McKinney said the
quences of this is that there is a additions would also require fre-
kind of disparity in classes that quent reevaluation. Currently, a
have the distribution versus class that is certified to satisfy
those that don't, but cover issues the R&E requirement is reexam-
in a similar lens," he said. ined every five years, which he
This disparity is one that said is not frequent enough.
Public Policy senior Donavan "Times have changed," McK-
McKinney, a member of Manes' inney said. "Things change
student coalition, said frustrates every single day. We think that
students of all disciplines. As it should be at least a two- to
a sophomore, McKinney took three-year process where class-
Political Science 324: African- es can be evaluated, and looked
American Politics and was sur- at to see if they fit the criteria of
prised to learn that the class did R&E."
not saisfyhis R&E requirement. Manes added that this pro-
"It wasn't labeled R&E, but all cess would be easier if the R&E
we did was talk about race and requirement were expanded to
ethnicity problems, and the bar- "identity," a more encompass-
riers Black people have to face in ing term that could also include
order to get to elected office," he Intergroup Relations courses.
said. "There are a lot of people "People come to Michigan
who are just really frustrated with all different experiences;
and really want to see classes all different communities, and
they have taken that touch on we want to ensure that people
the issues of race and ethnicity have the opportunity to expose
to be labeled as such." themselves to a newset of ideas,"
McKinney said the coalition's she said. "It is critical to have
vision is to eradicate this frus- that kind of education to ensure
tration by reevaluatingthe crite- that we are bettering ourselves
ria of classes that fulfill the R&E as students, bettering our cam-
requirement. pus climate, and being better
Lathia said it is necessary to people when we go out into the
put the responsibility of class workplace."
certification and distribution in While Lathia, who has also
the hands of students. He said been working to implement this
this change would allow the reform, is encouraged by Manes'
people taking classes to help goals and initiative, he said
develop requirements and a everyone involved must keep the
well-liked curriculum. process in perspective.
He added that student input "It's a really tough issue
could allow R&E-type classes bureaucratically to change such
to be tailored toward majors of an inner process, because if you
all kinds, rather than just those think about it, a change in dis-
pertaining to the humanities. tribution requirement for R&E
He added that as an Economics may trickle down and change all
major, he thought it would be distribution requirements," he
pertinent to have a course that said. "This isn't something that
examines poverty, inequality I think can be changed in one or
and labor through the scope of two meetings. It's something so
race and ethnicity. core to the College of LSA that
This kind of customization is it's gonna take some time to get
what Manes is striving to enact. a compromise."
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Haitians file lawsuit over
deadly cholera outbreak

Disease resulted in
death of more than
8,000 people
NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly
1,500 Haitians filed a lawsuit
Tuesday seeking compensation
from the United Nations for
victims of a cholera outbreak
that health officials say has
killed more than 8,000 people
and sickened over 600,000 in
the impoverished Caribbean
Scientific studies have shown
that cholera was likely intro-
duced in Haiti by U.N. peace-
keepers from Nepal, where the
disease is endemic.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon rejected a previous
claim for compensation for
cholera victims, citing diplo-
matic immunitybutannounced
a $2.27 billion initiative to help
eradicate cholera in Haiti in
December 2012.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in
Brooklyn federal court seeks
compensations for deaths and

illnesses and funding for clean
water in Haiti, which was dev-
astated by a 2010 earthquake.
The suit includes documents
which the plaintiffs say clearly
show that the U.N. waived its
immunity. It asks the court to
declare that the U.N. has no
The documents include the
U.N.'s 2004 agreement on the
status of U.N. forces in Haiti
which is quoted as saying that
third-party claims for personal
injury, illness or death "arising
from or directly attributed to"
the agreement "shall be settled
by the United Nations ...and the
United Nations shall pay com-
The suit also cites a docu-
ment stating that the U.N.
General Assembly assumes
"liability for damage caused
by members of its forces in the
performance of their duties." It
says this document was adopted
several times by the 193-mem-
ber world body, and by the U.N.
Security Council, as the official
policy of the organization.
U.N. spokesman Stephane

Dujarric refused to comment on
the lawsuit or the issue of immu-
nity saying: "We're not going to
comment on any ongoing litiga-
tion concerning Haiti. The legal
issues are the legal issues, and
in parallel we continue to work
with the government of Haiti
on the issue of cholera eradica-
Human rights groups filed a
similar lawsuit in Manhattan
federal court in October blam-
ing the United Nations for the
cholera outbreak and seeking
compensation for victims. It
sought class-action status to
pursue relief for all victims of
the disease, which it said the
U.N. spread by contaminat-
ing Haiti's principal river with
cholera-infected human waste
beginning in October 2010.
U.S. State Department
spokesman Jen Psaki said Fri-
day that the U.S. Department
of Justice filed a statement to
the Manhattan court saying the
U.N., its peacekeeping force, the
secretary-general and the U.N.
peacekeeping chief "are immune
from suit ... in this case."


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