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General Motors
under investigation
after vehicle recalls
The U.S. government's auto
safety watchdog is investigating
whether General Motors acted
quickly enough to recall 1.6 mil-
lion older-model small cars in a
case linked to 13 deaths.
The National Highway Traf-
fic Safety Administration said
Wednesday night that it opened
the probe "to determine whether
GM properly followed the legal
processes and requirements for
reporting recalls."
The agency has the authority
to fine GM as much as $35 mil-
lion under legislation that went
into effect late last year. The pre-
vious maximum fine automak-
ers faced per incident was $17.35
million. Automakers must report
evidence of safety defects within
five days of discovering them.
Chicagoan wears
Breaking Bad shirt
after meth lab bust
A suburban Chicago man
accused of operating a mth-
amphetamine lab appears in his
booking photo wearing a T-shirt
from the television show "Break-
ing Bad."
Daniel Kowalski's mug shot
shows him wearing a T-shirt for
the fictional Los Polos Herma-
nos chicken restaurant depicted
in the AMC show about a mth-
amphetamine manufacturer.
The Cook County Sheriff's
Office saysdeputies actingon atip
checked Kowalski's home Mon-
day. They found beakers, burn-
ers, chemicals and instructions
for making meth in the house in
unincorporated La Grange High-
lands. Psychedelic mushrooms
were also recovered.
With new findings,
NASA boosts the
total planet count
Our galaxy is looking far more
crowded and hospitable. NASAon
Wednesday confirmed a bonanza
of 715 newly discovered planets
outside our solar system.
Scientists using the planet-
hunting Kepler telescope pushed
the number of planets discov-
ered in the galaxy to about 1,700.
Twenty years ago, astronomers
had not found any planets cir-
cling stars other than the ones
revolving around our sun.
"We almost doubled just today
the number of planets known
to humanity," NASA planetary
scientist Jack Lissauer said in a
Wednesday teleconference, call-
ing it "the big mother lode."
Astronomers used a new con-
firmation technique to come up
with the largest single announce-
ment of a batch of exoplanets -
what planets outside our solar

system are called.
KIEV, Ukraine
Putin responds to
Ukrainian election,
assembles soldiers
Russia ordered 150,000 troops
to test their combat readiness
Wednesday in a show of force
that prompted a blunt warning
from the United States that any
military intervention in Ukraine
would be a "grave mistake."
Vladimir Putin's announce-
ment of huge new war games
came as Ukraine's protest lead-
ers named a millionaire former
banker to head a new government
after the pro-Russian president
went into hiding.
The new government, which is
expected to be formally approved
by parliament Thursday, will face
the hugely complicated task of
restoring stability in a country
that is not only deeply divided
politically but on the verge of
financial collapse. Its fugitive
president, Viktor Yanukovych,
fled the capital last week.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

PIERPONT Students have played
an active role in the cam-
pus improvement initiatives
through Building a Better
Rackham student Isaiah Michigan, a student campaign
Bailey, who is vice chair of the that prompted the regents'
Pierpont Commons Board of decision to approve renova-
Representatives and an execu- tions. LSA senior Jacob Light,
tive board member for Building co-chair of BBM, wrote a view-
a Better Michigan, said the reno- point for The Michigan Daily
vations seek to provide a variety urging students to take respon-
of new food options while also sibility and advocate for their
making the new caf6 a comfort- own needs on campus.
able study space for students. "We want to give students
"Teaching-learning environ- a venue to work with the Uni-
ments are not just about the versity to guarantee that our
physical spaces," Bailey said. tuition dollars are spent to sat-
"(They) revolve around com- isfy our needs," Light wrote.
munities of scholars." Engineering sophomore
The Pierpont renovation Maurico Guzman said he
represents one stage of a series spends the majority of his time
of campus-wide improvement on North Campus, but rarely
projects, which also includes visits the Commons Caf6. After
major upgrades and repairs to viewing plans for the Fireside
the Michigan Union, Central Caf6, he said he felt it would pro-
Campus Recreation Building, vide abetter optionfor students.
Intramural Sports Building "I think having a different
and other campus locations. variety of food will be a nice
The University's Board of new option compared to the
Regents approved a $65-per- usual U-Go's," Guzman said.
term student fee in April 2013 Guzman added that it was
to fund the projects. Of the important that the new space
$173 million budgeted for these serve its dual purpose as both
enhancements, $5.3 million a dining and study location for
will go toward the renovation students.
of approximately 10,500 square "If you can incorporate both,
feet of Pierpont Commons. it's really ideal for students."
John's business partner,
BARBER Thomas White, is a resident of
From Page 1A Birmingham, Mich. and a Uni-
versity alum.
removal, teeth whitening, Sandy Notten, one of the
manicures, pedicures and nail owners of Campus Barber and
fixes. Beauty Salon on East William
The company also offers to Street, said the company will
its customers complimentary give male students an alterna-
newspapers, iPads, flat screen tive option for spa treatment
TVs, Wi-Fi and a coffee and other than the Douglas J Aveda
juice bar. Institute on Maynard Street.
In addition to more unique "I think it's a great idea,"
offerings, the barber-spa will Notten said, "They might do
offer many of the traditional just fine."
hair-styling options students LSA senior Cody Carey said
would desire. White said a he is apathetic toward the
standard "wash, cut and dry" opening of the shop. He also
treatment would likely cost said he is not pleased with the
about $35. price for the standard "wash,
"The premise is that it's cut and dry" treatment.
going to have a very upscale "That's pretty expensive. I
look to it," John White, co- wouldn't pay more than $15 for
manager ofthe Ann Arbor loca- a haircut," Carey said.
tion and resident of Windsor, However, Art & Design
Canada, said. "It's an upscale freshman JJ del Rosario said
look without the upscale pric- the price for the standard hair-
ing." cut is reasonable. He said he
White said he feels the shop would definitely visit the shop
will appeal to Ann Arbor's in the future.
dynamic population. He said "I think it's a good thing,
the mixture of students, staff since Ann Arbor doesn't really
and community members cre- have anything like this," del
ates a unique environment that Rosario said.
suits their business plans. White said Taylor & Colt is
"We love Ann Arbor and we looking to spread to other loca-
know it well," John White said. tions around the United States
"We think it's a perfect mar- in the near future, so the Ann
ket for what we're doing ... it's Arbor location is an important
a niche in the market that has stepping-stone for the com-
never been filled." pany.
engaged in delinquent adoles-
VIOLENCE cent activity or enjoyed imper-
From Page 1A sonal sex were more likely to
commit sexual assault. The
women who faced sexual likelihood of these men to
aggression knew the perpetra- be sexually aggressive grew
tors, and were in a dating or greater when these factors
sexual relationship. were combined with alcohol.
While it is clear from past Abbey said these correlations
studies that alcohol is implicat- could be beneficial in reducing
ed in many instances of aggres- the prevalence of male sexual
sion, Abbey said it is difficult to aggression.
prove whether or not alcohol "We may or may not think
is a driving force behind the we can change someone's views

action. about women now, but we can
"You do find a lot of links reduce their drinking," Abbey
between heavy drinking or said. "We can't go back and
drinking problems and sexual change someone's childhood
aggression," Abbey said. "But experiences, but maybe we can
most of those studies have that change their attitudes about
missing link in the logic." women ... if they ultimately
Unlike past studies, Abbey's lead to sexual aggression, if we
study focused on the perpetra- change some of those pieces we
tors rather than the victims may be reducing rates of sexual
of sexual aggression. With aggression."
a survey of only males ages
18-34, she found 43 percent of The University offers many
responders had engaged in sex- resources for counseling and
ual aggression. In 47 percent reportingfor survivors ofSexual
of these cases, the perpetrator Assault. A listing of available
had consumed alcohol prior to services can be found here. In
the aggression. addition, the University's Sexual
The study found men who Assault Prevention and Aware-
were hostilely masculine, had ness Center staffs a 24/7 crisis
misperceptions of women, line at (734) 936-3333.

From Page 1A
The professor's dedication to
his studies allowed him entry to
the Exchange Student Program
Fellowship at the University
of Sheffield in England in 1987.
There, he met exchange students
from all over the world, including
the United States. In England,
he began to consider coming to
the United States and pursuing a
career in higher education.
Although he left for the United
States at 22, Herrero-Olaizola's
childhood memories from Spain
followed him throughout his
career. Herrero-Olaizola was
a child during the regime of
Francisco Franco, a dictator who
ruled from 1939 until his death in
1975. His rule was characterized
by military rigidity and an
authoritarian concentration
of power. Franco built
concentration camps to imprison
and do away with enemies
and suppressed dissenting
views through censorship and
Herrero-Olaizola said he
always felt a "presence of
authority" growing up under
Franco's regime in the Basque
region close to France. He
remembers seeing upheaval on
the streets and constantly hearing
about bombings, terrorist attacks,
kidnapping and other violence
through the media.
"In a way you sort of feel a bit, I
don't want to say numbed, but you
get used to it because that's what
you've always seen," he said.
The lingering memories of
Herrero-Olaizola's childhood
under the Franco regime are
evident in the topics he chooses
to research. In 2007, he published
the book "The Censorship
Files: Latin American Writers
and Franco's Spain." The book
investigates censorship during
Franco's authoritative rule and
its effect on the Latin American
Boom, a movement in the
1960s and 1970s that involved
the proliferation of Spanish-
language literature.
One book he is currently
writing, called "The Colombian
Condition: Global Violence as
Cultural Commodity," explores
Colombian cultural production
and the implications literature
manifests about drug cartels
From Page 1A
The studies included moni-
toring air quality on a daily
basis for three years to mea-
sure particulate matter lev-
els - harmful elements in air
that result from pollution. The
data showed that average blood
pressure increased when air
pollution increased.
Other studies examined
asthma outcomes and infant
mortality outcomes in relation
to air pollution levels. Batter-
man said observational meth-
ods are used to identify which
people face more exposure and

and violence's influence on
Colombian culture.
Herrero-Olaizola's fascination
of the violence in Colombia is
tied to the memories he has of
his childhood in a time of civil
"When people tell me, 'Oh,
you're going to Colombia, it's so
dangerous,' I'm like, well I had
the experience of living in that
kind of environment," Herrero-
Olaizola said. "So, when I go to
Colombia, I can see a difference
between what is the day-to-day
experience and what you see
in the media. They're just two
completely different images."
Away from the challenges of
growing up in a Fascist regime,
Herrero-Olaizola found solace
through reading. As a child,
he read the popular Spanish
comic-book series, "Mortadelo
y Filem6n", a story following
two detectives and their
humorous adventures. For him,
reading these comics "took him
When he was 16, he read what
he considers the most influential
book of his life, "One Hundred
Years of Solitude." The story
depicts multiple generations of
a Latin-American family in a
fictional Colombian town. The
narrative, underlying humor and
magical realism genre - where
magic elements are mundane
and natural, and otherwise
normal events are portrayed as
supernatural - struck Herrero-
Olaizola as unique.
"To me, that was very strange,
it was a bit strange to read that
and accept that reality that the
book proposes, which is a kind of
magical reality, you just go along
with that like the characters in
the book," Herrero-Olaizolasaid.
His love of storytelling is
reflected in the types of courses
he chooses to teach, as he tends
to focus on cultural production
in Spanish-speaking countries
and what the books, films and
letters reveal about the nation's
culture. His previous course
subjects include Latin American
Boom literature, violence
depicted in Latin American art,
and Spanish film and its themes
of displacement or drug culture.
Herrero-Olaizola said he tries
to emphasize the effectiveness
that narrative can convey the
sense of culture.
"I always tell my students
how that relates to negative
health effects.
The researcher's study
is attempting to synthesize
information about the adverse
effects of air pollution to create
a plan to lower pollution levels.
Batterman said some specific
policy changes might include
putting controls on factories
in an effort to decrease emis-
sions and considering land use
changes to create buffers to
shield neighborhoods from air
pollution. Trees and shrubs can
also act as vegetative buffers by
absorbing pollutants. However,
sound evidence regarding their
effectiveness is minimal.
Part of the current effort will
involve looking into what kinds

that literary training really
helps you and provides you
with a lot of skills in terms of
writing and critical thinking and
understanding how texts work
and all that," Herrero-Olaizola
said. "That is somethingthat I do
emphasize in my classes as well."
In teaching, Herrero-Olaizola
does not believe in using an
unchanging pedagogy, but the
need to adjust to the dynamic
aura each classroom possesses.
He listens to student responses
to course work and assignments,
which vary from class to class,
and adjusts his teaching to suit
each setting.
"I try to position myself in
the body of the student when
thinking about the class,"
Herrero-Olaizola said. "How it
is that a student can be able to
understand this film, or how it
is that a student is going to be
able to read 150 pages of 'One
Hundred Years of Solitude?'"
LSA senior Amy Yu took
two Spanish film classes with
"He has so much positive
energy and passion for the
material, that he was able to
get everybody excited about
it as well," Yu said. "The class
structure was extremely
collaborative and interactive
and everybody, no matter how
well you spoke Spanish, felt
comfortable sharing ideas and
Herrero-Olaizola's enthusi-
asm for teaching transcends the
classroom. Spanish Prof. Juli
Highfill worked with Herrero-
Olaizola extensively on curricu-
lum reform for the Department
of Romance Languages and Lit-
erature. She lauded the profes-
sor's creativity and receptive
teaching style, adding that she
would hear students "clamor"
to get into his classes.
"It's the whole package:
being a creative teacher, being
so engaging and enthusiastic,
at the same time extremely
efficient and dedicated and
knowledgeable in all areas,"
Highfill said.
Herrero-Olaizola plans to
remain in academia for the
rest of his life and to continue
researching new themes
in Latin American cultural
production and create new
courses, including a study
abroad course in Colombia.
of buffers are most effective,
and in what kinds of conditions
are most conduvtive to imple-
menting those strategies.
On a household level, air fil-
ters can help improve indoor
air quality by reducing the
concentration of particulate
matter. They have been used in
homes as part of intervention
studies, which involve chang-
ing an aspect of a person's
environment to test for health
"We have to get policy people
up to speed in terms of think-
ing that these are good options
to consider to reduce air pollu-
tion," Batterman said.

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