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Alexis Ohanian, co-founder hours as Beyonc6 has ina day."
of Reddit, joined Alan Schaaf, The Post reported that Schaaf
former Ohio University student and Ohanian praised how the
and founder of Imgur, in a "welcoming" environment in
presentation to Ohio University and around Ohio University
students on the importance of helps foster creativity.
conceiving ideas and creating Ohanian founded the commu-
startups. nity-driven site alongside Steve
According to The Post, the Huffman, a fellow University of
two discussed how everyone Virginia graduate, in 2005. Red-
has the tools to start their own dit is designed as a forum where
businesses - as long as they users can vote "up" or "down" on
harness their resources and submissions to determine their
manage their time. place on the site's page. The top-
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be good at is Googling," Schaaf series news to entertaining GIFs.
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use the same tools that you have. in his dorm room when he was
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Rackham student Julia Santalucia studies for the
MCAT in the Union Tuesday night.



Tech Tuesday
Samsung's new Galaxy
Gear feels uninspired,
likely thrown together
quickly to compete with
Apple's rumored iWatch.
The new wearable phone
doesn't offer much in terms
of secondary features and
relies more on the hype of it
being a watch-phone.
111 WIII
Debbie Dingell
Coming after Rep.
John Dingell's (D-Mich.)
retirement announcement,
his wife, Debbie Dingell,
may now run for Congress
herself. The representative
said Debbie Dingell would
make an excellent candidate
and she has a wealth of
experience to back her up.

Paid or Unpaid?
Landing an internship
in this economic climate is
difficult, so many students
view landing one at all to be
a privilege. While there are
clear benefits of interning,
the view that interns are
indebted to their employers
is flawed, and compensation
should be expected.
Lacrosse team
This week, the men's
lacrosse team works to
improve the skills of its
future faceoff men, working
closely with four players.
One of the four, sophomore
Brad Lott, was awarded
ECAC Specialist of the Week
for his skills.
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a drag show for LGBT charity
On Monday night, George
Washington University's
Inter-Fraternity Council and
Panhellenic Association, along
with Allied in Pride, the school's
LGBT advocacy group, hosted a
drag competition to raise money
toward supporting lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender youth,
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Michael Williams was
charged with petty
larceny and ordered
to pay $262 in court fees
because he tried to pay for
his lunch at Applebee's with
a $1 trillion note, a bill the
U.S. Mint has never issued,
Huffington Post reported.
Glitter crowns.
Dragons. Organs.These
are just a sample of
what's included in this week's
Statement Literary Issue.
Read on to watch student
writers spingold.
A cab driver in Orland
Park, Ill. called the
police on a couple for
having sex in the back of his
taxi, the Huffington Post
reported. Police reported the
couple smelled like alcohol
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CSG Gibbons investigation
shot down by the University

Thurnau professor series:
Sweeney promotes justice

Task force denied
access to documents
regarding kicker
Daily StaffReporter

the right to access documents
from the Office of Student
Conflict Resolution related to the
Gibbons case.
CSG created the taskforce
Feb. 3 to explore the differences
between the University's 2009
sexual misconduct policy and
the newer one established in
September 2013. The end goal of

The U.S. Department of the taskforce was to determine
Education Office for Civil Rights which policy was applicable to the
announced Tuesday it would Gibbons case.
investigate the 2009 sexual CSG Vice President Bobby
misconduct case involving Dishell, a Public Policy junior, led
former Michigan kicker Brendan the taskforce which included CSG
Gibbons, demanding access to all Assembly Speaker Meagan Sho-
documents related to disciplinary kar, an LSA sophomore, and CSG
proceedings after 2011, among Student General Counsel Jeremy
other files. Keeney, a Law School student.
Though University spokesman Per a provision in the
Rick Fitzgerald pledged full Student Statement of Rights
administrative compliance with and Responsibilities, Keeney
the OCR, the school seems to would have exclusive access to
have stymied another group's "review all confidential and non-
investigation efforts - those of confidential OSCR documents
the Central Student Government. pertaining to investigations of
Last week, the University students for violations of the
denied a CSG executive taskforce Statement ... and/or the student

sexual misconduct policy,"
according to a CSG press release.
"Periodic, regular review of
records of resolution actions will
be made available, in confidence,
to the Code of Conduct Advisory
Board Chair of CSG," the
Statement reads. The Statement
was last updated on July 1, 2013.
However, the University
interpreted this clause in the
statement differently.
"The University stated that
the sexual misconduct policy
did not fall under the Statement,
meaning that they felt as ifI
our access to the documents is
invalidated," Dishell said. "Prior
to that meeting, that distinction
was not clear."
Keeney said the taskforce hasI
evidence that CSG had access
in the past to cases dealing with
sexual assault and sexual harass-
ment. However, these instances
were subject to the 2009 sexual
misconduct policy and a similarly
older Statement, not the new one.
Still, Keeney argued the policies
were "close enough" that CSG
should be granted access to the
Gibbons documents.
OSCR Director Jay Wilgus
said the Statement has a "cut-
out" where all potential sexual
misconduct violations will
now follow the Student Sexual
Misconduct policy.
The taskforce is now
working with Kirkland & Ellis,
an international law firm, to
determine whether or not there is
a direct correlation between the
statement and sexual misconduct
policy - and ultimately whether
or not the University has the right
to withhold OSCR documents
from the taskforce.
CSG President Michael
Proppe, a Business junior, said
the Department of Education's
investigation might push back
the timeline of the taskforce's
investigation, whose work will
be'ongoing despite its inability to
obtain University documents.
"The Department of Ed., I'm
guessing, is going to take a bit
of a priority, but we're going to
continue," Proppe said.

Prof. Megan
Sweeney uses
literature to teach
social change
Daily News Editor
Associate Prof Megan Swee-
ney remembered Payne Hiraldo
as a shy fourth grader from New
York City's Washington Heights,
a girl she mentored and taught
more than 20 years ago at P.S. 128
Elementary School.
Last December, Sweeney
learned her student - the girl
whose family she got to know,
whose first Holy Communion she
attended - earned her master's
degree from the University of
Vermont. Hiraldo now works at
the University of Maryland, Col-
lege Park as a residence director.
"Once I found you and had
the opportunity to look at your
CV, it felt great to know that you
yourself went off to become an
professor, get tenure and become
a director," Hiraldo wrote in an
e-mail to Sweeney. "It is very
inspiring. You serve as a remind-
er of what I would like to do and
where my passion lies."
And Sweeney herself - who
serves as an associate profes-
sor with joint appointment in
the Departments of English
Language and Literature and
Afroamerican and African
Studies, as a faculty affiliate in
Women's Studies and American
Culture and director of under-
graduate studies in the DAAS -
continues to teach.
These kinds of reconnections
are common for Sweeney, recent-
ly named an Arthur F. Thurnau
professor in recognition of her
work in undergraduate teaching.
Even though she's teaching semi-
nars in race and gender instead of
how to multiply fractions, Swee-
ney said she values relationships
with former students.
"That's a teacher's dream to

hear back from a long time ago
and see who they've become and
keep that connection," Sweeney
said. "It can be emotional at the
end of the semester whenyou feel
like you don't know how often
you'll see your students, but I've
actually been fortunate and been
able to keep in touch with alot of
my students over time, and that
matters to me a lot."
Sweeney's rdsum4 reflects
a hodgepodge of community
involvement between receiving
her B.A. at Northwestern in 1989
and M.A. from Penn State in 1997.
Among her former positions are
as a caretaker for children afflict-
ed with AIDS in Houston, an arts
and education facilitator in aMis-
sissippi town where 20 percent
of families live on incomes of
less than $10,000 per year and a
seamstress in a factory near Bos-
ton. Sweeney recalls listening to
the life stories of her factory co-
workers - including a Japanese
woman who lost her arm and
young women from the area who
were already mothers.
She said some of the most
inspiring stories came from the
female prisoners she met when
working as a book club facilita-
tor and GED tutor at the North
Carolina Correctional Institution
for Women, awomen's prison and
halfway home where recently
released prisoners work to read-
just to society.
Sweeney remembers a
42-year-old prisoner named Sissy
as being particularly inspiring.
Sissy used books and art as away
to understand the world beyond
her upbringing in Mississippi,
where she encountered racism
and substance abuse, as well as
abusive and violent relationships.
"She has been unfathomably
creative in trying to educate
herself and stay connected to
the world around her," Sweeney
said. "Reading has helped her to
understand people whose expe-
riences and backgrounds are dif-
ferent than hers. The materials
that are available to prisoners are
so paltry."

Sweeney later featured Sissy
and others in two books. "Read-
ing Is My Window: Books and
the Art of Reading in Women's
Prisons," which won the 2011
Emily Toth Award for Best Single
Work in Women's Studies, a 2010
PASS Award from the National
Council of Crime and Delinquen-
cy and an Honorable Mention for
the 2011 GloriaE. Anzalddia Book
Award, examines how prisoners
like Sissy use reading to come
to terms with their pasts. "The
Story Within Us: Women Prison-
ers Reflect on Reading" shares
interviews with 11 such women.
"She is somebody that will
probably never leave prison but
she's made alife of herself and it's
alife ofthe mind,"Sweeney said.
The courses Sweeney teaches,
like the issues she explored when
interviewing female prisoners,
concern race and gender. She has
also taught courses on social jus-
tice and community engagement.
In her classes, students analyze
topics through film, novels and
history, such as that of the Black
experience in America in the
20th and 21st centuries.
"The work that I've done with
all different types of groups has
made me realize how differently
our experiences are shared by
race, culture, gender, nationality,
by things that are not just theo-
retical concepts," Sweeney said.
"They deeply shape our experi-
ence and our history in the U.S.
and everywhere."
Rebecca Pickus, a graduate
student in the School of Social
Work, took Sweeney's English
398 course, "Reading 'the Black
Body' in 2oth/21st-Century
American Literature and Cul-
ture" as an undergraduate stu-
dent in 2009. One novel she read
in the course, "Invisible Man" by
Ralph Ellison, endedupbeingthe
topic of Pickus' undergraduate
honors thesis, which Sweeney
Pickus said her thesis topic
was initially vague, and Sweeney
helped her narrow it down signif-


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