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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday, April 17, 2014


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Councilmember Christopher Taylor (D-Ward 3), a mayoral candidate, speaks at the 2014 Mayoral Candidates Town Hall in Weill Hall Wednesday.
Candidates for A mayor
d iscuss policy positons

Title IX inquiry to
examine 'U'sexual
misconduct policies
Daily StaffReporter
Officials from the Department
of Education's Office of Civil
Rights are on campus until today
as part of an ongoing Title IX
investigation at the University.
The investigation spurred
by an August 2013 complaint
from former University profes-
sor Douglas Smith, who lodged
a complaint with the department
in connection with a 2009 sexual
misconduct case involving for-
mer kicker Brendan Gibbons. In
his complaint, Smith alleged that
the University did not respond in
a timely manner to the incident.
According to documents
reviewed by The Michigan Daily,
Gibbons was permanently sepa-
rated from the University in
December following a violation
of the Student Sexual Miscon-

duct Policy.
A second complaint is also
being investigated along with
Smith's - the content of which
has notbeen made public.
OCR investigators are holding
office hours until Thursday, and
held two focus groups for male
and female students Wednesday
E. Royster Harper, vice presi-
dent for student life, said the Uni-
versity has cooperated with the
OCR inquiry, and is interested in
hearing and responding to any of
the investigation's findings.
"They're going to help us,"
Harper said. "They're going to
say look, we've come to cam-
pus, we've heard from students,
here's some ideas and thoughts
about what you might do differ-
ently. And we will welcome that."
However, she added that she
believes real change at the Uni-
versity, especially in relation to
systemic issues like sexual mis-
conduct, can't only come from
an external source - it also has
to be driven by the students and

Four Democratic
city council members
have entered race
Daily News Editor
With less than a week to go
before classes end, Ann Arbor
Mayor John Hieftje's stu-
dents tackled an unusual proj-
ect - hosting a forum for the
Ann Arbor mayoral candidates

Wednesday afternoon.
Hieftje's Public Policy class
hosted, organized and moderat-
ed the forum held in the Gerald
R. Ford School of Public Policy's
Annenberg Auditorium. The
event was open to the public;
attendees were encouraged to
submit questions for the candi-
dates who used the opportunity
to introduce themselves and
their platforms to the voters.
Councilmembers Sabra Briere
(D-Ward 1), Stephen Kunselman
(D-Ward 3), Sally Hart Petersen

(D-Ward 2) and Christopher
Taylor (D-Ward 3) are currently
the only candidates declared in
the race, meaning the Demo-
cratic primary in August will
likely decide the race.
The policy students' ques-
tions were varied, giving the
candidates a chance to discuss
their opinions on an array of
concerns for the city such as
downtown development, shel-
ter services, public transit and
"town-gown" relations. Each of
the four worked to distinguish

themselves in their answers,
often returning to the same
themes for each question.
Petersen framed most of her
answers within a business and
economic context - her stron-
gest area of experience. She said
the city's revenue problem is one
of her main concerns, hoping to
work from several perspectives
to bolster economic growth.
Briere focused on increas-
ing inclusivity and accessibility
of the city officials, wanting to
See MAYOR, Page 3A

on hld
UMDivest leaders
say next action will
take place in the fall
Daily StaffReporter
Members of Students Allied
for Freedom and Equality will
not be present at Thursday's
University Board of Regents
meeting. SAFE members ini-
tially expressed interest in tak-
ing their case to the regents after
Central Student Government
voted against aresolution in sup-
port of divestment from compa-
nies allegedly involved in human
rights violations in Palestine.
LSA junior Tala Dahbour,
SAFE co-chair, said the group
has not made a formal decision
to approach the board. She said
any possible action would take
place in the fall at the earliest.
See REGENTS, Page 3A


International prof.
talks early history of
physicians in Africa

LSA freshman Gabi Kirsch pets a furry friend at the Dogs on the Diag event sponsored by student groap Pets Are
Wonderful Support Wednesday.
Blue Leprechaun reopens
with new additions, menu

doctors were given
political power due
to their profession
Daily StaffReporter
Politicians usually come from a
few typical professions: law, busi-
ness and community service, to
name a few. But a large, educated
class of people in our society - doc-
tors - rarely become politicians.
In his lecture "The Doctor Who
Would Be King: Medical Utopias
in the Colonial World," Dr. Guil-
laume Lachenal discussed cases in
which doctors were given control
of certain regions of colonial Africa
in the 20th century. Lachenal, a
medical historian visiting from the
Universit4 Paris Diderot, discussed
the origins and impacts of these
For the 20th-century colonial
project, one of the most costly dan-
gers was African trypanosomiasis
- a fatal disease caused by a para-
site transmitted by the tsetse fly,
also known as sleeping sickness.
This, Lachenal said, along with
accusations by other European
nations of unsanitary conditions,

led the French to begin a massive
health campaign in Cameroon in
Despite early successes of this
campaign, doctors still had one
major complaint: they could not
completely eradicate the disease
due to the reticence of politicians,
who were unwilling to enforce
radical measures such as stopping
forced labor and slowing trade.
Due to continued outcries, Dr. Jean
David was appointed Doctor-Cap-
tain ofthe Medical Region of Haut-
Nyongin French Cameroon in1939.
Lachenal said David's original
changes had beneficial effects on
the local population's health. Intro-
ducing cocoa, cattle, soybeans and
novel treatment and screening
techniques reduced mortality due
to disease sharply. Statistical analy-
ses of these benefits were published
worldwide and the experiment was
painted as a success.
that, despite the health benefits,
the Medical Region may not have
been quite the utopia the French
"Therestrictionoftheir freedom
to be inefficient and wasteful of
natural resources has given to the
people of Anchau, freedom from
much of their former ill health -
which is surely to their benefit,"
See AFRICA, Page 3A

Bar completes
renovation after
winter pipe burst
Daily StaffReporter
The Blue Leprechaun has
After suffering extensive
damage from a pipe burst

in December, the sports bar
reopened to patrons Monday.
The burst occurred in a fire
suppression line during early
hours of the morning, after the
restaurant closed for the day.
Mike Gradillas, general man-
ager of the Blue Leprechaun,
said when he went to open up
the restaurant later that day, he
found an unfortunate surprise.
"We came in in the morning
and water was cascading down

every wall and coming through
the roof," Gradillas said. "So,
everything was completely
inundated with water."
Gradillas said he tried to
make sure the bar was open in
time for University seniors to
get their last drink in before
graduation. He added that
the staff was eager return to
work. The Blue Leprechaun
was finally cleared by the city
See BLUE LEP, Page 3A


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