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Schauer releases
plan to raise
education funding
Democratic gubernatorial
candidate Mark Schauer said
Wednesday he would make edu-
cation his top budget priority,
but didn't specify how much he'd
spend on schools or universities.
Schauer and his running
mate, Oakland County Clerk Lisa
Brown, blasted Republican Gov.
Rick Snyder's record on educa-
tion while presenting their five-
page education plan to reporters.
Their proposal includes a school
adequacy study, expanded teach-
er training, increased financial
aid for college students and stan-
dards for class sizes and teacher-
student ratios.
"Due to cuts that Gov. Snyder
has made, my youngest son is
not receiving the same quality of
education that his oldest brother
received in the same schools,"
Brown said, citing fewer school
programs and increased extra-
curricular costs.
Man executed for
killing 3 members
of Texas family
bing his ex-girlfriend, her young
son and her mother 13 years ago
at a home in Corpus Christi was
executed by Texas prison officials
The lethal injection of Jose Vil-
legas, 39, was carried out after his
attorneys unsuccessfully argued
to the U.S. Supreme Court that he
was mentally impaired and ineli-
gible for the death penalty.
"I would like to remind my
children once again I love them,"
Villegas said when asked if he had
a statement before being put to
death. "Everything is OK. I love
you all, and I love my children. I
am at peace."
He became the seventh pris-
oner e cuted this year in thg
nation's most active death penalty
Study: Diabetic
heart attacks and
strokes falling
Inthemidstofthe diabetesepi-
demic, a glimmer of good news:
Heart attacks, strokes and other
complications from the disease
are plummeting.
Over the last two decades, the
rates of heart attacks and strokes
among diabetics fell by more than
60 percent, a new federal study
shows. The research also con-
firms earlier reports of drastic
declines in diabetes-related kid-
ney failure and amputations.
The drop is mainly attributed
to better screening, medicines

and care.
UN apologizes
for refusal to stop
Rwanda genocide
The diplomat who was presi-
dent of the U.N. Security Coun-
cil in April 1994 apologized
Wednesday for the council's
refusal to recognize that geno-
cide was taking place in Rwanda
and for doing nothing to halt the
slaughter of more than one mil-
lion people.
Former New Zealand ambas-
sador Colin Keating issued the
rare apology during a council
meeting to commemorate the
20th anniversary of the genocide
and examine what has been done
since to prevent new genocides.
The open session elicited
praise for the U.N.'s stepped-up
commitment to put human rights
at the center of its work but
widespread criticism of its fail-
ure to prevent ongoing atrocities
in Syria, Central African Repub-
lic and South Sudan.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

From Page 1A
University community.
She added that though the
University should constantly
strive to produce better policy,
the community must also work
collectively to combat behavior
and norms that allow sexual
misconduct to occur in the first
From Page 1A
enhance communication with
residents to help enact change.
She also discussed her vision
of Ann Arbor's downtown as
a more social center, drawing
tourism and shopping.
Kunselman and Taylor had
less consistency of theme with
their responses, having more
distinct visions for different
projects. Kunselman often
returned to his hope to reduce
the city's focus on downtown
development and work more
closely with neighborhoods.
Kunselman did stress his exten-
sive campaign experience and
thorough knowledge of city
Taylor also emphasized the
importance of community out-
reach. He and Briere both spoke
in favor of expanding public
transportation infrastructure
to the county, with only Taylor
explicitly giving his support for
the May 6 millage to expand the
Ann Arbor Transit Authority
bus lines.
The candidates also
addressed the city's engage-
ment with students. Taylor and
Petersen left more of the bur-
den on the city to reach out to
students while Briere and Kun-
selman said it was the responsi-
bility of students to be proactive
in getting involved.
The moderators noted that
primaries will take place over
the summer - a time when
there are far fewer students on
campus. The council members
said this was inevitable if the

"We keep behaving- as if
there's an answer outside of
ourselves, and there isn't," she.
said. "We certainly have to do
something about the system
that creates it, but we reinforce
and keep the system going.
Half the things that hurt, we
inflict we do ourselves or to
other people. And we could
do something on this campus
about that."
city wants to hold elections on
the same day as the rest of the
country in November.
Hieftje said it was a two-
way street of responsibility for
involving young voters, falling
both on the accessibility of the
elected officials and the dedica-
tion of the students.
"The city does make a lot of
efforts to reach out to student
voters," he said. "I make avail-
able the boards and commis-
sions that I make appointments
to - we have students serv-
ing on the taxi cab board, we
have students serving on other
boards. One of the problem for
students who may not be here
year-round is the city functions
In an interview after the
event, Petersen said she has
had discussions with Business
senior Michael Proppe, outgo-
ing Central Student Govern-
ment president, as well as other
students, about encouraging
students to register for absen-
tee ballots.
"My network really is from
local high school graduates
who are at U of M right now
and convincing them to get out
the vote," she said.
Still, issues of low partici-
pation are compounded by
the high volume of students
returning home for the sum-
mer, along with the fact that
many are registered to vote in
their hometowns rather than
in Ann Arbor. Moreover, can-
didates will likely turn their
campaign efforts to the town's
permanent residents if they
want to secure the nomination
in August.

OCR officials also invited
members of Greek life, the
LGBTQ community, interna-
tional students, residential
advisers, student athletes, band
members and Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Cen-
ter staff and volunteers to meet
with them separately, according
to University spokesman Rick
LSA senior Hassan Reda was
one of several students to stop
From Page 1A
Dahbour added that though
the organization is not current-
ly approaching the board, they
are continuing their activism
throughout the summer.
"Right now our focus is in
bringing about awareness," she
said. "Divestment is still a very
big priority for us and it's not
something that we've forgotten
To be on the agenda of the
regents meeting, the proposal
would have to indicate wide-
spread community concern.
The regents would set upa com-
mittee to investigate Univer-
sity investments if the proposal
Only two divestment resolu-
tions have been approved in the
history of the University - one
in 1983 regarding investments
in apartheid-era South Africa
and the other in 2000 recom-
mending divestment from

by the office hours on Wednes-
day afternoon. He said he came
because he had some nega-
tive interactions with instruc-
tors and faculty on campus and
wanted to share his experiences.
"It was a productive conver-
sation," Reda said. "I shared my
thoughts and they gave me some
Reda said he found the inves-
tigation's presence on campus a
positive one.
tobacco companies.
University Provost Martha
Pollack said any consideration
of divestment would be the
regents' decision, but empha-
sized that such resolutions
require extensive delibera-
"The bar for divestment is
intentionally set very high," she
E. Royster Harper, vice pres-
ident for student life, echoed
Pollack's views on the slim
chance that a divestment reso-
lution would pass if brought
before the regents.
"The board will decide
whether or not it's going to
divest, and right now, it's made
a decision that it's not," she said.
Harper added that students
are still encouraged to speak
out and challenge the Univer-
sity if they feel strongly about
"Anything that students are
passionate about, anything
they believe in, they ought to be
activists about it and using their
voice and political action to

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 3A
"I think it's a good check, to
remind the University and to
remind people in general, that
issues of sexual harassment
won't really be tolerated, and
they're going to be looked into
and set straight if things are not
right," Reda said.
Department of Education
spokesman Jim Bradshaw
declined comment, citing the
OCR's policy not to discuss
ongoing investigations.
persuade the Board to do some-
thing different," Harper said.
However, Harper said she
encourages students to seek
other options to approach the
conflict in the Middle East. She
said divestment is just one way
to potentially achieve this end,
and students should consider
various views.
"The real issue is what we're
not talking about. We are actu-
ally spending all of our time on
a tool," she said. "So we end up
at an impasse when there are
lots more tools."
Harper said the University's
students are the leaders of the
future who have the power to
work collaboratively and solve
the world's most pressing chal-
"I know that they're in our
University community, some-
body that can imagine a very
different world, where every-
body is safe and protected,"
Harper said. "That's what I'm
waiting on."


From Page 1A+
to reopen Monday morning, and
the bar opened its doors that
same night.
Gradillas said he was pleas-
antly surprised at how many
people came out to support the
reopening and responses have
been overwhelmingly positive.
Though there are no major
physical changes to the build-
ing, Gradillas said the restau-
rant looks brighter and sharper
with new paint and wallpaper.
Gradillas added that the res-
taurant has the same feel as it
did before undergoing renova-
During their temporary
closure, the Blue Leprechaun
has added several items to
their menu, including a new
selection of sliders. Others

additions include wraps and
different typesof sauces, and
the bar will continue to serve
its traditional sandwich and
burger options.
Gradillas said he wanted to
provide the same food as before,
but wanted to make them dis-
tinguishable from typical bar
LSA senior Jeremy Kucera
said he likes the renovations and
thinks the updated menu will
attract more customers.
"They kept the same charac-
ter and it's just updated, so it's a
lot nicer," Kucera said. "I think
the new menu is going to attract
a lot more people before nine o
'clock when the happy hour is so
I think it's a great idea."
Business graduate student
Damian Chatman agreed that
the renovations will boost busi-
"I'm really happy with the
renovations," Chatman said.

From Page 1A
reads a quote from The Lancet
about a similar colony controlled
by the British.
Lachenal said despite the fact
that the measures taken improved
health, this seemed to imply some
sort of unwillingness from the
local population.
In addition, the health success
of the colony was short-lived. Rub-
ber shortages during World War
II combined with labor shortages
convinced David to reestablish
forced labor. This meant that
locals were entering the forests
for daysbefore comingbackto the
village and exposing themselves
to others in the marketplace: a
perfect combination for a sleeping
sickness epidemic.
Quickly after this turn of
events, statistics from the colony
stopped being collected and pub-
lished. The entire area became
disease-ridden, and David died
shortly after the war.
Lachenal said the legacy of
the colony is mixed. On one
hand, it improved the people's
health for a certain amount of
time. On the other hand, many of
the doctors were left broken and

"For once, they could not
blame their failures on the
administration and the bureau-
cracy and the politicians, because
they were the politicians," Lache-
nal said.
It is also rumored that David
and one of his main lieutenants,
Dr. Henri Koch, had gone mad by
the end of their terms, though the
record is unclear.
"This story can be taken as a
parable if you want," Lachenal
said. "Today's global health is also
a story of hope, full of success sto-
ries and charismatic doctors. But
we also risk doctor's losing their
critical voices when they touch on
power and glory."
Medical student Maia Ander-
son said she appreciated the lec-
"I've always liked learning
about the history of medicine and
I think that it isn't taught enough
in medicalschool or in undergrad,
evenand Ithinkit's awesome that
there's a big push for that here,"
she said.
"I think that there are a lot of
stories like this that are buried and
yeah we do go and travel around
and we think it's a great idea to go
places and teach people to have
.better hygiene. But what we saw is
that doctors aren't fit to govern all
the time. Good intentions are not
always enough."

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