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Snyder names John
Roberts new state
budget director
Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday
named his deputy chief of staff
as the new state budget director
because John Nixon is returning
to his home state for a job at the
University of Utah.
John Roberts, 32, will become
budget chief effective March 1.
Nixon also directs the Depart-
ment of Technology, Manage-
ment and Budget. That job will be
filled by David Behen, 44, Michi-
gan's chief information officer
who will still have his informa-
tion technology responsibilities.
Nixon was the state of Utah's
top budget officer before being
recruited to Michigan after Sny-
der was elected. In three years
at the helm, he has been cred-
ited with helping the Republican
governor wipe out a structural $1
billion-plus deficit and sock away
hundreds of millions into savings.
Snow-storm hits
the Northeast;
South remains icy
Yet another storm paralyzed
the Northeast with heavy snow
and sleet Thursday, giving the
winter-weary that oh-no-not-
again feeling, while hundreds of
thousands across the ice-encrust-
ed South waited in the cold for
the electricity to come back on.
At least 21 deaths were blamed
on the treacherous weather,
including that of a pregnant
woman struck by a mini-snow-
plow in a New York City parking
lot as she loaded groceries into
her car.
The sloppy mix of snow and
face-stinging sleet grounded
more than 6,500 flights and
closed schools and businesses
as it made its way up the heavily
populated Interstate 95 corridor,
where shoveling out has become a
weekly - sometimes twice-week-
ly - chore.
Democrats want to
force House vote
on minimum wage
House Democrats said Thurs-
day they will try to highlight
GOP resistance to a higher
minimum wage with a tactical
maneuver meant to bring new
attention to an issue they con-
sider a political winner.
House Democratic leader
Nancy Pelosi said her party
will push a "discharge petition"
when Congress returns from its
recess on Feb. 24. If Democrats
can persuade roughly two dozen
Republicans to sign the petition,
it would force GOP leaders to
allow a House vote on the wage

Most Republican lawmakers
oppose a higher minimum wage.
They say it prompts employers to
cut down on hiring, a claim Dem-
ocrats dispute.
It's by no means clear Demo-
crats can collect enough signa-
tures in the House, where they
hold 200 seats to the Republi-
cans' 232. Three seats are vacant.
SURABAYA, Indonesia
Volcano eruption
closes three big
Indonesia airports
Volcanic ash from a major
eruption in Indonesia shrouded a
large swath of the country's most
densely populated island on Fri-
day, closed three international air-
ports and sent thousands fleeing.
First light brought clear the
extent of the overnight explo-
sive eruption at Mount Kelud on
Java Island, though there was no
immediate word on any casualties.
Booms from the mountain
could be heard 130 kilometers
(80 miles) away in Surabaya, the
country's second-largest city,
and even further afield in Jogya-
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

From Page 1
ardville (R-Monroe) introduced
SB 971, which became the law
that was struck down last week.
The bill banned GSRA unioniza-
tion completely, effectively end-
ing the debate on the issue until
University GSRA Christie
Toth was a plaintiff in the case
through the Graduate Employ-
ee's Union, which currently
represents graduate student
instructors and graduate student
staff assistants at the University.
The University's Board of
Regents also joined as an inter-
vener, or a party not initially
involved in the lawsuit but which
chooses to join the plaintiff or
defendant. In 2011, the board
voted to support GSRA unioniza-
tion, while University President
Mary Sue Coleman expressed
opposition to the move.
Chris Skovron, co-actingpresi-
dent of the GEO, said the law
seemed to be a direct targeting
of the GEO's on-campus push to
include University GSRAs in its

"It was incredibly disappoint-
ing when the legislation passed,"
Skovron said. "We thought it was
It's unclear what will happen
in regard to the 2011 to 2012 pro-
ceedings now that the legislative
ban has been lifted. In a state-
ment, Ruthanne Okun, director of
the Michigan Bureau of Employ-
ment Relations, said no decision
on how to respond to the court's
decision has been made.
"The Michigan Employment
Relations Commission (MERC)
has not determined how it will
proceed following the recent
decision by U.S. District Court
Judge Goldsmith," Okun wrote.
"MERC is thoroughly review-
ing all available options before
it decides on its next course of
Skovron said the GEO has
been carefully exploring several
potential paths of action as well,
and hasn't yet chosen which one
to follow.
"We're still sort of takingstock
of where we are," he said.
Another complication in the
matter is a potential appeal of
the district court's decision by
other groups who expressed
opposition in the past, such as

Michigan's attorney general Bill
Schuette (R) or the state legisla-
Students Against GSRA
Unionization, a University group,
also expressed opposition, but
SAGU founder Stephen Raiman
said the group does not have any
concrete plans in response to
the ruling, and probably will not
take action unless there's anoth-
er large pro-unionization push
on campus.
"We formed SAGU because
we want to just remain students
and we don't want to get involved
with politics and these things,"
Raiman said. "So we're not going
to become involved with anything
unless we feel like it's necessary;
we'd rather just stay out of it."
Skovron said the GEO is still
waiting to see whether an appeal
will occur before it decides on
what to do next, as that will fac-
tor into its deliberations. In the
meantime, he added that the
GEO will focus on continuing to
do what it considers its primary
function: organizing University
graduate students.
"We think it's time to bring
this issue back to campus, instead
of letting the legislature decide
for us," he said.

From Page 1
additional cost.
"It just wasn't a good
machine," Logan said. "So we
finally decided to replace it."
Despite the housing staff's
good intentions, many East

Quad residents are angry about
the long wait. LSA sophomore
Amelia Runco said she feels the
promise of gelato may be too
good to be true, adding that she
thinks there is widespread dis-
content with East Quad's din-
ing services.
"It better be delicious,"
Runco said. "We've waited long
enough for it to be good."

From Page 1
a $4 billion goal - $1 billion of
which will be dedicated solely to
student financial aid. In the world
of higher education, the campaign
remains one the largest fundrais-
ingendeavors of its kind. Harvard
University is in the middle of its
ambitious $6.5 billion fundraising
"It's tremendously impor-
tant for young people today and
tomorrow to get a great college
education without worrying
about taking on debt that's going
to stomp on their career path in
the future," Coleman said.
Coleman also mentioned Presi-
dent Barack Obama's visit to
Michigan State University Feb. 7
to sign the farm bill, which will
expand federal crop insurance.
She added that the choice to sign
the bill in Michigan serves as an
example of the significance of
public research institutions in the
national sphere.
"Leading public research uni-
versities play a role in the health
of our country," Coleman said.

Before her speech, Matthew
Anderson, the sales and mar-
keting manager for Hager Fox
Heating and Air Conditioning
Co., lauded Coleman for her phil-
anthropic efforts during her ten-
Coleman has consistently
donated her salary increases back
to financial aid each year. Addi-
tionally, Coleman and her hus-
band Kenneth Coleman donated
$1 million in October toward
global scholarships as part of the
fundraising campaign.
Several University officials
attended the event, including Lisa
Rudgers, vice president for global
communications and strategic
The Economic Club previously
hosted MSU President Lou Anna
Simon at its luncheon Jan. 28.
Deborah Muchmore, vice presi-
dent of the Marketing Resource
Group and chair of the Economic
Club, said the group hopes to
learn from Coleman and Simon
about the status of higher educa-
tion, specifically in the state of
"These schools play a vital role
here, not just locally, but state-

wide and around the world,"
Muchmore said. "We have taken
this opportunity to put a spot-
light on these two leaders who are
absolutely exceptional, remark-
able leaders."
As University President-elect
Mark Schlissel prepares to fill her
shoes this summer, Coleman also
mentioned plans for her upcom-
ing retirement.
Despite working in her role for
12 years, Coleman doesn't planto
take much of a break.
"I won't by lying on a beach
anywhere," she said jokingly.
Once she leaves, Coleman will
co-chair a project for the Ameri-
can Academy of Arts and Sciences
focusing on the significance of
public research universities. She
will also serve on the board of
several foundations, including as
a member of the National Insti-
tute of Health's advisory council.
Currently, Coleman serves on
the board of directors of Johnson
+ Johnson, which she joined in
As for her future in Ann Arbor,
Coleman plans to get a condo in
town so she can visit in the fall for
football games.

From Page 1
show up and who would really
ensure that it was a great seg-
ment," Manes said.
She said she met Stack at a
conference last year, which is
how she got interested in CPCs.
"She kind of mentored me in
how to get exposure, how tolet
people know the truth about
what a CPC is, and from there
it just kind of took off," Manes
Manes said HBO contacted
Stack to work on an episode
about CPCs, and Stack then
directed the crew to Manes.
"I think it's great that it's
going to get into mainstream
media," Manes said. "I think
it's really, really important that
these stories are told as many
times as possible and that these
stories are widespread."
During the discussion,
stack took time to explain
CPCs and what she sees as
their dangers.
"Crisis pregnancy centers
are really the grassroots army
of the anti-abortion business,"
she said. "They're small orga-
nizations that their goal is to
be a step in between a woman
finding out she is pregnant and
actually interacting with an
abortion clinic."
Stack also discussed her
experience in undercover
operations, during which she
uses an audio recorder, a video
camera hidden in a purse and a
sample of urine to falsify a posi-

tive pregnancy test adminis-
tered by the CPC.
Manes said she has been
undercover five times and
plans to use audio and video
evidence from these operations
to expose the nature of CPCs to
University students. She added
that she hopes students will
learn what these organizations
really do and that CPCs will
begin to advertise themselves
"They call themselves
judgment-free, which they're
not," Manes said. "They call
themselves a place where they
can give you a wide range of
options, which they're not."
Manes said she grew up with
accessible sexual education -
something she was surprised
and upset to learn is not the
case for everyone.
"The problem is that CPCs
are furthering this," Manes
said. "'Young people don't
deserve to know about their
own lives, their own bodies and
we're going to tell them how to
make their decisions.' That's
what CPCs do."
Manes said her work is
focused in Ann Arbor, espe-
cially at the nearby CPC called
Arbor Vitae, but hopes to
expand in the future.
"People telling their stories
is an incredible way of tell-
ing the truth about what these
places really are, and I think
that HBO's highlighting it on
such a national stage is defi-
nitely a step in the right direc-
The second season of VICE
will air this spring on HBO.

Venezuela protest
results in 3 deaths

Indiana state senate votes to
remove ban on civil unions

Decision to be final
after legislature's
approval of the
new measure
Indiana Senate's decision to
advance a proposed ban on gay
marriage without also blocking
civil unions has reset the clock
on the issue getting to voters,
setting the stage for continu-
ing fights for at least two years.
Opponents won a surpris-
ing victory Thursday when the
Senate refused to restore a ban
on civil unions that had been

stripped by the House. In Indi-
ana, a proposed constitutional
amendment must twice be
approved by the Legislature -
unchanged and in consecutive
biennial legislative sessions -
before making the ballot.
That means the proposed
ban, which sailed through the
GOP-controlled Legislature
during the 2011-2012 session,
won't make the November bal-
lot. The soonest it could go
before voters is now 2016.
But supporters vowed to
continue fighting. Micah
Clark, executive director of
the American Family Associa-
tion of Indiana, said: "We will
be back next year, pushing to

take this issue to the people of
Senate Minority Leader Tim
Lanane said Senate Democrats
also will do everything they
can to keep the issue off the
"This is not something
future Hoosiers say is a good
idea," said Lanane, a Democrat
from Anderson. "It's not good
for the future of Indiana, and
it's not good for the future of
the nation."
Senate President Pro Tem
David Long said he was ready
to continue the debate in 2015
and 2016, but the Republican
expected the courts to be the
final arbiter.

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iti-government justice for a 24-year-old anti-
government demonstrator
'oup warned of who was killed Wednesday
by a bullet. Demonstrations
crackdown also took place in several cit-
ies around the country.
kRACAS, Venezuela Meanwhile, local newspa-
- Members of Venezu- per El Universal published
opposition warned of a what it said was a leaked copy
ng government crack- of an arrest order for Leo-
n after authorities tried poldo Lopez, the Harvard-
earch the offices of a trained former mayor who
ical party and blamed has been spearheading the
rd-line leader for incit- wave of protests around the
iolence that led to three nation in recent weeks, on
hs during anti-govern- charges including conspiracy,
protests. murder and terrorism.
day after more than Chief federal prosecutor
10 people marched Luisa Ortega didn't mention
st President Nicolas an arrest order for Lopez in
uro's 10-month-old gov- two statements to the press
ent, a swirl of rumors Thursday. But several Cabi-
over much of Caracas net officials denounced him
hursday. as the mastermind of what
group of about 200 stu- they called a "fascist" U.S.-
s occupied the city's main backed strategy to replicate
way for two hours before the unrest that preceded the
ining a larger, peaceful 2002 coup that briefly removed
st in the city's wealthy President Hugo Chavez from
rn district to demand power.

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