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Alumni Profile: Drew Philp

Drew Philp grew up in Adri-
an, Mich. and graduated from
the University in 2008. He then
moved to Detroit, where he
bought an abandoned house on
the city's east side for $500 and
completely renovated it.
He is a freelance journalist,
and his experience in Detroit
was recounted in a BuzzFeed
story, Why I Bought A House In
Detroit For $500, published Jan.
9 and garnered over 1.3 million
What were some of your
favorite college memories?
Certainly, The Michigan
Daily. Working at the Daily was
the start of my writing career.

I also liked living in the Luther
Co-op. I participated in the
Prison Creative Arts project as
Why did you decide to move
to Detroit after graduation?
How did this differ fromwhat
most of your friends did?
At the time it seemed like
everyone was moving out of the
state, but we are the leaders and
the best and I wanted to help
the state I came from. I wanted
to use my education in the best
way possible.
Detroit is really the heartbeat
of Michigan and arguably the

How has your education at
the University affected your
experience in Detroit?
Mostly what Michigan gave
me is a way to think about
things in terms of being respect-
ful in terms of race, class, etc.
The people of Detroit are some
of the best, most kind people
I've ever met.
I think they've taught me a
lot more than I have been able to
teach anyone and I think it will
continue to be that way. I have
learned kindness and practical
skills about the world I want to
live in.

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University alum Colin Stetson, saxophonist fon Ibe
band Bon Iver, plays a solo show at the Walgreens
Drama Center Wednesday.

Five-finger Dude, where's Mikaela Davis Career expo
foods my bike? at The Ark workshop

WHERE: University
WHEN: Tuesday at about
2:25 a.m.
WHAT: A 34-year-old sub-
ject was caught taking food
from the cafeteria without
paying, University Police
reported. She was arrested
and taken to jail.
Not-so magic
school bus
WHERE: Wilmot Street
WHEN: Monday at about
10:05 a.m.
WHAT: A vehicle was
reported to have been
struck by a University bus at
around 8:50 a.m., University
Police reported. Both vehi-
cles suffered minor damage.

WHERE: Shapiro Library
WHEN: Tuesday at about
12:50 a.m.
WHAT: A student's bicycle
was stolen from a bike rack
around 12:45 a.m. during
a late-night study session,
University Police reported.
No suspect has been identi-
Let it snow
WHERE: Lot NC-92,2800
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 6:25 a.m.
WHAT: A subject reported
a collision with a light pole
while removing snow from
a University parking lot,
University Police reported.
No injuries, but minor dam-
age, were reported.

WHAT: Stop by The Ark
and enjoy the music of New
York indie harpist Mikaela
Davis. General admission is
WHO: Michigan Union
Ticket Office
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark
in Thailand
WHAT: Nursing students
share their experience on a
5-week clinical immersion
in Thailand. The students
spent their trip working in
local clinics and providing
healthcare to villagers in
Thailand. Don't forget to
bring a bag lunch.
WHO: School of Nursing
WHEN: Starting today from
12 p.m. to 1p.m.
WHERE: School of Nursing

WHAT: The workshop is
designed to give you the
tools needed to make a
good first-impression at the
Winter Expo.
WHO: The Career Center
WHEN: Starting today
from 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.
WHERE: Student Activities
A previous version of the
article "Synagogue and
Mosque: uniting communi-
ties on campus and beyond"
from the Jan.15 Statement
Magazine misidentified two
members of MuJew. Saara
Mohammed ist he groups
2014 co-chair, and Laura
Katsnelson was the 2013 co-
chair. Katsnelson, a senior,
was also misidentified as a
* Please report any error
in the Daily to correc-

A Indiana minivan was
jamined with 62 dogs
whensit broke downin cen-
tral Ohio, ABC News reported.
The driver was hired by a
breeder to take them to an ani-
mal shelter in New Jersey. The
dogs are now residing in ani-
mal shelters in Ohio.
The Taubman School
of Architecture fea-
tures an amalgamation
of disciplines. In this
week's B-Side, Daily Arts
takes a look at what makes
the school a valuable part of
the University.
CNN reported 12 dead
in a five-hour rampage
iin Brazil. The victims
were gunned down by "exe-
cution-style killings" in sepa-
rate incidents. Authorities
said the incident may be gang
related and provoked by the
death of a police officer.

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State fiscal leaders estimate
uptick in revenue by $971M

Senate panel deems attack
in Benghazi preventable

Michigan gov. plans
to use funds for
neglected areas
Daily Staff Reporter
Potential tax breaks and addi-
tional funding for needed ser-
vices may be in the future for
Michigan in the upcoming fiscal
year, as lawmakers project a $971
million surplus in state revenue.
Fiscal leaders fromthe Senate,
House and executive branch, as
well as economists from across
the state, met at the January Rev-
enue Estimating Conference on
Friday to predict the amount of
available revenue for the next fis-
cal year.
Of the projected figure, $325
million will be put toward the
long-term budget and $646 mil-
lion will be used for one-time
appropriations, the Detroit Free

Press reported.
Daniil Manaenkov an
Fulton, both professor,
nomics, cited a rise it
sales and a rebound oft
ing market as possible
the surplus. Fulton pr(
increase in Michigan's
ing power and a gain
64,000 jobs a year over
three years.
Gov. Rick Snyder is
to use funds to resto
neglected services wahilo
ing financial stability wi
Snyder's administrati
ited a $1.5 billion defic
start of his term in 201
time, the governor cal
plan to "reinvent" ther
economy and end its d
cuttingback spendingat
eningtax bases.
Since the start of
term, Michigan jobs, inc
revenue and overall p
have all increased sign


However, critics of his policies,
id George most notably State Senate Minor-
s of eco- ity Leader Gretchen Whitmer,
n vehicle blame the governor for unfairly
the hous- putting the tax burden on the
causes of working class, the elderly and
edicts an students. Snyder also came under
purchas- fire for his decision to slash fund-
of about ing to state colleges and universi-
the next ties by 15 petcent in the past year.
Dave Murray, deputy press
projected secretary to the governor, said
ore long- though the process of budget
e pronot allocation was still in its early
thin state st ages, the governor plans to
act strategically to make sure
0on inher- he uses the surplus in a fiscally
cit at the responsible way to p.e ust fur
11. At the ther deficit.
led for a "We don't want to find our-
Michigan selves in a situation where we
eficits by were a couple years ago when
nd broad- we were looking at deficits - sub-
stantial deficits," said Murray.
Snyder's "You need to be fiscally respon-
come, tax sible with the money too."
opulation Senate Appropriations Chair
aificantly. Roger Kahn said, in a press
release despite the surplus, the
budget should still be approached
State House Republicans are
pressing for tax reliefs for the
citizens who made the surplus
possible in the first place. John
Nixon, Director of the Depart-
ment of Technology, Manage-
ment and Budget, has argued that
offering taxpayers a rebate makes
the most sense when discussing
how to allocate funds.
Anna Heaton, spokeswoman
for House Appropriations Com-
mittee Chair Joe Haveman, said
the House feels equally as cau-
tious as the Senate when acting
9 with the surplus. She said Have-
man believes that the allocation
process is still in its early stages
and lawmakers are still deciding
their next steps.
"Once there is a surplus,
everyone starts saying we should
6 spend, spend, spend," Heaton
said. "He is just saying, 'Yes we
7 should but let's move slowly and
think about this and think about
where we can invest it and will
get Insc rturn :to Michigan citi

Report implicates
ambassador and
poor communication
with security forces
highly critical and bipatosan, a
Senate report declared Wednes
day that the deadly assault on the
American diplomatic compound
in Benghazi, Libya, could have
been prevented. The account
spreads blame among the State
Department, the military and
U.S. intelligence for missing what
now seem like obvious warning
For the first time in the much-
politicized aftermath, the report
also points at Ambassador Chris
Stevens, who was killed in the
attack. It says that the State
Department ended a deal with
the military to have a special
operations team provide extra
security in Libya, and that Ste-
vens twice refused an offer to
reinstate the team in the weeks
before the Sept. 11, 2012, attack.
The military also takes criti-
cism in the report for failing to
respond more quickly on the
night of the assault.
On the 11th anniversary of the
9/11 terror attacks in the U.S.,
armed militants stormed the dip-
lomatic outpost in Benghazi, set-
ting the building on fire. Stevens,
information technology special-
ist Sean Smith, and CIA security
contractors Tyrone Woods and
Glen Doherty, both former Navy
SEALs, were killed over the
course of two battles that night.
Stevens died of smoke inha-
lation after he was taken to a
"safe room" in the besieged com-
pound. The Obama administra-
tion, reluctant to deal publicly
with a terror attack weeks before
the presidential election, first
described the assault as a spon-
taneous mob protest of an anti-
Islamic, American-made video.
Such a protest did occur at the
U.S Embassy in Caire arlicr
that day.

Officials corrected their
description days after the attack,
but by then it had become a hot
political issue that has continued
to dog the administration.
On that issue, the report dives
into the contentious initial talk-
ing points issued by the intelli-
gence community, which helped
fuel Republican allegations of an
Obama administration cover up
of militant links to the violence.
'Intelligence analysts inac-
curately referred to the presence
of a protest at the U S. mission
facility before the attack based
on open source information and
limited intelligence but without
sufficient intelligence or eyewit-
ness statements to corroborate
that assertion," the report said,
addingthat U.S. intelligence then
took too long to correct the error.
The senators also take the
administration to task for failing
to bring the attackers to justice
more than a year later. They say
the U.S. has identified several
individuals responsible but can't
capture them because of limited
intelligence capabilities in the
region and limited cooperation
by local governments.
Intelligence Committee
Chairman Diasie Feinstein, a
Democrat, said she hoped the
report would put to rest conspir-
acy theories about the attacks.
Republican Vice Chairman
Saxby Chambliss said the report
showed that despite a deteriorat-
ing security situation in Beng-
hazi, the U.S. government did not
do enough to prevent the attacks
or to protect the diplomatic facil-
ity. And Republican committee
member Susan Collins of Maine
called on the administration to
punish those responsible.
"A broken system overseen by
senior leadership contributed to
the vulnerability of U.S. diplo-
mats ... in one of the most danger-
ous cities in the world," she said
in the report. "And yet the secre-
tary of state has not held anyone
responsible for the system's fail-
U.S. intelligence ultimately
blamed the violence on militants

who overran the temporary U.S.
mission and, hours later, fired
mortars at the nearby CIA annex
where the Americans had taken
The report says the subse-
quent investigation showed
individuals from many militant
groups took part in the "oppor
tunistic" attacks, including al
Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb
the Libyan militia group Ansar
al-Sharia, and members of the
Yemeni-based al-Qaida in the
Arabian Peninsula.
The report does rsot name
Hillary Rodham Clinton, who
was secretary of state at the time
and now is a potential 2016 presi-
dential candidate.
The State Department said
the report largely reaffirms the
findings reached a year ago by
the Benghazi Accountability
Review Board, headed by a for-
mer ambassador and former
chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff. Deputy spokeswoman
Marie Harf noted that the Senate
report recommended improve-
ments to security that the State
Department has already taken,
including upgrading security
cameras improving fire equip
amesot and increasing the pre.
ence of Nlarine security guards.
The Senate report notes that
the State Department has also
created a new assistant secretary
position for high-threat posts,
but it says the department still
needs institutional change to help
it react more quickly to security
threats. It says State should not
rely on local security alone in
countries where the host govern-
ment cannot provide adequate
protection and should avoid using
diplomatic facilities it knows are
inadequately protected.
The report says that the
department in 2012 had ignored
its own "tripwires" set to deter-
mine when it had become too
dangerous to operate in Beng-
hazi, and continued to operate
the facility there despite a grow-
ing number of U.S. intelligence
reports showing the danger was


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