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'U' institutes lottery for housing

39 years ago this week (April
15th, 1975)
Members of the University's
Board qf Regents said they did
not have previous knowledge of
a housing shortage for the next
year.
The University expected
a 5 to 6 percent increase in
freshmen for the upcoming
year, which combined with
higher re-application rates from
current students, meant that not
everyone who wanted housing
would receive it, necessitating a
lottery for housing.
Regent Paul Brown (D) said
before the lottery occurred, he
was not aware of the problem -
a sentiment echoed by several

other regents.
"I was not hit over the head
with any sort of prediction that
we were going to be short of
housing next fall," Brown said.
30 years ago this week (April
13th, 1984)
Playboy magazine came to
campus to recruit for its "Girls
of the Big Ten" issue, drawing
protests from a coalition of
community and campus groups.
LSA sophomore Rosalyn
Watson said if she was picked to
be in the centerfold, she would be
thrilled.
"This is one of the most whole-
some ways to express yourself,"
Watson said. "I would never pose

for Penthouse or Hustler - Play-
boy is more classy."
Members of the Ann Arbor
CoalitionAgainstRapeexpressed
opposition to the magazine. Barb
Gormely, an organizer with the
coalition, called the magazine
exploitative and damaging to
women.
10 years ago this week (April
19th, 2004)
The University and repre-
sentatives from the Lecturers'
Employee Organization came to
a final agreement after an eight-
month long negotiation process,
pending approval by a majority
vote of LEO members.
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Graduate student Syque Ceasar waits to compete
on the vault Friday at the NCAA Men's Gymnastics
Champsionships, which the Wolverines won for the
second year in a row.

R ON T H E WEB... michigandailv.com CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Water polo
BY MARINA NAZARIO
The Wolverines wrapped
up their regular season
with a pair of 15-5 wins over
Gannon and Notre Dame-
Ohio. Michigan now gets two
weeks off before heading to
the CWPA Championships,
where the Wolverines will
contend for their first NCAA
Tournament bid since 2010.
Obamacare
BY MICHAEL CASEY
Michael Casey argues
that while many Americans
may actually support the
new healthcare legislation,
they oppose it for two main
reasons. First, because of
its association with Obama,
and second because of
Republicans' success at
establishingand maintaining
that link.

Yelawolf
BY LEJLA BAJGORIC
Earlier this month,
musician Yelawolf released
the music video for his single
"Box Chevy V." Bajgoric
discusses what the song and
video, which are the fifthj
iteration of a series that
began several years ago,
says about Yelawolf's artistic
developement.
Free Speech
BY MAURA LEVINE
After a man was asked to
leave a Michigan mall for
wearing a bandana, Levine
discusses what freedoms the
First Amendment protects.
While the amendment
protects free speech and
expression, each state has
varying interpretations.
Read more from these
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Library
discussion
WHAT: American
Libraries Association
president Barbara Stripling
will discuss the state of
libraries in the United
States today.
WHO: University Library
WHEN: Today at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Gallery, Hatcher
Graduate Library

Poetry reading
WHAT: Beijing author
Yang Lian, considered
a leading Chinese
experimental poet, will read
his work "1989", based on
the 1989 Tiananmen Square
protests.
WHO: U-M Center for
Chinese Studies
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Museum of Art,
Stern Auditorium

Sex lecture Observatory
eX leC TI77 ''V

Pro Russian forces have
taken over a police
station in Ukraine, the
BBC reported Saturday. The
move represents a escalation
in an ongoing series of
protests and occupations of
government buildings by the
pro-Russian movement.
Former Olympian Sam
Mikulak dominated the
parallel bars to win his
seventh individual national
championship. With his help,
the Michiganmen'sgymnastics
team claimed its second
consecutive national title.
FOR MORE, SEE SPORTSMONDAY
3 The White House
denied claims Friday
that the NSA used the
Heartbleed online security
bug to gather intelligence,
Bloomberg reported. An
earlier insider report alleged
that the NSA was aware of the
bug as early as two years ago.

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professor David Halperin
will discuss the philosphical
basis behind sex, and
how it does and doesn't
connect to pursuits of
love and romance, in the
contemporary world.
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U.S. looking into reports of
toxic gas in Syrian village

Both sides of civil
war blame each
other for poisonous
gas attack

some 200 kilometers (125 miles)
north of Damascus, remain
murky. Online videos posted
by rebel activists showed pale-
faced men, women and children
gasping for breath at what
appeared to be a field hospital.
They suggested an affliction by

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - some kind of poison - and yet
The U.S. ambassador to the another clouded incident where
United Nations said Sunday both sides blame each other in
that reports of a poison gas a conflict that activists say has
attack in a rural village north killed more than 150,000 people
of Damascus were so far with no end in sight.
"unsubstantiated," adding that "We are trying to run this
the United States was trying to down," said Samantha Power,
establish what really happened the U.S. ambassador to the
before it considers a response. United Nations, during an
Both sides in Syria's civil appearance Sunday on ABC's
war blamed each other for the "This Week."
alleged attack that reportedly "So far it's unsubstantiated,
injured scores of people Friday but we've shown, I think, in the
amid an ongoing international past that we will do everything
effort to rid the country of in our power to establish what
chemical weapons. has happened and then consider
The details of what happened possible steps in response," she
in Kfar Zeita, an opposition- said.
held village in Hama.province In the Syrian capital, Syrian
-aO-U

President Bashar Assad said the
conflict in Syria was shifting in
the government's favor.
"This is a turning point in
the crisis, both militarily in
terms of the army's continuous
achievements in the war against
terror or socially in terms of
national reconciliation and
growing awareness of the
true aims of the attack on the
country," state-run Syrian
television quoted Assad as
saying. He spoke to a group
of students and teachers from
Damascus University.
His comments follow a string
of government triumphs against
rebels, particularly around the
Syrian capital. Assad's forces
also have struck local cease-fire
agreements with the opposition
in a number of neighborhoods,
where weary rebels have turned
over their weapons in exchange
for an easing of suffocating
blockades.
Opposition groups, including
the main Western-backed Syr-
ian National Coalition, said the
poison gas attack at Kfar Zeita
hurt dozens of people, thought
it did not identify the gas used.
State-run Syrian television
blamed members of the al-
Qaida-linked Nusra Front rebel
group for the attack, saying they
used chlorine gas to kill two
people and injured more than
100. It did not say how it con-
firmed chlorine was used.
Chlorine, one of the most
commonly manufactured
chemicals in the U.S., is used to
purify drinking water. But as a
gas, it can be deadly.
Adham Raadoun, an
opposition activist on the edge
of Kfar Zeita, said government
helicopters dropped a number
of barrel bombs on the village
that appeared to carry the toxic
gas, killing one person and
choking about 100 people, many
of them in their homes.
Quoting eyewitnesses,
Raadoun said the gas had a
thick, yellowish color that
smelled of chlorine.

AMANDA ALLEN/Da
Shaka Senghor speaks about youth violence at the Socially Just Neighborhoods: Urban Communities Addressing Violence
and Incarceration event hosted at the School of Social Work Friday.
Former prisoner tls inner-
city violence, his experiences

Shaka Senghor stops
at School of Social
Work as part of
national tour
By CAROLINE BARON
Daily StaffReporter
Shaka Senghor, an author,
motivational speaker and
social activist, discussed the
perpetuated cycle of inner-city
violence and how his experience
in prison led him to speak and
write at the School of Social
Work Friday.
After he shot and killed a
man at age 19 and spent nearly
two decades in prison, Senghor
is now an author of six books,
youth mentor and recently
spoke at a regional TEDx
Conference. At the event,
Senghor discussed his life
growing up on the west side of
Detroit in an abusive home and
running away at age 13.
"One of the things that often
happen in inner cities and
tougher environments where
kids might run away is that
there are other people looking

to exploit them and so, after a
couple of weeks on the street,
I was seduced into the crack
trade," Senghor said.
Senghor said the violence
in his neighborhood was part
of everyday life. At 18, he was
shot working as a drug dealer
in Detroit's Brightmoor neigh-
borhood, an area afflicted with
crime, poverty and .abandoned
buildings. From then on, he car-
ried a gun wherever he went.
"I made up in my mind that
if I was ever in a conflict again,
I would shoot first," Senghor
said.
In response to one Social
Work professor's question
concerning how Senghor could
have benefited from a social
worker after he was shot, he
said a way to deal with the
trauma of violence would have
been crucial. He added that
counseling in underprivileged
areas is still lacking.
"I just knew he'd get
treatment or counseling; but
just like when I got shot, they
passed him up, sent him right
back to the hood, and nobody
ever intervened in that way,"
Senghor said of his shooter.
On a separate occasion, an

argument with a man to whom
Senghor was selling drugs
escalated into violence: Senghor
shot him to death. He was
sentenced to up to 40 years in
prison. Then, he said he learned
the power writing gave him to
atone and reflect on his life.
"I sat back and started journ-
aling," he said. "I was disgusted
with what my life turned out
to be, and more importantly I
was tired of hurting myself and
hurting others."
He spoke about solitary
confinement during his
19-year tenure in prison. He
was on 23-hour lockdown
five days a week and 24-hour
lockdown the other two days.
During this period, he became
depressed.
"I'm not sure if we think crit-
ically in American society about
what solitary confinement does
to human beings," . Senghor
said. "You get three five-minute
showers, and you're allowed to
go to recreation cages on breaks,
which is really a little dog ken-
nel, and when they bring you out
of your cell you're in handcuffs
with a leash attached to them.
We don't consider the high level
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