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Drinking water in
Fenton safe again
after leak fixed
Fenton authorities say it's
safe for everyone in the Genesee
County community to drink the
water again.
The city issued a boil-water
warning after discovering
Wednesday that a 6-inch water
man on Trealout St. was broken.
WEYI-TV says crews were
unable to make repairs without
depressurizing the system,
which allows bacteria to enter
That led to the warning to
residents of a number of streets
and apartment complexes not to
use water without boiling it first.
The station reported Sunday
that Fenton has lifted the order
after confirming the system has
been decontaminated.
Three dead in
community center
Authorities say three
people died in a shooting at a
Jewish community center and
retirement community, and two
were shot at but not injured.
Overland Park Police Chief
John Douglass said at a news
conference Sunday that the
person who had been reported to
be in critical condition was one of
the three dead.
Douglass said shots were fired
behind the Jewish Community
Center of Greater Kansas City in
a parking lot, and two males died.
Shots were reported minutes
later at the Village Shalom
retirement community, where
one female died.
Ages and identities of the
victims were not released.
A man in his 70s who is not
from Kansas was taken into
custody at a nearby school.
Douglass did not provide further
Chihuahua and
four other puppies
stolen in Britain
British police are appealing
for help finding five stolen dogs,
including a Chihuahua puppy that
recently won a major prize at the
prestigious Crufts competition.
The thieves apparently broke
into a house in the village of
Lissett in central England and
made off with the valuable dogs.
The best known was Xena,
named best Chihuahua puppy at
the annual Crufts dog show in
March. Her mother, grandmother
and two other Chihuahuas were
also taken.
Humberside police said Sunday
they are asking the public to

provide any leads. The theft took
place Thursday.
Thirty-six dead
in bus crash on
Mexican highway
A passenger bus slammed
into a broken-down truck and
burst into flames, killing at least
36 people Sunday in southern
Mexico, the Veracruz state
government reported.
Both state and federal officials
said that four people survived
the crash, which occurred
shortly after midnight in the
southeastern state of Veracruz.
A communique from the state
civil defense agency said the vic-
tims were business people from
the region who were travelling
from the Tabasco state capital of
Villahermosa to Mexico City.
The agency's emergency
director, Ricardo Maza Limon,
said that victims apparently
burned to death inside the bus,
which was so badly charred that
the tires melted and the markings
on its sides were unreadable.
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From Page 1A
the University's Title IX
coordinator regarding Gibbons'
2009 sexual misconduct as the
sole complaint submitted on
the subject. Gibbons was not
found responsible until Nov. 20,
2013, beyond the usual 60-day
deadline for beginning a sexual
misconduct investigation.
The findings also note a
2012-2013 OSCR Annual Report
stating that one instance of
sexual misconduct filed from
that year remained "Unresolved:
investigation in process." The
task force could not confirm that
this complaint was in reference
to the Gibbons case but, if so, it
would mean that more than a
year passed before the University
completed its investigation.
Additionally, the task force
found that OSCR and OIE were
unable to handle all the reports
of sexual misconduct by the
beginning of the 2012-2013
academic year. The University
acknowledged that it needed
more staff to handle all the
complaints. The report also
read that according to the OSCR
director, the OIE often was often
unable to investigate complaints
within the 60-day deadline. The
University didn't hire a second
investigator until 2014, far too
long after acknowledging the
problem of poor staff, the report
CSG President Michael
Proppe, a Business senior, said
this was more indicative of a
broader problem of how the
University deals with sexual
misconduct cases and less likely

an instance of an athlete being
given special privileges to keep
them eligible for play.
"The University was regularly
missing the 60-day deadline to
investigate sexual misconduct
and that delay could have
undermined the confidence that
survivors had in the process
and may have kept people from
coming forward," Proppe said.
Thetaskforce alsodetermined
that OSCR did not properly apply
the Statement of Students Rights
and Responsibilities - stating
that the University "improperly
prohibited student conduct
retroactively," using the interim
sexual misconduct policy or
finalized but not the pre-2011
policy that would have been in
effect when Gibbons' offenses
occurred. The findings note
that the differences in the new
and old policies are fairly small
and unlikely to change the OIE
findings but wanted to make it
clear the University could not
retroactively apply new policies
on old cases.
In a statement, University
spokesman Rick Fitzgerald
said the University applauds
CSG's investigation, as it shows
the importance of the Student
Sexual Misconduct Policy.
"We appreciate that Central
Student Government takes
the issue of sexual misconduct
seriously, as do we," Fitzgerald
wrote inthe statement. "We hope
the CSG's focus on these issues
will lead to a greater awareness
of the student sexual misconduct
policy and even more survivors
coming forward."
Additionally, the task force
could only determine that
either OIE or OSCR did not

properly communicate with
the Athletic Department, the
Athletic Department did not
communicate with the coaches
or else Hoke did indeed issue a
false statement; they were not
able to confirm one of these
scenarios specifically.
However, the report notes that
representatives from the Athlet-
ic Department do not believe the
OIE failed to notify the depart-
ment of a student-athlete being
accused of sexual misconduct
and it is the practice of the Asso-
ciate Athletic Director to notify
the head coach of the team of
the player in question. When
Michigan coach Brady Hoke said
Gibbons would not play in the
2013 Buffalo Wild Wings game
in December, Hoke said it was
because of a "family matter."
The task force report lists
Proppe's recommendations,
including that the University's
Board of Regents and other
administrators work to involve
students in such policy matters.
Also, it recommends that OSCR
reviews all sexual misconduct
cases occurring before the
interim policy but under the
proper policy applicable at the
time of the offense and that
OSCR files a report once they
complete this review.
Proppe also recommended
more clear and published
policies be developed in regard
to student-athlete disciplinary
information sharing between
departments, as well as creating
more straightforward policies
with the Ann Arbor Police
Department, the University
Police Department, OSCR and
OIE regarding sharing of student
conduct information.

From Page lA
The speakers of the event
included Altruda, Chris DuPont,
an Ann Arbor singer-songwrit-
er; Jim Fleming, founder of
Fleming Artists; Mike Green,
co-owner of Mike Green and
Associates; John Bommarito,
radio host at Ann Arbor's 107.1
and Mike Vial, an Ann Arbor
The speakers discussed how
aspiring musicians can take
the next step after entering the
music industry.
"Keep writing and keep put-
ting music out there," Vial said.
The panel also discussed how
aspiring musicians can have
their music featured on various
radio stations.
Vial suggested musicians
From Page 1A
At the event, the student-
run publication also sold baked
goods to raise money for its
MRelay team. Three teams of
two to four people competed in
four rounds of eating competi-
tions, racing to eat hot dogs,
donuts, bananas and plates of
whipped cream.
LSA sophomores Matt Gluck
and DanaAbufarhawonthe food
challenge, winning gift cards to
Frita Batidos, Isalita and Mani
"I definitely feel disgusting
now but it was fun, it was worth
it," Abufarha said. "It was fun
and I'm happy we did it. I'm
proud of myself; I beat boys!"
From Page 2A
of psychosis that happens in the
solitary confinement."
Senghor completed two
novels in prison, which he
noted was rare for an inmate.
"I represent less than
1 percent of the solitary
confinement population who's
been able to make that leap,"
Senghor said.
Since his release in 2010,
Senghor has committed himself
to giving other prisoners
the opportunity to address
problems that are often
ignored. He started a program
called Live in Peace in which
he speaks to students in Detroit
and addresses emotional issues
he also grappled with.
He subsequently won the
Black Men Engagement of
Leadership Award funded
by the Knight Foundation,
which invests in community
innovation in American cities.
This led him to the
MIT Media Lab, an
"antidisciplinary" research
foundation. It was working in
Detroit to address ways that
technology could improve
production of new businesses
in the city. Senghor and
another member of the

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 3A
start off small and use their
time wisely.
"Find your locals, and you
build small and you build realis-
tically," Vial said.
Along with taking the next
step and getting featured on
a radio station, the speakers
stressed the importance of keep
track of finances.
DuPont said it was important
for musicians to spreadsheet
all of their expenses, whether
it is touring different towns
or purchasing new music
"If you do that, you'll see how
much money you'll be making,
and you'll be surprised," DuPont
The event closed with a con-
cert featuring various Ann
Arbor musicians, including San
Cristobal, Mike Vial, Brendan
Asante and KhrispyK.
Of the three teams that
competed, many participants
were AEPi brothers. Students
watched and cheered as the
participants gorged themselves
on doughnuts and face-planted
into plates of whipped cream.
"It's definitely entertaining
to watch boys be in an eating
competition," said LSA
sophomore Nicole Axelowitz, a
member of the Spoon University
public relations team.
However, after a record-
breaking winter, some students
were just excited to enjoy the
"It's great just being outside
for the first time in months
and having everybody happy
and together and just doing
something for good cause,"
Axelowitz said.
MIT Media Lab created the
Atonement Project, dedicated
to bettering Detroit.
"Detroit is a very, very
complex city," Senghor said.
"While there are a lot of
amazing things taking place,
there's still a very different
reality that people are afraid
to talk about and afraid to
discuss. And that reality is
that there are people living
in communities who don't
have access to anything,
and there are police that
just don't respond in these
They brought the Atonement
Project to the University to
engage with the Prison Creative
Arts Project, an initiative
collaborating with incarcerated
people to strengthen creative
expression. Students can take
a class with Senghor and PCAP
director Ashley Lucas.
LSA senior Judith Rontal,
one of Senghor's students, said
Senghor emphasized a focus on
antoning for one's actions and
not judging someone on their
current situation.
"Perpetrators were often
victim," Rontal said. "We
try to bring this theme of
reconciliation and atonement
to our project, and the guys we
work with are so brilliant with
what they do with that."

From Page 1A
said he hopes to bring a voice for
the students to City Council, but
his goals for the city go beyond
the interests of students. He said
state of local politics in Ann
Arbor, he sees developmental
and economic room for
improvement, particularly in
the way the council chooses to
allocate its funds.
"What started out my
interest in this campaign was to
represent the students that don't
have a voice on City Council, but
as I sort of researched the state of
politics in Ann Arbor, I realized
there are a lot of things I care
about," he said.
According to McMullen, there
is potential growth and progress
in areas of overspending on
policehospital and incarceration
needs in Ann Arbor. He added
that there is a need for affordable
housing and increased care for
the poor and homeless in Ann
Arbor, which was demonstrated
From Page 1A
would regret not speaking."
Though Jacobs had no experi-
ence with Relay for Life before
coming to the University, she
became involved as a Team
Captain during her freshman
year. Her mother, who had been
recently diagnosed with ovarian
cancer, attended the 2011 MRe-
lay and stayed with Jacobs over-
night in the 30-degree weather.
Kinesiology senior Sara
Knysh, executive director
of MRelay, said she also
participated in MRelay because
of her family's experiences with
cancer. This year was Knysh's
12th year being involved with
Relay for Life.
The relay moved back to its
usual location of Palmer Field
on Hill Campus this year after
taking place on Ferry Field in
2013. Knysh said the space at
Palmer Field allows for more
This year's MRelay was
Disney-themed: Partic-

by this particularly harsh winter.
"I think there are better ways
we can spend our money in
real ways Ann Arbor can stand
behind," McMullen said.
He added that relations
between the University and
the city would improve if he
were elected to City Council
and hopes to foster cooperation
and communication, and use
students at the University as a
resource for the city.
"There is a complete
disconnect between the Ann
Arbor community, the residents
and the students, and I think
that is a huge resource that isn't
being used," McMullen said.
"We have 40,000 students and
if you get students involved, then
real changes will happen and
everyone stands to benefit."
With the election of a new
mayor and the retirement of
University President Mary Sue
Coleman, an opportunity for real
change in Ann Arbor lies ahead,
he said.
"I think if the question of age
comes up, I really don't think that
the quality necessary for being a
ipants checked in at Goofy's Reg-
istration Tent and could continue
through Hercules' Hope Tunnel
to Cinderella's Stage. Mickey and
Minnie Mouse appeared periodi-
cally throughout the day.
MRelay sponsors fundraisers
throughout the year such as bar
nights and restaurant events.
For the past two years, MRelay
has sponsored a fashion show
with Rent the Runway, which
offers rentals of designer
dresses and accessories. This
year, MRelay paired up with
Ann Arbor restaurant guide Eat
Blue. For the month of February,
customers could choose to
donate a portion of their bill to
Student organizations also
fundraised at the event by
selling food or hosting activities.
The relay this year benefited
from the warm weather. In
the case of heavy rain, thunder
or lightning, the event would
have moved inside the Central
Campus Recreation Building.
LSA junior Chris Schaitkin,
a member of the MRelay
senior leadership team, said

good representative comes with
age," he said. "What it comes
down to is that I care about Ann
In response to concerns about
McMullen's abilities to manage
being both a student and a City
Council member, Councilmem-
ber Sabra Briere (D-Ward 1)
said she was optimistic about his
potential for the city, but recog-
nized the issues a student faces
in running for the council.
"The people who vote most
heavily in the Democratic prima-
ry are people over 50, so the chal-
lenge that Sam faces is how to
establish, for the people he meets
with and talks with, that he rep-
resents their views," Briere said.
Of the five wards in Ann
Arbor, all have at least one
seat up for election this year.
Nancy Kaplan, who is run-
ning against Kirk Westphal for
the open seat in Ward 2, and
Leon Bryson, who will likely
be running against incumbent
Chuck Warpehoski (D-Ward
5), both officially obtained their
required signatures for nomina-
tion last week.
he would have enjoyed the
event regardless of the weather
"My favorite thing every
year is just being here as a
participant," Schaitkin said.


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