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University cancels to 20 miles per hour.
Campus buildings -including
classes for first time dining halls and libraries - will
remain open. University trans-
in36 years, due to portation services will continue
operating as normal, though
severe cold delays should be expected.
This announcement marks
By STEPHANIE SHENOUDA the first time that the Univer-
and MAX RADWIN sity has cancelled classes due to
Daily News Editor and weather-related circumstances
Daily StaffReporter since Ann Arbor was hit with 19
inches of snowin 1978.
JAN. 27, 2014 - For the first University Police spokeswom-
time since 1978, the University an Diane Brown said Univer-
has canceled classes Tuesday sity Police will be taking extra
due to extreme weather, Univer- efforts to keep response times
sity spokesman Rick Fitzgerald low to limit the amount of time
confirmed Monday evening. that people spend outside in the
According to the National cold.
Weather Service, temperatures After Fitzgerald confirmed
will be at a high of 2 degrees, the decision, University Provost
with a wind chill reaching -30 Martha Pollack, Chief Health
degrees and winds reaching up Officer Robert Winfield and

Laurita Thomas, associate vice
president for human resources,
sent a memo to faculty and staff
encouraging flexibility and tele-
commuting if possible for Tues-
day.
"Campus operations will con-
tinue,"the memosaid."However,
while staff should plan to report
as usual, we ask that supervisors
be flexible and make reason-
able accommodations for these
extreme circumstances. Travel
may be hazardous, especially on
foot or by bus, and we ask that all
of our colleagues remain sensi-
tive to safety concerns. Parking
and Transportation Services is
increasing bus frequency to help
minimize wait times."
The memo added that staff
who are "unable or choose not
to" travel to campus Tuesday
should contact their supervisors

to use vacation time or unpaid
time off.
Medical School Prof. Charles
Koopmann, a member of the
Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs, said he feels
it's "unfortunate" that staff
on main campus have to come
in or be forced to take a day of
vacation. However, he said he
believes that the medical cam-
pus should remain open, which,
according to the memo, will
operate normally.
"The University needs to
get a well organized plan for
something like this and should
remarkably improve communi-
cations," Koopmann said.
After the controversy over not
closing campus during the Polar
Vortex earlier this month, Pol-
lack sat in on the Senate Advi-
See COLD, Page 7C

Campaign sets
$4 billion goal

By SAM GRINGLAS and
JENNIFER CALFAS
Daily StaffReporters
NOV. 7, 2013 - The University
announced Thursday that the
Victors for Michigan campaign
will be the largest fundraising
drive for a public institution in
history - with an ambitious $4
billion goal.
Victors for Michigan, the Uni-
versity's sixth major fundraising
campaign, will launch Nov. 8.
The University's last campaign,
The Michigan Difference, raised-
$3.2 billion between 2000 and
2008 - surpassing its original
goal of $2.5 billion.
University President Mary
Sue Coleman said last winter
that the primary priority for the
campaign will be student sup-
port through financial aid. At
Coleman's leadership breakfast
last month, Coleman reiterated
that $1billion in campaign funds
will be focused on student sup-
port.
Just like the last campaign,
Coleman said in an interview
after the event that passing the
$4-billion mark is possible.
"It is always possible that if

the campaign is phenomenally
successful, then maybe midway
we could raise it," Coleman said.
"There's a lot of analysis that
goes into doing it, but I feel really
good about this number. It's a
very audacious campaign."
Campaign organizers have
made students central to cam-
paign strategy, not only creat-
ing goals for student support,

-RYAN REISS/Daily
President Mary Sue Coleman addresses the audience at the Victors for
Michigan fundraising event on November 8, 2014.

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so in involving students in to assist in the fundraising and
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The campaign will also focus
on raising funds for developing
laa more engaged learnog envi-
I eel really ronment in the classroom and
producing ideas to aid world-
od about this wide problems. After the event,
m r t University Provost Martha Pol-
umber. It's a lack said the three priorities for
1 the campaign intersect, meaning
ry audacious that students could participate
" in research projects addressing
za paign global issues, and gain valuable
learning experiences outside the
classroom.
"As the chief academic offi-
he Office of Development cer, I couldn't be happier about
d a student campaign the priorities," Pollack said. "I
ittee - the first of its kind think those three priorities are
University - consisting of just perfectly aligned with what
mbers from various under- we want to beas an educational
ate and graduate schools institution."

The University's newest
campaign launches against a
backdrop of depressed state
appropriations and rising tuition
rates. In June, the University's
Board of Regents approved a
1.1 and 3.2 percent increase in
tuition for in-state and out-of-
state students respectively - the
lowest 29 years.
"We believe that by judi-
ciously controlling our costs
and tuition increases, while also
committing university funds for
financial aid, we can join with
donors to make it possible for the
best students, from any socio-
economic background, to afford
to get a Michigan education,"
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman
(R) said in a statement.
Many institutions across the
See CAMPAIGN, Page 7C

CSG votes against divestment from Israel

Hundreds gather in
Union for historic'
assembly decision
By WILL GREENBERG and
KRISTEN FEDOR
Daily News Editor and
Daily Staff Reporter
MARCH 26, 2014 - After
hours of discussion and debate,
the Central Student Govern-
ment reversed the indefinite
postponement of the controver-
sial divestment resolution and
subsequently voted to not pass it
in a 25-9 vote with five absten-
tions early Wednesday morning.
Hundreds of students lined
the second floor of the Michigan
Union and entered the Rogel
Ballroom on a first-come, first-
served basis Tuesday evening,
and more than 2,000 viewers
watched CSG's live-stream of
the six-hour-long event. Uni-
versity Police regulated the
large crowd that formed both
inside and outside the Union
and organized the crowds to
line up on State Street. Students
allowed into the meeting were
given tickets and encouraged
not to leave the room once they
entered. When the meeting
began, the number of people in
the room exceeded its 375-per-
son capacity. An additional 200

students were seated in the
nearby Pendleton Room as an
overflow space.
On March 18, many members
of Students Allied for Freedom
and Equality and its support-
ers attended the CSG Student
Assembly meeting to advocate
for a proposal to encourage the
University to divest from certain
companies allegedly involved in
human rights violations against
Palestinians. After the CSG
assembly chose to postpone the
vote indefinitely, SAFE and its
partners staged an indefinite
sit-in in the CSG chambers and
formed "calls for accountabili-
ty," asking CSG to make amends
for what SAFE viewed as its
poor handling of the situation
and to bring the proposal to a
full vote.
The sit-in garnered attention
across campus leading up to
Tuesday night's meeting. This
week, individuals both support-
ing and opposing the divestment
resolution attended in signifi-
cant numbers. SAFE represen-
tatives and members of the 36
student organizations that have
pledged support for the resolu-
tion spoke to the assembly about
the proposal. Students who
spoke against the resolution did
not identify with specific orga-
nizations, but were encouraged
by several members of Hillel to
attend.

CSG President Michael
Proppe, a Business senior,
motioned to allow a reconsid-
eration of the indefinite post-
ponement of the divestment bill
once the assembly reached the
Motions and Other Business

portion of the meeting. This
motion passed with five dissent-
ing votes, followed by a revote
on the motion to indefinitely
postpone the bill again, which
failed with only seven in sup-
See CSG, Page 14C

LSA sophomore Fatima Chowdhury holds a #UMDivest sign during the CSG
meeting that moved to the Rogel Ballroom after chambers reached capacity
on March18, 2014.

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