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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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ADMINISTRATION
new rules
for severe
weather

TERESA MATHEW/Daily
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks in Detroit in support of U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters and Michigan gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer Friday.
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Frst Lady leads rally for
Mich. Dmcasin Detroit

After polar vortex,
updated policy will
guide emergency
closure decisions
By CLAIRE BRYAN
Daily StaffReporter
When a polar vortex kept
the wind chill well below zero
for several days last Janu-
ary, the University canceled
a day of classes due to severe
weather for the first time since
1978. Monday, the University
released an updated policy to
guide future partial or entire'
severe weather-related clo-
sures.
Under the new policy, the
executive director of the Uni-
versity's Division of Safety
and Security is responsible for
assessing conditions and con-
sulting with experts before
providing a recommendation
to the University president
about whether to reduce Uni-

versity operations or cancel
classes.
The updated policy has been
renamed Emergency Reduc-
tion in Operations instead of
Emergency Closure in Opera-
tions, since the University
provides many critical servic-
es, such as health care provi-
sions and services in campus
residence halls, that cannot be
fully suspended.
Laurita Thomas, associ-
ate vice president for Human
Resources, chaired the com-
mittee charged with updating
the University's policy. In an
interview with The Michigan
Daily, Thomas said the Uni-
versity was never completely
closed when classes were can-
celled last January.
"All of our commitments to
research, to patient care and to
our community, the university
is never going to close, but it
can reduce operations if safe-
ty calls for that and warrants
that," she said
According to the commit-
See WEATHER, Page 3A

Michelle Obama
urges voters to back
Schauer, Peters
By RACHEL PREMACK
Daily NewsEditor
First Lady Michelle Obama
campaigned in Detroit Friday for
a number of Michigan Democrats

up for office in the Nov. 4 election.
Her 30-minute speech followed
short addresses by candidates
and prominent figures including
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and
U.S. Rep. John Dingell.
The speakers underlined the
necessity to not only vote, but
encourage voting among, as
Obama said, "your family, your
neighbors and folks from church."
Obama referenced her husband's

election in 2008 when record
numbers of typically underrepre-
sented demographics voted.
"Now, a lot of people were
shocked when Barack won, you
remember that?" Obama said,
the crowd roaring "Yeah!" "They
were shocked, because they were
counting on folks like us to stay
home, but we proved them wrong,
because record numbers of
minorities and women and young

people showed up and voted."
This election is especially cru-
cial for the Michigan Democratic
Party. Republican Gov. Rick Sny-
der, whose right to work legisla-
tion was repeatedly criticized
during Friday's campaign event,
is up for reelection against chal-
lenger Mark Schauer, a former
member of the U.S. House of Rep-
resentatives.
See RALLY, Page 3A

RENOVATIONS
New business
building to
honor Jeff Blau

MUSICAL A

Regents to consider
new Ross structure
dedication at
meeting Thursday
By SAM GRINGLAS
Daily News Editor
The University's Board of
Regents will convene Thurs-
day at the University of
Michigan - Flint's campus
to approve a handful of pro-
posals, including the nam-
ing of the new Ross School of
Business academic Building
for University alum and real
estate executive Jeff Blau.
In a communication to the
regents, Business Dean Ali-
son Davis-Blake and Douglas
Strong, interim executive vice
president and chief financial
officer, wrote that Blau had
made a $5 million donation to
the school, on top of a previous
$4 million gift in 2006.
The 104,000-square-foot
academic building will be con-
structed on the corner of East

University Avenue and the
Monroe Mall, on the site of
the school's former Computer
and Executive Education facil-
ity. The new building is part
of a $135 million construc-
tion project, which is aiming
to add additional office and
classroom space and create a
cohesive look for the entire
Business School campus.
The project is largely fund-
ed by a gift from real estate
mogul Stephen Ross, a Uni-
versity alum who made a
record-breaking $200 million
donation to the University last
fall: The gift was to be evenly
split between the namesake
Ross School of Business and
the Athletic Department.
Last spring, the University's
regents voted to name the
rename much of south campus
the Stephen M. Ross Athletic
Campus.
In September, the regents
approved the construction of
a $168 million South Campus
athletics facility, funded in
part by the Ross donation.
Blau is a 1990 graduate of
See REGENTS, Page 2A

Students take the opportunity to conduct an orchestra on the Diag Friday. The band was made up of musicians who aren't
majoring in music, but were playing for the sake of their own passion for music.
CAMPUS LIFE
Urban entrepreneurship
symposium talks Detroit

RESEARCH
Taubman
grant funds
biomedical
research
Annual $100K gift
to support cutting-
edge treatment for
leukemia
By JACKIE MILLER
For the Daily
Friday morning, the A.
Alfred Taubman Medical
Research Institute presented
its $100,000 Taubman Prize
for Excellence in Transla-
tion Medical Science to Carl
June, the Richard W. Vague
Professor in Immunotherapy,
Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine at the University
of Pennsylvania, at its sev-
enth annual symposium in
the Kahn Auditorium in the
Biomedical Science Research
Building.
About 200 people, mostly
members of the medical com-
munity, attended the event
that emphasized keynote
speaker Dr. Carl June and his
revolutionary work in leu-
kemia treatment. However,
See GRANT, Page 2A

D
at
An
build
first-

iscussion looks ship Symposium at the Gerald R.
Ford Presidential Library Friday.
sustainability in David Tarver, a lecturer at the
College of Engineering and the
metro areas Center for Entrepreneurship,
founded the Urban Entrepre-
By TANAZ AHMED neurship Initiative and hosted
Daily StaffReporter the symposium to foster discus-
sion about sustainable business
nid engineering and dance solutions in urban areas such as
ings, North Campus saw the Detroit.
ever Urban Entrepreneur- "The purpose was to really

connect all of the entrepreneur-
ial activity, resources and brain-
power with the needsthat existin
urban areas," Tarver said. "And,
to get better at identifying prob-
lems in urban areas and identify-
ingentrepreneurial solutions. The
University has many disciplines in
which we are the top in the world
so there are alot innovations that
can be applied to the problemsoin a
See SYMPOSIUM, Page 3A

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