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Prof. looks at culture and change

Dario Gaggio is an associate
history professor. Gaggio graduat-
ed from the University of Florence
in Italy in 1992 and received his
PhD in History from Northwest-
ern University in1999.

coursesto undergraduates. Iwish
I could, but in teaching European
history and Italian history in par-
ticular, I have to make sure my
students have a broad introduc-
tion to the themes and the issues.

How hasthe research for your What do you believe your stu-
publications affected the way dents should take away from
you teach your classes? your classes?

the social (order) is, firstofall, not
as orderly as you think, and it will
never be.
How doesAmericanhigher
education compare with that
in Europe?
I came to the United States
to get my Ph.D., so I don't have
teaching experience in both con-
texts. I'm thoroughly American
in professional terms. But I do
remember what it meant to be
a student in Italy in the '80s and
early '90s, and it was very differ-
ent. It was much more hierarchi-

In many fields of history there
is a big gap between the kind o
history that most of us here at the
University do research in and th
kind of history we teach. I'm n'
exception to that rule, there is.,
pretty big gap between the tw'
in thematic terms. I don't get t
teach very specific, very detailed
"Get away with
murder" .
The seventh episode of
"How to Get Away with
Murder" builds anticipation
for the upcomingfinale of
its firstseason. The episode
delves further into each
character's personal life.
Kendrick Lamar released
his music video for "i." The
video features scenes of sor-
row as he travels through
a neighborhood. The video
projectsa positive message
about hope.

That nothing is set in stone.
Social change is the rule, not the
exception. We are so accustomed
to thinking of the social order
as something that is set in stone
or that it can only change at the
margins, that can only be negoti-
ated from a position of passivity.
What history teaches you is that

Engineering sophomore Mehul Kulkami tunes
his instrument before the Campus Philharmonic'
Orchestra's performance Monday at Hill Auditorium.


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Settlement fund set up
for Katrina plaintiffs

Campus orgs create website
to support student parents


$14 million set aside
for victims of
2005 hurricane
More than nine years after
the levees broke during Hur-
ricane Katrina and flooded
New Orleans, residents and
businesses finally can ask for
some compensation - albeit
small - from a $14 million
settlement fund set up to pay
for the catastrophic flood.
The payouts, though, will
be meager and far from what
residents may have hoped for
after their city was devastated
in 2005.
Hopes for hefty damage
payments were dashed in
the years after the hurricane
when lawsuits suing the Army
Corps of Engineers were
defeated in federal court. The

courts held that the federal
agency was protected from
liability by a 1928 law that
gave the agency immunity
from suits seeking damages
over failed flood-control proj-
This money comes from
a separate settlement that
plaintiffs' lawyers reached in
2009 with three levee boards
in New Orleans, Jefferson
Parish and St. Bernard Parish.
The levee boards were respon-
sible in part for the upkeep of
the structures that broke dur-
ing Katrina.
Under this settlement, resi-
dents, businesses and people
visiting the city when Katrina
struck can apply now for com-
pensation. The money comes
from insurance policies the
levee boards had at the time
of Katrina. Claims must be
filed by April 30, 2015. A fed-
eral judge recently gave his

approval to how the money
can be divided.
Gerald Meunier, a New
Orleans lawyer who helped
handle the class-action law-
suits over the flood, said the
settlement is as much money
as can be gotten from the
boards' insurance policies.
He added that'under the law,
the levee boards' assets could
not be seized.
"We can't get a dime more
from the levee districts,"
Meunier said. "It's obviously
not enough. It can never make
up for everything people went
He said the plaintiffs'
lawyers did everything they
could to win more for the
city's residents, but that the
federal courts affirmed the
Corps' immunity.
Residents and businesses
flooded in New Orleans, St.
Bernard and Jefferson are eli-
,5i~a fonr araaxy.

gioie ror money.


The size of the payouts
will depend on how many
claims are filed. For instance,
if 200,000 claims are paid,
a homeowner whose prop-
erty was flooded by 4 feet of
water could expect to receive
4 $463. But if 800,000 claims
are paid, then the same home-
6 owner could expect $116.
People also can claim com-
pensation for the death of a
family member. Claims for
deaths will receive between
9 $255 and $1,020.
After lawyer and admin-
istrative costs are factored
in, there will be about $14
million left for residents and
businesses. Lawyers who han-
dled the case are expected to
divide up $3.5 million among
themselves to pay for costs
they incurred. The lawyers
who handled the case waived
their fees. In all, the lawyers
say they spent more than $13
million on litigating the cases.
"We took a beating," said
Joseph Bruno, a plaintiffs'

raises awareness of
available resources
Daily StaffReporter
The University's chapters of
Students for Life and Students
for Choice have found an issue
worth coming together to sup-
port. In partnership with the
Dean of Students Office, the two
groups are creating a website
set to be released by the end of
the semester that will showcase
resources for undergraduate stu-
dent parents.
The idea came about after a
campus visit by Sally Winn, vice
president of Feminists for Life.
The central theme in Winn's
speech was her frustration with
the lack of campus resources for
student parents.
After the speech, LSA senior
Taylor Crookston, Students
for Life interim vice president,
said he was approached by Stu-
dents for Choice about working
together to improve resources
on campus for student parents.
Crookston said the collabo-
ration was intended to better
organize the current resources
available to students with kids.
"Right now, this collabo-
ration between Students for
Life and Students for Choice
is trying to just get what
resources are available very
clear," Crookston said. "There
are more resources than peo-
ple know about, but there is
nowhere for people to really
find out about them."
LSA senior Sophia Kotov,
president of Students for
Choice, said student parents
and pregnant students lack a
community at the University.
"It's really, really hard to
have a child on campus espe-
cially because you don't see
other people on campus who
have children," Kotov said. "If
you don't know anybody else

who is in the situation, you
would feel so alone."
Though a discussion group
for parenting students previ-
ously existed on campus, apart
from a Facebook group, it has
since disbanded.
Rachel Naasko directs the
Blavin Scholars Program, a
division of -Student Life that
works to promote the success of
University students who were
formerly in foster care. She is
a Critical Incident Coordina-
tor, whichsupports students in
difficult situations, and serves
as the Dean of Students Office
administrator helping establish
the new website.
Naasko emphasized that the
website supports both pregnant
students and students already
caringfor children.
"The website will be tailored
toward undergraduate student
parents, not exclusively stu-
dents who are pregnant," she
said. "We want to support all
students in whatever way they
come to campus, whether that
be students who come to cam-
pus with children to students
who have children while they
are on campus. We want those
resources to be in an accessible
way, which is really the issue
they brought forward."
The website is expected to
feature dadirectory of resourc-
es. It will likely provide links
to housing options for student
parents, University lactation
rooms, University Health Ser-
vice options for prenatal care
and other community-based
resources such as childbirth or
Lamaze classes.
Crookston said the groups
came together to give students
more options at the University.
"I don't think that students at
the University of Michigan have
any choice between abortion or
carrying the baby to term - and
then either givingit up for adop-
tion or raising it themselves
because of this institutional-
ized barrier that you don't see
any pregnant girls on campus

or rarely," Crookston said. "We
don't think there is that genu-
ine choice. It's either drop out
or have an abortion."
Naasko said the groups were
too focused on their common
goals to let conflict get in the
"They, together, came for-
ward and identified an issue
that they had questions about
and were looking for more
information," Naasko said. "I
think because they had already
identified that together, there
wasn't a place for conflict. They
had already decided that this
was an issue they wanted to
create support for together."
Kotov said this experience
reminded her of the groups'
commonalities and how pro-
life and pro-choice are not a
"Pro-life and pro-choice
aren't opposites. Not at all,"
Kotov said. "We have so many
common goals that we just kind
of forget about because we are
busy with this polemic rheto-
Naasko added that this part-
nership reflects University stu-
dents' desire to support fellow
"It is a great example of how
Michigan students, who appear
to have very different ideas and
feelings, can come together to
support other Wolverines. I'm
glad to hear that their expe-
rience has also been fairly
smooth. I think the circum-
stance could have been very
different," Naasko said.
Crookston said the website
will be unbiased and will not
showcase any pro-life or pro-
choice arguments.
"Our goal is to make our Uni-
versity a more inclusive place
for pregnant and parenting stu-
dents, for women who do want
to have the choice to carry their
pregnancy to term," Crookston
said. "We have really avoided,
honestly, abortion as a topic in
regards to the website."
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