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Honda admits to
airbag defects
Honda is admitting that it
failed to report more than 1,700
injury and death claims about its
vehicles to U.S. safety regulators,
a violation of federal law.
The Japanese automaker, in
statements issued Monday, also
said it became aware of the omis-
sions in 2011, yet it took about
three years to take action.
The company said it filed doc-
uments detailing the lapses on
Monday with the National High-
way Traffic Safety Administra-
tion, which had demanded an
explanation on Nov. 3.
The agency said at the time
that Honda may have failed to
report incidents related to air
bags made by Takata Corp. as
well as other defective parts.
Honda has recalled more than
5 million vehicles in the U.S.
since 2008 to fix a potentially
fatal defect in air bags made by
Japanese auto supplier Takata.
The air bag inflators can rupture
after a crash and injure occu-
pants with shards of metal.
Grand jury rules
not to indict officer
A grand jury declined Mon-
day to indict white police officer
Darren Wilson in the death of
Michael Brown, the unarmed,
bldck 18-year-old whose fatal
shooting sparked weeks of
sometimes-violent protests and
inflamed deep racial tensions
between many African-Ameri-
cans and police.
Moments after the announce-
ment by St. Louis County's top
prosecutor, crowds began pour-
ing into Ferguson streets to pro-
test the decision. Some taunted
police, broke windows and van-
dalized cars. Within a few hours,
several buildings were ablaze,
and frequent gunfire was heard.
Officers used tear gas to try to
disperse some of the gatherings.
VIENNA 7isria
Iran's nuclear talks
extended to July
A yearlong effort to seal a
nuclear deal with Iran fizzled
Monday, leaving the U.S. and its
allies little choice but to declare
a seven-month extension in
hopes that a new deadline will be
enough to achieve what a decade
of negotiations have failed to limit
Tehran's ability to make a nuclear
Pushback from critics in Con-
gress followed almost immedi-
ately, with powerful Republicans
saying that Iran is merely trying
to buy time.
U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry and other Western foreign
ministers defended the add-on
time as the best way forward.
"We would be fools to walk away,"
Kerry declared.

LISBON, Portugal
p Former P.M. sent
to prison for fraud
A judge sent former Portuguese
Prime Minister Jose Socrates
to prison Monday while the ex-
leader fights accusations of cor-
ruption, money-laundering and
tax fraud.
The judge decided after an ini-
tial hearing there was sufficient
police evidence to keep Socrates
in custody on preliminary charg-
es of wrongdoing, a court state-
ment said. Socrates's lawyer, Joao
Araujo, said his client denies the
charges and would appeal the
custody decision.
Under Portuguese law, the
public prosecutor will now inves-
tigate further before presenting
formal charges, a process that
could take more than six months.
A magistrate will then decide
whether to put Socrates on trial.
The crimes carry a maximum
sentence of 21 years.
But a week of tough maneuver-
ing appeared to have achieved lit-
tle more than agreement to keep
on talking. Negotiators will now
strive to nail down by March 1
what Iran and the six world pow-
U ers it is negotiating with must do,
and by when. A final agreement is
meant to follow four months later.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

From Page 1
Dr. Michael Johns, former
Emory chancellor and execu-
tive vice president for health
affairs, has been serving as
interim Executive Vice Presi-
dent of Medical Affairs since
June 2. University spokesper-
son Rick Fitzgerald said Johns
has agreed to retain his interim
position until the transition date
of March 1.
The University enlisted the
services of Russell Reynolds
Associates, an international con-
sulting firm that serves a role in
executive searches, in the selec-
tion process. To collect feedback
and nominations from the medi-
cal community, the University
also hosted public forums with

UMHS faculty and staff and
other related groups during the
summer of 2014.
In a July University press
release, Schlissel outlined the
criteria for an ideal EVPMA.
He or she would need exten-
sive research leadership expe-
rience, have a medical or
equivalent degree and expe-
rience that reflects an abil-
ity to manage an institution like
"We'll need someone with a
good sense of trends in health
care, good business sense, a
commitment to quality care and
a real sensitivity to what faculty
and students need to be success-
ful," Schlissel said in a press
Daily News Editor Rachel
Premack contributed to this

From Page 1
arships and other areas of the
overall Victors for Michigan
Victors for Michigan, which
began last November, is the Uni-
versity's sixth major fundraising
campaign and aspires to raise $4
billion by 2018. This fundraising
goal is the second-largest in pub-
lic institution history, surpassed
only by the $4.2 billion goal of
the University of California, Los
Angeles's Centennial Campaign.
Before the campaign began,
the University received $1.7 bil-
lion in gifts during a two-year
"silent phase," but after this past
year the campaign has raised a
total of $2.45 billion. So far, the

University has raised $418 mil-
lion of its goal of $1 billion for
student scholarships.
"We have a lot of very gen-
erous individuals that went to
Michigan and they feel good
about Michigan," said Jerry
May, vice president of develop-
ment. "That's what we're really
lucky about."
While the campaign started
under former University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman, May
said the campaign planned for a
transition in presidency and that
current University President
Mark Schlissel has been forming
relationships with prominent
donors and loyal alumni.
"He has totally embraced the
goals of the campaign," May
said. "Especially the scholarship

From Page 1
duct took place.
This year's sexual misconduct,
report, which spans July 2013
to June 2014, describes the pro-
cedures students followed after
reporting an incident as a way of
educatingthe University aboutthe
new policy.
"In pulling this out separate
from the OSCR report, my hope is
that anybody who reads it - facul-
ty, staff, students, members of the
public - will be able to say, 'OK,
here is what happened in these
cases,"' Walesby said. "They were
This year, students reported
129 issues of sexual misconduct,
including sexual assault, sexual
harassment and stalking, among
others. This is an increase from
the 83 reported in 2012-13, the 71
reported in 2011-12 and the nine
reported in2010-11.During2009-
10, onlyfourwere reported.
"The more reports, the bet-
ter," Walesby said. "Again, I wish
these things were not occurring,
but I think it's a healthy sign that
we have so manystudents who are
willing to come forward andshare
their experiences. So I think it's
a good thing in an otherwise bad
Walesby said the increased
reporting may requirethe Univer-
sity to hire additional investiga-
tors in the future.
Of the 129 reported incidents
this year, 68 were for sexual
assault, 34 for sexual harassment,
18 for stalking, two for retaliation
- actions taken against the com-
plainant for filing a complaint
and 11 classified as "other."
Twenty-seven of the 129 were
investigated by OIE, 48 went to a
review panel and 58 were deter-
mined to "not fall within the scope.
of the policy," according to the
report. This means that alleged
misconduct did not constitute
sexual misconduct, even if proven
true. In these instances, the report
says, appropriate steps were taken
for the complainant, such as a
referral to Counseling and Psy-
chological Services.
A review panel is formed when
it is initially unclear whether
investigation will be necessary
or possible given the information
available. The panel, made up of
University faculty and staff mem-
bers, reviews the situation and
offers advice about how to pro-
ceed to Walesby, who then deter-

mines to either close the case,
proceed with investigation or take
other interim measures.
"Interim measures" are imple-
mented to ensure the safety of the
campus community, specifically
the complainant. The report lists
the changing of academic sched-
ules and housing arrangements
as examples.
Of the 27 incidents investigated
by OIE, 11 were found to be viola-
tions. Fifteen resulted in rulings
of no violation and one was closed
without a finding.
The report details the severity
of discipline for students found to
have violated the University's sex-
ual misconduct policy after these
According to Walesby, disci-
pline can entail educational out-
reach such as writing a reflective
essay and completing a reading
list. Discipline can also be more
severe, including temporary or
permanent separation from the
University, equal to expulsion
The report lists our incidents
in which the University placed a
student on disciplinary probation
for more than one year - twice
for non-penetrative sexual assault
and once for stalking and sexual
One student was placed on dis-
ciplinary probation for less than
one year for stalking. In addition,
there were two instances of tem-
porary separation of greater than
oneyear for stalkingand non-pen-
etrative sexual assault.
One student was permanently
separated from the University,
which corresponds to a report in
The Michigan Daily that former
was permanently separated from
the University after being found
responsible for sexual miscon-
Last month, an anonymous
group of survivors and allies held
a protest on the Diag in which
they directed seven demands to
the University for improving its
pus - including increased support
for survivors of sexual violence,
mandatory signs posted in every
Greek -and cooperative house
defining the definition of consent
and a mandatory training system
for incoming students regarding
sexual assault to be completed
before comingto campus. -
In addition, the University is
one of several institutions under
investigation by the Depart-
ment of Education's Office for
Civil Rights for allegations that it

committed Title IX violations by
failing to adequately respond to
instances of sexual misconduct.
An analysis by The Washington
Post in July reported that the Uni-
versity ranked second among the
universities in question in sexual
assaults between2010 and 2012.
"When I see those high report-
ing rates, I think to myself that's
one more student who has felt
comfortable in sharing the feel-
ing of harm and has connected to
the spectrum of resources," said
Holly Rider-Milkovich, director
of the University's Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center,
in a July interview. "I am proud
of the reporting rate that we have
The University's report on
sexual misconduct does not
list specific geographic trends
that might provide a pattern for
sexual misconduct activities on
campus, partly because the Uni-
versity is trying to maintain a
balance between maintaining the
privacy of complainants while
beingtransparent about what sex-
ual misconduct trends there are,
Walesby said.
"We're always looking for pat-
terns," Walesby said, noting that
students have pointed out spots on
campus that are particularly dark
at night. During an investigation,
OIE will often look to see ifa per-
son has been accused in the past,
and will connect those instances
to patterns of sexual misconduct
in certain residence halls or other
Each step of the process also
results in an evaluation that the
complainant and the accused
- which the report calls "the
respondent" - can appeal. In 70
percent of cases, there was no
appeal by either the complainant
or the respondent, according to
the report.
Walesby emphasized the
importance of a fair and thor-
oughprocess inwhichall involved
communicate separately with the
University while being given the
option to have a lawyer present,
appeal and remove or reinsert
themselves at any point.
"I know for the persons who
are accused it can be a very dif-
ficult time, so we have resources
as well," Walesby said. "We want
them to also feellike, 'OK, I would
rather not be in this situation, but
I do have confidence that the pro-
cess is fair, I do have confidence
that the process is thorough, that
my voice is heard."'

From Page 1
the courses that are required for
the students to take are admin-
istered through our current
department, which is environ-
mental health sciences," Aar-
onson said. "Since it will now
be nutritional sciences, we will
focus on nutrition-related top-
Karen Peterson, professor of
environmental health scienc-
es and director of the Human
Nutrition Program, said faculty
members already have a few
new specializations in mind for
the new department, including
a focus on sustainable food sys-
tems. This initiative will be in
collaboration with the School of
Natural Resources and Environ-
ment, the Taubman College of
Architecture and Urban Plan-
ning and the Ecology and Evo-
lutionary Biology Department.
Peterson said cross-school col-
laboration will be a priority of
the Department of Nutritional
"We want to build in even more
flexibility into the programs than
we have now. Michigan in general
is known for having interdisci-
plinary opportunities," Peterson
said. "One of the areas that we've
been pushing into is sustainable
foods systems."
Peterson said the department
will also emphasize the relation-
ship between physical activity
and nutrition. To do this, Peter-
son said the department will
work with the School of Kinesi-
The third innovative aspect
of the program will be a con-
centration in maternal and child
nutrition. Peterson said this spe-
cialization is important because
it is a significant part of under-
standing health-related issues,
both in the United States and
While there are several
degrees available to graduate
students interested in nutrition,
there are currently few under-
graduate opportunities in this
field. Aaronson acknowledged
this creates an educational gap
in regard to undergraduate
"We recognize there's a tre-
mendous need at University of
Michigan to do more for our
undergraduates related to nutri=

Peterson said there is not cur-
rently a plan to add a nutrition
major to the undergraduate cur-
riculum, but faculty members do
hope to establish an undergrad-
uate course in the next couple of
years that will focus specifically
on nutrition.
Peterson said the Public
Health School also wants to gar-
ner more undergraduate appli-
cants in its LSA-SPH Sequential
4+1 Sequential Undergraduate/
Graduate Studies Program.
The SUGS 4+1 Program allows
undergraduate students inter-
ested in attending the Public
Health School to begin their
degree at the end of their senior
year. Starting early allows stu-
dents to complete a graduate
degree in one year rather than
two. Peterson said the Pub-
lic Health School is looking to
increase awareness about the
program, and possibly expand it
to schools other than LSA.
This year, 63 graduate stu-
dents are working toward a
degree in nutrition. Aaronson
said student enrollment will
likely increase due to the estab-
lishment of the specialized
Nutritional Sciences Depart-
ment and to department faculty
plans to increase recruitment
efforts. If the number of stu-
dents increases, Aaronson said
the school will need to hire new
faculty members.
"As we see our student enroll-
ment grow, that will allow us to
open up more lines to hire more
faculty members," Aaronson
said. "I think it will be a gradual,
sequential process. We'll try and
get two new faculty members
hired within the next year."
Student interest in nutrition is
growing as the field itself grows.
According to the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics, job growth
in nutrition should grow by 21
percent between 2012 and 2022.
Peterson said nutrition is an
avenue both for treating health
issues such as obesity, as well as
preventing other health prob-
"There's this growing rec-
ognition that nutrition is an
essential cornerstone to human
health," she said. "When we look
at people who have health prob-
lems in developing countries, or
we look at health problems in
the U.S., so many of those are
related to nutrition."

From Page 1
against police brutality drew
national attention, conversations
about the relationship between
race and law enforcement at the
University. On Tuesday evening,
the decision to not indict Wil-
son resulted in riots in Ferguson
throughoutthe night and into early
Wednesday morning.
The discussion at the University
Tuesday night was the second of
two meetings. The first took place
in October when Jones, McCoy
and Singleton returned from visit-
ingFerguson, where they observed
the Ferguson October weekend, an
event that gathered people from
all over the countrytraveled to the
city to protest against police bru-
Students said they found out

about the event through tweets
posted by Jones on Monday morn-
ing. She emphasized that these
meetings are part of an ongoing
"What I am most interested in
is listening to students," she said.
"One of the things we know about
the movement in Ferguson is that
it is a youth movement. It was time
for us to hear from students."
Questions , led to a discussion
about the role the grand jury deci-
sion will play in the larger context
of the protests inFerguson.
"I'm really proud of us for tak-
ing time ^to talk about something
we care about, to do it collectively
and to wrestle with what are real-
ly hard questions not only with
what's happening in Ferguson, but
what this says about the country
and where we should go," Jones
"We have to stretch ourselves to

expand our ideas about where jus-
tice is and how we can call it into
being. I think that we may not get
it fromthe grand jurytoday," Jones
said before the announcement was
made. "If there is no indictment
people will be deprived even fur-
ther ofthis senseofjustice."
After the group watched the
grand jury deliver the announce-
ment, students were silent, reserv-
ing four and a half minutes of
silence in Brown's honor. Multiple
students bowed their heads and
After the four and a half min-
utes were over, the room remained
silent. After 10 minutes, several
students began to share their
thoughts with the group.
Countryman ended the meet-
ing by announcing a vigil on the
Diag on Tuesdayat 6 p.m. Students
made a collective decision to wear
black inBrown's memory.

From Page 2
nization Circle K to provide
"Our club's goal is to start an
entrepreneurial project, work
on it as a club for a few years,
and slowly bring in clubs like
Student Food Co. to eventually

manage the project themselves
and put in the man hours them-
selves because we have estab-
lished everything for them and
from there, they just have to
execute the project," Burczak
The next distribution event
is tentatively scheduled for Dec.
3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at First
Baptist Church.

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