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DEFENSE CLASS

The good, the bad and the UgLi

Our new rotating item, 'Student
Profiles,' will chronicle the
experience of students on
campus this fall.
LSA. freshman Mac Levin's
first week at the University
was pretty standard. He met
new friends and went to some
"fun parties." His only regret:
"Having to go back to school
and hit the books."
Levin has liked his sports
sociology course so far - he
was particularly enthused
when he discovered that
De'Veon Smith, a running back
for the Michigan football team,
was in his class."
Regardless, after all of the
excitement of Welcome Week
came to an end, and as much as
Levin wasn't excited to "hit the

books," it seems that they were
pretty excited to hit back.
While studying insthe Sha-
piro Undergraduate Library
Wednesday afternoon, Levin
had just introduced himself
to two girls and began to lean
back in his chair. He leaned too
far.
"I went right into a metal
book case," he reminisced with
a laugh. "It kind of hurt, but
I'm alright. It made a big noise.
Everyone in the library turned
toward me. Probably one of the
most embarrassing moments
of my life."
While embarrassing, the
incident doesn't seem to
have fazed Levin. In fact, he
couldn't chair less.
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Kristy Cross and Lawrence Smith of the Detroit Police Department demonstrate self-defense
tactics to the sisters of the University's chapter'of Delta Sigma Theta at "Defense with the
Divas" at the Michigan League Wednesday.

DDA
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work for the DDA.
"It was just supposed to be a
beer," she said.
Pollay said the gathering was
organized by DDA member John
Mouat. Because the restaurant
allows children accompanied by
parents, Pollay said the group
didn't realize there was a policy
restricting minors and that it
"wasn't on their radar." No one
requested a special arrange-
ment to allow the full public into
the restaurant. Had the meeting
taken place, a significant portion
of the University student body
would not have been allowed
inside.
Two Daily reporters arrived
at Bill's Beer Garden but were
asked to leave because they were
younger than 21.
Staff members at the restau-
rant suggested at one point that
they would let the Daily report-
RC
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that those spaces are theirs."
"To own the space is to be able
to put something on the wall, but
the wall itself is shared. It has tobe
somehow negotiated through."
LSA junior Kerry Fingerle, a
student in the RC and one of the
leaders of the "Take Back the RC"
movement, said the policy is prom-
ising, but only time will tell wheth-
er or not it is effective.
"I think it's great that they're
talking about how to get student
work onto the walls," Fingerle
said. "It's a little premature to even

ers in, but said it would be too
difficult to allow unaccompa-
nied, underage patrons to attend
the meeting since it would be too
hard to remove them afterward.
Pollay said she then contacted
other DDA members, and at about
5:30 p.m. the meeting was can-
celed to avoid "disenfranchise-
ment" of the Daily.
It is unclear exactly why the
members felt they needed to list
the gathering as a public meeting
on the city's website when it was
only intended as a social event
without any DDA work. How-
ever, the Michigan Constitution's
Open Meetings Act requires all
meetings that meet a quorum of
members to be open to the public.
The DDA is one of the most
active and important committees
in the city, working to promote
economic growth and activity in
downtown Ann Arbor. In recent
years, the DDA has taken criti-
cism for having too much influ-
ence over the City Council's
priorities, overshadowing the
needs of other neighborhoods.
speculate on it because there hasn't
been amural submitted yet. Just
because something was written on
paper ... how it plays out could be
pretty different."
LSA junior Amanda Nelson, also
an RC student and "Take Back the
RC" leader, stressed that better
communication will be essential
to increasing student awareness
of the new policy and encouraging
submissions.
"I think this was posted once
on a Facebook page," Nelson said.
"And I don't believe it's been made
easily accessible to students, espe-
cially Residential College fresh-
men. And I think that's an integral
part ... to let students know the
opportunities that they have."

VOTING
From Page 1A
In an interview with The Michi-
gan Daily, Taylor said much of his
time until the general election takes
place will be business as usual, and he
will continue to campaign and make
preparations to become Ann Arbor's
next mayor."
"I will continue to serve as a mem-
ber of City Council," Taylor said. "I
will of course look to make plans for
the general election - there is a gen-
eral election, we do need to honor the
process, and if I am so fortunate as to
win in November, I look forward to
serving as mayor."
Kelly said his main concernleading
up to the general election has been
gaining a better understandingof the
key issues the city currently faces and
what influence the city has on devel-
opment. He also plans to discuss the
kind of future Ann Arbor residents
hope the city will have.
"(I am) trying to basically perform
a very transparent investigation into
what it's like to run for mayor and
how the city is run and what kind of
city we're going to become," Kelly
said. "I feelike there might be a lot of
misinterpretation about what I'm try-
ing to do here in one form or another,
and I think primarily what I want to
be is someone who is worth voting
for."

Though victorious candidates in
Ann Arbor's recent history have been
affiliated with either the Republican
or Democratic party, many of Ann
Arbor's mayors have run against
independent candidates, such as
Dominick A. DeVarti, an independent
candidate in the 1950s and founder
of the downtown restaurant Domi-
nick's.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle's polling
prior to the Democratic primary, as
obtained from Public Policy Polling,
found that among likely Democratic
primary voters, 52 percent approved
of current Mayor John Hieftje's per-
formance. Kelly said he hopes to
reach out to those identifying not
with the Democratic Party, but rather
with his stances on individual issues.
Taylor won the primary on a platform
emphasizing a continuation of the
current political climate and direc-
tion of the city as led by Hieftje.
"I think Mayor Hieftje and the
council have done a wonderful job of
cultivating a vibrant downtown, but
sooner or later an effort needs to be
made to let that energy spill out of the
downtown footprint," Kelly wrote in
an e-mail. "A person who votes for
me shares my vision of a future Ann
Arbor where neighborhoods have
more proximate culture, where the
total emphasis of job creation is taken
off downtown and spread across the
range of neighborhoods."
The general election will be held
on Nov. 4.

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us for their health and health
care," Lee said. "One of the
great things about Michigan is
how we all work together to do
the very best."
The EVPMA position comes
with several key require-
ments, including a medical or
equivalent degree, clinical and
academic experience, broad
knowledge of health policy
issues and experience and
knowledge in managing an enti-
ty as large as UMHS. The health
system includes the University
hospitals, practices, specialty
centers and the Medical School,
and comes with a $3.4 billion
annual operating budget.
When asked what he's look-
ing for in a potential EVPMA
in a July press release, Schlissel
reiterated several of the bench-
marks in the position descrip-
tion, including experience in
academia and medicine, and
with management and business.

He also said he would look
for someone who has a "real
sensitivity to what faculty and
students need to be success-
ful."
The committee hopes to have
someone in the position by early
2015. However, Lee said the tar-
get time period wasn't neces-
sarily exact.
"The goal is to find the best
possible person, and so we don't
want to rush through things,"
he said.
The CFO search commit-
tee is at a much earlier stage
in the search process, and nei-
ther benchmarks nor a position
description have been released
yet.
In the same July interview,
Schlissel said he thought the
position could go to someone
with or without university
experience.
"Business and management
acumen will be critical, along
with an ability to explain chal-
lenges and opportunities to
constituencies," he said. "It's
essential that we find someone
who can work collaboratively

and has a passion for higher
education."
The CFO's responsibilities
include overseeingfacilities and
operations, finance,information
and technology services, invest-
ments and human resources.
For both positions, Schlissel
will make the final decision on
whom to put forward for the
approval of the University's
Board of Regents. He will do so
in consultation with the search
committees after they make
their recommendations of final-
ists. A liaison to the President's
Office, project manager Lisa
Connolly, who is a senior man-
ager for executive searchers.
Lee characterized Schlis-
sel's involvement in the EVPMA
search process thus far as
"respectful."
"President Schlissel met with
the committee to give us our
charge as a committee, and we
were very appreciative of that,"
Lee said. "And then he's been
very respectful of the commit-
tee in terms of doing the work to
help identify the most appropri-
ate, best fit for us."

University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said the president's
liaison onthe committee serves
primarilyina support role dur-
ing this part of the process in
order to facilitate communi-
cation between the commit-
tee, the executive search firms
hired to aid the search, and
the president's office, as well
as assist with campus outreach
efforts.
"Obviously, (Schlissel) makes
the final decision (on the nomi-
nation)," Fitzgerald said. "Dur-
ing the search process, it's not
something he's deeply involved
in, and that's why Lisa Con-
nolly, as the representative of
the president's office, is more in
touch on an ongoing basis with
the search consultants and the
search committee."
More information about
the CFO search, including the
position description, should be
released soon, Fitzgerald said.
He also the CFO search com-
mittee plans to begin campus
outreach events shortly, though
the form those will take is yet to
be determined.

FERGUSON
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need to be talking about this
incident. I hope that we think
deeply about the experience of
Black people, of Black men and
that Black lives do matter." ,
Social Work student Loren
Cahill, a resident of St. Louis,
also shared her experience as
one of the first protesters in Fer-
guson after the incident.
"We began with a group of
only 20 people," Cahill said.
"This effort that began as a
small but dedicated crowd has
become a larger mobilization
effort that has touched the
hearts of thousands."

After the speakers finished,
the audience broke into small
groups. They were asked to dis-
cuss their initial reactions, as
well as consider changes that
could be made to improve race
relations in the future. -
Many students discussed
how the race-fueled turmoil in
Ferguson resonates nationwide.
"This is an event that could
happen anywhere," said Social
Work student Sarah Emeritz.
"It goes along with the idea that
a threat to justice anywhere is
a threat to justice everywhere.
While it may be something
going on in a different part of
the U.S., or in another country,
it's something that affects peo-
ple and the way we interact with
each other."

Some students thought that
police reform and demilitar-
ization would help minimize
extreme reactions in the future.
"I don't want violence to be
the first response," said Social
Work student Bobby Raham.
"We have to have a real conver-
sation about how police should
behave with their constituents.
They need to understand the
community and culture they
work with."
"There was an unaccept-
able and excessive force by the
police, and they should be held
accountable for this," Cahill
said.
Students also discussed their
feelings that police violence
against Black men has become
the norm.

"I was upset because I wasn't
surprised," said Social Work
student Chloe Jean. "They've
really taken the shock out of it.
We're fighting for human rights
all over the world when we can't
even give human rights to our
citizens in America."
Overall, the audience shared
a dedication to fixing the per-
sistent issue of racial injustice
but lamented that they feel 4
little has been accomplished
despite the hard work that has
been done.
One student could be over-
heard reflecting on a similar
forum she attended for the
Trayvon Martin case last year.
Another student replied, "No
one would be surprised if we're
here again next year."

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