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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Leaders call
for inclusivity
in speeches

Ceremony highlights
importance of
campus dialogue
Daily News Editor
Following a year when ques-
tions of diversity, climate and
accessibility reshaped campus
conversation and challenged the
University community to take a
hard look at itself and its policies,
University President Mark Schlis-
i sel used his inaugural address
Friday to articulate his vision for
a University marked by inclusion.
In the Hill Auditorium cere-
mony that officially installed him
as the University's 14th president,
Schlissel delivered a set of pre-
pared remarks that minced few
words in pinpointing accessibility
as one of the institution's greatest
"Michigan's house must be big
and its doors open wide," he said.
Though new leaders often
employ inaugural speeches to lay
out new policies or initiatives,
Schlissel used the podium to eval-
uate the University's priorities.
He cited three central prin-
ciples guiding this vision for the
University: embrace the Universi-
ty's mission as a public institution,
ensure the University is a diverse

and democratic community and
promote the value of all voices.
"I firmly believe that we cannot
achieve true excellence without
leveraging the experiences and
perspectives of the broadest pos-
sible diversity of students, faculty
and staff," he said. "This is chal-
lenging work. Not only building a
diverse student body, but also cre-
ating an inclusive campus climate
that is open to difficult discourse."
Though Schlissel spoke about
diversity and access in general
terms, his decision to devote
extensive space to the topic was
evidence of University's continued
struggle to grow minority enroll-
ment and address concerns about
campus climate.
Last year, the University's
Black Student Union launched
the #BBUM Twitter campaign to
call attention to the experience
of Black students on campus. The
initiative drew national coverage
and prompted the University to
consider action on a wide spec-
trum of issues, includingtroubling
enrollment numbers for minority
The University has also found
it difficult to shake the view that.
it's a place most accessible to those
with privileged socio-economic
In his speech, Schlissel recalled
returning home every weekend

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder looks on as University President Mark Schlissel is officially installed as president at his inaugurationFriday at Hill Auditorium,
Schlissel.. installed asfo rnt prs t

Day-long events
celebrates the start
of new leadership
Daily StaffReporter
It's official.
Students, faculty and admin-
istrators filled Hill Auditorium
Friday afternoon for University
President MarkSchlissel'sinau-

guration, the ceremony where
he was formally installed as the
University's 14th president.
With speeches from Repub-
lican Gov. Rick Snyder; Univer-
sity Provost Martha Pollack;
Ruth Simmons, Brown Uni-
versity president emerita; and
Schlissel himself, the inaugura-
tion focused on the significant
issues facing modern public
higher education.
In his inaugural address,
Schlissel articulated his vision

for a University community
marked by inclusiveness, acces-
sibility and a vibrant civil
exchange of diverse viewpoints.
"I firmly believe that we
cannot achieve true excellence
without leveraging the experi-
ences and perspectives of the
broadest possible diversity of
students, faculty, and staff,"
Schlissel said. "This is chal-
lenging work. Not only building
a diverse student body, but also
creating an inclusive campus

climate that is open to difficult
Despite delivering a clear
promise to aggressively pursue
an agenda of inclusion, Schlis-
sel said the process of exploring
the University he now leads in
"I am walking in new direc-
tions, and I am asking a lot of
questions," Schlissel said. "I
am meeting with students,
staff, and faculty, learning their

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder discusses an MHacks project that analyzes his
speeches with University of Maryland students Sunday on North Campus.
MHacks draws
nearly 1,000 in
36-hour event

Students take a break by riding in a hot Engineering sophomore Colin Szechy and his team worksw
air balloon above North Campus. Chrysler to create a program that collects data from cars.
Governor tours several
projects at hackathon

Power outages
linger from
Friday storm
Houses near South
Campus expected to
have power restored
by end of the week
Daily Staff Reporter
Areas of off-campus student hou-
ing lost power Friday evening follow-
ing a large storm in Ann Arbor. As of
Sunday evening, power has not been
Affected areas in downtown Ann
Arbor included a large portion of
Church Street and South University
Avenue, as well as clusters on Hill
Street, Sybil Street, Benjamin Street
and Arch Street. In Southeastern
Michigan, over 350,000 people lost
power in the storm in what DTE
Energy Spokesperson Eileen Dixon
said was the 10th worst in the com-
pany's history.
According to the National Weath-
er Service's online incident reports,
storm damage to power lines, as well
as trees, roofs and cars, was reported
See STORM, Page 2A


Participants from
around the country
apply lessons from
classes to projects
Daily StaffReporter
"This Goldman Sachs pen is
my life," one student exclaimed.
"Here, let me teach you," a
15-year-old told his Hackathon

"We're in the middle of a cri-
sis," another hacker yelled.
Empty pizza boxes mingled
with crushed energy drinks cans,
and the scent of unwashed pro-
grammers filled the room.
This was MHacks IV, where
students came from Califor-
nia, Canada and Ann Arbor "to
build amazing things, transform
dreams into realities, and to meet
with other people with the same
level of passion to build their
See MHACKS, Page 2A

was o
and s

Students' applications for the Oculus Rift
virtual-reality technology, vari-
complishments ous mobile apps, a robotic arm
and software that analyzes the
presses Snyder mood in speeches - including
Snyder's own State of the State
ByBENATLAS address fromlast January.
DailyStaffReporter Snydersaidhewasimpressed
with how the participants pro-
MHacks drew to a close duced "true innovation in a
ay and students put the very short period of time" and
touches on their projects, appreciated the team approach
blican Gov. Rick Snyder students took in building their
in hand to tour the event, projects.
some of its participants Leaders of MPowered Entre-
ee the work they had cre- preneurship, one of the student
groups that helped organize
song the highlights of the event, guided the governor
r's tour were multiple around the expo - which drew
ct demonstrations of new students from across the nation.

Engineering junior Diego Calvo,
MPowered president, said he
enjoyed accompanying Snyder
on his tour.
"It was really exciting to
have the state government sup-
port behind us," Calvo said. "I
don't think any other major
hackathon has had that support
before. It's nice to know that all
of Michigan is behindit."
Over the course of his term
as governor, Snyderhas empha-
sized the importance of STEM
education and its potential to
help grow the economy, and he
has been a supporter of extra-
curricular events like MHacks
that allow students to apply


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