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Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

From Page 1
result of the administration's
efforts to streamline investiga-
tions regarding sexual assaults to
"look like they're making strides
towards stamping out sexual
assault" on campus.
University Snokeswoman Kelly

of negligence in a statement
released to The Michigan Daily.
"The University is review-
ing the complaints and plans to
defend them vigorously," she said.
"What we can say now is that our
student sexual misconduct policy
and practices meet or exceed due
process requirements."
The University has 28 days
from the time the suit was filed to

Gordon called Sterrett's case priate. Gordon said the adminis-
the "ugly other side of sexual trator who initially interviewed
assault on campus," because Sterrett had a linguistics degree,
outside pressure seems to create which she believes isn't adequate
rush judgments that often lead to training for conducting an inves-
wrongful punishments. tigation of this magnitude.
She added that the University is Gordon said that Sterrett's only
put in a hard position with these opportunity to plead his inno-
cases, because they assume a role cence was in a phone interview
closer to that of a police officer shortly after the complaint was
than an academic institution, filed, five months after the act in
which she believes is inappro- question actually took place. She
Call: #734-418-4115
Email: dailydisplay@gmail.com


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emphasized that no one from the
University ever met Sterrett in
person, which she viewed as one
of the many faults of the investi-
According to the details of the
lawsuit, Sterrett and the female
friend who eventually filed the
complaint went out "socializing"
and had sexual relations in his
dorm room, where she stayed the
entire night. She filed the com-
plaint with the University about
five months later but never con-
tacted the police. Sterrett was
told if he postponed the interview
to consult a lawyer, the investiga-
tion would continue without him
- which Gordon also cited as an
infringement of legal rights.
Gordon added that the pro-
ceedings will be a long road, and
that the next step is the "dis-
covery phase," where she will
perform depositions on the Uni-
versity officials involved in Ster-
rett's case. She anticipates it will
be many months before a court
date is set.
Sterrett is currently unable to
attend the University unless he
admits to committing the sexual
assault, a confession that Gordon
said is just "not possible" to make.
She added that he's had difficulty
finding employment or gaining
admission at other schools orce
institutions learn of the allega-
tions against him.
"My heart really goes out to
Drew because the University's
reckless actions really turned his
life around in an instant," Gor-
don said. "He came to (the Uni-
versity) expecting to go to this
great school and have all of these
great opportunities, and now this
unfortunate event will define his
college experience."
Under the University's recently
adopted sexual misconduct poli-
cy, officials need only preponder-
ance of evidence to find alleged
assailants responsible for sexual
misconduct. That policy was
enacted after the U.S. Depart-
ment of Education recommended
institutions amend their policies
to adopt a lower standard of evi-
dence in cases of sexual miscon-
Earlier this year, federal offi-
cials launched an investigation of
the University's handling of sex-
ual misconduct allegations after
receiving a complaints related to
the permanent separation of for-
mer kicker Brendan Gibbons. In
January, the Daily reported Gib-
bons had been permanently sepa-
rated from the University after
being found responsible for com-
mitting sexual misconduct.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
Ceremony prepares for launch of University's
innovative Mobility Transformation Center

New facility will
allow researchers
to experiment with
automated vehicles
Editor in Chief
Every year in the United States,
more than 30,000 people are killed
in motor vehicle accidents. In an
effort to cut that number, the Uni-
versity is laying the groundwork
to research systems that could
remove one of the most danger-
ous components from the modern
automobile - the driver.
In a small ceremony outside the
North Campus Research Complex
Tuesday, University administra-
tors and executives from vari-
ous fields met for the ceremonial
groundbreaking ofthe University's
Mobility Transformation Center,
which was conceived to move the
University forward in researching
connected and automated vehicle
The facility, which is being con-
structed at a cost of $6.5 million,
received support from public agen-
cies - most notably the Michigan
Department of Transportation -
and a private "leadership circle,"

which includes Robert Bosch LLC,
Econolite Group Inc., Ford Motor
Co., General Motors Co., Toyota
Motor Corp. and Xerox Corp.
Representatives from the orga-
nizations met for the first time at
Tuesday's event.
Peter Sweatman, director of
the MTC and UMTRI, said the
new complex is "not your grand-
mother's test track." The center
will feature "a simulation of dense,
complex, urban vehicle operation,"
including a variety of stoplights
and signals, as well as simulated
pedestrians, buses and other vehi-
"MTC is about cutting edge
research, but this great Univer-
sity is taking on a bigger task -
to accelerate the employment of
great technologies and creating
great facilities," Sweatman said.
Construction on the 32-acre
facility, which will be located
just off Plymouth Road, is slated
to begin in June with estimated
completion in September. If all
goes according to plan, Sweatman
said the track could be operational
in time for the Intelligent Trans-
portation Society of America 2014
World Congress in Detroit, a con-
vention that will showcase the lat-
est high-tech innovations within
the auto industry.
Collaboration between public

and private entities played a key
role in the center's establishment,
as the University looks for new
ways to bridge the gap between
basic research and commercial
S. Jack Hu, interim vice presi-
dent for research, said he has made
"public-private partnerships" a
major focus of his tenure.
"Not only can we do research,
but we can also translate research
into commercial and societal
impacts," Hu said.
Through the University's cur-
rently established Transporta-
tion Research Institute, UMTRI,
researchers have been exploring
connected vehicle technology as a
way to promote driver safety and
fuel efficiency. The institute is con-
ducting a large-scale pilot study of
such systems in Ann Arbor.
While MTC will focus primar-
ily on autonomous vehicles, Engi-
neering Dean David Munson said
the two disciplines - connected
systems and autonomous function
- are intertwined in their goal
of promoting driver safety. The
result, he said, could be a future
where it is "almost impossible to
crash your car".
Munson added that the Univer-
sity has established a niche nation-
ally as a leader in driver safety
research. While several other uni-

Interim Vice President for Research Jack Hu, Dean of the College of Technology
Dave Munson, Michigan Department of Transportation representative Greg John-
son, and the Director of Mobility Transformation Center Peter Sweatman participate
in a ceremonial ground breaking for the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center at
the Michigan North Campus Research Complex Tuesday,

versities around the nation have
established similar transporta-
tion institutes, he said they tend to
gravitate toward civil engineering
tasks, such as roadway construc-
tion, rather than on the driver.
"We're at the beginning of what
might be termed the most exciting
moment in history in the automo-
tive industry," Munson said.
However, he added the tech-
nology will not be implemented
overnight. In addition to research,

there are a great number of indus-
try adjustments and policy deci-
sions that must be addressed
before the cars of the future can
hit public roads.
"There are going to be a lot of
issues that are not just technologi-
cal issues," Munson said. "And we
have to figure it out, because we
can make it a better world if we
figure it out."

Islamic militant attack in Nigeria kills hundreds

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Violence escalates as
international outcry
calls for return of
kidnapped girls
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Islamic
militants who have triggered inter-
national outrage over the kidnap-
ping of more than 270 Nigerian
schoolgirls opened fire on a busy
marketplace, killing hundreds of
people in a new spasm of violence in
the country's northeast.
The attack escalates Nigeria's
growing crisis from a campaign of
bombings, massacres and abduc-
tions being waged by the Boko
Haram terrorist network in its cam-

paign to impose an Islamic state on
Africa's most populous nation.
As many as 300 people were
killed in the assault late Monday
on the town of Gamboru Ngala on
Nigeria's border with Cameroon.
The extremists opened fire on a
marketplace bustling with shop-
pers taking advantage of the cool-
er nighttime temperatures in the
semi-desert region, then rampaged
through the town for 12 hours, set-
ting houses ablaze and shooting
those who tried to escape.
The attack and hundreds of casu-
alties were confirmed by Borno
state information commissioner
Mohammed Bulama, who spoke to
The Associated Press by telephone
Nigerian federal Senator Ahmed

Zannah blamed fighters of the
Boko Haram terrorist network that
has claimed responsibility for the
April 15 kidnapping of 276 teenage
girls from their boarding school
in Chibok, in northeastern Borno
state. The insurgents threatened to
sell the young women into slavery in
avideo seen by AP.
Outrage over the missing girls
and the government's failure to
rescue them brought angry Nige-
rian protesters into the streets this
week in an embarrassment for the
government of President Goodluck
Jonathan, who had hoped to show-
case the country's emergence as
Africa's largest economy as it host-
ed the Africa meeting of the World
Economic Forum, the continent's
version of Davos.

Offers of international assistance
have poured in, with the Obama
administration announcing Tues-
day it was sending personnel and
equipmentto help Nigerian security
forces in their search for the girls in
the vast Sambisa Forest. Jonathan
confirmed that he has accepted the
American assistance, which the
Pentagon said Wednesday will help
with communications, logistics and
intelligence planning, but will not
include any military operations.
Britain and China announced
Wednesday that Nigeria has accept-
ed their offers of help, and France
said it was sending in a "specialized
team" to help with search and res-
cue of the girls.
"In the face of such an appalling
act, France, like other democratic

nations, must react," French Foreign
Minister Laurent Fabius said. "This
crime will notgo unpunished."
Fabius gave no details, except to
say the team was being drawn from
forces already in the region. France
has soldiers in Niger, Cameroon and
Mali, where it is fighting Islamic
insurgents, as well as in Central
African Republic.
The kidnapping has ignited a
viral social media campaign under
the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls
that has brought renewed atten-
tion to Boko Haram's campaign of
violence. On Wednesday, first lady
Michelle Obama joined in, tweet-
ing, "Our prayers are with the
missing Nigerian girls and their
families. It's time to #BringBack-

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