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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Campus and state react to Supreme Court ruling

BY IAN DILLINGHAM AND SHOHAM GEVA

The focus on minority enrollment and admissions practice at the University — and at colleges across the nation — intensified Tuesday in response to the Supreme Court decision to uphold the state of Michigan’s ban on affirmative action.

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City Council ordinance bans smoking in public areas

BY MATTHEW JACKONEN

The Ann Arbor City Council passed the long-debated smoking ordinance Monday night by a vote of 9-2 with only Councilmembers Jane Lumm (I–Ward 2) and Jack Eaton (D–Ward 4) voting against the ordinance.

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Schauer proposes educational initiatives

BY ALLANA AKHTAR

Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate in the upcoming gubernatorial elections, released a detailed policy plan April 16 highlighting his education plan that he hopes to implement if elected.

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Students pitch start-ups

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BY HILLARY CRAWFORD

At the Rackham Building Friday, students pitched their start-up ideas as part of the second annual optiMize Social Innovation Showcase. OptiMize is a student organization that provides resources for those seeking to implement world-changing projects and start-ups.

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Execs prepare for new session

BY KRISTEN FEDOR

CSG is still active during the summer with a smaller assembly that meets biweekly. The summer assembly focuses mainly on funding for student organizations and passing a budget that will last through the first week of the fall semester.

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Hip Hop Congress show tops week of activities, discussion

Amanda Allen/Daily

BY ANASTASSIOS ADAMOPOULOS

Instead, 400 people crowded the Michigan Union’s Rogel Ballroom for Hip Hop Week’s concluding event: a primetime concert featuring Harlem hip-hop artist Immortal Technique. The show, which included accompaniments by artists such as Poison Pen, Swave Sevah and DJ Static, was sponsored by Hip Hop Congress, a University student group dedicated to fostering dialogue around the culture of hip-hop.

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External candidates tapped for deanships

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BY YARDAIN AMRON

Whereas dean selections frequently come from within the institution, both of Thursday’s selections were external hires.

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University and state focus on retaining international students

BY SHOHAM GEVA

As a new push in the state to increase immigration to promote economic prosperity increases, international student retention has become a key focus, leading to involvement from many colleges in the state, including the University.

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Professors' research to improve STEM teaching

BY TOM MCBRIEN

The program, called REBUILD — Researching Evidence Based Undergraduate Instructional and Learning Developments — received a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to study evidence-based educational practices and institute the findings in introductory science courses that affect more than 8,000 students per term.

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Candidates for Ann Arbor mayor discuss policy positions

Virginia Lozano/Daily

BY WILL GREENBERG

With less than a week to go before classes end, Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje’s students tackled an unusual project — hosting a forum for the Ann Arbor mayoral candidates Wednesday afternoon.

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Earth Day event focuses on climate change

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BY ALLANA AKHTAR

In honor of Earth Day, two University professors and state Rep. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) spoke about climate change to a group of around 25 students in an event at Ingalls Mall Tuesday evening.

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Supreme Court upholds state's affirmative action ban

BY SAM GRINGLAS

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the state of Michigan’s voter-enacted ban on the consideration of race in admissions to state universities.

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Senate Assembly looks at technology optimization

BY ANDREW ALMANI

The final Senate Assembly meeting of the year took place Monday afternoon, with discussion focused on optimizing information technology processes and status reports from Chairs of Senate Assembly Committees.

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Ford Talk discusses history of Cambodian genocide

BY NEALA BERKOWSKI

In the last Ford School Policy Talk of the academic year, Margo Picken, a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, and John Ciorciari, a Public Policy assistant professor, discussed the controversy surrounding the United Nations-backed Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia.

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Blimpy Burger finds new location

BY RACHEL PREMACK

Blimpy Burger tweeted for the first time early Thursday morning, and the news was bigger than the half-pound, five-patty burger it once served up at its 551 South Division Street location before it closed August to make way for

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BSU holds year-end gala to celebrate achievements

BY TANAZ AHMED

In an event hosted by the Black Student Union, more than 50 students and faculty gathered at Rackham Assembly Hall Friday for a night of food and music to celebrate the end of the academic year.

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Project to rethink North Campus aesthetics

BY CLAIRE BRYAN

At the University’s monthly Board of Regents meeting Thursday, the board approved the North Campus Grove project, which will transform the area’s outdoor space.

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Inaugural class with unique Kinesiology degree set to graduate

BY CLAIRE BRYAN

At this year’s commencement, students from a new bachelor’s program will be the first in the nation to graduate as trained intraoperative neuromonitoring clinicians. This field concerns recording bioelectrical activity of the spinal cord, nerves and brain structures during surgery.

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