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The Board of Regents and University President Mary Sue Coleman held a special meeting to announce University President-elect Mark Schlissel on Friday morning at the Michigan Union.
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Early Friday morning, the University’s Board of Regents unanimously approved Brown University Provost Mark Schlissel as the 14th University presi-
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dent. While his background makes him a qualified candidate for the University presidency, Schlissel has many challenges ahead. The president-elect has an extensive history in academia as a respected medical doctor and researcher. As provost at Brown University, Schlissel was responsible for all academic programmatic and budgetary functions of Brown, supervising the academic administration and taking care of the daily management of the institution. However, com-
ing from a university of about 9,000 students to about 44,000 here will be a huge undertaking, as the University’s finances, academics, student life, and campus climate is completely different. However, as president, along with ensuring that the internal affairs of the University are in order, Schlissel will also deal with external relations of the University – which most importantly includes reaching out to donors. In her 12 years as president, Mary Sue Coleman was See OUR VIEW, Page 4A
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Michigan’s 14th president. His term will begin July 1. The decision was unanimously approved by the University’s Board of Regents at a special meeting Friday morning in the Michigan Union’s Kuenzel Room. The announcement arrives after a presidential search committee spent much of the summer and fall gathering input from faculty and students and the assistance of Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive search advisory firm.
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Schlissel will receive a base salary of $750,000 per year with an annual increase determined by the regents. His contract runs for five years. Coleman currently receives $603,000 per year in her role, but has denied an increase several years in a row. Schlissel began his term as provost at Brown in 2011 after serving as the University of California-Berkeley’s dean of biological sciences from 2008 to 2011. As provost, Schlissel serves See SCHLISSEL, Page 5A
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Three student organizations held a “stay in” boycott of the Michigan Theater to protest an increase in ticket prices. An estimated 200 students attended the boycott, but the theater still had many attend its 9 p.m. showings, leading observers to deem the “stay in” a failure. Picketers also marched in front of the State Theater. A boycott the week before was reportedly more successful, drawing an estimated 600 student participants.
Students canvassed campus, collecting 500 signatures in support of an amendment to the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibility. The amendment would create stricter standards for fraternities and sororities in University judicial code, making them subject to the same type of disciplinary action as individual students. The proposed amendment was considered later that night by a panel of student jurors.
A computer virus infiltrated between 100 and 200 computers in residence halls, inundating students across campus with hundreds of e-mails via a listserv chain reaction. The virus, called the “MyDoom Virus,” was spread through peer-to-peer file sharing sites and e-mail attachments. Instructional Support Services representatives said the virus got through because updated virus definitions, which protect student e-mails, were not available when the virus was first released. — SHOHAM GEVA
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—Schlissel, mayor set to reshape town-gown relations
—Lengthy transition ahead for next University president
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Faculty react to Schlissel’s Presidential search costs presidential appointment amount to over $315,000 Disappointed by lack of input, SACUA reflects on search
president with optimism, though many highlighted an absence of faculty input on the Presidential Advisory Search Committee. SACUA — a nine-member faculty executive committee elected by the Senate Assembly — disappointment in September about the lack of SACUA representatives on the presidential search committee. The committee, which was in July, comprised solely of the University’s Board of Regents and eight faculty members, none of
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whom serve on SACUA. “Since SACUA had no involvement with the presidential search, we are not yet informed about the president-elect’s unique qualifications,” said Astronomy Prof. Sally By ANDREW ALMANI Oey, a SACUA member. “We trust By YARDAIN AMRON Daily Staff Reporter that he is an exceptional leader and Daily Staff Reporter we are excited to meet him and look Members of the Senate Adviforward to working with him.” At Friday’s special meeting of sory Committee on University Physics Prof. Finn Larsen, the Board of Regents, the next Affairs met the appointment of another SACUA member, shared president of the University stood Brown University Provost Mark similar sentiments regarding the out as the man with the biggest Schlissel as the University’s 14th faculty’s lack of prior information beard in the front row. But short about the decision. of that, very few members of the “This announcement is as audience knew who he was before much news to me as it is to the the regents proposed his appointgeneral public,” Larsen said. “In ment. this situation, I look forward to Secrecy has become a staple of learn more about the new presia university presidential search, dent and his vision for the Univerwith the hunt for the 14th presisity of Michigan.” dent being no exception. In February of 2012, SACUA The announcement of Brown passed a resolution urging the University Provost Mark SchlisBoard of Regents to ensure repsel as University President Mary Sudoku Syndication http://sudokusyndication.com/sudoku/generator/print/ resentatives from the assembly Sue Coleman’s successor came as would have seats on the search a surprise to most, defying many committee. predictions of possible candiThe board disregarded the dates. resolution, as they announced the Business senior Michael members of the committee in July Proppe, Central Student Governof 2013 appointing any assembly ment president, said he learned of MEDIUM members. the choice at the same time as the SACUA responded with anothrest of the University community. er resolution over the summer “That is the first time I’ve heard expressing their “disappointhis name,” Proppe said. “I’m getment” with the regents’ decision. ting good at pronouncing it.” However, Regent Andrea Even now, most details about Fischer Newman (R), chair of the the process, negotiations and Board of Regents, spoke of faculty other candidates considered in involvement in the search process the nearly yearlong search will during the board’s special meetlikely not be released. ing Friday morning. “We don’t really discuss any“On July 18, 2013, the regents thing related about the inner announced the appointment of workings of the search process in a presidential advisory search that respect,” Regent Katherine committee ... that included the White (D), head of the Presidenentire board of regents and a tial Search Advisory Committee, truly outstanding set of faculty said Friday. members,” Newman said. “I The University contracted want to personally thank the the executive search firm Rusfaculty members of the Presidensell Reynolds Associates in June tial Search Advisory Committee. to assist in identifying potential This powerhouse group of dispresidential candidates after tinguished faculty played a vital Coleman announced her plan to role in the selection process, and retire in mid-2013. © sudokusolver.com. For personal use only. puzzle by sudokusyndication.com THE CAT’S PAJAMAS. served as representatives of the According to documents faculty as a whole.” obtained by The Michigan Daily See SACUA, Page 8A through a Freedom of InformaGenerate and solve Sudoku, Super Sudoku and Godoku puzzles at sudokusyndication.com!
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tion Act Request, the University hired the firm in May for $300,000 excluding any additional expenses. The contract also included a $7,500 flat cost recovery charge for expenses such as courier fees, copying and online research. The firm’s associate expense report through the third quarter — which includes only a selection of expenditures through September 2013 — totaled $12,250.69. Alison Ranney and Ilene Nagel were the chief Russell Reynolds Associates consultants assigned to the University’s presidential search. The documented expenses for their cross-country search included airfare — specifically, flights to Chicago, Baltimore and Houston — hotel stays, car services and private meals with potential candidates. On September 6, Nagel had “breakfast with candidate for U” for $72.06 — the only mention of such a meeting in the reporting available. The University redacted much of the expense report to make it difficult to determine the identity of candidates they were considering. Reports for expenses, including the month leading up to the breakfast with a candidate, were not included in the FOIA response. Ranney declined to comment for this article. Michael Poliakoff, vice president of policy at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a non-profit organization that works with faculty, alumni and donors at colleges across the United States, said search firms should be used only for logistical purposes, while the majority of the search should be conducted by the board. But Poliakoff said the benefits of secrecy also lend themselves to the candidate’s advantage. “When you have secretive searches, the candidates are in a much better position to basically shop and look for positions that are more rewarding in one way
or another,” Poliakoff said. “And by not having to make a public commitment to their candidacy, that again strikes me as more and more of the movement towards the corporatization of executive leadership in higher education.” Internally, the search committee gathered input within the University from all corners of campus to help them understand what the community as a whole was looking for in a president. The announcement of the committee last July came with objection from members of the Senate Assembly and students, both of whom weren’t represented on the committee. At a Senate Assembly meeting on Sept. 23, members of SACUA — a nine-member faculty executive committee elected by the Senate Assembly — expressed disappointment that they weren’t added to the search committee. “The final committee did have faculty but we did try to distinguish between regular faculty and faculty who are in administrative positions,” said Engineering Prof. Robert Ziff, a SACUA member. “We felt there should be regular faculty in the search.” Students also expressed dissatisfaction with their exclusion from the committee, especially since University alum Matt Nolan, the 2002 Michigan Assembly president, was included during the last presidential search. Proppe said he was surprised there was no student on the search committee, but believed the forums would provide sufficient input. “I would’ve loved to see student representation on the search, but that being said, I’m pleased the Board of Regents was able to hold a lot of forums with members of the community,” Proppe said. In an interview on Sunday, Andrea Fischer Newman, chair See COST, Page 9A
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN PRESIDENTIAL TIMELINE DESIGN BY NICK CRUZ
JOHN MONTEITH 1817-1821
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The Michigan Daily examines the leaders of the past who filled the University’s most coveted position. By Claire Bryan
Monteith, as a member of the newly reorganized Board of Regents, created the position and office of President of the University.
Henry Philip Tappan
Tappan was the first president of the University. He reformed the classical curriculum into a model that valued science and
HENRY PHILIP TAPPAN 1852-1863 engineering and created the Bachelor of Science degree at the University. ERASTUS OTIS HAVEN 1863-1869
Haven appeared before the State Supreme Court and successfully argued for the addition of homeopathy to the Medical Department and for the Board of Regents to have free choice in deciding which courses should be taught at the University.
HENRY SIMMONS FRIEZE 1869-1871; 1880-1882; 1887 JAMES BURRILL ANGELL 1871-1909 HARRY BURNS HUTCHINS
Angell’s tenure at the University saw enrollment grow from 1,000 students to over 5,000.
James Burrill Angell
Hutchins was the first alumnus to become president and established the first business administration courses on campus. He launched an extension service, a program that offered off-campus lectures from University faculty to 1909-1920 Michigan residents who were not enrolled in the University.
MARION LEROY BURTON 1920-1925 ALFRED HENRY LLOYD SEPT. 1925
Burton was an energetic orator who encouraged the addition of buildings and faculty to the University. He reformed the Board of Regents, initiated sabbatical leaves for faculty members to pursue research and increased faculty’s salaries.
Lloyd served as interim president for eight months. Daughter, Alice Lloyd, served as the Dean of Women.
CLARENCE COOK LITTLE 1925-1929
Little proposed the “University College” where students would enroll for their first two years and then transfer to the University, but the Board of Regents later dismissed the project.
ALEXANDER GRANT RUTHVEN 1929-1951 HARLAN HATCHER 1951-1967
Frieze was elected as an interim president to give the Board of Regents time to find a new president. Under his leadership, women were first admitted to the University.
Ruthven believed the position of president had too much power. He reformed the administration, divided responsibilities between deans and created a cabinet of vice presidents. He led the University through the Great Depression and World War II successfully.
Hatcher eliminated the provost position, oversaw the creation of many of the North Campus buildings and led the creation of the Flint and Dearborn campuses.
ROBBEN WRIGHT FLEMING 1968-1979
Fleming served during a time of student protests, most prominently from the Black Action Movement. He stabilized the campus during a tumultuous time and was known for listening to students.
ALLAN FREDERICK SMITH 1979 Smith served one year as an interim President. HAROLD TAFLER SHAPIRO 1980-1987
Shapiro managed the University through a time of decreasing state support, budget cuts and declining enrollment rates. He also oversaw the largest growth in the endowment.
JAMES JOHNSON DUDERSTADT 1988-1996
Duderstadt created the “Michigan Mandate” which almost doubled the minority student population, both student and faculty, on campus.
Robben Wright Fleming
ALLAN FREDERICK SMITH 1996 Smith served one year as an interim President.
James Johnson Duderstadt
Bollinger expanded arts on campus. A First Amendment scholar, Bollinger was the defendant in two major Supreme Court affirmative action
LEE C. BOLLINGER 1996-2001 cases that concerned admissions policies . B. JOSEPH WHITE 2002
MARY SUE COLEMAN
Mary Sue Coleman
White served one year as an interim president and revised University curriculum.
As the University’s first female president, Coleman raised $3.2 billion through the Michigan Difference campaign. During her tenure, she launched the Residential Life Initiative, which renovated the oldest residence halls on campus. Additionally, Coleman purchased the ex-Pfizer site, creating the North 2003-2014 Campus Research Complex, and oversaw the creation of the Venture Accelerator, which helps entrepreneurship and University start-ups.
Schlissel kept lab Research to take main stage at Berkley even after Brown move Schlissel’s final Ph.D candidate in California will graduate in May By AUSTEN HUFFORD Online Editor
For many senior scientific researchers at universities, their days are spent writing grants and telling younger researchers what to do. Even though they are in charge of a lab, their actual lab time becomes nonexistent. But University President-elect Mark Schlissel continued to work in his lab and run experiments even as he climbed the academic ladder at the University of California, Berkeley. Schlissel has authored or coauthored more than 100 scientific papers in his nearly three decades of research. Much of his work has focused on how immune cells form from stem cells in bone marrow. When this process goes awry, cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia can develop. “Mark made seminal contributions to the understanding of the process,” David Raulet, chair of the Berkeley Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology said in an interview Friday. His papers have appeared in Nature, which has been dubbed the most influential scientific journal, and his work has been cited almost 9,000 times, according to Google Scholar. He has both a M.D. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. B lymphocytes, a large focus of his research, form continuously in the bone marrow and create
antibodies. They are also known as B cells and are interesting for scientists because they are created by splitting and recombining different sections of genetic material. This process results in slightly different antibodies each time, creating diversity and helping the body fight off a wide array of diseases. Schlissel’s work focused specifically on the formation of two proteins called RAG-1 and RAG2. These proteins act as a sort of molecular scissors, according to David Schatz, a Yale University immunobiology professor who helped discover the proteins. The Rag-1 and Rag-2 cut the genes and allow them to be assembled into a functional configuration that will create antibodies. Schlissel was interested in how this cutting process was targeted to the right location. “Mark was recognized as one of the leaders in the world in the study of B cell development and this recombination,” Schatz said. Even as a provost at Brown University, Schlissel continued to publish papers, producing five in 2013. During his time at Brown, he continued to work with his Ph.D candidates at Berkeley to help them finish. He would fly back monthly and Skype with them regularly, according to Kwan Chow, who was one of his students and now is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington. Schlissel’s head may be in administration, but his heart is still in research. “This was his life,” Chow said. “He ran a lab. Two years doing administrative work isn’t going to erase that.”
Schlissel will return to roots in science following Coleman’s retirement
port in the leadership of our country that, as our economy recovers, as our economy is investing in the future, a big part of which is funding discovery and research will recover as well.”
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From East Coast student to public institute president
In the realm of research funding, University Presidentelect Mark Schlissel has a tough act to follow. To be precise, a $581 million act — how much the research budget has ballooned since University President Mary Sue Coleman took office in August 2002. Research expenditures have doubled in the past decade, according to David Lampe, executive director of research communications. The University is regarded as a one of the nation’s premiere research insitution, second only to The Johns Hopkins University in total research expenditure. Given slashes in state and federal funding, though, research funding will be at at significant risk in future budget cycles. In an interview Friday, S. Jack Hu, interim vice president for research, said financing the University’s massive research enterprise is the biggest long-term challenge the president-elect will face. Hu was selected last year to fill the role vacated by Stephen Forrest, who returned to fulltime researching and teaching after overseeing the University’s research portfolio for seven years. During Forrest’s tenure, the University’s research expenditures increased from $800 million in 2008 to over $1.3 billion last year. Still, Schlissel said at a press conference Friday that he was optimistic about maintaining or increasing the financing the University’s massive research enterprise is the budget over time. “I think there’s enough sup-
Schlissel, who holds a M.D. and Ph.D from The Johns Hopkins University, has extensive research experience in medicalrelated fields. Before becoming provost at Brown University, he was dean of biological sciences at the University of California, Berkeley during the system’s severe budget crisis of 2009 to 2010. Mark Richards, executive dean of mathematical and physical sciences at Berkeley, said Schlissel was involved in a campus wide effort to protect as many of Berkeley’s academic resources as possible during the recession’s onset. “He was working with managing a terrible budget situation,” Richards said. Currently, 11 percent of Berkeley’s funding is from the state of California, compared to 17 percent in Michigan. Richards added that Schlissel led new research initiatives in the biological sciences in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco Medical Campus. As Brown University Provost, Schlissel led the establishment of the School of Public Health, the expansion of the School of Engineering and Brown’s STEM education initiative, Brown University President Christina Paxson wrote in a letter to the university community. “He has been integrally involved in space and capital planning efforts, guiding $200 million in investments to bolster the University’s teaching,
research and campus life infrastructure,” Paxson wrote. Richards said his former colleague, whose office was next door when he was a dean at Berkeley, was a decisive leader. “Universities can be very change resistant,” Richards said. “I would say he is a person who wants to lead an organization fairly aggressively into the future rather than preserving whatever is there.” Research funding: Paltry or powerful?
Such a maverick may be necessary to confront the uncertain funding situation looming over the University’s research portfolio. The fiscal year 2013 research budget was a record $1.33 billion, according to Lampe. That cycle, the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal departments all increased their sponsorship of university research, a University press release stated. The National Institutes of Health, though, decreased their support for University research. The situation may change as with a $1 billion increase to the NIH’s funding compared to before the sequester in FY2013, according to Matt Williams, press secretary for Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D–Mich). However, the amount allocated to the NIH is not guaranteed to any university, Williams said, so an overall increase in NIH funds does not guarantee an increase for the University’s. One potential solution to offset a decline in public support is to seek funding from private foundations and companies — an avenue that Schlissel praised in his remarks Friday. “I remember reading that a very significant portion of the research dollars spent here were raised from non-governmental sources as well, founda-
tions and donors, in addition to relying on the federal government,” he said. A new means to money
One conduit is industry support, Lampe said. He highlighted the University’s growing involvement in energy and transportation research, like the public-private partnership in the Mobility Transformation Center. Lampe described the push to identify growth areas in which government and industry both seek research. “We are being flexible in seeing what priorities the federal government and industry have,” Lampe said. “We are matching where we see our strengths and where they match with what industry needs.” Lampe added that the University continues to emphasize its “great strengths” in the health system, which is also the biggest part of federally supported research. Schlissel also led new research initiatives in the biological science at Berkeley, Richards said, and was called a “seminal” researcher in his field. “He listens to arguments, he thinks about things and he makes decisions,” Richards said. “And I think a university president has to do that.” A university president, however, takes a bigger picture approach to research. Lampe described Coleman as an advocate for the importance of university research. “Research is closely coupled with the education process here,” Lampe said, “It’s integral with graduate education and increasingly so with undergraduate. It is through our research that we are able to make our students to be the innovators that are economically successful and competitive.”
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OUR VIEW From Page 1A last year that aims to raise at least $4 billion. Schlissel must emulate, if not surpass, Coleman’s extraordinary run at fundraising for the school. Schlissel will have to keep in mind that unlike Brown — a private Ivy League school with merely one-fifth of U of M’s student population — Michigan is a large public school with a diverse student population and alumni. As such, he must facilitate these funds to ensure that less prominent schools such as the School of Nursing and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance can compete on even footing with already well endowed units — such as the Ross School of Business or the Athletic Department. Arguably, Schlissel’s greatest attribute is his strong background in scientific research. The University is the top public university for research, spending $1.3 billion last year alone. Given Schlissel’s demonstrated commitment to research, there is little doubt that his tenure as president will let that slip. Schlissel should continue to further expand the University’s research efforts. It is clear that this is Schlissel’s primary area of expertise, and his presidency should push research — but not at the expense of other essential University priorities. It is important that Schlissel maintains the University’s commitment to undergraduate teaching in addition to research that happens at the graduate and faculty level. Furthermore, the University has a strong history of social engagement. President John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps on the steps of the Union. The University was a catalyst for protest movements in the seventies, and the student body has demonstrated a clear interest in peace and justice even today. The new president cannot ignore this broad tradition of excellent engagement. His interests in research — especially in the sciences — should combine with the school’s tradition of innovation in a way that directly benefits the students and the global community. Specifically, Schlissel should promote research in sustainable energy. His scientific background should inform decisions that utilize that knowledge, while also reducing the school’s financial investments in fossil fuels. Colman began a sustainability campaign during her
presidency, during which the University saw marked improvements towards sustainability. Schlissel should expand this effort and bring a new perspective. As the president of a university that enrolls nearly 44,000 students, Schlissel needs to devote significant attention and resources to supporting the student body. While at Brown, Schlissel championed an affordable education, arguing that barriers to entry could restrict the demographic makeup of the student body. Not only can tuition hikes detract from racial diversity, but they can create a socioeconomically homogeneous campus. With recent concerns about falling acceptance rates for low income students, Schlissel must keep his passion for keeping college affordable and accessible. Recently,culturally offensive incidents and a steady drop in minority enrollment have suggested a lack of campus diversity and cultural awareness. Strong efforts by the Black Student Union this academic year — spearheading the #BBUM campaign and their recent protest on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — have helped initiate these discussions. The University has long branded itself as a diverse institution with a culture of tolerance. In his tenure Schlissel will be responsible for maintaining the high standards this University has set for itself. Finally, the regents’ failure to include a student representative on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee should not set a precedent for the new president-elect. A troubling pattern of discounting student voice has manifested since the beginning of the 20132014 academic year. University administration has revised a number of its policies that affect a large proportion of students, forgoing their input. Last semester, the Athletic Department abruptly changed the key policies forfootball games and basketball games without attempting to consult with students. Student voice is crucial to the advancement of any educational system; Schlissel’s willingness to incorporate these voices will reflect the University’s commitment to its students. Undoubtedly, running a top public university comes with seemingly endless and insurmountable difficulties. Yet, President-elect Schlissel’s leadership at UC Berkeley — as a professor and dean — and as Brown’s Provost shows that he is prepared to put students first and lead the University into a progressive new era.
A sharp divide
ne day, two impacts. One audience, two speeches. One language, two messages. This past Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day meant to honor unity and togetherness, was a moment filled with divides born from our commonalities. The pivotal day turned into the backdrop for University President Mary Sue Coleman and members of MAJA the Black Student Union TOSIC to share their separate proclamations. Their intimately tied and uniquely distinct messages created an important juxtaposition that needs to be examined. The differences between the two span beyond the order of their words. One voice made promises. The ability to make promises to others carries much power and agency. The other made demands. Demands echo a history of being unheard and misrepresented. One speaker simply had to approach the podium and be welcomed by an applauding audience. Her voice was soft into the microphone, but it was amplified instantly for hundreds of ears to hear. The other speakers had to take command of a space that routinely excluded them. They had to create a stage of their own. They had to shout over others to be heard. They had to captivate the audience to be recognized. One act was a welcomed speech. And the other was seen as a disturbance. One voice is the epitome of power and authority. The other is systematically silenced. One is white. The other is Black. Dark as the fierce night and light as the blinding day. One voice was wholeheartedly respected. The other was misconstrued and misrepresented. Despite their divides, both voices strategically chose MLK Day as the important moment to unveil their messages. But they
chose the same day for very different reasons. MLK Day is a time of reflection, a pause in our lives to compare the past to the present. Both groups — the administration and the BSU students — chose this moment of reflection because it primed their audience and strengthened their messages. However, the spirit and story of King was pulled into different directions by the two. One took MLK Day and the spirit to champion his legacy and to prove how far the University has come. The other took the essence of King and came to embody his rebellious and truthseeking nature. One used King’s legacy as a marker of progress and success. The other looked back onto King to portray how little has changed. Perhaps one message washed us in more hard-to-believe tales. And perhaps the other voice fought to restore sight to those who are blind. So, where does the truth lie? Perhaps it lies in the messages and responses. Coleman spoke about the changes the administration vows to take. She listed three separate and immediate steps that are solutions to the concerns students of color and the BSU have raised. She said the BSU students have been heard. But have they? Or has their threat to the Victors Campaign and to her own legacy been heard? In response to the BSU students’ demonstration, some members of the administration met with students this past Friday to discuss future steps. The students left feeling hopeful, and maybe the administration left feeling relieved. But the past tells us to be cautious in believing that the University will listen to students seeking more diversity and inclusivity. The University has consistently shied away from complying with student demands and creating a truly inclusive community. Only time will tell how much the students have been heard. Then we will know where the truth lies. — Maja Tosic can be reached at email@example.com.
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nly days into knowing that Dr. Mark Schlissel will become the University’s 14th president, it’s admittedly difficult to find any significant criticisms of the Board of Regents’ selection — making writing this DEREK column a much WOLFE more challenging task. Before even taking the podium to deliver his opening remarks during the regents’ special meeting Friday in the Union, Schlissel’s résumé spoke for itself. He’s an M.D. and Ph.D. with more than 100 research papers to his name. He is currently the provost at Brown University, but before that spent more than a decade at the University of California, Berkeley in various positions, including dean of biological sciences. By all accounts, he is a scholar — an impressive one at that — who is clearly qualified for the job and should be taken seriously in this respect. But career accomplishments aside, Schlissel’s initial words to the media, administrators, faculty and those watching online exuded a sense of warmth, openness and intelligence. “My motivation as an academic leader stems from a personal belief that understanding and discovery can change the world and that education is the key to achieving social equity and economic progress,” he said. Regent Mark Bernstein (D–Ann Arbor) also recounted a moment in the interviewing process, during which Schlissel was asked what makes a great university president. Schlissel answered by saying, “You have to love and be amazed by students. You have to love and be amazed by faculty. You have to love and be amazed by research
and discovery.” Sure, this is all academic rhetoric. But his tone demonstrated to me a true passion for academia as a whole, for faculty and for students — he did spend almost eight years in graduate school, after all. Really, he came off as someone with whom you’d want to get lunch, which is perhaps the greatest compliment of all. However, it was also obvious he’s not a “Michigan Man” and has much to learn about Ann Arbor and the University — he referred to the restaurant at which he ate during a secret tour as “the wonderful deli in town.” Yes, he’s talking about Zingerman’s. Oh, how innocent. That being said, he acknowledges his lack of knowledge about the University, and his preparedness to listen is admirable. As he said, “The best ideas come from the people who do the teaching and the learning, so that’s why I need to do some listening first.” We can only hope he will follow through on this promise to listen to students. But while it’s encouraging to see someone who wants to embrace the University before implementing his own goals, it can only last so long before significant action is required. For example, the #BBUM campaign is only the tip of the iceberg of the significant diversity issues on campus. And while the University attempted to address concerns through an e-mail sent by Provost Martha Pollack to the University community on Jan. 16, they are issues that won’t be reconciled by the time Schlissel takes office. It was promising to hear Schlissel speak on the importance of diversity during the press conference. He said, “You can’t achieve excellence as an academic institution without being diverse because we live in a world where people can look at the same set of facts and interpret them
differently from each other.” Given this standard he has set, it should be expected that he understands the ongoing diversity issues on campus and subsequently makes a concerted effort to actually address them early in his presidency — something beyond the “we’re listening” comments we’ve grown so accustomed to. And if he fails to do so, he should be held accountable. His skills in handling the Victors for Michigan campaign will also prove critical to the well-being of students, given the goal of raising $1 billion for financial aid purposes. Unlike current University President Mary Sue Coleman, who was the president of the University of Iowa before coming to the University, Schlissel has never held a position that requires significant fundraising duties beyond filling out grants for research projects or possibly minor initiatives when he was a dean. He must find a way to be committed to providing students with an affordable education, despite his lack of experience. In all, even with these concerns, Schlissel made a fantastic first impression in appealing to both faculty and students. It appears that he is ready to tackle the challenge of running one of the United States’ premier institutions despite being a somewhat surprising selection — a topic that Michael Proppe, president of Central Student Government, spoke about. “He was not one of the names we’d heard floating around, so people are really excited to engage with him and get to know him,” Proppe said. But with his term beginning July 1, that gives us plenty of time to learn more about him as well. And we can start with figuring out how to pronounce his name. —Derek Wolfe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In solidarity with BSU
We, the executive board of United Asian American Organizations, publicly declare our support for the Black Student Union and the seven demands they made to the University. We represent a community comprised of students of color on campus that is both affected by and involved in institutional oppression. While we cannot claim to face the exact same challenges that Black students face on this campus, we can relate to feelings of marginalization in spaces reserved for our education. Members of our community can sympathize with struggling to be able to both express ourselves as people of color and implement change, because of a dearth of resources available to us. Currently, the Trotter Multicultural Center is inconveniently located on the outskirts of campus, inadequate not only as a visible space on campus, but also as a supporting resource for the various communities of color at the University. Our community would like to see a more centralized center that would change the racial climate on campus and allow for greater awareness of issues students of color face. There are a good number of not only Asian/Pacific Islander Ameri-
can students, but also students in general, who have not had the privilege of taking ethnic studies classes and who should be given the opportunity to be educated on the marginalized treatment and historical resistance their communities have faced. It is very important to build tolerance and respect on this campus. This can be achieved through education and understanding. We support the demand that all colleges and schools within the University should have race/ethnicity requirements, as we believe it would allow for greater, more widespread conversations on the treatment of groups of color. These demands are not an increase of “special privileges” for only a select group of students, but are a call for increased equity and equality that will widely benefit students and faculty of this university for years to come. This is not a claiming of resources that will be taken away from others. This is a push for a more diverse and accepting higher education space. We want to embrace the University of Michigan as our home and — one day — beloved alma mater, but our experiences of feeling like outsiders hinder our ability to do so. It
is time for the administration to recognize our struggles and rectify the experiences of current and future students. We have also heard the University constantly use the phrase, “We are listening,” yet our voices have been silenced. We hope to see an institution that has been built on a tradition of progressive thinking seriously respond to the demands of its students. We are all Wolverines looking for tolerance and respect not only in our communities, but in every area of campus. Productive conversation, but more importantly action spurred by conversation, are necessary for a more inclusive and diverse university. We support and are encouraged by the demands and actions of the BSU and hope that the University will continue to take steps toward creating a campus that is welcoming and equitable to all students. United Asian American Organizations invites any student or coalition to reach out, converse and take action on this issue that affects all students of color. Emily Hill is an LSA senior and president of UAAO. Cat Knoerr is a Public Policy senior and external chair of UAAO.
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SCHLISSEL From Page 1A as Brown’s chief academic officer and deputy to the president. In his current role, Schlissel manages the day-to-day operations of the institution and oversees Brown’s strategic planning. In a press conference after the regents approved the appointment, Schlissel addressed the challenges he expects to face as the next president, including enhancing diversity on campus, increasing affordability and developing relationships with potential donors to the University. Schlissel said his biggest challenge will be engaging with students, faculty and staff on campus, adding that he has a lot to learn since he has never worked at the University. “In my experience, universities really don’t get led topdown,” he said. “The best ideas come from the people who do the teaching and the learning, so that’s why I need to do some listening first.” While Schlissel will face many issues in his transition, one of the most prominent matters he will address is the demand for larger minority enrollment and inclusion at the University. “You can’t achieve excellence as an academic institution without being diverse because we live in a world where people can look at the same set of facts and interpret them differently from each other,” he said. In addition to diversity,
Schlissel appealed to a wide scope of the constituencies, citing the University’s alumni and staff members as well as the Ann Arbor community, in addition to the expected listing of faculty, students and regents. He also noted the University’s stature as a public institution — despite the challenges of declining state funding — as a key draw to the University. “Another thing that made me say Michigan is a place I really have to look at is my feeling about the role education can play in solving society’s problems,” Schlissel said. “And it’s not that we don’t do this at great private university — we do — but there’s something about the openness and the accessibility of a public universities that’s really special and it drew at my heartstrings.” Coleman lauded Schlissel’s experience and qualifications as the next president of the University. “I’ve often said the job of being president at the University of Michigan is the best job in the country,” she said. “I couldn’t be more pleased to know that you, as the 14th president, will experience this firsthand.” Before approving Schlissel’s appointment as president, each regent lauded his qualifications for the position. “This is a great day for the University of Michigan. We go today from strength to strength; from one great leader, Mary Sue Coleman, to another, Mark Schlissel,” said University Regent Mark Bernstein (D–Ann Arbor). Bernstein recalled Schlissel’s answer to one of the central
CSG leaders look ahead to Schlissel Students anticipate president-elect will engage with them upon arrival By MICHAEL SUGERMAN and KRISTEN FEDOR Daily Staff Reporters
The search for a new University president lacked a student representative on the search committee. Now, the search is over and it seems that for University President-elect Mark Schlissel, improving communication with students will be a top priority. The University’s Board of Regents announced in a special meeting Friday morning that Schlissel, Brown University’s Provost, will succeed Mary Sue Coleman as the University’s 14th president. Central Student Government President Michael Proppe, a Business senior, said he was proud of the work students contributed to the selection process, despite the absence of a student voice on the search committee. In lieu of direct representation, he urged student participation in community forums held by the regents as well as CSG’s campus life survey. Thursday night, the eve of the announcement of Schlissel’s selection, Proppe outlined three major issues he hoped the new president would strive to address: diversity on campus; education affordability and the incorporation of student voice into major University decisions. “When I heard him speak, I wondered if he had been dropping in on some of my phone calls,” Proppe said after the press conference Friday. “He was echoing all of those themes, which was exactly what I wanted to hear.” Proppe added that he was enthusiastic about Schlissel’s “student-centric” approach, which he was known for at Brown. Todd Harris, president of Brown’s Undergraduate Council of Students, said working with students was one of Schlissel’s strengths. Harris said Schlissel helped the council acquire representation in discussions about Brown’s 12-year strategic plan, allowing student delegates to voice concerns and contribute ideas. Schlissel was also the chair of the University Resource Committee, with which the student government worked to increase
funding for student activities. CSG Vice President Bobby Dishell, a Public Policy junior, said he is optimistic for Schlissel’s approach to decision-making. “(Schlissel) mentioned working with students at every opportunity that he had,” Dishell said of Friday’s press conference with the presidentelect. “That’s something that we’re very much looking forward to, and every student should be very excited about.” Rackham Student Government President Phil Saccone, a Rackham student, said increased communication between the administration and student body is necessary — especially in light of recent friction over the construction of new graduate residences donated by Charles Munger. The project has faced opposition from students who criticized the hall’s design and cost. “It comes off occasionally like sometimes student input seems like an afterthought,” Saccone said. “One thing I would say to the new president is to go out and touch base with the real pulse of the University, and that’s the students.” Proppe agreed with Saccone, identifying the football seating policy as another topic that has created conflict between students and the administration. He said meetings between CSG executives and the Athletic Department about improving student ticketing policies have helped identify the need for student input in University decisions. “They have seen, ‘If we consult with students before we do something, we will have a better output for it,’” Proppe said. “When the students can work with the administration in a positive way to create win-win situations, and when the students demonstrate that we can do that, we see the student voice grow a little bit more.” Proppe alluded to potential “good news” in the coming months that will help to increase student representation at the administrative level and said he hopes that Schlissel would facilitate this kind of growth. In Schlissel’s first steps toward outreach in the student community, he held a meet-and-greet for 30 to 40 students following Friday morning’s press conference. To cap off the day’s events, some students showed him how to spin the Cube — a daily pre-work tradition of Coleman’s. For Schlissel, there will be many more spins to come.
questions that faced the search committee: What makes a great university president? “You have to love and be amazed by students. You have to love and be amazed by faculty. You have to love and be amazed by research and discovery.” In an interview after the press conference, University Provost Martha Pollack, who will perhaps work most closely with the new president, praised Schlissel’s academic record, as well as his interest in faculty and research and commitment to diversity and affordability. “You heard the regents talk about him having great ethics, great values and a great heart — that’s just the combination you want,” Pollack said. She added that she will have a one-on-one meeting with the president-elect Friday afternoon as she begins to share knowledge and understand how to best work with him. Though this was her first introduction to the University’s 14th president, E. Royster Harper, vice president for student life, said she saw Schlissel as someone who could build on Coleman’s strengths. “Regent Bernstein said it just right — we’re going from strength to strength,” Harper said. “I love the fact that he is so student-centered, because our students are used to that and deserve that.” Schlissel will also direct the remainder of the University’s Victors for Michigan development campaign, which aims to raise $4 billion in funds. Jerry May, vice president for
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development, said he thinks Schlissel will easily form relationships with donors as he prepares to raise about half of the campaign goal. May also called attention to Schlissel’s apparent willingness to listen and ability to form a vision for the University. “He is articulate, he is real, he is genuine, he has an incredible pedigree,” May said. “I was astounded that he could answer things as if he’s been on this campus for months. The alumni and donors are going to love him. The instinct that I’ve seen today is that this is a no-brainer. This guy is going to do great.” When Schlissel arrived at Brown in 2011, he gave a convocation address which called on students to channel synergies across disciplines, a theme that he echoed in his first address as president-elect. “Don’t simply accept what your professors have to say, but question us. Approach our teachings like a curious scientist and look for the facts that underlie our interpretations and opinions; the data that leads to our conclusions,” he said. Schlissel graduated from Princeton University in 1979 with a specialty in biochemical sciences. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1986, subsequently completing his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his academic career, Schlissel’s research has centered on development biology, specifically studying the genetic factors that can lead to leukemia and
lymphoma. Schlissel attended the special meeting of the Board of Regents with his wife Monica Schwebs, who also received accolades from the regents. She is an environmental and energy lawyer at a large national firm. The couple has four adult children. In a press release, Brown University President Christina Paxson praised Schlissel’s work in his position as provost. “Mark is an exceptional scholar, teacher and academic leader,” Paxson wrote. “He has been an esteemed and valued colleague to many here at Brown. His many contributions will be realized for decades to come.” Paxson said Schlissel led several searches for administrative positions for Brown’s faculty, including the search for its vice president of research and its dean of medicine and biological sciences. The University has several dean searches underway as Schlissel makes his transition into the presidency, including the appointment of the LSA dean and the vice president for research, currently held by Susan Gelman and Jack Hu, respectively, in interim positions. At Brown, Schlissel helped lead a new strategic initiative titled “Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown.” The plan established goals for investment in academic programs, scholarships and campus expansion. The four goals of the campaign include integrative scholarship, educational leadership, academic excellence and campus development. The plans are
designed to be implemented over the course of the next 10 years. While a dean at UC-Berkeley, Schlissel also spearheaded a cross-campus cost containment and procurement initiative — efforts which have also been underway at the University for the past few years. In an article by the Daily Herald, Schlissel detailed changes in Brown’s curriculum development. One of the projects Schlissel championed includes the implementation of a theme for the school’s International Studies program. However, Brown’s faculty raised several concerns about the strategic plan. Paxson and Schlissel created forums to address their questions, including questions of heightening student enrollment to alleviate increasing tuition costs. “We are a very tuitiondependent university,” Schlissel said. “The idea is to strike the right balance, to hit the sweet spot without giving up the kind of highly interactive mode of education that makes the undergraduate program so special to allow us to get to the scale where we can capture efficiencies.” In a short speech after his appointment Friday, Schlissel expressed excitement about joining the University community. “I am amazingly honored to be chosen to lead a jewel of the American educational system,” he said. “The University of Michigan is held in such regard. Words almost escape me.”
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President-elect to have unique UMHS impact Hospital leaders praise Schlissel’s research savvy By IAN DILLINGHAM Daily News Editor
In addition to the responsibilities of running the University’s 19 schools and colleges, University President-elect Mark Schlissel will be responsible for managing the University’s Health System, which accounts for about 44 percent of the University’s expenses, according the to University’s 2013 financial report. Schlissel, however, will bring a unique perspective to the health system given his background in research and clinical medicine. “I’m thrilled that they selected another biochemist,” University President Mary Sue Coleman said at the announcement on Friday morning. Similar to his predecessor, Schlissel spent the early part of his career conducting laboratory research. He graduated from Princeton University in 1979 with a degree in biological sciences and obtained both an M.D. and Ph.D in physiological chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University in 1986. “(I have) a strong and personal belief in the ability of education to transform lives and the understanding that academic excellence and diversity are inextricably linked,” Schlissel said. Women’s Studies Prof. Timothy R.B. Johnson, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical School, served on the presidential advisory search committee and said the committee looked for a candidate with a strong record of undergraduate and graduate education, but who also had experience in health system management. Although the committee desired a candidate with medical experience, the president’s responsibilities extend well beyond medical care, making it difficult to find someone who strikes the right balance. “The health system was an important consideration for the search committee,” Johnson said. “I think (Schlissel) had a lot of very good experience with the challenges faced with health centers.” In recent years, Coleman has taken an active role in the management of the UMHS, serving as chair of the Hospitals and Health Centers Executive Board. Johnson said he anticipates Schlissel will adopt a
similar leadership style. The president-elect has had experience with three different healthcare institutions, which factored into the selection process, Johnson said. Johns Hopkins Health System, where Schlissel served as a faculty member, employs a similar style of vertical integration to the University, demonstrating to the search committee that he was capable of performing as head of UMHS. The University of California, Berkeley does not have an affiliated health system, but Johnson said Schlissel demonstrated a dedication to undergraduate education during his tenure at the institution. Schlissel continued collaborating with graduate students at the Berkeley even after he left, flying from the East Coast to California once a month to make sure his students graduated on time. His last student is set to graduate in May. “We wanted someone who could do everything at the University and we wanted someone who had experience with undergraduate education — what teaching undergraduates was like,” Johnson said. At his current position as Brown University’s Provost, Schlissel was given responsibility of medical education. However, Brown doesn’t manage its own hospital, so Schlissel was instead responsible for a wide array of private facilities affiliated with the university. Upon starting his tenure as president, Schlissel will face some of the same challenges he encountered at other centers and some unique to the University. Perhaps the greatest challenge is the financial uncertainty created by the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. While the law was enacted in 2010, implementation of the most influential regulations — primarily the government-mandated purchase of health insurance — didn’t begin until late 2013. Health systems around the nation are therefore still adjusting to changes in coverage, Johnson said. “Nobody likes uncertainty — the markets don’t like uncertainty, health systems don’t like uncertainty,” Johnson said. “We’re probably facing more uncertainty now, over the next two or three years, than we’ve seen in a long time.” In recent years, UMHS has undergone rapid expansion through the acquisition of neighboring health systems, namely MidMich-
igan Health in 2012 and Allegiance Health in 2013. Schlissel will also have to manage the expansion of health system facilities, which are currently operating at capacity. “It’s a very challenging time for academic medical centers and Michigan has one of the premier centers,” Johnson said. “We certainly hope that Dr. Schlissel can lead us to a really good place and allow us to do the kind of experiments with the care we provide that will demonstrate what it means to be a successful academic medical center moving forward.” In his first months, Johnson said the most important tasks for Schlissel will be getting to know the health system administration and learning about the culture of the health system. “He’s a physician, so he’s able to take the pulse of people — take the pulse of things — and make a diagnosis and come up with a treatment plan,” Johnson said. “In a lot of ways, that kind of medical logic can be used to make the medical center more healthy.” In his first address, Schlissel discussed the academic environment present throughout the University, including within the medical campus. Although his career has revolved around scientific, laboratory-based research, he stressed the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration across the University. “Michigan can capture unique synergies between the arts, the humanities, engineering, science, law, business, medicine, public health, public policy, design — the list goes on and on and our capacity seems endless,” Schlissel said. University Regent Laurence B. Deitch (D) said the presidential search process was the “hardest and most fulfilling” project of his career, but said Schlissel’s credentials made him an ideal candidate to lead the University’s 3,000 faculty members. “The regents always believed that we wanted a distinguished scholar to lead the University,” Deitch said. “In order to have the moral authority necessary to lead our faculty to even greater heights everyday, a president must command respect for his or her academic achievements, besides having the skill of a CEO and master salesperson together with the capacity for very hard work.” The regents appreciated Schlissel’s administrative experience at other large research universities,
namely Johns Hopkins and Berkeley, where he was dean of biological sciences, Deitch said. Schlissel said he hopes to interact with students to improve education. In particular, he said he wants to engage with graduate students, who can sometimes go unnoticed. He noted the life-changing relationship with his undergraduate mentor. “Although I see Michigan as one of this nation’s strongest research institutions, what lies at its core is the education of talented and diverse students from around the state, the nation and the world,” Schlissel said. The University has 8,200 graduate students currently enrolled through Rackham Graduate School — spanning 108 Ph.D., 87 master’s and 34 certificate programs. Regent Katherine E. White (D) said Schlissel’s passion for education and research, as well as his experience with lab work, will allow him to interact more effectively with the student body. “We have heard through our graduate students that they have experiences that are often very different from what we address for our undergraduates,” White said. “Dr. Schlissel is very well-suited to understand the issues that face graduate students.” Rackham student Allie, a representative of the University’s Graduate Employees’ Organization, who wished to be identified by first name only, said she appreciates Schlissel’s effort to reach out to graduate students, who have unique concerns compared to the rest of the student body. “The majority of grad students at this university are employees of the University as graduate student instructors,” she said. “We live between being students ourselves, of our professors and also being teachers of undergraduates. That’s a very particular place to inhabit and it’s a delicate balance.” Schlissel said he is dedicated to making the campus more diverse, which he views as a crucial component of any successful research institution. He plans to involve students in decisions regarding education and acknowledged their direct impact on research at the University. “Students get to learn from faculty who are actively defining the leading edge of human knowledge and curiosity and the imaginative energies of student contribute, in turn, to the research enterprise,” he said.
On the culture of the University
I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of interest, enthusiasm and excitement. It told me something kind of interesting about the way that the University community feels about the University. When I stand up and say hello for the very first time and I get an enormous round of applause (and) people don’t really know me, I’m not foolish enough to think they’re applauding for me — what they’re applauding for is their university. In effect, the next president becomes the face of the university, and I interpreted the enthusiastic welcome I got as emblematic of the way people feel about their university.
“It felt right. It felt like the beginnings of a conversation. I just had a very comfortable sense. I felt like I fit at the University of Michigan and that I’m on the same wavelength.”
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At Brown ‘U,’ students say provost plays integral role Schlissel sought campus perspective for budget and strategic planning By ALICIA ADAMCZYK Daily Staff Reporter
As University President-elect Mark Schlissel makes the transition from Rhode Island to Michigan, the Brown University provost will leave a positive legacy behind in his dealings with students and the rest of the Brown community. Brown University senior Daniel Pipkin, a member of the University Resources Committee — a standing committee chaired by Schlissel that is responsible for recommending Brown’s annual budget to the president — said he has had nothing but positive experiences with Schlissel. As a member of Brown’s Undergraduate Council of Students, the university’s student government, Pipkin met with Schlissel during his sophomore year to discuss the best way to distribute funding for student organizations. Within one meeting, Schlissel and Pipkin fixed the funding issues, which Pipkin said is just one example of the problem-solving chops Schlissel will bring to the University. “Provost Schlissel was brilliant,” Pipkin said. “He’s a fixer; he’s a problem-solver. I love that about him.” And Schlissel will need those problem-solving skills when he comes to Ann Arbor. With high-profile issues such as higher education funding, the ongoing efforts behind the #BBUM campaign, Theta Xi’s controversial party and subsequent suspension and even the issue of whether or not to hang the Men’s Basketball Final Four banners all still fresh in the minds of many at the University, it is clear Schlissel will face a diverse array of new challenges. However, Pipkin said Schlis-
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On the Cube
The Cube is very funny because although I had seen the cube before, I didn’t appreciate the fact that it really did spin. In the back of mind, I was worried I was being set up. The student body president was telling me that Mary Sue was able to spin this cube every day and energize the campus and I should do so to. I had this fear that I would start pushing it and nothing would happen and it was all a big joke. But it was really great fun when I was able to spin it around. And the students were all very happy and laughing and it just felt very welcoming.
sel doesn’t shy away from addressing controversial issues on campus, and will keep the best interests of the community in mind when making decisions, regardless of personal opinion. “I know he’s going to do a great job over there (at the University),” he said. “I’m happy I’m a senior, because I couldn’t imagine Brown without Provost Schlissel.” Brown medical student Justin Glavis-Bloom, who also serves on the University Resource Committee with Schlissel as the Medical School representative, echoed Pipkin and said Schlissel is receptive to student ideas and input. Glavis-Bloom said he was “deeply impressed” when, after work one evening, Schlissel drove to the Brown Student Community Clinic, a student-run clinic that helps underserved populations in the area. Schlissel, who has both an M.D. and a Ph.D., stayed for more than an hour, sharing his own experiences and perspective with the students at the clinic. “Provost Schlissel has a really amazing ability to elicit different perspectives and to summarize and build consensus,” Glavis-Bloom said. “I thought Provost Schlissel was a truly talented leader.” Brown senior Todd Harris, the president of the Undergraduate Council of Students, also had positive experiences working with Schlissel. Like the others, he said the president-elect works directly with students and the student government at Brown, giving him firsthand insight into the needs of students. According to Harris, this tendency to work intimately with students has garnered him respect across campus. He added that Schlissel’s background in science will give him an edge at the University. “Provost Schlissel has always had an interest in Brown as a research institution, and I believe he’ll do a great job as the president of a research university,” Harris said.
From Ivy League, president-elect to tackle larger focus on sports at the ‘U’ By GREG GARNO Daily Sports Editor
University President-elect Mark Schlissel has an M.D. and Ph.D, but he may have some stuff to learn about football Saturday. The University’s Board of Regents voted unanimously Friday to name Schlissel the 14th President of the University of Michigan, succeeding current President Mary Sue Coleman. Schlissel arrives with background in teaching and university administration, but has not assumed this high of a position so far in his career. “Obviously (athletics are) an area that I do have to learn a lot about,” Schlissel said. “At my current institution, you’d be surprised to know athletics is a big part of the campus’s life, but it doesn’t happen at the national stage very often.” “It’s not that sports don’t permeate the campus; it’s just at a different level.” Though the Athletic Department remains autonomous and self-funded, Schlissel will be responsible for overseeing a budget of $111 million for athletics last year, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics Data Analysis. In contrast, Brown operated with an athletic budget of $18 million in 2013. However, Brown also boasts 37 intercollegiate sports, more than the University currently has to offer. With the addition of women’s lacrosse this year, the University now has 27 varsity sports. The Athletic Department is currently in the midst of expanding the athletic campus, creat-
ing new facilities and expanding existing ones. Currently, three scheduled projects are ongoing, including renovations to Schembechler Hall and the Donald R. Shepard Softball Building. The total cost of all 14 of the scheduled projects at the start of the new school year was estimated to be $341 million, though that number can easily change. In his press conference Friday, Schlissel focused on the amount of attention athletic teams have received at the University. “You Google ‘Michigan’ and the first 10 stories you get are about athletics,” he said. “We’ve got to find ways to leverage that level of public attention onto the other wonderful things that are happening on campus as well.” Schlissel hopes to keep the focus on academics, while supporting athletic development to an appropriate level. He said students still come to the University primarily to be educated and that athletics should compliment that desire, not overpower it. Schlissel will follow a president who has been active in the athletic community. During her tenure, Coleman was a driving force in the hiring of current Athletic Director Dave Brandon and has denied the raising of Final Four banners from the 1992 to 1993 seasons in which booster Ed Martin admitted to laundering money to athletes. Brandon, a former regent, refused to raise the Final Four banners from the 1992 and 1993 basketball seasons in which sports booster Ed Martin admitted to laundering money to athletes. “Some day, I won’t be president anymore, and maybe someone else will have a different view,” Coleman said in 2011. “But I think you have to reflect on the larger meaning and that we want to hold ourselves to a higher standard.” Coleman was also at the helm when the University faced alle-
gations of “failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program.” On Friday, Brandon praised Coleman’s tenure while also expressing his support for Schlissel. “President Coleman has been engaged and helpful and been a pattern of Michigan Athletics — loves and respects the role it plays on campus,” Brandon said. “And I’m sure the new president will have the same point of view. And that’s what I heard in his remarks today at the press conference.” Brandon added that he looks forward to meeting and working with Schlissel in the future. In the press conference, the president-elect said the Athletic Department maintains a strong reputation for the University. “It’s important that our sports programs operate at the highest level of integrity,” he said. “And that we practice in public the greatest level of sportsmanship to serve as a role model.” The biggest difference between the Brown and Michigan athletic departments for Schlissel might not be the budget or the number of programs to monitor. Perhaps it’s the number of people Michigan Stadium can hold — 90,000 more fans than Brown Stadium currently seats. And it’s the atmosphere, the one that shuts down campus on Saturdays or keeps students out in the cold waiting to fill the Crisler Center that Schlissel has come to embrace early in his transition to Michigan. “I think the great thing about intercollegiate athletics at a place like the University of Michigan is that it’s part of the culture; it brings the community together,” Schlissel said. “It’s the band, it’s the Saturdays in the stadium, it’s the feeling the vibration in the stands at a basketball game. I think it’s a big piece of the institutional culture.”
Letting voices be heard
The president is ultimately responsible for important institution-level decisions that take place both in response to activism and otherwise. I don’t think it’s the responsibility of the president to immediately meet with every group that’s upset about something. But I think it is the responsibility of the president to make sure that every group that has concerns that should be known by the administration of the University, has a pathway to make those concerns known. A lot of what I want to do is listen in the first months of my presidency but also on an ongoing basis. I want to find ways not just to engage with students bringing forth an advocacy position, but also more generally with students regarding their experience and their take on the environment of the University overall.
On Campus Issues DIVERSITY “In terms of specific issues, the University has to struggle and continue to work on continuing to improve diversity on all levels — not just students but faculty and staff — and also inclusiveness. It doesn’t really accomplish the goals of having a diverse campus if subsets of that community don’t feel like equal partners. Those are going to be long term goals we have to continue to work on methodically and together.”
“At the highest level, my ambitions for the university are to first maintain access and affordability to students all across the economic and social spectrum of our society, and also from around the world. I think we have to build a community of learners that’s broadly representative of the society we live in to optimize the quality of education.”
ACTIVISM “I actually applaud the students for bring forward a hard issue and in a way getting in the University’s face and provoking important discussions that I’m quite sure will make the University better in the long run, so I think student activism is a good thing.”
LEARNING “To me, education you have to think about holistically. It’s not just what happens during the 12 or 14 hours a week you’re in class, but it happens in the dorms and in the activities you’re participating. What the University has to be attentive to is making that total experience as strong a learning opportunity as possible.”
RESEARCH “I want the University to pursue areas of research and an education ... I want to be sure that’s not misinterpreted because I’m not referring simply to biomedical research and engineering, but I’m talking about history and anthropology and music and political science and economics.”
Campaign to continue under Schlissel’s gaze After tremendous start, $4B goal to be met under new leadership By YARDAIN AMRON and CLAIRE BRYAN Daily Staff Reporters
When he arrives on campus in July, University President-elect Mark Schlissel will undertake the remainder of the University’s $4 billion Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign — the largest such effort in the history of public higher education. For the past two months, Jerry May, vice president for development, and his team have been preparing a plan to maintain University President Mary Sue Coleman’s relationships with important donors once Schlissel takes over. “We have a national plan to take him to different cities and different groups of donors around the country,” May said in an interview Friday morning. “We’ve set this up for a seamless
transition from one president to the other.” Over the next year, May has planned meetings with Schlissel and key donors around the country to ease the presidential transition process. Though Schlissel has not had immense experience with fundraising in his current position as Brown University provost, May said he has experience from his time as dean of biological sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. When Schlissel takes office, May said the campaign will have already collected roughly $2 billion — about 50 percent of the campaign’s goal. “The most important thing is that a president has is vision and a willingness to listen,” May said. “Those are the two qualities he is going to do great at as we move ahead.” At a press conference in the Michigan Union Friday morning, Schlissel said he understands the importance of fundraising at a public institution like the University, and is grateful for his predecessor’s skill with donors.
“To be honest, I’m very privileged because President Coleman has established relationships and a culture where successful alumni feel part of the institution and they want to help,” Schlissel said. “I feel that my job is transferring to them the excitement of our mission and helping figure out how to take the kinds of things they’re interested in and match them to the great things we want to do.” In his address, Schlissel also praised the University’s commitment to affordability, noting the campaign’s $1 billion goal for student support. May said Schlissel has already shown he has what it takes to lead the remaining phase of the campaign. “He is going to come in and listen to them and inspire them and show them things that are important for the rest of this campaign and for this university,” May said. “Like Mary Sue, he has the qualities of being able to listen, he has the qualities of being able to tell a great story, I could just see it today.” DESIGN BY KRISTEN CLEGHORN
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Students take part in in a protest organized by the Black Student Union in front of Hill Auditorium on January 20.
‘U’ to allocate $300K to Trotter, Collier says Top administrators met with BSU reps. Friday afternoon By SHOHAM GEVA Daily Staff Reporter
The University will allocate $300,000 for renovations to the Trotter Multicultural Center, according to the University’s Black Student Union representatives. Members of the University’s administration and the BSU met on Friday for the first time. In an interview with The Michigan Daily, LSA senior Tyrell Collier, BSU speaker, said there is no time frame on the building’s renovations yet. The University is currently evaluating costs and designs, but will identify a committee of students to contribute to the renovation process. “I can say that was a satisfying conclusion for the Multicultural Center demand because I know a building cannot be built within the span of a year or something, I know it needs to be planned out, designed, all of that stuff,” Collier said. “I was at least very pleased with the allocation of that money for the renovations while they figure out the new building.” University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said the meeting was prompted by the seven demands and Monday deadline announced publicly last week by the BSU at a
protest held Jan. 20. Elizabeth Barry, special counsel to the president; E. Royster Harper, vice president for student life; Dean of Students Laura Blake Jones and Provost Martha Pollack represented the administration at the meeting. Three members of the University’s Board of Regents, Shauna Ryder Diggs (D), Denise Ilitch (D) and Andrea Fischer Newman (R), also attended the meeting in an observatory capacity. Since the BSU’s viral Twitter campaign using #BBUM — or Being Black at Michigan — Pollack issued an e-mail promising change in the campus’ diversity climate with a list of several priorities to be implemented by the University. However, the BSU subsequently protested in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day demonstration, where they released a list of seven demands and a deadline of one week for the University to address them. The demands included renovations and a more central location for the Trotter Center, increased minority enrollment and lowercost housing on Central Campus, among other initiatives. All seven demands issued Monday were discussed during the meeting, according to BSU executives. BSU members said they will continue to meet with the same administrators once a week for status updates on each initiative. Pollack’s Jan. 16 e-mail addressed to students restated the campus need to advance the cam-
pus climate of diversity and inclusion. In the letter, she pledged to improve the Trotter Center in the short-term and, in the long run, investigate how to relocate it. A renovation plan will be completed by the end of the term. “We will start a broad conversation with students, staff and faculty to capture their best thinking as we collectively reimagine a future multicultural center,” Pollack wrote. Fitzgerald, who was not at the meeting but spoke afterward with several administrators who were, said administrators felt the discussion was a positive experience. “(E.) Royster Harper certainly characterized it as a very good meeting, with a much deeper understanding of the concerns raised by the Black Student Union,” Fitzgerald said. “Her characterization of it was that everyone was very prepared; it was a very positive meeting.” The BSU reacted similarly in a short statement released via Twitter on Friday evening. “The Black Student Union looks forward to negotiating with University Officials in the coming weeks, and is optimistic about working with the University to create sustainable and positive change,” the statement said. With more meetings planned for the future, the two groups aim to establish a standing meeting arrangement, the BSU representatives and Fitzgerald both said.
CSG collaborates for entrepeneurship launch Academic minor to pull from diverse University units By AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR Deputy Magazine Editor
More than 60 student leaders and members of the University’s entrepreneurial community gathered in the Anderson Room of the Michigan Union to kickstart the creation of a new academic program in entrepreneurship. Representing a diverse selection of schools and colleges, the attendees discussed ways a new program could best benefit the campus community. In early December, Central Student Government President Michael Proppe and Vice President Bobby Dishell, a Public Policy junior, announced their plans to create a minor in entrepreneurship. While the announcement did not outline the structure of the program, it suggested that the new program would be more expansive than the nine-credit Program in Entrepreneurship currently offered. “This is something that CSG is really excited about,” Proppe said at the meeting. “The entrepreneurship community really flourishing on campus and what’s really cool about all this is that it’s all being done by students.” Since the beginning of the academic year, CSG has been pushing increased student input in University administrative decisions through initiatives
that include working with the Athletic Department to reframe the football ticketing policy and assembling a student presidential search advisory committee to help ease the transition of University President-elect Mark Schlissel. The new entrepreneurship program would similarly employ a “by-students, for-students” framework, Proppe said. The new program will be organized under the leadership of Thomas Zurbuchen, senior counselor to the provost for entrepreneurial education, who has been heavily involved with advising former CSG administrations on their entrepreneurial ventures. Zurbuchen said he saw the program as prospectively being the “most important program at the University.” In his introduction, Zurbuchen tackled the stigma that entrepreneurship was “two guys in a garage” building a tech company. Instead, he said the new program would help the University create an “Entrepreneurship 2.0,” where students would be able to not only create companies, but also tackle some of the most important challenges in life. Throughout the program’s development, Zurbuchen encouraged students to continually ask “Why not me?” — the slogan currently employed by social innovation-based student organization optiMize. After a 20-minute introduction by CSG and Zurbuchen, the floor was opened up for discussion and the student attendants
discussed the challenges plaguing campus, such as health and wellness on campus, transportation, appreciation for the arts and access to University faculty, as well as the right way to approach campus-wide entrepreneurship. “I think a lot of people get intimidated because they think of building the next Facebook or the next Snapchat,” Kinesiology senior Ricky Fleming said. “But finding the next biggest thing can even be a small improvement.” LSA senior Aditi Shetty said she believes that a lot of people have ideas, but are unaware of how entrepreneurship can help them. “I think the language that we use is really important — how do we define entrepreneurship and how do we make it more inclusive?” she said. Over the course of the next few weeks, Zurbuchen will appoint a group of student advisers from those who were present at the event to serve as a “think tank” to help create the new program. “I want to build a program that is the most needed and is one that can really have the most impact on the world,” he said. “For me, building this program is an entrepreneurship problem in itself.” Zurbuchen added that he has a clear goal, regardless of the shape that the program ends up taking. “Entrepreneurship is very much linked to what you need to take home today and what I hope will be the key word that will define Michigan entrepreneurship — action. We want to empower you to act.”
After over a decade of unwavering leadership, the city of Ann Arbor starts the process of replacing the two most important figures in the city. Ann Arbor City Council members and mayoral candidates are reluctant to pass judgment too quickly on University PresidentElect Mark Schlissel, but several said they are ready for some changes to the University. Schlissel is currently the provost of Brown University, a position he has held since 2011, and will replace University President Mary Sue Coleman who has been in office since 2002. The new appointment comes during the final in office year for Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje — who opted not to run for another term after 13 years in office — creating an opportunity for significant leadership and policy changes at the University and in Ann Arbor simultaneously. While the University provides Ann Arbor with much of its unique qualities — and serves as ones of its biggest economic engines — cooperation between the school and city has, at times, been strained. The University and city have gone head-to-head many times in the past, primarily over issues of land acquisitions, development and voluntary payments in lieu of taxes. The University is currently a tax-free entity, and has grown, the land available for property taxes in Ann Arbor has shrunk — squeezing the city’s budget. Although most of the mayoral
candidates are mostly unfamiliar with Schlissel, the candidates agreed on the importance of a strong relationship between the mayor and any University president. “Our community is a symbiotic relationship of trust and respect,” said Councilmember Stephen Kunselman (D–Ward 3), one of the four mayoral candidates. “I’m hopeful that we will see that relationship continue. I do believe we’ve always had that but I think it did get strained, it gets strained when the community feels that the University is buying up the city.” This past week, the City Council approved a $25,550 contract with Atwell, LLC to conduct Environmental Site Assessment services for the Edwards Brothers Malloy facility on State Street to determine if the city will purchase the property or not. The University has also expressed a keen interest in purchasing the property. Though the University has not laid out any specific plans for the location, the property is close to athletic facilities and could be used for additional athletic buildings or office space. The Edwards Brothers property case serves as an example of many land disputes between the city and the University, wherein city officials are concerned with tax revenue lost from a potential private owner — taxes the University is not required to pay. Councilmember Sabra Briere (D–Ward 1), another candidate for mayor, said she hopes communication between the two institutions will continue to move forward and give University administration a better understanding of Ann Arbor’s needs. She added that she and other city officials do appreciate the human capital and resources the University provides, but that
the administration often overlooks the extra financial burdens imposed on Ann Arbor citizens and taxpayers. “I don’t see the money they give the city to pay their debts as discussion points when it comes to the cost the University brings along with it,” Briere said. “I would love to see that instead of playing semantic games with each other we acknowledge that the University of Michigan benefits the city in intangible ways.” There has been discussion among council members regarding the possibility of working with the University to implement payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT), a program where already public entities, like universities, provide money to the their host towns despite not having any legal obligation to do so. Under Coleman’s leadership, the University has not shown any interest in engaging in PILOT or other such programs. That may change under Schlissel. During Schlissel’s time at Brown, the private school has donated additional money to Providence, Rhode Island on top of tax payments. As provost, Schlissel agreed to contribute roughly $3.9 million to the struggling town as part of an agreement with other organizations in the area, the Brown Daily Herald reported. Still, there is no way to know exactly how this new president will work with the city and the new mayor, whoever it may be. Briere said the councilmembers won’t have a real reaction until Schlissel is in office, saying she’s being careful not to make assumptions too early. “The president and the regents set the tone for the relationship with the city,” Briere said. “I’m willing to wait and see how the tone changes.”
Business prof. studies reverse innovation Technology from developing world reimagined for Western nations By WILLIAM LANE Daily Staff Reporter
While first world countries traditionally set the pace for technological development, they’re not the only ones with good ideas. As the need for clean and green transportation systems grows, Business Prof. Peter Adriaens said many solutions will come from emerging markets as part of a new phenomenon known as “reverse innovation,” the process in which a piece of equipment, technology or a service from a developing country is taken and redesigned for Western markets. Car-sharing services like Zipcar are modeled after transport-sharing systems from the developing world, Adriaens said. Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase is a frequent traveler and was inspired by car-sharing programs in developing countries. New mobility companies such as this are increasingly designed through reverse innovation. “It happens because emerging markets have an entirely different marketplace to ours,” Adriaens said. In developed Western economies, innovation typically hap-
SACUA From Page 2A In the beginning of his address Friday, Schlissel stressed the value of the University’s faculty. “I look forward to working with more than the 3,000 outstanding faculty at the university and will be honored to be counted amongst their ranks,” Schlissel said. “Faculty define the strength of the university and share responsibility for its governance.”
pens through a trickle-down process. Expensive and imperfect technologies are developed and then made cheaper as they are adopted by the mass market. This process involves scaling technology and bringing down production costs. In emerging markets, the production system is tackled from the other side. Products that are easy, cheap and simple to use are designed for the mass market. Reverse innovation makes these products more complex and implements them in developing economies. The first documented occurrence of reverse innovation was in health care, Adriaens said. General Electric took an electrocardiogram developed for Asian markets, then redesigned and sold it in the United States. The equipment was previously only available in hospitals due to its size, but a portable version is now available to first responders. Adriaens is now analyzing the effect of reverse innovation on transportation in cooperation with Susan Zielinski, director of the sustainable mobility program at the University’s Transportation Research Institute and Deborah de Lange, assistant professor of global management studies at Ryerson University in Toronto. The initiative is funded by grants from Ford Motor Company and The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. For American companies
such as Ford, reverse innovation represents a new phenomenon. Most companies have yet to develop a strategy that incorporates it into their business model. “Companies don’t have a reverse innovation strategy because it takes a different way of looking at the business that traditionally companies don’t do,” Adriaens said. Companies are now actively seeking the factors that will result in reverse innovation, but there are no clear answers. “The big problem with reverse innovation is that it’s very unpredictable,” Adriaens said. In many ways, American companies are playing catch-up with emerging economies like China. “China has used reverse innovation very effectively; they’ve almost institutionalized it,” Adriaens said. Zielinski said the future of transportation might be based on interconnectivity between different forms of new mobility. She added that China is developing a new capacity for innovation in response to its booming economy. “Information technology makes it more possible for more people to innovate on a range of levels,” Zielinski said. “Now, around the world, you have a portfolio of transportation forms that are much more equal than simple car ownership and you have the option to choose between them.”
Despite SACUA’s criticism of the search process, Dentistry Prof. Rex Holland, SACUA vice chair, expressed excitement about Schlissel’s appointment. “I’m very impressed with President-elect Schlissel’s credentials,” Holland said. “I personally like his background in biological sciences. His speech was short but contained several very positive references to faculty governance. I have great confidence that President-elect Schlissel will be a splendid leader for a splendid institution.”
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City officials say ‘U’ land purchases decrease municipal tax revenue By EMMA KERR Daily Staff Reporter
Master Wasentha Young, a paractitioner of the martial art of tai-chi since 1969, led a workshop at the 2014 Asian American Health Fair in the Medical Science Building II on Saturday.
‘U’ research cluster gets low rank in producing start-ups, patented tech Research alliance noted for talent production, research spending By ALICIA ADAMCZYK Deputy Magazine Editor
With recent entrepreneurship-focused events like the startup career fair and MHacks fresh in the minds of many students, it might seem that student-created tech and business ventures are everywhere at the University. But a recent report conducted by East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group found that the University Research Corridor, a research alliance between the University, Michigan State University and Wayne State University, may need to place more emphasis on entrepreneurship for the URC to remain competitive with the seven other major university research clusters ranked in the study. According to the study, which was conducted over a five-year period that ended in 2012, though the URC granted more degrees than any of the other clusters, it placed last in tech transfer and next-to-last in launching startups. The University was responsible for 11 of the 14 startups created in the URC during the study’s five-year period, while MSU was responsible for the other three. However, the URC had a strong showing in other categories against the other clusters, which included North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, California’s two Innovation Hubs and Massachusetts’ Route 128 Corridor. In fact, the URC placed first in talent production and fourth in research and development spending. What the University may lack in startup quantity, it makes up for in quality, according Tom Frank, the executive director of the University’s Center for
COST From Page 2A of the Board of Regents, said the search was more intense and more involved than any of the previous two presidential searches that she participated in. However, she said this was the first search in which the regents were involved in the entirety of the search, rather than simply voting from a selection of finalists presented by the search committee. Since the regents decided to participate in the whole search process this time around, Newman said the search committee was confined to faculty to prevent the group from becoming too large. Multiple forums were held in September and October and many students and faculty spoke before members of the search committee about what they hoped to see in the next president. LSA freshman Benjamin Cher spoke at the Sept. 27 forum about the need for a new president to
Entrepreneurship. He added that when it comes to talent, the University can’t be beat. Frank cited Rapt.fm, which encourages freestyle rap and one-on-one rap battles with people from all over the world, and A2B Bike Share as examples of the high-caliber startups created by University students. “One of the reasons I came here from California is because I’ve never seen this confluence of factors that make Michigan feel like it’s just ripped wideopen in terms of output of scalable, viable businesses,” Frank said of the combination of resources available and student talent. The startups indicative of the success of the creators, in addition to employing other students and picking up venture capital and other external funding. These factors, combined with the “cutting edge” programs being developed by administrators, indicate that University students will continue to be at the top of the business heap, according to Frank. “Long-term viability is ultimately what’s going to add the greatest value to the Michigan ecosystem and create jobs here and sustainability,” Frank said. “It’s not always important to say I had 25 contestants that entered the marathon; I’d like to have the top five finishers.” Ken Nisbet, associate vice president for research at the University’s Technology Transfer Office, said the URC report was less indicative of the University’s overall standing than it was of the need to continue to improve resources in the state of Michigan. While the University receives the most research funding of any institution in the state, part of the URC mission is to engender communication between the three coordinating units and to share the best practices and talent resources to improve the economy in the region.
“We have a number of success stories out of the University of Michigan startups that are known nationally,” Nisbet said. “We are definitely not underperforming relative to those other states.” According to a 2013 survey, URC alumni “had started or acquired businesses at double the national average rate among college graduates since 1996 and were 1.5 times as successful as the average U.S. business owner at keeping those startups and acquisitions alive in the previous five years.” Still, there’s room for improvement. Engineering junior Christopher O’Neil, president of MPowered — a student organization that fosters entrepreneurship within the campus community — said the University could work on increasing its interdisciplinary approach to startup creation in order to maximize student potential. O’Neil said it would be beneficial if the University offered more project-based undergraduate classes that mix Business, Engineering and Art & Design students who are all focused on creating something together. “One of the problems with Michigan is that it’s super decentralized,” O’Neil said. “I think it’d be a lot easier for people to start companies if they didn’t have to go search for the designer, search for the engineer, search for the business student.” He added that the University is on an “upward slope of entrepreneurship,” and will continue to improve its resources and programs for students interested in starting their own companies. O’Neil said the best is yet to come from University students. “Even in the time I’ve been here, I can say 100-percent that the culture and mindset has changed at this University. The mindset is there. Now we just need to churn out some better startups.”
allocate resources to various departments more efficiently, though he said he was appreciative of the opportunity given to him. “There were some speakers at the forum who went up to the microphone and said ‘I do not wish to thank you for the right to speak because I know I have the right to speak and I should expect this’ — and I think that’s the wrong attitude,” Cher said in a Friday interview. “I am grateful for the fact that this exists and that someone like me is able to express their opinion.” Without a student on the search committee, CSG posed a six-question survey to students in midSeptember to garner a sense of what students hoped to see in the president. “We might have incidentally set a new precedent throughout presidential searches,” Proppe said. “We were able to collect feedback from hundreds of students, actually about a thousand students about what the students wanted in the next president.”
In an interview Sunday, Schlissel outlined the chronology of the search process, which for him began in October and lasted through much of the fall. Schlissel first met the search committee in New York City, where he sat at the head of a long wooden table and answered questions from the regents and committee members. “After a few minutes, it stopped being an interview and felt like a conversation between colleagues,” Schlissel said. The second meeting also occurred in New York City, where Schlissel met with small subgroups of search committee members. After the second interview, Schlissel made his first visit to Ann Arbor in late November where he toured campus before having dinner that evening at Regent Denise Ilitch’s home. “It was very conversational. They were probing the way I thought about various issues,” Schlissel said.
With a new Ann Arbor mayor and University president set to take office within the next year, discussion will likely be sparked by a major facet of the University and Ann Arbor: land. As the University buys up properties and takes them off the tax rolls, some city officials argue that the University should offset some of the property taxes lost due to the school’s public status. While the adoption of a PILOT — or payment in lieu of taxes program — never gained substantial traction, with the appointment of a new University president and the approaching election of a new city mayor, discussion of such a program might not be too far off. With the adoption of a PILOT program, the University would siphon funds to the city to make up for lost tax revenue. Jim Kosteva, the University’s director of community relations, cautioned against the measure — one that has yet to be formally proposed by any of the members of the Ann Arbor City Council. “Students do not give the University of Michigan their tuition dollars and taxpayers from across the state do not give the University of Michigan their tax dollars just so we can turn that money over to the city of Ann Arbor so that they can fix their pot holes,” Kosteva said. Kosteva also said for students living off campus — a
large proportion of the student population — giving part of their tuition to the city while they are already paying their own property taxes through rent payments seems unfair. Two other concerns surrounding the implementation of such a program are that its revenue potential can be limited and unreliable, and that it could force the University to raise tuition, cut services or reduce employment to compensate for the potentially millions of dollars this program would drain from the University. Councilmember Christopher Taylor (D–Ward 3) said he supports a PILOT program in Ann Arbor and thinks it would be in the best interest of students and Ann Arbor citizens alike. “I believe that the city should do all it can to preserve its tax base,” Taylor said. “As to a PILOT, I would love to see the University provide a payment in lieu of taxes to the city of Ann Arbor, other universities throughout the country do so, and it strikes me as appropriate and reasonable.” Councilmember Stephen Kunselman (D–Ward 3) said the University’s expansion will be the key issue in city-University relations over the next few years. He said he is looking forward to new efforts of collaboration between the city and the University as well as a serious discussion of the PILOT program or other potential solutions for the ever-expanding University. “The problem with that whole effort is that the state institution is for the public good — but what are we really dealing with?” Kunselman said. “We’re dealing with U of M athletics. How is U of M athletics a public good? It’s part of the University of Michigan but it is also a huge enterprise. That’s where I think it starts
making it a different issue. I think that’s when it certainly needs to be discussed.” However, some council members doubt the possibility of a PILOT program ever being instituted. City Councilmember Sally Hart Petersen (D–Ward 2) said the program is not practical. “In order for the University and the city to work collaboratively, we need to begin working more outside of the box, while others argue that not wanting to act in a way that — to some city council members — is responsible demonstrates a lack of concern for the University,” Petersen said. “However, both city and University officials have said that they share similar interests in the city.” Michigan State University has an agreement with the city of East Lansing that does not include any form of reimbursement of taxes, and at this time a PILOT program is not under consideration. However, Yale University recently increased its PILOT payments to the city of New Haven from $1.2 million to $7.5 million. A study by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy found that though such programs can provide much-needed revenue for cities and towns, the downsides are also numerous. “PILOTs can provide crucial revenue for certain municipalities, and are one way to make nonprofits pay for the public services they consume,” the report stated. “However, PILOTs are often haphazard, secretive, and calculated in an ad hoc manner that results in widely varying payments among similar nonprofits. In addition, a municipality’s attempt to collect PILOTs can prompt a battle with nonprofits and lead to years of contentious, costly and unproductive litigation.”
MUSIC Matters revamps end-of-year concert to include more student orgs. Besides headline artists, SpringFest to expand reach By MICHAEL SUGERMAN Daily Staff Reporter
MUSIC Matters’ year-end SpringFest event began as an annual celebration capped by a concert featuring a headlining artist. At its inception, the money it raised would go to a charity, set to change each year. After two years, the student organization is expanding its vision. In November, the group unveiled its $50,000-endowed “Big Thinkers” scholarship, the first student-funded endeavor of its kind at the University. Now, MUSIC Matters is revamping SpringFest to resemble South by Southwest, a nine-day spring festival in Austin, Texas that is a hub for music, film and technology. SpringFest will occur on either April 10 or 17, LSA senior Phillip Schermer, president of MUSIC Matters, said. On Sunday, leaders from MUSIC Matters pitched SpringFest’s new structure to student organizations potentially interested in being involved in its set up. “At the end of the day, MUSIC Matters is coordinating this event, but it’s really supposed to be by the community and for the community,” Schermer said. The new SpringFest may expand to envelop a large portion of Central Campus.
The tentative structure features what Schermer calls the “globe,” an open area and stage featuring food and speakers throughout the day. Sprouting from the globe will be spaces organized by five themes: arts, identity, innovation, social justice and sustainability. Organizations will display their year’s work within the corresponding theme. Schermer said he wants the event to showcase students’ accomplishments. To provide examples of what the typical organization will do to exhibit its work, SpringFest’s anchor groups — optiMize, MPowered, Michigan Sports Business Conference, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Ask Big Questions — presented their plans. Representatives from optiMize, a student organization centered on entrepreneurial social service, expressed their hope to partner with student artists and create artistic social commentary relating to the group’s work. Students from MPowered said they want to host professionals to judge student startups and integrate them into the marketplace. Kinesiology senior Jared Hunter, president of Michigan’s National Pan-Hellenic Council, said SpringFest could facilitate a stepping contest between fraternities and sororities judged by administrators. Each of the NPHC’s organizations has an auxiliary youth chapter, allowing area high school students to attend SpringFest.
This concept aligns with MUSIC Matter’s partnership with the Office of Admissions, which sees SpringFest as an opportunity to showcase the University. Business junior Nick Moeller, chair of the SpringFest Committee for MUSIC Matters, said the University’s and MUSIC Matter’s goals are aligned. “A big part of what we stand for as an organization is bringing Michigan students together,” he said. “SpringFest is something that you don’t see on other campuses, and the idea (was) that the University might be able to promote that as, ‘Look at what you can do at the University of Michigan. If you’re a part of any organization from any background, you can come be celebrated and we can showcase the work you can do.’” LSA senior JoHanna Rothseid, president of Ask Big Questions, hopes her organization will kindle this kind of intermingling. The organization intends to place whiteboards between each section of student organizations at SpringFest — where facilitators can foster conversation and written responses related to the specific section’s theme. “We spend so much time going to this University and getting so involved and invested in our extracurriculars,” Rothseid said, adding that the whiteboards would allow space for conversation that addresses the “awesome and incredible things” students are doing across numerous fields.
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‘Palestine Interrupted’ to reveal hidden stories By ANNA SADOVSKAYA Daily Arts Writer
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Falling head over heels for ‘Hollow’ Fox develops a brilliant serialized drama By ALEX INTNER Daily Arts Writer
The serialized drama is a very difficult thing to get right. “Lost” launched a movement when it not only became Aa huge hit right out of Sleepy Hollow the gate, but also gar- Season One nered criti- Finale cal acclaim Available for and awards. Streaming After “Lost” Fox succeeded, there were many (mostly failed) attempts to duplicate its success. Then, “Sleepy Hollow” premiered with a storyline that was as fresh as it was crazy, creating the best drama of its kind in years. “Sleepy Hollow” follows what happens when Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, “Parade’s End”) is resurrected after being dead for 200 years, along with the Headless Horseman. The event serves as the catalyst for the apocalypse if the Horseman, his boss and those underneath succeed in their mission. Crane enlists help from Abbie
Mills (Nicole Beharie, “42”), a lieutenant in the Sleepy Hollow police department, in order to stop the forces of evil from destroying the world. While degree of difficulty in the story that “Hollow” tries to tell is ridiculously high, it’s able to execute it very well. Over the course of the first season, the show takes the idea of a war between good and evil and builds to the point where it seems it just can’t take any more story. Then the writers add more layers and details. Despite all that, the story never becomes convoluted. Each step, even if it seems crazy, is a logical jump from the last idea. As the layers are added, they start to build into a whole. In the last moments of the season, the show reveals the true identity of the Henry Parrish character (played by the fantastic John Noble, “Fringe”) as Crane’s son and the second Horseman of the apocalypse. This reveal works because hints have been placed throughout the season and it ties together many of the elements of the story. “Hollow” never takes itself too seriously and that allows this type of storytelling to work. There are always subtle references to the ridiculousness of the story, especially when outsiders are introduced to the group of people “fighting the war.” It embraces the silliness, with camera shots like one in the pilot involving the
Headless Horseman shooting at people with a machine gun. Tonally, the show successfully mixes in humor, using it to balance out the darkness that the writers portray evil with in the story. Even while “Hollow” was still developing the arc, the relationship between Mills and Crane at its center was enough to make the show worth watching. Their friendship grounds the show as the serialized arc kept increasing the craziness and the stakes. Throughout the season, the writers use little moments to bring the two characters closer together; They have them sitting in a room having a small conversation, which builds to a scene in the finale where Crane leaves Abbie in Purgatory, changing the entire dynamic of their relationship. This moment only has the impact it does because of the work that was done leading up to it. If I’m Warner Bros. Studios and Fox, I’d already be in the process of making a deal with Netflix or Amazon Prime to put “Hollow” on streaming. While the show is a hit, there’s a lot of room for growth, and it has the right components to get a “Scandal” or “Breaking Bad”-esque growth in its second season. If someone new starts watching and sees the show’s brilliant use of serialization and the great relationship at its center, they’ll have a hard time not falling head over heels for it.
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Shrouded in conflict, popular perceptions of Palestinians are often clouded by war, and of the ongoing search Palestine for resolution. New Interrupted York artist Through Feb. 14 Adam Abel challenges Exhibit Reception the endless with artist’s talk: battle-tinged Jan. 28, 5:40 pm narratives coming from the West Bank and seeks to show a different version of Palestine — an interruption from the barrage of news stories depicting fighting. This is told through his piece, “Palestine Interrupted,” a work geared toward the softer side of the small sliver of land on the banks of the Jordan River. “Palestine is something that I feel very close to,” Abel said. “I come from a Jewish family, and I come from Philadelphia, and so that also has made me very much connected to what’s going on in Palestine and with ‘my people.’ I ended up marrying an ArabAmerican playwright from Lebanon.” The interest in Palestine was piqued during his time at Parsons The New School For Design, when he began visiting the state and met a Palestinian activist who became his partner for “QALQILYA,” a documentary that explores the difficulty in telling a Palestinian story to a Western audience. “In the beginning, it’s inescapable to notice the checkpoints and the walls and surveillance and the Israeli military vehicles. There’s too many of them,” Abel
said of his trips to Palestine. “I thought of all of these as the barriers; after spending so much time working on this project, I realized that a bigger wall was that narratives just can’t leave Palestine. The people can’t tell their own stories.” To combat this, Abel focused on telling the other story — the one of kids beat-boxing, of skateboarders and rollerbladers — of times outside of strife. Abel began “Palestine Interrupted” by imagining a physical space that could best showcase the different narratives. “This circle idea is how it started,” Abel said. “It’s about process, and life is about thinking about a way of what needs to get done. I started looking at all my footage and picking out these moments that weren’t necessarily going to be part of the film, but that I would use near the end, that I think served to convey ideas about emotion.” Originally, Abel envisioned a perfect circle of nine monitors, each showing a clip on repeat. Swivel stools would be at the center, and each person would turn from one monitor to the next. But because different exhibit areas call for different installation techniques, Abel wanted to tell the story of movement beyond borders — for his work to go beyond the installation. “I approached it from a central place, with the idea of the circle engaging with movement and, not incidentally … the story is about a bunch of kids who use movement to break barriers of confinement,” Abel said. “So I was really interested in kind of taking that idea into the spaces the film was going to be featured in, with the narra-
tives and the expression of movement.” Rather than tell one story, Abel’s nine clips tell the story of routine, mundane, typical occurrences for the Palestinian people, without focusing on the political and military conflict. “There’s a piece about olives, and it’s a story of an olive becoming olive oil. Then there’s a goat that becomes a holiday meal; You see the goat alive and then you see the goat dead, chopped to pieces,” Abel said. “Then there’s a narrative about some sort of object in a bag, and the video is shot inside of the bag, and it’s gone through the process of inspection.”
Focusing on real portrayals of Palestinian life. More interested in what’s not shown than what is, Abel deliberately leaves out the war-torn shots, in order to bring to life something he hopes to be more meaningful. “I would like everyone to experience something; maybe something that they hadn’t before or find out something they didn’t know,” Abel said. “I would be interested in knowing how a viewer engages with their own understanding of Palestine through the experience of seeing the work. I don’t want them to think a certain way or direct them. I’m just interested in how they engage with their own understanding.”
Absurd story kills ‘Frankenstein’ By MAYANK MATHUR Daily Arts Writer
“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain.” Or in Aaron Eckhart’s (“Olympus Has Fallen”) case, an insipid rep- D resentation of a classic literary I, Frankenstein character in Rave 20 and the gloriously Quality 16 absurd fantasy, “I, Franken- Lionsgate stein,” directed by Stuart Beattie (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”). It’s difficult to discuss this film since there really isn’t much to talk about. It’s downright weird and thoroughly un-enjoyable — the result of terrible storytelling. The film starts off where the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creation, as told by author Mary Shelley, is about to end — with Frankenstein’s death. Frankenstein dies in the pursuit of his creation, who killed his fiancée, and the creature buries him in his family’s cemetery. However, amid all the burying and the not-so-sentimental goodbyes comes an attack upon the monster by the demons. The monster, now biblically named Adam, is given aid by gargoyles that turn into humans at will. The gargoyle queen explains that the attack has now inducted him into the gargoyle club. He must fight against the demons and their prince, Naberius (Bill Nighy, “About Time”). Adam politely refuses to be part of this battle and leaves for the farthest corners of the Earth. However, he is still hunted by the demons and is able to repel their attacks using the weapons he stole from the gargoyles. So, after about 200 years, Adam returns to human civilization, complete with a neat haircut and a hoodie, to re-entangle himself in a battle from which he had conveniently, albeit inefficiently, excused himself. Why the sudden return, you ask? Because he gets pissed off with demons cutting into his alone time and decides to head for the
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demon prince, thus seeking to end this once and for all.
Eckhart lumbers around, speaking in a dreary voice. If Adam had found Naberius sitting in a pub and killed him — and the story — I would have deemed this a fitting expenditure of ten dollars. However, it’s not as easy as it looks, as Adam’s intervention causes the gargoyles to collectively lose their shit and hit the panic button. This is ironic considering the gargoyles wanted Adam in this battle in the first place. What follows is an allout war between the two sides, with Adam caught in the middle. Questions of Adam’s ability to do the right thing despite his lack of human emotion, morality
and empathy are thrown around during the course of the conflict, but are never fully explored. Movies without coherent plot structure are often forgiven if the performances are captivating enough (“American Hustle,” anyone?). Sadly, this is not such a film. The characters are one-dimensional and shallow, and the actors pitch in with listless performances. One has to wonder why Eckhart, a talented actor, chose to work on a film with such an absurd storyline. Even if the appeal of playing the iconic character of Frankenstein’s monster was high, Eckhart simply does not do enough except lumber around and speak in a deep, dreary voice. It’s a pity to see an acting talent wasted in a very strange movie that is too outlandish, even considering its “fantasy” label. “I, Frankenstein” has neither an interesting story nor compelling performances that paper over the cracks, making it an empty creation, much like its titular character.
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Visuals prevail in ‘Invisible Woman’ A passionate true story from the life of Dickens By CARLY KEYES Daily Arts Writer
Though celebrated for his gift of storytelling and unmatched articulation — proven by pages upon pages of forever-treaBsured fiction — Charles The Invisible Dickens’s most pas- Woman sionate tale Michigan happens to Theater be a true one, and it Sony Pictures unfolded far away from the paper his masterful pen had so passionately tread upon. Based on a book of the same name by Claire Tomalin, “The Invisible Woman” stars Ralph Fiennes (“Skyfall”) as the worshipped writer who, long troubled by a lackluster marriage, pursues a fiery, forbidden relationship with a young actress and devoted admirer of
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his work, Ellen “Nelly” Ternan (Felicity Jones, “Breathe In”), despite the strong warning of her caring mother, Frances (Kristin Scott Thomas, “Before the Winter Chill”). Fiennes, who also directed the film, unravels the narrative with heavy helpings of flashback as real-time Nelly — who works at a prep school for young boys and leads the charge as they prepare a production of one of Dickens’s plays — reflects upon her rollercoaster romance with her literary idol. While Fiennes and Jones offer convincing chemistry as a covert couple, it’s a painfully predictable and played-out plot from writer Abi Morgan (“The Iron Lady”), and it grows difficult to root for a relationship that is so clearly and firmly rooted in narcissism: A celebrity novelist trapped in a sexless marriage with an overweight spouse jumps at the slightest attention from a bright, beautiful, blonde 18-year old who can recite every line of his prose from memory? It’s an obvious response to a primal scenario, and the only intrigue here
derives from whatever high one might typically get from witnessing budding scandal and infidelity progress into an all out torrid affair. Although the film lacks structure and disappoints with its dialogue, it succeeds substantially with its decorative characteristics. The vintage (and Oscar-nominated) costume design dazzles, the art direction delicately impresses and the inventive, chiaroscuroladen cinematography captures the essence of contradicted lovers: a man torn between his life in the limelight and the one he keeps in the dark with his secret lover, and she, a woman who overtly reveres the author yet never entirely divulges the true extent of this avid devotion. Ultimately, “The Invisible Woman” is a narratively all-too-familiar — yet visually refreshing — based on real events biopic that manifests one of Dickens’s most-coined phrases from “A Tale of Two Cities”: “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mys-
Over half of the homes in Detroit once housed autoworkers and their families. Today, over half the dwellings in most Detroitarea communities are vacant — housing crime and decay rather than people. But three such houses in a neighborhood just north PAIGE of Ham- PFLEGER tramck will be vacant no longer thanks to Write A House, a non-profit that renovates abandoned houses and gives them to writers, creating a writing community and providing an invaluable resource for up and coming artists: a home. “In a lot of ways, writers are suffering just as much as Detroit is,” said Toby Barlow, a founding board member. “Detroit has been the poster child for industrial decline and writers have been having a pretty hard time of it, too. It seemed like a great idea to combine the two.” Write A House’s mission statement is to enliven the literary arts in Detroit by renovating vacant homes and giving them to journalists, authors, poets and more. Consider it a writer’s residency program, however the residency lasts forever, creating a writer’s colony and revitalizing Detroit areas through the arts. The project doesn’t only benefit the writers and the houses; it gives an opportunity to neighborhood youth to learn carpentry and building skills through its partnership with non-profit Young Detroit Builders. Barlow has worked in advertising around the country, and landed in Detroit to work on rebuilding Ford’s image about seven years ago. Recently, he joined forces with Sarah Cox, the editorial director of the Detroit real estate website, Curbed, to start Write
A House. Write A House bought houses near to neighboring Power House Productions, another artsbased community project. Write A House differs from PHP in its specific emphasis on written work as opposed to visual arts. “We were aware that music and visual arts groups in the city are doing well,” Write A House board member Anna Clark said. “But the literary group is a bit stifled.” Clark, a University of Michigan alum, moved to Detroit in 2007. As a freelance journalist, she has published pieces with The Guardian, The Nation, NBC News and more. She got her start as a Michigan Daily reporter covering the University’s administration, and like many students in Ann Arbor, had only visited Detroit for sporting events. A few years after moving to the city she founded Literary Detroit, a reader-centric program that brings attention to or creates events to draw interest to literacy in Detroit. She also serves as a writer in residence at Detroit High Schools through the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. When conversations about Write A House began, Clark was on board. “You couldn’t logistically do this anywhere else,” Clark said. “I’ve only been here for six years, and it’s amazing to see how the energy has changed over time. It’s a place where the creative community is very engaged, and writers want to be around that strong creative force.” Many other cities, as Clark points out, are too expensive for writers to truly be able to concentrate on their work, and not only that — most cities don’t have the attitude of Detroit, nor the inspirational creative community. “We think it’s a really positive project,” Barlow said. “On the one hand, you’re helping the individual writer, and in a greater way you’re bringing a lot of attention to Detroit as a place that supports creativity and the arts.”
But who are the writers that receive one of these free and newly renovated homes? The answer is quite simple — any kind of writer, from a poet to a journalist and anywhere in between. Skill is prized over experience and willingness to engage in a community of writers and the greater Detroit community at large is important for the unification goals of Write A House. “When we got the other two houses we got them in the same vicinity, to help build a community feeling,” Clark said. “We want people to have healthy relationships with the people they live around. People want neighbors, they don’t want to live next to vacant houses. And at this point, there is room for all.” Writers fill out applications
Working to enliven the city’s literary arts. and send them in the spring to be reviewed by members of Write A House’s board — made up of National Poet Laureate Billy Collins, the ghostwriter of Jay-Z’s memoir “Decoded”, dream hampton (left in lower case mimicking the style of author bell hooks) along with author and Michael Stone Richard, a professor at the College of Creative Studies. This year’s three chosen writers will move into their new house with their neighbors, and get to work at writing and contributing to their community. Write A House aims to snatch up and renovate at least three houses every year, repeating the process in hopes of decreasing vacancy and creating a better Detroit. Pfleger is looking to remedy Detroit. To help out, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By EMILY BODDEN Daily Arts Writer
HBO has another hit on its hands. “Looking,” a series revolving around a group of mostly gay friends living in San Francisco, premiered on Sunday to much A acclaim. Over the course of Looking the premiere’s Sundays at brief 29-minute running time, 10:30 p.m. the show man- HBO aged to generate a strong connection to its characters, that puts the program on a strong footing for the future. “Looking” ’s premiere was successful because, while managing to introduce characters and their pasts, it did not linger on them. Instead, there was an ingrained familiarity that made viewers feel as if they have known the characters for years. With a combination of lighting, camera work and dialogue, “Looking” produced one of the most honest portrayals of friendship currently on TV. Throughout the premiere, the producers utilized tight framing, creating an intimacy that is not always sought after but also works so well within the context of the show. The subtle shifting focus that draws viewers’ eyes naturally from character to character complemented the tight framing beautifully. Additionally, the lighting is soft and warm which plays into creating a sense of closeness. Jonathan Groff (“Frozen”) plays Patrick, or Patty as his friends lovingly call him, and is the talent on the show. As
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a character, Patrick is who, if given the choice, would be your best friend. Cute and slightly introverted, he often responds to awkward scenarios in a very natural way, giggling and looking uncomfortable. Very endearing, he seems to come from a place many twenty- and thirtyyear-olds can understand. While friends are moving in with their significant others, he has resorted to OKCupid (which leads to one of the most realistically wretched dates on TV) and his ex-boyfriend is newly engaged. It is hard to not feel for a guy who is reminiscent of at least one of your friends. The dialogue can stand alone. While not as quotable as HBO’s other hit, “Girls,” the dialogue is honest, never coming off as contrived. The chemistry between the cast breathes life into the dialogue which could easily be boring if all the other elements on the show were not so complimentary. As English teachers everywhere preach, the dialogue “shows not tells.” And by that, the intricacies of each character’s personality shine through to meld with the carefully con-
structed production choices. “Looking” also uses social media in a very appropriate way. Instead of shying away from mentioning social media, they embrace it without worry of seeming outdated. The references to Instagram filters ruining everything (“Is this guy even hot?”) to the proper use of emojis (“A winking smiley face — what are you, a Japanese teenager?”) are dead on. This generation is intertwined with the rise of the Internet and it is great to see a TV show so unabashedly use that fact to further plot and character development.
This isn’t ‘Girls.’ Some reduce “Looking” to simply a “gay version of ‘Girls,’ ” but those people are missing out. With a great first episode, “Looking” reveals more potential than most shows that have come out in the past year.
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University President Mary Sue Coleman looks on as President-elect Mark Schlissel delivers his first speech to the University in the Michigan Union Friday.
LENGTHY TRANSITION AHEAD FOR SCHLISSEL University President Mary Sue Coleman didn’t become one of Time Magazine’s 10 best college presidents overnight. When Coleman arrived in Ann Arbor, she faced many hurdles, as will the University presidentelect Mark Schlissel when he assumes office this summer. In her March 2003 inauguration speech, Coleman addressed the pending lawsuits against the University, Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger, cases that challenged the University’s admissions policies and made their way to the U.S. Supreme Court. That fall, Coleman had to remain vocal about the University’s vision for diversity and affirmative action. Coleman also had to define herself as a prominent leader, as the first female president of the University and one of only a few females at the time leading the nation’s most prestigious universities. During the reception after her speech, The Michigan Daily reported Coleman instantly connected with professors, alumni and students. People commented on how welcoming and approachable Coleman was with everyone she met. “She has that personal, direct feeling for people,” former Business Prof. Jim Holmes said in a 2003 interview. But by the next fall, students were not as impressed. In a September 2003 editorial, The Daily’s editorial staff criticized Coleman for making no effort to be active among student groups, failing to fill key administrative posts and lacking any clear ideas for the future of the University. “(Coleman) has thus far been unsuccessful in enhancing the University’s intellectual atmosphere,” the editorial read. “Coleman seems intent on avoiding controversy that would challenge both faculty and students.” When former University President James Duderstadt entered his presidency in 1988, he said his leadership team took pride not only in keeping the University on track during the transition, but also in beginning to make progress on issues of race relations and resource allocation. “I had begun to define and put
into place the key themes that would characterize my administration: diversity, globalization and/or evolution into a knowledge-driven society,” Duderstadt wrote in his 2007 book, “The View from the Helm.” Duderstadt wrote that he was tasked with pressing matters right away, adding that once his presidency was announced he was tasked with mediating any long-term decisions. “First, there was a very rapid transfer of power from Harold Shapiro to me,” Duderstadt wrote. “Although Shapiro was determined to serve until the end of the year … anyone either on or off the campus who needed a decision or a commitment that would last beyond Shapiro’s final months came to me.”
I’m going try to be a physical presence on the campus MARK SCHLISSEL As the University has awaited the selection of the next president during the final year of her term, Coleman has been forced to confront an array of challenges that will likely continue into the next presidency. On Monday, the Black Student Union continued their #BBUM campaign with a protest on the steps of Hill Auditorium, calling on the administration to meet seven demands for improving race relations on campus. As part of those demands, the group stressed the need for an increase in minority enrollment, a task challenged by Proposal 2, the 2006 Michigan ballot initiative that banned the use of race in college admissions just a few years into Coleman’s term. Though Coleman will continue to grapple with the botched launch of the shared services initiative, the #BBUM campaign and the $4 billion Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign among other challenges, the new president will likely inherit a host of unfinished business. Additionally, the next president will likely name candidates for multiple highlevel University posts. Both the position of LSA dean and
vice president for research are currently filled by interim officials, and University Provost Pollack’s contract lasts only two years, since the new president has the authority to appoint the provost. In an October interview with the Daily, E. Royster Harper, vice president for student life, said the leadership team, such as deans and executive officers, must keep the University moving forward during the transition. “People who are really good at what they do — and I think the leadership team here is really good — know how to keep going while you recalibrate,” Harper said. “It’s kind of like you keep your eye on the horizon where you’re trying to go, realizing that what comes up on the horizon changes and so then you adjust as that happens.” In an interview Sunday, Schlissel said he will soon begin making a series of visits to campus every few weeks for a couple of days. He will also speak on the phone with department chairs, deans and executive officers throughout the transition process. Additionally, Schlissel said he has promised to meet with the student government organizations and has plans to engage with students across campus. “And it’s going to take a while,” Schlissel said. “I still have a day job. I’m still the provost at Brown. And as a matter of personal integrity, I’m going to work as hard as I can on behalf of Brown until the end of the semester. That being said, I’m certainly going to devote as much time as I can preparing for July when this very large responsibility becomes mine.” He also said he hopes to host fireside chats and an open house once he moves into the President’s House, in addition to meeting students and staff at sports events and performances. “I’m sure that during timeouts and half time hopefully I can schmooze with students,” Schlissel said. “I’m going to go to performances and really try to be a physical presence on the campus as well so there will be a lot of informal opportunities to talk to students.”
As Coleman finishes her tenure, the president-elect prepares to fill Fleming’s highest office.
By Claire Bryan, Daily Staff Reporter
University President Mary Sue Coleman at the Michigan men’s basketball team’s banquet on April 10, 2012.
University President Mary Sue Coleman speaks at the Victors for Michigan Campaign press conference on November 7, 2013.
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THRICE AS NICE MEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN HAS WON FIVE OF SEVEN AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE THREE STRAIGHT WINS AGAINST TOP - 10 OPPONENTS
“ ” I GUESS I’M FEELING WELL...SOME TYPE OF WAY! — JORDAN MORGAN on Twitter
97-76 ALL-TIME RECORD AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE FIRST PLACE IN THE BIG TEN
I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE A FRESHMAN, BUT I KNOW I HAD TO PLAY LIKE A VETERAN. — DERRICK WALTON JR.
23 WINS FOR ADAM COON BEFORE LOSING HIS FIRST MATCH ON FRIDAY
SIX STRAIGHT DUAL MEET VICTORIES BEST BIG TEN START IN DUAL MEETS SINCE 2005-06
HOCKEY 147-126-19 IN THE ALLTIME SERIES AGAINST THE SPARTANS, HAVING WON FIVE OF THE LAST SIX GAMES AGAINST MSU FIRST WIN IN EAST LANSING SINCE THE 20092010 SEASON
Freshman point guard Derrick Walton Jr.’s and-1 in the final minutes helped the Michigan men’s basketball team escape the Breslin Center with a statement victory over No. 3 Michigan State.
AST LANSING — what went Jordan Morgan stood wrong. outside the visitor’s The hallway locker room in the bowels appeared of the Breslin Center on brighter this Saturday night, brimming time around. with unspoken smugness. The underbelly DANIEL It was just a year ago, of the Breslin WASSERMAN after a crushing loss in Center has the same building, that he undergone positioned himself just a few some changes feet away as he tried to explain since then, and perhaps new
lighting was installed. Or maybe it’s just a matter of perception, because after rolling off three straight wins over top-10 opponents — the first team to do so in almost three decades — everything around the team seems to be glowing. Win or lose, it was the same hallway. It was the same Michigan team, too, just on a different timeline.
Morgan had just helped the Michigan men’s basketball to an 80-75 win. It was the Spartans’ second home loss to the Wolverines in four years, an anomaly for a team that’s a near-unbeatable 320-47 at the Breslin Center. Afterward, the fifth-year senior who never received a hint of recruiting attention from Michigan State basked in victory. But the walls
know him in a different light, too. The hallway seemed gloomier when Morgan was there last year. The Spartans had scored the first two baskets of the game and the Wolverines rolled over. Facing the media following the 75-52 loss — and it wasn’t even that close — the veteran spoke of a team without toughness. See BASKETBALL, Page 3B
Wrestling prevails despite Coon loss By JUSTIN MEYER Daily Sports Writer
Adam Coon put the Michigan wrestling team on his back time and again this season, but on Friday it was his teammates’ turn to do the carrying. During the Michigan wrestling team’s dismantling of in-state rival Michigan State 23-6, freshman phenom and
previously undefeated Coon watched as the ref raised his opponent’s arm in triumph for the first time. Coon, the top-ranked NCAA heavyweight, headed directly to the locker room without picking up his head as the Spartans’ ninth-ranked senior Mike McClure celebrated in a front of a stunned crowd. “The first emotion is shock,” Coon said. “You start to dwell
on ‘What did I do wrong?’ Now that I’ve gotten my head back together, it’s figuring out ‘OK, what did he do to stop this and what can I do to fix it.’ ” Four years of collegiate wrestling separating McClure and Coon were apparent in the size difference between the two wrestlers. Coon’s quickness and technical skill were no match for the chiseled See WRESTLING, Page 3B
Freshman Adam Coon picked up his first loss, but Michigan routed the Spartans.
Wolverines take series in Detroit, East Lansing
WE’VE HAD ALL THIS TIME TO THINK ABOUT OUR LAST FOUR GAMES, WHICH WERE ALL LOSSES. ALL THE PRACTICE TIME, ALL THE MEETINGS, WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO, WHAT WE HAVE TO DO, AND SO ON. AND TO GO OUT AND DO IT, THAT’S ANOTHER THING. — RED BERENSON
By ALEJANDRO ZÚÑIGA Daily Sports Editor
The Michigan hockey team snapped its five-game winless streak by sweeping MSU.
“WIN THE GAME”
n The Michigan basketball team heeded sophomore Mitch McGary’s advice and upset the third-ranked Spartans on Saturday. Page 2B
EAST LANSING — After the No. 14 Michigan hockey team earned a chippy win over Michigan State in Detroit on Thursday night, Spartan coach Tom Anastos told reporters the rivalry was “a man’s game” and that the “intensity was tough.” The problem with the
physical nature of the contest? The Wolverines (4-2 Big Ten, 12-6-2 overall) aren’t built for what happens after the gloves are dropped. Fighting isn’t allowed in college hockey, and as sophomore forward Andrew Copp explained during practice earlier in the week, Michigan doesn’t have a true enforcer anyway. But Copp and the Wolverines
n Junior forward Phil Di Giuseppe’s goal in Detroit gave the Michigan hockey team momentum in its sweep of the Spartans. Page 2B
spent those practices tussling with each other, or at least pretending to. They drove each other into the boards and to the ground, feigning haymakers to prepare for the weekend’s anticipated physicality. In its series against the Spartans (2-4-2-2, 8-11-3), Michigan accepted the role of the aggressor, and the style See HOCKEY, Page 3B
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What do you think of Michigan basketball now? T wo dramas played out Saturday night, both varying degrees of enthralling. There was the game, of course, a meeting between the Big Ten’s best, Michigan and Michigan State. Then ZACH there was HELFAND the performance of the Michigan men’s basketball team’s sideline, which, as time wound down, boiled into an excited mess each time play stopped. The two routines were wonderfully mismatched, as if the team was under a trance, each whistle snapping the Wolverines from peace to rage, coolness to madness, poetry to absurdity, until, after approximately forever, the final two minutes of play ended, at which point all that gave way to rapture. Disclaimer: The 80-75 Michigan victory came over a significantly hobbled Michigan State team. But this was a deeply satisfying victory for the Wolverines, the capstone to a deeply impressive three-game stretch, and about as fun as regular-season college basketball gets. Teams are supposed to get a chance to breathe during timeouts. But Michigan was so wound up it looked more comfortable on the floor. The fervor began with 4:01 remaining in the game. John Beilein had said on Friday that he just wanted his players to keep it close, then maybe they’d have a chance to steal the game late. Well, now it was close, and they had a chance to steal the game late, and Beilein was yelling like a maniac. Nik Stauskas had to hold his coach back to
Freshman guard Derrick Walton Jr. and the Michigan men’s basketball team stayed cool under pressure, making 14 of 16 late free throws to top Michigan State.
prevent a technical, first with an arm on Beilein’s shoulder, then with his palm in Beilein’s chest. The assistant coaches hurried to calm him down. On the bench, the injured Mitch McGary rubbed his eyes and looked as if he might yawn. Whistle, timeout over. Glenn Robinson III sank two free throws to tie the game, 60-60. At the next timeout, it was
Stauskas’s turn to fume. A moment ago, he had attempted a layup and appeared to get fouled. The officials called it clean. Jordan Morgan and McGary and assistant coach LaVall Jordan calmed Stauskas down with an impromptu group therapy session. Whistle. Two possessions later, Stauskas splashed a 3-pointer on a behind-the-back toss from
Beilein’s best coaching gift may be his eye for undervalued talent.
Caris LeVert to break the tie. It was the decisive basket. The Spartans extended the game with a spate of fouls, but Michigan didn’t blink. The Wolverines made 10 foul shots in a row, and 14 of 16 overall. Each stoppage, the team returned to the sideline, which had begun to compose itself, but Spike Albrecht still grew animated talking over the dry erase board with Beilein. On a different board, on the outside of the team huddle, McGary scribbled something down. He raised his hand to offer his thoughts, written in black ink: WIN THE GAME! ***
Michigan won the game. For the Wolverines in 2014, all the worry, all the anxiety, all the questions have been on the sidelines. This shouldn’t surprise anyone anymore. Beilein has always shown an ability to adapt. His teams are always among the Big Ten’s mostimproved. And look at what he’s done it with. LeVert has gone from a lanky, braces-wearing, deerin-the-headlights freshman to a lanky, braces-wearing sophomore capable of putting up 17 points and eight rebounds against Michigan State. Stauskas, the fifth-best player in
the starting lineup by the end of last year, would probably be the Big Ten Player of the Year if the season ended today. Albrecht, the Justin Bieber lookalike (who has just four inches on the 5-foot-7 pop star), always seems to be at the right place at the right time and has just one turnover in Big Ten play. Beilein’s best coaching gift may be his eye for undervalued talent and his trust in that talent. When the players start to understand what Beilein saw in them in the first place, that’s when the Wolverines become dangerous. Take Derrick Walton Jr., the freshman point guard. Beilein was under pressure to replace him with Albrecht in the starting lineup, but Beilein stayed the course. So it was fitting that the dagger came from Walton. With 2:29 remaining, he slashed to the basket on a fast break, drew a foul and flicked up a graceful spinning finger roll. It stayed there right above the net for a moment, bouncing off the front rim, rolling around to the back, ricocheting once more between the front and back… If Michigan could hold on, it would mean three straight wins against top-10 teams. This was a March-like slate of games, if slightly out of order. Northwestern, Nebraska and Penn State compare well to low seeds in the opening rounds. Minnesota was the Sweet 16 and Iowa the Elite Eight. Wisconsin and Michigan State on the road? Final Four caliber. There had been anxiety in the Michigan fan base after McGary’s injury, but on the court, Michigan had already started its second act. The ball dropped in. The sideline erupted. Helfand can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter: @zhelfand.
The anatomy, implications and effects of a goal E AST LANSING — A winning streak starts with one game. And a win starts with one goal. To call the Michigan hockey team’s series against ALEJANDRO Michigan ZUNIGA State last weekend crucial would be an understatement. Once ranked No. 3 in the nation, the Wolverines had lost four straight games and compiled the program’s longest winless streak since 2011 before
Thursday’s matchup in Detroit. Anything less than a sweep of the Spartans would’ve been devastating. A split would put Michigan on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble. Two more losses to a rival with few quality wins would’ve been nothing short of embarrassing. The week before the series, sophomore forward Andrew Copp said the Wolverines were “confident that we can beat those guys every night.” But it’s one thing to talk bravado and another to play with it. For the greater part of two months, Michigan had been playing on its heels, and because of the sparse schedule, it had little opportunity to break the freefall.
“We had all this time to think about our last four games,” said Michigan coach Red Berenson. Each of those was a loss, increasingly worrisome results from a team with Frozen Four aspirations. Against the Spartans, the Wolverines needed a win. They needed a spark. They needed a goal. Thursday, Michigan had what appeared to be the elusive tally when junior forward Phil Di Giuseppe received a pass in the slot and rocketed a shot just over goaltender Jake Hildebrand’s left shoulder. It was sure to pull at the twine, except Hildebrand reached up with his glove and snagged the puck while falling backward, and
the goal that was, wasn’t. That shot goes in, unless you’re on a team that’s winless in 52 days. It’s a shot that gave Di Giuseppe and the Wolverines that much longer to consider their continuing futility. “We haven’t played many games, so it’s hard to get out of a slump once you get in it,” Di Giuseppe said. “I thought it was going to go post-in for sure.” With 2:18 remaining in a 1-1 game and Michigan needing a positive result, freshman defender Nolan De Jong did exactly what coaches preach when their teams can’t score: throw a shot at the net. It didn’t even reach Hildebrand because sophomore forward Andrew Copp deflected it, but then Di Giuseppe and linemate Boo Nieves took turns slicing
at the puck just outside the crease. Di Giuseppe finally managed to make contact with his stick. Like all the shots Michigan had so desperately needed to pull itself out of freefall in the previous month and a half, it was blocked. But the puck skittered back to Di Giuseppe, and his next effort lifted the puck treacherously close to the crossbar but low enough to enter the goal. “I thought it was going over the net,” he said. But when the final horn blew 138 seconds later, the junior’s goal had ended 1,248 hours of futility. And the celebration was 52 days in the making. “You saw me jump out there like an idiot,” Giuseppe said.
“We can beat those guys every night.”
The following night in East Lansing, Michigan showcased the dominance it’s displayed for much of the season, combining skill with grit and a couple of lucky bounces to blow out Michigan State, 5-2. It was a win reminiscent of the Wolverines’ 5-1 and 5-3 victories at Munn Ice Arena in the 2010 CCHA Tournament, which were so convincing that Michigan fans drowned out their counterparts with cheers by the end of the series. Friday, there weren’t as many supporters in maize and blue. But after the Wolverines asserted their will and the arena had emptied, the team gathered in the locker room and belted a euphoric rendition of ‘The Victors” that echoed down the hallway. And that doesn’t happen without a goal. Zúñiga can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @the_zuniga.
Sophomore forward Andrew Copp backed up his confident talk by helping the Michigan hockey team sweep the Spartans.
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WRESTLING From Page 1B and hulking McClure. Coon’s loss put the heavily favored 12th-ranked Wolverines in an uneasy and unusual position as they headed toward the lower weight classes tied 6-6 with Michigan State (0-4 Big Ten, 5-7 overall). Michigan (4-0 , 8-2) began the meet by taking a hard fought 6-0 lead. Redshirt junior Collin Zeerip avoided getting caught in a takedown late in the match to hold on to a 3-2 victory at 174 pounds. Afterward, freshman Domenic Abounader rallied to win in overtime at 184 pounds. After the intermission and Coon’s loss, the Wolverines rebounded with renewed enthusiasm, highlighted by an aggressive match from redshirt freshman Conor Youtsey, who scored a major decision. Fifth year senior Eric Grajales also had a strong performance, keeping his opponent fighting in vain while forced flat against the mat. Michigan nearly got the pin before a series of blood stoppages put an exclamation mark on a vicious match. Grajales has recovered to prime form after a shaky start to the season, just as the Wolverines have begun to burn through their conference competition. Redshirt junior Steve Dutton and freshman Brian Murphy also provided high points for the Wolverines, but the end to Coon’s undefeated streak still weighed on the crowd. The Spartans’ 18th-ranked junior John Rizqallah dominated Abounader in the first period of the day’s most exciting match, but Abounader eventually began to heed Michigan coach Joe McFarland’s screams to push the pace. “In the third period I started to pick it up and he started to get worn out,” Abounader said. “Coach was telling me he would before the match and I’ve been working real hard all week trying to get my conditioning up, and it
BASKETBALL From Page 1B “I hope they realize,” Morgan said, pausing to catch himself. “I hope we realize what happened today — that’s just not okay.” By time the buzzer sounded on that mid-February night, Michigan was in the midst of what seemed like an epic collapse to a once-promising season. In hindsight, it was a team learning how to win by learning what it’s like to lose. Still, the memory of the hallway that night doesn’t seem any brighter. The first half of Saturday’s game, save for the Wolverines’ 10-2 outburst to open the evening, had all the makings of a rerun of last year.
HOCKEY From Page 1B paid off both nights. Friday evening, it completed a series sweep with a 5-2 win at Munn Ice Arena. “We knew that we had to play stronger and harder and with more of an edge,” said Michigan coach Red Berenson. “And I think you saw that this weekend.” For half a period, the teams played clean, unbroken hockey. Then junior defenseman Brennan Serville stepped into an open-ice hit at the edge of Michigan State’s blue line and the game began in earnest. Four minutes later, Copp and sophomore forward Boo Nieves came threateningly close to blows with Spartan forward Brent Darnell, and the teams earned offsetting minor penalties for roughing after the whistle. “We didn’t instigate any of the trouble on the ice, but you’ve
definitely paid off.” Abounader reversed the riding time deficit and nearly rolled the faltering Rizqallah into a near fall at the end of the third period to force a scoreless tie. In overtime, Abounader came to life, shooting for takedowns to take control of the match. The breakthrough finally came at the end of the second 30-second tiebreaker when Abounader scored a takedown and immediately put the match out of reach by forcing a near fall. “Rizqallah is a tough 84-pounder,” McFarland said. “I got a lot of respect for him. We could see that it looked like conditioning was going to be a factor in the match. The way that Domenic escaped, and then scored, and then went right in for the kill in overtime, that was great to see.” Coon took the mat with Michigan leading 6-3, and a sold-out crowd buzzing in anticipation of the marquee matchup. McClure was too strong for the freshman, though, and never let Coon get close. “We weren’t able to clear our ties and get to our offense,” McFarland said. “It was a good lesson for us. (Adam’s) not happy about it, but he’ll be back. We have a lot more wrestling left this season.” Both wrestlers scored by escaping from the down position at the start of the second and third periods, and McClure almost scored a takedown early in the third. In the closing seconds Coon began to force the action and ended up caught in a takedown. The resulting desperate escape attempt ended with a near fall count and a 5-1 loss. Coon was composed and reflective after the meet, explaining that a loss taught a wrestler more about himself than a win. For Michigan wrestling, a rivalry victory without Coon might have given them the confidence to take adversity in stride in a way that a Coon win never could have.
Mixhigan wrestling coach Joe McFarland has signed some of the top athletes in the state, and high-school dual meets in Ann Arbor have helped his efforts.
Recruits impressed at Cliff Keen Dual meet helps Michigan dominate in-state battles By BEN FIDELMAN Daily Sports Writer
Before the No. 12 Michigan wrestling team took on Michigan State on Friday, two future Wolverines stood on the mat of Cliff Keen Arena. St. John’s junior Logan Massa and senior Zac Hall will be high-ranking members of their respective Wolverine recruiting classes, and they had just finished competing in a high-school dual meet hosted by the University. Hours later, Michigan did its best to get the block ‘M’ emblazoned in the minds of potential recruits. “We know it’s good for our program to do these kinds of things,” said Michigan coach Joe McFarland. “Get some high-
Michigan’s start silenced the crowd, but not for long. Michigan State stormed back with a 19-6 run and the Spartans held an eight-point lead for much of the half. After a Wolverine turnover on a near-shot clock violation, one longtime Michigan State official noted that it was the loudest atmosphere he’d ever heard in the arena, a notch above last year’s game, the previous best. It was the moment that would’ve cracked last year’s freshmen-laden lineup: Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, Spike Albrecht and Mitch McGary in his first-career start. Like the year before, the ensuing huddle, and each one after it, would’ve been full of blank stares and an overall sense of defeat.
But that moment never came on Saturday. The Wolverines narrowed their first-half deficit to two late in the half, and when Michigan State scored the final two buckets of the period to take a six-point lead into the break, Michigan scored the first four points out of the locker room. A few minutes after Michigan climbed out of another eight-point deficit, Morgan backed up his words from the previous year. When Michigan State’s Russell Byrd blocked a Robinson layup and got in his face to let him know
gotta survive it,” Berenson said. “We’ve gotta play with discipline. We don’t want to take penalties that are going to hurt the team.” Thursday’s contest in Detroit was no different. Plays didn’t stop at the whistle; they ended when the referees managed to come between shoving and push apart not-so-friendly bear hugs. The Wolverines’ gamewinning goal that night was equally as scrappy, coming off of a shot that took several deflections before junior forward Phil Di Giuseppe poked it in on his second effort. But on Friday, Michigan played pretty when it counted. Fiftyone seconds after going up 3-2 in the third period, senior defenseman Mac Bennett’s backhand-forehand deke netted the Wolverines a fourth. Minutes later, despite being down a man, a breakout play by Bennett, freshman forward JT Compher and Copp created a two-on-one that Compher buried. And after a weekend of
taking a beating from a team not designed to deliver one, Michigan State finally snapped. With seconds remaining in a three-goal game, the tension boiled over into a brawl in response to a play by the boards in Michigan’s zone. Michigan State’s Joe Cox picked up junior forward Zach Hyman like a parent cradles a baby. Junior forward Andrew Sinelli exchanged blows with Spartan Thomas Ebbing. Four players — two from each team — received penalties, including one game misconduct, and they jawed at each other even as the referees escorted them off the ice. “You want to make sure you’re winning the game and not start everything and get too chippy,” Compher said. Following the ensuing faceoff, defenseman Jake Chelios crosschecked Compher from behind needlessly and ruthlessly and he too was ejected. Compher skated away instead of retaliating. From the bench, Berenson looked both ways before affording a small smile. In a weekend of hard hits and frayed nerves, the Wolverines had kept their cool.
“We knew we had to play stronger and harder with more of an edge.”
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school kids in here competing, and who knows, maybe they’ll be here in a couple of years.” Bringing in schools from near East Lansing and Mount Pleasant gives the Wolverines a chance to have a step up on the other prominent wrestling universities in the state, Central Michigan and Michigan State. According to InterMat’s recruiting profiles, Michigan has dominated Michigan State and Central Michigan when it comes to signing in-state recruits. Of the 21 recruits coming out of Michigan high schools in 2014, 10 are wrestling at colleges in Michigan. Four of them are bound for Ann Arbor, while no other school has more than two. St. Johns is one of the topranked wrestling squads in the state and frequently sends athletes to top wrestling programs in the country. There’s a strong connection between St. Johns and Michigan, as Logan Massa’s older brother,
about it, Morgan stepped in. “It got a little chippy — guys talking that wasn’t necessary,” Morgan said. He pushed back — earning a technical foul — and Michigan followed his lead. Fifteen second later, it took the lead, 54-53, with fewer than eight minutes to play. With just over three minutes left, a Stauskas 3-pointer put Michigan ahead for good. To cement the contest, freshman Derrick Walton Jr. did something last year’s National Player of the Year, Trey Burke, couldn’t do, commandeering
“We’ve been tested a lot this year.”
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sophomore Taylor Massa, and freshman Payne Hayden both wrestle for the Wolverines. Hall, who weighs in at the 138-pound weight class, wrestled at Cliff Keen Arena during his junior season at St. Johns and said that he gets a special feeling every time he sets foot in the building. “I love wrestling on this mat,” Hall said. “The atmosphere and fans here are crazy. I can’t wait to be back on this mat next year. There’s nothing like it.” McFarland added that it’s tough to get recruits to campus in the winter because of both sides’ packed schedules. That’s where having high-school meets before college meets can be most helpful. Because the high-school programs competed before the Michigan’s match, the athletes were able to enjoy mat-side seats for the evening’s main event. As if the intrastate rivalry needed any more fuel, it was wrestling’s “Maize Star”
event for the year, meaning the pep band was in attendance to provide a better atmosphere. According to St. Johns coach Dave Phillips, the most important thing for a highschool wrestler to consider when choosing a college is finding the place where one feels most at home. Hall believes he has found just that at Michigan. The high schooler’s eyes glazed as he looked around the gym watching the high-school parents file out. He had just won, 7-5, to remain undefeated on the season, and solidify a St. Johns victory. Soon the stands refilled, and Michigan took down the Spartans in front of a roaring crowd. Hall kicked back in his mat-side seat and enjoyed one of his last times being in the arena as a spectator. This time next year he will be under the lights striving for Big Ten and national championships that he’s been dreaming about.
the Wolverine offense to a win in spite of the hostile Breslin Center crowd. The freshman made nine of his 10 attempts from the line, giving the Wolverines sole possession of first place in the Big Ten and their fifth win in their last seven attempts against the Spartans. It capped a grow-up-in-frontof-your-eyes week for a team that was supposed to crumble after a poor non-conference showing and the loss of preseason All-American Mitch McGary. The team’s current run certainly can’t be judged sideby-side with last year’s NCAA Tournament run, but the message was the same. After drilling his 3-pointer to cap a miracle win over Kansas, Burke was quick to reference
all the misses, the in-and-out buzzer beaters — Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin — that led to that moment. When asked why this year’s rivalry game was different than last, Morgan’s comments echoed Burke’s. “We’ve been tested a lot this year. That might be the difference,” he said. “We had a couple road games where we did get knocked back and we didn’t fight back. Learning from those experiences, being able to keep our composure in those situations, really helped us.” Last year’s loss in East Lansing is a distant memory because of what happened in March — a string of wins from a team that learned, in its losses, how to win. Just like Saturday.
Series in review: MSU By ERIN LENNON Daily Sports Writer
What happened Thursday: It took seven tries, but late in the third period at Joe Louis Arena, on his eighth shot, junior forward Phil Di Giuseppe knocked a rebound puck past Michigan State goaltender Jake Hildebrand, snapping the No. 14 Michigan hockey team’s four-game losing streak. For the 14th-ranked Wolverines (4-2 Big Ten, 12-62 overall), though, the first period mimicked those in the losing streak. Michigan was plagued by a series of unlucky bounces and golden saves throughout, and failed to find a presence down low. With five seconds remaining in the frame, freshman forward JT Compher took a pass from sophomore forward Boo Nieves to even the score at one. Michigan State (2-4-2, 8-123) brought itself back early in the third period when forward Joe Cox’s shot in the slot was deflected by teammate Michael Ferrantino to tie the game. Something old, something new: Back together on a line after midseason struggles,
Compher, junior Alex Guptill and senior Derek DeBlois put together the Wolverines’ strongest weekend this season. The line recorded five goals and five assists in two games against Michigan State. On Michigan coach Red Berenson’s newest line, Di Giuseppe partnered with sophomore forwards Andrew Copp and Nieves for the first time this season. The trio combined for 13 shots, including an assist and a goal. Meanwhile, the duo of junior forward Zach Hyman and senior Luke Moffatt added seven of the Wolverines’ 36 shots. Hyman, who hadn’t recorded a point since Dec. 2 against Ohio State, nearly scored twice. What happened Friday: Early last week, Copp, an Ann Arbor native, said he was confident the Wolverines could beat “those guys” every night. So after five periods of backand-forth hockey between Michigan and Michigan State, the Wolverines showed what that dominance might look like, including three goals in the third period en route to a 5-2 victory.
Though the offense posted its best scoring performance since Dec. 2, Michigan’s penalty kill was burned twice in five man-down situations, making the Spartan’s power play — which came into the game with a 12.9-percent success rate — look like the team’s best unit. One at Munn: After each victory, Michigan circles up in the locker room to sing a sped-up rendition of “Hail to the Victors.” Following the conclusion of the Wolverines’ sweep of the Spartans, the chant penetrated the cinderblock walls of Munn Ice Arena. For any Michigan team — especially one with 12 Michigan natives on its roster — a sweep of Michigan State is special. But for the Wolverines’ senior class, doing it on the road was even more remarkable. Friday night was the first time the five-man senior class took a game from the Spartans at Munn Ice Arena. Compher, calm and collected: Compher’s fourpoint night was the most by a Michigan player since Oct. 13, 2011. He now leads the team in scoring with 20 points.
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Fighting mentality carries ‘M’ to win How It Happened: By DANIEL FELDMAN Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING — Jordan Morgan had experienced the environment of the Breslin Center before. He’d been there when the noise of the Izzone and the play of the Spartans had been too much to handle. He’d been there when his team overcame the variables of Michigan State. And after one last fight on Saturday, he’ll never have to experience it again as a player. “I’m kind of glad I’m never going back there,” Morgan said. In Michigan’s 80-75 victory over No. 3 Michigan State, Morgan and the Wolverines’ fighting mentality powered them through another game. It began in the Wolverines’ first series of offensive tries as they converted four baskets on four opportunities to take a 10-2 lead. Michigan didn’t want a repeat of last year’s game in East Lansing, where sophomore guard Nik Stauskas said earlier in the week — and sophomore guard Caris LeVert repeated after the game — Michigan got “punked.” “We weren’t going to let that happen this year,” LeVert said. And Michigan didn’t. Though the Spartans (7-1 Big Ten, 18-2 overall) dominated the paint in the first half, they didn’t relent. When fifth-year senior forward Jordan Morgan and redshirt junior forward Jon Horford got in early foul trouble — each played just eight minutes in the first half — Michigan (7-0, 15-4) persevered. Despite shooting just 41 percent from the field, including
5-for-16 on 2-pointers, Michigan was able to remain down just six heading into the locker rooms, thanks to 6-for-11 shooting from beyond the arc. Even though they remained within striking distance entering the second half, the Wolverines didn’t come close to playing their best ball. “We didn’t play a very good first half at all,” Morgan said. “So we just stayed composed and just kept with the game plan. We knew they were going to have their runs. We just had to keep staying positive and keep fighting.” In the second half, Michigan’s fighting mentality nearly spilled over onto the court as it continued to claw back from a deficit that began with 10:56 left in the first half. Unlike in the first half, which saw the Wolverines at times pass the ball around the perimeter of the 3-point line, Michigan started getting the ball in the paint and at the basket as Michigan State’s foul trouble started to bubble. Down 53-50, LeVert gathered a rebound off a Gary Harris missed triple and threw the ball ahead to sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III, who drove to the basket only to get rejected at the rim by Russell Byrd. It was then that a little hooting and hollering — not by Michigan State’s fans, but its players — got to the Wolverines. In stepped Morgan to make sure nothing more came of the play and aftermath. “The guy blocked Glenn’s shot and got all up in Glenn’s face,” Morgan said. “It wasn’t necessary, you know? And I just stepped in to the aid of my
teammate. We don’t really play that type of basketball.” While Morgan and Michigan State’s Keith Appling were given technical fouls — giving Morgan four personal fouls — the play sparked Michigan. “You have to be able to go out there and stand your ground and that’s what we did today,” Morgan said. “They knocked us back on our heels and we were able to respond and keep believing we were going to win.” While the near altercation helped trigger Michigan’s aggression to close out the game, it was also past experiences, both at Michigan State and earlier this season that helped too. “I can’t help but credit that to the tough games we had to play so far,” Morgan said. “We’ve been at Duke, at Iowa State — those are some hard places to play. And with that young team, we got thrown in the furnace a little bit. And it’s prepared us for these moments where we can stay composed.” For a young team, Michigan looked calm and composed under pressure at Breslin. Playing like a veteran, freshman guard Derrick Walton Jr. scored a career-high 19 points — tied for the team-high with Stauskas — including an and-one 3-point play with 2:29 minutes left that made up the middle of an 8-0 run that gave Michigan a lead it would never relinquish. The whole sequence, a Horford block leading to an outlet pass from LeVert to Walton, made Walton admit it was a great play, but the fact that he did it here “in front of this crowd with these guys makes it
much more special.” When Michigan beat Michigan State in East Lansing in 2011 after former guard Stu Douglass sunk a 3-pointer in the game’s final 30 seconds, the game didn’t represent the mentality that is present with the Wolverines now. “That one was more a shock,” Morgan said. “This one was like we knew this was going to be a fight and we took it very seriously.” With any rivalry game, such play should be expected, but with the style of play embodying Michigan every time it’s on the court, it makes these games even more memorable. “Well, guys,” said Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, “you wanted a rivalry and you wanted two good teams. I guess we got what we’ve been asking for.”
Michigan vs. MSU By DANIEL FELDMAN Daily Sports Writer
What happened Saturday: The Michigan men’s basketball team earned its third straight win against a top-10 opponent, 80-75 over No. 3 Michigan State. After starting 4-for-4 from the field and having a lead as large as eight in the first 10 minutes, the 21st-ranked Wolverines ultimately retook the lead on a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Nik Stauskas with fewer than five minutes left to take a 63-60 lead. Michigan stands alone on top of the Big Ten standings with a half-game lead over Michigan State (7-1 Big Ten, 18-2 overall). Additionally, the win marks
Fifth-year senior Jordan Morgan helped Michigan win the rebounding battle.
Michigan’s ninth straight victory. All nine have come without Preseason All-American forward Mitch McGary. Coupled with the Wolverines’ victories over then-No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 10 Iowa, Michigan is the first team since the 1986-87 Hawkeyes to win three straight games against Associated Press top 10 teams. Walton’s Waltz: Freshman point guard Derrick Walton Jr. stole the show and shifted what momentum wasn’t already swung towards the Wolverines (7-0, 15-4) late in the second half. After Michigan took the lead, Walton finished an impressive sequence that began with a Horford block of Spartan guard Keith Appling. After the rejection, sophomore guard Caris LeVert gathered the ball and passed it up the court to Walton, whose finger roll fell through the hoop. A foul was also called on the play, leading Walton to throw up the and-1 gesture made famous by former Wolverine Jalen Rose. Injury Bug: The talk leading up to the game was the impact Michigan State’s injuries to Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson would have. While the Spartans’ frontcourt was affected by the absence of the two big men, it didn’t mean Michigan had a field day down low. In the first half, the Wolverines struggled from inside the 3-point arc, shooting just 5-for-16 while getting outscored in the paint, 16-6. The numbers were nearly identical in the second half as Michigan ultimately finished with as many 2-pointers as 3-pointers in the game — 11.
Wolverines rebound from loss, topple Wisconsin Michigan’s strong defense limits Badgers’ offense By SHANNON LYNCH Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women’s basketball team isn’t perfect, and on Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center in Wisconsin, that much was clear. The WISCONSIN 44 Wolverines MICHIGAN 60 had only two players score in double figures and lost two players to foul trouble. Despite those issues, Michigan never let the Badgers get into an offensive rhythm and came out victorious, 60-44. “It wasn’t our best game,” said Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico. “But we were able to put it together and people stepped up at crucial times for us to be
successful.” After a home loss to Ohio State last Thursday in which the Wolverines shot 31 percent from the field, made only two 3-pointers and committed 17 turnovers, they headed to Wisconsin with something to prove. “The other night, when Ohio State took their lead, we kind of collapsed, and we weren’t able to fight back after that,” Barnes Arico said. “I thought when Wisconsin took that lead today, we regrouped, we made a run of our own, which was great to see, and then we got stops on the defensive end which led to the offensive run.” The Badgers got on the board first with a layup from top scorer Michala Johnson, but junior guard Shannon Smith quickly followed up with a jump shot to tie the game. That type of sequence established a theme for the Wolverines. As often as Wisconsin scored, Michigan always seemed to come right
back at the Badgers with a basket of its own. The Wolverines took a 27-22 lead into the half but allowed the Badgers to catch up early after the break. With a little over 17 minutes left, Wisconsin took its first lead since the beginning of the first half, but Michigan answered the call with an 8-0 run to retake the lead. Sophomore guard Madison Ristovski stood out as one of Michigan’s playmakers, scoring six points while dishing out five assists to go along with a career-high 11 rebounds, many of which gave the Wolverines the opportunities they needed to pull ahead. “If she can be this way all the time, she can be incredible
because she did a great job of taking care of the basketball,” Barnes Arico said. “I thought she had some late in the game that could have gone either way — she had to actually rip them out of somebody’s hands. So she showed great toughness down in the second half.” Michigan made it difficult for the Badgers on offense, limiting them to 33-percent shooting from the field while holding Wisconsin to five 3-pointers. That efficiency was a large improvement compared to the Wolverines’ last matchup with the Badgers this season, where Michigan struggled to stay with two of Wisconsin’s top scorers, senior guards Taylor Wurtz and Morgan Paige. The
“That really speaks volumes to our toughness as a team.”
pair averages 10 points per game, but Michigan held them to three and two points, respectively. “We did a good job on Wurtz, and in the first game, Paige hurt us,” Barnes Arico said. “Today, we did a much better job on her, so it was a good defensive effort. We really wanted to take away their inside.” The win keeps Michigan undefeated on the road at 6-0. And it means the Wolverines still hold another important record intact — this season, the team has yet to lose back-to-back games. Barnes Arico said bouncing back from a big loss is one of things her team has done well. “I think tonight was a great example, because we didn’t really play exceptionally well,” Barnes Arico said. “We were able to come on the road, where Wisconsin does play better, and really take care of business. I think that really speaks volumes to our toughness as a team and as a program.”
BY THE NUMBERS
Michigan women’s basketball
Wolverines’ record following a loss and also in true road games this season.
Record when holding a halftime lead, with the lone loss coming from Ohio State last Thursday.
Number of rebounds by Madison Ristovski on Sunday, a career high.
Michigan’s record when outrebounding its opponent. The Wolverines grabbed 13 more boards than the Badgers.
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