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By Janet Adamy
Daily Staff Reporter
A simple blue hat with a yellow swoosh symbol across the
front may seem to have little meaning.
But when you wear one to a Michigan football game, fel-
fans can identify you as a Wolverine supporter.
The Nike logo has become nearly synonymous with the
University, but with the company's sometimes controversial
sponsorship of Michigan athletics comes bonuses and draw-
According to the contract the University signed with Nike
in 1994, Nike will outfit all Michigan varsity athletic teams
with clothing and equipment and pay the University $7.1
million between 1994 and 2000. In exchange, the University
grants Nike the non-exclusive right to use the University's
mark in conjunction with Nike products.
*'It is our objective to provide footwear, apparel and
equipment to all University of Michigan teams and coach-
es," said Kit Morris, Nike director of college sports market-
ing. "And it is our expectation that they will use the equip-
Not only does Nike provide equipment to athletic teams,
but the contract states that the University agrees that during
officially sanctioned University Intercollegiate Athletic
Program activities, all coaches and staff members will wear
exclusively Nike apparel, unless in special medical situa-
tions or if Nike doesn't produce the product.
OIayers, however, are only advised to wear and use Nike
products during such activities.
Although the arrangement with Nike is the most visible,
the University has hundreds of partnerships with private
companies, including Pepsico, Microsoft and IBM, said
Vice President for University Relations Walter Harrison.
Morris said the support Nike gives to the University is
necessary to sustain its $38 million-a-year athletic program,
which does not receive direct funding from the University.
"The expectation at Michigan is that its sports program be
pretty much self sufficient," Morris said. "Our partnership
pws it to be so"
But some students feel that the University is selling its
soul when it signs a contract with a private company.
"I'm all for the positive aspects of it in terms of what is
does for our athletic program, but when does U of M start to
become U of Nike and not so much U of M?" asked LSA
junior Alex Bokov. "Honestly, when I'm watching the foot-
ball games and I see that Nike symbol. on the uniforms, it
drives me crazy."
LSA junior Karen Ginman said that while the Nike
swooshes seem insignificant, the fact that Nike gives the
*iversity so much money is scary.
"I don't like the idea that any corporation sponsors uni-
versities or schools that are supposed to be open to ideas,
because corporations like Nike stand for certain things,'
See SPONSORs, Page 2
By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Stag' Reporter
The state legislature approved a bill
last week that will ultimately allocate
$79 million to the University for
The bill, sponsored by state Sen.
John Schwarz (R-Battle Creek), rais-
es the total amount of bonds the state
can sell from $2 billion to $2.7 bil-
lion. Most of the extra $700 million
will be allocated to building renova-
tions for state universities.
"If the bond cap isn't raised, the
state wouldn't be able to cover the
cost of the proposed projects,"
The $79 million will be applied to
renovations of the LSA Building,
Mason Hall, Haven Hall, the Frieze
Building, the Perry Building and West
When the bond cap is raised, the
University will receive 75 percent of
the $79 million for renovations from
the State Building Authority, while
the University will foot the rest of the
Gov. John Engler, a major propo-
nent of raising the bond cap, plans to
sign the bill within the next week,
said Engler's spokesperson John
"lHe has been pushing for this raise
for awhile," Truscott said. "It allows
us to fulfill our commitments to col-
leges and universities."
The current state of the economy
- with low interest and inflation
rates - makes this an ideal time for
the state to sell bonds, Truscott said.
"When money is cheap, that's the
time to bond," Truscott said.
University Provost Nancy Cantor
said repairing current buildings with
the newly allocated money is at the
top of the University's agenda.
"The first priority is the renewal of
academic buildings," Cantor said.
The University anticipated the allo-
cation, Cantor said.
"We were expecting it," Cantor
said. "It's been a lot of planning."
Schwarz, chair of the Senate sub-
"It allows us to
-- John Truscott
Gov. John Engler
committee for higher education
appropriations, said he met with
University administrators to deter-
mine future financial needs and con-
"Last spring, I specifically asked
every university president if they
would be able to make the 25-percent
match." Schwarz said.
The University is receiving the sec-
ond-highest amount for renovations
after Michigan State University,
which will receive $80 million.
Without the bond increase, Cantor
said "it would have been very diffi-
cult" to fund the renovations.
There is not yet a specific time-
frame for the renovations, Cantor
said, because there are many steps
before the construction begins,
including matching 25 percent of the
allocation with University funds.
While some economists warn
against selling bonds, fearing that an
unstable economy could increase
state debt, Schwarz said the state is
cautious about raising the current
Michigan is 32nd in the nation in
terms of the amount of bonds sold.
"We have bonded quite prudently;'
Schwarz said. "Given this economy,
if your bond rating is good, then this
is a superb time to bond.
"Even with the substantial
increase, we sell a relatively low
amount of bonds," Schwarz said.
"The economy may become bad,
and we have taken that into
LSA senior Adam Mesh sports a Nike swoosh on his hat yesterday on the Diag. Nike is a main
corporate sponsor of Michigan varsity athletic teams.
Nike and 'U' contract details
* The contract between the
University Athletic Department and
the Nike Corporation became
effective Sept. 1, 1994, and runs
until Aug. 31, 2000.
Nike pays the University $7.1
million and outfits all of the
Michigan varsity athletic teams.
8 A dozen other universities, including the
University of North Carolina, Penn State
University and University of Southern
California, have similar contracts with Nike.
* The University grants
Nike the non-exclusive
rights to use the
By Dan Stillman
I)aily Sports Writer
The world of college basketball is
not entirely pleased with the University
of ichigan right now.
ichigan Athletic Director Tom
Goss started a chain reaction of com-
motion and annoyance throughout col-
lege athletic and media-relation depart-
ments when he fired coach Steve Fisher
on Saturday and announced he would
immediately embark on a national
search for a successor, just days before
most teams start practice.
Goss, who said he hopes to name a
replacement by Wednesday at the earli-
* nd next Friday at the latest, said he
has talked to 22-25 coaches since
Sunday. Goss also said he has narrowed
his list of candidates to about eight.
Art display planned for Williams
Most recent coaching experience:
One year at Savannah College
of Art and Design (1996-97)
Most recent coaching experience:
® Seven* years at Brigham
Young University (1989-97)
* Reid was fired seven games
into last season.
While it is not required by the
NCAA, Goss has been asking coaches'
athletic directors for permission before
speaking to potential candidates. Goss
said he is doing this out of courtesy.
Some of those athletic directors have
been less than accommodating.
"Goss called and was not given per-
mission," said Bill Rowe, athletic direc-
tor at Southwest Missouri State.
"(Coach Steve) Alford has a window of
See COACH, Page 2
By Mike Spahn
and Jennifer Yachnin1
Daily Staff Reporters
A silhouette bearing the story of LSA senior+
Tamara Williams, who was stabbed to death by her
boyfriend Sept. 23, will join the Junior League's1
Silent Witness collection.1
"Silent Witnesses are life-size figures of women
that have been murdered at the hands of their part-
ners," said Barbara Scott, an Ann Arbor Junior
The Silent Witnesses is a collection of red silhou-
ettes depicting a generic woman with golden plaques
detailing the deceased women's name, age, date of
death and city. This information is engraved on a
plaque, along with a few lines about how they died,
Williams is the newest victim to be added to the
collection, Scott said.
"I think when you read something in the paper ...
you're still distant from it," Scott said. "If you had
known that person, it would've had more impact on
your life. That. is what these life-size figures do. It's
our way of paying tribute to these women."
The silhouette of Williams will include the story of
her death, as well as the death of her on-and-off
boyfriend Kevin Nelson.
Director of Family Housing Eric Luskin said the
silhouette of Williams will bring something positive
from the tragedy.
"lt's a very powerful display," Luskin said. "It sends
a reminder about the victims and their lives. It sends
us a reminder about what has to be done.
"The notion that something good can come out of
this is heartening."
Five of the silhouettes, including the Williams
memorial, will be taken by three Junior League mem-
bers to the Silent Witness National Initiative in
Washington, D.C. this weekend. The conference will
display silhouettes from every state, and members
will be involved in a march and vigil near the Capitol
on Saturday evening.
"We are moving toward the goal of zero domestic
murders by 2010," Scott said.
The silhouettes are scheduled to be loaned to six
organizations throughout the year.
"The silhouettes are loaned out to different organi-
zations, including schools and domestic violence con-
ferences" Scott said,
Heather Sauber, a campus publicity and networking
co-coordinator for the Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center, said the silhouettes will be on loan
to SAPAC from Oct. 25 through Nov. 7, in conjunc-
tion with the Clothesline Project, which showcases T-
shirts designed by the survivors of domestic abuse.
"(Domestic violence) is a struggle and we're still
working on ending it," said Sauber, an LSA senior.
"We need to remember those people who haven't sur-
See WILLIAMS, Page 7
For a good cause
Tomorrow in Football Saturg:
By Dolores Arabo Parents from across the coun
Daily Staff Reporter packing suitcases and care pa,
Student-parent reunions, family sto- for their visits.
ries and tales of college life. Sharon Coeling will make h
These will all be familiar scenes this from Grand Rapids in order t
weekend, as parents of University stu- time with her daughter.
dents arrive on campus for Parents "It's good to have a special w
Weekend, offering them three days of for parents to come, and it enc
scheduled events and time spent with students to invite their parent
their college kids. they know that others also cor
"It gives everyone a chance to see elder Coeling said. "As a pa
No. 5 Michigan (2-0 Big Ten, 5-0 overall)
vs No. 15 Iowa (1-1, 4-1)
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