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The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 12, 1998 - 5A

ans line streets
for victory parade

RADE
bntinued from Page 1A
ield roses between their teeth to sym-
olize the Rose Bowl victory, while
>thers threw small footballs into the
rowd.
The final day of celebration drew
ecentric Michigan fans to the streets
>f Ann Arbor, many of whom brought
ilong their superstitions - stuffed
nimals and hats that they believe
Stributed to the national champi-
nship.
"The people I sat around last sea-
;on told me I was a jinx," said Bob
aurcell, a University alumnus. "Every
ime I went to the bathroom, the
Aolverines would score. So I didn't
o to any of the games, and they won
hem all."
One man shaved an M into his
hst and another wore a maize-and-
hat in the shape of a Wolverine.
tit one of the most outrageous sights
>f the day
vas a group
f five "It's best b
lowns from
ontiac who com m
S1 a y c d VV/
ranks near Arbon
he Michigan
nion.
My son
vis not
appy about
is coming here," said Ed Landry, who
:allect himselt 1-renchy the Clown.
'We crashed his dorm. He said he
ouldn't come to the parade as a
lown with us. His roommate named
ohn wanted to be a clown."
The parade began at 2 p.m. next to
lbel Field on Hill Street. The pro-
ion of bands, cheerleaders and
ayers' cars moved down South
tate Street, Liberty Street, Main
treet and back to Elbel Field, in a
ofty display of maize-and-blue spir-
t.
The Michigan cheerleaders and
narching band played "The Victors!"
nd shouted "It's great to be a
vfichigan Wolverine." Closely behind
'ollowed cars and floats carrying
ders.
hen the crowd saw a red Jeep car-
ying Rose Bowl MVP Brian Griese
md Heisman Trophy winner Charles
oodson, their shouts only got loud-
r.
Woodson, who declared this past
'riday that he would forego his senior
'ear at the University and enter the
'FL Draft in April, extended the
jei man Trophy and a single rose
*rd the crowd.

"I'm sorry I have to leave this uni-
versity early," Woodson said later at
the rally. "I was going to come back,
but coach Carr didn't want me to play
quarterback."
Wolverine fans, many of whom
traveled hours to attend the parade,
were unrestrained in their enthusiasm.
"It's unbelievable," said University
alumnus Don Campagna, who drove
more than two hours yesterday morn-
ing from his home in Grand Rapids.
"I absolutely couldn't ask for a better
day to have a national championship
parade for the No. 1 team in the
nation."
Bollinger said he was impressed by
the students and fans who came out
for the parade.
"It's commendable spirit, and it's
best both for the community and Ann
Arbor," Bollinger said.
Roger Philip, an Ypsilanti resident,
was among the many who showed up

before noon in front
toth for the
and Ann
- Lee Bollinger
University president

of the Union.
Although it
was a chilly
morning, he
said he was
determined to
take his son to
the event.
"It's a once-
in-a-lifetime
thing. It's
been 50 years
and it may be

another 50 years. I just want to make
sure my son Colten sees this," Philip
said. "If it were 40 (degrees) below
zero, we'd be here at least two hours
early."
LSA junior Dan Gryniewicz said
that after growing up in Ann Arbor, he
has became accustomed to celebrat-
ing Michigan victories. But this cele-
bration was special.
"I was born and raised in Ann
Arbor," Gryniewicz said. "I've been
around when Michigan won the Rose
Bowl before, but never a national
championship."
Students and Ann Arbor residents
alike said the parade brought the
entire community together.
"It was a good idea because every-
body doesn't get to go to the celebra-
tion," Rackham student Michael
Montes said about the pep rally. "It's
good for the town to be involved in
the celebration. I think it's great. It's
my first year here and I'm really
excited we won."
Due to the limited seating at
Crisler Arena, rally ticket recipients
were chosen by a lottery of the
66,000 football season ticket holders,
with only 7,000 tickets allotted to

Lansing
looks at
income
tax cuts
LANSING (AP) -- Michigan resi-
dents pay about $100 more per capita
in individual income taxes than the
national average, placing them in the
top quarter nationwide.
That's partly because they make,
on average, more than residents in
many other states, according to Mark
Haas, director of the Michigan
Bureau of Finance and Fiscal Policy.
But politicians looking for ways to
make voters happy in an election year
and economists who think lower taxes
will spur more economic growth say
it might be time to lower the state's
4.4 percent individual income tax.
Republican Gov. John Engler
recently said that corporate and indi-
vidual income tax rates are out of line
with other states and that he's looking
at a possible tax cut, although not
necessarily in the income tax.
House Democratic Floor Leader
Pat Gagliardi of Drummond Island
has said the House might raise the
personal income tax exemption this
year if the money can be spared.
Raising the exemption lowers tax
payments by reducing the amount of
income that's taxed.
There's little consensus, however,
on how much and how quickly
exemptions should be raised or tax
rates should be cut - or whether
either course is a good idea.
The individual income tax brought
in $5.9 billion in fiscal 1996, and
dropping the tax rate by even a tenth
of a percent would bring in about
$150 million less, Haas said.
Considering that income tax rev-
enues account for 31 percent of the
state's tax collections - and nearly a
quarter of the money given by the
state to schools - some are urging
caution.
"You're going to have to make a
choice of reducing several programs
if you want to reduce taxes," said Bob
Kleine, former state economist under
Gov. William Milliken.
"We have a lot of tax cuts that are
going to be kicking in in 1999. I'd
probably wait to see how things went in
terms of the economy, and until these
other cuts were fully factored in."
Kleine, now senior economist for
Public Sector Consultants in Lansing,
said the 1998-99 budget already is
going to be tight.
But two economists said cutting
the ineome tax is just the tonic
Michigan's economy needs to stay
healthy
"One of the factors in Michigan's
current economic growth streak has
been the improvement in its tax cli-
mate. Like a championship team that
bewants to keep winning, Michigan
has to keep improving,' said David
Sowerby, an economist and invest-
ment adviser at Loomis Sayles & Co.
in Detroit.
While he declined to give a fixed
amount that income taxes could be
reduced, Sowerby prefers a cut in the
overall rate to an increase in the
exemption. Raising the exemption
benefits families more than people

without dependents,, so rate cut is
more fair, he said.
David Littmann, senior economist
at Comerica Bank, would drop the
income tax entirely.
"It could be done easily given the
seven-year stretch of good times and
the expected good times ahead," said
Littmann. "They could phase it out if
they were privatizing (government
services) in five to 10 years."

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Michigan co-captain Eric Mayes holds up the AP National Championship trophy at last night's pep rally for the Wolverines.
Mayes was out for most of the season due to a knee injury.

students.
Although some students were frus-
trated that they were unable to attend
the rally, Engineering senior Chris
Schad said the parade compensated
for the shortage of tickets.
"The parade gives everybody a
chance to see things that they would-
n't otherwise get to see," Schad said.
"This way, everybody gets a chance to
celebrate."
And in a happy ending, Carr told the
crowd at the pep rally, "l just want you
to know that the best team - the best
college football team in this country
- they go to school in Ann Arbor."
- Daily Staff Reporters Gerard
Cohen-Vrignaud, Megan Exlev, Lee
Palmer,; Diba Rab and Carlv
Southworth contributed
to this report.

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
with roses as he thanks the

Linebacker Mhani Jones adorns himself yesterday
parade crowd for their support this past season.

Woodson to start scholarship fund for
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In ft se pl o hear' ob in their hometown of in
S Fremont, Ohio and move with Woodson to whichever city he 1995
"w next calls home. If
"Wherever he goes, mom hoes," shsad ly anc
}4 k The announcement was delayed because Woodson wanted to lete y
th eep his teammates' attentions squarely on Michigan's appear- the N
:- ance in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day 1
"I was thinking of this before the Rose Bowl,"Woodson said. ger t
But I just wanted to stay focused. Also, I wanted my team- stron
mates to stay focused, not worrying about Charles." whoc
Woodson is not closing the Michigan chapter of his life. W
Although he admitted he "hadn't been the greatest student at U on thi
of M," Woodson said he still intends to graduate even though whic
he's just halfway towards a degree in sports management and indic
communication. to."
SAR "It's something I have to do or my mom will kill me," In
SARA STILLMAN/Da ty Woodson said. the C
Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson and Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr In addition, Woodson announced that he would like to set up play
respond to reporters' questions at a press conference Friday where Woodsonslyd
a4IU.SU,~w.~u ~ .t 4S ~l* lnnoutncedew o ~uul~d frnd hs seniorvee~r and enter the NL rat.a scholarship fund for unfortunate students, citing that the only and 1l

'U'

students

n he was able to attend V initha was because of his skills
ae gridiron.
s coach,Lloyd; harr stood firmly behind his decision, hay-
oeseen this day long hgo-- N fr back as the summer of
safter Woodson,, firstvcrn ats heaniversity.
felt strongly that in two ear.;h would be ready physical-
d mentall sCarr id. hbl d all the things as an ath-
ou need to do vo prefer te p ven in the fast lane of
' FL, he's going to do extremel,, well.
Ics going to be a new guy ieleague because he's big-
han any of the guystlW sae played both ways. He's
ger physically; he's fast. So l ti ink he's going to be a guy
can do things nobody in then FL has ever been able to do'
loodson, who also returned punts and occasionally lined up
he offensive side of the bail as a wide receiver, did not say
,h position he would ,re:r to play in the professional ranks,
ating that Iie would pa "wherever the coaches asked me
naddition to the 1 leisman, Woodson also was honored with
Chuck Bednarik Award (given to the nation's top defensive
er), the Jim Thorpe Award (the nation's top defensive back)
the Walter Camp Award (the nation's top player).

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