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The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - September 8, 1998 - 7B

ollow thI,
list to have
college fun
n the interest of honesty, here's a
disclaimer: I am probably not the
ideal person to be giving anyone
advice,
I'm speaking from the highly
confused vantage point of a senior
without a thesis topic, who is all
too soon to be an English graduate
without a job. I've begun to think,
in fact, that all these advice
columns really ought to be written
to people like me.
You first-year students - you'll
igure it out. Compared to the real
orid, college is not that complicat-
ed.
Still, I have managed to learn a
few things over the past three years,
which I only wish I'd known when I
entered the University. So I will
henceforth pass this wisdom on to
you.
Here it is, everything you'll even-
tually learn in college, in an easy-
to-read column
format that you
can save forever.
Well, every-
thing except the
things you'll get
tested on. That
would just take
away all the fun.
LUCAS U There is lift
-C ountry beyond Central
eedback Campus. I could
never list every-
thing there is to
do in Ann Arbor, but here are a few
suggestions: Watch a team practice
on the athletic campus. Visit the
many restaurants west of State
Street, such as Real Seafood Co.
(when your parents come to town)
and Dinersty (when you actually
want to go out for Chinese instead
4V getting delivery).
Go to community events such as
the Saturday Farmer's Market and
the immense used-book sales at the
Ann Arbor District Library.
Tour Gallup Park or Burns Park
next time you want to enjoy some
of Michigan's rare good weather.
After a few months, you'll be able
to add to this list yourself.
0 Go to Meijer at least once.
X~hose of you from out of state may
t have experienced Meijer before,
*but once you have you will never
forget it. University students know
Meijer as the most well-stocked and
cheapest source of groceries, not to
mention other essential consumer
goods like magazines and bargain-
bin two-dollar cassettes.
Open 24 hours, Meijer also pro-
vides late-night entertainment when
ere's absolutely nothing else to
o. If you can get there, of course.
Which brings me to ...
Make friends with someone
who has a car. If you don't own one
yourself, it's definitely helpful to
have guaranteed rides to Meijer, the
"mall, the airport or - if you're
feeling really daring - the rest of
the metro area.
hough T'U' students often seem
to overlook this fact, Detroit boasts
7 elebrated art museum, the state's
w rgest bookstore and the country's
best hockey team, among other cul-

tural landmarks. Not to mention,
it's three hours closer than Chicago.
1 Join a group or activity. This
means that you'll instantly know
people, and that you'll have the
chance to leave your mark on one
- or possibly more -- facets.of the
University. Whatever your interest,
*u're virtually guaranteed to find
other people who share it, and
you'll be assured of a niche in what
can be a vast and overwhelming
atmosphere.
U Be ready to change your mind.
Don't feel obligated to always have
the same type of friends, study the
same subject or want the same
career that you do now.
College allows you to meet dif-
ferent people and pursue a variety
interests, and these may very
well take you in unexpected direc-
tions over four years.
Remember, this is one of the only
times in life that you'll be freely
able to completely change your
plans.
Above all, take college serious-
ly but not too seriously. Trust me,
life will not end if you fail one test
f even one class) or if you take a
ng time to choose a major or a
job.
Having fun is only a part - but
an important part - of being here.
This might sound a little contradic-
tory - be serious but not too seri-
ous, involved but ready to change.

Honorable department

should be C
By David Wallace
Editorial Page StaffWriter
The joke still lingering around campus the
past several months is that Athletic Director
Tom Goss should quit because things cannot
get better than his first year as the A.D. While
only the future will tell if Michigan can have a
better season than 1997-98 - in which the
football and hockey teams won national cham-
pionships -- Goss has so far shown that he can
give the athletic department the direction
needed to achieve success.
Tom Goss was appointed as the University's
ninth athletic director on Sept. 8, 1997, and though
this was the start of his contract with the
University, Goss' relationship with the maize and
blue goes back several decades. He received his
undergraduate degree from the University and
starred at defensive tackle on the football team
from 1966-68. Goss earned All-Big Ten honors in
1968.
After leaving the University, Goss went on to
success in the world of business. le held high
level positions in such large corporations as Faygo,
National Beverage Corporation and PIA
Merchandising. The combination of business-
world success and a University background made
him very attractive to succeed Joe Roberson as
athletic director.
The past year was, for the most part, a resound-
ing success. From his first day, Goss made clear
that he wants a University Athletic Department
that is as well-renowned for its integrity as it is for
its winning tradition. An&-his actions back up his
words. As Goss has said, "I am grounded in
accountabilities. Once you know what I expect, I
hold you accountable. People will know what the
expectations are."
One person who did not live up to Goss'
expectations was former men's basketball
coach Steve Fisher. When Goss arrived, a
black cloud of alleged improprieties hung over
the basketball program. Three NCAA viola-
tions came to light, and Gloss made his first
controversial decision in firing Fisher. Goss
explained that his decision stemmed from a
meeting he had with Fisher, and not directly
from the violations. Goss' main concerns were
with Fisher's philosophy regarding the
Athletic Department and the direction of the
basketball program. It was Goss' decision, in
his words, to "change the program."
Goss deserves credit for his decision. When
he saw that a tough decision needed to be
made, he made it. Certain aspects of the men's
basketball program bother Goss, especially the
low graduation rate. In recent years, talented

Yoss' legacy
players such as Chris Webber, Juwan Howard,
Jalen Rose and Maurice Taylor have left the
team for the NBA. Goss seeks to run a tight
"ship so that athletes succeed academically and
socially as well as on the playing field.
Obviously, he felt that Fisher could not meet
such expectations and had to go. The past sea-
son showed that he made the correct move.
The men's basketball program seemed on
the verge of disaster. Goss dismissed Fisher
six days before the start of practice. No big-
name replacement joined the team, and Goss
handed the job to lesser-known assistant Brian
Ellerbe.
But the team rebounded from a slow start
and won the inaugural Big Ten tournament in
March before falling short in the NCAA
Tournament. Goss proved he could show good
judgment in making an unpopular decision
and take the backlash. His integrity is exactly
what the University needed.
After the firing of Fisher, (loss has had a
seemingly easy time of it. Two national cham-
pionships followed, and no other controversies
arose. The tragic death of wrestler Jeff Reese
could have loomed over everything, but the
department took action and banned all radical
weight loss practices and the NCAA followed
suit.
Goss also displayed a desire to improve the
Athletic Department's relationship with the
student body. Last year, the University inex-
cusably ran out of seats to accommodate the
number of student requests, resulting in first-
year students receiving a split-season ticket
package.
As a former player, Goss understands the
importance of the student body's support at
athletic events. He has vowed not to allow
such a situation occur again, and has taken
steps to ensure that all students who want tick-
ets receive them. Goss must continue to sup-
port the student body's interests throughout
his term as athletic director.
Goss' philosophy is that winning is a
byproduct of instilling student-athletes with
strong academics and values. His vision
should serve as a model to all of collegiate
athletics in this time where winning and the
dollars that come with it have too often
replaced the underlying issues of integrity and
decency. Goss must continue to strive for
integrity at every level of the Athletic
Department. As long as he continues to run an
honorable program, Goss should leave both a
strong personal legacy at the University and a
legacy of winning.

MATT MADILL/Daily
Michigan Athletic Director Tom Goss spent the last as the envy of many of his peers. During his first
year as AD, Michigan won both the football and hockey national championships.

Bo raises money for cancer
research through celebrity golf

By David Wallace
Daily Editorial Page Writer
For years, Bo Schembechler
roamed the sidelines at Michigan
Stadium, solidifying the football
program's status as one of the coun-
try's best.
le left the game as Michigan's
winningest coach, with a record of
194-48-5 and 10 Rose Bowl trips.
Since he left his familiar coaching
position, the man affectionately
known simply as "Bo" has worked to
make the University tops in another
field: researching and treating adren-
al cancer.
Schembechler deserves to be
applauded for his efforts after his
coaching career as much as he was
for winning football games.
Schembechler's interest in adrenal
cancer began under tragic circum-
stances. In 1992, his wife, Millie, was
diagnosed with the rare, devastating
illness. She died later that year.
Through their efforts to find the best
treatments available, they became
aware of the severe shortage of money
researchers in the field faced.
For the last six years,
Schembechler has worked to raise
money for a fund set up at the
University in his wife's name.
The Millie Schembechler Adrenal
Cancer Research Fund is rapidly
approaching its goal of $3.5 million.
The main money-makers for the
fund have come in the form of a
celebrity golf tournament, which in

previous years has brought in a total
of S l.3 million.
Participants, many of whom are
former athletes from the university,
contribute between S1,250 to $2,500
to be in the tournament.
This year marked the sixth year
the tournament has been held.
After this year's tournament, only
two more should be needed to reach
the $3.5 million goal.
The tournament is open to the
public, for a donation of $10 for
adults and $5 for children 14 and
under.
People with the means to con-
tribute would be hard pressed to find
a better way to spend a few dollars.
Diseases such as adrenal cancer
require exorbitant sums of money for ..
research in hopes of finding effective
treatments and ultimately a cure.
Furthermore, many diseases such
as this form of cancer do not receive
a sufficient amount of funding com-
pared with more high-profile afflic-
tions like heart disease and AIDS.
Special benefactors like
Schembechler can make a difference
in these cases.
Schembechler deserves a great
deal of credit for using his celebrity
status in a focused effort to gather
the funding he has already amassed
and continues to amass.
Many celebrities could use a les-
son from the coach regarding how to
use their special status in a selfless
manner.

Do's tournament
demonstrates wel
that efforts
needed to raise
money for
research can be
successful.
Schembechler's fund-raising
efforts demonstrate a touching com-
mitment to Millie and the University.
Now that his coaching days have
ended, Schembechler still seeks to
make the University the best in the
country -_ now in a different field.
And he serves Millie's memory
well by raising awareness of the dis-
ease that claimed her and continues
to claim o-thers.
In order to effectively battle dis-
eases like adrenal cancer,
researchers need public support.
Schembechler's golf tournament pro-
vides an opportunity to contribute to
a worthy cause and be entertained at
the same time.
And his tournament demonstrates
well that efforts needed to raise
money for research can be successful.
Although Schembechler has not
coached a game since the 1990 Rose
Bowl, he still continues to win.

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