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September 16, 1999

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Athletic Dept.

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By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Editor
Upfront and honest about its shortco
the University's Athletic Department yes
morning revealed an additional defi
$756,000 dollars found in a recent audit
budget for the Fiscal Year 1998-99.
The original budget projected a pro
$1.093 million, but the recently disc
losses bring the net loss to $2.784 mill
$3.877 million off the original mark. Th
es will be made up from the department
mated $20 million reserve fund, depa
officials said.
For the first time in institutional memo
Athletic Department has taken the initia
publicize this information. Although
records have always been accessible by r
under the Freedom of Information Act,.
ment officials have rarely, if ever, pub
budget numbers in press releases, as th
yesterday morning.
One group that has already been affec
the deficit, the women's water polo
expressed some concern with the short
funds. Women's water polo is slated to b
a varsity sport in 2001, and the A
AP PHOTO Department is expected to spend $750
.s in hisbring the team to varsity status.
urricane Floyd. "It's easier to cut from something lik
said Rachel Knighton, Michigan women'
polo club president and co-captain of the
Athletic Director Tom Goss denied ti
afl y newly discovered losses will affect the
status. "There will be no impact," on wat
or men's soccer - also set to become
next season.
A. "Water polo is on the right track," Go
from his hotel room in Kansas City, Mo.,
he is attending the NCAA's Championshi
Competition Cabinet meetings.
e affected by the The athletic department had ori
planned to help fund the water polo club
ers are on stand- season as a transitional year, but when
>utcome of the million deficit was projected, these plan
placed on hold.
-by," said Rick "That was the'original plan," said
z Team leader for Russell, the team's coach for the past 12
y alum. Bollinger "It was announced in March that they
team you can get operate as a club team but be funded lik
morning" sity team. But it was a plan, and plans ch
npared Floyd to As a result of the original deficit, the A
struck Florida in Department has postponed hiring a wat
coach until January. Originally, the dep
st. prediction is had aimed to hire a coach this month.
JATION, Page 2A The team's main contact within theA
Department, senior associate Athletic D
'U' highlights.
Palmer House
architecture
By Marta Brill
Daily Staff Reporter
University architecture students don't have to look far
to study famous, historical examples of design. Only a
short drive from campus, the Palmer House, which was
constructed between 1950 and 1951, stands as one of
architect Frank Lloyd Wright's most elegant designs.
Yesterday, University officials hosted Mary Palmer for
an exhibition assembled by School of Architecture and
Urban Planning students that focuses on the Palmer
House. The exhibition will run until Sept. 24 in Room
2106 of the Art and Architecture Building on Ndrth
Campus.
The walls of the exhibit are adorned with copies of
Wright's original blueprints for the house. In the center
of the room stand two 3-D models constructed by
University students.
"I am enchanted and impressed with these two mod-
els," said Mary Palmer, who commissioned the house
with her husband and still resides there.
She added that when the builders finished constructing
the house, they commented that every other project
would be a disappointment after working on the Palmer
House.

Mary Palmer said she knew she wanted Wright to
design her family's home the moment she entered a home
he designed in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The Palmers then
traveled to North Carolina to speak with Wright, armed
with a letter and a topographical map of their property.

higher
stimated
Peggy Bradley-Doppes, recently left the
University to take a job as the Athletic Director
mings, of North Carolina-Wilmington. Since yesterday
terday was Bradley-Doppes' last day at the University,
cit of senior associate Athletic Director Fritz Seyferth
of its is now in charge of the water polo team's transi-
tion, Goss said.
)fit of "We would love to have a contact who could
overed call us and say what's going on," Knighton said.
ion - "They don't make any effort to inform us and
e loss- anything we want
's esti- to know, we have AthletiC D
rtment to find out our-
selves. I would B1
ry, the have really liked 1998-9
tive to for someone to The Athletic Departmnet
these contact us, but at entered
equest the same time, it's the year
depart- our responsibility expecting
licized to to keep on top to lose
ey did of things like that. money, but the levolOf
"We pretty the losses rse With 4e
ted by much expect to sew forec8st,
club, find it out through *nriginal loss projecto
age of articles and the $11mion
ecome paper. Which is I; April loss projection;
thletic unfortunate."$2A tlorp
000 to In the two years date: $2.8m o
since Goss landed - ,
e this," the department's
s water top post, he said he has seen increased media
team. coverage of the Athletic Department.
hat the "I spoke with the athletic director from the
team's University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill," Goss
er polo said. "He told me that his department has had a
varsity deficit for the past three years ... but it seems like
were the only one they write stories about.'
ss said The audit was released to the general public
where yesterday morning, something that Athletic
ips and Media Relations Director Bruce Madej - a 21-
year department veteran - said he "doesn't
ginally ever remember happening in the past."
's 1999 The audit shows the bulk of the increased
the $2 deficit derived from $500,000 less in gift rev-
s were enues than was originally projected.
"That was disappointing and surprising,"
Scott Goss said. "The (Michigan) Stadium Brick pro-
years. gram fell off in May and June."
would In April, the Athletic Department projected a
e a var- deficit of slightly more than $2 million. Goss
hange." said he is not sure if the increased media atten
kthletic tion on his department during the past two
er polo years, including abundant press coverage in the
artment wake of the original deficit announcement, has
anything to do with the drop in revenues.
Athletic Most of the department's larger-than-expect-

MARJORIE MARSHALL/Daily
UMove Instructor MelissaSchaumberg leads a kickboxing class yesterday evening at the Central Campus Recreation
wilding near Washtenaw Avenue.

Mary Palmer explains aspects of her home yesterday at the
Art and Architecture Building to Architecture and Urban
Planning seniors Rich Sucre and Katie Fallat.
foot wooden models of the house, said Architecture
Chair and Prof. Brian Carter.
"This building, and a lot of other important buildings
are in this area. Students can research them, like these
students did, and use them to improve in design," Carter
said.
"It is important for students to understand the
University of Michigan has these amazing resources," he

Despite the free membership and
ideal locations, many students are not
working out at University athletic facil-

North Campus Recreation Building and
the Intramural Sports Building just aren't
satisfying.
Edison Aniag says the crowded condi-
tions of the CCRB drove him to find an

were always pushing big weights
around and yelling. It was not con-
ducive to working out."
Bally's club manager Wael Hamade
said 85 percent of its members are

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