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"This has been an
extremely difficult decision
end one I made only after
careful assessment of the
entire program."
Bill Martin
Athletic director





"I am confident I fulfilled
the guidelines established
by President Bollinger and
Tom Goss by running our
program with integrity."
Brian Ellerbe
Basketball coach

Covenae of
yester ay's
ring of coach
Brian Ellerbe:
Yesterday marks
the beginning of a
turnaround for the
basketball program.
Page 10
Others in the
college basketball
world react to news
that Ellerbe won't
return next season.
Page 10
0 A look at the
candidates to
lace Ellerbe.
ge 10
A look into the
NAACP's reaction
to Ellerbe's firing.
Page 12
0A glance into the
future of the
Michigan program.
Page 14

By Michael Kern
Daily Sports Editor
After weeks of speculation, Michi-
gan Athletic Director Bill Martin
announced yesterday that Brian
Ellerbe would no longer coach the
Michigan basketball team and that a
search process to find a replacement
would begin immediately.
Martin refused
to specify what
his exact reasons
were for dismiss-
ing the coach
other than to say
that the team had
not made the nec-
essary improve-
ments over the
past four seasons
that he had hoped Martin
"Sunday afternoon during a meet-
ing in my office I asked Brian Ellerbe
to step down as head coach of the
University of Michigan men's basket-
ball team," Martin said in a written
statement. "This has been an
extremely difficult decision and one I
made only after careful assessment of
the entire program."
Ellerbe will receive $447,000 in
compensation, which Martin said is
consistent with the terms of his con-
tract that call for a three-year payout

of his base salary.
In a statement he released to the
Detroit Free Press, Ellerbe thanked
those who had worked with him
while he was coach and maintained
that he believed he had met the stan-
dards set forth when he was given the
"When I took this assignment, I
knew our program faced several
issues that were left for us to deal
with," Ellerbe wrote. "I also knew
that returning the program to com-
petitive standards commensurate
with Michigan's rich athletic tradi-
tion would not be done overnight. I
am confident I fulfilled the guidelines
established by President Bollinger
and Tom Goss by running our pro-
gram with integrity."
Basketball players had a final team
meeting with Ellerbe yesterday after-
noon to say goodbye to their coach.
Martin outlined the process for
searching for a new coach, which
said he hoped to begin as soon as this
weekend. While choosing not to
name any specific candidates, Martin
said he was looking for someone
with Division I head coaching expe-
rience, who could represent the Uni-
versity well with "strong public
speaking skills."
"First and foremost, I want to
make certain we have a coach who
recruits kids that by and large want to

stay in school four years, will gradu-
ate and bring honor to the institu-
tion," Martin said. "Beyond that, I
want a coach who understands the
game of basketball, Xs and Os, has
been a winner at the Division I level
and somebody who can be a part of
the Michigan family."
When asked if former Boston
Celtics coach Rick Pitino, who won a
national title with Kentucky, was the
man for the job, Martin simply said
that "Rick would be someone we
would like to look at."
To bring in a big name coach like
Pitino or Seton Hall coach Tommy
Amaker, the Athletic Department can
expect to spend around $1.5 million
per season, a sum that would exceed
that of Michigan football coach
Lloyd Carr. Considering the depart-
ment's recent budgetary woes, Martin
was unclear as to whether that type
of money would be available, but
didn't rule it out.
"You see what the market is at this
time, you evaluate your own budget,
you look at what are the increased
revenue potentials with particular
coaches in terms of refilling Crisler
(Arena), in terms of increasing the
sponsorship capabilities that we
would have with a revitalized pro-
gram, and you go from there," Martin
See ELLERBE, Page 7

After four seasons during which he failed to significantly improve the winning percentage of the Michigan
men's basketball team, Brian Ellerbe was forced out yesterday by Athletic Director Bill Martin.

MSAe ections
Part four of a six-part series
about campaign platforms~
promise to
resign i
! !e
* Carrie Thorson
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Party calls its plat-
form for this winter's Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly elections the "New
Deal." Candidates pledge that if they
are elected and do not work on all of
their issues in one semester, they will
resign their posts.
*'Telling this to students has been
fun," said presidential candidate
Doug Tietz. "When I tell them I'm
going to resign if I don't get things
done, they're interested."
The first thing the Michigan Party
plans to do is rid MSA of internation-
al resolutions.
"We will pass a resolution that bans
any resolutions that deal with a for-
eign country," Tietz said.
"MSA has no business dealing with
*eign affairs," said vice-presidential
candidate Chip Englander. "We have
to deal with issues that matter to stu-
dents here on campus."
The Michigan Party also plans to
improve MSA relations with the
Greek community. Their plan,
"Greeks govern Greeks," will
increase representation of fraternity
and sorority members on the assem-
The Greek community has been
trampled by MSA," Tietz said.
They plan to improve facilities and
extend the hours of the North Cam-
pus and Central Campus recreation
buildings. Longer hours and
improved equipment are necessary to

Celebrating diversity

UniversityHealth System
to get $33.6M from INIH

By Louie Melzlish
Daily Staff Reporter
The University Health System
reported yesterday that it will be
receiving its largest grant ever -
$33.6 million dollars from the
National Center for Research
Resources at the National Institutes
of Health. The grant will fund stud-
ies at the University Health Sys-
tem's General Clinic Research
The grant, awarded after a 3,000-
page yearlong application process,
will be spread out over five years
and is 14 percent larger than the
most recent grant that the Universi-
ty received from the NIH.
"Every new therapy that reaches
the general public today gets there
only through multiple steps of clini-
cal research," Vice President for

Medical Affairs Gilbert Omenn said
in a written statement.
"Academic medical centers such
as ours generate many new medical
discoveries, and our GCRC provides
U-M researchers the space and
expertise needed for a comparative
advantage in NIH- and corporate-
sponsored clinical studies in
patients and volunteer participants,"
he said.
GCRC Administrative Director
Dorene Markel said one of the
advantages of the grant is that it
will provide support for magnetic
resonance imaging and a biomed-
ical imaging core that can be used
for research studies.
"The hospital provides imaging
for clinical purposes but only for
tried and true procedures," Markel

various aspects of the research
including tests and long term stud-
ies, Wiley said.
He gave the example of Universi-
ty genetics Prof. George Brewer
who developed a treatment to lower
the possibly toxic amounts of cop-
per in the blood of Wilson's Disease
"The only way to tell if medica-
tion was successful was if he could
monitor the changes over a long
(about eight-week) period of time,"
Wiley said.
Brewer was able to use the
GCRC's facilities to study the effec-
tiveness of the treatment. The grants
are used to offset he costs of impa-
tient residences at the hospital,
which can cost several hundred dol-
lars per day.
The funding will also support a
See GRANT, Page 7

Lynden Kelly and Stephanie Moore-Fuller speak yesterday during Gender
Diversity Week, which includes events that last though Friday.

The grant will

cover the costs of

Students read names
of Holocaust victims

By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter

Name by name, student volunteers began
reading a list of people who died in the
Holocaust yesterday at noon as people
chatting on cell phones and talking to each
other bustled past indifferently.
But for the students reading, the Memor-
ial of Names is an intensely personal expe-
rience, said co-chair Josh Samek, an LSA
LSA freshman Jacqueline Wulwick cane
across her own name while she was read-
ing, immediately followed by her sister's,
which she said made her understand her
own family could have been affected by the

sands of names, only a fraction of the six
million who died in the Holocaust. The
vigil culminates in a memorial service at
noon today as part of the University's 22nd
Annual Conference on the Holocaust.
"It helps to put a face to the name or at
least a name to the number," Samek said.
He said the magnitude of the Holocaust
registers with students after they have
spent half an hour reading and realize they
have only seen a fraction of the names of
those who died.
"Some last names continue for pages and
pages," said RC junior and co-chair Shari
Katz. The names are listed in six bound
volumes with additional information, such
as year of death, age at the time of death,
place of death and country of origin.

'U' implements
( W' 'o
fwor suppliers
By Anna Clark
Daily Staff Reporter
The University has taken action to implement its new
labor code in all contracts with apparel, souvenir and supply
companies, among others.
Yesterday, the University mailed a letter to all companies
supplying University apparel, informing them of the new
standards that were formally adopted by University Presi-
dent Lee Bollinger at last month's meeting of the University
Board of Regents.
"The letter was just to inform them of a new condition
for the contracts with UM," said Social Work Prof. Larry
Root, who chairs the permanent Committee of Labor Stan-
dards and Human Rights.
But Nike, the biggest supplier of University goods, is

RC junior Dena Stein yesterday reads names
of Jews who were killed during the Holocaust.
The 24-hour Memorial of the Names vigil on
the Diag concludes at noon today.
names," he said. "Out of a half hour of
reading there wasn't a single name over
17." He added that it was especially
poignant to read those names and ages as a
The Memorial of Names has been
included in the University's annual Confer-

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