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Monday
March 25, 2002

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Many first
tume wms
awarded at
Oscars
By Jeff Dickrson
and A f a be f
Dal rs dtr
The 74th Academy Awards was full of
surprises, Sept. 11 rhetoric and the
breaking down of racial barriers. The big
winners of the night were "A Beautiful
Mind" and "The Lord of the Rings: The
Fellowship of the Ring," which each
received four awards.
The Best Picture Award went to "A
Beautiful Mind," the story of mathemati-
cian John Forbes Nash. Ron Howard
also won the award for Best Director for
"A Beautiful Mind."
The acting awards this year break
the long tradition of unofficial snub-
bing of black actors and actresses that
has plagued the Academy Awards. The
Best Actor Award went to Denzel
Washington for his role as the unstable
but charismatic Alonzo Harris in
"Training Day."
Halle Berry was one of the biggest
Vupsets of the night with her win for Best
Actress for "Monsters Ball" over
favorite Sissy Spacek for her role in "In
the Bedroom." Berry gave a teary and, at
times, hysterical speech in which she
thanked everyone from her agent to
Oprah Winfrey.
Jennifer Connelly won the award for
Best Supporting Actress. She was the
favorite for her role as Alicia Nash in "A
Beautiful Mind'
Proving once again that no one can
boss the Academy around, Jim Broad-
bent got the award Best Supporting
Actor for his role in "Iris' winning over
frontrunners Ben Kingsley and Ian
McKellen, and the Best Foreign Film
Award, which most had already assumed
would go to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's
"Amelie," went to the Bosnian film "No
Man's Land."
See OSCARS, Page 9A

I

Kasdin leaving
for Columbia

By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter

Robert Kasdin, University chief financial offi-
cer, will be the University's second executive offi-
cer to take a job at Columbia -
University since January, fol-
lowing former President Lee
Bollinger to his new position
as Columbia's president.
"It's an exciting opportuni-
ty in a city that has been
home to my family for years,"
Kasdin said. "I'm excited to
work with Lee (Bollinger)
again, but this was a decision K
based on a variety of things.
Kasdin said his resignation will be effective as
of April 30, but he will not join Bollinger's team
until July.
"I always knew he'd want to return to New
York," Bollinger said. "Robert is from New York

City. I recruited him from New York when he was
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art."
Susan Feagin, former vice president for devel-
opment, left for a similar job under Bollinger at
Columbia last month. Other executives who have
chosen to leave or not come to the University
include Executive Vice President for Medical
Affairs Gil Omenn, who will step down from his
position in July to pursue research interests, and
Scott Emr, professor of cellular and molecular
medicine at the University of California San
Diego, who announced he would not join Jack
Dixon as co-director of the Bollinger-planned Life
Sciences Initiative this summer.
In February, Emr told the Daily his reasons for
not coming to Michigan were partly personal and
partly due to Bollinger leaving.
Interim University President B. Joseph White
said he does not think the situation with executive
officers departing is unique to the University.
"I think it's what happens virtually always when
See KASDIN, Page 9A

DAVID KATZ/Daily
Michigan's hockey team celebrates after their -3 victory Saturday night over Colorado State. The
win puts the Wolverines in the Frozen Four.
. .
Wolverines slide
into FrozenFour

M'SA election results
remain inconclusive

By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter

By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer

Michigan associate head coach Mel
Pearson could not contain his excitement
after freshman Eric Nystrom shot the puck
into Denver's vacated net to ice Michigan's
5-3 win and send the Wolverines to their
second Frozen Four in as many years..With
Yost Ice Arena shaking, and the noise level

greater than that of most construction sites,
the typically stoic Pearson picked up a
towel and waved it over his head in a state
of euphoria as the Michigan bench explod-
ed in celebration.
"I can't describe it, it was total jubila-
tion," Pearson said with a grin. "At that
point I think it is OK to show your emo-
tions. We wear our emotions on our sleeve
See HOCKEY, Page 9A

In a situation eerily similar to the 2000 national
election crisis between President Bush and Al
Gore, Students First candidates Sarah Boot and
Dana Glassel were declared unofficial winners of
the closest election in Michigan Student Assem-
bly history over the weekend.
But MSA's Central Student Judiciary ordered a
recount of questionable ballots and postponed the
certification of all MSA and LSA student govern-
ment results until next Friday.
The recount follows an appeal by Blue Party
executive officer candidates John Carter and John
Simpson -who trail Boot and Glassel by 31
votes after preliminary results - which pointed
to several technical errors by the University's vot-

ing Website that they say may have jeopardized
votes crucial to the outcome of the election.
Approximately 400"ballots were rejected by the
Website because, using records obtained from the
Office of the Registrar on March 4, the Website
indicated that the voters either were not Universi-
ty students or were not enrolled in the schools
they voted for, Election Director Collin
McGlashen said. Among the rejections were 90
percent of ballots from Medical students.
McGlashen said these exception votes were not
counted because many Medical students are
employed at the University and were therefore
erroneously listed as faculty. Similar problems
had occurred in the past, McGlashen added.
The Election Board reviewed all the reject-
ed ballots but only factored ballots of medical
See MSA, Page 9A

Ramifications of Martin scandal unclear

Michikan considers the
possibi ty of sanctions

Incoming M' recruits
ponder commitments

By Arun Gopal
and Shannon Pettyplece
Daily Staff Reporters
As the dust settles from the indict-
ment of former Michigan basketball
booster Ed Martin, who is accused of
loaning more than $600,000 to for-
mer Wolverine athletes, it is likely
that the allegations could have crip-
pling effects on Michigan athletics.
Indiana University Prof. Murray
Sperber, who has written several
books on the demise of college ath-
letics, said the University's reputation
would be seriously harmed if the
allegations made in the indictment of
Martin were proven to be true.
"This really hurts the University of
Inside
Take a look at the Daily's extend-
ed coverage of the Ed Martin
scandal on pages 5A and 6A.
FORMER AD RESPONDS
Don Canham blames the administra-
tion during the "Fab Five" era for
decreasing the authority of Board in
Control of Intercollegiate Athletics.
ALL THE RAGE
Maize Ragers react to the recent Ed
Martin indictment and its impact on
the future of Michigan basketball.
THE NEW RECRUITS
Two incoming recruits say they're
still on their way to Michigan.
LOOKING AHEAD
Analysts predict the future of Michi-
gan recruiting after indictment.

Michigan," Sperber said. "Schools
like Michigan ... have a lot at stake.
You are very well pleased to be one
of the public Ivies - this kind of
stuff brings you down to Michigan
State's level."
But Sperber said the University is
not the only school that has experi-
enced a problem with college players
accepting money from boosters.
"It is going on in every Big Ten
university," he added. "Coaches
always deny it. What usually comes
out is that the coaches know much
more about it then they casually
claim."
For example, Purdue University's
basketball program came under
scrutiny in 1999 for a number of vio-
lations revolving around loans given
to a recruit, as well as financial assis-
tance provided by an Indianapolis
businessman to the mother of a Pur-
due player.
Also, the University of Dayton's bas-
ketball team was slapped with three-
years probation the following season
for similar violations. And in a highly-
publicized case, the University of
Alabama's football program was hit
with massive sanctions earlier this year.
Alabama received five-years pro-
bation, a two-year ban from postsea-
son bowl games and massive
scholarship reductions. Their exten-
sive sanctions were in part because
the Crimson Tide fell under the cate-
gory of repeat offenders, which left it
subject to harsher penalties than
Michigan may be facing.
Although the National Collegiate
Ath1etic Asnociation has nut new

DANNY MOLOSHOK/Da
Former Wolverine football coach Bo Schembechler chats with Interim University
President B. Joseph White at a basketball game earlier this semester.
Former 'U' presidients
knew about scandal

By Steve Jackson
and Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editors
Lester Abram's teammates prod-
ded, bugged and continually asked
him the question. They were just
burning to know.
"What are you going to do?" his
teammates asked.
After the recent indictment of banned
booster Ed Martin, people are wonder-
ing about the status of Michigan's top-
10 recruiting class for 2002.
Yesterday was supposed to be a cele-
bration as Abram's team, Pontiac
Northern, had just won its second con-
secutive Michigan Class A State Cham-
pionship on Saturday.
Instead, it was a day of soul
searching, and figuring out what the
top-50 prospect wanted to do about
his college plans.
All five Michigan recruits have
signed National Letters of Intent. But
according to NCAA rules, if any of the
players wanted to be released from their
commitment with Michigan due to the
recent scandal, the Wolverines would
either have to let them leave or the play-
er would have to sit out one year before
signing with another school.
But the lanky swingman, Abram,
stayed confident in his decision; just
like fellow incoming recruit Graham
Brown, he's not changing his mind
about being a Wolverine next fall -
NCAA sanctions or not.
"I'm still going there," Abram said.
"I don't even think it should be a pro-
bation put on the school - cause it
didn't have to do with these new
coaches. You've got everybody out of

be penalized.
"That's where I want to go, even if
they have probation or not."
Brown, a 6-foot-10 power forward
from Mio, agrees.
"It doesn't really change my deci-
sion," Brown said yesterday. "I think
they dealt with it when it happened.
"It doesn't change my opinion about
Michigan. I made my decision from
what I saw when my brothers went
there, and nothing really changes.'
Both of Brown's brothers, Griffin
and Gabe, are mechanical engineers
who graduated from Michigan. Gabe
was a team manager for the basketball
team during the "Fab Five" era.
"Graham is Maize and Blue through
and through," Gabe said. "He's not
going anywhere else."
* The big question on everyone's mind,
however, is the status of Daniel Horton,
the coveted prize of coach Tommy
Amaker's first recruiting class at Michi-
gan. The superstar point guard is con-
sidered to be one of the top players in
the country. If he doesn't come, Michi-
gan's major need at point guard still
won't be filled.
Horton and his family were unavail-
able for comment, as they were travel-
ing north to Chicago for tomorrow's
Roundball Classic.
But David Milson, Horton's coach at
Cedar Hill High School, said he was
"shocked" and "concerned" about the
latest Ed Martin indictment and didn't
know the status of Horton's commit-
ment for sure.
"Obviously I'm concerned about
Daniel," Milson said. "He's looking for-
ward to a great college career, and he's
got a great shot at the NBA. But if they

By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter
While the allegations accusing for-
mer Michigan basketball players of
accepting $600,000 from former
booster Ed Martin just resurfaced last
week, University officials say they
have known about this issue for almost
a decade, forcing three sitting presi-
dents to grapple with the situation.
Former University President Lee
Bollinger, who took over the presi-
dencv when the allegations were

reputation if the accusations were
proven to be true.
"I was told in my first week or two
that there were unsubstantial allega-
tions that significant funds had trans-
ferred from Ed Martin to certain
players. From that moment till this one
I have had concerns and suspicions but
no conclusive proof," Bollinger said.
"If these allegations were substantial it
would be a very significant injury to
the University."
Only a few weeks after Bollinger
took office, the Athletic Department

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