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Freshman class enrollment dips for Fall 2002
By Megan Hayes
Daily Staff Reporter
Although freshman enrollment has
decreased significantly this year,
total student body enrollment has
gone up, University officials
The fall 2002 admissions figures
released yesterday by the University
indicate total enrollment has
increased by 1.9 percent since last
year, and that the total number of
underrepresented minorities has also
The freshman class has 353 fewer
students than last year, at 5,187.
In compiling total enrollment
numbers, the University includes
new freshmen, transfers, graduate
students and student retention.
Peterson said the reduction in the
number of freshmen enrolled is a
result of the University's attempt to
stabilize the size of undergraduate
enrollment. She said in the last three
years, freshman enrollment numbers
have exceeded the norm.
"Normally, our enrollment target
is closer to 5,200," University
spokeswoman Julie Peterson said,
adding that this year's target of
5,150 freshman students was part of
a planned decline in terms of the
University's long-term enrollment
The number of black students
enrolled has gone from 9.4 percent
to 8.9 percent, according to Peter-
son. Asian American student enroll-
ment also dropped significantly.
Although the number of black
freshman students enrolled is down,
Peterson noted an increase in
enrolled Hispanic and Native Ameri-
can freshman students.
"Overall, our minority enrollment
has remained strong," Peterson said.
Paul Courant, provost and execu-
tive vice president for academic
affairs, said the overall enrollment
numbers indicate the University has
maintained its reputation as an
excellent public university, and it is
growing to meet the demands of
"We are a high-quality institution
with a lot of demand to study here,"
he said. "I think that's good news."
Courant said students' strong
desire to attend the University, com-
bined with the increase of college-
aged students nationally, have
produced this overall enrollment
Despite the increase in the total
number of underrepresented minori-
ties enrolled, Courant said admis-
sions standards have not changed.
"Our goal is to admit the best
class we can admit," he said. "Diver-
sity is a very important part of that."
Courant added the year-to-year
numbers are positive. Although
growth makes more things possible,
he said, University admissions num-
bers may have peaked.
"I don't see how we're going to
get much bigger," Courant said.
"We're pretty much full."
in state House race
By Whitney Meredith
Daily Staff Reporter
Recent University alum Jeremy Fisch-
er upset long-time Republican incum-
bent Richard Duncan in the race for
representative in the state House of
Maine last Tuesday. The 22-year-old
Democrat said he will greatly contrast
the 70-year-old Duncan in his represen-
tation of his hometown of Presque Isle,
the 145th district of Maine.
Graduating just this past spring
from the University of Michigan, Fis-
cher majored in political science and
was a semi-finalist for the Rhodes
Scholarship Trust. While he was never
involved in student government at the
University, he said he always planned
to run as a state representative. The
variety of perspectives he encountered
and opportunities he experienced at
the University influenced the
approach he will take as representa-
tive, he said.
Fischer spent summers working in
Washington, where he established a con-
nection with the current governor of
Maine, Angus Spring, who aided him in
his political endeavors.
"I went to every door twice. It was a
lot of houses and a lot of time, but I met
lots of people and it was a great oppor-
tunity," he said.
By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor
When Michigan offensive coordi-
nator Terry Malone was asked
whether he was surprised by the
Wolverines' ability to rack up points
despite not having "great" statistics,
he immediately got on the defensive.
"What do you mean not 'great'?"
A running game that ranks 10th in
the Big Ten, a quarterback that's
eighth in the conference in pass effi-
ciency and an offense that puts up
just 377 yards per contest won't earn
Michigan many accolades.
But such stats have been good
enough for the Wolverines to win
plenty of games, thanks in large part
to Michigan's proficiencies in other
And Malone had a hard time dish-
ing out praise to anyone other than
his much-improved quarterback John
Navarre. The junior is a main reason
why the Wolverines are second in
giveaway/takeaway ratio (plus-7) and
top the conference in third down
conversion ratio (50 percent).
"I can't imagine anyone improving
more than John Navarre," Malone
said. "He's really blossomed into the
type of leader and quarterback every-
one is looking for."
Just as important, Navarre has 12
touchdowns and one interception in
six Big Ten games this season -
compared to the six picks he had
thrown at this point last year.
"I think protecting the ball was the
worst thing we did in the beginning
of the year," Malone said. "But it's
been a major emphasis in practice
because if we can at the very least
protect the football, we'll have a
chance to win."
Eight of Michigan's 12 turnovers
came during the first four games of
the season, as the Wolverines tried to
adjust to the new offense.
Wide receiver Ron Bellamy credits
the more efficient offense to the
depth at wide receiver: Five Wolver-
ines have at least 21 catches. Nobody
has anywhere near the 66 receptions
Marquise Walker had through 10
games last season, making this year's
offense less one-dimensional.
"We've got so many guys that can
beat you now," Bellamy said. "Last
year I don't think John Navarre had
any progressions. It was more throw
this way, throw that way, or run.
This year with the new offense, it
gives John a chance to look at his
first read, second read and then
And on third down, Michigan has
found a way to execute and keep its
drives alive 50 percent of the time,
which ranks the Wolverines atop the
conference. Coach Lloyd Carr feels
that conversion rate has played a
major factor this season, especially
after he saw the Wolverines convert
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Michigan senior wide receiver Ron Bellamy has taken advantage of the more
balanced "new offense," recording a career-high 32 catches so far this season.
Rackham student Maria Gomez takes a study break to laugh with her five-year old daughter, Daniela Pulldo. Gomez is one
of many students with a child on campus.
Students attempt to juggle
school, work, parenthood
on just 41 percent of his team's third
downs last year - mostly in third-
While Michigan has struggled on
the ground - just 3.8 yards per
carry - such problems are partly
due to tailback Chris Perry's nagging
injuries. Carr said he's more
impressed that the Wolverines have
19 rushing touchdowns.
"It shows we can run the ball when
we really need to," Carr said.
But Saturday will mark the one-
year anniversary of the Michigan
offense's worst performance of last
season, when the Wolverines could
muster just 158 yards of total
offense against Wisconsin - yet
still won thanks to inspired special
teams play. Navarre was 11-of-24
for 58 yards in the air and one inter-
ception in a game he said he'd like
"Watching clips from the game
last year, you want to look away
because you don't want to pick up
those old habits again,"tNavarre said.
"It's good to look back to see how far
you've come. I still have a long way
to go and a lot to work on."
But, just like the much maligned
Michigan offense of last year, Malone
feels it was tough for Navarre to have
an answer for every little criticism he
was bombarded with.
"That would be almost impossi-
ble," the offensive coordinator said.
"Especially for as much criticism as
he takes and the wide variety he
takes, but he certainly has addressed
some of the issues from last year.
Those type of situations sometimes
break kids and they never become
they player they want to be. In
John's case, it really made him
And in turn, he's made the offense
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By Samantha Woll
Daily Staff Reporter
In an environment where balancing
classes, activities, friends, exercise
and a budget proves to be disastrous
for most students, some manage the
above while also caring for other indi-
viduals - children.
Some student-parents at the Uni-
versity said being a full-time parent
while also attending classes has
advantages as well as disadvantages,
with the many programs and services
offered on the one hand and unpre-
dictable complications and misunder-
standings on the other.
"The benefit of being a parent and
being a student is that you have a
much more flexible schedule than you
would if you worked from 9 to 5,"
said Maria Tucker, a SNRE graduate
student, adding that she is able to
form a relationship with her son's
teachers because she does not have
class on Friday and can go to school
with her son.
But the disadvantages, such as bal-
ancing her energies between her son,
schoolwork and the demands of par-
enting, prove being a student-parent
to be a very challenging combination.
"In addition to your normal things,
you also have this whole other person
that you are in charge of," Rackham
student Marla Gomez said, adding
that although it takes a lot of energy, it
is definitely "do-able."
Time constraints are one conflict
that student-parents must resolve.
Tucker and others must design their
class schedules so they will be home
when their children arrive from
school. Since Tucker's son is involved
in a range of activities - soccer,
music, Boy Scouts and basketball -
times vary depending on the day of
But the University offers a range of
services to help parents. Family
Housing Program Coordinator Patty
Griffin said about 80 percent of the
apartments in Family Housing are
occupied by students with depend-
Programs offered include a single
parent network, a resident-managed
support group, outreach services
offered by North Campus Family
Health Services and daycare pro-
grams, like the Family Housing Child
Development Center and Pound
House. The University Center for the
Child and Family offers professional
mental health services for families on
a sliding scale and a child-care sub-
"The family and child care
resources make for a supportive envi-
ronment," Tucker said.
Both Tucker and Gomez said the
Kids Kare at Home program has been
especially helpful. These programs
provide licensed professionals to the
homes of student-parents when a
child is sick and consequentially can-
not attend school or daycare.
Tucker added that her views on
life as a student-parent differ from
those of other student parents as
her son is now 12 years old and
does not require the same type of
care and attention that younger
A different look
Despite not having gaudy offensive statistics, Michigan's turnaround in sever-
al other overlooked categories have kept the Wolverines on the winning track.
Not only did Michigan have trouble on the ground - averaging 3.6 yards per rush - it
was also plagued by quarterback John Navarre's nine picks through his first 10 games.
The Wolverines barely broke even (plus-0) in the turnover margin and were often undis-
ciplined in crucial situations.
The Wolverines lead the conference with a 50 percent conversion rate on third down
and are second only to Iowa in turnover ratio (plus-7). Navarre has received most of the
praise for the turnaround, as he's done his share by throwing just one interception in
conference play so far - as opposed to six picks at this time last year. The Wolverines
are also the least penalized team in the Big Ten, getting pushed back only 33 yards per
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