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Friday
September 19, 2003
02003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 14

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MBA
program
drops in
rankings
By Tomlslav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
Recruiters dropped the University of
Michigan Business School one spot to
third in nationwide rankings of Master's
degree programs published in The Wall
Street Journal Wednesday.
The Business School earned 70.80
points out of a possible 100 in the Jour-
nal's third-annual rankings, a slight
decline from the 71.64 score handed to
the University last year. The University
of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of
Business and Dartmouth University's
Tuck School of Business are ranked
ahead at first and second, respectively.
"I think the way people will look at it
is that there's this absolute top tier of
business schools and Michigan is still
among them," Business School Dean
Robert Dolan said.
"There are a lot more numbers below
two than above two," Dolan added.
The Journal did not provide a specif-
ic reason for the drop from second to
third, but recruiters participating in the
survey said students' weaknesses
include their perspective and entrepre-
niurial skills, and they also pointed to
the school's career services office as a
problem. Recruiters added that the
quality of graduates is "inconsistent"
and that the school enrolls "too many
engineers."
The Business School is still the high-
est-ranked public school in the nation,
and recruiters singled out several pro-
grams as exemplary. The school is
ranked first in the nation for consumer
products, second for marketing and
fourth for general management.
Despite the drop in rankings, stu-
dents at the Business School said they
are not extremely concerned about the
school's reputation. David Karpelowitz,
a master's-of-business-administration
student, said he still believes the Busi-
ness School offers quality teaching.
"We're still seeing a lot of the same
companies (recruiting on campus)...
In that sense, I till feel really positive
about the future," he said. "Michigan is
going to continue to be a top school."
Karpelowitz added that the current
economy is more of a concern to him in
terms of finding employment than the
school's ranking.
Second-year MBA student Andy
Atkinson said third place in the rank-
ings is still respectable. "What's the big
difference between second and third?
We're still a very big school in
recruiters' eyes"'she said.
Additionally, recruiters praised Busi-
ness School graduates for being "less
demanding and arrogant" than students
earning degrees from other schools.
See RANKINGS, Page 3

Public policy school honors Ford
Former pres. recounts
giOry days as student,
fl a
a w football layer at U

JEFF LEHNERT/Daily
Former President and University alum Gerald Ford shares a laugh with University President Mary Sue Coleman at the
dedication ceremony of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy yesterday morning at Rackham Auditorium.
Panel discusses process Ofform ig

By Keith Fudge
For the Daily
In most cases, an appearance by
Paul O'Neill, whose name is probably
on a dollar bill in your wallet right
now, would be headline news in itself.
But yesterday, the former Treasury
secretary's keynote speech at the Ger-
ald R. Ford School of Public Policy
site dedication was overshadowed by
the attendance of the program's name-
sake, perhaps the University's most
famous alumnus.
Former President Gerald Ford was
the center of attention at the ceremo-
ny, which took place in Rackham
Auditorium. Attending with his wife
Betty and son Jack, Ford received
multiple standing ovations, and Uni-
versity President Mary Sue Coleman
lauded his 72-year relationship with
Michigan, which "represents almost
half of the entire history of the Uni-
versity."
Ford shared memories from his
time at the University with the
audience.
"I will forever be most grateful to
this University for giving me a good
education," Ford said.
"The background and solid educa-
tion I got from this great University
gave me the ability to perform my
responsibilities, first in the U.S. Con-
gress, and second as vice president,"
as well as in his presidency from 1974
to 1977, Ford said.
Ford also praised architect Robert
Stern's design for the new School of
Public Policy building, and even
remarked on the success of the
Michigan football team, for which-he
played center and linebacker while

"The background and
solid education I got
from this great
University gave me
the ability to perform
my responsibilities
-Former President Gerald Ford
attending the University. "I thought it
was pretty nice last Saturday," he
said, referring to the defeat of Notre
Dame, and evoking applause from
the audience.
Ford's comments came after
O'Neill spoke on the need to base
public policy decision making on
moral values. "This is something we
desperately need to teach people
going into, not only the public sector,
but the private as well," O'Neill said.
After serving in the Ford administra-
tion, O'Neill held several executive
positions in the private sector. He
returned to public office as President
Bush's secretary of the Treasury in
2001, but resigned last December
Throughout the speech, O'Neill
frequently praised Ford, in whose
administration he served as an adviser
and deputy director of the Office of
Management and Budget. Before
making decisions, O'Neill said he
always tells himself: "Whatever you
do, make sure President Ford would
be proud."
See FORD Page 3

public
By Michael Gurovitsch
Daily Staff Reporter

With former President
listening in the audienc
Auditorium, former top
advisers discussed yester
cy is made in the White
event, titled "The Buck
White House Decision]
Gerald R. Ford to Geor
was part of the festivities
cation of the Gerald R. F
Public Policy's new buildi
David Gergen, who w

,Poiry during
to Ford as well as Presidents Richard
Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clin-
ton, began his speech by talking about
t Gerald Ford the strong character of Ford.
e at Rackham "Certainly no president in my life
presidential has commanded as much respect ... as
day how poli- this gentlemen has," Gergen said of
House. The Ford. He then explained how Ford was
Stops Here: selected vice president after Spiro
Making From Agnew resigned from the job. Gergen
ge W. Bush," said Nixon called key members of Con-
sfor the dedi- gress into his office to discuss a
ord School of replacement, knowing that because of
ng. the Watergate scandal, Agnew's succes-
as an adviser sor would probably become the next

dedicat)'n
president.
When Ford suggested John Connally,
former governor of Texas, the Democ-
ratic leadership of Congress resisted.
Finally, Nixon asked whom they had in
mind. They suggested House Minority
Leader Gerald Ford.
"There have only been two men ever
chosen for the presidency because of
character: Gerald Ford and George
Washington," Gergen said.
"What surprised me most about the
presidency is that I had no idea the
number of decisions and the magnitude
See PANEL Page 3

'

asks judge for compensation from Webber

The Associated Press

University officials asked a federa
to order NBA star Chris Webber to rei
the school $695,000 for losses th
resulted from the Eddie Martin scanda
Board of Regents Chairman Lav
Deitch and Marvin Krislov, the Univ
general counsel, made the request in le
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds.
The letters were among dozens E
received in the weeks leading to Tu
court hearing at which Webber, a men
the Wolverines' "Fab Five" from 1

was to be sentenced for
L judge criminal contempt.
mburse Webber was charged
ey say with lying to a federal
I. grand jury about money he
wrence received from Martin at
ersity's Michigan and, before that,
etters to at Detroit Country Day
School in Oakland County.
dmunds Webber, now a star for-
esday's ward with the NBA's
mber of Sacramento Kings, pleaded
991-93, guilty to the charge in July.
Walk hop

In a Sept. 10 letter to Edmunds, Krislov
asked that Webber's probation include a
requirement to compensate the University for
$350,000 in legal fees, $325,000 in tourna-
ment earnings returned to the NCAA as part
of its self-imposed penalties and a $19,477
grant to Webber.
"Such a payment would reflect Mr. Web-
ber's long history of deceit, would counter-
balance the harm caused the University by
that deceit, and have the added benefit of dis-
couraging other student athletes from making
similar errors," Krislov wrote.

In an Aug. 7 letter to Edmunds, Deitch
wrote that Webber "has never, to my knowl-
edge, ever publicly expressed even a minor
feeling of remorse for his conduct which
brought both shame and financial loss to the
University."
Edmunds has not acted on the University's
request. She had no comment on the letters,
which were among about 65 that were
released by the U.S. Attorney's Office with
her approval, her clerk said.
The University's request was irrelevant to
See WEBBER Page 3

Webber

s to raise

Get a grip

awareness of suicide

RYAN WEINER/Daily
Many students using Comcast as their Internet provider have been having
difficulties with the service since classes began.
Students disappomted
*with Comcast service

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
Hundreds of students and area
residents are expected to come
together tomorrow morning to help
brighten the world Into th
of people who
may sometimes *Who: The even
see it only in dis- by the MichiganC
mal blacks and and the Ann Arbo
grays. American Founda
Organizers of Prevention. Anyo
the second annual
Into the Light
walk, which starts 1
tomorrow at 9
a.m. at Pioneer
High School, hope
Taoj,'tSarthe event will raise a t'$~8.I
not only awareness
of depression and 'N here iohee
suicide, but spirits
as well. The event Vc s
is expected to 'aver* *e ej
raise more than Photo
$10,000 for pro-
grams focusing on depression and
suicide education and prevention, as
well as support groups for those
already affected by the disease.

e Light
nt is co-sponsored,
Depression Center
r chapter of the.
ation for Suicide
ne can participate.

and seeking treat-
ment for depres-
sion. Others know
of someone who
died from the dis-
ease.
This year the
event comes at an
especially sad
time, as University
community mem-
bers mourn the
recent apparent
suicide of Michi-
gan Radio engi-
neer Stephen
Graham.
"We walk
because we want
e to show the world

sion," event organizer Tammi
Landry said. "And it's fun."
But there are more personal rea-
sons why people choose to partici-
pate, Landry added. Some
participants will be those battling

By Trista Van Tine
Daily Staff Reporter
Old complaints about Comcast,
Ann Arbor's primary Internet and
cable-television provider, have
resurfaced as many students living
in the Ann Arbor area say they are
experiencing problems with their

they charged us for the $147 pack-
age which is slow and doesn't
work," LSA sophomore Mike
Worhach said. "They rip you off
because they know you are college
kids and you need Internet."
To many, these complaints come
as no surprise as Comcast received
ample press coverage in January

courtesy of Nicole Stanbridge

I -

that we have sur-
vived something horrible, and if it
happens to someone else, we want
to show them that they can survive,
too," said Landry, co-founder of the
Ann,. Arn.r r.nte~r f the .Ame~rican1

JONATHONTRIEST/Daily
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