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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Opinion 4A

From the Daily: Gov.
wields fuel cell,
ignores education

Arts 5A New Orleans brass
band comes to town

One-hundredfifteen years of editorialfreedom

Sports 8A

Singer: Sparties can't
handle five-man game



Ann Arbor, Michigan

Vol. CXVI, No. 62

©2006 The Michigan Daily

MICHIGAN 72, Michigan State 67
.ta-ement game

Gra hoim takes on
state stem cell laws

Governor calls for new
laws to loosen restrictions on
controversial research
By Justin Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
LANSING - Jennifer Granholm delivered a State
of the State address yesterday that had major implica-
tions for the University's stem cell research programs.
Granholm called for less restrictive laws regulating
embryonic stem cell research to attract more scientists
to the state and develop treatments for diseases like dia-
betes and Parkinson's.
"Talented researchers and businesses around the
world are working right now on those cures, but we can't
recruit them to Michigan to do their work because of the
limits Michigan law puts on them," Granholm said.
Michigan isn't just having a tough time attracting
researchers, it's having a tough time keeping them.
Medical Prof. Michael Clarke, a prominent stem cell
researcher, left the University last fall for Stanford Uni-
versity. Other states' less restrictive laws and funding
priorities have heightened competition for the Univer-
sity's researchers.
Granholm said she wants the Legislature to pass
three bills sponsored by Rep. Andrew Meisner (D-
Ferndale), who is also a University alum.
Meisner said the package would improve the health
of Michigan's economy and its residents.
"It would help the University keep its researchers
and push ahead on research," he said. "It's currently
legal for (surplus in vitro) embryos to be thrown out,
but it's not legal for brilliant researchers to rescue them
and use them to cure Parkinson's or diabetes."
Meisner's bills were introduced to the House Com-
mittee on Health Policy last June, but the bills were
never brought to a vote in the House.
Granholm breathed new life into the bills when she
pressed for their passage, but Republicans are hesitant
to endorse the proposals.
Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema (R-Wyo-
ming) said the party will consider Meisner's bills, but
he expressed moral concerns about their implications.
"If you're asking me at the end of the day if I'm wil-

Gov. Jennifer Granholm gives the State of the
State address in Lansing yesterday.
ing to make moral and ethical compromises so that I
can keep a professor in Ann Arbor instead of Califor-
nia, I'm not willing to do that," he said after the gover-
nor's address.
Speaker of the House Craig DeRoche (R-Novi) said
he did not think the state's laws have hindered research.
After Clarke's departure, DeRoche said he spoke to
the University Board of Regents, who told him the
researcher's decision to leave the University was not
simply the result of the state's restrictions.
Granholm devoted most of the address to her eco-
nomic agenda, which includes tax cuts, infrastructure
projects and efforts to keep and attract business.
Granholm also wants to give all students who are
state residents $4,000 after finishing two years of
college. The proposal would likely not affect stu-
dents currently enrolled in college.

Brandishing signs and chanting "It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine," jubilant students rush the court following Michi-
gan's 72-67 victory over Michigan State.
Second-half comeback
sparks Wolverine upset

Coca-Cola's image main
casualty of contract cuts

Horton's 23 points
propel Michigan to victory
over 11th-ranked Spartans
By Scott Bell
Daily Sports Writer
The electricity at Crisler Arena last
night could have been summed up by
many different words. Words like amaz-
ing, breathtaking and thrilling were
thrown around the sold-out crowd fol-
lowing what was arguably Michigan's
biggest win of the Amaker era. But the
most fitting word to describe last night's
action was undoubtedly foul.
Foul was how Michigan played during
most of the first half.
The foul was what got Michigan back
into the game.
And foul was the mood Michigan State
coach Tom Izzo was in after his team's
first loss to Michigan in three years.
"The officiating, I question," said Izzo,
whose team went 6-for-10 from the line,
compared to the Wolverines' 27-for-34
performance. "It didn't cost us the game,
it didn't cost us turnovers, but ... it's
just too bad, because I think we played
well enough in a lot of ways to win the
Michigan's 21-point advantage at the
free throw line helped spur it to a 72-67
win over No. 11 Michigan State.
The Spartans had a chance to tie the

game with seven seconds to go. Trail-
ing 70-67, they put the ball in the hands
of leading scorer Maurice Ager. But his
3-pointer in the game's waning seconds
fell short. And after junior Dion Harris
corralled the rebound, a Michigan vic-
tory was just a formality.
The win was the Wolverines' first in
four tries against ranked opponents this
year and also put them in the driver's seat
for Big Ten notoriety. If it beats Wiscon-
sin on Saturday, Michigan (4-2 Big Ten,
14-3 overall) will claim a share of the
conference lead.
"It feels good to finally get one," senior
Daniel Horton said. "We've always
believed. We know we have the pieces
to be a very good basketball team - we
just finally did it today."
Just like in previous big games, it was
once again the Daniel Horton show.
Horton's 23 points paced Michigan.
He shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the line
and drained a trio of big 3-pointers at
critical points in the game.
He made one in front of the Michigan
State bench less than a minute into the
game to get the crowd going early.
He made another to put an exclama-
tion point on Michigan's 23-9 run in the
second half.
And he made the final Michigan 3-
pointer, an inside-out play which resulted
in a Graham Brown kickout that Horton
swished from the right wing. The shot
gave Michigan its biggest lead of the

University only one of 19
schools who have suspended
Coke contracts
By Neil Tambe
Daily Staff Reporter
The University is not the only school that has cut
its contracts with the Coca-Cola Company. Nine-
teen other schools have called the company out on
its refusal to submit to third-party investigations of
alleged human rights violations in Asia and South
But even with the loss of revenue from the schools,
the major victim of the suspensions will be the com-
pany's public image - not its pocketbook - accord-
ing to a financial analyst who monitors the beverage
But the analyst, who wished to remain anonymous
because of legal complications, said the loss of busi-
ness is not likely to have a noticeable effect on the
company unless the contract suspensions continue
for an extended period of time.
About 25 percent of Coca-Cola's profits are
made in North America and schools compose only
a small part of sales.
Any tangible effects caused by Universities
turning away from Coke would only be felt by
local bottlers - who buy syrup from Coke -
with a large portion of their income tied to a Uni-
versity contract, he added.
Lauren Torres, a financial analyst for HSBC
Group, said smaller bottlers would be most
affected by the cuts, adding that even they might
not feel any effects.

Coca-Cola Enterprises, the largest bottler of Coke
products, makes more than $18 billion in worldwide
According to Percy Wells, spokesman for the
Coca-Cola Bottling Group of Michigan, the Univer-
sity purchased 80,000 cases of Coke products annu-
ally. In comparison, sales across Michigan are in the
"That equates to a small percentage of our overall
business," Wells said.
Wells added that the small amount of sales lost
when the University suspended its contract "doesn't
(undermine) the importance of every case we sell and
how it affects our business."
New York University began pulling all Coke prod-
ucts from campus in early December.
Pepsi had been the primary beverage provider on
campus and Coke products were mostly found only
in vending machines on campus, according to an
NYU spokesman.
Rutgers University in New Jersey discontinued its
contract with the soft-drink giant last June. Rutgers
then entered into a ten-year exclusive contract with
Pepsi. The school claims the decision was not based
on civil-rights issues.
"Ultimately it was Pepsi's proposal that was far
more advantageous," spokeswoman Sandra Lan-
man said.
The old contract with Coca-Cola generated $10
million in revenue for Rutgers in 10 years. The Pepsi
deal is expected to bring in $17 million over the same
time period.
Lanman said Rutgers held several open forums
when deciding on a soft-drink supplier in which
allegations of civil-rights abuse in Colombian Coca-
See COKE, page 7A

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo cring-
es early In the game.
game - eight points - which it never
But unlike the big games earlier in the
year when Michigan kept coming up just
short, it wasn't a one-man show - this
time, Horton had a supporting cast.
Four Wolverines contributed at least
nine points. But none added more than
senior Chris Hunter.
The Indiana native had 13 points off
the bench - six more than Michigan's
State entire bench combined. With less

U.S. Hispanics retain
native language

Lawyer tackles off-campus housing

Third-generation Hispanics
in U.S. more likely to speak
native language than others
By Mariem Qamruzzaman
Daily Staff Renorter

In contrast, only 8 percent of third-generation
Asians speak their native languages.
The ratio is higher with most other third-gen-
eration ethnic groups. For example, about 90
percent of third-generation Asians speak only
English at home.
LSA soohomore Xavier Segura, who is a

SLS attorney to help students
navigate choppy waters of
off-campus housing
By Carissa Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
Living in an apartment near Central Campus
for a summer gave Stephanie Chang, the newly
appointed Housing Law Reform attorney for Stu-

Chang said she also intends to help students deal
with problems before they become severe and to
make certain that the fees tenants pay, such as for
overdue rent, are lawful.
Since assuming her position Jan. 9, Chang has
addressed seven housing cases, most of which dealt
with repairs. Chang said repair problems are espe-
cially common because much of the city's housing
is old. Students need to be aware of what to do if
repair requests are ignored.
In addition to landlord-tenant disputes and other

prohibit landlords from showing a property to
potential tenants or entering into a lease agreement
with new tenants until one-fourth of the current
lease period passes - has been criticized by local
landlords and realtors.
At some point this semester, SLS plans to con-
duct a survey of off-campus tenants to gain more
information about common housing-related issues,
such as tenant-landlord relationships and ongoing
problems with specific landlords or management

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