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That's a great personal loss for me. He was
the person I really loved and enjoyed work-
ing with, and I know he would've gone on to
great, great success being a coach down the
road. (But) I can't complain. I think he gave
more in the short span of time he was here
than a lot of people ever give in a lifetime."
Namesnik is survived by his wife, Kirsten,
and their two children, four-year-old Austin and
two-year-old Madison.
"I made a promise to myself that I'm going
to be there for the children as much as I can
be," Urbanchek said. "They're going to have
a father figure."
Namesnik did much of the behind-the-
scenes work for the Wolverines in his time as
an assistant. He put in countless hours recruit-
ing, filling out paperwork and organizing
community activities, in addition to the time
he spent instructing Michigan swimmers.
"He always gave of his time," Urbanchek
said. "He was very open and willing to talk.
The world of swimming lost a great human
being. Not necessarily just a swimmer or a
coach, but a great human being."
Athletic Director Bill Martin issued a
statement recognizing Namesnik's contribu-
tions to the University.
"We are truly saddened by the loss of one
of the great swimmers in Michigan history,"
Martin said in a written statement. "Our
thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and
children during this difficult time. Eric was
a great student, athlete, coach and Olympian
during his days at Michigan. He left a great
legacy for others to follow, and he will be
missed by all who knew him."
While official details are still being final-
ized, Namesnik will be laid to rest on Mon-
day in his hometown. Next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
in Canham Natatorium, Namesnik will be
celebrated and remembered with a slideshow
of his life and career on the video board.
A trust fund has been organized to sup-
port Austin and Madison. To donate, make
checks payable to "SNIK'S KIDS" or "The
Eric Namesnik Memorial Fund." Donations
should be mailed to: SNIK'S KIDS, United
Bank and Trust, 2723 S. State Street, Ann
Arbor, MI 48104.

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while others - too emotionally affected
by seeing their possessions discarded
- sat by and watched or left the scene
"It was easy for us to gut away these
homes and trash the belongings, but to
these families, this was their life we
were throwing away," Litt said. "But
ultimately they were thankful- not
only because we had provided them aid
that would have cost them tens of thou-
sands of dollars, but also because they
were reminded that there were still peo-
ple out there who cared."
Goldstein said the experience was
valuable not only because the students
gained hands-on experience in disaster
relief, but because it was a constructive
way to spend winter break.
"Instead of relaxing on some beach,
these students made a conscious deci-
sion to go somewhere where help is
needed, where accommodations were
not five-star and where conditions were
unpleasant," Goldstein said. "We all

knew what we were there for, and there
was the feeling that if I'm not going to
do it, who's going to do it?"'
LSA junior Ben Greenberg, who was
in New Orleans visiting a friend, met up
with Rabbi Goldstein and the student
volunteers to work on a synagogue in a
local neighborhood.
"I had heard the stories of the devas-
tation, but the reality of the situation set
in when I saw the dirt all over the floor
and the mounds of trash," Greenberg
said. "I realized that what happened in
(that) synagogue happened hundreds of
times to other houses and synagogues."
Greenberg said he came to a realiza-
tion of the amount of time and effort
that would be needed to clean out the
homes and buildings and to reach the
point where residents could go about
their daily lives.
But for Litt, there is much more to
"People need to do more. It is easy
to escape reality - if you don't watch
TV and see what's going on, it can dis-
appear," Litt said. "But these families
are still trying to piece their lives back

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for interviews yesterday.
MTV first contacted the Ann Arbor-area
high schools last December.
"They just called us: 'We're coming to
Ann Arbor, can we come to your school?"'
CHS counselor Mike Mouradian said.
Mouradian, who has watched several
episodes, wasn't surprised that the genera-
tion-defining entertainment channel was
interested in Ann Arbor.
"We've had stuff like this before," Mou-
radian said, referring to CHS alum Andrew
W.K.'s return performance as part of VH1's
"My Coolest Years: The Geeks" special, a
show reflecting upon rock stars' formative
years in high school.
While Mouradian said he's only heard
positive responses to the "Made" attention,
several of his students have questioned what
would happen if MTV actually chose to
"make" a CHS student.
"A lot of people here are anti-MTV,"
Ardan said. "(Other people would) be try-
ing to harass you (if you were being 'made')
- not you, but the camera."

Dexter High School Principal James Ban-
nan - who has never seen the program but
said he has done research on it - was told
there were no guarantees a student would be
If one were to be, there would be at least a
two-to-six month production process before
the show airs.
"It's an opportunity for kids to express
themselves," Bannan said.
But none of those opportunities are allowed
to involve projects that will project a negative
image of Dexter High School, Bannan said.
He disapproved of an episode of MTV's
documentary series "True Life" that helped
a young woman pull off an elaborate senior
prank involving a flagpole, electrical saws
and a used car.
If chosen, students will be notified within
two weeks.
"I'm praying (I get chosen)," CHS senior
C.J. Nichols said.
Nichols, who dreams of being a track star,
has been cut twice from the track and field
"I run fast - if you chase me I run really
fast," Nichols said.
It sounds like someone's ready to get

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members of the commission that said:
"We believe that civil rights belong to
everyone and are not the sole property
of a single group of individuals."
Katherine Blake, vice president of
the Flint chapter of the NAACP, which
has also campaigned against the initia-
tive, claimed a black circulator deceived
her daughter into signing the petition by
claiming it supported "civil rights."
" 'Civil rights' to a black person
means civil rights for black people,"
she said, adding that several Flint
residents who signed the petition had
shared similar stories.
BAMN spokeswoman Shanta Driv-
er also testified, giving the commis-
sion almost 140 signed affidavits from
people claiming they had been misled

by canvassers.
"We haven't found a single black
person who said they knew what they
were signing," said Driver.
She said BAMN had talked with
between 500 to 1,000 signers and is try-
ing to organize investigations of almost
300,000 signatures. She claimed that
her organization also has the names of
seven circulators who have signed affi-
davits saying they lied to people to get
them to sign the petition.
Doyle O'Connor, one of two Demo-
crats on the Board of Canvassers, also
attended the event. The board voted on
Dec. 14 to keep MCRI off the November
ballot, only to be overruled by the Michi-
gan Court of Appeals on Dec. 20.
The Board will vote again on Jan. 20
to decide whether new language put forth
by the state elections director is fair.
"This has been such a controversial
issue," he said, adding that he came to see

what additional proof BAMN presented
to support their case.
He said the Board of Canvassers delib-
erated before its Dec. 14 vote on whether
it was the proper authority to review
allegations of fraud, but he believed the
evidence was so compelling that it was
"inappropriate for us to approve it."
In effort to convince officials to
remove the initiative from the ballot,
BAMN has organized a website where
residents of Detroit, Flint and Grand
Rapids can search for names of people
who have been tricked into signng.
After hearing more than two hours
of testimony and receiving dozens
more applications to testify, com-
mission member Kelvin Scott asked
the eight-member board to vote on a
motion to hold additional hearings.
The board approved the motion, but
said it is not yet clear when and where
those hearings will take place.

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to the council for the ordinance's
closed-session review, tentatively
scheduled for Feb. 20.
Greden said that if the ordi-
nance, which was modeled from
similar legislation from Madison,
Wisc., is approved at the meet-
ing in February, it will be raised
again at the March 6 meeting two
weeks later.
But it is likely that the public
vote will be postponed until March
20 in an effort to accommodate
students, who may just be returning
from spring break, Greden said.
If passed, the ordinance will
restrict the date landlords can show
a leased property to potential ten-
ants until one-fourth of the cur-

rent lease period expires. It would
also prevent a potential tenant who
had looked at the apartment on
the Internet or without a landlord
from signing the lease without the
knowledge of the current residents
by forbidding landlords to enter
into a lease with any new renter
before one-fourth of the current
lease period has expired.
The committee hopes the chang-
es will relieve the pressure facing
students to enter into lease agree-
ments early in the fall term.
"I haven't met one student who
was against it," MSA President
Jesse Levine said.
The ordinance will not only alle-
viate some burdens current tenants
feel to renew early, but it will also
help first-year students pressured to
sign a lease in their first few months
at the University, Levine added.

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