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Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVII, No. 24
Bo knows class
Incumbent Stabenow and
challenger Bouchard pressed
on education issues
By Gabe Nelson
Daily Staff Reporter
With Michigan's economy struggling,
the two major-party candidates in nt
month's U.S. senate race have spent mo st
of their campaigns touting plans to sre
the Great Lakes State.
On Wednesday at the University,
though, Democratic incumbent Debhie
Stabenow and Republican challene1
Mike Bouchard had to answer togh.
questions about education.
In Weill Hall, Stabenow and Bouchad
took turns appearing in front of a pane4
of students from the Gerald R. Ford
School of Public Policy, the School of
Natural Resources and Environment and
the political science department.
Bouchard went first.
When asked about educational issues,
he broke the conservative party line. His
positions on a number of key issues were
similar to Stabenow's.
Bouchard said he does not support the
teaching of intelligent design in science
classes. Also, he said he disagrees with
the concept behind the No Child Left
Behind Act because he thinks states
should be responsible for designing their
own educational programs.
On a follow-up question, Bouchard
said he opposes the Michigan Civil
Rights Initiative - also known as
Proposal 2 - because its language is
ambiguous and could have unintended
If passed, Proposal 2 would ban some
affirmative action programs in Michi-
As a graduate of Brother Rice High
School, an all-boys school in Bloom-
field Hills, Bouchard said he realizes
the value of single-sex high schools and
would hate to see MCRI prevent the state
from starting public ones.
During her time with the student
panel, Stabenow also said she opposes
MCRI, not only because she supports
affirmative action but also because she
sees Title IX as a crucial moment in
Title IX, which passed in 1972, estab-
lished equal treatment for both sexes in
all institutions receiving federal fund-
ing. It is best known for mandating equal
funding for men's and women's sports.
"Proposal 2 is bad for you," Stabenow
said. "Everybody, remember that."
But Stabenow tried to distance her
own policies from Bouchard's.
"We're very different," Stabenow said
in an interview. "He supports the poli-
See SENATE, page 7A
Former Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler attends a public policy class yesterday afternoon in Weill Hall. Schembechler is auditing the course.
Legendary coach goes back to school,
By Alese Bagdol
For the Daily
In January of 1969, Bo Schembechler
began his career as one of the University's
most legendary football coaches. Almost
38 years later, he is tackling a new chal-
lenge -attending a Systematic Thinking
class, one of the prerequisites for the Ger-
ald Ford School of Public Policy's new
Bachelor of Arts degree.
Schembechler said he heard about the
class through his involvement with the
School of Public Policy on its board of
"The class sounded interesting and
there was space left, so I decided to
enroll," Schembechler said.
While he does not attend the discus-
sions, he said he has sat through every
lecture but one thus far. He plans on con-
tinuing in the class for the remainder of
"When I've been in town, I've never
missed a class," Schembechler said.
"Although I must say that I've been late
a couple of times."
The class, overseen by former Univer-
sity Provost Paul Courant, explores using
systematic thinking in solving a wide
range of current problems. The first topic
explored was globalization with a focus
on the auto industry. The class has since
shifted to copyright issues.
Five professors teach the course, and at
least two faculty members teach each topic.
"The course is by no means limited to
Public Policy BA candidates,"
Courant said. "It would be good if
more of our students used the kind of
things that one learns in college to think
about problems in the world."
Business school student Karen Boore
has class with Schembechler.
"He seems like a fun guy," Boore said.
"His presence doesn't impact the class
much, but anyone important to the Uni-
versity adds some value to the class."
Schembechler said he attends the class
as a silent observer in order to listen and
learn about what's going on in the world.
He does not take the exams or participate
in the class because he doesn't want to
interfere with the natural flow of discus-
"His attendance in class has been a
nice way to raise awareness on campus
about our new undergraduate program,'
Public Policy Dean Rebecca Blank said.
The Public Policy BA program will
begin in fall 2007. Students will apply
to the program during their sophomore
years to be admitted to the Ford School
for their final two years at the Univer-
The program will accept 50 students
per year, and the application deadline for
the fall 2007 term is Feb. 1.
Blank said the addition of an under-
graduate program will expand and diver-
sify the Ford School.
"There are a number of good schools,
such as Duke and Princeton, that offer
well-regarded public policy undergradu-
ate programs," Blank said. "We thought
we could offer something just as good
that would be of interest to a number of
undergraduates and that would enrich the
undergraduate curriculum overall."
Schembechler said he is thorough-
ly enjoying the class. He retired from
coaching here 16 years ago but said he
still feels connected to the University.
"While I worked with the Tigers and
on other projects for a few years, I never
really left the University of Michigan,"
Schembechler said. "Most of the current
students don't recognize me anymore,
but I still feel very welcome. I've always
had an office"
Bo Schembechler led the Uni-
versity football team to 13 Big
Ten championships during his
21-year tenure, in which the team
won 194 games.
In his 27 years of coaching,
including the six at Miami Uni-
versity in Ohio, Schembechler's
teams never had a losing season.
His years solidified Michi-
gan's rivalry with Ohio State as
one of the most competitive in
all of sports. In 1969, Schem-
bechier's team overcame heav-
ily favored OSU in what would
become the coach's statement
Schembechler retired as the
winningest coach in Division I
football history, but his win total
has since been eclipsed.
Schembechler was inducted
into the National Football Hall of
Fame in 1993.
on war in Sudan
Return of an MSA insurgent
r Refugees saved
by speaker Sister
By Jessica Vosgerchian
For the Daily
In the audience at the 16th annu-
al Raoul Wallenberg lecture last
night were 22 Sudanese refugees
who owe their lives to the speaker.
The speaker, Sister Luise Radl-
meier, has made the pursuit of
higher education possible for more
than 1,000 Sudanese youths over
the past two decades.
In her lecture, Radlmeier relayed
graphic stories of the wartime
experiences of refugee children
and lamented the violence in the
Darfur region of Sudan.
"My hope is that the mighty
powers of this world will find
a solution for the senseless and
unnecessary violence plaguing the
Darfur region?' Radlmeier said.
"But some political powers fear to
get involved, so war drags on."
The lecture is delivered by the
recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg
Endowment and Medal, named
for University alum Raoul Wal-
lenberg, who saved upwards of
100,000 Jews in Budapest during
The endowment and medal were
established in 1985 to memoralize
Wallenberg and recognize people
who demonstrate similar humani-
The Wallenberg Endowment
committee took notice of Radlmei-
er after an article in Reform Juda-
ism magazine revealed her part in
coordinating the sponsorship of 10
Sudanese women by a Jewish con-
gregation in Boulder, Colo., com-
mittee member Irene Butter said.
Radlmeier's work began infor-
mally in 1987 when Sudanese refu-
gee children began to beg at the
Dominican missionary where she
lived in Nairobi, Kenya. The chil-
dren had fled to a United Nations
camp in Kakuma, Kenya from
war-torn Sudan, where they had
See SUDAN, page 7A
Not long after his defeat
in the presidential election,
Fantuzzi forms new party
By Layla Aslani
and Andrea Coombes
Daily Staff Reporters
A third-place finish in last spring's Michi-
gan Student Assembly presidential election
hasn't kept LSA junior Ryan Fantuzzi away
from student politics. He is returning with a
new outlook, a new agenda and a new party.
"To quote Michael Corleone from The
Godfather III, 'Just when I thought I was out,
they pull me back in,' " Fantuzzi said, imper-
sonating Al Pacino, who played Corleone in
the 1990 film.
Fantuzzi, who ran on the now defunct Stu-
dent Conservative Party ticket last spring and
is perhaps best known for standing in the Diag
screaming about bringing Coke back to campus,
has founded the Student Liberty Party with the
intention of focusing solely on student issues.
Fantuzzi said he wants to provide students
with another party option in the upcoming
"We want to give students more of a choice
on student issues than they have right now"
Fantuzzi said. "The same party has been in
power for a while now, and we just want to
give students a reason to vote."
Still in its recruitment phase, SLP has not
LSA junior Ryan Fantuzzi talks on his cell phone in Amer's in the Michigan Union Wednesday night.
taken stands on broader political issues, and Fan-
tuzzi said it does not have a political agenda.
Although many of the party's members
are holdovers from the Student Conservative
party, SLP does not have a single ideology,
Fantuzzi said. The party hopes to recruit stu-
dents of different political beliefs and a variety
of schools and colleges within the University
to represent diverse student interests.
"With the Student Liberty Party we're
attracting Libertarians, Republicans, Demo-
crats - any political ideology," said SLP
member Dan Shuster, a Rackham representa-
tive in MSA, who was elected on the Student
Conservative Party ticket.
The concept is distinctly different from Fan-
tuzzi's last attempt at MSA glory, the Student
See SLP, page 7A