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Monday, October 9, 2
News 2A NATO chief:
Afghans may
switch allegiance
Opinion 4A Imran Syed:
What if Wellstone
had lived?

One-hundred-sixteen years ofediorialfreedom


5A 'The Departed':
Scorcese's romance
with his audience

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Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVII, No. 25

2006 The Michigan Daily

Hillel leader honorary
member of senior society

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Brooks one of 'dozens'
of advisors, but group once
known as Michigamua
refuses to name others
By Andrew Grossman
Daily StaffReporter
Michael Brooks, executive director
of Hillel, confirmed Friday that he has
been an adviser to the controversial

senior honor society formerly known as
Michigamua for the past year.
Brooks serves as the group's Honor-
ary Angell. The position is named for
University President James Angell, who
founded Michigamua in 1902 to bring
together student leaders to improve the
"My role is to provide a perspective
to the seniors as well as to the alumni
membership that derives from my own
three decades of experience with the
University of Michigan community,"

Brooks said in an e-mail interview. "I
do more listening than talking, and I ask
more questions than I suggest answers."
When Brooks was first approached
about becoming an honorary member,
he declined because of the organiza-
tion's past.
The society has come under fire
throughout its history for appropriating
Native American imagery and artifacts
in its rituals and other traditions.
"By the time they renewed their invi-
See ADVISER, page 7A

Over the summer, Michigan
Daily Editor in Chief Donn Fresard
joined the society formerly known
as Michigamua. Although Fresard
normally edits articles onthis page,
he did not edit this article and will
not edit future articles on the group
because of his membership.


Brent Petway and Dion Harris during the men's
basketball team's 90-71loss to Michigan
State University at Breslin Center in February.
of roles
Petway, Harris no longer
team leaders, leaving Abram
as lone captain
By H. Jose Bosch
Daily Sports Editor
About five months after announcing that the
Michigan basketball team would be led by three
captains for the fifth time in team history, coach
Tommy Amaker has decided instead to have just
one captain: fifth-year senior Lester Abram.
Seniors Brent Petway and Dion Harris will
no longer serve as captains alongside Abram,
contrary to an April 10 announcement.
The release stated that Abram, Harris and
Petway were announced as the Wolverines' new
captains at the 2006 Basketball Awards Celebra-
tion. According to the release, their captaincy for
the 2006-07 season was to begin immediately.
This process fell in line with previous captain
announcements. In past seasons, the team elect-
ed its captains and the decision was announced
at the annual team dinner. But Amaker said he
decided to change the way captains were chosen
for the upcoming season.
"Throughout the spring, we wanted to see
how the team would develop and who would
emerge as a leader for this program," Amaker
said through the athletic department. "Lester
was that person who emerged for us. This does
differ from how we have chosen our captains
in the past, but we wanted to make this change
in the best interest of the team ... This is a for-
mat we will likely utilize in the future."
There is no indication that the decision was
made based on any off-the-court incident.
With his selection, Abram becomes Michi-
gan's first three-time captain.
Last season, he averaged 10 points, 3.3
rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in 21 appear-
ances. He'll lead a basketball squad that lost
six players from last season, most importantly
point guard Daniel Horton.
Michigan begins the season on Friday Nov.
10 against Central Connecticut State at 8 p.m.
at Crisler Arena.

Fans at Comerica Park celebrate as the Detroit Tigers close out the American League Division Series with the New York Yankees with an 8-3 victory Saturday
night. The team will begin a seven-game series with the Oakland Athletics tomorrow. FOR FULL STORY, SEE PAGE 6B.
Endowbment grows to$5.7 billion

attribute $800-million
increase to strong returns
and donations
(AP) - Strong returns on
investments and donations to its
fundraising campaign helped the
University's endowment grow by
about $800 million last fiscal year
to $5.7 billion.
The fiscal year ended June 30.
Erik Lundberg, the university's
chief investment officer, reported

the market value of the endowment
- a new high - to a group of fac-
ulty representatives last week, The
Ann Arbor News reported yester-
The 16-percent increase in the
market value of the endowment
reflects the combination of invest-
ment returns and new contributions,
minus $190 million worth of distri-
butions from the endowment.
The university sticks to a rule that
allows only 5 percent of the endow-
ment funds' average market value to
be spent each year.
One of the goals of The Michigan

Difference fundraising campaign
is raising $800 million in endow-
ment funds. So far, $613 million in
endowment funds has been raised,
with a portion establishing 128
endowed professorships.
In all, the campaign has raised
$2.235 billion toward its goal of
raising $2.5 billion by December
2008, Jerry May, the university's
vice president for development, told
the Board of Regents in September.
"The strength of the University of
Michigan is we draw very heavily
from nonalumni as well as alumni,"
May said.

in brief
University endowment
Increase in endowment this
fiscal year
Progress of the Michigan Dif-
ference fundraising campaign

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With sledgehammer,
Greeks raise money

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begin until late this year
By Michael Coulter
Daily Staff Reporter
The University held a ground-
breaking ceremony on Friday for
the 1.1 million square-foot C.S. Mott
Children's and Women's Hospital.
The groundbreaking signaled
the beginning of construction, but
demolition of the parking lot cur-
rently on the site won't begin until
later this year.
The new hospital is scheduled to
See MOTT, page 7A

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Five dollars buys minute
of whacking green-and-
white car; proceeds to buy
campus emergency phones
By Drew Philp
Daily Staff Reporter
The clank of metal striking metal
drowned out thumping music Friday as stu-
dents bashed a car with sledgehammers in
the yard of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.
This was no ordinary car. It was a sedan
painted Spartan green and white. And
every crash of the sledgehammer against
its hood, doors and windows meant more
money for new blue-light emergency
At the end of the day, the Sparty car
was mangled, but AEPi - along with
two other fraternities and three sororities

- had raised $300 for campus safety.
Event sponsors added $2,200 from T-
shirt sales and another $800 from a fund-
raising bar night at Necto.
Last year, the fraternities used the Ohio
State football rivalry in the same way to
raise $1,800 in donations for Hurricane
Katrina victims.
The fraternities and sororities are work-
ing with the Michigan Student Assembly
and the Department of Public Safety to
place the emergency phones, which pro-
vide a direct line to campus police, on
University property near off-campus
Brian Millman, an AEPi member and
one of the event's coordinators, said the
Trotter Multicultural Center and Ginsberg
Center would be ideal places to put emer-
gency phones.
"Nearly everyday you hear about rob-
beries of campus, and it's about time
See GREEKS, page 7A

Artist's renderings of the planned C.S. Mott Women's and Children's Hospital.

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