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statewide proportions of low-
income and minority students.
To determine low-income stu-
dent access, the authors of the
report compared the proportion of
University students receiving Pell
grants to the overall proportion
of college and university students
receiving Pell grants in Michigan.
The Pell grant program is the
largest student aid program run by
the federal government. The gov-
ernment determines the award by
subtracting a student's expected
family contribution from the cost of
Gerald said she chose Pell Grants
to represent low-income students
because many students who receive
the grants have a family income
under $40,000 dollars.
In 2004, 13.5 percent of Uni-
versity students qualified for Pell
grants, compared with 34 percent
of students statewide.
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said the report used the
wrong data to calculate accessibil-
ity trends at the University.
According to the report, the pro-
portion of students receiving Pell
grants dropped by 25.5 percent
between 1992 and 2004.
Peterson said the University's
1992 data included the University's
Flint and Dearborn campuses, but
the 2004 data only included the
Ann Arbor campus.
This distorts the comparison
because the Flint and Dearborn
campuses have a larger proportion
of low-income students, Peterson
Excluding the Flint and Dear-
born data, accessibility at the Ann
Arbor campus decreased by 8.7 per-
The University earned its best
score, a B, in the category of minor-
ity student access.
The researchers compared
the percentage of black, Latino
and Native American students in
2004's freshman class to the per-
centage of those minorities gradu-
ating from Michigan high schools
Black, Latino and Native Ameri-
can students comprised 12.2 per-
cent of 2004's freshman class,
compared with 15.2 percent of high
The University also received a B
in the category of minority success,
which compared the six-year grad-
uation rates of minority and white
The University of California at
Berkeley, which received an A in
low-income student access, earned
an F for minority student access.
Gerald said there could be a cor-
relation between the passage of
Proposition 209 in 1996 - which
banned affirmative action in Cali-
fornia - and the decrease in acces-
sibility for minority students.
Proposal 2 - which banned the
consideration of race, gender and
national origin in college admis-
sions, hiring and contracting in the
state of Michigan two weeks ago
- was modeled after Proposition
The University has recently tried
to improve accessibility by expand-
ing the M-PACT grantprogram and
increasing grants for community
college transfer students, Peterson
Peterson said the University
could do a better job letting stu-
dents know that coming here can
be affordable for them.
"Prospective students and their
families consistently overestimate
the cost of attending college, and
underestimate the amount of finan-
cial aid that is available," Peterson
said in an e-mail interview.
Gerald said the report targeted
the flagship university in each state
because the schools often act as
leaders in state education policy.
"If state flagships commit to
reverse these disturbing trends,
other institutions will follow their
lead," she said.
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was an assistant coach at the Uni-
"One day I told Bo I got a call
from Lou Holtz offering me a job (at
Notre Dame) as defensive coordi-
nator," Carr said. "I told him it was
good money and I thought I should
go down there. Then he sat back in
his chair and said, 'No, you're not
goingto Notre Dame. You're Michi-
gan, so forget that - I don't want to
hear any more about it."'
Former Michigan football player
Dan Dierdorf, who became a star
offensive lineman in the NFL after
playing for Schembechler, said
the coach always loved Michigan
- even in his childhood.
"One day Bo was walking down
State Street with his father and
wanted to watch Michigan's foot-
ball practice through those iron
gates," Dierdorf said. "As he was
looking out at the Michigan team
practicing, he turned to his father
and said, 'Someday I'm going to be a
Michigan man. Someday I'm going
to be the head coach here."'
Schembechler Hall, home to a
training facility for the football
team, now stands next to the prac-
tice field on State Street.
Coleman said the coach's legacy
will be greater than the hall that
bears his name.
"He will remain as engrained at
the University as the Diag and Bur-
ton Tower," she said. "I think we all
believe that Bo will always be here,
and that he will be a part of Michi-
While majority of the speeches
focused on how Schembechler
will be remembered, former play-
er Jamie Morris couldn't help but
think about the things he will miss
in his coach's absence.
"I will miss having the conversa-
tions with him about the good old
days," he said. "Most importantly,
I will miss hearing how much love
and pride he had for Michigan - the
school, the players and the fans."
Wearing a block M cap in honor
of Schembechler, Schembechler's
son Shemy spoke last. Shemy was
visibly shaken as he explained his
relationship with his father.
"My dad could never tell me
directly how proud he was of me,"
Shemy said. "But thousands of peo-
ple were always there to remind me
that all he could talk about was how
proud of me he was. That meant the
world to me."
Everyone seemed to hold a high
level of respect for Schembechler,
but people attended his memorial
for different reasons.
Business sophomore Carrie
Frost, who plays water polo for the
University, said Schembechler's
impact makes her proud to be an
athlete at Michigan.
"I never actually met him in per-
son, but he inspires me and shows
me why I play for this school," Frost
said after the ceremony. "I came to
the memorial because he's part of
the tradition. He reminds of me
of what makes this university so
Thomas Guynes, a former Michi-
gan football player, said he came to
the memorial to show gratitude for
the way he helped them succeed on
and off the gridiron.
"Bo was one of those guys you
came back to as an adult to talk to
about life," Guynes said. "(The team
I played on) has people involved in
law enforcement, big business, law
and medicine now. I think a lot of
our will to succeed professionally
has come from playing for Bo."
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angle of the sides is approximately
38 degrees from vertical."
Engineering sophomore Megan
Haubert won one of three $25 Ama-
zon.comgift certificates for her entry
regarding the positioning ofcthe com-
puters in the Michigan League.
"The keyboard is too low - in
order to reach the keys, the user
must fully extend his elbows, which
is an uncomfortable position," Hau-
bert wrote in her entry. "The moni-
tor is also too low. The user has to
look down at a sharp angle in order
to see the screen, which results in
unnecessary neck strain."
The other winners were Engi-
neering sophomore Everett Gu and
Engineering senior Mike Rose.
Gu lamented the lack of path-
ways on the North Campus Diag.
In his entry, Gu suggested that
more pathways be added, making it
as accessible and expedient as Cen-
tral Campus's version.
Rose called the glass doors in the
new Computer Science and Engi-
neering Building confusing and
"You expect doors to swing
INTO a room (not into a crowded
hallway with walking people that
could run into it)," his entry said.
"And the handle on both sides of the
door are identical."
This is the first year the society
has held the contest. Bauerly said
the organization is now looking into
contacting several building facilities
about their ergonomic problems.
"Some of the things are easier to
solve than others," he said. "A few
campus facilities people wanted to
know if people submitted issues
that had to do with their buildings
or websites, so I will give those
people feedback on what they can
The society has also set up a
committee to investigate solu-
tions to the three winning entries.
Haubert, who is on the committee,
said that they will start by looking
for stools of the correct height to
solve the computer problem in the
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NEW LIFE CHURCH
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grant permission to build the new
"Before the public hearing, the
commissioners went into a 'closed
session' with the City Attorney to
discuss the situation," Hayes said
in a church newsletter when the
site's approval was still pending.
"Frankly, we think he was telling
them how they could deny our proj-
ect in a way that seemed legal."
Hayes didn't originally envision
himself being caught in this legal
mess, though. He said he simply
wanted to provide students with a
place to socialize.
"There's something cool about
teenagers having a place to hang,"
he said. "And there's no alternative
to the party scene."
Little did Hayes know, though,
that he would encounter stalwart
resistance as he searched for a per-
manent home for his burgeoning
Although it had existed as a stu-
dent group since the mid-190s,
New Life Church began holding
meetings at the University in Janu-
ary 1998. Later that year, the Uni-
versity said the church from using
its facilities, claiming that the stu-
dents in the auditorium on Sundays
posed security problems, Hayes
In 2000, the dispute with the
University was resolved, and New
Life began using the MLB audito-
rium for itsnservices.
With attendance rising quickly,
Hayes said New Life needed a larg-
er building. So he started surveying
potential pieces of property.
But building in the city of Ann
Arbor can be a long and complicat-
ed process, he said.
"Tons of people told me, 'Don't
do it,' "Hayes said.
He was told that he wouldn't
find land. And even if he did, people
warned that he wouldn't be able to
raise the money to build.
Hayes accomplished the first
task. In 2002, with the aid of Great
Commission Ministries, a Florida-
based group dedicated to evange-
lizing on college campuses, New
Life bought the vacant Delta Zeta
sorority house on Washtenaw.
There, Hayes planned to con-
struct the 700-seat auditorium.
But many of the building's neigh-
bors objected to the proposal.
After New Life received approval
for a parking variance, it presented
the buildingplans at aneighborhood
outreach meeting. There, neighbors
balked at the plans.
People objected to the large
size of the building, the crowds
the church would bring and the
disturbance they said it would
Retired Prof. Fred Bookstein,
who would have shared a driveway
with the church, was one of the
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most outspoken opponents of the
project. According to a construc-
tion worker on site at New Life,
Bookstein moved to Colorado about
three weeks ago. The worker spec-
ulated that the move was a result of
When reached by phone, Book-
stein refused to comment on the
In January 2004, after members
of New Life spent time prepar-
ing the building plans for approval
by the Planning Commission, the
project was tabled. At the second
meeting, more complications arose,
pushing the commission vote back
By the third meeting, it seemed
like the auditorium would not be
built. The commission tabled the
project once again, allowing the
city planning staff to prepare a
motion for denial.
"In some ways, it felt like the
Planning Commission intended to
deny the project before even listen-
ing to us that evening," Hayes wrote
in the church's newsletter.
On Nov. 16, the fourth and final
meeting convened. The Planning
Commission rejected the project by
a 5-3 vote.
City Council member Steve un-
selman (D-Ward 3), then a mem-
ber of the Planning Commission,
expressed the concerns he had at
"It put an undue hardship on
the neighboring property when
it comes to shared access (of the
driveway)," he said.
He also was unconvinced by the
"Ididn't think they made the case
yet," he said. "They didn't have all
their eggs in the basket."
Another former commission
member, Ethel Potts, said she was
mainly concerned with the size of
"It was very large and unsuitable
in a residential neighborhood," she
said. "And I still think it's too big. It
will have a negative impact on the
Hayes wouldn't settle with the
commission's decision, though. He
decided to file suit just after Christ-
mas in 2004, alleging religious
discrimination. By April 2005, the
city settled the suit and granted the
approval New Life needed to begin
After the city's approval, much
of New Life's burden became finan-
"It became unbelievably difficult
because of legal fees," said Hayes.
"When we finally got the settle-
ment, we had no money to build."
Hayes made the tough deci-
sion to start building - despite the
Hayes said he has notlostsightof
"We wantto be a home, a place of
refuge, a safe place where students
can experience the joy and healing
of the love of God," he said.
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