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Tuesday, September 5, 2006 - The Michigan Daily - 7A

ARSON
Continued from page 1A
Simone Taylor, the University's associate vice
president of student affairs, appointed Meyer
Schrage.
"Her view of the world and how she sees that trans-
lating into conflict management and resolution work
made her stand out as an extraordinary candidate,"
Taylor said. Taylor said that Meyer Schrage's tumultu-
ous background was examined, but that after checking
her references and learning about the circumstances,
she was "fully convinced and fully satisfied."
"Every evidence I have is that Jennifer had great
relationships with EMU students, that she engen-
dered those great relationships and really sought
them out and invested in them," Taylor said.
The new director was chosen after months of
deliberation by a University search committee com-
posed of faculty, staff and students. Taylor said the
search process was highly inclusive and nationwide.
It was managed by a diverse search committee.
The process involved candidates making public
presentations to the University community as well
as undergoing a series of interviews.
"I am delighted that we have been able to attract
someone of (her) caliber," Taylor said. "Her combi-
nation of education, directly related experience and

especially student development and social justice
orientations points to great promise for forwarding
OSCR's educational mission."
Interim OSCR director Karen Simpkins, who was
once Meyer Schrage's former supervisor at EMU,
said Meyer Schrage involved students in every aspect
of the judiciary office.
"She was very professional and knew how to con-
nect with students," said EMU student Catherine
Kanitz, who worked in Meyer Schrage's office for
two years.
The University is considering making changes to the
Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities this
school year. OSCR deals with violations of the statement.
Taylor said Meyer Schrage's "educational per-
spective and highly inclusive approach" will play an
integral role in the process.
"I strongly encourage students to participate in the
amendment process so it can be a successful year,"
Meyer Schrage said.
She said she is pushing for further student involve-
ment in OSCR and has already hired several students
to work in her office since taking the position.
"We are on the threshold of great opportunity for
so many reasons," Schrage said. "I'm excited about
the direction for this department and its commit-
ment to building trust, promoting justice and pro-
moting peace."

EXPRESS YOURSELF

School of Music freshman Nils Klykken dances during a volleyball game at C
Palmer Field yesterday afternoon.

STA DIU MSaturday's game against Central possession of alcohol and another
Michigan? for resisting and obstructing a police
Continued from page 1A "I hope not," Madej said. officer. Police issued citations to 12
Athletic Department spokesman Madej said stadium staff will people, including five for bringing
Bruce Madej had not yet heard make sure the system is working alcohol inside the stadium and five
about the delays, but said, "Any time correctly. for public urination.
you're having a new system you've On game day, campus police The stadium's emergency medi-
got to work through it." arrested nine people at the stadium. cal staff treated 57 people. Nine of
Can fans expect long lines at this Eight were arrested for minor in those were taken to the hospital.

U.S. mistakenly fires
on Canadian troops

REGENTS I RANKINGS
Continued from page 1A Continued from page 1A

encouraged Brown to run for
regent. The idea came from
Betsy DeVos, the wife of Michi-
gan gubernatorial candidate
Dick DeVos and a friend of
Brown's.
"She said 'You have long-
standing ties to Michigan,
you're a devoted Republican
and you ought to think about it,'
" Brown said.
Brown wanted to run in 2004,
but could not gear up her cam-
paign in time. Instead, she spent
the next two years preparing for
the 2006 election.
Five candidates will appear
on the ballot as third-party
options. James Hudler of Chel-
sea and Eric Larson of Grand
Rapids are running as Liber-
tarians; Edward Morin of Ann
Arbor is running for the Green
Party; Karen Adams of Lake
Odessa is running for the U.S.
Taxpayers Party; and Valerie
Hilden of Holly is running as
a member of the Natural Law
Party.
Although six parties have
named candidates, the Board
of Regents is not about partisan
politics, Brown said.
"I think it's too bad that a
regent has to be either a Democrat
or a Republican, because being a
regent is really all about being
an advocate for the University of
Michigan," she said.
Brown said she is a fiscal
conservative who aims to cut
spending and lower tuition.
Brandon and White's plat-
forms revolve around their eight
years each of experience on the
board.
Darlow's priorities include
preserving affirmative action,
keeping cost of attendance
affordable and using the Uni-
versity as an economic engine
for the state.
The board currently consists
of five Democrats and three
Republicans, but the balance
of power could become equal if
Brown and Brandon win.

strategy for the future of higher
education, the commission recom-
mend "a far more sophisticated
effort to measure both educational
quality and cost-effectiveness,"
Duderstadt said.
"If successful, this could well
eliminate the U.S. News and World
Report rankings since it would be
based far more heavily on student
learning outcomes rather than on
how much you are spending on
programs," he said.
The full report will be presented
to Spellings in the next few weeks.
Still, popular rankings often
play some factor in students' deci-
-sions to attend the University.
"I've looked at other rankings,
but the U.S News and World Report
is definitely the gold standard," said
LSA senior George Houhanisin. "It
has become a social custom. Even
if the methodology is wrong, as
long as Harvard is in the top three,
people accept it."
Houhanisin said the rankings
results weigh heavily on a school's
reputation. The University has
ranked higher than 24 as recently
as a few years ago, when it came
in tied for 21.
"I'm very concerned that the Uni-
versity has been falling in the rank-
ings," he said. "It seems to diminish
the University's prestige."
Houhanisin said he is consider-
ing rankings heavily in his decision
about where to apply to law school.
He said that he will "more or less"

apply to the top-ranked schools.
LSA junior Matt Devine said
the rankings may provide a good
starting point but are not the most
important factor when deciding
where to apply for college.
"I don't think anyone would
makea decision entirely based on (a
school's rankings),but they may nar-
row the search down," Devine said.
"They can act asa guiding light."
Duderstadt said he remains
unconcerned by fluctuations in the
rankings.
"If Michigan were to drop out of
the elite group of publics and fall
down to below other Big Ten univer-
sities, this would be a concern," he
said. "But this will never happen."
Beyond U.S. News and World
Report
U.S. News and World Report,
while the best known, is no lon-
ger the only publication in the
ratings game.
On its website, Washington
Monthly magazine - which
placed the University 18th - bills
its alternative rankings as placing a
greater focus on a school's impact
through its research, social and
ethical contributions. Princeton,
rankedthetopcollegeby U.S.News
and World Report's criteria, came
in 43rd on Washington Monthly's
list. The Massachusetts Institute of
Technology took top honors.
The University also recently
placed 11th on Newsweek's list of
"Top Global Universities." In addi-
tion, in the magazine's combina-
tion guide with Kaplan, "How to
Get into College 2007" named the
University one of 25 "New Ivies."

One Soldier waS killed and
five were wounded in yesterday's
friendly fire incident
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S. war-
planes mistakenly fired on Canadian troops fighting
Taliban forces yesterday in southe n Afghanistan,
killing one soldier and wounding five in an operation
that NATO said also has left 200 ins rgents dead.
A British soldier attached to NATO and four
Afghans also were killed in a suicide vehicle bomb-
ing Monday in Kabul, while 16 su pected Taliban
militants and five Afghan police ere killed else-
where in the country.
The intense fighting comes ami Afghanistan's
deadliest spate of violence since U.S -led forces top-
pled the hard-line Taliban regime for osting al-Qaida
leader Osama bin Laden after the Se t. 11 attacks.
It also underscored the increased d nger to NATO-
led multinational forces since they t ok over control
of security in the volatile south from the U.S.-led
coalition last month.
Five Canadian soldiers have been killed since an
anti-Taliban operation was launched Saturday in
southern Kandahar province's Panjwayi district, long
a hotbed of insurgent activity. Some 32 Canadian
soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002..
"It is particularly distressing to us all when, despite
the care and precautions that are always applied, a
tragedy like this happens," said NATO commander

Lt. Gen. David Richards.
The "friendly fire" incident happened after ground
troops battling Taliban militants requested air sup-
port, NATO said.
NATO said the International Security Assistance
Force provided the support but "regrettably engaged
friendly forces during a strafing run, using cannons." It
later identified the planes as U.S. A-10 Thunderbolts.
American military spokesman Sgt. Chris Miller
confirmed that U.S. planes were involved and said
the NATO force can request air support from the
U.S.-led coalition.
One Canadian soldier was killed, and five sol-
diers were wounded and evacuated out of Afghani-
stan for medical treatment, said NATO spokesman
Maj. Scott Lundy. An investigation has been
launched.
Meanwhile, a senior British officer said the
crew of a British military plane that went down in
Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 14, had reported a
fire onboard shortly before the crash.
Chief of the Defense Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir
Glen Torpy told Britain's Channel 4 News it was pos-
sible but unlikely that a Taliban missile had hit the
disabled plane as it flew at low altitude. A purported
Taliban spokesman had claimed responsibility.
In Kabul, suicide bomber detonated his explo-
sives-laden four-wheel drive alongside a British
armored military vehicle, killing a British soldier
and four Afghans and wounding three other NATO
soldiers, according to British and Afghan officials.

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