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Monday, December 4, 2006

THREE AND OUT
Gators get title shot, Blue gets roses

By SCOTT BELL against No. 1 Ohio State.
Daily Sports Editor The Gators rode the momentum
from their 38-28 win against No.
Michigan got all the help it was 8 Arkansas in Saturday's South-
supposed to need, but somehow, it eastern Conference Championship
still wasn't enough. Game to slip past idle Michigan in
Despite Southern Cal's 13-9 loss the BCS standings.
to UCLA on Saturday, the foot- The Wolverines will play South-
ball team's national championship ern Cal on Jan. 1in the Rose Bowl
hopes officially came to an end yes- in Pasadena, Calif.
terday. "We are delighted to accept a bid
Florida, ranked No. 4 in last to the Rose Bowl," Michigan coach
week's Bowl Championship Series Lloyd Carr said. "I want to encour-
rankings, jumped past both Michi- age every Michigan fan across the
gan and Southern Cal into the BCS country to come to Pasadena and
National Championship Game support the team."

4 A
The two teams met in the Rose
Bowl three years ago, with the Tro-
jans emerging victorious, 28-14.
Michigan led Florida, the SEC
champions, by .0319 points in the
standings going into last week.
Seven days later, without setting
foot on a football field, the Wol-
verines saw their .0319-point lead
turned into a.0101 deficit.

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"I don't think there's any ques-
tion there are some flaws in the
system," Carr said. "The system as
I understand it was designed to put
the two best teams in the national
championship game."
Many fans, too, were left puz-
zled by the abrupt turnaround in
the poll numbers.
The BCS system, which was
implemented in 1998 to take the
human element out of determining

the top teams in college football,
ironically ended up depending on
the human polls.
Florida and Michigan received
an identical .940 computer rank-
ing, which accounts for one-third
of the total BCS average.
The other two-thirds, composed
of the Harris and ESPN/USA Today
coaches poll, put Florida ahead of
Michigan (.9451 to .9317 and .9484
to .9316, respectively).
"I don't think (Florida) would
have moved ahead ofus had (South-
ern Cal) won the game," Carr said.
See ROSE BOWL, page 3A

HOW THE BCS RANKINGS
ARE CALCULATED
* Two polls are taken into account.
ESPN/USA Today polls coaches,
and Harris Interactive polls coach-
es, administrators, former players
and current and former media pro-
fessionals.
0 These are combined with the
average of sin computer rankings.
*The computer rankings, the Har-
ris poll and the coaches poll each
contribute one-third to a team's
overall BCS score. The three are
averaged to compute a team's BCS
ranking.

Mideast
'talk leads
to scuffle

RACE AT THE UNIVERSITY

Protesters allege
police brutality
By KELLY FRASER
Daily StaffReporter
Campus police arrested
three Ann Arbor residents
accused of disturbing a lec-
ture on Iran at the Michigan
League on Thursday night.
The protesters have
accused campus police of
using excessive force in
removing them, while event
organizers say the protesters
were violating free expres-
sion by preventing a lecturer
from speaking.
The lecture was spon-
sored by the student organi-
zation American Movement
for Israel. Raymond Tan-
ter, a professor emeritus of
political science who now
teaches at Georgetown Uni-
versity, said he was inter-
rupted repeatedly during his
lecture.
The protesters were
chanting things like "Hands
off Iran" and "Tanter is a
pig," Tanter said.
Tanter said he was not
advocating that the United
States use military force
against Iran, but did say that
it may be one option. The
protesters were not affiliated
with a campus organization.
A 47-year-old woman
was arrested for disturbing
a public meeting and resist-
ing and obstructing an offi-
cer, campus police said. Two
men were arrested on charg-

es of resisting and obstruct-
ing an officer and interfering
with an arrest.
Witnesses identified the
men as Blaine Coleman and
Henry Herksovitz, two pro-
Palestinian activists who
often protest on and around
campus.
When asked to com-
ment on his arrest, Coleman
responded by asking The
Michigan Daily to advocate
for divestment from Israel
and decried what he consid-
ered "campus Zionists using
their police to brutalize us
on campus."
Herksovitz did not
respond to attempts to con-
tact him yesterday.
Tanter said that although
he mentioned Israel, his lec-
ture focused on diplomacy
problems in Iran.
Department of Pub-
lic Safety spokeswoman
Diane Brown said Michigan
League staff made the first
call to DPS because protest-
ers were blocking the build-
ing's entrances well before
the event was scheduled to
begin at 7:30 p.m.
Organizers had not
expected a protest and did
not request police presence
prior to the lecture, said
American Movement for
Israel Chair Josh Berman.
With about 150 people
in attendance inside the
Vandenberg Room, Berman
said the protesters began to
heckle him before he intro-
duced Tanter.
See MIDEAST TALK, page 3A

PETER ScHOTTENFELS/Daily
LSA freshman Keith Binion (left) and LSA sophomore Seth Wittman (right), members of Pi Lambda Phi, in their house on Wilmont Court on Saturday. The fraternity was founded in
1985 at Yale University with commitments to diversity and open-mindedness among its primary goals.
Greek execs us for racia unity

Frats, sororities
seek to bury legacy
of segregation
By ALEX DZIADOSZ
Daily StaffReporter
When Randal Seriguchi, the
National Pan-Hellenic Coun-
cil's vice president, talks about
the Greek system's capacity to
cultivate campus diversity, he

is more blunt than most execu-
tives.
"It's kind of inherently
knownby students that Greeks
have a great deal of influence
within the student body," he
said. "But I don't think a lot of
Greeks exercise that influence
- correctly, anyway."
Seriguchiseems determined
to change this.
A movement toward inte-
gration that encompasses all
four Greek councils is grow-

Part two in a two-part series on race in the Greek sys-
tem. For the first installment, visit michigandaily.com.
ing - from the culture-specific movement is occurring on two
chapters ofthe relatively young fronts: across the Greek sys-
Multicultural Greek Council tem's four councils and within
to the centuries-old majority- its individual chapters.
white houses of the massive
Interfraternity Council. ACROSS COUNCILS
Jared Averbuch, president Ask Greek executives to
of the IFC, said the integration identify the key to an integrat-

ed system and most will tell
you it is interaction between
the different councils. Press
for specifics and the conver-
sation will inevitably wind
toward Greek Week, the mid-
March burst of activity that
transforms campus into a play-
ground of volleyball tourna-
ments, Diag dunk tanks and
dance contests.
Traditionally, Greek Week
has been the domain of the
See GREEKS, page 7A

As car crashes into his bedroom,
student saved by skin of his teeth

LSA senior was
brushing teeth
when Buick struck
By KIMBERLY CHOU
Daily StaffReporter
For the most part, LSA
senior Keshav Srinivasan's
William Street studio apart-
ment looks like a typical col-
lege home.
Clothes are scattered on
the couch and the unmade
bed. Dirty dishes idle on the
kitchen counter.

Except now there's agaping
hole in the wall where a Buick
Legacy smashed through the
window Saturday night.-
After being rear-ended by
a stocky, gray Pontiac Grand
Prix, the station wagon
crashed into Srinivasan's
apartment at about 1:10 a.m.
The vehicle's crumpled front
end broke through the rect-
angular window on the apart-
ment's east wall, right above
Srinivasan's bed and comput-
er desk.
At the time, Srinivasan was
in the bathroom.
"I went to brush my teeth

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the crash, visit michi-
gandaily.com.
before bed - and that's when
it hit," Srinivasan said. "I
thought it was the sound of a
bottle breaking."
The Legacy's impact sent
brick and earth tumbling
onto his bed and desk. Dust
piled with broken glass in
miniature hills, mingling
with parts of an evergreen
shrub planted outside the
ground-floor window. A few
broken bricks on Srinivasan's
pillow and half a cinder block

on the sheets made for mor-
bid decoration.
"If I was sitting by the
computer desk or on the bed,
I might have been (badly)
hurt," Srinivasan said.
He suffered minor cuts on
the inside of his right knee
and shin, a result of what he
believes were glass shards
propelled into the bathroom.
The force of the impact scat-
tered debris around the sink
and toilet in the apartment's
bathroom, about a dozen
paces from the site of the
crash.
See CRASH, page 7A

A Buick Legacy pokes through the window of LSA senior Keshav Srinivasan's William Street apartment after it
crashed into the building on Saturday night.

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