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SMOKE AND MIRRORS

PETER SCHOTTENFELS/Daily
Ann Arbor resident Niko Burnell sits with friends and smokes Narghila yesterday at Rendezvous Cafe on South University
Avenee
GM exec vows to maintain
global supremacy over Toyota

DEAN
From page 1
As she prepares for her exit,
Blank said she would like to see the
Ford School continue to improve
on the quality of its education and
expand the range of courses it
offers. She said she has been hon-
ored and delighted to serve as the
dean.
"I came to Michigan looking for-
ward to this job, but did not antici-
pate how much I would enjoy this
work and how deeply attached I
would become to the Ford School
and the UM community," she wrote
in the e-mail to faculty.
The University has begun the
search for her replacement.
PROP 2
From page 1
cycles under existing and uniform
rules. Granholm and Attorney
General Mike Cox signed off on
the agreement, part of an ongoing
federal lawsuit filed by a pro-affir-
mative action group called By Any
Means Necessary.
But the U.S. Court of Appeals
ruled last week that federal law
does not warrant such an extension.
The appeals court said state courts,
not federal courts, would have the
jurisdiction to decide whether an
extension was warranted.
Cox said yesterday he would
intervene in the state case and
argue in favor of forcing imme-
diate compliance. He said it has
become clear that Michigan's
universities have the capability to
obey Proposal 2.
"It is time to move forward and
comply with Proposal 2," Cox said
in a statement. "I will move vigor-
ously to defend what the people
have overwhelmingly supported."
Terence Pell, CIR's president,
said state court action was needed
because the federal courts have not
expressly ordered the universities
to immediately comply with Pro-
posal 2.
"The federal courts put every-
thing back to neutral," Pell said.
"No one is ordering anyone to do
anything right now."
On Wednesday, the University
of Michigan said it was delaying its
admissions decisions until Jan. 10
as it sorts through its options based
on recent legal developments in the
case.
Proposal 2 is expected to have
more effect at the University of
Michigan than at any other state
university.

VLOGGERS
From page 1
tary, will show the story of their
travels. In an e-mail, the pair called
the project "part reality TV and
part adventure journalism." The
three-minute installments will be
posted on their website every other
week.
Through their sponsors - trav-
el guide publisher Lonely Planet,
Gregory Backpacks and travel blog
website TravelPod.com - they
received free travel gear and a
chance at having their work fea-
tured on the Lonely Planet website.
Having arrived in India 'on
Wednesday, Spokojny and Trauben
will travel through Nepal, Ban-
gladesh, Thailand and Cambodia
before heading northward to China
and Japan.
Trauben and Spokojny said
the aim of their trip is to embrace
communities abroad and provide
insight into societies that many will
never see.
"We want to expose our contem-
poraries to new cultures, ideas, and
ways of living," they wrote in the
e-mail.
They said they also hope to
get involved with the communi-
ties they meet over the next few

months.
"It is our duty as citizens of a
global community to be aware of
the issues and do our part in work-
ing towards solutions that benefit
everyone," Spokojny said.
Spokojny's involvement with
off-beat travel began when he
was a high school senior. He led
a group from his high school on a
trip to Cuba. Last year, he spent
two months in Asia, traveling
around Thailand; Cambodia and
Laos.
"It was such an amazing expe-
rience," he said. "Justin heard my
stories and decided he needed to
see it for himself."
On his previous trip, Spokojny
found it easier to record his adven-
tures on a blog rather than send e-
mails to his family and friends. That
way, they all had access to the same
stories and photographs. The video
blog takes this idea a step further,
letting everyone who's interested
see the footage.
Trauben and Spokojny said they
do not foresee any major problems
with the trip, although keeping
their gear in top condition may
prove difficult.
On their website, they wrote that
their biggest fears are "losing our
equipment, our passports, or our
lives. In that order."

DETROIT (AP) - IfToyotaMotor If Toy
Corp. has eyes on taking the title er said h
of world's largest automaker from "It W
General Motors Corp. next year, it me, but
won'thappen without a fight. before is
Inaninterviewyesterday,GMChief you lear
Executive Rick Wagoner said his com- day, and
pany has room for growth worldwide said. "W
and will forcefully defend its title. the posi
"I like being No. 1, and I think it, we'll i
our people take pride in it," he told As its
a small group of reporters at GM's when hig
headquarters. "It's not something away fry
we're goingto sitback and let some- vehicles
body else pass us by." year. Bu
Toyota last month announced newpro
a global production target of 9.42 North A
million vehicles for 2008, increas- healthie
ing the odds that it will surpass Toyot
GM. That would easily exceed the cars and
9.2 million vehicles GM is estimat- consums
ed to have produced in 2006. share by
Wagoner wouldn't reveal the year. For
company's 2007 production tar- passed
gets, but he said GM has the capac- the No. 3
ity to build more than 9.42 million Toyot
cars worldwide. The company will becomin
fight for every sale, he said, but will spokesm
stay within its strategy to rely on pany is
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yota does pass GM, Wagon-
e would not be pleased.
on't be a happy day for
I've lost basketball games
nmy life. You get ready and
n and you go back the next
d that's what we'll do," he
e're going to fight to keep
tion, and if one day we lose
fight to get it back."
U.S. market share shrank
gh fuel prices drove people
om trucks and sport utility
, GM cut production last
it it's rolling out multiple
ducts and Wagoner said the
merican market should be
r this year.
a, with a better balance of
d trucks, capitalized on the
er shift and raised its market
two percentage points last
the first time, the company
DaimlerChrysler to become
auto seller in the U.S.
a isn't concerned about
ag No. 1 globally, said
an Irv Miller. The com-
working to keep its quality
cus on customers and roll
ew Tundra full-sized pick-
,he said.

"A perceived sales challenge
for global leadership is not some-
thing we're even thinking about,"
Miller said.
Also in the interview, Wagoner
said he agreed with Ford CEO Alan
Mulally's statements that the United
Auto Workers may have to make sig-
nificant concessions inupcoming con-
tract talks to keep GM competitive.
While he wouldn't be specific
about what GM would seek in bar-
gaining with the union, Wagoner
said the company faces acost disad-
vantagetocompetitors that needs to
be addressed. But he would not say
if GM would seek labor cost parity
with Toyota and Honda Motor Co.,
both of which have significant U.S.
manufacturing operations.
The UAW master contract with
Ford, GM and DaimlerChrys-
ler expires on Sept. 14, 2007, and
Gettelfinger said contract talks
would begin with GM in July.
Like Ford, GM already is talking
with the UAW in advance of formal
contract talks later this year, Wag-
oner said. He said the UAW already
has helpedthecompanywithhealth
care concessions and buyouts that
will reduce its hourly work force.

SCHOLARSHIP
From page 1
anything that increases the pool
of funds to University-bound stu-
dents," University spokeswoman
Kelly Cunningham said.
Al Hermsen, associate director of
the Office of Financial Aid, said the
changes have both pros and cons.
"The new scholarship is ben-
eficial from a programmatic
standpoint because it encourages
students to stay enrolled in college,
but it could be detrimental to stu-
dents who cannot maintain a high
enough GPA," Hermsen said.
LSA freshman Brian Herrick
said he appreciates the emphasis
on GPA when evaluating a stu-
dent's qualifications for the schol-
arship.
"I think the new scholarship
is positive because if you do well,
you're going to be awarded for
your academic achievement," Her-
ricks said. "Some people don't test
well, and GPA is sometimes a better
gauge of students' potential."
Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed
legislation creating the Michi-

gan Promise Scholarship during
the University's winter break last
month at E.A. Johnson High School
in Mt. Morris.
Granholm first proposed the
Michigan Promise Scholarship
in her 2005 State of the State
address, calling it a "critical step
for Michigan's economy," and
noting that states with the high-
est number of college graduates
have the lowest unemployment
rates.
Lt. Gov. John Cherry's Commis-
sion on Higher Education and Eco-
nomic Growth had recommended
that Granholm take steps to make
college tuition more affordable.
Members of the commission hope
to double the number of college
graduates in Michigan in the next
decade.
"This is the future of the econo-
my of the state," Coleman said.
Cherry met with President
Coleman last May to discuss the
commission. During that meet-
ing, Coleman said the University's
Ann Arbor campus had reached
its capacity, but the Dearborn and
Flint campuses could accommodate
more students.

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removed at a Seattle hospital and
received large doses of hormones
to halt her growth. She is now 4-
foot-5; her parents say she would
otherwise probably reach a normal
5-foot-6.
The case has captured atten-
tion nationwide and abroad via
the Internet, with some decrying
the parents' actions as perverse
and akin to eugenics. Some ethi-
cists question the parents' claim
that the drastic treatment will
benefit their daughter and allow
them to continue caring for her at
home.
University of Pennsylvania
ethicist Art Caplan said the case
is troubling and reflects "slippery
slope" thinking among parents
who believe "the way to deal with
my kid with permanent behavioral
problems is to put them into perma-
nent childhood."
Right or wrong, the couple's
decision highlights a dilemma
thousands of parents face in strug-
gling to care for severely disabled
children as they grow up.
"This particular treatment, even
if it's OK in this situation, and I
think it probably is, is not a wide-
spread solution and ignores the
large social issues about caring for
people with disabilities," Dr. Joel
Frader, a medical ethicist at Chica-
go's Children's Memorial Hospital,
said Thursday. "As a society, we do
a pretty rotten job of helping care-
givers provide what's necessary for
these patients."
The case involves a girl identi-
fied only as Ashley on a blog her
parents created after her doctors
wrote abouther treatmentin Octo-
ber's Archives of Pediatrics & Ado-
lescent Medicine. The journal did
not disclose the parents' names or
where they live; the couple do not
identify themselves on their blog,
either.
Shortly after birth, Ashley had

feeding problems and showed
severe developmental delays. Her
doctors diagnosed static encepha-
lopathy, which means severe brain
damage. They do not know what
caused it.
Her condition has left her in an
infant state, unable to sit up, roll
over, hold a toy or walk or talk. Her
parents say she will never get bet-
ter. She is alert, startles easily, and
smiles, but does not maintain eye
contact, according to her parents,
who call the brown-haired little
girl their "pillow angel."
She goes to school for disabled
children, but her parents care for
her at home and say they have been
unable to find suitable outside help.
An editorial in the medical jour-
nal called "the Ashley treatment"
ill-advised and questioned wheth-
er it will even work. But her par-
ents say it has succeeded so far.
She had surgery in July 2004
and recently completed the hor-
mone treatment. She weighs about
65 pounds, and is about 13 inches
shorter and 50 pounds lighter than
she would be as an adult, according
to her parents' blog.
"Ashley's smaller and lighter size
makes it more possible to include
her in the typical family life and
activities that provide her with
needed comfort, closeness, security
and love: meal time, cartrips, touch,
snuggles, etc.," her parents wrote.
Also, Ashley's parents say keep-
ing her small will reduce the risk of
bedsores and other conditions that
can afflict bedridden patients. In
addition, they say preventing her
from going through puberty means
she won't experience the discom-
fort of periods or grow breasts that
might develop breast cancer, which
runs in the family.
"Even though caring for Ashley
involves hard and continual work,
she is a blessing and not a burden,"
her parents say. Still, they write,
"Unless you are living the experi-
ence ... you have no clue what it is
like to be the bedridden child or
their caregivers."
Caplan questioned how prevent-
ingnormalgrowthcould benefit the
patient. Treatment that is not for a
patient's direct benefit "only seems
wrong to me," the ethicist said.

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