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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 3B

Many students were anxious about the passage of Proposal 2, a ballot initiative which
banned race- and gender-based affirmative action in Michigan on Nov. 2, 2006.
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Ross gives $100 mil.
Sept.9 - After University alum
Stephen Ross gave $100 million to the
Business School - the largest donation
in the University's history- officials
announced it would be renamed the
Ross School of Business in his honor.
Dorm work planned
Oct. 6 - A week after announcing plans
to renovate MosherJordan and Stockwell
residencehalls, officials unveiled plans to
tear down the Frieze Building and build
North Quadrangle, anew Residence Hall.
Katrina refugees
enroll at U'
Aug.30 - After Hurricane Katrina
wrought havoc on the southern U.S.. 30
displaced studentsfrom Louisiana Uni-
versity enrolled at the University.
Ludacris performs
Nov. 3 - The Michigan Student Assem-
bly brought rap artist Ludacris to Hill
Auditorium. After hostingthe concert at
Hill Auditorium in November, MSA deter-
mined it lost $20,000 on the venture,
four times the previous loss estimate.
Gov. speaks at 'U'
Nov. 7- On the eve of the gubernatorial
election, Gov. Jennifer Granholm gave a
midnight campaign speech tostudents in
the Union. Granholm,a Democrat, defeated
Republican Dick DeVos in the election.
Gerald Ford dies
Dec. 12-Universityalumandformer
President Gerald Ford died at 93.eFord
majored in political science and economics.
He said his greatest accomplishment was
"healing America"afterthe issued a presi-
dential pardon to Richard Nixon.
'Shakey' Jake dies
Sept.16 - Ann Arbor icon and blues
musician "ShakeyJake" Woods died at 82.
Rally at the Capitol
Sept.26 - More than120 University
students rallied in Lansing to protest cuts
in universityfunding. The government
latershutdownforfourhours because
the legislature couldn'tagree ona budget.
RC 40 celebrated
Oct.20 - Studentsand alumni celebrat-
ed the Residential College's 40th year.

Bush wins reelection
Nov. 2 - U.S. President George W.
Bush defeated Sen. John Kerry in his bid
for the presidency. On the same day,
Michigan voters passed a constitutional
amendment banningsame-sex unions.
IFC reforms
December -The Interfraternity Coun-
cil changed its bylaws to forbid member
fraternities from providing alcohol at
parties. The change also limited the
amount of booze guests could bring to
fraternity-hosted events.
Student aid slashed
Feb. 2 - The Michigan Legislature approved
a bill that cut federal student-loan funding by
$12.7 billion, raising interest rates for loans.
MSA election scandal
April-Inoneofthe most competitive
Michigan Student Assembly elections to
date, membersof the Students 4 Michigan
party overloaded and shut down arival par-
ty's website during the election, preventing
studentsfrom voting. Then-MSA Rep. Anton
Vuljaj pled guilty tothe crime in 2008.
" Bo Schembechler
embodied all that is best
about Michigan -
loyalty, dedication and
the drive for ever-greater
excellence.
- Mary Sue Coleman, Nov. 20
After the legendary coach died at
age 77, thousands gathered for a
memorial service at the Big House.
Lloyd Carr retires
Nov.19 - In his 13 years at the helm, Carr
became thethird-winningest head football
coach in the Univerditys history. He wee
five Big Ten titles and a Natinal Champion-
ship. After he retired, he was replaced by
Rich Rodriguez.
MSA president resigns
Dec.5 - Mohammad Darbecame president
of the Michigan Student Assembly after Zack
Yost resigned from the post when another
member revealed his Facebook group insulting
MSA Rep. Tim Hull for his disability.

Google project begins
Dec.14 - University officials and
Google announced plans for a joint proj-
ect to digitize the University Library's
7-million volume collection by 2010.
Arthur Miller dies
Feb.11- The University alum best
known for writing the Pulitzer Prize-win-
ning play "Death ofa Salesman" died at
age 89. Miller said he was attracted to
the University because the school took
writing seriously.
Michigamua reforms
Apr.12 - After being accusedeof rac-
ism, the senior honor society changed its
104-yearold name to"Orderof Angell"and
promised reform.
Coke back at 'U'
Apr. 12-Aftersudents protestedalleged
human rights violatilens at Coca-Cola fac-
tories, the University let its contract lapse.
Four months later,the University resumed
the purchase of Coke after the company
agreed to third party inspections.
Stem cell lab open
February -Though lawsprohibit federal
funds from payingfor embryonic stem cell
research, private donrsgavemore than
$2.5million to start alab dedicated to
human embryonicstem cell research.
Protesters take over
President's office
Apr.4 - DPS arrested twelve members
of Students Organizing for Labor and Eco-
nomic Equality after they refused toleave
Mary Sue Coleman'suoffice until officials
agreed todiscuss the labor standards.
Fundraising goal
exceeded
January - The University recorded its
highest-everfundraisingtotalsin Decem-
her, bringing the total raised by the Michi-
gan Difference campaign to$2.8 billion. It
surpassed its $2.5 billion goal.
Michigan stripped
of delegates
Jan.15- Studentscampaignedfor
presidential candidates in the state's pri-
mary, though both parties lost nominating
delegates for holding the contest early.

In 2005 and 2008, the Graduate Employees' Organization held one-day walkouts before
the labor contracts between graduate student instructors and the University were set to
expire. GSIs demanded child care subsidies, improved health care benefits and higher pay.

LASTING CHANGES

PROPOSAL 2:
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BANNED
On Nov. 7, the Michigan Civil Rights Ini-
tiative passed with 58 percent of the vote,
banning the use of race- and gender-based
affirmative action at public institutions. In
student-dominated precincts near campus,
Proposal 2 failed 75 to 21 percent.
"The government can't discriminate
against people anymore - and that is a
beautiful thing," said then-LSA junior Ryan
Fantuzzi, co-chair of Washtenaw County
MCRI,
"We believe so strongly in affirmative
action that we went before the United States
Supreme Court to defend its role, and we pre-
vailed," University President Mary Sue Cole-
man said in a speech the next day. "Today, I
pledge that the University of Michigan will
continue this fight."

MICHIGAN STADIUM
RENOVATIONS
In May 2006, the University Board of
Regents approved a $226 million construc-
tion plan for the stadium to add luxury boxes
and club seats and a new press box, sparking
protest from students, faculty and alumni.
The Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of
America sued the University in Apr. 2006
for violating the Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990. The U.S. Department of Educa-
tion threatened to cut University funding if
renovations didn't make the Big House ADA-
compliant.
Construction onthe stadiumbegan in Nov.
2007 and is scheduled to end in2010. In Mar.
2007, the University agreed to make the Big
House handicap-accessible. Because of the
changes, the stadium won't have the largest
capacity in the country for at least two years.

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