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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Monday, September 29, 2008
REVIVING A TRADITION
Defensive end Brandon Graham salutes the Big House crowd following Michigan's dramatic 27-25 victory over No. 9 Wisconsin. The Wolverines rallied in the second
half, erasing what was once a 19-0 Wisconsin lead. The victory, which came on the 500th game in Michigan Stadium's history, evened the team's record at 2-2.
SPORT SMON DAY COLUMN
You Wont orget this one
By MATT AARONSON
For this year's Homecoming
Week, the Michigan Student Assem-
bly packed the schedule with envi-
ronmentally-driven events, hoping
to attract more student participa-
This year's theme - "Go Blue, Live
Green" - is onparwiththe increased
emphasis on "green" programs at the
University. The LSA theme semester
this year is "Energy Futures," and
there has been an increased focus
on alternative energy research at the
University this year.
MSA President Sabrina Shin-
gwani said she thinks the popularity
of environmentalism on campus will
increase participation this year.
"I think that with the new theme,
we now have a purpose for not only
students but faculty, staff, alumni
and the (Ann Arbor) community to
get involved with the week - people
that don't necessarily care about the
free popcorn and cotton candy," she
said in an e-mail interview.
Shingwani said she hopes this
year's Homecoming will help revive
the venerable collegiate tradition,
one she said was "lost somewhere
throughout the last few decades"
MSA held Homecoming celebra-
tions last year after an 11-year hia-
tus. They were discontinued in 1997
because interest had waned com-
pared to celebrations in the 1960s
Organizers said there won't be a
parade this year, though.
"It's very, very difficult to have a
green parade," said Gibran Baydoun,
co-chair of MSA's Homecoming
The Homecoming Court is back.
Voting opens today at www.vote.
umich.edu, and the King and Queen
will be crowned on Friday.
Homecoming events begin tomor-
row with a kick-off carnival and tail-
gate on the Diag during the day. The
week culminates with the Home-
coming Football Game against Illi-
nois this Saturday.
" There will heahbarhecuenthe Blat
is slatedfto featurealive performanceby
the band Kinetix.
0 A screening of Universal Pictures'
"The Express" at 8:00p.m. oniTuesday
in the torch Auditorium. The movie
tells thesforyofErnie Davis,thefrst
Trophy in1961as a halfback attSyracuse
University. This event is presented by
MSA in collaboration with Universal
Pictures and M-Flicks.Universal Pictures
" A daytime event on the Diagwill
feature performances and presentations
byUniversitystudentgroups, including a
capella groups, dancefteams and environ-
mentally oriented student organization's
9 T. Boone Pickens, a billionaire oilman
with anew found commitment to alterna-
tive energy, is this year's Homecoming
Guestof Honor.Hewillhold atownhall
meeting at the PowerCente on Wednes-
day at 5:00p.m. Pickens has developed
a plan toreduceouroil importsto20
percent of current levels within a decade.
His television advertisements, as well as_
supportfrom prominent politicians and
researchers, have many Americans talking
about the "Pickens Plan"
* On Thursdaytherewill be a recyclable
art competition among student groups
and an organic food presentationby
Whole Foods on the Diag. For information
on how to enter the competitionemail
Gibran Baydoun at email@example.com
9 ThetDiagmwill host Michigan students,
alumni, faculty and residents on Friday
from:00 p.m.until 10:00p.m.for what
might be the most iconic traditional
Homecoming event.The event will offer
fre efood,games, prizesandloemusic;
and the Homecoming King and Queen will
Cherish what happened on t
Saturday. Cherish that game, that
atmosphere, that comeback.
It doesn't matter how old you j
are, where you're from or how t
much you care about Michigan f
football - what happened Satur-
day afternoon will go down as one
of your most memorable college s
Games like this are rare, so
don't let this past weekend blend i
in with other fall Saturdays, a f
blurry set of images from aver-
age games whose scores you will
This comeback win against
Wisconsin deserves more than its t
own Facebook album. It's some-
During the last five minutes,
even thoughI was on the field and
ust feet from
'he action, I
more on the
han the game. I
wanted to soak
n as much of NATE
the atmosphere SANDALS
as I could.
The truth is, I
Don't get me wrong, covering
he football team is awesome, but
my memories of Saturday won't be
the same as yours.
You'll always remember the
friends you stood with, cheered
with and celebrated with while
you watched the biggest comeback
in Michigan Stadium history.
You'll always remember that
sense of validation you felt by
sticking it out through the whole
game, even though the first half
was one of the most disgusting
displays of football ever seen in
the Big House. (Two of my house-
mates left at the half, and let's just
say they'll be taking heat for a long
you'll always remember
screaming "The Victors" with the
rest of the student section, the
entire team crowded on the field
in front of you, belting it out at the
Whatyou experienced on
Saturday is what makes this uni-
versity special. No matter how
different we all are, where we've
come from and where we're going,
we now have this shared experi-
ence. I guarantee you and your
friends will still be talking about
that game - about that day - five,
10, even 20 years from now.
You were part of the loudest
crowd I've ever heard at Michi-
gan Stadium, (though the noise
after the last-second win over
Penn State in 2005 was up there,
See SANDALS, Page 7A
On campus, celebrities
i using fame to mobilize
* C. 'A N2008 *
ACTORS FOR OBAMA
. ADAM BRODY
Actor, "The OC"
In town yesterday
Activities: Met College
Dems, visited Sigma
Delta Tau to register
RACHAEL LEIGH COOK
Actor, "She's All That"
Activities: Met College
R Dems, visted Greek
voters onthe Diag
JAMIE LEE CURTIS
In town Sept. 25
Activities: Spoke to
campaign office in Ann
Kumar Go to White'
') In town Septtt0.
voters on the Diag
Several actors made
surprise stops on
campus to register
voters this month
By JULIE ROWE
Daily Staff Reporter
The sisters of Sigma Delta Tau
sorority got an unexpected wake-
up call Sunday morning, when
actors Adam Brody and Rachael
Leigh Cook visited the Hill Street
house to register voters for Demo-
cratic presidential nominee Barack
"I just touched Adam Brody!"
one pajama-clad sister screamed
after posing for a picture with the
The two actors weren't there
just to sign autographs; instead,
they registered voters for the
Brody and Cook are just two
of about the half-dozen celebri-
ties who have come to Ann Arbor
See CELEBRITIES, Page 7A
stop of month
Nominee and running mate show
support for funds to help
Big 3 re-tool
By CAITLIN SCHNEIDER
At his second rally in Detroit this month, held yes-
terday in front of the Detroit Public Library, Demo-
cratic presidential nominee Barack Obama urged his
supporters to help register voters before the Oct. 6
deadline and to bring them to the polls on Nov. 4.
Tens of thousands of supporters crammed in front
of the library to hear Obama speak. Obama's running
mate, Joe Biden, also spoke. Both candidates' wives
appeared, but did not speak.
Obama and Biden delivered stump speeches
addressing the main issues of the campaign - health
care, the war in Iraq, education and the economy.
See OBAMA, Page 7A
BENS IMN/Daly For a video slideshow of Obama's speech
Tens of thousands watched Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama speak in front of the Detroit in Detroit, goto michigandailycom.
Public Library yesterday. The visit to Detroit marked Obama's second this month.
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