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of the Aerospace Engineering
Advisory Committee, a board of
Aerospace Engineering . Prof.
Wei Shyy, who serves as the depart-
ment's chair, said LaFond has "gone
out of his way" to work with faculty
to understand different "individual
views and competing opinions."
"He's very conscientious," Shyy
said. "He definitely has the Univer-
sity's best interests in mind."
LaFond said he would encourage
the University to engage in part-
nerships with industry, something
he said would have many benefits,
including keeping curricula rel-
evant and encouraging University
graduates to stay in Michigan.
Partnerships with industry,
LaFond added, would also serve as
another possible revenue source
for the University. Businesses, he
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said, would want to invest in the
University if it meant they would
be able to recruit better-trained
"There are private enterprise
businesses and venture capitals in
the United States who are going to
be more than willing to help with
this," LaFond said. "If the univer-
sity can demonstrate that its own
house is in order with regard to
spending, then I think that the
business environment will be
more compatible with provid-
ing revenue streams that can
be directed at helping to fund
tuition for students."
But to do that, he said, the
University needs to get its own
finances in order. LaFond said the
administration needs to better
address the rising costs of energy,
health care and facilities mainte-
nance to keep the cost of tuition
"Certainly, right now there
seems to be a lack of focus on
spending control," he said "The
University seems to be in a world
of its own."
LaFond has been endorsed
by the University's Republican
regents, Andrea Fisher Newman
of Ann Arbor and Andrew Rich-
ner of Grosse Pointe Park. Right
to Life of Michigan, the Council
of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and
Vicinity and Citizens for Tradi-
tional Values have also backed his
On his campaign website,
LaFond posted a letter to Michigan
Republicans, in which he pledges
"strong conservative values will
be my guiding standards as I make
LaFond said he was opposed to
embryonic stem cell research, and
said he would encourage University
scientists to use adult stem cells in
He said he opposed extending
health care benefits to the same-
sex partners of University employ-
ees. The Michigan Supreme Court
ruled this summer that the state's
ban on homosexual marriage pre-
cludes public institutions like the
University from extending same-
sex partner benefits.
Currently, the University has a
provision which allows employees
to provide health care benefits to
an "other qualified adult" - some-
one who has power of attorneyover
the employee, has lived with the
employee for at least six months,
shares a credit or bank account and
is the primary beneficiary in the
employee's will, life insurance or
"I think we've got to keep in
mind, if there is a law in place,
the University - as well as all the
other citizens of the state - must
abide by that law, and certainly I
would seek to encourage the Uni-
versity to do that," LaFond said of
LaFond said his fiscal conserva-
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tism would make him an effective
regent on the eight-member board,
which has a 6-2 Democratic major-
ity. Two seats currently occupied
by Democrats are up for grabs on
"There is no other regent,
either here now or as one of the
candidates, that is more prepared
than I to do this on the first day,"
Of the four major-party can-
didates running, LaFond is the
second-highest spender, ranking
behind Democratic hopeful Denise
Ilitch, who spent about $35,000 on
her campaign by September. While
Illitch and the other candidates
received donations from support-
ers, LaFond's campaign is entirely
After Republican presidential
candidate John McCain pulled
his campaign out of Michigan,
LaFond said he redoubled his
campaign efforts, increasing the
time he spent talking with stu-
dents and their families. He said
he wasn't worried about the pos-
sible effects of a Republican loss
at the top of the ticket on his can-
LaFond, who has two sons that
attend the University, said he was
committed to winning the elec-
tion and serving the University.
"It's a great university," LaFond
said. "I wouldn't be giving my heart
and soul to any other cause than
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depends on his quality, really," he
said. "But I understand that there
are so few students that graduate
in the winter that they don't have
the budget to get a big name person
Francis Collins, director of the.
Human Genome Project and a for-
mer University professor, spoke.at
last year's winter commencement.
A University committee decides
who will receive honorary degrees
from a list of nominees submitted
by faculty members. University
President Mary Sue Coleman then
chooses the commencement speak-
er from the list of recipients.
Committee member Lisa Con-
nolly said the group chooses recipi-
ents based on contributions to their,
field or other service work, adding
that the committee tries to ensure
honorary degrees are given in a
wide range of disciplines.
"It's just puttinga puzzle togeth-
er," she said. "Just getting a good fit
of nominees that make a good slate
and then seeing who is interested
in accepting the invitation."
Coleman sent an e-mailto faculty
members Sept. 5, saying that "nom-
inations of women and members of
minority groups are encouraged,
as are nominations of individuals
whose achievement and distinction
have not already been recognized
by a number of other institutions."
Coleman said she chose Penske
because of his business and racing
endeavors in Detroit, which have
helped bolster the city's economy.
She cited his recent introduction
of Grand Prix racing to Detroit and
Belle Isle as an example of Penske's
impact on the city.
"He understands that if we are
to attract and retain young peo-
ple (like graduates from UM) to
southeast Michigan, we need to
have cities that are economically
vibrant and filled with interesting
activities," she wrote in an e-mail.
Also receiving honorarydegreesa
at the ceremony will be poet Anne
Stevenson, who will receive a Doc-
tor of Humane Letters degree, and
artist and writer Faith Ringgold,
who will receive a Doctor of Fine
Stevenson attended the Uni-
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graduate student, where she wrote
the first critical study of famed poet
Elizabeth Bishop. Ringgold is best
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