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Friday, November 7, 2008

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MICHIGAN 81, SAGINAW VALLEY STATE 55

ACADEMICS FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES
'Ugives
athletes
first pick
of classes
Effort to accommodate game,
practice schedules meets mixed
reaction from students, faculty
By TREVOR CALERO
Daily Staff Reporter
Between traveling for games, early-morning prac-
tices and other responsibilities, student-athletes at
the University often have trouble making space in
their schedules for classes.
Starting this winter, athletes will have class reg-
istration priority over all students except those with
disabilities. The policy was enacted by University
Provost Teresa Sullivan.
As it. stands now, students are placed into brackets
based on credit hours, and athletes have priority atthe top
of their designated group, said Phil Hanlon, the Univer-
sity's vice provust for academic and budgetary affairs.
But because of time constraints, many athletes still
have trouble slotting classes into their schedule, and
the new policy places them at the front of the pack.
"It's an effort to be sure that they can register for
the classes tobe able to graduate in atimely manner,"
Hanlon said.
Hanlon said the policy will also help student-athletes
meet academic benchmarksinandated by the National
Collegiate Athletic Association. If they can't register
for certain classes, they could lose their eligibility.
LSA senior Skylar Andrews, a member of the var-
sity women's soccer team, said the new policy could
the many student-athletes who need to take an extra
year to graduate.
"Every student-athlete on this campus has dealt with
this issue," she said. "If student-athletes were able to get
into some of these classes that fit into their schedule and
fit into their requirements for graduation, I think a lot
See ATHLETES, Page 7

F
CLIF REEDER/Daily
Freshman Ben Cronin shoots a fadeaway jumpshot over Saginaw Valley State players during Thursday's 81-55 exhibition victory at Crisler Arena. It was Michigan's first game of the season.
Second ha i shows 'Al' ing up

By ANDY REID
Daily Sports Editor
There's a reason Michigan men's bas-
ketball coach John Beilein described
his team's only preseason game as a
"dress rehearsal."
It was his finallook at the team before
the season. He expected there to be some
kinks to work out, and there were plenty.
The Wolverines' offense went on an
almost seven-minute scoring drought.
Their defense gave Saginaw Valley
State good looks early on, while Michi-
gan was still getting a feel for the
game. The Cardinals outrebounded
Michigan, using second-chance oppor-

tunities off offensive rebounds to build
a lead big enough to silence the crowd.
And the Wolverines shot 59 percent
from the free throw line.
And that was just the first half.
Last night, the Crisler Arena crowd
sat in disbelief as the Wolverines had
to come from behind to take a four-
point halftime lead against a Division
II school. The cautious optimism many
Michigan fans carried into this year
seemed to deflate with every Saginaw
Valley State bucket.
But that's when the "dress rehearsal"
became more like the real thing. The
Wolverines outscored the Cardinals
61-30 in the game's final 23 minutes.

An old man sitting behind me in the see a team progress during one game.
standswas growling about missed shots That happened last night. Something
and errantpasses during the first half. He clicked with about three minutes to go
was upsetthatyoung players like fresh- in the first half. Here's what I saw:
man guard Zack Novak were getting sub- Manny Harris became Manny
stantial playing time while sophomore Harris. Although he looked timid
guard Kelvin Grady and junior forward during the first half, you could see
DeShawn Sims, who were starters last the change in his game in the second
year, came off the bench. He was upset frame. He knew when to drive, when
the offense didn't click from the get-go. to shoot and when to pass. He used his
He was upset the Wolverines'beacon of incredible slashing abilities to crash
hope last season, Manny Harris, shot just the defense into the paint and open
four field goals in the first half. up 3-pointers for players like big men
Calm down. It's the preseason. Zach Gibson and Sims, a skill that will
Michigan got better last night, and be essential if the team is goingto do
that's all anyone can ask for. any damage in the Big Ten.
There are few times when you can See REID, Page 7

CAMPUS CRIME
Man wanted in
string of campus
home invasions

TELESCOPE TECH

New lounge policy
unfair, groups say

Dorm-room theft
victims left doors
open, police say
By TREVOR CALERO
Daily StaffReporter
Police are searching for a man
who is the main suspect in four
residence hall room invasions
over the past two days.
Rick Francisco Ramon, 33,
is the main suspect in the inci-
dents, the most of recent of
which occurred between 7:20
and 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Alice
Lloyd and South Quad residence
halls, according to Department
of Public Safety spokeswoman
Diane Brown.
Brown said the suspect has
taken advantage of doors left
. partially open. In one instance,
a student returned to find a man
still in the room, Brown said.
Two of the break-ins occurred
Wednesday evening in East Quad
and West Quad between the
hours of 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. In

both cases, laptops were stolen
from unattended rooms where
the door had been left open.
Ramon, who is not affiliated
with the University, has a war-
rant out for his arrest after he
failed to appear in court.
He was arrested in Battle
Creek for
retail fraud
on April 24
earlier this
year.
He was last
seen wear-
ing a black,
puffy jacket
and carry- RAMON
ing a black
backpack, Brown said. The crime
alert describes him as between
5-5 and 5-8 in height.
Anyone who either sees this
man or has information about
other home invasions is encour-
aged to call the Department
of Public Safety immediately
at (734) 763-1131. Students are
encouraged to close their doors
and not let in strangers enter
residence halls.

Housing restricting
how often groups
can use lounges
By CHARLES GREGG-GEIST
Daily StaffReporter
When the United Asian Amer-
ican organizations held its usual
weeklymeetingWednesdaynight,
the Yuri Kochiyama Lounge in
South Quad was occupied by a
single piano player. A sign on the
door directed students looking
for the meeting downstairs to

a room of the lounge, where the
group has held most of its meet-
ings for the last 10 years, in South
Quad's basement.
The group was forced to move
by a new University Housing
policy limiting how often some
student groups can reserve resi-
dence hall spaces during a term.
Housing spokesman Peter
Logan said the rule was imple-
mented over the summer to
ensure that dorm residents
could take full advantage of
their lounges during peak hours.
The new rule does not apply to
See LOUNGES, Page 7

Some still euphoric
after Obama victory

Campus leaders see
opportunity in win
By THOMAS CHAN
and CAITLIN SCHNEIDER
Daily StaffReporters
With Election Day in the rear-
view mirror, students no longer
havethe21-month-longcampaign
to captivate their attention. And
while some students engaged in

the campaign finally have time
to catch their breath, others feel
their work is just getting started.
"In the last 48 hours, I've got-
ten about four hours of sleep,"
said LSA junior Sam Marvin,
who coordinated President-Elect
Barack Obama's campaign for the
University's chapter of College
Democrats. "Itook ashortnaplast
night at about 5 a.m. on a deflated
air mattress in the Obama offices,
See ELECTION, Page 7

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SAM WOLSON/Daily
Engineering junior Matt Anderson shows off a gold mirror that will be used in his
astronomical research-grade infrared camera. He hopes the technology could be
used in an infrared telescope satellite several years from now.

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