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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
RESCWING THE AUTO INDUSTRY
Leftover Nike shoes sit ready to be shipped out yesterday from a warehouse owned by First Class Services in Ann Arbor. After signing a contract with Adidas, the University
Athletic Department decided to give the excess Nike apparel to veterans in Michigan and Iraq.
'U'V givin1Wg Nike apparel to vetsl
House resolving $15
billion aid package
From staffand wire reports
WASHINGTON - Congres-
sional Democrats and the White
House worked to resolve their
last disputes yesterday over terms
of a $15 billion bailout for U.S.
auto makers - complete'with a
"car czar" to oversee the indus-
try's reinvention of itself - that's
expected to come to a vote as
early as tomorrow.
Top Democrats gave the White
House their proposal for rush-
ing short-term loans to Detroit's
Big Three through a plan that
requires that the industry remake
itself in order to survive. The
Bush administration gave a cool
initial response, saying the mea-
sure didn't do enough to ensure
that only viable companies would
get longer-term federal help.
Negotiatorsworked into the night
yesterday to resolve differences.
Martin Zimmerman, a former
Ford vice president and Ross
School of Business professor, said
the $15 billion, once made avail-
able to GM and Chrysler, would
keep the two financially viable
only until the end of March.
"They're comingup with a plan,
which is better than not having a
plan," Zimmerman said.
Still, Zimmerman said he
anticipates another loan would
be negotiated around March if
funds begin to run dry around
"We've made a lot of progress
in recent days to develop legisla-
tion to help automakers restruc-
ture and achieve long-term
viability," Dana Perino, the White
House press secretary, said in
a statement. "We'll continue to
work with members on both sides
of the aisle to achieve legisla-
tion that protects the good faith
investment by taxpayers."
President George W. Bush
himself said it was "hard to tell"
if a deal was imminent because
definite conditions had to be met.
"These are important companies,
but on the other hand, we just
don't want to put good money
after bad," he said in an interview
with ABC's "Nightline."
Despite optimismonboth sides
that Congress and the White
House could reach a swift agree-
ment on the measure, it was still a
tough sell on Capitol Hill.
"While we take no satisfac-
tion in loaning taxpayer money to
these companies,we know it must
be done," said Senate -Majority
Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "This
is no blank check o'r blind hope."
See BAILOUT, Page 7
donates clothing Thanks to a donation from the
University Athletic Department,
group that filed boxes of unused Nike .apparel will
no longer be collecting dust in stor-
dt over st adlium age this holiday season. The cloth-
ing will instead be sent to Michigan
By NICOLE ABER veterans across the state and sta-
Daily StaffReporter tioned in Iraq.
When the University terminated
he spirit of holiday giving, a its contract with Nike and signed
gift from the University has with Adidas this summer, more
ed much more than a box than 5,200 pieces of Nike apparel
'ow to some needy Michigan were left at the Athletic Depart-
ns. ment's disposal.
University Athletic Director Bill
Martin contacted Michael Harris,
executive director of the Michigan
Paralyzed Veterans of America, and
offered to donate the unused Nike-
branded Michigan apparel, which
included T-shirts, pants, sweat-
shirts and heavy coats.
The move may be a show of soli-
darity, coming just a year after the
Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of
America filed a lawsuit against the
University, claiming that Michigan
Stadium didn't offer enough handi-
After months of debate, the Uni-
versity reached a settlement with
the veteran's group, which required
them to bring stadium facilities
into compliance with the American
With Disabilities Act and add 92
Rick Briggs, Jr., manager of the
Brain Injury Association of Michi-
gan Veterans Program, lead the
team who collected, organized and
distributed the apparel.
See APPAREL, Page 3
and a b
ATHLETICS AND ACADEMICS
ote on bowl
Faculty on oversight the audit's findings at the Sen-
ate Assembly's Oct. 27 meeting,
panel criticized over when he introduced a resolution
that "urges the President to end
trips to bowl games the practice of reimbursing APC
for paid expenses associated with.
By ANDY KROLL attending bowl games." An ear-
Daily News Editor Tier vote on Riles's resolution slat-
ed for the Assembly's November
At its monthly meeting yester- meeting was moved to December
day, the University of Michigan's to allow more time for delibera-
main faculty governing body tion about the perks practice.
delayed until next month a vote The committee reports to the
on a resolution urging University Office of the Provost regarding
President Mary Sue Coleman to reviews, and the Provost's Office
end a practice of offering free trips has final authority deciding the
to football bowl games for faculty eligibility of athletes reviewed by,
members on a student-athlete the APC.
academic advisory committee. The APC is a subcommit-
The Athletic Department cur- tee within the broader Advi-
rently offers to pay the expenses sory Board on Intercollegiate
- including free airfare, hotel Athletics, a group of faculty,
accommodations, tickets and alumni, athletes and University
meals - of faculty members on administrators who advise Uni-
the Committee on Academic Per- versity Athletic Director Bill
formance (APC). The committee Martin on major financial and
reviews academic eligibility cases policy issues involving Michi-
for Michigan athletes whose gan athletics.
grade point average drops below However, after discussions of
the University's required 2.0. Riles's resolution went over their
An internal University audit allotted time at yesterday's Senate
from July 2007 said the prac- Assemblymeeting, the vote on the
tice "may appear to be a conflict resolution was pushed back until
of interest in (APC members) the group's Jan. 26 meeting.
carrying out their advisory In a presentation to Assem-
responsibilities on academic per- bly members, Riles said the perks
formance." , practice "gives the appearance that
Physics Prof. Keith Riles faculty members are beholden to
renewed discussions about See FACULTY PERKS, Page 7
Art students turn trash into fashion line
'Trashy' line crafted
only from materials
found in garbage
By VERONICA MENALDI
students, these were the defining
characteristics of a clothing line
they designed for Perspectives
III, a class on integrating technol-
ogy and the environment in artistic
Using only materials they found
in trash cans around campus, the
four sophomores - Vince Roberts,
Kristina Kassem, Laura Thompson
and Maggie Baczewski - created a
clothingline aptlynamed "Trashy,"
meant to make a statement about
the amount of trash society goes
Clothes were constructed
entirely from garbage pieces tied,
glued and sewn together. It took
the students anywhere from a few
minutes to a few days to create the
One of the female outfits includ-
ed of a skirt made from a yellow
backpack, a shirt made out of a gold
tablecloth, and a hat made out of a
broken bird Christmas ornament.
For a men's outfit, a blue tarp was
used to construct pants, a shower
curtain and food packaging were
pieced together to make a vest and
part of a gold tablecloth was used
Other garments were made with
plastic bags, briefcases, life jackets,
shower curtains, cardboard and
"All garments are completely
made start to finish with materials
found in or around trash cans on
campus, a.k.a. garbage," Roberts
said. "Absolutely no money was
spent in the creation of any of the
See TRASH FASHION, Page 3
THE ADDERALL EXPLOSION
THEM SEMESTER CONCLU DES
Speaker: private sector will find
solutions for energy problems
In last night's capstone talk of the LSA Energy
Futures Theme Semester, a University of Arizona
economist pinpointed what he considers the two root
causes of the nation's energy crisis: the overuse of
petroleum and large carbon emissions from energy
Paul Portney, dean of the School of Management at
the University of Arizona, delivered his talk, "Ameri-
ca's Two Big Energy Problems and What to Do About
Them," to about 100 people in the Rackham Amphi-
"I am admittedly oversimplifying, but I feel very,
very strongly that if we can accomplish a lot toward
these two big problems over the next 20 or 25 years
we'll have come a long way," he said.
See SPEAKER, Page 7
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