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4THE B-SIDE, INSIDE
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Thursday, February 5,2009
CHANGES AT RACKHAM
grads to get
Ph.D. candidates to
stay enrolled from
By KYLE SWANSON
While many undergraduate
students worry about whether
tuition will be raised next year,
Ph.D. candidates at the Univer-
sity may not have to worry about
A current proposal advocat-
ing continuous enrollment for
Ph.D. candidates would require
a student to register every
semester, from matriculation to
degree completion. It is expect-
ed to benefit students through
increased student flexibility,
lower tuition rates and uninter-
rupted access to University ser-
vices and resources.
In a presentation to the
Senate Advisory Committee
on University Affairs earlier
this week, Rackham Graduate
School Dean Janet Weiss out-
lined the proposal and defended
it against criticism from several
members of SACUA.
Weiss said a continuous
enrollment policy is standard at
most research universities, and
that switching to such a policy
could lead to higher graduation
"Our real goal is to make it
more likely that students will be
able to complete their degrees
and go on to successful careers
beyond graduate school," she
said. "The money is really only
the means to the end."
In her presentation, Weiss
called the proposal revenue
neutral, saying the current
enrollment system generates
$26 million in tuition, which
she expects will be unchanged
- despite lower tuition rates.
"The answer to the question
'Can we afford to do this?' is
yes, we think we can afford to
do it," she said. "We obviously
can afford that because we're
The proposal would lowerthe
average Ph.D. candidate tuition
rate from $5,800 per semester
to $4,750 per semester. At the
same time, the proposal would
increase student enrollment
by 600 students, from approxi-
mately 2,200 students to 2,800
students. The increase in stu-
dents is expected to recover the
loss of revenue from a decreased
Despite the lower tuition
rate, most Ph.D. students would
not notice the difference, since
many candidates have their
tuition paid for by a third party.
"Many of our Ph.D. students,
in fact almost all of our Ph.D.
students, are paid for from a
University source," Weiss said.
"That is, they don't pay their
Weiss said most schools at
the University would not notice
financial changes as a result
of the proposal but said a few
See PROPOSAL, Page 7A
CHANEL VON HABSBURG-LOTHRINGEN/Daily
Former University athlete Mike Milano (right) and his attorney John Shea listen to District Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines at his preliminary hearing yesterday.
Miano to stand trial for assaut
Judge ruled that
enough evidence to
By TREVOR CALERO
Daily News Editor
In a preliminary hearing yester-
day, District Judge Elizabeth Pollard
Hines ordered Mike Milano - the
former Michigan athlete accused of
assaulting a hockey player last fall -
to stand trial for the incident.
After hearing testimonies from
Milano's former wrestling coach
and an additional eyewitness, Hines
ruled that the prosecutor provided
enough evidence to warrant a trial.
Steve Kampfer, a junior defense-
man on the hockey team, sustained
head and neck injuries after an
alleged altercation with Milano on
a Church Street sidewalk near East
Quad Residence Hall on the morn-
ing of Oct. 12.
Milano, a former wrestler and
walk-on running back for the foot-
ball team, will stand trial for the
charge of assault with intent to
commit great bodily harm less than
murder. If a jury finds him guilty,
Milano could face up to 10 years in
prison and a $5,000 fine.
At yesterday's hearing, LSA senior
Nicholas Nedic, who was coming
home from a club on the night of
the incident, testified that he heard
"loud, aggressive talking" as he was
walking down Church Street.
After hearing the commotion,
Nedic said he looked to his right and
saw "one man pick up another man
... and drive him into the ground."
He saidhe then heard "a loud crack,"
like the sound of a "skull hitting
Milano's attorney John Shea
said in an interview after the hear-
ing that he was heartened to hear
Nedic's testimony, which he said
confirmed that the confrontation
was face-to-face, and not a "sneak
attack from behind."
Shea said this is an important
distinction because it corroborates
with the testimony of Mike Ander-
son, Kampfer's friend who was with
him the night of the incident.
The fact that Milano picked
Kampfer up from the front, Shea
said, proves he was performing a
basic wrestling move to subdue him.
Wrestling Coach Joe McFarland,
who recruited and coached Milano
for two years before Milano quit to
join the football team, talked at the
hearing about the sport of wrestling
and his relationship with the defen-
After being told of the incident
as witnesses described it, McFar-
land confirmed that it sounded like
a common move - a double-leg
takedown - that wrestlers are usu-
ally taught early in their wrestling
"It's important to have it
ingrained so it becomes instinctive,"
McFarland testified. "(The move) is
not designed to cause injury."
Shea said after the hearing that
he was glad to hear McFarland con-
firm that the physical maneuver
appeared to be a wrestling move.
"I think that it is significant that
Mike didn't punch (Kampfer) or
kick him, or knee him or elbow
him," Shea said. "He employed a
wrestling move that he has been
taught and drilled until it's second
nature to him."
See MILANO, Page 7A
Michigan lands top-ten class on Signing Day
With 22 recruits,
class ranks No. 7 in
nation, according to
By ANDY REID
Managing Sports Editor
It's been awhile since a Michi-
gan football press conference was
a high-spirited occasion. During
the Wolverines' program-record
nine loss season last year, Michi-
gan assistant coaches and players
found it harder and harder to field
the media's questions as the sea-
son dragged on.
But inside the Junge Fam-
ily Champions Center yesterday
afternoon, the atmosphere was
With a relaxed and energetic
tone, Michigan football coach
Rich Rodriguez announced the
members of his second recruit-
ing class since taking the reins in
Ann Arbor. The Wolverines signed
22 incoming freshman - seven of
whom are already enrolled at the
University and currently working
out with strength and condition-
ing coach Mike Barwis - in a class
that currently rates No. 7 in the
nation on recruiting site Rivals.
report increase in
Obama's call for economy and provide wages for
service, economic Fueled by this "call to service"
and the country's ever-careening
hardships drive economic plummet, service orga-
nizations around the country have
application numbers reported increased participation
from college students.
By EMILY ORLEY Barry Checkoway, a professor in
Daily StaffReporter the School of Social Work, said in
an e-mail interview that when the
On Oct. 14, 1960, in a late night country faces tough times, people
address on the- steps of the Michi- often step up and participate in ser-
gan Union, then-Sen. John F. Ken- vice opportunities.
nedy proposed the creation of an "During troubling times, Ameri-
organization for national service. cans often strengthen their service
Nearly 50 years later, service at all levels," he said. "During peri-
organizations have reported that ods of war and economic turmoil
students are once again responding - which is today - they look for
to a call to serve. leadership, build mutual support
During his presidential cam- and volunteer to serve others."
paign, Barack Obama proposed Teach For America, at its half-
a plan to increase the size of way point of accepting applica-
the AmeriCorps from 75,000 to tionsfor the 2009-2010 school year,
250,000. He said that this push reported a 48 percent increase in
would supply more jobs for col- applicants from this point last year.
lege graduates entering a tough See SERVICE, Page 7A
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Newly signed quarterback Tate Forcier talks with members of the media at the lunge Family Champions Center yesterday.
com, three spots below rival Ohio
"We needed to get some qual-
ity competition, particularly at the
offensive skill spots, and we think
we were able to do that," Rodri-
guez said. "We signed a lot of guys
from the state of Florida, which
is a primary recruiting area for
us now, in addition to our typical tion, and dual-threat quarterback
areas in the Midwest and some out Denard Robinson, who reportedly
West." runs a sub-4.4 second 40-yard
of the 22 freshmen signed yes- dash and was a welcomed Signing
terday, eight are from the Sunshine Day surprise for Wolverine fans.
State. Some of the notable Florida "(Robinson is) one of the fastest
names are speedy receiver Jeremy guys we signed," Rodriguez said.
Gallon, who Rodriguez said would "He's a guy like (early-enrolled
primarily be used in the slot posi- See SIGNING DAY, Page 7A
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