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37 seconds left, Harris drove
through a crowded lane. After his
fouled bank shot bounced slowly
from the glass through the net,
Harris flexed his arms inward and
growled with utter enthusiasm.
"I probably look at him and say,
'You have a great shot here, it's got
tobe like a layup," Michigancoach
John Beilein said. "But when
Manny gets into crowds, those are
like layups to him."
When Harris runs into traffic
in front of the net, he delivers. And
when the Wolverines get into big-
game situations, they deliver.
They've done it with their backs
against the wall all season, most
notably in late-season wins over
Tournament teams Purdue and
They weren't expected to do it
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person for CMN," Peguese said.
The University of Michigan
Dance Marathonis one of thelargest
non-profit, student-run organiza-
tions in Michigan. It raises aware-
ness and funds for children in need
of pediatric care and assistance.
This weekend, hundreds of
students will stand on their feet
for 30 hours to raise money for
families like the Pegueses. The
annual marathon starts at 10 a.m.
Saturday and will go until 4 p.m.
The Peguese family has been a
fixture at the marathon for seven
years, but Andrea will never forget
the first time she attended.
"I lead with my heart, and
something in me just said do it, it
sounds like it'd be fun," she said.
"I didn't expect the emotion that
the students were going through.
It's huge that they were impacted
so deeply, their passion just really
burned through. And to stand on
your feet for 30 hours you have to
have a lot of passion."
Hilary Powsner, UMDM's
media relations coordinator, said
the dance marathon is a "tribute"
to the children they help.
"We are standing for those who
cannot stand," she said. "The out-
pouring of support that our orga-
nizationboth gives and receives is,
at least for me, the biggest reason
why I stay involved."
Peguese said that she not only
appreciates the students' passion,
but also their ability to show her
children a good time during the
"Ihave foundthat the adults are
the ones that have problems deal-
ing with people with disabilities,"
she said. "And this (UMDM) was
an opportunity that allowed us to
interact with a great number of
people at one time. And they never
questioned what is their disabil-

yesterday, but they did.
And theylbe there Saturdayo
take on No.2 seed Oklahoma.
Believe it or not, the team that
went 10-22 last season is now
playing in the second round of the
NCAA Tournament. People might
have already given Saturday's
game to the Sooners. But talk to
Michigan, and just a first-round
win still isn't enough.
"As ateam, we want to stay inthe
tournament," Sims said. "It wasn't
a compliment for us to make it."
But it was a compliment to
a success-starved fanbase that
finally had the chance to pick
Michigan in its NCAA Tourna-
ment brackets.
So go ahead and move the Wol-
verines forward on your bracket.
They wouldn't have been satisfied
with anythingless.
- Lincoln can be reached
at linclnr@umich.edu.
ity or what's wrong with them. It
was just accepted and that breaks
down the barriers."
Powsner said that interacting
with the families is part of what
makes the marathon such a mean-
ingful experience.
"When you have a tO-year-old
kid who is just so excited to be
a part of this event, it is impos-
sible to put into words how right it
feels," she said.
The Ham-Kucharskis are
another family that students will
have a chance to interact with at
Dance Marathon. Dawn and her
husband Richard have one child, a
10-year-old son named Alex.
Alex suffered a stroke at birth
and has autism and cerebral palsy.
He has beeninvolved withUMDM
for the past eight years and Dawn
said the organization has given
him the opportunity to become
more comfortable interacting with
"Thanks to the social and rec-
reational opportunities offered
to Alex in his eight years of love
and acceptance with UMDM, he
now goes everywhere happily, and
loves malls, restaurants, parties,"
she said. "His old behaviors are
practically non-existent."
Dawn added that every time
they go to the marathon, it causes
"tears and laughter." She said she
has a lot of appreciation for the
students who participate.
"I can't even put into words
how much I love and admire
these students," she said. "When
I was a student, I never thought
I could give so much. I see that
they see school as a place where
they can not only get a degree but
also make an impact."
Peguese said she is excited for
the weekend because it provides
her family with a short escape
from reality.
"It's a relief. It's a safe weekend.
It's a safe interaction for all the
children and all the families," she

At meeting, regents cons ider
health care, honorary degrees

University administrators sit at the main table in the Regents Room at the Fleming Adn
From Page 1 New planwill raise employee
contributions to health benefits

Regent Andrea Fischer-New-
man (R-Ann Arbor) said she
supported the group's proposal
because it considered state fund-
ing levels.
"I personally think it's a rational
proposal," she said.
Provost Teresa Sullivan said
a tuition freeze would limit the
University's ability to increase
services, including financial
"It also means you can't do any-
thing different next year, you can't
have any more financial aid," she
said. "We haven't made a decision
Sullivan said that while some
students are experiencing addition-
al financial constraints due to the
state of the economy, there are also
students who can still afford to pay
higher tuition rates.
"To me, the most important
thing is there's nothing more for
financial aid, at a time when there
are certainly students who need it
and there are still students in the
student body who can pay it," she
said. ,

University President Mary Sue
Coleman announced a new cost-
sharing plan yesterday, in which
University employees will pay
more for their health benefits
next year.
Speaking at the monthly meeting
of the University Board of Regents,
Coleman said the new cost-sharing
plan will help the University cope
with the financial strain employee
benefit packages are putting on the
its finances.
"Simply put, our health care
costs will paralyze the University
of Michigan unless we take action,"
Coleman told the regents. "In 20
years, it would consume our entire
Despite the change - which
will increase employee contribu-
tions from approximately 20 to
30 percent - Coleman stressed
that it would not affect the qual-
ity of employees' benefit pack-
"I want to be clear about
one essential fact in this new
approach," she said. "We are not
changing benefits for employees

ninistration Building yesterday.
or retirees."
The initiative to increase
employee contributions to health
plans was announced last fall,
although specific details were not
made public. According to Cole-
man, University employees will
receive an e-mail today outlining,
the details.
Regents approve eight
The University Board of
Regents also unanimously
approved eight honorary degrees
to be awarded this spring at the
University's various commence-
ment ceremonies.
Six of the honorary degrees will
be awarded at the University's
graduation ceremonies in Ann
Arbor this spring.
Donald Graham, for whom the
University's recently established
Graham Environmental Sustain-
ability institute is named, will
receive a Doctor of Engineer-
ing degree. Michael Posner, who
will give the commencement
address at the graduation exer-
cises on May 1, will receive a
Doctor of Science degree. Free-

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At the University's Dearborn
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Michigan Department of Human
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degree. Both will receive their hon-
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Dearborn graduation ceremony on
May 3.
Bobby Crim, former speaker
of the Michigan House of Rep-
resentatives and founder of the
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receive an honorary Doctor of
Laws degree on May 3 at the
University's Flint graduation
The decision to award the hon-
orary degrees comes two months
after the regents announced they
would award an honorary degree
to Google co-founder Larry Page,
who is scheduled to give the com-
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Arbor campus graduation cer-
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and donations into his personal
checking account.
Averill said she realized the funds
were not in the proper account Sun-
day when Baydoun mentioned he
still had to write a check for UMDM,
which will take place this weekend.
But when Averill confronted Bay-
doun about the funds by e-mail and
in person, she said Baydoun still
failed to deposit the money.
After pressure from the MSA
the funds into the proper account
Wednesday morning, about five
months after the money was raised,
Shingwani said.
one of the charges Benson filed
against Baydoun was for embezzle-
ment, but CSJ dropped the charge.
Baydoun said he was happy CSJ
dropped the embezzlement charge
and was confident tomorrow's trial
would show no purposefully harm-
ful intentions on his part.
"I can definitely say that there has
been no malicious intent onmy part,"
Baydoun said. "And I think we will
see this tomorrow atthe CSJ case."
Shingwani said she believes this
might have been a simple oversight,
but that it's still MSA's responsibility to
carry out the proper legal processes.
"Although this could be consid-
ered an honest mistake, we have to
acknowledge that there was still a
wrongdoing," she said. "We want to
be as open and transparent as possi-
ble, and it's MSA's responsibility to go
throughthe properjudicial process."
Because the pre-trial took place
before the election results were
released, two of the actions against
Baydoun had to do with the elec-
tion, but both were withdrawn.
One of the withdrawn actions
attempted to remove Baydoun from
other action filed requested a tem-
porary restraining order against the
student government election board,
which would have kept the results of
the hotly contested elections internal
until a resolution was reached or the
48-hour window ended.

For Saturday, March 21, 2009
(March 21 to April 19)
You're restless and full of bright ideas
today. In fact, you can barely sit still.
Perhaps this is because you. have a
secret? Ah ha!
(April 20 to May 20)
You might meet someoneunusual
today. Alternatively, someone you
already 'know might do something a bit
bizarre or unconventional, and this com-
pletely surprises you.
(May 21 to June 20)
Bosses, parents and VIPs are com-
pletely unpredictable today. Knowing
this, stay on your toes and be prepared to
jump in either direction. (Yikes!)
(June 21 to July 22)
Sudden changes or delays with travel
plans or something having to do with
higher education, publishing and the
media can occur today. They might be an
opportunity or an obstacle.
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
The generosity of someone might sur-
prise you today. Expect gifts, goodies
and favors from others. Who knew?
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
Close friends and partners are rebel-
lious and very independent today. Others
might do something that surprises you.
(Nobody expects the Spanish
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Surprises at work might occur today
due to staff shortages, computer crashes,
power outages or unexpected delays.
Stay on your toes. Who knows what will
ha ppen ne ?
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
The introduction of new technology
might make a difference in something

you're doing today, especially related to
sports or taking care of children or the
arts and show business. (How tech-
savvy are you?)
(Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
Unexpected company might drop by
today at home. Or expected company
could be a no-show. Something unpre-
dictable that has to do with home and
family likely will occur. Guard against
(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
You're full of bright, geniuslike ideas
today. Nevertheless, this is a mildly acci-
dent-prone day - be careful. Something
related to electronics and high-tech
equipment could break down today.
(Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
Trust your moneymaking ideas. Some
of you are ready to strike out on your
own and explore self-employment. (It's
all very exciting!) If shopping, keep your
receipts. Cash flow and finances are
unpredictable today.
(Feb. 19 to.March 20)
Everything today is happening at a
faster tempo. Ideas abound. Your intu-
ition is strong. Puzzles and mysteries
will intrigue you. You're attracted to
unusual people, especially those who
can appreciate your out-of-the-box
YOU BORN TODAY You're coura-
geous and resolute. You go after what
you want no matter what anyone says.
You're well organized and understand
how to establish physical or organiza-
tional structures. Many of you are
devoted to a cause or a spiritual pursuit.
This year ahead might be one of the best,
most powerful years of your life. Dream
Birthdate of: Johann Sebastian Bach,
composer, organist; Forrest Mars, father
of M & M's; Kathleen Widdoes, actress.

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