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Wednesday, Aprill1, 2009 - 7A

. Newly released report pitches
changes to CCRB, NCRB, IM

University alum
starts non-profit
to help families

From Page 1A
Among its ideas, the task force
recommended the creation of a
master plan to improve the qual-
ity and atmosphere of recreational
facilities and increased funding
to the recreational sports depart-
Most notably, the task force rec-
ommended in its report that all of
the recreational sports facilities,
including the Central Campus
Recreation Building, North Cam-
pus Recreation Building and the
Intramural Sports Building, be
overhauled to provide fitness cen-
ter-style space.
"In general we recommend that
all facilities be upgraded to condi-
tions that are closer to a 'health
club' atmosphere and less like a
high school gymnasium and weight
room," the report reads.
The report also outlined the
committee's recommendation to
"significantly improve" the clean-
liness of the recreational facilities,
citing cleanliness as a major con-
cern among surveyed students and
In the report, committee mem-
bers recommended an expansion of
the CCRB's basketball and swim-
ming facilities, as well as additional
space for weight lifting and cardio-
vascular activities. The commit-
tee recommended the expansion
be accomplished through reallo-
cation of space in the CCRB from
the School of Kinesiology and the
School of Dance, which would pro-
vide an additional 60,000 square
feet of space.
An audit by Brailsford & Dun-
lavey, an outside consulting firm
hired by the University to assess
the University's recreational
sports facilities in 2003, recom-
mended similar improvements.
The consultants recommended
a 20,000-square-foot addition
to accommodate four basketball
courts, which could also func-
tion as volleyball or mini-soccer
courts, and six additional racquet-
ball courts. The proposed addition
would also house two more lanes
for lap swimming and an addition-
al pool for recreational swimming.
Committee members stressed in
the report that they do not neces-
sarily endorse all of the plans pro-
posed by the consulting firm.
The committee is also recom-
mendingthatthe CCRB be changed
into a more student-friendly space
with an extended schedule that
would keep the CCRB open until 2
a.m. each day and could potentially
include a caf6.
Just outside of the CCRB, the
task force is recommending that
University officials add more bas-
ketball courts to Palmer Field.
The committee is also proposing
the construction of an outdoor
stage on the north end of Palmer
On North Campus, the com-
mittee is recommending that the
North Campus Recreation Build-
ing be converted to better serve
the needs of faculty, staff and
families on campus. The commit-
tee is proposing additional space
for cardio and weight training,
additional parking and more pro-
gramminggeared toward families.
In the long run, the committee is
also urging University administra-
tors to expand the NCRB facilities
to meet growing demand for the
The committee has also rec-
ommended the renovation of the

Intramural Sports Building pool
to highlight the building's origi-
nal design features. Additionally,
the committee said the renovation
would uncover several windows
that would create a brighter and
more atheistically pleasing space.
In addition to these recommen-
From Page 1A
The average cost of four years
of in-state undergraduate tuition
at a state college in Michigan
is $35,012, according to a press
release distributed with the
If the MI Future plan were
put into effect, the average
Michigan resident making
the median income of $47,000
would pay $524 per year in addi-
tional taxes. Residents would get
these tax dollars back later in the
form of a rebate that would fund
their children's college educa-
tion at any public university in
the state.
The plan was introduced as
a potential voter initiative that
would be included on the ballot
in the next state elections, which
take place in 2010. By linking
tuition to the Detroit Consumer
Price Index, the plan would also

Patrons of the CCRB weight room work out last night. Part ofthe proposed changes would include expanding the selection of
weight-lifting and cardiovascular equipment in the ccRB.

dations, the committee has also
advised University administrators
to replace the grass at Mitchell
Field and Elbel Field with synthet-
ic turf. The task force has also rec-
ommended adding more lighting
and new security fences to Elbel
Field, where the marching band
Despite the lofty recommenda-
tions set forth by the task force,
committee members wrote in their
report that they did not want to
offer advice on how to finance the
operations. Instead, the committee
encouraged University adminis-
trators to make fees for the recre-
ational facilities very affordable to
encourage more students and staff
to use the facilities.
For University staffers, the com-
mittee proposed apercentage ofthe
employee's pay be deducted as the
facilities fee. This would mean an
employee making $100,000 would
likely pay more than an employee
making $50,000, although caps
were recommended for employ-
ees making a certain amount of
In addition to the proposed
facility changes, the committee
has recommended several other
changes, including the reassign-
ment of the department from the
Athletic Department to the Office
of the Provost.
In the report, committee mem-
bers argued that such a move
would allow the department to
better represent students and
faculty who use the recreational
sports facilities. As part of the
move, the committee also recom-
mends changing the department's
name from the Department of
Recreational Sports to the Depart-
ment of Campus Recreational
Sports and Fitness.
KinesiologyProf. BeverlyUlrich,
who also serves as the director of
the Center for Human Growth and
Development and is a former dean
of Kinesiology, said the commit-
tee relied on several sources when
forming its recommendations. The
group toured the campus facilities,
reviewed information on facilities
at otherschools, spoke with groups
on campus that encourage exercise
and healthy lifestyles, reviewed
a student survey from 2003 and
conducted a survey of faculty and
staff, Ulrich said.
Ulrich said she understands
the University's budget may be
tight next year but that University
administrators can move forward
with planning to prepare for when
money is available.

"Because (the) plan is going to
require some time, that allows the
University to focus on some things
that perhaps in the short term -
when the economy is particularly
tough - might not be that expen-
sive and would still allow us to
meet the needs of our campus com-
munity," she said.
Ulrich said recommendations
like walking paths and bike trails
would be an economical way to
begin implementing the com-
mittee's recommendations while
planning for larger projects is
"The cost for things like this
are not as great as adding another
wing to a building or another pool
or gymnasium," she said. "We rec-
ommend developing some of the
non-traditional spaces that are
available on North Campus, Medi-
cal Campus, Central (Campus) and
South Campus."
Ulrich said smaller things like
that or keeping buildings open later
at night would increase student
activity at the facilities and likely
provide more support for further
facility improvements.
"Smaller steps can combine in
the total to generate more enthusi-
asm and more activity," she said.
Because some of the larger plans
require cooperation from other
units, like the School of Kinesiolo-
gy and Athletic Department, Ulrich
said coordination in the planning
process would be essential.
Ulrich said although the com-
mittee made several recommenda-
tions, the decision is ultimately up
to the Provost and Vice President
for Student Affairs.
"We believe it was our goal and
our responsibility to identify needs
and possibilities, but it is then truly
I think the purview of the provost,
whom we suggest Recreational
Sports report more to, and the
director of Recreational Sports to
work through the complexities of
those to identify really what can
happen," she said.
In an exclusive interview with
Provost Teresa Sullivan yesterday,
Sullivan said she was impressed by
the group's report.
"The task force took their charge
very seriously and they worked
hard to look at a wide range of
issues around recreational facili-
ties," she said. "I think they did a
good job of that."
Sullivan said she has had discus-
sions with several groups and indi-
viduals to receive feedback about
the report's recommendations.
"I sent it out to a number of

groups with whom I work," she
said. "I know that Vice President
Harper also sent it out to a large
number of people she works with."
Sullivan said the groups she had
discussed the report with included
the Athletic Department, the Rec-
reational Sports Advisory Group,
the deans of each of the schools and
the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs - the leading
faculty governance body on cam-
pus. Additionally, Sullivan said she
plans to bring the report up in an
executive meeting with all of the
vice presidents at the University.
Because several other people
will be involved in determining
how much funding is directed to
implement the committee's recom-
mendations, Sullivan said she's not
sure at this point what recommen-
dations will be implemented.
Sullivan explained that allocat-
ing more funding for recreational
facilities would mean cuts to other
departments or -a tuition increase
for students.
"What is it that we want to do
less of so that we can do more of
this?" she asked hypothetically.
Although she's not certain what
projects will be funded, Sullivan
said many of the proposals fit well
with several of the University's
high priorities, including active
lifestyles for students and faculty,
and could potentially help with
recruitment efforts.
Sullivan said if some recom-
mendations can't be funded this
year, she hopes to keep them on the
table for next year. A final budget
proposal will be submitted to the
University's Board of Regents in
LSA sophomore Sean McHen-
ry, who uses the CCRB on a daily
basis, said limited space is the big-
gest problem with the CCRB.
"There's a lot of room for the
free weights, but the machine
room itself is too small," he said.
"Right now, there's only two rooms
you can use for stretching."
Engineering freshman Brooke
Bettis, who is member of the Uni-
versity's varsity golf team, said lim-
ited space was also a major issue at
the Intramural Building.
"It would be nice if the tread-
mills were more spread out," she
said. "It feels kind of cramped."
Engineering freshman Eric
Porter added that the Intramural
Building needs different equip-
"The IM building definitely
needs more cardiovascular equip-
ment," he said.

At 23, Doyle opted
to create own
charity, rather
than find a job
Daily StaffReporter
Ryan Doyle, who graduated
from the University in 2008, is
showing students that they don't
have to wait for graduationto leave
their mark on society. According
to Doyle, they can do it right now.
In November of 2007, Doyle and
his business partner, Kevin Smith,
launched their own non-profit
organization, Live 2 Give, to help
families facing financial difficul-
ties in Michigan.
As of now, they have five mem-
bers who work for the non-profit
- all under the age of 23.
"I am a social entrepreneur who
is judged by my impact on society"
Doyle said.
Doyle majored in psychology
with a focus on the business sec-
tor and Smith graduated from the
business school at Michigan State
University with a major in finance.
Doyle said that Smith handles the
business side of the organization,
mostly "dotting the Is and cross-
ing the Ts."
Doyle emphasized, however,
that he and Smith worked closely
to develop the foundation of the
organization. Doyle added that he
handles "more of the human ele-
ment and human behaviors."
"I'm the vision man," Doyle
Doyle said one of the goals of
the organization is to give back
the "personal touch" that he feels
a lot of businesses and non-profits
are missing.
"We're trying to be activist
and trying to create our own job
opportunities instead of being
stuck in this negative vibe that is
so prevalent in Michigan," Doyle
Doyle and Smith spent about a
year developing their message on
their website, which now includes
short films showcasing the fami-
lies they are helping.
Doyle said he wanted his orga-
nization to make a visible differ-
ence in the lives of the families he
helps and hoped to do "something
that was as personal as possible
and making it very transparent so
that everyone can see where the

dollar is going."
After helping their first family,
the Sharfenbergs, they released
their first video and were able to
fundraise up to $5,000 for their
next family, the Kents.
Doyle said that his film-making
skills started off as just a hobby
- self-taught and self-learned.
He said he just has that "natural
vision and knowing what's mov-
Doyle said he spends his days
doing things from general market-
ing and advertising, developing
fundraising ideas and planning
future endeavors for his organiza-
"I spend a sufficient amount of
my day tryingto figure out what to
do next," he said.
He said he also spends a lot of
his time talking to the families
and monitoring their progress, to
give the organization that "per-
sonal touch."
"I've always wanted to own my
own business," Doyle said. "And
I always wanted to be a part of
growing something out of the
ordinary and it was my first large-
scale attempt to change the world
the best that I could"
Doyle said his business "was
absolutely U of M inspired," and
added this education and experi-
ences were a large part of what
motivated him to start his non-
"I've lived such a blessed life
and wanted to have the chance
to share those opportunities with
other people," Doyle said.
Eventhoughthebusiness is still
young, Doyle saidhe and Smith are
making great strides. The pair are
currently in a competition to be
named one of the best charities in
Michigan and as of yesterday, Live
2 Give was nominated fifth out of
450 charities. Smith and Doyle
are in competition with charities
including Beaumont Hospitals
and the Salvation Army.
Doyle said that Live 2 Give is
"the little guy trying to put a fight-
ing chance against the big guys."
The prize for contest is $10,000,
which Doyle said will go to the
Shuck family if they win.
Doyle said the Shucks are an
Oakland County family suffering
from cancer, homelessness and
poverty. Six years ago, Doyle said
they were living life as a "normal
He added, the organization is
"just trying helping with the mira-
cle they need to help themselves."

American Culture Lecturer John U. Bacon during his speech last night.

help keep tuition costs at public
universities from continuing to
rise by encouraging legislators
to increase university funding,
which has been consistently cut
over the last several years.
The program would also fund
universally available preschool
for four-year-olds across the state.
Warren said this measure is nec-
essary because early childhood
education is essential for prepar-
ing children for school and for
ensuring that children with work-
ing parents are in a positive, edu-
cational environment.
"MI Future represents a rein-
vestment in our children and an
opportunity for Michiganders
to make sure our budget always
reflects our values," she wrote in
the release. "With this kind of
bold action, I have no doubt that
we will emerge from these chal-
lenging times in a better position
than ever before."
- Daily Staflf Reporter Kyle
Swanson contributed to this report.

From Page 1A
confident that by shoring up our
financial foundation and reclaim-
ing our position as the bookseller
for serious readers, we will ulti-
mately secure a viable future."
The loan gives Borders "breath-
ing room" and allows it to defer
payment on the loan until Apr. 1,
2010, according to a press release
published by the company on Mon-
day. Without the loan extension,
Borders would have had to make
payments on the loan by Apr. 15
of this year - even though that
arrangement had already been
renegotiated twice.
Marshall wrote in the press
release that the extension and
financial support is very helpful to
the company.
"We are pleased to have the con-
tinued support of our largest share-
holder as we focus on getting our
company's financial house in order,"
he wrote. "The extension of the loan

gives us some necessary breathing
room which is important in the cur-
rent economic environment."
Pershing, a New-York-based
hedge fund sponsor, originally lent
the $42.5 million sum a year ago -
after Borders put itself up for sale
and reported substantial financial
loses and difficulties.
The extended loan will continue
with the current terms and a 9.8
percent interest rate, which is "sub-
stantially below market for compa-
rable financing," according to the
press release.
Borders management planned
on addressing shareholders, inves-
tors and analysts this morning to
outline the company's new business
Though its decline wasn't nearly
as significant, one of Borders top
competitors, Barnes and Noble
also reported a decrease in reve-
nue. Barnes and Noble's sales were
down 2.7 percent from the 2007
fiscal year, dropping from approxi-
mately $4.65 billion in sales to
$4.525 billion.

From Page 1A
Bacon said. "You have given your
award to someone who is one for
seven on teaching jobs, I am bat-
ting .143! But in life, batting aver-
age doesn't count, only runs."
Bacon said that he first got into
teaching because of a passion for the
craft. He encouraged students to do
the same and follow their interests.
"If you hate what you do, it will
never be enough, never enough
money, never enough awards," he
said. "Do you think when I started
teaching I was worried about a
Golden Apple Award?"
In addition to discussing his
teaching experience, Bacon also
relayed stories from his relation-
ship with Bo Schembechler. Bacon
co-wrote a book with the legend-
ary coach called "Bo's Lasting
During his speech, Bacon also
emphasized the importance of
maintaining human connections.
"The problem when we look to
the future is that we overestimate
technology and underestimate the
human element," he said. "Why
do you think people still go to the
bar, or the movie theater? People

need other people, we want to
laugh together and we wantto cry
LSA senior Bryan Kerry, who is
currently one of Bacon's students,
said he generally takes a lot from
Bacon's lectures and last night
was no exception.
"He is a great speaker, it is a
really fun class," he said. "I took a
lot out of the class about Michigan
sports and about life."
Engineering junior Shou Suzu-
ki, who played hockey for Bacon
at Ann Arbor Huron High School,
said Bacon's talents extend beyond
the classroom.
"He is an excellent person, a
great motivator, the type of person
who makes you have a dream," he
LSAsophomoreAvery Robinson
said he had heard about Bacon's
lecturing abilities long before he
came to the University.
"My brother told me he was a
wonderful professor, so I figured I
would check it out," he said.
Following his speech, Bacon
received a standing ovation. Just
before the thunderous applause,
Bacon related his hopes for the
"I can't wait to see what we do
next?" he said.

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