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Monday, October 5, 2009

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DONATION DIVIDENDS:
PART 1 OF A 5-PART SERIES
The big
impact of
an office
rarely seen

ZACHARY MEISNER/Daily
Members of the Michigan State football team hoist the Paul Bunyan Trophy after their overtime victory over Michigan on Saturday at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
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"Sometimes, it defines you. It
defines your program. It defines who
you are," Michigan State coach Mark
Dantonio on the Michigan-Michigan
State rivalry."
EAST LANSING -
antonio didn't even
need to say it. The tens
of thousands of green-
and-white-clad fans inside
Spartan Stadium celebrating
back-to-back Michigan State
wins for the first time in 42 years
said it with the loudest rendition of
a school fight song I've ever heard.
If you're looking for the same
roaring, program-defining message
from Michigan coach Rich Rodri-
guez, keep looking. It's not going to
comefromtheWestVirginianative.
But for what Rodriguez is trying to

accomplish at Michigan, that's not
necessarily a bad thing.
"This one
hurts, and is
going to hurt,
and it's going to
hurt everybody
in our program
for 24 hours,"
Rodriguez said
following the
Wolverines' RUTH
26-20 over- LINCOLN
time loss to the
Spartans. "After
that, we've got to move on, and
we've got a big Saturday night game
next weekend."
I trulybelievethatevenas aWest
Virginia native, Rodriguez realizes
this in-state battle matters to fans.
Rodriguez has said he understands

Michigan-Michigan State is not
just another game. But his actions
say otherwise. Rodriguez is looking
at the national picture.
It's not like Saturday's game was
devoid of emotion. Quarterback
Tate Forcier led an unthinkable
comeback with less than five min-
utes to play in regulation, and the
game ended in a thrilling but frus-
trating finish. Rodriguez walked to
the podium for his postgame press
conference, fuming with anger and
answering questions curtly.
It was obvious this game was
different for Rodriguez, but only
because it was a loss - not neces-
sarily because it was a loss to Mich-
igan State.
In his attempts to create his own
Michigan winning legacy, Rodri-
guez will succeed in the areas he

knows best: national exposure and
national recruiting.
The national exposure Michi-
gan draws is right up Rodriguez's
alley. During his time at West Vir-
ginia, the Moutaineers never had
the major intra-state rival that fans
could rally around. With a small
state population, Rodriguez had to
recruit from the country-wide pool.
In doing so, he established national
recruiting ties that were attractive
to Michigan athletic director Bill
Martin.
In recent years, it's been hard
to-ignore the increase in in-state
players choosing the Spartans over
Michigan. But under Rodriguez,
the south and west are carrying
more weight.
Check the birthplace of any of
See LINCOLN, Page 7A

The growing role
of the University's
Development Office
in campus affairs
By STEPHANIE STEINBERG
and KYLE SWANSON
Daily StaffReporters
Exiled from campus, in atow-
ering 10-story building off State
Streetnear Eisenhower Parkway,
one the most vital offices to the
University's operations stands in
plain view, but hidden from the
eyes of campus.
The building's rigid design and
obscure location do little to sug-
gest the big impact the offices on
the building's upper floors have
on the day-to-day lives of nearly
every person on campus.
While many on campus are
unaware of its presence, the Uni-
versity's Office of Development
plays a key role in funding opera-
tions on campus - a business
whose reach spans from North
Campus to the Big House and
from the country's East Coast to
the Pacific Ocean.
Each year the office helpsraise
hundreds of millions of dollars
that go toward a wide range of
activities and services, including
student financial aid, endowing
professorships and funding new

campus construction projects.
With such a vast array of ser-
vices funded either fully or par-
tially through private support,
the Office of Development is
essential to the University's abil-
ity to function.
In a series of interviews over
the last two months, officers
from the University's develop-
ment office have stressed the
importance of gifts, both large
and small, that make it possible
for the University to operate at
what they consider to be its full
potential.
Even in the midst of an eco-
nomic crisis, private support has
remained strong as gifts from
alumni and non-affiliated donors
help maintain the University's
stature and grow it for future
generations.
Whether in the form of major
gifts from wealthy alumni, a $50
check in response to a phone call,
a house left by a deceased faculty
member or a gift from a graduate
living halfway around the world,
individuals comprise the largest
group of donors to the Univer-
sity.
The Development Office's
diversified fundraisingstrategies
span from the smallest individu-
al gifts to a multi-million dollar
donation from gigantic corpo-
rations to help fund innovative
scientific research projects that
See DEVELOPMENT, Page 7A

UNIVERSITY STUDY
Medical students
unprepared for
health system
Health care "Compared with the amount of
time and effort spent to teach stu-
bureaucracy still a dents the clinical knowledge and
clinicalskills theyneed to practice
puzzle for nation's medicine, the amount of time and
effort dedicated to teaching about
docs, report says health system issues and health
policy is very small," said Dr. Mat-
By VALIANT LOWITZ thew Davis, senior author of the
Daily StaffReporter study and associate professor of
pediatrics and internal medicine
With health care reform on the in the Child Health Evaluation
minds of millions of Americans, and Research Unit at the Medical
less than half of graduating medi- School.
cal students say they have an ade- "Teaching medical students
quate understanding of the health about the health care system and
care system, according to a recent why it works the way it does can
study conducted by the Univer- help students become doctors who
sity's Medical School. help their patients more effective-
The study surveyed more than ly," Davis said.
58,000 graduating medical stu- The curriculum for Medical
4ents across the nation from 2003 School students seems to be con-
to 2007. Although the majority of sistent with the national trend.
students said they were more than Akash Goel, a second-year
confident with their clinicaltrain- Medical School student, said
ing, 40 to 50 percent said their although the Medical School is
knowledge of the health care sys- "slowly making strides towards
tem was lacking. See MEDICAL SCHOOL, Page 3A

RUNNING TOWARD A CURE

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Chair of College
Republicans faces
impeachment

Chair claims
differing political
views to blame
By ELYANA TWIGGS
Daily StaffReporter
The chair of the University's
chapter of the College Republi-
cans may face impeachment at
the club's meeting tonight.
Chair Gordon Chaffin
informed The Michigan Daily of
his forthcoming impeachment,
blaming his moderate beliefs
as the driving force behind the
push, in particular his support
of President Barack Obama's
attempts to reform the American
health care system. But follow-
ing calls to all 13 members of the
group's executive board, none of
the nine members reached would
confirm or deny the reason for
the censure motion.
Among those saying they had
no comment was Brady Smith,
adviser to the Board of Col-

lege Republicans and a previous
chair of the group. Smith said
that other members of the group
would not comment either.
"There should be a gag order
put in place," Smith said yester-
day. "It is internal right now, and
we aren't ready to comment on
what hasn't happened yet. Before
tomorrow, it is too early to specu-
late."
The censure action is expect-
ed to be brought up at the group's
meeting tonight at 9 p.m. in the
Tappan Room of the Michigan
Union.
In an interview yesterday,
Chaffin, an LSA senior, claimed
group members have been
searching for a reasonto oust him
because his ideology strays from
that of some of his fellow group
members. Along with being a
supporter of Obama's health
care plan, Chaffin described
himself as "pro-choice, opposed
to the death penalty, in favor of
same-sex marriage and willing
to accept reasonable gun control
See IMPEACHMENT, Page 7A

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