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GUN-FREE MOLK DONE FOR YEAR
State legislators' latest attempt After being out with a broken foot for five
* to allow guns on campus is weeks, the redshirt sophomore center only
misguided and dangerous. lasted four plays before tearing his ACL.
SEE OPINION, PAGE 4 SEE SPORTS, PAGE 8
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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

TMPROV WTTH A SIDE OF RICE AND REANS

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SENATE ASSEMBLY
Coleman
discusses
'U' fiscal
health

ED MOCH/Daily
LSA freshman Nick Drew of the comedy group "The Impro-fessionals" takes the stage at BTB Cantina's 'Laughter on Lunes' (LOL) Comedy Night. The South University hot
spot will be featuring comedy acts on Monday nights with an open mic at 9 p.m:and scheduled acts starting at 9:30 p.m.
SOUTH U. BLAZEr
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Before faculty body,
Coleman explains
research, hirings
By STEPHANIE STEINBERG
Daily StaffReporter
Members of the University's
Senate Assembly received a visit
from President Mary Sue Cole-
man at their first meeting of the
year yesterday.
In her speech, Coleman high-
lighted positive developments
at the University during the last
year and touched on the Univer-
sity's financial status. .
Coleman said research expen-
ditures achieved more than $1
billion in research grants this
year. The package included $421
million from the National Insti-
tutes of Health - with more than
$160 million in stimulus funding
research awards from NIH alone.
"That really gives me just tre-
mendous confidence that people
are ready, they're waiting and
when they get their proposals out
they are really good proposals,"
Coleman said.
Coleman also said that the

100 new faculty members hired
as a part of her 100 New Faculty
Initiative launched in 2007 are
"absolutely outstanding"
While many universities across
the country are enforcing hiring
freezes due to the economy, the
University of Michigan has con-
tinued to hire new faculty mem-
bers.
Coleman said the new faculty~
members have proven to be "very,
very high qualityscholars."
She added that the University
is constantly fighting the per-
ception that because the state of
Michigan is "just a basket case,"
the University is also suffering.
"What I want to counter to
people is that we are managing
our resources well, that we are
hiring faculty, that we have not
closed the doors," Coleman said.
"And so the fact that we are still
out there in the marketplace is
another good signal that we are
competing, and competing effec-
tively."
Despite the economic down-
turn, Coleman said she was
also impressed with the way
the University has handled its
budget while other institutions
See FACULTY, Page 7

Arcade's manager says
homeless people had
* been taking refuge in
abandoned building
By MALLORY JONES and
EMILY ORLEY
Daily StaffReporters
Ann Arbor Fire Department offi-
als have ruled out natural causes

for the fire that destroyed the for-
mer location of Pinball Pete's late
Saturday night.
"We have not found a natu-
ral cause for it so we're looking at
someone possibly causing the fire,"
said Fire Marshall Kathleen Cham-
berlain in an interview yesterday
afternoon.
Chamberlain said that it is clear
the fire was man-made, but it
remains to be seen if it was an acci-
dent or premeditated.
According to Battalion Chief

Robert Voteo, the owners have
reported that the abandoned build-
ing has been plagued with trespass-
ing since it was vacated in 1995.
"There appears to have been
relatively easy access despite the
boarding up," said Chamberlain.
While authorities did not specify
who might have been inside the
building, there is much specula-
tion.
Lance Johnson, Pinball Pete's
manager, said it was likely that
homeless people took refuge in the

building.
Pinball Pete's was located at 1217
S. University Street for 12 years
before its move across the street in
1995, Johnson said.
Johnson said the business moved
in order to condense space. The
building across the street was left
empty.
"It has been abandoned since we
left," Johnson said. "I don't know if
it was condemned or not needed."
The lot was sold in 2001 to
See FIRE, Page 7

NCAA INVESTIGATION
NCAA formally starts probe
into UM football program

Rec. Sports to change hands

In notice, official
says investigation to
finish by year's end
By JACOB SMILOVITZ
Managing News Editor
The University of Michigan's
athletic department is officially
under investigation by the NCAA
for alleged violations of rules gov-
erning practice time and off-sea-
son workouts for the University's
football team.

University President Mary Sue
Coleman announced today that
she has received a "notice of inqui-
ry" regarding the investigation.
When the NCAA finds "suffi-
cient information to warrant" an
investigation, the notice is sent as
a procedural step that allows the
NCAA to dot its "i's" and cross its
't's" in informing the school that
the investigation will move for-
ward.
The document sent to Cole-
man last Friday lays out what the
NCAA plans to investigate and the
role that the school is expected to

play in that investigation.
The University initially
launched an internal investigation
after the Detroit Free Press pub-
lished a report on Aug.30 alleging
that the football team had gone
far beyond the allowable number
of mandatory practice hours for
players on the football team. The
report also alleged that football
team officials monitored off-sea-
son scrimmages, which is prohib-
ited by the NCAA.
The letter states that possible
violations "primarily involve the
See INVESTIGATION, Page 7

S T EM CE LL SUMMIT
University researchers excited
about conference's Detroit venue

Oversight to shift
from Athletic Dept.
to Division of
Student Affairs
By JOSEPH LICHTERMAN
Forrthe Daily
Oversight of the Department of
Recreational Sports is moving from
the Athletic Department to the
Division of Student Affairs in an
attempt to garner more funds and
resources.
Rec Sports is in charge of all the
campus recreation buildings, intra-
mural sports, club and varsity club
sports, Outdoor Adventures and the
Challenge Program, which offers a
ropes course and other team build-
ing resources.
The move is partially in response
to a report issued last March by the
Recreational Sports Task Force,
which recommended Rec Sports
relocate to the Office of the Provost.
The report also called for signifi-
cant, and costly, updates to the Uni-
versity's recreational facilities.
Under the previous system, Rec
Sports was financially indepen-
dent but overseen by the Athletic
Department, whose financial house
is in good shape.
Rec Sports Director William
Canning said that while Rec Sports
has experienced difficulties in rais-
ing money in the past, potential
donors often assume that the orga-
nization has proper funds because
of this association with the Athletic
Department.

MAX COLLINS/Daily
Officials say that with the change in oversight, campus recreational facilities, like the
Central campus Recreation Building, will get funding for the renovations they need.

New stem cell laws
lay groundwork for
event to take place
in Michigan
By ESHWAR
THIRUNAVUKKARASU
Daily StaffReporter
Less than a year ago, the state
of Michigan was almost com-
pletely out of most discussions

concerning the future of stem cell
research.
That was before the state's vot-
ers passed Proposal 2 last Novem-
ber. The ballot initiative created
a constitutional amendment that
allowed researchers within the
state to create their own embry-
onic stem cell lines to study and
treat diseases.
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Gra-
nholm and Detroit Mayor Dave
Bing announced earlier this
month that Detroit would host
the 2010 World Stem Cell Summit

- a three-day event expected to
attract more than 1,200 leaders in
stem cell business, policy and sci-
ence from over 30 countries.
The University of Michigan,
Michigan State University, Wayne
State University and the Michigan
Economic Development Corpo-
ration will co-host the summit,
which is scheduled to begin Oct. 4
next year at the Detroit Marriott
Renaissance Center.
Dr. Sean Morrison, the director
of the University of Michigan Cen-
See SUMMIT, Page 7

"Because there is money (in ath-
letics), when Recreation goes to
meetings across campus (donors
say), 'Oh you work for Athlet-
ics? What do you mean you need
money?"' Canning said.
Vice President for Student
Affairs E. Royster Harper said that
the transition to Student Affairs
will make it easier for Rec Sports
to afford the facility upgrades it
needs.
"It's hard to do that when there
are other priorities, legitimate pri-
orities - finishing the stadium,
looking at Crisler Arena - but we
want to be able to not be compet-
ing against ourselves to get other
things done that need to get done,"

she said.
Harper said students using the
various recreation facilities on
North Campus and Central Cam-
pus will notice improvements, like
upgraded equipment, in their day-
to-day use of the facilities as a result
of these administrative changes.
"We hope that you'll see that
together we'll be able to do more,"
she said. "Also, the experience for
you will be more enhanced. It will
be seamless."
Aside from those details, Harper
said students will not be directly
affected by the change.
Canning stressed that intramu-
ral, club and varsity club sports will
See REC SPORTS, Page 7

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