2A - Wednesday, November 18, 2009
In Other Ivory Towers
Off the Beaten Path
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Uniting to beat the Buckeyes
Few causes can unite students and
organizations across campus like
the Michigan-Ohio State University
While the Wolverines get ready to
take on the Buckeyes this Saturday,
the student-run Go Blue, Beat OSU
club has planned rivalry-themed
events throughout the week to build
Despite the diverse backgrounds
of organizations and students on
campus, LSA senior and MSA Vice
President Mike Rorro, who is part of
Go Blue, Beat OSU, said the club can
unite the entire campus under the
shared goal of beating the Buckeyes.
"(The events) can create a really
inclusive feel," Rorro said. "It's to
make sure this week is about the
unadulterated Michigan spirit."
Go Blue, Beat OSU is made up of
a wide-range of students, from stu-
dent government representatives to
performers to athletes, according
to Music, Theatre and Dance senior
Mike Michelon, who is helping orga-
nize the club's events.
"It's got this grassroots feeling,"
He praised the club's efforts to
put on these events at a university he
says is traditionally not a "pep-rally
The group was created before the
2007 Michigan-OSU game to facili-
tate a campus rally before the game.
Since then, the group has expanded
its reach to other events in the week,
in addition to the rally.
The first event, which took place
yesterday afternoon at Sigma Chi
fraternity, was a "car bash." Students
could pay to take swings at a car
emblazoned with OSU logos with
a baseball bat. Proceeds from the
event went to C.S. Mott Children's
There were also student perfor-
mances on the Diag yesterday.
Other events will include com-
petitions, like a pizza-eating com-
petition and a buckeye-smashing
competition, on the Diag tomorrow
from noon to 3p.m.
The events will culminate on Fri-
day at 6 p.m. with a rally on the Diag.
Football players and coaches are
expected to attend.
According to Rorro, the organi-
zation raised about $14,000 from
student organizations, student gov-
ernments and University depart-
ments to help sponsor the events.
"This is a huge opportunity for us
to come together not only as sports
fans but as a community, as a Univer-
sity of Michigan," Rorro said.
Even though the Michigan foot-
losses, Go Blue, Beat OSU members
say they don't think it will dampen
"This is the greatest rivalry in col-
lege sports," Rorro said. "If you win
it, the whole season is forgiven."
- ERIC PERKEY
Letters to the Editor
Buddy the Blood Drop, LSA sophomore Sam Hunt, asks Art
& Design sophomore Millie Wybert to donate blood during
a service project on the Diag yesterday.
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Door smashed Man intoxicated Museum
WHERE: Medical Profes-
WHEN: Monday at 8 a.m.
WHAT: A male staff member
discovered a smashed window
in the main door entrance to
the building, University Police
reported. There are no sus-
WHERE: Central Campus
WHEN: Monday at about 7:20
WHAT: A male student
reported that his book bag
and iPhone were stolen from
the locker room after leaving
the items unattended for 45
minutes, University Police
in the library
WHERE: Shapiro Undergrad-
WHEN: Tuesday at about 3:45
WHAT: A male student was
found passed out near the
entrance of the building, Uni-
versity Police reported. He
was issued a citation for minor
WHAT: A workshop to
discuss how indigenous
sources are represented in
museums in the Phillipines.
WHO: Museums Theme Year
WHEN: Today from
4 to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Museum of Art,
Alumni Memorial Hall
Noise complaint Tribute to
WHAT: The Austin-
acoustic musical and theatri-
cal troupe will perform.
Union Ticket Office
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark
WHAT: The second annual
Thanksgiving potluck. All
are welcome free of charge.
WHO: United Asian
from 6 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: East Hall,
Math Atrium Room
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impaled on metal spike
after tryingto leap over a five-
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officers that he believed he
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Democrats promise jobs bill
United States,"Chin a offer joint
statement on climate change
Bill will seekto help
15.7 million Americans
who are out of work
WASHINGTON (AP) - House
Democrats are looking at swelling
deficits further, at least temporarily,
on a jobs-producing bill in response
to double-digit unemployment and
a sense within their ranks that the
party needs to do more to put peo-
ple back to work.
Butmanyofthe ideas onthe table
so far are extensions of last Febru-
ary's $787 billion economic stimulus
package - such as unemployment
benefits and subsidies to help the
jobless pay for health insurance.
They maintain the social safety net
for the 15.7 million Americans out
of work but they don't directly cre-
ate new jobs.
Aware that the February stimu-
lusbillhas notprevented unemploy-
ment from reaching 10.2 percent
and of public opinion polls showing
the free spending measure is losing
popularity with voters, Democrats
are wary of putting a stimulus label
on their new package.
"I wouldn't characterize it as a
second stimulus," House Majority
Leader Steny Hoyer said yesterday.
"I don't want to be as broad as that, I
want it to be very targeted on jobs."
House Democrats debated ways
to address job creation at a caucus
meeting Monday night, and Sen-
ate Majority Leader Harry Reid,
D-Nev., has promised colleagues
the chamber would take up a jobs
measure after it completes its health
care overhaul bill. That makes it
unlikely to pass into law this year.
Job-creating ideas include addi-
tional help for small business, more
road and bridge spending, and
extending business tax breaks slat-
ed to expire at the end of the year,
according to spokespersons for
Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California
and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of
A per-job tax credit for business-
es making new hires is also under
consideration, as is help for finan-
cially struggling state and local
The White House announced
that Obama would host a jobs sum-
mit in early December but has thus
far stayed silent on whether legisla-
tion is needed.
But the drive comes as Demo-
crats are also responding to increas-
ing anxiety among voters about
rising budget deficits and debt. On
Thursday, the House is scheduled
to again approve pay-as-you-go
legislation requiring Congress to
offset new tax cuts or spending ini-
tiatives with spending cuts or new
BEIJING (AP) - A joint state-
ment by the U.S. and Chinese
presidents on climate change is
encouraging as pressure builds
in the last few weeks before a
192-nation conference in Copen-
hagen, but the language leaves a lot
unsaid, observers in both countries
The world's two largest polluters
talked yesterday of a joint desire to
tackle climate change, but failed to
publicly address the root problems
that could unravel a deal at the
Dec. 7-18 conference - mainly, how
much each country can contrib-
ute to emissions cuts and how the
world will pay for it.
The joint statement by Presi-
dent Barack Obama and Chinese
President Hu Jintao has positive
language about aiming for a com-
prehensive deal,"butitleaves alot of
room for different interpretations,
ranging from a real ambitious cli-
mate rescue deal to another mean-
ingless declaration," said Ailun
Yang, climate campaign manager
for Greenpeace China. "The real
test still at Copenhagen."
Three weeks remain before the
global conference that aims for
a deal to replace the 1997 Kyoto
Protocol, which required 37 indus-
trial countries to cut heat-trapping
greenhouse gas emissions.
The Copenhagen agreement
would require developing countries
such as China to curb emissions
growth as well.
In a joint statement, Obama
and Hu said Copenhagen should
produce a comprehensive agree-
ment that would "include emis-
sion reduction targets of developed
countries and nationally appropri-
ate mitigation actions of developing
Hu said nations would do their
part "consistent with our respective
capabilities," a reference to the now'
widely accepted view that develop-,
ing nations like China should be
required only to set goals for curb-
ing emissions, not accept absolute
Timothy Wirth, president of
the United Nations Poundation, a
charity group that promotes U.N.
causes, praised the U.S.-China
joint statement for saying a deal at
Copenhagen should include emis-
sion reduction targets by devel-
oped countries, but he stressed the
urgency of finding a final agree-
"Reaching a deal in Copenhagen
will be hard enough; leaving all the
negotiations tothelast minute could
make it unachievable," he said in an
e-mailed statement Wednesday.
Already, Obama administra-
tion officials acknowledge that the
Copenhagen talks are not expected0
to produce a final legal agreement.
White House aides said Sunday
that a fully binding legal agreement
would be put off until a December
2010 meeting in Mexico City.
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