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From Page 1A
action - like voting - would
have occurred, Fitzgerald said.
If action of that nature had taken
place, the regents would have had
to hold a special meeting - for
which more information would
have been publicly available.
Fitzgerald wrote in an e-mail to
the Daily that because the meet-
ing was informal, no minutes were
taken of the meeting's activities.
"There are no minutes of infor-
mal meetings," Fitzgerald wrote
in an e-mail.
When asked by reporters about
the meeting at a press conference
held this afternoon for National
Signing Day, Michigan Football
coach Rich Rodriguez said he
hadn't heard anything about it.
"No, I don't know anything
From Page 1A
"accountability, efficiency and
reliability by creating a struc-
tured but collaborative envi-
ronment for committees and
commissions," according to the
S4PG website.
Stressing cooperation among
committees, the website also
states that the new central legis-
lative branch will "shift student
government from a culture of iso-
lation-to that of collaboration."
Rorro said S4PG willbegin peti-
tioning next Tuesday for signa-
tures in an effort to get the revised
document on the student ballot for
the MSA elections in March.
S4PG, he said, needs 1,000 sig-
natures by Feb. 17 in order to put
From Page 1A
Perna echoed sentiments made
by President Barack Obama, who
has said he hopes America will
once again have the highest pro-
portion of college graduates in
the world by 2020.
To meet the president's goal,
Perna said each state will have
to, on average, increase its
annual number of awarded col-
lege degrees by eight percent.
Michigan will have to increase
its annual output of higher edu-
cation students by 8.4 percent.
"Performance has improved in
this state, but it is still below the
levels of top states," Perna said.
Perna added that the educa-
tional gap in Detroit is notable
with 32 percent of black students
graduating from high school
compared to a 45-percent gradu-
ation rate for their white peers.
College enrollment has followed
suit with fewer black students

about that," he said.
Asked if he should be in closer
contact with the regents regard-
ing the investigation, Rodriguez
said he knows University offi-
cials will continue to keep him
"We're all interested," he said.
"They won't keep me in the dark.
They'll let us know in due time."
Fitzgerald said he didn't know.
whether the NCAA report had
been submitted to the University.
NCAA Vice President for
Enforcement David Price wrote in
an Oct. 23 letter to Coleman that
he hoped to finish the investiga-
tion by the end of 2009. Howeyer,
the letter stated the date was a
goal, not a deadline. On Dec. 31,
University spokeswoman Kelly
Cunningham said University
officials had not yet received an
update on the investigation.
"We haven't received word

from the NCAA," Cunningham
wrote in an e-mail to the Daily at
the time. "The process is moving
along as anticipated."
Allegations of misconduct by
the University's football pro-
gram were first brought forth in
a Detroit Free Press article pub-
lished in late August. The Free
Press cited multiple anonymous
Michigan football players who
described the team's practice
schedules as violating NCAA reg-
Immediately after the report
from the Free Press was pub-
lished, University officials
launched an internal investiga-
tion into the allegations. Howev-
er, no updates or comments on the
internal investigation have been
issued since it began.
- Daily Sports Editor Nicole
Auerbach contributed to this report.

the revised constitution up for a
campus-wide vote. Rorro said he
is optimistic about finishing the
document before the upcoming
"It is almost a complete work-
ing document," Rorro said. "But
it still can change."
Rorro said though the docu-
ment is pretty much done, the
group is still "revising heavily,"
adding-that they are prioritizing
getting a document that students
are happy with over meeting the
"If it comes down to the fact
that we are not ready to do it,
and there is a lot of contentious
debate, then we are going to push
it along and maybe do it next
year," he said.
Rorro said he and S4PG mem-
ber Phillip Zeeck will be listen-

ing to opinions from student
organizations in a town hall
meeting today. A similar meeting
held last week detailed the new
proposed changes to the consti-
tution. About 20 people - mostly
current members of student gov-
ernment - were in attendance.
Obtaining 1,000 signatures
could be a huge obstacle to get-
ting the document on the ballot,
Rorro said. If revisions to the
constitution were made through
MSA, the changes could have
been resolved internally without
votes from the student body.
If the group gets enough sig-
natures and their version of the
code makes it on the ballot, then
the results from the MSA elec-
tions on March 24 will determine
whether the proposed revision
will be adopted by the assembly.

From Page 1A
drawn a warning from Granholm
that state departments - like the
Department of Education - may
have to absorb a 20-percent cut
in stateappropriations in the next
fiscal year.
In addition to discussing the res-
toration of the Promise Scholarship,
Granholm's speech emphasized
diversifying the state's investments
to compensate for the flagging auto
industry, which she said has lost
78 percent of its jobs in the last ten
"Our economy has changed. The
old Michigan is gone," she said.
"Everything we do in these next
11 months should be linked to the
economic plan we have followed
these seven years: diversifying the
economy, educating our people, and
protecting citizens in a time of tran-
Granholm highlighted several of
the state's job-creating forays into
electricity-producing solar shingle, a
General Motors assembly plant in
Detroit that will mass-produce the
Chevy Volt and companies in west-
ern Michigan that are investing in
"Michigan is well on its way to
becoming the hub of this new bat-
From Page 1A
nobody on this football team that
we're signing that has a misde-
meanor conviction," Rodriguez
said. "You have to look at the
whole story before you pass judg-
ment on a young man. Not every-
body is perfect. Sometimes young
people get in the wrong situation
at the wrong time, but they're
found innocent or they're acquit-
"We feel comfortable that
every guy we sign is going to be
a great fit for not only the football
program but for this university
and our community," he contin-
Following Rodriguez's press
conference, offensive coordina-
tor Calvin Magee agreed with
the head coach, accentuating the
importance of character in the
Wolverines' recruiting efforts.
"Every kid we recruit, we
spend an awful lot of time, prob-
ably more than anything on char-
acter," he said. "... just like the
other kids we recruited, we saw
a kid that has good character and
we had no problems with it."
Dorsey was originally commit-
ted to play at the University of
Florida, and he held that commit-
ment for 15 months before he was
dropped from the Gators' class in

pening," Granholm said.
renew the "Pure Michigan" adver-
tising campaign - a program she
said costs much less than it attracts
- as part of an effort to bring more
tourism dollars to the state.
increasing efforts to educate the
state's workforce, including an
expansion of the No Workdr Left
Behind initiative that would open
ten learning labs in Detroit and cre-
ate a new training program available
to 1,000 prospective entrepreneurs
at small-business locations around
the state.
"The businesses we want to grow
in Michigan don't justneed financial
capital, they need human capital
too," Granholm said.
She spotlighted Jocelyn Harris, a
Detroit schoolteacher who received
a $15,000 loan to begin a produce
business in her community that pre-
viously lacked available fresh pro-
duce, as a model ofentrepreneurship
in practice.
Granholm also called on leg-
islators to provide a tax credit to
investors who make venture capital
available to Michiganbusinesses.
After an impassioned listing of
businesses that are creating jobs, a
visibly emotional Granholm broke
from script to thank the legislature
for their service and her family for
their support during her adminis-
As the top-rated dual threat
quarterback in the country, Michi-
gan recruit Devin Gardner's repu-
tation precedes him.
But now that he is on campus
- after graduating early from Ink-
ster High School in order to enroll
this semester - Gardner willibegin
workouts today to become compet-
itive at the quarterback position.
"I think it will help me mentally
and physically, you know, because
of the weight room work out and
conditioning," Gardner said. "I'll
probably be in the best shape of
my life, and learning the plays and
stuff like that."
The quarterback situation is a
bit different from last year though
when former Wolverine Steven
Threet's transfer left Nick Sheri-
dan as the only non-freshman hav-
ing started under center.
And with Tate Forcier having
started every game for Michigan
last season and fellow freshman
Denard Robinson taking snaps, the
competition has stiffened for the
role of signal caller.
"I don't want to discount (Gard-
ner). because he's a very competi-
tive guy," Rodriguez said. "But
you're going to assume that Tate
and Denard are going take a step
forward ... Another spring practice
for them, another August camp
for them. I think Tate and Denard
are going to keep doing this in the

In an interview after the speech,
State Sen. Tom George (R-Kalam-
azoo) said he was skeptical of the
return of the Promise Scholarship
because of Granholm's decision to
prioritize health care spending.
"Before you're engaging in new
programs orreinstatingthe Promise
Scholarship, you've got to explain
how you're going to close that hole,
and we can't dothatuntilwe stop the
diversions to health care," George
said of the state's budget shortfall.
"The math doesn't work yet"
Before and during the speech,
some 300 people from in different
groups protested in front of the capi-
The Undergraduate Alliance, a
student advocacy group made up of
students from universities around
the state, demonstrated against the
chants of "Bail out the students, not
the banks."
Sam Inglot, a sophomore at Mich-
igan State University and a member
of the UGA, said he didn't expect to
be satisfied by Granholm's speech.
"It's going to take a serious
revamping of government and a lot
of pressure from the people to actu-
ally get them to prioritize educa-
Inglot estimated that the UGA
rally included 100 students from
Michigan State, Grand Valley State
University and Western Michigan
"I think it's a good situation in
a way for (Gardner). I'm glad he's
here this spring because at least
he'll know and we'll know how far
away he is."
Magee said he knows Gardner
has the potential to be successful
in Ann Arbor, after leading Inkster
to the state championship this past
"They're rawskils," Magee said.
"I can't wait for coach Smith to
get a hold of him to tighten up his
fundamentals ... When you watch
him play, he loves to compete, and
watching him, he looks like the
kind of kid that.gets other players
around him to get going."
With the position of linebacker
coach still vacant after Jay Hopson
left to become the defensive coor-
dinator at Memphis in December,
and the excitement of signing day
now over, Rodriguez said he will
pick up the search for Hopson's
replacement in the next week.
Because defensive coordinator
Greg Robinson is now likely coach-
ing the linebackers, Rodriguez said
the newly added staff member will
likely be "more of a safeties coach
than a linebackers coach."
like to hire the new coach in the
next week, he said he doesn't want
to put a timeframe on the hire.

enrolling in college, she said.
"We have a lot of information
out there about college, but I
think the challenge is more the
fact that these gaps exist despite
the availability of information,"
she said. "We have to turn that
information into knowledge and
make that knowledge usable,
understandable and relevant."
Affordability, Perna said, is an
underlying issue that students
face when thinking about col-
lege. She said there is an ongo-
ing trend of tuition becoming too
expensive, placing a burden on
the families of students.
In Detroit, 42 percent of fami-
lies with children live below the
poverty line while a quarter of
children live in families with
unemployed parents.
"Financial aid is most impor-
tant in students' decisions to
enroll in college," Perna said. "It
influences the resources they
have available to pay for col-
Looking beyond the financial

issues plaguing higher education,
Perna said university outreach
programs are essential. She said
there are few comprehensive pro-
grams, which address academic
preparation, financial standing
and parental involvement.
"Higher education institu-
tions, particularly research
institutions, are the strategic
agent for the effect and demo-
cratic transformation of society's
school system," Perna said.
Gloria Thomas, director of
the Center for.the Education of
Women in Pennsylvania, who
was involved in the discussion
in Rackham, said she agrees that
universities play an important
role in promoting higher educa-
"A lot of institutions do their
own individual initiatives and
outreach efforts," Thomas
said. "But there is a real need
to address these issues, particu-
larly for Detroit and the state of
Michigan in a real collaborative

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