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"To all the people that have
helped us over the years - our
coaches and parents - itjustmeans
so much," White said.
Though she had dreamed about
competing in the Olympics since
she began skating at the age of five,
Davis said the games exceeded all
"As an athlete, you have a long
time to kind of wonder what the
Olympics might be like and kind
of build up the experience in your
head," Davis said. "But for us, it
was just an incredible experience,
and it was everything we hoped
Coming into the competition,
many were optimistic that the
two skaters would take the gold -
which would have been the first
time that a pair from the United
States came out on top in ice danc-
ing at the Olympics.
But White said the two couldn't
be more pleased with their silver
"We put in so much time and
effort over the 13 years we've been
together," he said. "To be able to
skate so well at the Olympics and
come away with a silver medal was
DaviM emphatically agreed with
"The Olympics is such a pinna-
cle of our sport, and it only comes
every four years," she said. "So in
order to be true you really don't
want to make any mistakes. You
want to skate your best, and for us
we definitely did that, and we came
away not only proud of our silver
medals, but proud of the way we
During their time at the Olym-
pics, the pair got the chance to
skate to some pop culture favor-
ites. For the Exhibition portion of
the competition, they performed
to a cover of Michael Jackson's Bil-
lie Jean. Their free dance was to
music from musical "Phantom of
the Opera" and for their original
dance, the two skated to a medley
of Indian songs. ,
When asked which was his
favorite performance, White lik-
ened the dances to the pair's "chil-
dren" and said he couldn't choose.
"Honestly, I can't pick one
because they were all so good that
without anyone of them, you know,
it might not have happened the way
it did," he said.
The pair's coaches, Igor Shpil-
band and Marina Zoueva, also
trained the Canadian pair that
claimed gold in Vancouver, Virtue
and Moir. Both pairs have been
training with each other for the
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students via cell phone calls and
"The power went out in the capi-
tal, and so some people were out of
touch longer than others," Godfrey
said. "We spent a number of hours
on the weekend making sure we
knew the students were safe."
According to A.T. Miller, direc-
tor of the Center for Global and
Intercultural Study, the students'
emergency contacts - usually
parents - were informed of the
students' whereabouts. Also, Ponti-
ficia Universidad Cat6lica de Chile
buildings have undergone safety
inspections before they are sched-
uled to re-open today.
Miller said that while none of the
students were injured or endan-
gered during the quake, several
were delayed in getting back to San-
tiago, some not returning to the city
until six days later than expected.
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ping" technological growth with-
in the city.
Taylor said the network's ultra-
fast speed would enable local
entrepreneurs to make key tech-
nological advances that might
otherwise be impossible.
"There's latent creativity that
would be unleashed by the fiber-
to-home network," Taylor said.
Taylor also emphasized the
presence of the University as a
key factor in the city's applica-
The University, and the Uni-
versity Health System in particu-
lar, would benefit from the faster
network, Taylor said.
According to Jim Kosteva, the
University's director of com-
munity relations, the University
owns between 10 percent and 12
University students and Olympic ice dancers, Meryl Davis and Charlie White pose in the Law Quad last month.
last five years. a . "If I had known about how many Davis and White d
While Virtue and Moir came out people were really watching on not only athletes dr
in first, there are no harsh feelings TV, like that total number, it would people.
between the ice dancers, Davis and have probably freaked me out, so "It was really cr
White said. Everyone gets along I didn't really think about that couldn't figure out
well, Davis said, mostly because and (I) just wanted to skate like was causing such a
their careers have followed the I normally would in front of a big cafeteria, and we I
same "path." crowd," Bates said. through the crow.
"I think that part of the reason Both teams said the most dif- Arnold Schwarzen
that we're such close friends actually ficult part of the Olympics experi- said with a laugh.
is because we're close competitors, ence was arriving in Vancouver for While the skaters
and so we really understand what the opening ceremony, but then to live their dream, t
we're all going through," she said. being forced to wait a week before back to work - with
White and Davis are also competing. train before the 201
friends with University students "We went through the opening Skating Champions
Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates ceremonies, and we were really Italy.
- another ice dancing pair that geeked about the Olympics, but "It's kind of cool
placed 11th at the Vancouver then we had to calm down a little Olympics to the ve
games. bit before we went out," White last Olympics was
"The whole American team was said. "So just the time between neat, but it's hard b
very close," White said. "We all the opening and when we actually to train these next f
support each other. When we're on competed, it was pretty tough." we come home and
the ice we're out there doing our Despite thatgap, Davis said min- do is relax," said 5
job, but when off the ice, we're real- gling with all the athletes from dif- is training with Ba
ly good friends, and I think that's ferent sports and countries at the Arbor Ice Cube.
the way it works best." games was a unique experience White and Davis
In an interview last week, Samu- that she tried hard to "really soak their training at th
elson and Bates said the teams are in." Edge Ice Arena in C
more friends than rivals. White said one of the highlights After the compet
"We've known each other for- of the games was getting to meet White and Davis w
ever and we've trained near the professional hockey players. White Stars on Ice - a 40
same area for nearly all our lives, added that he felt a little star- ing tour around the
so we're pretty good friends with struck when he met Detroit Red Since Davis, wh
them," Samuelson said. Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg, in anthropology, at
Bates, who has lived with White Red Wings defenseman Nicklas is still undecided, t
the last two years, said he couldn't Lidstrom and Red Wings coach semester to focus o
be happier that his roommate came Mike Babcock. said they had hope
in second place. Though the three acted like spring classes. But
"I'm proud of my roommate," he "totally normal guys hanging out, on Ice lasts until m
said. "Winning the silver medal at eating food," when they were in the said she's not so
the Olympics is pretty amazing." cafeteria in the Olympic Village, happen. Instead, ti
Though he has skated in front of White said they were often mobbed return as dedicate
large crowds before, Bates said it with fans. next fall.
was intimidating enough to skate "You knew when you saw a flock "We will be bac
at the Olympics in the packed of people around somebody that it soon as possible," sf
arena in Vancouver, let alone with was probably one of those guys," he also living on ca
more than 100 million more people said. there in everything
watchingon television. While having a meal one day, demic spirit."
rew swarms of
owded, and we
t what athlete
raucous in the
kind of peered
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had two weeks
they are all now
three weeks to
0 World Figure
hips in Torino,
we go from the
nue where the
at, so it will be
ecause we have
few weeks, and
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tes at the Ann
e at the Arctic
ition in Torino,
will perform in
-stop ice danc-
ho is majoring
nd White, who
ook off winter
n skating, they
ed to enroll in
sure that will
he two aim to
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nhe said. "We're
mpus so we're
except for aca-
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the way," Coleman said of the
5.6-percent increase. "But our
notion was to try to keep things
regular and steady rather than
have big swings one way or the
One of the primary mov-
ing targets still in play, Cole-
man said, is whether the state's
appropriation will actually come
in at the expected level.
"One of the reasons that it's
so uncertain right now and we
can't tell, is will the governor's
proposal hold? Will it not hold?
Will it be a smaller cut than we
anticipated? Will it be higher
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who sits on MSA's Academic
Affairs Advisory Committee and
LSA-SG's Academic Affairs Com-
mission, and MSA Rep. John Lin,
chair of MSA's Academic Affairs
Commission and a member of
SACUAs Academic Affairs Advi-
sory Committee said they are talk-
ing to students and faculty about
the resolutions in hope of making
them a reality.
"We want students to choose
classes they truly enjoy," Levine
said. "When students are passion-
ate about a certain class, they will
do better in it."
Lin said the problem with
the current system is that many
course descriptions are vague
and don't provide an accurate
description of the course require-
ments. Students may come in to a
class with certain expectations,
which often times aren't met.
This may lead to many students
dropping or swapping courses,
"There is no question that the
status quo is not working," Lin
said. "Professors want better
informed students, and this new
system will provide that."
Arthur F. Thurnau Prof. Timo-
thy McKay, who teaches physics
and astronomy at the University
and is the director of the LSA
Honors Program, wrote in an
e-mail interview that he and his
colleagues have been working
with MSA representatives to come
up with effective and practical
approaches to this initiative.
"Course selection plays a cen-
tral role in each student's educa-
tion," McKay wrote. "Providing
students with the best possible
information and advice as they
select courses is an essential task
for the University."
McKay added that most of the
members of SACUA agree with
Statistics lecturer Tom Ven-
able said the resolution seems like
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than we anticipated?," Coleman
With so many unknowns,
Coleman said the one thing she
can promise is that she'll do
her best to ensure any tuition
increase will be as modest as
"What I will promise is that
we will do everything with-
in our power to keep the cost
(affordable)," Coleman said. "We
understand how important that
is to students."
Coleman also reaffirmed the
University's commitment to
meeting the full demonstrated
financial need of all in-state stu-
dents, pledging to again increase
financial aid by at least as much
as tuition is increased.
a "reasonable request," but that
he's notsure how the logistics of it
would be handled and who would
monitor instructors to make sure
they posted the syllabi.
"Sometimes, say for a profes-
sor teaching a course for the first
time, perhaps they may want to
decline," he said. "But in general,
it seems a good idea."
Though MSA and LSA-SG are
making a push to have professors
provide the syllabi for registra-
tion for fall 2010 classes - which
begins in April - Lin said the ini-
tiative may have some glitches,
as many professors won't know
which courses they will be teach-
ing until August.
It is unlikely that the initiative
will be set into place for the next
period of registration, but it will
hopefully be implemented in a
couple of semesters, Lin said.
McKay wrote that another
possible challenge for the ini-
tiative is that syllabi "take very
different forms across the Uni-
Lin said Princeton Univer-
sity has a similar system as the
one MSA and LSA-SG seek to
implement. During the registra-
tion period, Princeton offers a
complete course guide, excerpts
from course readings and a grade
breakdown for each course,
according to Lin.
"I feel it would be a win-win
situation for students and faculty,"
Levine said. "The resolution is a
great initiative and would be on
the leading edge for universities
in the nation in terms of registra-
LSA freshman Katy Scharf said
she thinks the initiative would
definitelybenefitto students when
they're registering for classes
because it would offer students a
more holistic description of what
a class will involve.
"I think professors should be
required to post a syllabus before
registration so that students can
understand what the workload
will be like and what the readings
will entail,"'she said.
Engineering sophomore Kevin
Shallcross, who is currently study-
ing in Santiago, said that transpor-
tation was the biggest hassle he
dealt with as a result of the quake,
which collapsed many of the coun-
try's bridges and put the roads in
Though serious aftershocks have
since struck the country, Shallcross
said the students are planning to
remain in Chile.
"Chile's infrastructure is built
to withstand seismic activity, so
restoration is probably faster here
than anywhere else," Shallcross
said. "I feel safe where I am, so I
plan to continue with my studies."
Miller confirmed that Santiago
is safe, and the international pro-
grams in the city are continuing as
Miller added that the Center
for Global and Intercultural Study
is looking into ways students in
Chile can become involved in relief
efforts in cities that were most
affected by the disaster.
percent of the land located within
the potential network's bound-
Kosteva said the University
already has its own fiber network,
but Google's network proposal
offers a much "higher capacity"
in terms of speed.
For that reason, Kosteva said
the University plans to support
the city in its application.
"This is a city application, but
the University is providing sup-
port," Kosteva said.
He added that if the network is
installed, the University plans to
be one of its significant subscrib-
The fiber network would serve
between 50,000 and 500,000
people, and promises to offer
competitive rates for subscribers,
according to the project's website.
Google Fiber's website states
that Google's network would
enable users to download high-
According to The Associated
Press, as of Friday, 452 people were
reported dead as a result of the
quake. Reconstruction is estimated
to cost between $12 billion and
LSA junior Lyndsey Talon, a
student studying in Chile, said
she plans to join Chileans in their
efforts to, rebuild their country,
and said she is impressed by the
country's unity that has sprung up
in the aftermath of the quake.
"It reminds me of the United
States after 9/11 - flags every-
where, messages on cars and buses
to stay strong, everything from
benefit concerts to benefit bar
crawls," Talon said. "It is obvious
that the Chileans are dealing with
disaster by becoming closer to
Though the earthquake delayed
school for a week, 'Carry-Webb
said students are returning to
their normal routines.
"Everyone on my program is
okay. School is put off for a week
definition, feature-length films
in less than five minutes. As a
long-term goal, the project also
plans to allow users to watch live
university lect'bres in 3-D.
The site states that Fiber for
Communities is a work-in-prog-
ress and that the purpose of the
project is "to experiment and
learn" from the trial city.
According to Taylor, pub-
lic support will be a key factor
behind Google's decision.
A2 Fiber, the city's advocacy
group for the network, has set
up both Facebook and Twitter
accounts through which local
citizens can voice support. As
of yesterday, A2 Fiber had more
than 1,800 Facebook fans and 237
Taylor plans to present the
city's application at the next city
council meeting on March 15.
Applications for the broadband
network are due by March 26.
but life goes on," she said. "Hope-
fully there will be some way for me
to help out in areas that were hit
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