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8A - Wednesday, March 10, 2010

From Page 1A
11, 2001 attacks.
The additional security mea-
sures have included banning
guests from bringing bags into the
stadium and requiring students to
show their MCards.
According to the release, Uni-
versity officials are still coordi-
nating with White House staff on
other details for the event includ-
ing what guests will be able to
bring with them to the stadium, as
well as where they will be able to
park and where they will be able to
enter the stadium.
More information about those
topics is forthcoming and will be
posted on the University's com-
mencement website in early April.

What is known is that g
will be allowed to arrive t
gates of Michigan Stadium as
as 6 a.m. to begin clearing sect
Event planners are encour:
family and friends of graduat
arrive early to make sure they
time to find a parking spot,
to the stadium and clear sec
before the ceremony starts.
When Obama delivered
commencement addresses at
zona State University and the
versity of Notre Dame last
guests were given less time to
security than the five-hour
dow University officials are
Notre Dame opened its gat
7:30 a.m. and began its ceremo
9:30 a.m., giving its approxim
2,900 graduates and their g
two hours to clear security ar

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uests seated.
D the ASU - where as many as 60,000
early guests and 9,000 graduates were
urity. in attendance - allowed slightly
aging more time last year when Obama
es to spoke at its commencement, open-
have ing the gates at 2:30 p.m. for a 5
walk p.m. ceremony.
urity University officials are expect-
ing about 3,500 undergraduate
the students to receive degrees at
Ari- this Spring's commencement and
Uni- approximately 40,000 friends and
year, family members to be present for
clear the ceremony.
win- University officials are also
allot- encouraging students to check
with their respective schools and
es at departments, as some department
ny at and college graduation activities
ately may be affected by the change in
nests the commencement ceremony's
nd be start time.

From Page 1A
crowd of about 100, and congratu-
lated Peterson on behalf of the Uni-
"Our university is not only an
academic institution; it is a cam-
pus that is devoted to the holistic
growth of our students," Brandon
said. "Great teachers like Chris
Peterson are passionate about
making an impact on their stu-
dents' lives."
Peterson was introduced by
Nansook Park, an associate profes-
sor of psychology at the University,
who said Peterson had earned the
nickname "Mother Theresa" in the
Psychology Department because of
his kindness.
"Chris is a great teacher not
because he is perfect, but because
he never stops trying to be a better
one," Park said.
Park added that in addition to
Peterson's commitment to teach-
ing, he is one of the top 100 cited
psychologists in the world.
Psychology Prof. Albert Cain
also spoke before Peterson gave
his lecture and said Peterson
has deservedly received so many
awards, adding with a laugh that
the University may soon consider
imposing a limit.

Peterson started his lecture
by acknowledging the previous
awards he has won, but said the
Golden Apple Award is by far the
most meaningfulto him. The recip-
ient of the Golden Apple Award is
chosen from a pool of nominations
made by students.
"This is not one of the presti-
gious awards at the University
of Michigan, this is the prestige
award," Peterson said.
During his lecture, Peterson
said all University professors
deserve apples and proceeded to
throw apples to his colleagues in
the audience.
Peterson, who is considered
a pioneer in the field of positive
psychology, said while he may be
associated with positive psychol-
ogy, he wouldn't talk shop during
his lecture.
But Peterson did speak briefly
about his area of expertise, encour-
aging all students to go one day
without using the word "but" and
all of its similes, a technique called
active constructive responding.
"How we respond to good news
that is given to us is what predicts
our relationships better than how
we respond to bad news," he said.
Peterson said though he's grate-
ful for the award, he thinks there
is a great importance in students
learning from each other.

"I think it's great that you're
honoring me as a teacher tonight,"
Peterson said. "But who are we kid-
ding? Students will always learn
more from each other than they
ever will learn from their profes-
Peterson also talked about his
work on the Fall 2010 LSA Theme
Semester called, "What makes life
worth living?" He said he hopes the
semester will focus on art, music,
literature, religion and, above all,
service to others.
est qualities is his ability to give so
much to his students, noting that
he even gives advice to strangers
when the two travel together to
give academic speeches. When she
asked him how he could give so
much of himself he said it's because
it's the right thing to do.
"Other people matter," Peterson
repeated throughout the lecture.
"Other people matter and we are
all other people to everyone else."
LSA junior Huey Cheng, a for-
mer student , of Peterson, said
though he enjoyed the lecture, he
thinks just one lecture doesn'tfully
demonstrate Peterson's exception-
al teaching style.
"It's hard to sum up everything
that he gave throughout the entire
semester in just one small lecture,"
Cheng said.

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