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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, March 12, 2010

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NCAA INVESTIGATION
Coleman
dodges NCAA
question at
fireside chat

CATWALKING FOR A CAUSE

Coleman: 'Both I
and the AD take this
very seriously'
By JOSEPH LICHTERMAN
and KYLE SWANSON
Daily StaffReporter
and Daily NewsEditor
At an intimate meeting with
about 50 students yesterday, Uni-
versity President Mary Sue Cole-
man discussed a wide range of
issues including the NCAA's recent
allegations against the Michigan
football program.
At the gather- NOTEBOOK
ing, which was
one of Coleman's monthly fireside
chats where students are invited
to discuss campus issues with
her, one student brought up the
NCAA investigation and recently
announced set of allegations, ask-
ing Coleman if the University had
a zero tolerance policy for major
violations of NCAA rules.
The charges, which were
announced last month, include
allegations that the football pro-
gram violated rules regarding the
number of coaches that can work
with student-athletes, exceeded
the limit of allowable practice
hours and that Michigan football

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coach Rich Rodriguez did not pro-
mote an "atmosphere of compli-
ance," among other allegations.
Coleman did not explicitly
address the student's question
regarding the investigation, and
said the rest of the process needed
to play out first. The University has
90 days from when they received
the allegations to respond and Uni-
versity officials will also appear
before the NCAA's Committee on
Infractions in August.
"These are allegations and I
think we need to let the process
play out," Coleman said. "I do think
it does matter whether there was
intent or not. ..don't know that
yet."
However, Coleman did say she
wouldn't try to dodge any allega-
tions that prove to be true.
"We are not going to make any
excuses. If there are things that
we've done wrong, then we'll make
sure that we correct them," she
said. "We are still going through
the process. Both I and the AD take
this very seriously."
Coleman continued by saying
the football coaches also take the
See COLEMAN, Page 5

EMILY CHIU/Daily
Campers from Special Days Camp. a camp for children with cancer and their families, mulch a fashion show sponsored by Cancer Awareness Week yesterday.
70 percent of Bi House
suites sl o 00sao

Officials say if
financing threshold
is reached, project
would fund itself
By ANNIE GORDON THOMAS
Daily StaffReporter
With about six months left until
the start of football season, athlet-

ic department officials say they've
sold 57 of the 81 new suites in
Michigan Stadium, which will be
unveiled for the first game of the
upcoming season in the fall.
But Joe Parker, senior associate
athletic director for development,
said he isn't concerned that all of
the suites haven't been sold yet.
According to Parker, the 57
buyers' first year's payments
have been collected. Four of the
57 buyers have also already paid

their contractual commitments -
which span a minimum of three
years - in full.
According to a Feb. 12 Detroit
Free Press article, 2,822 commit-
ments have been made to purchase
the new club seats being built.
About 3,000. indoor and outdoor
club seats are available on the east
side of the stadium and run from
about $1,500 to $4,000 each in
addition to the price of a season
ticket. In place of the old press

box, 704 "chair back" seats are also
available for $2,000 each.
"We're only right now in March
and have roughly half of a year to
secure commitments before the
first game of the 2010 season," he
said.
According to Parker, when the
athletic department reaches the
point at which they've sold 70 per-
cent of the suites and club seats,
the project will have paid for itself.
See SUITES, Page5

DESTRUCTING REALITY

GETTING AROUND MICHAG
University Research Corridor
to study transportation issues

'U,' MSU and Wayne
State to host
transportation
summit in Detroit
By CAITLIN HUSTON
Daily StaffReporter
Researchers from universities
across Michigan are hoping to
revitalize transportation in the
state that's famous for its once

illustrious auto industry.
The University Research Cor-
ridor - an organization composed
of administrators from the Uni-
versity of Michigan, Michigan
State University and Wayne State
University - is starting a new
multi-disciplinary consortium
that will work toward formulating
solutions for transportation prob-
lems in the state.
The new program, called
Transforming Transportation:
Economies & Communities, will
host a summit in Detroit this

October, in order to jumpstart the
brainstorming process.
Matt Seeger, chair of the
Department of Communication at
Wayne State University, said the
goal of the consortium is to bring
together a group of scholars inter-
ested in addressing transportation
problems in the state.
Seeger said the state's transpor-
tation challenges are multi-facet-
ed and that solutions that focus on
just one area won't be successful.
"It's not a technological fix by
See TRANSPORTATION, Page5

EMILY CHIU/Daily
LSA sophomores Soumya Gowda and Vishal Shah and Ross School of Business sophomore Karan Saxena visited the Work Gal-
lery on State Street yesterday to see an exhibit called "Dis illusion," which looks at the line between illusion and reality.
STUDENT START-UPS
Students launch grocery delivery service

Dearborn student gov. pushes
U' to divest funds from Israel

Ann Arbor
Grocery Delivery
aims to slim down
students' food bills
By VERONICA MENALDI
Daily StaffReporter
Two students are trying to make
it easier for students without a car
to get much needed groceries with-

out relying solely on stores close to
campus like White Market and Vil-
lage Corner.
Started in November 2009 by
LSA freshmen Lukas Garske and
Michael Zhang, Ann Arbor Gro-
cery Delivery is a new student-run
business that offers students same-
day grocery deliveries at a smaller
markup than local grocery stores,
the students said.
The business was developed
last semester and started deliver-
ing last month. Garske and Zhang

are currently running the business
single-handedly, though Zhang
said once they get more costum-
ers they plan to hire an additional
driver. '
Zhang said he's been wanting to
start his own business for a while.
Though a grocery delivery service
wasn't his original idea, he decided
it would bea good investment after
conducting some research.
"This business idea actually pro-
vides a service that is really need-
See GROCERIES, Page5

MSA officials,
students say similar
resolution unlikely
in Ann Arbor
By NEETHI SRINIVASAN
For the Daily
Vice President Joe Biden and
special envoy to the Middle East

George Mitchell visited Israel
earlier this week to hold an open
discussion on Israeli-Palestinian
relations. Though these peace
talks are often brokered on an
international stage, political
action regardingthe dispute in the
Middle East has recently entered a
local forum.
The student government at the
University's Dearborn campus
unanimously passed a resolution
last month, asking the Univer-

sity's Board of Regents to form
an advisory committee to inves-
tigate what they view as unethi-
cal investments of endowment
funds into companies that support
Israel.
But according to University
officials and students involved
in the issue here in Ann Arbor, it
doesn't seem likely that a similar
resolution will be passed in the
Michigan Student Assembly any
See DEARBORN, Page5

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