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Law School alum, Obama advisor will
speak to the Law School's graduates
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Coleman said she's very excit-
ed that Jarrett is coming to Ann
"What a thrill for our students
because she's been so success-
ful," Coleman said. "It just sounds
like it's going to be a perfect com-
mencement for everyone."
Coleman added that having
two well-known commencement
speakers coming to campus this
spring illustrates the University's
"It shows the prominence of the
University to me," Coleman said.
"I think it's fabulous."
Jarrett graduated from the Uni-
versity Law School in 1981 after
earning her Bachelor of Arts from
Stanford University in 1978.
University Provost Teresa Sul-
livan said in an interview that
having a Law School alum as the
commencement speaker would
make the ceremony more mean-
ingful for graduates.
"It's of great interest to the law
students who are graduating to
see a recent graduate who's hav-
ing such an important impact on
the country," Sullivan said. "So
I think it's terrific for the School
of Law that she is going to be the
In yesterday's press release,
Law School Dean Evan Caminker
echoed Sullivan's sentiment.
"Selection of Jarrett as the Law
School commencement speaker
continues the school's tradition
of inviting accomplished, high-
profile Law School graduates
to Ann Arbor to help usher new
graduates into the professional
world," Caminker wrote in the
In 2007, Jarrett became presi-
dent and CEO of the Habitat
Company - a private residential
property management company
with properties in Chicago, Ann
Arbor and around the Midwest.
She served as the company's exec-
utive vice president for the previ-
ous 12 years and has also served
on numerous corporate and non-
profit boards throughout the Chi-
Before that, Jarrett worked
for eight years in Chicago's city
government, holding a number of
positions, such as deputy chief of
staff for Chicago Mayor Richard
M. Daley. Prior to serving in the
city government, Jarrett practiced
law for two'different Chicago law
Jarrett was the finance chair
for Obama's 2004 U.S. Senate
campaign. During Obama's presi-
dential campaign, she acted as a
senior advisor and was co-chair
of the Obama-Biden Transition
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"For us, obviously, this is an
experiment," Brandon said. "This
is the first time we've done it.
Hopefully we'll just get better and
better at it. If all goes well, we'd
love to have at least one game a
year scheduled at night at Michi-
gan Stadium. It would be a terrific
tradition to start."
Though Brandon and the Ath-
letic Department are noticeably
excited about the night-time game,
reactions were mixed from Michi-
gan season-ticket holders.
Mark Schostak, a Michigan
football season ticket holder, said
he feels the matchup brings a lot of
intrigue to the Big House.
"It adds an interesting element,"
Schostak said. "It's something dif-
ferent. It's not just an ordinary Sat-
urday afternoon football game."
But for Tara Beickmaun, who
has had season tickets for 35 years,
the concept of a night-time game
breaks too much from the tradi-
tional mold that made Michigan
football what it is today.
"It's not what Michigan football
said. "But I guess times change, and
you've got to change with them.... I
think people like to have fun after
the game and it's kind oflateon Sat-
urdays for that. I still like the after-
noon I like being out in the sun. I
think it's kind of nice. When I think
of night games, I think of southern
universities. It's never really been
part of my experience."
Students, however, proved to be
more in favor of the late Saturday
"I think it would be cool," LSA
junior Dave Bushart said. "I always
wondered about what it would be
like, and I think it would be sweet
Friday, March 20, 2010 - 5
to go to."
"It'll generate a lotcof excitement
for the crowd at the Big House,"
LSA freshman Hector Acosta
added. "You see crowds at Penn
State fornightgames, and itcreates
a fun atmosphere.
Notre Dame and the Wolver-
ines will continue to build their
rivalry with the historic matchup.
The two schools met three times in
primetime between 1982 and 1990.
In all three of those contests both
schools were ranked in the top 25.
Michigan lost each game by six
points or fewer in South Bend.
Officials have previously
announced that the Wolverines
and the Fighting Irish will continue
their series through 2017, then each
team will take a two-year break
from playing each other, and will
return to face off again in 2020.
Michigan played in one of its
most exciting games of the 2009
season against Notre Dame in the
Big House. It was a game that went
back and forth and culminated in
a game-winning drive and last-
second touchdown to seal a win for
the Wolverines. The next time the
Fighting Irish come to Ann Arbor,
the two schools will be playing at
night, under the lights.
"I think it's a part of what cre-
ates a big, exciting atmosphere in
college football," Brandon said. "I
think to play those games, if you
listen to the coaches, the play-
ers, and just as a fan, I know that
being out there under the lights,
in primetime, in front of a nation-
al audience is something special.
And we want to be a part of things
that are special at the University
of Michigan. So I'm pleased and
proud that we are doing this."
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understand their purposes. in trouble," Stasinski said. "A lot
OSCR Because two students who get of students think it's a waste of
From Page 1 the same punishment - like pro- time."
bation - may have differingviews Neumeister added that OSCR
gramon Intergroup Relations. on that punishment, with one has done a good job helping stu-
Thompson said the model could student thinking it is very unfair, dents by reducing emphasis on the
be described as a "spectrum of Neumeister said OSCR sometimes institutional and judiciary aspects
resolution options that moves gets a bad reputation. of conflict resolution.
beyond formal education models," Amanda Stasinski, a Rackham "All early offices were called
and that it also uses "a framework student and OSCR staff member, Judicial Affairs, and it had a very
from a social justice perspective." said because students generally legalistic approach," he said.
Neumeister, who holds a simi- only come to the office when they Neumeister said, if selected, he
lar position at Northwestern have done something wrong, it not only wants to spread aware-
University, said offices like OSCR has "a rather negative" reputa- ness of OSCR and its ability to
are viewed negatively by many tion. mediate conflicts but also to train
students because they don't fully "It's where you go when you get students to handle conflict by
"We're expecting all members
of the community to recognize
that conflict' is inherent in our
lives and to recognize that it's
not necessarily a bad thing," Neu-
meister said. "The idea is to put
tools in students' hands."
In the next step of the hiring
process, a committee of students
and faculty members will meet
with Simone Himbeault Taylor,
associate vice president for stu-
dent affairs, to discuss the two
candidates. Taylor will make the
final hiring decision.
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for about 15 minutes, the regents
visited with the ice dancers, con-
gratulating them and posing for
Regents Laurence Deitch (D-
Grosse Pointe), Denise Ilitch (D-
Bingham Farms) and Newman
even took pictures with Davis and
White on their BlackBerrys and
iPhones while wearing the stu-
dents' Olympic medals.
The meeting then resumed with
Ilitch joking, "Well, now that we've
acted like total groupies."
HONORARY DEGREE FOR
OBAMA, FIVE OTHERS
The Board of Regents approved
a recommendation from University
President Mary Sue Coleman to
grant six honorary degrees to spe-
cial guests who will be on hand for
this year's spring commencement.
Among those receiving a degree
is President Barack Obama, who
will be delivering the commence-
ment address at this year's ceremo-
ny. Obama, who will be the third
sitting president to deliver a com-
mencement address at the Univer-
sity, is to receive a Doctor of Laws
Last year, Obama spoke at com-
mencement ceremonies for the
Naval Academy, Notre Dame and
Arizona State University. ASU
came under heavy criticism when
officials said they would not offer
an honorary degree to Obama
because he hadn't achieved enough
The Board of Regents also
approved honorary Doctor of
Laws degrees to be given to Jean
Campbell, founder of the Univer-
sity's Center for the Education of
Women, and Charles Vest, presi-
dent of the National Academy of
Stanford Ovshinsky, president of
Ovshinsky Innovation LCC and an
inventor with hundreds of patents,
is to receive a Doctor of Sciences
degree. Susan Stamberg, a special
correspondent for National Public
Radio, was approved to receive an
honorary Doctor of Human Let-
ters degree. Jazz musician Ornette
Coleman will receive an honorary
Doctor of Music degree.
REGENTS APPROVE $3.8M
The regents also unanimously
approved spending $3.8 million
on repairs to Lorch Hall and the
James and Anne Duderstadt Cen-
ter at yesterday's meeting.
The Board of Regents approved
spending $2.2 million on a project
aimed at correcting problems with
the Duderstadt Center's soffits
caused by air leaks and condensa-
According to a communication
given to the regents by Tim Slot-
tow, executive vice president and
chief financial officer, the project
will involve installing vapor and
air barriers along with thermal
insulation and upgrading part of
the building's mechanical systems.
The project will be financed
with money from the University's
General Fund and is expected to be
completed by fall 2010.
The regents also approved a sec-
ond request from Slottow that will
use $1.6 million to address "areas of
significant deterioration" to Lorch
Hall, which was built in 1928.
The project will also draw fund-
ing from the University's General
Fund to make repairs to its mason-
ry, roofing, steel structures and
The project, which will not
impact parking, is expected to be
finished by fall 2010.
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