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" sus.
In his testimony before the Sen-
ate Homeland Security and Govern-
mental Affairs Committee during
his confirmation hearings, Groves
said he would not use any arithme-
tic adjustments in the census.
"Statistical adjustments will not
be used for redistricting," Groves
said at the time.
During the early 1990s Groves
worked as an assistant director at
the Census Bureau. During that
time, Groves argued for the imple-
mentation of statistical adjustments
in the census because millions of
people were undercounted in the
1990 enumeration.
Lisa Neidert, a senior research
associate in the University's Popu-
lation Studies Center and a former
colleague of Groves, said he has
proven his critics wrong.
"A lot of people were skeptical of
the fact that he's a statistical expert,
a sampling expert," she said. "Peo-
ple were worried that the Census
was going to be making up people.
He has quieted all of the people who
were against him in Congress. They
are now realizing how good of a job
he's doing."
AsdirectoroftheCensus Bureau,
Groves said one of his primary
objectives is to raise awareness
about the Census and to encourage
people to fill out their census forms.
Groves was featured in both Time
Magazine and The Washington
Post and taped a segment for "The
Daily Show With Jon Stewart" to
promote the Census.
"A lot of my life right now is try-
ing to get the word out," Groves
On campus, the Institute for
Social Research and the Office of
the Provost have been spearhead-
ing efforts to encourage students
to fill out the census. The offices
sponsored a contest for students
to produce videos that encour-
aged student participation in the
The University's chapter of Col-
lege Democrats won the competi-
tion and received a $1,000 prize.
With 13 entries, Neidert, who co-
chaired the competition, said that
though none of the videos have
gone viral, the competition was a
success in terms of raising aware-
"The winningvideos were pretty
much chosen by popular vote and
the reason we did that is whoever
created the videos would try to get
their friends, classmates, etc. to
vote for them and that spread the
word a lot better than this middle-
aged committee sitting around
choosing what the best videos are,"
Neidert said.
Neidert said the reason the ISR
chose to sponsor the video contest
is because census participation
among college students is typically
very low, resulting in too low of a
population count in college towns
like Ann Arbor.
Data from the Census Bureau's
website showed that, as of yester-
day, only about 30 percent of all
households in student neighbor-
hoods in Ann Arbor had returned
their census forms, compared to
about 60 percent of households in
other areas of Ann Arbor.
Groves said he thinks the reason
many students don't complete the
census is because they are unsure
whether they should fill out a form

for themselves, or whether their
parents should include them on
their census.
"If you think about it, most of
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addition to the existing bylaws was
"It's definitely going to ben-
efit the safety of our social events
when there are men and women
accountable," Altman said. "I
think it was a little lopsided
before. It's exciting to see that
sororities and Panhel want to help
out and raise their accountability."
LSA junior Tarin Krzywosink-
si, Panhel vice president of the
social responsibility committee,
said the passing of the policy is a
"baby step in the right direction"
to women being more accountable
at these events.
She added that she thinks the
policy will be successful despite
any initial resistance, once every-
one involved gets on the same
page. Krzywosinski said fraterni-
ties may not engage with sorori-
ties that refuse to provide liaisons,
compelling cooperation between
the two groups.
According to a Dec. 2, 2009
article in The Michigan Daily,
some national boards of sororities
are hesitant to have sororities take
on increased responsibilities -
and liability - at parties.
"I feel like there might be some
resistance at first, but this policy
is kind of going to be reinforcing,"
Krzywosinski said.

college students, last decade, their
parents filled out their census form
(and) they were at home," Groves
said. "For the first time, for many of
them, they're on their own - either
in the dorm or off campus - and
it's their responsibility for the first
time. So it's a new request that the
country is making of them and
that's a real reason, I think, for the
Individuals - including people
who are not United States citizens
- are required to fill out a census
form at the location where they live
for a majority of the year.
But thatburden will be lessened
this year as the Census is using a
shorter form than in the past.
Typically, there has been a long
form and short form. This year
though, the Census only has the
short form, which is comprised of
10 questions.
William Frey, a University
research professor and a senior
fellow at the Metropolitan Policy
Program at the Brookings Insti-
tute in Washington, D.C. said the
shorter form is conducive to higher
participation and makes it easier
for census officials to obtain basic
information on the populace.
"They felt that the census form,
just being the short form rather
than the long form, would be easier
to administer and much easier for
respondents," Frey said.
Frey said the change was likely
the result of pressure from constit-
uents who contacted government
officials with complaints about the
longer form.
"They got, I think, a little bit of
political pushback, negative politi-
cal response," Freyexplained. "Peo-
ple called up their congresspeople
and so forth saying, 'Why are we
getting these long forms to fill out.
It's abigimposition on me.'"
An even shorter form will be dis-
tributed to students living in resi-
dence halls. Every student living
in a residence hall needs to fill out
a census form, but students living
off campus only need to fill out one
form per household.
University Housing spokesman
Peter Logan said census forms will
be delivered to students in the resi-
dence halls today. They should be
turned in to each residence hall's
community center, Logan said.
Census officials will be in every
University residence hall today to
distribute the forms, Logan said.
He went on to say that each census
staffer will receive a list of all the
students living in the hall.
"They will obtain a very simple
roster from each residence hall
leader who is assigned to do this,"
Logan said. "This roster is simply,
and no more than, a list of students
living in that residence hall on
April 1 by name and room number.
There is no other information pro-
If all forms are not in by April 8,
Logan said census officials would
return to the residence halls and
knock on doors to obtain the infor-
Logan said multiple e-mails
have been sent to students to
remind them of the census. He
added that an e-mail was sent to
the parents of every student to let
them know that students need to
fill out their own census form and
should not be included on their
parents' form.
"It's vital that everyonebe count-

ed," Logan said. "And don't think
that the parents are going to count
them on the form that goes to the
parental home address. We really
need the students to fill out the
forms they get right here in Ann
During the meeting, concerns
were raised in regard to the poten-
tial absence of sororities at social
events with mandatory liaison
participation. Some of the chap-
ter presidents at the meeting said
they were unsure if the amend-
ment would be beneficial to the
IFC members.
Davis said he doesn't think that
sorority withdrawal represents
a "realistic concern" and that he
hopes sorority nationals will not
hold charters against "a concept
that is making their own mem-
bers, their brothers and their sis-
ters, safer."
Krzywosinski said the con-
cern of the women not wanting to
cooperate will "never happen."
"Sororities want to party with
fraternities and fraternities want
to party with sororities," Krzy-
wosinski said. "It's going to be a
mutual thing. Everyone is going
to end up doing it in the long run.
You're not going to have a chapter
that's not going to participate."
LSA junior Mike Miniaci, IFC
vice president of the social respon-
sibility committee, said there
should not be any doubts of the
amendment's benefits to the IFC.
"This policy is just great for
implementing safety," Miniaci
said. "Having two liaisons at
events can't hurt. We'll use the
rest of the semester as a trial run,
and we'll be in full force for Wel-
come Week in the fall."

Dean Dolan's legacy in building
renovation, curriculum change

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view on the world to come along
and have their chance to mold the
school,"' Dolan said.
Having thought about this
decision over the past year, Dolan
said he first told University Pro-
vost Teresa Sullivan last summer
that he was considering not serv-
ing another term.
He then discussed his decision
with University President Mary
Sue Coleman this academic year.
Dolan said both Sullivan and
Coleman asked him to recon-
"I was pleased that they were
both happy enough with the job
that I've done that they both
thought, 'Gee it would be great if
you stayed on for another couple
of years,"' he said. "So it was nice
having that reaction from both of
Dolan said that, to his knowl-
edge, a search process hasn't yet
begun to find a new dean, and
that he presumes Sullivan and
Philip Hanlon, the University's
vice provost for academic and
budgetary affairs - who will be
stepping into Sullivan's position
come July - will begin putting
together a search committee this
summer, with the interviews tak-
ing place early in the fall semes-
Dolan also said he hasn't made
any decisions yet about what he'll
do after he leaves, adding that
he'll start considering his options
this summer.
Dolan said one of the things
he is most proud to have accom-
plished during his time as dean
is changing the Business School's
educational approach to one that
focuses more on "action-based
Cultivating the Multidisci-
plinary Action Projects program
- in which first-year MBA stu-
dents participate in real-world
projects, many times abroad,
during March and April - is a
component of this education-
al outlook that Dolan said has
become a distinctive feature of
the school.
"It's really become sort of the
signature element of the school,
that we're known for this," Dolan
said. "And it's the way we differ-
entiate ourselves to say that we
really think in terms of develop-
ing leadership capabilities."
Kathleen Sutcliffe, associate
dean for research and faculty at
the Business School, said Dolan's
success as dean can be seen by the
fact that he was able to implement
the action-based learning pro-
gram - something that previous
deans had tried to do, but weren't
able to accomplish.
"He's really solidified our iden-
tity in away, as being a school that
is really grounded in this idea of
leading in thought and action and
action-based learning," Sutcliffe
The Business School's new
building is also a main highlight
of Dolan's work as dean, Sutcliffe
With its $145 million price

Business School Dean Bob Dolan teaches a class earlier this year. Dolan announced yesterday that he plans to step aside from
his post after finishing his second term, which ends in the summer of 20t.

tag - $100 million of which cov-
ered by a donation from Stephen
M. Ross - the building was con-
structed from May 2006 to Janu-
ary 2009, when it opened for use.
"We all believed the building
is critical to create the learning
environment that we want," Sut-
cliffe said.
Dolan said the new building
has created a space that encom-
passes the school's action-based
learning philosophy.
"I honestly do believe the
facilities in which you conduct
your programs can have a major
impact on those programs if you
build them right," he said.
Though the project required
the relocation of many faculty
offices, Dolan said everyone
cooperated and that the final
outcome of the facility has been
extremely rewarding.
"The way it supports the kind
of interaction amongst our stu-
dents that we had really hoped
for and built for in the first place,
that's been a tremendously satis-
fying thing for me," he said.
Susan Ashford, director of the
Business School's Executive MBA
Program, said the new building
allows for students to collabo-
rate and become future business
leaders, things that Dolan highly
"He really created a building
that supported that strategy,"
Ashford said.
Fred Feinberg, Hallman Fel-
low and professor of marketing,
said the construction of the new
building was a huge undertaking
and that many people thought
Dolan was a little "nuts" for doing
"A lot of people thought that
he was nuts, nuts in a good way;
like who would undertake this
enormous job ..." Feinberg said.,
"It's not part of the usual dean's
job; they have enough to do and
he said 'No, we're going to go for
it.' And it was perfect. I mean
there was not a single glitch in the
entire project. I can't imagine (it)
having been worked out better
than he did it."
Dolan's push for recruit-

ing and retaining the highest
performing faculty members, as
well as his encouragement of and
providing resources for faculty
research, also make him a stand-
out dean, Feinberg said.
"Even though we were a very
strong school, every group that I
know has gotten quite a bit stron-
ger," he said.
Feinberg said he first got to
know Dolan 20 years ago when
Dolan asked him to review a
paper that was submitted to a
marketing and finance journal
for which Dolan was an editor.
Feinberg said this was significant
to him, as Dolan chose him to be
a reviewer even though he was a
Ph.D. student at the time.
"He kind of chose me to do
something that required a lot of
expertise, even when I was kind
of unknown and I thought that
was very nice of him," Feinberg
Though Dolan was unsure
whether the search committee
will choose a new dean internally
or externally, he said the Business
School's next leader should have
a "vision" for the future educa-
tion of the school, in addition to a
global outlook.
"I think the most important
thing is somebody who really has
a compelling vision for maintain-
ing influence of the school," he
Sutcliffe - who said she wasn't
surprised by Dolan's decision to
step down next year as it's a pret-
ty standard length of time - said
she feels lucky to have worked
with Dolan, who has been an
"inspiring" leader, and that he's
going to be "a hard act to follow."
"But I trust that we're going
to find somebody who's great to
carry us moving forward in this
century," Sutcliffe said. "I feel
really. confident that we'll find
someone to carry on his legacy."
Like Dolan, Ashford said
she expects the next dean to be
"globally oriented," in addition
to being "creative and entrepre-

While she said she will be sad
to see Dolan go, Ashford said
changing leadership will be a
chance for the school to continue
to work toward its goals.
"Well, you know, leadership
transitions are both a hardship
for a school and an opportunity,"
Ashford said. "While we'll be
sad over losing Dean Dolan, you
know, we need to keep our focus
on how to create and take advan-
tage of it as an opportunity for
us to grow and continue to move
While Feinberg said there
aren't any "glaring problems" the
new dean will have to deal with,
he said he or she will have to fig-
ure out a strategy of coming into
"a really dynamic organization
that has a lot of moving parts."
The next dean will "have big
shoes to fill," he said.
Previously a professor at the
University of Chicago and Har-
vard Business School, Dolan said
his time at the University has
been "enormously satisfying"
because of the relationships he's
created working with members of
the Business School community
including alumni.
"I just kind of woke up every
day energized by it and it was a
whole new set of challenges for
me that I never had as a profes-
sor," Dolan said. "Just the energy
and kind of personal growth that
you can experience when you're
taking on new things. It was ter-
Dolan said he'll miss the "fabu-
lous energy of Ann Arbor," as well
as working with students and
"It's been great. My wife and
I live in a house that's an eight-
minute walk from school and
down the street from a sorority,
so not too in the middle of soror-
ity-fraternity land, but pretty
close by," Dolan said. "And so the
fabulous energy of being in this
great college town I guess would
be a bie thing that I would miss."

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